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  1. rikyrah says:

    High-Poverty, All-Black School Beats Odds, Earns Top CPS Ranking
    By Andrea V. Watson | November 6, 2015 6:49am

    CHATHAM — Students and parents from Arthur Dixon Elementary school said they were ecstatic this week to learn their school had earned the highest ranking on the 2015 CPS School Quality Rating Report for the first time.

    And that sentiment was shared by the school’s principal — herself a former student at the school: “All of our reactions were that we were so happy, just so excited,” said Terrycita Perry, who took the helm this year after being promoted from assistant principal. “We worked really hard for this.”

    The students at the neighborhood school at 8306 S. Saint Lawrence Ave. in Chatham were brimming with pride.

    “I’m excited because my school is the best,” said Kayla Vasser, an eighth grader.

    She said she loves Dixon’s music and art program and that she will continue with arts in high school.

  2. check your mail, Ladies

  3. Some of these negroes I swear to God. That’s why we can’t have nice things. Too much damn jealousy.

  4. So sick & tired of the crabs in the barrel. If they’re not going to help in ending police brutality, move & get the hell out of the way!

  5. rikyrah says:

    found this in the POU twitter feed.
    I am speechless.
    Their racism killed their child.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    When your hatred for POC outweighs your love for your child.
    Just had an infant die that I could’ve saved,but parents said no nigger nurses

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    I am the most qualified peds cardiac nurse in this facility. I knew exactly what to do…ive done it a million times before…but..

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    The father, with his confederate flag shirt and camouflage pants, made sure I didn’t get in the room. And now his child is dead.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    Yes yall. A white family had a child come in N critical condition. Crashing fast. I went to respond bc i am the one who should have.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    The family said no nigger nurses. And blocked my entry When my sup explained I was the most qualified & the only one who had done it before

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    The dad threatened to bash our faces in if I so much as stepped foot in the room. I walked in anyways, trying to talk the other nurse thru

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    What to do. But some things…u just have to do urself. I got ready to and was physically removed from the room.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    That baby died bc his parents refused to allow a black nurse to save his life.
    And this isn’t the first time I have seen this happen. Sick

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    To be forced to watch a child die…that you KNOW you could’ve saved….is soul crushing.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    Their hatred murdered their child.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    This is the second time in my career this has happened. Babies whose lives I could’ve saved, dead bc parents refused “Nigger Nurses”…

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    Staff standing around stunned. Sobbing. Meanwhile dad’s only comment is “make sure no niggers touch my kids body”…while staring at me.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    Let’s be clear about something…
    I am not the first black nurse to have this happen to them …. ask enough of us…we r kept from doing

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    What we can, all of the time.
    It’s just every once In a while you encounter a special kind of sick. Smh.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    Parents apparently told those responding they feared I’d hurt their child bc i know they don’t like blk ppl…wow.

    • Ametia says:

      Not surprised at this VOTE against their own best interest, and refusing care from a black nurse.

      These white ignorant folks are KILLING themselves, their families, and each other,and will go to their grave blaming BLACK skin as the killer


  6. rikyrah says:

    from TOD:


    November 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I am sorry TOD.
    Dr. Carson can Never be ignored nor avoided.

    Dr. Carson reminds me of Justice Thomas. Dr. Carson is using the same Tactics to avoid and deflect scrutiny. I am a student of Political Science. I remember very well……the Late Sen Ted Kennedy was willing to go Nuclear on Thomas. It was Harvard Professor Ogletree(sp) and many of his African American Colleagues begged the Senator to allow the nomination to go through. The Senator did. He warned about Thomas. The Senator voted against Thomas.

    Carson’s rise to political fame is by insulting Pres Obama at a Breakfast Prayer Meeting in 2013. Now, what is Carson doing? He is injecting Pres Obama’s name at every turn to detour criticism from the right leaning Press while gaining greater Favorable ratings with the RWNJs. He is systematically using The Hate by his base to Gin up popularity. It is No Accident.

