2023 Civics Edition
January 17-18, 2023
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A View From the Ground

Reporting on politics, civics, government, participation, and civic engagement across the URL Media network to empower readers to improve democracy and society.
Union of Southern Service Workers

The South has a new union — and workers have Black women to thank: In the home care industry, one of the fastest growing jobs in the country, Black women make up a large percentage of workers. However, many of them are aging, and are finding it increasingly difficult to support their families without a living wage, healthcare coverage and other essential work benefits. Tina Vásquez, editor-at-large at Prism, tells the story of a new generation of fed-up workers who are demanding their rights and breaking ground throughout the South.

The relevance of MLK in Indian Country today: Yesterday, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Native News Online publisher Levi Rickert examines how Dr. King's legacy resonates throughout Indian Country. His op-ed asserts that Dr. King was committed to equal rights for all Americans, including Native American rights to water and tribal sovereignty. 

Rickert writes that Dr. King’s admission of the United States' attempt to decimate the Indigenous population provides "a powerful voice in the wilderness to tell the 'shameful' story of several chapters of American history." He also adds "few non-Natives ever acknowledged the atrocities committed against our ancestors the way Dr. King did." 

Read Rickert's thoughts and an excerpt from Dr. King's 1963 book, "Why We Can't Wait," which describes Indigenous peoples as the "original American."
Tenants flooded out of historic Bell Lofts in north Minneapolis fault landlord, plea for help: In the aftermath of the flooding incident last month at the historic Bell Lofts in north Minneapolis, which caused 50 tenants to be displaced, Sahan Journal has learned that tenants have been unable to get in touch with the building's landlord or developer about whether they will ever be able to return. Read more about this developing story and how you can help tenants

+: Wanted: Diverse applicants to serve on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's environmental justice advisory group.
What is Davos?
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What is Davos? What it is, who's attending, what’s the agenda, and every other question you have about 2023's annual gathering in Switzerland is answered here.
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s New York Housing Compact: Epicenter-NYC’s civics reporter Felipe De La Hoz breaks down the newly elected governor's New York Housing Compact plan, which will see the creation of 800,000 new homes across the state over the next decade. This plan will require all New York City boroughs and Long Island to increase their total housing availability by three percent within three years, while localities in upstate New York will see an increase of one percent. Read on to learn more about the plan.
Embracing creative action and culture in society: The most recent episode of Our Body Politic brings Hank Willis Thomas, a conceptual artist, and Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, together to talk about building an artistic legacy as life partners and the impact of public and collaborative art on society. 🎧 Listen to this insightful discussion.

Tulsan DaNa Carlis named Director Of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory: On Jan. 29, DaNa L. Carlis, Ph.D., will become the first African-American lab director of NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma — the world's preeminent research institution for observing and understanding severe thunderstorms and extreme weather. Learn more about Carlis' background and new role in The Oklahoma Eagle.

+: Perez Resign, Tulsa Public Schools board seeks applicants for open seat

Taelyn Gray, a native of Abington, Pennyslyvania, is one of the youngest guests to grace WURD Radio's The Source. She is a fifth-grader at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary School and is the author of a short story book, "Grandma's Nuggets," dedicated to her late grandmother. 🎧 In this interview, Gray discusses how she self-published her first book as well as her dream of becoming a tennis player.
Calif.’s Black-owned businesses set to access more state government contracts: Nearly half of California's workforce is employed by small businesses, and last year, when Gov. Gavin Newsome signed AB 2019, it affirmed the decades of organizing done by Black and other BIPOC-owned small businesses for inclusion in the state's government contracting opportunities. The law, which went into effect on New Year's Day, requires that state departments and agencies commit to providing at least 25% of all procurement opportunities to small businesses, including BIPOC- and women-owned employers. Learn more about AB 2019 from California Black Media published on Black Voice News.

+: “Living the Dream” San Bernardino Martin Luther King Parade and extravaganza
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