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Appellate Judges: Alston out as Delegate By AFRO Staff
Former Prince George’s County legislator Tiffany T. Alston lost her appeal to regain her seat in the Maryland House of Delegates when the state Court of Appeals upheld a ruling
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Tiffany T. Alston issued in December by the Prince George’s County Circuit Court that the seat was vacant. The appellate court on Jan. 4 affirmed the Dec. 5 finding that Alston, 34, of Mitchellville, who represented District 24 until her career was derailed after she was accused of misappropriating funds, was legally ousted after she was given a one-year suspended
sentence. Alston claimed that she should have been allowed to retain her seat because she was not convicted of a crime. “The judge struck the finding of guilt,” she told the AFRO, “thereby eliminating the conviction. Under the law, a probation before judgment is not supposed to be used to disqualify a person from holding office.” Alston said she has the option to file an appeal in federal court, though she has not decided if she will. “My lawyers are reviewing it and no decision has been made,” she said. The appellate court was considering the action taken last month by Prince George’s County Circuit Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr., who ruled that Alston was no longer seated as a delegate. She was hoping to get her job back. Alston said the appeal was brought by Hall, who was challenging an effort by state officials to bar him from the seat after he was selected by the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee. The committee had recommended Hall to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), Continued on A3
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Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts talks to bishops, rabbis, and pastors gathered to discuss new community policing strategies.
Police Engage Faith Leaders in Crime Fight By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO
The Baltimore City Police Department has put out an open call to local bishops, pastors and rabbis in hopes that the faith community will become a more integral part of a new anticrime strategy. In a three-hour presentation and panel session at the American Brewery in East Baltimore, Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, head of the new Community Policing Division, laid out his plan to reduce crime by building better relationships between police officers and citizens. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts also attended the meeting.
Substance Abuse Fuels Incarceration Rates By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A recent study reports that treating substance abusers, especially African Americans, could save the nation billions of dollars at a time when all eyes are glued to debates over how to solve the country’s national debt. A study by researchers at Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. linked the prevalence of substance abuse disorders to the high rates of incarceration among Black males. Published in the November 2012 edition of “Frontiers in Psychiatry,” the study also suggested that spending more money on community-based treatment programs and improving mental health care in the Black community
could have an impact on substance abuse and crime among young Black males. Substance use disorders (SUDs) were associated with health problems, economic hardships, failed relationships, domestic violence and crime. If you struggled with drugs and lived in a major metropolitan area you were also more likely to spend time behind bars. According to the Meharry study, roughly 80 percent of adults in U.S. prisons used or abused alcohol or other drugs. Although Blacks abstain from drugs and alcohol at higher rates than the national average, Blacks are disproportionately represented in drug arrests and prison sentences nationwide. Driven by draconian drug laws and mandatory minimum Continued on A5
Russell, who is known for turning around the police department’s eastern district, is taking an initiative he started four years ago on the city’s east side, the Transformation Team, citywide. The program calls for a network of churches, government agencies, and nonprofits to work cooperatively. “With God all things are possible,” he said, quoting the Bible. “Faith is one thing, but without works these things are dead.” Russell and Batts, the newly appointed police commissioner, talked about the use of techniques such as prayer walks, counseling toreform repeat offender and modifying dayto-day routine patrol tactics
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Next Budget Showdown Could Lead to More Cuts By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After blinking during in a New Year’s Day showdown with President Obama that could have triggered across-the-board spending cuts and significant tax increases, Republicans are poised to seek deep cuts in spending that would violate the “balanced” approach to the deficit that the president has advocated. In an interview Jan. 6 on ABC’s “This Week,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans will not consider additional tax increases to help pay down the nation’s debt. “The tax issue is finished, over, completed,” he said. “That’s behind us. Now the question is what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and our future? And that’s our spending addiction. It’s time to confront it. The president surely knows that.” Continued on A3
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Energized with a new chairman and five new freshman House members, the Congressional Black Caucus was sworn in for the 113th Congress Jan. 3 with a pledge from incoming Chairman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) to “play to win” with the Obama administration in the battle for jobs, income opportunity and Continued on A5
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NATION & WORLD ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ Sets Social Media Activists on Edge
A new reality television show in the works for the Oxygen cable network, home of the “Bad Girls Club” and “I’m Having Their Baby” programs, has spawned outrage in the African-American community. The program, “All My Babies’ Mamas,” is set to follow Carlos Walker, better known by his G-Unit rap moniker “Shawty Lo,” as cameras film the day-to-day activities surrounding him, his eleven children and their ten different mothers. Petitions protesting the show, which is set for a spring 2013 debut, have already drawn more than 18,000 thousand signatures against the hour-long series produced by DiGa Vision, a production company funded by former producers from MTV. “It’s an abomination and it is designed to demoralize and exploit our children,” said Sabrina Lamb, author and founding chief executive
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officer of the youth financial education organization, WorldofMoney.org. Lamb said the children who have no choice in having their “pain and humiliation up for sale” are the main reason why the more than 14,000 supporters of her petition are putting more focus on this program than on what she called other “minstrel Shawty Lo shows” such as Facebook.com VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop.” In an open letter posted on the web site My Brown Baby Jan. 3 to Oxygen Media CEO Jason Klarman, Lamb said, “By all accounts, Oxygen Media wants young women to be self-hating, violent and catty while using their considerable spending power to support your advertisers.” In a press release Oxygen Media said it is hoping to draw viewers in by broadcasting the “highs and lows of this extreme ‘blended family’ that is anything but ordinary.” According to the Huffington Post, the network has pulled the 13-minute preview that was previously posted on its website, but has not announced plans to the cancel the program.
Tim Scott Slammed by NAACP on Maiden Day in Senate
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the first Black senator from the South since reconstruction, had been in office less than a day when his civil rights voting record was slammed by the NAACP. The rating is based on his voting record in his single term as a member of the state’s delegation to the House, not his race, Charleston NAACP chapter First Vice President Rev. Joe Darby said Jan. 4. “I think only a couple of times maybe one or two, he voted with what the organization perceived as in line with the organization’s agenda,” said Darby, grading Scott’s record with an “F”. Darby said the NAACP does not give grades based on color and it would be ignorant to think so. He voted against funding the settlement of a racial discrimination lawsuit between the U.S. Department of Tim Scott Wikimedia Agriculture and Black Farmers, Commons against the Congressional Black Caucus budget blueprint for fiscal year 2012, against TSA Employee Collective Bargaining rights,against federal funding for health care services offered by Planned Parenthood and against funding for the 2010 Health Care Reform Law, according to the NAACP’s annual legislative report card for the first session of the just-adjourned 112th Congress. “We have Republicans that believe in Civil Rights and unfortunately, he is not one of them,” said Ben Jealous, the NAACP’s
national president, in a statement. Scott dismissed the rating as “ridiculous” and added that race analysis misses the point in discussions of public policy. Scott took the oath of office Jan. 3 to fill the four years remaining on the term won two years ago by Jim DeMint, who left the Senate to head the Heritage Foundation, conservative think tank in Washington.
Baltimore Child Actor to Portray Young Frederick Douglass in PBS Film
Anthony Michael Hobbs, a child actor and second grade student at Baltimore’s Our Lady of Victory catholic school, will portray a young Frederick Douglass in the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) special “The Abolitionist” to premiere Jan. 8. Actor/director Richard Brooks (“Law & Order,” The Crow) will play the adult Frederick Douglass. The three-hour documentary airs in three parts on Jan. 8, 15 and
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23 as part of PBS’ American Experience Series. Frederick Douglass is one of five abolitionists highlighted who pushed to end slavery. The other four abolitionists included William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimke. The actor and model who will turn eight in April expressed his desire to act at the age of four, according to Kerri Hobbs, his mother and manager. Confused about how actress Lauren Keyana “Keke” Palmer could be one character on “True Jackson, VP” he watched on the Nickelodeon Channel and another character in the Tyler Perry movie Madea’s Family Reunion, he was told by his mother that the girl “learned to make pretend to make a story.” Anthony then announced he wanted to do that, too, she said. Having honed his reading skills with books two age levels ahead of him, he was able to read scripts at the age of five, and soon learned to memorize them in just a few minutes--often with assistance from his actress-mother, he quickly racked up a list of performance credits. He is an otherwise normal grade-schooler, except that when he is absent for a audition, he has a lot to share at show-and-tell, when he returns to class. Hobbs also stars in the PBS Sprout Network mini-segment on the “Sunnyside Up Show”, to start airing March. On top of that, the talented young actor stars in a PSA spot for the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) that started airing in October, 2012. Hobbs also stars in the DreamWorks documentary How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs. The DreamWorks documentary is also available on DVD.
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Alston Out as Delegate
Next Budget Showdown
who refused to seat him after it came to light happened. It’s not about Greg or me. It’s about that Hall had been charged with gun and drug the 100,000-plus people that reside in the 24th violations 20 years ago. Nichols ruled on Dec. legislative district who are now without the 5 that the committee could withdraw Hall’s representation of their choosing.” She said the name. 24th legislative district has one of the highest The central committee has not yet formally percentages of Blacks in the entire country. withdrawn Hall’s name, officials said. Alston, who also lost her law license, Alston said her ouster and “the failure said her sentence was converted to probation of the governor to appoint Greg Hall are before judgment after she completed 380 travesties of justice.” hours of community service. She said she “This is another example of the widespread worked at the Family Crisis Center domestic and systematic discrimination against violence shelter and the Community Public Black people at the hands of the state of King Awareness Council, a juvenile diversion sport-utility vehicle sought in By Alan with the murdertoof Staff Maryland,” she said. “If we were AFRO White or ourWriter program, both inconnection Prince George’s County, Hudson’s mother and brother. constituents were White, this wouldn’t have fulfill the obligation.
