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L.A. Elected Leaders Convene Hundreds of Community Leaders for a National Discussion on Gentrification in Washington D.C.
September 20, 2018
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Congressmember Karen Bass convened over 200 community leaders to discuss gentrification and displacement of African American communities across U.S. cities at the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. L.A. City Councilmember Harris-Dawson moderated a panel discussion with Newark, New Jersey Mayor Ras Baraka and subject matter experts Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Tracey Ross and Nerfertitti Jackmon.  ... read more »
New Law to Make California First State to End Bail
August 30, 2018
California's new law is the latest development in the nationwide debate over bail, which many people say unfairly punishes people for being poor. Other states including New Jersey, Alaska and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems, although no other state has completely eliminated bail. ... read more »
Institute of the Black World 21st Century Conference
August 9, 2018
More than two thousand came from the greater Newark/New York region, Black America and the Pan-African world, drawn by the urgent impulse to connect, network, bond, share and unite in the wake of the most hate-filled, demagogic and divisive presidential campaigns that produced a presidential regime, elected by less than a majority of the popular vote, embedded with racism, white nationalism and Islamophobia.  It was one of the most threatening moments since the arrival of Africans on these hostile American shores. ... read more »
State AGs to DeVos: Work with, Not Against, State Law Enforcement
July 26, 2018
Starting last summer, student loan servicers like Navient have been lobbying DeVos to shield them from liability for their practices. And it’s worked. Despite objections from a bi-partisan group of Attorneys General (AGs), the National Association of Governors, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, DeVos and the Department of Education have increasingly made it more difficult for state and federal law enforcement agencies to do their jobs by retracting information sharing agreements with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and instructing servicers not share student loan information with state law enforcement and banking supervisors. ... read more »
Black Workers Need “Real” Not “Fake” Paid Family Leave
July 19, 2018
When Dorcas, a home health aide living in New York, learned of her mother's illness, she used most of her vacation time to fly home and care for her. After a few weeks her leave was exhausted and tragically she could no longer afford to be with her mother in the final days of her illness. In the end, Dorcas was forced to take unpaid leave, and return to Florida, arriving just hours before her mother passed away.  ... read more »
Arch Colson Whitehead
June 8, 2018
Arch Colson Whitehead on November 6, 1969, novelist Colson Whitehead spent his formative years in Manhattan, New York with his parents, Arch and Mary Anne Whitehead, who owned a recruiting firm, and three siblings. Of his childhood, he has said that he preferred reading science fiction and fantasy and watching horror films. ... read more »
‘eSi Pitch’ Event Held on LA84 Campus
May 31, 2018
In an effort to bridge the opportunity gap in the tech sector, local company eSportsInstruction.com hosted an event to help urban innovators and resources connect. Utilizing Skype, CEO’s from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Canada convened on Saturday, May 20,on the LA84 campus in South L.A. ... read more »
Two Black Men ‘Humiliated’ when Gym Staffers Called Police
April 27, 2018
Two Black men said they were humiliated when staffers at their New Jersey gym twice called police on them and wrongly accused them of not paying, despite one of them being a member for eight years. ... read more »
Editorial Cartoon: Global Warming and Hurricane Harvey
September 7, 2017
"PROUD CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER" Trump and Global warming is a hoax, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and Katrina in New Orleans ... read more / view cartoon »
Prosecutors: Groceries Dispute Spurred Boy’s Fatal Beating
September 1, 2016
Prosecutors say a New Jersey man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's toddler son told the boy to "put up his hands" to fight while the couple argued over groceries. ... read more »
Woman pleads guilty to setting her newborn on fire in road
March 2, 2016
A woman pleaded guilty Monday to setting her newborn on fire and leaving her in the middle of a New Jersey street. Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier pleaded guilty in Mount Holly to aggravated manslaughter. She had previously pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. ... read more »
Kevin Powell’s new book shines light on poverty, creates community discussions
December 3, 2015
Growing up poor can be an isolating and scarring experience that affects many, but is discussed amongst few. In Kevin Powell’s new autobiography, “The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood”, he takes the reigns and gives his first-hand account of what it’s really like living in and escaping poverty, in hopes of healing and connecting others. ... read more »
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