Military Appreciation Luncheon

Tickets now being sold for the NAACP San Diego Armed Services & Veterans Affairs Committee’s Military Appreciation Luncheon.  Come show our service members that you honor them for the sacrifices they make and the difficult and dangerous work they do to keep us all safe!

You may purchase individual tickets, or sponsor an entire table for your friends and loved ones; or sponsor a table and let us fill it with deserving members of our Nation’s Armed Forces!

10 November is the Marine Corp birthday.  As you know, our Military Appreciation Luncheon was scheduled for 10 November 2018.  Because many of the active duty military and veterans that we wanted to honor will be attending the various Marine Corp Balls, we are postponing our Military Appreciation Luncheon to 18 May 2019.  Those of you who have purchased tickets should rest assured that your reservation for the luncheon is secure.

Meet the Criminal Justice Committee!

At the August 16 Executive Committee Meeting, Dr Branch appointed and the Committee confirmed our First Vice President, Mr Clovis Honoré, as (Interim! Interim!) Chair of the branch’s Criminal Justice Committee.  Members who were appointed include:

NAACP First Vice President Clovis Honoré

  • Steve Dorner
  • Ross Naismith
  • Renita Payno
  • Tenace
  • Amy Zamudio

The current focus of the Committee’s work is Police Violence.

The US Supreme Court

On July 9, 2018, President Trump announced that he would nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.  After thorough research and evaluation the NAACP opposes his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court now.

In 2005, despite the opposition of the NAACP, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a judge on the he U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  On almost every issue imaginable, Judge Kavanaugh has proven us right to have opposed him; in fact, in both his decisions and his dissents, Judge Kavanaugh has proven himself to be even more of a problematic extremist than we anticipated.  On the issue of gun violence protection, health care, workers’ rights, voting rights, affirmative action, and many more that are important to the NAACP, Brett Kavanaugh has proven that he is no friend of the NAACP.

This nomination is too important to rush.  This nomination should only be considered by the Senate elected by the American people in November, 2018, when they are fully aware of the stakes and after the 116th Congress is sworn in. The Court is meant to be an unbiased guardian of rights and liberties of all Americans.  The country desperately needs a fair-minded and independent jurist on the Supreme Court, not a divisive and biased ideologue who will further shake the public’s faith in our nation’s justice system.  The constitutional process for appointing and confirming the next justice must be thoughtful, careful, deliberative, and conducted with well-informed bipartisan support.  The Senate should not consider a nominee until a new Senate is seated next year, after the results of the midterm election are in place.  This will fully allow the American people, those who will be most affected by the confirmation, to truly have a voice in the selection of the nominee. 

 Please call both your Senators and urge them to vote “no” on this confirmation, sand to wait until January, 2019 before making such an important decision. 

 For more information as about the situation, or to find out how to contact your Senators, read the attached Action Alert.

KAVANUAGH2

Thank you for all you do,

Hilary

Watch: NAACP San Diego Joins Calls for DA Recusal from Earl McNeil Investigation

We have joined the community in calling for full release of evidence surrounding the fatal injuries suffered by Mr McNeil while in custody of the National City Police Department.

We join now with the community in calling for the San Diego County DA’s Office to recuse itself from the investigation of the case, as Mr McNeil was intimately involved in the DA’s work.

For more information on events surrounding Mr McNeil’s death and subsequent lack of transparency from the National City Police Department and Government, please see this timeline.

2018-2019 ACT-SO Kickoff

Forget sportsball—on September 22nd, ACT-SO is back!

ACT-SO is the NAACP’s academic enrichment program and competition for African-American high school students.  Last year, the NAACP San Diego gave out $1400 in scholarships and one all-expense paid trip to the National ACT-SO competition in San Antonio, Texas.  This year will be even better!

COMPETITORS • MENTORS • JUDGES • VOLUNTEERS • SPONSORS

Come to the Jackie Robinson YMCA on the evening of September 22nd. We’ll feed you, entertain you and let you in on this fantastic opportunity!

Sign up now via Eventbrite:

bit.ly/actso-kickoff-2019

 

Timeline of Events Regarding the Death of Mr Earl McNeil

We of the NAACP San Diego continue to demand all relevant information and video recordings to be released to the McNeil family.  We are glad to add our voices to those of Ms Tasha Williamson and other community members who are demanding transparency on the part of the National City Government.

