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Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

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  DURHAM, N.C. – A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress.

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Voter Suppression:  One More Round The Ground Game - Getting Out the Vote

Voter Suppression: One More Round The Ground Game - Getting Out the Vote

By Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- Around 30 days and counting, this election season is in the home stretch.  The highest profile race is for US Senate between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.  

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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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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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