Precinct Reporter 06 23 2016 E Edition Page A-1

Inaction Cannot Be an Option 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 (See Page A-4) Thursday, June 23, 2016 Vol. 51 - No 48 Cal Poly and CSUSB Get $142k for Formerly Incarcerated Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino are part of a statewide effort to expand college access to formerly incarcerated individuals and help reduce the rate of recidivism. The universities have received $142,000 as part of a California State University pilot program modeled after San Francisco States Project Rebound, which helps those who have spent time in prison to earn college degrees, drastically reducing the likelihood they will return to incarceration. California has historically suffered from one of the highest recidivism rates in the nation, with two-thirds of those released from prison returning within a few years. For those participating in college programs, the odds of returning to prison are reduced by 51 percent. In 2010, the most recent year for which data is available, the percentage of Project Rebound students who returned to prison was just 3 percent. This CSU effort involves the CSU campuses in Pomona, San Bernardino, Bakersfield, Fresno, Fullerton, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco. It is funded through a $500,000 Renewing Communities grant from The Opportunity Institute. The expansion of Project Rebound to seven additional campuses will make it accessible to 70 percent of individuals monitored by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Project Rebound offers a great opportunity to help individuals who want to transform their lives but may not normally have the opportunity to attend a college or university and earn their degrees, said CSUSB President Toms D. Morales. Education will play a vital role in helping them to better themselves and CSUSB is dedicating its efforts to making it happen. Pursuing a postsecondary education is one of the best approaches for the formerly incarcerated to change their lives, providing possibilities that lead to success in the community. It can lead to developing a career instead of simply providing a job, said Annika Anderson, a CSUSB assistant professor of sociology and principal investigator of the CSUSB grant. Both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino plan to enroll their first froup of Project Rebound students in the fall 2016 term. The initial phase will include hiring staffand orientation for new students. Significant collaboration with local community colleges is planned. We expect to have at least 10 individuals that were formerly incarcerated in our first cohort, said political science Professor Renford Reese, who is the director of Project Rebound at Cal Poly Pomona. These would include students who are already enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona and then any incoming students we identify. We have tremendous resources on campus, and we will be able to connect our Project Rebound students with those resources while providing mentors and support. Reese has more than a decade of experience researching and creating academic programs for people in prison and the formerly incarcerated. He is the founder of the Prison Education Project and the Reintegration Academy for parolees. During the three-year grant, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino expect to partner with the California Institute for Men in Chino, the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, the Calif Institute for Women in Corona, and the new Santa Fe Springs Custody to Community Womens Transition Facility. In addition, CSUSB will use the grant as an ongoing partner of a 30-agency re-entry collaborative in San Bernardino County. No one wants to be judged by the worst mistakes they made in their life, Reese adds. Project Rebound will support our students in fulfilling their dreams and reaching their potential. At SF State, which is lead campus in (Cont. on Page A-6) CSUSB Students Support Morales By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter As forecasts go, the climate is reportedly hostile for some faculty at Cal State San Bernardino, but where that storm is headed is a matter of debate. Alex Avila, a member of Black Scholars Matter, said that members of their group were very surprised to learn the target of discontent in a recent survey has been a great support system for students of color. We found it ironic that they blamed the hostility of the climate on two people out of 2,000 the president and the provost, he said. Of the negative comments cited by the Faculty Senate Survey, the university leadership is blamed for low morale, leadership promoting self-interest and pushing their own agenda, and that employees are not respected. The survey said the campus environment is divisive, lacks transparency and fear of retribution for anyone that speaks up against the administration. Avila was one of many protesters with Black Scholars Matter and the Dreamers (Undocumented - AB540) that came out last week in support of CSUSB President Dr. Tomas Morales. The students felt the survey was biased, and that they should have been included in the process. He said that while some complaints seemed valid, he hopes that Faculty Senate and student groups can ind middle ground to address some other important issues in the survey. Were not totally opposed to some of the programs and policies theyre talking about, we just dont agree on the approach, said Avila, who fraduated recently with a Masters of Fine Arts, and Ratibu Shadidi Literacy Program By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Losing her best friend and husband of 35 years has been one of the most extreme processes