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Miracle’s Young Adult Entrepreneur Program Brings 8 Small Businesses, 2 Nonprofits to Watts WATTS—The Entrepreneur Educational Center, Inc. (EECI) has released tangible positive outcomes from its pilot “Miracle’s Young Adult Entrepreneur Program” (MYAEP) conducted during this past summer’s L.A.

The MYAEP program is named in honor of 15 year old Watts native Miracle Treasure McGowan, a student at Ánimo College Prep Academy charter school on the David Jordan High school campus. She tragically lost her life in January 2018 to a random gunman while sitting in the family car with her mother who was wounded.

County Parks After Dark (PAD) activities at Ted Watkins ParkComputer Training Center. Following 16 weeks of courses designed to assist and educate multi-cultural entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 and 26 on the ins and outs of how to start or expand a small business in the greatly underserviced community of Watts and surrounding areas. Commencement exercises were held to present 8 new business owners, and 2 nonprofit agencies, sponsored by EECI. During a festive graduation held in the park’s Edna Al-

LEFT TO RIGHT: Vanessa Kontokanis , “Bags, Blessings & Shreds”, Tyranesha Holmes, Royal Hermanes, Matthew Carrillo “Marktown USA –California”, Madisun McNair, “MKM & Associates”, Cimberlyn Noelle Kwan, “Delizioso Italian Soda”, Mark Carrillo, “Gato Grip Tape”, Melvin Farmer, “2 Hungry World”, Ronnise Simmons, “Ambitious Grind Enrichment Programs”, Yat Fung Kwan, “Pearl Chinese Music Radio”, and Tatiana Sweat, “Organic Sauce Apparel” (not pictured). iewine Room, certificates of Completion from 44th District Congresswoman Nanette Barragan were presented to the newly minted entrepreneurs. Local 33 IATSE literally transformed the room into a former

Central Avenue Jazz Club for the event. Activities then moved to the Computer Training Center for a Vendor Faire, so their items could be purchased. Goods and services ranging from apparel to nutrition to entertainment and real

Pipebombs Sent To Several Democratic Figures, Trump Critics By: Ryan Velez CNN has the latest roundup of news regarding the series of intercepted pipe bombs sent to at least seven officials, as well as other critics of Donald Trump and CNN. While none detonated and no one has been harmed as of yet, there is still the possibility of more explosives being out there, and it adds another climate of fear ahead of the midterm elections. Sent to a sent to a mix of office and residential addresses, the five packages discovered on Tuesday and Wednesday had a similar return address, to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz but misspelled. There’s no indication that she sent the packages though. So far, we have a record of bombs being sent to the following people: Barack Obama Bill and Hillary Clinton Eric Holder Maxine Waters Joe Biden George Soros John Brennan Robert De Niro The common link between these names is pretty clear, being critics of Trump and often targets of his rhetoric. An initial examination showed that the de-

vices were rudimentary but functional, and has similar construction. At least one contained projectiles, including shards of glass, a law enforcement official told CNN. Ryan Morris, founder of Tripwire Operations Group, a company that provides explosives training to law enforcement and military officials, said that by examining images of two devices — the one found Monday at Soros’ home and the one sent to CNN’s New York offices on Wednesday — it looked like they were real devices that would cause serious bodily injury or death. “Whoever

is doing this is just trying to elicit a fear or disrupt something,” Morris said. “There are a multitude of more sophisticated methodologies that would have worked if they really wanted this to work.” Despite Morris’s assessment, with political tension at an all-time high, it’s worrisome that someone could even make the decision to get to this point, which is essentially terrorism, albeit failed terrorism. Time will tell exactly who was responsible for this, and whether there are any other similar frightening incidents to come.

estate were displayed. Businesses and services on display were: Mexican and Greek foods by Bags, Blessings and Shreds by Vanessa Kontokanis, Delizioso Italian Soda by Cimberlyn Kwan, Distressed Clothing by Melvin Farmer’s 2 Hungry World, Vintage Organic Clothing by Tatiana Sweat, Real Estate Opportunities by Madisun McNair of MKM & Associates, Non-Profit Community Services by Matthew Carrillo’s Marktown USA and Ambitious Grinds Enrichment Programs by Ronnise Simmons, Skateboards accessories and art by Gato Grip Tape and Mark Carrillo, Womens Hair Tresses by Tyranesha Holmes and Royal Hermanas, and Pearl Chinese Music Station by Michael Kwan. “Introducing the benefits of small business, prepares these young adults to be future business leaders. Being introduced to business, often in high school, is criti-

