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COVID-19 Update: FDA Outlines Inspection and Assessment Activities During Pandemic
May 8, 2021
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new report titled, “Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspectional Oversight,” outlining the agency’s inspectional activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and its detailed plan to move toward a more consistent state of operations, including the FDA’s priorities related to this work going forward. ... read more »
COVID-19 Cases and Deaths are Down Among Blacks in Los Angeles County
May 8, 2021
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department reported 378 new Covid-19 cases among Blacks (down by 81). The County also recorded 10 deaths among Blacks since last Tuesday (down by eight souls). ... read more »
Nationwide “Rise Above COVID” Movement Seeks to Represent the Country’s Diversity in COVID-19 Clinical Trial
May 6, 2021
Inclusion of Black volunteers is crucial to research COVID-19 treatments ... read more »
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Hammond Entertainment Partners with Kaiser Permanente to Provide Vaccine Distribution in Napa Valley 
April 29, 2021
The pandemic gave the world an opportunity to expand their definition of humility and compassion. Hammond Entertainment has impacted so many lives with Kaiser Permanente by distributing vaccines in Napa Valley. The production company’s CEO Bill Hammond explained how this experience woke him up to a deeper understanding for his purpose and destiny.   ... read more »
FINAL OPPORTUNITY: Apply Now for a $10,000 Keep Our Shops on the Block Grant for Personal Care & Retail Businesses
April 29, 2021
Los Angeles, California – Following the success of the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund, which dispersed nearly $100 million in grants last year to small businesses and non-profits, the Fund is distributing an additional $4.7 million dollars to small businesses in the personal care & retail sector through the Keep Our Shops on the Block Grant ... read more »
A year of COVID-19 brought record consumer debt and collection complaints 
April 15, 2021
After more than a year of COVID-19, the nation’s collective ability to cope with dual public health and economic crises has diminished many consumers’ ability to remain financially stable. While this February’s national employment report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a net gain of 379,000 jobs and white unemployment dropped to 5.6%, there was no corresponding improvement for Black and Latino workers. Instead, unemployment was respectively higher at 9.9% and 8.5%.    ... read more »
US Recommends ‘Pause’ for J&J Shots in Blow to Vaccine Drive
April 14, 2021
The U.S. on Tuesday recommended a “pause” in use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of rare but potentially dangerous blood clots, setting off a chain reaction worldwide and dealing a setback to the global vaccination campaign. ... read more »
LA Regional COVID Fund Will Provide $4.7 Million to Personal Care; Retail Small Businesses
April 9, 2021
Top financial institutions have concluded that while most businesses were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses within the personal care and retail sectors will have a longer path to recovery than most, having seen a 45% decrease in revenue in 2020. ... read more »
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Mothers In Action, LA Urban League, Brotherhood Crusade, And FEMA Surpass 10,000 Vaccinations Along Crenshaw Corridor
April 8, 2021
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one dose vaccination, so all 10,000 participants are now fully vaccinated.  Tracy Mitchell, president of Mothers in Action, said “I want to thank the Mothers In Action’s village of volunteers that have staffed the site from day one, and who have committed to continue supporting this effort until April 10, when the site closes.” ... read more »
CDC Eases Guidance, Says Vaccinated People Can Travel Safely Within US
April 4, 2021
Southland residents anxious to travel got some good news from federal health authorities, who issued new guidance stating that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely travel domestically. ``You do not need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months,'' U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday. ``You should still follow all other travel recommendations.'' ... read more »
National Urban League Launches Comprehensive Plan to Address Racial Digital Inequities
April 1, 2021
The National Urban League today announced a comprehensive strategy for leveraging the tools of the information economy to create a more equitable and inclusive society. ... read more »
Ban on Renter Evictions During COVID-19 Pandemic is Extended
March 30, 2021
