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S VOL. XXII The Tri County’s Only Multicultural Newspaper TRI COUNTY ENTRY NO. 24 See 3A Travel Series to Air on TV FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014 Social Justice Fund Chief Williams & Department Recognized for Support of for Ventura County Children’s Wall of Tears to Host Fundraiser Noted actor and activist Martin Sheen will be the keynote speaker during the “Currents of Change” fundraiser sponsored by the Social Justice Fund of Ventura County. The event will be held on Sunday, May 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the historic Camarillo Ranch. (Courtesy of By Tim Pompey The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County will host its annual “Currents of Change” Spring Fundraiser on Sunday, May 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the historic Ca- marillo Ranch. The Social Justice Fund is an educational and grant making program created and guided by a “Giving Circle” of community donors. It is hosted by the Ventura County Community Foundation. “Our mission,” said Executive Director Angeles Small, “is to help promote equality and inclusiveness in our county and to try and help organizations that are doing various types of social justice projects. We’re working in order to promote economic, social, and racial equality.” The Social Justice Fund provides grants for local social justice causes, including recent projects such as the “Rooted Futures: Growing Change” Project sponsored by The Abundant Table, the “Fields to College Campaign” run by the Mixteco/ Indigena Community Organizing Project, and the “One Tribe Anti-Bullying Project” through the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation. In addition, they host social justice summits and sponsor bus tours in which they invite people to meet JUSTICE, See page 12A The National Association Against Child Cruelty (NAACC) presented a certificate of appreciation to Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams and the department’s K9 unit for their support and participation in the first annual Celebrating Children’s Day and the display of the organization’s Children’s Wall of Tears at Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard. (L to R), Co-founder and President of NAACC, Jane LeMond-Alvarez, Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams, and NAACC board member Pauline Daerr. (Photo Credit: Tim Pompey) By Tim Pompey Every day, according to Jane LeMond-Alvarez, cofounder and president of the National Association Against Child Cruelty (NAACC), ten children in the United States die of child abuse, about 2,500 annually. In Ventura County alone, approximately 10,000-13,000 cases of abuse and neglect and 300 cases of sexual molestation are annually reported. Several years ago, in order to bring attention to this crisis and to help build public support to revamp state laws and improve California’s Child Protective Services, LeMond-Alvarez and her husband Leo founded NAACC and The Children’s Wall of Tears. The Children’s Wall of Tears is the educational arm of NAACC. It uses names and pictures to memorialize children around the world who are killed as a result of child abuse and neglect. LeMond-Alvarez travels with this exhibition state of state to draw attention WILLIAMS, See page 12A Third Annual African American Women’s Luncheon “Stepping Up and Stepping Forward” AAW Committee (r. to l.): Wendy Sims-Moten, Leslie Robinson, Lillian Pipersburg, Diane Boggess, and Eileen Monahan By Gary LeRoy Harbour Santa Barbara, CA -- On Saturday April 12, 2014, a group of women gathered in one of the most beautiful venues at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, for their 3rd annual African American Women of Santa Barbara County Luncheon. The venue afforded a beautiful view of the ocean, but was rivaled by spectacular floral centerpieces and a warmly lit, smooth jazz filled ballroom. Wendy Sims-Moten, the event chairperson and visionary for the African American Women of Santa Barbara County (AAW), welcomed the guests. The first speaker was cultural artist Jackie Joice, a writer, photographer and poet who read from her latest of several novels and books of poetry, “Green Grapes (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour) Black Hands”, which was inspired by her grandfather who traveled to California during the grapes of wrath era to work the fields. The second guest was entertainer Malynda Hale whose singing talents have allowed her to tour many major American cities. Hale, whose roots are in the churches of Santa Barbara, is also an accomplished WOMEN, See pages 14A & 15A

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