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Number of Minority-Owned Employer Firms Increased in 2015

Categories: African Americans,Business/Economics,Statistics,Women

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/minority-owned-employer-firms.html

Agency press release which reports on a 4.9% increase in the number of minority-owned firms in 2015 to a total of 996,248.  Provides additional details about women and minority-owned businesses and links to the 2015 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs.  From the Census Bureau

 

Characteristics of Selected Sub-Saharan African and Caribbean Ancestry Groups in the United States: 2008-2012

Categories: Africa,African Americans,Immigration/Migration,Latin America,Population/Census,Statistics

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2017/acs/acs-34.pdf

Discusses immigration patterns and trends of a rapidly growing group.  Also covers demographic and socioeconomic characteristics and geographic distribution patterns.  From the Census Bureau

 

North Carolina v. Covington

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-1023

Latest court decision in the long-running North Carolina redistricting case. The Supreme Court vacated a District Court ruling that legislators elected in November 2016 in what the court considered to be racially gerrymandered districts would serve only one year and new elections would have to be held in November 2017.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Cooper v Harris

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-1262

5-3 decision of the Supreme Court that North Carolina used racial factors in an unconstitutional manner in drawing two Congressional districts after the 2010 Census.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

Voting Rate for the Non-Hispanic Black Population Dropped in the 2016 Presidential Election

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Population/Census

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/cb17-tps45-voting-rates.html

Agency press release comparing voter turnout by blacks and whites in the 2012 and 2016 federal elections.  In 2012: 66% of blacks voted compared to 64% of whites; in 2016: 59% of blacks voted compared to 65% of whites.  From the Census Bureau

 

African American Health: Creating Equal Opportunities for Health

Categories: African Americans,Health/Medical,Sudan

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/aahealth/index.html

Reports that African Americans are living longer; the death rate has declined by 25% over the past 17 years.  Looks at some of the areas of improvement but also at areas where African American health is poorer than that of whites.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-680

Near unanimous decision of the Supreme Court that sends a Virginia redistricting case back to the lower court to reconsider whether the legislative district lines were drawn to harm African American voters.  The court ruled that the three judge panel of the lower court had not applied the right standards in deciding the lines were constitutional.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Field Composition of Postdocs Shifts as Numbers Decline in Biological Sciences and in Clinical Medicine

https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17309/nsf17309.pdf

Description and data about the shifting trends by field  in postdoctoral appointees in science, engineering, and health in U.S. academic institutions.   Largest increases were in neurosciences, engineering, and social sciences. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

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