Tag: California

Video of Black Man Killed by Police Released Two Years Later

Exactly two years after James Greer’s death, police bodycam footage of his death after being excessively stunned with a Taser has been released. His family is filing a lawsuit against the city of Hayward and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police. Greer, 46, was pulled over in California on May…

Congressman Challenges 'Predatory Lawsuits' Exploiting ADA

By Frank Kineavy Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) New legislation has been introduced in California in response to a number of lawsuits from “high-frequency litigants” that are exploiting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to hurt small businesses. Since George H. W. Bush signed into law the ADA in July 1990,…

Mom Outraged by ‘Slave Cuff’ for Toy Figurine

By Sheryl Estrada A photo of the former slave figurine and instructions from Playmobil pirate ship set. Photo from Facebook. Playmobil, a popular toy brand, has been under fire for a figurine in a pirate ship set. The toy is dark skinned, and the instruction guide tells the user to…

'Redskins' Team Name and Mascot Officially Banned

California officially banned the use of “Redskins” as a team name or mascot in the state. The California Racial Mascots Act, signed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017. Schools currently using the name have until this time to pick a new mascot. California is…

California Bans Grand Juries in Police Shootings

In a historic move, California has officially banned the use of grand juries in the cases of police-related deaths. Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB227, written by Sen. Holly Mitchell, last Tuesday. Prior to the bill, the use of a grand jury in these cases was optional, which is the case…

New Data Sheds Light on Where Hate Groups Thrive

New data, consisting of information from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and American Communities Project, is trying to determine exactly where hate groups are more likely to exist in the United States. The analysis concluded that the two types of counties (both of which exist primarily in but are…

Big News for LGBT-Owned Businesses

By Chris Hoenig Photo by Shutterstock New opportunities are on the horizon for LGBT-owned businesses in California. Late Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation extending the supplier-diversity initiatives of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to LGBT-owned businesses. The CPUC’s Supplier Diversity Program sets benchmark goals for the gas, electric,…

SCOTUS Approves California Ban on Conversion Therapy

By Julissa Catalan On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially upheld a California law banning psychological counseling aimed at converting LGBT minors. The justices declined to take the case brought by supporters of “reparative therapy.” A standing appeals-court ruling from August 2013 said that the ban applied to professional practices…