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Los Angeles airport evacuated amid active shooter false alarm, police say ‘loud noises’ sparked pandemonium

A mob of panicked travelers fled Los Angeles International Airport late Sunday after confusing “loud noises” for gunfire inside a terminal.

The panic sent security guards and police rushing to the airport to find evidence of a shooter just before 9 p.m., but those allegations were ultimately “unfounded,” LAX officials said.

LAX police attributed the pandemonium to a false alarm that started in Terminal 8.

“Report of shooting at LAX proven to be LOUD NOISES,” LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman tweeted.

LAX halted departing and arriving flights as frightened travelers bolted through security checkpoints and “self-evacuated onto the tarmac,” the airport added.

Flights resumed, but LAX said passengers would need to go through security — again.

A man dressed as Zorro was briefly detained near Terminal 7 at 8:30 p.m., minutes before LAX dispatch received the first reports of gunfire, LAX police spokeswoman Officer Alicia Hernandez told the Daily News.

“A person in black, who was waving a plastic sword, was questioned and released,” Hernandez said.

It’s unclear if the incident was related to bogus reports of gunfire.

A video shows at least five officers cautiously approaching the man — dressed as the fictional vigilante from California — with their guns drawn.


FEMA Fire Management Assistance Granted For Cedar Fire

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the State of California to combat the Cedar Fire burning in Kern and Tulare Counties.

On August 22, 2016, the State of California submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) declaration for the Cedar Fire. At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 1,294 homes in and around the community of Wofford Heights, with a total estimated population of 2,200. Mandatory evacuations were issued for approximately 1,588 people.

The fire started on August 16, 2016, and had burned in excess of 19,629 acres of federal, state and private land. The fire is five percent contained. The Regional Administrator, FEMA Region IX, determined that the Cedar Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The state’s request was approved on August 22, 2016, at 12:23 p.m. PDT.

FMAGs provide federal funding for up to 75% of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires which threaten to cause major disasters. Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps; equipment use; repair and replacement; tools; materials; supplies and mobilization; and demobilization activities.


Reunification of pets and owners affected by the Blue Cut Fire

Reunification of pets and owners is an important focus of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC). In an effort to reunite lost pets with their families affected by the Blue Cut Fire, ACC urges individuals looking for lost pets to visit the three emergency evacuation animal shelters in Devore, Apple Valley and Victorville, as well as other local shelters in surrounding cities where lost or stray animal might have been taken.

· Devore Animal Shelter - 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, CA 92407, call (909) 386-9820

· San Bernardino County Fairgrounds - 14800 7th St., Victorville, CA 92395

· Apple Valley Animal Shelter - 22131 Powhatan Rd., Apple Valley, CA 92308, call (760) 240-7000

Animals evacuated from the fires may not be on ACC’s website due to the various locations they could have been taken to, such as the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, the Town of Apple Valley Animal Shelter, and Devore Animal Shelter or other local shelters. All stray animals admitted to our Devore shelter are on our County’s website. The animal’s photo is placed on the ACC’s website for easy review, along with a brief description of the animal. Animals evacuated to county shelters by their owners will not be on the website since those animals are unavailable for adoption and we know who the owner of record is.

"Animal Care and Control is committed to helping reunite lost pets with their families," said Brian Cronin, Chief of Animal Care and Control. "We encourage individuals looking for lost pets to first visit ACC's animal shelters and then other local shelters."

Some animals may be delivered to any of a number of other animal shelter facilities in the surrounding area. The City of Hesperia Animal Shelter, Victor Valley Animal Protective League (serves Adelanto and Victorville) or other shelters in the Central Valley may have received lost or stray animals during this time. Pet owners are encouraged to contact all local animal shelters if they have lost their pet.

For more information contact San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control at (909) 386-9820 or view the ACC website.


