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Obama Offers Relief to Unauthorized Immigrants By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer President Barack Obama surprised the nation and did an end-around on the Republicans last Friday when he announced an executive order that protects young, undocumented immigrants from being deported.

The decision is not a blanket amnesty for the nation’s more than 12 million unauthorized immigrants, but provides those between the ages of 16 and 30 the opportunity to avoid becoming enmeshed in the immigration apparatus. The executive order affects undocumented immigrants who came to the

U.S. before the age of 16; who have resided continuously in the country for at least five years preceding the date of the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] memorandum and those present in the United States on the date of this memorandum. “Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Se-

curity is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people,” Obama said during a Rose Garden press conference on June 15. “Now, let’s be clear – this is not an amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stop gap

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Invitation to the Foreign Missions Center Public Scoping Meeting The U.S. Department of State (DOS) invites you to attend a scoping meeting for the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed action to prepare a Master Plan for the long-term development of a Foreign Missions Center (FMC) on approximately 43.5 acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) site, located at 16th Street, N.W., between Aspen Street and Alaska Avenue in Washington, D.C. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321-4347, DOS announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and initiate the scoping process for the proposed Master Plan. The EIS will evaluate the impacts on the affected environment including, but not limited to, socioeconomics, traffic and transportation, land use, historic and cultural resources, noise, air quality, environmental justice, and cumulative impacts. The location of the FMC would be the Northwest portion of the former WRAMC site. DOS, as part of the NEPA process, is initiating a public scoping meeting to identify community concerns and local issues that will be addressed in the EIS. The meeting will be conducted using an open house format with informational displays and materials available for public review. Team members from DOS, as well as Master Plan and NEPA consultants, will be present at the open house to answer questions on the Master Plan and the NEPA EIS process. The open house will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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in Clarksville, Tennessee. Rudolph would go on to become one of the greatest Olympic athletes America has ever produced. She actually competed in her first Olympics at the age of 16. But it was in 1960 at the Rome Olympics where she distinguished herself by winning three gold medals in track and field events. Rudolph was the 20th or 22 children born to Ed and Blanch Rudolph. She would die young – at the age of 54 – of brain cancer. June 24 1936 – One of the nation’s foremost Black educators Mary McLeod Bethune is appointed director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. The agency was one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” programs designed to combat the lingering effects of the Great Depression. June 25 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues Executive Order #8802 banning racial discrimination in the nation’s war industries on the eve of America’s involvement in World War II. The order came as a result of pressure from Black labor leader A. Phillip Randolph who had

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threatened a massive “March on Washington” to protest discrimination by the military and the military industry. 1968 – Lincoln Alexander becomes the first Black member of the Canadian parliament. 2009 – Pop music superstar Michael Jackson dies of cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home after reportedly being given a powerful sedative (propopol) to help him sleep. Jackson was 50 years old and was in the process of preparing a major comeback tour. June 26 1899 – Black inventor William H. Richardson redesigns the baby carriage. While the idea for the baby carriage is nearly 300 years old, Richardson’s patent, filed at the Boston patent office, included several new features including a special joint which allowed the bassinet to be turned to face the mother or whoever was pushing the carriage. 1942 – Harvard medical student, Bernard W. Robinson, becomes the first African American to win a commission to the United States Navy. 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.

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Cynthia Jenkins Washington, D.C. No, it doesn’t matter who’s at the helm, they still have a lot of workInformer and one Washington replacement will not change a thing.

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Enette Washington Washington, D.C. I’m not certain because I believe a person deserves a chance to show us they can be influential. It remains to be seen.

Derrick Jordan Washington, D.C. No, it’s a far-fetched idea to think they’ll work in harmony with the same individuals already there. There are too many ulterior motives.


Kevin Brown Washington, D.C. Yes, Mendelson has the experience and knows the workings of the [D.C.] Council. He has the support of the council and is a team player. He will reach across neighborhood lines.

Prince George’s County Lawmaker Found Guilty of Theft Tiffany Alston Awaits Second Trial on Misuse of Campaign Funds By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Maryland Delegate Tiffany Alston was found guilty last week of stealing $800 from the General Assembly and misconduct in office and is awaiting a second trial on charges of misuse of campaign funds. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. has 6.5” put off sentencing Alston, 35, a freshman delegate, until October when her second trail is expected to take place. Her attorney J. Wyndal Gordon said they are currently in limbo, waiting to see if the judge might offer probation. Gordon said that in the case of probation prior to a judgment one doesn’t have the right to appeal. Gordon said if that happens he would encourage Alston to accept probation and have the matter expunged from her record within three year if she complies with the terms of the probation. However, if she is sentenced, he expects to appeal the conviction on the grounds that the state used its preemptory strike improperly to keep an

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IMMIGRATION continued from Page 1 giance to our flag. They are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents – sometimes as infants – and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or a driver’s license, or a college scholarship.” The decision has left immigrants generally joyous, cautious and hopeful but some advocates feel that Obama hasn’t done enough and they are demanding that he end the deportations and push through comprehensive and far-reaching legislation in Congress. Undocumented immigrants must be currently in school, have graduated from high school, obtained a GED certificate, or be honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States to be considered. They cannot have been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and they cannot be above the age of 30. Michelle Mittelstadt of the Migration Policy Institute [MPI] and Mark Lopez of the Pew Hispanic Center said their research indicates that about 1.4 million undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 are affected. Some are already involved in removal proceedings or could be at risk of being deported in the future. Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has directed the department’s personnel to exercise prosecutorial discretion on a caseby-case basis using the criteria outlined in the executive order. “This is only really a temporary gaining of status for this population,” said Mittelstadt, MPI’s director of communications. “Under the announcement, there is a certain defined population … they will be protected from deportation for two years. It’s not conveying legal status on this population. Anybody who meets the criteria and who comes up against immigration authorities will be considered.” “This obviously in the lives of these people is a tremendously important action. They don’t have to look over their shoulders, they can get work permits and be able to work legally.” Another MPI official elaborated. The Washington Informer

“This action by the administration will have a measurable effect on the lives of many immigrants at a time when Washington is deadlocked on making necessary reform to the immigration system,” said Muzaffar Chishti, director of MPI’s office at New York University Law School. “However, a program of this scale will present significant implementation challenges and will need to be addressed with increased capacity, training and oversight.” Unauthorized immigrants who are 15 and older will have to present themselves to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and substantiate the deportationrelief criteria the authorities seek. Homeland Security will have to determine the eligibility of about 890,000 people while the agency processes the more than 5 million applications for immigration benefits it handles annually. In addition, DHS will have to lay the groundwork for and execute a comprehensive, multilingual media and public outreach campaign to educate immigrant communities on the details of the deferred action and, in a later phase, how to apply for employment authorization, MPI officials said. Of course, there is little that occurs in Washington that isn’t deemed political, overt or otherwise. It didn’t take long for Republican challenger Mitt Romney to subtly criticize Obama’s move, although he wouldn’t say if he would reverse the decision. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, however, were more pointed in their criticism, with Brewer calling Obama’s decision “outrageous.” Conservative Congressional Republicans and supporters of rigid immigration enforcement accused Obama of overstepping his authority and they condemned the plan as “backdoor amnesty.” Republican leaders are also left to worry about being boxed into a corner and they are concerned that Romney’s position on immigration leaves them vulnerable with Hispanic voters. Romney has advocated some draconian positions with regards to immigration. He called for the erection of more fences on the border, promised to veto the “Dream Act” and has as an immigration advisor one of the people responsible for crafting some of the toughest crackdowns against immigrants. Avis Jones-DeWeever called Obama’s action a commonsense move. “I definitely think that this was a

direction that needed to be taken,” she said. “It was an issue of who was savvy enough to push the button. It could have been Rubio. He [Obama] tried to pass the ‘Dream Act’ but faced tremendous resistance from Republicans. This, in particular, is really at the root of justice … it’s commonsense and the country will ultimately benefit. This is an opportunity to legitimately give back.” “Although it’s stereotypic that this will only benefit Latinos, it will benefit all immigrants who’ve made their way to these shores. The immigrant community is much broader and more diverse. It’s not limited to one particular or specific community.” Several analysts and political pundits credit Obama with seizing the immigration initiative and outsmarting and outmaneuvering the GOP. Jones-DeWeever, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women and a policy and political analyst, agreed. “This move is consistent with his past actions. It is not a shallow act,” she said during an interview on Monday. “The president faces a concerted challenge. They [the Republicans] have done a tremendous job, a calculated one, then the Citizens United case allows them to spend unlimited amounts of money. They are very strong and very disciplined with their legislative and PR strategy and have opposed everything the president has put forward while creating a false crisis about the deficit which has taken people’s eyes off job creation.” The GOP has not helped its case by choosing to pursue “a twopronged approach of appealing to a monolithic community while engaging in voter suppression and purging voter rolls [of Hispanics, young people and other minorities],” Jones-DeWeever added. Lopez, the center’s associate director, said his fact tank’s findings indicate considerable support among Hispanics for a more permanent immigration plan. He said surveys conducted by the center indicate that 60 percent of Hispanics expressed disappointment at the Obama Administration’s handling of deportations. To date, about 400,000 Hispanics have been forcibly removed from the U.S. and sent back to their respective countries. Approximately 90 percent, however, support a federal act like the Dream Act, he added. wi

around the region the “real issue is not that Phil Mendelson is white but that the black politicians are so inept.” “Washington, D.C. has the deepest, most talented black professional class in the country,” said Fauntroy, 46. “Yet, if you look at the D.C. Council, I am not sure that the best and the brightest want to go into politics. The quality of talent is there but D.C. politics tend to be more of a popularity contest as opposed to who can do the best job.” Fauntroy, who lives in Northwest, said that blacks in the District “elect people who they like” too much. “Look at Ward 8,” he said. “Black people there have been repaying the Barry debt for years because he helped them get a

