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By Zenitha Prince Washington Bureau Chief President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget, released on Valentine’s Day, is getting little love from either side of the ideological aisle. Republicans, who in a nod to their tea party supporters have proposed $61 billion in spending cuts for the current fiscal year ending Sept. 30, said Obama’s $3.73 trillion proposal falls short of his pledge to fiscal discipline. “The President’s budget reflects a complete lack of seriousness about our present fiscal crisis. If this is our generation’s Sputnik moment, then the White House clearly hasn’t gotten the message,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. “If we are serious about cutting the size of government and creating jobs, it is going to require real leadership from this White House.” The White House spending plan promises to cut the deficit by $1.1 trillion over 10 years but will increase the deficit by $1.65 trillion this year before starting to scale back. The plan reflects funding President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal is drawing criticisms from Democrats and Republicans alike.
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Maryland’s Black population increased slightly to 29.4 percent, while Blacks seemingly migrated to southern counties, according to new Census data released Feb. 9. Counties such as Anne Arundel, Howard and Charles – whose White population dipped from 67 to 48 percent over the last decade – experienced the largest growth spurts of Black residents. U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., said areas such as Charles County, which was once rural and undeveloped, are becoming more developed as the result of urban sprawl from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She says the new racial composition may benefit minorities during legislative
redistricting. “[Minority growth] actually bodes well depending on where these census blocks are in the population and where the population is,” Edwards said. “We get to see what this might mean, in terms of the prospects for additional members of the state senate, who might be African American and be competitive in some districts where there hasn’t been competition [from African Americans] before.” Baltimore City was the only jurisdiction in the state to lose residents; in fact, as a whole, Maryland grew by 9 percent or 480,000 residents. Over the last decade, Baltimore City’s population decreased by about 1 percent with about roughly 30,000 fewer Black residents living in the area than Whites. The city now has 620,961 residents, a 4.6 percent loss and at Continued on A5
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By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer At a media conference Feb. 14, city leaders announced the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation will sponsor programs for teenage dropouts and ex-offenders seeking employment, current high school students desiring college preparatory training and school-age children looking for an after school safe haven. Lauding the program as a “faith event,” U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said the foundation’s tri-fold efforts will fortify youth through holistic services.“We have to take these programs and make them a model for the nation,” he told reporters at the media event. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the initiatives will ensure “we have fewer people falling through the cracks,” adding that the city must do a better job to promote such forward thinking programs throughout the city. The foundation’s Argus program encourages 20 young ex-offenders between the ages of 14 and 18 to prepare for the GED and
boosts in areas such as biomedical research, broadband extension, highspeed rail, elementary education and clean energy. “These investments are an essential part of the budget,” President Obama said at Baltimore’s Parkville Middle School and Center for Technology on Monday, “... because I’m convinced that if we out-build and out-innovate
and out-educate, as well as out-hustle the rest of the world, the jobs and industries of our time will take root here in the United States. Our people will prosper and our country will succeed.” But such increases fly in the face of the president’s promise to address long-term deficit reduction, Capitol Hill Republicans said. Continued on A5
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develop job training skills five days a week at the Druid Hill Community Development Corp. Some 30 students at Augusta Falls High School in West Baltimore will take advantage of the Quantam program, receiving opportunities – for individualized tutoring, Continued on A5
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Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson was indicted on federal bribery, extortion and witness and evidence tampering charges on Feb. 14. According to the indictment, the 61-yearold Johnson is accused of conspiring – with developers, political candidates, public officials and Amrik Singh Melhi, owner of Tick Tock Liquors in Hyattsville, as well as other liquor stores in the region – to use his influence to produce favorable official actions for the aforementioned parties. “Pay-to-play government is not democratic government,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement. “Anyone who seeks benefits or approvals from the government should be evaluated on the merits, without being extorted for payments or losing out to competitors who pay bribes. Government employees flagrantly abuse the public trust when they take money in return for official acts.” This week’s indictment is the continuation of a saga that began when Johnson was arrested with his wife on Nov. 12 at their Mitchellville home. Three days later, nine
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Former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson faces a possible 115 years based on the indictment handed down on Feb. 14. other people were arrested in connection with the Johnson probe including Melhi and three Prince George’s police officers. The indictment says that Johnson along with the head of the county’s Department of Housing and Community Development – called Public Official A – accepted money, trips, expenses, meals, drinks, hotel rooms, airline tickets, rounds of golf, employment, mortgage payments and campaign contributions from Melhi and two other men (Developer A and Developer B). There is substantial information in Continued on A4
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Georgia Rep. John Lewis (D) told MSNBC a 50-year-old comic book about the slain civil right’s leader and the Montgomery, Ala. bus boycott has gained notoriety in the Arab world. “Egypt is a reliable, dependable friend of the United States of America, but what we’re witnessing is a nonviolent revolution occurring in Egypt and we must be on the right side of history. ... I just heard a day or two ago that more than 250,000 copies of The Montgomery Story in comic book form was distributed throughout Egypt and it was copied and translated. I believe many of the people in the streets today have been deeply inspired by the civil rights movement in America and deeply inspired by Martin Luther King ...” The Montgomery Story was first published in 1956 and highlighted the bus boycott that ended the city’s segregated transportation policies. Although it garnered little attention Courtesy Image stateside, Egyptian blogger Dalia Ziada translated the comic book into Farsi and Arabic in 2008. According to her blog, the Arabic and Farsi translations inspired Vietnamese activists and The Montgomery Story is now being distributed throughout other Asian countries. “The main message I hope that Arabic readers will take from the MLK comic book is that: change is not impossible. It is time to stop using our muscles blindly,” said Ziada, director of the American Islamic Congress (AIC) – an activist group created in response to the Sept. 11 attacks – according to TheGrio.com. “Let’s try using our intellect in innovative, creative ways to pressure decision makers and end dictatorship, tyranny and the suppression practiced against us.” California-Berkeley.
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The world’s oldest intercollegiate fraternity founded by African-American men has established its first chapter in South Africa. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1906, chartered Rho Phi Lambda Chapter in Johannesburg on Feb. 3. The ceremony was held during the Kenneth Harlan Simmons Memorial Charity Dinner. Simmons, a successful African-American architect and professor, was a longtime member of the fraternity known for his work on equal rights, urban planning and community development. He relocated to South Africa in 1994 after retiring from the University of
Leroy Hassell Sr., Virginia’s first Black chief justice, died Feb. 9 at a Richmond hospital, the Supreme Court of Virginia announced in a press release. The cause of his death was not released. A native of Norfolk, Hassell was a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School. Before joining the Supreme Court at 34, he became partner at the nationally recognized McGuire Woods law firm. Hassell was a member of the court since 1989 and served as chief justice from February 2003 until his death. His successor, Chief Justice Kinser, praised Hassell’s intellect and “passion for the law” in a statement. “The Supreme Court of Virginia and the entire judiciary in the Commonwealth are saddened by the death of Justice Hassell. He was devoted to the Court and worked tirelessly to improve the administration of justice,” Kinser said. On Feb. 11, Hassell’s body lay in state in the state capitol rotunda, where relatives and friends paid their final respects. His funeral took place Feb. 12 at an undisclosed church where Hassell and his family worshipped.
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sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly at the body or viewing it on a wall-mounted
Maryland General Assembly and one great grandchild. as a democratic state senator Funeral arrangements for District 44, replacing were not finalized by AFRO incumbent John Carroll Byrnes, according to the Maryland Society of Senators Past. “She [Louise Murphy] was a forceful, concerned, committed person, who had a deep sense of the value of the community. She had a sense Julianimportance of political of the King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. organizing and she was a A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in fixture in the Black society of told the newspaper thatlong as Hudson jail for parole violation after West Baltimore for as I can remember,” AFRO CEO and Publisher John Oliver Jr. said. Among her many honors, “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted Murphy served as president ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijackof the Baltimore City Retired “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show Teachers Association, on the ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both boards of directors for the was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also Morgan Christian Center and moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesArena Playhouse, and was The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. a 60-year active member had Hudson, Jennifer’s sister –of He was released from prison in been missing Theta Friday, 2006 after serving seven years Delta Sigma since Sorority. when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and Dow said her mother grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. loved to travel. She recalled a Donerson, 57, and when they his uncle, The boy remained missing time in the 1960s Jason Hudson, 29, shot by death through a long weekend in to train. traveled cross-country in his what was probably the which police and volunteers “But grandmother’s home in the 7000 block of South Yale most important to her was Avenue. education,” Dow said. “She An Amber Alert – a desigfirmly believed that children nation for high-risk missing had to get a good foundation children – was issued Friday in the elementary discovered after Julian was years.” Murphy the murders. missing afteris survived by one daughter, two William Police arrestedgrandchildren Balfour, the missing boy’s stepfather and estranged husband of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Southside apartment several hours afterObama, the measure President the murders. Balfour’sapproved by U.S. has must be mother, Michele, told reporters that her son had District Judge Paul Friedman nothingit can become part of before to do with the slayings. theBalfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson settlement. “I’m hopeful that Judge Friedman will make that decision soon,” Dr. Boyd said.
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“She had a sense of the importance of political organizing and she was a fixture in the Black society of West Baltimore for as long as I can remember.”
