Reopening of San Diego Schools

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April 14, 2021

Greetings and Good Day to all,

First and foremost, on behalf of the Education Committee, I would like to commend all students and families for their endurance during these tumultuous times. Additionally, we wish our Muslim students Ramadan Mubarak during the beginning of their fasting.

As more San Diego schools “physically” reopened on April 12th to offer students the option of hybrid learning (onsite instruction for a set number of days versus completely learning online), we know this journey has not been easy. 

Furthermore, when it comes to equity, we are aware that all schools are still not created equal. It is up to our community to advocate for our children, youth, families, and educators, keeping in mind that when it comes to education, students must always come first.

For nearly a year, countless San Diego TK through 12 grade students endured the dual impact of COVID and racism, including Anti-Blackness and Anti-Asian hate. This on top of the toll our students, regardless of race, endured while learning online can be overwhelming and exhausting, and cause anxiety, stress, and depression.

Many of our students are not okay and unfortunately some will experience even more trauma when returning back to school.

Being mindful of the work ahead, we urge districts to ensure that each of your school sites are staffed with their own designated counselor that is not traveling to multiple school sites. Our schools and students need at least one full-time counselor at the elementary level and two to three counselors at the secondary level, to support the social-emotional well-being of our students, families, and teachers. Ideally, counselors should be trained/certified in trauma-informed care.

We also remind districts of the urgency of placing full-time nurses at each school site. While our teachers and other staff members are fully vaccinated, students under the age of 16 are currently not, which can cause even more anxiety in families. Having a nurse stationed at each site will help mitigate any issues that may arise as we all strive to keep everyone safe, including grandparents and caregivers at home. 

With the recent incident involving an 11th Grade student and police at school that tragically ended in his death, it is time we place the mental health, social emotional support and safety of our students, families and staff as our top priority.

Thanks to federal funding from the CARES-ACT for COVID-19-related school districts and charter schools re-openings, California schools have received $15.3 Billion. It is exciting to know that in our reopening efforts in placing students first, San Diego School Districts can perhaps follow in Los Angeles Unified School District’s commendable efforts to divert school police funding to hire 35 full-time counselors as part of their Black Student Achievement Plan by:      

  • Hiring the number of nurses needed to place one at every single school.

  • Hiring enough culturally responsive, trauma-informed counselors to have the proper student-to-counselor ratio at every school.

  • Reduce school police funding, as fewer police will be needed due to the presence of counselors!

The NAACP San Diego Branch along with our community partners, looks forward to working with districts like Grossmont Union High School, Cajon Valley Union Elementary, La Mesa-Spring Valley, Sweetwater Union High School and San Diego Unified who, as the second largest district in the state received $343M (largely in part to school demographics and needs, including our District E schools). We must work together to improve the outcomes of our children and youth who need us the most.

Sincerely,

Katrina Hasan Hamilton, Education Committee Chair
NAACP San Diego Branch

 

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Covid Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations in San Diego

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April 13, 2021

 

Re: Covid Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations in San Diego

There is no evidence that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for covid-19 is inferior to the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

 

All three of the vaccines that are available in the United States do three things that are most important: 1. they prevent serious illness 2. they prevent hospitalizations 3. they prevent death.
In the clinical trials all of these vaccines were 100% effective in preventing the three most serious complications we all want to avoid.

 

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were developed during the early phase of the pandemic in this country and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed later during the course of the pandemic.

 

The efficacy measurement was done differently between the Johnson & Johnson vaccine versus the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines efficacy endpoint was symptomatic disease, the J&J vaccine efficacy was whether or not you contracted covid-19 on a test nasal swab with a PCR gold standard test for the diagnosis.

 

These vaccines were not tested head to head, but they were all 100% effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death.

 

As of April 13th, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration recommended placing a hold on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to an extremely rare complication affecting just six people out of 6.8 million vaccinated, all women between the ages of 18 and 48. We await further guidance from the CDC & FDA.

 

Jerome A. Robinson, MD, FACC, FACP, FASH, FSCAI
Chairman, Health Committee
NAACP San Diego Branch

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San Diego CA 92195

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Community Health and Resource Fair

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Statement on the Emergency Ambulance Contract

February 5, 2021

Councilmember LaCava
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Council President Campbell
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Whitburn
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Montgomery Steppe
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Von Wilpert
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Cate
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Campillo
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Moreno
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Elo-Rivera
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Mayor Todd Gloria
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Dear Mayor and Members of the San Diego City Council,

In response to today’s’ statements by Reverend Al Sharpton, the NAACP San Diego Branch wishes to express their continued support for Falck to become the new City of San Diego’s emergency ambulance provider.

Statements about the City of San Diego’s evaluation panel and its lack of representation from communities of color or gender diversity is something our branch has been demanding for years. It is an unfortunate characteristic of the City’s panels; however, it is not unique to the contract in question. In regard to current emergency services, the status quo is simply not working, and the current provider has failed to address our issues. The current response time levels are unacceptable. Our community has been forced to take our own measures to assure the safety of our community. We station an ambulance at the Black Contractors Association of San Diego (BCA) due to regular delays in emergency ambulance service.

