March 12, 2015

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The Curious Case of David Koch

What do we really know about David Koch? Most people primarily know him for being super rich. He is one-half of the billionaire sibling pair known as ‘The Koch Brothers’; recognized for being prolific donors to conservative political action committees and organizations such as Americans for Prosperity and the Tea Party. David Koch brands himself […]

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March 10, 2015

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Don’t Just Vote for President!

There is a particularly problematic proposition out there that in order to get things done and see real changes, we need to concentrate primarily on the presidential elections. Are presidential elections important? Yes – they serve a vital function in forming a national agenda on hot-button issues as immigration, laying out plans which dictate the […]

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March 4, 2015

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The Power of “No”

March has been declared Women’s History Month for almost thirty years, twenty eight to be exact. But, we don’t necessarily need a national declaration to bring attention to the impact women have on society, do we? When I think of women who shaped the nation I know today, I imagine Sojourner Truth pioneering the abolition […]

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March 2, 2015

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FEGS

Too Big To Fail For Me – Can FEGS Get a Bailout?

(image credit to Crain’s New York Business) In early 2015, The Federation Employment & Guidance Service, or FEGS, announced that it would close its doors and cease operations. To the City of New York, this meant that the New York City Human Resources Administration’s largest and most prominent provider of job placement services would no […]

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February 26, 2015

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Arva Rice

Message from NY Urban League CEO Arva Rice

Dear Young Professionals, During this Black History Month, the New York Urban League is celebrating the rich history of African Americans, sharing the history of the Urban League movement, and creating a little history of our own. Our month began with our annual Champions of Diversity Award Breakfast.  For the past eleven years, a panel […]

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February 24, 2015

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Are We Ready For Hillary?

While President Barack Obama calmly waits out the remainder of his term, confidently pushing for relaxed relations with Cuba and reveling in a revitalized economy, 2016 Republican presidential candidates uneasily pace as they theorize as to whether Hillary Clinton will run or not.  While several viable and noteworthy Democratic candidates exist,  they live in a […]

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February 12, 2015

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Voting-Rights

We Might Need a Freedom Summer Reboot

Almost 50 years later the enemies that the activists in Freedom Summer fought so hard to vanquish have continued their battle. Stanley Fritz’s only question is: what are you going to do about it?

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January 23, 2015

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#Blackwomenmatter: Taking a Stand Against Street Harassment

… finally, take a minute to say Black Lives Matter, and when you do, remind those around you that the phrase isn’t just for men, it’s for women, it’s for Lesbians, Gay Black Men, as well as African Americans in the Transgender community. They need our love, they need our help, they want our support, its about time we stepped up and became the hero.

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