THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | May 22, 2020

CALIFORNIA BLACK NEWS STORIES

Over Ninety Percent of COVID-19 Victims With Preexisting Medical Conditions Have Died.
(LOS ANGELES SENTINEL) – The Los Angeles Director of Public Health provided latest updates on the COVID-19 Virus.  Dr. Ferrer shared Monday, May 18, there were 18 additional deaths, 15 of these individuals were between the ages of 65 and over, 12 of them with underlining health conditions.   Read More

Early Data Shows “Encouraging” Census Response Rates in Hard-to-Count Cities
(BLACK & MAGAZINE) –  Early data is showing cities in California with some of the hardest-to-count census tracts are among places with above-average U.S. Census response rates so far. Many of them are areas where African Americans live. Read More
 
California Schools Say Budget Cuts Will Delay Reopening
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Six California school districts representing more than 900,000 students say the governor’s proposed budget cuts will delay the reopening of schools. Read More
 
Black New Deal Receives Agenda Approval from Oakland City Council
(OAKLAND POST) – Last Tuesday, Oakland City Council unanimously approved an agenda item acknowledging the impact of the current health emergency on the African American community, yet declined to adopt a proposal by Black community leaders entitled the Black New Deal that is designed to mitigate COVID-19’s decimation of the Black community. Read More

Is There More COVID Cash Coming to Help Californians?(SAN BERNARDINO AMERICAN) – Last week, Gov. Newsom presented his May Revision budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The spending plan includes new priorities that reflect a projected $54.3 billion budget deficit brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has $14 billion in spending cuts, including a 10% salary reduction for state workers, that would be triggered only if the federal government does not provide funding to California to cover some of its coronavirus losses before the fiscal year begins July 1.  Read More

CA Spent Millions on Hospitals for Few Patients
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – One big sign that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak in California is over — at least for now: Nearly all of the alternate care sites set up to handle a projected surge in coronavirus patients have closed or will close in the next few months, the state announced Wednesday. Read More
NATIONAL BLACK NEWS STORIES  The Black Crisis in The

Midst of The Coronavirus Crisis
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – Pandemic brings years of healthcare disparities to the forefront (NNPA) – Dr. Maulana Karenga, chair of the Department of Africana Studies at CSU Long Beach, wants the Black community to make sure that physical distancing during the pandemic does not interfere with relationships or establishing networks. Read More

Opinion: The Murder of Ahmaud Arbery — and Our Continuing Terror
(OAKLAND POST) – Today there is a national outcry about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The public condemnation has forced a belated response. Those accused of his murder finally have been arrested. His murder has become a global embarrassment for whites. Read More

Opinion: The Murder of Ahmaud Arbery — and Our Continuing Terror
(OAKLAND POST) – Today there is a national outcry about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The public condemnation has forced a belated response. Those accused of his murder finally have been arrested. His murder has become a global embarrassment for whites. Read More

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 – My Personal Battle from a Positive to a Negative Result
(SD VOICE & VIEWPOINT) – Jeffrey L. Boney Shares His Personal Journey of Surviving the Coronavirus and Dealing with the Emotional and Mental Anguish Required to Overcome COVID-19. Read More

A Crisis on Two Fronts: Black Immigrants Face COVID-19 in California and Back Home
(INLAND VALLEY NEWS) – California is home to an estimated 11 million immigrants and many of them are Black — from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and other parts of the world. Read More
BLACK AMERICA IN THE NEWS

Warnings and Policies for Black and Brown Communities with COVID-19
(THE HILL) – Mourning is still occurring in America, particularly among people of color. Former President Barack Obama highlighted it in his speech to the Class of 2020, saying that the “pandemic has shaken up the status quo and laid bare a lot of our country’s deep-seated problems.”  Read More

It’s Not Too Late to Save Black Lives
(SLATE) – The coronavirus pandemic has brought disproportionate suffering to Black communities, but it doesn’t have to continue that way. Read More

TikTokers stand in solidarity with black creators to protest censorship
(CNN) – The protest, branded the #ImBlackMovement, is taking place across the platform on Tuesday in honor of Malcolm X’s birthday. Black creators are urging non-black allies to participate in the “black out” by changing their profile pictures to the raised black fist, unfollowing a TikTok user who does not support the movement, and following at least one new black creator. Read More

Ahmaud Arbery: Third man charged over death of black jogger
(BBC) – A motorist who filmed the shooting of an unarmed black man in the US state of Georgia has been charged with murder. William Bryan Jr was also accused of a criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment on Thursday, said the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI). Read More

I’m a black man in a Covid-19 hotspot. I don’t have sympathy for people of color who won’t social distance
(CNN) –  I was walking home late one night recently when I ran into them. I froze, swore out loud and backpedaled. Read More

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