Common Core Results Provide Key Insights Re NHPS’ Direction

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OneWorld community television programs and forums focus on three areas. 

1) Improving Education (at every level).  We work with students, parents, educators and education specialists to address issues that are intended to inform and engage– thereby having a positive impact.

2) Health Literacy: We work to promote overall good health; reduce disparities in health care outcomes by promoting health literacy, working to improve access, and encouraging proactive behaviors, and

3) Civic Engagement:  We strive to Strengthen Families and Communities by focusing on the constructive and productive ways we can all work together to make a positive difference in our communities.

While we have several testimonials of our positive impact; and we know that we have made a difference in the lives of many, we are not always as successful as we would like to be in engaging the Greater NH community in our efforts.  In this the 21st year of production we are trying harder than ever.  As far education goes, we firmly believe that parent involvement is central and critical.  We have heard it from students, teachers, educators and from experts at every level.  Even more important — it is evident.  We invite readers to see short videos linked starting with:
The ABC’s of Parental Involvement from The Teaching Channel:  https://youtu.be/NvQSGvtmuTI

NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS POST GAINS ON COMMON CORE TESTS. The article linked below appeared in the NHI on August 18, 2016.  The chart shows that among the five major urban school districts in CT, NHPS improved the most. This is good news; it also needs to continue everyday, not only when they are preparing for statewide testing.  There needs to be the same commitment and vigilance to teaching and learning every day, if our students are to succeed academically. This is why all parents (as much as is possible) must be an integral part of the academic success equation.

Imma Canelli is gone from NHPS, but after reading these scores she must feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in that her efforts were not in vain. She was totally committed to working constructively with students and teachers.

As the former Deputy Supt for NHPS, Mrs. Canelli was passionate about the Common Core helping NHPS students to master the essentials of 21st Century Literacy & Preparing students for a global world. The last OneWorld program in which she participated in Sept 2015 was titled: EDUCATION AGENDA: Curricula, Parental Involvement & 21st Century Preparation.”

Aliyya Swaby Photo

Lincoln-Bassett’s Keona Kujo, and Elysia Brown on Chromebooks.  Aliya Swaby Photo

“After scoring low on the Common Core-aligned state test last year, New Haven students averaged higher scores this year, improving more than the state average and more than students in other struggling districts.”

  • The state Department of Education released results showing 32.1 percent of New Haven students met literacy standards, and 18.5 percent met math standards, up 5 and 4.9 percentage points, respectively, from the previous year.
  • Students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 took the test over the course of five weeks this past spring.
  • The city made some of the highest gains among Alliance Districts, the 30 lowest-performing in the state.
  • Newhallville’s K-6 Lincoln-Bassett Community School was a standout among the state’s turnaround schools, struggling schools given extra resources through the state Commissioner’s Network.
  • Connecticut agreed to adopt the Common Core, national academic standards setting more rigorous benchmarks in English and math, aligned to the standardized Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exam.
  • New Haven switched to the new standards two years before the state requirement 2015.
  • Click here to see the results for this year.

    New Haven’s gains v. similar districts.

Last year was supposed to be a test run. Though local education officials said that they expected low scores last year, they panicked when the results came out.

Board of Education members debated whether to double down on existing efforts or start anew with fresh approaches.

Teachers union leaders urged officials not to put too much stock in exam results as measures for student success, especially knowing students were adjusting to a harder test.

In an unprecedented move in the city, Mayor Toni Harp got herself elected president of the Board of Education last fall in the wake of the test score results. She released a 10-point plan to implement targeted interventions at the lowest-scoring schools, using money and support from the city and community.

Superintendent Garth Harries said Thursday that the partial rollout of the mayor’s plan was “absolutely a factor” in the testing gains. One of those initiatives, Saturday Academy, was intended to reinforce math and literacy skills using new technology and engage students in activities to promote social-emotional growth.

“We have looked to strengthen our reading work, and even more so going into this year,” Harries said. He said the results reflect “hard and deliberate work across the district.” This is how it should be all the time; the systems in place every day should be about maximum benefits to students.  It needs to be about continuous academic success.  If what Mayor rolled out made a difference, then that should be how the NHPS operate all the time.

But the results also “highlight how far we have to go,” he said, even at schools that showed the most growth.

