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After Elections, Crises Abound By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer For months before last week’s election, Sandra Fleming’s agitation grew about President Barack Obama’s prospects for a second term. “I was so worried because my impression was that they were

going to get away with stealing this election,” Fleming said of the Republican Party. “When I heard that Taggart [which makes voting machines] was bought by [Tagg] Romney, I was like ‘Oh God, they’re really going to steal it.’” So she decided to be proactive and volunteered to work

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thrashing Obama inflicted on GOP challenger Mitt Romney. Obama swept the Electoral College, amassing a final total of 336 votes and he garnered 50.3 percent of the vote to Romney’s 47 percent. It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way and all that was left to make their joy complete was Romney’s coronation.

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Women Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence By Tia Carol Jones

law enforcement. She said they threat,” she said. had come together to bring a Among the programs Marlow sense of uniformity in the way wants to see implemented are When L.Y. Marlow's 23-year- domestic violence victims and stricter restraining order policies, Visit our updated Web site old daughter told her the father survivors are treated. more rights for victim's families and give us your comments of her daughter threatened her “She's using her own personal to intervene on behalf of a vicfor a chance to win a gift from life, and the life of their child, story, her own personal pain to tim, a domestic violence assessThe Washington Informer she knew something had to be push forward,” Davis-Nickens ment unit coupled with further done. Out of her frustration said about Marlow. training for law enforcement with law enforcement's handling Davis-Nickens said anyone agencies, a Child's Life ProtecEmail comments to: of the situation, she decided to who reads Marlow's book will tion Act and mandatory counselrburke@ start the Saving Promise cam- “get it.” She said she “puts the ing for batterers. paign. case in such a way, the average “If we are ever going to “It seems to be a vicious cycle person can get it.” She said at the cate domestic violence, wecourmust Vicki Wright-Smith will serve as a Ward 1 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner from 2013-2015. /Photo that won't turn my family end of the day, the book will look at both sides of the coin. tesy of Vicki Wright-Smith loose,” Marlow said. Marlow help people begin to have a dia- We need to address both the vicshared her story with the audi- logue about domestic violence. tim and the batterer,” Marlow ence at the District Heights Also present at the event was said. Domestic Violence Symposium Mildred Muhammad, the exMarlow would also like to see on May 7 at the District Heights wife of John Allen Muhammad, programs designed to raise Municipal Center. The sympo- who was sentenced to six consec- awareness among children in We represent victims of major sium was sponsored by the utive life terms without parole public and private schools. She decisions jury affecting therole comdidn’t haveneed opponents. Twenmedical malpractice such as By James Wright Family and Youth Services make by a Maryland for his in mad, feels children to be educatSandra Robinson Jack Olender cerebral palsy. mission’s area. ty-three single-member districts WI Staff Writer Center of the city of District the Beltway Sniper attacks in ed about domestic violence. All 5 lawyers were again elected Commissions divided into Heights and the National Hook- 2002. not have candidate at all. pas  Mildred are Muhammad is did“We havea to stop being “Best Lawyers in America” 2012 districts, which sive-aggressive UpWhile of Black mostWomen. of the attention on single-member the founder of After the Trauma, However, therewith werepoor some chilnotKaren Evans is a nurse/attorney Marlow has on written a book, roughly that 2,000helps residents. an organization the ed dren aboutsuch domestic violence,” Nov. 6 focused the federal and represent contests as veteran political Attorney/Pediatrician Harlow Case Karen Evans Melissa Rhea “ColorCouncil Me Butterfly,” is a Commissioners are not compensurvivors of domestic violence activist MarlowFrank said. Wilds defeating PaD.C. elections,which contests Robert Chabon, M.D., J.D. is story about four generations of sated and their children. Marlow has worked to break for their work. were also  held across the city for tricia Ann Roberts, 52-48, in 5A01 Of Counsel. domestic violence. The book is “I lived inD.C. fear for six years. Six the cycle of abuse in her family, Former Mayor Adrian neighborhood-based representaChapplethe beating veteran inspired by her own experiences, Fenty years in fear as is aa commissioner long time. It in is and and Kevin is confident policies she served tives to the D.C. government. commissioner Leroy Thorpe by and those of her grandmother, Ward not an easy thing to come out is pushing for will start that 4 and D.C. Council ChairDistrict residents elected adviher mother and her daughter. of,” she said. one vote. process. man Phil Mendelson [D] and counsory commissioners She neighborhood said every time she reads Mildred Muhammad said “I plan to take these policies Veteran commissioners such to as members Jack Evans [D-Ward in 296 single-member districts on excerpts from her book, she still cil people who want to help a Robert Congress andinimplore them to In Memoriam King 5C03 and Mary Muriel violence Bowser [D-Ward 4)], Election Day. Kathy Henderson, Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr. can not believe the words came 2], domestic victim must change our Cuthbert in laws,” 8C03 Marlow retained said. their Wells [D-Ward 6], David Wilhelmina J. Rolark who election another Tommy fromwon her. her “Color Mefor Butterfly” be careful of how they go into “I will not stop until these poliThe Washington Informer Newspaper seats. Emerging political stars such [I-At life, Large] also worked as cies are passed.” term over“Best Dar- Catania won as a the commissioner 2007 National the victim's and understand THE WASHINGTON INFORMER PUBLISHER Commissioner  Vickibe WrightIn Memoriam lene Glymph and Rodney Burton, commissioners. Books” Award. that she may be in “survival as Tia Carol Jones can reached NEWSPAPER (ISSN#0741-9414) Denise Rolark Sr. Barnes Dr. isCalvin W. Rolark, Many commissioners had no op“I was just 16-years-old when Smith of 1A02 retained her seat said that she’s pleased that the resi- mode”. at published weekly on each Thursday. Wilhelmina J. 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the council. Recently, he told The Washington Informer, he plans to run for mayor if Mayor Vincent C. Gray, 70, doesn’t run for reelection. Chuck Thies, a political consultant and co-host of WPFW “DC Politics” show, puts it best. “Mendelson is very hard to predict,” said Thies, 47. “For sure, I see an education committee being formed.” He added that Mendelson will certainly make additional changes. “Look for him to give something good to [Ward 4 Council member] Muriel Bowser, and then run side-by-side with her as mayor/chair,” Thies theorized. He added, that Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh may get Judiciary while Tommy Wells [DWard 6] may return to the Committee on Environment, Public Works, and Transportation, reversing a Brown decision. However, Mendelson said he hasn’t yet determined who will chair the various committees. “I’d like to talk to each member on their preference, and see how they’d like to see the council makeup,” said Mendelson, 60, who added that the final decision would be “based on consensus.” He said he’ll also look at the demands of the committees, weigh members’ interests and backgrounds, and, seniority in terms of time on the council. Education may not be easily resolved. In 2007, the District’s public and charter school systems under the auspices of the Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation merged with the 14 agencies under the


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Valerie Daye Washington, D.C. At the end of the day, the [D.C.] Council has to answer to the residents of the District. Because of this, and because I believe that the District’s residents are well informed, I don’t think that it will have a major impact. There are quite a few members of the council like Marion Barry and Vincent Orange who have had a longtime commitment to the residents of the District. And they will do everything they can to ensure that District residents are well served.

Leonard Thomas Washington, D.C. During the time I was growing up, Carol Schwartz was the only white member of the [D.C.] Council and it worked well. Issues arose when the money got greener and black hands started pulling from the pile. The fact that the [D.C.] Council is now predominately white will not make a difference. It shouldn’t because there are only a small [number] of wards that are predominantly white. In fact, it might be better because the council members will be on top of all of the scandals.


Ronald Austin Washington, D.C. I don’t think that it will have too much of an impact on the city’s residents. The residents are the ones who voted them into office. People are more engaged and more involved these days in city politics and who they vote for. When you look at [the issues and scandals] that have been going on in District politics lately, it’s forced people to become more aware. People want change and a better quality of life in the District. If anything, it’s going to improve the [D.C.] Council because they know that people will be watching them.

LaVette Panton Washington, D.C. Years ago, it might have had an impact. But now, with [the scandals] that continue to occur, there has been a devastating effect on the people of Washington. I’m not going to say that having Caucasians on the [D.C.] Council will make it better, because they make the same mistakes. But I am disappointed in our black leaders and I really thought that they would do better. I’m not ready to throw in the towel, but we have to be more cautious about the leaders we elect. I don’t think that having a predominately white council will negatively impact the city.

Tim Edmonds Washington, D.C. With the District having such a large [number] of African-American residents, the [D.C.] Council should reflect its constituency. I feel that there’s a possibility that the city’s lowerincome residents could be underserved by some members who aren’t able to relate or empathize with their plight. I’m a former D.C. Public Schools teacher and I’ve seen where we’ve had to rally to get new books for our students, whereas when I taught on the other side of the bridge, the kids were well taken care of.

