Honoring and Remembering Ronald V. Myers October 2018
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
February 29, 1956 - September 7, 2018
The New York Times says, “There aren’t many doctors like Ronald Myers, a jazz-playing, Baptist-preaching, family practitioner whose dream has always been to practice medicine in the kind of place most other doctors wouldn’t even stop for a tank of gas.” A 1985 graduate of the University Of Wisconsin Medical School, Dr. Myers is a leading national advocate for health care to the poor and disenfranchised. In 1988, Dr. Myers completed his residency in Family Practice at L.S.U. Medical Center, Washington St. Tammany Charity Hospital, in Bogalusa, Louisiana. In 1990, Rev. Dr. Myers became the first ordained and commissioned medical missionary to serve in America’s poorest region, the Mississippi Delta, in the history of the African American church. Founder and Director of the Myers Foundation Christian Family Health Centers, Dr. Myers provided health care to the poorest Americans
through clinics in Tchula, Belzoni, Yazoo City, Indianola, Greenville and Tupelo, Mississippi. Dr. Myers served as the Medical Director of the Wellness Clinic of Roland, in Roland, Oklahoma. He received a Doctor of Ecclesia from Phoenix University of Theology where he presently serves on the Board of Regents. Dr. Myers was the leader of the campaign to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance, like Flag Day or Patriot Day. Founder & former President of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), his efforts have resulted in recognition of Juneteenth as a state holiday or day of observance in 45 states, the District of Columbia and passage of legislation in the U.S. Congress to recognize the “19th of
June” as Juneteenth Independence Day in America. Dr. Myers also established the National Juneteenth Medical Commission to address the health care needs of African Americans. Dr. Myers was also the Founder of the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing From the Legacy of Enslavement, observed on the “18th of June”, which includes the National Day of Remembrance of the MAAFA in America and the National Juneteenth Black Holocaust MAAFA Memorial Service, in Washington, DC. He is also the Founder of the World Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement, observed on the “20th of August”, in Hampton, VA. Rev., Dr. Myers worked with church leaders to apply the principles of “Biblical Reconciliation” to bring healing to the nation from the scars of enslavement. As the Founder and President of the American Pain Institute (API), Dr. Myers
led two successful “America’s In Pain!” -MARCH ON WASHINGTON - “Silent No More!” rallies in 2003 & 2004, demanding Congressional hearings on the pain crises in America. An accomplished jazz musician, Dr. Myers served as Artistic Director of the Mississippi Jazz and Heritage Festival and created the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) to promote June as Juneteenth African American Legacy Month and Black Music Month. Dr. Myers also served as the Founder and Director of the Fellowship of Creative Christian Jazz Musicians (FCCJM). Dr. Myers’ fight ended September 7, 2018, as he now joins the ancestors. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia and 5 children, 3 serving in the military, with multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” - Frederick Douglass October 2018
REV. RONALD V. MYERS, SR. M.D.
About the Juneteenth Flag The Juneteenth Flag is a symbol that gives all Americans the opportunity to recognize American freedom and African American History. The Juneteenth Flag represents a star of Texas bursting with new freedom throughout the land, over a new horizon. The Juneteenth Flag represents a new freedom, a new people, and a new star. The Juneteenth Flag was created with American red, white and blue colors.
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UNPAID LABOR PROJECT
The UNPAID LABOR Manifesto Americans of African descent have been vital to the American story since the beginning−and the contribution of the first 12 generations of Americans of African descent between 1607 and 1865 is the indispensable factor in the United States of America becoming the most successful nation in modern history.
UNPAID LABOR® is a term used to describe the slave’s contribution to America The Unpaid Labor Contribution Project promotes a message. The message is that the first 12 generations of African Americans were vital to the birth, growth and survival of the United States. By contribution we mean the collective effort of 12.5 million people. They worked as Unpaid Laborers for 250 years to form the foundation of our country. This is a documented conclusion. This is what 66 prominent PhD historians say. These historians were educated, and they teach at America’s finest colleges and universities. All Americans are invited to join the national movement to promote A New Approach to Race in America.
UNPAID LABOR and The Constitution of the United States of America The Unpaid Labor System was in place in America for 169 years before the United States became a country. All of the original thirteen American states benefited from the Unpaid Labor System. In 1776, the Unpaid Labor System was the foundation of the South's economy and a very important part of the nation’s economy. But the Northern states were becoming less dependent on the Unpaid Labor System. They began to see it as a threat to paid labor. Compromise would be necessary to unite the 13 colonies.
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The Unpaid Labor System was very large. The System was very important. The Southern colonies would not agree to become part of a new country unless the Unpaid Labor system was legalized by the United States Constitution. The rules that the people that started the United States wrote to say how Americans would live together are called the Constitution.
The following compromises protected the Unpaid Labor System and made it legal: Compromise #1: Article I, Section 2 Gave power in the Congress to states based upon the number of Unpaid Laborers in their state.
“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.” — Actual Language of Article I, Section 2, U.S. Constitution Compromise #2: Article I, Section 9 Allowed people to be brought from Africa and sold in the U.S. for 20 years after the Constitution was signed.
“The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.” — Actual Language of Article I, Section 9, U.S. Constitution Compromise #3: Article IV, Section 2 Gave people that owned Unpaid Laborers the right to get them back if they escaped to another state.
“No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.” — Actual Language of Article IV, Section 2, U.S. Constitution
The purpose of Unpaid Labor Project is: ■ To honor the first 12 generations of Americans of African descent. ■ To tell the Untold Story of Unpaid Labor. ■ To use history to help heal race relations. ■ To have the rightful place of Unpaid Labor acknowledged in American history.
You can download the manifesto and learn more at: www.UnpaidLabor.com
“Little by little grow the bananas.” - Congolese Proverb October 2018
PROJECT 1619 African Landing Day and the 400th Landing Commemoration
Calvin Pearson Founder Project 1619 Inc.
