Rev. E.D. Mondainé has announced his immediate resignation as president of the Portland NAACP chapter, according to a statement from the national NAACP.
People, including members of Portland’s local chapter, were calling to Mondainé to resign after allegations of sexual abuse were reported by the Portland Mercury.
“The NAACP is firmly opposed to all forms of abuse, assault, harassment, or discrimination,” the NAACP said in its statement. “Such behavior has no place in the Association, regardless of whether these instances occurred in previous or current administrations.”
The national organization said it is investigating whether any organizational bylaws were broken by Mondainé and said it will take “additional action” if necessary.
“We are relieved that today the National NAACP announced E.D. Mondainé's immediate resignation,” Rise Up PDX, the Portland NAACP’s accountability group, said in a statement. “With this step we can begin the process of healing and transforming our branch into an organization that contributes positively to its members and the larger community.”
Rise Up PDX said it is calling for the Portland NAACP’s Branch Executive Committee, with support from the larger NAACP, to appoint interim leadership until a new president is elected.