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Volume 40, Issue 3ࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠ࠼/span> ࠠࠠ ࠠ쯳pan>Volume 39, Issue 3
Paul Y. Burns, Interim Editorࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠࠠ༯span>ࠠ쯳pan>Third Quarter 2004
Board Opposes Electronic Voting Without a Paper Trail
The LCHR Board of Directors met July 17 at the home of Doris and Overton White in Plaisance, adopting Eva Baham=s motion opposing electronic voting without a paper trail.쯳pan>Dr. Baham wrote me after the meeting, listing nine websites on electronic voting and pointing out that by going to the Google search engine even more material can be found.쯳pan>One of the websites is http://www.verifiedvoting.org/ .
Treasurer Paul Burns reported that during the past three months LCHR੮come was $781, and its expenditures were $378, leaving a checking account balance July 15, 2004 of $779.쯳pan>LCHR also has a money market certificate in Liberty Bank & Trust valued at $1,713.
In late July LCHR received a donation of $500 in memory of Kathleen Burns, a member who joined LCHR along with her husband Paul in 1965.쯳pan>This generous gift will bring our checking account balance to more than $1,000, a level not achieved since 1997!
The Board re-elected its current officers for another year: Joseph Dennis, Lafayette, President; Thelma Deamer, Baton Rouge, Vice President; Paul Y. Burns, Baton Rouge, Treasurer; Patricia Rickels, Lafayette, Corresponding Secretary; Leslie Burris, Baton Rouge, Membership Secretary.쯳pan>Burns averred that he would serve only until the January Board meeting.
Non-officer Board members are Shirley Burris, Joseph McCarty, John V. White, Barbara Conner, Rose Mae and Bernard Broussard, Peter Bonhomme, Doris White, James E. Cross, Anthony Navarre, Huel D. Perkins, Rogers J. Newman, Eileen Shieber, William Kellner, Eva Baham, Ted Hayes, Elnur Musa, Richard Haymaker, Kathleen Sparrow, and John Mikell.
The Board=s next quarterly meeting was set for 10:30 a.m. October 30 at the home of Anthony Navarre, 216 Portland Ave., Lafayette.
ULL Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Racial Integration
ࠠࠠ쯳pan>Three LCHR members: Joe Dennis, Marion Overton White, and Patricia Rickels, spoke on a University of Louisiana-Lafayette civil rights panel September 11 at a symposium commemorating the desegregation of Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now ULL.쯳pan>Another panelist, Shawn Wilson, is currently the first black president of the ULL Alumni Association.쯳pan>Dennis, LCHR president, commented ⡣ism, itill there.쯳pan>We have too many white people, well-to-do white people, who have not a clue to what৯ing on in the black community.㰡n style="mso-spacerun: yes">༯span>White is a long-time civil rights attorney in the Opelousas area.쯳pan>Rickels, LCHR board of directors㥣retary, joined the faculty a year after the university had its first black graduate.쯳pan>She and her late husband and fellow English professor Milton Rickels worked for racial justice many years.
ࠠࠠ쯳pan>Another speaker at the two-day symposium, ULL alumnus Michael Wade, is working on a book about desegregation of the state࣯lleges, focusing on the desegregation of ULL.쯳pan>Wade is a history professor at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.꼯span>The symposium organizer, Prof. Michael Martin, pointed out that few historians know about the university੮tegration in 1954.
Muslims, Jews, Christians Work Together as Volunteers for a Food Bank
On July 31 nine Baton Rouge teenagers, three Muslims, three Jews, and three Christians, picked 200 pounds of peas working together on a trip to Napoleonville.쯳pan>The purpose of the trip, sponsored by the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, was to encourage dialogue among youth of various faiths.쯳pan>One of the youths commented that the community came together, the Food Bank was helped, and she met persons of other faiths.꼯span>That is good news.
This worthy project was within the purposes of the Council on Human Relations.쯳pan>In the 1960s the Baton Rouge Council had two projects to encourage interfaith understanding.쯳pan>One was an invitation from a Jewish Synagogue, led by Rabbi Marvin Reznikoff, to Council members to join Synagogue members in a Hanukkah Service, which brought black and white Christians together with Jews for a novel experience, which I found highly educational and inspirational.쯳pan>The other was a 1969 project in which two- or three-person teams of mixed religious preferences visited a Sunday morning worship service.쯳pan>The B.R. Council=s recent interfaith project, Abraham=s Salon, was described in our 2nd quarter newsletter.
David Duke Attacks Jews
Yes, Duke, released last spring from a year and a half in prison, is still the neo-Nazi I remember from his student days at LSU, spewing venom.쯳pan>That=s the bad news.쯳pan>At a meeting May 29 in Kenner, Duke attacked Jews in his speech at a meeting of leading international figures in the anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial movement. Duke now has a ANew Orleans Protocol,@ which includes advising his followers to volunteer as Little League coaches to access impressionable children.쯳pan>Also to join organizations such as the American Red Cross to legitimize their hate-filled ideas.쯳pan>Duke=s aide claimed that more than 580,000 copies of his book Jewish Supremacism have been sold worldwide.
