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D.C. Task Force to Study Speeding Cameras By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Maryland resident Beverly Hunt said she gets a little apprehensive whenever she crosses the District line and she is extra vigilant as she travels to business meetings and other activities in the city.

Her biggest fears are speeding cameras and the range of automated ticketing instruments city officials have installed all around the District of Columbia. “I think it’s a rip-off,” said Hunt, who runs a small public relations consultancy. “I get them all, speeding and everything else. I think the city could

be more creative in ways to get money, such as casinos, for example. Everyone is getting into gaming. It’s so ridiculous the amounts you pay. If I can meet in Maryland I do to avoid the speed traps and cameras, I do.” Hunt, 47, is not alone. A groundswell of anger has forced some city officials to revisit the

question of automated ticketing at a time when the District is on a record pace to shatter the amount of money it collected last year. D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), said she and her colleague Tommy Wells (DWard 6), are in the process of bringing together a taskforce to

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one term as mayor from 20072011. Fenty, however, didn’t make an appearance at his protégé’s party. Gladys Mack, an advisory neighborhood commissioner for 6A07, said that she thinks that Bowser should run for mayor of the District in 2014, if not sooner. “She is the best person for the position,” said Mack, 53. “She is not tainted by scandal and she shines wherever she goes. Plus, she could win in Ward 6.” While guests nibbled on spring rolls and sipped cool drinks, private conversations ran the gamut from who will jump into the mayoral fray first in 2014 to Bowser’s squeaky clean record. Sondra Phillips-Gilbert, who hopes to replace Mack as the commissioner for 6A07 in November, said it’s understood among Ward 6 residents that their council member, Tommy Wells, will run for mayor whenever the opportunity presents itself. Nonetheless, Phillips-Gilbert said that she believes Bowser would be a better candidate and a better mayor. “We want a person who we know is with us,” she said. “We want someone who will be honest, for real and do the right thing.” W. Philip Thomas, an advisory neighborhood commissioner who represents 3D05 in Northwest, said “we’ll see when that times comes” in regard to Bowser’s future political ambitions. “Right now, I am trying to get re-elected myself,” said Thomas, 27. Ward 4 political activist Joshua Lopez, an ardent supporter of both Fenty and Bowser, said that “2014 is a long way out.” “First of all, we have to make sure that she wins in November,” said Lopez, 28, laughing. “She is the best council member at the [John A.] Wilson Building and we need to make sure that she gets back in there.”

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of the United Nations. 1954 - Ralph J. Bunche named undersecretary of the United Nations. 1963 - Youth from the NAACP Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters in Oklahoma City. 1989 - Defying apartheid laws, Bishop Desmond Tutu walks alone on a South African beach. August 20 1942 - Composer, songwriter, musician Isaac Hayes born in Covington, Tennessee. The National Negro Bowling Association was organized in Detroit, Michigan and Wynston Brown became its first president. 1989 - The first National Black Theater Festival closes in Winston-Salem, N.C. 1964 - President Johnson signed Economic Opportunity Act. 1944 - Spingarn Medal presented to Charles R. Drew “who set up and ran the blood plasma bank in the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City which served as one of the models for the widespread system of blood banks now in operation for the American Red Cross.”

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Rolande Lewis Washington, D.C. She told her mother at the age of 12 that she wanted to go away, live with another family and train to become good enough to compete at [the Olympic] level. It shows that she had the dedication and drive. She proved, just like a lot of other young black people, that it’s possible to do these things.


James Borris Washington, D.C. It’s definitely impressive, what she’s been able to do. When we see these sports, particularly in gymnastics, the people who are dominant, you usually don’t think of [as being] African Americans right off the bat. For Gabby to get in there and be so phenomenal, is an accomplishment in itself. It stands out and sets a good example for African-American kids who can see that it’s [within] their reach.

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it from citizens who say it’s too much too fast.” Cheh, 61, said a number of her colleagues have discussed the problem and she described the process as “having a lot of moving parts.” She said anybody speeding in the District or running red lights will not get her sympathy because of the danger those actions pose to pedestrians and fellow drivers. She acknowledges that the tickets and fines do increase revenue, in part, adding that safety should be first and foremost in any consideration of what automated ticketing is supposed to achieve. That argument is posited by John B. Townsend II, a spokesman for the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Mid-Atlantic region, which has been one of D.C.’s harshest critics. He said he and many other D.C. residents are not opposed to fines as a way to encourage motorists to drive more safely but he said he and other critics are vehemently opposed to the way that the District is milking residents. Townsend said in the past, city officials never bothered to address the issue before for one important reason. “Their perception is most of these people who are getting these tickets live outside the District, so we don’t have to worry about them, they can’t vote us in, they can’t vote us out. So it comes down to raw politics,” he said. “What’s different this time is that it’s people inside the District who are complaining. Nobody likes $125 tickets. They’ll send you a ticket, you get it three weeks later, and after seven days, it doubles.” And while it’s true according to statistics compiled that the majority of those receiving tickets in the District are predominantly outof-state drivers, so many District residents are getting hung with exorbitant tickets that they are lashing out. The District’s Department of Motor Vehicles reported earlier this year that D.C. drivers were only responsible for 16.78 percent of all tickets, while Maryland and Virginia drivers combined were to blame for more than 60 percent of them. Of the 679,000 speeding and red light camera violations that were eligible under the amnesty, the report said, Maryland drivers were responsible for almost 430,000 of them. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) recently announced his intentions to raise an additional $30 million The Washington Informer

from automated ticketing while at the same time continues to insist that the cameras are primarily for safety purposes. Townsend said Gray’s argument is disingenuous. “It’s obfuscation, like a political campaign,” he said. “People are saying that they [elected officials] aren’t telling the truth. All TV stations are responding to the fact that it’s D.C. residents who’re responding to the law. They [politicians] want to say to people, ‘we care about your issues.’” “It’s time for D.C. residents to get involved in these issues [because] anyone who wants to run for mayor is sensitive to this issue.” A letter from Lisa Sutter, a program manager with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau to a Bloomingdale resident explains officials’ thinking: In 2010, the fines for the most frequent traffic violations in the District were increased to align with the significantly higher fines in Maryland and Virginia. Before the increase, in D.C., speeding 11-15 miles per hour mph over the speed limit incurred a fine of $50. In Maryland the fine is $90, and at $126, Virginia`s fine was more than twice that of D.C.’s. At 20 mph over the speed limit, Maryland’s fine increases to $160, and in Virginia, the motorist must appear in court. Some drivers seemed to treat the District’s lower fines as a pass to speed up once they reached District streets. Therefore, the District raised its fines to deter illegal and dangerous driving. Townsend said the numbers tell the story. “We reported that they’d [the District] taken in $55 million, but they took in $60 million and 90 percent of that was cameras – that was for FY 2011,” Townsend explained. “As of April, they had taken in $45 million in the new fiscal year. Through June, they have collected $60 million. Last year was a record year and they’ve already matched last year’s record. They will break it and Gray said he wants to take in $30 million more, so they’re on line to set a record.” But the public is fighting back. At the AAA’s prompting, more than 8,000 District residents contacted the council to register their anger and to demand that the fines be scaled back. Cheh, it appears, is listening. “The certainty of enforcement can be a deterrent but it should be more nuanced,” she said during an interview Tuesday. She suggested graduated fines based on the number of offenses,

separating speeding offenses from other violations and making sure the size of the fine matches the level or severity of the offense. Townsend points to former Mayor Adrian Fenty as the person who began the push to use automated traffic offenses not to fatten up city coffers but to close what was a significant budget shortfall. “Mayor Fenty approved the increase of 71 traffic fines and raising various business fees as a part of balancing the budget,” he said. “That generated $7 million for that fiscal year.We don’t mind if its safety but when you try to quantify this as raising money then that’s a big problem. People need to raise all kinds of hell.” Just last week, Townsend said, city officials installed 11 new speed cameras, including on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Northeast where the camera is hidden behind a post. He expects lots of drivers to be ticketed because motorists will drive at the speed they perceive the road is built for. So if they are on a four-or six-lane highway, they will drive faster. “They know a road that is big or wide is built for more speed,” said Townsend. The speed limit on the Capital Beltway is 55 but nobody drives that. Townsend scoffed at new listed speeds of 25 and 35 miles an hour in some communities. “You dog could walk faster than 25 miles per hour mph. You’ll be driving with your foot on the brake pedal,” he said. “An African bush elephant travels at a top speed of 24 mph, the black mamba, 20 mph. Your house cat travels at a top speed of 29.8 mph, a giraffe 32.3 mph and a horse runs at 54.7 mph. If Ringling Brothers brought a grizzle bear here, it would be traveling faster than most drivers and it would probably get a ticket too. It’s silly but that’s the way it is.” Hunt, co-founder of College Shine, an Internet website that helps international students link with U.S. colleges and universities, said she favors a more sensible approach. “Instead of worrying about giving tax breaks to companies like Living Social, why not help small businesses and regular people?” she asked. “I have many professional friends who are facing a financial challenge because of all these tickets. While I’m a big fan of Living Social, I’d prefer that I not have to bear the burden of the city trying to balance its books.” wi

Students in a Girls Rock! Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program join Mayor Vincent Gray and other officials during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the 11th Street Bridge ramp on Monday, July 30. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

New 11th Street Bridge Ramp Fuels Excitement Southeast Residents No Longer Contend with Noise, Heavy Traffic By James Wright WI Staff Writer District officials recently opened a new ramp on one of the busiest bridges in the city that will alleviate traffic congestion in communities east of the Anacostia River, much to the delight of area residents. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, along with D.C. Department of Transportation [DDOT] Director Terry Bellamy, Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Greta Fuller [8A03] and Anthony Muhammad [8A01], and James Bunn, the chairman of the Ward 8 Transportation Task Force, officially cut the ribbon on the ramp from southbound I-295 to the inbound 11th Street Bridge on Monday, July 30. Gray, 69, said the opening of the access road  is an important step in the revitalization of the Anacostia Waterfront area and  the neighborhoods surrounding it. “Under my administration, the DDOT is providing historic results for our residents through the 11th Street Bridge Project and  the larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative,” the mayor said. “In opening this ramp, we are providing a direct connection between two major freeways that will significantly decrease commuter travel time, reduce traffic

in local neighborhoods and foster revitalization and economic development on both sides of the Anacostia River.” The ramp allows a direct connection to the SoutheastSouthwest Freeway and I-295. For decades, the lack of a direct connection forced travelers and commuters off each highway and onto neighboring streets in the city  in order to access the other highway. The former  route disrupted neighborhood streets, particularly in the Anacostia section of Southeast, much to the chagrin of residents and civic and political leaders who complained about the noise and heavy traffic volume. It’s projected that the new route could cut 10 minutes off the trip of an average daily commuter and save approximately 43 hours a year for commuters. DDOT officials estimate that 3,330  vehicles will use the new ramp  during rush hour. Fuller, who represents the single-member district where the ramp is located, said she’s thrilled about the latest developments. “This should have been done years ago,” she said. “My [constituents] will not have to leave home early in order to get to work. We also will not have to deal with commercial trucks and work utility vehicles coming through our streets.”

Fuller, 50, said that the new ramp makes her area “a walkable community.” It’s all about helping the Anacostia area, Bellamy said. “Completing these missing freeway connections – and the benefits they provide – is a cornerstone of the 11st Street Bridge Project and a fundamental reason why it was the first major bridge and roadway project undertaken as part of DDOT’s Anacostia Waterfront program,” he said. “Infrastructure improvements are critical to making communities more livable and connecting them across the river.”  The project is the largest in the history of DDOT, agency officials said, and one in a series of   ventures included in the 30year, $10-billion Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Program. The second ramp, which connects the 11th Street Bridge to northbound I-295, is scheduled to open in the fall and work is being planned for the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. Bunn could not contain his excitement about the ramp. “I have been living here in Ward 8  for 42 years and this is great,” he said. “A new day is here now and we have a new Ward 8.” wi The Washington Informer

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black suit, blue shirt, a lightcolored tie and dress shoes, while most in the crowd wore casual clothing and a few wore white t-shirts, tennis shoes and flip-flops. Roseboro said professionals and clerical workers do not have as tough a time finding employment as others, but “attempting to land a position in your field is challenging.” Jobs, or the lack of them, remain a thorn in the side of those residents who want to be gainfully employed and city officials are doing what they can to lower the city’s unemployment rate. The District’s economy is considered to be strong in the eyes of many economists but  unemployment remains a problem. The city’s June  jobless rate

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Costco is expected to hire 160 workers of the 1,200 employees who will ultimately be employed by Dakota Crossing businesses. It’s estimated that the project will generate $635 million over 30 years in tax revenue. /Photo by Roy Lewis

is 9.1 percent, according to numbers compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that are given to the  District’s Department of Employment Services  [DOES]. Because it’s declining, the city no longer participates in a federal program that pays for emergency unemployment insurance. While that’s good news, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D)  said that far too many Washingtonians are out of work. “Those who don’t have a job don’t care about the statistics,” Gray, 69, said at the Costco job fair. Statistics show that Ward 5, where Mount Horeb is located,

had an unemployment rate of 12.2 percent in June, while Ward 8 in Southeast, had 22.5 percent, the highest in the city. Costco, the world’s seventh largest retailer and the largest membership club chain in the United States,  is building its first store in Ward 5. The store  is scheduled to  open in  November and will be an  anchor of the Shops at Dakota Crossing in Northeast with 154,000-square-feet out of  437,000 that will eventually include a Shoppers Food Warehouse, Lowe’s, Marshalls and spaces for local businesses, a bank and a sit-down restaurant. Costco is expected to hire

160 workers of the 1,200 employees who will ultimately be employed by Dakota Crossing businesses. It’s estimated that the project will generate $635 million over 30 years in tax revenue. Ward 5 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Robert King, who coordinated the job fair, said he expected maybe hundreds to show up for interviews and the chance to submit their resumes to Costco, but was really not shocked that thousands showed interest in working for the company. “The unemployment situ-

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A Costco job fair at Mount Horeb Baptist Church in Northeast attracted thousands of job seekers. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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Around the Region COSTCO continued from Page 10 ation is bad,” said King, 61. “In some parts of the city, it is twice the national norm. This is a great opportunity for people to look at Costco because the company has never had a job fair before.” Ward 5 residents, King said, are the intended beneficiaries, but he’s not surprised that a number of job seekers came from Ward 8. “I guess they walked on over here,” he said. Ward 8 resident Victor White came to the job fair for a simple reason. “I came here to get a job and support my kids,” said White, 42. “There are not too many jobs in D.C.” White, who said he worked for Mama’s Kitchen in Southeast until a few weeks ago, has not filed for unemployment insurance. He said he wants to work in Costco’s warehouse or operate a forklift. Rickysha Harris, who also lives in Ward 8, came to the job fair “looking for a job” and “will take any type of work.” “The job market is not good at all,” said Harris, 18. “I would like to be a server but I will work  any position as long as it’s a job.” Harris pointed to a few people around her who were family and friends, all looking for work at Costco. She  holds a GED and would like to go to Spelman College in Atlanta. “I hope that Costco will help me go to college,” she said. One of the most interesting aspects of the city’s unemployment picture is the number

of professionals and clerical workers who are jobless or underemployed. The June jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and DOES, said that professionals and business services sectors  gained 2,400 jobs  after a 1,200 job loss in May. On the other hand, leisure and hospitality dropped 900 jobs in June, according to the Bureau’s report, after a gain of 1,300 jobs in May. These mixed  reports in mainly white  and pink collar jobs have  created an uneasy  situation  for many District residents. King said that he’s  working closely with Gray’s “One City-One Hire” initiative and with the office of D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) to ensure that resumes and employment information of the job seekers gets into the city’s employment database. King also said that he will monitor the  construction of the Costco and the rest of the Dakota Crossing project to make sure that D.C.-based workers and businesses are included. King said the efforts of Michele Hagans, the developer for Dakota Crossing, cannot be ignored. “She sold the land to Costco and we are grateful for  her work,” he said. “She has played a role in bringing Big Box retailers to this project. This is a great day for Ward 5.”wi

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Marchers Take Stand against Violence Anti-Violence Rally Raises Awareness By Elton Hayes WI Staff Writer Greg Williams and his football team recently gathered at a nearby park on Martin Luther King Avenue, but this time, it had nothing to do with tackling drills and calisthenics, whistles or stopwatches. The afternoon team meeting, trumped sports, and took on added significance for the players who lost a valued member of their football family to violence. Nearly two years ago, 30-yearold James Hawkins was fatally shot just a few blocks away from where the 14 players stood. Hawkins, deemed an innocent bystander after an investigation, not only shared coaching duties with Williams, but was well-liked and respected by his players. “They remember him well,” said Williams, 32, who lives in Southeast. “I’m hoping that this will give the kids a good outlook on life. I just want to keep them off of the streets and let them know that there’s a better way than just hanging in the neighborhood.” Williams and his Tarheel Pop

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Protestors walk along Alabama Avenue in Southeast during the Peacemakers Not Peace-Breakers anti-violence march on Saturday, July 28. /Photo by Roy Lewis

