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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 »
$215 M Cal Recall Election is Baseless, Trump-Backed Power Grab
August 26, 2021
Just as it seemed we as a country were coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves faced with another challenge as the Delta variant of the virus spreads more rapidly throughout our communities. On top of the pandemic, we are also heading into another fire season while many of our neighbors remain unhoused. We know that low-income Californians, people of color and women who take care of their families while also providing essential care for others are feeling a disproportionate share of these burdens. ... read more »
Cali-Born Steelers Rookie Joins Gov. Newsom’s Efforts Against Homelessness and Hunger
July 1, 2021
Rookie Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris, who was born in Martinez and attended high school in the East Bay town of Antioch, came home last week to join Gov. Newsom in Santa Clara as he announced his efforts to address the state’s ongoing homelessness crisis and a new COVID-19-related rental relief program. ... 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 »
JERRI LANGE, BAY AREA MEDIA LEGEND, SOCIAL ACTIVIST, EDUCATOR, AND AUTHOR HAS PASSED
April 29, 2021
Jerri was an award-winning journalist who from 1969 to 1979 hosted community-based television shows in the Bay Area on KEMO; KBHK; KGO; and KQED, where she became the first black woman to host a national talk show, Turnabout, and where she served on the Board. ... read more »
Pamela Smith Named First Black Woman Chief of U.S. Park Police
April 8, 2021
At the United States Park Police, Chief Pamela Smith will lead a 560-member workforce that protects the public, parks, and the nation’s most iconic landmarks in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco metropolitan areas. ... read more »
Some Calif. Black Churches Will Ignore U.S. Supreme Court; Continue to Abide by CDC Advice
February 11, 2021
On Friday, Feb. 5, the United States Supreme Court voted 6-3 in favor of allowing California churches to reopen their doors to worshippers. The ruling, which lifted the state’s ban on indoor, in-person church services, went into effect this weekend. ... read more »
BOE Member Malia Cohen Raises Red Flag on Bank-Breaking Prop 19 Tax Costs
February 4, 2021
Malia M. Cohen, the only African American member of the California Board of Equalization (BOE), has some critical concerns about the cost homeowners will have to bear because of Proposition 19, a constitutional amendment that took effect on Dec. 16, 2020. ... read more »
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Cal NAACP Praises AG Becerra for Investigating LA Sheriff’s Dept.
January 28, 2021
The California Department of Justice (DOJ) launched the investigation responding to allegations of excessive force, retaliation, and other misconduct, including a number of reported incidents involving LASD management and personnel. ... read more »
Stay-At-Home Order Keeps Public Home Amid COVID-19 Surge
December 10, 2020
In the midst of the holidays, as Christmas decorations go up, so does the rate of COVID-19 infections. L.A County health officials are seeing their early holiday predications coming to light after Thanksgiving, as many visited with others outside their residences. The result has sent L.A. County into stricter Stay-At- Home order guidelines. ... read more »
Living Legend: Kamala Harris makes history as America’s First Black & Female Vice President
November 26, 2020
Madam Vice-President Kamala Harris is a living legend, her election marked a new day during a colossal shift in social awareness. As the first Black and South Asian woman to be listed on a major political ballot and the first woman to hold a seat as vice president, she has created a new wave of thought and possibility. It will continue to grow for women, as an increase in young girls will strive to be on that level of power. Delivering her candidacy on the day Martin Luther King Jr. declared a universal dream, more diversity will be a new normal as the whole world is changing into that vision.  ... read more »
Judge Denies Uber and Lyft Appeal; Companies’ Last Chance on Prop 22 Falls to Voters
October 29, 2020
The legal push-and-pull over whether ride-hailing company drivers in California will maintain their status as independent contractors or become W-2 employees continued last week.  On Oct. 22, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco upheld the injunction issued against Uber and Lyft last August that those companies’ app-based drivers are employees.  ... read more »
Wells Fargo gives $1 million in scholarships to bridge financial gaps faced by students amidst COVID-19
September 17, 2020
The program, which began accepting applications on Sept. 14, will be administered with long-standing partner APIA Scholars to students entering college and current college undergraduates for the Spring 2021 semester. The financial aid will be able to help cover costs of education like books, computers, materials to support distance learning, tuition, and housing. ... read more »
‘A Beautiful Pregnancy Overall’: BOE Member Malia Cohen Prepares to Give Birth Amid a Virus and Violence
September 3, 2020
About 41 weeks into her pregnancy now, California Board of Equalization (BOE) member Malia Cohen, who is the state’s only African American woman constitutional officer, is preparing to give birth on Sept. 3. ... read more »
Supporters Kick Off ‘Yes on Proposition 16’ Campaign as Opposition Gets Into Gear
July 23, 2020
Ahead of the November election, the Opportunity for All Coalition has begun its “Yes on Proposition 16” campaign. To kick off the drive, the group held a virtual press conference on Zoom July 14 featuring lawmakers, advocates and activists.  ... read more »
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