cal so they can take business courses in college. It opens the opportunity to create employment, and to increase the dollars in the community”, said Barbara J. Stanton, EECI Senior Consultant. “EECI believes the outcomes of its courses will demonstrate the ability of these young adults to identify opportunities, explore their concept’s viability, develop preliminary business plans and become our next leaders in the business world”. Business should be introduced before leaving high school in order to prepare them for real world”, Stanton said. The MYAEP program is named in honor of 15 year old Watts native Miracle Treasure McGowan, a student at Ánimo College Prep Academy charter school on the David Jordan High school campus. She tragically lost her life in January 2018 to a random gunman while sitting in the family car with her mother who was wounded. “Miracle loved her community, was a tireless volunteer at Ted Watkins Park and had her heart set on attending college and using her skills to give-back and improve the neighborhood she grew up in,” according to Park Manager Tenesha Ware. “Miracle and I planned for her to work at the park while she went to college. Everyone loved Miracle, and her family feels that this program will represent the goodness and upward mobility they saw for her future”. EECI is a Watts-based non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1989 by Dr. Richard H. Buskirk, the late world-renowned educator and Director of the USC Entrepreneur Program; Barbara J. Stanton, his Assistant and former USC Program Specialist, and Bernadette G. Robert, a Vice President at Mount St. Mary’s College. EECI is committed to designing and implementing educational and training programs aimed at economic and cultural development in the Watts, Willowbrook, Compton, Gardena, Southgate and Lynwood and Carson. The EECI-Miracle’s MYAEP is sponsored by Well Fargo Bank, Cathay Bank, First Republic Bank, Boston Private Bank and Trust, First Credit Bank, EverTrust Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Jenkins, Gales & Martinez, McDonald’s - Patricia Williams franchisee, Popeye’s Chicken – Ed Rice franchisee, and Local 33 IATSE.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Statement on Suspicious Package WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued the following statement: “I have been informed by U.S. Capitol Police that my Washington, DC office was the target of a suspicious package that has been referred to the FBI. I am appreciative of the law enforcement entities who intercepted the package and are investigating this matter. I unequivo-

cally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”


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Hello Readers, This upcoming Mid-term election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 is important. It is too important not to vote. You are one vote and one vote can make or break a candidate or an initiative to help Black people gain in areas of economic, housing, education and more. I am a voter because I am a taxpayer who are concerned that my tax dollars are used in a fair and equitable manner when it comes to combatting homelessness, small business development and other means of raising one up from poverty as many Blacks are faced with today all the while Blacks are holding position of power to have a voice supposedly to speak on behalf of Blacks. But year after year, we still hear statistics about far Blacks are behind other groups although we show large numbers in voter turn out even with voters suppression, which is wrong as two left shoes. My question is “After the vote, then what is there for Black people besides a seat at the table with no clout or not even a shout about the injustices and unequal distribution of wealth for the masses of Blacks languishing in poverty, homelessness and mass incarceration filling up prisons for corporations?” I’m just saying for us to be mindful of our votes and the value they really hold not just on election day but all through the year. Wake up and stop the show when in actuality Blacks, after the votes, sill have a long way to go. Yes, vote on November 6 but don’t stop there organize and begin to strategize about how you want your politicians spending your billions of tax dollars all through the year. Vote with pride because it was our ancestors who fought, bled and died. VOTE! Tuesday, November 6

