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H violence (SDG 17), climate change (SDG 13), gender equality in though he added, “In terms of them being effective for re- yw industry and innovation (SDG 9) and – worryingly – the ducing violent crime, I would agree that statistically they standalone ‘gender equality’ goal (SDG 5).  are not.’’ Denmark tops the index, followed closely by Finland, He said that is one of the reasons he announced a new Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands. approach last month in which stops will no longer be “a The countries with the lowest scores in the index – Ni- matter of routine.’’ ger, Yemen, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Under new rules, which go into effect Aug. 1, offiChad – have all faced conflict and fragility in recent years.  cers must be able to justify why they remove drivers from Altogether, 2.8 billion girls and women live in coun- vehicles, frisk or handcuff them, or make them sit on the tries that get either a “very poor” (59 and below) or “poor” ground. score (60 – 69) on gender equality. Jamaj Johnson was stopped last June by Louisville Just 8 percent of the world’s population of girls and Metro Police for failing to signal a turn. The Ford assembly women live in countries that received a “good” gender line worker with no criminal record was ordered out of his equality score (80 – 89) and no country achieved an “excel- car, frisked and handcuffed while his car was searched by a lent” overall score of 90 or above.  drug-sniffing dog. A passenger and her baby also had to get The 129 countries featured in the index cover five re- out during the search. gions – Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, No contraband was found in his 2007 Chevy Tahoe Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North after 20 minutes, and the traffic charge was later dismissed. Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.  In an interview with the newspaper, Johnson said he “It’s clear that even the most gender-equal countries was furious because he knew there was nothing illegal inneed to improve on issues like climate change, gender bud- side his truck. geting and public services, equal representation in power“I never even smoked a cigarette,’’ he said. ful positions, gender pay gaps, and gender-based violence,” Johnson said the stop and search were particularly ofHolder said.  fensive and intrusive because his friend and her baby had to The index also shows that countries with far fewer re- stand outside in the rain. sources are still able to tackle key gender inequalities. “Did they pull me over because I have an SUV and am Senegal, for example, has a higher percentage of wom- black?’’ he asked. “I can’t think of any other reason.’’ en in parliament (42 percent) than Denmark (37 percent), Altogether, 2.8 billion girls and women live in countries that get either a “very poor” (59 and below) or

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By Mark Hedin Ethnic Media Services The Census Bureau has said it expects to hire about a half-million people nationwide to help in its allimportant counting of everybody living in the United States, something the government has done every 10 years since 1790. That half-million hiring target is a sizable decrease from the last census, in 2010, when the bureau was more dependent on shoe leather than silicon to get the work done. Instead of the 635,000 people hired in 2010 to knock on doors to fill out questionnaires with people who hadn’t gotten theirs to the mailbox, in 2020, for the first time, the government is counting on people filling out their forms online. The half-million Census Bureau jobs are open to any U.S. citizen who can pass a background check, is at least 18 and possesses a Social Security number. In California, census officials project they will fill or already have filled about 12,800 positions. “It’s a relatively fluid number, just a projection,” said Celeste Jimenez, assistant regional census manager based in Los Angeles. That’s because for “enumerators,” the biggest category of census workers, the number of people hired will depend on how many people didn’t complete their census questionnaires promptly next year, leading the Census Bureau to hire people who know their communities and languages and can go out into the field and come back with completed questionnaires from the non-responders.

This year, the Census Bureau is focused on setting up and staffing offices across the country and checking and updating the list of addresses used to send people reminders and instructions on filling out the 2020 Census questionnaire online when it is released in mid-March. In California, where there will be 30 census offices up and down the state, the administrative jobs – mostly already filled or due to fill soon ( regions/los-angeles/jobs/california.html) – are expected to last all the way through till the census gathering is completed next summer, at a pay scale ranging from $18 to $51 per hour, depending on the assignment and the location. The next wave of hiring, for “listers” who will do the address verification work this year, is under way. Those jobs pay from $16.50 to $33 per hour and are expected to last only for a couple of months, including paid training. To apply for these positions, go to en/jobs.html. Yolanda Lazcano, recruiting coordinator for the “Los Angeles Region” – which covers the entire West Coast from California to Alaska, plus Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada – is hoping to recruit 11,000 applicants for approximately 3,500 lister positions in California. Next year, after mailings are sent out with instructions on the legally required process of filling out the census questionnaires, the biggest wave of hiring will begin: for “field staff” or “enumerators” to do the “non-response follow-up” work that in large part consists of knocking on

doors at addresses where residents didn’t file completed questionnaires. These positions also will be filled through the Census Bureau website: The Census Bureau hopes that having people file their questionnaires online will yield billions of dollars in savings on the shoe leather it’s always needed to get those questionnaires completed. It expects at least half of the country’s more than 300 million people to take the online option. Nonetheless, Lazcano expects that each of California’s 30 census offices will need about 300 enumerators. In the past, with questionnaires submitted through snail mail, the cost per person of gathering census data had grown to $92 in 2010, from just $16 in 1970, as measured in constant dollars. The ability to bridge language barriers will be invaluable, and in fact is a requirement for some of the managerial positions the Census Bureau still has open in California, such as this one for a Spanish speaker in Bakersfield ( opportunities/positions/region-field/cfm/LAROCFM-CA22.html) or this one for a Chinese-language speaker in the Contra Costa County city of Concord: ( positions/region-field/cfm/LARO-CFM-CA47.html). Continued on page A6

Stop Political Violence in Haiti WASHINGTON – After returning from a trip to Haiti during which she saw evidence of politically motivated violence carried out by gangs allegedly affiliated with the

Haitian government, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA43), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, worked with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA13) to ensure that language addressing the political crisis in Haiti was included in the report accompanying the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2020. Congresswoman Lee, in her capacity as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, helped negotiate the language, which expresses great concerns about civil “During my recent trip to Haiti, I was shocked and appalled to learn of the massacre and the burning of homes in La Saline and other evidence of politically motivated violence, and I am deeply disturbed by the allegations that the Haitian government may have been involved,” said Congresswoman Waters.

Upon returning to the United States, Congresswoman Waters discussed Haiti’s political crisis with Congresswoman Lee, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and other concerned Members of Congress, and they agreed to work together to pursue justice for the people of Haiti. (Courtesy photo)

unrest and specifically mentions incidents in La Saline in November 2018, involving alleged human rights abuses and the burning of homes. The State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill  was approved by the Appropriations Committee, along with the accompanying report, on May 16th on a vote of 29 to 23,[1] and is scheduled for consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives this week.[2] “During my recent trip to Haiti, I was shocked and appalled to learn of the massacre and the burning of homes in La Saline and other evidence of politically motivated violence, and I am deeply disturbed by the allegations that the Haitian government may have been involved,” said Congresswoman Waters. “I thank my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, for working to include language in the report accompanying the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill to address this urgent crisis.”

