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TAVIS Smiley – Republican Presidential Candidates Ignore Minorities

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Friday, September 14, 2007

By Jill Lawrence, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Three of the four leading Republican presidential candidates turned down invitations to a PBS debate this month at a historically black college in Baltimore, leading moderator Tavis Smiley on Thursday to accuse them of ignoring minority voters.

Smiley told USA TODAY the rejections are part of a pattern, noting most GOP candidates declined invitations to address several black and Hispanic groups, including a Univision debate for a Latino audience.

“No one should be elected president of this country in 2008 if they think that along the way they can ignore people of color,” said Smiley, host of radio and TV talk shows. “If you want to be president of all America, you need to speak to all Americans.”

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‘All American Presidential Forums On PBS’ Moderated by Tavis Smiley

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Monday, August 27, 2007

Republican Candidates to Appear on Live Broadcast From Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, Airing Nationwide on PBS on September 27

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following release is being issued by PBS:

WHAT: The “All-American Presidential Forums on PBS,” moderated by Tavis Smiley, is a historic broadcast marking the first time that a panel exclusively comprised of journalists of color will be questioning the Republican candidates.

Tavis Smiley, along with journalists Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ray Suarez of PBS’ THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER and NPR’s Juan Williams, will pose questions on issues ranging from healthcare and housing to Katrina relief, the economy and the environment, among others, as outlined in the #1 The New York Times best-seller, The Covenant With Black America. This forum will provide the first major opportunity for the Republican candidates to present a detailed discourse and dialogue on their social agendas.

WHO: All Announced Candidates Expected to Appear

WHERE AND WHEN: Thursday, September 27, 2007
Morgan State University Murphy Fine Arts Center
9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EDT

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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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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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DAN RATHER REPORTS’ to Present Conclusive Evidence of Touch-Screen Voting Machine Failures

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hour-Long Special This Tuesday Night to Expose Startling New Information, Including Filipino Sweatshops Where Faulty ES&S Systems Are Produced

VIDEO PREVIEW: Workers Paid Less Than $2.50 Per Day, Quality Control Consists of ‘Shaking the Machine to Check for Loose Screws’…

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HDNet:What: This Tuesday, DAN RATHER REPORTS presents conclusive evidence of the failure of touch screen voting machines across the country. The episode, “The Trouble with Touch Screens,” is an entire hour devoted to new information on this story. From scientists involved in testing the equipment to manufacturers in third-world countries who shipped these defective voting machines to the United States, DAN RATHER REPORTS will present new information showing that these defective machines may have altered the outcome of multiple elections.

When: Dan Rather Reports “The Trouble with Touch Screens” will air Tuesday, August 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The program also airs at 11:00 p.m. ET to accommodate west coast prime time.

This is on HD Net so not everyone is going to be able to see it live but there will surely be copies on-line a day or two after the episode airs, if not sooner.

In the startling preview clip (posted below) notice that the only test performed on the ES&S iVotronic Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) touch-screen voting machines by the people who manufacture the machines in the Philippines is a “shake test” to ensure there were no loose pieces left in the machines. These people who make $2.10 to $2.50 a day and work in what amounts to a sweat shop where cats, rats, and snakes were removed from the basement by the truckload.

And the American who was dispatched to deal with problems at the factory back in 2001 admits that the touch-screens failed and “bubbled” as far back as then. But what has been done about it since?

The machines made by ES&S may not have any screws loose, but the folks who think this is any way to run a democracy certainly do!

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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

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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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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 Celebrates 46th Birthday Birthday at SCLC Event

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, August 5, 2007

Obama celebrates birthday at SCLC event

By ADRIANNE M. MURCHISON
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/05/07 If Barack Obama becomes President, plenty of Atlantans will likely recite their “remember when” story of how they celebrated with the then-senator on his 46th birthday.

“You know I had to work on my birthday,” Obama told a crowd of 1,200-plus Saturday night at the Marriott Marquis. “When you’re running for president, you don’t get a day off.”

