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.
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!
This year’s STEM camp at Bell Middle School was bigger and longer than last year’s. Nearly 30 students participated, learning electrical engineering, computer programming, and even a little business, marketing, and entrepreneurship!
While we’ll have some photos of the other parts of the camp to post eventually, engineering and programming are famously non-photogenic. It’s always the CEO’s who get the press, and our camp is no different!
Well, it is different, because in our camp, all the kids got their turn to be CEO and be part of the product pitch. Watch them all here:
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:
We are writing today to affirm the NAACP San Diego Branch’s commitment to the students of Bell Middle School, and to assure the Community that those students will continue to receive all the programs (and more) to which they have become accustomed in the last few years.
We are very well aware that some persons have made public certain controversies regarding the administration and funding of the programs the NAACP has been conducting with Bell. The fact that there have been controversies is certainly true.
However, the NAACP San Diego Branch has never allowed, and will never allow these controversies to in any way diminish the experience of the students at Bell Middle School. Even when other parties have “canceled” events with less than 24 hours’ notice, the Branch and Bell staff have worked together to make the events happen on schedule.
Now that these controversies have finally been definitively resolved, the students at Bell can in fact look forward to smoother, more consistent and richer experience than ever before.
Please note that this letter is addressed to you, the Community, and not to the staff or students of Bell Middle School. That is because the staff and students of Bell Middle School are already fully confident in our commitment, and are looking forward with enthusiasm to better NAACP support of their success than ever before.