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Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
HOROSCOPES AUG. 26 - SEPT. 1 ARIES ~ Your intuition is showing, and you may surprise yourself as much as you surprise another by making a sudden intuitive leap and saying what you feel. You may feel as if you can read a certain someone’s mind. Use your gift for good. TAURUS ~ Happiness is where you find it this week. How hard are you looking? It’s easy for you to pull your thoughts away from any negative emotions and flow with your inner harmony. Let yourself be very happy this week. GEMINI ~ Someone close to you may be acting up or acting out. Try to respond with patience and love. If that seems impossible, turn it over to your higher power and get on with your own joyful life. CANCER ~ You look as lovely as can be this week, as you breeze through the week like a butterfly. All communications are effective, and even more to your liking, they are fun! Enjoy some verbal soul vibrations with good friends later in the week. LEO ~ You’ll want to spend some time with a special friend this week just being together. If you’ve been neglecting a relationship because of work demands, this week is a wonderful week to set things to rights. VIRGO ~ Lots of spirituality discussions are going on around you this week. This energy will probably last throughout the week, so expect to enjoy yourself, or pass on all social company and spend the week enjoying yourself.
LIBRA ~ You will get so much done this week that your friends and coworkers will be amazed! Accomplish this small happy miracle by focusing on serenity instead of perfection. You’ll be very surprised at the results! SCORPIO ~ It’s best to keep your opinions to yourself this week, as many will be experiencing minor irritations and general grumpiness. Let others be who they are. You are a beacon of serenity. Others will notice. SAGITTARIUS ~ It’s a great week to tell somebody you are close to that you love them. Saying it aloud gives you energy, and of course your designated adoree will be delighted! Keep the big picture in mind this week and you’ll feel completely buoyant! CAPRICORN ~ Hello, home life. After a busy week, all you want to do is savor the feelings of domesticity at home. Or perhaps go shopping to spruce up your living space. Whatever you decide, do it with a close friend. You’ll both enjoy the week more if you are together. AQUARIUS ~ Hardly anyone alive learns new skills in an instant, so cut yourself some slack if you feel you’ve made a beginner’s mistake somewhere. Mistakes are part of the learning process that is called Life, so self-correct and proceed with happiness. PISCES ~ A happy week is in store for sociable you. Lots of friends and a party or two or three will keep your energy bright. Use caution while driving and watch for a pleasant surprise or two this week.
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Aug. 25, 1925 Six men organize themselves as the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and hold their first formal meeting, beginning what would become one of the most successful union organizing efforts in history. The union gave voice to the many railroad porters and attendants who were forced to work long hours for relatively meager wages and benefits. By 1959, the union claimed more than 15,000 members. Its longtime president was A. Philip Randolph, who would go on to be a great civil rights leader. The message: “This organization is not here because somebody loved it; it is here because it pushed everybody out of its way.” Source: blackfacts.com.
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Mass Marches Across the Nation to Expose Vast Racial Inequities BY HAZEL TRICE EDNEY NNPA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WASHINGTON (NNPA) — According to civil rights veteran the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., an estimated 23,000 people were arrested in civil rights protests across America between Feb. 1, 1960, and Aug. 28, 1963. On that day, 47 years ago, people not only marched on Washington, but in cities and towns around the nation. “That day a thousand marches took place around the country at the same time, marches for justice and jobs,” Jackson recalled in a recent interview with the NNPA News Service. As a result of those marches and the publicity they got, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed by a U.S. Congress that was hard-pressed to say no to hundreds of thousands of voters chanting in the streets. This appears to be the strategy being employed once again as at least four major marches and rallies will hit sidewalks and parks across the nation for the purposes of calling attention to social ills and prevailing inequities mainly in America’s Black and Latino communities. “We’ve never lost a battle we’ve had mass marches for,” Jackson says. “Mass marches laid the ground work for mass registration. And forces immediately respond to the cry of the masses.” Details for the four marches are as follows: • Aug. 28, Detroit: “Rebuild America: Jobs, Justice, Peace” march, led by Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. According to Jackson, the march aims to focus on the void in urban policy. “Dry roots do not produce fruit,” he says. “People are disengaging in politics because their needs are not being addressed. In Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, vacant lots, boarded houses, rising unemployment, rising violence and closing schools are leading to low (voter) turnout. “We want a focus on the need for a renewed commitment to an urban policy. It’s a key to November and beyond.” • Aug. 28, Washington, D.C. “Reclaim the Dream” March, sponsored by the National Action Network, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton told the NNPA News Service that the march is intended to expose the issues still disparately plaguing Black communities and then “lay out legislative actions we want to see enacted.” “Marching is not designed to solve the problems; marching is designed to expose the problem,” Sharpton says. “But, if you don’t expose the problems, no one is
Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at the march.
