Janet C. Salazar: International Women’s Day 2012
: March 8 is International Women’s Day!
And what better way to celebrate than participating and joining other women from across the globe at a very powerful women’s forum at the UN, “The Role of Business in Empowering Women”.
This year marks the third occasion that the U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center and the United Nations Office for Partnerships
have convened great minds to focus on global development’s opportunities, challenges, and collaborations. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Working Together for the Sake of MBE's
I attended the Business Mixer & Legislative Luncheon sponsored by EDTI on Friday May 8, 2009. The successful event was well-attended and a lot of very valuable information was presented to the those in attendance.
The attendance at this event and every other Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) event attracts more participants than any other events including education forums.
This very important fact should alert everyone that the lack of MBE participation in federal, state and local government contracting is an issue that has finally been put on the front burner and won't go away. I applaud the leaders who have sacrificed much to fight the good fight to hold government and you accountable. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: The Passing of Chet Howard
I'm saddened to inform you that a champion of MBE advancement and a member of the Prince George's Business and Community Coalition (PGBCC) has gone on to be with the Lord.
Rev. Chet Howard passed on Wednesday May 6, 2009 and we will sorely miss him. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROBERT MICHAEL FRANKLIN ’75
When Maynard Jackson ’56 died in 2003, the world lost an irreplaceable leader, a one-of-a-kind statesman and a Morehouse legend. As the City of Atlanta’s first African American mayor, Maynard impressed both his champions and his detractors with his passion for social justice and his unrivaled ability to organize. Fellow alumnus Richard Grigsby ’78, then an associate in the law firm co-founded by Jackson, best captured the genius of Brother Jackson in an article titled “Revolutionary in a Blue PinstripeSuit.” Maynard Jackson loved Morehouse and he wanted each new generation of men of Morehouse to follow his example—an example that President Mays inspired in all of us. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Obama's Foreign Affairs
President Barack Obama’s recent foreign trips have generated quite a bit of reaction within our country. Having studied foreign affairs in graduate school and having done work in other countries, I have a somewhat different take than most Republicans, especially the conservative ones. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: OBAMA FURY GONE WILD
Conservative radio and broadcast media hosts are acting like little more than modern day electronic klansmen doing the bidding of the Republican corporate elite; a bunch of digitized, college-degreed corporate whores cheering for the downfall of our nation that is now under the leadership of Barack Obama (I think I can again hear the cries of “Kill him!” shouted at some of the McCain/Palin Republican rallies). Read in Full >>
Op/Ed by Avon Bellamy: AMERICANS BEWARE
Someone will have to explain the Republican leadership to me. Do they really believe that the rest of American citizens are stupid with a capital “S”? Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Peace in Middle East
Petition to the UN Security Council, the European Union, the Arab League and the USA:
We urge you to act immediately to ensure a comprehensive ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, to protect civilians on all sides, and to address the growing humanitarian crisis. Only through robust international action and oversight can the bloodshed be stopped, the Gaza crossings safely re-opened and real progress made toward a wider peace in 2009.
Sign the petition now! Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Barack Obama: The New Commander and Chief
On January 20, 2008 the world will be under the leadership of the first African American president. Before we sing, dance and think the problems for the Black community are over, lets look at the situation from a realistic perspective. People of all colors have the right and rejoice and celebrate this historic accomplishment. Furthermore, older Americans can appreciate Barack Obama’s candidacy to presidency years after Jim Crow Laws and other racist activity in America. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: The People's Republic of Wall Street
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
- Mark Twain
I can’t help but wonder what Mark Twain would have written about the recent string of government led bailouts. After all, he once opined that one should be careful about reading health books; you may die of a misprint. We’ve been led to believe that this great nation would prosper indefinitely on the basic tenets of capitalism, a meritorious set of principles grounded in the inalienable philosophy that risk should always be in direct proportion to expected return, that we are paid according to what the free markets are willing to bear and the most efficient and most productive amongst us shall reap the rewards of hard work and innovation. Well, it would seem that this very idea of a free market society is dead, and I’m told it committed suicide. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: I know first-hand: State GOP racist
What do the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) and black people have in common? Absolutely nothing! Having served as the first and only African-American to be elected as national committeeman for the Young Republican s Federation of Virginia in the early 1990s, I have spent almost 20 years trying to educate state party leaders about how to get more black people involved, but to no avail. White Republicans too often think they know more about the black community than black people themselves. Their approach has always been to tell the black community what should be important to them versus asking what is important to us. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Take Back The City 2008-09 - Tragedy at Lemmel
As all of you know, our latest Partner School in the Winning Teams
program is Lemmel Middle School. As you untouchably also know by now, there was a terrible tragedy at Lemmel last Friday as one of the students there was stabbed to death on school grounds. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Journalist Extraordinaire McCarthy Still Fasting for I Can't We Can
I opened my hand and he poured $4 in quarters into my palm. "That's all I got right now," he said.
I stood there in amazement. So many people are struggling and having such a hard time. But they get it. They seem to understand that some things are worth giving all you have. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Give Thanks and Praise: Reframing Recession into Abundance
As we gain perspective and reaffirm our faith, obstacles in our path start to seem less obstructive and more instructive. Instead of complaining about our empty gas tanks, we begin to appreciate the benefits of walking, biking or taking the bus to work. After all, most of us could stand to become a bit more physically fit. Walking to work provides us with such an opportunity. Similarly, taking the bus may relieve the stress of navigating morning traffic jams, and give us time to plan our day more effectively. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: The Reckoning of the Uninvited
Where had these people been before? Looking at those now around me, I thought how much past voting had been a closed affair. How much had we come to expect that certain people would just not show up on Election Day – to the point that some politicians even counted on it? Had our democracy really offered an “open” invitation some people simply weren’t supposed to accept? Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
This is probably the most asked question presently in America since the end of the Civil War, but I am wondering: who is asking it more? Due to the historical implications and the political climate throughout the world, the Global spotlight is clearly on the United States. The world wants to see how Barack Obama will navigate the tumultuous course ahead of him. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Immigration Matters: The Experts Weigh In on the Election and Beyond
“When immigration is part of the political debate, as it has been the past few years, it becomes a test by which Latinos gauge how politicians and parties regard us. It’s a civil rights issue as much as a debate about policy to Latinos. Stirring up anti-immigrant rhetoric does not work, but it has energized one group – Latinos,“ added Murguia. “Latinos made their voices heard in this election and played a decisive role, especially in the four states of Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, and Nevada.” Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Lessons of the 1970's International Credit Crisis
In conclusion, the current banking system and the banking system of the 1970's would have collapsed without the intervention of global authorities. What this tells us is that the banks have never considered themselves responsible for the soundness of the system; it has been the job of the central banks to prevent shortages and excesses. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Time for a Republican Renaissance
Bruises are still tender from the Democrat drubbing Republicans took on Election Day. The bad news is there’s plenty more where that came from, only this time from within. Less than 12 hours following the California returns, congressional and party leaders huddled separately in basements and on impromptu conference calls and began plotting a way out of this deep, yawning ditch they’ve managed to drive the party bus into. Perhaps there was less plotting and more commiserating. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: Maryland Lawmakers Are Not Running for Cover
Despite speculation that the Governor and legislature have taken the easy way out in reforming Maryland’s tax code and squandering the surplus, one only has to read a newspaper to see that our country is facing one of the worst economic crises in a generation. If we had not had a special session last year, Maryland would be facing a $2.5 billion deficit today. Read in Full >>