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COMMENTARY: Patriotic Americans demand Impeachment

SOUTH FLORIDA TIMES — Yes, president Donald Trump used his presidential executive powers to pressure the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate his political rival, former vice president and 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The president threatened to withhold $400 million dollars of financial aid approved by Congress unless Ukraine met his demands. Ukraine depends upon this financial aid militarily to be able to counter Russia’s aggression at their border.

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By Reverend O’Neal Dozier

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – God has heard my prayers, the prayers of the righteous and the true patriotic Americans who love America and who want to maintain our republic and democracy. I have asked and begged God in my prayer closet to remove Donald Trump from the office of the Presidency of the United States of America, because of his unfitness to lead this nation that God loves so dearly.

The righteous and the true patriotic Americans are pleased to see that the House of Representatives have launched a formal impeachment inquiry into president Donald Trump’s attempts to strong-arm Ukraine into digging up dirt on presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Yes, president Donald Trump used his presidential executive powers to pressure the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate his political rival, former vice president and 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The president threatened to withhold $400 million dollars of financial aid approved by Congress unless Ukraine met his demands. Ukraine depends upon this financial aid militarily to be able to counter Russia’s aggression at their border.

The president even implicated several of his top administrative officials in the phone call on July 25, 2019 to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, including, Attorney General William Barr, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ruby Giuliani, president Trump’s personal attorney.

This offense was made worse when the president tried to conceal the call transcript from the public by moving it to a system or server reserved for the government’s most sensitive secrets. Such a misuse and abuse of presidential power is grounds for impeachment.

After the controversy broke, the media reported that the Trump administration had also restricted access to records of Trump’s conversations with the leaders of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Australia. It was subsequently revealed that this placement was for political reasons, and not for national security reasons, which are the only valid reasons to use such a server. Later on, president Trump also publicly urged Ukraine and China to investigate the Bidens. All of president Trump’s multiple conspiracy theories about the Bidens have been proven to be false.

These theories have been spread by Trump himself, his supporters, and right-wing media.

Here, we have a clear and classic case of abuse of power by president Trump and his administration, which calls for impeachment of president Trump.

The framers of the United States Constitution recognized that abuses of presidential powers are impeachable offenses. Therefore, according to Article II. Section 4 of the United States Constitution, President Trump has committed an impeachable offense, which calls for his removal from office.

He has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors”. Article II. Section 4 of the United States Constitution states that, the president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

President Trump committed a “high crime” because what he did was severe. You see, it depends on the severity of the abuse of power. In the phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors”, the word “high” was intended to signal that the offense needed to be serious. We shouldn’t remove presidents in particular, for any misdeed or mistake they may make. However, when a president withholds financial aid approved by Congress to a foreign nation unless that foreign nation digs up dirt on his presidential opponent, this is certainly a serious offense and should qualify as a “high crime.”

President Trump was willing to let Ukraine fall under foreign (Russian)

domination unless they dug up dirt on his presidential opponent. What he did was not justified because it was not in America’s national interest. Rather, it was all about his personal interest. Remember, it’s not a crime argument here. The only overriding issue at hand is whether president Trump abused his powers to get dirt on his presidential opponent by withholding financial aid, approved by Congress to a foreign nation. The facts surrounding this controversy are crystal clear: President Trump, indeed used his executive powers to urge the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on his presidential opponent, Joe Biden and his son. Moreover, president Trump has admitted to it openly on television, giving the U.S. House of Representatives all of the evidence it needs to prepare Articles of Impeachment and vote to impeach him from the office of the presidency.

I have come to the realization that America’s democratic process is broken and that our democracy and Republic are in danger of total destruction under the leadership of president Donald Trump and that the only entity that can save our democracy and Republic is the true church of Jesus Christ. America’s democracy is broken because the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate and the Republican minority in the U.S. House of Representatives are hell bent in their support of president Donald Trump’s corruptive and dictatorial leadership.

The reason the Republicans in both houses of Congress overwhelmingly support and defend president Trump openly, not privately, is because they are held hostage by president Trump’s Republican base, which is about 24 percent of eligible voters.

This 24 percent base believes everything president Trump says, no matter what the facts are. President Trump can shoot someone on Wall Street and they would still support and defend him, according to President Trump himself. Yes, I know that it is hard to believe that this 24 percent Trump base could hold the Republicans in Congress hostage, but it is a fact.

The Republicans in Congress are afraid to speak out against president Trump, in fear that he would tweet a nasty message against them and that his base would not support their next election. The Republicans are selling their souls to the devil and disgracing themselves to maintain their seats in Congress. Many of these Republicans are confessed Christians, who are violating the tenets of their religion in the support of president Trump.

