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This is Our Moment 
February 24, 2022
February 2022, the month designated in the United States of America as Black History Month, will now be celebrated as Black Future Month as well, thanks to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala D. Harris.  ... read more »
For High Court Nominees ‘When’s Your Birthday?’ Matters
February 23, 2022
President Joe Biden’s search for a nominee to the Supreme Court isn’t just limited by credentials, race and gender. The reality for the nation’s oldest president — and for any president — is that for a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court, youth is particularly prized. ... read more »
Black Unemployment Rate Improves Amid Historic Jobs Report
February 9, 2022
America – and most notably Black America – is back to work, declared President Joe Biden as he announced one of the most robust job reports in modern times. ... read more »
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Weber’s AB 1655 Would Make Juneteenth a Paid Holiday in California
January 20, 2022
Last week, Assemblymember Akilah Weber (D-La Mesa) announced the introduction of Assembly Bill (AB) 1655, legislation that would make Juneteenth a paid holiday in California. ... read more »
Sen. Schumer Says Senate Will Vote on Changes to Filibuster by MLK Day
January 13, 2022
“The weaponization of rules [means that rules] once meant to short-circuit obstruction have been hijacked to guarantee obstruction. We must ask ourselves: if the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, then how can we in good conscience allow for a situation in which the Republican Party can debate and pass voter suppression laws at the State level with only a simple majority vote, but not allow the United States Senate to do the same? We must adapt,” said Sen. Schumer. ... read more »
Pentagon Chief Austin Says He Has Tested Positive for COVID
January 6, 2022
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms while quarantining at home. ... read more »
Biden Proclaims January as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January 6, 2022
The heightened awareness of human trafficking comes on the heels of an HBO documentary that finally spotlighted the world of the Black and Missing Foundation, headed by Washington, D.C., based sister-in-law’s Derrica and Natalie Wilson. ... read more »
California Goes on Offensive as Omicron Variant Threat Grows 
December 9, 2021
Three days after Thanksgiving, Gov. Gavin Newsom went online to address the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, a version of the virus with at ... , according to the World Health Organization.   ... read more »
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New Variant Cause for Concern, Not Panic, Biden Tells US
December 2, 2021
President Joe Biden called the new coronavirus variant omicron a cause for concern but “not a cause for panic” Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown. He urged Americans anew to get fully vaccinated, including booster shots, and return to face masks indoors in public settings to slow any spread. ... read more »
Will a $1.67 Billion Federal Perk for Local Media Help the Black Press?
November 25, 2021
A provision in President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan will benefit community news publishers across the United States by providing a tax credit that rewards local news organizations for employing journalists. ... read more »
LA City Council Approves Fines for Slow Container Movement At Port of LA
October 27, 2021
In another effort to speed the processing of cargo and eliminate a backlog of ships trying to deliver merchandise, the Los Angeles City Council today authorized the Port of Los Angeles to fine companies whose containers linger at the marine terminals. ... read more »
Colin Powell Made Incomparable Mark on History
October 18, 2021
Colin Luther Powell, the first African American to serve as U.S. Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, succumbed on October 18, and even though he is physically gone, his achievements leave an indelible mark on the nation’s history. ... read more »
From Border Crisis to Quakes, Women of Haiti Gather to Ignite Their Collective Power
October 14, 2021
White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor was among several speakers who encouraged women gathering for the Haitian Ladies Network’s annual weekend to harness their political, economic and personal power to deal with the realities of Haiti today, from the border crisis to the aftermath of the recent earthquake. ... read more »
Government Offices Closed for Indigenous Peoples Day
October 8, 2021
Government offices and libraries throughout the Southland will be closed Monday in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, or Columbus Day. State and federal courts will shut their doors Monday as well, and there will be no U.S. Mail delivery. Most banks are also expected to be closed. However, Los Angeles Unified School District schools will be open. Buses and subway services in both the city and county of Los Angeles will run on a regular schedule, along with Metrolink trains. Stores, too, will be open as usual. ... read more »
Afghanistan: After 20 Years, Thousands Dead and Trillions Spent, Rep. Barbara Lee Proven Right
September 16, 2021
In an August 30 statement on the Afghanistan withdrawal, Congresswoman Lee said: “Twenty years ago, it was clear that rushing into war without a clearly defined mission and exit strategy would risk perpetual war. The Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction clearly illustrated in recent reports that ‘U.S. officials rarely had even a mediocre understanding of the Afghan environment, much less how it was responding to U.S. interventions,’ and that this ignorance often came from a ‘willful disregard for information that may have been available.’ In a world where the threat of terrorism cannot be ignored, hopefully we will learn the lessons from the past two decades and not repeat our mistakes.” ... read more »
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