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Monroe Samuel Nash, Jr.

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10 “FREE” Things MCCSN Love in San Diego: The U.S. Olympic Training Center-Chula Vista: Tours are provided as hospitality to guests at no cost on Saturday at 11:00am. Guests can also visit Tuesday -Sunday from 9:00am-4:00pm. http://www.teamusa.org/about-usoc/u-s-olympic-trainingcenter-chula-vista/tours Old Town San Diego: San Diego’s birthplace - learn about San Diego’s history by visiting Old Town’s historic buildings, blacksmith shop, beautiful scenic parks, the Mission and the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego. http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/ Chicano Park: Experience the history of the local Hispanic community’s struggle with a visit to the Chicano Park Murals, established by activists in 1970. http://www.chicanoparksandiego.com/ Balboa Park: A landscape or art and culture with a variety of other free offerings, including free admission to select museums on Tuesdays and ranger-led walking tours. http://www.balboapark.org/ The New Children’s Museum: Free admission on the second Sunday of each. http://www.thinkplaycreate.org/ Adams Avenue Street Festival: April 30th & May 1st free music festival 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. http://adamsaveonline.com/StreetFair/ Linda Vista Multicultural Fair and Parade: April 16th @ 10:00am – 5:00pm, free. http://www.lindavistafair.org/ Jazz in the Parks throughout San Diego County: Free, May thru September : Seaport Village (East Gazebo ) Coronado Bay (Orange Ave., between 6th & 7th Street) and other locations http://www.signonsandiego.com/feature/free-summer-concerts/ Friday Night Live @ NTC Promenade: Every Friday Night from 5:30-8:30pm Recreational Music Center turns into a performance venue for RMC students and the community. Open to current students, their families and the public. http://www.ntcfoundation.org/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=15734 San Diego Sand Castle competition: July 22-24, 2011, View hundreds of sand sculpting artists at work; the event also features a parade and children’s sandcastle contest. http://www.usopensandcastle.com/


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ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, EPSILON XI OMEGA CHAPTER PREPARES THE 2010-11 DEBUTANTE CANDIDATES FOR THE 56TH ANNUAL DEBUTANTE BALL

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an Diego, CA - The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter San Diego welcomes the 2010-11 Debutante candidates to the San Diego County community. For more than 100 years, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has committed itself to cultivating the moral and spiritual values of young womanhood and academic excellence. The theme of this year’s Debutante Ball is “Ebony Pearls: Striving for Excellence to Achieve a Dream”. Over a sixmonth period, these young ladies have been participating in Alpha Kappa Alpha Leadership and Enhancement workshops that focus on communication skills, college preparation, social etiquette skills, the value of an education and developing a sense of community. This program helps the young Debutante candidates develop selfconfidence, pride, social responsibility and exposure to the importance of achieving academic excellence and having the choice of attending college on their journey to building a solid foundation for success. There are twenty-three young ladies from San Diego County that make up this year’s Debutante candidates. They are Ashah Austin, Ajeelon Boyd, Kristina Brown, Shayla Brown, Lorren Comeaux, Jantene Corley, Dakota Davis, Leanea Edmundson, Amber Fields, Breahna Gillespie, Jasmine Jackson, Jasmine Johnson, Imani Jordan, Louise Jordan, Taylor-Jade Kennedy, Shardasia LeDay, Preonna Owens, Chawarren Pearson, Evrin Peavy, Leandra Peter, Symphonie Trout, Asha Walker, and Ceirra White. The Debutante candidates will be escorted on the evening on the Ball by young men from the community. The Debutante candidates and their escorts have been practicing the dance steps for the Ball for the past three months. Each year, the Debutante Ball is truly a spectacular event with young ladies dressed in their beautiful floor length white dresses being celebrated by members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Debutante’s parents, family and friends. In addition, the young men dressed in their tuxedos waltz with the Debutantes in front of the Debutante Ball guests. The Parents of the Debutante candidates have been attending monthly parent meetings where they learned additional details about the Debutante program as well as how to navigate the educational system to ensure that their children have the choice of attending college. Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter salutes the parents, grandparents and family members of the Debutante candidates and escorts for their commitment to family and the success of their children. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter members, and Debutante and escort family, friends and the community look forward to celebrating the 56th Annual Debutante Ball on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel San Diego. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Chairmen for the 2010-11 program are Deborah DavisGillespie and Charlaine Carter. The President of the Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter is Joyce Suber. For more information about the sorority, please visit www.akasandiego.com


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Black Americans Have Not Been Treated For Their Illness Who is Qualified to Administer the Treatment? When you have been scolded, and told that you are nothing or that you will never amount to anything, it won’t be long before you begin to believe it, especially if those telling you such things are responsible for your daily bread. Within the slave/master relationship, it wasn’t long at all before whatever the master said and did was seen as the truth. The Black community has been robbed of its personal riches, its community riches, and self worth. But some Black people will put up a defense and protect those that have robbed our community. In no way will they place the responsibility at White America’s feet for the character assassination they perpetrated against the Black slave. Blacks in America have not been treated for the 400 years they went without any self worth. But who is qualified to administer this treatment? It certainly can’t be the person whose venom infected you. In fact, White Americans have put up a fight, saying that there is nothing wrong with Black Americans and that they need no treatment. After the Civil War, many Blacks that had known only slavery were thrown off the plantation and were told, “You are free, go fend for yourself,” when they had no experience doing so and were hated from plantation to plantation. What was one to do? The illness continued to make Black folks sicker and sicker—so sick that even their offspring were born sick too. If you don’t think so, take a look at the greed and the distrust that tends to run rampant throughout the Black community. We Black folks tend to always use the excuse that Black people will not stick together like other groups of people. But consider that we were taught not to trust each other or love each other. Fathers and mothers were taken away from their children. White males had their way with Black women. It reminds me of a family I knew growing up. The plantation owner would go there with the Black husband’s wife while

because I can admit the truth. I grew up in Alabama and loved white folks; I thought segregation was the way life was. Once I could admit these things, I could begin the healing process. What about you? You won’t admit that segregation exists. You love white folks because they invite you to

their dinner table to eat. I appreciate all people from all walks of life. And I respect them too. I have no problem with interracial marriage because I now have been able to admit what the truth was, what the lies were, and I have healed myself from that illness. Have you? Until Next Week, Willie Morrow

