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Monkeypox Health Crisis: How California is Responding
August 11, 2022
As the monkeypox virus outbreak spreads across the globe, Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will need to galvanize “forces” across regions and relax some state regulations and statutes to combat a disease that poses a threat greater than local authorities may be able to respond to effectively. ... read more »
Inflation Worries Grow as Cal Legislature Approves State Budget
June 23, 2022
Diane Lanette Barkum is an in-home care provider and mom of three. She commutes about 40 minutes every workday between the Riverside County cities of Lake Elsinore, where she lives, and Moreno Valley, where her job is. ... read more »
Reparations Task Force’s Anchor Orgs Are Holding Public ‘Listening Sessions’
May 26, 2022
The Coalition for A Just and Equitable California (CJEC), a reparations advocacy group, is inviting residents of Northern California to attend a “Listening Session” to discuss reparations. ... read more »
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Reparations Task Force Discuss PR Challenges at San Francisco Meeting
April 14, 2022
The California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans held its ninth meeting on April 13 and it continues through April 14 at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco. ... 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 »
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 »
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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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