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Activist Tamika D. Mallory says the organization’s silence illustrates “a disregard for the lives of black and brown people in America.”


NewsOne Staff 


It’s been two weeks since Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on charges related to the death of Philando Castile and several activists are calling out the National Rifle Association for their failure to address the issue, reports CNN.


According to the outlet, activist Tamika D. Mallory penned a letter to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Wednesday, criticizing the organization for not publicly defending Castile and his family.


“You are responsible for an organization that claims to be the ‘oldest civil rights organization in America’. However, recent actions by the NRA demonstrate not only a complete disregard for the lives of black and brown people in America – your fellow citizens – but appear to be a direct endorsement of violence against these citizens exercising their constitutional right to protest.” wrote Mallory.


In the letter, Mallory also expressed her disapproval of a pro-police ad released by the organization that disparages protestors, reports the source. “At a time when our nation is seeing a rise in racially charged incidents and violence motivated by hate speech, it is unconscionable for a powerful organization like yours to unashamedly peddle an “us versus them” narrative,” Mallory wrote.


According to CNN, following Castile’s death in July 2016, the organization released a statement saying that the incident was “troubling” but has remained mum on the issue ever since.


Several people took to social media to express their discontent over the NRA’s silence and their outrage over the video.


CNN reports that the NRA has received Mallory’s letter, but has not released a statement.


On Monday, Castile’s family settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the city of St. Anthony for $3 million


NRA Ad features a white woman who attacks the media, defends Trump, denounces President Obama for supporting “the resistance”  The clip shows with pictures of anti Trump and Black Lives Matter. Throughout the video she refers to black people as “they” and “them”—drawing a clear line between black folks and the NRA. “They scream racism, sexism, and xenophobia and homophobia…They bully and terrorize the law abiding (indicated by picture of injured white man) until the only option left is for police to do their jobs and stop the madness.




Still awaiting your outrage on legal owner Philando Castile being gunned down while expressing his constitutional right @NRA


5:12 AM - 29 Jun 2017 


Where to Celebrate on July 4th

Friday, June 30, 2017

Looking for the best way to celebrate the 4th of July? Here are a few local favorites from Westchester to Pasadena.  The list includes a parade, festival, and of course fireworks!


Please note that fireworks are illegal in most of Los Angeles County, including the beaches.  Illegally setting off fireworks could cost you up to $1,000 and/or your freedom.  In Inglewood, fireworks are permitted, but only those purchased in Inglewood, and labeled “Safe and Sane.”  


Annual Vision Outside 4th of July Jazz and Blues Festival in Leimert Park


Celebrate the 4th of July in the back lot of the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park, 3341 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles with jazz and blues, children’s arts and crafts, face painting, and delicious food. The event is free.  For more info, call 213-202-5500, or visit


Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach, Venice Beach

Body-building pageant on the beach will be held at Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk from 9am to 5pm. Registration is from 7:30-9:30 am, pre-judging 10 am, finals 1 pm. Free to watch, $100 to compete. Visit or call 310-399-2775.


July 4th Fireworks, Marina Del Rey

Traditional fireworks extravaganza over the main channel in Marina del Rey programmed to patriotic music broadcast over FM radio KXLU, 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Chase Park.  Show begins at 9pm at Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way), Marina del Rey. Also viewable from Fisherman's Village and Marina Beach

Free.  Paid parking in County lots.  Call 310-305-9545 or visit


July 4th Fireworks in Culver City

The Culver City 4th of July celebration includes live music, food trucks, family-friendly midway games and a fireworks display at West LA College, 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230.  Gates open at 4 pm.  Cost is $5 per person, children under 6 are free. Parking: $10, but discount offered for carpool.  For info, visit


Westchester 4th of July Parade

LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual parade with over 1,000 participants and 5,000 spectators. Floats, marching bands and community groups. Parade starts at 11am on Loyola Blvd. from Westchester Park (7000 W. Manchester Blvd.) to Loyola Marymount University. Free. For info, visit


July 4th Block Party at Grand Park, Downtown L.A.

Grand Park and the Music Center celebrate Independence Day with an eight-block party culminating in a new rooftop fireworks show.


The festivities stretch from Temple to 1st Street between Spring and Hope. There are two main stages, one in Grand Park and the other on the Music Center Plaza with lots of picnic area in between. Entertainment includes LA musicians in a variety of different genres. Games for kids 4-14 will be organized on the Grand Park Event Lawn.

