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    California Democratic Party Opens Selection Process for Delegates to 2016 Democratic National Convention

    The road to Philadelphia starts at www.cadem.org/philly2016


    SACRAMENTO — The California Democratic Party will have one of the largest and most diverse delegations at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28, 2016. The nomination and selection process is now open to all eligible Californians.

    The California Delegation will send 476 Pledged Delegates and 40 Alternates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Only registered Democrats can participate, and the only way to attend the Democratic National Convention is as a delegate.

    California Democrats wanting to attend Convention should visit www.cadem.org/philly2016 to learn about the process and apply online or by mail.

    Pledged Delegates are committed to vote for the Democratic presidential candidate of their choice. There are three ways to become a pledged delegate:

    District-Level (317 Delegates with 30 Alternates): Each of California’s 53 congressional districts (CDs) are allocated a number of district-level delegates and alternates, based upon population and presidential voting from the 2008 & 2012 elections. Potential candidates for district-level delegates must submit Form A, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, during the filing period of Feb 29 – April 13. Caucuses will be held May 1 in each CD where Democrats registered in the CD will be able to vote to slate delegates. Presidential vote levels per CD in the primary will determine which district-level delegates are selected, based on the caucus rankings.

    At-Large (106 Delegates with 10 Alternates): At-large delegates are selected from a statewide pool and offer another way for Democrats to participate in the national convention. Potential candidates for at-large delegate must submit Form B, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, within the filing period of Feb 29 – Jun 9. Selection of at-large delegates will be confirmed at the June 19 Statewide Delegation Meeting.

    PLEO (53 Delegates): Party Leaders and Elected Official (PLEO) are Democrats from one of the following categories: big-city mayors and statewide elected officials; state legislative leaders and state legislators; other state, county and local elected officials; California Democratic Party leaders. PLEO candidates must submit Form C, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, during the filing period of Feb 29 – June 9. Selection of PLEO delegates will be confirmed at the June 19 Statewide Delegation Meeting.

    The delegation is evenly split by gender, and the California Democratic Party’s delegate selection plan includes affirmative action goals to increase the diversity of the delegation by race, age, Native American status, and sexuality.

    The total delegation of 546 Delegates includes 70 Unpledged Delegates, who are California’s Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, Governor Jerry Brown and members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). They are automatic delegates to the National Convention.

    All steps in the delegate selection process are open to the Press and the Public.

    Visit www.cadem.org/philly2016 to view the plan, download forms, and apply online or by mail.


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    Why it's Possible to Reject the Klan and Still Support Racism


    By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

    If Donald Trump is telling the truth, he only recently learned that David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, is an avowed segregationist. Apparently, the KKK and its history have faded from many white Americans’ memory. Jeffrey Lord argued on national television this week that the Klan is an invention of “the left.” As native sons of the South, we could forgive these men their ignorance. (“Bless their hearts. They ain’t from around here,” is the polite way to say it.) But we can neither forgive nor ignore the way 400 years of white supremacy have been naively reduced to whether a candidate will disavow the support of a hate group leader. Racism lives on in policies that perpetuate racial disparities, with or without the KKK.

    For those unfamiliar with Southern history, white supremacists in the South have a long history of disavowing the KKK. Strom Thurmond disavowed them in 1964, even as he filibustered the Civil Rights Bill in the US Senate. White Citizens Councils disavowed them while they fought desegregation in Mississippi. George Wallace publicly disavowed Klan violence in Alabama, but hired Klansman Al Lingo to oversee his state’s Highway Patrol.

    No one wants to be associated with the KKK in polite company today. But almost no one wanted to be publicly associated with them fifty years ago either.

    Nor sixty years before that. Here in North Carolina, Democrats waged a take-over of state government in 1898, seeding a propaganda campaign to incite racial fears and arming the vigilante Red Shirts. But no sooner than they had regained power, Democratic leaders disavowed all violence and called for civility and a restoration of order.

    Racial disparities in America have not persisted since the end of the Civil War because people believe in the ideology or the tactics of the KKK. Inequality continues because we have never finished the work of Reconstruction.

    “Forty acres and a mule” was the promise to formerly enslaved people during the First Reconstruction, recognizing that their success would require an economic base. But black representatives in Reconstruction legislatures were clear that more was needed; they demanded equal access to education, voting rights and equal protection under the law. The Klan’s violence didn’t end Reconstruction. While terror intimidated both black and white progressives, it took the denial of African-American voting rights and regressive legislative action to usher in the era of Jim Crow. While white Southerners have often been willing to resort to terror to maintain control, they disavow violence whenever power is securely in their hands.

    We have learned that nothing challenges white supremacy more than the people joining hands across dividing lines to confront race-based policy. In the summer of 2013, over one thousand black, white and brown North Carolinians--rich and poor, Republican, Independent and Democrat—were arrested in the largest state government-focused civil disobedience campaign in US history. Our movement noted that the same Constitutional provision that prohibits KKK influence in state government also guarantees all citizens the right to instruct our legislators about matters affecting the general welfare. A Superior Court judge agreed, dismissing charges against us and affirming our right to publicly disavow race-based policies.

    Some Republicans have suggested they cannot support Trump if he refuses to disavow the KKK. But the question we should ask of every politician is, Do you also disavow policies that perpetuate racial inequality and disparity. Because it is possible to reject the Klan and still support racism. We need more than trite disassociation; we need true political transformation.

    We cannot reconstruct democracy in America without disavowing efforts to resegregate public schools through voucher programs, neighborhood schools, and attacks on public funding. In order to address disparities in our criminal justice system, we must also disavow the racially charged War on Drugs, mandatory minimum laws, and the death penalty. More black people died this year because of state governments refusing to expand Medicaid than at the hands of police officers. We must disavow policies that deny a living wage while 62 million Americans struggle to survive on less than 15 dollars an hour. 54% of African-Americans earn less than a living wage, and many Southern states do not have a minimum wage 150 years after the end of slavery. We must also disavow the inherent racism that fuels fear and hate mongering by politicians toward Latinos and Muslims.

    Every aspect of institutional racism must be disavowed to complete the work of Reconstruction in America, but maybe none is more important than the current attack on voting rights. In the midst of the first Presidential campaign since the Supreme Court’s Shelbydecision gutted the Voting Rights Act, we must disavow the racially gerrymandered districts and voter suppression laws, many of which are in play for the first time during this primary season. Nothing could be more racist than the cynical attempt to maintain white control in a nation where whites are quickly becoming one among many minorities by suppressing people of color’s voting power.

