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June 29, 2017

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By Niele Anderson

On Saturday, June 24, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) held a town hall meeting at Holman Untied Methodist Church, the topic of the town hall was  TRUMP’S ASSAULT ON BLACK AMERICA. She gathered elected officials, community leaders and organizers to inform and engage the community as to what’s at stake under the Trump Administration.

June 28, 2017

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Two state senators are pushing a set of crime reform bills say California laws meant to be tough on crime during the "War on Drugs" haven't worked and unfairly penalize minorities and the poor.

One bill would remove mandatory three-year sentences enhancements for people with prior non-violent drug convictions.

June 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 4-2 to pass Senate Bill 180, authored by Senator Holly Mitchell and Ricardo Lara, a bill that would repeal lengthy sentencing enhancements for prior drug convictions.  

June 26, 2017

Community oriented, fighting injustice, and ensuring that women and children have equal opportunities. She has served in California’s Legislature since 2011, and was elected to represent District 30 in California’s State Senate. She’s the founder of the Senate Select Committee on Women’s Inequality, whose goals include examining the intersectionality of race and status, child development, and the feminization of leadership. She has fought tirelessly to ensure everyone has a fair chance for success. Introducing Holly J. Mitchell.

June 25, 2017

We’ve learned that sentencing enhancements may sound good, and they make the public feel safer, but they don’t actually work.

The last time the U.S. was facing a terrible drug epidemic that was wreaking havoc on communities, some states, including California, instituted a series of extra punishments and longer jail sentences for chronic drug offenders.

California’s three-year sentencing enhancement for drug offenders with prior convictions for possession, possession with the intent to sell, or similar offenses dates to 1985 — the days of the crack epidemic.

June 23, 2017

Proposed legislation to change California’s criminal justice system is headed to the governor’s desk.

“Under current criminal law, a low-income, homeless or impoverished person who is accused of a crime that they did not commit can still be ordered to pay the court for the costs of a court-appointed attorney,” said state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who authored Senate Bill 355 with Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, that would reverse the practice.

June 22, 2017

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Elected officials Rep. Karen Bass, state Sen. Holly Mitchell and City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson are holding a community forum, “Trump’s Assault on Black America,” from 10 a.m. to noon June 24, at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

Topics will include the war on drugs, discriminatory voter ID laws and police officer-involved shootings.

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June 20, 2017

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The grants will help clinics, including Planned Parenthood, to stay open.

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California on Monday will announce plans to award $20 million in emergency grants to local health and Planned Parenthood clinics in anticipation of possible U.S. healthcare funding cuts, according to State Treasurer John Chiang’s office.

June 19, 2017

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COMMUNITY CLINIC HELP: Small and rural nonprofit health care clinics, including Planned Parenthood, could benefit from state assistance under a $20 million deal reached last week in state budget negotiations.