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May 2020

African Americans are part of the HTC population. COLDf community partner ShePower produced a great PSA with Black Pastor

May 2020

African Americans are part of the HTC population. COLDf community partner ShePower produced a great PSA with Community Leaders.

Community leaders urge communities of color to follow social distancing guidelines

April 23, 2020

"I'm excited that there is one in the fifth district period that's important cause Brown and black both are suffering highly in this coven and the disparities that we deal with. But when we look at the Southeast area, which is the area we're here speaking on behalf of, we do not have a free test and center out in this area. We do not have an urgent care. Transportation is an issue. A grocery store is an issue," Waller said

Food banks feel strain as more families seek help

April 21, 2020

Lately these drives, which typically help about 150 to 200 families, have been seeing 300 to 550 families. She recently had to turn away cars that stretched three blocks just because food was no longer available. "Yesterday, I said to my husband, 'I’m so sad, that’s over 100 families we weren’t able to help,'" she said after returning from a food giveaway. ~ Arleana Waller

April 20, 2020

Supervisor Leticia Perez in partnership with Isaiah Crompton from “Caught Up The Game”, Arleana Waller from The Frink Firm and other community leaders make up the MLK CommUnity Initiative.

April 1, 2020

The Kern Complete Count Committee Communications member Arleana Frink-Waller joins Eyewitness News anchor Aaron Perlman to explain how you can get involved with the Census and sign up to help.

March 29, 2020

Kern County is fortunate to have several female leaders from various sectors who are role models for young women aspiring to achieve greatness like them.  The Californian asked several of these women two questions — what is one trait every strong leader needs, and what inspirational advice do you have for young women who aspire to a leadership position — in honor of Women's History Month.

MLK CommUnity Initiative community partner - Supervisor Leticia Perez speaks on COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Supervisor Perez, mentions that she is currently working on regular food deliveries in the southeast area of Bakersfield, as part of the ongoing MLK Initiative.

The MLK CommUnity Initiative handed out free food to a long line of cars Wednesday morning on California Avenue.  One woman, Desiree Chapman, said she was in line at least an hour when we spoke to her. She said she’s still working but needs the extra help for her family and baby.

MLK CommUnity Initiative to hold food distribution on March 18

March 17 2018

The MLK CommUnity Initiative usually holds this food distribution on a monthly basis and is typically held at Belle Terrace Park however, in light of the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus the organizers have decided to change the location of the distribution to allow for greater health precautions to be made.

March 18, 2018

“When times are tough, or we think times are tough, we come together, we pull our resources together,” Assemblyman Rudy Salas said. Dozens of caring hearts and serving hands showed up to help the MLK CommUnity Initiative distribute food. “Fresh fruit, we have oranges, apples, pears, chicken,” Arleana Waller with The Frink Firm said.

MLK Community Initiative first to do a Drive Through Food Distribution in Kern County

March 18, 2018

"This is our way of being present and giving and supporting the community," said Arleana Waller, CEO of the Frink Firm. Her organization, along with Supervisor Leticia Perez, and Circle of Life and Caught Up The Game collaborated to make the MLK #commUNITY Initiative food giveaway possible. "We understand people are hurting and in need." - Gave out over 550 boxes of food with 50 volunteers.

2020

Arleana Waller, CEO of the Frink Firm and ShePower Leadership Academy serves as a 2020 Census Spokesperson wo empower the HTC community to self count themselves. This commercial ran on multiple local media channels.

March 12, 2020

Arleana Waller, CEO of the Frink Firm and ShePower Leadership Academy serves as a Census 2020 Spokesperson to empower the HTC community to count themselves in the 2020 Census.

Arleana Waller & Reyna Olaguez - CENSUS 2020

March 12, 2020

Arleana Waller, CEO of the Frink Firm and ShePower Leadership Academy talks with the media as a trusted messenger to empower African Americans, who are a part of the HTC community to count themselves in the 2020 Census.

March 11, 2020

Arleana Waller, CEO of the Frink Firm and ShePower Leadership Academy says our role as a community organization in the 2020 Census is to become part of a powerful network of government, nonprofit, corporate, and community organizations to develop solutions to effectively reach everyone and encourage them to respond to the 2020 Census. Our specific target audience efforts are toward the African American community.

February 27, 2020

#MLKcommUNITY Entrepreneur Roundtable sponsored by Bank of America, with 50 scholarships to Startitup given by Bank of America and KITE. Approximately 70 people attended.  The event was hosted by The Frink Firm.  Food was provided by Chef Ora of O’Mazing Event Planning.

February 26, 2020

Heart disease and stroke is the No. 1 killer in women, and it disproportionately affects African-American women, it’s our No. 1 killer. African-American women are less likely to be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of our death. It’s time Kern County health care partner with us and start an initiative to educate us on matters of the heart.

February 27, 2020

Cottonwood Road, known for its struggles with poverty, homelessness, and crumbling infrastructure, had something special to show Williams, who came to Bakersfield by invitation from Kern County supervisor Leticia Perez, ward one city councilman Willie Rivera, the Bakersfield City School District, and the MLK Community Initiative.

