Rep Allen West Hosts The Second Conservative Black Forum – Streaming Live June 18th

Congressman Allen West (R-FL) cordially invites you to the second: 

Conservative Black Forum

“Economic Empowerment in the Black Community”

Washington, D.C.

June 18, 2012 

United States Capitol

Room HVC 200 

     1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

STREAMING LIVE: CONSERVATIVE BLACK FORUM
Monday, June 18th – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
onlinemediaevent.com/conservativeblackforum

THE CONVERSATION:

  • The Conservative Black Forum will discuss policy and legislation needed to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of Black American small business owners to stimulate and strengthen the economy.
  • Black businesses, established in the heart of Black communities, often hire Black employees that in turn strengthen the Black community as a whole.
  • Leaders in the Black community on both the state and federal level will have an open discussion on what barriers are preventing the Black community from achieving economic growth, leading to economic stability and most importantly, economic “freedom.”

THE FACTS:

  • Black unemployment remains at almost 14 percent – double the white community.  This is a trend that has continued for the past 50 years, during both strong and weak economies.
  • The Federal Government has invested billions of dollars to solve this crisis, yet the statistics remain staggering.
  • 4.8 percent of black students dropped out of high school in 2009, double the number of white students.

THE DISTINGUISHED PANEL:

Moderator:  Charles Payne – Fox Business Network contributor and co-host of “Varney & Co.”

•    Allen West- Congressman, Member of House Small Business Committee, Congressional Black Caucus

•    Robert L. Johnson – Founder of Black Entertainment Television

•    City Manager Ruth C. Jones – Rivera Beach

•    Florida State Rep. Mack Bernard – (District 84) Committee Memberships: Business & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee, Insurance & Banking Subcommittee, Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee

•    Dr. Art Laffer – American economist

•    County Commissioner Ashley Bell – Hall County, Georgia

•    Toya Powell – Director, Government Engagement, U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.

•    Harry C. Alford – President/CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce

•    Kay DeBow – Executive Vice President, National Black Chamber of Commerce

•    Darrell “DJ” Jordan – House of Representatives Small Business Committee

•   A representative from the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee (TBA)

•    Pamela Hart – President of  Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officials (FAMBEO)

*This event is open to the public and media. Members of the public RSVP to Christine.Shaw@mail.house.gov or call 202-226-2149.  Members of the media please RSVP to Angela.Melvin@mail.house.gov or 202–226-2149

Stacy Swimp examines Rep Allen West’s “Dispelling the Myths of Black Conservatism” New Pittsburgh Courier

New Pittsburgh Courier

Last month, Congressmen Allen West hosted a historic Black Conservative Forum in order to “discuss how to articulate and take the message of black conservatism back to our communities”, per the retired Army Colonel.

He referenced conservative principles such as limited government, fiscal responsibility, sovereignty, equality of opportunity, achievement, the free market system, values, education, family, and security.

“The conservative voice in the Black community remains mostly unacknowledged by politicians and the public alike,” West said. “While the conservative Black voice has always existed, it is more important than ever that it be recognized and encouraged.”


Among those on the multi ethnic, bi-partisan panel, were Congressman Tim Scott, R-S.C.; Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (chairman, Congressional Black Caucus, D-Mo.); Rev. Cleon Bryant (pastor, LA and founder of “Runaway Slave”); KCarl Smith (Frederick Douglass Republicans); Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; and numerous other national leaders. The panel was moderated by Star Parker, founder and president of C.U.R.E., the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and nationally syndicated columnist.

Congressman Tim Scott, speaking of the perception that all Blacks are liberals, stated: “I have seen both sides. I successfully flunked out of high school in the ninth grade—with their (big government) help. Then my mother told me: Boy, I brought you into this world, I can take you out.” Scott continued: “Simple formula: Play by the rules. We must realize that something for nothing is a chain around your wrist. We have to succeed because we have been given the right to succeed! That is our heritage as Americans.”

Star Parker raised the issue of getting school choice into urban communities: KCarl Smith responded: “Frederick Douglass went through the problem of school choice. They tried to force him to send his daughter to an inferior school. The parent should be able to choose. This is worse than slavery! Douglass said, in 1848, ‘Face it, fight it, fix it!’ He put pressure on until the least were elevated and the most vulnerable were valued.”

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