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Mayor Holden Urges Final Push to Press Complete Census Count in EBR BOX The

BP Announces First Payment on Barrier Islands Project for State of Louisiana As part of the previously announced commitment to fund the entire $360 million cost of six berms in the Louisiana barrier islands project, BP today announced that it will make an immediate payment of $60 million to the State of Louisiana. In a letter to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and as previously announced, BP detailed its plans to make payments in stages based on the project’s completion milestones. The initial $60 million payment is intended to permit the State to begin work on the project immediately. BP will then make five additional $60 million payments when the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, which is chaired by Garret Graves, certifies that the project has satisfied 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and then

Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden and Capital Area Transit System CEO Brian Marshall joined forces to urge any residents who have not been counted in the 2010 Census to cooperate with Census takers in the final month of the door-todoor count. “We have just one month to go before the door-to-door count is completed and the tabulating phase begins,” Holden said. “We are asking anyone who has not yet been counted to please cooperate with the Census takers when they come to your door or call the Census help line if you have not been contacted. It’s important to be in that number.”

Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden

As at press conference at the CATS terminal on Florida Boulevard, Holden and

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State Rep. Regina A. Barrow Plans Flag Day Celebration BATON ROUGE — State Representative Regina Ashford Barrow will be hosting her 5th Annual Flag Day Celebration entitled “Celebrating the Red, White, & Blue”. The event will be held on Monday, June 14 at 12:00 noon at the Pentagon Barracks Apt. 900 North Third Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802 (Adjacent to the Louisiana State Capitol). Barrow asks constituents and friends to join her as she honors the service men and women of the Louisiana’s Armed Forces and the elected officials who also served in the military for their courage and sacrifice. Rep. Barrow will also like to invite the entire community to help her celebrate her birthday which is also the same day. We would like to extend a special invitation to all military service men and women who would like to attend the event

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to please feel free to contact our office so that we will be sure to recognize you at our 5th Annual Flag Day Celebration. For additional information, please contact Makesha Judson at 362-5837 in State Representative Regina Barrow’s Legislative Office.

The African Violets Social & Civic Club Held Baton Rouge Named 1 of 4 Sites Their Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon for Childhood Obesity Program

BATON ROUGE— Baton Rouge is one of four cities chosen to participate in the National League of Cities childhood obesity program. The league plans this month to set up an 18-month partnership with Baton Rouge to assist in the development of community-wide wellness plans, said Roxson Welch, education outreach coordinator for Mayor-President Kip Holden. “It’s a very sedentary lifestyle that we’ve created for our children,” Welch said. Video games and television often replace outside play time and sometimes school recess is replaced with non-physical

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Growing Green Kids PORT ALLEN, LA - The West Baton Rouge Museum is sponsoring a project with Keep West Baton Rouge Beautiful. Families will have fun learning about the importance of recycling by taking part in a series of crafts and games. This program is FREE and registration requested. Parents, grandparents and adults accompanying participating children are welcome to observe the program. To register, please call (225) 3362422 x 15. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 North Jefferson Ave in Port Allen, just minutes from downtown Baton Rouge. For more information call (225) 336-2422 ext 15 or visit “http://www.westbatonrougemuseum.com” www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

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Pictured from left to right front row are Rose LeDoux; Shirley William, President; Gloria Parker, Chaplain and Resource contact person; and Ora Bowie, Vice President. Back row picture left to right are Feltus Stewart, Treasurer; Beverly Carter, Secretary, Patricia Thomas, and Cassandra Kennedy.

BATON ROUGE — The African Violets Social and Civic Club held their annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on May 15th at Coleman Pub & Grub which is located just off Highland Road. This year the Angel of the Year award was given to Mrs. Ceola Collins. This nonprofit organization was organized in 1977 for the enhancement of social and civic needs in the community. They donate funds and time helping out various community base organizations such as: YMCA; Southern University scholarships programs; the Battered Women Program; Teen Pregnancy Program; the Baton Rouge Food Bank and serve as volunteers for the St. Vince DePaul Food Kitchen.

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pictured from left to right are Mrs. Ceola Collins was presented with the Angel Award and certificate by President of the organization Mr. Shirley William, and Ora Bowie in the middle nominated Mrs. Collins for the award.

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activities, she said. Welch said the obesity/ overweight rate is nearly 36 percent among children in Louisiana. And, a Pennington Biomedical research team last year gave Louisiana a “D’’ in children’s health. In the report, researchers said only 25 percent of Louisiana high school students met the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. In 2009, Louisiana ranked seventh in the nation for children ages 10 through 17 who are overweight or obese. Mississippi ranked first in that See program, on page 7

BR Committee Votes No on Weapons in Churches

BATON ROUGE— A Senate judiciary committee in Baton Rouge, LA voted 3 - 0 against a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried inside churches. Though “churches are not the safe places they used to be,” according to State Rep. Henry Burns of Haughton, opponents argue that having concealed weapons in churches is asking for trouble. Through violence on the household of faith including attacking the sanctity of holy places and the peace which should be had therein, and targeting the innocent, Satan shows how he is fulfulling the

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scriptures which declare him as “walking about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8).” While he makes his rounds, he recruits demonic actors to help him stage a circus where the joke is on the church. The bears in the sanctuary are intimidating the weakminded, discouraging them from seeking God in a very personal way. The panthers in the sanctuary are angrily biting the heels of the humble, urging them to hold their peace and be obliterated. The gorillas in the sanctuary are standing tall See Votes, on page 2

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Family members can help reduce an aging relative’s risk of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyle changes, according to experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center...See Page 7

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senate kills Gas Tax bill Nu Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosted a reception at McKinley Middle Magnet School honoring over 300 middle school scholars who acheived a 3.5 grade point average for the 2009-2010 school year in the EBR schools. ....Page 3

The state Senate shelved a controversial bill Tuesday that would repeal Louisiana’s severance tax on oil and gas production and replace it with a processing tax...See Page 2

Honeywell Repair Three BR Homes

50 employee volunteers from its Geismar and Baton Rouge manufacturing sites, working in partnership with the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together®, helped rebuild the homes of three elderly households in the Baton Rouge area....See Page 5

Sisterhood Celebration

Mt Zion First Baptist Church and Sisterhood sponsored the celebration and coming out gathering for The Baton Rouge Sponsoring Committee on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 6:30 p.m...See Page 6

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Mayor Kip Holden and Community Partners Kick Senate Kills Bill Repealing off One Book One Community Summer Selection Oil, Gas Severance Tax

BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden along with several community partners rolled out the “One Book One Community Summer Selection” initiative during a 9 a.m. press conference today, Saturday, June 5 at the Red Stick Farmers Market and Arts Market in downtown Baton Rouge. Holden announced that he will be reading author Neil White’s “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” this summer as part of the One Book One Community Summer Selection (OBOC) program. The program creates a citywide book club that aims to use a common reading experience as the motivation for the intellectual and cultural exchange of dialogue and ideas in order to raise awareness and

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visibility about a relevant community issue or issues. OBOC organizing sponsors include: Baton Rouge Community College, Barnes & Noble, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Forum 35, LSU, Harper Perennial, Redstick Internet Services, The Greater Baton Rouge Literacy Coalition and LPB. “I am pleased to announce the One Book One Community Summer Selection. This year’s book, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” reminds us all that living a simple and honest life is worth its weight in gold,” Holden said. White’s compelling memoir, recalls his 18-month prison sentence spent inside the last leper colony in the United States. In 1993, he was convicted of bank fraud and was sent to the minimum-security prison in Carville, La. For more than a century, Carville served as the United States national leprosarium. Individuals who contracted the disease were

quarantined within the prison’s walls. During White’s stay he finds friendship among, lepers and convicts, and undergoes a personal transformation. White has been a newspaper editor, magazine publisher, advertising executive and federal prisoner. He lives in Oxford Mississippi where he operates a small publishing company, writes plays and essays and teaches memoir writing. Greater Baton Rouge area residents are encouraged to read “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” see the author speak when he comes to Baton Rouge on Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 pm, and discuss the book with friends, family and co-workers as well as participate in other discussion events. Copies of the book can be found at your local library, bookstore or purchased online. For more information visit the program’s Web site at www.ReadOneBook.org. There, participants can learn more about the book and its author, download

discussion guides and obtain a complete schedule of upcoming events surrounding the OBOC Summer Selection project. Visitors to the site are also able to download a flyer to use as a tool to encourage others to read the book and join the discussion. Image downloads of the book cover and author’s photographs are also available under the “media resources” section of the Web site. Readers of “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” will have the opportunity to meet the book’s author and ask him questions during a FREE public event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 at LSU’s Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes. The Cox Center is located on the corner of Fieldhouse and N. Stadium Drives on the LSU Campus. Please contact Robin Kistler, One Book One Community Steering Committee member at 225 276-6373 or rkistler@lsu. edu.

area of East Baton Rouge Parish that has traditionally seen a low performing mailin response to make sure they cooperate with Census takers who began going door-to-door on May 1st and will conclude their work in early July. “We have worked throughout the parish with a special focus in the city limits of Baton Rouge where the doorto-door counters had the most work to do,” Holden said. “We have distributed information through churches, sent flyers home with school children,

gone on radio, attended community meetings and events, canvassed neighborhoods and provided information through our libraries, community centers and local businesses. The 2010 Census count will affect our future and the quality of life in our parish for the next ten years, so it’s important that everyone is counted.” Holden said $400 billion in federal funds are distributed to communities each year based on the Census count, and he wants East Baton Rouge Parish to get its fair share. To assure citizens that the Census count is safe and their personal information protected, Holden called

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sit riders and urged them to check with family members and neighbors to make sure they have been counted. “The Mayor has the absolute right idea for making the effort to get Baton Rouge residents to complete the Census forms,” said Marshall. “It’s important for Baton Rouge in so many ways for federal funding, and especially important for CATS and public transit in the city.” Holden said his office has been working closely with Census officials in a targeted

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above the children of Christ, inciting fear of the Devil. When the enemy declares war on the church, we have the power to invoke the heavenly host in defense of zion. There is a necessity to declare by the power vested from the most High God, by Jesus, King of Kings, that everything the enemy has stolen from the church – in influence great and small, shall be released back to the church; that a revival shall come throughout the nation of America and the world. And God shall restore 20, 60 and 100 fold, all that has been stolen – that all may know that He alone is God (Joel 2:25).

BATON ROUGE — The state Senate shelved a controversial bill Tuesday that would repeal Louisiana’s severance tax on oil and gas production and replace it with a processing tax. The idea has been bandied about in the Louisiana Capitol since the Treen administration in the early 1980s, but Democratic Sen. Rob Marionneaux said the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico and the state’s dire financial straights underscore the need to change the current system. Marionneaux’s proposed measure would have allowed Louisianians to vote in November whether to levy a tax on oil and gas brought into the state for processing. “I want to do something about the way we do business,” Marionneaux said. “The oil companies have run the state capitol long enough.” Marionneaux said while oil and gas producers in Louisiana are taxed at up to 12.5 percent, the 827 million barrels of oil brought into the state for processing each year are not taxed. “Why tax Louisiana residents and not the BPs of the world?” Marionneaux asked. “When the ship comes up the river from Saudi Arabia, they pay nothing.” With a 3 percent tax on all oil and gas coming into the state, Louisiana could generate $1.2 billion in revenue each year, enough to replace the $911 million that Louisiana landowners and producers paid in severance taxes in 2009. After nearly two hours of debate, the measure failed in a 6-31 vote. Money from the processing tax should be used to pay for coastal erosion, highways and

education, Marionneaux said. In the 50 years Louisiana has been producing oil off its coast, the state has lost 1,900 square miles of land to coastal erosion. While the oil industry has recognized it has caused much of this erosion, the industry has done nothing to help rebuild the lost land, Marionneaux said. “Louisiana serves the nation’s energy needs ... and yet we beg for our coast to be restored,” he said of the 25 square miles of land lost each year. “No one in this body can say that’s fair.” Critics of the bill, including the state’s powerful oil and gas lobby, have said it would drive refineries and jobs out of the state and cause consumers pain at the pump through higher gas prices. Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, estimated that the processing tax would lead to a 30- to 40-cent price increase per gallon of gas for consumers. Democratic Sen. Willie Mount, from refinery-rich Lake Charles, said that the bill would cause oil companies to bypass her area in favor of nearby refineries in southeast Texas that don’t have a processing tax. Mount said that 52 percent of jobs in Calcasieu Parish are oil-related. Marionneaux countered that Louisiana has so many pipelines and refineries that it would be prohibitively expensive for oil companies to leave the state. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, said senators voting against Marionneaux’s bill would be giving the oil companies a free pass. “You turn on your television and you see this stuff washing up on our shores,” she said. “Let’s make sure they pay for the damage they’re doing.”

