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Volume 27 o. 39 July 31 August 6, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Drug Offenders Receive Retroactive Sentence ReductionsPage 10 Community Service is Critical:We Must All Give Back in Some WayPage 4Reunion Rich Summer a Perfect Time to Unearth Your Family HistoryPage 9 Five Lies We Should Stop Telling About Black FatherhoodPage 7 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED George Zimmerman ow Working as a Volunteer Gun Store Guard George Zimmerman is now a volunteer security officer for a guns and motorcycles store in Florida, according to WFTV. The acquitted murderer in the Trayvon Martin case was seen inside of Pompano Pat's, a firearms, ammunition, and motorcycles store in Deland, Florida. He said that he was asked to watch the store due to a recent burglary, according to a source. The store owner and Zimmerman's friend, Pat Johnson, said that the former neighborhood watch leader was not an employee at his store and was "not being paid" for his help. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the high-profile case involving the death of Martin, 17, which brought on controversy surrounding racial profiling. Last year, the same store offered Zimmerman a free gun after he was found not guilty in the trial.Parents Sue GA School System in Gym Death of Kendrick JohnsonVALDOSTA, Ga. The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against school administrators. The parents of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta sued Monday in Superior Court. Their lawsuit blames the Lowndes County school board for allowing Johnson to die "at the hands of one or more students" while at his high school during school hours. Classmates found Johnson's body inside a rolled-up mat propped in a corner of the gym Jan. 11, 2013. Sheriff's investigators concluded that he died in a freak accident, having fallen into the mat and gotten stuck upside down. Johnson's parents insist that someone killed him.Canadian Fertility Clinic Bans Creating Mixed Race Babies A single woman in Calgary, Canada who sought in vitro fertilization at the Regional Fertility Program was told she could only use sperm donations from her own race, the Calgary Herald reports. Im not sure that we should be creating rainbow families just because some single woman decides that thats what she wants, said Administrative director Dr. Calvin Greene. Thats her prerogative, but thats not her prerogative in our clinic. He added that the clinics doctors feel a child of an ethnic background should have the ability to be able to identify with their ethnic roots. The clinics policy has existed since it opened in the 1980s, and its website elaborates on the guideline: it is the practice of the Regional Fertility Program not to permit the use of a sperm donor that would result in a future child appearing racially different than the recipient or the recipients partner.President Renames Program in Honor of elson Mandela President Renames Program in Honor of Nelson Mandela A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders has been renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela. President Barack Obama announced the name change at a town hall-style event in Washington with several hundred young leaders from across subSaharan Africa. The youngsters were participating in the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, part of the broader Young African Leaders Initiative that Obama launched in 2010 to support a new generation of leadership there. The fellowship is being renamed as a tribute to Mandela, who died last December at age 95. It connects young African leaders to leadership training opportunities at top U.S. universities in addition to four regional leadership centers across Africa, online classes and other resources. About 50 African leaders attended what the White House says is the largest gathering any U.S. president has held with African heads of state and government.Family of Eric Garner Speaks Out, Wants Justice Family members of Eric Garner spoke publicly over the weekend saying they were determined to see justice served in the death of the 43-year-old Staten Island man who died after being held in a chokehold by a New York City police officer. Esaw Garner, Eric's widow, described her late husband as a quiet man. She added, He was a quiet man, but hes making a lot of noise. She and other family members spoke in Harlem at the National Action Network, the civil rights organization led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Garners mother emphasized the importance of seeking justice through traditional law enforcement and court channels and not letting the death of her son lead to lawlessness in the streets. I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy, said Gwen Carr, Garners mother. "Were going to do this right. Were not going to go out there acting like animals because were not. I know my son was a good son. Shown above is the Raines Class of 74 Committee members at Carvill Park: Front row left to right is Donell Walker, Renetter Ca veRandolph, Barbara Garrett, Willie Pearl Blackwell, Audrey George, Debra Simmons and Vernett Taylor. Back row left to right is W arren Gaffney, Charles Williams, Patricia Garrett, Kenneth ixon, Gail Brown-Fowler and Darnease Walker. Lauren Patton photo Raines Class of 90 shown left to right are Raines Class of 90 classmates Jennifer Yarde, Katina WayBates, Chelesea Love-Hunt, LaKeisha Seabrooks-Smith, Zatesha Gregg-Williams, Felicia BlackshearWilliams, Jamie Porter and Class President James Ross. KFP Photo On the Eve of 50th Anniversary, Raines Classes Going Hard at Viking Pride The School-To-Prison Pipeline Can Start Even Before Kindergarten On the eve of their alma maters 50th anniversary. Classes of William Marion Raines are celebrating their kinship in grand style with events to rekindle the Viking pride instilled in them decades earlier. Last weekend, the Class of 1974 held their 40th reunion with a three day bash that included a meet and greet, low country crab boil, cookout and worship service. Over 125 people attended the reunion and class members traveled from different states and countries, even as far as Saudi Arabia. The class meets every five years. For more reunion shots, check out www.freepress.com. The Class of 1990 took time to get-together to celebrate 24 years of friendship with a fish fry, fun, laughter and memories of the good old days! Classmates stopped by and purchased fish dinners and held court in front of Raines discussing upcoming events and their upcoming 25th class reunion. The Northside Community Involvement, Inc. held a Jamboree on Avenue B to raise awareness and funds to support the services provided by Northside Community Involvement, Inc. which provides services for low or extremely low income children, families and other individuals. The fundraising carnival included a variety of free events for kids and adults. NCIs programs include: NCI Child Development Center, NCI Community Resource Center, Families & Children Intervention Services, Transitional Housing Program, and the W. I. N. Boys Mentoring/Night Basketball Program. NCI President, Charlie McClendon commented, Thanks to everyone that came out and supported this day of fun and fundraising. We thank all the volunteers and everyone that participated. This is just the beginning of greater things to come! by Rebecca Klein (HP) An essay that appeared recently in The Washington Post has brought renewed attention to discipline disparities taking place across all school levels, even in preschool. In the essay, black mother Tunette Powell wrote that her two preschool-aged sons have been suspended from schools a total of eight times, and she wonders if these suspensions might be the result of unintentional biases against black students. "The problem is not that we have a bunch of racist teachers and administrators. I believe most educators want to help all children. But many arent aware of the biases and prejudices that they, like all of us, harbor, and our current system offers very little diversity training to preschool staff," wrote Powell. Powell's essay was grounded in personal experience, but also draws from U.S. Department of Education data. Using this data, Powell points out that even though black students accounted for only 18 percent of preschoolers in the 201112 school year, 42 percent of these students were suspended once that year, and 48 percent received multiple suspensions. In Omaha, Nebraska, where Powell lives, eight preschool students were suspended at least once during 2011 12 from schools in the Omaha metro area, according to Department of Education data. Overall, the department found that 8,000 public preschool students across the country were suspended at least once during that time. In a separate essay Powell penned for The Omaha WorldHerald, she noted that white students in her sons' preschool classes were not being suspended for similar behaviors. "One after another three white parents told me about the preschool fights and disciplinary problems Continued on page 3 J J a a m m b b o o r r e e e e o o n n A A v v e e n n u u e e B B
For harried parents, the definition of true panic is realizing in April that you forgot to enroll your kids for summer day camp and now all the slots are filled. Cut to: as the school year ends, you're feverishly trying to find adequate daycare because neither of you can take time off work to watch the kids. I know of one such couple; with any luck you're more organized than they were. In fact, bonus points if you thought ahead and signed up during last fall's open enrollment for a dependent care flexible spending account (FSA), which allows you to pay for childcare using pretax dollars. But if you didn't enroll in an FSA or your employer doesn't offer them, there's still a way to get a tax break on your summer daycare expenses (and other dependent care costs throughout the year): the Child and Dependent Care Credit. Here's how it works: If you pay someone to care for your young child (or other qualifying dependents) so you can work or look for work you may be eligible for this tax credit worth up to 35 percent of those expenses. Because it's the IRS doling out the credit, there are a number of qualifying provisions: Typically the dependent must be a child in your custody under age 13. However, the credit is also available if you paid for the care of your spouse or other dependent who is physically or mentally incapable of self-care and lives with you more than half the year. Your tax-filing status must be single, married filing jointly, head of household or qualifying widow(er) with a dependent. If you're married but filing separately, you generally cannot receive the credit. You (and your spouse, if married) must be working or seeking employment when the care was administered. Exceptions are made if one spouse is a full-time student or incapable of self-care. The payment must be made to a care provider who is not: your spouse; someone you claim as a dependent; the child's parent; or your child under age 19. Typical eligible caregivers include: summer day camps (but not overnight camps); daycare, beforeschool or afterschool care providers; babysitters or nannies; housekeepers who also provide care for your dependent; and nursing, home-care or other providers who care for a disabled dependent. You must provide the taxpayer ID number (usually the Social Security number) of each qualifying dependent on your tax return. You also must report the name, address and taxpayer ID number (either the Social Security number or the tax ID number) of the provider. Employer-provided dependent care benefits could reduce your credit amount for example, company-provided daycare or money you contributed to a dependent care FSA. The maximum amount of expenses that qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit is $3,000 a year for one dependent and $6,000 for two or more. If your adjusted gross income is less than $15,000 you generally can claim a credit for 35 percent of eligible expenses. The percentage gradually decreases, the higher your income. It caps out for those earning more than $43,000, who can claim 20 percent. To learn more about the Child and Dependent Care Credit, see IRS Publication 503 and Chapter 32 of IRS Publication 17 at www.irs.gov. Bottom line: If you're paying someone to take care of your kids while you're at work, make sure you're taking advantage of the available tax savings. By Jason Alderman For many people, their biggest expenses in life are funding retirement, buying a home and paying for their children's college education or a portion of it, anyway. Setting aside money for these and other financial goals is difficult, especially when you're trying to save for them all simultaneously and from a young age. One of the more popular college savings vehicles is the 529 College Savings Plan. Every state and Washington, D.C. offers at least one 529 plan option, although most offer several. Key features include: You make contributions using after-tax dollars; their investment earnings grow tax-free. Withdrawals aren't taxed if they're used to pay for qualified higher-education expenses (e.g., tuition, room and board, fees, books, supplies and equipment). If you withdraw the money for non-qualified expenses, you'll have to pay income tax and a 10 percent penalty tax on the earnings portion of the withdrawal plus possible state penalties, depending on where you live. Many states that have a state income tax give accountholders a full or partial tax