SACRAMENTO – In response to the upcoming United States Supreme Court consideration to redefine the “one-person, one-vote” principle, brought on by conservative activists in Texas, the respective Caucuses of the California State Legislature have issued the following statements:
Sacramento, CA - The California Legislative Black Caucus calls for the end of rioting and destruction in Baltimore, Maryland. This type of unnecessary violence and deliberate destruction of property will not solve anything except to further worsen the relationship between law enforcement and communities.
Sacramento, CA – After a five-month battle that neared record breaking proportions, Loretta E. Lynch was finally sworn in today as the 83rd Attorney General and the first African American woman to serve in this role. The CLBC echoes the sentiments of Vice President Biden, who stated: “It is about time…”
Sacramento, CA - The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) applauds the District Attorney and the police department of North Charleston, South Carolina for moving swiftly to press murder charges against Officer Michael T. Slager. On Saturday April 4, Officer Slager was caught on a cell phone camera shooting Walter Scott, an unarmed African American man eight times in the back. Mr. Scott died shortly after being wounded.
Sacramento, CA - The California Legislative Black Caucus calls for peaceful protests after an unusual nighttime announcement of the Ferguson Grand Jury decision not to indict Officer Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed teenager, Michael Brown.
Last African American Appointed to the California Supreme Court was in 1996.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced Leondra R. Kruger as his choice for associate justice of the California Supreme Court. This marks the second African American woman and the fourth African American to be appointed to the California Supreme Court since 1996.
Legislative Black Caucus grows by three members following Tuesday’s election.
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) announced that for the first time in its 47 year history, they have increased their Caucus to eleven members up from nine just two years ago. A special election will take place on December 9 to replace retired Senator Rod Wright.
SACRAMENTO – The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC), led by Chair, Senator Holly Mitchell, released its biennial report for 2013 to 2014, chronicling the work done by the Caucus over the two year period.
Washington, DC – The CLBC along with the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is appalled and dismayed at the discovery that at least 90 public schools in New York City failed to pass a single Black or Hispanic student on the state standardized tests in 2013, according to a study, The Forgotten Fourth, released by Families for Excellent Schools.
The full study can be found here.