Blacks Embrace Mendelson Better Political Leaders Needed By James Wright WI Staff Writer The new chairman of the D.C. Council is being lauded by blacks in the District for being inclusive and open-minded but what residents are really clamoring for are leaders who are competent and not stained by scandal. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) becomes the second white politician since David Clarke’s tenure in 1993 until his death in 1997 to lead the legislative body. Mendelson, 59, assumed the chairmanship on Wed., June 13, a week after Kwame Brown pleaded guilty to criminal charges in federal and D.C. Superior courts. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) commended the council on its choice. “I give them high marks for selecting Phil and I think he will do an excellent job,” said Gray, 69. “I think that the citizens of the District of Columbia will get an earnest effort from him.” Mendelson overwhelmingly defeated D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) in a council session straight out of the Hatfields and McCoys that included Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7)

tearfully pleading with her colleagues to be more cordial and the new Pro Tempore, Michael Brown verbally sparring with Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). A petulant Orange banged on the table while trying to convince anyone who would listen that he’s the best man for the job. Gray said that despite the colorful personalities serving on the city’s legislative body, Mendelson should fare well. “Phil knows how to run a meeting and is knowledgeable about the rules,” the mayor said. “He also is a hard worker. When I was the chairman, I would work late hours and when I would leave [the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest]; I would still see Phil in his office.” Former D.C. Chairman Kwame Brown, 41, resigned on June 6, after signing a plea agreement where he admitted submitting false information to secure a $166,000 home equity loan, as well as a $55,000 loan he used to buy a powerboat. Brown, also pleaded guilty to violating a District campaign law that bars candidates from paying campaign employees more than $50. Brown – who acknowledged aiding and abetting a relative to

pay $1,500 to a campaign worker during the 2008 campaign – faces up to six months in jail. That Mendelson is white and given that the city is no longer majority black would give rise to concerns that African-American political power is waning. Not true, says Darrell Gaston, a Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commissioner. “I think the vote that the council made was more for a perception of [stability],” said Gaston, 25. “The Civil Rights era leadership and the family dynasties in the city no longer have the sway that they used to. I know Phil Mendelson and anyone who would suggest that he is not sensitive to the needs of blacks doesn’t know who he is.” Mendelson, first elected in 1998, has been seen at numerous meeting and events in Wards 7 and 8 over the years. Carolyn Palmer of Southeast said that race is not an issue for her as far as Mendelson is concerned. “It does not bother me that [he’s] a white man,” said Palmer, 58. “As long as he does what he is supposed to do, I am fine.” Michael Fauntroy, a political scientist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said that The Washington Informer


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summer job years ago.” Gaston agrees with Fauntroy on the need for more capable and robust political leadership. “We need black leaders who can not only address the issues in predominantly black neighborhoods but who can also reach across the racial lines in the city to get things done,” he said. Palmer said that what she wants from people who are in office, black or white, is good government. “We need somebody in power who will do something and do the right thing to help people in this city,” she said. “It is all about money with some politicians and that is wrong. Talk is cheap and I want someone who will deliver.” wi

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An international conference that focuses on fighting one the deadliest diseases known to mankind will take place next month in the District and will feature such prominent speakers as a former president of the United States as well as scholars and activists throughout the world. The XIX International AIDS Conference [AIDS 2012] will meet in the District from July 22-27, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest. Former President Bill Clinton, philanthropist Bill Gates and internationally renowned singer Sir Elton John will be among the participants at the conference that’s expected to draw 25,000-40,000 to the District. “We are delighted to welcome the world’s leading AIDS scientists to AIDS 2012, and to have secured these high-level keynote speakers at this critical time in the global response to HIV,” said Elly Katabira, international chair of AIDS 2012 and president of the International AIDS Society. “Thanks to these scientific advances, for the first time we have a real opportunity to make a major dent in the epidemic.” This will be the first time that the District hosts the conference and it has gained the support of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D), D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At-Large), who serves as the chairman of the Committee on Health and Dr. Mohammad Akhter, director of the D.C. Department of Health. Former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt is the honorary chair of the conference. The Washington Informer

The theme of the conference is “Turning the Tide Together.” Clinton, 65, is scheduled to speak at the closing session on Fri., July 27 and Mon., July 23, John, 65, will deliver remarks to the conferees. Pratt, 68, could not be reached for comment on her role by Informer press time. While the conference is international in scope, local entities will play key roles. The Washington Blade, in Northwest, one of the country’s leading media outlets for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender news, will serve as the official media partner for the conference. The First Baptist Church in Northwest, led by the Rev. Frank Tucker, will also play a role. “We will have one or two people that will be participating in the conference,” said Tucker, 70, who is a leading activist in the city on AIDS education and testing. “We will have a remote site in our church that will stream into the proceedings. People at the church will be able to view conference sessions and discussions.” Whitman-Walker Health of Northwest and 49 community organizations will sponsor a forum, “Return to Lisner” that will discuss the current state of HIV/AIDS at the Lisner Auditorium located on the campus of George Washington University in Northwest on Tue., July 24. The city’s first forum on HIV/AIDS took place at Lisner Auditorium on April 4, 1983. The keynote speaker will be Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of the late Ryan White and a panel discussion that will include Phill Wilson, president and chief executive officer of

the Black AIDS Institute and a special performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. Don Blanchon, the executive director of Whitman-Walker Health, said that the forum is timely. “At that first forum in 1983, a community was under siege and scared to hear what little information there was on this new epidemic,” Blanchon said. “Today, we face a much brighter future than we could have imagined then. The forum will look at where we stand today with HIV and what the future of the epidemic looks like.” A section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on the National Mall and in more than 40 locations throughout the city. AIDS 2012 will be an educational and inspiring conference, said Dr. Diane Havlir, U.S. co-chair and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “AIDS 2012 represents a unique occasion to mobilize policy makers, governments, non-governmental organizations, scientists, people living with HIV and civil society to join forces,” she said. “Despite the turbulent global economic climate we cannot miss this historic moment, and it is vital to continue to attract funding to invest in AIDS research and promote programs based on effectiveness and efficiency in order to optimize the use of resources.” wi


Yolanda Adams. In addition, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, Fred Hammond, Bishop Hezekiah Walker and CeCe Winans will serve as resident judges for this year’s competition and also perform on stage, alongside Lawrence and Adams. Last year, Tarboro, N.C. based Salvation and Deliverance Church Choir won the

grand prize and the title “Best Gospel Choir in America.” The choir used their prize money to support “Weight On The Lord” – a program designed to help people in their community make healthier lifestyle choices. They were also able to kick off their “How Sweet The Tidings” program just in time for the holidays. The program afforded

them the chance to adopt five families for the holidays, giving them food and gifts. “Anyone would love to have the bragging rights of calling themselves “the best church choir” in the nation,” said Kristian Herring, director of Salvation and Deliverance Church Choir. “How Sweet the Sound truly helped change our lives.”

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ASHINGTON, DC – Critics from coast to coast have called it everything from “Fierce” and “Uplifting” to “Authentic” and “Emphasizes Worship.” No matter how you view it, one thing for sure is the fact that Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound™ is a musical celebration unlike any other. It is the ultimate gospel music experience that pays tribute to gospel music and provides choirs a platform to showcase their talent. For the fifth year in a row, gospel music fans and enthusiasts from coast to coast will witness the country’s premiere and most prestigious gospel choirs and have a chance to see first-hand what critics have been raving about. Registration is currently open for the 2012 Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound™ Gospel Celebration and interested choir representatives can visit w w w. H ow S we e t T h e S o u n d . com until Saturday, June 30th to sign up to be part of the How Sweet the Sound community. By registering, choirs will have the chance to rejoice in song and praise; sing in front of gospel greats and fans; and

compete for a chance to win up to $50,000 in cash and prizes. After registering, choirs will be judged for their chance to advance to the regional competition. This year, one of seven power-packed regional finals and musical celebrations will be held in WASHINGTON, DC on SEPTEMBER, 12 at 7:30pm at VERIZON CENTER. Tickets are $20.99, $16.00, $11.00. Tickets are available at the Verizon Center box office, all TicketMaster locations and online at Other cities hosting the competition, as part of the 2012 Verizon How Sweet the Sound™ tour, are Dallas, Atlanta, Newark, Detroit and Los Angeles. Competing choirs will vie for their chance to advance to the finale in New York scheduled for November 4th at the Barclays Center, where they will compete for a chance to win cash and prizes and the title of “The Best Gospel Choir in America.” GRAMMY® award-winning, songwriter, producer, arranger and music director Donald Lawrence will serve as host and be joined by GRAMMY® awardwinning entertainer, producer, author and syndicated radio host The Washington Informer

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A Vision for a Sustainable DC Vincent C. Gray, Mayor

This is a unique time for our city. After decades of population decline, we saw a solid decade of population growth by 2010. In the 15 months since the 2010 Census, we had a net increase of 16,000 additional residents. As all signs point to continued growth for years to come, we have an important decision to make. We can take action now to ensure that all of our residents benefit from a wide range of jobs, increasing innovation and amenities, and a growing and diversified economy or we can ignore this opportunity and risk widening gaps in education, income, housing and access to transportation to further divide our city. I believe the choice is clear. We must plan for a sustainable city that is greener, healthier, more livable, more prosperous and more equitable. The goal is a District of Columbia that is sustainable not just environmentally, but economically and socially as well. Sustainability means balancing the demands of economic development, environmental protection, and community equity across our city. Ultimately, sustainability means good things for your wallet, your health, and your community. Achieving a sustainable DC takes leadership, vision and partnership. In July 2011 my administration along with thousands of residents, community leaders and advocates, the private sector and many others began conversations and meetings on how DC can be a leader in nine areas including water, nature, transportation, food and the green economy. On April 24, 2012, I released my Vision for a Sustainable DC, a 20-year set of visions and goals to guide the District’s leadership in sustainability. It sets out goals for each of the nine areas, such as reducing obesity by 50%; cutting unemployment in half; and ensuring everyone is within 10 minutes of a park. It also presents my overarching vision for this city: in 20 years the District will be the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the United States. It will be an international destination for people and investment and a model of innovative policies and practices that improve quality of life and economic opportunity. We will demonstrate how enhancing our natural and built environments, investing in a diverse clean economy and reducing disparities among citizens can create an educated, equitable and prosperous society. This is an ambitious vision but the residents of our great city deserve no less. This is a vision that cannot be achieved by government alone. We will need to partner with you. Your passion and dedication to your family and community will help us achieve the Vision for a Sustainable DC. My administration met recently with residents in Wards 7 and 8 to discuss this vision further and how it can be achieved in their communities. It’s a great start, but we want to talk to you too. If you would want to learn more or host a meeting about Sustainable DC, please contact us at or 202-442-8809. The Vision for a Sustainable DC is also available at

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By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Developments around a possible casino in Prince George’s County are taking place in rapid succession. A few days after the Prince George’s County top official made the case for an additional gaming site in Maryland – specifically at National Harbor – be put before voters, an agreement was reached about who would build it. Last Friday, National Harbor’s developer the Peterson Companies and MGM Resorts International announced that they have entered into an agreement for MGM Resorts to develop a “world-class destination resort casino at National Harbor.” The agreement is contingent upon the Maryland Legislature passing legislation permitting a sixth casino license at National Harbor, a reduction in the casino tax rate and approval of a state-wide referendum by Maryland voters. MGM Resorts is one of the leading hospitality companies, operating destination resorts around the world including such iconic Las Vegas resorts as Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. “The opportunity to build a destination casino resort in the National Harbor complex was extremely compelling,” said James J. Murren, chairman and chief executive officer, MGM Resorts International. “We believe this ideal location will not only attract residents from Virginia and D.C., but will also serve as a new amenity for the more than 40 million domestic and international visitors who travel to the nation’s capital each year.” The prospective National Harbor resort casino is expected to include approximately 4,000 video lottery terminals and 250 table games along with retail, restaurant and entertainment options as well as a luxury hotel. Murren was in Annapolis last week and met separately with Gov. Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller. Earlier last week County Executive Rushern Baker III addressed the work group recently appointed by the governor that is examining the pros and cons of changes to the state’s current gaming rules.

