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Blue plate lations ongratu C to the The 2009 Graduates SPRING/SUMMER 2009 EDITION AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER 2009 LONG BEACH BRANCH NAACP ACT-SO TEAM and PROGRAM he Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics ACT-SO is a major youth initiative of the NAACP. Founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist, Vernon Jarrett, ACTSO provides a forum through which African-American youth demonstrate academic, artistic, and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes. ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. The program is supported by the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders; serving as mentors and coaches they help stimulate academic and artistic excellence among Brandon Jenkins and his photography African-American students. There are 25 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts. This fall and winter, prospective students will be teamed up with coaches in their appropriate categories in order to sharpen their skills for the spring local competition.The gold medal winners of each category will compete in July 2009 at the national ACT-SO competition being held in New York, New York. T 2009 ACT-SO Team 2009 Long Beach Branch ACT-SO Team Caption ACT-SO member Auriel Armstrong & E’mon E. White waiting for audition Simmie Sims, Filmmaking • Tarah Marshall, Music: Instrument Classical • Joann Charles Smith, Music: Vocal Contemporary Auriel Armstrong, Oratory • Auriel Armstrong, Original Essay Ariana Cambell, Photography • Brandon Jenkins, Photography William Taylor-Dancy, Poetry • Simmie Sims, Dramatics Emily Pearson, Entrepreneurship • Ashia Keyes, Dance E’mon E. White and Brandon Jenkins at 2009 Local ACT-SO competition President’s MESSAGE The guest writers for this month’s President’s Message are Michelle Guerrero, Long Beach Branch NAACP Intern - graduate of California State University, Fullerton & Adriana G. Stumpo, Long Beach Branch NAACP Intern - graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. An Advocate for Civil Liberties Written by Adriana G. Stumpo Naomi Rainey, NAACP Long Beach Branch President My name is Adriana Stumpo, I just recently graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz and now I’m a Grad School Intern for the Long Beach Branch NAACP. Coming from a background in which both of my parents are immigrants, my father was born and raised in Northern Africa and my mother is from Ecuador, I’ve always been interested in civil rights and how minorities are affected by socioeconomic policies. As a little girl, I remember when both of my parents would tell me about the race discrimination they experienced in the workplace. My father moved to the United States when he was 19 from Libya and soon joined the United States Air Force, United States Army Reserve, and the Air National Guard. While in service he endured constant harassment because of his Italian accent and ethnic name. In spite of this, my father eventually became Technical Sergeant (E-6 rank), (continued on page 2) Turning Rebellion into Revolution Written by Michelle Guerrero itnessing injustice in the world can be very daunting for a young person. Sometimes powerless and without the means of protection or knowledge of how to improve a situation, youths fall into the ugly side of society. The trick about injustice is how to confront it; for some, rebelling may be the answer, for others, silence and a tight jaw. All the times we allow our jaws to become tight without speaking out, we let another injustice slip by. Each time we rebel but don’t speak out, we draw attention but not change. If you identify a problem and want change, you must be the change. Let your jaw loose, revolt against oppression, and fight for Michelle Guerrero your rights or the rights of others. During my 18 months of interning with the Long Beach Branch NAACP, I have come to understand the disparities that marginalized groups face in the Long Beach community. Perhaps a low-income student needs funds to buy textbooks, a minority artist (continued on page 2) NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID LONG BEACH, CA. PERMIT NO. 282 NAACP-LONG BEACH W Blue plate P. O. Box 1594 Long Beach, CA 90801 PAGE 2 LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS between society’s short falls and the road to socioeconomic advancement. My involvement with the NAACP was the first step to becoming an advocate for human rights, and speaking my voice was the first step to becoming an activist, a lifelong struggle I have committed myself to. You can choose to become an active member in the NAACP in your community whether it’s participating in youth programs, becoming an adult member, or a volunteer; change comes from you and the impact you want to have on the community. As I close one chapter in my life to start a new one, I find myself facing new horizons. This summer, I will officially conclude my internship with the Long Beach Branch NAACP, but the experience will always stay with me. My endeared boss, Naomi Rainey, a woman I consider very brilliant, will always remain a hero in my heart, as well as a former educator, an entrepreneur, and an extremely generous philanthropist. She has inspired and empowered me as a young woman to use my voice to speak out for revolution just as she does, even when standing alone. Turning Rebellion (continued from page 1) needs visibility, or a youngster wants to learn the delicate task of sailing. The Long Beach Branch NAACP provides such programs to develop our youth into academics, professionals, and lifelong learners. The ACT-SO program helps showcase and honor the talent of minority youths all over the nation, with alumni such as Halle Berry and Kanye West. We are proud of the incredible talent gifted students in the Long Beach community possess and we know their futures will be bright. The NAACP also has a youth and college chapter to embrace students interested in civil rights and help foster their activism. All the efforts and contributions made by these groups is completely volunteer work. At the Physical Fit and Focus camps, students learn how to sail, golf, and play tennis, but don’t let this fool you as simply a physical activity. These students also learn about diversity and teamwork, lifelong character building lessons that broaden the minds of young people. In June, the branch hosted a Wealth Empowerment seminar, a program spanning over 13 years, to aid members of the community in taking control of their finances. Financial responsibility is always important, but especially important during these economic times. We wish to reach out to youth in the Long Beach community now so they may become financially literate at an early age. When Marcella Byrd was killed, a mentally ill woman who was wrongfully shot by Long Beach police, the branch became dedicated to enforcing a law that requires a specialist to intervene to prevent unnecessary violence when altercations arise involving the mentally ill. The branch continues to track relative cases to ensure that the rights of the mentally ill are protected. During the Bixby Knolls case, the branch remained calm and investigated thoroughly. In the aftermath, I learned that the NAACP has bylaws and constant training in race-related issues. It became apparent to me that only after a careful investigation with proof of discrimination will the NAACP attribute a crime to racism or classify it as a hate crime. In 2008, the Long Beach Branch was selected to monitor Washington Mutual’s banking practices and protest the unscrupulous nature of predatory loans. The NAACP found that these practices were widely based on race and demanded that