Archive for September, 2012

How Union Membership Benefits African American And Latino Workers

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

(Think Progress) Workers across the country experience a “union premium” — an increase in wages for workers who belong to a labor union compared to workers who are not organized. That premium amounted to $1.24 per hour last year, a 17.3 percent premium. And according to a new study from the Economic Policy Institute, union membership is even more important for African American and Latino workers, whose union premiums exceed that of white workers.

Black union members have a union premium of $2.60, earning them about 17.3 percent more than black non-union workers. Black men who belong to a union see a 20 percent increase over the normal wage; for black women, the increase is 14.8 percent. Union membership is even more beneficial to Latinos, whose men and women workers earn union premiums of 29.3 percent and 15.7 percent, respectively. (Latinos’ union premium is 23.1 percent overall.).

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Gripes aside, blacks still back Obama

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

(Politico) African Americans still take pride in President Barack Obama’s election — but four years later, they’re also still looking for results.

Recalling the hopes and dreams of 2008, they’re left wondering what happened to the Obama who stood for helping the poor, bringing down inner city violence and advocating for them. There are complaints that he didn’t invite every black leader to every event they wanted to be at, attend every black group’s convention, or prioritize every concern brought to him by the Congressional Black Caucus.

In office, Obama’s interactions with the African-American community have largely taken two forms: controversies — including just last month, when he was forced to defend Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” comment — and paying tribute to the civil rights movement and its leaders.

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Arizona immigration law to take effect as judge upholds contentious section

Friday, September 7th, 2012

(The Guardian) A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, which critics have dubbed the "show me your papers" provision.

The ruling by US district judge Susan Bolton clears the way for police to carry out the 2010 law's requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.

The requirement has been at the center of a two-year legal battle that culminated in a US supreme court decision in June upholding the requirement.

Opponents then asked Bolton to block the requirement, arguing that it would lead to systematic racial profiling and unreasonably long detentions of Latinos if it's enforced.

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‘Latino Barack Obama’ Julian Castro enters national spotlight at DNC

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


(Globe and Mail) A telegenic young Texas mayor billed as a Latino Barack Obama in the making, Julian Castro, bounded on to the world’s brightest political stage Tuesday, the first Hispanic to give a keynote speech at the Democratic convention.

The 37-year-old mayor of San Antonio, the second-largest city in the Lone Star State, told his family’s personal rags-to-rich story, the embodiment of the American dream.


Ahead of the speech – the most important of his political life – he told AFP there were a few butterflies.

“Of course, I’m a bit nervous but I know that when I walk up there I’ll be ready for it,” Mr. Castro said.

In the end, his performance brought adulation from the party faithful and complimentary comparisons to President Barack Obama, whose speech at the 2004 convention catapulted him toward the White House.

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Tech accelerators can bring diversity to all-white, all-male startups

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012


(Venture Beat) This is a guest post from Media Ideation Fellowship’s, Erin Polgreen 

The Slurpee straw is the pinnacle of straw innovation. Widened to accommodate refreshment the consistency of baby food — and with a little shovel-shaped bottom — the Slurpee straw gets it done.

So, consider a Slurpee straw with a hole in the side: Can it even be called a Slurpee when the would-be slurper pulls unsatisfying sips of air through her straw? No. The technical term for that, I believe, is a soggy paper cup full of food coloring and sucrose.

The tech field has a similar problem. The pipeline for entrepreneurial talent, like a broken Slurpee straw, has many strengths and is delivering new products and tools faster than ever before. We are officially up to our ears in accelerators and incubators, which is terrific. There are so many accelerators, in fact, I recently learned that they’rerunning out of land for all of them.

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Should Asians Be Excluded From Affirmative Action Programs/Diversity Scholarships In The United States?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012


(Forbes) No.

The argument for race-conscious affirmative action is that, all other factors being equal, people of color still experience obstacles to pursuing an education based on subtle discrimination in policy or daily practice. This certainly applies to Asian Americans.Sure, the benefit given to an affluent Asian student should not be as great as that given to a lower-income Asian student, but I’m open to the possibility that this affluent Asian student still experiences more educational obstacles than similarly affluent white students.

The basis of an affirmative action policy that evaluates race must consider the unique challenges experienced by Asian students. Consider the Asian American student population, which is widely diverse. Many students’ parents are immigrants. Some are immigrants themselves. While some students’ parents immigrated as college or graduate students themselves, others immigrated as refugees or migrant workers. Asian American households experience longer periods of continuous unemployment than any other group.[1] Many Asian American parents do not have English fluency, which limits civic participation. Asian Americans experience employment discrimination in a variety of sectors after graduation, as do their parents.[2] The proportion of legacy applicants among Asian students is much lower than that among white students, due to historically restrictive immigration.

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African American Marrow Donors Needed

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

( According to, many African American patients with Sickle Cell Anemiacannot find marrow donors. There are 8 million people on the Be The Match Registry but only 7% are African American. Sarah Brooks Horan of the National Marrow Donor Programprovided information to assist African Americans with completing a donor application. There is a shortage of African American on the registry said Sarah Horan. “Assisting with the completion of donor applications is giving patients a chance to survive.”

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Military Affirming College Affirmative Action

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012


(Time) The Supreme Court is weighing just how much an applicant’s race can be taken into account when it comes to granting admission to the University of Texas. A recent friend-of-the-court filing by retired U.S. military generals and admirals — with more than 1,200 years’ combined service — makes clear they believe it’s fair to do so.

Oral arguments in the case are slated for October 10 – shortly before the presidential election – and there is concern in some quarters that an increasingly conservative high court could rule the vague affirmative-action guidelines it approved in 2003 are now unconstitutional.

That, the retired officers say, would make developing the diverse officer corps they say is needed to command the nation’s military much tougher.

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CNN Camerawoman: Racial Taunts Aimed At Her Could Happen Anywhere

Saturday, September 1st, 2012


(NPR) "This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue," CNN camerawoman Patricia Carroll, in an interview with an institute that promotes diversity in the news media, says of the ugly racial taunts directed her way Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

As the Maynard Institute writes, Carroll was "assaulted with peanuts and called an animal by two attendees." They said to her, "this is what we feed animals," Carroll told the institute. The incident has gotten considerable attention on the Web.

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