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Cal NAACP Announces New Leader to Replace Outgoing Pres. Alice Huffman
November 26, 2020
Effective Dec. 1, Alice Huffman will no longer be the president of the California-Hawaii State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) due to “health concerns,” she tells California Black Media.   ... read more »
Bill Would Allow Real-World Test of Mental Health Alternative to Policing
October 1, 2020
AB 2054 calls for the authorization of a pilot grant program that would allow community-based organizations instead of the police to respond in emergency situations ... read more »
Avoid Wildfire-Related Sicknesses: Check Air Quality to Protect Your Health  
September 24, 2020
This year’s wildfire season has already been out of the ordinary. About 3.3 million acres have burned across vast tracts of California, Oregon and Washington. The areas surrounding those places have also been affected by dangerous levels of smoke over the last few weeks.   ... read more »
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Black Caucus Writes Letters Defending State Bar Candidate
September 24, 2020
“The Black community is already subject to a lot, and we’re not thought about all the time. It's important for us to take matters into our own hands and really be prepared for what's to come because sometimes we're not considered in the game plan as far as what the world needs to do,” Sidqe said. ... read more »
Groups for and Against Prop 22 Aim Their Messages to Black Voters as Election Day Nears
September 24, 2020
With less than two months left before Election Day, campaigns both defending and opposing Proposition 22 — the ballot initiative that aims to keep gig company drivers classified as independent contractors — are revving up their efforts to reach out to Black voters. ... read more »
Advocates to State Senate: Diabetes Patients Can’t Afford to Wait on ‘Life-Saving’ Bill
August 6, 2020
Californians living with diabetes, a group of doctors and some African American healthcare advocates are asking the state Senate to take up -- and quickly vote on -- an “urgent” public health bill that lawmakers have put on ice. If passed, the legislation would place a $50 cap on monthly copayments insurers require diabetic patients to cover when buying their insulin treatments.   ... read more »
Latino Caucus Chair: Real Justice Calls For Supporting African American Policy Issues
June 11, 2020
Shortly after members of the California legislature took a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds at the California Capitol to protest racism and the death of George Floyd, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) took the opportunity to call out some of her Latino colleagues.  “I have to be honest, I’m disappointed with our Latino caucus,” Gonzalez said at the event that Assemblymember Syndey Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), a member the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC), organized.  ... read more »
Black Activists Confront Affirmative Action Opponents on Zoom Call
June 11, 2020
Last week, African American activists confronted affirmative action opponents on a Zoom town hall a conservative Republican candidate organized. At least one Republican elected official attended the event that the Silicon Valley Chinese Association Foundation (SVCAF) supported.     ... read more »
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New Rule Could Deny Black Developers Access to $4 Billion-Plus in State Housing Funds 
May 28, 2020
African American developers across California are worried about a rule change the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is considering. ... read more »
A Crisis on Two Fronts: Black Immigrants  Face  COVID-19  in California  and  Back Home  
May 22, 2020
They live in small clusters in inland valley towns and in  larger  ethnic enclaves in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles — or  they blend  into  suburban  communities  across the state, according to  data collected by  California Black Media  to support its  Census 2020  awareness  mapping. ... read more »
California Black Caucus Introduces Reparations Bill
May 14, 2020
On May 11, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee voted yes on a bill that would mandate the state to set up an eight-member commission to examine how California engaged in — and benefited from — the enslavement of Black men, women and children. ... read more »
Blunt Trauma: Cop Beats Black Teen Over Cigar, Sparking Outrage and Familiar Swisher Sweet Debate
May 7, 2020
A shocking video of a police officer beating a 14-year-old African American boy over a Swisher tobacco cigarette is being shared across social media platforms around the world.    In the clip that has been re-posted tens of thousands of times, a Rancho Cordova deputy is captured pummeling the youth in his chest as he presses him to the ground in an incident that happened April 27.  ... read more »
Fair Pay to Play Act: California Skeptical of NCAA Rule Changes 
May 7, 2020
The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) highest governing body announced last week that it is moving toward allowing student-athletes to receive compensation for endorsements and promotions.   ... read more »
Artistic Likeness of Frederick Douglass Adds Ancestral Wit to COVID Awareness 
May 7, 2020
The Frederick Douglass Family Initiative (FDFI), an organization the social reformer and writer’s descendants founded to keep his legacy alive, commissioned the award-winning African American concept artist Nikkolas Smith to sketch a rendering depicting Frederick Douglass in a medical mask.   ... read more »
Housing the Homeless: COVID-19 Has Forced California’s Hand
April 30, 2020
Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California was the first state in the nation to secure Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to place unsheltered people in hotel rooms at no cost to them. The state’s action is providing safe isolation for tens of thousands of homeless Californians during the global COVID-19 pandemic.     ... read more »
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