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Leave it to Cleaver: ‘I Can’t Legislate and Agitate at the Same Time’

July 28th, 2010 by mopns · No Comments

Wouldn’t claiming that you were spat on while walking to to the capitol to pass Obama’s unpopular healthcare bill be considered “legislating and agitating at the same time?” But we digress. Cleaver is angry that his $200 million Green Impact Zone earmark project is not hiring enough African Americans.

Kansas City Star:

[Cleaver] explained that he had secured millions of dollars in federal stimulus money from the Obama administration for the Green Impact Zone in the urban core of Kansas City.

The 150-block area is in the heart of the black community. Yet African-American workers haven’t been included in representative numbers at major “green” construction projects. Cleaver said he toured the area recently with officials and was “embarrassed because at one location no blacks were on the construction site, and at another there was only one.”

“It’s absolutely crazy,” Cleaver said. “I can’t legislate and agitate at the same time. People now believe they can get away with anything.

“We need a resurgence of the NAACP. We need direct action as in the past, or we’re going to see more and more of our gains cut off.” Read more…

Related:

Cleaver & CBC: Obama “Not Doing Enough to Help African-Americans”

Cong. Cleaver’s $200 Million Stimulus Project – With No Plan!

Cleaver “Guinea Pig” Green Project Has Unintended Consequences

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