The fireworks show is free.  Food and beverages will be available from over 25 food vendors. This is an alcohol-free event. No alcohol served or permitted and bags will be searched. The park opens at 2:00; fireworks start at 9:00.  For info, visit


4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena

One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo.


July 4th, parking lot opens at 10 am, food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6:30 pm, Opening ceremonies begin at 7, Program 7:25, Fireworks at 9:05 pm.  General admission is $13; reserved seating is $25; children 5 and under are free.  Note: You can also see the Rose Bowl fireworks from outside the stadium at the free concert at Levitt Pavilion.  For more info, call 626-577-3100, or visit 



By Veronica Mackey


On Tuesday, the Inglewood City Council heard and approved an ordinance amending the Inglewood Municipal Code to modify Permit Parking District No. 4, adding 83rd Street from Victoria Street to Crenshaw Drive to the District.  


A second hearing was held to receive comments on the priorities for community development and housing needs to be included in the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.


Council members also approved: 


•Amendment of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 annual budget to authorize funding in the amount of $208,512 to pay for the assessment levied by the Independent Cities Risk Management Authority 


•An agreement with Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio to provide architectural and consulting mechanical engineering services in support of the modernization of the Locust Street Parking Structure 


•A one-year agreement with Communication Support Group, Inc. to review franchise fees, PEG fees, digital phone and video user taxes paid by Spectrum (Formerly Time Warner), and AT&T 


•Property appraisal valuation for the calculation of open space in-lieu fees 


•A one-year lease agreement with Duncan Solutions, Inc. to lease space at 1 West Manchester Boulevard, Suite 602, on the 6th floor of Inglewood City Hall.   


•Authorization of Mayor James Butts to sign and execute the Deed Restriction for Darby Park, related to Los Angeles Proposition A Funding for the completed Darby Park Art Action Anti-Graffiti Project.


•Offers of dedication for Parcel Map No. 73997 to consolidate 11 lots into 1 at 687 North Eucalyptus Street, in the City of Inglewood.


 Five public hearings were set to schedule delinquent refuse and sewer accounts for direct property tax assessment, and to set and initiate proceedings for the annual levy and collection of assessments.  The assessments will impact the Morningside Park Maintenance Assessment District No. 1974-2, In-Town Maintenance Assessment District No. 1975-1, Inglewood Street Lighting Assessment District No. 1980-1, and the Darby-Dixon Maintenance Assessment District No. 1987-1. 


An initiative by Councilman George Dotson requesting City Sponsorship of the 2nd Annual Family Day/Taste of Inglewood Festival was passed. Family Day will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017, from 1:00 p.m., to 6:00 p.m. at Edward Vincent Park.


During open comments, two protestors spoke about the still unresolved police shooting deaths of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin.  


A man talked about the need for their children to have closure.  He cited statistics from the National Institutes of Health about children who have trouble coping after the sudden death of a parent. “Knowledge helps provide a sense of security,” he read. “Feelings of helplessness increase with ignorance of the facts.”  He told councilmembers the City needs to provide facts to the families of Michael and Sandlin. 


A woman said Inglewood police are “out of control.” With more people moving into the city, she’s concerned there will be more officer-involved shootings.


Long time resident Ray Davis responded, “Someone said police are out of control.  Go back about 20 years when we had serious issues. How dare you insult this city like that!”


Davis also commented that President Trump “kept his promise” by signing into effect whistleblower laws.   “Veterans are finally going to get some relief and justice,” he said.  


Another resident, Stuart Bailey commented on the recent police controversy and called for reform of the police department :   “We need to give the citizens their voices back; we need to go back to evening meetings and go back to 3 minutes (public comment time),” Bailey said.


Aldene Sligh is “disappointed in tactics used when citizens don’t agree with the council, and how they’re treated.”  


A woman complained that noise from a nearby music studio is keeping her up at night.  She said even though it was deemed illegal, it has not been shut down.  Mayor Butts had a staffer meet with the woman after the meeting.


Dotson defended the council from remarks by some that they are not doing anything for the public.  “I go to 3-4 meetings a month at night when I should be home with my family.  We take our jobs seriously,” he said.


“To have someone say someone is coming into our city to get killed—that’s very disappointing. Our police put their lives on the line,” Councilman Alex Padilla said. “And I say the same thing for our fire department. I support our chief, and the men and women in law enforcement and the fire department 100%.”