Louise Gee Murphy, a Baltimore City educator and former state senator, died of natural causes the morning of Feb. 15, her daughter Sharon Dow confirmed with the AFRO. She was 88. Murphy, a passionate advocate for education, served nearly half a century as an elementary school teacher, principal, supervisor and specialist for Baltimore City Public Schools. Later in life, Courtesy Photos she delvedHudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who Jennifer into politics. A powerhouse in as was killed, as wellher her brother, Jason. own right, heading various video screen, the family chose AFRO Archives Photo committees including the plate X584859 was found on Louise Gee According to the the body of her 7-year-old Former Maryland state Sen. the latter. Murphy seen here Maryland State Central Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson age of 88. nephew Monday, just hours at her swearing in. Murphy died Feb. 15 at thesaid, “Yes, Committee and Morgan Park police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” after his body was found in a Community Association, the outspoken woman married graduated in 1944, during the University of Maryland into the iconic Murphy the heart of segregation, and with them,” Dow said. family of the Afro-American two years later, she earned a Murphy soon returned Newspapers in 1971. master’s in education from to Baltimore and completed an advanced certificate No wonder Obama’seducation is and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King in campaign trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer from The group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to Never Organized Johns Hopkins with ACORN.” election officials. Presidential candidate John to ACORN Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties University.run McCain’s attack on ACORN – She spent were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes Associated Community A productfor Reform Now – of city schools, New York knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They moving up University on 43 years swiftly even endorsed ACORN’s Organization Murphy attended whatthe scholarship. “[At that time] the for President. sion, were fired. him ranks of city schools confirms the success of was then Coppin State Teachers the“The evidence that has surstate preferred to pay until her retirement trouble. But now ACORN is inin organization, the head of the College to have an impact for Blacks to go to graduate 1988. Between theare at least faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There years of group says. on the school system. She work schoolto get paid forelse besides 11 investigations across the forms somewhere work they “This is testimony to the 1982-83, she served in the didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in an interview tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign “When this attack started, we By Jamaal Abdul-Alim – kept making statements bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 of an had just announced Special to the AFROthat we had about the case instead to selves. And factcheck. org ACORN Dr. Boyd anout the vote registered 1.3 million new votasking front for get actual efforts. ers,” she said. President Barack agrees. “That’s just to say Although question. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky that someone’s running scared Obama signed a measure two Despite Stranahan’s ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” months agowho is running for meant to fund the been found guilty of, or even questions about non-farmers Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, settlement of a Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent seeking to file claims, for Blind ambition. Too risky the president on the longstanding case known as ACORN in the settlement, formally known votes.” America. et, lashed out at the Black farmers lawsuit, no payout is as Pigford II, actually allows The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack in sight contending the artists “is marily because of the way not onlyMcCain’s comments, Since for claims to be Obama, despite scam group who suggestof maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than filed by Black farmers been ACORN’s 87 offices havewho on the verge otherwise. rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and loans farmed and were denied ingThatof the the heart of the one was greatest frauds in ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. voter history in this country, message that National Black through USDA agencies from The day after the presidential maybe destroying the president ployed, to sign up new voters. Farmers Associationfabric of 1981 through 1996, but also Photo both Roberts debate, vandals broke into the The idea was to helpby Robthose democracy.” sought to Dr. John Boyd those who attempted to farm being registered and those in organization’s Boston andduring Factcheck.org, a week at the Dr. John Boyd, shown doing deliver earlier this non-partisan and were denied loans Seattle this September 2010 AFRO the registration. offices andperiod. Web site, found those claims to National Press Club. “We’ve the same stole computers. fileMaud explained, “We have a photo, alerted Black After a Cleveland representative be “exaggerated,”struggle. eviwith “no had a very long Congress enacted farmers to an alleged zero tolerance policy for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was dence of any such democracyWe’re still struggling,” legislation that led to Pigford ate falsification them to pay sent to the local office saying she scam, asking of registration.” destroying fraud.” he said in reference to the II in 2008 due to concerns Most news account neglect Hurd believes the McCain application fees. He said to “is going to have her life ended.” lawsuit,were politicallyin which began motivat- point out that ACORN is about the large number of charges the farmers did not have to A worker in Providence, R.I., 1997 and alleged the U.S. late-filing applicants who did required by law to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayed. pay any money to apply for Department “Because it’s lownot obtain a determination istration forms. And they also fail ing, “We know you get off work She said, of Agriculture the settlement. discriminated against Black of the merits of their claims to note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, farmers onof color, I believe the about the alleged scams were under the original Pigforda tion, in many instances, that first A caller to one office left and people the basis of race and failed to investigatethose settlement approved by brought message on the answering a McCain campaign thinks or scarce. the phony registrations to the attention of authorities. machine,district courtI judge voters are going to vote respond to complaints from federal saying: “Hi, was just The conference The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is not neces1983 to 1997. in 1999, according to The momentarily grew heated isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” don’t have the “We still Pigford Cases: USDA when a Huffington Post points, preferring to Boyd’s hung. He’s aof Discrimination ACORN is no stranger to money,” said in reference Settlement (expletive deleted) blogger critical of air misleading ads thatsuggested that most nigger, and he’s a piece of seek to link Obama controversy. settlement of to the second Suits by Black Farmers, advocacy to undercutting (expletiveprepared Youthe are the For 38meant the large part case, years, in non-partisan of ACORN, therebywho hope a report deleted). by guys the individuals fraudulent, andCongressional to you need to go organization has fought for social his political support. to give claimants who still non-partisan to cash in on the $1.15 billion hell. All the niggers on oak trees. McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowhadn’t had their cases heard Research Service. settlement are non-farmers and I approve this message. They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income under the original case a seeking to defraud the federal eys,The CRS reportget assassiAnnouncer: Who is Barack they’re going to cites Americans. With 400,000 memchance to do so. “Farmers still government, not actual concerns about “ineffective ber families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” haven’t even begun to have or Another message said, “You defective” notice regarding farmers. baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chaptheirin 110 cities nationwide, the case. “Not one damn dime has speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters cases heard.” Dr. Boyd said he wanted Under the terms of lege, paid out,” Chicago. deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seen been he moved toBoyd told to warn Black farmers that the just (expletive deleted) Became a community organizer. guysPigford II settlement its share of criticism while advo- the blogger, Lee Stranahan, they do not have to housing, agreement, claimants who There, Obama met Madeleine come to our country, consume cating for affordable pay any in response. “And all of Talbot, part you’ve labeled every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare for the application fees to get their submitted late-filing requests the sudden of the Chicago branch of ACORN. He was so and make aoriginal Pigford underserved— and while organcases heard, which he said under the lot of babies. That’s 80 percent of these people impressive that hethemasked to was go all you guys do.Oct. 12, 1999, izing voter artists in certain registration drives. some con case between And then suck fraudulent? Let train the ACORN staff. up the welfare 2008, but have But none has been as deep withering remote areas of the and June 19, and expect everythrough process.” What did ACORN in Chicago one else to paycase heard, can and baseless been getting or as this one. South have not had their for your hospital At one point during the engage in? Bullying banks. bills for your kids. tojus’ say let With the presidential election trying to get Black farmers seek relief of up I $50,000 Q&A, National Press Club Intimidation tactics. Disruption your kids die. That’s the best less than two weeks away, to do. plus debt relief, or choose the member and event host of business. ACORN forced move. Just let your children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the “I’m here to put people on longer process for damages of Karrye Braxton threatened Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. alertvoter they do notfraud after to call securityof loans that that registration have to up to $250,000, not gonna to on Stranahan The same types bills for them. I’maccording do sive payreported discovery ofBoyd a $1,000 fee,” Dr. bogus the CRS report. – who carried a handheld caused the financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. And I the said, although Mickey Mouse The all die.” camera he aimed at Dr. Boyd in today. hope youactual number of names, such as his details eligible thinks the hate calls will Hurd claimants – said to be in the tens cease soon. of thousands – remains toweeks, I think these “In two be seen, Dr. Boyd attacks will bethat anti-fraud it said, adding over. 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posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In her MySpace blog, she thanked fans and supdeadline. Contact March porters for their prayers and Funeral Homes West for offered at$100,000 reward to details a (410) 542-2400. anyone who returned the boy alive. Since the investigation, Hudson – who gained stardom after appearing on “American Idol,” and then won an Academy Award for her role in the movie Dreamgirls – has stayed out of the public eye. The Chicago Tribune reported that a parade of cars moved slowly past her family’s home Monday morning, past the news vans, reporters and curious onlookers. Neighbors stood quietly and reflected on the violence. In front of the Hudson’s home, men in heavy jackets and hooded sweatshirts came to kiss the twin white crosses baring the names of Donerson and Jason. “Everybody is sick of going through stuff like this,” Artisha West, a former resident of the area told the Tribune. “We all have to stick together. All these young children are dying, and for what?”
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Churchgoers Don Red for Heart Disease Prevention
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Donning a dark red suit accented with black polka dots, Verbar McKnight headed to the basement of Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church in West Baltimore following the morning service Feb. 13. The 54-year-old was on a mission – to take advantage of blood pressure screenings and track her risk for heart disease. “This is very important. I always get my blood pressure checked,” she said. Her mother suffers from a severe heart condition, spawned by years of high blood pressure, and although McKnight says she hasn’t experienced serious health woes, yet, she wants to get screened at least three times a month. “I just want to be safe,” she said, standing in line to see a nurse from St. Agnes hospital, who was administering the checks. Dozens of McKnight’s fellow congregants – all sporting red attire – filtered in and out of the church’s basement while hundreds of parishioners swarmed other places of worship around the state for similar screenings in celebration of Red Dress Sunday, a St. Agnes Hospitalsponsored event that brings awareness to the devastating effects of heart disease. Last year, over 100 churches led health forums or shared heart-related literature during Red Dress Sunday and St. Agnes officials anticipated a similar turnout this year. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in East Baltimore hosted the largest gathering
to ensure his congregants understand the risks of heart disease. He’d just recovered from a stroke, exacerbated by hypertension, two days prior to the Red Dress Sunday event. “I used to check my blood pressure once a month, now I check it every day,” he said. “It’s not just about a diet,” added Barbara White, one of the church’s event organizers. “We only have one heart and we need to treat it well.”
