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Banking on the Future? Start Saving Today.
June 14, 2019
The youngest American generations in or approaching adulthood --the Millennials (born 1981 to 1996) and Generation Z (born after 1996) -- will have less wealth, less property, lower marriage rates, fewer children, and less savings compared to any generation born since the Great Depression, the Wall Street Journal just reported. ... read more »
Two New Reports Chop Up the Data and Make It Easy to Connect with Black California  
June 13, 2019
A little over 2.2 million African Americans call California home. Of that number, 72 percent lives in southern California with the greatest concentration (about 36 percent) in Los Angeles County, followed by the Inland Empire, and then, the San Diego area. ... read more »
Census Committee Reaching out to California’s ‘Hard to Count’ Population
June 13, 2019
Members of the California Complete Count Committee met in Sacramento June 4, to discuss their statewide outreach and communication strategy for 2020, keeping with their mission of getting everyone counted and connected to appropriate resources. The official Census count will begin April 1 of next year, and the committee wants to ensure they reach everyone, especially those who are “hard to count,” they said. Those include immigrant renters, children under 5 and those living below the poverty line. ... read more »
A Tradition of Organizing
June 6, 2019
As young student activists and organizers in Ohio and Los Angeles in the early 1970s, my parents were a part of a rapidly-growing movement within the Black community that sought to create the kinds of community institutions we knew we needed in order to prosper and thrive. ... read more »
The State Bar’s Monthly Attorney Discipline Report
May 31, 2019
The State Bar of California has posted new online information about attorneys who have been disciplined for professional misconduct, including disbarment and suspension. ... read more »
Schetema Nealy Becomes First African American Female to Earn Ph.D. in Chem from UNLV
May 30, 2019
Raised in San Bernardino, California by a single mom, with four other children, there wasn’t anything extraordinary about Schetema Nealy’s childhood, at least on the surface. Because, one would have to be at least a bit extraordinary to accomplish what she did recently, becoming the first African American female to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Sentinel recently caught up with Nealy to talk about her accomplishment and how it came to be. ... read more »
Los Angeles Families, Civil Rights Leaders, and Labor Unite in Support Measure EE
May 30, 2019
A press conference was held at Belmont High School to urge voters to vote Yes for youth. ... read more »
2020 Candidate Kamala Harris Targets State Abortion Bans
May 30, 2019
The move comes as the issue of abortion moves to the forefront of the presidential campaign. Harris is among the Democratic presidential candidates who have been sharply critical of a new spate of abortion laws that have cleared state legislatures and sharply curb abortion access. Supporters of such measures have openly predicted that the laws could spark court fights that will eventually lead the Supreme Court to revisit the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision. ... read more »
In Charter School Fight, Urban League and National Action Network Ask NAACP: “Did You See the Numbers?”
May 23, 2019
The state chapters of the National Urban League (NUL) and the National Action Network (NAN) have teamed up to oppose the bills. They say the proposals amount to a “step backward” for African American charter school parents and their children. ... read more »
A Conversation with ‘We Are The Heat’s’ Director Jorge Navas
May 3, 2019
In director Jorge Navas’ new film “We Are The Heat” (Somos Calentura) we explore the lives of Afro-Colombian dancers living in Buenaventura, one of Colombia’ poorest cities, and a hub of violence and drug trafficking.  So skilled a storyteller, Navas in part made the very city (Buenaventura) a character in the explosive drama. ... read more »
Senator Portantino’s Small Businesses Friendly Legislation Passes Key Committee in the Legislature
May 3, 2019
SB 349 passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee. SB 349 authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) and co-authored by Assemblymember James Ramos (D- Highland) modifies the minimum franchise tax on small businesses and creates a tax structure to encourage entrepreneurship in California.   ... read more »
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $225 Million Loan for San Bernardino County’s I-10 Corridor Project
May 3, 2019
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau will provide a $225 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) in California. ... read more »
Black Religious Groups, Non-Profits Can Apply for Security Grants as Gov Prioritizes Hate Crimes With $15M Emergency Fund
May 2, 2019
African American churches, mosques and other religious organizations are among vulnerable non-profits in California eligible to apply for security grants after Gov. Gavin Newsom approved $15 million in emergency funds this week to help religious and community-based groups protect themselves against hate crimes.  ... read more »
Heated Charter School Debates Ignore One Key Fact: Black Students Are Underperforming In Our Schools
May 2, 2019
African American children are California’s lowest performing group of students, only above students with special needs. Only two percent of Black kids in the state attend schools that are considered “high performing.” And only 10 majority African American schools, located mostly in hard-to-count, high-poverty census tracts around the Bay Area and Los Angeles, score, on average, above the state math and language arts requirements. ... read more »
James Byrd’s Killer Didn’t Deserve the Death Penalty
May 2, 2019
Killing is wrong. Killing Black people because they are Black is even more wrong. Lynching Black people is exponentially wrong. So why was I opposed to the state-imposed killing of John William King, the despicable murderer of James Byrd, Jr.? I happen to think that there are worse things that can happen to you than death. The now 44-year old King could have gotten a sentence of life in prison and lived miserably there for the rest of his life. In some ways, death is salvation for him. Imagine being relatively healthy with nothing to look forward to? Just sitting there, in jail, surrounded by the Black people your white supremacist self purports to hate. That might be torture worse than death. ... read more »
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