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I Will Vote! By Jeffrey L. Boney it. NNPA Political Analyst African Americans must know it and must show it on “I Will Vote!” November 6. Black people must show that we are actually “at That is such an empowering statement, when you the table” and are no longer just “on the menu” come Novemthink about it, especially considering how im- ber 6. portant voting is for Black people at this critical To avoid being “on the menu” as the main course meal time in this country. on someone else’s table, Black people must show up to the The voting rights of Blacks are being targeted and polls this election cycle and make their voices heard. Black threatened every day and those threats have be- people must do this, in spite of the continuous neglect and lack come extremely rampant over the course of the last several of concentration of reaching Black voters through the mediums months leading up to these important midterm elections in a few they are accustomed to by both political parties. Black people weeks. must not rely on others to plead their cause or fight their overall Early voting has begun in battles for them. Black peoseveral states and the shenanigans ple must vote. have also increased. There have The National Newspaper been a number of reports coming out Publishers Association across the country about voter disen(NNPA), which represents franchisement and voter suppression over 200 Black-owned media tactics that are negatively impacting companies across the U.S., African Americans, and it is starhas been focused on registertling. ing 5 million, new Black votIn Georgia, for instance, ers before the midterm elecSecretary of State Brian Kemp, who tions and is working collabois also running for governor against ratively with other national Democratic opponent Stacey organizations to fight voter Abrams, who is African American, suppression and increase has been hit with a federal lawsuit The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), which represents Black voter turnout. after being accused of hampering over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S., has been focused “We want the largest, Black minority voters from registering pri- on registering 5 million, new Black voters before the midterm elections and voter turnout in American working collaboratively with other national organizations to fight voter or to the midterm elections on No- is history,” said NNPA Presisuppression and increase Black voter turnout. vember 6. This is troubling, espedent and CEO Dr. Benjamin cially because Kemp is running for governor, while holding the Chavis. “Voter suppression is taking place, because we’re votoffice responsible for handling the important process of voter reg- ing. But we’re going to overcome voter suppression this year, istration. as this is a payback year for African Americans all over the According to reports, Kemp’s office put approximately country at the polls.” 53,000 voter registration applications on hold because of minor African Americans should use these midterm elections discrepancies, and although Blacks make up roughly 32 percent as a beta test for the 2020 Presidential election and use the reof Georgia’s population, approximately 70 percent of the applica- sults as a tool to make demands and ensure a dedicated seat at tions in Kemp’s office that were placed in this voter registration the head table prior to 2020. In Texas, straight-ticket ballots pending status were those of Black applicants. will go away, so neither political party will be able to take a Back in August, the Forward Times published an ex- lazy approach to proactively educating potential voters on who tremely troubling story entitled, Jim Crow 2018 – Black Voting their candidates are. Rights under Attack in Harris County, highlighting a voter supMore importantly, candidates of either party will no pression tactic that took place where roughly 4,000 eligible Harris longer be able to simply skate in to office on party affiliation County voters, mostly African Americans located in Houston’s alone and must put in the necessary ground work and investhistoric Third Ward, had their voting rights attacked by an inde- ments to make potential voters more aware of their position on pendent operative who used an antiquated Texas state law to le- the issues that matter to African Americans. The Black vote gally challenge their voting status. should no longer be considered a guaranteed vote. The issue of voter disenfranchisement, voter intimidation Choosing not to vote leads to dire consequences for and voter suppression is not new, just like protecting the voting African Americans. rights of African Americans has been an ongoing fight for centuThere is a big difference between being able to choose ries and one that cannot be ignored. Voting matters. Voting makes what you want versus being told what you will get. No one a difference. likes to have things forced upon them. Of course, you could After the Civil War, Black men were elected to the U.S. choose to do nothing, which is still your choice and right to do Congress and the South even elected some Black senators. These so. But, by choosing not to vote, you are in essence being told political gains and the progress made by Black people as a result who you will get to represent you at every level of government of Reconstruction governments in the South, empowered many – local, county, state and federal, as well as what you will get Blacks financially and socially. when it comes to key public policy issues. Those who have Many Southern Whites knew that if they wanted to sought to disenfranchise and discourage African Americans reestablish control and political dominance over Black people in from voting know the importance of voting, as well as the prothis country, they would have to stop Black people from voting by found impact that voting has on representation, political outany means necessary. Thus, the Ku Klux Klan was formed, which comes and critical decisions that must be made on major issues came with a primary focus of taking back the South through voter that impact you. suppression, voter intimidation and voter disenfranchisement. More importantly, those who seek to disenfranchise Fast forward to 2018 and the apple has not fallen too far from the African Americans from the voting process know that whoever tree, as it relates to many of the same tactics being used to disen- holds these political positions of power are able to direct necesfranchise Black people in this country politically through voter sary and critical resources to select areas. They are also able to suppression, voter intimidation and voter disenfranchisement. ensure that select people are appointed to key boards and select It is impossible for Black people to be disengaged politi- positions that have an impact on you. cally, and then hope to get the best treatment, outcomes or results Whether you believe your vote matters or not — and it from the elected officials they failed to engage with while those most certainly does — every Black person will have to adhere candidates were running for their respective seats. to any law that is passed and every decision that is made by the Black people must get engaged and must vote. elected body of representatives who hold every seat. There is However, choosing not to vote at all is a completely dif- absolutely no level of complaining or reactionary response that ferent situation altogether. It is detrimental to the growth of the will change that. African American community. It does not help, it hurts. There is a There are no acceptable excuses when it comes to votquote that is often referenced when describing someone who is ing. Either Black people vote or reap the consequences of not not a part of a major decision that affects them that goes, “If voting. Every Black person should get engaged in politics if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” they wish to bring about change. So, this is your chance to The worst thing African Americans could ever do in the make a difference. Say it – I Will Vote! realm of politics is: Nothing. Now go do it! Cast your vote early or be sure to vote on Have you ever asked yourself why it has been so im- November 6. portant to other people to make it difficult for Black people to Jeffrey Boney is a political analyst for the NNPA Newsvote? Why have so many people and groups poured so much wire and BlackPressUSA.com and the associate editor for the money into getting behind select candidates and political parties? Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey is an awardWhy are people constantly seeking to suppress the vote? Why winning journalist, dynamic, international speaker, experienced would people do anything to steal an election through voter sup- entrepreneur, business development strategist and founder and pression and voter intimidation tactics with an emphasis on disen- CEO of the Texas Business Alliance Follow Jeffrey on Twitter franchising African American voters? @realtalkjunkies. It is because Black votes matter — and everyone knows