    As the saying goes…..Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    • Ametia says:

      AGREED! Carson, Cain & Clarence they will be taken down & out for all their TOM FOOLERY at every turn. They DO NOT, NOR EVER WILL REPRESENT anything thing me, my family or friends believe in or stand for. EVER

  7. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh


    THE WATCHDOGS: A third of Chicago city workers make $100k or more


    POSTED: 11/07/2015, 09:01AM

    Nearly one out of every three workers on the city of Chicago payroll made $100,000 or more last year — a far higher percentage of six-figure employees than in state or Cook County government.

    That’s according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis that for the first time combines city workers’ salaries, overtime and other extra pay.

    Twenty-six city workers drew paychecks that eclipsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pay of $216,210, the analysis found. They included a police detective, two fire department ambulance commanders and two water department operating engineers.


    And 152 workers more than doubled their base pay through OT and a wide range of pay incentives — including “specialty pay” in the fire department and “baby furlough day” buybacks for police.


    A sizable chunk of that money — $256.1 million — was for “other” pay, according to the data City Hall eventually provided to the Sun-Times in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. That includes retroactive raises, duty-availability pay, uniform allowances, holiday pay, end-of-career compensatory time payouts and shift differentials.

    Ninety-six percent of that “other” pay went to police and fire employees — the city’s two largest groups of workers.

    On top of that, the city spent $240.8 million on overtime. Police and fire personnel collected 67 percent of that OT. Ten employees made more than $100,000 apiece in overtime: four police officers, three water department operating engineers, two emergency call operators and a fire captain.

  8. rikyrah says:


    To Be Black at Stuyvesant High


    When the bell rings and the school’s 3,295 students spill out of classrooms into the maze of hallways, escalators and stairs like ants in a farm, blacks stand out because they are so rare. Rudi was one of 64 black students four years ago when she entered Stuyvesant, long considered New York City’s flagship public school. She is now one of 40.

    Asians, on the other hand, make up 72.5 percent of Stuyvesant’s student body (they are 13.7 percent of the city’s overall public school population), a staggering increase from 1970, when they were 6 percent of Stuyvesant students, according to state enrollment statistics. Back then, white students made up 79 percent of Stuyvesant’s enrollment; this year, they are 24 percent, and 14.9 percent systemwide.

    Hispanic students are 40.3 percent of the system. Currently, they make up 2.4 percent of Stuyvesant’s enrollment, while blacks, who make up 32 percent of the city’s public school students, are 1.2 percent.


    No one claims that the disparity is caused by overt discrimination. But in a school that is devised to attract the best of the best, parents and educators alike find the demographics troubling. It has become a question of perception as to who belongs.

    The school’s parent coordinator, Harvey Blumm, said that when he visited middle schools whose enrollments were overwhelmingly black and Latino, it was not uncommon to find students who had never heard about the specialized high school exam; or to meet students who had signed up for the exam, but had never thought of taking a practice test or prep course — something common among white and Asian students; or to have guidance counselors tell him that Stuyvesant “isn’t for our kids.”

    RUDI, who lives in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, attended sixth and seventh grades in Jamaica, and eighth grade in Mount Vernon, a Westchester County suburb. Her father, Donovan Miller, a director of accounting at Bronx Community College, recalled asking a colleague for advice about enrolling Rudi, the youngest of his three children, in “the best New York City high school.” The colleague advised Mr. Miller that he had to sign her up for the specialized high school exam and, if he wanted to improve her odds, to have her take some kind of test preparation program.

    Many Stuyvesant students start preparing for the exam months, even years, in advance. There are after-school, weekend and summer classes run by large companies like Kaplan and Princeton Review, as well as by neighborhood outfits like Aim Academy, in the predominantly Chinese enclave of Flushing, Queens, and the Khan’s Tutorial branch in nearby Jackson Heights, home to thousands of families from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

  9. rikyrah says:

    this is pitiful


    Debi Thomas: Former Olympic Skater Broke, Living in Trailer (WATCH)
    ‘Iyanla Fix My Life’ traveled to a small town in Virginia to work with the former Olympian.