Payment from page 1 100% completion milestones. The entire $360 million will be funded by the completion of the project. Under the arrangement announced today, BP plans to make payments directly to the State of Louisiana rather than establishing an escrow fund for this project. “We are committed to doing everything we can to protect the coastline and reduce the impact of the oil and gas spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We understand that the United States Coast Guard and the State of Louisiana want this project to proceed with urgency, so we want to ensure that funding is immediately available to begin construction of the berms,” said Bob Dudley,

Managing Director. BP already has provided $170 million to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida to help with those state’s response costs and to help promote their tourism industries. The company also has paid approximately $51 million in compensation to people and companies affected by the spill. BP Press Office London: +44 20 7496 4076 BP Press office, US: +1 281 366 0265 Unified Command Joint Information Center:+1 985-9025231 www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com www.bp.com/ gulfofmexicoresponse

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Mayor Landrieu Orders Sweeping Reforms of City Contracting NEW ORLEANS, LA- Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed Executive Orders that enact sweeping reforms of city contracting procedures. For years, a myriad of problems have been reported with city contracting, including claims of corruption, patronage, and overspending. In addition, the city’s program for directing contracting opportunities to disadvantaged businesses enterprises (DBEs) has long been criticized as poorly organized and ineffective. “With these Executive Orders, we are fundamentally changing the way business is done at City Hall and taking a major step forward in restoring the public trust,” said Landrieu. “New Orleans deserves an open and honest government. That’s why I am putting processes in place that will help us spend tax dollars wisely and encourage a more robust local economy.” In a show of broad support and strong consensus for these changes, the Mayor was joined by Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux and a diverse group of business leaders who were a part of the mayor’s Transition New Orleans Contracting & DBE Task Force. Landrieu stated, “During the transition, I asked this task force to come to a consensus on a clear path forward to create a more inclusive, business-friendly city government. I am proud that we found common ground and have set the table for enduring, transformational change.” Highlights of the Executive Orders include: • Establishing a Chief Procurement Officer, who is an experienced professional in largescale public procurement • Removing the Mayor from the selection process • Creating a Provisional Certification Program to expand the pool of DBEs that can immediately compete for city business • Commissioning a disparity study to determine the gap that exists between the availability of DBEs and the utilization of such businesses by the city • Requiring on-going disclosure of subcontractors • All documents, including evaluations of selection committee, are public • Institutionalizing the role of the Inspector General in the contracting process

AKA Chapter Reception for Scholars

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pictured on the front row from left to right are Katahri Toaston; Brehana Hawkins an essay scholarship winner from University High School; Danielle and David Dubriel are middle school scholar attending Westdale Middle; Breanna McQuarter is an essay scholarship winner from Bethany Christian; Gina Domingue, and Linda Griffin. Back row from left to right are Eileen Kennedy and Stella Jackson Nu Gamma Omega members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. They were all in attendant at the Middle School Scholars Reception on May 1st at McKinley Middle School.

On Saturday, May 1st, Nu Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosted a reception at McKinley Middle Magnet School honoring over 300 middle school scholars who acheived a 3.5 grade

point average for the 20092010 school year in the EBR schools. At the reception, Nu Gamma Omega also presented five scholarship awards to high school senior winners of Nu Gamma Omega’s Linda Dunlap Cosey

Essay Writing Competition to Brehana Hawkins, University High; Breanna McQuarter, Bethany Christian; Genesia Emery, Kiara Moore, and Raven Brady-Parker, Baton Rouge Magnet HIgh.

Holden from page 2 on Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff, who has gone on radio and appears on flyers with safety tips. “We wanted to remove any hesitation someone may have in answering the ten Census questions,” Holden said. “Your information is not shared with my office, it won’t get you called for jury duty, it won’t be used to find you if you have an outstanding parking ticket; it can’t even be shared with the President of the United States. Your an-

swers are only used to make sure you’re in that number.” “Federal law requires that everyone be counted,” Holden said, “but we have a tremendous interest in getting a complete count because for every person who is not counted, our community loses $1200 in funding.” “We have one month left to make sure everyone is counted,” Holden said. “Our future for the next ten years depends on it.” Holden urged anyone

who has not been contacted to call the toll-free Census assistance line, 1-866-8726868. Calling the number will not prevent a household from being visited by a Census taker, but it can help identify where they are if someone has not been contacted by the Census at this point.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Crime does not pay. PRESIDENT OBAMA has weathered some major criticisms during the last few week concerning the oil spill in the Gulf. Every sane person must remember that our President is not all things to everybody, but a leader! Marge CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SUNDAY’S BEST AREA WINNERS! They include the followLawrence ing: Franklin Davis, IV of New Orleans, Jonte Thomas, New Orleans, Tawanna Tarvin of Monroe, La. and Vernell Payton of New Orleans. We are so very proud of each of you. Keep up the good work. One honor deserves another honor. SPEAKING OF NEW ORLEANS, Da Diva Dionne Character has penned yet another novel to show off her writing skills. This time she wrote about the pre-Katrina 9th Ward and celebrates her roots. “My soul went back to where it came from and that’s the 9th Ward,” she said. In her book she gives a vivid picture of the abundant talent and diverse life in the 9th Ward, including Fats Domino, Kermit Ruffin and Tyler Perry. Congratulations to the Diva for doing an exceptional job. THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN FARMERS are due to collect on a $125 billion settlement from the government but is unable to collect because Congress has yet to appropriate the payout. Hanging tough are local and state farmers who deserve the settlement and the services. EDUCATORS OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN warns parents of the excessive viewing of TV and other media. Guidelines governing this were released in 1996, but has been revisited. Children are not only viewing, but texting, on line chat rooms, and viral videos, etc. This poses a tremendous problem for much of this is indoor technology, which keeps kids from exercising outdoors. CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE WHO WON IN THE RECENT ELECTIONS. Thanks to each one of you who ran a good, clean campaign and was honorable until all votes were counted. FLAG DAY IS COMING UP! DID YOU KNOW: * The observance is held the second Sunday in June each year. * Musical tributes to the armed forces help with the celebrations. * There is always taps to finalize the tributes. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands; One nation under God, individual, with liberty and justice for all. Enjoy the flag an the reason it was adopted. Have a super and blessed weekend. Love,

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Commentary Thursday, June 10, 2010 • The Weekly Press • Page 4

