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Proof Positivity: Is It Business As Usual?

Proof Positivity

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Is it business as usual?  I don’t think so.  All the media Is talking about Michelle Obama’s Jimmy Choo shoes and J.Crew accesories.  See, even I just mentioned it.  Michelle Obama looked fabulous.  Even I could very easily see why they would compare her to Jackie Kennedy. 

If the media sees her in sweats I swear they would be in shock for her being human.  That’s all I’ve heard about, is Michelle Obama’s fashion sense.  I’ve seen quite a few first ladies look dowdy and frumpy.  I think Michelle Obama is the first that won’t need help.

Now is a wonderful time for my country.  Maybe we can begin to heal from the damage that has been done.  We need a leader who will push it’s time to work together not against each other. 

In the region where I live there is a lot of fear.  There is a lot of racism and Barack and Michelle Obama obviously aren’t white.  I was shocked to hear my husband state “We’ve lost control.”  What?  You’re Italian and your family has only been here 100 years. 

If there  ever was control Africans would not have been slaves and Native Americans would not have been forced on to reservations.  Does anyone truly believe Native Americans wanted to move to area where you can’t grow anything and some are unsanitary? 

Stop thinking about self.  That is my message.

I wanted to apoligize for this getting out late.  My son had a 2  hour school delay and an hour later I had to pick him up because of a water pipe breaking or frozen.

New Jersey Students  ‘Speak Out for Peace’

New Jersey After 3 (NJA3), a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to expanding afterschool opportunities for New Jersey’s youth, will respond to the call for service issued jointly by President Barack Obama and General Colin Powell by showing tribute to the peaceful community actions demonstrated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a “Speak Out for Peace” initiative. “Speak Out for Peace” is a statewide service learning project organized by NJA3 that engages students in its afterschool programs in meaningful examinations and positive actions towards peace and hope in their schools, communities, and the world at large. “Speak Out for Peace” projects will kick off during the week of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and take place throughout January and February in dozens of afterschool programs statewide.

NJA3 has created an integrated project that will engage youth in thinking about creating change in their local communities from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service to Global Youth Service Day (April 24-26, 2009). NJA3 disseminated over 200 service learning kits to their extensive statewide network of over 100 afterschool programs.

Afterschool sites throughout the state will have the opportunity to look at themes of hope and peace during the celebration of MLK Day of Service using “Speak Out for Peace: MLK Edition” kits. The “Speak Out for Peace: MLK Edition” kits contain information about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his ideas around non-violence, and a six week curriculum that leads students to plan and participate in projects that promote their voice and vision for how their communities can contribute to and create a peaceful society.

Most significant to the initiative is the opportunity for youth to make use of a public platform for the purposes of promoting hope, peace and literacy. Youth participants will be encouraged to explore public speaking, creative writing, photo journalism, music creation, dramatic arts, etc. as means of spreading the message, and engaging the public while educating, informing and disseminating information.

“There’s no better feeling than hearing the proud voices of neighborhood kids standing up for a better tomorrow, by taking action in their communities today. That is what ‘Speak Out for Peace’ is all about. Following the example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other great community leaders including President Barack Obama, and General Colin Powell, the students in NJ After 3 afterschool programs will now have their own platform on which to be heard — and they will do it in their own artistic way that we hope will inspire peace & hope within their communities,” stated Mark Valli, President & CEO of NJ After 3.

NJA3 will utilize its existing service-learning staff, partnering AmeriCorps members, as well as youth development workers as Service Learning Ambassadors, engaging between 3,000 to 4,000 NJA3 youth in service-learning projects under the themes of hope, peace and literacy. Additionally, 2,000 to 3,000 community and family members will join students during their culminating events.

Pennsylvania is ‘Here to Help’

Governor Edward G. Rendell today praised the generosity of state employees who donated nearly 5 tons of food to help Pennsylvanians struggling in a difficult national economy.


The Governor launched a food drive on Dec. 15 to help food banks replenish their shelves at a time when demand for their services has grown while donations have fallen.


“I continue to be impressed with the kindness and generosity of our commonwealth workforce,” said Governor Rendell. “Public service, by its nature, requires compassion; and state employees can always be counted upon to give back to their communities in times of need.”


More than 9,800 pounds of food were collected in about 20 donation bins from Dec. 15 through Dec. 31. The bins were located in state office buildings around Harrisburg, as well as regional office buildings in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading and Scranton.


“These donations come at a critical time for Pennsylvania’s food banks, many of which are struggling to help the growing number of families who have been caught in the national economic downturn,” said the Governor. “The food that was donated, which is enough to provide nearly 8,000 meals, will help food pantries across the state succeed in their urgent mission.


“That level of giving by our employees is heartening, as are the charitable donations others made to similar causes during the holiday season. And although our food drive has ended, I hope the generosity of our citizens will not.


“Please keep alive the spirit of giving and make additional donations whenever you can,” urged Governor Rendell. “Your donation — regardless of the size — will have an immediate impact in your community by helping to ensure that no one is forced to go hungry.


The Here To Help page gives access to existing government programs that can serve citizens of all ages and businesses on matters of unemployment compensation, property tax relief, veterans benefits, education, job training, as well as health care and prescription drug coverage.


Resources are grouped by the following topics: economic development, employment, family services, housing, older Pennsylvanians, and economic development.


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