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In Entire Court Term, Supreme Court Justices See Just One Black Lawyer By Mark Sherman Associated Press In cases before the Supreme Court, there are at least two and sometimes more parties who are granted time to argue their positions. In the current term, the justices heard 193 separate presentations. When Debo Adegbile stepped to the lectern in defense of a landmark voting rights law in February, he was the first -- and as it turned out, the only – African American to make a high court argument this term.
Adegbile until recently worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the famed public-interest law firm that mounted generations of civil rights challenges, including the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case that outlawed official segregation in public schools. Before he became a justice, Thurgood Marshall was the organization’s top lawyer and argued several high court cases. Adegbile represented six African-American residents of Shelby County, Ala., which is challenging a key provision of federal voting rights law. Following Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.’s more legalistic presentation, Adegbile pointed to recent examples of intentional voting discrimination in the South to highlight the ongoing need for the measure. Civil rights cases have historically given minority lawyers the greatest chance to argue before the court, but those cases have been in decline for some time at the Supreme Court. “The more problematic question is, why is civil rights litigation one of the few path- ways available to African-American litigators when clearly they have distinguished them- selves?’’ Jenkins said. In roughly 75 hours of arguments at the Supreme Court since October, only one African-American lawyer appeared before the justices, and for just over 11 minutes. The numbers were marginally better for Hispanic lawyers. Four of them argued for a total of 1 hour, 45 minutes. Women were better represented, accounting for just over 17 percent of the arguments before the justices.
AUC Schools Welcome Obama and Admin Officials to Graduation Ceremonies Compiled by ADW Staff
The Obama Administration will be well represented at commencement exercises at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) this weekend. The president, his senior advisor and his surgeon general will address graduates at the city’s top three historically Black institutions. The hottest ticket is the Morehouse College graduation ceremony where President Barack Obama will speak. That campus is gearing up for an influx of media representatives, black limousines and tall, quiet men in sunglasses and dark suits. The 129th commencement for the Morehouse class of 2013 is set for 11 a.m. Sunday, May 19, on the Century Campus, which is the yard between Graves Hall and Harkness Hall on the college grounds. The event is for invited guests only and will be closed to the general public. All guests for commencement must present a ticket for entry into the venue and be in their seats by 9 a.m. Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, head of the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, will be the commencement speaker at Clark Atlanta University’s class of 2013 commencement exercises on Monday, May 20, at 8 a.m. Spelman College will hold its 126th Commencement on Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center. United States Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., will be the commencement speaker and will receive an honorary degree. Clark Atlanta University President Carlton E. Brown said, “In Valerie Jarrett, our graduates will enjoy the wisdom of a powerful leader who has
throughout her stellar career achieved political and economic gains through the strategic investment of her considerable intellect, her ability to bring diverse groups of people together and her keen ability to create solutions that transcend obstacles, barriers and limitations.” Brown added that Jarrett’s “grace, eloquence and focus speak to the highest standards of comportment for those called to service in both the domestic and international realms.” Named “the Other Power in the West Wing,” by The New York Times, Jarrett is widely considered to be one of the most influential women in America. She is also an outspoken advocate for women. When Jarrett spoke at a February 2012 event aimed at increasing women’s political participation, she said, “My parents raised me to believe that if I worked hard and I focused on my goals, there were no limits to what I could accomplish. My responsibility as the chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls is to help ensure that all women and girls have that same opportunity.” Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Jarrett was chief executive officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago. She also served as co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and senior advisor on the Obama for America campaign. Earlier in her career, Jarrett held several positions in both the public and private sector, including the chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, chairman of the Chicago Stock Exchange, chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board, commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, and deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Attorney Debo Adegbile was the first and only African American to appear before the Supreme Court this term. In an era when three women, a Hispanic and an African American sit on the court and White men constitute a bare majority of the nine justices, the court is more diverse than the lawyers who argue before it. The arguments that took place from October to April were presented overwhelmingly by White men. The numbers generally reflect the largely White and male upper reaches of the biggest and richest private law firms, where there have been small gains by women and minorities in the past 20 years. A recent survey by the Association for Legal Career Professionals found that more than 93 percent of partners in law firms are White and nearly 80 percent are men. The justices would benefit from seeing lawyers who don’t all look and sound the same, said Alan Jenkins, an African-American former Justice Department lawyer who has argued four cases at the Supreme Court. “It’s especially true of people who appear before the Supreme Court because the court, as an institution, is intentionally set apart from the day-to-day life of the nation,’’ said Jenkins, executive director of the not-for-profit The Opportunity Agenda in New York.
She also practiced law with two private law firms. Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. Spelman’s speaker, Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. As “America’s Doctor,” she provides the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and the health of
the nation. Benjamin also oversees the operational command of 6,500 uniformed public health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, and protect the health of the American People. From her early days as the founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama – which she kept in operation despite damage and destruction inflicted by hurricanes Georges (1998) and Katrina (2005) and a devastating fire (2006) – to her leadership role in the worldwide advancement of preventive health care, Dr. Benjamin has forged a career that has been recognized by a broad spectrum of organizations and publications. Benjamin has a B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University, New Orleans, an M.D. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an M.B.A. from Tulane University. She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency in Macon, Ga. Benjamin holds 18 honorary degrees.
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Senate OKs honor for Birmingham bombing victims
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The Honorable Stacy Abrahams Juanita Baranco Leona Barr-Davenport Kathleen Bertrand Veronica Biggins Lisa Borders Kathleen Brewer-Edwards Karmetria Burton Candice Byrd Xernona Clayton Stacy Cole Tanya Coleman Shan Cooper Tara Y. Coyt Beverly Daniel-Tatum Cynthia N. Day Evern Epps Lisa Flagg Nancy Flake Johnson Judy Forte Shirley Franklin Jasmine Guy The Honorable Glenda Hatchett Quinnie Jenkins-Rice Stacey Key Gwen Keyes Fleming Bernice King Renee’ Lewis Glover Miranda Mack McKenzie Janice Mathis Deidre McDonald Janice McKenzie-Crayton The Honorable M. Yvette Miller Candy Moore Ericka D. Newsome-Hill Jackie Parker Mary Parker Monica Pearson Erica Qualls The Honorable Cathelene “Tina” Robinson Sylvia Russell Ingrid Saunders Jones Roberta Shields Geri Thomas Pat Upshaw-Monteith Charmaine Ward Elisabeth Williams Omilami Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon
May 16 - 22, 2013
By Henry C. Jackson Associated Press
Congressman John C. Lewis was recently honoured with the Ford Freedom Scholar Award which “commemorates the struggles and sacrifices of those who have dedicated their lives to the freedoms African Americans enjoy.” Civil rights activists Johnnie Carr and Viola Liuzzo were also honoured posthumously with the Ford Motor Company award.
