JUNE 6, 2008
Volume 1 - No.1
Darwin Campbell, Executive Publisher
A MAN OF PRINCIPLE
Former Dallas City Councilman James Fantroy decision not to allow a tilted criminal justice system to humiliate him in public was a good one.
Fantroy, who is ill with kidney cancer and may be living his final days, will serve a 30-day sentence in prison over making a public confession.
He stands as a man of principle and teaches a valuable lesson about protecting personal integrity, his legacy and a lifetime of public service.
Fantroy was convicted of stealing money from the Paul Quinn College Community Development Corp. from 2001 to 2003 by writing more than $20,000 in checks to himself, his relatives and his re-election campaign.
U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade extended an unorthodox offer to the four-term city council member — confess to betraying the public’s trust and avoid a month in prison.
The judge even told Fantroy, who uses a wheelchair, “I don’t think you have the guts to do that. It’s up to you.”
Fantroy is a hero because he is marching to his own beat, stood by his own principles and refused to cave into the school yard tactics of the judge that sought to berate and humiliate another high profile African-American figure with a positive reputation in the community.
His strength and power to stand up without fear is a testimony to his integrity, innocence and strength. More Black leaders need this kind of courage and grit. He truly has nothing to hide and his firm choice is a statement absent of guilt, regret, fear and a demonstration that he is at peace with God and himself.
Fantroy served on the Dallas City Council from 2000 to 2007 representing the southern-sector communities in Dallas stretching from Red Bird east to the Rylie area. During his terms on the council, he helped bring more economic growth, business, infrastructure and housing improvements to the district.
That fact is noted by his successor Tennell Atkins who said Fantroy’s unwavering proclamation of innocence is a sign of strength.
“He’s his own man and his own person and you’ve gotta commend him for that,” he said. “He’s standing by what he said and what he believes and he deserves a pat on the back for that.”
Make Some Noise:
You Can Fight High Gas Prices!!!
Southern Christian Leadership Conference leaders say if high gas prices are pinching your pocketbook and hurting the family budget, it is time to stand up and make some noise.
The top five oil companies profits are soaring to the tune of $36.91 billion dollars during the first quarter of 2008.
SCLC leaders are among the first to bring attention to the problem and how it affects families are are calling for organized rolling boycotts to raise awareness and curb the spike in prices.
The campaign includes a rolling boycott of the five major oil companies doing business in America, and aims to lower the cost of a gallon of gas by 25% by the end of 2008.
Prices continue to rise with the average for a gallon this week standing at $3.94 nationally and $3.83 in Dallas and Fort Worth area.
Boycott dates are listed as follows: Exxon Mobil, May 12-June 12, 2008; Shell, June 12-July 12, 2008; BP, July12-August12, 2008; Chevron, August 12, 2008-Sept. 12, 2008; and Phillips 66, Sept. 12, 2008-Oct. 12, 2008. People are urged to join protests in every major city and encouraged not to purchase gas from these oil companies during those dates to send the message to oil companies that enough is enough...