“Oh What a Night” Social Lites, Inc. 60th Anniversary Celebration

Front Row L/R: Donna Little-James, Bettye Brewster (President), Edna Nobel (Anniversary Program Chair ‘58), Ann Owens, Marion Daniels (Founding Member ‘56), Joyce Smith, Eva Amuso, Lenora Green

Back Row: L/R: Cynthia Wilhite, Helen Thomas, Brenda Daniels, Brigitte Shaw, Twillea Evans-Carthen, Betty Bernard, Edna Wade, Helen Jones, Etha Williams, Lisa Blacksher, Peggy (Holly) White, Stephanie Robinson, Mae Brown (Beautillion Founder), Sheri Lewis, Elsie Paulino, Madeline Freeman, Mary Marshall (Not Shown) and Harvey Etta Scott (Founding Member, Not Shown)

Beautillion participants Knights and Fair Maidens

The elegant women of The Social Lites, Inc. from past to present enjoyed celebrating 60 years in the Inland Empire with over 200 guests in attendance on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. Among the guests were Beautillion Alumni and former participants of the program, community leaders, and various community organizations. Awards presented included a financial donation towards The Social Lites, Inc. 501© 3 scholarship foundation from Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. (Riverside Chapter), recognition certificate from Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, 47th District, Councilwoman Bessine Littlefield Richard, 6th Ward, presentation plaque from The Swans Club to name a few. The celebration Master of Ceremonies included both Hon. Rikke Van Johnson, Former City Councilman, San Bernardino, Beautillion Knight 1973, and Anthony S. Blacksher, Professor of Sociology, Sir Knight 1999. Dr. Regional Woods, Senior Pastor, Life Changing Ministries of San Bernardino, Sir Knight 1976 provided the invocation followed by entertainers Edwonda White and Soul Brothers Band.

Be It Blue, Lavender, Or Lace, These Are the Women of Style and Grace was the theme for this elegant celebration in which Beautillion Sir Knight 1978 Robert Grace, Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County was the keynote speaker. Attorney Grace stated as a young man growing up on the West Side of San Bernardino he reflected on how women in The Social Lites, Inc. inspired him to go to college. Education continues to be a road map to meaningful employment. Moreover, the Beautillion program provided not only him but a group of young men meaningful, lifelong experiences, including a trip out of the community in which they stayed in a nice hotel, attended cultural events, performed community service, and awarded scholarships to help finance their education beyond high school. Attorney Grace reminded attendees all lives matter, however, we need to know how important it is in the spirit of all lives matter, to remind others “Black Lives Matter!”

Over 30 years this organization raised funds by bringing The Ebony Fashion Show annually to the community. This organization was one of the first organization to donate a sizeable scholarship to California State University, San Bernardino, contributed to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. statue located in downtown San Bernardino, holding membership with the NAACP, Chamber of Commerce and was recognized earlier this year by The San Bernardino League of Women Voters.

The 50th Beautillion Season will start the second weekend in October, 2016. Mentoring young men towards a better future is their mission. For additional information for the upcoming Beautillion season, please contact Mrs. Bettye Brewster, President at 951-204-0022 or Mrs. Helen Thomas, Correspondence 909-854-7730. Application available via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or


Witness For Justice - #803 An Inconvenient Conclusion

The turmoil of the summer of 2016 continued to march across the headlines this weekend, with news of a community in crisis following another fatal shooting of an African American man in Milwaukee. It has been a cruel summer indeed, marked by mass shootings and the ever-increasing toll of daily gun violence, global violence and terrorism, growing economic disparity and environmental destruction. The underlying dynamics of racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and other forms of oppression and dehumanization are boldly and unapologetically trumpeted in our common life and public dialogue. Add to this mix a highly contentious presidential election with widespread voter discontent, stirred in a cauldron of partisanship, division and disconnection, and we are left with a toxic stew.

Perhaps it is no wonder that I find myself reading news story after news story describing a disillusioned and increasingly disengaged electorate. This past Sunday’s Washington Post edition featured the headline, "Millennial voters see 2016 as bad joke." The article profiles voters from around the country who, in response to the current challenges before our nation and world, hold "scant hope that a new president will change any of it." Although I understand the frustration, disgust and anger, I don’t think that gives us license to opt out of the process. Democracy is not meant to be a spectator sport. Casting a vote every four years, perhaps every two years, is the requirement of a vibrant democratic process.

