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The National Black Church Initiative Believes These Two Black Law Enforcement Women Police Chief U. Reneé Hall and Sergeant Kizzy Adonis Cannot Be Trusted In The Black Community – They Are Deadly

Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, believes that these two Black law enforcement officials have proven and demonstrated themselves deadly to the African American community and should not be trusted by any measure of the word. Their actions have spoken for themselves. We are talking about Chief U. Reneé Hall and Sergeant Kizzy Adonis. Contrary to these two sisters, we have tens of thousands of good law enforcement officials in our congregations who clearly understand that stealing is wrong, lying is wrong and being an accessory to murder is equally morally wrong. Even to Black people.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “It pains the Black Church leadership to be in such harsh judgement of both of these sisters. They may be both Christians, but nothing in their actions note the fact that they love Christ and all of His children. They believe that their badges shield them from the moral responsibility of protecting all of God’s children. These two Black women in the eyes of the Church have blood on their hands and Black blood at that. I do not know how they are going to explain this to Christ.”

Both of these sisters have proven that in their capacity as law enforcement officials, they are willing to let a cold blooded killer get away with murder and allow a Black man to be murdered in front of them without saying a word. What type of human beings they are. Many of the Black feminist groups will be enraged that we have pointed these two sisters out for condemnation.

The Black Church says let them be enraged, we simply do not care when their actions say that Black lives do not matter over their blue blood (badge).


Chief U. Reneé Hall

Chief Hall has demonstrated that she does not even have the capacity to control her own force by allowing the racist white Fraternal Order of Police and the Texas Rangers to dictate to her how to handle the Amber Guyger case. There are two major issues here. First her refusal to arrest Amber Guyger for first degree murder when there is clear cut evidence that this young man was not a threat by simply being in his own apartment. Why did it have to take 72 hours to arrest her even for a lesser charge like man-slaughter?

The second thing is that she would allow her detectives to exercise a warrant on a dead man’s apartment, probably illegally, to plant marijuana in the young man’s apartment. Then, have the nerve to say that she has full confidence in her department to handle this case without prejudice. The Church condemns her in the strongest sense of the word as a conspirator in the death of Youth Minister Botham Jean. How can you believe the police at this point when they will not even respect the evidence that is in front of their faces?

Sgt. Kizzy Adonis

Sergeant Kizzy Adonis is the supervisor who stood over Eric Garner and allowed that racist white cop, Daniel Pantaleo to choke Eric Garner to death. As far as the Church is concerned, she did the choking herself. Eric Garner said, “I can’t breathe.” The Black Church wants Kizzy to be convicted and put in jail for an accessory to murder.

Women always argue that they are not given a chance at leadership and that they are being discriminated against because of their race and gender, but when they do have the power to stop the Daniel Pantaleo’s from choking the Eric Garner’s to death, she did nothing at all. Because she is scared of those white boys.

She should go to jail.

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The murdering of a Minister in his home has reached its zenith

The murdering of a Minister in his home has reached its zenith

Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is morally outraged and frightened for its members, that this police officer, Amber Guyger, was not immediately arrested and charged with first-degree murder. She is being handled like she is a hero, not a murderer. We do not accept the fact that this is an accident.

She knew that it was not her apartment. We demand a complete toxicology report and we want her training record released to the public. We also demand that they give us the full and complete truth of the first shooting in 2017 that she was involved in.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “As a responsible religious leader I issue this warning to all African American residents of Dallas and surrounding areas with a broken heart. We can no longer trust the police to protect us from harm because they themselves are the reason why we are harmed.”

The Texas Rangers who are in charge of investigating this case have already demonstrated their bias to paint this as an accidental shooting. As Church leaders, we have no other alternative but to alert our congregants, in Dallas and surrounding areas, that the police are not there to serve and protect our being. We simply cannot trust them. The reason why we say that we cannot trust them is because they refuse to apply the law without bias. We cannot trust them because they expect us, and they will shoot us without cause and call it an accident. We cannot trust them, because we truly believe that they hate Black people.

