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Al Sharpton is angry his taxes pay for Jefferson Memorial then Twitter hits him with brutal fact check – TheBlaze.com

In the debate on the place of confederate statues in American society, liberal political commentator Al Sharpton is firmly on the side of: absolutely nowhere.

He made that abundantly clear during a recent interview with PBS Charlie Rose.

During his interview with Rose, Sharpton said that he doesnt want his tax dollars to support monuments honoring even men who owned slaves. Specifically, he mentioned the monstrous Thomas Jefferson memorial in Washington D.C.

This is personal to us. My great grandfather was a slave in South Carolina, Sharpton said. People need to understand that people were enslaved.

Because his family was a victim of slavery, Sharpton said his tax dollars shouldnt be forced to support an image of what he feels is oppression.

Public monuments [to people like Jefferson] are supported by public funds, Sharpton said. Youre asking me to subsidize the insult to my family.

Instead of placing them prominently in society, Sharpton suggested the monuments be placed in private museums.

After the interview aired, people were quick to point out the hypocrisy of Sharptons comments. He doesnt want his money to go to these monuments, yet he is notoriously known for owing millions to the Internal Revenue Service.

How can he complain when he doesnt pay his taxes?

Its understandable to not want your hard-earned money to support things that you dont agree with or support. But its a bit rich coming from Sharpton who, after all, advocates the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, the nations largest provider of abortions.

Double standard much, Al?

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Q&A By Adelle M. Banks | August 17, 2017

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks with local African-American clergy members on Aug. 8, 2017, in Woodlawn, Md. Sharpton addressed Baltimore’s upswing in violence and urged clergy in attendance to participate in the Thousand Ministers March from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., which will take place Aug. 28. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(RNS) The Rev. Al Sharpton says his thousand-minister march is all the more urgent now than when he began planning it months ago.

The Pentecostal-turned-Baptist minister says the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., has sparked more interest and a greater need for clergy of many faiths to speak up at the march set for Aug. 28, the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The march will begin at the Washington memorial honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and end at Justice Department offices to protest increased hate crimes, discrimination and mass incarceration.

The 62-year-old president of the National Action Network, a predominantly black, Christian organization, talked with RNS about his plans. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Charlottesville was a very startling and repulsive reminder to us of the issue of hate and the issue of racism and anti-Semitism that is still alive and practiced in the country. It seems now to have been revived and, in many ways, given moral equivalency with those that protested by the president of the United States. We need a president thats clear that anti-Semitism and hatred and the kind of public display of bigotry that we saw is unacceptable.

We had already called for 1,000 ministers of all faiths Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim to meet at Kings memorial and march to the Justice Department, saying we do not want to see the moral authority of Dr. Kings dream undermined no matter who the president. And weve had several hundred ministers already sign. After Charlottesville happened and then the presidents reaction it has intensified and were getting calls from all kinds of ministers from all faiths saying we must make a statement.

Our hope is that when you looked at those Nazis carrying torches talking aboutYou will not replace us, we can contrast that with rabbis linking arms with Baptist ministers and Muslims marching in the spirit of Dr. King. They went to Robert E. Lees monument. Were going to Kings monument and marching to the Justice Department. I heard growing up that the best way to expose a dirty glass is put a clean glass next to it. Faith leaders must stand up and show a dignified, nonviolent way.

Our security concerns have grown cause we always now have to be concerned about whether some people will try and do a counter thing Im talking about from the right. I get up every day facing death threats. Thats normal when youre high-profile. So our security concerns increase although weve had no direct threats.

As Ive talked to a lot of the ministers that have called and joined in now, a lot of them said that, yes, we always agreed with the idea of a march but I think we didnt understand the urgency until we saw that footage on Saturday night. I think what that has done is brought back, into everyones living room, why we need to keep marching. This is much worse than we thought in terms of a spirit of hate and immorality.

RELATED: We Shall Not Be Moved marchers honor King, fight fear of Trump

This one is for faith leaders. Weve only asked for ministers. Now, others might come but it will be led by and the program will be rabbis, clergy members of the various parts of Christendom, Muslims and Hindus. Because we want to make a statement that hundreds of faith leaders came to Washington on the day of Dr. Kings dream. That is a big difference from us bringing tens of thousands of people we want to make a clear statement from the moral and the faith leaders of this country.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, founder of the National Action Network, joins other civil rights leaders at the front of the We Shall Not Be Moved march in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14, 2017, ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Dont forget Dr. Kings organization was named the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was very specific that it was religious-based and National Action Network is that as well. Weve not heard from the faith community in a very public, united way and thats the difference this march is.