We live and work in this community while the outgoing provider brings in out of town spokespeople, like Rev. Sharpton to comment on our prehospital healthcare. Unrelated labor associations must also recognize and stand aside and allow the organizations that do represent frontline workers to speak for themselves. The current provider has had time to address these issues and has failed. With all due respect, the Labor Council, Reverend Sharpton, and the Medical Association do not speak for our community. We have been demanding change for years of which the current provider has had plenty of time to address and has failed to do so.

We choose to stand by Falck who has already dedicated time and resources to our residents. In just a short time they have proven their commitment to working with our community and kept promises that the outgoing provider overlooks. Thank you,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

 

Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/presskit

PO Box 152086
San Diego CA 92195

(619) 431-1633 Phone/Text
[email protected]
www.sandiegonaacp.org

Celebrating 102 years of civil rights advocacy in San Diego

Letter to Family Health Centers Regarding Diversity

Jan 14, 2021

Fran Butler-Cohen
Family Health Centers of San Diego
823 Gateway Center Way
San Diego, California 92102

Dear Mrs Butler-Cohen,

The NAACP San Diego branch requires your immediate assistance with a pressing issue which you may not be fully aware of.

Rather than much needed hospitals, the 4th district must rely on your Family Health Centers of San Diego clinics for healthcare. None offer sufficient after-hour or urgent care services. As such, our citizens are left without access to much-needed health care. This has left many to resort to reaching outside of our community for services, where they are faced with long waits to be seen, or even worse, turned away.

The urgency of the situation is compounded upon the fact that many residents in the 4th district have been deemed to be essential workers and cannot work remotely from home. As such, Covid-19 numbers remain higher in poverty-stricken areas of San Diego where they cannot even get proper health care.

There are only a handful of hospitals in our area where your clinics are prominently located throughout southeastern San Diego. Your clinics and urgent care centers are vital in keeping our community healthier in a time when they are needed most.

Being one of the largest privately owned healthcare providers in San Diego, it is important that we have a strong working relationship with you where the impact benefits those who are most in need of your services. Family Health Care Centers of San Diego must provide expanded services and hours that would help us gain the upper hand with Covid-19 in district 4.

The NAACP San Diego branch requests a workforce diversity study be done regarding your employees. The study needs to be completed and returned to us by the 28th of January 2021.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We look forward to working alongside you as you lead by example in our community.

Sincerely,

Wiley Lane III

Chairman Economic Development Committee
NAACP San Diego Branch

PO Box 152086
San Diego CA 92195

(619) 431-1633 Phone/Text
[email protected]
www.sandiegonaacp.org

Celebrating 102 years of civil rights advocacy in San Diego

Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/presskit

Falck Was a Good Choice

December 14, 2020

Mayor Todd Gloria
City Administration Building
11th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Re: Award of ambulance contract to Falck

Dear Mayor Gloria,

The NAACP San Diego Branch would like to express our strong support for the City’s decision to award the emergency ambulance services contract to Falck. The City of San Diego’s history with emergency ambulance service providers is long and troublesome. The contract for these services has not been bid out in over 20 years as the City has continuously been forced into providing extensions to its current provider, including the most recent extension approved last year in order to give the City time to complete the RFP process.

During this time, San Diegans have continuously had their health jeopardized due to delayed response times and our most vulnerable communities have suffered the most under the current system as demonstrated by years of response time data. Improvements to that system have been few and far between. Instead of adding additional ambulances to help bolster response times, the City made the decision to reduce the number of compliance zones, making it easier to avoid the appearance of service delays by letting good response times in some communities balance out poor response times in others.

It is time for the City to make the right choice and move forward in a new direction. Maintaining the status quo will not result in improved service for San Diegans and the City cannot continue to make the same mistakes over and over through endless contract extensions. Falck has now won two RFP’s to provide the City’s emergency ambulance services which means they have won this contract two more times than the incumbent ever has since they bought out the former provider and have never gone out to bid since.

San Diegans should expect to have equitable service delivery no matter what community they live in and the City has an obligation to ensure that public health and safety is a priority for all. It’s time for the City to follow through with that obligation and trust the recommendation of two different expert panels of emergency service professionals. The NAACP San Diego Branch supports the decision to award the emergency ambulance services contract to Falck and we urge the City Council to show that they prioritize our public health and safety by approving the contract.

Thank you,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

CC:

  • Honorable Joe LaCava
  • Honorable Jennifer Campbell 
  • Honorable Stephen Whitburn 
  • Honorable Monica Montgomery 
  • Honorable Marni von Wilpert 
  • Honorable Chris Cate 
  • Honorable Raul Campillo 
  • Honorable Vivian Moreno 
  • Honorable Sean Elo-Rivera

Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/presskit