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The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- For more than a year leading up to the recently completed General Elections, I’ve written about Voter Suppression, gerrymandering, the Black vote and voters.  

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Developing Black CEOs

According to research conducted by Richard Zweigenhaft, a psychology professor at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., though Blacks account for more than 13 percent of the U.S. population, 

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Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Abuse in the Workplace

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal

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The Decision to Handle Rejection

The Decision to Handle Rejection

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life.“Man’s rejection can be God’s direction.  God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment–where we wouldn’t have thought of going on our own.  

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How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

(StatePoint) Everyone faces setbacks in life.

While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal motivators, say experts. 

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Arizona Immigration Law Hurts Arizona’s Pocketbook

Written by Featured Organization on 08 January 2011.

Last spring Arizona’s state legislators enacted a controversial law to deter undocumented immigrants from crossing the state’s borders and punish those who have crossed the U.S. border. Thus far, however, the most significant result of the act, S.B. 1070, has been to deter other Americans from crossing the state’s borders and to punish the pocketbooks and coffers of Arizona workers and businesses.

A recent report found that the cancellations of convention and meeting bookings passage of the law provoked has already resulted in the loss of $45 million dollars in direct lodging revenues to the state’s hotel industry.

But the report, “Stop the Conference: The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Conference Cancellations Due to Arizona’s S.B. 1070, said the lodging-revenue losses were just one part of a much more extensive economic storm buffeting the state, whose tourism industry is a major source of income for its citizens and tax revenues for its treasury.

For example, the report says that when such other ancillary revenues that hotel stays produce in direct spending by conference attendees– such as for meals, entertainment, taxis and limousines, and sundry retail buying – the damage done comes to another $141 million.

And yet, the report finds that the damage is even more extensive: nearly 2,800 jobs those lost conferences and meetings would have supported; more than $86 million in lost wages and more than $9 million in tax revenues those jobs would have produced; and a total lost economic output of $253 million.

The report was commissioned by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C., which has opposed Arizona’s law. It hired a prominent Arizona economic polling firm, Elliott D. Pollack & Company, to undertake the study.

Its results were disparaged by Russell Pearce, the Arizona legislature’s Republican Senate President, and chief sponsor of S.B. 1070. The Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association stated in August that the state had lost at least 40 conventions and $15 million in lodging revenue – a dollar figure the CAP study claims is based on a very narrow accounting of the losses.

This week Kristen Jernigan, a spokeswoman for the association, said that while the bookings for conventions and meetings had taken a hit, “we feel pretty positive “that the vacation travel of individuals and families to the state has not been significantly affected by the controversy.

For all the stunning dollar figures in the CAP report, its focus was limited to examining the impact of lost convention bookings. It did not consider the law’s impact on such other areas as vacation travel or business development.

The fact that the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of S.B. 1070 next year will certainly revive the controversy over its passage, and may well provoke a fresh round of cancellations of convention and meeting bookings within the state, deepening the damage already done. The CAP report did state that the total potential losses from future convention cancellation could add up to $750 million or more.

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