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Blacks Still Face Job and Housing Discrimination Reports Show Problems to be Pervasive, Extensive By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer
Latrell White had everything going for her, the perfect job as a social worker, a nearly unblemished credit profile and a salary that allowed her the means to purchase a home in a tony neighborhood in the Dis-
trict. However, when the Washington, D.C. native asked her real estate agent about the availability of two houses in Dupont Circle in Northwest, the realtor appeared to cringe, she said. “It was as if I said a dirty word. I couldn’t understand it until I realized what was go-
ing on,” said White, 43. “They didn’t want my kind there. They didn’t want any more African Americans. My realtor also said banks might give me a hard time but I had already been approved for more than $450,000, so it didn’t make sense.” What made sense, White concluded, was that she had just
become a victim of housing discrimination. “I know minorities have for years been pushed to certain areas and we’ve been denied access to the so-called white areas of town, but I thought redlining was over,” White said. According to one government agency, redlining is alive
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Safeway Barbecue Battle XXI American’s BBQ Party Safeway held their 21st Annual Barbecue Battle on Pennsyhlvania Avenue in downtown Washington, DC. The contest consist of four categories chicken, beef, pork shoulder and pork ribs. It is a two day event. First prize winners received $1,000, 2nd prize was $500, 3rd place $250 & 4th place $100. Over all who compete in all four catogories won $3,000. The event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington & the Military Chefs Cook-Off benefited injured service members. This was a fantastic way to spend two days - For Big Time Fun -Don’t Miss it Next Year!
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Levine School of Music Summer Classes at THEARC The Music Therapy Department at the Levine School of Music is excited to announce three new summer groups for toddlers, children, and adolescents with special needs.
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Get your child ready for school with this fun group that focuses on basic academic skills like letter sounds, colors, numbers, reading, and vocabulary. Songs, movement, and instruments will be used to help your child develop skills needed for school!
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When L.Y. Marlow's 23-yearold daughter told her the father of her daughter threatened her life, and the life of their child, she knew something had to be done. Out of her frustration with law enforcement's handling Email comments to: of the situation, she decided to rburke@ start the Saving Promise campaign. washingtoninformer.com “It seems to be a vicious cycle that won't turn my family loose,” Marlow said. Marlow shared her story with the audience at the District Heights Domestic Violence Symposium Mount First ACPS on MayVernon 7 at theisDistrict Heights School to Fly Air Quality Flags Municipal Center. The sympoWe represent victims of major sium was sponsored by the medical malpractice such as In partnership withServices TrailsFamily and Youth Sandra Robinson Jack Olender cerebral palsy. forYouth.org, Mount Vernon Center of the city of District All 5 lawyers were again elected Community School is raising Heights and the National Hook-a “Best Lawyers in America” 2012 Up of Black colored flagWomen. to help students, Karen Evans is a nurse/attorney Marlowand has members written a ofbook, teachers the Attorney/Pediatrician Harlow Case Karen Evans Melissa Rhea “Color Me Butterfly,” which is a community to be aware of daiRobert Chabon, M.D., J.D. is story fourconditions. generationsThe of ly airabout quality Of Counsel. domestic The book is air qualityviolence. flag program comes inspired by her own experiences, through the U.S. Environmental and those of her grandmother, Protection Agency, with the goal her mother and her daughter. of helping protect children’s She said every time she reads health. from her book, she still In Memoriam excerpts Dr. Calvin W. 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law enforcement. She said they had come together to bring a sense of uniformity in the way domestic violence victims and survivors are treated. “She's using her own personal story, her own personal pain to push forward,” Davis-Nickens said about Marlow. Davis-Nickens said anyone who reads Marlow's book will “get it.” She said she “puts the case in such a way, the average person can get it.” She said at the end of the day, the book will help people begin to have a dialogue about domestic violence. Also present at the event was Mildred Muhammad, exGreen signals good airthequalwife of John Allen Muhammad, ity, yellow is moderate, orange who was sentenced to six consecmeans unhealthy for sensitive utive life terms without parole groups (like children or people by a Maryland jury for his role in with asthma) Sniper and red signals the Beltway attacks in unhealthy air forMuhammad everyone. Ais 2002. Mildred purple flag means thethe airTrauma, quality the founder of After isanvery unhealthy and sensitive organization that helps the groups should avoid all outdoor survivors of domestic violence exertion, while everyone else and their children. “I lived fear for six years. Six should limitinoutdoor exertion. years in fear is a longistime. It is TrailsforYouth.org a nonnot an easy thing to come out profit 501(c)3 organization that of,” she said. mentors at-risk youth and proMildred Muhammad said vides opportunities for children people who want to help to experience nature along witha domestic violence victim must the joys and health benefits of be careful of how they go into being active outdoors. the victim's life, and understand that she may be in “survival
ACPS Department of Financial mode”. Services “BeforeReceives you getThree to 'I'm going Awards to kill you,' it started as a verbal
The Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Department of Financial Services recently received three major honors: the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and the Meritorious Budget Award and Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). “Congratulations to Chief Financial Officer Stacey Johnson and the whole Department of Financial Services for receiving these prestigious and well-deserved honors,” said ACPS Superintendent Morton Sherman. “Our entire school division benefits from the steady leadership and excellent work going on in the Accounting and Budget Offices and throughout Financial Services.” The GFOA Distinguished
threat,” she said. Among the programs Marlow wants to see implemented are stricter restraining order policies, more rights for victim's families to intervene on behalf of a victim, a domestic violence assessment unit coupled with further training for law enforcement agencies, a Child's Life Protection Act and mandatory counseling for batterers. “If we are ever going to eradicate domestic violence, we must Mount Community lookVernon at both sides ofSchool the coin. is raising awareness about both air qualWe need to address the vicity tim conditions. Photo Marlow and /Courtesy the batterer,” said. Marlow would also like toforsee Budget Presentation Award programs designed to July raise the fiscal year beginning awareness among children in 1, 2012, is the highest form of public and private schools. She recognition governmental feels childreninneed to be educatbudgeting, according to GFOA. ed about domestic violence. ACPS received award “Wehashave to stopthis being pasforsive-aggressive four straight with years.poor A panchildomesticreviewers violence,” el dren of about independent Marlow awards thesaid. honor to government Marlow has worked to recbreak entities that meet nationally the cycle of abuse in her family, ognized standards for effectively and is confident the policies she presenting a budget as start a policy is pushing for will that document, financial plan, operaprocess. tions“Iguide andtake communications plan to these policies to device. To receive the award, Congress and implore them ato changedocument our laws,” Marlow said. budget must be rated “I will not instop untilcategories these poli“proficient” all four ciesinare and thepassed.” 14 mandatory criteria Tia Carolcategories. Jones can be within those In reached conat firstname.lastname@example.org junction with the honor, GFOA also WI presented to the ACPS Budget Office a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Preparation. ACPS received the ASBO Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in the preparation and issuance of its school entity’s budget for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013. The honor, which ACPS received for the fifth straight year, is conferred only to school entities that have met or exceeded a rigorous set of criteria. The ASBO Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting, which ACPS received for the 22nd year, recognizes the division for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending in 2012. According to ASBO, the honor L.Y.business Marlow confirms the school office’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency. For additional information, please contact the Office of Communications and Public Relations at 703-824-6635. WI
We have to stop being passive-aggressive with poor children about domestic violence. I plan to take these policies to Congress and implore them to change our laws. I will not stop until these policies are passed.
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Reid Endorses D.C. Statehood In what has to be the strongest statement by the leader of the United States Senate, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that he supports the District of Columbia becoming the state of New Columbia. Reid made his views on D.C. statehood known on June 19 at the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statute in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s Emancipation Hall. “Washington, D.C. residents pay taxes,” said Reid, 73. “Washington, D.C. residents fight in wars. Washington D.C. residents deserve self-government and congressional representation and D.C. deserves statehood.” Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) is the author of the New Columbia Admission Act (S.132) and it’s co-sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Secretary of the Democratic Conference Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Kirsten Gilibrand (D-N.Y.). A hearing date has not been set on the bill. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) couldn’t be more pleased with Reid’s stance. “Senator Reid has always been a good friend to the District of Columbia,” said Norton, 75. “He has worked closely with me in our fight for voting rights and greater home rule. The majority leader’s remarks today, however, set a new congressional standard for advocacy of D.C. statehood.” Norton said that Senate majority leaders rarely co-sponsor bills and she hopes that will prompt other Democrats to get on the pro-D.C. statehood bandwagon. DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry applauds Reid for his position. “DC Vote is grateful for Senator Reid’s co-sponsorship and vocal support for the D.C. statehood bill,” said Perry, 42. “We hope the majority leader uses his position to prompt action and bring this bill to the floor of the Senate. In doing so, he will not only begin the process of giving D.C. residents their rightful place in American democracy, but also put the District’s lack of voting representation in the Congress squarely before the entire nation.”
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June 27 1872 – Paul Lawrence Dunbar, one of the most popular poets in Black American history, is born in Dayton, Ohio. Dunbar first gained national recognition with a collection of works published in 1896 entitled “Lyrics of a Lowly Life” which included “Ode to Ethiopia.” Despite the power of his poetry, Dunbar angered some Blacks who were concerned about “what will white people think” because he generally used Black dialect and not Standard English in much of his poetry. June 28 1971 – Muhammad Ali is allowed to box again after winning a victory in the United States Supreme Court. The court overturned his conviction for refusing to be drafted and serve in the United States war in Vietnam. Asked how he could claim to be a pacifist opposed to war while being a professional boxer, Ali’s most frequent response was “I am not going 10,000 miles from here to help murder and kill and burn poor people to help continue the domination of white slave masters over the darker people.” June 29 1970 – NAACP Chairman Stephen Gill Spottswood creates a national controversy by telling the annual convention of the civil rights organization that the administration of President Richard Nixon was “anti-Negro” and was pursuing policies “inimical to the needs and aspirations” of African Americans. June 30 1917 – Glamorous Singer-Actress Lena Horne is born in Brooklyn. She would perform
with jazz greats such as Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. She also became the first African American woman to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio. Horne died on May 9, 2010 at the age of 92. 1967 – Major Robert H. Lawrence is named the first Black U.S. astronaut in the NASA space program. The Chicago-born Lawrence would later die under somewhat mysterious circumstances during a training exercise in December 1967. 1995 – Song stylist singer Phyllis Hyman commits suicide in New York City shortly before she was scheduled to perform at a concert. Hyman was one of the premier female vocalists of her day. July 1 1899 – Thomas Andrew Dorsey is born in Villa Rica, Georgia. Dorsey is widely credited with being the “Father of Gospel Music.” During the early 1930s, after leaving Atlanta for Chicago, Dorsey combined Gospel and the Blues while performing under the name “Georgia Tom.” July 2 1822 – Denmark Vesey and five of his co-conspirators are
hanged in Charleston, South Carolina. Vesey’s “crime” had been the organization of the largest slave rebellion in American history. But the insurrection was betrayed by a “house slave” before it could be implemented. Vesey was actually a former slave who had purchased his freedom. 1908 – Thurgood Marshall is born in Baltimore, Maryland. Marshal would go on to become chief counsel for the NAACP and the lead attorney in the Brown v. Board of Education case which led to the desegregation of the nation’s schools. President Lyndon Johnson would in June July 3 1775 – Prince Hall founds African Lodge Number One – the first Black lodge of Free Masons in the United States. Hall would become the pioneer builder of Black Masons in America. He was also a leading voice against slavery and for Black rights in the North. 1962 – The first Black man permitted to play Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson, is named to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Viewp int Kevin Bradshaw Washington, D.C. I think the Wizards should draft him. I think he’d make a good power or small forward for the team. A lineup with John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. would make for a really good threesome. The three are all around the same age, so they can grow up together on the court. His addition would definitely make the team more competitive next season. I wouldn’t be surprised, if everyone stays healthy, if they finish in the top eight next year – which would put the team in the playoffs.
Stephen Edge Washington, D.C. I think it would be a good move by the Wizards if the team drafted Otto Porter Jr. He’d complement John Wall and Bradley Beal well. As a spot-up shooter, he would also add more defense to the team. He’d also help Wall by being a good outside shooter. Porter Jr. would make the Wizards a more balanced team. Anyone, at this point, would make the Wizards more competitive next season.
SHOULD THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS DRAFT GEORGETOWN FORWARD OTTO PORTER JR., IN THE UPCOMING NBA DRAFT? WILL THE MOVE MAKE THE WIZARDS MORE COMPETITVE NEXT SEASON?
Isaac McRae Washington, D.C. The Wizards should take the best player possible in the draft. If Porter Jr. is still available when it’s time for Washington to make its pick, then the team should take him. The Wizards have been so bad as of late, so his contributions would help. But rookies are rookies, and until they play in the NBA, you don’t know what they really can do. It’s hard to say if he’ll make the team more competitive next season. Hopefully he will, but that really depends on the coaching.
Frances Jones Washington, D.C. I think the team should. He was an extremely talented player at Georgetown who was competitive and scored a lot of points. The Wizards need all the help they can get to be a successful team. I think he’ll be a good building block for the team and for players they get in future drafts. How the coaching staff uses him will dictate how competitive the Wizards will be next season.
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J.C. Chapman Washington, D.C. The Wizard should draft Otto Porter Jr. if given the chance. He’d blend perfectly with John Wall and Bradley Beal. Not only can he run the court well, he’s learned how to play disciplined basketball by Georgetown head coach John Thompson III. He’s great at the forward position and he’s a good rebounder. If he plays to his potential, the Wizards could make the playoffs next season.