people be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. The NAACP acts as an advocate for minorities by recognizing disparities and working to bridge the gap The NAACP Celebrates Centennial On February 12, 1909, the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, a multiracial group of activists that included Ida WellsBarnett, W.E.B. Du Bois and Mary White Ovington, issued a call for a national conference on the Negro question. From that meeting in New York City, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was created. Now on February 12, 2009, the NAACP will commemorate 100 years of advocacy, reforms and inroads toward equal opportunity. The NAACP Centennial Celebration will include a national gala and awards celebrations in Los Angeles and New York City as well as a range of commemorative products. Nationwide, NAACP local branches will host dinners, programs and special events for the NAACP Centennial Celebration. “It’s a great honor to be involved with the NAACP and be an heir of the contributions made through the blood, sweat and tears of this organization,” said Brock, vice chairman of the NAACP board of directors. When elected in 2001 at age 35, she was the first woman and An Advocate (continued from page 1) which historically has been the second most difficult rank to achieve, and was honored for his 23 years of service. Despite the hardships my mother endured because of her Spanish accent, my mother pursued her dream and just last year finished her Ph.D. She taught me the true value of education and has always supported my decisions to continue studying. She now spends most of her time volunteering at the local Juvenile Delinquent Detention Center to promote education to inner city youth who have been involved with gangs. The way in which I was raised has given me a different perspective on how I view social and political issues, especially concerning unrepresented minority youths. Carl Schurz, a German revolutionary with a moral conscience once said, “From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.” The actualization of our own rights and freedoms is indispensably fundamental in order to grant rights to others. I have already gained many useful experiences from working with such dedicated civil rights activists and working for such a progressive organization. I’m currently working on the newsletter, working on fund developments, and addressing civil rights complaints. For the past week I have been reviewing many scholarship essays and have been touched by a number of them. All of the applicants demonstrate a true understanding of the importance of education, and a true dedication to not just helping themselves by furthering their careers and setting high goals, but by also helping others. It has been an honor to read such (continued on the right) youngest person in the organization’s history to hold that post. At NAACP branches nationwide on February 12, there will be NAACP birthday celebrations featuring oral histories, photo exhibitions, panel discussions and more. Former NAACP Executive Director Benjamin L. Hooks, who headed the civil rights organization during the NAACP’S 75 th Anniversary, is also a member of the Centennial Committee. “Most people who know about the anniversary are happy that we were able to survive and serve the whole nation, particularly minorities, for 100 years,” said Hooks. The things that the NAACP has accomplished are beyond measure.” Reprinted from The Crisis Magazine Publisher: NAACP-LB Branch Editor: Naomi Rainey Asst. Editors: Adriana G. Stumpo Michelle Guerrero Writers: Adriana G. Stumpo Michelle Guerrero Intern: Trevon Williams Photography: Clarence Long 562.426.4767 Graphic Designs: Greene Graphics Studio 562.427.3968 email@example.com Fax: 562.427.9145 Literary Sources Include: Crisis Magazine Long Beach Times Long Beach Press Telegram Long Beach View Executive Director’s Newsletter NAACP National News Daily 49er moving and touching essays written by passionate students. It is also a great experience working with such a remarkable person such as President Naomi Rainey who has taught me that there is no limit to what the NAACP can do, and she really strives to live up to that motto. She has developed modern and inspiring programs that enhance the city of Long Beach, and she relentlessly helps everyone she can. Naomi really knows how to reach out to people, helping those she can, and touching many lives in a positive way. LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS PAGE 3 Long Beach NAACP Law Day Program in Conjunction with YOUNG LOGAN Law Firm KEESAL, YOUNG & LOGAN Law Firm NAACP Careers: Law Day This year’s program was held Thursday May 1, 2009 from 6-8 PM at the law firm of Keesal, Young & Logan, 400 Oceangate, Long Beach, CA 90801. Law Day was created in the late 1950s by the American Bar Association to draw attention to both the principles and practice of law and justice. Over 120 students from Jefferson Middle School, Renaissance High School, Cabrillo High School, and California State University Long Beach attended. The purpose of the Long Beach Branch NAACP Law Day program is to introduce minority students to law as a career. The program includes visitation to the law offices of Keesal, Young & Logan, mentoring by lawyers, panel discussions and one-onone with the following judges and lawyers: Judge Charles McCoy, Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge, Judge Kelvin Filer, Los Angeles Superior Court, Compton Courthouse Retired Judge Marcus Tucker, Los Angeles Superior Court Anthony Filer Esq., Community Legal Services, June Magilinick, Deputy City Attorney, Los Angles City Attorney’s Office, Michele A. Wilson, Esq., Law Offices of Michele A. Wilson, Courthouse Montgomery Cole, Esq., Madden, Jones, Cole and Johnson, Tom Reeves, Esq., City of Long Beach Prosecutor, Gail Butler, Esq. Executive Director MADD, Orange County, Evelyn Kristensen, Esq., Law Firm of Keesal, Young & Logan, Scott Hinsche, Esq., Law Firm of Keesal, Young & Logan, Todd Hicks, Esq., District Attorney, Major Crimes Division, Attorney Thomas Malizia, Interim Director of Judicial Affairs, CSULB, Judge John Lawson II, Los Angeles Superior Court-Delinquency. Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr. leads roundtable discussion. Presiding Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr. Attorney Anthony Filer with Community Legal Services leads roundtable discussion The Long Beach Branch NAACP 6TH Annual Law Day Program in conjunction with the law firm of Keesal, Young & Logan. Lawyers have always been an instrument of social change since the founding of our great country. When one looks into the halls of Congress, one will find many lawyers. Businesses cannot organize or function without legal contracts formulated by lawyers. Finally, the nine men and woman Justices who sit on the United States Supreme Court protect our rights as Americans. All of them were practicing attorneys. Lawyers influence our economic, political and social systems for the betterment of all. When one feels that his or her rights have been ignored, one consults a lawyer. When laws are written, attorneys are consulted to ensure that they are fair and precise. When someone is hurt by a person, company or faulty product, a lawyer will go to court to protect the rights of that individual. To become an attorney is to become a social engineer. Being a lawyer is a great and noble profession. Since its founding, in 1909, the NAACP has forged dramatic social and political changes in the lives of countless Americans. During this struggle, the NAACP has made good on a promise made over 240 years ago that all men and women are created equal. To ensure that every American has a