Lynwood hosts solemn commemoration for Veterans Day

Charles Wood and Daniel Hamilton in front of Lynwood City Hall | Jiawei Wang

Charles Wood and Daniel Hamilton in front of Lynwood City Hall | Jiawei Wang

Veterans and family members joined the City of Lynwood officials to celebrate Veterans Day in front of the Lynwood City Hall on Nov 11.

The event started with flag salute. The veterans wore formal military attire as they stood in front of the city hall and sang the national anthem in overcast weather.

Veteran Charles Wood talks about his service in Vietnam in an audio slideshow below. 

Later, family members and veterans shared their experiences of military service. Most of the veterans had been involved in U.S. operations in Iraq, the Persian Gulf or Afghanistan. [Read more…]

300 cats and dogs vaccinated in South LA


One of the vaccinated pets. | Anita Kelso Edson/ASPCA

Cat and dogs got free vaccines from ASPCA at Green Meadows Park in South Los Angeles last week.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is the first animal welfare organization in United States. Besides providing free vaccines, ASPCA also made appointments for free spay and neuter services at the South Los Angeles Animal Care center.

The ASPCA gave over 300 free vaccines to cats and dogs in South Los Angeles so far.

It also has a “safety net” program to keep pets in home and out of shelters. It is an animal relocation program to transport dogs from shelters to communities, where they can have a better chance to find an owner.

Local shelters often offer free or low-cost paying and neutering for dogs and cats. To find a shelter near you, check the ASPCA Web site at

Scroll through photos below. All credit to Anita Kelso Edso for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. [Read more…]

Nonprofit spotlight: UMMA Community Clinic


An UMMA health fair. |

Intersection’s Nonprofit Spotlight series profiles South L.A. organizations that are propelling positive change in South L.A. 

Once called the University Muslim Medical Association, the organization known today as the UMMA Community Clinic (“umma” means “community” in Arabic) has been in South L.A. for nearly 20 years now. With its main clinic located just a couple of blocks east of the spot where truck driver Reginald Denny was beaten during the 1992 L.A. Riots and a second location at Fremont High School, UMMA has become part of the fabric of the community. [Read more…]