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COVID-19 pandemic
Black and Latina women less likely to take sick days for fear of retribution
November 11, 2021
In a new survey of 2,000 working Americans that took a close look at the perceptions and racial disparities surrounding taking sick time. While the COVID-19 pandemic has Americans taking their health more seriously than ever, half of respondents feel discouraged by their workplace to call out to take care of themselves when feeling under the weather. ... read more »
Words of the Week: What Really Matters – Friends Matter
October 20, 2021
This is the third sermon in a series entitled, “What Really Matters: Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic.” During the pandemic, we discovered that faith, family and friends matter. ... read more »
Small Businesses Hard-Hit by the Pandemic in South L.A. Receive Much Needed Assistance
October 14, 2021
Cary Jordan Jr. has experienced first-hand how the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on small businesses. ... read more »
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Gun Violence claiming more lives of American teens, children
October 11, 2021
Gun violence is killing an increasing number of American children, from toddlers caught in crossfires to teenagers gunned down in turf wars, drug squabbles or for posting the wrong thing on social media. Shootings involving children and teenagers have been on the rise in recent years, and 2021 is no exception. Experts say idleness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic shares the blame with easy access to guns and disputes that too often end with gunfire. ... read more »
Note to Hollywood, Beverly Hills: Your Vote Matters in California’s Recall Election
September 9, 2021
We are just days away from a special election to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. Voters around the state, including those of us here in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, are already returning our mail-in ballots. ... read more »
Words of the Week – What Really Matters: Faith Matters
September 8, 2021
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-6 One of the great lessons of the Covid-19 Pandemic has been discovering what really matters in life. During this pandemic, we have come to realize what we thought really mattered in life, ... read more »
$215 M Cal Recall Election is Baseless, Trump-Backed Power Grab
August 26, 2021
Just as it seemed we as a country were coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves faced with another challenge as the Delta variant of the virus spreads more rapidly throughout our communities. On top of the pandemic, we are also heading into another fire season while many of our neighbors remain unhoused. We know that low-income Californians, people of color and women who take care of their families while also providing essential care for others are feeling a disproportionate share of these burdens. ... read more »
Bethel AME Pastor Calloway Offers Reopening Strategies
July 21, 2021
Many L.A. ministries closed their church buildings in the middle of 2020 and just recently, either have opened, or plan to resume worship in the edifice. ... read more »
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Black America Needs a ‘New Normal’: Equitable Credit Access to Build Wealth
June 17, 2021
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. ... read more »
HUD Earmarks $5 Billion to Help the Homeless
May 28, 2021
HUD’s most recent Point-in-Time count, which outreach workers and volunteers conducted in January, show that 17 out of every 10,000 people in America experienced homelessness on a single night in 2019. The report revealed that 567,715 people are homeless and represent a cross-section of America – associated with every region, family status, gender category, and racial and ethnic group. ... read more »
Treasury and IRS Announce Families of 88% of Children in the U.S. to Automatically Receive Monthly Payment of Refundable Child Tax Credit
May 27, 2021
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced today that the first monthly payment of the expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit (CTC) from the American Rescue Plan will be made on July 15. ... read more »
Spiritual Guidance Available to Cope With Pandemic Anxiety
May 26, 2021
Few events in modern history have harmed the emotional well-being of people around the world as has the COVID-19 pandemic. The threat of contracting or transmitting a life- threatening disease and the added challenges of anxiety and isolation have had an immeasurable impact on people of all backgrounds. ... read more »
Gov. Newsom Plans to Invest in Black and Brown Communities with California Comeback Plan
May 20, 2021
California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week announced a $100 billion economic recovery plan to support small businesses and public schools, as well as Black and Brown families that were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   ... read more »
A Regressive Tax Won’t Address Inequities Health Care or Balance Local Budgets
May 6, 2021
A few years ago, legislators devised a plan that was aimed at reducing the economic burdens for Californians. ... read more »
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director — Interview with the Black Press of America
April 29, 2021
Dr. Walensky highlighted several new efforts the CDC is leading to accelerating the work in addressing racism as a fundamental driver of racial and ethnic health inequities in the United States. ... read more »
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