The good news is that the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University has provided Holocaust Education training to more than 200 teachers in Jefferson Parish alone and has sponsored more than 50 Holocaust survivor presentations in this parish.쯳pan>Since its inception 10 years ago the Institute has trained 3,300 teachers from 750 schools in the Deep South.쯳pan>Its website is Http://SouthernInstitute.info
One of the programs of the Institute, which I support financially, is its ATeams for Interethnic Solutions,@ which is communications training in race and ethnic relations.꼯span>Information on training workshops can be obtained from Dr. Lance Hill at the Institute, MR Box 1692, 31 McAlister Dr., New Orleans, LA 70118, ph. 504-865-6100, e-mail email@example.com.
Some good news is that the Southern Poverty Law Center received the Association of Educational Publishers= Distinguished Achievement Award for its publication for higher education, 10 Ways to Fight Hate on Campus.쯳pan>More than 50,000 copies has been distributed to colleges and universities in this country.쯳pan>The Center also received an award for its video Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks.
Improvement in Juvenile Justice?
Governor Blanco seems to have made improving Louisiana=s lousy juvenile justice system a priority.꼯span>One promising development is the use of a Missouri juvenile justice expert.쯳pan>At Blanco=s request, Mark Steward, director of꼯span>Missouri=s Division of Youth Services, assessed the state=s prison system for young criminals.꼯span>Missouri has a juvenile prison system with low rates of violence and of repeat offenses.쯳pan>Louisiana=s rates are high in these two matters and has been directed by the courts to shape up.
In the past legislative session a new juvenile justice agency, the Office of Youth Development, was created, with its own budget and reporting directly to the Governor.
Deacons for Defense and JusticeB40 Years Later
Civil rights historians and those of us who are old and have long memories remember the Deacons for Defense and Justice.꼯span>The organization began in 1964, consisting of armed black men who protected their communities from white supremacy groups such as the KKK.쯳pan>Most of the men who joined were Baptist deacons, hence the name.쯳pan>Jonesboro, Homer, and Bogalusa had chapters in Louisiana. They employed a different strategy for resisting the evil of racial hate crimes than the nonviolence of Dr. King, but they successfully protected their families because the white supremacy groups feared them.쯳pan>A book has recently been published about the Deacons: The Deacons for Justice: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement, by Lance Hill.쯳pan>North Carolina. 363 pp.쯳pan>$34.95.
Insurance Redlining Hurts Low-income Persons and People of Color
Many of us get insurance without thinking much about it.쯳pan>Others, mainly low-income families and people of color, are discriminated against by a practice called Aredlining.@쯳pan>In redlining, insurance쯳pan>companies refuse to write policies in particular geographical areas where these folks live.쯳pan>An example would be zip codes 70802 and 70805 in Baton Rouge.쯳pan>A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court may help ensure equal access to basic insurance by requiring insurers to make their community service statements public.쯳pan>Now the public will be able to assess the levels of discrimination in underserved areas. Insurance companies in every state should provide equal access to insurance.
LSU Enters Sports History Books, On the Good Side!
Congratulations to LSU!쯳pan>The formerly racist institution has broken new ground in hiring Ms. Dana APokey@ Chatman as women=s basketball coach.쯳pan>She is the first black woman to become a head coach at LSU. If you aren=t a sports fan, you may not be aware that Mississippi State University has recently appointed Sylvester Croom as the first black head football coach in Southeastern Conference history.쯳pan>Major congratulations to Mississippi State!
Gender Bias in Media Sports Coverage
Have you noticed how TV and print media downplay or ignore high-school sports for girls?༯span>There is gender bias here and it will continue until enough people complain about it.쯳pan>Speak up!
Media Justice Movement
About 40 years ago a few civil rights activists, connecting the racism they saw in the streets to the racism they saw on TV, began to monitor TV in Jackson, MS.쯳pan>They documented that fact that two local stations were failing to serve their substantial (45%) African-American audiences and filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission.쯳pan>The FCC shafted them (no surprise here), so they went to court and won; the court established the principle that news content must reflect in some fashion the actual diversity of local audiences, and that the public had Astanding@ and could go directly to the FCC.쯳pan>
Currently, people of color are marginalized in the consolidated world of mainstream media.쯳pan>There was a meeting in 2002 called the Highlander Media Justice Gathering, which placed new emphasis of justice in the media.쯳pan>In San Francisco the Third World Majority encourages women and people of color to engage in media work.쯳pan>In Mississippi, the Jackson Advocate, a black-owned, feisty newspaper has had fire bombings because of its reports on racism and local government.꼯span>A Media Justice Summit meeting has been planned for this year.
