PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 2008

Black Activists Renew Condemnation of Local Ohio NAACP Chapter for Interference in School Play

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Federal Tax Dollars Now Sought to Prolong Baseless Protest of Agatha Christie Play Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network have renewed criticism of the Butler County (Ohio) chapter of the NAACP and its executive director over the group's new call for federal intervention into a ...
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Good Health and Good Stewardship, by Bishop Council Nedd II

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Throughout the Bible, there are passages suggesting that much is expected from those to whom much is given. One of the greatest gifts God has given his people on earth is the gift of good health.  Like all gifts, however, competent stewardship is required. Stewardship of health is normally one's ...
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Arming Against the Thugs, by Stephen Roberts, M.Div.

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In the summer of 2008, police in Washington, D.C. set up military-style checkpoints to stop vehicles without a "legitimate purpose" from entering the city's Trinidad neighborhood.  It was a bold attempt to stop the murders and violent crimes plaguing the area. During next year's inauguration of Barack Obama, that same ...
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Football Fantasies and Education Essentials, by Ak’Bar A. Shabazz

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As the year ends, so will the seasons of most high school football teams.  Both the victorious and vanquished will move on to other things. For many senior players, it is likely to be the last time they play organized sports.  According to the NCAA, just over five percent of ...
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Make Detroit and Wall Street Work Together, by Ak’Bar A. Shabazz

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In bailing out American automakers, Congress is essentially using taxpayer money to cover for bad business decisions. After years of mediocrity in the industry that seemed to come to a head in a recent series of angry congressional hearings, executives say they have seen the light and will mend their ...
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Why I’m Not Thankful We’ll Have Obama as President – Yet

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Washington, D.C. - Black conservative leader Deneen Borelli, a full-time senior fellow with the Project 21 black leadership network, says she's not thankful America is about to have Barack Obama as President - at least, not yet. While she's grateful for "our nation's greatness and endless opportunity..." which made it ...
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Black Activist Calls for Rangel’s Ouster from Congressional Leadership

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Washington, D.C. - As yet another potential tax-related ethical lapse involving Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) surfaces, a member of the Project 21 black leadership network is calling for the veteran lawmaker to be removed as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee – at least until these serious allegations ...
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Black Leader Condemns Bush for Not Pardoning or Commuting Sentences of Jailed Border Agents During Pre-Thanksgiving Round of Executive Clemency

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Washington, D.C. - Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie is condemning President Bush’s inaction regarding incarcerated Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean and is reiterating his call for a pardon or commutation of the agents' sentences before the President leaves office in January. Massie’s call comes as the ...
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Black Activist Issues Warning to President-Elect

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Washington, D.C. - Project 21 Senior Fellow Deneen Borelli is issuing a warning to President-elect Barack Obama: Don't let special interests control your Administration. Borelli's comments come in light of the apparent success of ultra-liberal feminist groups in derailing the predicted nomination of Lawrence Summers to the post of Treasury ...
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Al Qaeda Leader’s Anti-Obama Racial Slur Denounced by Black Conservatives

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Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are denouncing the racial slur made against President-elect Barack Obama by al Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, and hope al-Zawahiri's crude action is a sobering reminder for the President-elect and his supporters about the harsh attitudes of our nation's enemies ...
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Black Leader to Bush: Commute Sentences of Jailed Border Agents

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Washington, D.C. - After a federal judge last week refused to reduce the sentences of incarcerated U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, Mychal Massie - chairman of the Project 21 black leadership network - is calling on President George W. Bush to use his ...
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What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander, by Ak’Bar A. Shabazz

New Visions Commentary /
National rules for bankruptcy were overhauled by federal legislation in 2005. The new law means that bankruptcy is no longer a guaranteed path to a fresh start and relief from heavy financial burdens.  To declare bankruptcy, one must now meet more rigorous standards to prove one's inability to deal with ...
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Don’t “Change” Religious Freedom, by Bishop Council Nedd II

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As the nation waits with great anticipation for President-Elect Barack Obama to begin unveiling his policies for rescuing our economy and managing our two wars, the real indicator of his presidential success may be how well he handles his most ardent supporters. While Americans may have voted for "change," the ...
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Black Backing of Barack Should Not Be Unconditional, by Deneen Borelli

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Barack Obama's election is a capstone on black Americans' struggle for equality. While isolated racial intolerance can be expected to continue, Obama's electoral landslide and victory in majority-white states such as Iowa and southern states such as Virginia put to rest concerns about a so-called "Bradley effect," in which whites ...
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Don’t Expect “Change” to Change Much, by Bishop Council Nedd II

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It was around 11:30 pm on election night - after electoral vote counting put Senator Barack Obama over the top and guaranteed him the presidency - when I received a phone call from a dear friend. Normally one of the most stoic people I know, my friend was obviously in ...
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Black Activist on End of Congressional Ban on Oil Exploration: ‘Energy Freedom Day’ Great for Families and for Energy Independence

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Washington, D.C. - On October 1, 2008, a congressionally-mandated ban on offshore oil exploration and expanded development of oil from shale rock in the American West officially expires.  Supporters of increased domestic energy production are calling it "Energy Freedom Day." With the end of the ban, the federal government can ...
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Elites Denying Affordable Energy to Average Americans, by Deneen Borelli

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Failing schools, crime and single-parent households are just a few of the challenges facing urban communities.  Now, thanks to "Club Green" - radical environmentalists and their supporters - soaring energy prices join the list. Club Green fights against oil exploration in Alaska and off our coasts.  A moratorium on offshore ...
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Jackson Getting It Both Ways Means Some Get Nothing, by Stephen Roberts, M.Div.

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Anyone believing "you can't have it both ways" doesn't know Reverend Jesse Jackson. Jackson has flip-flopped on important issues, finding alleged civil rights justifications on both sides.  While politically advantageous to Jackson, the practice leaves him with a troubling legacy Before he developed presidential ambitions, the pro-life movement had an ...
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Rangel Ethics Mess Feels Like History Repeating Itself, by Bishop Council Nedd II

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This legendary black congressman suffered from allegations about misusing his position as a powerful committee chairman.  Questions arose about his travel habits and a seaside property.  His displays of wealth ill-represented his poor Harlem constituency. Is it Charles Rangel, the embattled current chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee?  ...
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Finding Financial Security Through Old-School Wisdom, by B.B. Robinson, Ph.D.

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Isn't it rich when something that was drilled into your head when you were a child starts making perfect sense? For me, it was Proverbs 4:7 - "Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding." During the current economic crisis, this advice is ...
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