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14-THE CAROUNATIMES SAT., FEBRUARY 27. 1982 . " f '
A SENSE OF PRIDE IN BEING BLACK
A RACE IS UfCBA MAN UNTIL
IT USES ITS OUNJALENTS;
TAKES PRIDE IN IT$VWN HISTORY.
Hl5TlRV LOVES ITS OWN MEMORIES.
IT CAN NEVER FULFILL ITSELFC
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Civil Rights Journal
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, Family Plan .
The Congressional w Black Caucus
recently 'convened its southwest regional
; conference in Houston, Texas, the home ,
of Caucus member, Mickey Leland. It ;:
was'during this conference that the-final
draft of a booklet published by the Con-'
gressional Black Caucus called "Black
Leadership Family Plan for the Unity,
Survival and Progress of Black People"
' was presented for the first time:
The plan, has three objectives. First, it ,
sets forth a set of rules for black unity,
. survival and progress. Second, it -establishes
a black development fund by :
: which black citizens re urged to con
tribute to existing bjack organizations of
. their choice. Third, the. plan provides a set
of instructions for implementation. Our
focus in this commentary is on the twelve ,
rules set out in the plan which according
to the Caucus, if followed, "There is
nothing the adversary can do that can
stop us." . ' .
The twelve are:
( 1) Support for the black church
. wherever it is found. -
( 2) Protection for the elderly and sup
port the youth.
( 3) Excel and achieve in education. , "
( 4) Opposition to crime.
( 5) Contribute to the Black Develop
ment Fund. ..
( 6) Buy and bank black.
; ( 7) Register and vote.
( 8) Hold your elected officials accoun
table. ' ' " -r, r;,:;:..; . '-,
( 9) Support black family and com
munity life. .
(10) Challenge and boycott negative
media and support positive media.
By Dr. Charles E. Cobb
' Executive Director . !
' United Church Of Christ
Commission For Racial Justice t
(1 1) Secure and defend the black com- .
' munity, and finally .
(12) .Support Mother Africa and Carib
- bean nations. ' , ".:"
' Many of these points, which the Caucus
refers to as the rules of the plan are not
, new and we have heard these urgings from
a variety of black leaders. This notr
withstanding, I compliment the Caucus in '
i its efforts to bring together a concensus "
! on the national strategy for the unity and
survival of the black community. TheJ
Congressional Black Caucus is to be
: saluted for presenting this at a time when
' the nation's minority community is facing '
one of the most serious threats to its sur-.
T I vival. We urge you to read, study and im
plement this plan today in order to ensure
our ultimate liberation and freedom. v
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To Be Equal
More Budget Blues
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A Perpetual Crutch Is
Not The Answer
While we whQleheartedly agree that black business operators
should be involved, in the additional planning, as well as the
building and operation of. the $50 million downtown revitaliza
tion project, we cannot support the concept of "guaranteed set
asides," or "quasi-guaranteed goals."
Intelligent risk and healthy mainstream competition are vital
components of the free enterprise marketplace and we support
their "preservation. V
But, by the same token, we recognize and intimately empathize
with the many problems - some of them endemic to small
businesses and others unique to black firms that plague the en
trepreneurial efforts of black owners.
Now, if local government: waatsp: hejp with infusions of
capital, we see
long as well as the
Thus, as an alternative to the problem-plagued "set aside" e I
forts and the "goal oriented" programs, we toss the f Olio wing
idea into the hopper for discussion.
. Let the City, using non-tax revenues, establish a ventureNapital
fund for doing business with local government. This fund will be
administered by an independent business development; agency
under contract to the City and according to City guidelines.'
Black-owned firms interested in doing business with the City ,
and acquiring venture capital to pursue that effort would apply
. for admission to the program. . . ; H -; ; 1
Following an intense, but thorough educational program that
would deal with such general subjects as developing a business
plan, long range planning, market positioning and penetration, '
etc., as well as specific subjects such as estimating,! cost projec- '.
tions and other pertinent areas, an applicant would receive a suf
ficient amount of venture capital to enable the firm to bid com
petitively for City business. -r
The business development firm would be paid a commission on
a successful bidder's first year contracts. ,
We believe that this approach offers a number of advantages
over prior efforts of local governments to propel minority ifirms
into the mainstream. :
For example, our approach does not establish a perpetual but
limited haven for inefficient business operators who are content
with limited expectations.