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Dressed in her red, 105-year-old Lavinia Smith was honored during the services. She is shown here with the Rev. Melvin Jackson, pastor at Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church. this year, a full-out health fair featuring fitness experts, health vendors and free screenings testing lung functions, glucose levels and blood pressure. “We want to educate women, primarily African-American women that this can be a preventable disease by taking proactive steps,” said St. Agnes spokeswoman Shareese Deleaver. She said church participation ballooned from three congregations to over 100 since the annual event started in 2005. “The event has caught on and grown and I think it has a lot to do with a desire to be educated.” The 50 or so variations of heart disease – the most common being blockage of the coronary arteries – are the No. 1 causes of death in America, chiefly among African-American women. Prevention steps include a vegetable-rich diet, frequent exercise and other oft-stressed elements that characterize a healthy lifestyle, including smoking cessation. “But you can’t do anything about heredity,” said Marcy Hunt, one of the nurses conducting blood pressure checks at Gillis Memorial. She said some people are born with heart disease, including many from within the African American or Asian Pacific Islander communities. It is best for individuals who are highly susceptible to heart conditions to know their family history and manage their health, she noted. Regular blood pressure checks are vital since high blood pressure commonly leads to heart disease, stroke and kidney failure, according to the American Heart Association. The Rev. Theodore C. Jackson Sr., head pastor at Gillis Memorial, said he wants
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Michelle Hardester, nurse, takes Loise Moore’s blood pressure reading after the morning service at Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church.
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the indictment taken from wiretapped conversations between Johnson, Public Official A, Developer A and Developer B. At the time of the offenses covered by the indictment, the head of the Department of Housing and Community Development was James Johnson. One of the more interesting statements came on the day State Sen. Ulysses Currie, D-Dist. 25, was indicted on federal bribery charges. Johnson, in a conversation with Public Official A, urged him to use caution. “You heard they indicted Uly Currie tonight right?” Johnson asked. “Yeah, 16 counts,” Public Official A responded. “Yup, damn, they really ... that’s why I was saying man, you know we in these jobs, we got to take ... be careful man,” Johnson said. “You know what I’m saying. Be careful boy, be careful.” Johnson is also documented asking Melhi and other people to donate to his wife’s campaign. In one conversation with a public official in the county he expressed his disappointment with how little money his wife was receiving on the campaign trail. “And remember they used to be crying all the time and your boy would go and was able to pick things up for them,” he said. “So now it starts coming in automatically right, so they don’t need it anymore. OK, but you know what? That doesn’t have to continue to happen. “Tell him you need him to raise money for my wife. Tell him to write a $4,000 check.” The investigation is continuing and more indictments are expected. Some are expected to include former candidates for public office within the county as well as county council members. “These charges are the result of a long and complex investigation by the FBI in Prince George’s County. Rooting out corruption Advertiser: is the FBI’s top BGE criminal priority and one we excel Publication: Afro American at,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard2/19/2011 Insertion Date: A. McFeely said in a statement. “This Ad Size: 9.14” x 8”, 4/c investigation will continue to seek out corrupt officials Title: Insulation/Cortina & Family and acts within all levels If Prince George’s this publication materi of you have received County in error, or have government.” any questions about it plea contact the traffic dept. at Weber Shandwic Johnson faces at (410) 558 2100. up to 115 years in prison if convicted.
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Continued from A1 “He’s been eloquent about the problem and yet his solutions don’t address the problem,” said Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, in a press conference. “The president has chosen to increase spending in some places, like high-speed rail, and then make reductions elsewhere. But at the end of the day, it does nothing in terms of addressing our budget problem because it doesn’t reduce spending.” “But here’s the thing,” President Obama countered in his speech. “While it’s absolutely essential to live within our means, while we are absolutely committed to working with Democrats and Republicans to find further savings and to look at the whole range of budget issues, we can’t sacrifice our future in the process. Even as we cut out things that we can afford to do without, we have a responsibility to invest in those areas that will have the biggest impact in our future – and that’s especially true when it comes to education.” To pay for these investments – and with an eye to debt reduction – the proposed budget includes a five-year freeze on domestic discretionary spending, a $78 billion deduction in defense funds with a further anticipation of savings from the ending of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, ending tax breaks for oil and gas companies and ending tax cuts to wealthy Americans. In all the plan cuts back or eliminates more than 200 programs and the president has further promised to veto any bill larded with earmarks. The plan even includes cuts to programs that he cares “deeply” about, the president added, including a $300 million reduction in community development block grants, $2.5 billion cut from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Pell Grant decreases and a 50 percent funding cut for community services block grants. “This budget freeze will require some tough choices,” Obama acknowledged. “But if we’re going to walk the walk when it comes to fiscal discipline, these kinds of cuts will be necessary.” Democratic lawmakers and liberal advocacy groups are decrying the cuts, however, saying it targets communities that are more socioeconomically vulnerable. “Rebuilding our economy on the backs of the most vulnerable Americans is something that I simply cannot accept,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo., in a statement. “I understand that now is the time for us as a nation to sacrifice in order to protect our children from a mountain of debt; however, I am struggling to understand how this budget helps us to best achieve this critical goal. “Cutting funding to programs that assist hard-working Americans, help families heat their homes, and expand
access to graduate-level education seems to conflict with the notion of winning the future,” he added. “We cannot win the future by leaving our most vulnerable behind.” Harking back to the CBC’s disagreement with the president over last year’s extension of tax cuts for the wealthy, Illinois Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. said this budget further plays into the GOP’s hands. “This request for FY2012 opens the door for
the huge cuts that Republicans are forcing us to digest for the rest of FY2011,” he said in a statement. “How can we stop the Republican cuts when the president has one-upped them? As the president, he should be the last line of defense for the most vulnerable Americans, instead of the first one to cut.” Black lawmakers and others such as John Irons, research and policy director of the Economic Policy Institute,
said the budget is misguided. “The president’s top economic priority should be job creation, but the proposed budget does too little and turns too quickly toward deficit reduction,” said Irons in a statement, adding that the unemployment climate – 9 percent for 21 months and anticipated elevated rates for the next few years – “demands a stronger response.” Though he praised the president’s proposed
investments in transportation infrastructure, energy research and the like, Irons cautioned, “Unfortunately, the funding increases in these and other areas, while welcome, are insufficient to put a major dent in unemployment. Furthermore, the overall freeze in domestic discretionary spending all but ensures that the fight to create jobs and ensure future economic growth will be limited.”
Continued from A1 least 10,000 fewer than city officials had anticipated. Still, city leaders downplayed the population loss, citing a steady decline – at higher rates – for generations. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the 2010 figures the smallest population decline since the 1950s. But in a statement, she added, “We must continue to make progress on the core issues that matter most to Baltimore’s families: better schools, safer streets, and stronger neighborhoods.” Prince George’s County’s population grew 7.7 percent from 801,515 to 863,420. Despite the fallout from the foreclosure crisis, which left the county’s economy in shambles, officials say they’re not surprised at the numbers. “I’ve actually long suspected that we were going to have population growth in Prince George’s County,” Congresswoman Edwards said. “Just from traveling around to neighborhoods both in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, where we’ve seen growth in the state, you can say we may have even seen more growth had it not been for the current economic crisis.” The growth in Prince George’s County might not necessarily be a good thing either. In a county with a weakened infrastructure, an increase in population could further strain resources. The county is trying to save money wherever it can, including possibly eliminating over 1,000 jobs in the school system. One way to combat a further strain is to make sure there is smarter growth in Prince George’s. “Over the next decade, it is my goal to not just continue the growth of the population, but to prioritize ‘smart-growth’ of Prince George’s County in terms of economic development, jobs, better schools, more effective and efficient government and imploring better and more sustainable methods of living and growing,” County
“[Minority growth] actually bodes well depending on where these census blocks are in the population are and where the population is.”
Executive Rushern Baker said in a statement. Last December, Census officials announced Maryland would keep its eight congressional seats, but it remains unclear if Baltimore City will retain three of those seats. Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose district incorporates many of Baltimore City’s Black voters, said he is confident the city won’t lose congressional representation. “I think that our Congress people will remain,” he said, adding that it will only be a matter of redistribution of the population. “The population loss has not been as great as in the past, but any loss is
Continued from A1 career planning and job shadowing – designed to boost graduation rates. The Greater Homewood Community Corporation will oversee the final effort, the Barclay Youth Safe Haven, in partnership with Baltimore City Schools and the police department. The program will offer afterschool services to 50 elementary students from the Barclay community. Officials say the program will incorporate mentorship, academic enrichment and social support services. The Eisenhower Foundation will spearhead similar endeavors in 14 other cities including Albuquerque, N.M., Boston, Mass., Jackson, Miss., and Oakland, Calif., via $9.1 million in grant awards from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice. Alan Curtis, president and CEO of the foundation, said the initiatives will help mitigate problems that lead to teenage pregnancy, crime and poverty. “This is the kind of investment that yields an important return to our communities and our nation in the growth of our economy and human potential,” he said in a written statement. “We have scientifically evaluated what will bring communities out of poverty and ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to realize America’s promise.” For decades, the organization has led programs targeting “at-risk” youth from troubled neighborhoods throughout the country. An estimated 55 percent of their program participants improve their grades and 24 percent are less likely to become teenage parents, according to foundation documents. “We trust Baltimore will have the same outcomes,” said Omalora Fafore, the foundation’s vice president of Program Management and Capacity Building. She said the organization has commenced three programs in Baltimore in the past, citing partnerships with housing, parks and recreation and police in South Baltimore. “Our mission is to replicate what works,” she added, calling the Eisenhower programs distinctive for “targeting extremely low-income communities no one else wants to.” Travian Taylor, a 19-year-old Baltimorean, who was accepted into the Argus program, said the tutors “take the extra step for you.” “Before I came to the program, I had nine charges and I had been locked up two months on gun charges ... I was tired of hurting my mother,” he said. “If you are motivated and have trust in them, then it’s worth it.”
traumatic. We need all we can get,” he noted. While John T. Willis, former Maryland secretary of state and a redistricting expert, agreed it is unlikely the city will lose the two congressional districts with the largest numbers of African-American residents, he anticipates Baltimore will lose one of its six senate seats and have one to three fewer delegates in the House depending on state line configurations. According to political talk show host and former state senator, Larry Young, Gov. Martin O’Malley, who will draw new boundaries during the first day of the 2013 General Assembly, should map a shared district between the city and Baltimore County. The move would be justified, as Cummings gave up a portion of his district 10 years ago so the nearby county could have a congressman, Young said. “So this time, we need to go back and say ‘Hey, we helped you get a United States congressman, ya’ll help us keep our legislative districts,’” he said. The state still must adjust census data to reflect prisoner populations as mandated by a new state law requiring inmates be counted based on their last known address. Young estimates at least half of the state’s prisoners are from Baltimore City, which would greatly increase the city’s figures. Census officials are expected to release prisoner tallies by spring.
