The Real Deal With What’s Going On in U.S. Politics

If you do not know your history, you cannot survive today’s political climate. You will become a victim because you do not know what is going on in your community, your State Capitol, or across the nation.  It is sad and pathetic that this same group of people live in food and banking deserts infested by gang activity and high crime rates.  Many of the younger ones can figure out everything there is to know about weed, weave and where to get boot-leg DVDs. Yet, they do not use the same investigative skills or “Google” to find which candidates they should vote for or when elections are held annually, not just in presidential election years.

So let’s look at the recent CD-6 special election in Georgia last week, three other special elections this year, and why Democrats got close, and still lost.  Political pundits, college professors, think tanks and both major parties have heir own opinions.  However, the real reason why this battle ship takes a while to turn is that the plan to get us to this point has been in place since the Brown vs. the Board of Education decision in 1954 that ruled segregated public schools unconstitutional.  While civil rights activists and moderates won that court battle, some very powerful people, including economist and libertarian, and Nobel prize recipient, James McGill Buchanan, started planning back then, one legislative initiative at a time, over time; to make sure they win the war.  This included gerrymandering districts so that as demographics change, the minority will control the majority.  Buchanan has written and taught extensively on this subject with a body of work hidden in plain sight.  That’s right, it is out there for all to see.  However, most do not know they need to look for it!

If you have not read, Democracy In Chains by Duke University historian Nancy MacLean, you need to read it and start a discussion about it on social media, during your July 4th barbecues, and within your circle.  We must understand how we arrived in this climate of greed, not caring about the poor (including veterans, mentally challenged, and seniors on fixed incomes), and political incorrectness.

If you have not studied or “Googled” the Koch brothers to see how they have been strategically investing big money in causes, institutions, and political campaigns, etc. to help us arrive in this current place, you have a lot to learn.  This has not happened haphazardly. It is part of a well thought out plan.  Once you know the real plan about “less government” and what that really means, you will continue to scratch your head, be disappointed, and think there is no hope.  The masses, our friends, families and young people can no longer afford to say, I don’t get involved in politics”, or “I don’t have time to go to one or two community meetings”. Those community meetings are one of the best ways to will learn how the system works so you won’t become its’ victim.

As my late Godmother, Rev. Willie T. Barrow, use to say, “If you are not at the table when decisions are made, YOU are on the menu.”  Once we win court cases, and other civil and human rights victories, we have to stay engaged or lose that was gained. Think of this as all you do to prepare for a career.  Once you get the position or start the business, you still have to show up everyday to do the work.  With that, here is a quote that explains my point:

“In 1970, Koch joined the Mont Pelerin Society. Once he got in, he began to advertise his many different organizations and efforts and try to recruit and get people to events and so forth, through Mont Pelerin. Buchanan helped with the founding of the Cato Institute and with various other intellectual enterprises that were close to Charles Koch’s heart, like this thing called the Institute for Humane Studies.

And then Koch funded Buchanan’s center, as well as other projects, at George Mason University. One of Buchanan’s ideas that Koch liked was the concept of making a flurry of changes all at once so that people have a hard time opposing them.”

The full article can be found at:  http://www.slate.com/articles/life/history/2017/06/james_mcgill_buchanan_s_terrifying_vision_of_society_is_the_intellectual.html#lf_comment=705496860

We have to get engaged and stay engaged.  From slavery to women’s rights to civil rights to voting rights; decades of planning, protesting, complaining to elected officials, etc., we have to show up and keep plodding along.  Jesus started with twelve to try to save the world.  Surely, we all can get 2 to 12 people in our circle to step out of the shadows to stand up for our rights and make sure they are registered to vote at http://www.myvoterpage.com and research and get a sample ballot (online or in the mail from your county elections office) discuss candidates before each election.

 

 

 

 

Tough Loss for Democrats: CD-6 in GA

Yesterday’s Congressional District 6 (CD-6) race in Georgia was being watched all across the country. It was hotly contested and because $50 million was spent between the two candidates, it was the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history.

