THE MAN FROM SUDAN – William Reed Columnist

His country is known among many Americans as one of the most vile, hateful, misogynistic, terror supporting, genocidal hell-holes on the planet.  But, the man from Khartoum was hardly as demonic as many have depicted when he came to Washington and called for "turning a new page" in Sudan/U.S. relationships.  The man from Sudan came to Washington following a referendum that he knows likely leads to half his country’s land area going to the new and independent State of Southern Sudan.

In talks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and his speech at the Washington Woodrow Center Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti put United States’ foreign policy makers in question by asking “what next”?  Ali Karti says the United States should build on the progress from its successful referendum and quickly move on in normalizing ties with Sudan.  "The Sudanese have fulfilled an essential obligation.  As far as world expectations go, we have delivered and thus our commitment to peace should never be in question," Karti told Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

After decades of U.S. operatives’ involvement to topple Khartoum’s government they succeeded in cutting Karti’s country in half with the South’s January vote to succeed.  Two decades of Sudan campaigns that labeled people from Khartoum as perpetrators of slavery, “genocidal”, “terror supporting” and “woman mutilating” brought the parties to here.  The final results of the referendum are due in early February2011.  For letting it take away from the land, the U.S. has offered Sudan a range of incentives if it peacefully accepts the results.  Karti believes that improved relations should result from his government’s concessions after experiencing years of disinformation and discord.  Karti wants the Obama administration to drop Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

When Karti says: "It’s time to turn a new page" he is going against years of American opposition to his regime.  While some Washington officials have praised Sudan for the January vote, some of the old-line opposition are set on moving the goalposts, saying they are “still concerned about the situation in Darfur”. Karti considers “Darfur”, where violence from rebelling forces continues, the canard in this deck and says:  “Rather than moving the goals, let us stick to the goals now and work together to get to those goals".  Scott Gration, the Obama administration’s special envoy for Sudan was in the audience.

Sudan (land of the Blacks) received its “bad rap” from a coalition of Jewish Lobby organizations and most Black Members of Congress.  Led  by Africa Subcommittee Ranking Member Donald Payne, theirs were the voices that spoke for two decades about “unspeakable atrocities” they claimed were being committed by Arabs in Khartoum against 1) the “Christians” of South Sudan and 2) “Africans” in Darfur.

Isn’t it high time we turn a new page in U.S.-Sudan relations?   That begins with removal of  the Khartoum government from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and lifting of sanctions which have wreaked havoc on the Sudanese people and their economy for nearly two decades.  Khartoum and Washington still have issues have issues left unresolved by the independence vote to discuss.  These important items include borders, citizenship, and the division of oil revenues and the future of the oil-rich region of Abyei.

The Land of the Blacks probably holds good investment opportunities for African Americans.  Washington will permit an exchange of ambassadors if both North and South Sudan agree on the key principles for co-existence.  With full implementation of Sudan’s 2005 peace deal and commitments put in place to resolve the Darfur conflict, the U.S. government would work with Congress to lift economic sanctions, rescind the state sponsor of terrorism designation and support international assistance and relief of Sudan’s $35 billion external debt.

Within weeks after referendum results are finalized, the Obama administration should move ahead to normalize relations with Khartoum.  There should be no wavering in U.S. commitments in these matters.  State Department spokespeople say Clinton "reaffirmed U.S. willingness to take steps toward normalization of relations, as Sudan meets its commitments."

(William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)

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Things On Regular TV At 8:00 PM On A Monday Night What About The Children

I just happen to have the TV on Channel 9 with my back to it while on the internet. I kept hearing the casts talk about a small Penis. I didn’t pay it any mind at first but I couldn’t help but turn around about 15 minutes into the show to see what kind of show it was. And then I hit info on my remote and the show was “How I Met Your Mother.” Since I have not used the info button before I noticed that the show was rated TV 14.

The cast talked about a man being a stud and more sex talk. What the what? One cast even said son of a bitch.

I thought radio was worst enough but this took the cake. I normally just look at the news and turn the TV off until the news come on again but sometimes I look at shows like CSI.

So have anyone experience shows like this on regular TV during early hours of the evening? Maybe I am just a little slow.