The majority of the voters within the 24 percent of Trump’s base are also confessed Christians, who have decided to violate their religious convictions.

It is time for all Christians to reveal the courage that resides within us.

It is time to impeach and remove president Trump!

Rev. Dr. O’Neal Dozier, a Republican stalwart, is pastor of Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, Florida.

This article originally appeared in the South Florida Times.

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Tunisia: Raja Amari’s ‘She Had a Dream’ Doc Premieres on AfroPoP

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Amari is one of these artists and Ghofrane is an activist. Exploring how racism has shaped her life in all aspects including her early school days, her romantic life and everyday activities, Amari’s film showcases how Ghofrane uses her experiences as impetus to work to bring change to her country for all people. A compassionate and hopeful exploration of the life and aspirations of Ghofrane, She Had A Dream sheds light on women’s roles in Tunisia’s changing society and one woman’s battle to create change for her community.
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By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D, NNPA Newswire Entertainment and Culture Editor

The documentary She Had A Dream by Tunisian filmmaker Raja Amari premieres on AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange series tonight at 8 p.m. EST on WORLD CHANNEL. Season 14 of the acclaimed documentary series captures Black artists and activists shaping and reclaiming culture, advocating for change and mobilizing for brighter futures. She Had A Dream offers an intimate portrayal of one young Black Tunisian woman’s quest for political office and her fight against racism and oppression in a society that often seeks to overlook both.

The documentary follows Ghofrane, a 20-something Black woman from Tunisia as she walks the path of self-discovery of young adulthood while running for political office in a homeland where many still view her as an outsider.

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A dedicated, charismatic activist and a modern, free-speaking woman, Ghofrane in many ways is the embodiment of contemporary Tunisian political hopes still alive years after the Arab Spring. She Had A Dream follows Ghofrane as she works to conquer her own self-doubts while attempting to persuade close friends and complete strangers to vote for her. As audiences follow her campaign, they also follow the dichotomies of her life as a woman striving for a role in politics in the Arab world and as a Black person in a country where racism is prevalent, yet often denied.

“The 14th season of AfroPoP shines a light on the collective power, strength and resilience of Black people and movements around the world,” said Leslie Fields-Cruz, AfroPoP executive producer. “Viewers will see artists use their platforms to push for progress and human rights and see ‘ordinary’ people do the remarkable in the interest of justice.”

Amari is one of these artists and Ghofrane is an activist. Exploring how racism has shaped her life in all aspects including her early school days, her romantic life and everyday activities, Amari’s film showcases how Ghofrane uses her experiences as impetus to work to bring change to her country for all people. A compassionate and hopeful exploration of the life and aspirations of Ghofrane, She Had A Dream sheds light on women’s roles in Tunisia’s changing society and one woman’s battle to create change for her community.

She Had A Dream airs on AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange Monday, April 11 at 8 p.m. ET on WORLD Channel and begins streaming on worldchannel.org at the same time.

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is presented by Black Public Media and WORLD Channel. For more information, visit worldchannel.org or blackpublicmedia.org.

This article was written by Nsenga K. Burton, founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news site The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on Twitter @Ntellectual.

Follow The Burton Wire on Twitter or Instagram @TheBurtonWire.

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Nairobi: Water Crisis Exploits Women & Girls

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Sextortion” refers to sex being used as currency instead of money for services or products — in this case water. According to the Water Integrity Network (WIN), the testimonies collected from women over the past five years in Kibera and Mukuru Kwa Njenga, which are some of the largest informal settlements in Nairobi, point towards an invisible, unspoken, and sinister consequence of corruption in the water sector i.e. sextortion. Sex for water is not a new phenomena.
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BBC Africa is reporting Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is facing a water shortage because of changing weather patterns and aging water facilities. The article reports, “Residents in informal communities like Kibra pay private vendors for water, meaning they now control the supply and access to water in the community.” The privatization of water access has led to an increase in the exploitation of women and girls in exchange for water.

“Sextortion” refers to sex being used as currency instead of money for services or products — in this case water. According to the Water Integrity Network (WIN), the testimonies collected from women over the past five years in Kibera and Mukuru Kwa Njenga, which are some of the largest informal settlements in Nairobi, point towards an invisible, unspoken, and sinister consequence of corruption in the water sector i.e. sextortion. Sex for water is not a new phenomena. Check out the 2018 ANEW documentary short below:

The water crisis and the sexual exploitation of girls and women as a result of the water crisis shows no signs of slowing down.

