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A Kinder Gentler NYPD Is Not the Answer

(12) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 5:34 PM

I have to admit prior to becoming CEO of NYUL I had never set foot at One Police Plaza. This omission was not for lack of opportunity. When I moved to New York over 20 years ago improving police and community relations was in vogue. Lee Brown was Police Commissioner,...

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After the Protests: From a Moment to a Movement

(5) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Like so many of you I heaved a sigh of relief when the announcement was made that George Zimmerman had been arrested. After weeks of marches and protests, letters and articles, tweets and media appearances, justice has been served - or has it? Over the course of the past few...

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Master Steps for the Dance of Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Diversity is inviting everyone to the party. Inclusion is getting everyone to dance. I heard this adage from a retail executive discussing the difference between thinking diversity is important and integrating diversity into the very fabric of a corporation.

My organization has been advocating for diversity in every aspect of...

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Counting the Costs of College

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 1:10 PM

While pundits, critics and supporters discuss and debate the effectiveness of Occupy Wall Street, and other Occupy movements around the country, everyday Americans understand their anger if not their platform. Many agree that individuals, who fought for their country, graduated from college and went to jobs everyday -- until they...

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Next Stop: College

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:29 PM

It is 650 miles from the cotton fields of Arkansas to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I know because my two brothers, my little sister and I had heard from the crib about my parents' journey to make a better life for their children. Included in my parents' dream was a warm August...

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Fighting Violence at the Intersection of Old and New Harlem

(5) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 1:32 PM

A few weeks ago my agency hosted a forum focused on violence in the community hoping that a few concerned community members would feel compelled to answer our call. The topic of the meeting was not new, and many of the speakers had publically discussed the topic before. But until...

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Collective Bargaining Under Fire: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 12:38 PM

The over 100-year-old Urban League movement, born in New York City, is rightfully proud of its long and rich history. At our national office, the lobby is adorned not only with photos of past leaders but also letters, magazine covers and other mementos that symbolize the league's achievements.

A...

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Cheesehead State of Mind: Taking Cues from Wisconsin in NYC

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 4:30 PM

After living in New York City for over 20 years, there are few times that I feel the need to remind people that I am originally from Wisconsin. But 2011 has been different. First, the Super Bowl Packers made headlines, then so did a governor named Scott Walker. It has...

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The Next Generation of Civil Rights Leaders

(7) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 4:56 PM

In celebration of Black History Month, we at the New York Urban League brought together four next-generation leaders to talk about the state of the civil rights movement in the 21st century.

What unfolded was a provocative conversation that touched on many themes such as class, equity, apathy and...

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Subprime Lenders Could Have Learned a Thing or Two From New York

(6) Comments | Posted December 12, 2007 | 4:32 PM

Last week, millions of Americans were disappointed when President Bush announced he was freezing interest rates for a small number of certain subprime loans. The subprime lenders' practice of targeting "at-risk" borrowers and charging them higher than average interest rates that ballooned over time left a wave of foreclosure and...

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