The report accompanying the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, as approved by the Appropriations Committee, includes the following language regarding the crisis in Haiti: “The Committee is greatly concerned by civil unrest in Haiti. The Committee expects the Secretary of State and USAID Administrator to support dialogue aimed at resolving the political crisis and ensuring that upcoming elections are transparent and inclusive. The Committee is especially concerned about the incidents in November 2018 in La Saline, including alleged human rights abuses and the burning of homes in the area. The Committee encourages the Government of Haiti to address the real grievances in the country, including access to housing. The Committee encourages the provision of technical support for thorough and independent investigations into both the allegations of corruption and human rights violations.”[3] The report also includes the following additional provision conditioning U.S. foreign assistance for the central Government of Haiti on progress towards reforms: “Haiti.—Pursuant to subsection (c), funds are withheld for assistance for the central Government of Haiti unless the Secretary of State certifies and reports that the Government of Haiti is taking the following steps: (1) strengthening the rule of law including by transparently selecting judges based on merit, reducing pre-trial detention, respecting the independence of the judiciary, and implementing reforms to increase transparency and accountability including through the penal and criminal code; (2) combating corruption including by implementing the 2014 anti-corruption law and prosecuting corrupt officials; (3) increasing government revenues, including through tax reforms, and increasing expenditures on public services; and (4) resolving commercial disputes between U.S. entities and the government of Haiti.”[4] Continued on page A6

Spike Lee Calls for Hollywood to ‘Shut it Down’ in Georgia

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Director Spike Lee is calling for Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia over a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, upon detection of a fetal heartbeat. Most studios that have commented have said they’re waiting to see if the so-called “heartbeat’’ law actually takes effect next year, or if the courts will block it. But at the arrivals line for Denzel Washington’s American Film Institute lifetime achievement tribute Thursday, Lee said now is the time for Georgia-based productions to “shut it down’’ and boycott the state’s booming film industry to drive change. Lee acknowledged that a mass exodus could dent livelihoods, but cited black bus drivers affected by the Civil Rights Movement-era boycott in Montgomery. “I know it’s going to affect people’s livelihood. But that’s how things change,’’ Lee said. “You’ve got to be on the right side of history, and the state of Georgia and those other states, they’re wrong,’’ he added. Georgia’s economy currently gets a $9.5 billion annual boost from the industry.

No Charges Filed Yet in White Supremacist Attack LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) – Charges have not yet been filed against several suspected white supremacists who were arrested on suspicion of attacking a black DJ at a tavern in Washington state. The Daily Herald reported Sunday that the seven men and one woman were all released from jail after they were arrested in the December 2018 attack at the Rec Room Bar and Grill in Lynnwood. Investigators said the group tried to take over the DJ’s equipment, then beat and stomped him while shouting racial slurs. Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell says the case is under review and they have been in contact with federal prosecutors. The FBI and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

Street Renamed Amid Concerns it Honored KKK Head

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis officials have settled on a simple solution for a Confederate street name challenge: removing a single letter. News outlets report that about 30 signs were changed Monday from Forrest Avenue to Forest Avenue, dropping one ``r’’ from the spelling. Residents were concerned the initial street name honored the Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. In April, Memphis officials approved an action to rename the street, which spans several miles through the city. The Daily Memphian reports it’s likely Forrest Avenue was named after the Confederate Forrest, though no documentation has been found to verify that. Research by the Office of Planning & Development found that the street was originally spelled Forest in the early 1900s, but Forrest later started appearing on signs and in directories.



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Mother Says Utah Officer Pulled Gun on Her Black Son By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A mother wants an independent investigation Friday after she says a Utah police officer pointed a gun at her 10-year-old son’s head in what she calls a racially motivated incident. Jerri Hrubes said at a news conference that she saw a white Woods Cross police officer pull his gun on her son, DJ Hrubes, who is black, while he was playing on his grandmother’s front lawn Thursday north of Salt Lake City. She said her son didn’t have any toys or objects in his hands. The officer told DJ to put his hands in the air and get on the ground, she said. When DJ asked the officer if he did something wrong, the officer told DJ not to ask questions. Jerri Hrubes said she raced outside of the house and screamed at the officer, “What are you doing? This is a 10-year-old child.’’ She says the officer didn’t respond and got in his car and left. Woods Cross police didn’t immediately return messages Friday about the events. Police Lt. Adam Osoro told The Salt Lake Tribune Thursday that the officer mistook the boy for a potential suspect during a pursuit of two armed suspects. Osoro the officer pulled out his gun after the child ran to the side of the house. After getting closer, the officer realized Hrubes was not involved in the incident and left, Osoro said. Osoro said the officer acted appropriately under the circumstances. Hrubes said she called dispatch right away to complain about the officer’s actions, and the officer returned to the house later in the day. She said he apologized and DJ hugged him and said it was OK. She said her son doesn’t “have a mean bone in his body’’ and is mentally delayed and has issues with his sight. She teared up recounting the encounter and said she’s thankful she taught DJ growing up to heed the commands of officers. “I support all police officers. I see good in them,’’ Hrubes said. “But, I do not support putting a child of 10-years-old at gunpoint with no explanation… Does he look like he’s 30? Does he look like he’s 18? No.’’ She said she doesn’t necessarily want the officer fired, but wants an outside review. She appeared alongside attorney Karra Porter at the news conference, but said she’s not considering any legal action at this time. Hrubes, who is from Montana, said she was visiting her mother in the town where she grew up: West Bountiful, a suburb of Salt Lake City. She said the incident changes how she feels in Utah, a state where African Americans account for just 1.4% of the state’s population, according to U.S. Census figures. “As a white mother to a black son, I don’t feel safe in West Bountiful anymore,’’ Hrubes said. “That changed after yesterday. I do not feel that he is safe. He has not left my sight. It just doesn’t feel like it used to.’’ Lex Scott, founder of Black Lives Matter in Utah, said her organization is demanding that the officer be fired or they will protest outside the police agency’s offices. She said the group also plans to file a complaint with the FBI’s civil rights division. “Holding a gun to the head of a 10-year-old will traumatize that kid for life,’’ Scott said. “The only apology we will accept is if this officer is terminated.’’

Organizers said the symposium was a small piece of the puzzle in the long-term goal of establishing partnerships with local school officials to facilitate mandatory restorative justice training. (Photo: George W. Tillman Jr.)

