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Snoop, Waters Highlight Gun Violence By Patrick Gavin Political partnerships come in all shapes and sizes. Try this one on: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and … Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg). The two are set to appear at a roundtable in Los Angeles on Saturday to discuss the effect of gun violence on society. It is hosted by the League of Young Voters and BET and will also feature rapper T.I. and Executive Director of the League of Young Voters Dr. Rob “Biko” Baker. The NAACP Youth & College Division and Casey Family Programs are also spon-
sors of the event. Snoop Lion has been outspoken about gun violence in recent months, including in a song, “No Guns Allowed,” which has become the hashtag (#NoGunsAllowed) for the June 29 event. In a video promoting the event, Snoop Lion says, “I just felt like it was necessary for me to make a record that spoke to the violence, spoke to me wanting to have a good time tonight with no guns allowed, with no guns permitted so that everybody can go home and enjoy tomorrow.”
White House Unveils Measures The rapper and lawmaker team up to discuss the affect of gun violence on society. To Help Inmates Lewis Victory in Congress Taken from Civil Rights Playbook Find Work By Errin Haines Whack, side the Capitol, where he led the Congress for nearly 30 years. The Associated Press "To see him after these crowd in singing "We Shall OverAfter Prison WASHINGTON (AP) many years still sitting-in ... come" and vowed to stage another
Compton City Council Voices Support For Gun Control Measure
By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON—The Obama administration on Friday rolled out a series of education and work training initiatives focused on helping convicted criminals avoid returning to prison. The measures include a program that will link 67 colleges and universities with 141 correctional facilities to provide education and training to about 12,000 inmates. The program will offer federal Pell grants to prisoners, with an emphasis on inmates set to be released within five years of starting classes. "The bottom line is that our communities are less safe when the stigma of incarceration prevents Americans from truly ever shedding their prison jumpsuit," White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said on a call with reporters. "When people leave prisons and can't turn their lives around, they too often end up back behind bars," she said. Other programs unveiled on Friday will offer $31 million in grants for organizations to offer occupational training and apprenticeship opportunities for young adults and more than $5 million to organizations that help inmates prepare for employment. With more than 2.2 million people in U.S. prisons and jails, President Barack Obama has pushed for changes to the nation's criminal justice system as he prepares to leave office. Despite bipartisan support for reform of mandatory minimum sentences for some non-violent federal drug offenders, legislation addressing the issue has stalled in Congress. Jarrett said the White House remains hopeful that criminal justice reform will be approved by lawmakers. "We would like to see those bills move forward as quickly as possible," she said. "We are going to do everything we can to work with members on both sides of the aisle to make sure it comes to fruition." (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Leslie Adler)
COMPTON, CA – The Compton City Council officially joined a chorus of Americans calling for nationwide action on gun control in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. On Tuesday, members of the Compton City Council unanimously voted to support Assembly Bill 1673 (AB 1673), a bill that would expand the definition of a firearm. Initiated by State Assemblymember Mike Gibson, AB 1673 would expand the definition of “firearm” to include a frame or receiver blank, casting, or machined body, that is designed and clearly identifiable as a component of a functional weapon, from which a bullet is expelled. Existing law defines the term “firearm” for various regulatory purposes, including, among others and subject to exceptions, the requirement that firearms be transferred by or through a licensed firearms dealer, the requirement of a 10-day waiting period prior to delivery of a firearm by a dealer, the requirement that firearm purchasers be subject to a background check, and the prohibition on certain classes of persons, such as felons, possessing firearms. “I want to thank Assemblmember Gipson for his leadership on this item and for it to pass so quickly through the Assembly is a great indication of where we are going as a state,” commented Mayor Aja Brown. “I also want to commend our legislators for getting behind this much needed reform.” “This is something that is really going to help all of us here in the state in dealing with the gun violence we have to deal with everyday,” said 4th District Councilmember Emma Sharif. “I really want to thank Assemblymember Gipson for his due diligence in bringing forth this bill.” AB 1673 recently passed the Senate Appropriations and Public Safety Committees and is headed to the floor for debate before a vote.