“I believe it is our collective responsibility to do what is right for the financial needs of the state of Maryland,” Baker told the group. “I believe if you embrace that goal, the people of Prince George’s will be well served.  The bottom line is that the state will make more money and create more jobs if the voters are given the opportunity to approve this expansion of gaming.” An independent study presented to state lawmakers last week determined that Maryland could sustain a sixth gaming facility and that the addition of a site at National Harbor would result in an additional $246 million in gaming revenue, pouring more than $100 million in additional funds into education. The study was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and released by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services. Baker told the 11-member work group that a high-end destination facility would generate much-needed revenue for the state and create thousands of jobs for the region.  “From a county perspective, there just isn’t any other industry at this time that could generate that sort of income and job creation in the time frame we are talking about here,” said Baker. Baker told the group that although a casino in Prince George’s County would impact the Maryland Live! Casino that just opened June 6 at Arundel Mills Mall, the delay created by a referendum, bidding and construction would allow the Anne Arundel County casino to better establish itself. He also said that if table games are approved, Maryland Live! would see a boost in revenue. “I believe that the existing license holders, with the addition of table games and an alteration in the tax structure, would also see an increased return on their investment,” he said. Baker also said that a Prince George’s casino would draw from a specific audience, different from that which Maryland Live! is targeting. “The target consumer to the National Harbor site would be the 16 million tourists that visit the D.C. region every year and

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Winners of House Lottery Thrilled to be Going Green By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer

In about six weeks or so, Derek Slocum and his wife Tuconya will move into a home in Lanham that’s something of a mystery to them. They’ve seen it from the outside but never been inside. That’s because the house is in the middle of being retrofitted to be energy efficient and prospective buyers weren’t allowed inside. Still, the Slocums consider themselves blessed to be the winners of the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development’s [DHCD] first “House Lottery.” Two weeks ago Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III pulled Derek Slocum’s name from a raffle barrel during a housing fair. The lottery was part of DHCD’s “Welcome Home! Achieve and Protect Your Dream” housing fair held on June 9 in Landover as a way to attract people to the event.

The Lanham home is a four-bedroom, two-bath split level home on a corner lot currently worth $260,000. Through the special lottery program, the couple will be able to purchase the home for $190,000 and take ownership of the house in about six weeks. “We are so pleased to award this home to a deserving family at such a substantially reduced price,” said Eric Brown, Prince George’s County director of Housing and Community Development. “The home is a Green

gaming continued from Page 12 the 23 million business visitors to the capital region,” said Baker, adding that the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center attracts 1.8 million conventioneers annually and the National Harbor complex draws 2.2 million overnight guests. However, Anne Arundel County officials have expressed their opposition to changes in the law that would allow an additional casino to enter the market.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY Derek’s 70-year-old mother. The family of four has been living in a two-bedroom, onebathroom home in Southeast that has been in Slocum’s family for more than 40 years. In fact, he grew up in the home, which they plan to keep in the family. While they needed more space for the three generations, they were in no rush to buy and have been looking at homes from “Chesapeake Beach to the serenity of Dover, Del.,” Derek Slocum said. Slocum said the abundance of properties for sale added to their difficulty in making a decision about which one to purchase.

From left to right: Eric Brown, Prince George’s County director of Housing and Community Development; Rushern L. Baker III, Prince George’s County executive; Ray Skinner, secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; Derek Slocum, winner of the House Lottery; his granddaughter (in front); his wife Tuconya Slocum; Andrea Harrison, Chair, Prince George’s County Council and Marvin Turner, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. /Photo courtesy of Mike Yourshin, Prince George’s County

Energy Star 3 home which means it is designed to help the homeowners save money on utility bills and protect the environment through improved building and energy performance. Under the Energy Star 3 standard, windows, doors and appliances must meet a certain level of energy efficiency and the house must be properly air-sealed and insulated to prevent heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. The utility cost on this Green Energy Star 3 home is expected to be less than $200 per month for a family of four.” Applicants for the lottery had to be pre-qualified to enter the drawing. They also had

to be first-time home buyers and qualify for a mortgage of $190,000. “Wow! What a blessing,” said Derek Slocum, 49, a funeral director at MarshallMarch Funeral Home in Suitland. “Homeownership is the backbone of our county’s economy.  Prince George’s County is a great place to live and we will continue to support and promote resources for current and future homeowners to build their dreams and raise their families in our amazing neighborhoods and communities.” The Slocums have five adult children and five grandchildren, but only one child lives at home with them along with

Robert Hannon, president and chief executive officer of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, testified before the Maryland General Assembly earlier this year that a change to the Maryland video lottery law would negatively impact 300-plus county businesses that have already “reset their business outlook based on the expectation of added entertainment visitor traffic.” Hannon said an additional casino would reduce Maryland Live! Casino’s market by as much

as 40 percent. “All business investment seeks confidence and stability in making their commitments,” said Hannon. “The Maryland Legislature provided the basis for a gaming industry in the state by enacting the legislation providing for five locations. A change, such as may be discussed in an upcoming Special Session, would drastically undercut the ‘good faith’ confidence made to the investors in the gaming industry.” wi The Washington Informer

“This home had to be picked by God,” said Derek Slocum. He said that after learning about the lottery through his church, his wife encouraged him to apply. She told him she had a good feeling about the lottery – so much so that she started packing weeks before the drawing, he said. Derek Slocum said he’s excited to own a home with so many green features. “This is all brand new to me,” he said. “I haven’t had the privilege of owning a home fitted with this sort of technology.”wi




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Briefs Foreign Firms Get Big Break under Nigeria’s New Oil Law Nigeria’s long-awaited oil reform bill is a Christmas stocking stuffed with goodies for the multinational oil companies who have been feasting for years on the nation’s rich supply of crude oil. Provisions that would have forced the government to publish how much oil it pumps and all the payments it receives from oil firms – in an industry where secrecy is blamed for corruption – have been stripped from the bill. “I expect the petroleum industry to be happy. I expect many Nigerians to be upset,” said Pedro Van Meurs, an oil and gas expert, in a press interview. The Petroleum Industry Bill, stuck in committee since 2009, was fast-tracked this year by President Goodluck Jonathan. Under the new law, anyone who “interferes” with the oil minister will be fined or imprisoned. And it allows the oil minister and the directors of state institutions to receive gifts, which will not please civil society groups calling for an end to graft.

Meanwhlle, tempers are flaring over the failure of President Jonathan to punish those who orchestrated the $6.8 billion fuel subsidy scam, uncovered in a probe whose findings were released last month. “We just cannot continue with this kind of massive corruption – especially in a sector that is very important to the stability of this economy,” warned financial analyst Bismarck Rewane. Professors at Ahmadu Bello University picked up the warning. In a press release posted today, they expressed “shock, profound indignation and total condemnation of all individuals, corporate firms and government agencies or departments that connived to defraud the government and people of hundreds of billions between 2009 and 2011 in the name of fuel subsidy claims.” “This despicable and ungodly act has visited incalculable damage on the Nigerian economy, threatening the survival of millions of our countrymen and pushing our nation to the edge of near moral and financial bankruptcy. “

“We, as concerned citizens of this country, have decided we cannot afford the luxury of remaining silent on a matter which endangers the survival of our country.”

Semi-Naked Portrait of South African Leader Sparks Firestorm of Indignation Smoldering anger over a full length painting of South African President Jacob Zuma, with his genitals exposed, has forced a confrontation between those who support free expression and those who see racism “alive and well and living on the tips of the tongues of most white South Africans.” “The Spear,” by satirical artist Brett Murray, had been hanging at the Goodman Gallery until the gallery owners removed all of Murray’s works yesterday, bowing to growing pressure from ANC loyalists and others. At a march this week by thousands of ANC supporters, handwritten signs read: “President Zuma has a right to human dignity and privacy,’ “We say no


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to abuse of Artistic expression,” and “Draw your white father naked, not our president.” The painting – which forms part of Murray’s “Hail to the Thief II” exhibition – has already been sold. Buti Manamela, national secretary of the Young Communist League, weighed in, saying: “The movement has always promoted freedom of expression, but you cannot denigrate important figures.” Ferial Haffajee, editor of City Press that carried the picture, fired back: “We take down the image in the spirit of peacemaking – it is an olive branch. But the debate must not end here and we should all turn this into a

learning moment, in the interest of all our freedoms. “Of course, the image is coming down from fear too. I’d be silly not to admit that. The atmosphere is like a tinderbox: City Press copies went up in flames on Saturday; I don’t want any more newspapers burnt in anger.” City Press’s stance had an unlikely defender in Julius Malema, the expelled president of the ANC’s youth wing. Malema said he intended to buy two copies, explaining: “Banning newspapers simply because we disagree with them, and boycotting them on the basis of believing that our conception of truth is absolute, poses a real threat to our democracy.” wi




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hat do you call yourself – Democrat, Republican, community or gay activist, Libertarian or Green Party member? And, how has your affiliation benefited you in terms of political favors? The modern political party system in the United States is dominated by the Democratic and Republican parties. It’s important that Black Americans recognize that neither of these parties has helped us to gain political equity. Supposedly the purpose of political parties is to bring people together who hold similar points of view about government. These groups influence government.  Over the years, Blacks and their political participation has been far more symbolic than substantive.  Blacks’ political highlights date back to February 1989 when Ronald Harmon Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  As president, Barack Obama is the titular head of the Democratic Party. And, Michael Stephen Steele served from January 2009 until January 2011 as the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee, but in the final analysis, none of these political office holders did anything distinctive other than being “the first Black” in their position. Isn’t it time Black Americans of all political stripes recognize that we’re never treated equally and that politicians spend their time and resources on attracting White swing voters. The truth is that both major parties seek to attract White swing voters by distancing themselves from Blacks. When you see Black “consultants” on news shows, these party “operatives” never discuss political issues germane to Blacks and are willing pawns who continue to perpetuate the institutional racism that restricts political opportunities of African-American voters. So, when will we distance ourselves from America’s traditional political plantations?  Does the answer for Blacks’ political empowerment lie with the Republicans or the Democrats?  When will significant numbers of us move off the political plantation system that is prevalent in America in order to make the political policies and platforms necessary for elevating ourselves and the passage of our own issues?  The venerable Malcolm

