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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | October 8, 2019


Gov. Signs Bills Benefitting Black-Owned Charter Schools and Newspapers
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a number of bills last week. Among them is one that  will allow Black-owned-and-operated charter schools in California to continue to educate some 52,800 Black students in the state without the fear brought on – and intensified – by speculations that certain legislators, with the backing of teachers unions in California, were angling to shut them down. Read More

Black Student Athletes in California Can Now Say, “Show Me The Money”
(CARIBPRESS) - Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon slapped the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Collegiate Licensing Company and video game maker Electronic Arts Sports (EAS) with a lawsuit in 2009. He accused the organizations of profiting from the images of student athletes without paying them or asking their permission. Read More

Families and Teachers Shut Down School Board Meeting to Oppose School Closures
(OAKLAND POST) - Chanting “No school closures, Oakland is not for sale,” teachers, parents, students took over the dais and shut down a Sept. 25 school board meeting at La Escuelita Elementary School in Oakland. Read More

Extent Of Health Coverage Gains From California Gig Worker Law Uncertain
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) - A new California law that reclassifies some independent contractors as employees, requiring they be offered a range of benefits and worker protections, will likely expand health insurance coverage in the state, health policy experts say. But it might end up harming some workers. Read More

Black Educators to Unveil “Blueprint” for Improving California Black Student Test Scores, Learning
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - A group of Black educators are heading to San Diego this week from around the state, and across the country, to meet with each other. Their goal is to leave their conference with strategies that school districts and policymakers can adapt to close the achievement gap for Black students in public schools. Read More

It’s Our Time to Respond to Our First Responders – LA County Firefighter-Paramedic Celebrates 50 Years of Service
(CARIBPRESS) - The Los Angeles County Firefighter department Paramedic program is the first in the world. Read More
At least half of Black Americans think Trump is bad for minorities
(OUR WEEKLY) — Large majorities of Black and Latino Americans think President Donald Trump’s actions as president have made things worse for people like them, and about two-thirds of Americans overall disapprove of how he’s handling race relations, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Read More

Students Strike for Climate Change Action
(RICHMOND PULSE) — Young people all around the world participated in a global movement demanding action on climate change.  Read More

Black women going for mayoral positions in record numbers
(OUR WEEKLY) - When Lori Lightfoot took office as mayor of Chicago in May, she became the city’s first Black woman executive, as well as its first openly gay leader. Read More

Some See Rush to Forgive as Rush to Forget Racial Violence
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) - When a White Dallas police officer who killed an innocent Black man in his own living room was sent off to prison this week with a hug from the victim’s brother and the Black judge on the case, some saw it as a moment of amazing grace and redemption. Read More

Impeaching a President
(LA WATTS TIMES) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to move for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump has rocked Washington. Read More


Black people disproportionately homeless in California
(CALMATTERS) -  In Monterey County, the percentage of black or African American people who are homeless is more than seven times higher than the county’s black population. It is nearly six times higher at the state level. Read More

Why automation could disproportionately hurt black workers
(MARKET WATCH) - Some 132,000 African-American jobs projected to be displaced due to automation by the year 2030  Read More

Two Prosecutors Were Shaped by 1980s Los Angeles. Now They Have Opposing Views on Criminal Justice
(NY TIMES) - Walking the beat as a cop in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles in the 1990s, George Gascón found himself arresting multiple generations of black men from the same family. The experience shaped his views on mass incarceration and the devastation it inflicted on black communities, and guided him as he shifted from police officer to prosecutor and led reform initiatives to keep people out of jail as the district attorney of San Francisco. Read More

Harris's struggles nationally play out in her home state
(WASHINGTON POST) - Three years ago, Kamala Harris won a Senate seat from California in a 24-point rout. More than 7.5 million voters, most of them Democrats, backed her candidacy. But at the moment, not many of them are interested in supporting her for president. Read More

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