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The Crisis: This Promise of Change

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At 14, Jo Ann Allen Boyce was one of 12 students who integrated the White high school in Clinton in 1956, a year before the Little Rock Nine desegregated Central High School in Arkansas. While the world witnessed the hatred that the Little Rock Nine endured, the story of the Clinton 12 is lesser known. However, the Black students were also threatened and intimidated while desegregating a White school. Boyce left Clinton High School after only four months. Afraid for her daughter’s safety, her mother moved the family to California. The school was bombed in 1958. 

Brown v. Board of Education

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 USA Today: On Brown v. Board of Education, Trump judicial nominees won't commit to US law and values
“Do you believe Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided?” This might seem like a strange question to ask a judicial nominee in 2019. Sadly, it is starkly relevant thanks to recent signals from the Supreme Court that it is open to reconsidering long-established precedents and foundational values.  

Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience

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Black Press USA: OP-ED: Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience
History commonly points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is now The United States of America.  

To Dream Again: Revival Of School Intergration

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The Crisis: To Dream Again: The Revival of School Integration
During the 40th annual Martin Luther King oratorical festival at our Oakland neighborhood public school earlier this year, the mosaic of children's faces revealed the full spectrum of our country’s most diverse state. On this day, we adults experienced the world anew through the bright eyes of children. White and Black children alike advocated for justice and equality for their brown neighbors. 

Bernie Sanders to call for a ban on for-profit charter schools

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USA Today: Bernie Sanders to call for a ban on for-profit charter schools
Sen. Bernie Sanders will call for a federal ban on building for-profit charter schools in a major education policy address to be delivered Saturday in South Carolina, a senior campaign official for the 2020 presidential contender tells USA TODAY.  

Howard NAACP hosting town hall in response to fatal shooting in Columbia

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Baltimore Sun: Howard NAACP hosting town hall in response to fatal shooting in Columbia
The Howard County NAACP chapter will host a town hall May 23 focused on promoting awareness of community resources such as youth programs and mental health and substance abuse services to Harper’s Choice residents.  

gerrymandering

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Learning to 'draw the lines' in Pottstown

March 8, 2019 – Pottstown Mercury


Our Member The Rev. Elliott Liverman, left, with SABOTH Ministry in Pottstown works with Myra Forrest, chairwoman of the board for the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, on a puzzle of Pennsylvania congressional districts during a Draw the Lines Event in Pottstown.


 

34 Black Women Graduates At West Point

34 Black Women Just Graduated From West Point, In The Most Diverse Class Ever

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Record-breaking demographic shift at West Point!

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PHOTO: CADET HALLIE H. POUND/U.S. ARMY/AP PHOTO.


Women made history at West Point’s graduation Saturday. The 2019 class of graduates included a record number of Black and Hispanic women, making it their most diverse class yet.


The U.S. Military Academy overall graduated more than 980 students at their ceremony on Saturday, and 34 of them were black women, according to NBC News.


The women celebrated the milestone with a now-viral photo of all of them standing proud in their uniforms. “It was just very overwhelming to see all of our sisters — us just standing there in solidarity,” cadet Jabreal Arrington told NBC.


Jenna Milliner-Waddell

May 26, 2019


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In the Public Interest: A List of Troubled Nursing Homes

Senator Casey On Improving Nursing Home Quality

You can see the full list of under-performing nursing homes 

When a family makes the hard decision to seek nursing home services for a loved one, they deserve to know if a facility under consideration suffers from systemic shortcomings.


While the vast majority of nursing homes provide high-quality care, there are some that are consistently failing to meet objective standards of adequacy. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) oversees a program that requires additional inspections of under-performing facilities. These nursing homes are made known to the public.  


However, just because a nursing home qualifies for this program does not mean they are selected. Nearly 400 poorly-performing homes are supposed to be in the program, but CMS has not disclosed them.  

That ended this week when Senator Bob Casey and I made public a list from CMS unveiling every under-performing nursing home in the country.


After our announcement, Senator Casey and I received word that going forward federal regulators will now publicly release each month a list of all poorly-performing nursing facilities. I applaud CMS Administrator Seema Verma for committing to this new level of transparency, and I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Casey to improve nursing home quality.


You can see the full list of under-performing nursing homes here, and read about our efforts at PennLive here. 

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 A List of Troubled Nursing Homes 

Zion UCC 250th Anniversary

Emancipation Proclamation Skit done by Reverend Elliot Liverman acting as a black soldier preacher -  Pottstown Branch Member

Newstell Marable Sr. Dedication Unveil Sign

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Senator Mensch Joins the Pottstown Branch of the NAACP (#2288) and the Community to Unveil Sign Recognizing Newstell Marable Sr.

Posted on May 06, 2019

 Harrisburg – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) joined the Pottstown Branch of the NAACP (#2288) and members of the community on May 4, 2019 at the intersection of Route 100, King Street, and Shoemaker Road in Pottstown, Pennsylvania to unveil a sign recognizing Mr. Newstell Marable, Sr.


Senator Mensch introduced legislation on behalf of the Pottstown Branch of the NAACP (#2288), now Act 161 of 2018, which designates the bridge on a portion of Pennsylvania Route 100 over the Schuylkill River in Pottstown Borough, Montgomery County, as the Newstell Marable, Sr., Memorial Bridge.


“I’m honored to help recognize Mr. Newstell Marable, Sr., who was an outstanding community leader and advocate,” said Mensch.  “Mr. Marable was an exemplary citizen who went above and beyond to help unite his community.  The bridge naming will be a daily reminder to everyone about his remarkable contributions to society.”


Mr. Newstell Marable, Sr., was a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and a graduate of Alabama A&M University.  He served in the United States Army from 1953 through 1955.


Mr. Marable joined and served the Pottstown NAACP Branch #2288 from 1960 until his death in 2015.  During his 30-year tenure as president of the Pottstown NAACP Branch #2288, Mr. Marable handled 107 complaints.

Mr. Marable was a passionate advocate for equal opportunity and employment for all races and genders. In 1985, Mr. Marable led the combined efforts of the NAACP and many churches and organizations to fight for the rightful employment of two African Americans to the local fire company.


Mr. Marable was a key advocate for equality and was instrumental in closing the Boyertown School District and Pottsgrove School District for observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday celebrations. He was a proud and longstanding member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Pottstown, where he served on multiple boards and held many positions.


Per Act 161 of 2018, the bridge on that portion of Pennsylvania Route 100 over the Schuylkill River in Pottstown Borough, Montgomery County, is designated as the Newstell Marable, Sr., Memorial Bridge.