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Return Rogers and Jordan-Davis to Office

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I remember going to Perris to read meters for Southern California Edison, the area was just a blip on the map and Blacks were not a part of the political landscape.

Those times have changed and many people can take credit for the areas growth and the full participation of Blacks as elected officials in the government.

Some of the most recent individuals are City Councilmember Rita Rogers and Virniecia Green Jordan- Davis, president of the school board. These individuals can be credited with providing strong leadership to rapid growth areas with all of the many issues that come with it; such as budget constraints, racial issues, transportation congestion and over crowded classrooms.

Rita Rogers is seeking re-election to the Perris city council and deserves your continued support. She helped guide the city from near bankruptcy and now boasts a budget reserve of nearly $6 million dollars. No easy feat with the state and federal over-budget spending. She has done a tremendous job in getting the city to partner with churches and schools.

In addition she has helped foster better relationships between law enforcement and the Black and Hispanic community. She has accomplished this while making sure businesses have expanded and that recreation for our young people does not go lacking. She gives a lot of credit to her faith and late campaign manager, Rev. Marvin Brown, who passed away this week.

Virniecia Green Jordan- Davis deserves your vote to return her to the Perris School Board of Education. She is one of the hardest working community activists in the entire region. Never at a loss for words, she fights hard for the children of the community regardless of status or race. When the board is not in session Virniecia is still hard at work for children in one project after another.

You will find her before the Board of Supervisors speaking on behalf of youth or in the summer coordinating kids to attend the Bill Picket Rodeo. She frequently makes trips to Sacramento lobbying the California School Board to put pressure on legislators for more money for schools. One thing you have to admire about Virniecia is she does not know how to accept no for an answer when she wants something for kids.

We recommend yes votes for Rita Rogers and Virniecia Green Jordan-Davis.

Rev. Marvin Brown gone but not forgotten

I received word on Tuesday morning that my longtime spiritual and political friend, Rev. Marvin Brown, had been called home and I’m sure greeted with the familiar words, “welcome home thy good and faithful servant, welcome home.” Marvin and I spent many hours working together in the A. Philip Randolph Institute on Mount Vernon Ave. with Albert Casey and the organized labor unions seeking equality in the trade unions.

Rev. Brown was a go getter and eager beaver when it came to fighting for the civil rights of Blacks. He was also equally committed to spreading justice as Christ would do as he served in the Inland Empire Ministerial Alliance under the leadership of Rev. William Jacks. He suggested to Rev Jacks that I attend all of their meetings and provide coffee and donuts for their monthly meeting since I was serving on the school board of education.

To Marvin Brown your denomination did not matter as long as you were committed to Christ. Your race did not matter as long as you were committed to Christ. Your sex did not matter as long as you were committed to Christ. Your age did not matter as long as you were committed to Christ. Rev Brown was a key member of my political campaigns until he accepted the pastoral position at First Missionary Baptist Church in Perris.

However our relationship did not stop as we worked on various community issues together such as the U. S. Census with Congresswoman Maxine Waters and discrimination issues brought to the NAACP. Our latest venture together was the election of Marion Ashley to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

I had never met Ashley but because Rev. Marvin Brown was his Campaign Manager and wanted us to meet, I knew I had better meet him. I was not sorry for having taken the time to meet another friend of Marvin Brown. He is gone but will not be forgotten because the evidence of his work will remain as a reminder of his presence with us.

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