Our President joined our Housing Chair, Carol Spong at the hearing on September 13th regarding our lawsuit against the San Diego Housing Commission, alleging that the way the Commission sets Section 8 voucher values, and its impact on people of color and low-income San Diego Residents, should be changed to be more equitable.
We were also joined by our Assistant Treasurer, Wanda Rogers and NAACP members Abdul Waliullah Muhammad and Bro. Charles 3X, as well as at least one Section 8 client.
The Court has directed the San Diego Housing Commission to share the documents we have been requesting for four months now and that is a win, the Housing Commission is not allowed to withhold this evidence and we feel this evidence will further demonstrate the extent to which the Section 8 payment standards perpetuate racial segregation.
Overall, we had some gains and some setbacks, but we are still moving forward. There is a lot of information that the Commission has not given us that we need for our case and the judge authorized us to get as least some of it from the Commission. We will be doing that as well as working to get everything we need to prevail in this case. Our extraordinary attorneys, Paraja Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Bryan Pease and James Crosby are putting in incredible hours and doing an incredible job for the people and for the NAACP.
This will be a long case but we are in it to win it. We will keep you posted on developments. It appears clear that we will need to go beyond the courtroom to other methods of persuasion to achieve our goal of equity in housing in San Diego. Stay tuned. Thanks to those who came out and supported us in the courtroom.
To: Chris Carter, San Clemente High School Principal Kirsten M. Vital, Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent
On the evening of September 13, 2019, the Lincoln High School football team played San Clemente High School at the invitation of San Clemente. This game was sanctioned by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), and was subject to its rules and regulations, which mandate respect for all participants.
During the game, multiple spectators heckled the Lincoln players and cheer squad, repeatedly using racial slurs include the “n-word.” Furthermore, cheer squad members were racially harassed in restrooms, again including the “n-word.” This harassment came not only from high-school-age youth, but also from adult fans.
Four different Lincoln parents appealed to adults in San Clemente gear, attempting to get contact information for San Clemente administrators. While they were assured that administrative staff would be contacted, they received no response. There was no attempt to correct the situation over the public address system. The cheer squad, closer to the spectators and therefore in more direct contact with the racists in attendance, were advised to leave the game, and did so.
We are shocked and disgusted that such blatant racism would occur in 2019 at an athletic contest for high school students. Athletics are part of the educational system, and all of the anti-discrimination law and policy that applies in the classroom applies on the field and on the premises of an athletic contest. Furthermore, CIF prohibits discrimination and commands respect for all players and personnel.
While we are shocked and disgusted at the harassment itself, we are outraged and the lack of response shown from the San Clemente administration. You may be sure that we, along with our colleagues in the NAACP Orange County Branch, will be pursuing all avenues to see that this sort of harassment does not occur again.
We call on San Clemente High School and the Capistrano Unified School District to take the following actions:
Institute a program of implicit bias training for all their athletics staff, including coaches and administrators.
Provide an administrative contact to each opposing team who will be responsible for addressing such activity the moment it occurs at any future athletic contest.
An announcement over the public address system at all remaining 2019-2020 athletic contests reaffirming that respect is to be shown to all visiting athletes.
We stand ready to assist with bias training and other resources to improve the attitude and response of the staff of such athletic events.
We are considering further action, including seeking forfeiture of the game and suspension of SCHS from the CIF, as well as filing formal complaints with CUSD, the Equity Office of the California Department of Education, and the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Education. We also refer you to the August 28th Collins v. Torlakson (Case No. F075781) decision reaffirming our right to pursue remedy in court over incidents such as these.
We invite you to have a serious discussion with us.
Clovis Honoré, President NAACP San Diego Branch
Cc: Stephanie Brown, Lincoln High School Principal Cindy Marten, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, San Diego Unified School District Trustee NAACP Orange County Branch California Interscholastic Federation
The NAACP California-Hawaii State Conference will hold its annual convention from October 25th-27th in Los Angeles. We are entitled to up to six voting delegates. At our September 5th General Membership Meeting, the following delegates were elected:
Join the ACT-SO crew with a visit to Black Xpression, an open mic opportunity that appeals to the Black Community. With ACT-SO we have seen the works of various teen artists to include poets, singers, musicians and more. We invite you all to uplift our competitors that are brave enough to perform their work at this venue!
Student attendees will receive $5 credit toward food purchased at the event.
FORGING TERRITORIES features African-American and Latinx members of the LGBTQ community pioneering in a frequently inhospitable land. It presents artists engaged in cultural storytelling that describes themselves, their friends, and their environments in striking visual ways.
The NAACP had its national convention July this year and unanimously passed three separate resolutions expressing support for and solidarity with LGBTQ Americans. This tour not only offers the opportunity for us to put these resolutions into action but it also provides a unique experience for creative students to find new inspiration for future artwork.