Obama Takes $1 Billion Presidential Library To Chicago
Oct03

Obama Takes $1 Billion Presidential Library To Chicago

With less than 500 days remaining in office, President Barack Obama intends on preserving his legacy as the nation’s first black president in Chicago.

The Barack Obama presidential library, which beat out rival proposals from Hawaii and New York, will be associated with the University of Chicago and built on the infamous South Side.

Making Waves: California Legislative Black Caucus Advocates for Equality and Social Change
Sep02

Making Waves: California Legislative Black Caucus Advocates for Equality and Social Change

Assemblyman Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., a strong advocate of equal rights, believes at some point defining progress must be focused on where you stand present day, not celebrating how much you have accomplished.

The new Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC), recently sat down with LA Focus for an informative interview to discuss a wide range of topics aimed at ensuring equality for African Americans.
Typically, the black community he said, “has very little knowledge about the CLBC” much less the services the organization provides.

50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Brings New Concerns
Aug04

50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Brings New Concerns

August 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act—one of the most important milestones of the civil rights movement. But for those like Congressman G.K. Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, the battle for voting rights has entered a new chapter.

“June 25th, 2013, our enemies won,” Butterfield says. “They convinced the U.S. Supreme Court—in a 5-4 decision, with Clarence Thomas voting the majority—that Section 4 was unconstitutional.”

Isadore Hall Lands Major Support In Bid For 44th Congressional Seat
Jul02

Isadore Hall Lands Major Support In Bid For 44th Congressional Seat

Less than seven months after he was elected as State Senator in a landslide, Isadore Hall has already jumped into the 2015 congressional race—with all eyes on the 44th Congressional seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Janice Hahn—who in February announced she will be retiring from Congress—but declared “enthusiastic support” behind Hall to replace her congressional seat.

So far, the 43-year-old Compton Democrat has garnered some major congressional endorsements that not only include Hahn, but also Governor, Jerry Brown, Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles), Rep. Robert Garcia (Long Beach), and City Council Members Albert Robles (Carson) and Jose Solache (Lynwood).

 

Governor Brown Appoints Gene Hale to International Trade and Investment Advisory Council
Jun13

Governor Brown Appoints Gene Hale to International Trade and Investment Advisory Council

Building on the state’s efforts to help expand international business opportunities for California companies, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Gene Hale to the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council (ITIAC).

Hale is the CEO of Gardena-based G&C Equipment Corporation, which leases and procures equipment, materials and supplies for the construction industry.

“I am honored to serve on this important council. This dynamic group of individuals brings a wealth of experience in international affairs and business development and we are ready to help the Governor and GO-Biz continue to strengthen California’s position in the global economy,” said Hale, who in 2012 was appointed by President Barack Obama for the Presidents Export Council, which serves as the principal national advisory committee on international trade.

 

Carson Pastor Runs For Council Seat
Feb11

Carson Pastor Runs For Council Seat

When the dust is settled in the race for two council member slots in the city of Carson. Longtime pastor, Jawane Hilton hopes to be in one of them.

Hilton, who moved to Carson at age 11, believes it is time for a change and the church should be on the front line in shaping policy.

“A change,” said Hilton, “from the same old city council passing legislation that’s in the interest of them and not the residents,” Hilton said.

“The average city council meeting lasts from 5 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. in the morning, so they are passing things that affect residents who are at home sleep in the middle of the night,” Hilton explains.

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