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In the Friday Morning Bronzecomm Newsletter: Preparing for the Million Father March, Leaders meet with Ed. Sec. Arnie Duncan And Black Star lists 450 Cities signed on to the program. (Blame the good work of Black Star's Phillip Jackson for the size of today's newsletter) Congratulations Phil! African Festival of the Arts to host Gala Kick Off next Wednesday Reporter Laura Washington moderates Olympic 2016 discussion at Chicago History Museum Underground Fest comes back for Labor Day Weekend Weekend marks several historical events Black and White Party planned for South Shore Cultural Center Registration open this weekend for Mayfair Academy TutorMentor Connection sends tools for mapping neighborhood resources - An Unlikely Duo - the Obama/Kennedy Connection ...and there's more, much more. If there are items you think will be of interest to your friends, family or co-workers, please pass our Newsletter on to them with an invitation to take advantage of the FREE SUBSCRIPTION by sending an email to with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. That's all it takes. And please remember to add our email address to your address book so your ISP knows you want the newsletter and do not want the newsletter lumped in with "spam" or "junk mail."Thank you. Raynard
1. From: The Black Star Project Subject: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Supports Million Father March and National Fathers Take Children to School Day
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, and Million Father March Urge Fathers across the Country to Take their Children to the First Day of School or on Tuesday, September 8, 2009


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(left to right) Elizabeth Rorick - Senior Policy Strategist, National PTA; Phillip Jackson - Executive Director, The Black Star Project; John Hammond - President, 100 Black Men of America; Arne Duncan - Secretary, Department of Education; and Ed Lewis - National Manager of Strategic Communications & Media Relations Government Affairs, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., launch the Million Father March in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, August 25, 2009 (photos by Dr. Walter L. Dozier).

MEDIA ADVISORY
One Million Fathers Across America
Asked to Join in the Education of their Children

500 Cities Expected to Sign on to Million Father March 2009, Largest, Organized Back-to-School Effort in American History

WHO: Arne Duncan, Secretary, U. S. Department of Education
Phillip Jackson, Executive Director and Founder, The Black Star Project
John Hammond, President, 100 Black Men of America
Ed Lewis, National Manager of Strategic Communications & Media Relations Government Affairs, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Elizabeth Rorick, Senior Policy Strategist, National PTA


WHAT: The Million Father March 2009 will occur at thousands of schools across America. This year, an estimated 750,000 men from 500 cities are expected to participate. The Million Father March also provides an escort of safety, support, and encouragement to children of all ages on their first day of school. If the first day of school has passed, fathers will get another opportunity to take their children to school on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, National Fathers Take Children to School Day.

Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn better grades, get better test scores, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and talk with them regularly and are active in their educational and social developmental lives. A good father is part of a good parent team and is critical to the academic success of children.

Participants in the Million Father March include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and friends of the family. Businesses are asked to give fathers and men 2 hours off that morning to take their children to school. Men will also be encouraged to volunteer at schools throughout the year.


WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 2009
11:40 am

WHERE: Front Plaza of LBJ Building
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland, SW Washington, D.C.

The 2009 Million Father March is managed by The Black Star Project, U.S.A., sponsored by the Open Society Institute's Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the Schott Foundation for Public Education, in partnership with 100 Black Men of America, the National Association of Black Social Workers and the National PTA. Please visit our website at www.blackstarproject.org to bring the Million Father March to your city or for complete information about the march. You may also email blackstar1000@ameritech.net or call 773.285.9600 for more information or to join the March.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 is National Fathers Take Children to School Day.
Fathers Across America Must Take their Children to School on this Day
John Hammond, President of 100 Black Men of America, takes his children to school in Atlanta, Georgia, on the first day of school.

