In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, black media is on the frontline providing reliable information to the communities they service. We are especially proud of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint, that at the direction of their Publisher, Dr. John Warren made their online newspapers free and began to keep their constituents educated and informed daily. Dr. Warren went even a step further and began to provide hardship copies of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint weekly to thousands of food distribution bags given to in-need families in our community at no cost.
The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint is a shining example of leadership and should be celebrated for their love and respect of the communities they service.
I encourage the continued support of black media and the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint for, “A people without a voice can not be heard”.
Francine Maxwell, President NAACP San Diego Branch
Any person in need of a Temporary Restraining Order in North County or Central San Diego should contact (619) 235-5656, x118 for assistance in English or x102 for assistance in Spanish. This applies for domestic violence, elder abuse, and civil harassment TROs. If the person is in need of help in East County, they should contact 619 235-5656 x 122 for English and Spanish. As of now, all work will be conducted by phone and email, where possible, but filing TROs will still be possible. Call in numbers will also be posted on TRO clinic doors at the courthouses. Services for South Bay is run by a different organization.
• California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE): Provides a 30% or more discount on monthly bills for customers with qualifying current household income or customers who are participating in certain public assistance programs.
• Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA): If a customer doesn’t qualify for CARE, they may qualify for FERA, which provides income-qualified households of three or more with a reduced electric rate (12%) on their monthly bill.
• Medical Baseline Allowance: Customers who have a qualifying medical need or necessarily use a medical device (i.e. for a compromised immune system, life-threatening illness, or any condition where additional heating and air conditioning or a qualifying device is medically necessary to sustain a person’s life) are eligible for a significant discount on their energy bill. Household income is not a factor for qualifying, but a doctor’s certification on the application is required.
If you are aware of people that have been economically affected by COVID-19 who might benefit from these programs, please forward this message to them and welcome them to apply for assistance.
These programs are in addition to measures that we have taken to help our non-profit partners meet the challenges of COVID-19. We have accelerated our philanthropic giving initiatives to provide resources as soon as possible to our non-profit partners, many of whom have shifted their programming to provide basic needs in their communities. SDG&E has also dedicated resources to support food, income, utility, and rental assistance to impacted workers through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund at The San Diego Foundation (for non-profits), the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative at the United Way (for impacted workers), and the SDG&E Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund at the United Way (utility bill assistance accessible by calling 2-1-1).
We will get through this, and SDG&E is here to help. For a more complete list of how we are helping communities through this pandemic, please visit sdge.com/coronavirus.
Full disclosure: SDG&E has been generous with their sponsorship of the NAACP San Diego Branch and its youth programs.
Looking for educational activities for kids? The San Diego Natural History Museum has lesson plans, online activities, and more for teachers and parents. While many were designed to be used during a museum visit, they contain good background information that is easily accessible for parents offering lessons from home. More.
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For those with prescriptions or who have loved with prescription medications, theMedicine Assistance Tool (MAT) is available to help connect you to the resources offered by various biopharmaceutical industry programs, including copay cards and rebates. This tool connects patients, no matter their income level, with over 900 resources that could help them afford the medicines they need and better understand their health care costs.
Mental Health Information
Please seek help from stress and worry! Getting the help you need is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign that you are determined to do everything you can to get yourself and your loved ones through this pandemic.
The following was sent to us by a member of both the NAACP and KPBS; these look to be great programs!
Take a deep dive into African American history with these great programs that profile fascinating people and stories
Nine Impactful Programs About Black Lives in America We have a great selection of videos for Black History Month that are available on the PBS Video app, which you can download on any device where you watch streaming video. PBS Video is available for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV and more – just check the app store on your favorite device. A couple of these shows are exclusive to members like you who have your digital member benefit, KPBS Passport! If you haven’t activated your Passport account yet, click here to get started (and if you have difficulty, watch this step-by-step video).
Reconstruction: America After the Civil War Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s documentary series “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change. The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy. This series tells the full story of this misrepresented and misunderstood chapter of American history.*Passport exclusive
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent ’60s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” sheds light on the Black Panther Party — and all its reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history. Weaving together rare footage with voices of those who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that still feels timely.
Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop Two decades after the album’s critically acclaimed release, Nas teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to stage a symphonic rendition of “Illmatic,” one of the most revered albums in hip-hop history.* Passport exclusive
Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” the story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.
Say It Loud “Say It Loud” is a PBS Digital Studios series that celebrates Black culture, context, and history. Hosts Evelyn from the Internets and Azie Dungey give you a comedic take on identity and pop culture, from Black pride movements to Black Twitter. The show explores the complexity of Black experience and finds joy in the many ways Black folks have influenced American life. Episodes explore such topics and figures as soul food, Richard Pryor, Missy Elliott and Black inventors.
The First Rainbow Coalition In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party formed alliances across ethnic and racial lines with other community-based movements in the city, including Latino group the Young Lords and southern whites the Young Patriots. Banding together in one of America’s most segregated cities to confront issues like police brutality and substandard housing, they called themselves the Rainbow Coalition.
John Lewis – Get in the Way The son of sharecroppers, John Lewis grew up in rural isolation, seemingly destined to a bleak, segregation-imposed future. But his fate took a different turn, and Lewis rose from Alabama’s Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, his humble origins forever linking him to those whose voices customarily go unheard. Follow his journey from the Selma March in 1965, where Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence, to the 21st century, where he came to be considered the conscience of Congress.
We’ll Meet Again: Freedom Summer Ann Curry hosts this series featuring dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. View history through their eyes and hear stories of heroism, hope and the forging of unbreakable bonds. In the show’s first season, “Freedom Summer” (Season 1, Episode 5) features the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement. Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice. *Passport exclusive
American Creed Join former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans to explore whether a unifying set of beliefs, an American creed, can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us. This special features an array of citizen-activists including baseball manager Joe Maddon, author Junot Díaz, Marine Tegan Griffith, and political organizers Joan Blades and Mark Meckler as they strive to bring communities together across deep divides.
With your membership benefit KPBS Passport, you’ll get extended access to stream full seasons of your favorite public television shows on the PBS app on any device. If you haven’t activated your KPBS Passport account yet, click here to get started. (And if you have any difficulty, watch our instructional video and check the Passport FAQs)PBS VideoThe PBS Video app lets you stream 4000+ of your favorite PBS shows and local KPBS programs on demand, anytime, anywhere. You can download the PBS Video app on any device where you watch streaming video. PBS Video is available for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV and more – just check the app store on your favorite device.
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