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Big Labor Steps Up Around Ferguson and Race

Colorlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:13

The head of the largest confederation of labor unions this week acknowledged that Big Labor, representing more than 12 million workers in the U.S., has not always supported men and women of color. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, addressing the Missouri AFL-CIO convention this Monday focused heavily on race in America and on racism within union ranks. "How can we not be involved?" he asked of the killing of Michael Brown and its aftermath. One recent survey has exposed deep racial division over officer Darren Wilson's fatal shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old. Trumka threaded a fine line indicative of a central tension engulfing Big Labor today: its dwindling white male membership and growing dependence on people of color to replenish the ranks. Both Wilson and Brown belong to union families: 

"Union members' lives have been profoundly damaged in ways that cannot be fixed. Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother who works in a grocery store, is our sister, an AFL-CIO union member and Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown, is a union member too and he is our brother. Our brother killed our sister's son and we do not have to wait for the judgment of prosecutors or courts to tell us how terrible this is. So I say again, how can we not be involved?"

Trumka goes on to demand among other things, an open discussion of racism in America and that labor take responsibility for the past.

Here in St. Louis, in 1917, powerful corporations replaced white strikers with African American workers recruited from the Mississippi Delta with offers of wages far higher than anyone could make sharecropping. In response the St. Louis labor movment helped lead a blood bath against the African American community in East St. Louis. No one knows how many men, women and children were killed, and how many houses and businesses were burned....

We as a movement have not always done our best to support our brothers and sisters of color who face challenges both on and off the job--challenges that you don't really understand unless you live them."

Listen to the full speech above or read it here

(h/t MSNBC)

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Federal Regulators Sue Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Student Loans

Colorlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 14:01
Federal Regulators Sue Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Student Loans

The for-profit college giant Corinthian Colleges swindled students into signing up for expensive student loans by dangling false promises of future employment, then engaging in illegal debt collection schemes to force students to pay up, the Consumer Finance Protection Board (CFPB) alleges in a lawsuit the agency filed Tuesday, the Huffington Post reported. 

It's just the latest blow to the company, which was forced to sell off or wind down the vast majority of its 102 campuses across the country in a deal it reached with the U.S. Department of Education in July. More than 70,000 students were enrolled in Corinthian campuses this summer, which included Heald College, Everest Colleges and WyoTech schools.

Corinthian had a long list of dirty marketing and number-fudging tricks it used to entice students to sign up for its career-training and postsecondary education programs, including inflating its job placement rates by defining a "placement" as "any job that lasted one day, with the promise of a second day," according to the complaint. Corinthian also intentionally marketed its programs to students who were "isolated," and who had low-self esteem and few people to rely on. What's more, Corinthian marketed private student loans that the company had a financial interest in, knowing full well that the majority of borrowers would default on them. 

In perhaps the most shocking complaint, the CFPB alleges that Corinthian Colleges also burnished its post-graduate job placement rates by counting students who were incarcerated after leaving Corinthian as "unavailable for employment." Corinthian employees would, according to the CFPB complaint, "search the Internet for graduates' names for any purported evidence of incarceration ... irrespective of whether the name match was, in fact, an identity match" and then drop supposedly incarcerated students from the pool of students it counted in its job placement rates. 

Catch up on Colorlines coverage of Corinthian's dissolution earlier this summer, and read the CFPB's complaint in full (PDF).

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Citizenship Day: Celebrating the Changing Face of American Citizenship

New America Media - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 13:20
Today, Citizenship Day, we recognize and honor the millions of Americans who are naturalized US citizens, immigrants who hail from all corners of the globe but who have proudly taken the oath of US citizenship.The path to the oath is... Stewart Kwoh and Nasim Khansari http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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More than 40 Percent of Minnesota Workers Lack Access to Paid Sick Days

New America Media - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:28
 Some 41% of Minnesota workers lack access to even a single day of earned sick time, a new report finds. Those who have the most difficulty taking time off from work when they are sick include low-income workers and those... TC Daily Planet http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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LAUSD School Police Will Give up Grenade Launchers

Colorlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:53
LAUSD School Police Will Give up Grenade Launchers

Los Angeles Unified School District police officials announced Tuesday that the agency will return three grenade launchers to the federal government amidst public outcry over the militarization of the school police department, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The agency will, however, hold on to 61 rifles and a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle designed to withstand improvised explosive device attacks. LAUSD received the grenade launcher, rifles and armored vehicle from the Defense Department's 1033 program, which distributes surplus military equipment to local and school police departments.

