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More Work Needed For Corporate Diversity Programs; Fourteen Disability Groups Unite to Promote Voting; and More

Corporate diversity efforts still have a long way to go, new report finds.

In a report conducted by the research firm Clutch, nearly half of employees surveyed said their company isn’t committed to creating a more diverse workplace and hasn’t successfully improved diversity within the last year. Researchers with Clutch asked 400 corporate employees their opinions on diversity and how effectively diversity efforts were being employed within their workplace. In addition to the startling numbers suggesting more work needs to be done across the country, the report also revealed that a lack of diversity within a company may also be limiting employees’ career opportunities, with 32% of white respondents and 61% of people of color saying a lack of diversity within their company was limiting their ability to succeed.

 

Fourteen leading disability organizations join together over the importance of voting.

In a historic first, 14 of the country’s largest disability organizations have joined together to urge the projected 38 million eligible voters who have a disability and all Americans who care about issues related to disability to vote on Nov. 3rd. In a statement on the union, the groups said “The policy issues on the ballot this November impact every aspect of life for the disability community. We must vote in record numbers to have our voices heard and needs met in the ongoing [COVID-19] public health emergency.” Groups coming together to sign the statement include: the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD); the Association of People Supported Employment (APSE); the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD); the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN); the Autism Society of America; the Bazelon Center; the Center for Public Representation (CPR); the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD); the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL); the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC); the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS); the National Federation of the Blind (NFB); the National Organization on Disability (NoD); and RespectAbility. 

 

Jared Kushner wants Black Americans to stop complaining.

“Complaining.” That’s the word White House adviser Jared Kushner used to describe Black American’s concerns over inequality and racism in the country, according to a report from NBC’s Michelle Garcia. Kushner made the comment in an interview on the Oct. 26 episode of Fox & Friends, claiming “The thing we’ve seen in the Black community, which is mostly Democrat, is that President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they’re complaining about, but he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful.” Kushner’s words appear to blame Black Americans’ disproportionate lack of wealth, job opportunities, health disparities and other systemic inequalities on a lack of drive — the reductive “bootstrap myth” suggesting Black Americans who don’t succeed simply don’t “want” it enough. “This dismissive approach to the issues that Black voters care about is indicative of Trump’s callousness and disregard for the lives of Black people,” Brandon Gassaway, press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement following the interview.

 

D.I. Fast Fact

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Percentage of Americans who now support same-sex marriage, the highest acceptance rate ever recorded by a major national poll.
Human Rights Campaign

 

Are you registered to vote? Vote.org provides a number of resources for voters including a state-by-state rundown of important dates and regulations to know, plus information on registering to vote, how to successfully vote by mail and more. Visit vote.org for more info.

 

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