By William Reed X offers substantive political advice: “We need a Black political party so we can have our own voting bloc and can go to either party and cut deals that you will only receive our votes if we receive what we demand … when we have a voting bloc we are no longer asking or begging for things.” The lack of a Black political movement also feeds into the mindset that we live in a post-racial society. But a post-racial order is an illusion. Racial inequality remains a brutal fact of life in America. The interracial political unity that is supposed to herald a truly post-racial society does not exist.  The reality is that Blacks and Whites remain bitterly divided in their political beliefs. As “the first Black president” makes unflinching commitments to gay and Jewish groups, are you satisfied with his administration and its lack of commitment to Black issues and legislation?  We need to make it our business to reconstruct Black politics and build political structures and alliances based on our concerns. We need to move away from “mainstream policies” that only mean us harm and fragmentation of our interests. More of us need to understand that the quests for racial and economic justice are intertwined with uncompromising spirit and building a better society.  It’s in our hands – “Black politics,” and the ability to influence policy, demand accountability, participate in American political discourse, and offer alternatives to the status quo is in each of our control. There is a major disconnect between Blacks’ politics and economic empowerment.  The Black society that supported activism in the past is weaker today than at any other time during the 20th century. Will Blacks stop accepting what “mainstream society” doles out to us, and instead take necessary steps to put our issues at the top of the nation’s agenda?  Why can’t our economic woes and potential solutions be right up there with aid to Israel and same-sex marriage policies? wi (William Reed is available for speaking/ seminar projects via the Bailey


Let’s Unify Around the Unity Movement Do you believe Black people should work together in support of one another? Do you believe that Black people should better utilize more of our $900 billion-plus annual aggregate income to start and grow businesses? Do you believe Black people should share our information and experience with one another to build a brighter future for our children? If your answers are “Yes,” and I am sure they are, then you will join thousands of others in the Black Unity Movement. The mission of the Unity Movement is to unite, educate, and economically empower Black people nationwide. Its goal is to unite a minimum of 2 million people who represent that enormous buying power and intellectual capacity, which will be used to open new businesses, create more jobs, educate our youth, and move billions of dollars into Black-owned banks. The brainchild of Mike Moore of Cincinnati, the Unity Movement will provide a foundation of knowledge, contacts, and power from which Black people can move collectively toward the realization of the tremendous potential within our ranks. The Unity Movement, in conjunction with other such initiatives across the country, will create opportunities for Black people to leverage our intellectual resources as well as our financial resources to gain reciprocity in the marketplace. It will also provide an additional network of like-minded folks who are willing to share and work together toward a common goal. Moore stated, “I truly believe we already have the knowledge and the economic means to create a better future for ourselves and our children. The only thing missing is the unity that brings us together.” The current environment in this country, and the world, makes it incumbent upon each one of us to do whatever we can to help build a solid future for our children. They will need all the tools available to be able to survive and thrive in this global economy. They need to see us, the adults, acting in concert with one another and doing what we want them to do as they grow older. They need to see us connected and responding unselfishly to the demands of this world especially when it comes to sharing, collaborating, and being willing to help one another. Ever since the Million Man march in October1995, I have participated and helped establish several initiatives

whose purpose was to empower our people, mainly economically but also educationally, socially, and politically. All but a couple of those initiatives eventually faded away, not because they failed to address many of our problems, but because we simply did not sustain them. Support and sustainability are keys to the survival of any movement, and no matter what we call it, no matter how enthusiastic we are at the beginning, and no matter how much we understand the need for any initiative, it will not last if we do not bring the commitment and dedication to support it and do whatever it takes to sustain it as well. The Unity Movement, just one of several initiatives up and running now in 2012, is certainly worth our commitment and participation. All you have to do to join is go to the Webs site and add your information. That’s it. Before we can accomplish the goals of the Unity Movement we must have critical mass, and Mike Moore has determined that number to be 2 million. So, please go to the site: and get on board. One more thing: Let’s not get hung-up on the usual things that keep us from supporting something that someone other than “I” brought forth. I know brothers and sisters across this nation that are doing some fantastic things to help solve our problems, but with all the problems facing Black folks in this country and around the world, there are never enough answers, and there is definitely not just one answer. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “My thing is better is than his thing,” or “My thing was here first,” or “I was doing that years ago.” That’s a prescription for continued failure with the Black community of this country. There is room for more than one initiative and we can all walk and chew gum at the same time. A little more love, a little more trust, and a little more respect for one another will bring the unity we need to move forward, no matter what the local, national, or international environment may bring. The Unity Movement will give us the boost we need to achieve that love, trust, and respect. It will also provide us with a knowledge base, an economic foundation, and an educational platform from which can launch other much needed initiatives. Get on Board! For more information go to or contact the Unity Movement at 1-888-93-UNITY. wi Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site,

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Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing Industrial Bank Are you currently in the market to purchase a new home? If so, are you being flooded with conflicting information? Some feel it would be foolish to risk buying a home in a housing market that is staggering from record level foreclosures. Others believe, now is the best time to buy a home and realize the dream of a lifetime. Which side is right? The honest answer, it depends. If you have good credit, stable long term employment, and available cash – now can be the best time for you to take advantage of the available opportunities in the marketplace to buy a home. Why now? 1. Mortgage interest rates are lower than they have been in decades. This means it will cost you less to borrow the money you will likely need to finance your home purchase. Give strong consideration to fixed rate loans. 2. There is an abundance of homes available for sale. This excess in housing inventory, combined with a decrease in demand resulting from the economic downturn, results in lower housing prices and costs to you – the buyer. 3. A home is a great tax shelter. If when paying for the home, your mortgage balance is lower than the price of the home, then the mortgage interest is fully deductible on your tax return meaning – you get money back. You should consult with your tax adviser for further information. These are just a few reasons as to why now would be a great time to buy a home. But it does not end there. If you make the decision to buy, be sure to set yourself up for long term success by going about it the right way. yy

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Whitman-Walker Health will provide free HIV testing at the following Walgreens store in Washington, DC: · Walgreens 4225 Connecticut Ave, NW Free, walk in HIV testing will also be available at both Whitman-Walker Health facilities: · Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW, 9:00 am-6:00 pm, June 27 · Max Robinson Center, 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, June 27

Of the more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. today, an estimated one in five, or nearly a quarter of a million people, do not know it. One-third of those who are positive are diagnosed so late in the course of their infection they develop AIDS within one year. Early diagnosis and treatment helps save lives and is known to reduce the spread of HIV. The CDC encourages everyone to know their status. “One in 20 adults in DC has HIV,” said WhitmanWalker Health Executive Director Don Blanchon. “Nine out of every 10 cases of HIV/AIDS in DC is among AfricanAmericans. One in seven gay or bisexual men in DC has HIV and that number drops to one in every three Black gay or bisexual men in DC. With numbers like these, the importance of getting everyone in the District of Columbia tested is evident. This partnership with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS will allow us to inform new audiences of the importance of getting tested, knowing your HIV

status, and taking care of your health. “These testing events provide valuable and vital opportunities to help the communities we serve,” said Glen Pietrandoni, Walgreens senior manager of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. “Walgreens has supported people living with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic through its ability to offer accessible pharmacy, health and wellness guidance to patients, wherever they live. Our pharmacists are developing relationships, listening to concerns and providing education and support.” This marks the second year in a row that Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS have coordinated with local health departments and AIDS service organizations to allow them to provide free HIV testing at select Walgreens stores. This year, more than twice the number of Walgreens stores and markets will participate. More than 50 participating health departments and AIDS service organizations are providing the testing and delivering results on site, as well as supporting outreach. “Greater Than AIDS is about communities working together to achieve a greater goal. This is a powerful example of what can be achieved when the public and private sector come together in response to HIV/AIDS,” said Tina Hoff, Senior Vice President and Director, Health Communication and Media Partnerships, Kaiser Family Foundation, a founding partner of Greater Than AIDS.

Subaru Compact Offers the Most Fuel Efficient All-Wheel Drive Car in America By Njuguna Kabugi Special to WI Subaru is well-known for making vehicles that are both functional and fun to drive. Subaru cars feature all-wheeldrive powertrains and horizontally opposed “boxer” engines, and boast some of the best crash-test scores in the business. This has earned the carmaker a loyal following among snowbound northerners, weekend rally drivers, triathletes and assorted bearded thirty-somethings with dogs and bicycles. But times are changing and Subaru has of late been pulling away from this niche, evolving some of its cars in a more mainstream direction. Today’s test vehicle is case and point. The company’s best-seller, the compact Impreza, in the past has also been offered as a family sedan and in two high-performance World Rally Championship – inspired versions – WRX and STi. For 2012, the performance variants lose the Impreza name. This leaves the Impreza to again function as Subaru’s entrylevel vehicle. The fourth-generation version features a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. The new car’s exterior styling may leave some Subaru diehards disappointed but for the rest of Americans, the changes may actually broaden the Impreza’s appeal to mainstream buyers. Whereas the previous vehicle may easily have qualified for the captain of the ugly duckling class, the makeover tones down some of the traditional Subaru quirkiness. The new car looks a lot more like larger Subaru Legacy, which in turn looks like many other cars on the road. Subaru has toned down the previous model’s bug-eyed look and replaced it with wide squinty headlights, a short nose, a simple hexagon of a grille and a sharply raked windshield. The Impreza has plenty of glass, providing a sense of good visibility and a feeling of safety. Richer looking appointments and details abound inside, including soft touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest. It also offers numerous compartments that are designed to hold all manner of today’s personal items, such as plastic bottles, phones, USB

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Answers Sought in Johnson’s Ouster

Phelps Principal among 17 School Administrators Who Received Pink Slips By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer The controversy surrounding the firing late last month of Michael Johnson, principal at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School, continues to raise eyebrows among individuals at odds over the ouster. Johnson, 61, whose no-nonsense yet caring administrative style mirrors that of the principal, portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the classic 1989 movie, Lean on Me, learned of his termination on May 29. However, he proudly presided over the Where did you hear about that?

school’s very first graduation on June 8, although the circumstances aligned with his departure still lack transparency. “It sounds suspicious to me, because all the kids are saying he was the best [principal] ever,” said Felecia Simpson, 42 of Northeast, whose niece attends Phelps, a state-of-the art facility that reopened in 2008. “My niece will be a senior next year, and she told [the family] that everyone was stunned because they thought [Johnson] had been doing a good job and students really liked him,” Simpson said. “Whatever happened must be something outside of

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his job, because that school is a good one. From what I understand, they had [a huge] graduation number,” she said alluding to this year’s 95 percent rate, and the fact that students furthering their education this fall, collectively acquired $3.7 million in scholarships. “You don’t kick good educators like that to the curb for no reason.” At least two years prior to its highly – anticipated reopening, Phelps – located on 26th Street in Northeast – sat vacant and in a state of disrepair. But with the unwavering support of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, who co-introduced the

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I’ve got to say that without exception, Phelps was the most orderly.” Jones said however, that while Johnson may have fallen short on recommendations for the school, he’d achieved success with math scores and Adequate Yearly Performance (AYP). “He had met AYP from the numbers that I looked through, and I think he was just short on English,” said Jones. “But I believe he would have gotten there in another year or two. Perhaps the expectations were higher, but people have to remember that it is a brand new school.” Ward 5 activist Kathy Henderson, 58, concurred. She said when leaders like Johnson are appointed, that’s “supposed to be” an indication all is well and the city is moving in the right direction. Echoing Jones’ sentiments, she said Phelps’ students were reaching AYP. They appeared engaged, eager to learn and wellbehaved. Henderson said parents have been involved and that Johnson was “shepherding” an