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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY NEWS Fun and Accessible STEM Resources for Kids (BPT) - Inspiring kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now could help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that occupations related to STEM are projected to grow 13 percent by 2022 — faster than projections for all other occupations over the same time. Although the need for professionals with STEM experience is growing, a recent survey of U.S. high school students shows that only 24 percent of boys and 11 percent of girls are interested in STEM careers. Research also shows that youth who have extracurricular STEM experiences before graduating from high school are more likely to explore higher education and career opportunities in STEM. To help meet the future demand for tech leaders, private companies are stepping up to help inspire kids’ passion for STEM and develop the next generation of skilled professionals. HughesNet, America’s No. 1 choice for satellite Internet, supports 4-H, America’s largest, positive youth development organization, to give youth across the U.S. the opportunity to engage in STEM activities. Since

2014, the two organizations have worked together to increase youth access to STEM education and, this year, introduced STEM Lab, a free online resource offering exciting, hands-on activities for youth ages 4 to 16. “I found great activities for my kids on the STEM Lab website,” said Tracy Colliton, a mom from Maryland who tried the STEM Lab projects with her preschool-aged daughters. “STEM is exciting when you can teach ideas through hands-on activities that en-

gage all the senses. They loved the Fizzy Foam Fun and Windmill experiments, and I will be on the lookout for the next cool project.” With STEM Lab, parents are empowered to guide their children’s early exposure to STEM, which is proven to increase their chances of pursuing those fields. Each STEM Lab activity includes easy, step-bystep instructions, discussion questions to help guide the experiential learning process and clear explanations of the scientific concepts at work.

In addition, each activity includes a list of supplies, which are mostly basic household items, and a “Messy Meter,” ranging from “clean” to “mega mess,” to help parents plan their budding scientists’ activity. And to keep kids immersed and excited, new projects are added regularly for continual enrichment. “HughesNet wants to ensure that all children, no matter where they live, have access to hands-on, experiential STEM learning,” said Peter Gulla, senior vice presi-

dent of marketing at Hughes. “It is a part of our company’s larger commitment to bridging the technology divide. Kids who tap into their curiosity and enthusiasm for STEM now will grow into the leaders of tomorrow — ensuring our country stays competitive in the global economy and powering our connected future.” Another fun way for kids to get involved in STEM is 4-H National Youth Science Day. Celebrated throughout October, this program centers on the “Code Your World” four-part challenge. “Code Your World” teaches kids and teens with little to no coding experience to apply computer science to the world around them with fun, interactive challenges. For instance, “Code Your Dance,” an unplugged activity, uses the power of dance to teach concepts like algorithms, loops and conditionals. With another activity, “Color Your World,” kids color and create maps to learn about graph theory, patterns and algorithms. Teachers and parents interested in National Youth Science Day can participate online or buy activity kits, which include supplies for up to 10 participants.


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Evangelicals Are Passionate About Politics, But Mostly Open to Opinions of Others By Aaron Earls NASHVILLE, Tenn. -Politics is important for most evangelicals, but not so important that they question the faith of those who vote differently from them. A new survey from LifeWay Research sponsored by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College explored the voting habits and political motivations of three groups of Americans: evangelicals by belief, -identified evangelicals and those who are not evangelical by belief or self-identity. Evangelicals by belief—those who hold to four key theological statements developed by LifeWay Research and the National Association of Evangelicals—were most likely to say politics is at least somewhat important to them (87 percent), with 30 percent saying it is extremely important. Self-identified evangelicals (85 percent) gave similar overall importance to politics. Non-evangelicals (78 percent) are less likely to see politics as at least somewhat important. But few self-identified (23 percent) and non-evangelicals (18 percent) say politics is extremely important. “These numbers show evangelicals have a greater passion for politics than most, which could say something about the issues of our day. Some of the biggest political issues today involve evangelicals, which could explain why they are engaged at a higher level than others,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center. “Evangelicals care for and tend to be involved in the communities in which they live,” Stetzer said. “We have come a long way from 50 years ago, when many evangelicals thought political involvement was worldly.” Four in 10 AfricanAmerican evangelicals by belief say politics is extremely important to them—more than any other ethnicity. Evangelicals by belief and self-identified evangelicals are more likely than nonevangelicals to belong to one of the two major political parties. Among evangelicals by belief, 44 percent are Republicans, 32 percent Democrats and 14 percent independents. Selfidentified evangelicals are slightly less Republican. Forty-one percent say they are part of the Republican party, 32 percent Democratic party and 15 percent independent. Non-evangelicals are more diverse with 23 percent Republicans, 36 percent Democrats and 23 percent independents. The 2016 presidential election Evangelical by belief voters are the most likely to say they felt strong support for their candidate when they voted and are most likely to still feel strong support for that candidate today. Thinking back to 2016, 9 in 10 evangelicals agree they felt strong support for their preferred candidate, with 69 percent strongly agreeing. Little has changed when evangelical by belief voters think about who they voted for in the last presidential election. Today,

