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Black farmers protest land loss
John Boyd Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association,
led a delegation of farmers and supporters to protest black land loss
from discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday in
Washington. D C.
"(USDA) Secretary Dan Glickman must be held accountable along
with his employees civil rights director, farm service agency undersec
retary, and office of general counsel for civil rights who are further
depriving black farmers of their land in USDA inventory and processing
of black farmer complaints who have opted out of theViass-action law
suit." Boyd said.
"This is the last Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century. We will
not enter the new millennium without our land." Boyd said.
CBCF to host Annual Legislative Conference Sept. 15-18
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc.will hold its 29th
Annual Legislative Conference Sept. 15-18 in the District of Columbia's
Washington Convention Center. The theme is "Tools for 2000: Planning
Our Work - Working Our Plan."
"For 29 years. CBCF has brought together some of the country's
most influential leaders to chart the course for Black America during our
conference." said Eva Clayton. D-NC, chair of the CBCF. "The ALC is
a four-day event which includes a series of issue forums, workshops and
congressional brain trusts convened by the members of the Congression
al Black Caucus. There are also six major fund-raising events which sup
port our four national educational programs and public policy research."
Registration will gain access to the following events: the CBCF chair's
reception, jazz concert, national town hall meeting, and CBC brain trusts
and issue forums. Preregistration payments must be postmarked by Aug.
13 and should be sent to: Post Office Box 15670. Washington. DC.
20003-0670. Call (800) 784-2577 or visit: cbcfonline.org
/ . .
Members of Congress participate in housing summit
About 500 people participated in the recent Southeastern Regional
Summit on "Housing and Wealth Accumulation in Charlotte, titled
"Raising the Roof: Home Buying Strategies for the 21st Century."
Sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus in conjunction with
the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, participants explored var
ious obstacles and oppdrtunities for homeownership. A-lso. a cathpaign
was launched to generate 1 million new African American homeowners
by the year 2005. In response to the campaign, Fannie Mae Federal
National Mortgage Association issued a S50Q.000 grant to the CBCF.
- "This starts the process of bringing together people from different
areas of interest and expertise - mortgage lenders, potential home buy
ers, housing advocates, church and community leaders to find ways to
make real the American dream of homtownership." said U.S. Rep. Eva
Clayton, D-NC. * ?*??
Congo launches immunization campaign
HARARE, Congo (IPS) - For the first time in two years, the Demo
cratic Republic of Qxngo will embark on a. nationwide vaccination cam
paign to immunize nearly 10 million children under the age of 5 against
polio., f *.? v
Dr. Ebrahim M Samba, the U.N. World Health Organization region
al director of Africa, confirmed that all combatants in the DRC conflict
had agreed to a cessation of hostilities to ensure the success of the
National Immunization Days to be carried out in three phases Aug. 13
Officials from the Ministry of Health will conduct the exercise with
support from WHO, UNICEF and Rotary International.
"I am hereby appealing solemnly to all the belligerents to collaborate
with us so that we can vaccinate these-innocent children," said Dr.
Samba, appealing to all the warring parties in the DRC to cooperate, so
, ' that the vaccination teams will be safe. .
House denies funds for facility
WASHINGTON, D.C. (IPS) - The House of Representatives has
handed human rights supporters an unexpected triumph by voting to
-withdraw funding from the U.S. Army's notorious School of the-Ameri
1 cas, the premier training facility for Latin American military officers.
Despite intense lobbying by the Pentagon, the House voted July 29 by
a margin of 230-197 to delete all SOA funding about $2 million from
next year's foreign aid appropriations bill
Activists had long accused SGA graduates of being among the worst
abusers?of human rights in Latin America.
* "We're overjoyed that"the Congress has voted to cut funding to the
school." said Roy Bourgeois, a Catholic priest arid the leader and founder
of SGA Watch, an independent group that has wagecf a 10-year fight to
have the facility shut down. '
The Pentagon declined comment on the vote, referring all calls to the
school at Fort Benning. Ga., which, according to a spokesman, was "very
disappointed with what happened." - Jim Lob\;
Questions raised about Jagan
GEGRGETGWN, Guyana - For the second time in a month.-author
ities have been forced to fly Guyanan President Janet Jagan out of the
country for medical treatment. Even as specialists remain hopeful, ques
Sfe Briefs on A1C
CALENDAR CI I
This Week In Black History...
Aug. 12,1922 - Frederick Douglass' home in Washington, D.C.
is dedicated as a memorial.
