The Tale Of Two Conventions Favors Obama – The Washington Post

Response: I totally agree don’t need to add or take away Eugene Robinson was “Right on!”

CHARLOTTE

Judging by the party conventions, you’d wonder why this election is even close.

In Tampa, despite some unexpectedly amateurish stagecraft, Republicans put on a credible display of unity and resolve. No one could come away doubting that the party very much wants to defeat President Obama in November.

But I think it’s fair to conclude the GOP’s emphasis is on “Defeat Barack Obama,” rather than on “Elect Mitt Romney.” And many of the party’s rising stars, judging by their convention speeches, seem to believe it’s likely that Romney will lose. (More)

This Is How Some Black Folks Suffered Because We Have A Black President. Damn If You Don’t Think All Of You Are Not At-Risk Then You Are “Ignant!”

Response: Forwarded this from a Facebook Group one of the many I have been either added to or invited to join however most folks have just added me because they like to read my comments.

In Oregon when Obama announced he was running for President I for one would have never thought he was going to win Oregon, and that is because I was working in a field of work, that was opposed Obama due he was black. I was the only African American Nurse, and this is what they did to me in retaliation of being a proud African American woman who exuded pride. First they cut my hours from full time hours to part time hours, they hired more Nurses of course white, and decided they needed those hours of work more the I did, of course they were white. I complained, and was ignored. I was informed I was not hire full time but on an as needed bases. I reported these action as discrimination to the corporate office, at which point I became a target, they began papering my file with fake reports of absences, then they offered me a full time position, but in the context of the offer was a write up. I accepted the full-time, but refused to sign on, because there was a write up, and that position was pulled back. I had then noted an Ad in the local newspaper where they were hiring full time on the shift I worked, but continued to tell me they had no full time position available. I watch them hire 6 nurses who had all been hired full time, of course all white. Some of them worked 24- 30 hours a pay period overtime, but yet they had no full time for me. Finally I filed a complaint with EEOC after months of trying to negotiate my position. I requested my employee file from a new employee who did not know the particulars, and when I got it, it clearly showed I had been hired full time. The Republican filled EEOC rejected my allegations of discrimination, even though I was fired as a result of them informing them of my complaints. I was terminated the same day. Living in Oregon was hell for me. I had 90 days to seek legal counsel to file my case under a right to sue, and no Attorney would look at my case. I decided to file the case myself, and I did it on the very last day, the next day would have been to late. After filing my case the company hired one of Oregon’s Super attorney who petitioned to have my case dismissed. What he did not know was I had sought counsel from a young Attorney name Ashlee Albies. She had run for the States Attorney General position in the 2008 primaries, but lost her race. Ashlee Albies was a woman I happen to speak to during the ordeal, and advised me to stay on the job not to quit she was working in another office at that time. She is one of the Attorneys that filed a case against George Bush for wiretapping the Islamic Center in Southern Oregon. When this Attorney tried to have my case dismissed, it angered her and she decided to take on my case. To make a long story short we did prevail into a settlement agreement, and for me that was a victory still. I can’t mention any names, but what I went through back there in Oregon changed my life, and just as I stood with Obama back then on his run for change I still stand with him, and just as I had the audacity to hope nothing here has changed. I feel a personal responsibility to continue my path with Obama, because just as those racist individuals tried to hold me back, they have done the same thing to this president, and if little ole me could prevail. I have hope and that this president can too, this is a historical vote this time. If you had the audacity to vote Obama 2008. please extend that vote into 2012 racism is alive in the country it’s banner is red these are the republican party. They have blocked us for four more years, and it is time to stop them the next 4 years.. VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE.

The Invisible Chair That You Didn’t See At The End Of The Speech. “Our” President Put It Out There!

The Invisible Chair That You Didn’t See At The End Of The Speech. “Our” President put it out there!

"Our" President Barack Obama Put It Down. Yes He Did!

If you tell me that the Democratic National Convention was not "AWESOME" be you Democrat, Republican and/or Other then you are just simply "Ignant" in my man Steve Harvey’s voice.

We all witnessed some damn good speeches whether you like a Democrat or not.

Tell me the truth has not been revealed in the past 3 days and I say again you are simply "Ignant!"

