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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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Economic Stimulus and MBEs

Written by Featured Organization on 09 February 2009.

NMSDC, the regional Councils, MBELate Friday, the U.S. Senate approved a pared back stimulus bill of approximately $827 billion, down from the over $900 billion bill passed by the House. This bill is in response to the deepest decline in gross domestic product and employment since 1974. The Senate bill eliminated several features including funding for computerized health records, Medicaid funding to the states, and tax breaks ...
The Senate bill eliminated several features including funding for computerized health records, Medicaid funding to the states, and tax breaks for alternative energy production. Now it is up to the House and Senate to sit down and work out a single bill that would be sent to President Obama for his signature, before becoming law.

The horse has already left the barn in terms of the what the priorities are in the bill. For a summary of the Senate bill's spendi ng provisions and tax provisions click on the links. (Some of the items in this summary were eliminated Friday.) But it is important for MBEs and our corporate members to become familiar with what might be the most important domestic legislation in decades.

The NMSDC, the regional Councils, MBEs and corporate members have an interest in making sure that the money that will be expended in this bill for goods and services are consistent with the federal procurement policy with regards to minority owned and managed businesses. MBEs in particular must not idly sit by and watch hundreds of billions be expended without their participation. This most certainly will be the case if MBEs do not demand that they be given the opportunity to compete for the federal contracts that will result from this legislation.

We as an organization cannot lobby. But MBEs can and should write to their local and federal elected officials to let them know that you want to be at the table as these opportunities are being created. My recommendation is that MBEs write emails to their Governor, their U.S. Senators, their Representative and their mayor. A sample of an email/letter is given below.

To contact your Representative visit U.S. House of Representatives. To contact your two U.S. Senators visit U.S. Senate Members. To contact your governor follow the links below:

Governor State of North Carolina  http://www.nc.gov/ContactUs.aspx
Governor State of South Carolina  http://sc.gov/Contact/


A Sample Letter

Dear Governor/Senator/Representative/Mayor,

My name is Fred McKinney and I am an owner of FM, LLC. My company is in the economic consulting industry. We started in 1997 with one employee and have grown to 12 employees today. Our company is certified by the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council which is the regional affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. As a business owner, a taxpayer and voter in this state/district/city, I want to express my concern that the economic stimulus package will not pay sufficient attention to stimulating small minority enterprises like mine. The expressed purpose of the stimulus package is to increase employment and rekindle economic activity. Firms with less than 20 employees account for over 21 million workers and over 60 percent of new job growth. Minority owned firms employed over 7 million workers and also employ a significantly higher proportion of minority employees. It is my hope that you will insist that the economic stimulus does not forget this important segment of the U.S. economy.

Sincerely,

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