first_imgRashida Hameed leads march in San Diego, June 29.WW photo: Gloria VerdieuWomen and men from all over San Diego County gathered at the Tubman/Chavez Center on June 29 for San Diego’s First All Women’s March. Marchers called for “Peace, unity, justice and an end to violence in our communities.” This call to action was organized by Rashida Hameed, a lifelong resident here, community activist, and president and founder of Epiphany Women of Focus.San Diego’s mayor, Bob Filner, and District 4 Councilwoman Mertle Cole cut a ribbon to start the march, which began at the center on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Market Street. This corner is a great starting point because the Institute of Science, the Malcolm X Library and the Euclid trolley station/bus stop share this intersection.Even though police cars and the police who were present on foot pretty much stopped auto traffic, cops told marchers to stay on the sidewalk.Family members of victims who had been killed participated in the march and spoke at a ceremony after the march.The ceremony following the march honored women who are actively involved in actions aimed at ending the violence. Tokens of appreciation were presented by Rashida Hameed, who facilitated the rally. Among those honored were Beverly Bravo and Beatrice Johnson.Bravo, a mother who for years has comforted families victimized by gang violence, spoke about her son, Jaime Bravo, who was killed in the San Diego community of City Heights in June of 2012. Jaime, who was 21 years old, was not a gang member.Beatrice Johnson of Justice for Oscar Grant recently returned from Florida, where she was supporting the family of Trayvon Martin in preparation for the trial of George Zimmerman. Johnson attended the San Diego People’s Power Assembly at the World Beat Center in March.Johnson said that the conviction of Officer Johannes Mehserle, Oscar Grant’s killer, was the result of his family speaking out and taking the struggle to the streets. Johnson also spoke about the film, “Fruitvale Station.” This film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Best First Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival. It is scheduled for general release in theatres in July.Johnson encouraged everyone to see this film because it shows the true human character of Oscar Grant.Oscar Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson, spoke from a cell phone. She said that every life is precious and that we must work together to stop the violence. This was the same message offered by the mother of Billye Venable at a meeting to support the family of Victor Ortega earlier. Venable was killed by San Diego Police Officer James Hunter 10 years ago, in October 2003. Victor Ortega was killed by San Diego Police Officer Jonathan McCarthy in July 2012.The family of Reginald White Jr., one of three people shot in southeast San Diego last January, was holding a graduation picture of Reginald. The 18-year-old Reginald was not a gang member.The message from all the families and supporters is that the pain of losing a loved one from violence is constant because in many cases there is no closure, no answers, no reasons. Police officers who kill are not held accountable, and random killers that are seen as gang members are never found.“Women are the ones left to pick up the pieces after these murders take place,” said Hameed. “It is time for the women in our community to speak out.”The flyer given out at the event read, “We are tired of violence in our community and we will not wait for men to lead us. A people can rise only as high as our women. … Women it’s time to rise!”The march was supported by many community organizations, including the NAACP, 100 Men Strong, the Black Contractors, Overcoming Gangs and Beyond, Project New Village and the Chicano Prison Project.Other speakers included District 79 Assembly Member Shirley Weber and Councilperson Mertle Cole.This All Women’s March is a first step in bringing this community together to begin the discussion on ending violence in our communities.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img The Pike County Board of Education welcomed Justin Davis to the board at its Monday meeting. Davis was appointed to fill the unexpired term of retiring member Wyman Botts who had served on the board for 19 years.Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said, as the youngest board member, Davis will bring a different perspective to the board.“We welcome you and are looking forward to working with you,” Bazzell said. Pike County BOE welcomes new board member Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The board heard presentations concerning programs offered by the board that are designed to raise the bar of expectations for students at different levels of learning.Dr. Donnella Carter, administrative assistant, and Pamela Franklin, instructional support specialist, made presentations concerning the Aspire results. Carter also had a presentation concerning the expansion of the STEM initiative. Dr. Mark Head, administrative assistant, and Jeff McClure, director of alternative learning, spoke to the board concerning their presentation at the MEGA Conference in Mobile. Franklin expressed pride in the analysis of the Aspire data, which indicated increases in most areas of reading, math and phonics for grades three, four and five. The data also indicated focus areas where decreases were indicated. By The Penny Hoarder Bazzell noted that the school year will open with longer bus routes for the buses that will have to detour due a bridge being out in the Goshen area. The added fuel cost for the 16-mile detour could cost as much as $62,000 depending on how long the bridge is out.Bazzell discussed the options for the formation of the Pike County Schools Education Foundation, which would allow alumni and other supporters of the Pike County School System to make donations to the school systems and specify how the donations were to be directed.In other new business, the board:• Approved budge hearing dates Tuesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 7. Both hearings will start at 2:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room.• Approved 18 school buses and three special needs buses as surplus and authorized the sale of 21 buses to Transport South. • Approved permission for the Goshen High School Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball teams to travel to and participate in the Wallace State Community College Team Volleyball Camp July 23-26 in Hanceville. Expenses will be paid from GHS volleyball funds.In personnel action, the board:• Accepted the resignation of Ashley Kilpatrick, third grade teacher at Goshen Elementary School.• Approved the employment of Lori Hatler, bus driver.• Approved the employment of Lisa McVay, pre-K lead teacher, Banks School.• Approved employment Arnitra Cotton, pre-K auxiliary teacher, Banks• Approved employment of Rebecca Lester, second grade teacher, GES.• Approved employment of Alexa Suell, SPED aide, GES.• Approved employment of Nancy Tindal, pre-K lead teacher, GES• Approved employment of Susan Rogers, pre-K auxiliary teacher GES.•Approved re-employment of Blair Bush, art teacher, Goshen High School.•Approved re-employment of Tina Senn, pre-K lead teacher, Pike County Elementary School.• Approved re-employment of Shatasha Carter, pre-K auxiliary teacher PCES. • Accepted the resignation of Cynthia Donn, bus driver Carter said the STEM Academy is proving to be a very beneficial program for the school system with double-digit gains in the math and science programs. Expanding hands-on, project-based learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics would raise the academics bar in the school system.Bazzell said plans are to create STEM Space, which would be an environment where students could participate in STEM activities. Head and McClure said the presentation at the MEGA Conference was well received with many schools in attendance that “look like Pike County.”Head and McClure highlighted the Pike County Schools’ Virtual High School credit recovery program for students that have not been successful in the traditional high school setting. McClure said the credit recovery initiatives were of special interest. Email the author Book Nook to reopen Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Sponsored Content You Might Like District Attorney adds charges to rape case A Troy man was arrested Friday after being indicted on two charges of first-degree sodomy. 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