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ISAH Block by Block Neighborhood Juneteenth Community Celebration

 San Bernardino, CA- When Dr. Deborah Winn gave thought to how her organization WWAM, Inc., could  commemorate the celebration ending slavery in America, Annual Juneteenth Event, she realized that the greatest tribute and challenge was literally right outside her front door. A four year resident of Wall Avenue in San Bernardino, CA, Dr Winn says she and her husband saw past the bleak future confronting many of their neighbors.
She states, “Our greatest concern was our young men, shootings, gang violence, drugs, prostitution, abandoned properties, loitering and seniors afraid to go outside after 5:00 pm.  We knew there had to be hope, given San Bernardino was once one of America’s greatest cities. We know the people in this vary community can be part of making San Bernardino be a great city again beginning with their block first.”
Part of this great effort will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. as WWAM hosts the multicultural, family centered “It Starts At Home (ISAH) Block by Block Neighborhood Community Juneteenth Celebration.”  Featured will be resources for jobs, housing, utility assistance, health services, business development, guest speakers and more.  Additionally, a strong push for voter registration will be a major agenda for the day.  WWAM has already received the forms and will be active in discussing the importance and power of voting with residents.
Additionally, pastors and ministries from local congregations will begin the event with praise and worship, as well as, prayer block-by-block.  Street Positive CEO, Terry Boykins, will be doing a special outreach and engagement with fathers in the community.
Dr. Winn has invited long-time friend and famed community advocate and trailblazer, Dr. “Sweet Alice” Harris (a.k.a. Mother of Watts) to be the keynote speaker.  She comments, “Working together we can rally and return our city to the place people want to call home.  Wall Ave stands ready to do its part for the good.”
Vendor Booth opportunities are still available. Informational booths are $40 and product booths are $100. WWAM is also on the lookout for African vendors that sell African jewelry, art, clothing, and more. For those that are interested in getting a booth, please call (909) 889-9505 or email wwaminc92@yahoo.com to fill out a vendor form

Retired Las Vegas Cop Returns to Southern California with a Lifesaving Message for Kids

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GARDEN GROVE, CA- R. Byron Stringer, a Las Vegas Cop for over 26 years, took the stories he saw on the street and created the Toe Tag Monologues.  He presented the Toe Tag Monologues last weekend at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Garden Grove.

The Boys and Girls Club hosted their 1st Annual Teen Leadership Conference from May 29 to 31, and was pleased to include Toe Tag Monologues.  This performing troop, coming from Las Vegas, consists of teenagers who performed life changing monologues about Bullying, Teen Suicide, Human Trafficking, Gang Violence, Drug Abuse, Drunk Driving, School Violence and much more.  There is no other program like it in our country!

Stringer, a native of San Bernardino, believes that the rest of America is only a moment away from becoming a Ferguson or Baltimore. The Toe Tag Monologues uses Drama to help kids get through their own Drama.

“We have to do what the City of Garden Grove, California is doing and begin to heal our children.  We can no longer just lecture our kids but we have to learn to listen as well,” Stringer said. “This conference, “Turn Up For Success”, is laying a template for others to follow.”

For more information on the Toe Tag Monologues, please visit byronstringer.com.