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Black Women’s Roundtable launches its 2010 Healthy Wealthy Wise National Empowerment Tour

Posted by Admin On October - 6 - 2010 Comments Off on Black Women’s Roundtable launches its 2010 Healthy Wealthy Wise National Empowerment Tour
New Orleans, LA (BlackNews.com) — The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), an initiative of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition or NCBCP), launches its 2010 Healthy Wealthy Wise BWR National Empowerment Tour in New Orleans, LA on October 8 – 12, 2010 at historic Dillard University. The Black Women’s Roundtable Empowerment Tour will hit seven (7) states and the District of Columbia over the next 7 months. The BWR Tour will provide over 10,000 Black and underserved women and girls with tools that help them to live healthier, achieve economic security and sustainability, be empowered through educational and training opportunities, and access affordable technology to compete in a global economy.”The National Coalition has a long history in the Gulf Coast Region and has been working to support our state-based affiliates in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Katrina-Rita with recovery and rebuilding over the past 5 years,” states Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO, NCBCP & National Convener, BWR. “Now, these same communities are in crisis again due to the recent oil spill. To assist communities impacted, it was imperative that we launch our initiative in the Gulf Coast cities of New Orleans, LA, Mobile, AL, and Gulfport/Biloxi, MS.”
The NCBCP BWR Empowerment Tour will kick-off with a national press conference on Friday, Oct. 8th at Loews New Orleans Hotel at 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Invited speakers include: Melanie L. Campbell, NCBCP; Dr. Beverly Wright, Founder and Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice @ Dillard University; U. S. Senator Mary Landrieu; Lauren R. Darensbourgh, MPH, Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Minority and Underserved Populations, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
BWR Tour highlights include:
* Saturday, Oct. 9th: Unity Health Walk to End Diabetes, 8:00 am – 9 am (7 am registration no cost), at Dillard University, led by Kellie Williams who played “Laura Winslow” from the hit sitcom Family Matters and New Orleans native and internationally renowned Jazz Vocalist, Stephanie Jordan. Also, the BWR Healthy Wealthy Wise Mini-Expo, Health & Wellness Fair & Empowerment Workshops, will be hosted at Dent Hall Gym at Dillard University, 9 am – 1 pm. Special guests include: Clayola Brown, President, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Dominique Dawes, Olympic Gold Medalist & Co-Chair, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Kellie Williams, actress. [Free to Public]

* Tuesday, October 12th, at 9:00 a.m., Michele Jones, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and White House Liaison will lead a roundtable dialogue with Gulf Coast Veteran Women (veteran women only) and at 11:30 a.m. Susan L. Taylor will moderate the BWR Empowerment “Sisters Can We Talk” Intergenerational Luncheon Dialogue: Ending Violence Against Women & Girls. Panelists include: Mirtha Beadle, Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health, U. S. Department of Health & Human Services; Dr. Elsie Scott, President & CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Dr. Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, 24th National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and Robin Faison, Program Coordinator, Family Justice Center (invited). (Cost: $40.00 Purchase BWR Luncheon Tickets at www.ncbcp.org/bwrneworleans.)
African American Women of Purpose and Power will conclude the BWR Tour by hosting a Candidates Forum, Oct. 12th, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Dillard University – Professional Schools and Sciences Building. [This event is open to the public]

“The BWR Empowerment Tour is a groundbreaking initiative and is very timely.” says Dr. Beverly Wright, Founder and President, African American Women of Purpose and Power, “The New Orleans community is happy to partner with local and national organizations in order to address issues that affect Black and underserved women and girls in New Orleans and surrounding communities.”

BWR Tour National and Local Partners include: African American Women of Purpose and Power, Louisiana Unity Coalition, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Alpha Beta Omega and Omicron Lambda Omega Chapters, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Churches Supporting Churches, City of New Orleans Health Department, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Crescent City Chapter Links, Daughters of charity, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – New Orleans Alumnae Chapter, EXCELth, Incorporated, House Calls Home Health Care, House of Ruth, Lower 9th Ward Health Clinic, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Justice Institute, LSU Health Science Center, Maxima Home Health Care, Metro Disposal Services, NAFEO, National Center for Victims of Crime, National Council of Negro Women, National Medical Association, New Orleans Council on Aging, Operation Hope, Peoples Health Medicare Advantage, Voices of the Ex-Offender, The Praxis Project, Urban League of Greater New Orleans, The William Kellibrew Foundation, YMCA (Partial Listing).