The Los Angeles school police department's arsenal came to light after police repression in Ferguson raised questions about surplus military equipment disbursements. More than 100 school police department agencies around the country have also received similiar equipment as the LAUSD, the Washington Post reported.

More than $5 billion in equipment has been handed out to police agencies within the U.S. since 1997, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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'The Teacher Wars' Author Talks Race and Gender in American Education

Colorlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:42
'The Teacher Wars' Author Talks Race and Gender in American Education

Journalist Dana Goldstein's absorbing, ambitious first book, "The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession," was released earlier this month and it's already made the New York Times bestseller list. I sat down with her to talk about how race and gender have influenced education in the U.S. 

Race and gender are major themes in the book and in the history that you recount. Did you anticipate this being the case?

I knew I wanted to write an intersectional history of teaching; that was super important to me from day one. A lot has been written by historians about female teachers throughout history and quite a lot has also been written about the black educational tradition. I knew I wanted these two strains to be big parts of the book.

Catherine Beecher, who you describe early in the book as America's first "media darling school reformer," is depicted as having a clear bent toward a particular type of teacher: a middle class white female one. Where do you think we are today with the norms that shape who is the ideal teacher?

There are some parts of that early 19th century ideal that have persisted, particularly that the ideal teacher [who] is passionate and mission-driven. Back then [education] was very explicitly mission-driven. The mission was spreading Protestant ideas. Now the mission is that teachers are there to close achievement gaps. The mission is to bring poor kids up to middle class kids' level and to help poor kids get ready for college. Teachers are not supposed to care about how much they get paid, and they are supposed to have a calling to do this work and not complain too much about the conditions of the labor.

Is our concept of the ideal teacher racialized?

We have discussed, on the policy level, quite a bit in recent years about getting more "elite" people to be teachers. Any time I hear language like that I wonder: "Are you talking about a Harvard grad who is probably white, maybe male? Do you think getting more people like that will solve our crisis?" 

What surprised you most about the history of race and education?

One of the really big things that surprised me was that the roots of this "no excuses" reform ideology that is so popular today was actually in black educational theories and ideas dating back to the 19th century. We often mischaracterize those movements today as something that white people are imposing on communities of color. Yet what I found is that in the ideas of Anna Julia Cooper, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois--figures who disagreed with each other on a lot of things and had a fertile debate--[valued] "no excuses," strict discipline and academic rigor. Those things were, to a certain extent, areas of agreement among black educational leaders.

You can quite easily trace how the founders of the "no excuses" movement, for example the founders of the KIPP network of charter schools, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin [who are both white], were explicitly influenced by a female black teacher who they observed using these "no excuses" strategies. And there is a translation process that happens there, where this set of ideas of was mostly being used by teachers of color with children of color. Now a multi-racial group of teachers is using these strategies. When someone from your community says to you, "Look, there are no excuses," that is very different from when someone from outside your community is telling you "no excuses." Although these are very old ideas, what they mean in practice today is has changed.

And this teacher that the founders of KIPP were influenced by, do you know where her ideology came from?

Her name is Harriett Ball. I didn't interview her myself but you see that black teachers use these strategies. They're passed from black teacher to black teacher, generation after generation.

What do you think about the "no excuses" style?

I take a look at it in the book [considering] that those are the strategies that Teach For America (TFA) recruits are asked to learn. I think there is one aspect of it that is really successful: the high expectations. When you have high expectations for children's academic achievement there is research that [shows that] kids do better. [Showing that] you believe intelligence is something that every child has the capacity to learn over time is fundamental to the "no excuses" philosophy.

But with the discipline strategies--walking in straight lines, wearing uniforms, eye tracking (literally following the teachers around the room)--there is very little persuasive research on any of those things. The research that does exist shows that these really strict strategies have the potential to backfire. The more time the teacher spends policing all those things, the less time they spend on the lesson. If you're motivated to behave because you really want to learn, you're going to learn more than if you're motivated to learn because you're going to get tossed out of the room in a really embarrassing and public way.

In the book you describe long-standing tension between veteran teachers and programs that seek to bring elite graduates into the school system. Do you see a racial tension in that dynamic?

Something that often gets overlooked is that alternative certification teacher programs are better at recruiting people of color than traditional teacher recruitment programs. The current group of TFA [teachers] is 50 percent people of color. It's also about one third first-generation college students.

