In the News – April 2024

In the News – April 2024

The Final Call, Brutality Unleashed and California’s Canine Crisis

The ACLU is calling for support for Assembly Bill 742 which will restrict the practice of using police canines by creating statewide standards in California. AB 742’s primary author is Assemblymember Corey Jackson (D-Riverside). It is co-sponsored by ACLU California Action, the NAACP California Hawaii State Conference, and Families United 4 Justice.

Sacramento Observer, Reading Is A Right And We Must Fight to Protect It

Because of this, the NAACP California Hawaii (CA/HI) State Conference supports Assembly Bill (AB) 2222, an early literacy bill authored by Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio (D-Baldwin Park). This legislation directly aligns with the NAACP 2024 priorities as it addresses the reading crisis head-on to prevent further discrimination in a child’s future.

KHON 2 Hawaii, NAACP hosts park cleanup for environment and climate justice

The NAACP hosts quarterly cleanups not only to contribute to general health of the area, but as an initiative that in environmental and climate justice.

Island News, Surfrider & NAACP lead Oahu beach and park cleanups on Oahu

Sacramento Observer, Inspiration, Achievement, and Excellence Mark Greater Sacramento NAACP’s 42 Annual Prayer Breakfast Event

Celebrating its 42nd Annual Prayer breakfast, the Sacramento chapter of the NAACP gathered on Good Friday to recognize and honor the community work of outstanding local leaders, and continue building on the spiritual force behind many of its success stories.

NBC Bay Area, Oakland Names Floyd Mitchell As New Police Chief

The NAACP is also welcoming the new leadership, saying they hope the new chief takes a community focused approach.

“We do think it is important that he understands the difficulties of the job, that he will come in, be willing to work not only with the police department but in particular with the community,” said NAACP spokesperson, Bob Harris.

Pasadena Star-News, Pasadena board poised to hear firm’s efforts to address decades-old effort to exclude Black people

Allen Edson, president of NAACP Branch Pasadena, one of the organizations working with Hahn & Hahn, said the group is planning an education project around the effort and that it’s “going to be very positive in the long run.”

ABC 7 News, South Bay leaders push for federal action on menthol cigarette ban, say it’s an ‘equity issue’

Reverend Jethroe Moore II, President of NAACP San Jose/Silicon Valley, says they want to keep the ban in front of the legislators’ minds.

“We have enough things floating in the air that we don’t need menthol cigarettes so we can take down those bans – and most low income communities you see two things, liquor stores and tobacco adds- everywhere,” Reverend Moore said. “So we can pull those adds down and tell our people to live without menthol cigarettes, ‘try living free of menthol.'”

San Jose Spotlight, San Jose adopts landmark policy to stop displacement

Before the council meeting, more than 100 housing advocates and residents from groups including SOMOS Mayfair, Amigos de Guadalupe, the South Bay Community Land Trust and the NAACP San Jose/Silicon Valley rallied to urge the adoption of the tenant preference policy.

El Observador, Looking at California’s Hate Reporting Hotline One Year In

“The highest-reported situations our units statewide get are school violence situations specifically targeted at Black students,” said Connie Alexander-Boaitey, president of hotline partner NAACP Santa Barbara. “Unfortunately, most of this hate towards black students is being perpetrated by Latinx students … and we’re struggling in the communication between these communities. How do you focus on school when you’re being traumatized every day?”

Times Herald, Tri-City Branch of the NAACP hosting home ownership workshop on Thursday

The Tri-City Branch of the NAACP – in collaboration with Homewise Capital Advisors – is hosting a “Homeownership For All” workshop to be held Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at True Love Baptist Church. The venue is located at 1956 Pennsylvania Ave. in Fairfield.

Pasadena Now, NAACP Pasadena Branch to Honor Change-Makers at 35th Ruby McKnight Williams Awards Dinner

“As an organization, we’ve had to develop other streams of funding since we weren’t able to have the banquet. That was a challenge for us,” Allen Edson, President of the NAACP Pasadena Branch, said. “Of course, there were a lot of restrictions, so a lot of things had to be done differently.”

Random Lengths News, Community Collaboration: 99 Cents Only Stores Partners with San Pedro/Wilmington NAACP Branch to Aid Homeless Youth

“The NAACP is grateful for the invaluable support from the 99 Cents Only Stores as we collectively celebrate Black History Month,” said Joe Gatlin. “This impactful partnership allows us to further our mission, fostering unity, progress and empowerment within the local community. Through this fundraiser, together, we aim to create positive change, honoring the rich legacy of Black history and fostering a brighter future for all.”