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Newly elected African American Mayors bolster the war on unemployment

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To Be Equal#26

 By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO
National Urban League

 

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The recent elections of Alvin Brown as Jacksonville, Florida’s first African American mayor and Michael Hancock as Denver’s second Black mayor, provide much needed new hope and leadership in the war on unemployment.  Both Brown and Hancock have strong Urban League roots and both have made job creation in their cities job number one.

On May 19th, Alvin Brown, a former president of the Greater Washington Urban League Guild, shook up the political establishment of Florida’s largest city when he won election as Jacksonville’s first African American mayor.  Mayor-elect Brown’s long arc to City Hall began in the working class neighborhoods of Jacksonville, where he was raised by a devoted mother and grandmother who worked two jobs to raise him and his siblings.  He worked as a meat cutter at the local Winn Dixie while attending Jacksonville State University.  Hard times almost derailed his college aspirations until a Jacksonville pastor co-signed for a loan to keep him in school.

Brown earned his B.S. and M.B.A. from Jacksonville State and completed post graduate study at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He served as a senior urban affairs advisor for both President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.  As executive director of the White House Community Empowerment Board, he managed a $4 billion initiative to create jobs in urban America.  Upon winning the election, Brown said, “My first priority is jobs.  We must invest in the inner city and create public-private partnerships.”

Denver Mayor-elect, Michael Hancock, credits his background as the former President of the Denver Urban League and his two-terms as President of the Denver City Council with inspiring his run for City Hall.  He won a run-off election on June 6 and becomes the second African American mayor in the history of the Mile High City.  Wellington Webb was the first, serving from 1991-2003.

Hancock had a tough childhood.  Growing up, he and his nine siblings experienced periods of homelessness.  A brother died of AIDS.  A sister was killed by an estranged boyfriend.  Through it all, Hancock has always been a leader, both in his family and in the Denver community.  He attended college in Nebraska, returning home every summer to work in Mayor Frederico Pena’s office.  After graduation he earned his Master’s in public administration from The University of Colorado-Denver.  

Hancock started his career in the 1990’s, holding down two jobs at the Denver Housing Authority and the National Civic League.  He joined Metro Denver’s Urban League affiliate in 1995 and in 1999, at the age of 29, became the youngest Urban League president in America.

When asked about his priorities as Mayor, Hancock answered, “Growing jobs, without question.  Everything we do will be about the sustainability of jobs in this city.  Nothing’s more important…”

Alvin Brown and Michael Hancock know what it means to beat the odds.  They are also both committed to creating good jobs so that more Americans like them have the chance to realize their dreams.  We congratulate them on their victories and wish them all the best.

National Urban League, 120 Wall Street â–ª New York, NY 10005 â–ª (212) 558-5300 â–ª WWW.NUL.ORG

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

U.S. Senator Kirk to call for details of ‘Stealth Survey’ to spy on physicians

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Circulates Letter to HHS Among Senate Colleagues 

 

Washington, DC – In response to a New York Times Article entitled, “U.S. Plans Stealth Survey on Access to Doctors,” United States Senator Mark Kirk (R–Ill.) is circulating a letter among Senate colleagues in advance of sending a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting the details of the survey.  The article, which outlines a proposed government program to secretly obtain information from primary care physicians, highlighted numerous complaints about the proposed program from doctors ranging from concerns about the secretive nature of the surveys to the misallocation of government funding.  The final version of this letter will be sent with additional signatures this week.

A copy of Senator Kirk’s letter to Secretary Sebelius is below:

 

Dear Secretary Sebelius,

We are writing regarding a program just revealed in the New York Times “U.S. Plans Stealth Survey on Access to Doctors” (June 26, 2011). We have deep concerns regarding the Department’s recent plans for a “stealth survey,” its legality, notification to Congress and lack of standards for any misconduct or bad reporting by the staff hired to carry out this work on American doctors and their practice of medicine. The cost and proposed clandestine method of collecting information from physician offices are questionable and, therefore, we request details of how this survey would be conducted, how investigators would be punished for misconduct or extortion and how patient/physician confidentiality would be maintained. In addition to full, public disclosure of the survey and its implementation, we would like further information on the following:

1) Since there are a number of surveys answering this question already, what does this addition of taxpayer spending add?  Please provide detailed records of your literature review of the current published research on this subject before you launched this new taxpayer-funded spending program. Can you estimate this new project’s total cost?

