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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

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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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Civic Education Leads to Political Empowerment

Written by By Gary L. Flowers on 11 June 2010.

Civic Education LeadsOnce upon a time in the United States of America school districts mandated that students be proficient in "government" or civics classes. In 1970 (the year I entered the first grade) government and civics classes were watered down and replaced "social studies." The result was predictable: the average IQ of most Americans-particularly African-Americans decreased.

The phenomenal political race of Barack Obama in 2008 resurrected African American interest in the political process, particularly with respect to voter participation  In 2008, for example, 95 percent of all African-American registered voters voted; and 60 percent of eligible Black voters cast ballots. Black voters represented 40 percent of new voters, and, despite representing 15 percent of the nation's total population, made up 25 percent of Democratic Party votes.

African-Americans voted like no other time in American history. The previously high mark for Black voter turnout was in 1964 when 56 percent of African-Americans voted for Lyndon Johnson. African- Americans who turnout to vote make a difference in their daily lives. Yet, despite the breathtaking Black participation in national elections, their understanding of how government functions and the importance of voter participation in all elections (i.e. local, state and national mid-term) is getting worse. It is as though Black people passionately participated in the Obama church service without practicing the principles preached during the week in daily activities.

Judging by recent voter turnout statistics African-Americans seem to not understand that voting in state and local elections may by more important than federal ones. When Blacks do not vote in high numbers in state and local elections bad things can happen. For example, the rise of the Tea Party, in part, is due to the void of Black voters and a narrow view of what "America" is and for whose benefit our nation was formed. For example, the renown political scientist, Dr. Ronald Walters recently cited the work of Dartmouth professor Joseph Bafumi who asserts that many Tea Party members believes the American government spends too many resources on African American issues which lends credence to their erroneous declaration of "we want our country back."

Notwithstanding the absurdity of their sole claim to "America", southern Tea Party members vote in high numbers in state and local elections. Southern Blacks tend not to vote in large percentages. Predictably, most southern state office holders are elected by the margin of non-voting Blacks. One way to curb the tide of meager voter turnout by African-Americans in state and local elections is to reinstitute government and civics in educational curricula.
Additionally, political parties, non-governmental organizations, and churches need to raise civic awareness within their ranks. Citizenship begins with civic awareness.   

Gary L. Flowers is executive director & CEO of the Black Leadership Forum, Inc.

 

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