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The Insurrection and the Lost Cause
July 10, 2021
A violent insurrection engulfed the U.S. Capitol just six months ago. One United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died and other Capitol police are still healing. Investigators are still going through video and social media documenting the attempt to disrupt congressional affirmation of President Joe Biden’s victory. ... read more »
Governor Newsom Announces New Rewards for Vaccinated Californians as Second Round of Vax for the Win $50K Winners is Drawn
June 11, 2021
In San Diego County, alongside a Vax for the Win program winner from last week’s drawing, Governor Gavin Newsom today helped announce the selection of the second round of 15 Californians to receive $50,000 as part of the state’s $116.5 million Vax for the Win program – the largest vaccine incentive program in the nation.  ... read more »
WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES DIRECTOR OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MEDIA
May 28, 2021
Erica Loewe has joined the White House communications team as Director of African American Media. She was previously Deputy Communications Director to House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn. Follow her on Twitter @EricaLoewe46 for updates. ... read more »
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Rep. Waters Slams Fox News for Publishing Unsubstantiated Claims, Considers Lawsuit Against Network
May 20, 2021
 Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, issued a statement slamming Fox News for its willingness to report absolute lies and falsehoods. Rep. Waters also announced she is considering a lawsuit. ... read more »
Thelma Harper, “transformative” Tennessee legislator, dies
April 23, 2021
Former Tennessee Sen. Thelma Harper, who became the first African-American woman elected to the state Senate, died Thursday. She was 80. ... read more »
Gipson Bill Supports Male Educators of Color AB 520 Diversifies Teaching Workforce
April 15, 2021
Last week, the Assembly Education Committee approved AB 520, authored by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson and sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, which is designed to help support male educators of color and diversify the teaching workforce. ... read more »
Dems Blast Oklahoma Lawmaker Who Compared Slavery
April 12, 2021
Rep. Jim Olsen said when asked to clarify his comments, according to KOCO-TV. "If I had my *choice,* I guess I'd be a slave. At least a slave has his life. Once your life is gone, it's gone.'' ... read more »
In GOP Strongholds, a Big Push on ‘Culture War’ Legislation
April 12, 2021
An ardent abortion foe who once opposed allowing gay couples to be foster parents, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is the unlikeliest figure to complain about bills on the ``culture wars`` reaching his desk. ... read more »
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US Rep. Alcee Hastings Dies at 84; was Impeached as Judge
April 6, 2021
“Alcee was outspoken because he was passionate about helping our nation live up to its full promise for all Americans,” Biden said in his statement. ... read more »
California Governor Newsom Nominates Oakland Lawmaker Rob Bonta as Next Attorney General
March 24, 2021
After weeks of speculation, Gov. Gavin Newsom has picked his replacement for former California attorney Gen. Xavier Becerra. Last December, President Biden nominated Becerra to his Cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He was recently sworn into that role. ... read more »
California Cannabis Equity Program Provides Another $15 Million in Funding, continuing Senator Bradford’s Work on Cannabis Equity
March 17, 2021
SACRAMENTO – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), in partnership with the Bureau of Cannabis Control, today announced a $15 million grant award through the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions. ... read more »
Investing in South LA  
March 10, 2021
L.A. City Councilmember, 9th District, Marqueece Harris-Dawson explains why Black and Brown Councilmembers representing predominantly communities of color take the safety and the funding of our communities very seriously. The Council remains focused on prioritizing meaningful investments in disadvantaged communities and communities of color and broader discussions and actions around public safety. ... read more »
Congressional Black Caucus Expresses Strong Support for Shalanda Young as Director of the Office of Management and Budget
March 5, 2021
Congressional Black Caucus today expressed its wholehearted support for Shalanda Young as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.  If confirmed, Young would be the first African-American woman to lead the OMB, one of the most important federal government agencies. ... read more »
Rep. Waters Applauds House Passage of American Rescue Plan, Urges Quick Senate Action
March 4, 2021
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, voted to pass H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, a landmark, life-saving bill that will provide urgently-needed resources to defeat the virus, get vaccines in people’s arms, put money into families’ pockets, return children safely to the classroom, and put people back to work.  ... read more »
Without Black Voters, the Campaign to Recall California Governor Newsom is Going to Fail
February 5, 2021
California Governor Gavin Newsom is no great friend to Black people in his state. He made it clear how he felt about us when he ignored the calls for him to keep a Black woman in the U.S. Senate by replacing outgoing Senator Kamala Harris with another Black woman. So the point at which Newsom and the Democratic Party establishment should really be worried about the efforts to recall him is if Black women decide to send a reminder to them both that they still need us. ... read more »
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