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MORE TOP STORIES
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War is a Racket - http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/624.html
How the Spooks Took Over the U.S.
A Blast from the Past - http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/911.html
Flying the Friendly Skies - http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/786.html
The Watts Riots—Forty-Five Years after the Flames
A judge extends the deadline for a class-action lawsuit for veterans who suffered PTSD
TransUnion Settlement - http://www.tuclaim.com/
Report: Israeli suspected of running Ukraine organ trafficking ring
How Facebook Betrayed Users and Undermined Online Privacy
Hide from Your Friends Online that You Don’t Like
Report: African-American Adoption of Broadband Surges
Man Who Plotted to Kill Obama to Be Sentenced
Jesse Jackson, clergy push jobs plan in Detroit
Florida Republican: Put immigrants in "camps" - http://bit.ly/aZsOeU
Beautiful Women Used to Obscure the Horrors of War
Mystery Still Lingers Over Flight That Killed Ted Stevens
ID Surge for Immigrants - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_immigrant_licenses
Florida Immigrant Crackdown Aims to Outdo Arizona Laws
Noncooperation With Evil in the Streets of Arizona
Obama throws support behind controversial Islamic center
Fox News Has Oldest Cable Audience
Sherrod Makes Peace with NAACP - http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/sherrod-makes-peace-with-n-a-a-c-p/
Bring Back the Blackface?
CRIMINAL JUSTICE NEWS
Long search for Mitrice Richardson comes to tragic end
Remains identified as missing 24-yr-old Mitrice Richardson
Mitrice Richardson's death leaves lingering questions
Family of 92 Year Old Black Woman Killed in Botched Drug Raid
by Atlanta Police to Receive $4.9 Million
FBI to investigate Aiyana's shooting by Detroit cop
Gitmo Judge Admits That a Detainee Confessed After Being Threatened With “Gang-Rape to Death”
Long Beach Officer Charged with Stealing Weapons
America's toughest Sheriff Joe Arpaio draws a crowd in San Diego
Laredo Police Dept. finally confirms Zeta incident
Police: Suspect arrested in serial stabbings targeting black men
Stabbings initially drew little attention in Mich
Israeli held in US for serial stabbings
Stabbings suspect unlikely to return to Mich. Soon
Fears remain in Mich. after stabbing spree arrest
BP Critic Drowns in Hot Tub
USA Swimming Coaches Molested, Secretly Taped Teen Swimmers
Young black men bear brunt of murder rate in Minneapolis
Judge denies request for shorter sentence from teacher's aide who had sex with teenage boy
Teachers Suffer Sexual Harassment and Rape Threats from Students as Young as Six
Brother of Sex Assault Victim Launches Bizarre Rant at attacker and become a Huge Youtube Hit
August brings COINTELPRO blues to Omaha each year
Free Diane Bukowski - http://freedianebukowski.org/
SC mom charged with suffocating sons due in court - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100818/ap_on_re_us/us_sc_toddlers_die
Five Year Old Shot by Twin
Black Kids Continue to Die in Chicago; 8-Year-Old Killed While Jumping Rope
Influential Newsweek Magazine Sold for $1 To CFR’s Super-Rich, Pro-Israel Harman Couple
Dealing With Friends Who Have Exhausted Their Unemployment Insurance
Another Threat to Economy: Boomers Cutting Back - http://bit.ly/9pQtXn
Wal-Mart Quietly Raises Prices - http://bit.ly/aMWILY
Death and Joblessness: How Suicide Dogs the Long-Term Unemployed
Letting Bush Tax Cuts Expire Could End the Economic Crisis
Your Social Security Number May Not Be Unique to You
Paul Krugman: America Goes Dark -http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/09/opinion/09krugman.html?_r=3
New claims for unemployment aid reach 484K
Where to Retire for $1,500 a Month
7 Great Laptops for Students - http://shopping.yahoo.com/articles/yshoppingarticles/413/the-best-back-to-school-laptops/
EDUCATION & WORKPLACE NEWS
Workplace Discrimination/Lawsuits - http://cathyharris-workplace.blogspot.com/
Career Links – www.discrimination101.com/careerlinks.html
Youth's passion for learning beats the odds
Study: Fewer Than Half of Black Males Graduate on Time
Dads Kick Off Million Father March in Omaha - http://www.ketv.com/education/24647724/detail.html
How black male student underachievement is reversible
Harlem high school celebrates a decade of 100 percent college acceptance
A judge extends the deadline for a class-action lawsuit for veterans who suffered PTSD
Check Out HBCUConnect.com - http://hbcuconnect.com/cgi-bin/jobs/searchJobs.cgi?job_id=1054767
Atlanta Black Churches Faces Foreclosures
Obama Seeks New Design for Housing, Fannie/Freddie
Housing voucher hysteria in Atlanta highlights national crisis
Housing Crisis reaches Full Boil in East Point, GA, 62 Injured
Evicted AHA High-Rise Seniors Die at Alarming Rates
Thousands Wait in Atlanta Section 8 Line
Sea Island Iles for Bankruptcy; Announces Sale
Family of Fallen Soldier Fights Foreclosure with Help from Activists
U.S. Is Bankrupt and We Don't Even Know
Feds: Black comedian denied right to buy house
5 Sinking Housing Markets
Banking Execs Say Gov’t Needs to Back Mortgages
US homebuilder confidence sinks - http://www.presstv.ir/detail/139077.html
Steps to Take When Buying a House
Written by: Liwin Troy Lee
1. The first step you should take before buying a house is finding how much the bank (lender) is willing to lend you monthly and decide
whether you are comfortable with paying that amount back.
