Federal election monitors for the May 6th election?
The Rev. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. is pushing a request to the U.S. Department of Justice and Ninth District Congressman Steve Cohen is using his access to Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to press the case.
Meanwhile, Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Robert Meyers said Wednesday that election monitors would be freely welcomed, if ordered.
Jesse Jackson Sr. spoke with Roland Martin Tuesday and confirmed reports that his son was placed in solitary confinement recently for advising other prisoners of their rights. He was later transferred to another prison.
According to the Associated Press:
Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved from the federal prison in North Carolina to a minimum security prison camp in Montgomery.
Al Sharpton has been called many names. Add CI-7 to that list.
According to a lengthy report published by The Smoking Gun news website, Sharpton was a confidential FBI informant—code named CI-7—for several years in the mid-1980s.
On Monday, the Smoking Gun published documents that purport to show that the current host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC was once an informant. According to the news site, Sharpton carried a briefcase fitted with a recording device that he used to tape conversations that detailed mob hits, extortion schemes and the activities of Genovese crime family.
Education in the United States is vaulting into the digital era. Students today can use Facebook to create book report-related author pages, while teachers can Skype in experts for in-class science lessons.
But with disparities in funding and allocation of resources, the rush to inject more technology into classrooms is leaving many behind.
"I saw maybe one or two very old computers in the Atlanta preschools [I visited]," says Pilar Carmina Gonzalez, a researcher for the Education Development Center (EDC), a global non-profit that works to enhance education through the use of technology. Gonzalez recently visited schools in Atlanta and Florida, and says some schools still struggle with even just email access.
On March 19th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $115 million over five years to 21 organizations to provide technical assistance (TA) and capacity building to health departments, AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) implementing high-impact prevention and improving outcomes in the care continuum for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Not one of the new CDC grantees is a black organization. The effect of this decision is that black organizations have been locked out of leading technical assistance and capacity building in this country for the next five years.
It is obvious why this should be an issue of concern for black people, for the overall public and for anyone who is sincerely interested in ending the AIDS epidemic in America. Let's look at the numbers: There are about 1.2 million Americans living with HIV today. Nearly 50 percent of them are black. Of women living with HIV in the U.S., nearly 64 percent are black; among gay and bisexual men, the rate is 32 percent.
Recent Supreme Court decisions on voting rights and political contributions have rescued the Republican Party from the brink of political oblivion and instead threaten to permanently undermine the very fabric of American democracy.
The court's 5-4 decision last week in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission eliminated the aggregate cap on individual campaign donations. The ruling promises to, in the words of dissenting Justice Stephen Breyer, "open a floodgate" that will engulf American politics on an unprecedented scale. Ending limits on political contributions to federal candidates means that the court has willfully amplified the already powerful voices of the rich campaign donor class. Chief Justice John Roberts countered Breyer with the reasoning that the decades-old limit on individual donations represented a 1st amendment violation of free speech. From this perspective a dollar in campaign contributions has the equivalent power of $100,000, a notion that is absurd.
Location is one of the most revealing pieces of information about us. In 2013, researchers found that four instances of a person's location at a given point in time were enough to uniquely identify 95 percent of the individuals they examined.
"Human mobility traces are highly unique," the researchers wrote. "Mobility data is among the most sensitive data currently being collected."
Location is also predictive. In another study, researchers at Microsoft were able to use location data to predict where people would be in the future. Wednesdays were the easiest to predict, and weekends the hardest. "While your location in the distant future is in general highly independent of your recent location," the researchers wrote, "it is likely to be a good predictor of your location exactly one week from now."