by Emily Wagster Pettus JACKSON, Miss. (AP)—James Meredith is a civil-rights icon who hates the term “civil rights.” It’s as if civil rights were somehow set apart from—well, rights. “When it comes to my rights as an American citizen, and yours, I am a triumphalist and an absolutist. Anything less is an insult,” said the Black man who 50 years ago inflamed the anger of White Mississippi by quietly demanding admission to the state’s segregated flagship university. HISTORIC STANDOFF—In this Sept. 25, 1962 photograph, Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett, wearing glasses at right, refuses to allow James H. Meredith, left, admittance to the University of Mississippi in scene outside the university trustees’ office in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo) Now 79 and living in Jackson, Meredith sees himself as a messenger of God—a warrior who crippled the beast of White supremacy by integrating the University of Mississippi.
Daily Archive: October 3, 2012
by Jamey Keaten GENEVA (AP) — The NAACP took to the U.N. its effort to ensure that all former convicted felons in the United States can vote. HILARY SHELTON A delegation from the NAACP held meetings Sept. 25 at the United Nations’ Geneva office in part to press the U.N. Human Rights Council to send its rapporteur on racism to the U.S. to look into alleged racially discriminatory election laws so the council can recommend ways for U.S. authorities to restore all citizens’ voting rights — including people previously incarcerated.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—The North Carolina Republican Party has fired a company paid to register new voters following cases of fraud uncovered in Florida. North Carolina GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood said Monday the party has terminated its relationship with Strategic Allied Consulting, a private company paid more than $3 million to register voters in several presidential battleground states. The State Board of Elections is alerting county officials to scrutinize all new voter registrations because of fraud concerns.
On Face The Nation this week the panelists were talking about the issues in this year’s presidential campaign when one of them made the statement that in the debates and in that discussion the most important issue was not being addressed, and was not among the biggest concerns with the voters. That issue she said is education, or the lack of it in public schools. I agree 100 percent with her. She said that public schools must be fixed throughout the country if America is going to get back on track. One panelist stated that the problem in this country actually started in the 1970s and has been getting worse.
(NNPA)—“Can’t understand why we treat each other in this way…no matter what is said or done, we are one…”—Frankie Beverly and Maze National politics in the U.S. has not been so divisive since the American Civil War 150 years ago. Similar to the period leading up to the American Civil War, our nation is divided along entrenched ideological lines. Unlike the Civil War, the possible second term of a sitting president may well further divide the Union. Presidents Lincoln and Obama—leaders caught in the middle of historic downturns of national economies and civility—share some qualities, among them their home state of Illinois and the vitriolic relationship between Americans who share the same country.
(NNPA)—In late September, the “nonpartisan” Web site Real Clear Politics reported that President Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney is several battleground states. According to the polls, President Obama leads by 5.2 percent in Ohio, 4.5 percent in Virginia, 4.2 percent in Nevada, 4 percent in Iowa, and 3 percent in Florida. Do we believe the polls? I’m not so sure. But I surely don’t believe these polls should alter an aggressive effort to re-elect this Democratic president. There are lots of ways to do voter suppression. One is to deny people ballots, or to change the rules on voting. Mandatory state-issued ID, new and more distant polling places, and all of the shenanigans documented by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are methods of voter suppression. In some cities and states, police cars have been parked outside polling places, intimidating those who may have minor infractions of law, including unpaid parking tickets.
by Shannon Williams Our society has so many pertinent issues to deal with, that I question some of the topics of discussion that seem to become top stories with various media outlets throughout the country. One such topic is homosexuality. Recently, the federal government has taken steps to ensure homosexuals are treated fairly with initiatives such as repealing “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and leaving the legalities of gay marriage up for individual states to decide. In spite of this, homosexuality is a topic that remains ultra-sensitive to many and is still a bit difficult to discuss. Quite simply, it’s tricky.
Last week the spotlight was on Pittsburgh as Pittsburgh Fashion Week took over the city with six days of events featuring both local and national designers. Now in its third year the annual event has revolutionized the Pittsburgh fashion scene and improved the city’s credibility in the fashion industry. “I see growth. I’m definitely seeing more and more local designers emerging from the hills of Pittsburgh,” said Miyoshi Anderson, PFW’s founder. “We’re continuing to bridge the gap between the fashion industry and the Pittsburgh community.” ECO CHIC—Pittsburgh Fashion Week Founder Miyoshi Anderson at the opening event. (Photos by J.L. Martello) The weeklong event kicked off on Sept. 24, with the Opening Night Extravaganza “Green is the New Black,” Eco-Chic Fashion Show. Designers Lana Neumeyer, Mary Margaret and Faith Pongracz showcased lines made of sustainable fabrics and materials.
Thursday 4 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.
This week I visited Kelly’s Bar in East Liberty, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and the North Side Elks Lodge in the Hill District. My first stop was at Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, where Gwenny Starr celebrated her birthday with family and friends. Birthday man Stephan Broadus, of the New Pittsburgh Courier, and the gang at Kelly’s Bar in East Liberty. My next stop was at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, where my boy Mike held a reggae event and it was off the chain. Everyone came out to listen to great music and get their party on.