2) Please provide records of how the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) of Chicago, Illinois, won a federally competitive bid to carry out this work?

3) In concluding the results of the survey, how will the NORC decide what qualifies as acceptable responses or best practices from physicians they target?

4) How will patient and doctor confidentiality be maintained? If your researchers report bad information or use this survey for extortion, bribery or other bad acts, how will they be disciplined?

5) Once concluded, who will have access to this information? The Department? The White House? Congress? The Press?

6) By what criteria will individual physicians be targeted for participation? Will age, average incomes surrounding office locations or political affiliation be excluded from factors considered when targeting physicians?

7) Will federal employees carry out this work or will this be conducted by a contracted “call center” for data collection?  Who is qualified to conduct the survey and how will they be chosen?

8) If your staff improperly releases patient/physician data, how will they be disciplined?

9) Please describe the FY11 Appropriations Committee program or account under which this work will be funded.

10) Please describe the statutory authorization used to carry out this work and please provide your Congressional Notification(s) informing the Committees of jurisdiction of your intent to obligate funds for such purpose.

11) Please provide the specific section of the President’s budget under which this funding to conduct this work was requested.

12) If a physician wishes to correct data collected by NORC, what legal redress does he or she have?

There have been a number of reputable studies that confirmed many patients on Medicaid and Medicare cannot find a doctor to see them. Previous studies also confirmed we do not have enough doctors, particularly primary care doctors.  Government programs often provide poor service and suffer from funding failures or corruption.  

At a time of serious fiscal constraint, we would urge you to focus our limited federal resources on ways to actually address these problems rather than spending taxpayer funds on studies regarding subjects already well covered in the literature.

Sincerely,                                                                          

Mark Kirk

Black migration changes the political landscape in many states

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America’s Wire

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

 

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — African-Americans once were clustered so heavily in urban areas that the terms “black” and “inner city” came to be used almost synonymously. According to the 2010 U.S. Census results, that time is history.

While blacks have by no means vanished from cities, unprecedented numbers have headed for the suburbs or left the big cities of the North and headed south. As legislative districts are redrawn, nonpartisan groups and both political parties are watching how this unexpected migration will affect local and state elections.

Moreover, redistricting experts say the black exodus from cities such as Detroit, Cleveland and Philadelphia contributed to placing Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania among the 10 states that will lose congressional seats because of reapportionment after the census. With Republican governors in 29 states, the GOP has greater influence over redistricting than Democrats.

But it is unclear whether the migration of African-American voters will change the number of congressional districts where black candidates can win. Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote, based in Takoma Park, Md., notes that Republicans often join civil rights leaders in supporting African-American legislative districts rather than creating politically diverse districts where the black vote could decide close elections.

“Republicans have a political interest in concentrating the African-American vote,” Richie says. “When blacks are concentrated, they can’t have their votes in as many districts. It’s a trade-off.”

Experts on redistricting foresee multicultural coalitions emerging in formerly all-black communities and people of color eventually gaining more political clout in suburbs and exurbs.

In California, the independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will carve out the state’s electoral districts for the first time. Voters authorized having a nonpartisan board, not legislators, delineate these districts in passing the Voters First Act (Proposition 11) in 2008. To ensure that new districts don’t dilute black voting power, grass-roots organizations mobilized to present the commission with recommendations for keeping communities of color intact. New district lines must be drawn by Aug. 15.

Although black flight from California cities is changing demographics, experts say that is unlikely to shake up the state’s political scene.

“The 2010 census showed that there has been a drift of the black population away from the coastal areas to more inland areas in California,” says Michelle Romero, a fellow at The Greenlining Institute, which is based in Berkeley and advocates for racial and economic justice. “But fortunately in Los Angeles, there’s the potential to build multi-ethnic coalitions of voters after this new redistricting cycle.”

From 2000 to 2010, the black population in Los Angeles County dropped from 9.8 percent to 8.7 percent, according to census findings. In Alameda County, which includes Oakland and other San Francisco Bay areas, the drop was from 14.9 percent to 12.6 percent.

Erica Teasley Linnick, coordinator of the African American Redistricting Collaborative in Los Angeles, doesn’t view black migration from California’s urban cores as a threat to black voting power. When African-Americans leave California cities, she says, Latinos and Asians with similar political interests usually replace them.

