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Quan: “Youth confessed to me that if they had jobs they wouldn’t be selling drugs”

From left to right: Pastor David Kiteley, Mayor Jean Quan, Bishop Bob Jackson and Pastor Russell Duley. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

By David Scott

Mayor Jean Quan addressed the Pastors of Oakland last week at Calvary Temple in Oakland to speak about jobs, education and the future of Oakland.
Quan the first Chinese-American Mayor of a major U.S. city, told the ministers about her invitation from President Barack Obama to visit the White House with San Francisco interim-Mayor Ed Lee, to meet with President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China at  a State Dinner.
She also reported that in another recent meeting with White House Staff that she would be receiving resources for jobs and job creation in Oakland. Quan informed the pastors that all the Unions of Oakland are on the verge of negotiating new contracts that need to be approved by the City Council.
When asked about the proposal to close 10 out of 14 Libraries including African-American Museum and Library of Oakland,  Mayor Quan  replied, “The libraries are safe, don’t worry. We need the Republican Party to release the budget which is being held hostage, so we can generate summer jobs for our youth. Many young men that I spoke with confessed that if there were jobs available, “I wouldn’t be selling drugs”.
She said because, “Most crimes are committed on Friday and Saturday evenings, in consequence we are launching Late Night Live.  The East Oakland Youth Development Center, Rainbow Recreation Center, and Occur Computer Labs will be open late both nights for our youth. 100 Black Men have stepped up to the plate, volunteering their time to support our youth,”  Said Mayor Quan.

Official Notification of African American Farmers About $1.25 Billion Class Action Settlement Begins

(Washington, DC) – The Court-ordered process of officially notifying African American farmers and their  heirs  about  the $1.25  billion “Pigford  II”  class  action  settlement,  In  re  Black  Farmers Discrimination Litigation, is underway.
Class  members  should  visit  www.BlackFarmerCase.com  or  call 1-877-810-8110  for  complete information, including the detailed notice, key dates, and claims-filing information.
African American farmers around the country who tried to file a claim in the 1999 Pigford Settlement but were unable to receive a decision on the merits because their claims were late are now receiving information about their legal rights and options under the Settlement by postal mail.   A comprehensive paid published notice program will complement this direct notice.  The program will include a nationwide radio advertising campaign, including heavy focus on areas where large numbers of class members are believed to live.   A Summary Notice will also be published in a variety of print publications including African American newspapers, general market daily and community newspapers, and farming and ranching trade publications.  Finally, online ads will appear on a variety of websites.
The plaintiffs and USDA announced the proposed settlement in late 2010 and President Obama signed the bill authorizing payment of the Settlement on December 9, 2010.  If approved by the Court, the settlement will resolve discrimination claims related to USDA farm loans and other benefits.   The proposed settlement includes $1.25 billion for cash payments and loan forgiveness for class members who file valid claims.
Class members eligible for the Settlement are African Americans who farmed (or attempted to farm) between January 1, 1981 and December 31, 1996; were prevented from Read more

President Obama Addressed the British Parliament

President Obama is the first American president to give an address to the British Parliament in Westminster Hall. It is a distinction denied to previous U.S. heads of state and has been used by only three foreign leaders since the Second World War. He kicked off his speech with a joke: that following in the footsteps of the Queen, Pope and Nelson Mandela was either “a very high bar or the beginning of a joke”. He addressed a variety of topics such as Afghanistan, the death of Bin Laden and human rights. He reflected on the shared history between the two countries and how they could work together to confront their common challenges.

President Obama is the first American president to give an address to the British Parliament in Westminster Hall. It is a distinction denied to previous U.S. heads of state and has been used by only three foreign leaders since the Second World War.
He kicked off his speech with a joke: that following in the footsteps of the Queen, Pope and Nelson Mandela was either “a very high bar or the beginning of a joke”.
He addressed a variety of topics such as Afghanistan, the death of Bin Laden and human rights. He reflected on the shared history between the two countries and how they could work together to confront their common challenges.