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Black Entrepreneur Finds Success Selling Cars Online - His Web Site, Carmarshal.com, Now Features More Than 130,000 New Vehicles!

-- Online marketplace for new and used cars, trucks and SUVs offers proprietary tool that helps you find a car, and negotiate the price --

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) -- Carmarshal.com is offering a new convenient service that takes the hassle out of buying a car, using a new proprietary software that helps buyers find a car at a lower than advertised price.

The service is setting out to help car buyers save time and money by offering potential buyers access to more than 100,000 new and used cars, trucks and SUVs at dealerships around the country. Competing directly against cars.com, autotrader.com and truecar.com, the Dallas-based, black-owned third party advertiser of new and used cars says is offering buyers a solid alternative.

“Look, we know people looking for a car have plenty of choices,“ Tracey Watts, the company’s African-American founder and CEO, said. “Our purpose is to get the customer a car at a lower than advertised price.”

Customers can search for a car 24/7 by going to carmarshal.com. Car buyers enter their zip code, the make and model of a new and/or used car, then immediately get a list of available cars and their prices in their zip code and within 200 miles. When buyers click on the “negotiate” button, they set up an account with an email and password, then choose two manufacturers. That’s when the carmarshal.com team begins negotiating a price and receiving bids for those cars. The car buyer remains anonymous, and not until the buyer is ready to make a purchase does he or she receive a certificate from that dealer locking in that price. For $39.97, customers can get access to carmarshal.com’s more aggressive negotiating program. If buyers are not satisfied with the choices, carmarshal.com will refund the fee.

“We know how much people hate to buy a car,” Watts said. “We’re doing the heavy lifting so all a person has to do is sign the paperwork and pick up their car.”

Watts said he got the idea for carmarshal.com several years ago. He was shopping for a car and found himself with two dealers bidding to get his business. He ended up with a less expensive price, then realized this was an opportunity to help car buyers get the best deal possible. The owner-financed company also is working on getting customers the opportunity to purchase the Katanka – an electric SUV - in the U.S. The car is currently manufactured by Dr. Kwadwo Safo, Ghana’s only auto manufacturer.

For more details and/or to search for a vehicle, visit www.Carmarshal.com

To learn more about the company and its founder, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 214-448-3765.

Civil rights organizations counter Justice Department’s attack on affirmative action

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As millions of students return to school, the nation’s Justice Department (DOJ) is beginning an investigation that could potentially sue universities over affirmative action admissions policies. As first reported by the New York Times, Justice’s Civil Rights Division will carry out this effort to determine whether white applicants were discriminated against.

For Black people and other ethnic and racial minorities, this investigation seems like window-dressing to deny millions of students a quality education in the name of injustice. Such actions also signal a more subtle message is to roll back to the progress achieved in broadly affording students of all races and ethnicities the benefits that higher education derives. Among education and civil rights advocates a strong belief holds that everyone benefits when obstacles to educational opportunity are overcome.

“The American Dream offers each new generation the opportunity to build on the successes of previous ones,” wrote Nikitra Bailey, an executive vice president with the Center for Responsible Lending, in a related op-ed. “However, if you are African-American, the nation’s history of enslavement and legal bigotry consistently requires each generation to start anew.”

Bailey is correct.

Despite the vigilance of civil rights heroes over multiple generations, the heralded 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, or a series of 1960s laws that were enacted to guarantee full and first-class citizenship to every Black American, even more work remains to be done before everyone is afforded the promises of America.

It’s been several years since the anti-affirmation action crusade took its venomous campaign to states across the country. Beginning in California in 1996 and continuing through 2010, Ward Connerly, a former University of California Regent, led a series of statewide campaigns to constitutionally ban affirmative action in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington State. Regardless of the state, the goal was always the same: make it illegal for public colleges and universities to include consideration of race or ethnicity in college admissions.

Only in Colorado was the effort turned back by voters. In all of the other locales, the measure passed with broad support, often despite many business and corporate leaders joining with civil rights advocates in opposition.