President Obama has rejected the GOP threatening to vote against raising the debt limit demand for specific cuts in exchange for raising in two months if Obama doesn’t go along with the nation’s debt limit to pay its outstanding their cuts-only proposal. bills. As Greenstein noted, cuts have already “One thing I will not compromise over is been imposed on domestic spending and any whether or not Congress should pay the tab for additional reductions would mean that the a bill they’ve already racked up,” Obama said in budget is being balanced primarily through his weekly address on Jan 5. spending cuts rather than a balanced approach. November 1, 2008 - November 7, 2008, The Washingto That position is being opposed by “Several pieces of legislation, culminating Republicans. in the 2011 Budget Control Act, reduced “I want to raise the debt ceiling, but I will spending on discretionary programs — for both not do it without a plan to get out of debt,” non-defense and defense programs — by $1.5 Senator Lindsey about Graham (R-S.C.) said Jan. 6 on trillion over the 2013-2022 period,” he stated. from a neighbor a suspiposted cious vehicle. noticed graph CNN’s State ofThe theman Union. “If you raise the debt “All of these savings are on the spending side.” the vehicle while walking his Sunday ceiling by a dollar, you should cut spending by Consequently, even if future measures dog. According to the Chicago for the aTribune, dollar. That is the toshot go forward.” require an even split between slashing spending her nep the boy hadway been Housetimes Minority Nancy Pelosi and raising additional revenue, the burden multiple in theLeader back seat blog, s of the vehicle. The SUV, porters (D-Calif.), appearing Jan.regis6 on CBS, said “I would fall disproportionately on cuts. tered to Hudson’s murdered offered Greenstein noted, “If future deficit reduction don’t think these two things should be related. brother, was towed with the anyone comes through an even split of revenues and Right now, we have toispay the bills that have boy’s body inside and being alive. spending cuts, total spending cuts will still been incurred,” she said. “And if you want to processed by evidence techniSin cianscut and workers. body Hudso outpace revenue increases by nearly 2 to 1. say spending forThe what we do next, fine, but was later andceiling.” taken to after a (These ratio estimates do not include the effects don’t tie itremoved to the debt the Cook County Medical of interest savings; if those savings are included, Idol,” As the Los Angeles Times noted, the fiscal Examiner’s office. Acade the share of savings that come from spending cliffHudson debateand underscored the geographic divide other family the mo cuts rises further.)” members at theParty, Medical stayed within thearrived Republican as the position Examiner’s office mid-afterThe The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) taken by McConnell and Graham illustrates. Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon to identify the body. ed that estimates show that ATRA makes all but The newspaper reported, “Almost 90% of Given the choice between lookslowly $624 $3.4 trillion in being tax cuts A spokesman for thebillion office of those the murders but is held in Monda Southern Republicans ‘fiscaling directly at the bodyvoted or against the tolda the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after permanent. It thus makes permanent 82 percent cliff’ compromise. At the same time, majority viewing it on a wall-mounted news v of the Bush tax cuts, while letting 18 percent of Republican representatives from outside the Southheld supported the deal, “She hands withwhich herwas family. Itexpire. was obviously a very emotional momen The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) approved in large part because of overwhelming “remained strong and for her famibeing convicted attempted Congressional Budget Office of estimate that Democratic video screen,support.” the family chose violenc ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackmaking permanent all of the Bush tax cuts the Some latter. experts According thein spending have In f say to cuts “She held hands with herhave famiing. Cook records show home, Tribune,outpaced Hudson said, “Yes, would cost $3.4 trillionCounty over 2013-2022. already any expected risely,” in revenue. the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both that’s him.” and ho White in House “President Obama has said thatwas future deficit a veryAccording obviously emotional to acharges 1999.fact Hesheet, was also kiss th “By raising income tax ratesinon the for wealthiest moment.” convicted 1998 possesreduction should come through a balanced ing the The boy – the and son keeping of Julia taxession stolen motor vehicle. lowoffora the middle class, Jason. mix of revenue increases and spending cuts; Hudson, Jennifer’s – had will Heensure was released prison in “Ev thesister agreement we havefrom the most as a first step, he required that ATRA’s [the been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years throug progressive income tax code in decades.” American Taxpayers Relief Act] two-month when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a found: “All the grandmother, car hijacking charges. delay in scheduled across-the-board budget cutsDarnellHowever, FactCheck.org area to No wonder Obama’s is an Donerson, preserving middle-class 57, andpresident’s his uncle, talk aboutThe boy remained missing (‘sequestration’) be campaign offset with even split of have to trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29,tax shot toin death through abill long cuts the just-passed to weekend avert the in soyoung revenues and spending reductions. By contrast, group, saying, “Barack Obama in his grandmother’s home in cliff may which police and volunteers for wh called fiscal give one the impression some leaders have indicated thatblock of South Yale Never Republican Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 that, except for the wealthy, people will be But Obama’s ties ACORNthe runadditional Avenue. they will push totoachieve deficit long and deep. He taught classes paying the same amount in taxes this year as An Amber – a desigreduction entirely through spending cuts, with Alert for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing last. But that’s not correct. Left out of Obama’s no revenue increases at all,” wrote himfurther for President. children – was issued Friday analysis is that a temporary two-year reduction Robert of the But nowGreenstein, ACORN is infounder trouble.and president after Julian was discovered in Social Security payroll taxes was allowed to least Priorities. Reporter: There and are at Center on Budget Policy missing after the murders. expire. As a result, most people will actually pay 11 investigations across the Police arrested William He explained, “The President’s approach is country involving thousands of more in taxes this year.” Balfour, the missing boy’s stepthe sound and equitable one. If this Republican potentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged According husband to the nonpartisan Tax Policy view forms.holds, then when all of the deficit of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Center, households with income between Announcer: Massive votertogether, reduction efforts are tallied spending Southside apartment several $40,000 and $50,000 will pay an additional fraud. And the Obama campaign after the cuts will outpace revenue increaseshours by nearly 5 murders. paid more than $800,000 to an $574 in payroll Balfour’s mother, Michele, has taxes this year as a result of the to 1 — hardly a balanced ACORN front for get out theapproach.” vote told reporters thatpayroll her sontax had returning to 6.2 percent from 4.2 After Congress hastily approved a planto do with the slayings. efforts. nothing percent. Households with earnings between Pressuring issue risky to avert thebanks fiscaltocliff that raised taxesBalfour on remains a suspect in Jason Hudson $75,000 and $100,000 will pay an additional loans. Nationwide voter fraud. individuals earning more than $400,000 a year Barack Obama. Bad judgment. $1,194. Overall, 77 percent of Americans will and earning in excess of $450,000 Blindfamilies ambition. Too risky for be paying more in taxes in 2013 than they did annually, America. many angry House Republicans – in 2012. who did not want to see any tax increases – are See more on afro.com Since McCain’s comments,
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to be less intimidating to residents. “I’m declaring war in the city of Baltimore, but it’s not a war of guns, handcuffs, batons, or hate,” Batts told the audience of clergy members gathered for the meeting. “It’s a war of caring and of love. It’s something that is very different for us as an organization.” The Transformation Team began under Russell when he became the commanding officer of the Eastern District in 2008. The group started to walk through their neighborhoods in prayer, engaging drug dealers in conversation and cleaning up vacant lots contributing to blight. Batts said that when residents only see police “taking away the uncles, the cousins, and the brothers to jail” but putting nothing positive back into the neighborhood, it creates the atmosphere of hostility between law enforcement and citizens. “We operate like an occupying army and that has to change,” he said. “What I want to address is how to build communities.” The Transformation Team has seen palpable results with the community “Day of Hope” series, free community festivals in areas hard-hit by crime, officials said. The events are scheduled to kick off city wide this summer. “No other district had more historical violence year after year after year in terms of shootings and homicides,” said Russell of the Eastern
Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. the body of her 7-year-old nephew Monday, just hours after his body was found in a
plate X584859 was found on Chicago’s West Side after police received a 7 a.m. call
ACORN Fights Back
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’ By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer
and Dallas Cowboys players Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, among the names submitted to Photo by Alexis Taylor election officials. Presidential candidate John Lt. Colonel Melvin Russell, recently appointed to the who Hurd said those workers, McCain’s attack on ACORN – were doing thosespeaks things without Associated Community newly created Community Policing Division, to ACORN’s knowledge or permisOrganization Reform Now –Faith members offor the Baltimore Community. sion, were fired. confirms the success of the “The evidence that has surorganization, the head of the faced far shows they faked group says. District, adding that there for thesoU.S. Conference of forms to get paid for work they “This is testimonythe to the work Catholic were 50 homicides year Bishops. didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve before he took overpresident the Bishop Marcus boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, of Eastern Johnson, a member ofperpetrathe victim of fraud, not the ACORN,District. said in an interview tor of it. with the AFRO. “Those are war numbers,” Transformation Team’s board Hurd saidsaid the only this attack started, we said“When Russell. ofdirectors, thatthings although bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had Russell said part of the faith-based tactics clearly selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new vottransformation dealt just withto say can’tresolve the problems agrees. ers,” she said. “That’s It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared doing more than just locking affecting each neighborhood, ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” up criminals. they are important in been found guilty of, or even McCain, who is running for “Because someone thecasting quality of life charged with, fraudulent president on the Republican tick- improving commits violent act doesn’t in crime-ravaged areas. votes.” et, lashed aout at ACORN in the The came about final debate against mean they can’t beBarack a virtuous The problem organization also primarily mentoring because of the way for Obama, but contending thehas group person, someone to “is offers programs ACORN operates. Rather than on the verge of maybe perpetratopen the door,” said Bishop youth adults alike. rely onand volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in Denis Madden, chairman believe our poor city can see ple,“Imany of them or unemvoter history in this country,of to sign up new voters. maybe destroying fabric of the Committee onthe Ecumenical aployed, real transformation,” he The idea was to help both those democracy.” and Interreligious Affairs said. being registered and those doing Factcheck.org, a non-partisan the registration. Web site, found those claims to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain point out that ACORN is charges were politically motivatrequiredKosher by law to Gospel! turn in all regsings ed. istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowto note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, tion, in many instances, that first and people of color, I believe the brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. to ACORN, thereby undercutting For 38 years, the non-partisan organization has fought for social his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. and moderate-income Joshua by his fiveWho piece Announcer: is Barack Americans. WithNelson, 400,000 accompanied memwill entertain us with his Kosher the Obama? A man gospel, with “a political berensemble, families organized into more of Jewish chapreligious lyrics and meanings with baptism performed at warp thanmarriage 1,200 neighborhood speed.” gospel Vast ambition. ters in 110 nationwide, thecities soulful sounds of American music.After college, he moved to Chicago. ACORN has over the years seen Became a community organizer. its share of criticism while advoSaturday, January 19, 7:00 p.m. There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Rubin Sanctuary, Beth El Congregation Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the of ACORN. He was so underserved— and Tickets: while organ$25/adults;branch $15/children impressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering Presented by The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center Fordid LifeACORN Long Learning What in Chicago and baseless as this one. at Beth El Congregation engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the Park Heights Avenue banks to issue risky home loans. organization has engaged8101 in mas21208 same types of loans that sive voter registration fraudBaltimore, after MDThe 410.484.0411 www.bethelbalto.com caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse
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ACORN’s 87 offices have been bombarded with threats and racist mail. The day after the presidential debate, vandals broke into the organization’s Boston and Seattle offices and stole computers. After a Cleveland representative appeared on TV, an e-mail was sent to the local office saying she “is going to have her life ended.” A worker in Providence, R.I., received a threatening call saying, “We know you get off work at 9” and uttered racial epithets. A caller to one office left a message on the answering machine, saying: “Hi, I was just calling to let you know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) nigger, and he’s a piece of (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They’re gonna get all hung honeys, they’re going to get assassinated, they’re gonna get killed.” Another message said, “You liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) come to our country, consume every natural resource there is, and make a lot of babies. That’s all you guys do. And then suck up the welfare and expect everyone else to pay for your hospital bills for your kids. I jus’ say let your kids die. That’s the best move. Just let your children die. Forget about paying for hospital bills for them. I’m not gonna do it. You guys are lowlifes. And I hope you all die.” Hurd thinks the hate calls will cease soon. “In two weeks, I think these attacks will be over. But I think it will be harder for us to get our name back on good graces because they really trashed us in the last few weeks.” But ACORN will not be deterred. “We’ve been fighting for a long time, for over 30 years, for the rights of low- and moderateincome people all across the country,” Hurd said. “We’re going to continue to fight for economic justice in our communities.”
