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Audit: California prison program illegally spent $1.3M
July 30, 2021
 A California prison program that employs inmates illegally spent $1.3 million on goods and salaries, including $82,000 in artificial turf that has gone unused, as part of a pattern of ``gross misconduct,`` state auditors said Tuesday. ... read more »
Rep. Waters Meets with Secretary Yellen, Discusses Implementation of Rental Assistance
July 29, 2021
"I am focused on making sure that this money is distributed and implemented correctly." ... read more »
UCLA-Led Study Finds COVID Deaths Increased When Eviction Moratoriums Expired
July 26, 2021
COVID-19 death rates increased significantly when states lifted eviction moratoriums that were put in place to protect renters who could not make payments during the pandemic, according to a UCLA-led study released today. ... read more »
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Motown Founder Berry Gordy tapped for Kennedy Award
July 21, 2021
Berry Gordy founded a Motown sound that defined a generation, fostered legendary music careers, and constructed a timeless genre that continues to influence musicians today. The Kennedy Center has tapped Gordy as an honoree.  ... read more »
Wildlife agency names first Black chief of law enforcement
July 18, 2021
Col. Jerry Carter, a U.S. Army veteran, will oversee the work of 160 officers statewide. ... read more »
Black Californians Are the Number One Target of Hate Crimes
July 15, 2021
Miya Ponsetto, the Piru, California woman who falsely accused a Black teenager of stealing her phone at a New York City Hotel in December 2020, has been charged with a hate crime. Two Californian men have been charged with a hate crime in Oregon for allegedly assaulting a Black gas station attendant. A Berkeley woman was charged with a hate crime after she allegedly harassed a Black Amazon delivery driver, shouting racial slurs at him and physically stopping his attempts to escape the confrontation. ... read more »
Black Lives Matter at Eight Years…and Counting
July 15, 2021
When #TrayvonMartin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted on July 13, 2013, the world erupted and our co-founder Alicia Garza penned a love letter to Black people, closing with the words “Black Lives Matter.” The words, amplified by Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, became a rallying cry for those with the vision and will to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people and build a world of freedom and justice. ... read more »
Calif. Reps. Lee and Bass Are Pushing Bills to Probe COINTELPRO; Remove Hoover’s Name From FBI Building
July 15, 2021
California’s U.S. Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and Karen Bass (D-CA-37) are backing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to remove former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s name from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters in Washington, D.C. Another bill they are supporting calls for probing the racially motivated counterintelligence programs that Hoover organized and oversaw known as COINTELPRO. Under Hoover’s watch, the FBI often relied on extra-legal tactics to accomplish its aims. ... read more »
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Bass Features Padilla and Jones-Sawyer at Virtual Town Hall
July 15, 2021
An array of timely topics were addressed at the “Fighting for Los Angeles” virtual town hall hosted by U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass on July 13.  Joining her for the forum were U.S. Senator Alex Padilla and State Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer. Fighting for Los Angeles, virtual town hall, U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, July 13,  forum, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, State Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer, California, L.A. Sentinel, Cora Jackson-Fossett, ... read more »
Biden Nominates Garcetti as Ambassador to India
July 15, 2021
President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of India. The White House made the announcement on July 9, following weeks of speculation in the local media about the potential appointment. ... read more »
Cal AG Rob Bonta Hits Google With Lawsuit Over “Play Store”
July 15, 2021
Last week, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the California Department of Justice (DOJ) is joining a multistate lawsuit against Google.   ... read more »
Expanded Child Tax Credit
July 10, 2021
This month, we are again making progress on one significant front in the fight against poverty. American families will begin receiving monthly Child Tax Credit checks on July 15; thanks to an expansion of the popular program in the American Rescue Plan (ARP), that was signed into law by President Biden in March with only Democratic support. The Center for Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University projects that this provision will cut the child poverty rate in half this year. ... read more »
Cal Woman Quits Powerful Biz Org; Alleges Anti-Black Comments, Actions
July 10, 2021
A California-based member of the Washington, DC-based National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) resigned last month, accusing the group’s leadership of racist actions and statements. ... read more »
Congressional Black Caucus Celebrates 50 years of Servitude and Outlines Future Progressive Works
July 8, 2021
Wednesday, June 30, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) gathered to publicly fortify their legislative priorities as the House enters into district work period. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, also emphasized the continual work that needs to be done. ... read more »
Gov Taps Three African American Judges for State Diversity Mentoring Program
July 8, 2021
Three African American judges are among 10 new members of the California Judiciary Gov. Gavin Newsom tapped last week to join the Trial Court Mentor Program, an initiative created to promote diversity and inclusion in the state’s executive and judicial branches.    ... read more »
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