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Portland NAACP leader resigns following abuse allegations

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The president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP has submitted his resignation after numerous people accused him of sexual and psychological abuse.

The Portland Mercury last week detailed allegations from 11 people, including three men who said they faced sexual abuse by E.D. Mondaine while they were members of his church, Celebration Tabernacle in North Portland.

“We have received Rev. Elbert Mondaine’s immediate resignation as President of the Portland NAACP,” the organization said in a statement Tuesday. “The NAACP is firmly opposed to all forms of abuse, assault, harassment, or discrimination. Such behavior has no place in the Association, regardless of whether these instances occurred in previous or current administrations.”

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Mondaine last week denied the allegations, calling them a “manifestation of the current trend of cancel culture” and said he would not seek re-election as the leader of the organization.

The NAACP said it would continue to investigate “in accordance with our bylaws, and if necessary, will take additional and appropriate action.”

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