For example, prior to the November 2006 Proposal 2 ballot vote in Michigan, Paul Hillegonds, a white Republican and former Speaker of the State House, helped to lead a statewide coalition of more than 200 organizations pledged to defeat the measure.

“If it passes, we are announcing to the world that women and minorities will not be given an equal opportunity to succeed in business in our state,” said Hillegonds. “This is the wrong message to send at a time when we are trying to attract new businesses and develop a talented, multicultural workforce ready to meet the demands of the 21st Century economy.”

State approved bans on affirmative action in higher education also led to fewer Black students in the University of California system as well as at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Today the real difference between then and now is that the U.S. Justice Department is resuming a fight for the preservation of white privilege that is armed with resources and personnel that taxpayers of all colors provide.

“President Trump’s Justice Department has hardly been worthy of its name,” said Sherrilynn A. Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “It has retreated from meaningful police reform, argued on behalf of state laws that suppress minority voting rights, directed prosecutors to seek harsh sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, and extended the federal government’s power to seize the property of innocent Americans.”

“Each of these steps disproportionately and systematically burdens people of color, denying them their constitutional rights and widening the racial divides that this country has struggled for so long to close,” continued Ifill.

The United States Supreme Court recently affirmed the use of affirmative action in admissions decisions in Fisher v. University of Texas. In that ruling, the importance of diversity as a compelling state interest was affirmed as settled law. The decision was also a victory for equal opportunity and recognized again that it is critical for schools to create diverse and inclusive student bodies.

As the cost of higher education tends to increase every year, students of color are the ones most likely to go into debt in search of a degree that will deliver a middle class standard of living. Even four years after graduation, Black college graduates earning a bachelor’s degree owe almost double the debt of their white classmates, according to CRL research.

“The U.S. Justice Department must enforce inclusive educational policies as they open the doors of opportunity for all,” said Bailey.

CSUSB’s online criminal justice master’s program makes two national ranking lists

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The online criminal justice program at Cal State San Bernardino has been named to two national ranking lists for 2017.

TheBestSchools.org placed the CSUSB criminal justice online master’s degree program at No. 15 in its ranking, “The 25 Best Online Master of Criminal Justice Degree Programs.”

“We selected the programs based on the quality of the program, the types of courses offered, the faculty, rankings, awards, and reputation, including the school’s reputation for effectively providing online degree programs,” the online ranking service said.

CSUSB was the only California State University and the only California university listed in the top 25. The University of Cincinnati was ranked in the top spot.

And College Choice, a leading authority in college search and rankings, listed CSUSB at No. 35 in its list of “35 Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Degrees, 2017.” UC Irvine (No. 5) and La Jolla-based National University (No. 34) were the only other California schools named with CSUSB. Michigan State was ranked No. 1 on this list.

“Our rankings are based (on) data that students have indicated is most important to them: cost and reputation,” College Choice said on its website. “Our data is drawn from a number of public sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.”

The criminal justice department has had both its undergraduate and graduate degree programs named to national rankings in the past.

In the summer of 2016, the online bachelor’s program was ranked No. 2 by the Center for Online Education in its “Best Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Degree Programs” list, and No. 7 by the Best Degree Program in its “Top 30 Best Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs (Bachelor’s) 2016.”

In May 2016, College Choice listed the online criminal justice master’s degree program No. 12 in the United States, and the only CSU campus to make its “Best Online Masters in Criminal Justice Degree Programs, 2016” list.

Visit the CSUSB Department of Criminal Justice website for more information on its programs.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

Northwest Project Area Committee

You are invited to join us every 2nd Monday of each month. Find out what is happening in the 6th ward and city.

Find out about:

 

o San Bernardino Police Dept

o City Development Projects

o San Bernardino City Code Enforcement Police Department

And more…

 

Please come and bring a friend and/or neighbor!

 

When: Monday, August 14

Where: NEW HOPE FAMILY LIFE CENTER

1505 Highland Ave, San Bernardino

Time: 6:30 pm

 

For more information: (909) 913-0831

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