Get Covered Sons & Brothers
Long Beach, Calif. (September 19, 2013) – No one is invincible without health insurance. But most young men across California don’t know that.
So young men across the state–from Fresno to Oakland to Long Beach–made these videos to get the word out to other young men about how and why they should get covered under Obamacare.
The videos range from raps to animations to dramatizations. They’re all about two minutes or less.
“Young people have a log going on and getting health insurance probably isn’t at the tope of their list,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President at The California Endowment. “But it’s essential. Accidents can happen and no one is invincible without insurance. It’s time for all Californains to get covered and lead a healthy life.”
Covered California, the state’s health insurance market place, opens October 1. Californians will be able to call 1-800-300-1506 or got to www.GetCoveredCa.com to get information about affordable health insurance options. Spanish speakers can go to www.Asegurate.com.
Here are a few of the videos:
Stop Playing With Your Life: Young Men in Merced take to the streets to spread the word about Obamacare with this new song and beat! Check it out.
The SVU That Hits You Will Be Covered: Will You Be?: Richmond and LA resident Will Haynes tells it like it is to young sons & brothers across the state. Get Covered!
I Was Invincible. Until I Wasn’t: You never want to be in the situation this young man from Long Beach describes. Get Covered and you won’t be.
“A big congratulations to all the young people who created these videos,” said Zingale. “California needs your creativity and passion to spread the word about this important moment in California–when all Californians can finally purchase affordable insurance.”
The videos were created as part of a summer time video project called “Get Covered Sons & Brothers! No one is invincible without health insurance.” The California Endowment provided $1,000 grants to community groups and young men across the state to create the videos. Most of the young men who made the videos are part of The California Endowments’s Building Healthy Communities initiative. The Endowment also has a Sons & Brothers initiative to improve the health and well-being of young men of color.
Every Student Matters Retreat
"Every Second Counts, Every Student Matters!", was the slogan that was chanted just about six months ago when the Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach Youth Committee officially launched it's very first campaign: The Every Student Matters Campaign. The Campaign launch, which was met with a room overflowing with students, youth, parents, and allies, marked a significant step forward in the campaign. It sparked various meetings with school officials, school board members, increasing the base of the youth committee and the workings of a resolution that will be brought to the Long Beach City Council. It goes without saying that the youth have been very busy. Now that the new school year has started, the youth committee and adult allies of the youth work group came together for a day-long strategy retreat for the campaign. Roughly 30 youth from the overall committee attended the retreat and brainstormed next steps for the academic school year ranging from campaign tactics to base building and increasing leadership development. This is certainly going to be another great year ahead with the Every Student Matters Campaign! Stay updated here on how you can be a part of this campaign!
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Sons & Brothers: Uncovering the Truth
By: Michelle Xiong
Sitting in a lodge surrounded by eighty-five young men of color, I experienced a feeling that passes by us all too often, the unequivocal feeling that in that moment, I was right where I needed to be.
The young men and about thirty adult allies (almost all of whom were also male), spent the third week of August uncovering our past and constructing our present. At the Sons and Brothers Camp, we looked at our history from the Egyptian pyramids, to slavery in America, to the moment we arrived at the Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, California. The camp was hosted by The California Endowment through its Building Healthy Communities efforts.
The pictures that statistics paint of young men of color in our communities are a reality immersed in words and logic so strong, that even we have come to believe and accept that they are true. But we know better. To uncover their truth and its power, the camp was critical.
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Long Beach City Council Votes to Limit Payday Lenders, Check Cashers and Car Title Lenders
Earlier this year, neighborhood advocates for a moratorium and distance limitations on fringe lenders approached the members of the BHC Long Beach Steering Committee for their support on this issue. The BHC Long Beach Steering Committee agreed to endorse these efforts and several members participated actively in this campaign.
After several legislative meetings and Planning Commission sessions, it ultimately came down to the final vote of the City Council. Last night, the City Council voted unanimously (8-0) to approve the “Financial Services Ordinance,” which will create a buffer zone of at least 1,320 feet between fringe financial storefronts, require conditional use permit and set forth operational standards that these businesses must follow.
Liana Molina, the payday campaign organizer with the California Reinvestment Coalition, applauded the council’s vote and the advocacy carried out by neighborhood leaders and community organizations to pass the ordinance. She explained, “This ordinance is a strong step forward in addressing the over-proliferation of high cost, predatory lenders and alternative financial services throughout the city. The community is working hard to transform and improve various neighborhoods in Long Beach, and this ordinance is an important tool that will help protect neighborhoods from being targeted by this industry.”
Mauna Eichner and Lee Fukui, residents of Wrigley, are part of a group of community leaders who advocated for the ordinance. They explain, “Predatory lenders depress our neighborhood and strip money out of our local economy, right out of the pockets of our neighbors who can least afford it. Tonight the city council did the right thing and sent a strong message that the vitality of Long Beach residents and neighborhoods is more important than profits made off of loans with upwards of 450% interest rates. We are pleased with the Council’s decision and are confident that this policy will help advance our goals of making Long Beach a great place to live.”
VoiceWaves is Recruiting!
VoiceWaves teaches journalism and multi-media skills to committed and engaged Long Beach Youth from 16 to 24 years old. Through creative expression, the 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 are available online at:
Deadline October 4, 2013.
Find us at www.voicewaves.org
Inquiries to Antonio Ruiz at email@example.com
VoiceWaves is a project of New America Media with the support of the California Endowment in partnership with Building Healthy Communities Long Beach.