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May 22, 2018
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Archon Harris Wins Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Kenny W. Harris P.E.

A former assistant Maricopa County manager who was fired in 2011 amid a gift controversy has settled a lawsuit with the county for $640,000.

Kenny Harris claimed wrongful termination, defamation, invasion of privacy and violations of civil and constitutional rights. The county denied the claims and did not admit liability in the settlement.

Harris was the county's top engineer and oversaw public-works agencies. He was fired after he refused to resign amid a dispute about Harris' use of county money to pay fraternity-membership dues, according to public records. Harris later reimbursed the county for the dues, which totaled $5,000.

READ FULL ARTICLE courtesy Arizona Central

Archon McAllister Receives ASU Sun Devil 100 Award

Archon McAllister was recognized with the Sun Devil 100 award for the third year in a row.
Sun Devil 100 celebrates an elite group of ASU Alumni who lead successful & innovative businesses globally.
The companies topping the list of this year's Sun Devil 100 are led by a diverse group of Arizona State University alumni who share more than an alma mater. What these leaders all seem to have in common, besides an entrepreneurial ethos, is an uncanny ability to recognize opportunities that others miss and to sense where the market in their respective industries is headed. They're willing to take big risks and to question the status quo as they push themselves and their teams to constantly innovate. Their efforts are paying off. Collectively, the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2018 employs nearly 25,000 people and generates more than $8 billion in annual revenue.

 

 

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In a plain brown building sits an office run by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, a place for people who have been held accountable for their crimes and duly expressed remorse.

Just a few yards up the street lies a different kind of rehabilitation center, for a country that has not been held to nearly the same standard.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opens Thursday on a six-acre site overlooking the Alabama State Capitol, is dedicated to the victims of American white supremacy. And it demands a reckoning with one of the nation’s least recognized atrocities: the lynching of thousands of black people in a decades-long campaign of racist terror...

READ FULL ARTICLE BY CAMPBELL ROBERTSON COURTESY OF NEW YORK TIMES

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A first hand account of a visit to the memorial by Ronald Tabak follows below...

"It is an incredible experience to walk through this memorial — as I did Wednesday.  It brings home the reality of a hideous part of our history — which is echoed in the present — in a most effective way.  Any person of good will who makes the journey through the memorial will emerge with an enhanced appreciation of the need to overcome the continuing effects of this stain on our country’s conscience."

ALSO....

Brent Staples: So the South’s White Terror Will Never Be Forgotten : Read here.

Jesse Wegman: At This Memorial, the Monuments Bleed : Read here.

PBS Newshour, April 27, 2018, A national memorial confronts the terror of lynching : Read here.

 

New Pacific Regional Officers

At the end of a fabulous Regional Boule put on by Seattle's Alpha Omicron, Grand Sire Archon Coleman announced the Pacific Region officers for the next biennium. G. Bernard Brown from Xi boule is the Regional Sire, George Strait from Alpha Gamma is the new Regional Sire-Elect, Kevin Robinson from Gamma Mu continues as the Regional Grammateus, Christian Gonzalez from Gamma Zeta is the new  Regional Graptor, Landon Taylor from Epsilon Epsilon is the new Regional Rhetoricus, George Mallory from Xi is the new Regional Agogos and John Harris from Gamma Mu continues as the Regional Thesaristis.