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 the North Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) to strengthen the party’s ties with diverse communities and expand engagement efforts across the state. I presume that by diverse communities, they mean the Black communities. Surely they’d need a Hispanic Advisory Board to help them with outreach to Hispanic Communities.
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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Instead of breaking the glass ceiling, Black women have increasingly started making their own. According to the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan progressive institute, Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the country. “Today, women of color are the majority owners of close to one-third of all women-owned firms in the nation,” stated the report. “Increased access to business capital – including microenterprises, venture capital- funded firms, and crowd funding – has helped the number of women entrepreneurs grow substantially.” Traditional careers often come with cultural and structural roadblocks that devalue the work of women, especially Black women. Black women made 64 cents and White women made 78 cents for every dollar that White males made. Black women brought home about $600 a week compared to White women who earned a median of $722.
Systemic Racism is Killing Black Babies in America — But There is Something Black Women Can Do About It!
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says the U.S. infant mortality rate is the highest among selected states in the South and Midwest regions. In 2010, 13 states and the District of Columbia had infant mortality rates of 7.00–7.99, and two additional states (Mississippi and Alabama) had infant mortality rates of 8.00 or higher, (www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db120.pdf). According to recent studies, systemic racism in America is negatively impacting the health of pregnant black women, by creating stress over load on their system which is affecting the health of babies. Black babies are being born too soon and too small, and lack the option of being breastfed, as result of stress.
For small businesses, smart marketing is crucial for success. But what does that mean in today’s fast paced, highly wired world? While online and mobile communication has gained importance in recent years, experts say that face-to-face engagement with people who matter to you and your organization remains invaluable. m“In a crowded marketplace, making a positive and lasting impression is crucial,” says Skip Cox, Board Chairman for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. “There’s no substitution for an in-person meeting.”No matter the size or focus area of your business, exhibitions, trade shows and other forms of face-to-face meetings can be a powerful business tool, helping with sales, networking, education and business research.
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Last week I analyzed an article written by Dan Russo of the Roanoke Times. My point of interest in his article was his conclusion that, in order for democrats to win in November they would have to generate a massive turnout. I agreed with his conclusion but not his opinion of an action plan that would lead to such a turnout. Recently, President Bill Clinton, while speaking out against voter suppression, has expressed a similar conclusion and a similar theory about how to get the enhanced turnout.
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