“In Los Angeles, you’ve had coalitions coming together to vote in Tom Bradley (the city’s first black mayor) to now Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,” says Teasley Linnick, who also notes that blacks who have moved from Los Angeles gained political representation in the city’s outlying areas. For instance, Wilmer Amina Carter, a black woman, has represented the state’s 62nd Assembly District in the Inland Empire region bordering metropolitan Los Angeles, since 2006.

Marqueece Harris-Dawson, president and CEO of Community Coalition, a social and economic advocacy group for South Los Angeles, agrees that black flight from the city will not undercut African-American voting power.

“It’s been happening over a 20-year period,” he says. “It’s not a dramatic change, so it’s not significant enough to curtail African-American political representation.”

In fact, experts say Republicans in California face new challenges underscored by the census count. Three million more Latinos moved into California between 2000 and 2010, resulting in predictions that Republicans may lose ground after new electoral districts are drawn. Analysts say Democrats could gain as many as five seats in the State Legislature, enough to form a supermajority.

The shift to having an independent panel redistrict California communities makes it difficult for Republicans to devise a redistricting strategy, according to Matt Rexroad, a GOP strategist in Sacramento.

“As always, the Republican strategy is to recruit good candidates and make sure their message resonates with voters, just like at any other time,” he says. “Sometimes, it’s worked and, well, sometimes it hasn’t.”

But what effect will black flight from California cities and the surging Latino population have on the GOP statewide? Rexroad says the Republican Party and African-American community typically share interests in redistricting.

“You’ve found Republicans and African-Americans arguing for the same district configurations,” he says. “African-Americans want their votes consolidated to win urban seats.”

This time around, however, some California activists want the black vote less concentrated to exert wider influence, Rexroad says, adding that the enormous growth of the Latino population is not necessarily bad news for Republicans. He notes that in California’s Central and Imperial valleys, for instance, Latinos tend to lean to the right.

“They’re largely responsible for Proposition 8 passing,” he says, referring to the ban on gay marriage. “They’re very conservative on social issues.”

While Republicans may not gain power where blacks have departed, blacks who have headed south will probably not be able to turn red states blue in the near future, says Herb Tyson of Tyson Innovative Government Relations Solutions in Washington, D.C.

The black migration “doesn’t help Democrats because the South is so heavily skewed Republican you would have to have a huge representation of African-Americans to make a difference statewide,” he Tyson says.

On the other hand, in cities such as Atlanta, the black population is so large that African-Americans relocated there from throughout the nation won’t change the political landscape. The Atlanta area now has the greatest number of blacks in the country outside of New York City. For years, Chicago held that distinction. Moreover, three-fourths of the 25 counties in which the black population rose most over the past decade are in the South.

In Texas, the black population grew by 22 percent, in part because of Hurricane Katrina refugees who relocated there permanently. With the Latino population also growing, by 42 percent, minorities could alter the political landscape that Republicans have controlled.

Meanwhile, five counties with the greatest number of blacks 10 years ago – Los Angeles County, Philadelphia County, Wayne (Detroit), Cook (Chicago) and Kings (New York City) – all lost African-Americans. Democratic pollster Ron Lester stresses that populations in northeastern states dropped overall but says he doesn’t expect that to have much political impact.

“The loss has been spread around,” Lester says. “It’s a lot of college-educated voters who are leaving.”

Lester also questions the notion that population declines in northern states will benefit Republicans in that region or nationally. “In places like New York, I don’t think that’s going to them help pick up a seat in Congress,” he says. “I think that right now, you have [43] members of the Congressional Black Caucus. When redistricting is over, you’ll have the same number.”

In the historically black District of Columbia, the African-American population decreased by 11.5 percent between 2000 and 2010. In contrast, the black population in nearby Charles County in Maryland doubled as African-Americans departed the District.

David Bositis, senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., doesn’t expect the black population decrease to have a huge impact on the city’s political scene.

“By and large, white voters have almost always had a major say in D.C. politics, so the fact that D.C. is becoming less black isn’t really changing the politics,” Bositis says. “The exception is Marion Barry. He was the only politician in D.C. who was able to win without white support.” The former mayor is a City Council member.

Nationally, black movement away from cities will eventually give minorities more political clout in areas where they settle, Bositis says. He adds, though, that this phenomenon will take time because the black and Latino population is on average younger than the white population.