The Way I See It

Baton Rouge Sponsoring Committee Dwells on Faith

The main hope was that this organiI attended a “Cityzation would not fall wide Delegation Assemby the wayside. The bly” held at the Mt. Zion hope is to accomplish First Baptist Church on its :mission. Friday night June 3rd (1) to build relaat 6:30 p.m. Despite tionships across our the rain, if attendance community based on will be the determintrust and a willingness William ing factor, then, we are to listen to and to learn Jones on the road to the best from each other; venture in Baton Rouge (2) to equip our history. This will serve members with skills as a means to jump-start Baton and practices to get results on Rouge to a height unknown to concrete issues’ and, mankind. (3) to achieve change where The activity kicked off with change is needed. one of my favorite song that the Another speaker alluded senior choir sings at Camphor to his hope that this organization Memorial United Methodist will stand as a tree beside still church, that being “Hold to His water that will stand forever. My Hand.”” Build your hope on hope is that this organization will things eternal. As I had predicted stand the storms of time in its not a word would be said that I struggle to make life liveable for had not heard before. However, all mankind in the Baton Rouge at least two speakers dwelled on area. the word “hope.” That is the way I see it. By William Jones

Reality Check

The Other Thurgood Marshall By A. Peter Bailey NNPA Columnist (NNPA) - Thurgood Marshall has received much well-deserved acclaim for the important role he played in the arduous and eventually successful struggle against the proponents of legal White supremacy in the United States. His impressive accomplishments are currently being heralded in a one-man bio-play featuring Laurence Fishburne. However, there is the other Thurgood Marshall we also need to at least be aware of. This Thurgood Marshall was initially brought to my attention over 40 years ago when reading a December 1960 issue of Mr. Muhammad Speaks, the official publication of the Nation of Islam (NOI). The article, entitled “Thurgood Marshall Sics Cops on Muslims,” quotes then Charlotte, N.C. police chief, Jesse James, as saying that “In the fall of 1959, Thurgood Marshall, chief attorney for the NAACP, invited police chiefs to attend a meeting in his room during the International Police Chiefs Association Convention in New York. At the time the problem surrounding the activities of the Black Muslims’ group was discussed by some of the most

important figures in law enforcement today. I was impressed with Marshall’s attack on the group. I received the interpretation from Marshall that, in his opinion, this group was strictly un-American in its origin, its financial resources and its objectives.” Please note the assertion that Marshall invited the police chiefs to his room. Besides James, there were probably numerous other White southern police chiefs present at a time when terrorist acts against civil rights activists were rampant throughout the South. Those who hesitate to accept anything said by NOI about Marshall will find more information about the other Thurgood Marshall in Juan Williams’ book, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary. Though obviously a Marshall admirer, Williams was compelled to note his disdain for and hostility toward Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X and his strong collaboration with FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, a powerful opponent of the civil and human rights movements. About King, he wrote, “Marshall’s relationship with King created emotional difficulty for him. He particularly disliked King’s criticism of President Johnson’s See marshall, on page 5

To Be Equal

Rand Paul is on the Wrong Side of History to abolish legalized segregation culminating in the passage (NNPA) - “I am, of the Civil Rights Act therefore, asking the of 1964. Since its pasCongress to enact sage, hardly anyone, legislation giving all much less a candidate Americans the right for the United States to be served in faciliSenate has questioned ties which are open to the legal and moral Marc H. the public -- hotels, soundness of that law, Morial restaurants, theaters, until now. retail stores, and simiRand Paul, the lar establishments. This seems to Tea Party Republican Senate me to be an elementary right.” nominee from Kentucky, rePresident John F. Kennedy, June cently made it clear in a series 11, 1963 of media interviews that he disOn Memorial Day the na- agrees with the public accomtion paused to remember the modations provision in the Civil hundreds of thousands of Amer- Rights Act on the grounds that ican soldiers who have fought it intrudes on the rights of priand died in wars so that all of vate business owners. In other us could live free. One of the words, if he had been around to saddest ironies of American vote for the Act, he would have history is the fact that in spite joined openly racist southern of slavery and racism, African- conservatives in arguing that Americans have given the last hotel, restaurant and retail store full measure of their devotion owners should have the right in every armed conflict since to bar African Americans from the Revolutionary War. That ex- their establishments. That is a traordinary patriotism, coupled bizarre and retrogressive view, with the civil rights leadership more suited to a political camof Dr. King and others, was a major force in the movement See history, on page 7 By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist

Israel Still Gets Special Treatment from Obama and U.S. Media By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Despite widespread global condemnation of Israel’s decision to attack a flotilla of boats carrying unarmed civilians attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Srip, U.S. officials have refused to publicly criticize Israel and the American media has reported the conflict through what one media monitoring group called “Israel’s Eyes.” For years, Palestinians have been unable to get their side fairly reported in the U.S. media and the latest international incident is yet another example. “Much of the U.S. media coverage has been remarkably unskeptical of Israel’s account of events and their context, and has paid little regard to international law,” Fairness and Accuracy in the Media [FAIR], a media monitoring group, concluded. On May 31, the Israeli military attacked a flotilla of boats delivering aid to Gaza, killing as many as 11 activists aboard. Israel said its military came under attack when they boarded the vessels and were acting in self-defense. It also said such inspections were necessary to protect its sworn enemies from obtaining weapons that would endanger Israel. The response from the international community has been strong.

British Prime Turkish ship.” Minister David CamFAIR observed, eron said, “What has “The Times piece also happened is comshowed little interest in pletely unacceptable. international law, menWe should be clear tioning Israel’s claim about that and we regarding the legality should also deplore of their actions but the loss of life.” providing no analysis George France’s Foreign from any international E. Curry Secretary Bernard law expert to support or Koucher said instead debunk the claim: ‘Isof Israel inspecting raeli officials said that Gaza-bound ships for weapons, international law allowed for the European Union would be the capture of naval vessels in willing to perform that function, international waters if they were thereby easing tension between about to violate a blockade.” the Israelis and Palestinians. That position was disputed However, Israel rejects that by former British ambassador suggestion as well as the idea of Craig Murray. an international inquiry. “To attack a foreign flagged Michael Oren, Israel’s am- vessel in international waters is bassador to the United States, illegal,” he said. “It is not piracy, said on Fox News: “Israel is a as the Israeli vessels carried a democracy. Israel has the abil- military commission. It is rather ity and the right to investigate an act of illegal warfare.” itself, not to be investigated by As usual, conservatives any international board.” seized on the opportunity to Major media outlets have criticize Obama. sided with Israel. Sean Hannity of Fox said he For example, a Washing- was “concerned about the lack of ton Post editorial declared, “We support from the United States have no sympathy for the mo- of America.” Right-wing radio tives of the participants in the host Hugh Hewitt claimed that flotilla – a motley collection that Obama displayed “hostility to included European sympathiz- Israel” and joined the “pounders with the Palestinian cause, ing of Israel.” Israeli Arab leaders and Turkish The Obama administration Islamic activists.” has been taking a pounding from The New York Times the left for not taking a stronger claimed it provided a one-sided position on the incident. account because, “There were Secretary of State Hillary no immediate accounts avail- Clinton said: “I think the situaable from the passengers of the tion from our perspective is very

difficult and requires thoughtful responses from all concerned.” She added, “We support an Israeli investigation that meets those criteria. We are open to different ways of ensuring a credible investigation, including international participation.” According to ABC’s Jake Tapper, the U.S. was successful in softening a UN resolution that had favored an international inquiry into the incident. Most of the news reports lacked sufficient context. The United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has earlier reported: · As a consequence of Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, 98 percent of industrial operations have been halted since 2007 and there are acute shortages of fuel, cash, cooking gas and other basic supplies; · Israel has destroyed the water of sanitation infrastructure in Gaza, leading to major water-related problems; · In Gaza, the Israeli blockade has wrecked the healthcare system, limiting medical supplies and preventing serious medical cases from traveling outside the Strip for specialized treatment and · Israel’s military operations in 2008,2009 damaged 15 of the strip’s 27 hospitals and damaged or destroyed 43 of its 110 primary healthcare faciliSee media, on page 5

