Protecting #MyCrown: Why I Support SB 188

Protecting #MyCrown: Why I Support SB 188

Earlier this year, Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) introduced Senate Bill 188, the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act, to ensure that no Californian will face employment discrimination based on traits associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles.  The Need for Equitable Policy: Why the Professional Repercussions of Natural Hair Matter As a native New Yorker, I was excited to see one of California’s most prominent Black leaders, Senator Holly Mitchell championing a policy mirroring the New York City Commission on Human Rights Legal Enforcement Guidance on Race Discrimination on the Basis of Hair. As a Naturalista, I support SB 188 because…
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The Public Charge Rule: An Obstacle to Immigrant Families Like Mine

The Public Charge Rule: An Obstacle to Immigrant Families Like Mine

To determine who is eligible for admission into the United States, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses “public charge” to refer to an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for support.  The current rule defines public benefits as cash assistance programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as well as long-term institutional care paid by the government. On October 10, 2018, the Trump administration proposed a new rule that would completely change how USCIS defines a “public charge.” In an attempt to reduce the number of immigrants entering the United States and limit those who are applying to…
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Show Up and Show Out for Your Health: Three Reasons to #GetCovered for 2019

Show Up and Show Out for Your Health: Three Reasons to #GetCovered for 2019

Let’s get clear on the facts: The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, still stands. Despite the president’s claims to have “repealed the core” of Obamacare, the ACA continues to provide coverage for millions of Americans across the nation. They want you to believe that the ACA is obsolete. Californians can prove otherwise by signing up for health coverage through Covered California’s open enrollment, from October 15, 2018, to January 15, 2019. By doing so, you can ensure that you and your loved ones will have access to quality health care and preventive services. #AlternativeFacts about Obamacare continue to run rampant. In order to clear up any misinformation, here…
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Narrative Justice: A Daughter of Black Immigrants Reflects

Narrative Justice: A Daughter of Black Immigrants Reflects

I am of a history of cross-border movements that no right-wing political administration can contain. My folks are the kind of loud, and Black, and women dreamers who everyday disrupt U.S. binaries of “Black” and “immigrant” by being both at the same time: Black immigrants. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, my mother taught me to never forget her island of Trinidad and Tobago. Because of my family’s love for home, I carry my heritage into all that I do. As a Health Equity Fellow in the Greenlining Leadership Academy, I am encouraged every day to seek #ChangefromWithin by bringing the fullness of my identity into my work. My experience…
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