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Senator Wolk, Assemblyman Cedillo Give Hope to Small Non-Profit Fundraising

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By Celes King IV

Legislation introduced by Senator Wolk and Assemblyman Cedillo brings a real opportunity to the often overlooked community organizations to raise needed funds. Larger organizations with name recognition draw the majority of the donations leaving small local non-profits scrambling to keep alive in this age of massive government budget shortfalls. Many of these local groups are focused to provide their communities with needed services that are rarely provided by the large organizations. This bill will allow small organizations to participate in a cooperative manner. It provides these small organizations with the ability to function in a fashion similar to a large organization while maintaining their individuality. This will provide the opportunity to raise significant dollars through recreational bingo. Remote caller bingo is currently a popular fun way for people to contribute to their own community in a social environment. This is accomplished by using modern technology to bring many smaller groups together as one in the comfort of familiar community social settings. This is accomplished with a central remote data transmission point. This wonderful way of supporting needed services to our many marginalized communities, in this time of constantly reduced availability of services, gives a huge boost directly to the organizations providing services and ensures their survival. Many programs funded by the state have either been drastically reduced or eliminated. This void in many cases is being filled by struggling local groups and as Senator Wolk says “...remote caller bingo is helping non-profit charities fund programs and services that have historically been covered by the state…”

This legislation SB 340 is currently in the Assembly having passed through the Senate without difficulty. However, there seem to be forces in the Assembly being influenced by special interest groups to prevent this needed legislation from going to the Governor for approval. There are some rumors in the air, from various sources, that the Appropriations Committee and /or the Speaker’s Office are being influenced by the Gaming Commission, strange, aren’t they are heavily influenced by the Indian gambling interests. Could it be that now they have used full scale gaming to improve their communities they would be the cause of other marginalized communities not being able to fund services. I would hope that is not the case. If it is, many small organizations across this state want their needed support rather than opposition. Marginalized minority community non profits and their populations are coming together to support this legislation. It is a large step in the quest for self sustainability of services for child care to low income working mothers, tutors to prevent drop outs, healthcare education and services, food supplements, senior citizen care, veterans assistance, homeless care and housing, organized recreation activities for youth, employment assistance programs, remedial education programs including GED preparation. This bill provides the opportunity for the grassroots private sector Non Governmental Organizations to support and build sustainability in their communities.

Celes King IV, is the Vice Chairman, of the Congress of Racial Equality of California.

Relationship Novelist Inspires High School Students to follow their Dreams

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By Lea Michelle Cash

 

On March 9, 2012, twenty special students at Bob Murphy Community Day School in Rialto received an inspiring visit from guest author Sheryl Mallory Johnson coordinated by the nonprofit organization The Brightest Star, Inc.

The student’s visit began with a roundtable discussion on dream building.  There were several dreamers in the room with aspirations of becoming an astronaut, a doctor, a psychologist, a musician, hairdresser, teacher and horror film screenwriter.  But, the precious moments belonged to the aspiring writers to which there were several in the room.   They listened carefully and sent a myriad of questions to the relationship novelist who was excited to share her story and life experience with the kids.

Johnson took the long route through life to accomplish her dream of becoming a writer.  She was a good student, graduated from high school, and went to college.  She received a Bachelor and a Master’s degree.  She became a social worker and worked in the San Diego Child Welfare division for many years.  However, something was missing in her life.  Something that gave her passion and drive—something that gave her purpose. So she returned to her childhood dream—that delivered all those things.   She turned simply to writing.

At first, she just wrote screenplays then she made the switch to writing fiction novels.  Novels that explored the human spirit and the things African American people do in relationships.  In time Johnson wrote several popular books and has become a creative voice in contemporary fiction, providing book coaching and novel writing to aspiring authors.  She loves to speak with high school students. In 2009, she wrote a young adult novel, “L.A. Summer” which she discussed with the students.  Last year, this young adult novel was voted by Conversation Magazine to be the best top 50 summer reads for teens.  The novel explores three teenagers. One dying to escape from small town living in Texas and gets the opportunity to spend the summer in South Central Los Angeles with her rowdy and protective best friend.  The third best friend in the trio has freedom issues with a mother who gives her no freedom.  The teen’s collaborative efforts lead to a summer unlike no other, providing life changing experiences they will remember forever.