There is a lot of truth in what Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriocke says in the letter below.  However, in the end, I believe a couple more things really hurt CD6 candidate Jon Ossoff:

1) locals seemed to be concerned with the fact that he does not live in CD6 (even though Congressmen are not required to live in their district(s)).

2) the fact that he embellished his resume about what he did “on the front lines in Afghanistan”.

While no one is perfect, we have too much ground to cover for our well-meaning candidates to get caught up in something like this which obviously swayed enough voters against him for his opponent, Karen Handel, to squeak out the victory.

What do you think about this letter from Emily’s List?

EMILY's List

Dear Friends,

Like so many Democrats, we’d been closely following the fight for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

Democrat Jon Ossoff went up against an anti-choice extremist and aimed to flip a deeply red seat. He lost, but the fact that he was able to advance so far and come within four points of victory says something remarkable about what Democrats can do in the months to come.

See, there are 71 Republican-held districts around the country that are bluer than Georgia’s 6th. If we could come this close to flipping this seat, there’s no telling what we might be able to do next year…

(This is an excerpt. To see the full letter, visit www.emilyslist.org)

Juneteenth – June 19, 1863 – The Day Slaves Were Freed in the U.S.

What do you really know about Juneteenth??

Knowing about Juneteenth is more important now than ever because many people across the country are equating labor within the prison industrial complex to “modern day slavery”.  In 1864, the 13th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution and allows slavery to be used as punishment. So, peonage labor, commonly referred to as “the chain gang”, was the primary labor pool used by the railroads, coal mines and steel industry (most notably Bethlehem Steel and the Sloss Furnaces) after reconstruction and was heavily used until the 1940s.

WAOK 1380 am radio talk show host, Rashad Richey, Celebrates Juneteenth at one of Atlanta’s many celebrations.

Since many people seem to know very little about this important day in 1863 in history, below is a synopsis of key facts about Juneteenth from today’s USA Today.

Source:  *USA Today Network USA TODAY Published 9:23 a.m. ET June 19, 2017.

Juneteenth is observed on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

It is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.

Here’s everything you need to know about Juneteenth: 

What is Juneteenth? 

On June 19, 1865, Major Gen. Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas, to inform a reluctant community that President Abraham Lincoln two years earlier had freed the slaves and to press locals to comply with his directive.

Why did it take so long for the news to get to Texas? 

There is no one reason why there was a two and a half year delay in letting Texas know about the abolition of slavery in the United States, according to Juneteenth.com. The historical site said some accounts place the delay on a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news, while others say the news was deliberately withheld.

Despite the delay, slavery did not end in Texas overnight, according to an article by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. originally posted on The Root. Gates said after New Orleans fell, many slavers traveled to Texas with their slaves to escape regulations enforced by the Union Army in other states.

The slave owners were placed with the responsibility of letting their slaves know about the news, and some delayed relaying the information until after the harvest, Gates said.

Where does the name “Juneteenth” come from?

Juneteenth is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth,” in honor of the day that Granger announced the abolition of slavery in Texas.*



For more information to see the similarities between Blacks being enslaved for 400 years and current or modern day slavery, good sources are:  tour the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama or visit www.slossfurnaces.com and read the book, “Slavery by Another Name” or visit www.slaverybyanothername.com.  Or, check your local PBS television listings to see when the 90 minute documentary will air again.

Be sure to share this posting in your social media circles and make it a priority to attend a celebration each year with your family and friends.

History Preserved for Fairview School

History Matters!  You will be proud to know that Fairview School, which educated African Americans, is a newly designated historic site in Georgia.  I am honored to share this press release in its’ entirety.

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Fairview School Listed in the National Register of Historic Places


ATLANTA (June 16, 2017) – Fairview School has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The property is located at 278 Padlock Mountain Road SW in Cave Spring (Floyd County). The nomination is sponsored by the City of Rome and the Fairview-E.S. Brown Heritage Corporation. Nomination materials were prepared by Joseph Smith of Hall Smith Office Architecture and HPD archaeologists.

