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Nearly four years later, he was killed in Memphis on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. Officials say the There’s an old adage: “If you don’t hear a baby new label is a strategy for the SCLC to expand its crying, the church is dying.” youth and young adults’ division, banking on hipThe periodic sound of fussing babies in the hop music and entertainment to attract more Gen congregation signifies that there is growth in the Xers and millennials to the movement. midst. The same can be said for recruitment of “In our society, music is used 80 percent of young talent in professional and the time to influence people, and civic settings as there is new life not many people know that,” said for entities that recognize the value Charles Steele, president and CEO of of growing and grooming bloomthe Atlanta-based SCLC, explaining ing talent. The Southern Christian why he was sold on the hip-hop laLeadership Conference knows it and bel. is putting its own plan in motion to And it might surprise some peorevive the 60-year-old civil rights ple, he said, that many individuals organization. Next summer, SCLC in his generation like some hip-hop. will launch The Justice HipHop MuThey listen to it, he said, because it sic Project – a hip-hop record label has many similarities to blues music, with artists who are committed to which at one time was viewed negaproducing music with messages that tively by society. will uplift and inspire and encourage “I like that beat,” said Steele, young people to become engaged in who is 70. “I just don’t like some of social justice causes. the lyrics. There is no difference in The record label is set to be intro- Dr. Charles Steele hip-hop than the blues. The blues is duced before the organization’s 60th where the hip-hop artists get a lot of Annual Conference in Washington their lyrics and substance. We need and shortly after it commemorates the 50th anni- to stop being divisive.” versary of the assassination of SCLC’s first presiDuring the its annual convention, which condent, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. cluded last week in Memphis, Steele introduced Dr. King, who took the helm of the organization Zaria Hall, a student at Alabama State University, while in his 20s, became the youngest person ever who is one of the artists to be featured on the label. to win a Global Peace Prize in 1964 at the age of 35. In June, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to sup-
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Organization banks on positive messages to attract new and younger members port the initiative. “As you know the SCLC has been pivotal in the Civil Rights achievements that so many of us take for granted today,” said Michelle Simpson, an entertainment and business attorney, who will cohead the youth and young adult division. “Remarkably, many of the leaders from the movement were in their late teens and early 20s; the youth of their time. The tactics utilized to achieve civil rights successes were thoroughly planned, practiced, organized, collaborative and local. Those same tactics are ready to be used today by the youth of our time with the millennials and the next generation. We are here to announce our journey to reinvigorate the SCLC and introduce its successful tactics to a new generation of leaders and activists. On the journey, we will use the power of music, specifically hip-hop to reach, encourage and educate our youth. The SCLC Youth Division will be a vehicle for youth of all backgrounds and ethnicities and cultures to stand up against civil injustices nationwide and locally.” The Justice HipHop Music Project will be the first initiative of the youth division, said Sarah Reynolds, an artist management and development consultant, who will also co-lead the project. Under the SCLC umbrella, the project will develop, produce and promote artists with elements of jazz, blues, soul, neo-soul, gospel, rhythm-andblues and rap. Rapper and social activist, David Banner, who was a special guest speaker at the conference, is also scheduled to be one of the label’s featured artists. Regarding the youth division, Reynolds said the SCLC wants to “give talented artists different means to channel their talents and desires to civil justice activism while promoting and funding the SCLC’s methods of nonviolent action to obtain social, economic and political justice.” When asked if the SCLC label will change the perception of hip-hop, Steele said that is not the organization’s aim. “We are trying to be beneficial whereby people understand a message, because most folks in my generation are not going to take the time to understand it,” Steele said. “They will say ‘I don’t want to hear that. Put on some Nancy Wilson or Stevie Wonder’, but you have to be flexible and diverse in today’s society and that is what we are telling folks. No, it is nothing different. We are not trying to be different. We are just going to make it relative. We are not going to intimidate folks, bring down women or use profanity. We are just going to clean it up. We are going to show them how to do it. The hour is now to believe in power, and we are going to act and everybody is going to see what we are doing.”
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Toyota gives top award to nation’s largest minority-owned chemical management supplier
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At its annual business meeting held recently in Erlanger, Kentucky, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) discussed goals and objectives with direct and indirect suppliers in preparation for the new fiscal year. As customary at these meetings, Toyota, the world’s largest auto maker, honored suppliers who have exceeded the company’s expectations. Among the 25 suppliers honored was Metro Detroit-based Chemico Group, which received Toyota’s “Superior Performance Award,” the automobile company’s highest honor for performance. “We are proud and honored to be recognized by Toyota Motor North America for our efforts in supplier quality,” said Leon C. Richardson, founder, president and CEO of Chemico, the nation’s largest veteran and minority-owned chemical management supplier. “All of us at Chemico recognize the significance of this award. It demonstrates our deep commitment to providing excellent service and customer satisfaction.” “We look for suppliers that go above and beyond in meeting our requirements and expectations,” said Jim Holloway, TMNA’s general manager of supplier relations, risk management, and supplier diversity. “Chemico has been instrumental, especially with our Georgetown facility in Kentucky, as we were ready to launch the all-new Camry in June. By working collaboratively with Chemico, we were able to develop a win-win scenario. It was a very compressed lead time, but Chemico was able to meet the aggressive schedule.” While Chemico is a certified minority business, the company was chosen for the award from a large field of non-minority-owned suppliers. “This award is about performance, and not about the fact that Chemico is a minority supplier,” said Jason Reid, TMNA’s general manager of indirect purchasing for all North American manufacturing sites. “Chemico is a phenomenally performing business that happens to be minority-owned. Chemico met and exceeded our expectations at our Georgetown, Kentucky and Blue Springs, Mississippi facilities.” Yet, Richardson credits much of Chemico’s success to being a member of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, a 40-year-old non-profit organization whose mission is to certify minority business enterprises (MBEs), develop their capacities, and help generated procurement opportunities with its corporate membership. To date, MMSDC has 1,200 MBEs, and works with 300 corporations. It has orchestrated more than $26 billion in annual contracts between major corporations and certified minority business members.
