THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | March 24, 2020

CALIFORNIA BLACK NEWS STORIES

California’s Stay at Home Order at a Glance
(LA SENTINEL) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered the state’s 40 million residents to stay at home, restricting non-essential movements to control the spread of the coronavirus that threatens to overwhelm the state’s medical system. Read More

SF Supervisors announce plan to plan to house unhoused San Franciscans in thousands of available hotel rooms during the pandemic
(SF BAYVIEW) – Today, Supervisors Hillary Ronen, Matt Haney, Dean Preston, Aaron Peskin and Shamann Walton, in City Hall’s first all-virtual press conference, called for a major shift in the City response to COVID-19 to prioritize temporarily housing people experiencing homelessness. Read More

LADWP Tells Customers to Disregard Shutoff Notices, Late Fees for Now
(LOS ANGELES SENTINEL) – The Los Angeles Department of Water Power told customers today to disregard any shutoff notices they may receive in the mail, as the utility is temporarily halting disconnections amid the coronavirus pandemic. 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

Contra Costa Announces First COVID-19 Death, Seeks Medical Supply Donations
(RICHMOND PULSE) – The number of COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa County had risen to 71 by Monday, with one death attributed to the coronavirus, according to Contra Costa County Health Services. Read More

Lack of Time and Knowledge May Hamper Sacramento Black Businesses Chance For City’s Coronavirus Relief Money
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – The City of Sacramento had good intentions when it offered a $1 million economic relief package to local businesses affected by the novel Coronavirus pandemic. But the small window of time Sacramento gave businesses to apply for the money— and the lack of public information it provided about the program — prevented Black business owners from participating. Read More

50+ organizations demand San Francisco release people from jails to mitigate COVID-19 spread
(SF BAY VIEW) – Over 50 service, legal and community organizations have signed a letter to San Francisco’s elected officials demanding that the city release prisoners to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 inside of jails and urges measures that would reduce people’s contact with the criminal legal system. The letter has been sent to San Francisco Sheriff Miyamoto, Presiding Judge Wong, Mayor Breed, District Attorney Boudin, and all members of the Board of Supervisors. 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

Bedside baptist has taken on a whole new meaning due to the coronavirus crisis
(OMNE NEWS) – Usually  it’s come as you are, but this past Sunday the message to parishioners  of African-American churches across the Golden State was tune in online. Read More 

Expired License or Registration? You Got 60 More Days to Renew
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) – To comply with health officials’ recommendations regarding COVID-19, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is allowing customers a 60-day extension for license or registration renewals. 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

Faith leaders respond to COVID-19
(COMPTON HERALD) – Faith leaders respond to COVID-19
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. said that along with prayer, the Church of God in Christ will comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More
NATIONAL BLACK NEWS STORIES  

NAACP Addresses Coronavirus Impact On African Americans (AUDIO)
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) hosted an Emergency Tele Townhall for which thousands tuned in to hear from a panel of faith, medical and political leaders on how community members can protect themselves and safety measures the federal government is taking to address and end the Coronavirus pandemic. Read More

When Things Begin to Fall Apart: Millions of Workers Face Unemployment and uncertainty as COVID-19 Spreads(CARIB PRESS) – The nation’s unemployment rate was low because so many Americans were working two to three jobs just to make ends meet. What happens now that a public health emergency has led to the whole edifice on which this deceptive unemployment rate rested, falls apart? 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

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

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 NAACP Host Black Census Week to Ensure Complete Count for Black Populations
(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

“In Spirit of Lord’s Prayer,” Black Churches, Non Profits Ask For Mortgage Help
(LA FOCUS) – Hit by loss of income due to the Coronavirus pandemic, African-American churches across California are asking state leaders and the federal government for help to pay their mortgages. Read More
BLACK AMERICA IN THE NEWS

Doctors Are Concerned That Black Communities Might Not Be Getting Access To Coronavirus Tests
(BUZZFEED) – A group of doctors in Virginia is calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to release information about whether black communities are being left behind as the shortage of coronavirus tests continues in the US.  Read More

Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft worse at transcribing black people’s voices than white people’s with AI voice recognition, study finds
(BUSINESS INSIDER) – Voice recognition systems from big tech companies are ingrained with racial bias, a new study has found. Read More

Coronavirus layoffs disproportionately hurt black and Latino workers: ‘It’s almost like doomsday is coming’
(USA TODAY) – Opal Foster went to work last Wednesday at a small printing company in Rockville, Maryland. By lunchtime, the graphic designer had been laid off.  The company’s main customers – private schools, entertainment venues and national museums – had closed because of the coronavirus outbreak, so business had nearly come to a halt.  Read More

Videos showing Miami Beach arrests of black spring breakers slammed as racist by NAACP
(NBC NEWS) – “In these videos, black students are met with extremely aggressive policing from officers,” said Ruban Roberts, president of the Miami-Dade chapter of the NAACP. Read More

Black donors gave $41M to 2020 Democrats last year, with Sanders topping the list
(NBC NEWS) – A new report shines a light on a party and candidates dependent on black voters but deficient in diversity when it comes to strategy, policy and spending.  Read More 

50 Black businesses to support during the coronavirus pandemic
(THE GRIO) –  While every Black business doesn’t have the luxury of servicing customers online, many are still powering through in the wake of the pandemic. theGrio has compiled a list of 50 Black-owned businesses where you can #buyBlack and show your support with your wallets. Read More

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