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Californians Protest After Shootings of Blacks Shock Nation By McKenzie Jackson California Black Media mjackson@cablackmedia.com Americans, from sea to shining sea, are debating, protesting, marching and lighting candles in response to the spat of deadly shootings that gripped the nation late last week. The conversation about law enforcement’s frictional interactions with the Black community is just as heated in the Golden State. In Inglewood, Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento, there have been demonstrations protesting police violence against African Americans. The rallies are being organized in response to police shooting deaths of an African-American man in Louisiana on July 5 and another Black man in Minnesota a day later. Video of the incidents posted on social media sites incited outrage in Black communities across the nation. Royce Esters, head of Compton-based National Association for Equal Justice In America (NAEJIA) said the deaths of 37year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and 32-year-old Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minn., reveal an unconscious hatred some police officers have towards black men. “They are afraid of black people, which doesn’t make sense,” said the civil rights activist. “This has been going on since the Jim Crow Era in the 40s and it hasn’t stopped.” Frustrations over Sterling and Castile’s deaths have had the nation in a tailspin, stoking heated debates about race and policing. Pair that with 25-year-old AfricanAmerican gunman Micah Johnson’s brazen murder of five police officers at the close of a July 7 anti-police brutality march in downtown Dallas and tensions have been raised to an elevated level across the country. Sterling’s death was recorded by witnesses and loaded online, while the bloody aftermath of Castile’s shooting was live streamed on Facebook by his girlfriend. Several people at the Dallas rally recorded video and photos of Johnson’s rampage against police and loaded it onto social media as well. Esters said he believes the relationship between the Black community and police is just as bad as the relationship between the two groups during the Civil Rights Movement, but social media is playing a key role in documenting current interactions.

Rappers The Game, left, and Snoop Dogg, right, appear at Los Angeles police headquarters to meet with police Chief Charlie Beck after a peaceful unification march in Los Angeles, Friday, July 8, 2016, after the shooting deaths of multiple police officers in Dallas on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) “The difference is now everyone has cellphones and can take pictures,” he said. “How many times did the police kill people and say they had a gun, but didn’t have a gun probably back then? The problem is just as bad now, but there are cellphones today.” During the three-day period of shootings, cellphone video was also put online of the late June shooting death of Dyan Noble in Fresno. A video shows the unarmed, white 19-year-old being shot by Fresno police. Rappers The Game and Snoop Dogg, both Los Angeles area natives, used social media to spread word of a unification march for men of color at the Los Angeles Police Department’s new officer graduation a day after the incident in Dallas. About 50 AfricanAmerican and Hispanic men joined the hip-hop artists at the march, where protesters chanted and the rappers met with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and police chief Charlie Beck.

Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, said the rally was held to reintroduce communities of color to the LAPD and to start a dialogue. “We’re the ones they’re going to be dealing with. We’re the ones that are going to be pulled over,” the rapper said. Snoop Dogg told police officers “respect is key.” “Think about the person you’re pulling over, their family,” he said. “Because that way, you’ll have more of a consideration of life and de-escalate as opposed to escalate.” The Game said he was leading the march as a community leader and human being. The hiphop artist, whose legal name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, said he was saddened by the shootings in Dallas and angered about shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Fresno. “The cops that died in Dallas weren’t the cops that shot and killed Philando or Alton,” he said. “As much as Philando and Alton didn’t deserve that, those

cops in Dallas didn’t deserve that. And the only thing I could think of was to initiate peace on both sides, so that’s why I’m here.” Other rallies were held in the state. A Black Lives Matter protest in Oakland resulted in about 1,000 demonstrators blocking traffic on the 880 Freeway for several hours the night after Castile was killed in Minnesota. Two evenings later, protesters blocked traffic on the 405 in Inglewood for about ten minutes. Police did not rush to break-up the rallies at either scene. Esters said holding rallies and protests are great, but more needs to be done. The community activist said members of the Black community need to meet with law enforcement officials and improve how police officers are trained. Esters said the root of the problem is a general unconscious hatred directed at Blacks, particularly African-American men. Esters mentioned an incident reported in the news recently where police stopped a White machete-

wielding man without hurting him. “If that was a Black man they would have shot him,” Esters said. “They really don’t know why they hate the Black male. It’s some kind of fear. What white people get away with; we can’t get away with as Black males.” Esters continued: “Its unconscious hatred. If you ask a police officer, ‘Why did you beat that Black man?’ They can’t tell you. They say, ‘Well, he is Black,, and he looks threatening.’” The NAEJIA founder also said the officers who shoot unarmed, unthreatening black men need to be held accountable, if not by jail time, by lawsuits. He noted that his organization will be representing an African-American man in Riverside who said police officers unjustly removed him from his home, beat him, drew guns on him and called him a racial slur. “We are going after anyone who is out here beating up Black people, shooting Black people,” Esters said. “They are going to hear from us.”

Police Brutality Against Blacks Is Becoming International Embarrassment for America By Manny Otiko Special to California Black Media I have several friends in various parts of the world. Sometimes when I talk to them, the first words that come out of their mouths are, “What the hell is going on in America?” On many occasions, I’m too embarrassed to even answer. Last week was one such occasion. Two African-American men killed in Baton Rouge and

Minnesota were the latest casualties in a string of troubling police brutality cases – too many of them fatal. The situation has gotten so bad that at least three countries -- the Bahamas, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain -have issued travel advisories warning their citizens about coming to the United States. Can you blame them? If you’re a citizen of these countries and you’re

considering sending your son or daughter to college here, there is a very real fear that he or she could be killed in a random encounter with the police. The United States of America views itself as the most powerful nation on the planet and the standard bearer of global human rights. However, there are some major problems in American society, especially the way it treats racial minorities.

