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Brown Hopes to Beat the Odds By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer
As the Nov. 6 general election inches closer, the District’s at-large race has become the city’s most highly anticipated as it produces some nail-biting moments, at least for one incumbent,
Council member Michael. Brown [I-At Large]. It didn’t have to play out this way for the 47-year-old Brown, who many believe represented a new, promising, ascendant group of D.C. politicians. “I like him. He’s personable but I cannot help you regain your credibility,” said
longtime Ward 7 activist Geraldine Washington, 50. “I told him people will remember his involvement in iGaming.” Washington referred to Brown’s introduction of a proposal to create legal Internet gambling, during the 2011 budget cycle, as a way to generate revenue. It was enacted
as a budget provision and was not subject to public hearings. It was unpopular among residents who felt it lacked transparency and citizen input. The D.C. Council later repealed the measure. iGaming is just one in a laundry list of faux pas and bumps in the road – many
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law enforcement. She said they had come together to bring a sense of uniformity in the way domestic violence victims and survivors are treated. “She's using her own personal story, her own personal pain to push forward,” Davis-Nickens said about Marlow. Davis-Nickens said anyone who reads Marlow's book will “get it.” She said she “puts the case in such a way, the average person can get it.” She said at the Happier for former H.D. will end of times the day, the book Woodson Football Coach Greg aFuller help people begin to have diaas he celebrates during theviolence. 2008 logue about domestic District Columbia Interscholastic Also of present at the event was Athletic Association’s annualthe Turkey Mildred Muhammad, exBowl.ofWoodson defeated Dunbar wife John Allen Muhammad, Senior High School. The game took who was sentenced to six consecplace atlife Eastern School in utive termsHigh without parole Northeast on Thanksgiving by a Maryland jury for hisDay. role in /File Beltway photo by Khalid Naji-Allah the Sniper attacks in 2002. Mildred Muhammad is the founder of After the Trauma, are eligible to play athletic an organization thatonhelps the teams at other District public survivors of domestic violence high schools as long as they are and their children. District receive “I livedresidents in fear for and six years. Six years in approval. fear is a long time. It is District not“This an easy to come out wasn’tthing our fault at Woodof,” she son,” saidsaid. Darlene Williams, who Muhammad hasMildred had several grandsons said play people to 13help for Fullerwho over want the past years.a domestic violence “I think that it was victim Phelps’ must fault be careful of how they go into because the child was enrolled the victim's life, and understand there. [Nothing] done that she may behasinbeen “survival to Phelps. They sent the student mode”. to “Before Woodson payouwith get all to of 'I'mthe going perwork andititstarted came back as beto kill you,' as a verbal ing correct.” The Woodson community isn’t backing down. Williams and other parents, students and athletic supporters traveled to the offices of D.C. Public Schools’ athletic director Stephanie Evans the week after Fuller’s dismissal and demanded an explanation. However, Williams said the meeting failed to produce satisfactory results. Former Woodson players also attended last Friday’s game. Ian Jackson and Ramsey Henderson played under Fuller for three seasons before graduating in 2011. Both stood in solidarity with the man they look to as a coach and role model. “Coach Fuller always told us that we’re young men first, students second and athletes third,” said Henderson, 19, who plays football at Virginia’s Norfolk State University. “He was not only a coach to us, but a father
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threat,” she said. Among the programs Marlow wants to see implemented are stricter restraining order policies, more rights for victim's families to intervene on behalf of a victim, a domestic violence assessment unit coupled with further training for law enforcement agencies, a Child's Life Protection Act and mandatory counseling for batterers. “If we are ever going to eradicate domestic violence, we must look at both sides of the coin. We need to address both the victim and the batterer,” Marlow said. Marlow would also like to see programs designed to raise awareness among children in public and private schools. She feels children need to be educated about domestic violence. “We have to stop being passive-aggressive with poor children about domestic violence,” Marlow said. H.D. Woodson Football Coach Greg Marlow has worked to break Fuller. /File photo by Khalid Najithe cycle of abuse in her family, Allah and is confident the policies she is pushing for will start that figure and a mentor. He supprocess. ported ustoontake andthese off policies the field. “I plan to He’s a great man,” said the mass Congress and implore them to change our laws,” Marlow said. communication major. “I Jackson will not heard stop until these poliof Fuller’s fircies are passed.” ing through a friend. The news Tia Carol shocked him.Jones can be reached at email@example.com “I went to the school to visit him,” WI said Jackson, 20, a general studies student at the University of the District of Columbia. “I told him to keep his head up and that everything is going to be OK. “[Coach Fuller] was like a father figure to me and a mentor. He taught me how to become a young man. He’s the reason that I’m currently in college. With him it’s education first, then football. ” Jackson also had a few words for Woodson’s current players. “I told them to keep their heads up as well, because they still have a season to play and Coach Fuller would want them to keep playing hard.” Fuller has appealed Evans’ decision and he has the full backing of the Woodson football comL.Y. Marlow munity. “We hope that he’s reinstated very soon,” said Grant. “We’re going to continue to support and stand behind him.”wi
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along H Street,” Beatty said. “Together with others, I helped create 55 new businesses and about 200 jobs along H Street, and want to do the same in Wards 7 and 8.” George Mason University political scientist Michael Fauntroy knows of Beatty but said she faces tough odds winning one of the seats in the Nov. 6 general election. “She is a Republican in a city where the ratio is 9-to-1 Democrats,” said Fauntroy, 45. Beatty said she should be compared to another well-liked D.C. Republican: former D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz. “I consider Carol to be independent and not defined by a label,” she said. “She was known as Carol, not as ‘the Republican.’ She knew every neighborhood and was a friend to people all across the city.” Beatty said that she “actually has been well received in Wards 7 and 8.” “In fact, people talk to me usually without even asking my party affiliation,” she said. “So, I feel that most people accept me for who I am, not my party.” The Endorsements are Announced Endorsements of candidates seeking offices in the District of Columbia have been announced, bringing with them an array of resources and much-needed money for political campaigns. The D.C. Tenant Advocacy Coalition [TENAC], on Oct. 24, endorsed incumbents D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Interim D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and D.C. Council members Jack Evans
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November 1: 1910 – Scholar and political activist W.E.B. DuBois publishes the first issue of the NAACP’s monthly magazine “Crisis.” DuBois would later break with the NAACP charging that its approach to ending discrimination against Black was too “gradualist.” 1999 – Chicago Bears running back great Walter Payton dies of cancer at the age of 45. His power and grace on the football field led to his nickname “Sweetness.” November 2: 1889 – The last great African king is crowned. Menelik II becomes “Negusa Nagast” (King of Kings) of Abyssinia (Ethiopia). At that time Abyssinia included not only present day Ethiopia but parts of Kenya, Somalia, and the Sudan. European colonialism would weaken and reduce the size of the kingdom. Menelik could trace his heritage back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba of the Christian Bible. 1903 – Maggie L. Walker opens the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Virginia. Walker was one of the most accomplished business women in black American history having founded a bank, a newspaper, other businesses and a political party known as the Lily Black. Constant refrain in her speeches was “Let us put our money together … and reap the benefits.”
November 3: 1883 – Racist political coup takes place in Danville, Virginia. White conservatives aided by outright racists violently seize control of city government from an elected group of blacks and whites. Four blacks are killed. This was during the Jim Crow period as whites began reasserting authority as Reconstruction ended. 1890 – South Carolina State University is established in Orangeburg, South Carolina. November 4: 1982 – Scholar and educator Rayford Logan dies. He was one of black America’s most prominent educators, historians, and was the author of numerous books. He was also the long time chairman of the Howard University history department. 1999 – Daisy Bates dies at 84. Her efforts and leadership helped to integrate public school education in America. Bates was prominent in aiding the “Little Rock Nine” – the group of black students which integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. November 5: 1902 - Etta Moten (Barnett) is born in San Antonio, Texas. She would become one of the first major African American Broadway stars. She starred in “Porgy and Bess” and had a successful Broadway career. 1926 – Negro History Week is started by black historian Carter G. Woodson. It would later grow into the current Black History Month which takes place each February in the United States. In England
Black History Month takes place in October. Woodson (1875 – 1950) is recognized as the “Father of Black History Month.” 1968 – Brooklyn, New York’s Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress. She would later make an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. 1974 – Walter Washington becomes the first elected mayor of Washington, D.C. as the predominantly black city gains limited voting rights. Washington had declined an earlier appointment to be the city’s commissioner because the proposal did not give him control of several city agencies including the police department. November 6: 1858 – Samuel E. Cornish dies. Along with John Russwurm, he established the first black owned and operated newspaper in America – “Freedom’s Journal.” The newspaper’s famous motto was “We wish to plead our cause.” 1900 – James Weldon Johnson composes “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sign.” The song becomes the “Black National Anthem.” In 1920, Johnson becomes the first black head of the NAACP. 1990 – Sharon Pratt Dixon (later Kelly) is elected the first black female mayor of Washington, D.C. November 7: 1989 – L. Douglas Wilder is elected the first black governor of Virginia since Reconstruction. Virginia was actually governed by a black man for a brief period during Reconstruction.
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Michelle Meyer Washington, D.C. The wanton disregard for financial disclosure to the residents of D.C. committed by Natwar Gandhi and the D.C. Tax Office is grossly insensitive. Gandhi should be removed from his post based solely on the premise that he has refused to produce audits on numerous occasions to parties who are [well] within reason to question his fiscal spending, namely the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Reg Godin Washington, D.C. Natwar Gandhi should be removed from office. The District of Columbia government is marred with scandals and fraud and there needs to be consequences for these actions. The people who are responsible for these scandals need to be replaced with those who serve the public with their best interest in mind, and must do so with considerable transparency.
around the region D.C. CFO NATWAR GANDHI’S TENURE HAS BEEN CLOAKED IN SCANDAL. SHOULD GANDHI BE FIRED FROM HIS POSITION AS HEAD OF THE OFFICE OF TAX AND REVENUE?
Ed Jones Washington, D.C. Natwar Gandhi has conducted investigations, fired and removed the parties guilty of fraudulent activities from their positions. He has put a stop to it. And in doing so, he has done his job. As long as Gandhi continues to do his job and dismiss the dishonest employees, he should not be removed. He’s not responsible for what those under him do.
Roshan Ghimire Arlington, Va. The rule of law states that people are innocent until proven guilty. Yes, there are so many scandals and allegations surrounding Mr. Gandhi, but his guilt has yet to be proven. I think it is better to place him on temporary leave while the proper officials investigate his deeds. Removing him permanently just on the basis of allegations is a mockery of the rule of law.
Yasemin-Hanah Peterson Washington, D.C. The buck stops with Natwar Gandhi and [so should his chances with] residents of the District of Columbia. Gandhi has yet to accept accountability in the position in which he assumes and should be held accountable for his employees’ fraudulent actions. He should have been removed years ago when the repeated allegations and scandals surfaced.
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AROUND THE REGION BROWN continued from Page 1 and his closest challenger, David Grosso, a former council aide. Washington said what frustrates her [is] “when she sees wasted potential.” In his re-election for the Council’s non-majority seat, Brown is fighting off six challengers – Grosso, Leon Swain and A.J. Cooper, all independents; Mary Brooks Beatty, a Republican; and Ann Wilcox, a Statehood Green candidate. Council member Vincent Orange is vying for a seat but in an overwhelmingly Democratic city is widely expected to win. Brown’s ambition to become the District’s mayor is one of the city’s worst kept secrets. “This is affecting his shot at becoming mayor,” Washington said. “Instead, he’s fighting for his political life.” Lula Evans, a Ward 8 resident since 1976, said you can’t always judge a book by its cover. “As far as I’m concerned, his record speaks for itself,” said Evans, 79, one warm evening in October, as she sat at the front desk at THEARC in Southeast. “You actually have to look at the person and see behind because if you keep up with him, you can’t always go by what you’re hearing.” Evans said she didn’t have any personal interaction with Brown and he hasn’t done anything specifically to help her but keeps abreast of what he’s done on the council. A third generation Washingtonian, Brown, is the scion of a prominent political family. He is the son of Alma and the late Ronald H. Brown, former Commerce Secretary under President Bill Clinton, and chair of the Democratic National Committee. In recent months, Brown seems less tied to legislation he’s introduced or co-sponsored; and more affixed to a series of personal transgressions. And there are many: He overcame two ballot challenges to the validity of signatures he filed with the D.C. Board of Elections. He barely survived. Then there are a succession of financial issues such as not paying income and property taxes on time; not paying his rent and having his drivers’ license yanked five times. Perhaps the most troubling development is the cloud lingering over his campaign where he is said to have discovered that $100,000 disappeared from campaign coffers.
