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Looking for educational activities for kids? The San Diego Natural History Museum has lesson plans, online activities, and more for teachers and parents. While many were designed to be used during a museum visit, they contain good background information that is easily accessible for parents offering lessons from home. More.

Education Resources

Our scientists are out in the field-and working from home-to document and identify specimens, survey wildlife for existing research projects, and more. Learn about what we’re up to-our science blog will keep you up to date. More.

Support Vehicle Habitation During COVID-19

March 30, 2020

Mayor Kevin Faulconer
City Admin Building
11th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Council President Gómez
City Admin Building
10th Floor 202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Cate
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Moreno
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Bry
City Admin Building
10th Floor 202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Kersey
City Admin Building
10th Floor 202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Sherman
City Admin Building
10th Floor 202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Campbell
City Admin Building
10th Floor 202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Montgomery
City Admin Building
10th Floor 202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Ward
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Dear Mayor Faulconer and Members of the San Diego City Council,

The NAACP San Diego Branch joins Disability Rights California and Women Occupy San Diego in calling for immediate action by the City during this public health emergency.  We call on you to support homeless San Diegans with vehicles in engaging in social distancing and self- quarantine and to ensure access to water, food, and sanitation. Many are over 60, disabled, and/or with chronic illness which place them at higher risk of the COVID-19 virus.  

Specifically, we demand the City:

  1. Place an immediate moratorium on enforcement of the VHO and OVO ordinances, including a halt to all ticketing, citations, and arrests;
  2. Place an immediate moratorium on all towing of vehicles used for shelter for violations of “quality of life” City ordinances and state laws, such as towing for five or more parking citations, expired vehicle registration, overnight parking, illegal lodging, violation of signs prohibiting or restricting parking, or for an inoperative vehicle.
  3. Allow Vehicle Dwellers to shelter in place, including at closed park and beach parking lots and allow them to access properly maintained restrooms with running water and soap in these parks.
  4. Provide access to healthy fresh food and food vouchers, and an adequate number of properly maintained toilets, running water and showers for people living in vehicles, both those in and out of “safe lots.”
  5. Provide access to places to charge phones and medical equipment, and access to the internet for people living in vehicles, both those in and out of “safe lots” while public libraries and coffee shops remain closed.

We hope you learned a lesson from the Hep-A crisis that allowing our most vulnerable citizens to sicken and die is not only a failure of your duty as government officials and human beings, but also threatens us all. 

Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

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. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/presskit

Canceled: April 2nd, 2020 Meeting

April 2, 2020

Esteemed Allies, Sponsors, and Members,

Given the current crisis associated with COVID-19 pandemic we will not be meeting face to face, as we practice social distancing as mandated by the CDC. However, we will be working on having a virtual meeting next month.  

First and foremost I hope that you and your family are staying physically and emotionally well during these unprecedented times. In such uncertain times, it is difficult yet necessary to keep looking forward to the year ahead of us.  The Office of the President has continued to work with our partners and community to share information and resources with those in need. We appreciate the continued memberships and donations, and we continue to purchase luggage for our foster youth.  We very much look forward to reaching our goal of 100 before the deadline of May 7, 2020.

Speaking of deadlines, May 1st is the new deadline for your membership to be current if you want to run in the Branch election in the fall.  Please see the packet below for information on the valuable work you can do for Civil Rights should you be willing to serve the Branch in this way.

Sincerely,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding our April General Membership Meeting. However, please read the President’s full report and the committee reports and announcements in the interactive packet online or by viewing/downloading the entire packet. The President discusses the upcoming elections, the offices you might run for, the committees you might join, as well as a summary of how the Branch has addressed the NAACP’s six game-changers over the past six months.

We will make a decision regarding the May General Membership Meeting sometime during the month of April. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

You may always visit sandiegonaacp.org/covid for links to reliable information on the evolving COVID-19 situation.

SD Unified’s Inappropriate and Inadequate COVID-19 Response

March 30, 2020

Our country is facing one of the worst pandemics in history.  As we come together as a community, there are some egregious behaviors by the Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District and her leaders that have insulted the community in Southeastern San Diego.  The NAACP San Diego Branch finds these behaviors unacceptable and in need of addressing. They include:

