Long Beach Leader And Tri County Bulletin 08 11 2016 E Edition Page 0

Changing Our Racial Narrative news@longbeachleader.com A Precinct Reporter Group Publication The Communitys 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, August 11, 2016 Vol. 19 - No 30 (Cont. on Page 6) Dems Push for Volunteers, Phonebankers By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter More big-name die-hard Republicans are jumping ship these past few weeks, questioning Donald Trumps ability to lead the nation, but no one in the Democratic Party is getting too excited for fear of losing the momentum. In Orange County, Dr. Jeanette Burns, president of the Anaheim Democratic Club, said now that the DNC is over, the real work begins at the local level. In the coming weeks, local Democrats will be out canvassing, door knocking, askingresidentswhotheysupportforice, and why. From now until the November 8 election, her club is looking to bring other major issues closer to home that has dominated state and national discussions, such as racial inequality, raise the wage to $15, and immigration. Coming up, she will host Anaheim council candidates vying for District 3. This year, voters are voting for the first time for their new Districts 1, 3, 4 and 5 under the citys recently reformed at large system to the new by district council seats. Elections for Districts 2 and 6 will be held in 2018. Well be asking [candidates], what can you do to help Anaheim, and where is Anaheim now on homelessness, on police brutality? Also, we have many school department issues, she said. The Anaheim Democratic Club meets the first Saturday of every month from noon until 1:30 p.m. at Workers United Local #50, 527 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim. She said once they get their new headquarters established, it will give Anaheim candidates a place to utilize the facility, but also for Dems to continue outreach for more local involvement, as well as space for the Anaheim Democratic Club and the local branch NAACP. In the community, another area of concern is that many African Americans have cleared the six-figure bracket in Orange County, and tend to have a false sense of security. They have gotten relaxed in the fight for rights. Dr. Burns, second vice president of the Orange County Branch NAACP, said her priority ahead of the election is trying to get more churches and youth to help register more voters. She worries that the local branch is not getting the kind of support that she sees in other communities as they pull together for the good of the whole. She feels that no one is safe until everyone is safe. No matter what city you live in, we all have the same issues, she said. You make $100,000, fine, I go along with that, but youre still Black. In Long Beach, Uduak Ntuk, delegate and president of the Long Beach Democratic Club, said it was encouraging to see the all- star cast of leaders at the convention, and it has been a boost for the Dems. Looking at the map, the GOP seems to have some serious slippage. If things continue on this course, he said it could resemble 2012 with an Electoral College blowout. There are only 11 swing states, and with the other 39 states seemingly already determined, Democrats only need to win four of the 11 to win the presidency, he said. If were up 11 out of 11, its a very dicult task for the Republicans to get the election. Thats why a lot of people are panicked on the Republican side right now, he said. Ever since it became a reality that Trump could win, the question has been asked by both Republicans and Democrats if the nation really wants to entrust him with the nuclear codes. Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett- Packard, said it best, that hes just too much of a national security risk, Ntuk said. Whitman, who ran as a Republican fovernor for California, announced last week that she was switching sides, and is now helping fund raise for the Hillary camp. For the Long Beach Democratic Party, he is also asking the community to come out (Cont. on Page 6) Arts for Social Reform Event at MLK Park By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Consciousness raising art, and vise versa, is bringing dozens of local nonprofits for a streetwise body of work to represent the reason for their existence. James Suazo, Long Beach hub coordinator with Building Healthy Communities, said the event is more than flamorizing artistic talents, but rather brings a visual side to the issues that the community is most concerned about. The works and their many partners are offering up arts around social justice themes, workers rights, environmental awareness, and criminal justice campaigns. We want to get families and different folks in the neighborhood connected to the local effort around systemic change for policies, he said. On Saturday, August 13 from noon to 3:00 p.m. the community is invited out to the Building Healthy Communities summer fathering through the arts at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, located 1950 Lemon Ave. The community also has access to many local nonprofit resources. Among the presenting nonprofits, the East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, the Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma, and the End the Wage Theft Coalition will take on perspectives on furthering economic justice in the city. Having recently won their initial passage of a local minimum