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PTA Survey: SD Unified & Online Learning

The San Diego Unified Council of PTAs is conducting a survey on how things are going in San Diego Unified this school year. The information gathered will be shared with parents, the school district and help shape the conversation at an upcoming webinar.  The webinar will be happening in November and open to all. 

This survey is meant for all who are actively involved in assisting with online learning, even if the student does not reside in your home or if you are not the parent/guardian.

The survey is live now and will close on October 30th.  It should take less than 5 minutes and your responses are completely anonymous.

El Consejo Unificado de Padres y Maestros de San Diego estan llevando a cabo una encuesta sobre cómo van las cosas en el Distrito Unificado de San Diego este año escolar. La información recopilada se compartirá con los padres, el distrito escolar y ayudará a dar forma a una conversación en un próximo seminario web.  El seminario web se realizará en noviembre y estará abierto a todos. 

Esta encuesta está dirigida a todos los que participan activamente en la asistencia del aprendizaje en línea, incluso si el estudiante no reside en su casa o si no es el padre o tutor.

La encuesta está en vivo ahora y se cerrará el 30 de octubre.  Tomará menos de 5 minutos y sus respuestas son completamente anónimas.

Congratulations to La Mesa on Community Police Oversight Board

October 15, 2020

The NAACP San Diego Branch would like to extend its sincerest congratulations and thanks to the citizens of La Mesa on the approval of the new Community Police Oversight Board!  It was united citizen action that got the board approved; this is what true civic engagement looks like.  You have made your city a safer place for all by your action.

Now that you’ve taken such a great first step, rise up and press on!  Be the voice for your neighbors, and demand a transparent, nationwide search for your next Police Chief.  Demand that your elected officials involve you in every step they take.  Demand that you be a full partner in reimagining your police force, and reshaping it into a model for what police forces in our area need to become.

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Arts & Culture Funding


FY22 Arts & Culture Funding Applications now available!

What funding opportunities are available?

  • Organizational Support Program (OSP): General operating support to arts and culture nonprofits
  • Creative Communities San Diego (CCSD): Arts and culture project support to any nonprofit (fiscal sponsors may be used for projects without a 501c3/501c6)

What’s new this year?

  • Match requirement reduced to 1:1!
  • More workshops!
  • Using a fiscal sponsor? We can help!

What do you need to know? 

RFQ Application Timeline: October 12, 2020 – November 13, 2020

Access all application materials here:

Resources to help you apply:

Upcoming Workshops: Introduction to Arts and Culture Funding Opportunities hosted by Council Districts

FY22 RFQ Workshops: OSP & CCSD– Join staff as we take a deep dive into the RFQ and guidelines. Register by clicking on links below:

Office HoursSIGN UP– These 30 min meetings are meant to provide 1:1 support to help you apply.

Fiscal Sponsorship 101– Join if you’re a project producer or a fiscal sponsor and want to learn about applying for funding.

Check out our website to find resources to apply including technical assistance materials and more:

HABLAMOS ESPANOL! Porfavor contacte a Karla si necesita ayuda en español: [email protected]

Let’s take a moment to discuss how we got here…2020 has been a year like no other. And here you are, applying for funding for 2021/2022 when you may not even know when you can open your doors or if you can produce your festival. We’re here to help. We’ve lowered the match requirement to help you with cash-flow. We’ve increased our technical assistance and we’re eager to work with you, one-on-one. Did you know, you can work with a fiscal sponsor if you don’t have a 501c3/501c6 ? You can! Attend our Fiscal Sponsorship 101 workshop where we will cover how to apply with a fiscal sponsor. And, if you are a 501C3/ 501c6 and want to become a fiscal sponsor, we invite you to join the workshop as well! We are available to provide support in Spanish throughout every step of the process. Si necesita ayuda en español, estamos disponibles para apoyarlos en cada paso del proceso.
 Let’s make 2021 and 2022 the best it can be. We’re here to help!

Arts & Culture Funding for BIPOC Communities


In response to the onslaught of COVID-19 and its disproportionate impact on communities of color, one-time emergency general operating support is available to arts and culture organizations serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities. Preference will be given to eligible organizations that intentionally serve BIPOC communities and didn’t receive support through the City’s fiscal year 2021 Organization Support Program or Creative Communities San Diego funding categories.

What do you need to know?

We look forward to working with you!

CGI is a one-time special grant initiative in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic funded by Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money awarded to the California Arts Council (CAC) through the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and allocated to their State-Local Partners, including the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

Watch: President Maxwell on #GivingTuesday



Each week I Am My Brother’s Keeper serves serve over 800 hundred families through their COVID-19 safe curbside grab and go distribution, walk-ups,  and home deliveries.  In addition, IAMBK offers certification courses in construction, basic math and reading, and resume review. IAMBK also aids with job searching skills, and basic computer skills. IAMBK also has a mentoring program, reaching out to families and youth that may have a need for positive role models. Lastly, once a week members of IAMBK walk neighborhoods and talk with the youth about the 3 p’s: personal health, personal wealth, and personal protection. This teaches youth the importance of healthy living while introducing them to the organizations, small businesses and activists in their communities already doing their part to create a safer wealthier and a more socially conscious California.

Ugly Educational Politics in Sweetwater UHSD

October 12, 2020


So here we go again — the politics of education are rearing their ugly heads — this time in the Sweetwater School District. The district is proposing naming a new superintendent without any input from the community whose children are attending the schools. This scenario is only too familiar, as San Diego Unified School district played the same game with the current Superintendent, Cindy Marten. The story they fabricated on how she was appointed was nothing short of a blatant lie to the public. Her credentials, work ethic and knowledge of running an entire school district has been a sham from day one.

Sweetwater, RISE UP! Do not let your students, community and teachers be led by Mr. Moises Aguirre, who does not even possess a teaching or administrative credential! Mr. Aguirre was run out of San Diego Unified for corruption and deceit. He lied on behalf of the San Diego Unified School Board Member, Richard Barrera, in a case involving inappropriate teacher/student relationships. 

Now the Sweetwater school board wants to appoint him as the new Interim Superintendent without any regard to other qualified candidates who hold the proper credentials. There are currently no policies or procedures in place for the length of time someone can be “acting” superintendent. Therefore, Mr. Aguirre could be “Interim Superintendent” for a very long time. (It should also be noted that one of the Sweetwater board members is the Godfather of one of Mr. Aguirre’s children. Nepotism at its finest!)

The financial status of the Sweetwater district is still not solvent. Appointing a person strongly suspected of outright lies to protect board members as leader for this district is a crime. Does the Board of Education in Sweetwater want an unqualified Superintendent, like Cindy Marten, to be the face of the district while they run the district into the ground?

Sweetwater, RISE UP! Stop this outright corruption before it begins. Contact the San Diego County Office of Education Superintendent, Dr Paul Gothold ([email protected]) immediately and demand that a fair and just process occur to appoint the next superintendent. It is your right to have a leader who not only worked in education, but understands what students need to attain greatness. The students, community and teachers deserve only the best, and Mr. Aguirre is far, far from that.

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch