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Praying for Revival in 2016: ‘Hideous’ shooting leaves pregnant woman, Mardi Gras Indian big chief dead in New Orleans East

by on Dec.18, 2015, under 2015 Year, African-American Community, Endtimes, Leadership, Revival In America

MATT SLEDGE AND KATY RECKDAHL| MSLEDGE@THEADVOCATE.COM
Dec. 16, 2015; 11:06 p.m

Photo provided -- Breon Stewart, left, and Lionel Delpit III.

Photo provided — Breon Stewart, left, and Lionel Delpit III.

The latest victim of fatal gun violence in New Orleans had not even been born yet, but he had a name.

A shocking shooting Wednesday night in New Orleans East claimed the lives of a pregnant woman just days away from giving birth, her boyfriend — the Big Chief of the Black Feather Mardi Gras Indian tribe — and their unborn child.

Neighbors said dozens of shots sounded just before 10 p.m. in a parking lot of the Wind Run Apartments in the 12100 block of the Interstate 10 Service Road. When the shooting was over, Lionel “Bumma” Delpit III, 25; Breon Stewart, 23; and the couple’s baby, whom they had planned to name Lionel Delpit IV, were dead in the front seat of their vehicle. Police were left searching for suspects.

One neighbor, who declined to give her name out of fear for her safety, said the couple had just pulled up to the apartment building in a blue 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser. She heard no sounds before the gunshots began, she said.

Another neighbor, who also declined to give her name, said she could see the anguish on first responders’ faces as they realized that Stewart, who had celebrated a baby shower this month and was due to give birth by Christmas, could not be saved.

The deaths of Delpit and Stewart were the 151st and 152nd homicides of the year in New Orleans, a grim milestone that means the city has now exceeded last year’s total of 150 killings.

The Wind Run killings also were the seventh slaying to claim more than one victim in New Orleans East alone this year.

Cmdr. Doug Eckert said police are waiting on the results of the autopsies to determine whether the unborn child’s death will be counted as a homicide.
Stewart had shared much of her pregnancy with her twin sister Britnee, who recently gave birth herself. A photograph on Britnee’s Facebook page shows both siblings cradling their very pregnant bellies, wearing matching clothes.

Stewart was the 2011 valedictorian at George Washington Carver High School. Her sister was the salutatorian.

Delpit was the son of Lionel Delpit Jr., the longtime chief of the Black Feather Mardi Gras Indian tribe, who died in 2011. Other Indians groomed the younger Delpit to assume the chieftainship of the 7th Ward tribe.

Friends and acquaintances shared a steady stream of shock online after word spread of the killings.

“This world is sick but New Orleans is sicker,” one wrote on Facebook. “I hate it.”

Tulane University football player Leonard Davis, who knew the couple, also spoke out on social media. “No, I can’t believe this, man,” Davis said. “Not you Bummer, this can’t be life.”

Tyrone Yancy, who helped Delpit’s father form the Black Feather tribe in 1992, said he said seen the younger Delpit on Sunday at Indian practice, one of the weekly musical rehearsals that Indians hold as Mardi Gras approaches. “He wanted to put all of his energy into his girlfriend and their baby,” Yancy said.

Second Chief Corey Rayford also spent Sunday night with the young chief. He’d seen potential in Delpit, his cousin, and a motivation to achieve, he said.

“He was paying attention,” Rayford said. “He wanted it. He was creating his own style. That’s what he was focused on, just making his daddy proud.”

On Mardi Gras Day, Rayford will feel an emptiness on the street behind him, in the spot where the chief walks. “It will be hard for me to look back and see him not there,” he said.

Rayford said his cousin and girlfriend had their priorities straight. “They weren’t preparing for that baby. They were prepared,” he said.

Delpit was working two jobs to provide for his unborn son, Yancy said, and they had been talking with doctors about inducing labor next week if the baby didn’t arrive by then.

On Sunday, Rayford asked him, “You getting ready for Mardi Gras?”

As the tambourines shook behind them, Delpit told Rayford that, for the moment, the Indian tradition was taking a backseat.

“I’m getting ready for this baby,” Delpit said.

Indians from across the city massed Thursday night at Hunters Field, a traditional 7th Ward gathering spot, to honor the dead. Mourners danced, wept and shook tambourines raised high in the air as the crowd grew larger by the minute.

Wild Magnolias Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr., who helped organize the event, said he had last seen Delpit in line at the Carnival supply shop Jefferson Variety on Tuesday. They spent so long talking that the clerk passed them over and took the customers waiting behind them.

Even though he is an Uptown Indian and “Bumma” was from Downtown, he said, they always felt a special bond as second-generation chiefs carrying on the legacy of their fathers.