of Amina Carters life, even as his decades of good works and projects continue to bear fruit for the community. This month, his legacy carries on with a new tutoring project in his honor, the Ratibu Shadidi Literacy Program. Set to open in a few weeks at Cal State University, San Bernardino, the program brings his unique teaching style to reach more African American boys. Ms. Carter applauded Dr. Wil Greer for his role in creating the program that reflects the kind of effective tutoring that her husband promoted in the community. Even without a formal academic background in education, Ms. Carter said her husband always had a special way of breaking down complex ideas to reach young minds. Ratibu worked a lot with young people, talking about our culture and our history. Dr. Greer was one of those young people that grew up under that, she said. I think thats why Dr. Greer was so impressed with using a different way to teach our kids. The literacy project has been in the works for a while, and she is thrilled to hear that the doors will soon open. We are really proud of Dr. Greer in seeing it through, and at least getting it through the educational system. So, I hope hes supported now that hes fotten it through the system, she said. Wil Greer, Ph.D., assistant professor of Educational Leadership & Technology at Cal State University, San Bernardino, said the program has been in a development phase. But, the eulogy fiven by Dr. Maulana Karenga at Ratibus funeral provided more impetus to get it underway. He was all the more motivated in hearing about Ratibus extraordinary contributions to social action and education over the decades. Ratibu Shadidi (William Henry Jacocks), a longtime community activist, died late last year. I knew Ratibu for 10 years, I went to his house and broke bread, but I didnt know all of these things about him. This program is dedicated to his namesake, Dr. Greer said. He is calling on parents for sign-ups now. The program can accommodate 26 African American boys from Kindergarten to fifth grade, who will receive 30 intensive personalized tutoring sessions from September until June of next year. Sessions, which run one hour a week, are $60 per quarter or $180 for the entire school year. Many seats are still open. For low-income families committed to the program, scholarships are available, but parents will be required to carry some of the costs. One of my concerns is that I do want people to have some skin in the game, he said. I think if you compare that to the cost of other tutoring programs, this is much [less expensive]. Campus undergrads will provide tutoring, and he is looking to bring in more Black tutors. He said that the role model effect is also a very important part of the teaching process. The current situation for Black boys in the education system has layers of challenges. His philosophy is that everyone must do what they can, whether they teach in elementary to the university level, or work in business or local government. Whatever your thing is, we all have the responsibility to cast our shovels where were standing and do what we can with whatever we have, he said. But for as much as educators like to talk and think about racial progress, there was only a brief time in the 1980s when achievement gaps nationally narrowed by a small margin, then expanded again. For the most part, African American kids remain mired at the bottom. (Cont. on Page A-6) Dr. Wil Greer By Eliz Dowdy StaffWriter Saturday, June 18, the Victor Valley joined other communities in the celebration of Juneteenth. The observation is more than memories, and sharing the information about what happened that hot, dusty day in Galveston, Texas when General Gordon Granger rode into town and announced that the president had signed legislation that freed the slaves in the south from the drudgery of forced labor. Celebrations centered on the restrictions and limitations that continue to hold back people of color, and the means to help them ind freedom. The Victor Valley celebration combined remembering, advocacy, and looking to the future with Black Music Month, as musicians, singers and dancers shared their art. Those who participated included Eddie Martin, jazz guitarist; Love Connection, Christian rap artists; and Steppin Out Seniors, a group of seniors aged 55-90. Leader of the froup, Ms. Addison stated the group started out to help seniors maintain their mobility, and get the exercise they need. They stepped out with, Uptown funk, and charged the atmosphere. They are from the Antelope Valley. There were youth praise dancers, poetry, and motivational speakers delivering truth. The Juneteenth celebration is hosted by the High Desert Black Heritage Foundation, and it is now twenty-five years of age. The late Bishop Nathaniel Rin and Mrs. Eloise Gibson were instrumental in the startup. They also host the Martin Luther King Commemoration, working with schools to have kids write essays on Dr. Kings legacy. The groups leader is Thomas Lee, and they are continuing the legacy and teaching the culture submerged within another culture to the youth, and those who are unaware of the robust history of Black culture. Other participating organizations included the Victor Valley NAACP, the High Desert Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, NCNW, and local churches. The event concluded with a food giveaway to those who needed assistance in that area. Ganesha Park was the site for the 26th Juneteenth gathering in Pomona. Pictured are Monique McQueen, Trudy Coleman (host of the event), and Kathy Sanders. Steppin Out Seniors, raise the temperature with "That Uptown Funk." Photos: Dowdy Juneteenth in the High Desert

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