Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The Obama administration is shoveling out regulations nearly one-third faster in its final year than during the previous three — all to beat a May 23 deadline to prevent a President Donald Trump from overturning them.
A total of 195 regulations have been pushed through since Jan. 1 at an estimated cost of $69.5 billion to the nation’s businesses, according to the conservative American Action Forum. One of the most significant — a sweeping rule that will extend overtime pay to more than four million people without any input from Congress — was released Tuesday night.
“This regulatory onslaught has only gotten worse in the administration’s final months,” complained Rep. John Kline (R.-Minn.), who chairs the House committee on Education and the Workforce.
The whoosh of final rules on everything from e-cigarette use to greenhouse gas emissions exceeds the pace during the same period in the Clinton administration. The goal is to deny Trump the opportunity to kill those regulations under an expedited process should he be elected president and Congress remain in Republican control.
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BY JESSE JACKSON
May 17, 2016
America is literally falling apart. In Flint, children were poisoned by the lead contamination of the water. In Washington, the subway system is plagued by fires and delays. Arlington Memorial Bridge — which connects the North to the South, the Capitol to Arlington National Cemetery — may have to be closed soon. Kennedy’s eternal flame may burn
forever, but the bridge is on its last legs.
The American Society of Civil Engineers released a report last week once more warning the country of a massive investment deficit — an estimated $1.4 trillion shortfall over the next ten years — coming on top of years of underfunding and neglect.
This isn’t a matter of money. The Obama administration has announced it plans to spend over $1 trillion to build a new generation of nuclear weapons and the planes, missiles and submarines that deliver them. These are weapons that can never be used. We have spent over $2 trillion on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to date, with the final costs estimated
at $4 to $6 trillion. The war in Afghanistan — an impoverished country where we have no strategic interest — is already the longest in our history and continuing.
We have the money. U.S. corporations stash trillions abroad to avoid paying taxes. If they paid what they owe — now estimated to be $700 billion — it would provide a down payment on rebuilding America. The federal tax on gasoline — dedicated to paying for infrastructure — has not been raised since 1993, even though gas prices have plummeted.
Interest rates on U.S. bonds are now so low that the Treasury could issue Rebuild America bonds, put people to work to rebuild the country — and the growth and increased productivity that results would generate revenues to repay the bonds. Even establishment economists like Lawrence Summers argue that the program would literally pay for itself. And it would respond to the pleas of the bastion of economic conservatism — the International Monetary Fund — that is pleading with the U.S. and other advanced countries to expand public investment to forestall a return to recession. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that the U.S. will suffer a stunning $4 trillion in lost GDP by 2025 from the costs of decaying tunnels, railways, waterways and other basic infrastructure. It will cost us more to decay than it would to rebuild.
But Washington is frozen. The Republican Congress rejects President Obama’s modest plans for infrastructure investment, though they are supported by a massive coalition that includes the conservative Chamber of Commerce as well as the AFL-CIO. All three presidential candidates call for expanding investment in infrastructure (although only Bernie Sanders comes close to meeting the shortfall that the civil engineers warn about). But it will require a wave election — a sweeping rebuke to
the obstructionist Republican Congress — for anything to happen.
This is how great nations decline. Investments that are essential to any modern civilized nation — from schools and bridges to electric grids and clean water systems — are neglected. Money is squandered on foreign adventures or lost to the tax evasions of corporations and the rich. Private speculators profit from privatizing public services. We build the most modern and powerful military in the world but are ever more crippled by decaying services that we depend on every day.
Politics as usual won’t change this. It will change only if people rise up and hold their politicians accountable. How many bridges must collapse or children must be poisoned or businesses must be shuttered before that happens?
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16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
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MILWAUKEE – For the second straight year, a group of Milwaukee Public Schools students studying mobile app development is among the winners of a national app competition.