The Making of Restorative Justice Public Policy Gumbo By Erica R. Williams Special to The New Tri-State Defender “Don’t be afraid to disrupt the system,” Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer said to a crowd of advocates, parents, and educators gathered at the inaugural Public Policy and Restorative Justice Symposium. This charge came after Sawyer gave a personal account of her experiences with racial biases while attending a local private middle school, where she said there were only a handful of other black students. “I was the only person in my class to ever get detention,” she said. “I would get it for things like being stopped in the hall because they thought my skirt was too short, although I was the tallest girl in 7th and 8th grade. Or because they thought I was talking back when I asked questions.” Sawyer, who was the first guest speaker at the symposium, set the tone for the conversations that would follow throughout the five-hour event, hosted by the Memphis Restorative Justice Coalition. The Memphis-based group consists of a collection of four organizations working together to reduce the rate of suspensions for African American and Latino students. “There are so many people in silos doing this work, but there hasn’t been a space where people can all come together and do it collectively,” said Tim Green, co-founder of the symposium and founder & executive director of The Dividend, a social emotional empowerment organization for youth. Saturday’s panelists included, Pametria Brown (empowerment expert), Shahidah Jones (Black Lives Matter), Archie Moss Jr. (principal, Bruce Elementary) and Cameron Jones (recent high school graduate). State Sen. Raumesh Akbari (D-29) served as the moderator for the panel. Earlier this year, Akbari co-sponsored a bill requiring local education organizations to provide adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) training to teachers. During the symposium, the Akbari noted that understanding childhood trauma could aid in preventing some disciplinary infractions and biases. Organizers of the event said the symposium grew from an immense need to have conversations surrounding restorative justice practices in schools. Emerging statistics back up their claims. According to a 2019 study conducted by a group of Princeton University researchers, African-American students are four times more likely to be suspended than white students. The study also suggests that these students usually face more challenging life outcomes as a result of the harsh disciplinary actions. “When I was in the classroom in 2012, that’s when I

Empowerment expert Pametria Brown (right) shares a reflection as part of a symposium panel that also featured (l-r) Archie Moss Jr., Shahidah Jones, Cameron Jones and state Sen. Raumesh Akbari, who was the moderator. (Photo: George W. Tillman Jr.)

saw how much we needed restorative practices in schools,” Green said. “I saw students get suspended for things that we could have just talked about.” Cameron Jones, the youngest panelist, gave his personal account of biases while a student. “I noticed that I was treated differently when I wore Jordan’s than when I wore button-ups and chinos,” said Jones. “There were definitely predetermined stereotypes.” Dr. Joris Ray, Shelby County Schools superintendent, who received the Pioneer in Justice Award at the symposium, said he and his team have restorative justice plans in the works for the 2019-20 school year. “How are we going to change the narrative for all children particularly African American males?” he asked the crowd rhetorically, adding that his leadership team will launch an equity office within SCS.

“I look forward to pioneering justice for all students.” According the Restorative Justice Coalition, although suspension rates are down in SCS, 95 percent of the students who receive suspension are African American or Latino. “We have an opportunity to move Memphis forward through our kids,” Sawyer said. “And it starts with restorative justice.” With a long-term goal of establishing partnerships with local schools to facilitate mandatory restorative justice training, organizers said the symposium is just a small piece of the puzzle. “We are making restorative justice public policy gumbo,” Green said during the event.
“And we hope everyone who attended the symposium will leave with something that they can take back to their homes or schools to begin implementing immediately.”

The World is Failing at Gender Equality Continued from page A1

despite Denmark’s GDP per capita being 56 times higher than that of Senegal. Kenya has very high rates of women who use digital banking (75 percent) – higher rates than three quarters of the world’s countries. Colombia has better coverage of social assistance (81 percent) amongst its poorest people than the United States (65 percent), a higher-income country.   “This report should serve as a wakeup call to the world. We won’t meet the SDGs with 40% of girls and women living in countries that are failing on gender equality,” said Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “But the SDG Gender Index also shows that progress is possible. Many countries with the most limited resources are making huge strides in removing the barriers for girls and women across economies, politics and society – demonstrating that when it comes to gender equality, governments shouldn’t have excuses for inaction,” Gates said. Officials said it’s also imperative that the global community provides investment and support to fragile and conflict-affected countries – those with the lowest scores in the Index, such as Yemen, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad.  

What can we do?

“As advocates for gender equality in Africa, we can no longer operate on presumptions and approximations,” said Memory Kachambwa, the executive director of the African Women’s Development and Communication Network – or FEMNET. “Gaps of inequalities must be marked, counted and recorded so that the trail of implementation is clear and decision makers are held to account. The SDG Gender Index will help to ensure that Africa’s girls and women are counted and accounted for,” Kachambwa said. While some issues are lagging far behind, dedicated international efforts appear to have made a difference on other issues.

Overall, countries have performed best on issues where coordinated and concerted policy focus and funding has been directed over the past 10-20 years, including on hunger and nutrition (SDG 2), water and sanitation (SDG 6), health (SDG 3) and education (SDG 4). “With 8,000 decision-makers, advocates, and influencers gathered in Vancouver as part of the Women Deliver Conference, and over 100,000 participating around the world, we have the collective power to drive real progress on these gender equality scores and create real impact for girls and women,” said Katja Iversen, the president and CEO of Women Deliver.

Thursday, June 13, 2019




It’s the Greatest: Ali’s Training Camp Opens to the Public By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press DEER LAKE, Pa. (AP) – The rustic Pennsylvania training camp where Muhammad Ali prepared for some of his most famous fights has undergone an elaborate restoration, opening to the public Saturday as a shrine to the

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heavyweight icon's life and career. The famed Deer Lake camp was in disrepair when California real estate investor Mike Madden bought it shortly after Ali died in June 2016 at age 74. Madden, son of retired broadcaster and NFL Hall of Fame coach John Madden, said his aim was to save an important part of Ali's legacy. “It will always be a monument to the guy who created it,'' said Madden, 55. “It's about preserving a piece of sports history, American history and probably world history.'' Ali bought the wooded, out-of-the-way property about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Philadelphia in 1972 and installed 18 primarily log buildings, including a gym, dining hall, small mosque, visitors' cabins and a horse barn. It was at Deer Lake where Ali prepared for his epic bouts against George Foreman and Joe Frazier, attracting crowds who watched him work. Ali once proclaimed he was “more at home with my log cabins than I am in my house in Cherry Hill,'' New Jersey. He trained at the camp until his last fight in 1981. “Ali loved it up there,'' said his longtime business manager, Gene Kilroy, an area native who brought Ali to Deer Lake. “He built it the way he wanted to build it, and he credited that camp with helping him win his biggest fights.'' Ty Benner, whose father brought him to see Ali train every time he was at Deer Lake, returned Saturday for the first time in nearly 40 years, donating a T-shirt he got at the camp as a kid. “My dad was a big Ali fan,'' said Benner, 48, of Beaver Springs, which is about two hours away. “I pretty much grew up here.'' He said Madden had done an “amazing'' job restoring it. Visiting from the Philadelphia area, Karen Hauck was also impressed. “I love this,'' she said as her kids and their friend, 11-year-old Benny Quiles-Rosa, took turns at the heavy bag. Benny, an aspiring boxer, gave it quite a beating. “I can't wait till I’m allowed to spar,'' he said. Seeing where Al trained, he said, “is a really big deal for me.'' By the time Madden bought the camp, the exteriors of the log buildings were deteriorating and needed extensive repair. Inside, the gym sports a new ring and a sleek display of blown-up photos that show Ali living and working at the camp, slugging it out with opponents inside the ring and clowning around with other famous faces like The Beatles. A video retrospective of Ali's career, narrated by Howard Cosell, plays on a flat screen, and some of Ali's famous quotes ("Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee'') adorn the walls. In an adjoining room, you can see where Ali kept track of his weight while training for a 1978 championship rematch with Leon Spinks. The actual notations are still there on the wall, in pencil. Madden, a lifelong fight fan like his father, was listening to sports talk radio after Ali's death and said he became supremely irritated by the misinformation he was hearing about his boyhood idol, whom he had met as a teen. It was the same when Madden turned to the internet _ some of the stories about Ali's life got the details wrong, he said. He