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School Modernization Financing Act of 2005, funding was provided for renovations at the school. Johnson, a well-respected and accomplished educator, had been in retirement at the time of his appointment. Ward 5 School Board member Mark Jones, who admitted initial doubts about Johnson, said he trusts that with the ouster, Henderson’s office has taken the right course of action and that it “has the data” to support its decision. “When I first met Mr. Johnson, a while ago at community meetings, I was not comfortable with him as principal,” said Jones, 53. “I didn’t think he was the best choice for that school. However, after spending more time with him and visiting the school countless times, I became a fan of his.” Jones said he’s personally and professionally disappointed over Johnson’s departure. “It’s hard to say when you’re making decisions not to trust and then have to say ‘OK, I was wrong,’” Jones said. “I’ve been in many schools in this city, and

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environment that was conducive to learning. “I’m very concerned about his ouster. I tried to call to ask Chancellor Henderson about what was going on, and why we are getting rid of people who are obviously doing their job,” said Henderson. “I can’t find any sense in Michael Johnson’s ouster. The parents are upset, students are upset. We had a school that was working, and we need to replicate that, not punish the principal.” But Nathan Saunders, Washington Teachers’ Union president, said Johnson should have been aware that he could be terminated at the chancellor’s will. “The chancellor can exercise her right within [their] agreement,” said Saunders, 47. “Johnson [counted among] one of 17 school administrators who [were let go].” Saunders went on to say that the concerns he has are the same as his 4,000-member organization. “They are from both sides of the spectrum with some being for or against the termination,” he said. “However, the reality is that the process allows the parents, teachers and community to be involved in the selection of the principal and that process is ongoing,” said Saunders, who added that interviews to replace Johnson will begin soon. While on the council, Brown’s Committee of the Whole had oversight of education. Now, with his departure from the governing body, newly-elected D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will be handling matters until the general election is held in November. Nevertheless, Melissa Salmanowitz the chancellor’s spokesperson, remains closedmouth. “This is a personnel matter,” said Salmanowitz, “and because of that, we’re not able to comment on the specifics of personnel decisions. We are not responding.”wi

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Why Not Vincent Orange Councilmember Vincent Orange (D) has spent the past two decades trying to convince District voters that he is the “best man for the job.” Since his political career began in 1993 when he ran an unsuccessful bid for the Ward 5 council seat against incumbent Harry Thomas, Sr., Orange later successfully unseated Thomas and served two terms. Setting his sights on bigger fish in 2006, Orange ran an unsuccessful bid for mayor and came in fourth against an impressive line-up that included Ward 4 Council member Adrian Fenty, Council Chairman Linda Cropp and former Verizon executive Marie Johns. Fenty won. In 2010, Orange challenged at-large council member Kwame Brown for Council Chair and lost. His successful bid against Sekou Biddle in this year’s primary race in April finally landed him back on the D.C. City Council, but after last week’s ordeal following the resignation of Chairman Kwame Brown, it’s clear that Orange isn’t satisfied with the seat he currently holds. He wanted his colleagues to give him the chance to ascend to the chairmanship, but after it was clear the votes would go to At-large member Phil Mendelson (D), Orange said he would be satisfied with chairman pro-tempore. That wasn’t happening either, which is why Orange has been criticized for his Muhammad Ali-style behavior claiming himself to be the best over his colleague, Michael Brown (I), who the council selected 8-4 to serve as chair pro tem. In addition to a vote for himself, support for Orange came from Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). Despite what some have described as Orange’s divisive behavior on the dais last week, we believe voters should begin to examine Orange’s record and determine for themselves the motivation behind his determination and commitment to public service. Much of what Orange says about himself is true and his record proves that he is smart, hard-working and knows how to play by a set of fair and ethical rules, which he strongly supported last fall. Voters should not be put off by his self-assuredness, for much has been said about the failures of those who lack confidence, and the success of those who are self-assured. Orange will be running for the chairman’s seat in November and we believe he is qualified for the job.

Poor Excuse, Not an Apology Adidas’ apology for marketing an athletic shoe that is culturally insensitive and demeaning to African Americans is unacceptable. To think that this is the same company whose shoes four-time Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, an African American, wore in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, would stoop so low as to release the shackle shoe called the JS Roundhouse Mid is mind-boggling. The company’s founders, Rudolf and Adolf Dassler, must be rolling over in their graves. Why is it that corporate America believes it can take such liberties against African Americans by the way it produces, promotes and distributes its products? Years ago, African Americans fought to change the way in which they were depicted on product labels and promotional material. Today, African Americans are the ones promoting them. What hasn’t changed is the absence of culturally sensitive African Americans in the boardrooms of these companies. African Americans represent less than 9 percent of the board members sitting on Fortune 500 companies. And, this number is declining. One would hope that if Adidas would diversify its executive and management teams that they wouldn’t fall prey to the likes of “quirky” and “lighthearted” designers who have no limits. The company would also know that an apology that includes this statement: “The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery,” is absurd and ludicrous and speaks poorly of the company and its products.

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D.C. Students Deserve Consistency

I am writing this letter in reference to your article by James Wright, “Parents Outraged at Phelps’ Principal’s Ouster,” June 14, 2012. I am a product and proud graduate of the D.C. Public School system and I feel that I received a very good education. It hurts me to my heart whenever I read an article like the one mentioned above. With all the talk of improving the school system, District of Columbia Public School administrators seems to forget why we have a school system in the first place: the students. Our students are continually forced to endure countless superintendents, each with a different philosophy on how to educate, but none of them stay long enough to determine whether or not their specific model works. Now, we seem to have a school that’s serving its purpose, and what happens? The administration gets rid of the principal. I don’t know the reason for the principal’s dismissal, but my

point is, let’s think about the students sometimes. Trying to learn in an unstable environment is an unfair burden to place on our students. Leslie Cook Washington, D.C.

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By George E. Curry

Rodney King Symbolized Police Brutality Rodney King would be the first to tell you that he was no Martin Luther King, Jr. or Malcolm X. His lifelong bout with alcohol and drugs – battles that he always seemed to lose – and frequent run-ins with police did not qualify him for icon status. Yet, that’s what he achieved in 1991 at the age of 27 because of one video clip. It was graphic footage filmed by a bystander showing at least four Los Ange-

les policemen savagely kicking and beating King with police batons, landing at least 50 blows as the unarmed King was sprawled on the ground or struggling to stand up. In the video, the officers were seen teeing off on King as though they were holding baseball bats or golf clubs. Several other officers stood around, doing nothing to halt the repeated assault on the helpless King. More than any other event, the brutal beating of Rodney King, an unemployed construc-

tion worker, forced America to see what many did not want to believe existed – police officers, hiding behind a badge and a gun, brutalizing citizens who pose no immediate threat to them or the public. King was found dead early Sunday morning at the bottom of his swimming pool at his home in Rialto, Calif. No foul play was suspected. His entry into the national spotlight has its roots in an incident that took place in 1989. King robbed a grocery store in

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Monterey Park, Calif. He took $200 and was sentenced to two years in prison. On the night of March 2, 1991, following hours of drinking with friends, King was spotted speeding in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. When cops tried to pull him over, he tried to elude them by driving even faster, up to 100 miles per hour, fearing that he would go back to jail for violating his parole. After a high-speed chase joined by other officers, King was cornered and ordered out

of his vehicle. The two passengers accompanying him, Bryant Allen and Freddie Helms, immediately complied with the order to exit the car and lie face down on the ground. King delayed his exit and when he emerged, he acted strangely, waving at police helicopters that had been part of the chase and giggling uncontrollably. Sgt. Stacey Koon, the supervising officer, fired a Taser into King’s back, causing him to

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By Julianne Malveaux

Too Much Silence Around Affirmative Action The most conservative Supreme Court in the past four decades is poised to overturn the already limited affirmative action provisions in the next term, which begins in October, unless good sense visits one or two of them and they vote in favor of student body diversity. Since Bush-appointed justices John Robert and Samuel Alito have joined the court, the court has voiced hostility to government

uses of race. The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, was brought by Abigail Noel Fisher, a White woman student who did not qualify for the Texas Top Ten Percent plan, which automatically admits the top 10 percent of every high school class in Texas to the University of Texas. Despite this, Fisher contends that she was denied Fourteen Amendment protection and was discriminated against because of her race. Her reasoning? Though more

than 80 percent of UT students are admitted under the Top Ten Percent Plan, others are admitted based on talent, leadership qualities and family circumstances as well as race. This seems to meet the Grutter v. Bollinger standard that race may be one, but not the only, factor in determining college admissions. However, Abigail Fisher is one of a long line of mediocre White students who might or might not have been admitted to UT, regardless of race. The

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student, who seems unable to accept her own academic shortcoming, is blaming the fact that she didn’t get into UT on African American students, instead of blaming it on herself. Fisher was hardly disadvantaged by the fact that she didn’t get into UT. She was scheduled to graduate from Louisiana State University this year. Lower courts have found in favor of the University of Texas, though the Firth Circuit decision not to review the case was decided nar-

rowly, at 9-7. With two reversals, one would have thought that the lawyers at Wiley Rein would have given up. But with a conservative, race-hostile Supreme Court, these folks were able to convince the court to review this case. Understand that this isn’t a case the Supremes had to take. They could have taken a pass and decided to let the lower courts speak. But they didn’t, leaving one to think that there

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By Wilmer J. Leon III

It is Still the Economy, Stupid

During the 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton campaign strategist James Carville coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Now in the midst of the economic recession that began in 2007, the mantra for the 2012 presidential election is once again, it’s the economy, stupid. Unfortunately, the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney remains focused on the

simplistic, the obvious, and the misleading. Romney prefers to offer out of context distractions by hammering the president for saying “the private sector is doing fine” when the real issue is job creation. In his recent stump speech in Cincinnati, Romney said, “”Don’t forget, he’s been president for three and a half years. And talk is cheap. Actions speak very loud…If you want to see the results of his economic policy, look around Ohio, look around the country.” The prob-

lem with Romney’s analysis is the economy in Ohio is on the rebound. President Obama is hamstrung by China’s currency devaluation that makes American exports more expensive, the Euro-zone financial crisis, and a recalcitrant Congress. He is offering temporary tax-cuts and increased government spending to create jobs but a Republican led Congress refuses to give President Obama (or the American people) anything that will result in an improved economy. In

his recent speech in Cleveland, President Obama clearly made the point very clear, “…What’s holding us back is a stalemate in Washington between two fundamentally different views of which direction America should take. And this election is your chance to break that stalemate.” As bad as the American economy is, neither candidate is speaking to the longer-term structural issues that will plague Americans, especially the middle-class, for decades to come. The top three systemic eco-

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nomic problems for America are structural long-term unemployment, reduction in median net worth and poverty. As bad as 8.2 percent unemployment is (13.6 for African Americans), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) rose from 5.1 to 5.4 million in May. These individuals accounted for 42.8 percent of the unemployed.”

