PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 2005

Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Speak Out on Bush Supreme Court Nomination

With tonight's announcement of a Supreme Court nominee, members of the black leadership network Project 21 implore senators to engage in a quick and fair confirmation process that is free of partisanship and political power-plays. "The President has chosen. It is now prudent that this nominee be accorded fair and ...
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Court Rules Your Property Really Isn’t Your Property

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When I heard the ruckus early Sunday morning, I didn't know I'd later discover that I was the "owner" of a new street sign. While my neighbors up the street have had cars run up on their lawn due to a curve, I question the sign's effectiveness being placed so ...
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The Perceived Stupidity of the Black Voter, by Kevin Martin

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When I changed my political affiliation ten years ago, I thought I broke the chains of the liberal plantation.  But I am resentful of the crass racial politics still aimed at me and the rest of the black community. I am angered by liberals taking black voters for granted.  I ...
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Goodbye Dan, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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It may be hard for those under 30 to imagine, but most Americans once only had three television networks to watch.  If one was lucky and - and had a strong antenna - they might also have channels showing syndicated shows and old movies.  And maybe PBS. Families sat down ...
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Empowering People to Act for Themselves is the Best Solution for Africa’s Dilemma, by Franklin Cudjoe

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The leaders who gathered at the G-8 Summit to seek solutions for Africa's myriad problems unfortunately overlooked the most obvious: What matters most to poor countries - not just in Africa, but everywhere - is learning what they can do and what they cannot do for themselves. In this regard, ...
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A Relationship with God Plays into Lives of Both Virtue and Vice, by Leah Sammons

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At an earlier time in their lives, Steven L. Craft and Roxon Flowers could not appear more different.  Craft was a drug addict.  Flowers was a New York City detective. Eventually, however, these two seemingly disparate spirits became friends.  In their discussions about their lives, Craft (now a member of ...
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Making Sense of Mexico, by Jeffrey Brian Hicks

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While trying to morally justify the continuous and illegal flow of Mexican nationals over our border, Mexican President Vicente Fox recently sparked an uproar that may be telling about Mexican society. With national security and economic concerns related to this influx of illegal aliens, some state governments are beginning to ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Ask Bush to Consider Constructionist Jurists for Supreme Court; List of Characteristics Important to Black Americans Cited

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Today's announcement of a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court provides President George W. Bush with an important duty that has the potential to affect judicial decision-making for generations to come. Members of the black leadership network Project 21 are calling upon the President to ensure that all nominees under ...
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New HIV/AIDS Statistics Show Blacks “Most Severely Impacted” Group; Black Americans Urged to Adopt a “Conservative Lifestyle”

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With the release of startling new government figures on HIV and AIDS showing African-Americans are the "most severely impacted" community, members of the black leadership network Project 21 are repeating a call to black Americans to be more conscious of their behavior as a way to decrease their risk of ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activist Decries Civil Rights Apologists; Senate Apology for Lynching Perpetuates “Posture of the Victim”

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On June 13, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution by a voice vote apologizing to the victims, survivors and descendent of racist lynchings that occurred between 1882 and 1968. The first anti-lynching legislation was introduced 105 years ago. Such legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives on three occasions, and ...
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Learning Clarence Thomas’s First Principles, by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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From his gut-wrenching confirmation hearings in 1991 through his past 13 years on the bench, Clarence Thomas is likely the most misunderstood justice ever to sit on the United States Supreme Court. As a black conservative jurist, he continues to be vilified by the mainstream media, liberal legal scholars and ...
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The Lionel Tate Saga Continues, by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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Lionel Tate is back in the news again. Tate is the young black boy from Florida who was convicted of brutally murdering a six-year-old girl when he was only 12 and became the youngest person in American history to be sentenced to life in prison.  After serving only three years, ...
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“Crash” Causes Pain, by B.B. Robinson

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Recent box office receipts indicate a significant number of people are taking notice of "Crash," a recent movie that attempts to explain why each of us may hold certain notions about other ethnic groups. Douglas Young, on the Internet Movie Database web site, wrote this about "Crash": "People are born ...
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Janice Rogers Brown’s Equal Justice, by Craig DeLuz

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One of the most contentious of President George W. Bush's judicial nominees was California Supreme Court Associate Justice Janice Rogers Brown.  Highly rated by the American Bar Association, Justice Brown is praised by her peers on the California Supreme Court, liberal and conservative alike.  No one disputes her qualifications, but ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Praise Janice Rogers Brown; Say Nominee “Epitomizes the Greatness of America”

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Activists from the black leadership network Project 21 are praising Senate leaders for their efforts to secure an up-or-down vote on the nomination of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown for a seat on the federal Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, along with votes on ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Praise Priscilla Owen, Call Her “One of the Finest Jurists in the Country”

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Activists from the black leadership network Project 21 are praising Senate leaders for their efforts to secure an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen for a seat on the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, along with other judicial nominees. While they have not ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Blacks Back Bush on Social Security Reform; Allowing Personal Investment and Control Retirement Savings Called a Benefit for Black America

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Black activists from the Project 21 leadership network applaud President George W. Bush's calls to reform Social Security by allowing people to directly control a portion of their payroll taxes and be able to transfer these funds to others upon their death. In 2017, Social Security trustees expect the funds ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Network Hails Frist Judicial Compromise

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A proposal offered by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) to preserve robust debate over judicial nominees is being praised by members of the Project 21 black leadership network. Over the past two years, procedural delays have prevented judicial nominees from receiving votes in the full Senate. Two nominees, Patricia ...
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Five Suggestions for Michael Jackson, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
While shopping recently, I ended up in one of those boxy, warehouse-like stores with a dreaded common dressing room. Four women of different races, ages, shapes and sizes pretended not to notice each other. Suddenly, we heard Michael Jackson's voice coming from the loud speakers singing "I'll Be There." Some ...
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Social Security Reform for All Retirees, Present and Future, by Ak’bar Shabazz

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Social Security is in dire condition. Most agree that benefits for present retirees should be protected. At the same time, it's equally important to make sure younger generations - future retirees - see a return on the billions of dollars withheld from their paychecks. Many Americans are rapidly approaching retirement ...
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