    These are not conservative or liberal issues; they are moral issues that deserve the same outrage that Americans on the left and the right have expressed about the KKK.

    It’s past time for a grown up conversation about race in America. Let’s stop talking about whether Trump will, has or should disavow the KKK and start asking who will disavow the policies that perpetuate racial disparities and prevent us from achieving freedom and justice for all.

    Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is President of the NC NAACP and founder of Repairers of the Breach. Together with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, he is author of the recently released The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement.


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    THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD


    (Opening March 18)

    Right-wing cable news and "conservative" talk radio attract older Americans like graying moths to an angry flame. But why would someone who was either apolitical or a Democrat in younger days become addicted to conservative talk shows in their twilight years? Filmmaker Jen Senko wondered how her WWII veteran and Kennedy Democrat father had been transformed into a Fox News fanatic, suddenly and inexplicably railing against minorities, homosexuals, poor people, and Democrats. Using her dad as an entertaining example, Senko pulls back the curtain to expose the tools and tricks of the wizards behind the right-wing media revolution. And in discovering what happened to him, Senko reveals the all-too-chilling bigger picture of what’s happening behind-the-scenes to influence our national discourse.

    The Trailer is here for a quick look at this powerful, timely documentary:
    http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com/trailer

    Directed by: JEN SENKO
    Narrated by: JEN SENKO and MATTHEW MODINE
    Produced by: MATTHEW MODINE & ADAM RACKOFF
    Featuring animation by Academy Award nominee BILL PLYMPTON
    Official Website: www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebrainwashingofmydadmovie?ref=hl
    Twitter: @brainwashingdad
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_brainwashing_of_my_dad/


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    California Democrats Welcome Vice President Joe Biden to 2016 Convention


    ** RSVP AND TV TRUCK INFO BELOW **

    California Democrats Welcome Vice President Joe Biden to 2016 Convention on February 26-28 in San Jose

    Joins California Elected Leaders and 3,000 Delegates and Guests

    SACRAMENTO – Vice President Joe Biden will give a keynote address to more than 3,000 attendees at the California Democrats State Convention on February 26-28 at the San Jose Convention Center.

    Vice President Biden is expected to address California Democrats during general session on Saturday, February 27. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer will speak during general session on Saturday, and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich will address guests at the California Democratic Party dinner on Saturday evening. Delegates and observers will also hear from statewide, Congressional and Legislative leaders, and invited speakers.

    The California Democrats State Convention opens with welcome remarks from Chairman Burton on Friday, February 26. The final speaking schedule will be available prior to Convention. Learn more at www.cadem.org/convention.

    RSVP required for media access to the General Session Hall and Convention Center locations. Visit www.cadem.org/convention/registration/media to apply for media credential.

    ** TV & Radio Logistics **

    For questions on TV truck access and setup please contact Ngoc Nguyen at ngoc@cadem.org. Ngoc will be on site at Convention. TV cameras will be allowed into the main Convention hall for setup starting at 7:00am on Saturday, February 27.

    Mult-box will be provided on the riser of the General Session Hall of the Convention Center. Power supply will also be available. Parking information will be sent to credentialed reporters prior to Convention.

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    For my father, killed by the police


    Dear MoveOn member,
    My father was Eric Garner. He was murdered by the police in New York City in 2014. His killer was never indicted for the crime. My father's last words were, "I can't breathe," as a police officer choked him to death, on video.

    I want you to know that my father was loved dearly—by me, by my daughter, Alyssa, who misses her Pop-Pop, and by his whole family. My father was taken too early—by a corrupted criminal justice system. It's a system that, honestly, has always targeted Black people but that's grown so far out of control thanks, in large part, to the crime policies of the 1990s. Today, I'm confident that there's only one presidential candidate who is both prepared to and serious about taking on that corrupt system.
    That's why I endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders—and made this video explaining my decision. I hope you'll watch it—it's a video that I had complete control over, and one that I put my heart into.

    Some days, I feel like a representative for people throughout this whole nation who've watched their fathers—or their brothers or their sisters or their mothers—gunned down or beaten down by the police and the entire crooked system. I'm behind anyone who's going to listen and speak up for us, and I think we need to believe in a leader like Bernie Sanders.

    There's no other person who's speaking about this. Bernie Sanders talks honestly and openly about ending our epidemic of mass incarceration and police killings. People are dying. I'm never gonna forget and I don't want the world to forget about my father, or the countless other lives that have been taken.

    This is real. I believe Bernie Sanders is a protestor—he's not scared to go up against the criminal justice system. He's taken on other systems—from the military-industrial complex to Wall Street—his entire career. He knows you can't fix a corrupt system with bandaids. He's not scared to stand up for us—and to fight for a full solution. That's why I'm for Bernie Sanders. I hope you'll watch my video and pass it along to people you know.

    Thank you.
    Erica Garner
    Activist, daughter of the late Eric Garner

    PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION, http://pol.moveon.org/. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. This email was sent to Marguerite Sellitti on February 13th, 2016. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To opt out of "MoveOn for Bernie" emails, click here. To remove yourself from the MoveOn.org list, click here.

    (also: 19 Examples of Bernie Sanders' Powerful Record on Civil and Human Rights Since the 1950s

    The Racial Justice Failures That Hillary Clinton Can't Ignore

    Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Deserve the Black Vote

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    JetSmarter Presents: On the Road to the White House – How Politicians Jet Set


    The 2016 political campaigning is well underway, and this year's candidates are anything but frugal (even if some have claimed to be!). Between Bernie stating he only flies commercial, to Trump adding more bling to his 757, politicians are loving the jet-set life.

    With a rat race to the White House, predicating who will be the next president of the United States is still up in the air. Premiere private jet booking app JetSmarter is taking matters into its own hands by calling the election winner early, based on their private jet lifestyle.

    Political Party Jet Choices:

    Donald Trump:Boeing 757 | $100 million
    Hillary Clinton: Dassault Falcon 900B | $5,850 per hour
    Ben Carson: Challenger 604/605 | $60,000+ on his tab
    Bernie Sanders: Gulfstream 200 | $5,000 per hour
    Marco Rubio: Cessna Citation Excel | $3,000 per hour
    Ted Cruz: Cessna Citation Excel | $3,000 per hour

    JetSmarter


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    Media Terrorism

    by Narada Kenneth Brown


    The war in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001. The war in Iraq began on March 20, 2003. According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, from the beginning of these two wars over 6,800 Americans have been killed. Although these Americans were killed in war, the American media continuously refers to the enemy as Muslims or Islamic terrorists.

