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LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (November 19, 2013)

In Audio on November 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm
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George Zimmerman was arrest – again. Are you surprised? Some former supporters are silent – are you surprised? What this arrest highlights about us as a society – even today.

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (November 19, 2013) – PODCAST TOPIC: What George Zimmerman’s newest arrest means to all of us – and about all of us as a nation.

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch “The McAllister Minute” on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.

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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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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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Politic365 (April 21 2012 – McAllister’s Saturday Remix)

In Video on April 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

CHICAGO, IL – “The more both sides say that race, culture, and politics are not intertwined in the upcoming elections, the more that they seem to be interlocked in 2012, so the choice is pretty clear.”

Politic365’s Lenny McAllister challenges both progressives and conservatives to address their definitions and approaches to political and social issues that have arisen as a result of “Stand Your Ground” cases in 2012.

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