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Marching for the Sake of Marching By Julianne Malveaux
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Republican Convention: Diversity Facade By Yolanda Woodlee Special to the AFRO In an effort to showcase African Americans in the Republican Party and attempt to appeal to Black voters, the GOP trotted out a lineup of Black speakers at the Republican National Convention, including
former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and a candidate for the House of Representatives; and Artur Davis, the newly converted Republican who has drawn the ire of many Blacks on Capitol Hill. The Black speakers took to the podium as news
circulated that a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has miniscule support among Blacks. The poll put Obama’s lead over Romney among Black voters at 94 percent to zero percent. Despite having a smattering of Blacks in his corner, the poll results Continued on A4
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(from left) Artur Davis; Romney and Condoleeza Rice; the RNC crowd
Mentally Ill Homeless Veteran Slain by Baltimore City Police By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO
According to people who knew him, Rudy Bell Sr. never
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caused anybody any trouble. A homeless veteran in his mid 60s who suffered from schizophrenia, he spent his days and nights sheltering in an abandoned row house that neighbors say he only left occasionally. It was in this vacant home in the 1600 block of West Lexington St. where he was fatally shot Aug. 20 in a conflict with two Baltimore Police officers. According to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, Bell died as a result of a bullet fired into his upper body. Guglielmi told the AFRO that officers were responding to a burglary call when they Photo by Alexis Taylor encountered Bell on the Signs of protest hang on the second floor of the vacant door of the vacant building property around 12:30 where Rudy Bell Sr. died.
p.m. When police arrived, he said, they announced themselves. Then, according to what the officers told their superiors, Bell lunged at one of the officers, cutting his face with either a knife or a bottle. The officer “at that point, in defense and in fear for his life, fired at least one round, striking Mr. Bell after he was attacked,” said Guglielmi. “Mr. Bell died on the scene as a result of his injuries and the officer was treated at Mercy Hospital for non-life threatening lacerations to the face.” Officer John Kosko, 24, the officer who fired at Bell after allegedly being
Laura Mackay Phillips, AFRO Librarian, Dies at 92 By AFRO Staff Retired AFRO Librarian Laura Mackay Phillips, whose rich knowledge of Baltimore and its residents proved invaluable to the development of the newspaper’s library, passed away Aug. 25 at Seasons Hospice in Sinai Hospital. She died after a brief illness, her daughter Sheila at her side. She was 92. In 1966, she was asked to come temporarily and straighten out files that were used extensively by editorial staff in researching and writing articles. Her uncanny ability to take a few facts and then produce historical
Laura Mackay Phillips records from the files was legendary. Over the course of 18 years, Mrs. Phillips had chronicled, cross-referenced, and organized thousands of documents, microfiche, and newspaper bound volumes
By Zenitha Prince Special to the AFRO
About 35,000 “fired up” Americans are expected to converge on Charlotte, N.C. the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 3-6 as the party seeks to hold on to the White House and regain control of Congress. The massive undertaking, which happens every four years during a presidential election year, is not merely to officially nominate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominees for president and vice president, but to energize party faithful to make a final push toward winning the presidency in November. “There is a tremendous excitement being generated, not only by the people at the convention but [also] by the people who tune in [online and by television] that we are renominating Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, a delegate from Maryland. He added, “Not only will it be exciting to African Americans [to re-nominate the country’s first Black president], but to other people, because it shows what we’ve become as a nation.” But in addition to demonstrating the racial progress that Obama represents, the convention will seek to show how his administration has helped and will help the nation moving forward. “It gives us an opportunity to show the clear distinction between the path the Republicans want to take the country in and the direction we (Democrats) want to take,” Cummings said. To that end, speakers in day two and three of the convention
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that today are known as the AFRO Archives. AFRO Archivist John B. Gartrell commenting on her passing noted, “A great deal of care was given preserving these records and if it had not been for people like Mrs. Phillips, we would not have a true sense of how extensive the AFRO history really is.” One of ten children born to Mabel Henson Mackay and Otho Mackay in Baltimore, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1938 and began her lifelong love of reading and poetry.Married to AFRO photographer I. Henry Phillips for 53 years when he passed
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Hampton Univ. Students Question Continued Ban on Dreadlocks, Cornrows in MBA Program
As the semester gets underway for students at Hampton University, students are once again questioning the controversial ban on cornrows and dreadlocks by administrators in the university’s five-year Master of Business Administration program. Men enrolled in the university’s program are barred from wearing cornrows or dreadlocks in the program’s seminar classes. The program’s dean, Sid Credle, said he stands behind the ban. In a statement Credle said, “If you’re going to play baseball, you wear baseball uniforms. If you’re going to play tennis, you wear tennis uniforms.” He noted several African-American legends such as Charles Drew, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King did not wear dreadlocks or cornrows. The ban has been in place at the university for more than 10 years.
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“These students choose to be in this program and aspire to be leaders in the business world. We model these students after the top African-Americans in the business world,” Hampton spokeswoman Naima Ford told Hampton Roads, Va. ABC affiliate WVEC. In an e-mail statement to the AFRO, university spokeswoman Yuri Rodgers Milligan said the policy on hairstyles applied only to students in a particular one-hour seminar class which is part of one of eight programs in Hampton’s school of business. The policy for conservative business attire and hairstyles is for a select group of male students enrolled in a seminar class in the five-year MBA program,” the statement read. “Students in the five-year MBA program have a choice between the seminar and another course that does not share the conservative business attire and hairstyle policy.” In more recent years, natural hair including twist, dreadlocks and afros have become increasingly common in mainstream and corporate society in America. There has been a grassroots movement by African American women to return to the natural state of their hair, largely for health concerns such as alopecia-baldness caused from weaves and extensions--and chemical burns from relaxers.
Memphis Woman Arrested for Beating Coach with Bat Following Son’s Claim of Abuse
A Memphis, Tenn., mother of two has been charged with aggravated assault after beating a coach she accused of molesting her sons and other players. Lakeshia Richmond said her 8-year-old son told her that Tom Massey, her sons’ little league football coach, had inappropriately touched him and other players. “I asked them ‘Did he touch you bad, did he touch you down there?’ and my little boy said ‘yes’,” Richmond told Memphis CBS affiliate WREG, “and I said ‘was it just you?’ and he said ‘no, it was some more kids.’” Though she reported the matter to the police, Richmond got to Massey first when she saw him walking alone on the street. “When I see him, I see my kids being hurt and that’s all I see,” she said. Richmond claimed that she went to her car trunk, retrieved a baseball bat and proceeded to beat Massey. “During the beating he was saying he didn’t do it and that he was sorry,” said Richmond. “If you didn’t do it then why are you saying you’re sorry? What are you sorry for?” According to reports, search warrants of Massey’s apartment failed to yield any evidence of Richmond’s claim, but police said an investigation is ongoing. According to reports, Massey remains in critical condition.
Richmond will next appear in court on Aug. 27.
Tito’s Son Given Guardianship of Michael Jackson’s Children
Michael Jackson’s nephew was granted co-guardianship over the late pop icon’s children by a Los Angeles Judge on Aug. 22. According to the Associated Press, L.A. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff named Tito Jackson’s son, T.J. Jackson, as guardian of Jackson’s three children, Prince Jackson, Prince Michael II “Blanket” Jackson and Paris Wikimedia Commons Jackson. Michael Jackson, with son The 34-year-old Blanket in 2006. T.J. Jackson was granted temporary custody on July 25 after concerns arose about the health and well-being of the Jackson family matriarch, 82-year-old Katherine Jackson, following a trip to Arizona. “I’ve never heard my grandmother talk like that,” T.J. Jackson reported said at a court appearance after speaking with Katherine Jackson over the phone. “She wasn’t sharp. The pauses, choice of vocabulary… she has not used certain phrases like that before.” According to TMZ, sources said that the Jackson family believed Katherine Jackson had been drugged and she wanted the security team placed in charge of the three children replaced with Janet Jackson’s security team. On that day, Beckloff approved T.J. Jackson’s petition as he reportedly said that Katherine Jackson may be “prevented from acting as a guardian because of the acts of third parties.” Earlier this month, Katherine Jackson was reinstated as the guardian of the kids, but T.J. Jackson submitted an application to become co-guardian, leading to the Aug. 22 hearing. According to reports, Katherine Jackson was not expected to contest co-guardianship with her grandson. T.J. Jackson, along with his brothers Taj and Taryll, have performed as the R&B group 3T since 1995. They are the sons of Tito Jackson, the oldest of the Jackson brothers, and his late ex-wife, Delores “Dee Dee” Martes.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following dispatches were published a century ago in the pages of the AFRO during the political convention that resulted in the
re-nomination of then-President William Howard Taft who was unseated by Woodrow Wilson in the 1912 presidential election. The language may be a little
SITUATION AT CHICAGO CONVENTION IS TENSE
Governor Herbert Hadley Looms Up Strong As A Compromise Candidate
COLORED BROTHER GETS SCANT RECOGNITION Only Two on Committees – Dirth of Leaders of Statesmen–like Ability June 22, 1912 CHICAGO, June 21 – There is a tense feeling pervading the atmosphere, and many are wondering whether the Republican party is riding to fall or whether it is destined for disintegration, as happened to the Whig party in 1860. The Roosevelt followers seemed dazed by the fact that they have got what they consider a raw deal, and the Taft leaders, while expressing the opinion that their candidate can be renominated, act as if certain defeat awaited their man in November. The talk of the third candidate will not down, and the most popular man seems to be Governor Herbert Hadley, of Missouri. He is a Roosevelt progressive of genuine ability, and when the A.M.E. General Conference met recently at Kansas City, Mo., delivered a notable address of welcome in which he declared that his State, while he was chief executive, would not sanction any measures discriminating against the Negro. The mention of the name of Justice Charles E. Hughes, of the United States Supreme Court, has been received with enthusiasm in some quarters, but some of the colored delegates point out the fact that during the four years that he served as Governor of New York that he did not betray the slightest interest in the welfare of the colored people of that State. While the charges of venality that they were heaped upon the colored delegates are largely false and Congressman McKinley, who is directing the Taft fight, declared Wednesday that the colored delegates instructed for Taft had remained faithful to the instructions, the fact remains that in his crucial period for the Republican party that they have failed to make history for the race and the party. LOST GOOD OPPORTUNITY Some of the delegates are men prominent in their respective States but in the larger realm of national politics when it comes to wringing concessions for the political and civil rights of the race and the welfare of the country they seem impotent or indifferent. The apparent irreconcilable differences between the Roosevelt and Taft supporters should have resulted in the colored delegates demanding as a price of their support to any candidate that the war amendments be lived up to in the letter and spirit. This is undeniably true when it is considered that the great majority of them delegates come from States where disfranchisement has destroyed the Republican
party. But is seems as if most are serving their own particular ends and the whims of those who made their selection possible and the whole race suffers thereby. Years ago colored men were a power in the deliberations of the Republican party. So much so, that it was declared that Fred Douglass could have been nominated for vice president, and he did receive a number of votes at one convention. In 1884, on the motion of Colonel Roosevelt, Major John R. Lynch, then a congressman from Mississippi, was elected temporary chairman of the Republican National Convention. Senator Bruce, James Hill, Wright Cuney and William A. Pledger, all of whom are dead, were foremost in placing the race in a position of advantage. Robert Brown Elliott, the brilliant congressman from South Carolina, was then living. With the advent of Democratic majorities in the Southern States this gradually changed and many of the colored leaders in those States are only the echoes of white Democratic leaders, being allowed to reign in their shadow of a Republican party, provided they do not try to make the shadow a substance.
stilted and African Americans were more likely to be Republicans than Democrats but the lack of diversity and inclusion sound familiar.
