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Three black teens are finalists in a NASA competition. Hackers spewing racism tried to ruin their odds.

By Perry Stein in the Washington Post

The three D.C. students couldn’t believe the news. They’d developed a method to purify lead-contaminated water in school drinking fountains, and NASA announced last month that they were finalists in the agency’s prestigious high school competition — the only all-black, female team to make it that far.  Continue reading


A standing ovation for the Starbucks CEO who confronted the truth about racism in America

By Leonard Pitts in the Miami Herald

Racism is a white problem.

I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation. They’ll note the self-evident truth that prejudice is confined to no one culture or color. Having known more than a few African-American bigots, homophobes and anti-Semites, I’ll be happy to concede the point. Continue reading


VETERANS FOR PEACE: Accompanying Honduras

by Ken Jones     February 3, 2018

As the bus was taking our accompaniment delegation to Honduras to the airport for our return home, it stopped by the offices of Radio Progreso. Piling on to the bus came some twenty staff members of the station to bid us goodbye. Each of them greeted us with an embrace, a kiss, or a clasp of hands expressing heartfelt gratitude for our having come to be with them at this dangerous and chaotic time in their country. It was a striking gesture of affection that deeply touched us, the visiting delegates.


Take the Implicit Racial Bias Test on Race – available online from Harvard

Last week, we saw two people, breaking no law or code of conduct, arrested at Starbucks. Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were treated like criminals because of their identity – they are black and male. A white woman manager perceived them to be a threat and called the police. The police took her word for it, handcuffing and escorting the men out. Even though they were just peacefully waiting for a colleague before purchasing their beverages. In some sense, this story is not new.


Data and Trust – 4 Painful Lessons from Facebook By Frank Grillo and Mark Blessington

If there was ever a doubt about the strategic nature of data, it should be long gone now. Facebook has made a public spectacle of what happens when you get your data strategy wrong. An early read on four macro-level lessons Facebook teaches us about data strategy is provided below.  An article is sent in by Mark Blessington


MOUNTAIN TRUE – Action, Issues & Advocacy

The NC Department of Environmental Quality has extended the deadline for public feedback about North Carolina’s coal combustion residuals (CCR) rules from March 22 to April 6. The DEQ has indicated that they plan to enact their own state CCR rules in addition to the federal rules, which are at risk of being weakened by current EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. If the federal rules are weakened, we need to make sure the state CCR rules can step in to help defend our waters and our communities.


ON BEING PROJECT expanded in 2018 to meet tender, tumultuous moments

Friends, listeners, and comrades; beloved community,
I am happy to announce that as of next Saturday (May 12, 2018, the weekly email offering from On Being will be back.
 
We’ve been quiet these last few months while investing inside – moving out of start-up mode in our young organization and building the organizational depth we’ve needed to meet a tender, tumultuous moment. We are now the On Being Project. And I’m thrilled to introduce you to the beautiful, expanded On Being team.


Women Firefighters in a Predominantly Male Culture

Women Firefighters Say Abuse is Rife but Men Go Unpunished – The Guardian News May, 2018

and an historic perspective…

Fighting Forest Fires is Filthy Work – Lake Chelan, Washington State 1977

By Deidre Duffy – Asheville, North Carolina

Fighting forest fires is filthy work. Grit and grime, soot and smoke get in every nook and cranny, every orifice of your body. It doesn’t bother you much while you are digging fire line, dragging hoses or busting up smoldering logs.


IDA B. WELLS the unsung heroine of the civil rights movement, and the National Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery

The pioneering African American reporter counted, investigated and reported lynchings in America as no one had done before.

‘Lynching is color-line murder’: the blistering speech denouncing America’s shame. The pioneering African American investigative reporter Ida B Wells gave this impassioned speech Lynching Our National Crime Originally published in the 1909 National Negro Conference  The journalist and agitator Ida B Wells dispenses with the notion that the lynching of black men was a means of protecting white women, in a furious, lucid diatribe against the practice – and the federal government’s reluctance to put a halt to it.

 


The Cheater’s Guide to Beating Alzheimers: New Research and Prevention Breakthroughs

By Paula Spencer Scott in Parade

Sometimes I walk into a room and can’t remember why. I lose my keys. I blank on names. So I wonder: Could I be heading for Alzheimer’s, the way my dad and my grandmother did? Or is there a way I can beat such a fate?

That’s how I found myself in a New York City doctor’s office one recent winter afternoon, playing computer card-matching games and identifying smells like lemon and Play-Doh. These brain tests were part of my extensive workup at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, the first of its kind in the U.S. and one of only a handful of centers to focus on the emerging science of dementia risk assessment and prevention strategies.  Continue reading


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