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“Time Is Not on Your Side!”

Lou Coleman-Yeboah

Lou Coleman-Yeboah

By Lou Coleman-Yeboah

I don’t know who I’m talking too, but God says, “NOW,” “TODAY,” “NOT TOMORROW!” Time is not on your side! 

Whoever you are, you have heard the Gospel many, many times in the past, and you’ve been spoken to by the Holy Spirit, but you have not heeded the warnings.” I beg you today, please, do not trifle with your soul’s salvation, “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” [James 4:14].  The Urgency of Today [Proverbs 29:1]. The Insistence of God – [Proverbs 1: 24-28]. Know that “TODAY” may be the very last time you may be exposed to the Gospel of the grace of God. Don’t blow it! “NOW,” “TODAY,” repent of your sins and accept Jesus as your Savior. For the Bible declares, “Behold, “NOW” is the acceptable time; behold, “NOW” is the day of salvation.” “NOW” is Mercy’s offer. “NOW” is the invitation from God, reaching down from Heaven. Know that the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. [2 Peter 3:9]. “TOMORROW” you may find the door shut. “TOMORROW” may be too late. NOW, NOW, NOW! Repent of your sins, and be forgiven.

You know three passages in the [Book of Proverbs- 1:24-28; 27:1; 29:1] warns us that we are not to wait too late about making our decision of commitment to trust Christ as our Savior and Lord and to receive forgiveness for our sins. Don’t take a chance and think that you will have time to get saved or repent later on in life. For Hell is filling up fast with people who thought that they would repent later on in their life. Some of them, like you, had heard the Gospel: were convicted by the Holy Spirit and Word of God; and had expected to get saved “SOMEDAY.” Unfortunately, for them, their “SOMEDAY” never came. Case in point, Governor Felix, who in [Acts 24: 24-25], was privileged to hear the Gospel, and was so convicted of his need for a Savior that he actually “trembled” but what did he do? He procrastinated, he put it off. He told the Apostle Paul, “Go thy way; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” Well, his convenient season never came. His tomorrow never arrived. He died, lost; his chance had come and gone. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent… [Acts 17:30]. Please, be reconciled to God “NOW” before it’s too late!

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that “I have set before you life and death…; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him for He is your life and the length of your days… [Deuteronomy 30:19-20].  

Joint Center Commends the Appointment of Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Cory Booker to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will replace former Senator Franken as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Senators Harris and Booker will be the second and third African American Senators to join the committee, following former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, according to the Senate Historical Office.  

The Senate Judiciary Committee has an oversight role over the of the Department of Justice and the agencies under the Department’s jurisdiction, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as components of the Department of Homeland Security. The committee considers legislation that

Cory Booker

Cory Booker

touches on a variety of issues, from immigration to criminal justice, to intellectual property. Senate Judiciary Committee members play a key role in considering Supreme Court nominations, appellate court nominations, and district court nominations.

The following is a statement by Spencer Overton, President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

“The appointment of Senator Harris and Booker to the Senate Judiciary Committee is another important step in the movement to create a more representative Senate and will have a meaningful impact on how policy is considered. Senators Harris and Booker are thoughtful and passionate advocates for Americans and will have an impact on this important committee.” 

Click here for the Joint Center’s full statement and key resources.  

Former DNC Chair Keynotes CLBC MLK Breakfast Honoring Community Leaders Around the State

Aubry Stone, president of California Black Chamber of Commerce, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) Chair of CLBC, Alice Huffman, President of CA State NAACP

Aubry Stone, president of California Black Chamber of Commerce, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) Chair of CLBC, Alice Huffman, President of CA State NAACP

By Manny Otiko, California Black Media

The California Legislative Black Caucus hosted Donna Brazile, a national political figure, at its Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast held Thursday, January 11, to kick off a host of statewide marches, breakfasts and community events commemorating the life and legacy of MLK.

Brazile, two-time former chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and chair of former Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign, addressed more than 200 attendees in a speech that was layered with spirituals reflections and peppered with humor. She is also the author of the new tell-all book “Hacks,” which detailed her experience running the DNC under the hacking attack of the Russians during the 2016 election between then-candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Brazile also stressed the importance of working to realize the dream and challenging people to stir the pot.

Brazil spoke candidly about her role in lobbying to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday.

According to Brazile, King’s message of hope and racial tolerance is still relevant today.

“He (King) taught us to rise above hate,” she said.

She urged Americans not to look at the MLK holiday as just another day off, but a way to get involved. Brazile also challenged more African-American women to run for political office, especially at the local level.

“Because that’s where the action is,” she said.

Assemblymember Chris Holden, CLBC chair, also spoke at the event.  

“We must always remember the rich history that surrounds MLK Day and reflect on how much work still remains to fulfill Dr. King’s dream,” said Holden. “In a national environment where divisive rallies and demonstrations are on the rise, it’s critical for African Americans to unite and stand against hatred bigotry.”

The breakfast also recognized a variety of statewide civil rights activists as “Unsung Heroes.”

“This year’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ are pillars in the Black community,” said Holden. “They continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their voices and actions.”

This year’s Unsung Heroes were:

  • Pamela Thornton, an advocate for fair land use operations. 
  • Joe and Ruthie Hopkins, owners/publishers of Pasadena Journal, a newspaper that serves the African American community in the San Gabriel Valley. 
  • Joseph Benjamin Hardwick, senior pastor of Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
  • Kenya Fagbemi, program director for the Center for Community Health & Well Being. 
  • Tyree Boyd-Pates, history curator and program manager for the African American Museum. 
  • Jimmie Woods Gray, the first person of color elected as chairperson of the LA County Democratic Central Committee.
  • Arnold Perkins, chair of Alameda County Juvenile Justice Commission and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Advisory Board. 
  • Dr. John E. Warren, a lifelong public servant, and publisher of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint, a publication that works to keep the African American community in San Diego informed.   
  • Robert C. Farrell, a retired Los Angeles city councilman and lifelong public service mentor.
  • Karen Earl, CEO of Jenesse Center Inc. The oldest domestic violence intervention and prevention program in South Los Angeles and recognized as the first shelter founded by African American women who are themselves survivors of domestic violence. 
  • Pleshette Robertson, CEO, and founder of Sac Cultural Hub, a Sacramento print and digital media company keeping Northern California urban communities informed with news, events and entertainment.

Holden added that the CLBC was pleased about working with Gov. Jerry Brown on legislation in 2017 such as the transportation bill, and looked forward to further collaboration this year.