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2020 Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Parade Instructions

This year your Branch will once again march in celebration of the birth of Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Please come out and join your Branch in honoring one of the great leaders in the history of the struggle for civil rights, not to mention one of the great leaders in American and World history.

Not a Branch member? March with us anyway — all are welcome! You may join right at the parade, but even if you’re not ready to join, we want you with us.

We are asking folks to wear either their purple NAACP San Diego Branch t-shirts or their black and gold ACT-SO t-shirts. If you don’t have a shirt, come as you are! You can buy a shirt at the parade, or march in whatever feels best to you.

Here are the final details:

Let us know you’re coming: RSVP via Eventbrite

Want to help us decorate our ride? Arrive by 10:00am to 1600 Harbor Drive; text 619-567-9149 for precise information on where the decorating is happening.

Arrive by 1pm to march in the parade; meet at the fountain. NAACP members will be at the Guardian of Water round fountain on the Bay side of the County Administration Building, 1600 Harbor Drive, and will guide you to where we will march.

If you can’t find us, ask Parade officials for NAACP San Diego Branch, Division 1, Position 21. We’re between San Diego Pride and Bethel Baptist Church, if that helps.

Consider using transit! Parking around the parade is difficult. Consider taking the trolley or coaster; get off either at the Santa Fe Station or the County Center Station.

We’re looking forward to seeing YOU there!

Culture, Education, Hairstyles and the Diocese of San Diego

Jan 17, 2020

A 16-year-old young man was suspended a week ago from Mater Dei High School because of his hairstyle.  While that suspension has been rescinded, it never should have been allowed to happen at all. Diocese spokesman Kevin Eckery said that “the matter has been resolved to everyone’s satisfaction;” we are here to tell Mr Eckery that the matter most certainly has not been resolved to our satisfaction.

The Diocese of San Diego is a private institution and thus Mater Dei High School is allowed to make its own rules within certain limits.  Religious organizations are furthermore given latitude by our government on issues of faith and conscience. This latitude is not extend to illegal discrimination, nor is hairstyle a matter touched on by the Catholic faith.

Hairstyle may seem like a small matter at first glance to the lily-white and all-male leadership of the Diocese of San Diego.  What they may not recognize is the cultural importance of hairstyle. While Catholicism is mum on the issue, sects of Islam, Judaism and even Christanity regulate hairstyle.  Furthermore, African-Americans, sadly remaining suffering as we do from so much discrimination, use our hairstyles as a way to remain in touch with our long cultural heritage.

We therefore believe that the Mater Dei High School’s action consists of illegal discrimination based on race, and is not a protected exercise of their religion.  We might have expected the Diocese of San Diego, whose all-male leaders wear dresses, to have a little more flexibility and understanding toward long-standing cultural norms.  We also might have expected the Diocese of San Diego, given certain practices in their own culture that have come to light in recent years, to keep its distance from the heads and bodies of young men in its care.  

We demand the Diocese of San Diego to do better, and we stand ready to assist any efforts they make to train themselves and their employees in the African-American experience, explicit/implicit bias, and cultural sensitivity.  We are celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of San Diego residents, and we are well-equipped to help rectify this matter.

Francine Maxwell, First Vice President and Acting President
NAACP San Diego Branch

January 15th Newsletter

  • March With Us!
  • Legal Redress Office Hours
  • Mayoral Forum
  • Housing is a Health Issue 2.0
  • Health Equity Luncheon Participation by NAACP San Diego Branch
  • Watch: ACT-SO on KUSI
  • The SDPD’s Failed response to the CAB
  • Voice and Viewpoint Gala
  • Protect the CRA
  • Assistant Secretary & Treasurer, other help wanted

March with the NAACP to honor Dr King!

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HELP Wanted!

Keeping track of memberships, keeping the Branch fully informed, and managing the money may not be the most glamorous ways to advocate for Civil Rights and an end to racial discrimination, but they are crucial to getting the work done.

