Californians Protest After Shootings of Blacks Shock Nation

(CBM) – Americans, from sea to shining sea, are debating, protesting, marching and lighting candles in response to the spat of deadly shootings that gripped the nation late last week. The conversation about law enforcement’s frictional interactions with the Black community is just as heated in the Golden State. In Inglewood, Los Angeles, Oakland and […]

Fear Factor: Americans scared of their presidential options

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vast majority of Americans say they are afraid of at least one of the two major candidates — Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump — winning the White House, a remarkable finding that reflects an unsettled nation unhappy with its choice. Eighty-one percent of Americans say they would feel afraid following the […]

Sacramento NAACP Celebrates 100 years & Advocacy

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Branch National Association for The Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), celebrating 100 years of service and advocacy, will host an Historical Exhibit at the California State Fair that will run for 17 days. The historical exhibit features a photo and video gallery highlighting the significant accomplishments over the past 100 years […]

Obama: Sterling, Castile deaths a ‘systematic targeting’ of Blacks

(AP) – Speaking from Warsaw, Poland in the midst of a NATO Summit, President Barack Obama reiterated his sadness toward the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police. “We have seen tragedies like this too many times,” Obama said. “… These are not incidents. These are systematic targeting of broader disparities in our […]

A look at recent police shootings involving Black men

(AP) – The shooting deaths of two Black men within days by law enforcement officers are the latest in a spate of such cases that have made headlines nationwide in recent months. A Minnesota officer fatally shot a man — identified by relatives as 32-year-old Philando Castile — while he was in a car with […]

Minnesota police kill man in car; video is widely shared

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a Black man in his car by a Minnesota police officer went viral Thursday, its aftermath broadcast live over Facebook by the victim’s girlfriend, who cried that he had just been shot “for no apparent reason.” The shooting happened late Wednesday during a traffic stop in […]

No charges recommended in Clinton email probe, FBI says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI won’t recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said Tuesday, lifting a major legal threat to her presidential campaign. But Comey called her actions “extremely careless” and faulted the agency she led for a lackadaisical […]

California Legislature approves gun measures before break

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) – The California Legislature on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown 12 gun-control measures as Democratic lawmakers try a last-ditch effort to convince Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to drop a proposed ballot initiative. Legislative leaders hailed the move as the nation’s most aggressive gun control effort and proof that firearm restrictions are politically […]

Sacramento County Plastic Bag Ban Takes Affect

Sacramento – Sacramento County will become the 149th jurisdiction in the state to implement a plastic bag ban on July 1. This is the same day that was supposed to be the start date of the statewide plastic bag ban, a ban that has been delayed by out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers, and will now be […]

State Agency Sued Over Questionable Bidding Process

(CBM) – When Ramsell Corp., an Oakland-based and African American owned company that provides health services to California AIDS/HIV patients, submitted a bid to oversee the California Department of Public Health’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) it was confident of winning the contract. (ADAP provides assistance to AIDS/HIV patients who are uninsured or underinsured enabling […]