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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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Trouble at the Workplace

Written by Donovan M. SmithSpecial to the NNPA from the Portland Observer on 01 July 2013.

It is still happening; people are going to work only to be met with unacceptable acts of racism and a paystub as the only consolation for an apology. In a city where protests against injustice are plentiful, and the unofficial motto is progressive politics, it is troubling to hear that several of Portland’s own have been the victims of such bigotry recently. 

Lifetime Portlander Ivery Mays Jr. says, as an African-American, he is certainly “underrepresented” in his profession as an Apprentice Pipefitter, however, he never thought he would encounter racism on job, especially not so blatant. But to his surprise racism is what the 39-year-old says he found in the trade he pursued in an effort to better support his family. His sense of normalcy was destroyed while finishing up work at a Camas, Wash. jobsite in early December. As per usual, his supervisor asked him and three other apprentices to begin cleaning out toolboxes before everyone left for the day.

Mays was given four toolboxes to clean, but the very first one would provide a disturbing surprise; a hangman’s noose was revealed when he opened it, taped to the inside door. He immediately went to the bathroom to attempt to regroup and then snapped a picture of it with his camera phone. “Nooses aren’t part of our materials.” says Mays. Whenever there is an incident or concern there’s a chain of command any apprentice must follow to report it. The second-year trainee did so, but without resolution. Now he has acquired an attorney and has filed a complaint with the state of Washington and is pursing legal action against his employer Harder Mechanical for racial discrimination.

Mays’ attorney, Sean Bannon says “It’s shocking that it’s happening in this day and age, and a big part of why we’re taking legal action is to make sure that there’s accountability for companies tolerating this conduct.”

Perhaps more troubling is that he is not alone. Community leader and activist Rev. Leroy Haynes, the pastor of Allen Temple Church and a representative for the Albina Ministerial Alliance, says he is advocating for two female cellular-communications employees in Portland who say they have been the victims of racism on the job. He echoes Bannon’s sentiment of “shock” adding that it is perhaps even more troubling in post-Obama United States. “Although in situations like this it may not always be about race, we must stand with our community when we think there has been an injustice.” says Haynes.

The Urban League of Portland has also been actively supporting the two employees as well. Urban League President Michael Alexander says in a situation like this it is best not to take a position of “right or wrong” but make sure all parties involved are best served. “When people come to us, we’re going to reach out to the organization and make sure they revisit their policies and are really doing their best to uphold them.” Mays currently maintains a full-time job schedule with Harder; the two communications employees have not been so lucky.

Though both remain employees on the company’s personnel files they have been without work or pay for several months now. In all three incidents, the victims were the only African-Americans at their place of employment. As they all strive for a resolve to their individual accusations, all they can do is continue to fight and wait. Many times issues of workplace discrimination can be handled internally, however in extreme cases it is often best to contact the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

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