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He calls it embezzlement by a trusted aide, his former campaign treasurer calls it valid payments for work performed. “There’s just too much stuff that it seems like a pattern,” said Colin Van Niel, 57, a Ward 6 resident and federal employee. “I’m totally disappointed with these politicians. I have so much expectation but they end up distracted.” Van Niel said he probably won’t vote for Brown. Washington added that the combination of the problems “just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.” Brown’s difficulties are just one of a litany of stains against members of the D.C. Council. Several members of the council have been entangled in federal investigations into theft, improprieties and ethical lapses that have raised the ire and disgust of residents. The chairman of the council and a council member resigned in disgrace and the U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigating whether Jeff Thompson, a major donor to D.C. political campaigns, violated local and federal campaign laws. In addition, Mayor Vincent C. Gray [D] has been embroiled in campaign-related scandals that have led to the resignation of campaign aides and a close personal friend and strident calls for his resignation following guilty pleas by his aides and his friend and associate. Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, an outspoken critic of the ethical problems on the legislative body, has endorsed Brown’s opponent. “There is a crisis of ethics with our elected officials in D.C. and I am confident David Grosso will hold himself to a very high standard,” said Wells, 55. Critics have described Brown as aloof and possessing an inflated sense of entitlement, both of which Brown disputes. Despite what seems to be the unraveling of his campaign, Brown doesn’t seem too worried. He said it’s these political maneuvers by his opponents – actions unrelated to his legislative work – are what rivals try to get voters like Van Niel, Washington and Evans to focus upon. “Though my issues have rational explanations, I still take full responsibility for them,” said Brown, who holds a law degree from Widener University [Delaware] School of Law, and a bachelor’s from Clarke University in Massachusetts. “They know they cannot run against my record.” He said this “political angling”
is meant to undermine his accomplishments as an advocate for all District residents. As a legislator, Brown extended rent control for the next 10 years; strengthened tenants’ rights laws to preserve their “opportunity to purchase;” protected funding and stronger housing affordability standards and increased support for affordable housing programs. He touted his success in getting the city to reimburse employees for four furlough days last year and helped reform the food stamp program. Brown, chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Housing, is also the chairman pro tempore. It’s a late Friday afternoon. Brown appears relaxed as he sits in a Starbucks near the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest in early October. His shoulders are straight and he wears an easy smile. Brown is animated, his eyes lighting up as he leans forward to hammer home his advocacy for affordable housing, jobs, rent control, safety net programs and responsible and community-oriented economic development east of the river. He has the legislation to back the claim. Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, a policy research and advocacy organization that focuses on low-and moderate-income residents, said Brown was one of the early supporters for creating a new income tax bracket for higher income households in the District – those earning more than $250,000 a year which helped increase revenue to pay for education and human and public services. Chuck Thies, a political consultant and co-host of WPFW’s “DC Politics” show has a theory on why Brown hasn’t been able to demonstrate to voters that he’s a leader on jobs and housing – his main campaign theme. “It’s part him and part the plight of a legislator. Council members rarely get credit [or blame] for ‘big picture’ issues,” said Thies, 47. “Brown didn’t frame his campaign as a crusade for jobs and affordable housing until things began to unravel for him. Add to that the past year of scandal after scandal, plus many lingering, unanswered questions and you’ve got a perfect environment for voters to be fed up with a politician who is less than inspirational.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com
The March of Dimes is working to understand and end prematurity Redskins Player & Family Join the Fight to Tackle Preterm Birth When Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen and his wife Tiffany learned they were expecting again, they were elated. Their joy quickly turned into chaos when Tiffany unexpectedly went into labor 24 weeks into her pregnancy. After an emergency c-section they welcomed their twins, Stephen and Skyler, into the world! However, they were about to experience the highest highs and the lowest lows. Skyler weighed just 1 pound, 7 ounces. Stephen was 1 pound, 6 ounces. Both babies were rushed to the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU. In the weeks that followed, Baby Stephen underwent a successful heart surgery, and Skyler caught an intestinal infection, which ultimately took his life. To bring attention to the serious problem of premature birth, the Bowens have become an ambassador family for the March of Dimes in the National Capital Area. They are committed to raising $25,000 for the nonprofit’s annual Signature Chefs Auction, where they will share their story and dedication to the cause which aligns closely with their own foundation, Skyler’s Gift. As one of Washington, D.C.’s premier social events, Signature Chefs Auction will highlight tastings from over 30 celebrated chefs, wineries and guest mixologists as well as auctions with unique dining, entertainment, travel and leisure packages. Special guests will include Bar Pilar’s Executive Chef Justin Bittner, Occidental’s Bar Manager Jo-Jo Valenzuela and WJLA-TV Anchor Leon Harris. The event will be held Wednesday, November 14 at 6:00 pm at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. Tickets can be purchased at www.marchofdimes.com/ metrodc. Proceeds will support local March of Dimes programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of premature birth and infant mortality. “As parents of both a healthy NICU baby and another NICU baby that did not make it through, I never thought that
this would happen to me,” Tiffany Bowen shared. “I had a healthy first pregnancy and in my second I received the best prenatal care and did everything right.” Defined as a birth before 37 weeks of completed pregnancy, preterm birth is one of the leading causes of death in newborns. Babies who are born premature and survive face an increased risk of life-long health consequences including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and other challenges. Additionally, caring for a preterm infant can cost 10 times more than a full-term delivery. Despite the continued improvement in prevention of preterm births, an estimated 460,000 babies were born preterm in the nation last year. That equates to 18,400 kindergarten classes. According to the March of Dimes, prematurity is especially high among African Americans. More than 18% of African American births in the District are preterm. The March of Dimes is working to understand and end prematurity. It set a goal to lower the national preterm birth to 9.6 percent of all births by 2020 achieved through a combination of activities: Giving all women of childbearing age access to health care coverage, avoiding elective c-sections and inductions before 39 weeks of pregnancy unless there is a medical reason and implementing proven interventions to reduce the risk of an early birth, such as not smoking during pregnancy and getting preconception as well as early prenatal care. Additional tactics include progesterone treatments for women who are medically eligible, avoiding multiples from fertility treatments and investment in new research on causes and prevention of preterm birth. Bowen added, “Our experience shows the world that prematurity and infant mortality happens to all -- poor, rich, white, black, healthy and sick. No one is immune.”
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Sandy’s Slam on District Leaves Little Devastation By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer District residents woke up Tuesday morning to downed trees, heavy rain and power outages, but were relatively unscathed by an historic storm that stretched 1,000 miles from Florida to the New York City area – where the damage was described as apocalyptically destructive. For nearly a week prior to Hurricane Sandy slamming into the nation’s capital on late Monday night, residents had been warned to prepare for a lengthy recovery that would result largely from flooding and a loss of electricity. With that in mind, many scurried to grocery stores to stock up on essentials like bread, milk and canned goods, as others headed out for batteries, candles and flashlights – and in some cases – generators. Jay Ratcliffe, 35, manager of Lowe’s in Alexandria, Va., said generators were a hot item. “As soon as we’d get in a supply, they’d be gone and we’d have to order more,” he said. Ratcliffe added however, that a significant number of customers also bought hand pumps and other items to drain water due to flooding. “It wasn’t so much this time about power outages, as it was concern over flooding,” he said. Schools, government offices and Metro services – which reopened Wednesday, were shuttered both Monday and Tuesday, and at one point on Monday, Amtrak halted service from Washington’s Union Station to New York. Residents concerned about The Washington Informer
casting their ballots for the Nov. 6 general election, had access to early voting this weekend. But the D.C. Board of Elections [BOEE] announced that voting sites would be closed both Monday and Tuesday due to the continuing effects of the storm. “We want to make sure that all voters and election workers stay safe and that all facilities are prepared for use prior to our resuming early voting,” BOEE Executive Director Clifford Tatum said. “We also want to remind voters that once we resume early voting, [they] may cast their ballots at any early voting site or at their polling place on November 6.” Sandy’s thrust on the D.C. area occurred late Monday night with heavy rains and ferocious winds as high as 80-miles-per-hour. Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey said that early the next morning, utility crews including more than 2,000 employees and contractors were in full damage assessment and repair mode. “We had 3,300 District customers without service,” Hainey said. “The vast majority of the outages were in Montgomery County where 11,000 customers lost power, and we had about 4,800 customers out in Prince George’s County.” Hainey said that at the height of the storm on Monday, there had been 41,000 outages, and by 12 noon, Tuesday, that number had whittled to 19,000 outages in the entire region. Dominion Virginia Power, which reported as many as 103,000 outages in Northern Virginia, and
as of Tuesday, Baltimore Gas and Electric worked feverishly to restore service to186,000 customers. Queried on how long it might take to restore power to customers in D.C., Hainey refrained from being specific. “I would not make any kind of prediction at this point,” he said. In Northwest’s low-lying Bloomingdale community where residents have been subjected to flooding and sewage from previous storms, over the weekend, Department of Public Works [DPW] employees cleared leaves and other debris from the sewage system and lined up sandbags. However, District Department of Public Works spokeswoman Linda Grant, said she wasn’t aware of any significant flooding in Bloomingdale. She said the agency was prepared to react quickly and to assist residents. “On Monday and Tuesday, we suspended parking enforcement of meters, rush-hour and residential parking,” Grant said. She added that trash and recycling collections and bulk trash collection, as well as residential street sweeping had also been suspended through Tuesday. Overall, the storm was mild on Washingtonians in comparison to the New Jersey and New York vicinities where its worst fury was vented. Gray, 69, said during a Tuesday, Oct. 30 press conference that the storm “thankfully turned out a whole lot better” than expected. wi www.washingtoninformer.com
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By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Prince George’s County voters are facing choices in five races for the county’s nine-member Board of Education. Districts 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8 have contested races.
District 1 Zabrina Epps and David H. Murray are vying for the District 1 seat, which is currently vacant. Epps, an academic adviser at the Community College of Baltimore County, is a former budget analyst for the General Assembly of Baltimore County. She is also an SAT prep instructor. Murray, a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School, is currently a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is a former member of the Maryland State Board of Education. He has also served as an educational liaison for former Prince George’s County Councilman Tom Dernoga and Maryland Sen. C. Anthony Muse. District 4 Incumbent Patricia Eubanks and Micah Watson are competing for the District 4 seat. Eubanks, an energy program specialist for the District of Columbia Department of the Environment, is a single mother of two children who graduated from Prince George’s County Public Schools. She attended the University of Maryland University College in College Park and Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She has resided in the Capitol Heights area for 30 years and worked in the community for social justice and family advocacy. Micah Watson served for seven years on the Cheverly Town Council, the final two years as vice mayor. He was elected by his colleagues as president of the county municipal association. He also served on the Democratic Central Committee. He has worked as a legislative aide and as a state agency government relations manager. He’s the father of a Prince George’s County public school student.
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District 5 Veteran school board member Verjeana Jacobs is facing off against newcomer Raaheela Ahmed. Jacobs has served on the school board for six years – five of those as board chair [a position she currently holds]. She is an attorney who has worked in
public safety since 1989 at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections. She is currently chief of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Legal Affairs Division. Ahmed currently attends the University of Maryland, College Park, studying business. She is a 2011 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Ahmed is also program coordinator of Health Leads UMD, an organization that helps families find resources such as food, clothing, employment and shelter. District 7 In the District 7 race, incumbent Henry P. Armwood is up against Carletta Fellows. Armwood is a retiree who was elected to the school board in 2010. He has served two terms as president of the Parent Teacher Student Association at Charles Herbert Flowers High School. He is the father of four adult children and five grandchildren who attend Prince George’s County public schools. Fellows has taught in Prince George’s County and the District public schools. She holds degrees in behavioral psychology and education and has also worked in an administrative capacity in education. District 8 An interesting situation has developed in the District 8 race. While two names remain on the ballot, only one candidate is actively campaigning for the seat. Andre Nottingham, former president of the Parent Teacher Student Association [PTSA] at John Hanson Montessori School and vice president of the PTSA at Oxon Hill High School, challenged incumbent Edward Burroughs III for the seat. News reports indicate that Nottingham recently withdrew from the race, however not in time for his name to be removed from the ballot. That leaves Burroughs, 20, a student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, as the lone candidate actively campaigning. Burroughs has served on the school board for four years as a student and adult member. Burroughs, who is studying education policy and political science, is a 2010 graduate of Crossland High School. wi For more information on the candidates, visit the Prince George’s League of Women Voter’s web site http:// pg1.lwvmd.org and view their election guide for Prince George’s County. www.washingtoninformer.com
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New Tool Introduced to Fight Domestic Violence By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer In the fight against domestic violence, a new tool is being introduced in Prince George’s County to identify high-risk victims of abuse and connect them with resource services. State and local officials and representatives of law enforcement and domestic violence victims’ groups gathered last week at Hyattsville District Court to announce that all 30 local law enforcement agencies in Prince George’s County will adopt use of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence’s Lethality Assessment Program [LAP]. LAP is a screening instrument used at the scene to identify victims of intimate partner domestic violence who are at the greatest risk of being killed. Law enforcement officers immediately connect those individuals to local domestic violence programs and services. “The adoption of the Lethality Assessment Program will make families, communities, and victims of domestic violence safer,” said Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards [D-Md.]. “It is also a testament to the great work we can accomplish when advocates and various levels of government unite under one common goal: ending domestic violence.” Putting victims in touch with services as soon as possible can reduce domestic violence-related homicides, serious assaults and repeat victimization, according to information from Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown’s office. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III and Brown were among the officials who announced the new program on Oct. 23. Brown’s interest in reducing domestic violence was spurred by a family tragedy. In 2008, Brown’s cousin, Catherine Brown, 40, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in Montgomery County. “I can’t say whether any of the particular things we have done would necessarily have saved my cousin Cathy’s life, but I can say there are countless women www.washingtoninformer.com
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This Week’s Top Story: Washingtonians Face Historic Storm Mayor Vincent Gray declared a state of emergency in the District on Friday, Oct. 26, and deployed utility crews throughout the city, as Washingtonians braced for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Health: A Look Inside Food Deserts Food deserts are areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet – and according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report, a small percentage of consumers are limited in their ability to access affordable nutritious food because they live far from a supermarket or large grocery store and lack easy access to transportation. Life and Style: Great Ways to Save on Home Energy Bills According to the American Institute of Architects, windows are the primary source of heat loss in houses. To keep your house warm and energy bills down, caulk around windows, door frames, and other trim, while using weather stripping to seal drafty doors.