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AFTERMATH continued from Page 1 themselves for the stunning election loss. “To put it mildly, many in the GOP were not pleased with the outcome of [Tuesday’s] elections,” said Williams. “This represents a national repudiation of reality: we have tossed out the doctor because we don’t like his prognosis. The spending addict does not want an intervention; he wants more spending, no matter what.” “…The Democrats have a mandate to govern, and Republicans are now in an uncomfortable position everywhere. The policies of the last four years have been not only affirmed but, with these ballot initiatives, shown to now be mainstream,” he explained. “Our nation’s culture has shifted to the Left, validating that self-fulfilling epithet of ‘Republican extremism.’” Lee Saunders, president of the 1.6 million strong American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, was exultant. “This is a good day for the

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working middle class, the Main Street movement and the American Dream,” he said following Obama’s victory. “The American people sent a clear message that we will stand with a president who stands with all Americans … the voters have given a mandate to protect vital programs like Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid and strengthen the middle class.” Republicans on the whole are shell shocked, Newt Gingrich is dumbfounded by Obama’s win, Karl Rove refuses to accept it; and the finger-pointing, accusations, and infighting is in full tilt. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal [R], said some candidates had damaged the party’s brand with their intemperate statements and he chastised the GOP for being too beholden to the rich and powerful. “We’ve got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything,” he said. “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

Meanwhile, Obama met with liberal and progressive supporters Tuesday, with members of the business community Wednesday, and on Friday, Nov. 16 was scheduled to meet House Speaker John Boehner [R-Ohio] to begin negotiations on averting the crisis of the country falling off the “fiscal cliff.” On December 31, automatic spending cuts and tax increases will be triggered if Congress and Obama fail to seal a deal. According to the Congressional Budget Office, families would pay an average of about $2,000 more next year, an estimated three million jobs would be lost and unemployment would ratchet up to nine percent. Also, America could fall into another recession. Boehner has indicated a willingness to talk but he is opposed by anti-tax Tea Party members. In an hour-long teleconference Monday morning, former Clinton White House Counsel Lanny Davis and former GOP Chairman Michael Steele discussed the election and the way

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AFTERMATH continued from Page 8 forward. Steele castigated the Republican Party and said it needs to be overhauled or face the prospect of being the minority party for the foreseeable future. “This is perhaps the most tortured experience I’ve ever seen a party go through,” said Steele, a lawyer who served as Republican National Committee Chairman from 2009-2011. “It becomes painfully obvious that there’s an internal struggle as to identity and ideas.” “You realize that something different is happening in American politics,” he added. “Now we begin the recriminations and finger-pointing. My estimation: Cut the crap out and recognize your message is tone deaf for many voters and your brand isn’t as strong as it once was. The country is moving in a different direction. Fifty thousand Hispanics are turning 18 every month. What is the party prepared to do?” Davis, who with Steele is cofounder of Purple Nation, a bipartisan public affairs firm, credited Obama’s formidable ground game, the broad coalition of support and a campaign which executed “the best media, political and grassroots campaign in eight states.” Davis, former White House counsel in the Clinton administration, said the Simpson-Bowles plan is the only one that can get bipartisan support. SimpsonBowles was a commission appointed by Obama which advocates a combination of spending cuts and tax increases to balance the budget. Steele, who said he hates the word ‘bipartisan,’ said he wants Republicans to seek consensus without sacrificing their principles and values. Far from the political fray, Fleming, a 40-year-old mother of one, said practical considerations such as Obama’s health care plan fueled her support. “I had a fear not just for my child but also for my husband that they’d be kicked off our health plan because of their asthma,” she said. “I would always be nervous when the provider called. I was extremely grateful when the Affordable Care Act became law. Asthma medication is extremely, extremely expensive.” wi





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Capital Press Club Honors Three Media Leaders By James Wright WI Staff Writer   The African-American organization that includes members from various sectors of the media recently honored three notables from the fields of print, broadcast and public relations for their work to increase opportunities for minorities and vision regarding technological innovation. John Oliver Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of the Afro-American Newspapers of Baltimore City, Inc.; Maureen Bunyan, veteran news anchor for Channel 7 News and Lon Walls, founder of Walls Communications and current media relations director for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Services Department, were feted by the Capital Press Club on Friday, Nov. 9 at the offices of Venable, LLP in Northwest. Hazel Trice Edney, president of the Capital Press Club, applauded the honorees, and said they’ve made a significant contribution in their respective professions. “I believe in Sankofa, which means we should look back while we move forward,” said Edney, 44. “We celebrate those we honor tonight but there are still far too few blacks in newsrooms and boardrooms.” The Capital Press Club was founded in 1944 by Alfred Smith because minority and women journalists were barred from the National Press Club. Over the years, the club has hosted forums on a variety of issues and featured speakers such as Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Walter Cronkite, Sergeant Shriver, Dick Gregory, Ossie Davis and Sidney Poitier. U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings [DMd.] and Barbara Lee [D-Calif.] attended the event and Cummings had nothing but praise for Oliver. “Thank you for being a part of my destiny,” said Cummings, 61. “You could have made boo-ku bucks as a lawyer and you are a great lawyer. I want to thank you for what you do and doing it well.”

Oliver, 65, said that he appreciated the honor and talked about the staying power of the black press. “It is great that so many of us are still around,” he said. “It is a challenge and it is fun. You reach more black folks than ever before here in the United States and people around the world.” The Afro was one of the first black media outlets to have its own website and has been cited as a leader in innovation for its use of the Internet for the benefit of African Americans. Bunyan noted the challenges of being a black woman in what her colleague and co-anchor Gordon Peterson called, “a white man’s world.” “When I starting working in 1969, I was told that I had to cut my hair because I did not look black enough,” she said. “I was told that my name was funny so that I should change it to King and that I did not talk black enough. I did not change anything because I am what I am and who I am.” Walls, in his remarks, discussed the historic event that recently transpired. “We can celebrate what happened on Tuesday because it was black organizations that made it happen,” Walls said, referring to the re-election of President Obama on Nov. 6. “… we made it happen and we are all valuable.” Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Informer, political activist the Rev. Anthony Motley, talk show host Joe Madison and noted attorney Donald Temple counted among the distinguished guests who also attended the evening event. However, Edney said that it’s the young people who attended that deserved the utmost attention. “We want to support these young students from Howard University, Bowie State and the University of the District of Columbia with scholarships,” she said. “We want to make a difference in these young people’s lives.” wi


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AFJROTC Cadet Master Sergeant Caleb McKey, right, displays the Colors during the Veteran’s Day celebration to honor veterans living in Seat Pleasant, Md., on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Seat Pleasant Community Center. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Seat Pleasant Honors Veterans By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Veterans were honored in Seat Pleasant on Nov. 12 through poetry, song, recollections and promises that their sacrifices will not be forgotten. The hour-long ceremony at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center included presentation of colors by the Largo High School Junior

ROTC, recitation of the poem “You Are Someone Special” by Seat Pleasant Councilman ReveralYeargin and the singing of the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” by Kim Carrington. About 40 people attended. Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene W. Grant, who served as master of ceremony, talked to the audience about gratitude. “Thank God you are not in Syria this morning. Thank God you

are not on the border of Pakistan this morning. Thank God you are not in North Korea this morning. But you are in the United States of America. While we may have our issues and challenges, thank God our borders are protected, our skies are protected, [and] our waterways are protected because somebody served.” Peter Franchot, Maryland’s comptroller, was one of several political officials at the event. He

told the gathering that while he didn’t have an esteemed military career like those in the audience, serving in the Army “taught me discipline, respect, taking my life seriously.” He said he’s an advocate for mandatory two-year military or Peace Corps service for high school graduates. “The Army gave me a lot more than I gave the Army,” said Franchot. Guest speaker Cynthia MasonPosey, director of outreach and advocacy for the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, shared some statistics about veterans – citing that 65,000 veterans reside in Prince George’s County and that more than 10,000 of those are women and more than 2,000 of the total veteran population in the county are 85 and older. She said women veterans have gender-specific needs, and she encouraged everyone to check up on elderly veterans who live in their neighborhoods. “Those folks have served us,” said Mason-Posey. “Now it’s our time to serve them.” She highlighted a number of benefits available to veterans such as long-term nursing home care,

grave and burial services and discounts from local businesses and restaurants. While she acknowledged that the waiting period for the disposition of claims can be long – stating some average a wait of 1,000 days for processing – she urged veterans to apply as soon as possible and have their applications handled by a Veterans Affairs specialist to ensure that it’s complete. During Mason-Posey’s remarks, she made a “roll call,” asking if anyone in the audience had been a member of various branches of the military. About 12 veterans stood and indicated they served in the Air Force, Army and Navy. She presented World War II veteran Charles Ruffin, 85, of Seat Pleasant with a video of a public broadcasting television program about World War II veterans. Korean War veteran Harry Andrews, 77, of Capitol Heights attended the ceremony and said he was appreciative of the event and the information that was shared. The event concluded with “Taps” performed by Wesley Mountain and wreath-laying ceremonies. wi

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WI Staff Writer In just a few days, African-American leaders will gather in the nation’s capital to assess the post-election status of Black America. They will converge on the District November 14-18 to participate in the State of the Black World III Conference hosted by Dr. Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World [IBW], at the Blackburn Center at Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University in Northwest. The theme: State of Emergency in Black America: Time to Heal Black Families and Communities, reflects the belief that despite the re-election of President Barack Obama, America’s first African-American president, leaders still see two Black Americas – one with and the other without, said Daniels during an interview with The Washington Informer. “We do not buy the idea that we live in a post-racial America, despite the fact that we have the first AfricanAmerican president,” Daniels said. “D.C. was the quintessential Chocolate City, but now gentrification has become the new Negro urban removal program. This is not just happening in D.C., but it’s happening in Atlanta, Harlem and other cities, as well.” Daniels stressed that the young people coming up need a cultural anchor, “but that’s not enough. They also need a job. We must push for economic investment in Black communities and we need to be more aggressive and militant and talk about economic sanctions and boycotts,” Daniels said. “In the spirit of what has been important to our people for generations, the State of the Black World Conference is a great gathering of Black people to assess the state of Black America and the Pan-African world,” Daniels explained. Participants will outline plans for moving forward and they will leave the conference on one accord. The conference will begin with a National Town Hall meeting with social, economic and political experts who will discuss the impact of the