Artur Davis Uses Post-Racial Politics in Alabama and Loses By Ron Walters NNPA Columnist (NNPA) - When Artur Davis, savvy member of the Congressional Black Caucus, filed to run for Governor of the State of Alabama it provoked one of the biggest head-scratching discussions among Blacks in Washington, DC. Was he smoking something they mused, was it a case of unmitigated arrogance for which politicians are too well known, or was it just a case of taking the new ideology of post-racialism for a ride in one of the toughest arenas in the country? Davis answered this question by crafting a campaign strategy that was designed to appeal to general election voters. The first sign of this was his decision to vote against President Barack Obama’s health care plan - the only member of the Black Caucus to do so. Then, gearing up for the primary election, he proceeded to reject the endorsement of powerful Black organizations in Alabama, such as the New South Coalition and the Alabama Democratic Conference, both of

which proceeded to live with in Alabama endorse Davis’ white every day. So, not only opponent, Agriculdid it violate political ture Commissioner reality by rejecting Ron Sparks. Sparks the Black vote which had criticized some of was half of the DemoDavis’ votes, includcratic primary election ing his vote against vote in that state, but the health care bill, the social reality of a otherwise, he was a mythical “coalition” Ron convenient foil. that was supposed to Walters Sparks won the move past race never primary (63-37 permaterialized. Maybe cent) by a crushing margin of it would have worked in the 30 points or nearly 80,000 votes, Northeastern part of the couna resounding defeat for Davis try, but not Alabama. and a strategy that was unreDavis should have taken a alistic from Jump Street. Why? lesson from the mayoral camAlabama is not now and never paigns of David Dinkins or has been ready for post-racial Harold Washington, or Doug anything. Several years ago, Wilder’s election as Governor of I had the pleasure of work- Virginia and other Blacks who ing with Joe Reed, head of the ran for citywide or statewide Alabama Democratic Confer- offices where Blacks were in the ence and also head of the State minority. They also had the neteachers union, along with some cessity to build outward from Black members of the Alabama their base to achieve interracial State Legislature. I was very political coalitions but did not impressed with the fact that decide to junk the Black vote they knew where they were, in the process and go for the what they faced and practiced white vote hoping that some a realistic racial politics. blacks would follow and build Davis had designed a a coalition. Barack Obama, also flawed strategy that flew in the dependent on a multi-racial face of the reality that Blacks campaign strategy, appealed

strongly for the Black vote in places like South Carolina, Pennsylvania and others. But most important, when I think about the legacy of struggle that Black people in Alabama waged for the right to vote, even if Davis were to have gone all the way and won election as Governor, that legacy would have been devalued. Is that a post-racial event to be proud of? Sometimes, it isn’t whether you win or loose, but how. I am proud of the way in which Blacks in Alabama used their vote to restore their sense of power over part of the political process in that State. At the end of the day, politics also asks a question more fundamentally than perhaps any other profession, “what do you stand for?” If a Black candidate’s only answer is that one wants power with no connection to the historical legacy that allowed him or her to stand for office and to win, then perhaps the project was not worth supporting in the first place. I say this because of the tendency of post-racial poliSee davis, on page 7

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Honeywell Employees Repair Three Baton Rouge Area Homes BATON ROUGE, —Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today that 50 employee volunteers from its Geismar and Baton Rouge manufacturing sites, working in partnership with the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together®, helped rebuild the homes of three elderly households in the Baton Rouge area. The effort was aided by a $10,000 donation from Honeywell, which was used to purchase building supplies. “Honeywell and its employees have a history of citizenship in the local community, said Randall Jones, site maintenance manager for Honeywell’s Geismar manufacturing site. “We value working together to improve the quality of life for our neighbors. Our employees have completed 27 home renova-

Volunteers also weatherproofed and painted the exterior of the home and replaced rotten fencing and gates.

tion projects since 2004.” The three recent renovation projects were done simultaneously over

Marshall from page 4 policies on the Vietnam War.” Another reporter, Howard Kurtz, quotes Marshall as saying, dismissively, that “King ‘wasn’t worth didly squat’ as an organizer.” Williams also noted that, in Malcolm X, “Hoover and Marshall now had a common enemy. Though Marshall had cooperated previously with the bureau, he was now totally free to work with Hoover…. While the FBI continued to monitor Malcolm X’s speeches and travels closely, Blacks in the South continued to complain about the FBI’s failure to investigate race crimes. When a New York Post reporter telephoned Marshall for a story on FBI misconduct, the lawyer (Marshall) got angry and immediately contacted the bureau. He spoke with one of Hoover’s top aides….Marshall did not

want Hoover to think he was feeding information to the reporter….” Now there is no doubt that Malcolm X said some very harsh things about Marshall, especially when he was with NOI. And Marshall responded in kind. But to work with the insidious J. Edgar Hoover against him or any other Black person involved in the struggle for equal rights, equal opportunity and equal justice, is simply not justifiable on any level. We should be aware that the other Thurgood Marshall did just that. Journalist/Lecturer A. Peter Bailey, a former associate editor of Ebony, is currently editor of Vital Issues: The Journal of African American Speeches. He can be reached at apeterb@verizon.net

Media from page 4 ties. None of them have been repaired or rebuilt because of the construction materials ban. The report accuses Israel of deliberately disrupting the international community’s efforts to aid Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. A year ago, the UN submitted a request for Israeli approval of an $80 million plan to provide housing, education and medical assistance to residents of Gaza. However, nine months later, approval was granted only for the construc-

tion of 151 residential units in Khan Yunis. It was within that context that civilians challenged Israel’s blockade as they attempted to deliver aid to embattled Palestinians. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www. georgecurry.com You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/ currygeorge.