This fact is pretty glaring when you look at the statistics. More than half of the people with wrongful convictions who have been freed from death row are Black, according to The Innocence Project. The organization is a national legal advocacy group whose mission is to free innocent people who are imprisoned. Results from a close look at New York Police Department (NYPD) data is similarly trou-

bling. Those statistics reveal that even though the New York Police Department (NYPD) stopped and frisked Black and Latino men at a higher rate, White people in America are statistically more likely to be found in possession of drugs and firearms. That is a problem. America’s treatment of racial minorities, especially Black men, is increasingly be Please see Blacks, page 10

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Hello Reader, Here we are after one of the most thought-provoking weeks. Yes, all the demonstration, protest and unrest due to the issue of race in American even caused this president to call a town hall meeting on race just as presidents before him. The issue of race, specifically Blacks in American has been a thorn in the side of America every since slavery and the socalled freedom of the Black race. This issue has never really been dealt with. The reason for the pattern we see currently is because the issue of the freed slaves were never resolved to the level it needed to be. Today, many Blacks suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to the aftermath of being descendants of an enslaved people. The abuse at the hand of white America has never really been compensated for and the continuous abuse has never ceased from days of old, therefore, we see what will continue to happen until we as a people stick together just as any other race stick together and help each other instead of denying our strength and power as a people when we combine our resource and wisdom that God has given us.

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Requiem for Black People By James Clingman Lorenzo Collins, Michael Carpenter, Roger Owensby Jr. Timothy Thomas, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, Kenneth Walker, Sean Bell, Timothy Russell, Kimani Gray, Ezzell Ford, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Kajieme Powell, Malissa Williams, Vonderitt Myers, Dante Parker, Michael Brown, Tyisha Miller, Trayvon Martin, Dontre Hamilton, Tony Robinson, Jason Harrison, Martin Hall, Bettie Jones, Tanisha Anderson, Yvette Smith, Sandra Bland, Matthewe Ajibade, Eric Harris, Keith Childress, Kevin Matthews, Leroy Browning, Gus Rugley, Ray Smoot, Roy Nelson, Miguel Espinal, Jonny Gammage, Nathaniel Pickett, Cornelius Brown, Tiara Thomas, Chandra Weaver, Jamar Clark, Richard Perkins, Akai Gurley, Stephen Tooson, Michael Lee Marshall, Alonzo Smith, Anthony Ashford, Lamontez Jones, India Kager, Samuel DuBose, Felix Kumi, Walter Scott, Billie Ray Davis, Darrius Stewart, Albert Davis, Jonathan Sanders, Spencer McCain, Freddie Gray, Eric Harris, Charly “Africa” Keunang, Emerson Clayton, Jr., Tommy Yancy, Jerame C. Reid, Corey Tanner, Zikarious Flint, David Andre Scott, Emmanuel Jean-Baptiste, Victor White III, Matthew Walker, Darrien Nathaniel Hunt, Jeremy Lake, Laquan McDonald, Denzel Ford, Pierre Loury, Cedrick Chatman, Alton Sterling, Philando Castille… I could go on, but I am sure you get the point. “I feared for my life” “He reached for his waistband” “I saw something shiny” “He ran” “He made eye contact with me” “He fit the description” “He resisted” “He threatened me” “He didn’t comply” “He would not put the brick down” “He would not out the knife down” “He weighed 400 pounds” “My hand got caught in the steering wheel” “He dragged me with the car” “He lunged at me” “My gun accidentally went off” “I thought I was firing my Taser” “He was acting strangely” “He was holding a screwdriver when he came to the door” “He had a broom when he came to the door” “He was armed with a soup spoon” “He had a prescription pill bottle in his pocket but I thought it was a gun” “He had a BB gun” “He had a toy pellet gun” “He was obese” “He kept saying ‘I can’t breathe’ so we knew he was still breathing” “The stairwell was dark” “He behaved like a thug” “He was wearing a hoodie” “After he survived a car accident, he approached us with empty hands” “He was running toward us but we shot him in the back” “He did not comply within 2 seconds” “He

shot himself while being handcuffed behind his back, with a gun that we did not find when we searched him” “Our hearts go out to the families” “Our prayers and thoughts are with the family” “This can never happen again” “He could have been my son” “R.I.P.” “Our condolences go out” “She could have been our daughter” “It’s a tragic and sad day for our nation” “We shall overcome” “This has to stop” “We cannot rush to judgment” “We must wait until the investigation is over” “Let the process work” “The video does not tell the whole story of what happened” “We are all saddened by this tragic event” “Our hearts grieve with this family” “They don’t get up in the morning saying, ‘I am going to kill a Black man today’” “They want to go home at night” “All police officers are not bad” “The vast majority of officers are good” “Let’s not indict all officers because of the actions of one or two” “Black lives matter” “Blue lives matter” “All lives matter” “This is not a Black problem; it’s an American problem” “No justice no peace” “Nonviolence is the answer” “We need a national conversation on police violence” “I found no evidence to indict the officer (s)” “It’s Ok Mommy; It’s Ok, I’m right here with you” These acts are heinous, horrific, terrible, irresponsible, immoral, reprehensible, indefensible, unconscionable, unacceptable, horrifying, shocking, frightening, inhumane, uncivilized, animalistic, disgraceful, shameful, inexcusable, insulting, depraved, shameless, cowardly, outrageous, scandalous, dishonorable, discreditable, appalling, dreadful, irrefutable, atrocious, unspeakable, ludicrous, indecent, disreputable, brutal, wicked, offensive, brazen, unabashed, gutless, spineless, odious, awful, revolting, blatant, and SINFUL. Black people are disgusted, dismayed, outraged, fuming, livid, irate, sickened, revolted, repulsed, repelled, offended, affronted, hurt, scared, tenuous, intimidated, fearful, incensed, enraged, nauseated, injured, disrespected, tired, sick and tired, and angry. After everything is said and done, much is said and little is done. Our words are like a needle on a scratched record; we are stuck, and we keep repeating the same thing over and over again. If you are conscious and conscientious, join the One Million, and this time let’s take appropriate action to deal with these horrendous times in which we live. www.iamoneofthemillion.com Note: At the time of this writing four police officers in Dallas were killed and seven were injured by a Black man who was tired of and angry about Black people being killed by police. Pray for their families too.

