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Detroit Department of Water and Sewer Announces New Director of Opportunities and Inclusion

Detroit Department of Water and Sewer Announces New Director Position Focused on Opportunity and Inclusion
  • Tiffany Jones is DWSD’s first Director of Opportunities and Inclusion
  • Department makes major commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for contractors, suppliers and employees
  • DWSD invests approximately $100 million annually in capital projects, in addition to other supplier contracts

DETROIT – The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) announces a groundbreaking commitment to opportunity and inclusion for contractors, suppliers and employees. To support this bold vision, DWSD Director/CEO Gary Brown has selected Tiffany Jones as its first Director of Opportunities and Inclusion beginning this month.

The DWSD Director of Opportunities and Inclusion will develop and execute a work plan around the following areas specific to DWSD, and to support Mayor Mike Duggan’s citywide initiative to create inclusive opportunities for the Detroiters and the minorities. The four main objectives are:

  • Raise awareness and engage with construction and professional services companies with a focus on opportunities and inclusion for minority and Detroit-based contractors;
  • Develop DWSD contract incentives to comply with Mayor Duggan’s Executive Order 2016-1 that requires that at least 51% of hours worked on city contracts over $3 million be performed by Detroit residents ;
  • Implement a workforce development strategy to support the expansion of the lead service line replacement program to replace 5,000 pipes per year; and
  • Create strategies and initiatives around employee diversity and inclusion in promotion opportunities.

“This is a critical time in our history to engage minority and Detroit-based contractors in DWSD projects with more work to come,” Brown said. “With Tiffany’s background in public relations, her ability to engage the public, her in-depth knowledge of DWSD’s operations, and her commitment to diversity and inclusion, she is the optimal choice to lead the organization to improve dramatically opportunities and inclusion.”

Brown added that DWSD is in the midst of a five-year, $500 million capital improvement program to modernize aging water and sewer infrastructure. This program will accelerate in the coming years with additional dollars expected from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which in turn increases opportunities for minority and Detroit-based entrepreneurs.

Tiffany Jones was previously Director of Public Affairs and has held that position since joining DWSD in February 2018. Jones has over 20 years of public relations experience. At DWSD, she oversaw DWSD’s communications strategy, which included guiding messaging and writing standards across the organization. She led the launch of DWSD’s first coordinated advertising campaign, which continues to evolve, and worked with internal groups to develop outreach materials related to construction projects, including the creation of the Lead Service Line Replacement Program package. . For the past two years, she has managed and facilitated DWSD’s annual construction contractor workshops.

Jones received a master’s degree in public relations from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from North Carolina A&T State University. She is also a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit XXXVII Leadership Class.

Bryan Peckinpaugh, previously deputy director of public affairs for the DWSD, has been promoted to director of public affairs.

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About Detroit Water and Sewer
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) serves more than 230,000 accounts, including a residential population of nearly 700,000. DWSD’s water system consists of more than 2,700 miles of water mains and more than 30,000 fire hydrants, and the combined sewage collection system has nearly 3,000 miles of water pipes. sewer, more than 90,000 cesspools and 16 stormwater green infrastructure projects in the city of Detroit. Beginning in June 2019, DWSD launched a five-year, $500 million program to begin addressing aging infrastructure, including replacing lead service lines. To learn more about DWSD, or to request water services, make payments, register for assistance programs, or report water or sewer emergencies, call DWSD Customer Service at 313-267- 8000, use the Improve Detroit mobile app or visit www.detroitmi. govt/dwsd.

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Carlos Correa hires Scott Boras; Cubs fans are collectively losing their minds

Hard baseball news is hard to come by during MLB’s ongoing lockdown, but free agent shortstop Carlos Correa hit us with a hammer on Tuesday, announcing his hiring of super-agent Scott Boras to represent him in the future.