We have been shot without cause while we were walking. We have been shot without cause in our cars. We have been shot without cause out in the public. And, we have been shot to death without cause in our homes. The only reason why we are being shot is because we are Black.

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The Paul Manafort And Rick Gates Trial Is A Classic Example Of How White Males Gain Wealth By Lying, Cheating, Stealing And Not Paying Taxes

President Trump,The Paul Manafort And Rick Gates Trial Is A Classic Example Of How White Males Gain Wealth By Lying, Cheating, Stealing And Not Paying Taxes . The verdict is of little consequence

Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, says that the Paul Manafort case is an acute example of how white males have traditionally gained wealth. Through lying, cheating, stealing and not paying taxes.

This is nothing new. It is as old as the Scriptures. The first thing is that they are rarely prosecuted for white collar crime. The Obama Justice Department refused to prosecute any of the eleven white bankers who destroyed the economy. Their rationale was that they should spend time on healing the economy as opposed to going after those who destroyed the economy.

In other words, they allowed white males who committed over 4,000 multiple banking felonies to walk free and on top of that gave them $700,000,000,000.00 of our money. Every single white male who participated in the housing crisis 10-years ago is still rich and free and they have maintained their wealth through lying, cheating and stealing.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “This country has been very clear concerning white males. If you are rich, white and well connected, the law does not apply to you. But, if you are poor or even rich and Black and you commit any sort of felony or misdemeanor you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent and thrown into jail for the lengthiest amount of time. Justice is not only denied it is downright unfair.”

Manafort would have never been prosecuted if he never accepted to be chairman of President Trump’s election campaign. He would have floated under the radar. It is only because of his involvement with Russia and the Russia meddling investigation, coupled with Trump’s historic unpredictable win, that he was prosecuted. This does not change the fact that white males who commit multiple felonies are rarely prosecuted or even caught at all.

It seems also that the head of major pharmaceutical companies that have caused the deaths of over 350,000,000 Americans overdosing on their opioid drugs, will never be tried for murder nor prosecuted. They will be able to keep their wealth through lying cheating and stealing.

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NBCI Answers President Trump’s Comment Concerning Minister Omarosa Manigault Newman

NBCI,The National Black Church Initiative’s 34,000 Church Coalition Answers President Trump’s Comment Concerning Minister Omarosa Manigault Newman No Mr. President -- You Are A Dog!

No Mr. President — You Are A Dog!

We will not let you disrespect the American woman

Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, has had enough of the verbal insults towards African Americans, and women as well as other ethnic groups. We will not stand by and allow the President of the United States to call anybody a dog. The Black Church will always defend anyone, including Minister Omarosa Manigault Newman from being called anything other than a woman, a Christian Minister and a Child of God.

This type of language is morally degrading and reprehensible to the soul of the human spirit. The President’s supporters like to indicate that this President hits back. That he does not allow anyone to insult him or call him out on his name without him returning a verbal nuclear exchange with his opponents. Well, the Black Church has joined the name calling. We are not proud of this, this type of name calling is contrary to our soul and our mission but, we cannot sit by passively and allow the President of the United States to call a Black woman, who served him with dignity and defended him, a dog.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “Irregardless of the political feuds and the legal wrangling that exists between the White House and Mrs. Omarosa Manigault Newman, the Church will not stand for such debasing of any human being. We are not pro-Democrat nor pro-Republican. We are pro the dignity of all men and women especially those who have confessed Christ Jesus. We are tired of this President’s doggish behavior.”

This is the second time that this President has used language so debasing to address another human being that the Church in general, particularly the Black Church is shocked to hear. Remember the President also called Rosie O’Donnell a ‘fat pig’. Trump’s reference to O’Donnell came up after Clinton accused Trump of sexism during the debate, saying, “This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs”.

