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Mr. President: Ratify UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
By Eddie Griffin, BASF
Dear Mr. President:
God bless you. God bless America. Once again, America is gleaming in new hope and ideals. Once again, we can shine a light like that city set on the hill. We can show the world who we truly are, as a nation, and as a people.
We can begin spreading goodwill by ratifying two important U.N. Human Rights covenants, for the sake of our humanity.
First, we ask that you sign the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
This doctrine merely reasserts the innocence, needs, and protection of children under the age of 18. It condemns exploitation of children for sex, labor, or military conscription.
Second, we ask that you sign the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Optional Protocol on Justice For All Rights.
"That historic moment will help rectify the imbalance between civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights, which has particularly denied marginalized groups and those living in poverty the ability to demand an effective remedy when their rights are violated,” said Amnesty International.
"The Optional Protocol is an important tool for implementing the declaration made 15 years ago at the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights that 'all human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent and interrelated'. The international community must treat human rights globally in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing, and with the same emphasis."
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Billy "Hollywood" Groves
James Smith of Palestine is community leader, freedom fighter, television talk show host and concerned citizen. He is a former secretary of the Anderson County NAACP and currently is the President of Palestine’s National Action Network (NAN), created by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
James said he worked directly with Rev. Sharpton to form East Texas’s only NAN branch. “Trust in God, obey your parents, be wise in your decisions, because all actions have consequences (good or bad), and trust in God”, was his advice for young people.
I asked James about the racial climate between Palestine, Anderson County law officers and the African American Community of Palestine and Anderson County.
“We recently got a new interim Police Chief here in Palestine who is getting rid of a lot of the bad racist cops on the Palestine police department, who have been bedeviling the Black community for a while,” he said. James added that the firings of those bad cops has created controversy in Palestine, but it was needed.
He went on to say that African Americans were fighting back in Rusk, Texas against racist cops and racists in the sheriff department there, behind civil rights issues.
Greg Griffin Jr. of Nacogdoches gave me this important advice for young people. “If you want the truth, go out and find it for yourself”. Greg Jr. is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Griffin of Crockett.
Kudos go out to Monique Stone, D.J. “Popcorn” Williams, Maxine Allen, Ayubu Kamau, Bernard and Sharon David, La Sandra Johnson and Davey “Meat Ball” Wyatt of Dallas, Dr. Richard Watkins, Brandon “Boo” Johnson, Kevin Smith, Bobby Purvis, Dr. Helen and George King, Charles Brown, Mama Merchant of Huntsville. Rev. Shannon Harris, Rev. Winston Spencer, Cleotis Sherman, Chubby Ray Rodgers, Brenda McKnight, Keisha McCullough, Dr. Ianthia Fisher, Miss Roberta Mason, Pastor and Sis. Earl Harris, Rev. John Close, John Jenkins, Claude Watson and Lynn Layton of Crockett.
This column is dedicated to the late Bertha Berry Johnson of Crockett.
Now that we have Barack Obama as President, we can’t sit back and expect that “one man” to handle all of our problems in the Black community.
We have to do it for ourselves! Nuff said!