L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Churches promote Affordable Care Act

LOS ANGELES — Three of the largest churches in Los Angeles County — First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles, Faithful Central Bible Church, and City of Refuge Church — joined forces with Covered California Jan. 17 to reach the African-American community with a message that health insurance is now a right that is available to everyone, and it is time to exercise that right by enrolling and getting family and friends to enroll.

Referred to as “Big Sunday,” the church communities honored the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by promoting the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, by urging worshipers to sign up for affordable health insurance before the Jan. 31 deadline.

Speaking to the congregations, Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee quoted King by stating, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman.”

He added that President Obama ended that injustice and now all Americans have access to the health care they need and deserve.

Lee was joined by leaders of more than 500 predominantly African-American churches representing approximately 100,000 African Americans throughout the state, who helped spread the word about Covered California using pulpit announcements, social media, bulletin items, and email messages and fliers to encourage individuals and families to enroll in a health plan.

Tax assistance

offered at college 

COMPTON — Students and local residents may receive free tax preparation assistance from representatives of the Intuit Tax Freedom Project and the Computer and Communications Industry Association from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6, at El Camino College Compton Center in the Vocational Technology Building, 1111 E. Artesia Blvd.

In order to be eligible for free tax services, individuals must have earned $31,000 in adjusted gross income or less in 2015; are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit; or served active military duty in 2015, with a 2015 W2 and an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less.

Participants need to bring a copy of their 2014 tax return, if available; a form of government identification, for each taxpayer and spouse, if applicable; a Social Security number or individual taxpayers’ identification number for each family member; proof of income including W2 and 1099 forms; documentation of deductible expenses; health insurance form (1095-A); and account and routing numbers of checking and savings accounts for direct deposit and a faster refund.

Reservations are recommended at (866) 577-1231.

Women’s Committee

holds awards luncheon

LOS ANGELES — The 10th Council District Women’s Steering Committee is hosting its 41st annual Installation luncheon at 1 p.m., Jan. 24 at the Proud Bird Restaurant and Event Center, 11022 Aviation Blvd.

The theme for the luncheon is “Inspiring a Vision for Change.” The keynote speaker is Deborah Ale Flint, the executive director of Los Angeles World Airports. The Rev. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray will deliver the invocation and blessing.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are available for $60, which includes the luncheon, live entertainment, door prizes and a drawing.

Information: (323) 735-0879

LAPD hosts

clergy council meeting

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Deputy City Attorney Sonja Dawson will speak at the Clergy Council Community meeting held by the LAPD’s Southeast Division at 12:30 p.m., Jan. 28, at 145 W. 108th St.

Businesses, service providers and any guests are encouraged.

Information: (323) 642-4980 or Officer Dawson Hill, volunteer coordinator, (213) 972-7965.

Sheriff’s Dept.

holds job fair

COMPTON — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 23 in the Library Lab at El Camino College Compton Center, 1111 E. Artesia Blvd.

The event will provide information on the hundreds of job opportunities available with the Sheriff’s Department. Staff will assist attendees with applying online for various positions such as professional staff, security officer, security assistant, custody assistant, deputy sheriff’s trainee and other civilian jobs.

Information: call (800) 233-7889

College, career

fair planned

WATTS — The Watts Labor Community Action Committee presents a college and career fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 30 at 10950 S. Central Ave.

Those attending will receive help navigating the free application for federal student aid and college applications, the California Dream Act and the Cal Grant GPA verification. They also can expect to learn more about state universities, private institutions, career and military exploration and tax preparation.

Those attending should bring a driver’s license or passport, a Social Security card or alien registration number, individual taxpayer identification number, a 2014 tax and parent tax information and any records of untaxed income such as Social Security benefits or child support payments.

Information: (323) 357-6262.

Choral singers

give free concert

CARSON — The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers of Los Angeles will give a free performance at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 4 at the Cal State Dominguez Hills University Theatre, 1000 E. Victoria St., as part of the school’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots and in honor of Black History Month.

The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers of Los Angeles is a critically acclaimed choral ensemble founded in 1968 by Albert McNeil, a longtime Los Angeles-based conductor and music instructor who sought to bring attention to African-American folk music, particularly those songs known as negro spirituals.

Complimentary parking for the performance will be in Parking Lot 6 near the theatre.

To reserve tickets, visit www.csudh.edu/watts/schedule/jubilee or call (310) 243-3337.

Play to honor

Black History Month

PASADENA — “Fly,” a stage play telling the story of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, who flew over Europe and North Africa during World War II, will give its first preview performance at 8 p.m. Jan. 26, at The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave.

The play will run through Feb. 21 in honor of Black History Month.

The play is staged Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., with no 7 p.m. performance Feb. 7.

Tickets range from $25 to $87 with premium seating at $125. To purchase a ticket, visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org or call (626) 356-7529.

Play re-creates night

before MLK’s death

HOLLYWOOD — “The Mountaintop,” a stage play re-imagining the events the night before the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will give its first preview showing at 8 p.m., Jan. 28 at The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. The production will have its opening performance at 8 p.m., Feb. 6.

The scene opens on April 3, 1968, after an exhausted King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis after delivering his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. As a storm rages outside, a mysterious hotel maid brings him a cup of coffee, prompting him to confront his life, his past, his legacy and the plight and future of the American people.

The show runs until April 10, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays (only Jan. 28 and Feb. 4), Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. No showings on March 7 or March 21.

On April 3 and April 4, a panel discussion with special guests will take place following each of the performances.

Tickets are $30 or pay-what-you-can on Monday nights. To purchase a ticket, visit www.matrixtheatre.com or call (323) 852-1445.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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