Progress Report March 19, 2014
1. Opportunities from Penn National Gaming: Consistent with its aggressive construction diversity policy Penn National Gaming invites Minority Owned, Women Owned, Service Disabled Veteran Owned, and Locally Owned Businesses to attend an Access & Opportunity Event for the Plainridge Park Casino Construction Project on March 25, 2014 during 4 – 6PM at the Plainridge Racecourse, 301 Washington St., Plainville, MA 02762. (Details)
2. Targeting Career Colleges: The Department of Education has issued Proposed Rule Changes (second attempt in 4 years) that would eliminate most career colleges such as DeVry and the University of Phoenix. This would also include cosmetology, hospitality, culinary, barber and beauty schools, etc. By its own admission, the Department’s attempt would adversely affect over 1 million students – many of whom are minorities. It’s draconian! We will begin a campaign for our constituents to formally comment on this assault and will fight against it in every way we possibly can. The comment period is for 60 days as of March 14, 2014. Let’s stop them again!! Standby for the “Call to Action”.
3. Russia Returns to Africa: When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, it pulled out of its investments in Africa. Now, as President Putin longs for a return of the old ways, Russia is aggressively investing throughout the African continent. It desires a larger share of the world’s natural gas market and seeks positive relations with nations that provide positive votes on United Nations issues. It has begun rivaling India and China in its multi-billion dollar entry beginning in late 2013. This puts the United States further behind in the fastest growing economy in the world.
4. Comcast Extends Program for Low – Income Families: Comcast recently announced that it will extend its “Internet Essentials Program” indefinitely. This program connects more than 1.2 million Americans to the power of the internet at home. It will also sponsor over $1 million in grants to non-profit organizations across the country to create Internet Essentials Learning Zones. (Details)
5. Pennsylvania Legislature seeks to Outlaw Union Harassment: Responding to the latest union harassment and attacks against a project owned by the Amish in eastern Pennsylvania, the lawmakers seek to eliminate an “exemption” from prosecution for unions who rough up nonunion employees, owners, construction firms, etc. It’s about time!
6. Where is the News Media? One of the best kept secrets is the fact that the people of Detroit, MI (80% Black) have overwhelmingly elected its first white mayor in 40 years. The new mayor has a very impressive track record in turning government entities around within Wayne County. Where’s the news when there is a positive story to tell about the Motor City. (Details)
7. Like a Hollywood Movie: This story has intrigue, deceit, CIA influence, massive theft and billions of dollars of questionable regulations. This isn’t from a big time producer. It’s from the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. A recently released study indicates that there may be a major sham in how the Environmental Protection Agency measures its air quality and makes “scientific” claims. This is must reading! The Environmental Playbook of 1997 is here. Things may never be the same.
8. John Harmon Delivers the Word: Here are the remarks of newly inducted Chair John E. Harmon given at our Changing of the Chairs ceremony on March 7, 2014. John has a plan. Thank you to Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book for sponsoring and participating in this event.