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President Obama’s Speech to the CBC Focusing on Black Women

The CBC threw itself another party, which seems to be the principal function of their “charitable” Foundation.DC was a “Cabaret Town” in the days of segregation and several decades after. Whether as a result of that segregation, or in spite of it – the center of black social life in the city was based on the sometimes half a dozen “Cabarets” thrown by some social or greek organization every weekend. Washington had the largest black middle class in America at the time, driven by post-WWII Federal employment, Black folks still have a higher percentage of people working for the government than any other group in America. The Cabarets drove a vibrant music scene, and supported the first black superstars such as Duke Ellington, Shirley Horn, and Billy Taylor. With open access to facilities post-1965, these eventually died out.

So the CBC Cabaret is just part of a long tradition in this town.

A visual example of change…this is the H Street Corridor after the ’68 riots.

Last weekend (BTX3 is the guy in the yellow shirt wearing a Fedora hat)

President Obama cuts loose (Finally) in this speech..

Obama urges focus on black women in Congressional Black Caucus speech

President Obama pressed on Saturday night for a greater focus on helping black women who are more likely to be stuck in minimum wage jobs, have higher rates of illness and face higher rates of incarceration than other women.

His speech delivered to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala was short on hard policy prescriptions aimed directly at black women. Rather Obama said that many of the proposals that his administration has championed, such as raising the minimum wage and criminal justice reform, would help close the gap between black women and their peers.

The president briefly acknowledged Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state who was in the audience and is campaigning for the presidency. Obama called her “outstanding” and noted that she could relate to first lady Michelle Obama’s concerns over the pay gap that women face compared to their male counterparts.

“We are going to have to close those economic gaps,” Obama said.

Obama spent a significant portion of his remarks making the case for criminal justice reform, which has become a core part of his agenda during his remaining days in office. His push to pare back the prison population by reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders has garnered some Republican support, but still faces a tough odds in Congress.

Obama, spurred by a series of high profile cases of apparent police abuse, has spoken far more forcefully in recent months about the impact of racial bias on policing. He bristled, though, at some media depictions that suggested that he was anti-law enforcement.

“We appreciate them and we love them,” Obama said of police officers. “They deserve our respect. I just want to repeat that because somehow this never gets on television. There is no contradiction between caring about our law enforcement officers and making sure the laws are applied fairly.”

He paused and looked out at the crowd. “Hope I am making that clear,” he said. “I hope I am making that clear.”

The focus of his remarks, though, was on helping black women. Black women are one of the Democratic Party’s most loyal constituencies and consistently vote at higher rates in national elections than any other demographic group. In 2012, they turned out at a rate of 70 percent for the presidential election and were crucial to Obama’s victories in key states like Florida, Ohio and Virginia.

Obama described the important and too often anonymous role that black women played during the civil rights movement and praised the recent push to put a black woman’s picture on the $10 bill. But he insisted that such symbolic actions fell short of what was needed. “We’ve got to make sure they are getting some ten dollar bills,” he said, “that they are getting paid properly.”…More…

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in The New Jim Crow, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Zimmerman Pulls Gun on Wife – Arrested

The white right’s favorite killer is at it again. This time threatening his wife and father-in-law with a gun.

This is the third time he has been in trouble with the law since escaping a murder conviction.

As story 2 points out – the Florida Police kicked him loose without charges…Again.

George Zimmerman questioned by police after wife reports gun threat

George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted of murder two months ago in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, was questioned on Monday by police after his estranged wife called 911 saying he threatened her with a gun.

“He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and keeps saying step closer … and he’s gonna shoot us,” a breathless and clearly scared Shellie Zimmerman told the police emergency operator, according to the 911 call released by police.

“He’s just threatening all of us with his firearm,” she added.

Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce last week, also said her husband had punched her father in the nose and smashed her iPad.

“I don’t know what he’s capable of. I’m really, really scared,” she told the 911 operator.

Lake Mary, Florida, police spokesman Zach Hudson said no one had been arrested or injured after police officers were called to a house belonging to Shellie Zimmerman’s father, David Dean.

At one point she told her father to take cover. “Dad, Dad, get inside the house. George might start shooting at us,” she can be heard shouting.

“Oh my God, oh my God,” she added, breaking down in tears.

Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell later said Shellie and her father did not to plan to press charges.

Zimmerman was briefly put in a patrol car and later the former neighbor watchman accused his wife of being the aggressor in the incident, he said.

“There was an altercation and one party put their hands on another party,” Hudson added. “We’re still trying to figure out who touched whom.”

Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara arrived at the scene and was expected to make a statement later, according to O’Mara’s spokesman Shawn Vincent.

The three-bedroom house on a cul-de-sac in a leafy suburb of Orlando was where the couple lived during George Zimmerman’s month-long trial, said Shellie’s brother, David Dean Jr.

Shellie and her father arrived on Monday with a truck and a trailer to remove Shellie’s belongings from the house after she filed for divorce last week.

Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13 of murdering 17-year-old Martin as the teenager walked back to the townhouse where he was staying after buying snacks at a nearby convenience store. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in February 2012 in self-defense.

George Zimmerman won’t be charged after alleged domestic incident

No charges will be filed against George Zimmerman after an alleged altercation with his estranged wife and her father, Lake Mary, Florida, Police Chief Steve Bracknell said Monday.

“Shellie Zimmerman has declined prosecution (after consulting with her attorney),” Bracknell said.

George Zimmerman had been temporarily detained by police after Shellie Zimmerman told 911 Monday that he had threatened her and her father with a weapon.

On the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce last week, is breathing heavily when she tells a dispatcher that Zimmerman is still at the house.

“He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun, and he’s saying, ‘Step closer.’ He’s just threatening all of us with his firearm,” she says….

Quite frankly – you can’t blame her for being afraid to prosecute and testify in Florida with their half-assed policemen, and jumped up kangaroo courts. They would probably wind up putting her in jail for being abused.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Domestic terrorism

 

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