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DISCRIMINATION continued from Page 1 by using criminal background checks to screen out workers. “Since issuing its first written policy guidance in the 1980s regarding the use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions, the EEOC has advised employers that under certain circumstances, their use of that information to deny employment opportunities could be at odds with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination against job applicants and employees [based on] their race,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien, 49. In a lawsuit brought against automaker BMW, the EEOC said the company fired 70 black employees with criminal records even though many had worked for BMW for several years. The June 10 lawsuit cited one woman who had worked for the company for 14 years but was terminated when BMW discovered a 20-year-old misdemeanor conviction on her record. “This is an issue of what’s fair,” said EEOC General Counsel David Lopez, 50, who not-
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ed that the discount merchant, Dollar General, headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn., is also the target of an EEOC lawsuit because the company rescinded job offers it had made to two black women after conducting criminal background checks. Although, in one instance, Lopez said the records were inaccurate, Dollar General still rescinded the job offer. The other case involved a more than six-year-old drug conviction, he said. Job discrimination can happen in any career field, even in the legal profession. Kamisha Menns, an attorney and former associate of Howrey, LLP in Northwest, filed a $30 million lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia alleging that the firm discriminated against her because of her race and national origin. Menns, who is a black woman from Jamaica with three post-graduate legal degrees, was courted by Howrey while she was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Bruckhaus Deringer, LLP in Northwest. She worked in Howrey’s Brussels, Belgium office from January 2009 to June 2009 when
she was terminated just one day after she submitted a formal written complaint of discrimination to Howrey bosses. Menns, the first black attorney to work in the Brussels office, alleged that she was subjected to escalating hostility and discrimination from colleagues, staff and supervisors. “When I talked to the managing partner about the way I was being treated, he told me that what I was experiencing was racism,” she said. “He told me that the staff was reacting in that way because they had never been forced to be in a subordinate position to a black person, particularly a black woman with my level of education or who looked and spoke like I did.” The list of companies engaged in discrimination is long and includes many pillars of American industry, not just marginal or maverick firms, said Cedric Herring, a sociology and public policy professor with the University of Illinois-Chicago. “Yet ... many of us are still mystified and hard-pressed for
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AROUND THE REGION DISCRIMINATION continued from Page 8 explanations ... in part because discrimination has become so illegitimate that companies expend millions of dollars to conceal it.” Companies manage to discriminate without using blatant racist practices characteristic of earlier days. Instead, job discrimination has become more elusive and less apparent, Herring said. “The adage, ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,’ is very true when talking about the job market,” said Dedrick Muhammad, 34, senior director of economic programs for the NAACP in Northwest. “That proves to be a problem for African Americans and other people of color who are currently seeking jobs.” Donna Brazile, a Washington D.C. Democratic power broker, said African Americans must use this latest issue as impetus to become wise and proactive about their future job prospects. “It’s time we acknowledge that employment in the 21st century will require some college education,” said Brazile, 53. “We must begin to leverage our economic power to lobby corporations and others to give ex-felons a second chance. Without it, we will have a permanent underclass in our society unable to find work.” Meanwhile, employment discrimination isn’t the only battle facing African Americans. The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency in Southwest and the Urban Institute in Northwest, released a joint report on June 10 titled, “Housing Discrimination against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012.” The report noted that real estate and rental housing agents do not present a fair number of options for potential minority home buyers when compared to whites. “Fewer minorities today may be getting the door slammed in their faces, but we continue to see evidence of housing discrimination that can limit a family’s housing, economic, and educational opportunities,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, 47. “It’s clear we still have a lot of work to do to end housing discrimination once and for all.” The forms of discrimination documented by the study are very difficult for victims to detect, said Margery Turner of the Urban Institute.
“To detect housing discrimination today, HUD and local fair housing organizations need to conduct proactive testing, especially in the sales market, where discrimination appears higher than in the rental market,” she said. The Urban Institute conducted a study using a “paired testing” method to collect data. In paired testing, two individuals, one white and the other a minority, posed as equally-qualified home buyers and inquired about available houses or apartments. Each tester independently recorded the treatment they experienced, including information about the houses or apartments that were recommended and shown. All of the data was returned to the Urban Institute, where statisticians crunched the numbers to systematically compare how minorities and whites were treated. Researchers compared the results of white and minority home buyers in 28 major metropolitan areas, including the Washington D.C. Metro area. Testers discovered that African-American home buyers learned about the existence of 17 percent fewer houses and were shown 18 percent fewer properties than whites. On the renters’ side, 11 percent fewer properties were advertised as available to blacks while they were shown 4 percent fewer units than whites. “While discrimination may not be as obvious as it was in the 1960s, the study reminds us that we still aren’t living up to the principles upon which this nation was founded,” said Bryan Greene, HUD acting assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Jobs and housing discrimination underscore some of the barriers facing African Americans in terms of economic parity and opportunity, Muhammad said. “Whether it’s disproportionately incarcerating African Americans, the targeting of African Americans with predatory lending, or the historic lack of wealth in our communities due to discrimination, all of these factors maintain an economic racial divide that shows no promise of being bridged in the foreseeable future,” he said.wi
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Beginning with the upcoming school term, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will test a later school-starting schedule. That, for example means that come this fall, Greenbelt Middle School will start classes at 9 a.m. – or 45 minutes later than usual, with the school day ending at 4:20 p.m. While some parents favor the change, saying it will be give middle school students more time to sleep before going to school, other parents reportedly worry about their children arriving home after 5 p.m., due to participation in after-school programs. Both parents and teachers have also complained that school buses often arrive behind schedule, making students late for their classes. A new list of school-start times will be published on the PGCPS website later this summer.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will vote on four contracts this month that will enable testing of student athletes as part of an effort to improve awareness and treatment for concussions. The baseline tests specifically assist medical professionals in determining when a student athlete can return to play following a concussion. Last year, Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr announced that the Montgomery County Public Schools system was exploring a district-wide testing program, and included funds for the program among his Fiscal Year 2014 operating budget recommendations. Starr has also recommended that four vendors be awarded contracts to provide the testing, and they include ATI Physical Therapy; Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland; MedStar Sports Medicine; and Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy. If approved, the contracts would go into effect for the 2013–2014 school year at a cost of $99,140, which includes $18,750 for the purchase of computer software needed for implementation.
Alexandria Public Schools Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman has recommended the appointment of Gerald Mann as director of middle schools. The recommendation is contingent upon approval by the School Board – and if granted, Mann, who currently serves as principal of George Washington 1 Middle School, will begin his new job on July 1. “Gerald’s personalized, sensitive, focused and professional leadership at George Washington 1 has helped to ensure that all students are well served and exceptionally well-educated,” Sherman said. “We are so fortunate to have an educator of Mann’s [caliber] take on this important leadership role as we join as a community to review and build on our progress at our middle schools.” www.washingtoninformer.com
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On June 17, Baker and Prince George’s County Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison announced the final three appointees to the school board. Two of the appointments made by Baker and the council appointed one new member. Baker’s appointees are Fort Washington resident Beverly Anderson, Ph.D., former provost and vice president of the University of the District of Columbia, and Daniel Kaufman, Ph.D. of Bowie, executive vice president and head of Widmeyer Communications’ preK-12 education practice in Washington, D.C. and New York City. The council selected Curtis Valentine of Fort Washington, representing a parent with a child currently enrolled in the school system. Some 160 applications were received from county residents seeking to serve on the board as the parent representative. That number was narrowed to 90, which were vetted by a staff review panel. Council members interviewed finalists, from which they selected Valentine. The trio was sworn in on June
17 in the Council Hearing Room in Upper Marlboro following a council vote. “This has been a collaborative process,” said Harrison. “My colleagues and I are confident that Curtis Valentine, the parent representative appointed by the council, will be a strong advocate for our children, an asset to the Board of Education, and work well with all education stakeholders.” Baker described both Anderson and Kaufman as being “extremely knowledgeable professionals whose expertise and energy will complement the existing board membership.” He added that he was “overwhelmed” by the community’s interest in serving on the board. “From a very competitive field, I believe we have appointed individuals who will be wonderful advocates for our students, teachers, parents, employees, and stakeholders,” said Baker. Baker also thanked Jacobs for her service. wi www.washingtoninformer.com
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By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer A few less guns are on the streets in Forest Heights thanks to a gun exchange event. “Gift Cards for Guns” was held June 22 at Abundant Life Ministries Church on Livingston Road in Forest Heights resulted in 61 weapons and about six look-alike weapons being turned in, said Colonel Stewart Russell with the Forest Heights Police Department. “Anytime you have a community with less guns that don’t serve a purpose makes that community safer,” said Russell. The goal of “Gift Cards for Guns” is to reduce the number of guns, especially illegal guns, on the street, and provide a non-punitive process for citizens with unwanted firearms to safely surrender those weapons without fear of prosecution. Individuals relinquishing automatic weapons received $100 gift cards and those turning in shotguns and rifles were given $50 cards, Russell said. Replicas of weapons earned $25 gift cards. No questions were asked at the event, which led to an array of handguns, shotguns and automatic weapons being turned in. Russell said one of the more highly valued weapons turned over was a chrome-plated Tech9 weapon that a landscaper said he found in a yard. He also noted that one man with a heart condition was helped from his van and couldn’t make it all the way into the church. However, police representatives processed his weapon in the facility’s entrance. Several people also brought in black powder pistols. This is the first time “Gift Cards for Guns” has been held in Forest Heights. Russell said the idea was brought to him by two Forest Heights officials – Mayor Jacqueline Goodall and Councilwoman Cynthia Mann. Before launching the event, they researched similar programs held in the county including one put on by the Laurel Police Department that drew more than 100 weapons. “We try to be very progressive in Forest Heights,” said Russell. Russell said that for a community of Forest Heights’ size – 2,400 residents and 945 homes – getting 68 weapons turned in means they won’t be stolen from a home and end up in the hands of criminals or a child or adult
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During a “Gift Cards for Guns” event on June 22 in Forest Heights, Md., more than 50 firearms were turned in. Participants received gift cards in varying amounts. /Courtesy Photo
who might accidentally shoot themselves or someone else. Russell said holding the event at a church helped with the turnout, especially among those who might have been suspicious and reluctant to walk into a police facility. He also attributed the event’s success to the collaboration among government, business, a community organization and a religious group. IHOP in Oxon Hill provided breakfast and Chick-fil-A in District Heights provided lunch for volunteers. “Collectively, these entities come together for the community’s good to make Maryland safe as a place to work and live,” said Russell. Forest Heights government
along with matching funds from Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair Obie Patterson’s office covered the cost of the gift cards. “I am proud to host this event with the Town of Forest Heights, Abundant Life Ministries, the NAACP and other community stakeholders in an effort to reduce the number of gun-related crimes and encourage safe communities,” said Patterson. The Prince George’s County Police Department took possession of the weapons and will check serial numbers to determine if any of the weapons were stolen so they might be returned to their owners. All remaining weapons will be melted down. wi The Washington Informer
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From COINTELPRO to Prism Spying on Communities of Color By Seeta Pena Gangadharan Special to the Informer from New America Media
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Revelations of a massive cyber-surveillance program targeting American citizens holds particularly chilling consequences for immigrants and communities of color. Given the history of such programs, going back to the pre-digital age, these groups have reason to fear. Who is mined, who is profiled, and who suffers at the hands of an extensive regime of corporate and government surveillance raises issues of social and racial justice. PRISM, the National Security Agency’s clandestine electronic surveillance program, builds on a history of similar efforts whose impacts have affected racial and ethnic minorities in disproportionate ways. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counter Intelligence Program (“COINTELPRO”), established in 1956, represents one of the forbearers of PRISM. Created at a time when political decision makers worked to promote the idea of national security in the public consciousness, the program targeted first Communist sympathizers and later domestic dissenters under a broad remit which allowed COINTELPRO to monitor and interrogate groups that threatened social order at the time. Though COINTELPRO targeted whites and nonwhites,
journalists and researchers have shown that some of the program’s most controversial—and life-threatening - targeting focused on African Americans, or what the FBI categorized as “Black Nationalist Groups.” The lion’s share of COINTELPRO targeting fell upon the Black Panther Party. The agency also targeted mainstream civil rights groups, like the NAACP, Congress for Racial Equality, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as well as mainstream civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Other minority groups, including those representing Arab Americans, Filipino Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, also found themselves under COINTELPRO’s watch. Though COINTELPRO was eventually dismantled and held up as an example of overbroad, abusive exercise of government surveillance, subsequent administrations have expanded government surveillance programs, including most recently with the aid and abetment of digital technologies. Former Attorney General Ashcroft, for example, amended guidelines to permit the FBI to purchase data profiles from commercial data mining companies (e.g., Axciom) without cause for suspicion. Ashcroft’s guidelines also permitted the FBI to store such information for an indefinite amount of time. For communities of color,
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NATIONAL SPY continued from Page 14 this expansive, digitally enabled form of surveillance has had particular dire consequences. For example, the availability of big data has facilitated government efforts to map and monitor Arab American populations. As reported in Wired Magazine, the FBI’s analysis was extensive: it included and tracked ordinary Arab Americans, suggesting that the FBI suspected and classified all Arab Americans as potential terrorists. Moreover, as the ACLU (which was responsible for surfacing FBI mapping and monitoring documents) has argued, the commercial data purchased by the FBI and other agencies is riddled with errors, which once stored indefinitely become truth. Using a set of indicators that correlate with terrorist activities, analysts compute the likelihood that a person represents a threat to national security. That is, flawed data become part of routine analysis and reanalysis that wrongly targets individuals. Despite the Obama Administration’s attempts to define PRISM’s consequences narrowly, it is fair to speculate that the burden will fall unfairly on communities of color. Like domestic surveillance under Ashcroft, PRISM collects electronic communications and also stores information indefinitely, a process which again risks wrongly classifying and targeting communities of color. In fact, little is known about the parameters used to define algorithms that search PRISM data or a combination of PRISM and other commercial data. As privacy advocates have argued, characteristics that define everyday behavior of some ethnic and racial minorities –the use of cash versus credit, purchase of a pre-paid cellphone, or mobility (e.g., moving residence frequently) — may also be used as parameters to identify likely terrorist activity. Until there is greater transparency in the nature of data analysis, including the possibility to examine and assess the accuracy of the analysis of telecommunications records, email communications, and other commercial data, ethnic and racial minorities will remain at risk of discriminatory data profiling. For now, there are three potential avenues for addressing the unique problems that govwww.washingtoninformer.com
ernment surveillance poses to communities of color. First, community members can speak up and express their concern about the overbroad nature of government surveillance and demand that decision makers scrutinize its particular effects. That means not only contacting members of Congress and urging them to reform laws like the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act and Patriot Act, but also asking them to lead a broader national conversation on surveillance, online privacy, and justice. Questions of surveillance go beyond national security; they connect to the ability of groups to define themselves as opposed to being defined by flawed algorithms, to partake in everyday transactions and routines without recrimination, and to express themselves without fear of being erroneously categorized and linked to terrorist activity. Aside from pressuring Congress, communities of color can also explore using technology to protect themselves against undue surveillance. This entails using search engine tools like DuckDuckGo, which keep online searches anonymous, or privacy protecting plug-ins like Ghostery that prevent corporate entities from collecting and storing data about an individual surfing the Web. Increasingly, these tools are becoming more user friendly, making it easier for the ordinary individual — as opposed to a person with a programming background — to avoid being tracked and targeted. Lastly, communities of color can connect with organizations that advocate on their behalf to begin thinking holistically about privacy and surveillance in a digital age. A holistic approach means thinking about when, how, and why to share information about oneself and one’s community. With these small steps, we can begin to reclaim our own digital reputations rather than leaving them to corporate and government data analysts. WI Seeta Peña Gangadharan is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI). Her research focuses on the nature of digital inclusion, including inclusion in potentially harmful aspects of Internet adoption due to data mining, data profiling, and other facets of online surveillance and privacy.
