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Federal Government Providing Nearly $80 million to Combat Violent Crime in U.S.

In addition to the investments, Garland unveiled plans to deploy federal resources and prosecutors to cities disproportionately affected by violent crime, including St. Louis, Missouri; Jackson, Mississippi; and Hartford, Connecticut. He said the targeted deployments aim to support local law enforcement agencies and enhance collaboration in tackling crime hotspots.

Faith and Fortitude — How Black Muslims’ Core Values Can Transform the Racial Wealth Landscape

It’s no longer a choice but an obligation to take the current economic state of our community into consideration. We need to be aware of the influence of our purchasing power and support the policies that influence the expansion of the local economy. We should not rely on the government or corporate entities to bring about change in our communities. 

Monkeypox Health Crisis: How California is Responding

As the monkeypox virus outbreak spreads across the globe, Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will need to galvanize “forces” across regions and relax some state regulations and statutes to combat a disease that poses a threat greater than local authorities may be able to respond to effectively.

New York’s Second African American Mayor, Eric Adams, Takes Power

Adams was sworn in at seven minutes after midnight on January 1, 2022 in Times Square. “A better city is not just about doing something new. It’s about doing something right. It’s not about showmanship. It’s about showing up,” Adams tweeted on his first day as Mayor of America’s largest city.

Young Black Creative Debuts Pop-up Art Gallery

Expressing herself is rarely a problem for Shalandrea Houchen. In fact, her range of diverse experiences helps the young Los Angeles native to excel in several creative endeavors.

Houchen not only boasts a background in acting, singing and modern dancing, but she also spent the last eight years managing the opening of successful restaurants in New York City.  It was in NYC that she discovered her gift for designing pop-up art installations by presenting What’s Ya Zodiac, an interactive gallery showcasing the 12 Zodiac signs.

Minority Employees v. Amazon: Rev. Jackson, CK Hoffler, Announce Support of Class Action Lawsuit

Former Amazon employee Chris Smalls and his attorneys, National Bar Association President C.K. Hoffler and famed Civil Rights Lawyer Michael Sussman, detailed the lawsuit which seeks unspecified punitive damages against the tech giant, during a call with members of the press and media, including the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos.

Social Distancing Serves a Critically Important Purpose to Protecting Public Health and Curbing the Spreading of COVID-19

Social crowding – individuals gathering less than six-feet apart – has been proven to enable the coronavirus (COVID-19) to spread through populations. The concept behind social distancing has been touted as an effective way of helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining at least six feet of physical space from one another.

Council President Emeritus Herb Wesson Partners with Good+Foundation to Supply Families in Need with Free Diapers and Baby Wipes

Los Angeles Council President Emeritus Herb Wesson has partnered with the Good+Foundation in Los Angeles to provide free diapers, baby wipes and toys to local families in need during the coronavirus outbreak.  The diapers and baby wipes will be distributed to local organizations that work with low-income families in Los Angeles County.

The Homelessness Crisis – We Are Better Than This

There are half a million people, mostly men, mostly white, but way too many African Americans. African Americans are 13 percent of the population and 40 percent of the homeless. The homeless are primarily concentrated in California, New York, Florida, and Texas, but you can find them in almost any community. Two-thirds of the homeless are sheltered on a given night, but a third are sleeping on the streets, on park benches, in alleys, under awnings. To quote the late great Congressman Elijah Cummings, “we are better than this.”