wage, one year ahead of the state of California, Raise the Wage will also host activities. There is still a lot of work to be done to finalize raising the minimum wage here in Long Beach, so were looking to get folks in the neighborhood connected to these local campaigns to see how they can effect change in their own communities, Suazo said. BHC outreach has held numerous community workshops over the years to help nonprofits sharpen their advocacy tools, and teaching low income residents effective strategies to impact their communities. Another focus of BHC is Prop 47. The organization continues working with the Long Beach Coalition for Safety and Justice, which will also be on site with By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter At one time or another over the past 50 years, somebody from the family of Alvin Alaman, Sr. has been at Santa Ana Valley High School campus where he graduated Class of 1972, and later went on to work there for over 20 years. He has since retired, but he couldn't stay away for long. He's now back on staffas a tennis coach I have deep love for this campus, said Alaman, 61, president of the newly forming Santa Ana Valley High School Alumni Association. Coming up, he and several other alumni are planning their big campus reunion, which spans generations. Over the decades, several of his own students have graduated, and now their children have graduated from the school that in no way resembles those early days. It is a state-of-the-art campus with strong academic programming, but he wonders about the lingering negative connotations of the campus. Typically, when he tells people he graduated from the school, they ask how he survived. He feels the bad reputation is unfair and inaccurate, but also stems from schools historic high Black and Latino population. If anything negative happened at the campus, it was blown out of proportion, he said. There was a stigma that it wasnt a safe place. Thats never been the case. (Cont. on Page 6) By Stacy M. Brown NNPA News Wire Contributor The headlines blared almost non- stop. Rev. William Barber Rattles the Windows, Shakes the DNC Walls, NBC News said. The Rev. William Barber dropped the mic, the Washington Post marveled. And, Americans whod never heard of Rev. William Barber II wont be able to forget him after last night, said Ari Berman of the political website The Nation. Even celebrities were awed. Im an atheist and Id go to Rev. William Barbers church in a second, King of Queens actor Patton Oswalt said. Just to get levitated by his voice. Barber hasnt always held the national spotlight, but hes never sought it out either. As the President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, Barber has worked in the trenches to deliver strong messages that oppose hate, violence and oppression. We have always insisted that some issues are not left versus right, but right versus wrong. Racism is not a liberal or conservative issue, Barber said. Subverting democracy is not partisan. It is immoral. Its just plain wrong. According to Barber, North Carolinas voter suppression law that passed in the wake of the infamous 2013 Supreme Court Shelby County v. Holder decision, was a major culprit in subverting democracy in poor and Black communities. Earlier this summer, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Barber and the NAACP, the League of Reverend William Barber, the president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. (Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer) Women Voters and other groups that had filed suit on the day the Governor Pat McCrory signed the law. The decision exposed the racist intent of the extremist element of our fovernment in North Carolina, Barber said. Just think of what that meant. It would have an effect on all the southern states and it would tip the scales in the election. Based on the ruling, North Carolina voters will not have to show a voter ID in the state in November or in any future election, Barber said. North Carolinians will enjoy the full scope of early voting opportunities previously available, and will not be denied needed safeguards to protect the ability to exercise the right to vote including the option of same day registration, he said. Barber continued: We know that this decision is a step closer to a freer, fairer electoral system in our state and in the nation. It is our duty to continue this fight until barriers based on race are swept away as ancient history. This is not a photo ID bill, this court Barbers Voice Demands Voting Rights and Justice for All (Cont. on Page 5) Reverend William Barber, the president of the North Carolina State Con- ference of the NAACP speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer The African Childrens Choir will perform in Rancho Santa Margarita this weekend at Calvary Chapel of Rancho Santa Margarita on Sunday at 9 & 11:30am. The concert is free. Music for Life (the parent organi- zation for the choir) works in seven African countries and is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africas most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow. Music for Life has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs. The church is located at 30615 Avenida De Las Flores in Rancho Santa Margarita. Photo: Shutter Sweet Photography Santa Ana Valley High School Group Launches New Alumni Assn.

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