ACT-SO National Coming Up!

Once again, the NAACP San Diego Branch ACT-SO program is sending Ms Jor’Denay Collier to compete in Poetry Performance at the National ACT-SO Competition!

Jor’Denay, our Gold Winner!

This year’s competition will be in Detroit, Michigan, at the Renaissance Center, pictured above.

Jor’Denay’s Aunt Kim and ACT-SO Chair Renita will be there to cheer her on.

A Voice at the NAACP’s National Convention

Are you planning to attend the Convention? Would you like to represent your Branch?

The NAACP’s National Convention starts on July 20th, in Detroit, Michigan. If you are planning to attend the convention, the NAACP San Diego Branch has voting credentials available. If you would like to cast your vote in favor of issues that matter to our Branch and our region, this is your opportunity.

Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in being a voting delegate. (Please note: we cannot offer financial assistance; just the ability to vote when you are there.)

For more information about the convention, please visit https://www.naacpconvention.org/

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

News Update from NAACP National

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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE

MSNBC: President Johnson on All In with Chris Hayes
President Johnson appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes to speak on Mississippi election.

MSNBC Live: President Johnson talks Mississippi Election
President Johnson speaks with Pete Alexandar on Mississippi Senate Runoff.

Black Press USA: NAACP’s Tiffany Dena Loftin Honored at Black Girls Vote Ball
National Director of the NAACP Youth and College Division, Tiffany Dena Loftin was awarded the Rising Star Award on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the 2nd Annual Black Girls Vote Ball. The Black Girls Vote Ball celebrates the accomplishments of black women in politics and activism who are making a difference not only in their community but around the world, according to a news release.

The Hill (Op-Ed): Black communities suffer without a ban on menthol cigarettes
On Nov. 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a bold proposal to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and restrict the sale of flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems, more commonly known as e-cigarettes. As an advocate for black health and public health, the NAACP commends this decision and acknowledges it is a step in the right direction.

Birmingham Times: Alabama NAACP strongly condemns Hoover police shooting of 21-year-old Emantic Bradford Jr.
After the shooting death of 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. by a Hoover police officer at the Galleria Mall outside Birmingham on Thanksgiving, the Alabama NAACP has released a statement condemning the act. “Police officers must know the facts involved before pulling their weapons. Police officers must stop being trigger happy when it comes to our children,” said in the statement signed by Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama State Conference NAACP. “Police officers must stop being aggressive with young men of color and stop killing us. Police officers must use human rights tactics to engage who they believe is the perpetrator. A life has been lost because police do not see African Americans as humans.”

WSB Atlanta: Senate GOP taking up judicial nominee some call ‘the worst’
“The courts are supposed to be where we can find and seek justice. But Farr’s lifetime crusade is to disenfranchise African Americans and deprive them of their rights,” said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau. “He belongs nowhere near a bench of justice.”

Huffington Post: Senate To Vote On Trump Judicial Pick Who Critics Call The ‘Vote-Suppressor-In-Chief’
“For the Senate to first bring up the judicial nominee known as the ‘vote-suppressor-in-chief’ adds insult to injury,” said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau. “It makes crystal clear who stands for voting rights and who stands for voting wrongs.”

WFAE: NAACP Opposes Trump Judicial Appointment to U.S. District Court in N.C.
NAACP officials are calling on senators to vote against President Trump’s nomination of Thomas Farr for a U.S. District Court seat serving eastern North Carolina, ahead of an expected Senate vote on the nomination.

NBC News: WATCH: NAACP getting involved in ‘problematic’ Jax fair policy
A 17-year-old was asked to leave the fair for wearing a necklace with a picture of his deceased mother on it. According to a fair official, it violated a rule against ‘memorial attire.’

Statements

·     Audio: Civil Rights Leaders Host Thomas Farr Press Call

·     We Are Thankful for Our Friends

·     Civil Rights Leaders Blast Farr Nomination and Timing of Vote

·     NAACP Youth and College Division National Director, Tiffany Dena Loftin Honored at Black Girls Vote Ball