- Bernard Lafayette was all smiles as he watched his civil rights comrade John Lewis commandeer the floor of the U.S. House for an old-fashioned, marathon sit-in over gun legislation. Lafayette goes back with Lewis to the student sit-in protests in Nashville, Tennessee, to the early days of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Freedom Rides, more than a half-century ago. Now 75 and a professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Lafayette said he was tickled but not surprised that Lewis, 76, abruptly pulled this page out of the civil rights protest playbook so many years after their student activist days - and after quietly representing an Atlanta district in
that's sort of engrained in him, that confidence that direct action can bring about some changes," Lafayette said. Long heralded as the moral conscience of Congress, Lewis did not play by the rules when he rallied fellow Democrats and staged a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor Wednesday and Thursday. There was something about the need to persuade GOP lawmakers to act on gun control legislation that struck Lewis' soul, leading him to launch a rebellion hardly seen in Congress, drawing inspiration from his hero, Martin Luther King Jr. "He taught me the way of peace, the way of love," Lewis said Thursday during a rally out-
sit-in when Congress returns from recess. Democrats say Congress must act to stem gun violence in America in the wake of the mass shootings at an Orlando gay nightclub that killed 49 people and injured another 53. For Lewis' studentmovement cohorts, the strategy was both natural and nostalgic. "I don't think anything like this has happened, ever," said Eleanor Holmes Norton, also a SNCC organizer as a college student, and now a Democrat who been a non-voting delegate representing the District of Columbia in Congress since 1991. "We are in an era of direct action, but no one expects that members of Congress would have to do this. Please see Lewis, page 12
Reps. John Lewis, James Clyburn, Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel speak with supporters outside the Capitol on June 23, 2016, after Democratic House members ended their overnight House floor sit-in. (Photo: Allison Shelley, Getty Images)
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Dealing with Disrespect from Democrats and Republicans By George E. Curry George Curry Media Columnist After last week’s column on how the major presidential candidates snubbed organizers of this year’s National Black Political Convention in Gary, Ind., I received quite a few emails asking: What can we do
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Hello Readers, Change is coming all over the world. In Europe we see a historical breakaway of Briton from the European Union and the Prime Minister Cameron resigning from his position. Prayer is needed in times like these. It appears that all the officers in the Baltimore case of Freddie Gray got a way and will not serve any time for killing an unarmed Black man. This is a mockery when it comes to Black Lives. The question is still does Black lives really matter and if so to whom? There is something wrong with this picture and we need to stay prayed up for what is about to happen in our land. We are seriously in need of God’s leading and direction. We need the Lord and we need Him more now that we have all this turmoil going on in our country and the abroad. We must not get weary but we must keep God first in our lives and trust Him.
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about it? For anyone who may have missed the column, I noted that in an ultimate show of disrespect, each major presidential candidate declined to appear before the National Black Political Convention in Gary, despite it being co-sponsored by the National Policy Alliance, a federation that includes 10 major Black organizations: Blacks in Government (BIG), the Congressional Black Caucus, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, the National Association of Black County Officials, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, the National Black Council of School Board Members, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the National Organization of Black County Officials and the World Conference of Mayors. BIG represents 3 million Black government employees and the CBC says its members represent approximately 43 million people. I pointed out that most Republicans wouldn’t dare insult conservatives by failing to appear before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference and that neither Democrats nor Republicans would decline to show up for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Yet, they don’t think twice before skipping a major gathering of African Americans. And we continue to take it. First, let’s stipulate that standing on the sidelines is not the answer, regardless of how disappointed we may be at the behavior of Democrats and Republicans. Not voting is a vote – a vote against anything approaching a progressive agenda. With the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court hanging in the balance, that alone should motivate us to turn out this fall in record numbers. Second, it’s irresponsible to suggest that there is no difference between the behavior and voting records of Democrats and Republicans. I certainly can identify with the frustration of dealing with liberal condescension, but that shouldn’t blind us to the outright hostility of Republican leaders. Picking the lesser of two evils still leaves us with evil, but not nearly as much evil were Republican polices adopted. Exhibit A is the GOP record in Congress. When the NAACP graded members of Congress on issues important to African Americans, every Republican in the House and Senate received an “F.” Not a D-minus. Not even a D-plus. Voting for them would be voting against our own self-interests. It hasn’t always been this way. Blacks voted Republican from the Reconstruction Era immediately after the Civil War until 1936 when Franklin D. Roosevelt received 71 percent of the African American vote in the most lopsided electoral victory in history.