Fair Haven School students had the lowest percentage of students meeting or exceeding reading standards, at 10.8 percent, and math standards, at 3.8 percent. Troup School was second lowest in both reading and math, at 18.6 percent and 5.1 percent.

Worthington Hooker School students had the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding reading standards at 72.9 percent, and math standards, at 67 percent. Engineering & Science University Magnet School was second highest in reading at 57.35 percent of students meeting standards. West Rock Author’s Academy was second highest in math with half of students meeting standards.”

The stats presented in this article provide much of the information the district needs to make the best decisions for our children.  Look at the schools where students are doing well, and at the ones where they are doing poorly.  What are the main ingredients? Please read the complete article in the NHI linked here: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/gains_common_core/

In past OneWorld  education programs students from various public schools talk about the importance of a successful K-12 education.  It happens everyday, but we can make it better for all students. The students from challenging home environments have the most difficult time academically.  It’s imperative that those making decisions about what happens in our public schools are fully cognizant of the challenges students face and that the academic and psycho-social well being of students come before professional and financial advancements of administrators.

Students also talked about the importance of parental involvement and support. Not all parents know how to academically support their children.

Imma Canelli talked about the importance of providing teachers with the support, guidance and continuous staff development they need to meet the challenges they face daily in the NHPS classrooms; these challenges are not only academic.

The New Haven Public Schools, like all urban school districts where there are high rates of poverty and many issues of disenfranchisement, present various unique challenges to all involved.  Everyone needs to work together cooperatively to ensure the success of ALL students. Equal emphasis needs to be placed on the psycho-social and emotional development of students, and more assistance and guidance need to be provided to parents who need it.

We hear that from those who understand the social, emotional, psychological and financial dynamics that affect students, teachers, parents and administrators at all levels of education.  Below are YouTube segments of education programs that address some of these issues. A visit to the Education segment of our web offers much more information.  Effective education is about more than scoring well on any standardized test.  Students need a sense of well-being; they need to be able to think critically; they need to be able to understand what they read and make the connection between education and their future.  Please take a look at the videos linked below.  OneWorld’s web education section: http://www.oneworldpi.org/education/

  1. Building Success Pathways for ALL Students:  https://youtu.be/nXeZgf7VXNk
  2. Defining the Common Core – with Parents, Students and Educators: https://youtu.be/Uaa1STCJhWI
  3. The Importance of Parents and Teachers Working Together to Help Students Succeed: https://youtu.be/b_vjtSflhe0
  4. Students Talk about the Need to Have Meaningful Engagement:  https://youtu.be/u-XVPAogMXg
  5. OneWorld’s “Education Agenda” Students Perspective on the Role of Education In Molding Successful Lives:  https://youtu.be/mPlqfo53XeY

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Senator Looney Among 1,289 People In CT Who Needs A Kidney

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 Visit this link to learn more about Organ and Tissue and Bone Marrow Donation: http://www.oneworldpi.org/health/organ_donation.html   The  Health Literacy Sections of OneWorld’s web site are at:  http://www.oneworldpi.org/health/health_literacy.html and also at: http://www.oneworldpi.org/health/patient_info.html

SENATOR MARTIN LOONEY NEEDS A NEW KIDNEY

As of August 12, 2016, there were 1,288 people in Connecticut waiting for a kidney transplant.  This does not include Senator Martin Looney; he is not yet on the waiting list.  Getting a directed donation (someone coming forward to donor a kidney specifically to him) is his best chance of getting a timely transplant without going on the waiting list. According to the New Haven Independent “Looney, a well-loved lifetime New Havener who serves as president pro tem of the State Senate, has suffered much of his life from Ankylosing Spondylitis.”  This is a form of spinal arthritis and might account for the physical posture of the senator.

People waiting for transplants in Connecticut as of July 29, 2016: In addition to those waiting for a new kidney, there are 135 people waiting for a Liver transplant; 53 waiting for a Heart transplant; 10 people waiting for a Pancreas (that makes insulin) and 16 waiting for a combined kidney and pancreas.

August Is Minority Donor Awareness Month. Below are some key facts for  National Minority Donor Awareness Month and good information to have:

1. Minority Donor Awareness is about Organ Donation AND Disease Prevention. (There is much we can do to prevent high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.  Get reliable information and be proactive with our health.)