The work of democracy does not begin and end on Election Day. While I applaud the renewed energy of candidates challenging the two-party domination of elections and governance, if we were truly committed to viable candidates and platforms from multiple parties, we would be engaged in building this vision from the ground up, every day, beginning in our local communities with engagement in local elections and decisionmaking and continuing at the state and regional level to the national.

Author and columnist William Rivers Pitt, in an essay posted on the web entitled "The Ballot or the Bullet," made an important observation about the decline of voter participation and citizen engagement in the United States: "Henry David Thoreau argued for non-participation in a broken system, but a system that has been broken by non-participation requires a different remedy."

I am afraid that the widespread disenchantment and disengagement of the American electorate will leave us with a self-fulfilled prophecy. No, a new president is not the single cure for all that ails us. But it never has been. Participation in the democratic process – whether through voting, demonstrating, making phone calls and meeting with decisionmakers at every level, writing letters to the editor, calling in to talk radio shows, engaging in ongoing conversation with our friends and family, in our congregations and local communities - is not limited to any one action. It is not focused on any one candidate. It is not limited to any one time of year, or any year in particular. It is not quick, easy or particularly convenient.

I find myself particularly drawn to the endurance events in the Olympics and Para-Olympics – the long-distance running, swimming, cycling and rowing events. They are not nearly as telegenic as sprints and events that feature quick bursts of power and strength. I imagine they often feel lonely and monotonous, with the end far from view. The 2016 election season has reminded me that the work of democracy is much more like a marathon than a sprint. So, let us race with perseverance, and yes, hope.

The United Church of Christ has more than 5,000 churches throughout the United States. Rooted in the Christian traditions of congregational governance and covenantal relationships, each UCC setting speaks only for itself and not on behalf of every UCC congregation. UCC members and churches are free to differ on important social issues, even as the UCC remains principally committed to unity in the midst of our diversity.


“I Tell You… If You Don’t Get Your Act Together…!”

Your life will be hell before going to Hell! Listen, I don’t make this stuff up. [Isaiah 30:1] says, “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of Me.” “Woe unto you, scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites…” [Matthew 23:14]. “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how shall ye escape the damnation of Hell?” [Matthew 23:33]… Know that the end has come upon you, and I will send My anger against you saith the Lord; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will repay you for all your abominations. My eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity; but I will repay your ways, and your abominations will be in your midst, then you shall know that I am the LORD [Ezekiel 7:3-8]. Therefore, consider how far you have fallen and repent. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place [Revelation2:5]. Hell before going to Hell! It’s your call….. What will it be? I tell you, NOW is the acceptable time; NOW is the day of salvation. Don’t ponder it, don’t think about it, just Do it! Repent!

You see, procrastination is the kidnapper of souls, and the recruiting-officer of Hell. Procrastination is the trick of the enemy. Don’t believe the lies that you can do it tomorrow when you can do it today. Besides, what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away [James 4:14]. God is a God of the NOW! So when God brings something to light, revealing an area that you need to change or something that you need to make right, don’t put if off. Not tomorrow, next week, or next month, but do it now! Understand the choice that is before you today. The choice of death and destruction or the choice of life and prosperity! Don’t get confused on such an easy and obvious choice. This is not a process to think through how far is too far. This isn’t a process to think through whether you should. God confronts you with only one question… What are you waiting for?

You know in [1 Sam 20:3] David said, “Yet as surely as the LORD lives and you live, there is about one step between you and death!” [1 Corinthians 15:30-31] asks, “so why do you endanger yourself every hour?” Repent and be converted.

If you are ready to say yes, please pray with me: Almighty God, you are holy. I recognize that I deserve death for not doing things your way. I turn away from those things that grieve you. I gratefully receive your forgiveness and accept your love. I want to be in relationship with you, to be part of your family. Heavenly Father, I accept your proposal to be my Lord and Savior all of my days. Amen!

