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BHC Book Club Continues!

Have you heard the latest buzz? It's our BHC Book Club! (also known as the Breakfast & Learning Club)

In the past few months we've looked at Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, followed by Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. Both have generated fruitful discussions and thoughtful insights on how the ideas in these books play out in our every day work with Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach. The next book in our series is just as pertinent: The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs.

It's not too late to join in! The next book club meeting will be:
The Death and Life of Great American CIties Book Club
Friday, May 23, 2014
4pm -6pm
Location: To Be Announced

Hope to see you there!

Questions? Please feel free to call our office at:

Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan

It's finally here!
 In the summer of 2011, The City of Long Beach received a grant from The California Endowment to create a Violence Prevention Plan for the City of Long Beach. Since then, City departments collaborated internally to create a process that solicited community input through forums and community meetings, strategized with consultants and with some oversight from a Steering Committee comprised community members and agencies.

Now, the plan is set to go before City Council for adoption on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 5:00pm.  

VoiceWaves Survey & Recruitment

VoiceWaves Survey
Many of you have already received an invite to participate in an online survey for VoiceWaves. If you haven't already filled one out, please do! The survey will help them move forward with the re-vamping of their website and will help them better engage with the community and all of you!

Click here for the survey!

Recruiting Youth Reporters!
Also, it's that time again! VoiceWaves is recruiting more youth reporters!

Deadline: Friday, June 6, 2014

VoiceWaves teaches journalism and multi-media skills to committed and engaged Long Beach Youth 16 to 24 years old. Through creative expression, youth learn how to use writing, photography, video, radio and social media to produce stories for a Healthy Long Beach.

VoiceWaves is committed to being a megaphone for the many diverse voices that are Long Beach. We discover stories through dialogue and community engagement.

Applications available here! 

 Deadline: Friday, June 6, 2013

If you have any questions, please e-mail Michelle Zenarosa at or call (323) 519-1904


Table of Contents


The Gangs of Long Beach & LA
Friday, May 9th
2801 Atlantic Ave

Wage Theft Conference
Saturday, May 10th
Grace United Methodist Church

Schools Work Group Meeting
Monday, May 12th
West Facilities Center

My Brothers Keeper Listening Session
Monday, May 12th
Los Angeles, CA

Full Calendar of Events


Community Map
Community Action Plan
The California Endowment
Long Beach TIme Exchange
ommunity Partners


Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach and the Long Beach TIme Exchange have started an exciting new partnership! Using the model of the time exchange, Time Exchange members will be able to earn credits participating/volunteering at qualifying BHC Long Beach events and vice versa! To read more about the Time Exchange and how you can get involved, you can check out their website!



VoiceWaves is a Long Beach youth-led journalism and media-training project. The youth, ages 16-24, are learning to report, write, and create digital journalism content. Their reports will raise awareness of  healthy community issues and activate change action in Central and West Long Beach. Read stories by Voicewaves reporters on their website:

Upcoming Community Events

The Gangs of Long Beach & Los Angeles and Their Effects on Children & Health

The Gangs of Long Beach & Los Angeles and Their Effect on Children & Health

Friday, May 9, 2014
Conference Room A1/A
2801 Atlantic Ave.
8:00am - 9:30am

Giancarlo DiMassa, MD, MSHS 
Vice President & Director of Education, Columbia Emergency Medical Group; Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine 
  • Describe some of the gangs nearby in Long Beach 
  • Identify common tattoos seen in our community (gang related and non-gang related) 
  • Recognize at what ages do our children enter gang culture 
  • Recall the death rate from gang violence in LA City and Long Beach 
  • Utilize resources to provide to children in Long Beach to help escape gang culture 
For more information contact:  Shara Riley 
Health Education Coordinator 
Pediatric Residency Coordinator 
Continuing Medical Education 
(562) 933-0107 phone;    (562) 933-0101 fax

Reunion Mensual de LB Latinos en Acción

Taller de ALSAA para la Comunidad
"Como crear un ambiente amigable para el asma en el hogar"

Reunion Mensual de LB Latinos en Acción
Martes, 6 de Mayo 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm
First Lutheran Church
905 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

Usted Pueda ganar mucho!! Productos de limpieza no toxicos o un aspiradora!!!

