THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | March 17, 2020


Keep Your Eyes on Crucial Gov’t Updates In the Thick of COVID-19 News Storm
(BLACK & MAGAZINE) – For now, everything indicates that the government of California will remain fully functional — and at least partially present and open — during the state of emergency Gov. Newsom declared last Tuesday as the Coronavirus pandemic deepens. Read More

Hit By Coronavirus Crisis, School Districts Call Time-out: Still Providing Meals
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) – By Sunday evening, more than 720 of the state’s 1,000 school districts announced they were closing beginning Monday. They made the decision out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of students, parents and staff and with the intent of sharing responsibility with the broader community in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Read More

Oakland City Council Authorizes Handwashing Stations, Seeks to Halt Evictions as Pandemic Spreads
(OAKLAND POST) – Responding to community concerns, the Oakland City Council took a series of emergency actions, including the purchase of handwashing stations and proposing a moratorium on renters’ evictions,  at a special council meeting Thursday morning to take steps to strengthen the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Most of Bay Area Ordered to ‘Shelter in Place’
(RICHMOND PULSE) – You can still go to the grocery store or to see your doctor. You can still go outside. You can still walk your dog. Daycares will remain open. But public health officials continue to urge, above all else, that people don’t get together in groups and that everyone practices good hygiene as the coronavirus continues to spread across the Bay Area and beyond. Read More

Stop Evictions and Foreclosures: New Bill Responds to Coronavirus Crisis
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Following the example of the Italian government, California lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would provide rental relief and order a temporary suspension of mortgage payments for residents affected by COVID-19, or the Coronavirus disease. Read More

L.A. Churches—”A Ghost Town”—In Wake of Coronavirus
(LA FOCUS) – For the first time ever, doors to many houses of worship around the city were closed. That, in compliance with the Governor Gavin Newsom’s order banning public gatherings of 250 or more and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s ordering the cancellation of all public gatherings of 50 or more. Read More

Jury Trials in L.A. County Canceled for Rest of March
(LA SENTINEL) – All criminal and civil trials in Los Angeles County will be suspended for the rest of the month effective Monday due to the
coronavirus outbreak, according to an official police memo. Read More

Unhoused Residents Challenge Legality of City Run Eviction(OAKLAND POST) – As the City of Oakland continued evicting unhoused people living in the Community of Grace by East Oakland’s Home Depot, two unhoused residents filed a complaint requesting a temporary restraining order against The City, Mayor Libby Schaaf, and Oakland’s Police and Public Works Departments in an effort to ensure the eviction only happen if it followed the law and the City of Oakland’s own policy. Read More

Californians Receive Invitations to Participate in 2020 Census
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Starting today, Californians will begin receiving invitations to participate in the 2020 Census from the U.S. Census Bureau. This marks the official beginning of the historic count that will determine the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding and state and political representation in the next decade. Read More 

What you need to know about California’s lockdown of seniors and the chronically ill
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday called for seniors and people with chronic conditions to isolate themselves during the coronavirus pandemic, raising questions about the state’s capacity to ensure delivery of food, medicine and services to some of its most vulnerable residents. Read More

Black California Has a Chance to Rewrite History in 2020
(LA SENTINEL) – Throughout the history of the United States, the Black community’s consistent fight for recognition has been an unfortunate and inescapable reality. Read More

County Seeks to Protect Homeless as it Battles to Contain the Spread of COVID-19
(LA FOCUS) – Determined to contain the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, Los Angeles County is implementing a range of emergency measures to protect public health, including tracking infections, issuing protective guidelines, and activating its Emergency Operations Center. Read More
“This is not a decision we took lightly,” says WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom
(CARIB PRESS) – “A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges and spreads around the world, and most people do not have immunity.” — World Health Organization. Read More

Coronavirus Likely to Affect U.S. Census
(RICHMOND PULSE) – The novel coronavirus is expected to make getting an accurate count of residents even more difficult, as it was declared a global pandemic just as the 2020 U.S. Census began. That opinion was generally shared by civil rights advocates and census officials March 13 during a national teleconference briefing for journalists called to discuss privacy and security of information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Read More
Scramble For The Black Vote: Lessons From History(IE VOICE) – The race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is well underway. Kissing Black babies, eating collard greens, giving mea culpas, and making grandiose election promises, these are all part of the efforts of some Democratic contenders to get on the good side of those who constitute an indispensable part of the party’s lifeblood. Read More

U-Haul offering free storage to college students displaced as a result Covid-19
(CARIB PRESS) – U-Haul is alleviating some stress for college students by offering 30 days of free self-storage of any of them displaced because of the coronavirus. The company explains, “Many schools are taking precautions to prevent the spread of #Coronavirus by ending terms early and sending students home. We are ready to help with several moving and self-storage options, including special rates for truck and trailer rentals.” Read More

Four-Star General Nominated to Become the First African American Chief of Air Force
(OAKLAND POST) – The United States military made history today when the Trump administration nominated Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. to become the chief of staff for the United States Air Force. If he is appointed and confirmed by the Senate, he would be the first African American to take on the role and become the highest-ranking officer in the branch. Read More

Hotels, banks, studios and stores concerned about Covid-19
(CARIB PRESS) – COVID-19 concerns has sparked closures and cancellations throughout the United States and now several institutions are responding to the pandemic by sending messages to customers to reassure them of their efforts to help curb the spread of the highly contagious disease Read More

Idris Elba Says He Has Coronavirus: ‘No Symptoms So Far’
(LA SENTINEL) – Idris Elba says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The actor tweeted Monday that he has no symptoms so far and has been isolated since Friday when he found out about his possible exposure. Read More

Why Coronavirus Presents A Unique Challenge For African Americans
(BET) – COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus is continuing its unabated spread around the world and through the United States. As medical professionals keep putting out messages of prevention, particular concern about how it is affecting minority communities is rising.  Read More

Facebook, Twitter dismantle Russian interference campaign targeting African Americans
(THE HILL) – Facebook and Twitter on Thursday announced they have dismantled a Russia-backed online interference campaign targeting African Americans. Read More

New Doc Exposes Unfair Treatment Of African-American Girls In U.S. Schools
(FORBES) – A new documentary, PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, debuting on PBS March 16, exposes the alarming numbers of African-American girls facing unfair and inequitable treatment in schools across the country and outlines initiatives to help them cope and heal.  Read More

Democrats will go broke betting on black
(THE HILL) – Many political analysts may have assumed that the sun was setting fast on Joe Biden’s presidential aspirations following a series of well-publicized gaffes and doddering speeches. But with large victories on Super Tuesday, subsequent endorsements from a raft of his former adversaries and more wins last week, including in Michigan, suddenly Biden appears poised to soon become the anointed Democratic candidate to challenge President Trump. Read More

Coronavirus conspiracy video spreads on Instagram among black celebrities
(NBC NEWS) – A video pushing the unfounded conspiracy that Bill Gates is responsible for creating the coronavirus has gone viral on Instagram, propelled by some black celebrities including comedians Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley, and professional fighter Derrick Lewis.  Read More 

Coronavirus is a health and economic issue for Black people, doctor says
(THE GRIO) – It’s been said more than once that when White America gets a cold, Black folks catch pneumonia. The coronavirus which has not shown any mercy — crashing the stock market, shuttering the sports and entertainment world and shutting down cities — but Black people know from history that its effects will be felt the worse in their community. Read More

Removing Black Children From Racist Public Schools
(B|E NOTE) – Amid national attention surrounding House passage of the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, we are reminded of the angry White mobs that participated in heinous, sadistic acts through public mutilation and killings of Black people as a sport. Read More

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