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Families Treated To Free ‘Wakanda Forever’ Screenings - More than 500 youths and their families have so far attended fre...
11/30/2022
Families Treated To Free ‘Wakanda Forever’ Screenings

Families Treated To Free ‘Wakanda Forever’ Screenings - More than 500 youths and their families have so far attended free screenings of the film. Did you get a chance to attend? Thoughts on the movie?

By Verbal Adam | Special To The OBSERVER Students enjoy free popcorn and drinks during the free screening of “Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever” organized

Join Observer Managing Editor Angelica Obioha and Observer Staff Reporter Jared Childress (  ) in discussing The Effecti...
11/30/2022
Scheduled: Do gun buybacks decrease gun violence?

Join Observer Managing Editor Angelica Obioha and Observer Staff Reporter Jared Childress ( ) in discussing The Effectiveness of Gun Buybacks . The discussion will be held on December 1st at 11:15am and will include a Q&A segment for community questions.

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Community Meetings Nov. 29-Nov. 30 - Among the meetings is the Sacramento City Council and SMUD Policy Committee.
11/29/2022
Community Meetings Nov. 29-Nov. 30

Community Meetings Nov. 29-Nov. 30 - Among the meetings is the Sacramento City Council and SMUD Policy Committee.

By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer Sacramento City Council Meeting  The Sacramento City Council will be meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.

Sacramento Shifts $35M Toward Affordable Housing - Funds Marked For Temporary Facilities Reallocated As City Tries To Ke...
11/29/2022
Sacramento Shifts $35M Toward Affordable Housing

Sacramento Shifts $35M Toward Affordable Housing - Funds Marked For Temporary Facilities Reallocated As City Tries To Keep Pace With Accelerating Crisis. Thoughts on the allocation of funds?

By Casey Murray | OBSERVER Staff Writer Brown Sugar Davis sits in front of the tents she lives in off the side of the road in Midtown Sacramento. She has

Colour Of Music Leaves Thousands Spellbound - Amid Fundraising Challenges, Black Classical Musicians Festival Poised To ...
11/28/2022
Colour Of Music Leaves Thousands Spellbound

Colour Of Music Leaves Thousands Spellbound - Amid Fundraising Challenges, Black Classical Musicians Festival Poised To Be Sacramento’s Next Signature Event. Di you get a chance to attend? Thoughts?

By Jared D. Childress | OBSERVER Staff Writer Violinists Chenoa Murphy and Megan Jenifer-Harris during the virtuosi performance at the Colour of Music.

Kings’ First 15: They Finally – And For Real – Look Like A Playoff Contender Again - After an 0-4 start, the Sacramento ...
11/25/2022
Kings’ First 15: They Finally – And For Real – Look Like A Playoff Contender Again

Kings’ First 15: They Finally – And For Real – Look Like A Playoff Contender Again - After an 0-4 start, the Sacramento Kings have remarkably turned their fortunes to post a 9-6 record as of Nov. 21. Thoughts on the season the Kings are having so far?

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox was named the Western Conference player of the week after leading the

Happy Thanksgiving🦃, from the OBSERVER family, to yours!♥
11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving🦃, from the OBSERVER family, to yours!♥

Florin Square Black Friday Extravaganza Is Nov. 25 - Retail Row at Florin Square presents Black Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. No...
11/24/2022
Florin Square Black Friday Extravaganza Is Nov. 25

Florin Square Black Friday Extravaganza Is Nov. 25 - Retail Row at Florin Square presents Black Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 25 at 2251 Florin Road, featuring shopping, food, raffles, music and more.

Staff Report Retail Row at Florin Square presents Black Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 25 at 2251 Florin Road, featuring shopping, food, raffles, music and

Post-Acute Facility Planned For Elk Grove - Joint Partnership Makes Way For 60-Bed Transitional Care Site To Be Built. T...
11/24/2022
Post-Acute Facility Planned For Elk Grove

Post-Acute Facility Planned For Elk Grove - Joint Partnership Makes Way For 60-Bed Transitional Care Site To Be Built. Thoughts on the new facility?

Staff Report Officials break ground on the Elk Grove site. Shown are, left to right, Kristian Bieber, Kerie Bieber, Daniel Washington representing

How AD Mark Orr Turned Sac State Into A Football Powerhouse - Thoughts on the season that Sac State Football is having? ...
11/23/2022
How AD Mark Orr Turned Sac State Into A Football Powerhouse

How AD Mark Orr Turned Sac State Into A Football Powerhouse - Thoughts on the season that Sac State Football is having? Have you gone to any of the games?

By Mark Bryant | Special to The OBSERVER Mark Orr talks with former Sac State assistant coach CJ Cox during a 2017 practice. Prior to being hired by Sac

Garvey’s ‘Got The Fight’ - Son Of Marcus Garvey Works To Exonerate Father; At Oak Park Speaker Series, Former Mayor Kevi...
11/22/2022
Garvey’s ‘Got The Fight’

Garvey’s ‘Got The Fight’ - Son Of Marcus Garvey Works To Exonerate Father; At Oak Park Speaker Series, Former Mayor Kevin Johnson Vows To Help.

By Jared D. Childress | OBSERVER Staff Writer Former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson made a public pledge Nov. 12 at the Oak Park Speaker Series to help

Airline Study Reveals SMF As Top 5 Best Airports - A study on airlines, airports, and which to avoid during the holiday’...
11/22/2022
Airline Study Reveals SMF As Top 5 Best Airports

Airline Study Reveals SMF As Top 5 Best Airports - A study on airlines, airports, and which to avoid during the holiday’s was recently published by Price4Limo. Thoughts on the findings? Will you be traveling this holiday season?

By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer A study on airlines, airports, and which to avoid during the holiday’s was recently published by Price4Limo.

TV Show Helps Elk Grove Man Find Birth Family - Curtis Williams Is Competing On Current Season of BYUtv’s ‘Relative Race...
11/21/2022
TV Show Helps Elk Grove Man Find Birth Family

TV Show Helps Elk Grove Man Find Birth Family - Curtis Williams Is Competing On Current Season of BYUtv’s ‘Relative Race’. Have you watched the show?

By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer Elk Grove resident Curtis Williams is adding to his own story, having found new relatives thanks to a

Miss Black Sacramento 2022 Winners Crowned - Two Sacramento royalty were crowned in the 52nd annual Miss Black Sacrament...
11/21/2022
Miss Black Sacramento 2022 Winners Crowned

Miss Black Sacramento 2022 Winners Crowned - Two Sacramento royalty were crowned in the 52nd annual Miss Black Sacramento Scholarship Pageant on Nov. 13. Congratulations to the winners! Miss Black Sacramento Scholarship Pageant

By Nicholas Ibarra  | OBSERVER Staff Writer Contestants of the 2022 Miss Black Sacramento Pageant are recognized following the scholarship

Sacramento Author Genoa Barrow Writes A New Chapter In Her Story With Latest Book - Her first two books, “7×7” and “Dadd...
11/18/2022
Sacramento Author Genoa Barrow Writes A New Chapter In Her Story With Latest Book

Sacramento Author Genoa Barrow Writes A New Chapter In Her Story With Latest Book - Her first two books, “7×7” and “Daddy Issues: Black Women Speaking Truth & Healing Wounds” are available at Amazon.com?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_Sacramento_Observer.

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By Russell Stiger Jr. | OBSERVER Correspondent Veteran reporter/author Genoa Barrow reads excerpts from her latest book, “7x7 Kudos & Kwansabas/Something

OBSERVER Reporter Lands Statewide Honor - The OBSERVER’s Genoa Barrow recently was awarded the California Grand Jurors’ ...
11/17/2022
OBSERVER Reporter Lands Statewide Honor

OBSERVER Reporter Lands Statewide Honor - The OBSERVER’s Genoa Barrow recently was awarded the California Grand Jurors’ Association’s (CGJA) 2022 Best News Media Reporting Award. Congratulations to Genoa on her incredible achievement! Follow the link to read the stories that won her this award!

