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Africans In California Under The Rule Of Spain, Mexico And America

AFRICANGLOBE - On September 4, 1781, 44 non-natives settled at what they would describe as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles (The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels), now known as Los Angeles, LA, or "City of Angels". At least 28 of those early settlers are reported as being of African descent. This settlement occurred during the time that the region now called Mexico was governed as a colony by Spain. Over a century before their arrival -- in 1570 -- an African slave revolt had occurred in the Veracruz region of Mexico, led by Gaspar Yanga.

California Governor Signs SB 1135, Prison Anti-Sterilization Bill

AFRICANGLOBE - The discovery that upwards of 100 illegal sterilizations of pregnant women imprisoned at Valley State Prison for Women and California Institution for Women between 2006 and 2010 spurred lawmakers into action. A report by the Center for Investigative Reporting released last year revealed that at least 250 such sterilizations may have occurred since the late 1990s

California Bans Confederate Flag

AFRICANGLOBE - California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Thursday prohibiting state agencies from selling or displaying items bearing the Confederate flag.

California Using Thousands Of Prison Slaves As Firefighters

AFRICANGLOBE - As wildfire season rages in California, firefighting help is coming from an unexpected place: prison. Thousands of low-level offenders have become a crucial component of how the state battles wildfires. If there's a wildfire here, there are inmates battling it.

Keep Them Dumb: California City To Provide Free Weed To The...

AFRICANGLOBE - California was the first state to establish a medical marijuana program, which went into effect January 1, 2011. The law allows people with cancer, AIDS and other serious illnesses to grow or purchase marijuana when recommended by a doctor. The city of Berkeley recently took another step further and voted unanimously to give free weed to low-income residents.

Trooper Filmed ‘Savagely Beating Black Woman On Roadside In California

AFRICANGLOBE - A California trooper has been filmed brutally beating a Black woman on the side of a highway - but authorities claimed he simply stopped her for her own safety. A passing motorist recorded the unidentified California Highway Patrol officer as he punched the woman at least 11 times in the head along the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

CENSUS: Blacks Going Extinct In California

AFRICANGLOBE - The African-American population in San Bernardino County dropped for the first time in memory between 2012 and 2013, and growth in Riverside County’s Black population was slower than in past years, newly released Census Bureau estimates show. The Latino population in the two counties continued to grow steadily.

Asians Join Conservatives To Sink Affirmative Action Bill In California –...

AFRICANGLOBE - Following opposition from Asian-American groups and conservative activists, California lawmakers killed a measure Monday that would have reversed a ban on affirmative action in college admissions.

Black August: Beyond 34 Years of Resistance

AFRICANGLOBE - When the concept of Black August manifested in 1979, many thought it was simply a focus group protest growing out of the avoidable death of Khatari Gaulden on Aug. 1, 1978, in the San Quentin prison

Three Strikes: Today’s Civil Rights Challenge

Do you believe that 25 years to life for petty theft or taking a family member’s DMV test is excessive or cruel and unusual...

Amnesty International Report Condemns Shocking Conditions in California Prisons

The state of California must make substantial changes to their prison isolation units and halt the inhuman suffering of thousands of prisoners, Amnesty International...

California Men Arrested in the Caribbean for Sexual Acts on Cruise...

Two California men pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of public indecency and lewd conduct in a court in Dominica on Thursday. John Robert Hart,...