NO REFERENCE TO THE RACE QUESTION Republican Platform Strangely Quiet On Questions Affecting The Race
DISFRANCHISEMENT NOT HINTED AT No Colored Delegates Object to Platform on the Floor of The Convention June 29, 1912 CHICAGO, June 26 (1912) – This city seems a deserted village as far as visitors to the Republican National Convention is concerned for the convention met, steamed-rollered [Theodore] Roosevelt, renominated [William Howard] Taft, and then adjourned. Despite the fact that some of Taft’s bitterest critics have been among the colored people, and notwithstanding that the sponsors of the President contended that Mr. Taft was friendly to the interests of the race, the party platform only contains three lines which may be said to refer to matters in which the colored people are interested
as a race, and that is three lines which call upon the American people to put down lynching. Disfranchisement, Jim Crow cars, and the amelioration of conditions affecting the race were not hinted at in the platform, but the leaders packed their grips and went home to prepare the usual dope of “stand by the party that freed you.” Rotten boroughs in the South were left to remain, and as far as the sentiment of the National Republican party is expressed in the platform, the Democrats will be allowed to continue their ascendancy in the South by keeping the ballots from the hands of the colored people. It is not generally known, whether or not the
colored Taft delegates from the South insisted upon a plank that would mean that the National Republican party intended to break up race disfranchisement, but one colored man, William M. (Goose Neck Bill) McDonald, of Texas, was on the resolutions committee. As he was one of the most active workers against Cecil Lyon’s lily white regime, it is claimed by some that he should have insisted on a plank that would bring the party back to its old moorings, and in the event that the party leaders refused to do so, he should have let the world know the fact. Not a single colored delegate objected to the omission in the party platform when it was read before the convention.
TWO ON COMMITTEES In this great Republican Convention there are only two colored men on committees. They are Walter L. Cohen, of Louisiana, who was ousted from a fat federal job during the past two years, and is still a Taft adherent. He is on the credentials committee. Then there is William M. McDonald, of Texas, who is on the resolutions committee. In the conferences of the leaders of the two factions the colored delegates are not considered, and yet they all stand placently by the instructions of the shadow Republican party of their respective States. With the talk of Roosevelt leading a third party movement, with the Tafites believing a government by the privileged class, and the Democrats seemingly in the attitude of making a strong bid for the colored votes, the opportunity sees to have passed for bringing the Republican party back to its old moorings, and all because of the colored delegates seemed to lack a leaders of statesmanlike ability.
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NAACP to beRelatives Felt at Both Major JenniferPresence Hudson and Identify Body ofMLK HerMemorial Slain Nephew Turns One Party Conventions By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer
By Jennifer ZenithaHudson Prince and other relativestopositively Special the AFRO identified NAACP officials said Aug. 27 they will be a presence at both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions to encourage candidates to address issues important to the Black and civil rights communities. “The real debate and critique of each of these conventions is not [over] the balloons and lights and
sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. Thebriefing white, 1994 Chevrolet press on Monday, Suburban with Illinois license as concerns such as voter suppression, criminal justice reform, immigration reform and ending predatory lending practices have been given short shrift by the thousands of candidates running for offices across the country. “Many Americans complain that presidential campaign coverage has become sound bytes over substance. For Black America it has become silence over substance, as we face some
“We are concerned that we are rapidly Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who approaching time when Jason. the Republican was killed, as wellaas her brother, Party has no space for civil rights.”
plate X584859 was found on the body of her 7-year-old – Benjamin Jealous Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours police received a 7 a.m. call after his body was found in a canned speeches, but [about] of the largest challenges in which platform presents a modern times, but with very vision of our country… that little public discourse,” said allows us to live out the NAACP President and CEO promises of our democracy,” Benjamin Jealous. said Rev. William Barber That silence has been and Dallas Cowboys players Bypresident Alan King II, of the North most deafening within the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Carolina NAACP State Republican Party, Jealous among the names submitted to Conference and a national and others said. The number election officials. Presidential candidate John board member. of NAACP Hurd saidallies those within workers,the who McCain’s attack on ACORN – So far, the 2012 GOP has shrunk dramatically were doing those things without Associated Community presidential in the last knowledge couple of years. ACORN’s or permisOrganizationcampaign for Reformhas Now – seen a “crisis of silence,” And said they expect sion, Jealous were fired. confirms the success of the evidence that haswill surorganization, headthe of the officials said the during that“The far fewer persons faced so far shows they faked group says. “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an Continued from A1interview tor of it. with the AFRO. Hurdany saidsignificant the only things “When this attack started, we indicate that Romney has failed to make bogus are the charges them-to had just announced that we had connection with Black voters. That might prove troubling selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new vothim if Black voters come out en masse on Election Day as they agrees. ers,” she said. “That’s just to say did 2008. running scared It concluded, “Neither thatinsomeone’s “Thatofdoes not surprise me notACORN one bit nor when have ahave its you employees because ACORN’s success.” manMcCain, who is who representing party, the that is beenRepublican found guiltyParty, of, or even is runningafor trying to destroy the singletickmost important right a citizen has charged with, casting fraudulent president on the Republican and that isout theatright to vote,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (Det, lashed ACORN in the said votes.” problem the came about prifinal debate against Barack Md.). He added that Romney’s plan The to overturn Affordable marily because of the way Obama, contending the group “is Healthcare Act and his Medicare plan also turn off African on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than American voters. rely on volunteers, it pays peoing “He one of the greatest frauds in has not shown the African American community that ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, he will be about lifting them up,” he said. “It appears that his ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of policies will be regressive.” The idea was to help both those democracy.” Love, who hasa aspirations the firstand Black being registered those doing Factcheck.org, non-partisan to become Republican woman Congress, rallied the crowd early the registration. Web site, found thosein claims to on night.with “Mr.“no President, I’m hereexplained, to tell you thehave a Maud “We be opening “exaggerated,” evizero tolerance policy for deliberAmerican people are awake and we’re not buying what you are dence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” she said as the audience selling in 2012,” applauded. news account neglect Hurd believes the McCain A Brooklyn-born first generation Most Haitian American who, to point out that ACORN is charges were politically motivatlike Romney, is a Mormon, she referred to her cultural heritage, required by law$10 to turn in all they reged. her parents came to America saying with only because istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowbelieved in the American Dream. “The American Dream isn’t to note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, just story. It isn’t just your our story,” Love tion,It’s in many instances, thatsaid. first and my people of color, I believe the story. Davis, the former Alabama Democratic congressmanbrought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those turnedRepublican and a key African to the-American attention of speaker authorities. voters are going to vote during primewhich time isofnot thenecesRepublicanThe National Convention Aug. McCain camp apparently Democratic, isn’t interested in those fine 28, was condemned by some members of the Congressional sarily true.” points, to core air misleadACORN is no to Black Caucus forstranger “his complete flip floppreferring on certain ing ads that seek to link controversy. principles.” His new support of voter ID laws that tendObama to hurt to ACORN, thereby undercutting For 38voters years, the non-partisan minority at the polls was called “unconscionable.” his political support. organization has fought for social former It was Davis, the president’s Alabama campaign McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowchairman and the person who seconded Obama’s nomination at and I approve this message. and moderate-income the 2008 Democratic National whoWho drewisthe most Announcer: Barack Americans. With 400,000 mem- Convention, criticism fororganized his unexpected role on the GOP’s stage. Obama? A mannational with “a political ber families into more baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, lege, he moved to Chicago. ACORN has over the years seen its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. Continued from A1 housing, There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the will include First can speak to so branch who of ACORN. He was underserved— andLady whileMichelle organ- Obama, thatincluding he was asked the administration’s on behalfimpressive of women, theirto izing voter registrationwork drives. train the ACORN staff. But none has as withering protection of been reproductive rights and wage parity; former What did and baseless this one.whose endorsement President BillasClinton, wasACORN criticalininChicago 2008 in? Bullying banks. thecritical presidential and With will be this election year given engage his continuing popularity Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, among a swathe of Americans; former Republican governor of of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the Florida Charlie Crist; and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. will theregistration DNC’s first Latino speaker. The same types of loans that sivebe voter fraud afterkeynote Not unexpectedly, speakers will also Republican causedbash the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus presidential and vice presidential candidates Mitt Romney and in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse
ACORN Fights Back
from a neighbor about a suspipostedoffliers bearing photoIt is emerges from the “Stone Hope” and his stands cious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On strong and tall against the backdrop of the National the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked Mall, a memorial to a man who gave his life in the dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding be willing to meet with them “We are in the face of the quest for equality. Tribune, the convention boy had beeninshot her nephew. In her MySpace at the GOP most aggressive onslaught A year after the granite memorial honoring theand Rev. multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans supTampa, Fla., this week than against voting rights,” Barber Martin Luther King Jr. was unveiled, an estimated 2 of the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and ever before. said, adding “We’ve seen million people have viewedoffered it. Travelers visit regularly tered to Hudson’s murdered a $100,000 reward to “We are concerned that we backlash like this before—we from all areas of the world.anyone There have been reunions, brother, was towed with the who returned the boy are rapidly approaching a time saw it after the Civil War, we boy’s body inside and is being proposals, prayer vigils andalive. gospel concerts at the site. when the by Republican Party saw it after the passage of processed evidence technithe of investigation, Most visitors marvel at theSince majesty the $120 has no space for civil rights,” the Voting Rights Act and we cians and workers. The body – who gained stardom million memorial, but thereHudson have been complaints Jealous saw it after the election of this was latersaid. removed and taken to appearing “American about the severity of King’safter expression andonthe And, the GOP-led assault nation’s first Black president. the Cook County Medical Idol,” and then won an inaccuracy of the wording carved into the statue. Examiner’s office. Academy Award for her role in against voting rights seems Whenever the Black electorate The wording is derived from King’s “Drum the movie Dreamgirls – has to Hudson support and that other fear, family the civil has expanded…we have seen Major Instinct” sermon, which was in eye. members arrived at the Medical this backlash follow.” stayed outdelivered of the public rights leaders said. Since February 1968, less than two months before he wasreportExaminer’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune the 2010 elections ushered Jealous said there were assassinated. “I was a drum major for justice, peace Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. noon to identify the body. ed that a parade of cars moved in a rash of conservative two “bright spots” on the and righteousness,” the statue says.past her family’s home Given the choice between lookslowly governors and lawmakers Republican landscape with A spokesman for the office the murders but isactual being words held in were: King’s “If you want to saythethat ing directly at the body or Monday morning, past in state legislatures and in regards to voting rights. told the newspaper that Hudson jail forI parole violation aftersay thatnews viewing it on a wall-mounted vans, reporters was a drum major, I was a drum majorand forcuriCongress, 33 states have Governors Bob McConnell of ous onlookers. justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was passed voter ID laws—and an Virginia and Rick Snyder of Neighbors a drum major for righteousness. And all of the otherstood amendment to the Republican Michigan, after meeting with quietly and shallow things will not matter.” Party’s platform supports the NAACP to hear the civil reflected Authorities said they expect the wording to be on the “remained strongconcerns, for her famivideo violence. those