The Real Killers of the Five Cops In Dallas, Texas By an Elder, Dr. Rosie Milligan The persons responsible for the loss of lives of the five policemen in Dallas, Texas are as follows: Those who continue to perpetuate institutionalized racism throughout America—in its schools, universities, legal and criminal justice system. This also includes every law enforcement officer—black, white and others—who stood by and said nothing, and did nothing, while white officers beat or killed black men unjustly. The racist defense and prosecuting attorney, every juror who stood up for the policemen who were guilty in taking the lives of black men—yes, you are the guilty ones. And if you have any conscience today, you should be haunted by the trigger pulled by the gunman on that dreadful evening July 7, 2016. I have lived seventy years in America, and I am a third generation removed from slavery. I experience the past, the present and the future all in one. I have a glimpse of the future, which is based on the facts that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The black man/woman is just as enslaved today legally as in the past. The criminal justice system upholds the law when it comes to disregarding the black person as a human being— which appears to be legal. My question to all non-blacks is: what if your men were being brutally and unjustly murdered at the rate black men are being murdered, how would you feel and what would you do? When I saw those cops on top of a black man—who was in a helpless position, then shot, I had a flashback. Pain gripped my abdomen. I thought about when I was young, living in Mississippi when white men would roll up on horses to a black person’s house and call for a father or a father’s son to come out the house so they could either beat him in the presence of his family, or kill him. Nothing was done to the killer then, and nothing is done, in most cases, now. After witnessing the black man, Alton Sterling, who was killed just recently, I cried, I cried and I cried. We must all stand up, and speak up when injustice is done. Here is a good quote I read online. “The only thing necessary for the Triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Remember, the crop we plant today, our children will be the reapers of it tomorrow. Is it the masses who want a race war, or is it

just a few evil ones who are trying to ignite a race war? You may not witness a race war in your time, however, if things do not change, there will be one. Is this what you want your children to inherit from your wrong doings? Think. If you have any doubt about what I am saying to you, you had better ask your young people how they feel about what’s going on. You will be quite surprised. Here is another quote I read online, “Young whites do not ascribe to the notion ‘We want our country back.’ It’s the old evil power thirsty white folks. Young whites know that you evil ones have lied to them. Their association with blacks in school, in sports, etc., they know truth. And they want to be like blacks, they want to sing like us, dance like us, dress like us, preach and praise like us—don’t you get it? They want to live in peace as God would have it to be— can’t you see how many of them are marching in the Black Life Matters Movement? Does that tell you something?” America, you have pushed blacks against the wall, and they have two choices: give in to the ills of society, or stand up and fight for themselves and for their children. You have created a monster in your own back yard. Many black men are in prison unjustly. They pled guilty to a felony because they did not have the money to hire an attorney to represent them. Upon their release, due to a felony, they cannot obtain federal/state assistance such as: low-income housing, food stamps, federal grants for education and cannot be caught in the presence of another felon—Oh, America, America the beautiful, what are you doing to black people? Where there is no justice, there will be no peace. Young blacks will not continue to take, and to put up with, the injustice and do nothing; they have been placed in a positon whereby they don’t have much to lose. The new culture, the new crop, would rather go down fighting than to stand still, do nothing and be killed. Let me leave you with these words of wisdom: A house divided, cannot stand. An enemy inside of a house can destroy you quicker and faster than the enemy on the outside. America, we have enemies all around the world. If we are to survive, we must come together as one race. We can do better, and we must do better, starting today and henceforth. Dr. Rosie Milligan, minister, author, senior estate planner, credit consultant, talk show host of Express Yourself Hour, owner of Professional Business Consulting Service, 1425 W. Manchester Ave. Ste. B, Los Angeles, CA 90047, 323-7503592, drrosie@aol.com, www.Drrosie.com


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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY NEWS Resources for Discussing Police Violence, Race, and Racism With Students By Evie Blad Two recent recorded police killings of black men and the killings of five police officers in Dallas have left many adults without words, especially not the words necessary to explain the violence and underlying racial issues to children. Most public schools are out on summer vacation, but that hasn't slowed the calls for educators to prepare to discuss the events of the last week with students when school resumes in the fall. This is true on an especially intimate level for staff at the Montessori school where Philando Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor before he was shot by a police officer at a traffic stop last week. "Anna Garnaas, a teacher at the St. Paul, Minn., elementary school where Castile worked, is already anticipating what she will hear from her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students when they return to class in the fall," the Washington Post reports. " 'I think that's when we'll see them crying and wondering and asking questions, the first day of school in September,' she said. 'Where's our buddy? Where's the guy who takes care of us and makes sure we have our most fundamental needs met?' " This weekend, the New York Times published a sad compilation of the ways that young relatives of those killed in high-profile police shootings have been traumatized by the experience. "The list of young people burdened by these tumultuous times includes Tamir Rice's teenage sister, who lost 50 pounds after watching the police shoot him in 2014; the daughter of Oscar Grant III, killed by a transit officer while lying down on a California train platform in 2009, who as a 5-year-old would ask playmates to duck when she