EDITORIAL he was out digging up stumps in the North 40. When the children came, there was no question of who was the father to the lightest one. Not Black, not white, not loved by his father, nor loved by his real white father, but loved by his mother to the degree that she would never tell her husband what happened. The husband knew the truth but could not say anything. The self-hatred I am sure that was built up in that man was passed on to anyone he associated with as long as he did not have to admit what he knew to be the truth. If someone has a surgery, they send the individual to rehab. Black people need such treatment. But we don’t need to be treated by a teacher that has never experienced our suffering. We don’t need to be treated by a politician who is only concerned about his future, though he says he is concerned for our people. Isn’t that the same story the slave master used? I can write about these problems

Can the power of Negro Spirituals save three slaves who are fighting insurmountable odds to find the Underground Railroad? A slave story told through song, “Underground” follows Bali, a field slave who plans to escape from his oppressive plantation life after learning that his master is going to sell his young daughter, Emala. Discovering instructions hidden within the lyrics of the Negro Spirituals, Bali finally decides to flee with Emala. A house slave, Dembi, is forced along their perilous journey after trying to convince them that their path is too dangerous. Dembi believes that they will surely be killed if they follow the path of the Underground Railroad. As we join them on their run to freedom, their songs and lyrics carry us along in hopes that the master will never find them and drag them back to a life of servitude. Q&A with Director: Akil DuPont Q: “What inspired you to make this film?” A: I was primarily inspired by two films, Sweeney Todd ? directed by: Tim Burton and Ray ? directed by Taylor Hackford. Sweeney Todd was a very different type of musical set in Victorian London about a barber who goes on a murderous rampage through London. There was no dancing or happiness in the film… It’s a dark and tragic musical, but it was told beautifully! Ray starring Jamie Foxx was fascinating because even though it is classified as a musical, most of the audience did not absorb it as a musical. That’s because the music was very organic and real. It very much belonged to the story. I wanted to combine the two elements of “darkness” and “reality” into one story told through song. A bit of my heritage started bubbling up, and then the idea of Underground was born! My hope was to create something that would capture the emotions that created the Negro Spiritual, show how slaves leaned on religion to make it through their trials and tell this important piece of American History. Q: “What was the most difficult part of making the film?” A: The most challenging part for me was making sure that the tone of the film was right. A movie like this had not been attempted before. When I was pitching the story to people,

Director, Co-writer & Musical Director Akil DuPont combining the words “slavery” & “musical” created all kinds of weird images in people’s heads. None of which I was trying to create of course. This musical needed to be raw, visceral & gritty. No dancing, no happiness. In the end, I think we achieved a beautiful synergy of story and song! Q: “Where and with whom did you record the music?” A: The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Gospel Choir were my saviors! Our initial music source did not deliver after 6 months of preparation. It was a week before production and I had no music… Kinda important for a musical! I was scrambling and I met the director of the FAMU Gospel Choir by chance (Nate Tanner). I pitched the film to him, and in the next 2 days we were recording some beautiful pieces of music. God really made a way for that to happen!!!

“An emotional feast for the eyes and ears on screen! Poignant, gut wrenching & tearful!” ~Actor, Mark Marple


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Ten Big Lies of Multilevel Marketing By Robert L. Fitzpatrick The multilevel marketing (MLM) field grows, and its member companies multiply. Solicitations to join seem to be everywhere. Its promoters would like you to believe that it is the wave of the future, a business model that is gaining momentum, growing in acceptance and legitimacy, and will eventually replace most other forms of marketing. Many people are led to believe that success will come to anyone who believes in the system and adheres to its methods. Unfortunately, the MLM business model is a hoax that is hidden beneath misleading slogans. Calling it a “great business opportunity” makes no more sense than calling the purchase of a lottery ticket a “business venture” and winning the lottery a “viable income opportunity for everyone.” MLM industry claims of distributor income potential, its glorified descriptions of the “network’” business model, and its prophecies of dominating product distribution have as much validity in business as UFO sightings do in the realm of science. The very legality of the MLM system rests tenuously upon a single 1979 court ruling on one company. The guidelines for legal operation set forth in that ruling are routinely ignored by the industry. Lack of governing legislation or oversight by any designated authority also enables the industry to endure despite occasional prosecutions by state attorneys general or the FTC. MLM’s economic scorecard is characterized by massive failure rates and financial losses for millions of people. Its structure in which positions on an endless sales chain are purchased by selling or buying goods is mathematically unsustainable, and its system of allowing unlimited numbers of distributors in any market area is inherently unstable. MLM’s espoused core business — personal retailing — is contrary to trends in communication technology, cost-effective distribution, and consumer buying preferences. The retailing activity is, in reality, only a pretext for the actual core business, which is enrolling investors in pyramid organizations that promise exponential income growth. As in all pyramid schemes, the incomes of those distributors at the top and the profits to the sponsoring corporations come from a continuous influx of new investors at the bottom. Viewed superficially in terms

of company profits and the wealth of an elite group at the pinnacle of the MLM industry, the model can appear viable to the uninformed, just as all pyramid schemes do before they collapse or are prosecuted by authorities. The growth of MLM is the result of deceptive marketing that plays upon treasured cultural beliefs, social and personal needs, and some economic trends, rather than its ability to meet any consumer needs. The deceptive marketing is nurtured by a general lack of professional evaluation or investigation by reputable business media. Consequently, there is widespread belief that MLM is a viable business investment or career choice for nearly everyone and that the odds of financial success in the venture are comparable or better than other employment or business ventures. MLM’s true constituency is not the consuming public but hopeful investors. The market for these investors grows significantly in times of economic transition, globalization, and employee displacement. Promises of quick and easy financial deliverance and the linking of wealth to ultimate happiness also play well in this market setting. The marketing thrust of MLM is directed to prospective distributors, rather than product promotions to purchasers. Its true products are not long distance phone services, vitamins, or skin creams, but the investment propositions for dis-

