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Two East Palo Alto leaders honored at Breakfast of Champions
For the past 33 years, JobTrain has held an annual breakfast to recognize one individual and one organization from the East Palo Alto community for making a positive impact in the community....Read more here.

East Palo Alto school district responds to its critics
The Ravenswood City School District is again mired in controversy, with planned boycotts and other forms of protests. On Wednesday, April 25, the district superintendent broke her silence....To see what she had to say, click here

Save 2020 census -"Stand up and be counted" advocates urge
The best response to White House efforts to disenfranchise ethnic communities is for them to stand up and be counted in the upcoming 2020 census, a wide spectrum of experts and civil rights advocates agrees...Read more here.

Suspect arrested in Palo Alto for East Palo Alto shootings
A 65-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man were shot at in different parts of East Palo Alto this week.  The shootings, which occurred on Monday, March 26, appear to have been unprovoked ....Read more here.

Sizing up immigrant rights - best hope in ballot box
Less than two weeks after the Trump administration’s arbitrary deadline for Congress to take action on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) came and went with no solution, four veterans of the immigrant rights movement agreed that the outlook is bleak and the challenges are significant....Click here to read more.

Immigrant rights activists see turning point for all Americans
Warning that the country is heading down a white nationalist, nativist path, four immigrant rights advocates issued a call to action just hours before the U.S. Senate rejected all four proposals to change U.S. immigration policy, and a second federal court found the president’s “Muslim ban” unconstitutional.... Read more by clicking here.

Local dentist gives the homeless something to smile about
Would you vote for a president without teeth?  Can you imagine Barack Obama becoming the president of the United States without teeth? What comes to your mind when you meet somebody without a front tooth?.... Read more by clicking here.

California homeowners are eligible for $178 million in free mortgage assistance
In 2010, when Californians were reeling from the collapse of the housing market, President Obama created the Hardest Hit Fund to prevent foreclosures in the eighteen states most impacted by the housing market downturn....Read more by clicking here.

Deadline looms for scam victims to get money back from Western Union
If you, a friend or a relative were scammed by a con artist into sending hard-earned money by a Western Union wire transfer, there is a real chance of getting that money back -- but only if you act quickly....Read more by clicking here.

Chan Zuckerberg grants fund many Bay Area nonprofits
Forty-one Bay Area organizations are undoubtedly celebrating this week after receiving the news that their organization was chosen to receive a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Community Fund....Read more by clicking here.

How to get your debt under control
It’s the beginning of 2018! Are you starting this year heavily in debt? Did you splurge on holiday expenses and now have to face the results of overspending?....Read more by clicking here.

Ways to protect yourself from becoming ill during flu season
It’s that time of year - the time generally thought of as the cold and flu season. Thus far, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported that influenza in seven states was reported as widespread....Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto has new leaders to lead the city
City Council member Ruben Abrica became the city's new mayor on December 5, during the reorganization of the East Palo Alto City Council.....See more on the December 5 post here on East Palo Alto Today on Facebook.

East Palo Alto: Giving thanks for "the little city that could"
Will East Palo Alto ever live down the reputation it gained in the 1990’s as the “Murder Capital of the world?” According to East Palo Alto’s Mayor, Larry Moody, East Palo Alto may well be on its way....Read more by clicking here.

USDA issues food recall due to possible listeria contamination
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2017 – Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Foods, a Hayward, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 264 pounds of chicken tikka masala products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today....Read more by clicking here.

Spreading the word to diverse communities about PrEP
A drug that prevents HIV infection has been available for five years. But even in San Francisco, a city where one might expect information about the drug to be easy to come by, only some people have heard of it – and it’s not the communities that remain disproportionately affected by HIV....Read more by clicking here.

Democratic lawmakers push DHS to withhold Dreamer info from ICE
A group of 39 US Senators on Tuesday urged interim Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Elaine Duke not to use the personal data of undocumented youths known as "Dreamers" to deport them....Read more by clicking here.
 

New grant funding now available for nonprofits in four local communities
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced today that it had created a fund called the CZI Community Fund to provide local community grants to four local communities in the areas of education, housing, homelessness, immigration, transportation and workforce development....Read more by clicking here.
 

