Journal Publishers named as Civil Rights Pioneers
State Assemblymember, Chris Holden brought Joe and Ruthie Hopkins to Sacramento for the weekend where they attended a Martin Luther King awards breakfast, hosted by the Black Caucus of the California State Assembly. The Hopkins’ were presented with an award on the Assembly ﬂoor
AAVREP Launches Massive “WokeVote18” Voter Registration Drive For 2018 Election African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation Project (AAVREP) has launched a massive 50,000-person statewide voter registration drive (named WokeVote18) for the 2018 election cycle.
Now led by former Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas as its Chief Strategist,
AME Church and Black Banks Launch New Partnership for Black Wealth
The African Methodist Episcopal Church – with a legacy of leadership in its own right -has announced an innovative economic partnership with Black-owned banks across the country. The partnership aims to be a catalyst to spur business development, homeownership and wealth in the Black community.
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul Dies at 76.
Aretha Franklin, arguably the greatest voice in music history, has died. Queen of Soul was 76. “She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin,” said longtime friend Roger Friedman, who also covered the Queen of Soul for decades and originally broke the story
The City of Pasadena Establishes a new Sister City in Dakar Plateau, Senegal, West Africa
Monday night, August 29, 2018 was a historical miracle and the answer to prayers and hopes of supporters who flooded the City Council chambers. The City Councilmembers unanimously approved their sixth Sister City, the ﬁrst in Africa, after over 20 years of foiled attempts.
Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill revisited
Currently, we are looking at the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick to be on the Supreme Court of the United States. A woman who is a college professor, has come forward alleging that she was the victim of an attempted rape by Kavanaugh 30 plus years ago. Her attorney is calling it an attempted sexual assault.
Bail Reform Legislation Raises Fears of Computer-Based Bail System Progressives and some black activists have long complained about America’s bail system, which treats people with means differently from low-income people. Under the current cash bail system, people charged with a crime can sit in jail for months, and sometimes years, without seeing a judge simply because they can’t afford bail.
Voting Rights Under Attack A well-respected group of Democrats and Republicans in Washington are in agreement that the federal government is doing very little to protect the voting rights of minority voters in the United States. Describing the government’s refusal to enable its citizens to participate in fair elections, the Commission on Civil Rights, in a recently released report, characterized the electoral climate as dangerous and pernicious.