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Honey Brown Hope Foundation Rakes in National, State and Local Recognition

Honey Brown Hope Foundation Rakes in National, State and Local Recognition

Honey Brown Hope Foundation

Houston, TX — The Honey Brown Hope Foundation, a nationally recognized, award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit that has served youth and their families for over two decades, announced today that it is thankful this holiday season for recently being recognized for its civil rights

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Community Empowerment: Black Chambers of Commerce Where Is My Patronage?

Community Empowerment: Black Chambers of Commerce Where Is My Patronage?

Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- Back in September I wrote an article entitled, Voter Suppression: Creating Black Wealth.  The impetus for that article was a commentary written by Earl G. Graves, Sr., Publisher of Black Enterprise. 

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Employees of Small, Locally-Owned Businesses Have More Company Loyalty

Employees of Small, Locally-Owned Businesses Have More Company Loyalty

loyalty to employers

Employees who work at small, locally owned businesses have the highest level of loyalty to their employers — and for rural workers, size and ownership of their company figure even more into their commitment than job satisfaction does

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The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- For more than a year leading up to the recently completed General Elections, I’ve written about Voter Suppression, gerrymandering, the Black vote and voters.  

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Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Abuse in the Workplace

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal

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The Decision to Handle Rejection

The Decision to Handle Rejection

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life.“Man’s rejection can be God’s direction.  God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment–where we wouldn’t have thought of going on our own.  

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ACLU Submits Statement for Landmark Senate Hearing on School Discipline

Written by Featured Organization on 17 December 2012.

WASHINGTON – Congress can help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline with legislation that would promote positive alternatives to punitive and exclusionary school discipline practices that plague many classrooms around the country, the American Civil Liberties Union will urge a Senate committee. The ACLU submitted a statement for a groundbreaking hearing to be held tomorrow by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on the impact of overly severe school discipline. “We commend Sen. Durbin for convening this groundbreaking hearing and we hope that the next Congress will enact legislation to prevent discriminatory and extreme discipline practices that disproportionately harm students of color and students with disabilities,” said Laura Murphy, Director of ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office.

“There is a systemic problem nationwide involving overly punitive school discipline policies, which push our schoolchildren out of the classrooms and into jail cells,” said Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU senior legislative counsel. “Congress and the Obama Administration can help address these disparities. Keeping students in school and out of the criminal justice system will dramatically benefit not only students and their families, but the country as a whole.”

The school-to prison-pipeline is a disturbing national trend where children, predominantly students of color and students with disabilities, are pushed out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems because of overreliance on these punitive discipline policies. In the statement, the ACLU recommends that Congress and the Obama Administration support measures that promote positive alternatives to exclusionary school discipline and ending harmful practices like corporal punishment and seclusion and restraint; and to provide federal guidance to local school districts on the use of punitive discipline. According to national data released by the Department of Education in March, African American students are 3 1/2 times more likely than their white peers to be suspended—and while they represented just 18 percent of the students in the sample, they accounted for 39 percent of expulsions. Students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive one or more out-of-school suspensions.

Furthermore, though they made up only 12 percent of the students sampled by the Department of Education in their most recent data collection, they made up 70 percent of those subject to physical restraints. Both African American students and students with disabilities are disproportionately subjected to corporal punishment, a violent tactic still legal in 19 states. Specific congressional reforms called for in ACLU’s statement include the following: The Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act (H.R. 3027); The Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act (H.R. 3165), The Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2020); Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act; and the Youth PROMISE Act (H.R. 2721). The hearing will take place tomorrow at 2 PM in Hart 216. •