Okay there you have it folks if you didn’t know now you know.

So here is the invisible chair. The chair is there like they do in church you can sit in it or you can continue to live in confusion. You should not be confused after the past 3 days.

Well!

Speaking Truth to Power!

Damn the Truth Hurts, Get the Hell Over It!

Well!

Yes We Can!

I Know We Will!

4 More Years!

Right on! Right on!! Right on!!! I’ll drink to that!

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"Ignant Racist Republicans"

"Ignant Racist Republicans"

I just love these "Ignant Racist Republicans" who continue to say that "Our" President has made this country worst. So what in the hell has the Republican Party done in the past 4 years. Since they had the numbers why haven’t they produced jobs and other things.

Well I stop by to tell you the reason why those "Ignants" have not produced any jobs or done anything is because all they have done is tried to discredit "Our" President.

When all odds are against you what? Stand! Stand Barack Obama! Stand!

Well!

Yes We Can!

I Know We Will!

4 More Years!

Right on! Right on!! Right on!!! I’ll drink to that!

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Open Letter to Clergy Who Are Trying to Confuse African American Voters on Wedge Issue of Marriage Equality

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NC NAACP Letterhead

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

6 September 2012 

 

For More Information:         Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II President, 919-394-8137

                                             Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700      

For Media Assistance:         Ms. Sharon Coleman, Office Communication Manager, 

 

   Open Letter to Clergy Who Are Trying to Confuse African American Voters on Wedge Issue of Marriage Equality

~From Rev Dr. William Barber II, President of NC NAACP~

 

While the NAACP does not endorse candidates for President of our nation, we vigorously debate the issues that should shape national, state, and local elections.  And we will challenge those who attempt to mislead our communities.  Some clergy are wrongly criticizing and distorting the views of the President on the issue of marriage equality.   They are trying to confuse African American voters. They have a right to their opinions but to mislead demands a response.  These clergy – whatever their motives – are woefully mistaken if they believe such tactics will work.  

 

President Obama is President of the United States.  His position as leader of all Americans represents the noble commitment he made by oath to all Americans when he took office.  The President, a former professor of law, respects the 1st Amendment, which preserves the right of and freedom from religion.  He, like the Constitution, recognizes that every church has the constitutional right to decide, depending on their faith tradition, how to address the issue of marriage within their ecclesiology.  The President also respects the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which he also swore to uphold.  This makes it his solemn duty to guarantee the "equal protection rights" of every citizen.  Civil marriage is a right protected by the constitution, despite how one feels about what constitutes a marriage personally or religiously.  The President swore to uphold the rights of all the people, not just some of us.  His position is the same as Republicans like Dick Cheney. 

 

Those who insist on distorting and criticizing the President for doing his sworn duty insult the Civil Rights Movement.  These clergy ally themselves with the same extreme right organizations and people who have spent millions of dollars trying to overturn the 1965 Voting Rights Act, what most historians say was the most important achievement of the Civil Rights Movement.  These clergy have allied with the same regressive forces determined to re-segregate and rob our public schools of adequate funding.  These forces spend millions trying to block workers’ rights to organize; trying to force minorities, the poor, the elderly, and students to spend money to obtain voter photo ID’s to exercise their right to vote; trying to cut the time and opportunities to vote; turning their heads away from the gross racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

 

These are the same extremists who are stirring the pot about "gay marriage" and other code-slogans they dream up, all designed to divide and conquer the 99% who obviously can out-vote them.  Their strategy is based on an arrogant assumption that we, the sons and daughters of the Civil Rights Movement, are too dumb to see through their Trojan Horse trick.  They believe they can use wedge issues to seduce us into being a part of their scheme to deny LGBT brothers and sisters of their fundamental rights.  This will not happen on our watch!

 

Many are disturbed and feel compelled to respond to the single-issue moral litmus test being used to publicly denounce the President.   Those who are manipulating this wedge issue are unwilling to acknowledge his attempts to lift the poor, lift the jobless, protect the weak from the powerful, provide health care to the sick, educational opportunity to the children, protect voting rights, and protect the rights of all Americans, all of which are efforts that clearly line up with the primary moral concerns of the Judea Christian faith. This intentional ignorance renders their critique suspect and void of credibility.

