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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

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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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

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

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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Regulators Need More Funding to Enforce Finance Reform

Written by Washington University in St. Louis on 25 June 2010.

The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representative are working toward a final version of the financial reform bill, which is expected be on the desk of President Barack Obama by July 4. According to Hillary A. Sale, JD, securities law expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, the bill is coming at a good time for the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).

“The proposed financial reforms will improve the SEC’s funding and attempt to regulate financial instruments that have not been regulated before — including derivatives,” Sale says. “A new layer of financial regulators has developed over the last decade in the U.S., largely because the SEC has been underfunded.

"State regulators now have become important players in major financial scandals, often preceding the SEC in detection and enforcement," Sale says.

Sale notes that regulators can’t be fully insulated from political pressures. “Better funding for regulators would help lessen the pressure,” she says.

Under the current state of the SEC and financial regulation, financial institutions position themselves to fall within the jurisdiction of the most accommodating regulator, and investment banks design new financial products so as to encounter the least regulatory oversight.

Credit rating agencies

Sale says that the possible conflicts between consumer protection and bank regulation are not easily resolved. As an example, she says that credit rating agencies are “horribly conflicted.”

“The main problem is that issuers pay for rating agency reviews,” Sale says. “Rating agencies can’t survive without giving good reviews.

"Unless we deal with these conflicts, reforms are likely to be ineffective," she says.

Sale, along wtih John C. Coffee Jr., JD, discussed regulatory oversight in Redesigning the SEC: Does the Treasury Have a Better Idea? in the June 2009 edition of the Virginia Law Review.

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