Crowds at the March on Washington in 1963. going to solve it because no one’s going to be forced to. “We want to expose that there is double unemployment, Black to White in this country. We want to expose the education gap that is clearly in this country … Also, we want to expose the criminal justice system from police brutality to the question of high incarceration, and
fourthly we want to say that we want to expose the health disparities. “We want to say that we’ve made a lot of progress in 47 years but we’re still not equal and that life for Blacks in this country is still qualitatively different that life for Whites.” See MASS MARCHES, page 31
The March On Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
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Inglewood School Board Members Showcase New School Construction Hosting an Open House, the school board introduced the construction team that is building the New La Tijera School, with input from the community BY FRANCIS TAYLOR CONTRIBUTING WRITER With great pride and deference, Arnold Butler, president of the board of the Inglewood Unified School District, unveiled the site that will be the home of the New La Tijera School. He said, “On behalf of my colleagues, I am pleased to introduce the construction team that is building
Inglewood School Board President Arnold Butler
this landmark, which I know the community will be pleased with. This project demonstrates our commitment to improving the quality of life for our children and their children for years to come.” The construction site of the Inglewood Unified School District’s (IUSD) new La Tijera K-8 School was the location for a recent community briefing where locals, prospective students and parents, school officials and current and former IUSD board members received an update on construction progress. The project construction and management team were also present. In addition, Butler was representing his colleagues on board and the new Superintendent of Schools Gary McHenry, who was out of the area attending a conference. School principal Tom Donahue welcomed the intimate group assembled to learn more about the district’s construction plans and to get answers related to the construction process and the school. “La Tijera K-8 School is one of the key sites in our Measure K construction program,” Butler explained. “It represents a $22 million investment in
what will be the best technologically based schools on the west side.” In addition to the in-process construction of La Tijera, Butler briefly described additional major improvement and expansion projects that will be undertaken within the next three years at Inglewood High School, Payne Elementary School and City Honors High School. He also announced that plans are in place to move forward with the LAX Expansion Project that includes major renovations to Oak Street Elementary School. Following the invocation provided by the Rev. Fred Murph, pastor of New Vision Church, and remarks by Inglewood Council Member and mayoral candidate Daniel Tabor, Danny Bakewell Sr., publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the L.A. Watts Times, addressed the assemblage. After acknowledging the presence and efforts of the entire board of the IUSD as well as members of the Inglewood City Council, Bakewell said, “I would like to personally thank those members of the community who have been involved in this project
Construction team discussing project plans. from the very beginning. This project is for the children of Inglewood. “The school board members, President Butler, Alena Giardina, Trina Williams, Carole Raines-Brown, and Johnny Young wanted to make sure that the community, including its children, parents and guardians are served first.” He then introduced his counterpart in the partnership and reported that his team is well-staffed and wellqualified to bring the project to a successful completion. He also expressed his pride in being involved in the project and introduced the project manager, a local resident who is able to walk to the job site, Juresha Maples. Next on the program was the construction management team that provided a description of the artist’s
rendering of the finished product (building). Ken Simeon, construction manager, explained that the target completion month is January 2012, and the first phase of the project is targeted for August 2011. The projected enrollment is likely to top 700 students. During the question-and-answer portion of the program, Danny Bakewell Jr. offered his reassurance to the group, “The Turner Bakewell team wants to hear from you at any time during the construction process,” he said. “Our contact information is prominently displayed on the building signage and we urge you to e-mail, visit, or call with any concerns, questions or complaints that you may have. I assure you that we will respond promptly.”