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and children in our community whose lives will be saved,” said Brown. Brown said he and Gov. Martin O’Malley set a goal of decreasing domestic violence rates 25 percent by the end of the year. “The good news is that domestic violence-related homicide is down 11.5 percent since 2006 and assaults are down 16.8 percent since 2006,” Brown said. “We are making progress toward that goal. We still have work to do. One domestic violence-related homicide is one too many.” The LAP will be implemented in coordination with the Family Crisis Center Inc. of Prince George’s County, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention [GOCCP] and the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.To implement the LAP in Prince George’s County, GOCCP will award $217,650 in grant funds. “LAP was a model developed here in Maryland, so it makes sense that we lead the nation in fully utilizing this tool to aid domestic violence victims in each Maryland county,” said GOCCP Executive Director Tammy Brown. The program is expected to be implemented countywide by
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the beginning of 2013. More than 2,000 officers from 30 law enforcement agencies in the county will receive specialized training. The agencies include: Prince George’s County Police Department, Prince George’s County Sheriff ’s Office, all 24 of the county’s municipal police departments, Maryland Capital Park Police of Prince George’s County as well as the police departments of the University of Maryland, Bowie State University and Prince George’s Community College. Currently, 88 police departments in Maryland use lethality assessments, including the Baltimore Police Department. The ultimate goal is to implement lethality assessments statewide. “We have already seen tremendous success with the LAP program across the state, and I know that bringing this program to Prince George’s County is going to save lives,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks. “As leaders in our community, we have a responsibility to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves and this will be another tool to help us ensure the safety of all those we are privileged to serve.”wi The Washington Informer
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By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer The last several weeks have been especially busy for Lee Saunders but the union leader would have it no other way. He relishes a fight, particularly when it falls within the purview of labor and he sees this year’s presidential contest as the perfect example of the stark choices Americans face. Saunders, the first African-American president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees [AFSCME] has spent large chunks of time over the last few months on the stomp in swing states for the Obama administration. “I’ve been here for 34 years and we’re under attack like I’ve never seen,” Saunders, 60, said during a recent interview about the assault by Republicans on organized labor. “They’re not trying to hurt us, they’re trying to take us out. We’re a powerful force of 1.6 million people, 35 percent in state and local government and 6.9 percent in the private sector. They
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have been pretty good at decimating the public sector.” “We have to rebuild. We stand in their way as an organized force, boots on the ground and connected to the grassroots … we’ll continue to fight in Ohio, Wisconsin. We’ve got to fight in every state and mobilize. The challenges are great, people are under pressure.” To the question often asked by Republican challenger Mitt Romney about whether Americans are better off than four years ago, Saunders’ answer was unequivocal. “A resounding yes!” he said, ticking off the Affordable Care Act, the creation of millions of jobs, and the bailout of the automobile industry as examples of what President Barack Obama has done during the past four years. “Is there more work to be done? Yes. He inherited a big mess [but] he’s well on the way to rebuilding the economy and the working class, but he does have his enemies,” said Saunders as he swiveled in his chair in his downtown Washington office. Saunders acknowledged the myriad challenges unions across the country face. In Wisconsin, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, under the aegis of the Koch brothers, eviscerated public workers’unions by signing a law limiting collective bargaining for the majority of public workers. Unions, however, were unsuccessful in recalling him. A Wisconsin state judge overturned the law and it’s being appealed by Walker. Since 2010, Republicans have engaged in a sustained attack designed to weaken unions since they are major fundraisers for the Democratic Party. GOP-controlled legislatures have stayed busy and so far, 23 states have passed a right-to-work law that inhibits unions’ power to collect fees from non-union employees. Walker and other anti-union politicians continue to target state and local employees. And, voters in cities like San Jose and San Diego elected to cut retirement benefits for public employees in an attempt to balance shaky budgets, while the Los Angeles City Council has floated a plan to do the same for newly hired employees. “We’ve taken some hits in some states,” he said. “We’re organizing 50,000 new members … young people are the next wave. We’re concentrating on AFSCME members 35 and under. It’s important to [acknowledge] differences, accept it and change. Young people think differently, communicate in a different way, such as computers. We have to relate to them, talk to them, mentor them.” Saunders, who grew up in a union household where his father was a bus driver and his mom a professor at a local community college and commu-
nity activist, said unions have to do a better job educating the public about the gains the entire society has made because of unions. “Labor built the middle class,” he said. “[Unions are responsible for] issues … such as social security, Medicare, Medicaid, the 40-hour work week.” Saunders said union members were intimately involved with the Democratic National Convention with a number of union members serving as delegates. He said he believes in unions and also believes they have an important place in society. “The president supports unions, supports the 99 percent and the 99 percent are suffering,” he said. Saunders said the Romney plan will set Americans back in a number of ways. For example, he wants to make the Medicare program a coupon program; gut Medicaid; and not raise taxes. “It’s unbelievable to me that they think that prescription would work,” he said. “They don’t get it. Romney said 47 percent would never support him – said they were bums – vets, seniors. This country is in a state. That’s why we have to fight so hard.” Saunders said he planned to be actively campaigning in swing states until Nov. 6. He said he expected 80,000 union activists and staff to work tirelessly to re-elect Obama. “We’ll be leafleting, making phone calls, knocking on doors, talking to people who may not be union members,” he said. “We’ll never be able to compete with Romney and the Koch brothers. Members and non-members going door-to-door is huge. It will prove to be the turning point and will put the president back in office.” Saunders, a married father of two, said his 34 years in the union dovetails into his desire for public service. “Based on my upbringing, I knew I wanted to do something to help people, be an advocate,” he said. “I work to make lives better. I conducted research and collective bargaining at AFSCME. I traveled a lot. I enjoyed what I was doing. I have a high level of commitment and I am dedicated to being a fighter … [the union offers] … a better life and [is helping build] the middle class.” “I’m a fighter willing to think out of the box.” And until Obama can declare victory, Saunders said he’ll be on the move. “I’m on the road almost every weekend,” he said. “It’s important not to sit here in my office. I have to be where the members are. I have to walk shoulder-to-shoulder. We’re going into battle. I work hard but I enjoy what I’m doing. It benefits not just the union but working families too.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com
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By William Reed implementation of effective community relations over the three decades he practiced his trade with Anheuser-Busch. As corporate liaison to its “special markets” Brown indelibly etched Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser’s name among Black leaders and their communities. As part of a groundbreaking group of African-American market developers that evolved from the 1950s, Brown is a role model in multicultural public relations. Brown’s business and social talents enabled him to generate corporate market share and profits as he at the same time introduced diversity theories, techniques and implementation platforms that revolutionized strategies of niche marketing. Brown helped corporate heads and decision influencers to see and identify Blacks as an important customer segment. The “Black Market” Brown helped his company identify and “tap” is expected to reach a population of 42.6 million by 2016. Black’s current $957 billion annual spending expects to climb to $1.3 trillion by 2015. Black consumers spend $2.8 billion annually on alcoholic beverages. Brown’s innovativeness toward Black markets is epic. In 1975, he developed the legendary Budweiser’s Great Kings and Queens of Africa by commissioning a series of portraits among African-American-artists. These 29 portraits became Budweiser’s Great Kings and Queens of Africa exhibits, an educational program and one of history’s most influential collections of art honoring AfricanAmerican culture. Budweiser’s Great Kings and Queens of Africa have touched the lives of millions of people and etched in the minds of millions of Blacks a point of racial pride and identification. Those who attended the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual
Legislative Conferences [ALC] over the years know Brown and that Budweiser’s booths anchored ALCs’ Exhibit Halls for over 33 years. For four decades, Black Market specialists from tobacco, petroleum, food and beverage companies, such as Anheuser-Busch, provided the ALCs’ financial underpinnings. Black corporate executives were the impetus for forums promoting subjects of importance to the Black community. In his career, Brown worked to do what’s right by Blacks and their communities. He worked with civil rights leaders and politicians and was an original sponsor of the MLK Memorial project. Overall, Brown’s been a catalyst for positive and progressive changes among African Americans. His impact on Anheuser-Busch has permanency. The company says, “It’s important to be in the community and of the community” and supports community-based organizations’ efforts to inform, advance and support the African American community. Anheuser-Busch, is a wholly owned subsidiary of AnheuserBusch In Bev, the United States’ largest brewing company. Anheuser-Busch operates 12 breweries in the U.S. and nearly 20 in other countries. In 1994, Brown retired from Anheuser-Busch after launching major initiatives including: Budweiser’s Living Legends and The Lou Rawls/ UNCF Parade of Stars. Brown served as an adjunct professor at Howard University and in 1959 started as a wholesaler representative for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. In 1980, Brown was named vice president of Marketing Development and made responsible for community outreach and a corporate liaison to the various ethnic communities. He currently lives in Houston and has received several honors and awards throughout his distinguished career, including the Presidential Award from the National Conference of African-American Mayors in 1994; and the Alpha Psi Alpha Fraternity Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Budweiser’s Great Kings of Africa Mirrored Signs are available on e-Bay for $119.90.wi (William Reed is president of the Business Exchange Network and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org) www.washingtoninformer.com
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Key Challenges to Affordable Care Act’s Implementation By By Dr. Gary Puckrein Special to the Informer from Politic365.com Several months have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality. Hundreds of thousands of uninsured Americans are now eligible to receive coverage starting in the year 2014. While this is an extraordinary step in the right direction, meeting the expanded coverage requirement will be difficult and expensive. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama continue to spar over the implementation of the healthcare law – particularly the way to handle the broken Medicare system. This debate concerns everyone because it will affect the quality of care patients can receive. The New York Times recently reported that the medical community is concerned it will be understaffed to handle an influx of newly insured patients. While more students than ever
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most attention, but there are smaller yet still enormous cost-saving measures already embedded in the healthcare bill. One area in which the government plans to save costs is with the approval of copycat versions of biotech medicines, or ‘biosimilars’, which are used to treat cancers, and chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease. While generic drugs have been available to patients for nearly three decades, to date there are no biosimilars. It is estimated by the Congressional Budget Office that the country will be saving $25 billion from the use of biosimilars over 10 years. The healthcare law included a provision to authorize the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration to create a pathway to test and approve biosimilar medicines. To date, the government has not yet finalized this regulatory pathway and appears to be working judiciously as it recognizes the potential challenges in developing and administering biosimilars. This is necessary as biotech medicines are much larger and more complex than traditional chemical drugs and can never have identical duplicates or ‘generic’ versions. Additionally, as biologics are made from living cells, DNA and other organic materials, they are the highly complex and small differences in the structure of a biologic and its biosimilar counterparts can have harmful effects in patients. To ensure widespread adoption
of biosimilars and healthcare savings, physicians will have to be convinced that prescribing a biosimilar is safe and effective. A recent survey conducted by the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines revealed that doctors who prescribe biologics want assurances that biosimilars will be safe for patients. Specifically, they are very concerned about patients being switched from one biologic to another by a pharmacist without physician notification and stated that distinct scientific names for biosimilars will provide the most assurances to physicians. These are two areas that federal and state regulators and lawmakers can easily address. The Affordable Care Act promises a healthier future for Americans. It increases health care coverage and creates more treatment options for medical patients. By examining all the potential pitfalls of the law and correcting them in advance, we can easily shift to a stronger health care system that will provide immense benefits to the American public. wi Dr. Gary Puckrein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum. Dr. Puckrein also serves as Executive Director of the Alliance of Minority Medical Associations.
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Local Elections in the District of Columbia Uncontested Races By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer Residents of the District of Columbia will take to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to vote not only for the president of the United States but also for various local ward seats. These elections can determine economic, social and educational outcomes for the next four years. Below is a list of the uncontested races. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans [D] Council member Jack Evans is a Democrat who has served the residents of Ward 2 since 1991. This re-election will make him the longest-serving member on the D.C. Council. Running unopposed, Evans chairs the Committee on Finance and Revenue, which oversees the District’s finances and tax policy. His efforts to keep the District’s finances fiscally sound have resulted in 14 years of balanced budgets and led to the city’s AAA bond rating. Evans also serves on the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, where he focuses his attention on strengthening neighborhoods and protecting peace, order and quiet.“Ward 2 has seen a lot of change since it includes the downtown neighborhoods with all the new construction, retail, and new residents” said Evans, 57. “It’s safer than it used to be.” Evans said he’s running opposed because of his approach to government – where he has helped “balanced the budget, which led to a dramatic increase in revenue for the city.” Evans said his vision for the ward, includes improvements in education, creating safer communities, better access to health care for
all residents, affordable housing and job creation where the east of the river communities are still seeing double digit unemployment. Evans, a native of Pennsylvania, received an economics degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. He currently works as counsel at Patton Boggs law firm. “I have a fabulous [council] staff and I couldn’t do it without them,” said Evans who confirmed he will be running for mayor if the current Mayor Vincent C. Gray decides not to seek re-election. “If he does run for re-election, I’ll be looking at the election after that.” When asked if his run for mayor could translate to citywide support, especially since he was unable to do that in the 1990s, he brushed it off as “anti-incumbent” sentiment at the time, saying that other council members who were running were also ignored. “People are looking for perfect ethics,” Evans said about current electorate sentiment. “With my record in Ward 2, if I could take what I’m doing and take it to the entire city, I believe we’ll be successful.” For more information, his website is www.evans2012.com. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser [D] Council member Muriel Bowser is a Democrat and the Ward 4 incumbent who is running unopposed after coming off a competitive primary election in April. Bowser, a fifth generation Washingtonian, “brings a pragmatic, nononsense approach to legislation, oversight, and policymaking in her hometown,” according to her council web site. She was first elected as
the council member in a special election in 2007. Eighteen months later, she was re-elected with more than 75 percent of voters endorsing her agenda focused on improving neighborhoods, transforming schools, and revitalizing corridors. Bowser, 40, who chairs the Committee on Government Operations, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Chatham College and a master’s degree in public policy from American University. The committee is responsible for matters relating to elections, campaign finance, personnel, grants management and government procurement. She is working on legislation to address and strengthen government ethics. “It’s pretty easy to support an incumbent who’s running unopposed,” said Ward 4 resident Doug Sloan who lives in Riggs Park. “She lives in my neighborhood and is responsive, accessible and easy to work with.” Another resident, Ralph Blessing agreed. “I suspect I’m like most folks around here who’re generally satisfied with Muriel,” said Blessing, “and I find it hard to comment on the election since it’s uncontested.” The neighborhoods now have clean teams, enhanced transportation options, and they are attracting more pedestrians, grocers, restaurants and retailers. “We can’t stop now,” said Bowser who was unresponsive to questions on whether she would consider running for mayor after Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s term is completed. wi For more information on Council member Muriel Bowser’s re-election, visit www.bowser2012.com. The Washington Informer
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White, Pannell Race Gets Testy By James Wright WI Staff Writer The race for the D.C. State Board of Education seat in Ward 8 has become one of the most contentious of this election season, with accusations being hurled regarding poor attendance at board meetings to public outbursts, emerging as the primary issues. Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member Trayon White and Philip Pannell, a longtime activist, are engaged in a Nov. 6 election that has the ward’s political class split. “I am supporting Trayon White because in the year that he has served as our representative on the State Board of Education, he has come into himself,” said Wanda Lockridge, a former chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. “Trayon is a real leader and a fighter. I see his heart and he is for the young people of Ward 8.” Opinions differ. Jacque Patterson, a former president of the Ward 8 Democrats, said that Pannell has the interest of the ward’s children as well. He also commends Pannell for his decades of community involvement. “When my daughter entered college, she needed financial assistance,” said Patterson, 47. “Phil helped me find money for my daughter to go to school. He has been around the ward and the city a long period of time and he is constantly busy and staying active to serve the people.” White, 28, won the special election on April 26, 2011 to replace Wanda Lockridge’s husband, the late William Lockridge, on the board of education. Pannell placed second, followed by several other candidates. Political observers note that White, since his election, has stayed close to D.C. Council member Marion Barry [D-Ward 8] while Pannell, 61, has been a staunch critic of the former four-term mayor who now represents his ward. Pannell recently turned up the heat when he accused White of neglecting his duties by not attending a number of work sessions of the board of education. White supporters have accused Pannell of walking away from organizations when he doesn’t get what he wants. And, they say, Pannell doesn’t leave orThe Washington Informer
Philip Pannell is a longtime Ward 8 political and civic leader. /Courtesy Photo
Trayon White is Ward 8’s representative to the D.C. State Board of Education. /Courtesy Photo
ganizations without first voicing his opinion in a forceful manner and directing his wrath at those who disagree with him. “I have known Phil for 30 years and I think his behavior is not consistent,” Wanda Lockridge said. “At my husband’s funeral, he was politicking for votes. He quit when he was a member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee and I told him I would not support him for anything again.” However, Charles Wilson, the president of the Historic Anacostia Block Association and an advisory neighborhood commissioner, said that Pannell works for him. “I have witnessed firsthand over the years his leadership and commitment on behalf of Ward 8 youth,” said Wilson, 36. “I think he will be the best candidate for the position.” Pannell has served as president of major ward organizations such as the Ward 8 Democrats and the Congress Heights’ civic association. He single-handedly reinvigorated the Ballou PTSA and has raised money for its nationally acclaimed marching band, the Ballou Knights. White is the executive director of HICKS or Helping Inner City Kids Succeed, a nonprofit designed to help youth excel in school and in life. While on the board of education, he has pushed for more resources for Ward 8 schools and greater parental involvement. Mary Lord, who represents Ward 2 on the board and is a candidate for the at-large posi-
tion as well, said that “Ward 8 has two very strong candidates and I want them both.” “Phil has done extraordinary things and he has had a lasting impact on schools and parents,” Lord said. “Trayon, who I serve with, represents the views of young people well and that is a community that needs representation.” D.C. political analyst Chuck Thies said that the White-Pannell race could have far-reaching ramifications. “Trayon is seen as a product of Marion Barry and if Trayon loses, it will be a political blow to Barry,” said Thies, 47. Pannell is known nationally as a gay rights activist and if he should win on Nov. 6, he would be the first openly gay black to be elected to a major office in the District. Thies said that achievement would be noteworthy, but for the most part, irrelevant. “Phil’s election would open doors for African-American gay candidates but the goal should be to move beyond labels,” he said. “The real issue should be who would be the best for the kids in Ward 8 on the board of education.” Wanda Lockridge said that it’s time for seasoned activists like she and Pannell to step aside for the younger generation. “It is time for these young people to take the banner and for people like Phil and me to guide them,” she said. “I will be with Trayon until the end.” wi www.washingtoninformer.com
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Impending Storm Draws Crowds to the Polls By James Wright WI Staff Writer Thousands of residents who live in the District and Maryland cast their ballots days before Nov. 6 – the thought of lengthy lines at voting centers on Election Day and the threat and possible aftermath of Hurricane Sandy hastened their arrival at polls throughout the region. Early voting, which allows residents in the District and Maryland the opportunity to cast their ballot for the Nov. 6 elections, has experienced problems since the District opened up seven voting sites throughout the city. Prince George’s County opened five sites. Paul Stenbjorn, an elections official in the District, said that he and his staff were surprised by the turnout on Saturday, Oct. 27. “We did not anticipate the level of turnout that we had,” Stenbjorn said. “We did not anticipate the enthusiasm for the presidential election. We also
underestimated that the number of people, on their Saturday errands, would choose to vote as a part of their schedule.” The D.C. Board of Elections set up the first early voting station at the Old Council Chambers in Northwest on Monday, Oct. 22 and seven other voting centers opened on Saturday in each of the city’s wards. In Prince George’s County, early voting started on Saturday, Oct. 27 at five stations. Hurricane Sandy, it’s believed, played a pivotal role in people voting early on Oct. 27 and in the decisions by elections officials in the District and Prince George’s County to postpone early voting activities on Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30. Ward 5 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Albrette “Gigi” Ransom sent out an email to D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie [D-Ward 5], city officials, and bloggers about problems at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Northeast
Maryland voters showed up en masse on Saturday, Oct. 27 to vote early at the Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah
on Saturday. “There have been long lines, probably more so than what would normally be expected for the first Saturday of early voting due to the pending storm [Hurricane Sandy] that could affect the flow of electricity next week that could impact voting,” Ransom said. “[It] Seems voters have been waiting for hours. Seems voters are upset about the way the long lines are being
handled.” Ransom, 50, said that long lines had formed inside the recreation center and outside of the building. She also said that some people waited three hours to vote and that the problems were far worse in Ward 8 at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. “The problems in early voting were all over the listservs in Ward 5,” Ransom said. “Everybody was talking about it.”