tributorships which are deceptively portrayed with images of high income, low time requirements, small capital investments, and early success. Here are ten lies I have identified during more than 20 years of observing the MLM marketplace: Lie #1: MLM offers better opportunities than all other conventional business and professional models for making large amounts of money. Truth: For almost everyone who invests, MLM turns out to be a losing financial proposition. Fewer than 1% of all MLM distributors ever earn a profit and those earning a sustainable living at this business are a much smaller percentage still. Extraordinary sales and marketing obstacles account for much of this failure, but even if the business were more feasible, sheer mathematics would severely limit the opportunity. The MLM business structure can support only a small number of financial winners. If a 1,000-person downline is needed to earn a sustainable income, those 1,000 will need one million more to duplicate the success. How many people can realistically be enrolled? Much of what appears as growth is in fact only the continuous churning of new enrollees. The money for the rare winners comes from the constant enrollment of armies of losers. With no limits on numbers of distributors in an area and no evaluation of market potential, the system is also

The San Diego Monitor inherently unstable. Lie #2: Network marketing is the most popular and effective new way to bring products to market. Consumers like to buy products on a one-to-one basis in the MLM model. Truth: Personal retailing — including nearly all forms of door-to-door selling — is a thing of the past, not the wave of the future. Retailing directly to friends on a one-to-one basis requires people to drastically change their buying habits. They must restrict their choices, often pay more for goods, buy inconveniently, and engage in potentially awkward business relationships with close friends and relatives. In reality, MLM depends on reselling the opportunity to sign up more distributors. Lie #3: Eventually all products will be sold by MLM. Retail stores, shopping malls, catalogs and most forms of advertising will soon be rendered obsolete by MLM. Truth: Fewer than 1% of all retail sales are made through MLM, and much of this is consists of purchases by hopeful new distributors who are actually paying the price of admission to a business they will soon abandon. MLM is not replacing existing forms of marketing. It does not legitimately compete with other marketing approaches at all. Rather, MLM represents a new investment scheme couched in the language of marketing. Its real products are distributorships that are sold through misrepresentation and exaggerated promises of income. People are buying products in order to secure positions on the sales pyramid. The possibility is always held out that you may become rich if not from your own efforts then from some unknown person (“the big fish”) who might join your “downline.” MLM’s growth does not reflect its value to the economy, customers, or distributors, but the high levels of economic fear, insecurity, wishes for quick and easy wealth. The market dynamics are similar to those of legalized gambling, but the percentage of winners is much smaller. Lie #4: MLM is a new way of life that offers happiness and fulfillment. It provides a way to attain all the good things in life. Truth: The most prominent motivational themes of the MLM industry, as shown in industry literature and presented at recruitment meetings, constitute the crassest form of materialism. Fortune 100 companies would blush at the excess of promises of wealth, luxury, and personal fulfillment put forth by MLM solicitors. These appeals actually conflicts with most people’s true desire for meaningful and fulfilling work at something in which they have special talent or interest. Lie #5: MLM is a spiritual movement. Truth: The use of spiritual concepts like prosperity consciousness and creative visualization to Continued on page 8


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MLM OMNILOGUE© - “All of us communicating with each other, so that we all come to a collective understanding, so that we all work toward the same goal.” ©

Institution Building: The Black Church Part 1 The Omnilogue” vision is one of … a better understanding …of the communities in which we live. By Clovis M. Honoré I define an institution as having the following qualities: An Institution must: 1 – OWN the land. 2 – OWN the structures. 3 – OWN the enterprise that operates in the structure. 4 – SERVE its own people. 5 – SERVE OTHERS. By this definition, I DARE YOU to identify ten (10) African American institutions in San Diego County… …other than the Black (Christian?) Church. I can’t speak for the African American Muslim community. I don’t have enough information. I can speak for the Black (Christian) Church. I have been a Christian for forty three years; in the Black Baptist Church in San Diego for more than twenty five years; a member of Bayview Baptist Church for more than twenty years; an “associate minister” for almost fifteen years; and I have been involved in Faith-based community organizing for more than ten years. Is the Black Church an institution, or just another common factor in our “developing” community? (As in “developing,” i.e., “third world,” countries.) I will ask a few questions about the institutional quality of the Black Church (oxymoron?) a little later. Right now I’m far more concerned about the supposed mission of the “Black Church”. THE CHURCH is not a building, a denomination, a congregation, nor a color for that matter. The Church is the Body of Christ. Everyone who is a Christian is a member of this Church. In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus identifies six ministries that define the work of the Christians – The Church – service to “the least of these.”: 1 – Giving food to the hungry. 2 - Water to the thirsty. 3 – Clothes to the naked. 4 – Shelter to the homeless (stranger). 5 – Nursing the sick. 6 – Visiting those in prison. How many so-called Black churches do you know who have these six ministries as their core and focus? It’s not like these needs don’t exist in OUR community. Every church seems to want to have a big, loud choir, lock-step ushers, he-man deacons, rich trustees and entertaining preachers. Then we all dress up and come to the well-orchestrated show on Sunday. That sounds more like theater to me. I used to work for the Civic Theater downtown, and they valued the same things. We put a lot of money, effort and energy into entertainment. But how many so-called “black churches” put as much effort, energy and MONEY into the six ministries Jesus said they would be doing if they were real Christian Churches? If these are “Christian” churches, and Christ sets the mission, and if institutions are built around mission – how can these churches develop as institutions if they are off-mission? And if they are off-mission, are they of any real use to the institutional development of the African American community? CMH

