On Saturday August 27th, close to fifty men and women filled Perry’s Joint to have a community discussion about positive solutions for Northwest Pasadena and Altadena. Pasadena NAACP President Gary Moody moderated the event that was presented by the Pasadena Black Pages.
Several prominent community leaders like District 1 City Councilmen Tyron Hampton, Pastor Lucious Smith of Friendship Baptist Church, Paco Swartz of Save Black Boys Pasadena, City Commissioner Justin Jones, Community Activist Jason Hardin and many more were on hand.
to circulate those dollars in the community several times before it leaves. There will be another Speak Out meeting next month and only solutions and active ideas are welcome.
There were no confrontations, just people giving their ideas of solutions. Everything from internships for students to local supporting the local Black-owned credit union soon to be opening in Altadena was discussed.
Immediately, more male mentorship is what is going to be accomplished. There are men needed at all of the schools, because the community is failing young Black boys.
The discussion was a tool to be used as a foundation to stimulate ways to gain economic empowerment in Northwest Pasadena and Altadena. .
We don’t want to go too deep into what was said, but we encourage all to come to the next meeting where we will be seeking an update on the progression of more male mentors and we will move to the next things that we are in control of that can be done.
Economic stimulus has to be given to the community from the people of the community, but the people have to understand the basis and reasoning of the social-economical need of having every type of business in our community. We say Black lives matter, but what really matters is Black dollars and the need