Tuesday, June 27, 2017

21st Century Slavery. 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report. U.S. Dept of State.

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Read the full 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

"Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security.

"But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That's why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking.

"Today we take another key step towards that goal. The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report highlights the successes achieved and the remaining challenges before us on this important global issue." – Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Harsh reality. Tough Love

Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy- A Review

Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy- A Review

Jun 23, 2017 06:00 am

Hidden Colors 4: The Religion Of White Supremacy is the latest follow up film to the critically acclaimed hit documentary series Hidden Colors. In this installment of the Hidden Colors series, the film explores topics such as: The motivation behind European global subjugation The history of rarely discussed vast West African empires How germ warfare […]

The post Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy- A Review appeared first on Black Then.

July 14, 2017. Third Annual Young African ConneXions Summit (YAX) and Mandela Day of Service

MOAA's Third Annual Young African ConneXions Summit (YAX) and Mandela Day of Service

As part of its Community and Youth Engagement Outreach program, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA) invites you to attend its third annual Young African ConneXions Summit (YAX) in partnership with Howard University on Friday, July 14, 2017.Themed Strengthening Diaspora Partnerships,  the summit will take place at the Howard University School of Business Auditorium located at 2600 6th Street, NW, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm, .
Following the annual Young African ConneXions Summit, MOAA will host its third annual Mandela Day of Service on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Please join MOAA's staff and volunteers at the Anacostia Park skating rink on 1800 Anacostia Drive SE, from 10:00am to 12:00pm, for 67 minutes of community service to commemorate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. 
Both events are free and open to the public.  
RSVP here for MOAA's Third Annual Young African ConneXions Summit (YAX).
RSVP here for  3rd Annual Mandela Day of Service.
Click here for a recap of last year’s MOAA'S 2nd Annual Young African ConneXions Summit.


Friday, June 23, 2017

June 26, 2017...Part 3....Trauma-Informed Innovations in Crisis Services

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Webinar Series: Trauma-Informed Innovations in Crisis Services

Part Three: Implementing the Trauma-Informed Principle of Peer Support in a Crisis Service Setting

Monday, June 26, 2017 | 3–4 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for a monthly webinar series that will highlight the innovative work of crisis service providers employing a trauma-informed approach. The series, sponsored by SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint, will take place from April through September 2017 on the fourth Monday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
Part three of the series will feature a presentation from staff members of Grassroots Wellness Peer-Run Respite and Learning Community in Wisconsin, who will share how their peer-run respite fosters empowerment, voice, and choice as part of an overall trauma-informed approach. They will also share insights about how to help people seeking support by offering opportunities for shared decision-making and goal setting to determine the plan of action they need to heal and move forward.
To participate in the webinar on June 26, please register online at the link provided below. When you register, you may see a sign-in dialogue box. If so, please click on the "OK" button, and you will be directed to the registration page.

Mark Your Calendars:
  • Collaboration and Mutuality: Harbel Community Organization | Monday, July 24, 2017, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 4 of 6)
  • Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues: The Ali Forney Center | Monday, August 28, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 5 of 6)
  • Trustworthiness and Transparency: Baltimore Police Department | Monday, September 25, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 6 of 6)

June 26, 2017. Communities Addressing Trauma and Community Strife Using Trauma-Informed Approaches

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Part Two: Trustworthiness and Transparency in a Community Setting

Monday, June 26, 2017 | 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for a monthly webinar series that will highlight communities working to improve member resiliency and responsiveness to community incidents. The series, sponsored by SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint, will take place from April through September 2017 on the fourth Monday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Part two of the series will highlight innovative best practices for helping to mitigate the negative effects experienced by children's exposure to trauma. Staff members from the program, Handle With Care in West Virginia, will discuss their efforts to promote safe and supportive homes, schools, and communities that protect children and help traumatized children heal and thrive. The programs work collaboratively with schools, law enforcement, and treatment professionals to help children who have been exposed to trauma.
To participate in the webinar on June 26, please register online at the link provided below. When you register, you may see a sign-in dialogue box. If so, please click on the "OK" button, and you will be directed to the registration page.

Mark Your Calendars:
  • Collaboration and Mutuality: San Jose, CA, Mayor's Office of Prevention of Gang Violence | Monday, July 24, 2017, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 3 of 6)
  • Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues: Understanding the Impact of Historical Trauma on Communities | Monday, August 28, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 4 of 6)
  • Empowerment, Voice, and Choice: The Holistic Life Foundation | Monday, September 25, 2017, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 5 of 6)

June 24, 2017. Univ of Florida. Gainsville THE NEXT FARM BILL

The Geography of Disaster Risk and Resiliency in America


The Geography of Disaster Risk and Resiliency in America

In this eBook Route Fifty features a handful of stories and dispatches from recent trips to Alaska, Oregon and Washington state, featuring locations that provide snapshots of the very real dangers and disruptions that emergency planners, first responders, public officials and other stakeholders face, plus the strategies and technologies helping our communities be more resilient.

