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Supervisors pick up two national awards from WeTip

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SAN BERNARDINO

 

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Supervisor Josie Gonzales
Members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors collected two awards from the national crime-fighting organization WeTip during the group's National Conference in Ontario.

Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales was honored as the "County Supervisor of the Year," and First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt received on the county's behalf the "Program Development Award" in recognition of the county's implementation of an illegal dumping enforcement program.

In accepting her award, Supervisor Gonzales commended her fellow board members and WeTip for establishing an innovative partnership aimed at tackling a major issue facing San Bernardino County communities - illegal dumping.

Supervisor Mitzelfelt concurred. "I was honored to receive this recognition from WeTip and I would like to thank WeTip for their partnership in our illegal dumping program," said Supervisor Mitzelfelt.  "Cracking down on illegal dumping is a cooperative effort and WeTip has been an indispensable partner."

San Bernardino County last year developed a comprehensive anti-illegal dumping program that included the adoption of an illegal dumping ordinance, which created new fines and penalties for dumpers, the installation of warning signs and surveillance cameras in problem dumping areas, the creation of a reward program for tipsters, and a partnership with WeTip.

The program recently resulted in the capture of an illegal dumper in Hesperia after a witness called WeTip.  The illegal dumper was caught, forced to clean up the mess and cited for illegal dumping.

WeTip is a national, independent, non-profit organization established in 1972 based on the key idea that many people with information about crime are reluctant to report it due to fear of reprisal. WeTip staffs 24-hour phone lines that take anonymous tips from all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  During its 33-year history, WeTip has logged more than 411,000 tips.

Kerry Legislation Would Remove Nelson Mandela from Terror Watch List

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Recognizing that Nelson Mandela and many members of the African National Congress (ANC) are currently on U.S. terrorism watch lists, Sen. John Kerry today introduced legislation in the Senate to grant the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the authority to waive U.S. travel restrictions on former President Mandela and other members of the ANC. Kerry met with Mandela in South Africa in November 2007, and toured Robben Island, where Mandela was kept for eighteen of the twenty-seven years he spent imprisoned during the apartheid era.

Mandela and his fellow ANC members remain on the list for activities they conducted against South Africa's apartheid regime decades ago. U.S. diplomats, including Secretary Rice, have called on Congress to pass legislation to end this embarrassing impediment to improving U.S.-South Africa relations.

"Nelson Mandela is one of the world's strongest voices for human dignity and courage in the face of oppression. The idea that he'd be on our government's terror watch list is deplorable. No bureaucratic snafu can excuse this international embarrassment, and we need to fix this policy now," said Kerry.

Kerry's proposed reform mirrors the bipartisan House Foreign Affairs Committee bill, sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. John Conyers, Chairman of House Judiciary, and Rep. Christopher Smith.



Ecclesia Christian Fellowship Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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SAN BERNARDINO

 

Ecclesia Christian Fellowship invites the entire community to attend the Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our new "Children's Youth Education Building."  The event will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 1:00 p.m., at 1314 Date Street, San Bernardino, CA  92404. 

This new two-story facility is Phase 1 in Ecclesia's building plan.  The new building will provide space for the church's ever expanding programs and services, and will include regular educational classrooms, specially designed toddler classrooms, resource rooms, space for the youth education ministry, as well as a complete food preparation area.

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BUILDING FOR YOUTH— Workers put the finishing touches on the new Children’s Youth Education Building of Ecclesia Christian Fellowship in northeast San Bernardino. The two-story facility offers classrooms forboth children and toddlers, a youth ministry, resource rooms, and a food preparation area. The Open House and Ribbon Cutting will be on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

Ecclesia Christian Fellowship (ECF) continues to grow and expand its services to both its members as well as outreach to the community.  In addition to several ministries including a special youth outreach ministry that offers positive alternative youth development activities and special events, ECF has provided assistance and support to numerous educational initiative efforts and community based programs for many years.

For more information about ECF or the new facility, please call (909) 881-5551. 

Libraries And Human Development In Haiti Subject Of Symposium June 10

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WASHINGTON, DC
 

FOKAL (Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty) supports 35 community libraries throughout Haiti from Port-Salut to Pestel to Port-au-Prince to Cap-Haitian. From its humble beginnings, it has grown to be an organization that also supports arts and culture programming, has a debate program, and supports grassroots initiatives and water projects. How has this organization impacted Haiti and through its work strengthened the roots of a healthy society?

The Library's Hispanic Division will sponsor a day-long symposium, "Libraries and Human Development in Haiti: The Work of Fondation Connaissance et Liberté (FOKAL)" from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, in LJ 119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Contact Cynthia Acosta at (202) 707-2013, caco@loc.gov.


Allen Chapel Hosts Women’s Conference

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RIVERSIDE

 

Allen Chapel AME Church will present their Women's Conference 2008 on Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. with Keynote Speaker Margaret Rhone, First Lady. The Women's Conference will take place at Villegas Community Center, 7240 Marguerita Avenue, Riverside.

This year's theme is Women of God Called to Service and Commitment.  For more information contact Annette Beh at (951) 682-1429 or Terri Gordon at (951) 242-5797.

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