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#MyNYPD: NYPD Hashtag Blows Up Into Embarrassing Social Media Fiasco

#EpicFail.  Want to see a social media disaster? Go visit the hashtag #MyNYPD — if you dare. Today someone in PR-land at the New York City Police Department put on an unintended tutorial on how not to do social media.  A request was made for photos to be sent to the Department using the hashtag #MyNYPD.  […]

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On Racism, Justice Sotomayor Slaps John Roberts in Affirmative Action Dissent

Today the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to affirmative action by upholding a ban on the policy. In a lengthy dissent, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor added a particularly interesting passage on racism.  This would appear to be directed at Chief Justice John Roberts, who apparently believes there is no racism in American society. Sototmayor’s […]

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National Popular Vote gains momentum with New York joining the interstate compact

On Tuesday, April 15, the state of New York joined the National Popular Vote interstate compact after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the National Popular Vote bill. The National Popular Vote would make it so that the voting public elects the President and the Vice President instead of the electoral college. Because of the electoral college […]

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8 Million Sign-ups: Obamacare enrollments exceed expectations

Yesterday President Obama announced that sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act, his signature piece of legislation have hit eight million. While the official enrollment period ended on March 31, the government allowed people to finish signing up in April. Young people in particular signed up in greater numbers in March and April. According to Think […]

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Innocent Man Who Was in Jail for 25 Years Sues New York for $25 Million

Another week, another story about someone who was in jail for decades who was innocent.  This time it’s Derrick Deacon of Brooklyn, New York.  Deacon was in jail for 25 years when, whoops,  someone finally figured out that he hadn’t murdered anyone. “Derrick Deacon, who was convicted for the 1989 murder of 16-year-old Anthony Wynn, […]


 
 

 
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Report: racial disparities in discipline and access to preschool persist

A new report was released on Friday showing that in U.S. public schools are inequitable when it comes to access to preschool and discipline. According to the Los Angeles Times: “Two-fifths of the nation’s public sch...
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Father of Jordan Davis: “Black People Are the Most Forgiving People in the World”

“Black people are the most forgiving people in the world.  We have taken it for years,” said Ron Davis, the father of Jordan Davis to a group of black pubishers.  Davis was speaking to members of the National News...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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NY Dream Act defeated in NY Senate

A bill that would have provided tuition assistance to college-age undocumented youth died in the New York Senate on Monday, March 17. The bill failed in a 30-29 vote, and all 28 GOP Senators voted against the bill. In the New Y...
by Adriana Maestas
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For profit colleges under the spotlight again in California

A recent audit of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, a California agency that oversees nonprofit and for profit educational institutions that provide career and technical training, shows that the bureau is failing ...
by Adriana Maestas
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A High-Speed Vision For Our Community

By:  Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable National Coalition on Black Civic Participation         “Solemn or sassy, women have always had something important t...
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Black Press Chief: Black Press Disrespected During Obama Years

This morning on NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation (NNPA) wire service Editor-in-Chief George Curry said the black press has been disrespected in recent years. “There is a...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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Florida: Reps. Corrine Brown and Bobby Scott Testify on Stand Your Ground Changes

In Tallahassee, Fla., yesterday, Reps. Corrine Brown (D-FL) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) testified on Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. The law received national attention in 2012 after police in Sanford, Fla., rel...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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How do you push Latinas to be tech entrepreneurs?

This post originally appeared in Más Wired.  Just 1.5% of computing occupations in the country are filled by Latinas, a startling Bureau of Labor Statistics number that illustrates the importance of pushing Latinas into the t...
by Sara Inés Calderón
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DHS considering two changes to scale back deportations

On Thursday, the White House sent out an announcement after meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus indicating that President Obama had asked the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to review current pr...
by Adriana Maestas
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Texting & Driving #1 Teen Killer, Simulator Tries to Drive the Message Home

Drinking and driving used to be the number one killer of teenagers. No more, as texting while driving causes more than 3,000 deaths and 300,000 injuries annually among teens. An estimated 2,700 teens die and 282,000 are injured...
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Wireless is an Essential Service and Should Not Face Sin Taxes

MyWireless.org, a broad-based coalition of wireless consumers, recently released its National Tax Survey highlighting growing dissatisfaction with ever-increasing taxes on wireless goods and services. Of the consumers surveyed,...
by Kristal High
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Tu Visión Canal is video for Latinos, by Latinos

This post originally appeared in Más Wired. At South by Southwest this year we ran into Ulysses Alvarado, founder of Tu Visión Canal, a video platform for Latinos. He described TVC as a social video sharing site and mobile a...
by Sara Inés Calderón
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New Nuclear Reactor Underway, Thanks to Southern Company & Obama Administration

More than thirty years have passed since America built any new nuclear reactors. Now, that’s all about to change. Mindful of the growing importance of nuclear energy to a sustainable clean energy future, the Obama Administrat...
by Kristal High
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House GOP votes on Enforce the Law Act, signaling tough stance on immigration

On Wednesday, the House GOP passed a bill that goes after President Obama’s alleged overreach on issues ranging from Obamacare to education, but notably takes aim at the DREAMers or deferred action recipients, the undocum...
by Adriana Maestas
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Mobile Devices Shouldn’t Create the Next Digital Divide

Like most things in life when it comes to accessing the Internet price and relevance matter. Add to that the need to communicate on the go, whether calling a family member who is watching your young child, text messaging a frie...
by Kristal High
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As Most Avid Smartphone Users, Latinos Want Lower Wireless Taxes

A recent study by Nielsen says that Latinos are adopting and using smartphones at rates higher than any other ethnic or racial group.  As revealed in the latest Digital Consumer Report, even as Americans generally shift toward...
by Kristal High
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Paul Ryan: Inner City Comments Had “Nothing to Do Whatsoever With Race”

Ryan: Poverty Discussion Had Nothing to do with Race. After comments Wednesday morning on Bill Bennett’s radio show Morning in America, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) explained Wednesday afternoon that his discussion with Bennett ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
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What would Cesar Chavez tweet?

This post originally appeared in Más Wired. If historic United Farm Workers of America organizer César Chávez had access to Twitter and other online organizing platforms, what would he have tweeted? “Sí se puede,” said ...
by Sara Inés Calderón
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What’s keeping black women out of tech?

This post originally appeared in Más Wired. These, according to panelists on Saturday’s “Black Women in Tech: Uncovering Barriers to Entry” panel at South by Southwest, are the top three barriers to black women looking t...
by Sara Inés Calderón
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Wireless Use Surges and Competition Abounds

Without doubt, the wireless revolution is upon us, and it shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. As policymakers and representatives from the tech and telecom sectors talk spectrum auctions and Communications Act Updates, wire...
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