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Black Pastors Feel Betrayed by Black Politicians

Posted by Admin On February - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Under siege by the CBC: The political betrayal of Black America again

Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP)

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — “Our Black politicians did it to us again,” Rev. William Owens, the president of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), said passionately during a press conference February 13, 2018 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He was referencing what he and 20 other national black leaders felt was the worst representation by the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) demonstrated during the televised State of the Union Address.

The tone set by the CBC angered numerous national black leaders, prompting many groups to convene in Washington, D.C. to address what they considered was a severe misrepresentation and a disservice to the achievements of blacks in this country.

Rev. William Owens, the president of CAAP joined by over 20 national leaders such as Stephen Broden: Senior Pastor Fair Park Bible Fellowship, President Protect Life and Marriage, Dr. Alveda King: Civil Rights For The UnBorn, Bishop Leon Benjamin: Coalition Of Leaders United, Shirley Husar: CEO Urban Game Changers, Rev Dean Nelson: Frederick Douglas Foundation, Rev Derek McCoy: Urban Cure, Dr. Randy Short: International Human Rights Association For American Minorities, Dr. Johnny Hunter: Life Education and Resource Network, Jonathan Alexander: Liberty Counsel Action, Suzzanne Monk: Political Pundit from Chicago, Johnny Rice for Congress (D.C.), Kenneth McClenton: President of Exceptional Conservative Show, joined forces to expressed their disappointment and mismanagement of the People’s power entrusted to the Congressional Black Caucus.

“The disgrace before the global community by the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) during the State of the Union Address was the worst I have ever witnessed in my life as a black father, educator, civil rights activist, and man of faith. Our elected officials’ demonstration of childish behavior; sulking in their seats, texting, pretending to be disinterested, was distasteful. We did not elect children, we thought we had leaders,” indicated William Owens.

Collectively the leaders called to question what they characterized as “foul demeanor” and demanded either the CBC start “REPRESENTING or GO AWAY.” Also, CAAP launched an online petition “CROSSROAD” that will be hand-delivered to CBC members’ offices to demonstrate the will of the people. Individuals are encouraged to sign by visiting www.caapusa.org.

In addition, the multifaceted group rolled out its new 2018 Black Agenda to counter the fallout among younger blacks who have lost interest in political engagement in hopes of inspiring civic engagement. To attract a younger demographic, the group is utilizing social media platforms to promote the hashtag #representorgoaway. Many of the speakers at the press conference extensively expounded on what numerous officials don’t want known about the current effectiveness of the CBC. Rev. Owens and others indicated “What began 46 years ago in March 1971 has morphed into the greatest breach of trust in the black community since Reconstruction. Our precious black children are not on the minds of the Congressional Black Caucus, they care more about the rights of undocumented immigrants and football players who don’t stand for the national anthem than they do about our families and precious children.”

Various group leaders made strong pleas to the black community to embrace this position with openness and to hear the total message citing, “We, meaning Black Americans, have been sidelined by traitors in Washington.”

CAAP’s president, Rev. Owens, also mentioned that last year his media relations office contacted Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton (who purports himself as a civil rights advocate for the voiceless), and Attorney General Jeff Session pertaining to the documented research conducted by prestigious Yale University researchers published in USA Today in 2016. The article detailed racial bias and poor treatment of preschool-age black children, with special emphasis on black boys. CAAP requested several meetings to initiate a national dialogue, but was met with resistance.

“Not one elected official or civil rights leader has responded to date or called for an inquiry. This is a shame. If our children are not protected at this tender age, what kind of future will exist for them when lawmakers don’t care enough to take up the just cause to fight and utilize the power of their office? My office sent copies of the Yale research to many and to this very day, no serving black politician in Washington, black news reporters (and we reached out to many) and sadly, even the black clergy, have responded. This is really tragic,” said Owens.

Unfortunately, this issue is very personal to Rev. Owens and his wife, Dr. Deborah Owens, whose then 4-year old son experienced racial discrimination in his preschool. The Owens, after documenting many instances which they cited were deeply troubling, immediately removed their son after school officials failed to correct the problems in a timely manner.

Rev. Owens said he thought his son’s troubles at his preschool were isolated until he discovered the article published in USA Today in 2016 written by Yale University Researchers citing this was a national problem. He also said it was alarming to read that black teachers were worse than Whites.

To date, over 50 online groups have attached their support to this cause. Join the conversation and sign the CROSSROAD petition. Visit www.caapusa.org.

For interviews, contact media representative Janice Hollis at 267-250-1222.


