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Virginia Democratic Sens. Mark Warner, left, and Tim Kaine, right, celebrate Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s, center, election victory at a party in Tysons Corner, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen). See story on Page 12.

Immigration Reform Stuck in Limbo By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer While President Barack Obama announced recently that passage of comprehensive immigration reform is a legislative priority, it’s unclear when and whether a bill will pass. Groups and individuals who

support the measure have marched, invited arrest and exerted enormous pressure on Obama to act on his promise. The Senate – aided by the bipartisan Gang of Eight – produced a 1,100-page bill earlier this year but the measure is bottled up in the House of Representatives.

“The House is where the center of power lies in the Republican Party,” said Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker at the Oct. 31 forum held at the Georgetown Law School in Northwest. “… There was a time when they were coming to a cooperative relationship with the Democrats

but that slowly ground to a halt … there is slow, bubbling opposition beneath the surface. [The Gang of Eight agreement] was the product of deals which don’t look so great close up. Grassroots, populist opposition grew.” The Migration Policy Institute hosted the 10th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference,

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A group of activists banned together over the issue of drug usage in the District during the 1980s and threw their full support behind Ron Clark, the founder and executive director of Regional Addiction Prevention, Inc. – commonly known as RAP. (L-R) The esteemed group of gentlemen consisted of Walter E. Fauntroy, Dr. Calvin Rolark, Clifford Alexander, Jr., Robert Hooks, Dewey Hughes and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y). Clark, top right, listened as Rangel addressed the crowd on Willard Street in Northwest. /Photo courtesy of RAP, Inc.

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Women Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence By Tia Carol Jones

law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, old daughter told her the father survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families of her daughter threatened her “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a viclife, and the life of their child, story, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assessshe knew something had to be push forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further done. Out of her frustration said about Marlow. training for law enforcement with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life Protecof the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselstart the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to eradi(L-R) Shuaibperson Mitchellcan discussed history of go-go careers as independent “It Sowende seems toTichawonna be a viciousand cycle get it.”the She said at the and catetheir domestic violence, we must filmmakers at The George in Northwest month. andcoin. that won't turn my Washington family University end of the day, the last book will Students look watched at bothTichawonna sides of the Mitchell’s award-winning Straight Up Go-Go. Khalid Naji-Allah loose,” Marlow said. documentary, Marlow help people begin to/Photo have by a diaWe need to address both the vicshared her story with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow ence at the District Heights Also present at the event was said. Domestic Violence Symposium Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see on May 7 at the District Heights wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise Municipal Center. The sympo- who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She Family and Youth Services by a Maryland jury for his role in feels children need to be educatCenter of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. Heights andCollins the National Hook- legendary 2002. Mildred Muhammad is “We African have to culture, stop being pasband manager Charles “In it’s very Sam P.K. Up of Black Women. the founder of After the Trauma, sive-aggressive with poor chilStephenson, and award-winning prominent that [the elders] pass WI Staff Writer Marlow has written a book, journalist an organization that helps the on drenknowledge about domestic violence,” Jill Nelson. to the generation “Color Me Butterfly,” which is a survivors of domestic violence Marlow said.after,” said Mitchell, Mitchell and Tichawonna, along that comes During a gathering last month story about four generations of with and their worked to break Fred children. Brown Jr., formerly of 51.Marlow “It is uphas to this generation to that attracted 50 students at the domestic violence. The book is “I lived in fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, The Washington Post, started pro- develop innovative techniques that Multicultural Student Services inspired by her own experiences, years in fear is a long time. It is and is confident the policies she in 1987 after the pair grad- further society. I live by the AfriCenter at The George Washing- duction and those of her grandmother, not anfrom easyHoward thing to come out is pushing for will start that uated University in can proverb, ‘each one, teach one.’ ton North- of,” she said. her (GW) motherUniversity and her indaughter. Mitchell conceived process. forthese us to policies grow othwest, filmmakers Shuaibshe Mitchell She said every time reads Northwest. Mildred Muhammad said It’s“Iimpossible plan to take to the idea of the film and wrote the and Sowende Tichawonna diserwise,” said Mitchell who lives to in excerpts from her book, she still people who want to help a Congress and implore them script, Tichawonna filmed cussed history go-gocame and rough Waldorf, Md. can notthe believe theofwords domestic violence victim must change our laws,” Marlow said. footageof and their career in the the Ladipo-Obasa, from decades-long her. “Color Me Butterfly” be careful how Brown they gointerinto “I Mojolaoluwa will not stopA.until these poliviewed the subjects. project acies independent film industry. GW from Nigeria, said won the 2007 National “Best the victim's life, and The understand arestudent passed.” but theTia The Award. discussion, which was took Books” film andJones discussion piqued that four she years may to be complete, in “survival Carol can be reached without its challenges. part undergraduate “I of wasanjust 16-years-oldwriting when not her interest and opened her eyes mode”. at Many bands artists course the and role my of my eyethat firstexplores blackened “Before you and get to 'I'minitially going to go-go’s connection to African refused to appear in the after culture. film in analyzing social issues, lips bled,” Marlow said. to kill you,' it started asfilm a verbal WI followed screening of Straight Elaine aDavis-Nickens, presi- the release of Good to Go, a 1986 “Every country I have visited dentGo-Go, of thethe National Hook-Up go-go themed film produced by [has few] African [cultural eleUp pair’s award-winof Black Women, said thereabout is no Island Pictures that did not pri- ments],” said Ladipo-Obasa, an ning 1992 documentary consistency in the way domestic African influences in go-go and marily focus on go-go, rather the 18-year-old freshman. “However, violence areearly dealtdevelopwith by brutal 1984 beating and murder of the musicissues genre’s you see that connection to Africa Catherine Fuller, a District mothment in the District. when it comes to go-go. It’s great “I want the students to [see] er of six, much to the chagrin of to find that element in an internathe value of what the filmmak- many in the go-go industry. tional city like Washington, D.C.,” “It was a major obstacle just ers are doing and [understand] said Ladipo-Obasa who lives in the power of our words to getting these musicians to parTel Aviv, Israel. change our environment,” said ticipate in [our project] after that At the end of this semester, the Robin Marcus, 60, an instructor debacle with Island Pictures,” said students will produce and present in the University Writing Pro- Tichawonna, 50. “When you don’t their own five-minute documentagram at GW and lecture orga- have someone who’s committed ry about a racial and social issue. nizer. “This movie could be part to preserving our history, this is Marcus said the film screening of a scholarly discussion. That’s what happens. We were straight why I showed it to this group of out of college [at the time] and just and discussion on Oct. 21 gave emerging scholars,” said Marcus wanted to do the right thing,” the students greater insight on the film-making process. who lives in Northwest. Northeast resident said. “One of the things artists enThe one-hour documentary, While much of the discussion Straight Up Go-Go explores the centered on the filmmaking pro- joy talking about is process,” said origins of the signature go-go cess, Mitchell and Tichawonna Marcus. “There may be some ways sound and culture as well as its answered questions about the evo- that we can learn from each othL.Y. of Marlow process. struggle to thrive after incidents lution of go-go and the perceived er in our discussion of violence during the outbreak threat to its existence in a quickly [Mitchell’s and Tichawonna’s] intimate experience with their audiof crack-cocaine in the District gentrifying city. in the 1980s. The film featured a Mitchell said the film captured ence was very valuable. Most artbevy of go-go musicians, bands, a piece of history and encouraged ists don’t get that chance. [These and experts including the late the students to tackle future prob- artists] deserve it because they / Chuck Brown, go-go band Expe- lems using what they learned from preserved history that people can rience Unlimited, Pleasure Band, the discussion. watch years from now.” wi WI Staff Writer

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November 9: 1731 – Multi-talented scientist and inventor Benjamin Banneker is born in Ellicott Mills (City), Maryland. He is generally considered America’s first black scientist. Banneker constructed the first clock made in America, completed the design and layout of Washington, D.C. after Pierre L’Enfant returned to France, published a farmer’s almanac for 10 years while also studying astronomy and predicted solar eclipses. 1868 – The Howard University Medical School – the first designed to train black medical personnel – opens in Washington, D.C. There were 8 students in the first class. November 10: 1898 – George H. White introduces the first anti-lynching legislation in the U.S. Congress. The North Carolinian was one of the last blacks in Congress before Jim Crow laws and attitudes drove most blacks from high elected offices. After leaving Congress, he founded a black bank and established an all black community called Whiteville near present day Trenton, New Jersey.

1994 – Famed Jazz singer Carmen McRae dies in Beverly Hills, California. She was born in New York City on April 8, 1920. November 11: 1831 – Anti-slavery rebel Nat Turner is hanged roughly two months after his capture for leading the bloodiest slave revolt in U.S. history. The minister and mystic told reporters God had called on him to lead the revolt, which left 55 whites dead. November 12: 1900 – Henry Ossawa Tanner becomes an internationally acclaimed artist as he takes a silver medal for his art displayed at the Paris Exposition. Nearly 7,000 artists had entered their works. The Pittsburgh-born Tanner had numerous major works including his painting called “The Banjo Lesson.” 1922 – Sigma Gamma Rho is founded by 7 Black women in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority grows to become one of the largest in the nation. 1977 – Ernest “Dutch” Morial is elected the first Black mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Viewp int Leo North Washington, D.C. I don’t think the D.C. Council should get involved in the name debate. [Team owner] Dan Snyder has been a Redskins fan his whole life and he is not going to change the name of the team. The team’s name will not change unless the NFL forces him to make the change – he’s not going to do it on his own. I understand the D.C. Council wants to get involved for political reasons and to be proactive, but there’s really nothing it can do at the end of the day.     

Shanyan Evans Washington, D.C. I think it’s a silly move by the D.C. Council. The Redskins are a privately-owned team; they play in Maryland and practice in Virginia. Washingtonians know and love the Redskins and will always support the team. Changing the name would be confusing for marketing [purposes] and it would upset many fans who see no problem with the current name.


Mariah Harrison Washington, D.C. The D.C. Council has no jurisdiction over the Washington Redskins, but I feel it’s voting to show support for those who are offended by the nickname and who want to see it changed. I am in support of changing the name, but it’s not really the council’s issue. Outside of sharing the city’s name, the two have nothing binding them to one another. I respect what the D.C. Council’s trying to do, andT:9.5” I agree that the name should be changed, but the S:9” D.C. Council needs to focus on other more-pressing issues. .

Michelle Mack Washington, D.C. I think the D.C. Council needs to spend its time more wisely and focus on important issues like raising the minimum wage so that more people can afford to live in the city. I believe the Washington Redskins’ name is one that pays respect to those in the NativeAmerican community. I am part Native American and I see no disrespect by the team’s name at all.   

Cynthia Harrison Washington, D.C. I agree with the D.C. Council’s move to pressure Dan Snyder to change the team’s name. The Washington Redskins are Washington’s team and the D.C. Council has every right to get involved and stand up for those in the Native-American community who are offended by the team’s nickname and see it as racially insensitive. I applaud the council’s efforts and feel that its heart is in the right place. Most fans will support the team regardless of the nickname.  
























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Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour called for comprehensive immigration reform during the 10th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference on Oct. 31, at Georgetown Law School in Northwest. /Photo by Nancy Shia

“We had a storm surge of 38 feet, the highest on record. It left utter obliteration and looked like the hand of God had wiped places away. In many cases, there was nothing left but a slab. And the guy who would build houses also had his house blown away. In a pretty short period of time we had an enormous influx of Spanish-speaking labor who numbered in the thousands.” “They worked, lived in dreadful conditions. They worked well before dawn to after dark to try to help our people get back into some place they could live. Absolutely, I tell you it wouldn’t have happened without Spanish labor. It would not have happened.” Barbour also said that Mississippi’s $5 billion poultry industry is heavily dependent on Latino labor and he shared the story of inmates who after two days of working at chicken farms refused to go back because of the nature of the job. While most of the focus of immigration is on the Latino community, undocumented immigrants, which number more than 11 million, also includes Asians, Africans from the continent, citizens of the Caribbean and elsewhere. Lorella Praeli, director of Advocacy and Policy for United We Dream, told the packed auditorium that beyond politics and policy, human beings are involved. “The movement was born in

the 2000s when dreamers first came out,” said Praeli, a Peruvian native who came to the U.S. as a child. “They defied fear and confronted power. In 2010, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) arrived and more people are coming out as undocumented. They’ve gone to Congress to advocate and created a national profile.” United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation which advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. Praeli, 24, said undocumented immigrants remain in a legal limbo, families are being torn apart and will be until comprehensive immigration is passed. “It’s a moral crisis. Dreamers are being deported,” she said. “The movement popped into the American consciousness … we built a movement, trained and inspired young people when it wasn’t safe to come out. We put a face on this movement.” “We’re two millions Dreamers. We had no other power than our moral authority and our willingness to come out.” The Obama administration has been deporting undocumented immigrants in record numbers. Last year, the U.S. deported more than 400,000 people. National Journal Correspon-


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Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center addressed guests who attended the 10th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference on Oct. 31, at Georgetown Law School in Northwest. /Photo by Nancy Shia

IMMIGRATION continued from Page 8 dent Fawn Johnson said she’s written often that it appears that immigration reform is dead in the House. “But it’s not going away,” she

warned. “I don’t think the House will pass anything this year or the next but I think Republicans are worried and are aware of the broader implications of appearing to be dug in on this issue.” The political dynamic could change, Lizza said, if during the

2014 mid-term elections Democrats snag the 17 seats needed to gain control of the House. Arizona Sen. John McCain made a compelling case. “This is a lesson of the present and future of America,” he said. “This has a huge impact on the future of the nation and it will be a defining element of who we are.” McCain said critics talk about immigrants’ negative impact on the economy and they claim that American workers are displaced. “But the Congressional Budget Office, which still has a lot of credibility, said the budget deficit would be reduced by $850 billion over 10 years, add $320 billion to the trust fund, and grow the U.S. economy an additional 4.8 percent in 20 years,” he said. “Eleven million are living in the shadows, exploited, living in constant fear of being discovered. They’re not leaving. And no one’s lining up buses to send them back to wherever the hell they want to send them. We have an issue that must define our nation. Sooner or later, we have to make this a nation our children can be proud of.”wi

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Jency Lou Ross was granted her angel wings on November 2, 2013. Jency was born in Edgefield, South Carolina on January 9, 1934 to her late parents Isaac Garrett Sr. and Charlotte (Waldo) Garrett. She is survived by three sisters and three brothers, one sister-in-law, one brother-in-law, two daughters Glenda A. Ross and Charlotte L. Gayden, one son-in-law, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 8th, 2013 at Austin Royster Funeral Home located at 3821 14th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20011. Viewing from 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m., service begins immediately after. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Charlotte Gayden at 1808 Billings Avenue Capital Heights, MD 20743.