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Tsedey Aragie always knew she wanted to work on documentaries and feature films and this past weekend, she reaped the rewards of her hard work. Aragie, born in the District and raised in New Jersey, was recognized by public access channel DCTV with two awards for excellence: New Producer of the Year and Innovative Program of the Year for creativity, production quality and audience impact. “I was surprised I got an award,” she said. “I feel blessed. I’m so very grateful to those who contributed to the show.” For the past two years, Aragie has produced “The 30-Day Health Challenge,” where, in addition to imparting important health information, she also recruited people to begin to change their eating habits and lifestyles over a 30-day period. Aragie said she sees the impact of poor health habits and practices and resolved to do her part to help reverse the negative health trends that affect so many people through holistic and nature modalities. “Your health is your wealth because it should not in any way be undermined,” she said following the awards ceremony. “Often we think things are too big and we’re intimidated. We help people to overcome this.” “Everyone we know is suffering. My parents don’t take any medication and they’re borderline everything. Over the course of 30 days, some people have lost 10to-30 pounds, others stop using The Washington Informer
inhalers or taking blood pressure pills.” Bob Thomas, the station’s vice president of operations, marveled at Aragie’s progress. “It’s hard to do but Tsedey came here a year ago and now, she did all this stuff. I really appreciate her growth,” he said. “The awards are very important because they allow not-famous producers to become known.” Among the winners at the June 22 event was the Washington Informer which won in the Sports category for an interview marking the resurgence of boxing in the District of Columbia. Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes gladly accepted the award. “This is a great team to work with,” said Barnes, of the Informer’s collaboration with DCTV. “Boxing is my favorite sport. We have a new gym in Southeast and growing talent that’s emerging. Thanks to everybody who helped pull this together.” DCTV Board Chairman Kojo Nnamdi – host of The Politics Hour on NPR WAMU, 88.5 FM – said DCTV is the only TV station of its kind in the District and plays a pivotal role in public discourse. “The reason I came to Public Access television 20 years ago is because after working in commercial radio and public TV, most people still didn’t have access to media,” said Nnamdi. “All you have to do is be a resident of a particular area. It takes people and makes them into TV producers, cameramen and personalities.” “What the awards do is show that some of these same people have arrived and that they can compete with others in the indus-
try. This is a great example of democracy.” Board member and Ward 7 resident Janis Hazel agreed. “Whenever the people speak, when the community speaks up in support of program activities, they will prevail. Fifty-four thousand viewers voted for programs, which is a marked increase. We’re expanding our reach in this broadcast medium and streaming as well. This is a huge area of growth and I’m excited for the producers.” Nnamdi and DCTV CEO Nantz Rickard said over the past year, the station served 600 members, completed upgrades “and amplified all voices in the public square.” Camera rentals are up, as is the rental of editing suites as more people create and distribute programs. In all, Nmandi said, DCTV aired 8,700 hours of programming which was broadcast 24 hours a day. “The changes we’re making are important as we meet the challenges of this media,” Nmandi said. “Commercial and local media continues to be undermined. We have to protect and promote this vital role in democracy, commercial access and participation.” Forty-nine entries were judged in nine categories and viewers voted for their favorite programs. In addition, eight producers and production teams earned Awards of Excellence. The number of votes received this year doubles that of previous years.wi To read this story in its entirety, visit www.washingtoninformer.com www.washingtoninformer.com
business Business Exchange He Says He’s ‘Black, but is He Black Enough?’ “If you had a choice of color, which one would you choose my brother?” – Curtis Mayfield – 1969 In the official U.S. 2010 head count, President Barack Obama provided one answer to the question about his ethnic background: African American. Since the option was introduced in 2000, the census figures indicate that the country has 5.2 million multiracial individuals. Americans who check more than one box for race now make up 5 percent of the minority population. It’s of note that Obama didn’t check multiple boxes that were available on the form, or choose the option that allowed him to elaborate on his racial heritage. He simply ticked the box that said “Black, African American, or Negro.” Though he checked the census “Black” box, is Obama “Black” like you and me? To date, Obama has paid no attention to Blacks and their economic challenges. African-American voters are rooted in the belief that Obama’s platform and persona represent “real Black Americans.” They both may have run the streets of Chicago; however, it’s doubtful Obama knows about the late Curtis Mayfield and what he represented. An American singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for his anthemic music, Mayfield recorded and produced “message music” during the 1960s and 1970s. “Choice of Colors,” hit No. 1on Billboard’s R&B chart and reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Neither did Obama grow up under the influence of a weekly Jet and or Ebony magazine adorning the family living room coffee table. As opaque as Obama is to Blacks, fellow Chicago businessman, the late John H. Johnson made his fortune catering to us. He has yet to show up in the East Room in a dashiki, but, his being “Black” and being “there” has spawned “Obamania” among African Americans. Black voters love the fact Obama checked the “Black” box, even though his mother is a White woman from Kansas. His father is a Black Kenyan. Obama’s biracial identity www.washingtoninformer.com
By William Reed helped him build a sizable middle-class American following; it’s also opened up questions as to his authenticity as a Black man. “Obama and the Biracial Factor,” edited by Andrew J. Jolivette, is a book that explores the role of Obama’s mixed-race identity in his path to the presidency. It offers a broad and penetrating view of the importance of race in the ongoing development of American politics. It demonstrates how mixed-race identity reinforces rather than challenges White supremacy within popular discourse. The “not-black-enough” question started when then-senator and presidential candidate Obama refused to attend Tavis Smiley’s State of Black America forum. Smiley suggested that was “the necessary Black vetting space” Black America required. Now, in his second term, voices of dissension about the Obama administration grow louder. But, the masses of African Americans are beguiled that Obama identifies as “Black.” Loyalists argue that “he married Black,” worked among poor people on Chicago’s South Side, and still lives there, and that given the escape valve of biracialism he chooses to identify as Black because of the beauty he sees in his darker self. Each time he’s run for president, Blacks have given Obama their loyalty and votes, lock, stock, and barrel. But idealistically accept Obama’s lack of attention to Black communities and their economic plight. This mindset has been regressive for Blacks as they foolishly ignore the continuance of traditional discrimination practices and have willingly integrated themselves into America’s social and political mainstream. Too many African Americans are willing to ignore Obama’s opaqueness and: Black unemployment remains double that
of Whites; a record high median income gap between White and Black households and a foreclosure rate among African Americans twice that of Whites. One in 15 Black men is incarcerated; they comprise
38 percent of state and federal prison inmates. Blacks refuse to recognize America as two distinct “nations” – one White, one Black, and acknowledge the needs of our race and people and move collectively to shape
political agendas and platforms toward our advantage. wi William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org
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Margot Kirkland, an Advocate for Women Education, Testing for HIV Saves Lives By Joanna Blonska WI Contributing Writer In 1991, Margot Kirkland’s life was full of promise. She was 38-years-old, a mom to two teen boys, in a stable, committed relationship with a third child, a girl this time, on the way. When her doctor ordered a battery of prenatal tests for her, including a routine HIV test, Kirkland, five months pregnant, didn’t think twice. She had had a difficult pregnancy in the past and wanted to be sure this one was going to go smoothly. But at her next OB/GYN visit, one word shattered her happy life – Positive. “I didn’t understand,” Kirkland said. “I had heard of HIV and the only thing I knew was that as soon as you got HIV-infected, you became AIDS-infected and you died … I didn’t know any women that [had HIV]. I didn’t use drugs. I wasn’t promis-
cuous. How could this come into my family?” Kirkland said she became HIV-positive through unprotected sex with her partner. Two decades after her diagnosis, her story isn’t uncommon. In the United States today, African Americans are disproportionately burdened by HIV/AIDS, and black women are among those who are impacted by the virus in dramatic numbers. While they made up 14 percent of the total U.S. female population in 2010, African-American women accounted for 46 percent of the HIV cases among females. Although recent estimates of new HIV infections among black women are trending down, at the end of 2010, African American women accounted for the largest share of women living with an HIV diagnosis. So what’s behind HIV rates among black women?
Margot Kirkland speaks at an HHS Office of Minority Health World AIDS Day event last December. /Photo courtesy of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center
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around the region Thursday, June 27th is National HIV Testing Day and calls awareness to this year’s theme – “Take the Test, Take Control.” HIV testing is important for both prevention and treatment efforts. If you don’t know you have HIV, you can unknowingly pass the virus on to others. Not knowing is not protection. Getting an HIV test is a crucial first step in taking control of your health. If a person tests HIV positive, they can be linked to medical care so that they can stay healthy longer. The Office of Minority Health Resource Center. KIRKLAND continued from Page 18 in the discussion around HIV, it’s not always the reason for transmission. One case-control study, published in 2006 in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, reveals some of the complexities of the epidemic. The study looked at low-income black women in North Carolina, and compared risk behaviors of two groups – women who were HIV-positive and those who were HIV-negative. The study found that 27 percent of the HIV-positive women had no notable high-risk behaviors, and pointed to independent risk factors that did play a role in how the HIV-positive women got infected – factors such as poverty, low educational status, food insecurity and non-monogamous sex partners. Many of the black women who become HIV-positive are women like Kirkland – women who thought they were in committed relationships and who were unknowingly exposed to the virus through their partner’s behavior, not their own. Citing the increased prevalence of HIV in black men, particularly in urban areas, researchers note that with each new sexual relationship, black women face a risk of HIV infection. As a Recruitment and Retention Specialist for the Community Education Group (CEG) in Southeast, Kirkland sees first-hand how inter-related social and economic conditions are the drivers of the epidemic among many women, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged among them – the poor www.washingtoninformer.com
and low-income single mothers with children. Supported by a grant from the U.S. Office of Minority Health in Rockville, Md., CEG is a HIV education and outreach organization whose mission is to stop the spread of HIV and to eliminate health disparities. The organization tackles social determinants of health directly by training community health workers, educating and testing individuals in need, and sharing their expertise with other organizations. “Everybody knows that HIV is driven by poverty,” Kirkland said. Poverty traps women in circumstances and environments that are unsafe, she said. A woman with children, who is not working or underemployed, will inevitably struggle to make ends meet. She may go into public housing and find herself in areas that are unsafe and plagued by drugs and crime. These same women may engage in relationships that put them at risk. After living in silence with the virus for a decade, Kirkland is today a vocal advocate for HIV-positive women in addition to her work with CEG, where she educates people about HIV and links them to care. Having experienced years of social alienation due to her positive status, in 2011, she founded the Washington, D.C.-based women’s support group called A Positive Perspective. Her “thick skinned” outspokenness, as she puts it, has taken her to the White House and more recently to a center stage seat last year at the 2012 International AIDS Conference, the first time in over two decades the event was held on U.S. soil. She talked about the need to
Margot Kirkland (left, at podium) with Toni Young, Founder and Executive Director of Community Education Group, at an HHS Office of Minority Health World AIDS Day event last December. /Photo courtesy of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center
improve social conditions for women, including better education to help women achieve a greater sense about the choices they have. Women who have low academic attainment or have inadequate social support and resources suffer gender inequality in relationships and lack the tools to make better choices, including
about their health, she said. “I’m lucky,” Kirkland said. “I met women who embraced me and who educated me and who took this walk of living with HIV with me in order for me to stay sane and whole.” “Women need to find their voice,” she said. Being able to recognize a “healthy relationship
can help to protect [women] from becoming HIV positive because [they’ll] know how to negotiate for [themselves] … and [they’ll] also know how to get tested and demand that [their] partner get tested.”WI To find an HIV/AIDS testing site, call the Office of Minority Health Resource Center at 1-800-444-6472.
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Victims of Red Line Crash Remembered By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer A candlelight vigil marking the fourth anniversary of the Red Line train crash that claimed the lives of nine people, was held Saturday at Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church on New Hampshire Avenue in Northeast. The horrific crash has been described as the worst commuter train mishap in the District’s history. It occurred at the height of the evening rush hour on June 22, 2009, when a train collided into another that had stopped on the tracks. Eighty other passengers were injured.