“We all support the police department, we are a diverse city,” Councilman Eloy Morales said.  “No matter what anybody says, no matter how they view 30 minutes of our meeting, we are that great city of whom we are proud.”


“I spent 37 years in law enforcement and I ran 3 police departments.  For someone to say that people who come to Inglewood are looking to be murdered by police, to take a snapsot and try to (make that be) emblematic of what’s going on. . . You don’t live here, you won’t define us,” the mayor said.  


Butts highlighted the city’s success within the past 5 years—the paving of more streets, improved credit bond rating, attracting the NFL, Rams, Chargers and Clippers, and the lowest crime rate since recorded history, to name a few.  “This is not the track record of a city that doesn’t care about its citizens,” he said.


 The meeting was closed in honor of Alvin Johnson, Sr., a 42-year Inglewood resident, who recently passed away.


Mayor James T. Butts was elected unanimously as the 2nd Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors on June 22, 2017.  He was nominated by Robert Garcia, (MTA Board member and Mayor of Long Beach) and seconded by Kathryn Barger (Board member and Los Angeles County Supervisor) during Metro’s regular board meeting. The mayor will assume his new chairmanship position beginning in June of 2019.


Metro’s Board of Directors guides the agency’s priorities, projects and activities, and includes 13 members who represent various areas throughout Los Angeles County. The Chairman runs the board meetings and provides leadership and direction in the execution of MTA's 14 billion dollar construction and maintenance programs.  


Mayor Butts is the first Inglewood official to ever be elected to the board.  He represents the Southwest Corridor cities which stretch from Torrance on the south, and encompass the entire South Bay region, including Inglewood, Culver City, and north to Santa Monica.  As a director, he represents 1.1 million people.  As the chair, he will represent the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County.


The L.A. Clippers announced Wednesday the team has acquired guard Patrick Beverley, forward Sam Dekker, center Montrez/ Harrell, guard Darrun Hilliard, guard DeAndre Liggins, guard Lou Williams, forward Kyle Wiltjer and a 2018 First Round Pick from the Houston Rockets in exchange for star guard Chris Paul. 


There was speculation about Paul being unhappy, so the trade was not surprising, insiders say.  According to sources, Paul was not pleased with the Clippers’ refusal to acquire Carmelo Anthony and it seems his relationship with fellow player Blake Griffin had run its course.  Paul’s relationship with coach Doc Rivers has also suffered.


Money was another point of contention, according to a team executive.  The Clippers refused to sign Paul for more than five years—capped at $205 million—because they didn’t want to pay $46 million for his final year, when he will be 38. 


With Paul now headed for Houston, the Clippers are free to offer Griffin more money—possibly a  five-year, $175-million extension when the free-agent signing period begins Friday night.


Paul started with the Clippers in 2011, after a proposed trade from the Hornets to the Lakers fell apart.  


On social media, Paul thanked the Clippers organization and the team’s fans:  “Unbelievable amount of emotions right now — I don’t even know what to say. Lots of love and tears. I’m so blessed and thankful for the ability to play this game, this is the part that no one can prepare you for.”


During his six seasons with the organization, Paul averaged 18.8 points, 9.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals while committing only 2.3 turnovers per game. He was named to three All-NBA first teams, two All-NBA second teams and six All-Defensive first teams. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in assists, second in steals, fourth in free-throw percentage and sixth in points


Beverley, 28, was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2017, the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2014 and recently received the 2017 NBA Hustle Award. Dekker, 23, appeared in 80 games over his first two NBA seasons with the Rockets, averaging 6.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists, while shooting 47.3% from the field. 


Harrell, 23, holds career averages of 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds, while shooting 65.1% from the field in 97 appearances over two seasons with the Rockets.  


The 2015 KIA NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Williams, 30, averaged a career-high 17.5 points in only 24.6 minutes per game last season with Houston and Los Angeles.Originally, the 45th overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2005 NBA Draft out of South Gwinnett High School near Atlanta, Williams was a 2005 McDonald’s All-American and was named the 2005 Naismith Prep Player of the Year.


Hilliard, 24, holds career averages of 3.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 77 appearances over two seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania native was selected with the 38th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by Detroit.


Liggins, 29, holds career averages of 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 119 appearances over four seasons with Orlando, Oklahoma City, Miami, Cleveland and Dallas.


Wiltjer, 24, averaged 0.9 points and 0.7 rebounds in 14 games last season as a rookie in Houston.



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