San Francisco Youth Respond to BayView Shooting

New America Media | July 20, 2011

Editor’s Note: On July 16, 2011 19-year-old Kenneth Harding was shot and killed after San Francisco police officers had stopped him on the T-Train for having no fare. Silicon Valley De-Bug interviewed Bayview youth/community and young people on their thoughts and feelings on the shooting.


Is Childhood Obesity THAT out of Hand?

A piece of commentary published in The Journal of The American Medical Association has posed interesting questions regarding children’s welfare, the part that parents play in contributing to childhood obesity and the moral obligations of government. The authors of the article put forth that morbid obesity is and should be considered a type of neglect. As such, in extreme situations, removing a morbidly obese child from their parents and placing them in a healthful environment is warranted.

Some dissent is to be expected.  But irresponsible parenting should be punished for the child’s well-being, right? Most states have adopted laws that protect kids from harm by removing them from unhealthy environments. For example, criminals and drug addicts have been known to lose custody of their kids. What’s the difference in the case of morbidly obese children? Let’s also emphasize that Dr. Ludwig is only advocating removal in those extreme cases where the child’s weight has put his or her life in danger and every other option has been explored.

Obama Gives $6.2 Million Towards Minority Job Training

Obama Gives $6.2 Million Towards Minority Job Training

Gerren Keith Gaynor, News One | July 20, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration — through the Environmental Protection Agency — awarded more than $6.2 million towards workforce development in 21 minority communities.

The investment seeks to provide underprivileged populations the same degree of protection as their wealthy counterparts.

Visit the EPA Website

In addition to providing marketable skills, part of the grant funding will help place newly trained workers into available employment.  (Read more)

Invisible Acts


Every single day there are millions of small invisible acts which make our world better. These operations are usually hardly even noticed by the local media in each city, but they are crucial. These acts can be as small as someone providing a smile while passing a sad face on the sidewalk or young people organizing them selves to make their education system better. Every once in a while, they’re acts (usually and unfortunately invisible to most) that become visualized through the iris of a public eye. When this happens, small acts of resistance become magnified and things like “hope” and “change” become possible.

Last week one of these small acts took place; only this was one of those few times where voices that are traditionally ignored, became audiblized. Students who are tired of living in substandard school conditions took a stand and held a sleep-in at parliament. They were dramatizing their issue so people would finally listen to their experiences as experts in their own school system.

Black Families Were Better Off During Slavery. Huh?

I don’t expect much from Michelle Bachmann. Anyone who claims to understand U.S. history but states that the “founding fathers” did not care about skin color is clearly a deluded revisionist. Yes, Bachmann actually said, “It didn’t matter the color of their skin. It didn’t matter their language. It didn’t matter their economic status,” Bachmann told the audience while describing the experience of early settlers in America. “It didn’t matter whether they descended from known royalty or are of a higher class or a lower class. It made no difference. Once you got here, we were all the same. Isn’t that remarkable? It is absolutely remarkable.” While I understand that Mrs. Bachmann is not the most astute historian, she and other tea partiers who recently signed a document which made  a mockery of slavery and its impact on Black families should be censured.

Black Prodigy’s Admission to UConn Revoked Amid Claims of Radical Poetry

Jorge Rivas, Colorlines | July 18, 2011

Thirteen-year-old Autum Ashante is a child prodigy. She could read at age 2, and by 3 she was writing and performing poetry. Less than ten years later, at the age of 12, the Bronx native graduated high school and is now widely known as a poet, United Nations youth ambassador, speaker, and activist. But now it’s her poetry that conservatives have latched onto and made a fuss about. And in the hoopla, the teenager’s college dreams may be at stake.

Earlier this year Ashante was accepted at the University of Connecticut, where she planned to study medicine starting this August. Her single father, who home schooled her and recruited retired teachers to tutor Ashante, planned to move to Connecticut this summer before she started her college career.

“What she’s doing is groundbreaking but this is not about vanity,” Ashante’s father told NY Daily News. “It’s about setting the tone for other black and Latino children who will come behind her. They’re always being told they are underachievers. We want to show this can be done.”

But two weeks ago, the University of Connecticut rescinded her acceptance, declaring her not “academically ready”— although she has an IQ test score of 149. (The average college graduate has an IQ score of 115).

Ashante’s father, a 50-year-old retired corrections officer, told NewsOne that his daughter is “devastated.”  (Read more @Colorlines)


July 11, 2011 – July 17, 2011

Young, homeless gays wander streets of Boystown
Erin Meyer, Chicago Tribune, July 17, 2011

Michigan’s obesity problem: Why are we so fat?
Nancy Zielinski, Examiner, July 16, 2011

Woodland Hills Youth Development Center Career Fair
Richard Garrett, Clarksville Online, July 16, 2011

Volunteers help improve Black Hills homes
Mark Van Gerpen, Black Hills Pioneer, July 15, 2011

Youth stabbed in Vaughan
Joe Fantauzzi, York Region, July 15, 2011

Camp connects youth to history
Hannah Mask, Natchez Democratic, July 15, 2011

Castro queer youth space off to slow start
Matthew Bajko, Bay Area Report, July 14, 2011

Teens Tackle Tough Racial Issues at Academy
Stefan Verbano, Register Guard, July 13, 2011

Minority Youth Media Consumption May Be Hampering Academic Achievement
Nadra Kareen Nittle, America’s Wire, July 13, 2011

Michele Bachmann Responds to Mainstream Media Hostility
Sean Hannity, Fox News, July 13, 2011

Black Thursday at Police headquarters
Abiodun Awoiaja, N Tribune, July 12, 2011

Annual Black Expo Summer Celebration offers cultural experience
Kathryn Kenny, Courier Press, July 11, 2011

Mentoring group Concerned Black Men of Gloucester County reaching out to area youth
Joe Green, Gloucester County Times, July 11, 2011