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COVID-19 Exposes A Widening Digital Learning Gap
April 2, 2020
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has reported that over 15,000 students have not been heard from since the March 16 closure of schools due to coronavirus concerns. An estimated 40,000 additional students fail to check-in daily.  ... read more »
Sentinel Exclusive: Senator Harris Speaks Out on COVID-19 
April 2, 2020
Senator Kamala Harris is currently fighting for three things in Washington, she said. Those are: free Corona virus testing, free treatment and financial relief until Americans are able to return to pre-outbreak life. This is a public health crisis and a health care crisis, she said.   ... read more »
How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Forcing School Districts to Bridge the Digital Divide
April 2, 2020
Over 8000 educators statewide participated in a webinar conducted by Thurmond to go over guidance the California Department of Education issued to all school districts detailing how they can provide distance learning opportunities for students including those with disabilities and English learners.  ... read more »
Minority-Owned Media Not Forgotten in Stimulus Legislation
April 2, 2020
Another $10 million has been designated for the Minority Business Development Agency within the Department of Commerce to provide grants to Minority Business Centers and Minority Chambers of Commerce to provide counseling, training, and education on federal resources and business response to the COVID-19 for small businesses. ... read more »
Bringing Forth the Fire Within Us: Weathering the Worst of Winters
April 2, 2020
Reflecting on the challenge before us, I am drawn to the word for “challenge” in Swahili, changamoto. The word is a combination of two words—moto (fire) and changa which has several meanings, but is here interpreted as both to collect and to contribute. Thus, it literally means both to collect and contribute fire, a gathering and giving of fire, interpreting fire here as vital and transformative energy and focused and determined agency. ... read more »
Rising Star Tyrel Jackson Williams Chats About His Passion for Acting, IFC’s Brockmire and his Future
April 2, 2020
“I was on my way out of high school. I was working on a show that was about to end. I pretty much [had] been working through my high school years, and I was trying to figure out what I was going to go to college for,” he says of his decision. “I had a bunch of like a bunch of ideas and lots of things I was interested in; I just kept coming back to some form of entertainment.”  ... read more »
COVID-19 Update from Cedars-Sinai President and CEO
March 26, 2020
Cedars-Sinai is fully prepared to take care of all its patients during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, says Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO. In a three-minute video address to the community and staff members, Priselac discusses Cedars-Sinai's important role in the current health crisis.  ... read more »
COVID-19: Flatten the Curve, Bridge the Opportunity Divide
March 26, 2020
We’re already in a global recession that will inform a national recession. An estimated 80 million U.S. jobs are at risk. More than 75 percent of 16–-24-year-olds are hourly employees who are at greater risk of being laid off. ... read more »
Focused on Public Safety
March 26, 2020
Working to re-open the St. Vincent Medical Center and provide the community immediate access to over 180 medical beds to help assess, treat and quarantine patients afflicted with the COVID-19 virus was a necessary step in providing more resources to residents. Our work resulted in the immediate funding and logistical coordination to bring St. Vincent’s back online after its closure in January within weeks.  ... read more »
Garcetti Says No Plan to Lockdown City, Announces Small Business Loan Program
March 19, 2020
Los  Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday ``there is no plan to lock down this city,'' because of the coronavirus outbreak.  ... read more »
Black and Missing Foundation Shines Spotlight on Missing Persons and Their Families
March 19, 2020
Derrica Wilson and her sister Natalie noticed what had become the norm for mainstream media when it comes to the plight of missing women and girls of color: there was little to no media coverage. As a result, in 2008, Derrica and Natalie founded the nonprofit Black and Missing Foundation with a mission to bring awareness to missing persons of color and to provide vital resources and tools to missing person's families and friends. ... read more »
Stop Evictions and Foreclosures: New Bill Responds to Coronavirus Crisis
March 19, 2020
California lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would provide rental relief and order a temporary suspension of mortgage payments for residents affected by COVID-19, or the Coronavirus disease.  ... read more »
Southland Gas Prices at Lowest Amounts Since Last March
March 12, 2020
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped 1.6 cents today to $3.494 – its lowest amount since March 22 of last year.  ... read more »
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