    Why do the American media link these terrorists to a religion? In 2014, the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division reported 5,562 Americans were killed with handguns. Leading the way was Illinois with 364, Georgia with 371, Texas with 483, and California with 763 killed. 95% of the people killed were killed by people who claim to be Christians.

    So why hasn’t the American media referred to these killers as Christian terrorists? They don’t even refer to Americans who have committed mass murders, in America, as terrorist. When Robert Dear shot and killed three people at the Colorado Planned Parenthood he was not referred to as the terrorist. When Adam Lanza killed 20 children in the Newtown elementary school the media did not refer to him as a terrorist. According to the American media you have to be a Muslim or believe in Islam to be considered a terrorist. Webster’s definition of terrorism is “the systematic use of terror as a means of coercion”.

    In its broadest sense, terrorism is an act designed to cause terror. In its narrower sense, terrorism can be understood to feature a political objective. Many groups have practiced terrorism to further their objectives. These groups include, but are not limited to, right and left wing political parties, national organizations, religious groups, revolutionaries and ruling governments. The goal of terrorism is to use fear to help achieve their goals. That sounds exactly what the religious right is doing when they bomb an abortion clinic or execute a doctor who provides abortions. Not once have I seen a news report where these murders are referred to as terrorists. However, that’s exactly what the Webster dictionary says they are.

    When Eric Harris and Dylan Kliebold killed 15 people in Columbine high school, the media suggested they were a couple of loners who were unpopular and bullied in school. I guess that was an attempt to justify to white teenagers who took handguns, automatic rifles and pipe bombs to school to kill every student they could find. The Middle Eastern terrorists should only be called what they are, which are terrorists. Their actions have no more to do with Islam than Scott Roeder’s killing of Dr. George Tiller had to do with Christianity.

    brown6207@bellsouth.net


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    “How can a Black person justify being a Republican?”

    by Narada Kenneth Brown


    “How can a Black person justify being a Republican?” I truly believe that any black person who thinks they have been accepted by and welcomed into the Republican Party needs to take a few days to sober up. Black republicans will say this is America and they have the right to choose which party they want to belong too and that’s true; but it amazes me that a black person would want to be in the same party as Dick Cheney, Joe Wilson, Trent Lott, David Duke, Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions. How can Black Republicans not see how the Republicans have passed laws and policies that have adversely affected people of color?

    The natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina brought the issue of race relations to the forefront of public attention. After Katrina caused widespread destruction on the Gulf Coast and flooded much of the city of New Orleans, it quickly became evident that most of the people remaining in the city were black. It was five days before significant help arrived from the Bush administration or the Republican state legislators for the tens of thousands of blacks who were marooned in the city.

    A number of African-American political leaders charged that the response would have been far quicker had the victims been in the predominantly white cities of Palm Beach or Boca Raton. Moreover, there were vivid memories that Louisiana is David Duke territory. Only a few years ago, the former Klan leader and neo-Nazi carried the white vote in a statewide election for governor. After the hurricane, the media arrived in full force well before federal and state aid workers.

    The press and television focused the nation's attention on the racial aspects of the tragedy. It was clear from the first hours of coverage that the faces of the victims of Hurricane Katrina were black. But the media's coverage also showed a racial bias. Unfounded rumors of murders and rapes in the Superdome were widely reported and later turned out to be false. Blacks caught on videotape scrounging for food and supplies were referred to as "looters." Whites who were doing the same things were "struggling to survive."

    In 2008 Barack Obama’s historic campaign inspired a record turnout, drawing more people to the polls than the country had seen in 40 years. Almost all of the record increase came from black, Hispanic, and young voters, who tended to vote Democratic. Republican governors and GOP-controlled state legislatures, not surprisingly, saw this as a problem. They responded by throwing up a host of new obstacles to voting that disproportionately affect black, Latino, and low-income voters.

    In an interview last year with The Daily Show, Don Yelton, a GOP precinct chair in Buncombe County, North Carolina, defended the state’s new voter ID law. Yelton admits at the start of the segment that the number of Buncombe County residents who commit voter fraud is one or two out of 60,000 a year. The interview correspondent, Aasif Mandvi, replies that those numbers show “there’s enough voter fraud to sway zero elections,” and then Yelton replies, “Mmmm…that’s not the point.” He goes on to say that “if it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”

    From Tea Party protestors there has been an outright warlike attitude when it comes to the biggest healthcare reform the country has ever seen. While reasonable protest is an American right, the negative tone of ACA dissenters is one that stretches well beyond disagreement to disdain. Some of it is simply racism - plain and simple. Research shows us that of the uninsured in America, a higher percentage are Blacks and Hispanics. Pair this with the fact that those racial groups tend to need more medical care, the ACA was created (if indirectly so) to address the injustice in these groups.

    The Tea Party’s opposition to the new healthcare mandates hide behind excuses like individual liberties being trodden upon and even ineffectiveness of the program, particularly in light of the many woes of the signup website. In truth though, most of these reasons are fueled by the larger elephant in the room - racism.

    I don't mean that every person who opposes the ACA hates Black or Hispanic people in a conscious way. I do think, however, that when statistics about higher illness rates in communities of color are meant to support the need for universal healthcare, most who oppose the law simply don't care. If it does not have an immediate impact on them, or people like them, they do not want to bear the burden. If anything, the fight amongst the GOP over the ACA has revealed the still-existent, deep-seeded racism that permeates the culture, 150 years since the end of the Civil War and 50 years since the Civil Rights Movement.

    In a recent poll, Republicans across the country continue to say that they support flying the confederate flag, by a 55% to 32% margin. The confederate flag was designed by people whose goal was to overthrow the American government and keep slavery alive. Additionally, Southerners are not strongly different from the other regions of the country in terms of their support for a state's flying the Confederate flag above its state capitol building.

    During an interview Dr Ben Carson said the Affordable Care Act was the worst thing to happen to black people since slavery. Imagine that, a black man comparing the accessibility of health care to millions of black people to slavery. When I hear Dr. Carson talk about President Obama he reminds me of the slave who told the plantation owner the other slaves were planning an escape.

    brown6207@bellsouth.net


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    5 Questions We Should Be Asking Presidential Candidates!

    by Douglas Obey


    The presidential candidates are starting to define the issues important to them as they try to gain traction with voters but are those issues what are most important to Americans? Based on the candidates leading in the polls on the Republican side of the race it's obvious that voters are looking for change and preferring straight talking, anti-Washington candidates. Hot topics have included Immigration, Iran, China and foreign policy in general, and jobs.

