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Starting Point: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later

In Audio, Video on September 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm
10 years later, what are the lessons learned for our nation after Hurricane Katrina? (Photo courtesy Damian Catanza)

10 years later, what are the lessons learned for our nation after Hurricane Katrina? (Photo courtesy Damian Catanza)

PITTSBURGH (August 28, 2015) – Host and commentator Lenny McAllister takes the beginning of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” to reflect upon the much-needed “lessons learned” that America should heed to 10 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coat. McAllister uses this version of this “Starting Point” commentary to address how the nation can focus on the issues of political efficiency, addressing poverty, and civic accountability so that communities are prepared during times of crisis. The show airs live Friday nights 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market as the sister station to WPXI, the NBC affiliate in the Pittsburgh market covering 4 states.

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How Far Does #BlackLivesMatter Go? How Far Should It Go?

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 11:17 am
"Yes, #BlackLivesMatter when civil rights are trounced during police interactions. Yet, do #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to educational equality by way of school vouchers, inequalities in careers from boardrooms to courtrooms, or – say - the sanctity of the pro-life movement?”

“Yes, #BlackLivesMatter when civil rights are trounced during police interactions. Yet, do #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to educational equality by way of school vouchers, inequalities in careers from boardrooms to courtrooms, or – say – the sanctity of the pro-life movement?”

PITTSBURGH (July 31, 2015) –Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister (Host, NightTalk: Get To The Point (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)) asks how far should the #BlackLivesMatter sentiment extend for the sake of improving the conditions African-Americans face in the United States in 2015. He uses this “Starting Point” commentary at the beginning of the show to challenge the audience and the GTTP (Get To The Point) Panel on how the activist-led movement is going in the days ahead and how widespread this hashtag-driven agenda will extend as a movement in the coming months and years ahead for equality for Blacks in America.
Catch this “Starting Point” commentary from the July 31 edition of “Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

Mid-Year 2015: Is the State of the American Union, “Disunity”? (June 26, 2015)

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 at 8:06 pm

PITTSBURGH (June 26, 2015) – Host Lenny McAllister (“NightTalk: Get to the Point”) ask the question, “what is wrong with the USA at the mid-point of 2015?” He uses the question to prompt a mid-year conversation with his guests on the Get To The Point Panel this week: radio host Rose Tennent (“Rose Unplugged”), TV host Ellis Cannon (“NightTalk”), and political strategist Olivia Benson.

Catch the segment by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

Have We Minimized Fathers in Today’s America and Hurt Our Kids In the Process?

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Have the laws on the books stymied the impact that American fathers could have on American society today? Lenny McAllister tackles the issues during “NightTalk: Get To The Point”

PITTSBURGH (June 12, 2015) – Lenny McAllister uses his Starting Point commentary to start “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel to ask about the proper role of fathers in America today and if policies, social mores, and expectations have limited fathers’ effectiveness.

Check out this version of McAllister’s “Starting Point” by clicking on the picture above or on this link HERE

The Pittsburgh Cable News Channel airs on channel 35 on Comcast and on channel 9 on Verizon FIOS in the Pittsburgh television market, airing on over 850,000 households.

 

McAllister and GTTP Panel Talks Workforce Diversity (March 27 2015)

In Video on April 21, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Pittsburgh Workforce DiversityPITTSBURGH (March 27, 2015): Lenny McAllister and the “Get To The Point Panel” discuss the latest findings concerning Pittsburgh’s lack of workforce diversity (racking last among 15 benchmark cities) during this segment from the March 27’s version of “NightTalk: Get To the Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel. Included on the GTTP Panel this week are Bill Flanagan (Allegheny Conference), Melanie Harrington (Vibrant Pittsburgh), and Doug Heuck (Pittsburgh Today).

 

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WATCH: McAllister Talks Poverty and Perceptions with Marc Lamont Hill on Huff Post Live

In Video on November 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm
HuffPost Live Nov 8 2013

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It’s easy to judge poor people who break their budgets to purchase designer items. Is it a symbol of a bigger problem in our society?

NEW YORK CITY (November 8, 2013) – (Courtesy HuffPost Live) It’s easy to judge poor people who break their budgets to purchase designer items. But bridging the class divide is difficult in America, and as Tressie McMillan Cottom notes, status symbols are needed to get across.

