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UPCOMING: McAllister Talks Unemployment Numbers, Next Steps for America on “The Glenn Beck Program” Thursday

In Upcoming Appearances on August 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm
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Republican activist and community advocate Lenny McAllister will appear on “The Glenn Beck Program” on The Blaze TV (pictured above, Lenny McAllister with Glenn Beck on Fox News Network, 2009)

 

CHICAGO / DALLAS (August 28, 2013) – Republican activist and former congressional candidate Lenny McAllister will appear on “The Glenn Beck Program” on The Blaze TV Thursday, August 29 to discuss the stagnant economy and its impact on the nation’s collective pursuit of the American Dream during these continued hard times.

 

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to speak to a segment of Americans that are looking for light at the end of this long, dark tunnel and solutions to these ongoing problems,” McAllister said in a statement about the upcoming appearance. “True leadership in our nation may not come from the traditional sources and that’s possible because we cannot continue to talk and act in the same ways, yet expect different results than what we’ve been getting.”

 

McAllister will appear on-set for the Dallas-based show to discuss several topics, including unemployment, ongoing efforts to implement voter ID laws, and legislative steps to get the country back on track.  He will appear with guest host Joseph C. Phillips.  The Blaze TV can be found on The Dish Network and select cable networks nationally. It can also be viewed online at http://www.theblaze.com/tv/

 

Lenny has been busy throughout the week.  He spoke with HuffPost Live along with RNC Communications Director Raffi Williams and others on next steps for the GOP in light of the 50 year anniversary of the March on Washington. He was also scheduled to appear on “Inside Story” on the newly-minted Al Jazeera America station to discuss next steps for the Voting Rights Act after the June 2013 Supreme Court decision concerning Section 4 of the historic legislation.

 

McAllister also appeared on “The Source with Ezra Levant” on the Sun News Network Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech from a Black Republican perspective. Lenny’s comments from his writing, “Marching Onward from the Right to Procure ‘The New Civil Rights’” can be found below.

“True conservative leadership that reflects the legacy of 50 years ago in Washington embraces the notion that all corners of America fit into the confines of the Constitution – as voters, as citizens, as potentially productive  members of American society – and pursues that end with a vigor that breaks down the stereotypes of the current GOP, repairs the breakdown of communication with key constituents, and forever abolishes the one-party system that many Americans have been forced to live under for the past 50 years.  We, too, have a dream in 2013… celebrating suffrage for all citizens while winning over new voters from all areas in America… expanding educational efficiency and success for more Americans to secure our geopolitical and economic standing in the world…apply(ing) conservative principles in the spirit of patriotism and partnership with those that we have dismissed in the past with a wanton broad stroke… That dream must expand our vision in order to expand our influence.”

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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. Featured as one of the “40 Under 40 to Watch in 2012” by the historic newspaper The Chicago Defender, he has been featured in several national and international publications and media outlets, including Essence, Chicago Crusader, and Charlotte Magazine. “The McAllister Minute,” a regular feature of the American Urban Radio Network, runs on more than 300 stations nationwide. 

For more information, go tohttp://www.LennyMcAllister.com

or call 773-492-0509

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Marching Onward from the Right to Procure “The New Civil Rights”

In Articles on August 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm
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“When we as Republicans can publicly, consistently, and confidently embrace and convince the diversity of Americans just as we convincingly embrace the contrasting colors of the American flag, we will have succeeded in becoming better leaders, historic visionaries, and embraced patriots throughout America.” ~Lenny McAllister

 

(August 28, 2013) – From the political left (unintentionally or otherwise), we were told about Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream on Saturday. On Monday, the political right observed the remembrance of this great event from 1963. Now, on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 – 50 years after rounds of speakers joined Dr. King on that stage in Washington, DC in the effort for change – President Obama and others will take their turn to recall the bravery of women and men that were committed to making America better in spite of itself during one of our more troubling eras.

 

Just as the nation stood on the brink some 50 years ago – looking at the obvious need for change and dealing with the ongoing social civil war over Jim Crow – we as a people stand today, looking into the social mirror at our reflection. Today, we ask ourselves as we look at the picture that we see: what must we do in order to ensure that the “pursuit of happiness” that is noted in the Declaration of Independence and the security of “…the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” noted in the Constitution are fulfilled despite the challenges we face today? What must we do in order to secure the civil rights protected in the Amendments, earned through the blood and sweat equity of our forefathers, and required to maximize the talents and promise found throughout America?

 

All of us must chase, capture, and champion the new civil rights of the 21st century.

