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New Hope Family Life Center Offers Free Programs We Must Build One America 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 (See Page A-4) Thursday, July 21, 2016 Vol. 51 - No 52 Police Storm Anne Shirrells Park By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter icer-involved homicides of unarmed Black and Brown men across country - with some counter- shootingoficers - have most everyone on edge lately. At least for communities of color, law enforcement on edge seems synonymous with unnecessary force, or worse. Janelle, 24, not her real name, said she was among about a dozen ordered to the ground last week at Anne Shirrells Park when police came barreling through, patted down about ten, including herself and another mom. Her two toddlers watched, crying from the sidelines. They let my kids cry, and see everything, she said. I was sitting on the ground, and another lady, her daughter was in the car. Both she and the mother were patted down by male icers,she said. Everyone was just enjoying quiet park time on a Friday afternoon. Police drove by and I guess they saw a lot of Black guys, she said. Nobody was doing anything, What happened last Friday at Anne Shirrells Park is a big part of the problem with police in San BernardinothatJohnGrinsaidkeepscomingupat community meetings. Grin, a member of the African American Police Advisory, said that the police handled the community with total disrespect. This wasn't professional, he said. It was wrong, they didn't have to do that. At a recent meeting around community policing, he said the biggest complaints that came up was that police came on too strong for no apparent reason. He said that police had responded to an alleged anonymous call that someone had bullets in their pocket. Grin,who regularly volunteers security patrol with the Westside Nubians, was at the park when police came in. The biggest thing was that they came in like storm troopers, like we were over in Iraq. They were yelling 'on the ground.' he said. That's disrespect, especially when they put the ladies on the ground. According to the Guardian project, which tracks police killings, Black men were nine times more likely to be killed by police than any other Americans last year. La'Nae Norwood, president of the United Nations of Consciousness, said that every African American at the park was terrified, and expected the situation would not end peacefully. She said about six police came through strong, and it was chaotic. [We were] suspended in fear, she said. It was like we were waiting for the police to open fire on the young men. The circumstances around the event raise so many questions. Where did this anonymous call come from? Norwood, who organizes several programs for children and parents at the Anne Shirrells Park Community Center, said the community needs less police intervention and more community prevention. She said that people were just at the park to enjoy the park and the programming. In the future, it would be ideal if the community has a hotline to call so the community can respond and intervene on our own behalf, she said. The San Bernardino Police Department could not be reached for repeated calls for comment. By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Every day, good things are happening for the community at New Hope Family Life Center. This week, the Braille Academy is working with local kids at risk of future visual impairment, or blindness. Mary Willows, president of the National Federation of the Blind of California, said they have received several referrals from teachers and the school district for children four to 12 years old, that will be attending the visiting BELL Academy, Braille Enrichment in Learning and Literacy. Any parents with children who are either currently reading braille, or expect to be in need of braille at some point in the future are invited to participate. While medicine has come a long way, Willow said that because they are better able to save babies that wouldn't have survived 30 years ago, some of those babies now have disabilities, such as visual impairment, called Retinopathy of prematurity. We see children that are in need, that don't get as much reading and writing exposure as sighted children, who start reading the minute they start seeing packages or signs. Blind kids don't get that exposure, she said. For that reason, blind or visually impaired children often fall behind early on in their education without extra support. According to the national Federation of the Blind website statistics, next to Native Americans and Alaskan Indians, African Americans are the most impacted at 2.9% of the visually impaired population. Over the next two weeks, the program will be held at New Hope Family Life Center from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. That's who we would like to get a hold of, parents who may have children who are either visually impaired or have a prognosis of visual impairment somewhere down the road, she said. Dr. P.R. Pryor, who also hosts her TCP Community & Business Empowerment program at the facility, said she is always looking to network with community-based partners for leadership training and organizational development. At the center, she holds regular free collaborative workshops to empower businesses, community, and individuals to reach their best potential. This is a time for