North Division High School students Tatiana Loyd and Qiaira Matthews’ “Emoji Encouragement” app is one of just six national winners in the Lenovo Scholars Network competition, Lenovo and NAF announced this week. The app is designed to support students battling cancer, sickle cell anemia and other diseases with words of encouragement. Students stayed after school, worked from home and even came in over spring break to work on the app and accompany presentation, North Division lead computer science teacher Melissa Menge said.
The national win means “Emoji Encouragement” is now eligible for a national fan favorite award. Voting is open through July 19 at: www.lenovoscholars.com/vote2016.
North Division is one of two MPS high schools to host a NAF Academy of Information Technology, which offers students industry-specific classes related to the growing field of IT. Students participate in work-based learning activities to put their lessons into action.
The two MPS schools – North Division and Washington High School of Information Technology – are also among only 30 schools nationwide to take part in the Lenovo Scholars Network, which works to train the next generation of mobile application developers.
MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver joins North Division Principal Stanley McWilliams and the MPS family in congratulating the students, their educators, their families and the support staff that helped make this national accomplishment possible.
Families interested in enrolling their student in North or Washington for the upcoming school year can contact the schools or go online to mpsmke.com/EnrollMPS.
Have you ever felt frustrated by the school options in predominantly black communities? I recently read that children attending school in the wealthiest districts are four grades ahead of children in the poorest districts.
Somehow I think we’ve always known this, but it’s another thing to read it so boldly in the New York Times.
There are things we can do to shore up educational opportunities in communities of color and in low-income schools. The National Black Child Development Institute has instituted National Black Child Development Week, May 16–21. Themed “A Week of Action,” educators, advocates, professionals, parents, and caregivers will join together to empower and mobilize families and communities.
NBCDW’s intent is to raise awareness around the need for early learning centers and schools to provide wrap-around support services that benefit the whole child; provide parents and caregivers with the tools to champion educational equity; engage with thought leaders on the preschool to prison pipeline; and highlight activities that promote healthy brain development.
The #NBCDIWeekofAction offers several opportunities to get involved in the action:
- Monday, May 16: Social Media for Social Change Twitter Chat – Follow the conversation at #NBCDIWholeSchoolWholeChild
- Tuesday, May 17: Building Brains for Early Success encourages parents to turn everyday moments into brain-building opportunities.
- Wednesday, May 18, 9:30–2:30 EST: Parent Power Boot Camp: Let’s Get In-Formation informs parents about the Every Student Succeeds Act. Tune into the live stream or follow #NBCDIParentPower on Twitter.
- Thursday, May 19: Stop the Madness: Purging the Preschool to Prison Pipeline addresses the issue of disproportionate suspensions and expulsions of black children.
- Friday, May 20: Armed and Dangerous: Strengthening Black Communities with an Arsenal of Knowledge, Tools, and Skills – Connect with events at your local BCDI chapter (find one here.)
- Saturday, May 21: Celebrating Educational Excellence – at your local BCDI chapter.
NBCDW is organized by the National Black Child Development Institute. Partners for the week include the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Vroom, The Education Trust, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
For 46 years, the National Black Child Development Institute—in partnership with its National Affiliate Network—has worked to ensure that black children and their families have access to high equality early care, equitable education, and culturally relevant resources, supports, and curriculum. Learn more at www.nbcdi.org.
By Ralph Hollmon, President and CEO of the
Milwaukee Urban League
On May 19th, the County Board’s Finance, Personnel & Audit Committee will be meeting to vote on whether to fund the newly created Office on African American Affairs. I recently sent a letter to every member of that Committee urging them to approve the County Executive’s request to fund the Office.
Many of us in the African American community feel that approval of this item is vitally important because it will provide greatly needed funding for the new Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs.
The Office was created by the Board and County Executive to address the “County’s racial inequities for the benefit of all of its citizenry, and for the region to achieve its full potential.”
The mission is ambitious, and the County will need dedicated staff to succeed in the work of making this Office successful. The Board and County Executive set aside monies for Office staff in the 2016 County budget. Previous attempts by the County Executive to transfer these monies to the Office, however, have not yet been approved by the Board.