right to pursue his or her own vision of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, famed NAACP lawyers such as Thurgood Marshall and Charles Houston stepped forward to challenge conventional thought and to make democracy a reality for all. Mr. Marshall later became the first African American man to sit on the Supreme Court and served for over 20 years. Countless volunteer hours went into the planning and coordination of this event. I want to extend a special thanks to Scott Hinsche, Esq., Presiding Judge Charles McCoy, Los Angeles Superior Court, and every lawyer and judge who came to support the program. Judge John C. Lawson, assigned to Los Angeles Superior Court, Commissioner Long Beach Courthouse, leads roundtable discussion. Attorney June Magilinick, Deputy City Attorney with Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, leads group for parents. Attorney Montgomery Cole with Madden, Jones, Cole & Johnson, for his third year serves as a roundtable discussion leader with students. Judge Kelvin Filer, Los Angeles Superior Court, Compton Courthouse, in a roundtable discussion with students, helped design the program and has participated in it since inception. Parents of students from middle schools, high schools, and CSULB listen to panel discussions. Attorney Scott Hinsche from Keesal, Young & Logan designed the program and has chaired and hosted it for the past 6 years. Pictured with him are Judge John C. Lawson and Attorney Evelyn Kristensen, Keesal, Young & Logan. LEARNING THE LEGAL SYSTEM IN LONG BEACH Students meet judges, lawyers and prosecutors at the law firm of Keesal, Young & Logan during the sixth annual Long Beach Branch of the NAACP’S Law Day Program. Students were able to ask members of the legal profession about jobs and the educational path they took to begin their careers. District Attorney Todd Hicks, Major Crimes Division, Judge Kelvin Filer, and Presiding Judge Charles W. McCoy Jr. participate as 2009 Law Day panel discussion leaders. John C. Lawson, Los Angeles Superior Court, Commissioner of Long Beach Courthouse, Judge Kelvin Filer, Los Angeles Superior Court, Compton Courthouse and retired juvenile Judge Marcus Tucker, Los Angeles Superior Court at the Keesal, Young and Logan NAACP 2009 Law Day Program. Annual Law Day Set at Local Firm The Long Beach Branch of the NAACP and the Law firm of Keesal, Young & Logan hosted their annual Law Day program on Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. Law Day was created by the American Bar Association to draw attention to the principles and practice of law and justice. The purpose is to introduce minority students to law as a career. This year’s program was held on Thursday, May 1, 2009 at the Law Firm of Keesal, Young & Logan, 400 Oceangate, Long Beach. For more information about this event contact Naomi Rainey at 562-856-7586 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Todd Hicks, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Major Crimes Division is a 5th year participant and program advisor for the LB NAACP Law Day project. PAGE 4 LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS Long Beach Branch NAACP Youth & College Programs Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes Masculinity in hip-hop music was discussed April 16, 2009 to raise awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness month. The event was co-sponsored by the California State University, Long Beach NAACP College Chapter, California State University, Long Beach, the Women Studies Student Association, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, and Incorporated. A documentary film by Byron Hurt, an anti-sexist activist, called “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” spearheaded the event. Hurt’s film, which premiered in 2006 at the Sundance Film Festival, touched on the dismemberment of hip hop as well as examined images of gender roles in hip-hop and rap music. The discussion following the film focused on how masculinity is projected for Black and Latino males and its influence on gender roles throughout these communities. Trevon Williams, president of the NAACP-CSULB and senior Africana studies and Chicano and Latino studies double major, closed the event with his thoughts on how to change the negative effects hip hop has on masculinity and the community. “If you don’t like what you saw [in the documentary] and want to change it, then don’t buy [the music],” Williams said. “You are the consumer with the cash [who] is making [this music] high on the charts [while still] complaining about it degrading women and consuming our culture.” Overall, the student organizers felt the event was a good stepping stone. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Event The California State University, Long Beach NAACP College Chapter and the Youth Council hosted the 10th Annual Celebration Commemorative Program in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The theme was “Changing Times, Changing Together: The Dream Lives On.”The CSULB Gospel Choir sang the “Black National Anthem,” Lorretta Young and the MLK Scholarship Committee presented scholarships, and Michelle Jackson did a poetry reading in conjunction with the CSULB Slam Team. There was a dramatic presentation entitled “Our Separate Struggles are Really One” which was directed by Dr. James Manseau Sauceda.The keynote speaker at the event was CSULB Professor & Kwanzaa Founder Dr. Maulana Karenga. Leadership Academy T Health Awareness Forum Health problems within the African-American community and possible solutions were discussed at the Health Awareness Forum on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at the California State University, Long Beach Student Union of CSULB. The event was hosted by California State University, Long Beach NAACP College Chapter, California State University, Long Beach, along with the African Student Union. “Our goal is to make all CSULB students, particularly minority students, aware of the importance of being in good health and to have a long and prosperous life,” said Trevon Williams, president of CSULB-NAACP. I wanted our efforts to be grassroots, to go into the communities and be on the media. When you know better, you do better.” Bill J. Releford, founder of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, spoke about his program that sends out volunteers to barbershops around the country, screening customers for diabetes and measuring their blood pressures. Cynthia Davis, an assistant professor and program director in the Department of Family Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, spoke about the concerns related to HIV/AIDS at the forum. Kevin C. Heslin, a health disparities researcher and assistant professor at Charles Drew University, presented a study, Sexual Orientation and Testing for Prostate and Colorectal Cancers among Men in California. The presentations held by the speakers left a lasting impression on the students attending the health awareness forum. he Long Beach Branch NAACP is conducting a Youth Leadership Program. The purpose of this program is to unite and provide leadership training for Long Beach inner city youth. These youth vary in their economic backgrounds, academic achievement levels, racial and ethnic backgrounds. A major objective of the academy is for the participants to realize they have the potential to become leaders. This is taught during a four week program utilizing the following components: • Gain valuable work experience • Participate in multi ethnic team building • Personal responsibility • Develop leadership skills • Education and career paths • Give back to the community 2009 Long Beach Branch NAACP Youth Leadership Program Supporters: City of Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster; F. King Alexander, President of CSULB; Doug Robinson, Vice President of CSULB; The Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; Aquarium of the Pacific. Office of Keesal, Young & Logan, and Councilman Dee Andrews. Scholarship: Long Beach NAACP he Long Beach Branch NAACP is in its eighth year of awarding scholarships for college bound minority high school students, and continuing support for past recipients. In addition, Stay in School and Scholar dollars are also awarded.The branch has awarded over 300 scholarships and scholar dollar awards over the last seven years, a total of over $85,000.00 in scholarships. Scholarship recipients are selected through the review of several components, such as comprehensive applications, an essay, community service, financial need, a minimum 2.5 GPA, and letters of recommendation. Renewal scholarships are awarded to continuing NAACP college scholars. Stay in School/Scholar Dollars will be awarded to NAACPYouth Members and NAACP Scholars. Students who provide special services to the community in civil rights, the promotion of harmony among the various ethnic groups, unique talents and extraordinary accomplishments for their age can apply. The Long Beach Branch is also accepting donations and private scholarships. To establish a scholarship or make a donation contact (562)856-7586 or email email@example.com, or make donations directly to LB Branch NAACP Scholarship Fund PO Box 1594 Long Beach, CA 90801. T The Black & Brown Dialogue In the past decade, conflict between the Black and Latino communities has escalated by 46 percent in the Long Beach area, according to California State University, Long Beach NAACP College Chapter President Trevon Williams. The CSULB chapter of the NAACP and the Latino Student Union hosted the “Black and Brown Dialogue” to discuss the growing tension between blacks and Latinos in the Long Beach area. These tensions are said to be fueled by the changing ethnic realities in the area. The two student organizations have teamed up to find solutions to what they feel is a growing problem. ”We are even thinking about going to every high school in Long Beach and talking to them about the solutions to the problems they bring up,” Williams said. The groups have invited panelists such as Tasha Willis, Long Beach Human Dignity Program and Hate Crime Response Team member, Lionel Mandy from the Africana studies department, Lynn Dymally from the business law department, Jose Moreno from the Chicano/Latino Studies department, James Sauceda, director of the Multicultural Center, and Lionel Gonzalez, a counselor from Jordan High School, to aid in the discussion. E’mon E. White NAACP Youth Council President E’mon White announces to the general membership that she was accepted to Cal State University, Long Beach. E’mon is also involved in the Stay in School Program, ACTSO, NAACP Leadership, and Talent Discovery. Sailing In addition to the sailing program, the Long Beach Branch Community Impact other programs such as tennis, golf, and Leadership Development. These programs are offered in conjunction with Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor, Don Knabe, Long Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club Foundation, U.S. Sailing Center, U.S. Sailing Center Foundation, and the Long Beach Parks and Recreation Department, with special funding from the Josephine Gumbiner Foundation. E’mon E. White Aquarium of the Pacific Scholar E’mon E. White, who attends Long Beach Renaissance High School for the Arts, has demonstrated an outstanding academic record, winning numerous honors for her achievements. She plays an active role in the student council and school clubs. Her community service included work as a volunteer at the Veterans Administration Hospital and as a Youth President at Long Beach NAACP. In addition, she performs in plays, competitions, and has taken a leadership role in dance and drama clubs. White plans to attend California State University, Long Beach to pursue a career as a teacher. E’mon is also involved in the Long Beach Branch NAACP, Stay in School, ACT-SO, Leadership Academy, and Talent Discovery Program. LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS PAGE 5 2009 Long Beach Branch Youth Profiles Local & International Hero Johnnie Eagan Johnnie Eagan, posing with her artwork, was a recipient of the 2009 Young Hero Award at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s “Dia Del Nino” Johnnie Eagan was also honored as a 10th Anniversary Scholar for August, 2008 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Eagan is an eleven-year-old honor student who has shown outstanding service to the local and global community as well as an inspiring conservation of the planet. Her work includes raising money through bake and garage sales for a well in Nigeria that now supports a school and 2000 children and families. She also raised money and supplies from throughout Long Beach for an orphanage in Ecuador. Locally she has donated her time to feed the homeless in Lynwood and Long Beach and at a center helping women and children of abuse in Los Angeles. Shane Baumel Takes NAACP to Hollywood Shane Baumel, first known for his role as “Crispin” opposite Eddie Murphy in Sony’s feature film Daddy Day Care, and also seen as “Toby,” the Leaf Raker, who argues with John Travolta in the feature film Wild Hogs, can be seen heckling Will Farrell in the summer hit Land of the Lost. 12-year old Shane has already racked up an impressive list of features, television shows, and commercials in which his voice ban be distinctly heard in such projects as Over the Hedge, Curious George, Ice Age 2-The Meltdown, Disney’s “The Emperor’s New School” and “Phil of the Future.” He will be heard a “Whiny Beaver Boy” in Ice Age 3’s upcoming short film called Surviving Sid, and was most recently heard advertising for Sleeping Beauty on BluRay, ESPN, CBS, and Comcast. Additional on-camera work in which Shane has starred included “Bernie Mac,” “King of Queens,” “Andy Barker, P.I.,” and Hallmark’s “A Boyfriend for Christmas.” He has also been seen on “The Tonight Show, with Jay Leno.” Reflex Blue plate PAGE 6 LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS 2009 Long Beach Branch NAACP College Scholarship Recipients Scholars andScholarships James Schaal Sean Weiss Michelle Arellano Andy Pham Sabrina Reynolds Trevon Williams Amanda Moore Chiamaka J. Okwu Patrice Collins Bruno J. Onwu High School Scholarship Recipients Rebekah Reynolds Amber Griffin Sheldon Miles E’mon White Tenea Monette Joseph Carpi Stay In School Scholars Auriel Armstrong Emily Pearson ACT-SO GoldMedalists Recipients Johnnie Eagan Justin Bradley J’Quan Hawkins Susana Soto Shane Baumel Auriel Armstrong Ariana Campbell JoAnn Charles- Brandon Jenkins Smith Law Day Participants 2009 Tarah Marshall Emily Pearson Simmie Sims William TaylorDancy Ashia Keyes Erin Adam, CSULB Hamza Alamoodi, CSULB David Bilodeau, CSULB Elizabeth Clepps, CSULB Harry Correa, CSULB Henry Cuevas, CSULB Caitlin Dickerson, CSULB Cody Fitch, CSULB Alex Guillermo, CSULB Jacob Maag, CSULB Maria Marsh, CSULB Scott Molina, CSULB Darin Murray, CSULB Lina Nasry, CSULB Bobby Nguyen, CSULB Heidy Rodriguez, CSULB Nelly Suazo, CSULB Regina Sug, CSULB Francis Travis, CSULB Amy Troung, CSULB Allyson Van, CSULB Stephanie Williams, CSULB Trevon Williams, CSULB Nicole Wilson, CSULB Breyana Carter, Renaissance High School Shaylyn DeLaurier, Renaissance High School Quo Vaughn Duks, Renaissance High School Jasmine Folse, Renaissance High School Marissa Ford, Renaissance High School Emily Pearson, Renaissance High School Mariela Cardena, Cabrillo High School Bianca Coronado, Cabrillo