“Certainly in the future, it’s going to represent an advantage but not immediately because younger people are not as politically active as older people are, and the white population is getting quite old,” he says.
 

America’s Wire is an independent, non-profit news service run by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. America’s Wire is made possible by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. For more information, visit www.americaswire.org or contact Michael K. Frisby at mike@frisbyassociates.com.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Isabel Wilkerson to speak at Elmhurst College on July 28

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 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author of The Warmth of Other Suns to Discuss the Great Migration of African Americans from the South

           

 Elmhurst, IL  – Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns, will present “The Decision of Their Lives: The Great Migration and the American Story” on Thursday, July 28, at Elmhurst College.

Wilkerson’s talk is based on The Warmth of Other Suns, her award-winning book about the migration of more than 6 million African Americans from the South to points around the nation, including Chicago, between 1915 and 1970. Her lecture, co-sponsored by Elmhurst College and the Society for Values in Higher Education, will begin at 7:00 p.m.

in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel (190 Prospect Ave. in Elmhurst, elmhurst.edu/campusmap). Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

The Warmth of Other Suns was recognized by The New York Times as one of “The 10 Best Books of 2010,” and also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. The product of nearly 15 years of research and writing, the book collects oral histories from African Americans who left the South during The Great Migration, telling their stories through the lives of three individuals.

 A longtime journalist at The New York Times, as well as an author and professor at Boston University, Wilkerson was the Times’ Chicago bureau chief in 1994 when she became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for journalism. She won the Pulitzer for her coverage of the historic 1993 Midwestern floods and a profile on a 10-year-old boy growing up with a man’s obligations on Chicago’s South Side. 

  Wilkerson is speaking at Elmhurst College as the keynote lecturer of the conference “Immigration and Identities: Academic Cultures in Transition,” to be held from July 27-31 during the 87th annual meeting of the Society for Values in Higher Education.

 For more information on the lecture, visit elmhurst.edu or call (630) 617-3390.

The Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE) is a fellowship of educators in all academic fields and professionals serving society in fields such as law, medicine, government, and nonprofit administration. SVHE puts its core values of integrity, diversity, social justice, and civic responsibility into action through its publications, projects, regional and national meetings, and outreach.

 

Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College’s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Elmhurst College fosters learning and enriches culture through innovation, scholarship and creative expression. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 22 undergraduate academic departments and nine graduate degree programs.

GOP Ploy: Blame black joblessness on President Obama

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(New America Media)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

 

SYNOPSIS: President Obama responsible for high black unemployment? That claim by GOP candidates Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachman is silly, but the problem is very real.

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — GOP presidential contenders Michelle Bachman and Newt Gingrich figured out yet another ploy to knock President Obama. Blame him for joblessness among blacks now at nearly Great Depression levels, especially for young black males.

Both candidates made the claim in recent speeches at the Republican Leadership Conference. Gingrich got so carried away with this absurd notion that he went off the deep end by claiming that Obama’s supposed culpability virtually insures that blacks will turned off by the president in his reelection bid.

It’s tempting simply to chalk this ploy up to Gingrich being Gingrich, saying the first thing that comes to mind to snatch a momentary headline. But what may draw attention to this claim is the perennially chronic number of young blacks, who can’t find work.

Also, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), National Urban League, and NAACP have sounded warning bells for months about the ticking time bomb of high black unemployment.

Their grave concern over the problem came to a head the first year of Obama’s White House tenure, when an impatient Congressional Black Caucus and other community organizations pressed Obama to say and do more about the jobless crisis among blacks.

Republicans’ Charge Spotlights Problem

The president refused to push any special initiatives or earmark funding for unemployed blacks. He contended then, as he does now, that growing the economy and the billions pumped in stimulus dollars in jobs projects was the best way to dent black joblessness. This caused a momentary flap with the CBC last December. The friction quickly disappeared from the news, but the issue didn’t, and the GOP took note of the discord.

What’s relevant in Gingrich and Bachman’s silly charge that Obama has exacerbated black unemployment is that it again spotlights the problem, raises questions why so many blacks can’t get a job, why it’s been that way so long, and what can be done about it.

Chronic black unemployment has been a fixture for a long while. During the Clinton-era economic boom of the 1990s, the unemployment rate for young black males was double that of white males — and triple in some parts of the United States.

