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Congresswoman Sydney-Kamlager Dove Awards South LA Foundation with $850,000

Elgin Nelson

Last week, at the South LA Mental Health Block Party hosted at South LA Cafe, Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove presented the South Los Angeles Community (SLAC) Foundation with an $850,000 check for the South LA Community Resilience Center project. This center aims to be a hub for community and economic development activities, resilience programming to address climate-related and societal disasters, food distribution, and educational workshops on various topics like climate awareness and sustainability. Congresswoman Kamlager-Dove emphasized the link between mental health and community resiliency, noting the foundation’s work in empowering families and building a sustainable economy over the past five years, especially during the pandemic. SLAC Co-Founder Joseph Ward-Wallace highlighted the funding’s significance for infrastructural support and future expansion to a new campus, aiming to combat displacement and ensure safety and well-being for South LA residents. The South Los Angeles Community Foundation is one of 15 projects that Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove secured a total of $12.4 million in 2024.

Calif. Union Leader April Verrett Elected First Black President of SEIU, One of the Nation’s Largest Labor Unions

Bo Tefu, Lila Brown, and Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the nation’s largest labor unions representing nearly two million members in the public sector, healthcare, and property services, elected its first Black president, April Verrett. Verrett, known for her strategic leadership as the SEIU’s Secretary-Treasurer and former president of the SEIU California local chapter, was sworn into her new role on May 20 during a ceremony at the SEIU convention in Philadelphia, where Vice President Kamala Harris, Verrett’s long-time collaborator, gave the keynote address. Harris praised Verrett for her unwavering commitment to worker empowerment and fair compensation for care workers, emphasizing the physical and emotional demands of care work. In her acceptance speech, Verrett highlighted the union’s mission to reclaim power from corporate interests through organized efforts and strikes, especially in light of the national strikes in the healthcare industry post-COVID-19. She noted the increasing momentum among young workers of color as a pivotal force in the labor movement.

LA Clippers Sign Head Coach Tyronn Lue with Lucrative Long-Term Deal

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LA Clippers coach Ty Lue has signed a new deal through the 2028-2029 season, making him one of the NBA’s highest-paid coaches at approximately $14 million per year, sources told ESPN. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank were keen to secure Lue, and after negotiations with his agent, Andy Miller of Klutch Sports, the agreement was finalized recently. The Clippers announced the deal on Wednesday without disclosing terms. Lue expressed his excitement, stating, “This is where I want to be. I’ve loved coaching this team for the past four years and I’m excited to head into a new era at Intuit Dome.” Lue’s continuation brings stability to the Clippers amidst potential roster changes this offseason. Having won the 2016 NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers and showing a strong record with the Clippers, Lue has solidified his reputation as one of the league’s top coaches.

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