If you prayed that prayer with me, I want you to know that “It is finished!” Our sins are done away with, and we are free and forgiven.

Everything we’ve ever done wrong, every mistake we’ve ever made, has been paid for. It is finished!



Sisters launch #PrettyBrownGirls4Gabby Campaign to uplift Gabby Douglas despite negative media during Rio 2016 Olympics

10 and 11-year old sisters, Laila and Aliya Crawley, share heartfelt message for Gabby Douglas to stay strong despite hurtful social media commentary about her hair.

Nationwide ( -- Every four years, the world of sports brings us a showcase of some of the most awe-inspiring athletes that use their bodies to be advocates for their country and help us all be patriotic cheerleaders for a national dream. This year, like any other, I sat in front of the television screen, searched for representation of my own ethnic and genetic make-up, and proceeded to be their biggest supporter. However, this year during the 2016 Olympics in Rio felt different. There was a different sense of victory that took place. I found that I was not cheering on a young black woman in one specific category or simply one specific person. I was presented with multiple Black women of all shapes, sizes, and sports that gave me this sense of pride for the historical Olympic Games like never before. To see this upward mobility of Black women dominating not just sports but the highest honor of this industry was beyond fulfilling and helped me to be a patriot for an internal dream. Unfortunately, my uplifting spirit did not coincide with the social media critics that shared the same ethnic and genetic make-up, which has led to an eye-opening conversation about self-awareness and appreciation.

In the Black community, mainly for women, we have experienced decades of being de-sensitized to criticism. Our multi-faceted, Afro-centric, anti-European looks have never been glorified by society, even when reaching the highest height of success, we are still held in captivity by the sub-conscious mental imprisonment of mainstream standards of beauty and acceptance... and unfortunately the most recent victim was our former American media princess Gabby Douglas. Gabby entered our lives and stole our hearts in the summer of 2012, the first African-American woman in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. Currently, Gabby and newcomer to our lives Simone Biles are the only two American all-around champions to win multiple gold medals in a single Olympic Games. Although these two young women are equally very accomplished and Gabby proved to the world that she has the athleticism to be an inspiration for years to come, there was a dark cloud of separatism that took place. This year, we witnessed greatness from several black women, two even on the same team, yet only one was targeted to create defeat rather than triumph before she could even compete. A 20- year-old successful Gabby Douglas representing a country and community in which some have decided to treat her as a catty, high school cafeteria bundle of gossip and ridicule for nothing more than a laugh at a very cheap expense. Both Gabby, Simone, and several other young women have shown us that collectively, we are a great asset to the world of sports but instead, we saw the use of divisive support in order to secondarily marginalize a woman within her own community. It is apparent that there is a sense of dual consciousness with women of color: the idea of wanting representation to matter to further our identity in society but also helping to push the negative stereotypes that catapult our perception in society.

This unfortunate media blitz has resulted in an organization advocating for young girls of color to take a stand and create a call to action of support. Pretty Brown Girl, successfully launched by Sheri Crawley in 2010, is a social enterprise whose mission is to encourage girls to celebrate the beautiful shades of brown skin all over the world while inspiring positive self-esteem and confidence. Inspired by her two daughters, their scope focusing on positive imagery of girls and women of color has created a buzz in several national publications including the Associated Press, NBC online, USA Today online, and Huffington Post online just to name a few. More importantly, Sheri and the Pretty Brown Girl Movement have created a platform and voice for negating the lack of confidence in standards of beauty for women of color. The mission is vital to today’s society, especially with the emergence of social media attack strategies, where strangers verbally abuse and tear down a new person in the spotlight weekly. “We are saddened that Gabby did not want to even go online to any social media platforms during the 2016 Olympics because of all of the negative news and commentary. Every night as a family we would watch the US Gymnasts and I sense that Gabby was carrying heaviness beyond her smile. When she expressed her hurt, our daughters wanted to wear their hair in ponytails and clips just like Gabby and make posters for her with #PrettyBrownGirls4Gabby, when she does come back online, she will have a message of love and support. Pretty Brown Girls is calling for 10,000 girls of color worldwide to join in unity to show Gabby Douglas love with the hashtag #PrettyBrownGirls4Gabby”, says Crawley. 10-year-old Aliya Crawley says, "Gabby Douglas is an inspiration to African American girls and she shows us that if we try hard enough we can reach our goals and be a champion." 11-year-old Laila Crawley wants Gabby to know that she has the same hair texture saying “Please do not let others get underneath your skin."

