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 ofcial 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,
The Associated Press
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 let; 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. Buttereld, D-N.C.
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Haitian presidential candidate Michel Martelly, right, alsoknown as Sweet Mickey, takes pictures with supporters inthis March 11 photo.
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