By Calvin Person On August 25, 1619, the first ship carrying enslaved Africans to the Colonial Colonies of English North America landed at Point Comfort (today’s Fort Monroe) in Hampton, Virginia. From that perilous landing, their presence has had a profound impact on the cultural manifest of Americas past and still impacts the social, economic and political disparities facing families of color today. In 2019, our nation and other countries around the world will collectively come together to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of this dreadful but historic event. The first Africans did not arrive at Ellis Island, Plymouth Rock, or Jamestown, but arrived as captured human cargo on the high seas during the transatlantic slave trade. In August 1619, the English privateer ship the White Lion, landed at Point Comfort carrying the infamous 20 and odd Africans who had been captured from the slave ship San Juan Bautista in a fierce battle in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. In consort with the White Lion was another English privateer ship, the Treasurer, who also took enslaved Africans. This was the first time a privateer or pirate ship had unknowingly mistaken a Spanish galleon ship for a slave ship whose primary cargo was human Africans. The first enslaved Africans who were brought to Point Comfort were not immigrants, but their landing was one of the most significant events in our country’s history. The first generations of Africans brought to Virginia were captured from the villages
of Ndongo, Congo and Kabasa in the Angola region of Africa. Those first enslaved Africans were skilled farmers, herders, blacksmiths and artisans. They had the perfect skill set needed for the colonies to survive. Along with their culture, they also brought many ideas and innovations including floodways, crop cultivation, music and dance. It was their unbridled spirit and labor that helped build Hampton, Fort Monroe, America, and the White House, but they toiled through many generations of unpaid bondage servitude, civil unrest, and the march for civil rights, before their descendants became legal citizens. Those first twenty and odd enslaved Africans who arrived at Point Comfort marked the beginning of 246 years of unpaid servitude. For the first two generations from 1619 until 1661 some of the enslaved Africans were granted their freedom and in some cases were able to purchase the freedom of their relatives, start their own homesteads, and employ indentured servants. Yet others were held in bondage for life or until 1661 when Virginia established a law legalizing lifelong servitude of all un-free Africans. Since 1994 members of Project 1619 Inc. have been the catalyst to change the narrative of the landing of the first Africans at Point Comfort in Colonial North America. In 2008, they created African Landing Day in the City of Hampton to commemorate the landing of the first Africans in Virginia at Point Comfort. They have been the champions for exposing and promoting the true history of our ancestors. Slavery
is an indelible stain on America’s soul. Slavery is the biggest human transgression perpetrated by one human being on another. And through it all, their descendents have endured with dignity, the cruelest barbaric acts of enslavement. They have endured through the Jim Crow era, segregation, and the disparity of basic human rights. The chains of slavery have now become the unfair prison sentences for minor crimes where other ethnic groups receive less or no prison time. The chains of slavery have now become racial profiling where you can get stopped merely because of the color of your skin or arrested for a crime you did not commit. The chains of slavery are now the disparity of young brown and black people not being able to get a quality education or a job because of the socio, financial and economic conditions of their living environment. Our people are being moved out of urban communities because of gentrification and may never return. Our young girls are being captured and forced into human trafficking and the sex slave industry. Our young people are hooked on crack, heroin and opioids as a way to deal with the deck of cards they have been dealt. When will it all end? Two of the original Africans who arrived on the White Lion in 1619 at Point Comfort were Antony and Isabella. In January 1625, according to the Virginia census, those two Africans, Isabella, Antonio and their son William were living in present day Hampton in Capt. William Tucker’s home, who was the commander at Fort Algernourne (today’s Fort Monroe). Their son William is the first documented African child born in English North America. He was baptized on January 4, 1624. In this day of social media and greater historical enlightenment a new Ad hoc committee has been formed with historic educators, community organizers, pastors, and representatives from Africa. This new group is “ART 2063” (Africa Rising Together) that reflects the vision of creating One Africa. The goal of
this new initiative is to create a global synergy to promote the landing of the first enslaved Africans in English North America and to support African Nations to come together as one undivided country. Slavery and the Middle Passage was an event of monumental proportion that not just affected North America but changed Africa forever. Capturing over 30 million Africans from West and East Africa, and killing millions more in battle, removed child bearing young women and African boys and men, that changed the dynamics of the African family forever. Project 1619 invites you to come to Hampton, Virginia, on August 23-25, 2019, to be a witness to the 400th Anniversary Commemoration. Walk on the hallowed grounds of your ancestors. Present day Fort Monroe in Hampton is ground zero for the landing of the first enslaved Africans. This is where the story of Africans in America began. On that unfaithful day on Tuesday, August 25, 1619, two Africans, Isabella and Antony, captured from Angola, stepped off an English privateer on the land at Point Comfort to start a legacy and a 400 year odyssey to create a new home for generations of future descendants. Come to Hampton and be a part of history. For more information go to: www.project1619.org. Calvin Pearson, Project 1619 Founder said, “Transatlantic slave trade, just like the systematic elimination of the Native American Indian in the United States, and the Holocaust in Germany, are human tragedies that changed the world. We cannot change history or the impact that it had on past generations. But we should always recognize and learn from the perils and transgressions of mankind’s inhumanity against one another.” Calvin Pearson Founder Project 1619 Inc. www.project1619.org 757-380-1319
Project 1619 We are a Grassroots organization whose members have been working for 20 years to get America and the World to know the true history about the arrival of the first Africans to land in Colonial America at Point Comfort, today’s Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, in August 1619. www.project1619.org
“A clever king is the brother of peace.” - South African Proverb
KEEPING THE COMMUNITY INFORMED SINCE 1991
PSL Statement: Stand with Kaepernick against Racism, Police Brutality
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By Party for Socialism and Liberation [LiberationNews] - Like Muhammad Ali, John Carlos, Tommie Smith and others, Colin Kaepernick has used his platform as a world famous athlete to speak out against racism. Like these predecessors, he risked his career to
stand up for his rights and his principles. In so doing, Kaepernick inspired a new wave of activism among professional athletes, leading to numerous incidents of players “taking a knee” during the national anthem as a protest against racist police brutality and injustice. Many youth also bravely took a knee.
The backlash has been severe. Starting at the top, in the most racist manner, President Donald Trump called for football players to be fired for exercising their First Amendment rights to protest racism and police brutality. The NFL owners took their lead from Trump and unilaterally changed rules to force
players to stand for the anthem, although “the N.F.L. decided not to enforce the policy while league executives and the players’ union discussed whether or how to proceed.” (New York Times) Kaepernick personally has faced harsh consequences for his principled stance, being blacklisted by team owners. In a potentially positive development, on Aug. 30, arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled that Kaepernick’s case must go forward to a full hearing as to whether or not the owners colluded to prevent Kaepernick from being signed to a team. Kaepernick’s lawyers have uncovered documents showing evidence of collusion between the owners to keep Kaepernick off the field. The owners want to see his career ended permanently to punish him for daring to speak out against systemic racism and inspiring others to do the same. Kaepernick has continued to use his platform to support progressive organizations. He has donated over $1 million to organizations working on behalf of undocumented youth, two families victimized by police brutality, two organizations fighting climate change and for the right of women to control their own bodies. He has also Continued on page 11
African Americans Believe In the American Dream Although Their Finances Are a Struggle in Reality New MassMutual study shows the disconnect between African Americans’ financial situations and hopefulness towards the future [PRNewswire] - Most African Americans believe the American Dream means financial security (84 percent), not living paycheck to paycheck (78 percent) and owning a home (77 percent). However, according to the new State of the American Family Study released by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), many African Americans lack tangible assets necessary to accomplish those goals currently. While the American Dream is still attainable, the survey calls attention to high debt, low savings and a lower likelihood of wide financial product ownership amongst African Americans. Financial disparities and the wealth gap can possibly explain why 31 percent believe it is disappearing. Among the dynamics: Photo, Ibrahim Rifath on Unsplash
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Inside this Issue: How Struggle Sent a Killer Cop to Jail - 3 | CRL Calls for Firing of CFPB Fair Lending Official Who Used N-Word - 5 Deep State Agenda Against Doctors and the Health Care Community - 6 | I See A New Africa - 8
NATIONAL Kavanaugh Confirmed in Spite of Mass Opposition The Supreme Court is an instrument of capitalist domination and political reaction
Statement by the editorial team of Breaking the Chains: A socialist perspective on women’s liberation [PSL] - In spite of the mass opposition in the streets and in communities throughout the United States the U.S. Senate has confirmed arch-reactionary Brett Kavanaugh to be the ninth Justice of the Supreme Court. With rare exception the Supreme Court has over the past 200 years upheld the most reactionary aspects of U.S. capitalism the enslavement of African people, the maintenance of an apartheid system following the Civil War, the granting of broad immunity for U.S. police departments as they carry out systematic violence against oppressed communities, the denial of women’s right to vote and a myriad of other efforts to suppress workers in the U.S. labor movement. At stake are not only abortion rights but capital punishment, solitary confinement, the weakening of anti-discrimination laws, the further rollback of recently won LGBTQ rights, further erosion of affirmative action; further attacks on environmental regulations, civil rights, fair housing, voting rights, disability rights, mass surveillance, torture practices and so on. No one’s interests and rights will be protected except those of the ruling class — comprised largely of ultra-rich white men, who see themselves, like Kavanaugh, as the rightful heirs of power and privilege. Kavanaugh’s confirmation is outrageous and truly undemocratic–a majority of voters polled now oppose him on the Court since the allegations of sexual assault and misconduct surfaced.