The#PrettyBrownGirlsforGabby campaign has immediately kicked off following the negative attention given to Gabby Douglas. Pretty Brown Girl successfully creates national initiatives including a revolutionary K-12 After-School Program that addresses adverse social issues that girls of color face. Pretty Brown Girl also collaborates annually with organizations, colleges, universities, churches, and communities internationally for a day of dedication to young girls of color. Similarly, Pretty Brown Girl wants this hashtag to be a viral movement of support for Gabby to show that we do not simply use the black women of our community temporarily and cast them aside but that we forever embrace them so that they can be encouraged to lift up another young woman coming behind them. The #PrettyBrownGirls4Gabby campaign is for every black girl and woman that has ever felt defeated, torn down, excluded, and defined by others rather than having the ability to define themselves. Stay strong and encouraged Gabbies. We need you.

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$5 million Knight Cities Challenge to open for ideas Oct. 10

Knight Cities Challenge winners from 2015 and 2016 convene in Philadelphia.

During this contentious election season one theme has remained constant across party lines: an unshakeable belief in the American power to innovate. We at Knight Foundation also believe that good ideas can come from anywhere, and anyone. It’s why we launched the Knight Cities Challenge two years ago, and it’s why we’re bringing back the challenge for its third iteration this fall.

Jonathan Morschl, an architect from Akron, Ohio, entered his big idea into the challenge last October. He saw the closure of an underused section of downtown highway as an opportunity to create a new public space for residents and visitors by planning and building a mountain bike park. The Knight Cities Challenge reviewers agreed, and Morschl, who doesn’t even bike, ended up winning $120,000 to make his idea a reality. Suddenly Akron was abuzz and local leaders were pledging their support. After the idea was featured in Fast Company Morschl received tweets, calls and e-mails from strangers offering to donate supplies, money, time and expertise.

That’s the power of good ideas. They pick up momentum quickly, especially if they have a bit of cash and publicity behind them. Since the first challenge opened in 2014, almost 70 projects have shared in $10 million. We’re looking forward to the next round.

This fall we’re opening the next Knight Cities Challenge to offer $5 million in grant funding for your best ideas to make the 26 Knight communities more successful. The challenge will open Monday, Oct. 10, and close Thursday, Nov. 3, at We will announce the winners in spring 2017.

We’re looking for new ideas that can make impact in three areas that are crucial to building more successful cities – attracting and retaining talent, increasing economic opportunity and promoting civic engagement.

Cities need to attract and keep graduates to improve their economic prospects, so we need to build the types of cities where they want to live. We’re interested in ideas that attract and keep talented people while supporting them in contributing to the common good.

Cities are becoming increasingly segregated racially and economically. We’re interested in ideas that combat isolation and segregation while opening up pathways to economic opportunity. We’re particularly interested in the role that public spaces can play in knitting communities together.

Cities are seeing fewer people attached to or taking an active role in civic life. We’re seeking ideas that reverse this trend to support full participation and a culture of civic engagement.

The challenge is an easy way to get an idea in front of Knight Foundation. The initial application asks just three 100-word questions about your idea and your team. You don’t need to know all of the details at this stage; we’re looking for promising ideas, not fully baked plans. If you’re selected as a finalist, we’ll ask you for more information.

The challenge is designed to be a source of “risk capital.” We’re interested in testing new ideas and exploring what works so that we can spread learning across our network of cities. We’re not looking to provide ongoing support for work that’s underway. You don’t need to be from a Knight city to apply, but your project must take place in a Knight community, one of 26 places where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers.

