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‘How Did 12 Percent of Black Men vote for Trump?’
November 19, 2020
In Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, 95 percent of Black male voters and 96 percent of Black women chose him, NBC News reported. Four years later, Black women’s support remained at 96 percent for Obama’s 2012 re-election, while Black men slid to 87 percent. In 2016, when the nominee was Hillary Clinton, Black men dropped further to 82 percent while Black women’s support for Clinton remained high at 94 percent. Biden came close to matching that this year, garnering the support of 91 percent of Black women. But 12 percent of Black men voted for Trump, according to exit polls. ... read more »
New Coronavirus Vaccine Requires ‘Trust’ of African American Community
November 19, 2020
Researchers are urging more people of color to participate in clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, but participation numbers so far are low. ... read more »
California Clarifies COVID Mask Mandate: Wear One Anytime You’re Near Others
November 19, 2020
The rules apply to anyone aged two or older, but exempt people with specific medical conditions and those who are hearing impaired or communicating with a hearing-impaired person. ... read more »
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Mayor Aja Brown Launches “Compton Pledge” Guaranteed Income Initiative Residents to Receive Recurring, Direct Cash Payments
November 5, 2020
Compton Mayor Aja Brown announced The Compton Pledge, a landmark guaranteed income initiative that will distribute recurring, direct cash relief to approximately 800 low-income residents for two years, starting in late 2020. Among city-led guaranteed income initiatives in the United States, the Compton Pledge will be the largest pilot, and is intentionally designed to challenge the racial and economic injustice plaguing both welfare programs and economic systems. It plans to reach irregularly or informally employed residents, immigrants of varied legal status, and the formerly incarcerated. ... read more »
Systemic Inequities Demand A Yes on Prop 16
October 29, 2020
In an ideal world, discrimination would not exist and outlawing it wouldn’t be necessary. Racism and sexism would only be fleeting thoughts of a time far gone. And people would rise in society based on the merits of their achievements, and not their gender, race, ethnicity, or any combination of the three. ... read more »
Black Leaders: State Can Do More to Include Black Firms in Small Biz Support Plans
October 8, 2020
Because so many Black businesses are sole proprietorships, advocates also say they might be too busy trying to keep their head above water to stay informed about opportunities available to them. ... read more »
Mayor Eric Garcetti launches Racial Equity & Newly Empowered Workplaces (RENEW) Task Force
October 5, 2020
Monday, October 5th, the City of Los Angeles received notification of the Racial Equity & Newly Empowered Workplaces (RENEW) Task Force launch; it looks to expand the reconstruction of diversity within the workforce and private sectors. ... read more »
Senator Bradford Achieves First-in-the-Nation Bill to Help Renters Improve Their Credit Scores
October 1, 2020
This week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1157, authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena). This bill requires landlords managing medium- to large, subsidized, multi-family housing units in California to offer their tenants the option of having their rental payments reported to a major credit bureau. ... read more »
Los Angeles City Mayor Provides Updated Efforts to Distinguish ‘Bob Cat Fire’, Over 70,000 Acres Burned
September 19, 2020
The mayor emphasized the progress can be derailed if the community slacks on social distancing efforts. Garcetti encourage the city to remain in a space of unity as we waiver through multiple fires and hardship brought on by the impact of COVID-19. ... read more »
The Mayor of Los Angeles Announces ‘Small Cohorts’ Will be Hosted In-Person for K-12 Student Learning
September 2, 2020
The mayor announced schools in L.A. County can offer on campus services for “small stable cohorts” for k-12 students who need the educational support. Starting September 14, the “cohort approach” is to monitor and observe the adjustment to see what works on a smaller scale before reopening schools.  This method is being handled with caution because of the severity of what can go wrong if there was an outbreak among students and faculty. ... read more »
Black News Channel’s Kelly Wright Interviews President Trump
August 27, 2020
It not only marked Trump’s first time on the network but also his initial interview with any African American-owned media. The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade association of 230 Black-owned newspapers and media companies that comprise the Black Press of America, has repeatedly requested interviews with the president throughout his nearly four years in office. ... read more »
Our Battle to Protect Democracy’s Greatest Tool: It’s on us to honor the legacy of Representative John Lewis
August 20, 2020
Even in the darkest of times, we can hear our friend and mentor John Lewis: "Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part." ... read more »
Fighting to Bring Jobs to South LA Residents
August 20, 2020
The age-old adage “A good Job can save a life” rings especially true during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of people across Los Angeles have lost their jobs while thousands of people have lost their lives. COVID-19 continues to threaten the health and economic vitality of South Los Angeles neighborhoods. The need for secure permanent employment is heightened even more as California grapples with mountains of requests for unemployment benefits. ... read more »
Los Angeles City Mayor Announced “L.A. Connected” Responding to Massive Financial Struggles Among Family Households
August 12, 2020
The goal for L.A. Connected is to Magnetize the resources to the communities that need them the most. The city plans for this platform to be an educational tool to empower families to receive the help they need. It is a network that includes various service providers through Los Angeles City WorkSource and FamilySource that will help Angelenos apply to the following: unemployment insurance, file their taxes, apply for as much as $8,000 in tax credits, and access federal stimulus checks, known as Economic Impact Payments, which total up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. ... read more »
Despite COVID-19 Setbacks, Watts Learning Center Students Thrive
July 30, 2020
When coronavirus fears sparked massive shutdowns of schools across California, Eugene Fisher, Watts Learning Center’s board president, wasn’t completely alarmed at the abrupt change. ... read more »
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