High School Angela Estrada, Cabrillo High School Erika Estrada, Cabrillo High School Xochiatl Jimenez, Cabrillo High School Assiyah Khaldani-Bey, Cabrillo High School Ariel Portley, Cabrillo High School Mariana Puentes, Cabrillo High School Andrea Rosales, Cabrillo High School Jordan Wilson, Cabrillo High School Britney Woods, Cabrillo High School Gloria Contreras, Jefferson Middle School Brianna Hampton, Bancroft Middle School Cameron Stevenson, Bancroft Middle School Hannah Bournes, Cubberly School Filo Siavi’i, Cubberly School Yolanda Ramirez, DeMille Middle School Luis Rocha, DeMille Middle School Malcolm Matthews, Franklin Middle School Tylesa Terry, Franklin Middle School Daniel Freeman, Hamilton Middle School Jocelyn Arias, Hamilton Middle School LaVita Williams, Hudson School Justin Lim, Hudson School Martin Doyle-Embry, Jefferson Middle School Brittanly Doyle-Embry, Jefferson Middle School Kiara Martin, Jordan High School Brian Carrillo-Flores, Jefferson Middle School Melanie Do, Jefferson Middle School Ruben Duenos, Jefferson Middle School Miranda Duran, Jefferson Middle School Carlos Echeverrya, Jefferson Middle School Erika Edmonds, Jefferson Middle School Sophath Em, Jefferson Middle School Jazper Garret, Jefferson Middle School Josseline Guiitterez, Jefferson Middle School Sunita Harris, Jefferson Middle School Darjiame Hayes, Jefferson Middle School Tiffany Heard, Jefferson Middle School Ariel Hernandez, Jefferson Middle School Anthony Herrera, Jefferson Middle School June Lee, Jefferson Middle School Desiree Llanos, Jefferson Middle School Sonasha Mall, Jefferson Middle School Stephanie Mayorga, Jefferson Middle School Brijanna McDonald-Simms, Jefferson Middle School Pamony Mel, Jefferson Middle School Yajaira Moreno, Jefferson Middle School Danzuri Morse, Jefferson Middle School Elizabeth Perez, Jefferson Middle School Teresita Rameriz, Jefferson Middle School Jessica Rincon, Jefferson Middle School Sierrah Roberts, Jefferson Middle School Dis Rojanasopondist, Jefferson Middle School Vivian Romero, Jefferson Middle School Priscilla Seth, Jefferson Middle School Johanna Tovak, Jefferson Middle School Jasmine Turner, Jefferson Middle School Keverna Walton, Jefferson Middle School Toney Washington, Jefferson Middle School Juana Zepeda, Jefferson Middle School Charis Conrad. Long Beach Jack & Jill Youth Group Lauren Hicks, Long Beach Jack & Jill Youth Group Teodora Lancaster, Long Beach Jack & Jill Youth Group Clinton Lewis Jr., Long Beach Jack & Jill Youth Group Zac Ray, Long Beach Jack & Jill Youth Group Zori Ray, Long Beach Jack & Jill Youth Group Nami Tefera, Long Beach Jack & Jill Youth Group Chesen Wilson, Long Beach Jack & Jill Youth Group Ashley Carradine, Long Beach Jack & Jill Youth Group Labron Hill, Jordan High School Lincoln Davis, Jordan High School Stephanie Arroyo, Lindsey Prep School Ta’Lea Cumby, Lindsey Prep School Mariah Martin, Lindbergh Middle School Eric Walton, Lindbergh Middle School Sarah Paset, Newcomb School Claire Pace, Newcomb School Elizabeth Davis, Stanford Middle School Henali Heera, Stanford Middle School Quimmah Tamu, Tincher Prep School Kendall Rodgers, Tincher Prep School Trevon Williams, CSULB Justin Bradley, an NAACP Youth Council member, is a participant in Stay in School and an honor student involved in Leadership Academy. He began attending NAACP meetings with his mother Karen Bradley and Lauretta Sampson at the age of 3 years. This is his second time being selected as a Stay in School Scholar because of his leadership and community involvement. He was nominated as a 2009 Aquarium Scholar and is on the Poly High School golf team.The NAACP believes his involvement in golf has to do with his participation in the Fit and Focus program, which also involves tennis and sailing. Mrs. Charlene Martinez, a former teacher of Justin’s from Brethren Christian School, nominated Justin for this scholarship. Martinez stated, “Justin’s good character, integrity, brilliance, and civic-mindedness with strong family support will enable him to reach the stars.” NAACP Community Impact Program Auriel Armstrong, ACT-SO Talent Search Program Ariana Campbell, ACT-SO Talent Search Program JoAnn Charles-Smith, ACT-SO Talent Search Program Brandon Jenkins, ACT-SO Talent Search Program Ashia Keyes, ACT-SO Talent Search Program Tarah Marshall, ACT-SO Talent Search Program Emily Pearson, ACT-SO Talent Search Program, Leadership Academy, & Youth Council Simmie Sims, ACT-SO Talent Search Program William Taylor-Dancy, ACT-SO Talent Search Program Trevon Williams, Leadership Academy, CSULB College Chapter President, & Sailing Program J’Quan Hawkins, Talent Search and Discovery of the Arts Johnnie Eagan, Leadership Academy Susana Soto, Talent Search and Discovery of the Arts E’mon E. White, ACT-SO Talent Search and Leadership Academy Brendon Thompson, Sailing Program Tiris Gates, Leadership Academy Julia Triazzi, Leadership Academy and Stay In School Angelica Hill, Golf and Tennis Programs Michael Hill, Golf and Tennis Programs Aaron Hill, Sailing, Golf and Tennis Programs Zacharie Arellano, Sailing and Tennis Programs Christian Arellano, Tennis Program Summer Son, Sailing and Golf Programs Caitlyn Sarjeant, Sailing Program Max Ward, Sailing Program Barbara Lopez, Tennis Program Susana Rosendo, Tennis Program Joi Bryant, Golf Program Grace Bryant, Golf Program Ryan Randlolph, Golf Program Tajia Starr, Golf Program Jordan Bumphus, Golf Program Elijah Wright, Golf and Tennis Program Bryanna Grant, Golf and Tennis Program Maiya Meeks, Tennis Program Rebecca Yi, Tennis Program Christina Hy, Tennis Program Reflex Blue plate Reflex Blue plate LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS PAGE 7 NAACP Diamond Life Member Clarence F. Long m Councilme ber Dee An drews The Man Who Shot Long Beach Clarence Long, who has photographed the Long Beach Branch for 69 years Former Mayor Beverly O’Neil Clarence Long, The Man Who Shot Long Beach Long Beach Branch NAACP Tennis Program Songstress Thelma Houston California Speaker of the House Karen Bass Musician Poncho Sanchez On February 12th the NAACP turned 100 years old and each branch was able to recognize outstanding members. The Long Beach NAACP chooses to recognize Mr. Clarence F. Long for his outstanding, progressive and politically inspiring photography. Mr. Long is now 85 years old and is retired from his life long profession as a Civil Engineering Principle Technician. He has always had a love for photography and volunteered much of his time working for the Long Beach NAACP. “He filmed most importantly our founders, the initial founder of the NAACP, Mr. Earnest McBride who got the petitions together to start the charter,” commented Long Beach Branch NAACP President Naomi Rainey. Mr. Long has photographed many of the first in Long Beach such as Bobbie Smith the first African American to serve as school board member. He’s also filmed Mr. Felton Williams who is currently serving on the school board of Education. He’s filmed the first African American to serve as City Council member and the first African American to serve as Vice Mayor of the city of Long Beach. “He’s also filmed many freedom fund speakers such as Mr. Lawson, the famous Reverend Lawson who was with Mr. Martin Luther King when he died and was an important part of the civil rights movement,” commented Long Beach Branch NAACP President Naomi Rainey. Mr. Long has photographed many different subjects ranging from youths involved in academic and extracurricular programs, to local active members and activists, along with progressive political figures. “I really enjoy photographing people and I really like photographing people of stature,” chuckled Mr. Long as he spoke about his passion for photography. Mr. Clarence