Even as we see programs like TFA really put a focus on diversity, the overall numbers of black teachers in big urban districts like New York City and Chicago [continues] going down. The reason for this is that the school closure movement--where low-performing schools are targeted to be shut down--disproportionately affects older teachers of color. It's important that we're offsetting that with new recruits. The typical teacher is still a white female who grew up in the suburbs. This describes the vast majority of teachers. For the first time [in American history], over half of American students are students of color. You don't have to share your students' race and class to be effective; we know that teachers can be extremely effective when they come from different cultures than their students. But we also know that [there] can be an additional social emotional impact when the teachers do share the students identity.

What about gender?

It's a 76-percent female profession, still. It's even harder to get men into the profession than it is to get people of color. TFA has been able to have this great percentage with people of color, but it's still 73 percent* female. Even in the most prestigious and elite pathway into the profession, it's hard to convince men to do the job.

Do you see a correlation between the loss of black teachers during integration in the post-civil rights South and the loss of black teachers in today's school closure movement?

I do make that connection in the book. What I say is that we don't often acknowledge how painful that history was. The loss of black teaching jobs in the '60s and '70s was incredibly painful for Southern black communities. You see school reformers today, whether it's in Washington D.C. or Chicago, push a school closure agenda that disproportionately affects communities of color and there is no acknowledgement of this history. It's hard to heal when similar issues come up again and again with no acknowledgement of the past.

Why were black teaching jobs lost during integration in the '60s and '70s?

As the student populations merged in many regions, they didn't need as many teachers and administrators. Unsurprisingly, the school boards protected the white teachers' jobs. For a black teacher, if you were invited to transfer to a school that was integrating, it was considered a promotion. You were considered the best of the best because we're going to let you teach white children. Now for a white teacher, if you were transferring to a school that was formerly all black, it was considered a demotion.

Talk about black teaching job loss today.

Back then there was an explicitly discriminatory set of policies. Today is very different. The reason why schools are getting closed that have more black teachers is that black teachers are living where black children are. Black children are disproportionately low-income. Low-income kids are more likely to have lower test scores. Schools with low test scores are targeted for closure. Through this data-driven process, you see the outcome is a loss of black teaching jobs. I'm sure some would argue that the outcome is racially discriminatory. In fact there is a lawsuit in Chicago regarding this exact question. The Chicago Teachers Union sued regarding the loss of black teaching jobs.

You describe an incredibly racialized conflict between mostly white teachers' unions and communities of color in the '60s and '70s. Does that kind of tension exist between communities today?

One of the interesting outcomes of the Chicago teachers' strike [was that] parents of color were more likely to support the strike. Reformers have often assumed that parents of color have this long tension with teachers' unions, dating back to the '60s and '70s [that they] can exploit. Actually, what you see is that there are generally positive feelings from parents of color toward unions. Parents of color choose to send their kids to non-unionized charter schools [because] they like the strict discipline or the schools have a good reputation or they've seen kids wearing uniforms in the neighborhood. There is really no evidence that the schools being non-union is a factor at all.

Polls of low-income parents show that they have pretty warm feelings about the teachers' unions. If you look at the increasing number of Latino parents in the school system it's not that surprising. Latino workers are much more familiar with the union concept in many cases than native-born white Americans. We only have 7 percent unionization in our private sector; some of our immigrant groups are coming from countries where being in a union is much more standard. 

Who are some of the prominent women of color in today's education policy debate?

Both of the national teachers unions are headed by women--Randi Weingarten, with the American Federation of Teachers is white but [queer]. Lilly Eskelen García is the new head of the National Education Association--she's Latina. Karen Lewis, a black woman, has become the face of the radical teachers' unions and she heads up the Chicago Teachers Union. Michelle Rhee is a lightening rod. ... She pursued a school closure agenda in Washington D.C., but she also did some good things regarding race. She was very interested in recruiting more white and college-educated families to enroll in public schools. It's really quite progressive that she wanted to give white and upper-middle-class parents the message that their kids would thrive in public schools.

How do you feel about what's coming down the pike regarding education reform?

I am optimistic because I think a growing number of parents and educators have witnessed that the huge focus on standardized testing and accountability for adults based on kids' test scores have unintended consequences that we don't want. The curriculum narrows to what is on the test. When you have folks like Bill Gates and Arne Duncan questioning this, there is a sign that a sea change is happening. What I argue for in the book is that we take this pause on testing and accountability as an opportunity to peer into the classroom itself and see what the best teachers are doing. That way improvement is coming from the bottom up. The big question that makes me nervous is, "What's next?" You don't want it to be. "Let's just let schools do whatever they want."  We know that when there is no oversight, no standards at all, it leads to inequitable outcomes for poor kids.