But the problem with the Supreme Court goes deeper than Kavanaugh. While some are suggesting Kavanaugh will “tarnish” or “delegitimize” an otherwise pristine institution, the truth is that the Court is undemocratic and reactionary to its very core. The Supreme Court is portrayed as an impartial body, detached from society, above everyone, but we know this is not true. It represents a legal system that was created by the wealthy elite to maintain the rule of the dominant class. They created it and it operates against the interests of the vast majority in society. It is stacked, generation after generation, with Harvard and Yale graduates, with deep connections to corporate America and vetted by the political establishments of the two ruling parties. Before the Civil War, it protected slavery — many of the justices were slaveholders themselves, buying and selling men, women and children in their free time while writing tracts about “justice” and “freedom.” In the industrial revolution, the Court became a vehicle for the railroad companies to bust up unions and the organizations of small farmers. Under Jim Crow, it defended segregation. When the ruling class was on the defensive in the 1960s and 1970s, and the people’s movements were rising, the Court granted some progressive reforms, but its recent history — Citizens United, Janus, the gutting of the Voting Rights Act — have all shown where it really stands. The Supreme Court and other components of the “checks and balances” governmental system we learn about in school, in fact exists to prevent
“too much” democracy. As Stephanie Fisher wrote: “…the Supreme Court has been used to limit the democratic process in the interests of the ruling class. It ensures, for example, that no democratically elected Congress could ever pass a law that infringes on the right of the rich to own their wealth.” (The Supreme Court: Last Line of Defense for the Ruling Class.) Regardless of which individual is confirmed as a member of the Supreme Court, the institution as a whole is inherently undemocratic and serves to protect the interests of the capitalist class. As such, it needs to be abolished. Down with the Sexist System! Even before it became widespread knowledge that Kavanaugh had been credibly accused of attempted rape and other forms of sexual assault, it was no secret that he is a very reactionary judge who opposes abortion and could overturn Roe v. Wade. The bigger question is: why is it even an option to overturn women’s rights? The system of capitalist “democracy” does not guarantee basic rights for women but uses our rights as a political bargaining chip. Sexual assault, sexual harassment and other forms of gendered violence have deep roots in patriarchal class society, supported by the ideology of male supremacy. In this context, sexualized and gendered violence including assault and harassment are everyday occurences for women. Women are blamed for being victimized: Why did she go to the party? Why did she wear that dress? Why did she drink beer? Why didn’t she say no? Why didn’t she report the crime? Women have been socialized to not report, not tell anyone about assault because it is seen as a “personal” problem and because women know that it is we, the ones who have already suffered assault, who will be put on trial– not the person who assaulted us. That is why #MeToo and #WhyIDidntReport are powerful. Many women are saying we will no longer be silent.There’s a movement of people demanding our rights as part of a greater struggle for justice and equality. Women and our supporters are rising up with long-suppressed anger to denounce and protest Kavanaugh’s confirmation. We must resist the pressure to throw our support behind the Democratic Party, also known as “the lesser of two evils.” The argument that the President appoints Supreme Court justices–thus a Democratic president is preferable–is often used as the ultimate argument against voting for a socialist or working-class candidate. This argument contributes to the problem that it aims to address. By channeling people into a political system that is by its very construction anti-democratic, it undermines the effort to build a
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powerful, militant people’s movement. The confirmation of a known reactionary and misogynist such as Kavanaugh should not be reason for despair. Our power is not measured in confirmation hearings. The Senate is a millionaires’ club, representing its own interests, not ours. Our power is measured in the streets, in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. Despite its reactionary character, the Court has in its history made a few “progressive” rulings. These rulings, like all such rulings, reflect the balance of forces in the class struggle on a global scale, more than they reflect the exact composition of the court. When the working class movement for people’s liberation is strong, the court will grant a concession, not out of the goodness of their hearts, but because to do otherwise would be to throw fuel on the fire of the people’s anger. Now is the time to be out in the streets. The system has exposed itself. Party for Socialism & Liberation www.pslweb.org
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COMMUNITY How Struggle Sent a Killer Cop to Jail Todd St Hill and Tyler Zimmer explain how a movement put the Chicago cop who killed Black teenager Laquan McDonald in jail By Todd St Hill and Tyler Zimmer [SocialistWorker] - For the first time in more than 50 years, a Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer has been found guilty of murder while on duty. Jason Van Dyke, who on Friday was convicted of second degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated assault, is now behind bars. But we have to remember: they didn’t want there to be a trial in the first place. In fact, they didn’t want Van Dyke to be charged at all. They didn’t want the public to see the video of Van Dyke shooting a defenseless teenager 16 times. If Rahm Emanuel and his police department had gotten their way, the heinous slaying of Laquan McDonald would have been covered up and Van Dyke would still be stalking the streets of Chicago with a badge and a gun. The only reason that’s not the case is that a mass movement — the Black Lives Matter movement — pushed back and forced the system to do something it rarely if ever does: hold a police officer accountable for their actions. That movement has deep roots in Chicago and has fought tirelessly to win justice for scores of people who lost their lives at the hands of the CPD. Dozens of different organizations in the city have marched and agitated for years to lay the groundwork for this verdict. But it’s not just movement organizing in Chicago that brought us to this point. Van Dyke’s conviction would be unfathomable without the mass uprisings against racism and police violence in Ferguson and Baltimore. And those rebellions, in turn, drew on the massive upsurge of protest that was sparked by the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012. Without the hundreds of thousands of people who participated in these acts of defiance and protest, Jason Van Dyke would be a free man and Rahm Emanuel, in all likelihood, would be running for a third term as mayor. Van Dyke was charged by prosecutors with murder in the first degree, but he was ultimately convicted by the jury of a lesser charge of second-degree murder. In Illinois, to find someone guilty of murder — whether first degree or second degree — it must be proven that they killed someone without lawful justification and that they intended to do so. The difference between first- and second-degree has to do with whether there are “mitigating circumstances” — such as “sudden, intense passion” on the part of the killer or an ultimately unreasonable belief by the killer that the killing might be legally justified. Whereas first degree murder carries a sentence of 20 years to life, the penalty
