PARTIAL TAPES ARE TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

Keith Lamont Scottwas killed by a police officer on Tuesday, September 20, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The officer, dressed in civilian clothing, said that Mr. Scott had a gun and that he did not follow verbal orders to put his hands up. While there is videotape that documents the interaction between Scott and Officer Brentley Vinson, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney had, as of Thursday, declined to release the tapes because there was “no compelling reason” to do so. By Saturday, public protest along with a disturbing tape released by Scott’s wife, provided a compelling reason. Still, Chief Putney released just two short snippets of the shooting and indicated that more vi

STOP THE PAYDAY LOAN DEBT TRAP

Between the unemployment rate report that was released in early September, and the Census report on income and poverty that was released on September 13, President Obama and his team got great news about the economic status of the average worker. Incomes are up a whopping 5.2 percent between 2014 and 2015; the first time incomes have increased since 2007. The poverty rate dropped 1.2 percentage points, to 13.5 percent, which translates into 3.5 million fewer people living in poverty. While the poverty rate is still higher than it was in 2007, this sharp decrease in the poverty rate is significant. Between the unemployment rate report, which shows an unemployment rate at 4.9 percent, and the

ARE YOU READY TO VOTE?

Are you ready to vote? Are you registered? These may seem like simplistic questions, especially for those who are aware, but every year some folks are denied access to the polls because they didn’t register on time, or they moved and their address does not match the address the registrar of voters has, or SOMETHING. The Presidential election is likely to be a nail-biter, and there are local races that are also close. Your best bet is to make sure you know what the requirements for voting are in your state. www.vote.com lists the requirements for all 50 states. A few states allow voter registration on the day of an election, but most states require you to register between 11 and 30 day

TEACHERS NEED PUBLIC SUPPORT

While millions of children (and teachers) welcome the call to go back to school in August and early September, all is not well in classrooms and school districts around the country. While every school district is not facing challenges, many urban school districts – where the majority of African American and Hispanic students are enrolled – face challenges that may either disrupt children’s education or affect the terms and conditions of work for teachers. Meanwhile, some school districts are experiencing teacher shortages and an unhealthy reliance on substitute teachers. Teachers are leaving the profession more rapidly than before. And teachers of color, especially men of color, are woe

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