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Lorretta Johnson: Breaking Barriers and Uniting Educators

For the last 50 years, Lorretta Johnson has advocated for educators across the country. Her journey has taken her to the poorest neighborhoods in the United States, to the Rose Garden of the White House, and all around the world. Even as the American Federation of Teachers’ and the AFL-CIO’s highest-ranking woman of color, Johnson […]

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Voto Latino Innovators Challenge: the tech competition to address problems in the Latino community

Today in Washington, D.C. a group of young Latinos will present their technology related projects that address problems in the Latino community to a panel of judges. In recent years, the lack of diversity in the technology industry has been covered in the press. Major technology companies still tend to be dominated by white males. […]

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Protecting and Advancing Florida’s Position as a Technology Leader

By David Grain, Founder and Managing Partner, Grain Management, LLC In the aftermath of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) historic vote on net neutrality, policymakers in Washington will continue to debate how to protect the openness and vitality of the transformative medium called the Internet. A broad consensus has emerged over the need for new […]

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A Black U.S. Senator from Maryland?

Sen. Edwards, Sen. Cummings, Sen. Alsobrooks, Sen. Blake or Sen. Brown? With today’s announcement from Senator Barbara Mikuski (D-MD) that she will retire in 2016, there is a wide open opportunity for a Black Democrat in a very blue state to be elected to the U.S. Senate.  In a year where Hillary Clinton is likely to […]

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Losing 2016: Republicans Change Nothing on Immigration

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said it all pretty clearly in January 2013.  Clearly some in the Republican party were not listening.  Instead, Republicans appear to be “strategizing” to make Hispanic voters a even bigger more committed voting bloc. Regarding the GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Project, an outreach effort to minorities, announced by Priebus […]


 
 

 
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Even Kendrick Lamar’s View of Black Respectability is Problematic

Let me preface this by saying Kendrick Lamar is incredibly talented and is easily one of the realest dudes in hip hop right now. That said, I’m still not here for his respectability politics on “The Blacker the Berr...
by Brandon Patterson
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Cuban Embargo: It was the principle of the matter

Taxes, death, and the Cuban embargo.  Those have been the guarantees of life for as long as I can remember.  Growing up, the hard-line stance of others always precluded fruitful discourse on el bloqueo.  To endorse any notio...
by Matthew Stieglitz
 

 

 
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Last Meeting: 611 Days Ago. Black Caucus To Meet #Obama

611 Days. Their last meeting was June 9, 2013 — and that was after a 790 day break from the last meeting before that.  Not that I’m counting or anything.  Group meetings between the Black Caucus and President Oba...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Why I Have A Problem with Kylie Jenner’s Dreadlocks

Apparently, dreadlocks, braids, and full lips are “new” to White people in the same way America was new to Columbus. Over the weekend, Kylie Jenner posted a picture of herself on Instagram rocking dreadlocks she had...
by Brandon Patterson
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Tech for All: Senator Booker’s Plan to Increase Tech Engagement and Access for People of Color

Since winning his special election in October 2013, Senator Cory Booker has become vocal in the U.S. Senate not only for New Jersey citizens but also people of color. Sen. Booker’s committee assignments include the coveted Co...
by Charlyn Stanberry
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Who Cares that Selma was Snubbed by the Oscars? I Don’t

It’s award season.  The Oscars are approaching.  And many people have taken issue with the glaring lack of diversity in this year’s nominations.  Twitter users used the satirical hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to express their f...
by Brandon Patterson
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Justice Reform: 2 Democrats + 2 Republicans = Mandatory Minimum Bill

On February 4, two Democrats and two Republicans joined to re-introduce the Justice Safety Valve Act.  The legislation would give federal judges flexibility in sentences carrying mandatory minimums. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Black Unemployment for Jan. 2015: 10.3%

Black unemployment for January 2015 was 10.3%.  It was 10.4% in december 2014 , so not much change.  Lower But Sill Double: Black Unemployment is 10.4%.  Currently the only groups in America with double digit unemployment ar...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Alleviate Poverty in America by Expanding Outreach

Have we spent too many years overlooking the real challenges of our economy? Are there still too many of us living from paycheck to paycheck? After years of cautious and prudent federal spending, the economy is finally turning ...
by Kirk Clay
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Open Internet: FCC Chair proposes reclassifying the internet as a public utility

Today the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, announced in an opinion piece that he will present a plan to the FCC to regulate Internet service providers as public utility carriers. Consumer advocates h...
by Adriana Maestas
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NYPD Cost Taxpayers $3.9M for Ramarley Graham Shooting

“After evaluating all the facts, and consulting with key stakeholders such as the NYPD, it was determined that settling the matter was in the best interest of the city,” said New York Law Department spokesman Nicho...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Remembering Senator Edward Brooke III

By Nicholas Buford Just a few short days after the start of 2015, a political giant was called from work on Earth. Edward Brooke, the first Black United States Senator since Reconstruction, passed away in his Florida home. Br...
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Angela Corey’s Mandatory Minimum Victim Marissa Alexander Appears on TV

Seeing Marissa Alexander on MSNBC this morning confirms something that was already obvious: Florida prosecutor Angela Corey, at best has questionable judgement, and at worst is nuts. How someone would consider putting a person ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Congress Moving Toward Action on Net Neutrality

In less than one week the Federal Communications Commission is expected to release its new net neutrality rules.  Over the past year, yet another round of protracted and contentious debate has unfolded around the best means to...
by Kristal High
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Black Caucus Ferguson Trip Was More Than A Church Visit

If you read most of what was reported on the visit of 11 members of the Congressional Black Caucus to Ferguson, Mo., on the weekend before the Martin Luther King Holiday, you’d think it was a visit to a church and that wa...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Republican Senator Drops “Civil Rights and Human Rights” from Committee Name

Just Another Moment in GOP Growth and Opportunity. Just in case anyone is wondering how the new Republican controlled Senate will deal with civil rights issues, wonder no more.  There’s a new Republican Chairman of the ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#Ferguson Bill Featuring Grand Jury Overhaul Debuts

H.R. 429. On January 21, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Lacy Clay (D-MO), introduced the Grand Jury Reform Act.  The bill, which is related to the non indictments of police officers Darren Wilson and Dan Pantaleo, would requir...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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#SOTU Video: The #Ferguson Question

African Americans in Congress and the President of the NAACP react to President Obama’s second to last State of the Union.  The question: Did President Obama bring up the biggest issue over the last four months enough? T...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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The CBC in Ferguson

“Where do I start?  How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth.  The names Trayvon Martin, ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Video: Black Republican Reception w Reps. Mia Love, Will Hurd

Historic Republicans. Yesterday former congressional staffer Insight America, J.C. Watts and Elroy Sailor hosted a reception for the three Black Republicans in Congress.  The reception featured @SenatorTimScott @WillHurd @Mia...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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