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WATCH: McAllister Talks Obama, Trayvon, Zimmerman on Sun News Network

In Video on July 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm
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“For example, when Black college graduates are twice as likely to be (un)employed as their White counterparts (consistent with Black double unemployment rates since the 1970s), it’s clear…we still have work to do.”

TORONTO (July 21, 2013) – (Courtesy Sun News Network) Republican Strategist Lenny McAllister explains the racial implication of Obama’s speech on race in America.

Click HERE to watch the segment on the Sun News Network website or click on the picture above.

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Conservative Activists Advocate Consistency, Attention, Support for Domestic Violence Survivor Marissa Alexander

In Articles on July 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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““From an economic standpoint…from a civic standpoint…from a moral standpoint…for those that stand for economic and social efficiency, strong families for our children, safe communities devoid of crime, and the ability to enact self-defense through the power of the Second Amendment, this case is tailor-made for the conservative argument that centers on the power of the individual in America…”

 Jacksonville, FL (July 19, 2013) — Conservative activists Aaron Laramore and Lenny McAllister have begun talks with the support team of Marissa Alexander, controversially jailed in Florida after losing a “Stand Your Ground” defense as a domestic violence survivor, in the hopes of garnering more support for the Florida mother from conservatives, notably 2nd Amendment and self-defense conservatives.

The effort, initially spearheaded by Laramore, reached a new level after talks commenced with several on Alexander’s support team, including legal analysts and experts.  Both Laramore and McAllister have been among other supporters that have highlighted the inconsistencies between the treatment of the Zimmerman case and other high-profile “Stand Your Ground” cases, including the cases of John McNeil in Georgia, John White of New York, and Alexander in Florida. The two, along with a growing list of other conservatives, are looking for consistency in support and advocacy, particularly from fellow conservatives.

“For us, it is a slam dunk decision for more conservatives to support Marissa at this point, especially in light of the overwhelming economic and emotional support given to George Zimmerman by many of our fellow conservatives,” said Republican pundit and former congressional candidate Lenny McAllister. “From an economic standpoint, domestic violence costs American businesses upwards of $1 billion annually in lost productivity. From a civic standpoint, more on-site police activity results from domestic violence calls than any other type of call on average. From a criminal standpoint, domestic violence is the under-reported crime that impacts women and families across all racial, socioeconomic, and geographic lines. From a moral standpoint, partner abuse is one of the cancers that currently ravishes the body of marriage across the nation. For those that stand for economic and social efficiency, strong families for our children, safe communities devoid of crime, and the ability to enact self-defense through the power of the Second Amendment, this case is tailor-made for the conservative argument that centers on the power of the individual in America and the value of personal liberty uninhibited by harm. Further, this case allows for that argument to be made outside of the confines of color.”

“As conservatives who are traditionally concerned with the rule of law and protection of liberty, this is an opportunity for conservative engagement with the African-American electorate on the fair and equitable administration of justice,” stated Laramore, a registered Black Republican based in Indianapolis. “If we are serious as conservatives about winning support from African-American voters, then we cannot be silent in the face of an unjust result like Marissa Alexander’s”.

“For those conservatives that decline to look at this case through a conservative prism while continuing to clamor behind the Zimmerman family,” McAllister continued, “one may ask if  there is another motivating factor that drives passionate support for George Zimmerman yet cannot garner a similar level of sympathy for a formerly-hospitalized domestic violence survivor. Simply put, some do not mind asking that question to fellow conservatives.”

The Alexander legal team is currently pursuing an appeal to her mandatory sentence after the incident where Alexander fired a warning shot after an attack on her by her husband (a documented repeated abuser). The shooting led to her arrest. Before the infamous incident, Alexander was previously hospitalized as a result of her husband’s attacks.

The mother of 3 is hoping to win on appeal and be released from a Jacksonville jail as quickly as possible.

Laramore and McAllister are vying to engage Florida-based conservatives at the grassroots level and in government to re-evaluate their position and involvement in the Alexander case as well as others around the nation. Laramore’s blog following this case can be found at http://politicalseason.blogspot.com/p/freedom4marissa.html. His twitter (@politicalseason) has begun featuring the #FreeMarissa hashtag.

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Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently working to make his hometown of Chicago and our proud nation better by working together as #OneBigTeam.

For more information, go to http://www.LennyMcAllister.com or call 773-492-0509

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McAllister Statement on Twitter Blackout

In Speeches on July 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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CHICAGO (July 13, 2013) — Lenny McAllister, upon participating in the “black out” in social media, issued the following statement:

“I have decided, although I am just one of many vocal Black conservatives throughout the United States, that it is important for me as one within that number to participate in the ‘black out’ that is occurring on Twitter and social media during the George Zimmerman deliberations.

“My black Twitter avatar and Facebook profile are part of an overall effort to bring awareness, action, and advancement to issues that are pulling this nation away from its promise of greatness for all of its citizens.

“Many are taking part in the ‘black out’ as a sign of solidarity in hopes of a guilty verdict in this case. I am taking part of this symbol as an expression of the deeper meaning interwoven in this case and the overlooked troubles we face as a diverse nation.

“Until more conservatives – conservative thought leaders, conservative commentators, conservative activists, conservative candidates, and conservative legislators – take to heart the malevolent realities of racially-charged social practices such as racial profiling (that prompts an inversion of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ as afforded by the Constitution), ‘stop-and-frisk’ ‘police measures, incidents of ‘driving while Black’, and other divisive procedures and customs that weaken our nation fabric, we will continue to be a nation that is ripping apart at the seams socially, economically, and morally.

