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06

Feb

African American History

The first African American ever elected to the Greensboro County School Board, State Representative Alma Adams has spent nearly three decades fighting for women and families in and around North Carolina. She has supported legislation to strengthen domestic violence laws, and as a former chair of the North Carolina Women’s Legislative Caucus, Alma has helped to introduce numerous bills to strengthen laws to protect children, women and families and has been a key and vocal supporter of women’s health and reproductive rights. North Carolina hasn’t sent a new Democratic woman to the House since the 1992 election of former Rep. Eva Clayton – and Alma’s strong record of leadership on choice, equality, education and the environment make her a worthy successor to Rep. Clayton’s legacy.
The first African American ever elected to the Greensboro County School Board, State Representative Alma Adams has spent nearly three decades fighting for women and families in and around North Carolina. She has supported legislation to strengthen domestic violence laws, and as a former chair of the North Carolina Women’s Legislative Caucus, Alma has helped to introduce numerous bills to strengthen laws to protect children, women and families and has been a key and vocal supporter of women’s health and reproductive rights. North Carolina hasn’t sent a new Democratic woman to the House since the 1992 election of former Rep. Eva Clayton – and Alma’s strong record of leadership on choice, equality, education and the environment make her a worthy successor to Rep. Clayton’s legacy.

(Source: facebook.com)

05

Feb

superderpyy asked: Hello can I have some advice on getting my first job?

Hi! What type of advice are you looking for?

6 Rules to Consider Before Relocating for a Job

You just got offered a great job, in a new city, new state, and far away from the life you currently live…so why would you relocate for it? Relocating is a lot like writing a research paper. Recently I relocated for a job and a lot of my friends and former colleagues thought I just packed up my nomadic lifestyle and decided to move. That is not what happened. I am a very organized individual and calculate my every move. My decision to relocate took me close to a year; deciding whether or not I was going to take the plunge and move from New York City to Northern Virginia. The factors I looked into were the economic growth, cutting edge urban planning, cost of living, job growth, culture, and scenic landscape in the area.

Rule #1: Plan ahead

Plan everything! I narrowed down my job search to a list of states I could see myself living in. I first looked at states closest to my home state, New York unfortunately in the states in which I was looking for a new job, I knew I could not obtain the salary I knew I deserved. I worked in the public sector then, and I was paid a public sector salary. Every time I asked for the salary that most individuals were making at my level, I would get that look from potential employers and they would ask, “why should I pay you more, when you are doing that job already for such a bargain price?” I would always give the same answer about working in the public sector. Nonetheless I was still not getting any job offers I could live. After multiple rounds of interviews I decided to broaden my search.

Rule # 2: Research

Research is an important key when deciding on whether to relocate or not. This article from Forbes,  20 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Relocate For A Job really helped me out. I also researched which state I wanted to live in. While I love New York and it will always be my home it is a very expensive state to live in, especially New York City. I was living paycheck to paycheck and was not happy with the financial insecurity. While looking at states I wanted to live in I looked at the top states for business as well as top states to live in list provided by CNBCBusiness Insider, and Forbes. I researched housing in every area I applied for a job. I went on Zillow, Trulia, Craigslist and MILS. I also did a lot of research by calling various organizations to see what the young professional culture was like. Choose a state that is in an economic upturn–those states usually have growing career fields as well as a booming young professional culture.

Rule # 3- Plan how to meet new people

Moving to a new city for a job also means a new opportunity to meet new friends and expand your network. I looked at my current network while applying to jobs to see who I knew before I was going to move to a certain location. Look at local organizations, recreation centers and meetup groups like, Meetup. I saw the NOVA/DC area as a hip area for young people. All of my states that I looked at had similar social communities as well.

Rule # 4- PURGE

When relocating and moving you realize how much crap you actually own. I lived in a junior studio apartment and thought, “I have so much stuff.” That’s all it really was, just stuff! When purging and packing it is important to take into consideration what items you may have collected over the years that are really only pertinent to the place in which you currently live. For example my sister has made a couple of big moves in her life moving from one country to another, when she finally decided to move home from Israel she decided it was not important for her to take back with her a lot of the household items, toiletries, medications, and other U.S. products she had collected over the years while in Israel. This is an important factor especially if you are just one or two boxes away from the next size up on a u-haul. Moving also puts you in a unique state of mind, different than the usual spring cleaning state of mind. When packing up you always have in the back of your mind or in your subconscious the reality that after you throw  this stuff into boxes it is going to have to come out and be put somewhere. If you find yourself putting together a box of non-priority items, or items you might not have to unpack when you get to your new home, it means you do not need that stuff and you should get rid of it. Remember moving is a chance for a new start, not just a transplant of your old life in new grounds, if your budget allows use this opportunity to really redecorate your life (new bathmats, curtains, linens, maybe even dishes too).

