Marijuana Growers Turning to Hemp as CBD Extract Explodes
5/16/2018 12:00:16 PM

By Gillan Flaccus   SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—A glut of legal marijuana is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet—one that doesn't come with a high. Applications for state licenses to grow hemp—marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin—have increased more than twentyfold since 2015, making Oregon No. 2 behind Colorado among the 19 states with active hemp cultivation. The rapidly evolving market comes amid skyrocketing demand for a hemp-derived extract...

Fighting Discrimination in the Housing Market Takes a Strong FHA
5/16/2018 11:38:58 AM

By Charlene Crowell   In the classic movie film, “Gone with the Wind,” the owner of the Tara plantation admonished his daughter for remarking that she didn’t care about her home. In a sharp rebuke, Gerald O-Hara declared that “land was the only thing worth living for, worth fighting for…worth dying for.” For the fictional O’Hara family, Tara was their home, and the source of the family’s wealth. Fast forward to the 21st century, having a home remains a rock-solid route to building wealth that grows and becomes a key...

Racial Mortgage Disparities Persist as Federal Housing Enforcement Lags
5/8/2018 10:56:27 PM

By Charlene Crowell   In the classic movie film, “Gone with the Wind,” the owner of the Tara plantation admonished his daughter for remarking that she didn’t care about her home. In a sharp rebuke, Gerald O-Hara declared that “land was the only thing worth living for, worth fighting for…worth dying for.” For the fictional O’Hara family, Tara was their home, and the source of the family’s wealth. Fast forward to the 21st Century, having a home remains a rock-solid route to building wealth that grows and becomes a key...

NO TURNING BACK
4/26/2018 2:13:59 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last month, “K-12 Education: Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities,” reminds us once again that suspensions and expulsions continue at high rates and offer grave risks to students. The report by this federal monitoring agency reviews data from the Education Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection on school discipline trends across the country, provides a more in-depth look at discipline approaches and challenges faced in five...

Wells Fargo Increases Its Commitment to Black Homebuyers
4/26/2018 1:52:48 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   In 2017, Wells Fargo announced a commitment to create 250,000 African American homeowners by 2027. In addition to lending $60 billion for home purchases over that 10-year period, the banking giant has committed to increase the diversity of its sales team, particularly African American home mortgage consultants. Further, bank officials said they’ve dedicated $15 million for initiatives focused on homebuyer education and counseling for Black families. This commitment is only part of the evidence that Wells Fargo has made over the past year...

One Foot in the Dream, One Foot in the World
4/12/2018 8:20:28 PM

By Sen. Kamala D. Harris Last month, in the middle of this incredibly challenging time for our nation, I had the honor of joining Congressman John Lewis for the annual march commemorating the Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights. And as we crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, I thought about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. It was 50 years ago this week that Dr. King’s life was cut short. But his impact lives on today in countless ways. When we think of the doors of opportunity that have swung open to people of...

Council Approves Medical Marijuana Deliveries
4/12/2018 7:58:37 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   On first reading, The Oxnard City Council approved the delivery of medical cannabis within the city limits. Assistant City Attorney Ken Rozell spoke on behalf of the ordinance and said in 1996, California voters approved medical marijuana and also approved non-medical use by people ages 25 and older a few months ago. “The one good thing about the new regulation is that cities and counties still retain the right to determine whether or not they want to allow commercial cannabis uses within their...

‘Mountaintop’ Speech Remembrance Summons Crowd for Reflection, Action
4/12/2018 7:41:17 PM

By Joyce Kyles MEMPHIS, Tenn.—As the days of our lives mesh into a reel of memories that can become challenging to recall as the volume of them increases, some days standout and we know at the time that they always will. Such was the case for many who made their way to historic Mason Temple in Memphis to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final speech there. The draw was an “I AM 2018” movement event dubbed the “Mountaintop Speech Commemoration,” fittingly held at the world headquarters of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and the site of...

Sessions Orders 'Zero Tolerance' Policy for Border Crossers
4/12/2018 7:39:56 PM

By Elliot Spagat Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered a “zero tolerance” policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border. Sessions told federal prosecutors in border districts to put more emphasis on charging people with illegal entry, which has historically been treated as a misdemeanor offense for those with few or no previous encounters with border authorities. Smugglers and frequent offenders are usually charged with more serious crimes. His one-page order lacks specifics on how the policy will be...

Sacramento Settles Police Beating Lawsuit, Promises Reforms
4/12/2018 7:37:06 PM

Sacramento has agreed to reform its policing practices and pay a Black man $550,000 after an officer threw him to the ground over a jaywalking allegation last year and repeatedly punched him in the face, his lawyers said Friday. The settlement in a U.S. civil rights lawsuit comes as the Police Department in California's capital city has faced intense scrutiny and a series of protests after two officers fatally shot Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed Black man, in his grandmother's backyard last month. Police Chief Daniel Hahn, who took over the department after Nandi...