You can learn more during our community events or during virtual office hours. Check the schedule here and make plans to attend or tune in.

Start thinking about your big ideas and get ready to submit beginning Monday, Oct. 10, at

George Abbott is special assistant to the vice president for community and national initiatives and the project manager for the Knight Cities Challenge. Email him This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow him on Twitter via @garthurabbott.


Donald Trump’s appeal for Black votes

Trump: “What do you have to lose by trying something new”?

African Americans should be wary about supporting Donald Trump for any public office because he does not have our best interest at heart. Public service means service to everyone you are elected to serve.

In the case of Trump his constituency would be broken up into Black and White and further divided by class among the non white constituents.

They would be divided by Mexican, Muslim, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Caribbean, and others. The white constituency would be given preference followed by the nonblack others and finally the Blacks.

Trump has lots of racial history to support this theory.

In 1970, the Trump organization was cited by the Department of Justice for housing discrimination. His rental agents were told to mark all applicants by Blacks with a “C”. Of the 16,000 apartments controlled by Trump, only 700 were rented to Blacks in select locations. His organization faced this same charge again in 1978.

In 1989, Trump stirred up racial controversy when he published a full-page ad in the New York Times, calling for the death penalty for five innocent teenagers, all black or Hispanic, who had been accused of raping and beating a jogger in Central Park. According to Eugene Puryear of Justice First, Trump was using racist discourse about black thugs, criminals, and black animals roaming the park to racialize the incident. The five youths were convicted, but later acquitted after a sixth man confessed to the crime. Even after the acquittal, Trump was unrepentant. A recent message on Twitter asked: “What were they doing in the park, playing checkers?”

In the mid 90’s admitting his racist tendencies, Trump told John O’Donnell, president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, that he hates “black guys counting my money!” He added that “the only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” To Trump, “laziness is a trait in blacks.” Several years later, Trump didn’t bother to deny it: He admitted, “The stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true.”

Donald Trump was the person who brought Barack Obama’s birthplace into question. Ironically, it wasn’t because he really thought Obama was not eligible to be president of the United States, it was done to appeal to the GOP voter base and set the stage for a 2016 presidential bid. During an interview on the Today Show he was asked if he had people in Hawaii researching Obama’s birth records. He responded: “Absolutely and they cannot believe what they are finding. I’m serious.” The truth is Trump never requested a copy of Obama’s birth certificate from Hawaii or any other country. As late as May 4, 2016 in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Trump tried to shift the blame for the birther movement to Hillary Clinton. Trump:”You know who started the birther movement? You know who started it? Do you know who questioned his birth certificate, one of the first? Hillary Clinton. She’s the one that started it. She brought it up years before it was brought up by me.” That was a blatant bold faced lie. Trump’s rhetoric belies his underlying motives.

Trump doubled down on his assessment of Mexicans as drug dealers, rapist and murderers. He says he is going to build a wall to keep Mexicans out of America and has no such plans for a wall barring Canadians and Europeans.

Trump, along with his water boy Rudy Giuliani, has called the founders of Black Lives Matter, criminals and has inspired a move to have them labeled as terrorists. Trump does not believe in the 1st Amendment as it pertains to “Black Lives Matter”.

Trump is the champion of the 2nd Amendment as it relates to white persons only. He supports police who shoot and kill black men who have legal permits to carry firearms.

In Trump’s appeal to for votes, he presents a positive plan for organizations such as Veterans and non-college, blue-collar whites. To all other groups he promises negatives.

For Mexicans, he promises deportation, decimation of families, and a wall to keep them separated from America and their American families.

For “Muslims” (Middle Easterners) he promises a ban on travel and extreme vetting.

For young Black men, he along with his puppet Rudy Giuliani, promises them “Law and Order”, a dog whistle to this voter base (non-college, blue collar white males) and a police controlled neighborhood with orders to shoot to kill in any and all confrontations. In Trump’s opinion, America will not be safe until it is rid of its dangerous young Black males.

