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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | December 24, 2019


California is Ground Zero of the vaping epidemic, and needs to lead the effort to end it
(BLACK VOICE) - As a surgeon, I have witnessed the all-too-real but often hidden costs of smoking to our healthcare system of smoking, and it is not pretty. I have seen wound infections, failed operations, re-intubations, and prolonged hospital stays and readmissions. We are witnessing history repeat itself from the added healthcare burden and deadly toll brought about by electronic cigarettes. Read More

Group Home Operator Who Restrained Armed Teen Sues State for Revoking License
(OAKLAND POST) - About two years ago, Calvin Dubois, executive director of First Step Group Homes (FSGH) in San Bernardino County, says he made the right call when he subdued and held down an enraged child in his care. The 17-year-old boy was armed with a 6-inch knife outside of the home, according to Dubois. Read More

Note to “No Party Preference Voters”: Act Now Or Risk Not Voting Next Year
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Not a registered Democrat, or Independent or Republican? Or not affiliated with any other political party? California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla is encouraging “no party preference” (NPP) voters to complete presidential primary ballot selection postcards county elections offices across the state are mailing to them.  Read More

Trickle-down housing
(SF BAY VIEW) — I first heard of trickle-down economics during Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980s. We were told tax cuts for the rich produce greater local investment. More jobs will be created. Increases in local tax revenues to fund public services will follow. It didn’t turn out that way. What does that have to do with housing? California State Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, after his SB 50 failed to pass in the last legislative session, vowed to bring it back in 2020 Read More

California’s Proposition 13 education bond is a much needed solution for aging campuses
(BLACK VOICE) - More California high school graduates are academically ready for college than ever before and expanding access to higher education would benefit them and the state’s economy. To meet student demand and the need for an educated workforce, expansion of facilities and fire and other life safety improvements in buildings at California’s public colleges and universities are urgently needed. Read More

Battle over police records reaches California appeals court
(SAN BERNARDINO AMERICAN) - In this Dec. 4, 2019 file photo California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses settlements reached with 52 automobile parts manufacturers for illegal bid rigging during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Bacerra’s office urged a state appeals court Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 to refrain from ordering it to review and publicly release a massive trove of records documenting investigations into police shootings, use-of-force incidents and officer misconduct.  Read More

A New Blueprint for Treating Homeless, Mentally Ill People in California?
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Under SB 1045, a California act that was signed into law in 2018, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego we’re approved to use conservatorship, described by the publication California Healthline as “a controversial practice that allows the city to take people with mental illness or substance abuse issues off the streets without their consent and put them into treatment.” Read More

Millions of Dollars in Homelessness Aid May Be Coming to Your County, City
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) - Now is the time to start checking in with your city council and county board to inquire how they will allocate millions of dollars in emergency homelessness aid Gov. Newsom has released to counties and cities across the state.  Read More
Jim ‘Cannabis’ Crow: an interview wit’ a prisoner from the War on [Drugs] the Black Community
(SF BAY VIEW) - It has been 55 years since passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was set in place to obliterate the Jim Crow laws in the U.S. that were implemented after chattel slavery to legally keep Black people in their place as second class citizens in this so-called democracy. In more than half a century, has equity, equality and/or justice been attained? Read More

DACA Beneficiaries Could Stay in the US for Years
(CARIB PRESS) - While hundreds of thousands of immigrants with DACA permits await the decision of the Supreme Court on the future of the program, lawyers and immigrant advocates argue that the vast majority of them have sufficient legal rights to remain in this country for several years and maybe, indefinitely. Read More
(SB AMERICAN) — Lawmakers in Washington are pushing the U.S. Department of Justice to tackle the beast in the basement: hard-core online pornography. Last week, four Republican U.S. representatives sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr urging him to enforce dusty federal obscenity laws against the creators and distributors of graphic, violent, and deviant online pornography, an exploding and illegal industry. Read More

Jamaican Toni-Ann Singh says she will use the 2019 Miss World position to empower women
(CARIB PRESS) - “I represent the beautiful island of Jamaica. I am 23 years old, I am a women’s studies and psychology [graduate] student. I love cookie dough ice cream, I have been singing since the age of nine, and I am very happy to be here,” said Miss Jamaica to a local London based TV station when introducing herself at the 69th annual beauty pageant.  Read More

Ten years of Black Twitter: a merciless watchdog for problematic behavior
(THE GUARDIAN) - From Black Lives Matter to #OscarsSoWhite, the decade would not have been the same without black voices on social media Read More

'Awakening': Black voters 'abandoned' by Democrats warm to Trump
(WASHINGTON TIMES) - Former NFL player Jack Brewer once raised campaign money for President Barack Obama, but now he’s among the increasing number of black voters who support President Trump. Read More

Study Examines Why Black Americans Remain Scarce in Executive Suites
(NY TIMES) - A new report, “Being Black in Corporate America,” outlines why diversity and inclusion efforts are falling short for African-American professionals. Read More

End of a decade: What the 2010s, Obama, Trump and Black Lives Matter meant for Americans
(USA TODAY) - It was a decade of progress. Former President Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president, was elected for a second term. Read More

Black Mothers Get Less Treatment For Their Postpartum Depression
 (WASHINGTON EXAMINER) - Portia Smith's most vivid memories of her daughter's first year are of tears. Not the baby's. Her own. "I would just hold her and cry all day," Smith recalls. Read More

Black Santas Level Up At Malls As Retailers Struggle
(FORBES) - For decades, black families have searched for a Santa that reflects them in malls and department store chains, that are increasingly marketing holiday memories to get customers into stores. Despite the fact that St. Nick is a fictional character, black Santas across the country can command nearly $400 or more per hour for their services. As the Christmas holiday rolls around again black Santas remain booked, busy and sometimes hard to find. They could be the key to helping brick and mortar stores bring in more money during the season, thanks to the $1.3 trillion dollars in spending power that African Americans possess. Read More

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