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Fingerprints On Our Souls

African American news from Pasadena - Commentary - Mitrice Richardson murder, Chip Croft and documentary Lost CompassionOn September 17, 2009, Mitrice Richardson, 24 years old, disappeared after she was released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department into the dark of night from the Malibu/Lost Hills substation in Augora Hills without her car, purse, ID or cell phone. Eleven months later her remains were found in a secluded mountainous area. To this day, her murderers have not been publicly identified and brought to justice by either the Sheriff's Department or the FBI. The case is officially designated as "open and active" by the Sheriff's Department Homicide Division. The FBI created a file number for Mitrice's case which allows anyone with pertinent information to contact them. Mitrice's death was listed as "unknown" by the L.A. County Coroner.

Mitrice's death gives life to "Lost Compassion," a new documentary by filmmaker Chip Croft that captures the essence of Mitrice's life and chronicles the painstaking and painful work of a dedicated group of volunteers who worked tirelessly to find out what happened to Mitrice and to guard against this happening to anyone else. Chip moved from New Haven, Connecticut to Los Angeles in the 100 degree heat on September 1, 2009. He was reading the September 27, 2009 issue of the Los Angeles Times and saw the picture of a young girl with the caption, "Help Find Mitrice." Chip read the article, saw an email address and contacted Dr. Ronda Hampton, Psychologist, who knew Mitrice and spearheaded the activities to solve the mystery of her disappearance and subsequent murder. Ronda invited him to attend a press conference. Chip went, and as usual, took his video camera which he never left behind as he consistently documented and amassed over 150 hours of footage over a 4 ½ year period. He put a good portion of the footage on YouTube that is still available.

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Women Get Unequal Pay for Equal Work

African American news from Pasadena - Commentary - Lily Ledbetter and unequal payWhen John and Ann started working on January 1, 2013, John had an immediate advantage. Because women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn, it took Ann until last Friday [April 11, 2014] to earn the same amount of money that John earned in the calendar year of 2013.

The issue of unequal pay is so important that President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act 50 years ago. While we have come a long way, baby, the pay gap has remained stubborn. This is why President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act as soon as he assumed office.

This year, to commemorate National Equal Pay Day (that's the day Ann finally earns as much as John), the president signed an Executive Order protecting workers from retaliation when they speak of unequal pay in the workplace (one of the ways employers can maintain unequal pay is to make discussing pay grounds for firing). The president, through the Secretary of Labor, is also requiring federal contractors to provide data on pay, race, and gender to ensure that employers are fairly paid. Furthermore, the Senate is considering the Paycheck Fairness Act, which may pass the Senate, but not the House of Representatives.

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