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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 05:50 AM
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Project 21:Senator Allen's National Heritage Area Threatens to Disproporti
Project 21:Senator Allen's National Heritage Area Threatens to Disproportionately Harm Minorities

9/21/2006 6:30:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Legislation introduced by Senator George Allen (R-Va.) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) to create a federal "National Heritage Area" that encompasses portions of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania is likely to disproportionately harm minority families in the region by making homeownership more inaccessible, say members of the Project 21 black leadership network.

The "Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area Act of 2006" is S. 2645 in the Senate and H.R. 5195 in the House.

"Rather than promote initiatives that harm property rights and make it harder for minorities to obtain a piece of the American Dream, Senator Allen should focus on protecting the property rights of all Americans," said Project 21 member and Virginia resident John Meredith.

Meredith, who has experience working on environmental and land use issues, is also the son of James Meredith, the first black student admitted to the University of Mississippi in 1962.
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http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=72868
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 08:24 AM
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1. Well they are minorities, so....

Who cares?

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JPZenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 11:19 AM
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2. This is pigeonshit
A National Heritage Area has nothing to do with minority issues. It is a matter of promoting heritage-based tourism, encouraging historic preservation, and providing advice to local governments on land preservation. The intent is to preserve a historic rural corridor along Route 15, including Leesburg, Frederick and Gettysburg. This is part of an effort by many organizations, which Allen has joined at the last minute.

If I remember correctly, Meredith worked in the Senate office of Jesse Helms. 'Nough Said. The guy no longer has credibility.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 09:22 PM
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3. His father James was on Jesse's staff a while beginning in '89:
I don't know about the son, John. Do you have a link?
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-22-06 08:42 AM
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4. If they truly want to preserve heritage they would put all that land out
to the public and in particular the minorities for develpment. Just as Grant made Lee's family land into Arlington National Cemetary so should all that land be used as a much better reminder of the treason that took place especially against the black folks of America. Their Heritage is nothing more than racist BS and it should not be preserved in any form other than to benefit the victims of their racist past. To make shrines out of it is a slap in the face to fourteen percent of the American population.
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