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Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

by Peter Grear

As we draw nearer to D-day, November 4, 2014, the political parties, candidates and pressure groups are identifying their issues, slates and strategies to win.  My title to this week’s commentary makes a gross understatement, judges matter. 

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Combining Math and Music Leaders in Disparate Fields Explain What Unites Them

Combining Math and Music Leaders in Disparate Fields Explain What Unites Them

American Academy in Rome

Anthony Cheung’s formal mathematical training essentially ended with high-school calculus. But as a musician and composer, he has explored mathematical phenomena in new ways.

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Winning a Dead Heat: Black Elected Officials Mobilize, Mobilize and Mobilize

Winning a Dead Heat: Black Elected Officials Mobilize, Mobilize and Mobilize

By Peter Grear

By most polls the North Carolina race for the United States Senate is a dead heat.  That being the case, victory in November will go to the political party that executes the best voter mobilization plan.  

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Jill Scott Talks About Her 63-Pound Weight Loss Journey

Jill Scott Talks About Her 63-Pound Weight Loss Journey

Singer and actress Jill Scott

Singer and actress Jill Scott is on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Essence magazine Jill Scott shows offer her new hourglass shape in a beautiful black form-fitted dress. 

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Download GDN Edition July 10, 2014

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:04.

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Greater Diversity News (GDN) is a statewide publication with national reach and relevance.  We are a chosen news source for underrepresented and underserved communities in North Carolina.  GDN and our companion website focuses on issues and opportunities important to Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) and issues of community interest and empowerment such as Moral Monday and voter suppression.

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Comedian/Actress Cocoa Brown Joins Author Angela Clay to Co-Host the 5th Annual “Loving The Me I See” Girls’ Self-Esteem Workshop

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:02.

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DALLAS, TX — Get ready for an empowering day at the Fifth Annual “Loving The Me I See” Girls’ Self-Esteem Workshop on Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Worldwide visionary and self-esteem enthusiast Angela Clay (www.angelaclay.com), the inspirational author and creator of “Loving The Me I See” (LTMIS), is delighted that comedian/actress Cocoa Brown (www.cocoabrown4life.com) of Tyler Perry’s “The Single Moms Club”, will co-host the empowering self-esteem workshop for pre-teen and adolescent girls at the Richardson Civic Center in Richardson, Texas.

SPLC report: Bundy ranch standoff was highly coordinated, reflects militia movement threat

Written by Southern Poverty Law Center on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:54.

The standoff between federal agents and armed supporters of a Nevada rancher earlier this year was a highly coordinated effort by far-right militiamen that has since energized volatile extremists who are increasingly targeting law enforcement officers, according to a new SPLC report released today. The report – War in the West – contains new details about the April standoff between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and militiamen sympathetic to rancher Cliven Bundy, which was seen as a victory within theantigovernment “Patriot” movement after federal agents pulled out despite Bundy owing more than $1 million in grazing fees and fines to the federal government.

Two Generations of Civil Rights Leaders Address National Teachers’ Union Convention

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:43.

LOS ANGELES—Two civil rights leaders spoke Friday at the American Federation of Teachers’ national convention taking place July 11-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Rev. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays movement, and 10-year-old student activist Asean Johnson, outlined a vision of how engaging the community, creating new coalitions and fighting for voting rights are essential to reclaiming the promise of public education. In her keynote speech at the convention on Friday, AFT President Randi Weingarten made it clear that solution-driven unionism can only work when the community is engaged. She said, “When 1 out of 3 Americans was in a labor union, we didn’t just speak for the community, we were community. But today, we must create new coalitions and, through them, the groundswell needed to reclaim the promise of America. In some ways, community must be our new density.”

How America Built Its Highways to Serve the Wealthy and White

Written by Eric Avila, University of Minnesota Press on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:40.

The following is an excerpt fromThe Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City [3] by Eric Avila. Copyright © 2014. Reprinted with permission of University of Minnesota Press. In this age of divided government, we look to the 1950s as a golden age of bipartisan unity. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, often invokes the landmark passage of the 1956 Federal Aid Highway Act to remind the nation that Republicans and Democrats can unite under a shared sense of common purpose. Introduced by President Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, the Federal Aid Highway Act, originally titled the National Interstate and Defense Highway Act, won unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans alike, uniting the two parties in a shared commitment to building a national highway infrastructure. This was big government at its biggest, the single largest federal expenditure in American history before the advent of the Great Society.

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