THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | April 1, 2020


How The Coronavirus Crisis Is forcing School Districts to Bridge The Digital Divide
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Two weeks ago, Gov. Newsom announced that Californians should not count on schools reopening before summer break. Most school districts had already announced that their campuses would be closed for two to four weeks to support the containment of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Read More

Governor Announces Mortgage Relief for Californians(BLACK VOICE NEWS) – Unemployment claims are rising daily, while more and more Californians are contemplating how they will make their mortgage payments in light of reduced work hours, furloughs, and out-right layoffs resulting from the international pandemic. Read More

California Prepares for Coronavirus Surge in Week Ahead
(LOS ANGELES SENTINEL) – The mayor of the nation’s second-largest city warned that the coronavirus may become so pervasive, families ought to prepare for how they will isolate themselves at home without infecting others in their households. Read More

Stimulus Bill Cash Brings Temporary Help To Freelancers In California
(RICHMOND PULSE) – 2020 is already a tough year for freelancers in California and things got even tougher with the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Now, a new $2 trillion dollar stimulus bill President Trump will signs into law promises to bring some relief and allay the worries of freelancers in the state. Read More

Faith leaders respond to COVID-19
(COMPTON HERALD) – Faith leaders following directives by Centers for  Disease Control, but most will not shutter worship services. Read More

Newsom Calls for More Healthcare Workers Amid COVID-19
(RICHMOND PULSE) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom put out a call for health care workers Monday, as Contra Costa County Health Services said confirmed coronavirus infections are on the rise. “If you’re a nursing school student or medical school student, we need you,” Newsom said at a press conference. “If you’ve just retired in the last few years, we need you.” Read More

Over $11 Billion in Stimulus Money for California: 8 Things You Should Know
(RICHMOND PULSE) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom put out a call for health care workers Monday, as Contra Costa County Health Services said confirmed coronavirus infections are on the rise. “If you’re a nursing school student or medical school student, we need you,” Newsom said at a press conference. “If you’ve just retired in the last few years, we need you.” Read More

Newsom Issues Moratorium on Evictions in California
(RICHMOND PULSE) – Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Friday that bans eviction enforcement for California renters affected by the coronavirus outbreak through May 31. Read More

California closes parking lots at beaches and parks to stem spread of coronavirus(BLACK VOICE NEWS) – Following a sunny weekend when Californians flocked to beaches and hiking trails despite a government order to stay home, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday a “soft closure” of state parks to curb the spread of coronavirus. Read More

House Passes $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Deal
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – The $2 trillion stimulus deal reached earlier by the Senate, was finally passed by the House on Friday, March 27. Read More

Civil Rights Leader, MLK Aide Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery Dies at 98
(LOS ANGELES SENTINEL) – The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, a family statement said. He was 98.  Read More

U.S. Census Bureau issues latest updates, adjustments on operations in view of COVID-19
(COMPTON HERALD) – Less than one week ago, the 2020 Census fully kicked off, and invitations continue to arrive in mailboxes across the nation.  Read More
Minority-Owned Media Not Forgotten in Stimulus Legislation
(BLACK & MAGAZINE) – African American-owned media companies and small businesses are included in the massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by the U.S. Senate.  Read More 
Warning! Warning! COVID-19 Presents Enhanced Danger for Nation’s African American Communities
(BLACK VOICE) – Last week the nation’s civil rights leaders came together to address Congress for what they called the institution’s lack of response to COVID-19 and pushed on elected officials to address the disproportionate economic impact the virus is having on African Americans. Read More

FDA Approves Rapid Diagnostic Test for COVID-19
(IE VOICE) – A California company, Cepheid, was just approved to produce the nation’s first rapid, point-of-care diagnostic test for COVID-19. Read More

More Income Tax Return Cash on the Table
(CITY PRIDE MAGAZINE) – For people who have not yet filed their tax returns, the United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced March 21 that they are moving the 2019 income tax filing due date from April 15 to July 15 this year, a three-month extension. Read More
Guns, Weed & Toilet Paper: How Rona Got its Nickname and Hilarious Memes
(BLACK & MAGAZINE) – As the Coronavirus pandemic halts daily life in America, many are turning to social media to share stories of how the fast-moving virus is impacting their lives. But in the days leading up to declarations of states of emergencies in California and around the country, social media users began sharing that their posts were being removed because they were related to COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. Read More

Justices toss decision in Black media mogul’s discrimination case
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling in favor of a Black media mogul and comedian who’s suing cable giant Comcast alleging racial discrimination. Read More
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Do You Qualify For the $1,200 Payment?
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) – The NAACP is focused on ensuring a full and accurate count amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through their Black Census Week efforts. The week will consist of various activities to ensure communities of color, specifically Black populations, are informed about the Census and fill it out in its entirety.  Read More

Getting Creative to Survive: Barbers and Beauticians Share COVID-19 Stories
(RICHMOND PULSE) – Across the country, barbers and hairstylists are feeling the effects of COVID-19. In the Black community, the impact is more severe. Black-owned salons and barbershops have always served as a hub for men and women to congregate and catch up on the latest news, gossip and overall happenings within the community. These “meeting places” of sorts have also proven to be extremely profitable for its owners. Read More

Black Businesses Left Behind in Covid-19 Relief
(CITYLAB) – Social distancing is not new to black communities. “Social distancing” in the form of anti-black segregation and discrimination was U.S. law throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. This created racial wealth disparities that have lingered, negatively impacting black people’s capacity to start and maintain businesses.  Read More

When America catches a cold, the Black community catches the flu. What issues will coronavirus bring?
(NJ.COM) – Salvation and Social Justice is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with the Black faith, civil rights, and urban communities to advocate for racial justice in Trenton. In these extraordinary times, we are determined to efficiently and effectively work in the community to achieve shared goals and equity. It has been that determination that put us in the midst of various serious conversations with our constituency. Read More

Black Communities Are on the ‘Frontline’ of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s Why
(THE ROOT) – Every new day of the coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a dizzying amount of change. Teachers are now forced to explain class projects to their students over Zoom, while friends and family use FaceTime to inquire about loved ones, alternating between laughter and anxiety while holding pixelated drinks in their hands.  Read More

Black, Asian and Hispanic House caucus chairs unite in ‘no tolerance’ for coronavirus racism
(NBC NEWS) – Rep. Judy Chu, head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, said about 100 hate incidents a day have been directed at Asian Americans. Read More

Black people who have died from COVID-19
(THE GRIO) –  In memory of those who’ve fallen victim to the novel coronavirus, theGrio has created a digital memorial to honor their lives and the legacy they left behind. We will continue to update this post. Read More

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