F. Long is known as the “pictorial historian” for the Long Beach Branch NAACP. His work will remain with us as a lesson in history, capturing the faces that continue to propel us forward. His work is extremely important, inclusive, and is whole heartedly appreciated by the Long Beach Branch NAACP and the Long Beach community. Long Beach BranchNAACP Sailing Program gw Clarence Lon ith friends an d family LB Branch NAACP FounderErnest McBride, Sr. Alta Cooke, the first African American LB Unified High School District Principal LB Branch NAACP Founder Lillie Grisby LB Branch NAACP Founder Zelma Lipscomb Reflex Blue plate Reflex Blue plate PAGE 8 LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS Mrs. Nancy Foster, Health and Community Service Mrs. Sharon DiggsHonorable Beverly, Honorable Doris Jackson, Community O’Neil, Education and Topsey-Elvord, Mentoring and Politics Service and Diversity Politics Mrs. Maxine Chaney, Mrs. Vera Mulkey, Community Service Religion Mrs. Ruth Williams, Education The 2009 Long Beach Branch NAACP M OF THE Honorable Tonia Mrs. Dale Clinton, Reyes Uranga, Politics Community Service Yulandria Pearson, The 2009 Long Beach Branch NAACP Mothers of the Year Honorees are well-respected, devoted mothers who interact in a positive manner on a family, spiritual, community, and civic basis. This multi-ethnic group of mothers has changed the face of Long Beach. These mothers have not only been there for their children, but for other children as well. Although there is no full-proof formula for being a good mother, these women are great mother role models. The 2009 Long Beach Branch NAACP Mothers of the Year in order from left to right: Mrs. Nancy Foster, Health and Community Service, Honorable Beverly O’Neil, Education and Politics, Honorable Doris TopseyElvord, Mentoring and Politics, Mrs. Ruth Williams, Education, Mrs. Sharon Diggs-Jackson, Community Service and Diversity, Mrs. Maxine Chaney, Religion, Mrs. Vera Mulkey, Community Service, Mrs. Mildred Whisenton, Business, Honorable Tonia Reyes Uranga, Politics, Mrs. Dale Clinton, Community Service, Yulandria Pearson, Business & Community Service, Mrs. Alta Cooke, Retired Educator, Mrs. Autrilla Scott, Community Activists, Mrs. Ruth Hayes, Retired Educator, Mrs. Lawanda Reynolds, Volunteerism, Mrs. Winifred Williams Carter, Community Service, Mrs. Anita McCarty, Business and Community Service, Mrs. Ivy Goolsby, Real Estate and Community service, and Mrs. Marsha Chapman, Religion and Volunteerism. Business & Community Service Mrs. Alta Cooke, Retired Educator Mrs. Autrilla Scott, Mrs. Mildred Mrs. Ruth Hayes, Whisenton, Business Retired Educator Mrs. Lawanda Reynolds, Volunteerism “Giving kids clothes and food is one thing, but it’s much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.” Dolores Huerta Mrs. Winifred Williams Carter, Community Service Mrs. Anita McCarty, Business and Community Service Mrs. Ivy Goolsby, Real Estate and Community service Mrs. Marsha Chapman, Religion and Volunteerism SILENT KILLERS PROGRAM T Naomi Rainey introduces nursing student during health portion of program Alvin Hayes, stroke survivor he purpose and goal of this program was to inform and educate people of color, especially African Americans, regarding the danger of diseases considered silent killers. These diseases are High Blood Pressure & Stress, Cholesterol, Prostate Cancer, Heart Attack, Diabetes, and Stroke. In addition, nursing students gave lectures regarding the various diseases and did testing. The highlight of the program was the speakers: Yulandria Pearson and Alvin Hayes, who shared their stories as stroke survivors. They also shared how they had been careless ignoring signs and symptoms as well as not getting tested. The program included a small tribute to mothers. Dr. Ruth Hayes, Alvin Hayes’ mother, shared the trials, pains, and fear of losing her son. Emily Pearson, a sixteen year old, told what it was like at the age of thirteen when her mother had a massive stroke and she had to become the head of the household. Silent Killers Symptoms 101 There are several diseases referred to as “silent killers.” They are known as “silent killers” because they gradually consume you without causing any serious symptoms in the early stages. A few common silent killers include high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, stress, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Regular medical checkups and early diagnosis of symptoms can safe your life, along with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Some symptoms of a few silent killer diseases have been included for your safety. Symptoms of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body, sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and sudden and severe headache with no known cause. Diabetes symptoms include frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability, and blurry vision. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. This is why high blood pressure is often called the “silent killer.” The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. Nursing students share information about the Silent Killers diseases Emily Pearson, Youth Council member, with mother, Yulandria Pearson, a stroke survivor. Dr. Phyllis Hayes-Reams from Kaiser Hospital, the daughter of Dr. Ruth Hayes and sister of Alvin Hayes,participates in the question and answer session. The audience listens to presentation about the dangers of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, stress, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Reflex Blue plate LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS PAGE 9 Members in Action-Pictorial NAACP Memorial Day Program Long Beach Branch NAACP Highlights Vice President Davian Freeman and ACT-SO Chairperson Charles Smith congratulate fromer NAACP Freedom Fund Chairperson Cecile Harris-Walters, MPA, a graduate of CSULB in Public Policy and Administration Thanking Pastor Albert Pride for his glorious services; we are saddened by his resignation, but wish him the best of luck in Ohio! Alice Robinson, Long Beach Branch NAACP Woman of the Year for March in Robinson and nom Daughter of Alice ch of the Year for Mar ator of the NAACP Woman Long Beach 2009 Education roundtable with CSULB President Dr. F. King Alexander, Long Beach Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser, and Board of Trustees President from Long Beach City College, Roberto Uranga. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors present Resolution to the Southwest area NAACP Branches: Altadena, Antelope Valley, Beverly Hills/ Hollywood, Carson/Torrance, Compton, Inglewood/South Bay, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, and Santa Monica/Venice. The Long Beach Branch President Naomi Rainey organized this presentation. PAGE 10 LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS News NAACP in the ** Reprinted from The Long Beach Times Long Beach The Press Telegram Long Beach View Executive Director’s Newsletter Long Beach Business Journal Executive Director’s Newsletter NAACP National News LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS PAGE 11 From the National NAACP H voting rights protection and expansion, gun control and a host of ilary 0. Shelton, presently serves as the Vice President other social justice policy concerns. forAdvocacy/Director to the NAACP’s Washington Hilary serves on a number of national boards of directors Bureau. The Washington Bureau is the Federal including, The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, The Center for legislative and national public policy division of the Democratic Renewal, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the over500,000-member, 