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Last month, Sen. Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) vowed to bring back a journalism support bill he authored that had hit a snag in the legislative process.

California’s Senate voted Thursday to end forced labor in the state’s prisons and jails. The state constitutional amendment will go to voters for final approval in November. If passed, the change would mark another win for the state’s first-in-the-nation effort to provide state-level reparations to Black residents.

Democrats in the California Legislature voted Thursday to outlaw slavery in California.

Most people think slavery was already illegal under the U.S. Constitution. But this is California. And in California, “slavery” has a different definition: Slavery in California is “forced labor in prison.”

California voters will decide in November whether to remove an exemption for involuntary servitude from the state constitution under a proposal the state Legislature just approved. Alabama voters abolished slavery this way back in 2022. The polls opened shortly after Alabama Public Radio premiered its award-winning documentary “No Stone Unturned: Preserving Slave cemeteries in Alabama,” which was honored with an international “Gabriel” award, a national “Edward R. Murrow” award, and a national “Salute to Excellence” award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Alabama’s anti-slavery amendment also focused on what was, at that time, involuntary servitude among prison inmates.

Over 100 supporters gathered at the Palm Sophia Rooftop on Saturday, June 15th to kick-off the re-election campaign of Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin's 2024 for Culver City Council.

California must act now to confront today’s Black job crisis. The Bureau of Labor Statistics last year reported that 90% of the nation’s unemployed U.S. citizens are Black Americans. And despite being less than 10% of LA’s population, Black people comprise more than a third of its unhoused residents.

Three California state senators are backing a $10 billion climate bond developed by environmental and social justice groups as an alternative to a separate spending proposal moving through the Senate. This push comes just a week before the June 28 deadline to place bonds on the November ballot. Senators María Elena Durazo, Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, and Dave Cortese have called on Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders to support a bond that allocates at least 40 percent of its funding to disadvantaged communities most affected by climate change — a concept known as Justice40.

Over 100 supporters gathered at the Palm Sophia Rooftop on Saturday, June 15, 2024 to kick-off the re-election campaign of Mayor Yasmine-Imani McMorrin’s 2024 for Culver City Council.