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Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

by Peter Grear

As we draw nearer to D-day, November 4, 2014, the political parties, candidates and pressure groups are identifying their issues, slates and strategies to win.  My title to this week’s commentary makes a gross understatement, judges matter. 

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Combining Math and Music Leaders in Disparate Fields Explain What Unites Them

Combining Math and Music Leaders in Disparate Fields Explain What Unites Them

American Academy in Rome

Anthony Cheung’s formal mathematical training essentially ended with high-school calculus. But as a musician and composer, he has explored mathematical phenomena in new ways.

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Winning a Dead Heat: Black Elected Officials Mobilize, Mobilize and Mobilize

Winning a Dead Heat: Black Elected Officials Mobilize, Mobilize and Mobilize

By Peter Grear

By most polls the North Carolina race for the United States Senate is a dead heat.  That being the case, victory in November will go to the political party that executes the best voter mobilization plan.  

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Jill Scott Talks About Her 63-Pound Weight Loss Journey

Jill Scott Talks About Her 63-Pound Weight Loss Journey

Singer and actress Jill Scott

Singer and actress Jill Scott is on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Essence magazine Jill Scott shows offer her new hourglass shape in a beautiful black form-fitted dress. 

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The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Announces 2014 Education Scholarship Event Slated for June 6

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 10:44.

The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation June 6, 2014 Education Scholarship Event includes: Issues Briefings (Survival of HBCUs, Affordable Care, Learning The New Rules for Voting in NC), a Networking Luncheon, a Memorial Service Honoring Deceased NCLBC Members and The William L. Wainwright Scholarship Banquet with Keynote Speaker U. S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield. Full event information is available at www.NCLBCF.org

Download GDN Edition May 1, 2014

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 05 May 2014 15:54.

gdn022013p Greater Diversity News John-Travis-HoltWe need your help to respond to attacks, against the interest of our leaders and communities, being funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, Art Pope and other rich right-wing benefactors.

Greater Diversity News (GDN) is a statewide publication with national reach and relevance.  We are a chosen news source for underrepresented and underserved communities in North Carolina.  GDN and our companion website focuses on issues and opportunities important to Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) and issues of community interest and empowerment such as Moral Monday and voter suppression.  

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The Silent Wars of African American Girls

Written by Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent on Monday, 05 May 2014 13:46.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – March 1 was the last time eight year-old Relisha Rudd was seen, leaving a local hotel here with Kahlil Tatum, a 51-year-old custodian who had been tasked to babysit her. Exactly a month later, Tatum was found dead; Rudd remains missing and the trail has gone cold. The same week Tatum’s death was announced, the body of 30-year-old, first-year medical resident Teleka Patrick was pulled from a lake in Indiana. In the days leading up to her December disappearance, she and others expressed concern over her mental health. The circumstances of her death remain unclear. 

NCDOT Introduces the Office of Education Initiatives

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:07.

Raleigh-- The North Carolina Department of Transportation has launched an innovative office designed to promote and engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. The Office of Education Initiatives works to advance a wide range of programs and activities with K-12, college and post graduate level students in an effort to develop a talented workforce to meet North Carolina’s future transportation demands. “Many students are not aware of the various careers available to them in the transportation industry,” said Director Ashley Goolsby. “With this new office, we hope to provide students with real-world, hands-on experiences that will get them thinking about careers in STEM fields, specifically engineering.”   She adds, “In everything we provide for our students whether it is through an internship or job shadowing opportunities, we want to engage those students as early as possible and get them interested in possible career paths with the Department of Transportation.”

What’s In A Name? Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression

Written by Peter Grear on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:13.

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Last week the North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials (The Alliance) presented a panel discussion on the state of voter suppression in North Carolina.  The Alliance and its supporters is an audience critical to the success of the Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression.  I was privileged to have had the opportunity to design the presentation, select the panelist and to serve as a panelist.  Our presentation was well attended and probably the majority in attendance was Black Elected Officials. Judging by the evaluations and responses, I think that the presentation was a great success on at least two different fronts.  Firstly, the panelist and audience were able to define our voter suppression problems and challenges in an open forum with people that are quite familiar with the issues.  Secondly, we were able to offer and receive ideas on a way forward, again, with people that are community and political leaders and familiar with community dynamics and mobilization.

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