THURSDAY, January 26, 2011
Vol. 36 • No. 36
a people’s publication
Arbor Day Tree Give Away
Legendary Blues Singer Etta James Dead at 73
Monteic Sizer Candidate for Mayor of the City of Baker New Vision. New Leadership. A New Baker I believe in Baker. I believe in the people of Baker. I believe in the potential that Baker has. Unfortunately, for years now, Baker has suffered from administrations that have kept it from reaching its true potential. Now is the time for Baker to become one of the best cities in Louisiana to buy a home, raise a family, get a good education, and start a business. The ways of the past haven’t worked. Conflict between the Mayor’s Office and Baker City Council, coupled with underperforming schools and limited economic development has caused many Baker residents to move to Central, Zackary or other points north. The average incomes of Baker families lag behind the state average. Nearly forty percent of Baker residents live on less than $25,000 per year. Our homes are worth less than our neighbors. The average family is being hurt by Baker’s soaring utility costs and lack of governmental transparency. There was a time, not that long ago, when Baker Pride meant something. The Buffalo that represents us is a symbol of strength and determination. I want to restore that pride to our people and city. I want to take Baker into the 21st century by keeping our best and brightest in our community and help to facilitate Baker’s growth and prosperity. If I am elected mayor, I will bring transparency and trust back to city hall. This is your government, and it should work for you and with you. I will bring a real plan to you, one with real goals that can restore the luster lost through the years. I will
Scotlandville Elementary School student are shown in the gymnasium after receiving their trees they have to plant. Photo bu James Terry III.
BATON ROUGE, LA -Arbor Day celebration was held on January 20th. More than 530 Fourth graders in the Baton Rouge area rolled up their sleeves and planted a tree. The students become members of Fourth Grade Foresters. The project’s goal is to help revitalize a remarkable idea-observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. Fourth graders at the following schools (Angels Academy Brownsfield, Crestworth, Glen Oaks, Progress, Ryan, Scotlandville, Sharon Hills and Southern University Lab) were included in the tree-planting project. Students at Scotlandville elementary School received trees to take home and plant. District Governor, Lion Evelyn Kirk, along with friends of 8-N, who sponsored the trees stated that the planting of trees is a response to the Lions International President Dr. Wing-Kun Tarn’s challenge to plant a million trees throughout the world. At this time several million trees
LOS ANGELES — Etta James’ performance of the enduring classic “At Last” was the embodiment of refined soul: Angelic-sounding strings harkened the arrival of her passionate yet measured vocals as she sang tenderly about a love finally realized after a long and patient wait. In real life, little about James was as genteel as that song. The platinum blonde’s first hit was a saucy R&B number about sex, and she was known as a hell-raiser who had tempestuous relationships with her family, her men and the music industry. Then she spent years battling a drug addiction that she admitted sapped away at her great talents. The 73-year-old died on Friday at Riverside Community Hospital from complications of leukemia, with her husband and sons at her side, her manager, Lupe De Leon said.
Photo of Gene Lane, a volunteer and Evelyn Kirk is the District Governor, LCI/ District 8-N Lions. Photo by James Terry III.
have been planted. This project will show the community just one aspect of our organization, whose motto is We Serve. You could say that Lions are Loving Individuals Offering Needed Service. “This project is made possible because people like Lion Kirk and friends covered the cost of each of the individually pack-
aged evergreen trees at no cost to the students, teachers, school or taxpayers,” Debra Ersch, Cofounder of the Fourth Grade Foresters Project stated. “It’s a wonderful way to show support for the community, education and the environment.” Fourth Grade Foresters See arbor, on page 2
“It’s a tremendous loss for her fans around the world,” he said. “She’ll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category.” James’ spirit could not be contained — perhaps that’s what made her so magnetic in music; it is surely what made her so dynamic as one of R&B, blues and rock ‘n’ roll’s underrated legends. “The bad girls ... had the look that I liked,” she wrote in her 1995 autobiography, “Rage to Survive.” ‘’I wanted to be rare, I wanted to be noticed, I wanted to be exotic as a Cotton Club chorus girl, and I wanted to be obvious as the most flamboyant hooker on the street. I just wanted to be.” “It’s a tremendous loss for her fans around the world,” he said. “She’ll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category.” Despite the reputation she cultivated, she would See Etta James, on page 2
Teachers Union Speaks Out Against Joyce Burges Announces Candidacy for City Council Jindal’s Education Reform Plan BATON ROUGE - Confusing and troublesome. Those two words are how one man describes Governor Jindal’s plans for education reform. Last week, the Governor laid out a list of ways to fix schools in the state. Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers calls it a controversial plan. Last year, school systems around the state were forced to cut millions from their budgets. Barbara Freiberg, President of the East Baton Rouge School Board says they are looking to cut another $30 million this year. “ We were able to do it without cutting teacher positions.
