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Cal Top Educator Tony Thurmond Says Schools on Track for Safe Reopening
July 29, 2021
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond says school districts across the state are prepared to open safely in the fall even as COVID-19 cases surge in California and around the country. The new spike in COVID-19 positive rates across the state are driven by infections involving the more contagious Delta variant. ... read more »
One-Fifth of Officers Slow to Turn on Body Cameras in Use-of-Force Incidents
July 22, 2021
Officials told the Los Angeles Police Commission that while 96.3% of officers involved in use of force incidents during a one-year period activated their body-worn cameras, nearly 20% of them did so late and inconsistent with department policy. ... read more »
New Strain of Covid Proving Fatal to Unvaccinated People
July 15, 2021
According to medical doctors, the United States is currently dealing with a new strain of the virus, the Delta variant, which is more lethal and virulent than previous strains. The Delta variant originated in India towards the end of last year and was first identified in America in March.  ... read more »
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Californians Can Claim COVID-Related Sick Leave for Four More Months
June 3, 2021
Thanks to the state’s 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law, SB 95, which went into effect in March and was introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) in December last year. But eligiblilty for that compensation will continue for only four more months. ... read more »
FAQ: What You Need to Know About Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Adolescents 12 to 15
June 3, 2021
As a vaccines advocate, I am excited The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to ages 12 to 15 and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) vaccine safety review panel and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recommended that the vaccine is safe and effective in protecting this age group against severe illness, hospitalization and death. The Pfizer vaccine has already been safely administered to millions of California adults, including more than 30 percent of 16–17-year-olds.  ... read more »
White House COVID-19 Response Team Unites with Black Press to Encourage Vaccinations
May 13, 2021
Seeking to reassure African Americans that the COVID-19 vaccinations are safe, the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force united with the Black Press to spread the word. ... read more »
COVID-19 FAQ Tackles Vaccines Safety and Distribution for Black and African American Californians
April 22, 2021
COVID-19 vaccinations are currently in full force, with over 20 million Californians currently having received one of the three FDA approved vaccines. President Biden recently announced vaccine eligibility expansion for all adult Americans beginning April 19, while every Californian 16 and up are eligible for vaccination on April 15. ... read more / view gallery »
Helping Children Triumph Over Trauma
April 15, 2021
The organization’s mission is to help children by reducing the stigmas, shame and trauma that frequently results from having an incarcerated parent. They offer a range of programs to assist inmates and their families.  ... read more »
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Supt. Thurmond Deploys 3 Million COVID Tests to Speed Up Safe School Reopening
March 25, 2021
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond expanded an existing pilot testing program, adding 3 million free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to accelerate the safe reopening of schools across California.   ... read more »
Cal Lawmakers Propose Process to Decertify Convicted Cops
March 25, 2021
Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), the chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, and Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) added language with some teeth to Senate Bill (SB) 2, the “Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021.” ... read more »
How Cedars-Sinai Builds Community Trust in the Vaccine
March 25, 2021
Gena Smith-Woods, a registered nurse with Cedars-Sinai, worked as one of the front-line professionals administering the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare staff and community members. She recalled how honored she was to take part in the Southern California non-profit hospital’s first drive-thru clinic at Beverly Grove, supporting the community vulnerable to the Coronavirus. ... read more »
New State Vaccine Push Focuses On K-12 Education Workers
March 4, 2021
Sprawling parking lots at California State University Los Angeles and Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in “Oaktown” are two locations in California where the state is set to conduct focused vaccine pushes for education workers. The effort is part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s health equity plan as he prioritizes the reopening of schools.   ... read more »
Data privacy is an essential feature of justice and equity
January 28, 2021
Let’s talk about data privacy. Before you turn the page or click on a different story, let us tell you why two pastors would take the time to write about a topic that, on its surface, might seem unrelated to ministry. This Thursday, January 28, is Data Privacy Day. While it’s probably not marked on your calendars, we’ve been paying attention to data privacy issues for some time now, so this event presents a perfect occasion to highlight the importance of protecting your personal information and how it relates to our work in the community. ... read more »
South Coast AQMD issues violation for methane leaks at LADWP Valley Generating Station
January 14, 2021
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) today issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for failure to properly maintain equipment at its Valley Generating Station (VGS) located in Sun Valley—a violation of its permit. ... read more »
Microsoft Launches Nonprofit Tech Acceleration Program for Black Communities
December 31, 2020
Microsoft is not new to the conversation when it comes to discussing solutions to systemic racism and serving under-represented communities. In the past, the company has partnered with organizations across the United States to work on criminal justice improvements and build technology solutions to help judges improve fairness in legal, financial obligations. ... read more »
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