Photo: A woman holds a child's hand at a vigil for Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed by a police officer on July 6 outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La. —Gerald Herbert/AP saw the police; and the 9-yearold nephew of Sandra Bland, who began sleeping in his mother's room after Ms. Bland's death last year in a jail cell. 'They are aware of what's going in the world, of how you can leave your house and you can very well end up in a body bag,' said a sister of Ms. Bland's, Shante Needham, whose four children continue to struggle with the death of their aunt. 'They watch the news. They see all the stuff going on on Facebook. And it's sad that kids even have to think like that, that if I get stopped by the police, I may not make it home.' Research explains why student trauma should concern schools: Trauma can leave children in a perpetual state of fightor-flight, interfering with normal brain development, executive functioning, and engagement in classroom activities. And, short

of addressing trauma, discussing current events in the classroom provides a real learning opportunity and a chance for students to develop social awareness and empathy about their peers' experiences. As it looks likely that protests and news coverage of recent events may continue well through the summer months, even children who haven't been directly affected by recent events may have questions, concerns, or fears when they return to school. Fortunately, there are resources teachers can use to frame discussions and to help anticipate what their students, particularly students of color, may be experiencing. Many of these resources were compiled after previous events, such as the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which prompted dramatic

demonstrations and slowed the start of school. Some have been updated since. Here is a sampling. First, check out this TED Talk by commentator Jay Smooth, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race." From the Today Show, an age-specific guide for discussing shootings with children. •2016 Teacher of the Year finalist Nate Bowling has compiled a "syllabus for students when dealing with law enforcement." •Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (which has clear positions in these discussions), compiled these resources on

teaching about race, racism, and police violence. •#FergusonSyllabus, crowd sourced on Twitter at the time of the Brown shooting, includes suggested reading for teachers and students about issues that are relevant to recent events. •In the same vein, here's a Teaching Now post about addressing race in the classroom after Ferguson. •Character.org has a round -up of activities and articles for teaching about race. •Here's a tip sheet from Making Caring Common at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. •Maybe some students would benefit more from some space for unstructured reflection. In that case, check out these tips from the Harvard Graduate School of Education on discussing traumatic events with children. Or consider discussing race specifically as it relates to education, a topic that obviously affects students in a very real and personal way. Education Week's Beyond Bias series covered various facets of inequality in schools, including this research-based quiz to help measure implicit bias. And here's a video the National Education Association made of Marley Dias, the 11-year-old who started a campaign to diversify her school's book offerings, explaining systemic racism. Is there anything you would add? Any tips or resources schools should be aware of? Tweet me or let me know in the comments. Follow @evieblad on Twitter or subscribe to Rules for Engagement to get blog posts delivered directly to your inbox.

Michael Stays In By Israel Matthews

Michael loves going out with his granny to meetings and church etc., but there's another thing he loves doing which is staying inside. He loves staying inside of his parents air conditioned house with his very own TV. He loves watching movies and playing games. But Michael is very careful on what he watches and what he plays, say for instance, he likes Minecraft. Ever since Michael started playing that game he's never stopped playing it. At night before he goes to bed he prays thanking God for the wonderful day he had. After his prayer he either reads till he falls asleep or he listens to his favorite tunes while falling asleep, and that's how Michael stays in. Thank you and my God bless you richly. (-:


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New Research: Changing Genders Isn’t Morally Wrong, Americans Say By Lisa Cannon Green NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Most Americans see nothing morally wrong with gender change, LifeWay Research finds. Six in 10 Americans don’t think it’s wrong for people to identify with a gender different from their birth sex, according to the Nashvillebased research organization. And more than half don’t think it’s wrong to switch genders by taking hormones or having surgery. The findings indicate most Americans don’t see moral significance in being born male or female, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “A majority of Americans reject the view of a creator giving them a gender that shouldn’t be changed,” he said. “We freely change many things about ourselves—we have cosmetic surgery, we use teeth whitener, we dye our hair, we get tattoos. Many Americans view gender as one more thing on that list.” ‘Not a moral issue’ Questions of morality have surfaced as politicians debate re-

stroom access, employment protection, insurance coverage and military service for transgender people. Is it morally permissible for a doctor to remove healthy organs? Is it acceptable to give puberty -delaying drugs to children who feel gender conflict? Is it ethical for society to require people to live as one gender if they identify strongly with the other? However, many Americans say gender simply isn’t a moral issue. LifeWay Research asked 1,000 Americans whether they agree or disagree that changing one’s gender or identifying with a different gender is morally wrong. Respondents also had the option to select “it’s not a moral issue.” About a third of Americans (35 percent) say it’s wrong for people to identify with a gender different from their birth sex, while 45 percent disagree. As for changing gender, 42 percent say it’s morally wrong and 43 percent disagree. But 14 percent of Americans say identifying with a different gender isn’t a matter of morality, and almost as many (11 percent) say it isn’t a moral issue to alter one’s gender through hormones or surgery. “This reflects a changing worldview,” McConnell said. “A growing percentage of Americans don’t believe in right and wrong. They don’t believe there’s absolute truth—and if there’s no absolute truth, then they’re reluctant to talk about morality.” Evangelical concerns Evangelical believers are dramatically more likely than other Americans to voice moral concerns about gender change, the survey shows. More than half of people with evangelical beliefs (54 percent) say it’s wrong to identify with a different gender.

Only about a quarter of Catholics (26 percent), a third of those in non-Christian faiths such as Judaism or Islam (35 percent), and a fifth of the nonreligious (20 percent) share that view. Excluding evangelical believers, three-quarters of Americans cite no moral qualms about changing gender identification. Americans are slightly more concerned about altering gender through surgery or hormones, but it remains mostly an evangelical issue. Evangelical believers are almost twice as likely (61 percent) as non-evangelical Americans (32 percent) to say using surgery or hormones to change birth gender is morally wrong. Compared to evangelicals, significantly fewer Catholics (29 percent), those of nonChristian faiths (41 percent), or the nonreligious (21 percent) believe it’s wrong to alter gender by medical means. “Evangelical Christians are clearly in the minority on this issue,” McConnell said. Personal acquaintance

Those who personally know a transgendered person are much less likely to consider gender change morally wrong, the LifeWay Research survey shows. Among the 71 percent of Americans who say they have no transgender acquaintances, almost half (48 percent) say it is wrong to change genders using surgery or hormones, and nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) say it is wrong to identify with another gender. Those numbers drop by more than a third among the 27 percent of Americans who say they know a transgendered person. Twenty-eight percent of this group says changing gender by medical means is wrong, and 25 percent says identifying with a different gender is wrong. Acquaintances of transgendered people are also significantly more likely to believe changing gender through surgery or hormones isn’t a matter of morality. About one in six (16 percent) says such medical intervention is not a moral issue, compared to 9 percent of those who don’t know a transgendered person. Young adults, 18-24 years old, are most likely to report knowing a transgender person and less likely than others to consider gender change immoral. In that age group, 41 percent have a transgender acquaintance, and 31 percent say it’s wrong to alter gender through surgery or hormones. Evangelicals, in contrast, are less likely than others to know a transgender person (20 percent) and more likely to have moral objections. More women than men say they know someone who is transgender (32 percent vs. 21 percent), but their beliefs about the morality of gender change are similar.


