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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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ColorOfChange.org Launches Campaign Urging Governor Jerry Brown to “Ban the Box” on Government Employment Applications in California

Written by Featured Organization on 04 October 2013.

Online Civil Rights Group Launches Petition Urging Governor Brown to sign legislation that would discourage public sector employers from discrimination against formerly incarcerated job seekers. View Petition Here: www.act.colorofchange.org/sign/ban_the_box/ Oakland, CA - Governor Jerry Brown has just a few days to sign legislation (AB 218, Dickinson) that would make it harder for employers to discriminate against formerly incarcerated job seekers.

Currently, job applicants with past convictions must check “the box” indicating they’ve been convicted of a crime, even when the law broken has nothing to do with the position’s requirements. This deeply prejudicial question can mean immediate disqualification from an employment opportunity, or worse, permanent exclusion from the workforce. 

Mass incarceration and racial bias have exploded the US prison population over the past three decades. Those unable to enter the job market post-release are more likely to return to prison. This legislation is a chance for California to lead by example and strengthen broader efforts to "ban the box" in all sectors of employment.
Employers routinely toss out applications from job seekers with past convictions before even looking at their qualifications, in violation of federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines. Signing "Ban the Box" into law will bring the state into EEOC compliance and ensure employers don't accidentally violate federal civil rights laws by failing to consider job applicants individually.
A state devastated by massive prison spending, where nearly 60 percent of formerly incarcerated people return to prison within three years, should be eager to remove barriers to successful re-entry — especially at a time when California is under federal court order to reduce its inhumanely overcrowded prisons.
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange, issued the following statement:
“If California ever hopes to improve prison conditions and reduce costs, it must close the revolving prison door with humane policies like "Ban the Box," ensuring formerly incarcerated job seekers have a fair chance to support their families and interrupt vicious cycles of poverty and recidivism.
“Hiring discrimination based on a criminal record disproportionately harms Black men and the families who depend on them, since bias-based drug law enforcement practices make it nearly six times more likely that a Black man will be arrested, convicted or incarcerated than his white counterpart. Years into the economic "recovery," Black unemployment rates are still sky-high — consistently twice that of white unemployment. With access to jobs such a critical need in our communities, it’s past time for Gov. Brown to remove barriers to gainful employment.” •

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