“It’s younger people like us that are carrying the tradition on, so we always stuck together,” Dollis said.

Gaynell Sorina, the Big Queen of the Black Feather Indians, recalled that when Delpit’s father was on his deathbed, he gave her an instruction: Never leave someone without telling them that you love them, because it may be the last time you see them.

Sorina broke down in tears as she said that when she had seen Delpit earlier this week, they had parted in just that way.

Eckert, head of the Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, said at a news conference that detectives were following up on several tips. He urged members of the public to call police with any information they might have.

“We feel confident that this wasn’t a random act,” Eckert said. “It’s a hideous crime. There’s no good time for a homicide, there’s no good time for a murder, but this, right before the holidays, just makes it that much worse.”

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Revival In America – Police officer, the community take action to help homeless woman with 8 kids

by on Jul.22, 2015, under 2015 Year, African-American Community, Endtimes, Financial, Hispanic Community, Leadership, Native American Community, Revival In America

Norfolk, Va. – 18-year-old Olivia Obeng is the oldest of 8 children. Her family was homeless after moving to Virginia from California. They came out to Hampton Roads under the impression they could stay with local family members.

They said the situation didn’t work out and the family was struggling to find shelter.

Obeng said they tried all the local shelters for six weeks. She said, “When we tried, we weren’t getting any replies.”

One night, they said they literally had no place to go.

June McCord said, “My children slept in the car and I slept on the ground and because of that, I got out there with a sign that said I was homeless.”

McCord’s 18-year-old daughter took action and wrote an email to NewsChannel 3.

“My mom, she was standing out there holding a sign. People are judging her. I was just looking at the kids while they were sitting in the car thirsty and hungry. It’s just sad so I’m just going to write and then hopefully someone will help and you did so.”

NewsChannel 3 took action and got on the phone contacting local homeless shelters.

We learned that because the family was out of state and so large it was making it extremely difficult for them to find a place to stay.

They were also living with other relatives for a period which technically makes them not homeless.

Then leaders with ForKids told NewsChannel 3 space opened up at an emergency shelter.

Usually in Norfolk you need to be living in the city for 90 days to get assistance, but shelter leaders said they bent the rules because this family was so desperate.

ForKids provided NewsChannel 3 with the following statement:

ForKids provides many services to homeless families in Hampton Roads including emergency shelter and a Regional Housing Crisis Hotline. Family homelessness is complex and resources are scarce.

Large families and families that come from out-of-state bring additional challenges. Shelters throughout the region remain full and in overflow status and most cities have residency requirements before shelter and services can be accessed.

The McCord family case has involved assistance from many individuals and organizations in our community over the last 30+ days and we are grateful for their compassion for these children.

Adjoining rooms became available last week at ForKids’ emergency shelter and, due to the specific needs of this family, the City of Norfolk waived their 90-day residency requirement for services and shelter.

The family entered the ForKids shelter on Friday.

Now McCord is looking for work while her oldest daughter watches the kids.

Before the family started staying in the shelter there was a cop who went out of his way to help them.

Norfolk Police Officer Wayne Ricci has seen a lot working the streets but an encounter with McCord and her 8 homeless kids was more than he could bear.

“Just kind of was at a loss. I needed to help her. It was getting late, it was a real hot that night. I told her to pack the kids up, we’re going to get a hotel,” said Officer Ricci.

Out of his own pocket, he paid for them to stay at a nearby hotel for two nights. He did not tell anyone what he did.

We tracked down Officer Ricci after the family told us what he had done.

But there was one person he needed to tell. His wife had been out of town for two weeks.

A hotel room for two nights was an extra expense that most husbands would need to explain.

Officer Ricci wasn’t in trouble with his wife and he wasn’t the only person who took action.

The WTKR Facebook page was flooded with comments.

Our viewers were asking how they could help, offering jobs, and one person even offered for the family to stay in a house. There was some negativity posted online, but the majority of the comments were sympathetic.

Phyllis Stith has started a back to school drive for the family collecting supplies and clothes.

“It could happen to any of us at any given point in time,” said Stith.

Total strangers took action and got results for this family in need.

If you are interested in helping the family, you can contact the ForKids Shelter at 757-622-6400. They will help collect donations being made for the children.

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Message to African Americans – Report Suggests American Children Left Behind in Economy Recovery

by on Jul.21, 2015, under African-American Community, Financial, Hispanic Community, Leadership, Native American Community, Revival In America

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfare of the nation’s economic turnaround.

Twenty-two percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013 compared with 18 percent in 2008, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, with poverty rates nearly double among African-Americans and American Indians and problems most severe in South and Southwest.