Atlanta Councilwoman Not Quitting after DUI Arrest By Associated Press A longtime member of the Atlanta City Council said she is not quitting after being charged with driving under the influence. Councilwoman Cleta Winslow told WSB-TV in a recent interview she intends to remain in the post despite her arrest. “Well, I want to say I am going to be running for re-election. I’m going to continue to work hard for the citizens,’’ Winslow said during a groundbreaking event. Winslow, who has been on the council since 1993, is free on bond after being released from jail Wednesday. Atlanta police stopped her Tuesday night, May 7, saying she was driving on the wrong side of the road and ran a red light. A lawyer for Winslow denied the council member was drunk when police stopped her. “She admitted she was drinking and driving. That is not against the law in Georgia. It is only against the law if you are an impaired driver; we are asserting she was not an impaired driver,’’ said attorney Jackie Patterson. Winslow said she was thankful for the support she has received since her arrest. “This has not been an easy week for me,’’ she said. ``It’s been a difficult week, but many people have called me and extended their prayers out to me, and they are holding me on high and I’m very appreciative of that.’’ Winslow plans to appeal an administrative suspension that was placed on her license because she refused to take a sobriety test, Patterson said previously. State law allows for a driver’s license to be suspended for a year if the driver doesn’t submit to a sobriety test. The councilwoman is scheduled to appear in court June 11. Besides DUI, Winslow faces charges including driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to stop for a stop sign and a red light violation.
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WASHINGTON -- Four victims of a deadly Alabama church bombing at the height of the Civil Rights Movement are now just a presidential signature away from receiving Congress’ highest civilian honor. The Senate on Thursday, May 9, approved by voice vote a measure that would posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair. The Senate approval of the measure comes after the House in April voted 420-0 to award the medal to the girls. It now goes to President Barack Obama for signature. Collins, Robertson and Wesley, 14 at the time of their deaths, and McNair, who was 11, were killed when a bomb planted by White supremacists exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham on Sept. 15, 1963. Twenty-two others were injured when the massive explosion blew a hole through a wall in the church, shattering most of its windows. Reps. Terri Sewell, a Democrat, and Spencer Bachus, a Republican, have led the Alabama congressional delegation in its effort to honor the girls 50 years after the bombing. Sewell and Bachus represent Birmingham districts in Congress. The Senate passed the measure with no debate. While Congress has widely embraced awarding the medal, the idea has divided relatives of the four victims. Some are supportive, but others say they
victims. Some are supportive, but others say they are seeking financial compensation and have little interest in the award. Sisters of McNair and Robertson have supported the idea, traveling to Washington to sit in the House gallery during the debate and vote on the measure. Relatives of Collins and Wesley, also known as Cynthia Morris, have said they do not want the congressional honor. Collins’ sister Sarah, was critically injured in the bombing, losing an eye, though she recovered. In an April interview with The Associated Press Sarah Collins Rudolph said she was seeking millions in financial compensation and would not accept the medal. “I can’t spend a medal,’’ she told the AP. Wesley’s brother, Fate Morris, has also said he wants compensation and isn’t interested in accepting the medal on his sister’s behalf. September will mark the 50th anniversary of the traumatic event that garnered international media coverage and is considered a catalyst to passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Three members of the Ku Klux Klan were convicted of the bombing years after the attack. Two are dead, and one is still in prison. Past recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal include Jackie Robinson, former President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, and Pope John Paul II.
Coke Donates $4 Million to GA for Fitness By M. Alexis Scott ADW Publisher
The Coca-Cola Company celebrated its 127th anniversary Wednesday, May 8, by announcing a donation of nearly $4 million to Georgia, including $1 million to Atlanta, for a variety of fitness projects, programs and facilities. “We all know that it’s easy and fun to consume calories,” Coke CEO Muhtar Kent said at the World of Coke with Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “We want to make it more fun to spend some of those calories.” Atlanta’s $1 million grant was to the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta to support the City’s Centers of Hope program. The initiative, which primarily serves vulnerable and at-risk youth, brings physical activity, leadership development, nutrition education and academic enrichment to more than 900 Atlanta youth weekly. Through the grant, the program will expand from its two pilot locations to 10 of the City’s 33 recreation centers.
The initiative has a multi-generational strategy, offering additional resources for parents to receive their GED certification, along with parenting and nutrition education workshops. In February 2011, The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded the City of Atlanta a $1 million gift to help launch the Centers of Hope initiative and better determine the type of programming, activities and metrics that would best fit into the after-school model. “Investing in Atlanta’s youth through programs designed to teach them about the importance of wellness and physical fitness in a safe, structured learning environment is one of my top priorities,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This generous grant to support the Centers of Hope enables the City of Atlanta to expand its successful pilot program at the Thomasville and Adamsville Recreation Centers into a sustainable, community-based initiative for young people.”
APS students lead the state in Gates Millenium Scholarships Fourteen Atlanta Public Schools (APS) high school students have been awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. APS has more winners than any other school district in the state of Georgia. “At a time when the perception of our academic programs has suffered, it is reassuring to see our students compete and achieve some of the most prestigious academic awards offered to high school students,” said Erroll B. Davis, Jr., superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. In addition, award recipients receive personal and professional development through Gates leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. 2013 APS Gates Millennium Scholars are: George Washington Carver: Early College Jakira Lewis Jasmine Williams George Washington Carver: Health Sciences & Research Demarquez Grissom Jori Marshall Frederick Douglass High School Ibrahim Carson
Henry W. Grady High School Mezmure Dargie Sanjida Mowla Maynard H. Jackson High School Divine Butts Bulmaro Espericueta Benjamin E. Mays Ocquianna Suggs South Atlanta Educational Complex: Computer Animation & Design Miaya Faniel D.M. Therrell Educational Complex: Law, Government & Public Policy Adrain Artary Booker T. Washington High School: Banking, Finance & Investment Kourtney Mosley Marionte Poole The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) administers the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. To reach, coordinate and support the constituent groups, UNCF has partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund to assist in implementing the program.
