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Judge won’t dismiss discrimination suit by slave descendants

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that claims racial discrimination is eroding one of the last communities of slave descendants on the Southeast U.S. coast. Residents and landowners from the tiny Hogg Hummock community on remote Sapelo Island sued the state and McIntosh County in December 2015. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court says the enclave of about 50 black residents is shrinking rapidl ...

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Vietnam—The worst years of our lives – Part III

By Harry Alford This war had a physical span of 10 years. From 1965 – 1975 when we fled from the complex as if it were a plague. U.S. civilians, state department employees and Vietnamese seeking to flee from the ongoing North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops moving quickly towards Saigon which they renamed Ho Chi Minh City. President Gerald Ford stepped up with much courage and leadership when he did what no ...

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New Nielsen Study Reveals Growing Spending Power, Influence of Black Women

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) A new report detailing the record-setting spending power of African American women has further buoyed the confidence of Black female entrepreneurs, who said the information proves their undeniable value to the United States and the global economy. The report titled, “African American Women: Our Science, Her Magic,” was released by Nielsen during the Congressiona ...

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LAPD Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man Justified, Says Panel

By Michael Balsamo LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police officers acted within department policy when they fatally shot an 18-year-old man last year, whose death sparked a series of protests across the city, the police department’s civilian oversight panel ruled. The determination from the Los Angeles Police Commission found the officers involved in the October 2016 shooting death of Carnell Snell Jr. were justi ...

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Congresswoman Lee, Quad Caucus Demand Removal of Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller from White House

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee and leadership of the Congressional Quad-Caucus – which is composed of chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) – sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the immediate removal of Steve Bannon, Sebastian ...

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Treasurer John Chiang Releases Statement on Wells Fargo Board of Directors Changes

SACRAMENTO –  “I am encouraged by these latest steps taken by Wells Fargo and hope they will prove helpful in beginning to put the wheels back on the bank’s trademark stagecoach.” “For months I have been calling for a total reboot of this California-based bank with its storied history reaching back to the Gold Rush. Today, at last, we may be seeing that occurring. In April, I called for the ouster of seven ...

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Assemblymember Irwin names Many Mansions as the Assembly District 44 Nonprofit of the Year

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) named Many Mansions as her 2017 Nonprofit of the Year. Every year members of the California State Assembly are asked to name an outstanding nonprofit to recognize during a ceremony on the floor of the California State Assembly. “Many Mansions has been at the forefront of advocating on behalf of affordable housing issues in Ventura County since the 1 ...

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Limón, State Legislature Declare California Nonprofits Day

Sacramento – Nonprofits are a critical part of our communities and so Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, which declares June 28, 2017 as California Nonprofits Day.  “Nonprofit organizations generate $2.6-bilion in economic activity every year,” Assemblymember Limón said as she presented ACR 54 to the State Assembly. “They employ more than a million peo ...

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Medicaid Cuts Would Crush California Hospitals

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called on Republicans to halt their attacks on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, an effort that would devastate California hospitals. The Senate Republican health care bill ends the federal-state partnership on Medicaid, reducing the federal contribution to the program by $772 billion over 10 years. This means that by 2027, California would be required to p ...

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