Aug. IS, 1881 - The first nursing school for African Americans
opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga.
Aug. 17,1887- Marcus Garvey is bom in St Ann's Bay,
Jamaica. He will become the charismatic leader in the "Back to
Africa" movement, founding the Black Star line, an African
American cruise ship line whose mission was to reestablish the
link between African Americans and their ancestral homeland.
Sharpton demands changes in advertising
Photo by Amy E. Conn/The Associated Prew
Rev. Al Sharpton, center, answer* question* during a news conference last Friday in Miami. Joining Rev.
Sharpton were Sen. tfrain Gonzales Jr. of New York, far left, and Carl Graves Jr., chariman of Madison
Avenue Initiative, right.
Activists threaten lawsuits
against Census Bureau, .
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MIAMI - The Rev. A1 Sharp
ton and black and Latino media
leaders said Friday they will sue
companies and government agen
cies that don't fairly distribute
their advertising dollars.
The ? civil rights activist,
tlanked by media chiefs, said the
Madison Avenue Initiative is
sending letters demanding meet
ings with heads of 10 leading
companies and government orga- .
nizations. including Bill Gates,
chairman and CEO of software
Companies and agencies tar
geted benefit greatly from black
and Hispanic dollars but don't
allocate enough advertising
money to media companies that
target those audiences. Sharpton
The group said they are giving
the companies and agencies,
including the U.S. Census Bureau,
a year to shape up or face possible
lawsuits, Sharpton said. In the
case of private companies, the
coalition threatened product boy
"We believe in not shopping
with those who don't shop with
us," said Sharpton at a news con
ference at Doral Country Club.
Microsoft does not comment
on what portion of its advertising
budget is allocated to minority
media outlets, said Adam Sohn, a
spokesman at Microsoft's Red
mond, Wash., headquarters. He
said the company was not aware
of the coalition's demands.
* Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co.
is also on the list. Spokesman
Robert Baskin said the company
did not know it is being, targeted
by Sharpton's group, but said
Coca-Cola increased its ad spend
ing in minority-owned news
media by more than 25 percent
from 1997 to 1999.
Baskin said Coca-Cola has
been a longtime supporter of
minority owned news media,
including such outlets as Black
Entertainment Television. Spaa
ish language television network
Cnivision "and numerous radio
stations and radio programs, as
well as both Hispanic and African
The coalition did not name
each company it is targeting. The
only other company mentioned at
the group's news conference was
Prudential Insurance Co. Sharp
ton said afterward that he did not
w^nt to name the others.
Sharpton said he expects com
panies to respond quickly to the
coalition's demands because of
the prominence of its members
and their influence on increasing
ly lucrative minority markets.
Coalition members include
Earl G. Graves Jr., president of
Black Enterprise Magazine and
Raul Alarcon, president of Span
ish Broadcasting System.
"What it means is that if 1
decide to boycott I can have all of
Latino and black America in form
in five hours," Sharpton said at a
news conference. "No company
can sustain themselves under that
kind of pressure."
Sharpton's crusade to balance
how companies spend advertising
began last year in New York City.
Sharpton led protests on
Madison Avenue after an ad
agency's memo advised clients
that "advertisers want prospects,
not suspects" and that proposed
ad budgets be devoted to reaching
"the more important 'white' seg
ment of the population."
The memo was issued by the
Katz Media Group, which later
Sharpton's crusade has already
succeeded in getting some of
America's largest companies to
begin making financial commit
ments for contracts and advertis
ing targeting minority markets.
Leading advertisers met with
Sharpton and other activists on
Martin Luther King Jr. Day and
disclosed increased investments jn
marketing to minorities.
Pepsi-Cola, which is not being
targeted by the coalition, has said
it expects to spend 10 percent to
15 percent more this year on
advertising on black radio sta
tions and up to 50 percent more in
A study released early this year
Sharpton on A10
BY DARLENE SUPERVIl.LE
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON ? A major
advertising campaign is being
designed to help encourage partic
ipation in Census 2000, the pro
gram's director said Tuesday.
The projected $166 million
campaign will target the millions
of people the agency historically
hias trouble counting, such as
blacks, Hispanics and immigrants,
i Census Bureau Director Kenneth
Prewitt said. Half the money will
be used for ads in Spanish and
other foreign languages.
The bureau expects to get back
about 61 percent of the census
questionnaires that it plans to
mail out next year, Prewitt said.
Enumerators will then be sent out
into the streets te find those who
did not return the forms.
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