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By Elena Moore & Audrey Carlsen Updated on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. ET "Hours after he was sworn in Wednesday, the U.S. Senate began confirming President Biden's nominees for key positions in his administration. That's a slower pace than for recent administrations. Former President Donald Trump had two Cabinet members confirmed by Inauguration Day in 2017, while former President Barack Obama had six by the time he took the oath of office." "Biden has announced acting officials to temporarily lead federal agencies. For permanent roles, here's who Biden has chosen for national security, economic policy, and additional Cabinet positions and a range of other posts — including his top White House advisers." Read Full Article
By Resource Generation "This is a brief guide for Resource Generation members and other folks with access to land to support in education and resource sharing around land reparations. We hope these resources can support us in taking collective action towards land repatriation to Indigenous people in the ongoing struggle against colonization. This is not a comprehensive guide, but rather a starting point. This guide was compiled by the RG Land Reparations Group in 2018." "There is no blueprint for how to work towards land reparations and land returns to the Indigenous people of this land. Every region, location, and tribe is different in the history of colonization, and in the political landscapes of Indigenous struggle and organizing. This brief guide is a compilation of some educational resources on colonialism, decolonization and solidarity, and links to some inspiring case studies and examples of settler descendants who have returned land to Indigenous people, as well as some initial questions/best practices to consider when beginning to think about working towards land repatriation to Indigenous people." "Wealth is based in  finite  resources. Wealth, even what’s based in the stock market, is ultimately tied concretely to land. “Land” here means all the world’s resources and ecosystems that keep us alive and well — water, vegetation, food, minerals, buildings, and more. The life-blood that flows from land is finite, tangible, vital. It is currently, especially in the U.S., almost exclusively privately controlled by individuals or corporations whose ownership the law is designed to protect. Land is controlled this way because of European colonization. The historic and ongoing theft and control of land, real estate, and resources has led to the extreme concentration of wealth among a small group of people that exists today." Read Full Article
By Susan Ward "The end of the year is a good time to reflect on your business' progress over the past year and plan how you want it to develop in the year ahead. Do you want increased success in the coming year or more chances to enjoy the success you've achieved? These top New Year's resolutions are designed to help you do both. Strike a better work-life balance and increase your business success in the new year." " Learn to Delegate and Do More of It: " "There are so many things to do when you're running a small business, it's easy to delude ourselves that we need to do all of them. Then we wonder why we're so tired and frazzled and have no time to do anything else. Let someone else do some of the tasks for a change. Delegation is the key to a healthy work-life balance." " Promote Your Business Regularly and Consistently: " "Too often the task of promoting a small business slips to the bottom of the to-do list, crowded out by urgent tasks. But if you want to attract new customers, you have to make promotion a priority. One of your top New Year's resolutions should be to hire a marketing expert or take the time to create a marketing plan on your own and follow through." Read Full Article
By Dori Meinert "December is the time of year to be jolly—or so the department store TV commercials tell us. But the traditional year-end company “holiday” festivities can leave some workers feeling left out and unhappy. As a result, HR professionals, who often are tasked with planning the events, can become frustrated." "It’s the perennial 'December dilemma,' which occurs every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when several religious and secular holidays occur. Emotions can be heightened, tensions can rise and misunderstandings can occur. Even those with the best intentions make mistakes." "'It can be a bit of a dilemma to make sure you are trying to be inclusive of everyone [while] also being mindful of where you might not be—and that is an ongoing journey,' says Rev. Mark Fowler, deputy chief executive officer of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding in New York City." "While the U.S. workforce is growing increasingly diverse, Christians still make up about three-quarters of the country’s population. Yet if even just a small number of employees feel excluded, it can have a negative impact on an organization’s engagement and productivity, experts say. So, developing a greater awareness of which religious holidays are important to employees—and how people prefer to celebrate (or not)—can have significant benefits for workers and employers alike, Fowler says." Read Full Article