Almost instantly, Cubs fans waved the white flag on any potential pursuit of Correa once the lockdown ended, despite Chicago being widely seen as a legitimate candidate for the former American League Rookie of the Year. Remember when we thought the Cubs might be able to step in and land Correa on a bargain if his market didn’t grow? Yeah, that’s not gonna happen under Boras’ watch.

As we all know, the Cubs — and their owners — have a complicated history with Boras, who represents former MVP and rookie of the year Kris Bryant, who is also working in free agency for the first time. Of course, Boras and Bryant accused the organization of serving time manipulation in 2015 — although, ultimately, Chicago emerged victorious in the decision.

That doesn’t mean Boras has forgotten, though. Now he represents not only Correa and Bryant, but also Nick Castellanos and Carlos Rodon. Former Cub Dylan Cease, who still has several years left on his own, also transferred his representation to the Boras Corporation this week.

So why the change? I mean, it’s not rocket science. Correa wants to set records with his next contract and Boras has an unrivaled resume in this space. He is ready to make teams feel uncomfortable, play the waiting game and corner the market for his high profile clients.

There are plenty more reasons why Correa would leave his former agency, WME, and MLB Trade Rumors does a solid job of breaking down some of that here.

Chicago Cubs, Scott Boras have a long history of trading barbs

But when it comes to Boras and the Cubs, this development certainly changes the dynamic when it comes to a potential pursuit of Correa. There’s a complicated back-and-forth history between the agent and the team, as recently as 2020, when he singled out the Ricketts family as negotiations raged over a shortened regular season at the following the pandemic.

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Ultimately, I think this all really just raises the bar for what you expect Correa to land in free agency. Boras always makes his guys pay and this will be no exception to that rule. That doesn’t mean the Cubs won’t be on the hunt — but it does mean you can put those dreams of any sort of reduction to bed right now.

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Understanding Kenya’s Strike History – The Organization for World Peace

More than six thousand workers are on strike in Kenya against Del Monte Fruit Processing over “allegedly inhumane working conditions, improper dismissal of their union representatives, poor wages and illegal employment policies”, as KBC said. . KTN News reported on this ongoing strike on January 8, 2022 in a short clip featuring interviews with the strikers. Del Monte Kenya Limited is reported to produce $2.32 million in sales (USD) by Dun & Bradstreet. It is a subsidiary of Fresh Del Monte Produce, which is separate from Del Monte Foods. The parent company had revenue of $3.93 billion (USD) in 2014.

This is not the first strike in the organization’s history in Kenya. In 2002, the Kenya Human Rights Commission released a report detailing the events that led to and resulted from a campaign in the 1990s – the death of a Del Monte factory worker due to denial of first aid services. The employee had worked for Del Monte since October 1990 and lived in company housing. His name was Peter Mutsio Komolo. He reported to work and felt ill in early April 1999. Komolo was first referred to the Del Monte field clinic who gave him medication. He took it, but felt terrible the next day and stayed home. The next day, April 4, 1999, his condition was much worse and he asked to be seen at the clinic. This time the staff told him that due to company policies he could not be seen. Instead, they told her to go to the hospital. The man died shortly thereafter.

A post-mortem investigation into the body revealed that he had died of malaria and that the drugs given to him were inappropriate for the treatment of malaria. Interestingly, the family had to take the body to another location because the original refused to do the autopsy. The nurse who gave the prescription claimed it was Del Monte’s policy that he was acting in prescribing the drug. Prior to that, an employee working at Del Monte in 1980 suffered severe burns from concentrated sulfuric acid, which resulted in “prolonged pain and suffering,” according to the aforementioned report.

