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State Senator Royce West and Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Town Hall Discussion

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

 

 

State Senator Royce West

and

Dallas County Commissioner

John Wiley Price

request your presence at

What’s On the Agenda?

A series of topic-driven discussions on relevant issues

facing Dallas County’

with a focus on

Transportation

The Trinity Corridor Project /Trinity Parkway

Tax Increment Financing –

Public/Private Project Development

Thursday – September 20, 2007

Meet & Greet – 6:30 p.m.

Town Hall Discussion

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

at

Dr. Yvonne A. Ewell –

Townview Magnet Center

(Auditorium)

1201 E. 8th St

Dallas, TX 75203

For more information, call Kelvin Bass at 214-467-0123.

 

Posted in African American, African American Politics, Black, Black Politics, Commissioner John Wiley Price, Dallas County Commissioners Court, Dallas Elected Officials, Dallas Politics, Democrat, John Wiley Price, State Senator Royce West, Tax Increment Financing, The Trinity Corridor Project, Trinity Parkway, Trinity River Vote | Leave a Comment »

Democrats Running for President Reject Using Test Scores To Pay Teachers

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, August 25, 2007

Candidates Continue To Call for Major Changes to ‘No Child Left Behind’

WASHINGTON — Democrats running for President reject any mandatory pay-for-performance schemes as part of the reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The candidates also reject any plan to tie teacher pay to student test scores. The candidates stated their opposition to merit pay during a nationally televised debate in Des Moines, Iowa, where they also called for universal pre-school and an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act.

NEA President Reg Weaver believes the Democratic candidates for president show they understand what it takes to create great public schools for every child. The following statement can be attributed to Weaver:

“The Democratic Presidential candidates have the right instincts on merit pay. Pay for performance — so-called merit pay — undermines the collegial relationship among teachers, and there is no scientific evidence to show that merit pay plans improve student academic achievement.

“The 3.2 million members of the National Education Association hope the positions of the candidates are heard loud and clear by their party’s Congressional leadership.

“Democratic leaders in the US House of Representatives have said publicly that they intend to include pay for performance as an element of a reauthorized No Child Left Behind Act. NEA will oppose any legislative proposal that mandates implementation of a pay for performance plan.

“Teachers are underpaid, and NEA believes America should establish a minimum pay for public school teachers of $40,000, reward teachers who become nationally board certified, and provide additional pay to educators who teach in high poverty schools.”

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Posted in 08' Presidential Election, Dallas Education, Democrat, Education, Education Reform, Elections, NCLB, NEA, No Child Left Behind, Politics, Public Education, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

Oprah Winfrey Aids Barack Obama With Factor ‘O’

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Philip Sherwell, in New York, Sunday Telegraph

Last Updated: 4:01am BST 20/08/2007

In America, it is known simply as the “O” Factor. As the reigning talk-show queen, trusted arbiter of taste and general adviser on everyday life, Oprah Winfrey has persuaded millions of devoted viewers to buy everything from bras to books.

Now the world’s richest black person is aiming to transfer her Midas touch to the world of politics, as she tries to market Barack Obama as the first black American president.

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Oprah Winfrey: hosting a celebrity fundraising party

The billionaire television star is hosting a celebrity-packed fundraising party for the Democratic senator at her $64 million southern Californian estate, in what promises to be Hollywood’s glitziest political gathering of 2007. Such is Winfrey’s media clout that the “O for O” Factor, as it may now become known, could well help Sen Obama into the White House.

The guest list at her vast oceanside Georgian-style mansion is being kept secret, but famous Obama supporters such as the actors George Clooney, Halle Berry and Jamie Foxx, the singer Beyoncé Knowles and the film studio moguls David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg are expected to attend.

However, Winfrey, 53, says that her endorsement of Sen Obama, 46, a fellow adoptee of the city of Chicago, is about much more than filling his coffers.

“My money isn’t going to make any difference,” Winfrey told her fellow chat-show host Larry King. “My value to him, my support of him is probably worth more than any other cheque that I could write.”

