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Afortunadamente, acá no los matan

Afortunadamente, acá no los matan

Editor’s Note: Panamanian Attorney and rights activist Alberto S. Barrow reached out to Insight regarding a discussion in Panamanian media about whether Black girls should be allowed to wear braids in school. A child had been expelled with the argument that ethnic hair styles were a distraction from the central mission of education…learning. That thread will be presented in coming editions of Insight News and at our website, www.insightnews.com. But today, we are presenting, in Spanish and English another piece authored by Barrow: a commentary on racial profiling people of African descent experience in Panama, just like in Florida, as in the Trayvon Martin case. Most importantly this connection with Mr. Barrow has opened a doorway to an important content platform, Analisis Afrodescendiente, which we will engage to share with you issues, ideas, challenges and successes of descendants of Africa living in Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and beyond. These essays and discussion remind us and confirm that our struggle is the same worldwide: dignity and respect for our persons, our heritage and culture, and our right to full participation in the affairs of governance, locally, nationally and globally.
Al McFarlane

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Florida arrests Zimmerman

Florida arrests Zimmerman

Florida law enforcement officials Wednesday afternoon arrested George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Special prosecutor Angela Corey is charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

Zimmerman has admitted to shooting the unarmed 17-year-old Martin in February, but claims he acted in self-defense. Local police detained then re...leased Zimmerman, partly because of Florida's so-called "stand your ground" self-defense law, which gives people wide latitude to claim self-defense in altercations.

Corey says that authorities did not come to their decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder lightly, nor was it based on public pressure, according to an Associated Press and CBS News report. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Second-degree murder is typically charged when there is a fight or other confrontation that results in death and where there is no premeditated plan to kill someone.

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We can’t wait: Protecting taxpayer dollars from wasteful payment errors and fraud

Today, as families across the country are filing their taxes, the Obama Administration is launching a new online tool that will enable the Federal government to prevent the waste of taxpayer dollars on improper payments. The Do Not Pay tool will prevent the kind of payment errors that have occurred in government for too long,  such as sending funds out to dead people or entering into contracts with companies who have attempted to defraud the government. In his 2013 Budget, the President put forward a series of proposals that would save taxpayers $102 billion over the next decade by reducing payment errors and improving collection of outstanding debts owed to the government. These included provisions the President has submitted in multiple budgets and yet Congress has still not taken action. In the meantime, the Administration has been hard at work doing what it can without legislation, creating the Do Not Pay portal at the Department of the Treasury. The new tool brings together multiple government databases into one simple check point, and deploys advanced data matching and analytics to identify and stop wasteful errors before they happen.

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Rick Santorum Says He's Leaving Race

Rick Santorum Says He's Leaving Race

Source: Associated Press
GOP candidate Rick Santorum says he's leaving the presidential race, making Mitt Romney the likely nominee.

 

Congresswoman McCollum receives letter calling out wasteful Pentagon spending from women state legislators

Congresswoman McCollum receives letter calling out wasteful Pentagon spending from women state legislators


Peruvian Attorney and current Legislative fellow in the Office of Senator Katie Sieben Patricia Lozada, MN State Senator and WiLL VP Sandy Pappas, Cong. McCollum, MN State Senator Mary Jo McGuire.

Congresswoman McCollum this week received a letter from more than half of the women state legislators of Minnesota that calls for a reduction in military spending. The letter was presented by Minnesota state Senators Sandy Pappas and Mary Jo McGuire and state Representative Phyllis Kahn.

“It is not acceptable for House Republicans to pass a “millionaires manifesto” that showers millionaires and billionaires with tax breaks and other benefits, and protect billions in oil company subsidies and wasteful Pentagon spending, while abandoning the middle class and local communities,” said Congresswoman McCollum. “Washington should be a partner for opportunity an economic growth for our entire country by investing in education, basic research, modern infrastructure and clean energy.”

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2012 Dinkins Forum examines voter suppression

2012 Dinkins Forum examines voter suppression

The 2012 David Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum: Voting Rights v. Voter Suppression focused on a recent wave of legal measures which threatens voter participation. NAACP president Ben Jealous delivered the keynote address. The Forum took place on March 26 at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
 
Pictured left to right:
Ester Fuchs, professor of international and public affairs and political science; Fred Harris, director of Columbia’s Institute for Research in African American Studies and professor of political science; Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of the New York Amsterdam News; Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP; Ted Shaw, professor of professional practice, Columbia Law School and Rodolfo de la Garza, professor of political science.

House passes $3.5 trillion 2013 budget

 House passes $3.5 trillion 2013 budget

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper

A Republican-proposed federal budget for the 2013 fiscal year that would cut taxes for the wealthy, restructure Medicare and slash federal spending cleared the House of Representatives March 28 with no support from Democrats, and opposition from ten GOP members.

The legislation passed on a vote of 228-191.

The $3.53 trillion proposed budget is not expected to pass the Senate, which is currently controlled by Democrats, due in large part to continuing conflicts over spending and tax breaks.

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Black Church demands justice

Black Church demands justice

Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans morally pleads with Attorney General Eric Holder to bring justice to this egregious, racially motivated crime. The Black Church calls on those in power to recognize that a threat to American democracy is at hand unless George Zimmerman is arrested and prosecuted for murder. To not arrest George Zimmerman is to undermine the rule of law and to call Lady Justice a moral liar. Is justice blind or not?

“America has to make a decision here – whether it is going to embrace justice and fight to erase the racial tensions that continue to divide our nation.” says Rev Anthony Evans, President of NBCI. "The government must decide or whether it will idly stand by while African Americans continue to be the targets of unjustified violence and profiling. Bring justice to Trayvon and his family.”

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Campaign 2012 Digest

ABC: DNC Chair Slams Wis. Gov. Walker for Equal Pay Repeal
“The Democratic National Committee chairwoman called out Republican Gov. Scott Walker today for repealing Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, a law intended to lower the cost for plaintiffs suing employers for pay discrimination. ‘He tried to quietly repeal the Equal Pay Act. Women aren’t going to stand for that,’ Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’ National Republicans have yet to comment on the Wisconsin repeal but the Obama campaign has seized the opportunity to tie Walker’s law to Mitt Romney, who has argued that women voters in 2012 only care about pocketbook issues. ‘Does Romney think women should have ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers? Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?’ Obama campaign representative Lis Smith said Friday… Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been dismissive of attacks by Democrats, comparing their concerns to a “war on caterpillars.”

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World Bank likely to tap Nigerian Okonjo-Iweala for top job

World Bank likely to tap Nigerian Okonjo-Iweala for top job

Apr. 3 (GIN) – Western media pundits have all but crowned Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria for the position of World Bank president.  If selected, she would be the first African to hold the position traditionally held by a U.S. citizen.

Nearly buried among the encomiums, are the views of skeptics that doubt that Okonjo-Iweala would bring enlightenment to an institution more known for saddling developing countries with debt and structural adjustment plans that put millions of public service employees out of work.

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Poll: Obama leads Republican rivals

Poll: Obama leads Republican rivals

Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune

President Barack Obama holds a slim lead in Pennsylvania, according to a new poll, which also gave the president a bigger edge in two other important swing states, Florida and Ohio.

“Obama is on a roll in the key swing states. If the election were today, he would carry at least two states. And if history repeats itself, that means he would be re-elected,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which released the poll this week.

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