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Prince George’s County also had its fair share of long lines. Belinda Queen, a political activist who lives near Capitol Heights, said that when she took her daughter to tumbling lessons at the Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md., she was shocked to see so many people in line to vote. “The line was all the way in the
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ELECTION 2012 VOTING continued from Page 21 parking lot,” said Queen, 48. “I really could not believe it. Durand Ford [legislative aide to Maryland Sen. Joanne Benson] was making plans to give out donuts to people who were standing in line.” Queen said that elections officials didn’t have enough machines to accommodate the crowd and while some walked away, most continued to stand in line and deal with the situation. “Two years ago, hardly anybody voted early, so I was coming to vote while my daughter was in class,” she said. “I will vote another time.” Stenbjorn said that early voting will end in the District on Saturday, Nov. 3, as scheduled, while in Prince George’s County, early voting will be extended to Friday, Nov. 2. The District counts among one of 32 electoral jurisdictions, the others being states like Maryland,
West Virginia, Ohio and Florida that allows early voting. The D.C. Board of Elections started its early voting in 2010, and it has proven to be extremely popular. “Early voting fits into my personal schedule,” said Terrell Newkirk, who voted on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square in Northwest. “I did not want to deal with the crowds on Nov. 6.” D.C. Board of Election executive director Clifford Tatum likes the city’s response to early voting. “It is going extremely well in the District,” said Tatum, 47. “We have had 1,000 voters a day since it started on Monday [Oct. 22]. We, like the other states that use early voting, like it because it is a convenience to people who will have a hard time getting to the polls on Election Day.” Walter Garcia, an advisory neighborhood commissioner candidate for Ward 7, stood in line on Saturday with scores of residents at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning
Maryland voters stood in lines that snaked around the Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md., to cast their ballots early in anticipation of crowds at the polls on Election Day. The impending storm also played a major factor. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah
Library in Northeast. Garcia, 48, said that convenience wasn’t the only reason he took advantage of early voting. “I am here to vote so I can work to get people to the polls on Nov. 6 so they can vote for Ron Moten for the city council,” said Garcia who also lives in Northeast. “On
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Nov. 6, I will be knocking on doors and informing residents of the ward about Ron and will probably help some people get to the polls.” Kelvin Ridley, who voted on Thursday, Oct. 25, has the same idea as Garcia. “I wanted to vote early so I can get out to Virginia and help President Obama,” said Ridley, 47. “I plan to help the president on Nov. 6 by making sure that people get to the polls.”
Nichelle Payne, a Southeast resident, voted early on Thursday, Oct. 25 to help her candidate win. “I did it to make sure that my vote counted for my candidate, Michael Brown,” said Payne, 21. Brown is an at-large D.C. Council member who is running for reelection as an independent. Newkirk said he’s sold on early voting. “It was a smooth process and I absolutely recommend early voting to anyone.” wi
Early Voting Locations in the District
Ward One Columbia Heights Community Center 1480 Girard Street, N.W. | 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ward Two One Judiciary Square 441 4th Street, N.W. | 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ward Three Chevy Chase Community Center 5601 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. | 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ward Four Takoma Community Center 300 Van Buren Street, N.W. | 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ward Five Turkey Thicket Recreation Center 1100 Michigan Avenue, N.E. | 8:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Ward Six King Greenleaf Recreation Center 201 N Street, S.W. | 8:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. Ward Seven Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library 3935 Benning Road, N.E. | 8:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. Ward Eight 701 Mississippi Avenue, S.E. | 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Early voting ends in the District on Saturday, Nov. 3. For more information, call the D.C. Board of Elections at 202-727-2525. Information provided by the D.C. Board of Elections
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CALLS INTO QUESTION TRAYON WHITEâ€™S EDUCATION INTEREST AND EFFECTIVENESS The Committee to Elect Philip Pannell releases the following statement in response to State Board of Education Representative Trayon White's recent press release. Today, we still ask the question -- "How can we begin to address absenteeism in our Ward 8 schools with our students when our current school board representative is absent himself?" "The recent press release issued by the Committee to Re-Elect Trayon White is a diversion of the truth regarding Mr. White's attendance and participation at the State Board of Education. While we accept the term "unofficial", we unequivocally stand by the information that we received directly from the State Board of Education, which calculated and exposed the attendance of Mr. White at the Board of Education's Working Sessions. At the time of their findings, Mr. White had not attended 8 of the 17 working sessions. While we respect the oversight and legal governance of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, we must humbly acknowledge that this office is not involved with, nor does it have intimate knowledge of the daily individual performances, inputs, or attendance of the members of the State Board of Education. Therefore, OSSE cannot in full honesty validate or dispute whether or not Mr. White's attendance has been satisfactory or consistent. The information that the Philip Pannell campaign received from the State Board of Education was not obtained through the piecing together of notes, as Mr. White has indicated; but instead, it was determined through an internal process in which a dedicated staff member of the State Board of Education carefully examined the official minutes and recordings of ALL WORKING SESSIONS. At each of these sessions, either in-person or via conference call, a roll call was conducted and the presence or absence of each Board member was determined. While it may not be historic for the State Board of Education to take a roll call of their working sessions, the fact still remains that during Mr. White's term roll calls have consistently been conducted and have proven that his attendance is not consistent. Additionally, we believe it is important to make the public aware of the distinct differences of the working sessions versus the monthly board meetings. It is during the working sessions where the true business of the State Board of Education is conducted; where in-depth discussions on positions and issues affecting the Board, both present and future are held; where Board members introduce, address, and advance critical policies on issues affecting their respective Wards and the education of children across the District. In contrast, monthly meetings are designed to provide a "yes" or "no" vote on issues discussed during the working sessions. Therefore, based on Mr. White's lack of attendance to the working sessions his ultimate vote of "yes" or "no" at the monthly board meeting lacks creditable input. It's important to note that he was absent a quarter of the time from those meetings, per his own official press release. In closing, the absence of Mr. White during critical meetings of the State Board of Education speaks volumes to his interest and effectiveness in this position and the issues of both public and charter schools. So still the question remains, why are there ANY absences when we live in a Ward where EVERY conversation, EVERY vote, EVERY input, and EVERY relationship counts and is crucial to the education of our children. On November 6th, I ask my fellow Ward 8 residents to cast their vote for responsible and accountable leadership on the State Board of Education. VOTE PHILIP PANNELL for Ward 8 State Board of Education.
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Armstrong Williams is a proud and unapologetic conservative. And at a time when significant numbers of blacks have thrown their allegiance behind the Democratic Party and liberal and progressive causes, Williams says conservatism offers black people more than liberalism ever will. “Modern liberalism is just another form of slavery,” said the political pundit and talk show host during an interview Monday night. “Look at the outcome. It’s devastating to the masses. The elite benefit. They deliver the masses for votes and protest. There needs to be more freedom and less dependency [on the government].” “Conservatism is stigmatized as oppressive to minorities but it’s our only way out. It offers true dignity and freedom from paternalism, dependence and lack of initiative. I’m free – I have wealth, family and consciousness. I’m free I can say what I want. I can vote for whomever because I have no shame. White people in this country can be anything they want ... No matter who’s in power, you have to be at the table. For Caucasians, no matter who’s in power, they think they’re in power.” Conservatism is misunderstood, Williams said, but in his mind there’s no mystery. “What does it mean to be a conservative? People ask that question in many ways and there are many ways to answer it,” said Williams. “First off, I just think the foundation of a conservative is you’ve gotta believe that regardless of how weak you are you have to have moral striving. I also believe that individual freedom is by far the highest ideal to strive for. I want to determine my own fate.” In addition, Williams explained, conservatives embrace values, family, character and a good education. Williams, community development leader Robert L. Woodson and conservative talk show host and commentator Lenny McAllister discussed conservatism on Oct. 29, one week ahead
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of an election which has pitted conservatives in the Republican Party against the more moderate/liberal policies espoused by President Barack Obama. In its simplest terms, the battle is about the role of government in people’s lives. At stake is the direction America will take not just over the next four years but into the foreseeable future. “This is a battle for America’s political soul,” said McAllister, a 40-year-old Pittsburgh native and father of three. “The political party that best articulates the connection to constituents, hope for the future and vision of successful leadership will be the party in power for the next generation. That party must speak to the new demographic, not to the broken demographic of the past.” Woodson agreed. “I do think it’s a battle for America’s political soul in terms of what is the role of government,” said the 75-year-old founder and president of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. “Too many conservatives believe it’s government versus the individual. But most of us live in institutions between the both of them, such as churches and neighborhood associations. Neither party deals with this.” “I think the very fact that America is increasingly divided between independents … speaks to an American thirst for solutions. There is room for someone with concrete solutions. Independent voters are more intelligent and discerning
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CONSERVATIVES continued from Page 24 so they are sought by both parties.” Williams, 53, said he will continue to lash out against anything or anyone who fosters black dependency and inhibits the movement of African Americans to real freedom. In this regard, Woodson is in complete agreement. “I define myself more as a radical pragmatist, from the conservatism of Malcolm X that
our destiny is in our own hands, and that it’s up to us to do that,” said Woodson. “As a veteran of the Civil Rights movement, that is what we worked for and what I believe. It’s more important who’s in our house than who’s in the White House.” “I promote self-sufficiency and independence – that used to be called black nationalism in the ’60s. I support putting forth an agenda of remedies and challenging the parties rather than being passive.” Woodson also said he appreciates the healthy and wholesome debate, a willingness to challenge their peers and to be self-critical, something he finds absent in the Democratic Party. Woodson notes that on social issues African Americans are very conservative, citing as an example, their consistent opposition to abortions. “Loyalty to, and support of, central government was important in the ’60s but times have changed and strategic moves should change too,” he said of blacks’ allegiance to Democrats. That allegiance is counter-
productive because Democrats know they can depend on unquestioned support from blacks, leaving blacks with little leverage and Democrats with no impetus to cater to a black political agenda, Woodson argued. “What disturbs me is that Black America is the only group that’s monolithic. Obama offers them nothing. It is to their detriment that they’re not split among both parties. That’s why he could thumb his nose and support gay rights.” “We associate race loyalty with Democratic party loyalty. One has become synonymous with the other.” But McAllister understands why the Republican brand of conservatism is anathema to most black Americans. “As a black man, I’m offended by what I’ve heard,” said McAllister, referring to base, racist comments that some conservative Republicans and members of the Tea Party have uttered. “The Tea Party and conservative movement must set aside and admonish completely any tone, rhetoric, messaging or
motive that infuses hate or racism into a cause that should be focused on self-perpetuating prosperity not for some Americans but all Americans. Any effort that falls short of that bar is disingenuous to the ideals of the American Conservative Movement.” McAllister, who said he was always conservative but “graduated into the Republican Party,” said he supports the Tea Party because of its ability to solve many of the intractable problems facing America. “The Tea Party movement and others have grown weary of rhetoric without solutions and spending without wide-ranging results,” said McAllister, a Silver Spring, Md., resident. He advocates increasing the tax base, developing businesses and bolstering the middle class, while simultaneously lowering the tax rate. Woodson and Williams are equally opposed to the consistent thread of racial animus that pervades conservative politics, although Williams believes that
these people aren’t racist but are merely saying what they believe. “You just have to teach them to say it better. They’re not racist. They are teachable,” he said. Woodson said all too often “you only hear from whites on race when there is a disgruntled white fireman, not when other salient issues of race emerge. “They fail to understand why blacks are relying on central government. But in the ’60s, they depended on [them] for enforcing desegregation,” he said. “They don’t fully appreciate why a lot of black folks are antithetical to states’ rights.” Woodson said he backs GOP challenger Mitt Romney for strategic not ideological reasons, citing the fact that he’s balanced budgets before and that he’s pro-business and pro-growth. McAllister said he also supports the Romney-Ryan ticket because he thinks it will produce a “robust and recovering economy quickly,” but said with poll numbers Monday night, he was not confident they would win. Williams said he voted for Obama in 2008 and is undecided. wi
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The Race to the Wilson Building Begins By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer While at least two incumbent Council members in the District of Columbia are running uncontested for this Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election, there are several ward races that are hotly contested. Beyond the At-Large race, here’s a look at the other races and the candidates for the D.C. Council. Ward 7 Race Council member Yvette Alexander [D] versus Ron Moten [R] The Ward 7 incumbent Democrat Council member Yvette Alexander is running against Republican candidate Ron Moten
after she bested a crowded field in the Democratic primaries in April. In what should be an easy victory for Alexander, who has the backing of Mayor Vincent C. Gray, political watchers aren’t sure, especially since Moten was recently endorsed by The Washington Post, which stated he “offers refreshing energy, community insights and an appealing independence.” Alexander was voted Ward 7 Council member for the east of the river neighborhoods in 2007 after then-Council member Gray left an opening to pursue the chairmanship after Chair Linda Cropp sought to become mayor. A native Washingtonian who grew up in Ward 7, Alexander
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has a bachelor’s from Howard University and has done graduate work at Trinity College. Before becoming a council member, she was a District insurance regulator. “My vision for Ward 7 is to make it a destination community, which comprises model communities to live, work, shop, eat and enjoy arts and entertainment,” said Alexander, 51. “Progress has taken place from Northeast to Southeast and I’m ensuring that these projects are completed.” Alexander said major revitalization plans started during her tenure include Skyland, Parkside, Penn Branch, East Capitol Gateway, and Reservation 13. “It takes continuity of leadership to complete these plans.” Alexander said education, affordable housing, homeownership, declining crime, accessible health care options and a growing sector of business owners are among the areas she sees improvement in her ward. At least two Ward 7 residents agree with the direction Alexander is taking the ward. “I think she has done a pretty good job and I’m a strong supporter of hers and I wish her well,” said Jerome Brocks, 63, a longtime Hillcrest resident and retired Anne Beers Elementary School teacher. “She hasn’t done everything I’d like done, but she was a strong supporter for education and her leadership is strong.” Arrelle Anderson, a five-year resident who’s also a small business owner, said she supported Alexander because she found her to be “accessible as she constantly stays in touch with me and encourages me.” Moten, who calls himself a “Civil Rights Republican,” is a fifth generation Washingtonian. He attended Roosevelt Senior High School and majored in history at Park Community College in Allenwood, Pa. He’s a co-founder of the nonprofit, Peaceoholics, which provides prevention and intervention for at-risk youth and their families. “In a recent debate, Ms. Alexander was asked to identify or brag about one thing she has started in nearly six years as a council member representing Ward 7 and she could not,” said Moten, 42. “I would talk about the more than 160 children I helped send to college, and supThe Washington Informer
ported while in college. Most of those students our community had given up hope [on] and were in gangs and crews. I could talk about … the work of the Peaceoholics in the schools, and my work in Ward 7 communities like Benning Terrace.” Moten said he’ll tackle abusive taxes and fees, education, job creation, incorporating Ward 7 residents into positive economic development and lift the ban on vending licenses east of the river. “He has passion and has shown he’s willing to reinvent himself in order to work on behalf of the people’s benefit,” said Ward 7 activist Geraldine Washington, 50, adding there’s a quiet majority of Ward 7 residents who’re solidly in support of Moten. “I’ve seen Ron’s interaction, his care and his concern. I’ll take a person with a sincere heart over someone who’s highly educated but who doesn’t care.” Ralph Chittams, another Ward 7 resident, agreed, saying he’s supporting Moten because he’s the better candidate.