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ting crimes. It gives them something to do,” said Coleman, 48. “If you put a youth to work, and teach him how to earn his own way and living, it’s unlikely that he will be out there trying to rob or steal something from someone, he will be more productive to the community,” the Southeast resident said. Several of the participants recounted their personal stories which elicited an emotional response from the crowd. White and other organizers vowed to continue to fight until the “unnecessary and senseless” violence ends. “What brought me down here is the continuous violence that has plagued our community for years,” said White, 28. “As a young man, I lost a lot of friends, relatives and associates to street violence. I was considered fortunate enough to make it out of the neighborhood, so I want to make sure that other young ladies and men have the same opportunity that I had. I’m not special, it’s by God’s grace that I’ve made it this far.” A police escort led the group from the park onto Alabama Avenue. The marchers caught the attention of motorists who honked their horns in a show of support as the group trekked along the street. Curious residents opened

their doors, peeked through windows and walked out onto their porches to get a glimpse of the rally. Former four-term District mayor and current Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry joined the demonstration as it passed the Congress Heights Metro Station. White said that Ward 8 has the highest per capita unemployment rate in the country; a factor he believes is tied to the violence wracking the community. “I believe [there’s] a direct correlation between poverty and crime. So it’s an economic and, educational problem,” White said. “Therefore, what I try to do is build bridges between people who have several different gifts to give back to the community.” For the Colemans, the march proved to be the perfect opportunity to show their 12-year-old daughter that she and others in her generation must become involved, if the status quo is to change. “I want her out here with me [to] get her started,” said Coleman. “This is her city too and she has to be a part of it. … Hopefully, when I’m gone, she’ll still be here to help make that change.” wi


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MGM Grand Casino Officials Come to Town to Reap and Sow By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer A team of Las Vegas casino officials descended on Prince George’s County last week in part to share what their corporate culture is about and to gather information about what makes the local community tick. About seven officials from MGM Grand Resorts International were in the county last Thursday through Saturday meeting with community leaders, county officials and business people to talk about the many “what ifs” of gaming expansion in Maryland, particularly in Prince George’s County. The visit included MGM Grand Resorts International executives Jim Murren, chairman and chief executive officer; Kenyatta Lewis, executive director of supplier diversity; Phyllis A. James, executive vice president and chief diversity officer; as well as representatives from the company’s facilities, construction and procurement departments. “We are trying to get exposure to the local community,” said James. “We want to find out more about the community. We want to know who the people are. What makes this community tick? What do people identify as community needs, expectations of employees?” The visit was the latest of several by key MGM Grand officials during the past few months and came just days before the start of the Maryland Legislature’s second special session this summer. The session, scheduled to begin August 9, gives legislators the opportunity to address whether to approve gaming expansion and a change in the tax structure for casinos. Voters would have a final say on the matter as early as November. National Harbor’s developer the Peterson Companies and MGM Resorts International have agreed to develop a “world-class destination resort casino at National Harbor” contingent on a reduction in the casino tax rate and approval of a sixth casino license. While in Maryland, the executives met with members of Prince George’s Economic Development Corp., the Black Chamber of Commerce, Prince George’s Community College, Bowie State University and the University of

Maryland. James said this is the process that MGM Grand Resorts undertakes when entering a potential new market. “When we are considering entering a new jurisdiction, we believe that we are not just setting up new opportunities to be a new employer, we see ourselves as becoming potential members of the community,” said James. “We want to try to learn what we can about the Prince George’s County community and speak to various community leaders and other parts of the community. If we were fortunate enough to be able to establish a development, we would become a leading employer in the area,” said James, who described MGM’s vision of a National Harbor property as a “full-scale resort” in which games would “be by no means the only thing offered.” Other amenities would include restaurants, a spa, high-end retail and entertainment. MGM Grand Resorts’ other properties include 14 resorts/casinos in Las Vegas, several in Reno, Detroit and Biloxi, Miss., and others overseas. “We pride ourselves very much on trying to provide a special customer experience,” said James. Asked what questions community members posed, James said many had to do with employment. James said MGM Grand Resorts projects their prospective National Harbor casino would generate 4,000 full-time jobs and a “multiplier effect” could lead to other businesses creating “as much as two times that number” of additional jobs. About 25 percent of those positions would be “professional/management,” and the average salary at MGM Resorts is $50,000 to $55,000, James said. “We provide very good salaries and very good benefits for our people up and down the sector,” she said. James added the company expects to draw most of its permanent workforce from Prince George’s County. However, because gaming is relatively new in Maryland, James said, “We would have to bring in some folks [from other casinos] if only for training.” And MGM Grand officials also brought along a reinforcer – a minority supplier who’s had a long affiliation with MGM Grand.

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Rainy Hamilton of Hamilton Anderson Associates [HAA], an African-American owned architectural design and urban planning firm based in Detroit, said he was happy to let locals know how positive and profitable the relationship has been. He said that if a business can “rock and roll,” be a problem solver and achieve customer satisfaction, opportunities will unfold at MGM. “Show you can do what you say you can,” said Hamilton. “You become part of the family.” That’s what happened for him. Thirteen years ago, he was subcontractor on a Detroit casino project and MGM officials were so impressed with his firm’s work that he was included on other projects. HAA has provided design services on many MGM Resorts properties including Mandalay Bay, Excalibur, Mirage and Luxor. Revenues earned through this relationship have topped $40 million with HAA’s direct fees in excess of $30 million. During the development of Detroit’s City Center, Hamilton’s company grew from 75 to 150 architects and interior designers.  Billings increased from $9 million to $19 million in 20082009, according to information released by MGM. “We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to achieve substantial minority participation in our construction and our suppliers,” said James. wi The Washington Informer

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After the AIDS Conference, a Renewed Push By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Perhaps one of the most compelling images painted by a speaker at the recently concluded International AIDS Conference came from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe. During remarks about ways those fighting against AIDS are stemming the tide, Sidibe referred to Lesotho in Southern Africa. “I recall a coffin maker in Lesotho complaining that business was bad because less people were dying from HIV and AIDS,” said Sidibe. He and delegates at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., renewed their commitment to ending AIDS in this generation. Many look to “Treatment as Prevention” as a key component in the roadmap that will lead to a cure for AIDS. “Treatment as Prevention is the biggest scientific revolution in HIV/AIDS since the first

antiretrovirals became available in 1996, and access to antiretrovirals has saved millions of lives,” said Dr. Elly Katabira, AIDS 2012 International chair and president of the International AIDS Society. “A coordinated and effective roll-out of programs promoting and implementing early diagnosis, followed by early treatment in those countries most affected by the epidemic, also has the potential to be a game-changer in the fade-out of the epidemic. In some countries more than others it is going to be a huge challenge to implement and it will require committed national political will and action.” The more than 40 abstracts presented at that conference that focused on this topic indicate the belief that this is the right way to go, said U.S. conference co-chair Dr. Diane Havlir. During the conference, leaders launched the Towards an HIV Cure global scientific strategy last week which documents the roadmap for the research that

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe recently addressed delegates at the XIX International AIDS Conference. The conference which was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest attracted 25,000 from across the world. /Courtesy Photo

it is hoped will lead to a cure. “AIDS 2012 is proving a watershed event – scientists, activists, on the ground health workers and program designers are all following the HIV cure issue closely,” said Havlir, professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “That


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the research around the HIV cure is so prominent at AIDS 2012 is proof of where the science has come these past few years, we now actively talk of potential scientific solutions in a way perhaps we weren´t some years ago.” Vignetta Charles, senior vice president at AIDS United in Northwest, echoed the enthusiasm of scientists, doctors and researchers about the improved prospects because of the new drugs that have become available. She said she and her peers are excited about these treatment regimens and other strategies, which with advances in HIV treatment and biomedical prevention has led to a shift in the momentum in favor of significantly curbing the pandemic. She singled out PreExposure Prophylaxis [PrEp] which officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say is expected to become an integral part of any treatment regime, particularly for people who engage in high-risk behaviors and who are HIV negative. If patients take antiretrovirals every day, it will lower their chances of becoming infected if they’re exposed to HIV. So far, PrEP has been quite effective for men who have sex with men and heterosexual men and women. Incoming president of the International AIDS Society, Dr. Francoise Barre-Sinoussi said it is integral to apply what is being learned about HIV/AIDS from a

scientific standpoint. “I am a scientist. Like most of my colleagues, my whole career has been guided by the unique idea of contributing to human health improvement and in particular in the field of HIV for the past 30 years,” said the 2008 Nobel laureate during an address to delegates. “I believe that implementing scientific evidences and best practices at every level of the HIV response is the way to ultimately tackle the epidemic. Scientific discoveries are meaningless if they remain in publications and drawers.” The conference brought together disparate groups and individuals united around the theme of stamping out AIDS. World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim said the end of AIDS, an idea once regarded “idealistic and outrageous” is actually within reach. “Today marks the first time that a president of the World Bank Group has addressed the International AIDS Conference,” he said early last week. I’m here because I know what this movement is capable of achieving. I’m here to bring you both a pledge and a challenge. I pledge that the World Bank will work tirelessly with all of you here to drive the AIDS fight forward until we win.” Kim said there is much the Bank can learn and apply to its efforts to reduce and eliminate pov-

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Business Blackonomics Black Economic Dysfunction Amazingly, Black folks in this country still don’t get it. After all we have been through and after everything we have accomplished prior to and after integration, our relative collective economic position in America has changed very little. In some cases we have regressed in terms of ownership of land, from some 20 million acres of land (31,000 square miles) in 1910; and in our ownership of banks, of which 128 were founded between 1888 and 1934 and 64 Black-owned banks existed in 1912. As for other necessities such as supermarkets, manufacturing concerns, and distribution networks, we are not even on the economic radar screen. In light of the latest news reports that predict yet another recession just around the corner, and the financial “cliff ” from which we will soon fall, as reported on CNN’s, “Your Money,” one would think Black folks are busy getting our economic act together, our history of business ownership and mutual support notwithstanding. Sad to say, we are still floundering, enamored by the trappings of the “good life” and living vicariously through reality television shows and the shallow personalities thereon. Instead of working on our own economy we seem to be more interested in the economies of others, we just love to check in on those “wives” of wherever and listen to their vulgarity and watch their extravagance. We can’t seem to get enough of the gossip shows and things that will take us nowhere while making others quite wealthy. Recent reports cite how important the Hispanic consumer market is and that it comprises more than $1 trillion in buying power. They also point out that Hispanics are the second largest population group in the U.S. and by 2015 they will be 18 percent of the total population at nearly 58 million persons. Those of us who were paying attention to Claud Anderson 15 years ago heard him predict just that. He also warned that if we didn’t get anything from this society when we were in second place, what do we think we will get when we fall to third place? He begged us to get prepared but we were too busy helping everyone else build up their wealth and take care of their children. As the saying goes, “It’s time to pay the piper.” What can we do now? For starters we can look into a mirror and

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admit how we have played a role in our own economic demise; and then ask, “What can I do to contribute to our collective economic uplift?” Establish or get involved in a local effort to empower Black people, whether through education, politics, economics, or all three. You have to take action. There was, and could be again, the Blackonomics Million Dollar Club that sent money to 20 Black institutions; we tried to get just 200,000 people to send $5 each to a designated charitable entity, but at its height there were no more than 1,000 participants involved. We have the Collective Empowerment Group (formerly Collective Banking Group) that should have a chapter in every major city across this country, but some heads of churches are too egotistical and individualistic to get involved. We had the 10-10-50 Movement, the Nationalist Black Leadership Coalition, the Bring Back Black Movement, and even a Blackowned and operated distribution network, The MATAH. Of course there have been many more opportunities that we have squandered for lack of involvement. Now we have the Unity Movement (, which is calling for 2 million people to simply sign up on its website in an effort to capture a critical mass of folks to begin a collective effort to inform and educate, and to start, support, and grow Black businesses. Will you at least do that? Please, let’s reverse our economic dysfunction and help create a meaningful, pragmatic, and sustained economic movement. Don’t you think our children deserve that as a legacy from us? 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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Is “Gay” the “New Black”? Ordering lunch just got a lot more complicated than deciding, “Do you want fries with that?” All of a sudden, biting into a fried chicken sandwich has become a political and economic statement. The Chick-fil-A fast-food chain is standing firm in its opposition to gay marriage since company President Dan Cathy said the company “backs the traditional family unit.”  Gay rights groups have called for a boycott of the chain and politicians in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. told the company that they intend to use zoning laws and local regulations to let Chick-fil-A executives know that it’s not welcome in their locales. The current campaign may well turn out to be a bridge too far and evolve into a horrible setback for homosexual activism. Nowadays, the type of fast-food bag you carry can put you on one side, or the other of this hot-button social issue. Since President Barack Obama threw Black values and emphasis under the same bus as he did the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “Gay” has been allowed to become the civil rights issue of our time.  The vile attacks on Chick-fil-A and its owners should make clear that the “gay rights” movement is not about refining and advancing American freedom, but about rewriting American values and advancing, not freedom, but the homosexual political agenda. This type of social activism is a straight menace to Black values and American free enterprise. Some proponents of same-sex marriage want to boycott Chick-fil-A and disrupt the chain’s 1,615 locations and $4.1 billion annual revenue stream. Chick-fil-A is in 39 states and Washington, D.C. In July, the company’s 59-year-old president was asked by a Southern Baptist Convention news service, whether he opposed gay marriage, to which he responded:  “Guilty as charged.  We are supportive of the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said. Cathy emphasized that “the biblical definition of a family unit doesn’t include Adam and Steve.” “Eat mor chikin” is the chain’s prominent advertising slogan. Chick-fil-A [referring to “filet”] specializes in chicken entrées and has long been associated with the Southern United States, where it is a cultural icon. It all started in 1946, when Samuel Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant, The Dwarf Grill, in Hapeville, Ga. Credited with inventing Chick-fil-A’s boneless breast of chicken sandwich, Mr.

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By William Reed Cathy founded Chick-fil-A, Inc. in the early 1960s and pioneered establishment of restaurants in shopping malls with the opening of the first Chick-fil-A Restaurant at a mall in suburban Atlanta in 1967. Since then, Chick-fil-A has steadily grown to become the second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the U.S. The business is family-owned and has become a multi-billion dollar operation. With 44 consecutive years of positive sales growth, the company is known for being methodical about opening new restaurants, but opening them with fanfare, including giving the first 100 customers free chicken sandwiches for a year. Dan Cathy has been the Chickfil-A chief executive since 2001.  On August 1, at Chick-fil-A locations across the country, people voted with their wallets by coming out on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to express support for the fast-food chain and to Dan Cathy for his backing of “traditional marriage.” Blacks should be aware that the gay movement has eclipsed them in political potency.  Politicians are swooning to take up gay causes.  Sources inside the Democratic National Committee have confirmed that the party will include gay marriage as part of its platform. It will be the first time in history that either the Democratic or Republican Party has supported anything other than the traditional definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. We find no reason to be mad at Cathy and his traditional values. But, beware gay is not the new Black, and we are foolish to allow conflation of the two issues.  Sexual disposition does not parallel race.  And it’s difficult to watch a coordinated, wellfunded, well-connected propaganda strategy undermine thousands of years of history.  It’s especially disconcerting to watch the use of the civil rights struggle as the vehicle for the strategy. wi (William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via the Bailey

“If I only knew.” The words of an anguished mother involved in a car crash in which her young child died haunt us, but also inspire us each day as we work to help make sure that every person – regardless of age – is safe on the road. While cars and trucks today are safer than they have ever been, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of injury-related death for African American children. Adding to this tragedy is that so many of these deaths are avoidable. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that our kids are significantly less likely to use seat belts or properly installed car seats. In fact, in crashes involving fatalities in children under 14, seat belt use is lower among African Americans than among all other race or ethnic groups1 and 52% of black children in fatal crashes were unrestrained.2 The causes for these results are complicated and wide ranging, but they can be – and they need to be – addressed. This is why trauma specialists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and vehicle safety experts at Toyota teamed up to create Buckle Up for Life, a community-based safety education effort with results that are unparalleled. It is the only national program of its kind. Building on Buckle Up for Life’s initial success, we are now doubling its reach to four new locations across the country, each with substantial African-American populations: Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Orange County, CA. These locations join Buckle Up for Life programs already established in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Antonio and the Cincinnati area, where the program began. This significant but preventable disparity in child passenger safety in the African American community is driven by a multi-faceted set of challenges. Some are economic: certain families have difficulty affording child safety restraints or drive older vehicles in which it is harder to install car seats. Some barriers are cultural, for instance a lack of family history in terms of buckling up. And sometimes the hurdles are about access to information: quickly finding the right guidance to help ensure that all passengers are safe. Regardless of the key drivers, we refuse to allow these issues to be overlooked. We know this problem is a complex one – that combines health literacy, economics and socio-cultural concerns. But we also know it is a challenge that can be met with great impact through education, local partnerships and innovative thinking. Community crises demand community-based solutions. That’s why Buckle Up for Life works in neighborhoods – at the grassroots – with local churches and hospitals to reach families in places they trust, are comfortable and feel safe, right where they live. Over a six-week period, Buckle Up for Life’s medical experts and trained specialists work closely with participants of all ages – parents, caregivers and children alike – to deliver critical, interactive safety information in ways that resonate personally. Participants are also eligible to receive free car seats, and they are matched with certified child passenger safety technicians to help install these car seats and ensure that children are properly restrained. There is, of course, a lot to accomplish but we are seeing real results. One Buckle Up for Life program, for example, nearly tripled the number of children buckled up among families who participated. And the positive results have sustained over time. That’s the power in linking up with trusted partners in local neighborhoods, in working with the community to develop culturally relevant information and education, and in delivering a powerful message that drives change and empowers people to take even greater charge of their and their families’ well-being. Together, all of us in the African-American community have an opportunity and a responsibility to make a tangible difference. We need to reinforce at every turn that safety is a driver’s paramount concern; that buckling up is not an option; and that properly securing oneself and one’s children needs to become as ingrained a part of the driving experience as opening the car door or turning on the ignition. Because when it comes to our kids, our community’s collective commitment to automotive safety must know no restraint. —Dr. Victor Garcia is founding director of Trauma Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center —Latondra Newton is vice president of Toyota Motor North America More information on Buckle Up for Life is available at (Endnotes) 1 NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts (2008 Data) – Research Note 2 NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts (2006 Data)

