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Love this note from Master Certified Coach @PhyllisSisinwine:
"Several years ago, I wrote about a sign that was posted in the fitness center of my community. It read, “Guests welcome after 11.” It could have read, “No guests before 11.” What a difference it makes for guests the way it was written.
I recently saw something posted on Linkedin. The heading was
“Stop apologizing, start thanking.” An example was, rather than saying, “I’m sorry, I’m always late how about, “Thank you for waiting for me.” Instead of “I’m sorry, I always mess up” you can say “Thank you for being patient when I make a mistake.” Or instead of “I’m sorry for being so sensitive,” how about, “Thank you for being accepting of me.” This is very helpful Rather than apologizing, why not thank the other person. If you have any other examples, please share them with me. It’s not always what you say, but how you say it."
Big shout-out to Sundee Perkins of Think Tank Designs & Online Marketing, LLCDesigns for great representation of me and Marita Roth and our booth at the B2B Expo! How delightful to be able to delegate the tasks to such an expert -- she really nailed it, sharing the flavor and value of that great experience! Learning so much from you, Sundee! Anyone looking for a real pro Social Media Manager -- make sure you call Sundee!! Plus -- it was soo much fun to work with you, Sundee! Looking forward to our workshop this Tues. -- "Strengthening Verbal & Legal Muscle: Stopping the Cycles of Violence." Sundee will be training on stopping cyberbullying!!
We had an absolute blast at the B2B Expo on Tuesday! We learned so much and met so many amazing people!
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BLACK VOICES 03/19/2019 07:00 pm ET
STUDY FINDS RACIAL BIAS IN POLICE TRAFFIC STOPS AND SEARCHES
Black drivers were about 20 percent more likely than whites to be pulled over, according to an analysis of nearly 100 million cases.
By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman
A large-scale study of traffic stops across the U.S. found significant black-versus-white disparities in how often drivers were stopped and searched by police, as well as evidence of racial bias behind those disparities.
Black drivers were about 20 percent more likely to be stopped by police than were white drivers, according to a study published last week by Stanford University’s Open Policing Project.
Researchers looked at data for nearly 100 million traffic stops from 2011 to 2017, carried out by 21 state patrol agencies, including in California, New York and Texas, as well as 29 municipal police departments, including Denver; Tampa, Florida; and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The researchers also sought to dig beyond the disparities themselves to assess whether there was evidence of racial discrimination motivating the different rates of stops and searches.
For stops, they conducted a “veil of darkness” test, meant to assess if the disparity was less after nightfall, when it would be harder to detect a driver’s race. They, in fact, did find a drop in the proportion of black drivers stopped after dark, suggesting racial bias was a factor.
In terms of searches, the study found that, although police were more likely to find drugs, guns or other contraband in stops of white drivers, black drivers were still searched about 1.5 to 2 times as often.
The analysis “reveals evidence of widespread discrimination” in law enforcement’s decisions to stop and search drivers, the study said.
“I see the work we’re doing as opening the door and starting the conversation with local journalists, policymakers to start doing a deeper dive to understand what’s driving the discrimination,” said Stanford data scientist Amy Shoemaker, who worked on the study. “And have conversations with police departments about how to make policy changes addressing these disparities and about the impact on communities of color.”
The study’s findings on racial disparities in policing echo some previous research, including The Washington Post’s analysis of Department of Justice survey results from 2011 showing black drivers were about 31 percent more likely to be pulled over by cops than were white drivers.
The Stanford study sought to go beyond such statistics by performing certain tests to assess if there was evidence of racial discrimination behind the disparities in police stops.
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Besides the “veil of darkness” test, researchers also looked at the rate at which drivers were searched and the likelihood that these would turn up contraband, and they found evidence that the bar was lower for searching black and Latino drivers than for searching whites.
Specifically, black and Latino drivers who were stopped were searched more often than whites on average. In the 16 states for which they had the necessary data, state patrollers searched black drivers at a rate of 3.8 percent, Latino drivers at a 3.6 percent rate, whites at 1.6 percent.
To test if the search rates were the product of discrimination (and not the result of black and Latino drivers hypothetically possessing contraband at higher rates), the researchers assessed how often searches were “successful” in finding drugs, alcohol, guns or other illegal materials. Across state patrol stops, searches of white drivers led to finding contraband 36 percent of the time, while for black drivers it was found in 32 percent of the searches and for Latino drivers 26 percent of the time.
Additionally, the researchers sought to examine the effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington states on the rates of stops and searches. According to their findings, while legalization reduced the overall number of searches for both white, black and Latino drivers, the bar for searching black and Latino drivers was still lower than for whites.
The study’s findings provide broader context behind some of the high-profile stories of police stops and searches that have led to violence against black Americans in recent years. Sandra Bland, for instance, was a 28-year-old black driver who was pulled over by a Texas state trooper in 2015 for, as the officer said, failing to signal when she changed lanes. After refusing to get out of the car, the trooper arrested her ― and within 65 hours she was dead. The coroner said she’d hanged herself with a noose made from a garbage bag.
