Thanks for your Impact, President Obama

As President Barack Obama leaves office to make way for the President-elect to be sworn in, it’s fitting to reflect on the strong impact that he has had during his eight years in office.

President Obama inherited a grave recession, and, despite coordinated obstructionism from a Republican-led Congress, he oversaw consistent job-creation every year since his tenure.

President Obama and his daughters go book shopping.

He provided universal healthcare coverage, engaged in regular talks on racial divide, got rid of Osama Bin Laden, promoted women’s rights, launched My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to provide training and job creation for Black and Latino young men, championed sensible gun control laws, among many other notable achievements.

President Obama and his family, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and their dogs.

Although he was disrespected repeatedly during his time in office, President Obama was the epitome of class. He was chic, cool, balanced, knowledgeable and forgiving.

I know I’m among  many who will miss him as well as they example that his family set for the country. So I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to a President who made me proud.

Thank you President Obama. May God continue to guide and protect you and your family–OnPointPress.net–

Happy MLK Day, Thanks Dr. King!

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As we honor your legacy today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we say thank you.mlk6

Thank you for your message of non-violence.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to equality.

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mlk4Thank you for your laser-focused attention on justice.

Thank you for being an example to us all.

Happy Birthday Dr. King! We need your example more than ever today.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to all who support freedom.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all who support equal rights,

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all who support justice.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all who support acceptance.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day to all you support and promote love.

Here is a link to Dr. King’s LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL.

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On this day, we especially acknowledge Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) for his powerful legacy of standing in the trenches with Dr. King.

Thank you Rep. Lewis for your boldness and your courage.

Thank you Rep. Lewis for dedicating your life to serving others and fighting for the very principles for which we honor Dr. King today.

Happy MLK Day! Thanks Dr. King.—OnPointPress.net–

The Holidays: Happy for some, depressing for others

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By Charles Glover, Jr.

We look forward to many things during the holiday season that begins with Thanksgiving and culminates with the New Year: extra time off from school and work, more time around family, home-cooked meals, and of course, the presents. Amidst all of these enjoyable moments are the extensive hours people spend trying to make the holidays wonderful for their loved ones.

A couple enjoy the holiday spiirit.--Photo: Getty Images

A couple enjoy the holiday spirit.–Photo: Getty Images

Simple tasks can lead to feelings of stress--Photo: Getty Images

Simple tasks can lead to feelings of stress–Photo: Getty Images

The added stress around the holidays can make what is a wonderful time for many a depressing, dreadful, lonely time for others. Michael Kerr from Healthline.com explains it this way:

“Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.”

While there is little evidence that supports that the suicide rate increases during November and December, it is still important to recognize that there not everyone views the holiday season as a joyful time. Stress is a well-known trigger for depression and the holidays often create new tensions as well as reignite old hurts and feelings of inadequacy or loneliness, resulting in morose thoughts and unhappy feelings.

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It is important to learn how to manage the stress and recognize if a person may be in need of greater help. As Brenda Patoine from The Dana Foundation summarized;

“Finding ways to cope with the heightened demands of holiday gatherings, or filling the gap where they aren’t, is key to surviving the season with affect intact. This can be challenging, because one’s coping strategies may be the first things to fall by the wayside in the busy holiday season.”

The Mayo Clinic lists a number of recommendations for coping with the stress of the holiday season. A few of the suggestion are regular exercise, maintaining a strict budget, and volunteering. If you feel that you or someone you know may need assistance dealing with the emotions of the holidays, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer for OnPointPress.net and aspiring author. Follow me on Twitter @GloverIsGood.

Happy Thanksgiving, we’re grateful for a lot!

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This year has been filled with enormous trauma for many of us due to horrific murders in our inner cities, the continued war on African-Americans, ambushes of police officers and a steady stream of untimely deaths of African-American journalists and entertainers, among other things.

 

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Yet, in the midst of all the turmoil and feelings of loss, there is still a lot for which we are grateful. As you travel to celebrate the Thanksgiving season with loved ones, friends and family, take some time to say a prayer for those who are grieving. Say a prayer for those who suffered loss. Say a prayer for someone who lost a job, a home, a relationship, a way of life.