deduction for contributions made to their own state's plan. Three states (Indiana, Utah and Vermont) also offer tax credits for contributions. Contributions to other state's plans generally are not tax-deductible in your home state; however, five states do offer tax breaks for investing in any state's plan (Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Missouri and Pennsylvania). Each state's plan offers different investment options, both in investment style (age-based, risk-based, principal protection, managed or indexed funds, etc.) and in actual investment performance. You can choose anyone as beneficiary your child, other relative or friend. If the original beneficiary decides not to attend college or gets a scholarship, you can reallocate the account to another of his or her family members at any time. You can rollover funds to a different 529 plan or change investment strategies once a year. If you want to do more than one rollover within a 12-month period, you'll need to change the beneficiary in order to avoid taxes and penalties. (You can always change it back later.) Contributions up to $14,000 a year, per recipient, are exempt from gift taxes ($28,000 for married couples). You can also make a lump-sum contribution of up to $70,000 ($140,000/married couples) per beneficiary and then average the contribution over a five-year period without triggering the gift tax provided you make no other gifts to that beneficiary for the next five years. These plans are treated as an asset of the account owner (vs. the student) when calculating the expected family contribution toward college costs, so they have a comparatively low impact on financial aid eligibility. Most financial experts recommend looking first at your own state's plan to see what tax advantages, if any, are offered to residents. They may be significant enough to offset lower fees or better fund performance in other states' plans. Carefully examine the fee structure. Common fees include those for opening an account, annual maintenance, administration costs, and most importantly, sales commissions if you're buying from a brokerage which could be up to 5.75 percent of your contribution. Buying directly from the plan eliminates sales fees but puts the onus on you to research the best option for your needs. And finally, examine the investment performance of the funds, both when you enroll and periodically thereafter. Morningstar (www.morningstar.com), College Savings Plans Network (www.collegesavings.org) and FinAid (www.finaid.org) all have helpful comparison tools. Bottom line: The sooner you can start saving for college, the less your kids will have to rely on expensive loans. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press July 31 August 6, 2014 Make sure youre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the Homeowners HOPE Hotline. IF YOURE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises:1-855-515-8447 Employment Opportunity A new study from sociologists at Rice University and Cornell University found that African-Americans are 45 percent more likely than Whites to switch, due to foreclosure, from owning their homes to renting them. The study, Emerging Forms of Racial Inequality in Homeownership Exit, 1968-2009, examines racial inequality in transitions out of homeownership over the last four decades. The 1968 passage of the Fair Housing Act outlawed housing market discrimination based on race, said Gregory Sharp, a postdoctoral fellow in Rices Department of Sociology and the studys lead author. African-American homeowners who purchased their homes in the late 1960s or 1970s were no more or less likely to become renters than were White owners. However, emerging racial disparities over the next three decades resulted in Black owners who bought their homes in the 2000s being 50 percent more likely to lose their homeowner status than similar White owners. Deregulation, exotic loans Sharp said the deregulation of the mortgage markets in the 1980s when Congress removed interest rate caps on first-lien home mortgages and permitted banks to offer loans with variable interest rate schedules and subsequent emergence of the subprime market are likely reasons Blacks were at an elevated risk of losing their homeowner status. In 2000, African-Americans were more than twice as likely as Whites with similar incomes to sign subprime loans; among lower-income Blacks, more than half of home refinance loans were subprime. African-American homeowners heightened subprime rates were not only due to their relatively weaker socioeconomic position, but also because lenders specifically targeted minority neighborhoods, Sharp said. Other factors irrelevant Sharp noted that these inequalities in homeownership exit held even after adjusting for an extensive set of life-cycle traits, socioeconomic characteristics, characteristics of housing units and debt loads, as well as events that prompt giving up homeownership, such as going through a divorce or losing a job. The authors used longitudinal household data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics for the period 1968 to 2009, with a study sample of 6,994 non-Hispanic Whites and 3,158 Black homeowners. Sharp and his coauthor hope the research will prompt further analysis of additional factors that potentially contribute to racial disparities in homeownership exit, such as household wealth and residential location. The study will appear in the August edition of Social Problems and was coauthored by Matthew Hall, a demographer and assistant professor of public policy at Cornell University.Claim a Tax Credit for Summer Daycare ExpensesThe Ins and Outs of 529 College Savings PlansDeregulation, Subprime Loans Killed Black OwnershipIf you pay someone to care for your young child (or other qualifying dependents) so you can work or look for work you may be eligible for this tax credit worth up to 35 percent of those expenses.
Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 July 31 August 6, 2014 $50 minimum deposit to open a checking or savings account. Mobile Internet data and text message charges may apply. Please cont act your mobile service provider for details. Subject to Internet banking terms and conditions. Fifth Third Bank, Member FDIC. WE WERE CURIOUS, SHOULDNT YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT CHECK IN WITH YOU? Open a checking account with Fifth Third Instant Alerts and get all your account activity messaged right to your phone. Its mobile banking that puts you in the know faster and helps stop account fraud faster. Visit 53.com/alerts for more. by Tom Hays NEW YORK (AP) The widow of a New York City man who died this month in a videotaped confrontation with New York City police demanded justice on Saturday, saying the victim wasnt asking for trouble. Eric Garner was not a violent man not in any way, shape or form, said his widow, Esaw Garner, in what were described as her first public remarks about the death. He was a quiet man, but hes making a lot of noise now. She described getting a text from her 43-year-old husband a half hour before he died July 17 that read: Im good. The widow and other members of Garners family spoke at the Harlem headquarters of the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist. On Friday, Sharpton and the family met with federal prosecutors to ask them to bring a civil rights case against the New York Police Department officers who stopped Garner on Staten Island on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. A video shot by an onlooker shows Garner telling the officers to leave him alone and refusing to be handcuffed. One responded by appearing to put him in a chokehold, which is banned under police policy.Garner is heard gasping I cant breathe. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Autopsy results are pending. The NYPD is investigating, Staten Island prosecutors have launched a criminal probe, the officer was placed on desk duty and other public safety workers involved have been pulled from the street. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder also has said the Justice Department is closely monitoring the investigation intoGarners death. We want justice for my son. I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy, said Garners mother, Gwen Carr. Police also confirmed Saturday that another officer has been placed on restricted duty after an amateur video surfaced that appears to show him stomping on the head of a Brooklyn drug suspect during a recent arrest. The Garner family was joined Saturday by the fiance of Sean Bell, an unarmed man killed by NYPD officers in a 50-bullet barrage in 2006 on what would have been his wedding day. Three officers were cleared of manslaughter charges, but the city was forced to pay more than $7 million to settle a wrongful death claim. Sharpton told the audience hes planning to rally support for a federal probe by inviting activists from across the country to join in a march across the VerrazanoNarrows Bridge. A mourner places a candle at a memorial for Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while being arrested by ew York City police, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in ew York. Demonstrators gathered at a park Tuesday, near where police attempted to arrest Garner, 43, on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. Eric Garners Widow Asks for Civil Rights Investigation Against YPD after Husbands Death Continued from front problems their children were having. The most startling thing they admitted was that none of their children had been suspended," wrote Powell. Indeed, a 2005 report from Walter S. Gilliam, a professor of psychology at Yale University and the director of the school's Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, looked at preschool expulsions and found that black students were more often subjected to the harshest punishments. He found that black preschool students attending statefunded programs were more than five times more likely to be expelled than Asian-American children and two times as likely to be expelled than white and Latino children. At the time, Gilliam found varying factors which made teachers more likely to expel students. For example, the longer the preschool day, the more likely a teacher was to expel a child for behavior. "Expulsion is not a child behavior. It is an adult decision," Gilliam said, according to Education Week. On the bright side, at least some places are taking steps to potentially prevent disparate preschool suspensions. In D.C., a city council member recently introduced a piece of legislation that would ban preschool suspensions in most circumstances. D.C. is disproportionately suspending the kids who most need to be in a supportive, structured school environment, said Eduardo Ferrer of D.C. Lawyers for Youth, an organization that advocates for juvenile justice reforms. So, basically, schools are excluding kids who have experienced various levels of trauma instead of acting as a protective factor from trauma. The School-To-Prison Pipeline Can Start Even Before Kindergarten, Mother Points Out Hidden Colors 3, The Rules of Racism Screening Held at Al-Salaam MasjidAl-Salaam Masjid held a screening of the movie Hidden Colors 3, The Rules of Racism and discussed the films controversy, myths and truths. The Rules of Racism is the third installment of the critically acclaimed commentary series Hidden Colors 1 and 2. This installment of Hidden Colors tackles the taboo subject of systematic racism. The film explores how institutional racism effects all areas of human activity, and the rules, laws, and public policies that are utilized to maintain the system. Hidden Colors 3 features commentary from a diverse group of scholars, authors, and entertainment icons, which includes actor/rapper David Banner (The Butler), comedian Paul Mooney (The Chapelle Show), New York Times Bestselling author Tariq Nasheed, Civil Rights activist/comedian Dick Gregory, Hip-Hop legend Nas, and many more. Attendee Rhonda Silver stated, Hidden Colors is a great film. For blacks to be successful, we have to start patronizing black businesses. Pictured at the screening left to right are Iman Umar Sharif, Adilla Sharif, Reverend Ronnie Cohen and Annie Cohen. Rhonda Silver Photo Phi Beta Sigma Museum Opens in W D.C.by Courtney Jacobs The ribbon cutting ceremony for Phi Beta Sigmas Museum was one of several events planned for members and their guests to take part in during the 2014 Centennial Celebration. Members of sister sorority, Zeta Phi Beta, also attended the ribbon cutting. International President Jonathan A. Mason thanked his fellow brothers, during the ceremony and emphasized the museum, in the Kennedy Street corridor, was built for them. When the ribbon was cut, hundreds of people flooded into the new space in awe. This is a moment in history that I will never forget, Zeta Phi Beta member Tracy Washington said. Its so good to see that a brotherhood like this can stay strong for 100 years. I commend every single man that traveled here today, coming from close or far. They deserve it. The Sigmas are the first Black fraternity to open its own museum. Prior to the ceremony, a Centennial Collegiate Summit was held for the brothers and their Greek sisters Zeta Phi Beta Sorority to discuss various topics that affect the youth. One member said the summit gave him a new insight on his own life. This summit taught me that I need to implement my rituals in every aspect of fraternity life, and promote the principles and services of my brotherhood, John Phillips told the AFRO of his fraternity.
