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Prince George's County Afro-American Newspaper, April 9, 2011

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April 9, 2011 - April 9, 2011, The Afro-American
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By George Barnette
AFRO Staf Writer 
Leaders from the National Pan-Hellenic Council along with NationalUrban League President Marc Morial are using the anniversary of Dr. MartinLuther King Jr.’s death to reinforce his dream. The leaders want truly want tosee equality for all Americans.“At a time when the needs of the Black community, the needs of poorpeople, and the needs of children are increasing,” Marian Wright Edelman,president of the Children’s Defense Fund, said, “we’re cutting the very
 
Volume 119 No. 35
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDITION
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Obama LaunchesRe-election Campaign
By George Barnette
AFRO Staf Writer 
A ght for more fundingfor the county’s nonprots hasturned into a power struggleof just who is in control of thecounty’s nonprots.Sandy Pruitt, leader of People for Change of PrinceGeorge’s County organized ameeting for April 1 for all of the county’s nonprots, undera new umbrella organizationname of Nonprot Coalitionof Prince George’s County, todiscuss the budget and otherissues, however there was aproblem. The Human ServicesCoalition of Prince George’sCounty didn’t approve.In an e-mail sent in responseto Pruitt’s call for action, HSCExecutive Director Jerry Adamsmade it clear that if there wasto be any group to organizenonprots in the county, itwould be his.“Where exactly do you getthe authority to represent yourorganization as the NonprotCoalition of Prince George’s County?” Adams asked.“I just googled ‘Nonprot Coalition of Prince George’sCounty’ and HSC of PGC was the four of the rst tenchoices that came up. People for Change does not everenter the picture.”However, when many leaders of nonprots readthe e-mail, they became infuriated with its tone andmessage. Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant, who alsoworks with Community Development Corporation,says the county’s nonprots had the right to hold thatmeeting.“This is America and wehave the right to meet withwhoever we decide to meetwith. We have the right topeacefully assemble. Wehave the right to petition ourgovernment,” Grant said.“For an individual to expressdisdain, anger and frustration,and to suggest that she shouldget permission to come tohim to call such a meeting isa travesty to our democraticideals.”Adams went on to say thatPruitt’s message was confusingto the county’s nonprotcommunity. Adams said hisgroup will take a “reasoned”approach into meetings withcounty ofcials as opposed tothe method Pruitt is using.“If HSC represents areasoned and tactical approachas its voice of the nonprotcommunity, and you confusethe issue with a second messageand style, we will have twovery confusing messages‘representing’ nonprots,” hesaid. “That is a huge disservice to nonprots, and thecounty that watches them.Despite Adam’s effort to discourage attendance,it went on as planned with over 40 county nonprotsrepresented according to Pruitt. Adams did not attend,but representatives from HSC were in attendancethough, according to Adams, they did not participate.Pruitt plans on moving forward with action fromthe Nonprot Coalition of Prince George’s County
Instead o Fighting or Funding,Nonprofts Fight Each Other
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Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grantsupported the meeting o county non-proft agencies to develop a strategyor dealing with declining support romthe county government.By George Barnette
AFRO Staf Writer 
There aren’t many positive thingscoming out of the Prince George’sDepartment of Corrections (DOC).But its barber school, which is helpingto reduce recidivism, is proving to bean exception.“We don’t blow our own hornenough,” said Mary Lou McDonough,director of DOC. “This is one of thoseprograms where you can count on theresults.”The program is directed by PhilMazza, former president of theNational Association of Barber Boardsof America (NABBA). Mazza, incharge since the program’s inceptionin 1993, has seen it grow into DOC’smost successfulvocationalprogram.Mazzasays it’s themost successfulprogram becauseit’s the only onethat has 100 percentjob placement. Theprogram partnerswith 53 shops inPrince George’sand Charles countiesto provide homesfor all of itsgraduates. Inaddition tothat, it has 15 percent recidivismrate, which is much lower than theDOC’s overall inmate return rate of 66percent.The 1,200 hour program is set upin two areas, classroom study andpracticum. Students normally onlycomplete 850 of the needed hourswhile incarcerated. The rest is doneunder the watchful eye of a masterbarber outside of the facility.Students in the program say theycan see how the class is workingalready. Robert Davis, incarceratedon handgun possession, says you cansee how different the behavior is of the men in the class versus that of theother inmates.“There’s denitely a difference,”he said. “This class gives ussomething to work for. When youhave something to do, you tend not towant to get in trouble.”Davis’ words prove propheticin the clinical area. Theatmosphere in which thebarbers train is different fromthe rest of the facility. Softmusic plays while the barberspractice, making the facilitya lot less rowdy than your typicalbarbershop. That was done by designto keep the students in the programon good behavior, Mazza said. In 18years Mazza, not a corrections ofcerby background, says he’s never hadany security breaches.
