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Driving Under Oppression – A Look At Racism Through The Eyes Of A 17 Yr. Old Educated Black Man
July 28, 2016
My only question is why? What is it about us that so many people fear? What is it about Alton Sterling that placed the officer in so much timidity that he had to shoot him repeatedly? What was it about the hard working and innocent cafeteria manager Philando Castile that provoked unnecessary violence from the officer who pulled him over? In a blog published by the Huffington Post, Dr. Joy Degruy, author of the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, is interviewed. During this interview she states that "Black people are 'profoundly resilient' but the fact is, they have been traumatized... and white people are afraid. The biggest trauma whites suffer from black people... is a fear of black people." The author of the blog continues by paraphrasing Degruy's words when she says that "The holding onto the secret of the horror of white racism has taken its toll on white people and has caused them to live in fear. So, at the end of the day, white supremacy has traumatized both black and white people. Black people are afraid of a government which has not and will not protect them; white people are afraid that perhaps their injustice, or complicity in the dispensation of injustice, will come back to haunt them." ... read more »
Intellectual Honesty about Race and Criminal Justice Reform
July 27, 2016
In the wake of the most recent fatal tragedies in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge, there are renewed fervent calls for improving relations between police officers and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. ... read more »
Eliminating Health Disparities—Quality Healthcare for African Americans
July 20, 2016
National Medical Association addresses HIV/AIDS at its 114th Annual Convention ... read more »
Remembering Audacious Black Power: Revisiting the Model and Meaning
July 13, 2016
The Black Freedom Movement culminates in the Black Power Movement which leaves a special legacy of ideas and action worthy of study and emulation of its best thought and practice. Central to this process was the Black Power Conferences which brought the major Black Power organizations, organizers, leaders and advocates together to form a united front, pass resolutions on critical positions, and set in motion projects of enduring value. ... read more »
Dallas Tragedy Debunks Every Anti-Safety Myth Blocking Common Sense Gun Reform
July 13, 2016
One of the more unsettling revelations about the tragedy in Dallas is that the mentally unbalanced gunman was rejected, after a background check, for membership in an extremist group but was legally able to purchase a high-capacity assault rifle. ... read more »
Give consumers their day in court: Hold financial services accountable
July 13, 2016
Poll finds bipartisan support for consumers to challenge finance contracts ... read more »
Funding The Homeless Fight: Let The Voters Decide
July 13, 2016
Faced with what may be the most critical moral, civil rights and social justice issue of our time, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering asking voters to approve a tax to fund the fight against homelessness. ... read more »
Four Lessons Americans Should Learn from the “Brexit” Vote
July 7, 2016
The day after 52 percent of United Kingdom citizens voted to leave the European Union, Google was deluged with questions. The most common – ...   That suggests that the people who voted to leave the European Union didn’t even know what it was. ... read more »
New Momentum on Common Sense Gun Reform
July 6, 2016
“The question before us is, what is this Congress waiting for? Over the last 12 years, gun-related crimes claimed more American lives than AIDS, war, and illegal drug overdoses combined. ... read more »
Civil rights leaders laud plan to help troubled borrowers stay in their homes
July 6, 2016
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced changes to the Federal Housing Administration’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program that will help borrowers stay in their homes and support neighborhood recovery. ... read more »
End Mandatory Overtime
July 6, 2016
So you manage an enterprise and your commodity is healthcare service delivery. Your patients are indigent veterans, state prisoners, the forensically mentally ill and disabled. Over many years for various reasons you do not have the personnel to get the job done well. ... read more »
L.A. County’s workers and businesses can thrive with a new minimum wage
July 6, 2016
For nearly 40 years, the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs was our local consumer protection agency. ... read more »
Jesse Williams’ Speech at the BET Awards was Magical and Real
June 29, 2016
Jesse Williams Speech at the BET Awards was Magical & REAL ... read more »
Reading and Spending Time With Children Plays a Vital Role In Uplifting Our Community
June 29, 2016
This past Sunday (Fathers Day) I was Blessed with the honor of receiving an award from the Mablean Ephriam Foundation for being a good father.  Some even said I was a Great Father.  ... read more »
Why We Choose Hall over Barragan (Part I)
June 29, 2016
Barragan is running for political office on a platform of standing up for poor and working class families, yet her background contradicts the core of what these issues mean ... read more »


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