Photo caption: Jason Reid, General Manager, Purchasing, TMNA; Bonnie Clinton, General Manager, Indirect Procurement, Corporate Shared Services, TMNA; Dave MacLeod, Group Vice President, Chemico; Leon C. Richardson, President and CEO, Chemico; Noby Tanaka, Executive Advisor, Purchasing,, TMNA; and Robert Young, Group Vice President, Purchasing and SED, TMNA. “Chemico is a brand that stands for excellence,” said Michelle Sourie Robinson, MMSDC’s president & CEO. “Their recognition by Toyota with Toyota’s highest award is a validation of Leon’s and Chemico’s commitment to elevating expectations and delivering value. We are proud to have supported his effort and growth to this point, and look forward to a continued partnership. His success is a reflection of our collaborative efforts and uncompromised commitment to the success of our minority business enterprises.” Executives at TMNA agree on the impact of MMSDC. “We recognize that some small minority businesses are not always ready to work with a large automotive manufacturer, like ourselves or some of our competitors.” Reid explained. “So, we are deeply involved with working with the Michigan Minority Supplier District Council to help facilitate business opportunities with certified minority suppliers.” Toyota’s position on diversity and inclusion has always been an open book. The company is a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR), which was created more than a decade ago to achieve spending of $1 billion or more with minority and women-owned suppliers/businesses. Additionally, since 1990, the annual Toyota Opportunity Exchange has provided MBEs and women business enterprises (WBEs) suppliers with a yearly platform in which to build relationships with the giant automaker. Millions of dollars in diverse supplier contracts have been generated over the
years, as a direct result of connections and relationships made at Toyota Opportunity Exchange. “Our diverse suppliers are very strategic to us because of their creativity and flexibility and the entrepreneurship that they bring to the table,” said Holloway. “It’s very important to us to not only use our supplier base, but to grow it. Leon and Chemico are great examples of partnerships and how TMNA has been instrumental in helping them grow.” Chemico was started in 1989 and is a certified chemical management supplier specializing in integrated solutions for the entire chemical lifecycle that includes procurement, on-site inventory management, distribution, environmentally conscious disposal, and more. The company is a Tier 1 supplier to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Chemico employs more than 300 people across 22 states and three countries. Last year Chemico sales exceeded $100 million. In addition to being recognized by Toyota for excellence as a supplier, Chemico has received General Motors’ “Supplier of the Year” honors for the past seven years. “Toyota has done an outstanding job at recognizing and developing and supporting minority companies throughout North America, and it goes beyond just my company,” Richardson said. “They hit the mark to give certified suppliers like Chemico an opportunity. However, when suppliers get an opportunity, they have to perform.”
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Parents of Kendrick Johnson ordered to pay legal fees in gym mat death lawsuit
By ADW Staff The family of Kendrick Johnson has been ordered to pay nearly $300,000 in attorneys’ fees and expenses associated with lawsuits filed accusing multiple individuals of causing Johnson’s death. On Tuesday, Superior Court Senior Judge Richard Porter entered an order awarding attorney’s fees and expenses of $292,102 to attorneys representing the Lowndes County Sheriff ’s Office, the
Lowndes County Board of Education, the City of Valdosta, Steve Owens Transportation and the family of Brian and Branden Bell, according to court documents. The body of Kendrick Johnson was found upside down in a vertically-stored gym mat at Lowndes High School in January 2013. A state autopsy ruled the 17-year-old’s death accidental, specifically, he died from positional asphyxia after he got stuck in the mat, presumably reaching for a pair of sneakers.
Johnson’s parents filed a $100 million civil suit in January 2015, which alleged former local FBI agent Rick Bell, his two sons and 35 state and local officials either directly caused or covered up the cause of their son’s death. The family later withdrew the suit. In Tuesday’s filing, Judge Porter noted the Johnsons’ claims were “substantially frivolous.” “Further, the Court specifically concludes that Plaintiffs claiming that the Bells killed Johnson and that these Defendants conspired to conceal the cause and manner of death lacked substantial justification for the reason that such actions were substantially groundless as they admitted in their depositions.” Though the Johnsons’ initial wrongful death suit was eventually withdrawn, just last month they filed another suit that contains similar accusations about a murder and cover-up. In 2016, The Justice Department concluded there was “insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone or some group of people willfully violated Kendrick Johnson’s civil rights or committed any other prosecutable federal crime.”