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Franklin D. Roosevelt –1933
Dr. Carter G. Woodson -- Challenges a ‘Jim Crow’ Welcome
he era of the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency represents the beginning of many important changes for the country and the AfricanAmerican community. The Roosevelt victory in the 1932 election reflected the American public’s pressing need for visible relief from the devastations of the Great Depression that arose shortly after President Hoover became president in 1929. Hoover’s failure to overcome the depression created a huge advantage for Roosevelt to market his “Happy Days are Here Again” agenda to an American population eager for relief and change. For the Black community, Roosevelt’s 1932 election represented the beginning of what eventually became a migration away from the Republican Party of Lincoln, and in his election of 1936, Roosevelt indeed received 71 percent of the Black vote. The 1933 inauguration also reflected a major shift in the Black participation in inaugural celebrations. Blacks had consistently been excluded from, or sparingly permitted, participation in the major celebratory events in past presidential inaugurations due to the ‘Jim Crow’ influence most often demanded by Southern Democrats. Roosevelt clearly was not overwhelmingly influenced by the Southern Democrats as his predecessors had been. It appears that a record number of Blacks were indeed involved in the 1933 Roosevelt inauguration. However, a challenge to the ever-present ‘colored inaugural ball’ of past inaugurations arose in the months prior to the Roosevelt inauguration that clearly demonstrated a major change in how Blacks were willing to be treated in the future. G. David Houston, a Harvard University graduate, high school principal in Washington D.C., and classmate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, was made chairman of a committee focused on special entertainment for the Roosevelt inauguration. The committee announced “to all colored citizens throughout
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the land that a genuine welcome awaits all who may attend the inauguration of the Honorable Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Among the special entertainment functions was a second inaugural gala that was viewed as being nothing more than the “colored inaugural ball.” Indeed this perception was supported by the fact that most of the members of the special entertainment committee were Black. Assorted Black leaders objected to the creation of the ‘special committee’ viewing it as being a tool to perpetuate the segregated ‘Jim Crow’ practices that many Blacks were beginning to vocally resent. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, editor of the Journal of Negro History registered his emphatic objection to what G. David Houston was attempting to accomplish with his ‘special committee’ in an article that appeared in the Feb. 4 edition of the AFRO. The Woodson article was joined by a similar objection by Ferdinand Q. Morton, a New York civil service commissioner and a powerful leader in the New York City Tammany Hall Democratic Party. The debate between Woodson, Morton and Houston, all Harvard University educated Black men, on whether or not a separate inaugural ball should be considered a highly objectionable “Jim Crow” tool, is a spectacle that attracted lots of attention during the period just prior to the March 4 Roosevelt inauguration. The AFRO reported that Houston was viewed by the Washington community as coming out of the debate politically stronger. However, during the course of the debate, Woodson and Morton delivered a powerful message that being welcomed by the White political power base was no longer going to be enough when it was coupled with the insulting and demeaning ‘Jim Crow’ conditions of segregation. Given Roosevelt’s actions in eliminating racial barriers in the federal government during his four terms as president, it appears he got the message. who insisted that I serve on the Colored Inaugural Committee which will provide for the entertainment of the politicians who will appear in Washington to participate in restricted fashion in the inauguration of the President of the United States. Inasmuch as I never accept jim-crowism, unless it is forced upon me, I had to refuse to permit the use of my name, but these gentlemen of the Jim Crow resorted to the argument that I should be willing to serve thus because Mr. G. David Houston is to be the chairman of this special committee, and his name so appears on their letterhead. Is this to be Mr. Houston’s function on the regular Inaugural Committee?
March 11, 1933 - MR. AND MRS. G. DAVID HOUSTON, Washington, DC, just before they entered the Pan-American Building, where they were guests at the Governor’s reception. Mr. Houston was a classmate of President Roosevelt at Harvard and was a member of the National Committee on Inaugural Arrangements.
Woodson Raps Separate Arrangements For the Roosevelt Inauguration Feb. 4, 1933
No Special Arrangements Needed, He Declares. “First” and “Second” Holdings in Ante-Bellum Virginia are Recalled. Present Set Up Looks to Him Like a “Frolic in the Backyard.” By DR. CARTER G. WOODSON Editor of the Journal of Negro History The other day a friend of mine, now very much worried about losing his job on the fourth of March, sang to me the woes afflicting so many others on the eve of a change in the Federal administration. In a facetious manner I suggested that he talk with G. David Houston, to whom many people have referred as the coming “spokesman” for his Harvard classmate, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Certainly we who have received scant consideration from Herbert Hoover would not like to suffer still more at the hand s of the incoming chief executive of the nation. Anything which may prevent such a thing certainly should be cheerfully done by the friends of humanity.
Not Taken Seriously When I heard that this scholarly classmate of the Presidentelect was to dabble in political matters, however, I did not take it more seriously than that he would have access to this public functionary and would add a word occasionally to see that less injustice be meted out to our oppressed people. Inasmuch as Mr. Houston has well established himself by his work in education and as a successful newspaper correspondent in local matters. I never think of him as having time to give to things purely political. If he desire to do so, however, it is his affair, not mine. Yet, I cannot refrain from expressing the hope that this educator will not go to the extent of making himself an agent through which we must be meagerly served by persons whose attitude toward us is such that they will not give adequate attention to those less fortunate than the victors in the recent election. It will be so much better for a man of color to become the advisor of the President of the United States, not on matters which peculiarly concern the Negro but on all affairs respecting the common welfare and social justice. The thinking Negro will struggle to reach this higher ground in politics.
Declined to Serve I received another impression of the affair the other day, however, when I was called up by several “distinguished” persons
Surprise This struck me as a great surprise, and I am still hoping that a man of such educational influence will withdraw from any such jim-crowism which has been the thing to which politicians have usually stooped for their bread and butter. Mr. Houston does not need to do it, and there can be no pecuniary reason for such stooping. He will want to retain the respect of his student; and how can he do so while directing the youth to the ghetto? They must be taught to think, not to eat, drink, and romp at the back door. Step Backward
It is all right for our people in this city to make preparation to entertain friends whenever they come to Washington, but to make a special effort to stage festivities at the back door when they are denied the right to come through the front door and participate in the grand functions of this occasion is to me a step backward toward slavery. We are not compelled to have a banquet or a dance during the inaugural season. Yet, if they must dance or dine, they can easily arrange such functions at some other time when they are not semi-officially worked out so as to determine their social status at a great disadvantage. Sackcloth and Ashes If we are not to be admitted to the real inaugural function because of our color, we should show much more manhood by remaining at home in sackcloth and ashes as a protest against the denial of this social and civic right. To proceed otherwise means surrender to the oppressor. It looks too much like slavery to see our men and women purchasing expensive finery to imitate others whom they can see only by peeping through the windows and the cracks of the doors. It is a most discouraging thing to men who have worked hard in trying to open the eyes of our people when they see those who are “educated” content to hang on to customs observed among the slaves a century ago.
First and Second Holidays These “educated” persons remind me of those whom I as a boy observed in Virginia. I used to hear our people during the springtime talk about the First Holiday and the Second Holiday for which they always made extensive preparation. The white people at the same time were busy getting ready for the great festivities of Easter and Whitsuntide. I could not understand the difference in point of view until I studied the history of slavery. I found out that this custom carried over into freedom, developed from the fact that the ante-bellum whites had their festivities during the days leading up to and on Easter and Whitsuntide while the slaves who had to work hard waiting on them were permitted to have theirs at the back door or in the barnyard on the Mondays following these important days. Now here in 1933 we find our “highly educated” people conforming to these same customs of slavery. It is evident, then, that you cannot free a man by telling him to be free. He has to be free in spirit before you can make him a real free man. You cannot free a man’s mind from the slave psychology merely by sending him to school and cramming it with facts that somebody else would like to have him know. To free him and make him free indeed his mind must be so fed as to stimulate his thinking and enable him to plan and do for himself. Some of us do not think, and we lose our self-respect when we so stoop as to participate in such degradation of our own status. We thereby demonstrate in a most dramatic fashion what education will not do for some of us.
2,000 in Parade at Inaugural of Roosevelt March 11, 1933
Largest Number Ever in Line at an Inauguration Marched Sat. WASHINGTON – Far surpassing past parades in number, more than 2,000 colored persons were among the 18,000 participants in the Inauguration Parade here, Saturday. In one of the most picturesque and colorful pageants ever to mark the inauguration of a President of the United States, more colored than ever before stepped to the spirited tunes of bands as they passed the reviewing stand and saluted President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the nation’s highest executive for the next four years.
10TH Cavalry Applauded With applause of the crowds which lined the streets continuously ringing out as they progressed in the line of march, the machine gun squadron of the 10th Cavalry commanded the attention of radio announcers, spectators and officials. Undoubtedly one of the most historic units in the parade, the company rode spirited black and brown mounts that seemed to prance spiritedly to every beat of nearby army bands. The ankles and tails of the animals were wrapped in orange colored bandages just as the trimmings of the saddle blankets. They added color to the horses’ limbs, together with the shining and well groomed horseflesh which fairly glistened as they stepped almost as one horse and rider to the spirited tunes of patriotic music. Medals Worn Out of deference to the new President, army officers and troops taking part in the parade wore all their medals to which they were entitled. The far-famed 10th Cavalry was one of the three army units in the parade, with the regimental flag bearing their streamers and battle clasps won during crucial periods in the history of the United States. The others were the 3rd Cavalry and the 12th Infantry. On the battle flag of the 10th Cavalry massed among the massed colors of the First Division of the parade were the dates of campaigns since the close of the Civil War, battles against the Indians, and records of engagements in Cuba and the Philippines. The 10th was one of the oldest army outfits in the line. Guard Units in Line With Captain Arthur C. Newman, commander of Co. A 372 Infantry, District National Guard in command, a provisional battalion composed of the First Separate Company. Infantry, Maryland National Guard and Co. A, 372nd Infantry, District National Guard, marched massed in a close column of twelve files front. Captain William Creigler, commander of the Maryland company, marched as a second in command. Captain Albert Ridgeley of the Washington company, headed the medical detachment of the combined companies. A line of the five lieutenants followed with Lieutenants King of Company A, 372; Chatmon, of the 1st Sep.; Queen of Co… A, 1st Sept. Battalion, New Jersey State Militia, Clay, of 1st Sep., and Blackwell, of Co. A, 372nd. 875 Cadets March Following a fight waged by civic organizations to have all cadets of the District march in the Inaugural Parade, the 9th Brigade Cadet band headed the 875 uniformed cadets of that brigade. Clad in the regulation blue uniforms of the Washington High School Cadets, the youth marked the end of the First Division o the parade which continued for three hours after they had passed the reviewing stand.
