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....

Black Women You Should Know
3/22/2018 8:35:23 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   All too often, our “history” month turns into a tribute to the past. And while the past is an important place to lift up it is, indeed, a tributary, a stream that flows into the larger stream of an unbounded future. The future must always be greater than the present, or there has been no progress. And, in the words of Frederick Douglas, “progress concedes nothing without a demand.” I spend much of Women’s History Month thinking of those who have come before me; I stand on their shoulders.  I claim Women’s...

President Trump’s 2019 Budget Hurts Blacks
3/22/2018 8:32:51 PM

By Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus   If you want to know how a president feels about your community, then all you need to do is look at his or her budget, because it reflects their values—both what they value and what they don’t. If you look at President Trump’s FY 2019 budget, it’s clear that he doesn’t value low-income and black and brown communities because he cuts programs that these communities disproportionately rely on, including the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (food stamp...

Millions Expected to Participate in Anti-Gun-Violence Marches Saturday
3/22/2018 8:28:01 PM

By Jennifer Peltz   Students from the Florida high school where 17 people were fatally shot last month expect more than 1 million participants in upcoming marches in Washington and elsewhere calling for gun regulations, students said Monday. More than 800 March for Our Lives demonstrations are planned around the world Saturday, sparked by the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida. Locally, the public is invited to attend a march called March for Our Lives Aiken on Saturday, starting in front of the Aiken County courthouse at 10 a.m. Interested participants will meet in...