CAU Professor Named American Council on Education Fellow Charles W. Richardson Jr., Ph.D., His research has been presented assistant professor of marketing in at numerous conferences and published in the Journal of Marketing the Clark Atlanta University School Development and Competitiveness, of Business Administration, has the International Journal of Business, been named an American Council Marketing and Decision Sciencon Education (ACE) Fellow for the es and other publications in the 2013-2014 academic year. marketing and international business The ACE Fellows Program, disciplines. established in 1965, is designed Richardson holds a doctorate degree to strengthen institutions and in marketing and international leadership in American higher business from Pace University’s education by identifying and Lubin School of Business. He earned preparing promising senior faculty a M.B.A. degree in marketing (New and administrators for responsible York University, Stern School of positions in college and university Business), a M.S. degree in operaadministration. Richardson is tions research and statistics (Rensamong 50 Fellows, nominated by selaer Polytechnic Institute), and a the presidents or chancellors of their Charles W. Richardson Jr., Ph.D. B.S. degree in mathematics and data institutions, who were selected this systems management (Pratt Institute). In addition, he year following a rigorous application process. Richardson teaches courses in Consumer Behavior, has earned master’s certificates in finance (University of Marketing Strategy, Multicultural Marketing and SusPennsylvania, Wharton School of Business) and project tainable Marketing. management (Stevens Institute of Technology).
Tablets Donated for Atlanta Homeless Survey By Associated Press
Efforts for the Atlanta Street Homeless Registry have received a boost with a donation of 20 computer tablets by Staples, Inc. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said this week the tablets will allow outreach workers to more effectively capture information from the homeless as part of the registry which was launched in January. That month, volunteers and professional outreach workers conducted more than 630 surveys with people sleeping outdoors and in emergency shelters in Atlanta. Information collected in the city’s first homeless registry includes names, health challenges and barriers to maintaining permanent housing. The effort is funded with a $3.3 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Under an initiative called ``Unsheltered No More,’’ Reed and various community partners have set a goal of connecting 800 people to permanent housing by December.
May 16 - 22, 2013
King Center Honors Founder Coretta Scott King with Rose Debut The King Center celebrated Mrs. Coretta Scott King’s 86thbirthday with the launch of The Coretta Scott King Rose: An American Symbol of Peace and Love at The King Center. The celebration included a commemorative program, rose planting ceremony, wreath laying and birthday cake ceremony. The Coretta Scott King Rose is a Grandiflora Rose that has creamy white blooms blushed with tropical tones of coral-orange. For more information about the Coretta Scott King Rose, visit: http://www.corettascottkingrose.com/. Pictured here, from left, are Naomi King, Dr. Christine King Farris, Andrea Waters King, Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King III, King Center CEO Elder Bernice A. King, and Kathy Jackson, President of Junior Girls Day Out Community Project. Photo by Kenya King
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New Study: Historic Black Turnout for 2012 Election South Fulton County By Associated Press
Making history, America’s Blacks voted at higher rates than Whites in 2012, lifting Democrat Barack Obama to victory amid voter apathy, particularly among young people, new census data show. Despite increasing in population, the number of White voters declined for the first time since 1996. Blacks were the only race or ethnic group to show an increase in voter turnout in November, most notably in the Midwest and Southeastern U.S., the Census Bureau said Wednesday. The analysis, based on a sample survey of voters last year, is viewed as the best source of government data on turnout by race and ethnicity. The Associated Press reported last week that Black voter turnout surpassed Whites for the first time, based on an analysis by experts of earlier data. In all, about 66.2 percent of eligible Black voters cast ballots in 2012, up from 64.7 percent in 2008, according to census data. That compares with non-Hispanic White turnout of 64.1 percent, which fell from 66.1 percent four years earlier. As recently as 1996, Blacks had turnout rates 8 percentage points lower than non-Hispanic Whites.
Latino turnout dipped slightly, from 49.9 percent in 2008 to 48 percent, while Asian-American turnout was basically unchanged at 47 percent. Voter turnout across all race and ethnic groups fell for a second consecutive presidential election, from 64 percent in 2004 to 62 percent in November, according to the census figures. “Obama’s win in 2012, despite the important Democratic constituency of young voters not participating at a high level, is good news,” said Michael McDonald, a George Mason University professor who specializes in voter turnout. “The bad news is that voting is a habit – and the fact that we saw turnout declines among younger African Americans suggests Democrats will have to work even harder to excite these voters in future elections.” The data underscore how turnout plays an important role in elections for both Whites and Blacks, who will remain the two largest racial groups of eligible voters for the next decade. While Hispanics are now the fast-growing demographic group, they currently make up a smaller share of eligible voters because many are children and non-citizens, limiting their electoral impact for the immediate future. In 2012, the number of Blacks who voted rose by 1.7 million. Hispanics added 1.4 million and Asian voters increased by 550,000. Meanwhile, even though the White population is slowly increasing, the number of White voters dropped by 2 million – the first drop in absolute terms for any race or ethnic group since 1996. By age, youth enthusiasm for voting fizzled in 2012. About 41 percent of voters age 18-24 cast ballots in November, down 7 percentage points from 2008. The drop was greatest among Whites, whose turnout fell from 49 percent to 42 percent. But young Black voters also saw big declines, from 55 percent in 2008 to 49 percent. That’s compared with a decline among young Hispanics from 39 percent to 34 percent. The only subgroups showing increases in voter turnout were among Blacks ages 45 to 64 as well as those 65 and older. “Blacks have been voting at higher rates, and the Hispanic and Asian populations are growing rapidly, yielding a more diverse electorate,” said Thom File, a census sociologist who wrote the voting analysis. “Over the last five presidential elections, the share of voters who were racial or ethnic minorities rose from just over 1 in 6 in 1996 to more than 1 in 4 in 2012.”