Pr. George’s CorrectionsDept. Touts Barber Program
By AFRO Sta 
Myths about Malcolm X—hislife, his beliefs and especially hisdeath—continue to abound decadesafter his assassination at the age39. Longtime Malcolm X scholarManning Marable attempts todeconstruct the Black icon’s life andoffers “explosive” new revelationsinto Malcolm’s death in his newbook,
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
Marable will not experiencewhat could be the highpoint of hiscareer, however. On April 1, justdays before his book’s launch onApril 4, the scholar, writer, lecturer,and civil rights activist who foundedthe Institute for Research in AfricanAmerican Studies at Columbia
New Alleged Malcolm X Assassin Fingered inNew Book
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Author, Manning Marable, Scholar and Activist,Dies before Publication
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State workers wave and shout during a protest, as drivers pass byhonking their horns Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, in downtown Lansing,Mich., at the Capitol Commons building. A state panel on Fridaydeadlocked over a rule change that would have let state workers belaid o up to 20 days i there is a government shutdown.
Civil Rights LeadersAsks Congress toReconsider Cuts
Respected historianand author ManningMarable died threedays beore thepublication o hisautobiography o Malcolm X.
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The Afro-American, April 9, 2011 - April 15, 2011
Obama Re-electionLaunches with E-mail,Website
WASHINGTON (AP)— President Barack Obamaformally launched his re-election campaign today.And he’s urging grass-rootssupporters central to his rstWhite House run to mobilizeagain to protect the changehe’s brought over the past twoyears.The ofcial start of hissecond White House bid comesamid three wars, a budget ghtwith Congress, and sluggisheconomic recovery. It alsocomes 20 months before theNovember 2012 election.Obama sent an e-mailto more than 13 millionsupporters announcing hiscandidacy. In it, he says lastingchange never comes quickly oreasily. And he says mobilizingneeds to start to protect theprogress that’s already beenmade.The campaign is based inChicago. Many of the samepeople from his rst bidremain involved, includingformer campaign managerDavid Plouffe, who now is inthe White House, and chief political strategist DavidAxelrod.
National Urban LeagueDeclares ‘War onUnemployment’
WASHINGTON, D.C.(March 31, 2011) – With urbanand minority communitiesmired in economic uncertainty,the National Urban League(NUL) declared “war onunemployment” with the recentrelease of the “2011 State of Black America” report.“Our nation has declaredwar on poverty…war ondrugs…even war on obesity,”said NUL President andCEO Marc H. Morial in aprepared statement. “TheNational Urban League callson Washington to declare waron unemployment, and urbanAmerica is the battlefront. Asurban communities go, so goesAmerica, and unless thosecommunities have access tojobs and are fully prepared toexcel and innovate in thosejobs, the nation’s economicrecovery is meaningless.”“The State of BlackAmerica,” issued annuallyby the National UrbanLeague since 1976, centerson an Equality Index, whichranks Blacks and Latinosagainst White Americanson issues such as income,homeownership, healthinsurance and education.This year’s Equality Indexof Black America stands at71.5 percent a 0.6 percentdecline from last year.The Equality Index of Latino America, includedfor the second time this year,stands at 76.8, compared to a2010 index of 76.6 percent.The report was released ata town hall event at HowardUniversity and moderated byaward-winning journalistsRoland Martin and Jeff Johnson.
Haiti’s New PresidentPromises Change AmidPoverty, Corruption
Michel Martelly’sascendancy to Haiti’spresidential seat marks anunexpected evolution in theCaribbean country’s history.On April 4, Martelly, 50,beat out opponent, professorand Haiti’s former rst ladyMirlande Manigat, 70, witha landslide 67 percent of thevotes,
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 reported.The island nation’s past ispeppered with corrupt leadersand nepotism, perhaps mostevident in the 29-year father-son Duvalier regime, whichresulted in the deaths of anestimated 300,000 Haitians anda seemingly endless economicslump.But Martelly, a carnivalsinger known more for hislascivious lyrics than politicalinsight, says he will bringchange to Haiti with a focuson “action, recovery andrenewal,” according to hiscampaign website.His outsider status amongthe country’s close knitpolitical circles may havebeen the deciding factor in hisvictory, however. Throughoutthe elections, Manigat’scamp painted Martelly as anuneducated, immoral candidatewho would only throw Haiti’salready fragile socioeconomicstate into further disarray.But in an interview withCNN, Martelly said he is aman of the people. “I’ve beenon the ground with [the Haitianpeople] for 22 years. Thepeople know me. I representthe light at the end of thetunnel.”
