California Rent Control Ballot Measure Prompts Fierce Fight
10/10/2018 9:31:47 PM

By Sophia Bollag   SACRAMENTO (AP)—Californians who rent apartments built after 1995, single-family homes or condominiums have limited protections from rising prices under a state law passed that year that significantly restricts rent control. That could change if voters pass Proposition 10 in November. The ballot measure would let cities and counties across California expand or enact rent control by overturning the 1995 law, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. It's one of the highest profile and most expensive issues this election season as California faces a...

End Cruelty to Immigrant Families and Children
10/3/2018 11:19:59 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   July 26 was the deadline set by a court for the Trump administration to reunite all children and parents who were cruelly separated from each other at the border by their zero-tolerance immigration policy. Yet we are about to enter October with about 400 children still separated from their families. Nearly two-thirds of these children’s parents have reportedly already been deported without being reunited with their children. Immigrant advocates say some migrant parents agreed to be deported quickly with the understanding that it would speed up their...

America’s Favorite Dad Is a Convicted Rapist
10/3/2018 11:17:25 AM

By Nsenga K. Burton   America’s favorite Dad is now behind bars. A sad ending to a fairytale story of success against all odds in an entertainment industry not known for being historically kind to Black folk has come to an end. Bill Cosby, a man much admired and revered for his groundbreaking rise in Hollywood as an actor and then as a creator of one of the most successful television shows in television history (The Cosby Show), was sentenced to 3 to 10 years for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. America’s favorite dad has been found guilty in one of 60...

The Dirty Water Rule Will Heighten the Clean Water Crisis for Black Americans
10/3/2018 11:14:08 AM

By Niva Lubin-Johnson, M.D., FACP   Clean water is a basic human right. Still, too many low-income communities and communities of color are not receiving their right of clean water. They are being wronged and are suffering from contaminated drinking water due to failing infrastructure and polluted water and air.  At the National Medical Association (NMA), we see firsthand how this crisis in clean water creates a variety of healthcare problems for Black patients and their families. The NMA represents the voices of African American physicians and patients nationwide. We are...

Homeowner Bill of Rights: Protecting Families from Life’s Financial
10/3/2018 11:11:10 AM

By Charlene Crowell   In recent weeks, multiple news sources have reported on the 10-year anniversary since the onset of the nation’s foreclosure crisis. Between 2007 and 2011, 10.9 million homes went into foreclosure, with 8 million completing that process. Additionally, $1.95 trillion in lost property value affected both families who lost their homes to foreclosure, as well as their nearby neighbors who remained in their homes. prominently revisited in these retrospectives were the disproportionate losses suffered by Black and Latinx communities. Together, these two...

Our Children Are Saying ‘We Are Afraid’
9/26/2018 12:34:12 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   The school shootings are scary and we feel like nothing can stop it from happening. — 11-year-old girl, Indiana   We are afraid because there are too many threats at schools. I want my school to be safe and to have art because kids like art. –8-year-old girl, Wisconsin   No one is doing anything to make me feel safe at school. –14-year-old girl, Washington, D.C.   We deserve to have a childhood. –13-year-old boy, Pennsylvania   What worries children most at the start of a new...

The Pernicious Power of Patriarchy
9/26/2018 12:33:07 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   Our nation, these United States, is founded on the principles of racism and patriarchy. They are reflected in our very constitution, where enslaved persons were counted as a fraction of a person and only men of property were allowed the right to vote. The filthy inequality at the foundation of this nation has now bubbled up and boiled over, polluting every aspect of our lives. Patriarchy places men at the center of life and women at the periphery. It suggests that women do not matter. It allows for the subjugation of women when they attempt to enter public...

What the Supreme Court Nomination Would Mean for Black Women
9/26/2018 12:31:12 PM

By La'Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM Executive Director, New Voices for Reproductive Justice   With the confirmation process underway for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Black women have certainly been voicing our opposition. There’s no sugar-coating it: confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would be disastrous for Black women. To begin, Kavanaugh has made it clear that he doesn’t support the right to abortion enshrined in Roe v. Wade—though seven in 10 people in this country do, as well as nearly eight in 10 Black...

Del Taco Hit with Sexual Harassment Lawsuit from EEOC
9/20/2018 2:22:54 PM

LAKE FOREST—The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday against the Lake Forest-based Del Taco restaurant chain alleging three male employees at a Rancho Cucamonga store sexually harassed a group of young female workers. The federal agency contends that a hostile work environment forced the female employees to quit. A Del Taco spokesman issued this statement on behalf of the company: "Del Taco takes this matter very seriously and we are currently investigating the allegations that have been brought to our attention. Based on the...

Do African-American Farmers Support Kavanaugh for Supreme Court? ... Depends on Who You Ask
9/20/2018 2:17:40 PM

By Lee Eric Smith   Black farmers are throwing their full support behind Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Supreme Court. Black farmers also believe Kavanaugh would be a disaster for Black America—including Black farmers. And if you're confused after reading those two sentences, it's because where Black farmers stand on Kavanaugh's nomination depends on who you ask—and which organization of Black farmers they represent. In mid-August, the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) sent a glowing letter...