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By Bill Barrow Associated Press Even with Republicans holding unprecedented political power across the South, Democrats remain mostly in charge of urban centers in otherwise conservative states. Yet increasingly that control is threatened, not at the ballot box, but by Republican-led legislatures reaching into local governing decisions, often over objections. In Georgia and North Carolina, GOP efforts range from regionalizing the Charlotte airport, the Atlanta metro transit system and the Asheville water system to redrawing district lines for local offices to benefit Republican candidates. Republicans insist there’s no power play at work as they do battle with Democrats such as Charlotte Mayor Antony Foxx, who is now President Barack Obama’s nominee to be U.S. transportation secretary, and the board of commissioners in Georgia’s most populous county, which includes most of Atlanta. Georgia state Rep. Edward Lindsey, a key GOP floor leader and a candidate for Congress, said the ideas are intended to make government more responsive and efficient. But many Democrats say Republican supermajorities are abusing newfound power to overtake the last lingering Democratic bastions. And some Democrats almost mock Republicans for abandoning the conservative principle -- usually attributed to Thomas Jefferson -- that the best government is the one closest to home. ``This all just flies in the face of Republican thinking,’’ said North Carolina state Sen. Floyd McKissick, a Democrat from Durham. In Georgia, race is also at play in the longstanding tension between the majority African-American south Fulton County and the Whiter, wealthier areas in newly constituted cities north of Atlanta. ``None of this is about making Fulton government better,’’ said Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Mike Berlon. ``This is about taking over Fulton County.’’ In Georgia, the Republican-led legislature this year redrew lines for the Fulton commissioners to give north Fulton residents, who are reliably more Republican, a greater voice. Two Black Democrats in south Fulton must now run against each other. The GOP stripped the commission’s power to appoint the top county elections official and handed the Republican governor the power to appoint the chief local magistrate judge. They also made it easier to fire new county employees.
When the General Assembly reconvenes in January, Republicans will pick up two even bigger measures that were stymied this year: One would grant a property tax break that Fulton County officials say would gut their budget. The other would overhaul the Atlanta metro transit system, privatizing many of its functions and giving suburbs more control. There’s also an annual measure for north Fulton to break away from the south altogether and form its own county. Lindsey, who represents the wealthy Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead, attributed the push in no small part to mismanagement by Fulton officials. Fulton elections have been plagued by voting problems, with thousands of new voters having to cast provisional ballots last November. The transit system has in hand an independent analysis identifying potential savings from some privatization. Republicans, Lindsey conceded, ``absolutely want the county to reduce its footprint.’’ But he said it’s not to punish Democrats, but to shift the focus to cities. In the last decades, residents in north Fulton have voted to incorporate several new Atlanta suburbs, leaving few unincorporated residents in the county. Emma Darnell, one of the commissioners who now must run against a colleague, said Lindsey can’t make the distinction. Those cities grew in the first place, she said, because of White-flight from the Blacker, more liberal city. Lindsey said Darnell and some of her colleagues are focused on race: A top White county executive recently won a lawsuit alleging he was fired so his job could be given to an African-American woman. Georgia Democrats also noted that after the 2010 census, the GOP drew several legislative districts that are anchored outside Fulton but still reach into the county. Now, about a third of the county’s representatives and senators live outside Fulton, but they provide a narrow GOP margin on committees that control Fulton bills. Berlon, the Georgia Democrat, said he believes North Carolina and Georgia are GOP test cases, with successful results certain to be exported to other states where minority and younger voters could soon give Democrats an advantage. “You’ll see this next in Arizona and Texas,’’ he predicted. “I give them credit for foresight.’’
R.L. Johnson Announces Campaign to End Payday Lending Special to ADW
Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, plans an education campaign designed to convince minority organizations, elected officials, and public interest groups to end payday lending as we know it today. “The campaign would encourage lending institutions to create lower interest borrowing solutions that will provide transparent and responsible lending options to meet the high demand and need for short-term and emergency borrowing,” he said. According to a recent study conducted by the Pew Charitable Trust, nearly 12 million Americans take out payday loans each year when faced with financial challenges and the need to borrow in order to meet cash shortfall when covering emergency expenses. “Because of the current high interest lending rates charged by payday lenders, many borrowers are unable to pay back loans in a timely manner and end up indebted for up to five months, paying as much as $520 in finance charges for loans averaging $375,” the study notes. The study is titled Payday Lending in America: How Borrowers Choose and Repay Payday Loans, published February 2013. “Borrowers, many of whom are minorities and low-income earners, are forced to pay exorbitant interest rates, which create a never-ending cycle of borrowing and debt,” said Johnson. “My goal is to change this discriminatory and unfair lending environment of payday lending and treadmill borrowing and to bring an end to payday lending as we know it today. If we are successful in this effort to lower borrowing costs for emergency loans, we will be able to put billions of dollars back into the pockets of consumers who need it most.” He continues, “Unfortunately, there will always be people in need of short-term and emergency borrowing, and of course we recognize that lending to this group has risks. However, we hope that regulators, lenders, and public interest groups will support alternative solutions. We believe that lower interest rate solutions will bring about a significant change for the better in the financial lives of millions of working-class Americans, particularly minority Americans.” He points to the following statistics from the Pew study: •Fifty-eight percent of payday loan borrowers have trouble meeting monthly expenses at least half the time. These borrowers are dealing with persistent cash shortfalls rather than temporary emergencies. •Only 14 percent of borrowers can afford enough out of their monthly budgets to repay an average payday loan. The average borrower can afford to pay $50 per two weeks to a payday lender—similar to the fee for renewing a typical payday or bank deposit advance loan—but only 14 percent can afford the more than $400 needed to pay off the full amount of these non-amortizing loans. •Forty-one percent of borrowers have needed a cash infusion to pay off a payday loan. Many of these borrowers ultimately turn to the same options they could have used instead of payday loans to finally pay off the loans, including getting help from friends or family, selling or pawning personal possessions, or taking out another type of loan. One in six has used a tax refund to eliminate payday loan debt.