The reasons for persistent unemployment among young African Americas are not hard to find. First were the massive state and federal cutbacks in job training and skills programs, which have only been made worse by the slash and burn budget and deficit-reduction proposals of the GOP free marketers—people like Bachman and Gingrich. Second has been the brutal competition with immigrants for low and partly skilled service and retail jobs. Add to that the refusal of many employers to hire those with criminal records, which sledge-hammered black communities.

In the late 1990s, long before the big run-up in black unemployment, the California Assembly Commission on the Status of the African-American Males reported that four out of 10 felons entering California prisons are young black males.

Failed Schools Make Educational Cripples

The high number of inner-city public schools that are failing miserably also fuels the unemployment crisis. They have turned thousands of blacks into educational cripples.

These students are desperately ill equipped to handle the rapidly evolving and demanding technical and professional skills needed to succeed in the public sector and business world of the 21st century. The educational meltdown has seeped into the colleges. According to an American Council of Education report, in the past decade Latino, Asian and black female student enrollment has soared while black male enrollment has slowed down.

By far, the biggest single reason for the persistent black joblessness is discrimination. Researchers have consistently found that black men without a criminal record are less likely to find a job than white men with criminal records.

The mountain of federal and state anti-discrimination laws, affirmative action programs and successful employment discrimination lawsuits give the public the impression that job discrimination is a relic of a shameful racist past. But the evidence on who is unemployed and why tells a far different story.

Countless studies and the numerous discrimination complaints reviewed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the past decade reveal that employers have devised endless dodges to evade anti-discrimination laws. That includes rejecting applicants by their names or areas of a city in which they live. Black applicants may be incorrectly told that jobs advertised have been filled.

Research on employers’ hiring practices in some cities show that many top corporate officials said in interviews they would not hire blacks. When asked to assess the work ethic of white, black and Latino employees by race, a high percentage of employer’s ranked blacks dead last.

Gingrich, Bachman and almost certainly other GOP candidates before the campaign dust clears will use the crisis issue of black unemployment to take a sucker punch at Obama. They, of course, offer no new initiatives to hack away at the high numbers of black jobless.

Meanwhile, there is no evidence that the GOP contenders have done what the president has done in stumping with industry groups and leaders to prod corporations to jumpstart hiring. Republicans have only one sticking point for their ludicrous fingerpointing at Obama for allegedly failing blacks on unemployment. The crisis is no laughing matter.

Proposed Medicaid cuts put fragile Illinois economy, most vulnerable citizens at risk

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June 29 Teleconference, New Report Finds Illinois Stands to Lose Up To $7.8 Billion in Business Activity and 61,220 Jobs Under House Republican Budget
 
A report being released today by Families USA with the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Health & Disability Advocates, the Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition, and the Campaign for Better Health Care, outlines in stark terms the potential damage to jobs, business activity, and the health care safety net for thousands of Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens under the House Republicans’ budget proposal. 
 
This report, however, will look specifically at the economic effect of Medicaid cuts, spotlighting the potential impact of a 5 percent, 15 percent and 33 percent Medicaid cut on Illinois’s economy.
 
The budget proposal adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), calls for cuts in federal funding to current state Medicaid programs of 5 percent in 2013, 15 percent in 2014, and 33 percent in 2021.  Illinois would be in the top ten of states bearing the most potential impact from each level of these cuts. 
 
A teleconference to brief Illinois media on the report will be held on Wednesday, June 29 at 11AM CST to discuss the findings.
 
The Teleconference and Release of Families USA Report “Jobs at Risk” will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 11 a.m.  Dial in toll-free: 888-587-0611     Confirmation code: 9915923
                 
 Jim Duffett, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Health Care
 Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA will moderate the Teleconference.

Attorney General Madigan, 37 states reach $40 million Pharmaceutical Settlement

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 Chicago, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 37 other state attorneys general today announced a $40.75 million settlement with GlaxoSmithkline LLC and SB Pharmco Puerto Rico Inc. over allegations of  violating drug manufacturing standards. Illinois will receive $2.4 million in the settlement.

Madigan, who filed a complaint and the subsequent settlement today in Cook County Circuit Court, alleged that GlaxoSmithkline (GSK) and SB Pharmco engaged in unfair and deceptive practices when they manufactured and distributed certain lots of the drugs Kytril, Bactroban, Paxil CR and Avandamet.

“Consumers put their faith in drug companies that the medications they purchase are safe,” Attorney General Madigan said. “My office will not tolerate pharmaceutical companies cutting corners at the potential expense of consumer health.”