After Harry S Truman desegregated the military and the federal workforce, he received 77 percent of the Black vote in 1948. Even as late as 1960, Richard Nixon got 32 percent of the Black vote against John F. Kennedy. But the Republican Party grew increasingly anti-Black and no Republican president has received more than 15 percent of the Black vote since Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2012, Mitt Romney received 6 per cent of the African American vote, according to Roper, and Donald J. Trump appears on track to receive less than that. More than a half-century after passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Blacks are still underrepresented in public office. Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report found, “Based on the most recent data, African Americans are 12.5% of the citizen voting age population, but they make up a smaller share of the U.S. House (10%), state legislatures (8.5%), city councils (5.7%), and the U.S. Senate (2%).” And some of that failure rests squarely on our shoulders. As the report noted, ” …In 2014, when there was great unrest over a police officer’s killing of Michael Brown, African Americans made up 67% of residents of Ferguson, Missouri. In 2012, a solid 100% of Ferguson precincts went for President Obama, but during Ferguson’s municipal off-cycle elections voters selected Ferguson’s Republican mayor and six city council members, all of whom except one were white.” But the problem is larger than that. Essentially, we provide the margin of victory for Democrats year after year and often get little or nothing in return. So back to the original question: What can we do about it? Since my days as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the 1970s, I have advocated a simple and yet powerful step: Pick one local office, say comptroller or city treasurer, and vote Republican and Democrat in alternate elections. Because Blacks vote overwhelmingly in favor of Democrats, I would vote first for the Republican candidate. It wouldn’t be long before both Democrats and Republicans fall over themselves courting Black voters. And if that fails to capture their attention, then move to a second city office or a statewide contest. If this happens at the local level, national party leaders would take note and do everything without their power to avoid a shift of loyalty at the national level. Until we show that we will make politicians pay on Election Day, we will continue to get disrespected by both major parties. George E. Curry is President and CEO of George Curry Media, LLC. He is the former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA). He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at twitter.com/currygeorge, George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook, and Periscope. See previous columns at http://www.georgecurry.com/columns.
Ken Bridges’ Birthday is June 24th. We Call It Ken Bridges Day By James Clingman “On October 11, 2002, we lost a great Black leader to an assassin’s bullet. Who was he? Stop reading right now and see if you can answer. If you cannot, then you are one of the reasons I am writing this article. While this is my annual dedication to him and his family, I also dedicate it to those who did not know him and those who have no knowledge of his lesser known assassination, but an assassination nonetheless, and the impact it had upon Black people. We are quite familiar with famous Black men who were killed by assassins, but there are others who have died in that same manner and for similar reasons who are not celebrated, not remembered, and not memorialized. This brother falls into the latter category; he died during that well-known protracted period of chaos, fear, and confusion in and around our nation’s capital. Emerging from that period was that ominous moniker, “The DC Sniper,” which has since been dramatized on TV. The sniper(s) became more familiar to us than any of those they killed and remain in our psyche today, but their victims are slipping from memory. There should have been a movie about the victims, and in this case, especially about the one to whom this article is dedicated; but maybe one day, huh? Another dear friend, Bob Lott (Philadelphia), is just the right person to produce it. The man I am writing about, and I emphasize, “Man,” is Kenneth Bridges. He sought no accolades, even though he did some of the most important work in economic empowerment since Marcus Garvey. He was humility personified, despite being a Wharton School of Business graduate and one of the most intelligent persons around. He did not seek the spotlight, even though his message of self -reliance should have been blasted over all media, especially Black media. Ken refused to allow his spirit to be crushed by negativity, irrespective of the mountain he was climbing and the stiff winds of change he faced daily. (Working for our people is very difficult and trying.) He met sacrifice head-on, despite having six children and a loving wife at home, by traveling across this country to spread the gospel of economic empowerment. And Ken never met a stranger; he was known for his bear-hugs and loving persona, always smiling, always encouraging, always ready to help, and always teaching.