Necesita transportación? Llame a Long Beach Yellow Taxi 562-435-6111 -- Digales que tiene un vale de la Ciudad para pagar.

Los adultos aprenderan:
  • A eliminar contaminantes dentro y fuera de la casa que pueden contribuir al asma, alergias, y otras enfermedaes repiratorias
  • A indentificar y evitar provocantes de asma
  • Los siete principios de un hogar sano
  • A limpiar con productos no tóxicos
Se Proveeran refrescos

Para majory información pro favor lamara a:
Kathy Estrada - 562-570-4008
Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
2525 Grand Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815

Haz clic aqui para el bolante!

Community Forum on Wage Theft

WATCH & SHARE | The story of Andres, a  Long Beach restaurant worker as he shares how wage theft affects him and his family, why he is speaking out, and his message to local elected officials.

"I decided to talk because my co-workers are scared. Scare of losing their job. I am also scared but someone has to say something because it's a problem that's not only happening at the restaurants, it also happens at the hotels, the trucks, those who clean home, also those who wait in front of Home Depot, the day laborers. They would be made to work but not paid." -Andres

In Long Beach, many workers are paid below the minimum wage, denied overtime pay, receive bad checks, or worse, not paid at all. These are some examples of Wage Theft which negatively affects the health and security of our hard working families.

Workers are already courageously standing up to educate each other about their rights, and fighting for justice and respect. Take the first step by joining us in this critical and urgent dialogue.

May 10, 2014
First Congregational Church
241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach, CA

Doors Open & Art Exhibit: 9:30am | Program: 10am - 11:30am
Childcare and Spanish translation provided

Coalition to End Wage Theft in Long Beach
Contact: or 562-438-9515

Meditación en Español

Meditación en Español

Acompáñenos a meditar en nuestra reunión semanal con la comunidad hispana de Long Beach, adaptada y traducida al español. Aprenderemos como meditar y como la meditación ayuda a desarrollar una mente feliz, estable y en paz.
Cada Domingo
a las 5:30pm comenzando primero de Junio

Nos reunimos en el edificio
Peace Partners en
741 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90813

Sus donaciones son bienvenidas, apreciadas y benefician al grupo.

Todos son bienvenidos!

Haz clic aqui para el bolante!

LA Place-Based Learning Group

LA Place-Based Learning Group 

Invites you to
30 Years of Resident Led Change
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Join a unique dialogue with May Louie, visionary leader of DSNI's Nationally recognized initiative rebuilding the spirit of this Boston community through sustainable economic development, youth opportunity, community empowerment.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

9:00am - 12 noon

Lunch served immediately following

California State University, Los Angeles
Golden Eagle Ballroom II
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA


May Louie
Director of Leadership & Capacity Building
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

The event is free. Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Contact Taffany Lim at or
For more information: 323-343-3770


Job Opportunities

Human Relations Program Specialist - The California Conference for Equality and Justice
Under the general supervision of the Director of Programs, provide staff services to the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ); work collaboratively to address community issues  pertaining to intercultural relations, intergroup understanding, youth engagement and education, and violence prevention; provide assistance to diverse community groups and do other work as required. 

The Program Specialist is primarily responsible for the coordination of all operations related to the  effective implementation of CCEJ’s human relations programs including: Talking In Class, Building Bridges Youth Human Relations Camps, Human Relations Education, Youth Leadership Programs and other related programs.
See the full job description.

Executive Director - Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development

Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (“OCCORD”) seeks an executive director to lead a cutting edge social justice organization with a successful track record. We seek a highly qualified candidate that has demonstrated commitment to social, economic and racial justice ready to take an organization to the next level.

OCCORD was founded as a community-labor alliance in 2005 with a mission to bring workers, families and community partners together to organize and advocate for good jobs, strong neighborhoods and an inclusive democracy in Orange County. 
See the full job description.

Contact BHC Long Beach

If you'd like to get involved in BHC Long Beach or would like to know more information, feel free to give us a call, stop by or visit our website.

BHC Long Beach
920 Atlantic Ave, #102
Long Beach, CA 90813

Rene Castro, Hub Manager

Ana Bonilla, Hub Coordinator

Julia Castaneda, Operations Manager

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