By Ash Slupski "Between your holiday parties, family obligations and the pressure of finding the perfect gift, this time of year can go by in a flash. But during the holiday season, we are often reminded that it’s important to give back. Below are seven easy ways to do just that by helping people struggling with hunger." "Set up a holiday food drive. Get your neighbors together and start a neighborhood food drive. Make sure to check out our tips for the perfect holiday food drive and help your local food bank with what they need most. Then in the weeks leading up to the holidays, encourage your neighbors and family to help make a difference in your community." "Teach your kids about hunger. Take a moment to remind your kids that they have a lot to be grateful for, while also encouraging empathy for others by teaching them about children who are facing hunger. This handy guide will get you started." Read Full Article
By Nitro Contributor "If you applied for aid last year, you completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application determines your eligibility for aid for only one academic year. That means for each year you want to apply for aid, you will need to complete a Renewal FAFSA. Good news, though – the Renewal FAFSA is prefilled with some of your information from the previous year. Updating information is easier than completing the entire FAFSA renewal form from scratch and typically takes less than an hour." " Why you should complete the Renewal FAFSA " "The FAFSA is the main source of data that the federal government, states and colleges use to award financial aid. Any change – from income and family finances, marriage status or even the number of siblings going to college – can affect your eligibility for loans, grants, scholarships or need-based aid from your school. In addition, financial aid formulas often change, which can make it easier for you to qualify for awards to help pay for college." Read Full Article
By Hannah Miao " Georgia voters will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate in two January runoff elections. Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face competitive challenges from Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively. Georgia election rules called for runoff races when no candidate exceeded 50% of voter share in either race during the Nov. 3 general election." "Republicans have won 50 Senate seats, while Democrats have flipped one net seat for a total of 48. If Democrats win both Georgia races, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the tiebreaking vote, giving the party unified control of the White House and Congress." "Georgia has not elected a Democratic senator since 1996. The runoff races come after President-elect Joe Biden made history as the first Democrat to win Georgia’s presidential race since 1992, NBC News projected Friday." Read Full Article
By Cultural Survival "Stories told about the first Thanksgiving often perpetuate harmful stereotypes and erase the true history of the early encounters between Native communities and colonizers." "Today we take the opportunity to set the record straight, debunk myths, and acknowledge Native Americans as contemporary Peoples with dynamic and thriving cultures. November is National Native American Heritage Month, offering many opportunities to move past one-dimensional representations of “pilgrims and Indians.” In the spirit of unity, we can instead focus Thanksgiving on common values: generosity, gratitude, and community." "We’ve gathered some resources to help you decolonize your Thanksgiving." Read Full Article
By Kalwant Bhopal " Despite many claims to the contrary, racism is alive and well and robustly shaping the educational experiences of black and minority ethnic students in the United Kingdom and the United States. The evidence that this is happening in schools, when accessing elite (and non-elite) universities and later when applying for better paid or higher status jobs is scrutinised in my new book, White Privilege: The myth of a post-racial society. I argue that in neoliberal contexts, policy-making ensures covert and overt forms of racism, and exclusion continues to operate at all levels in society in which white identities are privileged. The talk may be all about a ‘post-racial society’, but in reality the status quo remains unchallenged." "Black and minority ethnic academics working in universities remain marginalised and regularly describe experiencing subtle, covert, and nuanced racism. At senior levels, they are less likely than their white colleagues to be professors or occupy decision-making roles. The white space of the academy perpetuates and reinforces white middle class privilege; consequently our higher education continues to be dominated by a white elite. I have researched educational inequalities for 30 years and it often feels like we are going around in circles: the more things change, the more they stay the same. A radical shift is needed from universities to acknowledge their long-standing role in privileging whiteness and implement change that addresses the inequalities this has fostered." Read Full Article
By Laura Medalia "Today I am going to share with you some advice for how to stand out at the start of your career. Let’s call this the career hacks post :). Typically in tech when people are looking for an employee with 1-2 years of experience, they are actually looking for people who’ve mastered several skill sets. If you can learn and practice those skills on your own, then in your interview you can position yourself as someone who has the necessary experience AND is a motivated go-getter. Taking the initiative to master core concepts on your own shows employers that you’re a quick learner who’s self-motivated and capable of getting the job done." Read Full Article