By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The two conflicting appeals court rulings last week on the legality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act one supporting it and the other rejecting the health law underscore the nexus between politics and the judiciary. All of the judges voting to uphold the ACA were appointed by Democrats. All of the judges voting to strike down the law were appointed by Republicans. Weve seen this scenario played out at the U.S. Supreme Court, with most controversial rulings decided on a 5-4 vote, with conservatives clinging to a one-vote margin. But the most important appointments might be those of federal appeals court judges, the last stop before a case reaches the Supreme Court. Approximately 10,000 cases are appealed to the Supreme Court each year. Of those, only 75-80 are accepted. Therefore, many important decisions are made in cases that never reach the Supreme Court. Separate appeals court rulings on a key provision of the Affordable Care Act on July 22 vividly illustrate the why looking are lower court judges is extremely important. At issue was whether the federal government could provide subsidies to lowand middle-income citizens in the form of tax credits to purchase insurance coverage on the insurance marketplace operated by federal authorities. A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said no, with two Republican judges voting against the subsidies and the lone Democrat voting to uphold the provision. In the majority were Thomas Griffith, appointed by George W. Bush, and Raymond Randolph, an appointee of H.W. Bush. Dissenting was Harry T. Edwards, a Jimmy Carter nominee. Hours later, a three-judge panel of 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, all appointed by Democrats, ruled that the Internal Revenue Service correctly interpreted the law when it issued regulations allowing health insurance tax credits for consumers in all 50 states. Judges Andre Davis and Stephanie Thacker were appointed by Obama and Roger Gregory was originally appointed Bill Clinton. Over the years, the 4th Circuit was considered a bastion of conservatism. With six appointments since he has been in office and a seventh pending President Obama has been able to flip the courts majority from Republican to Democratic appointees. This discussion of appeals court is not intended to minimize the importance of Supreme Court justices. In all likelihood, the next president will make one or two appointments that will determine whether the High Court continues to drift to the right or return to the center. Thats why its so important that African Americans again turn out in record numbers for the presidential election in 2016. This November should be a trial run for mobilizing the Black vote without Barack Obamas name appearing on the ballot Federal judges have lifetime appointments. And nyone who asserts that a judges politics doesnt impact his or her rulings is living in a make-believe world. In a study titled Ideological Voting on Federal Courts of Appeals: A Preliminary Investigation, published in the Virginia Law Review, the authors (Cass R. Sunstein, David Schkade, and Lisa Michelle Ellman) studied 4,400 legal opinions involving politically sensitive issues and discovered that appeals judges as they did recently in the case of the Affordable Care Act usually decide cases in keeping with the political philosophy of the president who appointed them to the bench. From 1980 through 2002, Republican appointees cast 267 total votes, with 127, or 48 percent, in favor of upholding an affirmative-action policy. By contrast, Democratic appointees cast 198 votes, with 147, or 74 percent, in favor of upholding an affirmativeaction policy. Here we find striking evidence of ideological voting, the study found. An analysis of George W. Bushs judicial appointments by Robert Carp, Kenneth Manning L. and Ronald Slidham discovered, Reagan found a good many conservatives on the bench when he took office. Thus he has had a major role in shaping the entire federal judiciary in his own conservative image for some time to come. But as bad as Reagan was, George W. Bush appointed judges who were even more conservative. Carp told reporters, Our findings are significant because the general consensus is that President Reagan is the most modern conservative president on record, and yet the judges appointed by George W. Bush are even more conservative than the Reagan judges. The Virginia Law Review article concluded: No reasonable person seriously doubts that ideology, understood as normative commitments of various sorts, helps to explain judicial votes. Presidents are entirely aware of this point, and their appointment decisions are undertaken with full appreciation of it. So when someone tells you that the political affiliation of the president appointing judges doesnt matter or when a president claims to be appointing judges who interpret the law and not legislate from the bench, dont believe them.George E. Curry, former editor-inchief of Emerge magazine, is editorin-chief of the ational ewspaper Publishers Association ews Service (PA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. 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Reggie Fullwood July 31 August 4, 2014 The Lynching of Eric GarnerBy Walter Fields It was one of the most difficult scenes in Spike Lees classic movie Do the Right Thing, the brutal strangulation of peace-loving Radio Raheem by New York City police in a Brooklyn pizza shop. That scene touched a raw nerve as it recalled the 1983 death of 25-year-old graffiti artist Michael Stewart, another choke-hold victim of the New York City Police Department. Now, we find ourselves enraged over the police killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island, which was captured on cell phone video as a police officer puts him in a choke hold, with the man pleading that he cant breathe. Garner was taken away unconscious and later pronounced dead. Another day in America. Let me be clear Eric Garner was lynched. He was brutally assaulted and choked to death by a police officer who, supposedly trained, abused his authority with deadly precision. It is not enough to state that the officer used deadly force because when it comes to Black males and police, there is a violent regularity that has persisted for decades. The manner in which Black men and boys are set upon by law enforcement is consistent with their marginalization in society and the degree to which they are a criminalized class. There is no benefit of the doubt, no reasonableness, no dialogue just force and upon the slightest protest on our part, violence and probable injury or death. We need to be clear and unambiguous about Eric Garners death in the larger context of the suppression of Black males. What is experienced by Black males on a daily basis is seldom the experience of White males, and cannot be fathomed by Whites in general. White mothers do not have to counsel their sons on their behavior should they encounter police or worry when their sons step out their door whether they will be a victim of police violence. Even in the most extreme situations when White males are the perpetrators of violent crime, police are in apprehend mode and not in pursuit with deadly intent. Eric Garner was lynched. He is the most recent case in a gigabyte file of such cases. I have yet to see the movie Fruitvale Station because I know how difficult it will be to see the reenactment of the killing of Oscar Grant. It cuts too close to home because I remember the killing of 15-year-old Phillip Pannell by a White Teaneck N.J. police office in 1990. The boy was shot in the back with his arms raised in surrender mode. The White police officer, Gary Spath, was acquitted by an all-White Bergen County jury. The acquittal came amidst a massive police march through the community in support of the officer. Thats the other piece of this ongoing horror show; the closing of the ranks of the blue fraternity and the perpetual denial on the part of law enforcement that these episodes are not the end result of racist intent. Eric Garner was a victim of racism. The New York City Police Department is not alone in perpetuating crimes against Black males or operating in a way to violate the civil liberties of Black people. The NYPD just happens to be the largest police force in the country and has perfected the art of police abuse. Last week, the federal government announced the monitoring of the Newark, N.J. police force, which for years residents lodged complaints against. Now, it has come to light that officers in New Jerseys largest city are even suspected of stealing personal property from residents they detain. In Chicago, the former city police commander, Jon Burge, presided over a department that regularly brutalized citizens and he himself was alleged to have engaged in violence. He was convicted in 2010 for lying about the torture of police suspects. NYPD Chief Bill Brattons order that all officers undergo training on the proper techniques to apprehend suspects is too little in light of the brutality of Garners death. For starters, every officer on the scene should be dismissed. If officers sworn to uphold the law can witness a citizen being choked to death and not intervene, they are not capable of fulfilling their legal duty to protect and serve. The video clip clearly shows a man who was not confrontational, who was attempting to defuse the situation and was trying to communicate with the officers. He is taken down by the officers and then thrown to the ground as an officer puts him in a deadly choke hold. Garner can be heard on the video pleading I cant breathe, but his physical condition was of little concern to the officers who were intent on demonstrating that they were the dominant force. Eric Garner was lynched. The Politics of Federal Judges Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree, said Martin Luther as far back as the 1500s. The German priest was essentially talking about doing what is right regardless of the circumstances, and community service is at the very essence of giving back to those in need. Approximately two years ago, I attended the Local Initiative Support Corp. (LISC) Jacksonville Dash Awards. Yes, I know what you are thinking sounds strange. Well, the Dash Awards are community service awards and, the dash simply refers to the space on a gravestone between the day you were born and the day you die. Poet Linda Ellis is the author of the now famous poem, The Dash. It is a poem that has become increasingly popular since she wrote it in 1996. Some peoples dash will be significant and others will have a dash that is filled with dreams deferred and unfortunate events. If you think about it the dash is a simple symbol with an extraordinary purpose. The LISC Jacksonville Dash awards were related to the organizations involvement in the federally funded AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is like a domestic version of the Peace Corp. AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage Americans in intensive service to meet the nations critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. So where am I going with all of this? I love politics and its role in our everyday lives, but I love community service even more. No one does it alone, said Oprah Winfrey. And I totally agree. That dash on our gravestone shouldnt be just about our professional and personal accomplishments. That dash should also include the things we did to help others. We should all be giving back to our communities in some way and thats why that dash is so powerful. In the poem, The Dash, Ellis writes, For that dash