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New Heights Make a Difference in Teens Lives By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer

Tericka Powell knows well the difficulties of being a teen parent trying to raise a child while going to school. “… It was a roller-coaster,” she recalled. “I woke up at 4:30 a.m. and child care was in Silver Spring,” said the former Anacostia High School student. “I usually missed a lot of periods. I felt like throwing in the towel. My child got sick, I missed a lot of days and I felt like tossing a year.” But unbeknownst to Powell, 21, her counselor in a local teen parenting program met with her chemistry teacher and asked others to give her a chance. That project, the New Heights Program, plucked her from a bad situation that could have gotten considerably worse. She had transferred to Anacostia High School into a crazy reality of killings and robberies,

no mentors, a generally unsupportive family and her father absent from her life. “I was home, my daughter was sick and they worked with the chemistry teacher trying to make it better for me,” said Powell, who is a nursing assistant at Providence Hospital in Northeast. “She asked them to give me a chance and they said chill out. They talked to Miss Victoria. I’m in college now. They don’t play.” Miss Victoria is Victoria Bellard, a program coordinator for the New Heights Program at Anacostia High School who Powell and several young women credited with helping steady and transform their lives. Powell, Quontice Watkins, Jennifer Hernandez and Tanicka Smith were panelists at a New Heights Summit on Friday, August 3 at Eastern Senior High School in Northeast. More than 100 people including young women and representatives from a mélange of District agencies,

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partnering organizations and others who work with teen parents attended. Smith called her story “more interesting” than that of the other panelists. “I was 15 and lived with an aunt,” she said. “I received $100 a month and had a difficult time getting to school. I couldn’t focus or study, had no child care and had to walk to school. I was under pressure and didn’t know what to do – I was so depressed.” Nineteen-year-old Jennifer Hernandez had little family support raising her daughter and her living situation was tenuous at best. She lived on her own and the only income she had was whatever she was able to muster. “I had to work really hard to get to school,” she said. All the young women said the New Heights Program and their dedicated counselors saved them. “I have accomplished a lot,” gushed Hernandez. “I have a good job, a resume and cover

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letter. Thanks to her [the counselor], I start school in the fall.” Hernandez said she plans to study social work to give back to the community and help teen moms, while Smith attends St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va., pursuing a degree in criminal justice. The New Heights Program is a school-based service delivery program which concentrates on some of the school system’s most vulnerable and disengaged students. Program staff helps expectant and parenting students stay in school, connecting them to resources, and help them to gain relevant life skills by the time they graduate from high school, and equipping them with a viable post-secondary plan. When the New Heights Program was created in 1990, the program only served two schools but thanks to an infusion of federal funds, the program has been expanded to include 13 District and two charters schools. More than 300 teenagers are in the program and New Heights staff has conducted 600 workshops. District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson praised the program as something offering “bigger, better, broader solutions to a perplexing problem.” “I’m excited that we’ve moved from a small program to serve expectant mothers and fathers as well. We understand that that is an important part of the puzzle,” Henderson said. “This is a gathering of partners with the same vision and federal resources, non-profits and the faith-based community. We have to work together to create a web of support to make these young people successful.” Special guest and keynote speaker D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier praised the program and said having such support when she was a teen mother would have made a big difference in her life. “I wasn’t invited today because I’m police chief. I was a teen mother … it wasn’t something that got applause back then. There was no program like this on my journey. Much as I avoid telling this story, I’ll tell it today,” said Lanier who grew up in Tuxedo, Md. Lanier, who has been the city’s police chief since 2007, recounted a childhood that she said was good. However, when her parents split, her stay-at-home mom struggled to raise three children with no income. Lanier said the

family was very poor, subsisted on federal assistance and received help from the church. “During that time, I played soccer and softball and mom was always there. I was a talented and gifted student who loved school and got good grades,” Lanier said of her childhood. But as she transitioned into her teen years, she said she started getting into trouble when she transferred to a new school and her mother went back to work. “Like most teens I started getting into trouble,” said Lanier. “We got jumped the first day we went to school and that went on until we figured it would be better for us if we jumped them first.” Lanier said she couldn’t stand going to school and started skipping. “Mom and I went out together to take the bus. She would get on the bus and I would be picked up by my friend,” Lanier said with a laugh. She said she made “really bad decisions” which included 19 days of absences per quarter, failing math and English, truancy and courting trouble. “I was still making “good” decisions, and in my wisdom, I hung out with much older folks,” she said, appearing to still regret those choices. Lanier said she ran away with her much older boyfriend and became pregnant at age 15. The marriage didn’t last long and having her son pushed Lanier to do all she could to protect him and ensure that his life turned out much differently from hers. After dropping out in 9th grade, she sneaked out and earned a GED, started working as a waitress and began taking courses at the local community college. She joined the Metropolitan Police Department, worked nights, took courses at the University of the District of Columbia during the day and now boasts two master’s degrees. Her son graduated from DeMatha High School and Frostburg State University and now works in retail making $10 an hour after a not-inexpensive but quality education, she joked. Lanier encouraged the teens to stay the course. “In 9th grade, they wanted me out of school,” she said. “A lot of people will try to judge you, paint you into a corner, say you’ll amount to nothing. I’m the first female police chief in the nation’s capital with master’s degrees. Don’t give up …” wi

Initiative 70 Seeks to Change Elections Playing Field By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Since the District of Columbia’s elected officials seem unwilling or unable to curb what some residents regard as campaign contribution excesses, a group of concerned citizens has moved in that direction. The D.C. Committee to Restore Public Trust gathered more than 30,000 signatures by canvassing neighborhoods and approaching voters at the polls. And later this week, said Ward 1 resident and activist Bryan Weaver, the Board of Elections will rule on whether Initiative 70 will be allowed on the ballot in the November elections. “This would put the District in line with the Congressional and federal levels,” said Weaver during a recent interview. “There would be no direct contributions from a company. A CEO or executive could write a check but not a corporate citizen like Target or Giant Food.” Creation of the committee, which is comprised of residents from all eight wards, was prompted by a troubling increase in contributions from members of the real estate sector and developers with multiple subsidiaries and entities, Weaver explained. “They were giving 10 times, 20 times what’s legally allowed,” he said. “We wanted to stop this but there wasn’t a lot of support from [elected officials]. They take bundles [of cash] because it’s easy.” Another concern, Weaver said, is that council members are accepting more money from corporations than ordinary citizens. If nothing else, he and other supporters of Initiative 70 said, the skewing of contributions in this manner gives the appearance of “pay for play” which benefits these corporations and few others. Phil Pannell, the committee’s Ward 8 coordinator, said while he doesn’t view Initiative 70 as a panacea, he thinks it will help stem the flood of corporate contributions to local politicians and try to level the playing field in favor of District residents. “I’ve always believed that local elections should not have the effect of direct corporate contributions, especially given this atmosphere,” he said. “This seems to be the right thing at the right time.” Pannell, 62, said the initiative is a grassroots-driven effort to remove direct corporation contributions not just from candidates and elect-

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ed officials, but also to constituent services funds, inaugural and transition funds and legal defense funds. The issue of corporate contributions, bundling and related matters has been at the forefront of the public’s attention since it became public that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal investigators had opened an investigation trying to ascertain if Jeff Thompson, a major donor to D.C. political campaigns, violated local and federal finance campaign laws. Following raids on his home and offices, Thompson, 57, stepped down as a partner from Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates [TCBA] and also relinquished his role as head of D.C. Chartered Health. Thompson had, in the past, raised and contributed considerable sums of money to Mayor Vincent C. Gray and former Mayors Anthony Williams and Adrian Fenty. He is purported to have given money to every member of the D.C. Council except Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). Thompson is a noted philanthropist who has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to many D.C.-based organizations, including the University of the District of Columbia and the National Council of Negro Women. At issue, is not the fact that Thompson and others made the contributions, but that some may have illegally donated money to be converted to money orders, using money orders with fictitious names or having someone else sign them. Both Weaver and Pannell said they are confident the initiative will make it on the ballot and Pannell said it will send a message

to elected officials that politics should not be tied to big money and that the first order of business for every public servant is to serve the public first. The move to bring the initiative to fruition comes against a backdrop of a city awash in scandal. For well over a year, legislators in the District from the mayor on down have been mired in a series of scandals, ethical lapses, theft and other questionable behavior. Former Council Member Harry L. Thomas, Jr., and Former Council Chair Kwame Brown were forced to resign, Thomas for stealing $353,000 of public funds and Brown after pleading guilty to bank fraud and facing accusations of campaign finance fraud. In addition, two of Gray’s campaign aides and a close friend have pled guilty to charges related to the 2010 campaign. The mayor has so far resisted calls for him to step down. Weaver said good legislation has come from a couple council members but the rest have chosen not to support it. “It’s been mostly lip service,” he said. “But old-time activists, people frustrated by D.C. politics, and new hipster white kids with similar passions and problems with the District have formed a coalition.” Weaver and Pannell expressed confidence in the initiative’s passage. “People in the District of Columbia are sick and tired of the tricks played with political cash,” Pannell said. “I think Initiative 70 will pass. We got a lot of practical and universal acclaim in Ward 8. Residents have been excited.”wi The Washington Informer

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City’s Oldest Charter School seeks out Children that others have rejected Options Public Charter School is more than the Districts oldest charter school. It’s a place where children are made to feel safe, to believe in themselves and be successful. This is important because most of the more than three hundred children at Options are there because they could not function in traditional learning environments that have little or no tolerance for children with challenges. They are part of the nearly 11,000 youth in the District that are put in alternative schools or shipped outside of the District – as far away

as Utah – to receive services that can be found right here in the city. Located at 1375 E Street in Northeast Washington, Options has sought, for more than a decade, to provide a unique and highquality education to some of the District’s most underserved youth and learning disabled. Most believe that these children cannot be adequately served in the traditional DC Public School setting. According the Washington Post, the District government spends more than $120 million each year to place special

education students in private schools, as well as $75 million to transport these students. That’s a third of the DC School budget. Options, which opened in 1996 as a model for educating at-risk youth, was the first of the now many charter schools which exploded in the District in the late 1990’s when parents, teachers and other community members became frustrated with public-schools and sought an alternative. These schools secure a “charter” – or a contract with the District –

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detailing how their schools will be run. The schools, which are public schools, are run independently by community groups. In exchange, they must show more accountability than average public schools in order for their charters to be renewed. Schools like Options are often the only option for youth in the District who have been rejected by a system which often leaves youth believing that they cannot be successful. “A lot of the kids that we serve have gone a long time without the appropriate services,” said Dr. David Cranford, Clinical Director at Options. “They are used to failing. They look at schools as a place where they are not going to be successful. We, on the other hand, are able to offer exciting new programs like culinary arts and cosmetology as well as state of the art technology.” “Traditional schools follow the more punitive model, where you catch a child breaking the rules and they receive some sort of punishment,” said Cranford. “At Options, we find opportunities to reward children for appropriate behavior.” Most of the children at Options, arrive to Options through referrals, and are thought to be in need of therapeutic special education services. And Options seems able to deliver with an intensively qualified team of teachers, behavior specialists, a crisis intervention team, mental health professionals, as well as reading and math specialists, speech pathologists, and social workers dedicated to the personal success of each child. “We want schools and communities to send us the kids they can’t work with,” says Cranford. “The kids that they are expelling and suspending will be provided

actual services to address whatever emotional or behavioral need that is impacting their learning, ” said Dr. Donna Montgomery Executive Director for Options. “Suspending youth from school does not work and is more of a punishment for the parents than the child,” Montgomery added. “Suspensions only contribute to the stress that children feel when there is no stability. The program focuses on essential student skills, increases reading and math ability and improves test scores. They have small classes with a 6:1 student to adult ration, a state of the art, wireless mobile computer lab, therapeutic special education programs and an award-winning athletics department which features all major sports. This past year Options boasted a attendance rate of 92%, a senior graduation rate of 94% and saw a number of graduates finish school with new vocational skills and certifications. Options general education and fulltime therapeutic transition and socialization program offers alternative programs, which they say motivates students to stay in school by giving them the requisite social skills, increased selfesteem, self control over anger and frustration, desire to learn and increased academic competence. “Reports show that our students are not only benefitting academically from being at Options, but they are also benefitting non-academically,” says Dr. Montgomery. “Research shows that the longer they stay at Options, the better their outcomes.” If Options Public Charter School is the option for the special child in your life, contact the school at 202-5471028 or visit their website at

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lmost one million children in the United States live without the benefits of recommended immunizations and regular primary care health services. Immunizations are one of the most effective disease-prevention tools available today. With the start of the school year just two weeks away it seems that parents, kids, clothing stores, office supply stores and every other kind of retail outlet is in back-toschool mode. Wherever you look ads on the TV, radio and in the paper are reminding us about the need for new essentials such as backpacks, notebooks, fall fashions and even snacks for school. There is one essential that is easy to forget about but is no less important. Even though you won’t find it at the mall with the rest of the school supplies, it’s something every child, regardless of whether they go to public, private or parochial school needs - up to date vaccinations. Every child in the District of Columbia must have all of their required vaccines, or often called immunizations, in order to attend school. A vaccine is a shot that provides protection from specific diseases. Some vaccines require only one shot to be effective, others require second or third shots, called “boosters” to fully protect children. These vaccines are required for a good reason - to protect all children from getting or spreading serious diseases that have the potential to have your child miss significant amounts of school and get lots of their schoolmates sick. Some of these diseases are even potentially fatal. In 2010, the Healthy Schools Act was signed into law. This law requires that all students attending prekindergarten through grade 12 have an annual physical examination. This examination should cover all items required for the child’s age group. Over the past few decades vaccines have been very effective at stopping diseases. Because we do not see these illnesses very often, it can be easy for us to forget how serious diseases like measles, mumps and polio can be. Records show that some diseases, like measles and the chicken pox, are starting to comeback as the number of children getting vaccines in some school districts has dropped. In order to stop the spread of these diseases some school districts have had to close schools for a period of time to protect the entire school community. This takes away essential time in the classroom and is hard on parents who have to find childcare when school is suddenly closed. The return of these diseases makes it clear that parents cannot assume that their child is protected because their child’s friends have all been vaccinated. The only way to guarantee your child’s safety is by taking them to the doctor and getting them vaccinated. Parents should also not assume that because their child had up to date vaccines last year, that they are ready for this school year. Students in middle school and high school require additional vaccines to the ones they had in elementary school, some vaccines a child has already had may need a “booster” after a few years for full protection. Fortunately for parents, most required vaccines are covered by insurance and are available at doctor’s offices. If a child’s doctor or insurance does not provide these vaccines the federal Vaccines for Children program will provide these essential shots at no cost. Thanks to this program, every child has access to this important item for back to school and for life. Parents should not wait to make an appointment with the doctor for annual physical and vaccine checkup. It will guarantee their children are armed with the most important school supply they could have – their health.

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By James Wright WI Staff Writer host of educational studies show that children learn better when  they’re healthy. That’s when the three R’s – reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic become fun and learning turns into a lifelong adventure. While most young people get vaccinated for the school year, often that’s where the monitoring of health stops, with the exception of visiting the nurse’s office for a minor cut or infection. However, children need a comprehensive medical examination which should include a visit to an ophthalmologist. “Children should have an eye exam before kindergarten or first grade by an ophthalmologist,” said Dr. Shirley Middleton, an ophthalmologist who has a practice in Northwest. “They [parents] should not depend on school nurses because those tests may not be reliable and often do not detect problems.” Middleton, a graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine in Northwest, said that parents should monitor their child’s vision constantly. “Parents should observe their child’s visual behavior, whether their eyes are straight, if there is a muscle imbalance or if they squint,” she said. “Also, parents should be concerned if their child’s eyes tear. If  one of their child’s eyes is  more prominent than the other and if a child squints or sits too close to the television, an eye professional should be contacted.”  For children who play sports, Middleton recommends that they wear protective goggles which can be fitted with their prescription. “I would not recommend that young children wear contact lenses because of hygiene issues,” she said. Children are being educated by computer terminals more than ever and Middleton has advice concerning the matter. “Children should  be careful not to sit too close to the monitor and they should relax their eyes frequently to prevent eye fatigue,” the doctor said. She also recommends that children’s eyes be examined annually and every two years for teenagers. Other parts of a child’s body that affect learning are the ears, nose and throat. Those should be examined  annually as well, said Dr. Anita Jackson, an otolaryngologist who practices in


“Children should be healthy as can be so they can learn as much as possible,” Raleigh, N.C. “It is a doctor’s job to help a child stay safe and healthy,” said Jackson, 45. “Having  healthy ear, nose and throat helps prevent sinuses that are adverse to a child’s health.” Jackson, a graduate of the University of  Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, said that the best way to keep  a child’s ears healthy is to keep the nose clean. “Many children suffer from chronic sinuses and keeping the nose healthy can prevent middle ear infection,” she said. Sore throats in children are caused by  unhealthy germs, Jackson said. She recommends that parents teach their children to cover their mouths when coughing. Dental health is also a vital part of keeping a child focused and enthusiastic about learning. The Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center in New York City  recommends that children brush twice daily with  fluoridated water, floss daily to prevent plaque from building up on teeth and scheduling dental appointments once a year, at a minimum. Middleton, Jackson and the Colgate Resource Center recommend that children eat healthy, well-balanced meals that include plenty of fruits, vegetables and high protein foods such as bran cereal and sweet potatoes. All three highly discourage sugary drinks and sweets. “Children should be healthy as can be so they can learn as much as possible,” Jackson said.