 

Whether it is as Republicans or as non-political activists, we must be willing to become the brand-building, mold-breaking leaders that we emulate from days long since past. Social success in 21st century America must include embracing the United States Constitution from a “conservative” perspective – namely, that the rights of all citizens are protected without progressive interpretations that expand the role of government, the tint of justice, or the invasive arm of the law. This must be applied to laws impacting the ballot box as well as initiatives that roll back the intent of the Second Amendment.

 

Initiatives such as voter validation must reflect the essence of the March on Washington 50 years ago, moving the tone and intent of such laws past the stigma and dysfunction of voter suppression to one where the right to vote is protected and promoted for all American citizens. From a conservative standpoint politically, we must relish the opportunity to strengthen the access to the ballot box for all Americans, be it through a modified version of the Voting Rights Act or through initiatives that show Americans across our cities and those pockets of non-traditional voters that voting is an American civil right. With all of the talk that “Martin Luther King was a Republican” – along with other prominent African-Americans including Frederick Douglass and Jackie Robinson – there must be legislative, grassroots, and partisan efforts that we enact that illustrate the commitment to the Republican legacy of civil rights and the willingness to partner with new voters currently. The new civil rights movement for us Republicans must include pursuing new voters, apologizing to them for abandoning them as automatic voters for Democrats for decades, and engaging them as valuable co-authors of a more prosperous nation.

 

Our pursuit of the new civil rights must articulate school choice not as a condemnation of teachers’ unions and public schools, but as a solution that recalibrates the classroom balance within public, private, and charter schools that benefits the teacher-student ratios throughout our communities. We must show that education is one of those new civil rights in America – one that has a recurring theme over the ages: education is the pathway to knowledge, and knowledge is power. In order to unleash the power that has been systematically contained in urban America through our flaws and oversights, we must use all available avenues to implement strategies that optimize our education dollars and children’s potential concurrently and immediately. Our segue to more school choice opportunities must not be promoted by fellow conservatives as a verdict against public education. Instead, we must articulate the need to pursue and win this new civil rights argument as a mission to protect the promise of the American Dream for all American children, offering this new direction as a national initiative that views improved academic results by our youth as a national security issue and an imperative for true justice to ring true.

 

The new civil rights pursuit cannot merely reflect upon the successes of the past. Our efforts must learn from the past – of the bravery, the vision, the discipline, and the sacrifices incurred by many. Any misdirection of focus away from what is necessary today only leads to a misapplication of our good intentions.

 

To win the new civil rights “dream”, we must apply conservative principles in ways that make sense for more Americans. That application will break the mold and definitions of what “conservative” and “Republican” have meant over the recent years – both from a branding standpoint as well as from a political perspective. This will not mean that we will need to move away from our political principles, but to be the leaders that America deserves from us, this trend-setting pivot will require us to show a pathway of prosperity from socioeconomic and educational poverty to the obtainment of the American Dream.

 

Freedom as discussed by conservatives must include the freedom to embrace the disadvantaged American, discard the labels of judgment and scorn, and develop strategies to partner with non-traditional allies to trumpet our principles in the pursuit of common goals. Dr. King’s “dream” must include the ability to partner with the diversity of America where they are right now instead of merely attempting to pull them over to our side with an immediate and uncomfortable nudge. Overcoming the racism that Dr. King and others fought against in the 1960s must include a conservative acknowledgment of where we are today as Americans concerning race relations, understanding both the misunderstandings and intentional missteps that inhibit our leadership from taking full advantage of the talent, resources, and opportunities within the overlooked pockets of America that only make the news when a shooting is reported or a failure is featured. Healing our fractured nation must include a conservative balm that steps the nation through tackling tough problems with a loving, thoughtful, and encompassing approach to leadership, not merely the tough-love rhetoric that blames victims of bad policy, failures in leadership, and a stagnant economy with catchy slogans and oblivious statements.

 

True conservative leadership that reflects the legacy of 50 years ago in Washington embraces the notion that all corners of America fit into the confines of the Constitution – as voters, as citizens, as potentially productive  members of American society – and pursues that end with a vigor that breaks down the stereotypes of the current GOP, repairs the breakdown of communication with key constituents, and forever abolishes the one-party system that many Americans have been forced to live under for the past 50 years.