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New Catholic Charities Website Connects Families to Parenting Services
Catholic Charities recently debuted the Baltimore County Family Navigator website, www.family-navigator.org, developed by parents and caregivers of children with intensive needs. According to the organization, the website opens up a new avenue for families to find support, information, and resources. Baltimore County residents who are parenting children with intensive behavioral/mental health and/or developmental disabilities can search the site for useful resources like articles Courtesy Image about child development and educational The Baltimore County Family Navigator website advocacy; workshops and support helps families find resources for their children groups. Families can also call 410-252with various behavioral and developmental 4700, extension 265, to speak with a issues. family navigator who can help them services. According to their records, the identify their strengths and challenges. agency helps over 160,000 people each year Baltimore County Family Navigator is a free and also provides a quarter million meals to service, funded by The Governor’s Office for the hungry. Children through the Baltimore County Local For more information, contact Linda Management Board. Pearl, 410-252-4700 x265 or e-mail Catholic Charities is one of Maryland’s FamilyNavigator@cc-md.org. leading non-profit providers of human
Black Peabody Students Featured at Concert Sponsored by The Links
By AFRO Staff On Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., the Columbia, Md., Chapter of The Links will present the 22nd Annual Peabody Concert at the Kossiakoff Center of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. The program includes Peabody Conservatory students of African ancestry. The performers include violinist Dolores Harrison, who has performed with the Capitol City Symphony and the Washington Sinfonietta; Nathan Jolley, a drummer, who was described in JazzTimes magazine as an “expressive player whose performance was a display of youthful athleticism; Noble Jolley Jr., a pianist JazzTimes magazine hailed as a “fiercely talented and full of promise; oboist Jared Livingston Laws, a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Orchestra, the Dearborn Youth Orchestra, and the University of Michigan’s Youth Orchestra; saxophonist Gabrielle Murphy, who has performed at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival; Shundeena Soza, a violinist and Peggy Pearlstone Scholarship recipient; harpist Jordan W. Thomas; Rachel Winder, a saxophonist and first-year student at the Peabody Conservatory; John Elson Williams, a tenor, who has participated in various opera’s including Verdi’s Rigoletto and Venus and Adonis by Wadsworth. Williams is also a member of the Zeta Psi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America inc. John Wilson, a pianist, who has recently played for American and Czech government officials in Prague. Wilson has also placed first in the Piano division of Alexandria Concerto Competition. Gabriel Colby, a trombonist, who currently holds the position of Principal Trombone of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Colby has also play trombone for the Nascar Awards Orchestra, and the Espy Awards Orchestra. The Links was founded in 1946, and is a volunteer service organization of women who are dedicated to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and people of African descent.
Monarch Academy Accepting Applications until Feb. 22
Monarch Academy Baltimore Campus is accepting applications for fall 2011 for children living in Baltimore City going into kindergarten, first, second, third and fourth grades. The application deadline is Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., and, if the number of applications exceeds the 330 available spaces, students will be chosen by lottery Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at The Children’s Guild campus at 6802 McClean Blvd. Monarch Academy’s educational program encompasses the best practices for how students learn, teaching curriculum in an integrated way so students make real-world connections. The teaching approach involves project-based learning, a hands-on inquiry-focused approach, an instructional delivery model that integrates the arts and character education into the curriculum, presents lessons in a brain-compatible way, and teaches to the culture of the learner. The new school will open for 2011 academic year at 410 Jeffrey St. in Brooklyn and move to its permanent location at 2525 Kirk Ave. in fall 2012. School bus transportation will be provided at central locations to students living more than a mile from the school. Monarch Academy will also offer before- and after-school programs. Monarch Academy is tuition-free and open to all students living in Baltimore City. For more information and dates and times of informational meetings, visit www.monarchcharter.org, call 410-444-3804, ext. 220, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Monarch Academy Public Charter School Baltimore Campus (www.monarchcharter.org) is a co-educational public charter school sponsored by The Children’s Guild serving students in Baltimore City.
Tax Free Weekend for ENERGY STAR Appliances Feb. 19-21
Hoping to build on the success of Maryland’s Tax Free Week this past August, appliance retailers across Maryland are getting ready for this year’s Tax Free Weekend for ENERGY STAR appliances scheduled for Feb. 19-21. During Tax Free Weekend, the following ENERGY STAR products are sales tax free: air conditioners, clothes washers and dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, solar water heaters (tax-exempt at all times now), standard size refrigerators, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats and compact fluorescent light bulbs. “The 2010 tax free week for apparel and footwear was very successful and we expect the Tax Free Weekend for ENERGY STAR appliances to be equally successful,” says Maryland Retailers Association President Patrick Donoho in a statement. “This Tax Free Weekend has two great benefits for working families in Maryland. First, it will provide much needed tax relief to families that purchase qualified appliances. The savings are significant – 6 percent. Second, it will provide ongoing energy savings to these families through lower energy bills.” Donoho expects shoppers to see special promotions and sales on these appliances during this weekend. This Tax Free Weekend in February will also help Maryland’s environment by offering incentives to consumers to replace less efficient appliances with newer ENERGY STAR compliant appliances. The ENERGY STAR label was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy. For more information, visit www. marylandtaxes.com and www.mdra.org and 1-800-MD-TAXES.
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Feb. 18 Networking Happy Hour With Soul Purpose! Towson University Marriott Hotel, Conference Center, 10 W. Burke Ave., Towson, Md. 4-10 p.m. Join Baltimore area business leaders, CEO’s, executives and young professionals at this networking event. For more information: 443-987-6857. Feb. 19 Dine With Ease—Dining Etiquette Workshop for Couples Confetti’s Event Center, 802 Gleneagles Court, Towson, Md. 11:30 a.m. Learn proper dining etiquette and have an opportunity to practice your skills at dinner the very same day. $100. For more information: 410-299-0623. A Legacy in the Visual Arts: The Scott-Caldwell Tradition The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 2 p.m. Artist Joyce J. Scott will share how the visual art of three generations of women in her family has shaped her today. $8. For more information: 443-263-1800. Drum Line Live Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 8 p.m. Witness the tradition of the Black marching band on stage and hear original compositions and soulful renditions of “Top 40” hits. $30-$60. For more information: 410-783-8000. Red Bull Rope Masters Morgan State University, Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore. 7-9 p.m. The best double dutch teams in the Northeast region will battle in this unique competition to enter the Red Bull Rope Masters Champion finals in New York. For more information: www. redbullusa.com/ropemasters. Feb. 20 Sharp Street Memorial UMC Black History Month 2011 Sharp Street Memorial Church, 1206 Etting St., Baltimore. 10 a.m. Sharp Street Memorial will celebrate Black History Month during each worship service in February. Edward Chow Jr., secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs will be this week’s guest speaker. For more information: 410-523-7200. Feb. 22 Black History: Continuing the Conversation Enoch Pratt Free Library, Cherry Hill Branch, 606 Cherry Hill Road, Baltimore. 5-6:30 p.m. Join in the discussion of the pre and post civil rights era and the present adversities the community faces. For more information: 410-396-1168. Feb. 23 Dr. Ira Berlin Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 7 p.m. Dr. Ira Berlin, History professor at the University of Maryland will discuss his new book, The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations. For more information: 410396-5430. Feb. 26 ‘Lil’ Dan the Drummer Boy, a Civil War Story’ The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 11 a.m. Hear a story of a young drummer who participated in the Civil War and helped save his friends in battle. Museum admission is required. For more information: 443-263-1816. Brothers in Blue: Uncovering Civil War Ancestors with Leslie Anderson The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 10:30 a.m. Genealogist Leslie Anderson will discuss her methodology in finding her maternal and paternal ancestors who served in the U.S. Colored Troops in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Colored Calvary in Virginia. Museum admission is required. For more information: 443263-1816. We Dance in Colors! Baltimore City College Auditorium, 3220 The Alameda, Baltimore. 3 p.m. The Baltimore City College Dancers will present their unique talents to the community to help raise funds for the people of Haiti. $10. For more information: 410396-6557.
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Don’t Mess With the 14th Amendment
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; Marc H. Morial nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Section I of the 14th Amendment The immigration debate has taken another ugly turn. First, Arizona passed a law, now under federal challenge, granting unprecedented powers to police to stop and demand proof of citizenship from anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Now, two United States senators, a congressman and at least 14 states have proposed amending or reinterpreting the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to deny citizenship to U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. The 14th amendment effectively overturned the Supreme Court’s infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision which ruled that no slave or descendent of a slave could ever be a United States citizen. Since its ratification in 1868, the 14th Amendment’s clear statements on birthright citizenship, due process and equal protection, have formed the basis for a large measure of social and economic reforms. In fact, the Supreme Court cited the violation of the 14th Amendment’s “equal protection” clause as a major factor in its 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending segregation in American schools. The 14th Amendment’s most famous “birthright” defense came in 1898, when the Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, upheld the citizenship of a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrant parents who lived in San Francisco but were not legal citizens. The law is clear: Anyone born on American soil, regardless of race or ethnicity, is entitled to automatic citizenship. For more than 100 years, that has been a fundamental principle of American democracy. But recently, anti-immigration forces across the country have claimed that large numbers of illegal immigrants are crossing the border simply to have what they derisively call “anchor babies” – children who automatically qualify for the benefits of United States citizenship. Despite the fact that this rarely occurs, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have introduced legislation that would amend the 14th Amendment and deny citizenship to the U.S born children of immigrants unless at least one parent has permanent resident status, is a naturalized citizen or is serving in the U.S. military. Last year, in what appeared to be a mid-term election campaign ploy, a number of conservative senators said they might call hearings to air their opposition to automatic citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants. Most observers and scholars think that a push to amend the Constitution is likely to fail given that it would require votes from 67 senators, 290 representatives and ratification by 38 states. But that has not stopped its supporters. On the first day
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of the new Congress, Rep. Steve King of Iowa chose what he believes is a less arduous route by introducing legislation that would outlaw birthright citizenship by amending the Immigration and Nationality Act. While opponents of birthright citizenship contend their intent is to curb illegal immigration, this is clearly another divisive step that would weaken America’s tradition and strength as a nation of immigrants. Our message to anyone attempting to rewrite history and the law for their own political purposes is clear: Don’t mess with the 14th Amendment. Marc H. Morial is the president and CEO of the National Urban League.
