Blacks Largely Left Out of High-Paying Jobs
4/5/2018 3:47:37 PM

By Bob Salsberg and Angeliki Kastanis Jonathan Garland's fascination with architecture started early: He spent much of his childhood designing Lego houses and gazing at Boston buildings on rides with his father away from their largely minority neighborhood. But when Garland looked around at his architectural college, he didn't see many who looked like him—there were few Black faces in classroom seats, and fewer teaching skills or giving lectures. “If you do something simple like Google ‘architects' and you go to the images tab, you're primarily...

15th Defense Lawyer in Suge Knight's Murder Case Leaves
3/29/2018 9:21:09 PM

By Andrew Dalton LOS ANGELES—Marion “Suge” Knight lost another defense lawyer—his 15th—on Friday and the three-year wait for his murder trial to start will grow even longer. Judge Ronald S. Coen released attorney Dominique Banos, citing a conflict of interest. Banos said outside court that she had told the judge she believes she is a target in the witness-tampering investigation that led to the indictment and removal of two of Knight's lawyers. She denied any wrongdoing and said she regretted leaving a case she felt was winnable. The moment...

Fair Housing’s Unfinished 50-Year Journey
3/29/2018 9:18:47 PM

By Charlene Crowell Although golden anniversaries are often considered milestone moments accompanied by festive celebrations, two such observances in April 2018 are bittersweet memories for much of Black America. One took the life of an unparalleled preacher, orator, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The other marks the enactment of what many would argue is the strongest of the civil rights laws enacted during the 1960s: The Fair Housing Act. As observances begin across the country, now is an appropriate time to recall how fair housing was a key issue for Dr. Martin...

Marching for Our Children’s Lives and Nation’s Soul
3/29/2018 9:16:15 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman I am so proud of every one of the brave young survivors and opponents of gun violence, organizers, and marchers who will be leading adults in the March For Our Lives and sister marches across the nation this Saturday. We have so much work to do to build safe communities for all our children. We must follow our marching by electing leaders at all levels of government who will protect children, not guns and stand up to the NRA for every child’s right to live and learn free of gun violence. But that will not happen until mothers and grandmothers, fathers and...

Black Women Need Better Access to Reproductive Healthcare
3/29/2018 9:04:25 PM

By Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley I’ve been a practicing OB/GYN for nearly 15 years, long enough to see patient after patient struggle through the web of systemic barriers that make accessing healthcare needlessly difficult. At my practice in Baltimore, in a state that is a national trailblazer in providing comprehensive and affordable reproductive healthcare, I still hear every day from women who struggle to get the care they need. My patients have told me stories about having to take three buses to get to an appointment, only to be turned away, if they are late. Some patients...

Grandmother of Slain Sacramento Man Calls for Police Changes
3/29/2018 9:00:56 PM

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO—The grandmother of an unarmed black man killed by Sacramento police called Monday for changes in the way police confront suspects, such as sending in a police dog, using a Taser, or aiming for an arm or leg when shots are fired. Sequita Thompson said at an emotional news conference that police didn't need to shoot at 22-year-old Stephon Clark 20 times, killing him in her darkened backyard March 18. “They didn't have to kill him like that, they didn't have to shoot him that many times,” she said through sobs, recounting...

Lemonwood Elementary Has a Soft Opening
3/29/2018 8:42:13 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   In comments by the Oxnard City Council, March 6, Councilman Oscar Madrigal said there was a soft opening at Lemonwood Elementary School. “I could not be there, but I did have the pleasure of taking a pre-tour about two weeks ago with the principal, Miss Wennes and she is doing a great job,” Madrigal said. He viewed the classrooms and said they are marvelous. “I’m jealous of everything that school has,” he said. “I am a graduate of Lemonwood School, way back in 1996 and the...

Judge Allows Five More Accusers to Testify Against Bill Cosby
3/29/2018 8:06:55 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   The judge in the Bill Cosby case reversed his own decision from a year ago, allowing five additional accusers to testify in the comedian’s upcoming criminal trial. Judge Steven O’Neill, who last year ruled against a prosecution motion to allow 13 accusers to testify against Cosby, reversed course this time and will allow five of the 19 requested by prosecutors. Neither side would comment on the decision on Thursday, March 15. The women have not been identified, but at least one accuser that prosecutors asked for has accusations that...

Sacramento Residents Demand Answers in Stephon Clark Killing
3/29/2018 7:48:57 PM

By Genoa Barrow   SACRAMENTO—Angry and frustrated residents are demanding answers after a police-involved shooting left an unarmed, Black man dead last week. Stephon Clark, 22, was fatally shot in his Meadowview area backyard Sunday, March 18 after two Sacramento Police Department (SPD) officers shot at him more than 20 times. Local law enforcement officers were in the area after receiving a 911 call about a man suspected of breaking into vehicles in the area. A Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department helicopter spotted a man they believed to be that suspect,...

Our Children’s Cry: Do Something!
3/22/2018 8:36:54 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   On March 14th, Americans witnessed a remarkable scene as tens of thousands of students across our country walked out of their classrooms to honor the tragic and preventable loss of 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida one month earlier and to demand that adults, especially political leaders, take common sense and life saving steps against epidemic gun violence in our nation. Students from Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas demonstrated outside the White House and marched on the U.S....