2012 presidential election. Featured speakers will include George Fraser, president and CEO of FraserNet; Susan Taylor, former editor of Essence Magazine; Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, host of Our World with Black Enterprise, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa and professor of Black Studies at California State University. A special acknowledgement will be given to the late Damu Smith, an environmental and social justice activist, who died in 2006 at age 54. IBW will launch the Damu Smith Institute to provide support to community leaders who want to enhance their skills as servant leaders. The conference is also dedicated to the memory of Dr. Ron Walters, author, political scientist and civil rights activist, who died in 2010 at age 72. Daniels said he and Walters talked for years about the need for post-election analysis. “He [Walters] said that as black people we should always have an agenda and we should be measuring what progress we’re making no matter who’s in the White House. What are our needs, what kind of progress are we making and what is it all about and finally, how do we benefit.” Daniels, who ran as an independent for president in 1992, also served as the deputy campaign manager for the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s presidential campaign in 1988. He has a long history in the social justice and Pan-African Movement, which includes the coordination of several African-centered events such as the State of the Race Conferences held in Baltimore in 1994 and 1997. IBW plans to make D.C. the headquarters for the African American Institute for Research and Empowerment, named by Damu Smith and created as an action-oriented organization designed to engage people in research, policy and advocacy with an African-centered perspective. For more information about the conference and to register, visit www. wi


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By William Reed After the costliest – and arguably the nastiest – campaign in history, the government remains “status quo” and “divided.” President Obama claimed 60,034,159 of the popular vote or 50.3 percent, to Romney’s 57,357,522 votes or 48.1 percent. White voters made up 72 percent of the electorate; non-whites made up 28 percent – Blacks made up 13 percent of voters and Hispanics 10 percent – both groups largely backed Obama, Blacks 93 percent and Hispanics 71 percent. Obama gained strong support from his key constituents: his Black vote was 93 percent; 74 percent of the Asians; 71 percent of Latinos; 54 percent of women and 59 percent of voters ages 18-29. Romney was viewed as “a White supremacist” and only received 7 percent of Blacks’ votes; 30 percent of Latinos’; 44 percent of female voters and 37 percent of voters ages 18-39. Though Blacks falsely alleged in polls that they were “doing better” than four years ago, “the economy” was the first issue on America’s other voters’ minds.  Those who felt the economy “is improving” [four out of 10 voters] tended to vote for President Obama, while those who felt the economy “is worsening” [three out of 10 voters] tended to vote for Gov. Romney.  Thirty-nine percent of voters said the economy is getting better, 31 percent said the economy is getting worse, and 28 percent said the economy is about the same. Though African Americans have suffered under Obama’s tenure, these voters handed him 93 percent of their votes to “keep on keeping on.”  There’s little question that Blacks voted along color lines, not based on competence, nor for a job to be done. Blacks stayed with Obama in the case of “gay marriage” and even though the economy has not been good

for most – in October – the Black unemployment rate increased to 14.3 percent, compared to a Hispanic unemployment rate of 10 percent and 7 percent for Whites. It was Hispanics who catapulted Obama to victory. Obama won 75 percent of Latinos’ votes nationwide.  Latinos felt they aligned with Obama on many issues, including jobs and the economy.  Polls showed that Hispanic voters focused on the economy; Blacks just wanted Obama “to be respected.”  While Blacks have given their votes and devotion to Obama for gratis, none will be able to ignore the reality of the Hispanic agenda. Maybe they can show Blacks how to get beyond “just grinning with pride” toward actually leveraging their political power. With Black voters’ pivotal roles in the 2012 election results, it’s time for us to display vision, new focus and broad strategies. To wit, here is a possible way: The National Business League proposes that President Obama initiate a “White House Conference on Minority Business” to address the lagging economic growth in minority communities.  Dr. Malcolm Beech says “the AfricanAmerican community suffers due to the lack of opportunities and growth among Black-owned businesses. These businesses could be the source of jobs and wealthbuilding in Black communities. If the president would focus attention on this issue, urban poverty would be eliminated.” During his second term, it’s time Blacks, along with our “Brown Brothers,” move up a few rungs on Obama’s “Priority List.” There should be no shame demanding that Obama 2: focus White House attention on building minority businesses across America’s urban centers; appoint a “urban counselor” to take the lead in building economic development centers in inner-city areas that have high minority populations; attend to Black youth employment in high crime urban areas; and attend to the War on Drugs’ sentencing disparities. wi (William Reed is President of the Business Exchange Network and available for projects via the BaileyGroup. org)


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Grants Available for Community Improvement Projects By Gale Horton Gay WI Staff Writer Making a neighborhood look better is an important way to uplift the community, and Prince George’s County officials are putting money behind this belief. The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County is offering $250,000 in Community Impact Grants to community organizations with projects that will make a visual improvement to local neighborhoods. “We are really looking for tangible, tactile, visible improvement,” said Howard Ways, executive director of the authority. He said the projects can range from beautification activities such as sod improvements to installation of banners and signage. “In many instances, a small infusion of capital dollars can take a community project from the planning phase to implementation,” said Ways. Grants must be used for capital purposes such as the purchase of equipment and materials and cannot be used for operations, salaries or personnel. Proposed projects must fall into one of two categories: Neighborhood Beautification or Environment or Natural Resources and Sustainability. Grants can only be used for capital expenses related to the implementation of a community-based project. “I think everyone gets excited when they see physical improvements to their community. It’s one way of getting people to believe in what you are doing,” said Ways, who added that it builds community support and can also

help to strengthen the organization doing the work. “We really hope this is a program that communities will be excited to apply for. I hope we have several quality applications to choose from.” Organizations eligible to apply for the grants must be 501c3 charities located in the county, and the projects also must take place in the county. Ways said that a similar grant program existed years ago. “We felt it was a good opportunity to bring this type of activity back into the fold,” he said. Individual grants will be awarded in amounts not exceeding $50,000. Successful applicants will have up to one year from the date of the grant agreement to complete the project and to spend the grant funds. The grants also require a match from non-Prince George’s County government sources, which can include in-kind and cash contributions. Officials hope to have the funds spent by June 2013, the end of the fiscal year. wi Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the grant funds have been exhausted. For more information, contact Tanya Diggs at 301-8835300 or or visit the Redevelopment Authority website at and search for the Redevelopment Authority under the “Select an Agency” pull-down menu.

I have often read or researched financial information on budgeting and finances and found myself saying “this doesn’t apply to me – I don’t make or have that kind of money so how can I create that budget or save that amount of money?” You would think everything including financial advice would not be so biased towards one income bracket – the one most people don’t fit in! Fortunately, I was able to find some great money tips for every income level ( With the holidays and another new year approaching, now is a good time to think about improving our finances. The tips below are broken into five income brackets. As you go through each, be mindful you may use the information from the previous bracket as well as the one you fall in. Income below $20,000 1) Save $500 – we often hear everyone should have three to six months saved to cover expenses in case of job loss or emergency. That can be challenging here. Starting with about $500 for minor emergencies could help avoid a visit to a pawn broker or family member for a loan. 2) Utilize the earned income tax credit and savers credit for low-to-moderate income workers. The earned income tax credit applies to your earned income from a job or a business and the savers credit is a tax credit for those contributions to your retirement account. 3) Avoid payday lenders which charge excessive fees. Income between $20,000 - $40,000: 1) Limit expenses. Maintain “must-have” expenses - shelter, transportation, food, insurance and minimum loan payments to 50% of your after tax income and budget the rest towards your goals. 2) Save for retirement. Participate in your employer’s retirement plans. 3) Open savings accounts for specific goals such as holidays, birthday gifts, car repairs, vacations, starting a business. Income - $40,000 - $60,000 1) Eliminate credit card debt. Limit the use of credit cards and pay them off in full every month to avoid paying interest. 2) Begin your retirement savings. Get your company’s full 401k match and boost your contributions by 1% a year. 3) Increase your emergency fund. After paying off your credit card debt and establishing your retirement funds, add the money you used to pay your credit card debt to your emergency fund. Income - $60,000 - $100,000 1) Consider opening a Roth IRA (In addition to your 401K). Contributions to Roth IRA’s are not tax deductible but retirement withdrawals will be tax-free. 2) Pay cash for the fun stuff. Instead of borrowing money for items that decline in value such as vacations and new cars, consider paying cash. Income above $100,000 1) Hire a professional tax representative. Find someone who can not only file your tax returns but show you how to reduce your taxes especially if you own a business or have a lot of investment income outside of your retirement accounts. 2) Talk to a financial planner. Invest in a reputable financial planner or investment advisor who is compensated only by the fees you pay rather than by commissions on the financial investments sold. He or she should be able to make sure you are on the right track for retirement and other financial goals. Bonus Tips for every income level Grocery shopping; Set a weekly budget – and stick to it. Go to the grocery store with only the amount of cash you intend to spend (no credit or debit cards). Prices vary widely among different types of grocery stores. Take advantage of bargain stores such as Save-A-Lot and stores which include grocery sections such as Target and Wal-Mart. Entertainment; Local libraries and parks, recreation centers offer lots of free fun for the whole family including books, DVD’s, plays and concerts. Eating out; A lot of restaurants have free meals for kids ( and establishments that offer birthday freebies for adults. Remember, what may make sense for my household may not make sense for yours. The key is to be smart when spending your money.