represents all the time That she spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved her Know what that little line is worth. For it matters not how much we own; The cars, the house, the cash, What matters is how we live and love And how we spend our dash. I know that I am always on this soapbox, but if we are truly going to turn communities and neighborhoods around we have got to get involved and give back. Community service is so important because it provides a way for everyone regardless of your background to make tangible differences in our city, state and nation. It is important that we all have an understanding of the challenges that lay outside of our cozy environments and work towards solutions to helping at-risk youth and individuals and families in need Martin Luther King, Jr. may have said it best when he said, Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And please no excuses. There ar e more nonprofits and communit y based programs that need volu n teers than I have the time or ink t o print. I cant tell you how or wher e to volunteer or give back, but I ca n tell you that all of us have neede d help at some point in our live s Why not return the favor? And if you are one of those peo ple that feels as though no one eve helped them along the way we l why not do for someone else wh a you feel wasnt done for you? So as you live your life and de a with the trials and tribulations think about the things you want t o be known for. We cannot tak e worldly possessions with us, b u we can take our name and our goo d deeds. Or as Ellis wrote in the last sta n za: So, when your eulogy is bein g read, with your lifes actions t o rehash. Would you be proud of th e things they say about how yo u spent your dash ? Signing off from a local nonpro f it, Reggie Fullwood Community Service is Critical: We Should all Give Back in Some Way
July 31 August 6, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 29 AUGUST 4, 2014CIAA, MEAC UNVEIL FOOTBALL PICKS; JCSU'S DANIELLE WILLIAMS LAUDEDMOVING AHEAD: At football confab, CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams outlined initiatives for the 2014 season.FINAL FOOTBALL PRELIMS LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said last Thursday as she kicked off the 2014 Preseason Football Media Day at the Durham Convention Center that the cancellation of last year's CIAA Football Championship Game was learned. "It reminded us," McWilliams said, "of what we should be focused on and what is most important to this conference, and that is the welfare and the experience of our student/athletes." Speaking prior to media interviews with coaches and players from each of the league's 12 teams, McWilliams said an ad hoc committee of the conference's Board of Directors, the league's presidents, decided that no further action would be taken against the institutions involved but also made changes to the conference's constitution so that "what happened last year will never happen again." "The bottom line," McWilliams said in also announcing conference initiatives to promote fair play, ethical conduct and sportsmanship, "is there is zero tolerance for behaviors that diminish the values and the mission of this great conference." Winston-Salem State in the South and Virginia State in the North, the two teams that were scheduled to meet in last year's championship game, were the preseason selections by the league's head coaches and sports information directors to repeat in their respective divisions. But things will be a little different, at least at WSSU. Former Defensive Coordinator Kienus Boulware has taken over the Rams' head coaching duties from Connell Maynor, who took the job as head coach at Hampton University of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Boulware inherits a team that has made three straight trips to the conference championship game and three straight NCAA Div. II playoff appearances. He also inherits what he termed in his on-stage interview as a "quarterback controversy" involving returning starter Rudy Johnson a All-American Phillip Sims a transfer who played at both the University Rams. "I would like to go back and erase that 'quarterback controversy' and call it a 'quarterback competition,'" Boulware explained in a one-on-one interview. "The problem would be if you only had one and that one got hurt. The rule of thumb an old guy told me once before is, 'if you have one, you have none. If you need one, get two.'" JCSU'S WILLIAMS TOP SCHOLAR ATHLETE: HAMPTON, VA The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's (CIAA) Danielle Williams of Johnson C. Smith has been named the women's Indoor and Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year in Division II for season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the association announced Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Considering accomplishments in the classroom and in competition during the recently completed academic year, a class of 422 women and 241 men earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. The CIAA received representation by 18 student-athletes. athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories. Williams, a May graduate with a business administration degree with a 3.89 cumulative GPA, swept both the indoor and outdoor track Scholar Athlete of the Year vidual national titles defending her outdoor track award from 2013. The native of St. Andrew, Jamaica, is the third woman to have won the track award for both seasons since door track award in two consecutive seasons. She won indoor national titles at both 60 and 200 meters and in the 60-meter hurdles, and claimed the 100 and 200 meters crowns at the outdoor championships. She was also just fractions of a second away from a 100-meter hurdles title. Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and lish a winner. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championship in either indoor or outdoor seasons.CHASE POWELL LEAVING WSSU: The leading receiver for Winston-Salem State last season, Chase Powell has announced that he will be leaving WSSU to join former Rams' head coach Connell Maynor at Hampton. Powell announced the change Monday night on his Instagram account. "God opened up a new chapter in my life," he wrote. "I committed to Hampton University." If the entry is true, Powell, who will be moving from Div. II to Div. I, will have to sit out this season per NCAA rules. the Rams earning all-Rookie honors as a receiver and kick returner. He averaged 12 yards per reception and also led Powell's loss is a big blow to the WSSU offense which returns all-conference quarterback Rudy Johnson and has added highly touted transfer quarterback Phillip Sims The Rams had already lost Tevyn Brantley who had used up his eligibility. Brantley led receivers with nine scoring catches last season.UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Danielle Williams NORFOLK, Va. Last year's co-champions, Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State, Howard quarterback Greg McGee Norfolk State linebacker Lynden Trail were projected as the top offensive and defensive performers Friday as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Media Day was held here. B-CU narrowly edged S.C. State in the voting by the league's head coaches and sports information directors for the top spot. North Carolina A&T was the third choice followed by Howard Delaware State and Norfolk State Hampton, North Carolina Central and Morgan rounded the voting. Florida A&M and Savannah State are not eligible for postseason competition because of low APR scores and were not included in the voting. Hampton ( Connell Maynor), N. C. Central ( Jerry Mack ) and Morgan State ( Lee Hull) will have new coaches on the sidelines this season. Gary Harrell returns to Howard after taking a one-year leave of absence. McGee, the defending Co-Player of the Year, led the MEAC in total offense last season the MEAC in passing yards with 198.2. McGee completed 59 percent of his passes last season (228-385) while compiling a 16 to 12 touchdown to interception ratio in 12 games. A true dual threat McGee ran for 896 yards, third best in the conference, with three rushing touchdowns. les last season on a Spartan defense that ranked defense in the conference. He recorded the secin the MEAC. He also registered 12.5 tackles for a loss, intercepted two passes, posted eight Bethune-Cookman, SC State lead 2014 MEAC football predictions CIAA looks to the future; Makes 2014 preseason football pickssaid Boulware of Sims. "He's shown us why he was rated the top quarterback in the country coming out of high school." The WSSU competition at signal-caller will be one of the main stories to watch in the 2014 season. WSSU placed seven players on the preseason all-CIAA squad to lead all teams. Fayetteville State under second-year coach Lawrence Kershaw was picked to be WSSU's chief challenger in the South followed by Shaw, Johnson C. Smith, Saint Augustine's and Livingstone. Virginia State, led by second-year head coach Latrell Scott, is riding four players on the preseason team. In the North, Elizabeth City State is the second choice followed by Bowie State, Chowan, Virginia Union and Lincoln. In addition to Boulware, Mark James of Virginia Union is the other new head coach in the conference. PRESEASON ALL-CIAA OFFENSE QB Rudy Johnson, Sr., W-S State RB Marquise Grizzle, Jr., Shaw RB Keith Brown, Sr., Bowie State OL Marcus Reed, Sr., Fayv. State OL Ronnie Ransome, Jr., Va. State OL Jahmil Haley, So., Va. State OL Michael Sabb, Sr., W-S State OL Justin Kee, Sr., W-S State TE Khari Lee, Sr., Bowie State WR Akeem Jordan, Sr. Lincoln WR Chase Powell, So., W-S State KR Antonio Huff, Jr., Eliz. City State PK Mario Diaz-Aviles, Sr. Bowie State DLAnthony McDaniel, Sr., Bowie State DL Jovantey Williams, Sr. JC Smith DL Ronald Lewis, Sr., Virgina State DL Casey Davenport, Sr., W-S State LB Kenneth White, Sr., Livingstone LB Brandon Robinson, Sr. Va. State LB Danny Bunn, Jr., W-S State DB Michael Johnson, Sr. Fayv. State DB Corey Davis, Sr., Eliz. City State DB Brion Robinson, Jr., Lincoln DB Everett Roctor, Sr., W-S State P Matias Lambrecht, So., JC Smith PR Antonio Huff, Jr., Eliz. City State 2014 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH 1. Winston-Salem State 2. Fayetteville State 3. Virginia State 4. Shaw 5. Elizabeth City State 6. Bowie State 7. Johnson C. Smith 8. Chowan 9. Saint Augustine's 10. Virginia Union 11. Livingstone 12. Lincoln SOUTHERN DIVISION 1. Winston-Salem State 2. Fayetteville State 3. Shaw 4. Johnson C. Smith 5. Saint Augustine's 6. Livingstone NORTHERN DIVISION 1. Virginia State 2. Elizabeth City State 3. Bowie State 4. Chowan 5. Virginia Union 6. LincolnRandy Singleton Photo nation with 0.42 forced fumbles per game. In January, Trail was named Black College All-American by SBN Sports. Additionally, performer last season. Listed below are the 2014 MEAC Preseason Predicted Order of Finish. The Preseason AllMEAC teams are at the beginning of the article:2014 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISHSCHOOL POINTS1. Bethune-Cookman 487 2. South Carolina State 457 3. North Carolina A&T 338 4. Howard 309 5. Delaware State 229 6. Norfolk State 225 7. Hampton 200 8. North Carolina Central 187 9. Morgan State 148 SETTING THE AGENDA: CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams addressed the conference's recent past, its present and future at the 2014 Preseason Football Media Day in Durham, N.C. Thursday.2014 FOOTBALL ALL-MEAC PRESEASON TEAMS FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB Greg McGhee, Sr., Howard; RB Tarik Cohen, So., NC A&T; Anthony Philyaw, So., Howard; WR Milton