(NNPA)—President Obama should set the tone for his next two years by insisting that the Bush tax cuts remain in place temporarily for 98 percent of Americans, but not the top 2 percent who already enjoy a disproportionate share of the benefits. All signs are pointing to the President caving in to obstinate Republicans in Congress who want to extend the cuts, set to expire at the end of the year, for everyone including the top 2 percent.
Daily Archive: November 17, 2010
(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—November 17 is not a day that usually rings out in the minds of most Americans and historians as significant. No one remembers any key deaths, births or events of national significance that occur on this day, nevertheless it should be. November 17 is actually a day that has been absolutely critical to the Republican Party over the last 30 years, it has been the day of some of their greatest short term victories and perhaps long term defeats. In the wake of their recent takeover of Congress it might do the GOP some good to stroll back through memory lane and realize exactly what lessons the past may have for them.
(NNPA)—In the aftermath of the November 2010 election I found myself wondering about a statement that I kept hearing: in 2010 there were more Black Republicans running for office in the South than at any time since Reconstruction. I think that we have arrived at a moment when we need a “time out.” Let’s be very clear on a few things. The Black Republicans who ran for (and won!) elected office during the period of Reconstruction (1865-1877) were, by and large, individuals who were fighting to expand democracy, including the rights of the poor. They were fighting against any and all forms of racist oppression. These were individuals, for instance, who fought for the introduction of free public education, but also in many cases, for the rights of workers. These were not individuals who sided with the rich and the powerful, but were those who saw in Reconstruction a moment in the history of the USA where democracy could come to represent more than a platitude.
by Linn Washington Jr. The January 2011 move to the Governor’s Mansion for Tom Corbett—the winner of the Nov. 2 election for Pennsylvania’s top elected post—requires a drastic change in his mindset in addition to merely changing the location of his residence. Corbett, currently Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, must expand his mindset beyond the often rigid view-point of the prosecutor to include compassion—a precious practice that win-at-all-costs prosecutors too often ignore despite their ethical duty to seek justice, not just convictions.
by Kevin AmosFor New Pittsburgh Courier International jazz greats came together at the University of Pittsburgh Nov. 2 through Nov. 6 to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert. As the first academic jazz seminar of its kind in the country, the four day event featured artists connecting with aspiring students in a lecture format, and then performing together as an ensemble. HORNS—Randy Brecker, Peter King, and Javon Jackson.
This week I visited the Galaxy Night Club in Homewood, CJ’s in the Strip District, The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh, The Red Onion in the Hill District, Houlihan’s Restaurant in Station Square and Executive Cigars, LLC on the North Side. Don and Caren having a great time at her birthday celebration held at CJ’s in the Strip District. My first stop was at the Galaxy Night Club in Homewood where Big D and his staff held an event for the customers to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers game on wide screen television. Everyone was dressed on black and gold, ate good food and had a great time.
Thursday 18 Jazz jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30-years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.
Two years ago when the Tennessee Titans running back, LenDale White (currently a Denver Bronco) stomped on the iconic Pittsburgh Steeler Terrible Towel, the players and many fans viewed the jester as a sign of disrespect. Eugene Berry visualized the situation as a business opportunity. TOWEL A-PLENTY—Owner of Steel City Stomp Towels, Eugene Berry, prepares to deliver towels to one of the stores that sells them. (Photos by Diane Daniels.) Berry has taken what White meant as a joke and turned it into a business operation. “After the Titans stomped on the towel, I took the meaning to heart and created the Steel City Stomp Towel,” says Berry. “The concept came to mind after my son took his blue wash towel and started tramping on it.” From the actions of an adult, six-year-old Guy has assisted his father in developing the stomp towel concept. Eugene Berry Enterprise LLC was born.
(NNPA)—Earlier this year, Foreclosures by Race and Ethnicity: the Demographics of a Crisis, a Center for Responsible Lending research report found that for every 100 African-American homeowners, 11 have either lost their homes or are at imminent risk of foreclosure. For Latino families, the figures are even worse—17 of every 100 Latino homeowners are affected by foreclosures. This loss of wealth by 2012 could reach $1.86 trillion, far more than the total cost paid by the Gulf Coast states in response to Hurricane Katrina. Now, as many families begin to gather for the annual Thanksgiving holiday, there are millions who have no home in which to give thanks—2.5 million foreclosure sales were completed between 2007 and 2009, and another 5.7 million families are at imminent risk of foreclosure now.
Business series NOV. 11—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Outsell, Outmanage Outmotivate & Outnegotiate Your Competition.” In this is a 45-minute DVD, best-selling author Harvey Mackay discusses his ideas on how to arm oneself with prospect, client and competitor information; how to maintain and develop customer relationships; and more. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.