This year we may be looking at something different,” Freiberg said. Now, school systems could be facing more change in the way of reform, being pushed hard by Governor Bobby Jindal. Change that not all are so sure about. “ What are we really looking at? Are we looking at a political speech or a legislative agenda?” said Steve Monaghan. Monaghan with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers says Jindal’s plan presents confusion and controversy. Monaghan says while Jindal started off positive, saying teachers should be recognized and appreciated. He later said
teachers’ needs to pay based on the job they do - not how long they’ve been around. A point of major dispute for the teachers’ union. “We need to have a debate over value of experience,” Monaghan said. Another area of concern, the issue of public versus private. Jindal’s plan would give parents the choice of taking their child out of a failing public school and getting a voucher to enroll at a private school. Monaghan says Jindal is sending a message that private is better. “There has to be the asSee reform, on page 2
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Joyce was a student at Capitol High School and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been employed with various companies such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana, The Around Town TV Show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; until she came home to raise and homeschool her children for nearly 23 years. Joyce and her husband, Eric, are the parents of Eric, Jr., Lawrence, Candace, Candra, and Victoria. Joyce is very active in her local church and the community. Joyce believes in a “Better Baker.” She describes her principles for a “Better Baker” in the following
explanation for business, education, and community involvement. Attract: to protect the interest of families in the city See burges, on page 3
The highly-acclaimed Christian movie, ‘Suing the Devil’ has been attacked by atheist groups on the Internet. One of the groups emailed the producers warning of a ‘mob attack’ on IMDB. ....See Page 6
Child Support Round Up The American Heart Association hosts its annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on February 9 at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge beginning at 9:30 a.m. Chairpersons for the event are Vicki Brooks, long-time American Heart Association supporter, and Missy Rockenbaugh of Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaning. Also, this year’s honorary chair is our First Lady of Louisiana, Supriya Jindal. ...See Page 3
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced totals from a December child support round up that resulted in 126 arrests of noncustodial parents owing more than $1.1 million....See Page 2
second Boutin’s Restaurant Opens
Boutin’s Restaurant, has expanded its customer reach to North Baton Rouge and the communities of Zachary, Central and Baker by opening a second location near the Baton Rouge Metro Airport...See Page 5
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You may have heard about the ongoing negotiations between Express Scripts and Walgreens retail pharmacies. Unfortunately, their current contract expired on Dec. 31, 2011. ...See Page 7
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thing. I wish I did, but I don’t.” Lula and Jesse Rogers, who owned the rooming house where her mother once lived in, raised her. The pair brought up James in the Christian faith, and as a young girl, her voice stood out in the church choir. James landed the solos in the choir and became so well known, she said that Hollywood stars would come to see her perform. But she wouldn’t stay a gospel singer for long. Rhythm and blues lured her away from the church, and she found herself drawn to the grittiness of the music. “My mother always wanted me to be a jazz singer, but I always wanted to be raunchy,” she recalled in her book. She was doing just that when bandleader Johnny Otis found her singing on San Francisco street corners with some girlfriends in the early 1950s. “At the time, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters had a hit with ‘Work With Me, Annie,’
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and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, also called cash assistance). Families that receive regular child support payments also are less likely to become involved in the child welfare system. DCFS collected more than $385 million dollars in child support last year. The agency recently implemented a program to collect casino winnings of more than $1,200 and collected more than $7.4 million from payment made by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility as a result of the BP oil spill. Louisiana’s non-custodial parents currently owe nearly $1.2 billion.
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always be remembered best for “At Last.” The jazz-inflected rendition wasn’t the original, but it would become the most famous and the song that would define her as a legendary singer. Over the decades, brides used it as their song down the aisle and car companies to hawk their wares, and it filtered from one generation to the next through its inclusion in movies like “American Pie.” Perhaps most famously, President Obama and the first lady danced to a version at his inauguration ball. The tender, sweet song belied the turmoil in her personal life. James — born Jamesette Hawkins — was born in Los Angeles to a mother whom she described as a scam artist, a substance abuser and a fleeting presence during her youth. She never knew her father, although she was told and had believed, that he was the famous billiards player Minnesota Fats. He neither confirmed nor denied it: when they met, he simply told her: “I don’t remember every-
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and we decided to do an answer. We didn’t think we would get in show business, we were just running around making up answers to songs,” James told The Associated Press in 1987. And so they replied with the song, “Roll With Me, Henry.” When Otis heard it, he told James to get her mother’s permission to accompany him to Los Angeles to make a recording. Instead, the 15-year-old singer forged her mother’s name on a note claiming she was 18. “At that time, you weren’t allowed to say ‘roll’ because it was considered vulgar. So when Georgia Gibbs did her version, she renamed it ‘Dance With Me, Henry’ and it went to No. 1 on the pop charts,” the singer recalled. The Gibbs song was one of several in the early rock era See etta james, on page 3
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sumption that school is better,” Monaghan said. “There’s choice and there’s informed choice. “ If the voucher program takes off, he says it would only create a larger gap between the have’s and have-not’s and further devastate public education.
