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A Twitter Hashtag Morphs Into a ‘Bashtag’ for #myNYPD

A Twitter Hashtag Morphs Into a ‘Bashtag’ for #myNYPD

NEW YORK (AP) — To put it in social media terms, the New York Police Department got trolled. The nation’s largest police force learned the hard way that there are legions online devoted to short-circuiting even the best-intentioned public relations campaign — in this case, the NYPD’s Twitter invitation to people to post feel-good photos [...]
Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans Still be New Orleans?NEW ORLEANS ­– When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, it exposed to the world what locals already knew. This vibrant city ­– the place where jazz was born, where the food is legendary, where culture runs deep – had some big problems. The poverty rate was about twice the national average. The [...]
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In Ala., Helping People Find a Voice – and With Voting, TooMy experience working as a family engagement fellow in South Mobile County, Ala. has changed me forever, teaching me the true meaning of community and the ability for everyone to be heard and be whole. The county suffered two catastrophic disasters: Hurricane Katrina destroyed Bayou La Batre, the shrimp capital, and the BP oil spill [...]
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Ricardo Zamudio looks like lots of other young men in America – big, brawny, and with a ready smile. The eldest of three children born to immigrant parents, he arrived in this country as a baby, worked hard in school and landed a football scholarship to the University of Southern California, a dream of thousands [...]
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New Report Details Racial Gap Among U.S. KidsNEW YORK (AP) — In every region of America, White and Asian children are far better positioned for success than Black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap. Titled “Race for Results,” the report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, [...]
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By the time he was 17, Sheldon Smith had already served time in jail and was about to become a father. He appeared to be on his way toward becoming another dismal statistic despite having been an eloquent youth organizer as a young teen. But, instead of letting those significant challenges daunt him, Sheldon used [...]
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If Cesar Chavez Were Alive TodayThis month, a new film documenting Cesar Chavez’s historic campaign to organize farmworkers in America will be released in time for what would have been his 87th birthday. Chavez rose to prominence as a founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW), where he organized thousands of poor Latino workers laboring in fields throughout central California. [...]
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Christina Saeteurn grew up in public housing, one of nine children raised by a single mother. That challenging start, however, seems only to have made Christina more determined to improve life for others in similar circumstances. Like many of her fellow Shriver honorees, Christina never set out to become a community organizer. She’d joined a [...]
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Last month, President Barack Obama unveiled “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative to provide more opportunities for young men of color. It involves community groups, businesses, government and foundations working together to support education programs, keep young people out of the criminal justice system, boost access to college and strengthen neighborhoods. Among the challenges that young [...]
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#Twitter: A Growing Online Force for African AmericansWASHINGTON (AP) — The hashtag gave it away. When a Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder, but not actual murder, in the shooting death of Black teenager Jordan Davis, the hashtag #dangerousblackchildren popped up on Twitter. Users posted photos of Black babies and toddlers, spoofing the fear that Dunn testified he felt before [...]
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