2.  Of those on the waiting list (nationally) 

30% African Americans and 18.7% Hispanics/Latinos

3.  In 2013, over 40% of organ transplant recipients were minorities.

4. Organs are not matched according to race/ethnicity.

5.  Minority groups are more likely than Caucasians to have certain chronic conditions that affect the kidney, heart, lung, pancreas and liver.

6. Many conditions that lead to the need for a transplant – such as diabetes and hypertension – are more prevalent among minority populations.

7. African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics/Latinos are three times more likely than Caucasians to suffer from end-stage kidney disease.

8. Native Americans have the highest rate of diabetes out of all global populations.

African Americans are disproportionately affected by high blood pressure   (hypertension) and diabetes.    These  conditions can lead to kidney failure.  However, there are more than 20 other conditions that can affect the functions of the kidneys and lead to kidney failure. It’s important to learn about the most common reasons behind, or cause of kidney failure in your family.  African American are over represented in dialysis centers across America. Don’t wait until there is a crisis; learn how you can reduce your chances of having kidney failure. 

Senator Looney’s situation is very different and not something he could prevent.  It behooves all of us to learn as much as we can about our family medical history. Having good information empowers us to be proactive.

Organ and tissue donation is one of the topics in medicine not many people care to learn or talk about until they have a loved one who is affected.  There are various myths and misconceptions about organ and tissue donation and transplantation that have persisted for decades.   They persist because too many people do not want to have the conversation or to even learn the real facts. 

These myths and misconception have hindered donation and have negatively affected the lives of thousands of people in Connecticut, New England and across America. This is particularly true in minority communities; sadly, this is often where kidney transplants are most needed. There is a popular saying in the transplant community: ‘You can’t take your organs to Heaven, and Heaven knows we need them here.’

Basically this is saying – if you believe in Heaven, it’s the spirit that will be going to Heaven, not the human body which is buried.  Therefore, if you wish to do some good in this world become an organ and tissue (and bone marrow) donor; these donations are needed for those who can live productive lives for many more years right here on earth. Most importantly, donors are doing good deeds in helping their fellow human beings who are in need. After being brain dead you do not need your organs.  Why put them in a casket or cremated when they can save lives? Donated skin help burn victims and others who need skin graphs.  Bone, skin, saphenous veins and corneas make a world of difference annually to thousands of Americans.

When someone dies tragically – as in a gunshot to the head– that person might technically be alive for several hours.  However, if the brain is dead, that person is dead. If the person had a signed donor card, or if the next of kin agrees to donation, providing it was a healthy person, a complete donation (of the six organs we transplant and the tissues) can save as many as nine lives, and enhanced the quality of life for dozens more through tissue graphs. A donor of the corneas can restore sight for two people; usually, only one cornea is transplanted for each person. A few people are fortunate enough to get two corneas; it depends on availability and other factors.  Corneas are the most often donated tissue.

While dialysis is not ideal, especially for someone as active as Senator Looney, he can survive on dialysis until he gets a transplant.   Most likely it will need to be a direct donation because the waiting list for a cadaver kidney (meaning from someone who died) is about five years long depending on some specific medical factors. For those who need a new heart, liver, lungs, pancreas or small intestines, the options are more dire. There is no dialysis for these organs.

BECOME AN ORGAN DONOR. SAVE THE LIVES OF 6-9 PEOPLE: The next time you renew your licenses, please asked to be signed up to be an organ and tissue donor.  Read more about Senator Looney’s situation in the New Haven Independent. http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/looney_kidney/

 NATIONAL WAITING LIST & ORGAN TRANSPLANT INFORMATION FOR 2016 –

 “Currently, there are over 93,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list nationwide.  The wait for a deceased donor could be 5 years, and in some states, it is closer to 10 years. Patients are prioritized by how long they’ve been on the waiting list, their blood type, immune system activity and other factors.’

Here are some data from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)  The national organization responsible for managing the national organ distribution and waiting lists systems.  