“Race is a real issue in modern-day America. We have seen it in the double-unemployment rate for years now. We see it in education. We see it with the evolution of the ‘new Jim Crow’ with the prison industrial complex. We have seen it through tragedies such as the Jonny Gammage killing in my native Pittsburgh. We have seen it with Black men dying unnecessarily – through urban plight conditions and its aftermath as well as high-profile situations that make us question where we are as a nation regarding race in the 21st century – over recent years. The Trayvon Martin tragedy has merely served as another example that shines our shameful reflection back at us through a series of comments, sentiments, and similar tragedies that highlight the pain felt on all sides due to our common cancer.

“True statesmen and leaders – be them conservatives or otherwise – should not run away from this reality. If we are called to lead, we must also be called to heal and resolve rudimentary issues that necessitate a healing. We cannot heal anything if we refuse to meet the bar of acknowledging, investigating, analyzing, and addressing any dysfunctional condition hindering us with a sense of social responsibility, intellectual honesty, and historical accountability. Sadly, too many of us conservatives over recent years – and most notably concerning the viewpoints and statements expressed over the past year concerning the tragedy of February 26, 2012 – have failed to meet this standard. My small action seeks to remind us as a teammate within the conservative faction that we are collectively better than what we have collectively exhibited to date. Further, we are called by God and country to do better for the sake of God’s Will and our country’s future. I believe that, in time, we can and will. Thus, I ask more conservatives to accept the call of history and the challenge to be great in healing our divisiveness in a manner we have not seen for some time now in urban America and throughout our nation’s powerful diversity.”

TCNGB (Take Care N God Bless)

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Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently working to make his hometown of Chicago and our proud nation better by working together as #OneBigTeam.

For more information, go to http://www.LennyMcAllister.com

or call 773-492-0509

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McAllister Statement on Student Loan Increases

In Speeches on July 1, 2013 at 11:34 am
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“The last thing that struggling American families can afford is to see the rates for Stafford loans double, yet this is the reality that we are faced with starting today….(through) a standard for congressional leadership that highlights the disconnect many on Capitol Hill have from the American people…”

CHICAGO (July 1, 2013) — Lenny McAllister, upon the doubling of interest rates on new federally-subsidized Stafford loans starting Monday, issued the following statement:

 

“Far too often in these recent political times, we find that Congress has found the inability to garner the creative leadership and the legislative patriotism necessary to save America’s youth from chronic unemployment, mounting national debt, and diminishing educational pathways to procure the prosperity they deserve.  Today, we as a nation have collectively failed them once again, placing another unnecessary burden upon their backs due to our inability to act within reasonable timeframes and create legislation that facilitates growth and success.

 

“The last thing that struggling American families can afford is to see the rates for Stafford loans double, yet this is the reality that we are faced with starting today. Both sides of the political aisle have again missed the bar, instead putting into place a standard for congressional leadership that highlights the disconnect many on Capitol Hill have from the American people, the everyday citizen that works hard and expects results from themselves and from their representative government.

 

“Like with the sequester, leadership has failed to satisfy the legislative needs of the people before a previously self-imposed deadline was met. As with the sequester, we cannot afford to keep this economically-inhibitive standard in place. We can only move past this point through a common sense approach that makes sure that American students can secure the education necessary. Through this, we empower our future with the resources necessary to allow the United States to remain the preeminent economic and technological power in the world throughout the remainder of this century.

 

“We need good, pliable, and smart legislation immediately. We need a bill that takes into consideration the diversity of economic needs, family backgrounds, and future employment opportunities that we find within today’s American student base.

 

“Any plan that seeks to make a profit from the federal student loan program, despite its good intentions to address the federal deficit, fails to understand the true role of government. We may run government like a business, but government is never to be a profit-driven entity, notably and especially making money off of the backs of those that need the latitude required to grow into our leaders for years to come. The shareholders of the United States of America are its struggling citizens, not profit-incented investors. Therefore, we must always remember that we reduce the deficit through fostering the growth of jobs and hard-working taxpayers, not through encouraging rate hikes on the backs of those that are already struggling to pay for a competitive education.

 

“Any plan that sees doing the status quo as viable is not watching the mounting debt that threatens our national sovereignty and place within the global community. As with the Affordable Care Act, any process that chases runaway costs with additional government spending instead of addressing both the cost and spending ends of this confounding equation facing higher education today misses the crux of the situation. We must put a long-term solution into place that creates a stronger return revenue flow back into the coffers of the federal student loan program while making sure that graduates can be both good loan borrowers – paying back these loans on time – while also being good consumers as well, able to buy homes, cars, and other goods that bolster our economy. For America to remain the beacon of hope for the world to see moving onward, we must make sure that higher education is the great equalizer that is economically accessible across our American diversity for years to come.

 

“Perhaps, with new leadership, those that are focused on accomplishing tasks through humble service and not accumulating partisan style points through continued bickering can finally solve these types of issues so that the students of today can be the unencumbered consumers, innovators, job-creators, and leaders of tomorrow.

 

“May God guide us towards finally some common sense common ground for the sake of empowering America’s future leaders today and may He bless the United States of America.”

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Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently working to make his hometown of Chicago and our proud nation better by working together as #OneBigTeam.

For more information, go to http://www.LennyMcAllister.com or call 773-492-0509

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