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April 2012 Newsletter

Newsletter -4th Volume-April 2012

NAACP Scholarship Application Process Open

Monterey County Branch NAACP is offering scholarship opportunities  for both graduating high school seniors and college applicants who reside in Monterey County.  Applicants must be a high school graduate going to a two-year or four-year accredited college/university OR  a student transferring from a junior college to a four-year accredited college/university.  All applicants MUST:                        

  • Have a grade point average of 2.5 and above.
  • Enroll full-time and maintain 12 units or more, in the fall session in which the scholarship is awarded.
  • Be involved in community activities.
  • Have a financial need.

Application can be found at 

Scholarship Application

  or call the NAACP office at 831-394-3727

 Scholarship Application Deadline is April 1st


Exeutive Committee Meeting

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

7:00 P.M.

NAACP Office

 1104 Broadway Ave., Ste. F

Seaside, Ca

For Info Call:  831-394-3727

NAACP in African American History

Thu, February 23 2012 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: CSUMB Music Hall

In honor of Black History Month, Black Students United, Student Activities and Leadership Development and the Service Learning Institute in association with the AmeriCorps VIP program will host the NAACP February General Meeting.

The program will consist of 1) a presentation on the history of the NAACP in the African American community both nationally and locally, 2) a presentation on the work of local NAACP leaders, 3) a membership drive to encourage CSUMB faculty and staff to become more involved in the Association and 4) a student recruitment drive to establish a college chapter of the NAACP at CSUMB.

Fourth Quarter Newsletter

Newsletter -3rd Volume-December 2011

16 Arrested in Carmel in Civil Disobedience

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By Sara Rubin

As they chanted, “We’ve got the power,” nearly 200 protesters looked on Friday as 16 were arrested in an act of civil disobedience.

Protests in front of historic La Playa Hotel in Carmel have become fairly routine over the past few months after contract negotiations between the union and owner collapsed. But facing a mass of layoffs with the hotelscheduled to change hands to new ownership Nov. 1, an unusually large crowd gathered Friday, and those who blocked Camino Real were arrested by Carmel police.

The 16 protesters who sat in the middle of the street wore signs that said, “Justice for La Playa workers.” Sgt. Paul Tomasi ordered them to disperse and to clear the roadway; when they did not, police handcuffed and arrested each person in the path of traffic.

View More Photos from the La Playa Hotel Protests

Those arrested were booked at the Carmel police station, cited as pedestrians blocking a roadway, and released. “My concern is just safety,” says Mike Calhoun, interim police chief.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived for back-up, and provided a second van to transport those arrested to the Carmel police station. The arrested proceeded without incident, as officers politely helped each person from the ground, asked if handcuffs were too tight and escorted them to police vans. The first arrested was Virgilia Wright, who was met with cheers from the crowd as police handcuffed her.

“I’m a little scared right now,” said Karen Araujo of the Central Labor Council as she was being patted down by police officers. “I’ve never been arrested before.”

Labor also called upon other allies in the community to join in their civil disobedience. Mel Mason, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, was also arrested. “I think this is a very much needed demonstration of solidarity,” he says. “Union rights are civil rights.”

“The heartache that I have for the workers, it’s haunting,” says Rev. Wayne Martin, who was also arrested. “It’s a deeply moral issue; it’s not just unjust.” Martin retired from his career in the clergy two years ago.

Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), County Supervisor Jane Parker and former Seaside Mayor Ralph Rubio also marched Friday. “I deeply believe this is a grave injustice,” Alejo says. He adds that Occupy Wall Street and its local offshoots have gotten the attention of lawmakers: “We have to listen closely. We have a responsibility to protect our families.”

Those arrested Friday also included Occupy Monterey protesters. Labor organizers arrested included Mark Weller, Unite Here Local 483′s project coordinator, and Ron Chesshire, CEO at Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties Building and Construction Trades Council.

Union organizers are calling on outgoing owner John Cope to provide a severance package, and on the incoming ownership, Classic Hotels & Resorts, to provide a commitment to rehire the current workforce after a few months of renovations are complete.

“The reason they’re trying to close down is they’re trying to break the union,” says union organizer Chris Fitz. “But we will close them down.” The union plans to continue protesting even after the deal closes next week.

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