In the News – May 2024

In the News – May 2024

Los Angeles Sentinel: Reading Is a Right And We Must FIght to Protect It

Research consistently shows that children who are not reading proficiently by the end of the third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school. This number increases to eight times less likely if the student comes from a family that is economically disadvantaged. Consequently, this leads to limited opportunities for a career above the poverty line. Even more troubling, limited literacy is directly linked to poor health, homelessness, disenfranchisement, and incarceration.  

KQED: California Legislature Halts ‘Science of Reading’ Mandate, Prompting Calls for Thorough Review

“The California NAACP was right; this is a civil rights issue,” said Kareem Weaver, a member of the Oakland NAACP Education Committee and co-founder of the literacy advocacy group FULCRUM. “And you don’t play politics with civil rights. The misinformation and ideological posturing on AB 2222 effectively leveraged the politics of fear. We have to do better, for kids’ sake, and can’t give up.”

Los Angeles Sentinel: Groundswell Champions Safe Drinking Water for Black & Brown Communities

The gathering held March 27 in View Park featured Rick Callender, president of the NAACP California – Hawaii State Conference and CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Water District in the Bay area.  More than 100 attendees listened as he outlined the reasons that both Groundswell and the NAACP have launched safe water campaigns.

Pasadena Now: Local NAACP Branch Plans to Hold Two Expungement Events

The NAACP Pasadena Branch is collaborating with The Social Impact Center to host two expungement events to help remove barriers to employment.

CBS 8 News: City Council Confirms Scott Wahl As Nest San Diego Police Chief

“These are our tax dollars,” said Francine Maxwell of the San Diego NAACP. “These are our Black men who are stopped daily. Our BIPOC community is hungry for building a bridge.”

The San Francisco Standard: Threats, slurs against 10-year-old illustrate racism in SF schools, family says

The confrontation was one of several incidents detailed by the Rev. Amos Brown, president of the NAACP San Francisco chapter, in a meeting Sunday at San Francisco’s Third Baptist Church, where community members addressed what they called an “epidemic of racist slurs” against Black students in the city’s public schools.

ABC 8 News: Three shootings happened in Richmond Wednesday night within an hour

“It’s entirely too much going on and it shouldn’t be going on. Put the guns down people,” Richmond NAACP President, James “J.J.” Minor, said. “It’s absolutely ridiculous. Richmond is in mourning.”

San Jose Spotlight: NAACP rebukes San Jose police over viral mayor security altercation

“Upon viewing the video of the incident, I was troubled by the rapid escalation of the situation into a physical altercation,” Rev. Jethroe Moore wrote. “The officer involved in the altercation did not clearly identify himself as a law enforcement officer, and it appears that there was no legal basis for instructing the pedestrian to move from his location in a public space. The pedestrian’s reaction, although stating a warning, should have been met with a more measured response from the officer, considering the circumstances.”

Oaklandside: Oakland airport approves controversial name change

“This decision to have San Francisco Bay appear before Oakland appears to be an attempt to distance the city from its unique cultural history that is separate and distinct from San Francisco,” said Cestra Butner, a former port commissioner who was speaking on behalf of Cynthia Adams, president of the NAACP Oakland branch.

The Reporter: The NAACP Tri-City Branch To Host Documentary “The Right to Read

The NAACP Tri-City Branch, collaborating with the Solano County Library and OnStage Vacaville is hosting a screening of the documentary “The Right to Read” this Sunday.

Pleasanton Weekly: Port Commission gives preliminary approval to Oakland airport name change proposal

The NAACP’s written statement said “The concerns raised by residents about the erasure of Oakland’s history and identity are valid and indicate the need for a more thoughtful approach to renaming such a significant landmark.”

Post News Group: Mind, Body, and Spiritual Well-Being for Women Addressed in NAACP Forum in Oakland

Participants will have the opportunity to attend informative sessions, interactive workshops, and panel discussions led by experts in their respective fields. Additionally, there will be wellness activities, screenings, and informational booths offering valuable resources and support.

KSBW: Witnesses say Santa Cruz police used excessive force while arresting cyclist

The police encounter was reported to leaders of the Santa Cruz chapter of the NAACP. “To be honest, I was very sad when I saw what I saw,” said Elaine Johnson, president of the chapter.

Bakersfield Now: Bakersfield NAACP hosts panel at Jazz Spot to dismantle mental health barriers

Mental health is not an easy topic to discuss, but NAACP Bakersfield held a guest panel on Monday to discuss just that, handling it head-on.

Sacramento Observer: Inspiration, Achievement, and Excellence Mark Greater Sacramento NAACP’s 42 Annual Prayer Breakfast Event

Celebrating its 42nd Annual Prayer breakfast, the Sacramento chapter of the NAACP gathered on Good Friday to recognize and honor the community work of outstanding local leaders, and continue building on the spiritual force behind many of its success stories.