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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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One in Three

Written by Julianne Malveaux on 14 October 2011.

The first Friday of the month is a day when economists like me are riveted to the news.   We want to know what’s up with the unemployment rate, and with the changes that have taken place in the last month.   Last week, our nation learned that we treaded water.    The unemployment rate remained at a high of 9.1 percent, 8 percent for white folks, and 16 percent for Black folks.   Some pundits were jazzed at the rates, thinking that they meant we are doing okay.  What’s okay?   The real unemployment rate for African Americans is close to thirty percent.

 This means that a third of the Black world is not working.   This means that there are too many Black folks who are tripping.   This means that too many are managing pain.  And with the Congress ignoring the reality, failing to offer the relief from the jobs bill, this means that nobody cares.

I hear from people all the time.   Their stories are heart rendering.  They talk bout the lives they once had, the lives the now have.   Once upon a time, they had homes, mortgages, and opportunities.  Now they have lost jobs, homes, and their opportunities.   They are the folks that stand in the middle of the statistics.   We know the numbers, but we don’t know their pain.

The pain is more acute for African Americans than it is for others.  President Obama has not fully addressed that, although his spirited anger at the recent Congressional Black Caucus dinner was a great step in the right direction.  Still, I have to think that if there were a crisis in Appalachia or in New Mexico, there would be a more invigorated response.   Instead, Black folks are unemployed and nobody really cares.

Go to church and count it out.   If there are three people huddled over water, one of them is unemployed.   If there are three people passing out programs, one of them is unemployed.   If there are three people, or four, or five, or six, this pox called unemployment has visited them.   Who is he, who is she?   Mother, father, brother. Sister, somebody who brought a quarter to the table, and the quarter isn’t there, not anymore.

In order to just stay even, our nation needs to generate 275,000 jobs each month.   Last month, a month where some celebrated our “progress”, we generated just 103,000 jobs.   We aren’t moving ahead, we are falling behind.   Our reality is that the jobs market is broken and nobody wants to fix it.

Instead, we see a nation at political gridlock.   The congressional republicans don’t want to pass the President’s jobs bill, and they have offered few alternatives.   So we sit and wait to see if anyone will break the gridlock that keeps our legislators from moving forward.   This is drama, it is trauma, it is bless you, mama, cause it is overtime for there to be some forward movement.

Perhaps this is not an issue for those whose constituency is enjoying a 9.1 percent unemployment rate.   But there are too many who are experiencing much more than that.  Throw a stone into the Black community.   See who it hits.   It is one in three, one in three, one in three.   What that means is that the pox called unemployment affects everyone.   When the reality of worklessness hits so so many, the fact is that it affects us all.

The numbers come out every first Friday.  The reality visits our community each and every day.   One in three adult African Americans cannot find work.  This is a depression level unemployment rate.  People are hurting, but nobody really cares.  One in three.  One in three.  One in three.

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