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By Marian Wright Edelman

Detours on the Road from Slavery to Freedom On Saturday, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati hosted a Juneteenth celebration commemorating the jubilant day in 1865 when the last Black slaves got word they were free more than two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Labor, civil rights, education, and community leaders, child advocates, and citizens conducted a silent march Sunday in New York

City to protest the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policing tactics. These two events, at very different places and times, are connected as part of the slow, hard and unfinished journey towards freedom and racial justice in our nation. Although we have come a very long way on the arduous road from slavery to freedom, we still have a long way to go. The recent death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. and the brutal hateful murder of James Anderson by

a gang of young White men in Jackson, Miss. attest to this continuing reality. So does the persistent mass incarceration of Black and Latino sons, fathers, and potential leaders which is becoming the new American apartheid or the new Jim Crow as Michelle Alexander calls it in her important bestselling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. That we have the world’s largest incarcerated population—our incarceration rate exceeds China, Russia,

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and India combined—is the end result of a national Cradle to Prison Pipeline® crisis which is lodged at the intersection of continuing poverty and racial disparities in American life. A Black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six chance of the same fate. Children of color, especially males, face an uphill battle in overcoming poverty (one in five Black children is poor) and continuing racial barriers and stereotyping.

An analysis of New York Police Department data by the New York Civil Liberties Union showed that more than 96 percent of the students arrested in the city school system in the first three months of 2012 were Black and Latino, and more than 73 percent were male. Police were 12 times more likely to arrest a Black student than a White one. The June 17 march was a silent protest against the stop and frisk tactics that purport to stave

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By Harry C. Alford

Make the Procurement Change Agents Change

My advocacy days in Indiana were on a roll. Things that Kay and I were learning seasoned us for issues that lie before the Black business community today. One important point was identifying just who allowed the corruption and or discrimination and to counter those efforts. We busted Huber, Hunt and Nichols for fronting on the construction of the massive new

state office building. The State Office Building Commission, which was actually in on the deception, banned them from state projects for five years. That was not a satisfactory punishment in our eyes and we sought justice in other ways. The company was about to receive a contract from the city of St. Louis for a new hockey arena. Our contacts in Missouri approached the mayor of St. Louis and he cancelled the contract. We had authorities of McCormack Place project in Chicago bring them onto

the carpet and issued a severe warning to them to not play any games. The word was getting out nationally and the management of HH&N knew they had to make peace. They appealed to State Rep. Bill Crawford, a strong ally of our local chamber. He held a reception at the Skyline Club with Robert C. Hunt, the CEO of the company, and about 50 Black contractors from Indianapolis. Eventually, general contractor Jimmy Beard went to the microphone and asked the crowd of


local Black contractors, “How many of you have ever worked a contract or subcontract for Huber, Hunt and Nichols?” Not one hand went up and the silence was deafening. Hunt was indeed embarrassed in front of Rep. Crawford who represented the Legislative Black Caucus at this historic event. Shortly after that event, management of HH&N asked ME for a meeting. In that meeting they showed me the work they were doing in Cleveland and Atlanta. Each project had Black

project managers and the use of Black contractors was very impressive. I asked, “Why don’t you do that here in your hometown?” They replied that Mayor Michael White of Cleveland demanded it and so did Mayor Maynard Jackson of Atlanta. If you want Indiana to change, go change the attitude or position of the governor’s office. It became clear to me at that point that these construction companies were following the wishes

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By Askia Muhammad

It’s Juneteenth: An Apology and Reparations are due for American Slavery Even before there was a divisive Tea Party movement in this country, Black and White Americans remain far, far apart regarding the aftermath of slavery. But long, long before there was a modern Tea Party movement, there was “Juneteenth.” Black folks are increasingly demanding, first an apology from White Americans, and then some form of reparation payments. Those demands are long

overdue. The Juneteenth holiday punctuates the validity of those demands. Juneteenth is June 19, 1865, the day a column of Union troops arrived at Galveston, Texas and read the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in Texas two years and six months after it was proclaimed, and one year and two months after the conclusion of the Civil War which presumably decided the issue of slavery permanently. White folks think that they have already done enough to

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make America an egalitarian society without recognizing that the nation’s wealth was created by the free, forced labor of African slaves. And besides they argue, what would Black folks do with any money paid to them in the form of reparations, anyway? Buy a Cadillac? And now, since the election of President Barack Obama, White folks are angry that Black folks have gotten away with what they already have. They don’t just want to kick President Obama to the curb, they want to re-decide The Washington Informer

the outcome of the Civil War, where Black men fought for their own freedom, and where their presence was decisive. Officially – according to my Funk & Wagnalls Practical Standard Dictionary – reparation is: “The act of making amends; atonement; indemnity. The act of repairing or the state of being repaired.” In the vernacular it means: “getting paid!” No people who’ve ever lived deserve reparation payments – making amends; atonement; indemnity – from their former

tormentors more than do Blacks in the United States of America. But try telling that to most White folks, Fuhgeddaboutit. First proposed to Congress in 1867 by Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-Pa.), then again in 1896, 1898, 1899, and 1903 before the call fell silent, the reparations demand has moved from the rhetoric of largely Black nationalist organizations which sounded the call throughout the last half of the 20th century, to new

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Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) investigate the murder of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen, whose body is found in the trunk of a car used by high-ranking Seattle officials. In trying to uncover her killer, Linden and Holder contend with police and political cover-ups and a host of suspects, including one of her teachers, Bennet Ahmed (Brandon Jay McLaren). / Courtesy photos.

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t took 26 episodes of rattled nerves, red herrings, and suspense, but alas, AMC’s The Killing has revealed Rosie Larsen’s killer. Not to worry, there are no “spoilers” here. Any television show that glues viewers to their seats for two seasons to discover “whodunit,” is worth a closer look, making The Killing, a top pick of the Informer Catch-12 series. The Killing follows the murder investigation of 17-yearold Rosie Larsen, who is found in the trunk of a car that is pulled from a Seattle lake. The car is registered to the city

and used by staff members of both the incumbent mayor and the man vying for his position during a heated mayoral race. Bridging three distinct stories around the murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim’s grieving family, and the suspects, The Killing is the type of crime drama that depicts the endless possibilities of suspects, accomplices, and motives. Filmed in and around Vancouver, the series pits writer/ executive producer Veena Sud [Cold Case], against writers Søren Sveistrup and Torleif Hoppe, of the fiercely successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen, upon which The Killing is based. “We’re creating our own

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world. We are using the Danish series as a blueprint, but we are kind of diverging and creating our own world, our world of suspects and, potentially, ultimately who killed Rosie Larsen,” Sud said. Sud described the series as “slow-burn storytelling in a sense that every moment that we don’t have to prettify or gloss over or make something necessarily easy to digest, that we’re able to go to all sorts of places that are honest, and dark, and beautiful and tragic, in a way that is how a story should be told,” Sud said. The Killing stars Mireille Enos [Big Love] as Sarah Linden, the lead homicide detective who investigates the death of Rosie Larsen; and Joel Kin-

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naman [Snabba Cash] as Stephen Holder, an ex-narc cop who joins the homicide division in the investigation to find Rosie’s killer. Linden has a quiet, but odd repose that allows her to zero in on evidence and potential suspects, while complicating her working relationships and ability to parent her teenage son. Linden is flawed and complicated, haunted and haunting. Audiences root for her, against her, revel in her triumphs, and are amazed by her resilience. She is the female “John Luther” from the BBC cop drama Luther, and Enos makes this work. Enos is also a beautiful counterweight to Kinnaman’s Holder, who is an aloof, reformed addict who has to be reminded on more than one occasion “you do know you’re white, right?” Fortunately, Kinnaman’s portrayal is honest and believable. Audiences will also find themselves gripped by anguish and despair watching

Rosie’s family cope with her murder and subsequent investigation. Mitch Larsen, played by Michelle Forbes [Dr. Julianna Cox, Homicide: Life on the Street] gives an outstanding performance as a housewife and mother of three children, who fears her overbearing personality may have alienated her daughter shortly before her murder. Other standout performances are given by Brandon Jay McLaren, who embodies Rosie’s enamored and dedicated teacher Bennet Ahmed and Claudia Ferri, who portrays the kick-ass Wapi Eagle Casino manager and head of the Kalimish Native American tribe, “Nicole Jackson.” All 26 episodes are available On Demand and through AMC episode streaming. Enjoy the chase and see if you can identify the killer by Season 2’s finale. wi

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela will celebrate his 94th birthday with yet another show of love: a line of clothing called 46664 Fashion, inspired by his fight for human rights among black South Africans. The collection, named after Mandela’s prison number while he was jailed on Robben Island, has, so far, only been available in South Africa, but will launch worldwide July 18. “This is a global brand that is as relevant in Atlanta as it is in Johannesburg. The designers have been able to capture and integrate the best of South African style and global fashion trends,” Company B CEO Aaron Patton said. Initially the first line from 46664 Fashion’s men’s wear, women’s wear and children’s wear will be available in North America via an online retail platform but 46664 Fashion is expected to hit retail stores in time for the holiday season and early 2013. The line features brightly colored garments with a distinct South African touch, including traditional “shweshwe” patterned shirts. Wayne Bebb, CEO of Brand ID, describes the response to 46664 Fashion internationally as exceptionally positive. “As the global custodian of the 46664 Fashion brand, we are excited to have started the journey of the promise we made to create the first global fashion brand that originates right here in South Africa.We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the exceptional product and a brand concept that has a continued core ethic to support the projects of Nelson Mandela through 46664 [South Africa].” The company, 46664 was established in 2002 as an independent non-profit organization, as an African response to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, and takes its name from the prison number [prisoner 466 of 1964] given to Mandela upon his incarceration on Robben Island, off Cape Town, South Africa. In addition to the focus of global HIV/ AIDS awareness and prevention campaigns, 46664 has expanded its focus to include all areas of Mandela`s humanitarian legacy, confronting issues of social injustice. Mandela spent time in various prisons on the mainland until his release in 1990 and was elected president following South Africa’s first-ever free vote in 1994. wi


