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The California NAACP Responds to Charlottesville Rally and President Trump's Latest Remarks

The California State Conference of the NAACP issued the linked news release"


"Federal immigration policies will not be enforced by sheriff's department, Pomona police"
La Nueva Voz 5/25/17, p. 14

"We don't have time for that, said Capt. Andy Berg of the Sheriff's Department's San Dimas station. "We really are not too interested in immigration status. We have a lot of public safety concerns, trying to address violent crimes... and the sheriff's department does not view immigration enforcement as part of our daily duty."

La Nueva Voz, 5/25/17, p. 14

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"What residents told really told police officers when they got a chance in Pomona"
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 5/19/17

More than 75 people, representing eastern Los Angeles County communities and more than two dozen members of nine area law enforcement agencies, gathered at the Village Conference Center in Pomona on Thursday night to hear from each other and to strengthen police-community relations.

The Truth and Reconciliation program, organized by the Social Justice Advocacy Project in conjunction with the NAACP Pomona Valley branch, is part of an ongoing effort meant to bring the public and law enforcement together to discuss issues of community concern and find solutions together, organizers said.

Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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Our hard working Sandy Hester is in the news.

Woman of the year spent life advocating for others
Claremont Courier 4/6/17

Longtime Claremont community activist, volunteer and senior citizens' advocate Sandy Hester was recently recognized for her numerous accomplishments and contributions to the region with a Congressional Woman of the Year Award from Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena.

Kellen Browning, Claremont Courier

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Congratulations Sandy!


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We advocate for the betterment of our communities and we hope to empower others to develop their advocacy as well. This issue not only tells the story of our nonprofit's efforts in collaboration with law enforcement, elected representatives, and community stakeholders to improve the state of community-oriented policing in East San Gabriel Valley, but we also include pieces that we hope will provoke your minds and inspire you to act on what you want to see changed in your community.

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In the Current Issue

  • Community Event Series 
    • ESGV Community-Oriented Policing Strategies Task Force
    • City Limits: where the local government ends and the community begins in addressing community issues. 
    • Truth and Reconciliation 
  • Organization Updates
    • Legal Clinics
    • Financial Literacy Workshops
    • Building Bridges of Understanding
  • Featured Articles
    • Five Rules to Leading an Empowered Life
    • Education: Perpetuating Oppression or Provoking Liberation 
    • Repeal the Indiscriminate Killing of People of Color: CA Prop 62
  • Advocacy Alert!
    • Jeanette Ellis-Royston, NAACP-PV President
  • Creative Corner
    • "Don't Go Back"

From Supervisor Hilda Solis' Newsletter

Police and Community Seek Truth and Reconciliation

Jeanette Ellis-Royston with Charter Eight local police agencies in the Eastern region of Los Angeles County came together in Pomona this week for an opportunity of community dialogue hosted by the Pomona Valley NAACP and the Social Justice Advocacy Project. The event, titled "Truth and Reconcilation," aimed at creating stronger ties between local law enforcement and residents in order to reach plausible solutions.

The event started off with a Q&A session with seven local police chiefs followed by a time for community speak. The event concluded with a time set aside for reconciliation and finding solutions.

More than 75 residents of Pomona and other Los Angeles County cities took part in the program along with staff with the First District staff and leaders in the surrounding areas.


"Police and people build bridges in Pomona"
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 9/20/16

With reports of police shootings coming in from across the country, members of law enforcement agencies from seven East Los Angeles County cities and area residents met Tuesday night to build bridges.

Questions included how to begin a dialogue with police departments' higher-ups and how officers determine how much force they need to use in a volatile situation.

. . .

The gathering, organized by the Social Justice Advocacy Project in collaboration with the NAACP Pomona Valley branch, was a first step in starting conversations meant to encourage both sides to work together and develop strategies to address each's concerns, organizers said.

Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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Pomona delegation honored by Assemblymember Rodriguez
La Nueva Voz, 7/28/16, p 20

Woman of the Year Jeannette Ellis-Royston was recognized as an active civil rights leader and expert in the community. "She has earned a strong reputation as a dedicated volunteer and advocate for the people of Pomona," Hemming said. She serves as President of the Pomona Valley Branch NAACP, has been effective in bringing law enforcement and the community together to build stronger working relationships, and prides herself on inclusiveness, Hemming added.

La Nueva Voz, 7/28/16, p 20

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Latino/Latina Roundtable reacts to Supreme Court decision preventing immigration programs from proceeding
La Nueva Voz, 7/28/16, p 16

Pomona Valley Branch NAACP President Jeanette Royston, among those speaking at the news conference, said the matter was a national initiative handed down by national NAACP.

La Nueva Voz, 7/28/16, p 16

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Jeanette Ellis-Royston

Pomona Woman of Year, 2016

Recognized by Assemblymember Freddie Rogdriquez

July 24, 2016

Jeanette Ellis-Royston,Pomona Woman of the Year, 2016

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"Vigil at Pomona church urges unity, prays for peace, calls for change"
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 7/8/16

"This is about lifting each other up because our nation is in a difficult situation," said Jeanette Royston, president of the NAACP's Pomona Valley Branch . . .

John M. Blodgett, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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Ruth Carter, NAACP Life Member, April, 2016

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Pomona Valley NAACP

Responses to Islamophobia

"Islamophobia prompts Pomona group to start dialogue to create a more united, peaceful community"
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 5/8/16

The Dec. 2 terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and in other parts of the world have made some people fear members of the Muslim faith, said a Pomona activist.

. . .

To break down barriers and build relationships, the NAACP Pomona Valley branch, in collaboration with area faith leaders, will host a community dialogue from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Village Conference Center, 1460 E. Holt Ave. The center is accessed via Entrance No. 1.

