Suitcases Delivered for Foster Kids

This past week, we delivered over 50 suitcases to two different organizations that support foster kids!

Some of the suitcases we collected or bought with donations from our membership and community.
President Maxwell and Treasurer Anderson delivering suitcases to the San Diego County Foster Parent Association.
President Maxwell (in her bright red kicks) and Treasurer Anderson delivering suitcases to Walden Family Services.

We are very happy to provide kids under stress with a way to keep their belongings together when they have to move, and so grateful to all the members who made this happen with their compassion and generosity!

Harris & Others Reintroduce Black Maternal Health Week Bill

We are in strong support of Senator Harris’ bill and here reproduce her press release:

Harris, 22 Senators Reintroduce Resolution Designating April 11-17 as Black Maternal Health Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. —On Monday, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) led 22 of her colleagues in reintroducing a resolution to designate April 11-17, 2020 as Black Maternal Health Week to raise awareness about the Black maternal health crisis. The resolution was led in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC).

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Black mothers in the United States are three to four times more likely than white mothers to die from pregnancy-related complications and are two times more likely than white mothers to suffer from pregnancy-related illnesses, known as maternal morbidities.

“The potential ramifications that could come with giving birth during the coronavirus pandemic — specifically a pandemic that is disproportionately impacting African Americans — is of particular concern to Black women who were already facing a maternal health crisis in our country,” said Senator Harris. “Now more than ever, we need to address this issue. During Black Maternal Health Week, we must continue in the fight to ensure Black women are taken seriously when they speak about their health concerns, and remove disparities and implicit bias from our health care system.”

Joining Harris on the resolution are Senators Merkley (D-OR), Durbin (D-IL), Blumenthal (D-CT), Van Hollen (D-MD), Booker (D-NJ), Klobuchar (D-MN), Hirono (D-HI), Markey (D-MA), Jones (D-AL), Duckworth (D-IL), Menendez (D-NJ), Wyden (D-OR), Sanders (I-VT), Feinstein (D-CA), Murray (D-WA), Bennet (D-CO), Baldwin (D-WI), Peters (D-MI), Smith (D-MN), Brown (D-OH), Cortez Masto (D-NV), Stabenow (D-MI), and Gillibrand (D-NY).

The resolution is sponsored by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Center for Reproductive Rights, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Commonsense Childbirth, Every Mother Counts, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, March for Moms, National Birth Equity Collaborative, National Black Midwives Alliance, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Women & Families, National Perinatal Task Force, National Women’s Law Center, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Southern Birth Justice Network, and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

“This resolution says, unequivocally, that Black Moms matter,” said Representative Adams, co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus. “I’m proud to stand with my colleagues to raise awareness of Black Maternal Health Week, and urge our Congressional leaders to take action on one of the greatest public health crises of our time.”

“The Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) thanks Senator Harris and Congresswoman Adams for their continued support and amplification of Black Maternal Health Week (#BMHW20). As the founders of #BMHW20, BMMA believes that the experiences, voices, and maternity care work of Black women must be centered in order to address the U.S. maternal health crisis – hence the importance of recognizing April 11th – 17th as Black Maternal Health Week!” said Angela D. Aina, Interim Executive Director of BMMA.

“The Center for Reproductive Rights applauds Senator Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Alma Adams on the introduction of this year’s Black Maternal Health Week Resolution. Now more than ever we need recognition of this crisis and federal solutions to save the lives of Black mothers,” said Jennifer Jacoby, Federal Policy Counsel.  Breana Lipscomb, Senior Manager, U.S. Maternal Health and Rights Initiative, and BMMA Board Member added, “The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that chronic underinvestment in the public health infrastructure is deadly and Black people pay the price. This year’s resolution is a call to action, reminding us that in this time of crisis we cannot sacrifice the human rights of birthing people.”

“Black Maternal Health Week is an important opportunity to bring national attention to the maternal mortality crisis facing Black women. This is a year like no other, as we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, an emergency that is endangering the health and economic well-being of millions and having a particularly harmful–and deadly–impact on the Black community. Sadly, we know the maternal mortality crisis and COVID-19 disparities share a common underlying force: racism and structural inequality. Now is the time to address those evils in this country once and for all, and do all that we can to ensure health equity along racial lines,” said Dr. Jamila Taylor, Director of Health Care Reform and Senior Fellow for the Century Foundation

The United States is one of only 13 countries in the world where rates of illness and death during pregnancy are on the rise. From 2000 to 2014, the U.S. experienced a substantial increase of 26.6 percent in maternal mortality rates.

