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.
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“With quiet courage and nonnegotiable dignity, Rosa Parks was an activist and a freedom fighter that transformed a nation and confirmed a notion that ordinary people can have an extraordinary effect on the world. In her declining health, I would often visit Mrs. Parks, and once asked her the most basic question: “Why did you do it?” She said the inspiration for her Dignity Day in 1955 occurred three months prior, when African-American Emmett Till’s murdered and disfigured body was publicly displayed for the world to see. “When I thought about Emmett Till,” she told me, “I could not go to the back of the bus.” Her feet never ached.” - Rev. Jesse Jackson
The Port City Rip the Runway will take place at 6pm on Saturday January 10, 2015 for the fourth year in Wilmington, NC. In addition to the annual fashion show, Team Hickman Enterprises has launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise funds for the Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship Fund and present scholarship money to two local students. The annual fashion show occurs during the "Bigg B's Celebrity Birthday Weekend" and features local DJs, stylists, designers, and clothing stores from Wilmington and the surrounding areas. Brandon “Bigg B” Hickman is the Program Director for Cumulus Broadcasting, Coast 97.3 FM in Wilmington, NC, 98.5 Kiss FM-Myrtle Beach, SC. In the past they have presented a scholarship each year to one student, but through the foundation and crowdfunding campaign they would like to increase their effort and present two scholarships this year.
Everyone knows the First Amendment guarantees free speech and freedom of assembly—the right to protest. But as demonstrations build across the country over institutional racism and excessive force in policing, there are other things protesters need to know, from legal limits on protests to what to do if arrested. In some cities, there’s no guarantee that police will behave, balancing the rights of protesters with what they will say are the rights of everyone else. In recent years, cops have rounded up protesters and bystanders, quarantined or held them without charges for a day or more, and then let them go—pretending the whole episode never happened.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A group that advocates for economic inclusion and fair contracting for Black-owned media recently filed a $10 billion dollar lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against AT&T and DirecTV. The National Association of African American Owned Media (NAAAOM) filed the lawsuit for an unnamed company that “owns seven original content, high definition television networks (channels), six of which were launched to public in 2009 and one in 2012” and according to the complaint “is the only 100 percent African American-owned video programming producer and multi-channel operator/owner in the United States.” The suit alleges that AT&T and DirecTV violated a federal statute (Title 42 U.S. Code 1981) found in the Civil Rights Act of 1866, a law that was originally designed to protect freed slaves from discrimination as they joined the labor market and entered business contracts.