Fairview School is an approximately 3.5-acre campus located on Padlock Mountain Road, about one-half mile east of downtown Cave Spring. The property consists of a circa-1945 former classroom building, plus the remnants of other school buildings and structures that were constructed on multiple terraces on steep, previously cultivated agricultural land.

Fairview School was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as significant in the areas of ethnic heritage (African American) and education, as a rare example of an entire African American school campus constructed before the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. It is the only remaining property of this type surviving in Cave Spring. The initial three-teacher classroom building (not extant) was constructed in 1924-1925 with funding provided by the Rosenwald Fund, a philanthropic organization founded by Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington. The property was deeded to the Floyd County Board of Education by local residents.

The school also has an association with the prominent Chubb family, of Cave Spring. The Chubb family is significant because of their rarity and self-sufficiency as a free black family in Georgia prior to the Civil War. The Fairview School expanded to accommodate a growing student body, and three additional buildings were constructed on the campus in the 1940s. Of these, only the first-grade classroom building is extant; however, the foundations and chimney remnants of the three other classroom buildings remain, and their sites have produced material significant to understanding the development and use of the property as a whole. Additionally, the property is significant for historic archaeology due to the property’s ability to reveal information significant about the past. Artifacts recovered from the property include historic ink and medicine bottles, students’ supplies, and building materials that can inform archaeologists about the buildings and the daily lives of the student body.

The National Register of Historic Places is our country’s official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation. The National Register provides formal recognition of a property’s architectural, historical, or archaeological significance. It also identifies historic properties for planning purposes, and insures that these properties will be considered in the planning of state or federally assisted projects. National Register listing encourages preservation of historic properties through public awareness, federal and state tax incentives, and grants. Listing in the National Register does not place obligations or restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property.

The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Its mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia.  HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance. 

The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.   

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For press inquiries contact Historic Preservation Division Public Affairs Coordinator Jeff Harrison – 770-389-7869 and jeff.harrison@dnr.ga.gov


The above is a news release from the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Releases can be found online at www.georgiashpo.org.

Miscellaneous Topics to Empower You

Keep in mind that the world, your state, county, city, and community keeps moving ahead whether you are involved or not. Whether you look at TV news, listen to talk radio, or get all your news online,  please know the trustworthy  versus the untrustworthy source.

This is a hodgepodge of what you need to know to help you stay informed on various issues that impact you, your family, and community:

Around the ATL: Bill Gates in Atlanta!!
Rotary International convention
From June 10 to June 14, 2017, about 37,500 Rotarians will come to Atlanta to participate in Rotary International’s 108th annual convention. The event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Rotary Foundation, which happened at the Rotary convention held in Atlanta in 1917, when then-Rotary International President Arch Klumph proposed creating an endowment with the purpose of “doing good in the world.” The foundation began with a war chest of $26.50, but today it has assets of more than $1 billion, after making investments of more than $3 billion in philanthropic causes in virtually every corner of the world. Philanthropist Bill Gates, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been matching Rotary’s anti-polio donations 2 to 1, will headline the event. (ABC, 06/02/2017)

Economic News – Best States to Live in in U.S.:
America’s Best States to Live In

Happy Ending for wrongly accused:
Everyone is prison is not guilty!! So, pray your twin does not get you arrested.
http://rollingout.com/2017/06/11/father-serves-17-years-prison-due-striking-resemblance-real-criminal/

Education:
Morehouse insider names as new acting president less than a week after interim president dies suddenly
http://rollingout.com/2017/06/08/morehouse-college-appoints-new-acting-president/

Healthcare News:
Hospital upgrades/maintenance is key to giving patients access to the best service, facilities and technology.
http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2017/06/09/emory-hospitals-file-40-8-million-renovation-plans.html

Wilton Looney gives Children’s Healthcare $1M for pediatrics center
Retired Genuine Parts Co. executive and philanthropist Wilton Looney has given
$1 million to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in honor of his late wife, Martha Looney. The gift will name and build out the Medical Specialties Floor of the new CHOA Center for Advanced Pediatrics, now under construction at North Druid Hills Road and Interstate 85 in Brookhaven. (ABC, 06/09/2017)