Kelley Williams-Bolar Update, Impact of Media on Black People – Source: YourBlackWorld


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Hey peeps,

here’s an update to the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar, the woman in Ohio who was sent to jail for sending her kids to the "wrong" school district.  Kelley’s case continues to get nation-wide support.  We have partnered with change.org and colorofchange.org, who have collected nearly 200,000 signatures for a petition that is being sent to the governor of Ohio.  The Ohio school system had been ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, but they never offered any mechanism of enforcement, which certainly confuses me.  Hopefully, Kelley’s case can be used to help millions of people. You can read more of my thoughts by clicking here.

None of this would have been possible had it not been for readers of AOL Black Voices and the Your Black World Coalition pushing the story as far and wide as you possibly could.  When I got the story in my inbox, it was still local.  But after I sent it out to you guys and the readers on AOL Black Voices, the world joined in the fight. Of course none of us can do this alone, but by working together, we can change the world.

One point that must be made clear is that my attention on Kelley’s case was not meant to disrespect the hundreds of other cases that have come to my email inbox.  To be honest, I am just a man trying to make a difference and it’s impossible for me to help everyone that sends something to me (remember there are those at Syracuse University who’ve been working to fire me for being a radical black man).  This kind of work takes a lot of money and time, so while I want to develop the infrastructure to do even more, the truth is that I was only able to really work on Kelley’s case because it had the ability to affect millions of people by changing the inequality in the school system. If anyone has ideas on how we can raise money to do this kind of thing full-time, please feel free to share your thoughts.

Sunday, Kelley and I were on the radio with Rev. Jesse Jackson and his son, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.   Congressman Jackson is proposing an amendment to the US Constitution guaranteeing all children access to an equal and high quality education.  Also, Rev. Sharpton and I are planning to rally in Akron early next week (I’ll keep giving details on my blog as they emerge).  This case is bigger than one person – we must make sure that the impact is both national and permanent.

Until we speak again, stay strong and be blessed.

Dr. Boyce Watkins

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More Questions about the Kelley Williams-Bolar Case: Dr. Boyce and George Kilpatrick Discuss

Note from Dr. Boyce:  Before listening to my interview with George Kilpatrick about the Kelley Williams-Bolar case, I had two questions:

1) Would her kids have been allowed in that school if they’d been two 6’5”, 220-lb basketball players?  I’m sure they would have made an exception.

2) Its interesting that the judge wanted to send her to jail for her crime, but there are Wall Street execs who got less time for stealing millions.

The interview is here if you want to listen.

“Madam Prezident: LET GO WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HOLD ON TO”

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In my Lauryn hill voice, “The sweetest thing I’ve ever known is like the kiss on the collar bone”. Yea, it use to be sweet; that feeling of new love. You know, when your body tingles at his touch, and your heart beats fast from his texts. (I remember the day)

How could the person you once loved so dearly, become a stranger to your pupil. The touch changes and your heart becomes heavy from his text, when it use to beat fast!

“Letting Go is so hard”, even when you’re left with nothing to hold on to. I don’t know why, but we hold on, and we hold on so tight to non-existing situations.

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Dr. Boyce Watkins on CNN's AC 360 Discussing Kelley Williams Bolar

Dr. Boyce Watkins on CNN’s AC 360 Discussing Kelley Williams Bolar

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Judge Strikes Down Healthcare Reform Law

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the reform law’s so-called individual mandate went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.

"Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void," he wrote, "This has been a difficult decision to reach and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications." (Read more)

Note: Not going to touch the technicality of the Judge’s decision and will leave it up to those who know the law in depth. I will continue to follow the healthcare reform saga until the final outcome is reached. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Clarence Thomas Appears to Have ‘Knowingly and Willfully’ Violated Rule of Law for Twenty Years – Source: The Brad Blog

The words "EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW" are famously chiseled above the main portico of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. But is one of the Justices seated in that building, with a lifetime appointment, now receiving special treatment under the law instead?