*Article was updated to reflect 73% female in TFA, not 76% as originally printed. 

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Obama Administration: Unaccompanied Minors Crisis Cresting

Colorlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:18
 Unaccompanied Minors Crisis Cresting

The child migration crisis of this past summer has abated, according to the Obama administration. On Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that "significant progress" had been made in stemming the flow of unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S., ABC reported.

Some 3,100 children migrating alone were apprehended at the border in August, a steep dropoff from the 10,000 youth who were caught in both May and June of this year. "It is now five months later, and the number of children arriving and apprehended at our border is dramatically lower than it was five months ago," Mayorkas said at the National Press Club, ABC reported. 

Whether that drop is due to the summer heat or beefed-up enforcement and pressure the Obama administration has put on Mexican and Central American governments is unclear, Mayorkas acknowledged.

More than 66,000 children and families arrived between October 2013 and August of this year, and already-backlogged immigration courts have struggled to keep up with the new caseload. Cities like New York and San Francisco have pledged money to provide support and legal representation to migrants who otherwise have no legal right to representation as they navigate immigration court.

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High School Teachers Remake Chris Brown Song, Make it Awesome [VIDEO]

Colorlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:10

Royal from H2O PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

A new school year is underway, and at San Francisco's Leadership High School, that's a very good thing. In this goofy video, teachers and students turn Chris Brown's problematic summer hit "These Hoes Ain't Loyal" into a catchy, empowerment-driven theme song called "Royal," which gives props to teachers' long hours and students' hard work.

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California High School Changes Racist Arab Mascot

Colorlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:40
California High School Changes Racist Arab Mascot

After facing mounting pressure to change its team name, Coachella Valley High School has decided to change its mascot from the "Arabs" to the "Mighty Arabs."

See what they did there? No? Here's a brief explanation from Phillip J. Victor at Al Jazeera:

The Coachella Valley High School Arabs will now be known as the Mighty Arabs, after the school district's board of trustees voted 5-0 on Tuesday to amend the school's team name. They also agreed to change CVHS' Arab mascot to look less barbaric and more distinguished.

The changes followed 10 months of collaboration with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), a civil rights group based in Washington, D.C.

ADC had lobbied officials at Coachella Valley Unified School District since November 2013 to amend the school's team name and drop its mascot -- a grimacing face that many Arab-Americans said promoted negative stereotypes.

The new mascot is supposed to be an improvement. Not only did the school's previous mascot feature all of the worst caricatures of Arabs and Muslims, the school's representation of Arab culture was equally, if not more, problematic. So-called "Harem girls" marched in band parades and belly dancers performed at halftime during team games. "The mascot is basically an angry 'Arab' head -- hooknose, long beard, headscarf and all," Abed Ayoub, ADC's legal and policy director, said in November when Al Jazeera broke news of the group's campaign.

The new mascot, according to Ayoub, was chosen with input from the local Arab-American community and was designed by Jesus Olivares and Sergio Espinosa, two of the school's alums who own nearby INKA Printing and Embroidery. "I saw it as a way to turn something into a positive. Also, because I was an alumni and went to school there, I felt like I had to give it a positive look instead of the image they had before," Olivares said.

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The new image is meant to be a dignified representation of Arab culture. "This process has been a learning experience for everyone involved," said ADC President Samer Khalaf. "We have had an opportunity to teach those in Coachella Valley about Arab culture and heritage. At the same time, we have had the opportunity to learn about the history of Coachella Valley and its strong connection to the Arab world."

Everyone involved took pains to mention that the original mascot wasn't "intentionally" racist, but that intention doesn't negate impact, and the choice of a another caricature of Arab culture -- particularly at a time when Arab-American activists are being attacked and threatened with beheading in Brooklyn -- is questionable to me.