Mikki K. Harris/Staff

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Sen. Barack Obama speaks during the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s First Ladies Awards Celebration at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta.

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Sen. Barack Obama, left, is given a happy birthday message by Rev. Joseph Lowery, right, and Xernona Clayton during the First Ladies Awards Celebration.

To compensate, the crowd on hand for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s First Ladies Awards Celebration sang “Happy Birthday” during a standing ovation.

Obama was in town to speak at the event, which honored women in communications.

Folks dressed in formal suits and evening gowns mingled patiently outside the hotel’s imperial ballroom in anticipation of his much-anticipated appearance.

The sitdown dinner started nearly an hour late but drew a crowd ranging from Mayor Shirley Franklin to many young children, perhaps there to collect material for their own “remember when” stories.

After opening remarks and a solo of “God Bless America” by opera singer Ernestine Dillard, Obama made his way to the stage.

The crowd enthusiastically responded to his motto for the night: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

And after months of traveling to campaign rallies across the country, the senator has noticed that American citizens are also sick and tired too, he said.

“The reason people are hungry for change is they are fed up with how the government won’t even try to do something about the injustices,” he said,

Obama compared the justice of Scooter Libby to Genarlow Wilson, the Atlantan currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for having consensual sex with a teenage girl. Obama compared what the average working citizen pays in taxes to Paris Hilton, who inherited her wealth.

Both times, he drew loud cheers.

Some on hand Saturday night said they supported the senator but remained curious to know more about his platform and the issues he represents.

“Jobs are dwindling and I want the troops out of Iraq,” said Demeeka Mhoon, 29, an accountant who lives in Atlanta. “I want to know what he’s actually going to do.”

Robert Hatcher, a storage consultant for Hewlett-Packard, said he too is sick and tired of the status quo.

Like Mhoon, the Iraq war is top priority with him.

“I made a pledge that I’m not voting for anyone who voted for the war in Iraq,” the Marietta resident said.

Every time he gets a paycheck, Hatcher said he sends the senator’s campaign $100.

“I think a lot of people do that,” Hatcher said. “He’s the person that will do what’s good for the country.”

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Obama to Vibe: Rap Creates Own Reality

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, August 5, 2007

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Barack Obama is now officially hot — he’s on the cover of Vibe magazine.

In a profile for the 14th anniversary issue of the music and lifestyle glossy, the Democratic presidential candidate clarifies his views on rap. Though he had a high-profile meeting with rap star Ludacris last fall, he was also quoted by The Associated Press in April as saying that rappers were “degrading their sisters. That doesn’t inspire me.”

Obama told Vibe that he was misquoted — he was talking about the culture as a whole, not rappers in particular.

“I stand by exactly what I said, which was that the degrading comments about women that (radio host Don) Imus said is language that we hear not just on the radio, not just in music. We ourselves perpetuate that, and we all have to take responsibility for that.”

So why put a politician on the cover of a magazine that had 50 Cent fronting last month’s issue?

“Because for the first time since VIBE was launched in 1993, a political figure has burst on the scene and fired up young people in a major way,” Vibe editor in chief Danyel Smith said by e-mail. “Because regardless of who wins the election, the Senator will have inspired many new voters to the polls. Because Obama is frank, brilliant, vibrant, and not cynical — all things that make him a perfect VIBE cover.”

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Dinner With Barack Obama

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Monday, July 30, 2007

From the Barack Obama Campaign

Four supporters from all over the country were flown to Washington, D.C. to share a meal — and their stories — with Barack Obama.

The conversation covered topics ranging from the war in Iraq to student loans to poverty.

But they also talked about cartoons, YouTube, and teaching kids to ride bikes.

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Dinner with Barack

Barack Obama at Dinner

These dinner guests were not Washington lobbyists or representatives of special interests.

They were small-dollar donors who participated in our Dinner with Barack campaign — Christina, Haile, Michael, and Margaret each gave between $5 and $25 and got the kind of personal time with Barack that other politicians reserve for the wealthy and powerful.

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