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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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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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One in Three

Written by Julianne Malveaux on 14 October 2011.

The first Friday of the month is a day when economists like me are riveted to the news.   We want to know what’s up with the unemployment rate, and with the changes that have taken place in the last month.   Last week, our nation learned that we treaded water.    The unemployment rate remained at a high of 9.1 percent, 8 percent for white folks, and 16 percent for Black folks.   Some pundits were jazzed at the rates, thinking that they meant we are doing okay.  What’s okay?   The real unemployment rate for African Americans is close to thirty percent.

 This means that a third of the Black world is not working.   This means that there are too many Black folks who are tripping.   This means that too many are managing pain.  And with the Congress ignoring the reality, failing to offer the relief from the jobs bill, this means that nobody cares.

I hear from people all the time.   Their stories are heart rendering.  They talk bout the lives they once had, the lives the now have.   Once upon a time, they had homes, mortgages, and opportunities.  Now they have lost jobs, homes, and their opportunities.   They are the folks that stand in the middle of the statistics.   We know the numbers, but we don’t know their pain.

The pain is more acute for African Americans than it is for others.  President Obama has not fully addressed that, although his spirited anger at the recent Congressional Black Caucus dinner was a great step in the right direction.  Still, I have to think that if there were a crisis in Appalachia or in New Mexico, there would be a more invigorated response.   Instead, Black folks are unemployed and nobody really cares.

Go to church and count it out.   If there are three people huddled over water, one of them is unemployed.   If there are three people passing out programs, one of them is unemployed.   If there are three people, or four, or five, or six, this pox called unemployment has visited them.   Who is he, who is she?   Mother, father, brother. Sister, somebody who brought a quarter to the table, and the quarter isn’t there, not anymore.

In order to just stay even, our nation needs to generate 275,000 jobs each month.   Last month, a month where some celebrated our “progress”, we generated just 103,000 jobs.   We aren’t moving ahead, we are falling behind.   Our reality is that the jobs market is broken and nobody wants to fix it.

Instead, we see a nation at political gridlock.   The congressional republicans don’t want to pass the President’s jobs bill, and they have offered few alternatives.   So we sit and wait to see if anyone will break the gridlock that keeps our legislators from moving forward.   This is drama, it is trauma, it is bless you, mama, cause it is overtime for there to be some forward movement.

Perhaps this is not an issue for those whose constituency is enjoying a 9.1 percent unemployment rate.   But there are too many who are experiencing much more than that.  Throw a stone into the Black community.   See who it hits.   It is one in three, one in three, one in three.   What that means is that the pox called unemployment affects everyone.   When the reality of worklessness hits so so many, the fact is that it affects us all.

The numbers come out every first Friday.  The reality visits our community each and every day.   One in three adult African Americans cannot find work.  This is a depression level unemployment rate.  People are hurting, but nobody really cares.  One in three.  One in three.  One in three.

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