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Vol. 24 No.41 Phone (323) 244-7286 Address:3707 West 54th Street, LA, CA 90043
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Susan Burton, Community Says Alex Johnson is the Right Choice for LAUSD By Gloria Zuurveen Editor-in-Chief “Whatever it was that McKenna did at Washington Preparatory High School in the 1980s, it doesn’t seem to have made much difference these days.” Steve Sailer isteve.blogspot.com 2007 LOS ANGELES—The above quote is talking about Dr. George McKenna, District 1 candidate for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Steve Sailer, the author of isteve.blogspot.com, was referencing data he had found of SAT scores for every public school in the 10,000,000 resident Los Angeles County. He said, “In 2004-2005, of Washington’s 404 remaining non-dropout seniors, 212 took the SAT and they averaged 369 Verbal and 362 Math, which is, like, not good. Only 8 of the 404 seniors scored 1000 or higher on the SAT (M+V), which is roughly the dividing line between kids likely to actually graduate from college verses kids likely to end up wasting a few years before dropping out of college.” McKenna’s campaign team has been extremely vocal and irate
over political campaign mailers from McKenna’s opponent Alex Johnson alleging false, misleading lies and innuendos; however, Sailer’s assertion that out of all the years McKenna has been in leadership in the public school system even after having held multiple roles beyond, “The McKenna Story” about his achievements at Washington Prep High School, it just doesn’t seem to have made much difference these days. It is these day, the here and now, that is critical and crucial to the students at LAUSD. Because of the continuation of failing statistics like those quoted by Sailer, Susan Burton, Executive Director, A New Way of Life, along with many others in District 1 are calling for new, independent, progressive and innovative leadership to LAUSD. Burton said, “I’ve watched Alex Johnson and I know he is familiar with the challenges. He will bring safety and resources that our children need. We will hold him accountable when he is elected to the seat for District 1.” Burton urges everyone to stand for the kids and make a change in LAUSD leadership by voting for Alex Johnson on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
Courtney Asante, Mattel Forecast Analyst, to Speak at Neighborhood Youth Achievers Scholarship Award Luncheon By Gloria Zuurveen Editor-in-Chief LO S ANGELES— Neighborhood Youth Achievers (NYA) is proud to announce that Courtney Asante, a Western New York native, who recently relocated to the Los Angeles area to take her career with Mattel to new heights, as their keynote speaker for the 6th Annual Capital Campaign and Awards Luncheon during its Youth Appreciation Day. The event will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:30am at the Ayres Manhattan Beach Hotel located at 1440 Hindry Avenue in Hawthorne, CA 90250. Asante joined Mattel in 2010 as a Forecasting Analyst for Fisher-Price in the East Aurora, NY office. Since then, she has held positions in Marketing in both product development and brand management roles. She is currently the analyst responsible for Fisher Price Friends and Mattel Games Brand Forecasting. She is also the Vice President of Mattel African
Courtney Asante American Forum (MAAF) whose mission is to be an African American think tank resource for internal decisions at Mattel while building a winning culture through diversity awareness and the professional development of MAAF membership. However, when asked what she does for a living, the response is, “Bring Joy to Kids”. Asante has a B.A. in Economics from the University Please see Asante, page 3
Photo by Gloria Zuurveen
(L-R) Alex Johnson, Susan Burton, Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Children’s Institute Inc. & Partners Gives Away Over 6000 Backpacks, Shoes in Watts By Gloria Zuurveen Editor-in-Chief WATTS—More than 5,500 people had pre-registered for the Philanthropic Society Los Angeles’ (PSLA) Watts Back 2 School Giveaway in partnership with Children’s Institute Inc. (CII) held in the Ted Watkins Park located in Watts on Saturday, August 2, 2014. When I arrived on the scene at around 1:30pm, the line was wrapped around the soccer field with children and their parents waiting to receive the much needed items for when the children go back to school. This event is the collaborative effort of many partners who came together to provide school supplies, health education and information and other support services. Nina Revoyr, Executive Vice President, CII, was full of smiles when talking about CII and its collaborative partners like. Revoyer said, “We have partners here from Watts Gang Task Force representatives from all the housing developments, we’ve got people from First 5, Shields, WLCAC, Kaiser, Mattel so this is something we are collectively doing to be able to celebrate and give back to the community.” She pointed out the Rev. J.J. and Ms. Betty Day from the Watts Gang Task Force and Michael (Big Mike) Cummings. Ms. Day said, “We are in partnership with Children Institute and they are really doing some good things. The main thing is that they are doing the work and they are working with the children.” CII’s 3rd Please see Backpack, page 11
Photo by Gloria Zuurveen Children and parents at the CII Back 2 School Giveaway in Watts on August 2.
Community, Leaders Mourn the Passing of Brenda Marsh-Mitchell By Gloria Zuurveen Editor-in-Chief LOS ANGELES—The news of the death of Brenda Marsh-Mitchell on Monday left many in the community stunned and without words to express their utter surprise and feeling of loss. Marsh-Mitchell, affectionately known as “Brenda” by everyone, was an activist, a committed leader, a confidant and friend to many, will be missed as she served in so many roles. She was a mother to three daughters, a grandmother to two grandsons, an executive, an administrator, a board member, a servant, who through her work as President and CEO of Mothers-in-Action, for more than 15 years, ensured that thousands of boys and girls received much needed school supplies and more through the Mothers in Action army of volunteers with Brenda leading the pack. Voices of the community
Brenda Marsh-Mitchell along with elected officials expressed their heartfelt sympathy at the passing and for Brenda’s family. Danny Bakewell, Sr. Chairman and Executive Publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel said in a brief statement: "I am deeply saddened at the lost of my friend and confidant Brenda Marsh-Mitchell. Brenda loved and believed in family and Please see Brenda, page 4
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