Half of Blacks say police have treated them unfairly

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Blacks in the United States — more than 3 out of 5 — say they or a family member have personal experience with being treated unfairly by the police, and their race is the reason why. This information, from a survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public […]

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Unveils Legislation to Address Law Enforcement & Youth Incarceration

(NNPA) – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations unveiled a package of measures to provide young people in the criminal and juvenile justice systems much needed relief and protection. Last week, Congresswoman Jackson Lee held a […]

Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights

SACRAMENTO — California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of California, which sued on behalf […]

Obama Says Race Infects U.S. Criminal Justice System

PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – Hours after announcing his administration had secured a multinational pact with Iran to limit their nuclear program, President Barack Obama told the NAACP national convention Tuesday that race has always played an outsized role in incarceration. “There is a long history of inequity in the justice system in America,” Obama said in Philadelphia. […]

Former NBA Star Introduces his invention for chronic pain sufferers at local event

SACRAMENTO – After his career was benched by several knee injuries, former NBA star Jonathan Bender is scoring points off the court, inventing a training and rehabilitation device for other chronic pain sufferers. Bender will introduce his invention, the JBit MedPro, to locals on Saturday, July 18. The MedPro Mobile Clinic will be held at […]

Congress Struggles to Replace No Child Left Behind

  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As Congress works toward a comprehensive education policy that will replace the Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind, two different bills from the House and Senate are up for consideration. No Child Left Behind expired in 2007 – the law was the last time the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act […]

Death threats prompt Elk Grove store owner to remove Confederate flag

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A Confederate flag has been taken down at Northern California store after the business owners received multiple death threats. KCRA-TV reports the flag was originally hanging above the front door of Wild Bill’s Old West Trading Company in Elk Grove. The store owner’s moved it inside after a protest outside […]

Janet Jackson’s UNBREAKABLE Tour Comes to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO  – Janet Jackson’s tour is not only UNBREAKABLE, it is now unstoppable thanks to her fans across North America. The recent BET Awards’ Ultimate Icon honoree, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist announced a 2nd North American leg to her UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR with a stop in Sacramento on January 15, 2016. Janet […]

California’s invasive ‘contraband watch’ often yields little

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: “potty watches” where inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course. Prison officials say the watches are necessary to recover […]

State Fair Exhibit Dedicated as a Tribute to the Sacramento Observer

SACRAMENTO – From agricultural wonders to popular tourist attractions, California State Fair exhibits are known for highlighting gems of the Golden State. That tradition continues this year, as the Sacramento Observer, one of the nation’s most recognized Black newspapers, will be featured in a special display throughout the run of the fair at Cal Expo, […]