Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego.
The NAACP San Diego Branch last week voiced our displeasure that the San Diego County Board of Supervisors was unable to protect and strengthen the voting rights of all eligible San Diegans. The board fell one vote short of the required four “yes” votes, with Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar in opposition against the recommendation of the County’s Chief Administrative Officer and County Legal Counsel.
We are gratified that last night, at a special meeting, the Board found a way to proceed with the satellite offices.
We wish we could report that Desmond and Gaspar had a change of heart, and became supporters of voting rights. Sadly, we cannot. Ms Gaspar even had the lack of irony to say that she felt her vote (to deprive other voters of their rights) was being disrespected.
We applaud Supervisors Fletcher, Cox and Jacob for thwarting what look to be deliberate voter-suppression tactics on the part of Desmond and Gaspar. We are glad Fletcher, Cox and Jacob share our belief that democracy works best when the most people participate.
Kamaal Martin, Chair, NAACP San Diego Branch Political Action Committee Francine Maxwell, First Vice President, NAACP San Diego Branch
P.O. Box 152086 · San Diego, CA 92195-2086 (619) 263-7823 Phone • (619) 431-1633 Text
The NAACP San Diego Branch would like to voice its displeasure that the San Diego County Board of Supervisors were unwilling to protect and strengthen the voting rights of all eligible San Diegans. The board fell one vote short of the required four “yes” votes, with Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar in opposition against the recommendation of the County’s Chief Administrative Officer and County Legal Counsel. Once again, they’ve proven themselves to be roadblocks to a free and inclusive political process that respects the rights of all.
County Registrar Michael Vu said “if supervisors didn’t move forward with opening satellite offices, it could result in longer lines. In addition, the county might be at risk for not certifying the next election within 30 days.” That would lead to the county seeking an extension through the courts, Vu added.
Chief Administrative Officer, Helen Robbins-Meyer said “We don’t have the opportunity to say…we’re not going to do it.” Ms. Robbins-Meyer went on to say that opening these satellite stations would be critical and urged the Board to vote to approve them.
A state law passed earlier this year made the March 2020 race the first election where people on election day will be able to register to vote or change their party identification at any polling location. The plan would have created four satellite locations which would have more technology and access to voter registration files, so the county would need fewer provisional ballots, all while providing several new locations for residents hoping to register and vote on the same day.
The NAACP San Diego applauds the three “yes” votes from Supervisors Fletcher, Cox and Jacob, who share our belief that democracy works best when the most people participate.
Kamaal Martin, Chair, NAACP San Diego Branch Political Action Committee Clovis Honoré, President, NAACP San Diego Branch
Recently the NAACP San Diego Branch participated in a press conference and comment at the City of San Diego Land-Use and Housing Committee. The goal of the press conference was to ask for an end to restrictive zoning, so that we can build more multi-family housing to address our housing crisis. Please follow these links to learn more about what happened:
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 or give us feedback on the letter.
So, please, if you have input on what we should tell the supervisors, let us know by sending us an email!