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MLK50: Racism Still Matters 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, April 12, 2018 Vol. 52 - No 37 Westside S.B. Applauds Youth Volunteer (See Page A-3) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Somehow, 15-year- old Michael Bolton seems well beyond his years. Hes pulling good grades, finds time to volunteer in the community, and already has worked out his 10-year goals. Bolton, a longtime volunteer at the Delmann Heights Community Center, wants to follow in his grandfathers footsteps, a Vietnam veteran who served in transportation and cargo, but not with a gun. I want to save lives, I dont want to take them, said Bolton, a sophomore in the Cadet Corps at Cajon High School. Bolton understands what the front line means for men of color, but thats not stopping him from pursuing a career as a combat medic that will lead to a free prime education after hes served his time. I plan on the military, and after the three years, Ill have them send me to college, he said. When other kids his age break loose on school break or hold down in the house for days playing video games, Bolton can be found volunteering a few times that week at Delmann Heights Center. On holidays, he volunteers in distributing free dinners that staff members cook for the community. At Easter, he helped with the egg hunt. He is active with the after-school programs. At irst, he was just fulfilling a school commitment for community service credits, but he wanted to continue volunteering. Besides a few female volunteers, he and only one other young man regularly shows up to help staff. He feels at least part of the problem is that technology may be making his generation lazy. The technical age is coming in. Theyd rather be on their games, even though we have that stuff at the Local Students Unite for National Walk Out By Dianne Anderson StaffWRiter Along with hundreds of thousands of other American students, San Bernardino is uniting for change in gun laws, and to remember so many students that have lost their lives on campuses across America. On Friday, April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, students will take to the podiums to pressure politicians for stricter gun control. The walkouts will begin between noon and 12:30 p.m. at citywide San Bernardino schools. Anthony Caughron, a local student and member of CHORDS Enrichment Youth Program, will perform along with many other students in the group at the rally meet up point, San Bernardino Community SDA Church at 3:00 p.m. across from San Bernardino High School. Since the Feb. 14 Parkland, Florida high school mass shooting that left 17 dead, hundreds of thousands of students have walked out classrooms to draw attention to laws that most are not yet old enough to vote on. Caughron said the students he knows are not talking about school shootings in a gun control kind of way because they think shootings happen outside the school gate. They dont worry about it, or they say they want to shoot back, he said, although reasoning, If they have a gun, and you have a gun, who's going to shoot first? Edwin Johnson said some local teens have a different perspective about school violence and mass shootings. He hears how some students feel removed from the impact because they live in the hood, or ideas of shoot first before they get shot. Most of my kids say, well get them before they get us, or they say mass shootings dont happen in the hood because there are always shootings outside the gate, down the street, he said. Because gun violence is an everyday awareness with local kids, he worries about the long-term impact of stress. Kids come to school to get a break from living in the hard parts of the community. Theyre from the hood, they see this every day. Its crazy for this to happen at school because a lot of them see school as a safe haven, he said. For a lot of kids, school is a place to get lunch, and a safe escape. In partnering with SBUSD, the CHORDS program works with four high schools, including San Bernardino High School, Pacific, Arroyo Valley and San Gorgonio high schools, serving about 80 students. Johnson said the program also allows students an important creative outlet to express their concerns and for adults to understand what they would otherwise internalize. He is also concerned that local kids are already traumatized by the stress of gun violence. In the past, if there was a lockdown during after school hours, it was usually because something happened down the street. Lately, he said the kids more on edge and ready to hit the floor. The feeling is different. Now when they say its locked down because something happened down the street, people are in fear for their lives, he said. He said that giving the kids an opportunity to write out their own lyrics is a sort of self-help way to process their reality. Theyre telling the world their story through their performances, he said. So far, the National High School Walk-Out for Anti Gun Violence petition on Change.org, has garnered over 254,450 signatures to be submitted to the U.S. Senate. Citing https:// everytownresearch.org, the organization reports FBI data and other reports of 156 mass (Cont. on Page A-2) Tips On Funding Business Join local lenders and business growth experts for insider tips on funding a business, and speak with lenders as part of a special free loan fair at the 6th Annual Inland Prosperity Conference on Friday, April 6. Diane Weklar, business strategist and bestselling author of The Money Maze: 10 Secrets to Winning Business Financing, will give attendees an insiders look at what lenders want you to know that will put you light years ahead of the competition when youre seeking a loan. Dr. Leticia Wright, Americas Crowdfunding Expert, will reveal how to create and implement a successful business crowdfunding campaign. Finally, a panel of local lenders from Accion, AMPAC Tri-State CDC, Opportunity Fund, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and CDC Small Business Finance will share their expertise in different types of business loans and what applicants need to know in order to get funded. A special free loan fair will be held from one to three in the afternoon and is open to the general public as well as conference attendees. Lenders will be available to discuss business loan requirements and answer questions. The Inland Prosperity Conference will be held at the Ontario Airport Hotel and Conference Center, 700 N. Haven Ave in Ontario, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free and admission includes a light breakfast and lunch. Registration is $47 for the general public, $20 for students and $30 for non-profit entities. For registration or additional information, visit the IEWBC website at www.iewbc.org or contact Joelle Passerello at (909) 890-1242 or jpasserello@iewbc.org. The Inland Empire and Coachella Valley Womens Business Centers are programs of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino. Housed in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, IECE, which administers the programs in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration, is inland Southern Californias leading organization dedicated to supporting and promoting entrepreneurship. The WBCs provides business counseling, training and mentoring designed for women business owners. The idea of the United States as an exceptional nation will be the topic of the next Yotie Talks program at Cal State San Bernardino. A m e r i c a n Exceptionalism & American Identity Past, Present, and Future will be presented as a brown-bag discussion with university faculty on Thursday, April 19, at the John M. Pfau Library in room PL-4005 from 2-3:30 p.m. According to the online New World Encyclopedia, American exceptionalism has been historically referred to as the belief that the United States differs qualitatively from other developed nations because of its national credo, historical evolution, or distinctive political and religious institutions. The difference is often expressed in American circles as some categorical superiority, to which is usually attached some alleged proof, rationalization or explanation that may vary greatly depending on the historical period and the political context. However, the term can also be used in a negative sense by critics of American policies to refer to a willful nationalistic ignorance of faults committed by the American government. Faculty from across campus will give brief remarks on a set of topics related to this contentious subject, followed by questions and discussion. Some themes explored will be: American and Other Exceptionalisms: Whats Exceptional and Whats Not? by Robert Blackey, history; Persistent Myths of American Exceptionalism and Its Christian Foundation, by Mary Texeira, sociology; No Place Like Home: Manifest Destiny, Gender and Building the Exceptional Home in the American Southwest, by Yvette Saavedra, history; and The Reception and Impact of American Exceptionalism Around the World, by Jeremy Murray, history. Yotie Talks, which follows a format similar to the TED Talks, is organized by the University Diversity Committee at CSUSB, and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeremy Murray of the CSUSB Department of History at jmurray@csusb. edu. Yotie Talks on American Exceptionalism

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