Staff Report Senior Staff Writer Genoa Barrow traveled to the Bay Area to accept an award for coverage that impacted the local community. Barrow is

Poets Get Light On Sacramento Poetry Day - The ceremony honored 10 poets; each performed a poem for the audience. How do...
11/17/2022
Poets Get Light On Sacramento Poetry Day

Poets Get Light On Sacramento Poetry Day - The ceremony honored 10 poets; each performed a poem for the audience. How do you celebrate poetry and the arts?

By Verbal Adam | OBSERVER Correspondent Ten local authors were honored during the Sacramento Poetry Day celebration. Verbal Adam, OBSERVER Chinua Rhodes,

Commentary: Study Linking Relaxers to Cancer is “Fake News” - Cheryl Morrow, daughter of Black haircare legend Dr. Willi...
11/17/2022
Commentary: Study Linking Relaxers to Cancer is “Fake News”

Commentary: Study Linking Relaxers to Cancer is “Fake News” - Cheryl Morrow, daughter of Black haircare legend Dr. Willie L. Morrow delivered a letter refuting the lawsuit to attorney Crump and his co-counsel. Thoughts? Do you think it's real?

By Cheryl Morrow | Special to California Black Media Cheryl Morrow (Courtesy Photo) (CBM) - A major study by the National Institute of Health

Californians Spurn Sports Gambling Initiatives on Election Day - With 67% of the ballots counted at press time, accordin...
11/16/2022
Californians Spurn Sports Gambling Initiatives on Election Day

Californians Spurn Sports Gambling Initiatives on Election Day - With 67% of the ballots counted at press time, according to the Associated Press (AP), 83.31% or 5,628,855 California voters voted against Proposition 27, which would have legalized online sports gambling. Thoughts on Prop 27 not getting passed?

By McKenzie Jackson | California Black Media (CBM) - On Election Day, Golden State voters emphatically rebuked the sports gambling initiatives on the

Two Black Candidates In Running For Deputy Fire Chief - With a combined 50 years of public safety experience, Jonathan B...
11/16/2022
Two Black Candidates In Running For Deputy Fire Chief

Two Black Candidates In Running For Deputy Fire Chief - With a combined 50 years of public safety experience, Jonathan Burgess and Scott Williams took the initiative to apply for two Sacramento deputy fire chief openings. Thoughts on the men running for the positions?

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer Sacramento Fire Department With a combined 50 years of public safety experience, Jonathan Burgess and Scott

Blacks Call For Safe Hair Care Products - California Black Health Network, Civil Rights Attorney Leading Charge. Thought...
11/15/2022
Blacks Call For Safe Hair Care Products

Blacks Call For Safe Hair Care Products - California Black Health Network, Civil Rights Attorney Leading Charge. Thoughts on the lawsuit and detrimental affects of hair care products?

By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer African Americans have a long and often love-hate relationship with hair care products, most of which are

Community Meetings Nov. 14 - Nov. 15 - Among the meetings is SacRT Board of Directors, TRUSD School Board, SJUSD Board o...
11/14/2022
Community Meetings Nov. 14 - Nov. 15

Community Meetings Nov. 14 - Nov. 15 - Among the meetings is SacRT Board of Directors, TRUSD School Board, SJUSD Board of Directors, EGUSD Board of Education, and SCOE Board of Education. Sacramento Regional Transit District Twin Rivers Unified School District Elk Grove Unified School District Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)

By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer Sacramento Regional Transit Board of Directors The Sacramento Regional Transit Board of Directors is scheduled

Sac Urban League Lands $2.4 Million Largesse - MacKenzie Scott Extends Continued Philanthropy To Local Organization. Tho...
11/14/2022
Sac Urban League Lands $2.4 Million Largesse

