NAACP This morning while on CBS Face the Nation with NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, Tea Party leader David Webb announced that Mark Williams and his entire Tea Party Express have been expelled from the National Tea Party Federation. This shows that the Tea Party can indeed police itself from within when it wants to, …and it’s no coincidence that it comes on the heels of support from more than 20,000 NAACP Americans who pledge to stop hate. Let’s keep this going – spread the word and continue to pressure the Tea Party to remove the racist elements within its organization. (Read more @ NAACP)
The Edgecombe County Board of Education is in the “short rows” in the process of finding a new superintendent for the school district.
District 4 seat holder, William Keith Pittman, used the farming cliche to illustrate the progress the board has made since a special, closed-session meeting last Wednesday. (Read more @ The Rocky Mount Telegram)
(CNN) — This week at the NAACP annual convention, we passed over 75 resolutions. They addressed critical issues from education equity, to fixing our broken criminal justice and immigration systems, to our top priority: jobs, jobs, jobs. (Read more @ CNN)
It was 8 a.m., and 21 teachers had gathered in the library of Sousa Middle School for the meeting that Principal Dwan Jordon has convened nearly every morning for two years, part of his crusade to improve one of the District’s worst public schools. (Read more @ Black Power)
When you hear about the new health reform law these days, too much talk is focused on the political.
What I’ve found is that most Americans just want to know how this new law helps their families stay healthy — and how it reduces their costs.
The first thing I tell people who ask about the Affordable Care Act is that, for moms like me, it makes our lives easier. It gives families control over their own care. And it gives us the comfort of knowing that our insurance will be there when we need it most — especially if we get sick. Then I tell them that it gets better, but there’s a lot to know. To help, this administration has set up HealthCare.gov, where folks can see customized information about how care will improve for their families.
So much of what makes this law great is its emphasis on preventive care — right now, too many people aren’t getting the check-ups or the screenings they need to stay healthy. Twelve percent of kids haven’t seen a doctor in the past year. And 59 million adults — and 11 million children — depend on an insurance plan that does not cover basic immunizations.
Health reform is changing that. Under this new law, all new private plans will provide basic preventive services — things like childhood immunizations and checkups, mammograms, colonoscopies, cervical screenings, and treatment for high blood pressure — absolutely free of charge. No copay. No deductible. No co-insurance needed.
And, on HealthCare.gov, you can not only learn what preventive steps will help keep your family healthy, but also what insurance coverage options are available based on your needs.
A focus on prevention will help us to combat diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure — chronic illnesses that right now lead to seven of ten deaths in the United States and 75 percent of our national health care costs.
And it will help us tackle an issue that is dear to my heart — childhood obesity. As some of you know one of my top priorities as First Lady is the Let’s Move! campaign, where we have made it our goal to put a stop to the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so children who are born today grow up at a healthy weight.
Each of us needs to take responsibility for our own health and the health of our families, and the new health reform law can help. That’s why I’m writing today — to make sure you and Americans across the country know how their health plans are getting better day by day under reform.
Please visit HealthCare.gov and find out more about your care:
Someday, a museum will be built in Washington DC to honor those who participated in the Black Power Movement. Of course, there will be a picture of Marcus Garvey and a bust of Malcolm X but holding center stage will be a giant statue of the person most responsible for the propagation of Black Nationalism in the 21st century, Glenn "X" Beck. (Read more @ No Warning Shots Fired!)
RALEIGH — As Gov. Bev Perdue begins her search for new leadership at the N.C. Highway Patrol, a key decision will be whether to look outside the troubled agency for its new commander.
A 1975 state law requires the governor to promote someone from within the same ranks where problems with trooper misconduct forced Friday’s resignation of Col. Randy Glover after only 10 months in the top job. (Read more @ The News & Observer)