Long Beach Leader And Tri County Bulletin 11 05 2015 E Edition Page 0

Be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem 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, November 5, 2015 Vol. 18 - No 37 The Lifetime Achievement Award winners were Mrs. Kathryn McCullough, who was irst elected to the City Council of Lake Forest in 1994, and re- elected through 2010; she was the first Black council member elected in Orange County, and the irst Black Mayor. In that capacity she has served as a representative to the League of California Cities State Welfare Reform Task Force, and Lake Forest's representative to the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board and other areas where her influence as a caregiver for the constituents was displayed. The second recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Gil Cedillo, currently serving as a Los Angeles Councilmember. Cedillo previously served in the California State Assembly and the State Senate, and he has gained a reputation as a champion for the working poor, and one who is able to bring people together to create strong public policy. He repeatedly called for drivers licenses for guest workers. Cedillo stated in his acceptance speech that as long as Black Lives Matter, and Immigrant Lives Matter his work is not done. Attendees expressed positive feedback as they exited the facility. Covered Ca. Pushes for More Black Enrollment By Dianne Anderson Staff Writer If not for Covered California and President Obama's Affordable Care Act, healthcare could easily run upwards of $500 a month for many African Americans with pre-existing conditions. Veatrice Jews, a Covered California facilitator with the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches, said many people fall in in that gray middle income area. They dont make enough money to afford decent healthcare, and not low income enough to get it for free. From now until January 31 deadline, IECAAC enrollment counselors will be trying to reach everyone they can for extra savings from affordable care. A significant part of the population is still paying too much for health coverage. Thats who we try to reach. A lot of people think 'that's not for me' until they hear it in the church from their pastor, or someone that they trust, she said. On Saturday, November 7, the 2015 Harvest Festival Annual Community Wellness & Resource Fair will host dozens of vendors at the New Hope Family Life Center at 1505 W. Highland Avenue in San Bernardino. There, she said the community is invited out for healthy information, food giveaways, Covered California sign ups, Prop 47 information booth, and fun for the kids. Many workers laid off in the recession were thrown off their COBRA, and later denied coverage. Others are unable to handle hundreds of dollars in high monthly premiums with pre-existing conditions, like asthma, cancer, or kidney problems. For them, she said healthcare reform is a life saver. Under IECAAC, they are working with Pastor Owusu Hodari and his nonprofit to outreach to the community, regularly enrolling or setting appointments at the Dorothy Inghram Branch Library. Ms. Jews, who has facilitated IECAAC as a certified counselor, also works with the Quinn Community Outreach Corporation in Riverside to get the word out. Counselors are available to go out to the community and nonprofits for group presentations to help clarify the enrollment process. Enrollment will also be ongoing within IECAAC after church services. On the Westside, a lot of people are on Medi-Cal. Although we can register Medi-Cal, the whole idea is to try to get that middle level salary people, she said. Official outreach for Cover California started November 1, but Ernesta Wright with the GREEN Foundation has been foing strong with her information events since September. She has been hosting up to three outreach events weekly, and attending up to six events with partner organizations to get the word out. There is an extra push on behalf of Covered California, as well as all of the partners to be sharing certain vulnerable communities to increase enrollment. African Americans are one of the areas that we have a special initiative, she said. As part of the her team, The GREEN Foundation is a Certified Enrollment Entity with several application counselors that are employed or contracted out. They are available to assist local organizations with sign-ups, and explain Covered California at events in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. The state is making the extra effort to get African Americans signed up in time. Because the Black community is so disproportionately impacted with health issues, specifically pre-existing conditions, she thinks everyone should turn out in strong numbers to sign up. We hope so. Our goal is to support individuals to get coverage, she said. We're really doing the push along with Covered California to get people enrolled, and understand the value and the benefit. Covered California reports that other (Cont. on Page 3) But it is a sacrifice. Usually, members are juggling a job or two, trying to meet heavy academic schedules and squeeze in extracurricular activities where they can, all while providing emotional support for fellow students. Reaching students where they are is important. l. He said that students need to feel comfortable at building relationships