Precinct Reporter 09 29 2016 E Edition Page A-1

At Last: New Black History Museum 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, September 29, 2016 Vol. 52 - No 10 NAACP Voter Drives, Calls Volunteers Physician Goes to Kenya on Mission By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter A little over one month away from one of the most critical votes in history, and many people are either afraid to watch, or dont want to hear, about whats ahead. It feels like an accident waiting to happen. Waudier Rucker-Hughes sees that it could well be the case if voter energy remains at a low in the Inland Empire. She said there is still much work to do, and she worries about what the laxity means for the future. Many young people in the area seem emotionally disconnected from the true cost of the right to vote. Their attitude is there is nothing for me to vote for, why not sit this one out? said Ms. Rucker Hughes, president of the Riverside branch NAACP. That would be the mistake. This is not the time to sit it out. With early voting so easy these days, she said nobody should be left out, but she doesnt feel people are aware of the process. For new voters, there still isnt enough information out in the community about the ease of getting registered online at http://registertovote. ca.gov. She said they have to move now, October 24 is the last day to register to vote for the November 8 Presidential General Election. We know that this is a critical vote, she said. It is a major vote, we dont tell people how to vote. We ask them to be cognizant. From now until then, she said volunteers are also out mobilizing throughout the community, and the local branch NAACP is seeking more volunteers to help. They will be out in front of businesses, on campuses at universities and community colleges. They will be at the public schools to register seniors, 18 or those that will be of age by Election Day. Rucker-Hughes said the State NAACP has also released its easy detailed Kijabe Medical Centre in Kenya welcomed a new physician this summer, Michael Gentry, M.D., from Arrowhead Regional Medical Centers Medical Imaging Department. Dr. Gentry, one of 10 radiologists at the Colton, California, hospital, was the only radiologist manning a CT during his h u m a n i t a r i a n mission to Kijabe. He handled 10-to- 15 CT studies a day and often walked over to assist sonographers with their ultrasounds. I brought my daughters, age ive and nine, and my wife. It was our first trip as a family to Kenya, he said. I wanted our daughters to see how fortunate they are. Dr. Gentry, from Riverside, started traveling when he was in medical school at UCLA and never stopped. He traveled to New Zealand before he graduated and later returned during his UCLA residency and got a New Zealand medical license so that he could do medical work. When I got to Stanford as an undergraduate, I already knew that I wanted to study medicine, said Dr. Gentry. I grew up around hospitals, where I spent most of my evenings and holidays. My older sister was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when I was entering first grade, and that had a lot to do with my interest in medicine. I was inspired to go into radiology, because of my parents, who are computer programmers. I thought radiology was a good combination of medicine and computers. Dr. Gentry did his radiology training at UCLA and then did a two-year trauma radiology fellowship at the University of Maryland. He had just gotten married a few months prior to moving to Maryland, where his wife attended law school. My wife asked me if I had ever considered doing medical missionary work, said Dr. Gentry. I said, 'where am I going to find a hospital that has radiology equipment but still needs a radiologist? Dr. Gentry found that hospital in Kenya, at Kijabe Medical Centre, which is near Nairobi and is located at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Dr. Gentry and his family stayed in a three bedroom apartment built in the late 70s by a long term missionary who brought eight children with him. Dr. Gentry hopes that his recent trip to Kenya is one of many. He would like to find a way to make humanitarian missions like this part of his professional career. (Cont. on Page 2) By William J. Ford Washington Informer, NNPA On Thursday, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) held a news conference outside of the United States Justice Department in Washington D.C., calling for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate, indict and even prosecute law enforcement icers, who intentionally kill innocent and unarmed Blacks. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) recited the names of Blacks who have been killed by police in recent years including Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Terence Crutcher. Waters also read from a letter that she and Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) delivered to Lynch's ice minutes later. It is time for the Department of Justice to take aggressive action and put an end to what appears to be the targeting of and profiling of African Americans that result in their death, Waters said while reading the nearly two-page letter. icers enjoy the presumption of credibility, whereas victims endure the presumption of fuilty. For too long, this dynamic has helped to protect lawenforcementicersfrom being brought to justice. Several members of the CBC stood at the podium and passionately spoke about how recent killings continue to hurt the Black community. For the past two days in Charlotte, people protested the death of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, who was shot and killedbyaBlackpoliceicer after they sought to serve a warrant to another person at an apartment complex. Police said in various news reports that Scott brandished a gun, but family members on the scene insisted that he was sitting in his car reading a book, before the shooting. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday and then called in the National Guard after violence erupted in parts of the city that led to more than 40 arrests. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) advised all those protesting nationwide to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner. Exercise your right within the First Amendment, he said. I understand why youre angry. Im angry. Just stay peaceful Scott was the third Black male shot and killed by police in the span of a week. Tyre King, 13, was shot and killed by a White police icer September 15 in Columbus, Ohio. Police said Tyre, who later died at a local hospital, allegedly pulled a BB gun from his waistband, before he was shot. During a press conference, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said that, Our icers carry a gun that looks practically identical to this weapon. A White police icer CBC Pushes Justice Dept. to Investigate Police Shootings (See Page A-3) (Cont. on Page A-3) After Recent Police Shootings NNPA Declares State of Emergency in Black Community By Freddie Allen NNPA Newswire Managing Editor The recent extrajudicial killings of three Black males, including a 13-year-old boy, have sparked protests across the country, and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) has now declared a state of emergency in Black America. The NNPA, is a trade froup that represents more than 200 Black-owned media companies nationwide and reaches more than 20 million readers a week. Millions of our readers across the nation are once again outraged at the latest fatal incidents of police brutality in Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., the group said in a joint statement released on Friday, September 23, by Denise Rolark Barnes, chairwoman of the NNPA and publisher of the Washington Informer, Bernal E. Smith II, a member of the NNPA Board of Directors and publisher of the New Tri-State Defender, and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president and CEO of the NNPA. These are not isolated incidents, but are a deadly national pattern of police violence and prosecutorial misconduct. On September 14, thirteen year-old Tyre King was shot and killed by police in Columbus, Ohio who were responding to an armed robbery call. Police said that King ran when they approached him and then pulled a weapon from his waistband, which was later found to be a BB gun, a toy that couldn't even fire bullets. On Friday September 16, Tulsa police icer Betty Shelby fired the fatal shot that killed Terence Crutcher after the truck he was driving broke down on the road. In a video captured by the Tulsa Police Department, Crutcher can be seen walking back to his truck with his arms raised, just before he was tased then Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) reads from a letter that was later delivered to the Justice Department. In the letter, CBC members called for the Justice Department to investigate the killings of unarmed Blacks by law en- forcement. Photo: Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. (center), president and CEO of the NNPA, speaks during a press conference on police brutality and police misconduct in the Black communi- ty joined by Denise Rolark Barnes (left), the chairwoman of the NNPA and publisher of The Washington Informer, Bernal E. Smith II, a member of the NNPA Board of Directors and publisher of The New Tri-State Defender. Photo: Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA (Cont. on Page A-2)

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