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Dec 18th

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Minorities and Women in STEM: Part 2

Minorities and Women in STEM: Part 2STEM jobs are increasing at staggering rates, meanwhile the amount of minorities and women graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics remains alarmingly low. This leads to a lack of intellectual capital causing wages in the field to be comparatively high, while also encouraging outsourcing and the growth of racial and gender income disparities. In order to prevent such effects and increase the supply of much needed STEM educated individuals, more minorities and women must be brought into the STEM field.
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Marching to the ballot box

Marching to the ballot boxIt is inaccurate for newscasters to say, "In the aftermath of the recent racial turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., calm and peace has now been restored." Peace is not the absence of violence, war, inhumanity or oppression. Peace is the presence of equality, empowerment and justice.
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Minorities in STEM (Part 1)

Minorities in STEM (Part 1)In 2013, Forbes magazine published an article titled, "For Metros with Flourishing Economies, Tech Sector at Center of Job Growth," the statement is as true then as it is now. Technology jobs are poised to outnumber jobs in almost every other sector. While this change holds benefits to some communities, it poses an economic barrier to others.
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Police the police with surveillance

Police the police with surveillanceExcept for the Good Lord, everybody has someone or something to "check" him or her. Unfortunately, President Obama has an unresponsive Congress to check him, and Supreme Court to do the same. Elected officials are checked by voters (when they vote), and the Securities and Exchange Commission usually checks corporate crooks. Reputable media sources correct their errors and plagiarists lose their jobs. Everybody has to answer to somebody. There are consequences for everyone – except the police.
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From 'hands up, don't shoot' to 'hands up, vote'

From 'hands up, don't shoot' to 'hands up, vote'Out of every momentous national tragedy that Black Americans have continued to endure in the United States, there has always emerged a redeeming moment to push harder and further on the long journey toward freedom, justice and equality. The continuing unrestrained fatal police killings of Black American males in St. Louis County, Missouri is now described as part of a national "open season" to kill Blacks in America. What should we do now? What is the redeeming action that should be taken?
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OutFront Minnesota speaks out in support of Michael Brown

OutFront Minnesota speaks out in support of Michael BrownThe killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. demands that we speak out about this tragic injustice.
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Strong programs, strong mentors, and strong mindsets

Strong programs, strong mentors, and strong mindsetsWe know the commonly repeated claim that there are more Black men in prison than in college isn't true—but in 2011 Black men accounted for fewer than 6 percent of undergraduate students and 4 percent of graduate students, though they made up 8.7 percent of 18-29 year olds. Many who go to college never graduate. At a recent symposium co-sponsored by the Children's Defense Fund and the Educational Testing Service on "Advancing Success for Black Men in College," the focus was on solutions and how to get more young men to attend and graduate from college. The marvelous opening panel featured four Black men in college sharing their experiences including the opportunities that helped them most—and the advice they would give to an audience of third grade Black boys.
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