Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar
Week of Mon Oct 12th through Sun Oct 18th, 2020
About the Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar

The purpose of the Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar is to connect the Black Community of CSU Monterey Bay with the local Black Communities of the Greater Monterey Bay Area. The idea for the calendar came out of the community forums organized as part of CSUMB's annual Super Saturday Black student recruitment events. The Calendar is edited by Steven Goings with new editions being released every Monday. To submit an event for possible inclusion, please send to The submission deadline is Friday at 6pm.
Editor's Note:
Throughout this newsletter, Blue Underlined copy (including above!) indicates a searchable link.
Steven's Take on 45's Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping

When it comes to issues related to diversity and inclusion, the current U.S. president operates as a fox in the hen house whenever he feels he has carte blanche to do or say whatever he wants. When a veneer of decency is required, he becomes a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Trump's fox-in-the-hen-house statements include:

On Mexico: "When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best...They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. [And then the veneer...] And some, I assume, are good people."

On Haiti and African Countries: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

On Undocumented Immigrants: "These aren’t people, these are animals."

Wolf-in-sheep's-clothing (absurd) claims include:

On Racism: "I am the least racist person there is anywhere in the world!"
Never mind his insistence on calling the Coronavirus the Chinese Virus or even "Kung Flu" or referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas". Never mind his comments about Mexican immigrant rapists and African "shithole countries". Never mind tear-gassing Black Lives Matter protestors and the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan. Nothing to see here.

On Gays: "It's an honor to be the most pro-gay President in American history."
Never mind his administration claiming in court that anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination "is not a sufficient government interest." Never mind scrubbing all mention of LGBTQ+ people from the White House and Departments of State and Labor websites on the day he was inaugurated. Never mind his ban of transgender persons serving in the military and the roll back of dozens of Obama-era LGBTQ+ protections against discrimination.

Well this sounds great! Who's not for election integrity? The Trump Administration, that's who. Just as the Trump Administration falsely claimed that their inauguration audience was "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe", the president also claimed "I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally." The Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity was convened in July 2017 to prove Trump's point -- and to collect voter information which one election law expert characterized as a "pretext to pass legislation that will make it harder for people to register to vote." The Advisory Committee disbanded six months later -- two weeks after a court order instructing the Commission to share its working documents with its Democratic members. They found no evidence of election fraud. Election integrity indeed!

The Executive Order (EO) on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping is just like the Commission on Election Integrity. It is Orwellian double-speak designed to do the exact opposite of what it claims. Essentially, the EO bans the use of federal funding for diversity training that promotes "divisive concepts". In other words, the EO vilifies and attempts to prevent the very types of training sincerely and specifically designed to combat race and sex stereotyping!

Unfortunately, this sheep's clothing is quite effective at disguising the wolf underneath. Wrapped in the language of the Declaration of Independence and Black Civil Rights leaders of the 1960s such as Martin Luther King, it thoroughly mischaracterizes and generally misrepresents training in diversity and inclusion. The naïve and gullible -- as well as those who are deliberately obtuse! -- will certainly fall for it.

Those of us who retain our critical thinking skills and know the context of the history of this president and his administration see it for what it is; an assault on diversity and inclusion from the White Supremacist-in-Chief.

-- Steven Goings
Candidate's Corner
Vote Tinisha Dunn for Seaside City Council 2020

YouTube Video (2 mins)

From former Seaside City Councilwoman and longtime activist, Mrs. Helen Rucker:

Support for Tinisha Dunn for Seaside City Council

I met a young woman named Tinisha the other day and I was impressed by her background and what she has done to advance herself. I knew her great grandparents back in the 60s and 70s. We worked together with Lee Toler in our efforts to help people who were imprisoned because of petty drug crimes. I found that this young lady has worked her way up in the Surgery Center. She has a great model in her mother who is a MPC Trustee. She wants to show other young people who grew up in Seaside that they, too, can help lead our city. I am impressed. I will be voting for her this November.