screen, laws. the family chose rights group’s each being convicted of attempted later this year to accurately represent King’s ly” and on wasstate clearly its leader.to murderchanged and vehicular hijackthe latter. According to the In front of the Hudson’s Some state measures called lawmakers statement. “She held hands with her famiing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets Tribune, “Yes, have cutHudson back onsaid, sameproduce non-restrictive voter ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to day registration and early ID laws. was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin crossesatbarand weekend voting. Other Additionally, Jealous looks more like the “We arewhite convinced moment.” convicted in 1998 for party posses-of ing the names of Donerson and measures have made it added, the –organization [Abraham] Lincoln not the NAACP that we have an The boy the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor and vehicle. Jason. difficult to conduct voter has found common ground like a modern of agenda that transcends petty Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released day fromcreation prison in “Everybody is sick of going registration drives and, in the been withmissing the more conservative the ‘tea said.years party politics,” said Hilary since Friday, 2006 afterparty,’” serving he seven through stuff like this,” Artisha a relative for the murder case of Florida, stripped from when elements of thefound GOPJulian’s on the In attempted the meantime, theand Shelton, senior vice president West, a former resident of the Darnelljustice car hijacking convicted felons the recently grandmother, matter of criminal NAACP willcharges. do their best of Policy Advocacy/ area told theand Tribune. “We all No wonderright Obama’s campaign is Donerson, 57,president and his uncle, boyvisibility remainedtomissing restored to vote. reform. The said he toThe bring their Washington BureauAll director have to stick together. these trying to distance him from the Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long young are“[And] dying, and All of those policies hopes that augers well for the agenda, whichweekend includesin of thechildren NAACP. we group, saying, “Barack Obama infuture. his grandmother’s home in which policeeconomic and volunteers forwill what?” disproportionately impact extending and ask candidates, ‘Can Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale the Obama’s poor, Blacks otherrun “Four years from now, we environmental justice, we see your solutions?’ so But ties toand ACORN Avenue. minority voters in ways that hope when the Republican expanding civil and labor that our members and others long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alert – a desigundermine their even rightendorsed to vote, nation platform is unveiled there rights, and decreasing around the country can make for ACORN. They for high-risk missing the for NAACP representatives is a greater space forFriday civil inequalities in education and an informed decision on him President. children – was issued But now ACORN is in trouble. said. rights and was that discovered the [GOP] the criminal justice system. Election Day.” after Julian Reporter: There are at least missing after the murders. understand why: he is a good man who shattered a signal 11 investigations across the Police arrested William racial barrier, and the entire community should share that country involving thousands of Balfour, the missing boy’s steppotentially fraudulent ACORN pride,” Davis wrote. “But pride in President Obama should father and estranged husband forms. never turn into intolerance for opposing viewpoints or into the of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voter Southside apartment several demonization of Black Americans like Condi Rice and myself fraud. Obama campaign in Alabama hours afterinthe murders. DavisAnd lostthe a bid for governor 2010 and switched who will be supporting Mitt Romney. Intolerance is ugly in paid more than $800,000 an Balfour’s to the Republican Partytoearlier this year. mother, Michele, has any form, and the 26 CBC members who didn’t sign perhaps ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had On the day of Davis’ speech, some members of the recognized that.” efforts. nothing to do withworded the slayings. Congressional Black Caucus released a strongly letter Hurricane Isaac raged along the Gulf Coast as debate Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson accusing the former congressman of switching over Davis’ new position grew increasingly heated. Reports loans. Nationwide voterfour-term fraud. partiesObama. only toBad further his personal political ambitions. Davis on the weather, which delayed the convention for a day and Barack judgment. reportedly is considering left Tampa drenched, often preempted speakers who took to Blind ambition. Too risky for a bid for a congressional seat in Virginia, where he now resides. America. the podium. As controversy stirred around him, Davis used “Given the magnitude of your recent transformation, we his time on the national and international stage to address canSince onlyMcCain’s concludecomments, that, rather than a true conversion, your “Democrats whose mindsHIGH are not made up.” The NBC/ Wall SQUARE ACORN’s 87the offices have actions are result of been a nakedly personal and political Street Journal poll showed that Obama and Romney were bombarded threats and anguish after failing to secure the calculationwith or simmering even when it came to swing groups of voters, including racist mail. Democratic nomination for governor of the State of Alabama in independents. The day after the presidential 2010,”vandals the letter signed by 14 members of the CBC said. “America is the land of second chances,” Davis told the debate, broke into the The CBCBoston members audience. “And I gather in this close race you have room organization’s and took Seattleparticular issue with Davis’ stance that voter ID laws do not violate civil rights or suppress for the estimated 6 million of us who got it wrong in 2008 offices and stole computers. NOT THE LIST BREAD minority voter turnout. As an example, the letter cited that and who want to fix it. Maybe weONshould have known that After a Cleveland representative appeared TV, an e-mail wasthen-Senator Obama in calling for in 2007,on Davis had joined night in Denver that things that began with styrofoam, Greek sent to the local office saying she Department’s voting rights chief the resignation of the Justice columns and artificial smoke typically don’t end well. Maybe “is going to have her life ended.” after he claimed that voter ID laws did not hurt minorities. the Hollywood stars and the glamour blinded us a little. Maybe A in Providence, Atworker the time Davis said,R.I., “You can’t argue voter ID laws don’t you were blinded by what some of us thought was a halo.” received a threatening call sayLEFT RIGHT disfranchise African-Americans.” Davis’ speech was tough rhetoric for a politician who had ing, “We know you get off work The CBC members also said that Davis had supported the previously described President Obama as a friend. at 9” and uttered racial epithets. president’s agenda 95 percent of the time, including the Wall “What a difference four years makes,” he said, adding that A caller to one office left a Street reform bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Obama’s used “flowery words” to lead Americans to believe message on the answering Act and saying: the Lilly Ledbetter that the country could be “more inclusive than we had ever machine, “Hi, I was justFair Pay Act. While he did not vote intofavor the total been and no candidate had ever spoken so beautifully.” calling let youofknow that health care reform package, Davis did Barack needs to get supportObama expanding Medicaid and giving tax breaks to small He concluded: “2008 through 2011, lesson learned. 2012: hung. He’s a that (expletive deleted) businesses provide health care. The letter said Davis had mistake corrected. Let’s take this country back.” nigger, he’s a piece of Obama as a ‘beacon of leadership.’” “hailedand President Barack Following Davis’ speech, CNN political analyst Roland (expletive deleted). You guys publicly are Davis did not respond to the CBC’s letter, but Martin accused Davis of “political fraud,’ saying that the fraudulent, and you that needhe to go to in an email that he and other Politico reported said former Alabama congressman had never campaigned as a hell. All the niggers on oak trees. Black Republicans should not be demonized. conservative. They’re gonna get all hung hon1 BANANA “I appreciate that there is sensitivity in the African In response to that criticism, after his speech, Davis said, “I eys, they’re going to get assassiAmerican community to criticisms of the president and wish I had been more outspoken. I should have been.” nated, they’re gonna get killed.” Another message said, “You organizers stated. The $36.65 million needed was raised through liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and the GOP at large. Cummings said he a variety of “grassroot strategies” including solicitations via deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) expects speakers will highlight, social media and the online sale of convention merchandise. come to our country, consume particularly, Republican-led In addition to increasing accessibility to the public, the every natural resource there is, efforts to “block voting” via voter convention has also increased the number of delegates from and make arestrictions lot of babies. ID laws, in That’s voting times and other election changes about 4,000 to 6,000, who were chosen with an eye toward all you guys do. And then that opponents say havesuck been especially deleterious to poor, diversity, including racial and ethnic background, gender and up the welfare and expect everyAfrican-American and other minority voters. sexual orientation. one else to pay for your hospital “It’s going to make people want to vote even more,” “Whenever you see an audience at a DNC convention it looks bills for your kids. I jus’ say let Cummings said, and further predicted, “I think the turnout (at the like the United Nations because you have people from various Before age five, every room is a classroom. your kids die. That’s the best polls) will be bigger than 2008, and a lot of that (impetus) will ethnic groups, age groups and genders,” Cummings said. He later move. Just let your children die. Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like come out of the convention.” added, “We’ve bent over backwards to make sure minorities are Forget about paying for hospital counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, billsTo forensure them. I’m notmessages gonna do are conveyed, organizers said those the appropriately and proportionally represented.” and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC it. You guys are I open and accessible in history,” convention willlowlifes. be “theAnd most Among those minority delegates are married founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezcacouple Donald hope die.” changes in format and venue to allow thousands $ andyou willallmake L. Williams, the first African-American judge in his hometown con Éxito, a 10-year, 100 million program to help prepare young Hurd Americans thinks the hate calls will The four-day event begins with more to participate. El Paso, Texas, and Ruth Ybarra Williams, a retired children for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ Mexicancease soon. CarolinaFest, a family-friendly festival in Uptown Charlotte American schoolteacher. pair,branch. who served as convention “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit atThe a PNC It’s filled “In two weeks, I think these that celebrates the Carolinas and Virginia and will be open to delegates and campaign volunteers since 2008, said they are with all kinds of simple, everyday things you can do to help a child attacks will be over. But I think it learn. Together, we can work with our communities so an entire the public. proud to represent their community and to support President will be harder for us to get our generation won’t just grow up... but grow up great. On Sept. 6 the convention will move from the Time Obama. name back on good graces Warner Cable to us theinBank of America Stadium, where “[We’re] representing our people here. Our community. because they reallyArena trashed The middle class,” Mrs. Williams said in their profile on the thethousands—armed last few weeks.” with their “community credentials”—can To find out more, go to pncgrowupgreat.com But ACORN will not be witness Obama’s nomination acceptance speech. Throughout convention website. “We want to push forward; even with or call 1-877-PNC-GROW. deterred. the convention, the public can also keep up the proceedings via everything President Obama has done, there’s more to do a a“We’ve robust been socialfighting mediafor component. still.” long time, over 30 years, for was supported by a change in The for fluidity of the format Mr. Williams, a veteran of the civil rights movement in Texas, the rights of low- and moderatefunding, organizers stated. agreed. income people all across the “ForHurd the said. first time ever, the Democratic National “We’re all in. Whatever happens, I want us to be there. I country,” “We’re Convention is not accepting cash from corporations, lobbyists want to make sure if there’s a vote, we’re there. In many ways, going to continue to fight for or PACS. That means that U.S residents– rather than special this election is more important than the last one. The last economic justice in our commuinterests – have a stronger voice in the convention process,” election was about history. This one is about the future.” nities.” TM /©2008 Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. ©2008 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”
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attacked, is a 2-year veteran of the police force with the Patrol Division. The second officer who responded to the burglary call was Officer Robert Perisco, 21, who has been with the department less than one year, also on the Patrol Division. The officers have been placed on administrative leave. People who knew Bell, as well as community leaders, said police should have avoided shooting Bell. They said police should have deescalated the situation before firing shots. Members of the Baltimore Peoples Assembly gathered at the scene of the shooting on Aug. 21 to protest what they characterize as the latest incident in a pattern of police brutality. “The only people who know what happened are Mr. Bell, who is unfortunately dead, and the police,” said Bonnie Lane, a representative of the People’s Assembly against Police Brutality, Racism and Misconduct. “We believe there are other methods that the police could have used to take the knife-if he actually had one--other than to kill him.” Guglielmi defended the officer’s use of lethal force. “Mace wouldn’t have really helped the situation,” he said, because it could have affected the officers. “Per the officers’ training, when someone engages a police officer or a member of the public in what could be a life threatening manor, they are to respond with deadly