Fulton Commission launches opioid misuse and abuse prevention plan By ADW Staff The Fulton County Board of Commissioners have established an Opioid Misuse and Abuse Prevention Plan for Fulton County seeking to implement prevention solutions in response to a growing opioid epidemic in Fulton County and nationwide. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office identified 154 opioid-related deaths in 2016, an increase of 156 percent since 2010. In 2015, Fulton County had approximately 11.7 opioid-related deaths per 100,000 residents, more than double the national rate. “The statistics are frightening and the epidemic is destroying families and communities, including those here in Fulton County,” said Bob Ellis, vice chairman of the board. “We must implement a few key strategies that have proven successful, as we cannot afford one more overdose or death.” Commissioner Liz Hausmann added, “This plan is an important next step following our Naloxone distribution program to Fulton County first responders. These additional programs will shine light on this very serious disease in our community by providing education, support and guidance to those that have been affected, with the hope of stemming the tide of addiction that has led to so many unfortunate deaths. If even one life is saved, it is well worth it.” The Prevention Plan provides a framework based on four key steps: Increase the number of drug drop boxes – while also ensuring that the public is aware of those boxes, in coordination with Fulton County cities and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Approximately 80 percent of heroin addictions begin with prescription opioid use, and most of those traced to one’s own prescription or that of a friend or family member. Introduce a crisis text assistant line – in Fulton County and Atlanta public schools, providing information and resources
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Atlanta Housing Authority announces new board chair and expands senior leadership team to meet growing demand for services By ADW Staff The Atlanta Housing Authority Board of Commissioners elected Robert Rumley as its new chairman Wednesday following the resignation of Daniel Halpern, who served as board chair for nearly six years. “I have big shoes to fill,” said Rumley after the board unanimously elected him chairman. “Daniel Halpern’s stellar leadership on this board and his commitment to expanding affordable housing have been invaluable to the
city of Atlanta.” Rumley, a finance executive at Morgan Stanley, brings a wealth of knowledge and proven leadership ability. Appointed to the AHA board in 2016, Rumley is a graduate of Morehouse College and received a master’s degree at Georgia State University. He serves as a member of the Board of Managers for the Andrew Young YMCA, former Trustee of The Galloway School, a regional board member of Operation Hope, a 2011 graduate of Leadership Buckhead, a 2012 Georgia Trend Magazine 40 under 40 Honoree and is an active community volunteer. He and his wife, MaKara, reside in Atlantawith their three children. “The addition of Rob Rumley as board chair will help drive our mission of providing Atlantans with quality housing options that are affordable,” said Catherine Buell, president and CEO of AHA. “Rob’s leadership comes at an exciting time for AHA. His years of experience and industry knowledge will serve as a valuable resource to help us accomplish our goals.” As the agency works to achieve its goals, it has recently expanded its Real Estate division with the addition of key leaders in real estate, finance, regulatory and federal affairs. “A key factor in the effectiveness of the Atlanta Housing Authority is the strategic talent expansion of the Real Estate division,” said CEO Buell. “Strong leadership at the board level and new strategic talent in our Real Estate division will help the authority accomplish its Vision 2022 Plan to create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive in safe and healthy neighborhoods.” ren’s August is Child Safety d an th al He e Ey onth Awareness M
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to teens and young adults who text for assistance with bullying, behavioral health needs and other concerns that place them at higher risk of opioid use. A budget of $30,000 was approved to establish the pilot, which is modeled after a similar program in Lake County, IL. Launch a public awareness campaign – to raise awareness and provide education about the risks associated with opioid addiction and intervention resources, in coordination with stakeholders, including schools, cities and other partners. The program will be launched in September, which will be declared as “Opioid Misuse and Abuse Awareness Month.” Enhance education and accountability from medical providers – through development and distribution of educational materials for prescribing physicians as well as patients. Key Fulton County departments will be part of the plan implementation, including Behavioral Health, Public Health, and law enforcement agencies, and others.
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Auburn Avenue Research Library to host The Hip Hop Architecture Camp™ Celebration By ADW Staff Auburn Avenue Research Library will celebrate the conclusion of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp Sunday with a celebration and community discussion at 2 p.m. Sunday. The 10- to 17-year-old metro Atlanta youth who were apart of the week-long camp will debut the Hip Hop Architecture music track and video summarizing their designs. Michael Ford, the “Hip Hop Architect” brought together local architects, hip hop artists and industry professionals to encourage and motivate participants in creating their ideal city. The melding of architecture and hip hop music, a concept architect Ford developed as a student at the University of Detroit, has helped the camp grow to a four-city venture, this summer. Camps in Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Los Angeles and Detroit held sessions teaching basic architectural skills such as reading tape measures and scales, sketching and drawing techniques, and 3-D and physical model-making. At the culmination, students made of a music video as part of the class project. An exhibition of the physical design models created by
the participants will also be on display in AARL’s 2nd floor gallery space and a panel discussion – encouraging children of color toward careers in architecture through Hip-Hop – which will feature Ford along with local architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists will take place immediately following the celebration. Ford has worked as a designer at Hamilton Anderson Associates located in Detroit and as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit. He has also worked as a designer at Flad Architects located in Madison, Wisc. The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System partnered with Ford for the first Atlanta Hip-Hop Architecture Camp by introducing camp participants to the Library, providing library cards for those that didn’t have one or needed new cards, giving campers a fresh start by clearing existing library card fines to encourage card and library usage, and signing participants up for the library’s Summer Reading Program to promote continued reading through the summer months.
Morris Brown College appoints four to its trustee board By ADW Staff Morris Brown College has named four new members as trustees – the appointments expanding the current board of the private, coeducational, liberal arts college engaged in teaching and public service by an additional member and comprised a mix of expertise in business, education and government. Led by Chairman Reginald T. Jackson, the Morris Brown College Board of Trustees adds alumnus Clarence Ogletree, a retired General Motors Corporation executive and business consultant; Dr. John Foster, former HBCU educator and AME pastor; Dr. Roland Thorpe, collegiate educator and founder of the Black Men’s Health Project; and alumnae Marjorie Young, retired Georgia Merit System Commissioner and human resources consultant. Clarence Ogletree brings a passion to his new role that is unparalleled by many. As a Morris Brown graduate and successful executive, he is uniquely qualified to understand the needs of the student as well as fundraising required to move the institution forward. Ogletree currently runs a business consultancy and formerly served as the chief information officer for General Motors Corporation. His background includes several positions with the Whirlpool Corporation and with Tenneco Oil. He has remained committed to Morris Brown College since graduating serving on the National Alumni Association and more recently on an internal focus group. “We have everything we need to get there now except the funding,” said Ogletree, who is focused on the institution’s accreditation goal. “I’ve worked for corporations that are in a position to help us financially as soon as we reach that status. I am poised to do all I can to help and intend to focus on the critical need of fundraising. I understand the discipline and commitment required to meet a challenging task because as a student, that’s what Morris Brown College taught me.” John Foster, whose distinguished career, both as clergy in the AME Church and as an educator at several colleges and universities, has a firsthand knowledge of what HBCU’s deal with on a daily basis having taught electrical engineering and computer science at Tuskegee University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Morehouse College, and Savannah State University. He has also held administrative positions of vice provost, dean and department head. “During that tenure, I successfully prepared my units for accreditation visits on several occasions and I presently serve as the 6th AME District accountant,” said Foster. “I seek to identify funds from the 6th AME District and other sources which can help Morris Brown College.” He currently serves as senior pastor at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta. “I believe my skills could have a direct impact on the where the college is heading right now. I bring to
