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The African-American Voice-“Setting the Record Straight”

In 2016, Black Votes Matter

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As the courts strike down voting restric- tions across the nation, black voters once again have a chance to make a big impact

PoorWhites Voting Against Their Own Interests Out of Racism Only Reap More Poverty, Hardship By: Tonyaa Weathersbee,

He should have

just come right out and said, “So long, suckers.” Vice president

(Image: Moore) BY COREY EALONS When legendary civil rights activ-

ist and Georgia Congressman John Lewis talks about the struggle to afford the right to vote to all Americans, he often recounts a time during Jim Crow when methods to disenfranchise blacks were random and arbitrary.

Vice president Dick Cheney

“They would tell us to count the

Dick Cheney -- the power behind the


padded throne of George W. Bush - - recently gave a

verbal middle finger to all the poor white people who voted them into office -- twice. During a question and answer ses-

number of bubbles in a bar of soap, or to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar,” he says.

Those methods have been resigned to the waste bin of history, but until re- cently, the resurgence of efforts to deny African Americans and other historically marginalized groups the right to vote was very real. However, recent court decisions across the country are beginning to correct the record and restore actions that are de- signed to make it easier for all Americans to vote.

This new wave of systemic voter

sion at the National Press Club, Cheney talked about how his wife, Lynne, had researched his roots, and had learned that he had Cheneys on both sides of his family. “And we don’t even live in West

Virginia.” he said. Then to eliminate any doubt about

his intent to insult West Virginians, he added: “You can say those things when you’re not running for re-elec- tion.” In other words, he was saying: “To

hell with you hillbillies. I’m outta here.”

Not surprisingly, he apologized

restrictions began immediately after the Supreme Court struck down sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in 2013. These previsions required that states submit any changes to their voting regulations to the Black Votes > page7

later. Yet while some pundits have decried Cheney’s insult as proof that poor whites are the last group that can be insulted with impunity, I say that for the majority of them, the condi- tion is largely one of their own mak- ing.

Instead of using their power to join

with struggling blacks and other groups to force the system to invest in policies that will create a fairer social and economic playing field for every- one, too many of them believe that the whiteness they share with the Cheneys of this world can light the path to privilege for them.

So they use their political power to distinguish themselves from black people who struggle with many of the same issues that they struggle with. They embrace the rhetoric of anti- government zealots; rhetoric that paints any governmental attempt to create things like affordable health

Poor Whites> page 2 Greensboro, North Carolina The African-American Voice-“Setting the Record Straight”

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Law

June 2008

© Copyright 2008 The Greensboro Times


RALEIGH, N.C. - A federal appeals

court blocked a North Carolina law requir- ing photo identification to cast in-person ballots, ruling Friday that it was enacted “with discriminatory intent.”

By Ann Scanner and Toby Harnden Special to the Greensboro Times

should increase participation by minority voters on Election Day in the presidential battleground state that also has closely contested races for U.S. Senate and gov- ernor.

Michelle Obama earlier this month drew from her experience as a working mother to emphasize the importance of fairness in the work- place and her support for family friendly polices.

“It’s time for the leaders of this

el of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond reverses a lower-court’s ruling that had upheld the law.

country not only to champion these causes, but to fight for the issues every single day,” Obama told about 1,000 people at the National Partnership for Women and Families’ annual luncheon.

The opinion later states: “We cannot ignore the record evidence that, because of race, the legis- Obama, wife of Democratic

for equality in the workplace, access to health care and policies that help Americans balance work and family.

#Bank Black Initiative Gains Nationwide Momentum

presidential candidate Barack Obama, said the group’s work “is a cause that I carry deep in my heart. It’s a cause that I have championed and will continue to champion no matter what the outcome of this election.”


shown here with their children at Iowa rally.

street protests against police brutality, the Bank Black movement has taken the coun- try by storm. Black folks around the coun- try are showing just how much their ‘Black Lives Matter’ by not only boycotting stores like Target and Coca Cola products but also moving their money.

National Black Chamber of Commerce Launches Paris Chapter NNPA

While many question the efficacy of

Black-owned banks around the coun- try are seeing a surge in new accounts. A vibrant grassroots movement is making its way from coast to coast with social media hashtags like #moveyourmoney, #bankblack and text messages urging friends and family to move at least $100 to a Black bank.

Harry C. Alford, NBCC co-founder, president and CEO.

PARIS, France (NNPA) - The National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., the largest Black business association in the world, has launched its newly established Paris affiliate.

Diaspora Chamber of Commerce has evolved from a study and collaboration of French activists. Its mis- sion will be consistent with the NBCC and together they will create a progressive Strategic Plan that will develop Black entrepreneurship throughout France and Francophone nations, says Harry C. Alford, NBCC co-founder, president and CEO.

stagram, July 13, that, “In the past five days, more than 8,000 people opened an account at Citizens Trust Bank.”

Citizens Trust Bank announced on In- The French African

Shout Out Line “If we can bring together our economics col-

lectively, we can help businesses grow, we can help people obtain homes. That brings them closer to the American dream,” Frederick L. Daniels Jr. executive

Bank Black > page 11

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“This is quite a milestone. Indeed, it is one of the proudest moments in our 15 year history”, says Alford. “We are going to share our successes and best practices. This chamber is hitting the ground running at full speed.”

France has very little business ownership amongst its Black population of approximately 8 million.

Nat’l Black > page 4 Michelle and Barack Obama The opinion from a three-judge pan- Opponents of the law say the ruling

“Sister First Lady,” Michelle Obama- Leadership for Change

She spoke for about seven min-

utes, reading from notes. The crowd applauded and gave her three standing ovations – when she entered the banquet room, when she approached the microphone to speak and when she concluded her remarks.

Obama relayed struggles she

enact the challenged provisions with dis- criminatory intent, the court seems to have missed the forest in carefully surveying the many trees,” the panel wrote in its opinion.

“In holding that the legislature did not The nonprofit group advocates

North Carolina NAACP president, Rev. William Barber Steve Helber, AP

has heard on the campaign trail from working mothers who were nervous about taking time off, and from women whose male counter- parts at the office earn more.

“And believe me, when we’re

“Sister First Lady”, Michelle Obama waves to the Obama supporters.

lature enacted one of the largest restrictions of the franchise in modern North Carolina history.”

paid less, we know,” she said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

North Carolina’s voting laws were rewritten Voter ID > page 13 She said she would always be

in 2013 by the conservative General Assembly to include the ID requirement and other changes. The

a working mother. I used to get up in the morning and go to an office. Now I get up and go to a plane. …My kids still don’t care where I am,” she said. “They’ve always known two parents to work in the household and as long as we’re back in time for bedtime, they could care less where we are.”

Michelle Obama> page 2

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