In the past two weeks several reports have come out that highlight the importance of the fathers who take an active role in the educational and social development of their children. These reports show us of the irreplaceable value of fathers in their children's lives. The first report is from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana by Brent McBride. This report tells us that when fathers become early involved in their children's educational lives, it makes a tremendous academic difference as the children grow older. The study reports that a father's involvement in the early educational lives of their children mitigates many of the negative factors that occur later in a child's school career.
Additionally, in a study released last week by Brenda Lohman of Iowa State University, it was projected that 25% of low-income children in Chicago, Boston and San Antonio engage in sex between the ages of 11 years old and 16 years old with the average age being 12 years old.
The research also found that children with more involved fathers were less likely to have sex at a young age.
If you missed taking your child to school on the first day, don't miss taking them on Tuesday, September 8, 2009,National Fathers Take Children to School Day. It can change their lives for the better, forever.

Please call 773.285.9600 to participate in this day of action and commitment or email us at blackstar1000@ameritech.net.

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The 2009 Million Father March is managed by The Black Star Project, U.S.A., sponsored by the Open Society Institute's Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the Schott Foundation for Public Education, in partnership with 100 Black Men of America, the National Association of Black Social Workers and the National PTA. Please visit our website at www.blackstarproject.org to bring the Million Father March to your city or for complete information about the march. You may also email blackstar1000@ameritech.net or call 773.285.9600 for more information or to join the March.
Cities and Counties Participating in the Million Father March 2009 as of
August 23, 2009

450 Participating Cities and Counties.

If your city is not listed, call us today to join the Million Father March and the National Fathers Take Children to School Day on Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