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Former U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chair To Address SULC Speakers Series, February 2 Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on the topic, “Making A Difference Where You Are: The Value and Challenges of Local Change Agents,“ as part of the 2011-2012 SULC Speakers Series on February 2. The speech will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 2, in 130 A. A. Lenoir Hall. Berry has had a distinguished career in public service, including membership on the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1980 to 2004, serving as chair from 1993-2004; and as assistant secretary for education, in the U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) from 1977-1980. She has also served as provost of the University of Maryland
and chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prof. Berry teaches History of American Law and History of Law and Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She also advises students in African American History. Professor Berry has received 35 honorary doctoral degrees and many awards, including the NAACP’s Roy Wilkins Award, the Rosa Parks Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Ebony Magazine Black Achievement Award. A Fellow of the Society of American Historians and of the National Academy of Public Administration, Berry earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She is the author of ten books. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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when white singers got hits by covering songs by black artists, often with sanitized lyrics. After her 1955 debut, James toured with Otis’ revue, sometimes earning only $10 a night. In 1959, she signed with Chicago’s legendary Chess label, began cranking out the hits and going on tours with performers such as Bobby Vinton, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Everly Brothers. “We would travel on four buses to all the big auditoriums. And we had a lot of fun,” she recalled in 1987. James recorded a string of hits in the late 1950s and ‘60s including “Trust In Me,” ‘’Something’s Got a Hold On Me,” ‘’Sunday Kind of Love,” ‘’All I Could Do Was Cry,” and of course, “At Last.” “(Chess Records founder) Leonard Chess was the most aware of anyone. He went up and down the halls of Chess announcing, ‘Etta’s crossed over! Etta’s crossed over!’ I still didn’t know exactly what that meant, except that maybe more white people were listening to me. The Chess brothers kept saying how I was their first soul singer, that I
was taking their label out of the old Delta blues, out of rock and into the modern era. Soul was the new direction,” she wrote in her autobiography. “But in my mind, I was singing old style, not new.” In 1967, she cut one of the most highly regarded soul albums of all time, “Tell Mama,” an earthy fusion of rock and gospel music featuring blistering horn arrangements, funky rhythms and a churchy chorus. A song from the album, “Security,” was a top 40 single in 1968. Her professional success, however, was balanced against personal demons, namely a drug addiction. “I was trying to be cool,” she told the AP in 1995, explaining what had led her to try heroin. “I hung out in Harlem and saw Miles Davis and all the jazz cats,” she continued. “At one time, my heavy role models were all druggies. Billie Holiday sang so groovy. Is that because she’s on drugs? It was in my mind as a young person. I probably thought I was a young Billie Holiday, doing whatever came with that.”
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of Baker by improving its economic development to draw in new businesses for job creation. Quality businesses are a vital component of a healthy community, and it is crucial for all of the citizens of Baker to see the importance of being attractive to new businesses. Renew: to encourage the love of learning back into the hearts and minds of our children and their parents and teachers. In order to ensure the vision for a “Better Baker” all of our children must receive a first-class education. This is why it is so vital for parents to invest in their children’s education. Parents will be encouraged to partner in various activities with our schools
and teachers to develop and inspire the next generation of doctors, lawyers, public servants, business leaders, teachers, etc. Create: to increase community initiatives for the citizens and show our families how they can get involved in creating a Better Baker. Our citizens will be encouraged to work with community leaders to provide exposure of the good things in our city and offer incentives for community involvement. We want our citizens to become activists. We want to talk about big vision. If a big company is going to build a big facility somewhere in Louisiana…it might as well be in Baker.
Capital Area Go Red For Women Luncheon Promotes Heart Health
Local women and men show attendees how to go RED in their own fashion BATON ROUGE – The American Heart Association hosts its annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on February 9 at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge beginning at 9:30 a.m. Chairpersons for the event are Vicki Brooks, long-time American Heart Association supporter, and Missy Rockenbaugh of Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaning. Also, this year’s honorary chair is our First Lady of Louisiana, Supriya Jindal. The luncheon, emceed by WBRZ-TV’s Sylvia Weatherspoon, is part of the Go Red For Women movement that encourages local women to take charge of their heart health by making it a top priority so they can live stronger, longer lives. Guests can participate in free health screenings by Ochsner Health System, interactive health stations, group photo opportunities, and a silent auction from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The ticketed heart-healthy luncheon program, beginning at 11:30 a.m., features food prepared using recipes by Holly Clegg. Three local women affected personally by heart disease will share their inspira-
tional story of survival. Closing out the luncheon program is a fashion show featuring clothing from Macy’s. Local heart disease survivors and other prominent Capital Area women will be modeling the clothing. Heart disease is commonly believed to be a “man’s problem,” and yet, statistics tell another story. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America today. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for females and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. More than one in three females has some form of cardiovascular disease taking the lives of more than 420,000 women every year, which is about one every minute and more than the next FOUR causes of death combined. More women than men are dying of cardiovascular disease in the Capital Area and in Louisiana. The Go Red for Women movement brings attention to the threat of heart disease to women while creating a call to action for all women to commit to living a heart healthy lifestyle. In Louisiana, the American Heart Association has been a leader in this national campaign helping support an emotional, informative and inspirational atmosphere to encourage women to become champions of their own good
health. During the first week of February, the Governor ’s Mansion will light up red to help raise awareness. Look for other area companies and landmarks, which will also “go red” during the month of February – Albemarle Corporation, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana and Ochsner Health System. On National Wear Red Day, February 3, 2012, look forward to live TV broadcasts to learn more about Go Red for Women. Tickets for the Capital Area Go Red For Women luncheon can be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call 770-612-6180 or visit the local Go Red For Women website www.heart.org/batonrougegored and click on Your Event. To join the National Go Red movement, visit www. goredforwomen.org or call 1-888-MYHEART. Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and Merck and locally by Albemarle Corporation. Other sponsors include Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana, Ochsner Health System, and Peoples Health. Media sponsors are Cox Communications, WBRZ-TV, The Advocate, Talk 107.3, and New Country 100.7 The Tiger.
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work with the city council, the school district and our business leaders. I will reach out to our legislature and congressional leadership to assure that Baker gets its fair share of dollars. I will build relationships not burn them. I will be our community’s greatest ambassador. We are one Baker. Being mayor is not a popularity contest. Being mayor is about having vision, professional experience, governance ability, and compassion for people. God has uniquely prepared me to serve in such a capacity and I look forward to working with you as the next mayor of Baker. It is time for Baker to rise again. Baker will rise, with hard work, your support, and the faith I have in God and our city. Join me in creating a new Baker; one that protects the legacy of our past while building a roadmap to our future. Together, we can have New Vision. New Leadership. A New Baker.
