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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | January 2, 2020


California Writers, Photogs Sue State Over New Law That Chokes Freelance Journalism
(CARIB PRESS) - When he’s not studying, Aldon Thomas Stiles, 25, a senior at Cal State Bernardino, writes freelance articles to help pay his way through college and assist his parents with the bills at home in Fontana. Read More

Firm Sues California Over Ban on Private Prisons
(BLACK VOICE) - A private prison firm that just won multibillion-dollar contracts to run federal immigration detention centers in California sued the state on Monday, claiming that a new ban on for-profit lockups in California is unconstitutional. Read More

As Opioid Crisis Hits Home, Black Media Outlets Step Up to Get Word Out
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - By the late 1970s, drug traffickers were shipping so much cocaine to the United States that the street price of the powdered stimulant dealers cook to make crack – the smokable rock form of the stimulant – dropped by nearly 80 percent, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  Read More

The UC Needs To Drop the SAT, Says This Richmond Teacher
(RICHMOND PULSE) — When considering prospective students, colleges and universities need a way to quickly assess their level of competency in English and mathematics. That has long been the SAT — formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test — among other things. But is that the best way? Read More

Battle Over Police Transparency in California Persists
(IE VOICE) - Although the year 2019 has come and gone and the state’s police records transparency law (SB 1421) has been in effect for at least twelve months, the epic battle over police transparency in the state of California continues.  Read More

Medical Students Viral Photo On Slave Plantation “We Are Our Ancestors Wildest Dreams”
(SB AMERICAN) - As a medical student, getting your white coat is a pretty big deal. But now, a group of Black medical students have taken it further by showcasing their achievement was brought about by our ancestors. Now that photo has gone viral.  Read More

Black News Channel Network Launch Fulfills Lifelong Dream of JC Watts
(LOS ANGELES SENTINEL) - On January 6, 2020, the Black News Channel (BNC) will become the nation’s only 24-hour news and information television network focused primarily on African Americans.  Read More
Philadelphia Names 1st Black Female Police Chief
(BLACK VOICE) - The first black woman named to lead Philadelphia’s troubled police department pledged to be a “conduit” between the community and police and to address the racist and sexist tensions dividing the force. Read More

Making and Unmaking Mass Incarceration (MUMI) Conference at Ole Miss
(SF BAY VIEW) - On Dec. 4-6, organizers, activists, students, professors, reformists and abolitionists from across the spectrum convened at the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus to discuss the outcomes of America’s deadly sin at the Making and Unmaking Mass Incarceration (MUMI) Conference. Read More
Trump’s proposed Social Security disability cuts could end benefits for thousands. What to know
(SB AMERICAN) — The Trump Administration is proposing new rules for the nation’s safety net program for people with disabilities that could end benefits for tens of thousands of people. Read More

OK, Boomer? Kids these days? Why generational warfare gets us nowhere
(BLACK VOICE) - Young and old people are struggling to take care of themselves and increasingly each other at a time when blame and resentment flows both ways. Read More

Palo Alto’s oldest black church vandalized; pastor says congregation ‘won’t be bullied
(SAN JOSE MERCURY) - Messages cursing God and ” Why Jesus, why” were found inside the courtyard of the church. 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

To recognize Black History Month, GOP lawmaker proposes a list of mostly white people
(WASHINGTON POST) - In Wisconsin this February, one lawmaker wants to mark Black History Month by celebrating 10 Americans — including a Civil War colonel, a newspaper editor and a church deacon. All are heralded for their bravery, but most on the list are white. Read More

What drives black consumer spending? Nielsen thinks it knows
(RICHMOND FREE PRESS) - African-American consumers want more for themselves and from corporate America, and they express it with their dollars as they move through the consumer journey from brand awareness to purchase, according to Nielsen’s 2019 Diverse Intelligence Series Report on African-Americans. Read More

Only Three N.F.L. Head Coaches Are Black. ‘It’s Embarrassing.’
 (NY TIMES) - N.F.L. insiders say it will take more than the Rooney Rule to diversify the league’s leadership. Their immediate goal: Increase offensive coaching opportunities for minority candidates, who are often overlooked. Read More

Black Americans motivated by Trump to vote in 2020
(AXIOS) - A majority of black Americans are more interested in voting in the 2020 presidential election than they were in 2016, according to a national survey of 1200 black voters and non-voters conducted by Third Way and the Joint Center. Read More

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