G.A.R. Men Ride in Car One car of men of the Grand Army of the Republic came in the third division. The four colored men who rode in the one G.A.R. car were the only men of that organization in the line. Following a called meeting of 16 white Civil War veterans, it had been decided that they would not participate in the parade “because they had not been asked to.” It was found that when the invitation had been issued, the G.A.R. was to be allowed four automobiles to take care of the 16 known G.A.R. men. When it was found that no provision had been made four colored G.A.R. members the committee was informed that there were four Civil War men in Washington. Arrangements were then made for three cars for the white and one car for the colored and invitations to that effect were sent out. Captain Newman, head of the parade sub-committee said. The 16 white Civil War comrades, after their protest meeting, decided not to participate, because of “humiliating treatment,” according to John B. King, past commander of the organization. He gave as another reason that the 16 had passed the “ringing resolution” not to march. He was also highly indignant over the fact that the committee in issuing its call for veterans had stated that several carloads of Confederates had been found. William P. Wright, white commander in chief of the Grand Army, residing in Chicago, stated in news dispatches that he had received not one, but two invitations to the parade.
Lone Eagle Scout in Court Among the Court of Honor gathered about the President there was one colored youth, Robert Benjamin Best, the only registered Eagle Scout in the District of Columbia. Only Eagle Scouts were invited to be a part of the President’s Court of Honor in the reviewing stand. Best was the commander of the high school cadets last year. The Third Division, consisting of veterans’ organizations and fraternal organizations, presented one of the most colorful in the parade. Near the very beginning of the third division came the G.A.R. men. Closely behind these cam the Spanish-American War veterans in a caravan of 20 automobiles. Among the American Legion posts in the line of march came the James Reese Europe Post No. 5 and the James E. Walker Post No. 26. The Morning Star Lodge of Elks’ band with women marching and playing to bring rounds of applause paraded before the Morning Star Lodge No. 40. The Columbia Lodge of Elks and the Knights of St. John followed. The Columbia Lodge clad in white with purple-lined capes flowing in the breezes, formed somewhat of a contrast to the Knights of St. John, who followed clad in their blue uniforms with white flowing plumes. The Community Center Band of Washington took a place in the Fourth Division.
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Medgar Evers’ Widow to Offer Invocation By AFRO Staff
Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation at President Obama’s second inauguration on Jan. 21. According to the Associated Press, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Jan. 8 that Evers-Williams will deliver the prayer. The announcement was made nearly 50 years after Medgar Evers was gunned down in
the driveway of his home in Mississippi. In a statement, Obama said that EversWilliams represents the ideals of justice, equality and opportunity that he pursues. Evers-Williams is a distinguished scholar at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. She served as chairwoman of the NAACP from 1995-1998. The Rev. Louie Giglio of Atlanta’s Passion City Church will deliver the benediction for Obama’s swearing-in.
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sentencing, the incarceration rates for Blacks exploded by 500 percent between 1986 and 2004. In 2009, Black males were 6.7 times more likely to spend time in jail than their White counterparts. “This high rate of incarceration has resulted in more African American males involved with the criminal justice system than with educational services,” the report stated. When arrest records and visits to jail become more common than diplomas and college tours, educational values shift. It’s an unfortunate fact of life for many young, Black men, said William Richie, assistant psychiatry professor at Meharry Medical College and lead author of the study. “Finishing school for African American males is often some sort of incarceration, where they learn the true nature of the world,”
said Richie. “You get a couple of arrests under your belt, a couple of times that you’ve been charged, and suddenly, it’s not a foreign concept for an African American male.” It’s not a foreign concept for the rest of American taxpayers, either, who largely foot the bill for this costly education. The Vera Institute of Justice, an independent research organization, found that states spend in excess of $40 billion annually to house, feed and secure criminals. States spend more than $300 million on health care for prisoners alone. That number is dwarfed by the $3 billion it costs to fund the health care and pensions for retired corrections employees. “It’s cheaper to give [substance abusers] treatment and to try to help them return to a productive state than it is to lock them up,” said Tracye Wilson employment
coordinator for Our Place DC, a nonprofit group that helps formerly incarcerated women return to their families and neighborhoods. “They’re not doing anything accept for sucking the economy dry when they’re locked up. You have to feed them, you have to pay the guards to guard them.” A 2008 report by the Justice Policy Institute, a group that advocates for justice reform, showed that it’s more cost-effective to provide treatment for substance abusers through community based-programs than it is to care for them while they are incarcerated. The report revealed that drug treatment program costs range from $1,800 to $6,800 per participant. Yet, prisons spend more than $24,000 a year incarcerating criminals and another $24 per day to treat those with SUDs. States such as California,
weighing the costs, chose to invest in treatment programs. “According to the California Drug and Alcohol Treatment Assessment (CALDATA), every $1 invested in substance abuse treatment has a return of $7 in cost savings from social benefits such as reduced health costs, crime, and lost productivity,” the JPI study reported. The Washington State Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan research group, found that each dollar spent on community-based drug treatment programs returned more than $18 in societal and economic benefits. In a 2009, Jamie Fellner, senior counsel with Human Rights Watch said: “Hauling hundreds of thousands of people down to the station house each year because they have some weed or a rock of crack cocaine in their pocket
Oldest Citizen Dies By AFRO Staff Mamie Rearden, a 114-year-old woman from South Carolina who was named the oldest living U.S. citizen has died. Rearden’s family members confirmed to the Associated Press that their mother, who resided in Edgefield, died Jan. 2 at a hospital in Georgia. The 114-year-old had held the title as the oldest woman in the country for about two weeks. Sara Rearden of Burtonsville, Md. said that her mother had broken her hip after a fall in December. Representatives from the Gerontology Research Group explained that Rearden’s 1898 birth was recorded in the 1900 U.S. Census. Rearden was declared the oldest living person after the death of 115-year-old Dina Manfredini of Iowa. Rearden was just a year younger than 115-year-old Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, who holds the title as the world’s oldest person. has had little impact on drug use.” Fellner authored the report, “Decades of Disparity Drug Arrests and Race in the United States” that showed how “treatment, education and positive social investments” in povertystricken neighborhoods were
“less destructive” and had a greater impact on reducing drug crimes than incarceration that cast a long shadow that often limited job and housing opportunities for an exoffender years after he has paid his debt to society.
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political influence for Black America. “I’m looking forward to working with the administration, I’m certainly proud of our president but there are some things I think we need to discuss.” “If we are merely players at this juncture in our history, let us play to win, [because] our present and our future depend on it,” she said. Her remarks reflected turmoil in the 112th Congress when the relationship between the CBC and President Obama was not always harmonious especially on the issues of unemployment and health care reform. However, Fudge is focused on starting early on a legislative agenda with the Obama administration. “I’d like for us to start off on the right foot. I’d like for us to talk early enough with the administration such that we’re on the same page where we can be and where we can’t be we can at least decide to disagree agreeably,” said Fudge After receiving the honorary gavel from outgoing Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Fudge summed up the motivation for the CBC’s continued work. “After years of progress we are now witnessing the disappearance of opportunities that allow everyone to realize their highest potential; in our
communities, schools and in some cases in our homes,” said Congresswoman Fudge. The CBC leadership for the 113th Congress includes Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) as vice chair, Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) as second vice chair, Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) as secretary and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) as whip. The five new members of the 41-yearold caucus are Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Rep. Steve Horsford (D-Nev.), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas). The CBC newcomers expressed the importance of joining a caucus with a long history of supporting AfricanAmerican policy needs. “There’s a great tradition and legacy that the CBC has had, consistently pushing the progressive agenda forward for African-Americans, people of color and struggling communities across the country,” said 42-year old, Jeffries who represents Brooklyn, N.Y.. “We’ve come a long way but we still have a long way to go.” Caucus senior members emphasized the current economic and political climate as the CBC driving force.
“Look at the times we’re in now, it seems that Congress often forgets about the middle class or the folks struggling to get into the middle class.” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). “When we look at the conservative tea party that has come along, you need some push back for folks pushing policy that work against our community.” The most pressing issue the caucus faces is African-American unemployment which stands at 14% according to the December 2012 jobs report from the Department of Labor. The December figures reflect black unemployment increasing from 13.2% in November. Fudge said that “jobs and employment are the top of our agenda” and Jeffries said he feels “African-American unemployment is at unacceptably high levels.” Cummings stressed working with President Obama to get AfricanAmericans back to work. “We have to try and work with this president to push his agenda which is to open more doors of stimulus funding for projects that will employ people such as infrastructure and money for black colleges and universities,” Cummings said.
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CHILD WATCH: New Year’s Resolutions
Marian Wright Edelman
As New Year’s Eve countdowns wound down, many people turned to the familiar ritual of taking stock of where they are now to make resolutions for what they can do better in the new year. We all measure our accomplishments and shortcomings in different ways. Some people count numbers on a scale or in a savings account. But what if we decided to take stock as a nation by measuring how we treat our children? If we did that kind of
countdown, we’d learn: • Every second and a half during the school year a public school student receives an out-of-school suspension. • Every 8 seconds during the school year a public high school student drops out. • Every 32 seconds a child is born into poverty in America. • Every 47 seconds a child is abused or neglected. • Every 72 seconds a baby is born without health insurance. • Every five and a half hours a child is killed by abuse or neglect.
A majority of America’s fourth and eighth grade public school students can’t read or do math at grade level, including 76 percent or more of Black and Latino students. Millions of American children start school not ready to learn and millions more lack safe, affordable, quality child care and early childhood education. If we were counting we’d see that millions of poor children are hungry, at risk of hunger, living in worst case housing, or
“Millions of American children start school not ready to learn and millions more lack safe, affordable, quality child care and early childhood education.” are homeless in America. And we would find a child or teen is killed by a firearm about every three hours and 15 minutes — more than seven every single day. The devastation at Sandy Hook put the media spotlight on a tragedy that strikes families in communities across America daily as a result of our nation’s shameful refusal to protect children instead of guns. In 2010 2,694 children and teens died from gun violence. What do these numbers tell us about who we are and who we hope to be? Why do we choose to let children be the poorest
age group in our rich nation and to let millions of children suffer preventable sickness, neglect, abuse, mis-education, and violence? Why do we continue to mock God’s call for justice for children and the poor and our professed ideals of freedom and justice for all? It’s time for new resolutions backed by urgent and persistent action. In 2013, the United States celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and of the Birmingham movement. Our first African-American president will be inaugurated for a second term in a public ceremony that will take place the same day as our national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our prophet of nonviolence. How will we honor and carry forth our long struggle towards freedom and equality? Let’s resolve not to make this another year of platitudes and remembering the dream but make this a year of action to end child poverty and violence as Dr. King called for. Dr. King said: “The Declaration of Independence proclaimed to a world, organized politically and spiritually around the concept of the inequality of man, that the dignity of human personality was inherent in man as a living being.
