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February 12, 2018

By Taryn Luna

A first-of-its-kind forum is coming Tuesday to the Crest Theatre: Gubernatorial candidates talking about issues that directly impact African American women, hosted by African American women.

“From what we can find, this is the first time across the country, let alone in California, that a forum of this nature has come together,” said Melanie Shelby, a public affairs strategist and managing director of Gray, Greer, Shelby & Vaughn in Oakland.

February 06, 2018

The “moral compass” of California’s state senate wants women to run — but she also wants us to have honest conversations about what that actually looks like

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By Meena Harris

February 05, 2018

Sen. Holly Mitchell has announced that she's sponsoring an exhibit of quilts that will be displayed near the doors to the Governor's office. She says the quilts are "provided by the Sister's Quilting Collective, African American Heritage Legacy and the Brick  House Art Gallery" and each "represents moments and imagery paying homage to the legacy of the Black experience and expression."



February 02, 2018

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By Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — Republicans took a rare victory lap in the Senate chambers Thursday after lawmakers unanimously approved whistle-blower protections for legislative employees, many of whom have come forward in recent months to say they fear reporting sexual harassment and abuse because of retaliation.

January 31, 2018

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The California Legislature finally appears set to enact whistleblower protections for legislative employees — and in some cases, even lobbyists. Those efforts repeatedly failed in previous years before the #MeToo movement took hold.  

January 26, 2018

By Lisa Nagele-Piazza, SHRM-SCP, J.D.

Creating and maintaining a harassment-free workplace is not just a legal priority but is also essential for a healthy workplace, said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Speaking Jan. 24 to the California Legislature's Joint Committee on Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, he said, "HR can be a social force for good."

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and CEO of SHRM

January 25, 2018

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By Reid Wilson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the wake of President Trump’s election, hundreds of thousands of protesters turned out in cities across California to rally against a man they abhorred. Some went so far as to propose ceding from the country altogether. 

January 25, 2018

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By Kathleen Ronayne

There's no quick fix to the California Legislature's problems with sexual harassment, lawmakers leading a panel on the issue said Wednesday.

"This change in culture will not come overnight," Democratic Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes of San Bernardino said.

January 22, 2018

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By Taryn Luna

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy by ruling that Texas laws criminalizing abortion violated privacy guarantees under the Constitution. Yet 45 years later, the watershed decision continues to come under fire from pro-life advocates, including the nation’s chief executive.

January 18, 2018

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By Niele Anderson, Contributing Writer 

Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2018-19 fiscal year budget projects California will have $6.1 billion in extra funds including greater spending on education and transportation. His total general fund proposal spends $131.7 billion.