    I feel the 5 most important questions we should be asking the presidential candidates are the following.

    1. Where do you stand on lowering the corporate tax rate in the US?
    Currently the US has a higher corporate tax rate (35%) than most if not all developed nations around the world. Lowering it would solve the problem of companies moving facilities offshore and repatriate much of the business that is already located in other countries. This would help create jobs and boost economic growth. Hong Kong has a 10% corporate tax rate. Is it any wonder they are the home to more corporate headquarters than anywhere else in the world?

    2. What immigration policy would you adopt to solve our illegal immigration problem?
    Certainly the border has to be secured but the idea of deporting 11 million illegal immigrants is not only implausible but completely unacceptable to 72% of American's polled. We need a policy that allows those illegal immigrants to remain here legally eliminating their exploitation from employers. However, we cannot allow them to burden our social benefits programs that they are not entitled to. We also need a program that does not leap frog them ahead of immigrants trying to come into our country legally. And finally we need to reform our current immigration process to make it easier for the best and brightest from around the world to immigrate here making our nation and economy even stronger with their contributions.

    3. How would you reform welfare if at all?
    Our welfare system is debilitating, not only for our country but also for its recipients. A handout to someone capable of doing for themselves destroys human innovation, initiative and incentive. Our country has an obligation to provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. including children, but should stop there. We should help people help themselves and end the handouts that too often are destroying families, perpetuating the cycle of welfare and eliminating people's self determination. Too many of our inner cities are evidence of a failed welfare system in this country.

    4. How would you keep social security from going bankrupt or bankrupting our country?
    Social Security, Medicare and Prescription Drug programs are unsustainable in their present state. The estimates vary between $50 and $70 Trillion to provide the baby-boomers with the benefits they have been promised. You simply cannot tax the generations below the boomers enough to afford those benefits. Only a combination of growth, inflation and reform (means testing) will allow these programs to continue into the future without putting undo pressure (increased taxation) on the economy.

    5. How would you make the ever increasing college tuition more affordable for America's youth?
    College is no longer an option. The competition for good paying jobs along with the needs of American industry requires a college education. The cost of the average private college tuition in the US is $31,231 for tuition and fees. That's more than three times the cost for tuition for in-state public colleges, averaging $9.139. If eyeing an Ivy League college the least expensive tuition is a mere $49,069 and that is for tuition and fees alone not counting room and board. (http://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064)

    These costs are putting America's youth in such debt, that they are postponing getting married, starting families and buying homes, having a negative trickle-down effect on the economy and that's if they can find that big paying job they need to pay back their debt. This is creating an entire generation who's purchasing power is crippled and thereby crippling economic growth in the US. All the while these colleges and universities enjoy the benefits of tax free status, contributing nothing to state or federal coffers, all the while watching their endowments compound exponentially.

    Doug Obey has over 30 years experience helping people as a financial planner and investment advisor and is the author of Money and the Human Condition. His book offers solutions to these challenges and several more. Obey is also a self-made, successful entrepreneur and business owner who has acted as CFO and advisor to many other business owners.


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    Hillary Clinton, Meet Mr. Jones Black Lives Matter Exposes Candidate’s Weakness & Black Economic Power

    by the NOI Research Group


    A remarkable event in Black journalism occurred last week that may change the way Blacks view this coming presidential election and possibly the way Blacks wield their economic power in the future. That event had nothing to do with the trained and polished Black media personalities like Lester Holt, Gwen Ifill, Bill Whitaker, or Byron Pitts. Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist Julius Jones beat them all when he forced the elusive Hillary Clinton to answer finally for her role in the racist policies enacted and supported by her and her husband, Pres. William Jefferson Clinton, policies that weaponized police and filled America’s prisons with a million Black men.

    Black America has been inflamed over the issue of police brutality and mass incarceration, yet it took our Brother Julius with his activist crew to make Hillary face up to her role in those tragedies. On August 11, as her buffer zone of aides, advisors, and Secret Service protectors looked on sweating nervously, Brother Julius did more to expose Hillary than ANY of her email or Benghazi or Whitewater scandals could ever do. In response to his earnest request for her plans to correct the severe racial distortions in the American “justice” system, Mrs. Clinton said:

    “What do you want me to do about it? What am I supposed to do about it? That’s what I’m trying to put together, in a way that I can explain it and I can sell it. Because in politics, if you can’t explain it and you can’t sell it, then it stays on the shelf.”

    That was Hillary Clinton’s best answer.

    Again, no trained Negro network journalist had gotten Hillary this far down the road on this issue in all her time as a declared presidential candidate. When Bro. Julius reacted with appropriate shock and awe—“What you just said is a form of victim blaming”—Clinton went at him like any plantation mistress should: “Well, if that is your position, then I will talk only to white people about how we are going to deal with the very real problems,” she said.

    The pure bankruptcy of this response from the white woman who most Blacks have enthusiastically waved on into the White House is self-evident. In her perfect public opportunity to show herself to be on top of the issue that has American cities erupting in racial rebellion—to show her knowledge, wisdom, and expertise—the empress disrobed for Black America in the most shocking way: “What do you want me to do about it? What am I supposed to do about it?”

    But her feeble non-answer really doesn’t put Hillary on the hot seat. Her answer contained no actual surprises. But it sho’nuf puts her Black supporters on Front Street, for they must now explain why they have never asked her this simple question before they lent their names and influence to her candidacy. One might have thought we’d grown a little bit since Bill, “the first black president,” put on sunglasses and played the saxophone on Arsenio Hall’s show, winning over the slaves. And how did he reward us? 225,000 more Blacks were incarcerated under President Clinton than under President Reagan, the Republican President most disliked in Black America. According to the Washington Post, “During the Clinton administration, the Department of Justice grew faster than any other agency of the federal government.” How many Black communities collapsed, how many Black families were destroyed, how many children were reared without a father, under Clinton’s destructive power? Can the damage even be reversed?

    And Hillary’s mass incarceration bona fides are just as robust as Bill’s. In 1994, right before William Jefferson’s Trail of Black Tears, she said with both nerve and verve:

    “We need more police, we need more and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders. The ‘three-strikes-and-you’re-out’ for violent offenders has to be part of the plan. We need more prisons to keep violent offenders for as long as it takes to keep them off the streets.”

