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Schools Haven’t Figured It Out, So Give Money to the Parents. We Need It.

Whether you support your state’s reopening plans or not, the reality is families locked out of learning for nearly a year are getting fed up. If you have a 6-year-old, like me, then you know online school is a straight-up joke. My husband and I were forced to homeschool, and actually, it has been better for her. My husband gets her doing arts and learning out in nature (she didn’t get that…

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First of Many, Last of None (Hopefully)

Kamala Harris has been sworn in as vice president of the United States, becoming the first woman, first Black person and first Asian American to hold the office. She is also the first graduate of a historically Black college and the first member of a Black sorority to do so. Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath of office. Sotomayor, the first woman of color to serve on the Supreme Court, previously administered…

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New York Attorney General Letitia James Sues New York City Police Department

New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department, citing “a pattern of using excessive force and making false arrests against New Yorkers during peaceful protests” that sought racial justice and other changes. The Black Lives Matter movement and other activists organized large protests across the country last year, after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of police…

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Whither democracy? Americans weigh in on siege of the Capitol

I was interviewed by Christian Science Monitor regarding the white terrorism at the U.S. Capitol yesterday and my reaction to the double standard in treatment between the rioters and BLM protesters. Here are my comments that appeared in the article:“Double standards in policingThe conduct of law enforcement in Washington also baffled civil rights activists in Minneapolis, where police officers killed George Floyd last May, touching off massive protests nationwide against…

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Rise Up with Nekima

Our Executive Director has launched a new podcast, ‘Rise Up’ on Friday in which she interviewed nationally-renowned Law Professor, Mark Osler. Professor Osler is a legal scholar and former prosecutor who recently chaired a prominent panel of national legal experts to review the case of Myon Burrell. The legal panel issued their report last week, along with a recommendation that Myon Burrell be immediately released from prison. This was a…

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January 6th, 2021

As I watch this mess at the Capitol.  If that was a gathering of black people every military & police unit would be there shooting taking lives, tear gas, dogs & guns.  As I watched at 12:51pm a senator said when asked why police didn’t take control, his response was that police were told not to use lethal force because the damage done to the capitol is repairable, but we…

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PUBLIC COMMENT NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS CROWN ACT:

On Tuesday, December 8th, the Community Development Committee of New Orleans City Council unanimously passed the New Orleans CROWN Act to move on to be heard by the full Council!! The love and support of this ordinance has been overwhelming! We are going before the full City Council tomorrow and need your help to get us over the hump!! Please use the link below to give your comments, tell your…

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Verbal Consent

“Jax, do I have permission to wash your penis?”  He’s 6 now, but when my son was a toddler, I’d ask him this question during bath time. Waiting patiently until he answered, “yes” then I would proceed. Answer “no?” I’d give him ownership of the washcloth. You see, even at the age of 2, I wanted to teach him that no one, not even mommy, can touch his body without…

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B.A.E.

I live in West Oakland Ca an area where homelessness unemployment and just plain devastation is experienced 24-7-365 days a year. I have many concerns, however, at this time I’m concerned about people in my community, in the world, who are not college bound for one reason or another.   I wonder if finding a solution to unemployment, homelessness the lack of education & many other challenges Is really what is…

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From The Streets to Motherhood

Day in the life of a formerly incarcerated mother. My name is Selena Lopez and I am formerly incarcerated. I am also a mother to a wonderful seven year old boy named Nathan. I am also currently 37 weeks pregnant expecting my second child. This article will be highlighting the mama section voicing my experience as a mother then and now To begin I want to write about my experience…