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Mission Newsletter, 12/20/18

“We will never know ourselves if we do not know our history.” -Maulana Karenga

The Story

The gravel stung as his face scraped against it. The weight of the men on top of him was suffocating. He struggled to wrestle himself free, but he wasn’t strong enough to escape.

All he could do was repeat the phrase, “I didn’t do anything.” The sharp pain of a baton hit him in his ribs, and he lay motionless.

He felt cold metal bracelets clasp and tighten around his hands.

“Let us go, we did nothing wrong,” said the young man’s brother laying next to him. Another blow landed, and the man’s brother lay silent.

By this point, a crowd had formed around the young men in handcuffs. The boys’ mother, a woman named Renee Frye, showed up and begged the police to let her sons go. The crowd grew loud, and some people began yelling at the police. More officers showed up, batons in hand, ready.

The small crowd grew bigger. Members of the community came to protest and offer to help the young men being beaten. The scene became too dangerous for the officers to stay, and they took the boys on the ground away.

Soon, a riot raged in South Central Los Angeles. After years of tension between the citizens and the police, the situation had reached a tipping point. It wasn’t long before things got out of control. The real reason behind the riot was lost, and then dangerous people began to join.

These new rioters looted stores and torched buildings. There were fights, fires, and gunshots all throughout the neighborhoods.

In another part of Los Angeles, a man stared at his television. It pained him to watch so much violence. He couldn’t bear to see people resort to such extremes…

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Growth Through Analyst Relations with Joely Urton

In this episode of Marketing Trends, Ian talks with Joely Urton, Vice President of Analyst Relations at Box. Previously, she worked in marketing roles for Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and Epiphany.

Joely, Ian, and Lauren talk all things analyst relations, including how to manage an effective AR program, how to measure its success, and when a company should begin an AR program.

“Most startups won’t think about analyst relations until they go public. That is a missed opportunity.”

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News That Matters:

The United States population is growing at its slowest rate since the Great Depression.

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This Chinese professor quit his job at a top university after he became an academic celebrity selling his courses online. Here’s how he attracted 250,000 subscribers on a teaching app.

“Some people may crave more food than they need, but only people who are physically or mentally ill crave more sleep than necessary. And we humans need a lot.” — Americans Are Starved for Sleep

Put this on your new movie radar: Men in Black International

→ Did you know this? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was published in 1939 by the Montgomery Ward department store. Read: A Brand Storytelling Framework From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Need another reason to stay fit this holiday season? Diet and exercise can reverse the effects of aging on the brain.

Unfourtantly, staying fit won’t help with your sense of smell. Here’s why our sense of smell declines in old age.

→ #ThrowbackThursday: Here’s the full origin story of Kwanzaa.

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