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December 19, 2014

Pullback of movie demonstrates "all films are political"; president lists what he's done for black America; press-freedom group urges release of Cuban journalists; Byron Pitts replacing Dan Abrams as "Nightline" anchor; Cosby says "media" quote was misconstrued, blasts Dyson; N.Y. Times plans to "rebalance" newsroom talent; Ferguson reporter sues police for false arrest, defamation; . . . poll shows Latinos believe cops use excessive force; Florence L. Tate dies, pan-African activist, ex-journalist (12/19/14)

Pullback of Movie Demonstrates "All Films Are Political"

President Lists What He's Done for Black America

Press Freedom Group Urges Release of Cuban Journalists

Byron Pitts Replacing Dan Abrams as "Nightline" Anchor

Cosby Says "Media" Quote Was Misconstrued; Blasts Dyson

N.Y. Times Plans to "Rebalance" Newsroom Talent 

. . . Poll Shows Latinos Believe Cops Use Excessive Force

"Unfortunately missing from the raging national debate over recurrent police killings of African American men and boys — defined as an issue pitting blacks against whites — is the question of where other minority groups stand,"David R. Ayón reported Dec. 11 for Latino Decisions, a Latino political opinion research firm.

"This omission is particularly unfortunate in the case of Latinos, who bring their own substantial experience to questions of racial discrimination, the use of force by authorities, and the need for oversight and accountability.

"At the heart of how Latinos view law enforcement are nuanced attitudes revealed by a major new national poll conducted by Latino Decisions for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF). In spite of widespread optimism among Latino adults regarding the opportunities they see ahead, and in spite of the overwhelming majority's belief that local police are there to protect them and their families, two out of three Latinos worry that law enforcement will use excessive force against them. . . ."

Florence L. Tate Dies, Pan-African Activist, Ex-Journalist

Florence L. Tate, the first black female reporter at the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, who became a civil rights movement activist and press secretary for such figures as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the late D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, died Tuesday at age 83, her son, writer Greg Tate, told his friends Wednesday on social media.

Tate lived in Sarasota, Fla. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

Referring to Facebook, the son said, "We know how much her rocksteady FB crew meant to her sense of well-being and global connectivity as a 'retired Pan-Afrikan activist and grandmother'."

A biography posted on the website of Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement says:

"Active with Dayton, Ohio CORE, 1963-66; Dayton Alliance for Racial Equality (DARE) 1966-69. SNCC fundraiser and southern Ohio campus liaison, 1966-68. National info coordinator for first African Liberation Day demonstrations in US organized by ALDCC [African Liberation Day Co-ordinating Committee] in 1972, Washington DC. Press secretary for Marion Barry's first campaign for mayor of Washington, DC and press secretary in his first administration. Journalist at the Dayton Daily News— [1964]-1966. (No problem with conflict of interest in those roiling times!) Director of Communications, National Urban Coalition, 1971-74.

"Organized 'Friends of Angola' a support group for Angolan independence in 1974 and disbanded in 1976 because of Angolan civil war and resultant international political conflict, confusion and acrimony. Press secretary for the 1984 Jesse Jackson for president campaign. Currently a charter member of the National Black Alternative School Organization recently founded in Milwaukee by Dr. Howard Fuller (Owusu Sadaukai), founder of Malcolm X University in Greensboro and national chairman and organizer of ALDCC.

"I am now a board member of Forum 2004: Truth for a Change, a Sarasota-based non-profit organization which was organized during this election year (2004), to inform and educate the citizens in this Florida area. We organize and sponsor public events featuring well-known speakers, writers and activists who address current issues affecting us all: the criminal justice system; civil /human rights; womens' rights; the environment; health and welfare; voting rights and voting fraud; racial equality and justice; unemployment/underemployment; future supreme court appointments; and other political and social issues of national concern.

"Former CORE member and SNCC supporter Florence L. Tate will be presented a LIVING LEGACY AWARD from ASALH (the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) at its 87th annual black history month luncheon in Washington, D.C., February 23, 2013.

"Tate has served as communications director and press secretary for a number of organizations, institutions and political figures, including National Urban Coalition President M. Carl Holman, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and the 1984 U.S. presidential candidate The Reverend Jesse Jackson. Using her freedom of information file as a guide, she is currently writing her memoir, 'THE FBI'S MOST WANTED PRESS SECRETARY.'"

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