Sac Urban League Lands $2.4 Million Largesse - MacKenzie Scott Extends Continued Philanthropy To Local Organization. Thoughts on the donation and what it's being used for? Greater Sacramento Urban League

By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer Dwayne Crenshaw, president and CEO of the Greater Sacramento Urban League, says the organization will use

Behind The Music - Colour of Music Festival returns to Sacramento Nov. 15-18. Don't miss this opportunity to watch a gre...
11/14/2022
Behind The Music

Behind The Music - Colour of Music Festival returns to Sacramento Nov. 15-18. Don't miss this opportunity to watch a great show! Colour of Music Festival

By Jared D. Childress | OBSERVER Staff Writer The Colour of Music at the Memorial Auditorium in fall 2021. The festival returns to Sacramento Nov. 15-18,

Venture Capitalist Kwame Anku Headlines Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kwame Anku, once named a “Top 25 Black Venture Ca...
11/11/2022
Venture Capitalist Kwame Anku Headlines Global Entrepreneurship Week

Venture Capitalist Kwame Anku Headlines Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kwame Anku, once named a “Top 25 Black Venture Capitalist” by Pitchbook, will be featured as a keynote at “GEW: Opportunity and Possibility – The Pathway to Success,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. Kwame Yao Anku

By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer Kwame Anku Starting Monday, Nov. 14, the Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Western Health

11/11/2022

Thank you, Veterans!

Sacramento Native To Give Talk Sunday On Family’s Church Legacy - Les Robinson, the current head football coach at Trini...
11/11/2022
Sacramento Native To Give Talk Sunday On Family’s Church Legacy

Sacramento Native To Give Talk Sunday On Family’s Church Legacy - Les Robinson, the current head football coach at Trinity Classical Academy in Santa Clarita, will share Daniel Blue’s story at the church Sunday, Nov. 13. St. Andrews AME Church

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer Les Robinson To Speak at St. Andrews AME /Observer [email protected]. Photos courtesy of Les Robinson Les

Dr. Julius Garvey, Son Of Marcus Garvey, Featured Nov. 12 At The Guild - He will speak at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at t...
11/11/2022
Dr. Julius Garvey, Son Of Marcus Garvey, Featured Nov. 12 At The Guild

Dr. Julius Garvey, Son Of Marcus Garvey, Featured Nov. 12 At The Guild - He will speak at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Guild Theater as part of the Oak Park Speaker Series.

By Jared D. Childress | OBSERVER Staff Writer Dr. Julius Garvey headlines the Oak Park Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Guild Theater. Dr. Garvey

Covered California Enrollment Launched - Healthcare Help Available for All Californians - Covered California is the gove...
11/11/2022
Covered California Enrollment Launched - Healthcare Help Available for All Californians

Covered California Enrollment Launched - Healthcare Help Available for All Californians - Covered California is the government agency that offers subsidized Obamacare plans for Californians. Those who qualify receive financial assistance on a sliding scale for their health coverage in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thoughts on the new health insurance plan?

By Maxim Elramsisy | California Black Media (Left to right) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Covered California Executive Director Jessica Altman, Covered

Sac State President Announces Retirement - Dr. Robert S. Nelsen To Step Down July 2023. Thoughts on his impact on Sac St...
11/10/2022
Sac State President Announces Retirement

Sac State President Announces Retirement - Dr. Robert S. Nelsen To Step Down July 2023. Thoughts on his impact on Sac State and the community? Sacramento State

By Cynthia Hubert | Special To The OBSERVER Screenshot from retirement video by President Robert S. Nelsen President Robert S. Nelsen, who for the past

California ’22 Mid-Term: Historic Wave of Black Candidates Set to Win in Projected Election Blowout - Two African Americ...
11/09/2022
California ’22 Mid-Term: Historic Wave of Black Candidates Set to Win in Projected Election Blowout

California ’22 Mid-Term: Historic Wave of Black Candidates Set to Win in Projected Election Blowout - Two African American candidates running for seats in the State Legislature are expected to win and become the two newest members of the California Legislative Black Caucus. Thoughts on the newly elected candidates?