The largest categories among her loyal audience are women and blacks, both crucial electoral targets for Sen Obama, who is seeking to make up ground on Hillary Clinton, the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Posted in 08' Presidential Election, African American, African American Politics, African American Wealth, Barack Obama, Black, Black Politics, Black Wealth, Democrat, Elections, Media, Oprah, Oprah Winfrey, Politics, Race | Leave a Comment »

State Senator Royce West Town Hall Meeting

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Monday, August 20, 2007

 

 

 

State Senator Royce West

(District 23)
invites you to attend
Uptown Dallas Town Hall Meeting

Join your neighbors and Senator West for coffee and lively discussion about issues facing our community and how the Texas 80th Legislative Session impacts you and your family.
Wednesday, August 22
7:00 P.M.

Borders – West Village

(corner of Lemmon and McKinney)

Don’t miss out on this fun and informative event!

For more information, please contact: Lauren Doss at 214.467.0123 or lauren.doss@senate.state.tx.us

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The Congressional Black Caucus Celebrates Passage Of State Children’s Health Insurance Plan Covering 11 Million Children

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, August 12, 2007

For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 09, 2007
 
Contact Information
Keiana Barrett
(202) 226-8119
 
 
 
(BLACK PR WIRE) WASHINGTON, DC – “Our children are our most precious jewel. As a proud mother and grandmother, I believe every child, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, deserves access to the best health care our country has to offer,” said Congresswoman Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “In addition to aligning vulnerable and uninsured children with health, mental and dental care, the CHAMP Act will ensure that senior citizens receive affordable health benefits.”The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and Medicare will significantly reduce the number of uninsured children, namely racial and ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged children. Medicare and SCHIP also will help children obtain vital screening and prevention services that help children stay healthy and mature into healthy and productive adults.

“The CHAMP Act makes an important investment in the health of America,” said Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY). “We have made a critical investment in Medicare to ensure the long-term solvency of the program by addressing physician reimbursement rates so that seniors maintain access to the doctors of their choice; expand low-income subsidies; and strengthen safety net provisions in rural areas.”

The CHAMP Act was passed in the House by a vote of 225 to 204. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted 100% in support of this bill.

“Democrats believe we have an unequivocal moral responsibility to provide for the health and well-being of our children and our elders,” remarked House Majority Whip James Clyburn. “As a grandfather whose grandson was born 90 days premature and received top-notch healthcare coverage as he struggled to survive his first days on Earth, I believe all of America’s children should have access to the same coverage. I am proud of the work of this body today. The CHAMP Act will provide vital healthcare coverage for the greatest generation and the next generation.”

“The CHAMP Act will play an integral role in expanding health coverage for children and will help take this nation one step closer to reducing the racial and ethnic disparities in children’s health that leave far too many children without access to health care and in poorer health,” said Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D-VI). “The CHAMP Act also takes proactive steps to protect the health and well being of our low-income seniors, people with ESRD and other Americans whose health care needs exceed their means.”

“I am proud of this Democratic led 110th session of Congress. Collectively, we are working to build stronger and healthier families and re-enforcing our commitment to America. We have strengthened the tenants of our nation’s food stamp program; provided additional resources to Historically Black Colleges and Universities; secured overdue assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers; and now we have dismantled barriers in our health care system,” remarked Chairwoman Kilpatrick.

 
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87 th Celebration of Women’s Equality Day (Women for Obama House Party)

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, August 11, 2007

In support of the 87th Equality Day celebration, which will be Sunday, August 26, 2007 from 4pm-6pm. The Oak Cliff Women for Obama willpartner with the National Womens’ History Month Project-Dallas Committee, Oak Cliff Women for Obama, and Women in NAACP (WIN), to honor all women and surrounding communities elected officials.
Female vendors are invited, all elected officials will be given a certificate of appreciation. An exciting program including dancers, and singers is being planned to celebrate all women electd officials.

Refreshments will be served.