88 percent agree they feel strong support for who they voted for in 2016, with 70 percent strongly agreeing. “Given the nominated presidential candidates in 2016, most voters with evangelical beliefs were sure about their choice and few have changed their minds,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Self-identified evangelical voters and non-evangelical voters are less likely to say they felt strong support in 2016 and today. And among evangelicals who voted, most did so for Donald Trump. More than half of evangelicals by belief (58 percent) and self-identified evangelicals (53 percent) cast their ballot for the Republican nominee. Slightly more than a third of evangelicals by belief (36 percent) and self-identified evangelicals (38 percent) voted for Hillary Clinton. A majority of nonevangelical voters (53 percent) voted for Clinton, while 36 percent voted for Trump. African-American voters with evangelical beliefs overwhelmingly voted for Clinton (86 percent), while more than three-quarters of white voters with evangelical beliefs voted for Trump (77 percent). Around half of younger voters with evangelical beliefs cast their ballot for Clinton—47 percent of those 18 to 49. A majority of voters 65 and over who have evangelical beliefs voted for Trump (72 percent). Single-issue voters? Not necessarily. The survey found evangelicals by belief (62 percent) and self-identified evangelicals (59 percent) were most likely to say one of the reasons for their 2016 vote was choosing the candidate with the ability to improve the economy. Close to half those numbers—36 percent of evangelical by belief and 31 percent of self-identified evangelical voters—listed the candidate’s position on abortion as a factor in their vote. Similar numbers said a likely Supreme Court nominee played a role. When asked the most important reason for voting the way they did, again evangelicals by belief (17 percent) and selfidentified evangelicals (18 percent) chose an ability to improve the economy. That was followed by positions on health care and immigration. Few evangelicals by belief (5 percent) and selfidentified evangelicals (4 percent) said abortion was the most important issue in deciding their 2016 vote. And 7 percent of evangelicals by belief and 6 percent of self-identified evangelicals chose likely Supreme court nominees as the most important reason. “In many ways, evangelical voters are a lot like everyone else when it comes to deciding their vote,” said McConnell. “The issues often tied to evangelicals—like abortion and the Supreme Court—are further down the average evangelical’s list of deciding factors, behind topics like the economy and health care.”

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Most evangelicals by belief and self-identified evangelicals say the 2016 election brought to the surface some underlying divisions among Christians. Six in 10 evangelicals by belief (59 percent) and 57 percent of self-identified evangelicals agree the election revealed political divides within the church that have existed for a long time. Younger and ethnic minority self-identified evangelicals are more likely to say those political divides were exposed during the election. Sixty-three percent of those 18 to 34 agree, compared to 53 percent of those 50 and over. African-American (62 percent) and Hispanic evangelicals (64 percent) are more likely to agree than whites (54 percent). Yet, most evangelicals by belief and self-identified evangelicals believe someone in the opposing party can be a devout Christian. Among Republicans, 68 percent of evangelicals by belief and 71 percent of self-identified evangelicals say someone can be a committed Christian and a Democrat. Fewer than a quarter of each disagree—25 percent of evangelicals by belief and 22 percent of self-identified evangelicals. Among Democrats, 74

percent of evangelicals by belief and 77 percent of self-identified evangelicals say someone can be a committed Christian and a Republican. Fifteen percent of Democratic evangelicals by belief and 13 percent of selfidentified evangelicals disagree. When evangelicals encounter someone using biblical beliefs to justify political views that are opposite of their own, few question their political opponent’s faith. Twenty percent of evangelicals by belief and selfidentified evangelicals say they doubt the validity of the other person’s faith. Evangelicals by belief are most likely to say they are hopeful they can find common ground biblically (40 percent), while self-identified evangelicals are most likely to agree to disagree (38 percent) with the other person. “Jesus is not coming back on a donkey or an elephant,” said Stetzer. “We have to acknowledge that people vote for different and complex reasons and that Christians can differ on politics and agree on the gospel.” Other findings in the study include: 59 percent of evangelicals by belief, 61 percent of selfidentified evangelicals and 56 percent of non-evangelicals say their political support should focus on praising or criticizing issues rather than supporting

