Category: Politics and Government

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.

Compton Herald serves as an important objective voice providing general coverage of important issues that impact the public to up-close-and-personal investigative stories of public officials. The Herald also strives to publish the profiles and features of local interest that serve to re-define a city beset by previous images that have characterized Compton as a haven of crime and violence.

Compton Herald endorses Nanette Barragán for Congress

The Compton Herald endorses Nanette Barragan for Congress. Photo: Nanette Barragan

Unbought, uncompromised, unbeholden to special interest groups, Nanette Barragán is the Compton Herald’s choice for Congress

COMPTON  — Today, the Compton Herald, formerly Metropolis newspaper, a strong voice of the Compton community for nearly a decade, announces its endorsement of  Nanette Barragán for Congress in the general election in California’s 44th District.

The Herald, formerly Metropolis newspaper, has been a strong voice in the Compton community for nearly a decade, which has given an unabridged voice to the people of Compton.

“To receive the endorsement of the Compton Herald is incredibly meaningful to me,” said Barragán. “The Herald is a publication that understands at an intimate level the hopes, needs, struggles, and triumphs of the Compton community. It is the voice of the people of Compton, and its commitment to holding leadership accountable and bringing urgent issues to light provides an invaluable service. To have earned the Compton Herald’s endorsement is a reminder that every community needs a representative who not only embodies the values of the community but understands exactly what it needs to succeed.”

Nanette_Barragan_Democrat_for_CongressThe Compton Herald was founded by Jarrette Fellows, Jr., who serves as CEO, publisher,  and editor.  For nearly 10 years, the Herald, formerly known as Metropolis Los Angeles, has been an invaluable source of information and support, bringing the city together and providing an excellent example to aspiring Compton journalists.

“We firmly believe that Nanette Barragán is the best choice to represent California’s 44th District,” Fellows said. “It’s about who’s going to work diligently for the city without the interference of special interests groups who have no heart for Compton, but are only concerned about their own selfish desires. Nanette Barragán was the only candidate to reach out to us. We were quite impressed with her new energy and the fact that she is unbought, uncompromised, and unbeholden to special interest groups.

“And as an advocate for foster children and immigrant families, Barragán has demonstrated an incredible commitment to representing those who have been systematically disenfranchised. Her experiences at the NAACP where she worked on racial justice issues, as a councilwoman, and a lawyer have given her the tools and skills to be an effective fighter for this largely Latino- and African-American community in Congress. The Herald will do its utmost to help Nanette Barragán  succeed in November,” Fellows added.

The daughter of immigrants from Mexico, Barragán lives in San Pedro and grew up in Carson and the surrounding areas where she attended Stephen M. White Jr. High School, learned to swim at the Carson Pool, and studied at the Carson Library. She worked her way through UCLA and law school at USC before becoming a long-time advocate for the environment and the first Latina elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council.

Barragán was also a leader in the fight against Measure O, a ballot measure that would have allowed oil companies to drill for oil in the Santa Monica Bay. She currently works with one of Los Angeles’s largest and most prominent children’s advocacy organizations to provide free legal services to children in foster care who have special education needs.

Find more information here: www.barraganforcongress.com.

Compton Herald serves as an important objective voice providing general coverage of important issues that impact the public to up-close-and-personal investigative stories of public officials. The Herald also strives to publish the profiles and features of local interest that serve to re-define a city beset by previous images that have characterized Compton as a haven of crime and violence.