The Temporary Protected Status

The Condition for Protection remains the same and badly needed

Representative Yvette Clarke must be given a great deal of credit for her determined fight in Congress in advocating for a humanitarian approach to the solution of the TPS. Rep. Clarke remarked that the Temporary Protection Status program was created with bi-partisan support to protect human life”. She now is mobilizing bipartisan support for legislation she plans to introduce with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, and a Washington Democrat Pramila Jayapal.

Rep. Clarke characterized the bill –“It advances American interest and values and we must work in a bi-partisan manner to do the right thing and protect hard working immigrants from being sent back to counties where their physical well-being could be cast into doubt”. The proposed bill would create a kind of TPS for those who have been in the US for at least 5 years. Instead of needing renewal or revocation of their status every 18 month, recipients of TPS would be able to stay for a renewable six year period.

We consider this kind of thinking a proposed legislation, very forward thinking with humanitarian consideration. We know with the mindset of the current administration, it is going to be an uphill battle. Clark must be supported fully in this effort. The full power and potential of the wider Caribbean diaspora must be out front in this effort to demonstrate how keenly this issue is to our community. The Congressional Black Caucus has shown its support and all of this must be galvanized. Every Congress Member and Senator must be written to soliciting their support and Rep. Clarke must be encouraged to continue this worthy effort. Last week, the Trump Administration made the announcement that TPS for some 60,000 Hondurans would be extended for six months to July of 2018, while TPS for Nicaraguans, about 2000, will be extended to January 2019. There was no announcement for Haiti and El Salvador. The target date for announcement on Haiti is November 23, 2017.

The Republican controlled Congress has very little appetite for immigration policies what will help TPS; a strong case must be made, and Rep. Clarke is on that case. In the meantime, Rep. Joaquin Castro is making the point that the US (D-Texas) that the US economy would be negatively affected if the Temporary Protected Status was eliminated by the Trump Administration. Rep. Castro tweeted “Ending TPS and deporting legal workers would cost the United States $164 billion in GDP over a decade”. This claim is based on a report from the Center for American Progress, a policy research and advocacy organization.

The Center for American Progress based the report on GDP losses primarily on TPS recipients from Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador. TPS recipients from these countries “are employed at high rates” and are “key contributors” to industries of impact on the economy, like construction, health care, food services, restaurant, landscaping services, child care.

This is a consideration that must be brought to the attention of the policy makers. The report and its analysis has been reviewed by experts in the field who have not challenged the findings. These TPS recipients are performing valuable services to the country and the economy. They are doing the kind of jobs that cannot be outsourced and protect the growth, safety and health of the country.

The case for TPS is a strong one and the battle must be waged; we all must become warriors in the war. It is good to have the leadership of Rep. Clarke and her colleagues in this battle.

Jamaica National Identification System

With the passage of the new National Identification System through Parliament, Jamaica is now entering into some unchartered territory and every care must be taken that the system will not be abused or become abusive.

There is anxiety in the country with respect to the kind of data including biometric data that the system will be collecting. This kind of information is quite invasive and can easily lead to human rights abuses. There are many examples of that throughout the world. The government has expressed confidence in the security of the system as it is designed, but breach of the system is almost a certainty and recourse for the action to the victim of the breach is yet to be spelled out.

The NID’s will become the law of the land and, if handled sensitively, can be of benefit to the country. Extensive education programs around the law and its implication should be conducted. People’s fear and anxiety should not be treated as political, but close attention must be paid. Opportunities for improvement must be grasped.

NIDS is not a panacea solution for the many problems of Jamaica, but it should be given a chance to be a constructive tool in addressing some of the pressing problems.

This kind of legislation can easily slip into denying of rights; every effort and caution must be taken that it works for the people, not against them. Do not stifle the Freedom spirit of the Jamaican people.

Walter Smith - an Icon passes

The iconic publisher of the New York Beacon and the Philadelphia Observer has made his Transition and the Black Media has lost a great proponent of the craft. In New York, Walter led many initiatives to increase the effectiveness of Black Publications and Black media. He was an ardent believer in the combined effort of working together. He led the North East Publishers Association for several years, held the Presidency of NNPA Region I, and was a very active member of the National Newspaper Association.