The Emancipation Proclamation was the offspring of the Declaration of Independence . . . Our pride and progress could be unqualified if the story might end here. But history reveals that America has been a schizophrenic personality where these two documents are concerned. On the one hand she has proudly professed the basic principles inherent in both documents. On the other hand she has sadly practiced the antithesis of these principles.” He concluded: “There is but one way to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation. That is to make its declarations of freedom real; to reach back to the origins of our nation when our message of equality electrified an unfree world, and reaffirm democracy by deeds as bold and daring as the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.” Let’s match the history of this 2013 moment with bold and daring steps to close the gap between what every child needs to grow to productive adulthood, what we know works, and what we do to ensure their healthy development. It must begin with safety from guns. If the child is safe all of us are safe. Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund.
Boehner: Intemperate, Ignorant and Out of Control Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives with a narrow vote. Needing 218 votes, he barely clinched it with 220. His narrow victory reflects the fact that no Democrat would vote for him and that many Republicans are disillusioned of him. Perhaps it also reflects the fact that he has so poorly comported himself that he does not Julianne Malveaux deserve reelection. Most folks who curse do it behind closed doors. In deference to their position, they attempt to parse their public statements to reflect the dignity of the office they hold. Not Mr. Boehner, who dropped the “F---” bomb on Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) not once, but twice, in the middle of fiscal cliff negotiations. To his credit, Reid did not respond, but behaved as if he perhaps did not hear the out-of-control Boehner. The Speaker of the House of Representatives comported himself as intemperate, ignorant and out of control. The fact that Boehner appeared out of control is no surprise to those who have observed him over these past two years. He leads with bombast and bluster then backs down into defensiveness and profanity. Last December, he refused to compromise with President Obama on fiscal matters surrounded by a defiant set of Republicans who agreed with him. When he backed down, he was alone, virtually abandoned
by his party. Déjà vu. After pontificating, and offering a nonsensical Plan B for a House vote, his party rebuked him and he had to tuck tail and sit down at the negotiating table. No wonder he managed so much ire that he cursed the Senate Majority leader. You can cuss in public and you can cuss in private. The fact that Boehner chose to kick New York to the curb is as a big an “F” bomb as the one he offered Senator Reid. After being promised that relief for Hurricane Sandy was forthcoming,
“He leads with bombast and bluster then backs down into defensiveness and profanity.” Boehner broke his promise and pushed the vote back to the 113th Congress. Only after Democrats and Republicans, governors and congressional representatives excoriated him on the House floor, did he agree to vote on a $9 billion plan on Jan. 5, with another $53 billion up for vote on Jan. 15. Meanwhile, many New Yorkers are still living in the backs of their cars, lacking electricity and other basic needs, eating in soup kitchens, bathing in shelters, no better off than they were when the hurricane hit. Have we not learned lessons from Hurricane Katrina? Can we not get relief to people just a bit sooner? Must New Yorkers be treated as pawns in this partisan nonsense? Should Boehner have the right to metaphorically fling the “f” bomb at them? New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, have expressed
their righteous rage at congressional chicanery. This has not moved a Congress that bootstrapped fiscal cliff legislation with goodies for Puerto Rican rum producers, some Hollywood moguls, and other assorted pork. The day of the earmark has supposedly expired, but those with special interests spent more time promoting them than they did on repairing the damage from Hurricane Sandy. Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.) calmed down after a private meeting with Boehner. He had it absolutely right before he calmed down, though. Then he raised questions about the way members of Congress run to New York for fundraisers and support, but have not rushed to support New York and New Jersey in this crisis. While monies may yet be forthcoming, it should have hit New York, Connecticut and New Jersey at least a month ago. And while $9 billion is seemingly assured, with a new Congress, the affected areas may be lacking much longer. I’d bet that if one of Boehner’s Ohio eighth district constituents complained about sleeping in a car, he might care more. I am sure he wouldn’t bristle and use profanity (or behave profanely) with those who presumably vote for him. But Boehner has abdicated all claims to decency in the past year or so. He has led a nonproductive and incompetent Congress, and tainted fiscal cliff negotiations with earmarks and set-asides. Why not an earmark for hurricane victims? Why not pure decency for his peer, Senator Harry Reid? Why not pretend to have good sense, even if you don’t have any? Can Boehner stoop any lower? Let’s see what other stunts he pulls in the 113th Congress. Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer and president emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.
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Florence Blount, national president, Brenda Johnson, ER director
Charter members Margaret Turner and Frances Branch Marco Merrick and Theresa McNeal
The largest attended pre-New Year’s Gala in Baltimore continues to be the Continental Societies Christmas Gala. The festive spirit, scrumptious cuisine, exciting black-tie attire, dancing and collegiality was the atmosphere at Martin’s West which was attended by hundreds of enthusiastic party goers. Each year the annual event recognizes a member or members in the community who have provided significant contributions to promoting, fostering, and developing the welfare of disadvantaged and underprivileged youth. The crowded dance floor was evidence of the enjoyment of guests who mastered the line dances and kept the Charles Arnette band busy for most of the night. The Baltimore Chapter of the Continentals presented the Memorial Award to Dr. Anne O. Emery, director, Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy. Every scholar at the Academy is encouraged to strive toward excellence in academics, character, athletics, Robotics, STEM and competition in every arena. Joi Dabney is president of the Baltimore Continentals; Cecelia King, chair of awards; Lynda Brown, vice president.
Standing, Leroy Jackson, Brenda Baker, E. Gaines Lansey, LaVerne Naesea, Erthman Naesea. Seated, Jacqueline Robinson, Deborah Taylor
Norma Ross, Laverne Crawford Johnson, Ruth Ross
Madeline Campbell leads the Continentals in the singing of their National Song Helen McDonald, Adolph McDonald, William Walker, Rose Wiggins
Doris Smith and daughter Carla Weaver
Ivy Gates-Smith, Danard Smith enjoy the Wobble line dance
Barbara Lee, Owen Lee, Barbara Blount Armstrong
Dr. Russell Kelley
Shirley Swafford and Wesley Stubbs
Senator Verna Jones Rodwell and Dr. Gary Rodwell
Roland Merritt, Janet Merritt, Delores Cook, Ralph Cooke
The Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrated its rockin’ New Year’s Eve gala at the BWI Marshall Hilton Hotel in elegance and style. The festivities began in the afternoon with small chatter and moved to the scrumptious predinner hors d’oeuvres offering. During dinner and prior to the New Year celebration countdown, one could feel the festive and partying momentum building. At the stroke of midnight, as the Impresarios Band played, hundreds of noise makers, horns and whistles were tooted by the crowd of partygoers as they sipped sparkling champagne and kissed their partners. Believe it or not, a second meal was offered after midnight to guests that felt the need for tradition, including black eyed peas, collard greens, rice, cornbread, fried chicken and many desserts. The event, according to guests, was “topnotched” and provided the atmosphere that left an indelible positive impression for making year 2013 a great one. Photos by A. Lois De Laine, Ed.D.
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I Still Dream a World The speech so eloquently delivered almost 50 years ago by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall in Washington still inspires us to see beyond what is tangible, and sometimes a little frightening, to a world that feels safer and more welcoming. These AFRO readers share their dreams as we once again observe the birthday of Dr. King.
I Still Have A Dream Tiffany Thomas-Randall, Cyber Security Specialist Even after the successful inauguration of a two term African American President, I still believe our dreams of a world without racism and condemnation because of the color of your skin has yet to be manifested. Now let me be clear, a majority of the people are not racist, but the minority of people who are racist maintain a higher power in government or employment and suckle from the breast of racism. I still have a dream that the fog or haze of quiet and subtle levels of racism will have lifted and not be disguised as one political party over another. I still have a dream that when any future presidents are men or women of color they do not have to deal with the level of open disrespect that is targeted toward this President. I still have a dream that in states like Florida where the option to take the life of an African-American child is based on whether or not a person feels threaten, no longer exists; ironically all young black teenage boys seem to be a threat. I still have a dream that police brutality and the use of extreme force is not based on color but based on the extreme measures taken by the criminal or the suspect. I still have a dream that when a women of color like First Lady Michelle Obama is considered strong and intelligent by her own people, she is portrayed as an angry black woman to people of different races that can’t appreciate her strength and her wisdom. Until these dreams have been manifested not just for African Americans, but for all people who had been blessed to be a part of the minority, we will continue to dream and take action. We are a movement by ourselves, but a force when we stand together!
I Dream A World…. I dream a world of integrity and respect. A world filled with individuals steadfast to an immovable quotient of compassion and empathy for others. I see a society willing to embrace and celebrate the aspirations of others. To develop and nourish a Ja-Zette Marshburn, AFRO respect for the struggles Archivist and tribulations that birthed the diverse mosaic that is modern society. Through all this I pray for this generation and the next to nurture a reverence and respect not only for the tangible beings of their elders but their stories that have created our history. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the apex of the Civil Rights Movement as embodied by the March on Washington, we must cherish and revere these events with an immutable pride in how far we have come and analyze how far we can go. I dream that this analysis is done through education not just in the school houses but in our own homes learning about our own families but most importantly learning who we are and what we can personally do to be an asset to society. We must find focus in our passions and develop our true life’s purpose. This world must be filled with dreamers that find inspiration in all that was before for it is only through such motivation that we can configure all of the potentialities of our future. This is not an unattainable dream as we are the embodiment of our ancestors’ dreams. No matter our color, we are the manifestation of dreams, hopes and aspirations of a people striving for a better tomorrow.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
January 19 - January 21, 2013
Martin Preaching, 2001, Bryan Collier
Opening Reception for Defining Moments: An Exhibition of Works by Bryan Collier (for all ages) Saturday, January 19, Noon to 4 p.m. Start this festive weekend with a free public opening of the museum’s new exhibition and meet the acclaimed children’s book illustrator Bryan Collier. Children can create their own illustrations following the talk.
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Enjoy a motivational talk with author and Radio One/WOLB-AM radio host Marshall C. Bell, hear choral music by the Baltimore City College Choir, and view “The Barber of Birmingham” short film.
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January 12, 2013 - January 18, 2013, The Afro-American
ARTS & CULTURE Walters Museum Explores Africans in Renaissance Europe By Jannette J. Witmyer Special to the AFRO
Having enlisted Spicer as her exhibition advisor, Bedolla brought Washington, D.C. gallery owner Amy Morton, of Morton Fine Art, on board as her co-curator. She and Morton selected eight, present-day African American artists: Jules Arthur, Jeffrey Kent, Maya Freelon Asante, Jamea RichmondEdwards, Nathaniel Donnett, Mario Andres Robinson, Victor Ekpuk and Amy Sherald
That a partnership would be forged between the Walters Art Museum, an internationally recognized collection of works of art, and Galerie Myrtis, a burgeoning, African American-owned, contemporary fine art gallery, may be surprising. After all, the Walters is renowned for its world-class treasures, dating from “pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe,” according to its website, and Galerie Myrtis represents “emerging to mid-career artists,” officials said. Still, when the museum’s curator of Renaissance and Baroque art, Joaneath Spicer, Ph.D., spoke of plans to present an exhibition portraying the presence and contributions of Africans from the 1480s until 1610 in Renaissance Europe, in roles ranging from slaves and servants to royalty and rulers, local gallery owner and curator Myrtis Bedolla heard a call to examine Spicer’s premise of Jamea Richmond-Edwards’ “Wings Not Meant to Fly” the exhibition from a different perspective. So, Bedolla proposed that her gallery present a contemporary to create art influenced by works featured in exhibition in response to the Walters’ the Walters’ exhibition for “Revealing the exhibition, “Revealing the African Presence in African Presence in Renaissance Europe: The Renaissance Europe,” Contemporary Response.” “I approached Dr. Spicer with the idea “In selecting the artists, consideration of supporting an exhibition in which artists, was given to their approach to their work inspired by the Renaissance works, would and technical ability. However, I also sought explore the lives of Africans through a those who would not be afraid to bring a contemporary prism. And in doing so, create controversial view to the subject matter,” a contemporary response which addresses the said Bedolla, who served as the exhibition’s socioeconomic status of African Americans,” chief curator. “I wanted artists who think said Bedolla. “She immediately embraced the outside the box and whose unique aesthetic idea, and hence, the contemporary response would challenge the viewer visually and was born.” intellectually.”