Continued from page 6 promote MLM enrollment, the use of words like “communion” to describe a sales organization, and claims that MLM fulfills Christian principles or Scriptural prophecies are great distortions of these spiritual practices. Those who focus their hopes and dreams upon wealth as the answer to their prayers lose sight of genuine spirituality as taught by religions. The misuse of these spiritual principles should be a signal that the investment opportunity is deceptive. When a product is wrapped in the flag or in religion, buyer beware! The “community” and “support” offered by MLM organizations to new recruits is based entirely upon their purchases. If the purchases and enrollment decline, so does the “communion.’” Lie #6: Success in MLM is easy. Friends and relatives are the natural prospects. Those who love and support you will become your life-time customers. Truth: The commercialization of family and friendship and the use of”’warm leads” advocated in MLM marketing programs are a destructive element in the community and very unhealthy for individuals involved. People do not appreciate being pressured by friends and relatives to buy products. Trying to capitalizing upon personal relationships to build a business can destroy one’s social foundation. Lie #7: You can do MLM in your spare time. As a business, it offers the greatest flexibility and personal freedom of time. A few hours a week can earn a significant supplemental income and may grow to a very large income, making other work unnecessary. Truth: Making money in MLM requires extraordinary time commitment as well as considerable personal skill and persistence. Beyond the sheer hard work and talent required, the business model inherently consumes more areas of one’s life and greater segments of time than most occupations. In MLM, everyone is a prospect. Every waking moment is a potential time for marketing. There are no off-limit places, people, or times for selling. Consequently, there is no free space or free time once a person enrolls in MLM system. While claiming to offer independence, the system comes to dominate people’s entire life and requires rigid conformity to the program. This is why so many people who become deeply involved end up needing and relying upon MLM desperately. They alienate or abandon other sustaining relationships. Lie #8. MLM is a positive, supportive new business that affirms the human spirit and personal freedom. Truth: MLM is largely fear-driven. Solicitations inevitably include dire predictions about the impending collapse of other forms of distribution, the disintegration or insensitivity of corporate America, and the lack of opportunity in other occupations. Many occupations are routinely demeaned for not offering”unlimited income.” Working for others is

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The San Diego Monitor cast as enslavement for “losers.” MLM is presented as the last best hope for many people. This approach, in addition to being deceptive, frequently discourages people who otherwise would pursue their own unique visions of success and happiness. A sound business opportunity does not have to base its worth on negative predictions and warnings. Lie #9. MLM is the best option for owning your own business and attaining real economic independence. Truth: MLM is not true self-employment. “Owning” an MLM distributorship is an illusion. Some MLM companies forbid distributors to carry other companies’ products. Most MLM contracts make termination of the distributorship easy and immediate for the company. Short of termination, downlines can be taken away arbitrarily. Participation requires rigid adherence to a “duplication” model, not independence and individuality. MLM distributors are not entrepreneurs but joiners in a complex hierarchical system over which they have little control. Lie #10: MLM is not a pyramid scheme because products are sold. Truth: The sale of products does not protect against anti-pyramid-scheme laws or unfair trade practices set forth in federal and state law. MLM is a legal form of business only under rigid conditions set forth by the FTC and state attorneys general. Many MLMs are violate these guidelines and operate only because they have not been prosecuted. Recent court rulings are using a 70% rule to determine an MLM’s legality: At least 70% of all goods sold by the MLM company must be purchased by nondistributors. This standard would place most MLM companies outside the law. The largest MLM acknowledges that only 18% of its sales are made to nondistributors. Accountability Needed An FTC trade regulation rule that forces honest disclosure of potential MLM distributor income is desperately needed. Toward this end, Pyramid Scheme Alert has launched a petition drive urging the FTC to force multilevel companies to disclose the true income of their distributors. The requested data would include: (a) the total number of distributors involved in the company for at least three years (or since the company’s founding if less than three years); (b) the average incomes of all distributors who have signed up for a distributorship by percentiles, not just the ones deemed “active”; and (c) a “weighted” overall average income of all distributors so that the extraordinary high incomes of the small number at the top are not calculated in with vast majority so as to give a more statistically valid figure. _________________ Mr. FitzPatrick consults and writes about trends in manufacturer/distributor relationships. He founded and is president of Pyramid Scheme Alert, a consumer advocacy group focused on exposing and preventing pyramid schemes. He has served as an expert witness in several cases involving pyramid schemes and MLM companies. He writings include False Profits (a book about MLM deception) and “Pyramid Nation” (a booklet that laments the growth and “legalization” of pyramid schemes.)


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Budget-Conscious States Rethink Food Stamp Ban for Drug Felons By Marjorie Valbrun America’s Wire WASHINGTON—When the landmark welfare reform law was enacted in 1996, the political rallying cry was “ending welfare as we know it.” Today, a move is underway to rescind some of the law’s punitive measures, such as provisions that permit states to deny welfare benefits and food stamps to people convicted of felony drug crimes. These provisions were intended to prevent selling or trading food stamps for drugs, but widespread budget deficits and steep recidivism rates are prompting state governments that enforce the benefit bans to rethink the policy amid high unemployment and escalating prison costs. New Jersey and South Dakota are the latest states to reverse course and allow drug felons to receive public assistance. Advocates for former felons are seizing the moment to make the case that the restrictions are counterproductive in tough economic times, and they are urging state and congressional lawmakers to remove the benefits ban. Convicted felons have difficulty getting jobs even in good economic times, and public assistance and food stamps are critical income supports during the transition from prison, the advocates say. “When individuals with drug convictions are denied food stamps and cash benefits, establishing economic stability upon reentry becomes more difficult, and it becomes more likely that they may return to criminal activity and drug use instead of maintaining sobriety and obtaining gainful employment,” says Elizabeth Farid, deputy director of the Legal Action Center’s National H.I.R.E. Network. The network seeks to increase job opportunities for those with criminal records, advocating for ending public policies and employment practices that further penalize felons who have served their time. Opponents of the restrictions say the ban has disproportionately affected women and people of color, who are more likely than whites to be