The report also includes several cases of youths mutilated by dogs – something that continued well into the 2010s and 2020s. In April 2019 guards working for Del Monte found a man breaking in. As reported by The Saturday Standard, they beat him until he died from his injuries. In November 2020, a Nation article described an attack on two men by Del Monte guards. The guards claim they were thieves who broke into their home, but the two men themselves claim they were on their own farm. Stephen Mburu, one of the men who was attacked, told Nation that “the guards ordered us to lie down. I knew we had big problems. Mburu fled the scene to be chased by dogs. He was then beaten by the guards after he had already been attacked by the dogs alongside the man who accompanied him, Geoffrey Ndung’u. The two men were then taken to a local police station which refused to receive Mburu due to his serious injuries. They ordered the guards to take him to the hospital; instead, they threw him into a bush 10 km from his home.

Del Monte has a demonstrated history of disregard for the welfare of workers and non-workers alike. They have a proven history of violence as well as a clear lack of care for their employees. The company’s response to the current strike, according to Soko Directory, is that it is illegal. Del Monte officials say the workers failed to provide proper notice and that the allegations they made are “baseless and intended to sabotage its operations.”

Workers expressed concerns about the outsourcing of jobs, to which Del Monte responded by guaranteeing that their jobs were safe. The strikers cite the irregular dismissal of union representatives and the tendency of workers who have worked for more than 20 years to be retained as “casual” and not “permanent” employees as reasons to be wary of the company’s demands. Those kept as “casuals” risk retiring without benefits, regardless of their decades-long dedication to Del Monte. As mentioned by KBC, compared to other international organisations, Del Monte staff were paid “woefully, turning them into beggars”.

The Kenya Plantation and Agriculture Workers Union (KPAWU) recently joined them in their demands. Del Monte has a history of violence and inhumane treatment, making his claims that the allegations are unfounded hard to believe. To err on the side of caution, an independent investigation should be conducted into the inhumane conditions, improper dismissals and illegal employment policies. If the company is doing nothing wrong, it shouldn’t be hiding anything from an investigation.

Some ways to help strikers include pushing local authorities to independently investigate Del Monte, boycotting Del Monte products for the duration of the strike, and supporting relief funds as they arise. show up for the strikers. It is important to remember that every product we consume has a cost. The mistreatment of agricultural workers in countries other than our own is something that can easily go unnoticed. However, they are real people with families and loved ones to support. They deserve security, a decent salary and respect as much as anyone else.

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Eagles face tough questions in crucial offseason after Bucs beating – Philadelphia Eagles Blog

TAMPA, Fla. — The NFL season will eventually reveal what kind of team you really are.

For the Philadelphia Eagles, that reality came in the form of their 31-15 loss at the hands of the defending champion Tampa Bay Bucs in Sunday’s NFC Wildcard Game. It showed that while the Eagles had some encouraging moments in the second half of the season, they are an average team still miles away from being a legitimate contender.

When the season comes to a halt — especially in the jarring and ego-killing way that the Eagles’ season did — the questions immediately flow.

The one with the most seriousness: Is Jalen Hurts the answer at quarterback? He had some very good spells during the regular season and, at 23, guided Philadelphia to the playoffs in his first year as a full-time starter. His last impression wasn’t good though, as he was ineffective in the air and had a pair of expensive interceptions. The Eagles have three first-round picks in the April draft and must decide whether or not to use that capital on another caller.

“I know we’re all judged on the last game we played, I fully understand that, but I felt like Jalen grew throughout the year,” coach Nick Sirianni said. . “And he improved as a passer, he read the defense better, getting the ball to the right place. He has developed his ability to extend plays so much, not only playing with his feet, but also playing on the court when running. … I feel really good with what we have in place here at quarterback. I thought he’s had a great year and he’s come a long way and that’s [what] I expect Jalen just because of his character, his tenacity, his love for football. I can’t say enough about Jalen the person and the player.

Once that direction is determined, they can move on to other pressing matters, including bolstering their passing rush and adding better playmakers on offense. While the Eagles managed to sack Tom Brady four times on Sunday (their production resumed when All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs went out with an ankle injury), they finished with the second-fewest sacks in the NFL ( 29) during the regular season. . Edge rushers are especially needed. Brandon Graham is set to turn 34 next year and is coming off an Achilles rupture, Derek Barnett is a pending free agent, making Josh Sweat, who did not play in this game following medical intervention earlier in the week, the only defensive end currently considered a building block. The receiver remains a big need, with little production coming from the position outside of rookie DeVonta Smith.