The NCBCP BWR National Empowerment Tour is made possible by the generous support of the W.F. Kellogg Foundation. Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa.

BWR Gulf Coast Tour sponsors include: AT&T, Verizon Foundation and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Additional BWR Empowerment Tour cities include: Mobile, AL; Greenville & Gulfport/Biloxi, MS; Daytona Beach & Mims, FL; Atlanta, GA; Pittsburgh/Mon Valley, PA; Greensboro, NC; Detroit & Kalamazoo, MI; and a final national convening in Washington, DC.



Data Analysis dramatizes importance of female vote in the General Election

Posted by Admin On October - 6 - 2010 Comments Off on Data Analysis dramatizes importance of female vote in the General Election

Data analysis shows women voters in Illinois likely to substantially outnumber men in November’s General Election. 


Chicago, IL – VotingWomen.org,, an organization which utilizes new voter contact technologies to mobilize and empower female voters in Illinois, today highlighted voter data which dramatizes how important the female vote will be in the November 2010 General Election. 

“Data shows that Illinois’ female voters outnumbered male voters in every age group in the state’s last midterm election, ” said VotingWomen.org co-founder Karen Boehning. “In every age group the percentage of female voters increased again in Illinois during the 2008 General Election.  Given the media focus — and stark candidate contrasts – on issues like abortion, access to contraception, Family and Medical Leave, equal pay for equal work and the fight against breast cancer, female voter turnout is likely to once again significantly out pace that of men in 2010.”

Among voters aged 17-24, women made up 51.99% of the electorate in Illinois’ 2006 midterm election.  Women increased their percentage in this age range to 55.79% in the 2008 presidential election. This age group saw the largest increase in female voting percentage.

Among voters aged 25-45, women made up 53.57% of the electorate in Illinois’ 2006 midterm election.  Women increased their percentage in this age range to 55.14% in the 2008 presidential election.

Among voters aged 46-64, women made up 51.73% of the electorate in Illinois’ 2006 midterm election.  Women increased their percentage in this age range to 53.31% in the 2008 presidential election. 

Among voters 65 and older, women made up 54.54% of the electorate in Illinois’ 2006 midterm election.  Women increased their percentage in this age range to 55.93% in the 2008 presidential election.  

“This year is the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote in all public elections,” said Boehning, a longtime women’s equality advocate. “It is inspiring to see Illinois’ female voters increasing their numbers in every age range.”

During the 2008 Illinois Democratic presidential primary, won by then Senator Barack Obama, women made up an astounding 59% of all voters. This helped groundbreaking female candidates such as Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez win critical victories.

Statistics show that the Republican Party in Illinois has significant ground to make up in its efforts to attract female voters in the 2010 General Election.  Despite women making up a clear majority of likely General Election voters, the number of men far exceeded the number of women voting in the 2010 Republican primary.  

Among Republican primary voters aged 17-24, men outvoted women by 54.9% to 45.1%.  Among Republican primary voters aged 25-45, men outvoted women by 54.06% to 45.94%.  Among Republican primary voters aged 46-64, men outvoted women by 53.68% to 46.32%. Only among Republican primary voters over 65 did women out vote men – by a slim 50.36% to 49.6% margin.  

“Among Illinois Republicans, a large gender gap still exists,” said Boehning. “This demonstrates that the GOP will remain at a structural disadvantage in Illinois politics unless it attracts more women to the party.  By the same token, Democrats must make sure they demonstrate to their female base that they are concerned about issues important to women and their families.”

More information on the history, power and composition of the women’s vote is available at www.VotingWomen.org

ISBE to recognize more than 150 educators for their contributions and commitment to public education

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Those Who Excel Program will honor educators and communities for their service to Illinois students


Springfield, IL —The Illinois State Board of Education will honor more than 150 educators and community members for their outstanding service to students across the state at the 36th annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year banquet. The Oct. 16 celebration will recognize 159 exceptional teachers, administrators, student support personnel, educational service personnel, community volunteers and board members and will culminate with the announcement of the 2010-2011 Illinois Teacher of the Year.  

