Allegations made in the NAACP at U.Va. Letter eliciting responses from student leaders – The Cavalier Daily

A statement published Tuesday by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at U.Va. regarding Ceci Cain, student council presidential candidate and fourth-year college student reply from throughout the university community, including Cain himself.

Cain is currently the vice president of administration for the student council, where she worked secure Insurance subsidies for low-income students, assign to Funding multicultural student groups and remove police from psychological crises, along with other organizers. Cain runs in a denied Race against sophomore, David Alari.

Signed by the NAACP at the U.Va. Presidents Council, the letter accused Cain of being “inherently misleading” black students and wrote that they were not responsible for “destructive behavior” or Cain’s alleged “arming of black student concerns.” would stand.

“Cain does not seek to work for the social, political and material gains of the black community,” the letter reads.

In response, Cain wrote that she “never agreed that anyone should vote for it [her]’ just because she is a black student herself, especially since her opponent is also black.

“I’ve put in countless hours working for black students at this university — period,” Cain said. “I’m sick of students not getting the job done and criticizing the way black students move and survive at this university.”

The letter also falsely claims that during a debate, Cain acknowledged the increase in Black Presidents Council funding provided from The Cavalier Daily Monday night. Cain made no such claim during the debate, despite citing the BPC’s “coalition work” – along with other groups – in helping to organize the University Networks of Nursing pilot program.

Finally, the letter also claimed that Cain had been “unresponsive, disorganized and unhelpful” in her administrative responsibilities to the student council. In response, Cain pointed to the scale of the VPA’s role, as well as the commitment of this unpaid extracurricular position.

“I’m a volunteer who runs an organization of 300 people trying to solve problems for all 27,000 students at the university,” Cain wrote. “It’s difficult to change an entire organization while it’s operational… I want to use every feedback as an opportunity for growth.”

A central tenet of Cain platform works to secure compensation for low-income student leaders, many of whom work more than 30 hours a week in addition to full-time classes. Cain hopes that paying student leaders will alleviate some of that burden and encourage low-income students to take on leadership positions.

Sarandon Ellliot, sophomore and principal of U.Va. Mutual aid, came to Cain’s defense, citing Cain’s “instrumental” work in organizing “justice and deliverance” on Grounds. Elliot, who won the NAACP at the U.Va. Student Humanitarian Award, called the letter “unfair” and “dishonest,” adding that she plans to return her award.

In an interview with The Cavalier Daily, Elliott enumerated the ways in which Cain was an advocate for black students on campus, citing Cain’s involvement in organizing one protest against Kyle Rittenhouse verdict as just an example. Several student groups including the Black Student Alliance, Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society, Students for Justice in Palestine at U.Va. and Young Democratic Socialists for America at the UV helped organize the protest.

“I don’t know what that would have looked like without Ceci,” Elliott said. “Ceci blows my mind every day at how much she puts into her work – her work ethic and the care and attention to detail.”

Elliott noted that Cain was one of the first organizers she met when she transferred to the university in 2019 and has since worked with Cain to improve the lives of black students at the university. To suggest that Cain co-opted efforts is “preposterous,” Elliott said.

Both Cain and Elliott wrote in their replies that they learned that the NAACP at U.Va. not by the entire Council of Presidents, but only by the Presidents and Vice-Presidents.

“I know several people on the NAACP board, and when I reached out to them and asked for a little clarification — because I think a lot of us were very confused … they all said, ‘Yeah, we’re just as confused like you,’” Elliott said.

in one statement distributed to members covered by The Cavalier Daily, Black Muslims at U.Va. said that while they would not support either candidate in the race, they wanted to correct the misinformation circulating about Cain and acknowledge the “misinformation” in the letter.

“While we believe that we should be critical of candidates seeking positions of power, we should also be fully informed of a candidate’s history, commitment and actions before speaking about a candidate,” the letter reads . “Our organization will do everything in our power not to repeat this.”

As of press time, the NAACP has at U.Va. has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

Voting began at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday and will end at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Students will receive an email on Wednesday with a personalized voting link or click the orange “Vote” button on the university election board. website.

This article will be updated.

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