One question that was answered this season was about Sirianni. Yes, it seems that he can coach. The Eagles have outperformed in 2021. Once the sting of that loss subsides, that will be the general consensus in Philadelphia. But they only beat one team that finished the season with a winning record (the New Orleans Saints, at 9-8). And while the chants that erupted from the crowd at the end of Sunday’s game — “Eagles suck!” — weren’t quite right, they’re as close to the bottom as they are to the top. Their moves this offseason will help dictate the direction they take in 2022.

“This game doesn’t define us, doesn’t define who we are,” Hurts said. “We know all the different things that we’ve overcome, we know the environment that we’ve built as a football team and as an organisation. … I know as a football team we’ll come back. And it’s a feeling that’s kind of going to simmer in our hearts and simmer for all of us, and with the youngsters on this football team, we’re definitely coming back hungry.

QB Breakdown: Some notable Jalen Hurts stats from the first half, via ESPN Stats & Info: He was 2-of-8 with an interception on passes with 10+ air yards, 2-of-6 with a pick under pressure and 0- from -4 with an interception on an out-of-pocket pass. His interception late in the first half in the end zone was the beginning of the end for the Eagles this season.

Mind-boggling stat: It was the Eagles’ 47th playoff game in franchise history. They were held scoreless in the first half of a playoff game for only the second time in club history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The other time was in the 1996 wildcard game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Disturbing trend: The Eagles were held scoreless in the first quarter for the fourth time in five games, except for the regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys in which Philadelphia rested most of its starters. This is Hurts’ fifth straight start in which the Eagles have been held without a point in the first frame.

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Andruw Jones placed on waiver; Matt Kemp agrees to 2-year contract extension

On January 15, 2009, the Los Angeles Dodgers placed Andruw Jones on waivers after agreeing to defer the majority of the $21.1 million still owed to him, marking the end of a disastrous 13-month stint with the organization.

Jones joined the Dodgers on a two-year, $36.2 million contract in the 2007 offseason after spending the first 12 years of his career with the Atlanta Braves. Although the move was done with great fanfare, he turned out to be one of the worst signings in franchise history.

Jones showed up to Spring Training out of shape and struggled before undergoing knee surgery in late May. Jones would return in early July but continued to slump and was regularly booed by Dodgers fans after every at-bat.

Jones was placed on the disabled list for the second time in August after re-injuring his knee, which effectively ended his season. In 75 games, Jones batted .158/.256/.249 with eight doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs in 238 plate appearances.

The five-time All-Star then signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers after clearing waivers and enjoyed a rebound year hitting .214/.323/.459 in 82 games during the 2009 season.

Jones then joined the Chicago White Sox for the 2010 season before spending the final two years of his career with the New York Yankees.

Kemp agrees to multi-year contract extension with Dodgers

Also on this day in Dodgers history – but in 2010 – the Dodgers avoided salary arbitration with Matt Kemp by agreeing to a two-year, $10.95 million contract.

Kemp was coming off a career season in which he batted .297/.352/.490 with 25 doubles, seven triples, 26 home runs, 101 RBIs and 34 stolen bases in 668 plate appearances (162 games). He finished 10th in National League MVP voting that year while winning his first career Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards.

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Fried Academy Partners with Summer 2022 Study Abroad Opportunity | College of Arts and Sciences

During the 2022 summer session, the UN and Yahad-In Unum will, for the first time, offer a joint summer course offered by the Department of History that will teach students about the historical, cultural and social circumstances of the Holocaust by gunfire in Central and Eastern Europe through classroom and field investigation.