stifled an impulse to comment. Then Madden read a piece that mentioned Deer Lake, Googled it, and found out the camp was for sale. “I literally had an `Animal House' moment. I had an angel and a devil on my shoulders. Are you going to be the bitter guy who blogs anonymously when it comes to Ali? Every room you're in, `They don't have the story right.' Are you going to be that guy?'' Madden recalled thinking. “Here's an opportunity to have a hand in maybe not writing history, but preserving some,'' he added. “I looked at it as a calling. This found me.''

Madden paid $520,000 for the property and spent at least $650,000 on renovations. Other buildings open to the public include the mosque, the dining hall and Ali's sleeping quarters, complete with coal stove, hand-operated water pump and a video of Ali giving TV host Dick Cavett a tour of the same cabin 40 years ago. The hilltop camp, dubbed “Fighter's Heaven,'' is open to the public on weekends. Admission is free, though visitors may donate to charities designated by the camp. It's also available for corporate retreats.

Tim Witherspoon, former world heavyweight boxing champion, talks to the crowd during the grand opening of Fighter's Heaven, Muhammad Ali's Training Camp.







Thursday, June 13, 2019

John Gary Williams Maintained Music in His Heart, Despite Tragedy, Trials 
…but his work will live on. Filmmaker John Hubbell’s documentary, which includes new music from John Gary Williams, is expected to be released in 2020. And Scott Bomar will have recordings that the two made when Williams would stop by Bomar’s Electraphonic Studios.

John Gary Williams of The Mad Lads maintained music in his heart – despite tragedy, trials

By Lee Eric Smith The New Tri-State Defender In an alternate reality, one where John Gary Williams wasn’t called up to go to Vietnam, he might have become a soul music icon, a household name mentioned alongside Marvin Gaye, Al Green or Otis Redding. But as news spread of Williams’ death at his Memphis home at the age of 73, friends and loved ones spoke of how he persevered through trials and tribulations – with a song forever in his heart. “My mother called and said, ‘You’ve been drafted.’ Why couldn’t they draft a winehead or junkie?” Williams says in “A World Gone Mad: The Trials of John Gary Williams,” a forthcoming documentary about his life. “Why me?” ‘Our passion was music’ TSD freelance photographer Tyrone P. Easley remembered Williams bursting out into song as they both rode the 31 Crosstown bus to Booker T. Washington High School. “He’d sit in the back and sing,” Easley said. “I always admired him.” At BTW, Williams, Julius E. Green, William Brown and Robert Phillips were known as The Emeralds – perhaps no coincidence in that green is a school color. “Our passion was music. That’s all we had,” Williams says in the film. “We were singing in the men’s room to get that echo. I said, ‘Man, if we’re going to do this, let’s do it big.” By 1965, the group now known as The Mad Lads had scored their first hit with “Don’t Have to Shop Around.” And while they didn’t have chart-topping success, a string of solid R&B hits followed: “I Want Someone” and “Patch My Heart” among them. The Mad Lads toured with Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and “every major artist that was out there. And we held our own, too,” Williams reflected. Then, in late 1966, Uncle Sam came calling. “Here was a young man singing love songs for Stax who was swooped of the stage of the Apollo Theater and put into the jungle with a rifle,” said documentary filmmaker John Hubbell. “Not exactly his style.” In Vietnam, Williams served on a long-range reconnaissance patrol – witnessing and experiencing all the horrors of war up close. Like so many Vietnam vets, the war left deep mental and emotional scars that would haunt him for years. “I just wanted to go to Vietnam and get it over with,” Williams said. “But a lot of the things I saw – the killings, the mistreatment of the Vietnam people – it was just too much for me, man.” But it was a random encounter with a Vietnamese man that would shape Williams’ life after he returned. “One day, a villager pointed at his skin and pointed at me, saying, ‘Same thing, you,’” Williams said. “I could see the similarities between the way that guy was treated and the way I was treated as a black man in America.” “He came back from Vietnam very anti-violence,” Hubbell added. “John was more about justice than race. He didn’t advocate violence in any way.” Williams’ older brother Richard noticed a change, too. “My brother was always kind of deep and smart, but he was fun loving,” said Richard Williams, 74. “When he went to Vietnam, to me, he became more serious about life. I think that’s why he joined the Invaders. He wanted to change the conditions of our people here in Memphis and throughout the country.” A Mad Lad, an Invader, a felon After Vietnam, Williams rejoined the Mad Lads, who scored a few more modest hits. But he also had several friends who were involved with The Invaders, a black empowerment group. He became passionate about achieving justice for African Americans, wearing an odd pair of hats for a while – lead singer of the Mad Lads and Minister of Defense for the Invaders. “John was drawn to that activism because he was representative of a group of African Americans who felt the pace of change wasn’t fast enough,” Hubbell said. “The ‘minister-driven’ civil rights movement wasn’t fast enough. He was one of the people saying, ‘Our people need swifter justice.’” But misfortune wasn’t finished with Williams. In February 1969, he was implicated in the shooting of a Memphis police officer. In Hubbell’s footage, he tells the story of a cousin and another young man standing in the street with guns, saying they were planning on shooting some police. “I didn’t shoot no police officer,” Williams said, speaking directly to Hubbell’s camera. “All the way up to the

