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Voter Outreach

Voter Outreach

Concepts, strategies and objectives to move voters to action

Written by Peter Grear Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Each week over the past several months I’ve written about various aspects of voter suppression with the purpose of explaining its concepts,…

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Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles at Trask Coliseum. WILMINGTON, NC – Boldly proclaiming, “I’m a winner,” and promising “an exciting brand of basketball” newly-christened UNCW head men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts said Tuesday that a new day in Seahawk basketball has arrived.

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Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7 in a temptation-resistance paradigm. Approximately half of the children were lied to by an experimenter, who said there was “a huge bowl of candy in the next room” but quickly confessed this was just a ruse to get the child to come play a game. 

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Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

The unconscious mind could catch a liar

“We set out to test whether the unconscious mind could catch a liar – even when the conscious mind failed,” says ten Brinke. Along with Berkeley-Haas Assistant Professor Dana R. Carney, lead author ten Brinke and Dayna Stimson (BS 2013, Psychology), hypothesized that these seemingly paradoxical findings may be accounted for by unconscious mental processes.

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Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials

Written by Peter Grear, Esq.  Since August 2013 I've continued to ask myself "what would an effective campaign to defeat voter suppression look like?” Well, on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentine's Day, I got my answer from Richard Hooker, President of the…

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Download Greater Diversity News Digital PDF Edition for FREE

FREE Full PDF Edition includes stories not featured on the website

The FREE Full PDF Edition includes stories not featured on the website. No paper, no hasel, read on your laptop or mobile devices. 

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ACLU Submits Statement for Landmark Senate Hearing on School Discipline

Written by Featured Organization on 17 December 2012.

WASHINGTON – Congress can help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline with legislation that would promote positive alternatives to punitive and exclusionary school discipline practices that plague many classrooms around the country, the American Civil Liberties Union will urge a Senate committee. The ACLU submitted a statement for a groundbreaking hearing to be held tomorrow by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on the impact of overly severe school discipline. “We commend Sen. Durbin for convening this groundbreaking hearing and we hope that the next Congress will enact legislation to prevent discriminatory and extreme discipline practices that disproportionately harm students of color and students with disabilities,” said Laura Murphy, Director of ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office.

“There is a systemic problem nationwide involving overly punitive school discipline policies, which push our schoolchildren out of the classrooms and into jail cells,” said Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU senior legislative counsel. “Congress and the Obama Administration can help address these disparities. Keeping students in school and out of the criminal justice system will dramatically benefit not only students and their families, but the country as a whole.”

The school-to prison-pipeline is a disturbing national trend where children, predominantly students of color and students with disabilities, are pushed out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems because of overreliance on these punitive discipline policies. In the statement, the ACLU recommends that Congress and the Obama Administration support measures that promote positive alternatives to exclusionary school discipline and ending harmful practices like corporal punishment and seclusion and restraint; and to provide federal guidance to local school districts on the use of punitive discipline. According to national data released by the Department of Education in March, African American students are 3 1/2 times more likely than their white peers to be suspended—and while they represented just 18 percent of the students in the sample, they accounted for 39 percent of expulsions. Students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive one or more out-of-school suspensions.

Furthermore, though they made up only 12 percent of the students sampled by the Department of Education in their most recent data collection, they made up 70 percent of those subject to physical restraints. Both African American students and students with disabilities are disproportionately subjected to corporal punishment, a violent tactic still legal in 19 states. Specific congressional reforms called for in ACLU’s statement include the following: The Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act (H.R. 3027); The Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act (H.R. 3165), The Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2020); Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act; and the Youth PROMISE Act (H.R. 2721). The hearing will take place tomorrow at 2 PM in Hart 216. •