L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Backpack giveaway attracts 3,000 students

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Officials from Charter Communications were joined by political dignitaries, community partners and educational leaders Aug. 5 at A Place Called Home in Los Angeles to kick off the back-to-school season with a complimentary backpack distribution event for low-income families.

The annual event, attracted an estimated 3,000 students who were given the opportunity to receive free school supplies.

Among those in attendance were City Councilman Curren Price, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer and an aide from the office of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard. 

Dialogue focuses

on human trafficking

LOS ANGELES — “Access Hollywood” host Shaun Robinson will hold a dialogue on human trafficking from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12, at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4708 W. Washington Blvd.

Robinson’s nonprofit, the S.H.A.U.N Foundation for Girls, is presenting the event, “The Empowered Girl-How Not to be a Victim of Human Trafficking.”

Speakers include actress Garcelle Beauvais; Joan Pera, a supervising deputy probation officer; Tracey Webb, a former cyber crime and child abuse prosecutor; and survivors of human trafficking.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.

Information: (424) 290-0677.

Celebrities to appear

at beauty pageant

HOLLYWOOD — The 24th annual Little Miss African-American Pageant will take place at 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd.

Guests include actors James Pickens Jr. (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Keith David (OWN’s “Greenleaf”) and Danielle Mone’ Truitt (star of BET’s “Rebel”). Reality stars Sherre Fletcher (“Hollywood Exes”) will host the event and Mel’isa Morgan will be the musical guest performer. A red carpet begins at 3 p.m.

Forum planned

on health care

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — St. John’s Well Child and Family Center is hosting a community forum from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Aug. 15 at L.A. Trade Tech College, 400 W. Washington Blvd.

At “Health is a Human Right,” St. John’s President and CEO Jim Mangia will lead a discussion with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, union SEIU Local 721 and SEIU Local 2015, patients, and health care workers to provide updates on efforts to protect and expand health care access.

The event is open to the public. Breakfast will be served.

Meeting to discuss


SOUTH LOS ANGELES-The Freedom Socialist Party is holding a meeting about rent control and gentrification at 7 p.m. Aug. 14, in Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be served at 6: 30 p.m. for a donation.

Information: (323) 732-6416 or fspla@earthlink.net.

Awards recognize

female advancement

CARSON — The Los Angeles chapter of the National Congress of Black Women is presenting its eighth annual awards luncheon, “Women Making a Difference-Our Stories, Our Truths,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12, at the Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center, 801 E. Carson St., Hall B.

Honorees include Angela Gibson Shaw, president of the Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce; Cynthia Billingslea, founder of “Hey Girlfriend Network,” a nonprofit organization that provides networking opportunities; and Nathan J. Sessoms, an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University.

Cost is $60 per person.

Information: www.ncbwinclac.org

Health fair offers

free resources

COMPTON — The Compton Family Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12 at 130 E. Compton Blvd.

Free services include immunizations, cholesterol and diabetes screenings, dental, vision and anemia screenings, blood pressure checks, CalFresh and WIC enrollments, Medi-Cal enrollment (bring pay stub and Social Security number if available), library and mentoring resources.

Information: (310) 661-3080.

Family support

group to meet

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The monthly support group for families of murdered victims will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14, in the community room of the 77th Street Police Station, 7600 S. Broadway.

Information: (310) 547-JFMC or victimvoices@yahoo.com.

Cancer group

to host walk

INGLEWOOD — Life Worth Saving, an organization supporting urban women fighting cancer and other diseases, is presenting a three-kilometer walk from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 12, in Darby Park, 3400 W. Arbor Vitae St.

Registration is at 8 a.m.

All proceeds will fund the organization’s community awareness truck.

Information: (310) 743-4507.

Mitchell appointed

to legislatures’ group

The National Conference of State Legislatures has named state Sen. Holly J. Mitchell to its national executive committee.

Mitchell, chair of the California Senate’s Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, has been actively involved in the national conference for more than 25 years, first at the staff level on welfare reform work groups then later as an elected lawmaker.

“NCSL has continued to be a champion of state legislators and staff for more than 40 years due to its bipartisan commitment and expert governance,” Mitchell said about her one-year appointment. “I share NCSL’s vision statement and also bring my deep commitment to public service and belief that good governance is a core expression of our collective values.”

Airport launches

apprentice program

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles World Airports has launched the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program in partnership with Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles Southwest College, and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council.

The workforce development program will prepare local residents for skilled craft labor careers to support the $15 billion capital improvement program at Los Angeles International Airport. Contractors performing work on LAWA projects are expected to exceed 30 percent local participation with a workforce that reflects the diversity of Los Angeles.

The eight-week program at Los Angeles Southwest College begins Sept. 11. Participants will receive free training to prepare them for entrance to union apprenticeships.

Persons interested in the mandatory program orientation and registration on Aug. 19 should contact Christina Watkins at (424) 646-7192.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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