National Overcomers Leadership Conference
Together Doers Fulfill Dreams
America's 21st Century Issues
The question is why do we still have underserved, economically, and socially disadvantaged individuals or communities in 2020? The answer is multifaceted but it started in 1619 and strategically has moved forward through politics, selfishness, and trickery.
The oppressors sometimes look like you, pray toward you, tell you what you want to hear and you fail to hold each one of them accountable. COVID-19 provided a clear view of the inequities that still exist in 2020.
Systemic Oppression is when the laws of a place create the unequal treatment of a specific social identity group or groups.
Some examples are the denial of access to adequate education that may hinder their lives in later life, the over-incarceration of a group that destroys the fabric of family or judges and attorneys creating its own systems with the law.
In 2020 the oppressors sometimes make it appear they are assisting you by providing opportunities with little to no value.
The NOLC will identify and address dream killer tactics like redlining, predatory lending and discriminatory mortgage lending and corruption in local municipalities.
Judicial & Legal Oppression
Under common law—the Supreme Court has not elevated judicial immunity from suit to a constitutional principle—judges “are responsible to the people alone for the way they perform their duties." If faithless, if corrupt, if dishonest, if partial, if oppressive or arbitrary, they may be called to account by impeachment, and removed from office.
Modern-day slavery comes in the form of mass incarceration through over prosecution and wrongly convicted. America has numerous judges and attorneys that have violated the public's trust by sentencing blacks and children to prison in exchange for personal gains.
Political Oppression is the persecution or violation of the trust of an individual or group for political reasons or personal gains. African Americans and their communities historically have been oppressed by white wealthy Americans in collusion with Black Pastors and Black Elected officials.
Modern-day political oppression has caused minorities and those living in poverty to believe their vote and voice does not count, so why participate. The lack of services and progress has produced the worst kind of oppression and enslavement, that of the mind.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
NOLC Areas of Focus
Financial Literacy is the one asset that was never taught to African American communities and has been intentionally left out of public-school systems.
When a person is never taught the value of a dollar and the importance of saving, they do the opposite which is to spend.
Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.
Through an apprenticeship program, you can obtain paid, relevant work experience while acquiring the skills and credentials that employers value. 94% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000
According to the US Census, African American Homeownership is at a 50% all-time low nearly equivalent to the 1960 rates before fair housing legislation.
These numbers have many factors such as redlining, credit rating due to lack of financial literacy training, predatory lending, and various other oppressive discriminatory tactics.
NOLC Small Business Development utilizes primary data to train existing and start-up small businesses and would-be entrepreneurs.
NOLC focuses on bookkeeping, taxes, establishing business credit, accessing affordable capital, understanding profit margins, marketing and growth opportunities.
The NOLC believes the greatest travesty African American and poverty-stricken communities have faced since slavery is that of disconnected, corrupt and egotistical elected officials.
A vast majority of local and federal officials in urban and poor communities have served for decades and play on the fact that voters don’t hold them accountable, largely in part because of their age. The NOLC will develop a new more educated bloc of voters than will provide report cards at the end of each term for each elected official in their community.
Senseless Violence Causation
The NOLC has identified many of the causes of senseless violence in minority communities. The causes range from the lack of value for life and freedom and angry society.
Often the perpetrator is not free due to poverty, lack of education and a consistent fight to exist in a society that values what they can see.
The NOLC addresses the importance of a father in his child(ren) life. All data indicates that girls without their father’s experience more in house sexual assault, more likely to become to live a more promiscuous life and the boys are more likely to join gangs and become more violent based on displaced anger.
All children without a father's presence suffer from abandonment issues and have suicidal thoughts. "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
Duty of Care
Duty of care is the legal responsibility of a person or organization to avoid any behaviors or omissions that could reasonably be foreseen to cause harm to others.
Based on research and primary data NOLC believes that municipalities, its appointed and elected officials should be personally held civilly liable when they grossly fail or violate the policy to disenfranchise or causing harm to residents and taxpayers.