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“We believe there are other methods that the police could have used to take the knife--if he actually had one-other than to kill him.” force,” he said. “It’s also possible that the suspect could have grabbed the officer’s weapon if the officer was incapacitated by the mace himself,” he said. Guglielmi said there was “no way” for officers to know that Bell was mentally ill. Cornelius Owens, 21, who lives near the house where Bell died, said he was at home just a few doors away when the shooting occurred. “The police could have handled the situation better,” he said. He remembered Bell as a man who stayed to himself and “minded his own business.” “You might see him bringing in his bags every once in a while, but nothing serious,” Cornelius Owens said. Owens and other neighbors said the local block captains constantly harassed Bell about living in the vacant building, even though he had been in the community for years. “They didn’t like that he was living there and they were always picking with him,” said Taivon Owens, 19, who said he believed the block captains were partly responsible for Bell’s death. “How can it be a burglary if it’s vacant and there’s nothing in there?” said Shairora Whitaker, 20, who was also upset that block captains called police to report a burglary in process. “Who was he going to rob? They didn’t have to lie and say there was a burglary
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The Power of Marching Feet
As Republicans gather in a noisy, made-for-television convention designed to promote their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, principled citizens in Pennsylvania and other “Voter ID” states are quietly working to overcome the latest assault upon our fundamental right to vote. I offer this contrast for your consideration some 47 years after Aug. 6, 1965, that Rep. Elijah historic day when Dr. Martin Cummings Luther King, Rosa Parks and others joined President Lyndon Johnson at the White House as he signed the national Voting Rights Act into law. I preface these thoughts with the observation that there is scant factual evidence for the Republicans’ claim that official picture identification cards are needed or effective to prevent “voter fraud.” To the contrary, what the evidence does show is that fraudulent voting is rare. Reports indicate that only four cases of voting fraud have been documented in Pennsylvania since 2004. This near-nonexistence of voting fraud is why our own state of Maryland stands up for the principles of the Voting Rights Act by allowing residents to register to vote with any reasonable supporting evidence – such as a recent utility bill or bank statement showing your name and address. Maryland even reaches out to prospective voters, allowing us to register to vote “on line” at http://www.elections.state. md.us/. In contrast, Pennsylvania Republicans have succeeded in requiring that their citizens present “official” photo identification in order to vote. Although the “official” photo id cards may be free, the documentation demanded for issuance,
like birth certificates or marriage licenses, can often be difficult and costly to obtain. This is why, whatever the proponents of “Voter ID” may claim, I believe that these laws are the “poll taxes” of our time, calculated to suppress the votes of the aged, young and poor all key supporters of President Obama in 2008. Consider, for example, the plight of Ms. Marsha Ellis, age 56, who was born in South Carolina but has lived in Philadelphia for most of her life. Ms. Ellis has been told by the county health department in South Carolina that it has no record of her birth. Consider, also, the challenge faced by 83-year-old Ms. Marian Berkley, who has managed to find her Delaware birth certificate but, at last report, was still searching for her marriage certificate so that she can prove that her last name was legally changed at that time. Their situations make it clear that requiring elderly voters, the poor, minorities and students to present photo identification cards that they do not now possess could prevent many Americans from voting in November. For some Pennsylvania Republicans, at least, this appears to have been their primary goal in pushing the Pennsylvania Voter ID Law’s enactment. Pennsylvania’s Republican House Leader Mike Turzai candidly acknowledged as much during a convention of that state’s Republicans earlier this year. “Voter ID,” he declared, “which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania – done.” Understandably, Pennsylvanians of every political viewpoint, faith tradition and ethnic background have been appalled by the Republican leader’s comment. In the true American spirit of the Voting Rights Act, they believe that Pennsylvania’s electoral votes should be determined by all the citizens of their state. The Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition, spearheaded by Philadelphia area faith leaders and non-profit, non-partisan civic groups like The Committee of Seventy, now includes more than 150 organizations. The Coalition’s churches and other volunteers are helping Pennsylvania citizens in their struggle to comply with this onerous new law.
Those wishing more information - or who wish to volunteer or otherwise contribute to this critical civil rights initiative can contact the non-partisan Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition at (215) 848-1283 or visit the Committee of Seventy website: http://www.seventy.org. Here in Baltimore, a second front in our struggle to assure that all Pennsylvania citizens can vote and have their votes counted is being organized by President Obama’s supporters. Anyone interested can send an email to Balt4Obama@gmail. com or call (443) 814-9512. We all have a personal interest in assuring that these voting rights efforts succeed. Voter suppression cannot be tolerated in our America whether asserted in 1965 by tear gas and clubs on Selma, Ala.’s Edmund Pettus Bridge or attempted in Pennsylvania currently with the stroke of the legislative pen. The anti-democratic objective is the same. It is time, once again, for people of conscience to march-although the means by which we advance our democracy today may be volunteer hours at a phone bank or contributions to a voter registration and support drive like that underway in our sister state to the north. Voter identification laws are nothing more than a grab for power. Yet, as Dr. King once reminded us, “there is nothing more powerful than the rhythm of marching feet.” Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
$11 Million FDIC Settlement to Benefit 60,000 College Students
As millions of college students return to campus, a recent settlement by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) may become a financial blessing to students and their parents. An estimated 60,000 students are expected to share $11 million in restitution from two financial firms – Higher One Holdings, Inc. and Bancorp Bank. According to FDIC, beginning in July 2008, the firms charged multiple nonsufficient fund (NSF) fees from a single merchant transaction. By allowing student accounts to remain overdrawn for long periods of time, the firms were able to collect more NSF fees while also charging more fees for subsequent deposits to student accounts. Most importantly, these practices exposed an often hidden role that financial institutions have on college campuses. As student monies were eaten up by these fees, the remaining available funds diminished the availability of monies intended for tuition and other student expenses. FDIC held that Bancorp Bank, based in Wilmington, Del. was responsible to ensure that Higher One operated the OneAccount program in compliance with all applicable laws. Unfair or deceptive acts or practices are violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Higher One has card agreements with 520 campuses that enroll 4.3 million students. Commenting on the settlement announcement, Rich Williams, higher education advocate for U.S. PIRG said, “We commend the FDIC for holding Higher
One accountable. Student aid should not be a piggy bank for banks to dip into especially when their practices are unfair or deceptive.” In May, U.S. PIRG released The Campus Debit Card Trap, a report that found banks and financial firms now control or influence federal financial aid disbursement to more than 9 million students by linking checking accounts and prepaid debit cards to student IDs and providing financial aid disbursement services. According to the report, students can pay significant fees that are charged against their student aid, including per-swipe fees of 50 cents, inactivity fees of $10 or more after six months and overdraft fees of up to $38. Financial institutions use aggressive marketing to maximize these fees, the report found. The FDIC settlement will also require the two firms to pay a combined $282,000 in civil penalties. In addition, should Higher One fail to fully repay the $11 million in restitution, Bancorp Bank will be financially responsible for restitution payment. Higher One expects to pay credits on current and charged-off accounts. Closed accounts are expected to be paid by check. Additionally, the settlement orders multiple changes to practices by the two financial firms.
Higher One has agreed to: • Not charge NSF fees to accounts that have been in a continuous negative balance for more than 60 days; • Not charge more than three NSF fees on any single day to a single account;
• Not charge more than one NSF fee with respect to a single automated clearing house transaction that is returned unpaid within any 21-day period; • Refrain from misleading or deceptive representations or omissions in its marketing materials and/or disclosures; and • Institute a sound compliance management system. Similarly, Bancorp Bank is now required to: • Correct all violations; • Significantly increase its management of third-party risk; • Increase board oversight of all compliance matters; and • Improve its compliance management system. In the aftermath of the Great Depression, Congress created the FDIC in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation’s banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at 7,309 banks and savings associations across the country. Today, a series of recent enforcement actions in financial services are giving hope to consumers: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent $140 million action against Capital One, the Department of Justice’s $175 million action against Wells Fargo and the newest FDIC $11 million settlement signal that regulators are heeding the concerns of consumers. Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at: Charlene.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marching for the Sake of Marching Every time I see a march or rally, I think of the rally of all rallies: the 1963 March on Washington. Forty-nine years later, there is nothing that equals that march in results. These days folks march to make a point, but back in the day, we marched to get legislative action. Shortly after the March on Washington, both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were passed. I challenge anyone to tell me what other marches or rallies Julianne have yielded. They’ve made a Malveaux point, and galvanized people, yet they had no direct or immediate results. I am thinking, in some ways, of the Occupy Movement, a self-admittedly leaderless group that has brought attention to corporate greed and the growing wealth gap in our nation. In many ways Occupy has been extremely effective in making a point, but the point has been lost with their many skirmishes with law enforcement officers, with the condition of the camps they set up, and with the vagueness of their demands. It is specious and ineffective to call for the collapse of capitalism, as desirable as they feel such a goal might be. Instead, the Occupy folks might agitate for tax reform that is redistributive, favoring the poor and middle class instead of the wealthy.
Such legislation will not end capitalism, but it will give people something to rally around. Many people believe that the March on Washington was a spontaneous movement, but the march took months of planning. The highly disciplined organizers vetted every speech and were mindful and deliberate about their goals. To counter negative impressions of African Americans, many of the marchers dressed in their Sunday best. All of the signs spoke to the civil rights movement, not to other issues. Today, marches seem to be a grab bag, with everyone with a cause carrying signs offering up their issues. Again, people are marching almost for the sake of marching. The Montgomery bus boycott and the March on Washington were exceptional because of their focus and also because of their utter audacity. Nearly 100 years after Emancipation, people of African descent were standing up for their rights, and given the long period of relative acquiescence, it was wholly unexpected that oppressed people would offer resistance to the status quo. It was wholly unexpected that Black people would have the audacity to stand up. And, it was totally unexpected that a movement of African American people would inspire so many others to also stand up, In the wake of the March on Washington, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded. In the wake of the march, the National Council of La Raza was founded, and in their own words, “traces its origins to the civil rights movement of the sixties.” The Stonewall riots happened in 1969, and gay rights marches began in the 1970s. Unfortunately, the right wing has appropriated some
civil rights tactics with their own marches and movement. Also, unfortunately, civil rights activism has become professionalized, with many activists now on the payrolls of either the government or of organization that rely on foundation funding. In either case, activists are relatively muzzled, so that the radicalism of the 1960s is muted by funding realities or government restrictions. That former President Bill Clinton jettisoned Lani Guinier and President Barack Obama did the same thing to Van Jones is instructive. Can activists coexist with government moderation? Probably not. Still, the nomination of Paul Ryan to be second on the Republican ticket is a cause for concern to anyone who has the slightest progressive tendency. Ryan would trim the size of government, eliminating key agencies. He opposes contraceptive rights and a woman’s right to choose. He has not taken a position on any civil rights issues, but there is no evidence that suggests he is an ardent supporter of equality. Whether people take it to the streets or to the voting booth, it is clear that those who care about freedom have much to oppose on this Republican ticket. We can take a page from the March on Washington to organize a highly disciplined opposition to the odious positions that the official representatives of the Republican Party have taken. Or, we can be silent, absent ourselves from the polls, and suffer the consequences. Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.
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Races, Drivers to Keep an Eye on in Baltimore Grand Prix By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor As the second annual Baltimore Grand Prix prepares to start this Labor Day Weekend, it’s important for those planning to attend to know that the IZOD IndyCar Series isn’t the only thing to watch. While IZOD Series racing is the marquee event, four other races need to be checked out: the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron; the Firestone Indy Lights; the Star Mazda Series and the U.S. F2000 Series. The Star Mazda Series and the U.S. F2000 Series will each consist of two different races, the first race for both scheduled for Sept. 1 and the second race for both on Sept. 2. The U.S. F2000 Series Race One will start on Sept. 1 at 1:45 p.m., while the Star Mazda Series
Race One starts at 2:35 p.m. Race Two for the Star Mazda Series begins on Sept. 2 at 11:35 a.m., while the U.S. F2000 Series Race Two starts an hour earlier. The Star Mazda Series and the F2000 Series are both open-wheel racecar driver development series that serve to develop new talent for the Indy Car Series. The phrase refers to singleseat vehicles designed with the wheels outside the body of the car. Many former Star Mazda Series drivers like Marco Andretti have gone on to become successful Indy Car Series drivers. The American Le Mans Series race begins on Sept. 1 at 4:30 p.m. Next behind the Indy Car Series, the ALMS race is the probably the second biggest attraction for the Baltimore Grand Prix. The ALMS race will feature many different exotic cars, from hybrids and GT
engine type cars to 200-mph dieselpowered vehicles. Unlike the other races, the AMLS race isn’t judged by who crosses the finish line first; instead, the winner will be judged by who maintains the lead over a specific duration of time. For the Baltimore Grand Prix, the ALMS will run for two hours. The Firestone Indy Lights race, another developmental automobile racing series sanctioned by Indy Car that introduces newer talent to the industry, will start on Sept. 2 at 12:45 p.m. Following the Firestone Indy Lights race is the main event, the IZOD Indy Car Series race, scheduled to start at 1:55 p.m. The Indy Car Series will feature all of the premiere Indy Car drivers in the world, including 2011 Baltimore Grand Prix winner and Australia native Will Power, who currently
sits atop of the 2012 Indy Car Series season standings with three victories and 422 points. Other star drivers competing includes top American driver Ryan HunterReady, who just won a race at London last week, and four-time Indy Car Series champion Dario Franchise. Marco Andretti, son of legendary motor race legend Michael Andretti, will also race in the Indy Car Series. The IndyCar race in Baltimore will last 75 laps in a clock-wise directional track that starts and finishes at Pratt Street near the Inner Harbor. No African-American drivers will be competing in any of the races in this year’s Baltimore Grand Prix, but Chris Miles, owner of Starting Grid, Inc., told the AFRO he would be present at the BGP. Starting Grid, Inc. is an
advocacy group that encourages a “purposeful and persistent approach towards integrating all facets of the motorsports industry through strategic alliances and partnerships.” Miles told the AFRO that he will be at the Baltimore Grand Prix with one of his clients, Chase Austin, a 22-year-old African-American driver for A.J Foyt Racing who is currently preparing to race in the 2013 Indy 500 race. If Austin qualifies for the Indy 500, he will become just the third Black driver to drive in the famous race behind George Mack (2002) and Willie T. Ribbs (1991). Miles has a long history of working with Black drivers; he encouraged Ribbs to come out of retirement last year to race as the only Black driver in the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix in 2011.
Cummings: Know Voter Law Reforms Before Election Day By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) gathered with clergy, council members, civil rights organizations and Maryland Board of Election officials Aug. 29 to discuss the waves of voter law reforms that have popped up in states across America. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, these new changes stand to disenfranchise nearly five million American citizens at
the polls. “Fundamental rights we have as citizens of the United States of America are being attacked. Our precious right to vote and the assurance that our vote will be counted,” said Cummings. “While Maryland does not have restrictive voter I.D. laws, our state is not immune to campaigns to suppress voters in many of our communities this year.” “Some groups post flyers with intentionally incorrect information about voting
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days, times, and rules,” said Cummings, adding that in some states, “election observers” are preparing to be present at elections with the sole intention of challenging and intimidating “voters of a certain demographic.” As late as Aug. 15 of this year laws regarding voter I.D. were still changing, as Pennsylvania Judge Robert Simpson upheld a new law to require voters there to show identification in order to cast a ballot. Arizona, Ohio, and Virginia have all passed strict non-photo I.D. laws, while states such as Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Michigan have all passed legislation requiring photo I.D. All of the laws have not been enacted, as some are to be effective this year, and others in 2014. The veteran congressman stressed the importance of knowing the requirements well before Election Day on Nov. 6. “Just between 2011 and 2012 there were 180 repressive voting rights bills introduced in 41 states,” said NAACP National Training Director Jessica Pierce. “This is ranging from voter I.D. issues in states like Texas where laws were passed saying you can vote with an expired gun license but not a student I.D.” The laws do not all focus on voter I.D., as some states, such as Florida, have limited early voting periods and others have cut out Sunday voting, and opportunities for voters to register and vote in the same day. “As we approach this election the Baltimore
City Board of Elections is preparing and we are ready for early voting,” said Baltimore City Board of Elections Election Director Armstead B.C. Jones, Sr. “It starts Oct. 27 and goes through Nov. 1.” “The pools will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 6 for the voters of Baltimore City.” The deadline to submit a voter registration application in the state of Maryland is Oct. 16. Those who do not register before 9 p.m. on that day will not participate in the Nov. 6 general election.
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New Baltimore City Police Commissioner Named By Maria Morales Special to the AFRO Anthony W. Batts, who holds a doctorate in public administration, was selected from a field of more than 100 applicants from within the city and around the country, officials said. “Anthony Batts has what it takes to lead the Baltimore Police Department forward and to continue building on the progress the men and women of the BPD have made reducing crime and violence,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “Making Baltimore a safer city will continue to be a major focus of this administration as we work to reach our goal of growing Baltimore by 10,000 families over the next decade…I will not be satisfied until Baltimore becomes the safest big city in America.”
Batts spent the evening of Department,” Batts said in a Aug. 28 walking the streets of statement. “Baltimore is a his new city, visiting the West city that is easy to fall in love Baltimore neighborhoods with and call home. Under of Bridgeview and Greater the mayor’s leadership and Mondawmin. He arrived in with her ongoing investment Baltimore the day before, in smart crime fighting the same day Rawlingsstrategies, Baltimore is Blake’s choice for chief was becoming a safer city and its announced. best days are ahead.” Batts, a 30-year law Batts’ will be submitted enforcement veteran, served to the city council for as police chief in Oakland confirmation. Acting from October 2009 until Commissioner Anthony November 2011. He resigned after complaining that understaffing in the department rendered it difficult to control crime in the city of 390,000. He was credited with improving relations between the Oakland police and the community. He started his career in law enforcement in 1982 as a police officer working street patrol and narcotics cases for the Long Beach Police Department and later rose to the Courtesy Photo rank of chief. A former police chief from Oakland After leaving the Oakland Police and Long Beach has been tapped to head the Baltimore Police Department, he worked as the CEO of the A. William White Barksdale, who was named a Group, a police consulting month ago in the wake of the firm. He has also been a retirement of Commissioner lecturer and researcher for Frederick Bealefeld, will the Harvard University continue to lead the John F. Kennedy School of department until Batts Government’s criminal justice officially assumes command. program. His first day is expected to be “It is a great and Sept. 27. humbling honor to be Batts, who is not married, named commissioner has not announced when he of the Baltimore Police will relocate to the city.
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Mr. Quarles sings his thanks
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Nearly 200 family and friends from all walks of Theron S. Quarles Sr.’s life came together to join the surprise celebration of his 80th birthday on July 26. Mr. Quarles was also an AFRO News boy and won a trip to see Jackie Robinson play in Rev. Dr. Alfred C.D. Vaughn, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church Philadelphia in the mid 40’s. He sold and Lois Q. Washington, sister the most papers and Baltimore and similar of Mr. Quarles winners attended from all over the state. His distributor was a Miss Fannie who had a store in the 1600 block of Gilmor Street. The celebration was hosted by his wife, the Rev. Marguerite G.C. Quarles at The Forum Caterers. Mr. Quarles has been dubbed “the singing fisherman” and “fisher of men” because of his love for singing, fishing and ministering to men. Rev. Marguerite Before dinner, guests viewed a video presentation Quarles and Mr. highlighting Mr. Quarles’ life, in which many of the Cormund White, guests saw themselves. Mr. Quarles’
Sunya Harris, and her children. (Mr. Quarles’ godchildren, Darlene and Samuel Blake, Renee and Jonathan Harris, Lisa Harris Broadway
After dinner reflections were given by classmate, Ernestine Fitzhugh; retired co-worker George Gaither, Senior Executive, National Security Agency; fishing buddy and super skillful fisherman, the Rev. Dr. Zollie D. Bagby, pastor of Village Baptist Church; Demetrius Lewis, reflecting upon Mr. Quarles’ ministry with men; and the Rev. Dr. Alfred C.D. Vaughn, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church where the celebrant has been a lifelong member attending Sunday school and singing on the Boy’s choir. Reflections ended with those by his sister Lois Q. Washington who reflected upon his life with his family. The celebrant’s response began with a stirring solo My Tribute (How Can I Say Thanks).
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On August 16, radio personality Michael Baisden hosted a book signing and business seminar at the Frederick Douglas Maritime Museum in Baltimore for his new book Maintenance Man II. At the event, attendees got a chance to meet and greet Baisden and pitch their businesses. Cakes2AT, a local custom baking company also presented Baisden with a customized cake. The affair culminated with a bevy of activities including a watch party, a question and answer session and Baisden’s signature battle of the sexes competition.
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Crazy about Nazie! Quvenzhané Wallis The “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Interview with Kam Williams Quvenzhané “Nazi” Wallis was born on Aug. 28, 2003, in Houma, Louisiana where she attends Honduras Elementary School. She is the daughter of Venjie and Qulyndreia Wallis, and sister to Qunyquekya, Vejon and Venjie Jr. Nazie loves reading, singing, dancing, acting and playing her iPod and Nintendo DS. She’s a big fan of China McClain, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus, and her favorite sports are basketball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading. Here, she talks about her Oscar-worthy performance as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild, a visuallyenchanting, modern parable issuing a dire warning about the threat to the planet posed by civilization and corporations, if left unchecked. Kam Williams: Hi Quvenzhané, thanks for giving me an interview. You were so beautiful and so amazing in this movie! I was really stunned by your stage presence. Quvenzhané Wallis: Thank you. KW: I thought you were funny and charming when I saw you interviewed by Jay Leno on the Tonight Show recently. And I know that you also went to the Sundance Film Festival and travelled to France for the Cannes Film Festival. What was that like? QW: I had a lot of fun in France. I liked how they said my name over there. They wouldn’t say Quvenzhané. They would say a whole other thing. KW: What type of name is Quvenzhané? I thought it was French, especially since you’re from Louisiana, where there are a lot of people with French ancestry. QW: It’s Swahili. KW: My name is Swahili, too. Kam is short for Kamau. QW: [To her mother, excitedly] His name is Swahili, too! [To me] What does Kamau mean? KW: “Quiet warrior.” What does your name mean? QW: My name means “fairy.”
