Seceding from Sanity

Stupid is as stupid does…

And S.C. lawmakers’ efforts to “secede from “everything Obama,” deserve the kind of characterization that only Forest Gump can give, so if by chance you haven’t tuned in to the insanity channel lately, here’s what you’ve missed:

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Obama admin. ‘deeply disappointed’ by Voting Rights ruling, but not backing down

Attorney General Eric Holder expresses disappointment in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the Alabama voting rights case, Shelby County v. Holder, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at the Justice Department in Washington. The court declared unconstitutional a provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act that determines which states and localities must get Washington’s approval for proposed election changes.

President Obama and key officials within his administration allies spoke out against the Supreme Court’s ruling  on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, which functionally suspended protections against voter discrimination, vowing to continue to use the power they have to protect the right to vote in America.

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Celebrating July 4th: Toward a Season of Resistance

The June 17th Day of Direct Action (DODA) spearheaded by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is history.  “Drum Majors for Justice,” primarily from the Northeast where IBW has worked to form drug and criminal justice policy reform collaboratives, marched to the gates of the White House to demand that President Obama end the racially-biased and destructive “War on Drugs” that has so severely damaged Black families and communities and led to mass incarceration of Black people. Equally important, protesters demanded that the damage be repaired through the development of a massive jobs and economic development program with a priority on formerly incarcerated persons. It was heartwarming and encouraging to see so many unemployed youth, formerly incarcerated persons, victims of violence and fratricide, rap activists and young organizers/leaders engaged in “speaking truth to power.”

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Columbia SC 63 Honors Civil Rights Trailblazer Sarah Mae Flemming by Renaming Historic Corner

LtoR: Lincoln C. Jenkins, Sarah Mae Flemming, an unidentified witness, Matthew J. Perry on the steps of the Federal Courthouse following the civil trial of June 1956. The photograph was taken by John Goodwin. Image courtesy of South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Through a collaboration between the city of Columbia, Historic Columbia Foundation, the University of South Carolina and Columbia Metropolitan Convention  & Visitors Bureau, the Columbia SC 63 committee will unveil a marker on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 9 a.m. at the corner of Washington and Main Streets to rename the corner,  Sarah Mae Flemming Way, in honor of Civil Rights activist, advocate and pioneer, Sarah Mae Flemming.

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Ridge View Graduate Receives Representative McCleod Women’s Leadership Scholarship

Aliyah Al-Karim accepts her scholarship from Representative Mia McCleod

Aliyah Al-Karim is truly honored to be this year’s recipient of the $1000.00 Women’s Leadership Scholarship given by Representative Mia McCleod.  Aliyah was an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) student since 7th grade.  In this program, she learned organizational, critical thinking, and study skills; received academic assistance from peers and college tutors; and participated in enrichment and motivational activities.

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Double Dutch Forces compete and sweep in World Competition in Sumter

On Thursday, June 13, the Double Dutch Forces of Martin Luther King Jr. Park and City of Columbia Parks and Recreation journeyed to Sumter, SC to participate in the 40th Annual World Double Dutch Invitational Competition.   The Forces entered a total of 15 teams in the qualifying round held on Friday.   Of the 15 teams entered, nine advanced to the Championship Round held on Saturday at the Sumter County Exhibition Center.

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Inner cities need disaster relief, too

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago on disaster recovery in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which caused an estimated $39 billion in damage in New Jersey. Christie talked through the plans for rebuilding after the initial steps to get power and water back up and return the area to “normalcy,” using some $60 billion in federal relief contributions.

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Benedict Places Nine On Palmetto Baseball All-State Team

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COLUMBIA, SC – Nine Benedict College baseball players have been named to the Palmetto State Baseball’s 2013 NCAA DII / NAIA All-State Team.

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SC NAACP to Host Freedom Fund Celebration June 21

COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Celebration on Friday, June 21, 2013 beginning at 6:00 pm. The formal gala will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and will include an evening of award presentations, renown speakers, entertainment and the coronation of the 2013 NAACP Woman of the Year. This year’s theme is, South Carolina NAACP: Enriching the American Experience for Seventy-Five Years.

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What Is Juneteenth?

The First Juneteenth

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” –General Orders, Number 3; Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865
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