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By James Wright WI Staff Writer McDuffie Talks Re-election, Campaign Finance Bill D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) made it clear recently that he wants to continue to represent his constituents at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest. “I am seeking re-election as the Ward 5 council member,” said McDuffie, 37. “I want to work to improve the quality of life for Ward 5 residents and there is much to be done.” McDuffie said that he will continue to support small businesses in the ward, work on preventing flooding in Bloomingdale and advocate for more affordable housing during a conference call to supporters that took place on Oct. 24. McDuffie won  a special election in May 2012 to replace Harry Thomas Jr. on the D.C. Council. The council member again repeated his desire to be re-elected during an Oct. 28 meeting of the Ward 5 Democrats at the Michigan Park Christian Church in Northeast that attracted 50 residents and visitors. However, McDuffie didn’t talk at length about his re-election hopes rather he discussed his campaign finance bill currently before the D.C. Council. McDuffie’s bill, “The Campaign Finance Reform and Transparency Amendment Act of 2013”, would cap money order campaign contributions to $100 but increase individual cash contributions from $25 to $100. “I put that in the bill so that people who do not have bank accounts can contribute,” he said, noting that 10 percent of District residents do not use financial institutions. McDuffie said that his bill would require D.C. Council lobbyists to report their activities and campaign contributions. Candidates and campaign treasurers would be mandated to attend campaign finance training provided by the District’s  Office  of Campaign Finance. A key feature of the bill would close the “LLC loophole” and ensure that entities such as Limited Liability Corporations or LLCs make a single contribution to a candidate instead of multiple gifts from the same firm using various donors. In addition, the bill would require the campaign finance office to have a more open, transparent filing system for candidates so that residents can see contributions that are being made to potential office holders. “My bill would create a system The Washington Informer

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that fills gaps and goes after the bad actors,” he said. McDuffie appears to have won over many Ward 5 residents. With Friday, Nov. 8 as the first day to pick up petitions for the Tuesday, April 2 primaries, it looks like he has no strong opposition for re-election. “Kenyan McDuffie has done a good job representing Ward 5,” Ronnie Edwards, the first vice president of the Ward 5 Democrats and a longtime political operative, said. “He includes the people in what he is doing and he wants what the people want, not what he wants to do.” Edwards, 59, credited McDuffie’s initiatives on campaign finance and working to fill vacant industrial properties in the ward as examples of his work. He said he’s not aware of anyone who plans to run against him. “I have heard people talk but nothing has come of that,” he said. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), who spoke to the group

on congressional matters, said she’s also impressed by McDuffie. “I am proud of the work that he is doing,” she said.   First D.C. Mayoral Debate to be Held The first debate between 2014 District mayoral candidates is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the auditorium of the law firm of Arent Fox in Northwest. The event will be sponsored by the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Affairs Section. D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) has been invited to join her 2014 mayoral primary competitors, D.C. Council members Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and former State Department official Reta Jo Lewis. Members of the public will be able to question candidates during the event.  wi


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Va. Officials Look Forward to McAuliffe as Governor By Margaret Summers WI Contributing Writer The Virginia gubernatorial election victory of Democrat Terry McAuliffe over the state’s Republican attorney general Ken Cuccinelli in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 elections, spells relief for several of Virginia’s African-American elected officials. Many indicate that legislating under a conservative, Republican-dominated House of Delegates and a state Senate evenly split along party lines, with Cuccinelli’s tie-breaker vote pushing through GOP measures, made it difficult to provide their constituents with needed services.

“Terry’s win sends a message to the nation,” said Democratic District 18 state senator L. Louise Lucas. The 69-year-old’s district encompasses parts of Brunswick, Wight, Southampton and Surry Counties, among other areas. “It’s that people are tired of the Republican ‘tea party’ antics. Republicans in Virginia have been pushing so hard to the right. It’s enough to turn voters’ stomachs inside out.” “I’ve talked to white, African-American and Hispanic voters in Virginia, and they’re all tired of it.” Democratic state senator Mamie E. Locke of District 2, which includes parts of the

cities of Newport News, Portsmouth, Hampton and part of York County, said “McAuliffe’s win means Virginia can now turn its attention away from what has been a right-wing social agenda to things that matter to the people in our state and my district: health care, education, transportation and employment.” Locke, 57, said during the years of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration, efforts had been made to limit voting rights, such as the passage earlier this year of a voter identification law. “McAuliffe would veto any measure designed to curtail voting rights,” she said. “Terry’s a person who thinks all people should be treated equally,” said Democratic Delegate Lionell Spruill, Sr. of the 77th District, which includes parts of the cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk. “He sup-

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ports women’s rights and equal pay for women. He supports early childhood education, particularly for low-income children. That’s especially important in my district, where not all children get early childhood education. They’re behind the eight ball from the start.” “I hope Terry’s win means more Democratic Delegates,” said Spruill, 66. “With the tea party folks, it’s ‘my way or the highway.’” Spruill also expressed hope that Virginia would adopt Medicaid expansion under McAuliffe, extending health care to the state’s low-income residents. Before the state could do so, however, a 10-member Virginia Medicaid commission has to vote on reforms to the program. A majority of the commission’s state senators and delegates must approve the proposed reforms. Catherine M. Hudgins, a Democratic supervisor on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the Hunter Mill District, wrote in a statement, “With the McAuliffe win, Virginia has a new governor, who has pledged to move forward with transportation issues, is passionate about early childhood education, is zealous about economic development. All are significant issues in the Commonwealth, Fairfax County and the Hunter Mill District, impacting all citizens – African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian.” Hudgins, 69, wrote that under Governor-elect McAuliffe, there is a prospect for a broader restoration of rights for Virginians returning to society from prisons. The current decree only covers a fraction of returning citizens, and excludes those sentenced in violent and

drug-related crimes. More than half of Virginia’s prison population is African-American. “I am hopeful that meaningful progress will be made,” Hudgins wrote. Luke E. Torian, 55, the Democratic Delegate from District 52, which encompasses part of Prince William County, said “McAuliffe will have a wonderful working relationship with the Virginia Black Caucus [the African-American members of the House of Delegates and the state Senate]. “I will be talking to McAuliffe about job creation in Northern Virginia, and continuing to firm up our public education system, and the need to address our state’s transportation issues.” “McAuliffe’s agenda certainly has been to move forward unemployment and job training issues that African-Americans have to deal with,” said Democratic Delegate Dolores L. McQuinn, 58, whose District 70 includes parts of Chesterfield County and the city of Richmond. “During the campaign, he visited community colleges in the state, and said he wants to ensure everyone has the education and training they need to secure employment.” Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, 63, said McAuliffe’s win is not only significant for his city, but also for the state. “It sets the tone for the mid-year elections for the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate next year,” he said. “It demonstrates to Virginia candidates that Virginians care most about education, jobs and health care.”wi

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Teacher retention and building strong academic programs topped the agenda of the new CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools in a progress update given to county council members during a hearing last week. County schools’ CEO Kevin Maxwell met with the county council for the first time since being appointed in July. For nearly an hour, council members peppered Maxwell and his deputy superintendent, Monique Davis, with questions about the state of the school system, academic programs, and facilities. “We recognize we have work to do,” said Council Chair Andrea Harrison (D-Dist. 5) of Glenarden. Maxwell was selected to head the county school system by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) after he was granted the authority to select a school system leader by state legislators. Maxwell had previously served as superintended of Anne Arundel County Public Schools and as a teacher and principal in Prince George’s County for 20 years. Maxwell, who was named as the state’s superintendent of the year last week, has already started to change the school system’s leadership. Last month, he announced a transition team that will review the strengths of the school district and identify issues that require additional attention. Maxwell said the focus will include teaching and learning, communication, and resource alignment. “This transition team will help me to determine the needs for the district and the appropriate next steps as it relates to key areas of school operations,” Maxwell said at the time. Still, council members said the school system needs to ensure faculty and staff are trained to meet the needs of all students. Will Campos (D-Dist. 2) of

Hyattsville urged Maxwell to do more to ensure diversity is present within the school system’s leadership. Campos, who is Latino, said some schools in his district have a majority Latino population making the need for bilingual administrators crucial. “We don’t have one person who is a teacher or staff person [who is bilingual]…there’s a market out there for being bilingual,” he said. The stakes are high for Maxwell to turn the county school system around. Prince George’s County has the second largest school district in the state. Baker made improving county schools a campaign promise, part of his initiative to revamp the county’s image. Councilman Derrick Leon Davis (D-Dist. 6) of Mitchellville asked what can be done to stop the school system from losing teachers to other school districts. The school system hired more than 600 teachers at the start of the academic year to replace educators, many of whom left for other jurisdictions. “It is about competition in the region,” he said. “How do we bring the best talent?” Maxwell said that the county school system needs to focus on wages and other benefits to retain teachers. “We have to adjust our competition practices,” Maxwell told the council on Oct. 29. “We do a great job of recruiting people but we don’t do a good job at keeping them here.” Council members said they are concerned about areas in the county not having certain academic programs specifically dealing with math, science, and the performing arts. “The perception in southern Prince George’s County is that we don’t get the best programs,” said Councilman Mel Franklin (D-Dist. 9) of Upper Marlboro. “How can we change the perception?” Maxwell reiterated that the

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CBC, Others Slam GOP over Watt Snub Congressman Vows Not to Withdraw By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Republican senators who blocked the confirmation of an African-American congressman to lead a key federal agency should brace themselves for a major fight with Democrats and numerous minority agencies that support President Barack Obama’s nominee. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has joined others in the Democratic Party as well as a number of black and minority leaders in denouncing the Senate in its vote against the appointment of Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) to the post of director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. “The conversation on rules changes can’t come fast enough for me,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). “The failure to con-

firm Watt is a government shutdown by another tactic,” said Murphy, 40. While Murphy and others have sought to change the rules on confirmations, senior Democrats said they were hesitant to do so out of fear they would regret it when Republicans gain control of the Senate. The Senate voted 56-42, on Oct. 31, to end the blockade against Watt, falling four votes shy of the 60 needed to prevail and secure confirmation. “What happened has only occurred once in the history of this Congress,” said CBC Chair Marcia Fudge. “This is a disgrace to this body and a disservice to the American people,” said Fudge, 60. Prior to the Senate vote, several political and civic groups voiced concern that the GOP would not give Watt a fair shake. Many said the congressman

had already proven that he deserved confirmation. “If Watt is not confirmed, it would set a disturbing new precedent for our nation,” Wade Henderson, head of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, located in Northwest Washington, D.C., said one day prior to the vote, on Oct. 30. “No sitting member of Congress has been successfully filibustered since the Civil War,” said Henderson, 65, during a conference call, which included officials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the National Urban League. The CBC organized the call in which participants answered questions from various national media outlets. Watt, 68, has served for 20 years as a congressman from

President Barack Obama nominated Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), left, for director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency earlier this year. Republican senators blocked his confirmation on Oct. 31. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

North Carolina. Republicans claimed that Watt lacked the expertise for the job that includes overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; the government sponsored housing corporations, which control the vast majority of the U.S. mortgage market. Supporters maintain that Watt is not only qualified, but has a history of promoting legislation that would have averted the recent housing crisis. “It is virtually unprecedented for a sitting member of Congress to be rejected by the U.S.

Senate,” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. “I urge his immediate confirmation,” said Waters, 75. Rep. Caleb Cushing (D-Mass.), who served in Congress from 1835 to 1843, had his bid blocked by the Senate when President John Tyler nominated him to become Treasury secretary. It’s the last time the Senate blocked a nomination of a sitting member

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WATT continued from Page 16 of Congress. Born in Mecklenburg County, N.C., Watt graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1967 with a degree in business administration. In 1970 he received a juris doctorate degree from Yale University Law School, where he served as a published member of the Yale Law Journal. Watt practiced law from 1970 to 1992, specializing in minority business and economic development law. In 1985, Watt served one term in the North Carolina Senate. A married father of two, Watt won election to Congress in 1992, becoming one of only two African-American members elected to the House from North Carolina in the 20th century. Currently, Watt serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, on which he’s the ranking member of the subcommittee on intellectual property, competition and the Internet.  Additionally, he’s a member of the House Financial Services Committee, which includes the subcommittee on capital markets and government sponsored

enterprises and the subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit. “We’ve been able to go to Mel Watt with concerns and with actual legislation to address those concerns and he’s always been receptive,” said Brent A. Wilkes, national executive director of LULAC, also located in Northwest Washington, D.C. “We believe strongly that, if he’s confirmed, Watt has the skills and ability and most importantly, the integrity to take on big industry and to make sure that people are getting into homes fairly,” said Wilkes, 47. Chanelle Hardy, senior vice president for policy and executive director of the National Urban League’s Washington D.C. bureau, said it’s an injustice to block Watt’s confirmation. “Congressman Watt understands that the housing crisis has not ended in communities of color,” Hardy said. Despite the outcome, Watt said he isn’t throwing the towel in yet. “I do not plan to withdraw as the nominee for the position and I remain hopeful that we will prevail when the motion for reconsideration is taken up in the Senate,” he said.wi

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Coping With Student Loan Repayment A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that many of the same types of loan servicing problems that affected consumers in the mortgage market are now affecting student loan borrowers. Just as troubled homeowners were often unable to pay their mortgages, refinance their loans, or receive timely assistance from loan servicers, many student loan borrowers are now experiencing many of the same difficulties. Although the report focuses on private student loans, some of the servicing problems identified also affect federal student loan borrows. “Unfortunately, with few refinancing options, many student loan borrowers tell us they feel stuck in loans with high rates, well after they’ve graduated and landed a job,” said Rohit Chopra, CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman. After analyzing approximately 3,800 student loan complaints submitted from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013, CFPB focused on problems with crediting payments to private student loan accounts. In this manner, CFPB found that nearly half of these complaints came from consumers seeking a loan modification. Further, 87 percent of complaints received were directed at one of eight companies. Sallie Mae, a financial services firm specializing in educational loans for more than 40 years, topped the complaint list with 49 percent. Since July, CFPB has accepted complaints on debt collection activities, hearing from consumers whose accounts defaulted and were sent to collections because they were unable to afford their loans. Other complaints involved how loan payments were applied, lost payments, late fees and changes

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in servicers without borrower notification. In a weak economic recovery, many borrowers are financially challenged to pay their loans on time. Still others, facing financial hardships through unemployment and under-employment, are finding few, if any, available options to refinance private student loans. Even so, CFPB advises that there is yet hope for challenged borrowers determined to make good on their debts and get on with their lives. Providing clear and timely instructions to your servicer can direct how your payments are applied and likely reduce the interest paid over the life of the loans. For example, consumers with multiple credit cards and balances on each are usually advised to retire the highest-priced card debt first. A similar approach can apply to retiring private student loans. Most borrowers take out multiple loans to pay for college, and private loan interest rates can change from year to year. Following graduation, these loans are often bundled into a single account or billing group. The borrower, however, receives one bill for all loans incurred. As payments are remitted, the loans will have different balances and still have different interest rates. By paying the minimum amount due on each loan first, additional available monies can applied to the loan with the highest interest rate. Over the

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Republican Entrepreneur Gains Stake in Media If you weren’t paying attention, veteran conservative commentator Armstrong Williams is becoming a “media mogul” having purchased a trio of TV stations in transactions that were part of a number of larger TV acquisition deals brokered by Sinclair Broadcasting Inc. Much could be said about how Williams’ connection to conservative Republicans enhanced his entrance into the realm of media ownership. Over the years, Williams has become a multi-media manager and now – owner. Williams is a third-generation Republican. A Williams’ company, Howard Stirk Holdings, LLC., has announced that it has completed negotiations to acquire TV stations WEYI in Flint,