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By Paul Kleyman Special to the Informer from New America Media Since last week’s win by President Barack Obama, the issues of aging and retirement have loomed just beneath the headlines. Women, youth and a record Latino vote were credited with the president’s victory in key swing states. But it’s Americans over the age of 50, especially those from immigrant and minority communities, who could have the most to gain -- and lose. That’s because as the budget crisis looms, these seniors could be the first and hardest hit. Two days after the election,

the top story on the New York Times read, “Back to Work: Obama Greeted by Looming Fiscal Crisis.” The so-called “fiscal cliff ”— more accurately a slower fiscal slope--that the White House and Congress are now racing toward is the combination of acrossthe-board federal budget cuts and tax increases—over $600 billion worth—that will kick in on Jan. 2. The meat-axe of automatic government cuts (officially called sequestration) that will swing—unless the President and Congress can hone a more surgical approach to needed budget cuts and tax increases -- would whack at everything from military spending to meals on wheels for homebound seniors. (The automatic cuts, though, would not touch Social Security or most of Medicare.) Seniors’ Advocates Worry About “Grand Bargain” Advocates for elders, though, worry that political agendas in Washington will cut a fiscal “Grand Bargain” that might trade off modest revenue increases with cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits that vulnerable Americans need to get by in hard times. Immediately following the election, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, signaled that any deal generating new government revenue –- not, mind you, “new taxes” but maybe some closed tax loopholes –- must include reforms to entitlement

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programs. Despite Obama’s win and Democratic gains in the Senate, Boehner is overseeing a House that remains under Republican control, with a strong Tea Party-supported contingent. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., stated the day after the election, “We are not going to mess with Social Security,” in cutting a bipartisan deficit-reduction deal. Other prominent Democrats, though, reiterated recommendations to place everything on the negotiating table, including entitlements. Larry Polivka, executive director of the Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University, stressed, “Despite the immediate feel-good results of the election, Democrats could hand over the huge advantage they have on Social Security and Medicare, if they agree to cost reductions as part of a Grand Bargain. For Democrats, those programs are the family jewels.” Near-Retirees Will Need Programs Observers say those most at risk of losing retirement benefits are not seniors who have already retired, but near-retirees -- those over the age of 50 who will need these programs once they retire. “Many minorities—especially those over 50 who are near retirement--are realizing they will be more dependent on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,” said Florida State University’s Polivka, a former director of the

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CLIFF continued from Page 18 Florida Agency for Aging and Disabled Services. “Minority pre-retirees are in worse shape than ever,” Polivka said, hit hard by the mortgage and foreclosure crisis; falling interest rates; the increasing Social Security full-retirement age; and, for the relative few with 401(k) or similar pensions, their financial losses from the recession. The question now is whether Democrats will protect these

programs, or put them on the chopping block in an attempt to reach a compromise with Republicans. In the long term, Polivka said, there are several factors pointing in the Democrats’ favor. Polivka said not only do Democrats have a significant diversity edge over Republicans, but “Democrats can reach out to working whites, who are worried to death about their retirement. They could get to parity with the GOP with those voters by 2016, even with working white

males who don’t have a college education. Along with women and minorities, they could lock in the party’s majority status for the long term.” But in the short term, Democrats may be forced to compromise. Even a seemingly modest compromise on Social Security, such as changing the formula for calculating the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA), would have a troubling impact on seniors struggling to make ends meet. “For minorities, the change

in the COLA would mean major reductions in Social Security over time for the vast majority of them,” said Polivka, who has been a consultant to federal and state agencies. An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office has shown that under the proposed change, by age 75, the average Social Security recipient, who now receives a modest $14,000 pension per year, would lose the equivalent of $560. By age 85, when elders need the income the most, they would receive almost $1,000 less. Polivka noted a new analysis of retirement savings by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The study found that from 2007 to 2010, the percentage of those at risk of having a financially insecure retirement jumped significantly. “As of 2010,” says the Boston College study, “more than half of today’s households will not have enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living.” wi

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Students who attend Savoy Elementary School in Southeast brought smiles to the faces of music enthusiasts and passersby alike, on Thursday, Nov. 8 with their rendition of Michael Jackson’s masterpiece music video, “Thriller.” The album debuted on Nov. 30, 1982. The music video was released on Dec. 2, 1983. /Photo by Roy Lewis




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Savoy Elementary Students Put the Thrill in ‘Thriller’ By Dorothy Rowley WI Staff Writer Move over, all of you highstepping, flashy and rap-influenced dancers. When it comes to cutting a smooth groove, a group of students from Savoy Elementary School in Southeast can probably teach a lesson or two. Although the 105 students who participated are too young to have related to the musical genius of the late Michael Jackson, they were recently the talk of the town, after rendering a live jam performance of the King of Pop’s masterpiece “Thriller” that took the nation by storm 30 years ago. “I think it means a lot to give them another [scope on learning in relation] to what’s out here in the world,” said project coordinator Carol Foster of the students – who along with their peers at the Anacostia community school – had traditionally been on the lower-achievement end of academics. “This was a wonderful chance for our students to do something special, and they seemed to understand that the same effort they put into the arts would have to be the same for their academics,” Foster said. “But the performance also gave them a chance to use their creativity and see the world in a different way.” During the students’ twoThe Washington Informer

minute flash mob performance Thursday, Nov. 8 on an open stage outside of the National Portrait Gallery in downtown D.C., they effortlessly put the “Thrill in Thriller,” bringing the 1983 video to life with ghoulish makeup and tattered clothing, while dancing in unison. As curious passersby and other members of their enthralled audience cheered them on, the students were being directed from atop an SUV by art teacher Anthony Jones. The performance was organized in accordance with a humanities program at Savoy called the “Turnaround Arts Initiative.” It ties in with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Savoy’s participation puts it on track for becoming a model of local education reform, as well as ensuring access to vital learning tools and resources that include art supplies and musical instruments. Much to the chagrin of parents and community leaders in support of principal Patrick Pope’s efforts at Hardy Middle School in Northwest, he was reassigned three years ago – in the wake of former D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s staff reduction and shake-up – to a Central Office post. While critics reasoned the removal was based on Pope’s reluctance to reach out more aggressively to affluent Georgetown

and Palisades neighborhood families, in early 2011 he was appointed by current Chancellor Kaya Henderson to lead Savoy. Since that time, Pope has received high marks – particularly in light of significant improvements made in the school’s student attendance and test scores. To that end, Savoy’s participation in Turnaround – which will be extended through the next school year – makes it a standout among District public schools, being just one of eight in the nation selected to benefit from the initiative. “I was very proud and excited for the children and pleased that they had the opportunity for a public performance that brought a lot of good responses,” Pope, who is in his 50s, said. “This is the beginning of our second year and we chose the arts as the vehicle for turning the school around and engaging the students to keep them more focused by giving them some positive outlet.” Teachers agree the program not only helps students learn about music theory and its impact on song and dance, but that it also helps them learn the importance of perseverance and being focused. “When you practice, practice makes [perfect],” said Savoy student Jahsiere Ellis. wi



Brown Escapes Harsh Sentence

We believe the sentence former Council Chairman Kwame Brown received for bank fraud on Tuesday, Nov. 12 was lenient and fair. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon sentenced Brown to 480 hours of community service at 20 hours per month, six months of house arrest, and one day of detention. It’s an unfortunate situation the young politician got himself into, and although he pleaded guilty and resigned from the D.C. Council, we agree that a stronger sentence would do no good. In June, Brown, 42, admitted that he provided false information on two bank loan applications in 2005 while he was an at-large member on the D.C. Council – one, a home equity loan worth $184,000, and a second loan for $55,335 to buy a boat. He used false employment records, inflated his salary and forged the signature of a friend on loan documents, offenses that could have result in a maximum sentence of 30 years, although he was only facing up to six months of prison time. In addition to the guilty plea, Brown also resigned from his chairman’s position after serving less than 18 months following his election to fill the seat left vacant by Vincent Gray who was elected mayor the same year. Brown apologized to his colleagues on the council, along with D.C. voters, and his family. In his letter of resignation, Brown wrote: “I have behaved in ways that I should not have. I was wrong, and I will face the consequences of that conduct.” We are not aware of what law officials were snooping for that led them to search Brown’s personal finances dating back six years prior, especially knowing that he paid off both loans. However, Brown insists that he has never stolen nor improperly used any public money, nor used his office or position for personal or political gain. So, the good news is that there will not be an extended absence due to incarceration of another father of two young children in a household who will need his care and guidance regardless of his misguided actions. That, alone, is the sad consequence of the poor decisions that lead to the incarceration of a disproportionate number of African-American men who fill the nation’s prisons instead of their children’s homes. And, the judge sentenced Brown to what comes naturally for him – community service – and what he works extremely hard at perfecting. The sad news, however, is that District residents approved three charter amendments in the Nov. 6 general election, of which one “would make anyone who is convicted of a felony while holding the office of council member ineligible to remain in office and ineligible to ever hold the office again.” Thus, Kwame Brown’s career as a D.C. politician may be over forever but then that depends on the timeline, interpretation of the measure and Brown’s determination to fight for his right to serve.

