Community Corner…National Urban League

Opening ReMARCs – Encouraging More Students of Color to Pursue STEM Careers

A recent study of technological innovators – award-winners and patent-holders – revealed a dismal lack of diversity, a natural consequence of the underrepresentation of women and people of color in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions.

Among the findings:

  • Women represent only 12 percent of U.S. innovators.
  • U.S.-born people of color – 32% of the US-born population – make up just 8 percent of U.S.-born innovators. These groups constitute 32 percent of the total U.S.-born population.
  • African Americans comprise just half a percent of U.S.-born innovators.

National Urban League Trustee Donna Epps, Vice President Public Policy and Strategic Alliances at Verizon, recently highlighted some of Verizon’s efforts to broaden and deepen the nation’s pool of potential innovators.

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Civil Rights Groups Ask Feds to Keep an Eye on States as New Education Law Moves Forward

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The country’s most vulnerable children need assurances that their interests are being protected as a new federal education law takes effect, civil rights leaders said Friday.

That includes students who are living with disabilities; from poor families; English-language learners; Native Americans; LGBT; homeless; in foster care; in the juvenile justice system; and boys and girls of color.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 54 organizations issued a letter to acting Education Secretary John B. King urging him to use whatever power he could to make sure states and school districts implement the Every Student Succeeds Act with “robust and meaningful” regulations and oversight.

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“Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.”

Horace Mann, “Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” 1881

The Business of Incarceration: Severing the Prison to Profits Pipeline

America is addicted to incarceration.

No nation holds as many people behind bars as the United States of America, and the numbers tell it all. The United States imprisons 716 people for every 100,000 residents. That is more than any other country on this planet. Our nation has the largest prison population in the world—both in terms of the actual number of inmates and as a percentage of the country’s population. While the United States has less than five percent of the world’s population, we lock up almost 25 percent of the world’s total prison population. Well-meaning people will differ on the question of whether or not America’s war on crime has truly benefitted the American taxpayer, but because numbers don’t lie, we cannot question the fact that our criminal justice obsession with retribution—versus rehabilitation—has profited private prison operators in our nation’s sprawling prison industrial complex to the tune of billions of dollars.

The country’s two largest private prison operators, Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group, recently posted their earnings. Combined, the two for-profit prison companies collected $361 million in profits last year. According to In the Public Interest, a research and policy center, CCA made $3,356 in profit for every person they incarcerated and GEO Group made $2,135. Incarcerating Americans at the staggering rate of one in every 110 adults has become a profitable business that promotes the bottom lines of CEOs, but fails to promote effective public safety strategy. Research has shown that investing in social programs and education—resources that can help keep people out of jail in the first place—is far more effective at improving public safety than investing in incarceration. Policies that promote prison over education, incarceration over mental health services and jail over job services comes at the long-term cost of our collective well-being and safety.

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Save the Date: Registration for 2016 National Urban League Conference is Now Open!

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Mark your calendars! For four power-packed days, political, business, and community leaders will convene for the 2016 National Urban League Conference, August 3-6, 2016. Join us in Baltimore as we confront the crisis in Education, Jobs, and Justice facing our communities. We look forward to seeing you for an inspiring and empowering conference that will provide you with unmatched professional, civic engagement, business development, and networking opportunities.

REGISTER by April 15, 2016 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing.

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New Legislation Working to Strengthen Social Security

Take ActionSocial Security is one of, if not, the greatest social programs of all time. Social Security has had a profound impact on the quality of life for all American seniors, since its inception in 1935. It is a lifeline for those who need it the most.

Nearly two-thirds of seniors currently depend on Social Security for most of their income. Last year, the program kept 21 million Americans out of poverty.

Social Security is especially important for African Americans. The poverty rate would be 53 percent for African American seniors if there was no Social Security; it is currently 18 percent. Fifty-five percent of unmarried African American seniors and 25 percent of married seniors rely on Social Security for 90 percent or more of their income.

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Springfield Urban League Program Gets Kids Off Drugs

Springfield Urban League (Springfield, IL) Youth Empowerment Director Courtney Carson said Thursday too many of Springfield’s youth are turning to drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and mali, instead of going to class and focusing on their future.

Eighteen-year-old Rickey Smallie said before he started turning things around at the Springfield Empowerment Center, he was one of those kids.

“You’ve got a friend, and he wants to go smoke here, and you’ve got to think, do I really want to smoke or hang out here, or do I want to go to school and do my homework and hit the books,” Smallie said.

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