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By Veronica Mackey

 

President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) –like most everything he does—was met with swift opposition Tuesday.  Protestors immediately took to the streets across the nation.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement.

 

DACA was instituted by former President Barack Obama through executive order five years ago to give children of undocumented immigrants certain protections in the United States. The Dream Act is a temporary measure that passed the House, but not the Senate, under Obama.  It protects youth from deportation, provides work permits, and can be renewed every 2 years.

 

The president has asked Congress to vote for a measure to either legalize or outlaw DACA within six months.  Now 800,000 “Dreamers” are in danger of being deported.  

 

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, spoke out after it was announced that President Trump will end DACA in six months:

 

“I am deeply disturbed by Donald Trump’s decision to put an expiration date on the  date on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).  These DACA recipients came to America as children, innocent of any wrongdoing.  For many, this is the only country that they know.  They registered with the government; they underwent background checks; they go to school here; they live in our communities; and they pay taxes.  For all 800,000 of them, the United States is their home.

 

“Donald Trump has demonstrated again and again, on an almost daily basis, an extreme lack of empathy and a disregard for the plight of others.  In phasing out DACA, he revealed that he not only lacks empathy, but that he’s spineless too.  For a man, who has so often thrown around the threat of lawsuits for the slightest perceived grievance, to now phase out DACA because he’s scared of a legal threat from the Texas Attorney General shows that Trump – the bully – will back down from a fight, even when that fight affects hundreds of thousands of people. Trump routinely deflects and abdicates his presidential responsibilities, and his DACA decision is yet another example. He is more abdicator–in-chief than commander, and America again must look elsewhere for leadership.”

 

Calling the DACA rescission “a cruel and self-defeating action,” Obama said in a lengthy statement, “This is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.”

 

Republican, Ohio Governor John Kasich told CBS News: “If you get reasonable Republicans and Democrats at the table…you can get it (DACA reform) done. Then you can move to the broader agenda, securing our borders.  This is a crisis for people, now living on the edge of their seats, saying ‘What am I supposed to do now? Leave this country that I love?’”

 

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District vowed in a statement to remain ‘safe zones,’ meaning that immigration law enforcement agents looking to gather information or conduct enforcement actions will not be allowed on campus without a review by District officials.

 

The school board recently reaffirmed it would cooperate, under the fullest extent possible under the law, with immigration enforcement agents who enter school campuses.

 

Whether the young Dreamers are allowed stay in the U.S. will seriously impact the future of politics in America.

 

“Latino young adults are the fastest growing group of voters, and are flocking to the Democratic Party.  The Republican Party is very nervous and know that they need to branch out or the future is in doubt,” Bob Cusack, editor of The Hill, told CBS News.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Win for Venus, New Baby for Serena

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Venus, now 37, is an old woman in tennis years.  But the senior player held her own and beat out two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 27, on Tuesday in a three-set contest at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

 

The two-time U.S. Open champ showed everybody how tennis is done, in spite of having Sjorgen's syndrome, an incurable auto-immune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

 

Venus and sister, fellow tennis superstar Serena Williams, who would normally be there to cheer Venus on, was absent for a good reason. She gave birth to her first child—a baby girl last Friday.  Serena and fiancé Alex Ohanian, had not yet released the name of the daughter.  Inspired by the news, Venus dedicated the rest of her tennis tour to her sister and niece’s honor. 

 

"It definitely felt like a special match," Venus told reporters after coming back from 3-1 down in the final set. There were no easy moments. It wasn't easy to hold serve or break serve. This match meant a lot to me, obviously, playing at home and, of course, it being a major."

 

She now advances to the semifinals to play against Sloane Stephens, who is 24.

 

“Venus is our leader," Sloane says.

 

“"She's who everyone looks up to. She's a great player, a great person, a great leader. There is not anything bad you can say about Venus. I'm honored to be able to play at the same time as her. I'm happy she's still playing. She means a lot to the game."

 

If she wins the title on Saturday, Venus could rise to No.2 in the rankings. 

 

 

It’s All You Can Do

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Devastating hurricanes in Texas and Gulf Coast areas, raging wildfires on the West Coast, and an overly zealous North Korean leader testing nuclear missiles--it’s been a rough 2 weeks.

 

It seems we barely catch our breath before the next devastating news cycle begins.  Fear can paralyze you until you feel helpless, and think there is nothing you can do.  But there is something you can do, even if it may seem insignificant.  In times of devastation, taking action and helping others can go a long way.  

 

Here are a few things you can do now:

 

•Prepare, prepare, and prepare.  Watching people panic during a crisis, from the comfort of your home, should do more than cause you to have sympathy.  It is a wake-up call to get your own house in order.  Here in California, we’ve been pretty fortunate when it comes to natural disasters.  Sure, we do have occasional earthquakes and seasonal wildfires.  But the quakes are usually minimal and fires often burn far enough from people’s homes not to cause injury.

 

But all of this can change in an instant.  Since we have the grace to be a witness—and not a participant—in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, now’s the time to put together an emergency supply kit.  Officials recommend enough food, water, clothing, personal and pet items for 3 days per person.  Also don’t forget to make a list of important account numbers and contacts, and make sure you have extra cash, batteries, and a battery-operated radio.  Prepare now while you still have time.