for second-degree murder is much more lenient: four to 10 years. In addition to the murder conviction, Van Dyke was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery — one count for each of the shots he fired at Laquan McDonald. This will also be taken into consideration during sentencing, which is scheduled to happen on October 31. Up until the second the verdict was announced, it was entirely unclear whether the jury would convict Van Dyke of any crime whatsoever. Indeed, given the way cases like this are typically decided, there was good reason to fear that the jury would exonerate Van Dyke — after all, that’s exactly what happened in countless similar cases: George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, Johannes Mehserle was let off for shooting Oscar Grant in the back while he was cuffed, Darren Wilson was not even charged with a crime for killing Mike Brown, and Eric Garner’s murderers walk free. Sadly, we would need several more pages worth of space if we wanted a thorough accounting of the lives lost and the police killers let free by the system in the last five years alone. With rare exceptions, police enjoy broad legal impunity when it comes to use of force — and when it comes to Black life, they often operate as if they’re judge, jury and executioner. As James Baldwin once put it: “The police are simply the hired enemies of Black people. They are present to keep us in our place and to protect white business interests, and they have no other function. And since they know they are hated, they are always afraid. One cannot possibly arrive at a more surefire formula for cruelty.” Seen in this light, the guilty verdict in the Van Dyke trial is a big deal. It marks a dramatic departure from standard operating procedure in Chicago and elsewhere, something that was not lost on the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, whose hysterical response to the verdict seethed with rage. The verdict implicates scores of other police officers, city officials and politicians — most prominently, Mayor Rahm Emanuel — who lied for Van Dyke and helped try to cover up what he did. A key question in the wake of the guilty verdict is who will go down next for their role in this horrific crime. As of October 7, Rahm Emanuel still hadn’t said a word about the verdict. And that makes sense: what could he possibly say to defend himself, given that his administration spent millions of dollars in court trying to bury the dashcam video of McDonald’s murder? There can be no doubt that this ugly truth — that Rahm has blood on his hands — spurred his sudden decision not to seek a third term as mayor. And what about the City Council’s Aldermanic Black Caucus? The Black Caucus has come under increasing fire
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by community organizations, activists and neighborhood residents alike in recent years. Not surprising. Many members of the Aldermanic Black Caucus have become infamous for their record of voting with Rahm Emanuel almost 100 percent of the time; for being in the pockets of city developers who are among the main drivers of the Black exodus from the city; and for not standing up for the demands, initiated by young people of color, to divest from the $95 million police academy. In the days leading up to the verdict the Black caucus played into promotion of the racist hysteria of riots and looted property. Still, the question remains: Is this verdict a victory? Certainly Van Dyke should have been convicted of firstdegree, not second-degree, murder. Van Dyke’s defense attorney fought hard to leverage overtly racist tropes — especially the image of the “monstrous,” aggressive Black criminal — to try to put Laquan McDonald on trial for his own murder. And though Van Dyke’s team didn’t succeed in fully convincing the jury, they did get his charge knocked down on the basis of alleged “mitigating circumstances” relating to Van Dyke’s (hard to believe) testimony that he feared for his life. But even if Van Dyke had been found guilty of first-degree murder, nothing can change the fact that a teenager’s life was
tragically cut short for no other reason than that he was Black in Chicago. Moreover, a first-degree murder conviction for Van Dyke wouldn’t change the fact that the Chicago police officers have killed many more people in the years since McDonald was shot — and not a single one of those officers has yet to be charged with a crime. Indeed, weeks before Van Dyke’s trial began, CPD killed Harith “Snoop” Augustus on camera, provoking protest and outrage. From a socialist point of view, these problems are not due to a “few bad apples” but to an unequal system built up by way of the enslavement of Africans, the expropriation of Native peoples, and the ruthless exploitation of immigrant workers. Police are the protectors of this system — their job is to bust up strikes, scatter protests and keep oppressed peoples “in their place.” As socialists, we know that much deeper structural changes are needed to fully destroy racism, class inequality and oppression of all kinds. The protesters and organizers said as much. Organizers of the rally following the verdict acknowledged the win, while maintaining the need for community control of the police, divestment for the Chicago Police Department budget, and stopping the profiling and surveillance of Black and Latinx communities. When asked for their thoughts on Van Dyke’s conviction and the response to Continued on page 11
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HEALTH Recipe of the Month Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato, and Fontina
Ingredients: 6 large eggs 2 tablespoons whipping cream 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 12 ounces asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces 1 tomato, seeded, diced Salt 3 ounces Fontina, diced
Directions: Preheat the broiler. Whisk the eggs, cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to blend. Set aside. Heat the oil and butter in a 9 1/2-inch-diameter nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus and saute until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the tomato and a pinch of salt and saute 2 minutes longer. Pour the egg mixture over the asparagus mixture and cook for a few minutes until the eggs start to set. Sprinkle with cheese. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the frittata is almost set but the top is still runny, about 2 minutes. Place the skillet under the broiler. Broil until the top is set and golden brown on top, about 5 minutes. Let the frittata stand 2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, loosen the frittata from skillet and slide the frittata onto a plate.
