Here's a look at African American issues and people making headlines throughout the country.
The Birmingham Black Nursing Association recently traveled to Montgomery to rally and shed light on the nursing shortage, and lack of access to healthcare. The organization's goal was to get the message to legislators to pass the bills that will enable nurses to provide quality healthcare to citizens of Alabama.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has helped the Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department create more than 1,400 housing units as part of a weatherization program. The effort is being funded by the Obama administration to help generate jobs.
More than 400 students marched through the streets of Richmond, Calif. to show support for peace in their neighborhoods. The march began at Harbour Way and Florida Street and concluded at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The march was in celebration of King's birthday and the arrival of Black History Month.
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The 100 Black Men of America Inc, has partnered with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about the possibility of decreasing heart problems like strokes, by researching an individual's family tree. The program will include African American males ages 11 to 18 from different cities around the country. The boys will be given materials to fill out about their families which they will then give to their health care providers. Ideally, this will help medical practitioners recognize possible risks before they arise.
Two city council members recently walked out of a budget discussion in Rohnert Park, when the topic of cuts for police officers and other public safety officials was raised. Cuts have already been made to the department, and the city government is looking at more than a million dollar deficit this year. The families of public safety employees have not ceased protesting to show their disapproval about being a constant target for cuts. Public safety makes up about 60% of the budget, and Public Safety Director Brian Masterson says, "the only way I can reduce my budget is layoffs."
Celebrations resound in Atlanta, as new Mayor Kasim Reed tries to reunite Atlanta with the rest of Georgia. Rifts have existed for some time between the capital and the rest of the state but the divide became worse once the Republicans gained power. The discord negatively affects Atlanta which is the cash cow of the entire state. Mayor Reed's platform is to bridge the gap between the governments and hopefully bring Atlanta the help it needs.
Perhaps because of the recent success of President Barack Obama, many politicians are finding it to their advantage to appeal to Black voters. Both Caucasian Democratic candidates for governor, Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes, recently released campaign ads clearly geared towards Black, although neither will admit it. Hynes' ad showed video of Harold Washington, Chicago's first Black mayor speaking of why he fired Quinn, and Quinn's ad spoke of Hynes' neglect of Chicago's historic black cemetery.
The Hennessy Community Support Program, continuing its efforts to help urban communities, has donated to three charities in Indiana--Bridges to the Baccalaureate, National United Merchants Beverage Association, and the Mozel Sanders Foundation. The different charities will support students transitioning from community college to four-year universities; young adults wanting to break into the beverage industry, and those serving Thanksgiving dinners to families in need, respectively. Hennessy donated in excess of $13,000 to these charities.