very last minute, I tried to discourage them. But they insisted. So, I said I’m leaving, man. I’m gone, I’m outta here. And before I could get back to where my car was parked, the shots rang out. “From the moment I heard that sound, I knew that was the beginning of the end of my career – and me,” he concluded. “And when I got out of jail, things actually got worse.” ‘The Whole World Is Going Crazy’ By 1973, Williams had served his time in the shooting and was still looking to make music. His solo album, John Gary Williams, was critically acclaimed and thanks to Stax’s business problems, a commercial flop. “It was an incredible solo album,” said Scott Bomar of The Bo-keys, who recorded with Williams later in his life. “I think it’s one of the greatest albums in the Stax library.” Like other crooners of the day, Williams blended social commentary with a hopeful, upbeat track on his song, “The Whole Damn World Is Going Crazy:” It takes my breath away/To see people live from day to day Without respect for each other, without love for their brothers Stax folded in 1975. “My label was dead, my career was dead, and my life just spun out of control,” Williams reflected. “By all indications, I should be dead, in prison, a junkie or the insane asylum or someplace. But I’m not. “I still have something to contribute,” he said. “People who believe in me. People who remember who I am.” The comeback It was in 2003, while Bomar was working on The BoKeys debut album The Royal Sessions, that he met Williams. A lot of other Stax alumni too. “When word got out that we were making that record at Royal Studios, all kinds of people dropped by,” Bomar said. “It was like a reunion. John Gary was right there in the middle.” Before long, Bomar had invited Williams to perform featured vocals in various live sets. “To sing again is to feel again,” Williams said. “And I’m also a survivor – trying to get back to being me.” Along the way, Bomar’s admiration grew. “He became like a father figure to me,” Bomar said. He was very supportive of the music I was doing. It meant a lot coming from him. I considered him a wise person and it meant a lot to have his blessing and approval for what I was doing with our music.” And despite earning a reputation for sage wisdom and generosity, Williams still wrestled with his personal demons – sometimes with Hubbell’s camera rolling. “For him, it was about becoming a better person,” Hubbell said. “He realized there was more to life than being a singer. We talked about some of the deepest darkest stuff of his life. He believed he could be a better person.” Music fades out Richard Williams remembered a bid whist party that he, his wife and John Gary attended. “He and my wife ran everyone off the card table,” Richard recalled. “We had good times about three or four weeks ago.” But as John Gary Williams’ health deteriorated over the past several weeks, he lost his voice – and gradually, his will to live, said Richard Williams, his brother. “His smile was gone. His drive to stay alive was gone. I could see it in his eyes,” Richard Williams said. “(John Gary) was quick-witted and jovial. But after they announced he would be on hospice . . . He tried to fight it, but as time went on, I could see he was tired. “He told me he had made peace with his God,” Richard said. “I think he was ready to go.” But his work will live on. Hubbell’s documentary, which includes new music from Williams, is expected to be released in 2020. And Bomar will have recordings that the two made when Williams would stop by Bomar’s Electraphonic Studios. “It’s going to be something I can listen to, to take me back to when he was still here and we were in the creative process together,” Bomar said. “When you’re in studio, the outside world is closed off, there’s no concept of time. That’s the beauty of a recording and that’s what will be nice about having that moment with him. “And I know he enjoyed doing it and making those recordings,” Bomar added. “Experiencing that creative joy with him . . . that means a lot.” Williams is survived by his wife, Trenni Williams; five  daughters; two sons; two brothers; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Film Captures the Loss of Black San Franciscans By JANIE HAR Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Actor Jimmie Fails draws from his own story in his portrayal of a young black man navigating a shifting racial landscape in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.'' His tale is a familiar one in affluent U.S. cities. Like his character, Fails is a third-generation San Franciscan whose family lost their home in a once-flourishing African American neighborhood called the “Harlem of the West.'' His relatives scattered as housing prices skyrocketed and he struggles to get by in a city that's not as black as the one he grew up in. “It's often like you're the last black man in the restaurant, the last black man in the barber shop,'' Fails, 24, says. “San Francisco feels like a woman that you loved that doesn't love you back, that you're trying to get back.'' In "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," a 2019 Sundance favorite that opened nationally Friday, Fails is a skateboarder and home caregiver who crashes at night in his best friend Mont's room at his grandfather's house in San Francisco. All the while, Jimmie dreams of reclaiming the grand Victorian home he says his grandfather built in the Fillmore District, before his father lost the home to drugs. Black people once migrated to San Francisco, drawn by its reputation for tolerance. But the city shed nearly 3,000 low-income black households, a 17%, decrease, between 2000 and 2015, according to a report by the Urban Displacement Project at the University of California, Berkeley. Many were driven out by rising costs and redevelopment. It's a decline seen in other major U.S. cities. The African American populations in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago have shrunk since 2000, and Washington, D.C. is no longer a black-majority city. The film won a Sundance directing award for Fails' childhood friend and collaborator, Joe Talbot. It features another San Francisco native, Danny Glover, as Mont's grandfather. Talbot, who is white, says it has become that much harder to make ends meet, even in the five years they've taken to make the film. San Francisco companies Lyft, Uber and Pinterest have gone public this year, driving up fears that masses of millennial millionaires will take up all the city's already scarce housing. The median sales price of a house was $1.4 million and the median rent for a one-bedroom was nearly $3,700 in April, according to analytics firm CoreLogic and listing site Zumper. Meanwhile, the city's one-night count of homeless increased 17% in two years. “I have friends that work three jobs to get by in the shadows of the bigger industries, the big money makers here,'' said Talbot, 28. San Francisco never had a large African American population, hitting its peak of 95,000 in the 1970 U.S. Census, or 13%. That figure tumbled to 11% in 1990, and then to just under 8% in 2000. A recent estimate has the black population at a smidge

over 5%, the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey reports. Moreover, the Urban Displacement Project reports San Francisco lost people across all racial groups in the low to middle income groups, gaining only in the extremely poor and high-income households. “All of our concerns about San Francisco becoming a super-exclusionary place have come true,'' said the project's director, Miriam Zuk. Other Bay Area cities have shed black residents as housing costs rise. African Americans made up nearly half of Oakland, birthplace of the Black Panther Party , through the 1980s and part of the 1990s. They are only a quarter of residents today. African Americans started moving to San Francisco in the 19th century, drawn by its reputation for tolerance, writes Albert S. Broussard in “Black San Francisco.'' Among those was William Alexander Leidesdorff, who came to San Francisco before it was called San Francisco, and served on its first town council. Migration ramped up in the 1940s, when wartime work lured black people from the South. They moved into homes in the Fillmore vacated by Japanese Americans who were incarcerated by the U.S. government. The “Harlem of the West'' flourished with nightclubs, churches and shops catering to African Americans. But waves of redevelopment sapped the neighborhood and residents left. Virginia Smyly, a board member of the San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society, says it's been difficult for African Americans to hold on to the few homes they were allowed to purchase in the city. Children and grandchildren inherited family homes in the 1980s and 1990s, she said, but sold the property or lost the homes, unable to keep up with taxes and mortgages. Vanishing blacks are only part of the story, she says. “It's not just African Americans who have disappeared,'' she said. “It's the working class people, people who were in manufacturing and in some service jobs that don't exist any longer.'' In the movie, Jimmie regularly sneaks over to the Victorian to tend to the yard and touch up painting. When the white people who live there move out, he moves in and marvels that he has a home in which to read a newspaper. He's crushed when the house hits the market at an estimated $4 million, and pleads with a lender at one point for a predatory loan. “That's not your old house and that's not your neighborhood,'' his father says. “We built these ships, dredged these canals in the San Francisco they never knew existed,'' says Mont's grandfather. “This is our home.'' The making of the movie is a celebration of an older San Francisco, says Talbot, one where kids from different schools and backgrounds became friends. They released a concept trailer to raise money and were inundated with offers from artists wanting to help. “There was a lot of love that got pumped into this,'' he said.

