October 10, 2015 – HANDBAGS OF HOPE ACROSS AMERICA
Domestic Violence is one of the leading crimes against primarily women and children in the nation.
In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the SDBPOA (as the San Diego Chapter of the National Black Police Association) is collaborating with the San Diego Family Justice Center, the Stephen Pierce Foundation, Tasteful Tuesdays SD, and other local organizations on October 10 presents HANDBAGS of HOPE.
This event as part of a nationwide initiative to assist victims of family violence, is taking place simultaneously across the nation on October 10, 2015 with a goal to collect slightly used women’s handbag or purses filled with small toiletries.
The SDBPOA and its partners will collect the handbags and donate them to domestic violence survivors.
This is a monumental event bringing together NBPA Chapters with Domestic Violences resources across the nation for a worthy cause.
Bring your used purses and handbags and donate them. We will collect them at the ABM Parking Lot, 1100 Broadway from 10 AM – 2 PM.
For further information contact Detective Rena Henrnandez (858) 212-3694 or Ben Kelso at (619) 980-4782.
The SDBPOA has a special committee assigned to political activities.
All requests for SDBPOA support political support as a candidate for office or special legislation must be requested in writing and mailed to:
San Diego Black Police Officers Association
P.O. Box 532432
San Diego, CA 92153-2432
No requests will be made by telephone or email. Once your request is received, a member of the committee will contact the person or group making the request and schedule a conference with the committee.
The SDBPOA does not make financial contributions to any political campaign
Several members including NBPA Region 1 President, Bryan Pendleton, is reporting out on the SDBPOA Actvities for 2015 at the NBPA National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
The SDBPOA is active and vibrant. We are out there serving the community. One of our goals is to be more visible in the community and celebrate our successes. Check out SanDiegobpoa.org or our social media to see what the organization has been doing this year. It is has been a strong year of activity from the SDBPOA.
2015 – BPOA ACTIVITIES
- Added Legal Advisor Lei-Chala Wilson
Supported and attended multiple community functions including;
- SD MLK PARADE
- SDPD Central Division Community March for Peace
- JRYMCA MLK Breakfast
- UAAMAC Breakfast
- Alliance SD All People’s Breakfast
- Voice & Viewpoint Gala
- Blue Heart Foundation Breakfast
- Blue Heart Presidential Dinner
- Cesar Chavez Breakfast
- Muhammad Mosque #8 Dinner
- SD PanPac Luau
- Archie Buggs Family Reunion
- NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner
Supported school activities involving students at;
- Knox Middle School
- Porter Elementary
- Nye Elementary School
- Lincoln High School STEM Program
- Reach One, Teach One
- Outdoor Outreach
- Delta Sigma Theta Embodi Project
- Iftin Charter School
- CURE Africa Project
- SD Urban League & SDYUP Brothas w/Ties
SDBPOA Hosted Events
- Annual Prayer Breakfast
- Thanksgiving Dinner Drive
- Stephen Pierce Foundation Pro Players Christmas
- Knox Middle School 8th grade Pizza Party & Celebration
- Ice Cream Social at Porter Elementary
- Salvation Army Feeding the Homeless
- St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Poker Night Fundraiser
- Back to School Back Pack & School Supply Drive
- Guardian Low Rider Project
- San Diego Police Historical Association
Social Justice Activism
- KCBQ Radio -Crime Time with Steve Albrecht – Could San Diego become a Ferguson
- Renaming Robert E. Lee Elementary to Archie Buggs Elementary
- Racism in Law Enforcement w/ Sully
- KOGO Radio
- KNSD News
- Black Lives Matter Movement
- Impact of Ferguson on Law Enforcement
- KPBS Radio & Television media on racial profiling
- After the March * What Now
- Attendance as supporters of SD Black Lives/I Matter Rally
- Lincoln High School meetings regarding the SD School District Police Armoured Vehicle
- I Am My Brother’s Keeper Event at Malcolm X Library
- Panel Discussion Participation on PC182.5 presented by Muhammad Mosque #8
- SDSU Center for Intercultural Relations Workshop on Racial Profiling
- Racial Profiling and How to Survive Encounters with the Police
- Collaboration with local chapter of the NAACP on Know Your Rights
- SD Union Tribune
- Voice & Viewpoint
WEB – Editorials to facilitate discussion and learning on;
Petition campaign to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary School to Archie Buggs Elementary School in honor of fallen BPOA member Archie Buggs killed in the line of duty November 4, 1978. Please send a letter to the Parole Board and Governor Brown.