The study also provides data backing up the everyday experiences of black Americans, who often face such discrimination in policing in their everyday lives and interactions with officers.
“I was heading home one night, and the Miami-Dade County police felt that I took too many turns, and that’s the reason why they stopped me in my own driveway,” McKenzie Fleurimond told HuffPost for its Existing While Black project last year.
“Even with giving them my license and them seeing that the house that I was in front of was in fact my house, they proceeded to run my plates… to verify that the car was in fact mine,” she added. “It was a very demeaning experience, especially being in front of your house.”
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So excited! We donated the first items from our Ladies of Justice "Spark Joy! Clothes Swap~Donation Party" to Assistance League, a thrift shop staffed by volunteers like Donna Luke (a dear friend from NAWBO -- National Associate of Women Business Owners.)
Proceeds from Assistance League go to support underserved children.
We based the party on the ideas of Marie Kondo, author of "The Life-Changing Magice of Tidying Up," who advocates that we rid our closets (and homes etc.) of items that don't "spark joy" in us; that we thank these items for what they've given up, then pass them on to others who will delight in them.
So party participants brought clean gently-used items that they want to pass on to others. We will soon donate interview-worthy outfits to a program that trains and empowers women who have experienced homelessness to enter the workforce.
We had a delightful time building friendships -- and participants learned from Ms. Joan Buckner how "tidying up" the paperwork, and legal and identity theft issues in our lives with LegalShield~IDShield can spark joy for us. Plus save us money, time and aggravation!
Remember -- if anyone calls you saying they're calling from the IRS or your medical or other insurance company, do not answer their questions! Always ask for the name and employee number of the person calling. Then find the phone number of the institution/office that supposedly called you (on the Internet or from official documents you've received from that entity) and call to inquire if you have questions. Social Security, IRS etc. NEVER call people by phone. They mail via the post office.
This is 9 months old, but an important reminder from the Office of the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration . . . from July 16, 2018
"The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about ongoing Social Security Administration (SSA) impersonation schemes. SSA and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have recently received several reports of suspicious phone calls claiming to be from SSA.
In one case, an automated recording states the person’s Social Security number (SSN) “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity,” and the person should contact a provided phone number immediately to resolve the issue. The call concludes by stating if the person does not contact the provided phone number, the person’s assets will be frozen until the alleged issue is resolved. In another case, a caller claims to be from “SSA headquarters” and waits for the person to provide personal information, such as an SSN, address, and date of birth. In January, the OIG shared similar information from the Federal Trade Commission, which reported an increase in reports of suspicious phone calls from people claiming to be SSA employees.
SSA employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes. In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen confirm personal information over the phone. If a person receives a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, citizens should report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via https://oig.ssa.gov/report.
Acting Inspector General Stone continues to warn citizens to be cautious, and to avoid providing information such as your SSN or bank account numbers to unknown persons over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it. “Be aware of suspicious calls from unknown sources, and when in doubt, contact the official entity to verify the legitimacy of the call,” Stone said.
If a person has questions about any communication—email, letter, text or phone call—that claims to be from SSA or the OIG, please contact your local Social Security office, or call Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to verify its legitimacy. (Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call Social Security’s TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.)
For more information, please visit https://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/scam-awareness or contact Andrew Cannarsa, OIG’s Communications Director, at (410) 965-2671."
We Ladies [Women] of Justice had such a fun-event-with-a-purpose Sunday -- our Spark Joy! Clothing Swap~Donation Party! Based on Marie Kondo's idea of tidying, we invited women to bring clean, gently-used clothes that don't "spark joy" for them to our event. After a short explanation of how our services help people "tidy up" their legal and financial lives, and save our Members lots of money, time and aggravation, we tried on the clothes. Each guest got to take home new-to-them items that spark joy in them. Door prizes - copies of Marie Kondo's books. This week I'll donate the interview-worthy items that women in transition from homelessness can wear for job interviews, to a local women's organization. So exciting to use our friendship-building event to benefit other women! Thanks to Ms. Joan Buckner for a great presentation re our services!
Nike and Serena Williams sent a powerful message about 'crazy' women during the 2019 #Oscars — Watch the full video here (via NowThis Entertainment)
So grateful for the great attorneys at Davis Miles Maguire Gardner, our New Mexico LegalShield Provider Law Firm! Not surprised that US New & World Reports again ranked them among the 500 Best Law Firms in the US -- they've put $4,230 back in my pocket these past 5 years, mostly for helping me with trivial issues like a $385 charge for an early termination from a cell phone contract for a phone they couldn't make function, and a $135 unfair bank fee . . . check them out at davismiles.com
I love the Member success stories told by our lawyers in this 15-minute video. And how great it is that our LS lawyers get to work in a practice that allows them to provide everyday folks with actual access to justice -- which we'd find it very difficult to afford if we had to pay the traditional way. Who has $250-$500 sitting in their bank accounts, to use for just 1 hour of attorney time, if they DON'T have LegalShield coverage?
Just saw this -- love it!
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