“Ron is more knowledgeable about what’s going on in the community,” said Chittams, 52, “cares more about what’s going on, and has a proven record of addressing what’s going on in my community.” Others disagree. “I’ll never support a Republican who’s from Ward 8 who’s here for a minute and now thinks he’s the Ward 7 savior,” said Brocks. More on the candidates can be found at http://www.ronmoten.com/. There’s a website, www.yvettealexander2012.com, that’s not operational. Ward 8 Race Council member Marion Barry [D] versus Jauhar Abraham [I] Council member and “Mayor for Life,” Marion Barry Jr., a Democrat, is seeking a third term as the Ward 8 representative against the other co-founder of Peaceoholics, Jauhar Abraham, an independent. Neither candidate was endorsed by D.C.’s ma-
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D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander [D-Ward 7.] /Courtesy Photo
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WARD RACES continued from Page 26 jor newspapers because of the long-term social and economic problems in Ward 8 with little to no improvement. The same lack of confidence was reflected by resident, Christopher Jerry, from the Fairlawn neighborhood. “I don’t think either can serve Ward 8 to its fullest,” said Jerry, 55. “Mr. Barry has too much negative baggage and going for-
ward seemingly fewer allies on the council, including a weakened Mayor [Vincent] Gray. As for Mr. Abraham he would even have far less impact than Mr. Barry.” Barry, 76, who dedicated 40 years of his life to public service, lives by the motto, “always fighting for the people.” He began his service to the District in 1971 when he was elected to the city’s first school board. Then, he won a seat on the D.C. Council in 1974; and in 1978, became the District’s second mayor, serving three terms until 1990. In 1992, Barry returned to politics by winning a seat on the council and made history in 1994 by winning a landslide victory that returned him to the city as mayor. Under Barry’s leadership, he said “there has been tremendous progress in providing job opportunities, affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for the residents of Ward 8. However, Barry’s opponent said his vision for Ward 8 is that it “deserves better.” “It’s unacceptable for us to have the least of everything and it starts with the leadership of the ward, starting with the council member,” said Jauhar
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Abraham, 44, a third generation Washingtonian, who served five years in the United States Army 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, N.C. “We love Marion Barry but for the last eight years, we’ve seen an increase in school dropout rates, teen pregnancies, the increase of violent crimes and fewer jobs,” Abraham explained. He said he served Ward 8 for more than 20 years by developing programs, mentoring and assisting with legislation that benefits the residents. “I have dedicated myself to improving the quality of life of the citizens of Ward 8. To date, I have [helped] 170 youth [attend] college from our community. I have an array of experience in managing people, growing businesses and my greatest asset is my ability to solve problems.” Peaceoholics founders Abraham and Ron Moten – both running against the incumbents in Wards 7 and 8 – gained favor with then-D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and received large grant funding from the city during the Fenty administration to fight gang activity and resolve youth conflicts. According to earlier reports by The Washington Informer, they were cleared by the D.C. Auditor last summer in a report requested by Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander who suggested criminal misuse of city funds. “At the end of the day it seems to me as Ward 8 residents, we’re getting what we deserve because we ... collectively as a political grouping ... can’t let go of the past,” Jerry said, “but the Barry legacy of the summer jobs program probably ensures he will win re-election no matter what he does until the day he decides to not run or can’t run.” “As for Mr. Abraham I’d need to hear and see more than just an affiliation with the Peaceoholics. I appreciate that people in the community reach out to help brothers in the streets but just being a community activist or organizer is not enough in my view.”wi Abraham’s website, www.abraham2012.com, is still not operational. The only re-election website for Barry is from the primary race, http://marionbarryjr.com/. The Washington Informer
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The Race for the Chairman’s Seat By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer Council Chairman Phil Mendelson versus Calvin Gurley, both Democrats Earlier this year, the race for the Council of the District of Columbia chairmanship wasn’t on anyone’s radar. The city after all had a capable leader in the recently elected Kwame Brown who won the seat in 2011, which was vacated by then-chair Mayor Vincent C. Gray. However, by June 2012, Brown was forced to resign due to some poor personal financial decisions he made. He resigned from the D.C. Council after he was charged with misdemeanor unlawful cash campaign expenditures. This violated D.C. election law that prohibited cash campaign expenditure over $50. Brown awaits sentencing in November. In the interim, Brown’s former colleagues voted for At-Large Council member Phil Mendelson [D] to serve as chairman. Mendelson, 59, who stated his intention of running for the position, isn’t in an uncontested race. He’s running against Democrat Calvin Gurley, 54, in the general election
on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Mendelson was first elected to the D.C. Council in November 1998. He is the chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and is a member of four additional committees: Jobs and Workforce Development; Libraries, Parks, and Recreation; Public Services and Consumer Affairs. Mendelson believes government should be an honest, efficient deliverer of services; that the District should help those least able to help themselves to develop the skills to become self-sufficient and end the cycle of poverty; and that government must do this without increasing the tax burdens already shouldered by middle-and-upper income residents. Mendelson’s vision for the chairmanship is improving education, public safety, jobs and the economy and voting rights. “The District, as the nation’s capital, should be a model of service delivery – in public education, public safety, and public health,” said Mendelson who’s lived in the District since 1970, and has a bachelor’s from The American University. On his re-election web site were endorsements and videotaped testi-
Interim D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. /Courtesy Photo
Calvin Gurley has decided to run against Interim D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. /Courtesy photo provided by Calvin Gurley
monials by residents about his candidacy. He is an “outstanding individual,” said Brett Greene, president and chief executive of American Management Corporation, who endorsed Mendelson. “He represents the entire city, he’s accessible; and he gives his honest opinion.” However, opponent Gurley said that leadership is the “weakness of Phil Mendelson and the entire [D.C.] Council as a whole.” Gurley, a native Washingtonian and Ward 4 resident, is a federal government auditor with accounting experience in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. “The D.C. Council does not have an education committee,” Gurley said. “In the midst of a poor school
system with an $800 million dollar budget, Phil does nothing regarding his responsibility for the oversight of the District’s school system.” The Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation was placed within the council’s Committee of the Whole in 2007 in an effort to strengthen oversight by the entire body. However, Gurley believes education needs its own committee where it will be treated as a priority. “I am the only candidate who has plans to improve D.C. Public Schools with more teachers, aides,
improved science labs, computers in every classroom and school libraries will remain open, and librarians will not be fired,” Gurley said, “without raising taxes.” Gurley said he “plans to put more police on the street, bring meaningful commercial development, and have the city deliver all it had previously promised. We can reduce conflicts of interest in the council.” “I have a strong background in detecting fraud, waste and abuse in government agencies and departments,” said Gurley, adding he has an understanding of oversight responsibilities as it rests with “upper management, internal control systems and with each council member who chairs a committee.” Ward 5 resident Eric Jones weighed in on the race. “I don’t think Gurley has the name recognition. Phil is seen as the only viable candidate in the race,” Jones said. “I think the real discussion is about the At-Large race and the upcoming special [election].” He referred to the next election in D.C., which will find a replacement for Mendelson’s vacated seat. wi Phil Mendelson’s website is http:// philmendelson.com/2012/ and Calvin Gurley’s http://www.calvingurley.com
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Washington Informer Endorsements Hurricane Sandy has come and gone and we are grateful that the damage the storm caused along the way was not worse. We offer our heartfelt concern for those who experienced any loss due to the hurricane and hope that your recovery will be speedy. However, while the storm was a distraction from the impending elections at hand, Election Day is still just five days away. If you did not take advantage of early voting, we encourage you to make your voice heard by getting out to the polls and voting on Tuesday, Nov.6. For those who still have doubts about who to vote for, we are adding our recommendations to the cacophony of endorsements for the candidates we believe can best represent the interests and concerns of our readers. We start with President Barack Obama. Not just because he is an African American and we are a newspaper that serves the African-America community, as some would expect, but because we believe he has demonstrated his desire and ability to turn the economy around for the benefit of all Americans. We know how much Americans have suffered over the past four years, and we also recognize that African Americans have been affected the most. We believe if President Obama is re-elected, the middle class he wants to help will include those who need help the most. But as President Obama has cautioned, he cannot do it alone. Each one who makes gains must reach out to others to help bring them along. If Governor Mitt Romney realizes the plight of all Americans, his views and actions proved otherwise and raises concerns that his views will not change if elected. On the home front, we stand by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton [D] in her re-election bid for her 12th term in office. But we would remind the hard-fighting non-voting representative to prepare a succession plan to take over her seat although we will still need her to stay engaged in the fight for D.C. Statehood. Michael Brown [D] for U.S. Senator and Nate Bennett-Fleming [D] U.S. Representative also have our support. Chairman Phil Mendelson [D] was in the right place at the right time and his citywide appeal makes him the right person to continue to lead the D.C. City Council, especially at a time like this. We support his election as Council Chair and anticipate that he will do what is necessary to bring respect and ethics to the position he and his colleagues hold. We spent some time with Mary Brooks Beatty [R] and were impressed with her passion to serve the District after serving several years as an ANC Commissioner in Ward 6. She reminded us of former Council member Carol Schwartz, also a Republican, but Beatty has a ways to go to galvanize support for a seat on the D.C Council, her passion will not equate to votes. David Grosso [I] is also likeable, but seems estranged from the issues affecting residents in the District’s poorest wards. Therefore, we remain supportive of the re-election of at-large members Vincent Orange [D] and Michael Brown [D] who have some personal issues that need to be addressed but they both have proven records of support for longtime District residents and the growth of local and small businesses that hold the key to addressing the District’s high employment rates. Jack Evans [D-Ward 1] and Muriel Bowser [D-Ward 4] are running unopposed and have our support. Our only hope is that they will not neglect their constituents while possibly seeking election as mayor in the upcoming 2014 election. That leaves us with Wards 7 and 8. This was Yvette Alexander’s [D] race to lose in Ward 7 and while she will most likely hold onto her seat, former Peaceoholics co-founder Ronald Moten [R] has proven to be a formidable opponent. While we opt not to endorse a candidate in this race, we expect Moten would bring a relentless passion for opportunities for the District’s youth, returning citizens, his newly adopted Republican Party, and the unemployed, while Alexander promises to work harder to bring more economic development to Ward 7. It’s up to Ward 7 voters to weigh their priorities. Meanwhile, Marion Barry [D], will likely win the race against Jauhar Abraham [D] in Ward 8. Among the school board candidates, our nod goes to Mary Lord [AtLarge], Jack Jacobson [Ward 2], D. Kamila Anderson [Ward 4], Karen Williams [Ward 7] and Trayon White [Ward 8]. The list of candidates and issues on the Prince George’s ballots are long but we urge voters to re-elect Ben Cardin [D] for U.S. Senate and Donna Edwards [D] for U.S. House of Representatives. We also support Questions 6 and 7. Vote your choice on Nov. 6.
