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Herman Cain and GOP Presidential Nomination an Oxymoron

Herman Cain and GOP Presidential Nomination an Oxymoron

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson
, The name Herman Cain and the words GOP presidential nominee make for a pitiable oxymoron. But the irrepressible talk show host and former Godfather Pizza CEO still thinks that he can stand the GOP on its head and get it to nominate him, an African-American, as its 2012 presidential standard bearer. Cain certainly has the right stuff to be considered a serious contender. … Read entire article »

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BARBARA LEE FIGHTS AGAINST BLANK CHECK FOR ENDLESS WAR, PUSHES FOR SWIFT WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN AND SENSIBLE CUTS TO BLOATED PENTAGON BUDGET

BARBARA LEE FIGHTS AGAINST BLANK CHECK FOR ENDLESS WAR, PUSHES FOR SWIFT WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN AND SENSIBLE CUTS TO BLOATED PENTAGON BUDGET

Lee Opposes Defense Authorization Bill That Repeats the Same Mistakes All Over Again Washington, DC – This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced several amendments to the Defense Authorization bill. Through her bipartisan work with Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI), Congresswoman Lee forced a floor vote on the Amash-Lee amendment which would strike the controversial Section 1034 from the bill. Section 1034 represents a broad definition of undefined enemies in any … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alameda County, Featured, Politics

BARBARA LEE: PATRIOT ACT SACRIFICES OUR FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

BARBARA LEE: PATRIOT ACT SACRIFICES OUR FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) released the following statement this evening following House passage of the PATRIOT Act, which she opposed: “We should balance our national security with protection of our civil liberties, but the PATRIOT Act does not achieve that necessary balance. I opposed the extension of the PATRIOT Act because we cannot sacrifice fundamental freedoms, including the right to privacy, in our effort to manage the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alameda County, Local News, Politics

ACCESS TO SALARY SHOULD NOT DETERMINE ACCESS TO JUSTICE, SAYS SWANSON

ACCESS TO SALARY SHOULD NOT DETERMINE ACCESS TO JUSTICE, SAYS SWANSON

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Equal Access to Justice Act, authored by Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson (D-Alameda), Chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, passed the Assembly today. The bill will increase low-wage workers’ access to the justice system after a recent court decision, Chavez v. City of Los Angeles (2010) 47 Cal.4th 970, effectively discouraged low-wage workers from making employment discrimination claims under the Fair Employment and Housing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alameda County, Featured, Local News, Politics

100 Black Men National Conference

100 Black Men National Conference

ATTENTION! Make Plans to Attend! You Don’t Want to Miss This Event! Confirmed Guests Include: Holly Robinson-Peete, Bill Gates, Colin Powell, Willie Brown, Willie Mays & Quincy Jones … Read entire article »

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West Contra Costa County Urban Agriculture Summit

West Contra Costa County Urban Agriculture Summit

Hosted by Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia and City of Richmond Vice Mayor Tom Butt at the West County Urban Agriculture Summit on Saturday, June 4th. See Flyer for details and if you have any questions, please contact Luz Gomez in my office at 510-374-3231. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Calendar of Events, Contra Costa County, Health, Local News

Maintaining Family Ties

Maintaining Family Ties

Alameda County Social Services Agency Opens County’s First Family Visitation Center for Children and Youth in Foster Care Oakland CA—Grand Opening and Open House of The Gathering Place.  Children in the Alameda County foster care system will no longer sit in a sterile office or fast-food restaurant to see their biological parents, siblings or relatives during family visits.  Instead, they will be able to have a relaxed visit at the newly … Read entire article »

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U.S. Supreme Court Orders Release of 46,000 Inmates, Emphasizing the Need for Swanson’s Nutritional Assistance for Families Act

U.S. Supreme Court Orders Release of 46,000 Inmates, Emphasizing the Need for Swanson’s Nutritional Assistance for Families Act

(Sacramento, CA) –The Nutritional Assistance for Families Act, which provides critical food services to individuals released from prison for certain non-violent felonies, passed the Assembly this week and now moves to the Senate. The bill is significant in light of yesterday’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring the California Department of Corrections to release 46,000 prisoners within the next two years. “Nearly 46,000 prisoners will soon be released … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alameda County, Featured, Local News, Politics

New Health Center Breaks Ground in West Contra Costa County

New Health Center Breaks Ground in West Contra Costa County

San Pablo, Calif. — After years of planning and searching for a new site, Contra Costa County has officially broke ground to celebrate the construction of a new West Contra Costa County Health Center in San Pablo. “West County residents deserve a health center we can be proud of,” said County Supervisor John Gioia who has worked on building a new center for more than a decade.  “The new health center will … Read entire article »

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CHEVRON SUBMITS APPLICATION TO RESTART REFINERY PROJECT

CHEVRON SUBMITS APPLICATION TO RESTART REFINERY PROJECT

RICHMOND REFINERY TO PURSUE REVISED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT RICHMOND, CALIF– Chevron announced today that it has submitted a Conditional Use Permit application to the city of Richmond initiating a process to obtain approval for the construction of operational and environmental improvements to its Richmond Refinery. This effort will address questions raised by last year’s appellate court rulings on the city’s original Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Renewal Project. “We are committed to working with the city of Richmond to move the Renewal Project … Read entire article »

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