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Olympics organizing posts and links to urban entertainment and businesses who fix things.

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http://goo.gl/forms/1G3tV05L2M – Link to Boston’s Digital Urban Professionals Collective sign-up screen to access private events customized for the Urban Professional by theaters and entertainment venues around town.

Smallwall.net – Boston Art Ads ( and 987 black and brown owned businesses) who specialized in building and fixing things like the plumbing, the heating and the buttocks.

about the Boston Olympics – Michael Curry, president of Boston’s NAACP chapter, stressed that African-American, Latino, and Asian leaders in business, politics, and culture must be included in any dialogue about the Olympics.

“If we are not engaged in the process from the beginning, then we lose the opportunity for potential entrepreneurship and potential investments,’’ Curry said.

Dorchester business owners Leilani Cummins and Isaiah Poole seemed hard-pressed to find any potential benefits for the neighborhood. – Boston Globe, January 12th, 2015.

 

 

 

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Written by BostonMurrell

January 12, 2015 at 7:02 pm

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Raw cut: The Boston call for a Holiday Buyers Boycott for Justice in #FERGUSON Decision

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From: Melody Adams

To: Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts

Cc: “dwilliams@ulem.org” ; “bostonnaacppresident@gmail.com”

Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:09 PM

Subject: Re: Statement on Ferguson, MO Grand Jury Decision & My Proposed Response

Ms. Villarson,

I hope that all is well with you. In your letter below, you wrote:

“We must continue to make change with our dollar – we must support our community businesses in order to lift up our community, therefore lifting our economic influence.” In order to see change we must not only as young professionals but as a community come together to MAKE THE CHANGE. Rise to make your voice be heard. Rise to make your dollar empowered. Rise to make your choice matter.”

I want you to know, that I appreciate your call to action, and agree with you. However, I don’t see a specific call to action that would allow our community, and the masses of outraged people from all over the New England area, to effect real change right now. Therefore, I propose that we use Black Friday-Cyber Monday (the biggest shopping days of the year), and the entire 5 week shopping period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day to demonstrate of our economic strength, desire for change, and show support for our brothers and sisters in Ferguson.

There have been calls for a national Black Friday/ holiday season blackout from clergy, community leaders, and organizations all over the nation (please see links below); and I think that Boston, and our N.E. neighbors, should join that movement, and demonstrate the power and effectiveness of the black community when we work together as one. Since a large portion of all U.S.retail revenue will be generated during the next 5 weeks, there may be no better time for us to “make our voice heard”, flex our economic muscle, and be noticed in a positive way, while supporting local businesses in our own communities.

We can simply issue a call to action (using social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and/or YouTube to go viral quickly) to shop only with black-owned businesses, during Black Friday weekend (Thursday November 27th-Monday December 1, 2014), and every Friday during the holiday season (as some cities have proposed); or we can choose our own weekends to protest. A good friend of mine suggested that we conduct a blackout during Kwanzaa, for Ujamaa “Collective Economics” day on December 29th) as well, which is another good idea.

Since no two organizations, outside of the black church, understand the power and impact of active non-violent, economic, civil rights protests better than the Urban League and the NAACP, I have copied Darnell Williams and Michael Curry on this email, and would like their input. So, Ms. Villarson, Mr. Williams, and Mr. Curry, what do you think? Are the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and the Boston Branch of the NAACP interested in joining the national Black Friday/holiday blackout, or organizing our own economic blackout?

I would greatly appreciate a response at your earliest possible convenience, as our community will need to act quickly to achieve the best results. If we ask all of our members, and contacts, to reach out to their personal networks tomorrow, and on Thanksgiving Day, and spread the “No Justice, No Profit” message, we could make a huge statement, and start some really big conversations! I look forward to hearing back from you, and hope that you each have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Melody L. Adams
adamsmelody@yahoo.com

After grand jury decision in Ferguson, calls to #BoycottBlackFriday

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‘No Justice, No Profit’: Pastor calls for Black Friday
“A pastor in Missouri is among those calling for a boycott of the Black Friday Sales as part of ongoing protests over the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown”

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A Social Media Push to Boycott Black Friday
“The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition is encouraging protesters to hit the nation “where it hurts” and boycott any holiday spending.”
http://www.theroot.com printed

#NotOneDime: Black Friday Boycotts Planned To Protest
http://www.forbes.com printed

Original letter from YPN
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From: Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
To: Melody
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:38 PM
Subject: Statement on Ferguson, MO Grand Jury Decision

Good Afternoon YPN’ers, Friends & Supporters,

As we all have seen and heard last night or this morning, the grand jury of Ferguson, MO has decided to not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager on August 9.

Is there disappointment? Yes. Is there anger? Yes. Is there an incredulous belief of the justice system process? Yes. But where do we stand now? Where do we GO FROM HERE?

If you are feeling like me, I am sick and tired of being ‘sick and tired’. This is more than just about race, although race plays a major role. But this is also about social inequality – where urban city dwellers are consistently subjected to increased violence and poor education standards. This is also about economic inequality – where families across the racial spectrum have to decide whether to pay the gas bill or feed their family. This is also about the over militarization of our local police forces and the lack of training that comes with not only using military-grade tools but also as being a law enforcement agency dealing with everyday citizens – not combat.

Protesting is not enough. Marching is not enough. Social media ‘stand-outs’ are NOT ENOUGH. They are merely just the beginning. In order to see change we must not only as young professionals but as a community come together to MAKE THE CHANGE.

We must continue to make change with our pens – writing to our state and federal elected leaders to demand action. We must continue to make change with our voices – attending and participating in community, city and state meetings that involve the communities we live in and care about. We must continue to make change with our dollar – we must support our community businesses in order to lift up our community, therefore lifting our economic influence. We must continue to make changes with our choice – your vote matters in local elections, in state elections and in national elections. If the people WE elect into office are not doing what their constituents are asking them to do than it is time they understand the power of the people.

If you are ready to MAKE THE CHANGE than I ask that you rise. Rise to make your pen be respected. Rise to make your voice be heard. Rise to make your dollar empowered. Rise to make your choice matter.

Rise with me and the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts as we work to Empower Our Community and Change Lives.

This is YOUR TIME. This is YOUR MOVEMENT…..RISE.

Yours in The Movement,

Rachelle N. Villarson
President, 2014 – 2016
Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
president@ypnulem.org
617.446.3499
http://www.ypnulem.org
YPN-ULEM
88 Warren St.
Roxbury, MA 02119

Written by BostonMurrell

November 26, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Here are 440 diverse minority professionals who can run Massachusetts state and local Government

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Did you hear them say we “can’t find” qualified minority staff? ”
Anaconda Don ‘t!

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From: Beata Coloyan
Sent: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Subject: Diversity in Transition Resume Update

Hello ( Community )

The Diversity in Transition Committee is proud to announce that we have collected 440 resumes in our search for qualified and diverse candidates within the new gubernatorial administration.

However, we are only at 88% of our goal. In order to reach our end goal of 500 resumes, we need your help.

Can you please assist us in our recruitment process?

If each of us reaches out to 5 individuals, we will exceed our numbers by our November 5th deadline.

The election is only 4 days away, and we need to begin looking toward the transition process. Please join us and refer qualified candidates to diversityintransition.com.

They can review all information about our committee and submit their resumes directly to the site. Thank you so much for joining us in this process.

Best,

Beata Coloyan

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November 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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Boston Carnival Village photo gallery: 2014 Caribbean Parade rolls on Blue Hill Ave Aug. 23rd

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August 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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When do Black Geeks attend info-tech seminars?

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In session with the Amazon “Managing Big Data in the AWS Cloud” Kendall Square presentation.

Its about to start but where are all the Black Geeks? Looking around the room and NONE are here at Amazon HQ- Kendall Sq.

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I guess they are working. And most likely not unemployed!

Most Afro- Americans in Boston ask that question when turning out for events like this.

If most aren’t asking it then Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook should be.

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August 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw featured on free Aug 3rd Roxbury Jazz at the Fort concert

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Berklee College of Music and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program present the Jaleel Shaw Quartet at the annual, free Jazz at the Fort concert, Sunday, August 3, 5:00 p.m., at Roxbury’s Highland Park.

Alumnus saxophonist Shaw is appearing in the midst of a busy summer of performances at jazz festivals throughout Europe and the United States with Tom Harrell’s Colors Of A Dream, and New York City nightclubs with the Roy Haynes Quartet.

Jazz at the Fort is part of Berklee’s Summer in the City series, made possible by presenting sponsor Natixis Global Asset Management, with musical performances by Berklee musicians in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

Entry ways to Highland Park are on Fort Avenue or Beach Glen Street in Roxbury. The park is wheelchair-accessible. Parking is available at Columbus Avenue and Cedar Street in the Roxbury Community College lot. The park is also a short walk from the MBTA Roxbury Crossing Station.

In the event of RAIN,the concert will move to Roxbury Community College’s Media Arts Center, 1234 Columbus Avenue.

For more information call 617 747-6057.

Shaw’s reputation as a composer and improviser got a boost when a concert he performed in the Checkout – Live at Berklee series was streamed global by NPR. His three CDs, Perspective, Optimism, and The Soundtrack Of Things To Come, earned praise by jazz critics at the New York Times.

Shaw is the recipient of an ASCAP Young Composer Award, and was named alto saxophonist of the year in a JazzTimes magazine’s Readers Poll.

Shaw received a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, and graduated with a dual degree in music education and performance. He also earned a masters in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Since 1997, the multi-faceted ParkARTS program has offered a wide variety of cultural offerings in Boston’s parks including performing, participatory, and visual arts.

By presenting programs in each of these three areas, ParkARTS ensures a broad variety of programming which appeals to many constituencies reaching all of Boston’s neighborhoods.

Berklee’s Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement (CACE) cultivates and manages institutional relationships, partnerships, and programs that advance the college, mobilize musicians as leaders, and contribute to the cultural, educational, and artistic development of the Boston area and our Jazz at the Fort is part of Berklee’s Summer in the City series, made possible by presenting sponsor Natixis Global Asset Management, with musical performances by Berklee musicians in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

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August 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

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Another day and the NABJ.

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Plenty of black and brown people going about their day in Boston are not aware that the National Association of Black Journalists are holding their annual convention in town this week. #NABJ14

But it’s not just another convention for them.

Bus riding with an addressable large audience.

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July 31, 2014 at 2:58 pm

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