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“Ripley Believe It or Not If You Don’t Get Your Act Together You Are Going to Hell!”

What would it take for you to realize that it is time to put your house in order? That it’s time for you to get your act together! Oh, I know, you’re hoping to be like the thief on the cross and meet your Savior in just the last minutes of your life? Well thus saith the Lord, “I want you to give careful thought to this once again, “What is your life? A vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes away.” [James 4:13-17]. Get your act together or you are going to Hell! Set your house in order, and pray that you are found worthy to escape the tribulation that is coming upon the whole world. Warning after warning in Scripture, telling you that the time is short; have sense enough to discern the signs of the times and see then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise… [Ephesians 5:16]. I want you to know that Hezekiah was forced to reflect on all aspects of his life. He had to wrestle with the short time he had yet to live. He had to wrestle with what would happen after death. You see, death for all of us is just a breath away. And the nearer death is, the closer we are to answering to God for all we have said and done.”[2 Corinthians 5:10]. Get your act together or you are going to Hell! Believe it or not!

I want you to know that when Paul preached to Governor Felix he reasoned of righteousness, temperance and judgment to come. Thus, Felix was terrified! When Peter preached, the people were pricked in their hearts and cried out, “What must we do?” Today however, nobody trembles and cries out in anguish over their sins. Just like when Stephen preached they stopped their ears and all rushed upon him. But I tell you life is short; death is sure and God’s judgment is coming. So as [2 Kings 20:1] admonish you, “Set thine house in order for thou shalt die and not live.” Prepare to meet thy God! [Amos 4:12]. Your very salvation depends upon it. The Bible makes it perfectly clear that God’s judgment is certain. And it IS coming! [Acts 17:31] tells us, “…because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” I don’t know about you, but even now I can hear the thunderous hooves of the four horses storming across the stage of human history, bringing deception, wars, hunger and death on a scale so massive it staggers the mind! Our time is growing short! While no man knows the day or the hour…all of the major players are walking onto the world stage. I believe that we are literally watching Bible prophecy unfold before our very eyes. So I will make it as clear as I can. Get your house in order. While you do not live in fear, you must be prepared. Your time grows shorter with every waking hour. Don’t wait another second to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life. You have no time to waste! Death is not just probable, but absolutely certain, and can happen at any minute,

“Then I saw another angel flying the in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth, to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wind of the wrath of her fornication.” Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength in the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever, and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosever receives the mark of his name.” [Revelation 14: 6:11].

“So teach us to number our days that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” [Psalms 90:12].

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Black Off-Duty Cop Shot by White Fellow Officer Who Was ‘Fearing for his Safety’

Publishers Corner

Clifton Harris

Publisher of The San Bernardino AMERICAN News

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A Black off-duty cop was shot in St. Louis, Mo., by a fellow police officer who was “fearing for his safety,” despite other cops on the scene recognizing him as an officer. Rufus Tate Jr., an attorney for the injured officer, has stated that race absolutely played a factor in the shooting.

None of the seven officers involved in the incident have been identified, but they are all currently on administrative leave as the department sorts through the incident.

According to the police report, the incident began on June 21 when a group of anti-crime detectives were pursuing three suspects, who are all Black, in a stolen car crime. The suspects began firing at the officers, but they eventually crashed the vehicle they were driving. They fled on foot, and two officers began shooting the suspects.

At this point the Black officer, an 11-year veteran with the force who lives near where the incident took place, came from his residence, carrying his department-issued firearm. The report states that two officers initially challenged him upon his arrival and ordered him to the ground, and the officer complied. But the on-duty officers then recognized the Black cop and told him to stand up and walk toward them.

The unidentified shooter, an eight-year veteran with the police force, was just arriving on the scene and, “fearing for his safety and apparently not recognizing” he fired one shot, striking the off-duty officer in the arm.

The officer was treated at a hospital and has since been released.

In the police report, you have so far, there is no description of threat he received,” Tate, the attorney, told the Fox affiliate. “So we have a real problem with that. But this has been a national discussion for the past two years. There is this perception that a Black man is automatically feared.”

This perception has been in the national spotlight for the past several years. It appears that this very perception is what led to the death of Philando Castile in 2016, recently released video suggests.

St. Anthony Police Department Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled over 32-year-old Castile last July in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., and asked for Castile’s license and registration. Castile complied and then informed the officer that he had a firearm. Yanez immediately reached for his holster. Castile calmly told Yanez he was not going to pull out the weapon. Despite Castile’s compliance Yanez shot him seven times, twice in the heart, while Castile’s girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter sat in the car.

Castile’s permit to carry was later found in his wallet.

Like the St. Louis officer, Yanez said he feared for his life after Castile began reaching for a firearm. But the dashboard camera video does not clarify whether Castile had reached for his gun he told the officer he was carrying.

Research has concluded that this perception is all too common. A study published earlier this year found that Black men are in fact often perceived as being larger and more capable of causing harm than white men who are the same size.

