Daily Archive: October 23, 2013



1st trial begins in group of Iowa bias claims

In this April 17, 2013 file photo, plaintiffs, from left, Charles Zanders, Tereasa Jefferson, Beverly Couch and Wilbur Devine Jr., look on during a news conference about a racial bias class action lawsuit against the state of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) by Ryan J. FoleyAssociated Press Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection started Tuesday in the first of what could be several trials over claims that managers in Iowa’s executive branch discriminated or retaliated against Black state workers and job applicants.



The prayers inside the President’s Blackberry

Joshua DuBois (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by Joshua BuBois Washington (CNN) – One thing is for sure: I didn’t feel ready to send morning devotionals to the next President of the United States. I was a young staffer, 25 years old, on Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. I had known Obama for a few years, and at the time worked as faith outreach director for his campaign.



Ace in the Hole…Illusions

Hey now, all you sinners ,put your lights on, put your lights on. Hey now, all you lovers, put your lights on, put your lights on. Hey now, all you killers, put your lights on, put your lights on. Hey now, all you children, leave your lights on, you better leave your lights on. Cause there’s a monster living under my bed, whispering in my ear. There’s an angel, with a hand on my head She say I’ve got nothing to fear. (Santana. ‘Put Your Lights On’ lyrics by Erik Schrody)



How to raise wages — and citizens

Dejun Jackson, who has been working at Walgreen for three years, protested this summer for higher wages in Chicago. ( Photo Courtesy: CNN Money/Fight for 15) by Eric Liu (CNN) — In a town not far from me, a municipal ballot measure has become a national bellwether. The citizens of SeaTac, a working-class community that includes the major airport for the Seattle-Tacoma area, will vote next month on whether to establish a $15 minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers.