Archive for December, 2010

LAPD insists it’s tough when investigating racial profiling by officers

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

(LA Times) Responding to criticism from the U.S. Justice Department, the watchdog for the Los Angeles Police Commission, as well as LAPD officials, this week largely defended the handling of racial profiling investigations.

Nicole Bershon, the Police Commission’s inspector general, is scheduled to present the civilian oversight panel Tuesday with a lengthy report that evaluates how a newly formed LAPD unit investigates claims of racial profiling against officers. The review follows a warning last month from Justice Department officials to Bershon and the LAPD that both were falling short in addressing racial profiling complaints.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is expected to present a written response to Bershon’s report to the commission Tuesday.

After completing sweeping reforms ordered by federal officials, the LAPD still remains under federal supervision on a handful of issues, including racial profiling, and must persuade the Justice Department that it can adequately police itself before federal scrutiny can be withdrawn.

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2nd African American joins Tiger Woods on the PGA tour

Monday, December 6th, 2010

(Statesman) Joseph Bramlett, a 23-year-old former Stanford standout, earned a PGA Tour card, joining Tiger Woods as the only players on tour of black descent. Bramlett shot a 4-under 68 Monday in Winter Garden, Fla., rallying from 33rd at the start of the day to make the cutoff for a tour card by two strokes. He finished 11 under at the six-round final stage of qualifying school to tie for 16th.

The top 25 scores and ties earned PGA Tour cards for 2011. Billy Mayfair won the tournament at 18 under 411.

Among the notables who did not qualify: Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, and Briny Baird, who lost his card on the final hole of the year at Disney to finish No. 127 on the money list. Austin’s Omar Uresti was well off the pace at 432.

Mid-Terms Elect New African American Members of Congress

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

(Black Voice News) As recently reported in the Wall Street Journal, While centrist Democrats bore the brunt of the mid-term election losses, members of the Black and Hispanic caucuses won 56 of 60 re-election bids. The more than 40 returning African American members of Congress and at least five new ones are coming to Washington fired up and determined to beat back the coming attacks on the progressive agenda the country voted for in 2008.

As a result of the elections, seven new African Americans will be sworn-in as new House members on January 5th.

These include two Tea Party endorsed Black Republicans — Tim Scott, of South Carolina, and Allen West, of Florida, — and the first Black woman ever to represent the state of Alabama , Terri Sewell.

A native of Selma , Terri Sewell, DAL, comes from a politically active family that placed a strong emphasis on education.

Her mother was the first African American woman elected to the Selma City Council. Sewell is a graduate of both Princeton and Harvard Law School and currently works as a public interest lawyer in Birmingham. High on her legislative priorities list is job creation, health care, and help for Black farmers.

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Boardrooms need more diversity

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

(Philadelphia Inquirer) One hundred years ago, the Negro Business Directory was published. It identified black-owned businesses and listed the sectors that employed sizable numbers of black workers in Pennsylvania.

In Philadelphia, the directory identified five black-owned insurance companies and an astounding 20 newspapers. It reported that more than 3,000 blacks were employed in “manufacturing and mechanical pursuits,” and nearly 4,000 in “trade and transportation.” It listed 30 black physicians, 16 lawyers, 11 dentists, and two druggists. The directory didn’t survey corporate boards of directors, but it likely would have found no African Americans on them.

In the intervening 100 years, we’ve certainly made some strides, but not as many as you might think.

Today, the Urban League of Philadelphia and KPMG’s Philadelphia office are releasing a survey of African American participation on the boards of public companies in our region, “Opportunity at the Top: Leadership and Diversity of Corporate Boards.” The results are sobering.

While African Americans make up 44 percent of the population of Philadelphia and 20 percent of the region, they account for just 4 percent of the 678 directors of companies that responded to the survey. Twenty-six percent of the responding companies said they have one African American board member; less than 2 percent have more than one.

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Is There a Last Gasp for Immigration Reform?

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

(CBS News) Among the many initiatives Democrats are trying to get passed in the lame-duck session is an immigration bill known as the DREAM Act that would allow certain young undocumented immigrants to apply for citizenship.

The DREAM Act is a major priority of Hispanic groups, who represent a growing and crucial voting bloc. Without them Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, among other western Democrats, would now be preparing for retirement.

What these groups want is comprehensive immigration reform, something Reid promised to get done this year back in April, vowing “no excuses” for failure. They aren’t getting it, but they view the DREAM Act as a start: The bill would allow illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children (before age 16), have lived in America for five consecutive years, have no serious criminal record and who have a high-school degree or GED certificate to apply for citizenship on the condition that they attend college or serve in the military for two or more years.

Republicans have hammered the DREAM Act as amounting to “amnesty” for illegal immigrants.

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