Mathis’ Mind: Save Ex-Inmate Programs
(NNPA) – One of the first places state and federal governments look to make cutbacks in an attempt to balance their ballooning budgets is in the penal system. As a result, ex-offender reentry programs that help rehabilitate those who are at risk for returning to prison are on the chopping block. Sure, cutting funding to these programs may help balance budgets in the short term. But, Judge Greg as ex-offenders become repeat Mathis offenders and return to jail or prison, we end up shelling out more money in the long run to incarcerate them. Additionally, communities and individuals will continue to be victimized by
crime and trapped in a seemingly never-ending cycle. Recently, USA Today reported on these cutbacks and the impact they could have on states across the country. Florida, for example, saw a small decrease in the number of exoffenders who committed a new felony while on probation. Instead of looking at the bigger picture and continuing to invest in programs designed to reduce recidivism, Florida, in an attempt to get its fiscal house in order, plans to cut such programs. Other states are also weighing significant budget cuts to all parts of their criminal justice systems. This is just bad business. In many states, the number of exoffenders committing new crimes has increased, partly because of cuts to programs that help them transform their lives and stay out of prison. Any state considering such cuts should look to Michigan for guidance. Budget gaps and increasingly high unemployment rates have led lawmakers there to address both problems with a novel plan: Help ex-offenders find and keep jobs that will keep them out of prison. According to a report
by the Institute for Research on Poverty, Michigan has used job placement programs to cut the prison population by about 15 percent during the last four years and has saved more than $200 million each year. Here’s hoping other locales will follow Michigan’s lead. With your help, maybe they can. Call or write your county, state, and federal legislators and demand they not be so shortsighted; ask that they avoid making budget cuts to prison re-entry programs at all costs. In these difficult economic times, it is only reasonable that lawmakers conserve resources where they can. The criminal justice system, particularly ex-offender re-entry programs, is not the place to make these cuts. Our lawmakers must think about the effect these budget reductions will have on our overall safety and the economic impact they will have on taxpayers down the road. Greg Mathis is a nationally syndicated reality TV show host and retired Michigan judge recognized for his advocacy campaigns and book “Street Judge.”
Caring for the Nurses who Care for Us
Any who doubt Baltimore’s students and their potential for success in the demanding health care fields should have a conversation with Dr. Marcella Copes, dean of Nursing at Coppin State University. My colleagues on the Morgan State University Board of Regents will forgive me, I trust, for my longstanding support for nursing education at Coppin. I am doing all that I can to help Dr. Elijah Cummings Copes and her colleagues for a very simple reason: they are getting the job done. Guided by a gifted and very supportive faculty, young nurses-in-training from local neighborhoods are succeeding academically at Coppin State “often against the odds” while they also contribute to the well-being of our community. Maryland is very fortunate to have a number of excellent nursing schools, all providing this nation with highly qualified registered nurses at a time when we face a significant shortage in the field. Yet, even in this worthy academic company, Coppin State’s nurses stand out. Nursing graduates from throughout the country all take the same national licensing examination to become registered nurses. This year, Coppin State’s nursing students achieved the highest RN passing rate of any school in our state. Coppin State’s students are succeeding because of their abilities, their determination and the faculty support they receive. Their path to professional excellence is assisted by the state-of-the-art computer simulated hospital training that I was privileged to help them obtain. Here in Baltimore, we all are better off as a result. Coppin State’s Community Nursing Clinic serves patients from both the university and the surrounding community. Students at St. Frances Academy, senior citizens receiving Wayland Baptist Church’s health care outreach service and children at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital all benefit from Coppin State nursing. These are accomplishments that haven’t received much public acclaim—but they should. No healthcare professional has a more profound impact upon our survival than the qualified nurse who cares for us when we are injured or sick. It stands to reason, therefore, that we all have a personal interest in the availability of highquality nursing education and the registered nurses these educators train. Nevertheless, some in the Congress are considering cuts to federal support for nursing education. I disagree. We in the Congress need to expand this critical federal funding for nursing education when we consider appropriations for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs within our Public Health Services Act. Cutting federal support for our nurses would be a false economy. Cuts in funding would make the current nursing shortage worse – a failure that many Americans would not survive. Locally, the national shortage of qualified nurses is already a serious concern. We now are experiencing both a shortage of trained nurses and unreasonably long hours for the nurses who still are working in Baltimore’s healthcare facilities. We can rest assured that all of these professional nurses will continue to do their best. Still, common sense tells us that a shortage of qualified nurses must have an adverse impact on patients’ care. Giving our sick or injured less than the best care that we can is unacceptable in a nation with the most expensive health care system in the world. Unless we substantially increase our support for nursing education now, health experts project that we will face a national one-million-nurse shortfall within a decade. That would be a nursing crisis in which we would lack fully one-third of the qualified nurses we need and Americans would die before their time as a result. We must do better. Even today, Coppin State’s excellent nursing program attracts more qualified applicants than the 125 students that the school can accept at any one time. The same holds true for our other local nursing schools and those around the country. In 2009, U.S. nursing schools turned away nearly 55,000 applicants from undergraduate and graduate nursing programs due to insufficient capacity. Why are so many highly qualified applicants being turned away? A substantial reason appears to be a shortfall in the level of state and federal funding needed to provide world-classes nurses with the salaries that they need to support their families while they teach. Increased support for nursing education is not a luxury. When our health and survival is at stake, caring for the nurses who care for us is a necessity. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings represents Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
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Disney's Black Princess Not in Ice Show Hello, I just wanted to make the AFRO aware that I attended the Disney Princesses on Ice in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 12 and it was very discouraging and offensive that Princess Tiana was not a part of the show. It saddened me that I brought my daughter to the show because of Disney's first Black princess only to find that they had only Caucasian Princesses on Ice. Yet, they sold Princess Tiana merchandise at the stands, which was misleading. It was very disappointing as I looked around the arena that the young Black girls had no one to identify with on ice. It sent a huge message saying Black princesses don't exist ( and we know they do). I left there feeling robbed
and upset. Had I known Princess Tiana would not be in the show, I would have not supported the show. There were other upset African-American parents as well. I informed them to contact Disney and NAACP. It was a big slap in the face and so disrespectful—and to think this is during BLACK HISTORY MONTH!! I just wanted to pass this along to the AFRO board and I will be contacting Disney as well to voice my disappointment. Markia Dallas-Horsey E-mail User
By Kenneth J. Cooper America’s Wire Conservative Republicans and commentators have frequently blamed the housing crisis on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which encourages banks to make loans in the low- and moderate-income areas where they operate. But a study to be released this week and a bipartisan commission conclude that the federal law had little impact on the crisis. The 1977 law, designed to prevent redlining in less prosperous neighborhoods, requires banking examiners to consider how
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established by Congress concluded in January that the 1977 law was “not a significant factor in subprime lending or the crisis.” Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, had made a similar statement two years ago, but the criticism continued. The Democrats on the bipartisan commission also found that the affordable many loans a bank has made in these urban housing goals “contributed marginally” to neighborhoods and rural communities when purchase of risky mortgages by Fannie and financial institutions seek approval to open Freddie. new branches, acquire other banks or merge. Maurice Jourdain-Earl heard in those Critics charged that the CRA forced banks criticisms an accusation that minorities had to approve mortgages for poor, unqualified caused the crisis—though he says race was buyers who could not maintain payments rarely mentioned except by some bloggers. and went into default or foreclosure, causing “It’s more innuendo,” Jourdain-Earl says, the housing market to collapse. That charge calling the CRA “generically a code word” for was also leveled often at the affordablelending to minorities who cannot afford home housing goals of Fannie Mae and Freddie loans. He says the same applied to affordable Mac, federally sponsored enterprises that buy housing goals. His firm, ComplianceTech, is mortgages made by private lenders. releasing a study this week concluding that But the Democratic majority of the mortgage lending to African Americans and Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Hispanics has declined by 62 percent since the T:11.75”
housing downturn began. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., then chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has also said he detected racial code language in criticisms by some conservative Republicans. “In the wake of the affordable housing goals of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (and) the CRA, they get to take shots at poor people. And let’s be honest, the fact that some poor people are Black doesn’t hurt, either, from their standpoint,” the Boston Herald quoted Frank as saying in 2008 at a local forum on foreclosures. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and a prominent conservative, told the Herald that he and other critics did not blame “low-income African Americans” he said had been victimized by the law, but rather Frank and Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., who then chaired the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and has retired from Congress. The Herald labeled the CRA one of the country’s “minority-lending laws.” See full story on Afro.com.
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The Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association and Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Foundation held its 29th Annual Carver-Washington Scholarship Awards Breakfast at The Forum. The theme, “Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association: Pledging Allegiance, Delivering Action,” was celebrated by honoring community leaders and acknowledging Tuskegee scholarship recipients. The Rev. Julius Jefferson, senior pastor, Heritage United Church of Christ, and Dr. E. Albert Reece, vice president for Medical Affairs and dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, received awards for their service and commitment to the community. The breakfast speaker was Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon, newly installed sixth president of Tuskegee University.
