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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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Join Occupy Wall Street

Written by Peter Grear on 28 November 2011.

A strange thing happened on the way to achieving the “American Dream”.  The descendants of slaves have finally been offered an invitation to join the white, middle class seekers of the dream.  If you’re not a part of the 1%, you’re a part of the 99% and therefore finally invited to seek your “American Dream”.   Historically, the former slaves and their descendants have made basically two demands to the “United States powers that be”; grant me freedom and fairness.

Freedom for white America was a grant they received through the founding documents of this great country.  The fairness that is at the core of the demand of OWS, has always been promised under the theory that anyone that works hard can achieve the “American Dream”.  Needless to say, the pursuit by Black America, of freedom and fairness is now and has always been impeded by the powers that historically brought us slavery and Jim Crow and contemporarily predatory lending, voter suppression and double-digit unemployment.

Don’t wait to join.  Speak now against the voter suppression laws being promoted by politicians, the ongoing foreclosures occasioned by predatory lenders and the unfair burden of unemployment in black communities.  If blacks aren’t a part of the process, their interest will not be protected in solutions.

As a black publisher, I can speak from personal experience of the widespread corporate practice of sending press releases to black publications and advertising dollars to the so called “mainstream” publications.  This practice promotes the underdevelopment of the “Black Press” and by extension, our black communities.  Two black publications that I am aware of that have been systematically excluded from paid advertising by Bank of America and Wells Fargo are The Wilmington Journal and Greater Diversity News.

Recently some friends and I were discussing the OWS concept and movement and there was much lamenting about the messengers, its lack of leadership and its future.  Personally, I believe that if you find value in the movement but are lamenting what might be missing or what the movement ought to look like, your answer is the “man in the mirror”.  Help OWS be all it can be. •

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