2. Find a good lawyer. You can do this by asking your friends and family or calling them up. Find how much they charge (the fee should
be fixed). Decide if you like the lawyer. A good one takes their time to explain things.
3. Find the houses that are selling in the area and find out how much they are selling it for.
4. Come up with a down payment. This is usually 15 to 20 percent of the selling price.
5. Find a real estate agent you can trust.
6. When you find a new house, do not fall in love with it because you might not get it. Find comparable houses in the area and how
much they were sold for. Offer a reasonable bid.
7. Wait for a reply. Expect rounds of counter offers.
8. Once your offer is accepted. Put down a binder (1%) until the contract is signed.
9. Call your lawyer and ask him to explain the details of the contract to you.
10. If all goes well, sign the contract. Then pay a 10 percent down payment.
11. Submit mortgage application with application fee. Ask the lender to lock the rate until closing date. Some application fee cost
include attorney fee, title insurance, appraisal fee, home inspection and property tax.
12. Show up at the closing and sign the paper. Also, bring lots of checks to pay the various fees.
Poultry Fingered as Number 1 Food Poisoning Culprit
228 Million Eggs Recalled for salmonella outbreak
According to the Food Inc. Movie (www.FoodIncMovie.com) most of the food in this country is harvested and raised in
the state of IOWA. You need to be careful eating eggs anyway because it is a mucus-producing food which causes
inflammation (http://arthritis.webmd.com/about-inflammation) in your body. Inflammation is what causes PAIN in your
body. Other foods that cause inflammation are chocolate, dairy products, and fried foods so eliminate these
foods from your diet ASAP. If you eat eggs try to eat eggs only from free range chickens
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_range) and only eat eggs two days a week and then only eat egg whites because
experts have said that eggs can raise your cholesterol (http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/default.htm).
Cathy Harris, author of upcoming book “How To Take Control of Your Own Life: Healthcare 101.”
Obesity Rates Fall for White Girls, Not for Blacks, Indians in U.S. Study
How Long It Takes to Get Out of Shape - http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/how-long-does-it-take-to-fall-out-of-shape-2277730/
Gulf Health Problems Blamed on Dispersed Oil - http://act.commondreams.org/go/1857?akid=139.19365.q_eOQ-&
Disasters Could Push Food Prices Up - http://act.commondreams.org/go/1836?akid=138.19365.tayADV&t=20
The Silent Symptoms of Stress - http://blackdoctor.org/articles1.aspx?counter=37854
Drowning in Soda - http://www.naturalnews.com/029439_soda_consumption_diabetes.html
Share of Popular Bottled Water from Municipal Supplies Up 50 Percent
Dead cow carcasses "resurrected" to produce cloned beef
Antibiotics on the verge of becoming completely useless
Obesity Rises while Dieting Declines - http://www.naturalnews.com/029468_obesity_dieting.html
The Pill Could Prevent Daughter from Being Gay
Singer in Germany Have Sex With Men Without Telling Them She Has HIV
Game in secondary school gets five pregnant
What Making 7 Year Old Girls Have Breasts
Chinese Babies Growing Breasts from Milk Hormones - http://www.naturalnews.com/029493_China_milk_hormones.html
The Surprising Truths About Antidepressants - http://blackdoctor.org/articles1.aspx?counter=37846
Are Your Supplements Endangering Your Health? http://www.blackdoctor.org/articles1.aspx?counter=37855
9 Tips for Flat Abs - http://blackdoctor.org/articles1.aspx?counter=37841
4 Steps to a Great Marriage - http://www.blackdoctor.org/articles1.aspx?counter=37843
Healthy Honey Offer Many Benefits - http://www.naturalnews.com/029470_honey_health.html
Everyday Habits that May Be Hurting Your Back - http://blackdoctor.org/articles1.aspx?counter=37836
Doctor Approved Natural Cures - http://blackdoctor.org/articles1.aspx?counter=37827
6 Foods for Glowing Skin - http://health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/6-best-foods-healthy-skin
Vitamins Can Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes - http://www.naturalnews.com/029502_dark_circles_eyes.html
Parents Can Play Role in Getting Kids Fit - http://www.ajc.com/health/how-parents-can-play-592956.html
Doctors Find Pea Sprouting in Man’s Lungs - http://www.ajc.com/health/docs-discover-pea-sprouting-590635.html
SC to Cover Obesity Surgery - http://www.ajc.com/health/south-carolina-to-cover-591634.html
Cancer is a Preventable Disease
Cancer is the World’s Costliest Disease - http://www.ajc.com/health/report-cancer-is-the-593102.html
Cancer Cures: Heal Yourself and Save Your Own Life - http://www.angelspress.com/Cancer_Cures.pdf
Senate nominee Alvin Greene charged with showing porn to college student
SC's Greene indicted on felony obscenity charge
Still Waters: Lawmaker remains popular at home
Al Sharpton Says Charlie Rangel is Being Crucified, Predicts Resurrection (VIDEO)
Obama claims GOP trying to destroy Social Security
Sen. Harry Reid Breaks With Obama Over 'Ground Zero Mosque'
Obama’s Mosque Remarks Reverberate
Hawaii lawmaker plans resolution to ban N-word
Halle Berry First Black Woman in 20 Years to be on Vogue Cover
Rapper Foxy Brown indicted for NY court violation
Alicia Keys Marries a Broke Swizz Beatz? Unthinkable
NBA Player Beaten Viciously by ‘My Wife and Kids’ Actress
MTV Video Awards Give Kanye West a Second Chance
Isiah Thomas Backs Out of Knicks Deal
Fantasia Out of Hospital - http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20409771,00.html
Abbey Lincoln, Singular Jazz Vocalist And Songwriter, Dies
Tiger Woods Is 2011 Masters Favorite After Not Winning a Major This Year
Wyclef Jean's presidential candidacy in limbo - http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/08/18/haiti.wyclef.bid/index.html
Haiti Heats Up While Wyclef Hides from Death Threats
France urged to repay Haiti billions paid for its independence
Wyclef Jean Says Haitians ‘Don’t Need a Local President’
RAND report: Haiti must clear rubble, aid business
Wyclef Jean:Haiti's next president?