1)  120,011 people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list candidates). Of those, 77,341 people are active waiting list candidates. Totals as of today (8/17/2016) 3:07pm EDT
2) 16,446 transplants performed this year (2016)
Total Transplants January – June 2016 as of 07/29/2016
3)  7,766 donors
Total Donors January – June 2016 as of 07/29/2016   https://www.unos.org/data/

Here is a OneWorld YouTube video segment of two CT residents who got new kidneys through organ donation:    https://youtu.be/wIhwmtuQBaA These are people who got kidney transplants when they were relatively young people.  We have people who have had kidney transplants in their teens and twenties. Imagine what it’s like to be on dialysis at age 20!

“African-Americans are the largest group of minorities in need of an organ transplant, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. They have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure than whites, increasing the risk of organ failure.”

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NAACP Calls For Moratorium On Private Charter Schools

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Education Agenda: August 8, 2016 – This information just came to our attention after midnight on August 7, 2016.  We are pleased to share it.  We ask our readers to share it with their network; it is important. The post is extensive; we will put the main highlights in this blog.  The link to the complete post is listed below.  When time allows, please read and share it with others.  There are some important points on which parents (in particular), legislators and community leaders should focus.   Good health, solid parenting, a safe environment and a solid education foundation  are the main ingredients children need to succeed in this world.  More resources should be spent on Pre-K – 12 public education programs; most magnet schools are doing well; create more specialty programs.

In this the 21st century Black children are still at great disadvantages in education.  Parents want what is best for their children; however, there are many who are exploiting that desire with deceptious practices.   It is important that parents get reliable information from various sources. Nothing can make up for the lost educational opportunities of childhood. It is important that parents not allow themselves to be misled.  It’s important that we not trust someone because of color; there needs to be evidence that those we trust to educate our children are not serving only their own economic interest.  

Here is an example of someone taking a stand for the benefit of children’s education:

  • “Carolyn Hill ran for a seat on the Louisiana state education board as a reformer. But after she assumed office, she realized that “reform” was intended to privatize the public schools, not improve them.

For having the wisdom and courage to see beyond the rhetoric; for speaking out and acting on behalf of children and educators, Carolyn Hill joins our honor roll as a hero of public education. Commentary: In Louisiana, trickery is disguised as school reform.    https://dianeravitch.net/2012/10/13/a-state-board-member-joins-the-honor-roll/

Some of the blue highlights (color and bold only) were inserted by OneWorld to draw attention to some of the special information.

NAACP members call for ban on privately managed charter schools.

By Valerie Strauss, August 7, 2016 at 12:25pm.

Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) listens to Hillary Clinton at the NAACP annual convention in Cincinnati on July 18. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

The NAACP has long expressed concern about charter schools, but now its members are taking a tougher stance. At their recent annual national convention late last month, members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People approved a resolution that included language calling for a moratorium on the expansion of privately managed charters.

For years, resolutions at annual national conventions of the historic organization have raised issues about charters, but the 2016 resolution uses stark language. The new resolution (see text below) notes that “charter schools with privately appointed boards do not represent the public but make decisions about how public funds are spent,” and it cites a number of problems with some charters, including punitive disciplinary policies, fiscal mismanagement and conflicts of interest.

The resolution won’t be official NAACP policy until the organization’s national board meets soon and decides whether to approve it — but the message from the majority of its members are clear. It says in part:

  1. “Charter schools have contributed to the increased segregation rather than diverse integration of our public school system.”
  2. “Weak oversight of charter schools puts students and communities at risk of harm, public funds at risk of being wasted, and further erodes local control of public education.”
  3. ” [R]esearchers have warned that charter school expansions in low-income communities mirror predatory lending practices that led to the sub-prime mortgage disaster, putting schools and communities impacted by these practices at great risk of loss and harm…”
  4. Here are the key points in the NAACP’s resolution (as restated by Carol Burris): The NAACP does not want charter schools shut down.

It wants a pause on new, privately managed charters.

  1. They want students treated with dignity.
  2. They want transparency and waste and fraud to stop.
  3. And they want any school that calls itself “public” to act as if the public matters.
  4. They should then take a look at the five recommendations from Annenberg. Why would anyone who cares about the dignity of communities — be they rich or poor — object?

