$350 Million Upgrade of Metro Blue Line Includes Partial Closures
8/15/2018 8:44:26 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Metro Blue Line will undergo a $350 million modernization beginning in January, necessitating that portions of the line be temporarily closed for two extended four-month periods, Metro announced last week. Work to modernize the Blue Line, which is Metro's oldest rail line at 28 years old, has been ongoing since 2014, and the upcoming "New Blue" project will improve reliability, enhance safety and improve the customer experience, Metro officials said. In addition to the closures, Blue Line service to Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station will be closed for...

Schools Shouldn't Separate Students by Age
8/15/2018 8:12:54 PM

By Siri Fiske   Imagine a company that keeps entry-level workers separate from more senior employees. One team consists exclusively of 22-year-old new hires, another of 45-year-old middle managers, and a third of 60-year-old senior vice presidents. No inter-team collaboration allowed. Such a setup would be a terrible business decision. Upper management would operate in a bubble with zero feedback. And younger employees would suffer from a lack of mentorship. No one would ever structure a company this way. Yet it's exactly how we organize our schools. Segregating students...

Our Children Are Crying Out
8/15/2018 8:10:07 PM

By Marian Edelman Wright   Last weekend in Chicago, 12 people were killed and at least 60 others were injured by guns. Fourteen of these shooting victims were children and teenagers, the youngest an 11-year-old boy who was shot in the leg. Seventeen-year-old Kenny Ivory was shot and killed on Sunday afternoon while riding his bike a block from his home. Seventeen-year-old Jahnae Patterson died after being shot in the face while standing outside during a nighttime block party. Her mother said Jahnae, the middle child in her family and oldest daughter, wanted to be a lawyer someday....

LB State Among Top in Nation Awarding STEM Degrees to Minority Students
8/15/2018 1:08:20 PM

LONG BEACH—Long Beach State University is among the top U.S. universities awarding engineering and other STEM degrees to minority students. The Long Beach campus issued the 14th-most bachelor’s degrees to minority students among U.S. universities during the 2016-17 academic year, according to the July 26 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. “We appreciate the recognition for the work of our colleges’ leadership and faculty as they continue strengthening our STEM-related education offerings,” said Brian Jersky, provost and senior vice president for...

Levi's, Yelp Join Coalition Pledging Not to Discriminate
8/10/2018 9:25:33 PM

By Dee-Ann Durbin   Levi Strauss, Yelp and Lyft are leading a coalition of 1,200 businesses and cities that are pledging not to discriminate against employees or customers based on race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. Normally, making a promise to serve every customer might seem like a no-brainer. But the Open to All coalition is launching in a highly charged atmosphere, with florists refusing to provide flowers for gay weddings and stores turning away Muslim customers. On the same June weekend that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a...

Fox Exec: Up to 'Simpsons' Creators to Handle Apu Criticism
8/10/2018 11:31:08 AM

By Lynn Elber   BEVERLY HILLS (AP)—Creators of “The Simpsons” have the freedom to handle the show's depiction of Indian shop owner Apu in the right way for their show, a top Fox executive said Thursday. Apu, the Kwik-E-Mart clerk who has sold expired food and ripped off customers in the long-running animated Fox series, has come under fire as racist and stereotypical. The criticism flared after the recent release of the documentary “The Trouble with Apu.” “We have had conversations with (executive producer) Jim Brooks and his team, and...

The Census Citizenship Question and Children
8/1/2018 2:39:16 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Who counts as a person in America? The answer is more complicated than it should be. Every ten years the government is required by the Constitution to count the entire resident population of the United States. The Census matters for a very long list of reasons beginning with political representation: the count is used to determine how seats in the House of Representatives are distributed and states rely on it to map their own legislative districts. Census data are used to determine how federal and state funding are distributed for Medicaid, nutrition...

Issues in Harris County and Across the Nation
8/1/2018 2:34:48 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   During a recent trip to Houston, Rev. Jesse Jackson joined forces with Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis and various local community advocates, to address a litany of social justice issues that have impacted many individuals in the Greater Houston area, as well as across the entire nation. At a news conference that was held at the Harris County Precinct One El Rio Service Center, Rev. Jackson joined Commissioner Ellis to talk about why Harris County Commissioners Court should settle a bail reform lawsuit and a push for the county to adopt a...

ICE Policies Hurt Our Communities Beyond the Border
8/1/2018 2:31:40 PM

By Hamid Yazdan Panah   Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out one of its largest raids in years, arresting more than 140 people in Ohio. But raids and family separation are only part of the total impact ICE has on our communities. The Trump administration has attempted to justify aggressive immigration enforcement by claiming they help make our cities safer, yet the opposite may be true. Immigration advocates have raised concerns about public safety based on ICE’s track record of abuse, militarized operations and propensity to identify themselves...

This Is Why Migrant Parents Travel with Children
8/1/2018 2:29:30 PM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.   There has been a strange response by many White conservatives to the separation of migrant children from their parents.  Whether we are discussing undocumented migrants or those requesting asylum, there has been rightwing pushback to the larger chorus of condemnation of the Trump administration for its zero tolerance. These right-wingers claim that it is the parents who are to blame for the separation crisis. Let’s stop and think about this for a moment. The parents of these children are attempting to escape criminal violence or destitution....