Both shows opened on Oct. 14, cementing a partnership that is as historically significant as the exhibitions. To Bedolla and Spicer’s knowledge, each represents a first. Local artist
about the demographics of Africans in the Renaissance, but talking about their status, their populace, their influence.” For Spicer, pairing the exhibitions reflects the true concept of the Renaissance. “Because the whole idea of the Renaissance means rebirth… The Renaissance was very clear that they were doing that. So much of really great art, in one way or the other, looks back in order to look forward,” she said. The exhibit, entitled “Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe” will be on display at the Walters Art Museum through Jan. 21. A companion exhibition featuring the thoughts of middle and high school students about the period will run through Feb. 3. On January 21, the Walters’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Festival will extend free admission to the exhibition. Details are available at http://thewalters.org/. Galerie Myrtis will offer a weekend of family activities Photos by Jannette J. Witmyer January 12 and 13, featuring master storyteller Bill Grimmette Amy Sherald standing with her painting, “Grand on Sunday. “Tea with Myrtis,” Dame Queenie” an art salon that provides stimulating exchanges between arts Joyce J. Scott, whose major retrospective at professionals, collectors and other interested the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2000 was parties, is scheduled for January 19 from fueled by a first-time partnership between two 2 to 4 p.m. During the event, Diala Touré, major arts institutions—the museum and the Ph.D., curator of collections at Morgan State Maryland Institute College of Art—agrees and University’s James E. Lewis Museum of Art, hopes that people will recognize the depth of will lead a conversation about the 17th century the partnership and the historic value of both portrait of Louise Marie-Therese, labeled exhibitions. the Black Nun of Moret and said to be the “This is a profound step for this kind of illegitimate daughter of Maria Teresa, Queen view of Africans in Europe, in their mighty of France. More information about Galerie presence,” Scott said, “not just talking Myrtis is available at http://galeriemyrtis.net/.
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Trena Taylor-Brown never imagined that a whimsical move on her laptop would catapault her to the Ellen Show. Not one to usually do such a thing, she was shocked to learn she’d been chosen as a grand prize winner for the 11th of Ellen’s 12 Days of Giving that has become the show’s Christmas tradition. “From the moment you enter the Warner Brothers lot, the enthusiasm is in the air. People were lined up in a zigzag maze, but the winners had reserved seating…thank goodness,” Taylor-Brown told the AFRO. “Since it was the 11th day of Ellen’s 12 Days Courtesy Photo of Giving, many people were Trena Taylor-Brown, right, with Ozea Brooks, a friend who just hanging out in hopes of accompanied her to the Ellen Show in Los Angeles. getting in. This was a very hot ticket!” Emotions… The Best of my people in the studio! It was She said the audience love. The show started with all part of the fun.” warm-up guy got people up the winner of the dance off, That night they went to on stage to show off their and before you knew it, Anne Mr. Chow’s in Beverly Hills moves for the dance off. Hathaway talking about Les for dinner. “No, I didn’t have any Miz, and Cee Lo playing a “When we got out of moves to show, but enjoyed few tunes from his Christmas the limo, the paparazzi had watching, and by this time, album….and then it was their cameras aimed at the everyone is standing up, over!” car. They were SOOOOO really dancing,” TaylorShe said it was the fastest disappointed that we were Brown said. “By the time hour ever. not stars. I just laughed and Ellen comes on about 15 “We were there on a day minutes later, the audience that was just perfect for me as laughed,” she said. “Dinner is really ready to have fun. all of the gifts were electronic. was delightful and a perfect She does her monologue and end to the whirlwind and And yes, I was screaming her traditional dance up the excitement of the day. So and laughing and jumping up steps…I think it was to the back to Baltimore we came.” and down just like the other
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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF UP TO 19 SCATTERED SITE UNIFORM FEDERAL ACCESSIBILITY STANDARD (”UFAS”) PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS RFP NUMBER: B-1713-13
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (”HABC”) is requesting proposals from developers, residential general contractors, and home builders (each a ”Responder”) to submit a construction proposal for the construction of up to 19 public housing units that meet the requirement of the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (”UFAS”) of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). The units will be constructed on selected scattered lots in Baltimore City owned by HABC or land acquired from the Mayor and City Council (”MCC”). HABC envisions a batched construction process to incorporate contiguous sites where possible. HABC will ultimately own and operate the residential public housing units. The selection of a successful Responder(s) under this RFP is conditioned on and subject to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (”HUD”) approval of HABC´s development proposal. PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 28, 2013. A non-mandatory pre-proposals conference will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202.
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HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (”MBE”) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (”WBEs”), however, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The RFP may be obtained on or after Monday, January 14, 2013, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 Questions regarding the RFP should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC RFP Number B-1713-13.
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St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission Invitation for Bids Marlay Taylor WRF ENR Upgrade Contract #8-38-S The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission is soliciting for bids for the Marlay Taylor Water Reclamation Facility project. The work in general is to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant to Enhanced Nutrient Removal treatment capability, and upgrade various facilities throughout the plant to improve the quality of the facilities and equipment.Work includes, but is not limited to: conversion of the existing Schreiber reactors to a Four-Stage Bardenpho system with supplemental BioMag facilities and equipment, replacement of existing blower system, upgrade of the chemical addition system, replacement of the headworks facility and addition of a odor control system including duct work from the headworks building to the odor control system, replacement of existing primary and secondary clarifier internal components, upgrade of existing return activated sludge pumping stations, addition of a laboratory building, addition of primary and secondary flow splitter boxes, construction of a solids storage facility, upgrade of the existing effluent pumping station, upgrades to the existing chlorination facility, addition of a fats, oils and grease acceptance station,upgrade of the existing septage receiving station, demolition of existing sludge drying beds, various structural repairs and upgrades throughout the plant, and all ancillary site work, piping, electrical, instrumentation and controls work required to construct a complete and operating wastewater treatment facility. This project is funded in part by the Maryland State ENR Grant Program and therefore Davis Bacon Act and MBE/WBE requirements must be met. Bidders must perform and document their performance of all affirmative steps required by the Maryland Department of the Environment Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise program to be considered for the Contract. Bidders are encouraged to break down the work into smaller segments and tasks in order to increase minority subcontractor participation. Documentation must be included in the proposal package and submitted on the date provided herein. Failure to provide documentation with the bid package will result in the bid being declared nonresponsive. A Pre-Bid conference will be held on January 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time at the Administrative Office of the Commission to answer any questions concerning the Bid Documents. All potential Bidders are encouraged,but not required to attend. A site visit will follow immediately after the conference. Attendance is strongly recommended due to the nature of the project. One original and three (3) copies of all bids must be submitted in sealed envelopes bearing the company name, legal address, the project title for which the bid is submitted and the date advertised for opening bids. Sealed bids must bead dressed to Joy Hamlet, Procurement Agent, St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission, and clearly marked ”SEALED BID FOR MARLAY TAYLOR WRF ENR UPGRADE, CONTRACT #8-38-S” and must be received by the Administrative Office of the Commission, 23121 Camden Way, California, Maryland 20619, no later than 10:00 a.m.Eastern Standard Time, February 19, 2013 at which time the bids will be publicly opened. Cost of the bid package is $300.00 per set. Bid packages will be available for purchase and review at Dewberry’s office, 3106 Lord Baltimore Drive, Suite 110, Baltimore, Md. 21244-5800 beginning January 7, 2013 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Bid Packages may be purchased by check, Visa or MasterCard. Checks should be made payable to “St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission”. Bid packages may also be sent by Federal Express upon receiptof payment and a Federal Express account number. Inquiries concerning Contract Documents should be directed to Jeff Chapin, PE, Dewberry Project Manager at 703-849-0555 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The St. Mary’s Metropolitan Commission reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive any informality in the proposals submitted when such waiver is in the best interest of the Owner. The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission does not discriminate on the basis of race, marital status, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental handicap, political affiliation, or other non-merit factors.
CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for RP12821-Court Resurfacing FY 2012 will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of Friday, January 11, 2013 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (”JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is G90081Surfacing & Re-surfacing of Tennis Courts, Playgrounds, and Running Tracks. Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $100,000.01 to $500,000.00. A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 2600 Madison Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21217 on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. Principal Items of work for this project are: Court Resurfacing, Sidewalks and Fencing The MBE goal is 14% The WBE goal is 5% RP 12821 APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Alfred H. Foxx TYPESET: Wed Jan 09 10:44:29 EST 2013 Director of Public Works
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Both the proposed Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project.
