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Essence Announces ‘Peace, Prayer & Purpose’ Rally at 2015 Essence Festival

NEW YORK, NY– In ESSENCE’s groundbreaking February 2015 ‘Black Lives Matter’ issue, ESSENCE editors and a myriad of esteemed contributors focused attention on the daring modern-day civil rights movement unfolding across the nation and set the agenda for ‘What We Must Do Now’ with a bold dialogue in the pages of the magazine. ESSENCE recently announced a slate of empowerment programming and a ‘Peace, Prayer & Purpose Rally’ to bring that conversation to life during the daytime Empowerment Experience at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival, July 2-5 in New Orleans.

“Communities across the country are rallying for justice, as Black Americans face systemic inequalities and troubling disparities with respect to police brutality, employment, education, earning power, health and upward socio-economic mobility,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks.  “In an effort to shed light on the issues, address the pain, explore solutions and advance the movement in these critical times, Essence is unveiling a series of powerful keynotes and in-depth conversations that will culminate in the ‘Peace, Prayer & Purpose Rally’.

The ESSENCE Empowerment Experience programming will extend the conversation on race relations; addressing where we are now and where we go from here with a wide range of the nation’s foremost leaders, activists and influencers—including Deepak Chopra, Rev. Al Sharpton, Steve Harvey, Iyanla Vanzant, Donna Brazile and many more.

In addition, prominent mayors, including Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, IN) and Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans, LA), will join a Mayor’s Panel for a deep-dive conversation on the critical issues and best-practices in communities around the country; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will deliver a keynote address entitled Moms on a Mission: Mothers Turning Tragedy Into Triumphant Change; and leading experts, including Senator Karen Carter PetersonDr. Steve PerryNicole Paultre Bell and more will weigh in on the educational, policy and social issues impacting our communities for a discussion on Where Do We Go From Here: Black Lives Matter.   The Empowerment Experience Sunday Prayer Vigil and All-Star Gospel Tribute round out the weekend programs with poignant moments of reflection, rededication and inspiration.

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Rialto ‘Rails to Trails’ receives SCAG Achievement Award for sustainability

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PALM DESERT, CA – The City of Rialto has received an Achievement Award for Sustainability from the Southern California Association of Governments for its Rails to Trails project – the final section of the Pacific Electric Trail.

Rails to Trails promotes linkages to active transportation and transit networks throughout the region, establishing a 21-mile east-west walking, running and bicycling route between Rialto and Claremont that is separated from vehicular traffic.

“Rialto is committed to healthy living, and Rails to Trails is a wonderful example of how active transportation and careful planning can make that happen,” said Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson, who also serves on the SCAG Regional Council.

Mayor Robertson received the award during a ceremony Thursday as part of SCAG’s 50th Anniversary Regional Conference & General Assembly. Each year, SCAG recognizes initiatives that promote sustainability in its six-county region.

“Promoting sustainability is essential to preserving a quality of life we treasure in Southern California,” said Carl Morehouse, President of SCAG and a Ventura Council Member. “Projects such as Rails to Trails show how far we’ve come in terms environmental awareness and integrated planning.”

SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing 191 cities and more than 18 million residents. This year, in addition to commemorating its 50th anniversary, the association is developing its 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy in collaboration with transportation authorities and stakeholders throughout the region.

 

AKA Far Western Regional Director Honors Candra Loftis

Featured in picture from left to right: Mrs. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated International Supreme President, Mrs. Candra Loftis, Dr. Barbara Denson Trotter, Far Western Regional Director

Featured in picture from left to right: Mrs. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated International Supreme President, Mrs. Candra Loftis, Dr. Barbara Denson Trotter, Far Western Regional Director

COSTA MESA, CA – Mrs. Candra Loftis was honored at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated 86th Far Western Regional Conference held on Saturday, May 2 at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA in which she received the Far Western Regional Director Leadership Award.  Prior to the event, Mrs. Loftis received her second honorary service award from the California Congress of Parents, Teachers, and Students, Inc. on April 2.  Ms. Loftis was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award because of her leadership of the Emerging Young Leaders program for the past four years.  Additionally her chapter, Eta Nu Omega received accolades from the Etiwanda School District and Fontana Mayor Aquanetta Warren.

On December 16, Mrs.  Loftis attended the 35th California School Board Association Golden Bell Awards Luncheon in which she accepted the prestigious Golden Bell Award on the behalf of the Etiwanda School District, Heritage Intermediate School and Eta Nu Omega Chapter for Parental/Community Involvement.  Because of this honor, Mrs. Loftis and the program was also recognized by the Fontana City Council.  Congratulations Mrs. Loftis for a job well done!

For future Eta Nu Omega Chapter events and activities, please contact Twillea Evans-Carthen, Ivy Leaf Reporter at tevanscarthen@yahoo.com.