Rule # 5- Plan financially

First calculate the total cost of your move. How much is it going to cost to rent a truck, find a place, travel, moving materials, labor, and all the other nuts and bolts? Also remember that you have a couple of tax write offs when you move. You can write off your job search expenses, your move for your new job, and depending on how permanent a stay you are planning you might even be able to write off your home ownership. This article from Mashable is very resourceful for learning about what tax benefits you can receive when moving to a new job. The next question you should ask is, will my cost of living go up? The answer for me was easy; NYC has one of the highest costs of living, so anywhere I moved to would definitely have a lower cost of living. Finally you should ask yourself before taking the job “what kind of financial shape is the company in? “If the job’s duties read like a wish list of everything you have always wanted professionally, but if the company is just getting off the ground or has struggled financially in the past, this should be an indicator for you to take a step back and reevaluate the offer.

Rule #6- Give yourself time to settle in before starting your new job

I did not do this and I regret not taking a break between my prior employments to my new job. I only gave myself a week to move down to Virginia from NYC.  This was not that bad considering I only have four pieces of furniture. Though I look like a bohemian because I have no couch, dining room table, and am still not unpacked (well my books aren’t) because of lack of bookshelves, I am still very happy and glad I made the change. I would have liked to have a bigger break.

So there you go – I hope this helps take some stress out of your impending job relocation.

About the Author

Rachel is a native NYer who has ventured down south to be part of the incredible APUS Team. She is a Tweet-aholic as well as digital native. When she is not experimenting in the kitchen, listening to records, or reading whatever she can get her hands on she likes to volunteer her time to various causes and community events to try and make the world a little better then how she received it. She’s also a political junkie and pop culture savant.

By Rachel A. Adler
Online Career Tips, Guest Contributor

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Where is Bayard Rustin?: The Forgotten Great Strategic Civil Rights Organizer

Do you know who Bayard Rustin is? Have you ever heard of him? Bayard Rustin, one of the country’s most influential, and most overlooked, civil rights strategists. He was a Quaker, African American, and gay. When President Obama went to the Henry Ford Museum near Detroit on April 18, 2012, he got to visit one of the shrines of the civil rights movement that was a factor in the future election of the nation’s first African-American president. “I actually had the chance to sit in Rosa Parks’ bus,” Obama said. “I just sat there for a moment and pondered the courage and tenacity that is part of our very recent history, but is also a part of that long line of folks — sometimes nameless, oftentimes didn’t make the history books — but who constantly insisted on their dignity, their stake in the American Dream.” Parks’ refusal to move to the back of that bus on Dec. 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Ala., led to her arrest, which led to a bus boycott by African Americans, which led to the creation of the Montgomery Improvement Association, which led to the elevation of a young minister named Martin Luther King Jr.

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Said Obama at another stop: “It takes ordinary citizens to bring about change, who are committed to keep fighting and keep pushing, and keep inching this country closer to our highest ideals.”

Only recently President Obama paid tribute to the great Bayard Rustin. On November 20, 2013, fifty years after Bayard Rustin the chief architect of the 1963 ‘March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom” was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients. But is that enough?

Now many of you are wondering who is this man I speak of? Why am I correlating Rosa Park’s ‘Freedom Rides’ to Bayard Rustin? I believe that is important to understand how the multiple freedom rides and bus sit in prior led to Rosa Parks historic moment and that is where Bayard Rustin comes in.

Prior to Ms. Parks there had been many ‘freedom rides’. The Freedom Riders  were inspired by the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation, led by civil rights activists Bayard Rustin and George Houser. Rustin and Houser organized the Journey of Reconciliation in 1947. This was the first of the Freedom Rides to test the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States that banned racial discrimination in interstate travel (Irene Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia). Rustin and CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) executive secretary George Houser recruited a team of fourteen men, divided equally by race, to ride in pairs through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

The NAACP ( National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) opposed CORE’s Gandhian (It is a body of ideas and principles that describes the inspiration, vision and the life work of Mahatma Gandhi. It is particularly associated with his contributions to the idea of nonviolent resistance, sometimes also called civil resistance) tactics as too meek. Participants in the Journey of Reconciliation were arrested several times. Arrested with Jewish activist Igal Roodenko, Rustin served twenty-two days on a chain gang in North Carolina for violating Jim Crow laws regarding segregated seating on public transportation.