Wyclef: My Vision for Haiti
Three cops arrested over video killing
Uganda suicide plot meant to kill more Americans
Ethiopia eyes end of food aid within five years-PM
61 trucks loaded with 300 tons of explosives go missing in central India
UN Chief May Be Heading for Showdown with Israel
UN seeks humanitarian access to Darfur camp
Nigeria: Shell says pipeline sabotage increasing
African air travel nightmare blocks trade, tourism
Why foreign aid is important for Africa
At regional African summit, focus on Congo killing
In ANC bill, South African media see threat to press freedom
S. Sudan wants 1.5M people to return before vote
Corrupt Nigerian police use torture to extort cash: HRW
Help Pass Whistleblower Laws!
Do Not Imprison Whistleblowers
Stop the Retaliatory Prosecution of NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake
Dear GAP Supporters,
We would like to draw your attention to the deplorable treatment of whistleblower Thomas Drake, a former National Security Agency employee who is
being prosecuted under the Espionage Act. He is being charged with retaining, not leaking, classified information in conjunction with a series of news
articles that revealed gross mismanagement and terrible waste in the agency. Despite the Espionage Act's Cold War connotations, Drake is not being
charged with anything remotely related to spying. Far from it, Drake is a patriot who was appalled to see hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted
and the civil liberties of countless American citizens ignored.
Without adequate internal disclosure channels, intelligence whistleblowers are faced with an impossible choice. They can either risk their careers by
making unprotected internal disclosures, or remain silent about horrible problems, such as gross waste, privacy violations, or even lapses in national
Drake protected the American people from waste and abuse at the hands of their government. If anything, he should be applauded for his actions.
Here's How You Can Help - Sign the Petition!
Contact President Obama and Attorney General Holder by signing the petition here and urge them to end this senseless retaliatory campaign.
Comments can also be directed to the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 and the Office of the Attorney General public comment line at 202-
In addition, join the Whistleblower Protection Act citizen's petition today
(http://www.change.org/whistleblower/petitions/view/tell_congress_to_pass_the_whistleblower_protection_enhancement_act) to support passage of
legislation currently pending in Congress that would outlaw the actions taken against Thomas Drake and countless other brave civil servant.
Bush Death List – http://www.georgewalkerbush.net/bushdeathlist.htm
Dr. David Kelly Was on Hit List
Ron Brown: Evidence of A Cover-Up
Every Click You Make - http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2010/08/tracking-your-every-move
The Hidden Tragedy of the CIA's Experiments on Children
"No confidence votes" become a pattern at ICE and Border Patrol
Congress Spends Another $600 Million for Border Militarization
Obama signs bill approving $600 million for border security
Every week we will highlight a book recommended by Angels Press for reading.
You can find these books at http://www.angelspress.com/recommendedbooks.html.
Paying for College Without Going Broke
By Princeton Review
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This will go to Fox News, Elected Officials and some noted Islam Bashers. Americans we have a constitution that separates church and state
affairs and allows for religious freedom and the right for people to buyproperty and do what they want as long as they are abidding by the local
laws where the property is located.
Dr. Laura, a Jew, Wrong for Telling Blacks They Are Too Sensitive About N-Word
Dr. Laura apologizes for saying n-word on air
Dr. Laura Says She is Quitting Radio as N-word Flap
Why We Still Aren’t Safe from Dr. Laura
---National Urban League Calls on Talk Radio Network to drop Dr. Laura---The National Urban League called on the Talk Radio Network to drop the Dr.
Laura show from syndication, and urged host Dr. Laura Schlessinger to educate herself about racism. “The problem is not simply that Dr. Schlessinger
used the ‘n-word’ repeatedly, though that is offensive enough,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “Her comments to the
caller showed a breathtaking insensitivity and ignorance about racial dynamics in the United States. In responding to a caller who complained that her
husband’s friends and relatives use racial slurs and make racially demeaning comments, Schlessinger scoffed, “some people are hypersensitive….We
should be long past the point in this country where anyone should be advised to laugh off or ignore racist comments,” Morial said. “I hope the Talk Radio
Network agrees that we’ve had enough of negative racial attitudes, and drops the Dr. Laura show from syndication."
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NAACP Urges Support for Black Farmer Settlement - http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/40914/
Black Farmers Press Conference Creates Stir at USDA; Black Farmers
President Thomas Burrell Used Blackberry Prop to call for Resignation of Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack.
Below are media hits that were found online:
Senate Punts Again On Settlement For African American Farmers
Funding for Black Farmers, Indians Stalls Again
Date: Friday, August 06, 2010, 5:19 am
By: Ben Evans, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite broad support, legislation to finalize $4.6 billion in settlements with black farmers and American Indians stalled in the
Senate again Thursday amid partisan bickering.
