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JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS — As Breast Cancer Awareness Month winds down to a close, Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church held their annual Sunday service for breast cancer survivors and in memoriam of women who transitioned from the disease.  To commemorate the month, Pastor Wiggins sermon centered on the power of healing. 

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Shown l-r is church member’s top row: Louise Gainers, Juanita Simmons, First Lady Cherie Wiggins, Pastor William Wiggins; front row l-r Annie Whipple, Carolyn Berry, Destiny Woolbright and Alexis Barnes

By Lynn Jones

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month winds down to a close, Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church held their annual Sunday service for breast cancer survivors and in memoriam of women who transitioned from the disease.  To commemorate the month, Pastor Wiggins sermon centered on the power of healing.

Church members also  participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk to honor and support the breast cancer initiative for African American Women. Black women have a 31% breast cancer mortality rate, the highest of any U.S. racial or ethnic group.

“My sister is a twenty-five year breast cancer survivor and has a vibrant attitude to continue the work to educate women on the importance of early detection,” said parishioner June Barnes who wore pink in her honor.

This article originally appeared in the Jacksonville Free Press.

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The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

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