  1. The Principal of Porter Elementary School, Ms. Graciela Chavez, invited her staff to a “Virtual Social Hour, It’s Wine Wednesday” on the District-paid Zoom conference forum.  Not only was alcohol in the title, but photographs of wine and alcohol graced the invitation.It is illegal to use district funds, including district paid-for e-mail AND district paid-for conferencing, for anything including alcohol.  The complete lack of morals, scruples and ethics shown by Ms. Chavez should be a reason for her dismissal. Her Area Superintendent, Mr. Bruce Bivins should also be scrutinized for allowing this egregious behavior of Ms. Chavez.  This completely Title I school demands teachers who are giving assignments and instruction to the best of their ability at this critical time. The “leader” of this school has complete disregard for her students and staff by sending out such a horrendous invitation to her staff.  These people are still getting PAID to do their jobs–not to have a happy hour at the expense of our students’ education. We call for her resignation now!
  2. The distribution of greatly needed food supplies are appreciated by all.  However, there are not enough schools opened to distribute food in the Southeastern San Diego areas.  The NAACP calls for the San Diego Unified School District to open more sites for our parents and community members during this critical time.  The District’s Food and Nutrition Services has ample help and supplies to meet this need. If Superintendent Marten had included parents from Southeastern San Diego, she would have known where to open sites to meet the needs of our children.  Her racial bias against our community continues to rear its ugly head, at a cost to our children.  
  3. San Diego Unified School District has received all of its ADA (Average Daily Attendance) money for the remainder of the year.  The money is usually spent on the educational needs of the students.  Because the schools are not “open” where is the money going that is being saved at sites for the daily operations of the school?  The on-line learning is a minimal cost to the district.  Superintendent Marten and the SDUSD Board are famous for mis-appropriating funds at their discretion.  Knowing that the district is $73Million dollars short for this school year, it behooves ones to believe that they will use the money saved from the school operations to help pay for their ongoing mismanagement of funds.  The NAACP is calling for an audit as to where this money is going. 
  4. The Superintendent bragged about “giving” 40,000 computers to our students.  Although this is newsworthy, the reality is that the computers she is giving out are ones that are already at the sites and will be obsolete once the new computers are given to sites in the fall.  And… will 40K computers meet the needs of all the students who do not know how to use the computers or do not have internet access at their homes? Again, if the Superintendent would invite our parents to her meetings, have us give her input on our reality, these egregious measures would not occur.  She continues to exclude her most needy clients, and thus proves over and over her complete lack of understanding of at-risk students. 

These are only a few examples of the Superintendent’s lack of understanding the population she claims she cares about so dearly.  It also shows the complete lack of leadership by the personnel that she has hired to care for our most needy students. A complete investigation on these issues must occur so our children will not be forced to endure one more day of behavior that would never be tolerated in the communities north of Interstate 8.

Regards,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

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. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/presskit

KPBS Offers Educational Resources

At-Home Learning: Where Children Matter

In collaboration with the San Diego County Office of Education and San Diego Unified School District, KPBS has launched an at-home learning response to school closures for all children and youth in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Information on this page is provided on a good-faith basis and we believe it will be helpful.  We do not, however, officially endorse these organizations, businesses, or individuals.

March 28th Food Distribution

Emergency Food Distribution on Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley – Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

Special Large-scale Emergency Food Distribution for 1,000 Families (1,000 Vehicles) at SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium) Saturday, March 28, 2020 9 a.m. until the food is gone WHAT: The San Diego Food Bank and the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council will host a large-scale “drive-thru” food distribution for low-income families and those affected by the…

Special Education Information Courtesy of Schwartz & Storey

What’s going to happen with special education?

At this time it is not clear what is going to happen with schools and special education. There is a lot of information out there, a good amount that is conflicting, and it is changing daily. The schools are closed and the Governor suggested they may not reopen until the fall. Many Districts are sending Prior Written Notice’s explaining services will not be provided during school closures.

Is there something you should do right now?

Absolutely, spend time with your family, stay safe, and stay informed! Remember everyone is in this together. A sudden shift in our routines makes for very big transitions that are hard on kids and adults. This is difficult when there is so much unknown. You can get good information from Federal and State Government websites like the California Department of Education (www.cdc.gov) and your local school district. 

Stay tuned for some free webinars on special education!

We take pride in providing families with the resources and tools to successfully advocate on behalf of their children. We will continue to provide free parent training online in the coming weeks. Our webinars will allow you to learn more about special education from your home. Stay tuned for upcoming dates and sign-ups!

Visit your local school district’s website! In the last week a lot of school districts have put up resources for families to use while we are under quarantine. The information is quite extensive and very useful. It is great to see how quickly these resources came together. Check out Poway Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District’s online resources!


We are grateful to:

Law Offices of Schwartz & Storey
2247 San Diego Ave Ste 237
San Diego, CA 92110-2943
[email protected]
(858) 430-8166

for this information!