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The Lookout: After Tragic Murder, Zero-Bail Bill Paused; but Other Justice Reforms Advance
September 16, 2021
Over the last two weeks, it has been a mixed bag of wins and losses for bills concerned with the rights of people interacting with the criminal justice system. Senate Bill (SB) 262, a bail reform bill that would have established $0 bail for some offenders, was stopped in its tracks following a grisly murder in Northern California but Senate Bill (SB) 2 and Assembly Bill (AB) 333 have both passed significant milestones on their paths to becoming law. ... read more »
Reparations Task Force Agrees It Needs the Ideas, Input of Black Californians
July 22, 2021
Regions in the southern, northern, and central part of the state (where many Black farmers reside) should be involved in the process, said Grills. The “listening sessions would go beyond” formal task force meetings and would not infringe upon scheduled discussions, Grills added. ... read more »
Update: Hahn Moving Forward With Effort To `Right The Wrongs’ Of Bruce’s Beach
April 8, 2021
County Supervisor Janice Hahn on Friday will announce initial steps to return a scenic parcel of Manhattan Beach land to the ancestors of a couple who were subjected to years of harassment for operating a Black beach resort that was ultimately condemned and seized by city. ... read more »
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Cal Lawmakers Propose Process to Decertify Convicted Cops
March 25, 2021
Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), the chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, and Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) added language with some teeth to Senate Bill (SB) 2, the “Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021.” ... read more »
Sen. Steven Bradford Commits to Building Upon Weber’s Legacy as Next Black Caucus Chair
January 7, 2021
Last week, the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) elected Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) chair of the group comprised of African Americans serving in State Legislature. Bradford, 60, who is the longest serving member in the caucus and the only African American member in the California Senate, is succeeding the CLBC’s outgoing chair Dr. Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego). ... read more »
Senator Bradford and Pro Tem Atkins Introduce Police Decertification Bill
December 10, 2020
This week, Senator Bradford (D-Gardena) and Senate President pro Tempore Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced Senate Bill 2 to increase accountability for law enforcement officers that commit serious misconduct and illegally violate a person’s civil rights. ... read more »
Black Caucus Writes Letters Defending State Bar Candidate
September 24, 2020
“The Black community is already subject to a lot, and we’re not thought about all the time. It's important for us to take matters into our own hands and really be prepared for what's to come because sometimes we're not considered in the game plan as far as what the world needs to do,” Sidqe said. ... read more »
Nick Cannon Steps Up to Support Sons of Slain Sacramento Man 
March 28, 2019
Aiden Clark was only 2 years old and his little brother Cairo, 1, when two Sacramento police officers shot and killed their dad in March 2018.  ... read more »
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SCAQMD to Host Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Forum
January 8, 2019
For the sixth consecutive year, the South Coast Air Quality Management District will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its MLK Day of Service Forum at the California African American Museum.  This luncheon will feature prominent guests and speakers on the environment and air quality.  Attendees will learn about the progress achieved and challenges ahead in cleaning the air throughout the South Coast Air Basin, especially in environmental justice communities.   ... read more »
California Lawmakers Continue Shift from Mass Incarceration
September 14, 2018
The recently completed California legislative session continued a yearslong effort to lower criminal sentences, ease restrictions on suspects, and keep juveniles out of adult prisons despite objections that the moves could harm public safety. ... read more »
Law Enforcement Reps Get Ear Full In State Senate Hearing
June 14, 2018
Bradford made a pointed remark about the makeup of law enforcement organizations. During public testimony, supporters of the bill shared their support for the bill and their stories, including the uncle of Oscar Grant (who was shot in the back in the San Francisco area). ... read more »
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