Berry Accius Off To ‘Justice Or Else’ March

SACRAMENTO — Berry Accius, the founder and CEO of Sacramento’s Voice of the Youth, has been involved in many significant, yet controversial causes that impact the Black community on the local, state and national level. Whether it was the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, the strangling of Eric Garner in New York, or […]

Gov. Brown signs California assisted suicide measure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a rare personal message, California’s 77-year-old governor provided insight into his deliberations before deciding to sign a bill allowing terminally ill Californians to legally take their own lives, reflecting on religion and self-determination as he weighed an emotionally fraught choice. Gov. Jerry Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, […]

Activists praise signing of racial profiling bill. Law Enforcement, not so much

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation to change California’s definition of racial profiling and require local law enforcement agencies to collect demographic data on the people they stop, his office announced Saturday. The law would give the public and police data to further gauge reports of racial profiling that have become […]

California offering amnesty on traffic debt for poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is instituting an amnesty program for residents who can’t afford to pay off spiraling traffic fines and court fees that have led to millions of driver’s licenses being suspended. The program pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and adopted as part of his annual budget goes into effect Thursday and runs through […]

California State Board of Education seeks student board member

SACRAMENTO – Youth are being asked to make their voices heard.The California State Board of Education (SBE) is now accepting applications for the 2016–17 Student Board Member position. Any student who is a California resident and enrolled in a public high school, will be a senior in good standing in the 2016–17 school year, and will […]

Urban League CEO Resigns; National Search Underway For His Replacement

DEL PASO HEIGHTS – James Shelby, who has led the Greater Sacramento Urban League (GSUL) for nearly 20 years, has announced his resignation from the position of President and CEO of the organization, effective September 30. Sandra Davis Houston, GSUL Board Chair and Vice President of Human Resources for Dignity Health, said Cassandra Jennings, who […]

U-CAN Go to College Fairs come to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – Sept 14-26 in California with locations in the Greater Sacramento Valley Region starting at Grant High School on Sept 24 (click here to download the flyer), Sacramento High School on Sept 25 (click here to download the flyer) and Monterey Trail High School on Sept 26(click here to download the flyer). Register Online […]

School districts see teacher shortages after years of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a new school year began at the Sierra Sands Unified district 150 miles north of Los Angeles in August, students in four classes were greeted by a substitute. The small district’s human resources department had worked aggressively through the summer to attract new teachers. Staff members made out-of-state recruiting trips, […]

Less than half of students meet new reading, math standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Less than half of all California students passed new math and English tests aligned with the Common Core standards and considered indicators of college and career readiness. Results for the Smarter Balanced assessment released Wednesday show that 44 percent of students in third through eighth and 11th grades met or exceeded […]

California data shows racial disparity in arrests, deaths

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Just 6 percent of Californians are African American, yet they are involved in 17 percent of all arrests in the state and a quarter of in-custody deaths, according to what officials called a nationally unprecedented release of data. The data paints a clearer picture of the racial disparity in arrests and […]