Black authors show up and show off in Baltimore by Hassan Giordano
Yesterday's special event, put on by local media group Bmorenews.com
, brought together some of the areas finest publicists and authors, including the largest black-owned press company in the country – Black Classic Press
. The publishers of famed authors such as Walter Mosley, J.A. Rogers and Amiri Baraka, BCP was represented well by the legendary, Natalie Stokes-Peters – representing its founder, Paul Coates. Read in Full >>
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
On Thursday, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
• Cynthia L. Attwood – Member, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Read in Full >>
• Stuart F. Delery – Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, Department of Justice
• Fred P. Hochberg – President, Export-Import Bank of the United States
• Allison M. Macfarlane – Member, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and upon appointment to be designated Chair
• Patricia M. Wald – Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Lloyd Austin to Lead U.S. Central Command, First African American to Lead Central Command
Today, General Lloyd Austin became the first African-American to lead the U.S. Central Command, which has a wide-ranging area of responsibility for 20 countries in the Middle East and southwest Asia. His appointment is effective immediately. Read in Full >>
PRES. OBAMA: ANNOUNCING THE NOMINATION OF THOMAS PEREZ, US Sec. of Labor
And this is not the first time that he’s chosen to be a labor secretary, either. We’ve got here today Governor Martin O’Malley, and Martin appointed Tom as Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, where he helped implement the country’s first statewide living-wage law, because he understood that a minimum wage should be a wage that you can live on. Read in Full >>
MD14: Hassan Giordano, GCOMM Announce Upcoming 'We are the Dream' Campaign Launch
As the interim coordinator for the 'We are the Dream'
campaign (looking for a young leader to coordinate upon its launch), a collaborative youth initiative designed to highlight the positive and progressive work young leaders are doing in and around Baltimore - we are seeking to schedule a time for your program/organization leaders to appear on various media outlets for interviews we've set up to promote the great work you're already doing - during this week long campaign launch - scheduled between Friday, March 29th
) and stretching through Thursday, April 4th (the 45th Anniversary of the Passing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
.). Read in Full >>
Senator Muse’s Financial Literacy Bill Passes Out of Prince George’s County Delegation
The Prince George’s County Delegation voted in favor of Senator Muse’s, Prince George’s County Board of Education – Financial Literacy Curriculum – Graduation Requirement
(HB 1073). House Bill 1073 will require the Prince George’s County Board of Education to implement a financial literacy curriculum in every middle school in Prince George’s County. The Bill will also mandate 8th grade students to complete a hands-on course in financial literacy as a middle school graduation requirement. Read in Full >>
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge Sends Letter to President Obama Over Lack of African American Cabinet Appointments
On Monday, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge sent a letter to President Obama expressing concern over the lack of African American appointments to his cabinet. The full text of the letter is below and it is available for download here
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WHITE HOUSE: New CIA Director Swearing-in
AmeriCorps: Service, Sacrifice, and Solutions
Serving communities since 1994, AmeriCorps volunteers touch the lives of millions. We honor this tradition as we celebrate AmeriCorps Week.
Sunshine Week: In Celebration of Open Government
This week, the White House is highlighting one initiative a day which demonstrates the Obama Administration’s continued commitment to open and accessible government -- the first in the series focuses on progress made improving the administration of the FOIA.
Weekly Address: End the Sequester to Keep Growing the Economy Read in Full >>
In his weekly address, President Obama said that businesses have created jobs every month for three years straight – nearly 6.4 million altogether, and have added 246,000 new jobs in February.
Best Democratic Club presents Young Leaders of Baltimore :: Sat., April 13th :: 6 to 10 pm
The B.E.S.T. Democratic Club is currently planning its “Young Leaders of Baltimore Happy Hour” on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. We are looking for our Statewide Leaders/ Organizations to help empower, engage, and energize our generation of voters to become involved in the process. We are also soliciting leaders/ organizations to purchase a sponsorship to this event at a cost of:
• Gold - $500.00
• Silver - $250.00
• Bronze - $100.00
We expect an attendance of 150-200 people. The cost of tickets for this event will be $25.00/per person which includes food, music, and a host of leaders across the State of Maryland. The location for the event will be held at “Chef Mac’s” – 4709 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214. The B.E.S.T. Democratic Club is very excited to host this event and to have the opportunity to promote such a positive event for our communities and generation. We earnestly would like you to participate and look forward in sharing this valuable experience with you. In order that our planning proceeds as we desire, we are asking each participant for confirmation by March 29, 2013 Read in Full >>
DC: From the White House
: Weekly Address: Congress Must Compromise to Stop the Impact of the Sequester
Because Republicans in Congress refused to compromise to close tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans, hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose their jobs or see their paycheck reduced, and middle class families will be hurt. Read in Full >>
President Barack Obama will be the commencement speaker for Morehouse College’s 129th Commencement in May, Morehouse
A White House official told the Atlanta Journal Constitution
that Morehouse was chosen because it is one of the nation’s leading historically black colleges and universities and is among the best and brightest institutions of higher education in the country. The official also said that Morehouseis known for its high standard for excellence in learning and social consciousness and is home to a long list of notable alumni that spans the last three centuries.