Volunteering for CASA is Rewarding for Local Father BATON ROUGE - Russell Ledet performs quite a balancing act. He is a husband, a father to a small daughter, the Southern University – College of Sciences Student of the Year, an active reserve member of the U.S. Navy and a CASA volunteer to two small boys. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for abused, neglected or abandoned children in foster care, who often get lost in the overburdened legal and social services system. “I was excited to be a part of a program that would allow me to interact with kids from a less-than-ideal situation,” says Russell. Russell has been working on his first case for five months. He advocates for two boys, ages 5 and 10. As a CASA volunteer, he facilitates visits between the boys and their mother, talks to teachers and other people involved with the case. The dad of a young daughter states that he was surprised at how quickly he and the boys hit it off, “I’m more in tune with little girls at the moment, but we were able to build a bond.” They spend their time playing baseball, basketball and going to the library. Russell says that volunteering is more than just giving time; it is about giving your time to help someone better their life. Volunteering for CASA is a great example of the community getting involved and taking responsibility for children in need. To find out more about becoming a CASA volunteer attend one of the following 45-minute orientation sessions: See CASA, on page 5 F;HIED7BÃ87DA?D=Ã 8KI?D;IIÃ87DA?D= ?DL;IJC;DJÃI;HL?9;I ?DIKH7D9; >EC;ÃCEHJ=7=;I 7II;JÃC7D7=;C;DJÃÃJHKIJ
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is no doubt that I was short changed. I hereby take issues The statement with a writer’s opinion goes on to say that in the commentary secwe have Black people tion of the Advocate. demanding separate The title of the article facilities. Most Black is “Don’t Keep Race – people know that Based Colleges.” His this route is not in writing was in response the best interest for to comments made by them. On the other William Ed Pratt in an “Our hand, Black people Jones Voice” commentary colare concerned with umn of the Advocate. their History, just First of all I have a problem like any other race of people. with the words “race based col- “If you do not know where you leges” as such. All HBCU’s are have been, it makes it more of wide open to all races regard- a problem to determine where less of race, creed, or color. you are going. Next is the statement In a few short years that whether special services Black people have made treare provided elsewhere. Re- mendous strides in making member, there was a time when the lives of Black People more Blacks were dared to read and livable and there is no other write. Then came segregated race that would like to see schools, obsolete books, and a color blind society more inferior facilities. It is no won- than any thing else Respectder I feel that neglect in my fully. younger years have an effect on my abilities to this day. I am U.S. Army Retired seventy-nine years old. There Thirty-five years services By William Jones
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“Red Tails” Shoots Down Stereotypes By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “We hope what youngsters get out of the story is that under some dire circumstances we prevailed. We performed successfully and we opened doors that they don’t have to fight to.” Col. Charles McGee, “Red Tails” technical consultant and surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen Last week, I attended the New York premiere of a new George Lucas film about the heroic exploits of the all-black fighter pilot squadron that helped America defeat the Nazi’s in World War II. I am not in the business of promoting new movies. But, there are several reasons that compel me to highlight the release of “Red Tails,” the story of the pioneering Tuskegee Airmen. First, the movie has a vir-
tually all-black cast with black male heroes – a rare depiction by Hollywood. Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, and NE-YO all play key roles. Lucas has said that the black theme and black cast were major reasons Hollywood repeatedly declined to back the film. He struggled 23 years to get major studio financing. “I showed it to all of them,” he said, “and they said no, we don’t know how to market a movie like this.” He wound up pouring $58 million of his own money into the project. The second reason I am excited about this film is that recent comments by political candidates denigrating the African American community and reviving outdated stereotypes, make it more important than ever See red tails on page 5
Who Gets Food Stamps? By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Newt Gingrich is playing racial politics and he is playing to win. First he says that black children should get jobs as janitors (why not suggest they get the same consulting contract he did at Freddie Mac – I’m with Mitt Romney here, what did Gingrich tell Freddie Mac that was worth more than a million dollars). Then he says that he wants to tell the NAACP that we should demand jobs, not food stamps. He so bristles at Fox commentator Juan Williams that he gets a standing O in South Carolina. And he has repeatedly described President Barack Obama as a “food stamp” President. It’s race baiting, pure and simple, and few have called him on it. The true food stamp story goes something like this. In 2006 just 26.5 million Americans received food stamps. By 2011 the number had spiked to more than 45 million people. This has been the result of the Great Recession that has left at least 13 million people officially unemployed for an average of 40 weeks. Those are the official numbers, but they may be twice as high when we consider the people who have part time work and want full time work and those who have dropped out of the labor market because it costs too much to look for work. President Obama is not a food stamps president; he is a president who inherited an economic crisis. Newt is being extremely disingenuous and extraordinarily racist in his
food stamps rap. While about 14 percent of all of us – one in seven – gets food stamps, in some states the number is as high as one in five. In South Carolina, for example, poverty is greater than it is in the nation and 18.2 percent of South Carolinians get food stamps. The number in Maine is 18.6 percent, in Louisiana 19.2 percent, in Michigan 19.7 percent, in Oregon 20.1 percent, and in Mississippi 20.7 percent. Given the racial dynamics in South Carolina, did Newt decide to show out in a state where there is more poverty than elsewhere, and when the racial resentments (remember I said Confederate flag waving) don’t need much fuel to turn to fire. He got a standing O by pandering to racial stereotypes. And that pandering may well have propelled him into victory. Newt has managed to paint food stamps as a black program, partly by describing our president as a “food stamps” president, and partly by putting food stamps in context with the NAACP. But Mr. Gingrich, often touted for his intelligence, must be bright enough to know that most food stamp recipients are not African American. Indeed, according to the Associated Press, 49 percent of food stamp recipients are white, 26 percent are African American, and 20 percent are Hispanic. Indeed, some of the folks who gave Newt a standing O are food stamp recipients, but they chose to bond with Newt’s racially coded messages instead of their own economic reality. See stamps, on page 5
