Long Beach Leader And Tri County Bulletin 04 21 2016 E Edition Page 0

The Fight Against Voter Suppression news@longbeachleader.com A Precinct Reporter Group Publication - The Community's Newspaper - ServingLong Beach and Surrounding Communities news@tri-countybulletin.com I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" - Voltaire Your Resource for Over 15 Years (See Page 4) Thursday, April 21, 2016 Vol. 19 - No 14 (Cont. on Page 5) Church on the Firing Line By Eliz Dowdy Staff Writer The Senior Pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church in Orange and the Social Justice Committee stepped out of the pulpit in the minds of some people recently to address a hot button topic. The town hall gathering on gun violence and ways of implementing changes in the levels of the epidemic brought a diverse group of people, Pastor Goodjoin told the Tri- County Bulletin. The Committee was formed approximately two years ago, and has addressed domestic violence, and an upcoming town hall will address human trafficking. Pastor Goodjoin stated that the attendees were literally on both sides of the issue, but if we dont begin a dialogue, we keep talking at each other. She is pleased that the conversation was good, and they discussed the degree mental illness plays in gun violence. She was literally knocked down mentally and emotionally when the news surfaced that one of the victims of the Charleston shooting in Emanuel AME Church was a very close friend whom she had attended school with, Reverend Sharonda Coleman Singleton. From that moment she knew something had to change. The dialogue on race and gun violence are taboo, and certainly for churches in certain areas to get involved in. Some churches she invited chose not to get involved, but still she believes it is a beginning. Some of those pastors feared alienating their congregants if they participated. One attendee had recently lost a close friend to gun violence in Orange County. She was searching for answers to help ease the pain of loss. The issue of gun violence as a town hall topic was chosen and planning began in the Fall. During the Lenten season, the church joined with another predominantly White church to address gun violence in America. She also believes that other communities should begin the healing process in the churches. Groups against gun violence were supportive, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, who are strong advocates against gun violence since the shooting of James Brady during the attack on President Reagan. Brady, President Reagans Press Secretary, was shot in the head and left partially paralyzed after the attack. Since that time, gun violence has moved beyond the primarily urban areas and blew up into mass shootings in public places, schools, movies, churches, and malls. Pastor Goodjoin stated that the town hall held at New Hope Presbyterian church kept its roots, beginning with the choir singing, and prayer interspersed throughout the session. Panelists that led the discussion were: Pastor Goodjoin, retired LAPD Det. Greg Kading, retired Westminster police Captain Bill Lewis; UCI experts Mark Petracca & Roxane Silver; and Senior Pastor Reverend Ivan Pitts from Second Baptist Church in Santa Ana. Villages at Cabrillo Builds Hope Aids Walk Fights With Urgency By Dianne Anderson Staff Writer Chris Bragg, 31, has the luxury of not having lived through the late 80s to witness the first wave of HIV infections that panicked the nation through the carnage of full-blown AIDS. Those striking images of wasting syndrome are far removed from his feneration, and he feels the problem has mostly flipped off the community's radar. Some people now think there's a cure, or that its not a big deal anymore. Folks my age haven't seen what it can do to someone's life. I think there is zero sense of urgency. We grew up in an era that is like Magic Johnson. We didn't see the crisis that it once was, said Bragg, director of development and fundraising for the Orange County AIDS Services Foundation. He said the reality is that Orange County has about 7,000 people living with HIV with five new infections every week. From the early teens to the elderly, the spread of HIV is still a community-wide health concern. Right now, one of every seven people that HIV-infected do not know they are infected, which keeps the spread ongoing. If someone wasnt seeing any symptoms or any health outcomes, they would very likely be spreading the disease because 90% of new infections are spread by people who are not in health care, Braggs said. With the right medical care, he said the HIV spread would be much lower because good health care keeps the viral load suppressed to nearly undetectable levels, which would keep the rate of transmission very low. Over the past 29 years, their annual walk has raised $14.5 million, helping the community with resources, and families in need can access the food pantry twice a month. The organization also provides transportation to and from the doctor. We have mental health counseling and housing for people who would be on the By Dianne Anderson Staff Writer Going into his latest PADNET satellite