Madigan and the attorneys general alleged that from 2001 to 2004 drug batches were manufactured improperly and distributed to vulnerable patients nationwide. The investigation involved instances where certain batches were not sterilized or in other cases medication contained different dosages than indicated on the bottle, among other alleged violations.

The drugs manufactured during this time include: Kytril, used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy; Bactroban, an antibiotic ointment for skin infections; Paxil CR, a controlled release formulation of the antidepressant drug, Paxil; and Avandamet, a combination Type II diabetes drug.

Madigan said there is no current cause for concern for patients. Drugs made at the plant in this time period have previously been recalled or have since expired, and the facility in question has since closed. Consumers with additional concerns should contact their health care provider.

Included in the terms of the settlement, GSK and SB Pharmco are barred from misrepresenting the drugs’ characteristics, or causing confusion or misunderstanding about the way in which they are manufactured.

The investigation and settlement was led by Attorney General Madigan and Oregon Attorney General John Kroger.

Assistant Attorneys General Vaishali Rao and E. Paige Boggs and Bureau Chief Jim Kole handled the case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau.

Remap Revealed Part 1: Why are Democrats so afraid of Monday?

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(From the Illinois Republican Party)

info@ilgop.org 

 

 

Last Friday, Pat Quinn signed into law the new Congressional map for Illinois, capping off the legislative redistricting process in the same manner that it began: disingenuous and non-transparent – the opposite of what Quinn promised on numerous occasions.

 

On November 6, 2010, Quinn said: “I think the process should be open.”

 

Highlighting the fact that the process was anything but open, Quinn, House Democrats and Senate Democrats chose, in almost every instance, Friday afternoons to inform the public about the new map that will shape the political future of Illinois for the next decade:

 

·         The House redistricting map was released on Friday afternoon, May 20

·         The House & Senate redistricting maps were passed late on Friday, May 27, the day before Memorial Day weekend

·         The Congressional redistricting map was released late on a Friday, May 27, the day before Memorial Day weekend

·         Quinn signed into law the House & Senate redistricting maps late on a Friday, June 3.

·         Quinn signed into law the Congressional redistricting map last Friday afternoon, June 24.

 

“The fact is that Governor Quinn and Springfield Democrats know just how closed and unfair this process has been,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady.  “Why else would they strategically release critical information under the cover of the weekend at every opportunity?”

 

Lyndon LaRouche’s latest racial slur on Web TV – and it’s by no means his worst

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“CHIMPANZEES” IN THE WHITE HOUSE?


LaRouche chortles over the chimp joke.

 

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Lyndon LaRouche, the ultra-right cult leader and convicted felon who poses as a “Democrat,” has shown his bigotry once again–this time on the June 8th LPAC Weekly Report, a webcast sponsored by the LaRouche Political Action Committee. The show was a panel discussion moderated by John Hoefle, senior economist of LaRouche’s weekly newsmagazine, Executive Intelligence Review, and included LaRouche himself speaking from a studio in Germany.

At the end of the program, LaRouche suddenly asked, “Where does a chimpanzee go to vote in the U.S. elections?” Hoefle, apparently already knowing the answer, replied “I think it’s the White House.” LaRouche was then shown beaming and chortling. The video clip is available, along with commentary from LaRouche critics, at www.lyndonlarouchewatch.org/larouche-chimpanzees-white-house.htm

President Obama, obviously a target of the slur along with African-American voters who support him, has frequently been the object of far worse comments by LaRouche. For instance, in April 2008, LaRouche told his followers: “You’ll find Obama’s ancestry, if you chase the family tree, everybody’s climbing and swinging from the branches there….Every monkey in every tree, from every part of the world, has participated in the sexual act of producing him.”

