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The Value of Pharmacy Benefit Managers 
September 8, 2022
As a small business advocate for over 45 years, these past two years, without a doubt, have ranked as some of the most difficult. Small businesses have been forced to navigate California’s pandemic policies and faced supply chain issues, staffing shortages, inflation, and rising healthcare costs. ... read more »
New Low-Cost Internet Program Promotes Digital Equity in L.A.  
July 14, 2022
All eligible households are urged to enroll in the Affordable Connectivity Program, which allows qualifying families to save as much as $30 a month on high-speed home internet.   ... read more »
Op-Ed – America’s Powder Keg Has Exploded!
June 2, 2022
Gunsmiths and Wordsmiths are not to blame for the mishandling, misuse, and abuse we are seeing today resulting in gun-related massacres along with suicides triggered by cyberspace bullying. These consequential events have become so common – we see the symptoms and know the causes, and yet we all seem to be helpless and neutralized to do anything about them. It’s how we use guns and how we use words that kill. ... read more »
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Make Mental Wellness Part of Our Total Health
June 2, 2022
The next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in California has arrived. As the state begins to implement its SMARTER Plan, protecting ourselves and our communities from COVID-19 and its fast-spreading variants through vaccination can ensure better outcomes for us all. ... read more »
Still in the Struggle to Heal our Hearts, Minds, and Bodies
June 2, 2022
“Healing Our Hearts, Minds and Bodies” (HHMB) is a five-year grant aimed at improving cardiovascular health among men and women of color living with HIV. ... read more »
Can Federal Lynching Law Help Heal America?
May 12, 2022
For three centuries lynching was a standard practice in the cruel treatment of Black men, women, and children in America. Even after slavery, Blacks from 1882 – 1959 were lynched on average every six days, totaling at least 4,733 brutal deaths, according to researchers at the Tuskegee Institute. ... read more »
Communities do not trust institutions. This is how we’re regaining it.
April 1, 2022
Americans have lost trust in the ability of large institutions like the federal government, national media, and large companies – even big banks – to understand or care about their needs.  ... read more »
California Democratic Party Adopts Platform Language Prioritizing Black Student Achievement 
March 23, 2022
On March 6, the California Democratic Party (CDP) adopted language brought forth by the CDP Black Caucus into the 2022 California Democratic Party Platform that supports California’s Black students.   ... read more »
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Opinion: On State of the State, Gov. Newsom and Republicans Offer Clashing Views
March 17, 2022
Before Newsom’s speech, California Republicans posted a video of Assemblymember Suzette Martinez Valladares (R-Newhall) countering the main points in the governor’s upcoming address. ... read more »
Here’s how to make Medi-Cal better in South L.A.
March 17, 2022
Through the state’s new CalAIM program, virtually all California residents will have access to health insurance. ... read more »
Lifting and Holding Up Heaven: Women’s and Men’s Work in the World 
March 10, 2022
It is a fundamental tenet of Kawaida philosophy that practice proves and makes possible everything, that is to say, practice brings it into being, makes it real, relevant and worthy of the name and quality it claims, whether it is love or life, parenting or peace, teaching or learning, art or ethics, science, religion or righteous resistance.   ... read more »
The Urgency of Now – A Reflection on African American History Month 
March 2, 2022
What time is it? It’s time to re-engage the fierce urgency of now and continue pressing forward on the issues of the day. It is time to stay involved, focused, and intentional in preventing voter suppression. It is time for truth telling about the heinous and abominable side of American democracy. We have no time to relax. ... read more »
Do You See What I See
February 9, 2022
We look at things differently. We see people, things, events and happenings all according to our own experiences. That subject has been existent hundreds, thousands of years before now. And it is a subject that causes wide controversy. Look at her! Look at him!   ... read more »
Let’s Create an Infrastructure Policy that Builds Two Types of Bridges for a More Inclusive and Stronger Nation
January 20, 2022
Despite all the stresses, division, and crises of the past year, we Americans have the timely opportunity to achieve the togetherness and mutual benefits in the new year that can mark a significant turning point.  This opportunity lies within the recently passed $1.2 trillion brick-and-mortar infrastructure bill, which can help build bridges of inclusivity between mainstream construction industry businesses and small and diverse business enterprises, generate multiplicative community benefits, and serve as a replicable national model across many industries.  ... read more »
Defending a Democracy in Flames
December 23, 2021
I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom. And how we can preserve it.  Our freedom is threatened. We all need to be paying attention and preparing to take action next year.  ... read more »
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