ADW Atlanta Daily World Powered by Real Times Media www.adwnews.com City Councilman Ceasar Mitchell and cancer initiative, Page 3 Sonji Jacobs Dade leaves City Hall For Cox Enterprises, Page 4 Rapper Macklemore gets candid about music industry, Page 7 Volume 86 • Issue 7 September 19 - 25, 2013 Mayor Reed Joins Vice President Biden for Port of Savannah Improvement Projects Photo by Tkeban X.T. Jahannes Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Savannah Port this week. In addition to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (not shown), he was joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Georgia U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. Mayor Kasim Reed joined Vice President Joseph Biden, Governor Nathan Deal, Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, and Congressman Jack Kingston at the Port of Savannah this week. “I appreciate Vice President Joe Biden’s support of vital infrastructure projects that create well-paying jobs and lead to sustained job creation,” said Mayor Reed. “I am pleased to join Gov. Nathan Deal, Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Congressman Jack Kingston to continue advocating strongly for the deepening of the Port of Savannah right away, which along with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, helps fuel Georgia’s economic health and allows our region and state to remain globally competitive.” After touring the port, Vice President Biden called for expediting port improvement projects on the U.S. East Coast. “The Georgia Ports Authority is an impressive operation, but the Port of Savannah, Port of Savannah like others along the East Coast, must prepare for the future of shipping,” Biden said. “U.S. harbors must be deepened to accommodate larger, more efficient Post-Panamax vessels in order for the nation to benefit from the cost savings allowed by these larger ships.” Post-Panamax vessels are too large to transit the current Panama Canal. By deepening the Savannah River to 47 feet, the project will enable the port to more efficiently serve the larger vessels expected to call in greater numbers after the canal’s 2015 expansion. Lower prices per container slot on Post-Panamax ships will save U.S. companies shipping goods through Savannah 20 to 40 percent on transportation. Former Mayor Shirley Franklin celebrates Chautauqua Circle, Page 8 “Deeper ports for the East Coast are to the 21st century what President Eisenhower’s interstate system was to the 20th – a vital connection between commerce and consumers,” Biden said. “Our message today is that by deepening our ports, we make U.S. exports more competitive, create new economic opportunities and, ultimately, new jobs for Americans.” Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, working with the Georgia General Assembly, has allocated $231 million toward the project, which now awaits only an update from Congress to the current construction budget of $652 million. Gov. Deal expressed his appreciation for Georgia’s entire Washington delegation, which has unanimously supported the deepening of the port in a letter to President Barack Obama. Mayor Reed has long worked in a bipartisan fashion to urge Congress to fund the deepening of the Port of Savannah and in July 2012, Reed praised President Barack Obama for expediting the study of the deepening of the Port of Savannah among several other national and regional infrastructure projects. As part of President Obama’s We Can’t Wait initiative, the federal Office of Management and Budget led a government-wide effort to improve the permitting-and-review process. The Port of Savannah was among five major U.S. ports cited as nationally significant projects in the announcement, which also included the Port of Jacksonville, the Port of Miami, the Port of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Charleston. Petition Urges NAACP to Elect First Female National President With the recent resignation of NAACP President Ben Jealous, the organization finds itself looking for new leadership. In the organization’s 104-year history, a woman has never held the top post – but a new petition hopes to change that fact. Roslyn Brock A piece and petition launched by BlackAmericaWeb.com writer Michael H. Cottman delves into why the NAACP needs to consider this radical change in light of Jealous stepping down. Jealous, who was the organization’s youngest president, resigned in order to spend more time with his wife and family. Although the rigors of the position are certainly demanding, Cottman feels it is prime time for a woman to lead. From BlackAmericaWeb.com: After 104 years, the nation’s largest – and oldest – civil rights organization should evolve and move into the future for the first time with a woman at the helm. So now, as NAACP senior executives begin a national search for a new president, perhaps they only need to look down the hall where Roslyn Brock, the NAACP’s national chairman, works in her Baltimore office. Cottman’s piece highlights that Brock, a 29-year-member of the NAACP, succeeded Julian Bond as the national chairman in 2010 and is the youngest person to do so. Brock is also the lead person that organizes the NAACP’s Leadership 500 Summit, which serves as a vast network of business leaders, educators, activists and other like minds. Cottman cited Ebony magazine’s suggestions for potential presidents: Stefanie Brown James, a former national field director and youth and college director of the NAACP and the director of African-American voting for the Obama 2012 campaign; Aisha Moodie-Mills, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; Maya Wiley, president of the Center for Social Inclusion; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and counsel-director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and former Bennett College president Julianne Malveaux. In addition, a Change.org petition has been circulated titled, “NAACP: Hire the First Woman President in the NAACP’s 104Year History” and shares the text found in the BlackAmericaWeb.com report.