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Jul 28th


Green Empowerment Zones mean jobs

“To ignore the potential contribution of private enterprise is to fight the war on poverty with a single platoon while great armies are left to stand aside.”  Robert Kennedy

It is time for policy makers on both sides of the progressive-conservative divide to stop debating and start enacting policies to create jobs, especially for those suffering the most from the persisting great recession.   One way to do that is to create green empowerment zones that would generate urban jobs, promote clean energy, and enhance American competitiveness in the global shift to green technology.  An empowerment zone generally is an economically distressed urban area that is eligible for government tax breaks as a way to spur business investment, small business growth and jobs.  The concept has been embraced by Republicans like Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan as well as Democrats like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. 

Black History Month 2011: State of Blacks in America

We’ve got a nice-looking, bright and articulate mainstream African American as President. It is this flirt and allure with mainstream American cultures and values that causes African Americans’ lack of advancements. It was anticipated that an Obama Administration would usher America into a new era of hope, change, and unity; but in reality this regime has brought about a static hold and regression among African Americans.

Traditional racial barriers such as discrimination and inequality are swept under the rug and no action is being taken to break the back of America’s institutionalized racism.

Would Today Bring Tears To Their Eyes?

When it comes to the who’s who in Black History, the list of heroes is as endless as was the unselfish, tireless journey of our formidable leaders of days gone by, and those anew.   Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Charles Drew, Bob Johnson, Miles Davis, Benjamin Banneker, Rosa Parks, W.E. B. DuBois, Marian Anderson, Thurgood Marshall, Ralphe Bunche, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordon, David Wilder, Booker T. Washington, Mae Jamison, Madame C. J. Walker, Henry Gates, Jackie Robinson, and countless others are vehicles of change.  Attempting to name all who contributed to improving the lives of people of color and to the progress of this nation could fill page after page.

The Black Caucus in the 112th Congress

As they assembled at the US Capitol for the 112th Congressional session a record number 44 African Americans were sworn in as Members of the House of Representatives.   The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) gained national recognition when its Members met with President Richard Nixon in March of 1971 and presented him a list of 60 recommendations for governmental action on domestic and foreign issues. Today, the CBC, whose membership is exclusive to Blacks, represents the political aspirations of 13 percent of the American population and comprises 9.6 percent of the Congress.

Sabathani Community Center names new executive director

Sabathani Community Center names new executive directorClyde Turner has been named executive director of Sabathani Community Center, announces Shana Zaiser, chair of Sabathani’s board of directors. Turner will begin his assignment on February 14 becoming Sabathani’s fourth executive director since the organization began in 1966.

“It is a great honor to be selected executive director of Sabathani,” says Turner. “I welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to facilitate growth and meet the challenges ahead.”

Clyde Turner has more than 34 years of experience in human services working with communities, families and children. Turner was most recently Manager of Ramsey County Family Support Services Division composed of the Child Foster Care, Adult Foster Care, Adoption and Guardianship units. Turner has served on the boards of Phyllis Wheatley, YMCA, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota and National Foster Parent.

Education is, and remains the central threshold for improving quality of life for all

History has demonstrated this to the case.

I remember growing up in a family with deep southern roots. Every time I headed south I was frequently reminded of the sacrifices made by many for black children so they could have an equal opportunity to learn, read and write, attend college, and succeed. A generation later, as I raise my own children, I am disappointed that we are not meeting our call as a just society to provide all our children with the best opportunity to succeed in the classroom. 

A national tragedy and my apology

My cellphone pinged on Saturday to say I had a message.  I was in the middle of lunch and chose to ignore it.  When I picked it up a couple of hours later, I felt the same sickness that millions did, learning that Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt.

Television news bubbled over with the news, with fact, spin, and interpretation.  Would all 435 members of Congress need ramped up security?   Was hate speech the basis of this shooting?   I even saw Neil Boortz, the peripatetic Atlanta lawyer and talk show host suggest that President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama had been guilty of some of the same hate speech that the right has been accused of.   Please.
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