"By building a community, we all feel safe and we can rally around those who don't feel safe," said Jeannette Ellis-Royston, president of the NAACP Pomona Valley branch.

Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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City Pride Magazine

Excellent article on the Pomona NAACP Branch's Night at the African American Museum of Beginnings in the March 2016 issue of City Pride Magazine.


From Supervisor Hilda Solis' Newsletter

Local NAACP Sets its Sights On Progress

Jeanette Ellis-Royston with Charter Celebrating its 61st year of dedicated service in advocating for civil rights, the Pomona Valley Branch of the NAACP held its year-end reception on Dec. 19 at the Kennedy Austin Foundation Center.

The branch was charted in 1954 and was reactivated in 2014. This past November, the branch aggressively recommitted to advocating and protecting the civil rights of all local residents.

Community leaders & representatives from throughout the region attended the event and were treated to a robust keynote speech from Dr. Wilma Ellis-Kazemzadeh, who reminded the audience that the struggle continues, and united, we remain strong!

Read all of Supervisor Solis' January Newsletter.


Recent News Clips

"Thousands march across Claremont Colleges, call for solidarity"
Claremont Courier 11/11/15

Local leaders, including Pitzer College Chicano studies professor Jose Calderon and NAACP Pomona Valley President Jeanette Ellis-Royston, were invited to speak to the crowd along with students.

"[The march] speaks volumes. It also sends a message to the community, to the valley, particularly to the staff and faculty at the Claremont Colleges," Ms. Ellis-Royston told the COURIER. "If you look through this circle here, you have people from all walks of life. And they're here for one reason, because of discrimination and injustice to an individual or to a group. When we come together like this, it tells the faculty - or those in the community or those in power - that we're not going to have it."

Claremont Courier - Matthew Bramlett

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"Community turns out for Pomona NAACP's 'America's Journey for Justice' rally"
La Nueva Voz 10/22/15, p. 13

"Black, brown, yellow, white, All the people must unite" was one of the cheers - and a central message - of last month's "America's Journey for Justice Rally in the Pomona Civic Center, sponsored by Pomona Valley Branch 1085B of the NAACP.

The event was held to remember and honor the late civil rights leader Julian Bond, who was a former Georgia state legislator and national chairman of the NAACP. He died in August at the age of 75. But it was also held to coincide

La Nueva Voz

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"NAACP Pomona Valley Branch gathering addresses human rights, equality"
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 10/1/15

Human rights, voting rights, environmental and economic justice were some of the topics discussed by residents, activists and clergy at a gathering Wednesday evening at the Civic Center Plaza.

The gathering, called America's Journey for Justice Rally, was organized by the Pomona Valley Branch of the NAACP and addressed issues on the minds of participants in the recent America's Journey for Justice, a 1,000-mile march that began Aug. 1 in Selma, Alabama, and ended in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16.

Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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"Jeanette Royston installed as Pomona Valley Branch NAACP President"
La Nueva Voz 7/25/15, p. 15

Pomona Valley Branch NAACP President Jeanette Ellis Royston, members of the executive board, and executive committee members were officially sworn into office last month at an installation of officers luncheon at Pomona's Macedonia Community Service Center.

Royston, who led the organization's reactivation efforts beginning in 2013, told a capacity crowd that it was "quite a journey."

La Nueva Voz

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"Pomona gathering prays for Charleston shooting victims and change"
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 6/20/15

"It could happen in any neighborhood in the U.S. and all of us should reflect on that because it could have been this very church," said Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario, at the Pomona prayer service.

The NAACP Pomona Valley Branch hosted the service at Macedonia Baptist Church, where speakers expressed a need to eradicate racism, and build community, not only immediately after tragic events.

Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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Donald Martens' "Reflections on Charleston," has been moved to our blog.

POMONA VALLEY NAACP
IN THE NEWS

Federal immigration policies will not be enforced by sheriff's department, Pomona police
La Nueva Voz
p. 14, 5/25/17

Why these San Gabriel Valley police agencies want to hear from you
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 5/17/17

NAACP Hosts Police, Community Roundtable
Claremont Courier 5/11/17

What residents told really told police officers when they got a chance in Pomona
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 5/19/17

Why these San Gabriel Valley police agencies want to hear from you
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 5/17/17

NAACP Hosts Police, Community Roundtable
Claremont Courier 5/11/17

Police and people build bridges in Pomona
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 9/20/16

Latino/Latina Roundtable reacts to Supreme Court decision preventing immigration programs from proceeding
La Nueva Voz 7/28/16,
p. 16

Pomona gathering prays for Charleston shooting victims and change
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 6/20/15

Pomona delegation honored by Assemblymember Rodriguez
La Nueva Voz 7/28/16,
p. 20

Vigil at Pomona church urges unity, prays for peace, calls for change
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 8/8/16

Islamophobia prompts Pomona group to start dialogue to create a more united, peaceful community
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 5/8/16

Thousands march across Claremont Colleges, call for solidarity
Claremont Courier 11/13/15

Community turns out for Pomona NAACP's 'America's Journey for Justice' rally
La Nueva Voz 10/22/15, p. 14

NAACP Pomona Valley Branch gathering addresses human rights, equality
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 10/1/15

'America's Journey for Justice' rally re-set for Sept. 30
La Nueva Voz 9/24/15, p. 6

Jeanette Royston installed as Pomona Valley Branch NAACP President
La Nueva Voz 7/25/15, p. 15

Pomona gathering prays for Charleston shooting victims and change
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 6/20/15

Author Farrell Chiles Speaks at NAACP
La Nueva Voz 5/28/15, p. 16

Human relations expert in Pomona discusses conflict between police, locals
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 5/24/15


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