May 16 - 22, 2013
Obama Pressed to do More on Jobs, Stagnant Wages
By Jim Kuhnhenn Associated Press
The nation’s slowly improving jobs picture hides problems like stagnant wages and fewer working hours that strike directly at President Barack Obama’s base of support -- young people, racial minorities and the less affluent. As the president launches a new focus on jobs, his traditional allies contend Obama has put too much of an emphasis on a deficit-cutting grand bargain with Republicans at the expense of creating jobs. New college graduates face a downbeat labor market. The unemployment rate for workers under age 25 with at least a bachelor’s degree has averaged 8.2 percent, compared to 5.4 percent in 2007. The government’s April jobs report showed a decline in average weekly hours worked, and much of the growth was in predominantly low-wage sectors, such as food services and drinking places and retail trade. And a new study found that nearly 2 million private-sector employees paid with taxpayer dollars earn wages too low to support a family. ``My point is that we’ve got to shift the national mood toward high wage and investment in America as opposed to cutting every federal program and having this austerity-based deficit-reduction thrust,’’ said Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat and co-chairman of the House Progressive Caucus. Obama recently traveled to Austin, Texas, to draw attention to his administration’s effort to boost jobs and wages and promote his efforts to bring jobs back to the U.S. from overseas. The White House used the trip as an opportunity to launch administrative initiatives to demonstrate continued action even as his bigger proposals find opposition in Congress. Among the initiatives is a competition to create three new Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, partnerships among businesses, universities and government to help U.S.-based manufacturers and workers create good jobs. Five federal agencies – the Defense, Energy and Commerce departments, NASA and the National Science Foundation – are putting $200 million toward the effort. “We believe that manufacturing is worthy of that priority because it punches above its weight economically,” said Gene Sperling, director of Obama’s National Economic Council. The economy has created 6.8 million private-sector jobs over the past 38 months, but nearly 12 million remain unemployed. The unemployment rate edged down to 7.5 percent from 7.6 percent in March and has fallen 0.4
percentage point since the start of the year, though it remains high. For the White House, creating jobs is as much a political as it is an economic challenge. Republicans have long resisted any further spending that would prime the economy, arguing instead that Obama’s regulatory regime and his new health care law are hindering job growth. Obama’s job creation proposals have stalled in Congress and have been met, instead, by immediate budget cuts that by most accounts have created a drag on the economic recovery. After winning a tax increase on the top 1 percent of income earners, Obama has insisted against unified Republican opposition on more tax increases to help close deficits. The resulting stalemate has limited Obama’s response. Job growth in this recovery has lagged behind that of previous economic upturns and has been especially hurt by job losses in government employment and a weak construction sector. Though unemployment has hit across demographic groups, the hardest hit have been young workers, workers with low levels of education, and racial and ethnic minorities -- the very same Americans who made up much of Obama’s winning political coalition. The average unemployment rate in the first quarter of this year was 7.7 percent. But for African-American workers that rate was 13.6 percent. For Latinos, it was 9.5 percent.
Find African American-owned Businesses with New App
Atlanta-Based Techturized Wins 2013 TAG Business Launch Competition
Supporters of African-American businesses across the country can now access real-time information to locate providers of goods and services, no matter where they are in America. Through a partnership between the U.S. Black Chambers Inc. (USBC) and Around The Way® -- developers of the smartphone application -- consumers will be able to locate Black-owned businesses utilizing the GPS feature built into their phones. “Among the initiatives we are working on is the compilation of a database of all the Black-owned businesses in the nation,” said USBC President Ron Busby Sr. “This partnership with Around The Way is an important first step. Through the app, supporters of Black business can quickly access the location of businesses, no matter where they are in the country. We believe Around The Way provides an important tool in our quest to strengthen Black business.” According to Janine Hausif, CEO of Around The Way, African Americans -- already demonstrated early-adopters of technology -- are not only prolific consumers, but are value-conscious, brand loyal and extremely aware of their economic clout. “We believe that Around The Way is the perfect blend of technology and convenience,” said Hausif. “The app capitalizes on the above-the-index embrace of smartphone technology by African Americans with well over 50 percent of Black Americans using the devices to bridge the Digital Divide. Around The Way conveniently marries that usage pattern and growing consumer awareness. It makes perfect sense to join our efforts with U.S. Black Chambers Inc. efforts to increase awareness of the importance of supporting African-American-owned businesses.” The Around The Way app is currently available and free for both Android and iPhone users seeking to support their local Black businesses. Starting at $89
Techturized, Inc., a Black-owned Atlanta based start-up hair technology company, has won the 2013 Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Business Launch Competition. Techturized will receive $50,000 cash and over $100,000 in donated services from the Atlanta business community to help the company grow. The company’s first offering will be the Madame You (MY) web site, a product search engine that recommends hair products and hairstyles for women of color. “We congratulate Techturized and all of the companies who competed in this year’s extremely strong competition,” stated TAG’s Chief Operating Officer, Melanie Brandt. “We look forward to the growth and continued success of these companies and we thank all of our sponsors and volunteers who have made the TAG Business Launch Competition possible.” The TAG Business Launch Competition, now in its eighth year, facilitates connections between the younger
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Eric Hamilton, chief marketing officer of Around the Way, and Ron Busby, president of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., announce partnership per year, business members of the USBC’s 110 affiliate chambers nationwide will receive premium listings, featuring their business locations highlighted on local maps with the USBC logo. The app uses the GPS technology imbedded in the phone to find the user, then lists all the Black-owned businesses within a 5-mile radius. “We can’t imagine a more natural evolution, a better way to improve both the awareness of the number of Black-owned businesses and increase their bottom lines,” said Busby. “Janine Hausif and her team at Around The Way have created an excellent app for the Black community. America’s Black businesses and the consuming public will benefit tremendously -- all by clicking an app on their phone!” Business owners can find more information on the USBC website at www.usblackchamber.org and can download the app at www.aroundthewayapp.com. USBC members can sign up for premium listings at www.usbc.aroundthewayapp.com.
startup community, seasoned entrepreneurs and the investor community. Applicants are screened by an experienced panel of entrepreneurs and the most promising companies are assigned a mentor for the duration of the competition. Representatives from out-of-state venture capital companies sit on the judge’s panel and a multitude of angel and venture capital investors attend the final event. Since it was founded in 2006, the TAG Business Launch Competition has become one of largest competitions of its kind in the United States, providing $500,000 in cash and over $1,500,000 in donated services to more than 200 young entrepreneurs Technology Association of Georgia President, Tino Mantella, is pictured here with Business Launch Winners (from left) Techturized, Inc’s Channel Martin, Co-Founder/Chief Science Officer; Jess Watson, Co-Founder/VP of Marketing and Candace Mitchell, Co-Founder/CEO. Photo by Debbi Litt, Technology Association of Georgia
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Lamell Morris Heads Diversity Council for Red Cross Leading public affairs expert and human rights advocate, Lamell McMorris, has been appointed chairman of the National Diversity Advisory Council (NDAC) of the American Red Cross. The founder and CEO of Perennial, a Washington, D.C.-based family of businesses, Morris will fulfill a one-year term beginning immediately.