Helen Rucker Sept 22, 2020

Black Candidates Endorsed by Monterey County Weekly:

Jon Wizard
Mayor of Seaside

Tinisha Dunn
Seaside City Council

Debbie Anthony
Monterey Peninsula College Board of Trustees
Fall 2020 Historically Black Virtual Church Tour...

On Oct 11th, 2020, we visited Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Here is a link to the Sunday Service Recording.

This week we visit Lighthouse Full Gospel Church

Sun Oct 18, 11 AM

Lighthouse Full Gospel Church

Ways to attend Sunday's Service:

  1. Go to lighthouse Facebook page where the service will be broadcast live
  2. To join the Historically Black Church Tour Watch Party, join the Monterey Bay Black Folks Calendar Facebook group and login before 11 am. All members will receive a watch party notification through Facebook.
NAACP Monterey County Branch Recruiting New Leadership

From Nomination Committee Chair Steven Goings:

The Monterey County Branch NAACP Nomination Committee is in the process of considering candidates for Officers and at-large Executive Committee members for the 2021-2022 term of office.  

If you are a member in good standing (defined as a paid member since April 1, 2020 that has not resigned from the Branch since then) and are interested in being considered by the Nomination Committee for an office or position on the at-large Executive Committee, please send your signed consent forms to and copy the Nomination Committee Chair Steven Goings at
Example Written Consent: “I, Mr. or Mrs. X, member-in-good standing, do hereby give my consent to serve as an Officer or at-large Executive Committee member of the NAACP unit 1049 for the 2020-2021 term. Positions I am interested in being considered for include Secretary or at-large Executive Committee member. I would also be interested in chair or member of the education committee” Remember to attach your Executive Committee or Officer consent form.
Additionally, you might indicate if you are interested in serving as a chair or member of a particular committee. This will simply help us to inform the next president who will appoint committee chairmanships with the consent of the next executive committee.
There are two paths to nomination:
1.      Being selected by the Nomination Committee (we must have your written consent).
2.      Attend the October 22, 2020 General Membership meeting
a.      After receiving the report of the Nomination Committee, the Chair will open up the floor for further nominations.
b.      Persons nominated in this manner “must be made by written petition and signed by at least three members in good standing.” In this case, “good standing” means having been a member for no less than 30 days prior to signing the petition.
The Nomination Committee looks forward to learning of your interest in serving the Monterey County Branch NAACP.
Steven Goings,
Nomination Committee Chair Oct 5, 2020

Important Links

Recruiting Teachers of Color for MPUSD!

Ann Jealous has been in conversation with MPUSD Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh about the need to bring in more Black and teachers of color to Monterey K-12 schools, and asked for our help in getting word out to possible candidates for the Alder Teacher Residency program they are offering.

Adler Teacher Residency is recruiting now for the 2021-2022 school year. Application deadline Nov. 9, 2020.

$15,000 living stipend
$10,000 tuition reimbursement for math, science, and SPED candidates
Year-long apprenticeship with Mentor Teacher
Master's Degree and Credential in one-year
Priority hiring for full-time position at MPUSD

Requirements: BA completed by June 2021; 3.0 GPA preferred; eligible to work in US

More info, contact Superintendent PK Differbaugh at:

Check out website at: Alder Teacher Residency
Voter Registration at the Recognizing Military Service Center

Weekly: Wed-Sat from 3 to 6 PM
Located at 2087 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside

Long time members, Mary Davis and Yvonne Kirkland will be on hand to register voters at the RMSC. At the same time, Michelle's Soul Food Kitchen is available on-site for take out.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Voter Registration Drive, contact Mary Davis at
CSUMB Events:
Black Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Financial Coaches, Mecca and Kwesi Dreams

The Center for Black Student Success invites you to learn why Black Money Matters and how to make your money work for you.

October 22, 2020
6:00pm — 7:30pm

Join financial coaches Mecca and Kwesi Dreams for a workshop on financial literacy directed at college-age Black youth. Through a series of practical exercises and in a fun, down-to-earth presentation style Mecca and Kwesi will give participants a solid base of information and good habits with which to build their financial future.

Cultural Programming
The Center for Black Student Success brings relevant cultural programming to campus by welcoming authors, artists, scholars, and performers from throughout the African Diaspora to enrich the CSUMB experience with concerts, workshops, exhibits focused on engaging and inspiring Black students.