“Charter advocates criticized the NAACP vote, with charter school founder and operator Steve Perry telling NewsOne Now that the NAACP convention is out of touch with its members in the states. Education Secretary John King told participants at the annual National Association of Black Journalists–National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention in Washington that there shouldn’t be “artificial barriers” to the growth of quality charters, which he called “drivers of opportunity for kids,” according to TakePart.com.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/08/07/naacp-members-call-for-ban-on-privately-managed-charter-schools/

In a recent OneWorld education program students from various public schools talk about the importance of a successful education.  It happens everyday, but we can make it better for all students.

OneWorld’s “Education Agenda” Students Perspective on the Role of Education In Molding Successful Lives

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Stereotypes We Hold Might Cloud Our Perception of ‘Others’

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What are the STEREOTYPES we hold about others based upon their speech and manner of dress?

What assumptions do we make about people who we perceive as being very different from ourselves?

How informed is the average American about other cultures, value systems and education?

“Have you even read the constitution?’ Khizr Khan asked Mr. Trump? While many Americans might take the Constitution and what it says for granted, it’s clear that the Khans do not.

America is far richer because it incorporates multiple cultures and because most immigrants bring an appreciation for what America has to offer, plus hard work and specific goals that make America stronger, RICHER and more highly diverse.

The case of the Khans is a good example. Trump announced that Mr. Khan did not write his own speech, and that his wife “just stood there; maybe she wasn’t allowed to speak,” etc.  In this blog we briefly summarize the Khans story.  We have also linked below articles from other media sources.

  • “Six minutes and one second. That was all it took for the 66 years of Khizr Khan’s life to become an American moment.
  • It was not something that he could have anticipated. For years, he and his wife, Ghazala, had lived a rather quiet existence of common obscurity in Charlottesville, Va. He was known in circles that dealt with electronic discovery in legal proceedings.
  • Some of their neighbors knew Mr. Khan liked to carry a $1 pocket Constitution around with him. In the Khan home, a stack of them always lay at the ready.
  • Guests showed up and they were handed one, in the way other hosts might distribute a party favor. Mr. Khan wanted it to stimulate a conversation about liberty, a cherished topic of his.” This happens in many families where they do not take liberty for granted.
  • He, Khan, liked to point out that he lives nearly in the shadow of Monticello, home of one of his heroes, Thomas Jefferson. Mrs. Khan liked to say, “We need Thomas Jefferson.”
  • The Khans met at the University of Punjab; he was studying law; she was studying Persian language. They graduated in 1973; he was licensed with the Punjab Bar in 1974. Khan worked as a lawyer for an American oil field company; he represented expatriate workers.
  • His goal was to get an advanced degree in England or the US.
  • In 1980 they moved to the USA; he worked and saved then he enrolled at Harvard Law School.
  • He graduated in 1986 with a Master of Laws degree and became a citizen, as did his wife. Since then he has worked for several large law firms. As we can tell from his many interviews since the convention, Mr. Khan does not need a speech writer, and his wife can speak for herself. They are well educated, informed and articulate people. They appreciate that America values freedom and sacrifice. They have paid their dues, and they are holding Trump accountable.
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/06/us/khan-soldier-convention-iraq.html?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM OTHER MEDIA SOURCES: 

“The Republican nominee also gave an interview with ABC, in which he suggested that Hillary Clinton’s speechwriters scripted Khan’s speech, which Khan has said he wrote with his wife, Ghazala Khan.”

“If you look at his wife, she was standing there,” Trump said. “She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

“Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.”

Read more about Mr. Trump’s attack on the Khan family.  Their son gave his life in the War in Iraq.

Fallen Muslim American soldier’s father scolds Trump: ‘have you even read the constitution?’

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/29/khizr-khan-democratic-convention-constitution-trump

 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/30/donald-trump-muslim-father-khizr-khan-democratic-convention-speech

Captain Humayun Khan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know. Who is Humayun Khan?

U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq in 2004 when a car blew up after he told his troops to stand back. He took 10 steps forward to check out the suspicious vehicle himself, saving the lives of the soldiers he supervised.Khizri Khan, Democratic National ConventionCaptain Humayun Khan died heroically in Iraq. (Screenshot from DNC live feed)

1. Humayun Khan Was Born in the United Arab Emirates But Came to the United States as a Child & Taught Disabled Children How to Swim.

2. Humayun Khan Enlisted in the U.S. Army After Graduating From the University of Virginia & Read Books on Thomas Jefferson.

