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Compton Empowerment Peace Summit Set

Self-identified gang members and others put their hands together in solidarity in Baltimore, Md., which is a national long-range goal of President Obama’s, My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Photo: Getty Images

Focus is Black and Latino young men; part of President Obama’s national,’My Brother’s Keeper Initiative’

COMPTON The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative announces the 2016 Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit, scheduled for July 29-31 at the Dollarhide Community Center.

Young men who attend middle and high school in Compton can register for free to attend the summit where they will be inspired and motivated through a series of workshops, mentorship opportunities, special guest speakers, and performances.  Men 18 and older from Compton are invited to participate as volunteers and mentors. Youth Registration: https://goo.gl/wmY70W / Volunteer Registration: https://goo.gl/98ODVq

“Compton enthusiastically signed on for the MBK Community Challenge in 2014 because its mission, its goals, and its struggle,  match our own,” said Mayor Aja Brown.  “Since joining the MBK challenge we have found that the City of Compton’s goals and the work that we are doing overlap with the vision of the MBK Community Challenge.  MBK continues to transform the trajectories of boys and young men of color around the country and in

“MBK continues to transform the trajectories of boys and young men of color around the country and in Compton, we continue to developcultivate and highlight the leadership potential of our young men,” Brown continued. “The Compton MBK Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is a part of our efforts to meet the president’s challenge and continue our commitment to Compton’s young men. Young people are our future. Every investment in our youth is an investment in a better tomorrow.”

The Summit follows the MBK MenTouring Summer Camp, a recent three-day event that fostered self-awareness and the meaning of manhood for junior high school boys in Compton.  Boys in sixth through eighth grade were treated to a stimulating weekend of swimming, zip lining, mountain biking with the San Bernardino Mountains as the backdrop while being mentored on the basic fundamentals of responsibility, accountability, leadership, teamwork, and education.

In 2014, President Obama announced that more than 100 mayors, county officials, and tribal nations had accepted the MBK Community Challenge, an initiative to encourage community leaders across the country to develop plans to improve life outcomes and address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, ensuring that all young people can reach their full potential.

In line with this initiative, Compton has launched an action plan to improve outcomes for children of color ages 0-25 and their families, with an emphasis on Black and Latino males. Currently, the city is focusing on three goals recommended by the White House. They are 1) Reading at grade level by third grade, 2) Improve access to jobs and valuable work experience, and 3) Reducing violence and providing a second chance.

The Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is a follow-up to Mayor Brown’s 2014 action summit where she engaged the community in the development and shaping of the MBK Initiative in Compton.

The deadline to sign-up for the 2016 Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is Friday, July 22.

For more information, call (310) 605-5688 or visit comptoncity.org/mbk.asp.

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Skyy De’Anthony Fisher: Day of Reckoning for Compton School Board Trustee

A San Diego Superior Court jury convicted Skyy De’Anthony Fisher of sexual assault, Jan. 28. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 29. Fisher faces eight years in prison. FIle photo

UPDATE: Former Compton school trustee Skyy De’Anthony Fisher convicted of sexual assault; faces eight years in prison – full story HERE


Originally published Sep., 2015:

COMPTON — The long-awaited sex molestation trial of Compton School Board trustee Skyy De’Anthony Fisher begins in San Diego Superior Court, Sept. 21, 2015. Fisher, 31, will stand trial on a felony charge of having sex with an unconscious person. If convicted, he faces a maximum eight years in prison, according to the district attorney’s office.

Fisher was arrested July 23 on suspicion of having sex with a sleeping 26-year-old man while the two were sharing a motel room during a vacation break in San Diego. During a preliminary hearing, the man testified that he awoke to find Fisher performing oral sex on him.

A native of Compton and a product of its educational system, Fisher was elected to the trustee board on Nov. 8, 2011, at age 28. He was the youngest member elected to the Board of Trustees since the conclusion of state receivership and the youngest African-American elected official in Los Angeles County and Southern California.

Fisher was the focus of intense public scrutiny after news surfaced of his alleged exploits and arrest, with several protests occurring in front of his Compton home calling for his resignation from the school board.

Throughout his tenure on the board, Fisher has been a lightning rod for controversy. He once made disparaging comments about slain teenager Trayvon Martin where he mocked the young victim in a podcast labeling him a “faggot.”

Fisher has also been arrested for driving under the influence.

Local activist Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic HOPE, who led the protests for Fisher’s resignation, was quoted in 2014 by a local blog in reference to Fisher’s character: “[Skyy] Fisher’s behavior by a publicly elected official has been disgraceful — from his shocking comments where he mocked the murder of Trayvon Martin calling our fallen brother a ‘faggot,’ to his D.U.I. arrest. Compton residents should have recalled Fisher. Now Fisher has been arrested for sexually assaulting an unconscious victim in San Diego.

“We have had enough. Fisher is a self-professed alcoholic who I believe is a sexual deviant who should not be working around our children. Therefore, our coalition of community leaders is calling upon Fisher to resign from the Compton School Board immediately.”

Fisher continues to serve as a trustee on the Compton School Board.

UPDATE: Fisher was voted off the Compton School Board in the November 3, 2015 elections – editor

Jarrette Fellows, Jr.
Jarrette Fellows, Jr., attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and founded the Compton Herald several years after his tenure as executive editor at Wave Community Newspapers in Los Angeles.

Walmart Job Openings for New ‘Supercentre’

Jobless Need Apply: Walmart announced 300 job openings this week for new Compton store to open in January 2017. Courtesy Walmart

Approximately 300 full- and part-time job openings for the taking; store grand opening slated for January 2017

COMPTON — Walmart Supercentre has announced up to 300 job openings for local residents. To accommodate anticipated high interest, Walmart has opened a temporary hiring center at 420 S. Long Beach Blvd. Ste. 424, next door to O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested applicants also may apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.  The majority of new associates, as Walmart employees are called, will begin work in December to help prepare the store for its grand opening.

According to store manager Diana Reyes the store will be hiring both full- and part-time associates. “We are excited to meet applicants and create a store full of associates to serve the Compton community” Reyes said.

Walmart provides a benefits program to eligible full- and part-time associates. For example, it provides a variety of affordable health and well-being benefits including health-care coverage with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers eligible associates matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent of pay, discounts on general merchandise, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive a quarterly cash bonus based on store performance.

A job at Walmart means competitive pay and career opportunities. Last year, Walmart promoted 18,700 of its associates in California to jobs with higher pay and more responsibility. In addition, 10,000 in California were converted from part-time to full-time.

In addition, Walmart will offer a job to any eligible U.S. veteran honorably discharged from active duty since the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment began on Memorial Day 2013. Since that time, more than 120,000 veterans nationwide have found positions with Walmart. Interested veterans may find out more at http://walmartcareerswithamission.com.

These 300 new associates in Compton will join the team of 89,666 Walmart associates in California.