Originally aired on November 8, 2013

Hosted by: Marc Lamont Hill

Guests:

Tressie McMillan Cottom @tressiemcphd (Atlanta, GA) PhD Candidate, Laney Graduate School, Emory University

Lenny McAllister @Lennymcallister (Chicago, IL) Former Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois)

Danielle Cadet @dbcadet (New York, NY) Editor of HuffPost Black Voices

Errol Louis @errollouis (New York City, NY) Political Anchor, NY1 News

 

Click HERE to watch the show on HuffPost Live or click the picture above.

 

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LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (October 22, 2013)

In Audio on October 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm
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Why the unemployment numbers are troubling to us, but the African-American unemployment rate should be troubling to all of us

 

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (October 22, 2013) –PODCAST TOPIC: If the latest unemployment numbers are troubling to us, why the African-American employment numbers should be particularly troubling to all of us.

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.

 

McAllister Statement on the Fiscal Cliff Deal and President Obama’s Remarks (January 1 2013)

In Lenny for Congress, Speeches on January 2, 2013 at 1:24 am
President Obama addresses the nation after the fiscal cliff deal was reached by a vote in the House of Representatives. Read Lenny McAllister's statement on the current deal and its impact on the nation.

President Obama addresses the nation after the fiscal cliff deal was reached by a vote in the House of Representatives. Read Lenny McAllister’s statement on the current deal and its impact on the nation.

WASHINGTON, DC (January 1, 2013) — Lenny McAllister, upon hearing President Obama’s remarks concerning the completion of the fiscal cliff negotiations tonight, issued the following statement:

 

“It is with a sense of national relief and political disappointment that we watch the end result of the fiscal cliff negotiations: an agreement in place that raises taxes on all Americans, raises income taxes on some Americans, and further raises anxiety about America’s spending problems. Increases to spending that add trillions to the nation debt should not be the result of a negotiation that was designed to address America’s ongoing deficit woes as well as our spending problems.

 

“Tonight is not a congratulatory moment, nor is it a cause for celebration. Instead, we watched collectively as a nation as we witnessed yet again the failures from political stubbornness, a reality in status quo partisanship that yields the low levels of confidence Americans have in government and even lower approval ratings our countrymen give Congress today. The tone must change if we are going to reverse the trends we face as a nation.

 

“I am disappointed that President Obama, equipped with the power of renewed political capital by way of his November victory, was unable to commandeer a long-term, bi-partisan solution. Creating situations where America and her economic partners around the world will have more opportunities to watch beltway bickering under another grueling deadline a few mere months away is not leadership that instills confidence during rocky times, especially when the threatening problems of spending and sequestration still loom on the immediate horizon.

 

“Once again, we heard from President Obama a limiting vision, one that focuses too much on economic investment and spending coming from the American federal government, not from the innovative American people. We need legislative solutions that empower both the American middle class through tax policy and our private sector of potential innovators, future business leaders, and resource investors through legislative encouragement so that we can turn around this economy effectively. Policies that focus primarily on increased taxing and spending simply will not be enough to defeat the economic crisis that everyday Americans have faced for years now. We need policies that encourage investment and innovation that stem from a diversity of sources, in a plethora of arrangements and partnerships, which spans the diversity that makes us the strongest and most talented nation the world has ever seen. If President Obama is serious about moving forward (as his re-election campaign slogan suggested), we must move past the notion in Washington that government will lead us out of these economic woes through increased taxing and spending – and we must move past this notion quickly for the sake of struggling Americans, working together as one big team.

 

“Happy New Year to America with the hopes of doing better as a nation, from Washington, DC to the four corners of the country. May God bless you 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 seeking office in Illinois’ vacant 2nd Congressional District seat.

For more information, go to LennyForCongress.com or call 773-492-0509.

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McAllister Statement on the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

In Articles, Lenny for Congress, Speeches on January 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm
The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect January 1, 1863. Read Lenny McAllister's call to action 150 years later.

The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect January 1, 1863. Read Lenny McAllister’s call to action 150 years later.

CHICAGO (January 1, 2013) — Lenny McAllister, upon the national remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued the following statement:

 

“150 years ago, on January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, through a move wrought by wartime shrewdness and political courage, officially declared freedom for Black people in America that were suffering the inhumane and inconceivable horrors of daily life as slaves in the American South. By enacting this noble move, President Lincoln showed both tactical expertise for the sake of reuniting the nation and visionary leadership for the sake of its future. With a stroke of the pen, President Lincoln both freed Black people from over 200 years of its shared agony while freeing our nation from decades of moral decay and interstate contention. In essence, the nation forged a new path on January 1, 1863 with the bold move for the sake of improving the quality of life within the United States of America for all.

 

“Now, we stand together, gathered at our own moment in time. Just as Lincoln watched the horrors of war, cultural divide, inhumanity, and hopelessness impact the land that he loved, we look over a divided country that is being torn apart by political squabbling, cultural divisiveness, generational poverty, and anxiety concerning the ongoing negative trends of violence, unemployment, and educational deficiencies. 150 years later, we are called – through the power of words, the steps of a movement, and perhaps the stroke of a pen – to be historic ourselves. We are called to join President Lincoln in the same American quest that he continued with the Emancipation Proclamation: to seek justice in order to form a more perfect union where all men are created equal; to secure the pathways where all Americans are capable of pursuing happiness through liberty; and to enact, whenever necessary, a new resurgence of freedom so that the ideals of this great nation – self-governance and freedom for the people, by the people – shall never perish from the earth.

 

“Therefore, we come in remembrance of President Lincoln’s noble act, but we move onward remembering that his work shall be incomplete if we are insufficient in our efforts starting January 1, 2013. In 1863, Lincoln was called to grant freedom from chattel slavery. Today, we are called to facilitate freedom from economic poverty, political depravity, societal alienation, and educational deficiencies.

 

“We are called to free children bound by the societal limitations of inadequate educational channels, inadequate employment opportunities, and inadequate levels of public safety. We are called to free government by the people from the partisan gridlock and philosophical rigidity that forces too many leaders to forget that we are a nation of diversity across the millions, where our strength is in our freedom and the power within our numbers. We are called to free Americans from the restrictive mindset that what we see today – from our inner-city ghettos to the poor of rural America – is how conditions will always remain. We are called to emancipate modern-day America from the binds that hold us back in the 21st century. We are called to break these binds, some self-created and some from years past, just as Lincoln did 150 years ago.

 

“Today, I commit personally to being visionary enough to see a better reality past the economic, political, and societal carnage we see before us now, just as Lincoln did 150 years ago. Today, I commit personally to being courageous enough to find solutions that make sense for today and empower our communities for tomorrow. Today, I commit personally to being focused enough to see a more perfect union as of now, past our previous disagreements or points of contention. I believe that there are plenty of Americans that will honor President Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation with their personal commitments to a better America starting today as well. I welcome us to celebrate Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, not just by looking back on the significance of that moment 150 years ago, but also through keeping daily remembrance of the significance of this moment today for the sake of the next 150 years of this wonderful nation. I look forward to doing so, together, as One Big Team.

 

“May God watch over us all in 2013 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 seeking office in Illinois’ vacant 2nd Congressional District seat.

For more information, go to LennyForCongress.com or call 773-492-0509.

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READ: McAllister Op-Ed on Tackling Poverty (Orlando Sentinel)

In Articles, Lenny for Congress on December 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

Orlando Sentinel (edit)

ORLANDO, FL (December 14, 2012) –  “One…goal — and thus, one such choice — is the need to fill the hole of poverty that too many Americans are falling into. Merely hoping to maintain the patches that satisfy needs of the moment, not heal our society, is not good enough. It is true: These fine Americans need aid to survive their daily challenges. Charities help them do so…However, these Americans’ primary goal — as is ours collectively — is to achieve the American dream. Charities can do only so much to aid that purpose. Economic, educational and employment stability are the only avenues to make self-perpetuating prosperity a staple in more Americans’ lives.”

US Congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (Illinois, 2nd District) was featured as an op-ed writer in the Friday edition of the Orlando Sentinel, the primary newspaper of the Orlando metropolitan area and a publication managed by the Chicago Tribune. His piece, “Growth Incentives are More Important to Heal Society”, can be found HERE

“Americans who donate resources at a high level must be encouraged to place as many tax-free resources as possible into eradicating problems that cause long-term poverty for many Americans in the 21st century: ongoing failures in our education system, an outlook of shortages of doctors and nurses, and an inability to innovate at the rate we previously had for decades.

“‘Economic patriotism’” cannot be defined as providing charitable contributions while sitting on much-needed investment capital for growth, as we have seen with some financial institutions and private entities since 2008. It must be defined with an environment where re-strengthening America involves a thoughtful direction of resources that fill the gap between struggling Americans and their potential.”

 

Read more by Lenny McAllister by visiting the <SPEECHES> section of www.LennyMcAllister.com

 

Lenny McAllister for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District: #OneBigTeam