WASHINGTON – Amadou Scatred Janneh, one of two Gambians with dual American citizenship released from prison as a result of a mission by Jesse Jackson, has always had something to prove to the world.
After graduating from high school in The Gambia in West Africa, he left for the United States to prove that he had a first-rate mind that would allow him to fulfill his dreams – all he wanted was an opportunity to succeed.
WASHINGTON– After three years of steadfastly declaring her innocence, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has been exonerated of allegations that she violated ethics codes in connection with her role in advocating for the inclusion of minority-owned banks in the federal government's Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
In a relatively speedy finding, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court announced on Tuesday (Sept. 18) that it is sending the decision on the state's controversial photo-ID law back to the lower court for a decision.
The Supreme Court, which had only concluded its hearings on the law late last week, emphasized that the lower court must heavily weigh the likelihood of whether the law would prevent registered voters who lack a photo ID from being eligible to vote in the November 6th presidential election.
(GIN) – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has asked for a face-to-face meeting with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to discuss the fate of 37 death row prisoners scheduled to be executed one at a time for the next 37 months.
Nine prisoners were shot dead on Aug. 29. The rest were supposed to be dead by Sept. 15, but after receiving calls from the Rev. Jackson and several international humanitarian groups, President Jammeh backed off the execution schedule.
A voting rights session at the Democratic National Convention had just ended when Khari Johnson, a high school student from Jackson, Miss., emerged from the room with a look of seriousness.
Johnson had heard a lot about threats to the right to vote and that's what drew him to the panel discussion that featured some voting-rights heavyweights. "I thought because I am 17 – I will be 18 next year – that it is important and that I need to hear these things," he said.
CHARLOTTE, N.Car. – Renee Drayton, 43, a volunteer for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, could not see him from her vantage point as he delivered the speech that conveyed his acceptance of the Democratic Party's nomination.
It's doubtful that she could have screamed any louder had she have been seated down front.
"I can't wait to get back to Maryland and pull up my bootstraps and get back to work on the campaign," said Drayton, who found herself with a soul-satisfying view when – moments after he completed his address – the President, his family and Vice President Joe Biden and his family – stepped onto the sliver of the stage that could be seen from her seat.
by Anthony Advincula
CHARLOTTE, N.Car. – Former President Bill Clinton appealed Wednesday night to millions of American voters, making a clear case that President Obama is the right choice to lead the country for four more years.
Before a roaring crowd at the Democratic National Convention here, Clinton touted Obama's efforts to shape up the economic doldrums left behind by the previous Republican administration.