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FINANCIAL CRL Calls for Firing of CFPB Fair Lending Official Who Used N-Word
Charlene Crowell Recent and stunning disclosures of racially-offensive writings by a highranking official at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has unleashed an escalating barrage of criticisms, including calls for the official to be fired and more probing questions regarding the agency’s commitment to fair lending. Since a September 28 Washington Post article first reported how Eric Blankenstein, CFPB’s Policy Director for Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending, used a pen name in blogs dating as far back as 2004, a spate of fury has been unleashed. Disguising his authorship, Blankenstein claimed that the use of the N-word was not racist, and further alleged that most hate crimes were hoaxes. A subsequent New York Times article alleged that people who perpetuated the Obama birther conspiracy are not racist either, and noted that as late as 2016, Blankenstein’s personal Twitter account posted racially charged comments. Keep in mind that Blankenstein was hand-picked by CFPB head Mick Mulvaney. Patrice A. Ficklin, a CFPB career staff member and Director of its Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity reports to Blankenstein and is quoted in the Post article. Ficklin said, “And while he has been collegial, thoughtful and meticulous, I have had experiences that have raised concerns that are now quite alarming in light of the content of his blog posts — experiences that call into question Eric’s ability and intent to carry out his and his Acting Director’s repeated yet unsubstantiated commitment to a continued strong fair lending program under governing legal precedent.” By October 1, Anthony Reardon, National President of the National Treasury Employees Union, advised CFPB of its dissatisfaction with the Blankenstein blogs. “There should be zero tolerance for comments that Blankenstein has admitted authoring and nothing less than swift and decisive action is called for,” said Reardon. “That someone with a history of racially derogatory and offensive comments has a leadership position at CFPB reflects poorly on CFPB management and your commitment to fulfilling the mandate of the agency to ensure that discriminatory and predatory
lending practices are stopped.” Two days later, on October 3, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) publicly called for Blankenstein to be fired. “Mr. Blankenstein must be removed from his post and this must be combined with a demonstrable commitment by CFPB head Mick Mulvaney to fair lending,” said Yana Miles, CRL’s Senior Legislative Counsel. “Thus far, the Mulvaney approach has been worse than inaction – it has been an appalling retreat from enforcing anti-discrimination laws…. The enduring legacy and present-day experience of financial discrimination is the key driver of the racial wealth gap. Vigorously addressing this is a legal and moral imperative.” A second civil rights organization agreed with CRL’s call for Blankenstein’s termination. “Eric Blankenstein’s racist and sexist remarks show that he is not fit to lead the CFPB Office of Fair Lending,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “Our nation’s history of financial discrimination is the key factor in the growing racial wealth gap.” “Entrusting Blankenstein given his history of racially derogatory remarks will undermine progress for fair lending efforts to close the gap,” continued Gupta. “If the CFPB is serious about eradicating discrimination, it must immediately remove Blankenstein, and must ensure that it is led by a person with a demonstrated commitment to civil rights enforcement. His writings make clear that Mr. Blankenstein is not that person.” The same day, another pivotal development occurred. A letter signed by 13 U.S. Senators representing 11 states wrote Mulvaney, demanding answers to a series of questions no later than October 22. The questions span Mulvaney’s personal awareness of the writings, the guidelines and procedures used to fill the position, whether a Member of Congress, or an executive branch employee recommended his hiring, what action he intends to take as Acting Director and more. In part, the Senators’ letter states, “We are deeply concerned that you have placed a person with a history of racist writing at a senior position within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…Mr. Blankenstein was not hired through the competitive service process like most CFPB employers; he is one of your hand-selected political appointees. Further, you have specifically tasked him with overseeing the CFPB’s fair lending supervision and enforcement work at a time when you have decided to restructure the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity.” The letter was signed by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-Washington State), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala
Harris (D-CA), Edward Markey (D-MA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Jack Reed (D-RI) Mark Warner (D-VA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). Even before the Blankenstein scandal, Mulvaney’s actions and inactions at the CFPB have brought a series of concerns by civil rights and consumer advocates alike. Particularly noteworthy among their stated concerns under Mulvaney include: • CFPB has yet to issue any violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act; • The Bureau declared an intent to ignore the Disparate Impact standard, a long-standing legal test that holds the effects of discrimination, not the intent are legal violations; • Personally praised the repeal of antidiscrimination auto lending guidance; • Sided with payday lenders in their challenge of the Bureau’s payday rule promulgated under the previous director; • Announced the Bureau’s fair lending office would be stripped of its supervisory and enforcement powers; • Relegated the development of regulation on fair lending for minority and women-owned businesses to a low-level concern.
Eric Blankenstein Policy Director for Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
It took decades of vigilant struggle for civil rights, fair lending, and consumer protection to be codified in federal laws. It is time to remind the CFPB and all federal agencies that they have a duty to uphold the nation’s fair lending laws – regardless of personal beliefs. Charlene Crowell Deputy Communications Director Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Twitter: @CRLOnline www.responsiblelending.org
“The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.” - African Proverb
STOP MEDICAL ABUSE Whistleblower Dr. Matthew Fogg Connects "Make It Safe Coalition" And "Stop Medical Abuse Against Doctors Coalition” Deep State Agenda Against Doctors and the Health Care Community [RESPONSE TO MATTHEW GIARMO]. Kudos to Matthew Giarmo, Ph.D., and Dr. Linda Cheek. Here is my spin on what we are seeing in short: 1. Florida was identified as the pill mill capital and 85% of all opioids were sold out of this state for non-medical needs. 2. The United States cracked down on the perpetrators of this crisis and CVS, Walgreens, and their Distributors were charged and fined. 3. CVS Caremark called for a War against doctors and pain patients. Doctors where then called drug dealers and patients were called drug addicts. Not just in Florida, but every state in the U.S.A. 4. CVS Caremark sent a "LETTER" to the highest prescribers in Florida and the heading stated "CVS CAREMARK AND DEA." A lot of news organizations were puzzled and wondered why they put this on their letterhead. 5. CVS Caremark becomes involved in a very large wave of arrest campaigns against doctors and patients. Every doctor that would later prescribe medicine for pain would get special attention from CVS Caremark. A lot of doctors were telling their patients, "DON'T GO TO CVS..." 6. CVS Caremark hires a corporate staff to research Minute Clinic and how to aggressively take over the "community" clinic empire. After research and their diabolical plan was confirmed, they later stopped selling tobacco and they Changed their name to CVS HEALTH. 7. Retail Clinics are the number one providers for community healthcare needs and CVS Health is the number one employer of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. 8. WHERE IS THE DEEP STATE? A. Big Pharma controls 95 percent of the Congress and Politicians, one way or another. B. The Tom Marino Bill is 100% PROOF. BIG Pharma started their influence and control of the DEA in 1999 and the Washington Post and 60 Minutes showed that their control over the DEA was so intense; it reached the top, the very top. C. The Tom Marino Bill passed without one counter measure or not even a peep from all of the Congressmen and women, the Senators, or the Justices. It was a flawless victory. D. Big Pharma spends 20% of its MONEY in research and TELEVISION COMMERCIALS. This is what President Trump is calling the FAKE NEWS.... E. After the Tom Marino Bill was passed. SIXTY-THREE (63) of the Top DEA Officials "switched" sides and now they are working for "BIG Pharma" including the FORMER HEAD of the DEA, Mr. David Barber. WAKE-UP DOCTORS.... Please watch this “NEWS REPORT" completely and get the Message and Let’s Prepare to stand-up for our rights and say NO to the DEEP STATE Hypocrites. Hannity Sean Hannity 10/3/18 - FOX News Hannity Breaking TODAy OCT 03, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8sckx0MtfM THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: California Medical Board Code of Silence California Department of Justice Code of Silence Complaints Against MBC and DOJ police and prosecutors are covered-up DOJ says they can't investigate their clients THE POLICE and BAD EMPLOYEES When a Healthcare Provider Complains, "They send it to the person you are complaining about." RETALIATION.
THE AFFECT ON DOCTORS: Due Process Rights Thrown Out The Window Constitutional Rights Kicked Under The Bus Civil Rights Handed To The Dogs, and The DOJ Has Managed To CHILL The United States Constitution of America by not investigating KNOWN crimes against DOCTORS and other HEALTHCARE Providers.....
DOJ's own POLICY states that they must Investigate YOUR COMPLAINTS but their UNLAWFUL Policy says they won’t.
BEYOND THE RHETORIC Minority Business Programs – How Much is Fake?
