There is so much going on that I am remembering the song, "What's Going On." On the national level, the re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, is the primary issue facing America. It's hard to believe that there are enough American people that hate having a Black man as president so much that they would subject America to a Mitt Romney presidency. Just because someone is White doesn't mean he is automatically right. The contrary is true also. We really don't need a narcissistic man who believes that we should live so the rich can get richer and the poor get poorer.
Do we really need a president so out of touch with the needs of American people that he would announce that he will get rid of Big Bird and close down Sesame Street? Sesame Street is still the largest classroom in America. My kids "attended" Sesame Street. At the same time, Romney admits he will promote tax and social policies that protect the giants on Wall Street. Worst of all, he is a liar. If I have to explain that, then America is in real trouble.
If you want to save Big Bird, I say get involved. If you want to rebuild America, get involved. If you are asking how? Join with people who are helping to get people registered and help register people. Assuming you are already registered. If not, get registered today.
On statewide issues, don't be tricked into voting Yes on Proposition 32. If you do nothing else, vote NO ON PROPOSITION 32 (and vote for President Obama). Proposition 32 would eliminate the guarantee that unions can promote issues that help working people. The dues being paid by postal workers, for example, can be used by union leadership to oppose policies that say close down the Post Office. Vote for the unions, then allow them to do what is best for working people who are union members.
A Yes vote will allow rich people like the Koch Brothers and other fat cats to buy elections for Republicans, while they tie the hands of union workers, who are generally Democrats, to join together to compete as a group. It's like saying that we need an army with no leadership and every man must fight for himself while the opponents fight as a team. Think of the NAACP, SCLC and the ACLU as unions who join together for strength in numbers. We won Civil Rights because the unions and organizations came together to fight. The theme: UNITED WE STAND is still a good doctrine.
Locally, there are a few elections causing a stir in the community. One is the pending Pasadena NAACP election of officers. I won't say much about the issue except to say that when people leave it up to someone else to do the business of their community, they might not like the results. I say get involved. The other election will be for a city councilperson to replace Chris Holden as District Three representative. Right now, the front runners are former NAACP president John Kennedy and local businessman Ishmael Trone. The concern here is there needs to be an effort to avoid splitting the vote.
There are new businesses opening in the area that need to be recognized and supported. At Hopkins Village, located at the corner of Lake and Howard in Pasadena, the owner of Park Bench Deli has opened a coffee shop called, Courtyard Cafe. The shop opens Wednesday thru Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., serving coffee, espresso, smoothies, pastries, and a few other treats. Courtyard Café joins JD Communications, servicing communications needs including telephone and alarm systems for your home or office, the Salon at Hopkins Village providing full hair care services for men and women, and Brother Yusef Photography which services include portraits, family photo sessions, and event photography. He may be reached at 626-353-3505. Hopkins Village is also home to the law offices of yours truly celebrating 30 years of practicing law in Pasadena. It is also home to The Pasadena Journal, founded in 1989. Stop by and see us. We are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., for your legal and advertising needs.
If your business is not thriving, maybe it's because people don't know about you or where you are located. Don't assume they know about you. Advertise in The Journal. It's good for business.