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House passes $3.5 trillion 2013 budget

 House passes $3.5 trillion 2013 budget

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper

A Republican-proposed federal budget for the 2013 fiscal year that would cut taxes for the wealthy, restructure Medicare and slash federal spending cleared the House of Representatives March 28 with no support from Democrats, and opposition from ten GOP members.

The legislation passed on a vote of 228-191.

The $3.53 trillion proposed budget is not expected to pass the Senate, which is currently controlled by Democrats, due in large part to continuing conflicts over spending and tax breaks.

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Black Church demands justice

Black Church demands justice

Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans morally pleads with Attorney General Eric Holder to bring justice to this egregious, racially motivated crime. The Black Church calls on those in power to recognize that a threat to American democracy is at hand unless George Zimmerman is arrested and prosecuted for murder. To not arrest George Zimmerman is to undermine the rule of law and to call Lady Justice a moral liar. Is justice blind or not?

“America has to make a decision here – whether it is going to embrace justice and fight to erase the racial tensions that continue to divide our nation.” says Rev Anthony Evans, President of NBCI. "The government must decide or whether it will idly stand by while African Americans continue to be the targets of unjustified violence and profiling. Bring justice to Trayvon and his family.”

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Campaign 2012 Digest

ABC: DNC Chair Slams Wis. Gov. Walker for Equal Pay Repeal
“The Democratic National Committee chairwoman called out Republican Gov. Scott Walker today for repealing Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, a law intended to lower the cost for plaintiffs suing employers for pay discrimination. ‘He tried to quietly repeal the Equal Pay Act. Women aren’t going to stand for that,’ Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’ National Republicans have yet to comment on the Wisconsin repeal but the Obama campaign has seized the opportunity to tie Walker’s law to Mitt Romney, who has argued that women voters in 2012 only care about pocketbook issues. ‘Does Romney think women should have ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers? Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?’ Obama campaign representative Lis Smith said Friday… Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been dismissive of attacks by Democrats, comparing their concerns to a “war on caterpillars.”

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World Bank likely to tap Nigerian Okonjo-Iweala for top job

World Bank likely to tap Nigerian Okonjo-Iweala for top job

Apr. 3 (GIN) – Western media pundits have all but crowned Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria for the position of World Bank president.  If selected, she would be the first African to hold the position traditionally held by a U.S. citizen.

Nearly buried among the encomiums, are the views of skeptics that doubt that Okonjo-Iweala would bring enlightenment to an institution more known for saddling developing countries with debt and structural adjustment plans that put millions of public service employees out of work.

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Poll: Obama leads Republican rivals

Poll: Obama leads Republican rivals

Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune

President Barack Obama holds a slim lead in Pennsylvania, according to a new poll, which also gave the president a bigger edge in two other important swing states, Florida and Ohio.

“Obama is on a roll in the key swing states. If the election were today, he would carry at least two states. And if history repeats itself, that means he would be re-elected,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which released the poll this week.

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DFL endorses Champion in District 59 convention

DFL endorses Champion in District 59 convention

59B faceoff: Cole, Dehn, Alexander

For DFL delegates of Sen. Dist. 59B (formerly 58B), convention day began at 8 a.m. and 11 hours later they were still unable to endorse a candidate for the soon-to-be vacant house seat.

The seat, currently held by Rep. Bobby Joe Champion is up for grabs as Champion is running to become the district’s state senator. He received the party’s endorsement for senate in overwhelming fashion, gaining 81-percent of the delegate votes versus his rival, Troy Parker.

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Obama’s Feed the Future initiative supports food security

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Monday, April 2nd, that international food assistance in fiscal year 2012 will benefit more than 9.7 million people worldwide under USDA's Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition programs.

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Pastors aim for spiritual and political power on Easter Sunday Goal: To register a million new voters

Pastors aim for spiritual and political power on Easter Sunday Goal: To register a million new voters

(TriceEdneyWire.com) - This Sunday morning, April 8, millions of people will head to Easter services to hear the Gospel on the day that some call Resurrection Sunday. But, for many, this year will be different.

Pastors of dozens of congregations across the nation will not only preach the good news of a risen savior; but they will also call for their congregants to resurrect the movement for equality and justice in America by registering to vote. A million new voters is the goal.

"I really felt like I couldn't see or hear where the Black church was becoming engaged in the national conversation relative to the politics of America," said the Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, pastor of the 8,000-member Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, who is leading the drive. "I couldn't hear a voice. I really felt like there was a void and our generation was really listening to hear one. And out of that I called the churches together to see what we could do collectively, realizing that there is strength in numbers."

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Demand justice Trayvon: A movement

Demand justice Trayvon: A movement

All of last week, I was in Sanford, Florida, pursuing justice for Trayvon Martin. I listened to community concerns about the Sanford Police Department, and rallied with Trayvon's parents and 30,000 others in Sanford, a town with only 50,000 residents.

As a son, father, brother and uncle, the loss of another young Black man in an avoidable, violent confrontation hit close to home. I recalled my teen and early adult years, where making it to adulthood was considered an accomplishment among my peers. I understand the fear that lies in the hearts of millions of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – the fear that this could happen to their loved one.

Despite the awful truth of February 26, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton have been pillars of courage. Like Mamie Till after the brutal murder of her son Emmett, Tracy and Sybrina have stood and shown the world what hate and violence have done to their child, and the nation and the world have responded. Their leadership has resulted in a global movement for justice for Trayvon and, most recently, in the appointment of a special prosecutor to review their son's case.

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Unarmed teen Trayvon Martin one of more than 400 victims of “Concealed Carry Killers” since May 2007

Unarmed teen Trayvon Martin one of more than 400 victims of “Concealed Carry Killers” since May 2007

Photo courtesy of Martin Family

Washington, DC  - U.S. Senate May Soon Consider Legislation to Allow Trayvon Martin’s Killer and Other Concealed Carry Permit Holders to Carry Their Guns Nationwide 

Washington, DC--The deadly shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman is unfortunately only one example of at least 402 victims killed in 32 states since May 2007 in incidents involving private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns according to the March update of the Violence Policy Center's (VPC) Concealed Carry Killers on-line resource (http://www.vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm).

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NAACP cautiously pleased with Police Chief’s decision to step aside; reiterates call for arrest

NAACP cautiously pleased with Police Chief’s decision to step aside; reiterates call for arrest

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(Sanford, FL) –

Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the National NAACP said, “The NAACP’s number one concern in this case remains securing the arrest, prosecution and conviction of George Zimmerman.  We are cautiously pleased that Chief Lee has stepped aside for his failure to assure Mr. Zimmerman was arrested.   Any chief who would so allow his officers to so mishandle a situation like this has no place in law enforcement.  At the end of this investigation it will be clear that his temporary removal should be made permanent.

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