Racial Bias in Judgments of Physical Size and Formidability: From Size to Threat,” published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, concluded that “people have a bias to perceive young Black men as bigger (taller, heavier, more muscular) and more physically threatening (stronger, more capable of harm) than young White men.”

Participants also believed that the Black men were more capable of causing harm in a hypothetical altercation and, troublingly, that police would be more justified in using force to subdue them, even if the men were unarmed,” said John Paul Wilson, PhD, of Montclair State University, one of the study’s lead authors.

According to the study, this only applies to the non-Black participants:

Although both Black and White participants perceived Black targets as more physically muscular than White targets, the difference was significantly smaller for Black participants. Furthermore, Black participants did not show the race-based difference in harm perceptions that White participants did.”

Black participants saw Black and white subjects as similarly capable of causing harm.

Previous research has found that when Blacks and Latinos are stopped by police, they are not significantly more likely than whites to be shot or killed.

According to “Perils of police action: a cautionary tale from US data sets,” the root of the issue is that Blacks and Latinos — particularly men — are more likely to be stopped by police in the first place. A practice of discriminatory policing is therefore the problem.

The authors write:

On average, an estimated 34 people were killed or medically treated for injury by law enforcement per 10,000 stops/arrests. That ratio is surprisingly consistent by race/ethnicity. Blacks have high arrest and stop rates, and per capita are much more likely than whites to die at the hands of police. However, when Blacks are stopped or arrested, they are no more likely than whites to be injured or die during that incident.”

Blacks and Latinos are also more likely to be arrested as a result of a police stop than whites — 85 percent of Blacks and 82 percent of Latinos were arrested following a stop, compared to 71 percent of whites.

In a 2016 interview for The Society Pages Rashawn Ray of the University of Maryland’s sociology department said that departments should examine their strategies for going out and making arrests.

We need to know the approach that police precincts use to actually go out and stop people,” he said. “In other words, are they posted up doing DUI stops and speed checks and if so where do they do these speed checks? Are they more likely to do them in predominantly Black neighborhoods? So if you are doing a DUI check in predominantly Black neighborhoods, even though Blacks are less likely to use drugs than whites, then you are going to find more Blacks with drugs and you are going to end up convicting more Blacks.”

Arrests could lead to death, too, as was the case of Sandra Bland. Bland was pulled over in Prairie View, Texas, in a routine traffic stop on July 10, 2016, for failing to signal when changing lanes. Dash cam footage showed excessive force during her encounter with a state trooper. Bland was eventually taken to Waller County jail, where she was found dead in her cell just three days later.

Earlier this month the parents of Michael Brown, a Black teenager shot and killed by a white cop in Ferguson, Mo. (a suburb of St. Louis), settled a lawsuit with the city over their son’s death. Brown was shot and killed in August 2014 after reportedly robbing a convenience store. His body remained in the street for four hours after his shooting.

A video of Michael Brown on the day he was shot that was just released several months ago called into question the facts surrounding his shooting. Surveillance footage from Ferguson Market & Liquor, the convenience store Brown allegedly robbed, shows that Brown was there earlier on the day he died. A filmmaker who made a documentary about the young man believes Brown and the clerk had engaged in a drug deal and that Brown returned to the store to retrieve his payment (in the form of cigarillos), not to commit a robbery.

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EDITORIAL: Trump’s Obsession with discrediting Barack Obama is what caused “Trumpcare” and other campaign promises to fail

Trump’s objective as it relates to repealing “Obamacare” was never in the interest of the taxpayers, it was to satisfy his desire to destroy Obama’s signature legislation. After failing to minimize Obama’s academic achievements at Harvard, he was desperate to find an issue he could lean on.

Trump just could not accept having a “Black” man in the “White” house especially in light of his having gone to great lengths to de-legitimize and discredit him. The envy grew and grew. In a television interview he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin saying he has been a better leader than U.S. President Barack Obama. There is no limit to what he will do and or say to reduce the public image and credibility of Barack Obama.

From entering politics as the chief promoter of the birtherism conspiracy—complete with claims of mysterious calls coming in to him with new information, to detectives he claimed he sent to Hawaii but were never heard from again—to waking up one Saturday morning tweeting, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones.”

If we learned anything about Trump since June of 2015, is that “if his lips are moving, he’s lying.” Trump’s claim of Barack Obama placing a “Tap” on his phone in Trump Tower was nothing more than an attempt to divert attention from the connection between Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Here’s a laundry list of birther declarations Trump made:

“He’s spent millions of dollars trying to get away from this issue. Millions of dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. And I’ll tell you what, I brought it up, just routinely, and all of a sudden a lot facts are emerging and I’m starting to wonder myself whether or not he was born in this country.”

“He doesn’t have a birth certificate, or if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me — and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be — that where it says ‘religion,’ it might have ‘Muslim.’ And if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion, by the way.”

“I have people that have been studying [Obama’s birth certificate] and they cannot believe what they’re finding ... I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility ... then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics.”

“His grandmother in Kenya** said, ‘Oh, no, he was born in Kenya and I was there and I witnessed the birth.’ She’s on tape. I think that tape’s going to be produced fairly soon. Somebody is coming out with a book in two weeks, it will be very interesting.”

“He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said ... He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia ... Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her, she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”

“A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate. ... Many people do not think it was authentic. His mother was not in the hospital. There are many other things that came out. And frankly if you would report it accurately I think you’d probably get better ratings than you’re getting.”

“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”

**Note: Swahili is the national language of Kenya. It is taught in schools all over the country. It is the second language for students – their first language is their tribal language.

Trump thinks the Oval Office is equivalent to the Mafia Board Room where the negative description and criticism of one’s opponent is a deadly weapon and will eventually result in the opponent’s demise. Blinded by racism and envy, Trump fails to realize that Barack Obama is one of the most popular US presidents in recent history and his insults, lies and criticism has little effect.

Trump On the Affordable Care Plan:

“I think Obamacare is a Disaster and I’ve been saying it from the time before they even voted for it. I said this plan can’t work, it’s going to be a disaster, it was a Big Lie, that is how he got it passed. President Obama said keep your doctor, keep your plan, that turned out to be a lie. He said It 28 different times. It’s a terrible plan. It’s a disgrace that we have to talk about it. Frankly, it should be repealed and replaced, and if i’m elected we’re going to repeal it, replace it with something much better, much better and much less expensive.”

President Trump likes to make outlandish promises in the moment, and then worry about actually delivering on that promise at some much later date. Prior to pulling the “Trumpcare” legislation, he promised congressional Republicans the world if they pass his health-care bill. He needed to back up his promise to America: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

Paul Ryan and his far-right colleagues have assured Americans for nearly six years that Republicans will unveil a plan for “a more affordable, higher-quality, patient-centered system.” The plan they had could not pass their own party members.

Trump never takes responsibility for his mis-steps or failures, it’s always someone else’s fault. He blamed the Democrats for their lack of support of “Trumpcare” while he had the White house and Congress on his side. He was defeated by his own party.

“We had no Democratic support,” Trump said from the Oval Office. “They weren’t going to give us a single vote.” “The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let ObamaCare explode”.

Trump’s criticism of Obama’s ACA flies in the face of his support for the Republican AHCA. He went as far as threatening to campaign against any Republican who voted against the plan which was far inferior to Obama’s ACA, so much so his own party rejected it. His objective was not in the interest of the American, people, it was in the interest of his ego.

Trump made several promises to the American people on his way to the White house: Repeal and Replace Obamacare, reverse the Iran Deal, Build a wall on the southern border, Ban all Muslims from America, and rid America of illegal immigrants.

Thus far, because of his obsession with discrediting Barack Obama, none of these promises have materialized.

He now has set his sights on tax reform. Make no mistake he will take dead aim at those tax codes that support the ACA.

Too much emphasis on discrediting Obama and too little put on leading and governing.

President Trump, you are no Barack Obama. The accomplishments of President Obama is etched in history and cannot be minimized, eradicated, or duplicated by you. Abandon the obsession and create a positive legacy of your own. The humiliation you suffered at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner does not merit this self-destructing effort. Let it go.

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Publishers Corner - Operation HOPE CEO and Founder John Hope Bryant

January, 2008 — At the request of John Hope Bryant, and inspired by the on-the-ground work of Operation HOPE, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the first ever Executive Order establishing financial literacy as the policy of the U.S. Federal government in the nation’s history.January, 2016 — At the request of John Hope Bryant, and inspired by the credibility and track record of Operation HOPE, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew made the decision to change the name of the U.S. Treasury Annex Building to the Freedman’s Bank Building.This was the first time in American history that a building has been renamed on the 18 acre White House complex. On March 3rd, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation ‘creating a bank to teach freed slaves about money and the free enterprise system.’January, 2016 — John Hope Bryant and his team organized the largest gathering of leaders in the world for the empowerment of the poor and the underserved. More than 3200 Delegates from 25+ countries gathered for the HOPE Global Forum Annual Meeting of Operation HOPE. MSNBC broadcast and webcast the Annual Meeting nationally.The Freedman’s Bank story is now the Operation HOPE narrative, and emerged out of Bryant’s storytelling about the bank in his last bestselling book, “How The Poor Can Save Capitalism. The Solution for the 100%.””How The Poor Can Save Capitalism” has now been translated into four languages (Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, Greek), and Bryant is today one of the only bestselling authors on economics in the world, who happens to be of African-American descent.Operation HOPE, founded by John Hope Bryant, is today the nation’s first nonprofit financial services network for the underserved.John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur who, through his network of philanthropic organizations, isresponsible for raising and directing more than $2.5 billion in capital in urban, inner city and underserved communities since the 1992 Los Angeles riots.Bryant has done this with a laser-like focus, using the global economy to help people help themselves. Bryant calls this a “silver rights” movement, utilizing the power of open-source capitalism, and making the free enterprise system work for all.Operation HOPE is building an economy for all.