(Ofcial White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with the CongressionalBlack Caucus Executive Committee in the Oval Ofce,March 30. Attending the meeting are, rom let; Rep.Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y.; Rep. Donna Christensen, D-V.I.;President Obama; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.;Rep.Andre Carson, D-Ind.; and Rep. G. K. Buttereld, D-N.C.
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The Afro-American, April 9, 2011 - April 9, 2011
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ANNAPOLIS — In an attempt to x the state’s mosttroubled agency without spending more money, lawmakersare asking the Department of Juvenile Services for reportsrather than policy changes.A bill that would have mandated substantially equivalentservices for girls has been amended to ask for a report fromthe department by December outlining how the range andquality of services for boys can be extended to include girls.In addition to asking the department to report on servicesfor girls, other legislation is pending that would requirejuvenile services to explain what is necessary for the agencyto stay within its budget and to report more specic numbersabout juveniles who are released and re-arrested.Sen. Jamie Raskin presented the bill requiring a reporton equal services for girls to the House Judiciary CommitteeTuesday, where it is expected to be approved and sent to theHouse oor.“Sometimes legislation moves in baby steps,” said Del.Kathleen Dumais, vice-chair of the committee and the leadsponsor of the original bill, which analysts estimated wouldhave cost more than $2 million.Advocates of equal services for girls will likelyreintroduce the bill next year using the information from thereport. Sam Abed, the new secretary of the department, andGov. Martin O’Malley, have expressed support for equalservices with or without legislation.Another bill, sponsored by Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a vocalcritic of juvenile justice in Maryland, requires the departmentto report recidivism rates to the General Assembly byregion and by individual detention or treatment facility. Thedepartment currently releases to the public rates by whichjuveniles reoffend by type of treatment undergone, but not byfacility.Without information about individual programs, Zirkinsaid, the department would continue to “place kids intoenvironments where we have no knowledge of success rates.If you’re going to send a kid to ABC detention center, or ABCgroup home, I want to know how they’re doing.”Overall, three out of four juveniles are arrested withinthree years of being released from a Department of JuvenileServices program, and almost half are re-adjudicated orreconvicted.Tuesday’s hearing is one of the last steps for the recidivismbill. Having passed the Senate without opposition, it isexpected to pass in the House.Lawmakers may also require the department to submita plan for how to fully fund the historically-underfundedagency.Budget analysts say that the 2012budget underfunds juvenile services by$7.2 million because it does not accountfor frequent use of overtime to maintainrequired staff-to-juvenile ratios.These reports would be required inaddition to the annual state comprehensive three-year plan.The reporting requirements are indicative of the budgetclimate. New initiatives and reforms require funding, andfunding is hard to come by this session.But Zirkin said that after years of attempting to x thedepartment through legislation, reporting is all that’s left forthe General Assembly to require of the department.“Over the last 10 years we’ve passed countless bills toprovide a roadmap for juvenile services, a litany of juvenilejustice legislation that is now law,” said Zirkin. “They justneed to follow what we’ve done.”“What else are you going to do? Pass a law that says youreally, really, really mean it?”
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Nonprots Fight
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Barber Program
Lawmakers Look for More Reports from DJS
“Sometimes legislation moves in baby steps.” 
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and has a meeting scheduled for April 15. She is also planningto ask for the removal of Adams from his position within HSCas there is still a bad taste in the mouth of her coalition.“What should have been his response is ‘I congratulateyou Ms. Pruitt on bringing together nonprots. As you know Irepresent an organization that works with nonprots. I wouldlike to join you in this roundtable discussion to see if thereare ways where we can possibly work together to see that thenonprot sector does not lose funding,’” Grant said.Stephan Simmons, chief of program services at thefacility, said inmates in theprogram are different outsideof the clinical area too.He says its like “night andday” once the inmates leavetraining, but he still marvelsat the program’s success. Hisonly issue is why the youngmen have to be incarceratedto take advantage of such aprogram.“Why do these young menhave to be incarcerated toreceive something like this?”he asked. “Why not openit up in high schools? Weknow everyone isn’t going tocollege so why not give themsomething they can do tokeep them out of here?”To be enrolled into theprogram, inmates have tobe incarcerated for at leastsix months, to have enoughtime to complete the 1,200hour course. Inmates haveto request placement in theprogram, but they may nothave any open cases or priorcharges that are of violentnature. Those who may havea violent charge may ask forspecial consideration, butthere is no guarantee that itwill be successful.
“Why do theseyoung men have tobe incarcerated toreceive somethinglike this?” 
– Stephan Simmons
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