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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | January 8, 2020


Oakland Moms4Housing Say ‘Housing is a Human Right,’ but the Judge isn’t Sure he Agrees
(OAKLAND POST) - On Nov. 18, two unhoused mothers and their children began occupying a vacant property at 2928 Magnolia St. in West Oakland. Although the owner, Wedgewood LLC, would describe their actions as criminal, some Oakland housing rights activists and city officials have expressed support for the mothers. Read More

Dialysis Center Law Temporarily Blocked—What You Should Know
(IE VOICE) - When a federal judge blocked enforcement of California’s new law to control costs of dialysis clinics, many citizens dependent on this important health care service breathed a sigh of relief; however, there remains a lot of misinformation about the legislation, its intent and potential impact on dialysis patients. Read More

Government-Funded Day Care Helps Keep Seniors Out Of Nursing Homes And Hospitals
(BLACK VOICE) - Two mornings a week, a van arrives at the Escondido, Calif., home of Mario Perez and takes him to a new senior center in this northern San Diego County town, where he eats a hot lunch, plays cards and gets physical therapy to help restore the balance he lost after breaking both legs in a fall.  Read More

California Attorney General Details ‘Historic’ Settlement in Sutter Health Antitrust Case
(OAKLAND POST) - Sutter Health will pay $575 million to settle a closely watched antitrust case filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, whose office had accused the nonprofit health care giant of using its market dominance in Northern California to illegally drive up prices. Read More

New Report, Old Cliché: “The Hazards of Driving While Black”
(IE VOICE) - A newly released statewide report has reaffirmed what other reports have stated and what African Americans have known and expressed based on a long history of personally challenging, economically damaging and sometimes deadly experience—that Black drivers are stopped and searched by police more than any other group of motorists. Read More

African-American or Other? Selecting Your Race and Ethnicity on the US 2020 Census Form
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Kim Kardashian West will likely check “Black or African American” on the US 2020 Census form when marking the race of her children.  Read More

NCAA clears way for to student athletes to earn compensation from endorsements 
(COMPTON HERALD) - National Collegiate Athletic Association officials shook the foundations of U.S. college sports when they voted to begin dismantling rules that bar student athletes from earning money on endorsement deals.  Read More
School District’s Facial Recognition Raises Privacy Concerns
(BLACK VOICE) - An upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats, over the objection of civil rights advocates who say it compromises student privacy. Read More

#WritingWhileBlack: Black conventions and doing for it ourselves
(SF BAY VIEW) - Black speculative fiction authors are incubated by genre fiction fans and industry insiders who care about Black writing, and genre fiction fans in Black communities alike. 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

Arizona’s Diverse Stakeholders Find Common Ground In 2020 Census – Do It for The Kids
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) - In the conference room of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, a chair sat empty at a recent convening of community media and stakeholders to promote Arizona’s 2020 census. Read More

Building a Digital Archive for Decaying Paper Documents, Preserving Centuries of Records About Enslaved People
(BLACK VOICE) - Paper documents are still priceless records of the past, even in a digital world. Primary sources stored in local archives throughout Latin America, for example, describe a centuries-old multiethnic society grappling with questions of race, class and religion. Read More

Moms 4 Housing takes over press conference announcing new housing bill
(SAN JOSE MERCURY) - Protesters shouted down Sen. Scott Wiener on Tuesday as he stood on the steps of Oakland City Hall, attempting to introduce a revamped bill intended to spur more housing development throughout California. Read More

Mothers who took over vacant Oakland home plead case in court
(SF CHRONICLE) - More than 100 people gathered Monday outside a Hayward courthouse to support a group of homeless mothers who have taken up residence in a vacant West Oakland home. The property owner, a Southern California real estate investment company that says it plans to renovate and resell the property, has issued an eviction notice arguing that the women are trespassing and must leave immediately. Read More

Rep. Maxine Waters thought she was talking to Greta Thunberg. It was actually Russian trolls
(WASHINGTON POST) - The call starts innocently enough: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) warmly greets the voices on the line, whom a staffer identifies as Greta Thunberg and her father, Svante. They share a laugh about Waters’s nickname, “Auntie Maxine.” The congresswoman praises her young caller for her climate change activism. Read More

Who's to Blame for the Black-White Achievement Gap?
(EDUCATION WEEK) - Years ago, as part of my parents’ unending attempts to clear the house of the junk I left when I moved out, my mother handed me a folder stuffed with remnants of my public school education. Read More

Mayor Pete’s Invisible Black Police
 (THE ROOT) - In January 2012, Pete Buttigieg stepped into the South Bend, Ind., mayor’s office after winning the city’s first open mayoral election in 24 years. South Bend had three African Americans in visible high level and public leadership positions: Mayor’s Assistant Lynn Coleman; Fire Chief Howard Buchanon and Police Chief Darryl Boykins. Read More

Nipsey Hussle was a bookworm. Now black men are finding inspiration in what he read
(LA TIMES) - "How many times as black men have we heard something before and had to bite our tongues?” DeRon Cash, his tattooed forearms resting on his knees, curled a paperback revered by the late Nipsey Hussle in his hand. He didn’t really mean it as a question — and the other black men huddled around a coffee table in Boyle Heights knew not to answer. Read More

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