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Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joins Korean American Dental Association’s call for CareNow Los Angeles Free Medical Clinic volunteers

[pullquote_right] “The leadership shown by Korean American dentists is inspirtational,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.[/pullquote_right]Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined the Korean American Dental Association Friday to call for volunteers at the upcoming CareNow Los Angeles free medical clinic, and to notify the Korean American community of the availability of free care.

CareNow Los Angeles will take place October 20 to October 23 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Uninsured patients can receive free medical, dental and vision care from volunteer caregivers.

To receive treatment, individuals must go to the Sports Arena at 1p.m. on October 17 to obtain an admission wristband. At last year’s event, 7,000 people received treatment.  “The leadership shown by Korean American dentists is inspirtational. I hope others are able to volunteer not only as health care providers but also as translators and assistants. I also hope Korean Americans in need will come to CareNow for treatment,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

Grand opening of a new health center in Lynwood

Ready to open its doors and serve the public, the Wesley Health Center, a new health center on East Imperial Highway, in Lynwood is gearing up for its grand opening. Part of non-profit-John Wesley Community Health Institute (JWCH), the new 5,000 square foot Wesley Health Center includes a 10- room primary care clinic, parking, and is located directly across from non-profit St. Francis Medical Center. The Wesley Health Center is centrally located to meet the needs of residents residing in Lynwood and the surrounding area of Compton. The services offered at the health facility center around health education, treatment and prevention.
Specifically, the Wesley Health Center will provide medical examinations, screenings for cervical and breast cancer, pregnancy testing, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and gynecological problems, and referrals for health, prenatal and social services.

As part of JWCH Institute, the facility extends its health care services to everyone and no one is turned away due to the inability to pay for services rendered.

The mission of JWCH Institute, Inc. is to improve the health and wellness of underserved segments of the population of Los Angeles County through the direct coordination of health care, health education services, and research.

Grand Opening of the New Wesley Health Center

Thursday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m.

3591 East Imperial Highway Lynwood, CA 90262 (310) 223 -1036

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas: Let the courts decide redistricting.

“The Board had an opportunity to make history today. For the first time since 1850, when Los Angeles County was incorporated, the Board of Supervisors could have chosen to voluntarily redraw district lines in such a way that safeguards the civil rights of all voters. With the benefit of hindsight, that should have been easy to accomplish. We all know that the courts found that in 1990, the Supervisors intentionally engaged in dilution of the Latino community’s voting strength; every effort should have been made to avoid a similar outcome this time. Protection of incumbents, reassignment of voters and deferral of election, or constituents’ comfort with their own current representative should not be the dominant criteria for adopting maps.

My support for two Latino-opportunity districts has not been about race, but rather about principle. It is about following the law. Since the beginning of the Board’s redistricting efforts, I have steadily maintained that adhering to the Voting Rights Act should be the primary goal of this body. This also has been the driving force behind the courageous and tenacious leadership of Supervisor Gloria Molina. Supervisor Molina worked tirelessly these past few months not to seek any special advantage for Latinos, but to ensure that upholding civil rights for all of the County’s citizens was the central focus of the Board’s debate.

Adherence to the Voting Rights Act has been contorted by some into an argument about racial divisiveness. That’s ironic, because it is the Voting Rights Act that ensures equality for all citizens. Enforcement of the VRA by the courts in 1990 resulted in the district boundaries now being defended by proponents of the status quo.

The Board heard evidence that racially polarized voting exists in Los Angeles County. We have heard this from the Voting Rights Act counsel to the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission. We have heard it from civil rights advocates and academics. And we have heard from representatives of the Latino community – a community that makes up nearly half the population of this County.
It is my belief that the Board should have adopted a redistricting map that provides Latinos with the opportunity to elect candidates of choice in at least two of the five districts. The S2 Plan also increases the AP-I voting strength. Couldn’t we, for once, have willingly embraced the inevitable?

We had two opportunities to adopt a map that fully complies with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

My support of Plan S2 stems from the experience of African Americans, who know all too well the adverse impact of disenfranchisement. I am proud to have stood in solidarity with those civil rights advocates who are merely seeking protection of the Latino community’s voting rights.

Such advocacy does not come at the expense of any other community. It is an expression of the tradition of civil rights and a fulfillment of the legacy left to us by Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who see voting as the primary tool of democratic expression.

When Martin Luther King, John Lewis and hundreds of African-American marchers locked arms and stepped forward to meet the violence that awaited them on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, they challenged the status quo and prevailing notions of democracy. They re-defined patriotism. I’m sure they never imagined their bravery and sacrifice would frame a debate and discussion such as the one we’ve had today, but they weren’t willing to die just for African-Americans. They were willing to die for the American ideal of democracy.

I believe strongly that either S2 or T1 is the right redistricting map, reflecting appropriate communities of interest and complying with the Voting Rights Act. Unfortunately, the board was unwilling to compromise. Ultimately, a federal court will likely determine whether a second, effective Latino-majority district is legally required.