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The front-page photograph of individuals voting early is a great reminder of how important it is for everyone to vote in this election. The presidential race has gotten most of the attention, but there are some very important local and state issues on the ballot that we need to pay close attention to. Everyone who has the right to vote must vote! This is our opportunity to have a say – in what happens in and around our communities. Vote for the candidates and the issues that will most positively affect you; that’s what is called “an educated vote.” We cannot allow others to determine what our needs are; we can determine that for ourselves. Voting is the strongest way for us to support or reject an issue. As citizens, it is our right to vote. We need to exercise that right whenever we have the chance. Election Day is just about here and we need to be very excited because all of us are going to the polls in record numbers to vote. James Patterson Washington, D.C.
Expand Gaming in Prince George’s County It has always been my belief that Milt Peterson developed National Harbor with the intent of bringing gambling to Prince George’s County, but your article by D.R. Barnes, “Milt Peterson, Bets on Question 7” in the October 25th edition gave me some insight into the man and his beliefs. I support Question 7, and firmly believe we should have gambling in Prince George’s County. But when I read that Mr. Peterson had said “no” four times to bringing gambling to National Harbor, well it was kind of hard to believe. To me National Harbor is the perfect location for a casino with its close proximity to D.C., Virginia, and the Potomac River. We need jobs in Prince George’s County, and I hope the money from the casino helps our struggling schools. I am glad Mr. Peterson changed his mind on gambling at National Harbor, and I hope Question 7 passes.
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By Barbara Reynolds
Mitt Romney’s “Mystery” Religion: What You Should Know It is not inconceivable that the United States could elect its first Mormon president, a man who has served as a missionary, a bishop and a stake president and presided over several congregations in Boston. In the second presidential debate GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney said he wanted to be known not only as a businessman, but also as a pastor. “My passion flows from the fact that I believe in
God.” While there have been reams of words written about Romney as a businessman and a politician it is amazing that about 50 percent of Americans in a 2011 poll said they knew little or nothing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints popularly called Mormons. In 2011, another 38 percent didn’t see Mormons as Christians and 42 percent would feel at least some discomfort with a Mormon president and there is a widespread belief that Mormonism is a cult.
I find it strange that the media are not opening up a robust dialogue concerning Romney and his faith with the same dedication as they scrutinized John Kennedy on whether his first loyalty would be to the Pope or the presidency or Jimmy Carter, who as a Southern Baptist, was grilled about what it meant to be born again. Indeed, President Barack Obama was asked repeatedly how his Christian beliefs related to liberation theology. Some Americans still believe he is a Muslim.
I believe the nexus between faith and politics is so critical that the public is being disserved when questions about the faith of political candidates are not asked. In Romney’s case, Mormonism is at the core of a man who could occupy the highest office in the land. There are only 14 million worldwide but according to Stephen Mansfield, author of “The Mormonizing of America”, the faith is one of the fastest growing religions in the nation and there are many in politics, entertain-
ment and pop culture. Included among this famous group are more than a dozen congressional leaders, such as Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, top executives of Jet Blue, American Express, Sears and Marriott. Then there are the millionaire commentator Glenn Beck, management guru, Stephen Covey and even Gladys Knight to name a few. Yet for many people Mitt Romney has become the face of Mormonism. So for better un-
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By Julianne Malveaux
Budget Woes Await Winner of Presidential Election No matter who wins the November 6 election, he will have a mess on his hands. The Budget Control Act of 2011 will cut $109 billion from the federal budget in 2013 unless Congress is able to figure out how to either reduce the deficit or cut another deal. The cuts will range from 7 to 9 percent, and they’ll hit everything – Pell Grants, housing, employment services, and defense.
Already, some government contractors are cutting back in anticipation of what is called sequestration and some politicians are saying that our national defense will be “hallowed” by the process. While Mitt Romney talks about getting more ships for the Navy, the fact is that all of us will have to do with less if Congress cannot see its way out of this mess. The deficit reduction sequester – a result of the failure to enact legislation that reduces the
budget deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years – is scheduled to begin in January. It will affect all non-exempt federal programs, with equal savings coming from defense spending and from non-defense spending, according to the House Budget Committee. Most economists are clear that cutting spending during a recession or its weak recovery makes no sense. Deficit notwithstanding, taking money out of the economy is a prescription
for disaster. We have only just climbed out of a recession, but recovery is not assured. We face the possibility of a double dip recession by withdrawing money from the economy. One of the biggest challenges in avoiding the sequester is the fact that the Congress that will convene to attempt to make a deal in a lame-duck Congress. Some will lose their jobs as of January, but they still have the opportunity to pass laws between November and January.
They have nothing to lose by continuing their obduracy, and they have few incentives to compromise, something they haven’t done before. Republicans don’t want to raise taxes, especially on the wealthy, which is one way to avoid the sequestration trap. Democrats don’t want to cut vital social programs. That simplifies matters just a bit, but the bottom line is we get more money either by in-
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By Raynard Jackson
Republican Party has Abandoned Me During the past year, as my columns have been syndicated to more outlets throughout the world, I have been asked by many leaders in the Republican Party why I am so critical of our party. The short answer is that I am very concerned about the direction my party is taking. It has increasingly become the party of old, White, balding males. To those I have had these conversations with, my response
was quite pointed, “Stop questioning my motives and address the issues that I write about.” Last week, John Sununu made another racially incendiary comment towards a prominent Black. First, he called President Obama “lazy” and now accuses Colin Powell of supporting Obama only because Obama is Black. Sununu is national cochair for Romney’s presidential campaign. What has been Romney‘s response to Sununu’s rhetoric? Absolutely nothing. Whether Obama and Powell are
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Black is not the issue; Sununu’s use of race-baiting language is unacceptable. Romney’s refusal to distance himself from the likes of Sununu, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, or Sarah Palin is repulsive to me. We are supposed to be a party of principles. Does Romney want to be president so bad that he is willing to forfeit these principles in order to win an election? Do Romney and the Republican Party not understand or care that Sununu has thoroughly ofThe Washington Informer
fended Blacks specifically with his comments about Obama and Powell; but also Americans of good will in general? Why is my “party-loyalty” always called into question when I criticize a Republican who crosses the line into racially-charged language? Fortunately, there are a few White Republicans willing to stand up to Sununu. Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Ed Schultz on MSNBC, “Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable por-
tion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.” It’s too bad that Romney does not exemplify that same courage. I am a Child of God first, then an American, and then a Republican. I will not check my Black-
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By Marian Wright Edelman
Trayvon Martin’s Parents Turn Pain into Power When Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, spoke at the Children’s Defense Fund’s recent national conference, she shared some details about her son that reminded the audience both how special Trayvon was to his family and at the same time how much the happy, social high school student was like any mother’s child. “He was very affectionate. He loved to hug and kiss us at 17,” she recalled. “He was still a lov-
ing teenager . . . He liked to go to the movies. He liked to go to the mall. He liked to dress nice. He had to smell good. He used to talk on the phone all the time with the girls . . . He was just a loving guy. He loved sports. He loved the outdoors. If he was in this room right now, he would be walking around talking to a lot of you right now.” Trayvon’s February fatal shooting after he was targeted by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman for looking “no good” while walking home
carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea angered and saddened millions of people. For Sybrina and Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, the personal devastation at losing their 17-year-old son that way was unimaginable. But his mother emphasized their family’s determination to do something positive with their loss. “We have decided to turn the hurt and the pain into power,” she said. “Trust me. It hurts. It hurts. But what we need to do is we need to get the message out
to you, and that’s why it’s important for us to speak out. And that’s why it’s important for us to talk to you now, so that there is not another statistic like Trayvon Martin.” Trayvon’s parents and Benjamin Crump, the family’s attorney, spoke at CDF’s National and Racial Healing Town Hall. They joined other parents who also have lost children to violence and decided to turn their pain into positive action. The Martins and Attorney Crump spoke about their commitment
to justice for Trayvon in order to make sure his death was not in vain—and why justice for Trayvon matters not just for the Martins’ child, but for all of our children. Trayvon’s father shared a story about how Trayvon had helped save his life during a fire in the family’s kitchen when he was just 8 years old. Of course, there was nothing Tracy Martin could do in return the night his son was chased down by Zim-
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By George E. Curry
The End of Republicans’ “Whites Only” Strategy This will probably be the last presidential election in which Republicans can afford to ignore issues of paramount importance to Blacks and Latinos and expect to have a remote chance of winning the White House. Obama v. Romney is the political equivalent of Brown v. Board of Education. A separate and unequal approach to national politics is in its final days.
The U.S. is becoming increasingly diverse. The numbers tell the story. People of color, about one-third of the population, are expected to become a majority of the population in 2042 and 54 percent of the population by 2050, according to the Census Bureau. Latinos are expected to make up the largest share of that growth, tripling from one in six residents to one in three. Meanwhile, Blacks and Asians are expected to grow at a rate of 60 percent by 2050. The Black share of the U.S. population
will increase from 14 percent to 15 percent and Asians are projected to grow from 5 percent to 9 percent. By contrast, the nonHispanic White segment will fall from 66 percent of the population to 46 percent. At a time when the GOP could have expanded its appeal among voters, it has chased out White moderates in the mold of former Connecticut Sen. Lowell Weicker and former New York City Mayor John Lindsay and is now captive of the ultra-conservative Tea Party wing of the
Party. That is also true for racesensitive Black Republicans. Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Arthur Fletcher, former Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, and former Secretary of Treasury William Coleman were Black Republicans who never turned their back on African Americans or the Civil Rights Movement. Now, Black moderates such as Colin Powell are shunned. Today’s GOP embraces the likes of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
and Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a Black conservative who filed a friend-of-the-court brief in opposition to the University of Texas’s modest affirmative action program now under review by the Supreme Court. Given the GOP’s sharp turn to the far right – it is so extreme that former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said even Ronald Reagan would not be welcome in the Republican Party today – it is not surprising that Mitt Rom-
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By Askia Muhammad
White Folks Just Aren’t into Us I have a nagging fear that President Barack Obama will not be re-elected. It’s not a fair fight. He’s got two opponents in this presidential campaign. Of course, he’s locked in a contest with former Massachusetts Gov. Willard Mitt Romney. But there’s another foe stealing support from the incumbent at every turn, in every state, in every county. www.washingtoninformer.com
I’m not talking about Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. She doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in Hades, and will likely not even win a single precinct anywhere in the entire nation. Her campaign is a non-starter. No, I’m not talking about the Green Party, or the Justice Party, or the Libertarians. No. The president’s opponent which is even more formidable than all the candidates with their names on the ballot is race hatred. White people just can’t fathom the notion of a success-
ful, intelligent, articulate Black man leading this country. Not for four more years. Sorry. Not all White people are so blinded by race hatred and xenophobia that they will vote against their own best interests; just to knock a Black man down a peg or two. But in this 2012 contest, most of them are going to vote for Gov. Romney despite his having run one of the most error-ridden, untruthful, etch-asketch campaigns ever to come down the pike. And they are going to vote for him because he’s
The White Guy. Conventional wisdom would suggest that President Obama should win re-election hands down. Love him or hate him, he has been moderately successful at every turn, domestically and internationally. And his plutocratic opponents who love the rich and who demonize 47 percent of the population as freeloaders who don’t want to take personal responsibility for their own lives, preferring to subsist on the government dole, those people
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demonize his signature achievement – the Affordable Care Act, health reform – because they really don’t think Black people deserve any benefits from this society. They are willing to punish their own needy, just to make sure Black people don’t get any government benefits because we don’t deserve them. Barack Obama incurs their wrath, not because he’s one of the wretched of the earth, but because he is just the opposite,
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Acoustic Africa Returns to Lisner Auditorium By Eve M. Ferguson WI Staff Writer In its third installation of African music, dance and culture, the “Acoustic Africa” Tour returns to George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 1. This time, the multi-artist showcase comes in a new form. Rather than teaming up superstars of African acoustic and electric guitar, which previously had a common denominator, Malian guitarist Habib Koite, headlining, this year’s “Acoustic Africa” highlights the talented women of African music. While Ivory Coast musician Dobet Gnahoré may be somewhat familiar to Western audiences following the success of her sophomore recording, “Na Afriki,” her two co-stars, Manou Gallo and Kareyce Fotso will likely draw blank stares. Gnahoré’s story is much like that of her two colleagues – as a girl growing up in Abidjan, the capital city of Ivory Coast in West Africa, the young talent longed to remain in the village life that her father grew up in rather than go to school. Except that the village she was raised in was not your average African hamlet. Gnahoré’s father, a renowned drummer, singer and actor, was one of the founding members of the artist enclave Ki-Yi M’Bock, founded in 1985 by Cameroonian artist Werewere Liking. The village, which still produces some of the most
