African-American – News

African-American – News March 7, 2012

Black Caucus to join Selma-Montgomery march (WAFF-TV Huntsville)
Members of the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus plan to join demonstrators protesting the state’s voter ID and immigration laws during a 10-mile leg of the march between Selma and Montgomery on Wednesday.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Plans To Drop Queen Elizabeth As Head Of State (chronicle.GI)
Jamaica’s prime minister has reiterated her plans to drop the Queen as head of state, on the eve of Prince Harry’s visit to mark the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee. But Portia Simpson Miller has stressed the historical importance of breaking ties with the British monarchy and suggested that a referendum on the proposal could be held sooner than previously thought, possibly this year. I think the fact that August coming will be 50 years since we have gained our independence that its time for us to sever the ties, Ms Simpson Miller said during a break in a conference on attracting more foreign investment to Jamaica. I really feel it is time now for Jamaica to have its own leadership fully, to take charge.

Rep. Donald Payne Dies of Colon Cancer
Rep. Donald Payne Dies of Colon Cancer (KSFO-AM San Francisco)
New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne died Tuesday of complications from colon cancer. The Democrat and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus was 77 years old.
LA black students suspended at higher rate (Times-Standard)
Black students in the nation’s second-largest school district are suspended at a proportionally higher rate than African Americans at other large U.S. School districts.

Reggie Love Stars in Obama Campaign Web Ad for African-Americans (WJR-AM Detroit)
Former White House aide and Duke Blue Devils forward Reggie Love stars in a new Obama campaign video aimed at courting the president’s African-American supporters.



TRANSPORTATION IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The new issue of City & State spotlights New York transportation and infrastructure. Tolls could keep roads and bridges intact, but government remains leery (; Port Authority chief Patrick Foye sees a peace dividend funding boost as the World Trade Center rebuilding nears completion ( and transportation planners look to tax increment financing to pay for improvements (


* Sen. Kirsten Gillibrands popularity and re-election prospects are rising among New York voters, with a new Siena poll showing her favorability rating at 54-24 percent:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomos pension reform plan for New York City unions faces legal hurdles because it lacks a report from the city actuary and a home rule vote from the City Council, the Daily News Juan Gonzalez reports:

* The Cuomo administration is concerned with the impact of military base closures on New York, with the Utica Observer-Dispatch reporting he wants $500,000 in planning funds ( and the Watertown Daily Times reporting Lt. Gov. Is in Washington working with New Yorks Congressional delegation about it (

* The controversy over the NYPDs surveillance of Muslims has led to deeper scrutiny of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who is taking his newfound criticism seriously, the Times says:

* Suffolk County may run out of money next month as it faces its worst fiscal crisis in history, County Executive Steve Ballone said in declaring a financial emergency, the Times reports:

* The Brooklyn Public Library has installed a printing press called the Espresso Book Machine to instantly publish any of 8 million books on demand, as well as new titles by independent publishers, the Wall Street Journal says: