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2022 Juneteenth Celebration

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California Reparations Report

On June 1, 2022, the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans issued its interim report to the California Legislature. The interim report surveys the ongoing and compounding harms experienced by African Americans as a result of slavery and its lingering effects on American society today. The interim report also includes a set of preliminary recommendations for policies that the California Legislature could adopt to remedy those harms. A final report will be issued before July 1, 2023.

AB 3121: Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans

 

Monterey County Youth Summit: Race to Equity "Journey to Radical Self Love"

Monterey County Youth Summit: Race to Equity  opens the pipeline and strengthens the connections between CSUMB and high school to college-age students in the surrounding Black and Latinx communities. In organizing this year’s event, we focused our intentions on the healing of our young Black and Brown females following the highly publicized racial incident at Salinas High School last year. While there has been some progress, we still have work to do.
 
Why is this event important?
This event will bring together young Black and Brown ladies from the Monterey Bay Peninsula to support one another in overcoming internalized and institutional forms of oppression. We need these young ladies to know we are here for them.
 
 
What do we need from you?
 
It’s quite simple. Please share this event with your networks and encourage students (high school – college age) to come and participate in this virtual event as we take a Journey to Radical Self Love. This event is being organized by CSUMB students, alumni, staff, faculty and community partners from Monterey Peninsula College Umoja, Hartnell College, Salinas Unified High School District, and many others. This event is free and all are welcome in this space.

Monterey Weekly Response to Press Release

Standing up for a new direction should not mean ignoring past achievements.

The Press Release below is posted in this article in its entirety – a Press Release of this length has never previously been posted in the Monterey County Weekly.

The Press Release was followed by this message:

Note from the Weekly’s editorial board:

In our Oct. 8 endorsement of Jon Wizard for mayor of Seaside, we commended him for taking on the old guard of political leadership. We regrettably described that as the old guard of Black leadership in the city. That description was both unnecessary and, as the NAACP points out, offensive.

The Weekly stands with the NAACP in its goals to end racism and racial discrimination, reform the criminal justice system and end mass incarceration, and to promote equality and civic engagement. We believe Wizard is the best candidate to advance these goals in Seaside. We stand by our endorsement of Wizard for Seaside mayor (and Tinisha Dunn and Dave Pacheco for council).

Link to the entire article

Press Release

COVID Testing Sites

Information from Wendy Root Askew who wanted to be sure that the NAACP received this information about additional testing now available in Monterey County.  

Please share it with NAACP members who continue to engage with the public as essential frontline workers and anyone else who may qualify in the Tier 1 priority.  

You are well aware of the health disparities that exist for African Americans and it is essential that we are proactive in making this testing available to all of our black residents.

Two Covid-19 community testing sites opened in Monterey County this week.  The County is reserving the first two weeks of community testing services at these testing sites for employees who meet the California Department of Public Health expanded eligibility for COVID-19 testing. 

Tier 1 prioritized sectors include symptomatic and asymptomatic healthcare workers, first responders, and other social service employees; screening of asymptomatic employees of congregate living facilities including; and symptomatic and asymptomatic persons in essential occupations. 

Testing is being conducted by a private company and not the County. Testing services are by appointment only. Appointments can be made by visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting or calling 888-634-1123.

 Individuals will need to provide their insurance card and valid identification at the time of check-in. A unique identification number will be provided for those that do not have a valid identification. For those without any insurance, the State will cover the full cost of testing. There is no out of pocket cost for anyone receiving service.

Please help us get the word out to our eligible workers. 

Wendy Root Askew
Aide to Supervisor Jane Parker – County of Monterey District 4
(831) 883-7572 / askewwr@co.monterey.ca.us /www.janeparker.org

MONTEREY COUNTY BRANCH NAACP MONTHLY MEETINGS

Take a look at this year’s Image Awards (click link) Image Awards 2020

NAACP 111th Annual National Convention Boston July 25-29, 2020

Boston, MA will host the NAACP 111th Annual National Convention. Boston is home to one of the association’s earliest conferences in 1911 and the Boston Branch remains one of the strongest branches in the nation.

The NAACP will bring together elected officials, key entertainers, authors, athletes and young leaders for a number of workshops, discussions and events to promote solutions to issues of police brutality, racism, voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering and sexual violence and health in the Black community.

Other highlights will include the NAACP ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technical and Scientific Olympics) final competition and awards, Freedom Fund Banquet, health pavilion, a retail expo, and a diversity career fair.

Political Action Forum - January 11, 2020

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - 2020 IS GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT YEAR!

DateStart TimeLocationEvent Details /Flyer
2/16/205:50 PMCSUMB – University CenterAll Black Gala
2/22/208:30 AMCSUMB University CenterSuper Saturday
2/22/202 Hour TelecastPasadena, CANAACP Partners with BET Networks to Broadcast the 51st NAACP Image Awards
2/25/2012:00=1:00MPC, Karas Room, LTC BldgHistory of Civil Rights at MPC

400 Years of Inequity

The 1619 Project

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Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the British colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed.

“1619,” a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, examines the long shadow of that fateful moment. Today, instead of our usual show, we present Episode 1: “The Fight for a True Democracy.”

This episode includes scenes of graphic violence.

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OUR VOTE IS OUR POWER, USE IT!

Per California/Hawaii NAACP President Alice A. Huffman, PhD, “We must face the local agenda in California. One of the issues we cannot drop the ball on is redistricting. We must get everyone counted to ensure the census count is real, and redistricting is based on actual numbers. We also have Congressional and State races we must tend to, for the November elections are very important.

INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH CENSUS 2020

With the 2020 Census less than a year away, many concerned government officials, elected leaders, researchers, foundations and community organizations are preparing for the decennial 2020 Census. Communities of color have historically been undercounted in the United States of America. The Three-Fifths Compromise of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 counted enslaved Black people as three-fifths of a person in apportioning congressional districts for the U.S. House of Representatives. Since then, the Census has severely undercounted the Black population, to great disadvantage in representation, resources and power.

 HOW CAN YOU HELP?

If you are looking for temporary and/or part-time work, the Census Bureau is recruiting and hiring thousands of temporary workers for the 2020 Census.

Apply online at: www.2020census.gov/jobs