May 16 - 22, 2013
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Celebrate Caribbean Atlanta Jazz Festival offers Free Jazz Education Series American Heritage Month in June at the Library Special to ADW
Saturday, May 25 -- Presentation Women in Jazz: Diversity An exploratory discussion about the brave and brilliant trailblazers, the discrimination each faced; their trials, tribulations and the music, and most importantly their TRIUMPHS! Who are the major female jazz players now?
Sunday, May 26 -- Panel Discussion The Changing Face of Jazz: Fusion, Electronic & Cultural Alchemy Panel consisting of music professionals on the Fusion of Jazz: 36 years later. ... When did the sound of jazz begin to change? Who are the pioneers of this change? The Introduction of Change in the 60’s and 70’s, the “Death” of the “Band” in the 80’s, and 2K and Beyond.... The Movement of the Youth and the Addition of the Electronic vs. Acoustic Sounds! Are our Youth the “Saviors” of Jazz?
The Atlanta Jazz Festival and the City of Atlanta will partner with Atlanta Jazz Info to present panel discussions on the Changing Face of Jazz this Memorial Day weekend from May 25 through the May 27 in Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to become a part of the dialogue and share their views on the Changing Face of Jazz. Following is a schedule:
The sixth annual Caribbean Film Festival will be held during a monthlong series of events at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Central Library, beginning with the Film Festival’s kick-off on Saturday, June 8 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Each weekend film screening will feature a reception and question-and-answer discussion session afterwards. There will also be an Anancy Festival on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m. with stories, a film and arts and crafts with children from Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya and other U.S. cities via live stream. Following is a list of films and events that will take place throughout June. Film Festival: June 8-18 •Saturday, June 8, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.: The Merikins (Trinidad and Tobago), Journey of the Lion (Jamaica) and Africa Unite (Jamaica). •Sunday, June 9, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.: WAR Stories (Guyana). Filmmaker Clairmont Chung will discuss his film and book. •Tuesday, June 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Panama Canal (Panama). •Thursday, June 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: La Ultima Rumba de Papa Montero-The Last Dance of Papa Montero (Cuba). Followed by a Q&A led by Professor Rafael Ocasio of Agnes Scott College. •Sunday, June 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Born 2 Run (Jamaica). Anancy Festival: named for Anansi, the West African trickster of folklore, this event is a celebration of Caribbean-American culture geared toward children and teens. The festival provides a unique way for youngsters to learn about their cultural heritage and experience a rich collection of stories, music and dance. It will be held at the library on Saturday, June 15, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Local Caribbean Authors will be on hand to sign and discuss their work on Saturday, June 29, 1:00-6:00 p.m. The Central Library is located at One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303. For additional information, call 404-730-1808, or visit www. afpls.org. All programs are free and open to the public.
Monday, May 27 -- Panel discussion The Changing Face of Jazz: What the @(#% is Going On? Panel discussion on how jazz , born in the USA, is being perceived on the world-wide stage. Who are the top artists on the international stage? How has diversity of the world stage and American jazz artists influenced the genre? Who are our musicians and jazz leaders now?
Comedian Kimrie Lewis-Davis is in ‘Tyler Perry Presents: Peeples’ By ADW Staff Actress, comedian and writer Kimrie Lewis-Davis has a passion to make people laugh and she has often done it by turning her childhood embarrassments into comedy. “As the only kid on my block who attended a private school, I had to wear a uniform every day,” she recalls. “The kids on my block just thought I loved plaid. As a kid, feeling secluded and left out kind of stung. Now I’m able to turn that pain around to make people laugh”. That comedic passion coupled with a desire to make it to the big screen directed her to Hollywood, where Lewis-Davis has had numerous television, theater, commercial, and film roles. Her latest role is in the Lionsgate film “Tyler Perry Presents: Peeples,” starring Craig Robinson, Kerry WashingKimrie also recently starred in a ton, and David Alan Grier, currently in local theaters. In this new webseries for Russell Simmons’ romantic comedy, Kimrie plays Meg who enlists the profesnew network, All Def Digital. sional help of Robinson to bring clarity to her own secretive Next she will star in the uprelationship. When asked about her role with the star-studded coming webseries, Reality Check, cast, Lewis-Davis says, “To be surrounded everyday by actors by award-winning writer/director that I’ve always looked up to was like having several dreams Kimrie Lewis-Davis Morenike Evans. She also co-hosts a come true all at once. I didn’t want it to end!” monthly podcast titled “Ebony and Not So Ivory” at http://radiotiLewis-Davis has also appeared in the film “State of Play” tans.com/shows/ebony-and-not-so-ivory. with Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck, and guest starred on a For more info on Kimrie and to find out about her stand-up number of shows including “Go On” with Matthew Perry on NBC comedy shows, visit www.kimrie.com and feel free to follow on and UPN’s “Half & Half.” Her credits include a number of national Twitter at @iamkimrie. commercials including McDonald’s, United Health Care and CMT.
May 16 - 22, 2013
Five CAU Student Athletes Hawks Summer Camps for Kids Receive Arthur Ashe Jr. Honor Open for Registration Special to ADW
By Deitra Johnson ADW Staff Five Clark Atlanta University student-athletes, Nekesha Whitaker, Kelvin Tanner, Brionne Bachus, Kailyn Blackmon and Kasey Dawson, were named 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr., Sports Scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education and his love for tennis, Diverse Magazine established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate African-American student-athletes who are community leaders and have excelled academically and athletically at their respective colleges and universities. Whitaker is one of the featured student-athletes as a graduating senior with a 3.73 GPA in Criminal Justice. She also was named the 2013 Georgia Peach of an Athlete top female honoree.
