Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, on the day that would have been Trayvon Martin’s nineteenth birthday, addressed reports that there will be a boxing match between George Zimmerman and rapper DMX during his keynote speech in Los Angeles at the inaugural National Action Network (NAN) Black History Month Awards Luncheon:
The initiatives are co-chaired by elder Michael Cummings and Rev. K.W. Tulloss, President of The National Action Network (NAN – LA) in conjunction with its monthly anti violence marches. NAN will also launch an anti no-snitching campaign.
*Here’s news on Rev. Al Sharpton and his move to Chicago.
Education for a Better America (EBA) and National Action Network (NAN) will launch the Career Pipeline Initiative in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, November 7 at 10:00am at Frazier International Magnet School (FIMS) on the West Side of Chicago.
The purpose of this event is to highlight the achievement of FIMS, identify their best practices, and develop a plan to scale them up in order to transfer strategies that have proven to be successful to other schools and localities. In 2010, FIMS was the only school in the state of Illinois to achieve the 90 percent minority, 90 percent poverty (eligible for free or reduced lunch), 90 percent meeting or exceeding on the state assessment distinction. The school has repeated this feat for an unprecedented three years. Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized the FIMS as a National Blue Ribbon School
National Action Network President and MSNBC PoliticsNation Host Reverend Al Sharpton will keynote the program and a “Best Practices Forum” will follow Reverend Sharpton’s address. EBA will also present FIMS with their 2013 Beacon Award for Excellence in Urban Education. NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, will be presented with the EBA Community Engagement Award for his efforts to develop youth and prevent violence in the Chicago area.
The Career Pipeline Initiative launched on Friday, November 1st at 9:30 a.m. at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, GA, the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Lena Horne among others. The launch featured a fireside chat hosted by David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans, and the African American Male Initiative (AAMI) students from the high school and Georgia State University. The program also featured an “Introduction to STEM Careers” Workshop by Dr. Kamau Bobb, a research scientist from Georgia Tech.
EBA Executive Director Marcus Bright stated that “the Career Pipeline Initiative in Chicago will consist of mentoring and programming geared towards providing career awareness and enrichment. EBA and NAN will partner with elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, corporations, existing mentorship programs, and other community organizations. This coalition will build a longitudinal continuum in different career fields from elementary and secondary school to post-secondary educational institutions to careers.”
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*The National Action Network of Los Angeles, a leading national civil rights group founded by Rev. Al Sharpton calls for a national boycott of hip hop superstar Kanye West new clothing line featuring the confederate flag symbol.
Why? “Kanye West already has several pieces of merchandise from his Yeezus tour that are emblazoned with the controversial Southern Cross at his tour store in Los Angeles. Our organization is determined to shut down that and any other store that decides to sell this merchandise. For African-Americans the confederate flag is symbolic of the hurt and pain of slavery in the South and the legacy it has left for those still living under those ideologies. When Kanye embraces and adorns this confederate flag, He also embraces the ignorance and racism that goes along with it.” I challenge Kanye West to create a clothing line of merchandise featuring swastikas if he’s sincere about his beliefs . But we all know Kanye doesn’t have the courage to do that. The Jewish community would run him out of town if he did and so should the African American community,” stated Najee Ali political director of the Los Angeles National Action Network.
“Kanye West selling jackets with the Confederate flag on them is a disgrace and embarrassment. many of our ancestors were brutalized, kidnapped , raped, and murdered during slavery under this flag. Its inexcusable for West to be promoting and merchandising this flag. Were determined to boycott and shut down any other stores that attempt to sell this merchandise, stated Rev K.W. Tulloss President National Action Network Los Angeles
The Rev. Al Sharpton: “The Confederate flag symbolizes dehumanization, injustice and pain. It is a stark reminder of an era in our history that was defined by the abhorrent practice of slavery. And it is representative of a mentality that looked upon blacks as inferiors who needed to remain in the shackles of subservience.”