Williams III, Sr., DelState; Desmond Lawrence, Sr., NC A&T; TE Kris Drummond, Sr., Savannah State; C Andrew Edouard, Sr., BCookman; OL Domanic Wilson, r-Sr., SC State; Willie Robinson, r-Sr., NC A&T; Darren Pinnock, Sr., Morgan State; Devin Flowers, r-Sr., SC State; Toree Boyd, So., Howard DEFENSE DL LeBrandon Richardson, Jr., B-Cookman; Miles Grooms, Jr., Hampton; Alex Glover, Jr., SC State; Andrew Carter, Sr., SC State; Lynden Trail, r-Sr., Norfolk State; D'Vonte Grant, Gr., NC A&T; Tavarus Dantzler, Sr., B-Cookman; DB Darrin Marrow, r-Sr., Norfolk State; Cameron Alston, r-Sr.Howard; Mike Jones, Sr., NC Central; Marquis Drayton, Jr., B-Cookman ; P Lawrence Forbes, r-So., Morgan State; PK Anthony Provost, r-So., Hampton; RS Adrian Wilkins, r-Jr., NC Central SECOND TEAM QB Quentin Williams, r-Sr., B-Cookman; RB Lamont Brown III, r-So., Morgan State; Justin Taylor, r-Jr., SC State; WR Joseph Cervalo, r-Sr., DelState; Tomas Martin, r-So., Morgan State; TE James Lynch, r-Jr., Norfolk State; TE Temarrick Hemingway, r-Jr., SC State; C Ronald Canty, r-Sr., NC A&T; John Smith, r-Jr.,Howard, Jerron Searles, Jr., DelState; Keonte Cash, So., Florida A&M; Justin Myler, r-Sr., Norfolk State; Chris Pressley, Sr., NC Central DEFENSE DL Rodney Gunter, Sr., DelState; Damon Gresham-Chisholm, Jr., Howard; Ronnie Barrow, Sr., B-Cookman; Demarco Bisbee, r-Jr., Morgan State; Javon Hargrave, r-Jr., SC State; LB Joshua Thorne, Jr., Hampton; Cody Acker, Sr., Morgan State; Marquis Smith, So., Savannah State; DB Khambrel McGee, Sr., Hampton, Devonte Johnson, Sr., Florida A&M; Tony McRae, Fr., NC A&T; Patrick Aiken, r-So., Florida A&M; Keenan Lambert, r-Sr., Norfolk State; P Christian Faber-Kinney, r-So., Hampton; PK Chase Vanadore, Sr., Florida A&M; RS Tony McRae, Jr., NC A&T THIRD TEAM QB Damien Fleming, Sr., Florida A&M; RB Jorrian Washington, r-Sr., Hampton; Dae-Hon Cheung, Sr., Delaware State; WR Dennis Rowe, r-Sr., SC State WR Jhomo Gordon, Sr., B-Cookman; TENathan Scruggs, r-Jr., NC Central, Nate Ingram, Grad., Howard; C Erick Dickerson, r-So., SC State; OL Mike Phillips, Jr.,Norfolk State; Clevonne Davis, Jr., NC Central; Afolabi Ayangbayi, So., Savannah State; Ryan Templeton, Sr., Florida A&M DEFENSE DL Michael Neal, Jr., NC A&T; Daniel Pinnix, Jr., NC A&T; Deon King, Jr., Norfolk State; George Riddick, Sr., Norfolk State; LB Justin Hughes, Jr., SC State; Marcell Coke, Sr., Norfolk State; Justin Dixon, Jr., Savannah State; DB Ronald Robinson, Sr., Delaware State; Julien David, Sr., Howard; Ryan Smith, r-So., NC Central; Greg Brown, So., Savannah State; DeShaun Summers, Jr., Morgan State; P Domnic Frescura, So., NC A&T; PK Cody Jones, So., NC A&T Norfolk State LB Lynden TrailHoward QB Greg McGee JohnsonBoulwareSims Johnson is a known commodity having led WSSU to a 10-win season, the conference title game while throwing for 2,401 yards and 25 TDs in his table. 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Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press July 31 August 6, 2014 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com. Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Pastor Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM Sunday 2 PM 3 PM **FREE TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M. Walk in My Shoes Communitywide Shoe DriveWalk in my Shoes is a Communitywide Shoe Drive to collect 3,000 Bags of gently worn shoes for needy families. You or your organization can help by collecting at least one plastic bag containing 25 pairs of gently worn shoes per bag. All sizes, styles and color shoes for men, women, boys, girls will benefit the Adolescents Choosing Excellence Youth Programs. The Shoe Drive is July 1st to September 1st. For more information and bag pick-up call the Women of Color Cultural Foundation at 683-1757 or email email@example.com.JLOC Call to the CommunityThe Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc. (JLOC, MMM Inc.), a non-profit local organization is soliciting donation of your excess clothes, shoes, jackets and school supplies. Bring them to 916 N. Myrtle Avenue, between Kings Road and Beaver Street Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement visit www.jacksonvilleloc.org or call 240-9133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church 28th Pastors Anniversary CelebrationThe St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating their 28th Anniversary of their beloved Pastor, Ernie L. Murray, Sr., on Sunday, August 10th. The celebration will kick-off with an 8 a.m. worship service. Pastor Clifford Johnson will bring the spoken word, his choir and ushers from the Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church. At 10:45 a.m. worship, Reverend Ernie L. Murray, Jr., of Aiken, South Carolina will bring the spoken word. The public is invited to share in the celebration. St. Thomas is located at 5863 Moncrief Rd. For more information call the church office at 768-8800.Changing Lives Prayer Line Prayer ConferenceChanging Lives Prayer Line is inviting the community to their 3rd Annual Prayer Conference, Saturday, August 2, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at King Solomon United Baptist Church, 2240 Forest Street. Guest Speaker is Pastor Linda Simpson of Healing, Deliverance, Perfecting the Saints Outreach International Ministries. For more information visit www.changinglivesprayerline.com or call 703-593-1465 or email email@example.com Fellowship Churches of God, Inc. 18th Holy Convocation The National Fellowship Churches of God, Inc. is personally inviting the community to join them as they gather at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 620 Wells Road, Orange Park as they host their 18th Annual Holy Convocation. The theme is: Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, August 5th, Opening Session at 7 p.m. and United Intercessory Prayer and Call to Worship 7:30 p.m. ; Wednesday, August 6th, at 9 a.m. is the Give Us This Day.. Our Daily Bread Prayer and Bible Lesson led by the Presiding Prelate, 11:30 a.m. NFCOG Annual Members Only Business Meeting, 7 p.m. United Intercessory Prayer at 7:30 p.m. the Call to Worship.; Thursday, August 7th, 2014 Services 9:00 a.m. Give Us This DayOUR DAILY BREAD Prayer and Bible Lesson by our Presiding Prelate, 11:00 a.m. NFCOG Bible Institute Baccalaureate Service, Bishop Forrrest R. Nance, Jr., B.A., is the Key Note Speaker, 7 p.m. United Intercessory Prayer and the 7:30 p.m. Call to Worship; Friday, August 8, at 6 p.m. is the Official Service with United Intercessory Prayer and Call to worship at 6:30 p.m. Ivan Grant, Jr. is the Pastor of New Beginning Family (NFCOG General Assembly), 5000 US Highway 17, Ste 18-116. Reminder: Summer Camp for ages 5 17 begins Friday, August 1st through Tuesday, August 5th. Participants will experience cottage lodging, a full range of group activities, meals and more! For more information on all activities call 215-3433 or visit www.nfcog.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Southside Church Of God in Christ 12th Annual Holy Convocation The Florida Central Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Bishop Edward Robinson, Sr., Jurisdictional Prelate and Mother Mildred L. Eason, Jurisdictional Supervisor Of Women presents their 12th Annual Holy Convocation, August 12th to August 15th The theme is: We are Called to Minister and Witness to a Deeply Distressed and Troubled World, Acts 26: 15-18. Schedule of events include the Holy Communion Celebration, Tuesday, August 12th at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, August 13th, Mother Mildred Eason, Supervisor in Charge will host the Womens Day and Women In Ministry celebration; Thursday, August 14th, workshops begin at 9:30 a.m. Topics include, At His Feet Ministry, Restoring the Altar and the Altar Worker, Discernment, Spiritual Warfare. The same night enjoy worship service at 7:30 p.m. Workshop facilitator and worship service speaker is Evangelist Beverley Vaughn, of New Haven, CT., founder of At His Feet Ministry. The Convocation Official Night is Friday, August 15th at 7:30 p.m., Bishop Edward Robinson, Sr., Jurisdictional Prelate will be the speaker. The location is Southside Church Of God In Christ, 2179 Emerson Street. For more information call the church at 398-1625 or visit www.southsidecogic.com. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service Miracle at Midday 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus Beverly Vaughn Bishop Robinson African American churches nationwide are turning to an innovative training program to equip their congregations with the skills to recognize mental illness and respond to mental health emergencies. The program, Mental Health First Aid, helps people assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help. The faith community has always felt a calling to help people, but has not always had the tools to assist people struggling with conditions like depression, says Jermine Alberty, Mental Health First Aid Training Director for National Council for Behavioral Health. Shortly after our first training, we realized that this was a resource the faith community had been missing. Alberty says Mental Health First Aid gives compassionate people the practical skills to complement their spiritual gifts. Many times people of faith respond to someone with mental illness by saying Im praying about it, but now they can do something about it, he says. I compare it to seeing a child get hit by a car. You pray, but you also call 911. While the program has been offered to a wide spectrum of people in the faith community, some instructors see the training as particularly beneficial to clergy. Pastors know how to work with couples to save a marriage or deal with issues of faith, but they usually get very little training about mental health problems, says Rita McElhany, a certified instructor and mental health promotions coordinator at Missouri Department of Mental Health, which disseminates the program along with the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program, which uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help. The training also addresses the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. African Americans in the U.S. are less likely to receive diagnoses and treatments for their mental illnesses than Caucasian Americans, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Culture biases against mental health professionals and health care professionals in general prevent many African Americans from accessing care due to prior experiences with historical misdiagnoses, inadequate treatment, and a lack of cultural understanding. For more information about Mental Health First Aid, go to www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. Black Churches Offer First Aid for Mental Health Nationwide OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-8611 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com Born Again? Reallyby James Washington From time to time, I rethink or feel a little dj vu regarding the subject of born again, particularly my own. I am reminded at times about how that phrase gets associated with everything but its biblical intent. It is my opinion and referencing my personal history that I suggest to you that I could not and certainly not willingly, fit into the category of a born again Christian. At the time I could not subscribe to what my definition of that meant. Today, a born again Christian is an enigma more closely associated with a holier-than-thou religious zealot with a rather conservative political agenda, as opposed to simply a true believer (my term).Then something happened on the way to the ranch and yep, I got saved. Then I began to understand those things about faith that would indicate a new me. Now, I can easily profess a clearer understanding of this born again thing. Quite to my surprise, born again defines me pretty well, biblically speaking that is. Jesus answered, I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh but spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying you must be born again. John 3:5-7. Rather than think born again is some kind of right wing conservative political movement, this passage lets us know that being born again relates to an awakening in each and every one of us to the real presence of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives. It just makes sense to me because you do begin see yourself as a new creature operating with a new lease on life (and it is a lease). I defy anyone who comes this way not to see life itself from a new, renewed perspective. My bible explains it to me this way. This imperishable seed, the seed of the Word of God, planted and accepted in a persons soul, is eternal because Gods Word is eternal. By becoming good soil, by being spiritually involved in the whole process of your own salvation, a new eternal life is born. Therefore, the life you live, once youve acknowledged your faith, is a new life given in the service of the Almighty, hence born again. Personally, my rebirth has been and continues to be, remarkable if, to nobody else but me. I know I have a long ways to go. But I know Im travelling these days in the right direction, one foot in front of the other; blessed in the knowledge of the truth, free in the hope of the same for you. May God bless and keep you always, James