Honoree Dr. E. Albert Reece, vice president of medical affairs and dean, School of Medicine, University of Maryland
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Dr. Reginald Avery, president, Coppin State University
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Dr. Earl S. Richardson, former president, Morgan State University
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By Andrea L. “Aunni” Young Special to the AFRO The red carpet sizzled as Black Entertainment Television (BET) held its fourth annual BET Honors Awards show taping in Washington, D.C. recently. This year, BET honored the legendary actress Cicely Tyson for her life’s work in the theatrical arts; Oscar Award-winning Jamie Foxx for his career in entertainment; supermodel and entrepreneur Iman for her service to others; publishing mogul Linda Johnson Rice for her career in media; Herbie Hancock for his life’s work in the musical arts and historian/educator Lonnie Bunch for his work in education. The show was executive produced by Stephen Hill, president of music programming and specials for BET Networks; Lynne Harris Taylor, vice president of specials for BET Networks and John Cossette of John Cossette Productions. The awards show featured exciting performances by Yolanda Adams and the Cicely L. Tyson Concert Choir, D.C.’s own Tank, R&B group Guy, R&B performer NeYo, the legendary Chick Corea Quartet, Keyshia Cole, Angelique Kidjo, and Naturally 7. Some of the presenters included Hill Harper, Jimmy Jam, Noah Gray Cabey, Cedric the Entertainer, and Anika Noni Rose. Actress Gabrielle Union served as event host for the third consecutive year. All private ticket sales for the BET Honors Awards Show will be given to the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation this year. The show airs Feb. 21.
Actress Nicole Ari Parker and husband, actor Boris Kodjoe Chance Jackson, a reporter for the Fab Empire, D.C.’s own Ginuwine, and Ursula Lauriston, Washington Life magazine Anika Noni Rose, actress and award presenter Cicely Tyson speaks with the media
Linda Johnson Rice, Johnson Publishing Company and BET honoree for media Jamie Foxx and his date R&B performer Ne-Yo
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Morgan State University Basketball
Hot Shooting Bears Avoid Valentine’s Day Loss
Lady Bears Hit Two-Game Losing Skid
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Morgan State sophomore forward DeWayne Jackson put on one of his best shooting performances of the season on Feb. 14, and it was just enough to help his team avoid a Valentine’s Day heartbreaker as the Bears escaped the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 72-66, at Smith-HammondMiddleton Memorial Center Courtesy Photo/MSU in Orangeburg, S.C. Morgan State Lady Bears guard Brittany Dodson scored Jackson, a 6-foot-611 points on Feb. 14, but it wasn’t enough to keep MSU inch native of Bowie, Md., from losing its second straight game. connected on five of 10 three-point shot attempts and finished with a team-high 17 points. But his biggest shot came from three-point-land with just 30 seconds remaining in the game. Jackson’s clutch trey-ball gave Morgan a 68-64 lead at the time, good enough to seal the conference win. “I just set my feet like (assistant coach Keith Goodie) kept telling me,” Jackson said. “I was hearing him on the bench ‘DeWayne, set your feet! Set your feet!’ So I just knocked it down. It was a big shot for my team.” Other key contributors for Morgan State included junior forward Kevin Thompson, who scored 10 points with eight rebounds and junior forward Ameer Ali, who recorded 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting. The Bears now advance to a 12-10 overall record, 8-3 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Morgan State men’s squad will return to action on Feb. 19 with a home game against Virginia Military Institute. This will be the first meeting between MSU and VMI, but the Bears believe they’re up for the challenge. “Every team gives us their best shot,” Jackson said. “We know basketball is a game of runs as coach (Todd Bozeman) would say. We know all we have to do is keep our advantages, keep playing defense and we can get the win.” Meanwhile, the Morgan State women’s basketball team didn’t have the same success during their trip to South Carolina on Valentine’s Day. Lady Bears sophomore guard Jamesia Smith scored a team-high 15 points off the bench and Brittany Dodson followed with 11 points, but it wasn’t enough as the South Carolina State Lady Bulldogs pulled away, 60-57. SCSU’s Tiara Knotts scored a game-high 23 points and her teammate Fannie Goodwin recorded a game-high 11 rebounds to help hand Morgan State their first two-game losing streak since December. South Carolina State now advances to a 7-15 overall record, 3-9 MEAC, while Morgan State falls to 14-10 overall, 8-3 MEAC wise. The Lady Bears will host Delaware State in another MEAC contest on Feb. 19 at the Hill Field House.
City College Escapes Dunbar, 54-50, in Overtime
Patterson’s Carr Pushes Team into Title Game
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor Mike Daniels, coach of the No. 9-ranked City College Black Knights boys’ basketball team, wondered how his players would respond after a fight broke out between players and students in the stands during their game against the defending Baltimore City champs, Edmondson Westside, on Feb. 4. According to school officials, seven students were disciplined for their involvement in the altercation, including a few City College players. But even a shorthanded roster couldn’t stop the City College (11-7 overall, 4-2 division) from edging the No. 5-ranked Dunbar Poets, 5450, in overtime at the Coppin State University Physical Education Complex on Feb. 11. Against Dunbar, City College relied on senior veterans such as Nick Faust and Mike Cheatham, who both scored a game-high 16 points each. Faust played a critical role in the win, grabbing a few crucial rebounds in overtime and throwing down a powerful dunk that sealed the win the closing seconds of the game.
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Senior guard Lakeem Alston led Dunbar (15-3 overall, 5-3 division) with 13 points in the loss. “I think we did a good job scrapping it out with a very tough opponent in Dunbar,” Daniels told the AFRO. “We knew it was going to be a dogfight with them, especially without our full team available, but we kept our focus and will and got it done.” But the City CollegeDunbar matchup wasn’t the only exciting game to watch at Coppin State on Feb. 11. No. 1 ranked Patterson also edged No. 4 ranked Edmondson Westside, 70-67, on the same date. Patterson was able to steal the win thanks to a game-winning three-pointer by their star guard Aquille Carr, who continues to make his claim as perhaps the best high school basketball player in Baltimore City. Carr, who recently surpassed the 1,000 career points mark this season, scored a game-high 29 points in the win over Edmondson last Friday. His stellar performance also helped Patterson (18-1 overall record, 9-0 Baltimore City Division I) clinch a berth in the city title game.
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH Hello, my friend. I hope your Valentine’s weekend was as special as you hoped it would be. This is also Black History Month, so I’m going to use my space for some of the photos and information I’d like to pass on. BLACK VETS AND ELKS ADOPT OLIVER COMMUNITY The National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) and the African American Patriots Consortium joined forces with East Baltimore Elks Lodge No. 1043 and Zorah Elliott Temple No. 717 to support youth development in the Oliver community of central east Baltimore. The veterans and Elks, primary groups in the “Save the Children, Save the Nation Coalition,” selected the Oliver Community Association to conduct its first major initiative, establishing a demonstration project targeting youth development. Recognizing the strength of the community association, the coalition believes targeting youth over a five-year period will significantly alter the quality of life for all residents of the area and impact adjacent neighborhoods. Freddie E. Bee, the
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Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge No. 1043 at the time said, “The best way to reduce crime is to stop producing criminals.” Dr. Reuben McClain, Bee’s successor, said, “We will establish a legacy which can be duplicated in Lawrence Pulley and Nina Harper. Continuing Black History Month celebrating, the 11th Annual Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Banquet will take place 4-7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave. Ethel Nicholson is president of NABVETS, Clarence “Tiger” Davis is chairman of AAPC, and Jim Gillis and Rick Lane are the event coordinators. For more information, call Jim Gillis at 443-257-3348. Baltimore native Dr. H. Maceo Williams, the first African-American director of the segregated Druid Health Center at 1313 Druid Hill Ave. in the 1930s - 1950s, died at age 74 on Feb. 11, 1973, after a long, lingering illness. The center served over half million people. communities across the city by focusing on the untapped resources and sense of family in these old neighborhoods.” Others involved are Reginald Frazier; Ethel Nicholson, president of NABVETS; Dorothy Smith; DR. H. MACEO WILLIAMS TO BE COMMEMORATED IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH At 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at the historic Arch Social Club, on the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues, Renaissance Productions and Tours will host a jazz breakfast commemorating the life of pioneering AfricanAmerican physician Dr. H. Maceo Williams. During the 1930s, African Americans in Baltimore suffered the highest rate of tuberculosis in the nation. Dr. Williams was credited for the reduction of the tuberculosis rate among African Americans in Baltimore City. The number of patients eventually outgrew the accommodations at the old Druid Health Center. Under Dr. Williams’ administration plans were made to move into a $1,500,000 building at North and Pennsylvania avenues. Dr. Williams was instrumental in the building of a new facility in 1959 at 1515 W. North Ave. The new clinic bears his name. Many
have forgotten his name, but following the breakfast, City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young will dedicate the street in front of the clinic in his honor. The public is invited to attend this event, however you must RSVP by calling Renaissance Productions at 410-728-3837. Well, my dear friends, it’s about that time. I am out of space and out of time. If you need me, please contact me by e-mail at rosaopryor@ aol.com or you can call me at 410-833-9474. Enjoy your week. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.
Stella Fullwood, celebrating her 65th birthday this week, is starting her celebration during the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity Annual Cocktail Sip 3-8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave.
Black veterans and the Elks, primary groups in the “Save the Children, Save the Nation Coalition,” selected the Oliver Community Association to conduct its first major initiative, establishing a demonstration project targeting youth development.
