COVID-19 and Educational Civil Rights

10am May 7th

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: COVID-19 and Educational Civil Rights: A Rising Tide of Litigation Issues. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

COVID-19 has wreaked unprecedented havoc on families, schools and school districts across the nation. Above all, it has magnified racial and ethnic inequities not just in schools, but also across communities and states. While states and school districts have physically closed many schools, they still have duties to deliver a quality education to every child and to deliver that education in an equitable and meaningful manner.

Job Rights & COVID-19

Blue Cross-Blue Shield presents top California Employment Lawyer, Angela Reddock-Wright, will provide up-to-date information regarding employer obligations to their employees in the wake of the pandemic. She will provide an overview of the new federal stimulus bill and share federal, state and local resources. And she will answer your questions!

Online Friday, May 1, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT

Register here

COVID-19 Testing Available

Testing May 4th – May 8th at Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Family Health Centers of San Diego

Since there is no vaccine or medication, the best way to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19) is to avoid being exposed to it. You can protect yourself the following ways: Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

This service comes to us highly recommended. Please share your experiences with us if you try it!

MANDATORY Informational Session

ACT-SO Showcase Goes On — Online, That Is

We have received guidance from ACT-SO National as to how we can hold an online competition. It will be very different in some ways from prior years, but it will still celebrate the achievements of our amazing students, and will still allow them to win scholarships and a chance to compete at a national level.

There will be a MANDATORY INFORMATIONAL SESSION, also via Zoom.  Details:

MANDATORY SESSION:

5pm – 6pm
Wednesday April 29th, 2020

During this informational session, we will give you details about how this year’s Showcase is going to work, and requirements placed on our competition by our National organization.  Some of these requirements include:

  • No spectators allowed in the Showcase, and no recordings
  • Competitors must be alone while competing; no one else may be in the room
  • The Zoom application must be used (it is available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android)
  • Audio and video must be on at all times

Please ensure that you are able to use Zoom in advance of the mandatory informational session; instructions are available should you need them.  Everyone is welcome to join the informational session; competitors must attend but guardians and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

COMPETITORS MUST ATTEND THE INFORMATIONAL SESSION in order to compete.  If you absolutely cannot attend on Wednesday evening, please get in touch ASAP.

If you have questions in advance of the informational session, please write [email protected].

Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday!

The competitions will be held:

Saturday May 23rd, 2020
2-4pm
Saturday May 30th, 2020
2-4:30pm
Humanities
• Written Poetry
Performing Arts
• Poetry Performance
• Contemporary Vocal Music
• Contemporary Instrumental Music
• Classical Instrumental Music
Visual Arts
• Painting
• Photography
• Filmmaking
STEM
• Medicine and Health
• Mathematics
• Computer Science
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Mayor Faulconer’s Reactivation Coalition – Same Old, Same Old

April 26, 2020

Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

We read with a distinct lack of interest Mayor Faulconer’s recent announcement (https://www.sandiego.gov/mayor/news/releases/mayor-faulconer-supervisor-cox-announce-binational-and-bipartisan-group-plan-reactivation) regarding his coalition to reactivate the “economy.”

Our mayor is so consistent, he has hobgoblins coming out his ears.  There is simply no problem in the City which cannot be solved, in the Mayor’s view, by cozying up to big developers and big business, and getting his marching orders straight from the horse’s … mouth.

We will leave aside for the moment his repeated attempts to disguise handing out big contracts to his backers for the Convention Center by claiming it’s funding for the homeless.  Instead, we want to talk about his new coalition to “reactivate the economy.”

COVID-19 is hard on everyone, sure.  As usual, however, the rich have their mega-yachts to quarantine on, and the poor and the black and the brown take the brunt.  Artists, barbers, musicians, cooks, hairstylists, students and all manner of gig workers have been decimated by the stay-at-home orders necessitated by COVID-19.  To whom does the mayor turn for advice on crisis recovery?  Those who have been hurt most?

No.  In an utterly predictable move, the Mayor has gone to his backers in the big business community, so they can whisper in his ear their advice for increasing the stranglehold they already have on the wealth of this nation.  We are utterly tired of Mayor Kevin running home to Daddy every time there is an issue.

We call on Mayor Faulconer to show true leadership.  We call on Mayor Faulconer to show some interest in the life of this city BEYOND the profits of the rich.  It is not merely the *economy* that needs to be restarted, but *life*, and that includes workers and artists and food and culture and style and public engagement.  We call on the mayor to include more than one token labor group.  We call on the mayor to seek advice from people who see more than a balance sheet.

Unless we as a City, State and Nation take deliberate steps to cultivate the life of our culture, not just our wallets, we will end up in a nation recovered to a sterile engine of commerce, devoid of actual life.

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch