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Kevin C. Alvin: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

The NAACP San Diego Branch is pleased to honor Kevin C. Alvin at our 2019 Freedom Fund Dinner!

Kevin C. Alvin is the Assistant Business Manager with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569, and he has helped facilitate the careers of over 3500 men and women within the electrical industry.
 
Kevin  C.  Alvin understands that finding a career, of which an individual can be proud, is sometimes a daunting task.  At the IBEW, Kevin works hard to aid IBEW members in maximizing their career opportunities.  By understanding local needs in the electrical industry, Kevin guides electrical industry members toward securing special skills that will provide them with additional employment opportunities.  Additionally, Kevin assists contractors, within the electrical industry, to understand the parameters of local labor laws, and how to best utilize IBEW’s skilled and trained workforce.
 
Kevin C.  Alvin is dedicated to helping men and women secure leadership positions in the electrical industry, by mentorship and guidance throughout their careers.  As Recording Secretary of the local non-profit Electrical Workers Minority Caucus of San Diego and Imperial Counties, he performs outreach to various STEAM schools throughout San Diego County.  In his outreach, Kevin creates fun and innovative activities for students and educators, to facilitate learning about the day-to-day activities within the electrical industry.
 
Kevin  C.  Alvin is a California state-certified electrician, and he has worked in the electrical industry for over 25 years. Kevin holds an apprentice graduate certificate in electricity from the San Diego Electrical Training Center.  He is a proud Navy veteran, who served honorably for 5 years.  His tours of duty included Desert Storm and Desert Shield as a gunner’s mate missile technician.

The Freedom Fund Dinner is an annual event that, in addition to celebrating our supporters, recognizes groups and individuals who have contributed to the cause of Civil Rights and racial justice throughout the City, County, State and Nation. This year will be an extraordinary celebration, as we look back on the 100 years since the founding of the San Diego Branch, and look forward to our bright future.

The evening is sure to be memorable and enjoyable for all.



Press Conference and Rally: End SDHC Section 8 Discrimination

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The above map shows how the SDHC forces Section 8 voucher holders into neighborhoods where people of color have been concentrated for a century.


After being sued by NAACP and San Diego Tenant Union for the racially discriminatory manner in which San Diego Housing Commission administers its housing voucher program, the Housing Commission received a 14 percent increase in funding for this program–$20 million annually–due to fair market rents going up. However, instead of keeping up with fair market rent, the Housing Commission instead made the gap even larger between what a voucher is worth and how much it actually costs to rent a home.

The disparity between what it costs to rent a unit and what the Housing Commission sets as a voucher level is especially pronounced in high-income, predominantly white neighborhoods. The Housing Commission intentionally sets voucher levels to more closely match market rents in low-income, racially segregated neighborhoods.

The actions SDHC took on July 1, 2019, denies housing opportunities to low-income families with Section 8 vouchers, and perpetuates racial segregation.

The lawsuit plaintiffs (the NAACP San Diego Branch, the San Diego Tenant Union, and Darlisa McDowell) and their counsel (Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Esq., Bryan Pease, Esq., and Jim Crosby, Esq.) will hold a press conference outside the next Housing Commission meeting:

Where: Sidewalk outside of SDHC, 1122 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019

The disparity between the voucher level and what the Housing Commission sets as a voucher level is especially pronounced in high-income, predominantly white neighborhoods. The Housing Commission intentionally sets voucher levels to more closely match market rents in low-income, racially segregated neighborhoods.

The actions SDHC took on July 1, 2019, denies housing opportunities to low-income families with Section 8 vouchers, and perpetuates racial segregation. 

The lawsuit plaintiffs (the NAACP San Diego Branch, the San Diego Tenant Union and Darlisa McDowell) and their counsel (Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Esq and Bryan Pease, Esq) will hold a press conference outside the next Housing Commission meeting:

Where: Sidewalk outside of SDHC, 1122 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019

Jason Sevier: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

The NAACP San Diego Branch is pleased to honor Jason Sevier at our 2019 Freedom Fund Dinner!

Jason Sevier is a native San Diegan and University City High School Alumni. He attributes his Godly knowledge to his foundation at Calvary Baptist Church where he first learned to be an attendant for the Lord.  He became a more distinguished public servant when he entered the United States Navy in nineteen ninety-three. He has continued to anchor himself under the vigilant guidance of Pastor Gary at New Creation Church of San Diego. 


He continued his honorable servitude by working for the city of San Diego Department of Fire and Life Safety Services and later transitioned to the City of Coronado. 


Outside of his career of public service, Jason continues his commission by devoting his energy to Fidelity Lodge #10 Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons. 


