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Study Shines Light on What Makes Digital Activism Effective

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 25 November 2013 11:16.

Digital activism is usually nonviolent and tends to work best when social media tools are combined with street-level organization, according to new research from the University of Washington. The findings come from a report released today (Nov. 20) by the Digital Activism Research Project run by Philip Howard, UW professor of communication, information and international studies. Founded by Howard in 2012, the project applies rigorous empirical social science methods to the study of global digital activism.

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Modern Voter Suppression Is an Attack on Blacks and American Democracy

Written by Peter Grear, Esq. on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 17:11.

Voter Suppression John Travis Holt

Since September, Patricia Ferguson and I have participated in town hall meetings across the state, sponsored by the NC Legislative Black Caucus and the NC Democratic Caucus.  Our topic is and has been the defeat of voter suppression.  In the coming weeks we’ll share our observations, fears and suggestions necessary to understand and defeat voter suppression. Strategically voter suppression targets are the coalition partners and participants that elected President Barack Obama, also known as the Obama coalition. In future editorials we will analyze those partners and participants.  However, in this, my first voter suppression editorial, we’ll target black voters.  It is my considered opinion that modern voter suppression is the greatest threat to blacks and the black community since segregation and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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More Suspects Sought in Deadly Party Shooting

Written by Marilyn Marshall on Monday, 18 November 2013 17:15.

HOUSTON – The investigation into a deadly house party shooting that left two Houston-area teens dead and 20 other people injured continues to take twists and turns. Local authorities are looking for more suspects connected to the shooting, and say the tragedy might be the result of a gang dispute. The shooting resulted in the deaths of Qu’eric Richardson, 17, and Arielle Shepherd, 16, both students at the same Houston-area high school. In the meantime, changes have been dropped against one of the defendants, 21-year-old Willie Young. Another man arrested, 18-year-old Randy Stewart, remains in custody.
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Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Need Your Help

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:29.

Mercy CorpsYou can help Mercy Corps' relief efforts in devastated Philippines. Donate now ▸ Super Typhoon Haiyan raged across the Philippines last week, causing catastrophic damage. Local government officials estimate that as many as10,000 people were killed, and more than 9 million have been impacted. Families are in desperate need of clean water, food, sanitation and temporary shelter.
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Awesome 12-Year-Old Fights North Carolina’s Voter ID Laws

Written by Clara Beyer on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:11.

http://www.StoryofAmerica.org | 12-year-old Madison Kimrey of Burlington founded NC Youth Rocks after the North Carolina legislature passed voting restriction laws targeting young people, women, minorities, and the poor. The law appears to be designed to create long lines at the polls — especially in more populous, urban areas — by cutting early voting and making the voting process more time consuming (this was the formula that created 8-hour waits in Florida for the 2012 election, as a FL election official testified to the House Elections Committee in March 2013). Also, the law requires voters to produce a photo ID, but student IDs are not accepted, even if issued by a state university. 

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Exiting the Train of Consumption

Written by James Clingman on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:41.

Consumption John Travis Holt

During a seminar in Buffalo, N.Y. a few years ago, noted author and financial adviser, Brooke Stephens, said, “How you handle your money is a reflection of how you feel about yourself.”   Many of us, including me, may not want to admit it, but there have been times in our lives when we did some pretty stupid things with our money. We spent all we had and then some; we ended up with more month than money; we bought things we thought would bring us satisfaction but later found they had little lasting value.

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Protest Planned to Support Walmart Workers on “Black Friday”

Written by Bill Fletcher, Jr. on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:40.

The day after Thanksgiving, so-called “Black Friday,” will be a moment for national protests over the conditions faced by thousands of Walmart workers.  You may be one of many who go regularly or periodically to Walmart, looking for the good deals.  Well, this November 29, things will be a bit exciting and informative outside of Walmart facilities.

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2013 Elections: Something to Vote For – and Against

Written by Lee A. Daniels on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:37.

Consumption John Travis Holt VoteLast week’s elections for the governorships of New Jersey, where the Republican incumbent won, and Virginia, where the Republican contender lost, have thrown into sharp relief two political dynamics it’s important to not lose sight of. The first is that Black voters in both statewide contests (and in the New York City mayor’s race) have once again proven why the Republican Party is so desperate to undermine their right to vote by any legislative or regulatory means necessary: Because Black Americans’ commitment to vote shows every sign of continuing to increase. More about that later.

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Time to Raise Minimum Wage

Written by George E. Curry on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:29.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program and John Travis Holt  SNAP benefitsThe first federal minimum wage of 25 cents an hour was established in 1938. Since then, it has been raised 22 times. It’s time to increase the floor for the 23rd time, from its current $7.25 to at least $10 an hour. According to the Center for Economic Policy Research, the value of the minimum wage peaked in 1968. If the minimum wage had been indexed to the official Consumer Price Index each year, the minimum wage today would be $10.52. The last time the minimum wage was raised was in 2007, when it was raised from $5.15 to $7.25. Still, there is resistance. Republican leaders say raising the minimum wage will cost jobs. But opponents, such as Washington Post columnist Jared Bernstein, argue that rather than job loss, employers compensate by charging higher prices and increasing productivity.

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Unemployment for Black Women at 4-Year Low

Written by Freddie Allen on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:27.

Consumption John Travis Holt working womenWASHINGTON (NNPA) – As job prospects for Whites and Black men have slowed or stalled completely, Black women continue to gain ground in a weak labor market, according to the latest jobs report. “Over the last few months, Black women have seen the greatest decline in their unemployment rate, so there is a continual improvement taking place,” said Valerie R. Wilson, chief economist for the National Urban League. That improvement doesn’t seem to be the result of people dropping out of the labor force. Wilson continued: “It looks like there were actual gains in employment for Black women.”

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