 

•Open your heart (and your wallet).  Thank God we live in a country that has enough resources to respond to emergencies.  But, as anyone who’s been through a crisis can tell you, neighbors helping neighbors can make all the difference during the early stages.  

 

During Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and now Harvey and Irma, we’re moved by the touching gestures of people coming to the aid of strangers, pulling together so everyone is safe.  But don’t just feel sorry for them, open your heart by making an online donation to a disaster relief organization.

 

•Get your priorities straight.  There is nothing that makes us get our priorities straight more than facing danger.  Don’t wait for disaster to come before telling people you love and appreciate them.  Make people a priority over everything else.  Possessions can be replaced.  People can’t.

 

Sometimes all you can do is keep your head up, be kind and donate a few dollars.  But if we all chip in, it will be enough.  Please remember the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and do whatever you can.  Donate to www.hands.org.

 

VMAs Return to Forum in Inglewood

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Inglewood became a temporary oasis of music royalty last weekend, as the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards returned to the Forum.  The A-list event, hosted by Katy Perry, was a combination of intergalactic entertainment, explosive visual effects and political commentary.

 

It was very dramatic for sure, but these are dramatic times, as several artists and presenters reminded the viewing audience. Their messages were heard loud and clear—equality, justice, unity, peace, self-love, tolerance, and compassion for others.

 

The show opened with Kendrick Lamarr performing “DNA” and “Humble” in front of a literal backdrop of fire. Paris Jackson (Michael Jackson’s daughter) urged the audience to “Leave here tonight, remembering that we must show these Nazi white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville, and all over the country, that as a nation — with ‘liberty’ as our slogan — we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred, and their discrimination.  We must resist.” 

 

Accepting the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Pink took the opportunity to share a heartwarming story about her daughter and the importance of self-acceptance. 

 

Perry descended onto the stage in a metallic moon suit and a half-funny monologue about how life on Earth seems to have changed since she left.  “You all look so happy and helpful and peaceful. And it feels like since I’ve been gone you’ve figured out all the problems in the world right now and the world is doing so well, right?” she said sarcastically, setting the tone for one of the music industry’s biggest nights and platforms for free speech.

 

Logic, Khalid and Alessia Cara performed the heart-wrenching “1-800-273-8255” alongside suicide survivors, and the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer declared all six nominees for Best Fight Against the System winners.  The fact that there’s even a category for this award is a statement within itself.

 

Lamar had the most nominations this year, and brought home the most awards, including the coveted Video of the Year honor for “Humble.” Ed Sheeran also received a statue for Artist of the Year, the award that marked the first time male and female musicians went head-to-head in a category.

 

The night's big winners include Kendrick Lamar, Video of the Year; Ed Sheeran, Artist of the Year; Khalid, Best New Artist; Zayn & Taylor Swift, Best Collaboration; Fifth Harmony, Best Pop Song; Kendrick Lamar, Best Hip Hop; B Zedd and Alessia Cara, Best Dance; and Twenty-One Pilots, Best Rock.  Best Fight Against the System winners include Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson, The Hamilton Mixtape, Big Sean, Alessia Cara, Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley, and John Legend.

 

This is the question that remains unanswered as Inglewood Today’s business promotion comes to an end.  

 

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated—all the voters and those generous co-sponsors:  Papa John’s Pizza, Metro and the Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. Thanks also to those who left positive comments.  Your encouragement is much appreciated

 

The “Best of Inglewood” is officially closed, but the celebration won’t end until final votes are tallied and winners get their bragging rights.  At the end of September, Inglewood Today will publish a special edition (print and online) which includes all the weekly winners, and the top businesses in the city, voted by our readers in more than 15 different categories.

 

Aside from getting valuable publicity, the “Best of Inglewood” contest had been a shot in the arm for local businesses in terms of goodwill and customer appreciation.  If you’re in business for yourself, then you know how grueling it can become day in and day out.  Making decisions, dealing with financial challenges, managing employees, and staying relevant, while still making a profit is no easy job. Sometimes it’s hard to tell how well you’re doing.   So it’s nice when customers give you that feedback with their votes.  Knowing what you do actually makes a difference in people’s lives is a wonderful feeling.

 

The “Best of Inglewood” is Inglewood Today’s way of helping to stimulate the local economy, finding out what locals think of their hometown businesses, and showing folks in other areas why Inglewood is fast becoming the destination city for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

 

It’s also a real “win-win” for the local economy because it’s designed to get folks to invest their dollars back into Inglewood.  Inglewood is experiencing phenomenal growth now, and it will continue for many years to come.  People who never came here are now buying homes and investing in companies.  They see the potential of Inglewood.  This makes it more important than ever for those who have lived here for years to lead the movement to buy and reinvest in their local economy.

 

A strong economy means a safer, better educated, and more affluent community, which benefits everyone whether they live and work in Inglewood or not.  So stay tuned for updates about the “Best of Inglewood” winners by visiting www.inglewoodtoday.com.  

 

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