“These individuals are being recognized for their exceptional dedication to the students of our state,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Everyday they go above and beyond the norm to provide the best educational environment possible for their students. Their efforts are making a significant difference in the lives and learning of children across Illinois .”


Candidates are nominated by their local school districts or members of their communities. The nomination includes a brief biography of the nominee, his or her philosophy of education, professional development, community involvement and their views of the state’s most pressing educational needs. Letters of recommendation are also required. 

A committee of peers chooses the award winners. The committee represents statewide education organizations and includes former award winner. 

The categories for recognition are:

  • Classroom teacher 


  • School administrator
  • Student support personnel
  • Educational service personnel
  • School board member and/or community volunteer
  • Teams—which recognizes groups of teachers and/or administrators; citizen committees; civic organizations; parent organizations; school boards; booster clubs and others that have a significant impact on teaching and learning in a school or district.
  • Early Career Educator


All levels of award will be presented at the banquet. They are:

  • 49 recipients of the highest award level, Excellence.
  • 54 recipients of the Award of Merit.
  • 56 recipients of the Award of Recognition. 

All teachers receiving an Award of Excellence are finalists for Teacher of Year. The Teacher of the Year serves as Illinois ’ ambassador for the teaching profession and represents Illinois in the National Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers, ING, and Target.


Kevin Rutter, an Economics teacher at Carl Schurz High School in Chicago Public School District 299 is the current Illinois Teacher of the Year.

 This year’s Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year banquet will be held at the Hotel Pere Marquette, 501 Main Street , Peoria on October 16.

 A complete list of local recipients may be accessed at: http://www.isbe.net/pdf/those_who_excel10-11.pdf.

What Ever Happened To Truth? Truth Gets Lost In an Election Year Full of Dirty Tricks and Lies

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On October - 6 - 2010 Comments Off on What Ever Happened To Truth? Truth Gets Lost In an Election Year Full of Dirty Tricks and Lies

Just A Thought


By Juanita Bratcher


Having set their sights high on running for various political offices in the 2010 elections, some candidates feel that they can fast walk or skip into office on a “pack of unmitigated lies” – from lying about their credentials to lying about their opponents. That’s why voters must be exceptionally vigilant about candidates running for public offices and about their agendas.

 Many of these wishful thinking politicians are not fit for public office, and are not ready for prime time on the political stage.

Voters should not be fooled by fast talk and trickery rhetoric or mayhem. They should keep their eyes open, ears on the alert, and be mindful of those who use lies and fear tactics as a means to land into office.

For every incumbent running, there’s a track record to run on – good or bad- while political novelist, those new to running for office, perhaps the first time (there are many perennial candidates) – have some kind of background – whether community or political activists, or civic, corporate or business. Spending a little time on Google or other search engines can flush out a lot more information than imaginable. 

If elected to office, what change will they bring? Change can be difficult for some – they want things to stay in the past rather than come into the present. It’s hard for them to give up one thing for another. But what some of these winning candidates will inevitably bring to office can have a profound affect on the country as a whole, specifically in the U.S. Congress.

 Voters should not be misled by candidates who shuffle with the truth. It is essential that voters are conscious of candidates’ records and fight back and challenge those misfit or unfit candidates at the polls by not casting a vote for them, regardless of their Party affiliation – Democrat, Republican or any third-party candidate for that matter.

 Voters should make it their business not to elect people to office who do not understand politics or government, or not be able to effectively participate in decision-making. And what’s wrong with being inclusive? How advantageous is it to Americans to support a candidate whose actions and rhetoric leave a lot to be desired? Will they bring about serious change that truly represents all?

 We live in a complex society. There are different views, different opinions, and we have different ways of doing things. But that shouldn’t be a factor in our dialogue to work for the good of the country and its people.

 But what would be more troubling, is the failure of some apathetic voters to not go to the polls on Election Day to systematically weed out those whose agendas are based on lies and innuendos.

 Those who are not part of the solution can certainly be looked at as a part of the problem.

Young Blacks unlikely to rally behind Democrats

Posted by Admin On October - 6 - 2010 Comments Off on Young Blacks unlikely to rally behind Democrats

By Cathy J. Cohen

Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) — When record numbers of young African Americans turned out to vote for Barack Obama nearly two years ago, political pundits predicted the start of an important and positive trend. Socially marginalized young blacks buoyed by the election of the nation’s first black president would supposedly begin to see themselves as newly politically empowered and engaged. They would become as invested in, and optimistic about, their future as their young white counterparts.

