Archive for April, 2013

MLK Advocacy Issues

April 4, 2013

Today is the Progressive National Baptist Convention Advocacy Day in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  PNBC was created to give a voice and platform to Dr. King and we are deeply grateful for the life and legacy of this twentieth century prophet.  We are praying that the wisdom and words of Martin Luther King will rekindle our faith and that the deep love that Dr. King had for all people will be released in us. 

On this day, we commit to continuing Dr. King’s work to “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Am. 5:24), and we are asking PNBC members to call fax, Facebook, tweet or email your federal lawmakers and ask for action on the following measures:

Support – Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013:
Introduced by President Obama calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.00 no less than $9.00 per hour. It is estimated that over 30 million workers would receive a rise and the parents of 17 million children will be affected. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Support – S54, the “Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013” and HR452 as part of package to curb gun violence.

Support – common sense legislation to prevent gun violence and the President’s plan to protect children and communities by reducing gun violence as presented in January 2013. (Source:

Support – Voter Registration Modernization/Universal Voter Registration to establish a national mandate for voter registration modernization within each state to: provide federal funds for states to take steps toward voter registration modernization; require permanent voter registration systems so that once voters are registered they will stay on the rolls when they move; and require fail safe procedures so that eligible voters whose names do not appear on the voter rolls or whose information is not up to date can correct the rolls and vote on the same day.” (Source: Brennan Center For Justice)

Support – the inclusion of $80 million for the Second Chance Act program “that are designed to improve outcomes for people returning to communities after incarceration”, as well as cutting recidivism and $6 million for Justice Reinvestment initiative in the President’s Budget. (Source: Reentry Policy Council/Justice Center – The Council of State Governments)

Support – Job Creation that invest in public infrastructure, jobs program, tax credits without forgetting those who are at greatest risk of impoverishment and hardship, including formerly incarcerated persons.

  • Support – S.84 The Paycheck Fairness Act reintroduced in 2013 that would “amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.”

    Support – The Affordable Health Care Act
    was signed into law in 2010 by President Obama that has given Americans more freedom, more benefits and more control over their health care choices. (Source:

    Support – Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
    : Every child deserves a great public school. Formerly known as No Child Left Behind, ESEA is the current incarnation of President Lyndon Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), whose purpose was to raise achievement and close achievement gaps. “Every child deserves a great public school.” (Source: National Education Association – NEA)

    Support – HR1330, the Student Loan Fairness Act of 2013 that allows individuals to “make 10 years of payments at 10% of their discretionary income, after which the remaining debt would be forgiven; permanently caps the interest rate for all federal student loans at 3.4%; allows those eligible to convert their private loans into federal direct loans; suspends interest rates while borrowers are unemployed; rewards graduates for entering into public service” having an impact on 37 million student loan borrowers.  (Source: Author, US Representative Karen Bass, California)

    Support – Employee Fair Choice Act for Workers Rights HR 1409: To amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations; to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes. (Source: AFL-CIO and the Center For American Progress Action Fund)

    Support – Comprehensive (Compassionate) Immigration Reform that creates a process for undocumented immigrants, or immigrants with expired visas to earn citizenship; keeps families together; enacts the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act; protects worker’s rights; protects refugees and migrant survivors for violence and racial profiling (Source: Interfaith Immigration Coalition)

    Support – eliminating the Senate Judiciary Committee blocking</of qualified judicial nominations to fill vacancies on for example the DC appellate court which has four vacancies out of 11, 16 vacancies on the US Courts of Appeal, 66 vacancies on the US District Court, and 20 plus nominations awaiting Senate action. (Source:

  • Support – Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United the 2010 Supreme Court’s decision that lifted restrictions on corporate influence in elections, warrant a call for a constitutional amendment to reverse it. “Poll after poll has shown that Americans—regardless of political affiliation —want corporations to have less influence in elections, and strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s precedent-shattering decision to give them more.” (Source: People For the American Way)


Peace, Power and Progress!

Rev. Kip Banks, Sr.<