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this new role 25 years of experience as a faculty member and administrator. Obstacles are still present but Morris Brown College is taking the right steps now to move forward.” Roland Thorpe, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University said he believes his expertise will allow him to contribute from the academic perspective. “I am an HBCU graduate and will leverage my experience in previous leadership positions to help Morris Brown College become a leading institution among peers,” he said. “I want to give back. I have the same level of enthusiasm and excitement for HBCUs today as I did when I was an undergraduate at Florida A&M University.” Thorpe is currently an associate professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a social epidemiologist and gerontologist whose work appears in flagship jour-
nals including Journals of Gerontology Medical Sciences, Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Men’s Health and International Journal of Men’s Health. He is also founder of The Black Men’s Health Project, a coalition of Black male doctors and researchers who represent some of the leading institutions in America, including George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Meharry Medical College and Michigan State University. The organization surveys Black men across the country with the goal to gather valuable data to gain in-depth perspectives on Black male health to determine factors that contribute to the health disparities. Marjorie Harris Young, a retired commissioner of the Georgia Merit System and the first African-American to serve in that capacity, is a graduate of Morris Brown College. She was first appointed as the commissioner of the Georgia Merit System of Personnel Administration by Governor Roy Barnes and reappointed by Governor Sonny Perdue. Under her leadership, the State’s Human Resources System was named “likely the best in the country” by Governing Magazine, receiving the only “A” grade of all 50 states. “I consider myself a visionary who had to execute vision,” said Young. “I believe with my background in leadership, human resources, strategic planning, financial budgeting, organization and particularly execution, I can be of some help.” For 34 years she served in various capacities including Public Health deputy director, assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources, division director of Youth Services, division director of Human Development, District Rehabilitation Services director and more. After retirement, Young opened a regional office for CPS Human Resources Services, a self-supporting government agency in Sacramento, Calif. Currently, she is president and CEO of her own consulting firm where services include leadership development, strategic and workforce planning, classification and compensation, recruitment and selection, and executive search. “To be successful you must have a clear vision then figure out how to execute that vision,” she said. “With a laser focus on accreditation, I will use my skills to be able to strategically plan and execute results to realize our goal.” Morrise Brown College is currently engaged in an aggressive fundraising campaign and is implementing a strategic plan to benefit sustainability and assist accreditation efforts. “The new board leaders with education experience will help us continue to shape the direction and development of our curriculum,” said Jackson. “The business and government expertise we’ve added should complement the additional structure needed to get us to the next level. As we work to turnaround the institution, we seek to cultivate an environment at Morris Brown College that inspires innovation and lifelong learning.”
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By ADW Staff EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, is joining Netroots Nation and other partners to bring its renowned candidate training to Atlanta, as part of the Netroots Nation Conference on Saturday, August 12th. Outraged by the results of the 2016 election, over 16,000 women have reached out to EMILY’s List expressing an interest in running for office, hundreds of them from Georgia. Many of these women are young, progressive grassroots leaders who are ready to take their fight to the next level. The Atlanta training is part of a national recruitment effort that will train in over 20 states to get more women to run at every level of government. EMILY’s List, working in partnership with
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Black Police Executives reject Trump encouragement to rough up suspects By Hazel Trice Edney The Nation’s premier association of Black police executives – who convened in Atlanta last week - has responded to rogue statements made by President Donald Trump encouraging police officers to “please, don’t be too nice” to suspects being arrested for violent crimes. Speaking to law enforcement officials in Ronkonkoma, N. Y. about the brutal MS-13 gang, Trump said, “And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon -you just see them thrown in, rough — I said, please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?” Many of the officers laughed and even applauded the comments. The White House has since attempted to downplay the statements claiming the President was only joking. But, his words caused chills for those recalling the string of police brutality cases across the nation that resulted in the deaths of Black people. Those cases include that of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray who died after a police paddy wagon ride that somehow led to a broken neck two years ago. The Freddie Gray case resulted in an uprising that included fires, millions of dollars in property damage and hundreds of arrests. In a statement, Perry Tarrant, president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), reasserted
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principles to which all police officers must adhere when making an arrest — regardless of the charge. “As NOBLE convened its 41st Annual Training Conference in Atlanta, it reminded the nation of one of the bedrock’s of our democracy, equal protection under the law. All law enforcement officers play a critical role in determining the appropriate levels of use of force as they police communities across this nation,” Tarrant said. “As NOBLE continues its efforts to build one community (law enforcement is part of the community), we must always be vigilant in ensuring that the human rights of those in custody and/or suspected of crimes are protected.” Trump’s statement was made during a sea-
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Influential Women’s PAC coming to Atlanta to train women to run for office Georgia’s WIN List, Netroots Nation, Emerge America, Higher Heights, Run for Something, and Latino Victory Fund, will provide attendees the basic tools they need to launch a campaign and the opportunity to hear from organizations who are committed to helping them win. EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Its grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. It recruits and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List has helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILY’s List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to help more women run and win at the local, state, and national levels.
son in which the clearly unwarranted killings of Black people by police have wreaked havoc across the nation. Mike Brown of Ferguson, Mo., Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minn., Eric Garner of Staton Island, N.Y., and Tamir Rice of Cleveland, Ohio are just a few of the dead who have become iconic cases for police brutality in America. Tarrant, elected NOBLE president last year, is well acquainted with the historic conflicts between police and the Black community. Upon his rise to the NOBLE presidency last year, he cited the need for trust and conversation between police and community. Tarrant currently serves as assistant chief of the Special Operations Bureau for the Seattle Police Department. He spent 34 years with
the Tucson, Ariz., Police Department, where he worked in patrol, the K-9 unit, SWAT team, bomb squad, aviation and internal affairs. For 41 years, NOBLE has described itself as “the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action.” The organization represents “3,000 members internationally, who are primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners.” In addition to NOBLE, a string of police bureaus and organizations across the nation publicly distanced themselves from the statements by Trump. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) also issued a statement saying, “Managing use of force is one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies. The ability of law enforcement officers to enforce the law, protect the public, and guard their own safety, the safety of innocent bystanders, and even those suspected or apprehended for criminal activity is very challenging. For these reasons, law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures, as well as conduct extensive training, to ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers. The IACP concluded, “Law enforcement officers are trained to treat all individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect, or defendant, with dignity and respect. This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy.”
