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Yes on 10 Campaign Responds to Revelations That California NAACP Leader Alice Huffman is Hired by Campaign Opposed to Prop 10 Funded by Billionaire Landlords


$800,000 and $25,000 a month retainer for Huffman to oppose
initiative run by African American leaders, and supported by Black civil
rights organizations

A bombshell lead article splashed across the front page of the San
Francisco Chronicle
this morning revealed that president of the
California NAACP, Alice Huffman, has once again taken money to side with
big businesses harming Black communities in a major ballot measure
fight, California's Proposition 10. The
long list of social justice organizations supporting
Prop 10, which
will allow communities to urgently address California's
housing-affordability and homeless crises by limiting rent increases,
includes the other major Black legacy civil rights organizations.
California NAACP is an outlier organization opposed to Prop 10, with
Huffman's consulting firm, AC Public Affairs, being paid $25,000 a month
to direct a $800,000 African American voter outreach campaign.

In the San
Francisco Chronicle article
, Huffman said she was approached by two
campaigns opposing Prop 10. When explaining why she chose the one she
did, she said, "I took the highest bidder on the ‘no' side, to be
honest. I don't make any apologies."

According to the article, Huffman, in the past, has taken money from
tobacco giant Philip Morris and pharmaceutical companies, industries
which have gouged and lied to consumers much like the Wall Street
corporations funding No on 10 are doing to renters.

Christina Livingston, an African-American young professional, the
State Director of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
(ACCE), and one of the three authors of Yes on 10 said, "As a Black
woman who was actually displaced from Oakland, it saddens me to see an
organization I grew up respecting being so misused." ACCE along with the
Eviction Defense Network and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation are the
three proponents of the Proposition 10 initiative.

Livingston added, "While I am disappointed by the revelations regarding
California NAACP, I'm encouraged to know that other legacy Black civil
rights organizations like the Urban League, Southern Christian
Leadership Conference, and National Action Network have further affirmed
their commitment to this effort by endorsing Yes on 10."

Huffman's actions are particularly egregious in that the Prop 10
campaign, led by African Americans, will help Blacks who struggle to pay
skyrocketing rents that corporate landlords and Wall Street speculators
profit from. According to a
report by the state Department of Housing and Community Development

Black and Latinx households are more likely to be rent-burdened,
spending 30 percent or more of their income on rent. In some areas, like
South Los Angeles' historic Black Crenshaw community, the large majority
of tenants spend over 50% of their income in rent.

Damien Goodmon, a leader of the anti-displacement organization in
South Los Angeles Crenshaw Subway Coalition, and the campaign director
of Yes on 10 said: "In the Chronicle article, Alice Huffman
claims that the California NAACP executive board met in May to vote to
oppose Prop 10. I've attended California NAACP events for years. As we
have with other Black organization leaders, I and others on the campaign
reached out to Ms. Huffman well before May to ask for time to discuss
Prop 10 and its direct benefit to Black renters and communities. She
never called to invite Yes on 10 to present at a May meeting or any
other time, or ask for any information. I checked in with some other
prominent Black supporters of Yes on 10 and she didn't reach out to them
either. One must legitimately question the process Ms. Huffman did or
did not engage in."

Rev. Kelvin Sauls, former Senior Pastor of the historic Holman
United Methodist Church, a Los Angeles Housing Services Authority
Commissioner and the Faith Community Organizer for Yes on 10 said, "We
hope that the California NAACP will move swiftly to reverse their
position, and return the dirty money from the corporate landlords who
made their obscene profits from pushing predatory lending on Black
seniors, foreclosing on Black homes, and raising the rents on struggling
Black tenants. The integrity with advancement and credibility in the
achievement in equality of the revered NAACP is on the line."

At a recent press
conference in South Los Angeles
, Black civil rights organizations
and housing justice organizations leaders gathered to discuss the
importance of passing Proposition 10 for Black communities. Attendees
included Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, retired
California Assemblymember Mike Davis, retired Los Angeles Councilmember
Robert Farrell, Los Angeles Urban League President Michael Lawson,
Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Greater Southern California
President Rev. William D. Smart Jr., National Action Network-Los
Angeles' Rev. Jonathan Moseley, AFSCME 3090 Past President Alice Goff,
Black Community Clergy & Labor Alliance Executive Board Member Jackie
Ryan, Black Women for Wellness Executive Director Janette
Robinson-Flint, Church Without Walls Pastor Cue Jn-Marie, Fannie Lou
Hamer Institute Director Akili, Holman United Methodist Church Rev.
Oliver Bouie, Hyde Park Organizational Partnership for Empowerment, LA
CAN Executive Director Pete White, Los Angeles Worker Center's Malcolm
Harris, and Poor People's Campaign & McCarty Memorial Church Pastor
Eddie Anderson.

Other organizations and leaders that support Prop. 10 are the Institute
of the Black World 21st Century (led by Ron Daniels), Advocates for
Black Strategic Alternatives (led by Larry Aubry), African-American
Cultural Center (led by Dr. Maulana Karenga), Brotherhood Crusade (led
by Charisse Bremond-Weaver), California Calls (led by Anthony Thigpenn),
Dellums Institute for Social Justice, People of Color Sustainable
Housing Network, PICO California (co-led by Rev. Ben McBride),
PolicyLink (led by Angela Glover), SCOPE (led by Gloria Walton), Urban
League of San Diego County, Ward AME Church Pastor John Cager, Women
Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases, Rev. James Lawson and
Black Lives Matter Organizer Melina Abdullah.

Yes on 10 is supported by a large and growing coalition of civil rights
organizations, housing justice organizations, labor including the
California Labor Federation and the California Democratic Party.

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