 

We believe the issues that should shape our evaluation of Presidential candidates and others is where do they stand and what are their plans regarding 1) economic sustainability, poverty and labor rights, 2) educational equality, 3) healthcare for all, 4) disparities in the criminal justice system and 5) defending and expanding voting rights and voter participation.

Theologically, from a bible-centric perspective, and from the Judeo Christian faith I practice, the issues that should dominate our public square are: How we treat the poor.  How we treat the sick.  How we treat children.  How we treat women.  How we treat those on the margins.  How we treat the outcasts of society. 

There are more than 300 scriptures on these issues, more than any other moral issue noted in the scripture.  The second most noted sin in the bible is mistreatment of the" least of these", and the most noted is the sin of idolatry and self-worship, selfishness, and attempting to raise oneself to god status in judgment of others. Let us remember scriptures like these that set the normative posture for faithful service in the public arena:

 

Luke 4

God’s Spirit is on me;

he has chosen me to preach the Message of good news to  the poor,

Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and

recovery of sight to the blind,

To set the burdened and battered free,

to announce, "This is God’s year to act!"

 

Or Isaiah 58

‘Why do we fast and you don’t look our way?

Why do we humble ourselves and you don’t even notice?’

 

‘Well, here’s why:

The bottom line on your ‘fast days’ is profit.

You drive your employees much too hard.

You fast, but at the same time you bicker and fight

You fast, but you swing a mean fist.

The kind of fasting you do won’t get your prayers off the ground.

Do you think this is the kind of fast day I’m after:

a day to show off humility?

To put on a pious long face and parade around solemnly in black?

Do you call that fasting, a fast day that I, God, would like?’

 

‘This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice,

Get rid of exploitation in the workplace,

free the oppressed,

to cancel debts.’

 

When you look at voting records and public policy positions carefully, the same forces fighting us on voting rights, educational equality, economic justice, addressing racial disparities in the criminal justice system, are the same forces sponsoring and paying for the current attacks on the LGBT community and the President. 

 

No matter our color.  No matter our faith tradition.  Those who stand for love and justice are not about to fall for their trick.  No matter how you feel personally about same sex marriage, no one, especially those of us whose forebears were denied constitutional protections and counted as 3/5ths of extra votes for their slave-masters, who were listed as mere chattel property in the old Constitution — none of us — should ever want to deny any other person constitutional protections. 

 

What is most concerning about these clergy who try to suggest that this one wedge issue is the standard for measuring the moral fiber of our President, or anyone else for that matter, is that they seem to dismiss the essential call of the Judea Christian faith — to love everybody.  We are commanded by our faith and God to care for the stranger, especially those on the margins as Jesus did.  

 

Is it an act of love for these clergy to unite themselves with groups like the Family Research Council, the National Organization on Marriage, and other elements who have been classified as Hate Groups by national organizations who track the extreme right?   Is it an act of caring for strangers, when these clergy embrace the right-wing philosophy of othering people?  Of demonizing fellow human beings whom God clearly and dearly loves?  Is it an act of Christian love to claim allegiance to scriptural standards that say so little about what God says so much and so much about what God says so little?  Have these dismissed the  "weightier matters of the law"– issues like poverty, caring for children, protecting women, the vulnerable, the least of these, and healing the sick?  Do they fail to realize that it is even possible to be religiously heterocentric, without being constitutionally and socially homophobic?  I pray that we will stop this denunciation of the President and other public servants and judge Him and them by the totality of their service and not through schemes designed by those outside our community to divide us for their own sinister and cynical motives.                                                        

Yours in the Spirit of Truth and Justice,

 

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President
North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP

 

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County to help Princeville water/sewer – Daily Southerner

Response: Now this is some good news for the citizens of Princeville. Edgecombe County willing to help out anyway they can is just awesome!

TARBORO — PRINCEVILLE — The announcement of the possibility of the Edgecombe County  taking over the town of Princeville’s water and sewer operations was music to the ears of some residents.

T. Vance Holloman, deputy treasurer of the North Carolina Department of Treaurer who supervises the Local Government Commission (LGC), met with the county board of commissioners Tuesday night and asked them to help manage Princeville’s accounts. (More)

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