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“This year’s substance abuse programs will begin to highlight new synthetic drugs, like K2 [or] Spice that are on the rise among District youth. said Dr. Saul Levin, M.D., the interim director of the D.C Department of Health [DOH].

By Joy Freeman-Coulbary WI Contributing Writer The D.C. Department of Health and D.C. Public Schools have joined forces to combat substance abuse and new drug threats in the city’s public schools. Although District public school students are not more likely on average to abuse drugs than their peers nationwide, District youth are about three percent more likely to engage in marijuana usage before the age of 13. For the upcoming 2012-2013 school year, the Department of Health and the school system are spearheading a bold new campaign to arrest substance abuse among District students. “This year’s substance abuse programs will begin to highlight new synthetic drugs, like K2 [or] Spice that are on the rise among District youth. A citywide public education effort will be implemented to ensure prevention, early assessments and treatment on demand is available to all District residents,” said Dr. Saul Levin, M.D., the interim director of the D.C Department of Health [DOH]. “The first indication of success of this program has been the interagency coordination and leadership between the Metropolitan Police Department and District of Columbia Public Schools [DCPS],” he said.

The good news is that D.C. high school students are less likely than their peers in Maryland and Virginia to binge drink and engage in drinking while driving, said Judith Donovan, prevention services manager of DOH’s Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration [APRA]. Additionally, District youth engage in cigarette smoking at significantly lower rates than their peers nationwide, with District students six percent less likely to have smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to DOH’s 2011 “District of Columbia Community Prevention Assessment Pilot” study. However, Dawn Adams who lives in Barry Farm in Southeast, said there’s a need to curb substance abuse among teenagers and young children. “My son is nine, in elementary school, and some of his peers are already smoking weed. I home test him regularly with tests I get from the dollar store, because I don’t know what he might pick up out here,” said Adams, 26, whose son attends a public school in Northeast. “When I was at Malcolm X Elementary School, I started smoking cigarettes at nine and advanced to marijuana by 13, at Jefferson Junior High, having been influenced by older boys. So, I think the Department of Health’s campaign in District schools is a good thing. … I wouldn’t touch [marijuana]

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now,” she said. Parents aren’t the only ones who have zero tolerance. “We will not be satisfied until we bring the rate of youth substance abuse to zero,” said Dr. Linda Wharton-Boyd, senior advisor to Levin. The somber reality is that D.C. high school students, grades nine-12, are more likely to have smoked marijuana in the past 30 days than their peers nationwide, based on the 2011 pilot study. According to the study, about 26 percent of District high school students have reported using marijuana during the past 30 days, compared to 23 percent of their peers in other states. Of particular concern, are new and popular substances ripe for abuse that parents should be on the lookout for with the advent of the 2012-2013 school year. These include psychoactive designer drugs such as bath salts and synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, which can cause hallucinations, psychosis and heart palpitations. “We have a concern about D.C. youth abusing synthetic marijuana. There has also been an incremental uptick in the abuse of prescription drugs, which we’re monitoring” said Shaun Synder, senior deputy director of APRA. “We’re also concerned about teens and young people abusing bath salts,” he said. In anticipation of the new school year, APRA is revamping


its website to become more userfriendly and to make information about drug and alcohol abuse and treatment more accessible to both parents and students. Soon, APRA will be tweeting its antidrug message. “We’re in the early stages of social media. We are renovating our website to include twitter, FB, Flickr, YouTube and LinkedIn accounts,” said Synder. “DOH already has a twitter account. … Through a Quick Response code, District residents will be able to link their phones to APRA’s website to receive information.” The Department of Health will be working with school nurses and counselors to achieve certain goals: substance abuse intervention and treatment in D.C. schools. “Early onset of drug and alcohol abuse can interfere with young, developing brains, encourage risky behavior, and be indicative of addiction, if there is a family history of such,” Donovan said. APRA offers substance abuse treatment and recovery services to youth through its adolescent substance abuse programs. The pilot study also highlights the Department of Health’s success under Mayor Vincent C. Gray in the area of substance abuse intervention, which includes work with school nurses to address the substance abuse needs of District students. For the upcoming school year,

the Department of Health plans to distribute anti-drug information kits to teachers and school personnel. District students struggling with addictions can seek help anonymously through the Department of Health, without parental consent, Synder said. “Parents can also seek out intervention services for their children through our website.” For more information about the Department of Health substance abuse intervention programs, visit doh. or call (202) 727-8857. D.C. Prevention Centers Wards 1&2 1419 Columbia Road, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009 (202) 319-2259 Director Mark Robinson Wards 3&4 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 (202) 686-4850 Director: Nadine Parker Ward 5&6 1022 Maryland Ave., N.E. Washington, DC 20002 (202) 543-5796 Director: Charles Dark Ward 7&8 3939 Benning Road N.E. Washington, DC 20019 (202) 388-3001 Director: Rosalind Parker

District of Columbia Immunization Requirements1 School Year 2012 – 2013 All students attending school in the District of Columbia must present proof of appropriately spaced immunizations by the first day of school.

A Child 2 years or older entering Preschool or Head Start

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Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP) Polio Varicella (chickenpox) – if no history of disease2 Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Hepatitis B Hepatitis A or 4 Hib (Haemophilus Influenza Type B) 3 PCV (Pneumococcal)

A student 4 years old entering Pre-Kindergarten

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Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP) Polio Varicella (chickenpox) – if no history of disease2 Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Hepatitis B Hepatitis A or 4 Hib (Haemophilus Influenza Type B) 3 PCV (Pneumococcal)

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A student 11 years & older entering Sixth thru Twelfth Grade

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Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP) Polio Varicella (chickenpox) – if no history of disease2 Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Hepatitis B Hepatitis A (if born on or after 01/01/05)

Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP/Td) Tdap (if five years since last dose of DTP/DTaP/Td) Polio Varicella (chickenpox) – if no history of disease2 Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Hepatitis B Meningococcal Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) – Females in grades 6 thru 9 or parent may sign approved vaccine refusal form available at


At all ages and grades, the number of doses required varies by a child’s age and how long ago they were vaccinated. Please check with your child’s school nurse or health care provider for details.


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Helping Students Cope Helping First Day of School Jitters By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer While young children attending school for the first time can suffer parental separation anxiety, students returning to school after summer break can be as fearful of their surroundings as they are about fitting in. “These can be daunting tasks to accomplish and we try to make the transition easier by engaging our students in getting-to-knowyou activities that serve as icebreakers,” said Daniel Moses, 33, a teacher at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Northeast. “Most of the time, our freshmen students are nervous that they are not going to be accepted by certain groups

or they fear entering high school is going to be too much work. Overall, they have a lot going on and that’s where we come in, prioritizing students as a whole and giving them the opportunity to define themselves.” Richard Trogeh, principal at the School Without Walls in Northwest, agreed. He said that’s why his students are required to participate in the Summer Bridge program – an initiative which was designed more than seven years ago by the District’s public school system to ease the transition from middle school to high school. “For one thing we want them to come back ready to jump on their assignments,” said Trogeh. “Since we’ve been doing Sum-

mer Bridge it’s been very effective easing students’ anxieties about coming back to school following summer break.” Trogeh added that faculty members have noticed that students who participate in Summer Bridge do much better in terms of transitioning than their peers who don’t sign up for the two-to four-week program that is offered just prior to the start of the school year. “It’s been something to help students stay on track, specifically ninth-graders who sometimes don’t make a smooth transition to high school,” Trogeh said of the program. “We also have a lot of students coming back from abroad, so we need them to make

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friends and develop relationships.” Ashley Reese, 21, a recent graduate of Howard University, said she often dealt with anxiety at the end of summer breaks. But it wasn’t until she spent her junior year studying in London, that she learned to deal with her back-toschool stresses. “The transition surrounding my senior year went smoothly,” said Reese who’s taking a year off before enrolling in graduate school. “During my time in London, I had to make some adjustments that kind of helped me out, [because] I hesitated to approach people on campus for help, I learned to reach out and embrace people more easily,” the San Diego, Calif., native said. “I also sought the advice of a campus counselor – probably much later than I should have – and that helped a lot. I would strongly recommend doing that because sometimes new students have a lot of problems relating to their professors.” Otherwise, Reese suggests establishing a bond with roommates as quickly as possible and to get plenty of sleep. “Take a nap whenever possible,” she said. “I did that a lot and it helped significantly [in] reducing stress.” Meanwhile, it’s not unusual for parents of young children going to school for the first time to share their child’s anxiety of being separated for several hours. Because the child may fear going into an environment where they don’t know anyone, emotions, such as tear-filled goodbyes, can easily crop up.

But it’s up to parents to assure their children that everything’s going to be just fine, and with that said, here are some suggestions for helping everyone feel better about the new journey that’s about to take place: Develop a positive attitude about your child going to school. Children are very much attuned to the attitudes of their parents. If you are worried that your child is going to have a terrible first day of school, then your attitude is going to feed your child’s insecurities. Talk about your happy school memories. Tell your child the things that you enjoyed about school. Even if school was not a pleasant experience for you, you likely had some things that you enjoyed, such as eating lunch with your friends. Arrange a play date with a fellow student. If you are able to find out the names of some of the other children in your child’s class before school starts, call the parents and arrange a play date. Knowing another child in the class can go a long way toward alleviating your child’s fears. Start adjusting to the school schedule at least one week before school begins. Many elementary schools start the day early, which can be a challenge for children who are used to sleeping in late. For at least one week before school starts, wake your child at the time that they will need to get up for school. Some information provided by Parents Magazine.

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Health Department Head Finds New Ways to Better Serve Prince George’s County By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Ask Pamela B. Creekmur how many individuals the Prince George County Health Department serves and she won’t hesitate to say 900,000 – the entire population of the county. Ask her to be more specific and she’ll repeat the number. From where she sits as head of the Prince George’s County Health Department [PGCHD], Creekmur said she and her staff of 550 touch practically every resident in one way or another. Disease control and prevention, swimming pool inspections, hazardous waste control, restaurant inspections, food service certification and septic system issues are among the vast terrain PGCHD covers. “The health department does more than most people know,” said Creekmur. Through 14 facilities throughout the county, the health department’s mission is to “protect the public’s health, assure availability of and access to quality health care services and promote individual and community responsibility for the prevention of disease, injury and disability.” For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the health department has a four-prong focus: access to health care, chronic disease, infant mortality and HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. “It’s our season,” Creekmur said. “It’s going to take a lot of work, and we are happy to do it.” And Creekmur said access to care is a critical issue because there’s an estimated 150,000 to 160,000 uninsured and underinsured persons in the county. “Even with health reform, which is a great thing and I’m glad it was upheld [by the Supreme Court] … there’s still going to be a significant population uninsured,” Creekmur said. Another looming problem – there aren’t enough physicians in the county to serve the entire population, particu-

larly inside the Beltway. “That number is less than what we absolutely need to meet the needs in our community,” she said. “We are looking at plans and strategies to deal with that issue as well.” One promising plan that Creekmur supports is a state pilot incentive program to attractive more doctors. “We need innovative strategies to get physicians to come,” said Creekmur. “It is not an impossible feat.” Raising awareness about the numerous programs and services in the county is one of the department’s priorities. Creekmur, 52, who’s been heading the health department for nearly a year serving most of that time as the acting health officer, said she wasn’t fully aware of PGCHD’s depth until she investigated it as a viable career option. “I’ve been a resident of Prince George’s County for 17 years. … I wasn’t aware of what the health department was involved in until [this] opportunity came my way. I was amazed at what is available, amazed at the opportunities,” said Creekmur. In mid-July, the Prince George’s County Council approved County Executive Rushern L. Baker’s appointment of Creekmur as the permanent health officer. “Pam has done an outstanding job as the acting health officer and has been making an undeniable mark on the progress of our health department,” said Baker. “She is a compassionate leader with an expansive health administration background.” Creekmur has served as the medical center administrator for the Largo Medical Center, she was accountable for the overall management of a large multi-specialty medical center with more than 350 employees and physicians. She previously served as director of surgical services for the District of Columbia/Suburban Maryland region of Kaiser Permanente. Creekmur, graduated from Howard University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in

nursing. Currently, she is a candidate for a health care administration master’s degree from the University of Maryland University College. She’s now responsible for overseeing the county’s network of health clinics and facilities and a $70 million budget. Creekmur said she’s proud about a change that will take place around the end of this year throughout the health department – the conversion of all patient records from paper to electronic health records. She said it will result in better coordination of care as well as more efficiency in providing services such as scheduling

and reporting. She added that budget cuts over the years likely resulted in less promotion and marketing, however, now she and her staff have a new approach to ferret out new funding sources and find ways to be more efficient. Partnering is also one of the health department’s new strategies. One example is an “at-aglance” guide that lists health department services. It hadn’t been widely distributed and needed updating. Creekmur said the guide is an excellent tool and plans call for it to be shared through print and electronic versions and an expansive network of partners. One of their major efforts

Health& Wellness Services For Prince George’s County Residents Counseling, Testing and Treatment Services For Men, Women and Teens  Alcohol, drug, tobacco and other substance abuse  HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases

has been the formation of a coalition to work on the issue of access to care and assisting in the implementation of the county’s 10-year health plan. The coalition is comprised of individuals who represent health care groups, colleges, schools, and county departments such as parks and planning. The coalition’s steering committee is 43 members strong with approximately 100 others serving on four work groups. “The beautiful thing is there’s a lot of energy all going in the right direction. We make sure that our resources are aligned with our priority areas,” Creekmur said.

Health Screenings For Adults  Breast, cervical and colorectal cancer  Cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure

Other Services  Dental care for pregnant women and children  Immunizations for children  Pregnancy testing and prenatal care for pregnant women  Free and low-cost health insurance for families with low incomes  WIC supplemental foods and nutrition education for women and children at nutritional risk  Classes and workshops on building healthy family relationships  Re-entry case management for male and female ex-offenders

For More Information Call Healthline at 1-888-561-4049 Pamela Creekmur Acting Health Officer

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Moving Breastfeeding from Personal Choice to Public Health Issue By Fia Curley With her first pregnancy 11 years ago, Sakia’Lynn Harris made some unusual choices. A student at a Historically Black University, Harris had planned her pregnancy, and was determined to nurse her first child exclusively for six months and continue breastfeeding him until age 2 – a rare goal then and now. Although Harris was never given information about breastfeeding during her prenatal visits, she sought

out breastfeeding resources on her own, determined to achieve her goal. Despite a Caesarean-section delivery and the subsequent struggle to feed, Harris fought to follow her plan. She finally achieved her goal only after visiting a lactation consultant in a neighborhood Women, Infants, Children (WIC) office. Now 33, Harris continues to remain ahead of the curve. According to the 2011 Breastfeeding Report Card from the Centers for Disease Control and Pre-

vention, almost 82 percent of new moms have tried breastfeeding their children. Six months later about 60 percent of women are breastfeeding. However the number of moms who feed their children only breast milk for six months straight is about one in four. Documented health benefits of breast milk include decreased risk of ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, obesity, asthma and sudden infant death syndrome in babies. Studies also show that women who breast-

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Documented health benefits of breast milk include decreased risk of ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, obesity, asthma and sudden infant death syndrome in babies. Studies also show that women who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast cancer. feed have a decreased risk of breast cancer. As numerous medical studies have supported the health benefits of breast milk, legislation, community programs and growing public awareness continue to move breastfeeding away from being just an optional way of feeding a newborn toward the spotlight as a major public health concern. Based on the statistics, it’s clear to many that the message is particularly needed in minority communities, which have drastically lower rates of breastfeeding, particularly in the category of only feeding babies breast milk for six consecutive months. A little less than 60 percent ofblack babies are breastfed at least once. Twenty-eight percent of black babies receive some breast milk six months later, with only 8 percent being fed only breast milk at six months. Although breastfeeding rates within the United States have steadily increased during the past decade, disparities continue to exist, as many women face the challenge of questioning relatives who used formula to feed their own children, popular beliefs that the act of breastfeeding is inappropriate, a lack of social support and the historical aftereffects of family segmentation through slavery and regulations of government programming. In 2011, the United States Breastfeeding Committee declared August to be National Breastfeeding Month, with the first week coinciding with World Breastfeeding Week. The 19th U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA also issued an official Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding , inviting employers, family members, health professionals and grandparents to not only ease the stress of breastfeeding mothers but to encourage breastfeeding in support of a healthy nation. The Affordable Care Act expanded access to breastfeeding counseling, support and supplies without any cost-sharing, which began Aug. 1. “It is a struggle, no matter what,” said Harris, whose fight to provide what she knew was right for her child led her to become an international board certified lactation

“Breastfeeding decisions are usually made and most successfully reached when [women] have prenatal education,” she said. “Moms who make it to six months make it because that was their goal from the beginning.” The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees. The February 2012 edition of Pediatrics concluded that “infant feeding should not be considered as a lifestyle choice but rather as a basic health issue. As such, the pediatrician’s role in advocating and supporting proper breastfeeding practices is essential and vital for the achievement of this preferred public health goal.” Nurse-Midwife and Founder of the Developing Families Center in the District of Columbia’s Ward 5, Dr. Ruth Lubic said not to discount the additional benefits, particularly the bond between mother and child. “The emotional benefits of breastfeeding are very important,” Lubic said. “When I did midwifery in ’61 and ’62, nobody breastfed.” But Lubic has seen a slight shift over the past several decades. “There’s a real understanding that breastfeeding is important for the health of the mother and the health of the child,” she said. Although breastfeeding rates have increased steadily, Harris still believes support is desperately needed for mothers, noting that most mothers she helps don’t always breastfeed exclusively. She has personally seen the number of women who want to breastfeed increase, but finds rigid work schedules, inadequate pumping locations, advice from physicians to occasionally use formula and the availability of free formula, can all derail goals. Despite the challenges, Harris continues the mission of letting other mothers know that healthy breast milk is the best food for babies. “Nobody ever asked me what my [breastfeeding] plans were,” Harris said. “So I do make it a point to ask—especially African-American and low-income women. I know it’s hard, but… they need to know they aren’t alone [because] sometimes when women breastfeed [they feel] alone in that quest.”