He has always been intrigued with his family history of the Fraternal Organization of Freemasonry. With the support and encouragement of several of his uncles, Jason initiated his candidacy in 2009.  Bound by ambition and drive to be an active member of his lodge, Jason graciously shouldered the work of Worshipful Master for two terms beginning in twenty seventeen.  Under his two terms, Fidelity Lodge #10 Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons cemented several notable stones of their legacy. This includes making a significant impact to improve poverty, giving back to the community, and making better men out of good men. Today, Jason continues to go above and beyond by making generous contributions of time and support to other local small businesses and community members all while currently serving as Worthy Patron of Ruth Chapter Eleven of the Eastern Stars and raising his only son.
Jason embraces the mission of showing great concern for and giving to those less fortunate. He continues to look for ways to make a more tangible impact by enlisting and empowering others to also have the same compassion for the less fortunate.  Jason has graciously started his own food ministry in an effort to outreach.  


When he is not at church, work, or the lodge, one can most likely find him either spending time with his family or perfecting his bowling  & barbecuing skills. He has made a name for himself in both areas. Passionate about his grill mastery, Jason still finds the ability to marry the assignment of tithing time for good with the satisfaction of a calculated and intricately well-prepared meal. 
   
Graciously, Jason accepts the NAACP honors in hopes of raising more awareness of social, educational, and economic injustice that are still very present in San Diego today and engage us in a call to action for change. 

The Freedom Fund Dinner is an annual event that, in addition to celebrating our supporters, recognizes groups and individuals who have contributed to the cause of Civil Rights and racial justice throughout the City, County, State and Nation. This year will be an extraordinary celebration, as we look back on the 100 years since the founding of the San Diego Branch, and look forward to our bright future.

The evening is sure to be memorable and enjoyable for all.



WIN Presents: Daddy Hunger

The Women in the NAACP Committee will be showing the documentary Daddy Hunger at its September 26th meeting. Any women interested in viewing this powerful film about missing fathers and how they affect the lives of the families they leave behind. After the film there will be a conversation led by Mr Kahalifa King. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us!

For more information, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/daddy-hunger.


US Bank, 2nd floor
September 26th, 6-7:30pm
5100 Federal Blvd
San Diego, CA 92105

If you’d like to learn more about WIN, please visit our page, sandiegonaacp.org/win, or write us at [email protected].

Watch: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch STEM Camp

This year’s STEM camp at Bell Middle School was bigger and longer than last year’s. Nearly 30 students participated, learning electrical engineering, computer programming, and even a little business, marketing, and entrepreneurship!

While we’ll have some photos of the other parts of the camp to post eventually, engineering and programming are famously non-photogenic. It’s always the CEO’s who get the press, and our camp is no different!

Well, it is different, because in our camp, all the kids got their turn to be CEO and be part of the product pitch. Watch them all here:

We are very thankful to the major sponsors of our camp, SDG&E and Wells Fargo!

Would you like to be part of our future efforts at bringing premium STEM experiences to the underserved? Write [email protected] or donate by clicking below:

Vincent Riveroll: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

The NAACP San Diego Branch is pleased to honor Vincent Riveroll at our 2019 Freedom Fund Dinner!

“With Students First”

Vincent Riveroll is the founding director of Gompers Preparatory Academy (GPA), serving as the school’s executive leader and principal teacher since 2004. A cum laude alumnus of Duquesne University and an educator for over 25 years, he has earned various distinctions for his innovative work, including Educator of the Year by the San Diego Urban League Young Professionals in 2005 and multiple “Teacher of the Year” recognitions.

Under Director Riveroll’s transformative leadership, GPA has achieved many successes that have positively impacted students, families, and the surrounding community. Forging a partnership with UC San Diego and later expanding GPA to high school grades in 2009, he has ensured that historically underserved students would gain opportunities to succeed in rigorous, college prep coursework. With 74% of GPA graduates accepted to four-year universities over the past eight years, GPA now has a strong reputation for providing a welcoming, stable and joyful campus in Southeastern San Diego. The accomplishment of significantly improving school attendance and high school graduation rate is rare where 92% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Once featured in the San Diego Union Tribune for his abilities to creatively instruct and engage students, Mr. Riveroll’s reform efforts to change campus culture at low performing schools have led to wider sharing of his groundbreaking work (i.e. San Diego Unified School District, University of Washington and the Highline School District, WA and Niagara, Canada) and visits to GPA by the Governor of California, the Chancellor of UCSD, and California’s Secretary of Education.

Director Riveroll believes that closing the opportunity gap in public schools is a critical social justice issue of our time. He has a record of producing dramatic student achievement gains as a teacher and leader. An educator and inspirational leader at heart, he continues to lead from the front as a classroom teacher, exemplifying an unwavering belief that all students deserve opportunities to break barriers. He is relentless in placing students first and believes that a highly structured school environment, staffed with the most positive and supportive adults, is necessary to propel students to greatness. Director Vincent Riveroll is an innovative thought leader who welcomes the challenge to create a world-class urban charter school that puts students first.

The Freedom Fund Dinner is an annual event that, in addition to celebrating our supporters, recognizes groups and individuals who have contributed to the cause of Civil Rights and racial justice throughout the City, County, State and Nation. This year will be an extraordinary celebration, as we look back on the 100 years since the founding of the San Diego Branch, and look forward to our bright future.

The evening is sure to be memorable and enjoyable for all.