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KW: May I call you by your nickname, Nazie? QW: Yes, but it’s pronounced “Nay-zee.” KW: Sorry, “Nay-zee.” You were only 5, when you auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy. Had you acted or taken acting lessons before? QW: No. KW: Did you enjoy making Beasts of the Southern Wild? QW: Yes. KW: A lot of scenes were shot on the bayou and around animals like alligators, pigs and chickens. Were you ever afraid, Nazie? QW: Yes, I was afraid of the pig. KW: What was it like seeing yourself on the big screen for the first time, after the film was finished? QW: I was like: “Wow! There is actually a bigger me, but I can handle it.” It was something you wouldn’t get used to, but I felt smaller, and my voice was smaller, too. So, there was like a bigger me with a smaller voice, and a smaller me with a big voice. It was something I would never have thought would happen that way. KW: You are the youngest of four kids. Do your sister and big brothers treat you any differently now that you’re a movie star? QW: Nope, they treat me the same way. KW: Nazie, are you anything like your character, Hushpuppy? QW: In some ways I am, in some ways I’m not. We both like to go outside and do some things that you
wouldn’t even think about. KW: What do you think people will learn from this movie? QW: That when you’re a little kid, you might have to take care of your parents as much as they take care of you. Otherwise, they might get sick, and that’s something you don’t want to happen. See more at Afro.com
Deceased Vet Turns Vigilante Vampire in Campy Horror Comedy The Revenant Film Review by Kam Williams
Second Lt. Bart Gregory (David Anders) was so full of life that it’s hard for his loved ones to believe that he actually died while serving his country over in Iraq. Even after his body arrives back in the States, his girlfriend, Janet (Louise Griffith), still states that, “None of this seems real.” At least the grieving
woman found a shoulder to cry on in the dearly departed’s pal, Joey (Chris Wylde). And it’s not long before the two start sleeping together, since they couldn’t possibly predict what was about to happen next. For, a month after Bart perished, he miraculously rises from the grave and returns to town where a nurse named Mathilda (Jacy King) snap-diagnoses that he must be a revenant, meaning
a person who returns from the dead in corporeal form. She suggests that chopping off the zombie’s head is the only way to put his soul to rest permanently. But the stupefied Joey can’t bring himself to finish off his buddy. Instead, against his better judgment, he takes the rejuvenated dude in as a roommate. However, Bart soon begins exhibiting the ghoulish urge to drain
humans of blood, since he’ll otherwise decompose and rot. Joey tries to suppress that evil impulse by holding up a crucifix and throwing holy water at him, but none of those traditional measures seem to work. Given that the guy is going to sink his fangs into somebody’s neck anyway, the two eventually strike a compromise whereby Bart is allowed to roam around at night as a crimefighting vigilante vampire. The rationale is that he can satiate his bloodlust while simultaneously cleaning the city’s streets of violent perpetrators. Thus unfolds The Revenant, a campy horror comedy resting on a cleverly executed premise. Wellwritten with a talented cast operating on a modest budget, the entertaining picture’s primary flaw is that it drags on for about a half-hour past a perfectly plausible ending. The scary movie that refused to die! Very Good HHH Rated R for graphic violence, pervasive profanity, drug use, sexuality and graphic nudity. Running time: 117 minutes Studio: Putrefactory Limited Distributor: Paladin/ Lightning Entertainment
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AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff
Super Bowl Predictions: Who Will Win It All In 2012? By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk With the National Football League (NFL) preseason winding down and the regular season around the corner, the annual “Super Bowl question” is already being asked. While some pundits look down on the preseason for its injuries, expenses and fluff, rabid football fans praise it as a chance to see which teams look good and which ones look horrid. With one week left in the preseason, the AFRO sports desk sparked its own Super Bowl debate. Naturally, Perry Green, an
all-for-one Baltimore Ravens writer, picked none other than the Ravens as champs, while Stephen D. Riley went in a different direction: Green: The hurry-up offense the Ravens have experimented with this preseason has me excited. Quarterback Joe Flacco looks like the epitome of cool and the offense looks like it’s ready to explode onto the scene this year. The Ravens defense is never cause for concern, no matter how many players they lose, and we all know Baltimore was a dropped pass and a missed field goal away from reaching the Super Bowl last year. It’s
obvious who the favorite to win it all should be this year, in my opinion. Riley: Last season, once the New York Giants shocked the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the second round, I knew the Giants would win it all no matter who they faced. Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the reigning league MVP, is the top quarterback in the league. With him, an explosive offense, an opportunistic defense and the best home-field advantage in the league, I look for the Packers to bring home another trophy next February.
Green: Some home-field advantage that turned out to be for Green Bay if the Giants shocked them at home, right? Rodgers didn’t look all that good this preseason and it looks like the league’s defenses have caught on to him and the Packers’ offense. Plus I’m not sold on their defense being good enough to carry them should Rodgers falter. Those same reasons are why the Giants took them out. From top to bottom, Baltimore has no glaring weaknesses and their own home-field advantage (9-0 at M&T Bank Stadium last season, including the playoffs) isn’t too shabby either.
Riley: Every year it seems we’re told how great the Baltimore Ravens are going to be, but it never materializes into any postseason success. I trust quarterbacks who have been there and performed like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. You can trust Flacco if you like, but as we’ve seen since he came into the league, it won’t get you anywhere. Green: There’s a process to everything. All that’s happened since Flacco arrived in Baltimore has prepared the team for a chance at overcoming the odds now. Everything is lined
up for them to storm through the season and playoffs on their way to a championship. It would be a great way for Ray Lewis and Ed Reed to go out, and it seems as if those two are finally ready to pass the torch to Flacco and running back Ray Rice as Baltimore’s new stars. Flacco and Rice already helped lead the Ravens to four straight playoff appearances and two trips to the AFC Championship Game during their first four years in the league. Imagine what they’ll do now that they’re entering their prime. Things are going to get real scary for the Ravens’ opponents this year.
Durant to Star in Kids Movie ‘Thunderstruck’ By AFRO Staff
NBA star Kevin Durant has shined on the basketball court since his days at University of Texas. He’ll now get a chance to shine on the silver screen as the star of a new kids-themed film, “Thunderstruck,” scheduled for release nationwide on Aug. 24. Joining Durant on the movie cast is Taylor Gray, a star on Nickelodeon’s “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures” TV show, and Brandon T. Jackson, a co-star in the movie “Big Momma’s House.” Durant plays himself in the movie, a star guard/forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Gray plays a 14-year-old Thunder fanatic who magically steals the basketball skills of Durant. Gray’s character uses Durant’s skills to dominate on his high school basketball team, while Durant tries to figure out how and why he lost his great shooting touch. The director of the film, John Whitsell, told the Associated Press that Durant, a native of
Prince George’s County, Md., was perfect for the movie because people can relate to his offthe-court personality. “When a guy goes over and hugs his mom after [every] game, that’s a guy that people are going to like and that’s what you need in a movie,” Whitesell said. “You need a guy, a star, who people are going to want to relate to or are going to care about. You want people to care that Kevin can’t shoot. If LeBron can’t shoot, I don’t care. I’m happy. But if Kevin can’t shoot, I’m sad.” According to reports, most of the movie was filmed in Louisiana when Durant had plenty of free time during the NBA lockout last year. The rest of the film was shot in Oklahoma City once the lockout was lifted. Whitsell told the AP that Durant would spend up to 12 hours on set daily to film the movie Durant told the AP he enjoyed stepping out of his comfort zone of the basketball world and into a new role as an actor. “Of course, people are going to look at it a little different because I’m a basketball
player and I’m doing something different. A basketball player is what I do. It’s not really just solely who I am. I like to do other things,” Durant said. “It’s all about conquering your fears. That’s one thing I did with this, stepping in front of a camera and people yelling ‘Action!’ It’s not the norm for me. I did something outside the box, and I’m glad it turned out pretty well.” Gray told the Oklahoman Newspaper that Durant was a natural at acting. “I don’t think anyone expected that, but he did a fantastic job,” Gray said, explaining how the hardest part of the acting experience for Durant was learning how to miss
Morgan State and Hampton to Faceoff in 2012 NYUL Classic at Yankee Stadium By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Morgan State University will kick off its 2012 football season with a matchup against Sacred Heart University on Sept. 1. But perhaps the most prominent game Morgan State will play this season doesn’t come until Nov. 17, when they face Hampton University in the 41st annual New York Urban League Classic, to be played at the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Morgan State and Hampton have faced each other in the NYUL Classic before, the last time being a Hampton victory in 2006 in the 37th annual event. But this will be the first time the two schools square off in the Yankees’ new ballpark, which opened in 2009. The NYUL Classic-also known as the Whitney Young Football Classic, named after the former president of the NYUL-was played in the original Yankee Stadium from the 1970s until 1987. The game then moved to the old Giants
Stadium at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., the home of the National Football League’s (NFL) New York Giants and New York Jets. Giants Stadium was demolished in 2010, and replaced by the new MetLife Stadium, which hosted the 2011 N.Y. Urban League Classic before a contract was inked and returned the game to the Bronx in 2012 and 2013. Morgan State has been selected to play in the Classic eight times in the last 10 years, with four of those meetings against Hampton at the old Giants stadium; Hampton won three of those four meetings. MSU also played in a majority of the annual classic’s games held at the original Yankee Stadium, facing Grambling University 11 times in the event’s first 20 years. But Morgan State won only one of those 11 games again Grambling. Morgan State, however, is currently on a winning streak at the event after facing Howard in the annual classic in 2010 and 2011 and winning
both meetings. According to reports, over the last 41 years, the NYUL Classic has helped generate more than $20 million in donations to the Whitney Young Educational Scholarship fund, which assisted nearly 4,000 students go to college. Current NYUL President and CEO Arva Rice stated on the league’s website that the Urban League maintains its 90-plus-year mission of enabling African Americans to secure a firstclass education, economic self-reliance and equal respect of their civil rights through “programs, services and advocacy in our highly diversified city.” “The football classic is made possible through the steadfast support of key supporters and the tireless work of our football committee,” Rice wrote. “We hope that you enjoy the festivities, and stay connected to the education and employment work of the New York Urban League in the years to come.”
shots on command. “I remember the first day he actually had to miss. They had it set to make all these shots, and then he was supposed to start missing for a while,” Gray said. “We had multiple days in a row where he was supposed to miss shots, but it was like impossible for him to miss. I’m like, ‘Dude, I’ll show you how to miss.’”