a four-week period. Volunteers from Honeywell’s Geismar site repaired the home of an 81 yearold World War II veteran. This project consisted of rebuilding a rotten wall and floor structures; fixing a leaking roof; servicing the central heating and air system; replacing three leaking windows and faulty kitchen appliances; repairing a carport damaged by Hurricane Gustav; and completely weatherproofing and painting the exterior of the home. A group of employees from Honeywell’s UOP Baton Rouge Plant and the company’s Global Procurement Team revamped the home of a 93-year-old resident. In addition to replacing the home’s damaged ceiling and awning, volunteers re-leveled the front porch to eliminate a tripping hazard, remodeled the bathroom to improve handicap accessibility, and completely weatherproofed and painted the exterior of the home. The third project, completed by volunteers from Honeywell’s Baton Rouge fluorocarbons plant, consisted of refurbishing the home of an elderly couple. Honeywell volunteers modified the flooring and bathroom in the couple’s home to improve handicap accessibility, installed exterior security lighting, and made some minor electrical repairs. Volunteers also weatherproofed and painted the exterior of the home and replaced rotten fencing and gates. The projects were organized by Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge, the local affiliate of the nation’s leading nonprofit, working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. Honeywell is a leading national sponsor of Rebuilding Together and was instrumental in starting up the Baton Rouge affiliate in 2004. The charitable work was

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Standing -left to right Peter Fears, Northern & Central LA Interfaith (Monroe & Alexandria Clusters) and Ms. Lady Carlson, Northern & Central LA Interfaith (Shreveport Cluster) Perry Perkins, Margaret Lawhon-Schott, Co-Chair, Pastor Conway Knighton, Pastor Renee Brown, Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, Sitting: Pastor Lee T Wesley, Broderick Baggert, and Pastor Melvin Rushing, Co-Chair

BATON ROUGE, LA - Mt Zion First Baptist Church and Sisterhood sponsored the celebration and coming out gathering for The Baton Rouge Sponsoring Committee on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.- Over 500

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In all of the scriptures in the Bible --- which were written by men of God as they took down dictation from God (2nd Timothy 3:16,17) --- the Lord is asking us to believe Him at His Word. He asks us to not only have faith, but to develop the faith that we have by meditating on His Word daily. Joshua 1:8 says: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” This is God talking to Joshua. Remember, too, that God uses (even to this day) men and women in the Bible (and even children) as models for us to follow in this modern-day world. What God is saying, as it relates to us today, is the more we meditate on His Word, which comes through studying the Bible on our own (and relying on the Holy Spirit for translation or interpretation of the scriptures) and being in a good, Word-based church where the Word of God is taught by a pastor and church leadership with simplicity and accuracy, the more His promises of prosperity in our lives become attainable to us and more of a reality to us than the challenges and the fears that we face. Remember, too, that prosperity (or being prosperous) does include money and material things. But those things are just small parts of a big piece of pie. In other words, prosperity also includes having good success in one’s health, one’s mind (in terms of renewing one’s mind to reflect the thoughts and actions of Christ), and in one’s relationships. Also included in that is God’s hedge of protection around one’s self and one’s family (and pets included). Before I go any further, I’d like to say this (just in case I may come across as having it all figured out): I’m not allknowing, as God our Father is. But I trust that He shares with me His wisdom and understanding and His knowledge for whatever situation that may

arise (Proverbs 4:7). lambs’ (or goats’) blood In other words, God was put on the door knew that you’d be at posts. So, when God this point in your life, sent “the destroyer” seeking answers to (or death) down into your many (expected Egypt, death touched and encouraged by every house of the God) questions. Egyptians. I don’t know Interestingly, no what personal trial Israelite’s family was Donald you, dear reader, are hit when death came dealing with. But God into Egypt. What I’m Lee does. So, therefore, the saying is that God gave Lord, by His Spirit, impressed them instructions through the it upon my heart to write this pastor (Pastor Moses, in that incolumn at this time knowing stance) on what they needed to that He’d use me to share His do to ensure the safety of their Word and (hopefully) put your households. They heard the heart at ease regarding your Word, they obeyed the Word situation. and death, therefore, couldn’t As I’ve stated before, the touch their families. Lord has given us scriptures I do understand, too, to guide us and keep us as we my friends, that if Jesus’ tarjourney through life seeking ries (or doesn’t come back for and then walking in His divine His church [us] in our lifetime), purpose for our lives. we will all die eventually. But One of the things God I’ve found scriptures in the Bible longs to bless us with is a long, that I “meditate” on and believe satisfied life. I do acknowledge Him at His Word on, scriptures that there are martyrs in the that promise me that not only Bible. Right off the top, Stephen will I live a long, satisfied life comes to mind (he was stoned (and see a rightful old age), but to death as he ministered the my family members will, too. Word). The Bible says that SteIn one place, the Bible phen was faithful, filled with says that the number of our the Holy Spirit and loved the years are three score (60) and Lord so much that he wasn’t ten (which totals 70), and by afraid to die witnessing of His reason of strength, they be four glory. Now that I’ve said that, score years (which translates to I’ll say this: 20 years plus 20 years plus 20 When I read, study and years plus 20 years, equaling a meditate on Psalm 91, I (per- total of 80 years). sonally) believe God for His That means that if I take hedge of protection covering ownership of that scripture for me, my whole family and myself and stay giving God my animals (from my horse glory and honor, the praise He on down to my dog and cat). deserves and continue walkExodus 12 mentions how when ing in His ways, then I have a we apply the blood of the Lamb COVENANT right to receive over our households, even our at LEAST 80 years in this earth, livestock (including the pet ca- if that’s what I want to do. Renary) is covered by the blood member, the key word being of Jesus, which is God’s hedge “covenant,” which is synonyof protection. Exodus 12 shows mous with “a binding agreeus how to have a modern-day ment”, a “promise”, a “con“Passover” in our lives. tract,” a “deed.” This binding Well, that’s the transla- agreement, remember, is with tion the Holy Spirit gives us. the Almighty God Himself. That In other words, Exodus 12 is a means He’s not ever going to foreshadowing of the things to break covenant, or break His come (which are already here). Word. What I mean by that is: In a Am I perfect? Not by a nutshell, God tells His people long shot. So, there are times through Moses and Aaron to when I fall short of His glory cover the door posts to their (and I don’t get it right), BUT houses in lambs’ (or goats’) I’m quick to repent and ask for blood. So when judgment fell forgiveness and walk in foron the Egyptians, death would giveness, which always puts “Pass Over” every house where us back in right standing with