I continue to write about this giant because everyone should know who he was and what he did. Just as we know about more prominent brothers and sisters who fought for economic freedom, we should know about Ken, and we should teach our children about him. He is the proper example of leadership for young people, thus, the title of this article, “Building Bridges.” Let me pause here to mention and give honor to Brother Muhammad Nasserdeen, who also died on October 11th (2007). Great leaders serve; they don’t consider themselves higher than others; they are not intimidated by the initiative and intelligence of younger brothers and sisters; rather they always try to create other leaders by duplicating themselves. Great leaders know and accept the fact that one day they will have to give up the reins of leadership, so they are in a constant mode of developing new and younger leaders to take their places. Great leaders build other leaders, and if there is one leader in whose image and memory we should build it is Ken Bridges. We must build more “Bridges” in addition to the Bridges children who had a father who taught them well, raised their consciousness, and put them on the path he pursued. If you paused at the beginning of this column and could not answer the question, then you have learned something very important, and I have done my job. Now it’s up you to tell someone else, to educate your children, and expose them to a true Black leader, Ken Bridges, and the work he did. Our children need to be connected with Ken’s children; they are the future leaders who have the consciousness to do the right thing for all the right reasons, as Ken demonstrated during his relatively short life. The likes of Claud Anderson, Bob Law, Rosie Milligan, and others are still working hard to bring Black folks out of the darkness of economic despair and dependence; we should get to know and appreciate them now while they are still with us. Do some research on your own to find out who they are, and take the opportunity to work with and support them. The ball’s in your court Black America. If you’d like to see a video of Ken, go to my website, Blackonomics.com, click on videos, and share the love that exuded from Ken Bridges for his people. Then, as Ken would fondly say, “Let’s Get Busy!” (Note: Just before publication of this article I learned that Dr. Walter Lomax (Philadelphia), a close friend, mentor, and supporter of Ken Bridges and his family, passed away. Now October 10th will always be just as significant as October 11th.)
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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY NEWS U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Race-Based College Admissions By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON— The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the consideration of race in college admissions, rejecting a white woman's challenge to a University of Texas program designed to boost the enrollment of minority students. The court, in a 4-3 ruling written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, decided in favor of the university and turned aside the conservative challenge to a policy intended to foster racial and ethnic diversity on campus. The ruling ended an eight-year legal challenge to the affirmative action admissions system used by the University of Texas at Austin brought by Abigail Fisher, who was denied a place in 2008.
