Nation and The World

v36_urban_leagueHas Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, lost his mind? He is one of the few media-appointed leaders of Black folk that I actually have some level of respect for. But his recent attack on Nike and basketball player LeBron James has greatly diminished my respect for him.

Last week, Morial issued a press release criticizing Nike and James for introducing their latest LeBron tennis shoe, LeBron X at a cost of $ 315.

v35_nnpa_clovisA couple weeks ago I penned an article titled “Show Me the Money.” The article questioned whether or not the Black Vote was being taken for granted by the OBAMA campaign due to the small amount of resources allocated to the Black press and other Black entities. I also stated that the Romney campaign allocated “0” dollars to the Black press and other Black entities that I was aware of. Recently, as of this writing, I have had several conversations with various staff members from the OFA campaign. Each voiced their displeasure with the tone of my article and questioned my position on the issue. Conversely, I have still not received one reply from the Romney Campaign at all. That leads me to believe that the Romney Campaign is not taking the Black vote for granted…..they just don’t care about the Black vote period!

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v35_mapping_war_voteOur nation’s democracy is in a crisis. We are facing the biggest challenge to our nation since its inception. No, there is not an armed rebellion going on, but, oh, is there a war—a silent, insidious, invidious, nefarious, absolutely downright ugly war. And the war is on the right to vote for American citizens.

– Barbara Arnwine, July 2012

At the Children’s Defense Fund’s recent national conference, Barbara Arnwine, the executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a leader of Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, issued an urgent call to action. Right now assaults on voting rights across the country in advance of the 2012 elections are keeping her very busy.

v34_obama_racistA new superPAC has launched an ad campaign that accuses President Obama of purporting racism against White people.

FightBigotry, which was registered with the Federal Election Commission recently, alleges that Obama has been given a free pass on “his disturbing, yet crystal-clear pattern of tacitly defending black racism against white folks before and since being elected president.” The political action committee (PAC) makes the claims in an ad on its website.

v33_nationandworldWith Black unemployment rates still stuck in double digits while Whites remain consistently below the national average, economic frustration and suffering in the Black community is making it difficult for grassroots organizers to motivate people to the polls Nov. 6.

“We are in crisis,” says Baltimore Pastor Jamal-Harrison Bryant, whose Empowerment Movement is holding a “Code Red” conference Aug. 15-17 at the Empowerment Temple where he pastors. “In 2008, we were excited to see a Black man running for President. But we were so excited by the prospects of a Black president that we failed to establish a Black agenda.”

v32_obama_educationPresident Obama Signs New Initiative to Improve Educational Outcomes for African Americans

On Wednesday, during his remarks at the National Urban League conference in New Orleans, LA, President Obama announced he would sign an Executive Order today to improve outcomes and advance educational opportunities for African Americans.

The President has made providing a complete and competitive education for all Americans – from cradle to career – a top priority. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans will work across Federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African American students. The Initiative aims to ensure that all African American students receive an education that fully prepares them for high school graduation, college completion, and productive careers.

v31_paula_reedA Black Secret Service agent is being hailed as the heroine in what is reportedly the worst scandal in the agency’s history.

Paula Reid is the 46-year-old special agent responsible for blowing the whistle on the sex scandal that turned the esteemed agency into so much fodder for the 24-hour news cycle and cable talk shows. Reid, the head of the service detail down in Latin America, discovered that at least 11 agents, including two supervisors, had brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms in Cartagena, Colombia, just days before the president arrived for an international summit. Such action posed a significant security risk for the commander-in-chief.

v30_aids_africa(This is the second in a three-part series on why the International AIDS Conference should matter to Black people. Part 1 described what the International AIDS Conference is.  On the eve of the conference, we’ll look at what Black people need to do to end the AIDS epidemic in Black America and how the International AIDS Conference will help us do that.)

We’re less than two weeks away from the opening ceremony of the 19th International AIDS Conference. And to explain why the conference is important to Black people, I will paraphrase a statement that a Nobel laureate once made: Everything that needs to be said has already been said, but since apparently no one was listening, it’s worth saying again.

v29_young_voterWhen young Americans come alive, they transform the possible. We saw that in 2008 when young Americans — the millennial generation of 18- to 29-year-olds — voted in large numbers (larger than the aging baby boomers), and overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. They cast almost one out of every six votes in that election and voted for Obama by a 2-to-1 ratio. We saw what happens when they are discouraged in 2010, when young voter turnout fell a staggering 60 percent, and a Tea Party Congress was elected.

v28_nnpaWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Highly-respected media and entertainment executive William G. Tompkins, Jr. has been name president and chief executive officer of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 Black-owned publications.

NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell, publisher of the Arizona Informant, said Tompkins was selected from an impressive field of candidates screened by Carrrington & Carrington, a Chicago-based executive search firm.

“Bill is an accomplished, nationally-known executive who will be responsible for executing the vision of the NNPA Board of Directors,” Campbell said. “Because the Board chair is elected every two years, having a president and CEO in place will provide the organization with smoother operations and greater continuity.”

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