By William Reed Mich., WWWB in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and WMMP in Charleston, S.C. The name “Howard Stirk” is taken from Williams’ mother’s maiden name, Howard, and his father’s middle name, Stirk. Williams deserves recognition for his go-getter mentality. One of 10 children, he was reared on the family’s 200-acre tobacco and swine farm in Marion, S.C. Williams displayed an early gift for writing and public speaking. He has extensive experience in television programming. He’s also produced weekly television shows that aired on Sinclair Broad-

cast Group network stations since 1995. From 2002 to 2005 Williams hosted On Point with Armstrong Williams, a monthly prime time television series – a joint venture with Radio One – which aired on the cable network TVOne. The deal shows a lot about being in the right place at the right time. The Stirk Holdings acquisitions were announced simultaneous with Sinclair Broadcast Group’s purchase of Barrington Broadcasting. The deal reinforces Sinclair as the nation’s largest independent owner of broadcast TV stations. Currently, Sinclair owns and operates the largest number of local television stations. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Md., it owns or operates stations across the country – in nearly 60 primarily small and medium markets, many located in the South and Midwest. Sinclair CFO David Amy said, the station group will guarantee Williams’ loan and become a “service provider” to Williams’ stations, presumably through stations Sinclair has or is in the process of acquiring in various markets. The key to the deal is that Sinclair is acquiring stations in markets where it already owns stations, and is therefore, attempting to

divest itself of one station in each of those markets to comply with Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ownership rules. The Smiths of Baltimore are Williams’ business and political benefactors. The Smith family retains a majority interest in Sinclair. All four Smith brothers serve as executives or directors. David Smith runs the business with three brothers: Frederick, Robert and J. Duncan. The Smith brothers are major Republican donors. The deal represents an excellent example of how Blacks of the Republican persuasion can get a “leg up in life.” His Republican roots helped Williams get the deal. “Sinclair Broadcast Group gave us a break. Without Sinclair it would not have been possible,” Williams said. “Many in the industry talk about diversity and expanding opportunity, the Sinclair Group put words into action.” David D. Smith, president and CEO of Sinclair, doesn’t mince words. “We’re big believers in advocacy journalism, and he fits that mode. He was the first one I called” when the ownership possibility arose. There’s little question the 54-yearold Williams is qualified for the

venture. Williams has enjoyed good sponsorship from media’s moguls over the years. He got his start in talk radio from another Republican, Radio One founder Cathy Hughes. Williams said his new acquisitions “were financed by JP Morgan in the amount of $60 million dollars.” He’s known the president and CEO of Sinclair for more than a decade. “I have known David Smith for 15 years. We met at a White House Correspondence reception.” The Sinclair-Stirk Holdings pact offers promise for other such ventures, and may create new business connections and enterprises between Blacks and Whites. As of 2011, Whites owned 69 percent of 1,348 television stations, while Blacks owned 0.7 percent of all commercial TV stations. Williams may add a Harrisburg, Pa. television station to his collection. All acquisitions are subject to approval by the FCC and antitrust authorities.wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the

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Karen Dale, executive director of AmeriHealth answered questions from audience members during the Wellness for Life 21-Day Journey for Better Health, Saturday, Nov. 2, in Southeast. AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership launched the challenge at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

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By James Wright WI Staff Writer Hundreds of District residents recently started a three-week program designed to improve health outcomes at a well-known Southeast church. Matthews Memorial Baptist Church served as the host for the “Wellness for Life: 21-Day Journey to Better Health” program that’s sponsored by AmeriHealth District of Columbia, the AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership and the Coca-Cola Company Foundation on Saturday, Nov. 2. Karen Dale, the executive director of AmeriHealth District of Columbia, said that the kick-off in Ward 8 wasn’t by happenstance. “Many of our members of AmeriHealth live in Ward 8 and the health statistics are very poor in the east end of the city,” said Dale, 50. Statistics compiled by the District’s Department of Health reveal that heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death in Ward 8 but both are lower than citywide and national rates. However, the HIV rate in the ward is almost 16 times higher than the U.S. rate and death due to hypertension occurs seven times more often than in the U.S. Diabetes-related death are four percent higher in the ward than the entire city and the nation, overall. Dale said that the “21-Day Journey” program is designed to help bring down those statistics. “The 21-Day Journey is all about empowerment,” she said, “giving one the tools and inspiration to make healthy changes for you and your loved ones.” The event is part of AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership’s Health Ministry, a faith-based effort designed to improve health outcomes with the assistance of churches and religious leaders nationally. The church has planned Monday evening workshops on Nov. 11, 18 and 25 from 5:307:30 p.m. that will feature classes on healthy living.

The health screenings for blood pressure, body mass index and glucose levels attracted many residents during the five-hour event. Tables representing such health care providers and health organizations such as AmeriHealth District of Columbia, Howard University Hospital and its Sickle Cell Center along with Essence Dental Care in Southeast, also drew a crowd. In the fellowship hall, a panel discussion on health took place, along with lunch and cooking demonstrations. Participants also watched a dramatic performance called “Stress Hurts.” Residents treated themselves to buffet-style meals of fruits, vegetables and other healthy, natural foods. Marilyn Johnson, a resident of Ward 8, said she wouldn’t have missed the event. “I wanted to get my blood sugar checked for high blood pressure,” said Johnson, 49. “I am interested in the classes on how to control diabetes.” Johnson said that she’s not a member of Matthews Memorial but a neighbor told her about the challenge. Shirley Snowden said that she learned about the program through the Informer and it piqued her interest. “I came here to get more information about healthy living,” said Snowden, 57. “I am here for the health screenings and I plan to go to the different [tables] for information.” Dale said that the emphasis with the “21-Day Journey” is primarily prevention. “We want people to commit every day to keeping healthy,” she said. “People need to have an annual check-up and get to know their personal provider. For example, if you catch hypertension early [with annual check-ups], there will be no need for medication later.” wi

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Affordable Care Act Briefs Thousands of Health Policies Cancelled Due to ACA Change By Viji Sundara Special to the Informer from New America Media When Alemaz Belay got a letter from Blue Shield of California last month, notifying her that her health care policy would no longer be effective come Jan. 1, 2014 “due to new requirements for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” and that her pre-

mium was going to increase, she was understandably upset. “I thought the (health reform law) was going to make health care more affordable and not more expensive,” said Belay, 57, an Ethiopian-born single mother of three in the San Francisco Bay area. One of the promises President Obama made when signing the health reform bill into law was that people who liked their doctor and health care plan would be able to keep them. Belay (who declined to use her real name for privacy reasons

to work with their customers to help them remain with the company. But Belay said the hike in her monthly premium is going to force her to shop on Covered California. “I would have preferred not to have to do it,” she said, “but now I will.”

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individual market -- who received such a letter in recent weeks. Other insurance companies have cancelled policies, telling their customers that their existing policies fall short of the 10 “essential health benefits” the ACA requires all plans to include beginning Jan.1, 2014, the day the health care law is fully implemented. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 of its customers who have individual plans, according to Kaiser Health News. The new ACA-compliant policies, Blue Shield spokesperson Sean Barry pointed out, will be more comprehensive in that they will cover such benefits as prescription drugs, mental health treatment and maternity care. Additionally, insurers cannot reject people with medical problems or charge them higher prices. It removes annual and lifetime caps on coverage of essential health benefits. “The additional security offered by these benefits has a trade-off attached to it,” Barry said. An estimated 14 million people -- 2 million of them in California -- buy their own health coverage because they don’t get it through their jobs. But because every individual is required to have health insurance come Jan.1, 2014, legal residents in California either will try to enroll in Medi-Cal – the health insurance program for low-income people – or buy their insurance on the online insurance market called Covered California. Those who buy their insurance on the marketplace could qualify for federal subsidies if their household income is between 138 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level -- $21,400 to $62,040 for a family of two. Barry said that if Belay and others whose policies have been withdrawn don’t take any action, Blue Shield will automatically move them into similar plans, some of which might be more costly, some less. He said Blue Shield would like

Computer hackers are creating phony Affordable Care Act (ACA) websites and are asking for consumers’ personal information, such as social security and bank account numbers. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers to never give out personal information on the Internet before confirming that the website is run by the government. “Since the Affordable Care Act is still new and confusing to some consumers, it is hard for consumers to distinguish reliable versus bogus websites,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “It is important to only trust official legitimate government websites.” Bernas noted that it is tricky to distinguish fake ACA websites from legitimate sites, because in addition to the ACA’s official website, there are legitimate sites run by individual states. “Over 50 million consumers will be eligible for insurance covered by the Affordable Care Act according to government information,” he said. “With this huge number, scammers see opportunities. Consumers need to be even more careful to protect their personal information.” The BBB recommends the following these tips to avoid fake Affordable Care Act websites: Don’t use a Google search for help. Go to the government’s official website instead, which can lead you to websites owned by individual state governments. The official website is Ignore unsolicited phone calls or emails. If a government official calls or emails asking for your information, don’t respond to the email or hang up the phone. The government never solicits consumers for personal information. Check for a digital certificate. This is the website’s way of proving it is an official ACA website and won’t steal your personal information. For more tips and information about scams, visit wi



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isterMentors recently held a breakfast fundraiser, “SisterMentors Discovered: Building the Dream,” to continue its mission of supporting African-American doctoral students through their dissertation defenses, as well as at-risk teen girls of color in completing college. “Being a part of a network of doctoral candidates is extremely empowering to women. What really pushes us is seeing others graduate. Once people see progress being made, it’s a huge motivator for them,” said Dr. Shireen Lewis, SisterMentors founder. “By mentoring young girls, these women encourage them to reach levels they may never have con-

sidered possible.” The free session, held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Northwest, was attended by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who earlier this year spearheaded a D.C. Council Recognition Resolution in support of SisterMentors. “It is no secret that an educational achievement gap exists in this country, and [programs] like SisterMentors are essential in the fight to erase it,” said Cheh.“By supporting and mentoring young women as they matriculate through college and graduate school, SisterMentors is providing an invaluable service to our community, and the city is grate-

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ful to them for all of their work.” In 1997, SisterMentors was originally comprised of a group of highly motivated women of color, ethnicities and backgrounds who came together to help each other complete their dissertations and earn their doctoral degrees. In 2001, the program expanded its efforts by mentoring young girls in elementary, middle, and high school to help reduce the high drop-out rates in the Washington, D.C.area. wi To learn more about SisterMentors, a project of EduSeed, a 501 Non-profit organization, and plans for their15th anniversary celebration, visit

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education briefs District of Columbia:

Outstanding Educators Recognized Kathy Hollowell-Makle, a kindergarten teacher at Simon Elementary, and Kelly Miller Middle School principal Abdullah Zaki have been named as the school system’s teacher and principal of the year. “This is one of my favorite times of the year – when we get to brag about the amazing accomplishments of our educators,” said Chancellor Kaya Henderson, who presented the awards on Oct. 15 along with Mayor Vincent Gray. “Principal Zaki and Ms. Hollowell-Makle are outstanding educators who give their all to their students.” On Monday, Nov. 4, Hollowell-Makle and Zaki were among several educators honored during the annual “Standing Ovation for D.C. Teachers” event that was held at the Kennedy Center in Northwest.

Prince George’s County:

Students Explore Web-based ‘Hangout’ A group of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) students and teachers from Ernest E. Just

Middle School in Mitchellville, Md., recently participated in a web-based Google hangout with EarthEcho International president, Philippe Cousteau (grandson of the legendary explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau) to discuss, “What is a dead zone?” The school was one of only three selected from across the country to participate in the project, which occurred after Godfrey Rangasammy, Prince George’s County Public Schools science supervisor met Cousteau during a summer 2013 International Baccalaureate Conference. “This is indeed a cutting edge 21st century teaching and learning STEM experience,” said Rangasammy. “Technology was strategically integrated for students and teachers to interact in real time with scientists across our country in order to solve real world problems.”

Alexandria City:

Crawley Selected as Interim Superintendent The Alexandria City School Board has approved a contract confirming Alvin L. Crawley as interim superintendent for its public schools. Crawley, who held a similar post in the Prince

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Students who attend Ernest E. Just Middle School in Mitchellville, Md., participated in a web-based Google hangout with Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau. /Photo courtesy PGCPS

George’s County Public Schools system until this past summer, will serve until a new superintendent is selected. “Our school board sought an interim superintendent who could lead our efforts to increase the achievement of all students and analyze our gap issues,” said Chair Karen Graf. “Dr. Crawley showed strong communication skills, professionalism and various educational experiences that we believe will serve Alexandria during the time he is here.” Crawley, who has a doctorate degree in education, said he’s honored to

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lead the school system. “I have spent the last 33 years dedicated to children in many different communities, and I feel it is essential for an interim superintendent to engage in a collaborative fashion with the school board, community, administrators and the staff to ensure a productive and successful school year,” Crawley said.

Montgomery County:

School Construction Plans Released Schools Superintendent Joshua

Starr released his recommended Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for the next six years on Oct. 28 at Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring. A new CIP is approved every other year and includes school construction projects, as well as infrastructure improvements and technology investments that the district will undertake in the coming years. Starr’s recommended CIP for fiscal years 2015-20 is expected to address significant space needs the district is experiencing due to enrollment growth. Since 2007, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has added 14,000 students, with most of that growth occurring in elementary schools. Over the next six years, MCPS expects enrollment to increase by another 11,000 students.wi Briefs compiled by Dorothy Rowley, WI Education Reporter. Follower her on Twitter @DorothyRowley

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The Affordable Care Act

President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Patient Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had a tough debut. Since Oct. 1, the website,, has been beset by a series of crippling technical problems that have cast a long shadow over the program. The Obama administration has been less than forthcoming about the problems buffeting the system, and what we knew before two Congressional hearings last week only reached the public in dribs and dabs. We still won’t know until the middle of this month the number of initial applicants who successfully enrolled in the health insurance exchanges, and it’s still not clear how many young people have and will enroll in the plan. Polls have consistently shown that a small majority of Americans polled oppose the ACA, dubbed “Obamacare,” and critics of the plan are crowing at the glitches and assorted problems Healthcare. gov is experiencing. Two of the biggest problems the administration faces is sticker shock and blowback from the rash of cancellation letters health insurance providers have sent out to customers. A number of customers have been informed that their old insurance policies don’t meet ACA standards of coverage. Consequently, they will have to buy new and possibly more expensive insurance. Obama is getting serious heat because after promising repeatedly and unequivocally that people could keep the insurance plans they have, now we’re hearing that that will not be the case, particularly for those with current plans that don’t measure up to the ACA’s standards. Without minimizing what for the affected five percent of the insured is the aggravation, anger and irritation at losing their policies, they will have the option to sign up for better policies. There are still too many unanswered questions and the administration must be more honest about the situation. People’s wrath is understandable, but in the midst of the furor, it would be good – especially the ACA’s most strident critics – to remember that no system is perfect. And just because the ACA has gotten off to a rocky start doesn’t mean that it will fail or that what it offers won’t significantly benefit those it was created to help. More than 45,000 previously uninsured Americans will be protected; will not be prohibited from signing up due to pre-existing conditions; won’t have to worry what will happen if they get sick; and will be guaranteed coverage for mental health, maternity care, emergency hospital visits, and prescription drugs. The media, pundits and others have not been honest to say out loud that some of the attacks and criticism stem from the fact that a black man is in the White House. The intractable opposition Obama deals with daily from large swathes of Republicans inside and out of Congress, is fueled by their desire to see the president fail. The Republican National Committee (RNC) launched a website recently asking people to send pictures and scanned letters from any insurance company that cites the ACA as the reason for it cancelling the policy. And Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, battling businessman and Democratic rainmaker Terry McAuliffe for the chance to sit in the governor’s mansion, has made “Obamacare” a centerpiece of his campaign. In any number of campaign stops, Cuccinelli has expressed opposition to McAuliffe’s plan to expand the state’s Medicaid program and to add more than 400,000 Virginians to the health care program. Cuccinelli, the RNC, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the rest of the ultra-conservative pack need to understand that the country would be better served if legislators, policymakers, academicians, experts and others come together and figure out how to fix the ACA’s myriad problems because the Affordable Care Act is here and it’s here to stay.

