THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | April 29, 2020

CALIFORNIA BLACK NEWS STORIES

Sacramento African American COVID-19 Outreach Coalition Demands Action & Accountability
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – While leaders work to “flatten the curve” and stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus, many in the African American community feel flat out ignored. Read More

California could protect stimulus checks from debt collectors. Will Newsom act?
(BLACK VOICE) – Californians have begun to see money appear in their bank accounts: $1,200 for single people and an extra $500 for each kid. But for Californians with consumer debt, that money could just as quickly vanish. Read More

Open to Apply: Gig Workers Can File for Unemployment April 28
(BLACK VOICE) – Out-of-work gig workers in California whose employers have not paid into the state’s unemployment insurance fund — as well as Californians without jobs who have run out of unemployment benefits — will be able to file new unemployment claims. Read More
 
L.A. Board of Supervisors look to create “Action Plan” to Re-open local Economy; COVID-19 Death Rate Still Rising in African American Communities
(LOS ANGELES SENTINEL) – Monday, April 27, the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center supplied new information surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Last week Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kathryn Barger relayed four benchmarks L.A. is looking to reach, before relaxing the Safer at Home Order. Read More

Homeschooling California’s Black Students Is Proving To Be A Challenging Endeavor
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – On Monday, April 13, Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) began its distance learning plan for the more than 40,000 students enrolled in local schools. On most days, Fortune School third grader Jermaine Nance-Johnson gets dressed in his uniform to prepare for his day of distance learning. His mother says he enjoys spending time with her, although he misses his school friends. Their students had been unschooled for nearly a month since district officials closed all school sites in mid-March due to the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Read More

Emotional Maxine Waters Announces that Her Sister is Near Death With COVID-19
(LA FOCUS) – Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) announced that her sister is dying at a hospital in St. Louis after being infected by the coronavirus. Read More

Census 2020: “Making Black Count” During a Global Pandemic
(BLACK VOICE) –  Census Day 2020 came April 1. The global coronavirus pandemic was worsening. It had already forced social and economic shutdowns across America. Read More
NATIONAL BLACK NEWS STORIES  Report Details Devastating Impact of Coronavirus on Black Americans
(LA FOCUS) – A new report from the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. outlines how the coronavirus pandemic will disproportionately impact black Americans, facing greater joblessness, bankruptcy, and other devastating outcomes. Read More

Coronavirus Has Made Incarceration a Potential Death Sentence(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – As frontline workers mount up daily to battle COVID-19, each “essential employee” fights in a different way to keep our economy powered; our lives and livelihoods sustained; and our cities and towns safe. While some tend to the sick in hospitals, others brave the streets to distribute food. Read More

Census Data Critical to SNAP & School Lunch Programs
(SD VOICE & VIEWPOINT) – According to the Census Bureau, of the 13.8 million households that receive SNAP, 6.7 million have children under the age of 18 and 6.4 million have someone living with a disability. Read More

We must stand together to stop hateful acts against Asian Americans during COVID-19 pandemic(BLACK VOICE) – For many Asian Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic has become very personal, due to feelings of anger and fear. They have experienced verbal and physical attacks, and harassment because the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China, and has been characterized as a “Chinese virus.” Read More

Congressional Black Caucus and NNPA Demand Stimulus Inclusion
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) -Congressional Democrats reached an agreement with the Trump administration on an interim coronavirus emergency relief package that provides support and fixes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as well as increased funding for emergency disaster loans and grants, hospitals, health care providers and testing. Read More

Black-Owned Newspapers and Media Companies Are Small Businesses Too!
(SD VOICE & VIEWPOINT) – Publishers of Black-owned community newspapers, including Janis Ware of the Atlanta Voice, Cheryl Smith of Texas Metro News, Chris Bennett of the Seattle Medium, Denise Rolark Barnes of the Washington Informer, and Brenda Andrews of the New Journal & Guide in Virginia, are desperately trying to avoid shuttering operations. Read More

Opinion: Coronavirus and Your Mental Health
(SAN BERNARDINO AMERICAN) – What happened to living for the weekend?  Where did hump day go?  When will sports return?  When will these kids return to school?  Where can I buy toilet paper?  When will life return to normal? When will I be able to return to work?  These and so many other questions have been looming in our consciousness (minds) for more than six weeks.  We all know that the Coronavirus has significantly impacted our lives.  Read More
BLACK AMERICA IN THE NEWS

Video Shows White Sacramento County Deputy Punching, Slamming Head Of Black 14-Year-Old
(CNN) – A widely shared video of a Rancho Cordova deputy punching a 14-year-old black teenager and slamming his head into the ground has prompted the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office to open a use-of-force investigation. Read More

BET hosts COVID-19 relief special to aid Black communities
(WASHINGTON POST) – The cable channel BET will broadcast a special telethon Wednesday night to support African American communities who are being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Black Community Demands Help From Sacramento City Leaders
(POLITICO) – Leaders in the African American community have written an open letter to Sacramento city officials demanding more resources be used to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Why Covid-19 Is Deadlier for Black and Latino Californians
(NY TIMES) – Dr. Sonia Angell, the state’s public health director, discusses troubling trends. Read More

Black barber shops and salons: Safe havens for cultural chats
(NBC NEWS) –  Barber shops and beauty salons aren’t just small businesses in the black community; they are metaphorical street corners or town plazas. Customers visit both to get their hairstyled or cut but also for the therapeutic experience. Read More

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