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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

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How Black Americans See Discrimination
By Gene Demby
One of the paradoxes of racial discrimination is the way it can remain obscured even to the people to whom it's happening. Here is an example: In an ambitious, novel study conducted by the Urban Institute a few years ago, researchers sent actors with similar financial credentials to the same real estate or rental offices to ask about buying or renting a home or apartment. In the end, no matter where they were sent, the actors of color were shown fewer homes and offered fewer discounts on rent or mortgages than those who were white. National Public Radio

 

White group raises funds for Black Lives Matter
By Shirley Hawkins, Contributing Writer
It was a stirring evening filled with speeches, testimonies and memories culled from the lives of historical figures on Oct. 14 when the grassroots organization White People 4 Black Lives held a fundraiser for the local chapter of Black Lives Matter at Los Angeles’ historic McCarty Memorial Church. Entitled “Courage Against Racism,” the event featured a number of activists and television celebrities reading dramatic passages from historical icons who had vigorously raised their voices against slavery, racism, war and oppression, including John Brown, Sojourner Truth, Chief Joseph, Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass. Wave Newspapers

 

State/Local

Sen. Kamala Harris won't back federal spending bill without DACA fix
By Sarah D. Wire
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she won't back a bill that allows the federal government to spend money unless Congress has a legislative fix to address the legal status of hundreds of thousands of people brought to the country illegally as children. "I will not vote for an end-of-year spending bill until we are clear about what we are going to do to protect and take care of our DACA young people in this country," Harris said. "Each day in the life of these young people is a very long time, and we've got to stop playing politics with their lives."  Los Angeles Times

What difference? Democrats for governor try to disagree
By Ben Christopher
Twice this week, the Democratic candidates in the 2018 California governor’s race assembled to discuss state issues—and largely agree. They echoed one another, if sometimes vaguely, on the need for tax reform and more housing, on a successor program (of some kind) to replace local redevelopment agencies, on the wisdom of California’s new sanctuary state law, on the need for more resources for homeless people, and on the obligation to fight climate change and bolster the state’s cap-and-trade system. “I think the biggest issue that separates us aren’t the issues, I think it’s leadership,” said one contender, former mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa, after Tuesday’s debate in San Francisco, sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle and the City Club.  CALmatters

Officers who shot Joseph Mann gone from Sacramento Police Department
By Anita Chabria
Both officers involved in the controversial July 2016 fatal shooting of Joseph Mann have left the Sacramento Police, the department announced Wednesday. Police Chief Daniel Hahn declined to say whether or not officer John Tennis was fired from the department or faced discipline as a result of the shooting, citing privacy laws that bar him from commenting on personnel matters. Tennis was on paid administrative leave until Tuesday. The other officer involved in the shooting, Randy Lozoya, reportedly retired in April. On July 11, 2016, Mann, 50, was being pursued by officers as he walked down Del Paso Boulevard, waving a knife and yelling threats at the police who were trying to persuade him to drop his weapon and get on the ground.   Sacramento Bee

Need Health Insurance? It’s Enrollment Time at Covered California!
By CBM Newswire
Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opens November 1, and Covered California, the state’s hub for affordable plans, launched its outreach to Black communities with a “Coffee & Conversation Media Roundtable” at the California Endowment on October 19. The event was hosted by Dr. Robert Ross, president, and CEO of the California Endowment, which makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of Californians. Open enrollment ends on January 31, however, outside of that time, consumers may enroll in a plan if they experience a life event that qualifies them for a special-enrollment period.  Sacramento Observer

 

Until poverty eliminated, schools won't graduate 100 percent of students, expert says
By Theresa Harrington
California has made higher graduation rates one of its key measures for assessing school performance as part of its new accountability system. Graduation rates have increased steadily in California in recent years, now reaching an average of 83.2 percent for the class of 2016. But just how high can or should graduation rates go? Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Michelle King has set a goal of graduating 100 percent of district students. But one of the state’s leading experts on how to increase graduation rates says that is not likely to happen without far-reaching changes in the society as a whole.   EdSource

 

 

World/National

NAACP Board Elects Mississippi’s Derrick Johnson President
By Black Voice News
The future of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is inextricably linked to the future of African Americans and its incumbent upon the nation’s oldest civil rights organization to work with the Black Press to get that message out, said new NAACP President Derrick Johnson. On October 21, the executive committee of the NAACP National Board of Directors announced that the Detroit-born Johnson would lead the organization as the president and CEO. Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors and the state president for the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP.  Black Voice News

 

Did the FBI Just Declare War on Black People?
By Julianne Malveaux
While White men are beating Black men on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, while a “lone” White wolf is shooting people from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and while the word “terrorist” is hardly used to describe these men, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), under the leadership of the racist Attorney General Jeff Beauregard Sessions, has thought up a new way to oppress Black people. Despite the fact that there is no evidence of an organized “movement,” the FBI has described Black people that have rallied for racial equality and criminal justice reform as “Black Identity Extremists,” who pose a domestic terrorist threat to police officers. Hold up! We have seen domestic terror threats, though there are those of limited intelligence, who cannot fathom them.   Black Voice News

 

New Study Casts Doubt On Effectiveness Of Police Body Cameras. But Is That Fair?
By Nick Wing
A new study suggests police body cameras have had no measurable effect in Washington, D.C., when it comes to civilian complaints, use of force incidents, policing activity or judicial outcomes involving the city’s Metropolitan Police Department. The report, touted as the most comprehensive of its kind, has fueled renewed skepticism about whether body cameras are fostering accountability and transparency in law enforcement. Although the research isn’t an exhaustive appraisal of the full potential benefits of body cameras, some experts say it shows that police and vendors must do more to prove the equipment is worth the cost.  BLACKVOICES

 

Fats Domino, Rock ’n’ Roll Icon, Dead at 89
By Breanna Edwards
Music, specifically rock ’n’ roll, has lost another great. The legendary Fats Domino of New Orleans passed away Tuesday at the age of 89, surrounded by friends and family. According to TMZ, the Jefferson Parish, La., Coroner’s Office said that Domino died of natural causes, noting that no autopsy was performed and his body has since been released to a funeral home. Singer-pianist Antoine Domino Jr., known lovingly as “Fats” or “the Fat Man,” took over the musical scene in the United States in the ’50s and ’60s, with hits like “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blue Monday,” “I Want to Walk You Home,” “Walking to New Orleans” and “I’m Walkin.” His first million-selling record was aptly called “The Fat Man.”  The Root

 

The Black Renaissance Is Real: HBCUs See Record Growth in 2017
By Jason Johnson
Last week I went to Howard University’s homecoming, and like Deon Cole, Chance the Rapper and Malia Obama at the 2012 inauguration, I was reminded that once you see the bands stomping, the music playing and the quad popping, you know that nobody throws a party like an HBCU. Loading In between panels on the future of HBCUs and the many ’80s and ’90s parties, I noticed something in the various Instagram and Facebook posts from friends at Morehouse and Spelman colleges, not to mention Texas Southern University and Morgan State, last weekend. These crowds are getting bigger. New dorms are being thrown up. And you meet more and more transfer students.  The Root

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