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John Bryant is a 41-year-old whirlwind of ideas and action. Lean, intense, focused, and completely positive in his belief in the potential of poor people to prosper, with ‘a hand up and not a hand out.’”

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A natural entrepreneur, John Hope Bryant became a businessman early in life with a modest, but life changing, $40 investment from his mother in his first business idea at the age of 10.

John Hope Bryant is a ‘silver rights’ entrepreneur and businessman, author, thought leader, philanthropist and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures. Bryant has been an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents, whose work has been recognized by the last five (5) U.S. presidents.

On February 26, 2014, Bryant was appointed by President Obama to serve on his new U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, focused on the next generation of young leaders.

Mr. Bryant is one of the only bestselling authors on economics in the world today who happens to also be African-American. How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding The Path to the Middle Class (Barrett-Koehler) was selected as the Best Business Book for Economics & Finance for 2014 by 800-CEOREAD, the Best Business Book for Sustainability in 2014 by Business+Strategy and as one of the Essence Magazine Top 10 Best Books for 2014

Bryant is a TIME Magazine 50 (Leaders) for the Future (1994' cover story), and an Oprah’s Angel Network award recipient.

Philanthropy:

Bryant founded Operation HOPE, HOPE Global Forums, HOPE Global Initiatives, Operation HOPE, South Africa, Operation HOPE, Saudi Arabia, Operation HOPE, Morocco, Operation HOPE, United Arab Emirates, HOPE Inside, HOPE Business In A Box Academies, Banking on Our Future, Banking on Our Future, College Edition, HOPE Coalition America, DFRScore.org (Disaster Financial Recovery Score), EFFAK (Emergency Financial First Aid Kit for FEMA), Project 5117, 5 MILION KIDS Initiative, HOPE Corps, HOPE FILE (Fellows, Interns & Loaned Executives) Program, HOPE Office of Innovation, Research & Assessment.

Bryant co-founded Wikia-HOPE Global Money Initiative, Gallup-HOPE Index and Global Dignity.

Business:

Bryant created Bryant Group Ventures, Bryant Group Companies, Bryant Speaks, Bryant Group Real Estate, Bryant Group Africa LLC, Bryant Group Motorsports Group (in development) and Bryant Group Racing (in development).

Government:

Bryant directly inspired the creation of the City of Los Angeles loan fund (Administration of Mayor Tom Bradley), financial literacy as U.S. federal government policy, circa 2008, (George W. Bush Administration), U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Entrepreneurship Education (George W. Bush Administration), emergency financial disaster preparedness, response and recovery federal policy framework for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA (George W. Bush Administration), commitments for 100+ local financial literacy councils across the U.S., and formalized the inclusion of FEMA into federal financial capability policy (a seat on the U.S. Financial Literacy & Education Commission for the Obama Administration).

Community:

Bryant co-founded The New Leaders organization (Los Angeles) and Just Brothers (Atlanta).

Through Operation HOPE and its partners, Bryant is today responsible for more than $2 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship and community development investments in under-served communities across the U.S. Operation HOPE operates on-the-ground partnerships in more than 300 U.S. cities, South Africa, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and has served more than 1.5 million clients, recruited and mobilized more than 22,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, enjoys more than 5,000 partners from government, community (including faith) and the private sector, and is the global leader in financial dignity.

Operation HOPE, founded as America’s first non-profit social investment banking organization immediately following the Rodney King Riots of 1992, in South Central Los Angeles, today operates as a global non-profit software company, specializing in the software of human development. Reverse engineering poverty.

Published in 2009, Bryant is the author of business bestseller LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), which remained on the business bestseller list for a total of 18 months. Bryant was at the time one of the only bestselling business authors in America who was African-American.

Published in 2014, How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. The Solution for the 100% (Berrett-Koehler), has already been licensed for Arabic, Korean, Portuguese and Greek languages. The book has also been widely recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek, TIME Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Black Enterprise Magazine and Essence Magazine, and has been featured in numerous media interviews, including CNBC Squawk Box, CNBC On The Money, Fox Business News, and a host of others nationwide.

Mr. Bryant served U.S. President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment, and a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. In this role Bryant represented the broad interest of approximately 100 million American citizens who struggle at the margins. Under President Obama.

Prior to this, Mr. Bryant served U.S. President George W. Bush as Vice-Chairman of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, and Chairman of that Council Committee on the Underserved as well. Operation HOPE’s work led then President Bush to sign an Executive Order establishing financial literacy as federal policy for the first time in U.S. history.