Lawmakers from both parties say they support resolving the long-standing claims of discrimination and mistreatment by federal agencies. But the
funding has been caught up for months in a fight over spending and deficits, with Republicans and Democrats arguing over how to pay for them.
Republicans have repeatedly blocked Democratic proposals and did so again Thursday. This time, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., argued that the
settlement in the Indian case needs work and made a counter offer that would change parts of it.
An exasperated Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., responded that it's not Congress' role to renegotiate the case, which has been in court for 14 years and
which the Obama administration is under a court-ordered deadline to resolve.
"My colleague from Wyoming, I think, wishes he were one of the negotiators," Dorgan said. "Nobody in Congress was a negotiator ... the question is
whether we will meet our responsibility."
In the Indian case, at least 300,000 Native Americans claim they were swindled out of royalties overseen by the Interior Department since 1887 for
things like oil, gas, grazing and timber. They would share a $3.4 billion settlement in a class-action lawsuit originally filed in 1996 by Elouise Cobell, a
member of the Blackfeet Tribe from Browning, Mont.
For the black farmers, it is the second round of funding from a class-action lawsuit originally settled in 1999 over allegations of widespread discrimination
by local Agriculture Department offices in awarding loans and other aid. It is known as the Pigford case, named after Timothy Pigford, a black farmer
from North Carolina who was an original plaintiff.
The government already has paid out more than $1 billion to about 16,000 farmers, with most getting payments of about $50,000. The new money is
intended for people - some estimates say 70,000 or 80,000 - who were denied earlier payments because they missed deadlines for filing. The amount of
money each would get depends on how many claims are successfully filed.
Passing the funding for the two cases would fulfill a campaign promise by President Barack Obama to resolve long-festering complaints.
John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association, said both parties share the blame of leaving the work undone before the Senate adjourned
for it's month-long August recess.
"It's just partisan division, one party against another," he said. "It's an embarrassment for the American people that they can't get a bill passed that
NOT A JOKE - VERY SERIOUS
Pass this on to everybody you know. Anybody that sees a plastic bottle in their
yard would think nothing of picking it up to throw it away.
Looks like these things are starting to pop up around the U.S. Check the Snopes
web site below, it's pretty scary.
Important warning! NOT A JOKE! Pay attention to this.
1. A plastic bottle with a cap (Like a normal water bottle).
2. A little (common household chemical).
3. A little water.
4. A small piece of foil.
5. Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM (Less than 30 seconds)!!
6. No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc.
People are finding these bombs in mailboxes and in their yards, just waiting for someone to pick it up intending to put it in the trash.
It takes about 30 seconds to blow after you move the thing. See "SNOPES" below....it's true.
Send it to everyone on your mailing list, I did and it won't hurt to get it several times. Truth Or Fiction also says this is true..
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press release - Scott Sisters Rally
For Immediate Release
Contact: Asinia Lukata Chikuyu, Media Contact
601.353.4455 or 601.957.2969
FREE THE SCOTT SISTER Campaign
Date: Wednesday, August 04, 2010
According to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power." Beginning the irritating
process of organizing our strengths is seeing, understanding and feeling what is happening in society. It is realizing that Functional and Operational
Unity of like-minded human beings and feeling the pain of the oppressed are keys to creating change. It is when these socially conscious people are
united in purpose that changes occur in the world as we know it. Whether it is toppling monarchies and fascist despots, dismantling oppressive systems
of governance or correcting criminal injustices, the advancement of man and society is dependent on the actions of these socially conscious good men
Because of a great criminal injustice, those with a social consciousness are being called upon to rise and guide man and this society onto a higher and
safer ground. On Saturday, September 15, 2010, socially conscious people are being asked to take deliberate action to achieve the noble goal to FREE
THE SCOTT SISTERS. Because Jamie and Gladys Scott have already served 15 years of a double-life sentence for a false conviction of armed
robbery, it is time to correct this flustering miscarriage, and misrepresentation, of justice. Anyone connected to the U.S. Juridical System should be
embarrassed by this mockery of justice. Everyone in the Mississippi Juridical System should thoroughly ashamed of the face this case put on Mississippi
justice. Every "Proud American" should want to see real justice in this correctible error of the justice system.
The call is being sent out to everyone who feels the pain of the oppressed to come to Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 for the
FREE THE SCOTT SISTERS MARCH & RALLY. This major demonstration of our compelling power is designed to show the world that enough is
enough. Starting at the corner of Farish & Hamilton Streets, thousand are expected to march to the Mississippi State Capital to express their distain with
the "1950’s & 60’s good ole boy" system of justice that prevailed in Mississippi and is still rearing its ugly head. The socially conscious warriors for justice
that will converge on Jackson next month will make a statement to Mississippi to move out of the oppressive mental inclinations of the past into the
progressive thinking of a higher more civilized society.