A full copy of the resolution can be found here.

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#GivingTuesday – Support our Youth Programs!

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday, is the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

We in the NAACP San Diego Branch would like you to consider supporting one of our youth programs. Whether you want to support SWAG, which gives career insight to middle school students, or our summer STEM Camp, which gives middle-schoolers a two-week introduction to electrical engineering, coding, and even marketing and business planning, or ACT-SO, the NAACP’s national program for encouraging academic excellence in high school students, our youth need your help this year.

Whether you can only spare $20 or whether you can full fund a student’s ACT-SO experience, your donation means everything to the students who participate.


Program at a glance:

  • Career insight for middle-school students.
  • Participation Goal: 50 students
  • Cost per Student: $70

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Program at a glance:

  • 2-week summer camp introduction to STEM
  • Participation Goal: 70 students
  • Cost per Student: $600

Program at a glance:

  • Development, Celebration and national Competition for High School Youth
  • Participation Goal: 20 students
  • Cost per Student: $1500

Photos: 2019 STEM Camp at Bell Middle School

The NAACP San Diego Branch, in conjunction with Hands-On Technology Education, put on a Mobile Technologies STEM Camp at Bell Middle School this summer. Here’s what these kids did on their summer vacation:

We were excited to help students get a taste of what being a mobile technologist is all about!

Our students:

Not pictured: La’Coria, Lysandra, Nicholas and Thomas

We are very thankful to the major sponsors of our camp, SDG&E and Wells Fargo!

Would you like to be part of our future efforts at bringing premium STEM experiences to the underserved? Write [email protected] or donate by clicking below:

See video here.

Children Don’t Belong on Prison Buses

Really, San Diego City Parks & Rec and County Sheriff?

Do we really have to say this?  Children don’t belong on prison buses.  Children don’t belong in environments meant to cage and hold adults.  It is entirely inappropriate for any children at any time for any reason.

How much worse, then, that these children were largely children of color from underserved communities.  These children have grown up in economically distressed, segregated communities. One reason these communities are economically distressed is the predatory policing practiced against African-Americans and other people of color.  This predatory policing has been described as the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The idea that the Sheriff and the City would deliberately load black and brown schoolchildren onto a prison bus is beyond endurance.

It adds insult to injury that other vehicles have been used for other children; why is it the black and brown who are loaded onto prison buses?

We would have applauded the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for sponsoring a beach trip for underserved youth.  We would have applauded the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department for organizing the trip. Instead, these two organizations have demonstrated their inability to understand (or perhaps their callous disregard of) the difficulties faced by the poor and the brown in the City of San Diego.  

The NAACP San Diego Branch is in its 100th year of supporting Civil Rights and fighting discrimination.  We would be delighted to help educate Sheriff Bill Gore and his Department, as well as Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his Parks and Recreation Department.  These thoughtless and insensitive actions do real harm to our children and our communities, and they must stop.

100 for our 100th?

The heat has hit San Diego, and in honor of the San Diego Branch’s Centennial Year, we are asking members to donate water and socks for at-risk people in the Community.

We need 100 bottles of water and 100 pairs of socks!

Please bring them to any NAACP San Diego Branch meeting or event, or else bring them during office hours to the Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid, and leave them with the receptionist.

Your community will thank you!

WIN Presents: Daddy Hunger

The Women in the NAACP Committee will be showing the documentary Daddy Hunger at its September 26th meeting. Any women interested in viewing this powerful film about missing fathers and how they affect the lives of the families they leave behind. After the film there will be a conversation led by Mr Kahalifa King. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us!

For more information, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/daddy-hunger.


US Bank, 2nd floor
September 26th, 6-7:30pm
5100 Federal Blvd
San Diego, CA 92105

If you’d like to learn more about WIN, please visit our page, sandiegonaacp.org/win, or write us at [email protected].