Gracie Lewis, Michelle Kwon, Sharon Newton, LeTaya Riley, Cheryl Taylor, Melba Spears are the leadership team for this program

Time: Sunday, August 26 at 4:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Host: Edna Pemberton
Contact Phone: 972-780-7544
Location:

Concord Church (Dallas, TX)

6808 Pastor Bailey Drive
Fellowship Hall
Dallas, TX 75237

View Map:
Associated Groups: Oak Cliff For Obama, Oak Cliff Women for Obama
Directions: Camp Wisdom & Pastor Bailey Drive
Conference Call: Make sure to plan your event around the conference call with Michelle Obama and our Campaign Manager David Plouffe at 6:00 pm EDT.

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Clinton Vows to Help Young Black Men Facing Life Crisis

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, August 11, 2007

LAS VEGAS — A crisis faces more than 1 million young men of color who are “out of school and out of work and too often out of hope,” Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said Thursday.

She, however, rejects painting the men, between 16 and 24, with “a broad brush,” and as a “threat, a headache or a lost cause.”

Clinton said she would call for a national response, largely through her youth opportunity agenda, to turn those men into workers, role models and responsible fathers, during her opening remarks before the National Association of Black Journalists convention here.

Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois will address the group today.

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Representative Davis to host District 111 Community Forum & Health Fair

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Friday, August 10, 2007

Representative Yvonne Davis would like to invite constituents of District 111 to participate in the District 111 Community Forum & Health Fair on Saturday, August 18, 2007. This event will provide constituents the opportunity to gather at one location and register for services offered by various State agencies, participate in health screenings and also speak with representatives from utility companies regarding provider services. The Community Forum & Health Fair will be held at Concord Missionary Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall, 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive, Dallas, Texas 75237 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

Representative Davis has invited a number of State agencies including the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Worker’s Compensation, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services, WorkSource for Dallas County, Texas Workforce Commission and the Child Care Group, to answer questions and to sign eligible constituents up for state programs. In addition to the state agencies, Representative Davis has invited a number of utility companies including AT&T, TXU and ATMOS Energy, to participate in the Community Forum to answer any specific questions or concerns constituents may have regarding their accounts. This year’s event will coincide with the state of Texas’ Annual Sales Tax Holiday which is effective August 17-19, 2007. Representative Davis will provide the first 200 school age children with backpacks to assist with their back to school efforts.

Health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, diabetes, mammograms, sickle cell, prostate (must be 38 years or older) and Hepatitis C will be available for constituents. Participants should not eat at least 6 hours before a glucose screening. Those individuals seeking a mammogram must be 35 years of age or older, last mammogram has been more than one (1) year, must bring picture identification, proof of Dallas county residency and (if applicable) Parkland clinic card, insurance information, Medicaid letter/Medicare card. No cost mammograms, for those who qualify (Dallas county residents). Please contact (214) 941-3895 to register for mammogram screening and eligibility.

Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a discount drug prescription card offered by Together Rx Access. For more information contact Representative Davis’ district office at (214) 941-3895.

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REPRESENTATIVE
YVONNE DAVIS
TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
DISTRICT 111
For more information call:
Claude Spivey @214-941-389

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The Thoughts of Chairman Clinton

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, August 9, 2007

… In the presidential race, Mr Clinton is a more than loyal husband and advocate for Hillary: one can take his line as the opinion of the Clinton camp, with some variations. If he thought that his wife’s position were weak, he would not dream of saying so.

… Mr Clinton now sees himself as “the most conservative liberal who has ever been President”.

… In the US, as in modern India, political dynasties have become very powerful. If Hillary Clinton wins in 2008, she could very possibly win again in 2012; by 2016, America would have had members of the Bush or Clinton family in the White House for seven terms, or 28 years. In the 20th century members of the Roosevelt family served in the White House for six terms, or parts of terms. After the Roosevelts, there was the Kennedy dynasty, which had immense influence, though two assassinations held them to a single term in the presidency.

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Obama Says No To Use of Nuclear Weapons

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Barack Obama said Thursday he would not use nuclear weapons in any circumstance to fight terrorism.

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