individual political leaders. 27 percent of evangelicals by belief, 30 percent of selfidentified evangelicals and 34 percent of non-evangelicals say evangelical Christians are too closely aligned with President Trump. 43 percent of evangelicals by belief, 41 percent of selfidentified evangelicals and 27 percent of non-evangelicals say when a leader is making important political decisions they support, they should also support the leader when they say or do things they disagree with. 57 percent of evangelicals by belief and 54 percent of self-identified evangelicals say the goals conservatives achieve under President Trump will last after his presidency. 67 percent of evangelicals by belief and 66 percent of self-identified evangelicals agree committed Christians can benefit from a political leader even if that leader’s personal life does not line up with Christian teaching. In his new book, Christians in the Age of Outrage, Stetzer said he describes how Christians should “gear down the outrage and turn up the mission. We certainly can’t go to war with people with whom we disagree because you can’t be at war with a people and reach a people at the same time.”


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COMMUNITY NEWS Hate Crimes In Los Angeles County Continue to Climb The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) today released its annual account of hate crimes reported throughout Los Angeles County in 2017. The report’s significant findings include the following: There were 508 hate crimes reported in the County in 2017, a 5% increase from the previous year. For the past 4 years, hate crimes have been trending upwards and since 2013 there has been a 32% rise. Fifty percent of all hate crimes were raciallymotivated and they increased 9% from 235 to 256. After declining significantly the previous year, anti-black hate crimes rose 15% from 112 to 129. African Americans only comprise 9% of L.A. County residents but make up 50% of racial hate crime victims (See page 24). African Americans were also over-represented as victims of sexual orientation and anti -transgender crimes. Anti-

Latino/a crimes rose for the third year in a row, from 62 to 72, a 16% increase (See page 24). Latino/as were the most likely of any racial/ ethnic group to be victims of violent racially-motivated crime (77%). Suspects used anti-immigrant slurs in 40% of these cases. Crimes targeting gay men, lesbians and LGBT organizations declined slightly (2%) but constituted 21% of all reported hate crimes. Seventy-six percent of these crimes were of a violent nature, a rate higher than those motivated by race (63%) or religion (20%). 100% of anti -lesbian crimes were of a violent nature There were 101 reli-

gious crimes, the same number as the previous year. They comprised 20% of all hate crimes and 72% were anti-Jewish. For the second year in a row, a record number of anti-transgender crimes were reported (33) and 94% were of a violent nature. The overall rate of violence declined from 61% to 56% but aggravated assaults rose 47%. There were 9 hate crimes reported in which the suspects referenced President Trump’s name. Hate crimes occurred throughout Los Angeles County, but the largest number took place in the San Fernando Valley, followed by the Metro region that stretches from West Hollywood to Boyle Heights. The highest rate of hate crimes occurred in the Metro region, followed by the western part of the county that includes a number of affluent beach cities. “Putting an end to hate crimes is a top priority for the County of Los Ange-

les,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Sheila Kuehl. “We live in one of the most culturally diverse places in the world with more than 200 languages and cultures enriching the region. Hate violence, white nationalism, misogyny, and all forms of intolerance are not welcome here.” “We are extremely concerned that reported hate crimes in L.A. County have been trending upwards for four years in a row,” said Robin Toma, LACCHR Executive Director. “The rise in L.A. County mirrors increases in hate crimes in most major U.S. cities in 2017.” “We are truly alarmed at the continued over -representation of African Americans in racial hate crimes and the extremely high rates of violence directed against gay men, lesbians and transgender victims,” said Commission President Jarret Barrios. To view the complete report, including hate crime maps, graphs and tables, visit the WDACS website or the

LA Human Relations website. About Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services (WDACS) is committed to connecting communities and improving the lives of all generations in Los Angeles County. We provide employment services for adults and youth and work with employers in times of hiring and downsizing. We offer mediation services to avoid court filings. We also investigate abuse claims against older adults and the disabled population. We provide nutrition and other life-enhancing services to older adults. Our Commission on Human Relations is one of the oldest and largest agencies of its kind in the United States. The Commission’s mission is to transform prejudice into acceptance, inequity into justice, and hostility into peace.


