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.
Last week, Assemblymember Gipson informed NAACP State President Huffamn, that the Conference Committee funded his request for Sickle Cell Disease Centers. If you remember, this budget item was accompanied by a companion bill, AB 1105 (Gipson) that died in committee the week before our Lobby Day and would establish sickle cell disease centers.
The Sickle Cell Disease budget item seeks to improve the quality of care for adults with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) by creating a three-year pilot program to build six new comprehensive SCD clinics. Specifically, this request appropriates $15 million to: establish six new SCD treatment centers in the regions with the highest demonstrated need: Bay Area, Northern Central Valley, Southern Central Valley, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego; contract with qualified organizations to strengthen outreach and education efforts in impacted communities; establish IT systems, and works towards a stronger workforce of knowledgeable clinicians.
SB 188 (Mitchell) The Crown Act, has made it through the Senate Committee process and is now on the Senate Floor. This bill specifies that race, a category protected against workplace discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), includes traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles like braids, locks, and twists.
Thank you to all who participated in Lobby Day. The movement of these bills are a huge victory for our community, and because of your willing participation, we made a significant impact toward the passage of this legislation.