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California governor signs criminal justice reform measures.

Series of New Laws Overhauls California's Criminal Justice System

Governor Jerry Brown signs a slew of measures aimed at reducing prison population and stemming the criminalization of people of color.

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Department of Justice Sues California for Passing #NetNeutrality Protections

The Golden State passed a bill with the strictest net neutrality rules—and as Black and Brown activists consider it a victory, the federal government disagrees. 

Several incarcerated firefighters in orange jumpsuits look on as a plane passes over a burned down field.

California Uses Prison Labor to Battle Dangerous Wildfires

Some 2,000 incarcerated firefighters from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are earning just $2 a day to contain the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state’s history.

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ICYMI: Why California's API Caucus Made Diversity in Filmmaking the Law

“We were just sick of the whitewashing.”

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California Budgets $9.7 Million For Cheech Marin's Chicano Art Center

The “Up In Smoke” star plans to open the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry in 2020.

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Law Will Make Filmmakers Disclose Diversity Info for Tax Credits

After it’s signed into law, California’s SB 871 will requires movie and television execs to provide diversity statistics, an anti-harassment policy and information about inclusion programs if they want to claim state tax credits.

California Lawmakers Announce Bill To Alter Police Use Of Lethal Force Policy

California Lawmakers Challenge Police Lethal Force Standard After Stephon Clark Shooting

The measure would permit police officers to open fire only when there is no other alternative to prevent injury or death.

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California ICE Spokesperson Quits Over 'Misleading' Arrest Claims

The feud between California and the Trump administration grows as the president visits the California-Mexico border to inspect wall prototypes.

Department of Justice Sues California For Immigrant Sanctuary Policies

The suit is the latest salvo in an escalating feud between the Trump administration and jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration officials.

Campaign Aims to Give California Public University Students Full Access to Reproductive Care

The justCARE campaign introduced legislation that would improve access to medication abortion for public university students.

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California Man Charged With Assault After Driving Car Into Immigrant Justice Protest

Police say Daniel Weznek wasn’t trying to hurt anyone when he drove through a protest. Activists disagree.

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California's Top Judge Stands Against Cash Bail Practices

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye: “I support the conclusion that California’s current pre-trial system unnecessarily compromises victim and public safety.”

A view of the Pacific Ocean near Refugio State Beach on May 22, 2015, in Goleta, California.

California Communities Sue 37 Energy Companies for Negligence

The suits accuse Exxon, Shell and others of contributing to sea level rise in the coastal municipalities.

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This Study Found That as Immigration Increases, Violent Crime Decreases

Researchers examined crime rates in California, where the majority of residents are people of color.

A hazy sky looms over palm trees and traffic along the 101 freeway near Hollywood, on June 14, 2004, in Los Angeles, California.

What Do the Most Polluted U.S. Cities Look Like?

Hint: They’re all in California, with large Latinx populations.

Rancher's fiddlenecks bloom after prolonged record drought gave way to heavy winter rains, causing one of the biggest wildflower blooms in years on March 16, 2017, at Diamond Valley Lake, near Hemet, California.

The California Drought Is Technically Over, But Likely Not Forever

Four counties remain in a state of emergency, and three are inhabited mostly by people of color. 

Environmentalists opposing a proposed natural gas power plant in Oxnard, California, protest at a public meeting on January 10, 2017.

California Environmentalists Disrupt Public Meeting on Proposed Power Plant

“No more power plants,” the group of nearly 30 chanted. “We say no.”

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The Biggest Environmental Justice Wins of 2016

It was the year three California counties banned fracking, a tribe beat big oil and more.

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READ: Killer Mike on How to Bring More Black People Into Medical Marijuana Boom

State-level marijuana legality reforms often don’t help African Americans who are frozen out of dispensary ownership. The rapper partners with scholar Erik Nielson for a new Rolling Stone essay that breaks down how to fix the disparity.

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Police Say California Mosque Stabbing Is Possible Hate Crime

John Henry Matteson was apprehended shortly after he allegedly stabbed a worshipper outside a Simi Valley mosque.