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A Global Perspective!

Thanks, Washington Informer, for printing the article by Shantella Sherman “Courttia Newland: The Evidence of Things Ignored” in the October 31, 2013 edition of your paper. Even though these events aren’t taking place in our own country we need to know what is happening in and around the world. Getting the story from a source we know and trust is very important. The Washington Informer has been the standard bearer in our community, providing news and information for us and about us. Now that everything you hear about is global, why not get the stories from around the globe. I hope The Informer continues providing us with stories from around the world, but with a different perspective. We need this kind of information. Betty J. Golden Fort Washington, Md.

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By Marian Wright Edelman

It’s Not Rocket Science “In the 1960s, when my grandfather was teaching me to drive in his little red Ford Falcon, there was an epidemic of deaths on the highways in the United States, and young people were dying in very large numbers.” That’s how Dr. Mark L. Rosenberg, president and CEO of The Task Force for Global Health, and former Assistant Surgeon General and former director of the Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, recently began talking about today’s public health crisis for young people. He continued: “And this country said, ‘We can’t let this happen. We’re going to stop it,’ and they took $200 million and said, ‘We’re going to invest in research on how to stop young people from losing their lives on the highway,’ and they did an amazing, amazing thing. The research that they supported— and they started the National

Highway Traffic Safety Administration—that research led to redesigning cars completely . . . The front end of the cars we drive today crush like an accordion to protect us. We have side-impact protection, rollover protection, air bags . . . We redesigned the roads…We’ve gotten drunk drivers, to a huge extent, off the roads…What we did in the ’60s, redesigning the car, redesigning the roadway, redesigning the drivers, was a result of scientific research, and as a result we have saved, between the ’60s

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and the beginning of this century, 325,000 lives. That’s the result of science.” Dr. Rosenberg is confident that America can save lives being lost in the current epidemic of gun violence that is the second leading cause of death among children and teens ages 1 – 19 and the number one cause of death among Black children and teens. He believes this public health threat must be attacked just like all others—by using the power of science and evidence-based research: “We can

apply the same science to firearm injuries and deaths of children, and it’s not rocket science.” In Washington, D.C. on October 20, the Children’s Defense Fund partnered with Washington National Cathedral for a special Children’s Sabbath service and activities, including a forum with leading experts on gun violence as a public health issue where Dr. Rosenberg shared his experience. Under his leadership the CDC conducted key research

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By Lee A. Daniels

Economy Continues to ‘Tread Water Underwater’ though the official unemployment rate slipped a notch from 7.3 percent to 7.2 percent, that barely registered as a positive. The first sentence of an analysis of the report in the New York Times put it best: “The American economy continues to tread water underwater.” Indeed, the most positive thing about the jobs report is that its middling statistics have again placed high on the public agenda what the Republican Party-engineered government-shut-

The federal jobs reports for September issued last week showed the year’s slow – and therefore, disappointing – rate of job growth has weakened just a bit more. The Department of Labor found that businesses added 148,000 jobs in September. That number was below the 185,000-per-month rate which had been the average growth for the previous year. So, even

down and debt-ceiling gambit had pushed into the deep background: America’s jobs crisis. During the last month it may have been difficult for some to remember that getting more Americans back to work and at decent wages was what occupied much of the political discourse during the summer. That discussion had acquired a special sense of urgency because of the 50th anniversary on August 28 of the 1963 March on Washington – a landmark event

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which demanded not only an end to racial discrimination and the protection of civil rights for Black Americans but also full employment and decent wages for all American workers. Further, the link between that past and our present was dramatically underscored by the one-day work stoppages staged by fast-food workers in at least 50 cities to protest their extremely low wages and lack of protection from unfair on-thejob treatment. For one thing,

their actions dispelled the mistaken notion that most fast-food workers are high school teens working for spending change for themselves. In fact, the large majority are adults with families to support. Their predicament and that of other low-wage workers – the fastest-growing category of all workers since the Great Recession ended – was underscored by two reports published last month. One

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By George E. Curry

‘Entitlement Programs’ Serve Elderly and Poor Republicans have made it clear that their next budget goal is to slash so-called entitlement programs. Democrats have failed to explain to the public that the misnamed programs are valuable and prevent millions of Americans, many of them elderly or children, from living in poverty. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) issued a report last week that found: “Social Security benefits play a vital

role in reducing poverty. Without Social Security, 22.2 million more Americans would be poor, according to the latest available Census data (for 2012). Although most of those whom Social Security keeps out of poverty are elderly, nearly a third are under age 65, including 1 million children. Depending on their design, reductions in Social Security benefits could significantly increase poverty, particularly among the elderly.” The report explained, “Almost 90 percent of people aged 65 and

older receive some of their family income from Social Security. Without Social Security benefits, 44.4 percent of elderly Americans would have incomes below the official poverty line, all else being equal; with Social Security benefits, only 9.1 percent do. These benefits lift 15.3 million elderly Americans — including 9.0 million women – above the poverty line.” Medicare has proven equally as effective. Yet, Republicans like to pretend that the U.S. is quickly moving toward an entitlement

society. However, CBPP issued a report last year titled, “Contrary to ‘Entitlement Society’ Rhetoric, Over Nine-Tenths of Entitlement Benefits Go to Elderly, Disabled, or Working Households.” It stated, “More than 90 percent of the benefit dollars that entitlement and other mandatory programs spend go to assist people who are elderly, seriously disabled, or members of working households — not to able-bodied, working-age Americans who choose not to work. This figure

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has changed little in the past few years.” It stated, “The claim behind these critiques is clear: federal spending on entitlements and other mandatory programs through which individuals receive benefits is promoting laziness, creating a dependent class of Americans who are losing the desire to work and would rather collect government benefits than find a job. “Such beliefs are starkly at

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By Harry Alford

Don’t Repeat the Shutdown

“Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower After 16 days of a costly and unnecessary government shutdown, America is open for business again. More than 800,000 furloughed federal workers are back on the job. Nutrition programs for low-income women and children are back in service.

The CDC’s flu program and the FDA’s food safety efforts are back on track. Head Start programs are reopening their doors. NIH is resuming clinical trials for children with cancer. Our national parks and museums have reopened. And financing for thousands of small businesses is flowing again. We join all Americans in applauding the compromise deal crafted by Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But it is only a temporary fix. The bill passed

by both chambers and signed by President Obama at 12:30 a.m. on October 17 only funds the government until January 15 and extends the debt ceiling until February 7. Congress now faces a “90-day sprint” to craft a balanced, responsible budget that works for the American people, maintains health care coverage for millions through the Affordable Care Act, and avoids another government shutdown. We urge our elected leaders to put aside partisan rancor and get this job done. They were sent


to Washington to govern on behalf of all Americans and they have a special duty to prevent a repeat of a shutdown that cost our economy $24 billion and was especially damaging to middle class families, small businesses, the working poor and the unemployed. A budget conference committee headed by Democrat Patty Murray in the Senate and Republican Paul Ryan in the House has now been formed to meet a December 13 deadline for a long-term budget agree-

ment. This won’t be easy, with the House majority arguing for extending the onerous sequester cuts to important safety-net programs and resisting any new taxes, while the Senate majority wants to make smart investments to spur job growth, grow the economy and maintain support for vital programs that assist millions of Americans. Both sides say they share the goal of growing the economy and putting people back to work. The

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By Askia Muhammad

Who ‘Lost’ America? Since America’s all-out victory in World War II, this country’s fortunes have been declining. Militarily, there’s been a decline resulting from unnecessary and immoral military adventures. The country’s economic power and influence has been declining. And America’s moral authority has been declining, even as the country has wrestled with correcting its immoral posture at home and on the world stage. The oligarchs who still mis-

takenly believe that this country has a divine right and a manifest destiny to hoard the vast surplus of the world’s resources for their own one percent brood, seem to make a sport out of condemning America’s political leaders for “losing” prestige in one theater of influence after another. Even though the Korean War has not officially ended after 63 years (a formal “cease fire” remains in effect), the slide and blame game can be said to have begun there. Maybe it was President Harry Truman who

turned that conflict over to former WWII allied commander Dwight Eisenhower in 1952, or maybe it was Ike himself who “lost Korea” after 36,516 U.S. forces were killed from 1950 to 1953. And then there was Cuba, just 90 miles from the Florida Keys, which was overthrown and replaced with a Communist government led by Fidel Castro. Who “lost Cuba?” President John F. Kennedy? Did the Mafia repay him for its loss of a corrupt paradise for themselves

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there, by engineering JFK’s assassination? Later in the 1960s, some say it was General William Westmoreland, others say it was the “hippies” and the anti-war pacifists led by actress Jane Fonda, who “lost Vietnam” after a staggering 58,209 dead. Was it low morale at home, and an unfair military draft that left the suffering and dying disproportionately to Blacks and the poor, or was the cause simply unjust, and that war was just un-winnable from the start?

How did that work out for you Henry Kissinger? Robert McNamara? President Lyndon Baines Johnson? Right around the time of the end of the Vietnam War, all manner of reprehensible government practices came to light. There was the revelation of the FBI’s COINTELPRO which infiltrated and disrupted Black civil rights and grassroots self-help organizations in order to “prevent the rise of a Black

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By Bill Fletcher

Still Reeling from the Tea Party’s Party My barber shook his head as I sat down in his chair. He was deeply disturbed by the Tea Party shutdown of the government. Despite the fact that it was over, he was still unsettled. He told me about two tenants of a house that he owns who both work for the federal government. They could not pay their rent. He said to me: “Mr. Fletcher, yes, they are now supposed to get the

money that they lost…but what about the next time?” What about the next time, indeed. The Tea Party Republicans attempted to fly their planes into the ‘battleship’ of government, making the assumption that the ‘battleship’ would change course. That did not happen and the Tea Party Republicans lost badly. But their loss was political. For thousands of federal workers and contractors, the loss was very material. Many more than you might

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think live paycheck to paycheck, and they were being squeezed more than they have in quite some time. Some of the local chapters of my own union – the American Federation of Government Employees – were providing food and gas-cards for workers so that they could simply report to work (if they had been declared “essential employees”) and survive. And during all of this, the Tea Party Republicans in Congress continued to collect their own paychecks. The kamikaze run by the Tea The Washington Informer

Party Republicans seems to have backfired. People are furious with them. Whether that anger will last, and most importantly, whether it will last into the 2014 midterm elections, remains an open question. But for now many of them are serving as a doormat on which countless citizens are wiping their feet. The Tea Party Republicans felt nothing about destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. They thought nothing of the ripple effect that a government shutdown would

have, as in the case of my barber. Think about it. His tenants could not pay him. Well, if the shutdown had continued, he would not have been able to pay his mortgage and could have lost his house. In the context of this travesty there will be many people who will throw their hands into the air in complete and total disgust. Such a response is quite understandable, but it is equally unacceptable. It is not enough to get

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Black Girl Jumping Rope, Huey Lee Smith, 1951. /Photo courtesy of the Kinsey Collection

Four Hundred Years of History on Display Kinsey Collection Featured at Reginald F. Lewis Museum By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Philanthropist couple Bernard and Shirley Kinsey spent nearly three decades gathering as many as 400 authentic and rare works of art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts, all which tell the often untold story of African-American achievement and contributions. The culmination of the collection counts as an impressive touring exhibition spanning more than 400 years of history aptly titled, “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey,” which opened to the public at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore on Saturday, Nov. 2 and will be on display through March 4, 2014. Having already been displayed three years ago at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Northwest Washington, D.C., the collection’s arrival in Baltimore marks the final stop on a nationwide tour. “Many people believe that blacks did not participate in

“Many people believe that blacks did not participate in historical events that shaped our country. In other words, we were invisibly present. That’s a myth. I have the documentation and art to prove it. ... I wish to challenge the myth of black absence and showcase what people did not learn at school.” –Bernard Kinsey

Falling Star, 1979, Romare Bearden. /Photo courtesy of the Kinsey Collection

torical events that shaped our country. In other words, we were invisibly present. That’s a myth. I have the documentation and art to prove it,” said Bernard Kinsey. The powerful message of the art work has captured the attention of officials at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., where the Kinseys currently enjoy a three-

year exhibit agreement. Wells Fargo Bank, headquartered in San Francisco, has also partnered with the Kinsey family to sponsor the tour and help produce videos about the collection. “You can go into any Wells Fargo branch and, on their television monitors, they are displaying the collection,” said Kinsey, 69.

