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Sharpton Annual Conference Again Heavily Corporate-Funded

Carl Horowitz of the National Legal and Policy Center has an interesting article about all the  myopic major corporations that sponsored the recent convention of National Action Network.  The group is headed by the truly awful charlatan and race huckster Al Sharpton. It begins this way:

Whatever else might be said of Reverend Al Sharpton, when he throws a party, he does it in style. The 14th annual conference of his New York-based nonprofit National Action Network (NAN) last month in Washington, D.C. during April 11-14 was no exception. Once more, corporations and to a lesser extent unions paid most of the tab for a well-choreographed event that featured dozens of speakers and panelists eager to affirm the aggressive black identity politics of their host. The plenary address by Attorney General Eric Holder, followed by a panel on legal issues, amounted to a group manifesto for the arrest of George Zimmerman for the highly-publicized killing – evidence points toward self-defense – of a black Florida teen, Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, to the delight of virtually all attendees, was arrested that day on a state second-degree murder charge.

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Tobacco Workers Reject Unionization

A majority of plant workers at the second largest American cigarette company have voted against union representation, reports the Associated Press. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s preliminary count was 686 out of 1,320 employees voting against union representation by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Senior vice president of operations Tommy L. Hickman says that the results “ensure that the company will retain its advantage against competitors” and will allow “R.J. Reynolds to quickly address opportunities and challenges.”