Condolences, Prayers for Peace, this Palm Sunday

As Christians around the world celebrate one of the most significant days on the Christian calendar, we pause to extend condolences, and prayers for the many believers who were murdered earlier this morning in Egypt during their Palm Sunday worship.

Palm Sunday marks the last Sunday of Lent and beginning of Holy Week. For Christians, it represents Christ’s return to Jerusalem before he was crucified. For those of you who celebrate this day’s meaning, Happy Palm Sunday. Remember to pray for each other.–OnPointpress.net–

 

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.

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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–

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-

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–

Mayor’s CUNY application fee waiver aids low-income students

Proud CUNY graduates.

Proud CUNY graduates joyously celebrate the culmination of years of hard work and grit.

The decision by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to waive the $65 fee for low-income students applying to the City University of New York (CUNY) is a good first step in the right direction.

When CUNY was first established, it was free and the institution has produced many scholars, Nobel Peace Prize winners, entrepreneurs, politicians and graduates who have excelled in every field imaginable. Over the years, CUNY’s fee structure has priced out the very population it was designed to help—low-income, immigrant, ambitious students who lack financial support.

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While some CUNY students-purposefully stride to class, others mill around to socialize.

Flanked by CUNY representatives on Monday, September 26, Mayor de Blasio announced that low-income students, who come from a family of three, earning $37,000 or less per year, are eligible for the fee waiver.

“$65 matters,” to these families, the mayor said, adding, “This is something that we think is going to make a big difference.”

CUNY has produced notable graduates spanning every profession.

CUNY has produced notable graduates spanning every profession.

He is correct. Low-income students, including those who are homeless, products of the foster care system, or otherwise deemed to be at risk of falling through the cracks, should not be priced out of public colleges.

CUNY, the largest public university system in the country, enrolls a significant number of graduating high school students each year. By making it possible for low-income students to apply to CUNY, free of charge, the mayor is giving vulnerable students a chance to participate in higher education, which is a good first step towards a sold future.–OnPointPress.net— 

 

Happy 54th Independence Day Jamaica!

Jamaican track stars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Jamaican track stars Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are currently in Rio, Brazil, representing the island in the summer olympics.

Jamaica, the tiny, enchanting island in the West Indies that beckons to visitors and nationals every day, celebrates 54 years of independence today.

The Jamaican Flag.

The Jamaican Flag.

Thank you Jamaica, for emphasizing faith, family, education and one love. Yes, out of many, we are one. Happy birthday Jamaica!—OnPointPress.net–