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The Power of Resistance Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, February 2, 2017 Vol. 52 - No 28 Riverside Black History Parade, Expo & Car Show (See Page A-4) (Cont. on Page A-6) On Saturday, February 11, the 38th Annual Riverside Black History Parade, Expo & Car Show are presented by the Adrian Dell and Carmen Roberts Foundation. Under the familiar It Takes a Village theme, this years event spotlights Honoring Our Youth, with the parade starting at 10:00 a.m. from Riverside City College, located at 4800 Magnolia Ave., followed by the Expo. This years Grand Marshall is Whitney Ashley, who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Womens Discus Throw. We also have the marching bands, Simone said. We have a dynamic grand marshal. It will be nice to see the youth organizations get involved. Over the years, she has volunteered with the Orange Blossom Festival, which draws multicultural participation from all walks of life. She has also served on the Asian Pacific Luna Festival. She said she has been most proud of serving the NAACP advocacy for human rights, as well as a long stint with the Black History Parade Expo. In her new post, she will also be active in preserving cultural resources, landmarks and structures. Im proud in the broader spectrum of things, Ive been involved with a lot of cultural events, she said. Everyone, including herself, has been hard at work, volunteering behind the scenes to pull offone of the few big Black History Month events that have become a mainstay for the community. She wants to see the crowd come out to help Core planning persons are L-R: Robert Sewell, director marketing & public relations at Victor Valley College; Terry Boykins, CEO Street Positive; Patricia Nickols-Butler, president Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County; and Lois Car- son, member of planning committee for CAPSBC. Photo: Dowdy By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Ever since Natasha Simone started working with Riverside downtown partnerships and long time community activists like Dell Roberts and Waudieur E. Rucker-Hughes, she hasnt been able to say no when calls for help comes. When asked, she gladly served on the planning committee for Riverside African American Museum Conference held last August, and co-coordinated the block party at Mission Inn, which was hugely successful. Things like the Black History Committee, these are things that are important to me as an African American woman. These are icons in the community, said Simone, recently sworn in to serve with the city of Riverside Cultural Heritage Board. Remembering other long-standing advocates, like Sylvia Martin, who passed away last year, also motivates her to want to do more at a deeper level, to follow in their footsteps. Thats why I embrace the Rose Mayes, and Katie Greens. We just had the MLK walk, and this older generation is looking for younger [people] to step up to the plate, she said. Coming into her new role as a cultural heritage commissioner, she looks forward to her new duties and responsibilities, even as she continues serving several other time-honored events that are in full stride this month, such as the Black History Parade. CSUSB & SBVC Black History Events on Campus By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Sounds simplistic, but Black runs deeper than the labels that history has assigned or others have defined. Cassandra Butcher counts it a long overdue victory to have opened their Pan African Center last October at Cal State University, San Bernardino. She is very excited to kick off the first series of events open to the community and students with this years Black History Month theme, Black is. Typically, February focuses on what Black has meant over the decades through historical accomplishments, but she said the time is right to revisit what Black means today. The world is changing. Students are going to be able to define what they feel Black is instead of what we tell them Black is, she said. Theres so much that weve gone through to have the strength to say I matter, Im here. Depending on the generation or the individual, Black may span a gamut of labels and emotions. For her, it means strength to withstand cultural appropriation, or sometimes called, cultural misappropriation, where the majority white culture steals elements of the Black culture into their own, but refuses to acknowledge or validate where those ideas came from. Whatever the case may be, she said that Black people always manage to rise above the struggle. To go through all of the things you go through as a Black person and work toward overcoming, I feel that takes a lot of strength. Black is strong, she said. Black History Month is sure to boost the discussion around the impact of the Trump Administration. At the Pan African Center, she wants to educate students more around Legislature, how it works, and how they can take a more proactive role to fight the power. She wants them more empowered around advocacy, and understanding political process without feeling bad about not knowing the Electoral College and other often convoluted aspects of government. Sometimes, she said students are afraid to ask the simple questions. The center can be a safe learning environment to get familiar with the issues, state and national representatives, and activated before the next election. People are scared to (Cont. on Page A-7) June Collison, President of Dignity Health - Community Hospital of San Bernardino leads Lincoln Elementary school students in the "Kindness Mini Medical School" on Thursday, January 26. This is the third year that Community Hospital has partnered with the school during the Great Kindness Challenge, helping students accomplish many of the kind acts they worked to complete during the week. Photo: Dignity Healthcare Helping Young People Navigate Poverty By Eliz Dowdy StaffWriter San Bernardino County Community Action Partnership (CAPSBC), Street Positive and Victor Valley Community College came together to host a planning session for a scheduled poverty symposium to address the poverty rate among youth. The emphasis for concentrating on youth came from a symposium held at Cal State University, San Bernardino in 2016. From the survey conducted from that event, it was apparent that young people in high school and college were suffering from the effects of poverty in their lives. 2014 statistics indicate that 20.6% of residents county-wide live in poverty; 28.5% of children under 18 years of age live in poverty; 11.3% of seniors ages 65+ live in poverty and 43% of adults in low-income households in the county are food insecure. The goal of the sponsoring entities is to help youth identify areas where they may require assistance, and what steps they can begin to take to change the direction of their future. The planning session was opened by Terry Boykins, CEO of Street Positive. He stated the goal of the symposium is to make sure students engage and work with key individuals in their communities. The objective of the symposium is reaching out to high school and community college students, getting them engaged in the discussions about their needs and future. How can the community help them navigate the present, to change the future? The high desert was chosen because (Cont. on Page A-6) The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation Senior King & Queen are Wallace and Josephine Allen, publishers of the Westside Story Newspaper. They have been married forty-one years and are the parents of five children and the proud grandparents of two girls and seven boys. They are members of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino. Michael Eric Dyson

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