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African Diaspora Ojukwu called the report “largely embellished innuendos” reaching a preconceived conclusion, but he also criticized corrupt officers on the department’s website. The full report can be found at www.hrw.org/node/92390.
Nigeria: Politician’s Son Kidnapped Before Polls BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities say a Nigerian politician’s 10-year-old son has been kidnapped, the first reported sign of pre-election violence in Africa’s most populous nation. Mahmud Dahiru told The Associated Press on Aug. 23 that his son had been kidnapped by gunmen Aug. 22 in Bauchi state in northern Nigeria.
Dahiru told The AP that gunmen made a ransom demand Aug. 23 and asked that he not contact the police. Meanwhile, police already informed about the abduction conducted visible patrols and manned checkpoints throughout the capital city of Bauchi. Dahiru hopes to run for the federal House of Representatives in the 2011 election. Violence, including vote-rigging, kidnappings and shootings, tainted Nigeria’s 2007 election.
South Sudan: North Pays Oil Share in Weak Currency JUBA, Sudan (AP) — The government of Southern Sudan says the Central Bank of Sudan has
stopped paying the south its 50 percent share of oil revenue in foreign currency. The 2005 peace accord between Sudan’s north and south calls for a 50-50 split of oil revenue. The south’s government said Aug. 23 that the Central Bank has been paying in less stable Sudanese pounds, the local currency. The south’s Minister of Finance David Deng Athorbei said the Central Bank’s actions are “starving the economy” of Southern Sudan. Athorbei says the Sudanese pound has fallen sharply recently. The issue could become a source of friction ahead of the south’s scheduled referendum on independence in January. Most experts expect the south to vote for independence.
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Split Widens Between U.S. and Africa Over Sudan (GIN) — African leaders and U.S. policymakers appear to be heading for a collision over an approach to the president of Sudan, Omar al Bashir. The Sudanese leader is facing charges by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and genocide during the bitter sevenyear conflict in Darfur.
from owning land without the consent of local communities. The proposal is one measure in a draft document to correct the imbalance in land ownership created by apartheid. Currently, 83 percent of commercial land in the country is owned by White farmers and businesses while 13 percent is shared among Blacks, coloreds and Indians. Recently, the Beeld newspaper reported that Minister Tina JoematPettersson has proposed a new empowerment charter for agriculture, requiring farmers to sell a 40 percent share of their farms and land to Black shareholders. In a recent budget vote, Joemat-Pettersson also alluded to possible black ownership targets in agriculture. Her comments provoked an angry reaction from commercial farm unions, with which she had previously enjoyed good relations.
Omar al Bashir Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika, who holds the rotating African Union presidency, urged the continent’s leaders to resolve the conflict in the Sudan without the need to have Bashir arrested. Subjecting a sovereign head of state to an arrest warrant was undermining African solidarity and African peace and security that they had fought for so many years, he said. But in Washington, U.S. policymakers appear to favor a hardline approach outlined by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice. Current U.S. special envoy to Sudan, retired Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, favored incentives over sanctions and pressure, but he is unpopular with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Rice and may be pushed off to Kenya for a new job.
