Since late September 2013, Patricia Ferguson and I have participated in 12-15 NC Legislative Black Caucus sponsored Town Hall meetings held around the state. The purpose of the town halls was to update communities on the ways that they’ve been impacted by regressive legislation passed by the 2013 NC General Assembly, to educate communities about the legislation and to define a way forward in addressing community priorities. Our task has been to address voter suppression and to help to define an appropriate community response. During our presentations we’ve addressed the national Republican led campaigns to suppress the right to vote and to translate its present and future impact on voting in North Carolina.
Affordability, Reliability, 9-1-1 Access at Risk; FCC to Address Crucial Decisions. BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA -- The accelerating shift to digital telephone networks could put communities of color at risk by ending basic standards like affordable service and 9-1-1 access , The Greenlining Institute argues in a new report being released Dec. 10. “Everything from 9-1-1 emergency services to consumers’ very ability to access reliable, affordable phone service is potentially in danger if the FCC doesn’t enforce basic standards as the transition to a digital phone network moves forward,” said Greenlining Institute Energy and Telecommunications Policy Director Stephanie Chen. Chen noted that several factors could make communities of color particularly vulnerable.
BALTIMORE—The American Federation of Teachers and First Book announced today that they have distributed 1 million new, free children’s books to public schools and to community and educational groups nationwide serving children in low-income families. The announcement was made at a First Book event in Baltimore, where more than 400,000 books will be distributed this week. About 60 percent of the books will be shipped to 538 communities across the nation, and the remainder—about 160,000 books—will stay in the Baltimore area. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was instrumental in making the public warehouse available for book storage and distribution.
Caregivers can help make that list and check it twice! From hanging the mistletoe to searching for gift ideas on the internet, Elders’ Elves from SYNERGY HomeCare will be hard at work helping local seniors tackle their holiday to-do lists. These Elders’ Elves aren’t from the North Pole. They’re from the local SYNERGY HomeCare agency and they make the lives of local seniors merry and bright during the holidays. If a senior’s family can’t step in, Elders’ Elves are ready to step up.
(NNPA) Many conservatives who actively opposed Nelson Mandela’s protracted struggle to establish democracy in White minority-ruled South Africa are trying to rationalize their past criticism by either ignoring their earlier public statements or trying to place the struggle for a democratic society in South Africa in a Cold War context. Leading the way, not surprisingly, is radio commentator Rush Limbaugh. In a 1972 broadcast, Limbaugh said, “When Nelson Mandela or one of these terrorists sees America, they ask, ‘How did they do this in less than 230 years? We’ve been around here for centuries, and we still can barely muster working toilets.’ It is this that the terrorists see, folks ? and it makes them envious.”
Black Employee Fired For Ghetto Braids: Katherine Lemire, a former special prosecutor for the New York Police Department, says that she was removed from her job at Michael Stapleton Associates for standing up for a black colleague who had braids in her hair. Lemire says that she spoke up on behalf of her work mate, Chanissa Green, after one of the vice presidents of the company issued a statement saying that women employees are not allowed to wear braids in their hair. According to the allegations, here's what he said: “When someone like me... sees someone with a style like that, we think ghetto – not professional. I’ll tell you what’s beautiful: my daughter, with blond hair and blue eyes."
While many American families gathered around the Thanksgiving table last week, some of us combined this year’s traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts, a too quiet group was left out of the national celebration. The nearly 49 million Americans, including nearly 16 million children, living in food insecure households struggled to afford the food they need. These families didn’t have the luxury of choosing between apple or pumpkin pie this holiday season but continue to face choices about paying for groceries or rent, heat, electricity, medicine or clothing for their children as they do each month – choices no family should have to make in our nation with the largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the world.
According to the 13th Amendment, slavery in this country has not been fully abolished; there is an exception that says if one is duly convicted of a crime he or she can be enslaved. Read it for yourself; don’t take my word for it. So, if you have been enslaved by either doing a crime or because you are in prison for something you did not do, why not learn how to turn your enslavement into a profit by studying to become a business owner? When you are released, you will have your business plan in hand, ready to meet the world of entrepreneurship head-on.
The 2013 North Carolina Voter Suppression Act, a.k.a. the North Carolina Information Verification Act, launched a direct attack on our democracy as well as the right and ability of our students to register and vote. The attack on student voting rights in North Carolina is very similar and consistent with such attacks around the country. And, as noted in earlier articles, these voter suppression efforts target the virtual entirety of the “Obama Coalition”. Later in this article we’ll address the way that the NC GOP responded to student voting immediately following the so-called Information Verification Act. However, you should recall that voter suppression as it relates to blacks had its origin in pre-slavery and slavery America.
The signs are prevalent in Republican controlled states all over the country; there is a war to disenfranchise women voters. However, in our ongoing series on voter suppression, this week we’ll look at the Texas and North Carolina republican’s war on women. You should recall and understand that successful voter suppression tactics in one republican controlled state will be copied an enacted into law in other republican controlled states. In a recent article entitled “Texas Republicans find a way to disenfranchise women voters”, Jean Ann Esselink wrote that along with targeting Blacks, Latinos and college students,
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