LaRouche’s rhetoric was at its most sinister in early 2010, when right-wing anger and hysteria regarding the President had reached a high point and some Tea Partiers were threatening violence against Democrats. On January 30, 2010, LaRouche gave a webcast speech claiming that Americans were thinking about lynching Obama. LaRouche suggested that they were moving in the right direction–that it was time to “take out Obama.” LaRouche also stated that the President was good only for “kindling”–a comment that, in the context of the lynching remark, appeared to refer to how racist mobs burned black men at the stake, or burned their lynched corpses, during the Jim Crow era. www.lyndonlarouchewatch.org/larouche-obama-2010.pdf

Six weeks later, LaRouche gave an address entitled the “Ides of March 2010” (a reference to the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC) in which he again urged the extra-constitutional removal of Obama from office. This speech, laced with sadistic language, was posted at several video-sharing websites under the heading “Obama is Going Down.” And just in case the viewer or reader didn’t “get” it, the transcript of the speech, as posted on LaRouche’s own Schiller Institute website, included an illustration of Caesar being stabbed in the Roman Senate by his assassins. The caption predicted that “as with Caesar, time is running out for Barack Obama…” (www.lyndonlarouchewatch.org/larouche-obama-2010E.pdf)

Such rhetoric calls into question the claims of the LaRouche cult, and especially of its LaRouche Youth Movement (LYM), to be an idealistic multiracial group that works for the good of the entire human race.

The LYM is best known for its card tables–for instance, on college campuses and at post offices–festooned with pictures of President Obama wearing a Hitler moustache. The young people at these tables call for Obama’s impeachment on grounds that his policies are worse than those of Nazi Germany; they also offer pamphlets and other literature promoting LaRouche’s peculiar ideas about the British royal family and an impending New Dark Age.

Experts estimate that there are upwards of 500 full-time LYM members in the United States alone, with at least that many in other countries. The grueling hours and fanatical devotion of the LYMers and of older LaRouche followers have given the group a visibility–and in at least one instance (the health care hearings in the summer of 2009, where LaRouche followers served as the cutting edge of right-wing anger against Obama’s plan), an impact–far out of proportion to its actual numbers.

The ambiguous position of young blacks within this anti-Obama shock brigade was revealed by the video of LaRouche’s June 8th racial slur. Sky Shields, an African-American member of the LYM, had just finished summing up the panel discussion, when LaRouche asked out of the blue the question about chimpanzees. Shields’ body language and facial expressions thereafter during the show’s final moments are open to multiple interpretations, but former associates of the cult suggest that LaRouche may have consciously set up Shields to be humiliated. They say that LaRouche has a long history of placing his followers in acutely embarrassing situations in order to prove his power over them.

Dennis King, a writer who has tracked the LaRouche cult for over 30 years and runs the Lyndon LaRouche Watch website, states: “LaRouche is putting forward black followers as a smokescreen to cover up his agenda of hate. Last year, a black woman from his movement actually won a Democratic congressional primary in Texas–in a solid Republican district where Democrats were asleep at the wheel–and LaRouche then used her candidacy to promote his ‘impeach Obama’ slogan. He’s also used his Jewish followers in a similar manner, as a cover for his anti-Semitic campaigns.”

King continued, “The June 8th chimp joke proves once again that LaRouche is not a friend of African-Americans, just as his notorious joke about how many Jews you can fit into a Volkswagen ashtray shows he is no friend of the Jews.

“It’s time for the NAACP and other civil rights organizations to speak out against the hate rhetoric of LaRouche’s cult and its use of deceptive come-ons and ‘ego-stripping’ indoctrination methods to recruit and exploit young people of all races. It’s also time that black, Jewish and other student organizations at colleges targeted by the LYM demand that LYM recruitment tables be banned from their campuses and that college officials take steps to warn students about the trickery employed by this cult,” King concluded.

LaRouche’s racism dates back at least to the early 1970s when his followers engaged in numerous violent clashes with black nationalists and circulated racially charged leaflets and pamphlets.

Between 1977 and 1994, LaRouche and his organization supported the South African apartheid regime by way of numerous propaganda efforts. According to an investigative series in The New York Times (Oct. 7-8, 1979), they also “produced private intelligence reports on anti-apartheid groups in the United States for the Bureau of State Security of South Africa.”

LaRouche hired the Grand Dragon of the Pennsylvania Ku Klux Klan as his security advisor in the early 1980s. In 1987, the advisor, Roy Frankhouser (now deceased), was convicted in federal court of obstructing justice on LaRouche’s behalf after LaRouche came under FBI investigation for massive nationwide credit card and loan fraud. LaRouche and Frankhouser both ended up serving time in federal prison as a result of those investigations and the subsequent trials.

Extensive documentation on LaRouche’s history of racism can be found at www.lyndonlarouchewatch.org/larouche-obama-menu.htm. For information on his criminal history, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaRouche_criminal_trials

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