    How Hillary Clinton was able to get half of the Congressional Black Caucus to endorse her, including Corey Booker, Lacy Clay, Alcee Hastings, Sheila Jackson Lee, John Lewis, and Charles Rangel, is an enduring mystery. And many notable Black celebrities must be rethinking their support after the crushing BLM exposé.

    Only Black Lives Matter, it seems, has the courage to press these candidates where the journalists and civil rights “leaders” have utterly failed. But when we look a little deeper, we find that Black Lives Matter has a critical power those Black pretenders do not possess. As of August 15, 2015, at least 1,007 BLM demonstrations have been held worldwide. The most important of those occurred in the shopping malls of America when they targeted Christmas of 2014 with a strategic boycott, making a direct hit to America’s economic jugular vein.

    As Michael Brown lay in the street for four hours, and Ferguson’s Kevlar-clad police-army rolled its tanks and turrets in the street, the leaders of Black Lives Matter boldly and brilliantly targeted the shopping centers of America. They understood that holiday shopping is key for retailers, with sales in November and December accounting for about 19 percent of annual revenue. Using the hashtag #NotOneDime they made deft use of social media and made headlines around the globe as they shut down whole malls on America’s busiest buying day—Black Friday. The result was devastating to a frail and impotent American economy teetering on the edge of collapse. Six million shoppers stayed home, and sales plummeted by 11% on that 4-day weekend alone. That adds up to $7 billion in lost revenue, according to the National Retail Federation.

    And THIS $7 billion BLM sledgehammer is why Hillary was forced to stand there and engage—even negotiate with—Black Lives Matter.

    In effect, Black Lives Matter carried out Martin Luther King’s blueprint for forcing real change in the American system. In his very last speech in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. King said that when we Blacks feel pain, “we must kind of redistribute the pain.” He specifically said the targeting of the economy through boycotts and strategic buying forces results from a nation’s white leaders, who, like Hillary, understand nothing but money. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said in 1968:

    “We have an annual income of more than thirty billion dollars a year, which is more than all of the exports of the United States, and more than the national budget of Canada. Did you know that? That’s power right there, if we know how to pool it.”

    King called this strategy Economic Withdrawal, and that is exactly what Black Lives Matter did last Christmas. They went to the American Retail “Bank”—IN UNITY—and made a $7 billion withdrawal. And that is why Clinton could ignore the “Black leaders” but could not ignore BLM; and that is why a photo of Hillary’s fateful encounter with Bro. Julius et al is on the front page (above the fold) of the August 20th New York Times.

    Hillary Clinton also knows that The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has called for a massive gathering of all oppressed groups in America on October 10th of this year in Washington, DC. It is the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March with the forthright, uncompromising, righteous demand of Justice Or Else! He has called for a full boycott of Christmas 2015, in complete harmony with Dr. King’s principled and just Economic Withdrawal strategy. Hillary’s husband Bill answered the first march in 1995 with a punitive push for even harsher, racially targeted “War-on-Drug” laws. Up until the BLM confrontation, the Clintons have eluded their DIRECT responsibility for the current racial disorder.

    Hillary Clinton also knows that many of those who have voiced support for her have also shown a greater, deeper respect, love, admiration, and support for Minister Farrakhan. These are intelligent Black men and women in the various fields of entertainment who share the aims and objectives of Martin Luther King, Black Lives Matter, and The Minister, and they are more than willing to tell their fans and followers “Hands Up Don’t Buy!” this Christmas.

    We must thank our Brother Julius Jones and Black Lives Matter for their direct action in commanding the political world to pay attention to the serious issues that are affecting Blacks and oppressed people in America. They exposed the fatal weakness of the American political system as a means of securing any real justice. But they also have shown us the power and potential of Economic Withdrawal as a potent political weapon. This Christmas, as our unity amplifies our demands for Justice in America, Blacks are more ready than ever to show America the real power of OR ELSE!

    (Order the explosive 2-volume book series DEFENDING FARRAKHAN by the NOI Research Group at http://store.FinalCall.com; join the conversation on FaceBook and Twitter @NOIResearch.)


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    D & P CREATIVE STRATEGIES & IMPACT STRATEGIES ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP


    WASHINGTON, DC—Today, D&P Creative Strategies and IMPACT Strategies announced their highly anticipated strategic partnership. As 100% women and minority owned firms, both IMPACT Strategies and D&P Creative Strategies are uniquely positioned to provide clients with innovative solutions and multiple service offerings from different, yet strategic perspectives.

    As the leading Latino political strategy firm in the Washington DC metropolitan area, D&P Creative Strategies is a powerful force in government relations. Founded in ­­­2004, D&P Creative Strategies represents more than 40 years of experience in the core areas of strategic philanthropy, public affairs, government relations, issue advocacy, political communications, and community outreach. As a premiere government relations and political strategy firm, IMPACT Strategies was established to effect change and provide a diverse voice in national politics. With several decades of combined political experience, IMPACT Strategies provides timely intelligence, strategic guidance, and effective outcomes for its clients.

    “Inclusion and diversity are critical components to the success of any company, and we strongly believe that providing strategies that respond to community needs is key to creating mutual benefits for our clients and their audiences,” said Ingrid Duran, Co-CEO and Founder of D&P Creative Strategies.

    “We look forward to working with IMPACT Strategies in order to continue our mission of elevating the social, economic, and political status of our communities and ensure that through this partnership, we maximize the potential of underutilized opportunities,” said Catherine Pino, Co-CEO and Founder of D&P Creative Strategies.

    “Diversity makes the difference—period. Diversity of ideas and perspective is imperative, which is clear in the missions of both firms,” said Angela Rye, Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies. “In today’s highly political climate, our strategic partnership will maximize our effectiveness and yield tremendous results for our clients. We are excited to partner with D&P to provide an innovative approach to the nation’s many political challenges.”

    To learn more about the partnership click here.

    D&P Creative Strategies
    D&P is 100% minority and women-owned and certified as a WMBE, WBE, WOSB and an LGBTBE. Collectively, the firm represents more than 40 years of experience in strategic philanthropy, public affairs, government relations, issue advocacy, political communications and community outreach. We call our approach “consulting with a social conscience.” The concept is simple; the outcomes are powerful. For more information visit: www.dpcreativestrategies.com

    IMPACT Strategies
    IMPACT Strategies was founded to bring the political process within reach. With over several decades of combined experience, IMPACT Strategies has profound knowledge of public policy and is an expert in achieving results. As an emerging leader within the government relations and political consulting realm, IMPACT Strategies is a firm with a cutting edge approach to achieving our client’s goals in the Nation’s Capital and beyond. For more information visit: www.IMPACTstrategies.global.


