PRESS RELEASE: NAACP National Board of Directors' Hearing and Findings of former President Sadiqa Sakin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2020
CONTACT: Carolyn Riley-Payne, President, Seattle/King County NAACP
On April 21, 2020, the NAACP National Board of Directors effectively removed former NAACP Seattle/King County President Sadiqa Sakin from our local Branch as officer and member. After a thorough investigation and hearings by the National Office and Committees, the National Board of Directors reached its conclusion and findings for Ms. Sakin by stating in part, ” In accordance with Article X, Section 4, of the Bylaws for Units, the President and CEO suspended you from office as President of the NAACP Seattle King Co. Branch on November 04, 2019, after it was determined that your activities, behavior, and conduct were detrimental and inimical to the NAACP.”
The National Board of Directors also voted to suspend Ms. Sakin’s membership for a period of five years, commencing from the original suspension date of November 04, 2019. Once the suspension time is complete, Ms. Sakin may apply to the National Board of Directors for reinstatement of her membership.”
Per NAACP Constitution and Bylaws for the Units, Article X, Sec 2.” The Board of Directors, upon satisfactory evidence that a member of the Association is guilty of conduct not in accord with the principles, aims and purposes of the Association, as set forth in this Constitution,… or is guilty of conduct inimical to the best interests of the Association, may order suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary action against such member, after a hearing in accordance with the provisions of this Article.”
Effective immediately, Carolyn Riley-Payne is the President of the local Seattle/King County NAACP Branch #1136.
We thank you, our community members, for staying with us as we continue to sort out the matter and fight for social justice in Seattle/King County. Now more than ever, we need your help and membership to further ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2020
SpokesPerson: Carolyn Riley-Payne, President, Seattle/King County NAACP
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The Seattle-King County NAACP, under leadership of President Carolyn Riley-Payne, is extremely concerned about the profound effect that COVID-19 is having on the Black community in Seattle and King County, and the country. Black people are an overall disproportionately affected community in the number of cases and deaths of COVID-19. This will not be tolerated.
The Seattle-King County NAACP is working with and reaching out to State and local officials on the improper safety and protection to our community during this time. Our community lacks the proper universal measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 by employers: proper Social Distancing called for by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), personal protective equipment, and regular cleaning and sanitizing of work spaces and its equipment. This is in part due to Black Americans being more likely to be employed in jobs that are considered essential—grocery clerks, fast-food workers, transit, postal and delivery workers. Just this past week in Seattle, King County, Washington, 59-year-old Samina Hameed, a King County Metro bus driver, died after contracting the virus.
Our NAACP branch is asking our community for its stories. Did you get furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19? Were you promised restoration pay while you're laid off? Were you retaliated against for demanding a safe work environment during this global pandemic? Contact us with your story at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Seattle-King County NAACP recognizes that the disproportionately negative effect of COVID-19 on the Black community is an indication of ongoing structural and institutional racism in the United States Healthcare system; the response by our State and local leaders, and our community employers, is an opportunity to save Black lives and correct the systemic problems in our healthcare systems.
NAACP Health Chair updates
An update from our NAACP Health Chair, Phyllis D. Gearring-Anderson, on this current global pandemic:
Governor Inslee is reviewing the shelter in place (Stay Home/Stay Healthy) restrictions, but does not expect to make any changes before May 4, 2020.
New cases of the coronavirus (Covid -19) seem to be slowing, however with increased testing availability, it is expected to see increased cases. In King County, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders, Hispanic or Latinos, and African Americans are disproportionately impacted in this order.
Current Positive Cases:
Positive Cases Deaths
US 852, 47,750
WA 12,494 692
King 5449 379
Ethnicity and Race/100,000 (4/10/2020)
Hispanic or Latino 159.2
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 185.5
Native Indian or Alaskan 103.5
We all should continue to:
- Shelter in place
- Frequently hand wash
- Don't touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth)
- Social distance and limit gatherings to no more than 10
- Avoid sick people and don't leave your home if you are sick!