THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | APRIL 15, 2020

CALIFORNIA BLACK NEWS STORIES

State Sets Bail to Zero for Misdemeanors and Some Felonies
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – In an effort to protect the safety and health of the citizens of California, the state’s Judicial Council set bail to zero for non-violent crimes.  The new rule is one among 11 the council has adapted to avoid filling up jails during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Coronavirus Seniors Sick and Abandoned— Accountability Under the Law?(BLACK VOICE NEWS) – Reflecting on the relocation of residents at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside, former California Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown reminded that there are legal ramifications for abandoning senior care patients. “There are laws against this,” she declared adamantly. Read More

 Governor Newsom Earmarks $100 Million to Support Child Care for Essential Workers and Vulnerable Populations
(LA FOCUS) – Governor Gavin Newsom has announced the release of $100 million to support childcare services, and to support childcare providers who are stepping up to serve essential infrastructure workers and vulnerable populations and their children during this critical time. Read More
 
Gig Workers Still Not Clear on Whether They Will Get $600 or Up to $1050 in Unemployment Benefits Each Week(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

California Department of Public Health Announces Latest COVID-19 Facts
(LOS ANGELES SENTINEL) – The California Department of Public Health today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. California now has 19,472 confirmed cases and 541 deaths.  Read More
 
Tracking California’s Census Response Rate – Who’s Ahead and Who’s Behind?
(IE VOICE) – Less than a month after the first invitations to participate in the 2020 census were mailed out, 44.8% of California’s known households have completed the questionnaire, putting the Golden State just slightly behind the country’s 45.1% rate. This despite the fact California has 11 million people considered “hard to count” — the most of any state. Read More 

The art of the deal: California’s alliance could solve the nation’s mask shortage
(BLACK VOICE) – Gov. Gavin Newsom has assembled an unusual alliance of corporations and nonprofits and leveraged California’s massive buying power to reach a deal that will bring hundreds of millions of masks and other protective equipment to hospital workers battling the coronavirus. Read More

California Surgeon General: Keep Your Stress in Check During COVID-19 Crisis
(BLACK & MAGAZINE) – On April 7, World Health Day, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris announced the release of the California Surgeon General’s Playbook on Stress Relief During COVID-19. The playbook includes evidence-based guidelines on how to alleviate stress during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read More

  
NATIONAL BLACK NEWS STORIES  

IRS TO LAUNCH “GET MY PAYMENT” TO SPEED UP ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYOUTS
(LA FOCUS) – On April 17, the U.S. Department of Treasury and IRS will launch the “Get My Payment” web application, allowing taxpayers—who filed their tax return in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide banking information on their return— to submit direct deposit information. Doing so will fast track their $1200 Economic Impact Payments by days or week, perhaps even longer depending on who you ask. Read More

Comcast Launches Xfinity Education Destination for K-12
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Comcast has made nearly 2,000 hours of programming and thousands of free titles available to Xfinity video customers to give children and their parents quick and easy access to educational programming by grade level, as part of the company’s comprehensive response to the COVID-19 crisis. Read More 

COVID-19 financial warning: Consumers and banks should stay away from payday loans
(BLACK & MAGAZINE) – For the foreseeable future, ‘normal’ life will be indefinitely suspended due to the global pandemic known as the coronavirus. Record-breaking employment layoffs in the month of March resulted in the Department of Labor reporting that 10.4 million consumers lost their jobs and filed for unemployment compensation. As medical experts continue to track the virus, the New York Times reported at least 214,461 known infections and at least 4,800 related deaths.  Read More 
 
Black PBS Newshour Reporter Questions Surgeon General’s “Big Mama” Remark(SD VOICE & VIEWPOINT) – “Don’t wash your dirty laundry in the street,” goes the centuries-old African-American adage. The saying is a warning to Black people: Don’t get into spats with other Black people about racial differences while “in mixed company.” That’s code for White people. Read More

“Saving Our Selves:” BET Announces COVID-19 Relief Effort in Support of Black Communities
(RICHMOND PULSE) – In response to the growing and unconscionable death rate of African-Americans—and other minorities—resulting from the spread of COVID-19, influential Black leaders and others are launching initiatives to help members of these communities cope with the disease’s devastating impact. In support of this effort, Black Entertainment Television (BET) has announced an all-star special, “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort.” Read More

Individual Stimulus Checks Begin to Arrive, What Should You Expect?
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Payments from the $2.3 trillion federal coronavirus stimulus package have begun hitting individual bank accounts. In a memo, IRS Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the first round of payments were sent on Thursday, April 9, and should arrive in bank accounts beginning no later than Tuesday, April 14. Read More

Vote update: How big was Bernie’s win and the California primary’s loss?
(BLACK VOICE) – At long last, the results are mostly in. And as was clear on election night, Vermont Sen. and Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders won the California primary. In a very crowded field, he landed 8 percentage points ahead of second-place finisher Joe Biden. Read More
BLACK AMERICA IN THE NEWS

Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States
(NY TIMES) – Data on race and the disease Covid-19 is too limited to draw sweeping conclusions, experts say, but disparate rates of sickness — and death — have emerged in some places.  Read More

‘Those numbers take your breath away’: Covid-19 is hitting Chicago’s black neighborhoods much harder than others, officials say
(WASHINGTON POST) – Decades of inequality and institutional racism affecting black communities is becoming evident in covid-19 data, Chicago officials said Monday, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot sounded the alarm over significant racial disparities in deaths and coronavirus cases across the city. Read More

African Americans Make Up More Than 70 Percent Of Chicago’s COVID-19 Deaths
(CBS CHICAGO) – African-Americans make up a disproportionate number of the COVID-19 deaths in Chicago, new data shows. Of the 118 total deaths from the disease in Chicago, 81 were black residents. But only 29 percent of the city’s population is black, revealing a deep disparity in who the virus is impacting — and killing — in Chicago.  Read More

Coronavirus disparity in Louisiana: About 70% of the victims are black, but why?
(NOLA.COM) – Roughly 70% of the people who have died from coronavirus in Louisiana are black, a striking disparity for a state where African-Americans make up only 32% of the population that experts attributed to entrenched racial divides around economic opportunity and health care access 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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