1. Please follow the moderator's instructions. When passionate people discuss tough issues, things can easily get out of hand, but we've managed to have hundreds of fruitful discussions by having a moderator keep things fair and respectful.
2. If there is a disagreement, the person who disagrees addresses his/her opposition to the moderator and not to the other party.
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13. Do not sign up for a BOOK event unless you intend to read the book.
14. Please read some or all of the materials linked for each discussion. Failure to do so has the result of a) you speaking in ignorance and b) the group cheated out of a more enlightened voice.
15. Be prepared to speak and to be called on as this is a no wallflower zone.
Let's get together to talk about a bunch of interesting stuff.
1. We must talk about Ferguson, MO which brings us to the "traditional" relationship between African Americans and law enforcement. Who, what, where, how, and especially why.
2. We first saw military weapons in cities close up after the Boston Marathon bombing. Where did all this stuff come from? What is it being used by and where does the training take place? A very interesting issue
3. The worst company in the United States? In 2014? What makes a corporate entity the worst? The way it treats its employees? The way it treats its customers? the fact that they're simply not good citizens? The fact that their attitude toward to the public is less than positive? Or maybe something else?.
4. And lastly we come to Dick Gregory a sometimes forgotten man but since today is his birthday and let's celebrate a little bit by reading about him and hearing his words.