Raw Law: An Urban Guide to Criminal Justice By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO “I understand that it is really hard out there, when you target a community. I think of this generation as a generation of great swimmers left in an ocean. As you navigate your way through life, some of you will get out of the water safely. But the sharks own the ocean, and one such shark is the criminal justice system. Courtesy Photos In most criminal cases, the enemy is Muhammad clear. It is the system itself. I am a criminal trial attorney. I have Ibn Bashir is a been doing this for 23 years… Each and veteran criminal attorney. every time I step into a courtroom on a criminal matter, I am ready to wage war because, as quiet as it is kept, criminal justice is war. Consistently, I represent kids from the hood or the streets who really think they know something I don’t about court. But the truth is, when you do not know the rules,or you choose to ignore them, you get burnt. In order to teach you this, I have opened my files. Just understand that this system has never been anywhere you wanted it to be and is not headed anywhere you want it to go.” – Excerpted from Chapter One “Rules Rule” (pgs.1 -6) One thing they never teach you in school is that America has a two-tiered system of justice, or that if you are Black, you never want to find yourself caught in its duplicitous clutches. But all you need is a little common sense to know that there has been a surge in the incarceration rate of brothers over the last quarter-century to the point where there are now around a million Blacks behind bars. For, after Congress passed harsher
drug statutes with mandatory minimum sentences in 1987, “Whether by design or happenstance,” as publisher Tiffany Chiles recalls in the introduction of Raw Law, “the government started locking up all of our men.” Is there anything that can be done to prevent yourself from adding to the statistics? Absolutely, according to Muhammad Ibn Bashir, author of this practical survival guide. Although he’s a veteran criminal attorney, Bashir is well-enough grounded to be able to break his sage advice down into readily-accessible layman terms. In so doing, he warns not only of bad influences lying in wait in the inner-city but of traps being set by corrupt cops willing “to violate the citizen’s rights so easily.” Not one to mince his words, he goes on to state, “I don’t trust any police officer to report or testify to the whole truth.” He further adds that even if the cops have unfairly arrested a young Black man for possession of narcotics, “whether they were his drugs or not will not matter to anyone other than him and maybe his mother.” Bashir is very empathetic about the overall plight of po’ folk because, “No one wants to live in a community where kids with less than a ninth-grade education, and an even lower level of community pride or self-respect, play war games on the street to the destruction of innocent babies and grandmothers.” Thus, it should come as no surprise that he sees the slums as an ocean teeming with sharks, and a place to be escaped from at first chance. A priceless primer on negotiating your way around the dangerous waters of the criminal justice system designed for folks who need it the most. Alice in Niggerland Written by Richard Coleman, this radically different take on the classic childhood story, Alice in Wonderland, recalls the very true story of “Alice.” Coleman regards her as a character “with malice toward none and charity for all,” despite a life riddled with adversity. At the age of four, Alice and her siblings were left with Ca’lil, an old woman who is missing an arm and had a steel plate in her head. Situated in an impoverished land known as “Niggerland,” this book shows how Alice’s overcomes what Coleman refers to as a life “which would have turned the rest of us mortals into wards of mental hospitals, or prison inmates. . .”
By the time Alice enters the ninth grade she is legally blind and epileptic and offered the opportunity to attend the Governor Morehead School for the blind in Raleigh. Six weeks after she got there, she found out that she was pregnant and expelled from the school. She was sent back to “Niggerland,” where her life begins to unravel. This book chronicles Alice’s quest to “be somebody” and play the hand fate had unfairly dealt. Final word: A heart-wrenching spin on a seemingly lighthearted classic. Available now. For more information, visit Authors’BooksDirect.com. The Greedy Mouth and Upset Stomach With his new series of children’s books, author and musician Larry Yates encourages children to adopt healthy eating habits early on. The first book in the series, The Greedy Mouth and Upset Stomach, uses colorful images and easy-to-read text that shows how every morsel of food impacts the body. Second in Yates’ series is The Greedy Mouth and Achy Tooth, which focuses on dental hygiene and the benefits of fresh food. In an interview with the Los Angeles Sentinel, Yates said he wrote the books to combat the growing rate of childhood obesity and its complications. “It is such a tragedy to witness so many children suffer from diseases and health issues caused by obesity. I can’t stand by and watch another child die because of poor nutrition,” said Yates, who also heads Mechisedec Publishing Key Note Entertainment. “I urge everyone to get involved and help their child, student or patient make healthy choices so they can live long enough to have a future.” Final word: A fun look at serious issues. Available now. For more information, visit thegreedymouth. com.
Raw Deal is a guide to surviving the U.S. criminal justice system.
Maryland Composer Releases DC Boys Choir to Inspire Brotherhood, Love
Judith T. Allen, an arranger/composer in Maryland, has released the song, “You Are My Brother” as an inspirational song for Americans of all backgrounds. “I hope people will sing ‘You Are My Brother’ in villages, towns, cities and even in the United Nations. I want to use the magic of music to heal differences among people,” Allen said in a prepared statement. Allen is a retired District music school teacher where she served thousands of students. Her tenure included working in D.C. elementary schools and as assistant principal and interim principal at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Allen has also coached numerous professional musicians at churches and choirs throughout the region. In 1972, Allen composed and arranged “You Are My Brother” for a D.C. Community Brotherhood Program. “When I was an elementary school vocal music teacher in Washington, D.C., I witnessed community activities that did not demonstrate caring, sharing and gratitude among students and adults. Too often, girls and boys showed indifference to their teachers and fellow students. I realized then there was a new teachable moment through music,” Allen added. This “teachable moment” led to success for the song and in 1973 when ‘You Are My Brother’ was performed at the AllSchool Choral Music Festival. The song is performed on YouTube by the D.C. Boys Choir at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVttsmZ4su0 and is available for download on CD Baby.
Judith Allen, composer (left) joins members of the DC Boys Choir as they feature their CD You Are My Brother, a song of peace and healing. Eleanor Stewart, DC Boys Choir founder/director, stands on the end at the right.
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culture and the forces that shape them, look at their art forms. To understand how a people live in the world, to see through the lens of a race, to perceive and comprehend their world, look at their arts forms.” He continues, “Art is the primary source material that reflects a people’s ethos and collective psyche. Art mirrors what a people say about themselves, and in the reflection one catches a glimpse of their collective unconscious.” After several years teaching theater arts including acting technique, scene study, and rehearsal and production at the African American Studio for Acting and Speech in New York City, and later at Laney Community College in Oakland, Calif., Dr. Carter returned to complete doctoral work in the area of religion, theology, and the arts at the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, Calif., and graduated with a Ph.D. in 1994 with a focus on African American narrative theology. Since then, Carter has been a core faculty member in the Bachelors of Arts Completion Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco. He holds a master’s degree in theater arts from City College of New York, and an undergraduate degree from his parents’ alma mater, Howard University in Washington, D.C. “Theology for a Violent Age” is available online at iUniverse. com, Amazon.com, Barns&Noble. com and Books-a-Million.com.
the extent to which Black religion is crippling African- American youth. When explaining the ideology behind his book, Dr. Carter says, “To know a people, their
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The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (∫HABC∫) will issue an Invitation for Bids (“HABC”) (∫IFB∫) for qualified and interested vendors (“IBF”) to submit sealed bids to provide Crime, Boiler and Machinery, and Workers Compensation insurance coverage. BIDS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 1, 2011. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 11:00 a.m., at the Charles L. Benton Building, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) utilization, applicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), how(∫WBEs∫), ever, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The IFB may be obtained on or after Monday, February 28, 2011, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 Questions regarding the IFB should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC IFB Number B-1650-11.
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The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (∫HABC∫) (“HABC”) is requesting proposals from interested and qualified firms in order to select a consultant to provide professional services for supplying and managing a fully functional Job Order Contracting Program. The Responder may be a joint venture or other collaboration of two or more nongovernmental entities. PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 31, 2011. A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, ap(∫MBE∫) plicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (∫WBEs∫), how(“WBEs”) ever, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The RFP may be obtained on or after Monday, February 28, 2011, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410) 396-3261 Fax: (410) 962-1586 Questions regarding the RFP should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC RFP Number B-1646-11 / HAE2521.
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Invitation to Bid for DBE Firms Cherry Hill Construction Inc, an EEO Employer, is currently soliciting cost proposals from Qualified and VDOT Certified DBE subcontractors / vendors, both Union and NonUnion affiliated, for the Virginia DOT Rt.29 @ Virginia Oaks Drive Intersection Project (VDOT Order # G-14) with a Bid Date of February 23rd 2011. Bid Documents are available upon request. For further information concerning subcontracting and/or purchasing opportunities, please contact Tim Gilmore at Tgilmore@chconstr.com or (410) 799-2362. Come join our Team!
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CITY OF BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION THE BALTIMORE VISITOR CENTER REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The City of Baltimore Development Corporation and The Baltimore Visitor Center on behalf of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, through this Request for Proposals (RFP), is seeking written proposals from qualified Respondents for the operation of a guided trolley sightseeing tour departing from the Baltimore Visitor Center located at 401 Light Street. A detailed RFP will be available for download on February 18, 2011 on the Baltimore Development Corporation website (www.baltimoredevelopment.com) Proposals must be submitted with a $250 non-refundable fee and are due by 4:00 PM (EST) on March 4, 2011.
St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission Invitation for Bids Oliver Drive Grinder Pump and Force Main Project Contract No. 5081FM The St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission is currently soliciting Bids on the Oliver Drive Grinder Pump and Force Main. Installation generally consists of the construction of 5,886 linear feet of 2-inch and 553 linear feet of 1 1⁄2 inch HDPE pipe by means of directionally drilling,service, in-line, and terminal service connections, the installation of six (6) simplex grinder pumps complete with control panels, and all restorations. One (1) original and one (1) copy of the sealed Bid should be addressed to One (1) original and one (1) copy of the sealed Bid should FOR OLIVER Joy Hamlet, Purchasing Agent, and marked (SEALED BIDbe addressed to Joy Hamlet,Purchasing Agent, and marked ∫SEALED BID FOR OLIVER DRIVE DRIVE GRINDER PUMP AND FORCE MAIN PROJECT, CONTRACT NO. GRINDER PUMP AND FORCE MAIN PROJECT, CONTRACT NO. 5081FM∫. 5081FM). The Bids will be received the main office of of the Commission, at 43990 The Bids will be received at at the main officethe Commission, at 43990 Commerce Avenue, Hollywood, Maryland 20636, until p.m. Eastern Standard Commerce Avenue, Hollywood, Maryland 20636, until 2 2 p.m. Eastern StanTime on March 31, 31, and and and and the the will will be publicly dard Time on March2011 2011 then then therethereBids Bids be publicly opened and read. opened and read. A Pre-Bid conference will be held on March 2, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time at the main office of the Commission to answer any questions concerning the Bid Documents. A site visit will follow immediately after the Pre-Bid conference. All potential Bidders are encouraged, but not required to attend. Attendance is strongly recommended due to the nature of the project.