Foreigners to Need Communities’ OK to Buy African Land (GIN) — South Africa’s department of land reform is considering legislation to prohibit foreigners
Lawless Police Create Mayhem in Nigeria, New Report Says (GIN) — Police in this oil-rich nation routinely shake down citizens for everything from bus fare money to expensive flat-screen plasma TV sets. Illegal arrests and torture are commonplace, and some victims lose their life over as little as 13 cents. This was the dismal finding of the New York-based Human Rights Watch that has been studying entrenched corruption in the ranks of the Nigeria Police Force. Their new report, “Everyone’s in on the Game: Corruption and Human Rights Abuses by the Nigeria Police Force,” is based on field research in Nigeria in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Researchers looked at three states: Lagos, Anambra and Kaduna, representing three of the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria, as well as in Abuja, the capital, and the Rivers and Ebonyi states. The report also shows how government ministers and officials charged with police oversight have failed to root out corruption. Police spokesman Emmanuel
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BRIEFS Grim Sleeper Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
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Lonnie Franklin Jr. appears for an arraignment on multiple charges as the alleged “Grim Sleeper” killer, on Aug. 23, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Franklin pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering 10 women and trying to kill one more person over the course of two decades.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The backyard mechanic accused of being the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering 10 women and trying to kill one more person over the course of two decades. The pleas were entered by an attorney for defendant Lonnie Franklin Jr., who spoke only to answer procedural questions in Superior Court. Prosecutors have not decided if they will seek the death penalty. Franklin, 57, was wearing an orange prison jumpsuit with his hands shackled to his waist. About 30 family members and friends of victims attended the hearing. Some were in tears as they left court. Franklin is accused of killing the women from 1985 to 1988 and from 2002 to 2007. The 14-year pause led to the nickname “Grim Sleeper.” Outside the courthouse, attorney Louisa Pensanti, a private attorney who is representing Franklin for free, said she would assemble a team of lawyers to look through more than 8,000 pages of documents provided by prosecutors. Lawyers will focus on DNA
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evidence against Franklin, which Pensanti said was “not as cut and dry” as authorities assert. All the women were killed within a few miles of Franklin's home in South Los Angeles, where neighbors knew him as a talented backyard mechanic. Police also have said they suspect Franklin of killing a man who may have discovered he was a killer. Investigators were reviewing more than 30 other cold case files to see if they can tie Franklin to other slayings. Franklin was arrested in July after his son was arrested and swabbed for DNA. Using a technique known as a familial DNA search, the sample came back as similar to evidence in the serial killings, ultimately leading police to Franklin. Franklin is due back in court Sept. 14.
L.A. School Scores Up in Statewide Testing LOS ANGELES (AP) — State test scores are up for children in the nation’s second-largest school district despite drastic budget cuts and teacher layoffs in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Results released Aug. 16 show schools statewide posted gains on
annual California standardized tests. The state Department of Education oversees annual English and math testing in grades two through 11. In Los Angeles, the rising scores comes during an era of school district reforms. Still, low-performing schools are still low-performing and there are achievement gaps between lowincome black and Hispanic students and their white and Asian counterparts. Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com.
Ousted Worker Sherrod Rejects Return to Ag Agency WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department official ousted during a racial firestorm last month has declined to accept an invitation to return to fulltime work at the agency. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Shirley Sherrod (shuhRAHD) did agree to work with agency in a consulting capacity to help it improve its civil rights performance. She said “I just don’t think at this point with all that has happened”that she could take a fulltime position. See BRIEFS, page 33
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Faith Leaders Raise $1.4 Million for D.C. King Memorial and Vow to Help Raise the $13 Million Still Needed (WASHINGTON) — On June 17, the nation’s most influential ministers launched the Faith Based Countdown to Completion campaign to raise the remaining $13 million for the Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington. The ministers jointly responsible for having raised $1.4 million for the memorial are challenging other ministers nationwide to join their cause. The Faith Based Countdown to Completion Campaign is geared toward pastors and their communities to assist the memorial foundation in their fundraising endeavor. The campaign will conclude on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 17, 2011. Four of the major churches involved in this effort are Hartford Memorial Baptist of Detroit, Brentwood Baptist of Houston, Friendship-West Baptist of Dallas and Trinity United Church of Christ of Chicago. These four churches have been assisting the Memorial Foundation since the campaign’s early years. With more than $107 million raised for the memorial, the development of the Faith Based Leadership Council has brought about a strong and effective outreach to the nation’s church-goers. The Rev. Joseph Ratliff of Brentwood Baptist of Houston co-chairs with the Rev. Frederick Haines of Friendship-West Baptist of Dallas on the council. Ratliff, also a member on the memorial foundation’s board of directors, has raised