What's Inside This New Route Fifty eBook

Portage, Alaska: A Town That Sank and (Mostly) Disappeared

Oso, Washington: How a Deadly Landslide Improved Access to Better Mapping in Washington State

Bend, Oregon: The Very Real Dangers of Building in the Wildland-Urban Interface

Thank you. Real Men Read. June 2, 2017

On behalf of KIPP DC: Discover Academy, please allow me to extend our deepest gratitude for your participation in Real Men Read Day June 2, 2017! We had more than 30 Readers! Because you chose to share your time with us, more than 300 students of color were able to hear, see, and experience men from all different backgrounds and career paths reading to them and sharing their life’s stories! We are so incredibly grateful for your service daily to our community and want to share our appreciation for you making us a priority! The day was tremendously impactful and a true testament of the care and concern many of you have for children of color. For that, we say thank you! We hope to see you again next year and for years to come! Stay connected! Click below you will see some of our highlights from Real Men Read Day!

Again, thank you for showing up to share with our students, and we wish you the very best as you continue to serve!

Yours in service,
Dr. Renix

Yours in Service,
Dr. Alicia Renix
2600 Douglass Rd. SE
Washington D.C. 20020

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2017. IEM. The Rising Tide of Renters – A Vulnerable Population

The Rising Tide of Renters – A Vulnerable Population

Link to IEM Blog: Building a Safe, Secure and Resilient World

Posted: 21 Jun 2017 07:56 AM PDT
Author: Gary Scronce, Director of Preparedness Programs, IEM
This article was originally published in the IAEM Bulletin, Vol. 34, No. 6 June 2017.

I’m sure most people do not think of renters as an especially vulnerable population, from an emergency management or any other perspective. However, south Louisiana’s (particularly the New Orleans area’s) recovery from Hurricane Katrina, and now the state of Louisiana’s recovery from the 2016 floods, makes it clear that without particular attention to renters who have been affected, recovery of the entire community moves along more slowly. Prior studies have documented that “disasters tend to disproportionately damage rental and low-income housing, which also tends to be rebuilt more slowly,…[1]”. It is an issue that has become more prominent in the recent past and may be a trend we continue to observe into the near future. As emergency planners and managers, we need to take this population into account in our work.
Let’s look at some numbers. According to Escambia County’s (Florida) Long Term Recovery plan from Hurricane Ivan, renters comprised the majority of applicants for emergency housing assistance from FEMA[2]. This despite the fact that the fraction of renters in Pensacola was 29.9%, about the Florida average and below the US average of 33.1% in 2005[3]. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, 71.5% of the 188,251 housing units in Orleans parish were damaged. At that time, the percentage of renters in New Orleans was 36.37%, a little more than 3% higher than the US average.
What has happened to the renter vs. homeowner balance since then? According to a report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released in June 2015[4], the rate of homeownership had fallen for 8 years in a row, down to 63.7% in 1Q 2015, from a peak of 69% in 2004. Similar results are reflected in a report from the real estate website Trulia, which showed that “the share of households renting increased from 36.1% in 2016 to 41.1 percent in 2014[5].” As might be expected, the proportion of renters is greatest among the largest metro areas, with New York City at 56.9% and all of the top ten metro areas studied over 42.5%. Homeownership percentages may improve again, but until then, the vulnerabilities inherent to renters preparing for and recovering from disasters apply to a greater percentage of the U.S. population.
The obstacles faced by renters in preparing for and recovering from disasters were spelled out by Burby in Urban Affairs Review in 2003[6], summarized well by MDC as follows[7]:
§ There is less financial incentive for both renters and owners of rental property to pursue mitigation measures to increase resiliency to disasters than for homeowners.
§ A greater percentage of renters than homeowners are otherwise socially vulnerable to disasters, e.g. low-income, single women, minority.
§ Shorter tenure in a location by renters likely means less exposure to public information on preparedness and mitigation, maybe less familiarity with local risks and a smaller social network in the area.
On top of this, fewer renters than homeowners carry insurance, increasing their vulnerability to a wide range of disasters. “A 2016 Insurance Information Institute poll conducted by ORC International found that 95 percent of homeowners had homeowners insurance. Among renters, only 41 percent said they had renters insurance[8].” I was not able to find specifically the percentage of renters with flood insurance, but it is realistic to assume that fewer renters than homeowners buy flood insurance as well.
So what can be done? It was not as easy as I might have hoped to quickly find good examples or suggestions for reducing vulnerability for renters, but here are some starting points.
§ Ensure that your local jurisdiction (city or county) starts developing a disaster housing strategy and plan in advance of the next disaster, and encourage development of one at the state level if one does not already exist. Make sure the planning process specifically addresses renters in the population.
§ Consider what your community can do in advance of a disaster to line up incentives for landlords and developers to act quickly to restore affordable rental housing across all neighborhoods and areas within the community.
§ Work with all of your whole community partners to develop and deploy public information and outreach campaigns to stress the need for renters to obtain both renters insurance and flood insurance to reduce their personal disaster risk and improve resiliency. Renters can purchase flood insurance. The NFIP supports that. A number of renters insurance and auto insurance providers allow consumers to purchase flood insurance in a package with their other products.
§ Also ensure that renters understand what paperwork will be required to obtain disaster assistance from FEMA. For instance, if tenants do not have a formal written rental agreement with their landlord, that lack of a paper trail makes it more difficult for local and federal governments to provide financial relief to help with recovery after a disaster [9].
Moving forward, emergency managers and policy makers should become more informed about issues that challenged renters recovering from prior disasters, and learn from what has been done before. MDC’s paper “When Disaster Strikes – Promising Practices – Renters,[10]” lists potential strategies and contains some case study examples. “Treading Water: Renters in Post-Sandy New York City” by Make The Road New York in 2014 provides some good quantitative information. They should certainly also follow what happens with the renter/landlord-targeted programs about to be implemented as part of recovery from Louisiana’s 2016 floods. Several programs are being launched to restore the state’s inventory of available, affordable rental housing units, including[11]:
§ The Multifamily Restoration Gap Program, which will make $38 million in loans available for development of multifamily housing with units priced at affordable rental rates
§ The Louisiana Permanent Supportive Housing program, which subsidizes rental housing for persons with disabilities
§ The Restore Louisiana Neighborhood Landlord Rental Program, which will provide $36 million in loans for repairs to flood-damaged rental properties, as well as in-fill of vacant property, in residential areas
§ The Rapid Rehousing Program that helps flood survivors, including renters, obtain housing quickly.
Renters are a significant and growing percentage of our communities. Until they recover within the community, the whole community will not have recovered. Taking action to increase their preparedness and plan for their recovery will help improve the resilience of the entire community.