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HEALTH & COMMUNITY NEWS Columbia University Fined Nearly $10 Million for Sending Inflated Bills To NIH By Sheila Kaplan @bySheilaKaplan Columbia University must pay $9.5 million to settle charges that it repeatedly overbilled the National Institutes of Health for hundreds of research grants, the Justice Department said Thursday. The university admitted to charging NIH on-campus overhead for psychiatric and neurological research that was actually conducted off-site, primarily in rent-free offices owned and operated by New York state and New York City. For 12 years, the university’s medical school sought and received a “facilities and administrative rate” that was about double what it should have been, according to the US attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, whose office handled the case with Scott J. Lampert of the Department of Health and Human Services. “All institutions that receive federal grant money must abide by applicable rules and regulations governing the use of funds,” Bharara said. “For years and for

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inflated” bills. Lampert, special agent in charge of the New York region for the HHS Inspector General, was tougher on the elite university, adding: “It is disturbing that Columbia University, a prestigious institution, would improperly seek excessive cost reimbursements from NIH, as alleged in the settlement. ” “Money gained by such behavior deprives other research programs of funds that could yield life-altering new treatments.” The whistleblower case

against Columbia was brought by an administrative employee, Mathew Chisholm, who noticed improprieties in the school’s billing for federal grants. “When he saw they were billing on an on-site basis for things being done in a facility that was off-site he knew something was wrong,” said Chisholm’s attorney, Tim J. McInnis. “He was very troubled by the conduct and troubled by the fact that the people whose attention he brought it to either did not want to or were not able to do anything about it.”

The Justice Department joined the case after reviewing Chisholm’s complaint. A Columbia spokesman said Columbia is committed to compliance with all requirements for federal grants. “In this case, Columbia believed in good faith that it was appropriate to apply an ‘on campus’ indirect cost rate to research performed by Columbia faculty in certain buildings owned by the state or city that are located on our medical center campus, ” said Scott N. Schell, vice president for public affairs. “We are pleased to put this dispute behind us and resolve the matter. Columbia looks forward to continuing to work cooperatively with its valued research partners in government.” NIH did not return an email seeking comment on the matter. McInnis said that Chisholm has left Columbia, and is working for another health care system. Reuben Guttman, a Washington attorney who specializes in whistleblower cases, was not surprised about the case. “A government contract, particularly in the health care research arena, is like an electronics store with a plate glass window during a power failure,” Guttman said. “The risk of abuse or theft is significant.” Sheila Kaplan can be reached at sheila.kaplan@statnews.com Follow Sheila on Twitter @bySheilaKaplan

Emerging Trends In Nursing Instruction Signal Shifts Across Education (BPT) - When patients are treated as individuals, they become engaged, active partners in their care plan and their health outcomes improve. This shift in providing customized care to patients is also being adopted by nurse educators, who are applying a similar approach that sets up nursing students for success in both the education and clinical setting. The customization of care is also a driving force behind four growing trends across education: individualized instruction, experiential learning, educating for cultural humility and increased access to education for military students. Focusing on student success Individualized instruction is an emerging trend that is designed to help students achieve greater confidence and overcome barriers to their education. Each student has their own preferred methods of learning, their own challenges and their own goals. When nurse educators care about the student's individual success, everyone benefits. "We believe that if we take extraordinary care of our students, they will in turn take extraordinary care of the patients and families they serve," says Dr. Richard Cowling, vice president of academic affairs at Chamberlain College of Nursing. "We call this value system, 'Chamberlain Care.'" Through the Chamberlain Care Student Success Model, a team of Chamberlain faculty, advisors and mentors identify any barriers to the student's success and deliver individualized academic coaching and a customized support plan to encourage and support students in reaching their goals. Fostering active learning To help students reach those goals, nurse educators turn to another emerging trend: active learning. A stark contrast with passive learning, watching a teacher in a classroom or learning from a textbook, nurse educators are cultivating active student participation and curiosity through direct patient care and simulated and virtual learning experiences. Active learning promotes

clinical reasoning and affords students the opportunity to see the outcome of their care decisions in real time. Simulation labs, a form of active learning, engage students to explore various clinical processes but instead of live patients, hightech mannequins are used. In addition to these on-campus labs, Chamberlain also offers virtual learning environments for students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Both simulation and virtual learning are types of experiential learning opportunities. When direct patient care isn't an option, experiential learning opportunities can be created by nurse educators so students can learn how to respond to disasters, treat infectious diseases or participate in other scenarios they may not have exposure to otherwise. "Active learning experiences allow students to practice the skills they need in a safe environment," Cowling says. "Students feel in control of their own learning because they receive real-time feedback from instructors immediately following the experience, which helps in building confidence while they actively build their clinical knowledge and skillset." Promoting diversity In addition to transforming how students learn, current trends in health care influence what students learn. Today's health care environment is becoming more complex - with a rise in chronic illness, an aging population, everchanging technology and increasingly diverse communities. The role of the nurse is also rapidly evolving as the focus has shifted to person-centered and culturally congruent care. Students who received individualized attention and a foundation in providing person-centered, culturally congruent care enter the workforce with a deeper understanding of the needs of today's diverse patient populations. "We have enhanced our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum to align more closely with the evolving health care needs of our communities and

