rosemary-jenkins-200Rosemary Jenkins is a graduate of UC, Santa Barbara, with degrees in both English and history and a minor in the humanities. She earned her teaching credential there and taught for more than 37 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she served as a master and mentor teacher and coordinated many programs. She is an author of literary and grammar handbooks and a book of poetry in both English and Spanish and currently is working on an historical fiction novel dealing with the Black experience in America. Rosemary is a community and political activist and specializes in environmental and educational issues. She is an advocate for other current policy matters as well.

Why We Must Support Prop 47

Support Prop 47

Rosemary Jenkins: If we really want to eliminate the root causes of many crimes, we need to recognize how this initiative will mitigate many of the issues that create them.

Deasy Resigning! Are You Kidding Me?

John Deasy Resigning

Rosemary Jenkins: Deasy was so dismissive of the Board’s guidance (let alone input from the teachers, other school personnel unions, and the community) that he fashioned himself in the style of a dictator. And as a result, Calamity John became his own self-made disaster.

Why Hasn’t Minimum Wage Raise Happened Yet?

Los Angeles Minimum Wage

Rosemary Jenkins: It is just counterintuitive that our economy can grow if people have no money to spend! Earn more, spend more–on housing, cars, food, clothing, all of which then generates more jobs at the retail level, manufacturing, construction, and so forth.

What If Barack Obama Were a Muslim?!

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Rosemary Jenkins: Can you imagine if Barack Obama were really born in Kenya, how many contributions to this nation he would not have been able to make? Now that is food for thought!

Nanny State or Granny State?

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Rosemary Jenkins: Grandma would be horrified to think that there are those who choose to justify gun ownership so they can “stand their ground” and then shoot an innocent young person in the face.

The New Jim Crow: California Prison Style

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Rosemary Jenkins: Over the last 30 years, our country has become number one in the world at having more people incarcerated at any one time (second only to what transpired during the reign of terror during Stalin’s regime).

Transgender Equality: Get Used to It

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Rosemary Jenkins: I always love it when people quote the Bible to me about how sinful such behavior is. It is obvious to me that such people have probably never read the Holy Scriptures nor understood them if they did.

Getting Rid of the Dirt … Without Killing Anyone!

Pacoima Reservoir

Rosemary Jenkins: To many, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW) may seem like an obscure entity. The reality is that its decisions impact all of us, usually in very constructive but sometimes in destructive ways.

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