In one of his own “Rosa Parks moments” he was quoted saying: I cannot move.” The police came, and they started dragging Bayard out of his seat. And he pointed to a little white child across the aisle saying, “If I move, this child will not know that injustice is taking place here.”

Bayard Rustin is one of 20th century America’s boldest social activists, most masterful strategists of peaceful protest, and brilliant organizers. Thanks to Rustin, civil disobedience became a powerful catalyst for political change in this country. In my opinion, without Rustin as his steadfast mentor, adviser and confidant, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have understood the impact of direct action, which defined his civil rights leadership. He is the man who organized one of the greatest and most significant marches of American History. That’s right he organized the March on Washington in 1963, an event attended by more than 200,000 people. Besides that huge accomplishment Bayard was always a forefront is making sure justice & liberties where served to all.

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While Bayard Rustin had been peacefully trying to change the social injustice of America since the early 1940’s, his open sexuality caused many close to him to hide their work and friendships from the public. Although King’s speech ultimately left the most indelible mark on America’s memory of the event, it was a photo of the march’s two organizers, A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, that was chosen as the photographic icon of the historic event (Life Magazine). Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King and others fearing his (Bayard Rustin) sexuality would discredit the event, appointed Randolph as the director, and Randolph appointed Rustin deputy organizer. Bayard Rustin historian, John D’Emilio, author of Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, explained that Rustin only had eight weeks to organize the March. Talk about time management skills. The following eight weeks, writes D’Emilio, “were the busiest in Rustin’s life. He had to build an organization out of nothing. He had to assemble a staff and shape them into a team able to perform under intense pressure. He had to craft a coalition that would hang together despite organizational competition, personal animosities and often antagonistic politics. He had to maneuver through the mine field of an opposition that ranged from liberals who were counseling moderation to segregationists out to sabotage the event. And he had to do all of this while staying enough out of the public eye so that the liabilities he carried would not undermine his work.” While Bayard was ever the big dreamer, he also had the ability to reach out and see the bigger picture. He once explained: “What you have to understand is that the march will succeed if it gets 100,000 people – or 150,000 or 200,000 or more – to show up in Washington. It will be the biggest rally in history. It will show the Black community united as never before – united also with whites from labor and the churches, from all over the country.” 250,000 people would ultimately be there.

Now many history books overlooked Bayard Rustin compared with other more well known civil rights leaders, due in part because of societal views regarding his sexual orientation at the time, but there’s been renewed recognition of his overall contributions in recent years. Looking back at his career, Mr. Rustin, a Quaker, once wrote: ‘The principal factors which influenced my life are 1) nonviolent tactics; 2) constitutional means; 3) democratic procedures; 4) respect for human personality; 5) a belief that all people are one.’ March 17, 2012  marked the 100th birthday of Bayard Rustin. While King’s birthday is now a national holiday, Rustin by and large languishes in historical limbo.

Americans should know about and remember Bayard Rustin. His name should be synonymous with organization, strategic planning and Human Rights Activism especially in the Civil Rights movement. When I look back at the history books or think about what I learned in elementary, high school, and college, I’m compelled to ask, “Where is Bayard Rustin?”

About the Author

Rachel is a native NYer who has ventured down south to be part of the incredible APUS Team. She is a Tweet-aholic as well as digital native. When she is not experimenting in the kitchen, listening to records, or reading whatever she can get her hands on she likes to volunteer her time to various causes and community events to try and make the world a little better then how she received it. She’s also a political junkie and pop culture savant.

By Rachel A. Adler
Online Learning Tips, Guest Contributor

15

Oct

WISHL: How to Clean a Laptop Keyboard

It’s a good idea to clean your laptop keyboard regularly. However, to avoid damaging it, there are some things you need to keep in mind when you are removing dust and particles, or cleaning the keys.

Every so often, you can use a vacuum to clean your laptop keyboard. Use the little portable vacuums, with either the tiny (toothbrush-size) brush or the upholstery-cleaning attachment. This effectively sucks up all the crud in the keyboard. It’s amazing to watch.

Some people prefer to clean the keyboard by using a can of compressed air. This is not recommended, because the air can blow the crud in your keyboard further inside the laptop. Instead, use a vacuum.

Remember to have the computer turned off when you do this!

Directions:

  1. To clean the tops of the keys, use isopropyl alcohol.
  2. Soak it up into a soft, dust-free cloth, or use a cotton swab and gently rub the key tops.
  3. Try not to drip any alcohol inside the keyboard, and never use a spray cleaner directly on the keyboard.

In addition to cleaning your keyboard regularly, you should also consider washing your hands from time to time.