nearly $60,000 through his church and has also made a sizable personal contribution. His fundraising in the Houston area as a whole brought the memorial foundation more than $113,000. “People often forget that King was not only a civil rights leader, but also a minister. His connection to our community must be realized and appreciated,” said Ratliff. Churches giving more than five thousand dollars to support the King Memorial will receive VIP invitations to various special events during the weeklong dedication activities and permanent recognition at the memorial site. Prior to the development of the new council, the Rev. Frederick Haynes assisted the memorial foundation to raise over $96,000 by orchestrating a city-wide fundraising campaign through churches across Dallas. His congregation alone, Friendship-West Baptist, raised $63,000 for the memorial foundation. “I am passionate about this project. King must be remembered and we can’t do this without the financial help of the church community.” The Rev. Charles Gilchrist Adams of Detroit’s, Hartford Memorial Baptist, donation of $50,000, was the first pastor to join the Faith Based Leadership Council and has assisted the memorial foundation to raise over $123,000 through his church and churches in the Detroit region. “The Civil Rights era must never be forgotten. Dr. King’s contribution to that cause and also to the house of the Lord must never be forgotten,” said
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From left: the Rev. Charles Adams, the Rev. Frederick Haynes III, the Rev. Joseph Ratliff. Adams. “The memorial foundation needs churches to join hands in solidarity to help us to complete the dream.” “I am grateful to have such generous and influential pastors taking up the charge to assist us complete fundraising,” mentioned Harry Johnson, President and CEO of the memorial foundation. “This project could never have been done with-
out the generosity of the faith community, and for their continued contributions, I am overjoyed.” About the Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Inc.: Congress passed Joint Resolutions in 1996 authorizing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. to establish a Memorial
honoring King to be built in Washington, D.C. Construction commenced on Dec. 16, 2009, and the memorial will be completed in 2011. For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.buildthedream.org. To join this unique group of churches in this quest to memorialize King on the National Mall, call (202) 737-5420.
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Kamala Harrisâ€™ Program to Keep Kids in School a Model for the State San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has made a clear connection between the San Francisco dropout and murder rates: truancy. According to recent statistics, 94 percent of the cityâ€™s murder victims under the age of 25 are dropouts. Chronic elementary school truancy is a widespread problem in California. Nearly 40 percent of the truant students in California are in elementary school. Children as young as six are missing sometimes more than half of the school year. Four years ago, Harris convened a meeting with all of the Cityâ€™s principals and school administrators. There, she shared the linkage between truancy and murder rates and said that San Francisco could do better. She then announced that her office intended to prosecute parents for truancy. Half of the room applauded while the other half was visibly upset, concerned that law enforcement cannot solve what is often a complicated social problem. Despite the controversy, Harris and her team forged ahead, recognizing that inaction was tantamount to complicity. They developed what has become a three-phase approach to truancy reduction. First, Harrisâ€™
Kamala Harris team engages in widespread public education and intensive early intervention for families showing signs of trouble. In the majority of cases, attendance improves. But when it does not, the DAâ€™s office prosecutes parents in a specialized Truancy Court that combines close court monitoring with tailored family services. Parents face the threat of a fine or jail time but there are also social services on hand to help resolve underlying issues such as
transportation, unstable housing, substance abuse, neglect or special education needs. Harrisâ€™ â€œcarrot-and-stickâ€? strategy has worked. In the last two years, elementary school truancy has dropped by 33 percent. Harris has addressed critics who suggest that law enforcement should not be concerned about truancy, claiming itâ€™s a social issue, not a public safety problem. She has said when it comes to breaking the cycle of crime, we can either pay attention to the signs of trouble now, or we can pay the price later. And, we pay that price in more ways than one. Elementary school children who are chronically absent from school today become the high school dropouts of tomorrow. High school dropouts are disproportionately likely to end up in the criminal justice system as either victims or perpetrators of crime, or both. Harrisâ€™ philosophy is that as a state, if we are serious about changing the factors that lead to crime, we need to get serious about getting and keeping our young children in school. Read more about Harris at www.kamalaharris.org.
