NAJA Alerts, Announcements, AZ State Univ. PowWow - April 17th, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The chair of the nation's leading civil rights enforcement agency today publicly called on the media and entertainment industry to make greater efforts to combat racism in light of the dialogue spurred by Don Imus' remarks.
In an open letter to MSNBC, CBS, Imus and his show's producer Bernard McGuirk, the chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Naomi C. Earp, wrote:
As I read the media coverage of the racist and sexist remarks made by radio jock Don Imus and his producer Bernard McGuirk, who collectively referred to the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "rough," "hard-core hos," "nappy-headed hos," and "jigaboos,"
I shuddered and became outraged at the unfairness of the situation. As an African American woman giving leadership to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the nation's foremost civil rights agency charged with combating discrimination in the workplace, I cannot stand silent on this matter.
How dare these two men utilize the airwaves to assassinate the reputations and denigrate the accomplishments of these talented Black collegiate women who, against all odds, advanced to the NCAA championship and represented their university in stellar fashion. Given their academic and athletic achievements, these young ladies should have been celebrated and not castigated.
The popular ditty, "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me," is untrue. Names, especially racial and sexist slurs, can and do hurt! It is one of the reasons that the EEOC recently launched E-RACE -- Eradicating Racism And Colorism from Employment, a national campaign designed to hold businesses accountable for the discriminatory conduct of their officials, managers and employees.
The EEOC intends to make clear that race and color discrimination in the workplace, whether verbal or behavioral, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
The offensive remarks of Imus and McGuirk, the belated reaction of the networks and radio station, and Imus' defense of his comments by pointing to rap lyrics -- as if two wrongs make a right -- indicate the need for a clear and unambiguous dialogue about racism in America.
It also points to a need for a change in this particular corporate culture, namely entertainment. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Employers must become intolerant of racist and sexist behavior in the workplace and invoke a zero-tolerance stance towards such offensive conduct, and so must the media and entertainment industry.
Just as employees must be encouraged to demonstrate respect towards others, so must entertainers. Offenders in the workplace and in entertainment should be swiftly and effectively disciplined even if, as Imus contends, they've done a good deed for the offended community.
It's time for corporate America, especially the entertainment industry, to be more proactive in preventing and eliminating racist and sexist behavior in the workplace. No person should be judged by the irrational and irrelevant criteria of race or gender nor have their reputations assassinated by irresponsible pundits.
During their diatribe, Imus and McGuirk mentioned Spike Lee's movie, "Do The Right Thing." That's my challenge to you all -- do the right thing. Otherwise, you are part of the problem, and not the solution. Firing Imus does not address the real issues at hand. Instead of jokes, we need a serious dialogue about race in 21st century America.
According to the EEOC, racism remains the most frequent claim filed with the agency nationwide, accounting for more than a third of all private-sector charges.
In fiscal year 2006, the EEOC received 27,238 charges alleging race-based discrimination. Additionally, the EEOC has also observed a substantial increase in the past 15 years in discrimination charge filings based on color, which have risen from 374 in 1992 to 1,241 in 2006.
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information about the EEOC is available on its Web site: <http://www.eeoc.gov/>.
Western Kentucky U's Five-Day Minority Photojournalism Workshop - Deadline, April 27th
Western Kentucky University is accepting applications for a five-day minority photojournalism workshop this summer for high school students. The application deadline is April 27.
Travel, lodging and food will be provided. The workshop, scheduled for June 24-28, combines hands on instruction and photojournalism projects. The workshop emphasizes participants use their eyes, hearts, minds and cameras to effectively communicate what they see to others.
The workshop will be held in the state-of-the-art labs of WKU's nationally recognized photojournalism program. With the support of Nikon Inc., the program will be provided the latest professional digital camera equipment.
Photographs will be displayed on a Web site that will be created for the workshop and participants will be able to bring work home on a CD.
Applicants must submit two samples of photographic work and a 500-word essay on what photography means to them, and how this workshop will help in a future pursuing photojournalism. Also required is a letter of recommendation from a journalism advisor or any teacher at the applicant's school..
For more information, visit: <http://pjcal.wku.edu/envision/envision.html>.Request an application by contacting James Kenney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-745-6307
AICC-N Luncheon Set For April 25th
American Indian Chamber of Commerce, Nevada invites you to join us at Sam’s Town Casino
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Keynote Speaker is Vanessa Gaston, Clark County Social Services.
To make your reservations or for more information, call (702) 693-6698 or E-mail email@example.com. Reservations must be received by Monday, April 23rd.
Assisting Native Americans with education, employment and self-employment opportunities in Nevada.
Adelante Mujer Conference To Be Held On April 21st
More than 1,500 Latinas, ages 14 to 21, are the target of this day-long program specifically designed with the cultural and family values of the Latino community in mind.