Walter was not just a publisher; he was engaged in writing very penetrating and to the point editorials. He was bold and brave in his writing and willing to share it with fellow publishers. He knew the scene, he understood the action, and he would call it out. Walter was not mean spirited, he just told it like it was. Walter was a very engaging individual, an entrepreneur at heart, always looking ahead at opportunities. As the piece in Stanley News & Press remarked – “Some might consider the life of Walter Smith as a rags to riches story- in some ways it is. But it is also a story of adhering to some thoughtful advice, knowing about opportunity and persevering through hardship”. That is Walter’s determination and persistence.

But Walter lived a life at full pace, socially astute, a fashionista and conversationalist to the T. He and his wife and business partner, Miatta Smith were quite a power couple and New York, Miami, San Juan and Atlanta all experienced their lifestyle. Walter’s commitment to the Black Press will always be remembered, his friendship with CARIB NEWS will be treasured, and his contributions in so many ways, invaluable.

REST IN PEACE!!

Alan “AP” Powell, Checkered Flag Run Foundation to Host Community Policing Forum in Phoenix

NNPA President to Moderate Forum on Community Policing in Phoenix
By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Contributor

leaders will band together to host a solution seeking bridge forum with high school students in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, November 14. The theme of the forum, which will be held at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, is “Law Enforcement and Teens Learn how Living Together and Working Together Leads to Respect.”

It’s the brainchild of Alan “AP” Powell and his Checkered Flag Run Foundation, which provides diverse educational programs that help underserved students and veterans. The foundation believes that access to quality educational opportunities ensures the investment of every student and veteran getting across the finish line. “I was having breakfast with constituents and saw what happened in Baltimore and in St. Louis and wanted to come up with ideas to bridge the gap between police and the community,” Powell said, describing when and how he first came up with the idea for the bridge forum.

It’s the fifth such forum—others have been held in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Louisville, Ky. “We came up with six different topics: community relations, community engagement, media relations, multicultural awareness, crisis management, and conflict management,” said Powell, a member of the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board and the chairman of the Airport Subcommittee. “We thought those subjects would be perfect to create a conversation between law enforcement and stakeholders. The last bridge forum we did in Scottsdale resulted in that city’s police department making 27 policy changes.” Born in the inner city of Louisville, Ky., a short walk from the home of the legendary boxing champ Muhammad Ali, Powell graduated from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., to become one of the country’s foremost authorities on multicultural content and leveraging brand connections with multicultural audiences.

Powell partnered with the local NAACP, the Greater Phoenix Urban League and the National Newspaper Publishers Association, whose president and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. to coordinate the participation in the forum. “It’s a great event that exhibits the NNPA working with NAACP, National Urban League, Bridge Phoenix, Arizona elected officials and law enforcement leaders to promote improving the quality of life of all people in America,” Chavis said. “In other words, this is a significant example of building civic unity and mutual cooperation in a manner that transcends the current partisan divide in the United States.” Chavis continued: “Good civic engagement leads to better social equality and access to opportunities to help communities to become empowered.”

South Mountain High School’s senior class and the Teen Court, a problem-solving court within the juvenile justice system, will join the program to help seek solutions and best policing practices from top law enforcement professionals. Also, local community leaders and parents of students that work with the Teen Court and parents of South Mountain High School students have been invited to participate in the forum. During the forum, law enforcement officials from across metropolitan Phoenix will lead interactive dialogue sessions to gauge different perspectives, attitudes and beliefs about community policing and police etiquette, Powell said.

Feedback from participants will be recorded and used by Arizona’s police departments for additional research and curriculum training, and to better impact the community by using best policing practices, Powell said. Other notable speakers will include Checkered Flag Run Foundation Board Member, Dennis E. Prince and State of Arizona and District 27 Representative Reginald Bolding. Panelists will include Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams; Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone; Scottsdale Police Chief Alan G. Rodbell; and Police Chief of Peoria, Roy W. Minter. George Dean, the president of Greater Phoenix Urban League, has been selected to provide closing remarks.

“We have done several of these bridge forums in the past for stakeholders, and now we want to gear this event towards [high school students] to promote a better relationship between young adults and our law enforcement officials,” Powell said. SEO KEYWORDS: Community engagement in Phoenix, Checkered Flag Run Foundation, criminal justice reform, millennials and criminal justice reform, restorative justice programs, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. on community policing Alan “AP” Powell and the Checkered Flag Run Foundation will host panel on community policing.

