PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 1997

A Recess Appointment of Bill Lann Lee May Send Republicans to the Head of the Class, by David Almasi and Roderick Conrad

National Policy Analysis #178 /
A showdown is brewing between President Clinton and Senate Republicans over civil rights. Even if Clinton wins, it may hurt Democrats at the polls. After Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee made clear their intention to block the nomination of Bill Lann Lee, Clinton's choice for Assistant Attorney General for ...
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Standing up for Motherhood – December 1997

During the summer of 1997, Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller unexpectedly generated nationwide controversy because of his support for motherhood. Miller, while providing color commentary for the fledgling Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), voiced his concerns about a decision by a player to return to the court just six weeks ...
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Succeeding American-Style, by James Coleman

New Visions Commentary /
When I was a child, my mother told me black people had to be twice as good as people of European ancestry if they wanted to succeed. I never took her advice as a deterrent, just a statement of fact. I chalked it up to understanding the rules of the ...
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Piscataway Payoff Delays Civil Rights Reform – November 1997

Fearing the results of a Supreme Court defeat, civil rights organizations are keeping a major case from going before the Court by paying a majority of the cost to settle it. The school board of Piscataway, New York, voted yesterday to accept an offer by the Black Leadership Forum, a ...
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Black America 1997: How Government Harms Charities… And How Some are Succeeding Anyway (Abridged Version)

Black America 1997How Government Harms Charities ...and How Some Are Succeeding AnywayPublished by Project 21 20 F Street, NW #700 Washington, D.C. 20001 (202) 507-6398 Fax (301) 498-1301 [email protected] Copyright 1997: The National Center for Public Policy Research ABRIDGED VERSION Introduction In recent years many anecdotes have illustrated the burden ...
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Is UNICEF Aiding AIDS? by Kevin Pritchett

New Visions Commentary /
by Kevin PritchettA New Visions Commentary paper published November 1997 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Court, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax (202) 543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Whether media tycoon Ted Turner's recent $1 billion pledge to the ...
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President’s Interpretation of “Environmental Justice” Jeopardizes Minority Health and Well-Being, by David Ridenour

The Clinton Administration's narrow interpretation of what constitutes "environmental justice" could place thousands of blacks, Hispanics and other disadvantaged Americans at greater risk. On February 11, 1994, President Clinton committed his administration to an environmental justice strategy by signing Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice inMinority Populations ...
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Project 21 Joins NAACP In Criticizing New National Academic Tests Proposed By the Clinton Administration – September 1997

With the House of Representatives expected to vote on the Labor, Health and Human Services Education appropriations bill on Thursday, September 4, the African-American group Project 21 has joined the NAACP and others in criticizing proposed new national reading tests that will be funded by the appropriations bill for fourth ...
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The Emergence of Clarence Thomas, by Paul Weyrich

New Visions Commentary /
by Paul WeyrichA New Visions Commentary paper published September 1997 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Court, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax (202) 543-5975, [email protected], Web http://www.project21.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. The headline on the front page of Sunday's [July 27] Washington Times ...
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NAACP: Serious Problems With The Proposed Voluntary National Tests of Reading and Mathematics

The Department of Education's effort to develop and administer Voluntary National Tests in Reading and Mathematics for 4th and 8th grade students creates cause for real concern about harm to children through misuse of the tests if they are developed and implemented under the current proposal. The tests will be ...
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An Answer to America’s “Race Question” – September 1997

The national dialogue on race has always been with us. Every year there are articles, books, television programs and incidents that make race the central issue at kitchen tables and water fountains across America. Most recently, a group of Congressmen, led by Ohio Democrat Tony Hall, has called for a ...
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Scholarship Act Is D.C. Youngsters’ Best Hope for Education, by Arturo Silva

OverviewHouse Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Dan Coats (R-IN), and Sam Brownback (R-KS) have introduced legislation, "District of Columbia Student Opportunity Scholarship Act of 1997," to grant scholarships to nearly 2,000 low-income students in the District of Columbia to attend a public or private school of ...
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Competition and Experience are the Keys to Achievement, by Mike Ramey

New Visions Commentary /
One of my favorite baseball stories involves two well-known players: Hank Aaron and Yogi Berra. The story dates back to when they were young men. Aaron and Berra were playing in the same game for opposing teams. Aaron stepped up to the plate, bat in hand, ready to take care ...
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It’s Time for Defenders of Traditional Families to Stand Up for What They Believe In – August 1997

Hawaii has become the first state in the Union to recognize "domestic partners" as a legitimate family structure with rights previously reserved for traditional families. Usually the course of civilization is changed and directed by society, not by government. In Hawaii's instance, the change is directed by government managing the ...
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What True Freedom Is and Isn’t – August 1997

The motto "America, land of the free" was once stated with pride. The pride was based in the belief that America was the first country founded on the principle of freedom for all. Because the practice of slavery was a direct contradiction of this principle, the cry for freedom was ...
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Let’s Hold Juveniles Responsible for Their Crimes, by Darlene Kennedy

The meek may be blessed, but they're not likely to inherit the earth anytime soon. In May, President Clinton stood proudly before an audience of law enforcement, community leaders and others at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. to announce preliminary Justice Department figures citing a 7 percent drop in crime ...
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How Social Security Shortchanges Black Americans, by Deroy Murdock

New Visions Commentary /
By yesterday's definition of racism, the answer is no. For all its failings, Social Security was concocted in 1935 with glowing intentions. Rescuing the elderly from poverty -- regardless of race -- is an idea to which only the flintiest would object. By today's definition, however, a negative "disparate impact" ...
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D.C. Initiative To Legalize Marijuana A Bad Idea, But Why Isn’t the President Saying So? – July 1997

As drugs continue to ravage American communities and rob millions of children of their futures, the African-American group Project 21 is calling on President Clinton to speak out against a proposal to legalize drugs in the nation's capital. Dubbed Measure 57 or the "Legalization of Marijuana Treatment Initiative of 1997," ...
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Taxpayers, Religious People, Internet Users, Handguns Owners Shut Out of Court

Press Release /
Press Release The National Center for Public Policy Research For Immediate Release: June 27, 1997 Contact: Amy Ridenour (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Taxpayers, Religious People, Internet Users, Handgun Owners Shut Out of Court:Millions Affected by Supreme Court Decisions This Week Were Denied the Opportunity to See Cases Argued in Court ...
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Racial Reconciliation Needs to Start at the White House – June 1997

Press Release /
On Eve of Presidential Announcement, African-American Group Releases Top 10 List of Acts by the Clinton Administration That Divide America By Race and Ethnicity June 9, 1997 Contact: Arturo Silva at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected]g In anticipation of President Clinton's scheduled June 14 speech on racial reconciliation, the African-American leadership ...
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