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May 29th

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E3: Education, employment, & economic development

E3: Education, employment, & economic developmentNow that the political dust from the 2010 mid-term election has settled and the veils have been lifted, it is back to the stark realities of the challenges that face this nation, but moreover our community. Exit polls nationwide voiced people’s cry for an end to high unemployment rates, replaced post-haste with the creation of meaningful-wage jobs that lead people to self-sufficiency. No matter the political party banner one chooses to wave, nor whether or not you chose to be a responsible citizen by voting, in the final analysis, all roads lead right back to the power of E3: education, employment and economic development.

An article entitled “America in Crisis,” notes that the October 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics report revealed positive employment trends. However, considering the current levels of job creation, it will take 20 years simply to return back to December 2007 employment levels. It is suggested that at a minimum, 127,000 jobs need to be created per month to keep abreast of population growth and to keep unemployment hovering at just 9.6%. Unfortunately, these figures do not include the ranks of the under-employed, those who have given up searching for a job, or those who have extinguished all of their unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
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Protect elderly patients

Protect elderly patientsAn elderly person should be able to spend time with their families and enjoy life in a way they couldn’t when they were younger and working full time. They certainly should not be worried whether or not the medical care they receive will, at best, cause an adverse reaction that was completely avoidable or, in a worst case scenario, kill them. Unfortunately, that is the reality for Medicare recipients around this country: in a recently released study, it was reported that, in just one month, a projected 15,000 hospitalized Medicare patients died because they received less than quality care.

Around 40 million Americans receive Medicare, a federally-funded program that provides health insurance coverage to people aged 65 or over. The Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s new report has revealed that there is an alarmingly high risk for medical malpractice within the program. According to the study, 1 in 7 Medicare patients who are hospitalized are harmed by - and ultimately die because of - medical treatment they receive.
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More Black Republicans?

In the aftermath of the November 2010 election I found myself wondering about a statement that I kept hearing:  in 2010 there were more Black Republicans running for office in the South than at any time since Reconstruction.

I think that we have arrived at a moment when we need a ‘time out.’  Let’s be very clear on a few things.  The Black Republicans who ran for (and won) office during the period of Reconstruction (1865-1877) were, by and large, individuals who were fighting to expand democracy, including the rights of the poor.  They were fighting against any and all forms of racist oppression.  These were individuals, for instance, who fought for the introduction of free public education, but also in many cases, for the rights of workers.  These were not individuals who sided with the rich and the powerful, but they were those who saw in Reconstruction a moment in the history of the USA when democracy could come to represent more than a platitude.
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Politics and the economy

African Americans play major roles in running America’s governments.  But, many among the nation’s Black American population, holding “good government jobs”, likely will be negatively impacted by the Republicans coming to Congress.   In November American voters said that they want the public sector spending spree to end.  To save America, the new Congress will have to: cut the budget, reduce spending, and shrink the size of government – of which, federal government employees are a big target.  At least a ten percent reduction in government spending is necessary as a means of reigning in the out-of-control national debt.  The truth Black voters must admit is that Barack Obama has brought back burdening Big Government.  Brother Barack heads a 2.2 million federal work force, the largest in modern history.
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New Orleans battles back

It’s been five years since Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma stormed into New Orleans, destroying lives, families and entire communities.  The city’s restoration has been slow going: early on, returning homeowners wanting to rebuild found themselves bogged down in red tape. The last two years, however, have brought about significant changes in the city’s landscape and once devastated neighborhoods are starting to thrive.

The two storms left New Orleans with more than 65,000 abandoned homes and empty lots. Anyone living in an urban environment can tell you that such blight will eventually lead to both an increase in crime and a decrease in the quality of life for community residents.  And that’s exactly what was happening in New Orleans, until local officials and community groups began to develop programs designed to do away with urban blight. 
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Stop the Bullying!

The problem of bullying in our nation’s schools has been in the headlines again, in large part because of a heartbreaking series of recent tragedies: children and youths who took their lives after they were bullied or harassed because their peers believed they were gay. We need to immediately send a clear message to all our children that bullying and harassment for this or any other reason is simply not acceptable. At the same time, we need to make sure that every child knows she or he is a gift from God and feels loved and accepted and valued the way they are.
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The world's rich Blacks

Black Americans perceive the occupational roles and personality characteristics portrayed on American media about Africa as real or true to life.  Operating under gross delusions, Black Americans think of themselves as “the world’s richest Blacks”.  But, if African Americans took at look at Black Africans they’d see who’s moving ahead in building wealth.

South Africa is a nation of 50 million people.  Seventy-five percent of the population is of Black African ancestry.  Black South Africans are literally “sitting on (a) gold mine” South Africa is a country with an abundant supply of resources, well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors.  South Africa is ranked 25th in the world in terms of GDP.  The country’s advanced development is significantly localized around four areas: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Pretoria/Johannesburg.  Beyond these four economic centers, development is marginal and poverty is still prevalent despite, consequently the vast majority of South Africans are poor.   Unemployment is extremely high and South Africa is ranked in the top 10 countries in the world for income inequality.
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