 

We, too, have a dream in 2013. That dream must include celebrating suffrage for all citizens while winning over new voters from all areas in America. That dream must include expanding educational efficiency and success for more Americans to secure our geopolitical and economic standing in the world, much less sure-up our neighborhoods as safer and better communities. That dream must apply conservative principles in the spirit of patriotism and partnership with those that we have dismissed in the past with a wanton broad stroke, not an insightful viewpoint focused on leading in a historic and necessary manner.  That dream must expand our vision in order to expand our influence. That dream must expand our willingness to lead the United States of America, not just the politically red states and areas in America. That dream is required of us today in an urgent way if we are to protect the American Dream for those that have it, evangelize the Dream to those that have never heard of it, and reclaim those that have given up on it. That dream of inclusive, smart, and visionary leadership can no longer be a political fantasy. The time is now to stand on the shoulders of a Dreamer and secure the American Dream – for all.

 

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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. Featured as one of the “40 Under 40 to Watch in 2012” by the historic newspaper The Chicago Defender, he has been featured in several national and international publications and media outlets, including Essence, Chicago Crusader, and Charlotte Magazine. “The McAllister Minute,” a regular feature of the American Urban Radio Network, runs on more than 300 stations nationwide. 

For more information, go tohttp://www.LennyMcAllister.com

or call 773-492-0509

 

WATCH: McAllister, Williams Speak on Possible Next Steps for GOP

In Video on August 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm
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“We as Republicans have done a great job of showing America that we love America, but we have done a horrible jobs of showing Americans that we love Americans…we must begin showing that we love the diverse people of this nation…” (Lenny McAllister)

NEW YORK CITY CHICAGO (August 26, 2013– (Courtesy Huff Post Live) The GOP has lost 5 of the last 6 popular votes for president. Will Republicans choose more of the same in 2014 and an establishment figure in 2016? Or a new path? Rand Paul and Chris Christie have emerged to represent two divergent alternatives.

Originally aired on August 26, 2013

Hosted by: James Poulos (@jamespoulos)

Guests:

  • Patrick James (Los Angeles, CA) Director of the USCCenter for International Studies
  • Raffi Williams @Raffiwilliams (Washington, DC) RNC Deputy Press Secretary
  • Luis Alvarado @LatinoStrategy (Fresno, CA) Strategic Advisor, REVOLVIS
  • Lenny McAllister @Lennymcallister (Chicago, IL) Former Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois); Republican Strategist and Author
  • Christina Wilkie @christinawilkie (Washington, DC) HuffPost National Reporter

Click HERE to watch the segment on Huff Post Live or click on the picture above.

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LISTEN: McAllister Talks Voting Rights: Where North Carolina and The Rest Of The Country Stands post-VRA Ruling

In Audio on August 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm
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“When the North Carolina, over the few year years, chased out significant portions of its Black Republican leadership while heading towards legislative endeavors such as this voter ID law, it doesn’t come across as just a partisan move; it comes off as a racist initiative.”

BALTIMORE  (August 15, 2013– (Courtesy The Marc Steiner Show) 

We return to the topic of voting rights, in light of the passing of what might be the most strict voting law in the country, earlier this week in North Carolina. (In addition to Lenny McAllister), we talk to:

  • ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at MorganStateUniversity;
  • Brentin Mock, New Orleans-based journalist and reporter for Colorlines;  and 
  • Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine.

 

Click HERE to listen the segment on The Marc Steiner Show website or click on the picture above.

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LISTEN: McAllister Talks to WEAA as Holder Talks Cutting “Mandatory-Minimum” Sentences

In Audio on August 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm
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“It seems like a move in the right direction…if we want to re-strengthen our nation, we cannot continue to throw away young talent that can be useful from decades as productive citizens because of actions that were committed during their regrettable days in the fog of youth.” (McAllister on modifying how the criminal justice system deals with some impacted by “mandatory-minimum” sentencing)

 

BALTIMORE  (August 15, 2013– (Courtesy The Marc Steiner Show) 

We turn to national news, focusing first on Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech this week about cutting mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. (In addition to Lenny McAllister), our guests include:

  • Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and a 33-year police veteran;
  • ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at MorganStateUniversity; and
  • Brentin Mock, New Orleans-based journalist and reporter for Colorlines.

 

Click HERE to listen the segment on The Marc Steiner Show website or click on the picture above.

 

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WATCH: Marc Lamont Hill Talks to Lenny about NRA, Guns, and Black America

In Video on August 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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“The NRA’s problem isn’t about not advertising to the Black community. Its problem is about the bad advertising that goes to Black America and urban America everyday at 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 10 o’clock, and 11 o’clock on the daily newscasts shown throughout the nation due to the urban violence we’re experiencing…”

NEW YORK CITY / CHICAGO (August 12, 2013– (Courtesy Huff Post Live) If guns are supposed to be used primarily for safety and protection as the NRA would argue, then why are they almost exclusively marketed towards only white people? Is there a place for people of color in gun culture?