    Nov 8, 15 by EurPublisher


  10. rikyrah says:

    Black Women of Bond: Franchise Still Has Room to Further Diversify
    Nov 7, 15 by Ny MaGee

    Former Bond girls Trina Parks and Gloria Hendry joined current Bond girl Naomie Harris and Halle Berry at the African American Film Critics Association in Hollywood on Tuesday for the Black Women of Bond Tribute at the California African American Museum.
    While playing a Bond girl in the James Bond movies is often a career-defining role, the “007” actresses acknowledge that the franchise still has a ways to go when it comes to diversifying. Over the course of its 53 years in cinema, the franchise has only featured five black actresses:
    Gloria Hendry as “Rosie Carver” in “Live and Let Die”
    Trina Parks as “Thumper” in “Diamonds are Forever”
    Grace Jones as “May Day” in “A View to a Kill”
    Halle Berry as “Jinx” in “Die Another Day”
    Naomie Harris as “Eve Moneypenny” in “Skyfall” and “SPECTRE”

    “That’s not a good thing, for only five of us to have been a part of (Bond),” said “Live and Let Die” actress Gloria Hendry, who made history as the first black Bond girl to be romantically involved with the British secret agent.

  11. rikyrah says:

    And speaking of scrutiny, does Ben Carson remember the amount of commentary written about Michelle Obama? But I’m sure Candy is ready.

  12. rikyrah says:

    EUR Gets with ‘Becoming Beyoncé’ Author J. Randy Taraborrelli (EXCLUSIVE!)
    Nov 7, 15 by By Michael P. Coleman Leave a

    Her first name alone evokes an image. A rhythm. A movement.
    For some, it also evokes a painstakingly crafted veneer that has rarely been peeled away. Until recently, fans have had to rely on tabloid tales if they wanted a peak behind the diva’s carefully crafted, controlled curtain.
    New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli’s new “Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story” furiously rips the curtain off of the rod and flings it to the floor. It’s a comprehensive account of just how a little girl from Texas became BEYONCÉ — and the cast of strong, powerful women who helped her along the way (and whose stories had never been told).
    With Taraborrelli’s past subjects, like Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, he had lots of prior source material from which he could begin his work. (Who hasn’t read some version of Diana Ross’ “rags to riches” story, for example?). But when Taraborrelli turned his attention to Queen Bey, he told me he had to start from scratch.
    “I remember sitting at my computer when I started writing this book,” Taraborrelli reminisced, “and pulling my hair out because there are no other books about Beyoncé that I could go to as reference, that I could use as a framework.”
    “She’s so high profile on social media,” he continued. “She’s always in the headlines. She’s a major star that appears to be constantly in our faces. But if you unpack what we knew about her before this book, it was practically nothing. How rare is that these days, that a celebrity can maintain that level of privacy and keep herself in the public eye at the same time? It’s my job, as a biographer, to invade that privacy.”


  13. rikyrah says:

    For Minority Students at Elite New York Private Schools, Admittance Doesn’t Bring Acceptance

    Admitted, but Left Out

    WHEN Ayinde Alleyne arrived at the Trinity School, an elite independent school on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, he was eager to make new friends. A brainy 14-year-old, he was the son of immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago, a teacher and an auto-body repairman, in the South Bronx. He was soon overwhelmed by the privilege he saw. Talk of fancy vacations and weekends in the Hamptons rankled — “I couldn’t handle that at that stage of my life,” said Mr. Alleyne, now a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania — and he eventually found comfort in the school’s “minority corner,” where other minority students, of lesser means, hung out.

    In 2011, when Mr. Alleyne was preparing to graduate, seniors were buzzing about the $1,300-per-student class trip to the Bahamas.

    He recalls feeling stunned when some of his classmates, with whom he had spent the last four years at the school, asked him if he planned to go along.

    “How do I get you to understand that going to the Bahamas is unimaginable for my family?” he said in a recent interview. “My family has never taken a vacation.”

  14. rikyrah says:

    Real Estate Shell Companies Scheme to Defraud Owners Out of Their Homes
    Relying on the secrecy of limited liability companies, white-collar thieves are targeting pockets of New York City for fraudulent deed transfers, leaving the victims groping for redress.