We are equally ashamed that all the so-called liberal and conservative women’s groups have remained silent, largely because Minister Omarosa Manigault Newman is not popular with either group. This is a clear example of the deep moral hypocrisy of the women’s movement. They only come to the rescue of those who are well liked and espouse the ethics of their particular political ideology. This is not how the Church behaves. We will defend anyone. Those who are low as well as those who are high. As the Scripture states so eloquently, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28, KJV)

We have warned the President in January of this year that if he continued this behavior the Black Church would respond in a press release entitled, “Rev. Anthony Evans, President of The National Black Church Initiative Has Sent Letters To Black, White and Latino Denominations Asking Them To Censor President Trump’s Racist Remarks”. We held back our fury at the behavior of this President and if he can call someone a dog, without any moral ramifications then the Church reserves the moral right to call him a dog.

When we call the President a dog, we are not calling him a dog out of his humanity, we are calling him a dog because he believes that he is the only one that has the authority to say and do anything that he wants. This is unwise, not true and an example of his doggish behavior. The Scripture says, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”(Matthew 7:12, KJV) Matter of fact we love him, and we pray for him on a daily basis. But, when you look at the things he has done since he has taken Office in addition to this incident you can see why we resort to this.

Here is Donald Trump in his own words and actions:

● The separation of over 10,000 children from their families at the border and many of those families have not been reunited as of today. This is the type of doggish behavior that we speak about.

● On illegal immigrants (June): “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the
best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and
they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re
rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re
telling us what we’re getting.”

● On illegal immigrants who are rapists in interview with CNN’s Don Lemon (July): “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don? I mean, you know, somebody’s doing the raping. Who’s doing the raping?”

● On John McCain’s war record (July): “He’s not a war hero…He’s a war hero because he
was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

● On giving out Lindsey Graham‘ s phone number (July): “He doesn’t seem like a very
bright guy. He actually probably seems to me not as bright as Rick Perry. I think Rick
Perry probably is smarter than Lindsey Graham.”

● On refusing to pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee, during first debate
(August): “I will not make the pledge at this time.”

● On Megyn Kelly as a debate moderator (August): “You could see there was blood
coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”

● On Carly Fiorina, in a Rolling Stone interview (September): “Look at that face! Would
anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”

● On not challenging anti-Muslim questioner who said he needs to get rid of Muslims
(September): “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things.”

● On blaming George W. Bush for 911 (October): “When you talk about George Bush, I
mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time.”

● On attacking Ben Carson’s faith (October): “I mean, Seventh Day Adventist, I don’t
know about, I just don’t know about.”

● On comparing Ben Carson to a child molester (November): “It’s in the book that he’s got
a pathological temper. That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that … as an
example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester.
There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that.”

● On questioning voters in the first caucus state who were supporting Ben Carson in the
polls (November): “How stupid are the people of Iowa?”

● On falsely recalling “thousands” of people celebrating on 911
(November): “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”

● On disruptive protestor at Birmingham, Ala. event (November): “Maybe he should have
been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing. I have a lot of
fans, and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy who was a
troublemaker who was looking to make trouble.”

● On not ruling out a database of Muslims in America (November): “We’re going to have to
– we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look
at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”

The Black Church is not scared or afraid to defend the moral honor of this Black woman.

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Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony

LILONGWE, Malawi, August 10, 2018/ — Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony:

It is my pleasure to welcome you all here today for the official swearing-in ceremony of 61 Americans as Peace Corps Volunteers. Tomorrow they formally begin their Peace Corps service with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Department of Forestry. I am honored to present these individuals to our distinguished guests today as some of the most passionate and creative people the United States has to offer.

I would like to acknowledge my appreciation to the Honorable Minister of Education, Science, and Technology for joining us today at this special ceremony. Thank you for your continual support of Peace Corps Volunteers who teach English in Community day Secondary Schools in Malawi.

I also give my sincere appreciation to TA Chilowamatambe and all his Chiefs for welcoming these Trainees into their villages. I would like to also thank all of the families who have hosted our Trainees. You have been of essential help in their training, and they will always remember you as their Malawian parents, brothers, and sisters. Mwagwira ntchito yabwino!