Upcoming events include:

  • Chef/Musician/Researcher: Roberto Perez (URBAN PILÓN) November 12, 2020, Time: 6-7:30 pm

  • Nate Cameron: December 3, 2020, Time: 6-7:30 pm
Community Events:
Panetta and Sawyer on Systemic Racism:

October 19, 2020 5:00 - 5:30 P.M. PST

Congressman Jimmy Panetta and Activist Nathaniel Sawyer will sit down behind the computer screen through Facebook and YouTube Live to speak on systemic racism and policy.

You will not want to miss a groundbreaking conversation between the young, powerful activist and academic Nathaniel Sawyer and giant Jimmy Panetta

More information coming soon.

Click Here to view previous discussion on Systemic Racism with Nathaniel Sawyer and State Senator Bill Monning

From Dr. Vanessa Lopez Littleton on above Youth Summit:


Please save the date and share this event with your networks.

Register here for event updates and details.
Addressing Racial Equity Registration Link
Latinx / Hispanic Heritage Month Afro-Latino Profile Link

Gwen Ifil
Gwendolyn L. Ifill (September 29, 1955 – November 14, 2016) was an American journalist, television newscaster, and author. In 1999, she became the first woman of African descent to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program with Washington Week in Review.
She was the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and co-managing editor, with Judy Woodruff, of the PBS NewsHour, both of which air on PBS. Ifill was a political analyst and moderated the 2004 and 2008 vice-presidential debates. She authored the best-selling book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

Ifill was born in the Queens neighborhood of Jamaica in New York City, the fifth of six children of African Methodist Episcopal (AME) minister (Oliver) Urcille Ifill, Sr., a Panamanian of Barbadian descent who emigrated from Panama, and Eleanor Ifill, who was from Barbados.

While at Simmons College, Ifill interned for the Boston Herald-American. One day at work, she discovered a note on her desk that read, "Nigger go home." After showing the note to editors at the newspaper, who "were horrified", they offered her a job when she graduated from college in 1977. Ifill's close friend Michele Norris stated that Ifill said "that was really unfortunate, but I have work to do. And that's how she got the job. She didn't get the job out of sympathy. She got the job because she didn't let that slow her down."

Ifill went on to work for the Baltimore Evening Sun from 1981 to 1984 and for The Washington Post from 1984 to 1991. She left the Post after being told she wasn't ready to cover Capitol Hill, but was hired by The New York Times, where she covered the White House from 1991 to 1994. Her first job in television was with NBC, where she was the network's Capitol Hill reporter in 1994.

In October 1999, she became the moderator of the PBS program Washington Week in Review, the first black woman to host a national political talk show on television. She was a senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Ifill appeared on various news shows, including Meet the PressFace the Nation, The Colbert ReportCharlie Rose, Inside Washington, and The Tavis Smiley Show. In November 2006, she co-hosted Jamestown Live!, an educational webcast commemorating the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia.

Ifill served on the boards of the Harvard Institute of Politics, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Museum of Television and Radio, and the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Click Here to continue reading Gwen Ifill's Wikipedia page.
Useful Links:

  • Here is something the Monterey County Branch NAACP is working on. You can send your entries directly to

  • Check out the list and add your bio and photo to it.

  • We all know the so-called criminal justice system treats our folks much more harshly than others, sometimes just having community members show up at court can make a difference in how things turn out.

  • Check it out or add your favorite to the list

  • With so few African Americans working in our K-12 and higher education systems, our kids have too few opportunities to see professionals and role models who look like them. We are looking for Black community members and professionals who can be called on to be occasional guest speakers in local classrooms.

Black Voices and Photo Portrait Project
  • Local photographer Nic Coury has launched this Black Portrait Project and looking for subjects. If interested in posing for a professional picture message him on Facebook or send me ( your contact info for me to forward.

  • Just the basic public contact and position info

  • Click on this google document to share your thoughts about what is needed in the Black community. We will prioritize them for further action.

  • Check out the current list of churches, update existing entries or add new ones.

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