    NOVEMBER 7, 2015

    Partially paralyzed and reliant on a wheelchair, Ozella Campbell spends a lot of time watching television. It was under those circumstances in February 2014 that she saw a commercial urging her to call, a company that offered to buy houses in as-is condition, in cash, and to close the purchase within seven days.

    She called the toll-free number and within hours, she said, a well-spoken young man appeared at her brownstone, a longtime family home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a Brooklyn neighborhood in the throes of transformation.

    The next day, the man’s associate arrived.

    “He said, ‘You don’t have to pay any more bills,’” said Ms. Campbell, who was $1,000 behind on her electric bill at the time.

    A third man, named Alex, ostensibly the boss, arrived next. He promised, Ms. Campbell said, to pay her delinquent mortgage, provide for her housing for two years, and pay her $43,800. He also hired a lawyer for her. All she had to do was sign over the deed to her house.

    More than a year later, Ms. Campbell, 75, is in limbo. Her former home at 679 Jefferson Avenue is owned by an entity called Jefferson Holding LLC and she is left with her delinquent $529,000 mortgage.

  15. rikyrah says:

    The Obama Campaign Remembers 2012 Very Differently Than Bernie Sanders
    Confronted with his support for a progressive challenge to Obama in 2011, Sanders said Saturday he “campaigned very hard” for Obama in 2008 and 2012. That’s not how Obama aides remember it.

    posted on Nov. 8, 2015, at 11:52 a.m.
    Evan McMorris-Santoro
    BuzzFeed News Reporter

    OLUMBIA, South Carolina — In 2008, Bernie Sanders stayed out of the contentious Democratic presidential primary until after the nominee had been chosen. Once Barack Obama became the party’s choice for president, Sanders ventured to a Democratic Party convention for the first time in his political career and called on independents like him to support Obama.
    In 2011, Sanders said more than once that a challenge from the left might help President Obama get back on track after, Sanders said, the president had veered far to the right, selling out the left on issues like entitlement programs in the interests of cutting deals with Republican leaders. At one point, he Sanders said he was “giving thought” to encouraging a progressive to run against Obama, telling a radio caller, “I don’t want to tell you more than that, but this is an issue we are beginning to talk about a little bit.”
    As he mounts his own bid for the Democratic nomination this year, Sanders is having to thread the needle of his past independence. In South Carolina on Saturday, Sanders rejected the idea that he was less than loyal to Obama in 2012 — something that Martin O’Malley, who is running in a distant third place in the nomination fight, suggested on Friday night and has this year on the trail. (O’Malley has his own problems casting himself as an Obama loyalist; he was among Clinton’s most fervent supporters in 2008.)

  16. rikyrah says:

    AlGiordano @AlGiordano
    Give me a president please, dear lord, that won’t erase what @potus @BarackObama has done for us.

  17. rikyrah says:

    But, he could never open his mouth to defend the President when he’s been attacked.

  18. rikyrah says:


    Excuse me fam last comment. Ben Carson:

    a. Ego. Always believed he was the special negro like Larry Elders and ’em and this young man stole their self esteem. Actually he stole alot of so called intelligencia self esteem from white to black to hispanic etc. Most of them are hoping they get it back with Hillary.

    b. I am the good negro so they will love me more than Obama. I attack black people look at me. Therefore to listen to the radio 105 or whatnot with picking trying with armstrong trying to defend him was a joke.

    c. Ego and inflated idea of self. Some of our people really need to get over the need to be special to the white gaze. There is room for all to be excellent in whatever endeavor they choose to go in. You don’t have to want to diminish others to get a sense of self importance.

    d.. Hiring Armstrong is evidence of fraud.… He will say anything for the right price

    e. Some individuals are just blessed and meant to be in that moment and time. Envy towards Obama will not change the fact that this was his moment and he has excelled. I know its envy because his name stay on their mouths because in their mind he should not have been the black president. In their mind they did everything aspects of white america wanted including speaking ill of their own people but still did not get to be king.

    f. You were never going to be elected.

    g. What a way to ruin a great surgical legacy. What a way to tarnish yourself to be at the levels of trumps, armstrong, o’relliey. All to satisfy the gaze and for nothing.

