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The California Black Caucus Introduces 1075 Page Reparations Package

Attorney Kamilah Moore of the California Reparations Task Force holds he 1075-page report

*Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) announced plans to introduce a package of bills this year designed to address the recommendations the California Reparations Task Force made last year in its final report. Certain advocacy groups and individuals say the legislative package the lawmakers announced on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 does not […]

Black Caucus Members Dig Deeper into Newsom’s 2024-25 Budget

California Governor Gavin Newsom

*Since Gov. Gavin Newsom presented his 2024-25 budget to the State Legislature on Jan. 10, lawmakers — including members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) — have been sharing their initial reactions to potential cuts. Those stakeholders have also been examining the Governor’s $291 billion spending plan to get a clearer sense of how […]

The Year Ahead: Assembly Speaker Rivas Discusses Priorities, Problems

California Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) - pic via Antonio Ray Harvey

*Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas shared his legislative priorities and vision for the future of California during a luncheon hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) in downtown Sacramento. Titled a “Conversation with Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas” for PPIC’s 2024 Speaker Series on California’s Future, the 44-year-old Democrat lawmaker from Hollister, who represents the […]

Black Health Group Hosts Critical Conversation: About Our Mistrust of Medicine | VIDEO

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*The DRiP Espresso coffee shop in Sacramento, in partnership with the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and the California Black Health Network (CBHN), hosted a community conversation about Black mistrust of medicine and how to educate and empower patients so they have better interactions with the health care system, especially for Black communities. The atmosphere […]

California Unveils Historic Monument Honoring Native American History

The family of Miwok leader and cultural preservationist William “Bill” Franklin stands in front of the California Native American Monument in Capitol Park. The monument, created in the likeness of Franklin, is the first to honor Native American people on the grounds of the State Capitol. Nov. 7, 2023. CBM photo by Antonio Ray Harvey.

*California has erected an eight-foot statue honoring Miwok elder William “Bill” Franklin, and 338 Native American tribes. Located on the grounds of the State Capitol in Sacramento, it is the first official monument honoring Native American heritage at the historic building where the Legislature convenes and where Gov. Gavin Newsom has his primary office. Over […]

Hurdles to Homeownership: Black Families in California Are Facing A Crisis

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*The high cost of housing, predatory financing programs, and the temporary nature of a critical government assistance program are all factors making it harder for Black families in California to buy homes — or keep the ones they already own. Policy leaders, building industry organizations, and other concerned advocates are expressing concern that, if left […]

Thirty-Five Firefighters Who Died on Duty Honored During State Memorial

Thomas Jay, Fire Battalion Chief for Riverside (Retired) leads the indoor procession at the California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. The event honored 35 firefighters who died in the line of duty. Oct. 14, 2023. CBM Photo by Antonio Ray Harvey.

*The California Fire Foundation hosted its 2023 Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony and Procession Ceremony on Oct. 14 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Sacramento. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond attended the event organized to honor 35 firefighters who died in the line of duty. Among the honorees […]

NAACP California-Hawaii State Conference Hosts 36th State Convention

Oakland City Councilwoman Treva Reid receives a passionate hug after her speech during the NAACP's Political Luncheon on Oct. 28, 2023 - CBM photo by Antonio Ray Harvey

*The NAACP California-Hawaii State Conference (Cal-Hi NAACP) held its 36th annual State Convention at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The convention featured a series of workshops and discussions organized to promote solutions for some of the most pressing issues impacting Black communities in California and Hawaii. The focus was on a range of […]

News You Might Have Missed: California Black Media Political Playback

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*Conservatorship Is Coming to California: Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Transforming California’s Mental Health Care System Californians with relatives suffering from severe mental illness or chronic substance use disorders, including alcoholism, will soon be able to make decisions on their behalf after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 43 into law on Oct. 10. In […]

California Black Media, Ethnic Media Services Host Award Show and Conference

 Amy Tong, Government Operations and Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin. (Photo by Robert Maryland CBM)

*The Ethnic Media Conference Awards and Expo took place at the Kimpton-Sawyer Hotel in downtown Sacramento on Aug. 31. The event celebrated the work of journalists, podcasters, photojournalists, and investigative reporters whose contributions have been published by media outlets serving ethnic audiences across California. The awards ceremony, sponsored by Ethnic Media Services and California Black […]

Reparations Task Force to Recommend ‘Genealogy Branch’ to Prove Eligibility

Reparations Task Force to Recommend “Genealogy Branch” to Prove Eligibility

*The California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans is recommending that the State Legislature fund a governmental department dedicated to assisting reparations applicants prove their ancestry to enslaved people in the United States. The task force’s proposal to establish a “genealogy branch” within the proposed California American Freedmen Affairs Agency […]

Shift Happens: San Francisco Summit Pursues Equitable Future for Women | PICs

*Shift Happens! The San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women (DOSW) moved one step closer to helping transform the Golden Gate City into a fully-gender equitable city by staging an event centered on women’s voices, perspectives, and ideas. In partnership with the African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC), DOSW presented the […]

Panel Discusses Supreme Court Case Threatening End of Affirmative Action

Panel Discuss Supreme Court Case Threatening End of Affirmative Action

*A webinar hosted by ChangeLawyers, American Constitution Society (ACS) Bay Area, and Equal Justice Society was held on Nov. 15 to discuss the possible outcomes of the United States Supreme Court’s pending decision in the case Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard. The online event titled, “The End of Affirmative Action: How SCOTUS Is […]