In the News – March 2024

In the News – March 2024

The Final Call, New ‘Ebony Alert’ law to help bring missing Black youth and women home is now in effect

“This is a problem that affects the Black community more than anybody else in the United States,” said Mr. Callender.  “If you look at this, Black people represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, yet we account for almost one-third of nearly half-a-million people who are reported missing, and most of them are young Black women and young Black girls. If we don’t address taking care of our own, who else is,” he told The Final Call.

The Crisis, Buy Black: 6 Black Businesses You Should Support

Join us in shining a spotlight on the vibrant ecosystem of Black entrepreneurship, where innovation, creativity, and flavor meet. There’s power in the Black dollar. Why not use it in support of our community?

Here are six Black businesses you can support this month and beyond.

NAACP, NAACP Announces Newly Elected and Re-Elected Board Members During 2024 Annual Board Meeting

In accordance with Constitutional requirements, the regionally elected and re-elected members were LaJuanna Bivens (Region 1), Jordan Walker (Region 1 Youth), Richard Smith (Region 2), Gia Greenidge (Region 2 Youth), Maureen Duncan (Region 3), Kyra Mitchell (Region 3 Youth), Betty Andrews (Region 4), Alexia Dukes (Region 4 Youth), DeMar Roberts (Region 5), Francesca Mitchell (Region 5 Youth), Ronald Reynolds (Region 6), Ashanta Gleason (Region 6 Youth), Carmen Taylor (Region 7), Channing Hill (Region 7 Youth). The National Board of Directors, under unanimous vote, also elected NEA President, Becky Pringle, as new board member.

Newsweek, Parents Would Have Billions of Dollars in Student Loans Forgiven Under New Plan

Los Angeles Times, Newsom to send 120 CHP officers to fight crime in Oakland

The Oakland branch of the NAACP issued a letter in July ridiculing what it called failed progressive policies that allowed street crime to flourish, and calling on politicians to act quickly to solve the problem.

“Oakland residents are sick and tired of our intolerable public safety crisis that overwhelmingly impacts minority communities,” the letter stated. “If there are no consequences for committing crime in Oakland, crime will continue to soar.”

KQED, Newsom to Deploy 120 CHP Officers to Fight Crime Surge in Oakland

And while Newsom’s statement underscored the need to bolster law enforcement in Oakland, it also listed community-based measures his administration has supported, some of which echo ideas proposed by the Oakland NAACP and other local groups.

The San Francisco Standard, Newsom to send 120 CHP officers to fight crime in Oakland

Last summer, the city’s NAACP called on officials to declare a state of emergency over crime in the city, which the organization said had gotten so out of control that “everyone is in danger.”

NBC Bay Area, Faith leaders and NAACP hold prayer in response to Oakland’s crime and businesses leaving

“Do your job, come together, tell the truth to the community what is going on in this city,” Adams said. “Stop leading this community in the wrong direction. Let them know what is actually really going on and then everybody will help you.”

CNN Business, Rising crime risks turning Oakland into a ‘ghost town.’ Newsom is sending in reinforcements

The Oakland NAACP branch demanded elected leaders take action to ensure public safety, especially in predominately Black neighborhoods.

Pasadena Now, NAACP Pasadena Branch Announces Juneteenth Celebration, Set for June 15

The NAACP Pasadena Branch has announced a Juneteenth celebration scheduled for June 15, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Pasadena City Hall Rotunda. The event aims to unite the community in a day of festivities and recognition of Black culture in Pasadena and beyond.

8 News Now, Black History Month and Educational Opportunities to be Celebrated at the Oakland Black College Expo™

The 21st Annual Oakland Black College Expo™ is sponsored by Active Minds, California Community College HBCU Transfer Guarantee, Cal Poly Pomona Integrated Urban Studies, CAS (Casualty Actuarial Society), Comerica Bank, Foundation Clothing Co, HP, Huston-Tillotson University, ROCNATION, Toyota, University of La Verne, US Bank, US Navy and WSS, and Oakland NAACP.

Santa Barbara Independent, Black History: More than a Month

“Our community and our leaders work very hard to incorporate the culture and histories of African-Americans in our region into everyday life,” said Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, President of the NAACP Santa Maria-Lompoc chapter. “It is about providing safe, inclusive, and educational spaces to unite community members, not divide, so we can collectively understand, heal, and grow.”

KSBY, NAACP celebrates Black History Month in Santa Maria with live performances, dances, and storytelling

“Black history is American history, 365 days of the year. But it’s not celebrated and we’re not in the history books, 365 days of the year, unfortunately,” said Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Santa Maria/Lompoc Chapter NAACP President.

Precinct Reporter Group, Riverside Celebrates Black History With Parade, Other Events

Parade Division Marshals include Kym Taylor, African American Parent Involvement Specialist for Moreno Valley Unified School District, for her efforts at the district and Black Student Union. Also celebrated are Altie Holcomb, new president of Riverside African American Historical Society; Dr. Regina Patton Stell, president, Riverside Branch NAACP and Sabrina Gonzalez, executive director of the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California.

Chico State Today, Chico State’s Grand Finale for Black History Month: Victory in Unity Celebration

Minister Charles L. Coleman, second vice president of the NAACP Butte County Branch 1029-B, will deliver the keynote address.

Contra Costa Herald, Candidates Night for 3 Contra Costa races in Antioch Feb. 22 

A Candidates Night for those running in State Senate District 9, Assembly District 15 and Contra Costa County Supervisor District 5 will be held this Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Antioch Church Family, 55 E. 18th Street in Antioch. It is sponsored by Building Black Political Power of Contra Costa Political Action Committee (BPC) and the NAACP East County Branch.

SCV News, Feb. 11: Anti-Racism Coalition Hosts Sunday Forum with Santa Clarita NAACP

As part of its celebration of Black History Month, the Anti-Racism Coalition of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will welcome members of Santa Clarita’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to their 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Feb. 11.