Joe W. Bowers Jr. | California Black Media (CBM) - A wave of Black candidates in California are expected to win after this week’s General Election. Among

Sacramento’s Black Bar Association Reborn After Pandemic - The Wiley Manuel Bar Association raised funds for law student...
11/09/2022
Sacramento’s Black Bar Association Reborn After Pandemic

Sacramento’s Black Bar Association Reborn After Pandemic - The Wiley Manuel Bar Association raised funds for law student scholarships for the first time in two years in Old Sacramento at the Firehouse Restaurant. Wiley Manuel Bar Association

By Mark Bryant | Special to The OBSERVER Ryan Harrison, president of the Wiley Manuel Bar Association, greets guests at the organization’s “Legal Fusion”

The Sacramento Police Department hosted its second gun buyback Oct. 22. The event brought in 275 fi****ms, including pri...
11/09/2022
Getting To The Bottom Of Gun Buybacks

The Sacramento Police Department hosted its second gun buyback Oct. 22. The event brought in 275 fi****ms, including privately manufactured fi****ms, or “ghost guns.” The event was anonymous with “no questions asked.”
The Sacramento Police Department inspected each gun for safety and functionality. Serial numbers also were recorded. Guns were safely stored to be destroyed later.
Buybacks have gained popularity in the last decade. Many tend to follow mass shootings and gun violence, with Sacramento hosting its first in May after the mass shooting on K Street. Anonymity is routine at buybacks; experts say the tactic is meant to encourage criminals to participate. Although it can be a way to engage the community in public safety efforts, many question whether they curb gun violence. The small-scale programs don’t tend to bring in guns involved in crimes.
Advance Peace helped reduce gun violence in Sacramento during its 2018-2021 tenure in the city. While in the city, the Richmond-based nonprofit offered an 18 month Peacemaker Fellowship in which formerly incarcerated mentors were matched with folks currently at the center of gun violence.
When asked about Sacramento’s recent gun buybacks, Advance Peace Founder DeVone Boggan said “the evidence has shown that buybacks don't have a direct impact on gun violence reduction among those at the center of firearm activity.”

By Jared D. Childress | OBSERVER Staff Writer The Sacramento Police Department inspected each gun for safety and functionality. Serial numbers also were

The push to get young voters and people of color to the polls in Sacramento County - Organizers say engaging the young v...
11/08/2022
The push to get young voters and people of color to the polls in Sacramento County

The push to get young voters and people of color to the polls in Sacramento County - Organizers say engaging the young voters requires consistent outreach and education, and deprioritizing those voters in a midterm election can have lasting implications. Have you voted yet?

By Srishti Prabha | OBSERVER Staff Writer Organizers nationwide continue to push for larger voter participation by young people. But concerns of

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Thank you Sacramento Observer for sharing Calvin Mackie's story and vision!

“The vision with is to one day put this model in so many cities that we have a million low income and low resource kids doing STEM — hoping, dreaming, and believing that one day they can create something, create an economy, and be the next Robert Smith of that day — someone who creates enough wealth that they transform not only themselves, but their communities and will be able to impact generations to come. STEM provides us with that possibility. STEM provides our children with that possibility. That’s why STEM is important.”

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I Saw Him Coming!!!

By John Burl Smith (author “The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop”)