To read more about this crisis, visit BBC Africa‘s series of articles and videos on Kenya’s water crisis and the Water Integrity Network’s (WIN) study on sextortion.

This news brief was curated by Nsenga K. Burton, founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news site The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on Twitter @Ntellectual.

Follow The Burton Wire on Twitter or Instagram @TheBurtonWire.

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#WordinBlack: Schools and Black Students’ Mental Health: The Kids Aren’t Alright

THE AFRO — Prior to the pandemic, in 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Black youths ages 15 to 24, according to the Office of Minority Health. The same report found Black high school-aged girls were 60 percent more likely to attempt suicide than their white peers. And, by June 2020, the CDC saw the rate of Black respondents who reported having “seriously considered suicide” was significantly higher.
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By Maya Pottiger, Word in Black

It’s no surprise that we’re living through difficult times. After two years, we’re still in a global pandemic, which has predominantly impacted people of color. In addition, Book bans, attacks on critical race theory, and partisan political fights target everything from Black youths’ sexuality, to history, to health.

And we’re seeing the effects.

Prior to the pandemic, in 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Black youths ages 15 to 24, according to the Office of Minority Health. The same report found Black high school-aged girls were 60 percent more likely to attempt suicide than their white peers. And, by June 2020, the CDC saw the rate of Black respondents who reported having “seriously considered suicide” was significantly higher.

For a variety of reasons — ongoing stigma, lack of insurance, most accessible — Black students often rely on the mental health services offered at school.Outside of a mental health-specific practice, Black students were nearly 600 times as likely to get mental health help in an academic setting compared to other options, according to 2020 data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

In fact, mental health services in schools have been steadily gaining popularity among students since 2009, before dropping slightly in 2020 when the school year was interrupted, according to the SAMHSA report. As a result, the rate of students receiving mental health care through school decreased by 14 percent in 2020 compared to 2019.

So how are schools changing the way they address and prioritize mental health — and the specific needs of Black students — since 2020?

The Renewed Focus on Mental Health

For school-aged people, the majority of their time is spent in a school building — about eight hours per day, 10 months out of the year. To help address mental health during academic hours, schools are trying to focus on social-emotional learning: self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills. This includes teaching kids how to be in touch with their emotions and protect against adverse mental health outcomes.

But it’s been difficult.

Though there’s been more conversation, the implementation is challenging, says Dr. Kizzy Albritton, an associate professor of school psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. There was already a shortage of school-based mental health professionals before the pandemic, which has now been exacerbated, as have mental health issues. In addition, though schools clearly recognize the importance of mental health, they aren’t always provided adequate resources.

“Unless there are more resources funneled into the school system, we’re going to see a continued catch-up issue across the board,” Albritton says. “And, unfortunately, our Black students are going to continue to suffer the most.”

In a survey of high school principals and students, Education Week Research Center found discrepancies in how principals and students viewed a school’s mental health services. While 86 percent of the principals said their schools provided services, only about 66 percent of students agreed. The survey did point out it’s possible the school offers these services and students aren’t aware. The survey also found Black and Latinx students were less likely than their peers to say their schools offered services.

Dr. Celeste Malone, the president-elect of the National Association for School Psychologists and a Howard University associate professor, says she hasn’t previously seen this degree of attention to mental health in schools.

“I see that a lot in my role for a school psychology graduate program: the outreach and people contacting me with openings where they didn’t exist previously,” Malone says. “With this increased push in funding to hire more, that’s definitely a very, very positive movement.”

Mental Health Is Not One Size Fits All

Just like with many aspects of health, Black youths need different mental health support from their peers of other races. They need a counselor who understands their lived experiences, like microaggressions and other forms of discrimination or racism, without the student having to explain.

For example, in order to best address the specific mental health needs of Black students, districts need to provide information breaking down mental health stigmas; focus on hiring Black counselors, social workers, and mental health professionals; and fund anti-racist and trauma-informed mental health practices, according to the Center for American Progress.

While she hears a lot of talk, Albritton says she isn’t seeing widespread evidence of these solutions in practice.

“There needs to be a willingness, first of all, to understand that our Black students, their needs look a lot different,” Albritton says. School officials need to understand where Black students are coming from — that their families and households experience systemic and structural racism, which are known to trigger anxiety and depression. The effects of the racial wealth gap also play a role, from the neighborhood kids are living in, to the schools they can attend to the impacts on their health. Students might be bringing worries about these challenges to school, which could be reflected in their behavior. This is why, Albritton says, it’s crucial to also work with students’ families.

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