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Oregon credit unions step up to distribute relief

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first_imgWhen the Oregon state legislature provided emergency funding to help state residents save their businesses and feed their families, the state’s credit unions stepped up to help out. Twice.First, four CDFI credit unions joined forces with a state program to provide grants to struggling businesses — especially those owned by women and minorities — that didn’t get Payroll Protection Program or other federal relief funds. In three rounds, those credit unions have provided nearly 400 grants averaging nearly $3,000. Another round continues through November.“They have done and continue to do remarkable work,” says Troy Stang, president and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). “This is a collaboration beyond those four credit unions, really, because other credit unions in Oregon are referring businesses owners who might qualify. A business owner doesn’t have to be a credit union member to apply, so it’s a shining example of the ‘people helping people’ philosophy.”Then, on Aug. 19-21, eight cooperatives and two banks distributed relief checks for $500 each to approximately 70,000 residents whose lives and livelihood had been wracked by pandemic and wildfire. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud ‘wasn’t bothered’ by Jim Boeheim’s comments on retirement announcement

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said he had no problem with Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim saying last month that Syverud made a mistake in publicly announcing Boeheim’s retirement plans in 2015.In an email to the campus community in March 2015, Syverud said that Boeheim planned to retire at the end of the 2017-18 season. The announcement was made shortly after the basketball program was dealt sanctions as a result of multiple NCAA violations committed by SU Athletics, including “(Boeheim’s) failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.”Last month, though, the university extended Boeheim’s contract past the 2017-18 season. In a press conference after the extension was announced, Boeheim said he “did not want to make it public” in 2015 that he planned to retire in 2018. But Syverud overruled him.“I thought that was a mistake, because it hurts recruiting,” he said. “Because I don’t run things here, I was overruled. It was fine. We worked through it.”In his first public comments on Boeheim since then, Syverud said in a recent interview with The Daily Orange that he didn’t take issue with Boeheim’s comments.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I have great respect for anybody who has to appear before the press after every game and on a regular basis,” Syverud said. “I think we have a great basketball coach and a great athletic director, so I wasn’t bothered by that.” Comments Published on April 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm Contact Michael: [email protected]last_img read more

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Five reasons the NBA is now afraid of Black Men

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first_imgIf that is the case, then NBA team owners are rightfully nervous. If Black professional athletes were to get even a whiff of the power that they truly possess, they’d be amazed at what they could do. Here are five reasons that the NBA now has good reason to fear Black men:1) The athletes have options: Unlike the NFL, there is a strong global market for well-branded professional basketball players. When I taught a class in China, I was amazed by the fact that every single boy in my class loved the game of basketball; every television in the cafeteria featured the NBA finals, and one of my students actually told me that every boy he knows plays basketball at least once a week. There are opportunities for players around the world, so most high quality players (except for the perpetually sad Delonte West, who is working in a hardware store) have something to do during the lockout. What’s even worse for team owners is that the longer the players spend time playing overseas, the more they may realize that it’s not such a terrible existence after all. As in any relationship (dating, professional, etc.), having options is almost always a good thing.2) They are not afraid: Wade’s blow up at Commissioner Stern has all the racial undertones of a scene from the movie “Roots.” The fact that Wade referred to Stern as “David” on multiple occasions also says that Wade is not interested in submitting to the standard social hierarchy that exists between Black men and wealthy White guys. When one puts intelligence, power, unity and courage all in the same room, you’ve got the socio-political equivalent of a nuclear bomb.3) They know how to work together: The fact that Wade conspired with LeBron James to play together in Miami says that these guys have risen above the divide-and-conquer mentality typically held among professional athletes. They communicate with one another and seem to have realized that joining forces gives them a tremendous amount of power both on and off the court. Historically, NBA labor negotiations have been heavily skewed in favor of team owners, who vote in lockstep on nearly every issue. By engaging in the same degree of collusion, Wade and his colleagues have tipped the scales back at least a little bit.4) They’re a lot more educated than they used to be: With the advent of the Internet, there has been an explosion in the sharing of ideas and information. It’s no longer cool for Black men to be ignorant, and athletes can not only reach the public on their own, but they also have unprecedented access to intellectual resources. By watching many of their predecessors end up broke and powerless, some (not all) NBA athletes come to the league equipped with the tools necessary to be successful in both life and sports. They realize that being financially and politically savvy are just as important as being able to dunk a basketball.5) They are principled and battle-hardened: Dwyane Wade (I’ve never met him) appears to be a battle-scarred man with a certain degree conscientiousness that goes above and beyond the size of his paycheck. I watched this single dad fight like hell for the right to see his sons, and in quite a few ways, Wade is openly defiant of nearly every stereotype the American public wants to have about Black men in America. The fact that he and James have already stated that they have no problem sitting out for an entire season serves as notice to NBA owners that by utilizing hard ball negotiating tactics, they are jeopardizing the existence and economic stability of the NBA.Beyond the financial implications of the NBA lockout negotiations lies a deeper and more serious display of racial dynamics at work. While team owners are still likely going to put the hammer on the heads of the athletes, we may see a dramatic shift in the athlete-owner paradigm. In the nervous eyes of NBA owners, this is the rise of the planet of the athletes.(Dr. Boyce Watkins is a professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.) DR. BOYCE WATKINS by Dr. Boyce WatkinsFor New Pittsburgh Courier Many of us read with interest the blow up between NBA superstar Dwyane Wade and Commissioner David Stern. In a heated discussion taking place during the pending NBA lockout, Wade told Stern that he “isn’t his child,” and then stormed out of the meeting. I read about the interaction with curiosity, wondering whether or not I was witnessing the kind of revolt that hasn’t been seen among Black athletes since the 1960s.last_img read more

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