The Bob Murphy students held onto Johnson’s every word. The teens asked repeatedly “where can we get the book?”  At the end of the visit, Johnson surprised the students with their own personal copy of “L.A. Summer.” The current novel written by Johnson for adult readers is Love & Regrets.   This novel exposes the relationship struggles of commitment and the human capacity to rise above hatred and revenge, and the power of love and kinship.  This novel can be found at Barnes and Nobles or ordered on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Briefs

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Youth Art Exhibit

Imani Christian Cathedral is hosting “Developing 2 Destiny Youth Art Exhibit” a collaboration of young voices expressed through canvas, photography and poetry; creating a vibrant atmosphere that examines their present while formulating their future.

March is Youth Art Month. The entire community is invited to support this one day art fund-raiser featuring bold and exciting artwork from today’s young artists and influential visionaries.

The special guest is Maurice Slaughter. Slaughter has been doing art since the age of 6, and is currently working on a Bachelors degree in Animation.

Developing 2 Destiny Youth Art Exhibit will be held on March 4, 2012 at the Twenty Miles East Gallery located at 558-A West Second Street, Pomona, California. Art demonstration starts at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit is from 2 – 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Ticket cost will be applied toward your art purchase. Refreshments will be served.

IM INC, Free Music Lessons! Free Music Lessons

Inter-Prevention Meaningfully Intercepting The Negatives Toward Children, will start free music lessons for Rialto Unified School District youth only, starting March 3, 2012, from 8:00 – 12:00 P.M., applications will be accepted on March 3rd, at Werner Elementary School, 1050 West Rialto Avenue, Rialto, Hughbanks Elementary School, 2241 North Apple Avenue, Rialto and Kucera Middle School, 2140 Buena Vista Drive Rialto.

Free lessons will be on the electric guitar, electric bass, piano and drums from instructors with over twenty-five years experience on each instrument.

If you are interested for your child, who must be a Rialto school student grades 3rd through 12th, please register them in person on March 3rd, at any of the above school sites. No phone calls will be taken by IM INC.

Rev. Dennis Morgan Brown, is the Program Administrator and Founder.

Share Electric Bill Assistance Available For Eligible City Of Riverside Residents

(Sharing Households Assist Riverside Energy) is a program of Riverside Public Utilities to assist qualified low-income residential electric customers with their utility bills and deposits. The program is administered by Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside), and it is supported by voluntary contributions by Riverside Public Utilities customers.

SHARE funds are available to Riverside households who meet the Federal poverty income guidelines. Annual household income ranges from $16,335 for one person up to $44,985 for six persons in the household. Qualified customers are eligible to receive assistance of $150.00, once a year, toward the electric portion of their utility bill.

Assistance is provided to walk-ins from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at CAP Riverside, 2038 Iowa Avenue, Suite B-102, Riverside, CA 92507. The Utility Assistance office is located at the right rear of the Summit Business Center.

The following documents are required when applying for SHARE: valid photo I.D, Social Security card, birth certificate, current (within the last 4 weeks) proof of income for all household members or an award letter, and current (within the last 4 weeks) Riverside Public Utilities bill or an urgent notice.

To view income guidelines and download an application, visit www.capriverside.org For more information, please contact (951) 955-6478

Mount Moriah Baptist Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Mount Moriah Baptist Church will be celebrating their 50th Church Anniversary Sunday, March 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m., 18991 Mariposa Avenue, Riverside, CA 92508. Our theme this year is “Our Church: Making A Decree To Have The Lord With Us.”

Genesis 39:2-6, 21. We have done our best to make this event more special by making this a two-day event. Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. will be our Gospel Explosion Concert featuring gospel groups, choirs, and soloist with songs to praise God and fill our hearts. For more information, please contact the church office at (951) 780-2240 or Mozzell Brown at (951) 689-2265.