Black Music Month

As the trade association representing more than 200 African American-owned newspapers and media companies around the nation, the NNPA observes Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States as well as Black Music Month and National Home Ownership Month. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent Throughout the month of June, events are held to embrace the achievements, prominent timeliness and impactful moments of Black music. Founded in 1979 by Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright and Dyana Williams, National Black Music Month recognizes the achievements, prominent timeliness and impactful moments of Black music. It’s a chance to remember those musicians lost along the way and to encourage a pathway for young musicians to follow their dreams. According to the National Museum of African American Music, on June 7th, 1979 Gamble, Wright, and Williams successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter into hosting a reception to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music throughout history. Since that fateful year, Black Music Month has grown from an intimate commemoration to national reach with

an abundance of events held annually across the country. As years went on many musicians, fans and influential individuals joined in celebratory observance during the month of June. In 2016, via proclamation, President Barack Obama further defined June as African American Music Appreciation Month. Obama declared that the start of summer would be a celebration for “the rich heritage” of African American music and how these instrumental musicians, “have enriched American music and captured the diversity of our Nation.” “The music of our Nation has always spoken to the condition of our people and reflected the diversity of our Union,” Obama said. “African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters have made enormous contributions to our culture by capturing the hardships and aspirations of a com

Thursday, June 13, 2019



NBA Finals Game 3 Summary By Cameron Buford Going into Game 3 of the National Basketball League Finals we saw the Toronto Raptors go to Oracle Arena tied 1-1 against the defending Champions Golden State Warriors. Oddly enough the Warriors thought they would be without, not 1, but 2 of their All-Stars in, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, in addition to 4th year Forward Kevon Looney. Due to the injuries, the Warriors have faced recently, they have sent out 10 different starting lineups in this postseason. The Raptors would be traveling into hostile territory for Game 3 as the home crowd at Oracle Arena has had plenty rest, considering they haven’t seen a game played since the Portland Trailblazers were in town nearly 3 weeks ago. Having split the games in Toronto, Game 3 was sure to be different as the Raptors now have their chance to regain the home-court advantage with a win against the

undermanned Warriors. Award-winning country artist Tenille Arts performed the Canadian national anthem followed by Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett who performed the U.S. national anthem to kick off Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals which has been presented by YouTube TV. Both performances will air live on ABC in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada from Oracle Arena. The Raptors came into Game 3 of the NBA Finals 4-4 in road games and have at least 1 road win in each of their previous three playoffs series. Their leader Kawhi Leonard has recorded 19 games with 30+ points in the Playoffs and has scored over 30 points 13 times in this year’s playoffs. Adding to their confidence, the Raptors have outscored the Warriors in six of eight quarters of their series to this point in the series. The Raptors had to overcome a 47-point barrage from Stephen Curry to reclaim home-court advantage in Game

3 of this year’s NBA Finals. Aiding the Raptors in Game 3, they shot over 52.4% from the floor and 95.2% from the free throw line while limiting the Warriors to 39.6% from the floor and 33.3% from the 3-point line. The Raptors also had 6 players score in double figures to go with Kawhi’s 20th 30-point game to get the Raptors 2 games closer to their first NBA Finals Championship. Klay Thompson’s streak of consecutive playoff games played ended at 120. Following the Warriors Game 3 loss, brought their record to 7-4 in Game 3’s of the NBA Playoff’s and 34-32 in any posts season series, I had a chance to ask Curry about Klay’s absence, Q. Congratulations on your career high in the playoffs. My question for you is you played over a hundred playoff games, Klay. Talk to us about not having him tonight and how that impacted the game? Curry’s response was, “Any injury in the playoffs is tough, but especially a guy like Klay who’s been so durable his whole career and especially in the playoffs and the way he had been playing as of late, so it’s no secret that we’re a little injury plagued now and guys trying to just find a way back to the court. But the moment is now. You got to try to have a “next man up” mentality like we always say, and just go out and fight. We did that tonight. We can play better, obviously better on the defensive end, but I liked the competitiveness that we had, understanding that we’re missing 50 points pretty much between KD and Klay. So, we’ll adjust. And it’s a long series you know. It’s going to be fun for us.” In watching the game from the stands, it appeared to me that the Raptors had a size and length advantage over the Warriors and I wanted to see if they felt the same way so I asked Draymond the following question, Q. Can you talk about how you guys combat their size and length advantage; that it seemed to impact the game tonight?

Green’s responded by saying, “We got to be more solid with the ball. And it starts with me. I’ve had a bunch of turnovers in I thinks every game this series. So just take -- be more cautious with our passes. I think they do have a lot of length, but we got to play in more space and not play in a crowd.” Covering the NBA Finals for the first time, was an awesome experience for me. This experience was made much better by Chevrolet sponsoring my trip. They provided me a 2019 Chevy Equinox to drive up to the Bay Area. I listed a few of the features that I really enjoyed this past week; • Onboard WIFI • Power Liftgate • Keyless Start • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert a technology with side mirror alerts to help you avoid collision with moving vehicles • Lane Keep Assist a technology that provides gentle steering wheel turns and lane departure warnings • Switchable All-Wheel Drive, this system enhances traction and control on a variety of road. With switchable AWD, you can travel in the more fuel efficient FWD mode and a prompt will appear on the Driver Info Center if the system determines you should switch into AWD. My take away from Game 3 of the NBA Finals was the cohesiveness and focus of the Toronto Raptors as they traveled into the home of the 2-Time defending Champions and took back the home court advantage in this season’s NBA Finals. Now the pressure moves over to those defending champs to defend their home court. Please let me know your thoughts on these NBA Finals by reaching out to us on @whatsgoodinsports on twitter or commenting in the comment section of this article on

The Warriors are depending on Stephen Curry to keep them in Game 3 with key offensive players out injured. (Photo Credit Tony Avelar/Associated Press) Cameron B

