Frederick Douglass Foundation

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one
class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them,
neither persons nor property will be safe."                                                  Frederick Douglass

September 23, 2010
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Black Americans Looking for New Representation in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC - Timothy F. Johnson, Chairman and Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, today led the charge for new representation in leadership and an end to a continual cycle of black candidates who fail to fulfill their promises to constituents and uphold their oath of office.
"Serving in Congress is not a right," Timothy Johnson said. "It is a privilege granted by the people - not special interest groups. Like other incumbents, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are not exempt from being purged from the ranks this November."
Several black Democrats face ethics violations and criminal charges and remain under investigation.
Representatives Sanford Bishop and Eddie Bernice Johnson both awarded coveted Congressional Black Caucus scholarships to family members. A House panel is preparing to accuse California Congresswoman Maxine Waters of at least one ethics violation in her efforts to help a bank with ties to her husband.
After serving in Congress for forty years, Charlie Rangel faces 13 ethics violations for various violations, including failure to report rental income and mismanagement of Congressional staff and resources. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. faces personal and political allegations, including an affair with a DC nightclub mistress and new evidence linking him to Rod Blagojevich's plan to sell President Obama's U.S. Senate seat.
"These members of Congress are truly corrupt, and their time in Washington is up. We've had enough of these criminals who are embarrassing our communities and we can no longer allow them to serve.
"Each of these members of Congress face strong opposition this November. Not only are we supporting their Republican opponents, we are beginning 40 days of prayer leading up to election day, beginning today, September 23. I call on all Christians across the country to join us in removing these criminals from office and ushering in a new wave of representation for blacks in Washington."
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