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Alabama mayor allows Confederate flags back in cemetery, but only temporarily

Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas will allow the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place Confederate and U.S. flags in a small downtown cemetery on Saturday after receiving a written request from the group. Greg Carlyle, Alabama Division Commander for the ...

ROBERT DEWITT: Competing beliefs can live in peace

Bucolic Union Springs in Bullock County is known for its Old South charm and as a New South civil rights battleground. A clash between the town’s two defining characteristics recently made news. Former Alabama legislator Myron Penn strode into a cemetery ...

Lawyer removes Confederate flags from civil war cemetery, sparking calls for disbarment

An African American lawyer is facing calls for his arrest and disbarment after removing Confederate flags from a cemetery in Union Springs, Alabama, on Mother’s Day weekend. Lawyer Myron Penn announced last Monday at a meeting of the Bullock County ...

Alabama Democrat receives death threats for removing Confederate flags from public property

Accompanied by his family on Mother’s Day, former State Senator and County Commissioner Myron Penn (D-AL) picked up miniature confederate flags from the graves of soldiers on city property in Union Springs, Alabama. The confiscated flags now sit in a ...

Myron Penn, Alabama Democrat, removes Confederate flags from soldiers’ graves at historic cemetery

A black Alabama attorney and former Democratic state senator is under fire for removing the Confederate flags that decorated soldiers’ graves at an old Confederate cemetery in downtown Union Springs. Myron Penn is facing calls to be to be arrested and ...

Confederate flags at cemetery fuel ire, action

A former Alabama state senator has sparked controversy after removing ...
He brought the Southern Cross stick flags to the city hall in Union Springs. Penn was Bullock County’s first black elected commission chairman, according to a local newspaper.

Alabama Attorney Removes Confederate Flags From Cemetery, Sparks Outrage (Photos)

A notable attorney in Alabama sparked controversy when he removed confederate flags from the graves of soldiers at a local cemetery. Myron Penn, a lawyer and former state senator in Union Springs, Alabama, removed the flags from a Confederate cemetery in ...

AL Attorney Removes Confederate Flag From Cemetery, Sparks Debate

UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) -- An African-American attorney in Alabama has sparked a debate by removing Confederate battle flags from the graves of Civil War veterans. Myron Penn said he and his family removed the flags and brought them to the city hall in ...

Attorney removes Confederate battle flags from historic cemetery in Alabama, prompts debate

UNION SPRINGS, Alabama — An African-American attorney who removed Confederate battle flags from a historic cemetery has sparked a debate, including prompting calls that he be arrested or disbarred. Myron Penn told WSFA-TV (http://bit.ly/1L9bSWH ...

More Confederate flags put out at Union Springs cemetery amidst controversy

UNION SPRINGS, AL (WSFA) - After news broke and made national headlines that Confederate flags had been removed from the graves of soldiers in Union Springs, officials revealed that more flags have been placed out at the cemetery. A prominent attorney ...

The Heritage Violation In Union Springs, Alabama

Originally posted on Confederate Patriot Voters United: The Confederate Patriot Voters United has been following the Heritage Violation in Union Springs, Alabama. Yes another Heritage Violation in th…

The Heritage Violation In Union Springs, Alabama

The Confederate Patriot Voters United has been following the Heritage Violation in Union Springs, Alabama. Yes another Heritage Violation in the South. A bunch of Confederate Flags were removed in a C…


Gary Carlyle, Commander of the Alabama Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, announced today that at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 23rd, the SCV will replace the memorial flags which were…

Confirmed: City of Union Springs Removes Confederate Flags From Confederate Graves In Confederate Cemetery | Occidental Dissent

Confirmed: City of Union Springs Removes Confederate Flags From Confederate Graves In Confederate Cemetery | Occidental Dissent

Union Springs ends Edison's streak of IAC titles

Skyler Jennings of Union Springs dives back to first safely as Edison’s Kieran Goodwin tags his foot during Friday’s IAC Large School title game at Dunn Field. ELMIRA – Union Springs head coach Dan…