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Public-Private Partnerships Can Work By Vincent A. Keane, President and CEO Unity Health Care Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) has provided inmate health services to the District’s correctional facilities since 2006. We also operate a network of 31 community health service sites throughout the District. Unity has cared for our most vulnerable residents for over 27 years, regardless of their ability to pay. Our team believes that everyone should receive high-quality, compassionate care. It is these values that compelled Unity to undertake the challenge of providing correctional health care nearly six years ago. Prior to Unity’s successful partnership with the District’s Department of Corrections (DOC), healthcare services provided at

the city’s jails gained national attention for inadequate quality. The local media did an outstanding job of chronicling the questionable deaths, rampant infectious diseases, and threats of federal receivership that haunted inmate health services. In response to this crisis, the District government took the bold step of authorizing an innovative model of correctional health care delivery: the Community Oriented Health Care Model. In this model, members of our community are able to see their same clinicians within the jail and after release. This improves community health outcomes and eliminates one barrier for our returning citizens as they face the difficult task of rejoining the community. Why does this model work? Unity’s model is successful be-

cause our values are in seamless alignment with our community. As a community-based nonprofit, we do not have the potential moral hazards associated with shareholder enrichment. While we are good stewards of the District’s resources, Unity does not cut corners to increase profitability. In fact, Unity has voluntarily sustained more than $6 million in unexpected annual cuts to our contract to help the District government during recent fiscal challenges. Our model focuses on prevention and addresses one of the key determinants that impact an inmate’s successful reintegration into society: personal health and wellness. We know that many of the inmates in D.C. jails will return to our communities. Our job for nearly three decades has been to care for the people of this city. The Unity and DOC collabora-

tion has succeeded because both entities share an unwavering commitment to the health and wellness of District inmates. Our model has resulted in a reduction in inmate grievances and lawsuits, increases in chronic disease management rates, a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment initiative, substantial reductions in the number of suicides, on-site specialty care including dialysis, and enhanced continuity of care. Specifically, in the year prior to Unity providing care in the District’s jails, the DOC received 681 health care related grievances. Unity has worked tirelessly to reduce grievances and in 2011 there were only 18. With regard to managing chronic illnesses, with Unity’s support, 61%

of our population are controlling and effectively managing diabetes and 80% of the population within the DC Jails are controlling and managing high blood pressure. These figures are much higher than the national Medicaid averages. In addition, our partnership has led to the DOC being the only District agency to receive an ‘A’ rating on DC Appleseed’s report card (an evaluation tool that assesses HIV/ AIDS services). As the national debate over the role of government rages on, it is important that we all consider innovative approaches to accomplishing the will of the people while saving money. Effective public-private partnership is integral to the health and safety of everyone in the District and across the nation.

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Why The Healthcare Industry? In this post-recession era in the United States, it may be a mystery to some why healthcare is one industry that continues to have projected job growth. The industry’s growth and projected workforce is not limited to physicians and nurses, but also includes allied health professionals. According to CareerOneStop. org, sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, health-related positions make up 11 of the top 25 fastest-growing occupations with an entry level

education of an associate degree, and 8 of the top 25 with an entry level education of “some college.” So why is healthcare growing? Job openings in the United States stem from two key factors; new employment growth, and replacement needs as workers leave for other occupations, retire, etc. Replacement needs account for 63 percent of the approximately 54.8 million jobs projected to be added in the U.S.

between 2010 and 2020. For most industries, this means that the majority of jobs will become available only when specific employees need replacement, which can often make employment prospects sporadic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare is projected to have not only significant replacement need, but also the highest new employment growth of any industry (Chart #1).1 Wondering why the need for so many new workers? There are two important factors affecting many of the health professions: 1) the aging population; and 2) the advancing technology in healthcare. For example, Medical Assistants are in demand due to the growth of the aging baby-boom population, spurring the need for preventive medical services often provided by physicians. Additional demand also is expected as a result of new and changing tasks for medical assistants, such as the increasing use of electronic health records (EHRs). For Medical Laboratory Technologists (MTs) and Technicians (MLTs), the increase in the aging population results in a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes.2

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By Misty Brown WI Staff Writer “School starts at home,” happens to be a favorite expression that’s used when you’re raising children. Here are a few healthy back-toschool tips for parents and guardians to ensure children stay healthy and engaged during the school day. Studies have proven that these tips will promote academic success. STRESS FREE: “Organization is the key to a stress-free life. Prepare school lunches ahead of time; prep the breakfast meal, put out clothes for the following day, complete all homework and school projects. Avoid watching television in the morning and dodge a power struggle when it’s time to leave. Before we leave [the house], we pray a feel good prayer to get good grades or whatever the child wants to pray for that day,” said the Rev. Edward J. Brown, a grandfather of eight, who lives in New Orleans, La. EAT HEALTHY: “The most important thing a parent can do is to provide three healthy meals and several simple snacks throughout the day. Even though, my three children are home-schooled, I make sure they eat fruits, whole grains and vegetables. I avoid processed meats because it [makes children hyperactive] and it will affect their cognitive development,” said Atif Tate, co-owner of Inspire BBQ Restaurant in Northeast. AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY: Gary Cha, a co-owner of Yes Organic Supermarket, a Washington, D.C.based chain, believes that the “best snack is an apple. It’s a delicious healthy fruit – slice it in quarters and dip it in fruit juices such as lemon or apple. Always remove the seeds for young children.” AVOID DAIRY PRODUCTS: “When I see the signs of my children coming down with a cold, I don’t give them cold liquids, ice cream, pasta or bread. These foods are mucus forming and make it difficult to fight off a cold,” said Shawna L. Malone, founder & CEO, Three60World, Inc., in Northwest. The mother of four has found her health regimen to be effective. DENTAL HYGIENE: “At

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Stop Glaucoma From Taking Your Sight You lock away your valuables to keep them safe. But there’s one valuable you may have forgotten: Your sight. If you are African American age 40 or older, have diabetes, or have a family history of glaucoma, you are at higher risk. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve of the eye and result in vision loss and blindness. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form. In this condition, fluid builds up in the front chamber of the eye, and the optic nerve is damaged by the resulting increase in eye pressure. “Glaucoma affects more than 2 million people nationwide and is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in African Americans. In fact, African Americans are at risk of developing it at an earlier age. Glaucoma has no early warning signs or symptoms, and most people don’t know this,” said Dr. James Tsai, chair of the Glaucoma Subcommittee for

the National Eye Institute (NEI) National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP). “It’s very important that people don’t wait until they notice a problem with their vision to have an eye exam.” As glaucoma progresses, a person may eventually notice his or her side vision decreasing. If the disease is left untreated, the field of vision narrows and vision loss may result. “Most studies show that at least half of all persons with glaucoma don’t know they have this potentially blinding disease,” said Dr. Paul Sieving, director of NEI, National Institutes of Health. “Glaucoma can be detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. NEI encourages all people at higher risk of glaucoma—African Americans age 40 and older; everyone age 60, especially Mexican Americans; and those with a family history of glaucoma—to get a dilated eye exam every one to two years, because early detection and treatment may save your sight.”

A comprehensive dilated eye exam is a painless procedure. Drops are placed in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupils. This allows your eye care professional to see inside your eye and examine the optic nerve for signs of damage and other vision problems. If you have Medicare, are African American age 50 or older, and have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma, you may be eligible for a low-cost, comprehensive dilated eye exam through the Medicare benefit for eye health. Call 1–800–MEDICARE or visit for more information. To find out about other possible financial assistance for eye care, visit http:// Keep vision in your future. For more information about glaucoma, visit http://www.nei.nih. gov/glaucoma or call NEI at 301–496–5248.


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he mind of a child is where the future begins, healthy brain development is essential at very young ages. Parents have to instill healthy eating habits in their children and model that behavior. Good nutrition and a balanced diet helps children grow healthy and makes a tremendous difference in their mental and physical development. Ways to ensure that your children are eating healthy is to have regular family meals; traditional family meals have become uncommon. Preserve time in the mornings and prepare a healthy lunch or snack for your children. The most significant way to ensure healthy eating is to lead by example. Cut down your chips and soda intake, substitute that for strawberries and a bottled water. Be their role model and eat healthy. If you have not been able to implement these techniques in your household yet, remember it is never too late start. Take initiative and start now, implement it as back-to-school change. Imagine how much more productive your children could be in the classroom when they are not hyper and jumpy after a sugary lunch. After eating a healthy and balanced lunch, your children will give their full attention to his or her teacher; as a result they will learn more. Inspire BBQ on H Street NE is aware of the importance of a young child’s nutritional diet. For over 10 years, they have been providing healthy and nutritional lunch for youth ranging from daycare to high school. Chef Tate says, “The secret is to

serve food as fresh as possible. Start with fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh juices.” Serving your children fresh foods ensure that they are growing properly and retaining information. Children are vulnerable and at their ages they cannot make proper decisions when it comes to their health. They will always choose candy and donuts over celery and yogurt. Chef Tate suggests that parents have conversations about health with their children, get them to understand the importance of the type of foods they consume. Everything single item they intake does not have to be extremely healthy. You can give your children the simple foods they enjoy and add nutrition. For example, when you give them cereal, cut up some bananas and add them to the cereal. Slice up some fresh fruit to go with their sandwich, instead of chips and cookies. “A burst of nutrition throughout the day improves your overall mood. For snacks, give the children carrots and popcorn instead of processed pizza and hot dogs” says Chef Tate. He encourages parents to find out the lunch that their children eat at school and read the nutritional facts. Be aware of the supplements the kids may need. Shy away from giving them foods with food coloring and an excess of sugar. Tate suggests that parents avoid feeding their children food with preservatives, they affect the child’s behavior and attention span. Healthy foods are essential to a child’s development, be conscious of the foods you feed your children and how they affect their growth.

Back to School Health Tips Shannon Hines Kaiser Permanente African American Employee Resource Group Kaiser Permanente Diversity Programs Getting your kids off to a great start this school year is more than just buying school supplies and clothes. Many studies have shown that kids who eat well and are physically active do better in both school and sports. Immunizations, which help protect your kids from harmful illness, also help keep them feeling their best. Use these quick back to school tips to help you keep your kids healthy and safe! Use 5-2-1-0 as your guide to healthy eating and active living It’s a simple message and your kids can easily reach at least one of the key goals. There is also strong scientific reasoning supporting each component of the message.


: Eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides vitamins and minerals important for supporting growth and development. These nutrients are also support optimal immune function in children. Tips for parents: The palm of the child’s hand is a good reference for a serving size for meat and protein and most vegetables.


: Limit TV and computer use (not related to school) to two hours or less a day. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the average child watches an average of 5–6 hours of television a day. Watching too much television is related to an increase in overweight and obesity, lower reading scores and attention problems. The AAP recommends that children under age 2 shouldn’t watch any

TV. In addition, the AAP recommends no TV or computer in the room in which the child sleeps, and no more than 2 hours of screen time a day.


: Get 1 hour or more of physical activity every day. Regular physical activity is important to maintain a healthy weight and to prevent chronic health problems, such as diabetes. While many school-age children are active, physical activity declines during adolescence. Children who are raised in families with active lifestyles are more likely to stay active as adults.


: Drink less sugar. Try water and low fat milk instead of soda and drinks with lots of sugar. Sugarsweetened beverage drinking has increased over the past 20 years. High intake among children is related to overweight/obesity, not drinking enough milk and dental cavities. It is recommended that children 1–6 years old consume no more than 4–6 ounces of juice per day and youth 7–18 years old consume no more than 8–12 ounces. Whole milk is the single largest source of saturated fat in children’s diets. Starting at age 2, switching to low fat or nonfat milk products greatly reduces dietary saturated and total fat, as well as total calories.

children younger than 5 years of age and children of any age with a long-term health condition like asthma, diabetes and heart disease. These children are at higher risk of having serious health problems if they get the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children 6 months and older and all adults get vaccinated against the flu every year. Check with your child’s doctor for other immunizations that your child may need. To learn more about how to help keep your kids healthy and safe, visit and

Protect your kids with vaccines Kids need immunizations to protect them from diseases. These diseases may cause serious health problems and even death. Outbreaks from disease often happen in areas where immunization rates are low. One very important vaccine that you will want to get for your kids this fall is the flu vaccine. Vaccination is especially important for

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Sleep smarts: (ARA) - Does your list of school supplies include sleep? Studies say it should, especially for teens. Only 8 percent of American teenagers are getting the required nine or more hours of sleep needed, according to the National Sleep Foundation. In fact, a recent study published in the “Journal of Adolescent Health” found that more than 60 percent of high school students get less than seven hours of sleep per night. The situation does not improve in college, either. A 2010 study conducted at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota revealed, not surprisingly, that 70 percent of college students get less than the 8 recommended hours of sleep. While most people have, at times, battled sleep issues, poor sleep habits plague col-

lege campuses. Let’s face it most college kids do not place a premium on a good night’s rest. In addition to sleep falling low on the priority list, most students are sleeping on cheap dorm mattresses and worn out pillows - which can affect sleep quality. Perhaps reminding your student that there is a proven relationship between healthy sleep habits and academic success might help encourage healthier habits. In 2010, a University of Minnesota study found a significant positive correlation between the amount of sleep per night and GPA. Additionally, as the average number of days per week a student got less than five hours of sleep increased, GPA decreased. Once a pattern of bad sleep has developed, is it possible for teens and college students to

Sleep is an important part of back-to-school preparation

“reset” their internal clocks? Researchers at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine say it is. Suggest that your students try following these tips, a little bit at a time, over several weeks: Try your best to avoid caffeine, smoking, alcohol, heavy exercise and heavy snacking (pizza included) at least three hours before bedtime. Don’t pull all-nighters or cram for exams late at night. Specifically schedule studying for when you’re most alert so your performance won’t be affected. Be as consistent as possible with your sleep habits, ideally aiming to go to bed at the same time each evening and get at least eight hours of sleep per night. Wake up at the same time every morning and head outside.

Sunlight helps reset circadian rhythms, the body’s internal biological process that rotates around a 24-hour schedule. Turn off your cell phone and laptop at night. Besides being a distraction, exposure to light can suppress the production of melatonin, a hormone that aids sleep. Make sure your bedroom is set up for sleep. If you are a light sleeper or your dorm is noisy, try wearing earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. Keep the room cool and dark. Make your bed as comfortable as possible. Consider investing in a foam mattress pad and a quality pillow. For example, for around $100, you can purchase a mattress topper and a waterbase pillow, both of which greatly improve head, neck and back support while you sleep.

“While you most likely cannot control the amount of sleep your teens or collegeaged kids receive, at least you can make sure that once they are in bed, the sleep they do get is of the best quality,” explains Maurice Bard, founder and CEO of Mediflow Inc., a company that makes waterbase bed pillows. “One simple way to accomplish this is to make sure your teens are sleeping on the right pillow - one that adjusts to properly support their head and neck throughout the night.” Countless studies have shown that people who get the right amount of sleep are physically and emotionally healthier - which is of course is something we all want for our children. Getting better grades is just the icing on the cake.