A demonstrator holds a sign aloft as the affirmative action in university admissions case was being heard at the Supreme Court in Washington, December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Affirmative action is a policy under which racial minorities historically subject to discrimination are given certain preferences in education and employment. Instead of a retreat on affirmative action that Fisher and her conservative backers had sought, the court endorsed race-based admissions for diversity. Fisher said the university denied her admission in favor of lesser-qualified black and Hispanic applicants in violation of the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. Kennedy, a conserva-
tive who has previously voted against university affirmative action, was joined by three of the court's liberals in the ruling. He said that "it remains an enduring challenge to our nation's education system to reconcile the pursuit of diversity with the constitutional promise of equal treatment and dignity." In the Texas case, the challengers had failed to show that the university could have met its needs with another process, he said. Kennedy noted that the school "tried and failed to increase diversity" through other race-neutral means. University officials contend that having a sizable number of minorities enrolled exposes students to varied perspectives and enhances the educational experience for all students. The justices upheld a 2014 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that had endorsed the school's "limited use of race in its search for holistic diversity." President Barack Obama's administration backed the university in the dispute. "I'm pleased that the Supreme Court upheld the basic notion that diversity is an important value in our society and that this country should provide a high-quality education to all our young Please see Affirmative, page 12
Michael Say, “ Enjoy Summer” By Israel Matthews
Hello readers Michael wants you to enjoy your summer. He said he is looking forward to doing some great things like traveling, going to the museum, to Vacation Bible School at his church and he especially want to see some of the great summer movies. Michael loves watching television but he has to brush up on his golfing skills because he plans on getting a golf scholarship to go to college. He is excited about getting back to his lesson from his teacher Teresa Thornton. She is a fabulous teacher and Michael invites anyone who wants to learn about the game of golf this summer to contact Ms. Teresa. Michael is so excited about his upcoming birthday in July and he has big plans to have a good times with is friends. Michael want everyone to remember to be safe and to be careful over the summer. He said that he also want to help out doing some volunteer work maybe in a senior citizen home or maybe helping his grandmother out at the office. God Bless you:-)
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Southern Baptists Renounced Confederate Flag During Annual Meeting By Zenitha Prince From the AFRO.COM (AFRO)—The Southern Baptist Convention, which was founded as a pro-slavery denomination and is the largest Protestant church in the United States, recently passed a resolution renouncing the Confederate flag during its annual meeting held June 14-15 in St. Louis, Mo. The resolution punctuated a focus on racial reconciliation during the convocation that included the election of a 2017 Committee on Nominations comprising 25 percent ethnic minorities groups and a panel discussion on “racial unity in America” featuring Jerry Young, president of the historically African American National Baptist Convention, USA. The meeting’s emphasis on this issue acknowledges the growing diversity in the church— more than 20 percent of the denomination’s congregations are now predominantly non-White and more than 50 percent of new Southern Baptist churches are mostly composed of minority members. “We recognize that the Confederate battle flag is used by some and perceived by many as a symbol of hatred, bigotry, and racism, offending millions of people,” the resolution read. William Dwight McKissic Sr and Confederate Flag
William Dwight McKissic Sr., a Black pastor out of Arlington, Texas (left), and Confederate Flag (right).
William Dwight McKissic Sr., a Black pastor out of Arlington, Texas (left), and Confederate Flag (right). The resolution as originally proposed by William Dwight McKissic Sr., a Black pastor out of Arlington, Texas, included language acknowledging those who fly the Civil War rebel flag out of a sense of history and “heritage.” The Convention voted to strike
that text, however, adopting stronger language in an amendment by former SBC President James Merritt, who said the church’s support of the divisive symbol hindered evangelism among African Americans. “Southern Baptists are not a people of any flag,” he reportedly told convention delegates. “We march under the banner of the cross of Jesus and the
grace of God.” The final measure cites the shooting of nine members of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston a year ago and asks convention members “to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole Body of Christ, including our African-American brothers and sisters.”
Russell Moore, who leads the denomination’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, praised the convention’s decision in a blog post following the vote. The flag, he said, had long been a symbol of “domestic terrorism” against Blacks and went against the moral underpinnings of Christianity. “It’s not often that I find myself wiping away tears in a denominational meeting, but I just did,” the acclaimed theologian, ethicist and author said of the vote. “Does this change the game as it applies to the crushing issues of racial injustice around us? Of course it does not. But at the same time, we cannot dismiss this as just about symbols. Symbols matter.”
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HEALTH & COMMUNITY NEWS 10 Ways To Be More Active During the Workday (BPT) - We're sitting too much and it's dangerous. The average American spends more than seven hours sitting every day, and the more time you sit, the higher your risk of serious, potentially life-threatening health problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, what can you do about it? Fortunately, there are simple changes you can make during the day - anywhere, even at the work place - to improve your wellness and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. As part of the American Diabetes Association's(R) Wellness Lives Here(SM) initiative, the Association encourages everyone to get active for National
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people regardless of their background," Obama said at the White House. "We are not a country that guarantees equal outcomes, but we do strive to provide an equal shot to everybody," Obama added. Civil rights groups hailed the ruling, saying such programs provide a foundation for achieving equality throughout U.S. society. Conservatives said the ruling endorsed discrimination based on race. The university admits most freshmen through a program that guarantees a place to students in the top 10 percent of their Texas high school graduating classes. It uses other factors including race to admit the remainder. Fisher was not in the top 10 percent of her high school class, and the university disputed whether she would have gained entry under any circumstance. The justices had considered Fisher's case in June 2013. But rather than rule on the program's constitutionality then, they ordered the appeals court to scrutinize the Texas policy more closely. 'THE WIDER WORLD' The university's president, Gregory Fenves, praised the decision and said race continues to matter in American life.