Cultural Pathology

By Shantella Y. Sherman WI Staff Writer

In 2007Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Tijwanna Phillips was first, shocked, and then infuriated when her son Jonathan purchased a pair of the non-descript tennis shoes called Prison Issue #23. The Velcro canvas shoes, manufactured by Vans Shoes, were designed for and worn primarily by inmates in correctional institutions across the country. “I found the shoes to be offensive. My son and other teenagers initially defended the shoes because it appears on the surface to be about nothing but fashion, but it goes to who we are as a people,” said Phillips who lives in Ward 5. “I am aware of and feel the same about the Scarface t-shirts and items that glorify criminal activity, drug use and poor behavior. We have to reinforce that some fashion and fads are not acceptable for us as a people,” she said. However, Vans’ Public Relations Specialist Chris Overholser insisted that while Vans was sympathetic to some consumers’ distaste for the name and popularity of the shoes among youth, the “history and heritage of the shoes makes clear they were never meant to be marketed to young consumers or glorify prison life.” While it took the African-American community years to see the proverbial handwriting on the wall and come to the same conclusion as Phillips, the announcement by Adidas Originals, that they intended to release a new fashion tennis shoe with shackles on them, convinced many that racism remains alive and well in consumer culture. “Our children don’t need anything that is enticing that would glorify prison. I have heard our [black] kids say that ‘white kids wear them too,’ but white children are not the ones in prison at alarming rates,” Phillips said. And just as Vans Shoes considered the popularity of the Prison #23 series among civilian populations good for business, if not race relations, Adidas Originals, similarly released a statement saying, JS Roundhouse Mid shoe “is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery. Any suggestion that this is linked to slavery is untruthful,” the company said in a statement. Far and beyond linking the shoes to slavery, Adidas also would have promoted the type of cultural consumer pathology that Phillips and others believe foster a glamorization of prison life. The Roundhouse Mid, a high-top purple, orange and black sneaker, is designed with a plastic ankle shackle and chains and retails for $350. Fortunately, the uproar over the shoes, which were previewed on the Adidas Originals Facebook page two weeks ago, has stymied the August release. On June 19, Adidas released a statement: “Since the shoe debuted on our Facebook page ahead of its market release in August, Adidas has received both favorable and critical feedback. We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace.” wi

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There’s no shortage of drummers on Sundays at Malcolm X Park in the Northwest neighborhood of Columbia Heights. For years, area residents have flocked to the 12-acre national park with drums in hand for a day of laughter, camaraderie and music. /Photo by Victor Holt

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“Freeman” by Leonard Pitts, Jr. c.2012, Agate Bolden

$16.00 / $18.50 Canada 432 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer You’ll always remember the break-up. It started with a he-said, shesaid moment forever burned in your mind. You remember where you stood, the words that were said [or not], the anger, and the queasy feeling that a mistake was about to be made but you didn’t know whose it was. Relationships come and go, but you never forget your first love and you never forget losing it, either. And yet, what if you were separated by something beyond your mutual control? Would it be easy to find that love together again? In the new novel “Freeman” by Leonard Pitts, Jr., one man aims to find out. He called himself Sam because that’s what she’d said he

looked like he was. A “Sam,” and he told her she looked like a Tilda. So that’s what they called one another, even though Mistress had given them ridiculous Greek names when she brought them to her plantation. Sam had fallen in love with Tilda in that naming minute, and they were inseparable. Mistress let them live together. They had a child together, too, but then Luke was killed and Sam was sold away. Tilda was angry then, and she had a right to be. Sam hadn’t allowed himself to think of that,

or of her, for 15 years but once the North beat the South, he figured it was time to leave Philadelphia and find his wife.

Prudence Cafferty Kent was only acting on the deathbed wishes of her father. With his last breath, he’d told her that he wanted her to go to Mississippi, where his plantation was, and build a school for Negro children soon as the war was over. Prudence was strong-willed and single-minded, but she knew she couldn’t do it without Bonnie’s help. Bonnie was a toddler when, years before, the Captain had purchased her, immediately freed her, and raised her as his own. Prudence couldn’t remember life before Bonnie. They were sisters, even though one was milkywhite and one was not. When the Yankees came through and burned what was left of James McFarland’s plantation, Marse Jim went a little crazy. Maybe it was because the Yankees killed his son, Tilda wasn’t sure. She hated Marse Jim,

but she felt sorry for him, too. She knew what it was like to lose a child. She’d lost love, too… Have you ever read a book so good that you forgot you were reading? Yes, that’s what it’s like reading “Freeman.” Author Leonard Pitts, Jr. serves up a novel that’s both ugly and beautiful, with characters that you’ll feel honored to know, though it’ll hurt. This novel throws you down in the aftermath of war and pushes your face into it – gently, and then rubs. That’s a conundrum, for sure, but it’s also one of the finest Civil War novels I’ve ever had. If you promised yourself one decent book this summer, then look no further because this is it. Read three pages of “Freeman” and you’ll know that this isn’t a story you’ll soon forget. wi

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Interfaith Council Holds Prayer Breakfast By James Wright WI Staff Writer An organization revived by the mayor of the District recently held an event that focused on the condition of the city despite the myriad troubles of its top political leaders. The Mayor’s Interfaith Council Prayer Breakfast took place the latter part of May at the Blackburn Center in Northwest. Nearly 100 District faith leaders and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) feasted on a buffet breakfast, but also tried to feed their souls. “We pray for Washington, D.C.,” Imam Johari Abdul-Malik said. “I pray that our leaders have the wisdom of Solomon and the courage of David. We need a united, not a divided Washington, D.C.” The mood of the breakfast remained subdued, with Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign being under investigation for the past 15 months by federal authorities for campaign violations. Two Gray political allies, former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas and former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, have pleaded guilty  and in Thomas’s case, sentenced, on criminal actions that took place while both served as elected officials. When Marion Barry, then the District’s mayor, faced a barrage of problems in the early 1990s for smoking crack cocaine at the Vista Hotel in Northwest, he went to supportive ministers for spiritual guidance. Barry had public prayer meetings  to demonstrate his faith in times of difficulty. However, nothing as dramatic took place at the prayer breakfast. The Rev. Christine Wiley, a co-chair of the council,  said in a rushed manner “let’s pray for our mayor.” Gray, 69, who is Catholic, talked about how important prayer is to the District. “A city without prayer will never be One City,” he said. “God never abandoned us and we need to make sure that we do not abandon God.” Gray said that the District’s children and families need prayer for a better education system that would include early childhood education, a cause that he The Washington Informer

The Rev. Graylan Hagler leaves Howard’s Blackburn Center after the Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast with mayoral aides Valencia Beck and Carol Thomas. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

is passionate about. The response to Gray’s speech was polite and restrained. The Rev. Graylan Hagler of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Northeast didn’t refer to Gray’s legal issues, but had a fiery speech on what’s happening in the city. “We cannot have a prayer breakfast, engage in prayer and then it’s over and done with,” said Hagler, 58. “We have to go further and do something. We need to pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” Hagler criticized the arrival of Walmart in the District and said that if the  residents of the city do not win their full political rights, “then D.C. should cede from the Union.” “I’m keeping my eyes on the Devil,” he said to thunderous applause. The Rev. Barry Black, the chaplain for the U.S. Senate said “Washington, D.C. – don’t give up.” “One City, One Future, you need to learn to harness the power of prayer,” said Black, 63. Quoting Galatians 6:9, he said “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” The District’s  clergy has  had

to weather some turbulent storms in recent years. Two years ago, the more traditional black churches lost the battle on samesex marriage in the city and now the District is one of the few jurisdictions in the country to have sanctioned that form of union. Mega-churches in Prince George’s County such as Jericho City of Praise in Landover have members who used to attend District churches. Today, more and more District residents are venturing east into the county to worship. And, it’s no secret that District churches are losing younger African Americans because they’re not as tied to organized religion as their parents and grandparents. Many blacks are staying home on Sunday to watch the Rev. Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston or evangelist Joyce Meyer because they can relate to them. The mayor said he didn’t attend the event to talk about the ills of the church or himself. “I wanted to talk about the things that are important to the people of the District of Columbia,” he said. wi

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No One Rises to Low Expectations


oday, when we look around at African Americans, we realize that there are millions who suffer from depression and low self-esteem. Many of us fall into this category as a result of slavery, and although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, history tells us that millions of former slaves didn’t know what to do with themselves, so they opted to remain enslaved. They simply said, “I’m staying here with master, he takes good care of us!” To live in a shack with no floors, to sleep on the dirt each night with water seepage oozing into their shacks; they had to eat out of the same trough along with the animals. And in most cases, the horses and pigs dined first. Look at our ancestors, and consider, “How could they refuse to leave once they had been freed and teach their children anything different?” It was back in 1984-1985 when my job training program under the auspices of the Department of Employment Services proved this to be true. It’s not my philosophy – it is history. Several students happened to be welfare recipients, and when they heard teachings on the development of faith, and goal setting; they thought I was crazy. They had “low expectations.” How many of you believe “We get in life whatever comes our way. We have nothing to do with what we have or what we will get.” Wrong!

If you believe that, then you need to pick up your Bible and read the “Living Word.” The Bible teaches us to “Walk by faith and not by sight.” It teaches us that “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Both scriptures refer to the future. The past is behind us. We cannot change history, but we can learn from what has transpired. Take the good and leave the bad. Make better decisions once you’ve recognized your mistakes. Going forward you can make a difference. The future can and will change but only if we believe, and never give up on the dream. Another scripture says “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Please pay careful attention to the aforementioned scripture. It is in Mark 11:23-24. It tells us that when we pray for things we want, we will only receive them if we believe. The key phrase – “… shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass.” Two things: Raise your ex-

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

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

Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney. • Pastor 2568 MLK Jr., Ave., S.E. Washington, D.C. 20020 (202) 889-3877 (o) • (202) 678-1291 (fax) Services and Times 7:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Small Groups/Church School: 9:00 a.m. Small Group Bible Study Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Noon Thursday 7:39 p.m. God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, Humankind one Family

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

Pilgrim Baptist Church

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.

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, Pastors

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

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

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 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:

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Isle of Patmos Baptist Church

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.

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

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

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

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

Friendship Baptist Church 900 Delaware Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20020 (202) 488-7417 (202) 484-2242 Rev. Dr. J. Michael Little Pastor Sunrise Prayer: 6:00 AM Sunday School: 9:30 AM Morning Worship 11:00 AM Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday-11:00AM Email:

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

Zion Baptist Church

Israel Baptist Church

Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Dr. Morris L Shearin, Sr. 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

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)

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

Mount Moriah Baptist Church

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 Web: Email:

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: Website:

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

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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer

215 Rhode Island Ave. N.W. • WD.C. 20001 (202) 332-5748

625 Park Rd, NW • WDC 20010 P: 202 291-5711 • F: 202 291-5666

Early Morning Worship: 7:45 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. C.T.U. Sunday: 2:45 p.m. Bible Study: Wednesday 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service: Wednesday 8:00 p.m. Noon Day Prayer Service: Mondays 12 p.m.

