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Members of the Parliament of Ghana to visit USA

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This week, delegates from the Parliament of Ghana West African will visit Southern California. In response to a invitation from Mission Africa 2000 Inc, a nonprofit Christian organization based in USA & Ghana West Africa. Members of Parliament have agreed to come and thank Mission Africa and its partners for their joint efforts. Founder Dr. Kodjoe Sumney and the Mission Africa Team have taken over seven hundred Americans from all backgrounds to Africa for humanitarian and mission work. Mission Africa, together with other local churches, has collaborated with the Parliament of Ghana in the annual National Prayer Conference for the past six years on African Union Day.

According to the founder, Dr. Kodjoe Sumney; “The recent visit of President Barrack Obama to Ghana was very fruitful, there was much positive dialogue, and President Barrack Obama stated he wants more of Ghana. “Dr. Sumney stated “Ghana wants more African Americans and other nationalities to come to Ghana.”

On September 11, 2009, at 9:00 AM local elected San Bernardino officials and delegates of the Ghana Parliament will meet for breakfast to have dialog regarding business & humanitarian opportunities that are available in Ghana West Africa.

On September 12, 2009, at 11:30AM delegates of the Ghana Parliament (Parliamentary Christian Fellowship) will attend the annual Mission Africa Bridging the Gap Banquet and Conference Hosted by Pastor Larry Weaver at Atherton Baptist Church, 2627 West 116th St. Hawthorne, California.

On September 13, 2009, at 6PM, Pastor Chuck Singleton will host the ‘’Mission Africa Bridging the Gap Unification Thanksgiving Service’’ at Loveland Church located at 2970 Inland Empire Blvd in, Ontario, California.

An invitation is extended for this special event to all churches, general public and persons

of all walks of life, to come and join us to bridge the gap and rebuild Africa. For more information on the upcoming Bridging the Gap Banquet and Thanksgiving service, contact Mission Africa Executive committee at 951-500-2609 or 909-238-6891 or visit us on the web at missionafricainc.org. email us at missionafricaincorporated@yahoo.com

Kaiser Riverside offers Free "I Can Cope" Class For Cancer Patients

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Kaiser Permanente of Riverside is offering a series of free “I Can Cope” classes for cancer patients and caregivers, covering various aspects of cancer treatment and recovery. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of medical professionals.

The upcoming sessions are: “Managing Side Effects of Illness and Treatment” on Friday, Sept. 11 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Kaiser Riverside in Medical Office Building 2, Room MC 1C-D. Speakers will be Robin Green, MSN, OCN, RNP-C, and Melanie Honeywell, RD.

“Exploring Self-Esteem and Intimacy, and Communicating Concerns and Feelings” on Friday, Sept. 18 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Kaiser Riverside Medical Office Building 2, Room MC 3, 3C-D-E. Speakers will be Andy Jang, MD, and Elvira Pan, LCSW.

“Mobilizing Resources and Support” on Friday, Sept. 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Kaiser Riverside in Medical Office Building 2, Room MC 3C-D-E. Speakers will be Jerry Arnold-Bell, RN, American Cancer Society, and Kathi McIntyre.

I Can Cope is a free educational program, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Riverside in partnership with the American Cancer Society, aimed at providing empowering information for cancer patients and their loved ones.

The classes are facilitated by medical professionals. Each class highlights a different topic relevant to the cancer experience to enhance knowledge and skills, and empower participants to cope more effectively with the challenges that living with cancer can bring.

For questions at Kaiser Riverside, contact Elvira Pan, LCSW, at (951) 353-4755. For the American Cancer Society, call (800) ACS-2345, or visit www.cancer.org anytime.

Mayor Loveridge Announces Free Movie Tickets for Riversiders

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Round up the kids and go to the UltraStar Cinemas in Riverside to see a free movie as part of a recently announced Grated Family Film Program.

Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge has partnered with UltraStar Cinemas to provide free tickets to family friendly G-rated films which run every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Fall at 10:30 am at the UltraStar Cinemas in the University Village Center.

Riverside residents can pick up a maximum of 4 free passes, (each pass is valid for 2 admissions to a Kidtoon film, a $2.50 value per person), at the Concierge Desk in City Hall, or at any Riverside branch library. The tickets are available on a first come-first served basis and can be used anytime during the duration of the program, which debuts on Saturday, September 5 with Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails. Subsequent months will feature different films.

