Given the numerous calls for the gun control legislation after the multitude of mass shootings this past year alone and the subsequent debates across the country taking shape now, it goes without saying many a gun control proponent has found themselves in an elongated back and forth with a pro-gun advocate. Much the rhetoric from the pro-gun side includes claims that "They're taking away our guns" or "Obama is violating the 2nd Amendment, impeach him" or "Gun laws don't work".
By Jueseppi B.
I’ll answer that unasked question up front: Black History Month is only necessary because racist caucasian America, which controls the state level legislatures, has deemed it necessary to erase Black contributions from the fabric of American history.
Some southern states have started drives to erase all mention of slavery. Other states have decided to rewrite American history books to minimize contributions made by Black Americans. America’s classroom curriculum has been designed to maximize the factual truth about our past history and replace those facts & truths with a “white” washed misinformation campaign.
Lastly, we have Black Americans, such as Mr. Morgan Freeman, among others, who call for a move to abolish Black History Month based on their belief that a month of Black History is unnecessary if we teach Black History EVERY month.
That is the problem Morgan….racist caucasians can NOT be trusted to teach factual Black History.
For those who say there is no Jewish Black History Month, or no Native American History Month…..Why Not?
Celebrating Black History Month is practiced daily in Black households all across this globe, not just in America. Until there is no racist efforts to remove contributions by Black America in our American History…..this month of 28 days where Black American efforts to move America forward are highlighted…. will be necessary.
To Start Off Black History Month, I present some Black History in the making:
As William “Mo” Cowan spoke at the news conference, seated at left were his wife, Stacy, and his sons Miles, 8, and Grant, 4.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has picked William “Mo” Cowan, his former chief of staff, to serve as the state’s interim US senator until the successor to John F. Kerry is chosen by the voters in a June 25 special election.
“He has been a valued ally to me and our work on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth,” Patrick said at a news conference. “In every step, he has brought preparation, perspective, wisdom, sound judgment, and clarity of purpose.”
Cowan said he was “honored and humbled” to get the temporary post, which will make him the first African-American to represent Massachusetts in the Senate since Edward Brooke held the seat as a Republican from 1966 to 1978.
He said he would “go to work every day with the needs and aspirations” of Massachusetts residents on his mind and would push for jobs, education, and affordable, high-quality health care.
Addressing the governor, he said, “You and the Commonwealth should be assured that I now go to the nation’s capital ever mindful of what matters to the people of Massachusetts.”
Read the rest of the story at Boston.com.
Cowan is a graduate of Duke and Northeastern University. | AP Photo
His name has been ringing in political ears since Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick selected him Wednesday to fill soon-to-be Secretary of State John Kerry’s Senate seat. But who exactly is William “Mo” Cowan? Here are 10 facts that you need to know about Massachusetts’s interim U.S. senator.
1. Cowan is close to the governor. He served as Patrick’s legal counsel when he was hired in 2009, before being promoted a year later to chief of staff. He stepped down from the position this month, announcing his intention to leave late last year. However, he was still a senior adviser to Patrick.
2. The 43-year-old will be the second African-American to ever serve Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate. His predecessor was Edward Brooke, who served 1967-1979 and was the first African-American elected to Senate by popular vote.
3. Cowan has no prior elected government experience at all. However, he is active in his community, serving on several local school boards.
4. When Gov. Mitt Romney was being criticized for the lack of diversity in appointing judges, Cowan helped the Republican find minority lawyers to fill the positions. He aided Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. in similar appointments and is also credited with helping to attract more black lawyers to the prominent law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo.
6. Cowan is married and has two young sons. His wife, Stacy, is also a lawyer.
7. He originally wanted to become a doctor, before taking freshman chemistry at Duke University in Durham, N.C. He was the first person from his high school to attend the university.
8. After Cowan graduated from Duke, he moved to Boston to attend Northeastern Law University Law School in the early 1990s.
9. As a lawyer he practiced civil litigation, where he was chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and Counseling practice group, according to his LinkedIn account.
10. Cowan, the son of a machinist and a seamstress, is originally from Yadkinville, N.C., which was segregated during his boyhood. He witnessed Ku Klux Klan activities.
Black History Month has started off with a very historical bang.
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By Jueseppi B.
Creating a 21st Century Immigration System
President Obama’s common-sense, comprehensive proposal for immigration reform will help strengthen our economy and strengthen our country’s future.
Speeches and Remarks
Building a 21st Century Immigration System
Uploaded on May 10, 2011
President Obama calls for a bipartisan approach to fixing a broken immigration system and explains why immigration reform is critical to building a 21st century economy in a speech in El Paso, TX. May 10, 2011.
Fixing the Immigration System for America’s 21st Century Economy
“We are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea—the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That’s why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here…The future is ours to win. But to get there, we cannot stand still.”
President Obama has laid out his vision for winning the future. To secure prosperity for all Americans, we must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world, and fixing our broken immigration system plays an important part in our plan. As we work to rebuild the economy, our ability to thrive depends, in part, on restoring responsibility and accountability to our immigration system.
The President takes seriously his responsibility to enforce our immigration laws. Over the last three years, the Obama Administration has dedicated unprecedented resources to secure our borders, taken important steps to make our interior and work site enforcement smarter and more effective, and made improvements to the legal immigration system. And in June of 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new process aimed at making the nation’s immigration policy more fair and more efficient by focusing its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk – by removing the threat of deportation for young people who came to the U.S. as children and are low enforcement priorities. But we cannot solve the problems with our broken immigration system through enforcement alone.
Over the years, many have attempted to confront this challenge, but passions are great and disagreements run deep. The President knows that this work will not be easy, but the American people demand and deserve a solution. They deserve a 21st century immigration system that meets our economic and national security imperatives and that upholds America’s proud tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. They need Democrats, Republicans, and independents to come together to accomplish this critical task.
President Obama continues to reiterate his deep commitment to fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy:
- Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders: Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades, and the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy. Enforcement resources should be focused on preventing those who would do our nation harm from entering our country.
- Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers:Employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable. At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.
- Strengthening our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs: Our immigration laws should continue to reunify families and encourage individuals we train in our world-class institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad. The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available.
- Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for their actions and get on the right side of the law by registering and undergoing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English before they can get in line to become eligible for citizenship. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair and reflects our values.
Statements and Releases
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By Jueseppi B.
Gabby Giffords made deeply moving opening remarks at today’s Senate hearing on gun violence. This was the first hearing on guns since President Obama stepped forward with his recommendations, and Former Congresswoman Giffords made the most of the opportunity to call on members of Congress to take action now:
“We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you.”
Gabby Giffords’ heartfelt appeal to Congress
Uploaded on Jan 30, 2013
Gabby Giffords made deeply moving opening remarks at today’s Senate hearing on gun violence. This was the first hearing on guns since President Obama stepped forward with his recommendations, and Former Congresswoman Giffords made the most of the opportunity to call on members of Congress to take action now.
Former Congresswoman Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly called on Congress to take immediate action.
Here’s what Congress can do right now to reduce gun violence:
- Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in this country.
- Stop the sale of military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
- Make gun trafficking a federal crime with harsh penalties.
These are simple solutions that will save lives. They don’t interfere with the Second Amendment, and they are popular with the overwhelming majority of Americans — including gun owners and NRA members.
We need to follow Gabby Giffords’ lead and call on Congress to act RIGHT NOW:
Thank you for supporting Gabby and calling on Congress to act.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
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