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  • Facing a wave of evictions, California is about to make thousands of kids homeless

    08/09/2020 7:45:14 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | Aug 7, 2020 | ERIKA D. SMITH
    Things weren’t great before COVID-19, but at least only about 570 families, hungry, broke and on the brink of homelessness, needed help from the volunteers at St. Joseph Center in Los Angeles. Today, that number is about 860. A month from now, it could be in the thousands — or even more. California is rapidly approaching what has been dubbed the “eviction cliff,” or the point where true protection from being evicted during the pandemic will fall away, at least for a short time. If that happens, as many as 1 million families across the state — some 365,000 in...
  • California doesn’t need antifa, but the rest of the country sure does

    09/02/2017 5:55:39 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 73 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 29, 2017 | Erika D. Smith
    Apparently this is the part when I’m supposed to jump on the anti-antifa bandwagon. The anti-fascists, after all, were the ones who rolled into Berkeley last weekend looking like fancy ninjas, and they were the ones who beat up the white nationalists – not the other way around. So the anti-fascists are bad, right? They’re all thugs and idiots who wear masks and carry shields, and deserve to be denounced and locked up? Not so fast.
  • Hey, Donald Trump supporters! Are you feeling guilty yet?

    11/20/2016 8:53:46 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 116 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 19, 2016 | Erika D. Smith
    Dear supporters of Donald Trump, I know it’s only been a few days, but are you by chance starting to feel guilty about your vote for president? I wasn’t going to ask – really, I wasn’t – but the oddest thing just keeps happening to me.
  • The truth about black fathers? They’re not all MIA

    06/18/2017 7:33:38 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 69 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Erika D. Smith | Erika D. Smith
    At 69 years old, I doubt my father remembers the conversation we had the afternoon of my high school graduation, but I think about it every Father’s Day.