the practice settings where new nurses will serve. In fact, Chamberlain is piloting two programs to provide care to Hispanic communities and to military students," Cowling says. "By customizing the learning experience, nurse educators help create a shift in both the education and health care industry by teaching others cultural humility and how to care for an increasingly diverse patient population in a person-centric way." Cultural humility is a continual process of self-reflection, self -awareness and self-critique by health care providers in order to develop and maintain mutually respectful and useful partnerships with individuals, families and communities. Rather than focusing on the mastery of many cultures as in cultural competence, cultural humility suggests that understanding other cultures requires a lifelong commitment to a learning process. This encourages an intentional examination of how the nurse's beliefs, values and assumptions influence the delivery of health care and development of relationships with patients and their families. Leading the next generation The nursing students today are the future nursing leaders of tomorrow. Nurse educators who place a high value on individualized instruction and active learning and prepare students to think about caring for diverse populations in a patient-centered way are helping drive the perspective of the next generation of leaders. Whether these nurses of tomorrow go on to earn their MSN or Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, impact health policy, become nurse educators themselves or serve their local communities, students who receive customized education are empowered to achieve their goals. Thanks to the shift in education to a more customized approach, these students received the experiences, training and caring support necessary to transform health care on a local, national and global scale.


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POLITICAL & COMMUNITY NEWS Donald Trump Snubs NAACP Convention, Clinton to Speak On July 18 By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA News Wire Contributor) Only one day after declaring himself “the law and order candidate,” the campaign of the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump announced that he will not address the annual NAACP convention. The no-show will be only the fourth time since 1980 that a candidate running for the White House hasn’t spoken to the NAACP. On July 12, NAACP President Cornell Brooks announced that Trump had declined the NAACP’s invitation to speak. Created in 1909 by W.E.B. DuBois, Mary Ovington and Moorfield Storey, the NAACP is the oldest civil rights organization in the U.S. The NAACP now has over 300,000 members. This year, the 107th NAACP convention is in Cincinnati, Ohio, from July 16 -20. Trump is scheduled to speak during the Republican National Convention less than 90 minutes away in Cleveland. The GOP convention runs from July 18 to 21. The issue of race in America is back in primetime news after the

police shootings caught on video of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., on July 5th and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn. on July 6. On July 7, a former Army veteran who may have had mental health issues, murdered five Dallas law enforcement officers at the end of a Black Lives Matter march. The situation presents a perfect time for the presidential candidates to weigh in on issues of race, policing and justice in Ameri-

ca. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address the NAACP on Monday, July 18, the first day of the Republican National Convention. “In every presidential election, we invite each of the candidates to address our convention, and we are delighted to have Secretary Clinton join us,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock in a statement on July 11. “Secretary Clinton will

NBC4 Southern California and Telemundos 52 Annual Pet Adoption Drive – Clear the Shelters- On Saturday, July 23 UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – – NBC4 Southern California / KNBC and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles / KVEA will partner with more than 55 animal shelters in hundreds of cities and communities throughout Southern California for its annual Clear the Shelters (Desocupar los Albergues) pet adoption campaign on Saturday, July 23. This year’s Clear the Shelters event comes after last year’s highly successful inaugural effort, which resulted in over 2,500 pets finding new homes. On this day of action, participating animal shelters in Southern California will offer a reduced adoption fee of $20, and open their doors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. NBC4 and Telemundo 52, along with several anchors and reporters, will visit select shelters to celebrate with those who adopt. Additionally, local sponsor VCA Animal Hospitals will have their expert veterinarians and healthcare teams on-site, and all pets adopted during the event will receive a limited health guarantee and a gift bag filled with pet essentials. “I’m proud that our stations are working with so many local animal shelters throughout the Southland to help rescue thousands of animals,” said NBC4 President and General Manager Steve Carlston. “This initiative supports an important community cause and mobilizes millions of people who can give a forever home to an animal from a neighborhood shelter.” “This initiative offers the community an opportunity to welcome a new addition to the family and be part of a national day of action,” said Telemundo 52 Los Angeles President and General Manager Celia Chavez. “I encourage everyone to join us to help

‘Clear the Shelters’ and give thousands of homeless animals the chance of a new life.” The public is also invited to attend Clear the Shelters pre-events to preview dozens of animals available for adoption. The events will take place on Friday, July 15 from 11 a.m. at Mathis Brothers at 4105 Inland Empire Blvd. in Ontario, Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Grove located at 189 The Grove Dr. in Los Angeles, and on Sunday, July 17 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Citadel Outlets at 100 Citadel Dr. in Los Angeles. Animals featured on both days will be available for adoption at the reduced adoption rate of $20. Over the next few weeks, NBC4 and Telemundo 52 will air animal-related stories to raise awareness about the pet adoptions as well as issues including the overpopulation of shelters in Southern California. Moreover, both stations will engage viewers with news and information across multiple platforms, including newscasts, online and social media. To learn more about the initiative and locate participating shelters, visit nbcla.com/cleartheshelters or telemundo52.com/ desocuparlosalbergues. The public is encouraged to follow the effort and post pet photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #ClearTheShelters @NBCLA and #DesocuparLosAlbergues @Telemundo52. On Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m., NBC4 will air a 30minute post-adoption drive special hosted by Natalie Morales, NBC News’ TODAY West Coast Anchor, and soonto-be host of Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live to recap the success of Clear the Shelters. Telemundo

52 will also air a post-adoption drive special on the same day at 5 p.m. co-hosted by Stephanie Himonidis “Chiquibaby” and Elva Saray, hosts of Telemundo 52 Los Angeles’ daily entertainment show, Acceso Total. The Clear the Shelters (Desocupar los Albergues) initiative spearheaded by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal, will team up more than 40 local NBC and Telemundo television stations with hundreds of animal shelters from all across the country to find new homes for thousands of homeless pets. Specifically, 11 NBC-owned stations, 17-owned Telemundo stations, the regional news network necn, and more than 20 NBC affiliate stations will partner with more than 300 animal shelters in more than 30 markets across the United States and Puerto Rico. In 2015, 20,000 animals were adopted nationwide through an unprecedented partnership between the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations and hundreds of animal shelters across the country and in Puerto Rico. The nationwide day of action literally emptied dozens of animal shelters across the country and inspired local communities to take action and open their homes to animals in need. Various celebrities and news personalities, including Ellen DeGeneres; Steve Harvey; extra’s Mario Lopez; NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt; Bravo's Andy Cohen; actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, singer and songwriter Rob Thomas; and Telemundo network stars Carmen Villalobos and Sonya Smith among others, joined in Clear the Shelters’ social media effort by posting selfies with their favorite pets.