Raised in Compton and South Central Los Angeles, California and homeless for 6-months of his life by age 18, John Hope Bryant has traveled to more than 100 countries, tirelessly promoting the virtues of hope, self-esteem, love leadership, dignity, empowerment and opportunity for all.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton described Mr. Bryant in his bestselling book GIVING saying, “John Bryant is a 41 year-old whirlwind of ideas and action. Lean, intense, focused, and completely positive in his belief in the potential of poor people to prosper, with ‘a hand up and not a hand out.”

In his private business, Bryant leads Bryant Group Cos., and serves on the corporate board of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE), an NYSE publicly traded company and a division of $90 billion private equity firm Ares Capital Management. Bryant serves as chairman of the ACRE Compensation Committee.

Bryant also serves on advisory boards for the Gallup Government Leadership Academy, the Kaplan University Business School, and the Desmond Tutu Center. Bryant is also a regular contributor for the Huffington Post and LinkedIn Influencers.

Bryant is a former UN goodwill ambassador to the U.S., a partner with former U.S. President Clinton and his foundation teaching financial literacy, and working with HOPE global spokesman Ambassador Andrew Young, is bridging civil rights to silver rights.

Bryant has received more than 500 awards and citations for his work to empower low-wealth communities including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Legacy Award, and was People Magazine’s “Community Hero,” on the 10th anniversary of the worst urban civil unrest in U.S. history.

Bryant’s work has been recognized with the 11th ever John Sherman Award for Financial Education Excellence from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and has received National Community Service Awards from both Spelman College and Livingstone College, and the CUNY/Queens College President’s Award. The USC School of Social Work annually awards an endowed USC John Bryant Scholarship to a deserving student. Mr. Bryant has received an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Paul Quinn College of Dallas, Texas, and in April 2008, Bryant completed the Harvard University John K. Kennedy School of Government, Global Public Policy and Leadership Program, as a Young Global Leader.

In the backdrop of the Great Recession of 2009, Mr. Bryant joined Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, Archbishop-Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Global Dignity co-founders HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland, for the closing session of the Annual ‘Davos’ Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on the subject “dignity for all.” Global Dignity is now active in 55 countries.

Connecting civil rights with a 21st century vision for silver rights, Operation HOPE operates its flagship HOPE Inside location at Ebenezer Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Ebenezer Church was Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s pastoral church, and the Center itself was built in honor of Martin Luther King, Sr. Daddy King

Bryant is a co-founder of Global Dignity, a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a founding member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, the founding curator of the Forum of Global Shapers, Atlanta Hub (World Economic Forum), a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and a member of Ebenezer Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2015, Bryant created Bryant Group Motorsports to advance his passion for auto racing, as a sport, and a vehicle for greater social inclusion. He holds a full competition-racing license. In April 2016, Bryant took a 3rd place overall podium finish and a 1st place win in his class during the Phakisa 2-Hour Endurance Race in South Africa. This was his first official race ever. Bryant now races in South Africa as a member of the Fantastic Racing Team, as their U.S. driver.

Bryant launched a live “silver rights” video series on Facebook in early 2016. The impactful channel has received approximately 4 million views in the first three months!

John Hope Bryant was born on February 6, 1966, in Los Angeles, California, and resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Professor Natasha Bryant.

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A Note In The Snow

Last week, I flew to Detroit with my team at the request of a major west coast publication. When I landed, they got cold feet; assignment cancelled. Without funding to continue, I should have headed home. But I was getting tips of nasty doings with the ballots in Motown. I could get the evidence that Trump’s victory was as real as his tan.

So I tucked my long-johns under my suit, put on my fedora, and headed out to meet the witnesses, see the evidence and film an investigative report on the Theft of Michigan. With almost no sleep (and no pay), my producer David Ambrose and I put together an investigative film—and donated it, no charge, to Democracy Now! and several other outlets.

As to the airfares, hotels, cars, camera batteries, sound equipment, local assistants and the rest, the bills have piled high as the snow and uncounted ballots. So, here I was, literally out in the cold, hoping you’d see the value of top-flight investigative reporting.

So, buddy, can you spare a dime? Or $100 or so? For that, I’ll send you my new film, the one that, back in September, told you exactly how Trump would steal it. Or a signed copy of the book that goes with it: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, a tale of billionaires and ballot bandits.

I want to thank all of you who donated to get me to Washington DC to testify at the ad hoc Congressional hearing and to speak with the Justice Department about the suppression of minority votes.

(On Monday, I was joined at the Washington Press Club by the nation’s top voting rights attorney, Barbara Arnwine; civil rights legend Ruby Sales; Muslim activist Sameera Khan. They announced plans to take legal and political action against Crosscheck, the Trumpistas’ latest Jim Crow tactic, the one our team uncovered for Rolling Stone. Khan joined me at Justice to present them 50,000 signatures (we unloaded reams of paper on them) gathered by 18 Million Rising, the Asian American advocacy group, to light a fire under Justice.

On Tuesday, I joined the presidents of the NAACP chapters of Michigan and Wisconsin and other front-line voting rights leaders, to plan next steps for this week, for this year, for this decade.