With the gracious assistance of Ms Williamson, we offer the following timeline of events, so that you can better understand the evolving situation in National City.

Please note: at the end of this timeline, there are several events listed in which you may participate if you are as outraged about the treatment of Mr McNeil, his family and members of our community as are we.

Timeline of Events Involving Mr Earl McNeil

May 26th, 5:36am
Mr McNeil calls for assistance using the emergency phone outside the National City Police Department. Mr McNeil is detained and placed in a restraint device called “the wrap.” He is detained in the lower level parking garage of NCPD Station for an indeterminate length of time.

May 26th
San Diego County Jail refuses to accept Mr McNeil, citing unconsciousness.

May 26th
Mr McNeil is admitted to UCSD Medical Center Trauma Care Unit with massive brain and neurological damage, as well as facial abrasions and swelling.

May 26th
Mr McNeil’s family is contacted by NCPD and told Mr. McNeil had a heart attack while restrained in a hogtie position.

May 28th
Mr McNeil’s family goes to NCPD to ask questions and get police report. They are told Mr. McNeil was not under arrest and there are no reports to give them.  Detective states “Look, your cousin spit on my officers and they are upset and want to know if he has AIDS or Hep A.”

June 1st
Mr McNeil’s family posts to Facebook seeking assistance. Other users refer them to Tasha Williamson and Aeiramique Meeka.

June 3rd
Mr McNeil’s family holds joint press conference with Ms Williamson and Ms Meeka at the steps of the San Diego Hall of Justice.

June 4th
Mr McNeil’s family, after conferring with Mr McNeil’s physicians, decide to withdraw life support on June 7th.

June 5th
Mr McNeil’s family seeks legal counsel from Francisco Aldana and Mark Lane.

June 7th, 11:00am
Mr McNeil’s family, supported by Ms Williamson, Building Justice, CAST, Generation Justice, Justice 4SD33, SURJ, Women Occupy San Diego, Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego, CAIR and other community members hold a press conference across from the UCSD Medical Center, demanding an accurate account of Mr McNeil’s hours in custody, and release of all video recordings by the National City Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

June 7th, 4:30pm
NCPD makes first public statement regarding the fatal in-custody injuries of Mr McNeil.

June 7th, 5:30pm
UCSD Medical Center staff withdraw life support from Mr McNeil. Mr McNeil shows signs of distress, and is sedated to preclude the posssibility of suffering. Mr McNeil’s family and community members keep vigil over Mr McNeil.

June 11th
Mr McNeil dies.

June 13th
Community members and organizations supporting Mr McNeil’s family holds press conference in front of National City Police Department, again demanding an accurate account of Mr McNeil’s detention and release of all video that might shed light on his injuries.

June 15th
GoFundMe created for Mr McNeil’s funeral expenses.

June 18th, 10:00am
National City Police Chief Manuel Rodriguez meets with the family of Mr McNeil. Sources say the family was told:

  • No video footage may be released because there is an ongoing investigation
  • Autopsy results may not be released because there is an ongoing investigation
  • Despite there being an ongoing investigation, there was no misconduct on the part of National City Police Officers

Mr McNeil’s family walks out of the meeting due to disrespectful demeanor of Chief Manuel Rodriguez.

June 18th, 2:00pm
Ms Williamson, Dwayne Harvey and Marcus Boyd meet with National City Manager Leslie Deese and Mayor Ron Morrison at 2:00pm to discuss timeline of events and the meeting between Mr McNeil’s family and Police Chief Rodriguez.

June 19th, 5:00pm
Community members and organizations supporting Mr McNeil’s family meet with media to demand the resignation of NCPD Chief Manuel Rodriguez for his unprofessional conduct with Mr McNeil’s family and his inadequate answers to their questions.

June 19th, 6:00pm
Community members, many of them organized by Ms Tasha Williamson, visit the National City Council Meeting to ask for release of evidence surrounding the case. Ms Williamson is arrested for speaking over her time, and is briefly hospitalized for injuries sustained during her arrest. Mr Rafael Bautista is kicked repeatedly by National City Peace Officers while he was coming up the stairway they were going down with Ms Williamson.

June 21st
The NAACP San Diego Branch Executive Committee passes a motion to join in the demands for release of the evidence to the McNeil family, and to offer assistance to Ms Williamson in her defense.