Charity Johnson, the 34-year-old woman that was caught pretending to be a 15-year-old high school student, has been sentenced to just 85 days in jail and ordered to pay a $215 fine. She, however, has already been released because of time already served. She had already plead guilty to failure to identify herself after she attended New Life Christian School as a student for almost a full school year before administrators found out what her real age was. During a recent interview with KTRK-TV, she said, I guess you could say I was looking for love. She continued, Im just a normal person like any other normal person, trying to pursue her education, get her education and make it through life and be a better person. She says her family had abandoned her, and that by acting like a child, people paid attention to her and loved her in ways they would not have if they knew her real age. She added, Im not the person that everybody, that some people have portrayed me to be such a bad person or a monster person. Im just a regular person that was trying to do something better with her life. So why was her sentencing so light? Well, investigators say that Johnson did not commit a serious crime nor did she pose any real danger with any of the high school children. Also, investigators say she got good grades and was a model student. Even the family that took her in (when they thought she was a homeless teenager), say that as much as the lies hurt them, they are not going to abandon her and will try to get her the help she needs. July 31 August 6, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. 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After years of combing over it and feeling it change, it began to bleed in January. "That's when I finally said I need to get a doctor to see this," says Carr. Her primary physician sent her to an oncologist. "We always see this happen in the African-American community," Dr. Pariser said. "There is this myth that they can't get skin cancer. The danger is that we catch their skin cancer later when it's more dangerous and even more lethal," he said. The Centers for Disease Control state that the average AfricanAmerican pigmentation contains an equivalent of 13.4 SPF. Caucasian skin has 3.4 SPF. Dr. Pariser says that if an African-American has noticed that their skin stays irritated in a certain spot and won't heal, or has a spot that seems to change over time, they must get it checked out. He diagnosed Carr with squamous cancer cells. The cancer on the side of her face was getting deeper way from her nerves. "A little longer of a wait and I would have needed radiation. God is good. He showed me the way," says Carr. The website skincancer.org, advises that you should always use sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 15. Also, the label should say that it has UVA protection. Unlike the squamous cell carcinomas that most Caucasians develop, those occurring in people of African descent due to scarring or chronic inflammation can be aggressive, and have a higher tendency to lead to metastasis and death. One reason for this is, again, later detection and treatment. You're advised to be examined by a dermatologist if you find any new lesion that bleeds, oozes or crusts, doesnt heal, or lasts longer than a month. More information can be found on skincancer.org Be on the Lookout for Skin Changes, African-Americans Can Get Skin Cancer Among African Americans, melanomas occur mainly on body sites that are not pigmented, such as the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and the skin beneath the nails. Other sites at which melanomas occur relatively often in African Americans are the mucous membranes of the mouth, nasal passages, and genitals. By Danielle Cadet Oftentimes, when we discuss fatherhood we assume that African-American men aren't part of that conversation, largely because a number of studies and reports have repeatedly told us that black fathers are overwhelmingly absent from their children's lives. However, while these numbers are nothing to ignore, they contribute to a damaging narrative about black men and negate the achievements of the number of black men who play an active role in their children's lives. In honor of Father's Day, here are five lies we should stop telling about black fatherhood. 1)Black Fathers Aren't Involved In Their Children's Lives Recent data published by the Center for Disease Control reveal that African-American fathers spend more time in their children's day-to-day lives than dads from other racial groups, defying stereotypes about black fatherhood. The Pew Research Center has found similar evidence that black dads don't differ from white dads in any significant way, and that there isn't the expected disparity found in so many other reports. Although black fathers are more likely to live in separate households, Pew estimates that 67 percent of black dads who dont live with their kids see them at least once a month, compared to 59 percent of white dads and just 32 percent of Hispanic dads. 2) The Increasing umber of Single-Parent Homes Is Exclusively A Black Problem The increase in number of single-parent homes has repeatedly been painted as a problem exclusively rooted in the black community. However, that fact couldn't be further from the truth. The number of single-parent American households has tripled in number since 1960, and while an overwhelming majority of these households are likely to be led by black or Hispanic women, the number of black, single-father households is also on the rise. 3) The umber Of Un-wed Mothers Is a Statement on Morality In The Black Community According to a 2010 study, 72 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers, a sharp contrast to the 24 percent detailed in the 1965 Moynihan Report. Some have taken this number and cited it as a contributing factor to a large portion of black America's present-day plight. However, many have taken issue with how this statistic has been used with respect to the black community's moral standing. In an article for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates broke down the numbers in an effort to give a more accurate depiction... But while the number of unmarried black women has substantially grown, the actual birthrate (measured by births per 1000) for black women is it the lowest point that its ever documented. So while a larger number of black women are choosing not to marry, many of those women are also choosing not to bring kids into the world. But there is something else. As you can see the drop in the birthrate for unmarried black women is mirrored by an even steeper drop among married black women. Indeed, whereas at one point married black women were having more kids than married white women, they are now having less. I point this out to show that the idea that the idea that, somehow, the black community has fallen into a morass of cultural pathology is convenient nostalgia. There is nothing "immoral" or "pathological" about deciding not to marry. 4) Men Who Didn't Have Fathers Won't Make Good Fathers There's no disputing the effect fatherlessness has on children's lives. Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor, and being raised without a father raises the risk of teen pregnancy, marrying with less than a high school degree, and forming a marriage where both partners have less than a high school degree. However, men who didn't grow up with their fathers are not incapable of being good fathers themselves -an assumption disproportionately assigned to black men who are more likely to be raised by single mothers. 5) Black Fathers Are An Anomaly Black fathers do exist, a message that entrepreneur William K. Middlebrooks hopes to spread with his book "Dare To Be Extraordinary: A Collection of Positive Life Lessons from African American Fathers." Part chapter-memoir, part call-to-action and part inspiration, the book recognizes and honors the wisdom and teachings of AfricanAmerican fathers passed down to sons and daughters. Among them: Cultural icon and entrepreneur Russell Simmons, NBA veteran Allan Houston, ABC News broadcaster Robin Roberts and the authors themselves. 5 Lies We Should Stop Telling About Black Fatherhood Shown above is the arrest photo of Charity Johnson and how she appeared in school34 Year Old Sentenced to 85 Days in Jail for Impersonating a 13 Year Old Girl
