The NAACP San Diego Branch extends its deep concern and heartfelt prayers for Jacob Blake and his family. After being shot under questionable circumstances in front of his three young sons, he lies paralyzed in his Kenosha, Wisconsin hospital bed. The country, still raw and reeling from Mr George Floyd, Ms Breonna Taylor, Ahmand Arbery and an endless list of black lives taken by Police in the weeks, months, years and decades before, has erupted once again in protest.
Here in San Diego, peaceful protests have resulted in injuries to both residents and police officers. Unfortunately, during the most recent demonstrations, at least one police officer chose to increase the racial tension by wearing a non-department-issued “Blue Lives Matter” face mask while on duty during the protest.
We can all agree that the protest activities surrounding the numerous killings of unarmed Black men and women nationwide is unprecedented. People from all walks of life are crying out for change. Yet the leadership for our region has largely been silent.
Visit the websites of your elected officials to see if they’ve said anything about the issue of police brutality in their official capacities over the past few weeks. We did, and here’s what we found:
Mayor Kevin Faulconer – is talking about the Sports Arena
Council President Georgette Gómez – is talking about housing (certainly a vital topic)
Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry – is silent, on legislative recess
Council Member Monica Montgomery – is silent, on legislative recess
Council Member Mark Kersey – is silent, on legislative recess
Council Member Jennifer Campbell – is silent, on legislative recess
Council Member Chris Ward – is silent, on legislative recess
Council Member Chris Cate – is talking about closed libraries and comedy clubs
Council Member Vivian Moreno – is silent, on legislative recess
Supervisor Fletcher – is talking about his budget amendments and Women’s Equality day.
Assembly Member Dr Shirley Weber – is silent
Assembly Member Todd Gloria – is silent
Senator Ben Hueso – is silent
Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins – is talking about housing (certainly a vital topic)
We have elected the aforementioned individuals to represent us. Now is the time for them to lead. Now is the time to talk about definitive plans to change “business as usual.” NOW is the time for them to demonstrate to us that you are courageous and caring. Demonstrate to us now that you are not forgetting us and as such, neglecting your duty to represent all of us. FACE this situation and RISE; do not run and hope that tensions will calm themselves.
Francine Maxwell, President NAACP San Diego Branch
Please note the following General Membership meetings of the NAACP San Diego Branch, for the purpose of election of officers and at-large members of the executive committee.
1. At 6pm on September 3rd, 2020 on sandiegonaacp.org/zoom there will be an election of the Nominating Committee (between 5-15 members). All members whose memberships are current as of 30 days prior to the meeting date may be elected to the Nominating Committee (not more than 2 being officers of the unit).
2. At 6pm on October 1st, 2020 on sandiegonaacp.org/zoom, there will be a report of the Nominating Committee, receipt of Nominations by Petition, and election of the Election Supervisory Committee. All members whose memberships are current as of May 1st of the election year, whose memberships have remained continuous throughout the election process, and who live and/or work within the unit’s jurisdiction, may be nominated for office or as an at-large member of the Executive Committee. In order to sign a nominating petition, or be elected to the Election Supervisory Committee, a member must be current as of 30 days prior to the October meeting.
3. On November 12th, 2020, the election of officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee will take place online; see sandiegonaacp.org/election for details. Polls will open from 4pm to 9pm. In order to vote in a Branch election, one must be a member in good standing of the Branch 30 days prior to the election. A form of identification is required.
Should a run-off election be necessary that election shall occur on November 19th, 2020 from 4-9pm.
We look forward to your participation in these activities.
NAACP San Diego Branch PO Box 152086 San Diego CA 92195-2086
To be eligible to vote in our Branch, you must live or work in our “jurisdiction,” which is San Diego County south of the 56 freeway. Members in good standing will by now have received an email if their address of record is not in our jurisdiction. If you have moved or if you work south of the 56, please email [email protected]
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Back in May, we wrote about the violent arrest of a woman for walking her dog. We also submitted a complaint to the Community Review Board, which is supposed to give the community a voice in the discipline of San Diego Police Department officers.
We recently received a response regarding the status of our complaint. There is evidently a large backlog of community complaints, and the CRB does not have the staff to keep up with the workload. Hope was expressed that the ballot measure to turn the CRB into a Commission on Police Practices would pass, and bring with it more funding and more staff.
People of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds came out to peacefully protest for change, and what have we gotten? The carotid restraint has been banned and the San Diego Police Department has instituted a de-escalation policy. Both of these things are welcome but not nearly sufficient. Furthermore, both of these things come from the San Diego Police Department, and no action has come from the Mayor or the City Council.
Just the other night we received a shocking example of a young man being racially profiled and illegally harassed by the SDPD. Are we just supposed to sit back and wait for the November election and 2021 to see any more change?
No. Our elected officials should be bolder leaders to the constituents of San Diego and should have immediately installed youth on the Youth Commission to get them engaged on what they want to see in their city. The empty seats on the CRB need to be filled so the backlog can be eliminated, and not left as a legacy to the incoming CRB (or CPP). There are so many more Commissions that could be helping with the racial tensions in our City. The City’s latest listing shows these vacancies on relevant boards and commissions:
Accessibility Advisory Board: 2
Citizens’ Advisory Board on Police/Community Relations: 2
Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission: 3
CRB: 7 (SEVEN!)
Human Relations Commission: 3
Senior Affairs Advisory Board: 5
Sustainable Energy Board: 6
The state of emergency and the racial tension in the City hasn’t gone on August recess like the council. The NAACP San Diego branch is calling on the Council to ensure that boards and commissions with empty seats get dealt with upon the return to business. We will not stand by and allow the newly civically-minded and engaged constituents to be ignored and disheartened. Citizen engagement is vital to democracy; disenfranchisement and despair lead only to disunity and destruction.The above mentioned arrest1 should have been dealt with by now. Justice delayed is justice denied has never been more true than regarding discipline of SDPD officers. If investigations are dragged out, if the CRB is understaffed, it guarantees the permanent denial of justice.
Francine Maxwell, President NAACP San Diego Branch