The Holocaust by gunfire marks the period between 1941 and 1944 when entire Jewish communities were massacred in mass shootings perpetrated by specialized Nazi units, the Einsatzgruppen, and buried in mass graves across Eastern Europe. . Until very recently, little effort was made to locate these mass graves and fully understand their extent.

Holocaust by Bullets (HIST 4910/8916) will begin with four-week online courses and end with a 10-day trip to Poland. This course is open to all UNO students at junior level or above and is limited to 15 students. Travel support is available from Fried Academy. Please see the flyer or course syllabus page for more information.

About Yahad – In Unum:

Yahad – In Unum (“Together in One”) is a Paris-based organization founded in 2004 by Father Patrick Desbois and dedicated to investigating and documenting these crimes throughout Central and Eastern Europe. To date, the organization has been able to identify more than 3,100 killing sites and interview nearly 3,400 eyewitnesses to mass shootings of Jews as well as Roma and other minorities in countries such as Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and other countries of the former Soviet Union as well as Poland and Romania.

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Unity Week 2022 offers free social cultural educational events for all

Ball State University’s Multicultural Center has announced the schedule of events for Unity Week 2022, which begins Jan. 17, the official holiday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Unity Week is a popular on-campus celebration dedicated to uniting the Ball State community through enlightening social, cultural, and educational events. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, community members and members of the media.

“Unity Week aims to educate and inform the BSU community as well as challenge perspectives on issues of diversity, inclusion and solidarity in a changing social climate,” said Bobby Steele, Director of the Multicultural Center. “We want to offer students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to learn, reflect and engage in open dialogue about their experiences.”

One of the highlights of Unity Week 2022 will be featured speaker Brandon Pope, award-winning TV host, media critic and columnist. Mr. Pope, a 2014 Ball State graduate, is president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. He served as a board member of My Brother’s Keeper, which is dedicated to filling the opportunity gap for youth of color in the Greater Chicago Area. He will be The event featuring Mr. Pope is co-sponsored by the University’s Multicultural Centre, College of Communication, Information and Media; and the Office of Student Life.

Another highlight of the upcoming Unit Week is the experience-based “Boxes and Walls” event at 6 p.m. on January 20 in the Student Center Ballroom. This event offers the opportunity for individuals to experience a snapshot of the kind of oppression faced by people with historically marginalized identities. Participants will take self-guided tours through the spaces to view and learn about gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, disabilities, religions, and more. At the end of the visit, participants can engage with others to report on their experiences at the event. “Boxes and Walls” will be hosted by the Life Habitation and Residence of the University.

The full Unity Week 2022 event schedule is as follows:

monday january 17

  • MLK Celebration, Emens Auditorium, 9:30 a.m.
  • MLK Unit March, Emens Auditorium, 11:30 a.m.

tuesday january 18

  • MLK President Brandon Pope, Pruis Hall, 7 p.m. (This in-person event will also be streamed live.)

Wednesday January 19

  • Student Voluntary Service (SVS) Volunteer Recruitment Fair, Cardinal Hall Student Center, 9 a.m.
  • Queer monologues, Salle Pruis, 8 p.m.

Thursday January 20

  • Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors: A Historical Overview of the Multicultural Center, Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room, 2 p.m.
  • Boxes and Walls, Student Center Ballroom, 6 p.m.

Friday January 21

  • Latinxpalooza, Student Center, Cardinal Hall, 6 p.m.
  • Friday Night Film Works & Reel Inclusion Film Series – Black Boys, available for virtual viewing via Kanopy.

saturday 22 january

  • Charitable Leadership Conference, Student Center Ballroom, 9 a.m.

Full event details can be found online at the Multicultural Center’s Unity Week 2022 website. In accordance with campus COVID-19 restrictions, masks will be required indoors for all event attendees, guests and members of the media, regardless of their vaccination status.

Unity Week, coordinated annually by the Multicultural Center with the cooperation of campus partners and student organizations, dates back to 1978. Learn more about the history of this event, as well as the history of the Center multicultural, thanks to the new online digital exhibition, The Ball State University Multicultural Center: Ambassadors of Inclusion and Diversity on Campus.