1. Adelanto, California2. Akron, Ohio3. Albany, New York 4. Albemarle, North Carolina 5. Albuquerque, New Mexico 6. Anchorage, Alaska 7. Angelus Oaks, California8. Anson County, North Carolina9. Apex, North Carolina10. Apple Valley, California 11. Arlington, Texas12. Asheboro, North Carolina 13. Asheville, North Carolina 14. Atlanta, Georgia 15. Atlantic Beach, North Carolina16. Atlantic City, New Jersey17. Aurora, Illinois18. Bakersfield, California19. Baltimore, Maryland20. Banning, California21. Barstow, California22. Baton Rouge, Louisiana23. Bay Pine, Florida24. Beaucaire, France25. Beaumont, California26. Beaumont, Texas 27. Belleair Beach, Florida28. Belleaire Bluffs, Florida29. Belleaire Shore, Florida30. Belleaire, Florida31. Bellwood, Illinois32. Belmont, North Carolina33. Berkeley, Illinois34. Bessemer City, North Carolina35. Bettendorf, Iowa36. Beverly Hills, California37. Big Bear Lake, California38. Birmingham, Alabama39. Black Mountain, North Carolina40. Bloomington, California41. Blythe, California 42. Bollingbrook, Illinois43. Boone, North Carolina44. Brandon, Florida45. Brevard, North Carolina46. Bridgeport, Connecticut47. Brooklyn, Ohio48. Buffalo, New York49. Burlington, North Carolina 50. Calimesa, California51. Calumet City, Illinois52. Camden, Alabama53. Camden, New Jersey 54. Camp Pendleton, California55. Canyon Lake, California56. Cape May County, New Jersey57. Carlsbad, California58. Carrboro, North Carolina59. Cary, North Carolina 60. Cathedral City, California61. Cedar Rapids, Iowa62. Champaign, Illinois63. Chapel Hill, North Carolina64. Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands65. Charlotte, North Carolina66. Chester, Virginia 67. Chesterfield County, South Carolina68. Chicago - Northside, Illinois69. Chicago - Southside, Illinois70. Chicago - Westside, Illinois71. Chicago Heights, Illinois 72. Chino Hills, California 73. Chino, California 74. Chula Vista, California75. Cincinnati, Ohio 76. Claremont, California 77. Clayton, North Carolina 78. Clemmons, North Carolina79. Cleveland, Ohio 80. Clinton, North Carolina81. Coachella, California 82. Coconut Creek, Florida83. College Park, Georgia84. Colton, California85. Columbia, South Carolina 86. Columbus, Ohio 87. Concord, North Carolina88. Conover, North Carolina 89. Cooper City, Florida90. Coral Springs, Florida 91. Cornelius, North Carolina 92. Corona, California 93. Coronado, California94. Coshocton County, Ohio95. Country Club Hills, Illinois96. Crafton, California97. Crestline, California 98. Crystal Beach, Florida99. Dania Beach, Florida100. Danville, Illinois101. Davenport, Iowa102. Davidson, North Carolina103. Davie, Florida 104. Decatur, Georgia105. Deerfield Beach, Florida106. Del Mar, California107. Denver, Colorado 108. Des Moines, Iowa 109. Desert Hot Springs, California110. Detroit, Michigan 111. Dillon County, South Carolina112. Dolton, Illinois113. Dothan, Alabama114. Dover, Florida115. Dunedin, Florida116. Dunn, North Carolina117. Durham, North Carolina118. East Aurora, Illinois119. East Chicago, Indiana120. East Los Angeles, California121. East Orange, New Jersey122. East Point, Georgia123. Eden, North Carolina124. El Cajon, California125. El Toritos, California126. Elizabeth City, North Carolina127. Elmhurst, Illinois128. Elon, North Carolina129. Encinitas, California130. Enterprise, Alabama 131. Escondido, California132. Evanston, Illinois133. Fairburn, Georgia134. Fallbrook, California135. Fayetteville, North Carolina 136. Florence County, South Carolina137. Florence, South Carolina 138. Fontana, California 139. Ford Heights, Illinois 140. Forest City, North Carolina141. Forest Park, Illinois142. Fort Lauderdale, Florida143. Fort Wayne, Indiana144. Fort Worth, Texas145. Fredericksted, Virgin Islands146. Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina147. Galveson, Texas148. Garner, North Carolina149. Gary, Indiana 150. Gastonia, North Carolina 151. Geneva, Alabama152. Goldsboro, North Carolina153. Graham, North Carolina 154. Grand Terrace, California155. Greensboro, North Carolina156. Greenville, North Carolina157. Gulfport, Florida158. Hallandale Beach, Florida159. Hamlet, North Carolina160. Hartford, Connecticut161. Harvey, Illinois 162. Havelock, North Carolina 163. Hazel Crest, Illinois164. Hemet, California 165. Henderson, North Carolina 166. Hendersonville, North Carolina 167. Hesperia, California 168. Hickory, North Carolina 169. High Point, North Carolina 170. Highland, California 171. Highwood, Illinois172. Hillsboro Beach, Florida 173. Hillsborough, North Carolina174. Hillside, Illinois175. Hoke County, North Carolina176. Holly Springs, North Carolina177. Hollywood, California178. Hollywood, Florida 179. Homewood, Illinois180. Hope Mills, North Carolina181. Houston, Texas182. Huntersville, North Carolina183. Indian Rocks Beach, Florida184. Indian Shores, Florida185. Indian Trail, North Carolina186. Indian Wells, California187. Indianapolis, Indiana 188. Indio, California 189. Inglewood, California 190. Inland Empire, California191. Irdell County, North Carolina 192. Irvington, New Jersey193. Jackson, Mississippi194. Jackson, Tennessee 195. Jacksonville, North Carolina 196. Jersey City, New Jersey197. Joliet, Illinois198. Joshua Tree, California199. Junction City, Kansas200. Kalamazoo, Michigan201. Kannapolis, North Carolina202. Kenneth City, Florida203. Kernersville, North Carolina204. Kings Mountain, North Carolina 205. Kinston, North Carolina206. Knightdale, North Carolina207. La Jolla, California208. La Mesa, California 209. La Quinta, California210. Lake Arrowhead, California211. Lake Charles, Louisiana212. Lake Elsinore, California213. Lakeside, California214. La Porte, Indiana215. Largo, Florida216. Lauderdale Lakes, Florida217. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida218. Lauderhill, Florida219. Lauderdale Lakes, Florida220. Laurinburg, North Carolina221. Lazy Lake, Florida222. Lemon Grove, California223. Lenoir, North Carolina224. Levy, Florida225. Lexington, North Carolina 226. Lighthouse Point, Florida 227. Lima, Ohio228. Lincoln, Nebraska229. Lincolnton, North Carolina230. Loma Linda, California231. Long Island, New York 232. Lorain, Ohio233. Los Angeles. California234. Lucerne Valley, California235. Lumberton, North Carolina 236. Macon, Mississippi237. Madeira Beach, Florida238. Madison, Wisconsin239. Manhattan - Harlem, N.Y240. Manhattan Beach, California241. Mansfield, Ohio242. Maple Heights, Ohio243. Margate, Florida244. Marina Del Rey, California245. Marion County, South Carolina246. Marlboro County, South Carolina247. Matthews, North Carolina248. Maywood, Illinois249. Mebane, North Carolina250. Melrose Park, Illinois251. Memphis, Tennessee252. Mentone, California253. Miami, Florida254. Michigan City, Indiana255. Milwaukee, Wisconsin256. Minneapolis, Minnesota257. Mint Hill, North Carolina258. Miramar, Florida259. Moline, Illinois260. Monroe, Louisiana261. Monroe, North Carolina262. Montclair, California 263. Montgomery County, North Carolina 264. Montgomery, Alabama 265. Moore County, North Carolina 266. Mooresville, North Carolina 267. Morehead City, North Carolina 268. Moreno Valley, California 269. Morgan Park, Chicago, Illinois270. Morganton, North Carolina 271. Morrisville, North Carolina272. Mount Airy, North Carolina273. Mount Holly, North Carolina 274. Mount Vernon, New York275. Murrieta, California276. Muskogee, Oklahoma277. Naperville, Illinois278. Needles, California279. New Bern, North Carolina280. New Haven, Connecticut281. New Orleans, Louisiana282. New Rochelle, New York283. New York City - Brooklyn, New York284. New York City - Manhattan-Harlem, New York285. New York City - Queens, New York286. New York City - Staten Island, New York287. New York City - The Bronx, New York288. Newark, New Jersey 289. Newton, North Carolina 290. Norco, California291. North Chicago, Illinois292. North Lauderdale, Florida293. North Reddington Beach, Florida294. Northlake, Illinois295. Nowark, Connecticut296. Oak Island, North Carolina297. Oak Park, Illinois 298. Oakland Park, Florida 299. Oakland, California 300. Oceanside, California301. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma302. Oldsmar, Florida303. Olympia Fields, Illinois304. Omaha, Nebraska305. Ontario, California 306. Orlando, Florida307. Oxford, North Carolina 308. Ozark, Alabama309. Ozona, Florida310. Pacific Beach, California311. Pala, California312. Palm Desert, California 313. Palm Harbor, Florida314. Palm River, Florida315. Palm Springs, California316. Palmdale, California317. Palmetto, Georgia318. Panama City, Florida319. Parkland, Florida320. Pasco, Florida321. Pass-a-Grille Beach, Florida322. Pembroke Park, Florida323. Pembroke Pines, Florida 324. Peoria, Illinois325. Perris, California 326. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania327. Pinehurst, North Carolina328. Pinellas, Florida329. Pinellas Park, Florida330. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 331. Plant City, Florida332. Plantation, Florida333. Polk, Florida334. Pompano Beach, Florida 335. Poway, California336. Racine, Wisconsin337. Raleigh, North Carolina338. Ramona, California 339. Ranchita, California340. Rancho Bernardo, California341. Rancho Cucamonga, California 342. Rancho Mirage, California343. Rancho Santa Fe, California344. Redington Beach, Florida345. Redington Shores, Florida346. Redlands, California347. Reidsville, North Carolina348. Rensselaer, New York349. Rialto, California350. Richmond County, North Carolina351. Richmond, Virginia352. Riverdale, Illinois353. Riverside County, California 354. Riverside, California 355. Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina356. Robbins, Illinois 357. Robeson County, North Carolina 358. Rochester, New York 359. Rock Island, Illinois 360. Rocky Mount, North Carolina361. Roxboro, North Carolina362. Running Springs, California363. Safety Harbor, Florida364. Salisbury, North Carolina365. San Bernardino County, California366. San Bernardino, California 367. San Diego, California 368. San Francisco, California 369. San Jacinto, California 370. San Luis Rey, California371. San Marcos, California372. San Ysidro, California373. Sanford, North Carolina 374. Santa Ysabel, California375. Santee, California376. Scotland County, North Carolina377. Sea Ranch Lakes, Florida 378. Seffner, Florida379. Selma, North Carolina380. Seminole, Florida381. Shelby, North Carolina382. Siler City, North Carolina383. Skokie, Illinois384. Smithfield, North Carolina385. Solana Beach, California386. South Pasadena, Florida387. Southfield, Michigan388. Southern Pines, North Carolina389. Southwest Ranches, Florida390. Spring Lake, North Carolina 391. Spring Valley, California392. Springfield, Illinois393. St. Louis, Missouri394. St. Peter Beach, Florida395. St. Petersburg, Florida396. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands397. Statesville, North Carolina398. Stone Park, Illinois399. Suffolk, Virginia 400. Summerfield, North Carolina401. Sunrise, Florida402. Sunset Beach, Florida403. Syracuse, New York404. Tamarac, Florida405. Tampa Bay, Florida 406. Tarboro, North Carolina 407. Tarpon Springs, Florida408. Tecate, California409. Temecula, California 410. Thomasville, North Carolina411. Tierra Verde, Florida412. Toledo, Ohio413. Toronto, Canada414. Treasure Island, Florida 415. Trinity, North Carolina416. Tulsa, Oklahoma417. Twentynine Palms, California418. Union, New Jersey419. Union City, Georgia420. Upland, California421. Victorville, California422. Vista, California 423. Wadesboro, North Carolina424. Wake Forest, North Carolina425. Warren, Ohio 426. Washington, D.C. 427. Washington, North Carolina 428. Waukegan, Illinois 429. Waynesville, North Carolina 430. Weddington, North Carolina 431. West Park, Florida 432. Westbury, Long Island New York433. Westchester, Illinois434. Weston, Florida 435. White Plains, New York436. Whiteville, North Carolina 437. Wilberforce, Ohio438. Wildomar, California439. Wildwood, New Jersey440. Wilmington, North Carolina 441. Wilson, North Carolina 442. Wilton Manors, Florida443. Windsor, Canada 444. Winston-Salem, North Carolina 445. Wrightwood, California446. Yermo, California447. Yonkers, New York448. Youngstown, Ohio449. Yucaipa, California 450. Yucca Valley, California
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The 2009 Million Father March is managed by The Black Star Project, U.S.A., sponsored by the Open Society Institute's Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the Schott Foundation for Public Education, in partnership with 100 Black Men of America, the National Association of Black Social Workers and the National PTA. Please visit our website at www.blackstarproject.org to bring the Million Father March to your city or for complete information about the march. You may also email blackstar1000@ameritech.net or call 773.285.9600 for more information or to join the March.
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3. From: Laura Washington Subject: A Conversation about the 2016 Olympics
Join us for this important discussion:

IN THE K/NOW
This FREE monthly sponsored by the Chicago History Museum, explores contemporary issues affecting life in Chicago.

Chicago 2016: The Thrill of Victory or the Agony of Defeat?
6:30-8:00 PM Tuesday, September 1
Chicago History Museum
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On October 2, the International Olympic Committee will choose the host city for the 2016 Olympic Games. With decision day just around the corner, join us for a conversation that takes a closer look at Chicago’s plans and those of our competitors. How does Chicago stack up? What changes will be made in our city? What are the positives and negatives of our plan in the eyes of the Olympic Committee? What are the pluses and minuses for Chicago citizens?
Panelists:
Lisa Donovan, Olympics Reporter, Chicago Sun-Times
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Moderator: Laura S. Washington, Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times, Blogger, The WashingtonReport.org
4. From: kahilz Subject: Underground Fest 2009The Place to be every night after the African Festival:
Ritual Trio Live at River East trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9CEBwfZpsU-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5. From: Raynard Subject: Weekend Marks Anniversaries of Important Historical EventsAugust 28th, 1955 The Murder of Emmett Till (thanks to Taki for the Reminder)National African American museum acquires casket of Emmett TillSource: LA Times.comThe family of Till, whose brutal slaying in 1955 fueled the civil rights movement,donates his original casket to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.Read the entire story: click here>>>August 28th, 1963From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaMarch on Washington for jobs and Freedom.
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a large political rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating racial harmony at the Lincoln Memorial during the march.[1]
August 28th, 2005Katrina Anniversary: List Of EventsBelow is a list of some of the Hurricane Katrina anniversary events taking place in New Orleans and around the area:Click here to view list>>>August 29th, 1958Birth of Michael JacksonGoogle produces a list of events celebrating/remembering MichaelClick here>>>6. From: Mayfair79@sbcglobal.net Subject: Mayfair Academy - Fall Registration Open this Weekend
7. From: Dr. Daniel Dixon Subject: Black/White Party ...original message from: Valerie Tyler
8. From: Daniel F. Bassill Subject: TutorMentor Connection View the TutorMentor Connection Newsletter on-line, go to http://www.tutormentorconnection.org/AboutTMC/CurrentNewsletter/tabid/646/Default.aspx
Using Maps to build collaboration, and resources for neighborhood programs