So how is it that heading toward midterm elections in November, large percentages of black people ages 16 to 25 continue to feel alienated from mainstream American society and contemplating not who to vote for but whether to bother voting at all?

Clearly, politicians weren’t paying attention to what these young people were saying even in the heady, hopeful days after the Obama election. The Democratic Party that benefited greatly from the votes of these young people was also asleep at the wheel; if not, party leaders would have understood that despite young voters’ genuine enthusiasm for Obama, they were not energized by the Democratic Party nor particularly moved by its agenda. It was Barack Obama and the historic nature of his election that energized young people.

Two years ago, in focus groups with young blacks in Chicago after the election, young blacks noted with pride that they had voted for the nation’s first black president, yet they were quick to also point out that they had low expectations about the impact of Obama, or any politician, would have on their personal life circumstances. Even as they celebrated the election of Obama as a symbolic step forward for the country, few of the young people believed that Obama’s election would change the high levels of violence in their neighborhoods, improve the poor quality of their schools, stop their harassment by the police, or even just provide them with more jobs that would pay a decent wage to provide for them and their families.

Unfortunately, their perceptions proved too accurate. If these young people don’t come out to vote, the Democratic Party will have only itself to blame. Instead of harnessing the energy of young voters across the board, particularly black ones, and nurturing their political momentum, President Obama and his party ignored them once the election was over.

Now we are in a political environment where the Democrats seem to have decided that they will move away from traditional interest group politics and appeals. So instead of making direct appeals to young black voters about issues that matter specifically to them, in a form that resonates with them the party is making very general statements about jobs, and education, and even about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and asking young black people to find messages within those generalized statements to relate to and be motivated by.

Does that sound familiar? It’s the failed strategy of the Dukakis 1988 presidential campaign, when a winnable election turned into a debacle because little was done to energize the Democratic base.

Once again, that strategy is not going to materialize in substantial numbers of young black people voting, precisely because it ignores a very simplistic understanding of racial politics – people, especially young people, need a reason to vote beyond party identification.

It is the absence of direct appeals and engagement with young people, in particular young black people, which will lead to substantial numbers of them not going to the polls. This will undoubtedly hurt Democratic prospects, which are already in danger.

President Obama will also have to shoulder much of the blame. His decision that started in his campaign to, I dare say, run away from race, and only respond to the issue of race when it was in crisis mode has allowed conservatives and Tea Party leaders to define the narrative of racial politics, leaving young people feeling alienated by the rhetoric and discourse around race in this country.

If President Obama had initiated certain programs and policies and framed them in a way that truly spoke to young people, he would have almost certainly could expect more mileage in terms of turnout in 2010. Take education as an example. The president is very clearly committed to improving the public educational system where many black and Latino children are educated. However, his messaging has not spoken directly to that population. He hasn’t made direct appeals to black youth on BET or MTV. He hasn’t written op-ed pieces for the black blogosphere that says: ‘I’m committed to the future of young black people and here are my education initiatives.’ It’s a messaging problem and a surprising contradiction considering how much the president’s rhetorical style is celebrated.

In the midst of trying to be a President of the entire United States, he has missed the integral politics of connecting with specific communities, in this case young blacks. He has also missed an opportunity to mobilize them even when he has had policies that could have really motivated them.

The bottom line is that we’re going to see lower turnout among young people next month, and we’ll see even substantially lower turnout among young black people. And then the question will be what’s going to happen in 2012?

It’s likely too late for Democrats to turn things around in time for the midterm elections, but the larger question that looms is whether President Obama and his party have learned from their mistakes and can change course to keep Obama in the White House in 2012.

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her new book, “DEMOCRACY REMIXED: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics”, gives readers an in-depth analysis of the state of black youth in America today. Published by Oxford University Press, “Democracy Remixed” is available in bookstores and online. For media interviews with Ms. Cohen, please contact Nicole Germain at 443-540-3121 / ngermain@mjgcommunications.com or Michael K. Frisby at 202-625-4328 / Mike@frisbyassociates.com.

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