Send Truants to School

Truancy is a huge problem in the District. Truancy rates remain high and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is addressing the problem head on. As a matter of fact, at a D.C. Council hearing on Thursday, November 8, Henderson asked the council to keep holding the school system’s feet to the fire on the issue of truancy in order to keep the issue on the top of the system’s list of priorities. Tracking student attendance, holding parents accountable, picking up truant students and regulations that allow children to be removed from their homes for educational neglect are ways in which several District agencies are engaged in reducing truancy, including the Metropolitan Police Department [MPD], Child and Family Services Administration [CFSA], along with the District’s school system. These measures rank among the most effective thus far and have resulted in a slight dip in the number of days D.C. students are truant. But the numbers are still not low enough and they don’t indicate that a resolution to the problem is coming quickly enough, especially at Ballou and Anacostia Senior High Schools in Southeast, Spingarn in Northeast and Roosevelt in Northwest where absenteeism is the highest. Reports also show that high truancy rates mirror the low graduation rates at each of these schools. Furthermore, Henderson points out that repeated unexcused absences in elementary school often leads to a high truancy rate in high school. Henderson described this as a “crisis” and acknowledged that students who are truant often roam neighborhoods without being questioned by law enforcement, or end up engaged in criminal activity. What kind of message are we, as a community, giving when we allow children to skip school right before our eyes? We applaud the D.C. Council, along with Chancellor Henderson and others for every effort being made to keep students in school. But, we also recognize that there are students, who have challenges that impact their ability to complete a traditional school day schedule, and thus the District of Columbia Public Schools has established alternative programs to help older or adult students receive their GED or high school diploma. To achieve the desired results of improved student attendance and increased graduation rates will take a collaborative effort by every segment of the community.

A Salute to President Barack Obama

I want to be one of the first to congratulate President Barack Obama for his overwhelming victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. At first, I was a little nervous seeing all of those states turning red at the beginning of election night, but then the states started turning blue and oh boy, what a night! It was just magical. For those who worked so hard to get the president re-elected, the night must have been wonderful. I pray for the safety of the president and his family. There are those who don’t feel that the democratic process has worked, because it didn’t work the way they wanted. President Obama is the president for all the people as the vote shows, overwhelmingly electoral and beating Romney in the popular vote. The president has worked very hard to bring America back from near collapse, and he will continue to do what is right for this country. President Obama is a great

American, and I know he will leave a lasting legacy for all Americans to look upon with a sense of pride and admiration. My prayers are with you, Mr. President, and may God bless you always. Wilma B. Grant Washington, D.C.

President Obama Wins Four More Years!

If anyone ever doubted that Barack Hussein Obama was pre-ordained to be president of the United States for four more years, one has only to look at the outcome of last Tuesday’s election results. The people have spoken. Even though the popular vote was nearly the same for both candidates, Mr. Obama rose triumphantly to the top of the electoral vote. Nevertheless, the people have spoken. This country, with its heads-in-the clouds millionaires

and its corporate greed and dishonesty, needs a president whose feet are on the ground, and one who can relate to the common man. Citizens who are struggling to survive in this country see hope in this man whose brown skin and family values mirror their own. Obviously, his destined achievements could not be completed in one term, and might not be completed in two, but at least we have given him a chance to continue to push for what is right. That’s what the people want, and the people have spoken. Rodney Austin Washington, D.C.

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By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

Black Voters Would Not Be Denied Most of the misinformed pundits who were unaware of the readiness and enthusiasm of millions of Black Americans to go to the voting polls on November 6, are not acting as if they are shocked by another record voter turnout of the Black American community. We are not surprised at all by the historic contributions of Black American voters to help determine the victory for the re-election of

President Barack Obama. Many of them spent the weeks leading up to the election lamenting and criticizing the suppressed economic state and high unemployment rate for African Americans. Yes, it is true that poverty, unemployment, housing foreclosures, youth violence, and exceedingly high rates of incarceration are all serious problems that must be addressed resolutely, especially by Black America. But what happened on Election Day should not be undervalued or understated.

In the face of unprecedented systematic attempts to suppress and to prevent a large voter turnout in our communities, Black Americans and millions of others stood up, face downed, and moved “forward” to vote in high numbers in long lines for many hours. Some people in Florida and Ohio had to stand in line for more than eight hours to enjoy their right to vote. In fact, as I stood in line in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as an early voter, I witnessed firsthand the sheer determination of thousands to stay in

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the long lines for hours without ever thinking about getting out of the line or leaving without voting. The Republican-led efforts to suppress the vote backfired and made millions of Black Americans and other voters more determined than ever before to cast their votes in this most important election. The enthusiasm in the Black community was very high and the resilience of people at numerous voting precincts was irrepressible. The old repressive and divisive

tricks of the past did not work this time. We were conscious, aware and ready for the struggle at every voting booth. This was also the case in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and in California. Even after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, African Americans turnout in massive crowds at voting places in New York, Connecticut and in New Jersey.

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By Julianne Malveaux

A Post-Election Mobilization Agenda After we savor the feeling of sweet success that comes from President Barack Obama’s election, there is work to do. Most of us got the outcome that we both worked and hoped for, but we have to resist the temptation to exhale and get on with our work. Before the president takes the oath of office for a second time, African Americans should mobilize around these issues: SEQUESTRATION. Un-

less the Democrats and Republicans can cut a deal during the lame-duck session of Congress, our budget will be cut automatically. While House Speaker John Boehner has softened his tone just a bit and indicated his willingness to compromise, he still has to herd his Tea Party colleagues into also agreeing on ways to avoid sequestration. The notion of cutting expenditures at a time of slow economic growth makes no sense. Neither does sequestration, a desperate move

to avoid a compromise. What do we need to address the deficit? A long-term plan that takes economic cycles into account. POVERTY. Tavis Smiley and Cornel West spent much of this fall on a poverty tour, rising up the 27 percent of African Americans who live in poverty. This contrasts with the Middle Class Tax Force that President Obama has asked Vice President Biden to lead. It would be great if the president would form a task force to reduce or eradicate

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poverty, and he might do so if he were urged to. Meanwhile, as the holidays approach, keep the poor in your community in mind, and find a local charity to sponsor. STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS. Presidential elections seem to suck all of the air out of the political landscape, and rightly so. We elect a president only every four years, and his (maybe one day her) focus have long-term implications. But so do city council, school board and

mayoral elections. Many are held in off years so that local candidates don’t get swallowed in the national hype. It’s a great time to get involved in these elections or even consider running yourself. Voting is literally the least you can do, not the most you can do. Failing to engage in full civic participation cedes your choices to others who are engaged. THE HOUSING CRISIS. Despite action at the national

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By Raynard Jackson

Even in Defeat, Republicans Still Don’t Get It With the elections now over, I am stunned with the postmortem coming from the Republican Party and the lack of substantive analysis from its operatives. Those who follow my writings know that I have written extensively about the shifting demographics of our country and the need for Republicans to adequately address this issue. For this, I have been constantly criticized by fellow Republicans,

not for the substance of what I wrote, but for sharing my views with the public. Romney was by far the biggest loser of this election cycle. How is it possible in the 21st century to run a national campaign with no Blacks or Hispanics of consequence on staff ? Well, Romney managed to do it. And you wonder why Blacks voted against Romney to the tune of 93 percent and Hispanics 70 percent? These groups were often not voting for Obama, but against Romney. The sad and unforgiv-

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able part was Romney and his teams were not even cognizant that they had no people of color on staff. Republicans are so used to hiring all of their friends and children of their friends, that they have truly become colorblind or just blind to people of color. Let me be clear: When I say on staff, I mean people with hiring authority, budgetary control, or the ability to get a meeting with the boss put on the calendar. But, it’s not just Romney. The RNC, under Reince Priebus, has The Washington Informer

no Blacks or Hispanics in powerful staff positions; the House Campaign Committee, under Congressman Pete Sessions? Ditto. The Senatorial Committee, under Sen. John Cornyn? Ditto. So, this issue of lack of diversity is a structural thing that permeates every level of the Republican Party. The second biggest loser was Black Republicans. The harshest criticism of me has come from Black Republicans who are looking to be validated by Whites in the Republican Party (most

of them are in Texas, Florida and the D.C. area). Whites in the party know they can count on them to validate the most extreme behavior and rhetoric coming out of their mouths. I believe I am the only Black Republican with a national media platform who called for Romney to remove John Sununu as national co-chair of his campaign because of the racist language about President Obama. I am the only one who harshly

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By Marian Wright Edelman

Budget Cuts Should Protect the Safety Net Americans committed to keep moving forward turned out in record numbers to vote in the battleground states. But we won’t be able to go forward until Congress sits down and makes the hard decisions to create a just budget that invests in children, our poorest group of Americans, and creates jobs for their struggling parents while making sure those who have benefited from huge tax cuts pull their weight. Exit polls have made clear that

the majority of Americans— Democrats, Independents, and many Republicans alike—agree that the richest Americans and corporations need to pay their fair share. For all those who voted, our work and duty is not done. We need to make sure to tell the president and Congress to “be very careful what you cut” and make our voices heard now and for as long as necessary. Children, the poor and the middle class cannot afford more devastating cuts and instability as they

continue to struggle against hunger, homelessness, joblessness, and loss of summer school and regular school days as a result of this long economic downturn. To move forward, America’s security and prosperity depend on our children’s ability to drive the economy of the future. If a majority of them cannot read and compute at grade level in fourth, eighth and 12th grade, we will not have a strong economy. The leaders now facing crucial budget decisions must craft budget solutions that will protect

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the already porous safety nets on which so many children and families rely, and invest in the health, early childhood development and education of our children. To achieve long term growth for America, any solution must: (1) protect investments serving children and low income families; (2) invest in children which will create desperately needed jobs; and (3) ensure that the wealthiest Americans and corporations pay their fair share. Cutting children in the budget now will cost us all more later.

