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June 13, 2018

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“You owe us all a debt, public dollars finance community colleges,” said Senator Holly J. Mitchell at the milestone 50th Commencement Ceremony at West Los Angeles College. “You know what we want? We want you to be the best you can possibly be. We’re asking you to step up, step out, be the change makers, be excellent in your field of study. California is the fifth largest economy in the world and it’s counting on you to be the innovators to take us into the future.”

June 13, 2018

FRESNO (KMJ) — A Senate Bill blocking prosecution for Californians younger than 12 years old, for everything but the most serious offenses, is progressing in the state legislature. SB 439 is designed to protect younger children from the impact of the justice system. The proposed legislation would see only allegations of murder, rape with force, violence, or threat of great bodily harm, considered for those under the age of 12.

June 13, 2018

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – State Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) had harsh words for law enforcement officials during a California State Senate’s Committee on Public Safety hearing. Bradford lashed out at law enforcement officials during a discussion on Senate Bill 1421 authored by Nancy Skinner, a bay area representative, requires police agencies to open their records during officer misconduct cases.

June 11, 2018

by Marian Wright Edelman

When I was a young civil rights lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Mississippi, I was called in 1967 to testify before Congress about the embattled Head Start program in Mississippi that was serving thousands of children after the state turned its federal funding down and community groups exercised their option to apply. But after defending the Child Development Group of Mississippi overseeing Head Start, for which I served as counsel, I added my urgent concern about the deep poverty and high levels of hunger in Mississippi.

June 10, 2018

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By Cassie Dickman

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Sacramento Saturday morning to show their support for black women and the issues they face in their families, communities and society.

The second annual Black Women's March was hosted by Sacramento's Black Women United organization and the theme was "Can I live?"

June 10, 2018

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Sen. Holly J. Mitchell talks about the importance of #WeCanLive movement

Hundreds attended a march in downtown Sacramento for the 2nd Annual Black Woman's March on Saturday.

The march went from Crocker Park to the west steps of the Capitol.

June 10, 2018

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Sacramento Senator and other advocates among speakers

Black Women United led a group of almost all black women from Crocker Park to the west steps of the State Capitol Saturday June 9 in support of black women.

June 05, 2018

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By Marian Wright Edelman

When I was a young civil rights lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Mississippi, I was called in 1967 to testify before Congress about the embattled Head Start program in Mississippi that was serving thousands of children after the state turned its federal funding down and community groups exercised their option to apply.

June 05, 2018

Watch and listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell talk about the how the state budget spending plan and how it helps children is a reflection of California's values HERE: