National Urban League on “Selma” and Dr. King

January 15, 2015 View e-mail online.
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With the release and success of the Ava DuVernay-directed and Oscar-nominated film Selma, millions of Americans have been fittingly reacquainted with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – the man, his mission and his message. 

As we mark what would have been his 86th birthday today and prepare to celebrate the 30th national observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, I wanted to also focus on the meaning of the King holiday.

In the timeless words of Coretta Scott King:

“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America…

We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.

Read more of Coretta Scott King’s reflection here.

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To Be Equal
“The good news is that in 2014 people were increasingly finding jobs. The bad news is that we are still digging our way out of the recession, and wage growth remains stagnant and untouched by recovery.” – Elise Gould, Economic Policy Institute, Senior Economist
More Credit and More Challenges on Jobs for Obama

The country’s most popular monthly economic scorecard was released last week with promising results – and mixed messages.

On Friday, January 9, the Department of Labor released the latest jobs report, which showed that the U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December. This surpassed analyst projections of 240,000 and brought the nation’s unemployment rate down to 5.6% – now at its lowest level since 2008 after 11 straight months of job growth.

Overall, the nation’s economy is in its best shape – with consumer confidence at a high – since the 2009 recession, and December marked the best year for the U.S. labor market since 1999. Expectedly, politicians have been quick to take note – and to also attempt to take credit. Before the release of the jobs report, in a pitch for the influence of the new Republican majority in Congress on the nation’s improving economy, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “After so many years of sluggish growth, we’re finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope. The uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama Administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress.”

This correlation may be politically expedient, but as it adds to good political theater, it also lacks fair acknowledgment of the actions and policies that have helped contribute to the recovery. With less than a week of legislating under the collective belts of the new Republican majority in Congress, and the track record of its predecessors as the second least productive Congress in modern history, who can take credit for this “glimmer of hope”?

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UPCOMING EVENTS
 

This Weekend: Join NUL Young Professionals for LEAD [YP] Conference

LEAD[YP] Conference
January 15 – 18, 2015
Birmingham, Alabama

Are you a leader in the workplace who seeks additional training to move your career to the next level? Is your business idea ready to be shared with the world? Are you ready to make a career change, but unsure about what’s next for you? Are you a change agent who needs skills to continue to affect change in your community? Are you graduating from college and need a blueprint for your first year out of school? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then the LEAD[YP] conference is for you.

Learn, grow, and network with diverse Millennials and Gen-Xers from across the country as you continue to LEAD in your community. Join the National Urban League Young Professionals in Birmingham, AL on January 15-18 and kick off 2015 with a renewed determination to LEAD!

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Financial Empowerment Series
 
Top New Year’s Resolutions: Lose Weight and Save Money

Whether your 2015 resolution is to save money, lose weight, or both, there is good news. When you resolve to lose weight, you can also grow your savings. In other words, getting fit and healthy is a good way to improve the health of your finances. Initially, one may think that it’s about cutting back on food and, therefore, grocery costs, but improving your health and shaving inches can help you save money in many ways. Check out the 9 ways you can improve your physical and financial health in 2015!

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Washington Bureau

National Urban League Leads Discussion on Reauthorization of ESEA and Joins Coalition in Release of ESEA Principles

Nearly 20 civil rights groups and education advocates released shared civil rights principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

In the principles, the groups highlight the important and historic role the federal government has played during the 50 years since the ESEA was originally passed in promoting educational opportunity and protecting the rights and interests of students disadvantaged by discrimination, poverty, and other conditions that may limit their educational attainment. The groups say that this role must be maintained in any bill to reauthorize the ESEA, along with ensuring that each state adopts college and career-ready state standards, aligned statewide annual assessments, and a state accountability system to improve instruction and learning for students in low-performing schools.

The full text of the principles can be found here.

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Register Today – Next Level Resume: How to Leverage Your Best Resume 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST
Webinar

Are you tired of not hearing back from HR recruiters or simply not even getting an automated response when you send your resume? Are you ready to change that – GOOD! The only person in charge of your success is you. If you’re feeling trapped by a job you hate, a bad boss, insulting pay, or all of the above, it’s time you take ownership of your career and create a resume that truly brands YOU. Join us for resume strategies to find out how to get your resume to the top of the list and to the interview. Sandi Webster, Principal at Consultants 2 Go, has helped thousands of people land contract, part-time and full-time positions, and will share how to take your resume and career to the next level. Webinar sponsored by Phillips 66. REGISTER TODAY!

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PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
 
Apply for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Take ActionSince 2010, the National Urban League (NUL) has served as a national partner of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Through this partnership, our participating Affiliates continue to successfully recruit hundreds of minority businesses to this unique business education program, which also provides access to capital. Benefits to program alumni include increased efficiency in operations; increases in revenue; improvements in daily operations and long-term goals. But, more importantly, these businesses fuel our nation’s economy by creating jobs and adding to the economy in underserved U.S. markets. In 2014, a national cohort was introduced at Babson College in effort to expand the program to businesses in cities where there is not a locally run program.

This phenomenal program has graduated more than 3,500 business owners. NUL and Goldman Sachs know that small businesses are a major contributor to local economies in the US, and therefore, wish to encourage all qualified, eligible business owners to apply. For more information about a program in your city and the national cohort, please visit www.10ksbapply.com for complete information on how to apply and read personal testimonies of alumni.

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‘Know Your Rights’ Forum Held for Youth in Fort Lauderdale

Broward County youth were encouraged Friday, January 9, to “know your rights” when interacting with law enforcement.

The Urban League of Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and the National Bar Association conducted the workshop as a response to recent incidents involving law enforcement and members of the minority communities, such as the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo., and the Eric Garner case in New York City.

“Our response as an organization is to have an impact on the nation by making sure that members of the African American community and other minority communities know their rights and how to survive police officer and citizen encounters,” said Terry Wiley, chair of the National Bar Associations’ criminal law section.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

How do you plan to spend the day on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 19)?

A. Volunteer or participate in community service activity.

B. Learn about his life and work via books, articles, videos, etc.

C. Visit an MLK memorial site in my town/city.

Vote A Vote B Vote C
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