House Majority Leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer in a www.Democrats.org post said, “I’ve been in public service my entire life -- so I know that the upcoming midterm elections could present a real challenge to our shared progress. There is just one Senate seat and five House seats that stand between us keeping -- or losing -- our Democratic majorities. These margins are slim, but our victories last cycle prove that if we get to work right now, we can succeed.” Reading Hoyer’s statement, reminded me of a message I I posted back in February regarding Joe Manchin’s, after he attacked Vice President Kamala Harris for talking to West Virginia voters, without asking his permission first. His attack came on the heels of Pres. Biden entering the White House. But then I read Manu Raju, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent’s piece, “Manchin lays out long list of demands as key Senate chairs move to win his vote!!”
Looking back, I saw Joe Manchin coming, after reading Brent Budowsky's opinion, “Budowsky: Joe Manchin’s rendezvous with destiny.” Budowsky viewed Manchin’s motives with great suspicion and dread. Similarly I felt, straight out of the blocks, before President Joe Biden could clear the stench of Donald Trump from the White House, Manchin began spouting a word Democrats dread—compromise. Ra**ng himself in the robe of “bipartisanship, as a unifier,” while simultaneously spiting divisive rhetoric calculated to appease Republicans he openly attacked Pres. Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief Bill.
Glancing in the rear view mirror, I could not locate a single instant when Manchin saddled up, as the “Lone Ranger” and rode out against Donald Trump, no matter his proposal. Now with a Democrat in the White House, “Kemo Sabe” and his trusty sidekick Tonto, played by Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), like bushwhackers, lying in wait to ambush Pres. Biden’s legislative packages. But before I douse Manchin in my acid bath, I will defer to Budowsky, who exposed Manchin’s plan to corral Pres. Biden behind his whitewashed picket fence. Reminiscent of renegades escaping the reservation,“Kemo Sabe” and “Tonto,” while gathering Republicans and now some House democrats in his raiding party on the President’s infrastructure bill.
Back before Democrats rallied around Pres. Biden, Budowsky discerned Manchin’s plan to join the “grim reaper,” Mitch McConnell, who are now “soul mates” in league to repeat Republicans successful sabotage of Pres. Barack Obama back in 2008. Even before Mr. Obama’s entered the White House, Mitch went on the warpath, however this time around, the Senate is evenly split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, so Budowsky, reading “tea leaves” envision the face off, between Pres. Biden, McConnell and Manchin laying in the cut, as the deal breaker to repeat 2008. With Manchin trying to backdoor the President, Democrats face two prospects; establishing a legacy that will carry the nation forward over the next two decades or fall victim to Manchin’s shenanigans that will push them back into obscurity, as after 2008.
Bukowski’s analysis looked at the COVID-19 relief plan, while I looked at the 3.9 trillion infrastructure package and saw Manchin trying to lay the same gin, “Lone Ranger,” Joe Machin maneuvering to be the tie-breaking vote to decide every outcome for Pres. Biden’s programs over the next 4 years. Forcing, Pres. Biden to yield, as his recent nomination of Gayle Conelly Manchin, Joe’s wife, as co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). However, Manchin is becoming even more demanding, proving my point “one cannot appease a “greedy bully!!!”
Budowsky pulled the cover off Joe Manchin’s “Lone Ranger,” role back in January, and his whole game is out in the open today, as the “monkey wrench-in-chief.” “Lone Ranger and Tonto” (Manchin and Sinema) recently recruited House members to leave the reservation to join their attempted coup against Speaker Nancy Pelosi. However, overmatched in the House, Speaker Pelosi is “no hick from the sticks” and has unhorsed renegades, like Machin’s motley crew, in time for breakfast. The argute veteran lured them into a box canyon and was back at the table for her first cup of coffee, before Machin could scream “Hi Ho Silver.”
Democrats must realize that Manchin has gotten a taste of being the designated “presidential arm twister” for neocons, and have fallen in love with the fell of power, which he craves, but was too “chicken” to put his name on the ballot for president. Other than that, he is just a garden variety would be dictator, like Donald Trump. What Budowsky did back in January with his article is spring the trap on how, so-called moderate or centrist, with “Kemo Sabe” Machin calling the shots, planned to “circled their wagons” and trap Pres. Biden’s as they did Pres. Obama’s healthcare proposal, and apparently the President is not as cagey as Speaker Pelosi, and does not recognize how to use the power of the party to coral a “greedy bully.”
As a means of strengthening the Democratic Party, if it is to deal with “Joe Machin and his ilk” in the future, I offered “The Strategy to Turn Red States Blue in 22” and the Mini-Convention. This strategy will allow Democrats to reorganize the party and give it endorsement some bit, as well as make the party’s platform a process that begins at the state representative caucus level. Party endorsements and the platform will be voted on at each level all the way to the national convention (mini or Presidential). The party’s endorsement and platform development process will allow it to rein in those elected under the Democratic Party banner, as they must pledge their support to the platform and majority rule. Any candidate that seeks the endorsement of the Democratic Party must accept the platform as the President’s agenda. The purpose of a political party is to produce a majority in each House of government, so that the President as head of the government can depend on majority rule.
Present “the tail is wagging the dog” in the Democratic Party; it is electing people who have no regard for majority rule and feel free to fight the President “tooth and nail,” following their personal agendas. Convening a Mini-Convention early in 2022 will allow Democrats to address its organizational and inclusion issues. But, more importantly, the Mini-Convention will allow the President to approach 2024, with a party united behind his agenda. I began this post because of the article by Manu Raju, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent article “Manchin lays out long list of demands as key Senate chairs move to win his vote!!”, which all should read, because many are saying Pres. Joe Biden is using Joe Machin, as a “stalking horse” to avoid keeping his promises to progressives!!!
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Now It Comes Down to This!!!

