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California Bans Book Bans and Textbook Censorship in Schools

Asante-Ra In a move to uphold educational freedom and ensure a comprehensive and inclusive learning experience for all students, Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 1078 (AB 1078) into law, effectively banning book bans and textbook censorship in California’s vast network of over 10,000 schools.  This landmark legislation, authored by Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson […]

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Moreno Valley School District’s Leadership Shift: Superintendent Termination Amid Landmark Settlement

Content Warning: This article mentions a child’s death and contains brief descriptions of graphic violence. Reader discretion is advised.  Asante-Ra  In a pivotal decision, the Moreno Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted 3 to 2 in a Special Closed Session Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 19, to terminate the contract of employment for […]

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Out of the Darkness: Suicide Prevention– Destigmatizing the Struggle

Breanna Reeves Trigger Warning: This article discusses the topic of suicide and suicide prevention. September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. In 2021, more than 48,000 Americans died as a result of suicide — that’s one death every 11 minutes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During the month […]

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Digital Divide: Newsom to Fund Shortfall in Broadband Infrastructure Project

Phyllis Kimber Wilcox In a recent meeting with the California Black Caucus, Governor Gavin Newsom shared his proposal to  fully fund the  Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Project (MMBI).  The MMBI, paid for  by both  state and  federal funding, plans to create the physical infrastructure necessary to bring high spéed  high capacity internet to the entire […]

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Keeping it Real: UAW negotiates “stand up strike” with auto industry’s Big 3 for better pay and benefits

S.E. Williams When the United Auto Workers (UAW)  walked off the job at selected facilities recently, it was just the latest occurrence of workers putting their employers on notice that enough is enough.  There have been more than 287 labor driven actions at no less than 452 locations across the country this year  as of […]

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Keeping it Real: Still No Oversight of Riverside Sheriff’s Department Even as Corrections Officers are Arrested and More Inmates Die

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Subsequent to the publication of this editorial I learned that on Sunday,  September 17, 2023,  another Riverside corrections officer was arrested for allegedly transporting 44 pounds of narcotics while armed and traveling along Interstate 10. This was followed on Monday, September 18, 2023, with the report of yet another in-custody death involving an […]

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60 Years Later: The Bombing that Rocked the Civil Rights Movement and Tore at the Conscience of America

Prince James Story Sixty years ago, on September 15, 1963, the day started as a typical Sunday for most residents in Birmingham, Alabama— they woke up and prepared for church.  Before 10 a.m., children poured into the 16th Street Baptist Church to attend Sunday school.  Before the main sermon began, Addie Mae Collins, Carol Denise […]