07

Oct

Shoe Care 101: An Illustrated Guide 

by Brett & Kate McKay (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2011/11/14/shoe-care-101/)

Shoe Care 101: An Illustrated Guide

Shoe Care 101

Different types of leather require different types of care, so we made this handy guide for keeping your shoes clean and looking their best.

Full Grain Leathers

  • To remove dirt, wipe gently with a dry cloth to remove any dried-on dirt and dust. Then dampen the cloth with warm water and wipe again. Allow leather to dry naturally, away from direct sunlight and direct heat sources (like heat vents) that can dry out the leather.
  • Use a high quality cream polish that matches the shoe color, then buff to a shine.
  • Avoid liquid shoe polishes and silicone sprays.


Beeswaxed and Oiled Leathers

  • To remove dirt, wipe gently with a dry cloth to remove any dried-on dirt and dust. Then apply a cleaner such as Penguin P100 Instant Cleaner (available at many athletic and sporting goods stores). Allow leather to dry naturally, away from direct sunlight and direct heat sources (like heat vents) that can dry out the leather.
  • Apply a leather protector and restorer, which are composed of oils and other non-water-soluble compounds like lanolin to help guard against water damage to the leather. (Please note this may darken the color of your beeswax leather.)


Patent Leathers

  • Use a soft damp cloth and a drop of mild soap to remove any haze.
  • A patent leather cleaner that contains silicone will return the high gloss.


Suede and Nubuck Leathers

  • To clean, use a rubber eraser to remove dirt and smudges. Then, brush lightly with a soft brush specifically for suede and nubuck products.
  • Care should be taken to brush in the same direction. If you brush in different directions, some suedes will give the appearance of being two different colors.
  • Never use a wire brush or polish on suede or nubuck. (Some suede brushes do have wire in the center, which is specifically made for use on suede).
  • Follow up with a silicone spray for water and stain resistance.


Weatherproofing

  • To weatherproof your shoes, we suggest a non-silicone spray or a rain/stain repellant.


Shoe Care Tools and Supplies
With the right supplies, your shoes will last longer, feel better and always look their best.

Cream Polish

  • Cream polish is offered in many different colors to match your Clarks footwear. It’s easy to apply with a horse hair brush, but should never be used on suede or nubuck.
  • Cream polish won’t add as much color as a wax polish.


Edge Dressing

  • Edge dressing is most commonly applied to dress shoes with leather soles.
  • Edge dressing comes in black or brown and will enhance the appearance of the outsole as well as protect it.
  • You can apply edge dressing easily with a brush or sponge.


Horse Hair Brush

  • There are usually two different colors of horse hair brushes: a dark color for darker polishes and a lighter color for lighter polishes.
  • The brush is used to work the polish into the leather and also helps remove excess polish on the shoe.


Shoe Horn

  • A shoe horn helps protect the back of your shoes as you slide your foot in, maintaining its shape and fit.


Shoe Spray

  • Shoe spray protects the surface of the shoe, making it easier to clean if they get dirty.
  • The spray is usually non-silicone based to ensure that it doesn’t change the color of the footwear.
  • Spray does not make the shoes waterproof — just water resistant.


Shoetrees

  • Shoetrees can extend the life of your shoes up to 30% or more!
  • They help absorb moisture, drawing the leather back to its original shape as it dries, extending the life of the uppers and insoles.
  • Shoetrees also promote even wear of the shoes, maximizing the life of the soles.
  • Cedar trees are the only effective type of tree. Plastic and metal do not achieve the drying effect.
  • A secondary and also important part of shoetree use is to maintain the shape of the shoe. The tree will eliminate fine lines where the shoe flexes.
  • Once you take off your footwear for the day, immediately place the cedar shoetrees into your shoes and leave them in the shoes until the next wearing.


Suede Block and Brush

  • The block is used for erasing dirt and stains from the suede or nubuck. Use a fair amount of pressure when erasing the stains and dirt.
  • The brush also helps in cleaning, and can be used to brush the suede and nubuck to enhance its appearance.


Wax Polish

  • Apply wax polish to leather shoes with a slightly damp cloth.
  • Wax polish adds more color and shine than cream polish.

11

Sep

9/11 anniversary: After 12 years, new WTC taking shape after terror attack

Watch the 9/11 Anniversary Ceremony

The live webcast of the September 11, 2001 anniversary ceremony begins at 8:39 a.m. The observance of the 12th anniversary is on the 9/11 Memorial plaza. Family members of victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks have been invited to read names.The first moment of silence is at 8:46 a.m., marking the time Flight 11 struck the North Tower.