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California Seeks More People of Color to Draw Political Maps
August 9, 2019
California on Monday gave more time to apply to an independent commission that will redraw boundaries for most state and federal elections, an effort to get more people of color involved and avoid the political gerrymandering that has caused problems elsewhere. ... read more »
Supreme Court Shoots Down Trump’s Census Citizenship Question
July 4, 2019
“In blocking Trump’s ability to add a citizenship question, the court has ensured that voting rights for people of color are protected, and that all communities – regardless of race, ethnicity, geographic location, religious views, political affiliation, and country of origin – are fairly represented,” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). ... read more »
After Memo Becomes Public, Focus of Trump Citizenship Question is Revealed
June 27, 2019
The information was revealed during a court filing released on May 30. ... read more »
As The 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board Of Education Passes Researcher Believe The Journey Is Just Beginning
June 7, 2019
May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court held that segregated education was “inherently unequal” and would only create further problems. This decision was followed by more rulings in favor of ending segregation, with great hope for a future of equal schooling for children of all races. However, today, many believe there is no reason to celebrate such a historic moment in the history of America’s civil rights. ... read more »
Appeals Court Denies Rehearing of Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca’s Appeal
April 26, 2019
The 76-year-old former sheriff, who has Alzheimer's disease, was sentenced in May 2017 to three years in federal prison, but has remained free pending appeal. In February, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena rejected his first attempt. ... read more »
Both Applause and Outrage Follow Gov’s Decision to Halt Death Penalty
March 22, 2019
The move he has described as a “moral” decision sparked outrage across the state, particularly in some quarters of the state’s Republican establishment and among some victims’ families and a large number of county prosecutors. Many of them have been vocal advocates of capital punishment over the years.  ... read more »
Supreme Court Tosses Civil Case Against Cosby
February 28, 2019
Kathrine McKee is a former L.A. morning talk show host who alleges Cosby raped her in 1974 in a Detroit hotel room while she was on tour with Sammy Davis Jr., her boyfriend at the time. ... read more »
Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Could Return to Spotlight
January 10, 2019
A court ruling this week puts the police murder case of former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal back in the spotlight years after it drew the attention of Amnesty International, Hollywood celebrities and death penalty opponents worldwide. ... read more »
District Attorneys Reach Settlement with Amazon to Prohibit Force-Fed Foie Gras Sales in California
December 7, 2018
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that Amazon.com Inc. has agreed not to sell force-fed foie gras in California under a consumer protection settlement reached with her office and the Monterey County and Santa Clara County district attorney's offices. ... read more »
Oral Arguments Scheduled for HBCU-Maryland Inequality Case
November 30, 2018
A coalition of HBCU students, alumni and others from Maryland are planning to pack the Fourth District Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia next month for oral arguments in a decades-old lawsuit over inequality in public higher education ... read more »
L.A. Black Worker Center Launches Citywide Survey to Demonstrate the Importance of Public Sector Jobs to the African American Community
November 29, 2018
For millions of Black families in the U.S., working in the public sector has long provided a dependable pathway to the middle class. Approximately one in five Black adults work in such fields as the government, teaching school, delivering mail, driving buses and working at hospitals. Blacks are about 30 percent more likely to have a public sector job than non-Hispanic Whites, and twice as likely as Hispanics. ... read more »
In Defeat, Abrams Emerges as Leading Voting Rights Advocate
November 22, 2018
The Georgia Democrat, who came about 60,000 votes shy of becoming America’s first Black female governor, refused to follow the traditional script for defeated politicians who offer gracious congratulations to their victorious competitor and gently exit the stage. Instead, Abrams took an unapologetically indignant tone that established her as a leading voting rights advocate. ... read more »
Laphonza Butler Announces Planned Departure From SEIU
October 25, 2018
This week Laphonza Butler, president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2015 and a Vice President of SEIU International, announced she will be leaving the organization at year’s end. ... read more »
The Reluctance to Come Forward After Being Sexually Harassed
September 27, 2018
The debates that have unfolded in connection with the campaign to appoint Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court increasingly centered on charges of alleged sexual assault by him against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The attacks on Dr. Ford have come to represent everything that is so blatantly misogynistic about current U.S. society. The political Right has pulled out all of the stops to demean her character. One of the critical ‘arrows’ that is being fired is one that goes like this: why didn’t she come forward sooner? ... read more »
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