Most of those socially conscious warriors have already visited the FREE THE SCOTT SISTERS website (http://www.freethescottsisters. blogspot.com/)
and submitted their letters of support for the FREE THE SCOTT SISTER Campaign. But if you have not, please understand that this campaign is
determined to FREE (Gladys & Jamie) THE SCOTT SISTERS regardless of time and energy needed. No concept of real justice can justify them dying
So please, join to express your disdain for oppressive. Mae plans to be in Jackson on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 for the FREE THE SCOTT
SISTERS MARCH & RALLY. Please, express us passion for justice and compassion for these oppressed sisters by joining the FREE THE SCOTT
SISTERS MARCH & RALLY Letter Writing Campaign found on the FREE THE SCOTT SISTERS website (http://www.freethes cottsisters. blogspot.
com/). And contact the local FREE THE SCOTT SISTERS MARCH & RALLY Committee for details about joining the march and rally (601.353.4455 or
findjone@hotmail. com). Most importantly, become a socially conscious warrior for justice and help organize our strength into compelling power for justic
FREE YOUR MIND...
& see what follows
AFRIKAN TRUTH BE TOLD
for the love of our people
The Challenge - "Impress Me!
w/ your deeds, not your words"
Obama to visit New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina anniversary
Katrina report emphasizes need for continued fight for racial justice and recovery efforts
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law recently released “Five Years of Commitment: Providing Legal Assistance in the Gulf Post Katrina.”
The report details the organization’s commitment to low-income and minority communities disproportionately affected in both Louisiana and Mississippi
following the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. The needs in the region are still great, some further impacted by the Deepwater Horizon environmental
catastrophe. In assessing the region’s continuing needs, Lawyers’ Committee staff have met with over 40 community organizations in Louisiana and
Mississippi, many of which we have worked with since the Initiative was launched. “The Lawyers’ Committee remains committed to fighting for racial
justice and ongoing recovery efforts,” said Ms. Arnwine. “In addition to addressing issues of adequate housing, ongoing efforts, as detailed in the report,
include collaborative title clearing for homeowners and nonprofits, organizational capacity and nonprofit restructuring, affordable housing development,
community land trusts, port expansion and much more.” From Unity
Five Years since Hurricane Katrina: Pain Index Still at Crisis Level for Many
Monday, 09 August 2010 08:51
NEW ORLEANS (NNPA) - It will be five years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29. The impact remains quite painful for many. This
article looks at what has happened since Katrina - not from the perspective of the higher ups looking down from their offices, but from the street level
view of the people – a view which looks at the impact on the elderly, the renter, people of color, the disabled, the working and non-working poor. So,
while one commentator may happily say that the median income in New Orleans has risen since Katrina, a street level perspective recognizes that is
because large numbers of the poorest people have not been able to return.
Five years after Katrina, tens of thousands of homes in New Orleans remain vacant or blighted. Tens of thousands of African-American children who
were in the public schools have not made it back, nor have their parents. New Orleans has lost at least 100,000 people. Thousands of elderly and
disabled people have not made it back. Affordable housing is not readily available so tens of thousands pay rents that are out of proportion to their
wages. Race and gender remain excellent indicators of who is underpaid, who is a renter, who is in public school and who is low income.
In short, the challenges facing New Orleans after Katrina are the same ones facing millions of people of color, women, the elderly and disabled and their
children across the U.S. Katrina just made these challenges clearer in New Orleans than in many other places. Here is where we are five years later:
Five years after Katrina, the most liberal estimates are that 141,000 fewer people live in the metro New Orleans area. The actual population changes will
not be clear until official Census Bureau findings are released in November, but it is safe to say that over 100,000 fewer live in the City of New Orleans.
The New Orleans metro area is made up of several parishes, primarily Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany. Orleans had
455,000 people before Katrina. Now they have 354,000. Jefferson had 451,000 before Katrina; now 443,000. Plaquemines had 28,000 before Katrina;
now 20,000. St. Bernard had 64,000 before Katrina; now 40,000.
Louisiana residents are located in more than 5,500 cities across the nation, the largest concentrations in Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and San Antonio. A
majority of displaced residents are women – 59 percent, compared to 41 percent men. A third earn less than $20,000 a year.
More than one in four residential addresses in New Orleans is vacant or blighted – by far the highest rate in the U.S. Though the numbers have been
reduced somewhat in the last three years, 50,100 residential properties in New Orleans remain blighted or have no structure on them.
About 58 percent of city renters and 45 percent of suburban renters pay more than 35 percent of their pre-tax household income for housing.
Households should spend less than 30 percent of income on housing. Anything over 30 percent means that housing is not really affordable for that
family and they are likely to cut back on other necessities.
Over 5,000 families are on the waiting list for traditional public housing and another 28,960 families are on the waiting list for housing vouchers – more
than double what it was before Katrina and the government destruction of thousands of public housing apartments. Since the post-Katrina bulldozing of
several major public housing developments, there has been more than a 75 percent reduction in the number of public housing apartments available.
Under Louisiana’s “Road Home” program to rebuild storm-damaged housing, rebuilding grants for homeowners on average fell about $35,000 short. The
shortfall hit highly flooded, historically African-American communities particularly hard. The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center filed suit in
2008 against state and federal agencies charging that the grant policy was racially discriminatory and that Black homeowners received far smaller grants
than White homeowners.
The judge in that case has opined that “on average, African-American homeowners received awards that fell farther short of the cost of repairing their
homes than did White recipients.”
The judge also found it “regrettable that this effort” to rebuild New Orleans “appears to have proceeded in a manner that disadvantaged African-
American homeowners who wish to repair their homes.”
At least 19,746 applications for rebuilding homes that are eligible for funding have not received any money from the Road Home Program grants.
The metro area has 95,000 fewer jobs than before Katrina, down about 16 percent.
Black and Latino households earn incomes that are $26,000 (44 percent) and $15,000 (25 percent) lower than Whites. White household income is
$56,000, Latino household income is $41,000 and African-American household income is $35,000 in the metro New Orleans area.