"We must make sure all of our students are able to excel in the wider world when they leave campus - educating them in an environment as diverse as the United States is one of the most effective ways to do so," Fenves said. Writing in dissent, Justice Samuel Alito described the university's program as "affirmative action gone wild" because of the way it can benefit minorities from wealthy backgrounds. He said that while the universityâ€™s stated goals are laudable, â€œthey are not concrete or precise, and they offer no limiting principle for the use of racial preferences." Joining Alito in dissent were Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Elena Kagan, who was U.S. solicitor general in the Obama administration when it backed the university in lowercourt litigation, took no part in the decision. Fisher, now 26, graduated from her secondchoice college, Louisiana State University, and now works as a financial analyst in Austin. "I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has ruled that students applying to the University of Texas can be treated differently because of their race or ethnicity. I hope that the nation
will one day move beyond affirmative action," Fisher said in a statement. Edward Blum, a conservative activist who engineered Fisher's challenge, said racial classifications and preferences are among the most polarizing policies in America today. "As long as universities like the University of Texas continue to treat applicants differently by race and ethnicity, the social fabric that holds us together as a nation will be weakened," added Blum, president of the Project on Fair Representation. Blum has separately challenged the 1978 Supreme Court precedent that first allowed affirmative action, with new lawsuits against Harvard and the University of North Carolina. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Will Dunham)
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NATIONAL/STATE & REGIONAL NEWS Lewis Victory in Congress Taken from Civil Rights Playbook (Continued from page 1) This is the kind of thing our constituents do to get our attention." Shirley Sherrod, a SNCC organizer who worked on behalf of black farmers in south Georgia, pointed out that Lewis' direct action spoke more to the nation's desire for its elected leaders to do something about the deadly mass shootings that keep happening. "It wasn't just about what was happening on the (House) floor," Sherrod said, noting that people quickly gathered outside the Capitol as the protest wore on. "It brings the rest of the nation into the struggle. When you're dealing with situations where people don't seem to care and don't want to listen, you have to use what you have." And that refusal to listen, Lafayette explained, is what makes nonviolent direct protest necessary. He drew parallels between the congressional stalemate over guns and the climate from the mid-1950s into the 1960s, when blacks fighting for equality felt they couldn't get the attention of their government or the public. "The purpose is to get people to sit down and talk with you," Lafayette said. "Otherwise, they don't respect you or think that you have any power." "I did not anticipate coming to Congress to sit literally on the House floor, but that's what it took to raise this issue up," Norton said. "The opponent in this case, my Republican colleagues, appear just as intransigent as our opponents in the days of segregation." Norton said she got word of the possible protest Wednesday morning. Before long, Lewis and roughly a dozen Democrats had taken the floor, disrupting legislative business with demands for a vote on a proposed gun bill, and
The United States Democrats have ended their sit-in protest over gun control after more than 24 hours occupying the Congress.
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Trump Praises Supreme Court Immigration Decision U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday praised the Supreme Court's decision on immigration that blocks President Obama's plan to shield thousands of illegal immigrants from deportation. "Today's 4-4 Supreme Court ruling has blocked one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President," Trump said in a statement.
refusing to leave. "We have turned a deaf ear to the blood of innocents," Lewis exhorted at one point. "We are blind to a crisis. Where is our courage?" News outlets and social media quickly began buzzing about the events unfolding on the House floor - the exact response needed to tug at the public's conscience and elicit change, Lafayette said. "This is a way of showing to them the urgency of the situation. This is the way we brought about major change in the past," Lafayette said. And as any civil rights veteran knows from experience, the fight is only beginning. "It's not a quick thing," said Sherrod. "But it helps to highlight the problems in a way that they haven't been highlighted before. It would be no less than I expected from people like John Lewis." "He is just known for this kind of activity," Norton said. "He was willing to take the blows that come with being on the front line. John Lewis was beat up badly. Because of his nonviolent discipline, he was willing to somehow take that and not retaliate. He's quite an amazing disciple of Martin Luther King Jr."
