The organization I founded after the Rodney King Riots, Operation HOPE, was honored to host a special HOPE Forum this week at the HOPE Financial Dignity Center Ebenezer. The HOPE Center Ebenezer is the signature partner for the new Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Compex in Atlanta, Georgia, across from the King Center.
Current small business start-ups are presently around 350,000 for the last recorded 12-month period in the U.S., but America needs approximately 1 million small business start-ups annually to sustain high GDP growth.
But small business start-up numbers have been tracking down for about 10-years, around 400,000 a year. But now, that small business "starts" number is around 350,000, and that number can be deadly -- for America's future.
Today parts of our HOPE Atlanta and national teams both toured the King Center here on the larger King Center campus, and Operation HOPE sponsored the purchase of a single book on or by Dr. King, or Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for each HOPE team member who worked on today's project.
Mary Hagerty-Ehrsam, president of the HOPE Global Youth Empowerment Group, today is headed to the United Arab Emirates where she will meet with our new partners there, the Emerates Foundation, a global best-in-class foundation, around our new 'silver rights' empowerment work in the region.
The old model of racism was based on race and the color line. The new model of racism is rooted in class and poverty. The old racism was obvious in signs that read White Only, from the southern states in the U.S. to South Africa. The new racism is more obvious in Misery Row.
Whether it is a feature on a boulevard in an urban city or a rural town, or whether it is at the entrance of a military base, the Misery Row looks pretty much the same. Predatory check cashers, next to rent to own stores, payday lending stores, title lending stores, and liquor stores.
One group of financial predators takes advantage of your financial problems and misfortune, while another associated group benefits by helping you to forget you actually have any.
Operation HOPE Hosts Top Medical Leaders for Discussion about Preventive Health and Affordable Health Care
ATLANTA, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recognizing National Women's Health Week, Operation HOPE (HOPE) hosted U.S. Surgeon GeneralDr. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA for a discussion on the relationship between physical and fiscal health in America. The Surgeon General was joined by Chief Medical Officer of Centene Corporation Dr. Mary Mason and Chief Medical Officer of Peach State Health Care Dr. Dean Greeson. Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, dean and executive vice president of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) moderated the discussion at the Operation HOPE Financial Dignity Center at Ebenezer in Atlanta.
As the fourth installment in the HOPE Forum series, the event covered the important topic of "Investing in Your Health." The in-depth discussion explored the impact of health care on the economy and how individuals can invest wisely in personal health to improve the nation's overall well-being.
Dr. Benjamin, who has served as the U.S. Surgeon General since 2009, spoke in great detail about the significance of preventive health measures and promoted her pet project, "Walking to Fitness," a new campaign she is helping to lead.
Operation HOPE Founder and CEO, John Hope Bryant underscored the linkage between physical and fiscal health for individuals and families, especially those in underserved communities.
HOPE Founder and Chairman in South Africa to sign historic agreement focused on developing empowerment opportunities for youth and women
Pretoria, South Africa– May 16, 2013– Global financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced their goal to fuel entrepreneurship, increase life skills, and hone leadership tools for youth, women, and families in rural communities within five provinces, during an official renewal signing ceremony on April 23rd, at the Peace Corps South Africa office in Pretoria. (watch the Chariman speak about volunteering)
Through the renewal, both organizations will continue working together to expand HOPE’s financial literacy initiative, Banking on Our Future. The initiative aims to reduce the 25% unemployment rate in South Africa by promoting financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and dignity through empowerment training sessions. Community growth and development is measured before and after each session using HOPE research and assessment tools.
If and when asked, I will make the case that my argument for raising the minimum wage is not actually a moral or even social justice issue. It is an economic issue.
If people do not make enough money (call it a living wage) to participate in the economy, and further, if they're fearful or nervous about whether they can cover the basics of life (food and shelter for instance), then they are not going to have the confidence to purchase or lease a car every 4-6 years. They are not going to have the confidence to upgrade household appliances, say every 7-10 years, or to purchase a home. They may not feel that they can 'afford' to invest in the higher education of their children.
All of these necessary activities lift GDP, actually help to keep the rich, rich, as they are owners and shareholders in a range of consumer goods manufacturers and product providers, and all of this drives continued economic growth.
The argument for a living wage, not a minimum wage, is actually a hard-nosed economic argument. It is not a Republican argument, nor a Democrats argument, but a common sense argument.
This is but one example of a Love Leadership philosophy, placed into a hard-nosed business context.
“Women in sub-Saharan Africa say they don’t feel safe walking just a hundred meters from their villages because they fear being raped or beaten. Thus, they can’t walk to markets to buy or sell goods. When and if their fear is lifted, they’ll increase Africa’s GDP, because they will be able to contribute their own local economic energy.”
Excerpt From: Clifton, Jim. “The Coming Jobs War.” Gallup Press. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright.