KCKCC’s Louis Center plays host to international visitors

Participating in an international visit were, from left to right, top row: Jean Carlo Huaroc Portocarrero, Ewa Unoke, Melanie Chiponda, Vikki Ham, Karen Hernandez, Fallon Reynolds, Jenna Reynolds and Derek Hernandez; front row: Tomomi Nishi, Joseph Hernandez, Bella Hernandez and Isaac Hernandez. (Photo by Gene Hernandez)

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Henry M. Louis Center for Global Transitional Justice, along with Gene and Karen Hernandez, recently played host to three international visitors sponsored by the State Department.

This is the first time that the Henry M. Louis Center has teamed up with the Hernandez family, which serves as host to this event regularly.

During the hospitality visit, Ewa Unoke, director of the Henry M. Louis Center, moderated a friendly discussion to share information on the visitors’ countries.

Tomomi Nishi from Japan spoke on the controversy over the U.S. military base at Okinawa. The debate over the military base has polarized the Japanese society. While some citizens want the base to remain open because it creates great employment opportunities for many Japanese citizens, an anti-American group argues that the base is an affront on the sovereignty of the state.

Jean Carlo Huaroc Portocarrero from Peru, a social justice advocate and lawyer, discussed the issues of democracy and transitional justice in Peru. After two decades of armed conflict in the country, it is beginning to consolidate its democratic experiment. After revisiting its past, Peru established a truth commission, national reparations plan and the trial of the former president, Alberto Fujimori. The most critical issue now concerns the slow implementation of the reparation plans to victims, such as health care, education and monetary compensation of the victims.

Melanie Chiponda from Zimbabwe, has led several peace protests to demand the rights of rural women under the constitution of Zimbabwe. She mobilized her fellow women activists to seek compensation when the Robert Mugabe-led government evicted the rural women from their land. When the government continued to arrest rural people for poaching on fish in the riverine area, Melanie organized the rural women to register and to obtain fishing permits for the rural people. Through her campaigns, the government has built new homes and relocated the displaced rural citizens.

Unoke said the three visitors had great learning experiences in the United States since they began their journey from Washington, D.C. He said they traveled to many other states in addition to Kansas including Texas and Missouri. The trip was organized by the Kansas City International Visitors Council.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor for KCKCC.

Three arrested in KCK home invasion, chase

Three suspects were taken into custody this morning in a home invasion and chase.

No one was injured during the home invasion in the 3400 block of Everett Avenue, a Kansas City, Kan., police spokesman said.

Officers responded to the home about 3:05 a.m. July 28 on the aggravated burglary report. When officers arrived, the suspects had already fled the area, the spokesman said.

About 6:18 a.m. the officers received a tip about the suspects’ location. They were found near 37th and Metropolitan Avenue, where officers began to chase the vehicle.

Officers pursued the vehicle to 94th and Riverview Avenue, where the suspects’ vehicle wrecked, and the suspects ran on foot to a wooded area, the spokesman said.

A perimeter was set, and officers found one of the suspects and took him into custody, the spokesman said.

A short time later, the Kansas Highway Patrol’s helicopter located a second suspect in the area of 86th and Riverview, where he also was taken into custody, according to the spokesman. In all, three suspects were taken into custody, police said.

Opinion: ‘Christmas in July’ event shows off lake’s beauty

“Christmas in July” was the theme of a boat parade Saturday evening at Wyandotte County Lake. (Photo by Lou Braswell)

by Lou Braswell

The pontoons on parade event on Saturday evening, July 26, has to be rated as a fantastic event on beautiful Wyandotte County Lake.

The theme for the day was Christmas in July, and it was carried out on all the 49 entries. Hope this will be annual event.

The boats paraded past the Beach Shelter and on down the lake and then on their return back to the dock area. With their lights on the boats set the lake off in a splendid view, lights reflecting on the water.

Wyandotte County Parks and Rec did a great job in promoting the lake along with fun in the sun, and imagination on the water.

“Christmas in July” was the theme of a boat parade Saturday evening at Wyandotte County Lake. (Photo by Lou Braswell)

“Christmas in July” was the theme of a boat parade Saturday evening at Wyandotte County Lake. (Photo by Lou Braswell)

“Christmas in July” was the theme of a boat parade Saturday evening at Wyandotte County Lake. (Photo by Lou Braswell)