I have discussed the critical issues facing the African American community with County Executive Abele and have confidence in his ability to lead a collective effort to help address these challenges. Whether its workforce development, transportation, criminal justice reforms or other disparities; the work of the Office on African American Affairs has a genuine opportunity to make a positive difference on the issues confronting the African American Community.
The County Executive has made it clear that focusing attention on the African American community is one of his highest priorities. He understands that our Milwaukee County metropolitan area cannot reach its full potential unless all parts of our community can thrive and be successful. I know that some have questioned whether the County Executive is serious about his intentions to aggressively address the African American community issues or whether he was just making statements to win an election. However, his actions speak louder than words and I am convinced that he is determined to build an Office on African American Affairs that can tackle our disparity issues in an impactful, measurable, long-term manner.
I support County Executive Abele on his efforts to obtain funding for the Office of African American Affairs and hope the honorable members of the County Board will vote to help ensure the Office can succeed in its mission. The County Executive has demonstrated the sense of urgency that our leaders must have on this issue, and I hope that the County Board is able to make that same demonstration by funding the Office on African American Affairs.
Mikel Holt’s SIGNIFYIN”
I rejoiced when I heard last week that there is a possibility America’s Black Holocaust Museum may soon reopen.
Not just because I worked with its founder, James Cameron, and thus knew of his ambition to keep alive the museum that brought to Milwaukee and America the atrocities that shaped this country and continue to mold Black America.
The museum closed nearly a decade ago. As with other historic Black institutions, various government and philanthropic entities, including the city, promised, at the time, they would work to reopen it if for no other reason than its status as an anchor for the Bronzeville project.
But, you know what usually happens when the government promises stuff to Black people…
But a development project that will receive WHEDA funds has opened the door for a new home for the museum, thus returning it to a physical existence versus its current digital/online state.
I’ve visited the website, but it didn’t do justice to actual viewing of artifacts and images of the “Great Maafa,” which Cameron, the only known survivor of a lynching, hoped to bring to light.
The author, philosopher and educator conceived a museum that would bring awareness to the Great Maafa—from the shores of the Motherland, to his survival of a lynching attempt during his youth in Indiana, to his discovery of a Klu Klux Klan outfit found in a house near Villard Avenue a few decades ago.
Cameron’s vision was to educate African Americans about our survival amid apartheid, including some of the worse atrocities inflicted on a people simply because of the color of our skin.
The Holocaust Museum, which some Whites found offensive because it was a reminder of their ancestors’ role in the atrocities that put a stain on America’s great promise.
We desperately need the museum, not just to remind and inform White folks, but also to educate sleeping and ignorant Black people about where we came from—and what we continue to go through—and how we survived.
But, my jubilation was not merely because Cameron’s dream may soon be restored, but also because its resurrection may spark a new museum addition that highlights the last decade during which a significant number of Black institutions and businesses were swallowed up during a socioeconomic tsunami, that may some day be viewed as a socioeconomic holocaust of sorts.
Seems like one day we were controlling key organizations that empowered Black residents through services and programs.
We wrote out checks from one of two locally owned Black banks. We ate at one of a half dozen Black restaurants and Black arts groups entertained us.
We spent every first weekend of August at the lakefront, enjoying and immersed in our unique cultural offerings at the premiere African ethnic event in America.
But then we woke up and they were gone, some through their own ineptitude or corruption, others as a result of a political paradigm shift.
And others as a byproduct of a coordinated effort to not only shift resources to non-Black entities, but to introduce Band Aides for the myriad of Black problems while creating jobs for White missionaries who would become poverty pimps.
Who knew that they offered a college course called “Poverty Pimpology 101”?
The college course—offered at several “liberal arts” colleges, was an introduction to an insidious scheme that keeps the poor poor, undermines African American culture and keeps “victims” dependent upon services that make them comfortable in their misery.
The true beneficiaries of this scheme are the organizational employees, many suburban and supposedly liberal whites, mostly white liberals who would probably never venture into the central city were it not for a payday—and I’m not talking about the candy bar.