At LSU, the Manship School of Mass Communication (formerly Journalism) has launched a Forum on Race and the Media.꼯span>The forum has a Website, http://www.lsu.edu/raceandmedia, which has an annotated bibliography on race and media with more than 400 articles.
Speaking of media bias makes me think of what I and many others have discovered.쯳pan>The one TV channel and program that can be counted on for news honesty in the U.S. is the Comedy Channel=s ADaily Show,@ Jon Stewart host, on the Comedy Channel at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. He pokes fun at Democrats and Republicans.
Bias Against Indians?
ࠠࠠࠠI mean persons from India, not Native Americans.쯳pan>An LSU student wrote a letter to the editor of the student newspaper recently, stating several instances where he has been given a hard time by other students because of the dark color of his skin.쯳pan>As a white, retired LSU professor I have not been close to Indian and Pakistani students, and I have wondered about racial discrimination against them.쯳pan>Can anyone enlighten me on this subject?쯳pan>I have noticed that some of them have very dark skin.
Voices of Civil Rights Bus Tour Comes to Baton Rouge
ࠠࠠ쯳pan>Starting in Washington, D.C. and stopping at 39 cities along the route of the 1961 Freedom Rides to Mississippi, this group stopped in Baton Rouge August 26.튼/span>The tour, a project of the AARP, included interviewers and journalists.쯳pan>Among those who told their stories in video interviews were Baton Rouge Council members James E. Cross, Marjorie Green, Richard Haymaker, and Paul Y. Burns.꼯span>Storytellers on the program were Johnnie Jones, Sr., Hazel Freeman, Mildred Clark, and Freddy Pitcher.쯳pan>The History Channel did the filming, planning a one-hour documentary to air in February 2005.
ࠠࠠ쯳pan>Haymaker, BRCHR President, brought the new BRCHR website, www.brchr , to the attention of the project leaders, hoping it will become a link on their website.쯳pan>The BRCHR website has our history posted with many stories.꼯span>Please log on the Voices website, www.voicesofcivilrigts.org.쯳pan>Tell your story.
Stories will be archived by the prestigious Library of Congress.
Meetings Planned by Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations
ࠠࠠ쯳pan>The BRCHR is planning to have a presidential forum in collaboration in cooperation with the LSU Wesley Foundation.쯳pan>The date is October 28, Thursday.쯳pan>Time 7 p.m.쯳pan>The Wesley Foundation building is located at 333 Chimes St.
ࠠࠠ쯳pan>A Baton Rouge Mayor-President forum is planned in collaboration with the Childrenïalition.쯳pan>Mayor Bobby Simpson, a Republican, and state Sen. Melvin 鰔 Holden, D-Baton Rouge recently won places in the November 2 runoff election.쯳pan>The BRCHR does not endorse candidates, but over its 39-year life it has held many political forums, to which all candidates are invited.꼯span>The date, time, and place are not yet set.
ࠠࠠ쯳pan>For more information on the details of these forthcoming BRCHR meetings, contact Phil Woodland, BRCHRɭmediate Past President, at 336-9801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Election Has Racial Aspects
ࠠࠠ쯳pan>The Mayor-Presidentಡce is of interest to the BRCHR because of its racial aspects.쯳pan>Holden is black, and all previous Mayor-Presidents, including Simpson, have been white. The city of Baton Rougeయpulation is majority black, and the E.B.R. Parish is majority white. If the upcoming runoff election is like past elections, Simpson will get a lot of white votes and some black votes; Holden will get a lot of black votes and some white votes. Four years ago Holden ran first in the primary election and Simpson was second.쯳pan>In the runoff, Simpson won,쯳pan>57% to 43%.
ࠠࠠ쯳pan>Recently I discovered in listening to a group of white Baton Rouge intellectuals who were interested in the Mayor-Presidentಡce but who knew little of the complicated politics.쯳pan>They did not realize that Zachary and Baker, separate cities which along with Baton Rouge are in E.B.R. Parish, each elects its own Mayor, but Baton Rouge does not elect its Mayor: She or he is elected by the votes of the entire parish and then carries the title of Mayor-President.쯳pan>The ṯr䩴le applies to Baton Rouge only; the ⥳ident䩴le means that he or she presides over the parish-wide MetroCouncil.
Dues are Due
Dues are due for the year July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005.쯳pan>Members of the Baton Rouge Council (a chapter of LCHR) are automatically members of LCHR.쯳pan>Dues are $20 family, $15 individual, $1 student or low income.쯳pan>Members who paid dues after March 1, 2004 are considered to be paid up through June 30, 2005.꼯span>Contributions over and above dues are appreciated, especially those given in memory of someone who has had a significant impact on human relations.
ﳰan>New members are soughtBthose who agree with our purposes of equality of opportunity and improved human relations.
Baton Rouge area: Make out checks to B.R. Council on Human Relations.쯳pan>Send to: Richard Haymaker, 254 Nelson Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
Others: Make out checks to LCHR.쯳pan>Send to: Paul Burns, 2137 Cedardale, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
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