B6 The Afro-American, January 12, 2013 - January 18, 2013 NOTICE TO BIDDERS
During Consultant interview, some of the locations shall be posed to the intending Separate sealed bidsfirms are being acceptedaby the City ofdesign Hagerstown, Maryland for eligible consultancy for presenting conceptual approach during the the construction of form RC WILLSON WATER TREATMENT - PHASE IV interview which will an important basis for evaluation ofPLANT the firms. Bureau of IMPROVEMENTS. The project can be generally described as described as, but is Water and Wastewater reserves the right to have a second interview with eligible not limited to, the construction of chemical storage buildings; installation of consulting firms. chemical feed pumps, piping, and appurtenances; installation of steel, stainless steel, polyethylene andwill fiberglass chemical storage The scope of services include but not limited to: tanks; construction of a filter backwash pumping station; and lagoon inlet and outlet structure construction. Also 0 included aredesign modifications to various valve vaults and diversion chambers, Preparing memorandum, establishing limits of work based on budgetsediand mentation basin recommending improvements, for exhaust fan modifications, low service pump field conditions, rehabilitation or replacement, establishing discharge piping improvements, clearwell repairs, flood valve replacement, replacement rehabilitation methods, sizing the water main where required, preparSCADA system improvements, modifications to existing cost chemical systems, paving contract drawings and specifications, construction estimates, holding ing, drain replacement, cleaning, miscellaneous sitetracking work, miscellaneous community meetings andpipe assisting the City in applying for, and obtaining plumbing miscellaneous electrical work, andState conference room all permitswork, and approvals required by CSX, City,office County, and Federal construction, control booth expansion, and associated electrical, controls, and agencies. 0 instrumentation. The limits of Contract are shown on the Contract Drawings. Bids Field investigation of service connection for material type and if the said service is must in a sealed opaque envelope and marked ”SEALED BID - (CITY activebeorenclosed not. 0 PROJECT NUMBER 52-C0740) RC WILLSON WATER PLANT Coordinating with consumers having multiple services forTREATMENT possible abandonment PHASE IV IMPROVEMENTS” and no beconsumption received andortime stamped the City of of services that are active but have are not being in used. 0 Hagerstown Office of ofthe theCity, City the Clerk, City Hall, 1toEast Franklin Street, At the discretion firm2nd mayFloor be considered provide post-award Hagerstown, Maryland, 21740 no later than 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 12, engineering services during construction. Design services during construction 2013, after which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. include review of construction submittals including shop drawings, pipe design specifications and resolution of field problems. A mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held Tuesday, January 15 at 1:00 P.M., at the of Hagerstown City Hall(2) in year Council Chambers, Franklin Street, TheCity service would be for a two period. The fee 1forEast each firm shall not Hagerstown, Maryland,for21740. at the Pre-Bid Conference is manexceed $1,000,000.00 the twoAttendance (2) year period. Notwithstanding the two (2) year datory. A tour of the site shall be conducted immediately following the pre-bid period of the contract, City´s expectation is that all designs (bid ready stage) will be conference. A siteaverage visit to the RC Willson WTP theone BIDDER completed within period of slightly lessby than year. is required prior to bid. City encourages consulting firms having experience in water main designs, who Bidding may bewith examined, beginning Monday, 10,design 2012, have notDocuments previously worked the city and have the capacityDecember to deliver the at: within one year schedule, to submit the proposal. Those consultants who are already working with the City are also eligible to apply. However during presenta0 City these of Hagerstown Utilities Department Water Division, West Memorial tion, consultants (already working - with City) must 51 demonstrate and Boulevard, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740-6211 document their capacity and resources to deliver the design in time. 0 Hazen and Sawyer, P.C., 1 South Street, Suite 1150, Baltimore, MD 21202 Should you have any questions regarding the scope of the Project, please contact Beginning December 10, or 2012, qualified General Contractors may Mr. OpinderMonday, Singh at (410) 396-1466 by e-mail at opinder.singh@baltimorecity. obtain gov. drawings and specifications from Hazen and Sawyer, P.C., 1 South Street, Suite 1150, Baltimore, MD 21202, Phone: 410-539-7681 for a NONREFUNDABLE fee of $200 for each For mail requests, must Projects must comply with the 2006 complete edition ofset. ”The Specifications forwhich Materials, be made in Bridges, writing, an additional $20 per set must be included for shipping costs Highways, Utilities and Incidental Structures”. City personnel will utilize unless theof Contractor its own account number to which cost the City Baltimoreprovides Guidelines forshipping the Performance Evaluation of the Design will be charged. checks for bid documents be made payable to Hazen and Consultants andAll Construction Contractors forshall this contract/project. Sawyer and sent to Jeremy Hise, Hazen and Sawyer, at the above address. TYPESET: Wed Jan 09 a10:44:02 2013 consultant Payment must be before theEST documents can be mailed. Firms intending toreceived submit proposal as a prime for this project should submit a ”Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (FAX: 410-625-4667). Since these letters are CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of
CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT NO. 1185
WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT AND REHABILITATION DESIGN AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FY 2014 The City of Baltimore Office of Boards and Commissions has been requested by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater, to advertise for the services of Civil/Environmental Engineering Firms to provide engineering services for design of replacement and rehabilitation of water mains and appurtenances at various locations within Baltimore City. A list of some of these locations can be obtained from Water Engineering Office, Room 309, Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD. These locations are indicative and approximate. City reserves the right to add to and/or modify the list. City intends to select the services of up to seven (7) firms and reserves the right to increase number of firms to be selected based upon volume of work with the Bureau. The firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and document: 1. Experience in design of water mains in utility rich environment where there is possibility that not all as built drawings for existing and abandoned utilities are available. 2. Expertise and experience in sizing of water mains, cost estimates, specification writing for water main replacement and rehabilitation, surveying and right-of-way acquisition, preparation of traffic control plans, government and local jurisdiction permitting, coordinating with other agencies and utilities and public outreach capabilities. 3. Expertise and experience in the design of water distribution and service mains of all material types such as Ductile Iron, PVC, and High Density Polyethylene Pipe and associated appurtenances. 4. Expertise and experience in making recommendations for replacement Vs rehab decisions. 5. Expertise in rehabilitation of water mains by CIPP lining and other trenchless technologies. 6. Capability to economize the design, complete the assigned work and overall project within budget and on time (usually 10-12 months from start to finish including bid ready documents). 7. Experience with Federal, State and Local regulations and permitting requirements. 8. Overall team approach with MBE/WBE. During Consultant interview, some of the locations shall be posed to the intending eligible consultancy firms for presenting a conceptual design approach during the interview which will form an important basis for evaluation of the firms. Bureau of Water and Wastewater reserves the right to have a second interview with eligible consulting firms. The scope of services will include but not limited to: Preparing design memorandum, establishing limits of work based on budget and field conditions, recommending for rehabilitation or replacement, establishing replacement rehabilitation methods, sizing the water main where required, preparing contract drawings and specifications, construction cost estimates, holding community meetings and assisting the City in applying for, tracking and obtaining all permits and approvals required by CSX, City, County, State and Federal agencies. 0 Field investigation of service connection for material type and if the said service is active or not. 0 Coordinating with consumers having multiple services for possible abandonment of services that are active but have no consumption or are not being used. 0 At the discretion of the City, the firm may be considered to provide post-award engineering services during construction. Design services during construction include review of construction submittals including shop drawings, pipe design specifications and resolution of field problems. 0
The service would be for a two (2) year period. The fee for each firm shall not exceed $1,000,000.00 for the two (2) year period. Notwithstanding the two (2) year period of the contract, City´s expectation is that all designs (bid ready stage) will be completed within average period of slightly less than one year. City encourages consulting firms having experience in water main designs, who have not previously worked with the city and have the capacity to deliver the design within one year schedule, to submit the proposal. Those consultants who are already working with the City are also eligible to apply. However during presentation, these consultants (already working with City) must demonstrate and document their capacity and resources to deliver the design in time. Should you have any questions regarding the scope of the Project, please contact Mr. Opinder Singh at (410) 396-1466 or by e-mail at opinder.singh@baltimorecity. gov. Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of ”The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures”. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a ”Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (FAX: 410-625-4667). Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project´s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a ”Letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on 2/11/13. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline.Prequalification Requirement Prequalification Requirement All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. A copy of the prime and sub consultant´s current Prequalification Certificate should be included in the bid submittal package. Information regarding the prequalification process can be obtained by calling the Office of Boards and Commissions on 410.396.6883.
Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for LEGAL verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to beNOTICES utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women´s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410) 396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5, Subtitle 28-41). A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; recision of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. Additional Requirements A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE firms, must be shown on the page provided within the application. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a sub-chapter ’S’ Corporation, or an individual owner. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a subconsultant and prime consultant. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organization chart, etc. All such information should be incorporated into the appropriate pages. Applications should not be bound. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may cause disqualification of the submittal.
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The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 10% Both the proposed Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women´s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410) 396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is certified to provide.
CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for TR10004 REPAIRS TO VARIOUS BRIDGES & SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ALONG I-83 FROM GAY STREET TO 41ST STREET will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. FEBRUARY 27, 2013. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of JANUARY 11, 2013 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $75.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883 or contact the Committee at the Eastern Avenue Pumping Station, 751 Eastern Avenue and President St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (”JV”), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is C03300 (Concrete Construction) , C09900 (Bridge Painting). Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $3,500,000.00 to $4,000,000.00. A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on AUGUST 17, 2012 at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, 7th Floor, Frank Hooper Conference Room; Baltimore, MD 21201. Principal Items of work for this project are: Cleaning & Painting Portions of the Existing Bridge (Substructures S1 & S2) L. S.; Existing Waboflex SR6.5 Joint Replacement (Structure S1) - 545 Linear Feet. The DBE goal is 12% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk Board of Estimates
Failure to submit a ”Letter of Interest” will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project.
REQUEST REVISED NOTICE Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and FOR BIDS submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, theDEVELOPMENT Office of FOR to WEB and WEBSITE Boards and Commissions. The Federal be HOUSING AUTHORITY OF Form 255 and the five copies must MAINTENANCE submitted on BALTIMORE or before 12:00CITY P.M. (Noon) on 2/11/13. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline.Prequalification REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONSRequirement
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ACQUISITION AND DEVELOMENT Prequalification Requirement bid packages from qualified contractors for the All architectural,SERVICES engineering,FOR and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for redevelopment maintenance of the Park HOLLANDER RIDGE the Project must be prequalified byHOPE the Office of Boards and Commissionsand for each VI SCATTERED SITE for this Project.Heights applicable discipline at time of submittal A copy Renaissance of the primewebsite. and sub consultant´s current Prequalification PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS Certificate should be included in the bid submittalRFP package. Information regarding the prequalification process can be NUMBER: B-1707-12 Qualified teams will have experience with front obtained by calling the Office of Boards and Commissions on 410.396.6883. end web design, Wordpress content management, The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (”HABC”) Insurance Requirements is requesting proposals from interested and qualback end development, and content formatting The firms consultant selected for theofaward of this project shall provide professional ified to submit statements qualifications for and migration.insurances liability, auto liability, and general liability and workers´ compensation the acquisition and development of approximately as required bysite the public City ofhousing Baltimore. 110 scattered units within Baltimore City. HABC was awarded a $20 million Upon submission of the bids, representatives from MBE/WBE Requirements HOPE VI grant from the U.S. Department of HousPHR willopportunity prepare a in short It is and the policy the City of Baltimore to for promote equal business the list of qualified teams ing UrbanofDevelopment (”HUD”) the rebased upon responses to this bid request. The City´s contracting process. Pursuant Articlehous5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code development of the Hollander Ridgetopublic (2000 Edition) - Minority and litigation Women´s Business Program, Minority Business short listed contracting teams will be invited to ing development. Subsequent prevented Enterprise (MBE) and Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals the use of the funds at Women´s this location. An amended interview with PHR. apply to this contract. revitalization plan has been approved by HUD for the use of the remaining funds to develop scattered Thepublic MBE goal is 27% At minimum, the qualification package shall site housing units. The WBE goal is 10% include: PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 Both the proposed Minority and Women´s Business Enterprise firms must be p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 15, 2013. named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form of (SF) • Resumes key personnel, including 255 in the spacespre-proposal provided for identifyingwill outside key consultants/associates A non-mandatory conference be the person that will serve as Principal anticipated for utilization for this project. held on Friday, February 1, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at in Charge. 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some DBE) • instances Three references from clients. Maryland, 21202. participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty Park Heights Renaissance Inc. encourages the Verifying Certification percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the Each firmcontract submitting a SF 255 for consideration is responsible for City and State of participation of Baltimore proposed for Minority Business Enterprise for a project verifying utilization, that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified the Minority/Women (”MBE”) applicable to all minority and Maryland (MDOT) by certified Minority and Women´s Business Opportunity prior to submitting non-minority businesses proposing to provideOffice the (MWBOO) (M/WBE). the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and No WBEs is Business availableEnterprises from MWBOO. requested services as the prime contractor. Sincehas changes the directoryforoccur daily, firmsofsubmitting SF 255s should call goal beentoestablished participation MWBOO at (410) 396-4355 to verify certification, dates and services Women-owned businesses (”WBEs”), however, expiration Two (2) hard copies of the bid package must that thestrongly MBE orencourages WBE is certified provide. proHABC and to affirmatively be submitted by 4pm on Friday, January 25, motes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. 2013 to: Non-Affiliation A firm submitting proposal may(RFQ) not usewill an require MBE or WBE to meet a contractCheo goal if:D. Hurley The Request for aQualifications 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE WBE Responders to submit a plan for complying withor the Vice President, Community & Economic 2. Theutilization firm has goal an interest in thefor ownership orwith control of the MBE or WBE MBE and a plan complying Development 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the of the MBE or WBE (Article 5,and Subtitle 28-41). Park Heights Renaissance Inc. Housing Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. 3939 Reisterstown Road, suite 268 A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Baltimore, Article 5, Subtitle of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject toMD 21215 The RFQ may be 28 obtained on or after Wednesday, the following penalties: of a contract; withholdingFor of questions, funds; recision of email Cheo Hurley at please January 23, 2013, at thesuspension following location: contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to email@example.com provideHousing servicesAuthority to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for of Baltimore City damages incurred byFiscal the City. Division of Operations, _______About Park Heights Renaissance ______ Purchasing Department Additional 417Requirements E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Park Heights Renaissance (PHR) is a non-profit community A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those Baltimore, Maryland 21202 development corporation from MBE and WBE firms, provided withindedicated the to revitalizing Park Heights. Attention: John must Airey, be shown on the page The responsibility of PHR is to carry out the Master Plan for the application. Chief of Contracting Services community which was put into place in 2006. PHR works within the Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 community establishing relationships with its residents to improve Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of regarding Baltimore the defines principal of a firm in as follows:overall quality of life. At 1,500 acres, the area is the largest Questions RFQashould be directed redevelopment effort in Maryland history with boundaries of writing to the address and individual indicated Northernstock Parkway theentity, North, Greenspring Avenue to the East, A principal any include individual 5% or moreRFP of the outstanding ofatan above, andis must theowning reference: HABC Wabash Avenue to the West and Druid Park Drive to the South. a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a sub-chapter ’S’ CorporaNumber B-1707-12. tion, or an individual owner. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a subconsultant and prime consultant.