New Orleans has a poverty rate of 23 percent more than double the national average of 11 percent. But because of the loss of people in New Orleans,
there are now more poor people living in the surrounding suburban parishes than in the city.
Within New Orleans the majority of households are lower-income.
Public and Private Education
The number of students in public schools in New Orleans, which are over 90 percent African-American, has declined by 43 percent since Katrina.
But an average increase of 5 percent a year in enrollment for the last two years (35,976 to 38,051 from 2008-2009 alone) indicates that people whose
children attend public schools continue to return as housing and employment opportunities allow.
In 2008, 85 percent of White students in New Orleans attended private schools, one of the highest percentages in a major city in the U.S.
New Orleans now has more charter schools than any other public school system in the country. Of the 89 public schools in New Orleans, 48, more than
half, are charter schools. In other words, sixty percent of students now attend privately managed but publicly funded schools. The Metro area has
recovered 79 percent of public and private school enrollment.
People Receiving Public Assistance
More than one-third of Social Security recipients who lived in New Orleans have not returned. There were 74,535 in 2004 and 47,000 in December 2009.
Medicaid recipients have declined by 31 percent: pre-Katrina enrollment in Medicaid in New Orleans was 134,249. December 2009 enrollment was
Supplemental Security Income recipients are down from pre-Katrina 26,654 to 16,514 – a 38 percent decline.
Total ridership has declined to 65.7 percent – from over 33 million in 2004 to about 13 million projected for 2010.
Violent crimes and property crimes have risen in New Orleans since Katrina and remain well above national rates.
The challenges of post-Katrina New Orleans reflect the problems of many urban and suburban areas of the US – insufficient affordable rents, racially
segregated schools with falling populations, great disparities in income by color of households, serious pollution from remote uncaring corporations, and
reductions in the public services like transportation. Katrina made these more visible five years ago and continues to make a great illustration of
America’s failures to treat all citizens with dignity and its failure to achieve our promise of liberty and justice for all.
Bill Quigley is legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans; Davida Finger is also a law
professor at Loyola University New Orleans; Lance Hill is executive director of the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University.
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From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
New Orleans 2010
I just returned from New Orleans Louisiana the city that will soon mark the fifth anniversary of the devastating the impact of Hurricane Katrina and the
failings of city, state and federal policy makers to adequately prepare for a major storm like Katrina. We all are familiar with the pictures the corporate
media showed over and over of the mostly black people stranded in the city which revealed the stark poverty and class divisions within this country and
the callousness of the federal government under George W Bu$h. We heard so much about the lower Ninth Ward and the devastation it suffered but the
fact of the matter is the whole city was devastated by Katrina.
My wife and I went to New Orleans to attend her sorority’s national convention and to visit her relatives in New Orleans and other parts of the state. I
got a chance to see some of the devastation the storm wrought on the area. The Gray Line Tour Company offers what they call the New Orleans Rebirth
and the Katrina City Tours in addition to their regular tours and Steamboat cruises. In addition to driving to Jeanerette and New Iberia to see where my
late mother-in-law grew up I also took the Katrina/City Tour. These trips were very informative. I saw the signs for the Katrina Tour when we first arrived
downtown looking for our hotel, I thought to myself, “These people will find a way to make money on anything.” But I was drawn to it and I was glad I
took the tour.
The two and a half hour sight seeing tour started in the French Quarter and spread out from there throughout the whole city. The bus driver/tour guide
was very knowledgeable about the city, its layout, the chronology of the hurricane, its impact on city and why eighty per cent of New Orleans was
flooded. The corporate media focused so much on the people trapped in the Superdome and the convention center and showed the lower Ninth Ward
flooding, I thought they were the only areas that were innundated. Not so. Eighty per cent of New Orleans was flooded. New Orleans is a city surrounded
by water and most of the town actually is below sea level which exacerbated the situation when the municipal pumps failed, the canals overflowed and
the levy system’s underpinnings were compromised. Every neighborhood except for the
French Quarter which due to its location near the Mississippi River and the silt build up the river brings sits on higher ground was impacted on some
level. Some neighborhoods only got a few inches or so of water, others got a few feet and others were completely flooded. Five years after the initial
impact of Katrina, there are still hundreds if not thousands of boarded up and abandoned houses with the first responder, National Guard and police
markings still on them. According to the tour guide there are over one hundred thousand people who have not returned to New Orleans.
My wife’s cousin lives near the Seventeenth Street Canal which overflowed swamping the whole neighborhood with water. Her home is one of the
few houses in that neighborhood that have been restored almost five years later! Getting the house cleaned out, gutted and restored was a major
challenge. Fortunately for her she had adequate insurance coverage. Many didn’t, hence so many dilapidated and ruined buildings. Her son lives with
her because his home is still not livable, he showed us where the waterline was in the home, I’d say it was at least a good six feet on the inside of the
living room. Fortunately they heeded the mayor’s advice and evacuated the city before the storm hit. Even so they got caught in a massive traffic jam
trying to get out of the city. It took them almost twelve hours to get to where they were headed, a trip that normally takes about three and a half to four
hours. They first went to Lake Charles Louisiana to stay with relatives. They stayed there for a short time then they went to Texas then to Baton Rouge
Louisiana where they stayed for two years. They just returned to New Orleans about two years ago. They are doing okay, he’s working, his wife takes
care of his mother who just turned ninety in June.