We hear a great deal of discussion about the percentage of money Blacks spend with Black businesses versus how much we spend with White businesses — and others as well. It has been said that 90 percent or more of Black dollars are spent at non-Black businesses. Obviously, that leaves about 10 percent for our businesses. What are we getting for that 90 percent? Blacks must drastically change our spending habits and/or leverage what we do spend. The average annual revenue (sales) for Black owned businesses without employees is $58,000 and for those with paid employees it is $948,000, both of which are much lower than other so-called “Minority Groups.” A report published by the U.S. Small Business Administration, titled, “Minority Business Ownership: Data from the 2012 Survey of Business Owners” by Michael McManus, Regulatory Economist, had this to say about Sales Disparities: “Evaluating disparities using per-firm sales average shows the stark difference between minority and nonminority firms. It also highlights key variations between minority groups. For example, [Black]-owned firms average about $58,000 in sales per firm, while Hispanic firms generate two and a half times this amount; Asian-owned firms, 6 times as much; and nonminority-owned firms over nine times this amount.” One can reasonably extrapolate a couple of things from that point: Black businesses must grow to the point of being able to hire employees; and Black businesses need a great deal more support — from Black consumers as well as other consumers —to reach parity. One other point of consideration is the industry in which we choose to start a business. The report states, “While the number of minority-owned businesses is growing rapidly, disproportionate amounts are in the lowest 20 industries in terms of sales. In aggregate almost 58.9% of all African American-owned businesses are in the 20 lowest sales-generating industries…” Finally, as I have cited many times, of the more than 2.6 million Black businesses only 111,000 have employees. Do the math and see why we must grow our businesses in order to make them more viable in the marketplace. In order to have more of our $1.2 trillion flowing through Black businesses we must have larger ones in more profitable industries. Make sense? Now here’s the rub against us as consumers of Black products and services from Black entrepreneurs. Paradoxically, while we must have more sustained growth and we must venture into more scalable business ventures, many Black consumers are buying from other groups and some are even refusing to do business with Black firms, for one reason or another. Add that reality to the fact that other groups do not support our businesses to any great degree, which could be due in part to the industries we select, and Black business is stuck on a treadmill, expending a lot of energy without moving forward, multiplying but never growing. Top all of this off with the fact that we hold our entrepreneurs to a higher standard than we hold others. We want reciprocity from them, and we want them to “give back,” which is quite reasonable and appropriate.
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MLK Merchants Association to host marathon and half-marathon By ADW Staff Dust off your bikes and bones — there’s a new race in town; one that has a social good at its core. The Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Merchants Association (MLKJDMA) will hold its inaugural MLK Race for the Dream January 14, 2018. The events will include a marathon, half-marathon, bike tour, a weekend mixer, and a health and fitness expo featuring the latest athletic gear and equipment as well as health and fitness experts. The registration has begun for the race which will begin and end on MLK Jr. Drive and Whitehouse Drive at Booker T. Washington High School, which was attended by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta. “The races and bike tour are just one of many initiatives that we are launching in the community to benefit the MLK Dr. Corridor,” said Terry Collier, president of the MLKJDMA. “Our mission is to improve and increase economic impact in the district. Over time we have lost historic businesses. We are working in conjunction with the Mayor’s office as well as city and state officials to launch initiatives that will preserve established businesses as well as attract new businesses to the district for the next generation.” MLKJDMA has a three-phased plan to upgrade the corridor and bringing a weekend of
However, we do not demand the same level of reciprocity from the other businesses that we support virtually every day. Don’t agree? Then tell me, where is the balance of our $1.2 “trillion” annual income when we deduct the $188 “billion” in annual revenues earned by Black businesses, not all of which comes from Black consumers? Let’s face it, Black consumers could never spend all of our $1.2 trillion with Black owned businesses; we do not have enough businesses for that ideal to become a reality. We can certainly increase the amount we currently spend, but until we establish and grow more businesses, which will take at least a generation if we concentrate on it, we will continue to spend vast sums of money with businesses other than our own. So why are we not seeking reciprocity from them? We must use collective leverage that can be given or withdrawn at a moment’s notice. Understanding that Black consumers cannot get around spending dollars with non-Black companies, the Collective Banking Group of Maryland, and its local chapters, work with White owned and other companies, in mutually beneficial strategic partnerships, to obtain reciprocity. Banks, furniture stores, carpet stores, automobile companies, restaurants, movie theaters, supermarkets, and many other companies that profit from the Black dollar should reciprocate to their Black customers beyond sponsoring a dinner or a youth baseball team. If we are going to spend tremendous sums of money with White owned, Indian owned, Chinese owned, and Arabic owned businesses, then it’s up to us to initiate and negotiate reciprocal agreements that benefit both groups. One side of that equation is already complete: We benefit them. Since we inevitably will keep spending our money with them, don’t you think we should complete the equation by getting some benefit ourselves?
events to the community that will highlight not only the advances that have been made, but also strategies for the future. Nationally, there is a movement to improve conditions along MLK corridors in the United States. The MLKJDMA plans to pilot this program in Atlanta and then expand it nationally, with the next targeted city being St. Louis. Several major metropolitan cities with MLK districts have expressed interest in bringing the competitions to their areas, not only for the economic impact, but also to educate their communities around health and fitness, according to Collier. “Health issues tend to pervade communities of color,” he said. “By focusing on health, wellness and nutrition in conjunction with the competitions, we were able to partner with the Greater Southeast Affiliate Multicultural Initiatives of the American Heart Association (AHA) to provide programs and educational materials to increase awareness of the seriousness of cardiovascular disease and other risk factors.” Hypertension disproportionately affects the African-American community with more than 45 percent of African-American males and 46 percent of African-American females affected by high blood pressure compared to a national rate of 33 percent. To register for the marathon, half marathon or bike tour, visit www.mlkjdma.com.