Senior Prom Hollywood ightsOn August 1st at 6 p.m. put on your dancing shoes and join the City of Jacksonville in celebrating more than 30 years of the Senior Prom! Enjoy a sit down dinner entertainment, dancing and door prizes. For more information call 630-7392 or email or visit email@example.com.Ritz Jazz Jamm Calendar of Events!Dont miss Jazz Jamm at the Ritz Theater! Tickets on sale now for the following performances: August 2nd its saxophonist and flute player Jackiem Joyner. For more information access www.ritzjacksonville.com or call 632-5555. The Ritz is located at 829 N Davis St.ew Town Back-toSchool EventThe New Town Success Zone is holding their 6th annual back-toschool event Saturday, August 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AdamsJenkins Sports and Music Complex on the Edward Waters College campus, 1859 Kings Rd. For more information contact Dee Registre, Coordinator of Public Relations, Edward Waters College at 4708050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Community We Care DayThe Modern Free and Accepted Masons of the World, Inc., Tombs of Solomon Grand Lodge #63 and the Bright Morning Star Grand Chapter #64 will present its annual pre-K to 12th grade school Community We Care Day supply give-a-way, Saturday, August 2nd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location is the Alston Lloyd Spencer Masonic Temple, 2802 Pearl St. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy refreshments, games and prizes! For more information call Sister Linnie Finley Chairperson at 757-4317. Painting the PawPrints Join the JAX Chambers Downtown Council for the annual Painting the PawPrints on Bay Street, Saturday, August 2nd, 8 to 11 a.m. Enjoy a party and prizes! For more information contact Matt Galnor at 366-6614 or email email@example.com.Maxwell Summer Soulstice TourRetro and Neo soul artist Maxwells Summer Soulstice Tour is scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Concert location is the Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. For more information call 6336110 or visit www.musze.com. DCPS Community MeetingSuperintendent Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti along with Duval County School Board members will host a Quality Education for All (QEA) initiative community meeting Monday, August 4th at 6 p.m. at Ribault High School, 3701 Winton Dr. For more information visit hwww.jaxpef.org or call 356-7757.DCDBC Monthly MeetingThe Duval County Democratic Black Caucus monthly meeting will be held, Tuesday, August 5th at Highlands Library, 1826 Dunn Avenue. Come add your talents and support to the DCDBC common goal to increase your voice and influence in the political process. For more information call 714-0089 or visit www.dbcflorida.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Clara White Mission Cocktails for a Cause Join the Clara White Mission for Cocktails for a Cause, Friday, August 8th, 5 7 p.m. hosted by The Young Executive Society (YES) at the University Club, 1301 Riverplace Blvd. 27th Floor. Enjoy a great evening over looking Jacksonville while helping Clara White Mission in their efforts to end hunger and homelessness through job training and job placement. For more information call 354-4162. St. Vincents Brighter Beginning Health FairSt. Vincents Brighter Beginnings and the Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities Health Fair will take place at Edward Waters College, 1401 Grunthal St., Saturday, August 9th, 1 3 p.m. Gain information on mother and baby nutrition, parenting skills, newborn care, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, breastfeeding and social life issues. For more information call Willie Roberts at 308-7558. P.R.I.D.E. August Bookclub MeetingThe next People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment book club meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 9th at 3 p.m. and will be hosted by Debra Lewis, 2416 Christi Lake Ct. For more details call 693-9859. The book for discussion is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.JLOC and MMM Back to School Give-A-WayThe JLOC and MMM Inc. presents School Age Youth Back To School Free Clothes Give-A-Way, Saturday, August 9th, 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The location is 916 N. Myrtle Avenue. Come out and get your school clothes for the year, relax and enjoy the festivities! Support the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee, Millions More Movement Inc.(JLOC,MMM Inc.) as they work to end violence through a good, quality education, and not more incarcerations. For more information visit www.jacksonvilleloc.org or call 240-9133 or email email@example.com.Eat Up Downtown Eat Up Downtown is when local eateries collaborate to bring delectable meals at even more mouthwatering prices. Each restaurant has created an exclusive three-course menu that will leave your stomach and wallet full but begging for more! The eating will take place August 11th to August 24th, 6 to 11 p.m. For more details visit www.eatupdowntown.com or call 634-0303.Empowerment Resources CelebrationEmpowerment Resources, Inc. presents the "Give 10" mixer, an exciting evening of networking, drinks and complimentary appetizers. The event will take place Thursday, August 14th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Havana Jax, 2578 Atlantic Blvd. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Elexia at 813-8737 or visit www.empowermentresourcesinc.org.Eastside Love Vendor FairThe Eastside community will receive a whole lot of love Saturday, August 16th at the Eastside Love Arts and Vendors Market from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Park, 1096 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Local business owners and area non-profits, artists and performers will come together to expose their various talents, products and services. For more information call 610-7103.Riverside Arts Market Back to School BashThe Riverside Arts Market Backto-School Bash is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th. The BacktoSchool-Bash will feature food, vendors and entertainment. RAM is located under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge. For more details call Heather Bailey at 3892449 or visit www.riversideartsmarket.comAnnieRuths Volunteer Appreciation The AnnieRuth Foundation volunteer appreciation celebration takes place, Saturday, August 16 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. AnnieRuth is saying thank you to Jax volunteers for helping to make a positive impact in Jacksonville communities. For more details call DeAndrous A. Wilcox, Executive Director AnnieRuth Foundation, Inc. at 2007202 or visit www.annieruthfoundation.orgRestoring your Rights MeetingState Representative Mia Jones and the D.W. Perkins Bar Association Inc. and Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. invites the community to Project R: "Restoring Your Civil Rights" on Thursday, August 21st at 6:15pm. at the Wells Fargo Springfield Community Center, 1601 N. Main St. 2nd Flr. The subject of sealing and expunging records will be discussed as attorneys and others will be available to assist individuals. For more info call 924-1615.Jax Sister Cities Association Mandela Celebration EventThe City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association (JSCA) will celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela by sponsoring a fundraising banquet in support of health programs for the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in South Africa,. South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will be the keynote speaker Thursday, August 21st 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel. For further information visit www.jsca.org or call Betzy Santiago at 630-4710.Seniors Citizens Strut The RunwayOn Saturday, August 23rd come watch as senior citizens strut on the runway with senior citizen models from Jacksonville and Atlanta as they model in the first annual Senior On The Runway Fashion Show at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Seniors ranging from ages 55-89 will entertain the audience with the finest clothes, shoes, and accessories that money can buy! 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Rooted in History Rooted in HistoryR e u n i o n r i c h s u m m e r m o n t h s a r e t h e p e r f e c t t i m e t o u n e a r t h y o u r f a m i l y t r e e Have you ever wondered if you were related to someone famous? Did you grow up hearing stories about a distant relative and wonder if they were true? Or are you curious about what part of the world your family really came from? If so, you're not alone. Millions of people are asking the same questions and trying to find the answers.A success story Amanda Bloom, of Huntington Beach, Calif., heard a family mystery story from her mother that she just had to solve. Amanda's grandfather served in World War II. While he was gone, his first wife placed their son and two daughters in an orphanage. Amanda's mother, born from a second marriage, didn't find out about these siblings until she was a teenager and had always wondered what had become of them. As a present for her mother's 60th birthday, Amanda began the search to find them. She started by joining Ancestry.com, the largest online source of family history information. She was able to learn some research techniques and started searching records in the 26,000 databases of information. "I obtained copies of my grandfather's naval records, confirming his children's birth names and birth dates," she said. She then found birth and death records on the site and used census records to learn more about the family. This information led her to a long-lost living relative. "I made my mother's lifelong dream of knowing her siblings come true," said Amanda. "I found her brother living in the Midwest. I was a little apprehensive to contact him, but when I did, it was one big cry fest!" He told Amanda that she had filled a void that had been with him his entire life. He was only six-years old when the family was split up, and had spent his life wondering what had happened to his sisters. Together, they later found his sisters and have all since met and grown very close. What's your story?So what secrets are waiting to be discovered about the people who made you who you are today? "Our roots influence us in ways we can't even imagine," said Loretto Szucs, a genealogist at Ancestry.com. "Studying your family history actually lets you discover more about yourself." With online databases and research tools, it's easier than ever to start putting the pages of your family story together, preserving your heritage and passing it on to future generations.Create a family tree.You can easily create a family tree online with what you already know. Begin with yourself and add your parents and grandparents. Record each person's name, birthplace, birth date, death place and death date. If you don't know the exact information, take your best guess vague clues can lead to amazing finds. Family members may be able to help as well. Search historical records.Online historical records are full of clues that connect individuals and events in your family history. From military records to census records to old newspaper archives, there's an entire host of resources available when researching your family tree.Preserve your own family treasures.Besides online content, what family treasures are hidden in your shoebox, your attic, even your garage? Look for family Bibles, photographs, diaries, letters and most importantly birth, marriage and death certificates. Scan these items and add them to your family tree helping to preserve them for future generations. Older relatives, in particular, can often provide a wealth of information, stories, pictures and other family heirlooms.Collaborate with a community.Search other peoples' family trees and communicate with them through online message boards or other social networks. You can share information, ask questions, receive help and add new and surprising details to your family story.Share your discoveries.Share the excitement by inviting family members and friends to view your tree. Then encourage them to add old photos, stories or historical records to help your tree grow even more. We're all reflections of the ancestors who came before us from our natural talents to the places we live and traditions we honor. Understanding our ancestors truly helps us understand ourselves. For more on how to discover your family's story, visit www.Ancestry.com. Does Your family have a historian? Why not you! Take the summer months to learn from your elders. Also family reunions are fantastic opportunities to document collective stories of our family history. Branching Out: Getting the Kids InvolvedInvolving children in your genealogy research is a great family project. Some activities include: -Let them play detective by helping you find old photographs or mementos in the attic or basement. -Challenge computer-savvy kids to use their skills to help research online resources for more family clues. -Ask children to interview a grandparent with questions such as what they did for a living, memories of favorite relatives or what they did for fun when they were their age. Family history research is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in America. In fact, nearly 