For example: Eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit now would increase child poverty 23 percent in the future. Since poor children are more likely to drop out of high school, they are less likely to find steady work as adults. Paying for each year of high school dropouts cost us more than $125 billion over the course of their lifetimes. Rather than imposing strict austerity measures without regard for the human conse-

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By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil

To Shop Digitally or Not Last year, when my favorite bookstore closed its doors forever, I actually sat in the car and shed a tear. Not as many tears when the record store closed. And I haven’t even stepped foot into a brick and mortar travel agency in more than 10 years. But, has anyone noticed that these once stable sources for browsing, longing and dreaming have gone by the wayside?

What? You didn’t dream of saving 15 paychecks to take that trip to Tahiti when you were in a bookstore or travel agency? Or didn’t enjoy browsing through genres of music you’d never heard of before when you were in a record store, just because the choices were there and you could? These bastions of enterprise are now but all obsolete. Thanks in large part to e-commerce. How do you feel about that? According to Nielsen, online shopping for consumer pack-

aged goods (CPG) – grocery related products, such as food, or staples like diapers, cotton balls and coffee, and health and beauty products – is the fastestgrowing e-commerce option, and expected to grow 25 percent annually through 2015. Now that’s fast, especially considering digital shopping accounted for just 2 percent of total CPG sales in 2011, with less than 4 percent of Americans buying CPG products online in any given month. But, not to worry, while CPG e-commerce is growing


fast, according to the findings of Nielsen’s newest in-depth analysis, Digital Shopping, What You Need to Consider, “clicks will not be replacing bricks” anytime soon, making it more of an evolution than a revolution. Personally, other than buying books, I love shopping online because it requires minimal time and effort; and can be done in the comfort of my own home, car (while waiting for my son’s basketball practice to end) or wherever I might be. How about you? Do you prefer virtual shop-

ping or brick-and-mortar? Both options fulfill these requisites in their own way and offer benefits and drawbacks. Nielsen’s Digital Shopping report confirms that CPG e-commerce benefits include: Avoiding crowded stores/ checkout, Easy price comparisons, Access to deals and coupons, Broader product range, Access to more retailers, Features like automatic replenishment, Ease of research, and

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By Askia Muhammad

Why Not Just Go Over the Fiscal Cliff? As the December 31 deadline draws nearer and with President Barack Obama firmly in the driver’s seat for another four years, it seems that even Republican lawmakers are predicting they will forge a deal with administration on the year end “fiscal cliff.” That is merely an illusion, a feint, a tactical sleight of hand to once again deceive a gullible public into thinking the GOP is

interested in good governance; in the advancement of the entire country, and not just benefiting their party. At the same time, a top aide to the president has signaled apparent White House willingness to compromise over raising tax rates on the rich. That’s exactly what I’m worried about. This president has a history of making concessions, even before demands are made of him, and any concession, any concession at all on the so-called fiscal cliff, without an agreement from the

Tea Party-Republicans to simultaneously approve an increase in the debt ceiling will spell lasting defeat, sooner than later for the president. Despite conservative howls and complaints, President Obama won an absolute landslide on Nov. 6. He won 322 electoral votes, 126 more than his GOP opponent; he won 3 million more popular votes; and he won a majority in 27 of the 50 states. That was not a narrow or slim victory. That was a landslide.

That victory may not necessarily constitute a mandate for everything President Obama wants politically, but even if he hadn’t won re-election, he would be in control as far as the negotiations about resolving the fiscal cliff are concerned, because the legislation already agreed to and passed by Congress is set to go into effect at the end of this year, before the next term is set to begin and before the new Congress is sworn into office. Then, within weeks, if nothing is done before then, the new

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Congress will have to approve an extension of the debt ceiling – the country’s authority to borrow money on the “good faith and credit of the United States.” If Congress fails to raise the limit, the U.S. will default on its obligations and economic chaos, even worse than the effects of the fiscal cliff will ensue. Economist Paul Krugman, professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and

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Karen Johnson, executive director of the United Healthcare Community Plan, is committed to helping area residents become healthier. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Karen Johnson: Health Care with a Personal Touch By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer It’s not every day that a pediatric nurse climbs the career ladder to become the highest ranking woman in health care in the District of Columbia, but Karen Johnson now has that distinction. Johnson, executive director of the United Healthcare Community Plan has, since early this year been guiding the fortunes of the company. She and her family moved from the Midwest. “Settling in has been relatively easy. The people in D.C. are warm and nurturing,” said Johnson, a Detroit native who came from Cleveland, Ohio. “People reached out and introduced themselves. I was surprised.” Johnson said she was also surprised by some of the challenges she’s seen, such as the lack of integration, and promises she’ll work hard to contribute to a shift in a more positive direction. “It is very silo-ed between primary care, hospitals and other institutions. What’s more striking is that there doesn’t seem to be cohesion of stakeholders,” said Johnson. “I work with all the hospitals in town and I’d like to see us work together more. It seems to be more short-term strategies and everyman for himself.”

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Johnson said she and her staff have some formidable obstacles as they seek to improve the health and well-being of residents, primarily those living east of the Anacostia River. “There are huge health care disparities in this town,” she said during an interview in United Healthcare’s Northwest offices, citing high unemployment, infant mortality, readmission rates and chronic illnesses. “United’s goal is to help people live healthier lives and because we work with the most health-challenged individuals, “we see it close up.” “We’re out in the community at events, doctors’ offices, elsewhere, things insurance companies don’t usually do,” she said. “There’s a tremendous opportunity to make a difference.” Johnson said United Healthcare recently received a $15 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] that will allow the company to help the most vulnerable city residents. She said her staff has identified homelessness, behavioral health and medical problems as among the most pressing problems to be addressed. From what she’s seen, Johnson said, elected officials have the political will to effect mean-

ingful change. “There’s a real, sincere interest in trying to improve the health care of residents in their wards. However, this is not coordinated across wards,” she said. Johnson said United Healthcare has a new product it rolled out earlier this year that is of tremendous benefit to seniors. Many of the elderly often have to make choices about which medical needs they’ll take care of month-to-month, she said. So they may ask their doctors for generic drugs, delay medical appointments or split pills. The United Healthcare Dual Complete is a special plan that provides seniors with viable health care options offering peace of mind without breaking the bank, she said. “This is a great product for seniors in the District,” she said. “We like to think of our plan as the bridge between living longer and living well. There are roughly 19,000 people who would fall into this category. I’m really excited that we can offer this to residents.” The plan offers qualified seniors a network of doctors and specialists, hearing and vision services, free transportation to medical appointments and medical supplies shipped directly to

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JOHNSON continued from Page 24 their homes. On the national stage, Johnson said she appreciates the Obama health plan because of its ability to help people achieve greater health outcomes. “I don’t care about the politics,” she said. “I grew up in Detroit, in nursing and public health. I saw the same types of people – the vulnerable, women, babies and seniors.” Johnson’s diverse background makes her eminently suited for her current job. She earned an undergraduate and graduate degree from her father’s alma mater, the University of Michigan, holds a law degree and has more than 25 years experience in nursing, management and sales. “I bring a very holistic background to health care,” she said with a laugh. “I learned how to think analytically. I like data and I like to ask a lot of questions. I don’t like to waste money. Maybe it’s because I had grandparents who lived through the Great Depression.” One of her major influences, Johnson said, is her paternal grandmother. “She was one heck of a lady. She came from the South,” Johnson recalled. “She was in the middle of 11 girls, born of an interracial couple. [On the trip North], her dad drove and her mother was covered up because he could not be seen with a black woman.” Johnson described her grandmother as a woman who was very intelligent and wanted to go to college but because of her circumstances, she couldn’t. However, she instilled that desire and intellectual curiosity in Johnson.

“She was the one who told me I could do and be anything,” said Johnson with a broad smile. “She was a strong lady, very opinionated. I spent a lot of time with her because she lived around the block.” Johnson said she accompanied her grandmother to clean white folks’ homes, “and that’s where I learned the value of money. I worked with her and she paid me.” As an undergrad, Johnson said, she had a rough time as one of a handful of black students in a dorm of about 700 white students. She said she wanted to leave, but her father, Charles Walker, said he would only allow her to transfer if she was failing academically. “So I made it my mission to graduate at the top of my class,” said Johnson. “I faced the same things in law school. Interestingly, in the work world, it didn’t matter what I looked like. Professionally, it hasn’t been a barrier. My best mentors were white and men.” Johnson said the company has invested in her development and allowed her to take classes at the Wharton School of Business. When she’s not logging long hours on the job, Johnson – wife and mother of a blended family of five – said she does what she loves: traveling and reading. “Paris is my favorite city because it’s so cosmopolitan. There are all kinds of people and I love the museums,” she said. “You can stop and have a bottle of wine at a café. I could see myself retiring there.” Johnson said she also has a special love for Jamaica as evidenced by her having visited the island nation 11 times. wi


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ARIES You’ll have lots of contact with folks you wanted to hear from this week. Your telephone is your best tool, and you’ll enjoy talking and listening to many supportive and loving friends. A letter may arrive with an invitation. Soul Affirmation: I smile and trust in the powers beyond myself. Lucky Numbers: 6, 10, 14 TAURUS You are too kind this week and it’s a wonderful thing. By doing things for others without thought of a reward, you’re racking up beneficial vibrations for your future! Take personal pleasure in what you do for others this week. Soul Affirmation: Moving slowly is often the fastest way to get there. Lucky Numbers: 7, 49, 55 GEMINI Change your routine this week. Even a minor change in the way you approach your week will enable you to feel happier and more adventurous. Try something new, and you’ll be happy with the outcome. Soul Affirmation: I know that my life is full of good things. I enjoy! Lucky Numbers: 18, 28, 46 CANCER Create a map in your mind to chart a course through unfamiliar waters. You’ll be as happy as you make up your mind to be. Because you are so wise, you’ll be at peace with all outcomes. Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for who I am this week. Lucky Numbers: 11, 52, 53 LEO It’s a good week to reflect on your personal network of friends and co-workers. You are surrounded by supportive vibrations, and you’ll be counting your blessings by the end of this busy week! Soul Affirmation: It’s bad only if I see it that way. Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 29


