Friday, January 15, 2010

Patt Morrison for Monday, 1/18/2010 - Martin Luther King Day - SHOW ON TAPE


Monday, January 18, 2010

1-3 p.m.

               Martin Luther King Day




1:06 – 1:40

California's foster care system works for improvement

While the foster system has been notoriously problematic, two programs are making improvements. One addresses the problem of those who are emancipated from the system at 18 with no support services, by extending foster care to age 21. A second program, advocating for the child’s overall health, pays foster care-rates and provides training to family members to provide better care for their children. While it’s generally been very successful, some are concerned with the tragic, although rare, cases of fatal parental negligence. These programs may help address widespread problems throughout the foster care system in California.



Daniel Heimpel (HIME-pull), journalist who covers foster care issues.  He has written for Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, and LA Weekly.


Dr. Charles Sophy, Medical Director for the LA County Department of Children and Family Services

  • Will talk about parental training, anger management - working with parents and relatives to reunite kids with their families.


Rhelda Shabazz, division chief with Youth Development Services at LA County Department of Children and Family Services

  • Will talk about the emancipation of 18 year olds - challenges and programs to make situation better. 


George White, 17 years old and about to be "emancipated" out of the foster care system.  He works with Peace4Kids and Project Homebound, where he works to provide opportunities for foster kids in a community where they are sorely lacking.



1:40 – 2:00

Road to Freedom:  images of the civil rights movement

Some of the most amazing images in our country’s history document a 12 year span on the road to freedom, a seminal time in the civil rights movement.  From the Montgomery bus boycott, to the freedom rides in the Deep South and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., these photographs, on exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center, show us the power of those events first hand.  Featuring nearly 170 extraordinary images, visitors will see how these illustrations played a pivotal role in shaping public opinion, promoting solidarity, and raising awareness of injustice.  


"Road to Freedom" is on view at the Skirball Cultural Center now through March 7.  On January 24th from 2 - 4pm at the Center, Terrence Roberts will be in conversation with Rev. James M. Lawson on the "Journey to Justice." 



Erin Clancey, associate curator for the Skirball Cultural Center

  • The exhibit originated at the High Museum in Atlanta and traveled subsequently to the Smithsonian and Chicago's Field Museum.
  • Erin has added new sections that are exclusive to the Skirball, covering the civil rights movement in Los Angeles and Jewish contributions to the movement.  
  • "Breach of Peace," a companion exhibition, is on view through April 11, and   displays forty contemporary portraits by photographer Eric Etheridge of Freedom Riders, who in 1961, converged on Jackson, Mississippi to challenge state segregation laws.


Terrence Roberts, one of the original "Little Rock 9," who at the age of fifteen, desegregated Central High School in Little Rock under the protection of the United States Army. He later moved to Los Angeles, graduating from Los Angeles High and the California State University.




2:00 – 3:00

Ask the Chief - from the new LAPD headquarters

The homicide rate in Los Angeles is at its lowest in 18 years and crime rates are generally down throughout Southern California, but the LAPD faces increasing challenges with new budget cuts and diminishing resources. For the first time, Patt takes "Ask the Chief" to the people, with a live audience at the new LAPD headquarters in downtown. Join Patt as she talks with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, community stakeholders and the public about the future of the LAPD, policing under a shrinking budget and maintaining and improving the LAPD's relationship with the community.



Chief Charlie Beck, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department


Greg Ridgeway, director of the RAND Safety and Justice Program and the RAND Center on Quality Policing; he studies contemporary police policy and practice with an emphasis on predictive policing and cost-effectiveness


Melvyn Hayward, director of the V2K/H.E.L.P.E.R. Foundation; he is a former gang member and is working with the Advancement Project to develop the Los Angeles Violence Intervention Training Academy, a gang intervention program approved for budget by the LA City Council in December





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