“In view of our region’s difficult economic circumstances, I am proud to partner with

UltraStar Cinemas to offer free tickets as a way for families to enjoy this fun, safe entertainment option,” said Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge. “As the City of Arts & Innovation, and recently recognized by the national organization Kaboom as a ‘Playful City USA,’ Riverside officials are constantly searching to provide residents with opportunities for fun and affordable entertainment.”

Alan Grossberg, an executive at UltraStar Theaters explains, “While there are 40 million kids under the age of 12 nationwide, only 3% of theatrical films are G-rated. The Family Film Program will bring in G-Rated films on a monthly basis to fill the growing need for parents to provide a safe, fun entertainment option.”

Additional information about the Kidtoon Films can be found at www.ultrastarmovies.com/kid toons.asp. Riverside’s City Hall is located at 3900 Main Street, Riverside, CA, 92522, and the location of branch libraries can be viewed at www.riversideca.gov/library.

The Life of Col. Joseph Powell Remembered With Military Honors

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By Cheryl Brown –

“A giant has fallen,” said Pastor Gerald Penick, President of the So. Eastern Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. And a life was well remembered at a top military service for Col. Joseph Powell.

About 1600 people spent time honoring a man who gave to God and country through his service as a pastor and leader in the military as Chaplain.

U.S. Senate Chaplain, Barry Black preached his eulogy and Major Andrew R. Harewood, United States Army Deputy Pentagon Chaplain directed the service. It was military and it was holy. There were few seats to accommodate late comers and the program progressed on. Those making comment were those who knew him.

Not a passing knowledge of him but a deep knowledge of what made him the man that he was. The men who honored him one after another said that he was the reason for them being in the military and he was the reason they themselves had the rank. He had diverse relationships: husband, father, brother, dean, solider, chaplain, read Dr. Tina Robinson, head of Living Legends. She and Victoria

Watts read the acknowledgements from civil rights organizations, the Bermuda Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist and from close friends.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. whom he fought the battles of legal segregation over, said everybody can be great because everyone can serve. Powell’s work was great because he served,” they read. As she finished she saluted the casket and said, “Col. Powell you are dismissed.”

It was Chaplain Harewood who said as a teenager he would see Captain Powell in the inspirational stories in the books they read in Bible Study. That planted an indelible image in his mind.

Dr. Calvin Rock, (ret.) Vice President of North American Division of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, talked about Powell’s loyalty. He was loyal to his home church in Baltimore, MD, to country, to troops, colleagues, students, super loyal to his family most of all he was loyal to his Lord,” said Rock.

Chaplain Black spoke of the sadness he felt when he heard of his mentor’s death.

“Powell used to come to Oakwood College in his uniform, crisp and sharp,” he said. He said they were both from Baltimore and he felt that he came to the campus just to see him and to encourage him. It was his nurturing spirit that helped to lead Black into the ministry and the military. “He mentored me and others,” he said. Chaplain Black said that he led a life service and after he retired he was willing to go to Oakwood College to be the chaplain there. He served the purpose of God not the life of himself.

Chaplain Black recalled the story of when he asked for permission to get involved with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the desegregation movement; he was told that racial segregation will be here as long as the end of time. “He got involved and served his generation,” said Chaplain Black. Chaplain Black spoke of the ability to articulate and make his verb and subject agree, and how his ability to speak helped level the playing ground. He had the military asking “are there any more like you where you come from?”

The military was segregated when he came along.

Speaking directly to Powell’s wife Alice he said, “we would not be military chaplains without your husband, without his sustained performance. Chaplain Herman Kibble would not have been the first Black Adventist Chaplain on an Aircraft Carrier.

“Had it not been for him I wouldn’t have been an Admiral, had I not been an Admiral I wouldn’t be the U.S. Senate Chaplain. I owe it to my mentor,” said Chaplain Black.

Delbert Baker, President of Oakwood College made mention of Black’s priorities.

“I thought about the funeral of (Ted) Kennedy (going on at the same time) and that Chaplain Black was on program. But he came here,” he said. In a word Harewood told Black Voice News after the service of Black coming even with the pressing service of Kennedy: priorities! It’s what you are and who you are and he knew his priority. He made the right choice,” said Harewood.

“He did what he had to do. They could get by without him,” said Sgt. William Farmer.

Chaplain Washington Johnson, a Navy reservist and Editor of the Messenger Adventist Magazine said of Black’s decision. “He is a tremendous leader that believes in service. He inspired me to greater service that service is leading others to Christ,” said Johnson.

