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Harlem Globetrotters Bring Summer Clinics To Los Angeles Area July 5 through July 29

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Summer Clinics coached by Globetrotters stars expanding across the country

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their widely popular Summer Clinics – in partnership with fitness club industry leader, 24 Hour Fitness®– to the Los Angeles area for more fun on the court with the only clinics coached by Globetrotters stars.

Each day consists of three separate, two-hour sessions – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“It doesn’t matter what skill level you are, every kid will have a blast at our Summer Clinics,” said Globetrotters star Dizzy Grant. “What could be more fun than to be coached by the Harlem Globetrotters? We bring joy to the game unlike anyone else.”

At the Harlem Globetrotters Summer Clinics, kids will:

  • Spend two fun-filled hours with their friends being coached by Globetrotters stars.
  • Learn more than just the fundamentals, as the Globetrotters emphasize how to be a good teammate on and off the court.
  • Find out just how much fun basketball can be for kids of all skill levels.
  • Leave with an official clinic certificate, personalized nickname and ticket voucher to the Globetrotters’ 2015 North American Tour (valued up to $40).
  • Have a photograph and autograph session at the end of the clinic.

Clinics are open to boys and girls of all skill levels, ages 6-12. The registration price is $69 per two-hour session, but those who register by March 17, 2014, will save $15 per registration. For more information, and to find the nearest clinic, visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com/clinics.

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New Study: California Banks Buy Little from Minority-Owned Businesses

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SAN FRANCISCO – California’s largest banks buy few goods and services from minority-owned businesses, reports a new study from The Greenlining Institute, released this morning in San Francisco. In a state where people of color make up 60 percent of the population, banks obtained less than eight percent of the goods and services they procured in 2012 from businesses owned by African Americans, Latinos, Asians or Native Americans.

ESCAPING THE OLD BOY NETWORK: The Banking Industry and Supplier Diversity is the first study to ever examine in detail the degree to which banks with the largest California market share contract with diverse-owned businesses.

”Banks are a key engine of our economy, purchasing over $51 billion in goods and services in 2012,” said Greenlining Institute Economic Equity Director Sasha Werblin. “It should not be considered acceptable that their supplier networks so completely fail to reflect the diversity of California.”

Key findings of the report include:

  • Entrepreneurship is essential to the health of communities of color. Minority business enterprises (MBEs) outpaced the growth of their counterparts between 2002 and 2007. When MBEs do business with major institutions like banks, they generate wealth and create jobs in their communities, but these firms still face challenges breaking through “old boy networks” and obtaining contracts.
  • Banks are major purchasers of goods and services, and thus a huge potential engine of economic activity. In 2012, the participating banks in this report spent over $51.05 billion on goods and services.
  • Nationwide, contracting with minority business enterprises was nominal, with median spending at just 5.96 percent of total contract dollars and ranging from 3.46 percent to 8.37 percent. Bank of America was responsible for nearly half of all total dollars spent with MBEs.
  • California MBE contracting was only slightly better, and pales in comparison to the state’s diverse population. The banks’ 7.72 percent median spending with diverse businesses fails to represent a state that is 60 percent people of color. Only five banks currently track state-specific spending in substantial detail, and many with substantial California market share do not.
  • Currently, no uniform standard exists for how to measure banks' investment in supplier diversity, making "apples to apples" comparisons impossible. The federal Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion should create standard reporting regulations to create transparency and assist the financial sector, advocates and small businesses as they work together to improve opportunities for minority business enterprises.

SEIU to Hold Black History Events in San Francisco

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The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1021 will have 2 Black History Month events in February. The first event will be held on Feb. 27 at the SEIU 1021 office. The event will include food, music and a presentation on the challenges facing San Francisco residents and members.

The organization will also hold an event on March 29, "Wealth and disparities in the Black Community What's Next?".

The event will: Raise awareness of wealth gaps in the Black community, discuss problem solving ideas concerning violence, mass incarceration, workers rights in the workplace, Out-migration report, living wages, create a dialogue and partnership with SEIU 1021 leaders and much more. Board of Supervisors Malia Cohen and David Campos will also be on panels.

This event is open to everyone. RSVP at 1-877-687-1021 or by email brendabarros@rocketmail.com or hopereservation@yahoo.com.

More than 440 Events Planned Throughout California in Honor of "School Choice Week"

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This week is School Choice Week in California and across the country. More than 440 events are planned across the Golden State, in addition to 5,500 events nationwide.

The Week, which is the nation’s largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity, gives students, parents, and teachers in California a chance to raise awareness of the different types of educational options available to families in advance of the 2014-2015 school year. Events across the state will include rallies, school fairs, roundtable discussions, open houses, and parent information sessions.

National School Choice Week spotlights all types of education options for families, including traditional public schools, public magnet schools, charter schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling.

In addition to raising awareness of school choice options in California, the Week also provides students, parents and teachers with an opportunity to call on leaders in Sacramento to expand access to high-quality education environments for children.

“California families know that when parents have the freedom to choose the best schools for their children, great things happen,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “Student achievement increases, graduation rates rise, and children are better prepared for real life.”

Said Campanella: “We hope families across the state will use National School Choice Week as an opportunity to learn more about the educational options available to their children, and to begin researching schools for the 2014-2015 school year. If families want to switch schools, January is the time to start the search process.”

The Week officially kicked off at a major rally Saturday night in Houston, Texas. Today, students wearing National School Choice Week’s signature yellow scarves will ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

U.S. Chamber to Host "Hiring Our Heroes" Job Fair for Veterans, Military Spouses in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with lead sponsor University of Phoenix, will host “Hiring Our Heroes – San Diego,” a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses. More than 25 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America's biggest employers to dozens of small companies from the region. The event will also include a free "Hiring Our Heroes" employment workshop that features one-on-one mentoring sessions on resume building, job search tools, and interviewing techniques for all jobseekers.

Since "Hiring Our Heroes began" in March 2011, more than 1,500 companies have hired 21,600 veterans and military spouses as a result of more than 660 hiring fairs. In March 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Chamber Foundation, and Capital One launched Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. Thus far, more than 1,400 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 361,000 heroes toward this goal. To date, 240,000 hires have been confirmed toward this goal. Interested job seekers can register for free at hiringourheroes.org. Walk-in job seekers are allowed (veterans must provide proof of service).

This hiring event is being held in partnership with the U.S. Army Reserve, the Department of Labor's Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the California Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, and other local partners.

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