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  • Economic Empowerment: The hidden tax: Average Americans pay a tax of 74% that they don't know about and isn't in the media Reposted from David Akadjian at Daily Kos In American media, we hear a lot about the taxes that the wealthy want to cut: Income taxes, estate taxes, and corporate taxes. What we don’t hear about is the largest tax the American labor force faces. This tax is the difference between what we produce and what we get paid.Let’s call this the profit tax because it goes to corporate profits. This tax is taken from workers and redistributed to owners and shareholders. As tax day approaches, I wanted to highlight this hidden tax. 2017 Tax Day March in Philadelphia Taxpayers held protests all over the United States on April 15, 2017, to urge President Trump to release his ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2019, 8:40 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Perspective: Policy recommendations to the 116th Congress for the preservation of public lands Posted from Kathy DeCoster, VP & Director of Federal Affairs at The Trust for Public Land The Trust for Public Land is a U.S non-profit organization with a mission to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. The Trust for Public Land's Federal Affairs Team in Washington, D.C. issued this letter as an overview of their activities in our nation's capital. They are petitioning Congress to:Codify the Antiquities ActReinstate protections for all of Bears Ears National MonumentFully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund ProgramStop the public land sell-offsStop the Charitable Conversation Easement LoopholeCivic Engagement: Local Demonstration at ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2019, 5:46 PM by Rahni Sumler
  • Perspectives: The Missing Black Millennial Reposted from Reniqua Allen at The New RepublicOn a cold winter morning this year, I stepped on a downtown 6 train in New York City. I had just come from a grueling workout, and I was tired and hungry. Bundled up in my coat, with a pocketbook and bulky backpack, I took up more space in the aisle than usual, as if I were some exaggerated version of myself. A few seconds later, a blonde woman about my age huffily pushed by me, annoyed that she had to brush past my backpack. Apparently dismayed that her shove hadn’t gotten the message across, she loudly told me that my bag was in the way. Annoyed at her annoyance, I ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2019, 4:40 PM by Rahni Sumler
  • Media Accountability: Confirmed-- GOP's tea party win under Obama got twice as much media coverage as 2018 Blue Wave Reposted from Eric Boehlert at Daily Kos Last year, Democrats posted their best midterm cycle win since Watergate, flipping 40 seats in the House as part of a sweeping blue-wave pushback against Trump. Yet the three major television networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, devoted less than half as much airtime covering the 2018 resistance midterm cycle as they did covering the GOP's big tea party-assisted House win in 2010 under President Barack Obama.Tea Party Demonstration March 2010 Tea Party demonstration on the Denver Colorado State Capitol. Attributed to dalelanham [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsLast year, during Trump's first midterm election cycle, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2019, 7:56 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Human Rights and Economic Empowerment: Activists demand Wall Street banks break up with Private Prisons in National Valentine's Day protest [with Update!] Reposted from Huiying B. Chan at Daily Kos Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day, but not for Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase. These major Wall Street banks have become the subject of increasing public scrutiny for their funding of the private-prison industry and immigration detention centers. Numerous organizations and individuals—from the worlds of grassroots community organizing to social investing—joined together to expose the true money story behind these banks.In partnership with Daily Kos, Jasmine Rashid at social investing firm Candide Group conducted interviews with key organizers and leaders across the country, in order to get a glimpse into the work of change-makers who are pushing the needle when it comes to exposing ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2019, 7:34 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Rodney Sumler Day 2019 Q&A An evening in budding Spring, lights bloom to life in an opened storefront space. Afrocentric portraits of buildings towered over the reception desk and greeted the people as they entered. The buildings curiously wore warm, dark masks of the people that they housed and were similarly adorned in fantastically textured regalia of Harlem. Rich, bright, and royal sculptures dotted the space, seeming to sway to the smooth beats of quintessential Black, American music.Attracted passer-byers frequently entered the storefront-turned-community-art-space, inquiring if the party was RSVP only. It was but, as part of the community, they were invited too.Last week, there was an article over viewing the presentation given at the event by the late ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2019, 7:30 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • An Introduction To Rodney Sumler Day: Economic, Environmental Justice And Celebrating Organizing Action! Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm March 13, 2015, the Mayor of Winston-Salem declared Rodney Sumler Day (RSD) an official city holiday to honor Rodney Jerome Sumler for his service to the city and for the purpose of continuing the spirit of his mission.  You can RSVP for both the NYC event and Facebook Live event at the link below: https://goo.gl/yCKTGq  Rodney Sumler: Community Activist, Social EntrepreneurThe term "social entrepreneur" was coined in the early 2000s. However, Rodney Sumler had been displaying qualities of social entrepreneurship since beginning his consulting agency, AC Consulting, in the 1970s. His paper, the AC Phoenix Newspaper, served communities in North Carolina for over 30 years. It provided many opportunities for small business and even for ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2019, 12:57 PM by Rahni Sumler
  • Ballotpedia: Here are voter registration deadlines for Upcoming Statewide Elections Ballotpedia Daily Brew from News Editor, Sarah RosierFebruary has drawn to a close and the election season, like the weather, is warming up in some places. Four states are holding statewide general or primary elections in the first half of 2019.Here’s a list of the elections happening in each state along with the voter registration deadlines.Voting Rights for 17-year-olds in US StatesStates (shown in blue) allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries/caucuses if their 18th birthday is before the general election. Image by Daniel Leonard [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsKentucky Primaries: May 21, 2019Kentucky is holding primaries for governor and five other statewide executive offices on May 21.Voters ...
    Posted Feb 27, 2019, 2:46 PM by Rahni Sumler
  • Protecting Black Girls: Here is how I intend to protect my Daughter from Sexual Abuse and Assault Reposted from Rochaun Meadows Fernandez at Daily Kos Looking at my newborn daughter is enough to bring tears to my eyes. Although she is just one month old, her personality and zest for life already shine through. But the headlines I’m seeing in the news these days have given me something to fear. As we move through the process of exposing those who have committed sexual abuse in the #MeToo era, I wonder what her future as a young black girl will bring.Authentic Engagement & Open CommunicationAuthentic engagement with your children in the form of open communication is another way to prevent sexual assault. Talking openly about sexual assault can decrease the chances that your child experiences it ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2019, 6:23 AM by Rahni Sumler
  • Opinion: A Love Letter to my Heart Going on 25 years ago, I was in elementary school. I was one of those little round black girls who wore her hair in plaits, or pig tails. Deep down, I'm still one of those.I remember a tightness in my chest, on two or three occasions. Always around lunch time or in the afternoon, it was a dilapidation pain. At some point, I remember laying down across the table.I don't really remember any thing being done about it. I was brought home and I got a lecture about eating too much pork. That was about it.It wouldn't be until some 25 years later that I finally would get a check in on my heart ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2019, 6:33 AM by Rahni Sumler
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