charged and convicted for drug crimes. Many states have opted out of the law banning drug felons from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as the food stamp program is now called, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the welfare program. Other states have modified the bans and made them less punitive. Because the federal government fully funds food stamps, allowing felons to receive them does not burden state budgets. Ten states still have the food stamp ban. Lawmakers in three of them—West Virginia, Missouri, and Delaware—have proposed legislation that would remove the ban. Eleven states maintain the TANF ban. In Georgia, where the 67 percent recidivism rate is one of the highest in the country and where more than 50,000 people are in its state prison facilities, lawmakers have maintained the ban. Democratic State Sen. Emanuel Jones, chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, introduced a bill during the last session that proposed restoring eligibility for food stamp and welfare benefits for drug felons who had served their time. “It didn’t get any traction at all,” he says, adding that he plans to introduce a measure this year proposing restoration just of food stamp benefits. Regarding its prospects, however, Jones says, “I think the chances are very slim.” “We lock up a lot of people here, and we apparently want to keep them there,” he says, referring to the high recidivism rate. Henrie Treadwell, director of Community Voices and Men’s Health Initiative at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, is optimistic that the benefits will eventually be restored for former felons. Her program works to improve access to health care and other services for those transitioning from prison. “I serve on the Georgia Board of Corrections, and everything that I see and hear says we are moving in that direction,” says Treadwell, who is also a research professor at Morehouse’s Department of Community Health & Preventive

Medicine. “Our new governor has made reduction of recidivism one of his priorities. Now the question becomes how far we will go.” On the national front, proponents of sentencing reforms are actively lobbying Congress to repeal the bans. Two pieces of legislation to do that have been introduced in Congress but have not moved. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., introduced H.R. 329, which has eight co-sponsors and would repeal the food stamp ban, and Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., introduced H.R. 3053, which would repeal the TANF ban and has 19 co-sponsors. “What we see all too often are restrictions that fail to promote public safety, that frequently run counter to integrating formerly incarcerated people into the community and that are based on political posturing rather than behaviorally based analysis,” Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, told a House Judiciary subcommittee last June. He also noted that the ban does not apply to people convicted of murder, armed robbery, rape or child abuse. “This ban disproportionately affects women and children, by far the overwhelming proportion of recipients of such benefits,” Mauer said at the hearing. “The impact of the ban means that a woman returning home from prison who may gain temporary employment but is then laid off during a recession is left with no safety net. And further, children are essentially punished for the acts of their parents.” Although children of felons remain eligible to receive public assistance, restrictions for felons mean that benefits decline for an entire household. “It’s unrealistic to think that the restriction will only reduce the quality of life of the parent while maintaining the rest of the family’s overall level of comfort,” Farid says. Celia Cole, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin, Texas, has been working on this issue since 1999. During that time, six bills proposing that food stamp benefits be provided to ex-felons were introduced and died

in the state legislature. With state reintegration programs for former inmates being cut for budgetary reasons, Cole said she hopes that budget-conscious lawmakers will give new legislation a better reception. “Our position has always been that food assistance is critical to successful re-integration into society,” she says. “We see being able to feed themselves as way to being able to rebuild their lives.” But Texas lawmakers, and those in other politically conservative states that support the restrictions, tend to take a dim view of entitlement programs and an even dimmer view of criminals. “We’re a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstrap state, so there’s limited support for food stamps to begin with,” Cole says. “There’s also this kneejerk reaction to people with felony drug convictions. Lawmakers don’t want to appear soft on crime.” Outraged lawmakers originally pushed for the lifetime ban because some food stamp recipients, though not the majority, traded stamps for drugs or sold them to obtain money for drugs. But food stamp benefits are now distributed electronically and accessed with a debit card that makes selling or trading benefits more difficult. Unlike old food stamp coupon books, the electronic cards can be traced, leading to substantially less fraud and abuse nationally. In 2008, for example, Texas reported no instances of food stamp fraud, Cole says. “Who are we to say, ‘You made a mistake. You paid your debt to society. We’re letting you reenter society, but you can’t eat’?” she adds. “It doesn’t make sense.” (Stories from America’s Wire are available free of charge for publication by websites, newspapers, news wires and other media outlets. To see more of our stories, please visit our website at www.americaswire.org. America’s Wire is made possible through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. For more information, contact Michael K. Frisby at 202-625-4328.)

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hat more is there to be said? The deficit is Real; the unwilling compromise between both political parties is Real; and the shutdown that will hurt 14,000 staffers (including myself) here in Washington, D.C is Real. What started as an innocuous rumor has now transformed into a monumental catastrophe. Our country is facing a current deficit of $1.27 trillion. What is going on, if you have not been aware, is the passing of a new budget plan for fiscal year 2011. This budget will plan to reflect the needs of American citizens everywhere: Job creation, healthcare, social security, etc. But what we have now, from both political parties—which does not come to any surprise---is a stalemate: the debacle between Democrats and Republicans. Here are the key players who are negotiating the bill that you need to recognize: President Obama—the sponsor of this budget plan; Senator Reid (D)—Majority Leader of the Democratic Party; and John Boehner (R)—House Speaker. As House Speaker, John Boehner has the power to control the agenda of the house—simplistically speaking he controls the House. As I mentioned before, all bills whether be budget plans, healthcare, etc. must pass through both the House floor and Senate floor. And the key quintessential element for passing any plan into law is having your political party control majority rule in both the House and Senate. It doesn’t matter what bill passes just as long it serves the needs of the political party and its constituents. Republicans control the House—as Dems controls the Senate— under the faithful leadership of John Boehner. Both houses must approve this plan and if one house does not then we may see a governmental shutdown. Let me reiterate this point, “Government will shut down, If And Only If, this budget plan does not pass through congress. So what’s the “block in the road?” The block is that John Boehner (along with his fellow Republicans) has proposed a one-week spending resolution that will include a “$12 billion in cuts and would fund the Pentagon for the rest of the year” (Washington Post, April 7, 2011).What Senate Democrats are saying about it is that it doesn’t reflect any “common ground” between them and it also contains “an unrelated provision to ban federal and local government funding for abortions in the District” (Washington Post, April 7th 2011). Frankly—what it comes down to it—it is the philosophy of “my way or the highway.” Senator Reid (D) has said that, “We’ve been more than reasonable, more than fair”—in terms of negations (Washington Post, April 7th 2011). And because of this, the Senate Democrats (Senate House) will vote against Boehner’s proposal, a strategic political manuever to allow the GOP to blame themselves if the government does shutdown. In the end both political parties will suffer the consequences for not working together as one legislative body. Senator Reid and John Boehner will continue their discussions with Pres. Obama to reach a final agreement and until then our country will have to sit and wait --Friday 12:00am. A decision that may flip our country upside down. New stories will soon develop. To contact me via email: princesefab@gmail.com and follow me on Facebook.