It will be held April 21st at Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Blvd in Pasadena from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will consist of more than 50 diverse workshops on career and vocational choices. Each year the conference opening and closing program is represented by a sample of California’s most influential women.
In addition, the conference provides a Resource Center with over 75 representatives from corporate and government employees, community organizations, colleges, universities. There are special bi-lingual and Spanish workshops designed for the mothers and members of the teens. Sessions for teacher and counselors are also offered.
The registration fee of $15 includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all conference materials. Pre-registration is required.
The conference is sponsored by the Pasadena Youth Center and Center for Community and Family Services and co-sponsored by Pasadena City College and the Pasadena Unified School District.
For more information contact:
Veronica De La Rosa, Conference Administrator
Telephone (626) 795-7990
Center For Community and Family Services
Nunatsiag News Nominated For Prestigious Award
The Michener Awards Foundation named Nunatsiaq News this week as one of six finalists in the running this year for the prestigious Michener Award, one of the highest distinctions in Canadian journalism.
The annual Michener Award was created in 1970 by the late Roland Michener, then the Governor General of Canada, in honour of his daughter Wendy. It is awarded annually to a news organization that produces the finest example of journalism serving the public interest.
The Nunatsiaq News nomination is for the paper's "innovative coverage of the impact of climate change on the Canadian Arctic," the Michener Foundation said this week in a news release.
"We are extremely honoured to be recognized for our coverage of climate change in the Arctic," said Steven Roberts, the publisher of Nunatsiaq News. "Since the late 90s, our editors and reporters felt is was essential to cover climate change as part of our ongoing news coverage because the Arctic is ground zero with respect to the impact of global warming," Roberts said.
That coverage of climate change, which dates back to 1997, includes stories that have been picked by news organizations in every corner of the planet: the sighting of a robin in Iqaluit, the use of air conditioners in the Arctic, and the complex issues created by the impact of climate change on people and wildlife, including polar bears.
Nunatsiaq News was one of the first newspapers in the world to add a climate change section. Despite the expense, the newspaper has supported reporters in coverage of international climate change meetings in southern Canada, Greenland and Iceland.
Governor General Michaëlle Jean will announce the winner June 8 at a ceremony inside Rideau Hall.
Nunatsiaq News also received 11 award nominations from the Quebec Community Newspapers Association for work done in 2006.
Multicultural Student Services 21st Annual Arizona State University Spring Competition PowWow
April 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 2007
ASU Band Practice Field, Sixth Street & Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona
Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Gourd Dance 11:30 am & 5:30 pm - Gourd Dance 11:30 am - Gourd Dance 7:00 pm - Grand Entry 1:00 & 7:30pm -Grand Entry 1:00 pm
CONTEST CATEGORIES -
MEN’S (18 -49 yrs), TEEN BOYS’(13 -17 yrs), JUNIOR BOYS’(7-12 yrs)
Northern Traditional, N & S Traditional, N & S Traditional, Southern Straight Fancy Dance, Fancy Dance, Fancy Dance Grass, Dance Grass, Chicken Dance
WOMEN’S (18-49), TEEN GIRLS’ (13-17 yrs),JUNIOR GIRLS’ (7-12 yrs,)
Northern Traditional N & S, Traditional N & S, TraditionalSouthern Traditional Fancy Shaw, Fancy Shawl Jingle Dress, Jingle Dress Jingle Dress
Tiny Tots PowWow –Saturday, 7:00 to 7:30 pm
Men’s Grass Dance Special, Sponsored by Head Judge, Saturday Night Session
HOST NORTHERN DRUM…………..High Noon, Hobbema, Alberta
HOST SOUTHERN DRUM…………..Bad Medicine, Carnegie, Oklahoma
HEAD GOURD DANCER…………….Dewayne Tofpi, Carnegie, Oklahoma
ARENA DIRECTOR…………………..Darrell Goodwill, FortQu’Apelle, Saskatchewan
HEAD JUDGE…………………………William Hindsley, Cumberland, Wisconsin
MASTER OF CEREMONIES…………Sammy Tonekei White, Anadarko, Oklahoma
CO-EMCEE……………………………..Dennis Bowen, Tuba City, Arizona
DRUM CONTEST - Sound System will be provided. Committee will NOT provide chairs so bring your own.
ASU Office of the Vice President for University Student Initiatives , ASU Office of the President, ASU Cultural Diversity Committee, Ute Mountain Casino, Jackson Rancheria Casino, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Gila River Casinos, Yavapai-Apache Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe and Arizona Diamondbacks
THIS IS A SMOKE-FREE EVENT ! SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE GROUNDS
Alcohol and other drugs will not be tolerated. Not responsible for accidents, thefts, damages or short-funded travelers.
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