“It’s very hard for me to even hear the rumbling of the train,” said vigil organizer Tawanda Brown, whose 23-year-old daughter, LaVonda “Nikki” King of Northeast counted among the fatalities. “I still have anxiety about it. I just imagine the screeching, the impact, her screams, those things still are vivid and play in my head.” Others who died in the crash included Mary Doolittle, 59, of Northwest; Veronica Dubose, 29, of Northwest; Ana Fernandez, 40, of Hyattsville, Md.; Dennis Hawkins, 64, of Southeast; Cameron Williams, 37, whose address was unknown at
A memorial service commemorating the fourth anniversary of the June 2009 Red Line train crash was held this past weekend at Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church on New Hampshire Avenue in Northeast. /Photo by Roy Lewis
the time of the derailment; David Wherley Jr. and his wife, Ann – both 62, of Southeast. Brown, who’s raising her
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daughter’s two young sons, said however, that she’s trying to heal. “I’m at a place of accepting that I’ve lost Nikki,” she said. “[My grandsons] have wiped my tears. They tell me it’s OK. They tell me stories about their mom and they’ve kept me strong.” Several family members and friends of the victims attended the vigil where a memorial has been erected at a bridge overlooking the crash site in Northeast.
However, the National Park Service is teaming up with the District government to construct a memorial park where the crash occurred between Greater St. Paul Baptist Church and an overpass on New Hampshire Avenue. The park is expected to be completed in time for the fifth anniversary of the crash next year.wi
NOTICE OF COMMISSION HEARING GENERAL DOCKET NO. 117, IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF THE OFFICE OF THE PEOPLE’S COUNSEL FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE BUSINESS PRACTICES OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SUPPLIERS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (“Commission”) announces a public hearing on July 12, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Commission’s office to receive information and comment on a number of issues related to the marketing and sales practices of retail suppliers, marketers and brokers serving residential and commercial electricity and natural gas customers in the District.
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The recent experiences of consumers with alternative energy suppliers, marketers and brokers who are soliciting their business;
Practices and steps taken by retail energy suppliers, marketers and brokers licensed in the District of Columbia;
Explanation of enrollment processes, verification methods, and record retention for customers’ acceptance of a product offer, contract renewal, and contract revisions that are being used in the District of Columbia;
Voluntary efforts and best practices by retail energy suppliers, marketers and brokers to protect consumer rights; and
Suggested revisions to the Commission’s existing consumer protection regulations (15 DCMR §§ 327.1 - 327.54 (2008): Customer Protection Standards Applicable to Energy Suppliers) that will improve customer protection and which may facilitate greater public availability and understanding of competitive energy supply options.
The public hearing will convene at 10:00 A.M., on July 12, 2013 in the Commission’s Hearing Room. Persons wishing to testify at the hearing should have their names placed on the witness list by contacting the Office of the Commission Secretary by telephone at (202) 626-5150, by email at www.dcpsc.org., or submit testimony in writing at the above address by no later than June 28, 2013.
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Foundation Awards Principal $25,000 Check By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer The founder and administrator of a D.C. Public Charter School has been named one of three recipients of the prestigious Ryan Award for meritorious leadership. The award, which Shantelle Wright received on June 18, was made possible through the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation. It celebrates principals nationwide who’ve demonstrated quick turnarounds in achievement among low-income and minority students during the past three years at schools located in historically underserved communities. Since opening Achievement Prep in 2008, Wright has subscribed to the mantra that “every child deserves a quality public education.” She received most of her school leadership training as a participant in the “Building Excellent Schools” fellows program, a national non-profit organization based in Boston, Mass. Wright, along with the other two school administrators received a $25,000 check, and will also have an opportunity to speak to the current class of Ryan Fellows at Accelerate Institute in Chicago.
“We created the Ryan Awards to highlight the leaders of the most successful transformational schools in the U.S.,” said Pat Ryan, founder of the Accelerate Institute. “We want to honor these heroes and to enlist them as role models, and help current and future principals learn from their successes.” Students, parents, members of Achievement Prep’s board, the D.C. Public Charter School Board and other local officials gathered last week for the assembly at the school on Wahler Place in Southeast to extend their congratulations to Wright. According to a statement issued by Achievement Prep officials, over the past five years its 315 students – all of whom are African Americans and who live in Ward 8 – have out-performed their peers in other charter and public schools on standardized tests. In the past the school, which offers a rigorous college preparatory program, has served 4th- through 8th-grade students. However, this fall its curriculum will expand to accommodate students from pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade at its two campuses in Ward 8. In 2012 for instance, Achievement Prep boasted a math proficiency rate of 86.0 percent and a reading proficiency rate of 67.9
Shantelle Wright, founder and administrator of Achievement Prep Academy in Southeast, recently received a check for $25,000 from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah
percent. Susan Cannon, Achievement Prep’s chief academic officer, said that the success achieved by students at the tuition-free school “proves that when you fully engage and equip scholars to aim high, work hard and feel great about achieving at high levels, their personal and family circumstances don’t have to determine their success or failure
in school or in life.” Wright, a former D.C. attorney, who was raised in a poor, urban neighborhood in upstate New York, has said that her students are academically outperforming students across the District, including their counterparts in affluent upper Northwest schools. “All children, regardless of the color of their skin or the zip
code where they live, can excel when provided with high standards [and] high accountability settings,” Wright said. “We’re seeing outstanding results in our scholars because we operate Achievement Prep in a high-expectation, no-excuses culture. We challenge our scholars to dream big, and it works.” wi
THE DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DDOT) in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 26, proposes its FY 2013-2015 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) overall goal of 18% for Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-assisted projects, of which 12% is race-conscious and 6% is race-neutral. Further, DDOT proposes its FY 2012 - 2014 overall DBE goal of 11.5% for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – assisted projects, of which 10% is race-conscious and 1.5% is race neutral. For more information about race-conscious and race neutral measures visit http://bit.ly/11WZl3P. The Public may review and comment on the triennial goals for 45 days. Records relative to statistical data collected and methodology used to determine the goals are on file for public inspection for 30 days beginning Monday, June 24, 2013 until the close of business on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 55 M Street, S.E. Washington, D.C. 3rd Floor, District Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights, Monday through Friday during normal business hours (8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.) The Office of Civil Rights will accept comments on the goals until close of business on Monday, August 26, 2013. All comments should be submitted in writing, to the attention of: Lisa Gregory, Chief, Office of Civil Rights, District Department of Transportation, 55 M Street, S.E., 3rd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20003. A public forum will be held at the above address in Room 439 at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2013 to solicit comments regarding the establishment of DDOT’s overall DBE goals. We encourage all interested parties to attend the forum to express their views. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, or place of residence or business as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, and other related statutes. If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact Ms. Jordyne Blaise at (202) 671-5117 or Jordyne.Blaise@dc.gov 72 hours in advance. These services will be provided free of charge. Please contact Ms. Glenda Payne at (202) 671-0479 for questions concerning this notice.
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Black Music Month
Phyllis Hyman: ASingerVoice Quieted Too Soon Died Tragically 18 Years Ago By Stacy M. Brown WI Contributing Writer Phyllis Hyman possessed both beauty and brains. But, it was the singer’s powerful voice that captivated so many during her relatively brief music career. “I never heard anyone sing like Phyllis Hyman,” said Norman Connors, who produced many of Hyman’s biggest hits, such as the remake of the Stylistics classic, “Betcha By Golly Wow.” “She had no fear, she was amazing,” said Connors, 63. Hyman died just days before her 46th birthday on June 30, 1995, after overdosing on sleeping pills in her New York apartment, on the East side of Manhattan. She was found unconscious just hours before a scheduled performance at the famed Apollo Theater. Hyman’s death was declared a suicide and authorities found a note which read: “I’m tired. I’m tired. Those of you that I love know who you are. May God bless you.” She was a popular jazz club singer in New York when Connors discovered her during a performance at a local jazz club in 1975. He immediately recruited her to sing, “Betcha By Golly Wow,” on his 1976, “You Are My Starship,” album. That performance resulted in Hyman being signed by Buddah Records, where she would release her self-titled solo debut album. Born in Philadelphia on July 6, 1949, Hyman grew up listening to the music of James Brown, Karen Carpenter and Minnie Ripperton. Hyman ultimately recorded nine solo albums between 1977 and 1995, scoring many hits on the pop and R&B music charts. She was named Best New R&B Vocalist by Record World magazine in 1977 and the title song from her best selling 1979 album, “You Know How to Love
Me,” has proven to be her signature tune. Two years later, Hyman released the single, “Can’t We Fall in Love Again,” a duet with Michael Henderson, which soared onto the Top 10 pop music charts. “She stood out in the family as being a star even when we needed her as the watchdog of the family,” Jean Hyman, Phyllis’ younger sister said in a TV One interview last year. “I heard a song on the radio playing and then I heard just one voice singing, so I walked down the hallway [in our home] and realized that it was Phyllis singing and she sounded better than anyone on the radio,” she said. Hyman’s voice also could be heard on several commercial jingles for companies that included Burger King, Welch’s Grape Drink, Sasson Jeans, American Airlines, Clairol and others. In 1981, she landed a part on Broadway in the Duke Ellington musical, “Sophisticated Ladies.” Her rendition of jazz standards such as, “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and “In a Sentimental Mood,” earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and a Theatre World Award for Most Promising New Talent. She went on to collaborate with The O’Jays, Grover Washington Jr., the legendary Four Tops and others. Hyman also made her mark as an actress, appearing in such films as “Lenny,” “Too Scared to Scream,” Spike Lee’s “School Daze,” and “The Doorman.” “Working with Phyllis Hyman was an experience. Such a beautiful voice beyond compare,” said Kenneth Gamble, 70, the record producer and songwriter from the famed Philadelphia Gamble and Huff duo. After signing with Gamble and Huff ’s Philadelphia International Records, Hyman released two of her greatest albums, “Living All Alone,” and “Prime of My Life,” which included the No.1 hit, “Don’t Wanna Change
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the World.” “If you walked into a room with closed eyes and heard her sing one note, you knew that it was the voice of the great Phyllis Hyman,” said Gamble, about Hyman in 2012. When she should have been soaring like a songbird, Hyman became just another soul singer, loved by the public, yet discarded by a record industry that had no idea about what to do with her contemporaries, said Pierre Perrone, a music writer with the UK Independent who covered The Washington Informer
Hyman’s death. As Hyman reached the age of 40 and approached her creative peak, the singer’s personal problems surfaced, people close to her said. Alcohol dependency, weight gain and the fear of losing her good looks haunted her, which led to erratic behavior, said Chris Rizik, publisher of the online music news website, Soul Tracks. “Ultimately, her personal demons overcame her, and she committed suicide, shocking her legions of fans,” Rizik said.
Months after her suicide, the posthumous album, “I Refuse To Be Lonely,” was released by Arista Records. “As with many great artists, Phyllis Hyman has become more appreciated posthumously. Though her popularity during her life was generally limited to soul and smooth jazz audiences, her influence on songstresses from Anita Baker to Tamia is evident,” Rizik said. “Her music has aged wonderfully, much of it sounding as engaging now as it did a quarter century ago.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com
Black Music Month
Rock On! A Look at African-American Rockers, Old and New By Shantella Y. Sherman WI Staff Writer Since the release of thefirst rock and roll song, “Rocket 88,” by Ike Turner and Kings of Rhythm in 1951, the music genre has moved unceremoniously in and out of black culture. Influenced heavily by the riffs and tempos of blues and gospel, by the 1960s, rock music had taken a backseat culturally, to the soul music factories that were Motown and Philadelphia International Records. In short order, some of the most prolific African-American rock bands left the business, moved to Europe, or changed their styles. “Race and sometimes racism played a part in shifting the rock genre out of black hands. A lot of times, as soon as a black face was associated with a particular sound that whites enjoyed, record labels, radio stations and club owners, pulled back from it,” retired radio personality Morton Sanders said. Sanders, 79, who spent 12 years at KROX-radio in Clarksdale, Miss., said the fear of integrated airwaves leading to social integration, determined what was considered appropriate music for each race. Those restrictions often dictated which songs, artists, and genres were for “blacks” or “whites” based on the race of the performer, rather than the sound. “Whenever a song by a black performer was played, we announced first that a ‘race song’ was next and who the artist was. This gave whites an opportunity to turn it off. A lot of white kids kept listening and they enjoyed whatever was played. When acts like Little Richard and Chuck Berry became popular with them, we’d get watered down versions of the same song by a white band,” Sanders said. Eventually black rock and blues acts merged under a single label, R&B, and later, Soul. Sanders said that by the time bands like Death and performers like Tina Turner began making
major headway outside R&B and Soul, rock music was largely considered a white genre. “When Tina Turner made her comeback she wanted to get out there with the [Rolling] Stones, and Bryan Adams, and fill stadiums. She made it OK for black women to throw on mini-skirts, kick, scream and belt out those rock songs. She was middle of the road, but bridged some of the harder rockers to a different age group,” Sanders said. The success or failure of black rockers continued to rest at times on their being accepted as legitimate performers or an unwillingness among artists to water down their styles. In the case of the Detroit-based band Death – comprised of brothers David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney – a record deal with Clive Davis was tabled because of their name. “Clive liked our record. He told us that we would have a record deal if we changed the name. So we are told, ‘Clive Davis is about to go to Columbia and he likes what you guys are doing, but he says the name Death has got to go.’ I [could] tell that David was thinking about changing the name maybe for a split second because he had his head down. But that spirit of resolve was in him. He said, ‘Tell Clive Davis to go to hell,’” Dannis Hackney said. “These guys were a hardcore, head-banging rock band – that Alice Cooper-style. They were stuck in the middle of the Motown sound and really couldn’t get arrested until now – 30 years later when someone finds their old masters and goes crazy over them,” Sanders said. The band’s meteoric rise to success after tossing their work into storage is the subject of a new documentary, A Band Called Death, playing this week during the AFI – Silver Docs festival. “It is one of the most amazing stories to come along in a long while. It shows how rockers like Living Colour, Lenny Kravitz, and even the new young rockers
Clockwise: Members of the band Death, David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney, stored their master hard rock tapes for decades after refusing to change their name, only to recently become overnight sensations. Rock icon Tina Turner began singing what was termed “soul with the grease,” with ex-husband Ike as The Ike & Tina Turner Revue. She changed genres in the early 80s and went on sold out football stadiums as a rocker. / Courtesy photos
Eleven-year-olds comprise the metal band Unlocking the Truth, who hail from Flatbush, New York. / Courtesy photo.
out of Flatbush, may still face raised eyebrows, because black people are still not thought of as rockers,” Sanders said. The rockers out of Flatbush, the band, Unlocking the Truth, includes Malcolm Brickhouse (electric guitar), Alec At-
kins (bass), and Jarad Dawkins (drums), all 11-year-old, sixth graders. Their message is plain and simple: Be yourself. With a CD release expected by summer’s end, Malcolm takes the ribbing by schoolmates over their choice of music genres and
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their unique style in stride. “Since I wear nail polish, which is not normal; people bother me about it. At times it offends me, at times it doesn’t. So, I just write songs about it,” Malcolm said. WI “We say, ‘Rock on!’”
