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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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ColorOfChange.org Applauds Gov Brown’s Decision to “Ban the Box” on Public Sector Employment Applications

Written by Featured Organization on 21 October 2013.

Thousands of ColorOfChange members took action urging Gov. Brown to remove barriers to re-entry for millions of  qualified Californians with past convictions - Oakland, CA -- After more than 5,500 California ColorOfChange members and allies across the state raised their voices, Gov. Jerry Brown signed “Ban the Box” (AB 218) legislation into law.

AB 218 removes the deeply prejudicial checkbox disclosure of prior convictions from government job applications, while still permitting a background check for qualified applicants later in the hiring process. These reforms are critical to addressing barriers to employment for Black Californians. Ten other states across the country have adopted similar legislation, including a recent decision by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to “Ban the Box”.


The following is a statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange:
“Governor Brown’s decision is a positive step forward to reducing Black unemployment rates, strengthening the struggling economy, and significantly reducing recidivism and prison overcrowding. Stopping the practice of forcing applicants with a prior conviction to check a box alleviates the harmful impacts of mass incarceration that extend throughout a person's life.


All of California benefits when people with past convictions are no longer shut out of the workforce, especially Black families and communities who are disproportionately impacted by over-incarceration, exploding recidivism rates, and sky-high unemployment. Banning "the box" in CA is long-overdue, and marks a critical step in opening up job opportunities for millions of qualified Black Californians." •

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