Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President focused on students and college affordability at Benedict College, Georgia Tech, and back at the People’s House — as did Dr. Biden, who met with community college students in Gainesville and Austin. The First Lady hosted a Nowruz celebration, and the First Family marched to mark an important anniversary. That’s March 6th to March 12th, or “The Single Most Powerful Word.” Video Rating: / 5
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“Know that God is good all the time,” said a woman speaking through a bullhorn on the sidewalk directly across from a shrine that marked the spot that 18-year-old Michael Brown lost his life at the Canfield Green Apartments.
Representing Bethesda Temple’s Missionary and Outreach Ministry, She offered mini-sermons in between their singing.
“We will glorify his holy name,” a small representation of the group sang fervently as the rain poured down – almost in a soulful chant-like cadence.
“It may not look like it right now, but all things work for the good of those who love the Lord,” the woman said fervently.
For many who were in the Canfield Green Apartments that morning, it appeared to most certainly not look like it.
They peeked from their front doors and stood on steps, watching as protesters and activists slowly started to convene for two different demonstrations that were to honor the life of the 18-year old boy who was shot down by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. One was a moment of prayer for Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson lead by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The other was a moment of solidarity (and march) for all of the young African American men who were casualties of police violence.
It was within the hour of the one-week anniversary of Brown’s death.
A week probably felt like an eternity to the folks who have watched their corner of Ferguson become a nonstop hotbed of protests and activity.
It was first the most disheartening of crime scenes as Brown’s body lay uncovered for hours.
Then Gatherers from across the county, city and nation convened. Along with them on this day were FBI agents, who swarmed the complex knocking on doors in search of witnesses and information related to
In this national media sensation of a story, residents’ privacy has become the unspoken of collateral damage.
Yet as they sat and watched in a stance to suggest they were guarding what was left of their personal space, residents still managed to be gracefully open to their complex playing host to protests and demonstrations.
One woman clapped along as the Bethesda group sang. Another said “how you doing” as a non-resident woman and her son walked from the parking lot getting positioned to hear The Rev. Jesse Jackson lead protesters in prayer.
A couple of them even walked down to hear Jackson uplift the hundreds of protesters who had come to hear him deliver an encouraging word in the fight for justice on Brown and his family’s behalf.
“Here we stand 50 years after the march on Selma with some unlearned lessons,” Jackson told the crowd. “Too much fear, too much hatred, too much violence and too much bloodshed. Michael lives as long as we remember him. He was robbed of the right to walk the streets where he lived. Too long we have learned to survive apart. Now we have a different lesson – let’s learn to live together.”
In the solitude of prayer, hands gripped tighter as people from various walks of life stood as one as Jackson’s words echoed among them.
“We choose life over death,” Jackson said. “We choose futures over funerals. In the end if we do not faint we will not fail.
We pray for the family of Michael Brown and we must end the violence. There is power in non-violence – whether it’s Selma, Alabama, or India, or South Africa. You must choose prayers and love over rockets and missiles. We’ve survived apart for so long – there is power in living together.” Video Rating: / 5
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(1) SEC Cracks Down on Anti-Whistleblower Provisions – http://bit.ly/2b4novX
Our top story: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cracks down on anti-whistleblower provisions. The SEC has charged BlueLinx Holdings with violating anti-whistleblower protections in its severance agreements. The company required all exiting employees to sign an agreement waiving their rights to whistleblower payments. Without admitting or denying any wrongdoing, BlueLinx agreed to amend its severance agreements and pay 5,000 to settle with the SEC. Less than a week later, the agency settled with a health care company on similar charges, for 0,000. Since the spring of 2015, the SEC has charged four companies for discouraging whistleblower activity. Tamara Bock, from Epstein Becker Green, has more.
“The SEC charged two different companies with alleged violations of 21F-17 of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This is part of a targeted sweep that the SEC has been conducting since the fall of 2014. Companies should review their employment agreements, and if they have a provision stating that employees may not collect awards in connection with sharing information with government agencies—which, by the way, is allowed by many agencies—then that company should create a specific carve-out for communications with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”
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(2) Nonprofit Loses Federal Wage Exemption – http://bit.ly/2bD7WCH
A nonprofit’s federal minimum wage exemption is revoked. To promote the hiring of the disabled, employers can obtain certificates from the Department of Labor (DOL) and pay subminimum wages to certain disabled workers. But a community rehabilitation center in West Virginia failed to do the studies needed to determine the proper wage rate and didn’t pay a valid subminimum wage to the disabled workers. That’s according to the DOL, which revoked the organization’s certification. This is a part of a larger strategic initiative from the DOL to ensure that all disabled workers are protected from exploitation.