as they assume leadership positions. In the past, the BSU upper classmen that have come before him have been an inspiration to him, and campus leadership. By us staying on the path, it fives them the idea that they can do what they're supposed to be doing. It increases their focus to graduate, he said. By Dianne Anderson Staff Writer Flip any channel, and all the negativity around the African American experience is heartbreaking for many, while for others its more a matter of avoidance. Reginald Vincent, Student Advisor with the CSULB Black Student Union, said that since President Obama took office, many students mistakenly believe that some hard fought gains through the civil rights fight have finally arrived. Sometimes, it is troubling to see how many are out of touch with the current national crisis. They may see the nightly news, or watch the latest viral video, and somehow miss the point. A lot of African American students on campus might not be fully aware of whats going on around the country, he said. Knowledge is power, he said. All we can do is make sure that students know their rights, are abiding by the law, not giving the authorities an excuse to use their firearms against us. In the quest to raise Black consciousness this coming year, the group wants to strengthen unity on campus. Developing stronger relationships between upper classmen and new students is also a major goal of the organization. Over time, the hope is that progress will spill over to lift the Black community as a whole. On Saturday, November 21, the free consciousness event kicks off its TPAP: The Evolution to Liberation from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the CSULB University Student Union, located at 1250 Bellflower Blvd Long Beach. The event features keynote speakers: Nate Howard and Dr. Umar Johnson with workshops, vendors, panelists, live entertainment, and a soul food dinner. With social injustice flying in every direction these days, he said it is vital for their organization to keep the issues at the forefront, inspire students to graduate, but especially help each other along the way. The first step to survival is creating community awareness. The group tries to shed light on the need for young Black men and women to know their rights, know the law, and learn how to keep safe. The only tangible thing to change the mindset of young African American students is just being an example of Black excellence. That's all we have and that's what we focus on, he said. In recent years, BSU has been keeping the next generation of students on the course. Eventually, freshmen and sophomore will become upper classmen. They must learn how to carry the torch. He said BSU offers strong role modeling of its campus leadership, and has a role in increasing the graduation rate. LULAC/NAACP Banquet Hailed As A Success Covered California Launches African American Enrollment Initiative. By Eliz Dowdy Staff Writer The first combined awards event for two of Orange County's premier civil rights organizations occurred over the weekend. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held the inaugural Black & White Awards Banquet. The gala, held at the Hilton Hotel of Anaheim was hailed a success by both groups. The call went out for attendees to become actively engaged in the fight for freedom for economic development; education; health; and housing. The theme was apropos for the goals of the organizations, WE STAND TOGETHER. The inaugural event was lauded by the masters of ceremonies. The musical selections mirrored the struggle for equality: I was Born By the River, sung by Frank Arcadio; and other selections by other artists followed the vein of struggle. Guests were welcomed by presidents, Don Craig and Benny Diaz. Guest speakers were Greg Ashlock, president of southern California iheart Media. He shared reasons why the merger of the two civil rights giants is pertinent today: 1: Sense of urgency. 2: Support Structure. 3: Clarity and Similar Purpose. 4: Over Communication. 5: Leadership. Ashlock expounded on each sub-topic, for instance: for Clarity and Similar Purpose, he stated behind closed doors discuss, and strategize, then lock arms and come out together. The second guest speaker was Travis Allen, a Republican that represents thirteen cities in Orange County. Elaborating on the theme, he shared how as one who uses the beaches, he led the fight against the beach ban on bonfires at the beach. The first honorees to receive their awards were Reverend Mark Whitlock and former Assembly member Lou Correa. They were honored for community partnership and both men preached the gospel of civil rights in their acceptance speeches. The Education Award winners were Gilbert Gonzalez, professor emeritus and a founding member of MECHA, served as interim chair of the first Chicano Studies Department in the United States at California State University Los Angeles. Robert V. McDonald was co-winner of the Education Award. McDonald is president of the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the PBS Southern Calif. Board of Trustees, and works closely with the community college board as a former member. Former Assembly member Lou Correa and Rev. Mark Whitlock were honored for their community partnership. Photo: Dowdy CSULB BSU Black Consciousness Conference

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