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    Pursuing Liberation thru Love and Struggle By Dr. Maulana Karenga We come into this August conscious of its meaning as an honored month and central site of 400 years of righteous and relentless resistance. It is both a month and a monument to a series of significant events in our history: our arrival and beginning ...
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    Living the Legacy, Freeing the People By Dr. Maulana Karenga The recent passing of Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev. Cordy Tindell (C.T.) Vivian, and Rep. John Lewis, three major leaders of the civil rights phase of the Black Freedom Movement, rightfully causes and encourages us to lift them up and to recount and reflect on the ...
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    By Cherri Murphy Special to California Black Media To executives at Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart, Postmates, and other gig companies: We are the workers who power the core of your businesses and we write in response to your recent comments on the Black Lives Matter movement. Your statements have included various platitudes about your commitment to racial justice and the ...
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    By Dr. Margaret Fortune I have founded seven schools over the past 12 years with one mission in mind — to eradicate the achievement gap that Black students suffer year after year.  Fortune School, a network of K-12, tuition-free, public charter schools is a regional initiative in Sacramento and San Bernardino to prepare kids for ...
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    By Bill Fletcher, Jr. One of the most common features of right-wing populist and fascist movements is the demand for ethnic and/or racial purity. During the course of the 20th century we saw it in its most egregious forms in colonial and white minority regimes in the global South, and in the Nazi-led persecution and, ...
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    By Charlene Crowell Amid the tinsel and garland celebrating the holiday season, two important federal financial regulators are planning how the future financial needs of low-and-moderate income (LMI) communities – including neighborhoods of color – will be met.  In an effort to “modernize” the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) on December 12 the board of ...
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    One Year of California for All  By Governor Gavin Newsom There’s no state in America quite like California. In troubled times for the Nation, California is where the American Dream is alive and well. The most diverse state in the world’s most diverse democracy, California is big-hearted, thriving, inclusive and bold. This year, we’ve been ...
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    By Charlene Crowell For most people who either work, receive retirement or other fixed benefits, it seems that your money always goes a lot quicker than it comes. While some economists marvel at Wall Street’s brisk trading and declare that the economy is better than ever, not everyone has been included.  On Main Street America, ...
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    By Charlene Crowell The nationally televised October 25 funeral services for the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, paused partisan debates and revealed how a son of Baltimore worked tirelessly for his constituents and for this nation. In the days since his home-going, I have marveled at how his life’s work somehow brought together officials who ...
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    COMMENTARY By Ray Curry Secretary-Treasurer, UAW Laughter is the Best Medicine, says the Reader’s Digest version of America. But, not when it’s the only medicine, responds the America that far too many have known and continue to know. Not when the United States alone is one of the world’s top 33 most developed countries that ...