Neither, does this concept create a perpetual crutch -vftir'
business to lean on.
But most importantly, this approach neither violates state bid
ding laws nor convolutes the Constitution.
We are not naive enough to think that our recommendation is
problem proof of that the idea refined and ready far implementa
,tion. But we do believe it is worth diccussing, and we welcome aty -"dialogue.
We further hope that local officials will accept this in the spirit
m which it is offered! not as a criticism of intent, but as an effort
to help produce what is best for all of us in the long range.
The 1983 federal budget recently sent to
Congress by the Administration is a
disastrous document. To economists it
reads like a fairy story, with its wildly im
probable economic assumptions and its
predictions of huge deficits reaching far
into the future. .
But to poor people it reads like a horror
story. The cuts in social programs in the
1982 budget were brutal enough, but if
the Administration gets its way those pro
grams will be cut to ribbons.
Let's look at some of those new budget
Welfare is the safety net program that is
the last resort of thfe neediest. The federal
! welfare program is for families with
dependent children, the poorest of the
poor. After last year's money cuts and
tightened eligibility standards, millions
ere either forced off the rolls or had
their small benefits cuti
The program now is down to $7.6
billion for the current year, hardly enough
to enable the truly needy to survive. And
with mounting unemployment in the cur
rent recession that was induced by teaerai
HngifigHthe nationwide federal welfare bill
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Unemployment is pushing close to
record post-war levels and some predict it
will get a lot worse before it gets better. If
the government would count the growing ;
army of jobless who have given up efforts "
to look for jobs that aren't there, the rates
would almost double.
So what does the Administration pro
pose? Another deep slash of $2.7 billion
in job training programs. The successful
Job Corps would be cut by a third. Two
straight massive budget cuts and the ef
fects of inflation have reduced federal job
efforts to a token program at a time of
recession and high unemployment.
Instead of helping job seekers find
work, the federal-state employment ser
vice is slashed to ribbons. And if you want
a new definition of meanness, the Ad
ministration wants to round off
unemployment compensation checks to
the next lower whole dollar, in effect
stealing pennies from the jobless.
Poor children are a special jarget of
their government sociar-service pro
grams aimed at helping them will be cut
another $1.3 billion and special reading
and math programs that have helped raise
black test scores in poverty area schools
will be cut by over $500 million. Cuts in
college aid programs will keep more poor
; young people trom getting a couege
By Johrl E. Jacob'
Executive Director. National Urban League
And the list goes on and on. Coming on
top of last year's cuts, the 1983 budget has
to rank as the most callous document ever '
framed by the federal government.
Even with those cuts, the budget will be
in deficit by over $91 billion, the Ad
ministration says, although most
economists believe it will zoom well past .
$100 billion. Why?
Because of last year's tax cuts for the -:
affluent and for corporations. And "
because (he reckless pumping of more and
more billions into a defense establishment
that has proven wasteful and mismanag:
ed. The 1983 budget request for defense is .
up eighteen per cent over last year's
budget, to $216 billion many times
more than is spent on human investments.
This budget is a document reflecting
desperation among our policy-makers. It
represents their last-ditch attempt to make
supply side economics work. But it is not
working. All it has done is degrade the
poor, slash the cities, and risk another
Now the ball is in Congress' court. Last
year it rolled over and played dead it
gave the Administration evervthinst it ask-
1 i i df Oftand, imoje, . So ,jt m,ust sftare, jiesponr (
Medicaid,iie Kelfthrprogram for the
poor, is in for a ten per cent cut at a time
when health costs are rising at about fif
teen per cent a. year.
Housing subsidies for three and a half
million poor families will be cut by three
What will it do this year? Will it pass
this X-rated budget, or will it find it has
no redeeming social value, tear it up, and
pass a budget that is based on. sound
economics and social fairness?
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A View From Capitol Hill:
Fascism and the Reagan
is SggggSS SiSSSSSS!
