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Who is Sally Yates? Meet the acting attorney general Trump fired for ‘betraying’ the Justice Department.

Jae Alan

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Acting attorney general Sally Quillian Yates, a longtime prosecutor from Atlanta, began her tenure as an Obama appointee two years ago by saying that pursuing justice was more important to her than bringing federal cases in court.

“We’re not the Department of Prosecutions or even the Department of Public Safety,” Yates said in May 2015, the week after she was confirmed as deputy attorney general, the second-highest-ranking position in the Justice Department. “We are the Department of Justice.”

On Monday afternoon, only days away from stepping down from her 27-year career in the Justice Department, Yates defied President Trump, ordering federal attorneys not to defend the controversial immigration order issued Friday.

Within hours, Trump fired her. In a news release, the White House said Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” Yates was replaced by Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, who told The Washington Post he would enforce the president’s directive until Trump nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is confirmed.

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Yes, We Climb Mountains – Stephen DeBerry | BMe UNLIMITED

Jae Alan

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“The Naysayers are wrong.” In this compelling talk, Stephen DeBerry reminds us that you can do ANYTHING – even climb a mountain. On Expedition Denali, Stephen was a member of the first all African American team of mountaineers to conquer Denali, the highest mountain in North America. He challenges us to defy the cynics, and fervently pursue our passion. Named one of the 100 Most Powerful African Americans in the US by Ebony Magazine, Stephen DeBerry is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Get ready to take a journey to the top! Be sure to share.

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Black Men Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Leaders: $10,000 grant

Jae Alan

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BMe Community | Call for Stories 2018 

Program Outline

BMe Community is currently accepting applications of black men who are social entrepreneurs, innovators and difference-makers in greater Akron, Louisville, Miami, or Pittsburgh.  Top applicants will receive national recognition as BMe Leaders, a $10,000 grant, local recognition and travel to Washington DC to be inducted into a lifelong fellowship of their peers.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

Tell us your story of a personal challenge you’ve overcame, a moment that changed everything, or what deeply motivates you to do remarkable things for your community.  BMe will score candidates on the remarkability of their stories, authenticity, willingness to work with others, community engagement, and diversity of age and fields. BMe is especially interested in those who work to improve health, wealth, know-how and community.

There are over 190 BMe Leaders including men like:

  • Akron BMe Leader Denny Wilson whose faith led him to become a source of hope and help by founding FI Community Housing to house and serve men and women newly freed from prison. It is now Ohio’s largest peer oriented and operated drug recovery community organization. http://www.ficommunityhousing.org/
  • Miami BMe Leader Derick Pearson who co-founded BlackTech Weekend with his wife Felecia Hatcher to increase the number of startup founders, technology executives and engineers of color. Both are venture-backed entrepreneurs themselves. http://blacktechweek.com/

Read more and submit HERE

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Blacks comprise more than 40% of the homeless population

Jae Alan

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Although blacks comprise 12.5 percent of the nation’s population, they are overrepresented among the nation’s homeless as housing prices increase and because fewer units of affordable housing are being built. These two factors are compounded by existing housing discrimination and the black unemployment rate, which is always the nation’s highest. This constellation of factors often […]Read more

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