Those of us who paid attention and recognized the ramifications of the demise of Black entities tried to warn folks, but either out of political blindness or ignorance, our cries fell upon deaf ears.
OIC, CYD, Urban Day School, Inner City Arts Council, African World Festival, and you may as well add to the list the Legislative Black and Hispanic Caucus. Like smoke from one of those vapor cigarettes (or the blunts I see too many Black teens smoking), they were gone.
And the lost businesses? Legacy and North Milwaukee State Bank top the list. And what about Stellas, Fred Jones’ car dealership, IHOP, Lincoln Mobile…the list goes on, and on and on.
You could weep a few tears over the lost revenues flowing out of the Black community, but my heart also goes out to the lost jobs and opportunities at both non-profit and for-profit entities.
The demise of OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center) stung the deepest.
Not only have hundreds of jobs been lost, including several scores of professional positions, but also millions of dollars have been redirected away from our community to the suburbs, or other “minority” neighborhoods.
With little uproar, and even less anger by Black politicians who were elected to safeguard those institutions, the cornerstones of our community went the way of movie theaters and roller rinks in the central city.
Some of those institutions committed suicide of sorts. OIC imploded in a cloud of corruption. Several people went to prison before the cloud rescinded.
But there was more to that story. OIC was the primary funder of several cultural endeavors, including important media components and the African World Festival.
OIC also served as one of the state’s largest training grounds for Black professionals, whose services and expertise empowered dozens of smaller groups and hundreds of individuals.
It is not a coincidence that most of those Black professionals had to move outside Milwaukee and the state to find employment commiserate with their valuable skills.
That was both a result of Milwaukee’s historic hostility to upward mobility for African Americans, as a well as the culture of the non-profit sector, which allows few people of color through their locked doors.
There’s another part of that story that has escaped public scrutiny.
None of them were involved in the corruption at OIC, a soap opera of fraud and venality that included kickbacks and misappropriation of funds and other vices that resulted in several indictments and the imprisonment of a powerful Black politician.
When the smoke cleared on OIC’s implosion, the umbrella organization was on the auction block, thousands of poor were left without services, and dozens of Black professionals were left unemployed.
For many the story ended on that tragic note. But what happened next was even more alarming.
Tyrone Dumas was named interim director in an attempt to save the organization. I helped with a plan to reorganize the board, restructure the organization, and introduce a partnership with city, county and state government. Surprisingly (or maybe not so) the only politician to agree to work to keep OIC alive was the Republican county executive. The Democratic mayor and governor turned their backs and not by coincidence OIC’s various programs were divided up among White agencies.
OIC’s demise, the shift in resources and control of poverty programming didn’t stop there. Harambee Ombudsman lost funding to a White agency that told funders it could do a better job running programs for Black Milwaukeeans than Black administrators. White arts organizations followed that paradigm and took funds away from the Inner City Arts Council and Ko-Thi.
CYD (Career Youth Development) found itself in a similar situation. With the death of its founder, the politically connected Jeannetta Robinson, the powers-that-be quickly vamped on CYD and before you could blink your eyes…poof, it was defunded and its programs shifted to missionary agencies.
The political scheme to reward its liberal white supporters was foretold when a major anti-pregnancy grant targeting Black teens was awarded to a White suburban agency that admitted it didn’t have employees willing to work in the central city.
The solution? Subcontract with some of the same Black agencies they took the money from.
Don’t be confused by what is going on here.
It is no coincidence that SDC (the Social Development Commission) has lost its largest grants for poverty programs to White and Hispanic agencies.
Further note, when SDC lost its Head Start contract to another agency, it had a snowball affect that is still reverberating. SDC contracted with several Black agencies—serving Black people—including Northcott Neighborhood House and Urban Day School. Northcott is suffering, and Urban Day is closing as a result.
Neither found a receptive ear from the agency that took over the Head Start program.
Observers who are not tied to a political party that sustains the poverty pimp paradigm, or who have no financial stake in the non-profit community, see this phenomena for what it is: a two sided coin that does not bode well for the Black community.
