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OP-ED: A Time for Bipartisanship

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The government funding deadline of November 17th is fast approaching, and we’re paralyzed, unable to advance legislation to keep the government running. Instead of legislating, we are wasting time waiting for the Republican majority to figure out how to govern.
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By: Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn

October 3, 2023, was Groundhog Day in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republican Caucus voted to remove Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-20) as Speaker of the House just nine months after electing him to the position in a saga that spanned four days and 15 ballots. We have in place a Speaker Pro Tempore who lacks the full powers of a speaker duly elected by their Congressional peers. The last few days have wrought public jockeying for support, not-so-public campaigns to sabotage, and various displays of what can be described as many Members attempting to make headlines instead of headway.

In the interim, the House is unable to conduct any legislative business. We’re unable to pass a resolution disavowing the horrific attack in Israel, nor can we send much-needed military and humanitarian aid to our allies and partners fighting for democracy in Europe and the Middle East. The government funding deadline of November 17th is fast approaching, and we’re paralyzed, unable to advance legislation to keep the government running.  Instead of legislating, we are wasting time waiting for the Republican majority to decide how to govern.

There is, of course, the fear that this will not be resolved quickly. I think of Massachusetts Congressman Nathaniel Banks, whose assent to the Speakership took over two months and 133 ballots in 1855. The situation became so dire that the House passed a plurality resolution to lower the threshold from a majority of votes, meaning whichever candidate received the most votes in the speakership election would be declared the winner. The current situation we find ourselves in may not be unprecedented, but it is troubling, nonetheless.

It is unconscionable that the Republican majority refuses to put people over politics and work together and with Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries to find a solution that would allow this august body to continue our important work. Time and again, the Republican majority has been able to rely on House Democrats to keep this country moving forward. We joined them to avoid a manufactured crisis of their own doing in what would have been a catastrophic default on our national debt in June. Just two weeks ago we provided a majority of the votes to prevent a government shutdown.

The common denominator in each of these scenarios, including the current battle for the speakership, is that extreme MAGA Republicans wreaked them. They have made it a habit to hold the country hostage when they do not get their way. We saw it on January 6, 2021, and again in the continuous baseless impeachment inquiries into the Biden family instead of focusing on the needs of the American people. Nero lives in infamy for “fiddling while Rome burned,” and the Republican majority of the 118th Congress is running a dangerous risk of carrying on his legacy.

A bipartisan way forward is the salve we need to heal this fractious political system. A government shutdown would cause incalculable harm to the American people. Millions of mothers and children on WIC who depend on this lifeline will be put at risk. Millions of federal employees will be unable to provide for their families adequately, and countless service members will be forced to work without pay.

After the plight of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American people are looking to their elected representation to provide stability and continue to forge a path toward an equitable recovery. Our allies in Ukraine and Israel are looking to us to keep our word and continue to support their sovereignty. The national security implications alone are too great to allow this situation to continue haphazardly. Leader Jeffries has extended a helpful hand. House Republicans should reject the poisonous MAGA extremists within their caucus and take it.

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Bob Marley, One Love Film: A Cinematic Triumph Transforming Lives and Communities Across Jamaica and Beyond

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The oldest son of the reggae legend provided a thoughtful reflection on the emotional and psychological impact of the threats and challenges his father faced. He highlighted the challenge of balancing honesty and entertainment in depicting the life of a cultural icon, shedding light on the reflective character portrayed in the film.
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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

In an exclusive interview with the Black Press of America’s Let It Be Known morning show, Ziggy Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, opened up about the profound impact of the hit new movie “Bob Marley, One Love.” Beyond its role as a cinematic journey into the iconic musician’s life, the film has emerged as a catalyst for transformative change, touching the lives of individuals and communities in Jamaica and extending its positive influence beyond geographical boundaries.

The 30-minute discussion delved into the meticulous process of selecting collaborators for the movie, with Ziggy Marley emphasizing the importance of humility and a community-focused approach. The quest for authenticity in portraying Bob Marley’s life meant assembling a team that “respected the culture, ensuring a collective effort devoid of individual egos,” Marley asserted.

The oldest son of the reggae legend provided a thoughtful reflection on the emotional and psychological impact of the threats and challenges his father faced. He highlighted the challenge of balancing honesty and entertainment in depicting the life of a cultural icon, shedding light on the reflective character portrayed in the film.

Marley also discussed the movie’s impact on Jamaica, including its commercial success, job opportunities, and charitable contributions to the communities where it was filmed. He shared insights into the timing and inspiration for the film, underscoring the spiritual lineage of Bob Marley’s music and its relevance in promoting unity and love in today’s world.

Expanding on the positive outcomes of the film, Marley provided detailed accounts of the tangible benefits reaped by local communities. The studio behind the film spearheaded the construction of a new outdoor pavilion at a school aimed at providing a conducive learning environment for children during hot summers, which stood out as a significant accomplishment.

Moreover, the film’s production team played a pivotal role in fostering economic growth, generating employment opportunities, and catalyzing the opening of shops and stores within the community. Ziggy expressed his joy at witnessing the positive transformation, noting that the film brought economic prosperity and a tangible sense of peace to the once tumultuous community.

The timing of the film’s release became a focal point of discussion, with Ziggy highlighting that it wasn’t a premeditated decision but a response to the present moment. Despite difficulties like strikes that caused delays, Ziggy emphasized the family’s trust in the universe’s timing as they explored the idea of making a movie about Bob Marley.

In essence, “Bob Marley, One Love” transcends its cinematic role, becoming a symbol of positive change and community development and a testament to the enduring legacy of Bob Marley, resonating far beyond the realms of the silver screen.

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OP-ED: An Agenda for Black America 2024

NNPA NEWSWIRE — An effective strategy to overcome poverty in Black America is to increase homeownership and prevent racial hypersegregation. President Biden has pursued some regulatory actions to address housing discrimination, but improving access to homeownership will require greater efforts to reduce inflation so Black Americans can save and get out from under the burden of high interest rates.
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By: Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.

President Joe Biden will make his State of the Union address on March 7. As a veteran civil rights leader committed to improving public safety and unlocking economic prosperity in our communities, there are a few policies I hope the president will address.

There also is one I hope he will leave — permanently — on the cutting room floor.

That policy is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed prohibition on the sale of menthol cigarettes. Local law enforcement would oversee executing this ban and because Black Americans who smoke are more likely to choose menthol cigarettes, the Biden administration’s proposed rule will result in more, potentially violent encounters between cops and people of color.

In other words: the FDA’s proposal runs directly counter to President Biden’s attempts to address crime and reform law enforcement practices to better protect Black Americans and other communities of color. Crime is rising especially in many urban centers. The proposed FDA rule change will lead to underground and illicit transactions that will only contribute to more crime and more negative interactions between law enforcement and communities of color.

We cannot leave our communities unprotected. At the same time, I recognize that Black and Brown individuals account for 68.7% of the people in prison and 44% of the people killed by police in the United States. To reduce these numbers, we need to change the culture and premise of policing.

It is estimated that, in several cities, less than 5% of an officer’s time is spent fighting violent crime. Police are still expected to respond to 911 calls, even if these calls have nothing to do with a crime. That requirement is part of the problem. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, people with mental illness are more than 10 times as likely to experience the use of force in interactions with law enforcement than those without mental illnesses. Calling 911 when a person is having a manic episode should not be a matter of life and death, but, too often, it is.

Instead of issuing regulations that will require law enforcement to tackle yet another public health matter, President Biden should make it clear how he intends to help communities take the burden for nonviolent public safety matters off law enforcement’s shoulders. Enhancing funding for substance abuse, mental health, and housing counselors, for example, will keep more people out of jail and prevent police violence.

To further improve outcomes for people of color, President Biden should issue a bold plan to increase Black homeownership. Last year, the National Association of Realtors reported that while 72.7% of white Americans own their own homes, only 44% of Black Americans do. Black homeownership has only increased 0.4% in the past decade.

An effective strategy to overcome poverty in Black America is to increase homeownership and prevent racial hypersegregation. President Biden has pursued some regulatory actions to address housing discrimination, but improving access to homeownership will require greater efforts to reduce inflation so Black Americans can save and get out from under the burden of high interest rates.

Finally, President Biden should continue to request additional federal funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The gap in funding between predominantly white institutions and HBCUs is not the result of smaller endowments. It is the result of systemic underfunding by state lawmakers. According to an Inside Higher Ed report, the country’s historically Black land-grant universities have been underfunded by their states by a total of $13 billion. HBCUs are a springboard toward success. They constitute only 3% of four-year U.S. colleges, but their graduates account for 80% of all Black judges, 50% of Black lawyers, and 50% of Black doctors.

National polls indicate African Americans do not want their votes to be taken for granted in 2024.  President Biden now has a strategic opportunity to engender trust, promote more inclusive public policies, and commit to helping our communities improve the quality of life.

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