I would also like to express my appreciation to Peace Corps Malawi’s training team—you have put in long hours and weekends away from your own families in order to prepare this group to serve in rural communities for the next two years. You have started a ripple that will positively affect so many people around this country—many of them the most vulnerable and the most in need of our efforts.

Lastly, I would like to thank our partners in the Government of Malawi for their continued collaboration with Peace Corps. For over 50 years, you have given the staff and Volunteers of Peace Corps the support and they need to be successful in their work. We look forward to many more years of collaboration between the United States and Malawi.

As many of you know, Peace Corps Volunteers give full expression to the noble tradition of service. They live and work in rural villages for two years, speaking the language of their neighbors. They participate in the lives and traditions of their communities. They work hand-in-hand with their community members to address challenges in the community.

As a result of these Volunteers’ work, secondary school students will greatly improve their ability to speak English, allowing them to excel academically in all subject matters. Youth around Malawi will learn ways to keep themselves safe from HIV. Mothers will learn how to prevent malaria from harming their or their children’s lives. Families will plant gardens that provide nutritious produce year-round; and communities will plant trees together to tackle deforestation.

But Peace Corps Volunteers will not do any of this work on their own. Peace Corps is about partnership and collaboration. Volunteers will be inspired to meet the hardworking people that are already in the communities where they will live. So, to our soon-to-be Volunteers, let me tell you about some of the people that my team has met in Malawi.

There is a women’s group in Machinga called the Budala Women’s Group. They dreamt of being able to afford school fees and clothing for their children, and they were determined to be financially independent. The women began by planting trees in order to start a firewood business in their village. They had the motivation, they were hard working, and they were ready to organize. Though their efforts didn’t bring them wealth, they did start to make a little money…enough to buy more tree seeds and saplings.

It was during this time that they received their first Peace Corps Volunteer. What he found was a group of women ready to make the lives of their families better, so he shared with them his knowledge of bee-keeping. In a few years they had hundreds of beehives, all producing honey that they sell to this day.

After that Volunteer left, another took his place. She taught the women how to bake cakes, make peanut butter and moringa powder. The Volunteer after she showed them how to find and write grants.

Budala Women’s Group has now built a nursery school, two fish ponds, and has established several fruit tree forests. They make sustainable charcoal, tend their beehives, and have built an irrigation system that allows them to grow food all year round.

Now, their children have school fees, they have enough money for food, and they are financially independent women. The Peace Corps Volunteers did not need to motivate these women; they were already willing and ready to work. All they needed was the information on how they could channel their hard work into a better future for their families, and that’s where Peace Corps comes in. You have the education and the training. You’re now ready to use that privilege in service to others.

Though Budala Women’s Group had their last Peace Corps Volunteer years ago, they still remember each American. These were the people who dedicated two years of their lives to live among them. They will always be remembered as the Americans who learned their language, respected their culture, and became a part of their community.

This is not a unique story. It seems like everywhere I go, I meet a Malawian who was taught by a Peace Corps Volunteer or attended a camp that a Volunteer once hosted. This is evidence that the reach of Peace Corps is far and wide. For many Malawians, the interactions they have with their local Volunteer will be the only ones they will ever have with an American. I am proud that the group standing before me today will be representing their country in such a meaningful way.

To the soon-to-be Volunteers, I would like to extend my congratulations for successfully completing your Pre-Service Training. I know it has not been easy, but it has laid the foundation for the rest of your work in this country. Serving as Volunteer is a life changing experience. Soon you will move to your new communities across Malawi.

The oath you are about to take is an important one. Beginning with George Washington, every president of the United States has sworn to the same words. It is also the same oath that I made as a Foreign Service officer. And in taking this oath, you will join the proud tradition that Peace Corps has had for the past fifty-seven years; promoting world peace and friendship through grassroots development and cross-cultural exchange.

Your presence and work here is important, and I wish you the best of luck. Zikomo kwambiri, thank you very much.

