Thursday, May 17, 2018

Students Mark Anniversary of Brown v Board Desegregation Ruling

California students are celebrating the 1954 Supreme Court decision that struck down state-sponsored school segregation. But the students say racism is still alive and well in schools, and they say it’s time to “fulfill the promise of Brown vs Board of Education.”
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Senate Dems Propose $5 Billion for Homelessness, Affordable Housing

Democratic state senators have unveiled a plan to spend $5 billion to address the state’s homelessness and affordable housing crises. They want to put that money into affordable housing construction, rent assistance, supportive services, and temporary shelter for California’s growing homeless population.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DACA Lawsuit Gets First Appeals Court Hearing

The legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s attempt to end the DACA program has gotten its first hearing in a federal appeals court. The Trump administration announced a phase-out of the program that has granted work permits and protections from deportation for about 700,000 undocumented youths brought to the US as children. That move has so far been blocked by federal judges who issued preliminary injunctions barring the move.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Poor People's Campaign Launches Nonviolent Actions

Activists in 31 states held rallies and non-violent civil disobedience actions in what they call a “Poor People’s Campaign”. They say they’re challenging the evils of systematic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality. Hundreds gathered in Sacramento for California’s poor people’s campaign, including actor and activist Danny Glover.
Christopher Martinez files this report.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Governor Brown Releases Budget Plan Avoiding New Spending

Governor Jerry Brown has released his new budget proposal. It’s a $137.6 billion plan that boosts state reserve funds to prepare for the next recession. It also avoids new on-going spending, despite a projected surplus of nearly nine billion dollars.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Teachers' Pension Fund Approves Assault Weapon Divestment Proposal

The nation’s second largest retirement fund, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, has approved a plan to divest from retailers that sell assault weapons that are banned in California. State Treasurer John Chiang, who is also running for governor, joined anti-gun violence activists to support what he calls a “progressive divestment proposal.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trump Dumps Iran Nuke Agreement

President Donald Trump has announced sanctions on Iran that effectively withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement. The move comes despite pleas from France, Germany and the United Kingdom to keep the US in the agreement. Some critics fear the action could harm US allies, erode US credibility, and even lead to war with Iran.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, May 7, 2018

California Republicans Make No Endorsements for Governor, US Senate Races

California Republicans failed to make an endorsement for Governor at their state convention in San Diego. Some Republicans fear that could lead to a ballot with no Republican at the top of the ballot, hurting Republican turn-out and giving more momentum to a potential “blue wave” that could flip the House of Representatives to Democratic control.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Lawmakers Approve Bills to Protect Children Asylum Seekers, Street Vendors

As the Pueblo Sin Fronteras refugee caravan wends its way through the San Ysidro port of entry, state lawmakers have approved bills aimed at helping undocumented immigrants and refugees, including a bill to help unaccompanied children seeking asylum, along with another bill to prevent undocumented sidewalk vendors from being deported.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hotel Housekeeper Protection Act Passes Hurdle

An Assembly committee has approved a bill aimed at protecting hotel housekeepers from sexual harassment by hotel guests. Assembly Bill 1761 would require hotels to issue panic buttons and give other protections to employees who work alone in hotel rooms.
Christopher Martinez reports.