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Owen Brooks dedicated his life to improving the human condition

By Alice Thomas-Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

Owen Brooks wasn’t born in Mississippi but he gave more to this state than most native residents. The longtime human rights icon died June 27, 2014. He was 85. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral, 305 E. Capitol St., Jackson. A Celebration of Life program will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Aldersgate U.M. Church, 655 Beasley Rd., Jackson. Collins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Former Washington, D.C. mayor and Mississippi native Marion Barry was a longtime friend of Owen Brooks. “Owen and I have been friends since the Civil Rights days! He wasn‘t just a random person in my life† Owen Brooks was a friend, a fighter for freedom, justice and equality...First, he was an amazing person, he was a trail blazer, he wasn‘t a ’don‘t forget where you came from person‘, he had a deep commitment to uplifting and giving hope to African Americans,” he said. Barry now serves as councilmember of D.C.’s Ward 8.

Brooks was born in New York City on November 18, 1928 and received his primary and secondary education in Boston, Mass. He attended Northeastern University in Boston where he majored in Electronic Engineering. He was later awarded a fellowship in 1980 and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received a certificate from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in Urban Planning. Brooks became a staff person for the National Council of Churches of Christ, Division of Church and Society in 1965 and was immediately assigned to the Delta Ministry in Greenville, Miss. As Director of the Delta Ministry since 1966, he spearheaded many activities such as voter registration and voter education, community and economic development projects such as Strike City and Free
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Republicans approve suit against Obama

By Alice Thomas-Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher


House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio hasn‘t applauded President Barack Obama since the State of the Union in January. He‘s now looking to sue him.

The Republican–led House on Wednesday authorized Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama. The vote was 225–201. The claim that Obama exceeded his constitutional powers, especially as it relates to the Affordable Care Act, is seen by the Democrats as a ploy by the Republicans to impeach the nation‘s Commander in Chief. No Democrat voted for the resolution, and Mississippi‘s
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Powell says she‘s up to the task to run city‘s Public Works Dept

JANS –– On Tuesday, Kishia L. Powell, P.E., became the first female to head the City of Jackson Public Works Department.

Director Powell has 16 years of experience and expertise in sustainable infrastructure management and utility operations. She‘s served municipal clients across the U.S. and London, England.

“Where the Mayor has cast a vision for the City of Jackson; part of my role as Public Works Director will be to align the department with the policy initiatives established for the Administration,” Powell said. “We’ll do this by initiating best practices, becoming fiscally fit, improving service delivery, right-sizing our operation, becoming more efficient, prioritizing infrastructure improvements and sustainably managing our infrastructure assets, as well as building our internal capacity to do work.”

JACKSON‘S PUBLIC SAFETY:

A commissioner without a commission?

Public Safety refers to the welfare and protection of the general public. Jackson is currently revamping its system. How well it will work, only time will tell.


Anne T. Sulton, Ph.D., J.D.

J.A. Senior International Correspondent

Jackson‘s new Mayor recently appointed Marshand Crisler to the newly created position of Public Safety Commissioner. Reportedly, Crisler is tasked with overseeing the operations of the police department, the fire department, and emergency management. Apparently, there is a “commissioner” but not a commission.

During an exclusive interview, City Councilwoman Larita Stokes said that some citizens have expressed concern, in part, because this new position has no job description. When asked what the costs are for creating the new position, staffing this new office, and providing other funds needed for equipment (such as computers and telephones), Stokes said that the City Council does not yet know and has not received any information about hiring office staff to assist the commissioner or purchasing office equipment. There is little statistical evidence to support the notion
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Powell says she‘s up to the task to run city“s Public Works Dept

JANS –– On Tuesday, Kishia L. Powell, P.E., became the first female to head the City of Jackson Public Works Department.

“Where the Mayor has cast a vision for the City of Jackson; part of my role as Public Works Director will be to align the department with the policy initiatives established for the Administration,” Powell said. “Well do this by initiating best practices, becoming fiscally fit, improving service delivery, right-sizing our operation, becoming more efficient, prioritizing infrastructure improvements and sustainably managing our infrastructure assets, as well as building our internal capacity to do work”

The Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) held a press conference last week to address unaccompanied minors crossing the Mexican Border into U.S. territory. “We already spend more on immigration enforcement than all other law enforcement agencies of the Federal government combined. Billions more for streamlining deportations is not the humanitarian response we need,” says Bill Chandler, Executive Director of MIRA. “We should instead provide refuge for those children who are the victims of our past destructive policies. What we need is an end to policies that have produced an unprecedented 400,000 deportations a year. In the long run, we need to end the free trade and intervention policies that cause poverty and forced migration.” See entire MIRA statement on issue at www.jacksonadvocateonline.com

Jackson mayor treats residents to a spectacular pre–4th of July

The 36th Annual Mississippi Gospel and 40th Jackson Music Awards were held on July 27-28, 2014 at the Marriott Downtown. Congratulating one of the honorees –– blues legend Bobby Rush -- were Annie Gipson, Ettatina Myles and Yolanda McElroy. The trio was also there to cheer on Nettie Travis who won both the National Female Vocalist of the Year and the National Blues Artist of the Year awards. (Advocate photo: Alice Thomas–Tisdale)











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