2019 Lobby Day with the NAACP

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Last week, Assemblymember Gipson informed NAACP State President Huffamn, that the Conference Committee funded his request for Sickle Cell Disease Centers. If you remember, this budget item was accompanied by a companion bill, AB 1105 (Gipson) that died in committee the week before our Lobby Day and would establish sickle cell disease centers.

The Sickle Cell Disease budget item seeks to improve the quality of care for adults with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) by creating a three-year pilot program to build six new comprehensive SCD clinics.  Specifically, this request appropriates $15 million to: establish six new SCD treatment centers in the regions with the highest demonstrated need: Bay Area, Northern Central Valley, Southern Central Valley, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego; contract with qualified organizations to strengthen outreach and education efforts in impacted communities; establish IT systems, and works towards a stronger workforce of knowledgeable clinicians.

SB 188 (Mitchell) The Crown Act, has made it through the Senate Committee process and is now on the Senate Floor. This bill specifies that race, a category protected against workplace discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), includes traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles like braids, locks, and twists.

Thank you to all who participated in Lobby Day. The movement of these bills are a huge victory for our community, and because of your willing participation, we made a significant impact toward the passage of this legislation. 

NAACP Support for Students of Bell Middle School

Dear Community Members,

We are writing today to affirm the NAACP San Diego Branch’s commitment to the students of Bell Middle School, and to assure the Community that those students will continue to receive all the programs (and more) to which they have become accustomed in the last few years.

We are very well aware that some persons have made public certain controversies regarding the administration and funding of the programs the NAACP has been conducting with Bell.  The fact that there have been controversies is certainly true.

However, the NAACP San Diego Branch has never allowed, and will never allow these controversies to in any way diminish the experience of the students at Bell Middle School.  Even when other parties have “canceled” events with less than 24 hours’ notice, the Branch and Bell staff have worked together to make the events happen on schedule.

Now that these controversies have finally been definitively resolved, the students at Bell can in fact look forward to smoother, more consistent and richer experience than ever before.

Please note that this letter is addressed to you, the Community, and not to the staff or students of Bell Middle School.  That is because the staff and students of Bell Middle School are already fully confident in our commitment, and are looking forward with enthusiasm to better NAACP support of their success than ever before.

Thank you for your attention,

Clovis Honoré
President, NAACP San Diego Branch

A Bit of Fuss

Not so long ago, the NAACP San Diego Branch took a vote to ask for a change in the NAACP’s State and National Policy.  In fact, we took two votes; one of our Executive Committee and then a ratification of that vote by our General Membership.

Those votes were conducted in a civil manner according to the NAACP Bylaws for Units and Robert’s Rules of Order.  This latter recommends that the Chair of any assembly (in our case, our President Clovis Honoré) maintain neutrality while the assembly deliberates and votes, casting his own vote only if it is necessary to change the outcome.  Our President followed those rules scrupulously, neither expressing his opinion nor favoring either side in the debate.

This has caused a bit of fuss, much of it beside the point.

However, we invite you to view this article, published on May 14th by Michael Meyers, president of the New York Civil Rights Commission and a former assistant NAACP national director.  In it, he explains the NAACP’s process quite well, and says nothing at all with which we, the NAACP San Diego Branch, disagree.

One thing Mr Meyers makes clear is this:

As such, there is no “local option” from such policies once adopted by the NAACP national board. And all units of the NAACP must abide by those policies

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, but we did say it slightly differently in an email to an inquirer on the topic:

As the resolution to which you refer is in opposition to a current position of the NAACP CA-HI State Conference and NAACP National, we will not publicly discuss or advocate for it, until such time as the resolution may be adopted.  The official position of the NAACP San Diego Branch remains in support of a moratorium on the expansion of charter schools.

We are in entire harmony with Mr Meyers, and thank him for his response.

There have been other commentators on this issue who seem to lack Mr Meyers’ grasp on (or perhaps respect for) the NAACP’s bylaws and democratic processes.  We invite such folks to learn from Mr Meyers’ article.

(Image credit: New Hampshire Public Radio)

Job Opportunities with PCI Global

Job notice received by the Branch. We do not endorse any job opportunity, we only pass along notices we have received. (We can’t but resist commenting that these seem like worthy jobs to do, however.)

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Program Coordinator/Perinatal Educator – San Diego, California, United States – Project Concern International

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