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Thingamajig gives youth from all over the region the opportunity to exercise their minds and bodies while stimulating their creativity Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker has a little fun with flight simulation – photo credit Michael Yourishin

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YMCA summer campers arrive bright and early for a day of fun and learning – photo credit Tracey Mitchell

Annual YMCA Thingamajig Convention Draws Thousands By Elton Hayes WI Staff Writer Before Trinette Kinsel could explain the ground rules to her three young charges, they had honed in like radar to a flight simulator, and sprinted off to test their aviation skills. Had this been any other time, she would have stopped them in their tracks. But, considering the event and the venue, she decided to let boys be boys. As Kinsel’s son Michael, 10, settled into the large, cushy black leather chair, his hands trembled in anticipation as his little fingers gripped the flight joystick. The edges of his mouth began to curl and form a smile almost as wide as the 32-inch high-definition video screen directly in front of him. “It was awesome,” said the aspiring astronaut. “It felt like I got to fly a real plane and

thing. It was an awesome experience,” he said after successfully completing his mission. The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington transformed Upper Marlboro’s Show Place Arena and Equestrian Center into arguably the region’s largest playground on Thursday, July 26 as it hosted the 18th annual Thingamajig Invention Convention. Four thousand of the area’s youngest innovators participated in the festival that showcased their inventions – ones that they had spent weeks fine-tuning and perfecting, leading up to the big event. A seemingly infinite number of brown banquet tables spanned the 35,000-square-foot arena where more than 500 entries fashioned from recycled goods captured the attention of children, visitors and judges. Old newspapers got a new lease on life as blouses and shirts, card-

board shoeboxes morphed into doll wagons and an assortment of pasta that included spaghetti and elbow macaroni formed anatomically-correct skeletons. Briana Zanders volunteers with YMCA Calomiris, located in Northeast. Zanders escorted five youngsters, ages 8-10, from her area YMCA who submitted entries this year. They could hardly contain their excitement – they wanted to know if their projects had earned coveted ribbons. “We like to see all the activities and the arts and crafts,” said Zanders, 21. “We also learn a lot from the ideas, the different creativity and the performances.” But her group’s attention shifted once they hit the jampacked arena floor that teemed with enough interactive workshops and games to keep even the most rambunctious children captivated for hours. Stations

featured remote-controlled robots and airplanes, bottle rockets and even a miniature garden, to name a few. “The bus ride home back to the [YMCA] is going to be quiet,” Zanders said. “Everyone is going to be asleep.” This year’s convention theme, Sky’s The Limit, worked perfectly for Kinsel, 39, who attended the event with her son Michael and two nephews – all of whom hope to one day earn their wings. Members of the Tuskegee Airmen donned their red blazers and bronze wings and signed autographs for Kinsel’s crew. Trading cards that featured the names of other Tuskegee Airmen along with fun facts about the iconic squadron lined the table in front of the former fliers who regaled admirers, both young and old, with their feats during World War II. “Aviation had been removed

from us for a number of years,” said Herbert Jones, a Tuskegee Airman who lives in Ft. Washington, Md. “And now we have a number of young black people in military aviation, and who are flying commercially, who are finding that it’s a very rewarding industry,” the 88-year-old said. YMCA officials said that they couldn’t pass on the opportunity to host the former pilots who endured racial discrimination in the 1940s to become one of the most highly respected air combat units in military history. ‘“Our integral partnerships with the FAA, Tuskegee Airmen and AOPA led us to choose an aviation theme,” said Janice Williams, creator of Thingamajig and YMCA senior vice president of program development.’



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Masters Responds to Critics of African Summit Hope Sullivan Masters, president and CEO of the Sullivan Foundation, has broken her silence over criticism the organization founded by her late father, the Rev. Leon Sullivan, has received since announcing it will host the bi-annual Sullivan Summit this month in Equatorial Guinea. Allegations have been flying over why this West African country was selected, particularly when it has been noted by many news organizations as one of the most corrupt countries in Africa. It is also one of the richest with only Nigeria and Congo leading it as one of sub-Saharan Africa’s third largest oil producers. Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 70, has been labeled a dictator and tyrant, and his son Teodoro Nguema Obiang, is accused of extorting millions of dollars to finance his extravagant lifestyle here in the U.S. and elsewhere. Masters released a press statement this week in which she gave a tongue lashing to those who have called into question the Foundation’s allegiance to human rights and her [Masters’] dedication to her father’s life’s work. It must be noted here that staff from The Washington Informer have been invited to attend and report on the Summit, which many civil rights leaders and others have bowed out of. Yet, recognizing the challenge Masters will face in getting her side of the story told, we deemed it important and necessary to share her message here. “For several months, the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation has been under news, twitter, and blog attacks by journalists and vocal “human rights organizations” who have used smear tactics and yellow journalism to undermine the upcoming Ninth Leon H. Sullivan Summit which will be held in the West Central African Country of Equatorial Guinea. “... over the past few days, the architects of this campaign to destroy the 2012 Summit, chose to make their attacks personal, when they made the vile assertion that The Sullivan Summit, and I by extension, are destroying the reputation of my late father, a man who I not only loved as a devoted daughter, but a man who I believe possessed one of the most brilliant and progressive minds of the twentieth century. “The Leon H. Sullivan Summit is hosted in African countries, which are members of the African Union (AU). The AU serves as a vehicle whereby Africa can solve their own social and economic problems as well as other political issues and the many issues they face as a result of globalization. The African Union is Africa’s forum; it is a platform for the leaders of Africa, a unifying and strengthening coalition for the onward development and unification of Africa. “In January 2011, the President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo was elected to the Presidency of the African Union. As such, it seems ironic at best that the individuals who harbor such anger and hatred of President Obiang are discounting the fact that he was chosen to lead this august body of nations by the other leaders of Africa. “For centuries, Africa has been exploited, denigrated, and treated as the habitat of people of inferior intellect. Through the process of independence, Africa and Africans have been able to reposition themselves and their nations as self-governing nations. Moreover, when the nations of Africa speak in one voice, in the great tradition of democracy that Africa has been encouraged to adopt across the board, the result of that process by many is considered unethical by those journalists and organizations who disagree with their leaderships. “This Summit might not occur in a country that others might choose, but it might very well be a teachable moment for some individuals to acknowledge the irony of their arrogance and an opportunity to finally accept the tenets of the lofty ideals of democracy – whether they agree with the result of the process or not. Democracy, and ultimately human rights, are rooted in the belief that the governed shall chose their own path, not a colonial master, and not a bitter angry blogger who has never set foot on the soil which he chooses to disrupt. “Some who now correctly refer to Leon Sullivan as a champion of human rights are the very same individuals who criticized him for his engagement in apartheid South Africa when he unleashed the powerful Sullivan Principles in the early 1970s. “The legacy of Leon Sullivan is one that does not run away from challenges, controversies, or criticism. “The truth is that President Obiang has modernized his country and has implemented major political reforms. “I urge these critics to make better use of their time writing positive stories about Africa, and reporting truthfully on the legacies of fearless men, particularly those whose wisdom is in no small part the basis upon which they find their daily incomes.”

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After reading your article by Gale Horton Gay, “Gaming Battle Lines Drawn,” August 2, 2012, I decided to add my two cents to the gambling controversy going on in my county, Prince George’s. If they are going to build a casino in Prince George’s County and it’s going to be like the one in Anne Arundel County, don’t bother! Maryland Live! Casino is the worst casino I have ever visited. It’s always crowded, there are lines to play the slot machines and let’s not even talk about the traffic, it’s horrible. Whoever came up with the idea of building a casino smack in the middle of a residential area and shopping mall must have been crazy. I hope if they decide to build a casino in Prince George’s County they do it right. At least give the people something comfortable and pleasant while they lose their money. I know casinos are in the business to make money, and they

will make money no matter where they build, and most of that money will come from those who can least afford to lose it. Kenny G. Brown Oxon Hill, Md.

minds of so many of us here in the DMV area. Catherine Ross Washington, D.C.

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I want to be one of the first in the DMV area to congratulate Virginia’s own Gabby Douglas for her gold medal winning performance at the 2012 London Olympics. She was fantastic to watch. The power, poise, and grace she showed during her routine was just awesome, and when they placed that gold medal around her neck, tears started to flow from my eyes. Young people of all races, especially African Americans, can look to her as an example of what can be accomplished with discipline, faith and hard work. Gabby, not only are you No. 1 in the world in gymnastics, but you are No. 1 in the hearts and

I was introduced to your publication a few weeks ago through a colleague at Amherst University. I was amazed by the balance between community, national, and scholarly news presented in The Washington Informer. I felt like I received an “inside scoop” on Black Washington through stories about DCPS and the Political Roundup, as well as a healthy dose of intellectual thought from Dr. Kwakiutl Dreher and Njuguna Kabugi. The layout and design of the newspaper were also superb and well above the general standard of Black news publications. Keep up the great work. Dr. Gregory Adams Amherst, New York

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By Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Walmart and Under-Employment As University of CaliforniaBerkeley Labor Center Professor Steven Pitts regularly notes, African Americans not only face a crisis of lack of jobs, but we also face a crisis centering on the quality of those jobs. In fact, “underemployment” has been a recurring theme in Black America, where we find ourselves forced into jobs that are low wage, few (if any) benefits, and insufficient hours.

Walmart, for all of its fancy advertising and suggestions of a family-friendly environment, is one of the main perpetrators of underemployment on the U.S. scene and this has particular ramifications for Black America. Walmart, the largest employer in the USA (which has a workforce that is 18 percent African American), and a very significant multi-national corporation, is the quintessential representative of everything that is wrong with the current U.S. economy. At the top, the Walton family is among

the richest in the country, with more wealth than the bottom 42 percent of the population. By contrast, Walmart associates (employees) are at the other end of the ladder. At salaries of an average of $8.81/hour, paying for healthcare insurance becomes nothing short of overwhelming. The Walmart example is important to note because it points to the fact that a demand for jobs must be qualified with a few additions. First things first: workers in the USA do not live

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part-time lives; they do not have partial rents or mortgages or partial grocery bills. Holding jobs that keep you near the federal poverty line is of little help when you are trying to cover the expenses of a family. Yes, having a job is better than not having a job, but the scourge of underemployment means that you have to run around trying to piece together additional work or additional hours just to break even. There is little pressure on Walmart to change. The com-

pany is often quite strategic is donating funds to various causes so that their profile is beyond reproach. Yet the workers in their various stores do everything that they can to keep a smile on their faces and to keep standing with some degree of respect. Consumers go to Walmart stores in search of bargains, rarely questioning why this company is able to make so much money and why the workforce scrapes by. Nor do they stop and ponder

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By Julianne Malveaux

Gabriell Douglas’ Hair-Raising Experience If you don’t follow Olympic gymnastics, you may not have heard about Gabrielle Douglas before this year. But the amazing grace of this 16- year old African American propelled her to Olympic gold last week, and she is the first African American to win an individual medal in gymnastics. Indeed, her performance toppled the Russians, who have portrayed themselves as unbeat-

able. So unbeatable, as a matter of fact that the winner of the silver medal, Viktoria Komova, “sobbed uncontrollably,” because she so expected to win. This calls for unqualified celebration. Sneaking into some of the celebratory comments, though, were snarky and rude comments that many reserve to tarnish African American accomplishment and victory. Channel surfing in the talk radio space, these comments came in two categories, equally objec-

tionable. First, there were comments about Gabrielle’s hair. As the young gymnast did her thing, there were many – including some self-hating African American women – who commented that her hair wasn’t up to par. Shades of the comments about Michelle Obama. I’m not sure what style would be appropriate for a gymnast, but let’s celebrate Gabrielle’s medal instead of railing on her hair. Are we still stuck on the Spike Lee ver-

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sion of “straight or nappy” as a contrast? When Don Imus insultingly uses the word “nappy,” we Black Folks are up in arms, as we should be. But when sisters excoriate an accomplished young woman, there are those who nod their hair in agreement. When will we, Black women, get over this hair thing? And when will we stop playing into other people’s stereotypes? To be honest, hair was the last thing on my mind when I saw Gabrielle’s

stunning performance. Why was anyone thinking of hair? In addition to thinking of hair, some commentators were thinking of fatherhood. Where was here dad, too many asked? One radio talk show host took a whole five minutes ruminating on absent dads. But the truth is that while Gabrielle’s mom, Natalie Hawkins, and her dad, Timothy Douglas, are divorcing, Douglas, a soldier who has served both in

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By George E. Curry

Crucifying Chick-Fil-A Owner for his Beliefs

In an attempt to drum up more business, Chick-fil-A has ads and billboards featuring black and white spotted cows – acting in what the company calls their “enlightened self-interest” – urging people to “Eat Mor Chikin.” But that’s not what gay rights advocates want in the aftermath of the president of Chick-filA expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. They

don’t want the public to eat less chicken at Chick-fil-A – they don’t want consumers to eat any chicken served by the Atlantabased chain. In a June 12 radio interview on “The Ken Coleman Show,” Chick-fil-A President and CEO Dan Cathy said: “As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fists at Him and say, ‘We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage.’ I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such

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prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.” When asked about his support of traditional marriage by the Biblical Recorder, Cathy responded, “Well, guilty as charged.” It is surprising that anyone would be surprised by the position taken by the Chick-fil-A officials. Its restaurants are closed on Sunday. In fact, there is a sign in front of one of its FayettThe Washington Informer

ville, Ga. restaurants proclaiming they’re open “24/6.” It’s no secret that on the seventh day, employees rest and/or go to church. The company says on its Web site, “From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and

Chick-fil-A family.” Both Dan Cathy and his father are devout Christians. And given their religious beliefs and their attitude about working or playing football on Sunday, it should come as no surprise that they believe homosexuality is a sin. As U.S. citizens, they were exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech and religion. And many people, including me, find that honorable. The problem with many gay

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Child Watch©

By Marian Wright Edelman

The State of America’s Children 2012 Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” When we look at the state of our union and the state of America’s children in 2012, his words ring very true. It’s impossible to deny that our nation’s economy, professed values of equal opportunity, future, and soul are all in danger right now.

There are 16.4 million poor children in rich America, 7.4 million living in extreme poverty. A majority of public school students and more than three out of four Black and Hispanic children, who will be a majority of our child population by 2019, are unable to read or compute at grade level in the fourth or eighth grade and will be unprepared to succeed in our increasingly competitive global economy. Nearly 8 million children are uninsured. More children were killed by guns in 2008-2009 than

U.S. military personnel in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to date. A Black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime; a Latino boy a one in six chance of the same fate. Millions of children are living hopeless, poverty- and violencestricken lives in the war zones of our cities; in the educational deserts of our rural areas; in the moral deserts of our corrosive culture that saturates them with violent, materialistic, and individualistic messages; and in the

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leadership deserts of our political and economic life where greed and self-interest trump the common good over and over. Millions of our children are being left behind without the most basic human supports they need to survive and thrive when parents alone cannot provide for them at a time of deep economic downturn, joblessness, and low wage jobs that place a ceiling on economic mobility for millions as America’s dream dims. Unemployment, underemployment, and economic inequality are

rife and will worsen if massive cascading federal, state, and local budget cuts aimed primarily at the poor and young succeed. Homeless shelters, child hunger, and child suffering have become normalized in the richest nation on earth. It’s time to reset our moral compass and redefine how we measure success. The Children’s Defense Fund has just released The State of America’s Children® 2012 Handbook. This report is a por-

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By Harry C. Alford

Buried in a Sea of Government Regulations We, as African Americans, must get more involved in making policy. If you are not at the table you will probably end up on the menu. In other words, we too often are left out of the benefit side of a law, rule or regulation. The pain side of such matters is usually where you will find us. As one of my mentors taught me, “You can be one of two things: a political activist or

a political victim.” Don’t assume that our needs will be taken care of. They haven’t yet and it is our fault. We must get into the game and ensure our needs will be met. And we have plenty of needs. Today, the U.S. economy is teetering between progress and regression. As businesses work to overcome staggering odds, many of which are imposed by Washington, each step forward seems to be met by two in the opposite direction. Few would argue that the anemic growth the

country has experienced over the last four years is enough to rebound from the trough we find ourselves in, yet policymakers continue to revert to the same failed policies that have wielded little in the way of results. In the wake of the economic downturn of 2008 the American public unwittingly surrendered innovation and individualism for the promise of federal rescue. Now, as the markets settle, the sober realization that further government intervention has failed is setting in. Recently,


the rate of small business startups hit a record low, businesses lowered their hiring expectations, and government spending peaked – all at the expense of taxpayers. Instead of empowering the private sector, the Obama administration has targeted it. The president’s own comments in July underscored how aloof he is from business owners. He said, “If you’ve got a small business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Before that he assessed that the private

sector is “doing fine.” All came after an Environmental Protection Agency official’s comments became public where he explained the organization’s policy of “crucifying” businesses. More than ever, business owners are struggling. Cleverly disguised, there are more than 4,000 federal regulations that won’t hit until after the November elections. These rules carry a price tag of over a half-trillion dollars. This tidal wave of regu-

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By Askia Muhammad

Republicans are Incapable of Governing U.S.

Richard Pryor tells a joke I’m fond of, which has political implications today. A younger Black man who is a junkie [a drug addict] tells an older Black man who is a wine-o [an alcoholic]: “…Your problem is, you don’t know how to deal with the White man.” Today, we see Republicans doing practically the same thing to Democrats in this country.

publicans are incapable of successfully governing this country in a way that benefits all the people. Their prime directive is to transfer wealth produced by the society as a whole to the masters who sit atop the financial pyramid. Their method is transparent in this year’s presidential election as the secretive plutocrat, and vulture capitalist Mitt Romney is viewed as even being in contention to win this year’s presidential election. Despite the fact that he’s hiding the truth about

his “legal” but ill-gotten wealth from the voting public by refusing to release his tax returns, there has not been a deafening chant from people throughout the society demanding to see his tax returns. In the one year’s return [2010] Romney released, a ton of dirt came to the surface – off-shore business holdings in tax havens, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, and a secret Swiss bank account. He still hasn’t filed his 2011 return [which he is legally permitted to hold back until Oct.

17] because he hasn’t cleaned up his records sufficiently to hide the dirt that must be in that return as well. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has declared that a reliable source who apparently knows about Romney’s tax returns told him that for 10 years the multi-millionaire paid no taxes at all. Republican operatives have called Reid “a liar” and demanded that he reveal his source of this information. Oh, fellows, that’s not how that works. Reid has no obligation to reveal who

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told him they peeked at Romney’s tax returns. Romney has an obligation to reveal his returns – as his father George Romney did for 12 years when he ran for president in 1968 – in order to prove the Democrat wrong. It’s Romney who’s running for president here, not Reid. The Republican controlled House of Representatives proved their inability to govern over the last 18 months of this 112th Congress. They voted

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LIFESTYLE Kaliyah Bailey [standing 2nd left] serves a healthy lunch he helped to prepare at Martha’s Table to Nalah Powell [1st left], Leah Simmons [2nd right] and Dinah Murray [1st right] on Wednesday, July 25. / Photo by Shevry Lassiter

Children at Martha’s Table in Northwest are taught to shop for healthy foods at a local market on Wednesday, July 25. / Photo by Shevry Lassiter

The Next Top Chefs

Oyé Palaver Hut Recently Featured on Channel 9 “Hero Central” By Eve M. Ferguson WI Staff Writer It may not be unusual to see a woman walking down the streets of the District in traditional African garb. But it does cause one to take a second look when an African woman in regal dress is jumping up and down with a bunch of toddlers on the playground. When drawing a little closer, many will recognize this woman who is affectionately called “Auntie Oyé,” or Vera Oyé Yaa Anna of Oyé Palaver Hut, a “Culinary West African Theater,” as she describes her company that focuses on food, storytelling, drumming and dance. Even more amazing is watching her supervise those same young children in the kitchen, where they learn how to cook and eat healthy foods. Some of those children end up teaching their parents how to cook those same nutritious foods at home.