Evidence is mounting that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas violated federal law by failing to report his wife’s annual salary of more than $120,000 per year from conservative political organizations by checking "NONE" on the box for "Non-Investment Income" for his wife Virginia on judicial Financial Disclosure Reports for the last 20 years. (Read more)

Note: My question is why? It is not like he was not making mega bucks. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Senator Kay Hagans New Website

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Kay Hagan | United States Senator for North Carolina

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January 2011

From Kay

As our nation recovers from the shock of the tragic events in Tucson, AZ, I want everyone in North Carolina to know that I remain committed to hosting events that are open to North Carolinians, just like the one Congresswoman Giffords was holding. You elected me to listen to your concerns, and our democracy is based on this type of open dialogue. I appreciate everyone who comes to share their thoughts with me at "Conversations with Kay" events in their communities. My family and I continue to pray for the victims of this senseless tragedy and for the recovery of those who were injured.

This month, I was proud to call for bipartisan seating during the State of the Union. It’s my belief that Democrats and Republicans must put aside partisan differences and work together to tackle the critical issues that face our nation. I sat with North Carolina Republican Representatives Sue Myrick and Renee Ellmers during the President’s speech.

During his State of the Union address, the President talked about job creation, my No. 1 priority in the 112th Congress, and the importance of reducing our nation’s debt. He called for a five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending, which I support. We need to end business-as-usual, reckless government spending in Washington. We can’t keep running up the bill on our nation’s credit card, and I am committed to working in a bipartisan way with Republicans and Democrats to cut Washington spending and lower the debt.

Sincerely,

Check out Kay’s New Website

Click above for a video tour of Senator Hagan’s new website.

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January in North Carolina

Senator Hagan spent January recess travelling across North Carolina to hear from folks in communities around the state. Hagan held "Conversations with Kay" in Edenton, Camden, Manteo, Marion and Lexington. In Northeast North Carolina, Hagan focused on her work to prevent an OLF from coming to the state. Last week, Senator Hagan was thrilled that the Navy announced they were stopping work on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the OLF. Hagan believes the Navy should thoroughly evaluate all existing OLFs and military airfields before even considering a new one, which is what Hagan and Senator Burr required the Navy to do in their amendment to last year’s defense authorization bill.

She also discussed her efforts to ensure a replacement to Bonner Bridge is built as quickly as possible, as well as protecting the rights of fishermen. Last month, at the urging of Senator Hagan and other members of the North Carolina delegation, the federal government endorsed the replacement of the deteriorating Bonner Bridge, which had been caught up in government red tape. Since coming to the Senate, Hagan has been seeking a solution that will allow the permitting process for the bridge to proceed without additional extensive and time-consuming studies. Last month’s announcement was a major victory toward replacing the Bonner Bridge.

In Greenville, Hagan spoke at the State of the Region report about Eastern North Carolina’s economic potential and her priorities for the 112th Congress, which include creating jobs in North Carolina, reducing the federal deficit and supporting our military.

Senator Hagan also visited hosiery manufacturer Acme-McCrary in Asheboro, where the historic textile plant and its solar energy partner, FLS Energy, announced the completion of a new 200-panel solar thermal system that is one of the largest in the U.S. This project will save Acme-McCrary money, enhance its economic standing against competitors abroad, and keep jobs in North Carolina.

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MLK Day

North Carolina is home to some of the civil rights era’s most monumental events, including early sit-ins in Durham and the famous "Greensboro Four" sit-in at the Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro. Senator Hagan spent the holiday celebrating and remembering Dr. King’s vision and courage during prayer services at High Point University, Kings Park International Church in Durham, and the 30th Annual MLK Prayer Breakfast in Asheville. She also visited with middle schoolers in Charlotte who spent the day at Queens University learning about higher education and life on a college campus.

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Senator Hagan on the State of the Union Address

After the State of the Union address, Senator Hagan spoke with "No Labels," a nonpartisan organization that encourages leaders to put labels aside and seek commonsense solutions to our nation’s problems.

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A Key Committee for North Carolina

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This month, Senator Hagan was named to serve on the Senate Banking Committee. The committee has jurisdiction over issues ranging from banking to insurance to mass transit. North Carolina is the second largest banking hub in the United States. A former banker, Hagan plans to aggressively pursue policies that will grow our economy and create jobs. She will be focused on encouraging the availability of capital to businesses; ensuring access to safe and affordable credit for families; and making sure our country’s mortgage system is both robust and stable so that hard-working families are able to achieve the American dream of homeownership.