(3) California Company Settles Reimbursement Suit – http://bit.ly/2bDuRPl
A distinction in California law has led to a reimbursement suit settlement. Medical device manufacturer Synthes has agreed to a proposed million settlement with its California-based sales consultants. The sales consultants accused the company of making illegal wage deductions and failing to reimburse expenses. Unlike in most states, California’s Labor Code requires reimbursement for work-related expenses. The company settled but denied any wrongdoing or liability.
(4) DOL Revises FLSA and EPPA Posters – http://bit.ly/2bQ3yV9
The Department of Labor updates two mandatory posters. The DOL recently released updated versions of its mandatory Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) posters. The DOL made several changes to the revised posters, including removing the penalty amount for violations. The new FLSA poster also includes various additions, such as information about the rights of nursing mothers. As of August 1, 2016, employers are required to post the updated versions, which can be downloaded from the DOL’s website.
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(5) Tip of the Week – http://bit.ly/2brORHo
Shaun Francis, Senior Vice President Transformation & Chief Human Resource Officer for CSM Bakery Solutions, joins us via Skype with some advice on building effective client relationships.
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When children are involved in court proceedings, as victims of abuse or neglect, in divorces between their parents, or any of a number of other proceedings — the sale of real estate or settlement of personal injury claims, for example. Who represents their interests? I’m Dan Ringer and we’ll talk about Guardians Ad Litem, on the next The Law Works. Video Rating: / 5
October 1-8, 2011: Dignity in Schools Campaign’s Annual Week of Action on School Pushout
Throughout the week of October 1-8, 2011, thousands of parents, youth, and educators took part in student-led actions and events in 28 cities to expose the school pushout crisis in our nation and advocate for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. The events and actions included street theater, public forums, rallies, restorative justice trainings, and more.
The Dignity in Schools Campaign’s National Week of Action brought together organizations and individuals from 14 states and Washington, D.C. to call for an end to zero tolerance policies, for the implementation of positive approaches to discipline, like restorative justice practices and positive behavior supports instead of relying solely on suspensions and expulsions, and for the passage of federal legislation that promotes positive school climates.
Find out more at – http://www.dignityinschools.org
The organizations that participated in the National Week of Action on School Pushout include: Access Living, ACLU of Eastern Missouri, ACLU of Pennsylvania, ACLU of Southern California, Action Communication and Education Reform, Activists With A Purpose, Advocates for Children of New York, Advocates for Children’s Services (a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina), Advocates for Justice and Education, Atlanta Community Engagement Team (ACET), Black Organizing Project, Blocks Together, Boston Parent Organizing Network (BPON), Boston Student Advisory Council, Boston-area Youth Organizing Project, Center for Community Alternatives, Children’s Defense Fund — California, Children’s Defense Fund – New York, Citizens for a Better Greenville, COFI, Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE), Community Rights Campaign of the Labor/Community Strategy Center, Concerned Citizens for a Better Tunica County, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), Dignity in Schools — NY, DSC-Los Angeles, Education Not Incarceration, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), Fannie Lou Hamer Center for Change, Freedom House, Future of Tomorrow, Generation Y, Girls for Gender Equity, Gwinnett STOPP, Interfaith Children’s Movement, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL), Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office, Make the Road New York, Mass Transit Street Theatre, Morehouse Chapter of the NAACP, MS Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), New Settlement Apartments Parent Action Committee, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), Nollie Jenkins Family Center, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Parents Organized to Win, Educate and Renew – Policy Action Council (POWER-PAC), Portland Parent Union, Power U Center for Social Change, Public Counsel, Safe Schools Healthy Students – New Orleans Recovery District, Sistas and Brothas United, SNAPPS, Sunflower County Parents and Students Organization, Teachers Unite, The Commutation Project, Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), West Town Leadership United (WTLU), Women of God’s Design Ministry, Young Adults Striving for Success (YASS), Young People’s Project – Greater Boston, Youth Innovation Movement Solutions, Youth Justice Coalition, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Youth on Board, Youth on the Move, YWCA of the Greater Triangle.
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It’s a shady process called “civil asset forfeiture,” and it would make for a weird episode of Law and Order.
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In 2013, Chicago will be joined by communities across the country for the fifth time in the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration.
Please listen to a special pro bono week message below from Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride. Thank you for your dedication to pro bono, and we hope to see you at one of this year’s Pro Bono Week events.
Illinois Legal Aid Online honors Jean Bax as our December 2009 Illinois Legal Advocate of the Month. Each month IllinoisLegalAdvocate.org highlights a member of the legal aid community who is doing exemplary work. Video Rating: / 5
Arkansas news on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Warm, stormy weather causes one death near Atkins. Elsewhere: A controversial lawsuit gets settled; Legal Aid rushes to help displaced renters; Mark Martin closes Capitol on weekends; Ernie Dumas explains dubious legislative pork barreling; Ted Cruz draws a crowd in North Little Rock. Video Rating: / 5
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