Until District 4 candidate Venita Peyton walked in 45 minutes late, there were no Republican school board candidates who participated in last week’s 2011 Candidates Forum at Martin Street Baptist Church.
And even though the sponsors – the Wake County Voter Education Coalition, the NC Black Women’s Empowerment Network, and the Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – had invited all of the candidates weeks in advance, most of the GOP’ers – Heather Losurdo, Eric Squires and Jennifer Mansfield (an independent who vied for the Republican endorsement) in District 3; and Donna Williams in District 6 – never even bothered to respond. (Read more)
Forbes magazine reported that, as of this month, the four hundred richest Americans enjoyed a combined worth of $1.53 trillion, which figure had increased from 1.37 trillion over the previous year. Their combined wealth was thus approximately equivalent to the GDP of Canada. Almost simultaneously, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the real median household income in the United States had declined to $49,995, or 2.3% from 2009 , while the nation’s poverty rate had increased to 43.569 million people, or 15.1 of the total population, and the number of people without health care insurance had grown to 49.9 million. (Read more)
The Law of Punishment and Reward
Anyone who captures a free person, brings them to another country against their will, forces them to do manual labor without pay, while physically and psychologically abusing them – denying them equal rights to resources are creating a moral and ethical system by which redress is inevitable. Although the era supported this type of behavior and it was acceptable by the legitimate government one could argue that no wrong was committed – except the one who was subjected to the treatment. For them, it was not consensual therefore it’s illegal and degrading. Let’s say he/she was subjected to this type of treatment suddenly and unexpectedly. The psychological ramifications would be astronomical leaving mental scars for generations to come. (Read more)
The thousands of indefatigable Wall Street protestors, risking their eyes and recording equipment against Wall Street’s personal jack-booted thugs in the NYPD, recently garnered even more support– the US Marines. That’s the type of support that may make an NYPD cop think twice before he decides to go all Tiananmen Square on a group of teenage girls, armed with chalk and cardboard signs (maybe it’s because they are spelled properly?). (Read more)
General Marcia Anderson has become the first Black woman to hold the esteemed position of major general in the history of the U.S. Army.
Marcia now holds the third-highest ranking position in the army and will be stationed at the office of the chief of the U.S. Army Reserve in Washington, D.C. (Read more)
My condolence goes out to Carolyn McDougal and family on the loss of your love one Leslie “Sonny” McDougal.