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Elijah Cummings, the Homeowner Crusader – Joseph Williams

20 Nov

For President Barack Obama, fixing the collapsed housing market may be a part of political calculus, a key factor in winning a second term. For Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the fight to keep people in their homes and out of foreclosure is a personal mission.

“I feel it just sitting here and talking to you — it’s emotion,” Cummings told POLITICO in an interview last week. “When I walk out of my door every morning, five of 15 homes on the other side of the street are in foreclosure. … I see the devastation it brings on people every day.”

via Elijah Cummings, the Homeowner Crusader – Joseph Williams – POLITICO.com.


Obama Insider Says Criticism from Black Leadership is “Bullsh*t”: The President is Having a “Beyonce Moment”

31 Aug


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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World – Scholarship in Action 

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Detroit Activists are Protesting Healthcare Short-comings in America

11 Aug
black politics, barack obama, health careRetirees for Single Payer Healthcare Reform still on the march.

Retirees for Single Payer Healthcare, Detroit MI, are still hard at work fighting to keep the light of national health care reform lit. With their slogan “Everybody In, Nobody Out” the activists lead the national pack withHR 676 (sponsored by MI Rep. John Conyers Jr.) to show America that anti-patriotic assaults on health care reform will not go unanswered or unchallenged.

A few of the goals initiated by Retirees include giving every resident of the United States and its territories access to all medically-necessary health services including vision and dental with no co-pays or deductibles regardless of income, employment and health status; expanded coverage of medical services through federal and state funding; and shared responsibility of insurance premiums by employers and employees.

Physicians for a National Health Program is also on a mission to help promote Single-Payer National Health Insurance. Often called “socialized medicine” by Tea Party advocates, many of whom are recipients ofsocialized (taxpayer-paid) medical care themselves, the initiative introduced by President Barack Obama was made into law in March of 2010 as The Affordable Care Act. However, the final bill was nothing close to the one that was originally introduced in the House of Representatives under former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and does not appropriately cover all Americans. Many of the opposition stated that those who want federal coverage should apply to work for the federal government; however, that statement belittles and undermines the fact that everyone who is paying federal and social security taxes off the top of their paychecks do, in theoretical fact, work for the federal government.

Van Jones Speaks Out on the Debt Ceiling Debacle

10 Aug
van jones, black politicsVan Jones, former White House “Green Jobs Czar,” is on to bigger and better things.

Former White House environmental adviser and “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones, who resigned in September of 2009 amidst Tea Party controversy that labeled him a “reverse racist” because of his activism against environmental racism in the black community, has launched Contract for the American Dream. Says Jones “Many of our best workers are sitting idle, while the work of rebuilding America goes undone. Together, we must rebuild our country, reinvest in our people and jump-start the industries of the future. Millions of jobless Americans would love the opportunity to become working, tax-paying members of their communities again. We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis.”


In the incentive to “do something, don’t complain,” the Contract makes vivid the point that America is not broke, but those who profited most from American freedoms and democracy consistently refuse to reinvest in the economy or pay their fair share of taxes. Jones states “Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find a decent job, get a good home in a strong community, retire with dignity and give their kids a better life. Every one of us…has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is our covenant, our compact and our contract with one another…”

The Contract outlines 10 major principles: Invest in America’s Infrastructure, Create 21st Century Energy Jobs, Invest in Public Education, Offer Medicare for All, Make Work Pay, Secure Social Security, Return to Fair Tax Rates, End the Wars and Invest at Home, Tax Wall Street Specs, and Strengthen Democracy.

Julius Kane: The Black Press Took It’s First Stand in 1827 and Has Been Fighting Ever Since

8 Aug

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By Julius Kane

In 1827 a group of black businessmen were fed up with the negative depictions of African-Americans in their local newspapers, so they decided to start their own. A few months later America’s first, ‘race’ newspaper was born. At the helm were two young black men; 28 year old college graduate John Russwurm and 32 year old preacher  Samuel Cornish. Freedom’s Journal, as it was called, made certain every article and editorial had a deliberate slant that showed blacks in a positive light with dignity and class. Cornish and Russwurm knew they not only had to report the news but they had to inspire as well. Any news worthy item involving "Africans" was to be included.

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Fox News Calls President Obama’s Birthday Party a “Hip-Hop Barbecue that Didn’t Create Jobs”

7 Aug

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

It appears that Fox News is at it again.   The same network that has commentators like Eric Bolling, who asked why President Obama was "inviting so many hoods to the hizzy" referenced his 50th birthday party as a "Hip-Hop Barbecue." 

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Renee Greene: In Spite of the Downgrade, Gotta Give Obama Credit

6 Aug

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by Renee Greene, Your Black World 

Vote: It’s what our ancestors fought, and died, for.

…even if we take away America’s credit rating. He stays on message, even if he has to shift gears from time to time.

The one thing we’ve seen is that he maneuvers very well in opposition traffic. Though some of his moves have been about as frightening as jumping on a roller coaster while it’s moving, especially considering all of those who keep trying to derail him and get him off-message, the one thing I’ve notice since I jumped on the campaign coaster in mid-2007 is that he keeps saying the same thing over and over, ad nauseum. And the opposition? Well, they apparently are threatening to make the President look bad in the public eye, even to the point where they will kill themselves to get it done. It’s very personal for them, and he’s not letting them go there, and it’s driving them mad. With the President, I noticed, as long as you don’t mess with his wife, his girls, his aunt, his grandma in Kenya, his mother-in-law, or with Bo-bama, he’s fine. That gets his dander up and he’s not so Mr. Cool any more.

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