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War is obsolete  responded Congressman John Lewis as he was pressed by leading members of the African Diaspora to push the U.S. government to stop the funding of the illegal war on Libya, Africa and to work with the African Union (AU) to expedite the establishment of an union government of Africa to promote, protect and empower Africa and African people in the world. On highlighting the African Diaspora historic bond with Africa for peace, justice and development, Min. P.D. Menelik Harris speaking on behalf of Rev. Dr. Ndugu TOfori-Atta, reminded the civil rights icon of Dr. King's timeless proclamation for African Americans to support Africa, stating that the Diaspora has a special relationship with Africa.
As the United States Representative for Florida's 17th Congressional District, I am writing to request your urgent support in addressing the current jobs and economic crisis permeating throughout the United States, particularly in District 17. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) recently introduced the "For the People" Jobs Initiative (H. Res. 348) to directly address the lack of jobs in underserved communities.  To adequately implement this initiative, we thought it necessary to engage members of the private sector in addition to our public sector supporters.
Just because President Obama signed the debt ceiling deal into law yesterday, low-income older Americans have no reason to celebrate. Several of the cuts that were threatened for the Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs were averted in this current round of budget cuts. However, they are likely to be Congressional targets for savings under the guise that there is a major crisis facing all of them. A strong push by some in Congress to repeal the health reform law, which has many elements that help low income older adults, is also likely. With more than 4 million older Americans living at or near poverty, now is not the time to jettison programs they need to remain healthy and economically secure. Congress needs to find a balanced approach to ensure that the country does not fail the poorest seniors now or in the future.
It is hard to imagine that this year marks the 10th Anniversary ofthe terrorist attacks on America. In remembrance of 9-11 and for the fallen heroes, innocent victims, and loved ones left behind; let us continue to pray for peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind. For those who sacrifice everyday for all of us -- we thank you. America is safer because of your sacrifice. God Bless America! The National unemployment figures reflect no growth in employment for the month of August. The national unemployment rate stands at 9.1 percent while in Florida, it is 10.7 percent.  The new numbers for August will be out on September 16. The unemployment rate remains unacceptably high and faster growth is needed to replace the jobs lost in the downturn.
Haitian nationals eligible for Temporary Protected Status, (TPS) are being reminded to file before the deadline runs out in just over two months. Haitians filing for the first time now have until Nov. 15, 2011 to file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The TPS re-designation of Haiti allows eligible nationals of Haiti and persons without nationality, who last resided in Haiti and were displaced by the earthquake of Jan. 2010, to apply before the deadline runs out. To qualify, Haitian nationals must have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since July 23, 2011, and have not been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the U.S.
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