With a wealth of community service initiatives including her involvement with CAU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Whitaker paces her workload as a member of the women’s cross-country and track and field teams. Dawson, a graduating senior and psychology major and Bachus, a rising senior and accounting major, are both women’s tennis student-athletes who boast a 3.78 and 3.76 cumulative GPA, respectively. Blackmon, a junior psychology major, claims a 3.74 GPA while Tanner, CAU’s male Peach of an Athlete nominee, excels with a 3.55 GPA in computer information systems. These student-athletes are among others at NCAA DI, DII and DIII member institutions to receive this recognition.
Even though the Atlanta Hawks basketball season is wrapping up, Atlanta Hawks Summer Basketball Camps are just getting started, and coming to Atlanta! During the months of June and July, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Development Team will be conducting 10 youth basketball camps around the state of Georgia, with Atlanta’s camp to be held at Philips Arena in July. Exposed to the newest, most cutting edge training tactics, campers will be taught key basketball skills by current Hawks players, coaches and staff members. Campers will be able to show off their accomplishments in NBA Skills Challenges and the Hawks Draft Day Combine. All campers will receive a Hawks camp jersey, camp T-shirt, camp basketball and a player development training manual. The Atlanta Hawks provide the ultimate summer basketball camp experience for boys and girls ages 7-14, of all skill and experience levels. Every participant will receive professional instruction from qualified coaches in a fun and safe environment. For registration, locations and more detailed information on all Atlanta Hawks Summer Basketball Camps, visit www.hawks.com/hawkscamps. Hawks members receive a discount off of camp tuition. For more information on becoming a Hawks member, visit http://www.nba.com/hawks/hawks-membership.
BB&T Atlanta Tennis Open Hosts Ball Person Tryouts Special to ADW
CORRECTION The website address for the Georgia Prep Sports Academy was incorrectly printed in our May 9 issue. For further information on GPSA, visit: www.georgiaprepsportsacademy.org
The BB&T Atlanta Tennis Open will host tryouts for ball persons Monday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 22, at the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead. The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is the primary charitable beneficiary of this year’s tournament. Ball persons must be 13 years old by July 20, 2013, in order to try out and proof of age is required. All applicants must be able to attend either tryout to be considered for this position. If selected, ball persons must be available for the entire tournament and qualifying, July 20-28, at Atlantic Station. All applicants must register via the tournament websitehttp://www. bbtatlantaopen.com; ball persons who worked the tournament in 2012 must register but do not have to try out. Ball persons play a very important role in the overall operation of each match. Their primary job will be to retrieve balls when they are out of play but they must also know how to keep score, move quickly, endure long matches in the sun and work well with others on a team. For more information on the tryouts or to purchase tickets for Weeklong Ticket Packages, Weekend Ticket Packages and Individual Session Tickets, please visit, http://www.bbtatlantaopen.com. The BB&T Atlanta Open is the first men’s event in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Last July, the BB&T Atlanta Open set a new standard for tennis events during its inaugural year at Atlantic Station.
R. Kelly Headlines Funk Fest® 2013 in Atlanta By ADW Staff On May 18, Funk Fest musical enthusiasts will enjoy the sounds of old-school funk, R&B, rap and soul at Clayton County’s The Beach at International Park in Jonesboro, Ga. Last year, the two-day concert was held at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater in Fulton County. This year’s concert is presented by Smithfield Packing. “The success of our first year in the Atlanta area was tremendous,” said Leo Bennett, CEO of Variety Entertainment Inc. “We listened to the consumer and logistically, this venue just fits the needs of everyone perfectly. The traffic issues have been thought through, and we are confident this will be a smooth transition for all.” The line-up for the one-day event features R. Kelly, Bell Biv Devoe (BBD), Rakim of Eric B & Rakim fame, as well as Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam.
Gates will open at 3 p.m., with the concert beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at selected DTLR locations. To charge by phone, call 877-993-8499. For more information, log on to www.funkfest2013.com.
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Attorney, Korean Practice Team, Atlanta, GA: JD Degree and GA license req’d; must have 1 yr. exp. in int’l business transactions at Asia-based multinational corporations. Send resume to Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, 201 17th St., Ste. 1700, Atlanta, GA 30363. TIBCO Software Inc. has an opening in Atlanta, GA for a Principal Consultant (Software Engineer) to deliver system architecture & hardware/software specification consulting project activities. Must have unrestricted U.S. work authorization. Mail resumes to Att: D. Dzapo, HR, Ref#AGA3, 3307 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304.
The City of College Park is accepting Sealed Bids from qualified vendors for FIRE DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS UNIFORMS. Sealed proposals will be received no later than 3:00 pm, June 6, 2013 at the City of College Park Purchasing Department, 3667 Main Street, College Park Georgia, 30337 at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Bids received after the above date and time, or in any other location other than the Purchasing Department will not be considered. A bid packet may be obtained from the City of College Park Purchasing Department, 3667 Main Street, College Park, Georgia 30337, or from www.collegeparkga.com. A Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held at 10:30am, Thursday, May 16 at the City of College Park City Hall. Questions arising AFTER the Pre-Bid Meeting will be accepted via email ONLY to email@example.com until COB Thursday, May 23. An Addendum with all Q&A will be posted to the City’s website on or about COB Thursday, May 30. It is always the vendor’s responsibility to check the City’s website for any/all addenda. The City of College Park reserves the right to reject any or all bids based on past performance and to waive technicalities and informalities, to ignore small price differences when there is a rational benefit to the City, and re-advertise. All Minority, Woman and Small Businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Only responsive proposals that are determined to meet the requirements and criteria set forth by the City of College Park will be considered.
