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August 24, 2017

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August 24, 2017

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By Marcos Bretón

The Unity Center will have its grand opening at the California Museum in downtown Sacramento on Saturday and it’s well worth a visit.

For nearly two decades, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has wanted the capital city to host a museum of tolerance. The idea came to Steinberg, and others, after the “summer of hate” in 1999.

August 23, 2017

California should make it stop

By Erwin Chemerinsky

Special to The Bee

August 23, 2017

California Museum Opens Long-Awaited Unity Center

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In the summer of 1999, a wave of hate crimes washed across the United States. In Northern California, three synagogues in Sacramento were firebombed and two gay men in Redding were murdered in their home.

August 23, 2017

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By Lemor Abrams

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Oscar- and Grammy-award-winning rapper “Common” was on a tight schedule Tuesday, in an uncommon setting—the state Capitol.

“There’s a lot of progress being made,” he said.

Progress, he says, in pushing lawmakers to reform the state’s criminal justice system, just a day after drawing thousands to his free concert promoting the cause.

August 22, 2017

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When April's paternal nephews first came to live with her, one was two months old and the other was one-and-a-half years old. She had to fill out the paperwork necessary to retrieve the older boy from foster care, where he had been placed months earlier after being removed from his mother.

August 22, 2017

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Hip hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet Common added his voice to the campaign to reform California’s juvenile justice system with the Imagine Justice concert at the Capitol Mall  on Monday, Aug. 21, and planned meetings with legislators and youth on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

August 18, 2017

By Jeffrey Selbin and Abbye Atkinson

Maria Rivera was a single mother raising two boys in Orange County when her youngest got into trouble. In 2008, he became one of tens of thousands of youth — disproportionately black and brown — who are referred annually into the state’s juvenile justice system, where he spent more than a year in detention.

Then came the bills.

Ms. Rivera was charged $23.90 for every day her son was detained and $2,200 for his court-appointed lawyer. All told, Orange County said she owed more than $16,000.

August 17, 2017

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By Laurel Rosenhall

Inmates at the state prison in Lancaster got an unusual perk this spring: a private meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown’s top aide and a Grammy-award winning rapper.