A landmark victory this week to reduce long-term solitary confinement in California will immediately release up to 2,000 prisoners who have been held in isolation for 10 years or more for alleged gang affiliation.
Public reaction was enormously positive last week when California became the first state to ban the use of grand juries in police-involved killings, but civil rights experts say the change is not significant. Signed by [...]
By Ryan Reilly and Samantha Lachman, Huffington Post A federal appeals court on Wednesday found that Texas’ strict voter identification law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, in a victory for [...]
On Friday, the Confederate battle flag came down on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. This symbolic, long overdue gesture has significant meaning. The flag celebrated the sedition, slavery and secession of the Civil War.
By Manny Otiko, California Black Media In 1998, San Pedro resident Alaina Howard was diagnosed with Takayasu’s arteritis, a disease that narrows and obstructs the arteries. Her doctors gave her two years [...]
Oakland attorney Dan Siegel has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners held indefinitely in solitary confinement at San Quentin State Prison’s Adjustment Center, demanding an end to what they consider to be [...]
Former East Bay Assemblymember Sandré Swanson recently announced that he has received the endorsement of Senator Loni Hancock in his bid to succeed Hancock in the 9th Senate District.
A recent Field poll indicates that 65 percent of Californians support Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory 25 percent reduction of water use in urban areas. At the same time, seven out of 10 homeowners say that [...]
The Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) has released a report titled a “Path Not Found” that chronicles the lack of computer classes available to lower-income students and students of color in California high schools.
By Umair Vaid Assembly Bill 420 was signed on September 27, 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown, making California the first state in the nation to enact a law that limits pupil suspensions and eliminates [...]