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Suing for Discrimination Just Got Harder Thanks to Byron Allen’s Supreme Court Loss
April 2, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in this case has effectively increased the burden of proof on the next litigant and made it much harder for them to succeed in Section 1981 litigation. One is left to wonder why such powerful members of our community could not have somehow come together to protect the interests all African Americans.  Here, by the insistence of Allen to proceed with this litigation, the African-American community runs the risk of becoming “trampled grass” when the litigation is finally resolved and the “elephants” have ceased fighting. ... read more »
Sentinel Exclusive: Senator Harris Speaks Out on COVID-19 
April 2, 2020
Senator Kamala Harris is currently fighting for three things in Washington, she said. Those are: free Corona virus testing, free treatment and financial relief until Americans are able to return to pre-outbreak life. This is a public health crisis and a health care crisis, she said.   ... read more »
House Passes $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Deal
April 2, 2020
Earlier, several civil rights organizations noted watching with vigilance as Senate negotiations and, later, voting in both chambers took place. "We know that when the economy goes into decline, people of color always bear the brunt," said Teresa Candori, communications director for the National Urban League. "We will be fighting to make sure the most vulnerable communities are not an afterthought." ... read more »
Windham Drives Innovative Interior Design at GM’s Cadillac
April 2, 2020
Comfort is key to enjoying a luxury vehicle, but it’s not the only aspect that concerns Crystal Windham.  As director of Design, Cadillac Interiors, she incorporates every creative element possible to give customers an innovative and unforgettable experience. ... read more »
Civil Rights Leader and Icon, Joseph Lowery, Passes at 98
April 2, 2020
Lowery made great strides for equality and civil rights, which was fortified by his Christian beliefs. ... read more »
Sentinel Exclusive: Coronavirus or Not, 2020 Census, Presidential Election Will Still Occur
April 2, 2020
“The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our lives. We face a health crisis, an emerging economic crisis and more than ever, a crisis to our democracy. As we adapt to new norms to protect ourselves and our loved ones, we must adapt how we conduct our elections,” she wrote.  Her wide range of recommendations included expanded online voter registration, multi-lingual voter education campaign, prepaid postage on ballots and applying Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to polling locations. ... read more »
Black Organizations Use Power of Social Media to Launch #BlackCensusWeek and Boost Black Census Count
April 2, 2020
Our nation’s Decennial Census has arrived and with the overarching pandemic of COVID-19, the count for marginalized and historically undercounted populations is more important now than ever before. The NAACP, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Unity Diaspora Coalition, the National Urban League’s Black Census Roundtable along with countless other organizations worked together to seize the moment as an opportunity to ensure a fair and accurate count for African-American citizens through Black Census Week, a week-long virtual activity to incite awareness around the Census and the importance to fill it out in its entirety. ... read more »
Spokesman: Cosby Lawyers to Seek Early Release Because of Pandemic
April 2, 2020
Lawyers for Bill Cosby are preparing to petition the court for his release amid the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more »
L.A. COUNTY RECOGNIZES NATIONAL CENSUS DAY
April 1, 2020
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the nation’s population every 10 years. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how much in federal funding is allocated to state and local communities for the next 10 years. Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which creates jobs. Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy. ... read more »
2020 Census Alert: A Message from Rep. Maxine Waters
April 1, 2020
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, issued an ... to the community about the 2020 U.S. Census on April 1st, which is recognized across the country as Census Day. ... read more »
Census Day Is Here in Southern California – Make It Count!
April 1, 2020
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and is key to shaping the future of communities. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs legislative district boundaries. They also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers to communities for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency services, schools and bridges each year over the next 10 years. ... read more »
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Do You Qualify For the $1,200 Payment?
March 30, 2020
On Friday, March 27, 2020, the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law after the House of Representatives passed it earlier that day. The bill is the largest relief package signed into law in United States history and will impact nearly every person in this country. ... read more »
COVID-19 Update from Cedars-Sinai President and CEO
March 26, 2020
Cedars-Sinai is fully prepared to take care of all its patients during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, says Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO. In a three-minute video address to the community and staff members, Priselac discusses Cedars-Sinai's important role in the current health crisis.  ... read more »
Supreme Court Sides with Comcast in Discrimination Dispute Against Byron Allen
March 26, 2020
The lawsuit arose out of Comcast’s decision several years ago not to carry several Allen-owned television channels, such as Pets.TV and Recipe.TV. Comcast has argued its rejection of Allen’s channels was purely a business decision, reflecting what it viewed as the channels’ limited audience appeal. Allen then promptly filed a $20 billion lawsuit against Comcast, alleging that the company’s refusal to contract with Allen’s company was racially motivated, in violation of Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. ... read more »
Census Bureau Delays Decennial Count
March 26, 2020
The results of the census directly determine the amount of funding communities will receive for the next ten years for essential services ... read more »
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