location, Darick Simpson is excited to think about the possibilities, the new stories, possibly new jobs, that could come out of the Villages at Cabrillo and the Westside community. Last week, Simpson shared some of his vision for bringing new equipment on site to the latest phase of development at the 27-acre campus. He said it will give the community a chance to learn video production, learn the equipment and give the community ownership of telling their own stories. I think it's very powerful because they have amazing stories to tell, said Simpson, executive director of Long Beach Community Action Partnership (LBCAP). Last week, Mr. Simpson spoke of his vision for providing the public access digital network venue for Century Villages, and the Westside community. Its also to put equipment for PADNET on the Westside of long beach, which traditionally can be perceived as under-served of various community resources, he said. Long Beach Public Access Digital Network is a program of the Long Beach Community Action Partnership, which started out with their teen program outreach, and from his own background in media. He felt that the digital media arts program could engage the community while teaching them living wage job skills, and other tools to lift up out of poverty. Let's also wrap around life skills, and leadership, decision-making, etiquette and career planning. From that [comes] success, he said. So far, he said some youth have fone on to land media-related jobs. He said the vision is to be a hub for creativity, and he is also looking to have a summer internship with silk screening, photography, music and video production. We try to make sure that it is accessible, especially to the low-income youth of our community because thats the whole purpose. There are many talented youth in a city of our size, he said. Brian DAndrea, Senior Vice President, Housing, said that they held their grand opening for Cabrillo Gateway late last year on the fourth phase of development of their campus. Villages at Cabrillo Community initially was conveyed in 1997 under the Federal McKinney Act for the purpose of benefiting the homeless. Since then, Century Housing Corp, a Culver City Nonprofit, has continued various aspects of redevelopment projects, including the recent groundbreaking for Anchor Place for the fist phase of the development. With the city of Long Beach is a key partner for the project, which includes 13 funding sources, he said they offer various components, such as stronger transit connectivity to transit, the county health system, and to provide mixed population housing development for both veterans and non-veterans. After Anchor Place, he said there still plenty of work to do. Since Gateway finished last fall, on any given night they house about 1,300 The Sky Has No Limit for This Edison Scholar By Justin Felles It was a typical morning in AP statistics class until Kelton Hardrict Jr., also known as KJ, was pulled out of class by his school counselor. KJ, a senior at Whitney High School in Cerritos, was led to the schools theater and greeted with an unexpected surprise a $40,000 Edison Scholars scholarship from Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison. The annual scholarships are awarded to 30 high school seniors majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). I wanted to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue engineering, he said. My parents really wanted me to go to a school without money concerns, and I knew that they would be struggling to pay for it, so this will help a lot. KJ is captain of the schools varsity basketball team, co-captain of the volleyball team and competes in four track and field events. He's also a member of the National Honors Societyand spent his summer completing electrical engineering research at UCLA. When KJ started walking, I told him 'you can walk wherever you want to walk,' said KJ's dad, Kelton Sr. I made sure he knew there was no limit to what he wants to do. KJ plans to attend MIT and major in aeronautics and astronautics engineering. He will use his degree to launch a career in the aerospace industry. My dream is to work for NASA not as an astronaut, but being the brains behind the operations working out the math for spacecrafts or drones, he said. To be eligible for an Edison Scholars scholarship, applicants need to have a GPA of at least 3.0, demonstrate inancial need and live in or attend high school in SCEs service area. They also must plan to attend a four- year college and major in electrical, environmental, mechanical, civil, computer or industrial engineering, in computer sciences/information systems or environmental sciences. By supporting students in STEM studies, we are helping create the 21st century workforce that Edison and the country needs, said Tammy Tumbling, SCEs director of Philanthropy and Community Investment. Since 2006, Edison International has awarded $5.3 million in scholarships to 520 students. One day, I hope to paint my name in the sky, said KJ, holding his $40,000 check in the air. Courtesy Southern California Edison (Cont. on Page 5)

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