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

Salem Baptist Church

“A Church Where Love Is Essential and Praise is Intentional”

Shiloh Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith 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

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

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Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Bobby L. Livingston, Sr. Pastor

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

75 Rhode Island Ave. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 667-4448

2616 MLK Ave., SE • Washington, DC 20020 Office 202-889-3709 • Fax 202-678-3304 Early Worship Service 7:30a.m Worship Service 10:45a.m. New Members Class 9:30a.m. Holy Communion : 1st Sunday -10:45a.m Church School 9:30a.m. Prayer, Praise and Bible Study: Wednesday 7p.m Bible Study : Saturday: 11a.m. Baptism: 4th Sunday – 10:45a.m “Empowered to love and Challenged to Lead a Multitude of Souls to Christ”

Peace Baptist Church

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

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church 602 N Street NW • Washington, D.C. 20001 Office:(202) 289-4480 Fax: (202) 289-4595 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: Website:

Sunrise Prayer Service 6:00 A.M. Sunday Church School 8:30 A.M. Pre-Worship Devotionals 9:45 A.M. Morning Worship Services 10:00 A.M. Holy Communion 1st Sunday Worship Services Bible Study Tuesdays, 6:00 P.M. Thursdays, 1:00 P.M. Prayer Meetings Tuesdays, 7:00 P.M. Thursdays, 12:00 P.M.

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 For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.

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 Mystics guard Matee Ajavon drives past Indiana Fever guard Shavonte Zellous in the first half of WNBA action on Friday, June 15 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Mystics coach Trudi Lacey inserts Shannon Bobbitt into the game during the second half of WNBA action on Friday, June 15 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. Bobbitt, a new addition to the Mystics, helped Washington defeat her former team 67-66. “One team’s trash is another team’s treasure,” Bobbitt said after scoring eight points and receiving numerous standing ovations from the crowd. /Photo by John E. De Freitas Indiana Fever leading scorer Tamika Catching [15 points] challenges Washington leading scorer Crystal Langhorne [22 points] on Friday, June 15 at the Verizon Center in Northwest. The 67-66 win was the second at home for the Mystics this season. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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sports The Nationals and Major League Baseball have joined with the Major League Baseball Players’ Association and the Prostate Cancer Foundation to “Keep Dad in the Game” by dedicating Father’s Day to the fight against prostate cancer. Players, umpires, coaches and on-field personnel have been asked to wear blue ribbons in support of prostate cancer awareness. In addition, money will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation for each home run hit during the Sunday, June 17 game as part of the annual “Home Run Challenge.” In this photo, members of the Prostate Cancer Foundation display their “Keep Dad in the Game” banner prior to the Nationals vs. New York Yankees game on Saturday, June 16 at Nationals Park in Southeast. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Baseball Highlights at Nationals Park New York Yankees Win Weekend Series

Washington shortstop Ian Desmond slides into second base as New York’s Robinson Cano tries to avoid contact in his attempt to force a double play during action on Sunday, June 17 at Nationals Park in Southeast. The Yankees defeated the Nationals 4-1 to win the weekend series. /Photo By John E. De Freitas


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First base umpire Jeff Kellogg comes in for a close look as New York’s Eric Chavez and Washington’s Ian Desmond try to reach the base during action on Saturday, June 16 at Nationals Park in Southeast. The Yankees defeated the Nationals 5-3 in 14 innings of play. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

Administration No. 2012 ADM 528 Lurina Hall aka Lurina C. Hall aka LurinaG. Hall Decedent Constance G. Starks, Esq. 7063 Western Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Catherine D. Taylor, whose address is 4712 Medora Drive, Suitland, MD 20746, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Lurina Hall aka Lurina C. Hall aka Lurina G. Hall, who died on December 29, 2011 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before December 21, 2012. 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 21, 2012, 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 21, 2012 Catherine D. Taylor Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

Administration No. 2012 ADM 548 Della Frances Sanders aka Della F. Sanders Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Patricia A. Sanders-Banks, whose address is 5526 B Street SE, Washington, DC 20019, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Della Frances Sanders aka Della F. Sanders, who died on February 11, 2012 without a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before December 21, 2012. 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 21, 2012, 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 21, 2012 Patricia A. Sanders-Banks Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

Administration No. 2012 ADM 476 Celeste S. Semmel Decedent Barbara Betsock 5225 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20015 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Michael Haberman and Tamara Draper, whose addresses are 8121 Brightridge Ct., Ellicott City, MD; 24780 Bybee La, PO 415, Grand View, ID 83624, were appointed personal representatives of the estate of Celeste S. Semmel, who died on March 30, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before December 7, 2012. 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 7, 2012, 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 7, 2012 Michael Haberman Tamara Draper Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

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Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131

Administration No. 2012 ADM 497

Administration No. 2012 ADM 488

Administration No. 2012 ADM 498

Yvonne L. Smith Decedent

India Mae Slaughter Decedent

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

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



Louise D. Williams, whose address is 1104 Princeton Lane, Waldorf, MD 20602, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Yvonne L. Smith, who died on April 26, 2012 without a Will, and will serve with 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before December 7, 2012. 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 7, 2012, 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.

Wilmatine Slaughter, whose address is601 Hudson Avenue, #20, Takoma Park, MD 20912, was appointed personal representative of the estate of India Mae Slaughter, who died on October 2, 2010 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before December 7, 2012. 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 7, 2012 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 7, 2012

Date of first publication: June 7, 2012

Louise D. Williams Personal Representative

Wilmatine Slaughter Personal Representative



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Mary A. Smith Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Wanda S. Walker, whose address is 5508 Noble Effort Ct., Bowie, MD 20720, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mary A. Smith, who died on March 28, 2012 with a Will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before December 14, 2012. 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 14, 2012, 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 14, 2012 Wanda S. Walker Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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legal notice SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 521 Josephine V. Dyson Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Sheila Colbert-Fuller, whose address is 2105 Grouse Court Hephzibah, GA 30815, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Josephine V. Dyson, who died on November 20, 2011without 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. Third Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before December 14, 2012. 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 14, 2012, 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 14, 2012 Sheila Colbert-Fuller Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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resurgence of hate crimes and emergence of mass incarceration of males of color remind us that freedom requires constant vigilance and justice needs a fire that burns in all of us. I believe that we are in the second post-Reconstruction era— a view shared by distinguished historians David Levering Lewis, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of W.E.B. Du Bois, and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. They and civil rights icons including Myrlie Evers-Williams, Andrew Young, James Lawson, Vincent Harding, Ruby Bridges and many others will join us at the Children’s Defense Fund’s national conference in Cincinnati July 22-25 to examine the racial signs of our times,

affirming our great progress, but ensuring we continue to move forward—and not backwards— on the still incomplete road to freedom. Although some forms of continuing racial intolerance are overt, some forms are subtle, covert, technical, political, and very polite. Wrapped up in new euphemisms, better etiquette, and clever political rhetoric, it’s still, as Frederick Douglass warned, the same old snake. Let’s call it out systematically, oppose it nonviolently, and move forward on becoming a free and just nation. wi Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to

of their clients. Changes would have to come from the governor’s office. HH&N sent a membership check to our chamber a few days after that meeting and we agreed to improve our relationship. It wasn’t long before Indianapolis elected a new mayor, Stephen Goldsmith. He requested a meeting with me and chamber members. At that session, Goldsmith stated that his office would be an ally of our chamber and promised that all city agencies and the Indianapolis Airport Authority would be as diverse as possible. To prove his sincerity, he gave the chamber a contract to audit minority participation at all procurement offices, including the airport. We just had a

serious war with that airport but his administration was in charge now and that made a great difference. Mayor Goldsmith was a great leader and helped diversify Indianapolis in ways people could not imagine. Soon, a new basketball arena was to be built. Funding for it was a mixture of both the city and the state legislature. Rep. Crawford was chair of the Budget Committee. He and the mayor got together and decided to give me, now the National Black Chamber of Commerce, a $100,000 contract to monitor and ensure that the project met its diversity goals. I would actually be working with Huber, Hunt and Nichols. All goals were exceeded and all Black contractors were paid in full and on time. That was my last direct project in Indianapolis. Kay and

I left with a smile as we knew our work and struggles had made a positive difference. Please remember if you have complaints about a state-funded contract, the buck stops at the governor’s office. If it is the city, go after the mayor. Federallyfunded projects that have a problem are within the purview of your congressional delegation and the president of the United States. If it is in the private sector, the responsibility falls on the chief executive officer (CEO). These are supposed to be the change agents. If they don’t change, then change the agents. wi Harry Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: Email:

Americans to suffer enormous damages and losses, both material and intangible, including the loss of human dignity and liberty ... denying [them] the fruits of their own labor, and was an immoral and inhumane deprivation of life, liberty, citizenship rights, and cultural heritage,” new life and energy is breathed into the cause when even one White official champions the cause. Rep. Tony Hall (D-Ohio) – with 15 original co-sponsors, including several Whites and even one Republican – proposed a resolution 12 years ago that would offer an official apology from the U.S. government for: “The fundamental injustice, cru-

elty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies.” “I felt that it was a good idea. I felt that it was the right thing to do. I felt it was the moral thing to do,” Hall told reporters June 19 – Juneteenth 2000. The issue of slavery, “is still with us. It will not go away,” Hall said. Hall’s resolution recommends that the government appoint a commission to examine the legacy of slavery; issue a public school curriculum about slavery; consider setting up a scholarship fund; and build a national slavery museum. “When you hurt somebody it’s not an easy thing to say ‘I’m

sorry.’ But if you don’t say ‘I’m sorry,’ if it’s a deep wound, what happens is that this hurt lingers, and it never goes away unless you settle it,” Hall said. “If there’s not the words saying ‘I’m sorry’ and if there’s no forgiveness, there’s no healing. So an apology is a simple thing, but it’s also a difficult thing.” “But you know this is a big nation, a powerful nation. The most powerful nation in the world today. A big nation sometimes has to be humble, and I think a big nation stays big because they say ‘I’m sorry.’ I believe a simple apology will go a long way in healing this wound,” Hall concluded. I agree. wi

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MUHAMMAD continued from Page 28 prominence in the 21st century. H.R. 40 – the bill introduced every year since 1989 by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) to study whether or not reparations should be paid to Blacks in this country – is now one of the two primary legislative goals of the NAACP, as well as an important

goal articulated by the National Bar Association, TransAfrica, the National Congress of Economic Development Commissioners, as well as Delta Sigma Theta and Sigma Gamma Rho sororities. Now there’s more. While militant Black organizations such as N’COBRA have long maintained that “slavery was a grave injustice that caused and continues to cause African

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off crime and get guns off New York City’s streets—a goal I certainly share. But in 99.9 percent of these searches guns were not found. In reality, stop and frisk may simply terrify and criminalize Black and Brown boys and young men and empower police to randomly stop, search, and demand account from Black and Latino boys and men ostensibly born free. Black and Latino young men ages 14 to 24 are less than 5 percent of the city’s population but are 41.6 percent of the stops. The reality in New York City today shows we are still far from being a free and just land. How far have we come on the road from slavery to freedom isn’t just a rhetorical question more than 150 years later. A people who don’t know their history are more likely to repeat it. The

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