Project 21: Archives

Emory University Withdraws Funding for Black Conservative Speaker Due to Her So-Called “Anti-Homosexual” Views, But Anti-White and Anti-Semitic Speakers Welcome – October 1996

Despite an almost unanimous vote by the Emory College Council to pay honorarium to Project 21 member and black conservative Star Parker for a speech, Emory University's College Council President has vetoed expenditure of the funds, claiming that Ms. Parker is prejudiced against homosexuals. Parker denies the allegations, adding that her speech was to be on her experience as a black conservative and her views about the welfare state and urban affairs, not on gay issues. College Council President Tyson Lomazow says the allegation against Parker was made by the liberal Gay and Lesbian Association Against Defamation (GLAAD). Emory's sensitivity ...
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Liberals Rally Around Government, Conservatives Rally Around Freedom

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A New Visions Commentary paper published October 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] As the anniversary of Martin Luther King's speech in Washington, D.C. passed, the Democrats staged their convention. Since the advent of the Civil Rights movement, African-Americans have looked towards the Democratic Party to help them fulfill their dream of achieving equality in America. Until this time in history, the liberal wing of the party has been the torch bearers of the fight for equality. The recent Democratic ...
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The Wealthy and Well-Connected Benefit Most from Racial Set-Asides – October 1996

A New Visions Commentary paper published October 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] In a high-profile speech last year, President Bill Clinton vowed to "mend" federal affirmative action programs that no longer work. His administration, however, has missed -- dare I say skipped -- the biggest target on the preferential policy map: the Small Business Administration's (SBA) racial set-asides program popularly known as "8(a)." The task of fulfilling Clinton's promise has fallen into the lap of Rep. Jan Meyers (R-KS), ...
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A Black Conservative Congressman Defines the American Dream

A New Visions Commentary paper published September 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] When it comes to the American dream, no one has a corner on the market. All of us have an equal chance to share in that dream. I never thought I would have the privilege of addressing the American people, but this is America where dreams still come true... People are dying to get into this country... not out of it. It is still the greatest, most ...
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African-American Group Calls on Environmentalists to Stop Promoting Third-World Abortions – September 1996

Outraged over environmentalist groups, such as the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), supporting "family planning organizations" including those that perform abortions, the African-American leadership group Project 21 is demanding that environmentalists stop endorsing policies that disproportionately harm people of color. "Environmental colonialism is here," says Project 21 Chairman Edmund Peterson. "The agenda of radical 'environmental' groups like the LCV is to promote abortion as a family planning method to dominate families -- often in nations located in continents like Africa and Asia -- and seize control of third world countries." "This radical 'environmental' group, with their obsession for population control, ...
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A New Way to Reduce Poverty: Limited Government and Maximum Compassion, by Michael A. Ferguson

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A New Visions Commentary paper published September 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] One of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life was teaching high school in the Bronx. The students at Mount St. Michael Academy on E. 241st Street come from typical urban families, many of them racial and ethnic minorities. They do whatever it takes both to survive in the city and to receive a quality education. Neither of these is easy in today's Bronx. But ...
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Government Compassion Is Not the Kind We Need, by Camille Harper

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A New Visions Commentary paper published September 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] Leaving liberalism was painful, and came in slow stages. Leaving liberalism was painful and slow, first, because the compassion of others is a life-or-death matter for me (I am severely disabled), and second, because I would not deny to others what I must have for myself. I'm not talking about the rhetoric of politics. To paraphrase George Orwell, many of the politically compassionate people I have known ...
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It Takes the Government to Raise A Village, by Camille Harper

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A New Visions Commentary paper published September 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] When First Lady Hillary Clinton referred to Chicago as "my kind of village" at the Democratic Convention, she was, of course, referring to her idea that it takes a village to rear a child. Should it really take a village to rear a child, and, if so, who will raise the village? Mrs. Clinton was long on politics and short on reality; urban America is neither stable ...
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African-Americans are in Need of an Awakening, by Michael Sharp

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A New Visions Commentary paper published September 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] In my years of life on this planet, I've found that if there is one axiom that has proven to be true time and time again it's that the hardest thing for a person to do is change. As I look back at African-American history, I am filled with an immense sense of pride at what we have accomplished and, at the same time, I am filled ...
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African-American Group Blasts “So What” Attitude of Clinton Administration Toward Drugs: New Study Shows Lack of Presidential Leadership Linked to Rise in Teenage Illicit Drug Use – August 1996

Contact: Arturo Silva at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Citing a new study showing the highest levels of drug use and acceptance of drugs by teenagers in decades, the African-American leadership group Project 21 says the Clinton Administration is partly to blame because of its casual attitude toward illegal drug use. "Press secretary Michael McCurry's relaxed attitude toward his own drug use, the Clinton Administration's hiring of recent drug users, and President Clinton's virtual silence on the evils of illegal drug use before this election year show a disturbing pattern of behavior from this White House," says Project 21 member Horace ...
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Did Uncle Tom Miss His Own Funeral? by Camille Harper