Is Mitt Romney a Racist? Part II By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist I posed this question in an article written back in December 2007. I left it “open ended”. Lately, now that there is another presidential race going on interested people are starting to uncover this old article and make it contemporary. This is troubling to me so I guess I should put closure to the whole matter. First, let me answer the question: No, Mitt Romney is not a racist. As I researched history, over the years I have come to find that the opposite is the case. The Romney Family has a legacy of pro-civil rights, progressive activism and an understanding of how poverty and inequality can hurt people. Stunned? Let me run it down and I believe you will find this story to be a great American success story. The Romney bloodlines are of immigrant English, Scottish and German descent. Mitt’s grandparents, Gaskell Romney and Anna Amelia Pratt were natives of Utah but moved to Mexico, Chihuahua State, and settled in one of the few Mormon colonies. They had six sons and one daughter. Mitt’s father, George W. Romney had a simple life in the beginning. Then, in 1910, the Mexican Revolution started and Mormon
colonies came under severe attacks and constant threats. The Romney’s arrived in the United States, near El Paso, as Mexican refugees. They were treated with scorn and became penniless. Soon they moved again to outside of Los Angeles. The Romney children were teased by other kids who labeled them “Mex”. Soon after that they journeyed to Idaho to try farming. They raised potatoes; sold most of them and ate the rest for substance. Finally, they arrived in Utah and settled in with the predominant Mormon community there. Early life was rugged for the senior Romney but it instilled in him a strong work ethic. He passed that along to his children including Willard Mitt Romney whom we all know today. George Romney eventually started working for Alcoa Aluminum and the Aluminum Wares Association as a lobbyist and, thus, his political career was about to take off. He was also a genius business executive and would rise to the CEO position of American Motors. When Mitt was born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1941, George had gone up the “ladder” and would gain wealth that would be passed onto to his children and their families. George joined the Republi-
can Party and let it be known to all that he was a proponent of civil rights and would fight for equal opportunity especially for the “Negro”. He soon became Governor of the state of Michigan and he used his authority to help integrate the state. He demanded new, integrated subdivisions to be built near new auto plants like the Ford Willow Run facility so that Blacks could easily access the jobs that were provided. In 1963 he stated, “It was only after I got to Detroit that I got to know Negroes and began to be able to evaluate them and I began to recognize that some Negroes are better and more capable than lots of whites….Michigan’s most urgent human rights problem is racial discrimination – in housing, public accommodations, education, administration of justice, and employment.” He thus created the state’s first civil rights commission. George not only supported Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement he actively cheered it on. When the Selma to Montgomery March went down, he organized a “solidarity march” in Detroit to show his belief in the values being preached. Keep in mind, he was Governor of the State. People noticed and on his last re-election as Governor he won over 30 percent of the Black
vote. He stood tall for justice. When Barry Goldwater ran for President on the Republican ticket in 1964, George refused to support him as the candidate was opposed to the Civil Rights Act. During all of this advocacy, his son, Mitt, was evolving as a man. He idolized his father and emulated his legacy. Mitt Romney lived amongst Blacks in metropolitan Detroit. He went to the prestigious Cranbrook School. That’s where basketball legend Chris Webber matriculated. One of our board members, Claude McDougal, is a fellow alumnus of the school. Perhaps the greatest thing Mitt’s father did as an example to his son came in 1969. He became Secretary of HUD (Nixon Administration) and he quickly implemented Section 3 of the HUD Act (Equal Opportunity and Employment Program). It gave President Nixon fits but he did it successfully and it stands today. Let me close with a quote from Mitt that shows the “fruit” doesn’t fall far from the tree: “I do not support quotas in hiring, government contracting, school admissions or the like. I believe our nation is at its best when people are evaluated as individuals. I do support enSee racist on page 7
“Tough Immigration Laws: Tough on Children” By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Alabama has passed the toughest immigration enforcement law in the country. Now children born in the U.S.A., American citizens, are living in fear. Some children are afraid to go to school. According to Bill Lawrence, principal of Foley Elementary in Foley, Alabama, “Most of these kids are American citizens. American citizens attending American schools, afraid.” He continued, “A child in fear can’t learn.” Children in his school were terrified Mom and Dad would not be home when they got home from school. The new law, HB 56, requires people to have proof of legal status for almost every interaction in their lives, and it’s already having dire consequences for many of Alabama’s children. As the Center for American Progress explains, “Alabama’s new ‘show me your papers’ immigration law is ripping apart families in the state.” More than half of the estimated 120,000 undocumented immigrants who live in Alabama—2.5 percent
of the state’s population—live in ‘mixed status’ families. But consider the children: 85 percent of the children of undocumented immigrants live in ‘mixed status’ families, often meaning the children are citizens but one or more of the parents are not. The result is that thousands of Alabama parents and children now live in constant fear of separation. Among its many requirements, HB 56 requires elementary and secondary schools to determine the immigration status of incoming students and their parents and authorizes the school to report them to federal authorities. As the head of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, put it, “Educators should not be put in the position of being immigration law enforcers. Teachers should be safety nets, not snitches—guardians, not guards.” HB 56 requires police and some government officials to demand proof of legal status if they have “reasonable suspicion” a person may be in the country illegally, including during routine traffic stops or arrests, and criminalizes unlaw-
ful presence. It also makes it a felony for an illegal immigrant to conduct a business transaction with any governmental body in the state; nullifies any contract an undocumented person enters into, including applying for a loan or signing a lease; and makes it a crime for unauthorized immigrants to apply for or solicit work. Advocates and community members reported that hundreds of Latinos did not report to work or attend school when the law first passed, and hundreds of families fled the state. The Department of Justice, civil rights and church groups all filed legal challenges after the law went into effect last summer. So far, federal courts have temporarily blocked several provisions of the law, including the provision requiring K-12 school officials to determine students’ immigration status and that of their parents, and the provision that makes it a crime for immigrants to fail to complete or carry an alien registration card. But the state of Alabama has been allowed to go forward with many other sections of the law. Now, as law enforcement
