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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | November 12, 2019


The Sad, Sudden Death of Bernard J. Tyson, the First Black CEO of Kaiser Permanente
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - On Saturday, Nov. 9, Bernard J. Tyson, the first Black chairman and CEO of California-Based Kaiser Permanente, spoke at AfroTech, a convention organized by the Los Angeles-based digital media company Blavity. The next morning, just about 24 hours later on Sunday, Nov. 10, Kaiser Permanente, the health insurance and hospital system Tyson led as CEO since 2013 – and Chairman since 2014 – announced the 60-year-old executive’s sudden death. Read More

How an abortion rights law ended up bankrolling anti-abortion forces in CA
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) - In 2015, California Democrats passed a state law aimed at ensuring pregnant women get a complete picture of their options, including the right to an abortion. Little did they know that, four years later, their effort would yield a $2 million windfall for conservative legal campaigns to restrict abortion and LGBTQ rights. Read More

Racial Equity Team Says Accountability’s Key to Equity
(RICHMOND PULSE) - The Richmond racial equity team says accountability from city staff and communicating better with the local community are needed to achieve its goals of advancing past racial equality to include equity. Read More

Former OPSA Director Reflects On Tenure With Sacramento
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Late in September, Francine Tournour, the Director of the City of Sacramento’s Office of Public Safety Accountability (OPSA), resigned from the significant position she held for 12 years. Openly and honestly, Ms. Tournour served as the de facto ombudsman for the city of Sacramento during some critical times. Read More

California Democrats’ ‘big tent’ is not yet fully open to young people
(BLACK VOICE) - Democrats take young people and our votes for granted. That has to stop. Read More

Black-Owned ‘Naturally Herbs’ Aims for a Healthier Richmond
(RICHMOND PULSE) - Naturally Herbs and More opened its doors at 4113 Macdonald Ave. six months ago with a mission of bringing alternative methods of health, wellness, and awareness to the community. The business — owned and operated by two East Bay families — sells products like shea butter, body butter, hair oil, black soap and herbs in bulk, like a 102-mineral herbal tea blend, which the owners say is close to the 104 minerals that make up the human body. Read More

California needs you: A veteran’s call to service
(IE VOICE) — I am thankful on this Veterans Day. I had the honor to serve our country as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Now, as chief service officer for the state of California, I have the opportunity to bring home my experience and empower all Californians to serve our state and nation.  Read More

2020 political candidates being challenged to spend 12% of their campaign contributions with Black-owned businesses
(SF BAY VIEW) - A new nonpartisan coalition challenges candidates to spend 12% or more of their campaign contributions to win Black votes across the country and will track, monitor and display candidates’ pledges online. Read More
Tobacco Flavor Bans Multiply, But for Some Blacks, Menthol Continues to Divide
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - As states and communities rush to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products linked to vaping, Carol McGruder races from town to town, urging officials to include what she calls “the mother lode of all flavors”: menthol. Read More

We must remove obstacles that keep veterans from earning college degrees
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) - If we are going to serve the veterans of our armed forces the way we expect them to serve our country, this must change. All 2020 presidential candidates need to sharply focus on the challenges our veterans face in trying to earn a college degree or credential. Read More
How to Find Overlooked Health Benefits During Open Enrollment Season
(SF BAY VIEW) — For millions of Americans, the fall marks open enrollment season, the time when people select or switch their health benefits for the following year. While many people are likely to look for a health plan that meets their needs and budget, consumers should also be aware of potentially overlooked benefits and programs that encourage well-being and help save money.  Read More

Black Facebook Workers Write Open Letter to Company: We Are Treated Every Day 'As If We Do Not Belong Here'
(THE ROOT) - One year after a black Facebook employee accused the social media giant of failing its black employees and users, a group of Facebook employees published an anonymous memo saying the culture at the company has only gotten worse for nonwhite workers. Read More

Biden’s rivals scramble to dent his support from black voters
(WASHINGTON POST) - State Rep. Krystle N. Simmons, one of two black women elected to the South Carolina legislature last year and a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, has been perfecting her pitch to the droves of African Americans who tell her they love former vice president Joe Biden. Read More

Black developers say partnerships aren’t always equal
 (THE REAL DEAL) - Developers of color say the problem of larger builders using them as tokens has not been solved — even on private projects, where no government mandate for minority participation is involved. Read More

San Francisco transit police come under fire after handcuffing a black man eating a sandwich
(WASHINGTON POST) - People in San Francisco are conspicuously eating on the region’s transit system, flouting laws against consuming food and drink and daring law enforcement to arrest them. The hashtagged scarfing is in protest of police officers detaining and handcuffing a black man who was initially approached for eating a sandwich while standing on a train platform. Read More

Pixar released the trailer for 'Soul,' its first black-led animated movie
(CNN) - Pixar is ready to make us all cry. Again. The studio released the trailer for "Soul" on Thursday. And in addition to this being another film grappling with death and our collective mortality ("Coco," anyone?), it's also the first Pixar movie featuring a black lead. Read More

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