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Voting Rights: We Must Remain Ever Vigilant
While those of us in the regular world navigate, struggle, win and lose in our daily lives, it seems that the “wise men” in the U.S. Supreme Court live in an alternate universe. Tuesday’s ruling on Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is further evidence of how far the court’s right wing sits from the court of public opinion. By a 5-4 ruling, the court struck down a critical part of the Voting Rights Act that aided Civil Rights activists beginning 60 years ago to topple a raft of voting restrictions that the South used to deny African Americans their constitutional right. Chief Justice John Roberts claims that our country has changed but it hasn’t changed as much as he would like us to believe. That the conservative bloc of the court would vote to loosen this law now illustrates not just their myopia, but a point of view that is seriously misguided and legal arguments that are vacuous as best. In recent years, Republican legislators around the United States have been working overtime in a cynical attempt to block prospective Democratic voters from going to the polls. Prior to the 2012 general elections, the GOP engineered a wave of voter suppression laws or introduced legislation currently being considered in 41 states designed to disenfranchise minorities, the elderly, the poor, students, and disabled voters. Now, the Supreme Court justices have rushed to the aid of these miscreants and let loose the hounds. Section 5 of the Act was reauthorized by Congress in 2006 for an additional 25 years. It allows the federal government to pre-emptively refuse changes to electoral law in states and counties that carry a history of discriminating against non-white voters. The law covered nine states and sections of seven more, primarily in the South. We agree with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that “Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” Lucky for us, the court isn’t the only avenue for those seeking redress. The justices fired the first salvo but we do have Congress and the executive branch to blunt the fallout from this decision. Today’s ruling, while not a surprise, is a not too subtle reminder that in 2013 we’re no longer confronted by Klansmen in white robes, but influential people, who while dressed in black robes, suits and ties, still carry with them the power to germinate and disseminate among us the seeds of prejudice, racism and discrimination.
They say that we can judge the compassion of a nation by the way that it treats the elderly, the vulnerable and our children. By this measure alone, America and most of us in the District fall far short of properly caring for and protecting the elderly from abuse, neglect and exploitation. During Elderly Abuse Awareness Month, we’ve heard more about the issues and challenges of the elderly than we otherwise would. The stories are heartbreaking: seniors neglected and abused, mistreated, and conned out of their hard-earned money and property by caregivers, trustees, family members and unscrupulous lawyers. When lawyers looted the estate of her mother, Hilda Mason and her stepfather, Carolyn Nicholas became a crusader for the elderly in the District. At a recent symposium on elderly abuse, Nicholas and other speakers explained what needs to be done: City officials and the courts must begin to more energetically enforce the monitoring of those taking care of the elderly and prosecute offenders. Last month, Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry introduced legislation which punishes those who steal from and abuse senior citizens with fines, jail time and restitution. And recently, 39 ministers sent a letter to Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), urging him to schedule a hearing. He relented and the hearing is set for July 8 at 11:30 a.m., at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest. We hope the Council Chambers will be overflowing with concerned citizens. www.washingtoninformer.com
Dads Make the Difference!
The article, “We Need Our Fathers” by Jawanza Kunjufu in the National section of your June 20th edition really tells it like it is. Mr. Kunjufu is very clear about linking many of today’s problems that relate to black children to the fact that so many of them don’t have fathers in their homes. Fathers bind the family together, and it’s almost a necessity to have a father in a child’s life so that they can develop mentally, spiritually and physically. Every child needs his or her father, especially our young black males. They need to be able to watch their fathers and learn from them, to be strong and wise. That means black fathers have to be fathers to their children, all of their children. Mr. Kunjufu describes for us six types of fathers. As black men, we should all attempt to be like his sixth example. Edward Percy Washington, D.C.
Thanks for the Good News
Thanks for the positive news coverage as it pertains to the Washington Metropolitan area. I know that it must be hard for the paper and its writers to resist the temptation to cover all the negative news that’s constantly being disseminated in and around the immediate vicinity. Our community needs to be aware that there are positive events taking place in the midst of this chaos surrounding all of our neighborhoods and communities – whether it takes place in the District, Maryland or Virginia. We need to know and be reassured that our children are succeeding in elementary, middle and high school and in college, and not just being incarcerated at unprecedented rates. When we know good things are taking place, it makes people feel good, and when people feel good and are pleasantly surprised, people tend to do good deeds. It’s a wonderful circle, and I think that The Washington Informer is a major part of that circle.
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By Julianne Malveaux
A Maximum Effort Needs to be Made for the Minimum Wage
It seems that the term “poverty” has been sidelined from our national discourse, even though 15 percent of all Americans, and 26 percent of African Americans experience poverty. The Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law on June 25, 1938, so perhaps 75 years later is a good time to explore the roots of the minimum wage and why it remains important. The genesis of the Fair Labor
Standards Act was a note a girl wrote in Bedford, Mass. when Franklin D. Roosevelt was campaigning for his second term as president. The note said, “I wish you could do something to help us girls…We have been working in a sewing factory. Up until a few weeks ago we were getting our minimum pay of $11 a week…Today the 200 of us girls have been cut to $4, $5 and $6 a week.” In the middle of the Great Depression, young women were earning between 10 and 15 cents
an hour. Responding to the note, Roosevelt signed legislation that dealt with issues of the terms and conditions of work, including wages. The law limited weekly hours to 44, established the minimum wage at 25 cents an hour, and banned child labor. When the law was passed, it applied to industries that employed only a fifth of the workforce. Private household workers (or “domestics,” mostly African American women), and farm workers (mostly African American at that time, though later
mostly Latino) were exempted from the law. There was enormous resistance to the legislation. Indeed the bill was, at one point, described as “unconstitutional.” Roosevelt signed 121 bills, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, after Congress had adjourned. Essentially, FLSA restored textile workers, and many like them, to the $11 a week that was considered barely livable. In a fireside chat, Roosevelt chided the bill’s detractors, “Do not let any calamity-howling exec-
utive with an income of $1,000 a day…tell you…that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry.” Fast forward. Now domestic workers are included in the Fair Labor Standards Act to the point that employers are required to issue these workers W-2 forms if they are regular workers, to withhold Social Security and other federally-mandated taxes from their pay, and to match
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By George E. Curry
Affirmative Action Polls Show Deep Racial Gulf In the months leading up to this week’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, a public opinion poll by ABC News and the Washington Post showed that 76 percent of Americans oppose affirmative action in college admissions. However, a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that 68 percent of Americans favor the principles behind affirmative action.
How do Americans really feel about affirmative action? The short answer is that it depends on how the question is asked. The ABC/Washington Post question, asked June 5-9, was posed this way: “Overall, do you support or oppose allowing universities to consider applicants’ race as a factor in deciding which students to admit?” Of those responding, 76 percent opposed, 22 percent voiced support and 2 percent were undecided.
Public Religion Research Institute, which conducted a poll May 15-19, phrased its question differently: “In order to make up for past discrimination, do you favor or oppose programs which make special efforts to help blacks and other minorities get ahead?” More than two-thirds of the respondents – 68 percent – favored such efforts, 24 percent opposed, 6 percent were unsure and 2 percent provided other replies.
Note the wording of the questions. The ABC/Washington Post question provided no context for evaluating affirmative action admissions, only whether respondents support or oppose using race as a factor. On the other hand, the Public Religion Research Institute approach placed the issue within the context of “past discrimination” and using “special efforts” to help people of color get ahead. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted May 30-June 2,
showed Americans evenly divided on the issue. Respondents were asked to choose between two statements: A) Affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract the effects of discrimination against minorities, and are a good idea as long as there are no rigid quotas and B) Affirmative action programs have gone too far in favoring minorities, and should be ended because they unfairly
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By Lee A. Daniels
A Housing ‘Black Tax’ If home ownership is, overwhelmingly, the foundation of individuals’ and families’ economic security in America, Black Americans face a profoundly difficult predicament. For when it comes to that signal marker, the wrenching economic shocks of the past half-decade have wiped out at least 14 years of Black Americans’ climb up the homeownership ladder. That’s the inescapable assess-
ment to be drawn from a series of recent reports on discrimination in the home buying market, and on homes foreclosed on as a result of the Great Recession. These developments point to a “perfect storm” of individual, institutional and structural racism that – along with such largely race-neutral economic developments as the new surge of all-cash deals for home purchases in some metropolitan areas and the nation’s growing income inequality – will undermine many Black Americans’
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ability to become homeowners for years to come. What happened between then and now illustrates how powerfully the “Black tax” – the greater economic and social cost the society’s ingrained racism forces Black Americans to endure – has operated the housing sector. The prosperity that marked the 1990s brought unprecedented job and wage gains to Blacks along with other Americans. That, in turn, fueled steady rise of Black homeownership. But far too often the price The Washington Informer
many Blacks, Latino- and Asian Americans had to pay for home loans was unjustifiably steep. During the last decade study after study has shown that Black, Latino-, and Asian American homebuyers were forced to accept subprime mortgages far more often than their White counterparts. Those mortgages, which carry significantly higher interest rates and other costs than conventional, prime mortgages, are typically for buyers with substandard credit ratings. But the studies established that
in many instances, banks and mortgage lending institutions forced these loans – which reap higher fees for the lender – on prospective home buyers of color despite their being qualified for conventional mortgages. One result of that, according to a new report by a national coalition of community organizations and housing groups, was that when the Great Recession hit, the housing bubble burst, and job layoffs mushroomed,
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By Harry C. Alford
An Open Letter to the Chair of the CBC manage their employees and thus never hire them for work. The end result is the business being void of any Black workers and the former Black employees will soon be unemployed. Let’s look at the historical background on these 43 years of Jim Crow activity. To enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Lyndon Johnson executed Executive Order 11246. From there Secretary of Labor George Schultz (Nixon Administration) ordered Dr. Arthur A. Fletcher
Chair Fudge: We are very disturbed that elected officials as well as civil rights organizations have this cordial relationship with construction unions. Construction unions have consistently discriminated against Black workers and contractors. 98% of all Black construction firms are nonunion. There is a reason- if they join a union the union will
to integrate construction employment on federal projects. Dr. Fletcher, former Chair of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, rolled out the Philadelphia Plan. From there he went to Chicago and eventually every major city in the United States. George Meany of the AFL-CIO was enraged and demanded the firing of Secretary Schultz. Dr. Fletcher had to have two secret service agents escort him on his tours. Meany was so furious that President Nixon sought advice from FBI Director J. Edgar
Hoover. Today, we find construction unions holding on to that same evil attitude. With the exception of general labor and cement positions (lowest paying crafts), construction unions are in violation of Executive Order 11246 in each and every one of the other crafts. They shouldn’t even be certified as unions. These construction unions are a prime contributor to Black unemployment. Show us a big city union town such as Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis and
Los Angeles to name a few and we can show an inflamed “CUP Factor” (crime, unemployment and poverty). If you compare the states of Maryland and Virginia who have almost identical racial demographics, you will find that Virginia has three times the number of Blacks working highway construction than Maryland. Virginia is a Right to Work state and Maryland is not. Philadelphia came under so much pressure from the Black
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By Raynard Jackson
What it Means to be an American the betterment of America. There was a time when we were simply all Americans. Then we became Irish-Americans, Jewish-Americans, African-Americans, Homosexual-Americans, Illegal-Americans, etc. Blacks, Jews, and Mexicans celebrated their heritage, but still considered themselves Americans first. Now that has all changed. You have people in the country that cannot speak English and have no interest in learning. They expect America to accommodate their unwilling-
With the deepening polarization of our country, I have been reflecting on the cause of this polarization. One of the major issues confronting the U.S. is what it means to be an American. This may sound a bit trite, but this is at the heart of a lot of the intractable problems we are facing as a country. Everyone wants to carve out their own identity, with individuality being the motivating force behind the move, not
ness to learn our language. Now you have illegals in the country demanding rights; homosexuals wanting to become a protected class based on their sexual preference, and you have the county of Los Angeles required to print ballots in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Japanese, and Korean. These ballots are mandated by federal law. The Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 was originally enacted to prohibit state and local governments from denying or abridging the right to
vote “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude,” a right guaranteed by the 15th Amendment. It applied to political jurisdictions with a history of denying such rights to Black Americans and was specifically aimed at removing barriers to voter registration. It was intended to be a temporary remedy. But in 1975, Congress greatly expanded the Voting Rights Act’s original intent by inserting special protections for “language minorities.” The so-called language mi-
norities singled out for protection under Section 203 of the Act were: American Indians, Asian Americans, Alaskan Natives, and citizens of Spanish Heritage. For the first time in our history, states and counties with substantial populations of these newly-protected protected language minorities were required to provide ballot and election materials in languages other than English. Our shared values, not our
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By Askia Muhammad
Nelson Mandela: Madiba Unchained The people of South Africa are resigned over the condition of their beloved patron, Nelson Mandela. He was affectionately addressed as “Madiba.” He was truly the Father of his nation. I have many truly fond memories of “Madiba.” I watched with glee on live television as he walked out of the Robben Island prison where he had been held unjustly for more than 27 years. www.washingtoninformer.com
Just two years later, en route to Harare, Zimbabwe as part of the Rev. Dr. Leon Sullivan’s African-African American Summit, we were greeted by then President Mandela at a reception. His words have been with me ever since. He said that waging the revolutionary struggle to gain power in South Africa had been the “easy” part. Mandela warned that it is much more difficult to govern. He said once he was in power, he was offered temptations he had “never dreamed of,” in order to get him to com-
promise or betray his principles. He never did. Wisely, as South Africa’s first freely elected president in which the 85 percent Black majority was permitted to vote, Madiba retained the Afrikaner defense minister for his first few months in office. I figured Mandela wanted to make sure he “made copies of all the keys” to all the jail cells, and weapons caches and other secret stashes throughout the country before replacing the White man who had been in charge of those places when he
took power. Brilliant! To the frustration of some, Mandela championed the country’s “Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” which granted amnesty to the White Afrikaner officials who came forward on their own and confessed the sins they committed against Black folks, rather than waiting to be hunted down and prosecuted for their dirty crimes against South African humanity. Many came forward. Others fled. Still others tried to hide. In the end all will get what’s coming to them just
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as we all will get what’s coming to us. Concerning his health, around 15 years ago, he was once said to have cancer. He said: “When you reach my age, you don’t die from cancer, you die with cancer.” He had an amusing sense of humor. Madiba – Nelson Mandela – never betrayed his allies and friends who supported his country’s armed struggle, and who stood by him when his country labeled him a “terrorist” and
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Safeway’s 21st Annual National Capital Barbecue Battle!