Community Briefs

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Youth Art Exhibit

Imani Christian Cathedral is hosting “Developing 2 Destiny Youth Art Exhibit” a collaboration of young voices expressed through canvas, photography and poetry; creating a vibrant atmosphere that examines their present while formulating their future.

March is Youth Art Month. The entire community is invited to support this one day art fund-raiser featuring bold and exciting artwork from today’s young artists and influential visionaries.

The special guest is Maurice Slaughter. Slaughter has been doing art since the age of 6, and is currently working on a Bachelors degree in Animation.

Developing 2 Destiny Youth Art Exhibit will be held on March 4, 2012 at the Twenty Miles East Gallery located at 558-A West Second Street, Pomona, California. Art demonstration starts at 1:30 p.m.

The exhibit is from 2 – 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Ticket cost will be applied toward your art purchase. Refreshments will be served.

IM INC, Free Music Lessons! Free Music Lessons

Inter-Prevention Meaningfully Intercepting The Negatives Toward Children, will start free music lessons for Rialto Unified School District youth only, starting March 3, 2012, from 8:00 – 12:00 P.M., applications will be accepted on March 3rd, at Werner Elementary School, 1050 West Rialto Avenue, Rialto, Hughbanks Elementary School, 2241 North Apple Avenue, Rialto and Kucera Middle School, 2140 Buena Vista Drive Rialto.

Free lessons will be on the electric guitar, electric bass, piano and drums from instructors with over twenty-five years experience on each instrument.

If you are interested for your child, who must be a Rialto school student grades 3rd through 12th, please register them in person on March 3rd, at any of the above school sites. No phone calls will be taken by IM INC.

Rev. Dennis Morgan Brown, is the Program Administrator and Founder.

Share Electric Bill Assistance Available For Eligible City Of Riverside Residents

(Sharing Households Assist Riverside Energy) is a program of Riverside Public Utilities to assist qualified low-income residential electric customers with their utility bills and deposits. The program is administered by Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside), and it is supported by voluntary contributions by Riverside Public Utilities customers.

SHARE funds are available to Riverside households who meet the Federal poverty income guidelines. Annual household income ranges from $16,335 for one person up to $44,985 for six persons in the household. Qualified customers are eligible to receive assistance of $150.00, once a year, toward the electric portion of their utility bill. Assistance is provided to walk-ins from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at CAP Riverside, 2038 Iowa Avenue, Suite B-102, Riverside, CA 92507. The Utility Assistance office is located at the right rear of the Summit Business Center.

The following documents are required when applying for SHARE: valid photo I.D, Social Security card, birth certificate, current (within the last 4 weeks) proof of income for all household members or an award letter, and current (within the last 4 weeks) Riverside Public Utilities bill or an urgent notice.

To view income guidelines and download an application, visit www.capriverside.org For more information, please contact (951) 955-6478

Mount Moriah Baptist Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Mount Moriah Baptist Church will be celebrating their 50th Church Anniversary Sunday, March 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m., 18991 Mariposa Avenue, Riverside, CA 92508. Our theme this year is “Our Church: Making A Decree To Have The Lord With Us.”

Genesis 39:2-6, 21. We have done our best to make this event more special by making this a two-day event. Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. will be our Gospel Explosion Concert featuring gospel groups, choirs, and soloist with songs to praise God and fill our hearts. For more information, please contact the church office at (951) 780-2240 or Mozzell Brown at (951) 689-2265.

Upcoming Black History Month Events

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The 33rd Annual Black Culture Festival will be held Saturday, February 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  at Pomona Public Library.

Fontana Art Association, Celebrating Black History Month will be held from February 1 until March 25, 2011. For more information about classes or showcases, please visit arts.fontana.org or call (909)823- 6036.

Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: the Journey to New York City. San Bernardino County Museum presents a touring exhibit thru February.

MORE INLAND EMPIRE EVENTS

Feb. 24 - Black History Program - Janet Goeske Center
Feb. 25 - Black Heritage Celebration - Banning
Feb. 25 - Black History Parade - Perris
Feb. 25 - Black History Parade - Palm Springs

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