Obama Mulls Options After Stem Cell Plan Blocked THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The White House says federally funded stem cell research should continue and is exploring how to respond to a judgeâ€™s order halting it. President Barack Obama, who last year ordered stem cell research expanded, â€œthinks that we need to do research, he put forward stringent ethical guidelines and he thinks that his policy's the right one,â€? Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters recently. Burton said the administration was exploring all possible avenues â€œto make sure that we can continue to do this critical lifesaving researchâ€? after a federal judge Monday ruled Obamaâ€™s policy on stem cells illegal. He issued an injunction that temporarily blocks government rules expanding stem cell research. Asked if it might take new legislation from Congress to counter the ruling from U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, Burton said all possibilities were being explored. In his ruling, Lamberth concluded that federally funded stem cell research violated the will of Congress, which has prohibited federal funding for research in which a human embryo is destroyed. President George W. Bush had allowed federally funded research on 21 existing stem cell lines. Obama expanded â€” up to 75 so far â€” the number of stem cell lines created with private money that federally funded scientists could research. To qualify, the NIH insisted on evidence that the woman or couple who donated the original embryo did so voluntarily and were told of other options, such as donating to another infertile woman. But Lamberth found in his ruling that the approach still amounted to a violation of Congressâ€™ ban on federal funding for research that destroys human embryos. The administrationâ€™s view is that the ruling would prohibit even the more limited stem cell research allowed by Bush, Burton said.
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WORD: Father Knows Best BY REV. DR. KELVIN T. CALLOWAY SENIOR PASTOR, BETHEL A.M.E. CHURCH Scripture: Luke 22: 39-42 Some time ago, while relaxing at home watching television, I saw an old episode of “Father Knows Best.” In the 1960s and ’70s, this was a weekly situation comedy composed of a father and mother and several children. From week to week, the children would get into all kinds of predicaments for not following their father's advice. The series attempted to show, in a comical way, that children should follow the advice of their fathers because their fathers knew what was best for them. In the text, Jesus was in the shadow of the cross. Having just instituted the Lord’s Supper with His disciples and sensing that His hour was drawing near, He went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray. What do you do when you sense that something is not quite right? Judas had gone to sell Him out and, shortly thereafter, would come and betray Him with a kiss. Jesus sensed that something was not right, so He went to Gethsemane and kneeled and prayed. He prayed as we would pray; that God would not allow what He sensed was about to happen, to happen. He prayed that the cup be taken away — the cup symbolic of suffering and shame, the cup symbolic of torture and death — He prayed that this bitter cup be taken away. Then His prayer takes a dramatic turn from our prayers. He prayed that
The Rev. Dr. Kelvin T. Calloway God would allow to happen, what God wants to happen. Nevertheless, Jesus said in the latter part of Verse 42, “not my will but Thy will be done.” Jesus ends His prayer with cooperation, courage, and confidence in God, His father, ultimately sensing that God knows what's best. God knows what’s best for us because God's will is based on deliberate, careful thought and consideration. God does not act impulsively nor haphazardly, He acts deliberately. God knows what God is doing. There is no “if I shoulda, woulda, coulda” with God. There is order, and method, and purpose to God's acts. God knows what’s best for us because God’s will is synonymous with God’s character. I Peter 1:16 says, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”
God’s ways are not our ways and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. Deuteronomy 32:4 says, “God is righteous” and therefore, God’s will is also righteous. It is straight, and fair, and without prejudice or partiality. God is no respecter of personality. God treats everybody the same. Psalms 119:68 says God is good; “thou art good and doest good.” God’s will for us is good and everything that is good comes from God. And then God knows what’s best for us because God’s will is in accord with His pleasure and delight. God’s is gratified when we chose to be in fellowship and relationship with Him. God is just as proud to be our God as we are to be God’s children. God is just as proud to be our doctor as we are to be God’s patient. God is just as proud to have our back as we are to let God have our back. God is pleased to be called our God. God takes delight in knowing that we trust, and depend, and lean on Him. Because of the inscrutability of God’s will, we can never fully understand or comprehend God’s will. Therefore, we must surrender in reverence and obedience to God’s will. That’s what Jesus did in the text: “not my will but thy will be done.” He surrendered His will to the will of God. We may not understand all the ways that God will lead us, but we will understand it better by and by. By and by, when the morning comes, when all the saints of God will be gathering home, we will tell the story how we overcome, and we will understand it better, by and by. Amen!
Catholic Elementary School Adds 11 Month of School to Narrow the Summer Learning Gap
After a short summer vacation, classes at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School resumed on Aug. 2, thanks to a generous grant from the Ahmanson Foundation which enabled the school to extend the academic year by one month. While most public and charter school students in Los Angeles were still on summer vacation, the students at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School were already back in school picking up where there studies left off in June.
With parents and staff fully behind idea, the transition to an 11-month school year, was a smooth one. “It is the best way of making sure our children don’t forget what they have learned” stated Ms. Houston, a 4th grade parent. “I though it was good news the first time our principal, Ms. Belisle, announced it at the parent meeting.” Studies show in general, lowincome students lose around three months of grade-level equivalency dur-
ing the summer months while middle income students only lose about one month of grade-level equivalency over the summer. Thus, the achievement gap widens, due to out-of-school influences and lack of summer learning opportunities for lower income children. An analysis of 39 studies conducted since 1978 found that in the absence of school, all students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer as compared to their performance on the same tests at the beginning
PERSON Of The Week
Pastor Donald L. Wilson is the Pastor of True Way Missionary Baptist Church, at 9122S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles.
Donald Wilson: A Warrior for Workplace Diversity and Unity Donald L. Wilson’s love of the culinary arts kept him working for nearly three decades as a chef in the kitchen of the Century Plaza Hotel. Born in Galveston, Texas and raised in Los Angeles from the age of 5, Wilson followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, an immigrant from Belize who was also a chef. Wilson joined the labor movement in 1987 as a shop steward for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union Local 11 soon after the local came under the leadership of Maria Elena Durazo. In 2005, he became a full-time community organizer as part of the Hotel Workers Rising! campaign. His love for people and diversity, says Wilson, is what drew him to the union. A father of two grown children, Wilson is now working to bring African Americans back into the hotel industry where their numbers have dwindled in recent years. Wilson says that when he began working at the Century Plaza Hotel in 1978, the kitchen staff and doormen were about 60 percent black — far different from the predominantly Latino work force today. What happened? One theory, according to Wilson, is that African Americans were transformed by the experience of the Civil Rights Movement. The legacy of fighting for equality had inspired blacks to stand up for themselves on the job. “My inspiration for social justice comes from Dr. Martin Luther King,” Wilson says.. “Every time we are oppressed with injustice our civil rights blood boils in me and pushes me to stand up, and that is what we’re trying to teach our brothers and sisters.” Wilson, who is also a pastor at True Way Baptist Church in South L.A., believes that diversifying the hotel industry would make the labor movement stronger and help build bridges between black and brown people. The diversity initiative that he is working on calls on employers in the hotel industry in Southern California to make a commitment. of summer, however substantial differences were found between middle- and lower-class students. Whereas middleclass students showed a non-significant gain in scores, lower-class students showed a significant loss that represented a gap of about three months of grade-level equivalent skills between middle- and lower-class students. These results are consistent with other researcher’s findings that a family’s socioeconomic status affects children’s achievement scores almost exclusively when school is closed. Barbara Heyns’ 1978 landmark study
of 2,978 6th and 7th graders in the Atlanta city public schools was the first thorough investigation of summer learning. Heyns found that while poor children and black children came close to keeping up with middle-class children in cognitive growth when school was in session, they lagged far behind during the summer. Thanks to the Ahmanson Foundation and with the full support of staff and parents, the academic school year is off to an early and successful start at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School.
L.A. Watts Times
Thursday, August 26, 2010
SPORTS BEAT B Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond. Tiger Woods and his former wife, Elin Nordegren, finalized their divorce recently. They will have joint custody of their children. Woodsâ€™ next test on the PGA Tour is the Barclays in Paramus, N.J., starting today, Aug. 26. He hasnâ€™t won a tournament in 2010 and didnâ€™t exactly win in divorce court. Woods had to give up a whole lot of those pretty little green ones in his divorce case, if you believe all of the early reports. And the beat continuesâ€Ś Serena Williams, the No. 1 female tennis star in the world, is out of the U.S. Open in New York because of foot surgery. She reportedly cut her foot on some glass in a restaurant. Williams, one of the top 10 players in the world, is scheduled to compete in the U.S. Open. With Serena out, sister Venus Williams could win the whole thing. Late bulletin: Serena will make her comeback on Sept. 26 in the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. And the beat continuesâ€Ś If Reggie Bush wanted to be a
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