Black Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians Must Respect the Black Press

By Rosetta Miller-Perry (The Tennessee Tribune/NNPA Member)

Throughout history, the Black Press has been the best friend that Black celebrities, athletes and politicians have ever had. The Black Press often covers Black public figures from the very start of their careers, before they’re “discovered” by the mainstream media, all the way through to their ascension to star or leadership status. Before they became household names, had hit records, secured multi-million dollar contracts or became leaders in the United States Congress, it was the Black Press that was always there for their press conferences and events, often giving them extensive coverage when the mainstream media might only give them a brief mention in the B-section of their newspapers or 15 seconds at the end of an evening news segment.

When the mainstream media finally “discovers” these same Black celebrities, athletes and politicians and they attain a certain degree of fame and success, suddenly, they think it’s okay to snub the Black Press. Now they don’t have time to give interviews to Black newspapers or magazines; there’s no time to make the visits to Black radio stations, where they once made regular appearances; their (usually) White public relations and management staffers guard their time and appearances carefully, and shun Black-owned media. These same public relations firms often discourage their Black clients from working with Black-owned media companies and advertising with the Black Press.

This is a disgrace, because when things go bad and these Black celebrities want to get “their” side of the story out, the first place these folks run to is the Black Press. If there is a story about political corruption, infidelity or other alleged crimes involving a Black public figure, the mainstream media’s attitude is usually “guilty until proven innocent.” It’s the Black Press that usually takes the “innocent until proven guilty” approach, urging fairness and caution, telling readers, listeners and viewers to wait until all the evidence is in, frequently reminding folks of all the great things that their favorite hero did in the past.

The Black Press remains the advocate for Black celebrities, athletes and politicians, even now, despite the fact that so many of them seem oblivious to our existence. That is why, increasingly, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade group that represents over 200 Black-owned media companies, that reach more than 20 million readers in print and online every week, is reminding these Black public figures that Black newspapers are their champions and defenders 24/7, and that we have backed them in good times and bad. While the classic case of a Black superstar, who ran away from the Black Press for years and then returned at the eleventh hour, remains O.J. Simpson, it is instructive to see how mainstream media is covering the NFL in the wake of Donald Trump’s garbage claims that the players are somehow “disrespecting the flag and the military” if they kneel during the playing of the national anthem, a claim that was and continues to be absolute nonsense.

The Black Press backed Colin Kaepernick’s protest against oppression and police brutality from the beginning, and continues to do so. The Black Press supports Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett and other players who have responded positively in the wake of criticism. Black newspapers have printed the entire Star-Spangled Banner, including its verses supporting slavery, while many mainstream publications have bought into the Trump idiocy. When conservative newspapers and publications attacked ESPN commentator Jemele Hill for her tweets about Trump, it was the Black Press that offered unqualified support. We’ve been there through decades of attacks on Black leaders, and we remain vigilant to the constant character assassination and innuendos lodged against Black public figures at the local, state and national levels.

What the Black Press wants from Black celebrities, athletes and politicians is respect, fairness, transparency and the same access provided to mainstream media outlets. Don’t just advertise in The New York Times or The Washington Post; also do business with NNPA member publications; continue to make appearances at Black radio stations; order subscriptions to Black publications, in print and online. Our subscriptions and advertising rates are more reasonable than those of the big corporate newspapers, and despite what some advertising firms say, we’re more trusted in the Black community than “general” market publications.

It’s time for the Black celebrities, athletes and politicians who say they value entrepreneurship and economic empowerment to do business with the Black Press. Why should Black public figures financially support our mainstream competitors, exclusively, when those businesses have very few connections to the Black community?

The Black Press was there for our Black entertainers and politicians passionately sharing their stories with our readers, listeners and viewers when no one knew who they were, we celebrate their success and we won’t assume guilt if something goes wrong, or desert them when they’re wrongfully accused and dragged through the gutter by the mainstream media.

So, to the Black celebrities, athletes and politicians that think that they’re too big for the Black Press: recognize and support us as we’ve recognized and supported you all along. The Tennessee Tribune is a member publication of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Learn more about becoming a member at www.nnpa.org.

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