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[Kaiser Health News] New Insurance Policies Must Cover Mental Illness
Jan 09, 2014 |

[Kaiser Health News] New Insurance Policies Must Cover Mental Illness

People with depression, severe anxiety, eating disorders and other psychological conditions have often found themselves shut out of the private insurance market. But that will change under far-reaching provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
[NY Times] Administraion Urges Restrainy in Using Arrest and Expulsion to Discipline Students
Jan 08, 2014 |

[NY Times] Administraion Urges Restrainy in Using Arrest and Expulsion to Discipline Students

The Obama administration issued guidelines on Wednesday that recommended public school officials use law enforcement only as a last resort for disciplining students, a response to a rise in zero-tolerance policies that have disproportionately increased the number of arrests, suspensions and expulsions of minority students for even minor, nonviolent offenses.
[Kaiser Health News] Signing Up The Homeless, One at a Time
Jan 07, 2014 |

[Kaiser Health News] Signing Up The Homeless, One at a Time

On a recent winter morning, health outreach worker Christopher Mack walked through the streets and alleys of Skid Row, passing a man pulling a rusty shopping cart and a woman asleep on a crumpled blue tarp. The smell of marijuana wafted through the cold air. 'Do you have health insurance?" Mack, a towering man with long dreadlocks, asked one woman. "Do you go to the doctor?" he asked another.
[EdSource] San Francisco Considers Eliminating 'Willful Defiance' As Reason For Suspensions
Dec 15, 2013 |

[EdSource] San Francisco Considers Eliminating 'Willful Defiance' As Reason For Suspensions

Suspensions and expulsions for “willful defiance” of school authorities may soon be forbidden at San Francisco Unified, which is considering a broad new discipline policy that focuses on restorative justice practices and other alternative measures.
[Equity Blog] Moving from Zero Tolerance to Restorative Justice
Dec 09, 2013 |

[Equity Blog] Moving from Zero Tolerance to Restorative Justice

Instead, LAUSD adopted a new restorative justice-based “School Discipline Policy and Student Bill of Rights,” developed by student activists in the local Brothers, Sons, Selves coalition, part of a statewide Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. Fresno, California, schools adopted a similar policy put forth by young Alliance activists and inspired by the work in Los Angeles. Many of these thriving young people are living proof that restorative justice practices work.
[Governing.com] Why We Need to Do More for Our Young People of Color
Dec 05, 2013 |

[Governing.com] Why We Need to Do More for Our Young People of Color

I have the great privilege of living in California, where it’s often said that we see the future first. And in the Golden State, it's becoming quite clear that our future is in color. More than 70 percent of Californians under the age of 25 identify ...
[The Hill] Another piece of the criminal justice reform puzzle in place
Nov 27, 2013 |

[The Hill] Another piece of the criminal justice reform puzzle in place

Above photo: Chief Ron Davis speaking with youth at a school in East Palo Alto.   Last week, the Attorney General appointed Ronald Davis, Chief of Police for East Palo Alto, California, to lead the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community ...
California NBA Teams Tip-Off New Active Alliance Partnership to Help Keep Kids Healthy
Nov 25, 2013 |

California NBA Teams Tip-Off New Active Alliance Partnership to Help Keep Kids Healthy

Schools play a key role in the health of our children.  As an in-school Coordinator for HealthCorps, a national nonprofit founded by Dr. Oz and his wife Lisa, I recognize that making health happen in schools is the best way to help students succeed in ...
I Am A Scientist: A Video Spark to Encourage STEM Learning
Nov 18, 2013 |

I Am A Scientist: A Video Spark to Encourage STEM Learning

At The California Endowment, we focus on creating healthier schools, neighborhoods and communities and on raising public awareness that health happens where we live, learn, work and play through our statewide Health Happens Here campaign.  That is why ...
[Mint Press News] LA School District at a Crossroads Between Safety and Discipline
Nov 18, 2013 |

[Mint Press News] LA School District at a Crossroads Between Safety and Discipline

Michael was a seventh-grader in a south Los Angeles middle school when he got his first ticket from the police. His crime? Being late for school.
[Richmond Confidential] Help a Brother Go to College Day Event Comes to Richmond
Nov 16, 2013 |

[Richmond Confidential] Help a Brother Go to College Day Event Comes to Richmond

Young men wanting to go to college can get assistance navigating the admission process at a college fair this Sunday sponsored by a local non-profit. The fourth annual Help a Brother Go to College Day, sponsored by the Young Scholars Program, will connect Richmond students with dozens of admission counselors – some of whom say they will offer admission and scholarships on the spot
[Richmond Confidential] Program helps homeless veterans find sheler
Nov 11, 2013 |

[Richmond Confidential] Program helps homeless veterans find sheler

Rhonda Harris was beaming when she arrived at the Veterans Resource Program with a rolling suitcase in tow. “We’ve got good news: We got $4,000 for our mural,” she said with a fist pump. “It’s a grant – it’s our first grant!” Harris unrolled a sketch of the mural by Air Force veteran Ann Reesman, which will honor military veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The mural will blanket the house’s eastern face. The money will come from arts grant awarded by the city of Richmond. It won’t cover the entire cost of the mural, but Harris hopes it will help her secure matching funds.
[EdSource] California Deserves Praise Not Punishment for Common Sense School Reforms
Nov 08, 2013 |

[EdSource] California Deserves Praise Not Punishment for Common Sense School Reforms

Whenever I finish teaching a doctoral level course at my university, I always remind my students that, no matter what they’ve learned in my class, they should never abandon their common sense when it comes to running schools. Both the U.S. Department of Education and a number of California interest groups, presenting themselves as the sole protectors of students of color, could benefit from that admonition.
[Los Angeles Sentinel] Morris Day to Perform, Ridley Thomas to be Honored at Brotherhood’s 45th Anniversary Gala
Oct 24, 2013 |

[Los Angeles Sentinel] Morris Day to Perform, Ridley Thomas to be Honored at Brotherhood’s 45th Anniversary Gala

Funk Icons, Morris Day and the Time, will headline the Brotherhood Crusade’s annual gala this year on November 1, which marks the organization’s 45th anniversary. This year Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley- Thomas, will receive the Bremond Bakewell Award for “establishing new benchmarks for success and achievement,” according BC President/ CEO Charisse Bremond Weaver. Ridley- Thomas, an elected official for more than 20 years has forged beyond the ordinary leadership paradigm in his efforts to address the problems of underserved communities in Los Angeles, she said.
[East County Magazine] San Diego’s Boys and Men of Color: Assemblymember Shirley Weber Cohosts Briefing
Oct 23, 2013 |

[East County Magazine] San Diego’s Boys and Men of Color: Assemblymember Shirley Weber Cohosts Briefing

Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber’s (D-79) Youth Advisory Council and the California Assembly’s Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, chaired by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-62), held a joint informational briefing yesterday evening to discuss the status of boys and men of color in the San Diego area and to connect the work of the Select Committee to the local community.
[Latino Times] New immigration law in Calif. gives aspiring attorneys hope
Oct 17, 2013 |

[Latino Times] New immigration law in Calif. gives aspiring attorneys hope

For the last few months, she has helped advise young immigrants like herself, who crossed the border illegally or overstayed their visas. The hardest part, she said, is telling some clients that there is no immediate solution.
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