Harry C. Alford Since I was in high school my conscience was about bettering the lives of fellow African Americans. As a teenager, I would work at housing construction sites. Spotting drywall and clean up were my niche. At the same time, I would recruit my friends and relatives. Most of the guys would lay around during the summer but I convinced them to make that extra change. Construction bosses loved it because they would pay us less than normal wages even though we could do the work equally as well as grown men. In retrospect, I would wonder how many husbands and fathers we were keeping from making income. That part I regret. We were cheating or as they say now “fronting”. When I turned 18 and began being recruited by college football coaches, I requested summer work. That was no problem. I was soon contacted by a manager for the California Department
of Transportation – CALTRANS. He introduced me and my cousin to a union official who quickly got us union cards. Presto! We were in the highway construction union making a good wage. Here we were again “fronting” as union labor. When it was time for me to go to the University of Wisconsin, I requested a transfer to the Madison, Wisconsin union hall. Instantly I received membership and began working the next summer in housing construction in the Madison area. In reflection, I guess we were blocking hardworking family men from making their deserved income. All we wanted was extra cash for clothes, cars and chicks. It was nice living at the expense of some deserving family. Fronting is fraud and it is evil. 25 years later I got into the Minority Business Development arena. I became Deputy Commissioner for Minority Business Development for the state of Indiana. The job was tailor-made for my background. I had Fortune 100 experience in sales management with Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and the Sara Lee Corporation. Also, I served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army – Finance Branch. My job was to assist minority businesses in winning contracts from the Department of Administration for the state of Indiana. Immediately I excelled at the job. I took a minority business percentage from 0.6% for state procurement to 6.2% within 18 months. In verifying the numbers, I quickly noticed a high amount of false reporting for minority business activity. Many
of the agencies would send in false participation numbers. Most were duped by prime contractors who would lie about the minority participation. It didn’t take long before I noticed there were majority owned subcontractors who were portraying themselves as minority. My auditing showed that 40% of the incoming numbers were false. My office would clean the false reports up and punish the perpetrators. Most notably, we had the largest prime contractor, Huber, Hunt and Nichols, banned from state contracting for five years. That set the example. So that 6.2% level that I referred to was real and verified. You had other agencies such as the cities, school systems and major corporations infested with these false numbers via the use of fronting. False claims of “minority business” are still alive today. I can detect it at the federal and state level and, most apparently, at the major corporation level. Agencies such as the Small Business Administration, National Minority Supplier Development Council, states, counties, cities and major corporations are infested with a certain amount of fronting activity. Bonafide and qualified firms are being denied equal opportunity because of the out of control evil activity. Many entities will stress proper certification processes to prevent such activity. Well, you can find the certification process can
be fraudulent itself via bribes and false reporting. There are scandals popping up throughout the nation. So, when you read about minority participation being reported by governments and private corporations please remember – fraud does exist more times than not. I have found it in the federal 8a program and the programs of some of our major cities – Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Washington, DC – just to name a few. These agencies are under pressure to produce impressive numbers and many of them will cut corners or be deceived by those reporting their performance to them. There will be cities like Chicago that will claim set-asides for minority-owned firms that will range in the 23 - 30% levels. The reality is they are infested with false reporting through the activity of front companies and outright fraud. They want to please the public but much of it is “smoke and mirrors”. Just like we would block good construction workers from receiving quality work, these front companies are blocking bona fide firms from receiving the good work that was intended for them. I pray that someday we will clean this up. America deserves better. Harry C. Alford Co-founder, President / CEO National Black Chamber of Commerce www.nationalbcc.org
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SCHOOL DISTRICT INTIMIDATES FAMILIES By Mark Hedin [EMS] - A small school district in affluent Marin County, California, serving about 2,000 youngsters in the bucolic West Marin towns of Fairfax and San Anselmo, has contracted with Thomson Reuters, — a firm linked to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to check on the residential status of its students. The Ross Valley school district superintendent Rick Bagley entered into a $5,500 contract on the district’s behalf in April of this year. He told Ethnic Media Services that the changes to the
district’s residency verification process are to ensure that space in the schools are available for district residents. Bagley is also vowing to report families it believes to be attending its schools despite living elsewhere to the county district attorney for prosecution. According to Bagley, it would make life easier for district families and staff. “Why not use a tool that’s been made available?” Bagley responded when Ethnic Media Services asked for the reasons behind this contract. “It’s like using a pencil or a computer,” with verification by the staff presumably the pencil, and the ICE contractor, Thomson
Reuters, the computer. Thomson Reuters is a global corporation, with 45,000 employees and operations in 100 countries, the school district says. Tens of millions of dollars worth of its contracts are with the U.S. government, including two with ICE for a total of $26.7 million. Critics view the district’s contract with Thomson Reuters as likely to discourage families from enrolling their children in Ross Valley schools, especially if they are wary of U.S. immigration authorities. Earlier this year, in the Marin county city of Novato, ICE officers tracked and arrested Guatemalan national Hilcias
David Garcia Vicente, 35, on March 14 after he’d dropped his daughter off at Loma Verde Elementary School. And Marin’s Sheriff Robert Doyle has made a practice of publicizing the release dates of all inmates, including undocumented detainees, making it easy for ICE agents to apprehend detainees like Vicente away from the glare of publicity. Californian lawmakers enacted measure SB 54, in October 2017, making official the state’s “sanctuary” status. Furthermore, the board of supervisors at Marin County filed an amicus brief Continued on page 9
“A fully grown up tree cannot be bent into a walking stick.” - Kenyan Proverb
I SEE A NEW AFRICA
by Delanyo Adadevoh, PhD
I see a new Africa. Do you see it? I see a new Africa where light is dispelling darkness. The light of God is shining in every corner of the continent. It is shining on people of all races, languages, genders and ages.
Yes, I see a new Africa. Do you see it? I see a new Africa where the brown Sahara is turning green. The dusty earth is giving place to giant trees. The dry land is becoming a garden of life and healing. I see a green Sahara.
I see a new Africa where the ignorance of the people is being replaced with enlightenment. Yes, enlightenment with truth.
Yes, I see new Africa. Do you see it? Where the gods made with human hands are being thrown into the abyss. The people are committing themselves to the true God. Uncreated yet creator of all things. Invisible yet knowable. All powerful yet friend of the weak. Source of all life, all truth, all knowledge and wisdom.
I see a new Africa where the truth is setting people free. The chains of deception and superstition are being broken. The land is ﬁlled with people who are pursuing knowledge. People who are eagerly seeking all the truth about all of God’s creation. Yes, I see a new Africa. Do you see it? I see a new Africa where justice is ﬂowing like a rushing stream. Women are free to pursue their dreams. They no longer have to compromise their dignity in order to have access to opportunities; opportunities that are freely available to their male counterparts.
God has put the demons of superstition, deception and oppression to ﬂight. Their heyday in Africa is over. The Africans are singing new songs of freedom. Yes, I see a new Africa. Do you see it? I see a new Africa that is no longer the mockery of nations. It is no longer a huge land ﬁlled with minerals, long rivers and tall trees. But inhabited by a people poor and desperate.
