(NEW YORK - August 9, 2008) - The 2008 National Urban League annual conference is now history. But, as our Chairman, John D. Hofmeister so eloquently put it, we were in Orlando from July 30 to August 2 to make history and we did. Several thousand attendees from every corner of this country joined with us to renew our commitment to the movement, develop new strategies for the 21st century, and challenge the current Administration and the presumptive presidential nominees to make the development of an urban agenda a top national priority. We did it with an impressive array of plenary sessions and workshops which explored the wide range of issues pertinent to urban America from the loss of jobs, to the mortgage foreclosure crisis, to the dire condition of public education, to the special challenges facing African American women.
I want to personally thank everyone who attended the conference, especially Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. Both presidential candidates devoted extensive time sharing their views about how they would move the country forward during the next four years. They also took some tough questions and engaged in a dialogue with us about the needs and importance of urban America .
I am happy to report that while we never endorse political candidates, both Senators McCain and Obama endorsed the National Urban League and the objectives of our Opportunity Compact. The Compact is a comprehensive set of principles and policy recommendations designed to empower all Americans to be full participants in the economic and social mainstream of this nation. The four cornerstones of the Opportunity Compact are: The Opportunity to Thrive, Earn, Own and Prosper.
While both candidates impressed the Urban League audience with their commitment to build a stronger America , it was clear that they have very different views about how to get there. They both agreed that fixing our broken public education system is key to healing what ails our cities. But, Senator McCain touted the benefits of private school vouchers while Senator Obama argued that rather than using public money for private education, we need to demand more resources and more accountability for public schools. Senator Obama supports targeted use of Affirmative Action, while Senator McCain objects to what he calls "quotas."
One of their biggest divides is over war spending. Senator Obama argued that the tens of millions of dollars we are spending on the war in Iraq could be best spent here at home improving our schools, rebuilding our infrastructure and creating "green' jobs. Senator McCain insisted that the surge which he supported has reduced casualties and given the United States the best chance for victory.
There is so much more I want to tell you about the 2008 National Urban League conference. Fortunately, much of it, including the full speeches and dialogues with Senators McCain and Obama are now available via web cast at www.NUL.org. The conference proceedings and the dialogue with the candidates will be a valuable tool as you make your voting decisions this November.
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Governor Hogan Announced Today His Commitment to P-TECH Model Schools in Maryland: Corporate community involved, including IBM, Johns Hopkins
"I thank Governor Hogan for his strong leadership in bringing this innovative transformation of high school to Maryland and high-need districts like Baltimore," said Stanley S. Litow, IBM vice president of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs and president of the IBM International Foundation. "We devised P-TECH to address the nation’s skills crisis, and to do so for all students, not just those who are most likely to succeed, and it is already fulfilling its promise by increasing college completion rates and seeing its graduates obtain high-wage jobs. We’re committed to helping grow P-TECH, and helping Maryland youth secure a meaningful future. Nothing is more critical to Maryland’s economic success."
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The Glover Report: How To Curb Baltimore's Violence? Reconnect Black Men with Their Families
: America suffers from an over-incarceration problem and it has heavily impacted black men on a whole. Consequently, this has caused havoc on the status of the black family. This is particularly meaningful when one considers that for a long time, black children were reared in two-parent households. One Desoto Times-Tribune article even suggests that blacks were getting married at a slightly higher rate than whites through 1940. The article goes on to say that the issue is illegitimacy and that only blacks can fix this problem of high murders. I slightly disagree. I think the rest of the country has to be a part of the solution. The media, for instance, paints the face of illegal drugs in America as being heavily related to young black men. However, these men generally have no planes or boats or the cash to bankroll the drugs that permeate American streets. That takes Wall Street money, and most sane people know it. Read in Full >>
Frederick Douglass Family and Douglass Ireland Project Board to Join Dedication of Frederick Douglass Square at University of Maryland
The Frederick Douglass Ireland Project
Founded in 2011 as the Frederick Douglass/Daniel O'Connell Project, the Frederick Douglass Ireland Project highlights the inspirational role that Ireland and the Irish people played in Frederick
Douglass’s life. In 1845, as Ireland was descending into the despair of the great famine, Douglass arrived for a four-month lecture tour of the island. Douglass had escaped slavery in Maryland seven years earlier and had recently published his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself.
He was shocked and appalled by the living conditions of the Irish peasantry and likened them to conditions endured by slaves on American plantations. Douglass was greeted in cities and towns including Dublin, Belfast, and Cork by swells of enthusiastic crowds. Although Douglass continued his speaking tour in Scotland and England, it was his experience in Ireland that he described as “transformative." Read in Full >>
The Glover Report: Surprised No One Has Called for Impeachment of Rawlings-Blake
: Gilmor Homes is also a point of concern – along with the public housing facilities in Westport and McCulloh Homes – for another reason. Residents of Gilmor Homes, for those who missed it, have sparked a federal investigation as there are serious allegations of sexual harassment in this West Baltimore community. This is simply unconscionable, especially given Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s adamant support of Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. For the record, Sheila Dixon was the first 2016 Baltimore mayoral candidate to call for Graziano’s removal. Further, she praised the whistle-blower (Lucky Crosby) who boldly risked everything to tell the truth. Interestingly, Crosby was immediately fired and then rehired with a gag order. Read in Full >>