(h/t Al Jazeera America)

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Obama, ISIS, Climate Change and Violence in the NFL

Colorlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:20
Obama, ISIS, Climate Change and Violence in the NFL

Here's what I'm reading up on today:

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Ai-jen Poo, Terrance Hayes and Khaled Mattawa Among MacArthur Geniuses

Colorlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:51

Ai-jen Poo, the dynamic organizer and leader of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, is among this year's 21 MacArthur Genius Grant fellows. She's just one of a handful of people of color on the list, which also includes poets Khaled Mattawa and Terrance Hayes, social psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt, public artist Rick Lowe and jazz composer Steve Coleman. Each winner earned a suprise grant of $625,00 from the MacArthur Foundation, which they're free to use in service of their craft. 

Here's more about some of them:

Khaled Mattawa:

Terrance Hayes:

Jennifer L. Eberhardt:

Rick Lowe:

Steve Coleman:

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In Ferguson, Healing Proves Elusive

Colorlines - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:37
In Ferguson, Healing Proves Elusive

Native St. Louisan Johnetta Elzie, 25, will always remember Michael Brown's blood on the ground. "It was very intense, almost like someone took a paint brush and just painted the street with his blood," Elzie says of what remained of unarmed 18-year-old Brown late on the evening of Saturday, August 9. "What in the world do you do when there is a dead black boy on the ground?" she had asked all evening before jumping into a car with her best friend and driving to West Florissant Avenue. After spending nearly every day and night of the past four weeks handing out food and water to protesters and providing tear gas cures like Maalox, milk and water, Elzie is still working that question out.

The only thing she knows for sure is that the time for reconciliation is not yet here.

"Mike Brown was murdered and none of these white officials have any answers for all these people who're angry, hurt, sad,"she says. "...Hell, I'm angry. The officials just don't have any answers for anything. You can't reconcile [or heal] when there's no acknowledgment of anything that's happened."

In the past few weeks, government officials have made what appear to be efforts at reform if not reconciliation: Following the FBI's announcement of a sweeping investigation into Ferguson's police department, Ferguson's city council proposed municipal court reforms and a citizens' police review board.

But is this enough to return Ferguson and greater St. Louis to a calm, new normal? Is it enough to help residents to heal?

Reverend Starsky Wilson is pastor of Saint John's Church, a progressive church that hosted U.S. and Canadian activists who had arrived in Ferguson under the mantel, "Black Lives Matter."* Wilson is wary of what he sees as local efforts to rush reconciliation. "There're people who want calm and quiet but who do not want peace or justice," he says. The danger in pursuing the former course is that, "when we move too quickly to reconciliation without also addressing truth, we [again] oppress people by calling on them to forgive before anyone has acknowledged their wrong."

For example, Wilson describes the reforms recently put forth by Ferguson's majority white city council as, "potentially conciliatory." A response steeped in airing truths or acknowledging wrong, he says, would have enabled Ferguson residents to debate the proposals at the council's first meeting since Brown's fatal shooting. Instead, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the city council's reforms were read directly into the record, leading to accusations that they had met in secret.

The simplest and arguably most healing institutional response Starsky says, would be the arrest of officer Darren Wilson. "He could be out on bail the next day, but an arrest at least acknowledges that something is wrong."

Another, longer-term institutional response for Ferguson could be to examine Cincinnati's Collaborative Agreement, a document described as "the envy of black communities throughout the country." The historic pact instituted community policing and other reforms one year after the 2001 fatal police shooting of black, unarmed 19-year-old Timothy Thomas. His killing led to four days of unrest, martial law and a multi-million-dollar boycott of the city's downtown. African-American leaders such as Rev. Damon Lynch III, pastor of New Prospect Baptist Church, Roselawn, and former president of the Cincinnati Black United Front, and former Black United Front member and Bond Hill business owner Iris Roley were so confident that the Collaborative Agreement improved their city's racial climate that two of them traveled to a Ferguson rally and church meeting a few weeks ago and handed out copies to residents there.

"It took a long time and major sea change," Enquirer reporter Mark Curnutte says of the year of negotiations between city leaders, police, the American Civil Liberties Union and some of Cincinnati's African-American leadership, "But the Collaborative Agreement has had such a positive effect on police-community relations."

"Obviously individual officers behave how they behave, but anecdotally community anger isn't directed as frequently or as intensely towards the police department as it once was." says Curnutte, who was pulled off the NFL beat back in 2001 to cover the unrest. As the paper's social justice and minority affairs reporter he's a regular fixture in Cincinnati's African-American communities. "I see a lot more interaction between officers on foot patrols and residents that are civil and positive."

Back in St. Louis, Rev. Michael Kinman, dean of the progressive Christ Church Cathedral, is looking at how to work for true reconciliation on an individual level, for both himself and his congregation.