Photo Caption: Members of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) at a recent press conference


Black Historian Slams NBC’s Today Show for Fake Statue of Queen Nefertiti

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The Truth About Nefertiti – Queen of Ancient Egypt

By Legrand H. Clegg II, Esquire

Queen Nefertiti

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — During the first week of February, Black History Month, NBC’s Today Show aired an exclusive program entitled “A Tomb to Remember: First Look at a Bust of King Tut’s Mother.” It featured Josh Gates, the host of the Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown. He had traveled to Egypt and there in an underground tomb revealed what he and other scientists believe is the mummy of the 18th dynasty Queen Nefertiti, wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaton and mother of King Tutankhamen.

Amid orchestrated fanfare, a reconstructed bust of the famous queen’s skull, designed by sculptress Elisabeth Daynes, was unveiled on the show. The queen is depicted as white!

All across America Black people who saw the program are outraged by yet another example of White scientists, artists and journalists distorting Black History. Queen Nefertiti was a Black African and there is compelling evidence to prove this. But before we do so, here is a bit of background.

Since 1976, the artifacts of King Tutankhamen (“King Tut”), the famous boy king whose tomb was discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1924, have toured the United States twice and are scheduled to again be displayed in Los Angeles from March 24, 2018 to January 2019. Each time an exhibit of King Tut has travelled abroad its sponsors have been careful to directly or indirectly deny that the Pharaoh was a Black African. In 1976, the exhibits’ catalog cautioned its readers that any dark depiction of the king had “no ethnic significance.” In 2005, the exhibit’s catalog depicted the Pharaoh as White, based on the artistic whims of Elisabeth Daynes, the same sculptress responsible for the current distortion of the image of Queen Nefertiti.

Ever since White scientists discovered that ancient Egypt is probably the oldest known civilization on earth and the foundation of all others, they have sought to deny its antiquity and influence; and, most important, to remove Black people from ancient Egypt, Egypt from Africa and Africa from world history. This racist distortion of history continues to this day with the whitening of Queen Nefertiti.

What do the facts really tell us? First, Ancient Egypt was in Africa. Second, the natives of ancient Egypt referred to their country as Kemet, “Land of the Blacks” or “the Black Land.” In addition to this, the ancient Egyptian language was African, not Indo-European, Semitic or “Afro-asiatic.” The hieroglyphic images and symbols employed by the ancient Egyptians are native African in origin. The royal mummies are generally African and have high melanin levels consistent with Black people. The blood type and physical remains of the general population are consistent with other Nile Valley Africans. The culture of the ancient Egyptians, i.e., religion, family structure, social organization, cosmogony, etc., is typically African. Moreover, ancient Hebrew, Greek and Roman eyewitnesses overwhelmingly described the ancient Egyptians as Black people.

Queen Nefertiti and her son, King Tut, were born into Egypt’s 18th dynasty. Egypt at that time was far and away the greatest land on earth. It was a nation so opulent, so awesome, so powerful that her neighbors and subjects declared that gold was as plentiful “as dust” on her streets. The Pharaohs and queens of this dynasty built lavish temples and magnificent obelisks, and extended their sovereignty around the Mediterranean world and deep into the interior of Africa. This line of rulers was one of the most renowned royal families in human history.

Genetic and sculptural evidence clearly shows that this family was of Black origin. This was proven in 2012. In January of that year, DNA Tribes R Digest published the results of their examination of the mummies of King Tut, his mother, father, paternal grandparents and paternal great grandparents. The findings indicated that, when compared to various populations around the world today, these mummies have an overwhelming genetic relationship to the people of “Southern Africa,” the “African Great Lakes” and “Tropical West Africa.” In the case of Nefertiti, 82% of her genetic markers match current populations of four regions in Sub-Saharan Africa; while 96% of King Tut’s genetic markers match the same populations. The populations of Sub-Saharan Africa are overwhelmingly Black.

The world famous light skinned bust of Queen Nefertiti that sculptress Daynes obviously used as her model has been declared a fake by several authorities, including Swiss art historian Henri Stierlin and German historian Edrogan Ercivan. The overwhelming majority of the paintings and sculptures of the queen depict her as a Black African. (See photos).

It is time for the American scientific, media and academic establishments to stop suppressing, distorting and ignoring Black history and culture for the purpose of promoting the concepts of White supremacy and Black inferiority. It is also time for these same institutions to cease depriving Black children of their rightful heritage.

