By Pamela Newkirk June 22, 2016 Pamela Newkirk is a professor of journalism at New York University and the author of “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga.” The virulent backlash against President Obama’s 2008 election set the stage for this year’s presidential campaign, in which Muslims, Mexicans and other marginalized groups have been explicitly maligned. While Obama’s… Continue reading Is White Rage Driving Our Racial Divide?
Americans who can barely keep their heads above water economically often blame housing. Costs are rising all over the country, and have skyrocketed in major coastal cities. One in four Americans use half their pay on housing, and even people quite high up the income ladder often live paycheck to paycheck as a result….Read Full… Continue reading The Unconscionable Abandonment of Rural America
While the nation continues to make progress in broadband deployment, many Americans still lack access to advanced, high-quality voice, data, graphics and video offerings, especially in rural areas and on Tribal lands, according to the 2016 Broadband Progress Report adopted by the Federal Communications Commission….Read Full Article Here.
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GDS doesn’t usually come in for criticism when it comes to the digital transformation of government, but the National Audit Office has pointed a finger of blame in its direction as part of an overall critique of Defra’s CAP payments shortcomings. Lessons need to be learned. Here’s a cautionary tale of a public sector IT digital… Continue reading Ingredients for a Government IT Cock-Up – Lack of Vision, Digitally-Illiterate Farmers and…er, GDS?
The Centre for Alternative Finance at University of Cambridge Judge Business School and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation team at Chicago Booth School of Business have joined forces to initiate the 2015 Americas Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey. This landmark survey is the first comprehensive and empirical assessment of crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending (marketplace lending) and other forms of alternative finance across North, Central and… Continue reading Gabriela Andrade & Diego Herrera of the IDB Explain the Importance of Alternative Finance to the Americas
USDA Forest Service Office of Civil Rights Briefing Paper 1 Date: July 20, 2015 Topic: Forest Service actions to improve Civil Rights programs and activities within the Rocky Mountain and Southwestern Regions. Background: As part of our ongoing commitment to self-improvement and commitment to non-discrimination within our programs and activities, Forest Service regularly reviews its… Continue reading FOREST SERVICE CIVIL RIGHTS BRIEFING R2-3 Congressional response(7.21)
July 28, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Coalition Urges Senate to Reject COOL Repeal Urges Senate to Reject So-Called Voluntary COOL Compromise Washington, D.C.—Today, a coalition of 142 rancher, farmer, rural, consumer, manufacturer, labor, faith and environmental groups from across the United States delivered a letter urging the Senate to reject both the… Continue reading fnl vCOOL letter release
July 28, 2015 The Honorable Pat Roberts Chairman, Senate Agriculture Committee 328A Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Debbie Stabenow Ranking Member, Senate Agriculture Committee 328A Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow: The undersigned 142 farm, ranch, rural, faith, environmental, farmworker, manufacturing and consumer… Continue reading Coalition Letter Opposing COOL Repeal and Voluntary COOL
The spirit of the law always had been for RUS to target its broadband aid to the most remote, neglected rural towns. In the earliest years of the broadband program, administered chiefly at the time by Bush-appointee Hilda Legg, RUS seemed to believe it had a much broader mandate — and it wrote multiple sets… Continue reading WIRED TO FAIL: Broadband in Rural America