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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | June 12, 2019

CALIFORNIA BLACK NEWS STORIES

CA Dem Party Race: Some Black Women Hurt But Ready To Mobilize After Kimberly Ellis Loss
(BLACK VOICE) - How did Kimberly Ellis, an African-American progressive Democrat and Bay Area grassroots activist, lose her second bid for chair of the California Democratic Party (CDP)? Read More

What’s next for California’s charter schools? much awaited task force report is heavy on advice, but falls short on data
(ONME NEWS) In February, Gov. Newsom asked Tony Thurmond, Superintendent of Public Instruction, to set up a task force charged with looking at the impact public charter school funding has on district-run public school finances. Read more

Criminal Intent? – WVWD Director Clifford Young May Finally be Held to Account
(THE VOICE) - For more than a year The IE Voice/Black Voice News has chronicled in op-eds and feature stories the antics and alleged fiscal malfeasance West Valley Water District Board Director Dr. Clifford O. Young. Read More
 
Landlords may be penalized for vacant units
(CARIB PRESS) Four Los Angeles councilmen today proposed a 2020 ballot measure that would allow the city to penalize property owners who leave housing units vacant, which they say contributes to a lack of affordable housing and exacerbates the homelessness problem. Read more

Two New Reports Chop Up the Data And Make It Easy To Connect With Black California
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) A little over 2.2 million African Americans call California home. Of that number, 72 percent lives in southern California with the greatest concentration (about 36 percent) in Los Angeles County, followed by the Inland Empire, and then, the San Diego area.  Read more

Gov. Newsom appoints Alva V. Johnson as director of the California State Lottery
(ONME NEWS) Alva Vernon Johnson, 51, of Elk Grove, has been appointed director of the California State Lottery. Johnson was director of intergovernmental affairs for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians from 2016 to 2018. Read more
 
LA Homelessness Getting Worse, Not Better, According To Latest Count
(LA FOCUS) Officials in Los Angeles presented the annual Homelessness Count to the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, bringing a hard truth to light: despite multi-million dollar efforts in Los Angeles, homelessness is getting worse, not better. Read more

Health benefits of California's Paid Leave Policy out of reach for Black women
(ONME NEWS) When you type “maternity leave” into Google images, white women dominate the search results. That is not a mistake. The algorithm is a reflection of who has been centered in policy conversations and benefited from paid family leave policies. We know personally: Black women in California are most in need of an inclusive paid family leave program, but least likely to have it. Read more
 
NATIONAL BLACK NEWS STORIES

Jay-Z Becomes First Billionaire Rapper
(LA FOCUS) - According to Forbes, Jay-Z has just become the first billionaire rapper and the fifth African-American in the country to achieve the title thanks to the steady growth of his expansive kingdom that includes liquor, art, real estate and stakes in several companies. Read More 
 
Every Black athlete and entertainer is a means to Black empowerment
(SF BAY VIEW) - My name is Robert A. Smith Jr., and I am currently incarcerated. I want to thank you for giving me and my fellow brothers in Ohio the Bay View. I first started reading them in prison, back in 2006. I’ve been incarcerated for 15 years now. Read More

47 State Attorneys General Tell Secretary DeVos to Follow the Law
(PASADENA / SAN GABRIEL VALLEY JOURNAL) - Although Memorial Day is considered by many civilians as the unofficial start of summer, the true intent of the holiday is to annually honor those who lost their lives fighting for our country. The men and women who wear or have worn this nation’s uniform in military service across wars and generations are deserving of remembrance as well as appreciation. Read More

Juneteenth the victory of black courage and patriotism
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Juneteenth is properly seen as the victory celebration for the 209,145 African Descent soldiers who kept the United States one nation and indirectly liberated Mexico from foreign domination. Read More

‘Unalienable Rights’: Gripping documentary on the revolutionary MOVE family of Philadelphia
(SF BAY VIEW) — One of the most horrendous acts of police terrorism and murder in the Black community in the last 40 years in the U.S. undoubtedly has been the murder, wrongful imprisonment and general mistreatment of the MOVE family by the Philadelphia police in a number of incidents culminating in the bombing of MOVE’s house in May of 1985, which resulted in the murder of 11 people and the burning down of 66 other houses in the neighborhood. Read More

Backlash Following Airing Of Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Series Leads To Boycott Of Former New York Prosecutor
(LA FOCUS) — After the premiere of Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us", public condemnation against Central Park Five prosecutor, Linda Fairstein, was swift for her role in the 1989 case that wrongly convicted five black teenage boys. Read More
 
BLACK AMERICA IN THE NEWS

2020 Census Could Lead To Worst Undercount Of Black, Latinx People In 30 Years
(NPR) - Challenges threatening the upcoming 2020 census could put more than 4 million people at risk of being undercounted in next year's national head count, according to new projections by the Urban Institute. Read More

Running from police doesn’t make a person a suspect, court says
(SF CHRONICLE) - Police who got a tip that a black man was carrying a gun had no authority to chase him down when he fled, and then to search him — at least in a state where carrying firearms is legal, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. Read More

Sen. Kamala Harris defends record as prosecutor but skips some details
(WASHINGTON POST) - Before a largely African American audience, Sen. Kamala D. Harris on Saturday defended her legacy as a prosecutor, a major element of the California Democrat’s rise to the U.S. Senate but one that has complicated her presidential candidacy. Read More

For many black voters, 2020 isn’t about pride or making history. It’s about beating Trump
(LA TIMES) - Catrena Norris Carter is a bundle of conflicting impulses. As a black woman, she’s delighted with Kamala Harris’ presidential bid. As a liberal activist, she’s thrilled with Elizabeth Warren’s groaning board of progressive policy proposals. Read More

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