June 27th, 11am
Mr McNeil’s funeral Christian Fellowship Church. Deputy District Attorney Handler was in attendance.

July 3rd
Community members visit the National City Council Meeting, to demand release of evidence surrounding the case. These include Ms Williamson, NAACP San Diego Branch President Dr André J. Branch, and other members of the NAACP. Assemblymember (and NAACP member) Shirley Weber attends and calls for greater transparency.

Mayor Ron Morrison asks the NCPD to remove Ms Williamson. Community members surround her, and the NCPD allows the community to walk her out.

July 3rd
What Happened to Earl McNeil? Facebook page created.

July 10th
Abolish ICE/Justice 4 Earl McNeil hunger strikers hold press conference and launch of hunger strike for July 10th – July 23rd.

July 17th
Community members visit the National City Council Meeting, again demanding release of the evidence. NAACP members Amie Zamudio, Steve Dorner, and Renita Payno speak. For the first time, two councilmembers break ranks and call for greater transparency by the city they represent. After the public comment period, the meeting is declared out of order and adjourned to the following afternoon.

July 18th
The National City Council Meeting resumes. Three people are arrested and two (Aeiremique Meeka and Mark Lane) are injured by the NCPD. Everyone is asked to leave the building. The crowd waits to ensure all community members emerge safely, including those arrested and injured. The National City Council declines to add an agenda item addressing Mr McNeil’s death to their agenda.

Local reporter Wendy Fry (NBC7 News) reports that “BLM will begin to stage riots in the streets of National City.” NBC7 apologizes for the false statement and deletes it from their website.

July 18th – July 20th
Community outcry regarding Ms Fry’s reporting continues. Ms Fry condemned for her unjustified alarmism, which further endangers black and brown people. Community members point out that the only assaults caught on camera were those perpetrated by National City Police Officers.

July 19th
National City Council resumes its meetings and public speakers speak out about Earl McNeil and the way people are being treated during arrest. Mark Lane goes over his time and is escorted out by NCPD.

July 23rd
Mr McNeil’s autopsy results are “unsealed” but still not made public. These results are claimed to indicate the presence of a controlled substance and that injuries were due to cardiac arrest.

July 24th
At the final National City Council meeting before the August recess, community members are greeted by Sheriff’s deputies in riot gear. At the meeting, six community members, including Tasha Williamson, Aeramique Meeka, and NAACP member Amie Zamudio stage a “die-in” to demand release of the evidence. They are all arrested. There is a marked difference in treatment; the white protesters are handled gently, and the black and brown ones are treated roughly and painfully.

July 25th
Community members are released from jail and welcomed by the community. Ms Williamson is again treated for injuries sustained during her arrest.

July 27th
In a meeting organized by Mark Lane, NBC7 News Executives meet with organizers for Justice 4 Earl McNeil. Executives apologize for Ms Fry’s reporting and pledge to improve relationships with and reporting on black and brown communities.

July 29th
Ms Williamson speaks at Raul Rivera March and Rally for Earl McNeil.

August 7th
Sheriff Bill Gore requests to meet with Mr McNeil’s family and their attorneys. The Sheriff’s Department indicates they wish to work with the family to avoid further outrage and respect their need for information.

Important Upcoming Events

August 10th, 7:00pm, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front Street, San Diego
NAACP holds a Prayer Vigil.  Members of the clergy, laypersons, and all persons of good will are invited to mourn and pray with us over the in-custody deaths of African-Americans like Mr McNeil and all the other injustices that are visited upon our community.

August 16th, 6:00pm, 1243 National City Boulevard, National City
Public comment at CPRC (National City Police Review Board). Public attendance requested.

August 25th, 1-3pm
Town Hall for National City Residents to speak with officials from the National City Government and Police Department.

September 6th, 6:00pm, 1243 National City Boulevard, National City
National City Council Meeting. Strong public attendance requested.

Casa del Rey Moro Tour

On the evening of August 31st, take a world tour through 6000 years of African world history with the NAACP San Diego branch ACT-SO program! The house of the Moorish King is open to visitors for a thorough education (or re-education) of the rich history of Africa and its contribution to today’s society right in beautiful Old Town.