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God. That helps me (or us) to hold up our end of the bargain or the covenant. The Bible also tells us that Moses was 120 years old when He went to sleep (or died). And even at age 120, his eyes were as sharp as they were in his youth, and he was just as strong as he was in his youth. In other words, he didn’t die from cancer or diabetes or renal kidney failure or any of that other stuff. But when he died, he simply closed his eyes and opened them in paradise. As a child of God, we all have a right to leave here like that. I think the reason why so many of us (God’s children) don’t leave here as peacefully is because we haven’t always been aware of just how much God has promised us. We know that He promised us heaven when we give our lives to Him. And we know that we should pray always. But we haven’t always been aware of the reality and depths of what God says to us in Proverbs 18:21 (where we see that death and life are in the power of the tongue). In other words, we haven’t always been aware of the fact that many of our challenges are directly connected to what rolls off our tongue. If you say: “Man, all I ever get is bad news,” then guess what: That’s all people will ever bring you. But when you can hear some potentially frightening news, yet bless God (through belief) for the desired outcome, you’ll receive a positive outcome (Mark 11:23,24). Well, Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God. Psalm 91, in a nutshell, tells us that God has placed His angels around us to protect us. All we have to do is trust in His Word, meditate on His Word, take ownership of His Word and watch as His hedge of protection keeps us in “safety” even though people all around us are dying and being killed. In other words, we can’t look at what’s going on in someone else’s life to determine whether we believe God or not. We’ve just got to hold steadfast to what He’s told us about us. He’s got angels enSee meditate, on page 7

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ering all children. the CDF Action Council, building on the best practices in states and lessons learned about children falling through the bureaucratic cracks of Medicaid and SChiP, strongly urged Congress to enact the All healthy Children Act, S. 1564/h.r. 1688, introduced by representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) in the house and Senator BATON ROUGE, LA - The Bernie Sanders (i-Vt) in the SenEmmanuel Baptist Church Aid ate. the measure would provide Association be holding comprehensivewill benefits including the 84th Semiannual session dental and mental health, simpliJune 20-23, 2010 and at the First fied bureaucracy, a national Baptist locatedupatto eligibilityChurch plan for families 3115 Newton Thepoverty First 300 percent of Street. the federal Baptist church is pastored level. We thank the 62 houseby cosponsors for their support. however, we regret that neither a single house republican nor any other Senator joined them to push for coverage for all children. the CDF Action Council strongly supports long overdue health coverage for everyone in America as soon as possible—because children cannot wait. As SChiP comes up again for reauthorization in early 2009, we hope every Member of Congress will insist on covering BATON ROUGE, LA - A every child and pregnant mother Youth Empowerment Seminow by enacting and adequately nar will be held on June 12, funding the provisions of the All 2010 from 10:00 a.m. healthy Children Act.until 1:00 p.m. at Promised Baptist Specious claimsLand that we could Church located at 7234 not find the money—$70Plank billion Rd. LA cover all overBaton five Rouge, years—to This seminar willamount help children is belied by that our with information spentyouth in eleven months for tax cuts on to one effectively fillrichest out forhow the top percent of aAmericans job application, dress code and in seven months and how toWar. haveWe andoeffective for the iraq not have job interview. a money problem in America: We have a priorities and political will deficit. it is time for all adults to editate 6 protect the health from of ourpage children.

the citizens of the nation must demand that our leaders free our children from the false ideological and political tugs of war among those who put excess profits ahead of children’s lives. how well did Congress protect children in 2007? Not well enough: 276 Members of Congress had good CDF Action Council Congressional Scorecard scores of 80 Reverend William percent or higher, and M. 198 Davis of those and can be reached by had stellar scores of 100calling percent. (225) 383-7868. But 231 members scored 60 percent Dr. Excell Payne is the or lower—a failing grade from our General President of Emschool days. manuel Baptist Church Aid Whether Members of Congress Association. are liberal, conservative or moderate; Democrat, republican or independent, children need all of them to vote, lobby, speak for and protect them. Adults need to listen carefully to what candidates say they will do for children and families and, once they are in office, we need to hold them accountable. Please thank your Members of Congress with scores of 80 percent or above and let those with scores of 60 percent or below know you are dissatisfied with their performance. And please convey that same mesMost importantly, Mr. sage to each presidential candidate. Steve Griffin from Albertson’s We must demand that our leaders will be a guest speaker and will commit to children as a condition bless youth with a JOB on of ouravote. the spot. Mr. Griffin will share his Marian testimony ofEdelman how heiswent Wright Presifrom a courtesy clerk to store dent of the Children’s Defense Fund manager and express to Leave our and its Action Council whose youth thatBehind® it can happen No Child mission for is to them too. ensure every child a Healthy Start, personalities a HeadLocal Start,air a Fair Start, a Safe will ona Moral Start in life and Startbeand successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Proverbs 18:21, it is possible all funny remotely for us to or come fromappropriunder ate about the use a lynching God’s hedge of of protection referenceour about Michelle obama,’’ through words or through he said. ‘’it’s i’m speechless.’’ us operating in fear. We must As President Bush pointed5:7, out remember 2nd Corinthians so eloquently during the Black which tells us: history Month event,by thefaith, noose For we walk represents ‘’more than a tool of not by sight. In other words, murder but a tool of intimidation’’ we can’t physically see angels to generations of African-Ameriaround us protecting us. But cans. Nooses not only robbed some by faith, we walk boldly and of their lives but many of their confidently peace of mind.knowing that they area with us, serving as ‘’As civil society, we must our body guards, ready to do understand that noose displays and lynching jokes are deeply offensive. they are wrong. And avis pagein4America they havefrom no place today,’’ he said. o’reilly nor ticsNeither to down-play theingraham legacy been reprimanded by theiras reofhas Africa American history spectiveit employers even though though is no longer relevant. the Foxthat, News did offer Given if personality such candidates a half-hearted are successful apology. in their pursuit At leastoffice, ingraham drop of elected theredidn’t is no hint l-word but herabout suggestion that ofthe predictability whether Sharpton, former presidential their powerawill be used to deal candidate and respectedagenda memberofof with the unfinished the African-American community Black inclusion in American and beyond, is a petty thief reeks society. of race-baiting andone negative steUltimately, wished reotyping of African-Americans Davis could have become and black men in particular. Governor of Alabama, but But it’s hardly the first time einot at this price. This result ther has ventured into questionable is a huge nail in the coffin of and offensive territory. how can the new post-racial political phenomenon, described as the next big thing by authors such yStem page 4 as Gwen Ifill, from PBS television anchor, in her new book, The cally pointed out that changes which occur in a human being is redirected to pull from the core of his own humanity to reaffirm self worth and purpose. he will then by nature acquire the will to do for himself and others. Space is not available to cover concerns of so many people