Visitors can explore written accounts, historic photographs, news articles, videos, and other materials that showcase the people, resources, programs, events, decisions, ideas, and initiatives that shaped the enduring success of the Multicultural Centre.

“This knowledge helps shape our understanding of the challenges, progress and ongoing efforts needed for diversity and inclusion,” Mr. Steele said. “The story is relevant to the future of the Multicultural Center as it strives to be a place where students can continue to feel supported and included in a welcoming environment that promotes academic achievement, personal growth and learning. membership.”

Unity Week 2022 is co-sponsored by the Ball State University Asian Student Union; Association of Black Students; College of Communication, Information and Media; Collective Coalition of Concerned Clergy, a community organization in Muncie; plus Ball State housing and residence living; Latinx Student Union; Office of the President; Office of Student Life; Spectrum; Student Center Programs; and university libraries.

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GOP State Senator reflects on his comments on Nazi history in schools | Education in the United States

An Indiana state senator backed down on his remarks that teachers must be impartial when discussing Nazism in classrooms after triggering a widespread backlash.

At a state Senate committee hearing last week on Senate Bill 167, a bill that would ban “concepts that divide,” Republican Senator Scott Baldwin, who co- wrote the bill, said that teachers should be free from prejudice when teaching lessons about fascism and Nazism.

“Marxism, Nazism, Fascism… I have no problem with the education system providing instruction on the existence of these“ isms, ”Baldwin said, adding,“ I think we’ve gone too far when we take a stand… We must be impartial. He went on to say that teachers should “only provide the facts” and that he is “not sure whether it is fair that we determine how this child should think and this is where I try to provide the facts. safeguards ”.

Baldwin has since retracted his remarks. In an email to the Indianapolis Star last Thursday, he said his intention with the bill was to ensure teachers are impartial when discussing and teaching “legitimate political groups.”

“When I drafted this bill, my intention with respect to ‘political affiliation’ was to cover political parties within the American legal political system,” Baldwin said. “In my comments to the committee, I thought more about the big picture and tried to say that we shouldn’t be telling children what to think about politics. “

He went on to denounce the aforementioned ideologies, stating: “Nazism, Marxism and Fascism are a stain on our world history and must be seen as such, and I have failed to adequately express it in my words. comments during the meeting. I believe that children should learn more about these horrific events in history so that we no longer experience them in humanity. “

SB 167 was tabled in recent weeks in response to the heated debates that have emerged in Indiana and the rest of the country over the past year regarding how schools should teach children about racism, history and other topics.

The bill prohibits preschools up to grade 12 from teaching students that “any gender, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or political affiliation” is inherently superior, inferior, racist, sexist, oppressive . Teachers would also be prohibited from making individuals feel “unease, guilt, anguish, responsibility or any other form of psychological distress” when it comes to meritocracy and the idea that it has been. created by one group to oppress another.

The bill also prohibits teachers and educational programs from teaching that Indiana and the United States were founded as a racist or sexist state or nation.

The Midwestern Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League has critical Baldwin’s apology, saying it “does not change the profound wrongs of using” fairness “or” neutrality “as tools to clean up history.”

“This is part of the continuing efforts by some to try to rewrite history and characterize extremism, racism and genocide as somehow legitimate. It is dangerous and despicable. This should be categorically, universally and strongly rejected, ”the organization added.

The incident comes less than three months after a North Texas school official said classrooms with Holocaust books must offer “opposing” views.

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With black man in leadership role, leading real estate organization issues formal apology for past discrimination against black homebuyers

In the 1930s, it was not uncommon for realtors to use language describing areas as “marred by darkness” and filled with “an infiltration of unwanted racial elements” to dissuade white buyers from buying into properties. specific communities.

