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Washington D.C. Afro-American Newspaper, July 03, 2010

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By David Espo
 AP Special Correspondent 
WASHINGTON (AP) —Dead nearly two decades,the late Justice ThurgoodMarshall looms improbablyover Elena Kagan’snomination to the SupremeCourt, a resurrection in liberalrobes courtesy of Republicanseager to cast President BarackObama’s selection as a judicial activist-in-waiting.“Justice Marshall isa historic gure in manyrespects,” Sen. Jon Kyl,R-Ariz., said Mondayas Kagan’s conrmationhearings opened, referringto the lawyer who won alandmark Supreme Court caseoutlawing school segregation,then went on to become thenation’s rst Black justice.“And it is not surprisingthat as one of his clerksshe held him in the highestregard,” Kyl continued.“Justice Marshall’s judicialphilosophy, however, is notwhat I would consider to bemainstream.”Democrats reacted asthough they had been handeda political gift, but Kyl wasone of several Republicanswho referred to Marshallin similar terms. Sens.Jeff Sessions of Alabama,Chuck Grassley of Iowa andJohn Cornyn of Texas didlikewise on a long day of speechmaking by membersof the Senate JudiciaryCommittee.Over and over, they quotedMarshall’s description of his judicial philosophy asevidence of his one-timeclerk’s intentions, withoutciting examples of cases inwhich his rulings misappliedthe Constitution to achieve adesired result.“Your Marshall memosindicate a liberal andseemingly outcome-basedapproach to your legal
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NEW ORLEANS (NNPA)— As BP’s deepwater wellcontinues to discharge oilinto the Gulf, the economicand public health effectsare already being felt acrosscoastal communities. Butit’s likely this is only thebeginning. From the bayousof southern Louisiana to thecity of New Orleans, manyfear this disaster representsnot only environmentaldevastation, but also culturalextinction for people thathave made their lives herefor generations, especiallyAfrican Americans.This is not the rst timethat Louisianans have losttheir communities or theirlives from the actions of corporations. The land losscaused by oil companieshas already displaced manywho lived by the coast,and the pollution fromtreatment plants has poisonedcommunities across the state –especially in “cancer alley,”the corridor of industrialfacilities along the MississippiRiver south of Baton Rouge.“The cultural losses asa consequence of the BP
By Dorothy Rowley
 AFRO Staf Writer 
Mayor Adrian Fenty has joined with the District Departmentof Human Services to congratulate the U. S. InteragencyCouncil on Homelessness on its release of the nation’s rstcomprehensive plan to prevent and end homelessness.The plan is entitled, “Opening Doors: Federal StrategicPlan to Prevent and End Homelessness,” and is the result of acollaborative effort among several federal agencies, with thedepartments of Housing and Urban Development, Labor andVeterans Affairs listed among them.However, the effort surrounding homeless veterans in theDistrict provides more than 100 persons labeled as chronicvictims with supportive services and housing.
Louisiana’s Black Communities Fear Oil’s Impact
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Washington, D.C. ocials are lauding the White House’splan to assist homeless persons like Myra Diggs, seenhere in this January 2009 photo in McPherson Square,where charitable groups hand out free meals and clothingto the homeless.
Fenty Hails Plan toEnd Homelessness
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 AFRO Staf Writer 
For years, because it lacked adequate housing for juvenileoffenders, the District resorted to placing them in facilitiesoutside the city; most times, in other states as far as 300miles away. This was particularly true for females. Last yearfor instance, of the more than 300 youths from the Districtthat were detained in facilities in other states, some 25 werefemales.Now, Howard University has announced a partnershipwith the District that, at the onset, will enable at leastsix delinquent females, ages 15 to 20, to serve out theircourt-ordered sentences at the new Lillian D. WorthingtonResidential facility located in Southeast Washington.The renovated 5,500-square-foot center, slated foropening in July, is a long-term facility and will be operatedin conjunction with the privately owned, District-basedMetropolitan Educational Solutions.“This is a small community-based endeavor,” said LindaHarlee-Harper, program manager with the city’s Departmentof Youth Rehabilitative Services.She said wherever the participating girls go beyond
Female Detention Centerto Open in Southeast
Supreme Court nominee ElenaKagan smiles at the conclusionof her rst day of conrmationhearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the U.S.Capitol in Washington, June 28.
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An oil drilling platform stands in the Gulf of Mexico behind Jerome Gollop, left, as hehelps his grandson Rodney x his shing pole in Port Fourchon, La. Since the DeepwaterHorizon oil drilling platform exploded o the coast of Louisiana, Black residents worryabout the disaster’s impact on their communities.
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Alpha Kappa AlphaSorority, one of the largestwomen’s organizations inthe world, recently inducted
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Obama to Host Arica Independence Celebration
President Barack Obama, the son of a Kenyan manand White American woman, will host a 50th anniversarycelebration of 18 African nations’ independence in the capital
this summer, government ofcials told
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well,” the unnamed ofcial reportedly said.
The event is slated to take place in earlyAugust.
BET Founder Brings Business to Haiti
With the rainy season creating additional strife inearthquake-ravaged Haiti, BET founder and business mogulBob Johnson is bringing new hope to the Caribbean nation.Johnson’s investment company, RLJ Companies, partneredwith Global Building Solutions following the January naturaldisaster to develop mass housing and now has new plans to
bring work and nancial assistance to Haiti.
The venture, named Caribbean Opportunity Holdings,will construct factories in the island nation that will buildconstruction materials, according to a press release issued bythe company.“We know that putting a manufacturing facility in countryas opposed to shipping all of the materials from outside willcreate more jobs and make it cheaper to make the houses,” said
Chief Operating Ofcer Lisa Pickrum in a press release.
She went on to say the company plans to “move beyond aid
in to prot-sharing businesses.”
A press release from Johnson states the two factories willbuild earthquake- and hurricane-resistant panels for housing inHaiti’s quake-battered capital and in the city of Cap-Haitien.Johnson announced the new project during a recent tripto Port-au-Prince, where he met with Haitian President RenePreval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.
Black Caucuses, Mayors Push or Federal Action on CleanEnergy Policies
On June 29, members of the Congressional Black Caucus,Hip Hop Caucus and National Conference of Black Mayorsconverged in Washington, D.C., to push for federal action onclean energy and climate policies.The mayors met with members of Congress in the House
and Senate, as well as administration ofcials to draw attention
to the matters. One year after the House passed the historicclean energy and climate legislation, the Senate still has notenacted a similar legislation.In addition, the mayors highlighted efforts to improvethe sustainability of their respective cities through the “Greenthe City” initiative and explained why Congress should movesto reduce pollution, create jobs and improve the environmentalcondition of people in urban communities.Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) chair the Congressional Black Caucus and CBC Energyand Environment Taskforce.