The treasures collected by the Kinseys resulted from their only child, Khalil’s desire to become educated about his family’s roots. Khalil Kinsey, 36, now manages the extensive collection and oversees the exhibit installations. When his parents discovered an 1832 bill of sale for William Johnson, a slave, the family decid-

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ed to expand their collection. “Finding the William Johnson piece gave my dad chills,” Khalil Kinsey said. “He wanted to know everything about this man and it also made him want to find out more about how African Americans came to find themselves in this predicament in America and how they made it through.” The elder Kinsey said the collection, which includes countless landmark moments in black history, isn’t to incite anger or cries of injustice. However, it doesn’t ignore facts as they occurred throughout history. “I want our people to have an accurate portrayal of what our brothers accomplished and to be proud of our heritage,” Kinsey said. “Many blacks are ashamed of their history due to lack of knowledge of who they really are and where they are from.” The collection includes an early draft of the Emancipation Proclamation; original works by Frederick Douglass; a book about See KINSEY on Page 30

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LIFESTYLE KINSEY continued from Page 29 Africa by an African that dates to the 17th century; and documentation of how an estimated 38,000 cowboys – that included 10,000 African Americans – helped to shape the country’s Old West. One of Kinsey’s most prized possessions remains a 1963 letter written by Malcolm X to Alex Haley, who would later retrace his family history in the best-selling novel, “Roots,” which ultimately became an Emmy-winning television mini-series. The collection also features the 1862 biography of Harriet Jacobs, a runaway slave who hid in an attic for seven years to avoid a vicious slave owner. Letters from Zora Neale Hurston, an anthropologist and author during the Harlem Renaissance; Martin Luther King Jr., a first-edition copy of poems by Phillis Wheatley, and 17th-century slave documents also count among the notable items featured in the vast collection. Works by African-American artists such as Romare Bearden,

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wife, Shirley. After graduating in 1967, he landed a job as the first African-American sales representative for Humble Oil Company, which later became part of the Exxon Corporation in Irving, Texas. Because of the job, Kinsey and his wife moved to Los Angeles, where he immediately found success, becoming Humble Oil’s top sales representative. In 1971, Kinsey left Humble Oil to join the Xerox Corporation as a field service manager, where he and a group of black employees protested the promotion of a lesser-qualified white employee over an African American with supervisory experience and a college degree. Due to the protest, Xerox changed direction and promoted the African American employee and the actions of Kinsey and the other employees later resulted in the creation of the Xerox Black Employees Organization, a union co-founded by Kinsey. Within 10 years, Kinsey would

become a vice president at Xerox. In 1992, he became chief operating officer and co-chairman of Rebuild Los Angeles (RLA), under former Major League Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth. RLA’s mission included bringing jobs, economic opportunities, and pride to an area that had been devastated by the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which began after four white police officers were acquitted in the brutal beating of motorist Rodney King, who died in June 2012. While leading the revitalization efforts, Kinsey succeeded in generating more than $380 million dollars in investments for inner city Los Angeles. Kinsey also worked to bring grocery stores, loan funds, pharmacies, hardware stores, and other retail outlets to the community. “To whom much is given, much is required,” he said. The popularity of the Kinsey collection prompted Florida Department of Education officials to use a coffee table book, that

consist of images taken from the collection, to help teach African-American history to students grades kindergarten through 12. “I wish to challenge the myth of black absence and showcase what people did not learn at school,” Kinsey said. “So, the collection is giving back to the community and it strives to provide our ancestors a voice, name and personality which enable those who view the collection to understand the challenges, obstacles, triumphs, and extraordinary sacrifice of African Americans who’ve greatly contributed to the success of this country.”wi The exhibit opened on Nov. 2 and will run through March 4, 2014. Admission is $8 for the general public, $6 for senior citizens (65 and older), and children ages 7-17. Children under six years of age, Maryland state public school teachers, and members of the museum are admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.


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Now Playing! KINSEY continued from Page 30 Henry O. Tanner, Richmond Barthe, Lois Mailou Jones, Richard Mayhew, Artis Lane, and Jacob Lawrence are also included in Kinsey’s mementos, which he and his wife collected over more than 30 years. “The Kinsey Collection is one of the more diverse collections of African-American art and artifacts in the country,” said Michelle Joan Wilkinson, director of collections and exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. “Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have taken care to select items that paint a broad picture of the many accomplishments that African Americans have made to our nation and the world. We are especially proud that Marylander Frederick Douglass is among those who are featured,” Wilkinson said.

Curators weren’t the only individuals to express enthusiasm for the collection. “I am especially excited about the Kinsey Collection because it provides unique access to authentic documents that allow us to relive major historical moments,” said Skip Saunders, executive director for the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. “It is a privilege for us to bring an exhibition to Maryland that has gained so much prominence throughout the country,” Saunders said. Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., and now living in Los Angeles with his wife, Bernard Kinsey founded KBK Enterprises, Inc., a management consultant firm which provides advice to senior-level business executives. He currently serves as president of the firm. Kinsey attended Florida A&M University where he met his

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(L-R) Founder and Executive Director of RAP, Inc., Ron Clark and Dr. Calvin Rolark on 14th and V Streets in Northwest. /Photo courtesy of RAP, Inc.

RAP, Inc. Celebrates 43 Years By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Washington, D.C. no longer has the dubious title of Drug Capital of the U.S. but out of public view, residents continue to use and become addicted to drugs such as cocaine, heroin and crack. For 43 years, the staff of Regional Addiction Prevention, Inc., (RAP) has provided substance abuse treatment and medical services to those in need of help. Charles C. Stephenson, Jr., chairman of RAP’s board of directors, said the organization has continued to serve its constituents despite dealing with a variety of challenges. “RAP is a treasure for Washington, D.C., said the longtime District resident who currently lives in Raleigh, N.C. “Through the years, RAP has been that pillar. We’ve been able to grab and hold people with serious problems. The highest and lowest have used [RAP founder] Ron Clark and the program to come back. Through all the challenges, they persevere.” Located in Washington’s Eckington neighborhood in Northeast, the RAP campus includes a 40-bed residential treatment facility, emergency shelter and transitional housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and an outpatient primary care clinic. The facility serves adult residents in the city, including the home-

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Founder and Executive Director of RAP, Inc., Ron Clark confers with Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.). /Photo courtesy of RAP, Inc.

less and formerly incarcerated. Stephenson said RAP’s staff, friends and admirers will celebrate its 43rd anniversary with a fundraising event on Capitol Hill on Saturday, Nov. 16. The event is to begin at 8 p.m. at the Washington Court Hotel at 525 New Jersey Avenue NW. Music will be provided by D.C. artists EU featuring Sugar Bear, and the Nasar Abadey Quartet. The fundraiser will also mark the groundbreaking of the Calvin W. Rolark Center. The two-phase project includes the construction of a 34-bed green facility, rehabilitation of three historically significant Victorian townhouses, and renovation of the existing Rolark Center. The expansion is being completed in partnership with the District’s Department of Housing and Community Development. RAP will be able to serve more than 100 additional clients annually once the expansion is com-

plete, Stephenson said. “Ron Clark came here 43 years ago. He’s been here, is really a soldier for justice,” said Stephenson. “The support he’s gotten from the United Black Fund (UBF) and the United Planning Organization – it’s a family affair. RAP is one of the longest serving organizations under the UBF umbrella. Calvin Rolark funded community-based organizations which often could not get funding from other means. UBF lent a hand and it continues to donate and provide.” Rolark’s daughter, Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, said she is honored by RAP’s decision. “It’s a real tribute and testament to the work my father did when he was living on behalf of people who were trying,” she said during an interview Tuesday, Nov. 5. “He believed in helping people who tried to help them-

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Founder and Executive Director of RAP, Inc., Ron Clark, center, and Darell Sabbs also of RAP, engage neighborhood children in Washington, D.C. /Photo courtesy of Rap, Inc.

rap continued from Page 32 selves and RAP provided an opportunity – a holistic opportunity – to help folks overcome drug abuse.” “He believed in Ron Clark, RAP and the people RAP aimed to serve. I’m very grateful to Ron and the board for naming the build and sharing the common aim they had for the city. My father’s favorite saying was ‘If I can help someone along the way …’ That’s what the name on that building represents.” Stephenson said that as RAP commemorates its 43 years, the need doesn’t diminish. “People are dealing with unemployment, family issues and other challenges and some of it is hereditary,” he said. “The drug of choice used to be PCP, crack and of course, there’s alcohol. The epidemic is not as public or visible as it once was. People are still suffering in the dark of night. I can’t say it’s getting better.” Stephenson said the event will serve as a way to say thank you to Clark and an exemplary staff. “With all these people coming together, we wanted to recognize our staff. We take great pride in acknowledging and saluting the RAP staff and their leader Ron Clark for their decades of sacrifice and service to the citizens of Washington, D.C. Sometimes as an employee you have to stuff [away] your own problems and take care of the people you serve. Some people go way beyond.” RAP currently has a staff of 40 after recent employee cuts. At the same time, Stephenson said, RAP celebrates the men and women who the organization helps face their challenges head on. According to RAP, statistics

indicate that about 60,000 D.C. residents – one of every 10 – need treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. The economic cost to the city is $1.2 billion a year but the social costs are incalculable. More than three-quarters of foster care placements are drug-related, as are half of all domestic violence cases. In addition, one-third of new HIV infections is drug related. Stephenson and other experts say recovery isn’t simply a matter of abstinence and people often don’t see that the true battles are against poverty and homelessness, racism, homophobia, re-entry after long periods of incarceration and inadequate education to compete effectively in today’s job market. In addition, there are disparities in the health care system that make it difficult for individuals to gain access to care for HIV, hepatitis, and mental illness. “One element that makes us unique with our drug-treatment program is the Afrocentric approach,” Stephenson said. “We’re helping them figure out who they are. Many of them are not really clear who they are in the universe. It’s also a matter of self-esteem. RAP cares about the person, and helps them as they move out of RAP.” “RAP has been the place where mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, uncles and aunts, nephews and nieces, friends and co-workers – loved ones all – have come to receive treatment services. We are asking everyone who knows someone who has received or needs RAP’s services to support our fundraising event. Help make sure the services will be available in the future.” wi Tickets for the celebration are $50 apiece and can be purchased online. Visit for more information, or call 202-529-1946. The Washington Informer

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ARIES This week you need to balance keeping your eyes on the heavens and your head here on earth. Much work needs to be done before you can accomplish the task before you. If you let yourself, you can get a lot done this week. Soul Affirmation: I reward myself with high opinions of myself. Lucky Numbers: 18, 21, 30 TAURUS Details might trouble you early in the week, but you don’t have to go with that flow of energy. You can choose to focus your attention on the now and work through each task patiently. Things will clear up quickly if you forego idle dreams. Soul Affirmation: I search for ways to improve the way I see life. Lucky Numbers: 3, 17, 30

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GEMINI A slight adjustment in your attitude could create a whole new vista for your outlook. What you think is not in conflict with what you do; it simply describes it. Look for a new way to describe your ideas and thoughts. Soul Affirmation: Happiness rules my week this week. Lucky Numbers: 36, 39, 53 CANCER A spirit of rivalry may have you envious this week. Forget about competition. Celebrate your uniqueness and know that no one really ever competes with you in the matter most essential -your good feelings about yourself. A good friend is waiting with a great surprise. Soul Affirmation: I allow the world to bring me my surprise. Lucky Numbers: 1, 23, 41 LEO It’s a week tailor-made for your energies, so get out there and let every perfect moment flow toward you. You’ve got an abundance of pleasant feelings why not spread them around? Soul Affirmation: This week I forgive myself for everything that has happened. Lucky Numbers: 23, 34, 52 VIRGO Remember that you are an intensely physical sign, and you need to move your body in order to relax. Take a walk, go for a swim, play tennis, or scrub that kitchen floor. However you choose to move, you’ll liberate your spirit and relax at the same time. Get going! Soul Affirmation: Success is mine because I feel successful. Lucky Numbers: 32, 47, 54 LIBRA You start the week feeling peaceful and wise. Discussions with a close friend may reveal the source of your inner freedom in a very tangible way. So talk about it. You’ve got everything good to gain. Soul Affirmation: I let go of the old in order to make room for the new. Lucky Numbers: 16, 28, 29 SCORPIO A message this week may necessitate travel on your part, and you may feel obligated to do something you don’t want to. Let the energy flow past you and do what you think is best. Who you are is who you are—be glad about it! Soul Affirmation: Time is the greatest peacemaker of them all. Lucky Numbers: 12, 17, 22 SAGITTARIUS Accomplishment gives you a feeling of personal satisfaction this week, and you’ll feel very happy with your abilities. Take care not to quarrel with a friend; be tactful when asked for your “honest” opinion! Let minor irritations pass you by, and you’ll find your way into a very romantic mood. Soul Affirmation: I am willing to do more than my part to get the job done this week. Lucky Numbers: 33, 46, 55 CAPRICORN Avoid getting involved in any office politics or family feuds this week. The week’s energy is excitable, but not necessarily exciting. Do your own thing and be proud of what you do. Let others do their own thing, so long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Soul Affirmation: A week of rejoicing is upon me. I celebrate. Lucky Numbers: 2, 40, 45 AQUARIUS Do you realize that you are the only one who can tell you what to think and how to feel? Let go of any behaviors that are keeping you from achieving the things you want to achieve. Be creative and positive this week. Soul Affirmation: All that I need is within me. Lucky Numbers: 20, 34, 45 PISCES Any nervous energy you may be feeling can be dispelled with some physical activity. You are doing just fine, so take long walks or try a yoga class and leave your worries behind you. Everything is working out in a perfect way. Soul Affirmation: The grandeur of my presence reflects the sunshine of my soul. Lucky Numbers: 4, 37, 53

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Benz Diesel Beats Competition to Clean Car Punch By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer In an era of rising gasoline prices and increased concerns that the automobile has become a major contributor to greenhouse gases, car buyers are embracing greener power plant alternatives to the traditional gasoline-powered internal combustion engine. Cars running on gasoline-electric hybrid engines such as the Toyota Prius, and electrics relying on rechargeable batteries such as the Tesla S have gained a near cult status for their perceived environmental friendliness. The green car migration, however, presents many potholes. The hybrid’s higher cost and sometimes less than impressive fuel economy in real driving conditions and the purely electric’s limitations in range threatens to keep these cars in the realm of commuting and getting around town. For buyers looking for an all-purpose greener car, vehicles running Ultra-low sulfur fuel (ULSD) or clean diesels are hard to beat. Through the development of precisely controlled engines, and extensive treatment of exhaust gases, clean diesels bring greater flexibility, fuel efficiency, peppy performance and low emissions. So it is no surprise that Mercedes-Benz, like its Germany-based competitors, has been rolling out diesel versions of its cars and SUVs at a clip. In just the last five years, German carmakers have introduced 25 diesel powered cars, such as this week’s featured vehicle – the Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC. BlueTEC – Benz’s proprietary name for a series of diesel engine technologies, filters, and

catalysts – marks the culmination of years of scientific research and powertrain engineering. The resulting engine burns cleaner than most gasoline engines and exhibits superior fuel economy at the same time. After spending a week driving the GLK250 BlueTEC 4Matic, there’s no doubt that this diesel is the star child of the company’s small SUV lineup. It comes with a 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a boxy rugged-looking body that gives the SUV more of a luxury car than a utility vehicle feel, with an excellent seating position which is lower than you might expect in a vehicle of this type. The interior is a bit austere but the material quality is excellent. Thanks to that upright and tall glasshouse, the cabin feels very open and airy, especially with the panoramic sunroof. The controls are nicely organized and full host of infotainment and safety technology is available, including Mercedes’ MBrace2 system. On the open highway, the GLK250 is not particularly quick on the get go, but once you push the vehicle hard, you’ll never be at a loss for power. The seven-speed automatic transmission is smooth and the turbo makes it easy to engage the SUV in spirited driving if need be. Though the electric power steering and suspension system is tuned almost entirely as an on-road vehicle, the ride is composed and handling overall compares well to most other compact SUVs. The 250 excels as a fuel sipper, providing a range of 510 miles on a full tank – which is almost good enough for a Washington, D.C. to New York and back trip. Our vehicle averaged 33.7 mpg; better than the EPA posted rating of 28 mpg combined (24

The Mercedes-Benz GLK250 is fitted with an entire warehouse of gadgets and safety features that include split rear seats that fold flat in a single motion and an expansive glass Panorama roof. /Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz USA