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LIFESTYLE Chilled cucumber and avocado City of Atlanta Employee Wellness Center opens at City Plaza soup recipe
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Chef Gary Durrant’s recipe for chilled cucumber and avocado soup with brown shrimp and dill is a healthy and refreshing dish, perfect for an alfresco lunch or alternatively, as a light starter dish. Ingredients (To serve 4) • 1 medium onion finely chopped • ½ clove garlic finely chopped • 2 cucumbers peeled, seeds removed and sliced • 650 ml vegetable stock • 1 medium avocado • ½ cucumber peeled, seeds removed and cut into small cubes • 40g peeled brown shrimps • 4 sprigs dill Method: • Cook the chopped onions and garlic in a little vegetable oil until soft and translucent. • Add the cucumber and cook for approximately 10 minutes until the cucumber is soft. • Add the vegetable stock, bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. • Place in a liquidiser and blend until it is smooth. • Pass through a fine sieve into a bowl, and place this in a bowl of ice to chill the soup. • When the soup is cold, peel and chop the avocado, add to the soup and blend again until it is smooth and season with salt and black pepper. • It is very important that the soup is cold before you add the avocado otherwise it will go brown and you are looking for a bright green colour. • To serve pour into a chilled soup bowl and sprinkle over the peeled brown shrimps, the cubed cucumber and the chopped dill. Gary Durrant is the head chef at Hunter 486. Named after the 1950s dialing code for Marylebone, Hunter 486 is the stylish restaurant within five-star boutique hotel The Arch London and has been designed with an air of nostalgic London glamour fused with contemporary touches.
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Mayor Kasim Reed and Commissioner Yvonne Cowser Yancy celebrated the grand opening of the new City of Atlanta Employee Wellness Center, the only health, fitness and wellness facility of its type in the metropolitan area. Wellness Center partners, including Crockett Dale, CEO of Healthstat, Jim Simpson, President of Kaiser Permanente GA and Yvan Milkin, President & CEO of Aquila Fitness Consulting, participated in the celebration. The opening comes a little over a year and half from the date of the City of Atlanta’s acquisition of City Plaza, a 164 unit luxury apartment community with additional “bays”, several of which are occupied by the new health & wellness facility. The City then retained Atlanta-based JMG Realty, Inc. to manage the building. “Acquiring the City Plaza complex provides us with an important opportunity to enhance services for city residents,” Mayor Kasim Reed said. “I am excited about this opportunity and believe residents and employees will benefit from this acquisition for years to come.” Mayor Reed certainly kept his word. The facilities opening comes as apart of Mayor Reed’s “A Healthier You” initiative, with
a goal to support city employees and their families in reaching their personal health goals, all while cultivating a productive and healthy workforce. In January of this year, a new Mobile Health Vehicle was made available to the City of Atlanta Employees. The vehicle featured two exam rooms and a handicap accessible bathroom. Patients will also be provided with a wide range of primary care services including biometric screening for blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index and cholesterol levels, in addition to health coaching and immunizations. “I want to thank Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for partnering to provide our employees with greater access to essential services through this state-of-the-art mobile health care facility,” said Mayor Reed at the opening. “In 2012, my administration launched ‘A Healthier You’ initiative with a goal to expand the City’s focus on employee health and wellness. The new Mobile Health Vehicle helps us reach our goals by making it easier and more convenient for employees to get the care they need.” The City of Atlanta is the third largest public sector health benefit plan in the state of Georgia with over 22,000 covered lives and an estimated $140 million annual insurance budget.
Georgia’s millennials turn to rental payment history services to improve credit scores By ADW Staff The millennial generation is getting savvy about their finances. According to data released by RentReporters, an increasing number of renters ages 25-34 are proactively reporting monthly rent payments to the major credit bureaus – enabling them build and boost their credit scores. Rent payment history is only now becoming an important part of calculating credit scores, reflecting the modern economic life of the more than 100 million people in the U.S. whose rent is their major monthly expense. TransUnion, Experian and Equifax already include this type of information in calculating credit scores – if the data is reported. According to RentReporters’ data, there was a 290 percent jump – a threefold increase – in the number of consumers using rental history reporting services from 2015 to 2016. This reflects growing awareness and consumers seeing the benefits for these types of services. Reporting rental history payments can increase credit scores by an average of 50 points within the initial report of 24 months of credit history. Late generation Millennials, those between the ages of 25-34, make up the largest group using rental history reporting services at 35.6 percent. Early generation Xers, those between the ages of 35 to 44, are the second largest group at 33.8 percent. According to many reports, these age groups tend to have
“LA 92”: The Los Angeles Riots 25 Years Later Few images are seared into the American consciousness like the beating of Rodney King at the hands of four white Los Angeles police officers and the riots after the officers’ acquittal in the spring of 1992. The unrest, sparked by a verdict many viewed as yet another example of judicial indifference to law enforcement’s harassment of Los Angeles’s African American population, lasted for six days. The widespread looting, arson, and assaults were all captured by TV news and broadcast to a shocked nation. By the time the violence was quelled, more than fifty people had lost their lives and over $1 billion dollars in damage had been done to South Central Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods. The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the Black Women Film Network, hosted a screening of National Geographic Documentary Films’ “LA 92” as part of its national tour. Twenty-five years after the 1992 Los Angeles uprising following the Rodney King beating by the police, this immersive
lower credit scores and have the most credit card debt. California tops the list in reporting rental payments with Georgia (#2), Florida (#3), Illinois (#4), and Texas (#5) rounding out the top five states. In 2015, the top five spots consisted of California (#1), Texas (#2), Florida (#3), Georgia (#4), and North Carolina (#5) with Georgia experiencing the highest increase from being ranked at #4 in 2015 to taking #2 spot in 2016. Generally, the Southern U.S. has seen the most increase in consumers using rental history reporting services. The majority of renters who fall into the “Credit Invisible” and “Credit Unscorable”- those with no or low credit scores – make up a portion of RentReporters 4,000+ customers. These consumers are most vulnerable to predatory lending and face significant challenges in accessing most mainstream credit markets. While these groups are often the most financially vulnerable, they are often the most credit responsible — as they have to be responsible to pay back a loan at rates as high as 100 percent or more. “Rent payments have not been one of the historically accepted data sources for calculating credit scores and people should be rewarded for consistent responsible financial behavior,” said John Simpson, CEO, RentReporters. “We not only want to redefine credit scoring, but also lead the way in educating the public about the smart steps to take to build credit.”
Get ready to clutch your pearls and laugh until it hurts as BET unveils its new Fall 2017 lineup. The network is pushing the comedy limits as it debuts series from some of the biggest names in the game including new showcase “50 CENTRAL” starring the legendary Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson; new boundary-pushing game show “FACE VALUE” from executive producer Wanda Sykes and starring Deon Cole and Tiffany Haddish; and new weekly satire series “The Rundown with Robin Thede” from executive producer Chris Rock. On the scripted side, “The Comedy Get Down” goes behind the scenes of a mega standup comedy tour with George Lopez, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin and the late, much-beloved Charlie Murphy. Irv Gotti’s “Tales” also returns with new episodes, including “song stories” from Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen.” New programming kicks off Wednesday, September 27th, with brand new episodes premiering every week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday, September 27 10:00 PM ET/PT Face Value From Push It Productions and Executive Producer Wanda Sykes, “Face Value” is an edgy new 30-minute game show that will finally answer the age-old question, “Can you judge a book by its cover?” Hosted by Deon Cole (“black-ish,” Barbershop) with outrageous woman-on-thestreet segments from Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip, “Carmichael Show”), this series is flipping the script to award cash and prizes for correctly guessing facts about strangers from all walks of life - based solely on their appearance and a few personal details.
Detroit By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic
documentary draws on archival news images and unseen footage to craft an in-depth portrait of those riots and the tempestuous relationship between Los Angeles’s African-American community and those charged with protecting it.
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10:30 PM ET/PT 50 Central Award-winning rapper, entrepreneur, actor and producer, the iconic Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, storms BET’s airwaves to take variety and sketch comedy to the next level with “50 Central.” BET’s first variety comedy showcase will be unlike anything seen from the genre before. Along with unprecedented sketches, the 30-minute show will feature hidden camera pranks, musical performances, and A-list celebrity guests to create the ultimate late night party – all handpicked and hosted by 50 Cent. Thursday, September 28 11:00 PM ET/PT The Rundown with Robin Thede BET joins forces with Executive Producer Chris Rock to bring the African-American female voice to late night news satire: “The Rundown with Robin Thede.” Comedian and former head writer and contributor for “The Nightly Show,” Robin Thede, gives her hilariously unique take on the week’s headlines in politics and pop culture in a fast-paced, no-holds-barred 30-minute late night show featuring biting social commentary, sharp sketch comedy and in-your-face pop culture parody. Thursday, October 12 11:30 PM ET/PT The Comedy Get Down “The Comedy Get Down” is the first scripted comedy series about what really happens behind the scenes of a massive stand-up comedy tour featuring five legendary comics – George Lopez, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin and the late Charlie Murphy. They’re hilarious, insane and unapologetic on stage, but the second they step off is when the real show begins. The storylines are based on actual events that have taken place not only on their wildly successful Comedy Get Down arena tour, but throughout the 25 plus years each has been a nationally headlining comedian.
“Detroit” tells a story of racial injustice and police brutality, based on fact, which is easy enough to believe and has parallels with today’s problems with police criminality and impunity. But since this important subject is not new, what is the point of the film? What are we learning that is unique? What actionable knowledge are we getting from a tragic, racist event that happened 50 years ago? Unfortunately, “Detroit” fails to deliver on any of these points. 1967 Detroit. The raid of a Black after-hours club, the arrest of its patrons by police and general frustration with discrimination sets off days of riots and looting. One night, Larry Reed (Algee Smith, “The New Edition Story”) lead singer of the teen soul group The Dramatics is slated to do a debut performance in a Motown review at a theater that attracts Blacks and whites. Cops close the venue down, due to the imminent danger on the streets outside. Larry and his buddy Fred Simple (Jacob Latimore, “The Maze Runner”) seek refuge at an $11-a-night motel called the Algiers. There they meet two White girls (Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever) and wind up talking to them in Larry’s room. Shots ring out from an Algiers’ motel window, which is near a National Guard prep area. The Detroit Police Department, Michigan State Police and Michigan Army National Guard swarm the hotel, which is now under siege. They are led by local White patrolman Phillip Krauss (Will Poulter, “The Revenant”), who has just been reamed out by his commanding officer for shooting an unarmed looter in the back. Krauss instigates an intimidation process, lines up some of the Black male hotel guests and the two White females against a wall in a hall and harass them. Verbal and physical abuse ensues. Krauss institutes a “death game”: The cops take a victim into a room, close the door, fire a shot and pretend to kill him. This ruse is designed to instill fear into the others and scare them into ratting on the guy who fired the shot from the window. Before the night is out, the police murder three Black males. A security guard Melvin Dismukes (John Boyega, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) witnesses the event. Sometimes he’s a part of the problem, and sometimes he helps the victims with supportive words: “Don’t antagonize the guys. I need you to survive the night.” An Air Force veteran named Greene (Anthony Mackie, “The Hurt Locker”) is one of the hostages and Army Warrant Officer Roberts (Austin Hébert) is part of the posse. When the sun comes up and the bloodshed is over, the cops are arrested, a lame trial is held, and no one serves any jail time for the misconduct or homicides. In this thinly conceived film, written by Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), Blacks are not bright enough to fight the law or status quo (minus fleeting appearances by Congressman John Conyers, played by Laz Alonso), and Whites are generally one-dimensionally evil or complacent. Any viewer looking for more than a retread of anguishing racial injustice will be sorely disappointed. There is nothing of value here except an epoch of histo-