It gives hope that there are people that are willing to stand up. Weve gone through rough periods in our history before and faith leaders leadus through. What do we remember about the 60s? We remember when Rabbi (Abraham Joshua) Heschel joined Dr. King in Selma. We remember how it was a rabbi that was the speaker right before Dr. King at the March on Washington. When we all started coming together and raised the high moral questions, it set the climate for change. And you will always have other things going on, but when people know that those whom they go to on their Sabbath to get guidance are standing up, it brings it to another dimension. And I think it is extremely important that we do this, particularly at this time.

I think that theyve got to get into the community. Theyve got to get into the schools. Theyve got to get into the local gatherings, the town halls, the planning board meetings. And weve got to beat back this spirit of hate. Weve got to go and do the work. Faith without works is a dead thing, the Bible says. And I want to lay that challenge out at the march: Weve got to come off our pulpits and out of our cathedrals and save the soul of this nation.

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

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Al Sharpton calls on Cuomo donor Daniel Loeb to resign after racially-charged comments – New York Daily News

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The Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday vowed to raise hell until hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb steps down as chairman of the Success Academy charter school board.

Loeb has come under fire for posting racist comments about the Democratic leader of the state Senate.

Loeb should not only resign as the chairman of the Success Academy, if he does not resign, then we will be moving NAN to say that they should not be receiving anymore public funds as long as he chairs that board, Sharpton said from the headquarters of his National Action Network in Harlem.

Loeb on Thursday wrote that Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers, has done more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.

Sharpton was unequivocal in how he sees the situation.

To equate those that you may disagree with in the education debate with those that lynched us, killed us, raped and maimed us, and to do it on a day that white supremacists are marching in Charlottesville, is the epitome of insult, Sharpton said.

The civil rights leader said that he is working with others to organize a picket outside Success Academys lower Manhattan headquarters until Loeb is booted from the board.

Loeb could not be reached for comment, but Success Academy officials said on Friday he was not going anywhere. Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz said that an apology for these comments was appropriate and absolutely necessary.

Loeb, in his since-deleted post, also wrote that he backs those who stand for educational choice and support charter funding that leads to economic mobility and opportunity for poor knack kids.

Knack appeared to be a typo for black.

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Rev Al Sharpton & East Orange City Council To Lead Love And Not-Hate March – Look To The Stars

Long before the tragic murders that shattered their peace occurred, Deborah and Dy-Shawn Simpkins were committed to providing kids with alternatives to street violence via their after-school and day care programs.

For over 15 years the couple has supported upwards of 650 youth through these services. Despite their devoted efforts, a senseless act of violence took the lives of their own son, Dy-Shawn Simpkins Jr., 18, along with their nephew Kee-Ayre Griffin, 29, who were killed in a triple shooting in East Orange. The senseless murders interrupted the promising lives of Simpkins, Jr with his athletic career at Norfolk State University; and of Griffin a former student athlete at Temple University.

Now everyone is asked to participate in a march with the core message the Love and Not Hate March & Movement. Organized by Simpkinss own nonprofit of seven years, the GAP Program (Gang Alternative Program), and other nonprofits collectively known as Community United As One. The group, along with the title sponsor, East Orange City Council, will use the march as a kickoff to an annual event that brings awareness to the ongoing violence epidemic.

Part of the march will culminate in a musical segment where Dy-Shawn Simpkins, Sr. will perform the song, Seeds in the Field that he recorded with his son before the tragedy. To bring enlightenment to the march, Al Sharpton has been invited to join the Simpkins on a lineup of pastors and political luminaries that include: Ted Green Council President and newly elected Mayor of East Orange, NJ, Reverend Timothy Huff, Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, and Pastor Jerry Smith. Set to host the event is rap icon Vinnie Brown aka Uncle Vinnie from Grammy award winning hip hop trio Naughty by Nature.

The march will commence on Saturday, August 12th at 8:00 am with the start beginning at Hollywood Ave & Central Ave in East Orange, NJ. The march ends at Oval Park in East Orange, NJ. From there, all will celebrate the Community United As One day to bring about awareness from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm with events, music, food, youth activities, vendors, sports, back to school giveaways and more! Updates will be made via Simpkins social media accounts.

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Al Sharpton: ‘Progressives’ are shortchanging African Americans again. – USA TODAY

Al Sharpton, Opinion contributor Published 5:00 a.m. ET Aug. 9, 2017 | Updated 1:24 p.m. ET Aug. 10, 2017

Hillary Clinton in 2016.(Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)

When Jesse Jackson ran for president during the 1980s, as when I ran in 2004, there were progressives in America just like there are today. Those progressives were well-meaning individuals and politicians who shared our views and strongly believed in what we believed in. Despite this progressive political presence, our presidential campaigns were so important and necessary because the voices of black, brown and poorer white voters were not heard by the elites in American politics and government. Our agendas were not getting carried out. There was a great deal of talk back then, but no real action. That same dynamic holds true today.

The press speaks a great deal about the supposed fact that the Democratic base is riled up and activated by the state of play in America. This assessment ignores the most important segment of that base: the African-American voter. We are not motivated by anyone right now. While Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., did a remarkable job in the 2016 presidential primaries and went further than anyone thought possible, he did so without the African-American vote, losing among African-American voters by more than 50 percentage points.

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While that progressive coalition purported to speak forthe African-American voter, it did not talk toAfrican Americans. The so-called Hillary Clinton base of the party, while crushing Sanders, attracted substantially fewer black voters to turn out than in recent presidential primaries. And in the general election, with Clinton running against a novice, the black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling 7 percentage points compared with2012. Arguably, that disinterested black vote cost Clinton the presidency.

It would be unfair to claim that leaders like Clinton and Sanders do not care about issues that are important to people of color. They do. However, it is equally inaccurate to claim that the current progressive movement is fueling African-American participation or interest in our political process. It is not. Blacks largely sit on the sidelines while the game of politics is being played around us. In the post-Obama era, there is the sense Democrats feel that people of color African Americans in particular have had their chance, and that we should now take a back seat to new leadership and let them handle the politics of today. Such a sentiment is both foolhardy and wrong.

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The 21st century version of the rainbow coalition lacks vision and color. Remarkably, blacks still need to fight for a seat at the table and are too often simply stage props for allied elected leaders to make their points. Consider this: In 2016, when Sanders ran for president as a Democrat, there was oneblack chiefof staffin the Senate working for a Republican, and none forSanders or the Democrats.

Talk is not enough anymore to be on the righteous path for justice and black political participation. Nor is caring about, or sympathy over, unjust policies. An effective progressive movement is more than an intellectual exercise espousing policy goals: It requires action and results. And people of color need to be at the table in large enough numbers to help make that difference. We cannot depend upon action from well-meaning progressives or others who want to fight our fight for us. History proves that change comes too slowly when we rely on that model.

Perhaps it is time for another African-American presidential campaign to fuel black voter interest. Perhaps its time to remind people that progressive politics cannot be advanced without results and a fully vibrant rainbow of colors working to make that difference. Two things are certain: African Americans will not be taken for granted again, and progressives invite failure yet again if they try.

The Rev.Al Sharpton is president of the National Action Network.Follow him on Twitter: @TheRevAl

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Rev. Al Sharpton stirs support in Baltimore for the thousand ministers march – Baltimore Sun

The Rev. Al Sharpton visited Maryland Tuesday to drum up support for a march on Washington planned for the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s I Have A Dream speech.

Sharpton addressed about 60 faith leaders at the Radio One building in Woodlawn, and made a personal appeal that they attend the One Thousand Ministers March for Justice on Aug. 28.

Yall are right here in Baltimore, yall are an hour away from the King memorial, and youre a city under consent decree, said the civil rights leader. Yall have more reason than most to stand up as faith leaders.

No one left the event without signing up, said Ebonie Riley, DC Bureau Chief of the National Action Network, which is convening the march. The Baltimore-area clergy will join a couple thousand other faith leaders of all denominations as they go from the Martin Luther King memorial to the Department of Justice.

The world needs to see that 1,000 ministers went to Washington on the anniversary of Kings dream to raise the dream to this administration, Sharpton said. Were not coming to call folks names were faith leaders. Were coming to exult the dream.

The march will focus on voting rights, healthcare access, criminal justice reform and economic justice. Organizers say they want to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions accountable for recent spikes in hate crimes and discrimination.

Weve made a lot of progress over the last 50 years, Sharpton said. We can not allow that to be turned around.

Issues faced by Baltimore are at the center of what the march is about, Sharpton said. He said the city was targeted by the administration early when Sessions questioned the consent decree between the city and justice department, which mandated broad police reforms.

Baltimore must help lead this, because your city is one of the critical points of reference of how were seeing a retreat of civil rights in this country, he said.

In April, Sessions said in a statement that while he supports reform, he has “grave concerns that some provisions of this decree will reduce the lawful powers of the police department and result in a less safe city.” He said the agreement was rushed by the previous administration.

Sharpton also addressed the historic level of gun violence in Baltimore, which has seen more than 200 homicides so far this year. He commended organizers of last weekends ceasefire efforts, which encouraged everyone in the city to go 72-hours without killing anybody.

The Rev. Arnetha Bowens, a chaplain with the Baltimore police department, said shes attending the march because youre either part of the problem or youre part of the solution.

Our land is in need of healing theres too much strife and too much division, she said. We really need everyone to come together to make a difference.

For Bishop William Hawthorne of West Baltimore, the march is an important way to show he is against the rollback of rights afforded to people of color.

The people need to be given that reinforcement of the moral compass we have lost due to our political echelon, he said.

Sharpton agreed that it was important for children to see their faith leaders marching.

Jesus was not in the church, he said. He was in the streets.

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Rev Al Sharpton & East Orange City Council to Lead the Love and Not-Hate March in East Orange, NJ – PR Newswire (press release)

EAST ORANGE, N.J., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Long before the tragic murders that shattered their peace occurred, Deborah and Dy-Shawn Simpkins were committed to providing kids with alternatives to street violence via their after-school and day care programs.For over 15 years the couple has supported upwards of 650 youth through these services. Despite their devoted efforts, a senseless act of violence took the lives of their own son, Dy-Shawn Simpkins Jr., 18, along with their nephew Kee-Ayre Griffin, 29, who were killed in a triple shooting in East Orange. The senseless murders interrupted the promising lives of Simpkins, Jrwith his athletic career at Norfolk State University; and of Griffina former student athlete at Temple University.

Now everyone is asked to participate in a march with the core messagethe Love and Not Hate March & Movement. Organized by Simpkins’s own nonprofit of seven years, the GAP Program (Gang Alternative Program), and other nonprofits collectively known as Community United As One. The group, along with the title sponsor, East Orange City Council, will use the march as a kickoff to an annual event that brings awareness to the ongoing violence epidemic.

Part of the march will culminate in a musical segment where Dy-Shawn Simpkins, Sr. will perform the song, “Seeds in the Field” that he recorded with his son before the tragedy. To bring enlightenment to the march, Al Sharpton has been invited to join the Simpkins on a lineup of pastors and political luminaries that include: Ted Green Council President and newly elected Mayor of East Orange, NJ, Reverend Timothy Huff, Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, and Pastor Jerry Smith. Set to host the event is rap icon Vinnie Brown aka Uncle Vinnie from Grammy award winning hip hop trio Naughty by Nature.

The march will commence on Saturday, August 12that 8:00 am with the start beginning at Hollywood Ave & Central Ave in East Orange, NJ. The march ends at Oval Park in East Orange, NJ. From there, all will celebrate the Community United As One day to bring about awareness from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm with events, music, food, youth activities, vendors, sports, back to school giveaways and more! Updates will be made via Simpkins’ social media accounts (https://www.facebook.com/deacondondydy.simpkins).

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Sharpton Panel on MSNBC Frets Over Trump ‘Killing the Dream’ of Martin Luther King – NewsBusters (press release) (blog)


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Sharpton takes on Trump, fellow blacks at Macon church – The Telegraph


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Inequality, President Donald Trump, religion and Martin Luther King Jr. were among topics of a speech delivered by Rev. Al Sharpton at a Macon church Thursday evening. The civil rights activist spoke before a crowd of about 250, reminding them of what …
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Al Sharpton is angry his taxes pay for Jefferson Memorial then Twitter hits him with brutal fact check – TheBlaze.com

In the debate on the place of confederate statues in American society, liberal political commentator Al Sharpton is firmly on the side of: absolutely nowhere. He made that abundantly clear during a recent interview with PBS Charlie Rose. During his interview with Rose, Sharpton said that he doesnt want his tax dollars to support monuments honoring even men who owned slaves. Specifically, he mentioned the monstrous Thomas Jefferson memorial in Washington D.C. This is personal to us. My great grandfather was a slave in South Carolina, Sharpton said. People need to understand that people were enslaved. Because his family was a victim of slavery, Sharpton said his tax dollars shouldnt be forced to support an image of what he feels is oppression. Public monuments [to people like Jefferson] are supported by public funds, Sharpton said. Youre asking me to subsidize the insult to my family. Instead of placing them prominently in society, Sharpton suggested the monuments be placed in private museums. After the interview aired, people were quick to point out the hypocrisy of Sharptons comments. He doesnt want his money to go to these monuments, yet he is notoriously known for owing millions to the Internal Revenue Service. How can he complain when he doesnt pay his taxes? Its understandable to not want your hard-earned money to support things that you dont agree with or support. But its a bit rich coming from Sharpton who, after all, advocates the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, the nations largest provider of abortions. Double standard much, Al?

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Q&A By Adelle M. Banks | August 17, 2017 The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks with local African-American clergy members on Aug. 8, 2017, in Woodlawn, Md. Sharpton addressed Baltimore’s upswing in violence and urged clergy in attendance to participate in the Thousand Ministers March from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., which will take place Aug. 28. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (RNS) The Rev. Al Sharpton says his thousand-minister march is all the more urgent now than when he began planning it months ago. The Pentecostal-turned-Baptist minister says the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., has sparked more interest and a greater need for clergy of many faiths to speak up at the march set for Aug. 28, the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington. The march will begin at the Washington memorial honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and end at Justice Department offices to protest increased hate crimes, discrimination and mass incarceration. The 62-year-old president of the National Action Network, a predominantly black, Christian organization, talked with RNS about his plans. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Charlottesville was a very startling and repulsive reminder to us of the issue of hate and the issue of racism and anti-Semitism that is still alive and practiced in the country. It seems now to have been revived and, in many ways, given moral equivalency with those that protested by the president of the United States. We need a president thats clear that anti-Semitism and hatred and the kind of public display of bigotry that we saw is unacceptable. We had already called for 1,000 ministers of all faiths Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim to meet at Kings memorial and march to the Justice Department, saying we do not want to see the moral authority of Dr. Kings dream undermined no matter who the president. And weve had several hundred ministers already sign. After Charlottesville happened and then the presidents reaction it has intensified and were getting calls from all kinds of ministers from all faiths saying we must make a statement. Our hope is that when you looked at those Nazis carrying torches talking aboutYou will not replace us, we can contrast that with rabbis linking arms with Baptist ministers and Muslims marching in the spirit of Dr. King. They went to Robert E. Lees monument. Were going to Kings monument and marching to the Justice Department. I heard growing up that the best way to expose a dirty glass is put a clean glass next to it. Faith leaders must stand up and show a dignified, nonviolent way. Our security concerns have grown cause we always now have to be concerned about whether some people will try and do a counter thing Im talking about from the right. I get up every day facing death threats. Thats normal when youre high-profile. So our security concerns increase although weve had no direct threats. As Ive talked to a lot of the ministers that have called and joined in now, a lot of them said that, yes, we always agreed with the idea of a march but I think we didnt understand the urgency until we saw that footage on Saturday night. I think what that has done is brought back, into everyones living room, why we need to keep marching. This is much worse than we thought in terms of a spirit of hate and immorality. RELATED: We Shall Not Be Moved marchers honor King, fight fear of Trump This one is for faith leaders. Weve only asked for ministers. Now, others might come but it will be led by and the program will be rabbis, clergy members of the various parts of Christendom, Muslims and Hindus. Because we want to make a statement that hundreds of faith leaders came to Washington on the day of Dr. Kings dream. That is a big difference from us bringing tens of thousands of people we want to make a clear statement from the moral and the faith leaders of this country. The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, founder of the National Action Network, joins other civil rights leaders at the front of the We Shall Not Be Moved march in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14, 2017, ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks Dont forget Dr. Kings organization was named the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was very specific that it was religious-based and National Action Network is that as well. Weve not heard from the faith community in a very public, united way and thats the difference this march is. It gives hope that there are people that are willing to stand up. Weve gone through rough periods in our history before and faith leaders leadus through. What do we remember about the 60s? We remember when Rabbi (Abraham Joshua) Heschel joined Dr. King in Selma. We remember how it was a rabbi that was the speaker right before Dr. King at the March on Washington. When we all started coming together and raised the high moral questions, it set the climate for change. And you will always have other things going on, but when people know that those whom they go to on their Sabbath to get guidance are standing up, it brings it to another dimension. And I think it is extremely important that we do this, particularly at this time. I think that theyve got to get into the community. Theyve got to get into the schools. Theyve got to get into the local gatherings, the town halls, the planning board meetings. And weve got to beat back this spirit of hate. Weve got to go and do the work. Faith without works is a dead thing, the Bible says. And I want to lay that challenge out at the march: Weve got to come off our pulpits and out of our cathedrals and save the soul of this nation. Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

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Al Sharpton calls on Cuomo donor Daniel Loeb to resign after racially-charged comments – New York Daily News

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, August 12, 2017, 7:24 PM The Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday vowed to raise hell until hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb steps down as chairman of the Success Academy charter school board. Loeb has come under fire for posting racist comments about the Democratic leader of the state Senate. Loeb should not only resign as the chairman of the Success Academy, if he does not resign, then we will be moving NAN to say that they should not be receiving anymore public funds as long as he chairs that board, Sharpton said from the headquarters of his National Action Network in Harlem. Loeb on Thursday wrote that Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers, has done more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood. Sharpton was unequivocal in how he sees the situation. To equate those that you may disagree with in the education debate with those that lynched us, killed us, raped and maimed us, and to do it on a day that white supremacists are marching in Charlottesville, is the epitome of insult, Sharpton said. The civil rights leader said that he is working with others to organize a picket outside Success Academys lower Manhattan headquarters until Loeb is booted from the board. Loeb could not be reached for comment, but Success Academy officials said on Friday he was not going anywhere. Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz said that an apology for these comments was appropriate and absolutely necessary. Loeb, in his since-deleted post, also wrote that he backs those who stand for educational choice and support charter funding that leads to economic mobility and opportunity for poor knack kids. Knack appeared to be a typo for black.

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Rev Al Sharpton & East Orange City Council To Lead Love And Not-Hate March – Look To The Stars

Long before the tragic murders that shattered their peace occurred, Deborah and Dy-Shawn Simpkins were committed to providing kids with alternatives to street violence via their after-school and day care programs. For over 15 years the couple has supported upwards of 650 youth through these services. Despite their devoted efforts, a senseless act of violence took the lives of their own son, Dy-Shawn Simpkins Jr., 18, along with their nephew Kee-Ayre Griffin, 29, who were killed in a triple shooting in East Orange. The senseless murders interrupted the promising lives of Simpkins, Jr with his athletic career at Norfolk State University; and of Griffin a former student athlete at Temple University. Now everyone is asked to participate in a march with the core message the Love and Not Hate March & Movement. Organized by Simpkinss own nonprofit of seven years, the GAP Program (Gang Alternative Program), and other nonprofits collectively known as Community United As One. The group, along with the title sponsor, East Orange City Council, will use the march as a kickoff to an annual event that brings awareness to the ongoing violence epidemic. Part of the march will culminate in a musical segment where Dy-Shawn Simpkins, Sr. will perform the song, Seeds in the Field that he recorded with his son before the tragedy. To bring enlightenment to the march, Al Sharpton has been invited to join the Simpkins on a lineup of pastors and political luminaries that include: Ted Green Council President and newly elected Mayor of East Orange, NJ, Reverend Timothy Huff, Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, and Pastor Jerry Smith. Set to host the event is rap icon Vinnie Brown aka Uncle Vinnie from Grammy award winning hip hop trio Naughty by Nature. The march will commence on Saturday, August 12th at 8:00 am with the start beginning at Hollywood Ave & Central Ave in East Orange, NJ. The march ends at Oval Park in East Orange, NJ. From there, all will celebrate the Community United As One day to bring about awareness from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm with events, music, food, youth activities, vendors, sports, back to school giveaways and more! Updates will be made via Simpkins social media accounts.

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Al Sharpton: ‘Progressives’ are shortchanging African Americans again. – USA TODAY

Al Sharpton, Opinion contributor Published 5:00 a.m. ET Aug. 9, 2017 | Updated 1:24 p.m. ET Aug. 10, 2017 Hillary Clinton in 2016.(Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP) When Jesse Jackson ran for president during the 1980s, as when I ran in 2004, there were progressives in America just like there are today. Those progressives were well-meaning individuals and politicians who shared our views and strongly believed in what we believed in. Despite this progressive political presence, our presidential campaigns were so important and necessary because the voices of black, brown and poorer white voters were not heard by the elites in American politics and government. Our agendas were not getting carried out. There was a great deal of talk back then, but no real action. That same dynamic holds true today. The press speaks a great deal about the supposed fact that the Democratic base is riled up and activated by the state of play in America. This assessment ignores the most important segment of that base: the African-American voter. We are not motivated by anyone right now. While Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., did a remarkable job in the 2016 presidential primaries and went further than anyone thought possible, he did so without the African-American vote, losing among African-American voters by more than 50 percentage points. More: Democratic ‘Better Deal’ robs from the future More: Rep. David Cicilline: A Better Deal is a bold agenda While that progressive coalition purported to speak forthe African-American voter, it did not talk toAfrican Americans. The so-called Hillary Clinton base of the party, while crushing Sanders, attracted substantially fewer black voters to turn out than in recent presidential primaries. And in the general election, with Clinton running against a novice, the black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling 7 percentage points compared with2012. Arguably, that disinterested black vote cost Clinton the presidency. It would be unfair to claim that leaders like Clinton and Sanders do not care about issues that are important to people of color. They do. However, it is equally inaccurate to claim that the current progressive movement is fueling African-American participation or interest in our political process. It is not. Blacks largely sit on the sidelines while the game of politics is being played around us. In the post-Obama era, there is the sense Democrats feel that people of color African Americans in particular have had their chance, and that we should now take a back seat to new leadership and let them handle the politics of today. Such a sentiment is both foolhardy and wrong. More: Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department goes after affirmative action’s institutional racism POLICING THE USA: A look atrace, justice, media The 21st century version of the rainbow coalition lacks vision and color. Remarkably, blacks still need to fight for a seat at the table and are too often simply stage props for allied elected leaders to make their points. Consider this: In 2016, when Sanders ran for president as a Democrat, there was oneblack chiefof staffin the Senate working for a Republican, and none forSanders or the Democrats. Talk is not enough anymore to be on the righteous path for justice and black political participation. Nor is caring about, or sympathy over, unjust policies. An effective progressive movement is more than an intellectual exercise espousing policy goals: It requires action and results. And people of color need to be at the table in large enough numbers to help make that difference. We cannot depend upon action from well-meaning progressives or others who want to fight our fight for us. History proves that change comes too slowly when we rely on that model. Perhaps it is time for another African-American presidential campaign to fuel black voter interest. Perhaps its time to remind people that progressive politics cannot be advanced without results and a fully vibrant rainbow of colors working to make that difference. Two things are certain: African Americans will not be taken for granted again, and progressives invite failure yet again if they try. The Rev.Al Sharpton is president of the National Action Network.Follow him on Twitter: @TheRevAl You can read diverse opinions from ourBoard of Contributorsand other writers on theOpinion front page, on Twitter@USATOpinionand in our dailyOpinion newsletter. To respond to a column, submit a comment to letters@usatoday.com. Read or Share this story: https://usat.ly/2uoaiSL

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Rev. Al Sharpton stirs support in Baltimore for the thousand ministers march – Baltimore Sun

The Rev. Al Sharpton visited Maryland Tuesday to drum up support for a march on Washington planned for the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s I Have A Dream speech. Sharpton addressed about 60 faith leaders at the Radio One building in Woodlawn, and made a personal appeal that they attend the One Thousand Ministers March for Justice on Aug. 28. Yall are right here in Baltimore, yall are an hour away from the King memorial, and youre a city under consent decree, said the civil rights leader. Yall have more reason than most to stand up as faith leaders. No one left the event without signing up, said Ebonie Riley, DC Bureau Chief of the National Action Network, which is convening the march. The Baltimore-area clergy will join a couple thousand other faith leaders of all denominations as they go from the Martin Luther King memorial to the Department of Justice. The world needs to see that 1,000 ministers went to Washington on the anniversary of Kings dream to raise the dream to this administration, Sharpton said. Were not coming to call folks names were faith leaders. Were coming to exult the dream. The march will focus on voting rights, healthcare access, criminal justice reform and economic justice. Organizers say they want to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions accountable for recent spikes in hate crimes and discrimination. Weve made a lot of progress over the last 50 years, Sharpton said. We can not allow that to be turned around. Issues faced by Baltimore are at the center of what the march is about, Sharpton said. He said the city was targeted by the administration early when Sessions questioned the consent decree between the city and justice department, which mandated broad police reforms. Baltimore must help lead this, because your city is one of the critical points of reference of how were seeing a retreat of civil rights in this country, he said. In April, Sessions said in a statement that while he supports reform, he has “grave concerns that some provisions of this decree will reduce the lawful powers of the police department and result in a less safe city.” He said the agreement was rushed by the previous administration. Sharpton also addressed the historic level of gun violence in Baltimore, which has seen more than 200 homicides so far this year. He commended organizers of last weekends ceasefire efforts, which encouraged everyone in the city to go 72-hours without killing anybody. The Rev. Arnetha Bowens, a chaplain with the Baltimore police department, said shes attending the march because youre either part of the problem or youre part of the solution. Our land is in need of healing theres too much strife and too much division, she said. We really need everyone to come together to make a difference. For Bishop William Hawthorne of West Baltimore, the march is an important way to show he is against the rollback of rights afforded to people of color. The people need to be given that reinforcement of the moral compass we have lost due to our political echelon, he said. Sharpton agreed that it was important for children to see their faith leaders marching. Jesus was not in the church, he said. He was in the streets. trichman@baltsun.com twitter.com/TaliRichman

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Rev Al Sharpton & East Orange City Council to Lead the Love and Not-Hate March in East Orange, NJ – PR Newswire (press release)

EAST ORANGE, N.J., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Long before the tragic murders that shattered their peace occurred, Deborah and Dy-Shawn Simpkins were committed to providing kids with alternatives to street violence via their after-school and day care programs.For over 15 years the couple has supported upwards of 650 youth through these services. Despite their devoted efforts, a senseless act of violence took the lives of their own son, Dy-Shawn Simpkins Jr., 18, along with their nephew Kee-Ayre Griffin, 29, who were killed in a triple shooting in East Orange. The senseless murders interrupted the promising lives of Simpkins, Jrwith his athletic career at Norfolk State University; and of Griffina former student athlete at Temple University. Now everyone is asked to participate in a march with the core messagethe Love and Not Hate March & Movement. Organized by Simpkins’s own nonprofit of seven years, the GAP Program (Gang Alternative Program), and other nonprofits collectively known as Community United As One. The group, along with the title sponsor, East Orange City Council, will use the march as a kickoff to an annual event that brings awareness to the ongoing violence epidemic. Part of the march will culminate in a musical segment where Dy-Shawn Simpkins, Sr. will perform the song, “Seeds in the Field” that he recorded with his son before the tragedy. To bring enlightenment to the march, Al Sharpton has been invited to join the Simpkins on a lineup of pastors and political luminaries that include: Ted Green Council President and newly elected Mayor of East Orange, NJ, Reverend Timothy Huff, Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, and Pastor Jerry Smith. Set to host the event is rap icon Vinnie Brown aka Uncle Vinnie from Grammy award winning hip hop trio Naughty by Nature. The march will commence on Saturday, August 12that 8:00 am with the start beginning at Hollywood Ave & Central Ave in East Orange, NJ. The march ends at Oval Park in East Orange, NJ. From there, all will celebrate the Community United As One day to bring about awareness from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm with events, music, food, youth activities, vendors, sports, back to school giveaways and more! Updates will be made via Simpkins’ social media accounts (https://www.facebook.com/deacondondydy.simpkins). Contact: DoubleXXposure Media Relations www.dxxnyc.com (201) 224-6570 171397@email4pr.com View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rev-al-sharpton–east-orange-city-council-to-lead-the-love-and-not-hate-march-in-east-orange-nj-300501322.html SOURCE Deacon Dy-Shawn Simpkins

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Sharpton Panel on MSNBC Frets Over Trump ‘Killing the Dream’ of Martin Luther King – NewsBusters (press release) (blog)

NewsBusters (press release) (blog) Sharpton Panel on MSNBC Frets Over Trump 'Killing the Dream' of Martin Luther King NewsBusters (press release) (blog) On Sunday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, as Al Sharpton presided over a discussion of an upcoming march to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s role in the Civil Rights Movement, the MSNBC host fretted that President Donald Trump is “killing the dream” …

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Sharpton takes on Trump, fellow blacks at Macon church – The Telegraph

The Telegraph Sharpton takes on Trump, fellow blacks at Macon church The Telegraph Inequality, President Donald Trump, religion and Martin Luther King Jr. were among topics of a speech delivered by Rev. Al Sharpton at a Macon church Thursday evening. The civil rights activist spoke before a crowd of about 250, reminding them of what … Rev. Al Sharpton speaks in Macon 13WMAZ all 2 news articles »

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