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NBCI Heeds The Call And Will Join The Alzheimer’s Fight With 150,000 Black Churches

Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans,  heeds the call of our communities and will join the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association has identified an emerging public health crisis among African Americans — the Silent Epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease. Their report brings together for the first time an accumulating body of evidence about the scope and nature of Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. Each study is important on its own, but only when put together does the magnitude of the crisis become clear.

Among the findings from research highlighted in their report :

·         Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent among African-Americans than among whites — with estimates ranging from 14% to almost 100% higher;

·         There is a greater familial risk of Alzheimer’s in African-Americans; and

·         Genetic and environmental factors may work differently to cause Alzheimer’s disease in African-Americans.

Scientists are at a vital juncture in research. Advances in genetics and imaging, combined with our increased understanding of the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s, provide immense opportunities to examine the disease in African-Americans in ways that would not have been possible even five years ago.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “We are immensely excited about joining the fight against Alzheimer’s it is ravishing our normal and faith-based communities. I will authorize some 25,000 Churches in the first year of this fight to begin to provide baseline education about this devastating disease that is robbing us of the History of the Black Church because most of our history is oral. As well as our most senior and valuable members. Before this fight has ended we would have enlisted over 150,000 Black Churches in the areas of education, literature, culturally sensitive material, research, clinical trials and disease management. We look forward to partnering with all the Alzheimer’s Associations in this country and across the world.”

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We Demand Safe Road

Monica Haque, Salema Khatun, Mouri Haque, Farida Akhter, Jesmine Akhter, Shalina Hossain, Rexona Choudhry, Nazia Jannat, Mohamed Mouj, Niaz Haque, Banty, Princess Ibtihaj, Abul Bashar, Ahmed Rukon Edson Rocha and Annaly Beatrice

At Parkchester Strong Women’s Community Empowerment demonstrated about We Demand Safe Road. In U.S.A. all the drivers are driving their commercial or residential vehicles after getting the valid license and/or inspecting their vehicles each and every year. Even though few road accidents showed up few times. And also thousands of Bengalis are living in U.S.A. And now a days and back few years lots of road accidents happened and lots of people died for these accidents in Bangladesh on that note this Organization got together to have safe road for the sake of peaceful land. In this demonstration attended Monica Haque, Salema Khatun, Mouri Haque, Farida Akhter, Jesmine Akhter, Shalina Hossain, Rexona Choudhry, Nazia Jannat, Mohamed Mouj, Niaz Haque, Banty, Princess Ibtihaj, Abul Bashar, Ahmed Rukon Edson Rocha and Annaly Beatrice.

We Demand Say Roads. On the picture are:
Monica Haque, Salema Khatun, Mouri Haque, Farida Akhter, Jesmine Akhter, Shalina Hossain, Rexona Choudhry, Nazia Jannat, Mohamed Mouj, Niaz Haque, Banty, Princess Ibtihaj, Abul Bashar, Ahmed Rukon Edson Rocha and Annaly Beatrice
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CBCF Gears Up For 48th Annual Legislative Conference, Welcomes Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris As Co-Chairs

CBCF Gears Up For 48th Annual Legislative Conference, Welcomes Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris As Co-Chairs

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WASHINGTON —The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced today, for the first time in the foundation’s history, two senators — Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey) and Senator Kamala D. Harris (California) — will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 48th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), scheduled for September 12-16, 2018. Historically, co-chairs have been members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The premier conference, which takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., annually attracts nearly 10,000 people from across the world and is the only event of its kind in the United States. The conference offers more than 90 forums on public policy issues affecting black Americans.

“For more than 40 years, the Annual Legislative Conference has provided an extraordinary platform for people — domestic and abroad — to come together and discuss vital issues related to social justice, leadership, economic prosperity, entrepreneurship and much more,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, chair, CBCF Board of Directors. “As we continue to grow and expand the conference, we know that we must be unwavering in our approach to have the difficult conversations, elevate debates about the state of Black America, and also define new and innovative solutions.”

