Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego.
The NAACP San Diego Branch last week voiced our displeasure that the San Diego County Board of Supervisors was unable to protect and strengthen the voting rights of all eligible San Diegans. The board fell one vote short of the required four “yes” votes, with Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar in opposition against the recommendation of the County’s Chief Administrative Officer and County Legal Counsel.
We are gratified that last night, at a special meeting, the Board found a way to proceed with the satellite offices.
We wish we could report that Desmond and Gaspar had a change of heart, and became supporters of voting rights. Sadly, we cannot. Ms Gaspar even had the lack of irony to say that she felt her vote (to deprive other voters of their rights) was being disrespected.
We applaud Supervisors Fletcher, Cox and Jacob for thwarting what look to be deliberate voter-suppression tactics on the part of Desmond and Gaspar. We are glad Fletcher, Cox and Jacob share our belief that democracy works best when the most people participate.
Kamaal Martin, Chair, NAACP San Diego Branch Political Action Committee
Francine Maxwell, First Vice President, NAACP San Diego Branch
P.O. Box 152086 · San Diego, CA 92195-2086
(619) 263-7823 Phone • (619) 431-1633 Text