All the Lord requires of weisforget o’reilly’s less-thanus to trust in His Word, to informed on comments meditate it daily regarding and be ata dinnereven he shared last year like with peace when it seems Sharpton at Sylvia’s in harlem? the weight of the world is bearo’reilly surprise over ing downexpressed on our shoulders. howKnow similarSylvia’s other that yourwas faithtowalk restaurants in New York restauand your confessing the Word rants. of God over your lives keep a ‘’there wasn’t one person in hedge around you and the rest Sylvia’s who was screaming, of your family. Be blessed. ‘M-Fer, i want more iced tea,’’’ The Rev. Donald Lee can he said. be contacted for comment or As the Washington Post’s robprayer at pastordonjlee@yahoo. inson sadly observed on MSNBC com or (225)‘’All 773-2248.. in February, you can go by is his words and his actions. And he keeps saying these things that sound pretty darn racist to me.’’ has talk radio learned anything from imus’ decline and fall? of Breakthrough: Politics and courseinnot, take Race thebecause Age ofit didn’t Obama. imuselection too terribly long to it getisa This shows that new gig. bound to fail if it does not folnation’s media outlets lowour the first rule of politics, the should not provide a platform for nature of the constituency is racialhostilityand andthe hateful speech fundamental science of now or in the future. What kind of campaigning for office is about messageare we sending to our chilchoosing the right numbers dren, our nation and our world? to form a winning coalition in such anbase. historic election year, within that we cannot stand aside and allow individuals to use the Dr. Ron Walters is aairwaves political as an outlet for insensitive and analyst and Professor Emeritus misguidedcommentary. if you at the University of Maryland hear something that offends you, College Park. His latest book, Cospeak up. edited with Toni-Michelle Travis is: Democratic Destiny and the District of Columbia (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers) rwalters@umd.edu concerned with the conditions at Jetson. it is happening there. What i do know is that most of these youth can be changed, from contrition in a prepatory school for Angola to rehabilitation for a positive life that may lead to a life of meritorious glory. That is the Way I See It!

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strengthen their cognitive health. “What’s good for your heart is good for your brain,” says Jennifer Manly, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association spokesperson. “every healthy heartbeat pumps about one-fifth of your blood to your brain to carry on the daily processes of thinking, problem solving and remembering.” “By the year 2030, the number of African Americans age 65 or older is expected to more than double to 6.9 million,” said emil Matarese, M.D., American heart Association spokesperson. “Although Alzheimer’s is not part of normal aging, age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. So it is important that AfROUGE – The LSU ricanBATON Americans take steps now to Mid-City Clinic, 1401 N. Foster decrease their risk of heart disease, Drive Baton Rouge , willcould hold whichinresearch has shown aalso Community Health Fair on Satdecrease the risk of cognitive urday, June 12, 2010, at the clinic, decline.” from 9 a.m. to noon. Health activities include free screenings for HIV, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure, free eye checks and free dental checks for children. LSU pediatricians and (NAPSi)-here’s an alert worth family practice physicians will paying attention to: According to be on site to answer questions. the American Diabetes Association (ADA), learning your risk for type 2 istory fromyour page diabetes could save life.4 Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes in nearly million children paign 191021than in 2010. It and adultsPaul’s in the constitutional U.S. it is named reveals the “silent killer” because one-third illiteracy, but even more trouof those coming with the disease--more thanof6 bling, on the heels million--do not know they have it. the Arizona immigration law, For come it is themany, latestdiagnosis examplemay of an inseven to 10 years after thethought onset of sidious rise in racist type 2 diabetes. early diagnosis is pervading much of today’s critical for successful treatment and right-wing politics. can delay or prevent some of the I am quite frankly shocked complications such as heart diseases, to hear of anyone openly enblindness, racial kidney disease, stroke and dorsing discrimination -amputation. whether directly or indirectly that’s one reason the ADA holds the American Diabetes Alert® Day, a one-day wake-up call to inform the rogram from the page 1 American public about serious-

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LSU Mid-City Clinic Sponsors Community Health Fair The Mary Bird Perkins Cancer J’s Barber School , Pastor Charles Center will provide health in- Battles, and Mr. Phillip Isaac. formation. Everyone is invited. The fair Theshows East Baton Rougeheart Par- andisbrain freehealth, and open the public. Research a link between whichtomeans impaired ish Department have brain function. The LSU Health System heartFire function could leadwill to impaired children’s activities and fire safety - Health Care Services Divitips. The EBR Parish Clerk of sion is one of the largest public Court will have free ID brace- health care delivery systems in lets for children. The EBR Parish the country. It has over 35,000 Sheriff’s Department will have inpatient admissions, 231,000 insafety education for children and patient days, 541,000 outpatient adults and home security tips. clinic visits, 1,011,000 outpatient ness Children of diabetes,can particularly physical help receivewhen free increased encounters, andactivity 256,000can emerit is left undiagnosed and with untreated. prevent the onset of type 2 haircuts from barbers Ray delay gencyordepartment visits. Each the day is held on the fourth tuesday diabetes. of every March. Among the primary risk factors on that day, people are encour- for type 2 diabetes are being overaged to take the Diabetes risk test, weight, sedentary, over the age of either with day paperand and pencil online. 45 having a family of - in this age. orPaul’s theand Civil Rights Act of history 1964 and the risk requires users to answer diabetes. African Americans, view is test rooted in his libertarian the Voting Rights Act of Latinos, 1965 to seven simple questions about that age, Native Americans, Asians and philosophy which holds guarantee enforcement ofPacific those weight, lifestyle andthe family are at an increased risk, as individuals and free history-market islanders amendments. No right thinking all potential risk factorsfree for diabetes. women who babies weighing should be virtually of gov- are American canhave seriously argue People scoring 10 points regardless or more are more thannation 9 pounds at birth. ernment interference, that our is not better beat high risk for type 2 diabetes and cause the Diabetes test is availofathe consequences. That view of those risk actions. are encouraged to talk with a health flies in the face of the 14th and Rand Paul can claim that his care 15thprofessional. amendments to the Con- position is rooted not in racism, An estimated million Ameristitution which54 extended equal but in the worship of individual cans have pre-diabetes. those with protections and voting rights to rights and the free market. But, pre-diabetes have blood glucose former slaves. It took decadeslevof society’s role has always been els higherand thansacrifice normal but high struggle asnot well as to protect against abuses from enough to be diagnosed with type the free market. What other 2 diabetes. atrocities would he allow in early intervention via lifestyle changes such as weight loss and

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