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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

By Sarina Sandoval for Spectrum News 1

[Broadcast footage via link]

[Sacramento] -- California legislators took a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds to pay tribute to George Floyd Tuesday morning. 

Dozens of members from the State Senate and Assembly came together for a solemn moment on the steps of the Capitol to acknowledge those who have lost their lives to police brutality and white supremacy.

The organizer of the event, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager, hopes that this is the beginning of the movement to condemn racism.

The lawmakers knelt for the length of time that George Floyd was struggling to breathe before he died by the hands of the police. 

Asm. Kamlager says there are a number of bills currently in the legislature that address systemic inequality and racism.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

By Marilyn Bechtel for People's World

As waves of protest continued to surge throughout the U.S. following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the California Legislative Black Caucus last week unfurled a far-reaching legislative agenda to advance racial and economic justice in the state.

As she opened a press conference in Sacramento on June 2, caucus chair Assemblymember Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, told reporters, “We are here because for 400 years African American men and women in this country have been disrespected, because this country has taught itself to hate African Americans and to deny the history that has brought us here. The death of George Floyd is a brutal illustration that we have not come to terms with that.”

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

By Ashley Zavala for Fox40

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Dozens of California lawmakers knelt in honor of George Floyd and other black lives lost over the years, a symbolic gesture on a sunny Tuesday at the State Capitol.

“This day is picturesque. It would be a day to go jogging if you were Ahmaud Arbery, to ride a bike if you were Freddie Gray,” said Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager, D-Los Angeles.

Masked and 6 feet apart, the group knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time Floyd struggled to breathe under the knee of a police officer.

The group — made up almost entirely of Democrats — urged each other to take accountability and create change.

Monday, June 8, 2020

By Grace Li for SF Weekly

If the CRISES Act existed a year ago, Taun Hall says her son, Miles Hall, would still be alive.

“It would’ve saved my child,” Taun says. Her son, Miles Hall, a Black 23-year-old Walnut Creek resident, was killed a year ago by police in the very city he grew up in. At the time, Miles was suffering from a schizoaffective disorder-induced crisis, and Taun called 911, hoping the authorities could help her calm her son. But when police first arrived at the scene, rather than attempt to talk Hall down, they began yelling and shooting “non-lethal” bean-bags at him, according to Taun and police reports.

“They didn’t even try to de-escalate my son,” Taun says. “They came in and saw a brown-skinned African American young man, who had a bandana on his face.”

Monday, June 8, 2020

By Mark Blount for iHeart Media

Amid nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd many are calling for police departments to be defunded, but Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg says he's against the idea. Steinberg says it's the wrong approach, and instead, he wants city leaders to look into why officers respond to non-crime related calls.

"When you ask the police whether they want to be the ones responsible for solving the mental health crisis in California, they will say no," said Steinberg. "Here's some area for potential common ground."

Sunday, June 7, 2020

By Nico Savidge for The Mercury News

A teacher at one San Francisco protest last week urged the city’s schools to end security contracts with the police department. A man’s speech at an Oakland rally included a call for more police body cameras and said officers should lose their jobs if they tamper with the devices. Leaning out of a car window as she passed a demonstration in San Jose, a woman held aloft a sign reading “stop protecting bad cops.”

Amid a national wave of protest sparked by a Minneapolis officer’s killing of George Floyd, and decades of pent-up anger over ongoing abuses by police against people of color, outraged demonstrators and elected officials are calling for sweeping changes to limit law enforcement’s authority and weed out bad cops.

Friday, June 5, 2020

By Graci Li for SF Weekly

By noon, posts with the hashtag #blackouttuesday outnumbered #blacklivesmatter. 

Originally started by Black music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, Blackout Tuesday was meant to be a day for the music industry to hold itself accountable for its long history of profiting from the work of Black artists even as major power-holders remain disproportionately white.