I see a new Africa where eyes of children are ﬁlled with hope for a better tomorrow. The wailings of mothers in the villages and towns over children who have died from malaria, malnourishment and other curable diseases have reduced greatly. The street children who had been enslaved to drugs and abandoned to hopelessness have ﬁlled the classrooms. They are pursuing education with enviable career and service ambitions.
I see a new Africa where her people take their seat at the global round table. Adorned with splendor, respect and royalty. Yes, I see a new Africa. Do you see it? I see a new Africa, where the uncreated creator has become their God. And they have become God’s people. I see a new Africa where God has become their sun. Bringing light to where there is darkness. Life to where there is death. Energy to where there is weakness.
I see a new Africa where the orphanages that house children who are victims of hiv/aids, war and other crises in Africa have become leadership training institutes. Raising new leaders who are ready to take on the challenges and opportunities facing Africa. Yes, I see a new Africa. Do you see it? I see a new Africa where leaders are servants of the people. Fear is no longer the weapon to keep people in subjection. Workers are duly rewarded for their labor. A free people are uniting in action around a common vision of a free and prosperous Africa.
Yes, I see a new Africa. Do you see it? Where the young are dreaming with God. Filled with hope and poised for action. I see a new Africa where the youth are racing with horses on foot. Taking risks and leading change. Liberating the oppressed and bringing freedom to the captive.
Yes, I see a new Africa. Do you see it? I see a new Africa where the produce of the land is feeding the people. The cotton from the ﬁelds is clothing her people. I see a new Africa where her gold is her currency. Her diamonds are her wealth. The oil from the ground has become fuel for good health, good education, prosperity and peace. Yes, I see a new Africa. Do you see it? I see a new Africa, where her children are no longer slaves in foreign lands. Standing in long queues seeking greener pastures elsewhere. I see a new Africa, where the youth love their land and joyfully labor to make it the envy of other nations.
Yes, I see a new Africa. Do you see it? I see a new African. Do you see her? Do you see him? I see the United States of Africa. Many nations, one Africa United in social, economic and political action. Join us in the victorious march towards this new era. Africans arise, for the glory of God has risen upon you!
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I See a New Africa is a poem about a dream which can become reality. It was written in 2013 by Prof. Delanyo Adadevoh, a Ghanaian, who is working to transform Africa into a Premier Continent. The poem chronicles how, through mindset changes and persistence, various aspects of life for all Africans can change for the better. From the sacredness of human life to personal and public integrity, from a sense of community to empowering leadership and freedom and justice, the poem speaks to the hearts and minds of Africans everywhere. Continent-wide transformation is possible if Africans Rise Together—all Africans; those in the Americas, in Europe, Asia and the Pacific; Africans in Africa and the Diaspora. The time is now—join us as we work together to see a New Africa.
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BLACK WEALTH African Americans Believe In the American Dream Although Their Finances Are a Struggle in Reality Continued from page 1
• Outside of retirement accounts, only 37 percent of African Americans own wealth-building products such as stocks and mutual funds • 35 percent believe they are doing a good job at preparing for retirement • 33 percent have less than one month of funds saved for a crisis and less than 25 percent have amassed more than six months of emergency savings • The survey also reveals the importance of family influences on financial decisions: • 58 percent are actively involved in educating their children on finances (as compared to 48 percent of Caucasians) • 40 percent rely on family members for information • 50 percent include extended family and friends in their definition of family “The study shows African Americans want to improve their financial situations and are hopeful about the future,” said Evan Taylor, African American market director, MassMutual. “At the same time, it sheds light on the financial struggles and inequities that the African American community continues to battle. Those contradictions indicate a need for greater financial education and discipline for the whole family to achieve economic success. In fact, the biggest financial regret expressed by respondents was that they wished they had started saving and investing sooner.” To help bridge the gap, MassMutual has teamed up with Tarra Jackson, SCHOOL DISTRICT INTIMIDATES FAMILIES Continued from page 7
challenging the federal government’s opposition to SB 54. Given this environment, California officials in education and law enforcement have issued clear guidelines to maintain schools as safe spaces for undocumented parents. In December 2016, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s directive stated: “Our schools are not and will not become an arm of the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement. Parents should know they are welcome on our school campuses regardless of their immigration status.” And state Attorney General Xavier Becerra ordered that districts, rather than adding to immigrant families’ burdens, “should review their student-enrollment, residency, and data-collection policies and practices … to safeguard against inadvertently discouraging immigrant/ undocumented children from enrolling in or attending school because of the content of the enrollment forms or the mechanics of the enrollment process.” Ethnic Media Services reached out to Marin County’s 12 other school districts to ask if they are taking measures similar to Ross Valley’s to verify student residences. None reported considering doing so. Across the bay in Piedmont, a city known for its diligence in ensuring
who runs the Madam Money blog, to help African Americans improve their finances. Jackson is a personal finance expert, TV/radio personality, author and speaker with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is an experienced financial contributor for numerous newspapers, magazines, blogs, podcasts and radio shows. “Most African Americans are not taught about or involved with household finances,” said Jackson. “They also are not educated about personal financial strategies in school. This lack of financial education increases the use of credit, which results in higher debt burden, and minimum or nonexistent savings and investing behaviors. This perfect storm of high debt, low or no savings or investing, as well as lack of life insurance, stifles the attainment of the American Dream of financial security.” “The American Dream is possible with simple financial steps,” Jackson added. “It is never too late to start taking ownership of and investing in your financial future.” Her top five recommendations: 1. Begin with the end in mind. Thinking about a desired lifestyle will help to determine potential financial needs and wants. Whether it’s traveling the world, being debt free or having enough money to meet basic living standards and health needs, understanding preferred outcomes helps determine the right financial plan. 2. Create a spending & savings plan. Overspending and debt are destructive to financial stability. Creating a budget helps to determine expenses, income that its students are not from surrounding Oakland, school district administrators have not outsourced residency verification. Thomson Reuters uses the program CLEAR (Consolidated Lead Evaluation and Reporting) — purchased by Bagley — to track the residencies of its investigation pool. CLEAR employs “huge databases of public and proprietary records, starting with data you already have and linking to a variety of content types to easily uncover more about a person or business,” company spokesman Scott Augustine said. Company marketing materials describe CLEAR as a tool to “solve investigations faster and identify risks associated with your subject,” and “close gaps in your investigation by uncovering hard-to-find information on your subject” for purposes such as antimoney laundering, skip tracing, tax fraud detection, corporate security, child and family services, law enforcement and third-party risk management. Augustine didn’t disclose how many other school districts use the program. “I don’t know anyone who uses it,” Sylvia Eggers, administrative assistant to the Piedmont district superintendent, told Ethnic Media Services. “It’s just not something we’re interested in.” At Ross Valley’s Aug. 14 board of trustees meeting, Thomson Reuter’s spokesman Anthony Cicchese tried