Early prostate cancer screening of black men could get a boost from HIFU technology
African American men who delay testing or treatment for prostate cancer run greater risks with their health than other males -- because they are roughly 1.6 times more likely to develop the disease than white men....Read more by clicking here.
 

East Palo Alto gets a high score
According to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the quality of the local streets and roads in the Bay Area is improving....Read more by clicking here.

What will happen to the Dreamers after DACA?
Speaking the words “undocumented immigrant” is enough to spark a heated debate. Undocumented immigrants are called “illegal immigrants” by many because they entered the United States without legal documents or overstayed after their visas expired....Read more by clicking here.

Health tips to use to keep safe
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued critical health and safety information today for local communities following the devastating effects that Hurricane Marie had on Puerto Rico....Read more by clicking here.

Actions to take after the devastating earthquake in Mexico
In the wake of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, it is estimated that 200 people died and at least 44 buildings collapsed....Read more by clicking here.

One million dollar fund established to help Dreamers renew permits before December 5
The Mission Asset Fund (MAF) announced on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 that it will provide $1,000,000 in scholarships to 2,000+ Dreamers to pay for DACA renewals by the October 5 deadline....Read more by clicking here.

Pres. Trump rescinds DACA -What does it mean?
On Tuesday September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced that the Obama policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is officially rescinded....Read more by clicking here.

With the census in peril, what will it take to 'right the ship?'
The 2020 Census is off to a rocky start, with crucial preparations already delayed or falling to the wayside, largely a result of inadequate funding from Congress....Read more by clicking here.

'Internet Essentials' program tackles 'cruel irony' of digital divide
California, despite its global reputation as a cradle for technological innovation, has an internet connectivity problem – and Silicon Valley is no exception....Read more by clicking here.

Free bachelor's degrees available for East Palo Alto residents
Silicon Valley is booming. We’re the home of sought-after tech giants like Apple, Facebook and Google, and tech jobs are red hot. But for every tech worker in Silicon Valley, there are five service workers who aren’t able to take part in the region’s economic prosperity....Read more by clicking here.

California kids still face risks to health care
Get repeal and replace done, or else!
That ultimatum by President Trump to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ordering him to get rid of Obamacare may be mere sabre rattling, but nevertheless the majority of Republicans in the Senate are still bent on upending the health care law despite three failed attempts to do that last month.
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Target will open a new store in East Palo Alto
It was an exciting moment. Shannon Gonzalez, a representative of Target, spoke before the East Palo Alto City Council on Wednesday, July 12 about the opening of a new Target store in East Palo Alto.....Read more by clicking here.
 

Trump administration takes on Obama's law
President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continue to make misleading statements about Common Core State Standards, muddying the waters for school districts working to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)....Read more here.

East Palo Alto's proposed Employment Development Program is moving forward
A controversial employment program will soon be opening in East Palo Alto. While many activists in the community are not happy with the way the program is currently designed, interested community residents might be able to access its services as soon as this summer....Read more here.

Outside Washington, a 'more powerful' immigrant rights movement emerges
Immigrant rights advocates say that despite the cloud of fear hanging over communities in the first 100 days of the Trump administration, there is also a growing and increasingly organized resistance.....Read more here.

Ravenswood City School District is mired in controversy
After serving four years as the superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District, Dr. Gloria Hernandez-Goff is now facing what appears to be a crisis looming over her administration.....Read more here.

Opinion: The Kennedy Plan c2017 - Making America Great Again
America has several problems which prevent true greatness and which threaten our future and our quality of life....Read more here.

East Palo Alto's city manager explains controversial agreement
Amazon in East Palo Alto and First Source Hiring - Amazon has recently leased 214,000 sq. ft. of new office space at the intersection of University Ave. and Donohoe. The building was developed by the Sobrato Organization....Read more here.

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Leading the Charge for Social Justice
Participants on show on youth activism
From left, Valeria Ojeda, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Heleine Grewe sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on May 10, 2018. See a brief description of the show below.

Are young people in our country today as involved in social issues as they were in past decades? See what two young women say on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.


Exploring Alternatives to Homelessness


From left, Michelle Daher, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Pastor Paul Bains sit on the Talking with Henrietta television set after the taping of their show discussion on April 26, 2018. Read more about the discussion below.

An increasing number of individuals and families are living in recreational vehicles to avoid being homeless. We address this issue on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Find out more about this show by clicking here.