By Gus Savage
Member of Congress
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7 V VAwy
Not a single week passes without . new
"evidence being revealed, or old evidence
being reaffirmed, which documents the
. Reagan Administration's slide toward
fascism. . v ' ;?! -
' Currently, two of the government's
most, powerful agencies are locked in a
battle over chargey that spies have in-"
filtrated the General Accounting Office,
the congressional watchdog agency,
thereby raising the question of whether
certain secret information should be
withheld from, this agency.
Defenders of the GAO insist that these
. charges are. .being, -made "by.. Defense
Department spokespersons in order to
, refuse GAO. investigators classified data
needed to uncover Pentagon cost over
runs and mismanagement.
U.S. Comptroller General Charles
Bowsher, who serves as ihief of the GAO,
' insists there is no truth to the spy reports.
According to Bowsher, the report "could
adversely affect GAO's ability to do its
work on behalf of the Congress on mat
ters requiring the handling of classified
material and on its reputation for dealing :
with "matters requiring cooperation with
, the FBI." ,
I Stauich Rcagatt' supporter, Orrin
? Haichj (R-Utah), has launched an in
:' vestigation to determine whether- spies"'
have in fact penetrated the GAO. I am of.
the opinion that if Scr. Hatch has his
way. the GAO swill not escape without
serious blemishes. ; ''f
This one requires close watching. The
ability of Congress to perform1 its wat
cMos.'. fiiruMions must not be subverted by
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revealed in a more direct manner in a
speech by Mrs. Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick on
February 15. Charging that "by our stan
dards", most of the world's governments
are "bad governments", the U.S. am
bassador to the United Nations added:
"If we look at what happens in New York
out in the Security Council and in the
General Assembly, then I guess I believe it
is a very dismal show. And what is worse,
its effect, I think, is almost precisely the
opposite of the intentions of the founders
of the United Nations. . . .to assist in con
. "What we find instead", she con
tinued, Mis that conflicts, rather than be-
ing resolved there, are in fact polarized,
extended and exacerbated."
What the U.N, ambassador was com
plaining about, of course, is that most of
America further into reaction, one bright
spot did appear on the horizon recently.
Meeting in Bal Harbour, Florida with
other labor chiefs on Monday, February
15, Lane Kirkland, AFL-CIO president,
declared that V Americans must choose
between guns and butter", and that the '
Reagan Administration's policy of plac
ing "the whole defense burden on the
backs of the poor" is no longer accep
table. Kirkland stressed that organized labor's
history of support for a strong defense
"does not oblige us to support a defense
budget that is unfairly financed", and an-.
nounced that he is establishing a commit
tee to evaluate defense spending proposals
i am hnivful that this trend continues
within organized labor. This is just what '
the world does'not march in step with the? , the people need to give a big push to the
Raised in Brunswick, CJa.. and
educated in Tuskegee, she became equally
famous as a pioneer in social work. As
well as Jo Nursinai As a eraduai for kN
J local Department of Health, in 1935. she
neiped Dr. Winchester perfect a cure for
malarial Married to Guy R. Trammell in
IVJ7. she was one of the first two nurse-
s ? mMuluA. 4 a. ' .
S"'-7 w iraineq and used under
V The Rosenwald Fnnrff
;ilei philosophy was
Reagan Administration's foreign policy.
In fact, on the same day that Mrs.j
Kirkpatrick made her speech, a United
Nations human rights official blasted the
American position in El Salvador. Jose
Antonio Pastor-Ridruejo, ithe U.N.
Human Rights Commission's special
representative of El Salvador, stated that
political murders in El Salvador last year
were about double the number the Reagan
Administration cited in telling Congress
the Salvadoran right wing junta, which ,
runs the country, had improved its human
fMrs.J Kirkpatrick 's response to this, of
course is that the government of El
Salvador is "doing the best it can", and
that the United States must prevent Com
iv petting a "further
.wccVx . ' U Reagan .'ul
,i " nation's c. j.ii. u:u aHcmpw to.pr.sh-
battle against the dangerous military
adventurism of' the Reagan Administra
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