Category: RTM News Reel Written by Danielle Young, hellobeautiful
Sequestration is the automatic form of spending cutback. These cuts will take effect by Friday, unless the Congress quickly acts to stop them. After March 1st, $1.2 trillion will be automatically removed from the federal budge, which could reverse our economic recovery. Where would these trillion dollar cuts be taken out of?
Things like investments in education, public health services and research, disaster preparedness, and national security are a few places budgets will be cut. According to ThinkProgress.org, low-income women and women of color will be hit hardest by the sequestration.
You may not think that these cuts affect you, but they do. Check out the five ways that sequestration cuts are harmful for women of color:
1. Programs that directly help the most vulnerable families and children—such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC could be cut by $543 million, which is a big loss to the 450,000 plus people of color who use these services.
2. Federal education funding cuts will disproportionately hurt students of color. Cutting access to these vital financial aid programs will stunt or even halt the higher education aspirations of tens of thousands of students of color. If the sequester goes into effect, nearly $3 billion would be cut in education alone, including cuts to financial aid for college students and to programs for our most vulnerable youth—English language learners and those attending high-poverty, struggling schools—impacting 9.3 million students. Such cuts will affect key programs that receive federally funded grants such as Education for Homeless Children and Youth and federal work study. The lack of access to financial aid for people of color will further aggravate the student debt rates in these communities. According to AmericanProgress, in the 2007-08 academic year, 81 percent of African Americans and 67 percent of Latinos with a bachelor’s degree graduated with student debt, compared to 64 percent of their white peers.
3. Early child care funding could be cut by more than $900 million, impacting the thousands of children of color who benefit from these programs. Such cuts will mean 70,000 children will be kicked out of Head Start, a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from low-income families from birth through age 5. Sixty percent of program participants are children of color.
4. Cuts to critical medical research put patients at risk. The National Institutes of Health would lose $1.5 billion in medical research funding, meaning fewer research projects would be aimed at finding treatments and cures for diseases such as cancer and diabetes—both of which are among the leading causes of death for African Americans.
5. 10.5 percent of Latinos and a staggering 13.8 percent of Blacks are unemployed, compared to only 7 percent of Whites. Extended federal unemployment benefits remain vulnerable under sequestration, and the long-term unemployed—those out of work and searching for a new job for at least six months—could lose almost 10 percent of their weekly jobless benefits if the sequester cuts go into effect next week.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 09:04
Category: RTM News Reel Written by NewsOne
Have you ever sat back and said to yourself that you’d like a pet, but, in this unstable economy, don’t think you’d have the money to support one?
If you answered yes to that question, then Pet Food Stamps is for you!
Pet Food Stamps, is a donation-based program based in New York which aims to supplement the incomes of families below for poverty line with pets so that their furry friends don’t go without food and care.
Read more at OpposingViews.com:
[The program] already had more than 45,000 pets sign up in the past two weeks.Marc Okan, the program’s founder and director, said it works by having the pet owner’s income verified, then they will give the pet food each month from pet food retailer Pet Food Direct for six months. “We’re not looking for government funding at this point,” Okon said.
“Should the government be willing to provide assistance further down the line, we will look into it.”As of now, the only way to apply is by filling out an online application. Okan said once they open their new office, they will begin accepting applications through mail.
They are still waiting to be approved as an official nonprofit.
The country does not have a federal pet food stamp program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service does give protection to pets in emergencies and natural disasters. A 1996 Animal Welfare Act, however, does not state anything about giving food to pets.
Though Okon’s program seems one-of-a-kind, it’s actually one of a few programs in the country that give food to animals in need. Shelters and rescue leagues in the U.S., like the Washington Animal Rescue League, have provided pet food banks for years, in addition to giving discounted pet care.
“One of our missions is to provide income-qualified families with discounted pet care, vaccinations, vaccine clinics, neutered clinics and vet care,” Washington Animal Rescue League spokesman Matt Williams said. “We have a new medical center on site. We also have a food bank run entirely on donations.”
To be approved for the program, families must provide proof that they are currently receiving government assistance.
Read more about Pet Food Stamps here.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 08:52
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
Anthony Darnell Liddell (pictured), 19, a student at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, was pronounced dead at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center after being shot to death outside of a campus residence hall, reports CCU’s website, Coastal News.
The gunman is still at large.
According to the school, there were approximately 4 or 5 shots outside the University Place residence hall. Liddell took two steps before collapsing against a vehicle, said one witness, and eventually laid motionless on the ground.
Read more from Coastal News below:
The 911 call came in at about 7:22 p.m. Tuesday; campus police and Conway Police responded immediately and found the victim, who was transported to a nearby hospital, CCU spokeswoman Martha Hunn confirms.
Campus officials alerted students with an ‘active shooter alert’ via text message and e-mail. The message asked students to remain in their dorm rooms and classrooms.
The first alert issued by staff at the college at about 8 p.m. said a shooting incident occurred at University Place, an off-campus housing facility for students. A second alert was sent moments later to ensure that the shooting incident was “not ongoing,” but the search for the suspect was continuing.
The suspect – which has not been given a good description yet – remains at large. The condition of the victim, their relationship to the shooter, or the motive for this supposed act of violence remain unanswered questions.
The victim was brought to evening. Security was out patrolling the exits and entrances while WMBF News crews were there at about 9 p.m. More than a handful of CCU students were waiting inside the waiting room of the trauma center.p
Hunn made it clear that the university is proactively anticipating the psychological impact of the shooting on its students:
“CCU Counseling Services professionals and ministers will be on hand Wednesday at CCU’s Lackey Chapel beginning at 8 a.m. to provide assistance to students,” Hunn stated in a news release. “Counseling staff will also be available at the Grand Strand Activity House, located at University Place, and at Eaglin and Ingle residence halls. Counseling staff has also been assisting students at University Place since the incident was reported.”
Classmates and friends have already begun flocking to social media to express their shock and sadness:
According to Liddell’s Facebook page, he graduated from Marlboro County High School in 2011 and he anticipated graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2015. More than 9,000 students attend the school, which is located about 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.
Classes will proceed as scheduled tomorrow and the hunt for Liddell’s killer continues.
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 15:00
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Ama Yawson, huffingtonpost
In the eight seasons of ABC’s The Bachelorette, the bachelorettes have always been beautiful. They have always been intelligent. They have always been warm and friendly. They have also always been white. But that is about to change if Misee Harris has her way. The 28-year-old African-American dentist is currently engaging in a social media campaign to be the first African-American bachelorette. Her potential candidacy prompts the question of whether America is ready to enthusiastically watch eligible men of all races compete for a black woman’s heart. I believe that — despite the fact that black women’s beauty and worth is often marginalized by the mainstream media — America is indeed ready. Hopefully ABC and the producers of The Bachelorette will recognize that.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:00
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Brittany Tom, theGrio
Photographer Eunique Jones’ photo series, ‘Because of them, we can…” , has made a splash on the Internet as a unique and creative take on the importance of Black History Month.
Her 28-photo project features more than 40 young children posing as some of the most iconic and influential black figures from the past and the present.
From Harriet Tubman to Spike Lee, the children are seen dressed and styled like the individual they are portraying and also incorporate an inspirational quote from each particular famous person.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:35
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