Drama in Local NAACP Election

It’s been called an attempted “coup,” a “hostile takeover” and an effort to “reshape the face of the organization.” What you ask? A democratic election, of course! Silicon Valley’s chapter for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) collected ballots last Saturday and Rev. Jethroe Moore retained his seat as president in a landslide victory, 149-47. But supporters of his, as well as opponent Chandra Lopez-Brooks, a longtime nonprofit maven, have each bristled at how the process was handled, with accusations of a stolen membership list and attempts to break NAACP bylaws being tossed around in the process. Rick Callender, former prez of the local chapter and now VP for the California/Hawaii branch, says Brooks attempted to jump back into the fold and take over the local chapter after taking a year off from being a member. (She was previously a member for three years, including one as VP.) But Brooks’ backers, which include former county supervisor candidate Teresa Alvarado, told Fly that Callender and others prevented some of Brooks’ supporters from joining the organization in an effort to keep Moore in power. Callender says it was a disingenuous tactic, as new members must be part of a local branch for 30 days before they can vote. There have also been allegations that someone may have secretly recorded Brooks when she was perusing a membership list for pre-election outreach efforts. Callender told Fly that rumor could have spawned from the fact that an investigation has been referred to national headquarters after a large chunk of the membership list went missing. Brooks’ defeat came just days before the announcement that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the suspicious killing of African-American teenager Michael Brown. “Now is not the time to change (leadership),” Callender said. “We’ve got Ferguson going on.” Adding a little extra intrigue, both Callender and Alvarado work at the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

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11 Comments

  1. What in the world? I certainly have not made any comments about the election and do not claim to have any knowledge of NAACP’s election by laws or procedures. I was merely a voter like many other prominent local residents.

    • Well here you have it… a “prominent local citizen* appears to be telling us the “The Fly” is making something up.

  2. There’s nothing suspicious in Ferguson; evidence presented in Grand Jury can be viewed here:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/25/366507379/ferguson-docs-how-the-grand-jury-reached-a-decision

    MB attacked a police officer. His accomplice in the strong-arm robbery lied initially which started the “Hands up Don’t Shoot” false narrative. Media perpetuated the nonsense. The accomplice, under oath with FBI, of course did not not have same story. Now we have riots and MB’s family advocating to burn down Ferguson.

    SJI, like most media, is responsible for the misinformation being put out. They profit from both the initial lies and then the riots afterward- disgusting.

  3. Nice shot of the Governor. Jerry looks like he just left the recovery room after a lobotomy.

  4. “Now is not the time to change (leadership),” Callender said. “We’ve got Ferguson going on.”

    To a race merchant like Rick Callender, a man who knows a thing or two about committing violent assault, for the local chapter to miss out on “Ferguson” is as frightening a prospect as missing out on Christmas would be to a Macy’s store. Those who continue to believe that “Ferguson,” as used by this well-practiced social parasite, has anything to do with the criminal justice system or police conduct overlook the message that has emanated from that city from the very beginning: Ferguson is about myth-making and cashing in. The death of that oversized thug who overplayed his hand is genuinely mourned by African-American race professionals to about the same degree that Christmas is held sacred by Jewish retailers, and that degree is zero.

    The manufacture of a myth, especially on so public a stage, can only be accomplished when facts are made immaterial, something that requires a beneficiary group, the enthusiastic complicity of the media, and a cowed government. This has been proved most recently by American voters when they elected and re-elected a myth for a president, when gay marriage was declared a human right, when Trayvon Martin was rehabilitated (post-mortem) into a polite child, and every time Hillary Clinton is portrayed as possessing a shred of human decency. Ferguson’s contribution to the fleecing of the American public is the myth of the “gentle giant,” no matter the existence of contradictory video and other evidence.

    The local NAACP, an organization as committed to equality and justice as is a cancerous tumor to the health of its host, can almost be excused for its excesses given the lack of foresight and reason that define the last fifty years of its organizational history. It is a childlike organization, seeing its way through a lens narrowed by self-centeredness and getting its way through the power of tantrum. And, like the spoiled child grown to adulthood, it has never matured to understand that consequences lie just beyond the horizon of want and reward. Under its tutelage, millions of African-Americans embraced the concept of zero-accountability, holding expectations and making demands every step of their way to self-ruin.

    Also up for consideration of excusal are America’s politicians, as they have been trained by the media (and organizations empowered by it) that standing in opposition to the media equals political suicide. This assertion is supported by decades of examples, but here is a recent one: President Obama, despite being a media darling, was cowed into changing his definition of marriage. Think of the power required to make a man who has reached middle age, and occupies the most powerful office in the world, publicly change his mind about so deep and traditional a moral issue.

    The real demon in all of this is the American media and its commitment to dishing out to the public large portions of misinformation; engorging its unwary consumers with its unique brand of reality, one based on a very simple equation: inequality is unnatural, therefore its existence anywhere equals proof of malevolence. But because inequality is intertwined with life itself, contradictory evidence is a certainty, thus any truth, no matter how simple or indisputable, that reveals inequality without malevolence must be dismissed outright as deceptive. This explains how the video showing Michael Brown strong-arming that terrified store clerk can be dismissed: it’s declared deceptive because Brown’s behavioral history had nothing to do with the subsequent shooting incident, which was undoubtedly motivated by the white cop’s racism. The fact that college-educated reporters, all of whom got their jobs because their employers appreciated the predictive value of behavioral history, actually believe this, is evidence of the role that political prejudice and group-think plays in news reporting.

    If America is going to have a future, the public, which is already unfavorable towards the media, will have to take action in its own defense against a profession that is waging war not only against reality but against the health and welfare of the good people of this nation. The free press has taken the protections given it in the name of public service and used them to hijack the independence of our elected leaders, putting this country on the road to ruin.

    • Well Finfan…I guess that got it all off your chest. Time to cool down and re-enter reality.

    • Mr. Finfan:

      I think I counted twenty-six things in your essay that are controversial.

      Are you sure you’re allowed to say them?

      I’m worried that Rich Robinson or someone might feel uncomfortable.

      Think of the consequences for the children and for society.

      You probably should have just stuck with: “some of my best friends are black”.

  5. Edward Justin,

    Your insightful and persuasive counter has caused me to change my mind. I’ll be moving to one of the many housing bargains available in Oakland. Will you be joining me, or will you, like every other white liberal in the Bay Area, continue to pay a huge housing premium to avoid the vile and violent people you insistently defend?

    • I already live in the East Bay. Welcome! Average rent around here is about $2,000/mo. So, you can afford it if you make about $35/hr. But, you will need to be more understanding and tolerant of others.

  6. EJ,

    Good news, you can cut your rent in half by moving to east Oakland and, at no extra cost, have your tolerance tested daily.

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