February 2, 2020

“Whether a parent chooses a traditional school, charter, or parochial school, we’re passionate about educating parents about not allowing the government to dictate what’s best for their kids”, Warren said.

February 4, 2020

MLK Community Initiative Founder and CEO of The Frink Firm, Arleana Waller accepts the County Proclamation in Honor of February as Black History Month in Kern County.

January 29, 2020

1000+ signatures to say NO to Calcot was disregarded in the same manor the Southeast voice continually is disregarded.

The Southeast Voice Was Silenced By City Council

Neighboring community reacts to city councils decision on purchasing Calcot for new homeless shelter

January 23, 2020

MLK Community Initiative Founder and CEO of The Frink Firm, speaks on behalf of the Initiative in oppose of the low barrier shelter being placed in the Southeast.

Bakersfield City Council narrowly approves location for low-barrier homeless shelter on East Brundage Lane

January 22, 2020

MLK Community Initiative Founder and CEO of The Frink Firm, speaks on behalf of the Initiative in oppose of the low barrier shelter being placed in the Southeast.

January 22, 2020

MLK Community Initiative Founder and CEO of The Frink Firm, speaks on behalf of the Initiative in oppose of the low barrier shelter being placed in the Southeast.

January 23, 2020

"I have a compassion, I just don't feel that it all should be just congregated in one area," Nontzikelelo said. "We need to share equally in this issue."

January 22, 2020

Community advocate Arleana Waller submitted a petition with over 1,000 signatures to the city in opposition to the Calcot site.  “For the first time in decades, this community feels like it has hope,” Waller said. “And then we talk about adding a low-barrier shelter in a double-digit unemployment area, that’s inhumane.”

Isaiah Crompton & Danny O'Neal of MLK Community Initiative members organize community march with their organization.

January 20,2020

“Dr. Martin Luther King means so much to everybody, not just to African American cultures, but all cultures,” said Danny O’Neal, a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. Isaiah Crompton, a vice-chair of the committee, said the march was important to bring the ideals of King to Bakersfield’s younger generations.

Local groups offering scholarships to help create business owners, through mobile app

January 10, 2020

"The MLK Community Initiative is more about a group in the community, who care about the community," Waller said. "And they are working collaboratively, to help the Southeast area, specifically the MLK and Cottonwood area."

January 8, 202

 “Not enough thought and planning has been put into this to know if it will work or not,” community organizer Arleana Waller said of the city’s plan to put a shelter in southeast Bakersfield. “It’s very disrespectful to the residents who pay taxes in the community.”

December 10, 2019

Isaiah Crompton, founder of Caught Up The Game and community Lead with the MLK community Initiative Rebound Coalition speaks against the homeless shelter being placed in the Southeast area.

MLK Community Initiative host the City of Bakersfield Community at its Monthly Meeting

December 10, 2019

"We also want the city to understand and hear the residents as they've been asking for things for over 30 years, many residents who are in this area are one paycheck away from being homeless,” Arleana Waller, meeting organizer said.

12-10--2019

THE MLK COMMUNITY INITIATIVE HOSTED THE CITY COMMUNITY MEETING:

Held at Jerusalem Church on Cottonwood Road, the well-attended meeting was designed to provide residents of the city's southeast a chance to comment on two recent proposals to develop an emergency homeless shelter in the area...

12-3-2019

I am committed to working with the City and the residents of Southeast Bakersfield to stabilize and revitalize this neighborhood. This community has suffered from the stigma of drugs, gangs, poverty and crime for way too long and I want to help change that. Southeast Bakersfield has great, untapped potential and the ingredients for success are already there. Building a homeless shelter in the middle of this neighborhood, is not an answer to their cries, it would set us back significantly. And that is the last thing this community deserves.

COMMUNITY VOICES: Southeast Bakersfield deserves better

11-15--2019

I am committed to working with the city and the residents of southeast Bakersfield to stabilize and revitalize this neighborhood. This community has suffered from the stigma of drugs, gangs, poverty and crime for way too long and I want to help change that. Southeast Bakersfield has great, untapped potential and the ingredients for success are already there. Building a homeless shelter in the middle of this neighborhood is not an answer to their cries. It would set us back significantly, and that is the last thing this community deserves....

10-26-2019

For decades, tragedies have been a persistent and painful part of the Cottonwood story. Well-intended residents like Isaiah Crompton, one of the founders of the Stop the Violence gang intervention group, heroically so. It may seem to many, though, including those who have called Cottonwood home, that the rest of Bakersfield is content to leave it be... Waller, whose contractor-father, the late Willie J. Frink, built much of Cottonwood and Bakersfield in general, is fortifying Cottonwood in a completely different sense...

05-28-2019

Crompton, who is 62 now, said he still remembers when King was assassinated in 1968. “I could hear neighbors wailing and crying,” he said. “It was just awful. I didn’t know what had happened at first and I ran home and my parents told me what had happened. The whole community was just so sad.” Now, more than 50 years after the death of the civil rights leader, King’s legacy will be a permanent presence in the community, and advocates hope the new name will symbolize a new future for the neighborhood.

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5-27-2019

Cottonwood Road in southeast Bakersfield will now be named South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  "There's a lot of energy and a lot of excitement," community leader and ShePower organizer, Arleana Waller said.

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