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A New Visions Commentary paper published August 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] Whatever justification there may have been for calling successful Black Americans "Uncle Tom" because they catered to whites in order to succeed is dead. It should also be buried and forgotten. Uncle Tom belongs to the culture of dependency; he belongs to the welfare state thinking which elevated criminal street gangs to the level of folk heroes. In fact, if anyone deserves the title of Uncle Tom ...
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Movie Review: “A time to Kill” Requires Time to Believe – August 1996

A New Visions Commentary paper published August 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] "A Time To Kill" is both the most believable and most unrealistic movie I have seen this summer. The movie is about a white attorney, Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) in a small Mississippi county who ventures to defend a black sawmill worker, Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) who has been charged with murder. The charges stem from Carl Lee's shooting of two white boys who raped ...
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Conservatives Propose Their Own Brand of Urban Renewal: Proposal to “Save Our Children” and Revitalize Low-Income Areas Gets Its Day in Congress

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Contact: Arturo Silva at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Nearly 250 children are expected to attend a joint Congressional hearing and press conference on "Saving Our Children: The American Community Renewal Act of 1996" (H.R. 3467) -- a sweeping plan to renew urban areas through free market economics rather than government programs. The children will be wearing T-shirts that bear the name of the legislation. The press conference will be held on Tuesday, July 30 at 9:30 AM in front of Capitol Hill's largest hearing room, 1100 Longworth HOB. The hearings held by the Subcommittees on Human Resources and Early Childhood, ...
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A Summary of HR 3467, “Saving Our Children: The American Renewal Community Act of 1996

Creates Renewal Communities: Up to 100 "renewal communities" will be created nationwide. Each community must possess certain characteristics to qualify as a "renewal community," such as: a high unemployment rate; high poverty rate; and a disproportionate amount of low-income households. State and local government officials -- who are responsible for nominating designated areas for "renewal community" status to be approved by The Department of Housing and Urban Development -- must make several written commitments for a nominated area to be considered. These include: a reduction in taxes and fees; more efficient local services; crime reduction strategies; a streamlining of government ...
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Let’s Get On Board This Train: An Urban Marshall Plan

A New Visions Commentary published July 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] It is encouraging to see another bona fide effort to address the critical needs of and devote the necessary attention to an urban agenda, as the 104th Congress is now doing. "Saving Our Children: The American Community Renewal Act of 1996," as co-sponsored by Congressmen J.C. Watts (R-OK) and Jim Talent (R-MO), offer some important provisions with the potential to make a significant difference in many communities across ...
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Increasing the Minimum Wage Kills Jobs for Black Teens Says African-American Group – July 1996

On the day of a July 9 floor vote in the Senate on a proposal to increase the minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.15 an hour, the African-American group Project 21 is warning that the minimum wage is a job killer for black teenagers, and a threat to the survival of many small businesses. "The minimum wage hinders young men willing to work from getting work," says Project 21 member Jesse Peterson, President of BOND, which helps young black men find jobs. "Although claiming that it hopes to put people to work, this is just another example of government preventing ...
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Attack on Churches is an Attack on the Soul of the Community, July 1996

A New Visions Commentary published July 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] As a pastor of a church, I have watched with awe as Godly communities have transformed the lives of people without government intervention. I have watched again and again the failure of bureaucratic attempts at rehabilitation and the success of spiritual regeneration. With all respect to the well-intentioned and often laudable accomplishments of the NAACP, the Urban League, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other such groups, the ...
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Time to End the Inquisition Against Black Conservatives, July 1996

A New Visions Commentary published July 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church and the Spanish held heresy trials. Hundreds of individuals were killed because of their beliefs, and religious freedom and thought were restricted. Today's inquisitors, while usually non-violent, still use intimidation to enforce their intolerant attitudes and beliefs. Black conservatives often are the targets of their tactics. Pursing the strategy that the rebels will disband when their leaders are weakened, the inquisitors ...
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Justice Clarence Thomas: He’s Not Going Away, No Matter How Hard His Critics Pray – July 1996

by Jackie Cissell A New Visions Commentary paper published July 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street, NW #700, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 507-6398, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Justice Clarence Thomas is in the news again. The interest this time is not to call attention to a decision he helped reach on the high court or an interview on his experience on the Supreme Court. Nor was he accused of embezzlement or rape. Thomas was invited to speak to the eighth-grade graduating class of a middle school ...
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Could Someone Please Tell Me Why? by R.D. Davis

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A New Visions Commentary published July 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] Could someone please tell me why mainstream Black America is not taking a stand against abortion, even though every two years about one million black babies are killed in the womb? Could someone please tell me why it does not concern enough blacks that black women receive 44% of all abortions in the U.S., despite composing only twelve percent of the population? The socialist pro-abortion agenda is killing ...
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