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Governor Meets with African American Coalition at Gene Hale’s Office
November 7, 2019
On October 23, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsome met with the African American Empowerment Committee, a coalition of African American businesses and civic leaders from Northern and Southern California for a second time at the offices of Gene Hale, President of G&C Equipment Corporation and Chairman of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) to discuss a range of issues impacting the African American community, including but not limited to criminal justice reform, homelessness, education, government appointments, and business process reforms for state agencies dealing with providing economic fairness to the African American community. The committee is chaired by Alice Huffman and Pastor Edgar Boyd. Gene Hale is the chair of the small business committee. ... read more »
Governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors Convenes in LA
October 3, 2019
Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s signed multiple legislative rulings to aid in the war against homelessness, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg reconvened to discuss the matter. ... read more »
California Charter Stories Bring Hard Data, First-Hand Experience to National School Choice Debate in D.C. at Black Caucus Conference
September 27, 2019
When the emancipation proclamation freed African-American slaves some 32 years later, slave-holding states like North Carolina did not automatically throw out the harsh anti-literacy legislation they had been using to oppress slaves. Those laws, the Jim Crow ones that followed, segregated schools, under-funded school districts – as well as other economic, political and social factors - all played a role in erecting barriers to a quality education for African Americans over the decades that followed. ... read more »
Dynamex Law Will Gut Black Newspapers in California
September 8, 2019
  This is a direct appeal to Governor Gavin Newsom, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and our entire state legislature. I’m writing this on behalf of the more than 20 African American-owned newspapers that operate in cities and towns across California. ... read more »
Working, But Still Homeless, in California
August 15, 2019
When Coleen Sykes Ray started an organization with her daughter in 2015 to help homeless women, the Stockton, California resident had no idea she, too, would be homeless four years later. ... read more »
With the Passage of the CROWN Act, Sen. Holly Mitchell Paves the Way for Natural Hair Acceptance
July 11, 2019
African Americans have long been punished for appearing in professional or academic settings while wearing their natural hair. In 2010, a Black woman in Alabama refused to cut her dreadlocks, and a job offer disappeared. Last December, a video of a Black high school wrestler who was forced get his dreadlocks cut off before a match, went viral. Not long ago, a Google search for “unprofessional hair” returned results mostly featuring Black women wearing their natural curls or braids. ... read more »
Assemblywoman Autumn Burke Unlocks Billions in Tax Revenue 
June 27, 2019
Now serving her second term, Assemblywoman Burke has been writing legislation to address the nation’s flawed access to resources like reproductive health, adequate and affordable healthcare and environmental justice. Burke has invested much of her work in an initiative to end childhood poverty and her influence towards this cause is visible in Governor Newsom’s budget which includes proposals to directly address child poverty and support families in breaking the cycle of poverty through work and education, including a grant increase for the lowest income families served by the CalWORKs program. ... read more »
Reject Charter School Bill: Black Parents, Civil Rights Groups Ask Gov. Newsom
June 27, 2019
In May, the state Assembly voted 44-19 in favor of the legislation. If passed and signed into law, AB 1505 would strip away the existing right charter schools have to an appeal process if a local school board denies its petition for authorization or renewal. Laster joined leaders of the California chapters of two prominent civil rights organizations, the National Action Network (NAN) and the National Urban League (NUL), for the meeting held at the Governor’s office at the Capitol. Both groups have been outspoken opponents of the legislation. ... read more »
Governor Newsom Announces Appointment of Alva Johnson
June 13, 2019
Alva Vernon Johnson, 51, of Elk Grove, has been appointed director of the California State Lottery. Johnson was director of intergovernmental affairs for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians from 2016 to 2018. ... read more »
EDD Awards $5 Million to Help Train 1,200 California Veterans for Careers in High-Growth Industries
May 31, 2019
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced today it has awarded $5 million in Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program grants to 11 organizations to help approximately 1,200 veterans secure jobs in growing industries. ... read more »
Local Elected Officials Unite to End Child Poverty
May 22, 2019
Senator Holly Mitchell was among the speakers at the End Child Poverty Bus Tour. At right are Assemblymember Autumn Burke, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Gov.  ... read more »
Statement by Senator Steven Bradford on Governor Newsom’s Death Penalty Moratorium death penalty announcement
March 21, 2019
"In 2019, we must focus on rehabilitative and crime prevention efforts that ultimately improve public safety." ... read more »
Governor Names African American Woman As California’s First Surgeon General 
January 24, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom named Dr. Nadine Burke Harris as California’s first-ever Surgeon General. As a pediatrician, entrepreneur and nonprofit CEO, Dr. Burke Harris has dedicated her professional career to understanding the link between adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress in children, and the effect both have on future health outcomes. ... read more »
Two Years of Free Community College Funded in Governor’s Budget
January 11, 2019
Assembly Bill 2, jointly authored by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago, David Chiu, Kevin McCarty, Rob Bonta, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Laura Friedman, Lorena Gonzalez, and Sabrina Cervantes was introduced to strengthen the California College Promise policy. This budget proposal takes an important step towards guaranteeing a completely free community college experience for California students.   ... read more »
Secretary of State Padilla Applauds Governor Newsom’s Proposed Expansion of Census Funding
January 11, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom released his first state budget proposal today at a press conference at the Secretary of State’s office. Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement in response. ... read more »
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