agencies are clarifying procedures on what parts of the law to enforce and the law is being further reviewed in federal court, many parents and workers are not taking chances. The Center for American Progress has created lists of the “Top 10 Reasons Alabama’s New Immigration Law Is a Disaster” for the state’s government, economy, community safety, public health, faith communities, rule of law, education, and families. They point out fear has led many parents to sign power of attorney documents to allow friends or family members to legally care for their children if they are deported. If parents are deported many U.S. citizen children may be forced into foster care, though “Alabama state officials themselves are concerned about the potential impact on the already overburdened state foster care system.” Shattered Families, a recent report by the Applied Research Center, noted that more than 5,000 children nationally who are currently in foster care have parents who have been detained See children on page 7
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to spotlight the historic contributions and public service of black Americans. In just the last few weeks, two presidential candidates, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, have perpetuated false and destructive racial stereotypes in desperate attempts to score political points. In a discussion of social assistance programs, Santorum said he doesn’t want to “make black people’s lives better by giving them someone else’s money.” Santorum’s appalling comment implied that people of color are a drain on resources mainly provided by whites, even though about 70 percent of food stamp recipients are white. Santorum’s statement was followed a few days later by a comment from Newt Gingrich that “African Americans should demand pay checks not food stamps.” Gingrich has called Barack Obama “The best food stamp president in American history.” We are outraged by the comments of both candidates and denounced them in separate statements. The fact is, social safety net programs serve families in dire circumstances from all walks of life. Many of those who now find themselves in need, whatever their ethnic
background, are the very people who have paid into these programs and made sacrifices to support their families and our nation throughout their working lives. Which brings me back to the Tuskegee Airmen. In the 1940s, before our armed forces were integrated, the Tuskegee Airmen became the first black aviators in the United States military. They were trained at Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University in Alabama. Despite discrimination, during World War II, these brilliant airmen fought fascism abroad and returned to fight racism back home. Lucas teamed with black co-executive producer, Charles Floyd Johnson, and black director, Anthony Hemingway to create a film they all hope will inspire a new generation of African American youth. The message of the movie…the lesson of the Tuskegee Airmen is clear: We have the power to overcome any barrier to serve our nation and achieve our dreams. One movie won’t solve the problem, but we think it’s an important step in the right direction.
Second Location of Boutin’s Restaurant Opens at Howell Place New Restaurant Convenient for Customers in Zachary, Central and Baker
Marc H. Morial is the President and CEO of the National Urban League
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Poverty has a different face than it has ever had before. People who used to have big jobs and fancy cars are now struggling to make ends meet. People who always struggled are now strangling. More than 2 million families have doubled up in the past year because they needed a family lifeline to save their lives and their worlds. More than 40 percent of African American children live in poverty. Newt Gingrich would blame the poor for their situation, but the economy that President Obama inherited is an economy that has thrust people into despair. Food stamps are a lifeline for many. How dare candidate Gringrich attack President Obama for providing relief to 45 million Americans! Most food stamp recipients are people who used to work, and they would, frankly, rather be working than receiving assistance.
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But they have downsized their lifestyles, their dreams, and their expectations. They are waiting for the job market to roar back. Half of the 45 million are white, and some of them stood to applaud Gingrich. Do they really think that a man who disdains the poor will provide them with a lifeline? Do they really believe that a man who is selling wolf tickets to the NAACP is really concerned with the well being of the least and the left out. The poverty that too many Americans experience is repugnant. The extent to which politicians trivialize such poverty is character revealing. Who will put American back to work? Who will alleviate poverty? Julianne Malveaux is President of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina
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God Can Heal the Broken Woman Part I
He heals the broken hearted and bind up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3 NKJV) When I speak of the “Broken Woman,” I speak in reference of the “single mother.” I perceive her to be broken because; she has stepped out of God’s will and did what she wanted to do. As we can see today, many women are not waiting for God to send them the man He has chosen, she has made a decision to take a step ahead of Him. God didn’t intended for a woman to have children out of the bonds of marriage. He intended for a family to consist of a man and a woman joined together in marriage and then children are born of that union. Sometimes single women with children and those without children often get caught up in a web of traveling from one relationship to another before she allows herself to heal from the previous one. She hurriedly jumps to someone else and is still dealing with issues from her past. This won’t take the pain or problems away; more will be carried into the other relationship. Then, before much time has passed, she might find herself in the same situation, “another child and no husband.” When such things as this happens, the single mother needs to stop and take inventory of her life. She should take notice of how many times she has allowed herself to be caught into a web of deception. She should put dating on hold for a while and just enjoy her life with her children and move forward without a man in her life at the present time. When the time is right, God will send her the husband He has for her. Single parenting is not easy. It often leaves the single mother frustrated because, all of the re-
sponsibility falls on her. She has no moral support in the home. It’s just her and her children and she has to be the one who sees to it that her children are properly cared for. She has to take off from work to bring her children to the doctor and run to the school to check on her children. She makes sure that they are fed and have presentable clothes to wear. But she must make a choice to do this without having a man living in her home with her. This will only cause more problems than she can handle. If the father of the children or another man is there, it’s usually only for security purposes, to make sure that he has a place to stay and food to eat. So, he’ll go along with the program. When a single mother learns to totally and completely depend on God for what she needs for her and her children, she will find she won’t have to deal with a lot of drama. She won’t have to run behind her child’s father or any man for what she need. God is her provider. And when it comes to sexual desires, God will help her to control them instead of them controlling her. God will give her the strength to abstain for fornication. But remember this – the wrong desires that comes into our life aren’t new and different. Many others have faced exactly the same problems before you. And no temptation is irresistible. You can trust God to keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it; for He has promised this and do what He says. He will show you how to escape temptations power so you can bear up patiently against it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 LTB-Living Truth Bible).
