WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As middle-aged parents, Norma Richards, a veteran science teacher, and her husband were only halfway through raising six children. Facing the daunting responsibility of putting their three through college in close succession, Richards felt it was time to get proactive. Today, those two daughters and one son have each earned engineering degrees at well-known universities on full academic scholarships. Her guidebook, Free Ride to College shows parents and high school seniors how to position themselves for the same good fortune.
Darnell Parker, Certified Fraud Expert and CEO of Community Fitness and Education (www.cfeinc.org) has been on a mission since 2004 to provide access and accountability for underserved minority boys and girls by providing fitness, nutrition and college preparatory courses. The objective of CFE is to break the cycle of chronic health problems, school retention, cyber-bullying and fiscal responsibility that is prevalent amongst underserved minority communities. “As a 501 (c) (3), our mission is to promote a healthy, active lifestyle among children in underserved communities through high quality youth fitness and after-school programs coupled with mentoring and workshops. Nutrition is a fundamental part of what CFE offers because, “I understand the importance of feeding the whole person from the inside out which allows young people to think effectively, strategically and long-term,” says Darnell Parker.
The Final Day of the Moral Week of Action Commits Advocates and Activists to Take Anger Over Regressive Policies and Turn It Into Action at the Polls
For seven days from Aug. 22 - Aug. 28, the North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Movement joined justice-loving groups across the nation in mobilizing for a Moral Week of Action at state capitols. "Fifty-eight years ago, Emmett Louis Till was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 for supposedly whistling at a white woman," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP. "His mother insisted on a public funeral service with an open casket to show the world the brutality of the killing. Four months after Till's death and two months after the verdict let his white killers go free, Rosa Parks took the pain of the moment and turned it into power by sitting down on a bus and refusing to get up. Fifty-eight years ago, it was Rosa Parks' time. Now it's our time. If you are tired of seeing policies that hurt the poor and vulnerable, workers, public education, patients and the uninsured, you better raise your voice and cast your vote."
Is the Hatred for Trade Schools Really Class Warfare? Are Low Income Minority Students the Real Targets?
Trade schools have higher graduation and placement rates than other colleges, yet they are being singled out for cuts in college funding because of their student population. Hairstylists, plumbers, mechanics, chefs, medical assistants, ministers, and other working class students who attend trade schools are being discriminated against by the Administration. Imagine if the federal government decided to regulate hospitals and medical clinics by judging them strictly by their ability to achieve specific outcomes for their patients – as opposed to measuring their quality of service – or else funding would be cut off, causing them to close their doors. Moreover, not all hospitals and clinics would be subject to these regulations – just the ones in neighborhoods with older populations, higher percentages of people living in poverty, and larger numbers of Latino and African-American residents.
Trayvon Martin’s Mom Writes Letter to Michael Brown’s Family Saying, “Neither of Their Lives Shall Be in Vain”
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin who was killed two and a half years ago by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain, has penned an open letter to the mother of Michael Brown, who was killed recently in Ferguson, MO by a police officer. Fulton’s compelling letter from one mother to another was printed exclusively in TIME Magazine. The letter reads: To The Brown Family, I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours.
ST. LOUIS — What started as a peaceful prayer vigil for Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was killed by Ferguson police, ended in an explosion of looting and destruction in the North County area surrounding where the tragedy took place – and beyond. Hundreds gathered at 8 p.m. for a peaceful candlelight vigil in the young man’s honor. Before 9 p.m. police would summon surrounding municipalities as the crowd turned aggressive. 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 got underway.
New book first to provide an in-depth look at why some civic organizations are better at attracting – and retaining – activists in the Internet age. In a time of rising inequality and polarized politics, civic and political organizations around the country are in a pitched battle for power over government. As these organizations mobilize for the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 presidential elections in an atmosphere of declining trust in government, many are struggling to recruit and retain the activists they need to win. A new book by Hahrie Han, associate professor of political science at Wellesley College, offers an insider’s perspective on what makes some organizations better than others at this task.
The standoff between federal agents and armed supporters of a Nevada rancher earlier this year was a highly coordinated effort by far-right militiamen that has since energized volatile extremists who are increasingly targeting law enforcement officers, according to a new SPLC report released today. The report – War in the West – contains new details about the April standoff between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and militiamen sympathetic to rancher Cliven Bundy, which was seen as a victory within theantigovernment “Patriot” movement after federal agents pulled out despite Bundy owing more than $1 million in grazing fees and fines to the federal government.
The following is an excerpt fromThe Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City  by Eric Avila. Copyright © 2014. Reprinted with permission of University of Minnesota Press. In this age of divided government, we look to the 1950s as a golden age of bipartisan unity. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, often invokes the landmark passage of the 1956 Federal Aid Highway Act to remind the nation that Republicans and Democrats can unite under a shared sense of common purpose. Introduced by President Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, the Federal Aid Highway Act, originally titled the National Interstate and Defense Highway Act, won unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans alike, uniting the two parties in a shared commitment to building a national highway infrastructure. This was big government at its biggest, the single largest federal expenditure in American history before the advent of the Great Society.
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