In order to expedite that court review, to avoid further divisive delay and to avoid an unnecessary gamble on the uncertainty of an untested political process, I voted for A3 as amended. However, let me be clear: in voting for the A3 map, my sentiments remain unchanged. I am not endorsing the status quo. Rather, it is my expectation that endorsing the status quo will have the opposite effect; far from resolving the issue, the Board has hastened the court decision that appears necessary to determine district lines that comply with the VRA.

When there is no compromise, the courts must decide.”

Artist opportunity: MLK pedestrian walkway mural

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is seeking to commission four local artists or artist teams to design and install a temporary mural for the remaining portion of the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center Campus Pedestrian walkway.  The completed mural will remain at the site for the length of the construction period, which is approximately a year and a half. The pedestrian walkway is 900 feet long and features a street-side panel or “canvas” that is approximately 4 feet high. In August 2011, City Year worked with children from Freedom Schools to complete the first 100 feet of the mural.

The Arts Commission seeks to identify and support artists living in Willowbrook and its surrounding communities. This call is open to artists residing within the following zip codes: 90001, 90002, 90047, 90059, 90220, 90221, 90222, 90223, 90224, 90248, and 90262. If applying as an artist team, at least one member of the team must reside within the identified zip codes. For questions regarding eligibility, please contact Erin Harkey, eharkey@arts.lacounty.gov

Application materials must be received on or before 5:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Any application materials received after the date and time specified above will be rejected, considered non-responsive, and returned to the artist.

The Arts Commission will commission four artists or artist teams to engage the local community in the development and installation of a mural that examines the health and social benefits of art and cultural activities. The four selected artists will be required to incorporate the findings of the related community based research conducted by LA Commons and the Arts Commission, and will work with a community organization or group to develop the mural’s content.  The commissioned artists/ artist teams will work collaboratively to ensure a consistent narrative and a cohesive design.

Each artist team will receive a $3,500 commission to cover all artist fees associated with the design, fabrication, and installation of one 200 foot long section of the mural wall. It is our intent that community members will assist the artist in painting the mural.

The Arts Commission will assemble a Project Coordination Committee (PCC) that will review the artist applications, select the artist or artist team, and review the design from development through completion.

The PCC is composed of:

  • A representative of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor, Second District,
  • An Arts Commissioner,
  • A representative of the Department of Health Services,
  • A representative of the Chief Executive Office,
  • Arts Professionals, and
  • Community Stakeholders.

The Arts Commission’s Civic Art Program staff serves as non-voting advisors to the Advisory Panel and facilitates the selection process.

The artist will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Proven artistic merit and strong professional qualifications;
  • Ability to work with a government agency, and local residents;
  • Ability to create artwork that is meaningful to the variety of people who will come in contact with the artwork;
  • Ability to interpret community input in the development of artwork; and
  • Ability to execute high-quality, easily maintainable artwork.


The following materials must be received by Wednesday, November 2, 2011:

  1. Résumé including name, mailing address, phone number(s), fax, email and web page (if applicable).
  2. Brief letter of interest addressing:
    • Why this project interests you;
    • Interest in or experience with healthcare or community facilities;
    • Your connection to or interest in the Willowbrook neighborhood;
    • Your experience with community engagement; and
    • Local community organizations or groups that you would be interested in working with and why.

Only letters which specifically address these points will be considered.

  1. Up to 10 images of your relevant work.
    • Submit digital images on a CD-ROM in JPEG format, PC compatible, no larger than 1920 X 1920 pixel resolution (do not compress your files).  Each image must be unlocked and downloadable.
    • Label each image with artist’s name and a number which corresponds to the annotated image list – for example 001JaneJones, 002JaneJones.
  2. An accompanying annotated image list, including:
    • Title, date and location of artwork;
    • Very brief project description;
    • Medium and dimensions;
    • Budget; and
    • Commissioning agency or client, and project manager, if applicable.
  3. Contact information for three professional references including title, phone and email addresses.

Questions? Please contact Erin Harkey, eharkey@arts.lacounty.gov

To Help Everyone Clinic in Lennox

For more than three decades, T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic has been improving the well-being of in need, underserved communities in Los Angeles by providing access to high-quality healthcare and preventive education for all, regardless of ability to pay, while being mindful of the diverse cultural, social and economic factors that make up the foundation of the community. More than 10,000 patients strong, we accomplish this with a talented medical team, and by developing personal relationships with our patients, offering a comprehensive array of healthcare services, and encouraging and educating the community to take a proactive role in developing healthier lifestyles for themselves, their families and for future generations to come.

Founded on February 5, 1974 by eight medical volunteers – Vi Verreux, Joan Alpert, Barbara Saunders, Susan Schlager, Debbi Kates, Fredda Draluck, Marilyn Stone, and Marilyn Norwood – who sought to bring affordable, quality healthcare to uninsured women in the underserved, economically-challenged area of Southwest Los Angeles.

For more information on T.H.E Clinic, please visit www.theclinicinc.org.