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On being Afro-Latino

On being Afro-LatinoJames Garrett, Jr, 4RM+ULA managing partner and architect responded to a question I asked him recently... whether he considered himself Latino or Black. I want to share the full content of his powerful response.

Having spent 10 years building my genealogy/family trees on both sides of my family, I learned that I do not have 'Spanish blood' but rather sangre from other european populations and former slave masters in a very similar combination to many of my Afro-Latino friends/family.
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Thousands march nearly 900 miles in Journey for justice

Thousands march nearly 900 miles in Journey for justiceSELMA, Alabama--The movement that began in a bungalow is traveling nearly 900 miles to the home of Dr. King's "Dream."

A coalition of organizations, led by the NAACP, embarked Saturday on an 860-mile, 40-day, 40-night march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C. This initiative recalls the original Civil Rights Movement.
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Scam phone calls: IRS Identifies ways to spot suspicious calls

Scam phone calls: IRS Identifies ways to spot suspicious callsThe Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.
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An open letter to Comcast concerning upcoming King "Tut" movie

An open letter to Comcast concerning upcoming King Dear Comcast:

I have issued a complaint with the FCC about the blatant racism of the upcoming three-part mini-series "Tut," set to air on Sunday, July 19-21, 2015, on Spike TV a Comcast channel. The FCC's follow-up directive is that I contact you, Comcast, the cable provider about my grievance.
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Minneapolis gets boost to address rise in behavioral problems in young children

Minneapolis gets boost to address rise in behavioral problems in young childrenMinneapolis was selected by the National League of Cities (NLC) to participate in the City Leadership for Building an Early Learning Nation technical assistance initiative.
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Lawyers ask court to drop Mall of America protest charges

Lawyers ask court to drop Mall of America protest chargesLead attorneys Jordan Kushner and Bruce Nestor for the legal team representing 10 of 11 individuals identified as alleged "ringleaders" of the #BlackLivesMatter peaceful demonstration at the Mall of America in December filed motions on July 1 to dismiss all charges. Motions to dismiss charges for another 25 individuals charged as a result of the peaceful demonstration were also filed.
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Arab Americans are Blacks now

Arab Americans are Blacks nowOn the job application that I filled out 30 years ago, Arabs and people of Middle-Eastern descent were included in the box under "white."

Lots of Arabs didn't mind that and enjoyed the ride of white privilege at least on paper. In the good old days, that is before the 9/11 tragedy, which changed the Americans' psyche toward Arabs and Muslims forever, Arabs thought of themselves as invisible, and racism and racial profiling were just Black issues, not theirs.
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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. begins South Carolina manifesto, Medicaid crusade in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. begins South Carolina manifesto, Medicaid crusade in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Spartanburg, South CarolinaSouth Carolina (July 28, 2015) — "On July 28, 2015, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., national civil rights leader and founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, led a spirited town hall meeting in Rock Hill, South Carolina, calling on Governor Nikki Haley to reconsider her decision to reject nearly $1.2 billion in Medicaid money for the state in 2016. Joined by State Representative John King and Former State Representative James Felder, Rev. Jackson led a full crowd of Rock Hill residents at the Freedom Center in a rousing call for Medicaid expansion.
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New robotic-arm assisted technology transforms joint replacement surgery

New robotic-arm assisted technology transforms joint replacement surgeryChampions Tour professional golfer Hal Sutton (left) and Dr. Robert Hartman of Twin Cities Orthopedics (right) pose with the Stryker Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology during a free arthritis seminar at the Hilton Minneapolis on July 28, 2015.
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The National Bar Association demands the removal of the confederate flag and eradication of systematic racism

The National Bar Association demands the removal of the confederate flag and eradication of systematic racismWashington, DC – The National Bar Association (NBA), the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominantly African-American lawyers, judges, educators and law students, is calling for an immediate change in the attitude and acceptance of the Confederate flag in this country. The flag is viewed as a symbol of oppression, racial inequality and hatred in the African American community; one that citizens of all races, creeds and color are fighting to be removed from our society. The National Bar Association will not sit quietly and observe the Confederate flag debate from the sidelines. Starting today, the organization will call out any states or companies who support the continued production and hanging of a symbol that offends a large portion of this country and reminds African Americans of a time when they were considered property not people.
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Disparities persist in wealth, housing, and education

Disparities persist in wealth, housing, and educationBALTIMORE, MD – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) heard from Baltimore clergy, community leaders, and academics on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at a forum to discuss the vast disparities in economic conditions for African Americans and whites.
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