Cooper to head Select Committee on Law Enforcement Relations & Responsibilities

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins this week as chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Community and Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities. The goal of the Committee is to explore how to build strong, trusting and collaborative relationships between communities and local law enforcement through education […]

Report: Black girls should matter,too when it comes to school discipline

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Black girls are disproportionately suffering from punitive school disciplinary policies and actions yet society fails to take note of their plight the way attention is focused on Black males who get trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline, according to a report by the African American Policy Forum, a New York-based national think tank connecting […]

Sacramento celebrates Black History Month

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SACRAMENTO – It’s that time of year when Sacramento comes alive with activities and programs celebrating the vast achievements and contributions of African Americans to the region, and the world. February is Black History Month and a number of related events have been planned locally. The following is a brief list compiled by the OBSERVER […]

Income Inequality Rises In all 50 States

Lakia Wilson, a guidance counselor from Detroit, Mich., said that even though you hear on television that the economy is coming back, it hasn’t come back for everyone. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Income inequality is rising and it affects workers in every state, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Researchers from EPI, a nonpartisan think tank focused on low- and middle-income workers, analyzed Internal Revenue Service data for all 50 states and found that not only was the income […]

California lawmakers aim to limit vaccine exemptions

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child’s health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions. Parents could no longer cite personal beliefs or religious reasons to send unvaccinated children to private and public schools under a proposal […]

UOP announces full calendar of events celebrating Black History Month

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STOCKTON – The University of the Pacific’s annual Black History Month celebration involves a number of activities that honor the history and heritage of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Throughout the month of February, students, faculty and staff put on numerous events, including a keynote speaker, gospel concert, poetry reading, roundtable discussions and various […]

Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

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ROCK HILL (AP) – The convictions of nine South Carolina Black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom. “We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history,” Judge Mark Hayes said as he made the […]

New Education Official Wants to Reform NCLB

John King Jr., the new deputy secretary for the Department of Education, wants to reform the No Child Left Behind Act. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – John King, Jr., a highly-respected educator from New York City, says that teachers saved his life and in his new post as the deputy secretary at the Department of Education, he wants all children to have the support in school that he had growing up. Both of King’s parents were life-long educators. […]

Utah Rep. Becomes First Black Woman Republican In Congress

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SALT LAKE CITY — Mia Love of Utah became the first Black female Republican in Congress this nonth as she was sworn in along with 57 other freshmen members of the U.S. House. Rep. Love, the 39-year-old former mayor of Saratoga Springs, was elected in November in Utah’s 4th District. She already has started making […]

Comedian Sinbad To Speak To ‘IndiviZlbe’

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OAK PARK — Comedian and actor Sinbad will open up IndiviZible’s Speakers Series for 2015. He will appear at the organization’s meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 at the Guild Theater in Oak Park. Sinnbad’s exposure on “Star Search” led to a featured role on the short-lived comedy series “The Redd Foxx Show” […]