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Alex Padilla on Making Your Vote Count in November

Alex Padilla on Making Your Vote Count in November

Steven Mirkin August 31, 2020 For most people, Tuesday, Nov. 3, is Election Day. But California Secretary of State Alex Padilla — the official charged with running California’s election — says it should more...

LA Sentinel: LAUSD Owes Black Students and Families More

LA Sentinel: LAUSD Owes Black Students and Families More

Los Angeles Sentinel Dr. Ana F. Ponce and Michael Lawson August 13, 2020 The tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, and others have illuminated, yet again, the realities of...

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We are pleased to partner with Bridge Builders for our 'Summer STEM Careers Program'. Our two-week course will provide your son or daughter with essential skills towards a career in science, tech, ... See more

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Class of 2021 High School Grads, we still want to spotlight you in the #2021BlackHSGrad program!

Post your 15 second Instagram Reel sharing 1) your inspirational story, 2) how you made it through ... See more

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Will YOU be one of the fifty high school seniors we award with a scholarship? The deadline to apply is May 14. Winners will be recognized during the #2021BlackHSGrad celebration. For more details on ... See more

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Reminder! High School Grads, it’s your chance to star in the #2021BlackHSGrad program! Email to find out how you can participate!

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Has your young entrepreneur signed up for Biz Camp yet? Our 2021 session is still accepting applications! Apply today at the link below and don't miss out ⬇️

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Our work towards resounding justice continues✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 To read more from LAUL President and CEO Michael Lawson in this week's blog, click the link below ... See more

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We’re looking at you 👀. Have you registered for #2021BlackHSGrad yet? For more details, head over to

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LIVE NOW: Today, Daunte Wright will be laid to rest. He was a 20-year-old father, son, and loving soul, taken too soon and without cause by a police officer. We hold his family and loved ones close. ... See more

Daunte Wright Funeral Service

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Are you interested in the medical field? We’ve partnered with @UCLA to give our diverse and talented community the opportunity at a new career. Become a Medical Assistant in 12 Months!

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Press releases

CA Steps Towards Ending the Cash Bail System

The current cash bail system in California is classist, racist, and unfair, and the California Supreme Court recently agreed to make a change that will address some but not all of the ills that befall our system.

The Verdict is Justice for All

“We Are Able to Breathe Again”

On April 20, 2021, after 44 witnesses and 15 days of testimony, we held a collective breath while waiting for the jury to render its verdict on Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd by grinding his knee into the back of George Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds…

How Maryland’s New Police Reform Bill Can Lead Us Forward

This week as Maryland took a bold and essential step toward meaningful police reform. The Maryland legislature overrode the Republican governor’s veto and adopted landmark legislation that will set new rules regarding the use of force, establish new investigative procedures, and apply robust disciplinary outcomes to police officers who violate these rules.

Shame on Kroger for Closing LA Area Stores

The announced closures of five grocery stores in the Los Angeles area by Cincinnati-based Kroger is a shameful and callous act of corporate greed....

Protecting Voting Rights in the New Jim Crow Era

Last week, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law a shameful law that places Jim Crow era-like restrictions on voting and gives unconscionable oversight and control over the very elections that determine their fate.

Octavia E Butler with some of her novels at University Book Store in Seattle, in 2004. Photograph: Joshua Trujillo/AP

‘So be it! See To It!’, Honoring the Everlasting Legacy of Octavia Butler

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we cannot help but marvel at the once-in-a-lifetime literary mind of Octavia Butler. Her sci-fi novels...

LA Urban League Partners with California Health Officials to Bring COVID-19 Vaccines to South LA.

Given our history with the American healthcare system, this mistrust is understandable. In this instance, however, our doubt is misplaced. The COVID-19 vaccines currently available are safe and effective according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health authorities worldwide.

On the Shoulders of Greatness: How Vernon Jordan Inspired us to Lead a Life of Service

"I am here because I stand on many, many shoulders, and that's true of every Black person I know who has achieved." -Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. This...

From Slave to Savior: How an African Slave Helped to Mitigate the Boston Smallpox Outbreak of 1721

African Americans have long played a pivotal role in our modern world's many technological and scientific achievements. This past year amid a global...
COVID-19 Vaccine

Despite History, We Must Take A COVID-19 Vaccine

At long last, a coronavirus vaccine may be available for use in the United States very soon. Before people outside of clinical trials can get the...