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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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Unemployment for African Americans and Latinos projected to stay very high through 2012

Written by Featured Organization on 16 February 2012.

Very high levels of unemployment are expected to remain high through the 4th quarter of 2012, a new EPI report finds.  In No relief in 2012 from high unemployment for African Americans and Latinos, EPI Director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program Algernon Austin reviews unemployment rates by state for African Americans, Latinos and whites.  He finds that the 25 states where African Americans are experiencing unemployment rates of 10% or higher will continue to do so through 2012, as will the 14 states where the Latino unemployment rate is 10% or higher.

The African American unemployment rate is higher than the overall rate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The lowest African American unemployment rate—11.2% in Maryland—is roughly the same as the highest white unemployment rate—11.7 % in Nevada.  Five states and the District of Columbia have African American unemployment rates over 20%--Minnesota (27.4%), California (21.3%), DC (21.1%), Ohio (20.3%) and Michigan (21.8%).  California is the only one of these states where the unemployment rate is projected to drop below 20% in 2012.

The highest unemployment rates for Latinos are found in Rhode Island (19.6%), Connecticut (18.7%) and Pennsylvania (17.5%).  California and Florida are projected to see the largest declines in Latino unemployment in 2012, but these declines do not exceed 1.5 percentage points.

“EPI’s state-based analysis makes clear that it would be a mistake to conclude that the employment situation is improving,” said Catherine Singley, Senior Policy Analyst at the National Council of La Raza.  “In states like Rhode Island, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, near twenty-percent unemployment is a reality for Latinos.  Local and state officials who fail to respond to this crisis do a disservice to workers, families, and the economy.”

Finally, white unemployment is at relatively high levels in many states, but it is lower than the overall unemployment rate in all states. California is the only state projected to see the white unemployment rate drop more than one percentage point, to 8.9%.

“Americans need Congress to enact jobs proposals like those in President Obama’s American Jobs Act,” said Austin. “If we fail to accelerate the recovery, all Americans, but especially blacks and Latinos, will experience prolonged economic hardship.”

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