VIRGO Find a way to love the work you do this week. Use your creativity and wonderful sense of humor and you’ll be finished with chores early enough to relax. Use your energy wisely. Soul Affirmation: I let worry fly away. Lucky Numbers: 3, 12, 21

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SCORPIO This week is a week to let your diplomatic side work for you. Forcing will get you nowhere. No man or woman is an island. Focus on togetherness even if you are annoyed with people. Soul Affirmation: Charm is my middle name this week. Lucky Numbers: 6,8,19 SAGITTARIUS You have wonderful ideas about interior decorating. Be ready to accept a great opportunity at work. Money doesn’t matter this week. Don’t make finances more important than they need to be. Soul Affirmation: I appear to others what I know myself to be. Lucky Numbers: 21, 29, 36 CAPRICORN Keep all your ducks in a row this week. No mixing work with fun or business with pleasure. Save your affection for the home front and stay focused on the work in front of you on the job. Things are working out perfectly. Soul Affirmation: This week I find joy in the gifts that life has already given me. Lucky Numbers: 11, 18, 54 AQUARIUS Why not take each perfect moment as it comes? You are struggling to find a solution that time can and will provide. Perform your tasks cheerfully this week and let the future take care of itself. Give yourself the opportunity to enjoy each now moment. Soul Affirmation: Worry will only create more worry. I stop all worry. Lucky Numbers: 31, 40, 51

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by Sharon G. Flake c.2012, Scholastic Press                        $17.99 / $19.99 Canada 240 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer WI Contributing Writer The boy you like is a very sharp dresser. He always looks so fine. He’s tall and he smells good, he’s got a smile that makes his eyes crinkle, and hair you want to touch. The boy you like is so sweet. Unfortunately, the boy you like isn’t yours. But that doesn’t stop some people. In the new book “Pinned” by Sharon G. Flake, girl plus boy is a match, in more ways than one. Not one of 14-year-old Autumn’s friends liked Adonis. Peaches, her bestie, thought he was stuck-up. She said Autumn could do better, and that Autumn barely knew Adonis. Peaches wanted Autumn to focus on school and their togetherdream of opening a restaurantbakery. She didn’t want Autumn to think of Adonis at all.

And maybe Peaches was right about that, but Autumn had her eye on the boy. He might be in a wheelchair, but he was nice and he was smart. Adonis was the wrestling team manager and Autumn was the only girl on the team, so they were together just about every day during practice. She made sure they were together at other times, too. She might not know Adonis very well … but that could change. Adonis thought that girl was a pain. If Autumn wasn’t one of the team’s best wrestlers, he’d talk to Coach about her. Adonis himself had told her to leave him alone several times, but she just didn’t get it. As a freshman in high school, he had his future all mapped out and it did not include some grammar-challenged, rapsinging, fast-talking girl from the bad side of town.  She was always talking, blah-blah-blah. Couldn’t shut up, always asking him questions. Mama thought Autumn was sweet. She said to give Autumn a chance, but Adonis just wished that wrestling season was over. He’d be glad. Maybe that girl would finally, completely be out of his hair.

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But when Autumn’s grades kept her out of championship competition, Adonis regretted his wish. She started to hang out with him more, and she was always crying. He hated that because it made him feel helpless. It made him want to comfort her. It made him want to kiss her … Here’s a secret: I hate gushy novels. So imagine how happy I was to see that “Pinned” is a totally different kind of boy-meetsgirl story. First of all, this book definitely lacks attitude and teen-queen drama. It’s not populated with over-the-top rich divas; no, author Sharon G. Flake’s characters are just average kids. Autumn is a little street-smart. Adonis is a big jerk. She’s eager to change – first for a boy and then for herself. He starts to accept his softer side as he learns that vulnerability won’t derail his dreams. That makes this a wonderful first-love story that’s sweet and clean without hearts-and-flowers gushiness. Ahhhh. While this book is meant for 12-to-16-year-olds, anyone who loves a good story will find it to be quick and endearing. In lacking a bunch of eye-roll-inducing fluff, “Pinned” is really quite sharp. wi

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Capital One volunteer, Latasha Myers, helps children decorate pumpkins at THEARC’s Fall Harvest Party on Tuesday, October 16 in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8. This activity was part of the bank’s One Week of Service, where employees volunteer to help meet the needs of local communities where they live and work.

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The 12 Things That Make Men Rich Last week, we embarked upon a four-part series to share research conducted by author Napoleon Hill, commissioned to study the reasons why one man is successful and another one isn’t.  Hill studied hundreds of men across America, close up and in person.  He discovered a formula utilized by each and every person he interviewed. The series is designed to share principles that make men rich, with money as the 12th and least important tenet. Last week we shared the first three principles:  1 – A positive mental attitude; 2. Good health; and 3: Harmony in human relations. Allow me to elaborate just a bit on the original principles before sharing the second set.  A positive mental attitude can be controlled by you, except when there are medical reasons.  Born the daughter of two Pentecostal preachers on May 6, 1951, let me assure you that the Bible has been an integral part of my life. The research contained in this column must be combined with scripture –I’d have it no other way. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right!” Thoughts are powerful. They can impact our health, our journeys and ultimately, how the final chapters of our lives are written. Studies link a more optimistic outlook with folks who live longer and how those with more positive attitudes toward things that happen to all of us with more favorable health during the aging process. Now for the next three principles: 

The 4th principle is ‘Freedom from Fear.’  Someone who lives in fear can never accomplish anything.  In the movie “The Wizard of Oz” the cowardly lion was the opposite of what a lion is known for – courage and strength.  The lion is considered the ‘king of the jungle.’  To be a cowardly lion is just as bad as each of us who live our lives in fear. Scripture tells us that God made man a little lower than angels and a little higher than the beasts.  We have more power than we can imagine; when we tune in, live without fear, live by His Word, consider the Great Commandments: Love God first, and love your neighbor as yourself.  Finally, scripture also reminds us of how He didn’t give us a spirit of fear. When we feel fear, we must get on our knees and pray, and rebuke the spirit of fear, because it is not from God. The 5th principle we have is “Hope of future achievement.”  First, let’s see what scripture has to say about the subject of hope:  And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You. Psalm 39:7. But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure. Romans 8:26. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12. And I love the way the Rev. Jesse Jackson says it, “Keep hope alive!” The 6th principle is  “The capacity for applied faith.”   To have faith is one thing, but it is only when faith is applied –

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african methodist episcopal

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

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

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

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

Pilgrim Baptist Church

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

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

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

Church of Living Waters

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

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

“We are one in the Spirit” e-mail:

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

Crusader Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

“God is Love”

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

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

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

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

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

Mount Carmel Baptist Church

52 Years of Expert Engraving Services

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

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All Nations Baptist Church

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

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

Website: All Nations Baptist Church – A Church of Standards

“Where Jesus is the King”

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: Email:

Rehoboth Baptist Church

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

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)

King Emmanuel Baptist Church

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

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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

New Commandment Baptist Church

Rev. Terry D. Streeter Pastor

Rev. Stephen E. Tucker Pastor and Overseer

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

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

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

Sunday Worship Service - 11 am Sunday School - 9:45 am Bible Study & Prayer Wed. - 7 pm Substance Abuse Counseling 7 pm (Mon & Fri) Jobs Partnership - 7 pm (Mon & Wed) Sat. Enrichment Experience - 9:30 am

Salem Baptist Church

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

Shiloh Baptist Church

Rev. R. Vincent Palmer Pastor

Rev. Alonzo Hart Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith Pastor

621 Alabama Avenue, S.E. • Washington, D.C. 20032 P: (202) 561-1111 F: (202) 561-1112

917 N St. NW • Washington, DC 20001 (202) 232-4294

9th & P Street, N.W. • W. D.C. 20001 (202) 232-4200

The Church Where GOD Is Working.... And We Are Working With GOD

Sunrise Prayer Services - Sunday 7:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Prayer Service: 8:00 a.m. Sunday Church School: 9:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship: 10:40 a.m. Third Sunday Baptismal & Holy Communion:10:30 a.m. Tuesday Church At Study Prayer & Praise: 6:30 p.m.

Morning Worship: 8:00 a.m Church School : 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:55 a.m. Bible Study, Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting,Thursday : 7:30 p.m.