One of the reasons that President Donald J. Trump could so blithely speak of Nigerian “huts” and African “sh*thole” countries in a recent well publicized meeting is because he, and most other Americans, are totally oblivious to the greatness of African people and the richness of their history and culture. Let us hope that, during this Black History Month, the “Truth About Nefertiti” may serve to enlighten the president and a brainwashed American public.

(left to right) Queen Nefertiti, queen of ancient Egypt; Queen Tiye, mother-in-law of Nefertiti; and King Akhenaton, husband and co-regent of Nefertiti

Legrand H. Clegg II is the city attorney emeritus for Compton, California, president of the Western Region of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and producer of the documentary, “When Black Men Ruled the World.” Attorney Clegg’s new website is www.whenblackmenruledtheworld.com. He can be contacted at legrandclegg44@gmail.com or at his Long Beach, CA office: Telephone – 562-624-2857 or Fax – 562-624-2850.


Western Union Refund Alert

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The deadline to ask for your money back from the FTC’s settlement with Western Union is now May 31, 2018. That’s the settlement refunding people the money that scammers had them pay using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017. We have some tips on how to file your claim, answers to questions, and where to start filing your claim online. But, based on some recent questions – and because we’ve heard about some people making promises they can’t deliver – we wanted to give you some practical tips on how to get your claim in.

  1. Don’t pay anybody to help you file your claim or get your money back. It’s free to file your claim. It’s free to get your refund. That’s true whenever the government returns money to you. You. Don’t. Have. To. Pay.
  2. You can do it yourself. There’s no need to hire a lawyer to file the claim for you. Start at FTC.gov/WU to file your claim online. The claim form is not too hard – we promise. Just put in as much information as you have, upload any documents you still have, and submit.
  3. You can mail in your claim. You don’t have to file online. Print out a blank claim form – or have someone help you print it – fill it out, attach copies of any documentation you might have, and send it to: United States v. The Western Union Company, PO Box 404027, Louisville, KY 40233-4027.
  4. Nobody can get your refund to you more quickly. There’s no short-cut or special access. You file your claim and then you wait for the Department of Justice to have all the claims in, validate them, and return the money. It might take a year, but nobody can help you get it any faster.

If anyone tells you the only way to get your money back is through them, or they try to charge you to get your money back, stop. That’s a scam, so tell the FTC.

CTU to Mayor, Ally: Why are you Hosting Proponent of Trump-DeVos Education Privatization Plan for Puerto Rico?

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Emanuel ally State Senator Iris Martinez to tour CPS charter with backer of what critics describe as nation’s most extreme school privatization scheme.

CHICAGO, IL—The CTU has learned that on Wednesday CPS charter operator Aspira will host a tour with mayoral ally State Senator Iris Martinez and Abel Nazario Quiñones, chair of Puerto Rico’s Senate Education Commission. Quiñones is touring cities in the region that include Chicago, Indianapolis and Milwaukee to advocate for sweeping – and draconian – school privatization in Puerto Rico. Right-wing Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rosselló proposed the plan earlier this month in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria and a debt crisis that hedge funds and heavyweight investors have used as a pretext to eliminate or privatize public services, public pensions and public civic projects.

The Rosselló/Quiñones proposal mirrors Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ policies to expand school privatization, and mimics the pillaging and privatization foisted on New Orleans’ public school system after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Critics have called Rosselló’s and Quiñones’ school privatization push “Katrina on steroids” – a sarcastic nod to former CPS boss Paul Vallas’ massive school privatization program when he ran New Orleans’ school district in the wake of Katrina.

“While Emanuel is using Trump to try and bolster his poll numbers in the Latinx community, it’s clear that on the issue of public education these too are explicitly aligned,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “We ask a simple question: why is Emanuel ally Iris Martinez meeting with a leading advocate of Rosselló’s right-wing Trump/DeVos privatization agenda – what teachers and critics are calling the worst school privatization proposal in history? Both Emanuel and Martinez tread dangerous ground as they campaign for Latinx voters, who widely recognize that privatization is simply another form of resource theft that benefits the wealthy at the expense of working class families.”

Aspira’s management narrowly averted a strike by unionized employees last year – what would have been the first strike against a charter operator in the nation’s history. Sen. Martinez has worked for many years with Aspira management, who may be angling for a piece of the privatization pie in Puerto Rico. Island authorities had already shuttered hundreds of public schools before the hurricane, citing the need for ‘austerity’ to meet the demands of Wall Street creditors. Nearly half of Puerto Rico’s debt is interest and fees owed to some the nation’s most politically leveraged vulture hedge funds. Parents have had to battle the Puerto Rican governor relentlessly since Hurricanes Maria and Irma to try to prevent more school closures.

