Precinct Reporter 03 28 2019 E Edition Page A-1

NNPA Celebrates Black Press Week news@precinctreporter.com Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County news@precinctreporter.com I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, March 28, 2019 Vol. 54 - No 34 Kinship Program: Help for Grandparents Raising Kids (See Page A-3) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Admittedly, many of the folks that step through the doors of Westside Kinship Support Services come carrying a lot of heavy emotional baggage, but they walk away with a much lighter load. Most of the clients Dr. Clyde Stewart sees are grandparents in crisis taking on more responsibility within the family, and overwhelmed with many stressors. It is taxing them in their golden years. Thats not an idea or a hypothesis, that is the truth, said Stewart, pastor at the Westside Christian Center in San Bernardino. The majority of the caregivers are grandparents. Some have six and eight grandkids. At the center, his program serves about 100 families, with about 40 grandparents coming out weekly to meet up with their support group. The center is located at Westside Kinship Support Services at 224 E 16th Street, between Sierra Way and Waterman Ave. He said the foundation of their program addresses a family dynamic that can be passed down through generations. Some grandparents have raised their grandkids, and are now raising their great grandkids. One issue may involve adult kids that have been, or should have been, in therapy because of their own abandonment issues, which then gets passed on to the kids. Poverty, drugs and incarceration - often in that order - are at the root of the crisis. In recent decades, many parents have been caught up in clogged pipelines to prison, leaving the kids behind. They grow up with some Exhibit Focusing on Juvenile Incarceration Coming to CSUSB smallasaGIANT, a traveling art exhibition that focuses on issues related to juvenile incarceration, will make a stop for about two months at Cal State San Bernardinos Anthropology Museum, marking its debut. The museum, housed on the third floor of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will display smallasaGIANT from April 15 - June 15. CSUSB is the first of eight venues the exhibits creator, Ise Lyfe, will bring his work to, and the only university campus on the tour itinerary. An opening reception is set for April 18. This is a statewide project, and as myself and team were looking for opportunities to lift up areas that are gems in the state, San Bernardino was high on the list, Lyfe said. Wherever you land on a social or political spectrum, juvenile justice and mass incarceration impact you in some way or another. I believe it is a human rights issue - and when I reflect on the strong labor, family, and education culture of this area, day to day humanity is obvious and apparent, he said. Im proud that we are premiering here! The exhibit is a multi- media display of photos and other media that explore the lives and journeys of people who were sentenced to prison as adults before they turned 18. As the exhibits website explains, smallasaGIANT fuses a photography effort and exhibition with community forums held across California to expose the inhumanity and ineffectiveness of juvenile incarceration - particularly for long-term sentences. The project will pragmatically reveal in a provocative way the cruelty and ineffectiveness of juvenile incarceration, to galvanize people in a non- abstract, pointed way to participate in local and state efforts to reform the juvenile justice system. The aim of the project is to photograph young people who have been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison when they were under the age of 18 - now serving those sentences. The core purpose of the entire project is to create a tangible tool and glaring statement through conceptual art that can be used to influence and empower voters, communities, politicians, and stakeholders to change the attitude, policies, and laws that fuel one of Americas most tragic and grotesque appendages: Locking children in prison for their entire lives. As part of the exhibit, Lyfe and the Anthropology Museum have put out a call to the university and the off-campus community to develop programs that would tie in with the exhibit, which aims to raise awareness of the issues related to incarcerating juveniles. Some programs already planned include: n The House I Live In, Screening and Discussion, April 4, 2 p.m., John M. Pfau Library, PL- 5005; n I n s i d e / O u t : Reflections from a Formerly Incarcerated Prison Educator, April 11, 4 p.m., Santos Manuel Student Union Fourplex; n Jane Elliot on Race and Racism, April 18, noon, Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center. The exhibition is also available to serve as a venue for hosting events to support community organizations and will arrange extended hours to accommodate group tours and meet-ups. The exhibits creator, Ise Lyfe, is an award-winning conceptual artist, justice advocate, author, spoken word artist and actor from Oakland. Among his larger conceptual art projects was Brighter That Blight, a 2013 effort in which he transformed a blighted, condemned housing project in Oakland into a life- sized exhibition and artistic narrative on housing as a human right. He has also served as a commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the city of Oakland, and in 2016, Lyfe helped launch the citys Department of Race and Equity. Social Lites Present the Beautillion Knights Join in on the celebration of The Social Lites, Inc. 52nd Beautillion Ball and witness five intelligent young men be presented to society on Saturday, March 30, at the National Orange Show. A Brighter Future is Yours to Write is the theme for this years program. Formal attire is required. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. The Beautillion Knights and their court (Fairmaidens, Squires, and Pages) are participants in a mentorship program sponsored by The Social Lites, Inc. of San Bernardino. The five- month extracurricular program, centered around academic and community service projects, is focused on leadership, character, life development skills, spiritual growth, public speaking, accountability, and health education for students of color from elementary to high school. High school seniors who participate in the program are known as Knights. The all-around Knight will be identified the evening of the Beautillion Ball as Sir Knight. Other awards are given for academics and other achievements. For more information, contact: knight.beautillion@gmail.com Tynan Currie Syree Rucker-Spears Jordan Dean-Reynoso Zamir Subero Neuman Sneed II San Gorgonio HS Cajon HS Carter HS Middle College HS (Cont. on Page A-2)

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