Hosted by: Marc Lamont Hill

Guests:

  • Clark Aposhian @clarkapo (Salt Lake City, UT) Chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council
  • Lenny McAllister @Lennymcallister (Chicago, IL) Former Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois)
  • Laura Stampler @laurastampler (New York , NY) Reporter at Business Insider
  • Rick Ector @detriotccw (Detroit, MI) Gun Rights Activist and Gun Collector

Click HERE to watch the segment on Huff Post Live or click on the picture above.

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WATCH: McAllister, Dunston Talk Obama, NSA, American Politics

In Video on August 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm
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“Once again, President Obama, straying away from the promises to be proactive on such issues as a candidate in 2008, must once again be reactive to a controversy years later. It’s disappointing.”

TORONTO (August 10, 2013– (Courtesy Sun News Network) Republican strategist Lenny McAllister joins Brian Dunstan with more on Obama’s plans to reform the NSA. The two also discuss the implications of race in politics on American society today.

 

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

 

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Philly Trib’s Ellison Chats with McAllister on VRA, Civil Rights and the Relationship between Blacks and the GOP

In Articles on August 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm
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“Are issues like the recent decision from the Supreme Court on the VRA (voting Rights Act), the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case and ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, and the Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action the type of issues that will get Black voters mobilized for the 2014 midterm elections?” Writer Charles D. Ellison (above) asks this to Lenny McAllister in an upcoming interview for The Philly Tribune.

PHILADELPHIA / WASHINGTON, DC (August 1, 2013) – (Courtesy The Philly Tribune) Sirius XM Radio host and Washington correspondent to the Philly Tribune Charles D. Ellison talks with Republican strategist and former congressional candidate Lenny McAllister about the impact of recent legal decisions over the summer on the upcoming elections in 2013 and 2014.

 

The full quote from McAllister is listed below. The full article from Ellison will be published this weekend (August 2 – August 4).

 

“Although these issues were not designed to prompt Black voters to a higher level of political engagement and consciousness, the historic events of the past 60 days will certainly become a collective force that will galvanize voters for the rest of 2013 and, most likely, throughout 2014 as well. As long as Republicans and conservatives are collectively incapable of connecting to Black voters in the aftermath of these events as well as on pertinent ‘dinner table’ issues, the GOP ticket will be on the wrong side of election night results in more areas across the nation.”

 

“It was good to see a meeting at the White House concerning the Voting Rights Act this week. We need to see more Republicans taking the forefront in securing the potency of the Voting Rights Act moving forward. Politicians such as Leader Eric Cantor have indicated support for this, so we must move forward and make Republican support for the VRA a visible advocacy. I support this effort, as civil rights protection must be a bipartisan goal in the 21st century. Sadly, on issues such as the Voting Rights Act, there is an element within the Republican Party that is more inclined to disengage Black voters and distance some from suffrage rights than this element is to engage Black citizens and win over these valuable voters. This approach is both un-American and unethical. It works against the party at election time. It works against healing and rebounding the nation overall. It is misguided and inappropriate. If it continues, 2014 starts lining up to be a repeat of 2006, 2008, and 2012. As leaders within the GOP, it is time that we prove to African-Americans that our focus as a party is to always uplift the American Way, not merely the Republican way or any GOP candidate. Without this clear and renewed focus, issues of civil rights, race, and justice will become partisan issues – and if this is so, the Republican brand currently cannot withstand the electoral scrutiny it will face in 2013, 2014, and moving onward into the next presidential election.”

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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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LISTEN: McAllister Talks Jobs, Obamacare Defunding on NPR

In Audio on August 1, 2013 at 11:29 am
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“…drawing the lines in the sand is not how you legislate. I know that it riles up everybody’s base to do this, but at some point in time, people have to understand…(t)his is about legislating and leading…”

CHICAGO (July 26, 2013) – (Courtesy National Public Radio) Guest host Celeste Headlee gets a wrap of the week’s political news with journalist Callie Crossley and conservative commentator Lenny McAllister. They talk about President Obama’s push to get the economy back on track, and the battle over the President’s health care law.

Listen to this debate segment on NPR’s “Tell Me More” by clicking HERE or by clicking on the picture above. Read the transcript to the segment “Should Congress Stop ‘Drawing Lines in the Sand’?” by clicking HERE.

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