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Some Black Churches Rally Around Obama’s Job Plan, Petition Congress For More Black Jobs

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2011 at 5:05 am

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Disgruntled clergy and healthcare leaders have launched a nationwide petition campaign in churches calling for the Congress and the private business sector to support President Obama’s embattled jobs program.At the same time, they are also urging the creation of thousands of new employment opportunities for minorities in the pharmaceutical, insurance and other private industries.
Clergy and Providers for Racial Healthcare Equality (CPRHE) announced the initiatives in mid-September at its “Save the Presidency of Barack Obama” gathering and town hall meeting in Harlem.
The campaign was part of the kickoff of a national petition drive aimed at reducing the excessive 16 percent unemployment rate among blacks. The national average unemployment rate hovers above nine percent.
At the meeting, 125 persons from the New York area signed petitions to be submitted to the Congress. CPRHE said it hopes to present thousands of other petitions, mostly from churches, within the next two months to the Congress in order to gain support for the President’s jobs bill.
“We are asking members of the Congress, the pharmaceutical, the insurance and the healthcare industry at large to commit themselves to reduce the unemployment rate among African Americans and other people of color,” declared Rev. Dr. Clyde Anderson, executive director of CPRHE, a healthcare and religious civil rights organization.
“We are also asking church leaders and their congregations around the country to support the reelection of President Obama,” he said.
“If there is to be any progress with respect jobs creation and social justice for minorities, we must reelect the President.
“We believe that arch-conservative Republicans and tea partiers are determined to oust the President as well as the Democratically-controlled Senate,” he explained.
Anderson added: “It does not matter to them whether he is a great or effective president or not. They simply want him out of office so that they can continue to do their dastardly deeds.”
The four-point petition, which will be submitted to the Congress in late fall, calls on the Congress and the private sector to take the following actions:
• Pass Obama’s “American Jobs Act of 2011” in order to reduce the high unemployment rate among blacks, Latinos, Native peoples and other minorities.
• Pressure private industry–namely the pharmaceutical and insurance companies–to establish manufacturing and other plants in American minority areas rather than overseas to provide new jobs, as well as halt the future layoffs of them.
• Demand that Fortune 500 companies create a major new program to award contracts to minority-owned businesses, which will in turn be required to dramatically increase the percentage of minorities to their work force
• Mandate that all branches of the government cease doing business with private companies found guilty of engaging in discriminatory practices against minorities. These businesses include hospitals, clinics and others receiving moneys from Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental programs.
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SOURCE: The Spiritual Herald
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Farrakhan Says ‘Demons Have Altered President Obama’s Moral Conscience’; Says, ‘Destruction Could be on America’s Doorstep’

In National News, Politics on July 18, 2011 at 6:51 am
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Warning that destruction could be on America’s doorstep because it oppresses “God’s chosen people,” Minister Louis Farrakhan, the controversial Nation of Islam leader, defended Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi today, calling the U.S. action in Libya hypocrisy.
Speaking from the pulpit of Chicago’s Mosque Maryam, the Nation of Islam’s international headquarters, purchased 40 years ago with a $3 million loan from Gadhafi, Farrakhan blamed demons for altering President Barack Obama’s moral conscience and driving the assault on Gadhafi, who he calls a brother.
“It is a terrible thing for me to hear my brother called all these ugly and filthy names when I can’t recognize him as that,” Farrakhan said to the crowd assembled at the mosque on Chicago’s South Side. “Even though the current tide is moving against him … how can I refuse to raise my voice in his defense? Why would I back down from those who have given so much?”
Though they haven’t spoken since 2005, Farrakhan and Gadhafi have been allies for decades. In 1996, around the time Gadhafi shifted from pan-Arab to pan-African ambitions, Farrakhan was criticized for traveling to meet the leader in Tripoli.
The following year, Gadhafi addressed Nation of Islam members via satellite, lauding Farrakhan for being a “courageous freedom fighter” who galvanized African-Americans at the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., and Muslims in nations around the world. During that speech, Gadhafi panned America for taxing poor people, who the Libyan leader said do not benefit from space exploration or support of “a Hebrew state.”
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If He Runs, Is Rick Perry the One Obama Should Fear in the 2012 Election?

In National News, Politics on July 14, 2011 at 12:00 am
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While a number of capable GOP presidential contenders have entered the race, a scholar and political pundit believes one candidate would be most feared by President Obama in the 2012 election.

Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), contends Texas Governor Rick Perry could give Obama the most problems in the upcoming general election. In his column on HumanEvents.com, Matthews says Perry is the only one who can devastate virtually any Obama claim.