Earlier this month, she was featured on a segment of Channel 9 News called “Hero Central,” a portion of the station’s Monday news at noon when anchor and D.C. area icon, J.C. Hayward, recognizes “commitment, generosity and compassion that transform everyday people into heroes.” Yaa Anna was honored for her program, Culinary Griots, created in 1996 which aims to educate both children and adults in preparing and enjoying nutritious foods. The oldest program developed by Palaver Hut is modeled after the culture of her homeland, the West African country of Liberia, where adults and children come together to prepare and eat meals and share stories of community life, music and songs. The goal is to gain knowledge of fresh food choices, share recipes and learn how to make low-cost, healthy choices to get both parents and children to make changes in their eating habits.

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On a sunny and cooler day in late July, Martha’s Table, a nonprofit agency that serves the Columbia Heights community through education, food and job opportunities, sponsored an event featuring the Culinary Griots Program. The children in Martha’s Table summer programs were treated to a lunch buffet on the playground of jerked turkey, kale salad, spinach and cilantro, cous-cous, Jollof rice and Liberian rice bread, washed down with fruit tea. A smoothie stand and bowls of diced fruit were available to the children, who range in age from infants to teens. A farmer’s market, “El Mercado Purlgalito” was open for them to “shop” for corn, greens, sweet potatoes, cabbage and other seasonal vegetables to take home and cook. Five-year-old Aaron Perkins emerged from Martha’s Table kitchen wiping his brow and quickly slipping out of his miniapron and chef ’s hat to let loose The Washington Informer

on the playground, but first, he proclaimed, “Yes, I like to cook! I like to make cilantro and couscous, and I like to cook peppers, sweet peppers.” Looking extremely serious, Aaron added that “I am going to be a chef,” then quickly turned his attention toward another square of rice bread. Velle Perkins, 39, noted that not only did her youngest son start cooking, but her two other boys, 12-year-old Alexander and nine-year-old Amir also cook. Her oldest, 20-year-old Anthony mentors the younger boys. “Auntie Oyé has been cooking for Aaron since he was 2,” she said. “I have lost 40 pounds. [Culinary Griots] helped me revamp my kitchen. We weed out the bad stuff – no more chips, soda or Kool-Aid. We have 2-4 veggies per meal and iced green tea. We have a fruit and vegetable theme each month. I have seen that when you eat well, you have more energy and you learn well.”

President and CEO of Martha’s Table, Lindsay Buss, recounted how Yaa Anna came to Martha’s Table as a volunteer through the recommendation of a teacher at the prestigious Maret School two and a half years ago. Since then, she has prepared food, told stories and got the children moving through songand-dance. “She has a wonderful ability to connect and help them cross barriers,” Buss said. “When kids get excited about making kale-and-banana smoothies, that influences their parents’ food choices too. She really takes them on a journey to find out what they like. We are always looking for new ways to connect the children with food and have them shop themselves for what they like.” Through her work at Martha’s Table, one of the many places she volunteers around the area, Yaa Anna was spotted by a mem-

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Horo scopes

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ARIES It’s easy to take it easy! Just slow down and let each moment arrive at its own speed. You’ll get a lot done this week if you get in tune with the rhythm of the week. Each moment has its own beat. Stay with it. Soul Affirmation: The wisdom of the ages is revealed as my spirit. Lucky Numbers: 9, 16, 42 TAURUS Change is near, and it’s going to be good. Clear your desk of pesky tasks this week and get your mind free to receive what life brings. Positive results help you feel even more positive. Soul Affirmation: Someone wonderful is looking to find me. Lucky Numbers: 2, 25, 27 GEMINI You are the boss of your week this week, so act like the leader you are and let the week follow you around. Your creativity is soaring; schedule enough time to get some of your brilliant ideas on paper. Soul Affirmation: Trust gives me a deep sense of peace and joy. Lucky Numbers: 1, 30, 41

chefs continued from Page 24 ber of the University of the District of Columbia’s Sustainable Food program and offered her a grant. The SNAP-Ed Program, headed by Dr. Lillie MonroeLord works on site in the community in: D.C. Public Schools [Pre-School and Pre-K], child development centers, day care centers and senior centers. The team works with more than 126 sites, 366 classrooms and trains

and supports over 400 teachers. Snap-Ed covers food safety, a focus on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat/fat-free dairy products, and emphasizes physical activity. Although she’s a familiar face around town in places like Smith Farm’s Artist-in-Residence program, where she is entering her ninth year working with hospitalized cancer patients, or in the D.C. jails working with inmates, or in Patterson, Terrell, Martin Luther King or Stanton Elementary Schools, to name a few, Yaa

Anna never expected the news that recently came her way. “Since 2000 I have been writing successful grants for the Gannett Foundation [the parent company of Channel 9] every other year,” said the Capitol Hill resident. “Based on what I have read in the email, participants are selected from their grantees. I was very, very surprised when I received the email. What a blessing! The luncheon was in celebration for the privilege granted Oyé Palaver Hut.”wi

CANCER A steady stream of opportunities is beaming your way, lucky you and they contain endless variations of possibilities. Wear your instincts like a rainbow colored coat this week and gather the good resources that you need. Soul Affirmation: Hope is future’s way of shining on me this week. Lucky Numbers: 16, 23, 35 LEO Some down time will work wonders for you this week. You’ve been running fast with your projects, and now it’s time to slow it down. Try to spend time outdoors and with nature. Enjoy! Soul Affirmation: Hope is a beautify jewel. I enjoy owning it. Lucky Numbers: 39, 45, 48 VIRGO Center yourself at every opportunity during this busy week and keep your quest for emotional and spiritual balance in the forefront. Make an effort to take your time; that way you’ll recognize opportunity from impulse-control problems immediately. Soul Affirmation: My spirit gives me limitless possibilities. Lucky Numbers: 12, 23, 36

SCORPIO Take charge of a project at work and get it finished up. It’s been languishing on someone else’s shoulders and desk for way too long. A sensible outlook will get you far this week. Forget about all grudges and move forward in love. Soul Affirmation: My hunches work well for me this week. Lucky Numbers: 7, 12, 48 SAGITTARIUS You may find yourself faced with many distractions this week but you’ll sail through and accomplish much if you stay focused on each task and take them one at a time. You know you can do it this evening. Soul Affirmation: Money opens doors for friendship to enter. Lucky Numbers: 3, 32, 46

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LIBRA Happiness arrives and sits on your shoulder like a bright butterfly this week. A relationship can make significant progress if you stay open to love. Keep your evening free for romance in a social setting. Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for who I am this week. Lucky Numbers: 15, 22, 44

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CAPRICORN Creativity is favored and yours is especially favored with some project that you’ve been working especially hard on. For the next few days watch for a romance that will bring special gifts. Soul Affirmation: I care deeply about the feelings of others. Lucky Numbers: 14, 17, 29 AQUARIUS Your new ideas combine well with your will and skill. You get a lot done at work this week. Be soft and forceful. Make time for family life this week. Your rewards come from those who are related to you by blood. Soul Affirmation: I let positive emotions carry me through the week. Lucky Numbers: 6, 22, 36 PISCES Before you spend your money check the quality of the goods. This rule applies to intangible goods as well. Make the first move with your honey this week. Be sweetly aggressive. Soul Affirmation: The enjoyment of good food is high on my agenda this week. Lucky Numbers: 21, 34, 45

Saturday, August 18 9:00AM ..........................................................Mass Corporate Prayer Women On The Front Line: Bishop Vashti McKenzie and Pastor Jasmin Scurlark Bishop Vashti McKenzie

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Tabiabuè Bonney, better known as Tabi Bonney, a Togo-born, Washington, D.C.-based rapper will be one of the local acts performing at the Trillectro Music Festival at the Nationals Park Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 11. / Photo courtesy of Trillectro

Trillectro, a New Event for a New Era

Daylong Music Festival Debuts in Southeast By Marcus K. Dowling WI Contributing Writer A weekend getaway to the West Coast for a popular music-fest inspired three college friends to take the best of what the event had to offer, put their unique spin on it and bring it back to the Washington Metropolitan area.  In April, Modele “Modi” Oyewole, Quinn Coleman and Marcel Marshall checked out the annual, three-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., that features numerous genres of music that run the gamut from indie to rock to hip-hop and electronic. The festival also showcases    up-and-coming and emerging new artists. Great minds think alike – and this band of brothers – seized the    moment.       “D.C. needed a festival,” said Oyewole, a marketing event plan ner who lives in Northeast.  The friends penned a popular blog, during their  school days at Boston College in  Chesnut Hill, Mass. By the time  they graduated, their Internet portal had become arguably one of the most beloved sites in all of underground culture. Today, the trio has set their sights on a far more ambitious venture        in the form of the Trillectro HipHop and Electronic Music Festival  which debuts on Saturday, August 11 in the shadow of Nationals Park at the Half Street Fairgrounds in Southeast. The daylong music festival, fashioned along the lines of the renowned Coachella Festival, promises to attract an eclec   tic crowd with estimates of up to 4,000 plus in attendance.

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“There’s so much movement between the hip-hop and electronic communities right now. There are hip-hop artists sampling dance and the same happening with dance and hip-hop as well. We wanted to showcase that,” said Oyewole, 25. For example, main stage headliners Flosstradamus, also known as Josh “J2K” Young and Curt “Autobot” Camerucci, who both hail from the Windy City, have a decade of experience and their electro house style carries an urban twist. Their current popularity comes from an affinity for producing the traditionally Southern and hyperurban “trap music” sounds. The idea of two Midwesterners creating dance tracks that could easily double as the soundtrack to dirty South hustle tales may seem bizarre, but given the current era’s penchant for blurring the lines between genres, it makes sense. While the DCtoBC team is from the nation’s capital, that’s not the only reason that Trillectro is taking place in this region. The festival will feature underrated but internationally respected talent – like headlining rappers who include Schoolboy Q and Casey Veggies. D.C. acknowledges both hip-hop culture and electronic music because the sound has achieved a certain level of success in mainstream. D.C.’s rap story is already well known. Wale’s ascendance to major label superstardom with the Maybach Music Group is common knowledge. However, the festival’s “DMV” representatives Tabi Bonney and Oddisee are seasoned underground veterans who aren’t mainstream names yet, but a new musical environment could be what they need to catapult their

careers to another level. The dance revolution in the District may be the most intriguing story of the entire event. The two most significant players in this movement are D.C. native DJ/producer Jesse Tittsworth and Dave Nada and his moombahton sound. Tittsworth, who lives in Los Angeles, is a co-owner of the U Street Music Hall in Northwest. Since the early 2000s, he’s achieved a considerable level of indie fame, setting a standard that fellow Trillectro artists like the Nouveau Riche and Rock Creek Social Club DJ Collectives aim to reach. Nada, 34, a DJ who hails from College Park, Md., is credited with creating the tropical-based sound that’s best described as slowed reggaeton meets house music along with myriad samples that range from the strange to the familiar. While Nada will not DJ at the event, his genre will be represented. The District’s new cosmopolitan population dances to a fresh and vibrant global sound that epitomizes what the Trillectro Festival is all about. “I want to share experiences with people. As far as the future, I believe that an event of this caliber is necessary, and will hopefully [take place] annually,” said Coleman, 23. His colleague agrees. “This event is going to be colorful. There’s going to be a lot of different fashions, different people, people from various backgrounds, all in the same place,” said Oyewole, flashing a smile. wi For more information about the TrillectroMusic Festival, visit

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A Jazzy Good Time!

Jazz saxophonist Elan Trotman was one of five featured acts during the 2nd Annual Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Saturday, August 4. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

An Unforgettable Salute to the Godfather of Go-Go

The tribute to Chuck Brown turned out to be one of the favorite performances of the evening. It included a collaborative effort between several Old School Go-Go artists and Brown’s band during the 2012 Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., on Saturday, August 4. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

Taking a Stand against Breast Cancer

[Left to right] Patience Lobe and Jennifer Lobe, two visitors from Toronto, Canada join in a protest with D.C. area residents Stacey Hill, Avia Mebane and Kia Barner. Supporters of STAND, a faith-based breast cancer group gathered at Lafayette Park in Northwest on Sunday, August 5 to voice their disapproval about the rising rate of breast cancer among African-American women. /Photo by Shevry Lassiter

Summer Spirit Festival Rocks!

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings performed a combination of funk and soul music reminiscent of James Brown, Gladys Knight and others during the 2012 Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., on Saturday, August 4. Photo by Shevry Lassiter

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Lexus Offers High-end Luxury in one of the Most Power-efficient Cars By Njuguna Kabugi Special to WI Why do the rich seem happier than the rest of us? I am convinced that since they can afford better toys, they often wind up having their cake and eating it too. This week’s test car, the Lexus GS 450h, ranks up there on the list of toys that only the rich can afford. For many of us common folk, spending more than $70,000 to buy a car when any set of wheels will get us just about anywhere for less than half of that may seem a bit insane. Even for hybrids [GS 450h is a hybrid], which cost more than their gasoline only siblings; other offerings from numerous automakers are now very common. These hybrids not only carry 5 passengers comfortably as in the test car, but also come loaded with lots of gadgets and cost less than $30,000. In the GS 450h, Lexus however, makes a very good argument why common wisdom needs to be debunked once in a while. On a recent hot D.C. July afternoon, as the summer was baking large swaths of the mid-Atlantic region, I was faced with a simple challenge. My teenage son, who does not have a driver’s license yet, wanted a summer job. He had identified a dozen plus places that hire kids under 18, but he needed a ride to the interviews given the high 90s temperatures outside. In the slow urban stop and go traffic, I needed a car that would provide high gas mileage. I could have taken the smaller Kia sedan I had received the day before which gets excellent fuel mileage. I ended up, however, slighting the Kia and driving the Lexus that cost three

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times as much. Both cars had identical numbers for city fuel mileage [30], but how could I pass up the soft seats that felt like buttered mashed potatoes and the accented matte bamboo trim to boot? Did I mention the padded surfaces covered in stitched leather on the dash, the sides of the console, the center armrest, and the door panels? LED ambient lighting made the car a delight during evening drives, and the highly comfortable, multifunction power seats, with extendable under-thigh support and articulating backrests were a delight to both driver and passenger. On the dash, a horizontalthemed instrument panel emphasizes spaciousness through its wide layout. Equal attention has been paid to maximizing space for rear passengers, with generous headroom, legroom, knee room and foot space. Though the GS 450h is one of the slow sellers in the Lexus lineup, it is a technological marvel and without exaggeration one of the most power-efficient cars on the planet. What that means is that, for the performance on offer, you won’t find a greener car. When you drive the GS 450h, you ride at sports car pace [provides 388 horsepower] and still sip gas as if you were driving a small vehicle. The GS 450h is a full hybrid capable of operating in gas-only or electric-only modes, as well as a combination of both. Its Lexus Hybrid Drive system features an ultra-smooth running, Atkinson cycle 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a compact, high-output, watercooled permanent magnet electric motor. The two powerplants drive the rear wheels both independently and in tandem, as needed. The GS 450h is standard

equipped with 10 airbags, including a knee airbag for both driver and front passenger. Rear seat occupants have seat-mounted side airbags, and all four outboard occupants are equipped with side curtain airbags. Also standard are new Whiplash Injury Lessening [WIL] front seats that reduce the space between the occupant’s head and headrest, to help limit excessive head movement, and help decrease the severity of whiplash-type injuries in certain types of collisions. The car is also equipped with a pre-collision system, which uses the dynamic radar cruise control system to provide early warning of upcoming objects that might result in a collision. The system also uses an infrared camera to monitor the driver’s eyes to check on driver status. In the event that the driver does not appear to be looking forward when a collision appears imminent, the system will initiate the warning at an earlier threshold. If the driver still does not respond and make the appropriate maneuver, the system will initiate light braking intervention up to two seconds prior to impact, designed to help to lessen the severity of the collision. I especially loved the Heads Up Display that projects the car’s speed on the windshield, the Blind Spot Monitor that helps detect vehicles in rear/side blind spots and Lane Keep Assist [LKA] with Lane Departure Warning [LDW]. LKA provides a small amount of active steering torque to help maintain course, while the LDW feature alerts the driver if the system detects that the vehicle is beginning to drift out of the lane. I do not have many nits to pick with this car wi

The Religion Corner


The Story of the Butterfly During my research, I came upon the tale of the caterpillar. In its infancy, it’s far from exquisite and squirms around on its stomach, but later morphs into a beautiful and delicate butterfly. Long before the caterpillar turns into a butterfly, it prepares its own cocoon as if it were dying. What the caterpillar perceives as the end of its life is actually the beginning. The caterpillar knows intuitively when it’s time to start spinning its bed. You never see other caterpillars crawling over to tap soon-to-be butterflies on the shoulders and saying, “It’s time.” We are shaped into the person we become from the moment of our conception, no matter how it appears. Jeremiah 1:5 says it best: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” The story about the butterfly and its transformation is profound. Let’s take a look at what this could mean for you and the transformation of your life. It’s intuitive. Change is intuitive. So many people are waiting for permission to pursue their dreams, waiting for someone to validate them or to assure them that they can indeed achieve their goals. However, the path is crystal clear when the “knowing” is intuitive regardless as to what others may say about your decisions. The caterpillar sheds its old skin, which forms the chrysalis cocoon and goes inward for a few days [for some of us this could be weeks, months or even years]. The caterpillar doesn’t go inside the cocoon and unzip its caterpillar suit for a butterfly suit. It becomes a puddle of liq-

uid that some affectionately refer to as a digestive soup. The liquid chooses parts of the caterpillar to hold fast and destroys the rest. At that point, it creates new tissue. But it’s far from over. The butterfly then has to fight, and fight hard, to get itself out of the chrysalis. Moreover, if someone tries to help the butterfly, it dies. It’s the process of working to free itself that gives it the strength and developmental time that it requires to actually survive. What a powerful story! Then, watch the butterfly take flight. You can be exactly where you want to be in your life. Be like the butterfly, flitting about and enjoying your beautiful appearance – your new life. Get the message that it’s time to transition – time to do something different, clues are all around you. Don’t be like the man who lay by the pool for 38 years, and never got in the water, because someone always got in his way. It could be you, lying in a puddle of what once was you and what may be the new and improved you. Don’t sit around waiting for someone to give you permission to pursue and achieve your dreams, go for it, now! Hard work never hurt anyone, not as long as it’s safe and led by God. Obstacles are indeed learning curves, and they’re the doorway to your inner strength. When you do that, you’re on the right track! It’s time to step fully and totally into the new you; let go of everything in your life that’s not serving you well, as I’ve done this

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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 3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax) SERVICES AND TIMES: SUNDAYS: 8:00 AM and 10:45 AM Worship Services BIBLE STUDY: Wonderful Wednesdays in Worship and the Word Bible Study Wednesdays 12:00 Noon; 6:30 PM (dinner @ 5:30 PM) SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:45 AM – Hour of Power “An inclusive ministry where all are welcomed and affirmed.”

