Project 21 Members Dominate Media Discussions About ‘Black Lives Matter’

by  Jennifer Biddison
Recently the news media has been abuzz with stories about the Black Lives Matter movement and its possible connection to the recent trend of murdered police officers.  And right smack in the middle of the media discussions have been several members of our Project 21 black leadership network.

This past Friday, September 4, the Fox News Channel’s “Kelly File” held a discussion entitled “Black Lives Matter and 2016.”  Project 21 members Stacy Washington and Bishop Council Nedd II were part of the lively discussion.  For the full story, click here.

 

 

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Mr. President, Don’t Use the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act to Divide Americans

Celebrate the Achievement, Black Leadership Group Says

Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are hitting back against President Barack Obama’s use of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act to divide Americans from one another and to promote a political agenda.

The Voting Rights Act anniversary is a time for celebration, say Project 21 members, who say it was inappropriate for the President to use his speech noting the occasion to falsely accuse his political rivals of “deliberately making it harder for people to vote” and of intentionally passing “laws that aim at disenfranchising our fellow citizens.”

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/08/06/remarks-president-voting-rights-act

In fact, the Project 21 members say, efforts to reduce voter fraud protect the votes of eligible voters from being cancelled out by fraudulent votes, and no less a body than the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality, and arguably even the wisdom, of requiring IDs to vote.

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/07-21.pdf [has upheld]

The President claims identity-based voter fraud flat-out “doesn’t happen” – a claim belied by a consistent stream of voter fraud arrests and convictions nationally. (Websites archiving news stories about voter fraud can be found here and here.)

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/08/06/remarks-president-voting-rights-act [claims]

http://www.electionintegritywatch.com/be-informed/news-stories/ [here]

https://www.rnla.org/votefraud.asp [here]

Mayor Daley“President Obama has been in Chicago way too long if he thinks there is no corruption in Chicago or Illinois politics,” said Project 21 founding member Bishop Council Nedd II, Ph.D., Bishop and Rector of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Pine Grove Mills, PA. Furthermore, Bishop Nedd says, “President Obama is wrong and lying when he claims that too many states are making it too difficult for people to vote. There is no correlation between people being denied the opportunity to vote based on race, and people showing proof of identity as a way of protecting this process and right.”

http://www.nationalcenter.org/bios/P21Speakers_Nedd.html

Indeed, Project 21 members say, the Voting Rights Act was never intended to be used to prohibit commonsense anti-fraud measures.

“The purpose of the Voting Rights Act was to guarantee that all Americans — black or white — living in a given jurisdiction had a say in the selection of elected officials, and thereby influence over the laws and the policies that they are governed by. In other words, the VRA ensured self-government occurred all across the country. The VRA was never about guaranteeing a certain number of seats in the legislature or on the city council,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, an attorney and voting rights expert.

http://www.nationalcenter.org/bios/P21Speakers_Cooper.html

“Unfortunately, rather than celebrate these achievements, the White House has chosen to deny these accomplishments and to distort the purposes of the VRA,” Cooper continued. “Focusing more on quotas and racial outcomes, the administration counters the very history and rationale of the VRA. In particular, the President’s singular attack on voter ID, a critical tool for ensuring that bona fide Americans vote in U.S. elections, contradicts the history and consensus regarding the VRA.”

“Maybe President Obama should convene a summit of Americans without valid identification and invite them to the White House for a meeting with him,” added Bishop Nedd, who notes that a lack of ID is actually a humanitarian issue that goes far beyond voting, as IDs are needed to open a bank account, apply for jobs, student loans and/or public assistance, to fly anywhere for job interviews or work, or even to visit the President in the White House. Since the White House is not working to eliminate the need for IDs to participate fully in the economy or to visit our public servants, Bishop Nedd says, the President’s priority should be to make certain every citizen has an ID, not simply to make sure IDs are not needed to vote.

The Project 21 members also wonder why the President seems reluctant to acknowledge that huge progress has been made over the last 50 years.

“In the 50 years since the passage of the Voting Rights Act, America has seen a sea-change in attitudes and opportunity for citizens of all races and backgrounds,” said Horace Cooper. “Today blacks and other minorities have unprecedented ballot access that our grandparents could only have dreamed about. We’ve seen the election of the first President of color elected, along with numerous Senators, Governors and Mayors across the land.”

Furthermore, Cooper says, “During the last two election cycles several states set records for black voter participation — often exceeding the turnout levels for the general population in the process.”

Much has changed, says Bishop Nedd. “My grandfather, who was born in Maysville, South Carolina and died in 1964, never cast a vote in an election his entire life. This happened for a variety of reasons, including the fact that he was not permitted to vote, was discouraged from voting, saw the consequences of attempting to vote and, finally, became used to not voting.”

That’s wrong, but it couldn’t happen today. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, our leaders should join us in celebrating that important fact.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org). The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.

Bishop Council Nedd Introduces Sen. Rand Paul to Philadelphia

Following is Bishop Council Nedd’s Introduction of Presidential Candidate, Sen. Rand Paul

As many of you know, Ascension Day was just this past Thursday and Yesterday was Ascension Sunday. The apostles’ reactions immediately prior to the Ascension tell a significant story.  They illustrate with crystal clarity the stubbornness with which we subordinate God’s agenda to our own, and we do this without actually realizing it.  In the same way that there was a disconnect between what Christ said and what the Apostles heard… there is a similar disconnect between what our Founding Father intended and how we are interpreting it almost 250 years later.

Christ was focused on servant leadership… While those around him were interested merely in accumulating power.

Shortly you will hear from another great servant leader.

11168019_10154381801296959_5252885398440871796_nSenator Rand Paul has been a leader since arriving in Washington.  He is not a career politician.  He is a citizen legislator and surgeon who demonstrates servant leadership regularly when he uses his very little free time to perform free surgical procedures for those in need.

Our nation is at a crossroads.

Will we continue on the path to an ever bigger and more intrusive government?

Or…

…Will we make a U turn and finally begin to restore this nation?

We the people are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. However, that has been warped over the centuries. Governments have no rights.  People have rights.  Governments have responsibilities that are delegated to them by the people.

Rand Paul will fight to protect the constitution. He will fight to protect the American people. He’s not afraid to speak his mind and we’ll see that demonstrated in the next few days as Washington debates the Patriot Act.

The status quo is not tenable.  We have been fooling ourselves too long.  As was said right here in this very city in 1776.  What we are doing right now is a lot like calling an ox a bull.  He is thankful for the distinction, but would much rather have restored what is rightfully his.

Senator Paul can restore this nation to some semblance of what our founders intended, and to what God has blessed for so long.