“Rick Perry actually takes away the one argument that President Obama uses all the time, which is he likes to claim, ‘I inherited a terrible economy from George Bush, and that has been the problem.’ Well, Rick Perry also inherited an economy from George Bush,” the scholar points out. He is “the only other elected official to be able to say that, and he’s never whined about it; he, in fact, has done very well with Texas.”
And Matthews uses a football analogy to drive home his point: “It isn’t who hands you the ball, but what you do with it once you’ve got it.”
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SOURCE: One News Now
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Newt Gingrich: Obama Is So Bad, Black People Will Vote Republican

In National News, Politics on June 27, 2011 at 4:37 am
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Newt-Gingrich-Serious-Fullwell-cropped-proto-custom_2.jpgNewt Gingrich fired up the crowd in this blue state with the promise that President Obama is so bad that he’s made it possible for the Republicans to win over the African American vote in 2012.

Gingrich stopped off at an airport Marriott near Baltimore Thursday to keynote the Maryland GOP’s annual Red, White & Blue banquet. Before the speech, he assured reporters that his campaign was still going strong. When he took the podium, he offered Republican donors a long, dense speech full of red meat and warnings about the state of the world around us.
He also said it was time for Republicans to tell African Americans how terrible Obama has been for them.
He broke out the “Obama is the food stamp president” line that got him in racial trouble earlier in the campaign.
But this time, he spun the line into a suggestion that the African American vote is ripe for the plucking.
Here’s how the line works: Obama is the food stamp president, Gingrich says, whereas he wants to be the paycheck president. The difference comes down to creating jobs or not, and Gingrich says he knows how to create them.
And that’s where the black vote comes in.
“No administration in modern times has failed younger blacks more than the Obama administration,” Gingrich said.
Source: Talking Points Memo | Evan McMorris-Santoro
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President Obama Tells TODAY Show That If He Were Anthony Weiner, He Would Resign

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2011 at 6:11 am

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President talks scandal, debt ceiling in an exclusive interview with TODAY‘s Ann Curry
In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry that will air on Tuesday’s show, President Barack Obama said that if he were Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner right now, he would resign in the wake of the scandal in which Weiner admitted to sending explicit photos of himself to women online.
“I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign,” Obama told Curry.
Weiner has been the talk of the nation since he was caught sending lewd photos of himself to various women on multiple social media platforms, prompting the head of the Democratic National Party to call for him to step down and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to demand an ethics committee investigation.
“When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to, at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages, and paying the bills — then you should probably step back,” Obama said.
Obama added that what Weiner did was “highly inappropriate” and that he has “embarrassed himself” and his wife and family, but said it will ultimately come down to a decision by Weiner and his constituents as to whether he will continue in office.
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SOURCE: MSNBC
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John Edwards Said to Be Near Indictment

In National News on May 25, 2011 at 6:45 pm

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U.S. officials have approved the prosecution of former presidential candidate John Edwards on the alleged misuse of campaign funds, a source told ABC News.

The funds allegedly were used to cover up an extra-marital affair by the North Carolina Democrat.

The source told ABC Edwards is aware the U.S. Justice Department intends to seek an indictment and the former senator is reviewing his options.

Those could include a plea bargain or a costly trial, ABC said.

Two wealthy supporters allegedly have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars that were used to support and hide Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter, the report said.

Edwards had an affair with the campaign videographer that eventually produced a daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, now 3, ABC reported.

Legal experts told the network if the case goes to trial, prosecutors would have to prove the intent of the donations was to cover up the affair so it would not affect Edwards’ 2008 run for the presidency.

ABC said the government’s case is expected to lean heavily on the testimony of Andrew Young, a former aide close to Edwards who falsely claimed paternity of the child before the Iowa caucuses.

Last year, Edwards acknowledged the child is his but has denied he broke any laws.

President Obama makes long-awaited return to Harlem

In Politics on March 29, 2011 at 4:37 am

President Obama will return to Harlem after his last visit with former President Bill Clinton before he was elected to the nation’s highest office.

 

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Chicago Magazine Publisher: Obama Is Not Loyal

In Politics on March 23, 2011 at 4:35 am
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A local Chicago publisher who was once tight with Barack and Michelle Obama, and an early financial backer of his, complains to Chicago Magazine that she has not been invited to the White House and says that “Barack is not necessarily loyal.” Hermene Hartman, publisher and editor in chief of a local weekly newspaper targeted at African-Americans, …

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