- Joy Coleman awarded $500 to attend SD City College
- Jesus Avalos awarded $250 to attend SW College
The SDBPOA is here to serve its membership by being the conscious of law enforcement and a vehicle of to bridge the gap between the community and the police. We are making a difference. If you have ever wondered what we are doing, and beleive you can help, contact us.
The San Diego Black Police Officer’s Association asks you to join the effort to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary School to Archie Buggs Elementary. On November 4, 1978, San Diego Police Officer Archie Calvin Buggs was working as a patrol officer in the Skyline District of San Diego. He was a four-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department and served honorably in Vietnam. Officer Buggs was shot and killed that fateful evening after he made a traffic stop on two gang members for speeding. As he walked to the rear of the car, one of the suspects exited the vehicle and shot Officer Buggs six times.
A fellow officer located Patrolman Buggs lying in the street with his ticket book nearby. San Diego Police apprehended both suspects three hours later. The two suspects were convicted of Patrolman Buggs’ murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. The gunman was denied parole in 2010 and again in 2014.
Thirty-seven years after his death, Officer Archie Buggs is still without a memorial named in his honor for making the ultimate sacrifice for his community. We ask you to join this collective effort to rename the elementary school presently known as Robert E. Lee, to Archie Buggs Elementary School giving this school the prestigious honor memorializing a local hero of Southeastern San Diego by naming the school in the area he patrolled in his honor.
Click link below to sign petition
The San Diego Black Police Officer’s Association is pleased to announce
the appointment of former San Diego NAACP President Lei-Chala Wilson, Esq.,
new Legal Advisor to the Board. Ms. Wilson has an extensive resume and experience in the legal field for her work in the Public Defenders Office, work as a member of the National Bar Association, and San Diego Chapter President of the NAACP she brings to the SDBPOA.
Lei-Chala I. Wilson received her Economics degree from SDSU in 1985 and Juris Doctor from U.C. Davis, King Hall, in 1989. At U.C. Davis, Wilson was the 1989 Western Regional Champion of the National Trial Competition.
Wilson was with the Law Offices of the San Diego Public Defender for over 24 years. Wilson has tried over 120 jury trials to conclusion, including misdemeanors, serious and violent felonies, three strikes cases, sex offenses, and homicides. She has completed several hundred preliminary examinations and argued numerous motions. Wilson is now in private practice.
Wilson served 6 years as the San Diego Branch President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Wilson received the branch’s President’s Award in 2003 and the branch received the NAACP CA State Conference Dr. H. Claude Hudson Award in October 2010 and 2014. In 2013, the branch was recognized by the Jacob Center for Revitalizing Neighborhood Innovation Award, Talent Award Association (TAA) Community Impact Award and Epiphany Women In Focus Outstanding Achievement Award.
Wilson joined the CCRC (California Civil Rights Coalition) Steering Committee in 2013. This year Wilson received the Courage and Social Award from the BAPAC (Black American Political Association of California), San Diego Chapter and the Community Activist Award from the SDBPOA (San Diego Black Police Officers Association).
Wilson is a Past President of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), San Diego Section. She received the NCNW SD Living Legacy Award in 2000 and the Bethune Woman of the Year Award in 2008.
In April 2010 Wilson received a gubernatorial appointment to the California Council on Criminal Justice. That same month the San Diego County Bar Association presented Wilson with the Outstanding Service By a Public Attorney. Wilson was also the recipient of the Black Contractors Association’s Social Justice Advocate of the Year Award in October 2010. In March 2011, Wilson received a National Citation Award for Community Service from the Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., National Sorority, Delta Upsilon Chapter. In 2012, Wilson received the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Award.
Wilson is a Past President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association (EBGBA) (1998, 2006 and 2007) and the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) (2000 -2001). EBGBA presented her with President’s Award in 1993, 2002, 2008 and 2010, the Distinguished Service Award in 1996, 2003 and 2005 and the Thurgood Marshall Award for Legal Excellency in 2001. CABL presented Wilson with the President’s Award in 1999, 2006 and in 2007. In 2009 CABL presented Wilson with the David Cunningham Non-Profit Community Service Award.
