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23 Mar

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Hoodies On The Hill: A Rally for Trayvon Martin

March 23, 2012 | By |

 

 

On  February 26, 2012, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman as he  returned home from a trip to a local convenience store.  After 28 days, Zimmerman has yet to be charged in the case and is citing self-defense as his reason for the use of deadly force.

The circumstances of the case sent ripples of outrage across the nation. This week a petition demanding the arrest of Zimmerman reached over 1.5 million signatures on Change.org. Compelling pictures of ordinary citizens garbed in hoodies-black, white, young and old, from Muhammad Ali to former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm- appeared from rallies, on social media, websites and blogs, as well as on TV screens across our nation. This week, a movement was launched.

Today, IMPACT along with Congressional staffers from organizations spanning a kaleidoscope of races, cultures  and backgrounds came together to take their own stand for justice.

Dubbed “Hoodies on the Hill,” the rally was a chance for the participating organizations to show their support for basic human rights and bring to the fore the  grave injustice dealt to Trayvon and his family. The message was clear; the demand for justice, poignant. In a particularly powerful moment, Brandon Andrews, a former resident of Florida and co-director of  African-American Men on the Hill,  said what was on the minds and hearts of so many in attendance: “It could have been me.”

Senate Chaplain Barry Black, a former U.S. Navy Commander, spoke of his experience with being racially profiled while he was stationed in San Diego, CA. Residents of the neighborhood he was in thought he looked “suspicious” and called the police to investigate. Once the police officers found his military ID, they let him go. But for him, the incident left its mark. Chaplain Black concluded his remarks by asking all of those in an attendance to pledge to pray for the healing of racial tension in America.

The rally ended with one staffer leading the crowd in singing ” A Change Gon’ Come” by Sam Cook and “We Shall Overcome.”  For those in attendance, it seemed even for just a few moments America stood one step closer to achieving the healing it so desperately needs.

Want to get involved? Sign the petition or attend one of the many events planned over the next few days:

Sanford Event:

  • NAACP March in Sanford, FL on March 31st: The NAACP will be hosting a march in Sanford, FL on Saturday, March 31.  It will begin at 11am at a local church.  The crowd will march to the police station. Contact Rebecca Guerra at RGuerra@naacpnet.org or by phone at 410.580.5133 or at 443.540.1491.

Sign the Petition:

Local Events:

  • Join the NAACP Washington D.C. Branch and the National Black United Front (NBUF) as we join together in solidarity, Friday March 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., for a Prayer Vigil for Trayvon Martin & his family.  The prayer vigil will take place at The Big Chair located at 2100 MLK Avenue S.E., Washington D.C.  All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
  • Stand Up for Trayvon Justice Rally will be held at Freedom Plaza, located at 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC on Saturday, March 24 at 2:00pm.  Attendees are asked to wear all black or a wear a hoodie.  For more info, contact: dctrayvonrally@gmail.com.
  • Following the prayer vigil, on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., NBUF will hold a Solidarity Rally at the U.S. Department of Justice, 1425 New York Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.  Participants are encouraged to wear black for unity.  Drummers are encouraged to attend.
  • March for Justice on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 6:00pm.  This march will take place at the Campus Mall in front of Blue Ridge Hall at Bridgewater College in Virginia.  They would like to invite students, faculty, and staff member of neighboring colleges and universities to participate in the march. If you have any questions or would like to participate, please contact Nahshon Ford ’14 at 443-447-0093 or via e-mail nrf002@eagles.bridgewater.edu or Cornell Wade ‘13 at 301-520-8817 or via e-mail at cjw004@eagles.bridgewater.edu.

In addition to IMPACT, the follwing organizations participated in today’s rally: Congressional Black Associates (CBA) | Black Republican Congressional Staff Association (BRCSA) | Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA) | African American Men on the Hill (AAMH) | Greeks on the Hill | Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA) | Deltas on the Hill | AKAs on the Hill | Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Congressional Staff Association (LGBT-CSA)| Congressional African Staff Association (CASA) | Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA)

23 Mar

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Hoodies on the Hill!

March 23, 2012 | By |


Congressional Black Associates (CBA) | Black Republican Congressional Staff Association (BRCSA) | Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA) | African American Men on the Hill (AAMH) | Greeks on the Hill | Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA) | Deltas on the Hill | AKAs on the Hill | Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Congressional Staff Association (LGBT-CSA)| Congressional African Staff Association (CASA) | Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA) | IMPACT
Cordially invite you to take part in
“Hoodies on the Hill”
~A Moment of Contemplation~

In Memory of Mr. Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old 

Florida teenager killed while walking home 

because someone decided he looked suspicious in a hoodie. Today we wear our hoodies. Today we are Trayvon Martin. 