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    PS: Political Science & Politics-how to address discrimination in political science


    The latest issue of PS: Political Science & Politics turns the spotlight on diversity in political science with a collection of articles that addresses diversity within political science and across academia.

    Guest editors from the University of Virginia-Carol Mershon (professor of politics) and Denise Walsh (associate professor in the department of politics, women, gender & sexuality)-introduce a collection of articles by addressing what they refer to as a long-standing and urgent question: how do we diversify leadership and end discrimination in the profession and across academia more broadly?

    They argue that women and racial minorities are underrepresented among political science faculties in the United States and internationally. For example, they point to evidence showing that fewer than 29% of political science faculty staff across the United States are female, while female faculty of color are more severely underrepresented still-with African American women making up only 1.7% of political science faculty staff across the country in 2010-a mere 161 women. There are even fewer women from the Latina and Pacific Islander communities among political science faculties.

    Co-editors Mershon and Walsh argue that this underrepresentation of women and racial minorities perpetuates discrimination and bias across the sector in multiple ways, with women and women of color often encountering a hostile working environment and obstacles to career advancement.

    A series of articles offer innovative new strategies for transforming academe by applying political science insights about how to diversify institutions to the discipline itself. The contributions provide novel answers to these questions: What new strategies might political science research offer for advancing diversity and equity? Which organizations and actors can take the lead in promoting change? What steps should they take to maximize the probability of change?

    The July issue also contains several other articles. In A Forgotten Minority?, Okiyoshi Takeda (associate professor, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo) provides the first analysis of Asian Pacific Americans in introductory American government textbooks. The author examined 28 textbooks and found that Asian Pacific Americans-who make up more than 5% of the US population-are discussed an average of 1.13 pages per textbook (which translates to 0.19%). In the paper, Takeda offers five constructive recommendations to rectify this underrepresentation, including an option to invite Asian Pacific American political scientists to serve as textbook reviewers and co-authors.

    Other articles in this issue focus on diverse issues in the world of political science, including:

    A paper by Alfred G. Cuzán (distinguished professor, University of West Florida) draws on more than 500 elections from around the world to present five empirical laws of politics-revealing that, in democracies, the ruling party or coalition actually represents a minority of the electorate (generally about one third of voters).

    A paper by James E. Monogan (associate professor, University of Georgia) focuses on the 2011 debt ceiling controversy and the 2012 US House elections.

    A second paper by Monogan offers advice regarding the current debate on the practice of preregistration in political science-that is, publicly releasing a research design before observing outcome data.

    As well as articles offering practical tips for political science academics such as the benefits for students of capturing lectures on film, and how to engage students by using music and lyrics-including 21 recommended songs for teaching introductory courses in political theory! Published for the American Political Science Association, PS: Political Science & Politics tackles some of the most topical issues today. Led ably by the interim editorial team of Phillip Ardoin (Chair and Professor, Appalachian State University) and Paul Gronke (Professor, Appalachian State University and Reed College ).

    Read all about it in latest issue of PS: Political Science & Politics here.

    About APSA
    APSA, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in more than 80 countries. With a range of programs and services, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe, with the aim of expanding awareness and understanding politics.

    For more information go to: www.apsanet.org

    About Cambridge University Press
    Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University's mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

    Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 45,000 titles covering academic research, professional development, over 350 research journals, school-level education, English language teaching, and bible publishing.

    Playing a leading role in today's international market place, Cambridge University Press has more than 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.

    For more information, go to: www.cambridge.org/

    About Cambridge Journals
    Cambridge University Press publishes over 350 peer-reviewed academic journals across a wide spread of subject areas, in print and online. Many of these journals are leading academic publications in their fields and together form one of the most valuable and comprehensive bodies of research available today.

    For more information, go to: journals.cambridge.org

    About PS: Political Science & Politics
    Published for the American Political Science Association, PS is the journal of record for the discipline of political science reporting on research, teaching, and professional development. Started in 1968, it is the only quarterly professional news and commentary journal in the field and is the prime source of information on political scientists' achievements and professional concerns.

    For the latest issue, follow this link.

    Narada Kenneth Brown - brown6207@bellsouth.net>


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    Politics


    During the last election, the campaigns of the Democratic candidates treaded president Obama like he had the Ebola virus. They denied any association with the president because it was perceived as politically unhealthy to do so. One Senatorial candidate was asked if she had voted for President Obama and she refused to answer that question.

    In one of my previous articles I suggested the reason the President was having the problems he was having with Congress and a section of the American population was because he is black. I now suggest that is the reason the Democratic candidates in the last election treated him the way they did.

    What other reason can it be? If you look at the indicators that show how America is doing under President Obama, they suggest those candidates should have begged the President to help them. So how is America doing under President Obama?

    Economy: (Source is Bankrate.com) The GDC, CPI and other key economic indicators report the following:

    Gross Domestic Product (billions)  - This week it's 17535.4     a year ago it was 16661.0

    Housing Starts (thousands)  -This week it's 646   a year ago it was 628

    Producer Price Index - This week it's 201.1   a year ago it was 197.8

    Consumer Price Index - This week it's 237.6   a year ago it was 233.9

    Purchasing Managers - Index This week it's 59.0  a year ago it was 56.4

    Retail Sales - This week it's 442689   a year ago it was 425881

    Unemployment Rate - This week it's 5.9   a year ago it was 7.2

    Stocks are at an all-time high and when was the last time we paid under $3 for a gallon of regular gas?

    Crime: (Source is the Federal Department of Justice)

    The US crime rate is at its lowest point in decades. The crime rate for serious crimes, including murder, rape, and assault, has dropped significantly since the early 1990s in part because of changes in technology and policing, experts say. The last time the crime rate for serious crime – murder, rape, robbery, assault – fell to these levels, gasoline cost 29 cents a gallon and the average income for a working American was $5,807. That was 1963.

    Health Care: (The Commonwealth Fund)

    ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Overview

    Over 15 million people who didn’t have health insurance before the ACA was signed into law in 2010 are now covered bringing the total uninsured adults in the US from 18% to 13.4%. We won’t know exact enrollment numbers for each insurance type for some time. For now the best we can do is present the data we do have, analyze it and give you our educated estimates. Let’s look at some quick facts on the ACA signups and start our detailed look at what factors contributed to the current enrollment numbers.

    Enrollment Number Facts
    During open enrollment (Oct 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014 and then until April 19, 2014 under special enrollment) over 8 million Americans enrolled in a marketplace plan, coupled with other sign ups under the ACA (Medicaid, CHIP, Employer based coverage, young adults staying on plans till age 26, etc), total newly insured increased by about 15 million. Below are some key factors in understanding these basic sign up numbers.

    • 8 million Americans enrolled in a marketplace plan during open enrollment 2014 according to HHS.

    So I ask: why wouldn’t a candidate want to hitch their campaign to a president with numbers like these? The only reason I can come up with is because he is Black.

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    Sen Graham’s Comments Demonstrate What Happens #IfTheySpeakForMe

    Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org

    ***VIEW #IfTheySpeakForMe VIDEOS here: http://colorofchange.org/speak/ ***


    New York, NY -- Yesterday, CNN released audio of South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham recorded from a private event where he stated, “white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.” Despite Graham’s claim that the statement was a joke, it provides a telling look into the modern Republican Party. ColorOfChange.org launched a program called “If They Speak For Me” earlier this month to highlight what can happen when narrow-minded politicians like Senator Graham are in control of decisions important to our communities.

    Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org issued the following statement:

    “Senator Graham claims his statements about ‘white men who are in male-only clubs’ were made in jest, but in every joke there is a grain of truth. While this may have been a joke, surely his voting record is not; as a Senator, Graham has routinely pushed an agenda that favors ‘white men who are in male-only clubs.’ He has blocked equal pay legislation, opposed increases to the minimum wage, and defended attacks on our freedom to vote. He even claimed to not see how Florida’s Stand Your Ground law has ‘racial injustice about it’ after listening to deeply emotional testimonies from the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis about their murdered children.”

    “Graham’s comments — released as Black communities across the country prepare to head to the polls — offer important insight into how some national leaders discuss politics behind closed doors. The lack of concern for Black people, people of color and women in Graham’s comments is one of the reasons why ColorOfChange.org launched #IfTheySpeakForMe. We must demand a more inclusive political conversation, in which candidates from both parties are forced to address the issues that matter most to Black people. The Black community is a critical voting bloc and will play a pivotal role in key races across the country this election season. We cannot allow politicians to turn to Black people for votes, and then run away from the issues that are important to them afterwards.”

    With over 900,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.


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    Faith Leaders Commit to 1 Million Conversations with Black, Latino and Faith Voters this Fall

    PICO National Network to Hold Press Call to Announce Massive, Faith-Based Voter Registration and Education Campaign


    Washington, DC— With pain and unrest in Ferguson, gridlock on immigration reform, and historic inequality of wealth in America, it has never been clearer that in our democracy some voices are being heard and others are not.

    A new national campaign, Let My People VOTE is being officially launched today, Thursday, September 4, by PICO National Network—the nation’s largest faith-based organizing network in the U.S. working with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns. This is a massive multi-racial and multi-faith-based effort, spanning 15-states to engage and turn out 350,000 new or low-propensity voters in the 2014 election and beyond, whose voices have been ignored and who have been systematically locked out of the voting process.

    As part of the campaign, PICO federations recently began unofficial roll-outs in several states, in the last few weeks, with the recruitment and training of thousands of grassroots leaders. Local leaders also plan to dramatically increase mobilizing voter registration and voter education efforts in cities such as Ferguson and St. Louis, Mo.

    In our temptation to despair we remember the words of David in Psalm 28:2,"Hear my cry for mercy, as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your most holy place." With those words in mind, faith leaders and advocates will seek to empower and engage voters in black, Latino, and poor communities to realize our power to help heal our nation by voting and encouraging our neighbors to do the same. Together, through Let My People VOTE, we have the power to change the moral crises our country faces.

    What:
    Local and national spokespeople to announce the Let My People VOTE effort, discuss what it means at the community-level, and how this campaign resonates with congregations

    Who:
    Kristee Paschall, Political Director, PICO National Network
    Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies and Lifelines to Healing, PICO National Network
    Bishop Jaime Soto, Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, CA
    Rev. Mark Tyler, Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, PA
    Renowned Civil Rights Leader Rev. William Barber
    Pastor Antoine Barriere, Household of Faith, New Orleans, LA
    Jennifer Romero, DREAMER, immigration reform leader, Aurora, CO

    When: TODAY, Thursday, Sept. 4th at 1PM ET
    Dial-in: 866-952-1907; Passcode: VOTE


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    (BPRW) New Report Examines the Status of Black Women in American Politics

    Study Finds Black Women are Underrepresented at All Levels of Political Office, but Face Great Opportunities for Growth in Political Voice and Representation


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Higher Heights and the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) released a new report, “The Status of Black women in American Politics”. This comprehensive report provides a historical outline of Black women’s struggle for political representation and discusses the current landscape of political leadership for Black women across the country as well as their growing political influence. It demonstrates the need for greater engagement, recruitment, and inclusion of Black women in politics and government.

    The report notes that Black women are 7.4% of the U.S. population and 7.8% of the electorate. However, there are only 14 Black women in Congress (2.6%), 2 Black women in statewide elected executive office, 241 Black women in state legislatures (3.3%), and 26 Black women mayors in cities with populations over 30,000 (1.9%). Among the 100 largest cities in the United States, only one is led by a Black woman mayor.

    “Black women are among the country’s most politically active citizens. In 2012, Black women had the highest rate of voter turnout of any group, and they represented almost 60 percent of Black voters who went to the polls,” said Glynda Carr, co-founder of Higher Heights. “These statistics are clear evidence of Black women’s ability to be defining factors in election outcomes. This report brings to the forefront that despite this growing power, Black women’s electoral heft is not translating into political representation.”

    While Black women are politically engaged, the report addresses the distinct realities that Black women face in running for and winning elected office.

    “CAWP’s research has found that Black women are less likely to be encouraged to run for office, are more likely to be discouraged from running, and report more difficulties in fundraising than men and white women,” said Kelly Dittmar, Assistant Research Professor at CAWP and author of the report. “Black women have taken advantage of their confidence and political experiences in community work and activism to achieve political success despite these barriers, but only recently have they tapped their many opportunities for greater representation.”

    The report highlights shifts taking place in some states and congressional districts and identifies why advancing Black women’s representation matters for politics and policy.

    “The good news that we are seeing, is across the country there are examples of Black women running for office, winning and taking on the hard issues. It is evidenced in women like California Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose policies have helped reduce jail sentences and the recidivism rate of black males,” said Kimberly Peeler Allen, co-founder of Higher Heights. “We also observe it in the work of Rep. Yvette Clark (D-N.Y.), who has sponsored bills aimed at broadening access to family planning services and affordable housing. And, we see it in many other Black women on the local and state level.”