Chef Chris Moyer prepares barbecue on the Safeway Sampling Pavilion & Demonstration Stage during the Safeway Barbecue Battle XXI in Northwest on Saturday, June 22. /Photo by Roy Lewis
Thousands converged on the nation’s capital to compete and sample barbecue during Safeway’s 21st Annual Barbecue Battle in Northwest on Saturday, June 22. Crowds can be seen walking along Pennsylvania Avenue, enjoying the day and the food. /Photo by Roy Lewis
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The barbecue competition heats up during Safeway’s 21st Annual Barbecue Battle on Saturday, June 22. Chefs, foodies and others compete for cash awards and prizes based on the best barbecue. /Photo by Roy Lewis
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Sculptor’s Bronze of Douglass Finds a Permanent Home By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer For more than two years, the statue of Frederick Douglass stood in the foyer of One Judiciary Square in Northwest, destined for the Capitol but stuck in a political and legislative limbo. But all that changed on June 19 after more than a decade of efforts to get a statue representing the District of Columbia in Congress’ Statuary Hall culminated with a stirring dedication ceremony of a 7-foot statue of Douglass, a renowned abolitionist, orator, author, and diplomat. Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, Douglass descendants, and a host of D.C. politicos, luminaries and residents crowded into Emancipation Hall at the Capitol Visitor’s Center for the unveiling. “When it comes to equality in our country, Frederick Douglass’ voice is still being heard. Indeed, it is appropriate that his statue would represent the District of Columbia for his advocacy of D.C. voting rights and his decision www.washingtoninformer.com
to spend the last years of his life at Cedar Hill in Washington,” Pelosi said. “Today, the more than 600,000 citizens of Washington will see a statue finally representing them in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol – a tribute to him and again, to the relentless leadership of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.” “We know that a single statue is not enough. What Frederick Douglass and so many of us want is full representation in the halls of Congress. As Frederick Douglass wrote of the people of D.C., ‘They have neither voice nor vote.’ And it is incumbent upon all of us to right this wrong of history and to afford the District of Columbia the voice it deserves.” Biden said the same. “Many District representatives and residents like Rep. Norton can trace their families back to former slaves who entered this District seeking freedom and helped build this city,” he said. “The people of the District made the right choice in selecting Frederick Douglass as their representative, and they put both Eleanor Holmes Norton and Frederick Douglass in this Capitol, and quite frankly, I don’t see either of them leaving until all District residents get their voice.” Douglass was born enslaved
but escaped in 1838 by putting on a sailor’s uniform, boarding a train in Havre de Grace, Md., and making his way to New York. Douglass taught himself to read and write, with the help of his master’s wife, and later established The North Star, the largest African-American newspaper at the time. He was as an unapologetic crusader seeking freedom and equality of blacks and women. The dedication thrust sculptor Steven Weitzman into the limelight. Of the dedication ceremony he said simply: “What a grand affair it was…” Weitzman struggled to put into words how thrilled he is to have created the Douglass statue. “Truly it’s an honor and a privilege beyond my ability to fathom,” he said. “I knew of Douglass and some of his history when I competed. But as I researched him I realized the profundity, power and significance of this man. How do you create an image of someone who’s so dynamic in a movement or capture a gesture in a finite piece? Weitzman, New York born and Los Angeles raised, is a nationally acclaimed artist and sculptor and master of the multi-disciplinary approach to public art. His 40-
year career includes commissions, urban and environmental designs, heroic scale figurative bronze, glass and terrazzo artwork, and large-scale highway and bridge projects. An entrepreneur and innovator, he runs three separate but related businesses under one roof in his Hyattsville, Md., studio and offices. He moves between creating bas relief structures that may be as high as 25-feet tall and four miles long, creating roadside sculptures, as well as working as a painter, illustrator and commercial artist. He has created wing walls on sections of highways in several states; developed and installed the multimedia, interactive flooring for the new cutting-edge, 200,000-square-foot museum at the History Colorado Center in Denver; and using a proprietary process he developed called fotera®– or color-controlled concrete – he cast a pictorial timeline of West Atlanta on 1000 feet of sidewalk; and he juggles projects on commercial buildings, and for municipalities, arts commissions and organizations. “I’ve always known with the fullest memory that I wanted to be an artist,” said Weitzman, who spent his formative years in Colo-
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rado. “I’ve been a freelance artist since I was 19. It’s a blessing and a curse. I enjoy the creative process most of all. And doing it on the scale I have is what I never expected.” He describes himself as leader, artist, scheduler, designer and lead sculptor of his company and his 11 employees. “I do the detail work. I’m the precision person and they support me, depending on the job,” said Weitzman. “I do the majority of the work but I guide them. I have an overview of the big picture. We generally work on 10 jobs at the same time. Every minute, every hour – it’s like a dance, a symphony. Everyone has to work together. More and more though, my brilliant staff can anticipate things and work on projects.” Weitzman said his team has never been late in bringing in a project and has never come in over budget. Through it all, his father’s considerable influence continues to loom large, he said. “My father died of cancer when he was 41,” Weitzman said. “He was a graphic and commercial artist, illustrator, oil painter, sculptor, furniture maker and jeweler. I am all this and my brother became a jeweler. It comes through the genes or through the Spirits.” Pictures and graphics Weitzman’s father created claim prominent spots on his office walls. There’s an Edison-Mazda calendar from July 1931; a color rendition of a Harvest Festival in Central Park in 1936; and a cityscape with a Puerto Rican man, a basket on his head standing in an alleyway. “Using hindsight as a guide, I am so privileged to do this,” Weitzman said. “I think what’s really unusual is that in my conversations with other people, I have always known what I was going to do in the future at age 4. It was already preordained.” “The whole thing humbles me. It’s not formulaic. It’s really up to Providence. Just because we have the vision doesn’t mean it will be realized. We’re dealing with the ephemeral and we can see it and feel it all around us. It’s fitting symbols in a manner that produces an emotion. Someone laughs, weeps and cries. It’s a privilege and a responsibility.” wi
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by Reshonda Tate Billingsley c.2013, Dafina Teen $9.95 / $10.95 Canada 263 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer Have you heard about….? Those are four words that are music to your ears. You hear them, and you lean in close because you know you’re about to hear something too juicy to ignore, something too cool to avoid, something you absolutely must know. Gossip is fun and you love hearing it – until you’re on the receiving end. And in the new book “Rumor Central” by Reshonda Tate Billingsley, one tattle-tale
finds her tail in a bunch of trouble. Nobody in South Florida under the age of 21 missed an episode of Miami Divas. Starring Maya Morgan, the show also featured her friends and classmates as they partied, shopped, and dished on musthaves for everyone who was anyone. They had the best of ev-
erything; they were style-makers. Every week, the ratings were off the chain – so it was a surprise to Maya that the show got cancelled. But the producers had another little surprise for her: they wanted Maya to star in a new TV program
that would be filled with gossip. They wanted Maya – but not her friends. This, of course, made Bali, Shay, and Sheridan jealous. Weren’t they all for one, and one for all? Maya didn’t think so. Why couldn’t they understand that this was the opportunity she deserved? It was what she’d been waiting for, for ages. Yes, her friends were jealous – green with envy, in fact, because Maya was meeting and hanging with all kinds of stars and making all kinds of money. They were jealous enough to try and ruin what Maya was doing. One of them even stole Maya’s boyfriend, so imagine how happy they were when the new show, Rumor Central, flopped. To boost ratings and save the show, Maya had to come up with some real gossip. It had to be sensational – something that would make Miami stand up and notice. Fortunately, Maya’s former-friends had been pretty loose with their lips and she knew a lot of secrets. So, while a totally nerdy classmate did her schoolwork for her, Maya
Morgan went on-camera and spilled Miami’s hottest gossip. But someone wanted her to keep her mouth shut. Someone wanted to nix the news. And for Maya Morgan, payback would be a… OK, I hated Maya Morgan. She’s nasty, self-centered, spoiled, obnoxious, and not very nice. I’ve never wanted a come-uppance for a character more than I wanted it for her. Hated. Her. Yep, Maya’s a total brat who only kind-of-almost learns a lesson in this book (the first in a new series) – and that “almost” wasn’t near enough to endear her to me one bit. Author Reshonda Tate Billingsley has made Maya just too selfishly incorrigible, and it’s hard to feel anything for the girl but a lingering distaste. I can handle a dastardly character – most good fiction has at least one – but the villain in this book is insufferably awful. Try this book if you must. Give it a whirl if you have to - but to me, “Rumor Central” is nothing to whisper about. wi
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Buyers looking for a sedan as well regarded for its safety and comfort, the 2013 Subaru Legacy deserves a long look. /Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.