NBA Finals Game 4 Summary By Cameron Buford Kicking off the Game 4 telecast this past Friday, was GRAMMY® Award-winner NE-YO who sang the U.S National Anthem. Multi-platinum band Walk Off the Earth will perform the Canadian national anthem prior to Game 4 at the final game at Oracle Arena. This could very well be the final game in Oracle Arena. Not many teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. In fact, the only team with a 3-1 lead that did not win the Finals was the 2016 Golden State Warriors. Of the previous 34 teams to take a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals: • 18 teams won the series in five games • 13 teams won the series in six games • 2 teams won the series in seven games • 1 team lost the series in seven games Although the Golden State Warriors were 4-1 in the playoffs following a loss. Though their recent loss to the Toronto Raptors felt a little different. Having been hampered by injuries throughout this series the Warriors would need to summon their championship metal to stay alive in this series. Though Klay Thompson returned to play in Game 4, Warriors fans just may have seen Kevin

Durant play in Oracle for the final time. For many basketball fans, the Raptors appeared to have a size and length advantage. I wanted to know from Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr, how they planned to adjust to their apparent size advantage; Q. What’s your strategy to combat their size and length that seemed to really impact the game a couple of nights ago? Kerr response was: “Play harder. Play better defense. Our defense stunk the other night. We got to play better tonight.” Well with Kawhi Leonard on the historical tear he’s on the Warriors would need to do more than just “play harder”. Leonard recorded his 14th 30-point game of the 2019 playoffs. Kawhi joins an elite class of players to score at least 30-point games in 14 games in a single postseason. Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James are the others to have done this. Though Klay came back to lead the Warriors to score 28 points in Game 4. However, the Raptors got unexpected help from Serge Ibaka who went 9-of-12 shooting from the

field. He became the first reserve to score 20 or more points and shoot at least 75 percent from the field in an NBA Finals game since Vinnie Johnson of the Detroit Pistons’ against the Portland Trail Blazers in 1990. In this pivotal Game 4, the Raptors limited the sharpshooting Golden State Warriors to their worst 3-point shooting at 29.6% in the Finals. They also held the Warriors to under 100 points for the first time in 24 consecutive games. Having beaten the Warriors in both meetings during the regular season, they’re size advantage continued to play to the Raptors favor in these finals. Though the Warriors are making their 5th straight NBA Finals appearance, they’re need to start 10 different lineups, in this postseason, may be evidence that injuries and fatigue may have caught up with them during their championship run. In contrast, the Toronto Raptors become the second team in 51 years to have six players appear to the first three games of an NBA Finals and average more than 12 points per game. The Raptors also have made 10 or more 3-pointers in 10 consecutive games. With their game 3

Kawhi Leonard’s hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of their first NBA championship. ( photo)

wins at the Oracle Arena, the Raptors also extended their streak of at least one road win in each of their four playoff series. In the post-game interviews, the Kawhi was asked about his thoughts on winning a title and Kyle Lowry was asked his thoughts on how they’ve been able to maintain their calm while being a game away from a championship. Both responses a below; Q. If the Raptors win the NBA title, what do you think this will mean for Canada and the Toronto Raptors? You’ve already won with the San Antonio Spurs. You’ve seen the way it impacted that community. What do you think this will do for Canada? KAWHI LEONARD: “I’m really not sure. I guess you really would have to ask somebody on the street or one of our fans. I’m pretty sure it’s a long time waiting. They’re going to be excited. I mean, they’re already excited just as us just being here for the first time. They’re going crazy after the Eastern Conference Finals and -- I don’t know, there’s no telling. You got to ask probably like I said, a fan or somebody that’s in Canada, been living in Canada for a while. But I know they’re going to be super excited. I don’t know. We’ll see.” Q. Maybe a question for both of you, just after the game it was kind of stone-faced, business as usual. A win away from a championship. Some may think there would be some cause for celebration, there wasn’t. What’s the mindset? KYLE LOWRY: “We didn’t do nothing yet. We haven’t done anything. We won three games. It’s the first of four. We understand that. They’re the defending champs, and they’re not going to go out easy. They’re going to come and fight and prepare to play the next game, and that’s how we’re preparing ourselves, that we have to -- we got to prepare ourselves to play the next game. We haven’t done anything yet.” Covering the NBA Finals for the first time, was an awesome experience for me. This experience was made much better by Chevrolet sponsoring my trip. They provided me a 2019 Chevy Equinox to drive up to the Bay Area. I listed a few of the features that I really enjoyed this past week; • Onboard WIFI • Power Liftgate • Keyless Start • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert a technology with side mirror alerts to help you avoid collision with moving vehicles • Lane Keep Assist a technology that provides gentle steering wheel turns and lane departure warnings • Switchable All-Wheel Drive system enhances traction and control on a variety of road. With switchable AWD, you can travel in the more fuel efficient FWD mode and a prompt will appear on the Driver Info Center if the system determines you should switch into AWD. Game 4 proved to me that the Raptors are ready to win the first championship for Canada. Nick Nurse has done a wonderful job tinkering with their lineup throughout the season and their GM Masai Ujiri has done a great job building this team into a championship contender, that now is on the brink of winning the first championship in the team’s history. Please let me know your thoughts on these NBA Finals by reaching out to us on @whatsgoodinsports on twitter or commenting in the comment section of this article on



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What’s Next for California’s Charter Schools?

Much Awaited Task Force Report Is Heavy on Advice - But Falls Short on Data

Gov. Newsom signs charter school transparency bill March 5. (CBM photo)

By Tanu Henry California Black Media In February, Gov. Newsom asked Tony Thurmond,

Superintendent of Public Instruction, to set up a task force charged with looking at the impact public charter school funding has on district-run public school finances.

The team submitted its report to the governor last week. The10-page document is expected to inform legislators’ votes on two contested charter school bills the Senate is reviewing. Their report could also influence whether or not the governor signs them.  If passed, those bills would encode major changes to California’s Charter Schools Act of 1992. That regulation governs more than 1,300 independent, taxpayer-financed schools in the state, which enroll more than 50,000 African-American students.   “The public deserves a transparent report, one that also reflects honestly that there is more work to be done,” said Thurmond.“We will continue working with legislators and stakeholders, as well as welcome the opportunity for public input.”  The 11-member panel limited the scope of its inquiry to only two issues: charter schools’ impact on the financial health of traditional school districts and inconsistencies in the ways county boards authorize charters.  In the report – heavy with suggestions but light on data - the task force did not quantify the extent to which charter schools impact traditional district school finances. The document also did not share any findings of an inquiry into approval disparities. Also missing is comment on another issue driving much of the public debate on charter schools in California. That is the huge gap between the academic performance of African-American students and all others sub-groups in the state. Many charter schools have found themselves on the leading edge of working to close that discrepancy, frequently dubbed “the African-American achievement Gap.” A concentration of charters are located in neighborhoods up and down the state where some of the lowest-performing traditional public schools have operated for decades without making significant improvements to their academic outcomes for Black students.   On state tests, the average scores of African-American students consistently fall below those of all other sub-groups, accept students with disabilities.  In 1996, Californians voted to pass Prop 209 prohibiting the state from considering race in public education policy.  Charter school representatives as well as Labor union members supporting traditional district-run schools served on Thurmond’s task force. They teamed up with local school board officials and administrators to hash out ideas to share with the governor.  Their report, submitted ahead of their June 30 deadline, recommends that the state gives school districts more discretion in the authorization process by adding two additional criteria:  “saturation” of schools and the “need for new schools.” That “saturation” and “need,” the report says, would factor in the number of schools in a district, the number of students attending them, their performance and curricula.  The report also proposes extending the charter school approval timeframe from 60 to 90 days and limiting the appeal process to county school boards. Under current law, the State Board of Education has the final say. Another recommendation proposes setting up agencies tasked with developing statewide oversight guidelines and providing standardized training for authorizers. Finally, the task force recommends changing the state’s education code to allow tuition payments to district-run