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Service Academy Nominations

In January, Senator Hagan nominated 40 North Carolina students to attend a U.S. Service Academy in 2011. Receiving a nomination from a member of Congress is a significant accomplishment, as the service academies have a highly competitive application process. Each year, Senator Hagan hosts Academy Day for middle and high school students interested in applying to U.S. military service academies. The event is an opportunity for students to meet with cadets and midshipmen from the service academies and learn more about the nomination process through the Senator’s office. Representatives from all five service academies attend the event. The last Academy Day was held in September in Morrisville. For the full list of Hagan’s North Carolina nominees, click here.

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NC NAACP STATE PRESIDENT PROMOTES MASS MARCH ON RALEIGH TO PROTECT EDUCATION, THE POOR AND CIVIL RIGHTS

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PRESS ADVISORY: NAACP/Historic Thousands  on Jones Street: People’s Assembly Eastern Mobilization Tour Calling North Carolinians to a Mass March on Raleigh North Caroloina, February 12, 2011
 
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, NC NAACP State President along with District Leaders  will visit Greenville, Williamston, Elizabeth City, Winton, and North Hampton County to invite citizens to join the call  for equal  education, the stance against resegregation, economic justice, good jobs, worker’s rights, a state budget that does not hurt the poor and equal protection under the law for all citizens.  

For More Information: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, NC NAACP President 919-394-8137
                              Al McSurely, Attorney, NC NAACP, 919-389-2905
 
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (Feb. 1, 2011) Over 100 partners in the Historic Thousands on Jones Street movement are speaking with one voice and with one message to lawmakers: forward together, not one step back. Provide educational equality for every child, don’t balance the budget on the backs of the poor, don’t undermine equal protection under the law for every citizen, and don’t slash vital programs that will keep North Carolina moving forward.

 

To move that agenda along, Rev. Dr. William Barber II will visit five spots in Eastern North Carolina next week in advance of the fifth annual HK on J People’s Assembly in February.

The HK on J coalition, convened by the NC NAACP, has about 100 member organizations that represent more than 2 million North Carolinians. The coalition has a 14-point progressive agenda that calls on state leaders to consider the budget a moral document that reflects North Carolina’s shared values.

 

"Despite the divisive and regressive policy agenda of extreme right wingers, ultra conservatives, and Tea Partiers, we stand in covenant and coalition to speak with one voice, calling North Carolina to move forward and not take one step back" said Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President of the North Carolina NAACP. "We need policies that benefit the whole of the people, not policies that cater to the whims of the few. North Carolina must not take one step backward from the progress we’ve made in education, health care, civil rights, and social justice.  Nor can we leave unfixed the inequalities and injustices which must be challenged and changed in order for all North Carolinians to have a better future."

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, Rev. Barber will speak in five locations in Eastern North Carolina. The tour will support the HK on J People’s Assembly march on Raleigh this Feb. 12. More information about the Feb. 12 march can be found at www.hkonj.com.
 
TOUR STOPS: Tuesday, Feb. 1
GREENVILLE: 11 a.m.
Philippi Church of Christ
3760 Philippi Dr,
Greenville, NC 
 
WILLIAMSTON: 1 p.m.
Williamston Courthouse
305 E Main St
Williamston, NC
 
 
ELIZABETH CITY: 5 p.m.
Faith Way Apostle Church
304 Bell St.
Elizabeth City, NC
 
Winton, NC: 6:30 p.m.
Old C.S. Brown High School
101 C.S. Brown Dr.
Winton, NC
 
NORTHAMPTON COUNTY: 8 p.m.
Robert  E. Sessom Youth Center
2547 Cornwallis Rd.
Garysburg, NC

 

"As a movement, we know that North Carolina works best when all the people have a chance at prosperity," said Rev. Barber. "The voices of division are louder than ever, but we won’t go back.  We’re here as a coalition, standing together, to fight for the kind of future North Carolina needs."

 

 
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