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NEWS NBC Cancels Megyn Kelly’s Show After Blackface Controversy By Lynn Elber and Mark Kennedy AP Entertainment Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer news at NBC, was fired from her morning show Friday after triggering a furor by suggesting it was OK for White people to wear blackface at Halloween. “‘Megyn Kelly Today’ is not returning,” NBC News said in a statement. The show occupied the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” program, a time slot that will be hosted by other co-anchors next week, the network said. This Oct. 22, 2018 photo released by NBC shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show “Megyn Kelly Today,” in New York. NBC announced on Friday, Oct. 26, that “Megyn Kelly Today” will not return. (Nathan Congleton/ NBC via AP) NBC didn’t address Kelly’s future at the network. But negotiations over her exit from NBC are underway, according to a person familiar with the talks who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Bryan Freedman, an attorney for Kelly, said in a statement that she “remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing.” He did not elaborate. Kelly is in the second year of a three-year contract that reportedly pays her more than $20 million

This Oct. 22, 2018 photo released by NBC shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show “Megyn Kelly Today,” in New York. NBC announced on Friday, Oct. 26, that “Megyn Kelly Today” will not return. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)

a year.

The show’s cancellation came four days after she provoked a firestorm for her on-air comments about blackface as a costume. “But what is racist?” Kelly said Tuesday. “Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a White person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a Black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.” Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which Whites applied blackface to mock Blacks as lazy, ignorant or coward-

ly.

Kelly apologized to fellow NBC staffers later in the day and made a tearful apology on her show Wednesday. She did not host new episodes of “Megyn Kelly Today” as scheduled on Thursday and Friday. Kelly, 47, made her debut as a NBC morning host in September 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot at “Today” and saying she wanted viewers “to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day.” She did cooking demonstrations and explored emotional topics. She largely floundered with that soft-news focus, and a

pair of awkward and hostile interviews with Hollywood figures Jane Fonda and Debra Messing backfired. Kelly briefly found more of a purpose with the eruption of the #MeToo movement. She made news when interviewing women who accused President Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore and others, as well as women who say they were harassed on Capitol Hill. Time magazine, which honored “The Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year, cited Kelly as the group’s leader in the entertainment field. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences. But strains continued behind the scenes. Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn’t air Ronan Farrow’s stories about Weinstein and allowed Farrow to take the material to The New Yorker. And her ratings have been consistently down from what “Today” garnered in the 9 a.m. hour before Kelly came on board. In its first year, Kelly’s show averaged 2.4 million viewers a day, a drop of 400,000 from the year before. The latest controversy may have tipped the balance. Both NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Today” did stories on her blackface comment, and weatherman Al

Roker said Kelly “owes a big apology to people of color across the country.” A former corporate defense attorney, Kelly made her name at Fox News discussing politics in prime time. During the first GOP debate in 2015, she asked Trump about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Trump later complained about her questions, saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.” Although Kelly may have attempted a fresh start at NBC, she couldn’t always escape her baggage. Many of her former Fox News Channel viewers were upset by her perceived disloyalty in leaving and her clashes with Trump during the campaign. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion. While at Fox, Kelly cultivated a reputation for toughness and a willingness to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Her private testimony about former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances a decade ago helped lead to Ailes’ firing. She also created controversy with her stance on race. In 2013, while an anchor at Fox, Kelly addressed the ethnicity of Santa Claus by saying: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is White.”


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NATIONAL NEWS Former DA’s Bombshell Affidavit Could Clear Bill Cosby By Stacy M. Brown,

NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia

In a brand new court filing on Tuesday, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor confirmed that the civil depositions used to convict Bill Cosby should never have been used at all and the comedian agreed to waive his Fifth Amendment rights and sit for the queries knowing that the documents would always be kept private. And, even if unsealed – as it eventually was – Castor said his agreement with Cosby was that no future District Attorney could use them as a tool to prosecute the comedian. In his bombshell filing, Castor also for the first time publicly acknowledges a longstanding feud between he and Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who presided over Cosby’s two trials, including the second trial that led to Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. With the new information, Cosby’s lawyers immediately filed a petition seeking to get the comedian released from prison. They also renewed calls for O’Neill to recuse himself from the case. Castor reiterated that he didn’t prosecute Cosby because there was no evidence and Andrea Constand had repeatedly

Former District Attorney Bruce Castor: …there was “no question that Cosby relied upon my representation when he submitted to depositions in the civil case related to the allegations made by Constand.” changed her story, did not have credibility and was not reliable. “Before being sentenced for a crime he did not commit, Bill Cosby filed a motion demanding that Judge O’Neill provide a full accounting of his longstanding feud with and bias against Bruce Castor,” Camille Cosby said in a statement issued Tuesday by family spokespersons Ebonee Benson and Andrew Wy-

att.