As the service was being planned and the military took over the planning, Lt. Col. (Ret) Bill Howe, told Black Voice News, “The music will make you want to walk right into heaven,” Howe is a member of the church and was a close friend of Powell’s.

On Monday in a solemn service Col. Joseph Powell went into his rest at Riverside National Cemetery until Jesus Christ comes again.

Kamala Harris, Cali's Next Top Cop?

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By Chris Levister –

She’s brilliant, she’s ambitious, she’s tough and she’s unlike anything you’ll see on Law & Order. They call Kamala Harris the ‘female Barack Obama’ and lately a lot of people from Oprah Winfrey to President Barack Obama are singing the praises of the woman who wants to be California’s next attorney general.

With a 90 percent conviction rate super star prosecutor Kamala Harris made history in 2003 when she was elected California’s first African-American female district attorney.

“Law enforcement has such a direct impact on the most vulnerable members of our society and I wanted to be at the table when the decisions are made that affect them,” says Harris.

Kamala Harris is mixed race, thus her current position gives her three firsts — she is the first female District Attorney to be elected in San Francisco; the first African American elected as District Attorney in California; and the first Indian American elected to the position in the United States.

If she has her way in 2010, she would be breaking even more glass ceilings.

She would be the state’s first female Attorney General and the first, in decades, who started out in the trenches as a courtroom prosecutor. She was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term in November 2007.

Harris was born in Oakland, California, her parents both professors were active in the Civil Rights Movement and instilled in Kamala a strong commitment to justice and public service.

That commitment led Kamala to Howard University, one America’s oldest Black universities and then to Hastings College of the Law. She was raised with her sister Maya in Berkeley by their mother Dr. Shyamala Gopalan, a breast cancer specialist.

DA Harris believes it is her duty to nurture the next generation of young women who dream of following in her footsteps.

“My mother who was a very strong influence in my life always said ‘Kamala you may be the first to do many things but make sure you’re not the last’.”

Harris is a strong advocate of identifying and implementing strategies for reducing gang violence and victimization. Two weeks ago, the Democrat, a long time friend of President Obama and a very early supporter of his presidential campaign got a boost in her bid for California’s top cop.

Harris was picked for a star role at the National Conference on Gang Violence Prevention and Crime Control, where she discussed her “Back on Track” low level drug offender re-entry initiative and anti truancy work.

She was part of a select group of mayors, district attorneys including San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris and San Bernardino County District Attorney A. Michael Ramos, academics, criminal justice experts and violence prevention experts – including U.S.  Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama Administration drug czar Gil Kerikowske.

“Many cities in California are facing vicious and growing gang activity, and across the nation communities are being held hostage by gang-related violence. I’m honored to be a part of the national strategy to combat this serious issue,” she said.

“She lights up a room the way then little-known Barack Obama did when he gave the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.”

That’s Jose Medina, delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and co-founder of Obama Riverside, the formidable grassroots organization that helped propel Mr. Obama to the White House. Kamala, Medina says is among a new crop of young, Democratic professionals – ‘bright, fair, and tough as nails’. Though Harris has generated controversy and made a few formidable enemies in law enforcement circles, she has remained firm in her opposition to the death penalty and is unafraid to stand down the likes of those involved in sexual exploitation of children, corrupt cops and parents whose children are truants.

“I’m especially proud of creating a child assault unit dedicated to prosecuting those kinds of cases because I can see the impact it has on children, families and society in general,” said Harris.

Harris also has boundless ambition, as a candidate for state Attorney General in 2010, she hopes to bring her “smart on crime” approach—which has resulted in a marked increase in homicide clearance rates in San Francisco to one of California’s most important and visible offices.

“I’ve spent my entire professional life in the trenches as a courtroom prosecutor. And I can tell you from the frontlines, we need tough new ideas for strengthening our criminal justice system in California. As Attorney General, I will fight for all Californians – from distressed homeowners to families whose neighborhoods are under siege. With the cooperation of state, federal and local officials we can fight street gangs, go after subprime lenders and others responsible for the financial crisis.

We can fundamentally reform our prison system,” said Harris.

She would replace Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, the former Oakland mayor and California governor, who is expected to run for governor in 2010.

“It takes a lot of guts to stand up for what you think is right in the political world, especially when faced with high-level pressure,” said Medina.

Spring 2010, Medina and Obama Riverside co- founder Linnie Frank Bailey hope to bring the Harris excitement to Riverside believing people need to be reminded that there are many more shining stars like Barack Obama out there.

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