2,200-membership unit, Congressional Black Caucus Institute among many others. national civil rights organization. In this capacity, Hilary is Playing an integral role in the crafting and final passage of responsible for advocating the federal public policy issue agenda such crucial federal legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1991, Hilary of the oldest, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights was also instrumental in ushering through to passage, The Civil Rights organization in the United States to the U.S. Government. Restoration Act, The Violence Against Women Act, The Hate Crimes Hilary’s government affairs portfolio includes crucial issues Statistics Act, The Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act, The such as affirmative action, equal employment protection, access National Voter Registration Act, The National Assault Weapons Ban, The to quality education, stopping gun violence, ending racial Brady Handgun Law, Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, the Help profiling, abolition of the death penalty, access to comprehensive America Vote Act and many other crucial laws and policy measures healthcare, voting rights protection, federal sentencing reform affecting the quality of our lives and equality in our society. and a host of civil rights enforcement, expansion and protection Hilary has humbly received a number of awards and recognitions issues. Hilary O. Shelton for his unwavering dedication to the mission and goals of the NAACP. Prior to serving as director to the NAACP Washington Vice President for Advocacy/ Among the many awards to which he is most grateful for receiving, Bureau, Hilary served in the position of Federal Liaison/ Director, NAACP Mr. Shelton is the proud recipient of the National NAACP Medgar W. Assistant Director to the Government Affairs Department of Washington Bureau Evers Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon a The College Fund/UNCF, also known as The United Negro College Fund in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, Hilary worked with Senate and House national professional staff member of the NAACP for Outstanding Service, Sincere Members of the U.S. Congress, Federal Agencies and Departments, college and Dedication and Commitment to the Mission of the NAACP, the American Arab Antiuniversity presidents and faculty members, as well as the White House and various Discrimination Committee’s Excellence in Advocacy Award, the Religious Action government agencies to secure the survival, growth and educational programming Center’s Civil Rights Leadership Award in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the excellence of the 40 private historically black colleges and universities throughout Religious Action Center awards the Civil Rights Leadership Award to outstanding leaders in the black and Jewish communities, 2006 NCADP 30th Anniversary Award the United States. Prior to working for The College Fund/UNCF, Hilary served as the Federal Policy as well as the Congressional Black Caucus’ Chairman’s Award In Recognition and Program Director to the 8.5 million-member United Methodist Churches’ social Appreciation for Dedication, Leadership and Commitment to Advancing the Cause justice advocacy agency, The General Board of Church & Society. In this capacity, of Civil Rights for All Americans. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a family of 6 brothers and sisters, Hilary holds Hilary advocated for the national and international United Methodist Churches’ public degrees in political science, communications, and legal studies from Howard policy agenda affecting a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues including preserving equal opportunity programs such as affirmative action, securing equal University in Washington, D.C., the University of Missouri in St. Louis, and high quality public education for all Americans, guaranteeing greater access to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, respectively. Hilary presently lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Paula Young Shelton and higher education and strengthening our nation’s historically Black colleges and universities, abolition of the death penalty, reforming the criminal justice system, their three sons, masters Caleb Wesley, Aaron Joshua, and Noah Ottis Young Shelton. NEW DATA EXPOSES DRAMATIC RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN U.S. ADVERTISING INDUSTRYNAACP, MEHRI & SKALET ANNOUNCE MADISON AVENUE PROJECT NEW YORK, NEW YORK — An exhaustive new study of America’s advertising industry released today has found dramatic levels of racial discrimination throughout the industry. Bias against African-American professionals was found in pay, hiring, promotions, assignments, and other areas. The study was initiated by a coalition of legal, civil rights, and industry leaders who created the Madison Avenue Project. The Project was created in 2008 to address advertising’s deep-rooted racial bias and today, Cyrus Mehri, Project leader and prominent civil rights lawyer, called the findings “absolutely astonishing in this day and age.” Angela Ciccolo, Interim General Counsel of the NAACP, another project partner, commented that “the time has come to stand up to change this industry.” Overall, the findings reveal that racial discrimination is 38 percent worse in the advertising industry than in the overall U.S. labor market, and that the “discrimination divide” between advertising and other U.S. industries is more than twice as bad now as it was 30 years ago. NAACP Supports Bill to Prevent Youths From Joining Gangs LEGISLATION EMPOWERS COMMUNITIES TO INVEST IN ATRISK YOUTH BEFORE THEY JOIN GANGS The Issue: The United States, by far, incarcerates its residents at much greater rates than any other nation in the world. Incarceration costs in the U.S. have risen to $65 billion a year. African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities are especially over-represented among the prison population. Especially devastating to our communities and to our youth is gang violence: many of the crimes committed by gangs and gang members are reprehensible and cause irreparable harm not only to individual victims but to families and whole neighborhoods as well. While the perpetrators of these crimes must be punished, it is becoming clear that we must take a proactive approach and try to steer at-risk youth away from gangs and towards being successful, productive members of our communities before a crime is committed. NAACP CALLS FOR SWIFT ENACTMENT OF EXPANDED HATE CRIME PREVENTION LEGISLATION Hate crimes remain a festering and horrifying problem in the United States. This form of domestic terrorism is designed to intimidate whole communities on the basis of personal and immutable characteristics – and can spark widespread neighborhood conflicts, even damaging the very fabric of our society. Although there are laws on the books that help deter hate crimes and protect their victims, significant gaps remain unfilled. Sadly, the number of hate crimes in America continues to increase, and the number of “hate groups” (an organization that promotes hate or violence towards members of an entire class of people, based on characteristics such as race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation) in the United States increased to 926 in 2008, up 54% since 2000. Currently, the federal government is allowed to intervene in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes only if they occur on federal property or if the victim was participating in one of six very specific activities, such as voting. The “Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act” (H.R. 1913, introduced