    The end

  19. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Tim Wise Retweeted
    Cole Brown ‏@colebrownpdx Nov 3
    “Being anti-police abuse is no more anti-police than being anti-child abuse is being anti-parent.”

  20. rikyrah says:



    Puff Daddy: ‘We got Obama into office, why haven’t things gotten better for black people?’

    Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy, has criticised President Obama for allegedly not doing enough to help African-Americans.

    Combs recently returned to music and his original moniker to release his ‘MMM’ mixtape earlier this week (November 4).

    Now, speaking to New York radio station Hot 97, Combs turned his attention to politics, saying: “We got Obama into office, the give back, the deal, where are the things in our community that have gotten drastically better?”

    The rapper/producer, who has been involved in Vote Or Die campaigns in the past, continued: “Let’s stop overcomplicating it. The hugest group of people that get you into office, you have to change their lives for the better. Pick a side, because they got you into office. And if that side just happens to be black people, and you’re black, you still have to do what’s fair.”

    Combs acknowledged that “being the president is a hard job” but called on Obama to deliver “directed aid. Unapologetically sending direct aid to black communities. Let’s not try to hide it. Unapologetically spend billions of dollars to uplift black communities… We just need some education, some jobs… and we want to know that it was for us”.

    • Ametia says:

      One need only hold up a mirror to Puffy and his wife and ask him what has he done to cntribute to AID BLACK COM?MUNITIES

      GTFOH Combs; you AIN’T SHIT.

  21. rikyrah says:

    TC @tchop_stl
    58 of 84 of #Mizzou’s scholarship football players are black. That will leave a dent. #ConcernedStudent1950

  22. rikyrah says:

    Sheryl Kaye @iAmSKaye
    White Cops kill a black boy. He deserved it. Black cops kill a white boy, murder.

  23. rikyrah says:

    CandyCornIsAOK @kchamomile
    Ppl say that poor whites vote repub against their own best interest. Not exactly, if u recognize their main investment is in white supremacy

  24. rikyrah says:

    Mary-Pat C. Hector @MaryPatHCEO
    I hope if any #MizzouFootball player looses his scholarship that an HBCU will step in. These students have courage.

  25. rikyrah says:

    When the Rich Took Over Our Neighborhood
    November 5, 2015
    by Michael Winship

    The Chinese restaurant across the street from me – one of the last, reasonably priced joints in the neighborhood – closed last weekend. Their lease was up for renewal and the rent increased from $5,000 a month to $25,000.

    Such an enormous jump isn’t unusual here in the West Village, part of Greenwich Village in lower Manhattan, which has become such an expensive and trendy part of the city that I may soon be kicked out both for violating the fashion code and skewing the curve on median income.

    The restaurant owner, who had run his place for three decades, was remarkably calm about it. “I understand,” he told the dining blog, Eater. “The property values are really high in this area.”

    That’s an understatement. Much of Bleecker Street, for example, once a Village thoroughfare of bohemia immortalized in songs by Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen and Iggy Pop, is now a mini-Fifth Avenue of upscale boutiques and chain stores from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Coach. Gone are most of the delis and funky, mom-and-pop shops that gave the area its distinctive style.

    Gone, too, are many of the community services that make a neighborhood a neighborhood, replaced by expensive housing and other amenities for the rich whose desires are obliterating the very things that made this area an attractive place to live in the first place. Just a block north from that now-shuttered Chinese restaurant is the former site of St. Vincent’s Hospital, founded in 1849 by the Sisters of Charity, a Catholic teaching hospital that over the years treated everyone, rich or poor, and everything from cholera to AIDS (it was a pioneer in HIV-AIDS care). Survivors from the Titanic and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire were brought there, and on 9/11, its medical staff waited patiently for casualties.

  26. rikyrah says:

    No…this is who they’ve always been.

