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901 Block Squad out to blunt youth violence

901 Block Squad out to blunt youth violence

The goal is to give life to an accountable personification of the street law that says "game recognizes game."

The official announcement was set for Thursday (Oct. 18). Mayor AC Wharton Jr.'s Innovati

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  • Written by Tony Jones
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Sales tax increase gets boost from local NAACP

Sales tax increase gets boost from local NAACP

Madeleine Taylor gave specific reasons why the Memphis Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is endorsing a countywide half-cent sales tax increase.

"The funds would be used to support pre-K," said Taylor, the organization's executive director, during a press conference at NAACP headquarters on Monday (Oct. 15.)

Members of the group's executive board surrounded Taylor. It was crafted as a show of solidarity for the half-cent tax increase that Mayor A C Wharton Jr., other elected officials, a group of ministers and a coalition of civic and community organizations have been pushing for more than a week.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry
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Whalum labels NAACP support of sales tax hike ‘heartbreaking’

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. – taking advantage of social media – has sent out word that he finds the Memphis Branch-NAACP's support of the proposed half-cent sales tax increase "heartbreaking."

"It's heartbreaking to read about Memphis' oldest and most revered civil rights organization gathered in their corporate offices on Vance Avenue to announce their support for a county-wide half-cent sales tax increase that may or may not be used to fund what is referred to as "universal pre-k education," wrote Whalum in a message widely distributed on Wednesday.

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NYSE Workshop at EmergeMemphis

NYSE Workshop at EmergeMemphis

Since becoming president of the Black Business Association of Memphis, Roby S. Williams' chief goal has been to promote BBA's member businesses and provide them with full opportunities in the marketplace.

That's one of the reasons Williams chose to attend last week's New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Big StartUp "Small Business Connections: Marketing Meets Microfinancing" workshop at EmergeMemphis, a business and technology-based incubator.

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Bowers, Dems call for ‘poll-watcher brigade’

Bowers, Dems call for ‘poll-watcher brigade’

Former State Sen. Kathryn Bowers says a series of actions by the local election commission amount to "shenanigans" – a point she stressed during a press conference this week (Oct. 10).

Set against a backdrop of elected Democratic officials and party surrogates, Bowers staged a call for volunteers to work as a 200-member "poll-watching brigade."

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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Rock-steady Armstrong shares police-director views

Rock-steady Armstrong shares police-director views

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says it is time for the African-American community to quit reacting and take action to fight the growing pattern of youth violence in the city.

"The sad reality is that it takes an incident like this to raise awareness," said Armstrong, referencing the Sept. 24 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Justin Thompson by off-duty police officer Terrance Shaw. "I feel like there are things as a community that we should be doing now to prevent us from having to march for another young man who may be the victim of a shooting, not by a police officer, but by another young man like him."

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Healing the Broken Village – not ‘moment’ but ‘movement’

Healing the Broken Village –  not ‘moment’ but ‘movement’

"The Maasai Tribes of Kenya and Tanzania are revered as some of the most intelligent and accomplished cultures on the African culture. Their warriors were among the most fearsome, and their traditions meaningful and enduring. Since the very beginning, elders and villagers from neighboring tribes have greeted each other with 'Kasserian Ingeria': 'How are the children?' The well being of their children is most prized over all. It is still the tribe's greeting and their gravest concern. We must, likewise, understand the urgency of that inquiry, 'How are the children?' Our village is broken, and we must – all of us – take ownership of it's healing. This is our greatest concern: healing our broken village."

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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Movie, panel discussion frame talk on education

Movie, panel discussion frame talk on education

Local educators, business leaders and parents gathered to help "break the monopoly of mediocrity" in the Memphis school system during a forum on education reform held Wednesday (Oct. 10) at the Malco Paradiso Theatre in East Memphis.

Hosted by the Greater Memphis Chamber, The Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the National Chamber Foundation, the event featured the controversial film "Won't Back Down" and a panel discussion on the evolving education system in Greater Memphis.

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