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The proposed work consists of: furnishing all plant, labor, materials, tools, equipment, superintendence transportation and performing all work in strict accordance with the specifications and drawings. The work consists of construction of access roads and/or causeways as necessary for access by either land or water; breakwaters and sills, and grading/ stabilizing the shoreline enhancement area with sand fill and wetland vegetation in accordance with these special provisions. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL OF 15%. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE DBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Contractors must meet prevailing wage standards as determined by the Department of Labor in accordance with the instructions enclosed in the specifications. A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. local time in Room 300 B of the County Office Building. Located at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the “Information for Bidders). ∫Information for Bidders∫. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (∫HABC∫) is (“HABC”) is requesting proposals from qualified and interested individuals or firms to provide comprehensive e-business services including but not limited to internet and intranet site design, web hosting, site and server maintenance, 24/7 on-site technical support, database development and administration, e-business writing, proofing, and editing. PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 25, 2011. A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (∫MBE∫) utilization, ap(“MBE”) plicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), how(∫WBEs∫), ever, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The RFP may be obtained on or after Tues-
Funding for this project is provided by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Bidders must perform and document their performance of all affirmative steps required by the Maryland Department of the Environment Minority and Women's Business Enterprise Program to be considered for the Contract. Bidders are encouraged to break down the work into smaller segments and tasks in order to increase minority subcontractor participation. Documentation must be included in the proposal package and submitted on the date provided herein. Cost of the Bid package is $ 40.00 each. Bid packages will be available for purchase and review at the main office beginning February 16, 2011 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Bid Packages may be purchased by check, money order, Visa or MasterCard. Checks should be made payable to (St. Mary’s money order, Visa or MasterCard. Checks should be made payable to ∫St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission). Bid packages may also be mailed upon receipt County Metropolitan Commission∫. Bid packages may also be mailed upon receipt of payment plus an additional mailing fee of $30.00, or by providing their company's UPS or Federal Express account number. Inquiries concerning Contract Documents should be directed to Joy Hamlet, Purchasing Agent at 301-373-4733, Extension 222 or at email@example.com or Tammy O'Dell, Purchasing Assistant at Extension 226 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The St. Mary's Metropolitan Commission reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive any informality in the proposals submitted when such waiver is in the best interest of the Owner.
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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 10162 GX0 ESSEX SKYPARK SHORELINE ENHANCEMENT PROJECT ESSEX- DISTRICT 15 c 6 CONTRACT COST GROUP “D” ($1,000,000 TOto $2,500,000) CONTRACT COST GROUP ∫D ($1,000,000 $2,500,000) WORK CLASSIFICATION: B & N with pre-qualified K-6 Sub-Contractors BID DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011, the above contract documents may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake
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On or after TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011, the above contract documents may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $20.00 (Twenty Dollars) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. No refunds will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source must call the aforementioned Division to verify pre-qualification to be placed on the Bidder¬s List. on the Bidder’s List.
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DRAFT ANNUAL PLAN UPDATE FOR MARYLAND¬S CONSOLIDATED PLAN MARYLAND’S CONSOLIDATED PLAN
BOARD OF LIQUOR LICENSE COMMISSIONERS FOR BALTIMORE CITY NOTICE Petitions have been filed by the following applicants for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages at the premises set opposite their respective names. The real property for these applications will be posted on Monday, February 14, 2011. Written protests concerning any application will be accepted until and including the time of the conference or hearing. Conferences and public hearings will be held after February 24, 2011. Interested parties should contact the office of the Board, 231 E. Baltimore Street, 6th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 or by calling (410) 396-4385 to determine the exact time and date that a particular application will be considered by the Board. Written protests will be acknowledged by the Board and such protestants will be notified as to the date, time and place of the hearing and/or conference. CLASS “A” BEER & WINE LICENSE Jae & Soo, Inc. Transfer of ownership Dal Soo Kang Do Ja Han CLASS “A” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR LICENSE Maryland CVS/Pharmacy, LLC. Transfer of ownership Aubrey Smith Zenon Lankowsky Linda Cimbron 1 W. Barney Street
Under the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), notice is hereby given that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan update of the State’s Consolidated Plan. of the State¬s ConsolidatedPlan.
The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document required by HUD that sets out overall Statewide goals and priorities for housing, community development, and economic development activities. Special emphasis is given under the Plan to provide assistance for extremely low-, low, and moderate-income persons. In addition to being a planning 1. document, the Consolidated Plan also serves as the State’s application State¬s application to HUD for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG), Housing Opportunity With AIDS (HOPWA). These funds are used primarily in the State’s rural areas, asas many communities, including Anne 2. State¬s rural areas, many communities, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s George¬s Counties, as well as the Cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Bowie, Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown and Salisbury receive their own funding directly from HUD. In addition to the above, the Consolidated Plan also makes it possible for DHCD, public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit 3. organizations, community action agencies and others to apply for funding under HUD’s competitive grant programs. Local public housing authority HUD¬s Plans must be consistent with the State’s Consolidated Plan, and USDA State¬s Consolidated Plan, and USDA Farmer’s Home housing programs and Federal Low-Income Housing Farmer¬s Tax Credits are also coordinated with the Plan. Lastly, while not directly covered by the Consolidated Plan, HUD funding allocations for the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher programs may be made in a way that enables jurisdictions to carry out their Consolidated Plan. In developing its five-year Plan, the State determined it would focus its resources on three main priorities: Revitalizing Communities, Expanding the Supply of Decent Affordable Housing, and Providing Homeownership Opportunities. The Annual Plan update (which will be for the second year of the current Five Year Plan) will establish one-year goals for these priorities. It is to this purpose that we are holding public hearings - to gain input regarding how to carry out these goals in the coming year. At this point, nothing has been written for the draft Annual Plan update. These hearings are to gather initial input about what should be in the draft Annual Plan. DHCD will then write a draft Annual Plan, which will be released for 30 days of public comment (including written comment) at the beginning of April, 2011. After the public has had several weeks to review the draft Annual Plan, a second set of hearings will be held beginning around the third week in April. Additional comments, recommendations, and suggestions will be taken during these hearings (and during the full public comment period), with the final version of the Annual Plan submitted to HUD on or around May 16th, 2011. The first set of hearings on the development of the Annual Plan will be held at the following dates, times, and places: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development First Floor Conference Room 100 Community Place Crownsville, Maryland Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Caroline County Central Library 100 Market Street Small Meeting Room Denton, Maryland Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Fairview Branch Library Small Meeting Room Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road Owings, Maryland 20736
6828 Reisterstown Road
CLASS “B” BEER, WINE & LIQUOR RESTAURANT LICENSE Charm City Cantina, LLC New license, requests for 200-02 W. Pratt Street Justin Dvorkin for outdoor table service, live entertainment Donald Kelly off-premises catering Taste Exquisite, Inc. Shawn McClary David Becketts Stacy Baker Transfer of ownership 4313 Curtis Avenue
CLASS BD7, BEER, WINE & LIQUOR TAVERN LICENSE Sportman Lounge, Inc. Transfer of ownership Verria A. Moore Fractured Tube, Inc. Penelope Cougle Mystic Management, Inc. Kimberly Hill Stephen White Sparkle Corporation James Brandt Jo Anne Pezzulla 25th Roland Billiards, Inc. Cyril Ezeakor Palmere’s, LLC. Michael Palmere Sarah Palmere Josephine Palmere 3349 Belair, Inc. John Ruppert, III Kevin Gordon K. Anand, Inc. Prince Anand Shailja Anand Joginder Singh Samra Niki, Inc. Marla Streb Mark Fitzgerald BOAJ, LLC Philip Osika 1400 Hull St., LLC Leonard Bush Kevin Anselmi YJK, Inc. Yoojun Kim James Vaccaro Transfer of ownership from a secured creditor Transfer of ownership from a secured creditor Transfer of ownership
4721-27 Gwynn Oak Ave. 291 S. Pulaski Street 2949 Frederick Avenue
421 E. Baltimore Street
Transfer of ownership & location from 428 E. 25th Street contract purchaser at 4705-07 York Road, request to add live entertainment Transfer of ownership 1018 Eastern Avenue
Transfer of ownership from secured creditor 3349 Belair Road
Transfer of ownership, request for live 6001-03 Belair Road entertainment and off-premises catering
Transfer of ownership, request for outdoor table service
1739-41 Light Street
Friday, March 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, 4, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Allegany County Office Complex Allengany County Office Complex 701 Kelly Road 701 Kelly Road Commissioner¬s Conference Room 212 Commissioner’s Conference Room 212 Cumberland, Maryland Cumberland, Maryland
All of the hearing rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days prior to the hearing they plan to attend. Any questions or comments should be directed to John M. Greiner at the address, phone numbers, or e-mail listed below: Mr. John M. Greiner Housing Policy Officer Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development 100 Community Place Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2023 (410) 514-7191 or Maryland Relay for the Deaf at 1-(800)735-2258. email@example.com.
Transfer of ownership & location from 706 S. Broadway 34-36 Light Street, change Class B-BWL to Class BD7-BWL license Transfer of ownership from a secured creditor 1400 Hull Street
Transfer of ownership
347 S. Gilmor Street
5. CLASS “D” BEER & WINE TAVERN LICENSE Hernandez, Jose Transfer of location from 4329 E. Lombard Street, request for live entertainment Bagby’s Bistro, LLC Blake Smith David Smith Douglas Schmidt Expansion of premises and request for outdoor table service
40 N. Streeper Street
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITY Assistant Personnel Officer Labor Relations Visit our website at www.aacounty.org for additional information and to apply on-line. Deadline date to Apply: Monday, February 28, 2011 AEO/DF/SFE
Internal Auditor Officer ($42,891-$68,664) The Maryland Department of Aging seeks an experienced professional to function as an internal auditor. Primary responsibilities include performing a range of financial and operational internal audits including finance and compliance, economy and efficiency, and program results. Duties include internal audit standards; evaluation of internal controls; operational assessment, identification of audit activities, preparation of audit plan, verification of records, reports and documents, performance of audit tests, and management reports. Requires Bachelor’s Bachelor¬s degree in accounting from an accredited college or university. Four years internal audit experience. Statewide travel required. Visit http://www.mdoa.state.md.us/employment.html for the official job announcement. Submit a State application (MS-100) to MD Dept of Aging, 301 W. Preston St., Suite 1007 Balto., MD 21201 by 2/28/11. EOE
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