THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | February 18, 2020


UC task force: Keep the SAT, for now
(BLACK VOICE) – Weighing in on a charged debate that could influence college admissions across the country, a University of California faculty task force recommended Monday that the university continue requiring applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores, but work to develop its own admissions test. Read More

School District Prepares for $21.5 Million in Budget Cuts
(OAKLAND POST) – The Oakland Unified School District administration is preparing to lay-off more than 68 central office staff, an undetermined number of school site employees and cut “discretionary funding” to school sites by half, as part of $21.5 million in reductions that the district says are necessary to develop a budget for next school year. Read More

California has some of the best and worst places in U.S. for raising children, report finds
(BLACK VOICE) – San Jose area scores near the top for giving children the best chance of achieving economic success and good health. Bakersfield is at the bottom. Read More

 California Legislative Black Caucus Hosts ‘State of Black California’ at UCLA
(OAKLAND POST) – On Saturday, Feb. 8, the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) in partnership with the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA hosted a daylong series of panel discussions titled the “State of Black California” in Los Angeles.  Read More
Bloomberg’s Bigoted Remarks: a Sincere or Lame Apology? Black Voters Will Decide
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – “My problem with Mike Bloomberg is that he is not saying I’m sorry for targeting Black people. I’m sorry for treating Black people as second class citizens. I’m sorry for gaslighting Black people for so long,” said comedian and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, reacting to news last week that the presidential candidate made racist and inaccurate comments without showing the slightest hint of remorse as he defended controversial policing tactics he supported while he was mayor of New York City. Read More

 Educational Redlining—Paying More for Loans Based on Where You Go to School
(BLACK VOICE) – Earlier this month National Public Radio (NPR) reported students at historically Black colleges may be paying more for their student loans. Read More  

California Census 2020 Campaign Announces Partnerships with Black-Owned and Operated Media Partners
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) – Recently, the California Census 2020 campaign announced expanding its outreach to Black Californians through a multimedia effort in partnership with Black-owned and operated media partners across California. Voice Media Ventures, a multimedia company and strategic communications firm, is working with these media partners, leveraging trusted messengers to motivate California’s hardest-to-count communities to participate in the 2020 Census. Read More

 Patients Caught In Crossfire Between Giant Hospital Chain, Large Insurer(BLACK VOICE) — After Zoe Friedland became pregnant with her first child, she was picky about choosing a doctor to guide her through delivery. Read More

Bloomberg Spends $3.5 Million With Black Press
(OAKLAND POST) –  Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has just made Black History. The presidential candidate who has been running his campaign through television ads and private meetings this week spent a historic amount of money with Black newspapers — $3.5 million. Read More

Black and Blue: Training Designed to Bridge Communities of Color and Police
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) – During the day-long exercise, the 17 cadets who make up the 16-week academy are divided up into six Racial Healing Circles with members of the local community. The cadets include one white female, one Native American female, one African American male, one Asian male and 13 white men. The 80 diverse community members – including professionals and those who had their own run-ins with law enforcement – range in age from 19 to 77. Read More

Major black donors unconvinced by 2020 candidates
(POLITICO) – The Democratic Party’s black donor class believes the candidates aren’t doing enough to court the black community. Read More

Black college swimmer on team trip had gun pointed at his head by police
(NBC NEWS) -Jaylan Butler of Eastern Illinois University said officers threatened to blow his head off before it became clear they mistook him for a suspect. Read More

Pete Buttigieg is like Joe Biden without the black friends
(THE GUARDIAN) – Buttigieg’s abysmal poll numbers with black voters aren’t a coincidence. He has made almost no effort to reach them. Read More

Black News Channel debuts as an option to CNN, Fox News, MSNBC
(ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION) – The Black News Channel, an around-the-clock national news network with nearly exclusive African American anchors and executive leadership, began broadcasting Monday in select markets across the United States. Read More

Black Families Came to Chicago by the Thousands. Why Are They Leaving?
(NY TIMES) – Nearly every day, Hardis White drives to Chicago from the suburbs to visit his old home on the city’s West Side. He is among the more than 200,000 African-Americans who have moved out of Chicago in the last two decades.  Read More 

Michael Bloomberg Is Not Courting Black Voters. He’s Buying Name Recognition
(SLATE) – This week has brought a flurry of coverage of Michael Bloomberg’s history and record. The media tycoon and former New York mayor has rarely been reticent about his personal and political opinions, whether speaking to the news media or holding forth at various forums. As the onetime Republican escalates his late-entry campaign for the Democratic nomination, his enthusiasm for racist police tactics, tolerance for sexual misconduct, and genteel authoritarian outlook have cycled back into the news Read More

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