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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | January 14, 2020


Is a Billionaire Serving Unhoused Oakland Residents Eviction Notices?
(OAKLAND POST) - In mid-December, Game Changer LLC, delivered eviction notices to and erected a fence around nine unhoused residents who live on a tract of land west of Wood Street in West Oakland in an effort to force them to leave property the company owns but has left unused since its purchase. Read More

Reports: LAPD Probing Officers for Alleged Falsification of Traffic-Stop Data
(LA WATTS TIMES) - More than a dozen Los Angeles Police Department officers are being investigated for allegedly falsifying data collected during traffic stops, leading to some people being falsely labeled as gang members, according to multiple reports today. Read More

Gov. Newsom Proposes $20,000 Stipend for Teachers at “High Needs” Schools
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Last Friday, when Gov. Gavin Newsom submitted his budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, he specifically mentioned Black students – the lowest performing group of any ethnic category on California’s standardized tests. Read More

How Independents Can Vote in California Presidential Primary
(BLACK VOICE) - More than 5 million independent voters, called “no party preference” in California, are eligible to vote in the March 3 presidential primary. Here’s what you need to know.  Read More

California Firms Boost Contracting With Diverse Businesses, Cable Companies Lag
(OAKLAND POST) - Utility, telecommunications and water companies regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission continue to report overall growth in contracting with suppliers owned by people of color, women, disabled veterans and LGBT people, reports The Greenlining Institute in its latest Supplier Diversity Report Card. Read More

California Assembly Elects First Woman as Chief Clerk and Parliamentarian
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - The California Assembly made history last week when it elected the first woman to serve as Chief Clerk and Parliamentarian Jan. 9 for a two-year term. Read More

Census 2020 is almost here: It could be the most empowering event of the year
(CARIB PRESS) - The 2020 census is this year’s most empowering and democratic event for the United States. Read More

Artemis space mission includes Black female
(COMPTON HERALD) - Thirteen astronauts eligible for selection to participate in missions to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to the moon and even manned missions to Mars, include six women and seven men. Two candidates are from the Canadian Space Agency. The other 11 NASA candidates were selected from an initial pool of more than 18,000 applicants, the agency said.  Read More
Why Hip-Hop Belongs in Today’s Classrooms
(BLACK VOICE) -  When Cassie Crim, a high school math teacher in Joliet, Illinois, introduced herself to her advanced algebra students in 2017, she did it through a rap video. Read More

Effort To Control Opioids In An ER Leaves Some Sickle Cell Patients In Pain
(BLACK VOICE) - India Hardy has lived with pain since she was a toddler — ranging from dull persistent aches to acute flare-ups that interrupt the flow of her normal life. The pain is from sickle cell disease, a group of genetic conditions that affect about 100,000 people in the U.S., many of them of African or Hispanic descent. Read More
A Tribute to a Living Legend: Civil Rights Icon John Lewis
(SB AMERICAN) — In 1965, Lewis and fellow activist Hosea Williams led what was planned as a peaceful 54-mile march through Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. The march, a protest of the discriminatory practices and Jim Crow laws that prevented African Americans from voting, would be remembered in history as “Bloody Sunday,” one of the most dramatic and violent incidents of the American Civil Rights Movement. Read More

Congress must protect public lands, including the Pacific Crest Trail. Californians should lead the effort
(BLACK VOICE) - Summer hikers, bikers, paddlers, campers, bird watchers, climbers and horseback riders abandon California’s cities to marvel in mountainous glory of the Sierra Nevada. The love for the Range of Light is no less when the snow falls. Read More

African-American suspension rate drops in California, after years of reform efforts
(EDSOURCE) - After nearly a decade of school discipline reform in California, the suspension rate for African American students continued to decline last year, according to recently released state data. Read More

Judge rules homeless mothers must leave vacant Oakland home
(SF CHRONICLE) - An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a group of homeless mothers, who have taken up residence in a vacant West Oakland home, don’t have a legal right to the property and will be evicted by the Sheriff’s Department within five days. Read More

Black Business Owners with 750+ Credit Scores Are Rejected for Loans 
(BLACK ENTERPRISE) - Black business owners are being denied business loans from banks despite having good credit scores and showing consistent annual profits. Read More

School suspended Black student for insubordination after wearing braids
(SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE) - A sophomore at Mater Dei High School who is of mixed race was suspended and told to cut his braided hair on Wednesday because it was out of compliance with school dress code. Read More

Black execs sue McDonald's, claim systematic racial discrimination against workers, customers
 (NBC NEWS) - The suit says McDonald’s discriminated against black employees and shifted advertising away from black consumers as it "no longer valued African Americans as paying customers." Read More

Pete Buttigieg faces Black Lives Matter protesters from South Bend during Watts visit
(LA TIMES) - Pete Buttigieg has left South Bend, but South Bend hasn’t left him. Activists from the Indiana city are making sure his hometown problems follow him around. Read More

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