“The motion explained that Mr. Cosby, after the feud was disclosed in an unsourced tabloid article, retained a former FBI agent to investigate the judge,” Camille Cosby said. “The former agent discovered that there was in fact a longstanding feud between the two that dated back to a 1999 political campaign for DA.”

To prove existence of the feud, Cosby’s team issued subpoenas requiring the testimony of Castor and other key witnesses on September 24, the first day of Cosby’s previously scheduled sentencing. “On September 19, however, O’Neill issued an order denying the request for a hearing and falsely claiming that not once during his tenure as District At-

torney, no one, including Castor, heard him ascribe any type of grudge or prejudice against the former DA, Castor” Camille Cosby said. “The judge’s self-serving order, preventing as it did the testimony of Mr. Castor, successfully kept the truth from being disclosed not only in his courtroom but also in the court of public opinion,” she continued. Camille Cosby retained a former prosecutor from Harrisburg, Pa., Brian Perry, to facilitate her efforts to uncover the truth. Perry has since interviewed Castor, who signed a notarized affidavit confirming O’Neill’s longstanding, deep-seated bias against him. “In 1998 and 1999, as Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney, I campaigned for the Republican nomination for the position of Montgomery County District Attorney against Attorney Steven T. O’Neill, a private practitioner in Norristown, Pennsylvania,” Castor wrote in the affidavit. “In or about January or February of 1999, at the Upper Moreland Township Building in Willow Grove, I engaged in a debate against Steven T. O’Neill,” he said. Castor continued: “At that point, I was not aware that Judge O’Neill was or had been engaged in an extramarital affair with a female Assistant District Attorney employed by the Montgomery Please see Cosby, next page


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS Former DA’s Bombshell Affidavit Could Clear Bill Cosby (Continued from page 8) County District Attorney. At the election debate …the female assistant District Attorney was present. O’Neill oddly seemed distracted, unfocused, and nervous in the debate, despite the fact that as a trial lawyer, he was an accomplished public speaker. “The next morning, I received a call from Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Frank Bartle, who indicated that he had just received a call from Bill Donnelly, a key supporter of O’Neill’s campaign and the political leader of the party that encompassed Upper Moreland Township. “Mr. Donnelly informed Mr. Bartle who relayed it to me that he, Donnelly, thought placing the female assistant District Attorney in the front of the debate to distract O’Neill was playing dirty politics. “I responded that no one on the campaign had anything to do with the female’s attendance at the debate, and that was the first time I learned O’Neill was having or had an affair with the female assistant District Attorney, who worked in my office.”

Comedian Bill Cosby

The feud became real after Castor said he arrived at a political event in Harleysville, Pa., at around 11:30 a.m. He said he exited the event with a number of individuals, including his own wife, Chairman Frank Bartle and his wife, Bill Donnelly and State Rep. Bob Godshall. “Our group encountered O’Neill as he arrived at the event with a woman that I later learned was his wife. I specifically recall Godshall asking O’Neill if the woman with him was his wife,” Castor said. “This caused O’Neill to angrily accuse me, and the entire group, of running a smear campaign and trying

to ruin his marriage and life. I remember O’Neill’s wife saying similar things at that time. They both reacted with what I thought was overly dramatic gestures and language,” he said. “There’s no question in my mind that O’Neill blamed me and my political supporters for raising his marital infidelity in a smear campaign to defeat him,” Castor said. “It is my belief that O’Neill has never forgiven me for this.” Castor went on to describe his relationship with O’Neill over the next 16 years as strained and tense. When O’Neill ruled that Castor couldn’t testify

on behalf of Cosby because the judge claimed the former DA was “not credible,” Castor said he viewed that as an attempt to hurt him publicly and it was a measure of political and professional payback. Further, Castor said there was “no question that Cosby relied upon my representation when he submitted to depositions in the civil case related to the allegations made by Constand.” “Indeed, it strains my credulity that given Cosby’s resources and access to able counsel, there is any other reason but for my representation that Cosby would fail to invoke his Fifth Amendment protections,” Castor said. “Indeed, Constand’s civil counsel, who took Cosby’s

deposition and knew [that] what he had said that was incriminating for a criminal case, never asked me to review it with an eye toward re -opening the Cosby investigation,” he said. Cosby’s attorneys said he should be released immediately. “Mr. Cosby did not violate any conditions of bail and appeared for all required court proceedings,” his attorney wrote in court filings Tuesday. “Subsequent to the jury returning its verdict, as a condition of bail, Cosby was confined to in-house arrest. Again, Cosby appeared for all court proceedings. Mr. Cosby seeks the reinstatement of bail as it existed prior to sentencing.”


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