have the opportunity to address a gathering of dedicated activists and advocates from across the nation, and we are proud to offer a chance for the candidates to speak about the major issues affecting civil rights today,” Brock added. “In these violent and horrifying times, when a new generation is waking to call for police accountability, economic and educational equality and protecting the right to vote for all people, this election marks a significant moral moment for America,” said NAACP President Brooks. “We look forward to hearing Secretary Clinton’s priorities and plan to advance our issues of social justice,” he added. On July 11 in Virginia Beach Trump declared himself the “law and order candidate” and spoke on the problems of crime in the inner city. But he offered no policy solutions. On July 12, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for national standards for police after receiving the endorsement from Sen. Bernie Sanders (IVT) in New Hampshire. Clinton also spoke on the problems of race and inequality in the justice system, a topic she has touched on often. The snub of the NAACP is yet an-

other setback to the effort of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to attract minority voters to the Republican Party. Despite the efforts of several Republicans, such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the GOP nominee for president is yet to display a deep interest in serious policy driven outreach to African American and Hispanic voters. Lauren Victoria Burke is a political analyst and the CEO of Win Digital Media. She can be contacted at LBurke007@gmail.com and on twitter at @LVBurke.

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coming an international embarrassment. How can the United States in good conscience criticize treatment of citizens in countries notorious for human rights abuses around the world when police murdering African-American men are becoming so commonplace at home? These cases are also compromising America’s status as a moral leader in the world. They have the potential to hurt the country’s tourism industry and may significantly impact the United States being regarded as the mostdesired destination on earth for international students seeking higher education degrees. China, often called out for ill treatment of its citizens by the international community, cited America in a 2013 report on human rights abuses. The report stated, “If the United States wants to be the self-proclaimed human rights judge of the world, though China and most countries do not agree, it first needs to sweep its own doorsteps.” Some international critics are even calling on the United Nations to investigate human rights abuses in the Unite States. They usually point to the mass incarceration of Black men; the flawed death penalty system, which has likely killed hundreds of innocent people; the American prison system, which is rife with rape, torture and exploitation; and extra-judicial killings by the police. Historically, the legal and law enforcement systems have not been the greatest defenders of Black human rights. This has lead to a widespread lack of trust and frustration among African Americans when it comes to police officers and the courts. Although cities seem pretty happy to pay millions of dollars to the families of victims of police abuse, those payments do not compensate for the lives lost. And they do nothing to repair the damage to America’s image in the world. Baltimore, for example, has paid almost $6 million to the victims of police abuse since 2011.

According to the New York Post, the city of New York paid more than $185 million to settle claims against the NYPD in 2011. Last year, the city paid the family of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man choked to death by local police, $5.9 million. As famed NYPD whistleblower Frank Serpico said in a 2014 Politico article,“the police are out of control.” And they don’t take too kindly to anyone who has the temerity to point out their crimes. Ramsey Orta, the man who videotaped Eric Garner’s fatal encounter with the NYPD, was recently sentenced to four years in jail after being followed, singled out and investigated by the police. Feidin Santana, the man who videotaped a South Carolina cop shooting a black man in the back, initially feared coming forward. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has been called the “worst cop in America,” runs his county like a corrupt, third-world despot. Arpaio had former District Attorney Andrew Thomas target anyone who spoke out against him. And when The Phoenix New Times ran stories critical of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, Arpaio had the paper’s founders, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, thrown in jail on minor charges. The charges were dropped five days later and Maricopa County settled the case for $3.75 million. Additionally, police officers rarely face harsh punishment for their crimes. For example, former Bay Area Rapid Transport officer Johannes Mehserle served less than two years in jail for killing 22-year-old Oscar Grant in 2009. The legal system continues to turn a blind eye to the widespread human rights abuses of Black people in America. Until it does, America will continue to lose its standing as a moral leader in the world and diminish its authority to challenge human rights abuses in other nations. Manny Otiko is Southern California-based journalist who was born in Nigeria and raised in the United Kingdom.


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NATIONAL/STATE & REGIONAL NEWS Nurse In Widely-Viewed U.S. Protest Photo Holds First Interview REUTERS—The black woman who was photographed in a long, flowy dress standing before a pair of heavily-geared riot police during a protest in Baton Rouge last weekend gave her first public interview since the photo went viral, CBS News said on Thursday. Ieshia Evans, 35, was made famous by the widelyshared picture, which encapsulated for some the spirit of demonstrators across the United States protesting against how police treat people of color. The photo was snapped by Reuters freelance photographer Jonathan Bachman. Evans, a licensed nurse, spoke to CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King about the July 9 incident, saying she felt compelled to walk into the street even though police had ordered protesters off the roadway. "I just—I needed to see them. I needed to see the officers," Evans said in an excerpt of the interview aired

Protestor Ieshia Evans is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. on Thursday. The full interview is to air on Friday morning. "I'm human. I'm a woman. I'm a mom. I'm a nurse. I could be your nurse. I

could be taking care of you. You know? Our children could be friends. We all matter. We don't have to beg to matter. We do matter," she

Protesters Keeping Kids Away from Cleveland Republican Convention By Angela Moon A Milwaukee-based immigrants rights group canceled plans to take children to demonstrations outside the Republican National Convention, which starts on Monday, citing fears of violence after last week's shootings in Dallas. Voces de la Frontera (Voices from the Border) typically includes children in its marches, seeking to humanize the debate over immigration policy, but opted against that in Cleveland because "things can escalate," group member Daniel Gutierrez said. Donald Trump is expected to officially become the Republican candidate for president at the convention, which runs from Monday to Thursday, when myriad protest groups from around the country are expected to converge on Cleveland. Protests at Trump campaign events have turned volatile, and tensions could be heightened by the presence of citizens carrying firearms. Ohio gun laws will allow people to openly carry firearms at the protests, while more innocuous items such as tennis balls, umbrellas with steel points and water guns will be prohibited. Police said the presence of openly carried weapons complicated their job at the Dallas protest shootings, when a former U.S. Army reservist shot dead five po-