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by George E. Curry
by Greg Tanner
Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey: Hood or Hero? When some of us saw the first video of Charles Ramsey, the colorful Black dishwasher in Cleveland who is being celebrated as a hero for rescuing three White women captives from horrid conditions in a Cleveland house, we had a flashback to Antoine Dodson, who became a flamboyant Internet sensation after saving his sister from a would-be rapist in their Huntsville, Ala. housing apartment, and Sweet Brown, who barely escaped a fire in her Oklahoma City complex. But more than any other famous “hilarious Black neighbor” Internet sensation, the coverage of Ramsey – and his criminal past – raises serious questions about how we treat a hero with a troubled past and, yes, how Blacks and Whites look at the same event through different prisms of race. First, as they say in TV news, let’s go to the videotape. “I’ve been here a year,” Ramsey said in an interview with WEWS, a local television station. Referring to Ariel Castro, the suspect arrested for holding the women against their will, Ramsey said, “You see where I’m coming from? I barbeque with this dude. We eat ribs and whatnot and listen to salsa music… “He just comes out in his backyard, plays with the dogs, tinkers with his cars and motorcycles, goes back in the house. So he’s somebody you look, then look away. He’s not doing anything but the average stuff. You see what I’m saying? There’s nothing exciting about him. Well, until today.” Ramsey explained that Castro “got some big testicles to pull this off, bro.” He added, “I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty White girl ran into a Black man’s arms. Something wrong here. Dead giveaway.” There was plenty wrong, as Ramsey learned when he put down his McDonald’s Big Mac and answered a call for help from Amanda Berry, who had been last seen in 2002 on the eve of her 17th birthday. The two other women were Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, who had been missing since 2004 at the age of 14, and Michelle Knight, who disappeared in 2002 at the age of 21. While being hailed as a hero, Ramsey was the object of both racism and ridicule. Though we’re reluctant to publicly admit it, some African-Americans cringed at the sight of Ramsey. His hair, curled in the back like Al Sharpton’s do and as slick as Chuck Berry’s, is interspersed with what we once called post office hair – each nap has its own route. This is one of the few cases where a person’s mug shot looks better than his real life photo. To put this in context, think back to when Black civil rights protesters dressed up in their Sunday’s best, knowing they were going to get physically assaulted by police and White supremacists. Then, as now, image matters. Especially when one of us appears on TV. Still, there are plenty of people in our community who look like Ramsey and their speech and appearance make.
them no less valuable than the best dressed and most articulate among us. Some have suggested than many Whites take delight in seeing Blacks caricatured in the image of Charles Ramsey and Antoine Dodson. “Perhaps it’s time for the world’s meme artists to stop assuming that any black dude getting interviewed on local news about a crime he helped to foil can be reduced to some catch-phrase or in-joke,” Miles Klee wrote on Blackbookmag.com. “It’s just baffling that we’re trying to find a way to laugh about what is, in itself, a harrowing turn of events.” Most of us knew, or at least suspected deep down, that something about Ramsey’s past would surface, causing further embarrassment. The Smoking Gun website disclosed on May 8 that Ramsey “is a convicted felon whose rap sheet includes three separate domestic violence convictions that resulted in prison terms.” Blacks instantly asked: Why is something that happened a decade ago – and had nothing to do with Ramsey’s heroism – relevant today? Cleveland’s WEWS-TV, facing a backlash from viewers, apologized for reporting on Ramsey’s criminal past. “While the story was factually sound, the timing of it and publication of such information was not in good taste, and we regret it,” the station said on its Facebook page. Normally, I would agree that Ramsey’s criminal past, certainly in this situation, should be irrelevant. But there’s nothing normal about this case. Unfortunately, Ramsey invited the scrutiny when he said he suspected domestic violence because he “was raised to help women in distress.” In view of that assertion, Ramsey’s domestic violence convictions – hardly a record of helping women in distress – became fair game and should have been reported by the news media. But the reporting should not end there. Ramsey’s ex-wife, since remarried, said Ramsey eventually apologized for battering her and they now interact on “an okay basis.” In addition, she posted two earlier photos of Ramsey on her Facebook page. She told the Smoking Gun, “For my daughter’s sake I show he didn’t always look hood.” George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.
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Washington’s newest budget idea is bad for seniors, the disabled and veterans ust in case you thought that some of our politicians had run out of bad ideas, they’ve come up with another deeply troubling one: Cutting Social Security as a way to fix Washington’s budget problems. They call it “chained CPI” – another fancy Washington term that means cutting Social Security benefits by $127 billion over the next 10 years. This harmful proposal would change the way the cost-of-living adjustment is calculated, resulting in a significant benefit cut that would take a harsh toll on seniors, the disabled and even veterans. While Washington talks about the chained CPI as a “technical change,” to people who receive benefits, this cut will simply make life more difficult. The change is critical because of the razor-thin margin Social Security provides to many Georgians. The average annual benefit for Georgians aged 65 and above is just $13,900. For the typical older Georgian, that modest sum represents 67 percent – two-thirds! – of his total annual income. In fact, it’s estimated that 41 percent of older Georgians – almost 369,000 - would slip below the poverty line were it not for Social Security. (Though the average annual benefit is modest, the overall impact on Georgia’s economy is not. With nearly 983,000 older Georgians receiving Social Security benefits in 2011, Social Security provided $13.6 billion in benefits to Georgians 65 and older and a total of $19.5 billion in benefits to all Georgians.) The effect on the disabled is even crueler. People with disabilities rely on Social Security payments starting at a younger age and lasting for a longer time than retirees. Since the effect of the chained CPI grows over time, they would experience especially deep cuts. That’s because the cuts would start today and grow larger and larger every year. A 35-year-old disabled worker who receives average disability benefits would see his or her benefits reduced annually by almost $900 at age 65 and about $1,300 at 80. More than a third of people with disabilities rely on Social Security for 90 percent or more of their family income. Social Security keeps nearly 40 percent of people with disabilities who are age 18 and over and their families out of poverty. These are people already living on tight budgets stretched very thin by rising costs for utilities, groceries, and health care. Under chained CPI, they would more frequently face an awful choice: Which vital need to meet and which to let slide. Chained CPI assumes that when the cost of something you typically buy goes up, you purchase a lower cost item instead. For example, if the price of beef rises, you may buy chicken instead. This, proponents say, is a more accurate way of measuring proponents say, is a more
spend much of their income on health care, which rises at a higher rate than inflation and does not have lower cost substitutes. In fact, Medicare beneficiaries with at least one disability spend over $4,000 a year on average for health care costs. Under chained CPI, disabled veterans, who have already sacrificed so much for our country, would suffer a double cut to their benefits. Social Security and veterans’ benefits would both be reduced by a chained CPI. A 30-year-old veteran with severe disabilities would find that by age 65, his or her veteran’s benefits would be cut annually by more than $3,200 and Social Security benefits by more than $1,600. For these brave Americans, this is literally adding insult to injury. How in good conscience do we make disabled vets pay such a price for our budget problems? Instead, what we need to do is strengthen Social Security and veterans’ benefits – benefits that serve some of our most vulnerable citizens.
Greg Tanner is Georgia State Director of the AARP
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