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Growing up in Brooklyn, 20-year-old Keeshan Harley has been frisked more than 150 times since he was 13, he said. He often chooses to stay home rather than chance an encounter with police, he said, where he could be stuck in the back of a cop car for an hour. Even a walk down the block to the corner store can end in being roughed up by police for no reason, he said. When the Brooklyn college student heard that Michael Brown Jr. was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, he immediately felt drawn to come to Ferguson.
From Christmas carols to decorations that celebrate the season, the holidays mark the time of year when families and loved ones anticipate joyous celebrations and gift-giving. It’s a season when excesses can easily go beyond over-eating to over-spending, bringing debts that can last well into the New Year. The holidays are also a time when predatory lenders actively use tempting advertisements of extra cash to seek potential victims. If your holiday list calls for more money than available, don’t make the mistake of falling into the trap that may take most of next year to escape.
Overcoming Prejudice to Create Freedom in WWII Defying Discrimination, One Military Unit Brought About Liberty
LOS ANGELES – During World War II one division of the military was forced to fight not only the Nazi regime, but also prejudice within the American military and at home. Combat team 370 was part of the 92nd infantry division; the only all-negro division tasked with missions their superior officers thought they couldn’t handle. Ivan J. Houston was a member of this division, now sharing the struggles and triumphs of this powerful unit in “Black Soldiers: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II.” “Buffalo soldiers was the name given to the Negro cavalry of the U.S. army by Native Americans in the 1800s,” Houston said. “These units were originally seen as inferior, but made an undeniable impact on American history. That’s exactly what happened with us while we were in Italy between 1944 and 1945.”
Students attending voluntary, school district-led summer learning programs entered school in the fall with stronger mathematics skills than their peers who did not attend the programs, according to a new RAND Corporation study. While students who attended summer learning programs performed better in math, they did not experience near-term benefits in reading or see significant improvement in social and emotional outcomes compared to their peers. However, the study identified key factors linked to reading achievement.
Educate, Organize, Mobilize -- Over the past months I’ve written about the necessity of black and low income voters requiring patronage in return for electing politicians to office. This week I’m providing a concept that I think will enable elected officials to demonstrate their commitment to including black and low income voters in job and business opportunities that the officials influence or control. Hopefully, other ideas will be offered to improve upon this presentation.