This language, led by the National Association of Real Estate Boards, has led to the development of tracking maps and discriminatory practices within the real estate industry that have contributed to de facto segregation across the United States, lowering home values. in black communities and contributing to community resource inequalities.

NAR logo, 1923-1973 (Image: Society of American Archivists website) Bryan Greene, newly appointed NAR Fair Housing Policy Director, a newly created position (Photo: NAR website)

Today, the leadership of the National Association of Realtors, the largest business group representing real estate agents, issued a formal apology to black Americans and other non-whites who have experienced housing discrimination in the United States. . (NAR is the successor to the National Association of Real Estate Boards.)

The apology comes despite internal conflicts within the organization, which is 78% white, and which had already supported Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign until 2019.

Yet as the socio-political climate in the United States is changing, leaders within the organization see the importance of confronting past discrimination and current inequalities head-on.

Bryan Greene, who worked for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for 29 years, joined NAR in 2019. Green became the organization’s first director of fair housing policy in 2019 and is now vice president of NAR’s policy advocacy and oversees laws and regulations. advocacy initiatives.

With Greene, a black man, as a member of the executive leadership of the organization, it looks like change is happening in the organization.

Yet NAR recently had to pass a rule against hate speech as several members were caught making racist comments on social media. Additionally, NAR supports President Biden’s initiative to add three million black homeowners over the next 10 years.

Additionally, a faction of NAR members lobbied for changes within the organization, such as reduced commissions for non-white buyers and sellers.

“It’s a tough story,” Greene said at a recent NAR event. “But we took the leap. “

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Trump has given birth to a dangerous new “lost cause” myth. We must fight it | David Scourge

AAmerican democracy is in peril and almost everyone who pays attention is trying to find the best way to put it. Should we in the intellectual classes position our warnings in satire, in whining, in social science, in historical analogy, in the philosophical wisdom that we glean from so many who have taught us about 20th century violence and authoritarianism? Or should we just scream after our vacation naps?

Some of us take our pens and do what we can. We quote from wise scribes such as George Orwell on how there can be a latent fascist waiting to emerge in all humans, or Hannah Arendt on how democracies are inherently unstable and liable to be ruined by aggressive and skilled demagogues. We turn to Alexis de Tocqueville for his astonishing perspectives on American individualism as we like to believe his claims that democracy creates greater equality. And ah! how we love the fabulously open and infinite democratic spirit of Walt Whitman. We breathe in Whitman’s verses and are captivated by the hypnotic power of democracy. “O Democracy, for you, for you I sing these songs”, wrote our most exuberant democrat.

Read enough of the good Whitman and you will be able to believe again that American democracy may still be “the indissoluble continent … with the long-standing love of comrades.” But for now, we cannot rely solely on the genius of our wise ancestors. We must face our own mess, start the fight in front of us, and prepare for the worst.

Our democracy allows a twice impeached crime-prone ex-president who publicly instigated an attempted coup against his own government and who still operates as the gangster leader of his political party to reside peacefully among us while he is investigated for his wrongdoing. We believe in the rule of law and therefore await the verdicts of our judicial system and legislative inquiry.

Yet Trumpism unleashed on January 6, and every day before and for five years, a crusade to slowly poison the American democratic experience with a movement to overturn decades of pluralism, racial and gender equality and scientific knowledge. To what end? Establish a hopeless white utopia for the rich and the wronged.

On this January 6 anniversary, is it time to sing fervently Whitman again, or is that the only rational response to shouting? First the cry.

On January 6, 2021, an American mob, orchestrated by the most powerful man in the country, along with many allies in Congress and the media, nearly destroyed our indirect electoral democracy. To this day, only Trump’s laziness and incompetence can explain why he failed to sack Vice President Mike Pence in the two months leading up to the coup, installed a real lackey like Mark Meadows, and set up the formal disruption of the counting of electoral votes. The real coup needed weapons, and fortunately senior military officials have made it clear that they will oppose any attempt to impose martial law. But the blow continues by failing; it now takes the form of voter suppression laws, a virulent doctrine of state rights applied to all kinds of legislative actions installing Republican loyalists in the electoral system and a propaganda machine capable of popularizing lies, large and small.

