The Trump Tax Plan Trumps Californians!

The Republicans’ “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” will be devastating to California’s poor to middle-income families because they pay the highest income and sales taxes in the nation (in proportion to their income), the second highest gas tax, and their property tax assessments have doubled – and none of these will be deductible.

Economic Justice-Solving L.A.’s Black Job Crisis

Los Angeles is in the throes of a Black jobs crisis, indicates a new study released by the UCLA Labor Center, the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. “Ready to Work, Uprooting Inequity: Black Workers in Los Angeles County,” was authored by Saba Waheed, Tamara Haywood, Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Psalm Brown, and Reyna Orellana.  It details how the lack of access to quality jobs negatively impacts the Black community, Their report, launched at Holman United Methodist Church and via live stream on March 21 under the hash tag #HealBlackFutures, argues for the

For black Americans and veterans, Big job gains in 2015

Black Americans made big strides in the job market in 2015, achieving their lowest unemployment rate since before the recession. The black unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent in December, the best showing since an 8.0 percent reading in September 2007. Despite the improvement, the unemployment gap by race remains stubbornly wide. The jobless rate for African-Americans is almost double that of whites and was stuck in double digits until mid-2015. Other groups that made notable gains last year were workers in their early 20s, recent veterans and those without high school diplomas. The data for various demographic groups came


Recognition of the indispensable role played by women in defeating apartheid was the focus of countless speeches, film showings and even fashion shows as the country paused this week for National Women’s Day, a public holiday. Women’s Affairs Minister Susan Shabangu kicked off the activities with a speech on Pan African Women’s Day, celebrated on the last day of July. “This year marks 59 years since the 1956 Women’s march to the Union Buildings where women protested against the pass laws which among other things restricted their freedom of movement,” she began.   “The march by 20,000 women challenged an

Unemployment Drops in Los Angeles

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County dropped to 7.4 percent in June, down from 7.6 percent the previous month, the state Employment Development Department reported.