My presentation to Justice, to Congressmen and rights advocates, to the press, was so much more powerful because I arrived in DC with the goods, the evidence, the film, the facts from Michigan, from the scene of the electoral crime.

So, in the end, my assignment wasn’t cancelled: I went to work for YOU. Because I have faith that my readers agree that this work is important, that I’m not on some fool’s errand.

The US media doesn’t want to cover the vote theft—because, hey, the count is over—and we should get over it. I am not over it. I am standing my ground. Let me know if you think I’ve made the right decision. Feed the team. I have nothing to offer you in return except some signed discs and books (or the Combo)— and the facts.

Continue Supporting the 2016 Stolen Election Investigation because it ain’t over and we’re not done. – Greg Palast

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Letter to the Editor: Experience Is The Best Teacher

In this year of unprecedented politics, there are those who would tell me how I should think and feel as an African-American. I ask, if the African-American experience is so bad, what have you personally done to alleviate the situation? What is your personal experience with the African-American community? I have a few personal experiences I would share.

On a visit to Little Rock, Arkansas, shortly after Bill Clinton was elected president, I personally met with key administrators of his transition team decision-makers, which were African-American. African-Americans have been employed in his administrations throughout Bill Clinton’s political career.

President Clinton appointed Rodney Slater U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Rodney is an African-American married to the daughter of my schoolmate, Henry Wilkins III, who attended all-Black Merrill High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Hillary Clinton worked with the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) which was founded by African-American Marion Wright Edelman in 1973. CDF is the leading nonprofit advocacy organization in the United States for children’s rights. A leading coalition is the Black Community Crusade for Children.

In 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, Hillary Clinton worked with the African-American student organization at Wellesley College to organize a two day strike.

On October 16, 2016, while visiting the Museum of Black History and Culture at the historically Black AM&N College/University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, I met an art major graduate who is currently employed as an archivist in the Clinton administration. This young lady is responsible for preserving artifacts, and making restorations, such as she did on the broken nose of President George Washington’s face. She is employed to also be responsible for archiving memorabilia, such as Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe. I have found African-Americans involved at all levels of the Clinton’s experience.

I could go on and on. If my African American experience is as bad as you purport, you have not walked in my shoes, and if you provided no jobs or shoes for my feet, you cannot talk to me, or for me. Sorry, “I can’t hear what you say for seeing what you do”.

On Tuesday November 8, I will cast my vote for proven experience.

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Tale of Many Cities: Unmade In America St. Louis: City of Gabriels

Publishers Corner

Clifton Harris

Publisher of The San Bernardino AMERICAN News

Tale of Many Cities: A five part series. The five cities are: St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Birmingham, AL

Tale of Many Cities: Unmade In America

St. Louis: City of Gabriels

Written by Gerald Taylor

A city can be known by her sounds. St. Louis gave birth to so many majestic horn players she earned the nickname, “City of Gabriels.” Homegrown talents like Miles Davis and Clark Terry created sounds that were complex, provocative, and soul-stirring. Parallel to the rich blare of trumpets, St. Louis was making other music.

During the post-World War II manufacturing boom, the stomp of steel being flattened and formed, the sizzle and buzz of a welder’s torch, and the rhythmic clicks of a conveyor belt mixed it up like jazzy love tunes. These were some of the sweetest St. Louis sounds. As her workers prospered, they bought homes, paid taxes, and fueled an economy that contributed to the rise and vibrancy of middle class communities.

Her black neighborhoods also thrived. The Ville — once a beacon of the black middle and even upper classes in St. Louis — was home to black professionals, entertainers, and elegant mansion-sized brick homes. Small businesses abounded. Dentists’ and other doctors’ offices, a movie theater, a hotel, and stores of every type stood proud. Arthur Ashe, Tina Turner, and Chuck Berry all attended The Ville’s Sumner High School — the first school west of the Mississippi to provide secondary education to black students.

Viable communities like The Ville were largely sustained by the magnitude of manufacturing jobs in St. Louis. Those jobs were secure, paid fairly, and ensured people without college degrees had equal opportunities to participate in the American dream.

That participation engendered pride magnified at workplaces like Granite City Mill, which supplied steel products to industries ranging from construction to container to tubing and piping, and yes, automotive. During her heyday, St. Louis was second only to Detroit in auto manufacturing, with Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors Co. plants located within her boundaries.

As gleaming new cars rolled off assembly lines, factory employees knew what they did mattered; the manifestations of their work literally kept America moving, until it did not. When the sounds resonating from her steel mills, factories, and automotive plants changed — from the stomping, sizzling, click-clack love timbres to the awful cacophony of ripping away, of unmaking, of industrial flight — it broke the heart of the city. It was worse than the blues.

While industrial flight goes back to the 1970s, the pain it caused has become most glaring since the turn of the century. The staggering disappearance of 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between March 1998 and December 2013 rocked many American communities.