The lies have now crept into a Trumpian lost cause ideology, building its monuments into ridiculous stories millions of people believe in, and codifying them into laws to make the next election easier to steal. If you repeat the terms “electoral fraud” and “electoral integrity” enough times on the right networks, you have a movement. And “replacement theory” works well alongside a thousand repetitions of “critical race theory”, both devoid of definition or meaning, but both frightening. The Liberals sometimes invite contempt with their dedication to diversity training and their insistence on fighting for words rather than real inequality. But it’s time to see the real enemy – a long-standing American-style neo-fascist authoritarianism, seductively useful for the grievances of the discontented, and threatening to steal our microphones halfway through our odes to joy. .

Yes, disinformation must be fought with good information. But it must also be fought with a fierce policy, with an organization, and if necessary with bodies, in a non-violent way. We have an increasingly dangerous population on the right. Who do you know who really wants to compromise with their ideas? Who on the left will volunteer to be part of a delegation to discuss the fate of democracy with Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy or Fox News’ foghorns? Who on the right will come to a symposium with 10 of the best writers on democracy, its history and philosophy, and help create a plan for American renewal? As a culture, we are not in the mood for such reason and courtesy; we fight, and it has to happen in politics. Otherwise, it might still be 1861 in a very new form. Sadly, it will likely take even more shocking events than January 6 to bring our political culture through and beyond our current crisis.

And if and when it is 1861 again, the new secessionists, namely the Republican Party, will have a dysfunctional constitution to exploit. The ridiculously undemocratic US Senate, now 50/50 between the two parties, but where Democrats make up 56.5% of the population and Republicans 43.5%, bodes well for those determined to thwart majority democracy . And, of course, the Electoral College – an institution more than two centuries old, and one that even our first demagogue president, Andrew Jackson, advocated abolishing – offers undying hope to Republicans who may continue to lose popular votes but win. presidency, as they have done in two of the last six elections. The democracy?

What now for the song? Well, read on. Of all the democracy books of recent years, one of the best is James Miller’s Can Democracy Work? Brief history of a radical idea, from ancient Athens to our world. Political philosopher and historian, Miller offers an intelligent journey through the turbulent past of this great human experience to find out if we can really govern ourselves. It demonstrates how thin the lines are between success and disaster for democracies, how great victories turn into reactions and big losses, and how the dynamics of even democratic societies can be utterly amoral. New intolerant ruling classes sometimes replace the tyrants they overthrow.

“Democratic revolts, like democratic elections,” Miller writes, “can produce perverse results. History still awaits us. But in the end, through examples like that of Václav Havel in the Czech Republic, Miller recalls that “the ideal survives”. Democracy requires the “best laws”, Havel intoned, but it must also manifest itself as “human, moral, intellectual and spiritual, and cultural.” Miller makes history to show that democracy is almost always a “conundrum, not a recipe.” Democracy is much more difficult to maintain than autocracy. But it must be renewed.

Or just choose Whitman’s Song of Myself, all 51 pages long, from the first line, “I Celebrate and Sing Myself,” to her thoughts on how lucky you are to just be alive. Continue to a few pages later when a “runaway slave” walks into Whitman’s house and the poet looks into her “spinning eyes”, and heals “the galls on her neck and ankles,” then in her embrace. of “primordial”, complete democracy halfway through the song, where he accepts “nothing that all cannot have”. Finally read until the end, where the poet finds a blessed oblivion, bequeathing himself “to the earth to grow the grass that I love”. Whitman’s “sign of democracy” is everywhere and in everything. Both the democratic instinct and the authoritarian instinct are deep within us, forever at war.

After January 6, it’s time to get ready to sing, scream, and fight.


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