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NAACP Helps Mobilize Black Voters in Alabama Special Election

BALTIMORE-African American voters mobilized in part by the NAACP, turned out in huge numbers and played a decisive role in a special election, which elected the first Democratic Senator in Alabama in decades.

“The African-American community played a major role in this most-crucial special election,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “Our vote is reflective of the values of a nation refusing to exchange its integrity and character for the sake of selfish partisan politics. As a native Alabamian said, Black Folks saved the soul of Alabama. This vote shows that unifying interracial politics, coalition building and inspirational rhetoric can win in the South.”

Alabama State Conference and Branches working with the NAACP’s national office and partners throughout the nation was able to make over 40,000 calls to voters throughout the state and persuade them to exercise their right to vote.  The Alabama State Conference and partners conducted an unprecedented texting campaign that reached nearly 160,000 African-Americans and women throughout the state. Of the voters reached, over 90 percent informed the NAACP that they would go to the polls and vote.

“We knew it would be a hard fight to mobilize voters, but we also had an idea of the consequences if the Black vote in Alabama stayed silent,” said NAACP Alabama State President Benard Simelton. “Those of us who know the history of Alabama with its Jim Crow and segregationist attitude, understand the importance of the vote and why not only have we got to ensure that we use it, but that we continue to protect it from any attempts at suppression,” added Simelton.

In the special election, Democrat Doug Jones garnered a reported 49.9 percent of the vote compared to 48.4 percent for Republican challenger Roy Moore to win the seat vacated by former Senator and current U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Sessions.

Alumna Named Cal State San Bernardino’s New Director Of Alumni Affairs

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Crystal Wymer-Lucero, who has worked on the Cal State San Bernardino campus for more than 12 years, rising through the ranks at the university, most recently serving as the Alumni Engagement director, has been named the CSUSB Alumni Affairs director. 

Wymer-Lucero’s appointment will begin on Jan. 1, 2018. Wymer-Lucero, ’07, previously served as the Development and Special Events coordinator in Intercollegiate Athletics as well as the Information Security Awareness coordinator in the Division of Information Technology Services.

During her time in Alumni Relations, Wymer-Lucero was part of the team that increased the number of unique alumni volunteers by nearly 400 percent since 2015. She also helped create the CSUSB Alumni Workshop Series, which has reached more than 400 unique alumni since its inception.

“I’m delighted to have one of our alumni leading Alumni Relations,” said Ron Fremont, vice president of University Advancement. “Crystal brings enthusiasm and dedication to her role in leading the department, and her knowledge of CSUSB as a student, an alumna and as a staff member give her a unique insight of the university that will ultimately benefit our alumni and engage new generations of alumni.”

Over the past two years Wymer-Lucero and her colleagues have grown the Alumni Mentor Program by nearly 200 percent and established a new Alumni Association Board of Directors. During that same span, the Alumni Association has welcomed thousands of alumni back to their alma mater through homecoming celebrations and special events, and contributed to doubling the growth of alumni association memberships.

In September 2017, Alumni Relations celebrated CSUSB’s inaugural graduating class with a special reunion of Golden Grads, who were honored at Convocation.

“I am excited and honored to have been selected to serve as the Director of Alumni Relations at my alma mater,” said Wymer-Lucero. “CSUSB has a vibrant, talented, and diverse alumni community in all 50 states and 43 counties, and working to strengthen ties to CSUSB no matter where our alumni reside will truly be fulfilling and rewarding.”

Wymer-Lucero will oversee the operations of the Office of Alumni Relations, including the CSUSB Alumni Association and its chapters, and the Student Ambassadors Society. In addition, she will serve as a key member of the University Advancement leadership team, collaborating with our alumni, our division and the campus community.

Wymer-Lucero was awarded a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with an emphasis in mass media and working toward a master’s degree in communication studies integrated marketing track.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino’s Alumni Affairs, visit www.csusb.edu/alumni.


CAPS Brings Holiday Cheer and Bikes to Over 75 Riverside Children.

Children received free bicycles as Christmas presents on Tuesday, December 19 at an event in Perris. Riverside County’s Community Action Partnership and Bicycles for Children, a non-profit based in Corona, is teaming up this year to provide 75 bicycles to children across the county who met the agencies’ gift guidelines.

Children received free bicycles as Christmas presents on Tuesday, December 19 at an event in Perris. Riverside County’s Community Action Partnership and Bicycles for Children, a non-profit based in Corona, is teaming up this year to provide 75 bicycles to children across the county who met the agencies’ gift guidelines.

RIVERSIDE, CA-Few things will light up a child’s eyes at Christmastime more than a shiny new bicycle.

On Tuesday, December 19, Community Action Partnership (CAP) and a Corona-based non-profit organization, surprised 75 Riverside County children who will be riding a new bike just in time for the holidays. The Holiday Bike Giveaway is handing out the bicycles this week to children from each of the county’s five supervisorial districts.

“It is such a wonderful feeling to see the smiles and laughter when the kids ride the bicycles for the first time knowing they will be able to take the bikes home,” said Third District Supervisor Chuck Washington.

The first batch of bikes was handed out on Tuesday in Perris and others will be given out Wednesday, December 20 in Palm Desert and Thursday, December 21 in Riverside.

“The holidays are a special time of year for our children and families. I am pleased to join with Community Action Partnership of Riverside County to put a smile on the faces of so many children during the holidays,” said Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez.

The children were selected by a committee made up of CAP staff after being recommended by parents, community members and others. Financial need is a key factor in the selection, CAP officials said. CAP is part of Riverside University Health System-Public Health.

The CAP program started in 2015 and scores of bicycles have been given out over the years. Bicycles for Children, a non-profit based in Corona, was a key partner, and John White, peer assistance and leadership teacher at El Cerrito Middle School, is the program coordinator, said Brenda Salas Freeman, executive director for CAP.

“The program continues to grow which shows there is a need in the community,” said Salas Freeman. “It is worth it to see the joy the bicycles bring to the children.”