We were recently approached by Supervisor Cox, who wanted to honor the Branch on its 100th Anniversary. At our October 3rd General Membership Meeting, we voted to decline the honor, due to longstanding issues with the Board of Supervisors treatment of African-Americans and other people of color, including the essentially broken CLERB, the resolution opposing AB-392, their failure to adequately address the housing crisis and other issues of interest to our Membership.
We plan instead to present a letter to the Board, outlining our complaints over their actions and policies.
However, we are aware that only a small part of our Membership is able to attend the General Membership Meetings, and we want to give everyone an opportunity to make their concerns known.
So, please, if you have been treated poorly by the County of San Diego, we’d like to hear from you. To get started, please click on one of the County’s functions below and let us know what issues you’ve had (and if you’ve had good experiences, tell us that, too):
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.
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:
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, and it is the hope of the Office of the President that we will send a full slate of six delegates, because we believe that it is time for our voices to be heard at the State level. They spend a lot of time telling us what they the State Officers and Executive Committee Members want, and it’s time for us to tell them what we the people want.
Remember, the State Executive Committee can, by a simple vote, force us to cease to advocate for any position with which they disagree. Unlike our Executive Committee, all the General Memberships in the world can’t change a position that handful of people agree on. It behooves us to make sure those elected take our concerns seriously and that they have outstanding character.
To accomplish this, we need to elect those delegates at our September 5th General Membership Meeting. To conserve Branch funds, and because the convention is practically in our backyard, we are going to propose that we will pay the registration fee ($75) as well as a $100 per night housing stipend for the nights of the 25th and 26th. Delegates will be on their own for meals and extra conference activities.
Both the reimbursement plan and the election of delegates will be voted on this coming Thursday night, so please do make it a priority to join us, and don’t be shy about putting your hat in the ring if you’d like to represent your Branch to the State.
As you know, the NAACP San Diego Branch is involved in a lawsuit to fight the San Diego Housing Commission’s discriminatory and segregationist practice of setting Section 8 voucher levels too low to allow access to all areas of our city.
Low-income folks are a positive asset to a neighborhood when that neighborhood is doing well. They become part of the community, they participate in life, and their labor and presence helps the community thrive. It’s when low-income folks are forced to live all in one place that there is trouble; when nobody has much money, there’s no way for that neighborhood to thrive.
If we build a truly fair housing system, that lets low-income folks live throughout our city, they will do better and all our neighborhoods will do better.
There will be a hearing on September 13th at 10:30 a.m. in Department 66 at 330 W. Broadway (the Hall of Justice), to determine whether or not the SDHC will be required to let us look at their records so we can see fully into how they have behaved. Your support would be very much appreciated at this hearing!
It is important to RSVP if you plan to attend, so we can notify you of any last minute changes. Please check your mail before setting out for the hearing to make sure the Court hasn’t change it again.
We are very grateful to those of you who came out for our Press Conference; it got the media interested. Make no mistake; regardless of attorneys or judges or laws or motions or rulings, public opinion MATTERS. If YOU show up and YOU show you CARE about what they’re doing to low-income people and the neighborhoods the SDHC forces them to live in, our local government WILL take notice!