Precinct Reporter 08 24 2017 E Edition Page A-1

Economic Racism Lingers 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, August 24, 2017 Vol. 53 - No 5 New Youth Paid Jobs Program (See Page A-3) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter No more excuses for low income, out of school San Bernardino City youth wanting to earn some cash and learn a trade for better paying gigs in the future. A few soft skills and limited work experience is exactly what Youth Action Partnership is looking for in their potential employees. YAP founder Joseph Williams, said the door is wide open for training in occupational skills, medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, pharmacy technician and advanced manufacturing. His pilot program is specifically targeting job seekers aged 17 to 24 that live in the city to get paid work experience opportunities. They will also have access to a certified life coach. They'll get job training, Williams said. Our goal is to get them started on a career, or at least more so get them engaged in the labor market. F u n d e d by Workforce I n n o v a t i o n Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Young Workers Program starts the youth off at $10.50 minimum wage, and helps them stay on track with their goals in five areas of training and opportunities. They will learn what the world of work entails. More than likely, he said the young workers that are coming into the program do not have any real work experience, but thats okay. Its exactly that level of service in the community that his program seeks to provide. Were trying to expose them to the demand occupation sectors, [opportunities] in the medical field, advanced manufacturing, retail, construction, and utilities, he said. Although YAP and Americorps have worked with a number of job training and tutoring opportunities, he said this is their first time targeting this particular youth population. Overall, the Americorps program has roughly a 60 percent completion rate. Of those youth that get through the program, about 80 percent will be hired on in unsubsidized employment. We follow-up with them for a year afterward to track them and see how theyre doing. This is a pilot program we're just launching and getting off the ground, he said. For now, he said he is encouraged that Americorps New American Media Hosts Health Care Teleconference By Eliz Dowdy StaffWriter New America Media (NAM) recently hosted a teleconference to address the issues that are inherent with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although the attempts to repeal the legislation that has benefitted millions has stalled, the attempts to resurrect it are still on the agenda of Senate Republicans. The bottom line is in order to give tax breaks to the wealthy, increase military spending, and building the wall, deep cuts are necessary. The Trump budget has over one trillion dollars cut in addition to the repeal of ACA. These nuggets were provided to journalists that provide coverage for many of the communities this budget and the proposed cuts will have a devastating effect on. The teleconference was opened by NAM founder/ CEO Sandy Close and moderated by Odette Keeley. Speakers sharing information were: Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California; Mayra Alvarez, president, Childrens Partnership; and Andie Martinez Patterson, director of Government Affairs, Primary Care Association. All three organizations are on the front lines of defense of quality health care for All Californians. Anthony Wright has been executive director of Health Access California since 2002. The group operates as a health care advocacy organization. He gave an overview of what could be in store for Californians, even if ACA is not fully repealed, because of the cuts to Medicaid and Medicare in the budget. The federal government reimburses the states a portion of what they spend on healthcare for indigent communities. For instance, Medi-Cal provides quality comprehensive coverage to children, parents, seniors and people with disabilities. Losing the federal reimbursements would put a strain on the states budget, and they would have to look at cutting funding in other services such as education. Mayra Alvarez is president of Childrens Partnership, and she stated that currently 97% of children in California are covered through the medical programs. In 2016, Medi- Cal services were extended to all children regardless of immigration status. The work of Alvarez and the Partnership is seeing every child grow up healthy, and the programs that benefit children are designed to work together, Alvarez stated. Children make up most of the Medicaid recipients, including children with autism, foster children, and children whose parents earn too much for Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal, Medicaid and CHIPS, working together are changing the landscape for childrens health. Any loss in funding would jeopardize the health and wellness of children in the state. Healthy children grow up to become healthy adults able to provide for their families, and help sustain their communities. Andie Martinez Patterson, director of Government Affairs, California Primary Care Association, represents more than 1, 200 not-for-profit community health clinics (Cont. on Page A-2) Dick Gregory Dies at 84 By Stacy M Brown NNPA Newswire Legendary civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory died on Saturday. He was 84. Friends, family and celebrities took to social media to honor the icon and innovator of the Black community. It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC, said Christian Gregory, his son, in a statement posted on Facebook. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very dicult time. On Facebook, Roland Martin, a journalist and host of NewsOne on TV One said that he had enormous respect for Gregory. He was honest, truthful, unflinching, unapologetically Black. He challenged America at every turn. RIP, wrote Martin. He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know, said Steve Jaffe, Gregorys publicist of 50 years, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jaffe added, I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times. Singer John Legend tweeted that, Dick Gregory lived an amazing, revolutionary life. A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice. RIP. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay tweeted that Gregory taught us and loved us. Quoting legendary entertainer Richard Pryor, sports writer Myron Medcalf tweeted, Dick Gregory was the greatest, and he was the first. Somebody had to break down that door. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, also paid homage to Gregory. We salute and honor the living legacy of freedom fighter Dick Gregory. RIP, Chavis wrote on Twitter. Gregory had been in a Washington, D.C. area hospital battling an undisclosed illness. However, as late as Thursday, family members were said to have been upbeat about his recovery and he even had plans to appear at a show on Saturday in the nations capital. Born Richard Claxton Dick Gregory in St. Louis, Missouri on Oct. 12, 1932, Gregory became a comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way Whites perceived African- American comedians, according to his biography. Dick Gregory entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when Chicagos Playboy Club (as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner) booked him as a replacement for white comedian, Professor Irwin Corey. Until then Gregory had worked mostly at small clubs with predominantly Black audiences (he met his wife, Lillian Smith, at one such club), according to his biography. Such clubs paid comedians an average of five dollars per night; thus Gregory also held a day job as a postal employee. His tenure as a replacement for Corey was so successful at one performance he won over an audience that included southern White convention goers that the Playboy Club offered him a contract extension from several weeks to three years, Gregorys biography said. By 1962, Gregory had become a nationally known headline performer, selling out nightclubs, making numerous national television appearances, and recording popular comedy albums. Gregorys biography continued: Its important to note Jesse Jackson met with the Black Press during the retreat for new icers and committee chairs of the Nation- al Newspaper Publishers Association last week. Topics included journalism leadership as well as maintaining business relevance. Photo: Worsum Robinson/NNPA Dick Gregory died on Saturday, August 19. This photo was taken during a rally against police brutality at the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr (Cont. on Page A-2) Joseph Williams

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