Sunday Service: 10 am Sunday School for all ages: 8:30 am 1st Sunday Baptism: 10: am 2nd Sunday Holy Communion: 10 am Tuesday: Bible Study: 6:30 pm Prayer Meeting: 7:45 pm

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Florida Avenue Baptist Church

Holy Trinity United Baptist Church

Dr. Earl D. Trent Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. George C. Gilbert SR. Pastor

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

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

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

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

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

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

Dr. C. Matthew Hudson, Jr, Pastor

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

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

Peace Baptist Church

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

First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church 602 N Street NW • Washington, D.C. 20001 Office:(202) 289-4480 Fax: (202) 289-4595 Sunday Worship Services: 7:45am & 11:00am Sunday school For All Ages 9:30am Prayer Services Wednesday 11:30am & 6:45pm Bible Institute Wednesday at Noon & 7:45pm “Changing Lives On Purpose “ Email: Website:

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

Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Kendrick E. Curry Pastor 3000 Pennsylvania Ave.. S.E Washington, DC 20020 202 581-1500 Sunday Church School: 9:30 A.M. Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday Adult Bible Study: 7:00 P.M. Wednesday Youth & Adult Activities: 6:30 P.M. Prayer Service Bible Study

Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Rev. Dr. H. B. Sampson, III Pastor 2914 Bladensburg Road, NE Wash., DC 20018 Office: (202) 529-3180 Fax: (202) 529-7738 Order of Services Worship Service: 7:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 4th Sunday 7:30 a.m. & 10:30a.m. Prayer Services: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 12 Noon For further information, please contact me at (202) 529-3180.

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

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Administration No. 2012 ADM 1036

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1025

Mamie R. Hunter Decedent

Naomi J. Watson Decedent

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1040 Willie E. Stewart, Sr. Decedent Natalie L. Johnson, Esquire The Law Offices of Natalie L. Johnson, Esquire 5228 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 Attorney



James Larry Frazier, whose address is 918 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Mamie R. Hunter, who died on October 9, 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 8, 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 8, 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.

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 8, 2012

Date of first publication: November 1, 2012

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Administration No. 2012 ADM 1064 John Baker Jr. Decedent Willie N. Hewett, Esq. 2716 17th Street NE Washington, DC 20018 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

COLUMBIA Probate Division Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2012 ADM 1058 Alex Johnson, Jr. Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Janell M. Johnson, whose address is 2000 Mississippi Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20020, was appointed personal representative of the

Gwendolyn Baker-Lassiter, whose address is 604 Girard Street NE, Washington, DC 20017, was appointed personal representative of the estate of John Baker Jr., who died on August 17, 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 May 15, 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 15, 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.

estate of Alex Johnson, Jr., who died on June

Date of first publication: November 15, 2012

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21, 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 May 15, 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 15, 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:

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Eboni Stewart, whose address is 1233 Savannah Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Willie Stewart, Sr., who died on October 28, 2009 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 May 8, 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 8, 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 8, 2012 Eboni Stewart Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY

Administration No. 2012 ADM 1066 Hugh L. Lyon Decedent Johnny M. Howard, HOWARD & HOWARD 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20036 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Yolande Lyon, whose address is 7926 Greenburg Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Hugh L. Lyon, who died on July 21, 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 May 15, 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 15, 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 15, 2012 Yolande Lyon Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY Anne Meister Register of Wills Washington Informer

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you should know that I have helped to raise more than $ 300k for Romney’s campaign and since December, have helped raise more than $ 1million for Republican candidates this cycle. In other words, I have earned the right to criticize my party. Post-election, the party leadership is talking without saying anything. Republicans are saying things like: “We need to do a better job communicating our conservative message to minorities.” What? Are you kidding me? Why has the media never asked these Republicans to define what “conservatism” is? But, this highlights the Republican’s problem when it comes to diversity. They want to come into our community and tell us what we have to believe,

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Chavis continued from Page 22 The fact that it took four additional days before all the votes could be counted in Florida’s Dade County was actually a significant testimony to the successful turnout of both Black American and Latino American voters across the county. On election night, some voters in Dade County stood in line for 10 hours until early on the morning of Wednesday. But all of this displays once again that the forces of repression, segregation, injustice and racial oppression cannot and will not ultimately prevail against the moral, spiritual and political determination of those who struggle, participate in social action and cry out for freedom, justice and equality.

Malveaux continued from Page 22 level, many banks are dragging their feet rather than offering modifications for under water mortgages. Just a fraction of those who qualify for these mortgages have been offered them by their banks. Congress probably can’t deal with this issue during a lame duck session, but it is certainly time for people to get together to reverse this trend. The problem: Too many of us are ashamed to talk about our financial status, thinking it’s a personal problem instead of a structural problem. The solution: Consider involving a state legislator or local leader in developing a workshop for those who are under water. Get bankers there to explain why so many have not been offered loan mortifications. Take the results to your

Jackson continued from Page 22 criticized Romney and Priebus for not having any Blacks or Hispanics on staff. I am the only one who criticized Romney for speaking before the NAACP without having a message or anything substantive to say. I am the only one who criticized the Party for its dearth of Blacks and Hispanics at the convention over the summer. I am the only one who called for Sarah Palin to sit down and shut up regarding her “shucking and jiving” comment about President Obama. These are just a few examples. So, to these Blacks that have their daggers constantly aimed at my back,

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Muhammad continued from Page 23 International Affairs at Princeton University asked a rhetorical question: “How far should President Obama go in accommodating the G.O.P.’s demands” concerning the fiscal cliff? “My answer is, not far at all,” Krugman wrote in The New York Times. “Mr. Obama should

hang tough, declaring himself willing, if necessary, to hold his ground even at the cost of letting his opponents inflict damage on a still shaky economy. And this is definitely no time to negotiate a ‘grand bargain’ on the budget that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.” A stalemate, Krugman argues “would hurt Republican backers, corporate donors in particular,

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robbing our children of the equal opportunity that is their birthright and sullying our nation’s purported values of fair play. Something is awry when our nation’s 400 wealthiest citizens reported as much income in 2008 as the combined tax revenue of 22 states with almost 42 million people. It is time for the richest Americans and corporations to pay their fair share. They do not need another tax cut. I urge all of our leaders to fight for justice for children and the poor with urgency and persistence and to be guided by basic principles of fairness in the negotiations ahead: Protect children and low income families from budget cuts that threaten their survival. Invest in children’s health, early childhood development, and quality education, make work pay through refundable Earned Income and Child

Tax Credits, and create jobs, jobs, jobs with decent pay to help end child poverty and enable families to better prepare children for the future. Demand that the richest Americans and corporations contribute fairly and tell Congress that poor children should not be asked to subsidize tax cuts for those who do not need them. Insist that Congress be careful – and just – about what they cut. Be careful what you cut. If our children are not ready for tomorrow, neither is America 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

Readily available human online help. If you have a headache, would you rather order your pain reliever online or run to the store for aspirin? Physical retailers offer instant gratification: No waiting for delivery, Easy to address immediate or special needs, No shipping fees or stiff return policies, No inspection barriers (we can see, feel and smell our choices), Exposure to promotions, sampling and signage, Ease of interacting with, evaluating and selecting products, and Interaction with store associates. It’s interesting to note that based on the analysis of 18 product categories, the mix of product sales in e-commerce is 60 percent non-food to 40 percent food; while the exact reverse is

true of the total CPG picture, which is 60 percent food and 40 percent non-food. The leading categories in online sales are diapers; diet aids; vitamins; skin care products and pantry staples like coffee; cereal; dog food and toilet paper; with categories such as carbonated beverages; dairy; liquor; beer; produce and frozen food having the smallest sales. Makes sense as refrigeration, perishables, weight and other factors come into play, making shipping cost-prohibitive. The opportunities for brickand-mortar retailers to reach out to consumers online are rich, barely-mined territory. Many, who might have been skeptical of e-commerce, are now making it a strategic goal. For instance, some retailers are appealing to shoppers who don’t have time to make grocery trips and aren’t crazy about long lines or crowded parking lots. In some

instances, consumers can order online or from an app on connected devices; then pick up the item(s) in-store at a convenient time. (Don’t you love it?) With our community’s projected purchasing power approaching $1.1 trillion by 2015, we are critical contributors to this growing shopping trend and marketers are responding accordingly. So, as you prepare to purchase items for your Thanksgiving dinner and other CPG items to make your holidays bright, remember you have the power – either online or inperson. Use it wisely. wi Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior vice president of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Nielsen. For more information and studies go to

every bit as much as it hurt the rest of the country. As the risk of severe economic damage grew, Republicans would face intense pressure to cut a deal after all.” In other words, the president can win, without doing anything. He does not have to give an inch. Not an inch! “So stand your ground, Mr. President, and don’t give in to threats. No deal is better than a bad deal,” says Krugman. I agree. But we all know the president is an accommodating fellow when it comes to dealing with the toughas-nails Republicans. When deal-

ing with recalcitrant Republican lawmakers, this president seems to have a gift for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. In the past, even when the administration has bent over backwards to reach a compromise, House Speaker John Boehner [R-Ohio] – fearing the hot breath of extremist Rep. Eric Cantor [RVa.] who is ostensibly his second in command breathing down his neck – Boehner has pulled out, even probably when he wanted to cut a deal with the president and be done with it all. So while all the attention now

is on the fiscal cliff where the president has all the leverage, in just a few short weeks into 2013, the debt ceiling crisis will again rear its ugly head, and unless the president brings the GOP to heel now in these negotiations, they will have him over the proverbial barrel by February. So, I say, as Krugman has said: “stand your ground, Mr. President, and don’t give in to threats. No deal is better than a bad deal.” Let’s go over the fiscal cliff if necessary, but don’t surrender your political capital to those who want to bury you in it. wi

quences, we must invest now in children to prepare them for the future and help create jobs. The Earned Income and Child Tax Credits, supplemental nutrition assistance, work supports like child care and health coverage, and income safety nets like job training are all essential if our children are to escape poverty and be prepared to shoulder America’s economy in the future. Universal high quality prekindergarten and kindergarten systems and out of school quality summer literacy and enrichment supports will keep children safe, enable parents to work, stop summer learning loss and better prepare them to succeed in school. Finally, unprecedented and growing income inequality is

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