When the single mother feels lonely and need a hug, God will send her the hug she needs and not the hug she wants. He will send the hug with the arms of a “for real saved person” to give her a Christian hug, with no strings attached. In other words, the hug she gets will not leave any sensual feelings. When the single mother came to mind, I thought about Hagar, an Egyptian slave that Abram (Abraham) bought to be a maidservant for Sarai (Sarah). Sarai was Abram’s wife and she was barren and couldn’t have children. But, God promised her
that she and Abram would have a child, but she was impatient and decided that she would ask her husband to have sexual relations with her maidservant so that she should have a child for her. Hagar was obedient and did as she was told, but later she was mistreated and she ran away. But, the Angle of the Lord found her and told her to go back. So, she had to go back to the person who mistreated her. She had go back and face her situation. So, Abram said to Sarai, “Indeed, your maid is in your hand, do to her as you please.”
And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence. Now the Angle of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. And He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” The Angle of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.” (Genesis 16:6-9 NKJV).
Holy Trinity Baptist Fellowship Association Holds Ordination and Consecration Service BATON ROUGE, LA – The H. B. Williams Tower of Strength 950 Blount Road was the setting for a Spiritual filled service hosted by The Holy Trinity Baptist Fellowship Associtation under the leadership of Bishop Harris Hayes. Ordained were four pastors to the office of Bishop: Reverend Ivory J. Payne; Reverend Curtis L Shephard, Sr.; Reverend George Veal, and Reverend Leon Figgins. These men of God stated by their leader and presiding Bishop Harris Hayes has shown evidence of their calling and qualifications for the ministry. And having been examined under the provisions as set by the Holy Bible and within church policies and bylaws for the sacred work of a See service, on page 7
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Christian Movie Under ‘Mob Attack’ NASHVILLE -- The highlyacclaimed Christian movie, ‘Suing the Devil’ has been attacked by atheist groups on the Internet. One of the groups emailed the producers warning of a ‘mob attack’ on IMDB. Within three days, the film’s rating dropped from a near 7 to a 4 on IMDB, which is the largest film site on the Internet. Anti-Christian comments such as ‘Christian propaganda’, ‘Christian-brainwashing’ ‘Christian idiots’ and ‘Eliminate Christians’ permeated through the film’s message boards. “It was a direct attack on all Believers,” a spokesman for RiverRain Productions said. “There were over 400 people who voted a ‘1’ overnight despite the film not coming out until April 2012.” “We’ve let IMDB know about this attack, but they’ve done nothing,” the spokesman continued. “Other Christian films, like ‘Courageous’ and ‘Facing the Giants’ have also suffered these attacks -- it’s a way of smearing and discrediting these films.” At the same time, the director and producers are urging forgiveness on the part of the attackers. “We have to show them love,” says Tim Chey, the film’s director. “Jesus said if they hate me, they’ll hate you.” “Suing the Devil” was mentioned in the LA Times over the weekend as having over 100,000 illegal downloads on 50 illegal sites. “It’s one of the most heavily downloaded indie movies ever,” See attack, on page 7
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or deported. The Center for American Progress also points out that when breadwinners are deported from mixed-status families “U.S. citizen spouses and children will have to take on additional jobs, potentially drop out of school, and seek additional social services just to keep the family afloat. The resulting cycle of potential poverty and despair is a prescription for instability and a detriment to the entire fabric of Alabama communities.” They note some U.S. citizen children in mixed-status families are being forced to shoulder new burdens for their families, including taking over the driving and shopping if they have valid licenses. Of course, undocumented children are a target themselves, including many who were brought to the United States as infants or small children and have never known another home. The overwhelming sense of fear is apparent even among the youngest children, as school administrators like those at Foley Elementary know very well—and isn’t just limited to children in immigrant families. A Birmingham school counselor said, “My sixth grad-
Marian Wright Edelman is the President of the Children’s Defense Fund
tion, including the popular bar-b-que dinners on Sunday afternoon. The new location also features the popular in-store market for all Poche’s specialty meats and food items, including fresh, smoked and packaged sausage products, Boudin balls, Andouille, Tasso, cracklings, marinated meats, stuffed boneless chicken and tur-duc-kens, sweet dough pies and dressings. A variety of seasonings, rubs, sauces, mixes, charcoal, breads and wines make Boutin’s at Howell Place the onestop shop for everything for a Cajun party. “Now our customers who work and live in Zachary, Central and Baker don’t have to drive across town to enjoy their favorite Cajun foods. We’ve brought everything closer to them,” Boutin said. For more information, please contact Delia A. Taylor, APR, 225-931-0286 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lynn Boutin at 225-819-9862 or email@example.com.