Ivorian singer and songwriter Dobet Gnahore, bassist Manou Gallo and Cameroonian singer Kareyce Fotso headline the third installation of “Acoustic Africa” at the Lisner Auditorium, Thursday, Nov. 1. /Courtesy Photo
talented African artists, actors, musicians and dancers, was the childhood home of Gnahoré, who by age 12, knew that she was going to dedicate her life to the arts. While living in the communal setting, a young French musician came to the village wanting to learn African guitar styles. Colin Laroche de Feline and Gnahoré formed an artistic bond that soon developed into a romance. When the environment in Abidjan, and the rest of Ivory Coast, began to spiral down into political turmoil, Gnahoré and her French husband returned to his native country and formed an inseparable collaborative union that produced two albums and children. Gnahoré’s “Na Afriki,” which means “to Africa” was re-
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leased on the Cumbancha label in 2007. She also sang on a duet with India.Arie on a remake of Sade’s ode to African women, “Pearls,” on Arie’s “Love and Testimony; Volume 2: Love and Politics.” Like Gnahoré, Manou Gallo also grew up in the culturally rich environment in the Ivory Coast, and was also considered a child prodigy. She began performing at age 12 and went on to become a sensation in neighboring African countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo and Benin. When the band Woyo, which she was touring with, ceased, she followed lead guitarist Marcellin Yacé to Abidjan where he gave her her first bass guitar. From 1993 and 1996, she performed with various dance The Washington Informer
and theater troupes in her native country before being introduced to the manager of the all-female African group, Zap Mama. In no time she was touring with the popular group, founded by Zairean/Belgian singer Marie Daulne, throughout Europe and the United States. She traveled with Zap Mama for six years before forming her own band, La Djiboi. She has produced two albums since then, “Dida,” her first solo album in 2003, followed by “Manou Gallo” in 2007. Least known among the trio of African women troubadours is Kareyce Fotso, a Cameroonian singer whose Bamiliké parents raised her in the Mvog-Ada neighborhood of the country’s capital city, Yaoundé. Her mu-
sical career took off when she toured as a backup singer to fellow Cameroonian singer and former member of Zap Mama, Sally Nyolo. Fotso’s music is an eclectic blend of Afropop, the Blues and traditional African music. Her debut album, “Mulato,” was released in 2009. While none of these artists are well known in the United States, each has their own following in Africa, and in Europe as well, which is why this “Acoustic Africa” tour is subtitled “Afropean Woman.” The trio, who will perform individually and also in ensemble, will be joined by American contemporary guitarist Leni Stern, who has gained popular acclaim since the release of four recordings of Africaninspired music. They will also be backed by an all-star band including Ivorian balafonist [African xylophone] Aly Keita, who has played previously with jazz musicians Omar Sosa and Joe Zawinul. wi “Acoustic Africa: Afropean Woman,” comes to Lisner Auditorium on Thursday, Nov.1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, $35, $40, $45; GW Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni: $24, $28. Tickets are available from the Lisner Box Office. Call 202-994-6851, or visit lisner. org. A 15 percent discount is available off any ticket by using the code: AFRICA. www.washingtoninformer.com
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The wheelbase has been lengthened by two inches, to 98.8 inches, with the overall length of the vehicle growing by 2.9 inches, to 153.5 inches. The height of the new Yaris is also reduced by 0.6 inches for a stance that is both lower and longer. The result is up to 68 percent more cargo room along with additional headroom and passenger volume, all within a highly aerodynamic body yielding a 0.30 coefficient of drag. Toyota says sales in the subcompact market will double by next year. To keep up in such a competitive field, we imagined that the 2012 Yaris would be drastically different from the last year’s model. We were wrong: though the new model certainly looks new, it still carries the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the same basic platform as before. Mechanically, it is with few exceptions, the old car in new clothing. At a time when many rival models either get a modern direct-injection engine [Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio] or available turbocharged versions [Chevrolet Sonic], Toyota’s clearly holding back on the goodies regarding the Yaris. Features are still very much in the economy-car vein and you won’t find the popular items such as touch-screen navigation, heated seats, or leather upholstery in this car. Safety, however, is a bright spot for the vehicle. With nine standard airbags – including
front seat-mounted side bags, a knee airbag for the driver, and roll-sensing side bags for front and rear occupants, the 2012 Yaris is a big step forward compared to the outgoing model. It’s also now one of the safest models in its class after it earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick after winning top scores in all categories. It is also ranked first on the 2012 JD Power Initial Quality Study performers for Sub-Compact Cars. On the road, the Yaris is quick off the line in city driving and the cornering is decent for a car weighing only 2,295 pounds. On the highway, however, accelerating past 60 mph takes a bit of work and the powertrain is incredibly noisy. The wind and tire noise constantly remind the driver that higher speeds are way above this car’s comfort zone. The rear seating is only adequate for four, though Toyota advertises the Yaris as a five seater. Pricing for our test vehicle came in just a few dollars above 17,000. That might not seem like a lot, but it undercut a similarly equipped Honda Fit by more than $500. In our recessionprone economy, even that small amount could make or break a deal for a recent college grad with marginal credit. wi The Washington Informer
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CSE Brands Election 2012 Watch Parties WI Staff Writer Cheeky “Chee Chee” Sasso started Cheeky Sasso Entertainment and Marketing Group, Inc., in 2005. With divisions in D.C., Atlanta and Charlotte, CSE&MG brands itself as “Event Architects at High Definition.” Sasso said that means that he, along with his team, offer full-service marketing and event management services coupled with art, style, ambience and lots of energy. Sasso, 38, sells brands. He’s made a name for himself by bringing his marketing acumen, attention to detail and a following to a broad range of organizations and companies. His clients include members of Congress, along with beverage, luxury automotive and pharmaceutical companies, and hotel and visitor associations. There’s no doubt that he’s a self-starter and creating successful events motivates him. But, it’s not all about sales and return on investment. Right now, Sasso’s focused on the hotly contested local, state and national elections, including the re-election of President Barack Obama. Since the presidential debates started between the president and challenger Mitt Romney, Sasso has co-hosted watch parties with more than 200 in attendance at local entertainment venues. Music and food are also a part of the evening’s festivities, but the program includes roundtable discussions about the issues facing both presidential contenders. “I have enjoyed hosting these social political forums as a way to mobilize people of all walks of life,” Sasso said, “and to create a platform for people to express themselves.” His partners include young professional organizations such as the Greater Washington Urban League Thursday Network, along with the Congressional Black Associates, Congressional Hispanic Associates,
Cheeky Sasso has built a successful marketing and entertainment company serving a broad range of clients. /Courtesy photo provided by CSE&MG
the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Associates and the Madyun Group. Sasso insists that these are the voters who “need to give their input about where America is going.” Sasso said he’s providing a place where young politicos can feel comfortable sharing their views regardless of their political affiliation. The events, also held in conjunction with The Root, are bi-partisan and have attracted Black Republicans, as well as White Jewish Republicans, Sasso said. “The next four years are impacted by their decisions on Election Day and either way, they should be engaged in the process,” the Vadalia, La., native said. On Election Day – The Washington Informer will add its name to the co-hosts of Decision Day Watch which will be held at Capitale, 1301 K Street in Northwest at 6 p.m. to midnight. “Cheeky Sasso’s invitation to participate in Decision Day Watch was a surprise,” said Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes. “We have been covering these races nationally and locally and we will be there at the polls and with the candidates throughout the day. We look forward to adding the voices of those who will attend this election watch party, and broadening our brand among this diverse electorate.” wi
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The Black Catholic Dilemma: How Would Jesus Vote? By Angela Dodson Special to the Informer from New America Media Black Catholics confront a moral dilemma in the upcoming presidential election: vote with their church or vote with the party that they have long preferred to keep the first African-American president in office four more years. Three million black Catholics lived in the United States as of 2005, according to the Catholic African World Network, a fraction of the 44 million African Americans counted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011. (However, people of African descent constitute onefourth of the world’s one billion Catholics.) While African-American Catholics are relatively few in number,
they may represent enough of the black vote to make a difference in the outcome if they choose to bestow or withhold their support. Obama took 96 percent of the black vote in 2008, according to exit polls. In 2012, the question for black Catholics is whether to vote black or Catholic? That is hard to say, but a recent survey suggests that black Catholics identify as Catholics even more than white Catholics do. The 2011 National Black Catholic Survey found that black Catholics were more religiously “engaged” by significant margins, than white Catholics were, and identify strongly with the church. As evidence of that, it found that 48.2 percent of African American Catholics attend church at least once a week, compared to 30.4 percent of white Catholics. Catholics were once reliably
Democratic as a bloc, when they were largely urban, ethnic, immigrant, working-class and shunned. As their offspring have become increasingly suburban, whitecollar, and mainstream, they have become increasingly conservative and Republican. In 2008, Obama captured the Catholic vote, 54 percent to John McCain’s 45 percent. Four years earlier, George W. Bush took 52 percent and John Kerry 47 percent, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Many Catholics and the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy part company with Obama for his support of pro-choice positions, same-sex marriage and requirements that religious institutions provide employees insurance coverage for contraception. At the same time, many in the church have expressed concern over how
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Black Catholics may be torn between voting the tenets of their faith and the rhetoric of politicians. /Courtesy photo
well Romney’s plans for budget cuts and tax cuts for the rich would square with the church’s teachings on social justice and the common good. Straight From the Gospel Catholic social doctrine basically derives from Jesus Christ’s declaration that he was sent “to preach the gospel to the poor… to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed,” (Luke 4:18- NASB), as well as from his instructions to care for the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick, homeless and imprisoned. “To the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me. (Matthew 25:40 NASB.) Thus, Catholic social teachings focus on issues of poverty and wealth, economics, social organization and the role of government. In keeping with that, Catholic leaders have taken issue with Ryan’s budget-cutting proposals. Just prior to the Romney-Ryan debate, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, a nonprofit research center, pointed out that it would be “the first with two Catholic candidates from opposing parties meeting in a televised national election forum.” “As they meet,” CARA said, “the ‘Catholic vote’ is back to ‘too close to call’ with President Obama leading among all Catholic registered voters (49 percent Obama to 45 percent Romney) and Gov. Romney leading among all likely Catholic voters (50 percent Romney to 44 percent Obama).” These figures indicate Catholic followers do not always side with the church’s positions. In August, the Obama campaign unveiled its “Catholics for Obama” team, a
21-member group of prominent Catholics that includes Sister Jamie T. Phelps, a professor of systematic theology and director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans. As such, she is probably one of the most visible, respected black Catholic leaders in the United States. Some black protestant leaders have urged their constituents to stay home on Election Day, largely because of the same-sex marriage issue. In contrast, at a national gathering of black Catholics this summer, a prominent black bishop warned 3,000 of the faithful not to abandon their “essential participation in democracy and become a part of the sad statistic of nearly 45 percent of Americans who are eligible to vote in a presidential election and abdicate this important civic and Christian duty.” “No matter how flawed you may think the candidates are, you have an obligation to participate,” Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., said at the opening Mass of the 11th National Black Catholic Congress on July 19 in Indianapolis, Ind. “Both candidates are imperfect human beings,” he said. “The American political system does not produce saviors for the nation or knights in shining armor who fulfill all of our hopes and expectations. Neither President Obama nor former Governor Romney espouses positions consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church on important moral, social, and economic issues.”wi Angela P. Dodson, a freelance editor and consultant in New Jersey, is the host for a radio program, “Black Catholics, Yes!” www.washingtoninformer.com
The Religion Corner
Heaven or Hell, It’s Your Choice?
This is one of those pass along emails, one which causes you to stop and consider the situation. It carried such a powerful message that I thought you might enjoy it as much as I did. Here’s the story: They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne. While walking down the street one day a corrupt Senator was hit by a bus and pronounced dead. His soul arrives in heaven and St. Peter meets him at the entrance. “Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.” “No problem, just let me in,” the Senator says. “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.” “Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” the Senator says. “I’m sorry, but we have our rules.” And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all of his friends and other politicians who had worked with him over the years. Everyone is very happy and dressed in evening attire. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich
at the expense of the people. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it’s time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, “Now it’s time to visit heaven ...” So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, 24 hours has elapsed and St. Peter returns. “Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.” The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.” So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell ... The doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls to the ground. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders. “I don’t understand,” stammers the Senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank
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champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now, there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?” The devil smiles at him and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning. Today, you voted.” It’s a simple message: Nov. 6, is your chance to elect the man who will serve the highest office in the world, the President of the United States of America. This message reminds us of how we cannot be swayed by what we see and hear; we must vote based on what we know. wi Lyndia Grant is a columnist with the Washington Informer. She is also a radio talk show host on WYCB-AM, Fridays at 6 p.m. Call 202-518-3192, www. lyndiagrant.comp; send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 www.stmarysfoggybottom.org Email: email@example.com All are welcome to St. Mary’s to Learn, Worship, and Grow.
