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Black Lines Matter: The Fight Over Redistricting Lines in Los Angeles
October 28, 2021
: Council Districts (CDs) 8, 9 and 10 saw minimal changes in the final draft map to be submitted to the Los Angeles City Council by the Redistricting Commission. The adopted draft map, which passed by a 15-6 vote, featured adjustments to the three CDs with the city’s highest numbers of voting age African Americans. Most notably, Exposition Park is now located in CD 8. ... read more »
L.A.’s African American Leaders Unanimously Endorse Bass for Mayor
October 21, 2021
Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. and several Black citizens hosted a gathering for L.A. mayoral candidate Karen Bass and 150+ leaders of the city’s African American community. Audience members unanimously vowed to support the Bass campaign. ... read more »
Policymakers should support policies that make it more affordable for everyone to access rooftop solar
September 30, 2021
It is a story as old as this country: a new technology is developed, programs and policies are offered to help consumers to adopt the technology and bring down the costs over time, and just when people in Black and brown communities are beginning to be able to afford the technology and benefit from it – the programs and policies are often taken away. ... read more »
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Faith Film Festival Closes with Pastors’ Film Review & Roundtable
September 29, 2021
Local Pastors, community leaders and clergy announce their film picks from this year’s Faith-based Film Festival. The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) extended the 2nd Annual BHERC Faith-Based & ... read more »
Newsom Emerges Victorious in Recall Election
September 14, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom trampled his Republican competitors to emerge victorious in the gubernatorial recall election, which means that he’ll serve the remainder of his term. ... read more »
Surveillance programs could jeopardize protestors’ pursuit of justice
June 19, 2020
The cascade of protests against racism and police brutality in response to the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd sent a shockwave through the consciousness of America. The grief, love, and solidarity on display seems to be on a larger scale than ever before. When our brothers and sisters marched in Ferguson in 2014, they lacked the groundswell of support across the country that we’re witnessing now. Even still, we have a long way to go until African Americans can truly enjoy, “equal justice under law,” a promise etched in stone on the Supreme Court building but not yet fulfilled in daily life. ... read more »
Tulloss Leads Faith-Based Groups in Protesting Death of George Floyd
June 3, 2020
The Rev. K.W. Tulloss, president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Southern California, assembled a protest on June 2, to honor the life of George Floyd, ... read more »
L.A. Faith Leaders Decline to Reopen Local Churches on May 31
May 28, 2020
Although the California Department of Public Health announced the statewide reopening of places of worship on May 25, L.A.-area faith leaders are not rushing to resume religious services on Sunday, May 31. ... read more »
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Black Los Angeles Makes Demands in Light of COVID-19 and Rates of Black Death
April 16, 2020
In response to community pressure, last week, Los Angeles County released initial racial data on who is contracting and dying from COVID-19. The rate of Black death is twice the Black population share. Black people constitute 9% of the population, but 17% of the County’s COVID-19 deaths. While trillions of dollars are being spent on the crisis and there is no shortage of local, state, and federal initiatives, resources are not being directed to meet the particular needs of the Black community. The disproportionate and deadly impact of COVID-19 on the Black community magnifies what we have known, that “underlying conditions” result from an enduring system of racial apartheid and oppression. ... read more »
Dynamex Law: Many Black App-Based Drivers, Media Freelancers Want to Remain ‘Their Own Bosses’

July 25, 2019
On Monday, July 8, Agbasi joined other members of the “I’m Independent Coalition” for a press conference at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. At the event, a panel of advocates, community leaders and drivers called on lawmakers to fix the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision and amend AB 5, a bill the full Senate is expected to hear and vote on in September. Nearly 500 on-demand delivery drivers from across the state also rallied at the State Capitol July16 asking state legislators to fix the pending bill and protect their flexibility. ... read more »
Christ Liberation Ministries Hold March Miracle Sessions
March 7, 2018
Christ Liberation Ministries kicked-off their March Miracle Sessions on March 4, with the “Millennial Open Mic Night.” Pastors William and Thembekila Smart, organized the event, held at the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center in Leimert Park, ... read more »
Locals Voice Support for Dakota Pipeline Protesters
December 7, 2016
Pastor William Smart, president/CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles, noted the similarity of the pipeline protest to past and current civil rights protests by African Americans. ... read more »
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