 

Observing a Special 50 Year Anniversary

Photo of Dr. Clayborne Carson and Henrietta J. Burroughs
Dr. Clayborne Carson and Henrietta J. Burroughs are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on April 12, 2018. See more information about their discussion below.

Anniversaries are celebrated all of the time. Bu,t some anniversaries stand out more than others. We talk about one of these anniversaries on this edition of  Talking with Henrietta. Get show details here.


Storm Drains and Waste Water:What You Need to Know

Guests on drains and waste water discussion
From left, Akintunde Okupe, Phil Bobel, show host Henrietta J. Burroughs and Dennis Scherzer are shown after their discussion on the Talking with Henrietta television show on March 22, 2018. Get more details about this show below.

A discussion about storm drains and waste water might not seem to many to be an exciting or an important discussion. But, it’s a discussion that’s critical to our health and to the health of our planet. We discuss why on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Get more information about this show here.


Preparing for Natural and Man-made Disasters
Emergency Preparedness show guestsFrom left, Isaac Stevenson, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Mike Ralston are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their February 22, 2018 discussion on emergency preparedness. For more information on this show, see the description below.

Some think the battle for emergency preparedness is getting away from us? Is there any truth to this idea? We find out together on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. See more information about this show by clicking here.

 

Building Community Using Food

Guests on show discussing food and community
From left, Lucy Norris, Najiha Al Asmar, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Raffaella Cerruti and Luisa Buada sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on February 8, 2018. See more information about this show below.

Can you really build community by using food?  Some people think so. Click here to find out more about this edition of Talking with Henrietta and the uses of food.

 

Literacy: Why Does the U.S. Rank So Low?

Literacy Discussion Show Guests
From left, Dr Jei Watkins, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Christopher Norwood sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on January 25, 2018.

The U.S. has a literacy rate that's lower than many other countries. We discuss why this is the case on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Get more information about this show by clicking here.

How One Woman Unknowingly Changed Human History

TV guests on Henrietta Lacks show
From left, Gloria Brown, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Lisa Tealer sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on January 11, 2018. See the paragraph below for more information on this show.

The cancer cells taken from a woman at John Hopkins University in 1951 had a dramatic impact on the future of medicine. Click here to find out how and get more about this edition of Talking with Henrietta.

 

Expanding and Enhancing Health Care for Everyone

Guests on theshow Expanding and Enhancing Health Care for Everyone
From left, Dr. Jei Africa, Alberto Arias, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Dr. Sandra Escobar sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on December 14, 2017. For more information on this show, see below.

When it comes to health disparities, did you know that each ethnic community has its own health challenges? We discuss these challenges on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Find out more about this show here.

 

University Women Making a Difference in Politics
Photo from University Women in Politics Discussion

From left, Azucena Marquez, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Shivani Pampati and Hattie Gawande are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on November 9, 2017. For more information on this show, see below.

How are young women at one local university making a political difference locally and internationally? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.

 

What Has Happened to the MBK Challenge?
MBK Show Participants
From left, Victor Young, Henrietta J. Burroughs, and East Palo Alto City Council member Lisa Gauthier sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their discussion on October 18, 2017. See more information about this show below.

In 2014, President Obama launched an initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. But, what has happened to the initiative since it was launched? We provide some answers on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Find out more by clicking here.

 

Dealing with Natural Disasters

From left, Ryan Zollicoffer, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Mike Ralston and Jim Stevens sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on September 28, 2017. See a brief description of the show below.

What does it take to deploy a rescue team to a natural disaster after a hurricane? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.


Surviving Gentrification
Photo from show on gentrification
From left, Dr. Anthony Iton and Henrietta J. Burroughs are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on September 14, 2017. See more details below.

Gentrification is taking place throughout this country. Some say that gentrification is proving harmful for various communities locally and across the country. This edition of Talking with Henrietta discusses a new documentary that shows why this is the case. Find out more about this show by clicking here.

 

Electric Vehicles: the Pros and Cons
Guests on show on electric vehicles
From left, Ron Freund, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Jim Barbera and Ariane Erickson sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on August 10, 2017. See a brief description of the show below.

The sale of electric vehicles is increasing around the world and their future seems bright. But why? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.

 

 

 

 

 


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