I saw so much devastation in their neighborhood and just riding around the city in the rental car was mind boggling. I took my own tour and saw areas
where whole streets are still blocked off and debris is scattered all over. But there are areas that are bouncing back nicely. I saw a lot of people who
seemed they were in a daze, some trying to make by panhandling downtown and others making the best of a horrific situation.
The Katrina/City Tour went into the Ninth Ward but the bus is not allowed to travel up and down the side streets so we just stayed on the main drag. We
saw Lake Ponchartrain looking so placid and scenic now. We saw million dollar homes in an affluent section that were destroyed, still boarded up or the
empty lots where they used to stand. New Orleans has a large city park, the bust driver informed the group Philadelphia has the largest municipal park in
the nation a fact I already knew. It was an extremely interesting tour. I am glad I took it. It gave me a much broader perspective on the devastation of
Katrina and on the power and resiliency of the human spirit.
New Orleans was very appreciative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for coming their way. The sorority donated thousands of dollars to local
organizations every day during the convention, they did public service projects while they were in New Orleans and they definitely stimulated the local
economy. The various neighborhoods still have a lot of destruction and are in need of massive rebuilding. New Orleans has a long way to go to be
restored and made whole physically as well as psychologically. I guess that’s why the town went nuts when the Saints won the Super Bowl. There are a
lot of lessons to be learned from the Katrina experience for this country; too many to list here now. We need to keep the people of New Orleans in our
prayers and be as supportive of them as possible.
Black Teens Continue To Suffer In Job Market
Georgia Second in Nation for Black-Owned Businesses
Small-business loans are new at Sam's Club
Sam's Club recently started a program for its business members that need small amounts of working capital. More
specifically, it entered into an arrangement with California-based, Superior Financial Group to make loans from $5,000 to
$25,000 under the U.S. Small Business Administration's Community Express program.
Sam's Club recently started a program for its business members that need small amounts of working capital. More specifically, it entered into an
arrangement with California-based, Superior Financial Group to make loans from $5,000 to $25,000 under the U.S. Small Business Administration's
Community Express program.
SFG and SBA's Community Express program are not strangers to Atlantans since 100s have been made in the metro area. Even so, it is unusual is for
Sam's, a retail merchandiser, to act as an intermediary that refers prospective borrowers to a lender.
"We have received over 2,000 loan requests in one week (from Sam's)," says Tim Jochner, CEO and co-founder of SFG. "So far the loan demand has
even exceeded our expectations."
Community Express is a pilot program that continues to evolve. Presently, the SBA-guaranteed loans range from $5,000 to $25,000 and are made
Amounts can be increased to $50,000 in low-to-moderate income areas, historically underutilized business zones and other areas designated by SBA.
Although SFG limits its loans to $25,000, some other Community Express lenders will go up to $50,000.
Most SBA lenders will not make Community Express loans because they have a minimum loan requirement of $100,000 and go up to $2 million --- the
maximum permitted under the agency's 7(a) program. They say that it cost too much to originate, fully underwrite and process loans in amounts less
By contrast, Community Express lenders rely heavily on credit scoring with minimal documentation. That keeps their processing cost low and approval
time to about one week.
Community Express applicants tend to be mostly start-up entrepreneurs. Jochner says, however, many referrals from Sam's Club are already in
business and, therefore, are a better risk. Moreover, the ones approved have higher credit scores than SFG's average borrower.
"Sam's Club membership is well diversified and affords us a great opportunity to reach these hard to reach businesses that remain underserved," he
says. Even so, the benchmarks for approval are the same for all applicants, regardless of who they are or who initiates the application. "Underwriting is
the same (for all applicants), but we are utilizing SBA's only programs that specifically targets the underserved, minority women and veterans."
The program is all-inclusive and non-targeted groups are welcome too.
SFG is also a leading lender for SBA's Patriot Express loans. As with Community Express, SFG currently limits its Patriot Express loans to $25,000 even
though the program's maximum is $500,000. It targets veterans, solders transitioning out of service, and their spouses.
Most SBA lenders make Patriot Express loans and go up to $500,000. Locally, SBA cited SunTrust for being a prolific Patriot Express and Export
Express loans. SBA's export-loan programs are for small-business owners that sell goods or services to foreign countries.
Florida-based Borrego Express Capital also makes Community Express and Patriot Express loans in Atlanta. "Rather than try to push through a retailer,
we are working on outreach to the local banking communities in addition to our normal TA Providers," says Terry Crispen, Borrego's executive vice
SCORE Atlanta, small business development centers and women's business centers are among the approved technical assistance providers that
mentor Community Express borrowers. Mentoring prior to funding is a program requirement. It should not, however, delay approval or getting the loan
proceeds wired into to the borrower's bank account.
You can contact SFG and Borrego by phone, (877) 675-0500 and (866) 644-0042. Or check out their programs and download loan applications online,
www.superiorfg.com and www.borregospringsbank.com/sba_cap.asp.
I visited Sam's Club in Marietta and found that its employees were unaware that their organization has a small-business lending program. But Sam's
spokesperson Kristy Reed in Arkansas told me, "The loan program is online exclusively." She added, "You can find it at samsclub.com, under the
services tab or by searching for the word 'loan'."
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Business QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Question: Ms. Harris I am thinking about starting an importing and exporting business in Atlanta, GA. How do I
get started in this type of business?
Answer: Import means to bring in (merchandise, commodities, etc.) from a foreign country for use, sale, processing,
reexport, or services. Export means to ship (commodities) to other countries or places for sale, exchange, etc.
