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Marketers Should Show More Respect for the Black Consumer, According to a Report
October 18, 2019
"Take a look at how African Americans make their decisions, whether it's physically or digitally… what we found is that when it comes to making decisions, we abundantly are going to use recommendations as our first line of research," Cheryl Grace, Nielsen's Senior Vice President of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, told NNPA Newswire. ... read more »
Council President Wesson Moves To Establish $30 Minimum Wage for Rideshare Drivers
October 17, 2019
City Council President Herb Wesson has moved to raise the minimum wages of rideshare drivers to $30 per hour in the City of Los Angeles, a significant policy proposal that would economically empower thousands of the City’s rideshare workers who have seen their earnings steadily decrease over the last several years. ... read more »
Controller Yee, FTB Get Proactive on Gig Economy and Tax Compliance Challenges
October 4, 2019
State Controller Betty T. Yee, chair of California’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and the only statewide elected official serving on the Governor’s new Future of Work Commission, today convened a first-of-its-kind public meeting of FTB to look at California’s gig economy and changing tax landscape.  ... read more »
Congressional Black Caucus Calls on Secretary Perdue to Rescind Proposed Rule to End SNAP
October 4, 2019
The Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding the recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM). This NPRM, which was published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)entitled Revision of the Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,  would harm millions of hard-working families who rely on SNAP.   ... read more »
The Human and Economic Toll of Gun Violence is Staggering
October 3, 2019
The September 18 state-by-state examination of the economic costs of gun violence, reveals numbers that the committee called "staggering." For instance, in 2017, for the first time, the rate of firearm deaths exceeded the death rate by motor vehicle accidents. Nearly 40,000 people were killed in the United States by a gun in 2017, including approximately 2,500 school-age children – or more than 100 people per day and more than five children murdered each day. Sixty percent of gun deaths each year are firearm suicides, researchers said. ... read more »
Seven Ways California’s New ‘Rent Cap’ Law Would Affect You
October 3, 2019
The film – with sentimental flashbacks of a bygone era - centers on the ongoing gentrification in California’s largest city and how it has sapped the blackness out of The Fillmore neighborhood in San Francisco, once a thriving African-American political and cultural hub in the Bay Area. ... read more »
U.S. Department of Labor Releases Report on Global Child Labor
September 27, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor today released the 18th annual edition of its Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor. The report, prepared by the Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), shines a spotlight on child labor globally and assesses the progress some countries have made in upholding their international commitments to eliminate this practice. ... read more »
Trump’s Changes to Title X Program Would Hurt the Black Community’s Access to Family Planning
September 27, 2019
Recent efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the federal Title X family planning program could significantly impede access to essential preventive health services for low-income patients across the state of California and throughout the country. ... read more »
Gov. Sets Up Advisory Team on Aging as Golden State Population Grows Grayer
September 27, 2019
After Carl Maryland retired in 2009, he started playing for a team in the Sacramento Golden Seniors Softball Club league. ... read more »
Debt Collectors Target Consumers of Color, People Making Less Than $50K
September 26, 2019
Conducted by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting, the poll was jointly commissioned by the Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) and the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). The results, released on September 11, found stark opposition by consumers to regulatory reforms announced by the CFPB. Consumers are strongly united in wanting more and better protection in this area of financial regulation. ... read more »
New Bill Temporarily Protects Ethnic Newspapers as State Cracks Down on Gig Economy
September 26, 2019
Last week, Gov. Newsom signed AB 5, the “Employee Misclassification Bill,” into law. The legislation changes the classification of more than one million jobs in California from “contractor” to “employee.” ... read more »
Confronting the Abandoning Crisis…Poverty and Homelessness Beyond the Urban Core
September 19, 2019
Here’s a staggering number - 553,000. Imagine what you would do if 553,000 dollars were deposited into your bank account today. Imagine what you can see if you travel 553,000 miles around the world? That is a significant number. The truth is that’s the number of homeless people recorded in the United States in 2018. Yes, the most developed country in the world allows a whopping 17 percent of its population to live on the streets. California holds a total of 113,952 abandoned homeless individuals; this represents 20 percent of all homeless people in the United States. Approximately 15,179 are veterans. People in this country are turning a blind eye as if this is some “new normal.” We have abandoned our neighbors, and homelessness is a clear symptom.  ... read more »
LEADERSUP PARTNERS WITH LA SENTINEL TO CLOSE THE UNEMPLOYMENT GAP AMONG YOUTH IN SOUTH LA
September 19, 2019
LeadersUp not only recruits, trains and advocates for inclusive hiring practices but it partners with employers who are looking to hire diverse talent NOW! And its growing its Fair Chance Coalition of employers adopting hiring practices inclusive of jobseekers with prior arrests and convictions. ... read more »
NAREB Urges Black Americans Not to Defer Their Dream of Homeownership
September 12, 2019
According to the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) wealth building usually begins with that first investment in owning your own home. Whether you purchase a first-time “starter” home or inherit a property or residence, you start down the road to building wealth. But something has changed in the Black community. The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest statistics indicate that the Black homeownership rate has dropped once again. ... read more »
Rideshare Drivers, Union Form Alliance in Support of AB5
September 5, 2019
Over 100 Uber and Lyft drivers formed a caravan on August 25, embarking on a three day trip to Sacramento in support of AB5, a bill that would redefine independent contractor status in California.  Members of two unions, the Mobile Workers Alliance and Gig Workers Rising, joined the drivers; the group also stopping to rally at Uber headquarters in San Francisco and returning home on August 28. ... read more »
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