Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

The Permanence Project

Beta Testing Permanence Project

Interested in beta testing a new online public policy engagement tool? This week, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) announced the enrollment launch of a new virtual community, named the Permanence Project. The project is designed to engage the public around policy issues impacting black communities. As part of the enrollment launch, the CBCF is […]

Election Day Long Lines: Resource Allocation

Long Lines at the Polls

Is there a correlation between election day lines and resource allocations? Yes – and minority voters are suffering as a result (or quite possibly by design). Research recently published by NYU Law’s Brennan Center for Justice focused on an issue that received much media attention on election day 2012 – incredibly long lines at the […]

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Trayvon Martin & Countless Others: Where Do We Go From Here?

Hands Up Dont Shoot

First of all, our thoughts and prayers go out to the mother, father and family of Michael Brown. There are no words of comfort that can ease the loss of your beloved child. Though we did not know Michael, we are grateful for his life, and certainly his death is not in vain. Our hearts […]

Projection: 90,000 Unaccompanied Children will hit the US Border by Year End

Familes and Children Held In U.S. Customs and Border Protection Processing Facility

The number is astounding, and begs the question, “why kids?” In a recent interview with the National Journal, Leslie Velez, senior protection officer at the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, explains why tens of thousands of children are fleeing El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala—some of the most dangerous places in this hempisphere. On Capitol Hill, […]

The Global Women’s Movement


Are you plugged into the Women’s Movement that is happening around the world? From towns and cities in America, to places around the globe including Nepal and India, women are leading the creation of a better planet for us all. Recently the Kansas Star published an interview featuring Mamie Hughes, an elder who has dedicated […]

Everybody Can Be Great

Dr. King Arrested Image

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every year, at the beginning of the […]

Health Insurance Marketplace: Applications Open Oct. 1st


What is the Health Insurance Marketplace? The Health Insurance Marketplace is sometimes known as the health insurance “exchange”, also known as Obamacare. Enrollment begins Oct. 1st and can be done in three ways: Online, by mail, or in-person You can apply for Marketplace coverage three ways: online, by mail, or in-person with the help of […]

Message from Anita Estell: March on Washington, 50th Anniversary Reflection

Congressman John Lewis and Anita Estell

Congress is still on August recess, but activity in Washington, DC picked up this weekend with the March on Washington and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s I Have a Dream speech. Thousands of people from various walks of life participated on Saturday, and events will continue over the […]

Message from Anita Estell: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (MOW)

50th Anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Justice

The struggle for good paying jobs, quality education, housing and equality are fleeting notions for millions of Americans. Fifty years after the March on Washington (MOW) I find myself sobered by the level of despair and deprivation confronting so may people in the US.  I know folks who did all of the right things: went […]

The Thursday Luncheon Group

Capitol Hill

Have you heard of the Thursday Luncheon Group? It is one of the Department of State’s 11 Employee Affinity Groups, the Thursday Luncheon Group (TLG) monitors recruitment, assignments, employment practices, promotion patterns, training, and other personnel matters of vital interest to minorities in the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Founded […]

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