Blessed Word of Life Church Dr. Dekontee L. & Dr. Ayele A. Johnson Pastors 4001 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 265-6147 Office 1-800 576-1047 Voicemail/Fax Schedule of Services: Sunday School – 9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service – 11:00 AM Communion Service – First Sunday Prayer Service/Bible Study – Tuesday, 6:30 PM www.blessedwordoflifechurch.org e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campbell AME Church Reverend Daryl K. Kearney, Pastor 2562 MLK Jr. Ave., S E Washington, DC 20020 Adm. Office 202-678-2263 Email:Campbell@mycame.org Sunday Worship Service 10: am Sunday Church School 8: 45 am Bible Study Wednesday 12:00 Noon Wednesday 7:00 pm Thursday 7: pm “Reaching Up To Reach Out” Mailing Address Campbell AME Church 2502 Stanton Road SE Washington, DC 20020
Mt. Zion Baptist Church Rev. John W. Davis, Pastor 5101 14th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20011 202-726-2220/ 202-726-9089 Sunday Worship Service 8:00am and 11:00am Sunday School 9:15am Holy Communion 4th Sunday 10:00am Prayer and Bible Study Wednesday 7;00pm TV Ministry –Channel 6 Wednesday 10:00pm email@example.com
700 I. Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002 Pastor Louis B. Jones, II and Pilgrim invite you to join us during our July and August Summer schedule! Attire is Christian casual. Worship: Sundays@ 7:30 A.M. & 10:00 A.M. 3rd Sunday Holy Communion/Baptism/Consecration Prayer & Praise: Wednesdays @12:00 Noon @ 6:30 P.M. – One Hour of Power! (202) 547-8849 www.pilgrimbaptistdc.org
Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Drs. Dennis W. and Christine Y. Wiley, Pastors 3845 South Capitol Street Washington, DC 20032 (202) 562-5576 (Office) (202) 562-4219 (Fax) SERVICES AND TIMES: SUNDAYS: 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.” www.covenantbaptistdc.org
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 www.livingwatersmd.org
St. Stephen Baptist Church Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. State Overseer 5757 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748 Office 301-899-8885 – fax 301-899-2555 Sunday Early Morning Worship - 7:45 a.m. Church School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship – 10:45 a.m. Tuesday – Thursday - Kingdom Building Bible Institute – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Prayer/Praise/Bible Study – 7:30 p.m. Baptism & Communion Service- 4th Sunday – 10:30am Radio Broadcast WYCB -1340 AM-Sunday -6:00pm T.V. Broadcast - Channel 190 – Sunday -4:00pm/Tuesday 7:00am
“We are one in the Spirit” www.ssbc5757.org e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell, Sr., • Pastor 2498 Alabama Ave., SE • Washington D.C. 20020 Office: (202) 889-7296 Fax: (202) 889-2198 • www.acamec.org 2008: The Year of New Beginnings “Expect the Extraordinary”
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Isle of Patmos Baptist Church Reverend Dr. Calvin L. Matthews • Senior Pastor 1200 Isle of Patmos Plaza, Northeast Washington, DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-6767 Fax: (202) 526-1661
Rev. Dr. Alton W. Jordan, Pastor 800 I Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 202-548-0707 Fax No. 202-548-0703
Sunday Worship Services: 8:00a.m. and 11:00a.m. Sunday Church School - 9:15a.m. & Sunday Adult Forum Bible Study - 10:30a.m. 2nd & 4th Monday Women’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Tuesday Jr./Sr. Bible Study - 10:00a.m. Tuesday Topical Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Tuesday New Beginnings Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Wednesday Pastoral Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Wednesday Children’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Thursday Men’s Bible Study - 6:30p.m. Friday before 1st Sunday Praise & Worship Service - 6:30p.m. Saturday Adult Bible Study - 10:00a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday Sunday School-9:45am Men’s Monday Bible Study – 7:00pm Wednesday Night Bible Study – 7:00pm Women’s Ministry Bible Study 3rd Friday -7:00pm Computer Classes- Announced Family and Marital Counseling by appointment E-mail: Crusadersbaptistchurch@verizon.net www.CrusadersBaptistChurch.org
“The Amazing, Awesome, Audacious Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church”
“God is Love”
Third Street Church of God Rev. Cheryl J. Sanders, Th.D. Senior Pastor 1204 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 202.347.5889 office 202.638.1803 fax Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: Wed. 7:30 p.m. “Ambassadors for Christ to the Nation’s Capital” www.thirdstreet.org
Sunday Worship Services: 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 2nd Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:20 a.m. Seniors Bible Study: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Noon Day Prayer Service: Tuesdays at Noon Bible Study: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Motto: “A Ministry of Reconciliation Where Everybody is Somebody!” Website: http://isleofpatmosbc.org Church Email: email@example.com
Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.; Senior Bishop & Evangelist Susie C. Owens – Co-Pastor 610 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 529-4547 office • (202) 529-4495 fax Sunday Worship Service: 8 AM and 10:45 AM Sunday Youth Worship Services: 1st & 4th 10:45 AM; 804 R.I. Ave., NE 5th 8 AM & 10:45 AM; Main Church Prayer Services Tuesday – Noon, Wednesday 6 AM & 6:30 PM Calvary Bible Institute: Year-Round Contact Church Communion Every 3rd Sunday The Church in The Hood that will do you Good! www.gmchc.org firstname.lastname@example.org
ST Marks Baptist Come Worship with us... St. Mark's Baptist Church 624 Underwood Street, NW Washington, dc 20011 Dr. Raymond T. Matthews, Pastor and First Lady Marcia Matthews Sunday School 9:am Worship Service 10:am Wed. Noon Day prayer service Thur. Prayer service 6:45 pm Thur. Bible Study 7:15 pm
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Mount Carmel Baptist Church
52 Years of Expert Engraving Services
Joseph N. Evans, Ph.D Senior Pastor 901 Third Street N.W. Washington, DC. 20001 Phone (202) 842-3411 Fax (202) 682-9423 Sunday Church School : 9: 30am Sunday Morning Worship: 10: 45am Bible Study Tuesday: 6: 00pm Prayer Service Tuesday: 7:00pm Holy Communion: 3rd Sunday 10: 45am themcbc.org
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All Nations Baptist Church
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 www.friendshipbaptistdc.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Dr. James Coleman Pastor 2001 North Capitol St, N.E. • Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202) 832-9591
Website: www.allnationsbaptistchurch.com All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards
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Israel Baptist Church 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: 10:00 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
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: www.mountmoriahchurch.org Email: email@example.com
Rehoboth Baptist Church
St. Matthews Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Maxwell M. Washington Pastor 1105 New Jersey Ave, S.E • Washington, DC 20003 202 488-7298 Order of Services Sunday Worship Services: 9:05 A.M. Sunday School: 8:00 A.M. Holy Communion 3rd Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting: 7:00 P.M. (Tuesday) Bible Study: 7:30 P.M. (Tuesday) Theme: “Striving to be more like Jesus “Stewardship”. Philippians 3:12-14; Malachi 3:8-10 and 2 Corinthians 9:7 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.stmatthewsbaptist.com
2324 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-1730 Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 am Baptismal Service – 1st Sunday – 9:30 am Holy Communion – 1st Sunday – 11:00 am Prayer Meeting & Bible Study – Wednesday -7:30 pm
Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr. Pastor
Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis Pastor
Rev. Daryl F. Bell Pastor
Sunday Church School – 9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service – 11:00 AM Holy Communion – 1st Sunday at 11:00 AM Prayer – Wednesdays, 6:00 PM Bible Study – Wednesdays, 7:00 PM Christian Education School of Biblical Knowledge Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Call for Registration
Zion Baptist Church
Sunday Worship Service 10:15AM- Praise and Worship Services Sunday School 9:00am Monday: Noon Bible School Wednesday: Noon & 7PM: Pastor’s Bible Study Ordinance of Baptism 2nd Holy Communion 4th Sunday Mission Zion Baptist Church Shall; Enlist Sinners, Educate Students, Empower the Suffering, Encourage the Saints, and Exalt Our Savior. (Acts 2:41-47) www.zionbaptistchurchdc.org
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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 www.emmanuelbaptistchurchdc.org
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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
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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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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 email@example.com
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Froffice@firstrising.org Website: www.firstrising.org
Sunrise Prayer Service 6:00 A.M. Sunday Church School 8:30 A.M. Pre-Worship Devotionals 9:45 A.M. Morning Worship Services 10:00 A.M. Holy Communion 1st Sunday Worship Services Bible Study Tuesdays, 6:00 P.M. Thursdays, 1:00 P.M. Prayer Meetings Tuesdays, 7:00 P.M. Thursdays, 12:00 P.M.
Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Kendrick E. Curry Pastor 3000 Pennsylvania Ave.. S.E Washington, DC 20020 202 581-1500 Sunday Church School: 9:30 A.M. Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday Adult Bible Study: 7:00 P.M. Wednesday Youth & Adult Activities: 6:30 P.M. Prayer Service Bible Study
Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Rev. Dr. H. B. Sampson, III Pastor 2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 Fax: (202) 529-7738 Order of Services Worship Service: 7:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:30 a.m. & 10:30a.m. Prayer Services: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 12 Noon Email:email@example.com Website:www.mthoreb.org For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.
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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 998 Gloria J. Watson Decedent James Larry Frazier, Esq. 918 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Roberta J. Littlejohn, whose address is 3458 Summit Court, NE, Washington, DC 20018, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Gloria J. Watson, who died on September 18, 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 April 25, 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 April 25, 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: October 25, 2012 Roberta J. Littlejohn Personal Representative
Administration No. 2012 ADM 1025 Naomi J. Watson Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Henry White, whose address is 2013 Ridge Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Naomi J. Watson, who died on August 5, 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 May 1, 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 May 1, 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: November 1, 2012 Henry White Personal Representative
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paigned for ERA, have been chastised and excommunicated for writing unfavorable articles about the faith. Do you believe journalists have the First Amendment right to probe religious and governmental institutions without unfair pressure being applied? Mansfield in his book on Mormonism makes the point that the faith was founded on the principle that it is “the only living and true church” and “non-Mormon clergy have been depicted as serving the devil.” Do you agree with those beliefs and in a Romney administration would you embrace a diversity of faiths and religions as equals? Prophet Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon movement, ran for president in 1844 calling for the establishment of a “theo-democracy,” a government led by God – and eventually by the Mormon Priesthood – as
the only way to bring order and happiness to the earth. How would you separate your political and religious beliefs, such as the right of women to have an abortion? Would you base your decisions on Roe V. Wade or on The Book of Mormons or the Bible? Mormonism teaches that after the Resurrection Jesus appeared in Jackson County, Mo., where He will one day return and rule from a temple there and in Jerusalem. How does this belief affect your policy toward Israel? The Mormon movement founded by Prophet Smith evolved by prophesies rather than doctrine. If there were two opposing views, one from someone recognized by your faith as a prophet and the other based on the U.S. Constitution, how would you choose? wi
with a median wealth of $750,000, excluding the value of their homes, cannot fathom the lives of ordinary human beings. These are people who get up in the morning, pour cereal in a bowl, take a fast crack at the newspaper before hopping a subway or bus on the way to work, put in their hours, often more than eight, and then take the subway or bus back home. Many make a pit stop at a day care center or school, and then rush home to put food on the table. With median wealth of about $20,000, including home ownership, their lives are a far cry from those of their elected representatives. The gap, perhaps, explains why the American Jobs Act has not yet been passed after languishing in Congress for nearly a year. Sequestration has come up only tangentially in the presidential debates. Yet it is one of the most
important immediate issues that our nation faces. Across the board cuts hit more heavily at the bottom than at the top, and those who are already suffering will find themselves suffering more. It would have been great to have one of the debates focused specifically on this issue of sequestration. The way this sequestration is implemented is likely to depend on the outcome of the election. Yet both candidates have been mostly silent on this matter. What happens after November 6? Whether President Obama or Willard Romney wins, hard choices will have to be made.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.
graduating from Oral Roberts University because I believed in the principles the party espoused: lower taxes, especially for job creation for small businesses; equality of opportunity for all; a party based on Christian principles, to name a few. I was brought into the Republican Party by the likes of Bill White, Curtis Crawford, Art Fletcher, Ed Brooke, Bill Coleman, and Sam Cornelius. These are legendary Black Republicans who are responsible for me being where I am today. Some are still with us and some have moved on. Once in the party, I was further schooled on Republican principles by the likes of William H.T. “Bucky” Bush (brother to Bush 41), Bert Walker (cousin to Bush 41), George H.W. Bush, Robert Mosbacher (former Secretary of Commerce), James M. Baker (former Secretary of State), and Jack Kemp, just to name a few. These people are part of my politi-
cal DNA and explain why I am the type of Republican that I am. Sununu could not have existed in the Republican Party that I joined in the 1980s. Donald Trump would not have been allowed to have a role in the party that I joined. “Ole man Bush” (my term of endearment for him) or Jim Baker would not have allowed this to happen because they and the party back then had principles that were non-negotiable. I will not vote for Obama because he has totally insulted the Black community at every opportunity (I refer you to his speech before the Congressional Black Caucus last year as exhibit A); and I cannot vote for Mitt Romney because he has basically, with his silence, endorsed the behavior of the likes of Sununu, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. I take my stand based on my principles. Romney and the Republican Party, what are you basing your stand on? wi
REYNOLDS continued from Page 30 derstanding here are questions that I believe Romney should be asked about his religion and its possible impact on the nation: Before 1978 the Church regarded dark skin as a sign of a spiritual curse which denied black men the right to be ordained as priests. The curse was lifted in 1978 and black males were ordained for the priesthood. Would you support efforts to lift the ban against women being ordained to the priesthood? Also the Mormon Church has aggressively fought against passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Would you support measures such as ERA and other public policy for gender equality? Mormons, such as noted UCLA professor-biographer Fawn Brodie as well as Sonia Johnson who cam-
Malveaux continued from Page 30 creasing taxes or cutting programs. We can’t increase taxes on the already beleaguered middle class, and the poor don’t have a penny to spare. That leaves the wealthy, but they are the sacred cows of the Republican Party. Cutting social programs hurts those who have already been hurt. Congress has a dilemma. One of the things we know about sequestration is that it will cost jobs, both in the federal government and in companies that contract with the federal government. Our extremely weak recovery, which leaves us with an official unemployment rate slightly less than 8 percent, cannot sustain more job losses. Our Congress,
Jackson continued from Page 30 ness at the door because I am a Republican. The language coming from Sununu and my party is counter to the founding principles of the party that I am a proud member of. But, twice this year some of these same people have approached me about funding for some election year tricks that they (White Republicans) have conjured up and simply need a Black face to execute the plan. On these two separate occasions, these funders were willing to spend upwards of $20 million to have me organize a national campaign to identify Blacks who would be critical of President Obama. I was deeply offended by these approaches, but it’s not the first time in my life that I have had similar conversations within the party. I joined the Republican Party upon www.washingtoninformer.com
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Crump put the Martins’ crusade in a larger context. He said earlier that day a reporter had called him because that date would have been Emmett Till’s 71st birthday and the reporter was interested in the connections between Trayvon’s death and Emmett’s brutal 1955 murder at age 14. It was something Crump had been thinking about. “I’ve been talking a lot as a legal representative about Emmett Till’s death almost 60 years ago and Trayvon Martin, and how far have we come in America in reference to equal justice?” he asked. “Can everybody in America get equal justice? Those of us who stood with and supported the Martins as they struggled to turn their own
pain into power are willing to do that work. The goal of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for every child in America may not have been realized yet, but it’s still the goal we have to meet in order for America to finally live up to its promise. Let’s all make sure that happens in Trayvon’s case. 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 www.childrensdefense.org.
ney’s strongest support is among White men. According to a recent ABC News poll, Romney has a 65-32 percent lead over Obama among White men. Meanwhile, a Washington Post poll showed Obama getting 80 percent of the nonWhite vote. Romney has made no inroads among AfricanAmerican voters, who are solidly for Obama, and is expected to receive a lesser share of the Latino vote than John McCain. Both Obama and Bill Clinton were elected with a minority of the White vote. In addition to denouncing Obama’s handling of the economy, Romney has gone after Obama on food stamps. Romney said, “Forty-seven million now on food stamps. When he
came to office there were 32 million. He’s added 15 million people.” Obama countered by saying the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, saw its greatest expansion under George W. Bush. Given the state of the economy, Obama said it is only natural that more people would need to rely on food stamps. Like Ronald Reagan did while campaigning for president, Romney has injected welfare into the debate. He ran an ad in August saying the Obama administration had adopted “a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements.” The ad also said that under the plan, “you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job.” FactCheck.org said Obama’s plan, which gave states more latitude to revise work require-
ments, neither gutted welfare nor eliminated the work requirement. The fact checker for the Washington Post gave Romney’s ad four Pinocchios, representing its biggest lie. Of course, talk about welfare and food stamps are a subtle and supposedly respectable way to make an appeal based on race. We’ll see on Tuesday whether it works in this election. Whether it works or not, Republicans will have to find a different song in 2016.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. He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.
of his progress. If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence. In one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice.” President Obama is all of what White people hate most about Black folks – “a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman.” Never mind all of their pronounce-
ments about respecting the content of a person’s character rather than the color of that person’s skin. Why else would White people in Tulsa, Okla., burn Greenwood, the most successful Black enclave anywhere in the United States to the ground on May 31 and June 1, 1921, if what Douglass said 38 years before that wasn’t true? Greenwood wasn’t a slum. It was known as the “Black Wall Street.” Greenwood in Tulsa 89 years ago is like Obama in the White House today. Instead of Americans boasting about the remarkable system that permitted the president to succeed, they have conspired to make the Black
president fail. He has been – in Frederick Douglass’s words – an “affront to pride” and he has provoked their malice. According to The Washington Post and the Associated Press, this election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988, with President Obama lagging behind Republican Mitt Romney among White voters by 21 percentage points, a steep drop in support from four years ago. Face it Black people. It’s not the president’s fault. White folks just aren’t into us. wi
merman out on patrol with his gun. As he told the story he was overwhelmed with grief, but he was also determined to keep striving towards something positive, no matter how difficult it seemed. “We never envision as parents burying your children,” he said. “But in doing so and seeing how communities have come together and stand united in the fight for justice with us, it teaches us a very strong lesson. And I think that lesson is stand up for what you believe in, and when you stand up for what you believe in, others will stand with you.”
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Muhammad continued from Page 31 and far too many White people just can’t stand the idea of a dignified Black man, especially not one who’s in charge of everything. Abolitionist Frederick Douglass told us about this, 129 years ago. In a speech to the National Convention of Colored Men
on Sept. 25, 1883 he spelled out President Obama’s dilemma, to a “T.” “Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements,” Douglass said. “In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step
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