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February 01, 2020

Third annual event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, pushes young women to get involved.
 

SAN DIEGO —  Martha Parham grew up in the segregated South, when there were no regal banquets to celebrate the power of young black women...

January 15, 2020

O's visionary for February 2020 introduced—and helped pass—the CROWN act.
 

To celebrate 20 years of O, the Oprah Magazine, each month we're spotlighting Visionaries—remarkable people who could change the way we look at the world...

January 03, 2020

By: CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE

SACRAMENTO – Californians will benefit from stronger insurance protections as six new state laws designed with consumers in mind took effect Jan. 1, 2020. 



Several other consumer protection laws will take effect later in the year.

January 02, 2020

By Kumasi Aaron, Jobina Fortson and Ama Daetz

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Let's talk about hair. A new law goes into effect on January 1, 2020, in California that will let people more freely wear their natural hair.



The Crown Law (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) prohibits discrimination against a person at work and at school based on their hairstyle and hair texture and that includes afros, braids, twists, and locks.

December 20, 2019

By: Steve Milne

 

SACRAMENTO- She said the new law, which was signed as Senate Bill 439 by Brown in 2018, will also benefit older kids as counties ramp up services. 

 

"Counties actually have to come up with a plan, they're starting to think about how we send our 12, 13, 14 year olds through these pathways, and even our 15, 16 and 17 year olds," Barnert said.

 

December 20, 2019

 

BY ANISCA MILES

 

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed landmark legislation introduced by Senator Holly J. Mitchell that addresses the inequities of maternal care for black mothers and infants.

 

Senate Bill 464, the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act, requires implicit bias training for perinatal providers involved in services at hospitals and birth centers.

 

It also requires the Department of Public Health to track and publish data on maternal mortality rates and pregnancy-related conditions.

 

December 20, 2019

 

by: Kayla Galloway

Posted: Dec 19, 2019

 

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The start of a new year means several new laws will be taking effect in California in 2020.

Some of the laws concern school suspension, discrimination in the workplace and rental cost increases.

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Hair Discrimination

Senate Bill 188, also known as the Crown Act, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom over the summer, prohibits companies and schools from discriminating based on someone’s natural hairstyle.

December 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO- (AP) 

By: Adam Beam

California is preparing for a much smaller budget surplus next year because of its ongoing feud with the Trump administration, one of the state’s chief budget writers said Monday.
California is projected to have a $7 billion surplus, with $3 billion of it available to spend on recurring programs.

December 09, 2019

New 2020 law #4: No more discriminating against renters who have housing vouchers

 

In an effort to help remedy California’s housing affordability crisis, a law taking effect Jan. 1 bars landlords from discriminating against low-income renters with Section 8 vouchers.

 

Tenants who qualify for the Section 8 program pay 30% of their income toward rent, and the federal government pays the rest.

 

December 06, 2019

 

WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE CROWN ACT AND THE INTRODUCTION OF SIMILAR BILLS NATIONWIDE, WE ARE FINALLY ON OUR WAY TO HAVING THE FREEDOM TO ROCK OUR CURLS, KINKS, AND COILS.

 

BY BREANNA EDWARDS · NOVEMBER 27, 2019