June 10, 2012

Does an HBCU education hamper your job prospects?

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:58 PM by minoritybrief

by Mashaun D. Simon

The study, titled “The Relative Returns to Graduating from a Historically Black College/University” found that graduates of HBCUs felt they had achieved greater success than black graduates of mainstream or predominantly white institutions.


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May 20, 2012

Read more about the Voter Empowerment Act from Ari Berman at The Nation here.

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:04 PM by minoritybrief

March 23, 2012

Lessons from the Killing of Trayvon Martin

Posted in Race, Racial Discrimination, Uncategorized tagged at 3:54 PM by minoritybrief

March 20, 2012 – What does the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida have to do with nonprofits? Everything. It strikes us that the nonprofit sector’s obsessive fascination with business models, market incentives, social enterprise, and fundraising is leaving a core part of what nonprofits do on the sidelines—the nonprofit focus on protecting (or sometimes creating) rights. Nonprofits ought to be paying attention to the trajectory of the upcoming investigation of George Zimmerman, who told police that he shot Martin.

If you don’t know about this case, here are some quick facts. On February 26th, Martin and his dad were visiting with his dad’s girlfriend, who lived in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., outside of Orlando. During halftime of the basketball game they were watching, Martin left to go to the 7-11 for snacks. It was raining, so Trayvon, who happened to be African American, was wearing a hoodie with the hood over his head. On his way back from the store, having bought a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea, a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman , saw Martin from his car and called 911, telling the dispatcher that Martin “look(ed) like he’s up to no good or on drugs or something.”

Although told by 911 to do nothing, the 28-year-old Zimmerman, carrying a concealed nine millimeter semiautomatic handgun, apparently got into a confrontation with Trayvon, who it should be pointed out did not have a criminal record (unlike Zimmerman, who had been arrested several years ago for felony charges of battery against a police officer and for resisting arrest with violence). On the 911 tape, you can hear what sounds like someone pleading for his life, screaming, and then a gunshot, which presumably killed Martin. Zimmerman wasn’t arrested because he claimed he was shooting in self-defense, a protected act under Florida’s very broadly construed “Stand Your Ground” law. Because of that law, local prosecutors said they didn’t have enough evidence to indict Zimmerman, though after national protests, the federal government’s Department of Justice is now going to intervene and look at the case.

Some in the nonprofit sector moved to bring attention to Martin’s death. Change.org gathered 450,000 signatures on a petition calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman, which may have played a big role in sparking the DOJ investigation and there are increasing calls for the resignation of Sanford, Fla. Police Chief Bill Lee. A Million Hoodie March was scheduled in New York City yesterday. With the help of the nonprofit sector, the “Stand Your Ground” law enacted by Florida and 21 other states should really be on trial. The scary “shoot first” law, combined with the voluntary vigilante nature of neighborhood watch programs in private, upscale, exclusive communities, may well amount to “structural racism.”

NPQ hopes that this case will remind us all how vigilant this sector needs to be on issues of human and civil rights. If not us, then who?—Rick Cohen, Nonprofit Quarterly

March 15, 2012

Doubling-Down on Dumb: The GOP War on Being Smart

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:32 PM by minoritybrief

This is the first in a three-part series in the Huffington Post on the need for education reform in the United States. This first installment explores the political discourse criticizing public education, at a time when it is critical to restore the worldwide prestige the United States once enjoyed for the exemplary quality of its primary, secondary, and post-secondary educational systems.

We’re supposed to be exploring every conceivable alternative for turning the domestic economy around. So why are Republicans, at state and federal levels, waging a rhetorical, legislative, and administrative War on Education?

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The True Costs of Detention: Disadvantages and Harms of Detention for Pre-Adolescent Children

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:05 PM by minoritybrief

ACY brief examines the costs of confinement for children under 14. Research has shown that young children often lack the mental capacity to fully understand their actions. Furthermore, juvenile detention centers are typically geared towards older youth, ages 15-17, who make up the majority of youth in the juvenile justice system. Santa Clara County, California offers a reasonable alternative to incarcerating pre-adolescents.

July 6, 2011

His Accuser’s Past Matters? Strauss-Khan’s Does Too

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:40 PM by minoritybrief

By: Tonyaa Weathersbee, BlackAmericaWeb.com

So it seems that the Guinean maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Khan of raping her has a past.

And, judging from what’s been flowing from recent news reports, it’s a past that could set him free – and sentence other rape victims to silence.

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May 28, 2011

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Gil Scott-Heron, 1949 -2011

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:55 PM by minoritybrief

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by the
Schaefer Award Theatre and will not star Natalie
Woods and Steve McQueen or Bullwinkle and Julia.
The revolution will not give your mouth sex appeal.
The revolution will not get rid of the nubs.
The revolution will not make you look five pounds
thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

There will be no pictures of you and Willie May
pushing that shopping cart down the block on the dead run,
or trying to slide that color television into a stolen ambulance.
NBC will not be able predict the winner at 8:32
or report from 29 districts.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of Whitney Young being
run out of Harlem on a rail with a brand new process.
There will be no slow motion or still life of Roy
Wilkens strolling through Watts in a Red, Black and
Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving
For just the proper occasion.

Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hooterville
Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and
women will not care if Dick finally gets down with
Jane on Search for Tomorrow because Black people
will be in the street looking for a brighter day.
The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock
news and no pictures of hairy armed women
liberationists and Jackie Onassis blowing her nose.
The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb,
Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom
Jones, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be right back after a message
bbout a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat.

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.

March 25, 2010

Report: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing, and Civic Engagement in LA

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:45 PM by minoritybrief

In Los Angeles, each foundation dollar spent on advocacy generated $91 in tangible benefits, according to a new report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. The report examined the organizing, advocacy, and civic engagement of 15 organizations in Los Angeles County between 2004 to 2008. The research is part of NCRP’s Grantmaking for Community Impact Project, which is designed to demonstrate the return on investment for nonprofit advocacy grant funding. Previous reports have examined the positive return on investments for policy work by nonprofits in Minnesota, New Mexico, and North Carolina.

Colorlines–Is the Health Care Bill Good for Communities Of Color?

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:30 PM by minoritybrief

The health care bill that President Obama is signing today is a far cry from our initial vision for universal medical coverage. Undocumented immigrants remain excluded; anti-choice forces cynically use health care to advance their misogynist agenda; and the paradigm that health care is about profit, not people, remains unchallenged.

Did we lose? Have we failed?

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November 16, 2009

Who’s Eating: Food Insecurity in the U.S.

Posted in Poverty, Social Policy, Uncategorized tagged , at 10:29 PM by minoritybrief

First the good news – According to a new USDA report, 85 percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2008, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.  Unfortunately the other side of that number means that the remaining households (14.6 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year, including 5.7 percent with very low food security.  In those cases, the food intake of one or more household members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food.  Single moms, blacks, and Hispanics were more likely to experience some degree of insecurity. As a candidate President Obama pledged to end hunger among children by 2015. The USDA now plans to utilize $85 million on programs that serve children dependant on schools for breakfast and lunch. As Congress considers healthcare and possible stimulus packages and tax cut extensions, $85 million starts to look awfully small. Somewhere in the mix, Congress and the USDA need to implement more programs and policies specifically geared toward our children.

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