Join Us Today, March 23, 2012 at 1:00pm! On the East Steps on the Capitol

Stand in Solidarity. Stand for Justice.

07 Mar

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Super Tuesday 2012

March 7, 2012 | By |

Source: The American Maverick

 

 

Super Tuesday is the one day during a Presidential primary season (generally in February or March) where several states hold their primary elections simultaneously. Today, over 400 delegates in the Republican Party are at stake along with potential “front runner” status for former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney as he tries to avoid a contentious convention. Other contenders including Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are all hoping to add to their share of the delegates with wins or close finishes in each of the states up for grabs today.

Considered the busiest day in the primary season, many predict that the race will not be decided tonight. The geographic diversity of the primary states makes for an eventful day. Delegates are awarded according to the final vote totals for each candidate, so second place isn’t necessarily the worst place to be.  In 2008, Super Tuesday included 24 states with 52% of all pledged Democratic Party delegates and 41% of the total Republican Party delegates were awarded amongst then candidates Clinton and Obama and Romney and McCain. Today, one-third of the Republican primary delegates available will be allotted.

Here is the breakdown:

Delegates for grabs Tuesday: 419.

Delegates already won: 353. Romney, 203; Santorum, 92; Gingrich, 33; Paul, 25.

Delegates needed for the nomination: 1,144.

05 Mar

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IL: Joshua DuBois

March 5, 2012 | By |

Joshua DuBois is Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. As director, he manages the federal government’s relationships with faith-based and secular nonprofit organizations around the country through 13 federal agency offices. One of President Barack Obama’s longest serving aides, DuBois previously served in then-Senator Obama’s legislative office, and he led the Religious Affairs Department for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign.

In the Obama Administration, DuBois helps to lead many of the President’s signature programs and initiatives including: the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, which helps fathers reconnect with their families; the “Together for Tomorrow” challenge, which supports community organizations that help low-performing schools; the congregation-based “Job Clubs” initiative that helps put Americans back to work; and President Obama’s Interfaith Campus Challenge, which connects students of different faiths together to serve their community.

Before working with Sen.Obama,DuBoiswas an Associate Pastor at a small church in Cambridge, Massachusetts and worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Rush Holt and Congressman Charles Rangel. He received a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Joshua was raised in Nashville, Tennessee.

You can follow Joshua on Twitter at @JoshuaDuBois.

1. What inspired you to pursue a career in politics and faith?

Well, a few things. First, my grandmother was a participant in theNashvillesit-ins in 1960, so I grew up hearing about the power of young people—motivated by faith and values—to change the world. Second, my own faith is very important to me; I feel like the Gracethat has been extended to me needs to go back out to the world in the form of justice. Third, in the summer of 2004, I heard a young Illinois state Senator talk about the “awesome God” that we worship even in the Blue States, and I knew then that Barack Obama”gets” the intersection of faith and politics, and he’d be an amazing person to work for.

2. What is the key to balancing your professional, philanthropic, and social commitments?

Regular time in quiet—no phones, blackberries, or friends—thinking to yourself about your failures, your successes, your plans, or the ways you can improve. I do this Sunday afternoons, faithfully. Everyone needs a few intentional hours in their own head each week.

3. What is the biggest mistake young professionals make?

Thinking that everyone else has it figured out. Listen, none of us do. We’re all tripping from grace to grace, learning and growing as we go. So don’t take yourself too seriously, don’t be afraid to ask questions that reveal your own human ignorance, laugh at yourself, and most of all, be humble. This town is full of imperfect people, and the best ones are those who acknowledge that imperfection.

4. What advice would you give other young professionals who desire to excel, especially young men of color?

Be genuinely nice and doggedly persistent. Those two qualities are equally important in my view and work best in equal measure.

5. What’s been the best experience of your career thus far (or the most rewarding)?

I get to work with professionals every day who make me pinch myself—nonprofit leaders helping fathers reconnect with their families; folks caring for orphans all around the world; teachers and congregations turning around failing schools; a President with a big heart and skill set to match. Just the everyday experience of being around the best folks in the social service sector is extremely rewarding.

If I had to point to one experience—I was honored beyond words to give a speech to our Vatican Embassy in Rome on building bridges of cooperation between people of different faiths. I never thought a Tennessee boy would find himself in that situation.

6. What’s next for your career?

Right now, I’m focused on this busy year, helping the President get our country back on track and by making sure vulnerable folks in our communities have the opportunity to succeed. After that, I’ll leave it up to God and good planning.

7. Lastly, give me three words to sum up Joshua.

Loving my neighbor.