January Special!
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...

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on Rep. Ron DeSantis’ Opposition to the Violence Against Women Act
9/20/2018 2:15:20 PM

Washington, D.C.–Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act to highlight Rep. Ron DeSantis’ opposition to this landmark legislation: “Mr. DeSantis’ vote against the Violence Against Women Act in 2013 is disgraceful. Reauthorization of this landmark legislation had been passed without major opposition for nearly two decades since it was introduced. By refusing to join with an overwhelming majority of his colleagues to protect women against gendered violence and fund vital programs that...

The Test of Our Progress
9/20/2018 2:11:42 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."   These words are from President Franklin Roosevelt’s second inaugural address given January 20, 1937. The President was speaking to a nation crawling out of the Great Depression. Progress had been made but President Roosevelt knew a great nation was still capable of so much more. Below is what preceded that passage: "[H]ere is the challenge to our democracy: In...

The Miseducation of “Betsy DeVoid”
9/20/2018 2:08:35 PM

By Julianne Malveaux Even her boss, the 45th President of the United States, is derisive of Education Secretary Betsey DeVoid, the Devos woman who is devoid, absent, of good sense. She may have even been placed in her position as payback for whatever support her wealthy family provided to the certified public liar of a leader. Education Secretary Betsey DeVoid has used her position to elevate her family’s economic advantage, and she has used her position to punish students whose interests are contrary to her own. She is a prime example of miseducation, and her tenure has been an...

LA Found a Success in its First Week of Operation
9/20/2018 2:04:10 PM

September 14, 2018—Just 9 days after launching L.A. Found—a countywide program to help families find individuals with autism, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease when they wander and go missing—two individuals who wandered away have been reunited with their family using L.A. Found bracelets.   Incident #1 At 5:45 am on September 13, 2018, a 65-year old man went missing from his Altadena home. He suffers from Alzheimer’s and was given a Project Lifesaver tracking bracelet by the L.A. Found program due to his tendency to wander away from his home. A...