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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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The Million Father March 2013 is Dedicated to the Safety of All Children and to the Young Victims of Newtown, Connecticut

Written by Featured Organization on 15 August 2013.

John Travis HoltHere is an unusual reason for hosting the Million Father March 2013 at your school or in your community.  When fathers and men are at schools, children feel safer.  When fathers and men are at schools, teachers feel safer.  When fathers and men are at schools, students are better behaved.  When fathers and men are at schools, those who might want to do harm to children or disrupt education usually stay away.  Almost no incidents of violence ever occur or are reported on the first day at schools that participate in the Million Father March.

Keeping children safe in 2013, in and out of school, is not an easy matter.  Violence has become ingrained in some communities and violence can erupt anywhere in the United States, including school.  Unfortunately, staff at too many schools must expend valuable time thinking about and preparing for safety—time taken away from teaching and learning.  Although police can discourage and manage violence, The Black Star Project understands that aware parents and community members constitute the best, first-line defense to protect children in and around schools—especially fathers whose presence at schools support positive learning environments.The Black Star Project is sponsoring the Million Father March 2013 on the first day of school in nearly 600 cities across America.  Its aim is to inspire fathers and families to be more effectively engaged with their children’s education.  One million fathers are expected to participate this year.  Since the inception of the Million Father March one decade ago, first-day attendance in Chicago rose from nearly 85 percent in 2004 to about 95 percent in 2011.

Participants in the Million Father March 2013 include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, male caregivers, mentors and family friends.  On the first day of school:
·         Fathers are asked to accompany their children to school and to register to volunteer 10 hours per year at the school.
 
·         Elected officials are invited to visit schools to help them understand how to make better public policy and inspire them to fight for adequate funding.
 
·         Faith leaders are asked to pray around the schools for protection and to have their faith institution adopt schools.
 
·         Business leaders are asked to give fathers and other men at least two morning hours off, with pay, to take their children to school.
 
 
 
Keeping students safe in America is serious business, and none are better able to rise to this occasion than the fathers of the children who attend American schools.  The Black Star Project can help fathers establish and maintain safety patrols, create father booster clubs and help schools maintain effective learning environments. 
 
Students will be inspired seeing their fathers and men at their school on the first day. And by participating, these fathers and men will be encouraged to support their children and to work with your school throughout the new school year.
 
Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives do better in school (earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college). Additionally, children whose fathers listen to and talk with them regularly, and are active in their lives, have fewer behavior problems. 
For more information about the Million Father March, National Fathers Take Your Children to School Day, or establishing a Fathers Safe Passage Program, please call The Black Star Project at 773.285.9600 or email blackstar1000@ameritech.net.  We welcome all men and women of every ethnicity and faith to be a part of the Million Father March 2013. 

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