Functional, Stylish Subaru Tops Safety Ratings By Njuguna Kabugi WI Contributing Writer Japanese carmaker Subaru is best known for its sturdy and versatile station wagons. But one of Subaru’s best vehicles, the Legacy, is offered only as a sedan. It’s also a car that flies below the radar of midsize sedan shoppers who continue to buy Honda Accords, Ford Fusions, Toyota Camrys and Nissan Altimas in ever increasing numbers. But in a group of well-mannered and homogeneous midsize family sedans, the 2013 Subaru Legacy is an attractive choice for the right kind of car shopper. Though it lacks the stellar fuel economy of the Nissan Altima or the avant-garde design of the new Ford Fusion, the Legacy has its share of virtues. By itself, the Toyota Camry outsells the entire Subaru lineup; yet according to industry sources, just about everything Subaru sells is flying off dealers’ lots this year. Its May sales represented a 34 percent increase over May 2012 and the best sales month in company history. Year-to-date sales for Subaru show a 21 percent increase over the same period in 2012. Subaru, one of Japan’s smaller automakers, is surviving in the tough U.S. market by focusing on really being good at a very few things. With only limited rewww.washingtoninformer.com
sources, Subaru sidesteps heavyweights by offering vehicles that excel in safety and reliability. A Consumer Reports magazine survey rated the company’s cars as some of the best in America. In a recent feature, it ranked Subaru above most manufacturers, including Mercedes-Benz and BMW in comfort, utility, and reliability. Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) which is the industry’s arbiter of residual value and usedcar prices, named Subaru the leader in retained value among mainstream brands. And after crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made Subaru a “top safety pick” across its entire product line, a distinction no other manufacturer can claim. I recently drove the Legacy for more than a week, covering the crowded Washington, D.C. Metro area and wide stretches of Maryland and Virginia countryside. Whether in stop-and-go District of Columbia rush-hour traffic or wide stretches of rural Maryland, the Subaru gave better than decent power, and of the cars mentioned above, I’d argue this is among the most comfortable. A huge back seat and cavernous trunk are definite pluses also. As with most Subarus, allwheel drive is the big selling point, since the Legacy is the
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It’s been four years and still there are many who either cannot believe or simply refuse to acknowledge that the King of Pop is dead. However, there have been plenty of reminders that Michael Jackson, the greatest pop music entertainer in history, died far too soon. “He was the best …,” Paris Jackson, the “Thriller” singer’s daughter testified, via deposition, in the Jackson family’s $40 billion wrongful death civil trial against AEG Live, the promoters of the Gloved One’s ill-fated 2009, “This is It,” concert tour. Paris, 15, has been receiving treatment in a Los Angeles hospital after attempting suicide earlier this month. While the family battles over whether AEG is responsible for Jackson’s death, fans of the mega-star this week are mourning his sudden death, which occurred in the early morning hours of June 25, 2009. “It is impossible not to have a song by Michael on your favorite’s list,” said Darren Knight, of Knight Tyme Express D.J.’s in Southeast. “You’re talking about music that makes everyone, regardless of age or color, get up and dance,” said Knight, 38. Even as Jackson’s mother, Katherine, is seeking billions of dollars from AEG for allegedly being negligent in hiring and supervising the doctor who provided the star with the fatal dose of propofol that killed him, AEG’s chief executive officer said he has always been in awe of Jackson. “How do you describe one of the greatest entertainers who lived?” asked Randy Phillips, 54, who said that he got goose bumps watching Jackson perform, during court proceedings in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this month. Jackson, who died at age 50, began his career at Motown Records as lead singer of the Jackson 5. The five brothers went on to record such memorable hits as, “I Want You Back,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There.” When Jackson released his 1979 solo album, “Off The Wall,” the Motown phenom morphed into an international superstar. The Washington Informer
“[The album], ‘Off The Wall’ changed a lot of things, but it only foreshadowed the things that were to come,” said Quincy Jones, Jackson’s most prolific music producer. Disappointed that “Off The Wall” was snubbed by Grammy voters, Jackson and Jones teamed up in 1982 to release the biggest selling album of the century, “Thriller.” The album, which has sold in excess of 50 million copies worldwide, produced such iconic hits as, “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” and the title track, “Thriller,” which included the late horror film legend, Vincent Price. When Jackson hit the road for the 1984 “Victory” concerts, it marked the last time he’d go on tour with his brothers. The tour grossed more than $75 million,
which at the time, set a record for the highest grossing concert tour ever. It also showcased Jackson’s single decorative white glove, black sequined jacket, black fedora and his signature moonwalk. “It simply set the world on fire,” said Jones, 80. “If you weren’t paying attention before that, you were afterward.” Jackson and Jones followed up the groundbreaking “Thriller” with the mega-successful “Bad” album, which sold more than 30 million
copies around the globe after its release in 1987. While album sales declined tremendously after “Bad,” Jackson’s records still sold millions of copies. His honors and awards accumulated and led the late comedian, Richard Pryor, to crack, “Michael’s going to need Tito Jackson to back up the truck to carry all those trophies home.” Jackson won an astounding 26 American Music Awards, 17 BRIT Awards, and 13 Grammy Awards. He had 13 career No. 1 singles and Jackson became the first artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – once with his brothers and once as a solo artist. Overall, Jackson has sold a mind-boggling 750 million records, including more than 50 million since his death. Born on Aug. 29, 1958, in Gary, Ind., Jackson and his brothers, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, and Marlon, formed the Jackson 5. Younger brother Randy would later join the group, which was renamed “The Jacksons.”wi
Norman Parish Honored By Margaret Summers WI Contributing Writer Hundreds crowded into Georgetown’s Parish Gallery on June 21 to enjoy a reception and art exhibit opening for artist and gallery owner Norman Parish, 75. It marked the first time Parish’s paintings, and only his paintings, were featured there. “Our gallery holds about 75 people,” said Gwen Parish, Norman Parish’s wife, who is also 75. “But tonight we have about 300 to 400 people here.” The honoree could not attend the show, entitled “Norman Parish: The Artist.” He was too ill due to a brain tumor. “We are taking pictures and taping videos to show Norman so that he can see his opening,” Gwen Parish said. Parish’s gallery at 1054 31st Street N.W., showcased art not only by Diaspora Africans but by all artists trying to break into the art world in the years that art galleries infrequently displayed works by artists of color, people of other ethnicities, or new artists. During a reception presentation, Gwen Parish read a handwritten statement from her husband addressed to the guests. “I want to thank all the artists who have shown here in the gallery, and also all of you who have supported these artists and the gallery for the past 22 years. Art should be an important part of everyone’s life.” After reading the statement, Gwen Parish, managing her emotions, added her own partly written and partly spontaneous remarks. “We are here to celebrate the fulfillment of Norm’s dream, which was to have a place to showcase art by artists first beginning their struggle, and (that of) the masters. This gallery has shown over 170 artists in 22 years.” “The man I’ve loved for 25 years isn’t here physically, but he certainly is here spiritually,” she said. Edwin Dunson, one of Norman Parish’s nephews, told the crowd, “This has been a hell of a journey. We’re so grateful and thankful that you are here to share it with us. I’d been telling him to do this (exhibit his own paintings) for years.” After the presentation, Dunwww.washingtoninformer.com
Norman Parish. /Photo courtesy of the Parish Gallery
son, 34, of Rockville, Md., explained, “My uncle didn’t want the gallery and the showings to be only about him, but everyone else. Art was his hobby and his passion. Sometimes he was so focused on putting his shows together that he didn’t get into his own work. He was so dedicated to helping other artists by displaying their art in his gallery.” Another nephew, Evan Fareed, 43, of Waldorf, Md., marveled at the number of people who showed up. “The turnout for the reception and opening is overwhelming. I didn’t realize so many people would be here.” “We’re not surprised at the turnout,” said Juanita Hardy, 63, a District art collector. Hardy and her art collector husband Mel, 63, who also attended the reception, co-founded the District’s nonprofit arts education organization, Millennium Art Salon. They worked with Parish on a New York City art exhibit called “Royal Blues Line” concerning an early 20th century train line which linked New York City and District artists. “Look at this crowd,” Juanita Hardy said admiringly. “Not only are African-American artists here, but other groups. That’s because Norman embraces all cultures, all people. He is a loving, gentle, kind and considerate human being, who cares about artists. He is a role model.” “I think this a collective realization of what Norman has made to the Washington community and to artists,” said close friend and colleague Alla Rogers, who also owns a local
Doris Watson, left, and Yvette Watson, both admire a landscape painting by Norman Parish during the exhibit opening, entitled, “Norman Parish: The Artist” on June 21 at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown. /Photo by Roy
art gallery. “It’s ironic that he didn’t allow himself to use his space for his own show (of his art).” Parish’s exhibited paintings include colorful landscapes with such titles as “Scenic Rt. 40 to Mountain Road,” “Frostburg 1989,” “The Path,” and
“Near Camp David.” The landscape paintings’ open skies, vivid mountains and trees with brilliant greens, blues and yellows, or autumn beiges and browns as in “Near Camp David,” reach out to the viewer and welcome them. There are also paintings of people,
such as the African costumed and masked stilt walkers, and a woman and child resting. “These paintings are very optimistic and life affirming,” said Rogers. “The exhibit will remain at the gallery for about two months,” Gwen Parish said.wi
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ARIES Anybody may occasionally have a week when their energy feels low. Your natural good health will see you through a possible down time if you just go with the flow and let yourself relax. Rest if you have the chance and you’ll feel like your wonderful self in no time flat! Soul Affirmation: I calm my emotions by forgetting about the past. Lucky Numbers: 16, 28, 35
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TAURUS You are the center of attention this week and while you’ll be very busy you’ll love every moment. Enjoy your time in the spotlight! You may want to indulge yourself with some emotional theatrics this week. Add up the costs and benefits before acting out. If you can afford it go for it! If not count to ten and smile, smile, smile! Soul Affirmation: All vibes are good, and good for me this week! Lucky Numbers: 3, 10, 34 GEMINI Stay flexible this week especially where a partner is concerned. While they may be moody there’s no need for you to join them in their attitude unless you really, really want to! Stay positive and go with the good vibrations that surround you. Soul Affirmation: I exercise to lower tension this week. Lucky Numbers: 33, 45, 54 CANCER Ding-dong! Destiny is at the door. Let it in and enjoy the change of pace. You’ll be happy to make a few adjustments for this most welcome guest. Follow through on instincts and hunches! Soul Affirmation: My spirit makes all things new. Lucky Numbers: 38, 41, 55 LEO Stay on course with your current decisions and dreams. You may doubt your progress this week but you really are moving toward a better tomorrow with your determined attitude. Soul Affirmation: I enlarge my happiness by forgetting about myself this week. Lucky Numbers: 20, 27, 32 VIRGO You feel great! Your shining spirit attracts many seekers this week so let your best wisest self- answer questions that are put to you by those who want advice. You’ll smooth over a sticky situation at work with ease. Soul Affirmation: Distant love is sometimes sweeter. Lucky Numbers: 12, 24, 36 LIBRA Busy week. You’ll want to get up with the birdies and you may even want to whistle a happy little tune. You’ll be very much in demand for your expertise and positive attitude. Way to go! Soul Affirmation: I enjoy the act of adoring. Lucky Numbers: 11, 16, 18 SCORPIO Happiness arrives and sits on your shoulder like a bright butterfly this week. A relationship can make significant progress if you stay open to love. Keep your evening free for romance in a social setting. Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for who I am this week. Lucky Numbers: 5, 26, 49 SAGITTARIUS Take charge of a project at work and get it finished up. It’s been languishing on someone else’s shoulders and desk for way too long. A sensible outlook will get you far this week. Soul Affirmation: My hunches work well for me this week. Lucky Numbers: 17, 32, 48 CAPRICORN You may find yourself faced with many distractions this week but you’ll sail through and accomplish much if you stay focused on each task and take them one at a time. You know you can do it this evening. Soul Affirmation: Money opens doors for friendship to enter. Lucky Numbers: 13, 32, 44 AQUARIUS Creativity is favored and yours is especially favored with some project that you’ve been working especially hard on. For the next few days watch for a romance that will bring special gifts. Soul Affirmation: I care deeply about the feelings of others. Lucky Numbers: 14, 19, 29
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PISCES Your new ideas combine well with your will and skill. You get a lot done at work this week. Be soft and forceful. Make time for family life tonight. Your rewards come from those who are related to you by blood. Soul Affirmation: I let positive emotions carry me through the week. Lucky Numbers: 6, 22, 31
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Wild Women Wear Red! Nancy A. Berry, a D.C. public school library/media specialist and assistant principal performs her “Red Hot Mama” dance routine during the talent portion of the Ms. Senior D.C. Pageant. Berry rocked the house and was later crowned Ms. Senior D.C. 2013, on Sunday, June 23. The pageant took place at the University of the District of Columbia in Northwest. /Photo by Roy Lewis
Beauty and Talent! Ms. Senior D.C. Nancy A. Berry, center, is flanked by her Court, Amelia AndersonWeaver, left and Sharon Lockwood on her right, during the Ms. Senior D.C. Pageant 2013 at the University of the District of Columbia in Northwest on Sunday, June 23. /Photo by Roy Lewis
Seniors are in Vogue! M.C. Steppers, dance to Madonna’s record, “Vogue.” The upbeat group surprised the crowd during the Ms. Senior D.C. Pageant on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia in Northwest on Sunday, June 23. /Photo by Roy Lewis
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Washington Divas player Brooke Coley catches a pass from her quarterback during the second round of Eastern Conference playoff action at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md., on Saturday, June 22. Quarterback Allyson Hamlin scored five touchdowns – four through the air and one on the ground – and linebacker Trigger McNair added a pair of defensive plays. The Divas won their conference quarterfinal game over the Columbus Comets 40-12. /Photo by John E. De Freitas
Columbus Comets player Breeanne Martin watches as D.C. Divas running back Eleni Kostis runs for a first down in the first quarter of the Women’s Professional Football playoffs on Saturday, June 22 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md. Saturday’s game was the second playoff meeting between the two teams. In 2006, the Divas faced the Comets in the Eastern Conference championship game – the Divas walked away with a 32-7 victory and went on to capture the 2006 National Championship. /Photo by John E. De Freitas
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Washington Divas wide receiver Juliette Baker-Brice celebrates her touchdown catch with teammate and tight end Kesee Halliard as Baker-Brice’s catch made the score 13-6 in the second quarter of the Women’s Professional Football playoffs on Saturday, June 22, at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md. The D.C. Divas are making their 10th playoff appearance, which ranks second in women’s pro football history. /Photo by John E. De Freitas
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Seth Mitchell, right, fought a skillful and patient fight in his win over Johnathon Banks by unanimous decision Saturday, June 22 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mitchell reclaimed the North American Boxing Organization and World Boxing Council International belts. /Photos by Khalid Naji-Allah
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U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II is a minister in the United Methodist Church. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah
Cleaver Preaches at Shiloh By James Wright WI Staff Writer A prominent black congressman delivered a stirring address on the importance of fighting the darkness in the human soul at the 150th anniversary of one of the District’s well-known churches. U.S. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) who is a minister in the United Methodist Church and led the Congressional Black Caucus from 2011-2013, served as the guest minister for the month of June at Shiloh Baptist Church in Northwest on Sunday, June 23. Shiloh’s senior pastor, the Rev. Wallace Charles Smith, said that Cleaver has a reputation as being an electrifying speaker and that the congressman is a legend in his own time. “Over the years he has been a tireless champion of justice,” Smith said. “We know that his preaching will both challenge and inspire us.” Cleaver, the first black mayor of Kansas City, Mo., and the second black to represent the city and several of its suburbs in the U.S. House of Representatives, didn’t disappoint Smith or the congregation as he proceeded to point out human frailThe Washington Informer
ties in his sermon “Treasures in Darkness.” In the presence of two congressional colleagues – U.S. Reps. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Cleaver, 68, talked about how he hated being in the dark as a child and how he deals with the spiritual meaning of darkness. “God did not like the darkness,” Cleaver said. “God said ‘Let there be light’ and light appeared. God saw the light and said that was good.” Nor, did Cleaver hesitate to define the present U.S. Congress as lacking enlightenment. “Congress has become a dark place,” he said. “Congress has become pitch black.” He proceeded in a rolling cadence to explain how the political body has lost its moral compass. “It is pitch black when President Obama is interrupted by [U.S. Representative] Joe Wilson during a State of the Union address by being called a liar,” Cleaver said. “It is pitch black when a congressman sends lewd pictures to congressional pages. It is pitch black when there is drug testing for food stamp recipients but there are no drug tests for bankers who get money from the government.” He said that his colleagues
seem to be committed to the next election instead of supporting the next generation. However, Cleaver did say that there can be treasures in the darkness. He used an example of a former Kansas City Council member who served three years in jail for bribery and pointed out that the former politician said that going to prison was the best thing that could have happened to him. “He saw how ugly the life he was leading was,” Cleaver said. “It was then that he made a change. He said that he learned a lot about himself in the darkness.” Shiloh is known nationally for its ministries to help the poor in the District and its advocacy on behalf of civil rights. The church has been visited by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and other prominent figures such as Evangelist Billy Graham Jr., the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). Cleaver urged Shiloh to continue to do its work. “This church has been around for 150 years,” he said. “It is the light of the community.”wi www.washingtoninformer.com
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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Make it Through the Nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column inspired by my son Ron Briggs, who sent me a link to Dianne Reeves song, entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Better Days.â&#x20AC;? As her grandmother tucked her in, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You will know someday; but you have got to live in a patient way. God put us here by fate and by fate that means better days. She said, child we are all moons in the dark of night; ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t no mornings gonna come till the time is right. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get no better days lest you make it through the night; You gotta make it through the night. Yes you do. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to no better days unless you make it through the night.â&#x20AC;? The message from this song reminds me of my own recent episode of gloom and despair! For the past few years, it has been one thing after another, one endless night! But better days have finally come, praise God! My night time experiences included my health, enormous weight gain; being diagnosed with diabetes, feeling really fatigued all day, every day; money was low, could hardly make ends meet; had some troubles with my car, had to move a lot back-and-forth, and on and on it went; it seemed like my night would never end! Yet finally, I did make it to a better day. Just like the song says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get no better days lest you make it through the night.â&#x20AC;? Those words are true for you and for me. No matter how bad it seems; whether your night is a month, years, or only a few
days; just make it through, until the morning light! You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get no better days unless you make it through the night! Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you and I can make it: First, keep your hand in Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand, and never give up on your dream. Rod Stewart said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need no restrictions, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live on sympathy. You just need to go the distance, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all you need to be free.â&#x20AC;? Children, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop. Just make it through the night. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to better days, unless you make it through the night. Earl Nightingale reminds us how key attitude is, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.â&#x20AC;? And Albert Einstein said this about making it through the night â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I think and think for months and years, ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.â&#x20AC;? And I love how Michael Jordan put it; he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot ... and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s precisely why I succeed.â&#x20AC;? Now let us be reminded of what scripture has to say about making it through the night: Jere-
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June 27, 2013 - July 3, 2013
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Pilgrim Baptist Church
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 www.stmarysfoggybottom.org Email: email@example.com All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.
