Soulvine Thursday: June 27th Highlights

Betty Pleasant of the Soulvine

Betty Pleasant of the Soulvine

Today is Soulvine Thursday in today’s Wave Newspaper.  Don’t you just love that the paper is now in color?  I know 2UrbanGirls does.  Here are the highlights from this weeks post.  A supervisors son holds a fundraiser, local activists are fundraising to attend George Zimmerman’s trial, a water board member declares her candidacy, the big Showdown at Metro and Turner Construction was awarded a LAWA contract? Oh lord, I hope it doesn’t become a T&B production.

JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON — Los Angeles Urban Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson announced Wednesday that a coalition of South L.A. civil rights leaders, coordinated by Project Islamic Hope President Najee Ali, will organize a “Justice for Trayvon Martin Caravan” to drive to and attend the trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. The group will join other civil rights organizations from around the country in monitoring and reporting the trial’s proceedings and offering support to Trayvon’s family. Donations for the caravan trip are being solicited and can be sent to the Los Angeles Urban Roundtable office at 8703 LaTijera Blvd., Suite 211, Los Angeles, 90045.

RUNNERS — Councilman-elect Curren Price held a private dinner last night at the Hilton Checkers downtown in support of Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, one of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ genius twin sons, who is a candidate for the 54th Assembly District. … Gloria Gray, current member of the West Basin Municipal Water District’s Board, vice chair of the Metropolitan Water District and a member of the statewide Commission on Water, is preparing to run for the 64th Assembly District seat next year.

TELL ME THIS: Is somebody out there thinking the D.A. that you people elected is going to get state Sen. Rod Wright out of his seat? Well, forget about it. His trial, which was set to begin July 1, has been rescheduled for sometime in November. Attorney Winston McKesson is leading his defense and I’m helping! I’m going to try your D.A. in my newspaper. She’s the one who is wrong — and has been wrong for years. This picking and choosing which alleged political “lawbreaker” the D.A. will prosecute has got to stop. You can count on one hand the number of effective Black elected officials we have and we must fight the D.A. to keep them. And we must make the D.A. prosecute law enforcement for murder when they kill us. Next time, I want to talk about that $7.5 million awarded last week to the family of 21-year-old Robert Thomas Jr., who was shot dead — 12 shots to his back — by Los Angeles County sheriff deputies in 2010. The family got money, but the killer deputies got nothing!! This has got to stop. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is a terrorist organization. It’s worst than the Taliban!!

SHOWDOWN — The Crenshaw Subway Coalition is calling everyone’s attention to an important meeting of the MTA Board Thursday at 9 a.m. and is urging your attendance.

RAPID RESPONSE — Also Thursday, the Turner Construction Co. will hold a Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) small business and job resource training session on how to do business with Turner at the International Airport. Jobs are available there, and this company wants to teach people how to get them. The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Doubletree Hilton, 6161 Centinela Ave. in Culver City. The session will cover how Los Angeles-based minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises, small business owners and contractors can work with Turner and LAWA on upcoming projects.

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4 Responses so far.

  1. PDQ says:

    What has Rod Wright done for Betty to make her overlook his criminal activities? Why isn’t Betty trying to encourage new black leaders who aren’t liars and who aren’t corrupt instead of standing by those who have cheated and lied to their constituents?

    What’s her angle? What’s her payoff? Does her publisher know?

    And lastly, am I the only one who thinks that Betty looks like a man with a hoop earring in that picture? Be true to yourself Betty.

    • UrbanGirl says:

      Who knows what her angle is. She goes after elected officials, regardless of ethnicity, with the same vigor, whether she is in favor of or strongly against. Many older aged persons are leary of the new age politician. Political newcomer Aja Brown, is a young woman recently elected as the mayor of Compton. Ms. Pleasant interviewed her but fell short of declaring her support for either candidate. I too question why we continue to vote the same people in, then complain when nothing gets done. They have a clear do-nothing track record and we continue to keep hope alive as opposed to moving on into the next chapter.

      Urban Girl

  2. In the print edition of the Morningside Park Chronicle (dated 21 June 2103) I noted the exact dates of Wright’s coming trial and its respective pre-trial:


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