Daily Archive: March 31, 2010

National

Christian militia members charged in Michigan

by Corey Williams and Devlin BarrettAssociated Press Writers DETROIT (AP)—Nine suspects tied to a Christian militia that was preparing for the Antichrist were charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then attack a funeral using homemade bombs in the hopes of killing more law enforcement personnel, federal prosecutors said Monday. The Michigan-based group, called Hutaree, planned to use the attack on police as a catalyst for a larger uprising against the government, according to newly unsealed court papers. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said agents moved on the group because its members were planning a violent mission sometime in April. ARMED AND DANGEROUS—A gun leaning against a washing machine is seen in the yard in front of a trailer on property belonging to David Brian Stone, leader of Midwest Christian militia, Hutaree, March 29, the day after an FBI raid in Clayton, Mich.

National

More change is needed in America says veteran rights leader

by Larry MillerFor New Pittsburgh Courier PHILADELPHIA (NNPA)—NAACP’s former chairman of the board Julian Bond was in Philadelphia March 25 discussing changing racial issues in America—issues that Bond said the nation couldn’t ignore just because Barack Obama is president. With his usual focused clarity, Bond spoke at the PNC Bank’s Eastwick Center in Southwest Philadelphia, talking about the evolution of the Civil Rights Movement and the role that the NAACP played during that turbulent time in America. SPEAKING AT PNC—Julian Bond, former NAACP chairman of the board, spoke at the PNC Bank’s Eastwick Center in Southwest Philadelphia.

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National

This Week in Black History

Week of April 2-8 April 2 JOHN MERCER LANGSTON 1855—John Mercer Langston became the first African-American elected to public office when he won the position of clerk of Brownhelm township in Ohio. Though not well known today, Langston was one of the foremost Black leaders of the 1800s. With the aid of his two brothers, he organized anti-slavery societies throughout Ohio. The Oberlin College graduate also became a lawyer and statesman for Black rights. After the Civil War, he organized the law department at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The town of Langston, Okla., is named in his honor. He died in 1897.

National

After 40 years, ACORN to disband

by Cyril Josh BarkerFor New Pittsburgh Courier NEW YORK (NNPA)—Grass roots organization ACORN plans to formally disband April 1, blaming failing revenues and bankruptcy. ACORN, which stands for Association of Community Organizations Reform Now, has 30 chapters across the nation, with 15 having already disbanded over the last six months. Several chapters have changed their names, including Pennsylvania, which renamed itself Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change or PCOC.

Opinion

The hate spasm in American politics

(NNPA)—Speaking at the recent conference of the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement in Jackson, Miss., I constantly ran into questions and comments drawing comparisons to the racial harassment faced by civil workers in the 1960s and what is occurring today. Most said there was very little comparison to the intensity of the racism faced by those who attempted to vote or eat at a lunch counter, and we know that many sacrificed their lives. Yet it was ironic that these were Congressman John Lewis’ colleagues and he and other Black members of Congress were spit at and called the ‘n’ word as they passed by some tea baggers on Capitol Hill recently.

Opinion

NAACP—how important is the census?

By now I’m sure everyone knows about the 2010 Census. My question to you is do you know how important it is to fill out the form and mail it back? Over the years we have been reluctant about the whole census process and there has been a lot of resistance to filling out the form or talking with the census takers. We have been reluctant because we thought it was the government’s way of having too much control over our lives, and they would know too much of our “business.” What we really needed was more information about the census, the reason we have a census, and how we can, and must, participate.

Opinion

The Black Press: A weapon in the Black freedom struggle

I was privileged to attend the Annual Conference of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade association for more than 200 newspapers in Black America. I was also honored to receive NNPA’s North Star Community Service Award, which is named after the militant newspaper founded by Frederick Douglass in 1847. It was a real treat to have the opportunity to meet and interact with Black writers and publishers from around the country. As a kid I can remember being a paperboy for the Pittsburgh Courier in the Hill District of the “steel city.” Every Thursday you could hear the voices of young boys hollering out “get your Pittsburgh Courrrrrrrrrier!” The few nickels and dimes I collected put some change in my pocket and enabled me to stride with a little pride.

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Opinion

Right-wing Republicans masquerade as teabaggers

(NNPA)—Despite efforts to depict the so-called “tea bag protesters” as part of an independent political movement, new polling data reveal that approximately three-quarters of them are Republicans or lean toward the GOP and 77 percent of them voted for John McCain in 2008. Those are the findings of a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. “The Tea Party movement is mostly made up of people who consider themselves Republicans,” Pete A. Brown, assistant director of the university’s Polling Institute, said in a statement. “They are less educated but more interested in politics than the average Joe and Jane Six-Pack and are not in a traditional sense swing voters.”

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Opinion

Tea Party terrorism

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—It’s a good thing that the Democrats passed health care reform last week. While it will still take some time for the bill to wind its way through the government, this passage will allow the president to finally “pivot” to addressing other issues facing the nation. Most pundits suggest he focus on the economy, but I have a better idea. He should focus on terrorism, it worked wonders for Bush. Every time he mentioned terrorism his approval numbers went up. If Obama really wants to rile up the public with a strong anti-terrorism stand he can start by looking in our own backyard at the growing militancy and violence associated with the Tea Party Patriots movement.

Opinion

Reduce oil pollution

According to the New York Times, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that oil and gas facilities that inject carbon dioxide into the ground’s greenhouse gas sources report their annual emissions to the government. Of course, the industries are not happy about this—few sectors welcome government monitoring. The public, however, should be in support of the proposal. Greenhouse gases have a direct impact on the planet’s environment. If we do not understand how they are affected, we cannot begin to implement changes that can keep them under control.