by Congressman John Conyers, MI) would expand existing hate crime prevention laws and allow the federal government to assist the local authorities in the investigation and prosecution of crimes motivated by hate, regardless of where or what the victim was doing at the time the crime occurred. It would also expand the definition of a hate crime to include those motivated by the victim’s disability, gender or sexual orientation and it would provide money to states to develop hate crime prevention programs. In short, this proposed hate crimes prevention legislation would allow the federal government to work with state and local authorities to prevent or, if necessary, punish hate crimes to the fullest extent possible. States will continue to play the primary role in the prosecution of hate crime violence, however H.R. 1913 will compliment state statutes and assist states in securing the very complicated and expensive cases through prosecution. H.R. 1913 is scheduled to be considered by the full House of Representatives tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29. We must encourage all of our elected representatives to support this bill and to oppose any weakening amendments. NAACP–Supported Legislation to Stop Predatory Lending Abuses by The Credit Card Industry Signed Into Law HOUSE APPROVES OF SENATE VERSION BY OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN VOTE; PRESIDENT SIGNS BILL INTO LAW TODAY The Issue: Earlier today, Friday, May 22, 2009, President Obama signed the NAACP-supported Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights of 2009 into law. This was just two days after the House of Representatives cleared the final hurdle and agreed to the Senate changes, which included an earlier implementation of the law, by a strong bi-partisan vote of 361 - 64. The Senate had passed the bill by an overwhelming bipartisan margin of 90 - 5 on May 19; the House had passed its original version, by a vote of 357 - 70 on April 30, 2009. This important legislation includes restrictions on credit card companies’ ability to hike interest rates, often done without the knowledge of the credit cardholder, and to charge fees. Prior to signing the bill into law, President Obama said that “While Americans have a responsibility to live within their means and pay what they owe, credit card companies have a responsibility to set rules that are fair and transparent.” Reflex Blue plate PAGE 12 LONG BEACH, CA NAACP NEWS Calendar of Events: General Membership Meetings are held the third Sunday of every month. Earnest McBride Sr. Park 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Long Beach, CA 90813 at 3:00 pm. May 18, 2009- NAACP Lobby Day, Sacramento, CA. May 19, 2009- Annual African American Legislative Day - Lobby Day at the State Capital. Meet with California Legislators- Lift your voice and express your concerns. May 21, 2009- CCEJ Dinner, Hilton Hotel, Long Beach, CA. May 30, 2009- Second Annual Long Beach Unity Festival (LBUF) fundraising reception with keynote speaker Don Knabe will be held at the Rainbow Lagoon in Shoreline Village from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. June 2, 2009- ACT-SO Team Presentation at Long Beach City Council Meeting at 4:45pm. June 3, 2009- Long Beach Branch NAACP Officer and Executive Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at Karen Hilburn’s Home at 6:30 PM. Directions will be forwarded to those attending. June 6, 2009- Long Beach Branch NAACP Financial Empowerment Seminar- Taking Control of Your Finances will be held in conjunction with Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews between 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Ernest McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. RSVP to Naomi Rainey no later than Friday May 29th (562) 856-7586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. June 7, 2009- Buggess-White Scholarship Foundation presents: 53rd Annual Awards Dinner at Silverado Park. Starts at 5:00 pm. Call (562) 424-3965 for info. The foundation will be awarding scholarships to students of all races for the continuation of their education at the college level and to help these students realize their dreams. June 12, 2009- NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman, Julian Bond will be at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA from 6:009:00PM. This program is hosted by the Beverly Hills-Hollywood Branch. June 14, 2009- Because Father’s Day is June 21, 2009, the LB Branch NAACP General Membership Meeting will be held on this new date at 3PM at Ernest McBride Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90801. June 20, 2009- Last NAACP Mandatory Training held in Oceanside, CA. July 1, 2009- Long Beach Branch Membership Drive is on-going. We need 450 new members by July 1, 2009. Is your membership current? How many new members have you brought in to the branch in 2009? July 11-16, 2009- The Centennial Convention, New York Hilton, New York, New York. July 12, 2009- National NAACP ACTSO Competition Awards Ceremony will be held at the New York Hilton Hotel from 1-4PM. The Long Beach Branch NAACP has a team in this competition. October 25, 2009- 22 ND Annual California State NAACP Convention at the Manhattan Beach Marriot. APPLAUSE Congratulations The NAACP celebrates its 100th Anniversary ensuring the political, social, and economic equality of rights of all people on February 12, 2009. 10th Annual Celebration Commemorative Program- The Long Beach Branch NAACP congratulates supporters and members Vera Mulkey, Virginia Baxter, Ed. D, and the Port of Long Beach. 100 Black Men of Long Beach hosted the 1st Annual Awards Ceremony and silent auction on April 24, 2009. NAACP members and 2009 Gala Committee members: Aaron Day, Othetta Glover, Jesse B. Johnson Jr., John McCarty, Howard Perry, Ahmed Saafir, and NAACP members and 2009 Honorary Gala Committee members: Honorable Councilmember Dee Andrews, Dr. Ebenezer Bush, Honorable Mayor Bob Foster, and Honorable State Senator Roderick Wright made this event a success.The theme was “What They See is What They’ll Be,” the program “Four for the Future” benefits the greater Long Beach area, especially the African American youth. The National Council of Negro Women Inc. presented “Hats Off to You” on April 18, 2009 with a 25th Annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show honoring our founding members. The Long Beach Branch NAACP recognized Rt. Reverend Henry M. Williamson Presiding Bishop of the Ninth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church with a plaque for his generous work with the community. The event took place at the Hashaway Community CME Church on March 29, 2009. There was a 90th Birthday Dinner for Wini Williams Carter at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall on April 13, 2009. All donations went directly to St. Luke’s Outreach Programs. NAACP member Aaron L. Day presented “Long Beach Black Author’s Festival” on April 4, 2009 at the Long Beach Main Library. The program was free to the public and was followed with a book signing. The Veterans Committee of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (AFLCIO) presented “America’s Veterans and Jobs They Deserve” with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on Friday, April 24, 2009. Veterans shared their stories of hard homecomings, low-wage jobs below military pay and home foreclosures. Stories also included those of a better future, union apprenticeships and middle class jobs. Save the Date - Long Beach Branch NAACP Founders’ Day Awards and Recognition Ceremony. A tribute to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. October 2009 TBA. 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