The impact of civil and social movements over the last 50 years has played a major role in changing the trajectory of American history. This year’s ALC theme, “ The Dream Still Demands ,” focuses on the influence and legacy of these moments, while uplifting present-day champions in the fight for racial equality, justice and freedom.

“As we approach the 48 th year of hosting the Annual Legislative Conference, we find ourselves in a critical time where, now more than ever, diverse voices are imperative to the future of this nation,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO, CBCF. “We must rise to meet the demands of the moment and capitalize on actionable outcomes that will advance black Americans and this country forward.”

During the five-day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to delve into important conversations with industry leaders from across the globe on public health, gender equality, social mobility, LGBTQ rights and environmental sustainability, among many other topics. ALC provides a safe haven for black Americans to contribute their experiences, knowledge, and opinions to a larger, national dialogue.

“The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference is among the most important annual gatherings for black Americans, and I am honored to lead its 48th convening with Senator Harris,” said Senator Cory Booker. “The Conference theme, ‘The Dream Still Demands,’ presents an important opportunity for our community to lead the national dialogue on so many pressing issues, from fixing our broken criminal justice system to creating economic opportunities for communities of color. We have so many urgent challenges that must be addressed, and I’m looking forward to hearing from all of the incredible leaders who will be participating in the conference this September,” added Senator Booker.

The Annual Legislative Conference is also a time to network and enjoy connecting with a diverse group of individuals. Networking and special events include the Exhibit Showcase with an on-site employment fair and free health screenings; the Prayer Breakfast; National Town Hall; Gospel Extravaganza; the Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, which honors the contributions of individuals in the performing and visual arts who have influenced our history and inspired generations; and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner, which supports the CBCF’s mission-critical programs including education, economic development, health and research.

“The Annual Legislative Conference, over nearly five decades, has brought together some of the country’s greatest leaders, innovators, and job creators to address the most pressing issues facing black America,” said Senator Kamala D. Harris. “This year is no exception. The conference will provide a platform to advocate for the voiceless, the vulnerable, and all who believe in fulfilling the American promise of equality and justice for all. I look forward to confronting these issues head on, and working to create solutions that will lead to lasting change.”

The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. Lawmakers, celebrities and concerned citizens attend the conference to partake in a plethora of forums on health, education, economic empowerment, the environment, civic engagement and more. The ALC is the largest platform in which the CBCF delivers against its mission to eliminate the disparities in the global black community.

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United States Ambassador remarks at the The Namibia Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) Launch

WINDHOEK, Namibia, August 3, 2018/ — Today is a remarkable day. The results presented here today show that Namibia is one of the countries leading the world in implementation of a successful national response to end the HIV epidemic.

Namibia, I congratulate you. I especially want to congratulate the women of Namibia for having already achieved the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets two years ahead of the goal. This finding is important, especially in light of the fact that women are more likely than men to be HIV positive.

As we heard, the NAMPHIA results show 15.7% HIV prevalence among women, compared to 9.3% among men. In fact, a Namibian woman between the ages of 20 to 24 is two to three times more likely to be HIV positive than a man her age.

We are still seeing six new HIV infections every single day among Namibian girls and women aged 15 to 24 years old.

Yet, Namibia women are prevailing. Even though they are more likely to be HIV positive, they also are more likely to be tested, on treatment, and virally suppressed.

The fact that HIV positive Namibian women get and stay on treatment is a success story not just for individuals, but for the whole country. It takes courage to take an HIV test. It takes commitment to stay on treatment. And it takes a well-functioning healthcare system to provide services that allow people to stay on treatment.

The excellent test and treatment results among women are also good for the children of Namibia. If a woman is HIV positive, on treatment, and stays on treatment, the risk of passing the virus to her child during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding is extremely low. I have visited clinics in four regions so far to congratulate families and healthcare providers at clinics where there were zero cases of mother-to-child transmission in 2017.