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Church coalition supports suit against Wal-Mart WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) strongly supports the class-action lawsuit brought by female Wal-Mart employees. This case represents the largest such gender lawsuit in history and highlights Wal-Mart’s systemic discriminatory practices. Lawyers for women suing the nation’s largest retailer built their case on affidavits from more than 100 workers and a statistical model showing that while women make up 80 percent of the company’s hourly workers, they account for only 30 percent of its managers. They allege pay discrepancies, unequal promotion policies and a male-dominated management. NBCI abhors discrimination in any form and stands by these women to seek justice. As a national organization committed to eradicating racial disparities, we reached out to Wal-Mart to create a strategic partnership. As a corporate giant, Wal-Mart has the resources and scope to enact real change nationwide and we were eager to enact programming to benefit African Americans. Unfortunately, we came to discover that Wal-Mart’s priority was to brutally crush competition and exploit their workers, especially minority women. We refuse to partner with an organization whose commitment to their employees and the community is so easily broken—Wal-Mart should be forced to adhere to the standards that we as Americans deserve. Wal-Mart has proven to be a company resistant to innovation within its work force and community. Their primary motivation is prof-

it—at any cost. They undermine small businesses while maximizing their own profit margins. Despite the fact that their profit margins are wide, they are unwilling to compensate their employees fairly. The church is appalled that Wal-Mart would make its profits on the backs of women and children by systematically underpaying them, degrading their human spirit.” NBCI urges the Supreme Court to uphold the rights of these women, women who in an effort to support themselves and their families have been subjected to discrimination and exploitation. We will fight to achieve justice and hold Wal-Mart accountable for its actions. The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. The NBCI’s methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. The National Black Church Initiative’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting-edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, sciencebased strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

You May Have too Much Debt But You Also Have Options If you feel like you're in over your head with personal debt, you're not alone. Millions of Americans have become overextended, many as a result of easy credit and the recessions. Credit cards, medical bills, personal loans, and raising interest rates do not make a good financial mix. The five strategies you may want to avoid: The first piece of advice from experts in the field is to be sure you don't make your situation worse by making common mistakes. In particular: 1. Beware of just paying the minimum payments on your debts. This will result in your overall debt actually growing and your problems will only become worse. 2. Beware of relying on friends and family, as it could damage relationships with the most important people in your life. 3. Beware of unscrupulous credit counselors that demand cash upfront or high fees for help they promise, but don't deliver. 4. Avoid taking out a new high-interest loan to pay off lower interest rate loans. It may be easier to just have one payment, but it will actually increase the amount you have to pay back. 5. Declaring bankruptcy when debt settlement may work for you. Debt Settlement or Bankruptcy? Two common solutions people turn to are debt settlement and bankruptcy. Generally, if you are struggling with a financial hardship and are behind or falling behind on your minimum payments, then debt settlement may be right for

you. If your situation is more dire, then you may consider bankruptcy. However, bankruptcy is a serious step with long term implications for you and your financial future. Most experts would suggest it only as a last resort. The better course of action is to attempt to work through your debt issue with your creditors, and this is where debt settlement companies can help. What is Debt Settlement? You may have heard companies advertising recently that they can settle your debt for less than what you owe. Is this process legitimate? Working with a debt settlement company could actually be a great solution for many people struggling with a financial hardship. Debt settlement is the process of negotiating with your creditors to get them to reduce a potion of your debt. Specialty settlement companies determine a reasonable monthly amount that you can afford to pay, which is based on total amount owed. You make your affordable payment every month into a special purpose account, and as these funds accumulate, the settlement company reaches out to creditors to negotiate a final actual settlement amount for you. Typically these companies have excellent relationships with creditors and are negotiating on behalf of thousands of people every day. So, how do you find a legitimate and trustworthy debt settlement company to work with? A great way to start is by visiting Freedom Debt Relief for a free, no-obligation consultation to evaluate your options.

Congressman Filner Introduces Legislation to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness Washington, D.C. – Congressman Bob Filner, Ranking Democratic Member (D-CA) of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, reintroduced legislation that would further the goal of ending veteran homelessness in five years. “We know the Department of Veterans Affairs has many programs to address currently homeless veterans, and they do a great job. However, the most important piece to ending homelessness among the nation’s veteran population is to prevent it in the first place. It is unacceptable that even one of our veterans sleep on the streets or in shelters after risking their lives on behalf of this country. H.R. 806 will go a long way in strengthening our efforts to ultimately end homelessness,” said Congressman Filner. According to recent reports, approximately one-third of the adult homeless population served in the Armed Services. Population estimates also suggest that about 131,000 veterans are homeless on any given night and perhaps twice as many experience homelessness at some point during the course of a year. This bill increases funding to successful programs for homeless veterans; requires each VA medical center that provides supporting housing services to provide housing counselors; requires housing counselors to conduct landlord research; strengthens permanent housing programs, and pays special interest to the needs of homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children.


