Today was a GOOD day! Today, along with representative from The Brotherhood Crusade, SCLC-Los Angeles, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Cosmopolitan Golf Association, National Action Network, Los Angeles Black Employees Assoc., Mothers In Action, New Frontier Democratic Club, Ron Brown Democratic Club, USC Black Alumni Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a number of community partners and friends met to launch one of the largest campaigns to address the needs of Sickle Cell patients young and old in Southern California.
Collectively we have decided that beginning at Taste of Soul next weekend, we are going to be hosting a blood drive within our community for our children (and adults) every month. Different organizations will each host a drive at a different time and place each month. We also are going to begin educating our community about the struggles of Sickle Cell. The lack of treatment, the lack of resources, the lack of education all for a disease, which affects African Americans and Latinos primarily.
I want to Thank the representatives who came to the meeting and all of you who will join us in this effort, so we can make real change in real time. Our President has his own health care battle that he is fighting, but giving blood to help our community and our children is a battle we can win on our own for our own. So if you are a part of an organization who wants to join this initiative let me know. You don’t have to do it alone, you can partner with other organizations. It really is a group effort and I want to thank you all now and in the future for your support. See you at Taste of Soul and PLEASE wear a short sleeve shirt, it will be much easier to give blood that way.
So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to “Talk to Danny.”
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
President & Executive Editor