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Book Club

NAACP San Diego Branch members are starting a book club!

Please join us! We will meet, via Zoom for now, about once per month to talk and share our feelings about books we’ve read selected by our members. Everyone will have the opportunity to nominate books for future meetings.

The day and time we meet will be determined by members’ availability. We will try to select a day and time each month that fits everyone’s schedules, so no one is left out. Criteria for book nominations includes anything related to the African-American experience and any books written by black authors regardless of topics.  To join, just send an email request to [email protected]

We look forward to reading with you!

Sixth Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil

National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed in Police Involved Interactions

WHEREAS, the NAACP affirms the constitutional right of all citizens to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and

WHEREAS, the NAACP recognizes that police officers are sworn to protect all of the citizens in the communities in which they serve; and

WHEREAS, police killed at least 336 Black people in the United States in 2015; and

WHEREAS, Black people in the United States are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people, and

WHEREAS, 30% of Black victims killed by police in 2015 were unarmed compared to 19% of White victims; and

WHEREAS, in 97% of the killings of Blacks in police involved interactions in 2015, none of the officers involved were charged with a crime.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recognizes the 11th day of August each year as a National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed in Police Involved Interactions.

Housing Update

The NAACP San Diego Branch understands what a critical issue housing is. We will be having a meeting at 6pm on Friday, June 26th, to give you an update on our efforts, especially our lawsuit against the San Diego Housing Commission. We will also share ways that you can get involved in both solving San Diego’s housing crisis and ensure that discriminatory housing practices end.

Please join us at at 6pm on Friday, June 26th.

Zoom Requirements

For the safety of all attendees, we require the following from participants in our meetings:

  • Have a (paid or) free Zoom account and log in to it before attending
  • Use a current recognizable photo of their face as the profile picture
  • Use their legal first and last names on their profile

For help on setting up zoom, please see

New Member Orientation

The tragic death of Mr Floyd has rightly put a spotlight on the ongoing oppression of African-Americans in our country. We have seen an unprecedented outpouring of support for our community in the streets, and that outpouring has been mirrored by you, our new members.

We thank you all for showing your support by joining us!

We would like to give you an introduction to the Association, the Branch, our work, and how you can get involved, as well as answer any questions you may have.

President Maxwell will present a very lively and interesting program.

To reserve your place, please RSVP:

Then, please join us at at 6pm on Wednesday, June 24th.

Zoom Requirements

For the safety of all attendees, we require the following from participants in our meetings:

  • Have a (paid or) free Zoom account and log in to it before attending
  • Use a current recognizable photo of their face as the profile picture
  • Use their legal first and last names on their profile

For help on setting up zoom, please see

April 9th Newsletter

  • EMS Contract
  • Vehicle Habitation and COVID-19
  • Law Enforcement and COVID-19
  • Taxes, Cash Flow and COVID-19
  • Update on Section 8 Lawsuit
  • Domestic Violence?  Get Help?
  • ACT-SO will go on!
  • SDG&E Energy Assistance
  • Trusted COVID-19 Information
  • May General Membership Meeting will be online
  • Resources; Member-owned businesses, food, education and legal

Read the newsletter!

March 20th Newsletter

  • Guidance for Obeying the Stay-at-Home Order
  • US Census
  • April General Membership Meeting Canceled
  • COVID-19 Information
  • Suitcases for Foster Kids
  • ACT-SO Showcase Postponed
  • Branch Election Deadline (since moved to May 1st)
  • First Vice President Bonner
  • Second Vice President Anderson
  • Volunteer with the Food Bank April 3rd
  • Equity Implications of COVID-19

April 4th General Membership Meeting Canceled and Other News

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2020 ACT-SO Showcase – Online Version

ACT-SO Showcase Goes On — Online, That Is

We have received guidance from ACT-SO National as to how we can hold an online competition. It will be very different in some ways from prior years, but it will still celebrate the achievements of our amazing students, and will still allow them to win scholarships and a chance to compete at a national level.

The competitions will be held:

Saturday May 23rd, 2020
Saturday May 30th, 2020
• Written Poetry
Performing Arts
• Poetry Performance
• Contemporary Vocal Music
• Contemporary Instrumental Music
• Classical Instrumental Music
Visual Arts
• Painting
• Photography
• Filmmaking
• Medicine and Health
• Mathematics
• Computer Science

In the past, we have invited the public in to view the competitions. ACT-SO National’s competition rules do not permit us to do this with the online competitions, as they must be help from the students’ homes, and to allow the public in, even virtually, would be an invasion of privacy. However, we will offer students the opportunity to record their work for the public to see, and we will invite them to an online presentation of their scholarships and let them say a few words to you at our June General Membership Meeting.

Information for All Participants

Zoom Account Required

You must create a Zoom account and log into it to join the competition meeting. If you do not have a Zoom account, please visit to create one. To test if you are signed into your Zoom account, you may visit; if you are allowed into the meeting, you are good to go. If you see an error like:

This meeting is for authorized attendees only

Please sign into Zoom with an email address authorized for joining this meeting.

Showcase Rules

  • When joining the meeting, please be alone and have your audio and video turned on
  • Video is to remain on during the entire competition
  • Please have your given first and last name showing in the meeting
  • Your face must be visible for the duration of the competition. Should you need to step away, please do so during the deliberation period.
  • Dress as you would if this were our usual Showcase
  • No recording is allowed
  • The room facilitator will instruct who may speak and when
  • Do not share the Zoom link with anyone

These rules were given to us by the National ACT-SO program, and we have no choice but to follow them if our competitors are to have a chance to compete at the National level.  We thank you for your cooperation!

The Waiting Room

We will be using the Zoom “waiting room” feature. When you join the Showcase, you will see a screen that says:

Please wait, the meeting host will let you in soon

This is normal; please wait, and we’ll let you in soon! 😀

One Meeting Per Category

Each “category” will have a separate Zoom meeting associated with it:

  • Humanities
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • STEM

We will email you the link(s) to the meeting(s) that you will be participating in.

Information for Competitors

You will only be “admitted” to the meeting while you are competing. Please remain in the meeting until your turn arrives.

Information for Judges


Given the difficulties of the virtual competition, we are going to use a simplified scoring system.  We ask the judges to agree together on which student(s), if any, should receive Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention. Only one student may receive each medal, but you need not award any of the medals; if you do not feel a student has achieved the required standard, do not award the medal.  Those standards are:

  • Gold: Outstanding; A to A+ work
  • Silver: Excellent; A- to B+ work
  • Bronze: Very Good; B- to B work
  • Honorable Mention: Creditable effort

Evaluations (Competitor Feedback)

While we will ask you to score each competitor immediately after they present, you may take your time with the written evaluations where you give them specific feedback on their performances, and send those in after the end of the Showcase.

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