    The GOP and the Rise of Anti-Knowledge
    October 29, 2015
    by Mike Lofgren

    Fifty years ago, if a person did not know who the prime minister of Great Britain was, what the conflict in Vietnam was about, or the barest rudiments of how a nuclear reaction worked, he would shrug his shoulders and move on. And if he didn’t bother to know those things, he was in all likelihood politically apathetic and confined his passionate arguing to topics like sports or the attributes of the opposite sex.
    There were exceptions, like the Birchers’ theory that fluoridation was a monstrous communist conspiracy, but they were mostly confined to the fringes. Certainly, political candidates with national aspirations steered clear of such balderdash.

    At present, however, a person can be blissfully ignorant of how to locate Kenya on a map, but know to a metaphysical certitude that Barack Obama was born there, because he learned it from Fox News. Likewise, he can be unable to differentiate a species from a phylum but be confident from viewing the 700 Club that evolution is “politically correct” hooey and that the earth is 6,000 years old.

    And he may never have read the Constitution and have no clue about the Commerce Clause, but believe with an angry righteousness that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

    This brings us inevitably to celebrity presidential candidate Ben Carson. The man is anti-knowledge incarnated, a walking compendium of every imbecility ever uttered during the last three decades. Obamacare is worse than chattel slavery. Women who have abortions are like slave owners. If Jews had firearms they could have stopped the Holocaust (author’s note: they obtained at least some weapons during the Warsaw Ghetto rising, and no, it didn’t). Victims of a mass shooting in Oregon enabled their own deaths by their behavior. And so on, ad nauseam.

    It is highly revealing that, according to a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll of likely Republican caucus attendees, the stolid Iowa burghers liked Carson all the more for such moronic utterances. And sure enough, the New York Times tells us that Carson has pulled ahead of Donald Trump in a national poll of Republican voters. Apparently, Trump was just not crazy enough for their tastes.

    • Ametia says:

      ANY & EVERYTHING coming from Unca Ben’s mouth that is ANTI-OBAMA will keep him the white man’s good graces. ANY & EVERYTHING, because it gives them COVER.

      Let Carson change the tune to Obama support, support of any kind, and BEN is on their shit list of cooning niggas who have failed them.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Why Missouri football players are going on strike
    By Cindy Boren November 8 at 10:35 AM

    Several dozen African-American football players at Missouri are threatening to stop participating in any football activities until the president of the university system is fired or resigns.

    The action stems from troubling racial incidents on the Columbia, Mo., campus, incidents that Missouri’s Legion of Black Collegians believes were poorly handled by Tim Wolfe. The group announced its decision, using the hashtag #ConcernedStudent1950 and a photo of 32 black men on Twitter on Saturday night. Included in the photo is Russell Hansbrough, the team’s starting running back. Concerned Student 1950, the student activism group leading the protests, is named for the year Missouri first admitted African-American students.

    “The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team truly believe ‘Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere,’” the tweet read. “We will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!

  28. rikyrah says:

    what da phuq?

    Why Ben Carson’s claim that he stabbed someone is so key to his appeal to white America
    By Janell Ross November 8 at 9:23 AM

  29. rikyrah says:

    Good Afternoon, Everyone :)

  30. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Today at 8 p.m. ET —->

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  32. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Minnie Riperton was born on this day in 1947.

  33. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    On this day in 1966 Edward W. Brooke from Massachusetts became the first Black elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.

    From Wikipedia:

    By his second year in the Senate, Brooke had taken his place as a leading advocate against discrimination in housing and on behalf of affordable housing.With Walter Mondale, a Minnesota Democrat and fellow member of the Senate Banking Committee, he co-authored the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing. The Act also created HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity as the primary enforcer of the law.President Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law on April 11, one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr..

    In 1969, Congress enacted the “Brooke Amendment” to the federal publicly assisted housing program which limited the tenants’ out-of-pocket rent expenditure to 25 percent of his or her income.

    During the Nixon presidency, Brooke opposed repeated Administration attempts to close down the Job Corps and the Office of Economic Opportunity and to weaken the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—all foundational elements of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.

  34. It’s 56 degrees here, Chicas. I have heat on. Cold. :)

  35. Good morning, everyone! Happy Sunday!

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