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January 24, 2013 |
The nation's only Tet parade, staged in the heart of Little Saigon, will go on after all. After being told that the city of Westminster could not help pay for the annual Lunar Day parade in the nation's largest Vietnamese community, organizers hurriedly raised $60,000 in just two weeks. "We knew we could not lose this opportunity to promote the beauty of our culture," said Ha Son Tran, vice president of the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California. "Everyone put in a lot of energy, and there's a lot of pride.
November 6, 2012 |
CHICAGO - While Mitt Romney spends election day as a candidate, stumping for votes in swing states, President Obama is reverting to an older role from his past - community organizer. He started the day on Tuesday with an email that amounts to a field memo, in which he reminds supporters how a turnout operation works on the big day. “Once you vote today, keep going,” Obama writes. “Get on the phone, get online - all day long, there will be something you can do to help.” Photos: America goes to the polls He includes links to help people find their polling place and also to work a volunteer shift with Obama for America, all under a subject line that reads: “Go vote - and forward this.” Obama also plans to do several satellite television interviews to encourage supporters.
October 29, 2012 |
- Clayton Kershaw was presented Sunday with the Roberto Clemente Award, the top humanitarian honor bestowed by Major League Baseball. Kershaw, 24, the Dodgers' ace and the defending National League Cy Young Award winner, has worked with community organizations in Los Angeles and in his hometown of Dallas. However, he and his wife, Ellen , have focused on building an orphanage in Zambia. Kershaw is the youngest winner of an award that has been presented since 1971, with recipients including Willie Mays , Cal Ripken Jr. , Dave Winfield and 11 other Hall of Fame members.
April 11, 2012 |
Their Occupy-like grievances were familiar as activists staged a day of protests throughout California to oppose income inequality and other issues. Their choice of locations was not. Rather than parks or other public venues, these protesters demonstrated outside the well-tended homes of executives from some of California's largest corporations. The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, an offshoot of the embattled national group ACORN, organized the protests outside the homes of the well-known, such as Hewlett-Packard chief Meg Whitman in Northern California.
November 2, 2010 |
ACORN, a national organization whose mission included registering and turning out low-income and minority voters, announced on this election day that it was filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Founded in 1970, the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now had in recent years become a target of conservatives who accused the group of engaging in widespread voter fraud. It was forced to scale back its efforts after a scandal erupted, centered around undercover video footage that purported to show ACORN staff helping young activists posing as a pimp and prostitute engage in illegal activity.
September 26, 2010 |
When Les Jones drives the streets of the Willowbrook neighborhood of South Los Angeles where he runs a Boys & Girls Club, he doesn't see the kind of small businesses he believes are needed to serve as role models for young people. "Unfortunately, in this community it's either chains, or liquor stores, or check cashing or fast food," Jones said. "Kids can't get an idea that when they grow up, they could create their own positive thing. " He hopes a youth entrepreneurship program to be offered at the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club next year will start changing that.