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According to the Washington Post, “Lebron James has moved past Michael Jordan in post-season value over replacement, a box score estimate of the points per 100 possessions that a player contributed above a replacement-level player. In other words, James, despite not winning as many championships as Jordan, is the most valuable playoff player of all time.” The newspaper also reports that he is “arguably the most clutch player in NBA history” and has “two of the top three performances ever recorded in the NBA Finals.” All of this is now being said as James and the Cleveland
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Democrats staged a 24-hour sit-in on the House floor in an effort to force a vote on gun control. (Photo: John Lewis/Zuma Press/Newscom)
Cavaliers celebrate coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win the 2016 NBA Finals championship. During the entire finals series, James scored 208 points, grabbed 79 rebounds, and had 62 assists. He also became the third player to have a triple-double in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, and his 29.7 points per game now stands as the highest scoring average by a player on the winning team in the Finals since 2010, when Kobe Bryant scored 28.6 points per game against the Celtics. On top of all of that, James fulfilled his promise to Cleveland fans that he would bring a home a championship – something that hadn’t happened for a major sports team in the city of Cleveland in 52 years. Even more James can now claim 5 of the 13 games ever played, in which a player had at least 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are the only two players to have more than one. Charles Barkley, Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd and James Worthy have the others. Jordan has none.
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“Faith, Family and Global “ Highlighted Low-Budget Moving at 7th Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival Hauling & Delivery Service By Ricky Richardson LOS ANGELES— Don’t ever allow anyone to tell that they are bored, there is nothing to do. This past weekend, June 18-19, 2016, there were three culturally enriching events that were vying for my time. Due to time constraints, I stopped by Leimert Park Village, near Crenshaw and Vernon for the 7th Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival. The festival was held on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, 2016. This year’s theme was “Faith, Family and Global Future.” This was a free festival of family fun featuring African American theme activities in the Game Corner such as bid whist, spades, bones and chess and an old school Soul Train line honoring Don Cornelius and honoring the late great Whitney Houston. The festival also featured fashion shows, live entertainment of jazz, spoken word,
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PUBLIC NOTICES & BUSINESS DIRECTORY Notice of Claim Notice is hereby given that the real property located at 4155 2nd Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90008, and further described herein, is subject to claim by Beautify LA, community association. Beautify LA hereby certifies and declares, to all persons who may have an interest, that proceedings have commenced to claim custody of the real property, legally described as: The South 45 feet of Lot 199 of Tract 2195, in the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, State of California, as per map recorded in Book 22 Page 148 of maps, in the office of the County Recorder of said county. Together with all rights, title and interest in and to that certain community oil and gas lease now of record. Beautify LA has inspected this property and has found it to be indecent and offensive to the senses, injurious to health, and a continuing nuisance that affects the entire neighborhood. Beautify LA reserves the right under California law to abate this nuisance, by taking appropriate action to remove said nuisance(s) without committing a breach of the peace. Beautify LA shall be authorized to perform yard cleanup, hauling of debris, and overall general site improvements to establish adequate security of the property. This Notice of Claim shall serve as public notice to all persons interested in this matter, and shall take effect thirty (30) days after this publication. If you claim an interest in the real property, or any personal property located therein, you must, within thirty (30) days, provide a verified claim of interest. This claim must state the nature and extent of any interest you hold in the property. If your claim is not timely received, Beautify LA will declare the property described in this notice to be forfeited, and the property will be considered abandoned, right to possession terminated, and all remaining personal property will be disposed of according to California
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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
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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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