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ers of African American descent were asking me if they were going to have to go back to Africa. There is a fear factor out there that is written between the lines of the law that’s having a chilling effect on Alabama classrooms.” As one U.S. citizen son put it: “At school we were taught about the Civil Rights period. This is the same thing—it’s happening again. I make good grades, so does my brother. We are normally at the top of our class. I try my hardest to be good. The people making this law, they need to put themselves in our shoes and think about how they’re splitting families.” As a slight ray of hope, there is pressure mounting in the state to repeal HB 56 or parts of it in the state’s legislative session. The irony of an era of fear, repression, and profiling repeating itself in Alabama is not lost on many onlookers. For those who refuse to return to that era in Alabama or any other part of America, the time to speak up is now.
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with our popular menu options,” he said. “Our new location is easy drive for many.” Since opening more than 10 years ago, Boutin’s Restaurant has remained committed to serving authentic Cajun recipes and dishes. “We like to say that we serve the food that real Cajuns love to eat when they dine out,” Boutin said. “Last year, we expanded our broad menu of broiled and fried seafood, salads, bisques, gumbos and jambalaya to include recipes made with Poche’s authentic Boudin, cracklings, Andouille and Tasso sausage and specialty meats, giving our customers a genuine ‘all things Cajun’ culinary experience. Now we’ve opened a second location, making it even easier for our customers to enjoy our food,” Boutin said. Boutin’s at Howell Place offers a large dining area, seating more than 150 people, and an outdoor patio where customers can order off the menu or enjoy a hot plate lunch selec-
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NO Saints General Manager Hits the Ground Running for 2012 Season Though he has the luxury of more time this year than he did last, New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis is wasting none in the 2012 offseason. Nearly an hour before college players in attendance for the Senior Bowl were due to walk on stage and be weighed and measured, Loomis was ensconced in a front row seat. And a half hour before the players hit the turf at Ladd-Peebles Stadium for their first practice Monday in Mobile, Ala., Loomis was in the stands. loomis:brett duke.jpgBrett Duke / The Times PicayuneNew Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis has gotten off to an early start, checking out young talent around the country. The alacrity and eagerness with which heâ€™s approaching his offseason duties in a nonlockout year might reflect the daunting weight and number of said duties. Loomis must juggle negotiations with some dozen free-agent players, including quarterback Drew Brees, and evaluate draft talent in a year in which the Saints donâ€™t possess a first-round pick. â€œWe have short memories,â€?
he added. â€œThereâ€™s been lots of times where youâ€™ve had core players that are unrestricted free agents, that happens, and occasionally you lose some that you donâ€™t want to lose. Itâ€™s part of the business, and we just have to move on when that happens. I donâ€™t like when it happens, and weâ€™ll do everything we can not to let that happen. But youâ€™ve got one pie, and weâ€™ve got to divide it up amongst a lot of good players and people whoâ€™ve had success in our building -- and hopefully, we can do that. I think the fact that Drew Brees is a part of this free-agent class makes it seem a little more daunting than it would be ordinarily. But, look, less than eight months ago we had 26 unrestricted free agents a week, a week and a half before practice began. I donâ€™t know that it gets any more daunting than that.â€?As for the first of those, Loomis said calm is the order of the day. While he carefully steered clear of making any guarantees, Loomis made it clear the franchise wants Brees, wide receiver Marques Colston and guard Carl Nicks on its roster. In fact, if Brees were to leave New Orleans, Loomis joked, â€œIâ€™d probably be out of a job.
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BATON ROUGE â€” At times, Southernâ€™s 19-point win Saturday over Alabama A&M wasnâ€™t pretty, but Kendra Colemanâ€™s game high 21 points helped propel the Jaguars to a 51-32 win in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Coleman, a true freshman from Donaldsonville, shot 6 of
18 from the field and served as the Jaguars primary ball handler. Senior Jamie Floyd added nine points and nine rebound as Southern held the Lady Bulldogs to eight first-half points. Alabama A&M, who were minus the services of senior guard Whiquitta Tobar due to a concussion suffered earlier in
the week, shot 12 percent in the first half and finished the game shooting 20 percent. Southern forced 19 turnovers but only shot 31 percent from the field. The Jaguars will host Alabama State Monday in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Lady Tigers Step Out of Conference at ETSU JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- The LSU womenâ€™s basketball looks to get back into the win column as it steps away from its rigorous Southeastern Conference schedule with a non-conference road game at East Tennessee State at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday in the MSHA Athletic Center. The contest will be carried live on the LSU Sports Radio Network on 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge and to members of the Geaux Zone on www.LSUsports. net/live. The Lady Tigers (13-6, 4-3 SEC) have lost three games in a row after starting SEC play with four straight wins. Just two days removed from a 72-52 loss to Arkansas, LSU seeks to put Sundayâ€™s game behind them. The Lady Tigers have won six consecutive non-conference games dating back to December and Tuesdayâ€™s contest will serve as their final non-SEC game of the regular season. East Tennessee State (5-14) hails from the Atlantic Sun Conference and this will be the first meeting between the two teams. After losing three consecutive games, the Lady Bucs beat Lipscomb, 8952, on Saturday. Destiny Mitchell leads the way with 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. LSU returns home to Baton Rouge following the game via a charter flight and then prepares for Vanderbilt. The Commodores and Lady Tigers meet at 2 p.m. CT Sunday in Memorial Gymnasium.
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