Press Conference to Announce Boycott of Kanye West
Date: Tuesday November 5, 2013
Time: 2:00pm (Pacific)
Location: National Action Network:
2828 West Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90016
*According to filings with the state of New York and the IRS, Al Sharpton’s nonprofit group currently owes $871,688 in unpaid payroll taxes including penalties and interest.
His foundation, the National Action Network, was founded in 1991 but has been dodging it’s financial problems for years. The organization has a deficit of more than $1 million, with Sharpton loaning money to the organization amounting to about $111,000.
“Since February 2010, the Organization has been in the process of negotiating an offer in compromise to settle all payroll taxes and related interest and penalties owed by the Organization to the Internal Revenue Service,” according to the New York filing, which is an audited financial statement dated November 13, 2012. “The Organization feels that the likelihood of a favorable outcome is highly likely.”
The spokesperson from the group has yet to comment. Back in 1993, Sharpton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tax offense to avoid felony charges, the Post said in a 2012 editorial.
The seriousness of NAN’s tax problem cannot be understated, according to an expert on nonprofits.
“He could really get into a lot of trouble,” says Daniel Borocoff, the head of CharityWatch, a watchdog group, in an interview with MSN moneyNOW. “It’s a red flag that the group may go under.”
Read more at MSN.com
*CHICAGO – Two ministers representing the Chicago affiliate of the National Action Network will be in Durant, Okla., on Tuesday to fight for justice for five African-American student athletes at Southeastern Oklahoma State University who were expelled over an April Fools’ Day prank.
One of the students, Krishon Daye, is from Chicago, and his mother approached the network’s founder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, about speaking up for the young men recently when he visited Greater St. John Bible Church, where the Rev. Ira Acree is pastor.
On April 1, the athletes, all football players, allegedly put on ski masks to go knocking on the doors of some white friends’ homes saying “stick up,” frightening them and then running away, Rev. Acree said. He added that they carried no weapons, and no one was hurt.
The school has refused to release their transcripts, and the district attorney has filed charges. Two of the students were graduating seniors. The students are also barred from campus and their scholarships were revoked, Acree said.
Acree and the Rev. Marshall Hatch Sr., pastor of New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church plan to meet with the students, known as the Durant 5, the university president, Larry Minks, and the district attorney on Tuesday afternoon. The students are due in court on at 9 a.m. Wednesday to enter their pleas of not guilty on all counts. The ministers will hold a press conference afterward outside the courthouse.
Both ministers have been in the forefront of the struggles for social justice in Chicago, most recently in the rallies to protest the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer.
Rev. Sharpton said, “I am in full support of Rev. Acree and Rev. Hatch looking into the matter of the Durant 5, and I will be advised and guided by them as to how I would proceed once they have finished their investigation.”
The five, Matthew Leatherwood, Jercolby Bradley, Krishon Daye, Arinzechukwu “Izzy” Eziakor, and Keith Craddock, are each charged with five misdemeanors and one felony count. Warrants were issued for their arrests, but they turned themselves in. Leatherwood, Bradley and Eziakor are from Dallas, Tex., and Keith Craddock is from Charlotte, N.C.
“We felt that criminal charges were in fact appropriate at this time,” District 19 Attorney Emily Redman.
Rev. Acree said: “We understand that this was a very foolish prank, and these students deserve some form of censure, but why should their lives be ruined forever? There has to be a better way of handling this? I’m sure this is not the way this county wants to be perceived nationally, as the town that finds no place for redemption for juvenile indiscretions.”
Rev. Hatch said they want Redman to drop the charges.
“We want the university to accept their apologies and release their transcripts so these young men can go on with their lives,” he said. “They’ve already paid an awful price for their immature conduct.”.
The students have filed suit over the handling of the expulsions, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has protested on their behalf saying the students’ rights to due process were violated.
Watch a report on the incident from Oklahoma TV station KXII:
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