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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

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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

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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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Public Forum Series Aimed at Developing Creative Strategies for Engaging Political, Cultural and Social Conflicts

Written by Featured Organization on 09 September 2013.

Launching Monday on the Stanford Campus, SocialxDesign to Host Public Forum Series Aimed at Developing Creative Strategies for Engaging Political, Cultural and Social Conflicts

PALO ALTO, CALIF. -- SocialxDesign -- a social technology consulting firm with offices in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley -- today announced that it will be launching a new global initiative called "Peace by Design" (PxD). Beginning with an interactive forum on Sept. 9 on behalf of the Sikh American community at Stanford University, the initiative will engage leaders around the world on co-creating strategies for engaging conflict across different geographic and political boundaries.



"The art and science of conflict engagement is rapidly evolving, and the time has come to more fully involve the public in the work of peacebuilding," said Giovanni Rodriguez, co-founder of SocialxDesign. "Peace by Design will enable us to bring some of the world's most pressing challenges and opportunities to public forums designed to accelerate the peacebuilding process."

Safer Cities, Smarter Planet

Led by a team of researchers and practitioners who have designed and led some of the most successful citizen-empowerment projects to date, the initiative seeks to apply an empirical technology-driven approach to detecting and preventing violence and to build bridges between groups to increase positive social interaction. It also comes at a time when 'peace technology' is emerging as a market with both public and private financial support in strategic regions around the globe. A big focus of the initiative is conflict at the local level, and it is recruiting talent from a diverse array of innovators in citizen empowerment, community organizing, and advocacy.

"Increasingly, leaders in the field of conflict engagement are beginning to realize that all change needs to begin at the local level, regardless of the boundary of conflict," said Toby Chaudhuri, co-founder SocialxDesign and head of the firm's operations in Washington, DC. "By leveraging technology that enables leaders to scale engagement from the bottom up, we can reduce the time to impact significantly."

The inaugural event for Peace by Design will convene a broad coalition of civil rights organizers and practitioners to co-design a scalable, technology-powered advocacy campaign on behalf of the Sikh American community, sponsored by the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF). Future events will include workshops and forums aimed at designing solutions to improve the social infrastructure in cities, to enable foreign ministries to foster citizen-to-citizen diplomacy, and to empower diaspora communities to develop more effectively. The events will be held in different cities with a range of partners in the expanding peace technology ecosystem.

"The goal is use the initiative as a catalyst for change, wherever change needs to happen," said Rodriguez.

About SocialxDesign

We enable organizations to grow, reduce costs, and increase their market value by empowering the people they serve -- employees, customers, and citizens. With a philosophical-yet-pragmatic approach to addressing new market realities -- where empowerment is at the center of value creation -- we're helping businesses, government agencies and NGOs to remake themselves for the socially-networked economy.

With ties to leading social-technology research professionals at Stanford University and cutting-edge public affairs experts throughout the US, SocialxDesign is an independent firm with offices in Silicon Valley and Washington DC. Our clients include leaders in the private sector, the public sector and NGOs committed to rethinking their approach to consumer engagement.

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