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was delivered prematurely, he left his young wife, moved back to his father’s house, and began performing at local Peoria clubs. From there, Pryor bounced around between Toronto, New York, and Las Vegas. He played the “Chitlin Circuit,” performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, and learned to mimic Bill Cosby’s act. For a time, Pryor left the stage and moved to California to live a “flower child” existence with his second wife then, following a brief separation from her, he moved to Berkeley where he spent his days reading the works of Malcolm X. It blew his mind. It also changed his act. Embracing the “N” word and inspired to “speak truth,” Pryor revolutionized comedy with the “raw language of the streets.” People flocked to concerts and comedy clubs where he performed. His genius poured forth. But though his stage career soared, Pryor’s personal life was in shambles. He loved cocaine, cognac, women, and guns, but the four together was a bad mix and his behavior “grew increasingly bizarre.” His addictions out

“Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him” by David Henry & Joe Henry c.2013, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $25.95 / $32.95 Canada 400 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer Dirty, nasty, filthy. That’s what your mother claimed “those words” were. You said them once … and were never allowed to say them again in her presence. They were bad words. They were dirty – unless, of course, Richard Pryor said them. Then they were hilarious, fall-down-funny, and in the new

book “Furious Cool” by David Henry & Joe Henry, you’ll read a few of them, and more. Peoria, Ill., is like “[w]hatever you think of when you hear the name,” Richard Pryor once said to an audience in 1966. He was born there, the son of a vaudevillian and a prostitute, and was raised in his grandmother’s bordello. There, as a small boy, he

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‘Love in Afghanistan’: A Cross-Cultural Romance By Eve M. Ferguson WI Staff Writer The plot is age-old – boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, fate intervenes and the romance is doomed. But while the plot may not be new, the approach in Charles Randolph-Wright’s latest play Love in Afghanistan, is uncharted territory. Better known for his directorial contributions – he’s currently preparing to take Motown the Musical on the road – Randolph-Wright’s new work combines American culture with the interface of Afghan tradition and culture, resulting from the American military presence for the past decade plus. Starring newcomer to the Arena Stage, Khris Davis as Duke, a rapper sent to Afghanistan to entertain the troops, and Turkish actress Melis Aker, also making her debut at Arena Stage as Roya, his Afghan interpreter, the budding romance between the two seems unlikely, but ensues nonetheless with awkward moments, cultural misunderstandings and eventually, mutual attraction. As Roya and Duke come to know each other better, they set off on a venture off-base and into Kabul, against Roya’s warning, to purchase a lapis lazuli stone. In the background are their parents – Duke’s mother, Desiree, played by Dawn Ursula (also making her Arena debut) and Sayeed, played by Joseph Kamal. And if the interaction between Roya and Duke seems standard fare, the two other actors steal the show with sophisticated and plausible dialogue voicing parental concern for their children, whom they both view as naïve. After Duke is injured in an explosion in Kabul, in which Roya has dressed as a man to escort him into town, the parents step in to find out why their children have set out into the face of danger on what should have been a rather benign visit to the military base. We find out that Duke is actually the son of an English/Jamaican World Bank executive who grew up in Washington’s upper class Gold Coast neighborhood. Ursula plays the role to the hilt, and is animated and humorous as Duke’s mother, who sometimes requests that she be introduced as his sister.


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Khris Davis as Duke and Melis Aker as Roya in Love in Afghanistan at Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest. The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 17. /Photo by Teresa Wood

She mastered the role, which seems to flow naturally, by “Dialect coaching (thank you Gary Logan!), watching You Tube videos (it’s amazing all the different personalities there are available to watch) and, most importantly (for me), digging into what the playwright has written and also what the playwright hasn’t written but just alluded to,” Ursula said. “Not every historical moment for a character is spelled out or explained in a script, but if my character refers to something in the past I have to know exactly what that is and what it means to me now.” Sayeed falls into the role of a rigid Afghan father, who, while allowing his daughter to expand beyond the usual boundaries of tradition, also keeps reigns on her when it comes to exceeding her duties. We find out through their conversation that Roya also engaged in an Afghan tradition, where a family that has no sons allows girls to dress as boys. This tradition afforded Roya the opportunity to receive an education when many Afghan women can not, and travel freely outside. It also encouraged the young woman to become involved in advancing the plight of Afghan women, which becomes the driving force in her life, and the deterrent to actualization of the romance with Duke. On the other hand, Duke is trying to be something that he is not, a “from-the-street rapper” and eventually reveals his true nature as a result of his injuries. The incident brings his mother to Afghanistan from Dubai, where she has

been working, and into contact with Sayeed and Roya. “Exploring the culture dynamic between Roya and Duke was a lot of fun. Understanding that women in Afghanistan and women in America are very different when it comes to personal space and intentions,” said Davis. “I liked seeing how far I could go and how much she would allow me to flirt before shutting me down. We had a young lady who is from Afghanistan and she gave a lot of insight to the way Afghan women react to flirting and personal boundaries.” Ultimately, the play turns when Desiree invites Roya and Sayeed to meet her and Duke in Dubai at her expense. While it soon becomes evident that the romance between Roya and Duke can’t flourish due to her dedication to an organization which assists Afghan women, a steamy interlude between Sayeed and Desiree adds spice to a somewhat predictable story line. Dawn Ursula’s character takes center stage, along with Melis Aker’s Roya, when the two find that, as women, they have more in common than the would-be lovers.wi Love in Afghanistan plays at the Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle through November 17th, and is complemented by post-show discussions on Nov. 7th and 12th, and two panel discussions “Afganistan – What’s Going to Happen After We Leave,” on Nov. 16th following the 2:00 p.m. matinee and “Beyond the Headlines: Discovering Afghanistan” on Nov. 17th following the 1:00 p.m. matinee. Visit or call (202) 544-9066 for schedule and ticket information. The Washington Informer

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Woodard Wows in The Night Watcher By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Armed with a chair, a beautiful, disarming smile and almost other-worldly energy, actress, singer and playwright Charlayne Woodard took a Studio Theatre audience on a magical two-hour odyssey that left them amazed and fulfilled. Woodard, 59, performed her fourth solo play, The Night Watcher which in the course of 10 vignettes examines children and the concepts of motherhood through the prism of her roles as an aunt, godmother, mentor and confidante of 13 godchildren and 21 nieces and nephews. Woodard, who has no biological children of her own, resisted the temptation to adopt but said she’s very worried about the challenges modern-day children face. “I’m concerned for young people. The world has been coming at them much faster. It’s difficult to synthesize all this,” said the Albany, N.Y. native during a Tuesday, Nov. 5 interview. “I remember a young woman who I took to a birthday lunch and who had just graduated from Berkeley telling me she was lost. Lost. The world has changed and I see the need for children to have alternate adults like all those aunts and uncles I grew up with.” “I also believe that giving is the same as receiving. I must make time for people I’ve known since they were babies. I wanted to explore those who came to me with secrets and who I failed miserably. I tried.” With the intimate setting and small stage, Woodard could have reached out and touched members of the eclectic audience. She pranced and moved, struck poses to accentuate statements, used a mixture of exaggerated and subtle gestures to give weight to her words and stories and shifted easily from accent-to- accent, character-to-character and from adult voices to those of a child. Framed pictures and what seemed like empty frames and items such as a crucifix, wine The Washington Informer

Charlayne Woodard, star of the solo play, The Night Watcher, captivates audiences at Studio Theatre in Northwest. The play runs through Sunday, Nov. 17. /Photo by Igor Dmitry

glasses, a California license plate, and a Universal Studios logo in shadow boxes on the wall behind Woodard were the only props on the spare set beside the wooden chair. As Woodard recounted each story, a spotlight bathed the appropriate frame or shadow box with light. Early in the play, Woodard “talked” to fellow actress Alfre Woodard who suggested she and her husband Morris adopt a child. Woodard told the audience she and her husband reveled in lazy, rainy weekends in Los Angeles reading, chilling and enjoying each other’s company but the idea of adopting a child intrigued her.

“Harris, while I’m gone, you could take care of the baby for the first eight weeks,” Woodard exclaimed. “Right now we have a choice but if we get that baby, that will be the last choice we ever make,” her husband cautioned. Woodard’s character sounded selfish and self-indulgent at times but had expressed no regrets and instead lavished her love and attention on her young charges. All of her plays are autobiographical, Woodard said, and she has written about her family and the vagaries of the human condition.

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LIFESTYLE NIGHT WATCHER continued from Page 38 “I write about something that bothers or intrigues me,” she said. “In my first play [Pretty Fire], I wrote about heroes, mothers and my father, who I considered to be a hero. The more personal you are, the more people you can reach.What I write about has gotta be life and death. I don’t write about my kids who live comfortable lives. We have a responsibility to our kids at least until they’re 21 and it can be the most gratifying ride of our lives. It certainly has been for me.” Woodard, a Tony and Drama Desk Awards nominee for her role in the original company production of Ain’t Misbehavin’, said the solo play took her three years to complete. “I don’t believe in perfection,” she explained. “I don’t try to have anything be perfect. I know when it’s right. I workshop them twice. The first production reminds me of what I need to fix. Seattle gets the bare bones. There, critics don’t kill it on the vine. Then I go to New York City, see what’s wrong, fix it and take it to Los Angeles … I can tell that this is the best I can do right now based on how the audience feels.” Woodard called the audience her “theme park.” “I love the immediacy, especially in solo work. I can live within the rhythm of someone’s sighs,” she said with a laugh. “I come on stage and do a swan dive. Some days it feels good and sometimes, I almost kill myself. Day shows are different from night shows. They all feel different.” Woodard recalled her experience while performing before a sold-out show of 700 people. “A woman in the front row brought a seeing eye dog. He didn’t like it and he was growling. He was up in my face. And I said ‘Wow.’ I have to be prepared for anything because it’s never ever the same.” Woodard used Sunday’s 2 p.m. matinee as an example. “The show had a majority of women,” she said. “When it has [a majority of] men, it’s a very different experience. When I say I wanted to open up worlds, and introduce her [her niece Africa] to literature, women say ‘yeah’ and men laugh. Women never laugh. Things happen like that.”

“At the end of ‘Nala’, men applaud. Women take it in silently. Audiences change. Small audiences are more silent. It takes them the whole first act to warm up. Sometimes you have an audience who’re like a wild horse. I wanted some of that.” Critics have called Woodard’s performance “beautiful,” “elegant,” and “luminous,” and Springfield, Va., resident Samantha Hale spoke of Woodard’s candor and grace. “I heard about the play through my mother,” said the 40-year-old seventh-grade teacher. “I was thoroughly moved. I felt that she was talking to me. Everyone was hanging on her every word. Each story had its own little heartbeat.” “I wasn’t thinking I’d be so enwrapped. I thought I’d be bored with only one person in the play but I was wrong.” Beth Wilkinson agreed. “It definitely grabbed my attention,” said the D.C. resident who’s a speech pathologist. “It was captivating. I felt that I knew every person she was talking about. I jerked at every emotion. It was funny and thoughtful and wow, done by one person! I thought it was well done.” Woodard laughed when told of audience members who weren’t sure of what to expect at a one-woman play. “Nobody loves a solo play because people have brought a lot of easy stuff, but the audience loves to see you go where they’re afraid to go,” she said. “Hurt me, disturb me, make me not leave the same way I came…” Woodard, who proudly calls herself “a blue-collar” actress, said The Night Watcher will be her last solo play. That will likely be a source of sorrow for her fans but whatever she creates will undoubtedly stay with them. “I was mulling over it and came to the conclusion that it was a well-thought out and well-written monologue,” said Ted Andrews who lives in Southeast. She expresses a full range of actions and emotions. When I walked away, I didn’t feel overburdened and I didn’t feel underfed. I felt nourished.” wi

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By Shantella Y. Sherman WI Assistant Editor The impact of the American Civil Rights Movement on people of color around the globe cannot be overstated. Millions continue to commemorate the peaceful protests of organizations like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), that eventually led to a modicum of social and economic equality. Fifty years after the March on Washington, Black Londoners; however, set out to acknowledge the leadership of a small British contingent of revolutionaries, who fashioned after America’s Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, tackled racial injustice in their own backyards. Organised Youth, a group of young photographers, filmmakers, curators and future historians, with the aid of Photofusion’s Community Programme, unearthed an often overlooked (and sadly, unknown) history of the British Black Panther Movement. With three months of dedicated research, Organised Youth (made up of 13 to 25 year olds), produced a vibrant visual and oral history archive of the personal narratives, collective mission, and triumphs of former Panther members. The result: a phenomenal work whose magnitude proves overwhelming. The compassion and earnestness with which these young people went to task, is evidenced in photos that are powerful, haunting, and even surreal. The accompanying interviews, like a road map to unknown treasures, fill in the blanks of relatives and relations, only whispered about or wistfully alluded to. Though the British Black Panthers (BBP), which was active from 1968 to 1972, galvanized to defeat several looming attempts to legislate repatriation, they never carried guns nor sought to politicize their movement. The Washington Informer

Neil Kenlock’s photo, “School Girls with Radical School Bags” was among the original British Black Panther movement photos captured during the late 1960s. /Photo courtesy of Organised Youth.

“We were a movement – we were never interested in gaining seats in Parliament; we were a movement aiming to educate our communities and to fight injustice and discrimination … America was just coming out of segregation then, while we never had it. So there was a huge difference between our problems and theirs,” said Neil Kenlock, a former BBP photographer, who assisted Organised Youth. “I saw a Panther in Brixton giving out leaflets about police brutality and discrimination and joined them then.” Kenlock, 62, explained that while there were similarities between the American and British

Panthers, the latter grew out of growing discrimination encountered by Black college students whose parents emigrated from the Caribbean or parts of Africa years earlier or sent them to England to be educated. “Back then, the best students from the Commonwealth were sent to Britain to be educated. Many of those who associated with the Panthers were those sorts of people; they had never encountered discrimination in their own countries, where they were the sons or daughters of the middle classes. So when they got here for university, they discovered this inequality and decided to fight against

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(Above) Organised Youth showcased their oral histories and photography project at the Photofusion Gallery in Brixton, October 15. (Below) Former Panther Darcus Howe describes the police brutality and racism that led to the establishment of the British Black Panthers. /Photos by Shantella Y. Sherman

PANTHERS continued from Page 40 that, but they needed support in our communities, so they came to Brixton and met people like me who shared these challenges, and we worked together,” Kenlock said. Such was the case for Darcus Howe, 70, who after taking distinctions in French, Latin, and Spanish and passing the college exhibitioners at 17 in his native Trinidad, journeyed to

Southampton. What he found was space carved out for immigrants with stereotypes of inferiority, illiteracy, and a belief that dark people were more akin to monkeys than men. Employment, then, would naturally not support his doing anything beyond factory work, domestic service, or delivering mail. “I would describe it as climbing a steep hill. For every 10 steps you took up, you slid down nine. So when you look at your parents or you look at

those from your countries and ask them, and you know something, we never admitted it, this is bravado, we’re ashamed to admit that degradation. And that was a subsoil in which the Panthers were planted and grew,” Howe said.wi For more information on Organised Youth and the British Black Panthers or to purchase copies of the limited editions of The British Black Panthers and Black Power Movement: An Oral History and Photography Project, visit The Washington Informer

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Washington Redskins Defeat San Diego Chargers 30-24 in Overtime