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As you celebrate your blessings and express appreciation for what makes your life rich and vibrant, take a moment to acknowledge, support and give solace to those among you who need an extra word of encouragement and resources. Remember that being thankful is not a static state.  A thankful heart is open wide to bless, honor, support and enrich others.

The OnPointPress.net family warmly wishes all of our readers and supporters a blessed, peaceful and loving Thanksgiving–OnPointPress.net-

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

The First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama speaks about the Let's Move program; an initiative targeting the youth to teach them healthy eating habits and emphasizing regular workouts.

The First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama speaks about the Let’s Move program; an initiative targeting the youth to teach them healthy eating habits and emphasizing regular workouts.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

As the holiday season approaches there is already plenty of planning for family gatherings and holiday dinners. While we wish everyone peace and joy, let us remember November is Diabetes Awareness Month. It is important to emphasize that most people can prevent the development of diabetes by adopting healthy dietary habits.

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This month the American Diabetes Association has initiated a campaign entitled “#ThisIsDiabetes,” which is intended to highlight the issues faced by diabetes suffers on a daily basis. While there is more information available about diabetes, there are still troubling trends of diagnoses for adults and children.

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The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has been front and center with the Let’s Move! program she developed to help teach the youth healthier eating habits while also emphasizing the importance of daily exercise. This program may target the youth to start these healthy habits at a young age, but the tips apply to everyone.

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Unfortunately, Hispanics, African-Americans, and Native Americans continue to be diagnosed with diabetes at the highest rates, as highlighted by the chart above. While the holiday season should be enjoyable, let us also be responsible and mindful of the habits we might have to add or subtract from our routines in order to protect ourselves from a diabetes diagnosis.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer for OnPointPress.net and aspiring author. Follow me on Twitter @GloverIsGood.

Protests, bigotry, fear, hate fuel post-election acts

Dismayed protesters make their voices heard at Trump Tower in New York.

Dismayed protesters make their voices heard at Trump Tower, as they march, scream, cry and remain dazed at the shocking election results.

By Carmen and Charles Glover

As the streets of America continue to roil with protesters marching to voice their sense of disgust with the election results of Nov 8,, which saw a split outcome–former secretary of state Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote, meaning she had more votes cast for her–and President-elect Donald Trump winning the electoral college that ultimately determines the president, the psyche of the American populace continues to be exceedingly unsettled,

Protesters are consistent with their message.

Protesters are consistent with their message of concern for a broad swath of residents who were targeted by President-elect Donald Trump at various points during the election cycle.

The results of the election were shocking to many people in and out of the United States with millions of millennials who were angry that Senator Bernie Sanders lost to Clinton deciding to vote for Trump or to abstain from voting, only to have a change of heart the morning after, just like the British reaction after their Brexit vote. Regardless of your opinion of Donald Trump, he will be the 45th President of the United States. Reactions around the country to the election results are varied but passionate. The question many are asking is: What’s next?

Anti-Trump Protests have sprung up across the country with no signs of abating.

Anti-Trump Protests have sprung up across the country with no signs of abating as Americans give voice to their feelings of anger, despair, fear, hopelessness and disappointment.

In 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was brutally frank as his summed up his plan for Republicans should they assume control of the Senate.

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” he declared, staring intently into the television cameras as the media snapped away.

Clearly that was not a message calling for cooperation or understanding. In 2012 after President Obama was re-elected, current President-elect Donald Trump stated that President Obama’s re-election was a “total sham and a travesty…. We are not a democracy!”

Protester is not shy to express her feelings.

Protester is not shy to express her feelings, while others march, shout and take selfies.

The consistent tendency of Republicans when they do not get their way is to complain about the legitimacy of the results, threaten anarchy and collaborate among themselves to put the country on a path to peril, ruin, racism and volatility. Their approach is:The Republican way or vengeance, spite, suffering, racism, insults and pain.

However, now that a Republican candidate has won the election, the same hypocritical and two-faced Republicans are demanding that the rest of the electorate show understanding and accept the results, without giving voice to the collective trauma, shock and despair that the mere thought of a President Donald Trump holds for so many people.

Protesters give voice to their anguish.

Protesters give voice to their anguish, some waving their gay pride flags as they walk somberly.