Some Blacks Angry over Selection o White Actress toPortray Cleopatra
Angelina Jolie has won thepart of Cleopatra in an upcoming
lm, and while the author of 
the book on which the movie isbased has praised her selection,many African Americans feeldifferently.Stacy Schiff, author of 
Cleopatra: A Life
, told
that, “Physically, [Jolie’s]got the perfect look.” But manyBlack Americans are outragedthat yet another White woman isset to play the Egyptian queen.“Honestly, I don’t care howfull Angelina Jolie’s lips are, howmany African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will
become for the lm, I rmly believe this role should have gone
to a Black woman,”
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year. Roughly 34.9 milliontravelers are expected to takea trip at least 50 miles awayfrom home for the nation’sbirthday this year, anothertelling sign that the economyis on an upswing.“AAA travel agentscontinue to report double-digit increases in thepercentage of travelersmaking advanced reservationsfor cruises, vacation packagesand online hotel bookingsvia AAA.com are up overlast year,” AAA Mid-Atlantic Manager of Publicand Government AffairsRagina C. Averella said ina statement. “All of whichare positive signs pointingto an increase in the numberof Americans traveling thisFourth of July holiday.”The 2010 Fourth of Julyholiday travel period runsfrom July 1 through July 5.“I’m not sure about everyoneelse, but I‘m denitely gettingaway this Fourth of Julyweekend,” Baltimore residentAmanda Gilkes said. “Theselast few years have beenrough but I nally have a littlemore wiggle room.”Heading to the backyardto lay a few steaks on the grillmay still be the best economicdecision possible for many,but telling signs of scalrecovery are encouraging asAmericans continue to thawout from a market freeze.But while AAA reports anincrease in travel expectationsthis year, not all residents areconsidering taking trips outof state. They prefer to let thecelebration come to them.“I typically don’t travel forthe Fourth [of July] anyway,”Washington, D.C. residentCharlene Collier said. “Thisis D.C., why would I leave?Folks want to come here forthe Fourth.”
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Fourth of July holidayfestivities are traditionallysynonymous with a weekendgetaway trip. Whether it wasbeach destinations, hotel staysor simple trips to visit thein-laws, the popular choicefor many vacationers was totake to the road. Although therecent economic fallout hasput a hold on travel plans formany Americans over the lastfew years, AAA is projectinga signicant increase inholiday travel this yearcompared to 2009.Using economicforecasting and research byIHS Global Insight, AAAprojects a 17.1 percentincrease for the number of Americans traveling thisJuly 4 weekend over last
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analysis,” Grassley said to Kagan, whose papers from her yearas a clerk are part of the hearing record. “You have admittedthat your upbringing steeped you in deeply held liberalprinciples. You should know – or we should know whether, asyou’ve said, you have, quote, retained them fairly intact to thisdate, end of quote.”At its core, the debate over Marshall has less to do with thepast than it does with the future.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said what others havedoubtless concluded, that adding one member to the court’sliberal bloc while another departs is unlikely to alter the overallbalance of the court. Obama named Kagan to succeed JusticeJohn Paul Stevens, who is retiring.At the same time, several Democrats said they view thecurrent court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, as an activistinstitution that routinely sides with corporations at the expenseof individuals.Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the chairman of the committee,told reporters that a ruling last winter giving corporations(and unions) the right to spend freely on political activity was“probably the most blatant example of a conservative activistcourt.”Back inside the committee room, Thurgood Marshall Jr. waswitness to the debate over his father’s legacy. “It’s a functionof living a life of consequence on the Supreme Court,” the sonsaid of the father in an interview.But Marshall the younger also offered a rebuttal to the coreRepublican charge, saying his father “was never reversed in90-some opinions” as a judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Courtof Appeals. “If a senator wants to stand up and say they wantto oppose desegregating the schools,” they have that right,Marshall said.Republicans didn’t do that, and Cornyn, for one, saidexplicitly he didn’t consider the landmark school desegregationruling to be an example of judicial activism.Democrats, seemingly delighted at the Republicans’ choiceof targets, were content not to notice.Referring to the school desegregation case, Sen. RichardDurbin, D-Ill., said, “If that is an activist mind at work, weshould be grateful as a nation that he argued before thisSupreme Court, based on discrimination in this society, andchanged America for the better.”Also, Durbin said, “Thurgood Marshall argued 32 casesbefore the Supreme Court of the United States and won 29 of them, earning more victories in the Supreme Court than anyother individual.”Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., also quoted Marshall approvingly,referring to a speech the then-justice delivered in 1987:“I do not believe the meaning of the Constitution wasforever xed at the Philadelphia convention. To the contrary,the government they devised was defective from the start,requiring several amendments, a civil war, a momentoussocial transformation to attain the system of constitutionalgovernment and its respect for the individual freedoms andhuman rights we hold as fundamental today.”
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