The Washington Redskins honored members of the Super Bowl XXII champion team, along with other Washington Redskins greats, during the team’s annual alumni homecoming game on Sunday, Nov. 3 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. In this photo, former players display their Super Bowl rings. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Washington Redskins defenders menace San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates during NFL action on Sunday, Nov. 3 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The Redskins defeated San Diego 30-24 (OT). /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III gets upended by San Diego’s Reggie Walker, but not before making a critical first down during NFL action at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Sunday, Nov. 3. The Redskins defeated San Diego 30-24 (OT). /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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Coolidge High School running back Khiry Jeter gets assistance from his teammates as he rushes for a first down during varsity football action on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Cardozo Senior High School in Northwest. Dunbar defeated Coolidge 48-0. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Dunbar High School wide receiver Delonte Matthews uses his height to haul in a pass over Dunbar High School wide receiver Davon Matthews outruns Coolidge High School defensive back Coolidge High School defensive back Khiry Jeter for Dunbar’s second touchdown of the game Rasheed Jenkins during varsity football action on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Cardozo Senior High School during varsity football action on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Cardozo Senior High School in Northin Northwest. Dunbar defeated Coolidge 48-0. /Photo by John E. De Freitas west. Dunbar defeated Coolidge 48-0. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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‘The Closer’ Caps Brilliant Career Baseball’s Greatest Relief Pitcher Bids Farewell By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Muhammad Ali enjoys a figurative copyright when it comes to the phrase, “The Greatest,” so it may not be appropriate to apply that moniker to another 20th century athlete. However, there isn’t much back and forth when someone calls recently retired New York Yankees pitcher, Mariano Rivera, the best ever on the diamond. “There isn’t anyone who could argue that Mariano isn’t the greatest,” said former Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson. Joe Torre, considered one of the finest managers in the storied history of the Yankees, pretended to be outraged when it was suggested that his own success resulted simply because he had Rivera at the ready for late-game situations. “He’s the greatest ever,” said Torre, 73. “It certainly isn’t a knock [against] the other guys, but he did it in New York, the biggest fishbowl in the world and in the postseason where everybody gets a chance to scrutinize.” At 43, Rivera retired after 18 stellar seasons in the Bronx, helping the Yankees capture five of its record 27 world championships, seven league titles, and 12 division crowns, including nine in a row from 1998 to 2006. During his career, Rivera posted an 82-60 record, a 2.21 earned run average, and 1,173 strikeouts. He appeared in 13 All-Star games, won five Rolaids Relief Man and three Delivery Man of the Year awards, World Series and League Championship Series Most Valuable Player award trophies, and last month, he walked away with the coveted Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award. For the man known as, “The Closer,” the most eye-popping stat forever will be the record-shattering 652 career saves he posted over 18 seasons. “I always believed in attacking the hitter,” Rivera said. “Just going out there and attacking, getting the job done and, thanks to God, I’ve been quite successful.” Rivera’s accomplishments dazzle even more considering the superstar baffled hitter after hitter with just one specialized pitch: a cutter. The pitch travels at about 92-miles-per-hour, but prior to reaching home plate, the ball moves about one-foot off course, befuddling most batters. The Washington Informer

Mariano Rivera. /Courtesy Photo

“Rivera’s cutter is virtually unhittable, by consensus and by the numbers, but the wasteland of broken bats that litter the plate when he is on the mound is all the proof anyone needs,” said New York Magazine sportswriter, Lisa Miller. “A Rivera inning has thus been compared to a horror movie: The excitement is sharpened, not dulled, by the fact that everyone – the players, the ticket holders, and Rivera himself – knows exactly what’s coming,” Miller said. “Consistency and predictability may be the dullest of virtues, but in Rivera, the anchor reliever for a nearly two-decade Yankees dynasty, consistency itself is manifest as a superpower,” she said. Rivera’s status among the elite in the game’s history can never be questioned, solidified by the season-long farewell tour where opponents in every city honored the future first-ballot hall of famer by showering him with gifts and multiple pre-game ceremonies. If Rivera’s Yankee Stadium retirement ceremony wasn’t the best in history, it certainly ranked high on the list. For instance, it’s customary that a song representing a player’s favorite tune blares over the stadium’s public address system when he enters the game. For nearly two decades, Rivera emerged to Metallica’s, “Enter Sandman.” At his final Yankee Stadium appearance in September, the famous rock group set up a stage in centerfield and, when Rivera entered the contest, the band performed the hit song live, much to the delight of nearly 56,000 people in attendance, including, “The Closer” and his family. Rivera, who hails from Panama, said he wanted to give all he had before retiring. “I think I squeezed every ounce of fuel that I had in my tank, and it’s empty now,” he said. “I have nothing left. I gave

everything I had.” In his final game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Rivera retired the last four batters to face him, before walking off the field to a thunderous four-minute standing ovation from the stadium crowd in New York. Moments later, the Yankees officially retired Rivera’s uniform No. 42, meaning it will never be worn again by any other Major League Baseball player. League officials previously retired the number in 1997 in honor of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. Rivera counted among a dozen players allowed to continue wearing the number but, by 2003, “The Closer” stood as the only athlete in the sport who donned 42. “Jackie Robinson was a great man,” Rivera told ESPN in September. “I have always said that wearing this number is a privilege and a great responsibility and to represent what Jackie represented for us, as a minority, and for all of baseball in general, it’s tremendous. For me, it’s just a privilege to wear and to try to keep that legacy. It makes me want to be at my best.” Baseball’s commissioner, Bud Selig, who mandated that Robinson’s number never be worn again, said Rivera probably counted among the very few who deserved the privilege of being associated with No. 42. Torre, Rivera’s former manager, said he couldn’t agree more. “There’s nobody, I don’t care what era you are talking about, that’s ever going to do what Mariano has done,” Torre said. “He’s the top of the game as far as his position.” Torre then summed up Rivera by using a title that by all rights probably should never be used again: “He’s the Closer.” wi

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Pastoral Job Announcement First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church, organized in 1936 and located in Washington, D. C., is a church with rich history in the Shaw community. Our main objective is to bring glory and honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We are seeking a pastor who is a humble, passionate, caring and loving servant of God to administer the Sacraments and to lead the congregation and demonstrate 1) an ability to work with others; 2) an enthusiastic love for preaching, teaching, counseling, and praying; 3) a commitment to minister to the sick and shut-in, 4) an ability to embrace the local community outreach programs as well as develop ministries designed to address community needs; and 5) an active commitment to cooperate with and support The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and other related local, ecumenical, national, and world conventions and alliances. Interested candidates, please visit the church website www.FirstRising. org to download an application package, or submit a request for the same by USPS certified mail to: The Pulpit Committee First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church Attn.: Deacon Harold Gilliard, Chairman 602 N Street, NW Washington, DC  20001

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The Principle of Sowing and Reaping or during times of rest and relaxation. It serves as a warning for those of us who are out-of-sync, and it encourages those who continue to help others without recognition or fanfare. Remember, we reap what we sow. Every farmer who tills the soil can appreciate the meaning of this principle. Let’s examine it to make sure we understand the inference. This truth applies to everyone, including Christians and non-Christians. The tenet in Galatians 6:7 can’t be taken back; there’s no escape, either for the believer or for the non-believer. It’s a law that we all must face. II Corinthians 5:10 says, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.� If you were required to appear before the Lord’s judgment seat in the next five minutes, what kind of fruit would you be able to show? Personally, I’ve made some changes in my life. We must all evaluate what we’re doing, and be reminded that every word that comes out of our mouths will be judged. That’s what scripture reminds us of. Why do farmers plant seeds? They fully expect to harvest a great deal more than they sow. It’s the same way with both sin and righteousness – a small decision to do either good or bad reaps a much larger crop, for joy or for sorrow – remember this and don’t be duped. The prophet Hosea describes

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.� – Galatians 6:7. Last Sunday, my pastor, the Rev. Dr. James Coleman preached a sermon about sewing and reaping. During his address God inspired me to pen this particular column, plus the Rev. Charles Stanley also made some pertinent points to the same effect in one of his more recent sermons, as well. Who we are today can be traced directly to our past. By that, I mean our previous thoughts and actions determine, to a large degree, the type of person we have become and it spills over into all facets of our lives. Exercise foresight – because those who act wisely now – will certainly make pragmatic decisions going forward. For example, those who are fiscally prudent and save on a regular basis are prepared for the needs of tomorrow. It’s the shortsighted individual who thinks only of the here and now, and doesn’t prepare adequately for the future. Eventually, he will have no way to avoid the poor quality and small quantity of his rewards. Scripture puts it this way: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.� Galatians 6:7. The verse describes a law that doesn’t discriminate; it’s fair, believe it or not, and applies to all areas of our lives, whether it pertains to our families, our jobs,

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the consequences awaiting those who choose wickedness: “They sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind.� (Hosea. 8:7). Some are fooling themselves since their present seed hasn’t produced that bad crop yet. So they continue down their same course, mistakenly believing that there will never be a harvest. But unlike the crops of the field, which are gathered at about the same time each year, there’s no set timetable for the harvest of life. Some results come quickly; others take a longer time. But never be deceived – your season will come. And by going the second mile now and doing more than is required, you will collect your dividends later. Righteousness in such situations will produce a rich harvest in the future, for our heavenly Father always keeps His promises.wi

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Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Rev. James Manion Supply Priest Foggy Bottom • Founded in 1867 728 23rd Street, NW • Washington, DC 20037 Church office: 202-333-3985 • Fax : 202-338-4958 Worship Services Sundays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music and Hymns Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist Email: All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.

700 I. Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002 Pastor Louis B. Jones, II and Pilgrim invite you to join us during our July and August Summer schedule! Attire is Christian casual. Worship: Sundays@ 7:30 A.M. & 10:00 A.M. 3rd Sunday Holy Communion/Baptism/Consecration Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @12:00 Noon @ 6:30 P.M. – One Hour of Power! (202) 547-8849

Blessed Word of Life Church Dr. Dekontee L. & Dr. Ayele A. Johnson Pastors 4001 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 265-6147 Office 1-800 576-1047 Voicemail/Fax Schedule of Services: Sunday School – 9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service – 11:00 AM Communion Service – First Sunday Prayer Service/Bible Study – Tuesday, 6:30 PM e-mail:

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, Pastors 3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax) SERVICES AND TIMES: SUNDAYS: 10:00 am AM Worship Services BIBLE STUDY: Wonderful Wednesdays in Worship and the Word Bible Study Wednesdays 12:00 Noon; 6:30 PM (dinner @ 5:30 PM) SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:00 AM – Hour of Power “An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.”

Twelfth Street Christian Church

Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Sunday Worship Service 10: am Sunday Church School 8: 45 am Bible Study Wednesday 12:00 Noon Wednesday 7:00 pm Thursday 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE Washington, DC 20020

(Disciples of Christ) 1812 12th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-265-4494 Fax: 202 265 4340

5101 14th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 202-726-2220/ 202-726-9089 Sunday Worship Service 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday School 9:15am Holy Communion 4th Sunday 10:00am Prayer and Bible Study Wednesday 7;00pm TV Ministry –Channel 6 Wednesday 10:00pm

Rev. Paul Carrette Senior Pastor Harold Andrew, Assistant Pastor 4915 Wheeler Road Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-894-6464 Schedule of Service Sunday Service: 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30 PM Communion Service: First Sunday

St. Stephen Baptist Church Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. Bishop 5757 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748 Office 301-899-8885 – fax 301-899-2555 Sunday Early Morning Worship - 7:45 a.m. Church School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship – 10:45 a.m. Tuesday – Thursday - Kingdom Building Bible Institute – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Prayer/Praise/Bible Study – 7:30 p.m. Baptism & Communion Service- 4th Sunday – 10:30am Radio Broadcast WYCB -1340 AM-Sunday -6:00pm T.V. Broadcast - Channel 190 – Sunday -4:00pm/Tuesday 7:00am

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Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell, Sr., • Pastor 2498 Alabama Ave., SE • Washington D.C. 20020 Office: (202) 889-7296 Fax: (202) 889-2198 • 2008: The Year of New Beginnings “Expect the Extraordinary”

Crusader Baptist Church

Sunday Morning Worship 11:00am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday Sunday School-9:45am Men’s Monday Bible Study – 7:00pm Wednesday Night Bible Study – 7:00pm Women’s Ministry Bible Study 3rd Friday -7:00pm Computer Classes- Announced Family and Marital Counseling by appointment E-mail:

“The Amazing, Awesome, Audacious Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church”

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Rev. Cheryl J. Sanders, Th.D. Senior Pastor 1204 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 202.347.5889 office 202.638.1803 fax Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: Wed. 7:30 p.m. “Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital”

Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews • Senior Pastor 1200 Isle of Patmos Plaza, Northeast Washington, DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-6767 Fax: (202) 526-1661

Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan, Pastor 800 I Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-548-0707 Fax No. 202-548-0703

Sunday Worship Services: 8:00a.m. and 11:00a.m. Sunday Church School - 9:15a.m. & Sunday Adult Forum Bible Study - 10:30a.m. 2nd & 4th Monday Women’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Tuesday Jr./Sr. Bible Study - 10:00a.m. Tuesday Topical Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Tuesday New Beginnings Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Wednesday Pastoral Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Wednesday Children’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Thursday Men’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Friday before 1st Sunday Praise & Worship Service - 6:30p.m. Saturday Adult Bible Study - 10:00a.m.

Third Street Church of God

Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

Sunday Worship Services: 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 2nd Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:20 a.m. Seniors Bible Study: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Noon Day Prayer Service: Tuesdays at Noon Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Motto: “A Ministry of Reconciliation Where Everybody is Somebody!” Website: Church Email:

Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.; Senior Bishop & Evangelist Susie C. Owens – Co-Pastor 610 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 529-4547 office • (202) 529-4495 fax Sunday Worship Service: 8 AM and 10:45 AM Sunday Youth Worship Services: 1st & 4th 10:45 AM; 804 R.I. Ave., NE 5th 8 AM & 10:45 AM; Main Church Prayer Services Tuesday – Noon, Wednesday 6 AM & 6:30 PM Calvary Bible Institute: Year-Round Contact Church Communion Every 3rd Sunday The Church in The Hood that will do you Good!

ST Marks Baptist Come Worship with us... St. Mark's Baptist Church 624 Underwood Street, NW Washington, dc 20011 Dr. Raymond T. Matthews, Pastor and First Lady Marcia Matthews Sunday School 9:am Worship Service 10:am Wed. Noon Day prayer service Thur. Prayer service 6:45 pm Thur. Bible Study 7:15 pm

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Reverend Dr. Paul H. Saddler Senior Pastor Service and Times Sunday Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Communion every Sunday 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Bible Study Tuesday 12Noon Pastor’s Bible Study Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Motto; “Discover Something Wonderful.” Website: Email:

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Rev. John W. Davis, Pastor

Church of Living Waters

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Joseph N. Evans, Ph.D Senior Pastor 901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423 Sunday Church School : 9: 30am Sunday Morning Worship: 10: 45am Bible Study Tuesday: 6: 00pm Prayer Service Tuesday: 7:00pm Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday 10: 45am

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All Nations Baptist Church Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor 2001 North Capitol St, N.E. • Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202) 832-9591

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

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Israel Baptist Church

4850 Blagdon Ave, NW • Washington D.C 20011 Phone (202) 722-4940 • Fax (202) 291-3773

1251 Saratoga Ave., NE Washington, DC 20018 (202) 269-0288

Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor 1415 Gallatin Street, NW Washington, DC 20011-3851 P: (202) 726-5940 Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion: 11:00 a.m., 3rd Sun. Bible Study: Monday - 7:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting: Thursday - 7:00 p.m.