Importing and exporting can be a lucrative business for any business owner and it is definitely an untapped market. As a
vendor or shop owner you can have these commercial shipments readily available to sell to your potential customers and
The goal is to form relationships with the people that will be working directly with you. Importing merchandise into this
country falls under the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (www.CBP.gov) “the old U.S. Customs Service” under the
Department of Homeland Security (www.DHS.gov).
As a business owner there are rules and regulations that you must follow. First of all figure out what type of merchandise
you will be importing into the country and contact an “import specialist” who has all the rules and regulations to bring that
type of merchandise into the country. You can go by the Customs office at the international airport or at the cargo office
where commercial shipments are processed and ask also for the rules and regulations. There will be free pamphlets and
handouts that you can read along with meeting with the import specialists in person.
Even though import specialists will probably have material on exporting, exporting into this country falls under the
Department of Commerce (www.commerce.gov) so check with them about your exporting requirements.
Also contact Harold Hagans at Atlanta Customhouse Brokers who gives low-cost and free classes. Mr. Hagans has built a
close working relationship with everyone that will be approving your shipment to come into this country. He is located at
www.atlantacustomsbrokers.com. To bring most commercial shipments in the country you will have to file a “Formal
Entry” with a Customshouse Broker. It usually cost anywhere from $100, $150 to $200 along with other fees. Of course it
depends on the type of merchandise you are bringing into the country.
As a former 20 year Customs employee and whistleblower “The Cathy Harris Story” (www.TheCathyHarrisStory.com)
who worked as a Customs Inspector/Officer in El Paso, Texas, Miami, FL and Atlanta, GA --processing commercial
shipments paperwork, I can tell you first hand unless you build a relationship with these Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) personnel (Immigration and Customs employees – Officers, Agents, Import Specialists, Officer Workers, etc.)
including airlines, warehouse workers, Customshouse brokers, etc., it’s a good chance your shipment will be held up in
the Customs and Border Protection area. Racial profiling not only takes place with travelers or passengers at airports all
over the country, it also takes place with commercial shipments especially commercial shipment where the importers or
exporters are African American. Your shipment can be put on hold simply because an import specialist or Customs
Officer or Agent, might not like you or the way you treated them. So building a relationship with the import specialists that
handles your type of commodity, CBP Officers and Agents is extremely important in getting your commercial shipment
into this country.
Learn all your rights beforehand and if you have trouble processing your commercial shipments you might want to go to
your legislators www.Congress.org and civil rights leaders at the NAACP www.NAACP.org, Rainbow PUSH
www.rainbowpush.org, or National Action Network www.nationalactionnetwork.net. Joe Beasley, the Southern Regional
Manager of the Rainbow PUSH, who founded the “Joe Beasley Foundation” (www.JoeBeasleyFoundation.org) is
especially involved with the global community and should be one of your first contacts if you have any type of problem
importing or exporting a commercial shipment.
For more information read “The International Travel Survival Guide”
(http://www.angelspress.com/Cathy_Harris_International_Travel_Survival_Guide.pdf) along with the article “Homeland
In-Security USA” (http://www.angelspress.com/Homeland_In-Security.pdf) and feel free to contact my company at
“Customs Employees Against Discrimination Association (CEADA) (www.CEADA.com).” We are available for
lectures, seminars, workshops and consultations on “How to Interact Safely With Law Enforcement Officers on a
Local, State and Federal Level.” This seminar/workshop provides safe steps to take when you interact with local, state
or federal law enforcement officers. Participants will learn how to file complaints if they are violated by law enforcement
officers; how to get an attorney to notice their cases; how to form criminal justice coalitions and civilian review boards to
bring accountability into these departments.
For more information on business ownership, you can set up a business seminar with our company, Angels Press, at
www.cathyharrisspeaks.com or sign up with www.SCOREATL.org (ATLANTA area) and www.SCORE.org (other areas)
for free and low-cost classes on importing and exporting and other businesses.
Upcoming FREE Atlanta Importing or Exporting Seminar from SCOREATL.org
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The Next US Customs examination is October 4, 2010
Free Seminar, Saturday, August 21, 2010, 9:00am - 11:00am
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Northlake Mall is East of Atlanta, located at 4800 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta 30345 at I-285 and LaVista Road.
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Space is limited to the first 50 people that reserve online-Reserve your seat today, but no later than August 20, 2010.
*Note 1: In order to become a US Customs licensed import/export broker you must take and pass the US CUSTOMS Import/Export Licensed Broker
Examination on October 4, 2010. In order to take this examination you must pay the $200 registration fee for the exam AND PREREGISTER for it NO
LATER THAN September 3, 2010. Presenter: Charlene "CC" Carr is a licensed Customs Broker through the Port of Atlanta. She was formally a
Customs Inspector for the US Customs Service and is originally from Springfield, Mass. "CC" is Managing Director of Training for CC Imports, Inc., a
Georgia based independent Import/Export Management Consulting Firm. www.cctradeimports.com.
Ms. Carr has traveled extensively around the world to countries in the Middle East, Africa, North America, South America, Korea, England, Germany,
Japan and China and has vast exposure in International Trade, Customs Compliance as well as law enforcement experience. She graduated from the
University of Texas at Brownsville with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.
Currently, Ms. Carr acts as an International Trade Expert empowering Leaders, Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Youth in International Trade.
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Determine if importing and exporting is of interest to you and your business
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