THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | December 3, 2019




Hundreds March for Housing Now in Oakland
(OAKLAND POST) - Hundreds of East Bay resi­dents gathered at Mosswood Park in Oakland around noon on Sat., Nov. 23, 2019, to participate in The March for Housing Now, which called for the City of Oakland to house its unhoused residents. Read More

Swept to death
(SF BAY VIEW) - From San Francisco to San Bernardino, unhoused, criminalized communities are dying from ‘sweeps’ and criminalization and resisting with our own solutions. Read More

Black, Red & Ready: African-American Republicans Want to Turn Deep Blue California Purple
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Black Republicans in California are focused and organizing. They want to “reintroduce” African Americans in the state to the GOP, Black Republican leaders and activists say.  Read More

Californians Will Need a REAL ID to Fly for Thanksgiving 2020

(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) — In advance of Thanksgiving – the biggest travel holiday of the year – the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding Californians that new federal ID requirements to fly within the United States or enter secure federal facilities take effect October 1, 2020. Californians who fly to visit friends and family should be aware of the new federal requirements and begin making necessary preparations for a REAL ID so next year’s travel arrangements are not derailed. Read More

California city sued for alleged housing discrimination
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the California city of Hesperia, alleging it discriminated against Black and Latino renters. Read More


Study finds racial gap narrows in prison, jail, parole

(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - A new report by the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice says racial gaps have narrowed across the American criminal justice system between 2000 and 2016, the most recent data available. Read More


Poll: Most Americans Want to Be Counted in 2020 Census
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) - A new national survey of public attitudes about the 2020 U.S. Census shows Americans are growing more willing to stand up and be counted, confirming a positive trend from other surveys, although serious concerns about how the data will be used ? and if it will be secure ? confront the Census Bureau’s outreach campaign on the eve of major operations. Read More

The future of Dreamers –and of one lawyer who represents them- is in the hands of the Supreme Court(

CARIB PRESS) - Despite news reports about a potential setback by SCOTUS, experts are optimistic about the chances of DACA recipients to remain in the U.S. in the long term. Read More

Rep. Maxine Waters weighs in on new voting system

(INGLEWOOD TODAY) - Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-43), considered as one of the most powerful women in American politics, ushered California’s new voting system at the Crenshaw Christian Center on Saturday Nov. 23. Read More


Bill Cosby Speaks from Prison

(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) — Bill Cosby breaks his silence, granting his first exclusive interview since beginning his sentence at SCI-Phoenix, a maximum-security Pennsylvania penitentiary near Philadelphia.  Read More


City, sheriff targeted black and Latino renters for illegal evictions, feds allege
(LA TIMES) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed suit against the city of Hesperia and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, accusing the agencies of discriminatory practices against black and Latino renters that resulted in illegal evictions. Read More

Black students at Oxford University to get scholarships from black American tech entrepreneur
(MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL) - Technology investor and entrepreneur Arlan Hamilton is funding a new scholarship for black undergraduate students at Oxford University, a first for the educational institution. Read More

How Black Voters Could Help Biden Win the Democratic Nomination
(NY TIMES) - To win the Democratic presidential nomination, a candidate needs to secure 1,990 pledged delegates. A significant number of delegates are at stake in states with large shares of black Democratic voters. Read More

First black woman to win top literary prize says cultural appropriation is 'total nonsense'
(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) - Bernardine Evaristo, the first black woman to win the Booker Prize for fiction writing, dismissed the idea that artists cannot engage in "cultural appropriation." Read More

Polls showing increased Black support for Trump is fake news, CNN host says
 (THE GRIOT) - On Tuesday, polls from Rasmussen Reports and Emerson College came out, which have been touted by conservative news outlets, and reportedly showed that one-third of Black people support Trump. Navarro-Cárdenas called the polls “zero” percent accurate, according to Newsweek. Read More

Harris faces uphill climb amid questions about who she is
(WASHINGTON POST) - Sen. Kamala D. Harris had everything she needed to make her pitch. Big yellow cutout letters spelled “Justice for the People” on the stage behind her. White folding chairs splayed out ahead of her, most of them filled, and their occupants seemed happy to see her. Nothing smelled of a flailing campaign. Read More

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Mr. Stewart comes from the private sector where he has 17 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Information Technologies.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University. 

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