Richards-Ross Redeems 2008 Disappointment with Olympic Gold in 2012 By AFRO Staff American runner Sanya Richards-Ross won the first individual Olympic gold medal of her track career, placing first in the women’s 400-meter with a time of 49.55 seconds on Aug. 5 during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Fellow African-American sprinter DeeDee Trotter placed bronze at 49.72 seconds, just two-hundreds of a second behind British runner Christine Ohurhuogu, also a woman of color. For the U.S., it was the first gold medal won in a track and field event so far in this summer’s games. For Richards-Ross, it was a moment of personal redemption as she had to settle for a disappointing bronze medal in the women’s 400-meter four years ago during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She made sure she wouldn’t disappoint herself this time around.
“I just kept saying, ‘You can do this, you can do this,’” Richards-Ross said. “I just dug really deep and I’m very happy.” Richards-Ross, born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, moved to the U.S. at the age of 12. She has also won six gold medals in other world championship events, including a win in the 400-meter of the 2012 World Indoor Championship in Turkey. She also won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4x400 meter relay team during 2008 Olympic Games and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Richards-Ross was also a track champ at the University of Texas, where she met her husband, Aaron Ross, a cornerback for the two-time Super Bowl champion cornerback for the New York Giants. Meanwhile, Colombian track star Caterine Ibarguen captured a silver medal in the women’s triple-jump with a leap of 14.80 meters (about 48 feet).
The Afro-American, September 1, 2012 - September 7, 2012
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By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO
Imagine having to comfort a husband or wife after they fail to recognize an adult child or loved one. Imagine getting a phone call that a partner has been wandering around their hometown for hours, unable to decipher which road leads home. Imagine having to pick up a second job to provide around-the-clock care for a parent who can no longer be left alone day or night. Though never purposely chosen, all of the above could be points on a journey called Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a form of dementia. And according to reports from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), for 5.4 million people every year, this is reality. “Whether it’s a partner, a father, or a sister- education is key,” said Carol Wynne, support group and early-stage program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. “Initially, people think their whole life is gone because it’s not what they expected whether they’re 55, 65, or 85.” Unlike diseases such as cancer or kidney failure, there is no “set path” or procedure to rid the body of AD, said Wynne, adding that many caretakers choose to keep others in the dark about the
issue because of the stigma attached to dementia and AD. Though keeping silent may seem preferable in the early stages of any disease, it can quickly zap energy and cause untold amounts of stress for a spouse or child new to the role of caregiver. “In the beginning things may be easier. The person with memory loss is still bathing, and dressing and toileting independently,” said Wynne. “As the disease progresses, things like driving, showering, and changing clothes become an issue so you need a whole village to help out.” Wynne says that often caregivers become isolated by their role as friends and even other family members can become distant. “You can’t do this alone because this is 24/7,” said Wynne. “Getting a break for yourself as a caretaker is huge. It’s not being selfish -it’s preserving self.” Though some may find it hard to ask for help, stress relief for caregivers is a necessity and can be a oneday trip out of town, or a three-hour getaway to see a movie, get hair done, or have lunch with a friend. Caregiver Janet Blount, 55, a certified public accountant, knows first hand the stressors that come with providing love and support for someone with AD.
“It was devastating, it was frightening, and you felt that you were out of control” said Blount, whose mother—once a school teacher, librarian, and greeter at church—was forced by Alzheimer’s to move into an assisted living facility at age 77. Blount said her mother first noticed a change when she could no longer engage in witty banter at the church door when greeting members, something she took pride in. “We would always say ‘Mom everyone has memory problems,’ but one morning she called and she was in tears,” said Blount, recalling a day two years ago. “She said ‘Jan- something is wrong- I don’t know what it is- but something is wrong.’” “I got my first speeding ticket that day,” Blount said of the frantic 12-hour drive from Baltimore to her mother’s side in Atlanta, Ga. When she arrived at the
usually spotless family home, Blount found it in disarray. So she and her siblings embarked on a journey through home health care. First there was someone with their mother for four hours a day. Then came overnight care at home. Finally, the family decided that it was time to move her into an assisted living facility. Blount now returns to Atlanta once every two to four weeks to check on her mother, while family members who live in Georgia do the same. Looking back, Blount said she should have paid more attention when her mother said she didn’t feel well. “If you have an inkling that something is wrong- first, get information,” said Blount, adding that if a diagnoses of dementia is found, a support group should always be apart of the equation. “Knowing apart that there are others that are going through what you’re going
through just helps so very much.” “In those support group meetings you find out how other people are handling the challenges of being a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s,” said Blount, a member of the Wayland Baptist Church support group at 3200 Garrison Ave. The group meets the third Saturday of every month and is led by veterans of caregiving for dementia patients. Caregivers are encouraged to keep a regular exercise routine as it is known to relieve stress. Burdens can also be eased in obtaining a power of attorney (POA) to make binding decisions and handle any legal issues that may arise on behalf of their loved one. Having a will and specifics about when to issue “do not resuscitate,” or DNR, orders to doctors, nurses and emergency responders need to be drafted. AD is among the top ten health causes of death for an estimated five percent of U.S. residents between the ages of 65 and 74, according to Center for Disease and Prevention Control statistics. The disease was discovered in 1906 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who pinpointed it as an incurable brain disorder. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a branch of the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), AD slowly progresses as an excess of plaque and tangles interfere with brain function. Researchers believe Alzheimer’s is a leading cause of dementia, which is defined by the NIA as a loss of behavior abilities, including thinking, remembering, and reasoning, to the point that one cannot carry out routine tasks of everyday life. The brain eventually begins to shrink as nerve cells die and the hippocampus, the portion of the brain that regulates memory, undergoes irreversible damage. Doctors cannot pinpoint exact triggers of AD, but victims die because the brain slowly shuts the body down. Talk of natural remedies has become popular in medical journals, blogs, and talk shows. On his CNN segment, “The Aging Brain,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta has suggested adding turmeric, a spice which fights plaque buildup in the brain, to healthy diets. Physical exercise for also shown to relieve stress and decrease AD risk. Last year an estimated $183 billion was spent on treatment, a figure expected to top was spent on treatment, a figure expected to top $1.1 trillion by 2050, in 2011 dollars, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Black Women’s Health Study By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO For the last 17 years doctors at the Boston Medical Center of Boston University School of Medicine have been conducting a one-of-a-kind study to better understand the bodies of African-American women and their health trends. Principle investigators for the study, Dr. Lynn Rosenberg and Dr. Julie Palmer say the study began in 1995 out of the need to pay special attention to a group often misrepresented or left out all together in studies on American health. “When we started this study we thought the only way to have meaningful information was to design the study and have it restricted to African American women,” said Palmer. “You can’t just study one group of people and say everything relates to everyone else. There are cultural differences, genetic and biological differences, and sometimes people just believe results more if they come from their own group.” The study followed 59,000 women between the ages of 21 and 69 and looked to see what different conditions manifested in the Black community among women. Surveys were sent to the women every two years and participants then reported what changes, if any, had developed in their bodies. No women were added to the study after the initial group was selected and they continue to be monitored today. All the information sent in on the survey was confirmed through hospital pathology records and registries, such as the cancer registry, in each state. Findings from the study show many important links between social, mental and physical health that have never before been focused on. “We took information that women had provided about experiences of racism in their everyday lives on the job, in housing, and by police. We looked at that association and found that among women under age 50 there appeared to be a link,” said Rosenberg. “The incidence of breast cancer was higher among women who had more experiences of racism. This suggests that psychological stress might be a risk for breast cancer, at least among younger women.”
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The information gathered showed that of the 59,000, cancer developed in 3,500 women. Of that number 1,700 had breast cancer. Of the 59,000 women, 45,000 are still a part of the study today. Palmer, senior epidemiologist at Boston University’s Sloan Epidemiological Center, says that many of the conclusions of the study are the first of their kind, and are currently being tested by other medical organizations. Included among their findings: • Slone researchers found that Black women with high intake of dairy products have a reduced incidence of uterine fibroids after studying an estimated 6,500 women in the study with fibroids and • Type two diabetes occurs at a higher instance among minorities, following analysis of 5,900 in the study. “It has increased my level of awareness in terms of watching out for signs and also educating folks that I interact with within my family, my professional and personal network,” said participant Dr. Ellen Grant, 63, of Buffalo, NY, who began her career as a nurse and now works in mental health. “I decided to take part in the study because it was groundbreaking thought and I believe it is groundbreaking research in Black women’s health for this country,” said Grant, who learned about the study from an article in Essence Magazine. “What I’ve learned is how important it is to take care of my heart health in terms of the fact that so many women are now having heart attacks. It’s important to know all of the signs. Indigestion in and of itself is not just indigestion but it could be the early signs of a heart attack.” Scientists and doctors alike hope that the information collected will lead to a better understanding of how African American women develop certain conditions, and the best ways to avoid them. “Our motto in the study is ‘Knowledge is power,” said Rosenburg, who has been in medicine for 34 years. “The more Black women know about their health and what negatively affects their health- the better they’ll be able to take steps to improve their health.”
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By Rosa Pryor A Toilet Race at Hampdenfest
Hello, Hello, hello my dear friends! By the time you read this, I will be just getting back from the Tony Williams Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, Pa. I hope your Labor Day weekend was as great as mine. After I unpack, I will be meeting you at the following events. Guess what? I received a note from a fan, John Baxter, who reminded me that I always provided my readers with great information on quality events. He wants to add their annual community festival. Well, honey child! I had no idea what he was going to say next. I have been an Entertainment journalist for a long time, how in the world this one sneaked passed me,
Now let me tell you what impressed me. It is the Hampdenfest Toilet Races. Have you heard of such a thing? It is a real toilet connected to wheels and a bike; the front has a steering wheel and they actually race these objects. Absolutely amazing! Three years ago, local volunteers have organized a “soapbox derby” style race where pilots ride non-powered toilet racers through the streets of Baltimore! It’s all attached to the local Hampdenfest occurring on W. 36th Street (The Avenue), between Falls Road and Chestnut Ave. on Sept. 8, at noon. I have a lot of pictures this week that will tell the story, so I won’t be talking to you to much in words. I need the space for the pictures as you see. Don’t forget the Jazz Expressways Foundation will present their annual Jazz Breakfast on Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Chef Mac’s, 4709 Harford Road featuring the Rodney Kelley Experience Jazz Band. For ticket information, call Ease at 410-323-7295. Also, this weekend
The Hampdenfest Toilet Race is part of the festivities at the Annual Hampdenfest on Sept. 8 starting at noon. The event is on W. 36th Street (The Avenue), between Falls Road and Chestnut Avenue. I don’t know. Well girlfriend! You can tell by the pictures, that this is definitely one of a kind event. Let me tell you a little bit about it. First of all it is the Third Annual Hampdenfest (all one word) that began as a local community event organized by the Hampden Village Merchants Association and the Hampden Community Council and it grew from that to a neighborhood arts festival that draws visitors and local residents, to enjoy the merchants on and around West 36thStreet in Baltimore. Now they will feature four stages of music and art performances; an activity area for kids; emerging artist exhibits, and a film festival. Then there are about four blocks of arts and crafts and vendors of all sorts. They will have great food, atmosphere; Chesapeake Bay and local cuisine, including pit beef, crab cakes and brewed beer from “The Brewer’s Art”.
