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ICYMI: News One Now Panel Discussion (December 11 2014) with McAllister, Brown, and Jones-Deweever

In Video on January 5, 2015 at 11:12 am
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TV host Lenny McAllister (PCNC’s “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) joins Roland Martin’s panel on the Dec 11 2014 edition of “News One Now” on TV to discuss the latest rounds of protests throughout America.

Washington, DC (December 11, 2014): Roland Martin led his panel on “News One Now” (TV One) in mid-December 2014 to discuss recent protests occurring throughout the United States. Martin interviews Rev. Jamal Bryant along with panelists Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever, Lenny McAllister, and Kim Brown.

 

Roland Martin led his panel on “News One Now” (TV One) in mid-December 2014 to discuss recent protests occurring throughout the United States. Martin interviews Rev. Jamal Bryant along with panelists Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever, Lenny McAllister, and Kim Brown.

 

Watch the clip by clicking the picture above or clicking HERE

 

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“Opening Statement” on NightTalk (November 26 2014)

In Video on November 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Nov 26, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

Catch Lenny’s “Opening Statement” on the aftermath of Ferguson, MO and the latest in mistrust between urban communities and police forces as he fills in for Ellis Cannon on the pre-Thanksgiving version of “NightTalk” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

Ferguson and the Reflection of the Legacy of Our Original Sin – and Obstacle (August 22 2014)

In Video on September 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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“Until we come to grips with the current racial disparities in perception, interaction, employment, and societal matters, we’ll meet on the streets once again in the near future…for another rounds of protests over the same resolvable issues.”

PITTSBURGH (August 22, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

“One year after the controversial not-guilty verdict freeing George Zimmerman after the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin…Ferugson, Missouri exploded after the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown…Many Americans hit the streets to protest the latest controversial death, just as they did last summer. Sadly, the protests this time echo the concerns not just for one life, but for a startling trend.

“In New York City, Eric Garnder was asphyxiated…in California, a highway patrol man was caught punching a disoriented, older black woman in the face during a pedestrian encounter…there is also the questionable shooting death of Ezell Ford at the hands of the LAPD.

“In Colorado in 2012, a killer with semi-automatic weapons makes it out of a movie theater – alive – after shooting dozens in cold-blood. In Ohio this year, a man dies in the toy section of Wal-mart with a toy gun in his hand – shot in cold blood by an officer that has a questionable past concerning justifiable homicide while on the police force. Cliven Bundy could stand off against the united states government with armed neighbors at his side. Marissa Alexander – a survivor of domestic violence – is in jail right now for arming herself against a man that previously beat her to the point of hospitalization.

“What’s the state of race relations in America, especially when police shootings of Blacks seems to be going in the wrong direction despite crime statistics generally heading in the right direction? Perhaps the questions we should be asking include: how come innocent until proven guilty applies to some citizens, while guilty until proven innocent – repeatedly – is the norm for other citizens? When some loudly proclaim citizens rights against the government, are they also actively defending the civil rights of black youth…when encountering the police? And why do we think that we can devalue each other as American citizens – and then expect Vladmir Putin, kim Jong-un, and ISIS to respect us as the military and moral leader of the world?”

Catch Lenny’s “Starting Point” concerning America’s reflections and reactions to Ferguson and other incidents of racial tension on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

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.

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (November 7, 2013)

In Audio on November 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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The ease of increased racism into the national fabric despite the tenure of an African-American president? Are racial incidents increasing over recent years?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (November 7, 2013) – PODCAST TOPIC: The Obama milestone that was passed when the glass ceiling was broken on November 4, 2008 in regards to race – and the danger we are in as a nation today if we are not mindful of the current direction

 

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.

 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (October 31 2013)

In Audio on November 1, 2013 at 10:37 am
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CLICK PICTURE FOR PODCAST: Are we dealing with a pending powder keg in American society today? Are we about to relive the 1960s in a 21st century type of way?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (October 31, 2013) – 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.

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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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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6 Months Later, Are You Still Working for #Justice4Trayvon

In Articles on September 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

At the end of 2012, do we as a nation still have the same zeal and activism in play to correct the social, political, and civic wrongs that we faced through the conversations surrounding the Trayvon Martin tragedy?

Six months after the eruption of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, are you still wearing your hoodie?

 

It is a simple question with a powerful message behind it:

 

Are you still wearing your hoodie?

 

It has been six months since the height of the outrage behind the Trayvon Martin killing and the on-again, off-again nature of arresting George Zimmerman.  It has been six months since President Obama was pressed into making a comment on the tragedy. It has been six months since former Republican presidential candidates such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum criticized Mr. Obama on his “race-baiting” comments (of course, after controversial “race-baiting” comments of their own).  It has been six months since the Rev. Al Sharpton led protests down in Florida, much to the chagrin of conservatives nationally. It has been six months since some Black Republicans articulated why more Republicans and conservatives must get involved consistently and appropriately in the struggle for civil rights (especially for minorities) if they are going to shed the label of racist and the influence of the left over a growing voting bloc.

 

Yet, all of it is in vain if, in spirit, you are not still involved.

 

Proverbially-speaking, are you still wearing your hoodie?

 

Minorities in America have faced a growing slew of issues over these past six months. The Pennsylvania Voter ID law that has become a national fixation (and quite possibly struck-down law due to its implementation) was passed in March. The explosion of youth violence and death in Chicago took fire in the spring. Black unemployment officially remains over 14% nationally, with unofficial numbers towering over that rate for Black youth and other eligible Black workers in urban communities. The Supreme Court has ruled on Arizona’s SB 1070. President Obama has handed down an executive order this summer impacting droves of Latinos living in America. We have seen some speak out about the social conditions facing Black Americans and others, from the NAACP to pro-life advocates.

 

Yet, collectively in these critical political and social times, where are we? Do we still have our hoodies on?

 

Perhaps a better question is: do we still have our ears open and our thinking caps on?

 

The amount of activism surrounding the Trayvon Martin situation – and with it, the movement to learn the nuisances and inconsistent applications of “stand your ground” laws nationally – was supposed to spark young people and others to view the situation as a game-changing event. This was supposed to be the issue that sparked a movement of Americans (notably minorities and young people) to examine our collective involvement in the political and civic arenas and elevate our contributions, hoping to improve America in the process.

 

Well, have we?

 

Has the Trayvon Martin outrage towards the skewed prism of applying justice in America gone the way of the outrage towards the misogyny in our communities, highlighted by the 2011 gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Texas? Were these stories sparks to push a movement or news stories that ginned up emotionalism without ongoing activism?

 

Has the activism around the Florida-based case been enough to get young people involved in the political process in 2012 with a full understanding that, through expressing their voices via suffrage, they impact races for district attorneys and sheriffs alike? Is the driving force from #Justice4Trayvon limited to misguided incidents of vigilante violence and voting for President Obama in order to “stick it to ‘The Man’”, or does it have a deeper understanding and obligation towards civic involvement that has taken root?

 

Catch the whole article, “Where’s Your Hoodie?” on Politic365.

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