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Beware of Scams & Rip Offs! A couple years back, I was almost caught by a cash for gold scam. I’m not alone. Lots of the cash for gold companies are a RIP OFF! I created this site to put all the complaints and cash for gold scam warnings in one place. You can view all the latest complaints http://cashforgoldscams.com/latestscams.php I also have linked to websites that have tested cash for gold companies and provide independent reviews if you are looking for a safe place to sell your gold. There is also Gold News, as well as a description of how selling gold online works. It’s pretty simple if you don’t use a scam company, but it should be a helpful guide for you. Here are a few excerpts from our latest Cash for Gold scam reports: “Cash for Gold Scam - Are Gold Parties Really Just a Cash for Gold Scam? Gold selling parties are getting more popular every day. Are these parties really a good place to sell your gold or are they cash for gold scams that you should definitely avoid?” “Maybe you saw the Cash 4 Gold Super Bowl commercial, the one with MC Hammer and Ed

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Meet Gertrude Hadley Jeannette, New York City’s 1st female cab driver BY MICHAEL J. FEENEY DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER The city's first female cab driver remembered her first day on the job like it was yesterday - and she wasn't exactly welcomed with open arms. Instead, Gertrude Hadley Jeannette, 96, started with a bang. "Stupid me. [I] pulled up in front of the Waldorf-Astoria," the Harlem pioneer said. "In those days they didn't allow black drivers to work downtown. You had to work uptown." But Jeannette was more than a cabbie. She was also an actor, who had a 70-year career that included theater, television and movies. She also founded the H.A.D.L.E.Y Players, a theater club based in Harlem. For those accomplishments, she was honored Tuesday by the Coalition of Theatres of Color at the Dwyer Cultural Center on St. Nicholas Ave. and W. 123th St. But Jeannette's first day cruising the city still stood out. She instantly got the attention of the other drivers in front of the swanky Park Ave. hotel, who were clearly irritated that a black cabbie had dared to venture downtown. "The drivers tried to hem me in," she recalled. "They said, 'Say buddy, you know you're not supposed to be on this line.'" But Jeannette didn't budge. She sat calmly in her cab with her hair neatly tucked under her hat as other driver's verbally harassed her. Then a cabbie in a green Checker cab tried to cut in front of her. Finally, she'd had enough. "I rammed my fender under his fender, swung it over to the right and ripped it!" she said. She broke her silence, telling the angry driver: "You tried to cut in front of me, I couldn't stop." Her sweet voice prompted the irate cabbie to yell out, "A woman driver! A woman driver!" A hack inspector was already at the scene and scolded both drivers before she got her first customer at the hotel. "I took him down to Wall Street," she remembered. "I wasn't a tough cab driver. I was just a cab driver."

Gertrude Hadley Jeannette (at 96) who was city's first female cab driver. Pictured above is her taxi permit from the late '40s. (NYDN) But Jeannette, who started driving during World War II when there was a shortage of male drivers, continued to drive until 1949 when she got her first big acting gig on Broadway in the play "Lost in the Stars." She said being a cab driver didn't totally prepare her for the lights of Broadway, but it did help. "It made a writer out of me," she said. "I met so many interesting people. I wrote a play about one . . . So many interesting stories." mfeeney@nydailynews.com


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Just Keeping It Real With Angela Harris Are Looks the Litmus Test to a Successful Relationship? Many people get caught up on the outward trappings of an individual. We try to fit all the other important character traits into a superficial package after we’ve allowed looks to be our primarily focus. We get caught up on body size, height, smell, eye color, voice. Then we tend to look at what car he drives and the job he has. After we get those things locked in we try to shove in, kindness, tenderness, respect, selflessness, and a sprinkling of “he goes to church” as an afterthought, while all the while crossing our fingers, saying, “I hope. I hope he really has those traits”. For some strange reason we’ve allowed the outward trapping to become our Achilles heel, that which trips us up, that which exposes our most vulnerable part, our heart and jacks it up to the utmost. It is only when we can separate the superficial and seek out the inner person that we will begin to establish and remain in stable relationships. If we change our focus it is then that we will see the divorce rate drop. It’s a sad day when the divorce rate amongst Christian have passed that of non-Christians. There is something extremely wrong with that! Here’s what I am getting at. The character traits I spoke of in the early part of this article, where a fire is concerned, would be considered kindling. Kindling is the stuff that is used to start the fire, but if all the fire had was kindling, it would burn out immediately and that, beloved, is exactly what we are experiencing in relationships today. We have built relationships on external trappings and failed to build them on internal longevity. In order for a fire to burn for long periods of time you need logs. Logs in the character realm are the following: the intent of the heart, the actions shown over a consistent period of time, how one treats you, an individual’s willingness to accept their responsibilities, an individual’s desire to seek your best, an individual’s active traits that doesn’t simply declare, “I am a Christian”, but shows it by their very actions, an individual’s ability to deal with disappointment, handle difficult situations, an individual’s commitment to provide, protect, and respect. From a provision stand point, is the man willing to work two jobs to ensure that the family is provided for? Someone just said, “Oh she’s old fashioned. Men don’t have to work like that women can and do contribute”. See you jumped the gun. The statement isn’t that he has to, the question is, is he willing to if he finds a need to? On a side note -please don’t underscore or despise the contributions of a stay at home mother, she is contributing in a large way and is extremely invaluable to the development of the next generation. From a protection stand point, is the man willing to lay down his life for you if necessary? Wow! A protector ensures no harm comes to the one placed in his protective care. This means as well as her physical form he also protects her heart. He doesn’t cheat on her, beat her, insult her, embarrass her, or take her for granted. The truth about these qualities is you must take the time to get to know the person you are spending time with. You must experience this person in various surroundings. If he has children, how does he treat them? Provide for them? How does he treat you around his friends? Other women? You can fake some things over a short period of time and if we realize shortness can deceive we will slow down and make calculated informed decisions about our future. If we are really honest with ourselves and each other, we are given the opportunity to know the person in our midst we simple choose to ignore the warning signs. Another reality is this, the only way you can truly assess a person is to do so with a level head. Ladies let’s face it once sex enters into the equation, we tend to lose all realm of reason. We go death, dumb, and blind. Try this and prove me right or wrong. When you encounter a man you are attracted to, don’t give the milk for free, with hold yourself. Now you have to really be committed to this because you can’t be level headed for a couple months or weeks. You have to maintain a platonic relationship for a long period of time, preferably until your wedding night, in order for you to truly know another person’s character. From personal experience I have learned when you remain both commit to remaining celibate you get the opportunity to clearly hear what he says. Your brain doesn’t seem as twisted, it prepared to hear and accept the truth about the person you are considering a relationship with. The warning signs are glaring, so glaring you have to cut it off in order for you to be able to breathe again. Now are looks important? I am not suggesting that there isn’t a place for them I am suggesting that looks cannot be the only standard for which you set for a relationship, with the internal traits being secondary. I submit to you, that if a man as described with the internal traits entered your life, looks would be the secondary consideration, if at all.

