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Older Adults and Internet Use

Written by Kathryn Zickuhr, Mary Madden on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 21:29.

As of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email. Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, the latest data represent the first time that half of seniors are going online. After several years of very little growth among this group, these gains are significant. As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day. By comparison, email use continues to be the bedrock of online communications for seniors. As of August 2011, 86% of internet users age 65 and older use email, with 48% doing so on a typical day.

Young Black Voters Pay Higher ‘Time Tax’ at the Polls

Written by Freddie Allen on Monday, 25 November 2013 11:34.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the American electorate becomes more diverse, new voting laws threaten to disenfranchise young Black and Latino voters in what a new  report called “the largest wave of voter suppression since the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.” The report by OurTime.org and Advancement Project, titled “The Time Tax,” details disparities in the excessive wait times that millennials (18-29 years-old), especially millennials of color, endured to cast votes during the 2012 November elections.

Study Shines Light on What Makes Digital Activism Effective

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 25 November 2013 11:16.

Digital activism is usually nonviolent and tends to work best when social media tools are combined with street-level organization, according to new research from the University of Washington. The findings come from a report released today (Nov. 20) by the Digital Activism Research Project run by Philip Howard, UW professor of communication, information and international studies. Founded by Howard in 2012, the project applies rigorous empirical social science methods to the study of global digital activism.

More Suspects Sought in Deadly Party Shooting

Written by Marilyn Marshall on Monday, 18 November 2013 17:15.

HOUSTON – The investigation into a deadly house party shooting that left two Houston-area teens dead and 20 other people injured continues to take twists and turns. Local authorities are looking for more suspects connected to the shooting, and say the tragedy might be the result of a gang dispute. The shooting resulted in the deaths of Qu’eric Richardson, 17, and Arielle Shepherd, 16, both students at the same Houston-area high school. In the meantime, changes have been dropped against one of the defendants, 21-year-old Willie Young. Another man arrested, 18-year-old Randy Stewart, remains in custody.

Modern Voter Suppression Is an Attack on Blacks and American Democracy

Written by Peter Grear, Esq. on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 17:11.

Voter Suppression John Travis Holt

Since September, Patricia Ferguson and I have participated in town hall meetings across the state, sponsored by the NC Legislative Black Caucus and the NC Democratic Caucus.  Our topic is and has been the defeat of voter suppression.  In the coming weeks we’ll share our observations, fears and suggestions necessary to understand and defeat voter suppression. Strategically voter suppression targets are the coalition partners and participants that elected President Barack Obama, also known as the Obama coalition. In future editorials we will analyze those partners and participants.  However, in this, my first voter suppression editorial, we’ll target black voters.  It is my considered opinion that modern voter suppression is the greatest threat to blacks and the black community since segregation and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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