by: Frank Knapp
The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.
They also use them to cheat small businesses.
For example, from 2004 to 2012 a large Virginia-based security firm used a shell company to fraudulently obtain $31 million in federal contracts -- contracts that should have gone to minority-owned small businesses under the SBA's section 8(a) set-aside program.
In a second case, a Maryland woman used multiple shell companies to win contracts to supply the government with paint and other goods.
by: Gladys Ashe Robinson
Black History Month each February is a time to recall the struggles of people of color in our country and to celebrate accomplishments that bring us all closer to the vision of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness promoted by our founders.
We are reminded today, as we daily witness economic hardship, the aftermath of gun violence, mass incarceration, and rising inequality that enriches the 1 percent at the expense of our middle class that these struggles are not just part of the past, but also shape the future.
No one is more impacted by the historical legacies of racism, sexism, classism and oppression than women of color, who continue to face persistent barriers and obstacles on every issue from fair pay and affordable health care to quality ed
by: Patrice McDermott
Unarmed people, mostly black men, shot by police. People, mostly black, dying in police custody. Over the last year, the consciousness of the American public has been seared with these stunning facts and shocking images. The deaths, and other instances of police violence that disproportionately target African American communities, have fueled demands for greater transparency in reporting by police forces nationwide.
A major impediment to justice and accountability for police violence is lack of comprehensive data on law enforcement-involved shootings and use-of-force incidents.
by: Patrice McDermott
On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Ferguson, MO, entered into to a Consent Decree (Agreement) the purpose of which is "to ensure protection of the constitutional and other legal rights of all members of the community, improve Ferguson's ability to effectively prevent crime, enhance both officer and public safety, and increase public confidence in the Ferguson Police Department (FPD)."
The City of Ferguson is seeking public input and comment on proposed agreement, and the bill to take action on the proposed agreement will be voted on at the City Council meeting on February 9, 2016.
by: Frank Clemente
by: Mark Hays
by: Kathleen Rogers
by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan
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