gaps or ways to save more money and pay down debt. A budget gives you the power to make informed decisions necessary to meet your short, mid and long-term financial goals. 3. Start saving something sooner. Most people don’t start saving for their later years in life because they seem so far away. They think they have enough time or they may believe that they don’t have enough money. Saving a percentage of your paycheck now will help build savings by taking advantage of the power of compound interest. 4. Set it and forget it. Set a specific amount or percentage of your paycheck to automatically deposit into your retirement savings or investment accounts monthly or every pay period. This will help create consistency in savings. Automatic deposits will also limit access to the money and avoid the temptation to spend it. 5. Consult with a financial professional. Seeking advice from family members may be tempting, but when it comes to financial advice, it is often best to consult with a financial professional. They can guide you through options right for your financial situation and income while making the process less intimidating and overwhelming. Additionally, consumers are encouraged to visit massmutual.com/familystudy for more financial tips and an overview of the research findings. Methodology The State of the American Family survey was conducted for MassMutual by Isobar between January 19 and February 7, 2018, via a 20-minute online
questionnaire. The survey comprised 3,235 total interviews with Americans, including 482 African American respondents. The vast majority of these interviews (2,730) were conducted with men and women aged 25-64 with incomes equal to or greater than $50,000 and with dependents under age 26 for whom they are financially responsible. Respondents had to contribute at least 40% to decisions regarding financial matters in their household to qualify. Results were weighted in the March 2017 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) of the Current Population Survey for age, income, gender, ethnicity, region, and weighted to the 2016 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample for same sex married/partnered couples, to be representative of American families in this age and income bracket. This study includes trending data for the previous survey wave conducted in 2013. The sampling margin of error for this study is +/- 1.88 percentage points at the 95% confidence level when looking at the results for the 2,730 interviews at a total level. About MassMutual MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policy owners. MassMutual offers a wide range of financial products and services, including life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, annuities, retirement plans and other employee benefits. For more information, visit www.massmutual.com. PR Newswire Association LLC www.prnewswire.com
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to assuage the fears of the board. “We do not share any information we would receive from you with any law enforcement agency. Furthermore, we do not ‘upload’ any information you would enter into a CLEAR program. There is no information sharing from you to us,” he stated. A proposal for an anonymous “snitch” system for reporting suspected out-of-district families, however, was rejected by Ross Valley’s board of trustees, although a much more stringent system of eligibility verification was put in place. Parents lacking a formal lease or property
tax statement are now expected to provide a notarized document from their landlord describing their living arrangements. “It seems to fall disproportionately on the socioeconomic-disadvantaged families who may be sharing housing or paying someone as a roommate,” said Ross Valley Charter School Administrator Jennifer Wolf of the new policy requiring formal documents.
Mark Hedin Ethnic Media Services www.ethnicmediaservices.org
“If love is a sickness, patience is the remedy.” - Cameroonian Proverb October 2018
St. Louis city and St. Louis County Boycott For Economic and Social Justice The St. Louis County and St. Louis City Boycott consist of grassroots organizations dedicated to exposing the injustice and unfair treatment of African Americans. Missouri is ground zero for the modern day civil rights movement.
Remember, Missouri was a slave state.
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Government agencies continue to fail African Americans by not protecting African Americans civil and human rights.
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“You can pray until you faint, but unless you get up and try to do something, God is not going to put it in your lap.” – Fannie Lou Hamer
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used his own organization to engage thousands of young people in workshops designed to teach them their legal rights in encounters with the police and court system. Kaepernick signed an endorsement deal in 2011 with Nike, the multinational footwear and apparel corporation, and recently agreed to be in one of the company’s “Just do it” advertisements. The ad features Kaepernick’s image and the slogan “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” There has been a racist backlash against Nike’s choice of Kaepernick. Racists have been shown cutting the “swoosh” off their clothes and burning their sneakers. Trump praised this response in one of his Tweets, and gloated that Nike is “getting absolutely killed.” Trump condemned Nike not because he supports the workers who make those shoes. He is using every opportunity to promote his super-racist views. Some people on the left have criticized Kaepernick for accepting the Nike deal, pointing to Nike’s history of labor violations in overseas factories. While Nike’s labor violations are certainly true, it is not unique to Nike. All sportsapparel giants, Adidas, Under Armour and others, engage in the same overseas operations to super-exploit workers.
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it, activists and community members seemed hopeful. Oluwaseyi Adeleke, who participated in a demonstration at City Hall on the day the verdict was announced, said of Van Dyke’s conviction: “I think it’s a start. I think he should’ve probably gotten first degree. If you look at some of the statements that were put out: on [Van Dyke’s] car ride there he was talking about already shooting Laquan before he got to the scene.” As Adeleke went on to say, “[Van Dyke] has a really good lawyer because they developed the narrative that he shouldn’t be punished for doing his job when shooting people is not part of your job.” We agree. Van Dyke should’ve been
The anti-Nike backlash of the racists is not over concern for any worker or ethical practices. The overwhelming weight of anti-Nike sentiment today is based on racism against Kaepernick. It is part of the growing impunity that racist, pro-police forces feel they enjoy, especially with a white supremacist in the White House. The Party for Socialism and Liberation has supported Kaepernick ever since he first took a knee, as well as other athletes who have spoken out for their principles and against police terror. Kaepernick has continued to use his high profile to make a public stance for social justice, even as he has faced continued blacklisting by football owners. The struggle for justice can arise and develop in the most unexpected places, and few would have anticipated several years ago that the actions of professional football players would be playing such a prominent role today. Resistance is rarely chemically pure. The Black Panther Party, for instance, often collected millions of dollars from members of the bourgeoisie outraged, not by capitalist exploitation, but at the use of the repressive arms of the state in ways that affronted their sense of “fairness and democracy.” History is replete with examples of radicals and revolutionaries utilizing less than ideal circumstances to push forward a greater purpose. To critique Kaepernick for using this opportunity to convicted of first-degree murder — he knew exactly what he was doing when he fired 16 shots at a defenseless Black teenager. But whether or not one uses the language of victory to describe the verdict, this much is clear: What we do matters. Protest matters. Bottom-up, grassroots movement organizing matters. When we mount a collective challenge to the power brokers that administer this racist system, we can force them to do things they would never do otherwise. For this reason, we should celebrate this verdict as an opportunity to build the movement and push harder for even more ambitious changes. Sam Peiffer contributed to this article. Todd St Hill Tyler Zimmer Socialist Worker www.socialistworker.org
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elevate his message is truly to miss the forest for the trees. The movement in the streets against police terror inspired Kaepernick’s initial protest and sustained his courage over the years. In turn, his courage and commitment, in the face of considerable pressure from the media, corporate owners and the ruling class, has inspired thousands more to take action and speak
out. Kaepernick’s case, and that of all the other athletes following his example, is now a battleground in the overall struggle against white supremacy and for workers’ rights. That is how the lines are currently drawn and it is crucial that all working-class revolutionaries know where they stand. Party for Socialism and Liberation www.liberationnews.org
Photo, Alek S./flickr Activists stand in solidarity following the conviction of the cop who murdered Laquan McDonald.
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