The Biden administration is extending a federal moratorium on evictions of tenants who have fallen behind on rent during the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday moved to continue the pandemic-related protection, which had been scheduled to expire on Wednesday. The moratorium is now extended through the end of June. The ban, initially put in place last year, provides protection for renters out of concern that having families lose their homes and move into shelters or share crowded conditions with relatives or friends during the pandemic would further spread the highly contagious virus, which has killed more than 545,000 people in the United States. ADVERTISEMENT To be eligible for the housing protection, renters must earn $198,000 annually or less for couples filing jointly, or $99,000 for single filers; demonstrate that they’ve sought government help to pay the rent; declare that they can’t pay because of COVID-19 hardships; and affirm they are likely to become homeless if evicted. In February, President Joe Biden extended a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the pandemic. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: – WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals – The Latest: Feds shift focus of Native American vaccinations – ICU cases hit new peak in French virus surge Housing advocates had generally expected the extension of the tenant eviction moratorium and had been lobbying the Biden administration, saying it was too early in the country’s economic recovery to let the ban lapse. John Pollock, coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, said that the moratorium “is vital for ensuring there is enough time for Congress’s emergency rental assistance to reach the millions of renters in need who would otherwise be evicted.” Pollack said current surveys show that 18.4% of all tenants owe back rent. That number also revealed significant racial disparity: The percentage of Black tenants behind on their rent was 32.9%. But Pollock and other housing advocates were disappointed that Biden merely extended the ban without addressing several issues that put many tenants at risk of eviction. “In Massachusetts, judges have green-lighted over 1,700 evictions under the federal eviction moratorium. While it is protecting some families, it’s clearly not protecting all,” said Denise Matthews-Turner, the interim executive director of City Life/Vida Urbana, a grassroots housing justice organization in Boston. “The extension is a good thing, but it’s disappointing that the moratorium wasn’t also strengthened to keep families from falling through the cracks, such as families with no-fault evictions or whose landlords won’t accept rent relief.” Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said she and others had pushed to make the ban’s protections automatic and universal. Currently, tenants have to actively take steps to invoke the ban’s protections, which can lead to exploitation of those who don’t know their rights or don’t understand the process. Also, some jurisdictions have allowed landlords to initiate the eviction process in court, a tactic that scared many families into leaving rather than having the eviction proceedings, even unfinished ones, on their records. “While the Biden administration is well aware of the shortcomings in the moratorium order that allow some evictions to proceed during the pandemic, the CDC director did not correct them,” Yentel said. Instead, the CDC “simply extended President Trump’s original order, leaving the loopholes and flaws in place, a disappointing decision that will result in more harmful evictions during the pandemic,” she said. Full Coverage: Coronavirus pandemic Pollock said the moratorium should also include a provision ensuring tenants have a right to counsel, “so that they can effectively use rental assistance and fight the increasing wave of illegal evictions.” Isabel Miranda, who has an eviction hearing next month in Massachusetts, had mixed feelings about the extension. She worries that the courts and the landlord will not recognize the federal moratorium, but also appreciates that the ban gives her time to come up with nearly $10,000 in back rent owed on a one-bedroom apartment she shares with her partner and two children. “It’s good news. It’s something that we at least have in our defense to prevent homelessness,” she said. “It gives us more hope that we will have time to navigate through the rental assistance that is being provided.” Landlords in several states have sued to scrap the order, arguing it was causing them financial hardship and infringing on their property rights. They remain opposed to any extension, saying it does nothing to address the financial challenges facing renters and landlords. There are at least six prominent lawsuits challenging the authority of the CDC ban. So far, three judges have sided with the ban and three have ruled against, with all cases currently going through appeals. One judge in Memphis declared the CDC order unenforceable in the entire Western District of Tennessee. Chuck Fowke, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, said he was “disappointed that the Administration is still pushing this poorly thought out and illegal policy.” Fowke said in a statement that the government was embracing a short-term fix by “saddling landlords with the responsibility to provide free housing during this pandemic.” ... read more »
California to expand vaccine eligibility to anyone over 16
March 28, 2021
California will start vaccinating anyone 16 and over against the coronavirus starting in three weeks, expanding eligibility to the shots along with a host of other states as a long-awaited boost in vaccine supplies is insight. ... read more »
Making Los Angeles Whole: Radical Recovery for All Angelinos
March 25, 2021
We call on the City of Los Angeles to direct a $1 billion dollar investment over the next two years towards poor and working-class families hit hardest by COVID, and develop a formula targeting 80% of the resources towards communities hardest hit by COVID.  Those funds should be accountable to the people so that we see results for dollars spent.  ... read more »
As California Reopens, Black Doctors Answer Nagging COVID Questions
March 11, 2021
Can COVID vaccines affect fertility? Were Black people used in the COVID vaccine research studies? Do you still need to get vaccinated if you’ve already had COVID-19? What is emergency use authorization? ... read more »
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