Many of the deaths at the hands of police are underscored by a common thread of mental health needs that often goes ignored by the public. The latest example of a black person being killed while suffering from an “episode” is Desmond Phillips, 25, who was shot after his father called police to their shared apartment in Chico, California.
Bill Cosby has been accused of rape by dozens of women but only a handful of them will be able to take any kind of legal action due to statute of limitations that legally absolves rapists of any accountability of their crime(s) after a specified amount of time has passed. If that sounds like a problematic concept to you, you’re not alone.
California Governor Jerry Brown has now signed a bill that officially ended the state’s statute of limitations on rape cases, according to Reuters. The law takes effect on January 1, 2017.
“I called police to help him, not to kill him,” said Alfred Olango’s sister after San Diego police officers opened fire and shot the 30-year-old on Tuesday afternoon.
Going to college at a predominantly White institution (PWI) as a queer Black woman was difficult on its own. However, when considering that I was also first-generation and low income, I was at a severe disadvantage academically, professionally and socially. This is why a recent story about a Pitzer College student’s request to live with non-white people struck such a chord with me.
By: Chaya Crowder
There is a homeless crisis in Los Angeles County. On a given night there are more than 46,000 people without homes in Los Angeles. Policy makers and community activists are drawing attention to this growing issue. A May 2016 poll by the African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation project found that 93 percent of African American voters in California view homelessness as a high priority for elected officials to address.
The state of California has practically guaranteed some diversity to the U.S. Senate. Throughout the history of Congress, there has only been one black woman in the Senate and no Latinas – although there has been a handful of each as members of the House of Representatives. Thanks to a new law that places the two candidates with the most votes in a runoff, regardless of their party affiliation, California’s next senator will change all of that.
This morning, Jasmine [Abdullah] Richards, a 28-year-old Black Lives Matter organizer and founder of the Pasadena, California chapter was sentenced after being convicted on a charge of “federal lynching.” She is the first African American person to ever be convicted of this crime in the United States.
Fortunately, Richards will only serve 90 days for the charge, 18 of them having already been served compared to the six months that the prosecution requested.
Far too many children are having life-long memories either taken away or ruined for nothing else than being themselves. Whether it be because of a poem, a goatee or a kente cloth, this is getting far out of hand.
Nyree Holmes was set to participate in graduation from Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, California. However, the school had a strict graduation dress code which only included caps, gowns and any cords or medals to commemorate academic awards received.
Afeni Shakur Davis, former Black Panther, music entrepreneur, and the mother of the late rap legend Tupac Shakur, has passed at 69 years old.