Morning Star Baptist Church Pastor Gerald L Martin Senior Minister 3204 Brothers Place S.E. Washington, D.C. 20032 202-373-5566 or 202-373-5567

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

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

“We are one in the Spirit” e-mail:

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

Crusader Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

“God is Love”

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

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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Service & Time Sunday Worship 7:45A.M & 11A.M Communion Service 2nd Sunday 11A.M Prayer Service Tuesday 7:00 P.M Bible Study Tuesday 8:00 P.M Sunday Church School 10:00 A.M Sunday “A church reaching and winning our community for Christ”

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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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

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Local Amateur Boxing Stars Make Successful Pro Debuts By Gary “Digital” Williams WI Contributing Writer They weren’t the official main events on the card, but the majority of boxing aficionados at the Renaissance Hotel in Northwest, were there to see three amateur champions make their long-awaited pro debuts. The fighters didn’t disappoint as they made short work of their opponents and scored first-round knockouts on Saturday, August 4. D.C. flyweight Tyrieshia “Baby Girl” Douglas, who once ranked second in the country as an amateur and also an alternate on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Boxing team, defeated newcomer Ashley “First Lady” Langston of Wilson, N.C., 1:41 into the first round. Spoken word artist, Beautiful Believer, escorted Douglas to the ring and that’s all the help she needed. Douglas landed a flurry of right-hand punches against Langston, one so powerful that it drew first blood and stunned her amateur opponent. The haymaker blow forced referee Sharon Sands to call the fight. The evening’s second bout pitted D.C. welterweight David “Day-Day” Grayton, a 2010 National Golden Gloves cham-

pion, against Gregory Joyner [0-4] of Wilson, N.C., who hoped to grab his first victory. But, it wasn’t his night. Grayton pummeled Joyner from the time the bell sounded until referee Michelle Myers stopped the bout with 1:16 left in the opening round. Danny “Smooth” Kelly, of Washington, D.C. and Orion Bolds of Canton, Ohio, laced up their gloves for heavyweight-boxing action for the third fight of the night. It only took Kelly 2:01 to deliver a single debilitating body shot that left Bolds crumpled face down on the ring’s red canvas during the first round of the fight. Kelly began his pro career after winning multiple regional Golden Gloves titles and continues to excel at the amateur level. But, it was the debut of Newport News, Va. heavyweight Jerry “Slug” Forrest that stole the show. Forrest recorded the shortest debut on the card to go along with one of the best postbout celebrations the area has seen in a long time. He needed just 41 seconds to connect on enough right-hand punches and stunned Keon Graham of Canton, Ohio, who suffered his third loss of his amateur career. After the win, the 235-pound

D.C. flyweight Tyrieshia “Baby Girl” Douglas throws a left in her professional debut against Ashley “First Lady” Langston of Wilson, N.C. Douglas stopped Langston just 1:41 into the first round on Saturday, August 4 at the Renaissance Hotel in Northwest. /Photo by John E. De Freitas

Forrest honored fellow Virginian and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, by performing a series of back flips and cartwheels to celebrate his victory. The card’s other bouts, included White Plains, Md., lightweight Terron “Kid” Grant [3-0, 2 KO] who remained undefeated with a 41-second drubbing of Deiverious Sanders [0-4] of Zeblin, Ga. Grant landed enough solid body shots to make Sanders fall face first on the canvas. D.C. female heavyweight

Kaelon Hollon [3-0] won her second consecutive fight against Kasondra Hardnett [1-4] of Philadelphia, Pa. Hollon won a majority decision over Hardnett in March at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest. Hollon established the jab early and used strategic side-to-side movements against the slower and less agile Hardnett to win a four-round unanimous decision. Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes [34-2-2, 29

KO] of Ivanhoe, N.C., defeated Maurice “The South Soldier” Winslow [3-17-1, 3 KO] of Wilson, N.C., in a six-round unanimous decision. Cassandra White, founder of promotional company Babie Girl Productions, presented the card that made history as two female referees – Michelle Myers and Sharon Sands – worked the entire card. The D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission said, it was the first time in the history of the sport that a card featured all-female referees. wi


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Referee Michelle Myers raises the hand of Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes of Ivanhoe, N.C., after Holmes won a sixth-round unanimous decision over Maurice Winslow of Wilson, N.C. Myers was one of two female referees to work the full boxing card, marking the first time that this has happened in the sport. /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

Administration No. 2012 ADM 648

Administration No. 2012 ADM 654

Blondeen S. Gravely Decedent

Hattie Gertrude Patterson Decedent

Joel L. Parker, Esquire P.O. Box 4626 Upper Marlboro, MD 20775 Attorney

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



Brenda D. Perry, whose address is 3107 Good Hope Avenue #307, Temple Hills, MD 20748, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Blondeen S. Gravely, who died on May 28, 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 January 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

Jerome Patterson, whose address is 4420 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hattie Gertrude Patterson, who died on June 19, 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 January 26, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before January 26, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship.

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Date of first publication: July 26, 2012

Brenda D. Perry Personal Representative

Jerome Patterson Personal Representative



Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer


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

Administration No. 2012 ADM 709

Administration No. 2002 ADM 1210

John R. Chambers

Linnette M. Tilley Decedent

COLUMBIA Probate Division

Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Concha Johnson, whose address is 113 Anacostia Avenue, NE, Washington, 20019, was appointed personal representative of the estate of John E. Chambers, who died on June 29, 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 February 9, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 9, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: August 9, 2012 Concha Johnson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Camille E. Tilley, whose address is 4917 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011-6104, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Linnette M. Tilley, who died on March 11, 2000 with 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 (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 February 9, 2013. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before February 9, 2013, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of first publication: August 9, 2012 Camille E. Tilley Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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just this and they have begun to organize for justice. Known as Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), this organization of workers–which is not a union but has the support of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union–has been pressing Walmart for justice and respect. [See: Hadley Malcolm and Jayne O’Donnell, “Some Walmart workers want better wages, affordable benefits,” 6/8/2012, money/industries/retail/story/2012-06-05/walmart-workers-air-complaints/55450634/1 ] Without greater attention, and

certainly in the absence of community support, their cause will be a very uphill struggle. Perhaps it is time for the rest of us to give a damn. It is not just about the Walmart workers; it’s also about our community. Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, the co-author of Solidarity Divided and the author of “They’re Bankrupting us” – And Twenty other myths about unions. He is the chairman of Retail Justice Alliance steering committee and can be reached at wi

The employment-population ration, which measures the percentage of men aged 10 to 65 who are working, shows that 57.7 percent of African American men in that age group have jobs, which means that more than 40 percent do not. More than two of three African American men, then, do not have work, yet this statistic is rarely discussed. In contrast, the employment-population ration for White men was 68.4 percent, a full 10 percentage points higher than the rate for Black men. Timothy Douglas is employed, and he is, indeed, defending our country. Why is his presence or absence at the Olympic games subject to meanspirited discussion, when it is clear that he supports his daughter? It is easy to suggest that the Tea Party attacks on President Barack Obama have made it “open season” on Black people among the commemtariat. And certainly,

coverage of the president and his family has been rife with stereotypes. Still, Tea Party attacks can’t explain the ways that some African American women have talked about Gabrielle Douglas’ hair. In the face of caustic comments about Black people from outsiders, must we turn on ourselves? The only thing I want to hear about Gabrielle Douglas is how amazing her victory was, and how inspirational she will be for other young women. All of America ought to celebrate this victory because Ms. Douglas brought the gold home, not for herself, but for our nation. The stereotypes are simply unacceptable, whether African Americans or Whites are wallowing in them. wi Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

their money with whom they please. And by urging a boycott of Chick-fil-A, which is a $4 billion a year business, activists are borrowing a page from what leaders of the civil rights movement did in the 1950s and 1960s to break down the walls of segregation. Politicians on the left and on the right have injected themselves into the controversy. Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee picked Aug. 1 as the day for people to eat at Chick-fil-A to show their support for the company. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) is promoting a National Same-Sex Kiss Day to be held Aug. 3 at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country. The most disturbing part of this controversy is that elected officials are threatening to block Chickfil-A from building restaurants in their communities. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino have said

they might seek to block Chick-filA from expanding in their communities. That would amount to government censorship; no one should be punished by elected officials for exercising their right to free speech. It’s outrageous that the president of Chick-fil-A, exercising his constitutional rights, is being persecuted for expressing support for the Bible. It’s outrageous to try to prevent gay and lesbian advocates from directing dollars away from a business that they deem unsupportive. And it’s outrageous for anyone on the left or right to think that they should dictate the personal views and opinions of others. wi George E. Curry, former editor-inchief of Emerge magazine, is editorin-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and editorial director of Heart & Soul magazine. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www. You can also follow him at

Fletcher continued from Page 22 the fact that for all of its rhetoric, Walmart is a net destroyer of jobs, costing 3 jobs for every 2 “created.” Their business model, in fact, undermines existing, local retail jobs. There is no particular reason that the wages and benefits of the Walmart workers need be so low. The profits accumulated by the company could adequately raise the compensation of a very hardworking workforce without creating much of a dent in the halls of avarice of the Walton family. Many Walmart workers realize

Malveaux continued from Page 22 Iraq and Afghanistan, is very much part of her life. He was present for the Olympic trials, but had responsibilities that kept him from the rest of the games. His presence or absence should not be the fodder for speculation. I wouldn’t mind the commentary so much if the same folks spent any time speaking of the economic plight of African American men. The most recent jobs report shows that while the unemployment rate ticked up from 8.2 percent in May to 8.3 percent in June, the rate for African American men rose from 14.2 to 14.8 percent. Unofficial rates would put African American male employment near the 25 percent mark. Furthermore, alternative sets of data more effectively explore the plight of African American men.

CURRY continued from Page 22 rights advocates is that they try to bully people into subscribing to their point of view. If you don’t believe in same-sex marriages or object to their trying to re-frame their position as an issue of “marriage equity,” they are quick to dismiss your genuinely-held opinion as homophobia. No, many opponents of gay marriages are not homophobic – they simply believe it is a sin. Most major religions – including Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism and Orthodox Judaism – reject homosexuality. Of course, the problem with some opponents of same-sex marriage is that want to invoke the Bible selectively instead of following all its teachings. In arguing that gay rights activists shouldn’t boycott Chick-filA, some liberals are also wrong. Whether you agree with them or not, gay rights activists and their supporters have the right to spend

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Muhammad continued from Page 23 again and again on what the Democrats labeled “Bills to Nowhere” because they had absolutely no chance of ever becoming law, because they would never see the light of day in the Senate and because the president would surely veto them if they ever reached his desk.

For example, the GOP in the House held 33 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, legislation they like to call “Obamacare.” Never mind that the law was upheld by the Supreme Court, they pressed forward anyway, again and again and again and again. That’s the way to create gridlock, that is not how to govern. But this inability to compromise, to legislate, to govern, did

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and self-consumed nation to the lurking dangers of epidemic child neglect, illiteracy, poverty and violence. It’s way past time for those of us who call ourselves child advocates to speak and stand up and do whatever is required to close the gaping gulf between word and deed and between what we know children need and what we do for them. In a year filled with choices for our communities, states, and nation—from our budgets to our leaders—please educate yourself and others about the urgent challenges facing our children and insist our nation make better investment choices to ensure their and our futures. A transforming nonviolent movement is needed to create a just America. It must start in our homes, communities, parent and civic associations, and faith congregations across the nation.

It will not come from Washington or state capitols or politicians. Every single person can and must make a difference if our voiceless, vote-less children are to be prepared to lead America forward. Now is the time to close our action and courage gaps, reclaim our nation’s ideals of freedom and justice, and ensure every child the chance to survive and thrive. 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

lation stands to hurt the economy and American public alike. Small businesses are poised to take the biggest fall. Each year, small businesses create two-third of new jobs, and they produce half the U.S. GDP. Unlike their larger competitors, these companies often can’t afford to hire specialists to navigate the burdens federal requirements put on them. It takes valuable time and resources keeping up with all that’s asked of them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that small businesses recently downgraded their hiring expectations or that earlier this year nearly half of those surveyed said that government regulation was their biggest deterrent to creating new jobs. But the impact of government overreach is much broader. In private markets, Washington is limiting competition. Once-proven safe chemicals have been targeted by regulators in favor of less tested, possibly insufficient,

alternatives. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) de facto regulatory program, Design for the Environment, needlessly promotes compounds that haven’t been sufficiently tested over those already approved. Such moves not only challenge small businesses, they put consumers at risk as well. In the telecommunications world, a market where competition is driving technological innovation and cutting costs, lawmakers seem intent on slow-walking important development. Current regulations are still designed for mid-20th century technology, which makes no sense in today’s digital age. They should focus efforts on deregulating IP technology to provide greater access to information and services. Developments in domestic energy resources, which have already cut prices at the pump and lowered heating and utility costs for homeowners, continue to be stymied by strict federal and state regulation. The administration has cut offshore drilling

permits by a third while upping the approval process has increased nearly three times. At the same time, federal and state agencies have acutely hamstrung developers through excessive regulation in spite of proven safety measures. Instead of simply more, regulators should strive for more efficient. By partnering with businesses, particularly small businesses, policymakers can create rules that protect our communities, the environment, and the economy. In the last five years the country has edged towards greater government involvement as a cure for our economic woes, and collectively we’ve seen those efforts fall short. It’s time to repower private industry. America is a country built on individualism, opportunity, and innovation. Now is not the time to abandon those values. wi Harry Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: Email:

not start with the ascension of the Tea Party in 2010. In 1980 when Ronald Reagan became president, he rode in on the tide of condemning so-called “Welfare Queens,” and then commenced to give massive tax breaks to the rich, running up huge deficits in the process. When Reagan’s Vice President and successor George H.W. Bush came to power, he was not re-elected because he made a decision to raise taxes to pay for Reagan’s extravagance. That decision was necessary for the good of the country, otherwise terrible, draconian budget cuts would have savaged public programs. Bush “41” made a decision that was ultimately good

governing policy, but which for him was political suicide. When Bush 41’s son George W. [for Worst in history] Bush became president he gave more tax cuts to the wealthy and at the same time propagated two wars. Both were unnecessary. One of them – Iraq –was clearly both immoral and illegal. And by the way, his ruinous policies even further bankrupted the country and his greedy rich friends, not content with generous tax refunds, drove the nation’s economy into the ditch with their greedy hedge-fund, and predator mortgage deals. Republicans do not have the will or the wisdom to govern. They have a one-note-

samba: tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts. Look around the country at Republican-led state governments, from Wisconsin, to Ohio, to Michigan, to South Carolina, to Louisiana, to Texas, they are running those states into the ditch, while pocketing boat loads of money for themselves by short-selling their own constituents. Have they no shame? Don’t answer that. In this metaphor, governing the country is synonymous with “the White man,” and the Republicans are like the young junkie telling the old wine-o: “You don’t know how to deal with him …” the sad thing is, they don’t know any better. wi

trait of where our children are right now and a tool to spur us to set the vision of where we need to go to stop the downward mobility of our children and grandchildren and the diminution of America’s future. It provides key national information in a range of areas to help inform and enable anyone who cares about children to effectively stand up for them. When it comes to ensuring equal chances for children everywhere in our country we have a long way to go. And when we realize that nationwide a child is born into poverty every 29 seconds it should sound alarms from coast to coast. I hope this report will be a piercing siren call which wakes up our sleeping, impervious

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