St. Louis has grieved over her share of that abandonment. She lost her Ford plant in 2006; the subsequent closing of two Chrysler assembly plants wiped out more than 6,000 jobs. In general, more than 43,000 direct and indirect jobs are gone. More than 43,000 families were left in financial quagmires about how to pay the mortgage, save for retirement, fix the roof, repair the brakes on the car, or take the child to the dentist. It was eviscerating, leaving blight the size of craters, especially in her once regal, storybook community: The Ville.

Industrial flight has a dramatic impact on everyone. Depleted industrial centers endure the long term effects of unemployment and diminished public services. The declining tax base means less money for schools, roadways, and public safety. But the impact is intensified as it reverberates like ear-splitting sirens through black communities.

That was certainly the case with The Ville. Today, huge swaths of the once proud and stately neighborhood resemble a bombed-out war zone, with few vestiges of its former glory. Many of those elegant brick homes are now abandoned eyesores. Some blocks have been reduced to vacant lots of overgrown grass. Five schools sit idle, like so many St. Louis factories and mills. The murder rate has soared. Unemployment has gone through the caved-in roofs. Many still there feel trapped, hopeless, disengaged — in this, the “City of Gabriels.”

Gabriel, according to some biblical interpretations, is the favored angel who will sound the trumpet to wake the dead. If St. Louis can develop her workforce to meet her changing needs, so even those without a college degree can once again be on a path to live the American dream; if she can reverse the decline of her faltering Infrastructure and invest in major restoration of profoundly impacted neighborhoods like The Ville; if U.S. trade policy can stand with her, not against her, ensuring that trade and import agreements do not disadvantage her workers, then it may be possible for St. Louis to have a new sound. She could blow that beautiful extended blare: the sound of awakening, signaling that those parts of her thought dead are coming alive once again.

So, as the song says, “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.”

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The Black Publishers Roundtable with Attorney General Kamala Harris on August 25th at the Los Angeles Sentinel office

A roundtable meeting of Black Publishers was held Thursday, August 25, 2016 in Los Angeles. The meeting with the California Attorney General Kamala Harris was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Danny and Pamela Bakewell, Publishers of the Los Angeles Sentinel. The objective of the meeting was to inform the black publishers of the accomplishments made by Kamala in the area of Criminal Justice Reform in California.

Ms. Harris is also a candidate for the US Senate seat being vacated by Mrs. Barbara Boxer. One of her campaign themes is to promote Truth, Transparency, & Trust in Law Enforcement. As Senator, Ms. Harris pledges to fight for innovative, fair, and impartial police practices across America, and continue to work to reform our broader criminal justice system. She insists on transparency by publishing data for all Law Enforcement Agencies in one place. More information is available at www.KamalaHarris.org

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Publishers Corner: Letter To The Editor - I AM Voting

I read the headlines of the newspaper in total disbelief! The right to vote is a hard earned privilege. It was paid for with blood, sweat, tears, and lives.

A professed leader in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement reportedly said, “I ain’t voting until Black Lives Matter”. I cannot believe that any informed, self-respecting African American will openly proclaim that he or she will not vote! This is a gross indignity because of the sacrifices and lives lost by our predecessors in order to gain the right to vote. This misguided individual tramples on the graves of Sojourner Truth; Fannie Lou Hamer; the Mississippi Freedom Riders; Barbara Jordan, Dr. Martin Luther King, and the sacred graveyard list goes on and on.

Supporters of the “I ain’t voting” cognitive dissonance trample on the grave of my mother who was told she would lose her teaching job if she joined the NAACP and conducted a voter registration drive. She joined, became a lifetime NAACP member, and conducted a voter registration drive. She did not lose her job and the family survived.

We survived in spite of the racists who burned our family cotton gin (3 times) and general store to the ground. Our family provided merchandise, and rides for neighbors to go to town, to register, to vote, to shop, and to conduct business. Comradery existed whereby you picked up and provided a ride to someone walking by the side of the road.

We survived in spite of the fact that schools for Black children were closed 3 and 4 months of the school year to work in the cotton fields. We survived in spite of having to walk 10 miles to school while school buses for white children threw dust up in our faces. We survived many adversities in order to be where we are today. I WILL vote.

Black people were castigated, tortured, lynched and suffered terrible deaths for just expressing the desire to vote. It was through the power of the vote that we defeated segregationists George Wallace of Alabama, and Governors Lester Maddox and Orville Faubus of Arkansas. If one of the reported leaders of the BLM is an attorney, as reported, he should be well aware of the court battles of Attorney and Chief Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. As an Arkansan, I watched Attorney Thurgood Marshall and local attorneys like Attorney George Howard, engage in battle on behalf of the Little Rock Nine students’ effort to get an education at Central High School. Mrs. Daisy Bates and the State Press Newspaper (distributed by my mother) espoused the power of the vote to change the segregationist structure in Arkansas. These students (and many others) endured insults, life threats, personal danger, and loss of life to get a competitive education and learn that using the word “Ain’t” was not acceptable in the competitive corporate world. We fought for a competitive education and the right to vote in order to right the wrongs. I WILL vote!