3. Captain Khan Saved His Troops by Telling Them to Stay Back as He Went Forward to Investigate a Suspicious Vehicle.

4. Khan Was Posthumously Awarded the Purple Heart & Bronze Star for His Heroics in Iraq.

5. Khizr Khan Called Donald Trump ‘an Ignorant, Divisive Manipulator’ & Said he Has a ‘Black Soul’ & Ghazala Khan Wrote an Op-Ed Criticizing Trump.

 Moment in Convention Glare
Shakes Up Khans’ American Life

“How Khizr and Ghazala Khan, parents of a soldier killed in Iraq, came
to challenge Donald J. Trump and reshape a presidential campaign.

In a passionate speech at the Democratic National Convention, the bespectacled Mr. Khan stingingly criticized Donald J. Trump and his stance on Muslim immigration, scolding him, “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.” Quickly enough, both Khans felt the verbal lashings of Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate.

And just like that, they found themselves a pivot point in the twisting drama that is American politics.”

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Discriminatory Laws In Red States Threaten Voting Rights

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States With New Voting Restrictions Since 2010 Election – Brennan Center for Justice (Last Updated April 2016)

In 2016, 17 states will have new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential
election. The new laws range from strict photo ID requirements to early voting cutbacks to
registration restrictions. Those 17 states are: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. (This number increased from 16 to 17 in March 2016 when Arizona’s governor signed a bill limiting collection of mail – in ballots.)
This is part of a broader movement to curtail voting rights, which began after the 2010 election,
when state lawmakers nationwide started introducing hundreds of harsh measures making it
harder to vote.
Overall, 22 states have new restrictions in effect since the 2010 midterm election. This page
details the new restrictive voting requirements put in place during that time period.  In 18 states the restrictive laws passed through GOP-controlled bodies. For more details  go to: https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Restrictive_Appendix_Post-2010.pdf

Wendy R. Weiser directs the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a non-partisan think tank and public interest law center that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice.

In October 2014 Ms. Weiser wrote the article below about the concerted and large scale effort by states that are controlled by Republicans imposing voting restrictions laws that will have disparate outcomes.  Now in July 2016, the Federal Court of Appeals has found this to be true in North Carolina and Wisconsin.  The same is true in at least 17 other Republican controlled states.  It is an outrage.  America, in the hands of Republican-controlled states, House and Senate, is going backwards in terms of race and equity. The House and Senate in DC have been on lock-down to prevent President Obama from getting anything done.

In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions Threatens to Shift Outcomes in Tight Races

The last large-scale push to curb voting access was more than a century ago, after Reconstruction. Until now.

Wendy R. Weiser | October 1, 2014 – http://prospect.org/authors/wendy-r-weiser

Voter Suppression: How Bad? (Pretty Bad) Since 2010 (Sept 2014)

This (first) article is from the Fall 2014 issue of the The American Prospect magazine.

“For the first time in decades, voters in nearly half the country will find it harder to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections. Voters in 22 states will face tougher rules than in the last midterms. In 15 states, 2014 is slated to be the first major election with new voting restrictions in place. 

  • Of special Note! Of the 22 states with new restrictions, 18 passed them through entirely Republican-controlled bodies.
  • Of the 12 states with the largest Hispanic population growth in the 2010 Census, nine have new restrictions in place

These changes are the product of a concerted push to restrict voting by legislative majorities that swept into office in 2010. They represent a sharp reversal for a country whose historical trajectory has been to expand voting rights and make the process more convenient and accessible. 

Although some of these new laws are harsher than others, and some are still being fought in the courts, they have already dramatically altered the landscape for 2014. The outcomes of some of the tightest races this year could turn on the application of controversial new voting rules. Strict voter ID laws have gotten most of the attention, but are only part of the story. Cutbacks to early voting and voter registration opportunities, and other idiosyncratic changes to voting rules, have the potential to do just as much damage.

Why is this happening? Where are the most damaging new laws? What impact could they have in this year’s elections? And how effective are the efforts by voters to push back? Read article here: http://prospect.org/article/22-states-wave-new-voting-restrictions-threatens-shift-outcomes-tight-races

“Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down The Worst Voter Suppression Law In The Nation.”

The legislature’s data on racial voting patterns showed that “African Americans disproportionately used the first seven days of early voting,” and so “the (North Carolina) General Assembly amended the bill to eliminate the first week of early voting.”

