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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | October 30, 2019

CALIFORNIA BLACK NEWS STORIES


Poetic Justices: Two Black Women Appointed to California Superior Court Judgeships
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Two African-American women, both Democrats, are among Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 11 new appointees to California superior court judgeships in seven counties. Read More

L.A. Council Votes to Stop ‘No-Fault’ Evictions Until State Law Takes Effect
(LOS ANGELES SENTINEL) - The Los Angeles City Council unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance today aimed at halting “no-fault” evictions of many rental-unit tenants until Jan. 1, when a new state law takes effect providing similar protections. Read More

Rideshare companies oppose major change in California’s labor laws
(CARIBPRESS) - Companies like DoorDash, Uber and Lfyt say they will lose millions of dollars if gig workers are reclassified as employees for their companies. Read More

Covered California Now Includes Subsidies
(RICHMOND PULSE) - The Covered California Health Insurance exchange says new state subsidies will allow almost 1 million Californians to get help with the cost of their health insurance. Read More

Parents and Teachers, “Pushed, Choked, Clubbed,” and Arrested, Said OEA
(OAKLAND POST) - A crowd of parents, students and teachers chanted “Oakland in not for Sale” as six parents and teachers were arrested Wednesday Oct. 23 at the Oakland school board meeting protesting the closing of Oakland schools. Read More

‘Til Death Do Us (Not) Part? 16% of Californians have included ex-spouses in their wills
(WESTSIDE STORIES NEWS) - In life, circumstances change over time – as do the people in it. You will go through friendships ending, break-ups or divorces and this could interfere with your plans when deciding to whom you will leave your estate in the event of your death. It may seem somewhat redundant to bequeath your stuff to your ex but in many circumstances, this might be the most convenient case.  Read More
NATIONAL BLACK NEWS STORIES
 
John Conyers, longest serving Black congressman, dies at 90
(SAN BERNARDINO AMERICAN) - Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving members of Congress whose resolutely liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in Washington and back home in Detroit despite several scandals, has died. He was 90. Read More
 
Supporters Ramp up Pressure on African Union to Reinstate Ambassador
(BAKERSFIELD OBSERVER) — Did African Union Ambassador to the United States Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao lose her job because of her outspokenness about France's continued profiting off of her beloved Africa?  Read More

A key reparation to descendants of slaves wouldn’t cost a dime
(SF BAY VIEW) - World Day Against the Death Penalty – opponents around the globe gathered to call attention to the conditions of men and women living under death sentences and to call for the abolition of capital punishment. I am both an abolitionist and a man living on death row in California’s San Quentin State Prison. Read More
BLACK AMERICA IN THE NEWS

Black leaders say African American support in presidential primary is fluid
(THE HILL) -  Nearly one-fifth of African American voters in South Carolina are undecided over which Democrat to back in the state’s presidential primary, a warning sign for former Vice President Joe Biden, who is counting on support from black voters to pull him across the finish line. Read More

Trump’s move after winning a criminal justice award? Trashing cities and a Black senator
(LA TIMES) - President Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and sparred with Sen. Kamala Harris, engaging in a feisty online back-and-forth Saturday over their separate efforts to connect with African American voters. Read More

Michelle Obama says white Americans 'still running' from black
 (THE GUARDIAN) - Michelle Obama has said that white Americans are “still running” from their non-white fellow citizens during a summit in which she detailed how her own experience of white flight unfolded during her upbringing on Chicago’s South Side. Read More

The ‘race whisperer’
(WASHINGTON POST) - A black activist convinced a neo-Nazi he’d save
him from legal ruin. Then the real plan began. Read More

How computer algorithms help spread racial bias in U.S. healthcare, and how they can help fix it
(LA TIMES) - People may be biased, even without realizing it, but computer programs shouldn’t have any reason to discriminate against black patients when predicting their healthcare needs. Right? Wrong, new research suggests. Read More

This Little Known Fact About Black Giving Might Be Surprising
(FORBES) - Blacks give 25% more of their income annually than white households, according to a report by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Read More

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