After completing the sixth grade in Stamford, Connecticut, I was promoted to Cloonan Junior High School and for the remainder of my public school career my education deteriorated. When I look back, I realize that many of my teachers in Junior and High School were inferior educators because of their policies toward people of color. Their policies kept them from preparing their Negro/African American students for good positions in our society.
David Simon, the Baltimore Sun crime reporter who created the HBO series, "The Wire," (2002-2008), in a recent interview said of African-Americans: "They're the last…(on) the economic ladder. And if you look at…Baltimore, Md., half of the adult male African American-residents have no work. That's not an economic system that is having a bad go of it, that's something that doesn't actually work."
Educate, organize and mobilize: When a community is facing a political disaster should it push the panic button? Many of you know that I’ve been monitoring and writing commentaries on voter suppression and the North Carolina Voter Suppression Act of 2013 since early August 2013. Since August I’ve watched the growth of voter suppression activities and the evolution of under supported campaigns to defeat voter suppression. In deciding whether or not to push the panic button, several important evaluations must be made.
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Greater Diversity News (GDN) is a statewide publication with national reach and relevance. We are a chosen news source for underrepresented and underserved communities in North Carolina. GDN and our companion website focuses on issues and opportunities important to Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) and issues of community interest and empowerment such as Moral Monday and voter suppression.
As a public benefit, CareConnect USA has published several toll-free help lines for families seeking financial assistance. -- WAXHAW, NC – When a household relies on two paychecks, budgets are strained if one job is lost. In cases like this, a family can tread water for a time. But as they struggle to find work, many will fall into troubling debt. Fortunately, more households are finding lifelines for help. Since 2009, phone calls to financial help lines have risen 10% per year. As a public benefit, CareConnect USA publishes help lines for families seeking financial assistance. According to national director David Moakler, awareness is the key.
The NAACP filed comments in opposition to proposed IRS regulations that would redefine political activity for 501(c)(4) organizations. “In a rush to combat legitimate abuses of 501(c)(4) status, the IRS has proposed overbroad regulations that throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water,” stated NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller. “For more than a century, the NAACP has fought tirelessly to protect the rights of everyday Americans to participate in the political process – a process based on one man, one vote. The proposed regulations undermine that effort and the efforts of other organizations to secure unfettered access to the ballot box. For the NAACP, it is not about political campaigns nor a political candidate, it is about the American right to vote.”
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