By John Burl Smith (author "The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop)

Beginning with a few posts going back a couple of months, I have tried to bring Americans from the democratic process voters engaged on November 3rd to the present. That period was supposed to begin the peaceful transition of power, a process Americans have engaged in since 1789, but an insurrection got in the way. So as a result, 8 months later, Americans are in the midst of deciding what kind of nation the United States will be going forward. Mentally, it has come down to a time no different from where this nation was preceding the Civil War (1860). The difference today is that voters still have the power to decide whether blood or the ballot will determine America’s future.

Looking back over the years getting here, I see hope in lessons from the past, if the right events are used as guides. I have raised the same point previously and return to it again, because my words seem to fall on deaf ears. So I diverge with another look through the rearview mirror. Going back to the last time the Democratic Party faced similar circumstances, Democrats were trying to find an identity, while Republicans were building a new party based on corruption and greed. Today, approaching the 2022 midterm elections, Democrats seemed to be focusing on what Republicans are doing, as they kneel down to worship at Donald Trump’s feet. Cowering before Trump's Base, Democrats cannot “see the forest for the trees.” I say Democrats cannot allow the coming election to be about Republicans and what they say or think, because it is not! The 2022 midterm election is about young Americans, they are the future.

Clarifying this point, I return to the Democratic Party’s 1974 decision to hold a mini-convention, following the humiliating defeat of George McGovern by Richard Nixon. Democrats were at war with each other, blaming anti-war protest over Vietnam, civil rights leaders were on the attack against black power and the nation was disillusioned following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Republicans, on the other hand, were riding high with Nixon at the helm, because conservative Democrats were without a party favorite for president. However, progressive began pushing the idea of a mini-convention to rewrite party rule, reallocate representation to give more access to black, brown, red and women voters. These changes broaden the voting base of the Democratic Party. The new progressive inclusion rules made the Democratic Party competitive and propelled Jimmy Carter, a political newcomer into the White House.

Today, the issues are different, but the problem is the same, conservatives control all the power levels of the party and are on the attack against young progressives. Had conservatives kept control of the Democratic Party in 1974, they would have recycled one of their old favorites, with the same old centrist/Republican warmed over ideas, and the electorate would have shrunk for Democrats. This time around Democrats must look to their history of increasing the electorate by bringing in new voters rather than fighting Republicans over the same shrinking voter base, as Republicans.

In my last post I looked at what the 2020 census data revealed about America’s changing population and shifts in political trends of the largest demographic that will vote in the next election. For those who are out of the loop, I will review the most important statistics. First, metropolitan areas grew by 9% from 2010 to 2020, now making up 86% of the population living in the U.S. Many counties within metro areas—312 of the 384 US metro areas—especially in the south and west, gained population between 2010 and 2020. Those claiming to be members of two or more races—referred to as the multiracial—totaled 9 million people in 2010, but rose to 33.8 million people in 2020, a 276% increase. The next largest increases were among Asians (24 million). Native People and Alaska Native were 9.7 million, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders totaled 1.6 million.