2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730 Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 am Baptismal Service – 1st Sunday – 9:30 am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday – 11:00 am Prayer Meeting & Bible Study – Wednesday -7:30 pm

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St. Luke Baptist Church

Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor

Sunday Church School – 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 AM Holy Communion – 1st Sunday at 11:00 AM Prayer – Wednesdays, 6:00 PM Bible Study – Wednesdays, 7:00 PM Christian Education School of Biblical Knowledge Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Call for Registration

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Sunday Worship Service 10:15AM- Praise and Worship Services Sunday School 9:00am Monday: Noon Bible School Wednesday: Noon & 7PM: Pastor’s Bible Study Ordinance of Baptism 2nd Holy Communion 4th Sunday Mission Zion Baptist Church Shall; Enlist Sinners, Educate Students, Empower the Suffering, Encourage the Saints, and Exalt Our Savior. (Acts 2:41-47)

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M. Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.

Mount Moriah Baptist Church Dr. Lucius M. Dalton, Senior Pastor 1636 East Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20003 Telephone: 202-544-5588 Fax: 202-544-2964 Sunday Worship Services: 7:45 am and 10:45 am Holy Communion: 1st Sundays at 7:45 am and 10:45 am Sunday School: 9:30 am Prayer & Praise Service: Tuesdays at 12 noon and 6:30 pm Bible Study: Tuesdays at 1 pm and 7 pm Youth Bible Study: Fridays at 7 pm

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St. Matthews Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor 1105 New Jersey Ave, S.E • Washington, DC 20003 202 488-7298 Order of Services Sunday Worship Services: 9:05 A.M. Sunday School: 8:00 A.M. Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting: 7:00 P.M. (Tuesday) Bible Study: 7:30 P.M. (Tuesday) Theme: “Striving to be more like Jesus “Stewardship”. Philippians 3:12-14; Malachi 3:8-10 and 2 Corinthians 9:7 Email: Website:

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Emmanuel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Clinton W. Austin Pastor 2409 Ainger Pl.,SE – WDC 20020 (202) 678-0884 – Office (202) 678-0885 – Fax “Come Grow With Us and Establish a Blessed Family” Sunday Worship 7:30am & 10:45am Baptism/Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Family Bible Study Tuesdays – 6:30pm Prayer Service Tuesdays – 8:00pm

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Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

623 Florida Ave.. NW • WDC. 20001 Church (202) 667-3409 • Study (202) 265-0836 Home Study (301) 464-8211 • Fax (202) 483-4009

4504 Gault Place, N.E. Washington, D.C 20019 202-397-7775 – 7184

Sunday Worship Services: 10:00 a.m. Sunday Church School: 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Holy Communion: Every First Sunday Intercessory Prayer: Monday – 7:00-8:00 p.m. Pastor’s Bible Study: Wednesday –7:45 p.m. Midweek Prayer: Wednesday – 7:00 p.m. Noonday Prayer Every Thursday

9:30AM. Sunday Church School 11:00 Am. Sunday Worship Service The Lord’s Supper 1st Sunday Wednesday 7:00pm Prayer & Praise Services 7:30pm. Bible Study Saturday before 4th Sunday Men, Women, Youth Discipleship Ministries 10:30am A Christ Centered Church

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

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Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor

2616 MLK Ave., SE • Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 • Fax 202-678-3304

Sunday Apostolic Worship Services 11:00 A.M and 5:00 P.M Communion and Feet Wash 4th Sunday at 5:00 P.M Prayer/Seeking Wednesday at 8:00 P.M. Apostolic in Doctrine, Pentecostal in Experience, Holiness in Living, Uncompromised and Unchanged. The Apostolic Faith is still alive –Acts 2:42

New Commandment Baptist Church Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Senior Pastor 13701 Old Jericho Park Road Bowie, MD. 20720 (301) 262-0560 Services: Sunday Worship 11 AM Sunday School 10 AM Wednesday Mid-Week Worship, Prayer & Bible Study - Wed. 7 PM “A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”

Shiloh Baptist Church

Early Worship Service 7:30a.m Worship Service 10:45a.m. New Members Class 9:30a.m. Holy Communion : 1st Sunday -10:45a.m Church School 9:30a.m. Prayer, Praise and Bible Study: Wednesday 7p.m Bible Study : Saturday: 11a.m. Baptism: 4th Sunday – 10:45a.m “Empowered to love and Challenged to Lead a Multitude of Souls to Christ”

Peace Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell 712 18th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone 202-399-3450/ Fax 202-398-8836 Sunday Morning Worship Service 7:15 am & 10:50 am Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:50am Wednesday Prayer & Testimonies Service 7:30pm Wednesday School of the Bible 8:00pm Wednesday - Midweek Prayer Service 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm “The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

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Administration No. 2013 ADM 1060

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1128

Administration No. 2013 ADM 1045

Elizabeth Brice Decedent

Junius M. Thomas Sr. aka Junius McKinley Thomas Sr. Decedent

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Janis Renee Thomas, whose address is 44 Randolph NW, Washington, DC 20001, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Junius M. Thomas Sr. aka Junius McKinley Thomas Sr., who died on April 14, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 24, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 24, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Ronald Dixon, whose address is Bynum & Jenkins, 1010 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314, was appointed Successor Personal Representative of the estate of Willie Dean Jackson, who died on April 2, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before May 7, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before May 7, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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Administration No. 2012 ADM 60

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Andrew Spurgeon, Jr. Decedent

Barbara Ann Nettles Decedent

James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney


Attorney Ethel Mitchell, Wills and Trusts, LLC 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1045 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 ADM 1044

Funicello Haynes, whose address is 3223 6th St., SE, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Elizabeth Brice, who died on August 28, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 24, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 24, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: October 24, 2013 Funicello Haynes Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Felix Inge, Jr., whose address is 5101 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Calvin C. Thomas aka Calvon C. Thomas, who died on July 16, 2013 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 24, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 24, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: October 24, 2014

Leroy Spurgeon, Andre Spurgeon, and Karen Spurgeon, whose addresses are 5455 Bass Pl., SE; 910 57th Pl., Washington, DC 20019, Fairmont Hghts, MD 20743 and 5432 Bass PL., SE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of Andrew Spurgeon, Jr., who died on August 13, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 24, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 24, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: October 24, 2013

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Curtis Mayhew, whose address is 2158 Mager Drive, Herndon, VA 20170, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Edna Pettaway aka Edna M. Pettaway, who died on November 3, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 24, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 24, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: October 24, 2013

Wanda Denise Nettles, whose address is 1504 Fort Place NE, Washington, DC 20018, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Barbara Ann Nettles, who died on September 11, 2013 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s Will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., Building A, Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before April 30, 2014. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before April 30, 2014, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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EDELMAN continued from Page 27 in the 1990s He said, “We set out to show that you could start a research program to find out how to prevent gun violence, just like you could reduce the number of fatalities on the roads, and I think one of the most striking findings from our research was designed to answer the question: Does having a gun in your home protect you, or does it put you and your family at risk? Because the people who make and sell guns and the NRA [National Rifle Association] had a very strong vested interest in telling people, ‘You should get a gun and have it in your home for protection.’” “So we tried to answer that question scientifically, and what we found was that not only did having a gun in your home not

DANIELS continued from Page 27 was the federal Census Bureau’s annual tally on poverty in the U.S. It found the situation in 2012 largely unchanged from the previous year: 15 percent of Americans, or 46.5 million people, lived at or below the poverty line. (The government puts that figure at $23,492 for a family of four.) This included 16.1 million children, nearly 22 percent of all U.S. children under 18. But a report published by the Washington-based nonprofit, Wider Opportunities for Women, contended that the combination of rising consumer costs and stagnating wages has left millions of workers with incomes above the official poverty line also struggling to pay for such basic necessities as housing, utilities, food, child care, transportation and health care. These individuals and families lack “economic security” – the ability to weather an unforeseen financial crisis such as a severe illness, the loss of

protect you, but it increased the risk that someone in your own home would be killed by a gun, not by 10 percent or 20 percent—that’s how much of a risk you have to show to take a drug off the market; not by 100 percent or 200 percent, but 300 percent increase in the risk. And the risk that someone in your home would die from suicide with a gun—and I need to remind us that two-thirds of all gun deaths are suicides—the risk that someone in your home would die from gun suicide went up not 300 percent, but 500 percent.” This research was not well received by the gun lobby, and Dr. Rosenberg says they started a campaign to get rid of the whole gun violence prevention research agenda. The NRA successfully lobbied their allies in Congress to stop the CDC’s gun violence prevention research funding. As a result funding for

gun violence prevention research at the CDC fell from an average of $2.5 million per year in 19931996 to half that in 1997-2000. Two decades later, the CDC is spending just $100,000 per year on gun violence prevention research. Meanwhile we are spending 2,500 times that amount on research to prevent traffic fatalities, even though traffic accidents and guns kill a similar number of people every year. We must not let this continue to happen. The president has requested that Congress authorize $10 million for gun violence prevention research at the CDC, and another $20 million to set up a nationwide system to better track gun deaths. This would still be only a tenth of what we are spending on traffic deaths, but it would be a vast improvement over where we are right now. wi

a job, or even the breakdown of their motor vehicle. In that regard, the events of recent months have been a vivid reminder that decent wages and decent working conditions are what connect individuals to the larger society. They are, in effect, a fundamental marker of citizenship. That connection was starkly evident during the Civil Rights years of the 1950s and 1960s because the widespread bigotry Blacks endured resulted in their being locked out of many blue- and white-collar jobs in the North and West as well as the South. The continuing impact of discrimination of the past and present on Black Americans’ job-holding and economic status can be seen in the fact that their unemployment rate at nearly every rung of the economic ladder has been at least twice that of Whites for more than half a century. For example, the federal jobs report found that while the September

unemployment rate for Whites was 6.3 percent, it was 12.9 percent for Blacks (compared to 9.0 percent for Hispanic Americans) – a figure that is more than 3 percentage points above the highest level the national unemployment rate hit during the Great Recession. So, we should recognize that the battle between the Obama administration and the Republicans in Congress this month actually underscores the message of the 1963 March: the connection between economic justice and social justice: jobs and freedom—is more important than ever. A half-century ago civil rights activists and labor movement activists pooled their talents and resources to help produce a different distribution of power that enormously benefited Black Americans and Americans workers in general. Today’s political and economic landscape is even more complex; but the fundamental point still holds: It still is about jobs and freedom. wi


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20 percent received 32 percent of the benefits. “ Even with a sluggish economy, Congress seems unwilling to support those on food stamps, now called SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Under the 2009 Recovery Act, recipients received a 13.6 percent temporary boost in benefits. However, that provision is set to expire on Nov. 1, resulting in an $80 a month loss for a family of four. That means SNAP benefits will average less than $1.40 per person per meal in fiscal 2014. Instead of continuing to help those in dire need, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okl.) introduced legislation in September cutting


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2.8 percent of tax-expenditure benefits and the top 1 percent of the population receives 23.9 percent of tax-expenditure benefits. And the report pointed out, “That’s more than eight times as much as the bottom fifth of the population, and nearly as much as the middle 60 percent of the population.” It’s time for President Obama and Democratic leaders to show that they can stand up to Teapublicans more than once.wi

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key to success will be finding common ground on the way to achieve those objectives. We believe that any final agreement must put the needs of the American people first. We must protect programs that empower individuals and communities through good jobs, access to affordable housing and healthcare, and quality education. As President Obama said in his weekly address to the Nation,

muhammad continued from Page 28 Messiah.” A Messiah who might turn Black loyalties away from the slave master and his children who had oppressed Black people and toward themselves for their own relief and liberation? At the same time, there were revelations that the CIA also engaged in gross violations of human rights and every other norm of civilized behavior. But in the face of all that shame, no national observers ever raised the prospect that this country might “lose” the affection of its own downtrodden masses, that America might be lost. No, we muddled through the 1980s and into the 1990s trying to hold on to waning U.S. influence right here in the Western Hemisphere while countries, one-by-one, found their own liberation, even as some church leaders preached “Liberation Theology.” Then all of a sudden, Afri-

fletcher continued from Page 28 disgusted. The brand of politics represented by the Tea Party crowd needs to be removed from the scene. This means that we cannot walk away from elections, but we need, instead, to walk to the polls and cast our votes thoughtfully and carefully. It is not a matter of ‘anyone but the Tea Party,’ as comforting as that may sound and feel. Rather, as we think about 2014 and beyond, we need to really develop candidates who speak on behalf of the common person. They not only must be dramatically different from the Tea Party, but such candidates must understand the

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“We should sit down and pursue a balanced approach to a responsible budget, one that grows our economy faster and shrinks our long-term deficits further. There is no choice between growth and fiscal responsibility – we need both.” We agree. And as we move forward, we must also avoid the kind of ideological rigidity that led to the shutdown. We are especially offended by the continued extremist comments of Senator Ted Cruz who has refused to rule out another government

shutdown over his desire to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. We have a simple question for Mr. Cruz: How can you make the argument for spending cuts or rally against spending on a law that would actually reduce the deficit and ensure healthcare for all Americans and at the same time support a shutdown that cost the economy $24 billion… with nothing to show for it? It makes no sense. wi Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.

ca and the Middle East took America’s attention with South Africa’s apartheid government – which the U.S. supported wholeheartedly – falling in a practically bloodless coup at the ballot box when U.S. “terrorism watch-list” suspect Nelson Mandela led his people, who were 85 percent of the population, into power. Who lost South Africa? Ronald Reagan (17,201 U.S. forces killed during his two terms in office)? Close on South Africa’s heels were the Palestinians, whose leader Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was also labeled a “terrorist” by this government. While elsewhere in the Muslim world – Afghanistan (2,229 U.S. dead and counting), Iraq (4,488 U.S. dead), Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon – the Islamic “genie” exploded on the world stage. Who “lost” the Muslim world? George H.W. Bush (6,223 U.S. dead)? Colin Powell? Condoleezza Rice? Bill Clinton (7,500 U.S. dead)? George W.

Bush (8,792 U.S. dead)? Dick Cheney? So, after all these decades of shameful conduct, along comes Barack Hussein Obama. He was elected president in 2008, and then reelected by a landslide in 2012. His aim was to reform America into that “Shining City on The Hill,” the land all the people of the world once again admired and wanted to grow up to be just like. But what has he gotten for his efforts? More hatred than has ever been shown to any president of the U.S., ever! And so it will be. One day in the future when Americans wake up and discover that 250plus years of tyranny has deservedly earned this country world scorn, the racist, xenophobic, White pundits who have charted America’s errant course to destruction will say as the Tea Party Klan Klaverns are saying today: “Barack Obama is the one Who Lost America.” wi

plight of the bottom 90 percent of this country and the urgency to act in the interest of positive change. If we have learned anything from the government shutdown it should be that governing is much too important to leave to the slicksters, demagogues, and those representing the rich and powerful. wi Bill Fletcher, Jr. works for the American Federation of Government Employees, and is also a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us” – And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Follow him on Facebook and at www.

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