Please welcome Vatrice George as Chair of our Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics program for high school youth!
Vatrice is a Native San Diegan who attended college in NYC receiving her B.A. in English. After living in the NY/NJ area for 22 years, she moved back to California in 2018.
Vatrice has worked in Administrative roles at several academic and research institutions. She currently works as a contractor for the Defense Health Agency and is a co-owner of a local clothing store.
Vatrice is a lover of the arts, particularly the literary word. While living on the east coast Vatrice volunteered at several non-profit organizations including the Covenant House, One Brick NY and LISC Newark. She also collaborated with Entrepreneurship and Arts organizations sponsored by Newark Mayor’s Office. Vatrice is excited to have the opportunity to assist in continuing ACT-SO’s mission of recognizing creative talent and academic achievement within the African American youth community.
Please visit our home page if you are a high school student interested in winning scholarships and competing on a local or even national level!
The City of San Diego has released its draft “CAPER” (Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report). This report describes how the City is doing spending HUD grant money.
The report is always eye-opening. In it, for example, you will find that they plan to help 62,000 people with equity issues over the 5 years of the period, and they have helped a grand total of 2,400 people in the first year (page 2.)
Another thing you will find is that $61M of HOME funds were spent with a total of 9 contractors, all of them white men (page 11.)
The public comment period on the report closes December 1st. We encourage you to read and comment on the reports; send your comments in writing to [email protected].
Chief David Nisleit San Diego Police Department 1401 Broadway Ave San Diego, CA 92101
Dear Chief Nisleit,
We are writing to express our concerns with regards to on-duty San Diego Police Officers wearing Thin Blue Line facial coverings, as well as officers lacking facial coverings while on duty. Both of these actions violate Department regulations, and negatively affect the communities these officers serve. We are writing as concerned members of the public, as well as members of the NAACP San Diego Branch.
SDPD Policy Manual (9.14) states that on-duty officers may not “Engage in any political activity during working hours or in any City work area”. The Thin Blue Line mask is a direct political response to the recent Black Lives Matter Movement. While we appreciate the intent of the Thin Blue Line / Blue Lives Matter campaign, this symbol serves to further incite division and hostility within our community. When the Thin Blue Line mask is worn during law enforcement activities (while writing citations, conducting searches, supervising protests, etc) it creates fear, intimidation, and distrust, further isolating law enforcement officers from the community. It also goes against the police chief directive to only wear solid color masks.
This dynamic also threatens the intent of The Non-Biased Policing Policy (9.31 of the SDPD Policy Manual): “The Department’s commitment to non-bias based policing includes providing all members with ongoing training related to biases, including implicit, overt, and bias by proxy, and all members are expected to understand their negative impacts on policing.” The Thin Blue Line mask does not reflect a Department that respects or embraces non-biased policing practices.
The lack of facial covering worn by SDPD on-duty officers directly impacts the safety of the community. By further exposing individuals to the coronavirus, and by reflecting the notion that masks are not necessary, the SDPD does not fulfill its mission to protect and serve. By resisting basic safety precautions (such as wearing a mask while on duty) SDPD fails to offer its citizens the service they are entitled to as citizens. This resistance to wearing a mask also creates a negative example to the public.
For the sake of transparency and improved safety to our public, please respond to the below questions:
Have SDPD officers been counselled against the display of political symbols and messages while on duty? Have you addressed the Thin Blue Line masks?
Who is enforcing the requirement that SDPD officers wear masks while on duty? Is there a standard procedure to check uniforms and appearance before each shift?
We appreciate your response and proposed resolutions as we continue to explore the opportunities of a better connection between law enforcement and the public.
The NAACP San Diego Branch supports and applauds Assemblywoman Weber’s proposal to create a commission to study reparations for the enslavement of more than 4 million Africans and their descendants from 1619 to 1865. As recognized by Weber’s bill, AB3121, the true costs of slavery and the systematic racism that followed, continues to reverberate throughout the Country, denying African Americans economic prosperity, educational opportunities and the full panoply of rights guaranteed under the U.S. and California Constitution.
As recognized by the United States with victims of the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps and stolen lands of Native Americas, the United States has a moral and legal imperative to study not only how individual and corporate slaveowners wrongfully benefited from labor and lives of enslaved people, but to compensate for the economic and cultural damage caused by 400 years of systemic racism. These three historic examples of reparations can help us understand how to confront America’s “original sin.”
In 2000, the US government (Clinton) signed a treaty whereby Germany agreed to set aside 10 billion Deutsche marks to compensate all United States victims (including those who emigrated to the U.S.) of the Nazis. Both the German Government and German companies (most notably Deutsche Bank AG, Volkswagen, and BMW) contributed equally to a fund known as the “Remembrance, Responsibility, and the Future” Fund. Such treaty ended series of class action lawsuits known as the “In re Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation” to compensate Jews and non-Jews specifically for slave and forced labor they performed for German industry during the war. One of the lawsuits resulted in a $1.25 billion dollar settlement by Swiss Banks for victims of the Holocaust. Before the treaty was signed, President Bill Clinton established the “The Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States,” to investigate U.S. assets acquired after 1933, and to determine whether any U.S. assets were originally the property of European Jews.
In 1988, the US government (Reagan) signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which provided $20,000 in reparations (tax free) to the surviving victims of the Japanese Internment Camps. This bill paid nearly 62,000 surviving victims. Before the passage of this law, the US Congress created a special commission to examine the issue of reparations and recommended that compensation be paid, concluding that the evacuation order, based on war hysteria and racial prejudice, violated Japanese families’ Constitutional rights.
In 1946, the US government, passed the Indian Claims Act of 1946 to thank Native Americans for their military service in WWII. The US government created the “Indian Claims Commission” which allowed First Nation tribes to bring claims of reparations (such as takings of land) against the United States. By the time the commission was adjourned in 1978, the US Government awarded $818,172,606.64 in claims.
Weber’s Bill recognizes centuries of injustice and its effect towards a distinct population of United States citizens. Creating a task force to study reparations is an important step that was taken both by Reagan and Clinton. The NAACP San Diego Branch will continue to support Dr. Weber’s efforts in Sacramento to heal our Nation.
I am writing to invite you to a roundtable discussion about Measure B, and next steps in the transformation of the current Community Review Board on Police Practices (CRB) into an independent Commission on Police Practices.
In preparing for this roundtable, we compiled a large list of local community groups. We are writing to you because of your leadership in the San Diego NAACP. If there is someone else in your group who would be a better fit to represent your organization, please feel free to forward this message to them.
The roundtable will be online, and will take place on Monday, November 30 at 4pm.
The purpose of this roundtable is threefold:
To share documents developed by the CRB’s Ad Hoc Transition Committee (which was formed to plan the transition of the board into a commission, in anticipation of Measure B’s passage). These documents include a timeline for the transition, and a list of key concerns for the City Council’s consideration in drafting an implementation ordinance for Measure B.
To answer any questions community organizations may have about Measure B and the new Commission on Police Practices.
To solicit feedback from community organizations, specifically on which aspects you feel to be most important for the new Commission on Police Practices.
The roundtable will be co-hosted by:
Patrick Anderson, current CRB member, chair of the Outreach Committee, member of the Ad Hoc Transition Committee Poppy Fitch, current CRB member and 2nd vice chair Andrea St. Julian, author of Measure B and member of San Diegans for Justice
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