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This map was created following a news report about a high rate of violence in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Our aim is to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs grow in each high-poverty zip code of the Chicago region by enlisting business, faith community, hospitals and university resources to work with programs in the neighborhoods where they have facilities. This map shows many churches in the area and a major expressway that brings thousands of commuters through the neighborhood every day. Read the story we wrote with this map: http://tinyurl.com/T-MC-AustinMap
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9. From: cage626@aol.com Subject: Community Fair for the Whole Family

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All summer, I have volunteered with a great group of kids, teaching them different skills, how to start businesses, how to tap into their talents, and how to stay focused on their dreams. On the following Saturday September 5, 2009 from noon-to 4:00 p.m., those students will be showcasing what they learned all summer at the Violence Prevention and Training Community Fair. You are all invited to attend this great community fair that is focused on bringing a community together to enhance the success of it’s children. Each student class will be running a mini business at the fair, there will be guest speaker Representative Ken Dunkin, Alderman Pat Dowell, and Brenda Matthews a world renowned Poet and Story teller. Community service agencies such as Department of Human Resources will be providing information about the resources they have for community participants, local business will be represented such as Sensual Steps and the Black Bean CafĂ©. Bob Jackson from Cease Fire will be speaking to the community about how to address the violence our children face each day. I have attached a flier, please feel free to distribute to friends, family, and other communities, all are invited. Please come, support an activity that focuses on the future of our children. Be an activist for Change, if you want to know how you can get involved, make a donation, or becomea volunteer/mentor in the fall, give a call 800-520-9946. Thanks in advance for your support.Aaron B. Cage 10. From: Raynard Subject: Black Activism Examined During March on Washington AnniversaryBlack Activism Examined During March on Washington AnniversaryBy Hazel Trice Edney - NNPA Editor-in-ChiefSource: The Washington Informer.comThis week marks the 46th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Aug. 28, 1963. Nearly a half century since the march that drew more than 200,000 to Washington, D.C., Black activists contend that their commitment remains the same. “I think that some leaders are now reluctant to engage in public struggle because President Barack [Obama] is in the White House. But, I would remind you that a public demonstration for justice would not be a march on the President,” said the Rev. Jesse Jackson, president and CEO of the Chicago-based Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Though public demonstrations by Black activists have been scaled back significantly since Obama’s election, the intense focus on issues is still the same, Jackson said.“In 1963, we were marching for the right to vote. Now we’re marching to the polls by the millions all over the nation. Activism, now, is the election of city councils and state legislatures, Congress and President of the United States,” Jackson said. “When you fight, you fight with the whole armor of God – litigation, legislation, registration, demonstration. All of those are forms of fighting. Even in 1963, we had won the ’54 Supreme Court decision, the ’55 Montgomery bus boycott, and students across the South marched on Selma. Even then, we used litigation, legislation, registration and demonstration. We’ve always used several forms of fighting.” Jackson admits that the current lack of street activism, that had resurged during the eight years of the Bush Administration, may be necessary to make ultimate progress on issues through the first four years of the Obama Administration.Street demonstrations are not only still needed to fight remaining inequities, but to counteract the uprising of White-led right wing activism around the nation in the wake of health care legislation, Jackson said.“The evidence of hostility is shown clearly in the town hall meetings,” he said. “We are still fighting. But we’re winning. The reason why the right wing is acting so hostile is because they are feeling desperate. They lost the White House. We won.” “Our agenda has not changed. It’s just that instead of having an adversary in the White House, we have an ally,” Jackson said.Read the entire article: click here>>> 11. From: Raynard Subject: An Unlikely Duo An unlikely duo: President Obama andSen. Ted Kennedy built strong ties in short time
BY David Saltonstall Source: New York Daily News.com
Somodevilla/GettyPresident Obama and Sen. Kennedy forged a deep bond in a short period of time.
They were hardly the most likely duo: the white, aged and distinctly privileged son of the storied Kennedy clan, and the young, black freshman senator from inner-city Chicago who never really knew his father.
But Sen. Edward Kennedy and President Obama managed in a short time to build a relationship that went beyond the political to the personal, friends and aides said yesterday, and both men benefited in ways large and small.
"I think Ted Kennedy saw a bit of his brother John in Barack Obama - cool under pressure, focused, tough, yet standing for the right things," said Peter Fenn, a Democratic consultant and longtime Kennedy pal. "It was very real."
For Obama, it was an affection that translated into what many see as the single most important endorsement of his campaign in January 2008 - well before it was clear Obama would be the nominee.
With Kennedy's stamp of approval, Obama got instant credibility, to say nothing of the aura of Camelot that Kennedy seemed so eager to bestow.
"Say what you want about the politics of that endorsement," said presidential spokesman Bill Burton yesterday, "the psychological boost it gave to folks on the campaign was amazing."
Kennedy got something, too, that day: a promise that health care reform would be at the top of Obama's legislative agenda if he won - a vow that Obama is still struggling to make real.
But insiders say the relationship really began much earlier, when Obama first got to the Senate and needed to learn the ropes. One of the first calls he made was to Kennedy, who stretched out his hand to the young freshman when many colleagues of lesser seniority did not.
"The President has always said that Sen. Kennedy kept an open door and an open mind," said Tommy Vietor, an assistant White House press secretary.
By the end, the bond had grown into something much deeper.
"I mean this is someone who helped the President pick out his family dog - that's going above and beyond," said Vietor, referring to First Dog Bo, who came from the same breeder that provided Kennedy with his three beloved Portuguese water dogs - Sunny, Splash and Cappy.
It's a friendship that was evident yesterday in Obama's words, but also in the somber, pained expression in which he delivered them.
"Even though we have known this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of dread," said Obama, reading from a small notebook rather than his usual TelePrompTer.
After delivering the statement, Obama went to the beach with his family, and later grabbed some fried seafood in downtown Oak Bluffs for lunch before retreating to his 28-acre compound about 4 p.m. for the remainder of the day.
He's got another speech to write - this one a eulogy, which aides said yesterday he'll deliver at Kennedy's funeral on Saturday.
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