PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 2001

Act With Patience or Panic? The EPA Lets Demographics Decide, by Syd Gernstein

New Visions Commentary /
A New Visions Commentary paper published December 2001 by The National Center for Public Policy Research * 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Residents of the affluent Spring Valley community in Washington, D.C. will wake up ...
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Project 21 Release: Is It Wrong to Require Work in Exchange for a Welfare Check? – December 2001

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Black Group Says Public Housing Residents Wrong to Spurn Community Service Provision Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 sharply criticize a provision in the pending 2002 Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spending bill that would repeal a requirement for out-of-work and able-bodied residents of public housing ...
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A Piece of Black History is Lost, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
A New Visions Commentary paper published December 2001 by The National Center for Public Policy Research * 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. The Choctaw Terminal Freight Depot in Little Rock, Arkansas was demolished in November ...
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Patience or Panic? The EPA Seems to Let Demographics Decide, by Syd Gernstein

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Residents of the affluent Spring Valley community in Washington, D.C. will wake up this Christmas morning to open presents, eat coffeecake and maybe even brush snow off their SUVs and Mercedes as they have the past 15 years. Despite Spring Valley's exposure to a potential environmental threat literally under their ...
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King Family is Selling Out Martin’s Legacy, by Michael King

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"I'm going to King-Land, King-Land; in Atlanta, G-A, I'm going to King-Land..." - with apologies to singer Paul Simon. It appears that the family of slain civil rights giant Martin Luther King, Jr. is looking for more ways to milk the King name for as much money as humanly possible ...
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Still Reflecting on September 11 and Security, by R.D. Davis

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With the murderous destruction of the World Trade Center, many individual freedoms were also destroyed. And many more will inevitably fall. If there's one thing I hate, it's losing my freedom. I personally think I'm more sensitive to this than others. Now, more than ever, I am suspected and searched ...
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Project 21 Release: Civil Rights Commission Refuses to Seat Black Appointee; Black Network Says New Official’s Conservative Beliefs Are No Justification for Discrimination – December 2001

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairman Mary Frances Berry's refusal to recognize the appointment of Commissioner Peter Kirsanow is akin to former governor George Wallace's refusal to integrate the Alabama school system say members of the African-American leadership network Project 21. The fact that Kirsanow is a black conservative is ...
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Will Blacks Fall for the “Old Line” — the Race Card — Once Again? by Kevin Martin

New Visions Commentary /
A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2001 by The National Center for Public Policy Research * 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail , Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. The nickname of my home state of Maryland is "The Old Line State." ...
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Who’s the Real Source of Wartime Hysteria? by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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I'm feeling pretty grouchy. I recently attended the monthly meeting of one of my book clubs. Instead of discussing the really horrible imitation Terry McMillan novel we read this month, we had a guest speaker - "trauma/grief counselor." I'm not comfortable with the sight of adults carrying on anywhere outside ...
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U.S. Space Program is Black America’s Salvation, by B.B. Robinson, Ph.D.

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There is a saying, "Among the greatest human urges are the realization of fame and fortune." Fame because most people want to be remembered fondly, and often, during their lifetime as well as after they die. Fortune because it takes resources to accomplish life goals, and wealth is usually a ...
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Weak Preachers Want bin Laden “Safe and Saved”, Not “Dead or Alive,” by Jesse Peterson

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There's never been a shortage of weak preachers. I'm sorry to say this is particularly true in the black community. In our communities, it seems there's a church on every corner. I've often said many black preachers are not called by God as much as they are by their mommas: ...
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Africa Cries Out for Genetically Modified Foods: African-American Leadership Network Joined by African Leaders in Call for Providing Africa With the Tools to Feed Its People – October 2000

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African leaders are appealing to the United States government to ignore the misguided political protests against genetically-modified foods so that those afflicted with diseases and starvation on the African continent might have hope for the future. Project 21 members are supportive of these efforts to help blacks in Africa as ...
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Note to Congresswoman McKinney: Silence is Golden, by Michael King

New Visions Commentary /
A New Visions Commentary paper published October 2001 by The National Center for Public Policy Research * 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Georgia residents have an embarrassment on their hands. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has planted ...
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Is it Better to Have a Raise or a Job? How a Minimum Wage Hike Would Increase Unemployment, Harm Undertrained Workers, by Amy Ridenour

Is it better to have a raise or a job? It's a no-brainer. A raise is worthless without a job. The federal government reported October 5 that 199,000 jobs were lost between mid-August and mid-September, reflecting a national unemployment rate of 4.9%.1 Private sector economists are predicting that, thanks in ...
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The NAACP in Wonderland: Campaign Against Network TV Ignores Serious Issues Facing Black Americans, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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It never fails. Whenever I begin to think that I may have been a little too hard on the NAACP, the organization disappoints me yet again. You've no doubt heard about the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's criticism of network television for not having enough black faces ...
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Minimum Wage Increases: Although Not Designed to be Racist, They Simply Are, by Amy Ridenour

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Is it better to have a raise or a job? It's a no-brainer. A raise is worthless without a job. Since the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, some have contended that a constantly increasing minimum wage will prevent the exploitation of workers. Politicians continually trot out ...
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The Digital Divide: Claims of Technological Segregation Mostly Hot Air, by Melissa Wiedbrauk

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There is an ongoing concern that the poor and minorities are not up to speed with the rest of America when it comes to computer technology. It's called the "digital divide." But, like many other modern complaints about race, class and equality, claims of technological segregation are more hot air ...
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The Change, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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On September 10, I went to bed thinking about what I should write for my October column. Two topics were on my mind that night, and both might have made interesting reading. Suddenly, neither one is very important. September 10, 2001 seems like such a long time ago. Like most ...
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In the Aftermath of Terror, We Must Make the Right Decisions, by John Meredith

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Reparations for the descendants of slaves. The percentage of black characters on television. The Confederate Battle Flag. All of these issues became meaningless on September 11 when terrorists struck New York City and Washington, DC. On that fateful morning, the civil rights of all Americans were violated with extreme prejudice ...
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Expectations are Everything, by Dr. B.B. Robinson

New Visions Commentary /
A New Visions Commentary paper published September 2001 by The National Center for Public Policy Research * 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. In the 1970s, an important economic concept called "rational expectations" surfaced. The idea ...
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