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First Lady Michelle Obama and Big Bird Team Up to Help Get Kids Healthy New Let’s Move!
First Lady Michelle Obama and Sesame Street’s Big Bird teamed up to film two public service announcements encouraging kids to eat healthy and get active. The new PSAs, which can be viewed HERE and HERE, are launched as part of the third anniversary celebration of Let’s Move! – Mrs. Obama’s initiative to ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential. Read in Full >>
In Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage March of 1913 from New York to Washington, D.C.
: Spearheaded by the 56-female Women’s Caucus, female members of both the Senate and House will assemble in the rotunda at 10:45 a.m. where they will prepare to march together into the Joint Session to be held in the House Chambers. Read in Full >>
White House LGBT Update: February 20, 2013
In this White House LGBT Update, you will learn more about the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to celebrate the extraordinary acts of ordinary citizens like Jeanne Manford, extend benefits to same-sex partners of military service members, and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the black LGBT community.
Feel free to share this news with your colleagues and networks, and please encourage them to sign up for updates. Read in Full >>
WHITE HOUSE: Photo of the Day: Meeting with Our First Responders
Washington: In Case You Missed It
Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:
Setting the Record Straight About the Sequester
Learn more about the President's plan to avoid the sequester and reduce the deficit in a balanced way by cutting spending, reforming entitlements and closing tax loopholes for the wealthiest and big corporations.
Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes in January 2013 Read in Full >>
The White House Photo Office shares a set of behind the scenes photos from January 2013.
President Obama Honors Baltimore's Janice Jackson with 2013 Citizens Medal of Honor, 2.15.13
Who is Janice Jackson of Baltimore, Maryland? Jackson is the creator and program director of Women Embracing Abilities Now, (W.E.A.N.) a nonprofit mentoring organization servicing women and young ladies with varying degrees of disabilities. She is also a professor at The University of Baltimore. Jackson has actively advocated on behalf of people with disabilities and currently serves on the board of directors for The League for People with Disabilities, the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore, and The Image Center of Maryland. She also serves on the Community Advisory Council at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and is a counselor at Kernan Rehabilitation Center. She has also founded two support groups, We Are Able People (W.R.A.P.) and Women On Wheels & Walking (W.O.W.W.).
Read more on the 2013 Citizens Medal of Honor. Read in Full >>
Public Invited to Interviews for Vacant 45th District Seat on Friday at Oliver Rec, 6 pm
Now that all of the names are in for the vacant 45th
district state legislative seat left by the passing of Delegate Hattie Harrison, interviewing will take place this Friday, February 15th
at 6 pm at the Oliver Recreation Center in Historic East Baltimore.
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President Obama to Honor Recipients of the 2012 Citizens Medal, including 2 Marylanders
Janice Jackson (Baltimore, Maryland)
Jackson is the creator and program director of Women Embracing Abilities Now, (W.E.A.N.) a nonprofit mentoring organization servicing women and young ladies with varying degrees of disabilities. She is also a professor at The University of Baltimore. Jackson has actively advocated on behalf of people with disabilities and currently serves on the board of directors for The League for People with Disabilities, the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore, and The Image Center of Maryland. She also serves on the Community Advisory Council at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and is a counselor at Kernan Rehabilitation Center. She has also founded two support groups, We Are Able People (W.R.A.P.) and Women On Wheels & Walking (W.O.W.W.). Read in Full >>
President Obama Calls for Humility at the National Prayer Breakfast
In discussing his faith at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made a call for humility -- a trait which, he noted, Washington could embrace more fully. Read in Full >>
The Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee is presently accepting resumes to fill a vacancy in the Maryland House of Delegates, 45th Legislative District.