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Do we really need Fluoride in our water? By Dr. Grady P. Anderson, Jr., M.D. This is a follow up on my article on Water; I will be discussing Fluoridation as this has now been added to the water of San Diego. This one of the most toxic chemicals known to science. I mentioned that I was a trained toxicologist prior to medical school. Well fluoride was a by product of the Manhattan Project this was the project to produce the Atomic and Hydrogen bombs that we dropped on Japan to end World War II. It is known that fluoride causes a brown staining of the teeth but what is not widely known is that it causes several other problems. This poison passes into the blood and then across the blood brain barrier of the infant where it can effect the Pineal Gland, which is called the “master control gland”. The pineal gland secretes certain precursors that stimulate each and every gland to create the 87(eighty-seven) known hormones it. Only 17(seventeen) are involved with sex and reproduction. One of these is melatonin, which only secreted at night. Which helps the body to rest and repair itself. Studies have shown that there has been a lowering of the age in which young girls develop breast and menstrual flow begins. This is an outward sign that a woman is ready for child bearing. Now you wonder why children are having children. Since this is not an essential nutrient it will remain around in the body for a long time. It will compete with Calcium, which is an essential nutrient. When it replaces calcium it can cause fractures in children from trivial trauma, an increase in hip fractures and leg stiffness in adults, numbness, and a lower IQ in children. In the case of newborns, the breast milk of mothers contains no fluoride as the first meal for the baby. However, this build up of fluoride can increase in the bone and can lead to osteogenic sarcomas. This is a primary bone tumor. There were more problems in newborns and children who lived in cites with fluoride treated water. This has been know to biochemist and scientist the world over. Millions of people in India and Africa and China have been harmed or crippled by obtaining phosphates for fertilizer. Fluoride is very toxic to enzymes. A James Sumner who won the Nobel Prize for his work on Enzyme Chemistry in 1950 reported this. International law forbids the dumping of this compound into the sea. Then why would I want to have it dumped into the water I drink? Now for poor people be they Black, White, Native American or any ethnic group is effected by the inclusion in the water. It is this type of lunacy that the Healthcare plan of that was passed and put forth by the Obama administration. I do not need another poison or toxin in my body. Please go to this web site to watch an excellent discussion of this topic. http://www.tuberose.com/Fluoride.html

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SAN DIEGO AND KING’S ASSASSINATION FORTY THREE YEARS AGO April 07, 2011 - Forty-three years ago today the whole world was in shock and a state of national paralysis as we all watched and listened to the news that Martin Luther King, Jr had been killed while officially visiting with Union workers in Memphis Tenn. The year was 1968. San Diego in 1968 was in the midst of its social revolution as were so many other cities and towns. This writer was the Executive Director of The Citizens Interracial Committee (CIC), the official Human Relations Agency for the City of San Diego, and was just beginning to launch one of its major community interaction programs for bringing peoples of all races and creeds and religions together for creating a better San Diego for everyone. Many activities revolving around King’s message and mission were already in operation at the time of his death and we here just as others throughout this country and the world were simply devastated by his death and especially because of how he was killed. That was 43 years ago today and all over the world celebrations are being held in his honor at this moment. But one of the reasons for the specific message of this article is this: I was the official City of San Diego’s special Representative to Dr. Kings’ Funeral in Atlanta, Ga. And it around one of his special concerns that we dedicate this article: that of eliminating Wars and Killing human beings THE UNITED STATES LAUNCHES STILL ANOTHER WAR As reported in this space and in so many other places over the past few years, we, the United States, have been involved in more wars since 1769 than any other country or nation-state in the whole world. And just last month we “did it again.” We spear-headed the now new war against Libya, two weeks ago! Dr. King would have condemned our action and that of our partners or supporters. It seems “so obvious” to some, but not to others of course, that killing other human beings is simply not only wrong but senseless as well. To Dr. King it was obvious and still

is today to millions of others all over the world. Yet it may sound strange, but it is “ equally obvious to millions of others”, officials and laymen, all over the world that hunting down and killing other human beings is O.K., honorable, “necessary” and even mandated by their Holy books. So to these, this whole discussion is simply “crazy talk.” NO LONGER ARE THE OLD RATIONALES “RATIONAL” Until a few decades ago- since King’s death- there was little official talk among world leaders about finding a realistic basis for ending wars, because only the “big” powerful nations had the means to continue to build the required “war-time “ war supporting machinery and economy necessary to maintain fighting others of equal capability. Now that some other little and big countries have the nuclear capabilities to compete, it is now time to seriously consider “outlawing” such human behavior. But it is still not so easy to get these conversations going among these big powers. Dr. King was not concerned about all these technical questions of “readiness“etc. His position was then as it is now among so many others, one of “Rightness” and Morality: killing other human beings is simply wrong and against God’s will and Being. Period. Regardless of which religion one believes in, to King it was wrong! Today, without going into all the religious history and philosophy, it is time to declare war “off-limits” and begin to prepare to eliminate the very concept of killing other human beings! Forty-three years today, Dr. King was killed. We should still preach his sermon and stop all wars now! And KEEP HIS DREAM ALIVE. Until next week remember: Stopping wars begins with us. Me and you!

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