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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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Las Vegas Comedian James Bean's Candid Account Of His Struggle With Suicide

Las Vegas Comedian James Bean's Candid Account Of His Struggle With Suicide

WHEN THE HUMOR IS GONE

James Bean has shown insight and understanding of the darkest moments of many people’s lives as well as ideas on how one could begin to create a life worth living even out of the depths of despair.” -– Rhonda Duncombe, LMFT, LADC

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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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Tips for Managing Stress in Your Life

Tips for Managing Stress in Your Life

Written by State Point

Stress is not only unpleasant; it can be overwhelming, ultimately preventing you from solving the problems that caused the stress in the first place. But getting focused can help you feel happier and be more successful professionally, financially and in your relationships, say experts.

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Voter Suppression: Defeating it requires two massive efforts

Voter Suppression: Defeating it requires two massive efforts

Written by Peter Grear

For black voters, Benjamin Jealous expressed what I believe to be the critical message for black voters when he said that the best way to overcome massive voter suppression is through a massive wave of voter registration.  Thankfully, the NAACP is putting this theory into action through the Youth Organizing…

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Black Women are Taking Care of Business

Black Women are Taking Care of Business

Written by Freddie Allen

Instead of breaking the glass ceiling, Black women have increasingly started making their own. According to the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan progressive institute, Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the country.

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Voter Suppression: Is it partisan?

Voter Suppression: Is it partisan?

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I’ve been doing commentaries on our Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression since November, 2013.  Because the right to vote is fundamental to our democracy, I’ve tried to promote a non-partisan theory of voter enfranchisement. 

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Why vote? ALEC and the Doctrine of Exclusion

Why vote? ALEC and the Doctrine of Exclusion

By Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Frequently, in going forward it is imperative to examine your history.  In 1638 the Maryland Colony issued a public edict encouraging the separation of the races that became the public policy of America. 

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Letter to the Editor: "Greatest Good for the Greatest Number"

Written by Claire E. Gemtry on 30 April 2012.

As I sit at the computer trying to complete my 2011 Federal Tax forms I find myself getting more and more angry. I realize that in order to limit the amount of taxes I owe in the future I will have to increase my withholding amount. As a sixty eight year old retired grandmother, raising two teenage grandchildren, I am outraged. How can it possibly be legal, appropriate, and fair for Hedge fund operators and financial speculators to pay only 15% on their earnings when I must pay a 30% rate on my fixed retirement income? I support myself and my grandchildren on my monthly income and rarely, if ever, have anything left at the end of the month.

I never made the kind of money that corporate CEO’s make, that is, twenty million dollars or more per year. While I was working, most would consider me to have been a solid middle class, well educated American success story. I paid for my daughter to go to college with very little help from anyone. (She is now very ill and unable to take care of her two younger children.) My oldest grandchild is a senior in high school. She will not be as fortunate to graduate college without overwhelming personal debt. She will go to college but it will be a very different and very stressful experience.

Back in the 60’s, you had to pass Civics’ class to graduate from high school. I was taught to appreciate the role of good government and to understand the concept of “the greatest good for the greatest number”. In the 70’s, we were advised to adapt to an attitude of “benign neglect” toward the underclass and disabled. Today “benign neglect” has become “malicious indifference”. Wall Street speculators, corporate kings, and right wing extremists have no appreciation or understanding for the imperative of investing in the most important assets of a nation, i.e., .it’s young people, it’s old people, and it’s local and national infrastructure.

It has been said that behind every great fortune is a great crime. One of the crimes that the 1 % parlayed is the duplicitous lobbying that secured the removal of Glass/Steagall regulation (a rule that prohibited banks from speculating with depositor’s money) and the 15% taxing of financial speculation income. These Congressional actions laid the framework for the recent accumulation of massive wealth by the 1%. Unfortunately there are no Carnegies, Fords or Rockefellers in this new breed. They appear to have no big picture view of their part in the overall wellbeing of their home base, the Unites States of America. They may make a profit by sending American jobs to China and pay less than their share in supporting their country, but they are unwittingly destroying the matrix of American life that gives them a safe, secure base to come home to.

Again, the upending of the hardworking middle class must stop. If a 68 year old retiree has reached the point of “MAD AS H--L AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE” , the 1 % had better put away the “malicious indifferent” way of being and get in tune with the “Greatest Good for the Greatest Number”.

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