Crisis Arrives in Chocolate City, and Other News

By The News Mar 17, 2009

D.C.’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Hits Black Men Hardest A new study shows that at least 3 percent of D.C. is infected with HIV or AIDS. Of that group, more than 76 percent are black, 70 percent are men and 70 percent are age 40 and older. WaPo Contractors of Color Face Racism in Penn. Business Deals A Black contractor in Philadelphia was shut out of a deal to work on the $800 million Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion after being promised by developers that he had the job. Philadelphia Daily News California Cities and Counties Rely on Immigrant Detention Fees In 2008, Washington paid nearly $55.2 million to house detainees at 13 local California jails, a $2.6 million increase from the previous year. This year, California will receive $57 million for detaining immigrants. LA Times California State Set to Regain Control of Prison Healthcare State officials argued that since making “dramatic improvements,” they should get back control over the state prison health care system after a federal judge blamed the state for killing one inmate a week in 2006. SF Chron Miss. Farmers of Color Claim Property Tax Discrimination A group of Pike County farmers filed a lawsuit against state and local tax assessors claiming tax assessments on property owned by people of color and Katrina evacuees were higher than for whites. Sun Herald