This tour will take place in 2 parts. One part through the museum and the other through Old Town. A light snack will be provided prior to the event and dinner offered following the tours. Get your name on the list ASAP to have your door fee, snack, and dinner covered by the NAACP.

Space is limited and this tour is already over 50% filled. Register as soon as possible to reserve your spot! 

See you soon!

July Housing Roundup

A Busy Month

July was a busy month for the Housing Committee.  We spent quite a lot of time at the San Diego City Council, tracking five important issues:

  • A $900M affordable housing bond, proposed by the San Diego Housing Federation
  • A proposal to ban discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders
  • A proposal to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax (hotel tax)
  • A proposal to build Permanent Supportive Housing in all Council districts
  • A proposal to increase the “Inclusionary Requirement,” that forces developers to include affordable housing in their developments, or pay a fee so the San Diego Housing Commission can fund affordable housing

Members of the Housing Committee were present when all these issues were discussed, advocating for more affordable housing in San Diego.  The outcomes were mixed.

The Housing Bond

The $900M housing bond would have made a substantial dent in the city’s deficit of affordable housing, at a very modest cost to the average homeowner.  Homeowners (especially white homeowners) are and have been subsidized in very many ways by our government, and a hundred or two dollars per year would not hold a candle to these subsidies.  For example, the Federal government spends twice as much per year in tax credits to homeowners (or homesellers) as it does on all housing subsidies for the poor.

Sadly, this much needed housing bond was withdrawn by its proponent, the San Diego Housing Federation, due to the Mayor’s proposal to renovate the Civic Center, which includes a half-hearted pledge to perhaps spend a little money on homelessness.

Section 8 Discrimination Ban

Councilmember Georgette Gómez brought forth a proposal to ban discrimination in housing based on source of income.  This would apply to Section 8 voucher holders and also some others, such as  homeless people who are given vouchers. We spoke in favor of this at both the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee (where it was referred to Council without recommendation, on a 2-2 vote) and at the full Council (where it passed, 7-1.)  We view this as a very positive development; Section 8 voucher holders are overwhelmingly people of color, and to denial of housing to Section 8 holders is often a simple proxy for racial discrimination.

Transient Occupancy Tax

Councilmember David Alvarez proposed a ballot initiative to raise the Hotel Tax to provide a new source of funding for the Homeless.  This increase in the hotel tax would provide approximately the same amount of funding the City of San Diego currently spends on Homeless services; we support it strongly and hope to see pass in November.  We did, however, warn the City that we would watch them closely, and see that this funding was not used to replace other monies, as is sometimes done, but would result in a net funding increase.

Permanent Supportive Housing in All Districts

Councilmember Ward made a proposal to set a goal to build 140 units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) in each of our 9 Council districts.  This would yield enough units to house San Diego’s 1200 “chronically homeless” people.  The “chronically homeless” are people who are disabled, physically or mentally, to the point where they simply cannot get it sufficiently together to get or keep stable housing.  “Permanent Supportive Housing” means these folks get housing units that are not only very inexpensive, but also have other services available, such as onsite health services, caseworkers, etc.  It is truly the only way to get these folks off the streets (except for the Mayor’s method, which involves jail.)  PSH is not necessarily literally permanent; some folks do improve to the point where they no longer need supportive services; this is, however, quite rare in our red-hot real estate market.  Dr Branch served as our spokesman:

We are pleased to note that this item passed was approved by the San Diego City Council Select Committee on Homelessness and should be docketed for the full council sometime early this fall.

The Inclusionary Requirement

Housing developers are subject to an “Inclusionary Requirement,” which means they are required to include a certain percentage of affordable housing in their developments.  When the inclusionary requirement was passed 15 years ago, it was set to 10% of the units in a housing development needed to be affordable for non-affluent people.  (Developers were allowed instead to pay a fee of ~$10 per square foot instead, for the City to use to support its own affordable housing efforts; you will see this referred to as an “In Lieu” fee.  The Council has voted to revisit this requirement; the intent is to see it raised to that more affordable housing is developed.  We spoke in favor of this also.

The State of California does an assessment of housing needs in each area; for San Diego, they said our needs for 2010-2020 were:

Overall, we’ve built a little less than half of what we need to build; the shocking thing is the vast majority (85% of it) is aimed at the affluent:

We therefore support forcing developers to build more affordable housing.

Questions?  Please contact the housing committee at [email protected].