Secondly, Hispanics increased to 62.1 million in 2020, growing 23%. Thirdly, the census showed that many young Americans of all races ages 16 to 24 were “disconnected” from work and school, which mirrored rates from the previous years, at the beginning of 2020. But between March and April, the share jumped significantly, from 12% to 20%. By June 2020, 28% of youths were “neither” in school nor the workplace, which translates into 10.3 million young people from that age group. This trend is one indicator of the difficulties young people are facing as they transition into adulthood during a global pandemic.

Finally, faced with such daunting numbers, young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 are raising their voices and key among students and professionals concerns are jobs and education. Collectively, and at present young people were Pres. Joe Biden’s and Democrats' margin of victory in 2020. But still, young progressives are continually attacked with neocons’ false narrative of being communist or socialists. Presently, most young voters are trying to use the Democratic Party to address their political issues and vote as a block for Democrats. They are very conscious of efforts to divide them along race, gender, and educational lines. Quick-witted, yet quidnunc Millennials are cognizant of the fact they represented nearly 50% of the entire voter population in the 2016 election, which is what has been behind Republicans voter suppression efforts in 2021.

While young voter participation in 2016 declined by only 2% from a record 52% in the 2008 election, their absence controlled the outcome; Trump won. Today the voting population includes almost equal parts millennials and baby boomers. As the boomer electorate decreases in size, experts suggest it is merely a matter of time before millennials become the largest and most powerful group driving future elections in the US. Millennial, as an electorate, are very much aware they could be the first demographic group with the ability to challenge America’s two-party system. More importantly, with the Republicans Party imploding, then coming apart at the seams, while becoming the party of autocracy and insurrection, the death of the two-party system, maybe a scenario unfolding before our eyes.

More than just numbers, the 2020 census data reveals a changing electorate dominated by young minorities, and they are trending more to the left, and some elder politicians are moving left with them. A recent poll found Gen Z'ers (born after 1996) viewed socialism more favorably than capitalism. A 2019 poll showed Gen Z'ers and Millennials (born after 1980); define “socialism” differently than older voters. They believe it represents greater equality or government activism rather than government ownership. A “helping hand” is preferable to that of the “invisible hand” of a free-market economy, which chokes minority economic efforts. America’s knee-jerk anti-socialism reaction of the older generations, who came of age during the Cold War, has outlived its usefulness in the world of Millennials and Gen Z'ers.

Pres. Joe Biden must get ahead of the curve and call for as well as make the call for a mini-convention to get ahead of 2024. My perspective on this comes from someone who was part of the first mini-convention effort and I see numerous parallels from 1974. The challenge before Democrats today is meaningful inclusion that will bring even more young progressive into the party, not less. Trying to hold on to majorities in the Senate and House, is why party leaders cannot allow the midterm election to become about Republicans. If Democrats are going to hold on to power, the 2022 election must be about young people because they are the future of America. They overwhelmingly favor democracy and are willing to fight for an America they have a real role in building.

This is what it has come down to in 22!!! The statement about Democratic Party inclusion of young voters brings this discussion back to my original topic of concern—democracy!!! That is the question before American voters in 2022. “DO WE WANT DEMOCRACY???” There is no way Americans can continue, deluding themselves about the racism and lack of inclusion built into the current system, which is why democracy is in peril. If this nation matched the illusion of inclusion described in the US Constitution (one person one vote), everything would be great. When white people talk about America, democracy is fine when things go as they desire. But losing an election, and white men and women storm the Capital, killing people and destroying, while hunting for everyone below, Donald Trump to execute them. That attack caused the death of American citizens because Trump refused to accept his loss! Democracy survives in America today because brave people that day (1/6) refuse to let it die!!!
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