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 www.blessedwordoflifechurch.org e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Email:Campbell@mycame.org 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
Mt. Zion Baptist Church Rev. John W. Davis, Pastor 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 email@example.com
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 www.pilgrimbaptistdc.org
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.” www.covenantbaptistdc.org
Twelfth Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1812 12th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-265-4494 Fax: 202 265 4340
Church of Living Waters
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 www.livingwatersmd.org
St. Stephen Baptist Church Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. State Overseer 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
“We are one in the Spirit” www.ssbc5757.org e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 • www.acamec.org 2008: The Year of New Beginnings “Expect the Extraordinary”
Crusader Baptist Church
Isle of Patmos Baptist Church 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.
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: Crusadersbaptistchurch@verizon.net www.CrusadersBaptistChurch.org
“The Amazing, Awesome, Audacious Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church”
“God is Love”
Third Street Church of God 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” www.thirdstreet.org
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: http://isleofpatmosbc.org Church Email: email@example.com
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! www.gmchc.org firstname.lastname@example.org
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: 12thscc.org Email: Twelfthstcc@aol.com
Mount Carmel Baptist Church
52 Years of Expert Engraving Services
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 themcbc.org
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All Nations Baptist Church
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202-561-4100 or email email@example.com
Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor 2001 North Capitol St, N.E. • Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202) 832-9591
King Emmanuel Baptist Church Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor 2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730
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
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
Website: www.allnationsbaptistchurch.com All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards
“Where Jesus is the King”
Zion Baptist Church
Israel Baptist Church
Full Gospel Baptist Church
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 www.emmanuelbaptistchurchdc.org
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Florida Avenue 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthews Memorial Baptist Church
Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Charles Y. Davis, Jr. Sr. Pastor
5606 Marlboro Pike District Heights, MD 20747 301-735-6005
Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor
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
14350 Frederick Rd. Cooksville, MD 21723 (410) 489-5069
Elder Herman L. Simms, Pastor
2616 MLK Ave., SE • Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 • Fax 202-678-3304
Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion1st Sunday: 10:00 A.M.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 am Sunday School: 9:30 am Wed. Bible Study/Prayer: 6:30-8:00 pm Holy Communion 2nd Sunday Pre-Marital Counseling/Venue for Weddings Prison Ministry Knowledge Base
Prayer Service: Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. Bible Study: Wednesday at 7:00 P.M.
Web: www.FullGospelBC.org Email: email@example.com “IF YOU NEED REST, THIS HOUSE IS OPEN”
Mount Moriah Baptist Church
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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) www.zionbaptistchurchdc.org
St. Luke Baptist Church 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.
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
services here: call Ron Burke at
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Web: www.mountmoriahchurch.org Email: email@example.com
Rehoboth Baptist Church
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.stmatthewsbaptist.com
Salem Baptist Church
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 Pastor and Overseer 13701 Old Jericho Park Road Bowie, MD 20720 P: 202 291-5711 • F: 202 291-5666
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 Worship Service - 11 am Sunday School - 9:45 am Bible Study & Prayer Wed. - 7 pm Substance Abuse Counseling 7 pm (Mon & Fri) Jobs Partnership - 7 pm (Mon & Wed) Sat. Enrichment Experience - 9:30 am
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
“A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”
“The Loving Church of the living lord “ Email Address email@example.com
Shiloh Baptist Church
First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor
Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor
Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor
Rev. Reginald M. Green, Sr., Interim Pastor
621 Alabama Avenue, S.E. • Washington, D.C. 20032 P: (202) 561-1111 F: (202) 561-1112
917 N St. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 232-4294
9th & P Street, N.W. • W. D.C. 20001 (202) 232-4200
602 N Street NW • Washington, D.C. 20001 Office:(202) 289-4480 Fax: (202) 289-4595
The Church Where GOD Is Working.... And We Are Working With GOD
Sunrise Prayer Services - Sunday 7:00 a.m.
Sunday Morning Prayer Service: 8:00 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship: 10:40 a.m. Third Sunday Baptismal & Holy Communion:10:30 a.m. Tuesday Church At Study Prayer & Praise: 6:30 p.m.
Morning Worship: 8:00 a.m Church School : 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:55 a.m. Bible Study, Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting,Thursday : 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Service: 10 am Sunday School for all ages: 8:30 am 1st Sunday Baptism: 10: am 2nd Sunday Holy Communion: 10 am Tuesday: Bible Study: 6:30 pm Prayer Meeting: 7:45 pm
Motto: God First
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Holy Trinity United Baptist Church
Sunday Worship Services: 7:45am & 11:00am Sunday school For All Ages 9:30am Prayer Services Wednesday 11:30am & 6:45pm Bible Institute Wednesday at Noon & 7:45pm “Changing Lives On Purpose “ Email: Froffice@firstrising.org Website: www.firstrising.org
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Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Kendrick E. Curry Pastor 3000 Pennsylvania Ave.. S.E Washington, DC 20020 202 581-1500 Sunday Church School: 9:30 A.M. Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday Adult Bible Study: 7:00 P.M. Wednesday Youth & Adult Activities: 6:30 P.M. Prayer Service Bible Study
Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Rev. Dr. H. B. Sampson, III Pastor 2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 Fax: (202) 529-7738 Order of Services Worship Service: 7:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:30 a.m. & 10:30a.m. Prayer Services: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 12 Noon Email:email@example.com Website:www.mthoreb.org For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.
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legal notices SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 ADM 517 Pauline E. Robinson Decedent Paule G. Levadas, Esq. 1629 K Street, NW, Suite #300 Washington, DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Janice Hinton, whose address is 601 East Randolph Road, Apt. 312, Silver Spring, MD 20904, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Pauline E. Robinson, who died on January 27, 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 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 December 13, 2013. 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 December 13, 2013, 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: June 13, 2013 Janice Hinton Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2013 ADM 500 Marva D. Thomas Decedent Johnny M. Howard, Houston & Howard 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Lydia Mallett, whose address is 509 South Phillip Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, was appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Marva D. Thomas, who died on April 15, 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 December 6, 2013. 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 December 6, 2013, 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: June 6, 2013 Lydia Mallett Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer
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MALVEAUX continued from Page 26 Social Security contributions as required by law. Of course, many of these workers are paid informally, or “under the table,” and they make less than the minimum wage. Those who receive tips as little as $30 a month in tips earn just $2.13 an hour. That’s certainly something to think about when providing your server between 15 and 20 percent at the end. Some restaurants may offer more than the minimum $2.13 an hour, but many do not pay as much as minimum wage (currently $7.25). While agricultural workers should, technically, earn the minimum wage, there are enough exceptions to this provision that many agricultural workers do not earn $7.25 an hour. Additionally, undocumented immigrants have
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curry continued from Page 26 discriminate against whites. In that poll, 45 percent of the respondents said affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract the effects of discrimination against people of color. But the same margin – 45 percent – said they feel the programs have gone too far and should be ended because they unfairly discriminate against Whites. A closer examination of the numbers show a deep racial divide. For example, 71 percent of African Americans strongly believe affirmative action programs are still needed, compared to only 20 percent of Whites and 39 percent of Hispanics. Another 11 percent of Blacks feel affirmative action should continue, but did not feel as strongly about it. Among Hispanics, 29 percent were in that category and 14 per-
cent of Whites. When supporters – strong and not as strong – are added together, 82 percent of African Americans want to retain affirmative action, compared to 68 percent of Hispanics and 34 percent of Whites. Affirmative action should be viewed in light of overall racial attitudes in America. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, people of color and Whites have closely aligned views on whether Dr. King’s dream of equality has been fulfilled. In an Aug. 4-7, 2011 USA/ Gallup Poll, 55 percent of Black respondents said they believe relations between Blacks and Whites will always be a problem, compared to 44 percent for Whites, with 2 percent unsure. That same poll showed how differently Blacks and Whites view the proper role of govern-
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because there remain millions of homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are now worth. It’s also likely the damage these developments have already wrought will be compounded by the persistent racial or ethnic discrimination prospective homebuyers of color face today. Unlike the situation of decades ago, people of color seeking to buy homes meet little
Daniels continued from Page 26 many new Black and Latino homeowners found themselves awash in debt and bereft of resources – and thus, a target for foreclosure. The report’s title, “Wasted Wealth: How the Wall Street Crash Continues to Stall Economic Recovery and Deepen Racial Inequality in America,” www.washingtoninformer.com
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union contractors have filed a lawsuit against the New York Secretary of Transportation in regards to his PLA on all contracts over $5 million. We are entering an Amicus Brief in support of this lawsuit. We are considering filing a lawsuit against the San Francisco 49er’s NFL team for applying a PLA on the new Levi’s Football Stadium. We will first appeal to the ownership of the team and the NFL. If they continue this racist process we will have no other choice. Imagine a football team where Black players are 77% of the racial make-up and they put up a virtual sign that says “No Colored contractors or workers allowed”. After 42 years of noncompliance, we have had enough. It is time for a game change and we respectfully ask the Congressional Black Caucus to be on our side in this fight. The Civil Rights Act is to live not be ignored.wi
uniqueness, make us Americans. The English language should be the language we can rally around and the language that creates a common bond. When you focus on the individual, the group loses its identity. We must get back to what it means to be an American. We must speak one language – our national language – and not have our motives questioned for insisting on that basic requirement. No other country abandons its language to accommodate “language minorities” who don’t speak its national language. One of the beauties of America is that we are free to disagree. Recently, however, the Language Police for various groups are trying to infringe on the rights of others with whom they disagree. Your disagreeing with me on af-
firmative action, doesn’t make you a racist; your disagreeing with me on abortion, doesn’t make you immoral; your disagreeing with me on war doesn’t make you a warmonger. Rather, it simply means we have a difference of opinion. That is what being an American is all about—respecting our differences, but yet the acknowledging of our commonality. Homosexuals have called me homophobic because I don’t agree with their lifestyle choices. Those in the country illegally think that I don’t have a heart because I don’t support amnesty. Many liberal Blacks think I am a sellout because I am Republican. Why can’t it be, “I disagree with you, now let’s go to dinner.” It would be a sad world if we only surround ourselves with people who share our opin-
ions. If we agree on everything, one of us is not thinking. On the other hand, a healthy exchange of views helps us refine our arguments. And if we’re open-minded, it might even cause us to change our opinions from time to time. We celebrate the Fourth of July next week and this will be an ideal time to reflect on what it means to be an American. Our difference of opinion should not be divisive, but a tie that binds us. So, whether we agree or disagree, we are all Americans.wi Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson. com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.
rage at his private residence in the Houghton District of Johannesburg, where he received only his most distinguished state visitors. Despite unrelenting pressure on President Mandela to distance himself from his guest, he told reporters following his hourlong meeting with Minister Farrakhan: “There was no issue that arose, on which there was a disagreement. He has explained
his position. His views are identical with the principles that I put forward.” And now, this beloved man hovers just this side of The Great Beyond, clinging to life in critical condition in a South African hospital. Some have even complained that he is being artificially kept alive by government authorities, and that there should be no extraordinary measures
used to prolong his life. I’m certain that Madiba will not be unnaturally chained to this earthly plane. I am certain that when it is time for him to go, just like he walked free that day from Robben Island, he will go home to his God and Be Free, unbound, unchained, just as he was in his life among us. Long live Nelson Mandela! WI
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Muhammad continued from Page 27 unjustly imprisoned him and his African National Congress (ANC) colleagues for decades. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi are two men his country’s White leaders wanted Mandela to forsake so that he could receive the full embrace of those Whites. He never sold out his friends. The Whites wanted
to embrace him anyway. I remember when Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan visited Madiba during his World Friendship Tour. Minister Farrakhan was another one of those leaders whom South Africa’s Whites wanted their president to shun. Just the opposite is what happened. In 1996, after the historic Million Man March, President Mandela received Minister Farrakhan and his entou-
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community that Mayor Nutter and the City Council canceled all of their Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s are union only projects). Shortly thereafter, Mayor Nutter was ordered to reinstate them by the construction unions. He complied and, once again, betrayed the Black, Hispanic, Asian and women construction workers and the minority contingent of contractors. The Washington, DC Baseball Stadium was declared a PLA once again the Black community was betrayed – not one projected diversity goal was met. Strangely and shortly thereafter, the new Homeland Security building was announced ($1 billion project) and the same Black elected officials in DC were happy for it. It is like the Stockholm Syndrome. The legacy of Black craftsmanship is a proud one. It was our forefathers who built all of the large buildings and mansions throughout the South. That tal-
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