Rhetoric is cheap. BLM threatens to give the presidency to Donald Trump. Why? I am amazed at how gullible some people are to the unfounded promises uttered by this individual. He promises jobs but he makes products abroad and sells them to consumers in America. How will providing jobs abroad “make America great”? He can begin by bringing those jobs to America, and assure that “Made in America” is on all of his products. As a businessman, carefully scrutinize his business record and his tax return (which he refuses to release).

He speaks of diversity but uses the terminology “my African-American” which to me equates to the slogan, “my Nigger”, so frequently used in my youth.

Donald Trump uses negative slogans, personal insults, and exhibits totally unprofessional, crass behavior, unrepresentative of the values taught us as children. How could any self-respecting African-American, knowledgeable of our ancestral history, threaten to vote for a self-aggrandizement individual who exhibits such unethical behavior? We should not jump from the frying pan into the fire. This is not a game of marbles between children. This is a serious world event which will impact the future of every human being on this earth, especially those of minority ethnic background.

I ask those who thought the Democratic inclusion of mothers of slain Black men was just “political theater”, what did the Republicans do to indicate the importance of this issue? How did they show the seriousness of the Black Lives Matter movement? News reports indicate “BLM Threatens to Hand Trump the Presidency”. Why? What has he done to earn it? This is not a TV show. This is survival. I sincerely hope that self-grandiose individuals will not be successful in spewing their venom and preying on the sensibilities of the uninformed.

I WILL vote, and I urge every eligible voter to become adequately informed, VOTE, and Don’t Forget The Bridges That Brought Us Over!

Dr. Mildred Henry

My Vote Counts

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Taking the 5th -- a New Low for Elected Sheriffs in San Bernardino County? By Robert Conaway

James Ramos, Chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors
Robert A. Lovingood, Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisors
Janice Rutherford, Supervisor
Curt Hagman, Supervisor
Josie Gonzales, Supervisor
c/o Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Laura Welsh
385 North Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415 Fax No (909) 387-4554

Subject: Asking Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator John McMahon & Commander Jeff Rose to resign and pursuant to Penal Code 995.2 et seq, for the County to Cease funding their defense costs

Dear County leadership:

This letter is submitted to each member of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors as a privileged communication by a private citizen, petitioning his government for a redress of a grievance protected under the Constitutions of the State of California and the United States.

Following this cover letter is a stipulation from counsel in certain prison litigation against John McMahon, Jeff Rose and Deputy B. Teychea [lead case number 5:15-cv-02515-JGB-DTB].

As a matter of disclosure, I do not represent any of the parties nor do I have any prison abuse cases clients, nor a promise of any work from any firm that is handling same. I write this letter as a private citizen as stated above.

I am persuaded the County needs to terminate Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator J. McMahon, Commander J. Rose & Deputy Teychea & to cease paying for their defense under Penal Code 995.2(a).

There are several reasons that terminating the individual defendants pleading the 5th make sense:

1. McMahon’s, Rose’s and Teychea’s attorney [Matthew Harrison of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith firm] states on page 2, lines 18-21 “ the individual defendants will be required to assert their fifth amendment rights when responding to discovery and defending the case.” A casual reading of the lawsuits shows abuses that shock the conscious, are immoral, unlawful and violations of the inmates’ civil rights are alleged–the legal inference, is they have violated the law which is an allowable inference in a federal civil case.

2. McMahon’s, Rose’s and Teychea’s attorney [Matthew Harrison of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith firm] states on page 2, lines 13-18 “...the FBI continues to conduct a criminal investigation into the allegations made by Plaintiffs and a federal grand jury has been convened”, reflecting the problem has not been resolved.

3. Widespread improprieties involving the jail are not new for Sheriff McMahon as he was the top officer at the County jail when multiple strip search abuses led to lawsuits and $100,000,000 plus in civil settlements actual and anticipated [which the Board approved].

4. There is no effective oversight without termination, as while the County Grand Jury has a duty to inspect the jails, they have not commented in their reports on anything involving the past decade of known abuses, almost as if the County Grand Jury [ funded by the Board of Supervisors and which has the power to request the Grand Jury investigate any subject within statutory jurisdiction and is advised by a deputy district attorney whose boss, Mike Ramos, is a long time political ally of McMahon and each member of the Board) is scared or intimidated (or both) to address the ongoing problems.

5. McMahon was the last in a line of sheriffs appointed by the Board of Supervisors after a mid term resignation of an elected sheriff facing inquiries, showing a chain of ignoring, at the supervisorial level problems the appointees have had managing the jails lawfully.

McMahon, Rose and Teychea should be asked to resign and the County should not any longer defending them under Penal Code 995.2(a).

Sincerely,


ROBERT D. CONAWAY

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