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Living Local Legend: Dr. Saul Lankster, First Black Firefighter in Compton
February 16, 2022
Dr. Saul E. Lankster II created a benchmark in American history. He became the first Black Firefighter in Compton, California. Today, Dr. Lankster continues to lift while he climbs as a National University (NU) Associate Faculty member that focuses on the progression of criminal justice. ... read more »
As Mandates End, State, Counties Unmask With Caution
February 16, 2022
 On Tuesday, Feb. 15, the statewide indoor mask mandate for vaccinated Californians expired.    ... read more »
African American Real Estate Professionals Announce New Leaders and Board Members
February 10, 2022
Kimberly Brown, managing director at Cushman & Wakefield, will join industry veteran Troy Jenkins and Avison Young, principal and director of Investment Management, as the leadership team guiding the African American Real Estate Professionals Los Angeles. ... read more »
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Holiday Travel Season: Cal Black Churches Offering COVID Testing, Vaccinations
December 16, 2021
The Rev. Dr. Lawrence E. Van Hook, pastor of Community Church in Oakland, says when COVID-19 vaccinations were first released late last year he did not want to get the shot. ... read more »
Thanksgiving Travel
November 11, 2021
Pandemic-weary Angelenos will be hitting the roads and airways in large numbers this Thanksgiving, with about 4.4 million Southern California residents expected to travel for the holiday, according to estimates released by the Auto Club. ... read more »
Caltrans Launches New Program Offering Volunteers up to $250 for Highway Litter Removal as Part of Clean California
October 20, 2021
Caltrans today announced a new Clean California pilot program that offers Adopt-a-Highway volunteers up to $250 for picking up highway litter. The Adopt-A-Highway program has been one of the longest-standing and successful government-public partnerships in the state. Since its inception in 1989, more than 120,000 Californians have cleaned and enhanced over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside. The new pilot program will augment the overall goals of the Clean California program by providing additional resources to maintain and beautify the state's roadways. ... read more »
The Radical Emergence of Kawaida Philosophy: A Critical Time of Turning
September 23, 2021
Again, in our continuing celebration and assessment of our 56 years and 224 seasons of work, service, struggle and institution-building as the organization Us, we are ultimately and unavoidably led to Kawaida philosophy. ... read more »
New Census Data Shows Changing Complexion of California; Political Power Shifts
August 19, 2021
Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau held a press conference to announce its first local level findings from the 2020 data collection cycle. ... read more »
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New Racial Justice Bureau at Cal DOJ Will Support State’s Reparations Task Force
May 20, 2021
Bonta said the new Bureau of Racial Justice, which will be housed under the Civil Rights Enforcement Section, will also support the California task force that the state has charged with studying the impact of slavery and Jim Crow and coming up with reparations recommendations for Blacks in California and around the country. ... read more »
California’s Reparations Effort Takes Shape as Governor Appoints Five Members to Task Force
May 13, 2021
Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his allotment of five of nine representatives to the nation’s first-ever Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The state task force is being assembled to meet the mandate of the Assembly Bill (AB) 3121, a landmark legislation Gov. Newsom signed into law last September 2020 that aims to promote racial justice and equity. ... read more »
NAACP Joins National #Unityagainsthate Rally to Combat Increased Hate Attacks Against Asians Living And Born In America
May 6, 2021
Community Against Hate, a diverse coalition of community organizations and leaders have teamed up with the national civil rights organization NAACP in a clear stance to address hate directed toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  In a direct response to the increased verbal and physical attacks against Asians living and born in America, the #UnityAgainstHate rally will be held on Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m., in multiple cities across the nation. The rally will echo the voices of many who have experienced hate crimes against them based on their race, nationality and identity. ... read more »
California Elected Officials, Civic Leaders React to George Floyd Verdict
April 22, 2021
The jury convicted Chauvin on two counts of murder, homicide and one of manslaughter, for pinning his knee on the neck of Floyd for nine minutes and 29 seconds on May 25, 2020. ... read more »
Sec. of State Shirley Weber Releases Report Counting Women on California Corporate Boards
March 11, 2021
Last week, California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber released the state’s third report counting the number of women on corporate boards in compliance with Senate Bill 826, which became law in September 2018. ... read more »
In Four Large Cities, California Homicides Increase
March 4, 2021
Los Angeles recorded over 300 homicides in 2020, a statistical high mark it had not reached in 11 years. ... read more »
Obituary: Remembering Dr. Wille P. Blair, California Civic Leader, Dad and Mentor
March 4, 2021
Dr. Willie Blair, 69, a former U.S. Navy officer who served during combat in Vietnam and later became a champion of racial equity for African Americans in California, passed away in San Diego on Feb. 25. ... read more »
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