    The Center for American Progress will host the release and panel discussion today at Noon (ET). The panel will discuss developing and implementing a long-term strategy to build, expand, and support a leadership pipeline at all levels for Black women and to harness their political power to influence and impact public policy and elections. Panelists will discuss the implications of this study for the economy, reproductive health, education, and voting rights, as well as the impact of the Black women’s vote on the 2014 and 2016 election cycles.

    Media coverage is welcome, in-person at the event or remotely here via live stream. Follow the conversation at #BlackWomenLead.

    About Higher Heights:
    Higher Heights is building a national infrastructure to harness Black women’s political power and leadership potential. Headquartered in New York, NY, Higher Heights Leadership Fund, a national 501(c)(3) organization and its sister organization Higher Heights for America 501(c)(4) is investing in a long-term strategy to expand and support a Black women’s leadership pipeline at all levels and strengthen their civic participation beyond just Election Day.

    About The Center for American Women and Politics:
    CAWP a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.


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    BERMUDA'S CITY OF HAMILTON TO HOST THE 40TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK MAYORS

    Event will convene the largest gathering of Black Mayors and elected officials from around the world


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Hamilton, Bermuda, (June 27, 2014) - Bermuda's Corporation of Hamilton has announced it will host the 40th annual Conference of Black Mayors Convention later this year. The event, which will take place on November 12 - 16, 2014, at The Fairmont Southampton, will convene the largest gathering of Mayors and local officials from around the world. Mayors from cities, towns and villages from all over the U.S. will be joined by high level officials from China, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

    In making the announcement, the Chairman of the local Organizing Committee, the City of Hamilton's Deputy Mayor Donal Smith, said the Conference of Black Mayors had grown from modest beginnings into an event of considerable political and economic importance that now includes more than 2,000 African/American Mayors and municipal staff and has attracted the participation of politicians, business and financial leaders not only from the U.S. but increasingly from around the world.

    "Today the CBM also includes 39,000 political leaders and elected officials of color from around the world. Currently we estimate that the City of Hamilton, Bermuda, will be greeting 400 - 500 plus delegates from as far away as Brazil, Colombia, China, Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Jamaica and the Caribbean Islands and we should note that the aim of this great gathering has always been to improve the quality of life in the cities, townships and villages these Mayors and these officials represent. "

    The Mayor of Hamilton, The Rt. Worshipful Graeme Outerbridge, JP, said, the CBM represents one of the most influential political and financial groups in the U.S. and in many other countries around the world. "They represent a powerful voting block in the U.S. and beyond and preside over millions of dollars of municipal funds and new development. As such, they represent enormous opportunities for our international business sector to pursue. We are delighted that the CBM has chosen to come to Bermuda."

    Mr. Smith noted that many U.S. politicians and their advisors who are already looking ahead to the 2016 elections will doubtless be planning to attend the Convention." We shall, as well, be inviting business leaders from the U.S., Europe and beyond to join us as featured speakers," he said.

    "This year's convention theme will be '40 FORWARD' and we shall be looking ahead to determine what the future holds for the U.S. and world economies. A very full program will include panel discussions on important global issues including immigration, education, healthcare and the ways in which the spread of information technology will affect global trade and urban growth in the coming years," he said.

    What:The Convention of Black Mayors 40th Annual Convention

    Who: CBM, the international association representing 39,000 black elected and appointed mayors and local officials from throughout the African diaspora.

    When: November 12-16, 2014

    Where: The Fairmont Southampton
    101 South Shore Rd
    Southampton, Bermuda SN02

    For information about the conference, registration and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

    Vanessa Williams
    National Conference of Black Mayors
    T: (404) 931-2059 C: (404) 964-9201
    e-mail: vwilliams@ncbm.org

    Danilee Trott
    Corporation of Hamilton
    T: (441) 292: 1234 Ext. 219 C: (441) 300-1335
    e-mail: dtrott@cityhall.bm


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    The Republicans in Congress are constantly playing the blame game


    The Republicans in Congress are constantly playing the blame game. They don’t fix anything they just blame everything on the Obama Administration.

    When unemployment was over 7%, the Republicans blamed the Obama Administration. However, when President Obama sent a jobs bill to Congress, it was the Republicans who prevented it from passing.

    The Republicans also blame President Obama and Hillary Clinton for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. However, it was the Republicans in Congress that are responsible for the massive funding cuts for embassy security and those cuts are still in effect today. However, those cuts are something the Republicans don’t talk about.

    Now the Republicans in Congress are blaming the Obama Administration for the problems at the Veterans Administration hospitals. They are even calling for the resignation of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In a memo from the President George W. Bush’s transition team to President- elect Barack Obama it outlined the difficulties veterans were having obtaining timely healthcare. This memo suggests the Obama Administration inherited the Veterans Administration medical center backlog.

    However, when President Obama sent a bill to Congress to expand healthcare and educational benefits for veterans, it was Republicans in Congress that the not support the bill. Back in their districts the Republicans told their constituents the reason they couldn't support the bill was an amendment attached that dealt with the sanctions on Iran. What they didn't tell their constituents was the person who attached the amendment was their own Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Once again the Republicans are blaming the Obama Administration for problem it didn't create.

    A brief look at veterans funding under President George W. Bush explains how deep his commitment to veterans really was.

    President George W. Bush sent American troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and as those troops were headed into battle he talked about his commitment to the troops. However, when those troops came home his commitment came to an end.

    According to the Gannett News service on October 23, 2003, the Bush administration opposed a plan to give National Guard and Reserve members’ access to healthcare. The Bush Administration also underfunded veteran’s health care by $2 billion in its 2004 budget. In a Washington Post article on June 17, 2003. It stated, “Bush Administration budget cuts force more than 200,000 veterans to wait more than six months for medical visits because of health care shortages."

    Since United States went to war in Afghanistan in 2001 and in Iraq in 2003 about 2.5 million members of the Army, Navy, Raines, F was, National Guard and related reserve and National Guard units have been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq was; according to department of defense data, of those deployed, more than a third were deployed more than once. Yet the Bush administration cut $1.5 billion from military family housing, $172 billion allotted for educating the children of military personnel and these cuts also denied military families increased child tax credits.

    When Republicans have to choose between tax cuts for the rich, war profits for Halliburton or supporting our veterans; time and time again veterans on the odd man out.

    brown6207@bellsouth.net


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