The ideal Assistant Secretary would:

  • Have a good mind for detail
  • Be proficient with email
  • Be familiar with Google Drive, Docs, Forms and Sheets
  • Be familiar with Adobe Acrobat or other PDF software
  • Have a high degree of integrity
  • Have good customer service skills
  • Be available the 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings of each month
  • Have an additional 4+ hours per week to devote to the vital work of the NAACP
  • Have their own laptop


The ideal Assistant Treasurer would:

  • Have a good mind for detail
  • Have a basic understanding of bookkeeping
  • Be familiar with spreadsheets and QuickBooks
  • Have a high degree of integrity
  • Have good customer service skills
  • Be available the 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings of each month
  • Have an additional 4+ hours per month to devote to the vital work of the NAACP
  • Have their own laptop

Assisting at one of these positions would not only be of great service to the NAACP San Diego Branch, it would be an excellent opportunity to see if you wanted to run for Secretary or Treasurer in our November 2020 elections. Our Treasurer has already notified us he will not run for reëlection.

To apply for these or other open positions, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/serve

Financial Readiness for College with ACT-SO

Ms Marian Foster presents:
Money Smart-FDIC
Financial Education Curriculum

CHECK IT OUT

  • Introduction to Checking Accounts
  • Using and Maintaining a checking account
  • Money Matters
  • Pay yourself first
  • Keep it safeTo your credit
  • Charge it right
  • Loan to own

Additional Young Adult Curriculum

  • Setting Financial Goals
  • Paying for College and Cars
  • A roof over your head

Date and Location TBD; check back or email us for details!


 

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Dr Weber Deserves Better

Dec 30, 2019

We heartily agree that Dr Weber deserves the honor of being the Union-Tribune’s San Diegan of 2019.  She continues to deliver on legislation that helps all Californians, and advances the cause of racial equality.  AB-392 is only the latest such bill; 2019 also saw the first reports from the SDPD from AB-953, Dr Weber’s Racial Identity and Profiling Act.  We are very proud to call Dr Weber a life member of the NAACP San Diego Branch.

The Union Tribune is highly complimentary of AB-392 and the process of negotiation and passage, which is gratifying. Sadly, if unsurprisingly, the article falls short in other ways.

We find it insulting that, unlike past honorees, Dr Weber’s photo was not used, and instead she is represented by a cartoon.  African-Americans are not cartoons, they are real people. Individual U-T reporters seem to understand this (look at Don Boomer and Eduardo Contreras’ wonderful photos of Shelby Jacobs and Robert L. Moore in Pam Kragen’s article.)  Sadly, the Editorial Board made a different choice.

To add insult to injury, the cartoonist chosen was Steve Breen, who has a very unsettling record when it comes to African-Americans.  We have not forgotten his equating James Baldwin and Toni Morrison with Jussie Smollett, for example.

Had the cartoon been the only insensitivity, we might have let it pass.  Sadly, the text is lacking as well. Much is made of Dr Weber’s ability to get AB-392 passed, but there is almost no acknowledgement (save in the otherwise-problematic cartoon) of the reason AB-392 is so desperately needed by San Diegans.  Black and brown people are still so much more likely to lose their lives by police violence; that’s the driving force behind AB-392 and AB-953. Does the U-T admit this? No.

In fact, rather than point to the recent evidence that the SDPD is in need of fundamental reform, such as might someday be delivered by Dr Weber’s work, the U-T chooses to pander to the deniers of racism by referring to shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, 5 years ago, as “justified.”  We wonder — is the U-T editorial board deliberately trying to have it both ways; to honor Dr Weber on the surface while signaling underneath to the racists? Or is the problem one of implicit bias on the part of the Board?

In summary, we are glad to see Dr Weber’s resourcefulness and political skill honored, but greatly saddened to see the causes slighted to which she has devoted her life: the full personhood, safety, and well-being of the most vulnerable San Diegans.

Sincerely,

Francine Maxwell, First Vice President
NAACP San Diego Branch