“And now, the end is here and so I face the final curtain my friend, I’ll say it clear I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain I’ve lived a life that’s full. I traveled each and ev’ry highway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.” It was fun and sun vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard’s Oak Bluff, during our annual soiree to the Vineyards. More than fifty Baltimoreans enjoyed fireworks and illumination week, strolling through the quaint neighborhood of Victorian gingerbread cottages illuminated by the residents. “Up in the morning work all day, like a dog for my pay, while that lucky old sun just rolls around heaven all day.” To welcome guests to the vineyard, Willard Wright’s daughters Patrice, Blannette, Tracey and family members Brenda and Ralph Wright planned several activities for newcomers to get acquainted. On Sunday, dressed in khaki & white we converged on South Beach in celebration of the London Olympic Games, complete with American and Canadian flags in honor of our Canadian friends vacationing with us, we competed for Olympic prizes while the kids rode the impressive waves. On a warm sultry Wednesday evening, we hosted a black and white champagne party at the historic
“Gents on the Move” will host their Fall Cabaret on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the American Legion Post #22, 125 York Road in Towson, Md. The time is 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Baltimore’s own “The Spindles” will entertain you; and honey child, they can entertain you! Of course, you’ll have to bring your own food
Andrea Travis, vice president and Fashion Show Producer of Flair Modeling Agency presented “Brazil (A Magical Journey) Fashion Extravaganza” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium, Md. recently.
“I hate to see that evening sun go down.” –St Louis Blues Thursday we visited the picturesque fishing village of Menemsha to watch the beautiful sunset. We sat on the beach drinking champagne and dining on fresh lobsters that the anglers at the Menemsha fish house had just pulled from the lobster pot and fried clams from The Bite. This historic island was the backdrop for the movie Jaws and is known worldwide for its sunsets. As the sun disappeared into the sea Charlene Cooper -Boston stood up and solemnly proclaimed, “The sun has gone done without a problem.” “Only worry in the world, is the tide gonna reach my chair.” –Zac Brown Sitting on the beach at the Inkwell on Friday was an all-day affair. A group from Massachusetts hosted their annual cookout and invited everyone on the Inkwell to participate. From noon until the end of the fireworks, we enjoyed lamb chops, salmon, steaks, burgers and more as their guests. “Strangers in the night” The camaraderie of perfect strangers
like Crystal and Gregory Hall and Nedra and Charles Boyd and a guy named Mark added to a blissful vacation. Baltimore and the Wire meet in Oak Bluff Lola’s, a popular nightspot hosted a party for the cast of The Wire who were in Martha’s Vineyard for a fundraiser for President Obama. When “Bunk” (Wendell Pierce) heard we were from Baltimore he brought Sonia Sanchez, Bubbles and Marlo to meet us. Bunk’s character was based on our friend homicide detective Rick Requer. “Calling all Virgos to the floor got some here but we need some more” It’s time for our Virgo birthday party at Maceo’s, Monday Sept. 17 (my birthday). We party early and party late cause ain’t no party like a Virgo party because Virgos don’t stop. Happy Birthday Virgos, Maceo’s Dante Daniels, Gregory Packer Sr., Ernestine Jolivet, Everlon Moulton, Tina Jolivet, Phyllis Baptist, Kara King- Bess, Sara Smalley, Joyce Ward, Frances Tilghman, Herb Brown, Brenda Wright, Sarah Holley, Vickie Gibson, Walter Carr and happy 87th birthday to Rosa
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But before I go, I want to mention: if you did not pick up the Aug. 17 Afro-American Newspaper, than please do so. It is one of a kind. It features 120 years of history with stories and photos about sports, community, politics, military, civil rights, business, churches and entertainment. Very well done! You must get this anniversary edition; believe me, there was a lot of work, time and love in putting this archive together for you. It is not only interesting reading, but very educational.
Jim Hamlin and his “Avenue Bakery (Home of Poppay’s Rolls)” located at 2229 Pennsylvania Avenue celebrated their First Anniversary last week. There were over 200 guests in addition to coverage by radio, newspapers and WBAL-TV Channel 11; also The Firm Jazz Band performed at the Avenue the community from the Bakery First Anniversary event. cradle to the cross came out to say, “Thank you.”
East Chop lighthouse as the ships sailed pass.
Savanna Wade, at two years old, is the youngest “Runway Model” in the World. She was discovered by Flair Modeling Agency & Andrea Travis.
Well my dear friends, I am out of space, enjoy the rest of your week and remember if you need me, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 410833-9474. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.
Barber. “I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playing”’ but I can “step-step” at Hand 2 Hand 10th anniversary celebration Sept. 9. For tickets call Angela Alexander 443-742-1017 or Jean Flores 443799-3101. “When all is done, say not my day is o’er, and that thro’ night I seek a dimmer shore; say rather that my morn has just begun; I greet the dawn and not a setting sun, when all is done.” –Paul Laurence Dunbar Our condolences to William Vaughn’s wife Freddie and children Andre, Andrea, David and William on his death. The unexpected death of two Baltimore icons Beretta Mercer the vocalist who performed throughout the Baltimore/ D.C. area who died in her sleep while members of her band Rollex waited for her to arrive at a gig in DC and restaurateur Scunny McCusker left a pall over Baltimore and Canton. “You’ve got a real type of thing going down, gettin’ down. There’s a whole lot of rhythm going round.” Beretta who endured so much would often say “I won’t
complain,” could “tear the roof off the mother, sucker” rolling on the floor, jumping on chairs and tables as guests watched in amazement of this full -figured star. Whenever she saw me, she would sing my favorite song “At Last.”She loved us begging her for one more song. “Let’s just kiss and say good bye…” Maceo’s owner Dante said Beretta stopped in the club Friday night, making her rounds to her favorite places, unknowingly taking her final curtain call. Beretta may you find the peace you so deserve. “at last.” “If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” –Kahlil Gibran Years ago on Cinco de Mayo day, I walked into Nacho Mama’s in Canton and the bartender said, “What brings you to Nacho Mama’s?” I told him I saw it on TV and couldn’t wait to drink a margarita out of the hubcaps. He told me he was Scunny, the owner. “Just one look that’s all it took” I was hooked on this dysfunctional and wonderful place with Elvis memorabilia covering every space and great Tex-Mex food. Happy Labor Day –Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch
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A Pre-Proposal meeting will be held at the Perryville Conference Room, Cecil County Administrative Building, 200 Chesapeake Blvd- Elkton, MD 29121 on September 4th at 10:00 A.M. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Purchasing Department, Katie O´Connor at 410-996-5396 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Bid proposals are available for review on the Cecil County web page (http://www.ccgov.org/index.cfm) as a .pdf document and are free to download. Original copies are provided upon request at TYPESET: Wed Aug 29 11:26:52 EDT 2012 the Cecil County Purchasing Office.
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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS ELEVATOR MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR IFB NUMBER: B-1706-12
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY INVITATION FOR BIDS LANDSCAPING SERVICES AT VARIOUS HABC HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IFB NUMBER: B-1705-12
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to provide services for the maintenance and repair of elevators located a various HABC properties.
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“IFB”) for qualified and interested vendors to submit sealed bids to provide landscaping services at various HABC housing developments.
BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. 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 IFB may be obtained on or after Thursday, September 6, 2012, at the following location:
BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 5, 2012. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 401, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum threshold 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 threshold 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. Bidders 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 IFB and all supporting documents may be obtained on or after Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 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
Housing Authority of Baltimore City Office of the Comptroller, Procurement Section 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 IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC IFB Number B-1706-12.
Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC IFB No. B-1705-12.
September 1, 2012 - September 7, 2012, The Afro-American LEGALEDT NOTICES TYPESET: Wed Aug 29 13:47:20 2012 CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTE WATER 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 Sanitary Contract 887-Upgrade of the SCADA System for the Pumping and Metering Stations will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. 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, August 31, 2012 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 G90020 Water & Wastewater SCADA and PCS System Integerator and/or G90078 Process Instrumentation and Control Systems Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $400,000.00 to $600,000.00 A Pre-Bidding Information session will be conducted on the 9th Floor Abel Wolman Municipal Building, Large Conference Room on September 11, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Item of work for this project are: Provision and installation of upgrades to existing SCADA System PLC-based Remote Terminal Units located at wastewater pumping stations and flow metering stations. Implementation of cellular communications between central SCADA location at Eastern Avenue Pump Station and remote SCADA locations (pump stations and flow metering stations) The MBE goal is 7% The WBE goal is 2%
TYPESET: Wed Aug 29 13:48:04 2012 LEGALEDT NOTICES CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTEWATER 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 S.W.C. 7760RLeakin Park Stream Restoration at Fairmount Storm Drain will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. 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, August 31, 2012 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 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 G90010 Stream Restoration and D02800 Landscaping Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $500,000.00 to $1,000,000.00. A Pre-Bidding Information session will be conducted at 300 Abel Wolman Municipal Building, Large Conference Room on September 12, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Item of work for this project are: The Leakin Park Stream Restoration at Fairmount Storm Drain consists of a stream restoration design including two outfall repairs, stream bank grading, and in-channel rock weirs, two stormwater tributary outfall designs, wetland/floodplain creation, and repair of the Gwynns Falls Parkway trail. The MBE goal is 12% The WBE goal is 3% S.W.C. 7760R
SANITARY CONTRACT 887 APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates
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Community Calendar Aug. 31
Spirit Feet Black & White Bull Roast LaFontaine Bleu, 7514 Richie Highway, Glen Burnie, Md. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Come out for an evening of fun featuring dancing, a silent auction and a catered menu. $45. For more information: 443-928-051.
Kenny Lattimore Rams Head Tavern, 33 W. St., 7 p.m. International singer Kenny Lattimore will perform at Rams Head. $35. For more information: 410-268-4545.
Collective Minds Festival 2012 Druid Hill Park, Druid Hill Ave., 12-7 p.m. The Collective Minds Festival is an all-day family event that focuses on the house music community, community service and Autism. Enjoy great music, great vibes and delicious food. For more information: www.cmfestival. org. Got Gospel Open Mic Night Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, 7111 Windsor Blvd., Millford Mill, Md. 5 p.m. Stellar gospel artists and amateurs will perform. For more information: 443-790-8984.
Journey Through Music 3 Emmaus Missionary Baptist Church, 9928 Lyons Mill Road, Owings Mills, Md. 7-10 p.m. Emmaus Missionary Baptist Church will host this event featuring a variety of performances. $30. For more information: 443570-1158.
Maryland Seafood Festival 2012 Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Pkwy, Annapolis, Md. 6 p.m. Sandy Point State Park will host the annual Maryland Seafood Festival, a tasty and entertaining tradition with great music, food, exhibits, arts and crafts and more. $12. For more information: Mdseafoodfestival.com.
30 & Over Moonlight Party Cruise Spirit Cruises, 561 Light
St., Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Head down to the Inner
Harbor and board Spirit Cruises for an R&B party on the water. Listen to some
great music, enjoy delicious cuisine and have some exotic drinks as you cruise
along the Patapsco River. $45. For more information: spiritcruisbaltimore.com.
Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper, September 01, 2012