A worker walks across the stage of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland July 13, 2016. Reuters/Rick Wilking

lice officers, seeking revenge for police killings of black men. About 45 members of Voces de la Frontera plan to participate in a Coalition to Stop Trump rally on Monday, said Gutierrez, adding that he was unafraid that others may bring guns. "If anything comes up that puts our lives at risk, we definitely are not going to stand there. If anything breaks out, just remove ourselves from there. Go to a safe location," Gutierrez said. Brad Sigal, a spokesman for the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, said his organization was training marshals to keep the group safe, primarily by steering members clear of potential confrontations. About 50 of its members would travel to Cleve-

land, he said. "There will be a lot of police there, there may be counterprotests, but we’re there to get our message out and that’s what we’re going to do," Sigal said. "We’re aware of the situation and preparing for it." Rustbelt Medics, a group of street medics that volunteers first aid at political events, has been conducting medical training in preparation for the convention. Gloria Tavera, a medical student and street medic with the group, says Rustbelt Medics will have trained about 50 people prior to the convention. "Part of the training definitely involves what happens when people get hit by rubber bullets," Tavera said. (Additional reporting by Amy Tennery and Tom Polansek; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Andrew Hay)

added. Baton Rouge has become a flashpoint for protesters after Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed last week by city police who were responding to a call that he had

threatened someone with a gun outside a convenience store where he was selling CDs. Sterling's death, followed by the fatal shooting of another black man, Philando Castile, 32, near St. Paul, Minnesota, revived a wave of protests that has swirled for two years under the name Black Lives Matter. Bachman said police had cleared a group of protesters from the road before Evans walked onto the highway and stood before a wall of officers. Her face bore no expression and she did not speak, he said. Bachman said the officers grabbed Evans and hurried her away, with the whole incident lasting only about 30 seconds. Evans was arrested on a charge of simple obstruction of a highway and released from custody, according to a jail log from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Andrew Hay)

West Basin Announces First-Ever Greywater Workshop Series CARSON, Calif. – As part of its efforts to expand water conservation programs for its communities, West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) has launched its firstever greywater workshop series. The workshops are designed to educate residents on the safe and legal use of greywater and showcase an innovative technique to reduce residential water use. A total of five classes have been scheduled in the District’s service area this summer. West Basin’s greywater workshops, led by Greywater Action Founder Laura Allen, will demonstrate the benefits of greywater, including creating a sustainable and affordable household water system that can significantly reduce water use. The workshop will be presented in two parts: I. Greywater 101 – Participants will get an overview of California’s water supply system, ways to reuse greywater, common types of greywater systems, and more. II. How to Design and Build a Laundry-to-Landscape (L2L) System – Participants will learn how the L2L system works, how to install the system, maintenance methods, and more. “We’re thrilled to provide a new type of water conservation program for our residents,” said West Basin President Carol W. Kwan, who represents the City of Manhattan Beach where the first workshop was held. “These workshops reinforce our commitment to continued water conservation and water education, and enable our communities to take action to help reduce their water use.” West Basin’s scheduled greywater workshops include: 1. June 29 – Manhattan Beach Library Community Meeting Room, Manhattan Beach 2. July 11 – Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center, Carson 3. July 30 – City of Culver City – City Hall (Dan Patacchia Room), Culver City 4. Aug. 20 – City of Inglewood – City Hall, Inglewood 5. Sept. 10 – City of Hawthorne Memorial Center, Haw-

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Funding partners for West Basin’s greywater workshops include the Water Replenishment District of Southern California and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California who contributed $3,750 and $2,000, respectively, towards the five workshops. Reservations are required for all classes. To register, please RSVP to the South Bay Environmental Services Center at www.sbesc.com/calendar/ workshops/greywater or call (310) 371 -4633. For more information about West Basin and its water conservation programs, please visit West Basin’s water conservation website.


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The following person (s) is/are doing business as: Accounting Career Awareness Program, 5471 Hillcrest Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90043 LA County Registered Owner(s): Ida E. Yarbrough, 5471 Hillcrest Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90043 This business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Ida E. Yarbrough Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 9, 2016 Expires March 9, 2021. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub April 8, 15, 22, 29 ,2016PN

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015290119 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: All Children Unite, 9451 La Salle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047; P.O. Box 6153 Compton, CA 90224 Registered Owner(s): Catherin Anderson, 9451 La Salle Los Angeles, CA 90047 This business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Catherine Anderson Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on November 13, 2015 Expires November 13, 2020. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub December 4, 11, 18, 25, 2015PN

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2016060197 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: Green Works Construction, 8306 Wilshire Blvd, #221, Los Angeles, CA 90211-2304 LA County Registered Owner(s): Timothy Campbell, 8306 Wilshire Blvd, #221, Los Angeles, CA 90211-2304 This business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/01/2012. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Timothy Campbell Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 11, 2016 Expires March 11, 202021. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 2016PN

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2016087516

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2016114341

The following person (s) is/are doing business as: Cool Jack Publishing, 3763 6th Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016 LA County Registered Owner(s): Brian Bently, 3763 6th Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016 This business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Brian Bently Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on April 11, 2016 Expires April 11, 2021. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub April 15, 22, 29 ,May 6, 2016PN

The following person (s) is/are doing business as: Mini Market “De Todo Un Poco”, 735 E. Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90062; 3803 Denker Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90062 LA County Registered Owner(s): Maria Carmen Perez, 3803 Denker Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90062 This business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 5/2015. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Maria Carmen Perez Title: Owner Registrant Signature This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on May 9, 2016 Expires May 9, 2021. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 2016PN

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