Wilson is a Past Director of the National Bar Association (NBA) Region IX and served five years as the Chair of the NBA Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice Section. In 2009 Wilson served as Co-Chair of the NBA Legal Education Committee and received a National Bar Association Presidential Award.
In November 2006 Wilson was appointed to the State Bar of California Attorney Civility Task Force. In March 2007 Wilson was appointed to the San Diego Mayor’s Charter Review Commission that revised the San Diego City Charter that was considered by the San Diego City Council for the June 2008 ballot for voter approval.
Wilson served a three year term on the Board of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties (2006 -2009). Wilson was also a Board Member of the San Diego Mediation Center (1994 – 1998) and on the Board of Trustees for the San Diego County Public Law Library (2001 – 2005).
Wilson is an Advisor and Past Chair of the State Bar of California Criminal Law Section Executive Committee and currently serves as the Education Chair and been involved with that committee since 1996. Wilson was a Delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates for the SDCBA (1994 – 1998) and on the Judicial Nominations Evaluation Committee in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Wilson was a recipient of the SDCBA’s first Diversity Award in 2001. She served on the State Bar of California, District Nine Nominating Committee, Executive Committee of the Conference of Delegates, in 1998.
Wilson was the Outstanding Match of the Year in 1996 and the Outstanding Attorney Volunteer in 2002 for the Volunteers in Parole, Inc. (VIP). She served on that committee from 1995 – 2010 as an Attorney Mentor and on its San Diego Advisory Committee.
Wilson is a frequent lecturer for the State Bar of California Criminal Law Section and has also spoken at programs for the NBA, American Bar Association (ABA), EBGBA Neighborhood Law School and the Ninth Circuit District Court Annual Conference in Guam and Saipan on criminal law topics, attorney civility, courtroom etiquette, elimination of bias, opening a solo practice, and case management.
Wilson has put together community forums that include the San Diego Mayoral, City Attorney, Assembly and Senate Districts, San Diego Unified School District board candidates and the 4th Council District candidates’ races, Hate Crimes, Prop. 54 and 19, renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Student Privacy Rights, domestic violence awareness and the HEAT/S (Human Exploitation And Trafficking in Sex).
Wilson is a member of the State Bar of California, NBA (Life Member), CABL (Life Member), EBGBA (Life Member), Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Inc., ABA, California Public Defenders Association, SDCBA, California Women Lawyers, NAACP (Life Member), ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, NCNW (Life Member), MLK Jr. Democratic Club, Blacks in Government (BIG) Greater San Diego Chapter and Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce (CSDBCC).
Please join the San Diego Black Police Officer’s Association in welcoming Ms Wilson to the BPOA. We proud and excited to have her on the BPOA team.
The mission of the San Diego Black Police Officers Association is to improve the relationship between police departments as institutions and the minority communities they serve. We continually work toward police reform, eliminating police corruption, police brutality and racial discrimination. The BPOA strives to improve upon the criminal justice system by evaluating the effect policies and programs used by law enforcement within minority communities, and to assist in recruitment efforts designed to encourage minorities to become police officers. Lastly, the BPOA serves to encourage public cooperation with the police, while also encouraging and educating law enforcement officers to serve their communities with professionalism and compassion.
The BPOA works hard to overcome historical, institutional and societal barriers that once denied criminal justice practitioners of color, and women, equal access to the law enforcement career field. These forms of discrimination denied minorities the opportunity to be recruited, selected, trained, assigned, promoted, disciplined and commended within the law enforcement profession.
The BPOA membership supports Sergeant Arthur Scott who has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the San Diego Police Department and the City of San Diego, alleging unfair, discriminatory, and retaliatory actions personally taken against him by the police department. We ask that our fellow officers and community members withhold judgment until a thorough investigation into the allegations is completed. The BPOA supports any and all officer(s) that bring forward any issue(s) that would or could harm the positive relationship between the department and the communities we serve.
The BPOA will continue to demonstrate dignified, ethical policing, while working collaboratively with our community, and supporting the law enforcement profession.
Benjamin A. Kelso
San Diego Black Police Officers Association
Announcement: Come on out tomorrow November 19, 2014
to the Annual SDBPOA Thanksgiving Dinner Drive in conjunction with Brother’s United Fire Fighters, SDPD SE Division, SDFD, & NFLPA from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
The organizations together are leading the in the spirit of giving by showing care and donating Thanksgiving holiday dinners to needy families.
This is what holiday spirit and giving back is all about!!! SHARE