"For us white folks, we can talk about peace and really want quiet. But how do we look in the mirror and ask, 'How am I a part of the situation that's gotten us to this point?'" says Kinman. Taking stock of how few black pastors he knows, Kinman adds, "Part of the challenge is that St. Louis is fragmented by design and that's been an effective strategy for keeping poor people and people of color from power."

Kinman is spearheading an intense three-session gathering called "Facing Ferguson, Facing Ourselves." It's for area leaders committed to challenging their city's segregation.

From Elzie's perspective, she might say that Kinman has a challenge ahead of him. She remembers going downtown at night for supplies while area residents were being tear-gassed. It struck her that some people were still barhopping and drinking while a tragedy was taking place just up the street.

"I went to Wash U to speak to a diversity group and a lot of them really didn't know what was happening [in] Ferguson--which is only, again, 20 minutes away from that school," Elzie says. "But they just refuse to leave campus. It just blows my mind that people would be 20 minutes away and won't go see for themselves what is happening."

A potentially frightening deadline adds a certain urgency to the community work being done by Elzie, Wilson, Kinman and many others: The grand jury is scheduled to decide whether or not to indict Darren Wilson in October or November. "I went to a [community] meeting on Friday and it was about 11 or 12 of us," Elzie says. "We literally went around the room asking, 'How hopeful are you that the grand jury will indict ?" Only one person said, 'Maybe there's a chance.'"

"I don't believe they will," Elzie says.

Update, September 16, 2014, 3:15 p.m. EST: The deadline for the grand jury decision, according to the Post-Dispatch, has been extended until Jan 7, 2015.

*Colorlines Editorial Director Akiba Solomon was a Black Life Matters rider, and Race Forward, Colorlines' publisher, was one of many contributors to the rides.

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Music to Their Ears - New Push for Arts Education in New Orleans

New America Media - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:35
NEW ORLEANS -- In the years following Hurricane Katrina, a rigorous back-to-basics education reform movement all but eliminated music instruction in New Orleans’ primary schools – an irony considering the city’s status as the cradle of jazz. But this... George White http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Don’t Rush to Judge Parents Who Use a Switch to Discipline Kids

New America Media - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:10
 Last Thursday the Minnesota Vikings’ star running back, Adrian Peterson, was indicted (pdf) on charges of “injury to a child” for striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch—what many African Americans would call a whipping with a “switch.”CBS Houston... Hilary Beard http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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In Ferguson, Healing Proves Elusive

New America Media - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:49
 Native St. Louisan Johnetta Elzie, 25, will always remember Michael Brown’s blood on the ground. "It was very intense, almost like someone took a paint brush and just painted the street with his blood,” Elzie says of what remained of... Colorlines http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Legal Marijuana in US a 'Culture Shock' for Koreans

New America Media - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:56
Hwang Yon-sook, 47, a Colorado mom of a high schooler, was not happy when her son came home from school with leftover brownies ? not just plain brownies, but chocolate treats spiked with marijuana. ''I'm talking about marijuana, as in... Korea Times http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Troops to West Africa to Battle Ebola, U2 New Album Already on Your iPhone, Space Taxis

Colorlines - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:03
Troops to West Africa to Battle Ebola, U2 New Album Already on Your iPhone, Space Taxis

Here's what I'm reading up on this morning: 

  • Speaking of iPhones, did you know that Apple downloaded U2's new album to it? If you don't believe me, just look at your music library. Good luck getting rid of it
  • Are you ready for space taxis? According to the Wall Street Journal article in the link, Boing nearly has the exclusive contract locked down. (WSJ piece is behind a paywall.)
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Status Insanity: Why the iPhone Is the Perfect Status Symbol

New America Media - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 01:50
In India the iPhone makes your life complicated before it makes it simpler.A friend got an iPhone because she could not call Uber cabs on her Blackberry. That solved a pressing problem -- how to call a cab if she's... Sandip Roy http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=54
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Cemetery Honors Vietnamese Who Fought Alongside U.S. Troops

New America Media - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:05
photo: Truat Quang Dinh, a South Vietnamese veteran, at an April 30 commemoration of the Fall of Saigon in Westminster, Calif.’s Little Saigon. (Ngoc Nguyen/New America Media)Editor’s note: American veterans have the right to be buried in VA National Cemeteries,... Ngoc Nguyen http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=70
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New America Media - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:02
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