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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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Deal to Limit College Loan Interest Rates is Limited

Written by Julianne Malveaux on 09 July 2012.

Cheers to Congress for holding interest rates on college loans down.  Instead of doubling to 6.4 percent, the interest rate on federal college student loans will remain at the 3.2 percent level.  However, this proviso is only in effect for one year.  This time next year, Congress will be waging the same fight.

Young people, especially those enrolled in higher education and recent college grads, along with those who work in education, especially higher education, might want to think about these things when they head to the polls in November.

Of course Mitt Romney might ask why the entire population ought to subsidized loan rates for college grads who needed to borrow to complete their educations.  Why should we subsidize anybody?  We subsidized the automobile industry with low-cost loans because it helped up shore up our nation’s economic strength.  We subsidized banks with virtually no-cost loans because they, were, supposedly, “too big to fail.” We subsidize homeowners by allowing them to deduct the mortgage interest of their loans.  Why not subsidize the students whose college completion holds up our economic futures?

President Obama says he wants our nation to lead the world in the percentage of our population who has either an AA or a BA degree.  We won’t do that unless we help students who come for low and moderate-income families with their college costs.

Despite holding interest rates down, Congress has found other ways to hurt college students.  Effective this Sunday, the federal government will no longer subsidize interest on loans.  That means that if a student takes out a loan to pay for her education, she must immediately pay the interest on that loan.  In the past, those interest costs were subsidized, and students did not have to worry about paying their loans back until after graduation.

Students take out loans because they don’t have the money to pay for graduation.  Many also work long hours to pay for food, and other necessities.  Now, we are planning to add interest rate payments to this burden.  Congress might as well say “bah, humbug” to students, especially after they’ve chosen to keep interest rates down.

Further, graduating students will have to pay their loans back as soon as they graduate, not with the six-month grace period they previously enjoyed.  This makes no sense!  Many students do not graduate with jobs already lined up; they graduate while looking for jobs.  So many have experienced job setbacks that they are moving back home with mom and dad.

Again, it has been a matter of public policy to delay loan payments for some subgroups of people.  We have, for example, agreed to restructure mortgage rates for some mortgage holders; we have allowed large companies in trouble to both take out subsidized loans and also to delay repayment on them. 

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