unity, and we must pull together so that we can put San Bernardino back on the map as a city that has pride and respect. That's what we want to do, she said. Currently, she offers personal life coaching one on one. Community members are invited to come out to learn how to build up their businesses or projects. She said that San Bernardino has gotten a bad name, and has come across hard times with the bankruptcy, but there are still many good programs and good people in the city. We're all about positivity, she said. I believe in the midst of everything that's going on, that we will once again rise to be a viable community. To get involved with TCP meetings, text 702.981.0516 To learn more about Braille event, call Ms. Hairston 323.654.2975 By Adam Gellar AP National Writer New York (AP) _ On an unusually cool night for summer, Mike Perry and his crew thread the sidewalks running through Staten Island's Stapleton Houses, tracked by police cameras bolted to the apartment blocks and positioned atop poles. ``The better the weather, the more people will be out,'' Perry says. ``Activity _ not all good, neither.'' Perry's group, five black men and one Latino, all acknowledge past crimes or prison time. Perry, himself, used to deal drugs around another low-income housing complex, two miles away. Now, though, their Cure Violence team works to defuse arguments that can lead to shootings and match people with job training and counseling. Their goals are not so different from those of the police. EDITOR'S NOTE - This story is part of Divided America, AP's ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society. While Perry gives cops their due, he keeps his distance. Two years ago, within walking distance of this spot, a black man named Eric Garner died in a confrontation with policeicers. Garner was suspected of selling loose cigarettes;an icer wrestled him to the ground by his neck. His last words _ ``I can't breathe'' _ were captured on cellphone video that rocketed across the internet. ``I know those icers did not mean to kill Eric,'' says Perry, a 37-year-old father of two who knew Garner. But,``you need to lookan icer in the eye who doesn't understand and go, `Brother, I want to get home, too.' They're defending these communities that they don't know.'' As Americans struggle with the highly publicized deaths of black men in encounters with police in Minnesota, Louisiana and across the country, and now the sniper killing of five Dallas icers, Perry and his fellow Staten Islanders have the dubious distinction of being a step ahead. Since Garner's death in July 2014, they have confronted a measure of the anger, pain and alienation that the nation now shares. On this 58-square-mile island that residents say often feels like a small town though it's part of the nation's biggest city, police and the policed have had to coexist. The events of recent weeks have focused new attention on the chasm between police and minorities, one of so many divides in this contentious election year. Years of tension have left people wary in both the policing community and in minority neighborhoods, with many yearning for one another's respect. It's not simple, though, to change the way people see each other. ``What we have to bear in mind is that when a particular culture has been created, or when people sense a certain culture is operating, it takes time in order to change that culture,'' says the Rev. Victor Brown, a pastor of one of the larger African-American churches on Staten Island's North Shore. Brown, a spiritual adviser to Garner's family who criticized the grand jury's decision not to indict the icer involved,serves as a part-time police chaplain. The challenge was captured in a nationwide poll last summer by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs, in which 81 percent of black Americans said police are too quick to use deadly force, compared with 33 percent of whites. A third of blacks said they trust police to work in the best interest of the community, less than half the percentage of whites. The voices of Staten Islanders speak to attitudes and experience that are often more complicated than might be reflected in polling numbers. Like the white retired icer who credits a longtime black partner for much of his success in patrolling poor neighborhoods, and worries today's cops are not street-wise enough. Or the black street vendor who rails against police for Garner's death, butsaysicersareneededtocleanup the street where that death occurred. ``I think the divide is worse than DIVIDED AMERICA: Bridging the Gap Between Police, Policed New York City began assigning pairs oficers to specific neighborhoods,rather than having them rush from call to call across precincts. They are mandated to spend a third of their shift off-radio, talking with residents to forge relationships. The new approach was rolled out to the North Shore in December. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer (Cont. on Page A-2) Gwen Carr holds a picture of her son, Eric Garner, during a news con- ference in New York with relatives of other New Yorkers killed by po- lice. Ifher son's death means something,icials can clean up the block where regulars, black and white, say drinking and drugs have increased since his death. Confrontational cops are not the answer, she says. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

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