80 percent of Americans are interested in or are actively researching their family history. And getting started is easy. With the help of the Internet, you can be started in minutes: By using a family history research site such as Ancestry.com, in just five to 10 minutes you can begin your family tree, upload photos and start uncovering hints that can link you to clues in resources such as census and military records. -In one to two hours, you can complete a three-generation family tree, create a book using your online family tree, and print and frame a set of family photos and records from the site. -In just one weekend, you can create a full memorial page for a loved one. D i g g i n g U p I n f o r m a t i o nThere's a wealth of data available online, but you need to know where to look. According to Szucs, records such as these are constantly updated with new information. Census records can tell you where your ancestors lived, where they were born, what their occupation was, names of family members and other clues -ewspaper collections carry birth, marriage and death notices, all of which provide valuable family information. You may also find your ancestor's name mentioned in legal or social notices, articles or advertisements. -Military records also hold important clues. You can search for your family military heroes in records from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. Draft registration cards hold personal statistics such as height, weight, and eye color. Service records tell you what unit your relative served in, and whether they were injured or received commendations.Part of the joy of tracing your family roots is customizing and sharing the information with others. Create a digital photo book that tells your family story in an easily assessable way. Genealogy Study is a a Growing Trend July 31 August 6, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 9 Locally you can explore your roots by joining the Jacksonville Genealogical Society. They will hold their regular meetings 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the third Saturday of each month at the Webb-Wesconnett Branch Library, 6887 103rd Street. Their next meeting will be September 20, 2014 with speaker Marcia Fleming Pertuz on the topic The Mother Who Never Stopped Searching: An Orphan Train Story. In 1897, when they were young children, Marcia s grandfather and his brother were put on the Orphan Train by the New England Home for Little Wanderers in Boston and sent to Indiana to live with new families. Their mother, who had been abandoned by her husband, had left them in the Home temporarily. She never gave permission for them to be placed out. But when she returned for her sons, they were gone. Come learn some of the history of the Orphan Train movement in the US, and hear the how Marcia solved the mystery of why her grandfather was in an orphanage in 1900, and went on to discover the story of how a mother found her missing sons.For the love of Black history Focusing on Black History in particular is ASALH. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc., meets monthly and holds activities. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the Jacksonville Genealogical Society
Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press July 31 August 6, 2014 Weekly ad in hand. Coupons in pocket. BOGO-vision on. Its time to save.publix.com/save LAS VEGAS Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling AfricanAmerican turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that make it harder for that community to vote in subsequent contests. In 2012, blacks turned out at a higher rate than whites for what is believed to be the first time in American history and helped reelect President Obama. But in the prior midterm election, in 2010, blacks turned out at a much lower rate, and Republicans won control of the House of Representatives and many state and local offices. Jotaka Eaddy, the NAACP's voting rights director, told a panel on black turnout and voter suppression that "as a result we saw a wave of voter-suppression laws." Eaddy said 22 states passed laws stiffening requirements on the identification needed to vote, a move that disproportionately affects poor and minority voters. Added the Rev. William Barber, an NAACP board member: "We're in a position to have 2010 all over again unless we do something about it." Polls have shown that Democrats, including black voters, are far less enthusiastic about the coming midterm elections than Republicans, who could win control of the U.S. Senate. President Obama has said that Democrats have to learn to mobilize voters in non-presidential elections. One way blacks have been motivated is by warnings of Republican attempts to limit their ability to vote. Republicans say they are only trying to stamp out voter fraud, but Democrats have highlighted the efforts to mobilize black voters. That effort continued Tuesday as speakers noted that the upcoming election will occur as the Voting Rights Act has, in their view, been gutted by a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said in an interview that because turnout generally drops among all groups in midterm elections, each vote has an even bigger impact -making voter protections more critical. "Off-year elections only emphasize the degree to which we need a full and robust Voting Rights Act," Brooks said. William Barber, left, speaks during a panel discussion on black turnout for midterm elections and voter suppression during the AACP annual convention Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Las Vegas. AACPConcerned About Low Turnout in ovember Drug Offenders Receive Retroactive Sentence Reductions WASHINGTON (NNPA) In a major move last week, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to moderate federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses, and apply the guidelines retroactively. Consequently, more than 46,000 currently incarcerated drug offenders 73 percent of whom are Black or Latino will now be eligible for a reduction in their sentences. This amendment [to the guidelines] received unanimous support from Commissioners because it is a measured approach, said Judge Patti B. Saris, chair of the commission. It reduces prison costs and populations and responds to statutory and guidelines changes since the drug guidelines were initially developed, while safeguarding public safety. The Sentencing Commission is an independent agency in the federal court system tasked with creating federal prison sentencing policy. Though the amendment is aimed at reducing overcrowding (another of the agencys responsibilities), there are also implications for the legacy of the war on drugs. The Commission reports that federal prisons are over capacity by 32 percent. In the long run, the amendment could save nearly 80,000 bed years.. We think [the amendment] represents really an historic step forward in terms of making changes to the war on drugs, which has been waged for three decades and hasnt really reduced the amount of drugs that are available, and hasnt done that much about drug abuse, but has filled half our federal prison cells with people with drug offenses, says Jeremy Haile, federal advocacy counsel for the Sentencing Project, a national incarceration research, reform, and advocacy organization. Its been a particularly devastating blowthe war on drugsto communities of color. So even though people of all races use and sell drugs at roughly the same rates, Blacks and Latinos are far more likely to be incarcerated for drug offenses. The amendment works by raising the drug quantity thresholds that trigger mandatory minimum sentences. Sentencing for federal drug offenses moving forward will use this new threshold, but the amendment is also retroactive. Many offenders cases would no longer meet those thresholds. Offenders must meet seven criteria to be eligible for a revised (and likely reduced) sentence, including: an original sentence longer than the mandatory minimum; no convictions under career criminal guidelines; and no alterations to the original mandatory-minimum sentence through special leniency or assisting authorities. Starting now, eligible offenders can file a motion to have their cases reviewed and sentences reduced. The courts will review to determine whether reducing the sentence poses a public threat. Motions will be decided on a rolling basisbut actual releases wont begin until November 1, 2015. The time allows for a smooth transition. Judges will be able to carefully review each of the eligible 46,290 cases, and prosecutors will have time to object, if desired. Federal probation professionals will have time to prepare to supervise those being released earlier than expected, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons will have time to set-up reentry provisions for them. The commission estimates that those approved will receive a reduction of about two years, on average. Because the eligible cases span a few decades, these early releases will take place over many years. Though there are a few thousand offenders whose resentencing would allow them to be released immediately on the November date. This amendment is another step in a slow, but sweeping effort to get a handle on ineffective drug policy. In 2010, the Obama administration released its first plan for drug policy reform, a holistic strategy to address drugs as an international and public health issue. And according to independent political fact-checking project, Politifact, President Barack Obama has kept most of his drug reform promises. In 2010, he signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines that had created a decades-long 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine offenses. Funding to state drug courts, which funnel low-level drug offenders to treatment as opposed to incarceration, has increased each year since 2012. Additionally, there has been some traction and effective collaboration on drug reform in recent years. In 2008, for example, President George W. Bush signed the Second Chance Act into law, which gave subsidies to companies that hired ex-offenders. Even the Commissions vote has been a collaborative process, eliciting more than 60,000 mostly-favorable letters from elected officials, organizations, citizens, and legal professionals during a public comment period. However, social, executive, and judicial interventions alone are not enough to address the lingering effects of the drug war. For example, the scope of the Sentencing Commissions vote only affects those serving time in federal facilities; meanwhile, the bulk of the nations drug offenders are convicted at the state level. Without Congressional action, some drug policy problemsparticularly the mandatory minimum guidelines that impose sentences based on the amount and drug involved, regardless of the case facts and/or judges assessment will remain in effect. Several elected officials have made attempts at legislation to address these issues. Most recently, the Smarter Sentencing Act, introduced in the Senate last year, and again in March, seeks to allow the court to disregard the mandatory minimum guidelines in cases involving low-level, nonviolent offenders. The Sentencing Commission did about as well as it could, given the constraints with mandatory minimum [sentencing guidelines], which can only be repealed or reduced by Congress, says Haile. Some people might be tempted to think thatthis [vote] means the problem is solved, but really its going to continue to be a problem even when all these reforms are carried out. Well still need to heal the problems from mandatory minimums, and well still need Congressional action.