Panel Votes to Dissolve Sativa Water Board Following Brown Water Deliveries
7/18/2018 3:45:22 PM

LOS ANGELES—A state commission voted Wednesday to begin the process of dissolving the Sativa Water District, which has come under fire in recent months for delivering brown water to customers in Compton and Willowbrook. The Local Agency Formation Commission voted unanimously in favor of eliminating the district, after hearing boisterous testimony from residents, many of whom wore shirts that read "Clear Water, Clean Start." "Sativa Board members have ignored their responsibilities, abused their positions and even had the nerve to give themselves bonuses, all while their customers dealt...

America Will Be!
7/12/2018 9:38:49 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   In 1935, the brilliant Black poet Langston Hughes wrote “Let America Be America Again.” Hughes wasn’t looking back to a nostalgic, idealized fantasy of America’s past. As he says in the refrain: “America never was America to me.” Instead, the poem is about the dream so many people of all colors, backgrounds, faiths, and nationalities have always had of what America should be – the “dream it used to be” of love, opportunity, equality, and freedom for all. That was the “dream so strong, so brave,...

A Letter from America’s Children
7/12/2018 9:36:44 PM

By Ron Harris   Dear U.S. Media, Democrats, Republicans, Independents and to the concerned Americans who poured out into the streets to protest Donald Trump’s cruel and faulty immigration policies, What about us? We understand and applaud your response to this administration’s malevolent separation of immigrant families from their children—policies and practices so un-American and shocking that they have come to dominate the national conversation. Your immediate, visceral response to evil spurred you into action. But there is another evil, a pervasive,...

Another Assault on the Black Press
7/12/2018 9:35:06 PM

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.   Amid the rush to comprehend the ramifications of a full-scale international trade war initiated by the errant and backward tariff policies of the Trump Administration, there are results of the tariffs that need to be challenged by Black America. The financial sustainability of the Black Press of America is now facing a catastrophic and a possible deadly impact, because of these new tariffs. The current dispute over the rising costs of the paper product termed “newsprint,” because of tariffs on Canadian newsprint threatens the future...

NEW LEGISLATION WOULD RESTORE REVOKED HUD PROTECTIONS AND RULES
7/12/2018 9:33:38 PM

By Charlene Crowell   When Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many housing and civil rights advocates wondered how a world-renowned neurosurgeon would direct the future of housing in America. By his own admission, he arrived at HUD with no governmental experience or active interest in housing’s history either. Despite those professional shortcomings, Secretary Carson swiftly began a series of actions that triggered broad and sustained criticism from civil rights and housing policy advocates. On Secretary...

Pressed on Every Side…But Not Defeated
7/2/2018 7:50:36 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   Politics can be a dirty game. It can oftentimes bring out the worst in people.  It isn’t for the faint of heart. On the flip side, however, politics gives us an opportunity to witness individuals rise above the negative elements usually associated with politics, as well as the other challenges they have endured to help them make their mark in history. Such a feat was witnessed on June 13, as San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed, 43, overcame tremendous adversity and challenges to become the first African American woman to...

It’s Time for Blacks to Pull the Trigger on Politics
7/2/2018 7:48:25 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney How often do we hear messages about the amount of money Black people spend every year as consumers? In a recent report by Nielsen titled, “Black Dollars Matter: The Sales Impact of Black Consumers,” the message was once again highlighted: While African Americans make up just 14 percent of the population, they are responsible for some $1.2 trillion in purchases annually. It is no secret that a significant amount of money flows through the hands of Black people annually, but what does that mean if Black people aren’t using their collective financial...

REVOLUTIONARY SLAVEHOLDERS
7/2/2018 7:46:04 PM

By Oscar H Blayton   Each year, many Americans celebrate the 4th of July. On that day in 1776, it is said that “The Land of the Free” was born. But the true historical significance of Independence Day has been smothered in hot dogs, barbecue ribs and potato salad. And fireworks distract us from contemplating the economic forces that served as midwife to the birth of this nation. Four hundred years ago, Europeans invaded the Atlantic coast of North America and fought each other and the indigenous peoples for control of the land. By 1763, the British had made deals...

House Approves Bill Expanding Treatment for Opioid Abuse
6/27/2018 5:00:00 PM

By Kevin Freking   WASHINGTON (AP)—The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis that is killing more than 115 people in the United States daily. The legislation passed Friday by a vote of 396-14. It incorporates dozens of opioid-related bills that lawmakers have made a campaign-season priority. In urging the passage of the bill, many lawmakers told personal stories about how opioid abuse has affected constituents, family and friends. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told the story...

Evil Personified
6/27/2018 3:45:57 PM

By Marian Edelman Wright   The past week saw a new level of evil and political degradation at the American border with the unbearable images of crying children being taken away from their desperate parents and locked up in “tender age shelters” and warehouses, with some even kept in cages. For many people of faith, the suggestion that the God of the Scriptures would somehow endorse the Trump administration’s callous cruelty towards children and immigrant families is literally beyond belief. The Hebrew Scriptures stress over and over the importance of welcoming the...