ry and a little-known tragedy that corroborates that Black people have been the victims of violence and police brutality for decades, and specifically in the explosive 1960s. Director Kathryn Bigelow is an expert with action scenes and quick edits. That was her strong suit with “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” She choreographs crowd scenes and deployments quite well. She builds tension, dread and suspense. With this film, her glaring flaw is the interrogation scenes, which seem brutally sadistic, way too long and almost ghoulish, versu Newly shot scenes are edited in with archival footage from the 1960s, thanks to editors William Goldenberg (Heat) and Harry Yoon. The visuals, by cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (The Hurt Locker), are not in question. Other technical aspects of the film are on solid ground. The ensemble acting is universally tepid; that might be, because so much attention was paid to the technical aspects and not the creating or recreating of characters that are three-dimensional. When the dust settles, the only performance that resonates is that of Will Poulter as the despicable killer Krauss. He is a nightmare. If that is the persona that overrides everything, the writer and director have not served this event, cast or the viewer well. What moviegoers reaffirmed from Lee Daniel’s historical African American drama “The Butler” is that the Black community has survived and thrived against great odds. From Stanley Nelson’s documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” audiences found people who stood up against the machinations of local police and the vicious FBI. From Ava Du Vernay’s “Selma,” which chronicled Martin Luther King’s crusade for equal voting rights and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, viewers discovered that King’s message and life achievements trumped the most distressing parts of his short life. In Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” he picked a project that showed a free man who endured after being kidnapped into slavery. After sitting through Detroit’s two hours and twenty-three minutes of incessant tragedy, it is hard to come up with any salvation. It’s a well-intentioned, fact-based story based on police records, news reports and the recollections of some of the participants. What the writers could not verify they embellished. (For example, the Krauss character is a composite and not based on a specific person, though Reed and Dismukes are.) If the filmmakers could create new characters and storylines, because the records were skimpy, they could have created one about a lone soul who became a community activist based on his/her experience from this tragedy. They could have given their audience one ray of light. One great, Black hope. But there is none. The overwhelming feeling you’ll likely have after sitting through this urban hell is despair, anger and hopelessness. The makers of 1”2 Years a Slave” and the other aforementioned films had far more vision than the creators of “Detroit.” And, an ordeal without purpose is just an ordeal.
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Thurgood Marshall College Fund deepens corporate diversity recruitment
While “Diversity” is not a new term for the business world, it appears to be experiencing a resurgence of sorts lately. Every major corporation seems to be looking for employees from underrepresented groups — some, because they think these diverse perspectives will improve their corporate culture and make them better corporate citizens, while others believe it is simply “smart business” as they vie for future customers in an increasingly diverse country. But in all of their attempts to make progress, when it comes to recruiting future executives from America’s colleges, most employers continue to source their talent from the “usual suspects”— the same group of select colleges we all know — effectively ignoring deep pools of talented students attending other lesser-known or ranked schools. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), has designed a solution for employers seeking highly-talented diverse college graduates. We work with our corporate partners to identify, develop and deploy diverse talent, tapping into pools of talent found on the campuses of our 47 publicly-supported Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs). Through this process, TMCF builds targeted, sustainable and diverse talent pipelines from HBCUs into corporate America and other major employers. Indeed, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF), of the top 25 undergraduate institutions whose graduates went on to complete STEM doctorates (2,280), 12 HBCUs out-produced prestigious institutions (“the usual suspects”) by 64 percent, and 30 percent of African American STEM doctoral recipients were HBCU undergraduates. For the past 30 years, TMCF has built deep relationships with our member-schools, which allows us to efficiently find and develop the right students for specific positions. TMCF uses predictive analytics to ensure that qualified talent have both the knowledge, acculturation, and other “soft skills” for them to be successful in a given partner’s workplace culture. Next, we develop those students through a variety of school-to-work professional and
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Don’t let Trump and his allies block the ballot Fifty-two years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, prohibiting racial discrimination in voting. It was a defining moment for the Civil Rights Movement and for all of us who had marched in Selma for the voting rights we had been systematically and often violently denied. A half-century later, the VRA remains a shining testament to the power of nonviolent resistance and to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But its promise is at risk. Since then, blatant forms of voter suppression such as poll taxes and literacy tests have given way to subtler tactics, such as restrictive voter ID laws, show-me-your-papers registration requirements, sudden polling place closures, and voter roll purges. This maze of bureaucratic red tape falls hardest on low-income families and people of color, like our client Stacey Hopkins. When Stacey moved from College Park to Atlanta, local election officials should have simply updated her information from the change-ofaddress form she had sent to the post office. Instead, they sent her a threatening notice that she would be flagged for removal from the voter registration rolls unless she took immediate action. We later learned that these intimidating mailings had gone out to hundreds of thousands of voters around the state. The methods of voter suppression may have changed since Jim Crow, but the outcome is the same: More voters from vulnerable communities stay home on Election Day, giving an advantage to one side. The Fulton County Board of Elections recently voted to close several polling places in overwhelmingly Black neighborhoods, with almost no public notice or input. Georgia is also one of the few states that removes voters from the rolls based on the absurd assumption that every voter who hasn’t voted in a
three-year period must have moved. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of voters have been purged from the registration rolls because of minor discrepancies or typos in a state database. It’s voter suppression by a thousand paper cuts. President Trump’s so-called “Election Integrity” commission, led by serial vote suppressor Kris Kobach, is poised to make this problem worse by laying the groundwork for similar voting restrictions nationwide. We must fight back. We all agree that American elections need to be secure, fair and transparent. But any restrictions that put more obstacles in the way of eligible voters to vote has the potential to damage our democracy. We can’t let Trump and his allies block the ballot. That’s why we’re taking the Fulton County Board of Elections to court, and putting other local election authorities on notice to stop playing politics with people’s voting rights. We should be encouraging more people to participate in our democracy, not fewer. That’s why the ACLU of Georgia is mobilizing our members and supporters — now 20,000 strong — to expand voting rights with commonsense reforms that make it easier to vote, such as same-day voter registration. Most importantly, if you received one of these “purge notices,” let us know by filling out a complaint form on our website www. acluga.org. Make sure to send the notice back to your local election authority to maintain your registration. Then, on Election Day, find your polling place and get to the polls. Elections cannot be fair if eligible voters can’t vote. That is why we will continue to fight to protect and expand voting rights in the courts, in the capitol and in our communities. Our democracy depends on it.
LONGWORTH M. QUINN Publisher-Emeritus 1909-1989
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