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The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organization chart, etc. All such information should be incorporated into the appropriate pages. Applications should not be bound. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project.
Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may cause disqualification of the submittal.
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Insurance Requirements The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional liability, auto liability, and general liability and workers´ compensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. MBE/WBE Requirements It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City´s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women´s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women´s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract.
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ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Construction Inspector Equipment Operator II Financial Operations Supervisor Generator Technician I, II, III & Senior Mechanical Technician I, II & Senior
The #1 Ranked Education Program in the USA (For the 4th STRAIGHT YEAR) AND WINNER of the RACE TO THE TOP (RTTT) Grant Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) seeks education staff for current & other potential opportunities in its Juvenile Services Education Program at various state-wide locations. Be a part of building & leading this progressive program by bringing your innovative & creative instructional skills to MSDE´s alternative education team! ADMINISTRATIVE OPPORTUNITIES Principal Library Media Coordinator
Civil Justice seeks an Executive Director. Applicant must be member of Md. Bar or eligible for admission within a year of hire and ideally have 5 years job-related experience, some in a solo or small firm; 3 years litigation, esp. in consumer or foreclosure cases; and leadership, administrative and management skills. See job description at www. civiljusticenetwork.org. Apply by sending confidential resume, with salary requirements, to: Civil Justice, E.D. Search, 520 W. Fayette St., Ste. 410, Baltimore, MD 21201 or via E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Guidance Counselor School Library Media Specialist These positions include ”Full State Benefits” & ”Highly Competitive Salaries” which are based on education, credentials, & experience. For more info. on these & other full time positions, to include the various types/levels of certification &/or levels of experience needed to qualify for these opportunities, &/or to obtain an application & addendum call 410.767.0019 or visit our website at: www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/aboutmsde/jobs MSDE is a State Agency that develops and administers education, library, & rehabilitation programs, is on the forefront of standards-based reform of public education, & is committed to promoting & maintaining a diverse workforce. To Apply: Specify position title & Send/FAX (410.333.8950) Resume, Application & Addendum to Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Balto. MD. 21201. Resumes/Applications should be received by February 1, 2013. TYPESET: Wed Jan 09 10:46:00 EST 2013 AA/EOE
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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Contractual Single Family Special Loans Program Processor Loan Processor http://jobaps.com/md Recruitment#: 12-999999-760 Filing Deadline: January 17, 2013 , 11:59 pm Salary: $15.69 - $20.17 per hour (Grade 12/base-step 9) DHCD seeks a contractual Loan Processor in the Community Development Administration to coordinate settlement activities with attorneys and borrowers and collect statistical data to prepare reports and process payments. Please visit the link above for more information and to apply online. EOE
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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Contractual General Ledger Accountant Accountant Advanced http://jobaps.com/md Recruitment#: 12-999999-748 Filing Deadline: January 16, 2013 , 11:59 pm Salary: $20.09 - $26.01 per hour (Grade 16/base-step 9) DHCD seeks a General Ledger Accountant to provide technical and functional support to the Community Development Administration Finance Controller, including the financial reporting of over $3.3 billion in CDA assets, liabilities, and fund balances. Please visit the link above for more information and to apply online. EOE
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United States Postal Employee could to go back home to Reidsville, NC. He loved his family, friends and John Franklin Koger, Jr. bid farewell to his family and friends, the organizations to which he was committed. and quietly transitioned to his eternal rest. John was the older John’s strong sense of community led him to become involved in of two children born to the late John Franklin Koger, Sr. and the several organizations. Among these were the American Legion on the late Elizabeth Lee Koger in Reidsville, NC, on June 12, 1923. In state and national levels; the American Legion Post #213; the NAACP; 1926, John and his family moved to Baltimore, where they lived and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Beta Alpha Chapter and Delta Lambda briefly with his Uncle Linwood Graves Koger, Sr. The prospect Chapter. He held memberships in the Morgan State University Alumni of better employment opportunities led the family to the city of Association. His favorite charity events were the Alpha Phi Alpha Pittsfield, MA for about two years. While in Massachusettes, Fraternity’s Martin Luther King Breakfast, American Legion Bull and the family was blessed with the addition of a baby girl; the late Oyster Roasts and the Crab Feasts. John also received many national Winifred Ann.Winnie, as she was affectionately called, was and local citations for his long years of service and memberships. He was the apple of her brother’s eye. As a young child, John was especially proud of recognition from Union Baptist Church for over 60 industrious and hard working. He loved recanting his adventures years of membership and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity as a life member. of selling newspapers on the streets of Massachusetts at the Also, he was the first African American to serve as the American Legion tender age of four years. Commander of Baltimore and he served as an Executive Committee John was educated in the Reidsville, NC public schools, and Delegate earning him an American Legion White Cap, a very prestigious he graduated from Washington High School. After graduation the position. family moved again to Baltimore, MD. John enrolled at Howard John thought it essential to demonstrate leadership, excellence in University in Wash, DC. His college career was interrupted, education and integrity. His early religious training contributed to this however, when he was drafted into the military to serve in World JOHN F. KOGER JR. mindset together with the wisdom and guidance of his ancestors as War II. John’s military training began in 1943 in Tuskegee, AL, referenced in newsletters authored by his Uncle Azzie Briscoe “A.B.” in the Army-Air Force, and continued in Boca Raton, FL, St. Koger. John sought to carry out “the charge” of the family during his lifetime, and he Louis, MO, and a number of other military bases in the U.S.A. One of John’s proudest did. His achievements have strengthened the fabric of Koger family history. moments was being part of the selected ‘security escort’ for Mrs. Mary McLeod John Franklin Koger, Jr. was a gentle man. John, Johnnie Boy, John Jr., Daddy, Bethune, educator and advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. John finished his Uncle John, Pop Pop, and The Commander were all names he was affectionately tour of duty with the rank of Staff Sargent at Clark Field in the Philippines. He was called by family members and friends. He will long be remembered for his intellect, discharged at Ft Meade, MD. personality, his sense of humor and wit, his recall of family history and his ability to In 1946, he and his sister Winifred enrolled at Morgan State College (now remember and tell all kinds of stories on about almost any subject. John F. Koger, Jr is University). They both graduated in 1950. John had secured a job at the Baltimore United States Post Office where he worked for 43 years, retiring in 1986. In addition, survived by his three daughters: Ann Koger, Virlyn Patricia Koger, and Carol House; he also drove a taxi cab for 30 years. When asked why he drove a cab, John would say his wife, Florence Koger; that he loved driving because he could meet all kinds of people from many walks of five grandchildren, twelve life and he could learn something from each person with whom he came in contact. great grandchildren; nieces: John married Myrtle Leary Thompson, his first wife, in 1948 and from that union Jacqueline Fields, Barbara Ann, Virlyn Patricia and Carol Elizabeth were born. John married Florence Thomas in Prestwidge Bellinger, 1962; no children were born from that union. Beverly Barrett Carter John was a man of simple pleasures. He loved good ‘down home cooking’, and a (John), Delores Thompson hearty breakfast was his favorite meal. He also loved a great social life of parties, fund Chapman, Georgette raising events, political gatherings, graduations, any kind of family function, reunions, Chapman Phillips (Peter), holiday celebrations, watching or listening to baseball, football and music. John loved Lucille Barrett (George); to watch classic Westerns and Military movies. He watched television and listened to nephews: John J Oliver, Jr, the radio often at the same time because he said he did not want to miss anything that Lemie Pickett, John Pickett, was said or shown. He was an avid reader and could converse on just about any topic, William Prestwidge, and especially history, current events, politics and the financial scene. He was passionate about voting and getting as much education as possible. Delivering food baskets during a host of loving cousins, relatives and friends. holiday times had a special place in his heart. John would take any opportunity he
The Afro-American, January 12, 2013 - January 18, 2013
Coca-Cola Distributes Health Living, Education Grants From News Services The Thurgood Marshall College
Fund just received $100,000 from The Coca-Cola Foundation to provide scholarships
to 40 students attending historically black colleges and universities, the soft-drink giant
announced recently. The students benefitting from these First Generation Scholarships also will be
the first in their families to go to college. The NAACP received $100,000
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from the Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Co., to help pay for a program to advance healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyles in African-American communities. “Choosing to live healthy, balanced lifestyles is one of the most important decisions we can make,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president of CocaCola’s community relations department. Healthy living grants were also awarded to the National Park Foundation, which received $250,000, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which got $150,000 and the National Urban League which received $100,000.