In the eyes of the Trumps of the world, every neighborhood that is predominately non-white is an area riddled with crime drugs and dangerous killers. He with his proposed Attorney General, Rudy Giuliani, will invade these neighborhoods with their “Storm Troopers” and rid America of these dangerous criminals.

In Trump’s appeal for the Black vote, he didn’t promise to secure funds for better schools, demolish dilapidated buildings, pave streets, improve garbage collection, create alternatives for criminal activity for survival, provide training subsidies for the un-employed, create and enforce police reform and police/community relations or monitor police activity in the Black communities. He promised “Law and Order”

Here are some of the things Trump can do if he wants a relationship with the black community.

1. Admit to and apologize to the black community for housing discrimination.

2. Invite the “Central Park Jogger Five” to Trump Tower for an apology.

3. Publish a full page Ad in NYC’s African American newspapers apologizing for advocating the death penalty for the 5 young men.

4. Apologize to Barack Obama for his birther rhetoric.

5. Apologize to Mexicans and other non-white American citizens for his insulting characterization.

6. Apologize to African Americans for the insulting remarks made in West Bend Wisconsin in his characterization of Black neighborhoods and his dog whistle promise of “Law and Order”.

7. Apologize to America’s Muslim community for insulting and negative characterization of the family of a fallen US soldier.

8. Apologize to African Americans for the voter suppression procedures implemented by members of the Republican party and resolve to protect voting rights for every American citizen.

9. Admit that he is now, always has been, and will continue to be a racist as long as he believes that America belongs to people of European decent especially those from the United Kingdom.

Trump’s presidential campaign mirror national elections since 1864. The campaign rhetoric has always been a tug of war between supporters and opponents of African American issues. Since the days of FDR, the black vote has been with the democratic party. In the aftermath of previous elections, blacks realized little or no progress or rewards for their votes. Police brutality is the primary issue facing African Americans today, yet group protests against killing of unarmed young black men by white police officers is considered criminal activity and is not a major focus of those who seek our vote.

America’s political system is in need of change especially as it pertains to its black citizens. Our issue of police brutality needs resolution but Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani are not the ones to do it.

What do we have to lose? Every civil rights gain made in the last 5 decades.

Register and vote but make sure your vote counts for you!


The Average Black Family Would Need This Many Years to Build the Wealth of the Average White Family

It's called "the racial gap" and it seems to be taking a very long time for black Americans to close it. The gap refers to the huge difference in wealth that exists between white and black Americans. A recent study shows that, unless something drastic occurs, it will take 228 years for blacks to accumulate as much wealth as whites.

'Mo' money

Basically, wealth is the accumulation of resources, like stocks, bonds, real estate, and money. A new study of the racial wealth gap by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the Corporation For Economic Development (CFED), which studied trends in wealth from 1983 to 2013, released its findings, and it wasn't pretty. It showed that, indeed, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.

During the 30-year-study, the rich -- members of the Forbes 400 list -- experienced a 736 percent increase in their wealth. While the average white household experienced a 84 percent gain in wealth during that time period, this increase was 3 times greater than what blacks experienced.

The problem grows

Starting with one factor, income, it's clear to see how the gap grew. Income was 50 percent higher in 2011 for whites than it was for blacks and Latinos, but the median household wealth for white households was around 16 times greater. How can that be? More earnings equates to more savings, and greater opportunities to build wealth. In addition, disasters like the real estate crash have a much greater affect on blacks than on whites.

What about government programs?

The study shined a not-so-flattering light on government programs that are supposed to help build wealth. Here are some of the highlights:

Government spending on wealth-building has more than tripled since 1994 but mostly helps people who already have wealth

77 percent of the home mortgage tax deduction benefits households with annual incomes between $75,000 and $500,000

Two-thirds of all public subsidies for retirement savings go to people whose incomes are in the top 20 percent

Bottom line

Unless things change, the study predicts that in the next 30 years, the average white family’s net worth will grow by $18,000 per year, but growth for black and Hispanic households will be only $750 and $2,250 per year.

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