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In the wake of Trayvon's death, moms dicusses hopes and fears for their sons
The mothers of these boys talked to CNN about how they discuss race in their homes.
April 16th, 2012
01:45 PM ET

In the wake of Trayvon's death, moms dicusses hopes and fears for their sons

By Gavin Godfrey and Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

(CNN) – Christy Oglesby’s column, “My 12 year-old-son knows he could be Trayvon Martin,” stirred a lot of conversation when it published last month. It drew more than 8,000 recommendations on Facebook and 1,400 comments on the In America blog.

While her son is fearless the way only 12-year-old boys can be, she wrote that she warns him not to run, not to speak too loudly, not to fight back. Because he is black, she worries he will always be a victim and a target.

“His race gives me much more to fear than his fearlessness,” she said.

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Between working and unemployed, chronically underemployed
A line of job seekers snakes around the Whitcomb Hotel as they wait to enter the California Job Journal HIREvent February 10, 2009 in San Francisco, California.
April 16th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

Between working and unemployed, chronically underemployed

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) - Last Thursday’s jobless report showed a jump in the number of first time applicants for unemployment benefits. The weekly Labor Department report draws a distinction between people who are working and those who are not. But it doesn’t shed any light on the underemployed, or people who are sort of sometimes working.

“I graduated from college and I have tons of skills. I know how to run an office and I can’t get a job,” said Sarah Morris while sitting in the waiting room at the Oliver Staffing company in Midtown Manhattan. The last time she held a full-time gig was in April of 2009. Since then she’s been part of the chronically underemployed; people who for more than a year have worked part-time or taken temporary jobs.

“I’ve been in this industry for about 26 years and this is by far the deepest, the longest and most widespread frozen job market I have ever experienced personally,” said Seeley Oliver, the founder of Oliver Staffing. “I have tons of people that have fallen off the radar,” she said of the clients she considers to be highly employable. “These are IT professionals. These are analysts. These are executive assistants.”

While a recent Labor Department report showed a point-two percent drop in the number of underemployed people in the US, Oliver believes it doesn’t reflect the true reality of the job market. “I have more people than I can handle and I wish I had the positions to fill.”

Companies still come to Oliver Staffing for hiring help. But Oliver said when they see people with erratic employment histories they move on to the next job candidate. “You have employers who say I don’t want to hire anybody who is not currently employed because the perception is something must be wrong with them which is totally not true. So again, it’s this perpetual gridlock.”

From beauty pageants to college sports, transgender people break barriers
Jenna Talackova, right, and her lawyer Gloria Allred want the Miss Universe pageant to drop its "naturally born" clause.
April 16th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

From beauty pageants to college sports, transgender people break barriers

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) - Jenna Talackova was born a man. She began the process of becoming a woman at age 14 with hormone treatments and then had surgery at the age of 19.

“I have always dreamed of being in the Miss Universe competition and having an opportunity to represent my country, Canada,” said the 23-year-old beauty contestant. “I was told by representatives of the Miss Universe Canada Pageant that I could not compete because a rule stated that I had to be a naturally born woman,” she said.

The Miss Universe Pageant is owned by Donald Trump who, after much attention, changed his mind and said Talackova could compete. But, Talackova’s attorney Gloria Allred says, she and her client want the “naturally born” rule eliminated.

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