PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 2005

The Poor Deserve More Than Reimports. by Council Nedd II and Leslie O. Anderson

New Visions Commentary /
In the Bible, the Book of Proverbs has a passage which reads, "a good person knows the rights of the poor, but the wicked cannot understand such things." The Gospel of St. Matthew talks about society's obligation to the "the least of those among us." If we are to judge ...
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Terri Schiavo: America’s Lost Hope, by Djana Milton

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Terri Schiavo, a woman who collapsed at 26 and suffered severe brain damage, is dead because her husband and our justice system determined that her life wasn't worth living. Many of us never seriously contemplate our own deaths, especially at such a young age. I've often said I wouldn't want ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Network Demands Black Judicial Nominee Be Judged on Her Competence

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Janice Rogers Brown, an associate justice on the California Supreme Court who has been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 21. Members of the black leadership network Project 21 are calling on the ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Project 21 Members Hail Committee Action on Filling One Judicial Vacancy, But Note That Struggle To Fill Judicial Vacancies Promptly Continues

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Janice Rogers Brown, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, was approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 21 by a 10-8 party-line vote. Senate liberals, however, imply resumed filibusters will keep her and other nominees from receiving a vote in the full Senate. Members ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Criticize NAACP for Filibuster Flip-Flop; Civil Rights Group Now Supports Senate Tactic That Hobbled Civil Rights Legislation

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Members of the black leadership organization Project 21 are criticizing the NAACP for endorsing filibusters against Bush Administration judicial nominees, calling the NAACP endorsement contradictory to the group's past position, when filibusters halted the progress of civil rights bills. "For decades, the NAACP was vehemently against filibusters because they were ...
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Black Activists Rap Rangel for Opposing Social Security Reform; Congressman’s “Disappointing” Rant Reduces Chances for Black Empowerment

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Recent remarks by Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) calling President George W. Bush's proposal to reform the nation's ailing Social Security system "fraud" and its promotion an "impeachable offense" are condemned by members of the black leadership network Project 21. Reform such as personal retirement accounts (PRAs), counter Project 21 members, ...
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Black Economist Has a Lesson for Everyone About Basic Economics, by Dutch Martin

New Visions Commentary /
"Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources which have alternative uses." That's the premise of Stanford economist Thomas Sowell's book Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy, originally published in 2000. Dr. Sowell, one of the nation's most prominent black economists, sought for the book to ...
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Foolish Question About Bill Cosby, by Mychal Massie

New Visions Commentary /
If a homeless, drunken bum lying in a gutter says people shouldn't drink, is the message diminished because it comes from a homeless, drunken bum? Judges routinely sentence the guilty to public service. This can include the guilty speaking out against their past illegal behavior. Does this, for example, make ...
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How to Manage and Afford Senior Health Care, by Council Nedd II and Leslie O. Anderson

New Visions Commentary /
There are lots of jokes poking fun at growing old. For instance, you know you're getting older when everything hurts and what doesn't hurt doesn't work. Likewise, the gleam in your eye now comes from the sun hitting your bifocals. A little humor can go a long way in dealing ...
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Has the U.S. Supreme Court Lost Its Collective Mind? by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

New Visions Commentary /
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that executing prisoners who committed capital crimes such as murder as minors violates the 8th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment." While this ruling is heinous in itself, the rationale used by Justices Anthony ...
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Why African Americans Should Be Leading The Charge For Social Security Reform, by Eddie Huff

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By calling for Social Security reform, President Bush has signaled he is serious about taking on the "third rail of American politics." This comparison to the lethal electric rail on a subway implies that politicians risk certain death - or at the least getting seriously burned - should they take ...
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Purple Fingers in Iraq Have Doubters, Tyrants Seeing Red, by Ak’bar Shabazz

New Visions Commentary /
Now, the world knows. For several months, bitter liberals, terrified Arab monarchs and dictators everywhere told the world Muslims weren't prepared for democracy.  They essentially claimed voting is a luxury exclusively for those in the West.  Terrorists tried every conceivable measure to intimidate Iraqi voters into staying home. All of ...
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African-Americans Deserve More from Social Security, by Malcolm Moore

New Visions Commentary /
I recently learned about an African-American male who died of lupus at the age of 40. He is survived by a wife and four children - with the youngest only two years old. Although the cause of his death is somewhat rare, the story in its essence is quite common ...
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Profiles of Empowerment, by Virgil Beato

New Visions Commentary /
Black History Month celebrations largely focus on those who secured equal rights for all: People such as Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What's often overlooked, however, is the path of opportunity they paved and its importance today. The accomplishments of living African-Americans can provide the ...
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Can the Unborn Save Future Generations? by Mychal Massie

New Visions Commentary /
Thirty-three years after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, "Jane Roe" (whose real name is Norma McCorvey) is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear her case because she claims she was lied to about the safety of the procedure. But suppose it is not her struggle that ends the barbaric ...
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Black Leaders Turn King’s Dream Into A Nightmare, by Jerry Brooks

New Visions Commentary /
Every third Monday in January, our nation celebrates the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's struggle for civil rights and equality are certainly worthy of recognition and emulation. Events will honor his life and achievements. Amidst all the music and fanfare, however, some black leaders ...
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It’s About the Common Man, Not the Celebrities, by E. LeMay Lathan

New Visions Commentary /
While watching the television special "Black History, Television Shows" with my family, I learned things that had never occurred to me about some of my favorite shows. The program, hosted by sportscaster James Brown, featured a panel of celebrities and activists who provided incredible perspectives on the history of television ...
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What the NAACP Should Do Now, by Lana Hampton

New Visions Commentary /
With a changing of the guard occurring at the NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights organization has an opportunity for growth and change. It would be in the NAACP's best interest to put itself on a more centrist course than the one it has been on for the past 40 ...
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