Today’s launch is about the big picture of Namibia’s success as a country and internationally. However, it is the individual stories that help remind us of how important it is to keep striving towards epidemic control. And that is my first take-away message for today. This is not the end. The 90:90:90 targets are a milestone, not the end of the fight against HIV/AIDS. Namibia already recognizes this by having set a target to achieve 95:95:95 by 2020, as outlined in the National Strategic Framework for HIV.

My second message is that while Namibia can, and should, be celebrating the results so far, we must not lose sight of the areas of concern. There are many disparities within the HIV epidemic in Namibia. I have already talked about the vulnerability of Namibia’s girls and young women. But so too are young men.

We know that many young men don’t want to know their status and get on treatment. We need to do whatever it takes to involve the men. This is not a problem unique to Namibia, but I do believe that Namibia – the land of the brave — can find unique solutions.

There also are regional disparities. Take the example of the Kunene region. This region has the lowest prevalence of HIV, but also has the lowest rate of viral load suppression for those who are HIV positive. This means that while the spread of HIV in Kunene is far less than in regions such as Zambezi, if a person becomes infected with HIV in Kunene, the treatment outcome is not yet as good as it can be.

In contrast, in the Zambezi region, we see the highest HIV prevalence, and although this is very concerning, we do see that when patients are found, tested, and treated, the outcomes are good and the patients have every chance of living a long and healthy life.

For the past 14 years the United States, through PEPFAR, has partnered with the Ministry of Health and Social Services to fight HIV/AIDS, and we remain committed to helping Namibia maintain the progress that has been achieved. I look forward to working with the Ministry of Health to use these results to inform better the HIV/AIDS programming the U.S. Government supports through PEPFAR. And, I look forward to hearing the personal victories and community successes as I continue to travel the country to meet with patients, healthcare workers, and partners.

In closing, I again congratulate Namibia for the success it has achieved, and I stand with you in looking ahead at what we still need to do together.

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Happy Neighborly Day!

Happy Neighborly Day!

While we may not know who will commit the next violent crimes, where and how they’ll be committed, and for what reason, we’re nonetheless certain violent crimes would be committed against innocent people by folks who needed our neighborly interventions.

Friday, the Neighborly Day, is therefore the best day during the week to check on our neighbors and perhaps impact their lives positively. “We must never, ever normalize crime, violence, abuse, injustice, bias, inequity, poverty, violent extremism or oppression since they’re not inevitable.

In addition, the outcome of all our actions and interactions must be peaceful coexistence. We should not patronize violent movies and media or ignorantly call violent Hollywood figures heroes. They are not. Real heroes are our mothers whom we honor on Neighborly Days and all other days.”

Just minding our own business in this day and age is no longer an acceptable attitude. We are one human family that should be mindful of all elements from within in order to provide timely assistance to those in need, disrupt evil plans being hatched and prevent heinous crimes that could be carried out by the unhinged family members, especially on Neighborly Days.

Another word, every Neighborly Day gives us a unique opportunity to have intimate interactions with our neighbors in order to learn firsthand how to be helpful to them and when we something that warrants immediate action, we intervene. It is our neighborly business to be in the know for preventive sake!

We can prudently invest in prevention and peaceful coexistence or foolishly spend in reacting to violence and hatred. The choices are clear and ours.

To improve the quality of life in our borough, you are cordially invited to participate in our weekly ‘Community Public Safety Networking Dinners’ taking place throughout the Bronx on Neighborly Day. These innovative public safety dinners are dedicated to connecting hearts and minds, prevent crimes and violence, countering extreme views and hatred, reverse brain and resource drainage, mentor the youth and unhinged, nurture talent and leadership, share resources and solutions, and equalize public safety and quality of life in all neighborhoods of our diverse city. Indeed the best prevention is neighborly love.

Love is natural. Hate is learned. Peaceful Coexistence must be inevitable. Thank you! #neighborlyday #friday #cpsnd #nyclove #bronxlove #cpsp #neveragain #gangfreezone #justiceforjunior #peacefulcoexistence #peacedecember #dprogeny #onefamily