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ACT-SO Honorees!

ACT-SO held its 2018 Showcase on April 21st.  Five students competed, winning the following honors:
 

Ms Jor’Denay Collier, Gold (for her performance of “MR DRUG DEALER”) and Silver (for her poem “12:06 am”)
 

Ms Sydney Kelly, Bronze (for her performance of “BLACK”) and Honorable Mention (for her poem “Values”)
 

Mr Frankie Germany, Bronze (for his Mathematics paper “Visualizing Variation”) and Honorable Mention (for his saxophone rendition of “Isn’t She Lovely”)
 

Mr Noland Nixon, Honorable Mention (for his rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love”)
 

Ms Amy Amoah, Honorable Mention (for her essay “Childhood Sexual Abuse”)
 
The NAACP San Diego and the ACT-SO Committee congratulate our fine Olympians on their hard work and achievement!

April 17 District Attorney Forum

The District Attorney is a crucial position.  The District Attorney’s office decides what charges to file against people, young or old, black or white or latino, Christian or Muslim or Atheist, civilian or police officer.  A District Attorney can contribute to the School-to-Prison Pipeline or squeeze it out of existence.

If anything needs your attention this election season, it’s the race for district attorney.  We urge you to research the candidates:

Geneviéve Jones-Wright: https://www.joneswrightforda.com/
Summer Stephan: https://www.summerstephanforsandiegoda.com/

See what each of them stands for, and decide which of them should be in charge of the machinery of justice.

We held a forum on April 17th for them to present their views to the NAACP and the public; only Geneviéve Jones-Wright made time for us.

2018-04-17 DA Forum

32 new photos · Album by Communications NAACP San Diego

 

Dr Martin Luther King Day 2018

The branch participated in many celebrations of Dr Martin Luther King’s life and work on the weekend dedicated to him.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY DECISION IN THE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING OF MR. ALFRED OLANGO

San Diego, California – 26 January 2017 – The NAACP San Diego Branch is outraged by the decision of the District Attorney to bring no charges against officer Gonzalves for the shooting and killing of Mr. Alfred Olango, an innocent, unarmed, African male who was experiencing mental distress. ”This decision is a gross miscarriage of justice,” said Dr. André J. Branch, President of the NAACP San Diego Branch. The NAACP is saddened for Mr. Olango’s family and is saddened that the name, Alfred Olango, will now be added to the long list of unarmed Black Americans killed in police involved shootings and/or encounters. Among these names are Ezell Ford, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddy Gray, Sandra Bland, Orlando Castille, and Alton Sterling.

The facts are that at the time that Mr. Olango was killed he was mentally distraught and unarmed. His sister had called the police three separate times to ask for help for her brother who was behaving erratically. He was hemmed in by a fence, officers with a gun, a taser, and a police vehicle. Police officers had their guns drawn in a shooting stance. One officer at the scene deployed a taser; the other officer shot and killed Mr. Olango. The killing of Mr. Olango was inconsistent with good policing. “Police officers should have de-escalated the situation as is often done with white individuals whom they perceive to be threats,” said Dr. André J. Branch, President of the NAACP San Diego Branch. Officers clearly need more training in de-escalating situations.

Given the sister’s cry for help for her brother who was experiencing a psychotic break, members of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) should have been dispatched. The NAACP calls on the county to allocate additional resources to expand the number of Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams.The process for investigation of police involved shootings is flawed when the police department in which the officer is employed conducts the investigation into the killing and presents the findings to the District Attorney for a decision. This policy and practice must be changed. Moreover, the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights allows all aspects of the investigation to be conducted under a shroud of secrecy. The Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights also allowed the police officer, whom we know shot and killed a man, to walk freely in the community and the society while his colleagues, the police, investigated the killing, and while the District Attorney decided what to do with him. Dr. Branch insists, “No special interest group needs its own special bill of rights. The Bill of Rights that is presently a part of the United States Constitution should be sufficient to protect all of us.”

The NAACP invites all citizens of goodwill, including police officers, to demand equality in the criminal justice system by joining us in working towards abolishing the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.

The District Attorney has called the shooting of Mr. Olango, “a justified shooting.” The shooting and killing of an unarmed innocent man cannot be justified. Consider the message that this decision sends to the San Diego County Citizenry. Now, a segment of the citizenry is afraid to call the police for help. The NAACP San Diego Branch calls on the California Attorney Office and the United States Justice Department to investigate this police involved shooting.

Contact: Dr. André J. Branch, President, NAACP San Diego Branch, 619.315.7035, [email protected] , P.O. Box 152086 · San Diego, CA 92195-2086

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ACT-SO Honorees!

ACT-SO held its 2018 Showcase on April 21st.  Five students competed, winning the following honors:   Ms Jor’Denay Collier, Gold (for her performance of “MR DRUG DEALER”) and Silver (for her poem “12:06 am”)   Ms Sydney Kelly, Bronze (for her performance of “BLACK”) and Honorable Mention (for her poem …

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Jor’Denay Brings Down the House

Our San Diego Gold Winner, Jor’Denay Collier, brought the house down at the 40th NAACP ACT-SO Awards in San Antonio.  She was the final performer of the competition.  Her performance was better even than she displayed in San Diego!  We may be biased, but we thought she was magnificent! Jor’Denay …

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The 40th Annual ACT-SO Competition

The ACT-SO team had a great time at the awards.  It was amazing to see so many African-Americans gathered in one place not to discuss issues or problems, but simply to celebrate the magnificence of African-American youth. Our local Gold medallist, Jor’Denay, didn’t medal at National despite a stunning performance, …

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Casa del Rey Moro Tour

On the evening of August 31st, take a world tour through 6000 years of African world history with the NAACP San Diego branch ACT-SO program! The house of the Moorish King is open to visitors for a thorough education (or re-education) of the rich history of Africa and its contribution …

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2018-2019 ACT-SO Kickoff

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