communities of color

We Can’t Breathe: Don’t Bow Down to Fossil Fuels 

As the lead pastor of McCarty Memorial Church in Los Angeles and Black civil rights leader, I am calling on the California Air Resources Board to approve the Advanced Clean Fleet rule at their meeting this week. The burden of air pollution in our city falls disproportionately on communities of color, and we cannot afford to wait any longer for action.

Intersection of Faith and Wellness – A Continuous Report-Back

Faith-based organizations are important in the fight against the SARS Corona Virus Pandemic. Most strikingly, communities of color, already deep-seated in racism and injustice, continue to struggle the hardest to fight off the brutal attack of this virus and its extensive after-effects.

Urban Marketplace Conference Features Michael Banner

Michael Banner will headline the 22nd Urban Marketplace Conference sponsored by ULI Los Angeles, a district council of the Urban Land Institute. The agenda focuses on the historical impact of infrastructure investments on underserved neighborhoods and communities of color.

Gipson Pushes for Health Equity at MLK Community Hospital

Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) introduced AB 2426, to address health equity in the South Los Angeles community. This bill would build off of AB 2599 (Bass, 2009) and cover hospital-based outpatient services provided in the emergency department.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NY), Environmental Justice Advocate, Proud to Receive NNPA Leadership Award

Sen. Booker, who served two terms as Newark mayor before his election to the Senate, will receive the 2021 National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) National Leadership Award for excellence and innovative leadership in Black America. Drs. James Hildreth and Ebony Hilton, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Missouri), and Olympic record-setter Allyson Felix also will receive National Leadership Awards from the NNPA, the trade association of more than 230 African American-owned newspapers and media companies.

Black America Needs a ‘New Normal’: Equitable Credit Access to Build Wealth

Although many officials have called for a ‘return to normal’, millions of small businesses and communities need something new instead. In Black America especially, the ‘old normal’ never delivered equitable access to wealth-building opportunities as those that well-served served much of White America. Instead, a lengthy history of public policies designed to create and sustain a burgeoning middle class systemically excluded Blacks and other people of color.

Biden-Harris Administration Steps up Efforts to Narrow Racial Wealth Gap

The Biden-Harris Administration is announcing additional steps to end discrimination and bias in the housing market. “More than 50 years since the Fair Housing Act’s passage, access to wealth through homeownership remains persistently unequal,” administration officials stated. “In his first week in office, President Biden issued a memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address discrimination in our housing market.”

NAACP President Discusses Biden Administration Appointees and the Impact of COVID Black Americans

The NAACP’s mission is that everyone receives the facts they need to make the best decisions for their families and communities while the fight against the pandemic goes forward, said NAACP president Derrick Johnson. Johnson appeared for a live interview with the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s morning news program, “Let It Be Known.”

  Labor Secretary Tells Black Press America Must Be Intentional About Employment Equity

The administration wants to level the playing field, which would allow those in communities of color to obtain good-paying jobs, ascend to the middle class, and be rewarded when it comes time for promotions and other opportunities to advance. “I think we are seeing 500,000 jobs per month added to the economy on average over the last three months, and we saw some positive signs in the hospitality industry this month,” explained U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.