GOV. NEWSOM HELPS PREPARE MEALS AT SACRAMENTO RESTAURANT AS PART OF GREAT PLATES DELIVERED
Over 1.5 million meals delivered to date to help older Californians and others stay
safe during the pandemic
SACRAMENTO – First-in-the-nation program supports thousands of restaurant jobs across the state thanks to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who recently visited Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine in Sacramento and helped prepare meals for Great Plates Delivered, a first-in-the-nation program that partners with local businesses to deliver nutritious meals to older Californians and other adults at high risk from COVID-19.
“The Great Plates Delivered program has served more than 1.5 million meals while supporting local businesses and keeping older Californians and high-risk populations safe,” said Governor Newsom. “The program’s success is an example of what’s possible when federal, state and local leaders set aside politics and come together to protect our communities from the threat of COVID-19.”
Launched in April, the Great Plates Delivered program has served more than 1.5 million meals, helping seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals to them a day.
Since its creation, the program has supported thousands of restaurant jobs, providing essential economic stimulus to support local businesses struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.
More information on the Great Plates Delivered program and local partners can be found here.
LA COUNTY COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS RELEASES “REDEFINING POLICING WITH OUR COMMUNITY” REPORT
Cont'd from Community News
“To assess policing in LA County 50 years after the Watts Rebellion was an ambitious undertaking,” stated Commissioner Isabelle Gunning, chair of the Commission’s Committee on Policing and Human Relations, which led the development of this report. “Through this Report, our hope is to bring about systemic and cultural changes in policing that will honor George Floyd and the many others whose lives have been lost or damaged.”
Informed by community and key stakeholder perspectives, “Redefining Policing with Our Community” focuses on the primary intercept points of the criminal justice system: prevention, community intervention, and law enforcement response.
The report, which reflects the experiences and reform priorities of key stakeholders and County residents, is centered on nine broad strategic aims, which include: increasing transparency and accountability, revising use-of-force policies, ending overpolicing and underprotection of vulnerable communities and enhancing community-based alternatives to law enforcement.
The report’s 34 recommendations advance action-oriented solutions that reflect broad community agreement, including the reallocation of resources for economic investments to improve and expand social safety nets, alleviating militarized community occupation, and the utilization of a culturally competent justice framework.
Some of the 34 recommendations include: Changing federal and state laws, in addition to local law enforcement policies, to end qualified immunity, and provide public access to information about police officers involved in both complaint and misconduct investigations, including their prior history and the results of those investigations;
Significantly increase funding, including the reallocation of law enforcement budgets, for non-law enforcement community-based initiatives, such as: drop-in and sobering centers, and community response teams that proactively address core issues of poverty, education, health, safety, and youth development programs;
Assign use-of-force investigations to independent special prosecutors housed outside of law enforcement agencies and the district attorney’s office; and
Require deeper analysis and more frequent dissemination of data collected through the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) to eliminate anti-Black racism, bias, and discrimination.
Hearing transcripts, stakeholder feedback, and other supplemental materials collected as part of this report are available for review on the Commission on Human Relations’ website at hrc.lacounty.gov.
THE CLEVER CRITIC
By RABBI RAYMOND APPLE
One of the leading lessons of the Torah comes in this week’s reading, which is the story of Korach the rebel.
You can quote the rabbis and say with a poetic flourish, "Korach pike'ach" – Korach was a clever man, and so he really was. His arguments against Moses sound so logical and watertight, and it is only when you think things out properly that you see what a danger he was.
He used (or misused) both logic and law. He quoted democracy, saying that it was the people in whom authority rested, and Moses had imposed himself upon them (Num. 16:3).
He tried halachah: he said (mocking the law of tzitzit) that if your whole garment was blue why should you talk about inserting a thread of blue into the corners; he said (mocking the law of mezuzah) that if a building was full of holy books why should you need a few verses in a mezuzah on the doorpost.
The one thing he left out was G-d. Who was it who ordained the teachings of the Torah? Who put Moses in office? Who revealed the rules, even the exceptions?
This was the crucial question, and this was the one which Korach deliberately failed to ask.
The people felt Korach was their friend and champion, the person who was standing up for them, the leader who was truly on their side, but only after some convincing did they realiZe what he was doing.
THE DRAWBACKS OF DEMOCRACY
No-one has yet devised the perfect form of political structure.
Democracy is thigh up on the list but even it has its drawbacks. One of the main reasons, as the Korach story clearly indicates, is that there can be a tug of war between democracy and religion, between the people and G-d.
But religion is not the only challenge to democracy. There are other systems that limit it. Examples are political, economic and social forces.
They are not necessarily at war with democracy, but in each case they stand for the principle that maybe the people cannot always be relied upon to know what is best for them.
Rabble-rousers like Korach have a mantra: "You should listen to me; I know better than you do what is best!" That is how demagogues become dictators – and democracy goes out of the window.
Is there a solution? There has to be someone or something to monitor what is happening. A powerful answer is the legal system, the availability of due process of law.
Religion posits G-d as the ultimate arbiter. Regardless of what the demagogue says, despite what the people clamour for, G-d is the One who makes the decisions.
Perhaps what that is saying is that the final answer to the problem of democracy might well be undemocratic.
Rashi asks, "Why was Korach in conflict with Moses? He was jealous of the status of Elitzafan ben Uzziel".
Elitzafan had been appointed prince over the tribe of K’hat, and Korach resented it, even though the appointment had been made by the express command of G-d (Num. 3:30).
Korach argued, "My father and his brothers were four in number" (Amram, Yitzhar, Hevron and Uzziel: Ex. 6:18); "Amram’s two sons, Moses and Aaron, have high rank. Who should come next in status? I, the son of Yitzhar, the second brother. Yet he has appointed the son of the youngest brother!"
If all that counted was who your father was, Korach would have had a case, but a meritocracy does not necessarily work that way.
There are other cases in the Bible in which a younger son receives preferment over an older one, and since G-d made the decisions it is clear that the Divine policy is that a job should go to the person who is best qualified. This is very hard on the person who has been passed over.
The ideal way of handling one’s disappointment is suggested by the story of Alexander the Great.
When raised to high rank, Alexander was young and felt that every possible battle had already been fought and won by others. What was left for him to do? His answer was, "There must still be victories for me to win!"
So it is with someone who does not achieve the position he or she dreamt of. There are still victories they can win.
Everyone can find an arena that can draw out their talents and enable them to record their own victories.
-- Rabbi Raymond Apple, Jerusalem, Israel
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