  • The data showed that “African American voters disproportionately used [same-day registration] when it was available,” and so same-day registration was cut as well
  • The law also eliminated out-of-precinct voting, which “required the Board of Elections in each county to count the provisional ballot of an Election Day voter who appeared at the wrong precinct, but in the correct county, for all of the ballot items for which the voter was eligible to vote.”
  • African-Americans, meanwhile, were especially likely to take advantage of this practice.
  • Yet for all these changes, the lawmakers exempted absentee voting from the law’s new voter ID restriction, and it did so after discovering “that African Americans did not disproportionately use absentee voting; whites did.” If this isn’t blatant racism, what is?
  • http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/07/29/3803405/breaking-federal-appeals-court-strikes-worst-voter-suppression-law-nation/

The New Jim Crow:  (Sections of the article below in bold and color added)
Voter Suppression Could Stop 1.3 Million from Voting in Swing States

“Since the 2008 election, Republican-led state legislatures have passed a dizzying array of laws to keep Democratic groups from voting. Will they make Trump or Cruz president?

Thanks to new laws passed by Republicans, 1.28 million votes that were cast in the 2012 presidential election won’t be cast in 2016.

That’s because, of the 12 states considered up for grabs in 2016, four—Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Ohio—have passed onerous new voter suppression laws, which disproportionately affect communities of color and other Democratic constituencies.

For example, in North Carolina, the Republican-controlled legislature and Republican governor eliminated early voting days. In 2012, 900,000 voters cast their ballots during the early voting window. In 2016, that number will be zero.

The motive is clear: In 2012, 48 percent of North Carolina’s early voters were registered Democrats and 32 percent were registered Republicans, an edge of 140,000 Democratic voters. Mitt Romney won the state by just 92,004 votes in 2012 after Barack Obama carried the state in 2008. In other words, banning early voting could keep this swing state in the Republican column this November.

The Republican lawmakers suppressing voters have had help from Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices.

The Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder made it easier for states to make voting harder. Virginia quickly took advantage, passing a strict Voter identification law, which would disqualify the 200,000 voters in the state who lack photo ID. They, too, skew Democrat: the American Civil Liberties Union estimates that 25 percent of African American citizens lack a government-issued photo ID, compared to just 8 percent of whites. Low-income and elderly voters are also disproportionately affected.

Thirty states require ID of some kind to vote and 15 states require the ID have a photo. But unlike most of those other states, Virginia is one of the twelve swing states that will probably determine the outcome of the presidential election.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/20/voter-suppression-could-stop-1-3-million-from-voting-in-swing-states.html

“New Voting Laws Show That the Struggle Continues.”  Moyers & Company

Understand & Overcome Voter Suppression Laws In Your State Before Nov. 8, 2016.  It is imperative that everyone who wants to vote can do so on Nov. 8, 2016 – Election Day.

Democrats, community leaders, fair-minded Americans, the NAACP, and all who love justice must FIGHT voter suppression to ensure fairness in the general election in Nov. 2016.  The leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, has made it clear that he will do anything — whatever it takes– to win the office of the presidency on Nov. 8, 2016.  Donald Trump is dangerous and reckless for our nation.  He should NOT be underestimated as to the lengths to which he will go.  He has a great deal of support in the Congress and in the country.  It starts with Mitch McConnell and the Tea Partiers. They have brought the country almost to a standstill by having the Congress in a state of inertia for the past two years. The only difference between Trump and McConnell is that McConnell does his dirty work mostly behind the scenes; Trump makes his public.

The Republican leadership in the Congress have been moving America backwards to a time when overt racism was standard practice.  Even the Supreme Court is now a partisan body, with Republican appointees taking sides and giving Republican political leaders carte blanche to wreak havoc on so many levels, it’s frightening.  “Citizens United” comes to mind, and Alito mouthing ‘not true’ when the President of the United States is speaking at the State of the Union.

The Federal Court of Appeal just struck down the oppressive voter suppression laws in North Carolina; they will not have time to get before the Supreme court.  However, there are 17 other Republican-controlled states with voter oppression laws that will have deleterious effects in Nov.  16. http://billmoyers.com/2015/03/06/new-laws-show-selmas-business-unfinished/

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