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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

By Tanu Henry for California Black Media via LA Focus Newspaper

For 24 years now, Samual Brown – who was convicted for attempted murder in Sacramento – has been serving time in California state prisons. Right now, he is at a correctional facility in Lancaster, a Los Angeles County town northeast of L.A. While in prison, Brown says he has evolved. In addition to earning an associate degree, Brown will be awarded his B.A. from CSU Los Angeles in the Spring, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

By OW Staff Writer for Our Weekly Los Angeles

Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) announced Assembly Bill 609 to help ensure racial and gender equity for college athletes in California on Monday, March 1. Kamlager said the bill is known as The College Athlete Race and Gender Equity Act. She said the bill will secure equitable opportunity, treatment, and compensation for college athletes whose skills have so far been exploited for financial gain by the NCAA’s college industrial sports complex.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

By Maria L. La Ganga for Los Angeles Times

Dorsey Nunn knows more about one particular line in the California Constitution than anyone would ever want to. It’s the line that harkens back to the dark days after the Civil War, the one that bans slavery — more or less.

“Slavery is prohibited,” says Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution, the set of fundamental principles that defines what this state stands for. “Involuntary servitude is prohibited except to punish crime.”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

CBM Newswire via Sacramento Observer

After launching a campaign last year to push for another Black woman to replace Vice President Kamala Harris in the United States Senate, a coalition of California Black women leaders say they are not defeated. They are organizing.

Many of the women – federal or state legislators, other elected officials and political leaders –have made history in California and across the nation. Now, they have come together to organize, launching an effort to ensure that more Black women are voted into elected office in California

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

By Jason Lewis for Los Angeles Standard Newspaper

Violent crimes have increased at an alarming rate this year.  There were more deaths from violent crimes in South Los Angeles over the first three weeks of 2021 than there were in the entire year of 2020.  This prompted an emergency press conference at Community Build in Leimert Park Village to discuss solutions to this problem.

California Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager expressed her frustration as she discussed the rise in violent crime, and she pointed out that there is a need for more funding for organizations which prevent children from joining gangs, and which help keep the peace between the gangs.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

By Don Thompson for AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —  California organizations encompassing both police chiefs and rank-and-file officers proposed legislation Thursday in the wake of recent civil unrest that they said would raise standards for police recruiting and training while increasing diversity.

Prospective officers should have to complete college classes that the groups said would prepare them “to meet the expectations of a modern police force,” including courses on mental health, social services, psychology and communication.

It’s part of what Brian Marvel, president of the Peace Officers Research Association of California, said must be “a culture shift” not only within police ranks but in how officers are viewed by the public.