Some of the financial shift is based on capturing financial resources to sustain organizations. White agencies generally come out on top because they have the connections, the resources and the political backing.
As resources (spelled poverty program grants) started to dwindle a decade ago when Republicans controlled the legislature, competition for the dollars intensified and Black agencies came out on the short end of the stick.
The other side of the coin is more ominous. Some of those agencies have as their mission appeasement, making the poor comfortable in poverty; versus empowering them to left themselves out of their circumstances.
The lesson here is that the missionary agencies need poverty to continue in order to make money. To empower the poor is to work yourself out of business.
The Democratic Party, unfortunately, has been a partner in this crime. That’s why whenever a proposal is introduced to empower the poor, our “friends” and “benefactors,” shoot it down, telling us they know what’s good for us.
And since Black politicians are almost exclusively Democrats, most sing those lyrics without understanding the melody.
Some observers believe the school choice controversy provided an example of this social dichotomy. The program, at its very essence, is about resources, and who should control them, the educracy—teachers union—or parents, who can control where to send their children (like parents with income do, including Barack Obama).
Some Black parents chose to abandon the public school system (taking their tax money with them) for the private schools because they felt those schools better educated their children and empowered them to boot.
Now, interestingly, more and more White run schools are dominating the school choice system. That’s not to say they aren’t performing, but here again, you find few Black administrators in charge.
A similar scenario could be said of Black businesses. Competition is at the core of capitalism, so it is not surprising that many Black businesses are overrun by large White corporations.
A case can also be made that most of the Black businesses that went under of late—particularly Legacy and North Milwaukee State Banks, died from self-inflicted wounds (with ammunition supplied by a failing economy, and Wall Street collapse).
Our corner grocers sold out to foreign interests, and the restaurants may have died due to poor marketing and poor business decisions.
It cannot be over looked, however, that Milwaukee, despite being a minority majority city, does not have a business participation program, nor does local government prioritize Black business development and sustainability. That’s why the best-kept non-secret is that scores of relocated Black businesses find success elsewhere.
If we want to slow the demise of Black institutions, or provide a blueprint for business success and community empowerment, we need to study where we’ve been and how we got here. And since that story would best be an exhibit of tragedy and deceit, political intrigue and backstabbing, the Black Holocaust Museum would be an appropriate place to house it.
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(Reuters) – A federal court has ordered a Mississippi town to consolidate its junior high and high schools in order to fully desegregate its school system after a 50-year battle the town has waged with the U.S. Department of Justice, agency officials said Monday.
Black students and white students in Cleveland, Miss., are largely separated into two high schools, one mostly white and one mostly black, according to the announcement.
The situation is similar with the town’s middle school and junior high – one has mostly black students, and the other is historically white, officials said.
As a result of the order, handed down late Friday by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, the Cleveland School District will combine the two high schools together, as well as join the junior high and middle school into one, desegregating the secondary schools for the first time in the district’s 100-year history.
School officials could not immediately be reached to comment.
The court rejected two alternative plans posed by the district, calling them unconstitutional and saying that the dual system the district has been running has failed to achieve the highest possible degree of desegregation required by law.
“Six decades after the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education declared that ‘separate but equal has no place’ in public schools, this decision serves as a reminder to districts that delaying desegregation obligations is both unacceptable and unconstitutional,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Cleveland, with a population of 12,000, is home to Delta State University and sits in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, where many of the early slave owners ran cotton plantations along the Mississippi River.
A railroad track divides the city both geographically and racially, a common occurrence in many Delta towns.
According to the court opinion, testimony from both black and white community members supported the integration of the schools and noted that the perception had been that white students attended better schools.
“The delay in desegregation has deprived generations of students of the constitutionally-guaranteed right of an integrated education,” the opinion read. “Although no court order can right these wrongs, it is the duty of the district to ensure that not one more student suffers under this burden.”
(Reporting by Karen Brooks in Fort Worth, Texas; Editing by Alistair Bell)