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Voter Outreach

Voter Outreach

Concepts, strategies and objectives to move voters to action

Written by Peter Grear Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Each week over the past several months I’ve written about various aspects of voter suppression with the purpose of explaining its concepts,…

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Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles at Trask Coliseum. WILMINGTON, NC – Boldly proclaiming, “I’m a winner,” and promising “an exciting brand of basketball” newly-christened UNCW head men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts said Tuesday that a new day in Seahawk basketball has arrived.

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Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7 in a temptation-resistance paradigm. Approximately half of the children were lied to by an experimenter, who said there was “a huge bowl of candy in the next room” but quickly confessed this was just a ruse to get the child to come play a game. 

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Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

The unconscious mind could catch a liar

“We set out to test whether the unconscious mind could catch a liar – even when the conscious mind failed,” says ten Brinke. Along with Berkeley-Haas Assistant Professor Dana R. Carney, lead author ten Brinke and Dayna Stimson (BS 2013, Psychology), hypothesized that these seemingly paradoxical findings may be accounted for by unconscious mental processes.

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Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials

Written by Peter Grear, Esq.  Since August 2013 I've continued to ask myself "what would an effective campaign to defeat voter suppression look like?” Well, on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentine's Day, I got my answer from Richard Hooker, President of the…

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The FREE Full PDF Edition includes stories not featured on the website. No paper, no hasel, read on your laptop or mobile devices. 

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SPLC Report: Militias Returning in Fear of Black President

Written by Southern Poverty Law Center on 21 August 2009.

(NNPA) - Sparked by a combination of anger at the federal government and the deaths of political dissenters at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, the movement took off in the middle of the decade and continued to grow even after 168 
people were left dead by the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City's federal building — an attack, the deadliest ever by domestic U.S. terrorists, carried out by men steeped in the rhetoric and conspiracy theories of the militias.
 
In the years that followed, a truly remarkable number of criminal plots came out of the movement. But by early 
this century, the Patriots had largely faded, weakened by systematic prosecutions, aversion to growing violence, 
and a new, highly conservative president. 

They're back. Almost a decade after largely disappearing from public view, right-wing militias, ideologically 
driven tax defiers and sovereign citizens are appearing in large numbers around the country. "Paper terrorism" — 
the use of property liens and citizens' "courts" to harass enemies — is on the rise. And once-popular militia 
conspiracy theories are making the rounds again, this time accompanied by nativist theories about secret Mexican 
plans to "reconquer" the American Southwest. One law enforcement agency has found 50 new militia training groups — 
one of them made up of present and former police officers and soldiers. Authorities around the country are 
reporting a worrying uptick in Patriot activities and propaganda. 

"This is the most significant growth we've seen in 10 to 12 years," says one. "All it's lacking is a spark. 
I think it's only a matter of time before you see threats and violence."

A key difference this time is that the federal government — the entity that almost the entire radical right views 
as its primary enemy — is headed by a black man. That, coupled with high levels of non-white immigration and a 
decline in the percentage of whites overall in America, has helped to racialize the Patriot movement, which in 
the past was not primarily motivated by race hate. One result has been a remarkable rash of domestic terror 
incidents since the presidential campaign, most of them related to anger over the election of Barack Obama. 
At the same time, ostensibly mainstream politicians and media pundits have helped to spread Patriot and related 
propaganda, from conspiracy theories about a secret network of U.S. concentration camps to wholly unsubstantiated 
claims about the president's country of birth.

Fifteen years ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote then-Attorney General Janet Reno to warn about 
extremists in the militia movement, saying that the "mixture of armed groups and those who hate" was "a recipe 
for disaster." Just six months later, Oklahoma City's federal building was bombed. Today, the Patriot movement 
may not have the white-hot fury that it did in the 1990s. But the movement clearly is growing again, and Americans,
in particular law enforcement officers, need to take the dangers it presents seriously. That is equally true 
for the politicians, pundits and preachers who, through pandering or ignorance, abet the growth of a movement 
marked by a proven predilection for violence.