“This destructive privatization playbook is designed to enrich corporate privatizers, crush labor rights, and undermine public accountability,” said Sharkey. “In Chicago, Rahm is undercutting public education with every bogus strategy he can deploy: a rubber stamp board, school closings that hit poor neighborhoods the hardest, and endless charter expansion – no matter how crooked or incompetent the operator. Senator Martinez should understand that she’s mixing company with a proponent of a truly despotic school privatization agenda for Puerto Rico that is designed to transfer even more public resources into private hands. Whether school privatization is at play here in Chicago or on an island reeling from a massive natural disaster, the goals are the same: shut down public schools, transfer those public dollars to the coffers of private operators, gut workers’ rights and wages, and cut parents out of any meaningful voice in their children’s education.”

Like Emanuel’s school privatization policies in Chicago, the Rosselló/Quiñones proposal for Puerto Rico would push students out of special education, reduce physical education requirements and erode seniority for educators. The bill would decimate workplace rights for educators and open an unlimited market to charter operators in either new schools or converted public schools, with no limits on the number of charters or subcontracting of services. The proposed legislation fails to commit to current collective bargaining agreements, including health insurance for public education workers. The original proposal also included a voucher component that would strip additional taxpayer funds from public education, a proposal that has garnered massive public opposition and is expected to be included in a separate bill.

“We stand with our fellow public educators in Puerto Rico who are resisting Rosselló’s deal to enrich hedge fund ‘education investors’ at the expense of local students,” said Sara Echevarria, Grievance Director for the CTU. Echevarria went to public elementary and high school on the island, attended the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, taught on the island before moving back to Chicago, and has helped coordinate CTU relief efforts for Puerto Rico’s students. “Emanuel and Martinez must reject the Quiñones/Rosselló corporate education ‘reform’ agenda – an agenda that doesn’t give a damn about educating working class students – particularly Black and Latinx students – and instead seeks to turn public schoolchildren into private profit points and break the backs of workers’ unions. Emanuel’s allies – including hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin and the mayor’s former education mouthpiece, Illinois governor Bruce Rauner – stand shoulder to shoulder with other rabid privatization proponents and union-busters, from the Koch brothers to the Waltons. The problem with public education in Puerto Rico is the same problem we have here: a lack of resources. Our teachers are excellent, our schools produce outstanding graduates, but without resources and funding, schools struggle – here and on the island.”


NAACP Calls for Full Investigation and Transparency on Russian Involvement in Presidential Election

Posted by Admin On February - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
BALTIMORE— The NAACP issued the following statement in regards to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s  indictment of 13 Russian nationals for alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election:“The NAACP calls for a complete investigation into the alleged election tampering by Russian nationals in the 2016 presidential election. As important, we also call for a thorough assessment of our election system to determine any potential weaknesses that could allow for the suppression or interference of votes during the upcoming midterm elections.“The midterm elections have the potential to shift the entire balance of power in Congress and it remains critical that the integrity of the voting process cannot be questioned. This also means long term that we immediately look at addressing the looming issues of partisan redistricting, laws that promote voter suppression, and the complete restoration of Section-5 of the Voting Rights Act.

“It is clear that the Black vote has been targeted by both internal and external forces and the NAACP is committed to challenging any attempt to reduce or diminish the political power of the African-American community, communities of color and the nation as a whole.”

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO

Madigan Urges Congress to Protect American Employees From Sexual Harassment

Posted by Admin On February - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Coalition Calls on Congress to End Secret Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Claims

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined a coalition of 56 states and territories to urge Congress to protect American employees and put a stop to secret, forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment.

Madigan and the coalition sent a letter today to Congressional leaders urging them to pass strong legislation to ensure sexual harassment victims have a right to be heard in court. Many employers require employees to sign employment contracts containing arbitration agreements mandating that sexual harassment claims be resolved through private arbitration instead of the judicial process. The secrecy surrounding these proceedings protects serial violators and provides inadequate relief to victims.

“Too many victims of sexual harassment feel their voice will not be heard if they come forward,” Madigan said. “We must change our law so anyone who experiences sexual harassment at work is protected and supported.”

The letter states, in part:

Congress today has both opportunity and cause to champion the rights of victims of sexual harassment in the workplace by enacting legislation to free them from the injustice of forced arbitration and secrecy when it comes to seeking redress from egregious misconduct condemned by all concerned Americans.

Joining Madigan in sending today’s letter were attorneys general from: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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