Information about our people, our society, our struggle.

2020 is a [Branch] Election Year

We are all of course aware that there is an election taking place in November that will determine whether civil rights protections, environmental protections, consumer protections, and nearly every other function by which government is supposed to protect its citizens from powerful monied interests will continue to be dismantled at a rapid rate. Furthermore, we are experiencing a global pandemic the likes of which hasn’t been seen in a century.

In the light of these grim struggles, the Branch’s election will be a relatively light affair.  Happily you don’t really need to worry about it right away; unless you want to run for office.  Here is the timeline for the Branch’s 2020 Election:

Step 1: the Membership Deadline:

In order to run for election in November of 2020, you must be a member in good standing as of May 1st(1), with your membership dues paid up.  If you have even a single day of lapsed membership from May 1st to the election in November, you will be ineligible to run.  We have seen this happen in our very Branch in the past, and the Secretary wishes to ensure it never happens again.

If you think you might run, check your membership card; if the Expiration Date is coming up, renew now!  Whatever the date may be, please make a mental note to renew before then, if you think you might run.  On their part, the Secretary will do their best to remind you when your dues are due, but it is ultimately your responsibility to keep up your membership.

Note: it is currently impossible to renew your membership in our Branch from National’s website.

You must renew your membership at join.sandiegonaacp.org, either with a credit card or by downloading a membership application and mailing it in with your check. Please write [email protected] with any questions.

Step 2: When and Where?

At our August General Membership Meeting, the Membership will decide the date, time and place of our election. The polls must be open for at least four hours, and the election must take place in November of 2020.

Election Guidance from National

2020 Election Procedure Manual

2020 Election FAQs

2020 Election Dates to Remember

Note 1:  Those of you who study the bylaws on a daily basis (we assume that is all of you) may have read that the membership deadline is April 1st. That deadline has been moved, for this year only, by the National Board of Directors.

The State of Black America®

Every year, the Urban League publishes a report on the State of Black America. This year’s report focuses on voting rights, and the myriad ways they are under attack, both from the usual suspects and new threats made possible by the Internet.

LCAP Presentation

Lincoln Cluster Meeting, May 13th 2019, 5:30pm. – 6:45pm, Lincoln High School

The Vice-Chair of the Lincoln Cluster, and the District Director for Assemblywoman Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D., Ms. Lashae Sharp-Collins, will be presenting on the Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP).

LCAP is the mechanism by which the community is supposed to be able to control school funding, and community engagement is critical. Our schools are relevant to all San Diego residents, whether they have children in the Lincoln Cluster or not.

For more info about the presentation, please contact the Lincoln Cluster Chair, Mr. Roosevelt Blackmon, via e-mail at [email protected].

For more information about the Lincoln Cluster, please visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/lincoln-cluster.

New Discrimination Complaint Form

We wish that all the work we did was simply to provide uplift to our community; to celebrate and assist our wonderfully talented youth, to help people find good opportunities, services and other means to enrich their lives.

Unfortunately, we very often find ourselves trying to help people who have been discriminated against. The hardworking members of the Legal Redress Committee perform this work for the NAACP San Diego Branch. One of the things this committee has just done is overhauled our discrimination complaint form, to make it easier to understand and to get us more of the information we need to investigate your complaints.

Our new, friendlier Discrimination Complaint Form

If you have feedback on our new form, please email [email protected]

Know Your Membership

Be a Card Carrying Member of the San Diego NAACP

We are only as strong as our membership.  No people, no organization. Your NAACP Membership Card contains some key information:

  1. If yours says “RECEIPT” in red, it means you only have your receipt from NAACP San Diego Branch; your permanent card, when it comes will say “CARD” in blue.
  2. Regular Adult memberships are issued for one year. Check your expiration date and aim to renew one month in advance. Lifetime Memberships, not fully paid, have an annual expiration date until paid in full.   Lifetime Memberships fully paid list 1/1/9999 as an expiration date.
  3. This is your Membership number. If you ask us questions about your membership, please refer to this number.
  4. Check your branch number.  The San Diego Branch is #1063-B. If your card lists any other Branch number, and you would like to become affiliated with the San Diego Branch, contact [email protected] and a unit transfer form will be sent to you.