public schools to continue for one year after students leave traditional public schools for charters. The report puts the cost for that effort at $96 million. California’s largest concentrations of charter schools operate in clusters around Oakland, Inglewood and San Diego, also home to some of the largest populations of African Americans in California. Therefore, many Black legislators and educators, as well as African-American charter school parents, anticipated the report’s release. In fact, when the Assembly education committee voted to pass four charter school bills earlier this year, Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), chair of the legislative Black Caucus, withheld her vote. Weber said she was looking forward to seeing the findings of the task force before making a final decision. “There are correlations.  Areas with the most charter schools also happen to be  tracts  of the state where the census has historically undercounted African Americans. Undercounts result in under-funding for critical services -  from education to health,” said Walter Hawkins, a senior research associate at NewHawk,  a southern Californiabased data collection firm. He recently conducted a study commissioned by California Black Media called “Counting Black California.” The report offers a countyby-county breakdown of demographic information on African Americans.  On one side of the charter school debate in California, you have large teacher unions, the NAACP and other public education advocates who have organized and supported protests and strikes – the last major one shut down the LA Unified School District in January. They are demanding more accountability and oversight of charter schools, saying they siphon critical resources away from traditional public schools.  On the other hand, there are concerned parents of more than 600,000 charter school students across the state, charter school operators and other advocates like the National Action Network and the National Urban League. They highlight how the independence of the schools have enabled administrators and teachers to develop specialized curricula that have turned the academic performance around for large numbers of students who district-run public schools previously failed.   In a statement, the California Teachers Association (CTA) praised the majority of the recommendations and urged the legislature to pass the charter school bills currently before them.    “Our marginalized school communities have been deeply impacted when districts are forced to make difficult decisions and lacked the discretion they needed,” said Erika Jones, a Los Angeles-area teacher who represented the CTA on the task force.  The governor’s press office said he is still reviewing the report. Myrna Castrejón, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, says the task force report is a step forward but there’s more to do.  “There are elements that are deeply concerning and require more work ahead,” she said. “These are polarizing times, and Superintendent Thurmond had the difficult task of pulling together education stakeholders who have passionately disparate views about the vision for California’s public school system.”

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Congresswoman Waters led a delegation to Haiti on April 24, 2019, during which she saw evidence of politically motivated violence in La Saline and nearby neighborhoods. The delegation met with residents of these communities, who described a series of brutal attacks over the past six months,  carried out by alleged government-connected gangs and police officers. Upon returning to the United States, Congresswoman Waters discussed Haiti’s political crisis with Congresswoman Lee, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and other concerned Members of Congress, and they agreed to work together to pursue justice for the people of Haiti. Additional details about the violence in La Saline have surfaced since Congresswoman Waters’ delegation visit. On May 15th, the Miami Herald reported that, during a four-day period in La Saline on Nov. 13-17, 2018, “[w] omen were raped and set on fire, as was a police officer” and “men, women and even children as young as 4 were shot to death, their bodies then fed to dogs and pigs.” Furthermore, local human-rights groups estimated the death toll of the massacre between 15 and 71 people. The Miami Herald also reported that a police investigation had confirmed the participation of high-level government officials in the La Saline massacre, and had traced an assault rifle assigned to the National Palace to the massacre.[5]

[1] “Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2020 State and Foreign Operations Funding Bill”, House Committee on Appropriations, May 16, 2019,  https:// a p p r o p r i a t i o n s . h o u s e . g ov / n e w s / p r e s s - r e l e a s e s / appropriations-committee-approves-fiscal-year-2020state-and-foreign-operations. [2]  “Floor Schedule Update for the Week of June 10, 2019,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer,  https://www. [3]  “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2020”, House of Representatives, SFOPs%20Filed%20Report%20-%20HR%202839.pdf, Report 116-78, pages 122-123. [4]  “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2020”, House of Representatives, SFOPs%20Filed%20Report%20-%20HR%202839.pdf, Report 116-78, page 122. [5] “Dozens brutally killed, raped in Haiti massacre, police say. ‘Even young children were not spared’”, Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, May 15, 2019, updated May 17, 2019, nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article230380739. html.

Governor Newsom Announces Appointment SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments: Alva Vernon Johnson, 51, of Elk Grove, has been appointed director of the California State Lottery. Johnson was director of intergovernmental affairs for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians from 2016 to 2018. He was executive director of governmental affairs and public relations for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians from 2005 to 2015 and director of governmental affairs at Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan LLP from 2004 to 2005. He was chief consultant for the California State Assembly Governmental Organization Committee from 2002 to 2003, staff consultant for the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education from 2001 to 2002, and legislative liaison at the California State Lottery in 2001. Johnson served as a deputy legislative secretary in the Office of Governor Gray Davis from 1999 to 2000 and as legislative liaison for the California Department of Education from 1998 to 1999. Johnson earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $180,086. Johnson is a Democrat.  

(The application period for those two positions closes June 14.) The Census Bureau is touting its jobs as ideal for people just starting their working life who need to establish a record of reliability, for people who can use the frequently evening or weekend hours to supplement jobs they already have, or for retirees who would like to re-enter the workforce in a limited way. As for the background checks, Lazcano said that hiring will be on a case by case basis, so having a felony conviction, for instance, isn’t necessarily a disqualifier. Lazcano said bilingual census staff will be needed

wherever 5% or more of a community is believed to primarily use another language. Payday comes every week and people using their cars will be reimbursed. Although the jobs are in most cases temporary, the work occasionally can lead to a career. The state of California also is devoting millions of dollars to help ensure that the 2020 Census includes everyone in the state. As of early June, there are just a few state of California jobs related to the census, listed here ( But the state will not be hiring enumerators or listers. That’s the federal Census Bureau’s responsibility.






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