Health News for GA Children:
$1.45 million donated to aid access to farm-fresh food
Through a new national investment, four partner organizations are launching an effort to promote access to local, healthy foods for young children in Georgia’s early learning environments. The statewide public-private partnership will be led by The Common Market Georgia, Georgia Organics, Voices for Georgia’s Children, and Quality Care for Children and will offer hands-on education in nutrition, cooking, gardening, and promotion of local, fresh foods. The project is funded by grants totaling $1.45 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and builds upon Georgia’s successful farm-to-school movement, which joins stakeholders in early care, local farming, and nutrition. (Press release, 06/02/2017)

Health & Human Services:
Know the facts on kids in the state’s care:
http://georgiavoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Federal-Fuding-Infographic-SFY2016-1.pdf

Politics:
Hillary Clinton is not president, not perfect and still making headlines:
Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama…
http://rollingout.com/2017/06/04/hillary-clinton-refused-take-plane-michelle-obama/

Hillary Clinton on “Black prison slave labor”.
http://rollingout.com/2017/06/07/hillary-clinton-blasted-condoning-use-black-prison-slave-labor/

A Lesson in Improving Student Achievement

One of many great solutions for improving student achievement for our kids!!  And, it has nothing to do with closing or merging schools!!!  APS, did you hear this??

This is one of many examples that our local communities want to institute, yet APS has not yet decided to listen or even give a plan to the community that spells out how they plan to increase student achievement.  However, they can give you details about closing and merging schools which they admit has no correlation to student achievement.  So, guess who gets to suffer with the APS plan??

Retired Army Veteran Adams knows what to do to help increase student achievement!! This is not rocket scientist stuff.  Adams cares about kids!!  We can do this in all school and watch our kids blossom. Use/copy this link to hear the four minute story from a week ago:

http://news.wabe.org/post/mitchell-county-how-rural-ga-school-district-beats-odds

Be sure to follow this story (part of a series) on the WABE website.

This Mitchell County success story is one of many examples that our local communities want to institute, yet APS has not yet decided to listen or even give a plan to the community that spells out how they plan to increase student achievement. However, they can give you details about closing and merging schools while admitting it has no correlation to student achievement.

So, why is that allowed to happen??

So, guess who gets to suffer with the current APS plan??

What are your thoughts??

NOTE:  If you or someone you know want to run for school board and make changes that benefit our kids, contact the local teachers union:  Georgia Federation of Teachers (GFT) or the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).  They will teach you everything you need to know about running for your local school board (These are just two organizations among many who will guide you through the process of running for this important office.). School board elections will be held in November, 2017 for APS and other local districts with qualifying and filing deadlines in August, 2017.

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Muhammad Ali Died One Year Ago

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It was one year ago today that we lost “the greatest”, Muhammad Ali. Born, Cassius Clay in Louisville, KY on January 17, 1942.  He was always one of my sports and civil rights heroes. He not only could ‘float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” most of his opponents, he stood up and opposed the Vietnam draft. Then charged with draft evasion, he was sentenced to five years in prison, fined $10,000, and banned from his love of boxing for three year. Later, his conviction was over turned.

During Muhammad Ali’s career, he had 56 wins, and 5 losses. Of the 56 wins, 37 were knock outs!! Among his many accomplishments, he won a gold medal in the Summer Olympics in Rome in 1960 for boxing in the light heavyweight division.

On October 26, 1971, GA State Senator Leroy Johnson was able to get then Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell to agree to allow Ali to make his comeback fight here in Georgia. Because Georgia did not have a Boxing Commission, it was easier to hold the fight here. From that day, Ali has always had a special place in the hearts of Atlantans, especially Georgians.

As a matter of fact, one of my most cherished pictures I took with Ali while I was at an awards dinner where he received an award in the late 1980s. It was the first of three times that I saw him in person. What a privilege!!

Sources: Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and Wikipedia.