You may renew:

  1. Online at join.sandigonaacp.org
  2. In person on at 6:00 pm on the first Thursday of the month at The General Membership Meeting in the Jacobs Center Community Room, 404 Euclid Ave.
  3. By downloading a membership form and mailing it in with your check

Misplaced your Membership Card and have questions?

Contact [email protected] and we will straighten it out!

— Diane Langworthy, Assistant Secretary

Executive Committee Members Join Training with North County Branch

On February 23rd some of the newest members of the NAACP executive committee had the opportunity to attend a leadership training that was coordinated by the North San Diego branch and facilitated by a state and regional NAACP leader. During this training we were given information regarding best practices in financial management, social media use and public relations as well as the roles of various officers and committees. The San Diego Branch attendees learned a great deal and very much enjoyed the opportunity to build camaraderie amongst ourselves and with the members of our sister branch. We are very excited to bring back the information that we learned and use it as a catalyst for advancing our branch’s initiatives towards the advancement of colored people in the central San Diego region.

— Samantha Jenkins, Executive Committee At-Large Member

Notice: San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

STEM Festival

Join Us Saturday March 2, 2019 10am to 5pm at PETCO Park What: For a Mind-Blowing Day of Hands-On Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Exhibits Who: Activities are targeted to budding K-12 science lovers, but everyone is welcome! Cost: Free! Why participate? It’s a unique opportunity to show

This looks like a great event! We recommend all ACT-SO STEM competitors attend!

Watch: President Honoré Addresses the USS Somerset

NAACP San Diego Branch President Clovis Honoré Addresses the USS Somerset

On February 13th, NAACP San Diego Branch President Clovis Honoré was invited to address the officers and crew of the USS Somerset on the topic of Black History Month. He was made to feel extremely welcome, and we were gratified to see the attention and interest of all the service members.

President Honoré Addresses the Somerset

On February 13th, NAACP San Diego Branch President Clovis Honoré was invited to address the officers and men of the USS Somerset, an “amphibious transport dock” of the US Navy. Contrary to its rather pedestrian job title, the Somerset is an advanced part not only of the Navy’s ability to support amphibious warfare, but also has played crucial roles in humanitarian relief efforts. As easily as it can put Marines on a beach, it can take threatened civilians off a beach.

EC3 Penrose, a member of the Somerset’s Cultural Diversity Committee, asked the NAACP if we could supply a speaker for their Black History Month program, and we were very happy to do so.

We arrived during the middle of a security drill, which made getting on base rather more difficult, but EC3 Penrose sent FC1 Watkins to our aid, and we were soon boarding the Somerset. Once there, we were greeted by Executive Officer Brayton. After setting up for our talk, Captain Bateshansky arrived, and greeted us warmly.

Mr Honoré’s talk was listened to with interest by the 100 or so sailors present. Sadly, his remarks were extemporaneous, and we cannot provide a transcript. However, you may view the talk in its entirety above.

After the conclusion of his talk, the men and women of the Somerset crowded eagerly around to ask questions and take pictures with Mr Honoré.

Finally, we were given a tour of the ship, led by DC2 Vaugh, the Somerset’s Sailor of the Year. The tour was fascinating, including the ship’s museum. In the museum (and throughout the ship) are memorabilia of the victims and families of United Flight 93. Flight 93 was the flight whose passengers took back from the 9/11 hijackers and prevented its being used as a weapon, at sacrifice of their own lives. The USS Somerset was christened in their honor, and bears the name of Somerset County where the flight crashed.

It was a solemn and moving experience to present aboard the Somerset, and we look forward to cementing a strong relationship with the Armed Forces, not only aboard the Somerset but across all of San Diego.