The report, released Tuesday from the child advocacy group the Annie E. Casey Foundation, showed some signs of slight improvement, including high school graduation rates at an all-time high and a dipping percentage of uninsured children. But the bright spots weren’t enough to offset a picture that many children have been left behind amid the nation’s economic recovery.

Here are some things to know about the report:

DIFFERING CAUSES

The foundation’s studies cover 16 different measures, delving into economic well-being, health care, education and family and community issues.

The problems extend beyond — and in some cases drive — increasing poverty rates. More children were raised in single-parent homes in 2013 than in 2008, and fewer lived with parents with secure employment.

Foundation President Patrick McCarthy said that particularly troubling is an increase in the share of kids living in poor communities, regardless of their own families’ economic standing. The report says 1 in 7 children live in those areas, marked by poor schools and a lack of a safe place to play.

“They’re more likely to fall down the economic ladder, less likely to be employed and more likely to get in trouble,” McCarthy said.

Michelle Halonen enjoys a warm day at a park in Minnesota with her daughters. She works full time at a gas station and still struggles to support them. Jim Mone / AP, file

Michelle Halonen enjoys a warm day at a park in Minnesota with her daughters. She works full time at a gas station and still struggles to support them. Jim Mone / AP, file

A MIX OF FIXES

McCarthy likened child poverty to a “particularly pernicious form of cancer,” and he prescribed a cocktail of economic policies and fixes to tackle it.

Tax credits and additional support such as food stamps could give low-income families a much-needed boost, and job training could provide help for struggling to get an economic foothold. Businesses should implement more family-friendly policies, and a massive infrastructure repair campaign could create countless jobs.

“None of them is a magic bullet. When you put them all together, you start to put the children on a path to success,” he said.

STRUGGLING IN THE SOUTH

States in the South and Southwest continued a steady run at the bottom of the Kids Count rankings for overall child well-being, with issues including economic standing and education.

According to the report, 1 in 3 children from Mississippi live in poverty. Twelve percent of teens from Mississippi and Louisiana were neither in school nor working. Fifteen percent of Nevada children didn’t have health insurance, compared with the nation-best 2 percent in Massachusetts.

MIDWEST ON TOP

Minnesota nabbed the report’s top ranking, taking a spot generally reserved for a Northeast state and rounding out the Midwest’s strong pattern of supporting children.

McCarthy said there’s not much to make of one state usurping another for a top spot. Instead, he focused on the broader regional patterns: New England and Midwestern states generally occupy the top 10 while the South and Southwest struggle in the bottom rankings.

“That’s where you see a difference in day-to-day lives,” he said

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Endtimes – OPM Govt Breach 21 Million Social Security Numbers Stolen

by on Jul.10, 2015, under 2015 Year, Endtimes, Financial, Leadership, Revival In America

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(CNN)—Government investigators now believe that the data theft from the Office of Personnel Management computer systems compromised sensitive personal information, including Social Security numbers, of roughly 21.5 million people from both inside and outside the government, the government announced Thursday.

Of these, hackers obtained information from the security clearance applications — known as SF-86’s – of 19.7 million people.

Another 1.8 million were non-applicants comprised mostly of spouses and partners of applicants.

OPM had initially estimated the hackers obtained the files of 4 million people with information listed on the servers containing personnel data of current and former government employees.

Republicans called on President Barack Obama to remove OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.

“It has taken this administration entirely too long to come to grips with the magnitude of this security breach — a breach that experts agree was entirely foreseeable. Americans who serve our country need to be able to trust that the government can keep their personal information safe and secure,” Boehner said in a statement.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, in addition to firing Archuleta, also called for Obama to remove Archuleta and Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour.

“Their negligence has now put the personal and sensitive information of 21.5 million Americans into the hands of our adversaries. Such incompetence is inexcusable,” Chaffetz, a Republican, said Thursday in a statement.

A senior administration official said Thursday that Obama’s views on Archuleta have not changed since June, when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President has “confidence that she is the right person for the job.”

For his part, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee said he was “deeply disturbed” by the breach, but Rep. Adam Schiff didn’t call on anyone to resign.

“I do not believe OPM was fully candid in its original briefing to the Committee and omitted key information about two distinct hacks and the breadth of the potential compromise,” Schiff said in a statement. “To the degree OPM has not been fully forthcoming with Congress or has sought to blame others for a lack of its own adequate security, OPM has not inspired confidence in its ability to safeguard our networks and most sensitive databases.”

Last week, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN at an intelligence conference that China is the “leading suspect” in the OPM hack.

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