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Activist Says New SF Ordinance Will Make Food More Expensive for Low-Income Families

A recently passed San Francisco ordinance is designed to provide consumers with more informed choices, but Diane Sullivan, an advocate for low-income families, says it will make food more expensive. Sullivan debated the consequences of the law at a hearing at City Hall on Monday. Continue reading Activist Says New SF Ordinance Will Make Food More Expensive for Low-Income Families

Loíza: The Heart of Puerto Rico’s Black Culture

Samuel Lind’s two-story wooden home functions as an art gallery and studio. When he’s at home, visitors can view his overwhelming collection of work, which ranges from colorful cartoonish posters for local festivals, to life-like paintings of Black women, to serious life-sized clay and bronze statues depicting African people and deities. Themes of nature and African heritage fill the walls of the studio—and so does the Puerto Rican flag. Continue reading Loíza: The Heart of Puerto Rico’s Black Culture

Stephon Clark Shooting Spurs Citywide Protest, National Attention

Sacramento resident Stephon Clark became the latest unarmed Black male to die in a police-related shooting.  The story has spread across the national media to become the newest flashpoint amongst African-American activists and community leaders and the families who demand action on police violence. Continue reading Stephon Clark Shooting Spurs Citywide Protest, National Attention

“Underfunded, Understaffed” 2020 Census

The NAACP announced that the group has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Census Bureau and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, “to combat the imminent threat that the 2020 Census will substantially undercount African Americans and other people of color in communities throughout the United States,” a press release about the lawsuit said. Continue reading “Underfunded, Understaffed” 2020 Census

Sacramento Residents Demand Answers in Stephon Clark Killing

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, 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. Continue reading Sacramento Residents Demand Answers in Stephon Clark Killing

The Power Rising Conference Featured the Best and Brightest in Black Women Leadership

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.” Continue reading The Power Rising Conference Featured the Best and Brightest in Black Women Leadership

What I Miss about Handwritten Letters

I have found myself increasingly wondering whether social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, constitutes a vehicle for civil dialogue. The number of attacks that I have either witnessed or experienced has been astounding. It has gotten to the point that I rarely respond to comments on either Twitter or Facebook, unless I have concluded that the original writer/author was interested in a response. Continue reading What I Miss about Handwritten Letters