[1] The Long Term Recovery of New Orleans’ Population after Hurricane Katrina, Elizabeth Fussell, Am Behav Sci, September 2015
[2] FEMA (2005). “Escambia County Long-Term Recovery Plan.”
[3] U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Current Housing Unit Damage Estimates: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. 2006 Retrieved from: www.huduser.org/publications/pdf/GulfCoast_Hsngdmgest.pdf
[4] “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2015,” Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, June 24, 2015
[5] “The Steady Rise of Renting”, The Atlantic CITYLAB, Richard Florida, Feb 16, 2016
[6] Burby, R. et al. (2003). The tenure trap: The vulnerability of renters to joint natural and technological disasters. Urban Affairs Review, 2003, 39, p.32.
[7] When Disaster Strikes – Promising Practices – Renters, MDC, Inc.
[10] When Disaster Strikes – Promising Practices – Renters, MDC, Inc.

June 29, 2017, Housing Challenges Facing LGBTQ Communities. Urban Institute.

Elevate The Debate

         ​Urban Institute Events

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast will be available at 9:30 a.m.
Urban Institute
2100 M Street NW, 5th floor
Washington, DC 20037  

Registration is required to attend this event. 

The legal and policy landscape for LGBTQ people searching for and securing housing continues to change. The Urban Institute has conducted the first multisite, in-person, paired testing study on rental housing discrimination against lesbians, gay men, and transgender people and invites you to a panel discussion where the findings will be presented for the first time. The panel will feature researchers and practitioners who will discuss housing discrimination and other challenges LGBTQ communities face and suggested next steps in policy, research, and advocacy.

  • Diane K. Levy, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Jim McCarthy, President and CEO, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center Inc.
  • Brittany Walsh, Senior Manager of Retention and Engagement, Whitman Walker Health
  • Margery Austin Turner, Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management, Urban Institute (moderator)

For inquiries regarding this event, please contact events@urban.org.

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PhD Project
Mission is to increase the diversity of corporate America by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. We attract African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans to business Ph.D. programs, and provide a network of peer support on their journey to becoming professors.