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.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Risky situations increase anxiety for women but not for men, leading women to perform worse under these circumstances, finds a study to be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. “On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” said study author Susan R. Fisk, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Stanford University, who defines a risky situation as any setting with an uncertain outcome in which there can be both positive or negative results, depending on some combination of skill and chance.
Think Your Organization is Diverse? Think Again: Study Reveals Diversity Means Different Things to Different People
Over the past few decades, many companies have sought to make their workforce more diverse in an effort to attract and keep top talent. But, how successful is their strategy? In a new study, “Diverse According to Whom? Racial Group Membership and Concerns about Discrimination Shape Diversity Judgments,” published online today by Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, researchers explore the complexities of diversity and what causes people to feel that a team or an organization is diverse. Key findings indicate that a particular team or organization can look quite different to people depending upon their backgrounds and racial identity.
The International Black Women’s Congress (IBWC) a non-profit, community based organization, headquartered in Norfolk, VA and founded by Dr. La Francis Rodgers-Rose, will hold their 30th annual conference September 19-21, 2014, at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The theme for this year’s conference is “Black Women and Economic Empowerment: Rooted in Justice and Equality….” The goal of the three-day conference is to discuss ways in which to create economic development through the spending power that exists in the Black community. The conference will also address the issue of reparations and the fair distribution of goods and services.
Educate, organize and mobilize: Over the last year I’ve been co-leading the Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression. 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. With less than 90 days before the election I wonder if our well intended efforts to promote voter participation have been in vain. This week I’m going to touch on three strategic issues that I hope will help to illuminate the dangers facing Black Communities in hopes that the sense of urgency that some of us feel will move all of us to action. Of course our standing focus issue is voter suppression and on that issue I must report that on Friday, August 8, a Federal Judge ruled that the provisions of the GOP enacted Voter Suppression Act of 2013 (VSA) would be allowed for the November General Election.