To apply, one must be both a current registered voter in the State of Maryland and a resident of the 45th Legislative District, for at least one (1) year and all applicants must be 21 years of age to apply.
Resumes for consideration must be postmarked by Monday, February 11, 2013. Read in Full >>
Comptroller Honors Community Leader, Volunteer for Service to Area Schools: Cory McCray
WHEN: Monday, January 28, 2013
WHERE: Northeast Middle School
5001 Moravia Road
Baltimore, MD 21206 Read in Full >>
President Obama Announces Key White House Posts
: President Obama
said, “The challenges we face as a country, from rebuilding middle class security to strengthening our national security are complicated, and require thoughtful, comprehensive solutions." Read in Full >>
US AFRICOM General Carter Ham to Present on the Mission of Africa Command at Howard’s Ralph Bunche Center
Howard University’s Ralph Bunch International Affairs Center will host a presentation by General Carter F. Ham, commanding officer of the U.S. Africa Command, Thursday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. General Ham’s presentation will focus on the role and mission of the United States Africa Command. This presentation comes at a time of great interest surrounding the recent conflicts in Mali and Algeria. Read in Full >>
WHITE HOUSE: Last 1st-term news conference; Foreign Service; Major Effort to Thwart Gun Violence
President Obama invited the White House Press Corps to the East Room for one last news conference as his first term comes to an end on Monday. Before taking questions from the assembled journalists, the President took a moment to reflect on the past four years, and look ahead to his agenda for the next term, which includes new jobs, new opportunity, and new security for the middle class:
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One component to growing our economy and broadening opportunity for the middle class is shrinking our deficits in a balanced and responsible way. And for nearly two years now, I’ve been fighting for such a plan -- one that would reduce our deficits by $4 trillion over the next decade, which would stabilize our debt and our deficit in a sustainable way for the next decade. That would be enough not only to stop the growth of our debt relative to the size of our economy, but it would make it manageable so it doesn’t crowd out the investments we need to make in people and education and job training and science and medical research -- all the things that help us grow.
WHITE HOUSE: Fact Sheet: The Tax Agreement: A Victory for Middle-Class Families & the Economy
At this make or break moment for the middle class, the President achieved a bipartisan solution that keeps income taxes low for the middle class and grows the economy. For the first time in 20 years, Congress will have acted on a bipartisan basis to vote for significant new revenue. This means millionaires and billionaires will pay their fair share to reduce the deficit through a combination of permanent tax rate increases and reduced tax benefits. And this agreement ensures that we can continue to make investments in education, clean energy, and manufacturing that create jobs and strengthen the middle class. Read in Full >>
First Annual HBCU Night in Annapolis, Monday, February 4th at 5:30 pm on Lawyers Mall in front of the State Capitol
Please join us as we rally in support of equity in funding, growth and expansion of Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In addition, we are calling upon the State to settle the 2006 Federal lawsuit brought by the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Higher Education in Maryland (on behalf of the HBCUs) in a fair and just manner. Please forward this flyer to your members and supporters. We need you in Annapolis, in large numbers, on Monday, February 4, 2013. Read in Full >>
Macy's Celebrates the 2013 Presidential Inauguration!
Join Macy's as we celebrate the 2013 President Inauguration! Meet the makeup artist from your favorite name in cosmetics and enjoy expert one-on-one consultations and beauty makeovers.
RSVP here. Read in Full >>
THE USA BLACK AGENDA: National Urban League: HISTORIC GATHERING OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERS OUTLINES NATIONAL POLICY PRIORITIES
"We come together at this historic juncture to articulate our vision for those priorities that can—and must—drive economic recovery and rebirth not just for the African-American community, but also for urban communities and all low-income and working-class Americans," the leaders wrote. "As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Great March on Washington and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we must have a seat at the table to fully leverage the talents, intellectual capital and contributions of our leaders to craft a domestic agenda that brings African-Americans closer to parity and equality, and fulfills the promise of these milestones." Read in Full >>
Big Ups to Baltimore Native Son and BMORENEWS Supporter Cory McCray, B.E.S.T. Democratic Club
Kudos to Cory McCray. He is a young man on a mission. Raised on the tough streets of Baltimore, he is an emerging force in this town – ever determined to make Baltimore … better. As of late, he and his compadres have formed the B.E.S.T. Democratic Club.
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