Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday's Panorama 2.0

What a wonderful world. Or so we would like to think, right? Well, what we really know is the fact that it certainly takes some chutzpa to navigate through the daily mine fields that face us. I should know, since I get out of bed and go to the grind stone with all I've got and then some. If you want it to happen in life, you've got to make it so. Thus, I do that each outing in this forum as bring you our unique brand of news, updates, commentary and what we think is really going on in central city and beyond. It's another COP:24/7 on our way out come this 12.31.09!! Let's roll with it...

Housing 4 U: Little Rock Housing Authority will be accepting applications December 15th starting at 8:00 am.
Applications will be accepted on line only. www.lrhousing.org
1500 applications will be accepted, after reaching that total process will stop.
An ad ran in Arkansas Democrat on Sunday, December 6th and will run again this Sunday, December 13th.
LRHA provides publicly assisted housing comprised of traditional public housing, mixed finance sites and Section 8. We currently house more than 8,000 individuals. More than half of our residents live in Section 8 housing located throughout the City of Little Rock. LRHA provides Section 8 residents with a voucher to be used toward their rent; however, private landlords manage the properties.

Uganda to Drop Death Penalty, Life in Jail for Gays
By Fred Ojambo
editors note: In a previous post, I highlighted that MSNBC newscaster Rachel Maddow had reported this story as well as US connections. Here is the latest update on this issue reprinted from a Bloomberg website.
Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Uganda will drop the death penalty and life imprisonment for gays in a refined version of an anti- gay bill expected to be ready for presentation to Parliament in two weeks, James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics and integrity, said.
The draft bill, which is under consideration by a parliamentary committee, will drop the two punishments to attract the support of religious leaders who are opposed to these penalties, Buturo said today in a phone interview from the capital, Kampala.
Ugandan lawmaker David Bahati presented a private member’s bill on Oct. 14 which sought the death penalty and life imprisonment for gay people in the country. The Ugandan government supports the bill because homosexuality and lesbianism are “repugnant to the Ugandan culture,” Buturo said. Still, it favors a more refined set of punishments, he said.
In addition to formulating punishments for the gay people, the bill will also promote counseling to help “attract errant people to acceptable sexual orientation,” said Buturo.
The proposed legislation has attracted criticism from gay rights activists, both locally and internationally, who argue that the law would promote discrimination and hatred toward the gay community.
To contact the reporter on this story: Fred Ojambo in Kampala via the Johannesburg bureau at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.
Survey Says?: The Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Bruce Wampold, invites individuals to participate in a research study investigating the impact of experiences with race/ethnicity and sexual orientation based violence on mental health. The study is seeking Black heterosexual males, White gay males, and Black gay males between the ages of 18 and 40 to participate in the online survey. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and is being facilitated by Doctoral Candidate Stephen L. Gresham, M.S. of the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Here's the link if you wish to participate. Tell em you heard about it here first!
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