Trump becoming President will not address the many ills that plague our society: Issues such as economic, healthcare, housing and educational disparity, systemic racism, judicial prejudice and the expanding school-to-prison pipeline that puts young black children on a path to prison through excessive and prejudicial suspensions that ultimately result in them dropping out of school and taking to lives in the streets.

Trump’s disdain for the poor and disenfranchised is legendary and was on full display throughout the election cycle. Nevertheless, both white men and women as well as a large Latino segment, voted overwhelmingly for the real estate businessman, reality star and serial insult generator.

Protesters at Trump Tower.

Protesters at Trump Tower, express their feelings of hurt, disappoint and fear due to the election results.

But while his supporters are quick to suggest that everyone else accept Trump, the protesters are very united in chanting “Not my president” and “We reject the president-elect,” as tears stream down their faces and the heartbreak they feel renders them hopeless, scared and inconsolable.

In dismissing Trump, retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Trump “fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate,” and described him as a “sexual predator who lost the popular vote.”

Anger, Anguish and Despair are etched across the faces of protesters as they voice their displeasure with the election results.

Anger, anguish and despair are etched across the faces of protesters as they voice their displeasure with the election results.

Not to be outdone, the usually reticent San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich did not mince words, and said the following:

“We live in a country that ignored all those values that we would hold our kids accountable for. I’m a rich white guy, and I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it. I can’t imagine being a Muslim right now, a woman, or an African-American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person. How disenfranchised they might feel. And for anyone in those groups that voted for him, it’s just beyond my comprehension how they ignore all that. My big fear is that we are Rome.”

Protesters show no signs of slowing down as they try to come to terms with the election results.

Protesters show no signs of slowing down as they try to come to terms with the election results.

While Clinton licks her wounds and examines the entire scope of why she lost the electoral college and presidency–her deep-seated arrogance, her inability to appeal to the masses despite Herculean campaign efforts by an impressive cadre of supporters including President and First Lady Obama, her primary opponent Senator Bernie Sanders, VP Joe Biden and a host of celebrities, her lack of trustworthiness and most significantly, issues outside of her control such as the campaign waged by legislative Republicans with assistance from FBI Director James Comey, white women refusing to support her despite African-American women and African-American men enveloping her in love and support—Trump has been busy meeting with President Obama and the Republican leaders.

Now that all branches of the government–executive, legislative and judiciary—are in Republican hands, let us sit back and watch where they take the country that President Obama brought back from recession, the country that President Obama’s efforts resulted in universal healthcare, a country that is caught up in a cycle of racism and hatred, a country where intolerance and bigotry have been unleashed with abandon because the chief proponent of those divisive and ugly sentiments will now hold the top title in the land.

Yes, let us watch, let us support those who protest, let us have dialogue, let us learn to advocate for our issues, our agendas and our communities–OnPointPress-net– 

 

Vote Nov. 8 like your life depends on it, because it does!

voteIn this presidential election on Tuesday, November 8, I intend to cast my vote, confident that my action will be instrumental in making a difference. I will vote because not too long ago women did not have that very important right. I will vote because too many of my African-American ancestors were demeaned, disenfranchised, brutalized and murdered because they wanted to exercise a right that is as basic as eating, breathing and sleeping. I an unconcerned with polls or rhetoric, I am more interested in encouraging each registered voter to cast their vote as a true reflection of democracy, free will and choice.

Peaceful marchers were left beaten, bloody and killed on March 7, 1965 as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in their quest to gain the right to vote.

Peaceful marchers were left beaten, bloody and killed on March 7, 1965 as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in their quest to gain the right to vote.

Regardless of the party you choose to support, know this: unless you vote you do not have a voice. In the African-American community, it is especially common to hear the admonition “Our people bled and died to give us the right to vote.” That is a stark yet accurate assessment. It is impossible for you to influence the direction of the country, your state, city and judiciary if you sit on the sidelines complaining about what is dysfunctional, while choosing to refrain from participating to effect change.

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Whether your issue of interest is the economy, immigration, education, police brutality or the impasse created and cemented by a ‘combative, do nothing Congress’ make your voice heard, exercise your franchise and vote. The quality of life of the nation, which President Barack Obama has championed during his time in office, is at stake.

The polls are open on Tuesday, November 8, from 6:00 a..m. until 9:00 p.m. For those who took advantage of the chance to vote early:congratulations!.–OnPointPress.net–