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★ ★ ★ has improved over the years, there Following the So- ★ ★ are still issues affecting the well-be- cial Action Luncheon, ★ ★ ing and rights of the average citizen. The Delta Foundation ★ ★ then we have to defend the most ond Annual Stephanie ★presented the Sec-“If we are about social justice, ★ vulnerable members of our society Tubbs Jones Social ★ ★ regardless of who is in offi Justice Institute dur- ★ ce,” said ★ Dyson. ing the afternoon gen- ★ ★ ation of African-American men and the presentation, the ★eral session. DuringHe stated that the over incarcer- ★ women and the deplorable concen- Foundation paid trib- ★ ★ tration of poor people in the country ute to Congresswoman ★ ★ places the present state of this coun- Stephanie Tubbs Jones, ★ ★ ing to Dyson, the top 20 percent of Delta Sigma Theta So- ★an active member oftry in “the worst of times.” Accord- ★ people earn 50 percent of the wealth. rority who served on ★ ★ The top one percent of wealth hold- the National Social Ac- ★ ★ ers invest in maintaining that wealth tion Commission up un- ★ and an “adulterous relationship with til her untimely death ★ democracy.” in 2008. The Founda- National President Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre addresses ★ ★ “Not many people want to talk tion announced the attendees of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s 23rd Annual Delta ★ ★ about the poor because poor people 2012 Stephanie Tubbs Days in the Nation’s Capital. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER ★ ★ he said. “In your advocacy, use your ship Program, which ship poverty has on health; wellness ★Jones Summer Intern-don’t get you any votes or sympathy,” ★ intelligence to speak about the poor. will provide internship opportunities and prevention; and the rising obe- ★ ★ Remember those who can’t even af- to minority women. sity rates in women and children. ★ ★ best of African-American culture.” on the social action initiatives of the table pertaining to women’s health; ★pact in the political arena as well aspanel highlighted legislation on the★Healthcare professionals on theRep. Tubbs Jones left a lasting im-ford to talk about becoming a part ofany organization that represents the ★ ★ Sorority. National leaders stressed advocacy on behalf of wom- ★ ★ including Soror Butler-Mc- en and children; discussed preventa- ★ ★ called the life of Rep. Tubbs velopments in medicine. ★man Louis Stokes (D-OH) re-importance of researching new de-★Intyre and former Congress-tive medicine; and emphasized the ★ ★ Jones and the difference she Dr. Bertha Roddey, 20th National ★ ★ made in the lives of numer- President of Delta Sigma Theta, pre- ★ ★ communities. inspiring sorors to continue to seek ★ous people and countless nal charge for the day,sented the fi ★ Soror Michele Hagans, justice and remain conscious of each ★ ★ president of Fort Lincoln other, as women, and their communi- ★ ★ ternship Program. The pro- with regional caucuses for the sev- ★$25,000 to fund the STJ In-Monday’s activities wrapped up★ties.Realty Company, donated ★ ★ gram has also received ma- en regions to discuss strategies for ★ ★ jor support from The Clinton Tuesday’s congressional visits on ★ ★ Foundation. culminated Tuesday afternoon with ★Congressional Black CaucusDelta Days in the Nation’s Capital★Family Foundation and TheCapitol Hill. ★ ★ The fi a wrap-up session that allowed so- ★ nal workshop for ★ the day featured a health fo- rors to discuss plans for being more ★ ★ coverage in African-Ameri- courses of action for their chapters ★rum focusing on healthcareproactive in the legislative process, ★ Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian Na- can communities. to implement in their cities, and ★ ★ tional Museum of African Art; and Soror Carla Harris, Dr. Regina Benjamin, Delta Sigma Theta’s role in affecting ★ ★ Behind?” PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER She discussed the relation- ★sented opening remarks.▲★positive and meaningful change incommunities.U.S. Surgeon General, pre-National Social Action Commission member, during theEducation Forum titled, “What Now for No Child Left ★ ★ ★ ★ 22 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. ★★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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