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THE BARRAS REPORT: WHOSE MONEY IS IT?

SHORTLY after winning the 2014 November General Election, then-Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser promised, according to the Washington Afro-American newspaper, that once fully in charged of the District government—it’s 32,000 employee-workforce and $11 billion budget—she would “work to restore the public’s faith in our local government and push for one of the most open and transparent systems, so as to provide better and more efficient city services.”

Now, however, only three weeks into her mayoralty, Bowser’s administration is all hide-and-seek. It is developing an opaqueness that threatens to increase, rather than decrease, residents’ suspicions and worry about pay-to-play culture, cronyism and nepotism.

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THE PEOPLE’S STATE OF THE UNION

By E.Ethelbert Miller
A few days ago President Obama delivered the State of the Union address before Congress. The State of the Union speech is the time when we listen to our president as if he was a teacher or doctor. The president takes the nation’s pulse. At times he might recommend medicine that we should take in order to be well. The president is the person who warns us about what might be on the final exam and what we need to study and prepare for. Often we want the President to tell us a story or share stories of people he might have met when stepping beyond the Oval Office. We want to know what’s going on around our country. We want to be reminded about what it means to be American.

Still we are reminded by Howard Zinn that people make history. The President is one – we the people are many. Across America, from today until January 30th, people will be meeting to share their stories.

THE PEOPLE’S STATE OF THE UNION–JANUARY 24, 2015

Please join EMPOWERTALK and ESTHER PRODUCTIONS INC. January 24, 2015 as they host The People’s State of the Union at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave. NW ) in Washington, D.C. The event is being held from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It is sponsored in association with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. E.Ethelbert Miller, a cabinet member of the USDAC, is a featured speaker. But participants will offer their own insights, stories, and even poetry that represent their views about the state of the country. They also will be urged to offer suggestions for how to improve the quality of life for fellow Americans, including civic affairs and politics.

Register at EventBrite or call 202.829.0591 for additional information. You won’t want to miss this important affair.

Obama Gets His Mojo Back…And GOP Is in Disarray

By Richard Hébert

President Obama is on a roll. You might even say he got his mojo back. I refer of course to his State of the Union address this past week and its aftermath. Republicans, on the other hand, almost immediately revealed that their party is in disarray despite their sweeping victory in last November’s mid-term elections…

THE GIFT: An Interactive Healing Experience Using the Literary, Performing and Visual Arts

The ultimate intent of this powerful six-hour program produced by Esther Productions and EmpowerTalk is to bring participants closer to self-reconciliation, greater self-appreciation, self-love and forgiveness, diminishing potential violence against themselves and others.

Write to estherproductionsinc@gmail.com for more information