Mayor of Union Springs Issues Executive Order to Remove Confederate Flags From Confederate Graves In Confederate Cemetery

Mayor of Union Springs Issues Executive Order to Remove Confederate Flags From Confederate Graves In Confederate CemeteryPosted on May 19, 2015 by Hunter WallaceSaint T. Thomas Jr., Mayor of Union Spr…

Confederate Flags Restored In Union Springs | Occidental Dissent

Confederate Flags Restored In Union Springs | Occidental Dissent

Union Springs wins, will face Lansing in tie-breaker

Ithaca High senior Sammy Meminger delivers to the plate during the Little Red’s 13-3 victory over Binghamton on Tuesday afternoon at Tatascore Field. The victory gave Ithaca a final regular-season rec…

Who Will Stand Up For Confederate Heritage in Union Springs?

Last week in Union Springs, Alabama former State Senator and County Commissioner Myron Penn brought his family to a local Confederate cemetery and removed small…

Union Springs ends Edison’s streak of IAC titles

Skyler Jennings of Union Springs dives back to first safely as Edison’s Kieran Goodwin tags his foot during Friday’s IAC Large School title game at Dunn Field. ELMIRA – Union Springs head coach Dan…


Having a vegetarian diet in UNION SPRINGS ALABAMA

Vegetarian diet

A vegetarian diet is a meal plan consisting mostly of plants such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. A vegetarian diet has little or no animal products. Types of vegetarian diets include:
  • Vegan: Diet consists of only foods herbal.
  • Lacto-vegetarian: Diet consists of plant foods plus some or all dairy products.
  • Lacto-ovovegetarian: Diet consists of plant foods, dairy products and eggs.
  • Semi- or partial vegetarian: Diet consists of plant foods and may include chicken or fish, dairy products and eggs. It does not include red meat.


A well-planned vegetarian diet can provide good nutrition. A vegetarian diet often helps to have better health.Eating a vegetarian diet can help you:
  • Reduce the likelihood of obesity.
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Lowering blood pressure.
  • Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Compared to those who are not vegetarians, vegetarians usually eat:
  • Fewer calories from fat (especially saturated fat).
  • Fewer calories overall.
  • More fiber, potassium and vitamin C.


By following a vegetarian diet, consider the following:
  • Eat different foods, including vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, whole grains and dairy products and eggs if your diet includes.
  • Cut back on foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt (sodium).
  • No redress the lack of a nutrient overeating other. For example, do not eat much rich fat cheese to replace meat.
  • Instead, choose protein sources that are low in fat, such as beans.
  • If necessary, take supplements if your diet lacks certain vitamins and minerals.
  • Learn to read the nutrition label on food packages. The label lists the ingredients and nutritional content of the food product.
  • If you follow a restricted diet, you may want to work with a nutritionist to ensure you´re getting enough nutrients.

Alternative Names

Lacto-ovo vegetarian; Semi-; Lacto; Partial vegetarian; Vegan


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Giving Every Young Person in UNION SPRINGS ALABAMA a Path to Reach Their Potential

Our nation’s most basic duty is to ensure that every child has the chance to fulfill his or her potential. This isn’t the responsibility of one individual or one neighborhood: it’s up to all of us to pave these paths of opportunity so that young people — regardless of where they grow up — can get ahead in life and achieve their dreams.

That’s why My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is such an important initiative. Launched by President Obama last year, MBK brings communities together to ensure that all youth — including boys and young men of color — can overcome barriers to success and improve their lives. I got to see this work up close during a recent trip to Oakland, California. I joined Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette McElhaney, and other stakeholders for a conversation about efforts that are making a difference in the lives of local youth.

One of the participants was a teenager named Edwin Manzano. The son of a hard-working single parent, Edwin found encouragement and support at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). Thanks in part to the academic and mentoring services offered by the EOYDC, Edwin will become the first member of his family to attend college when he begins his studies this fall at San Francisco State University.

Edwin is grateful for the opportunities that EOYDC afforded him. “Everyone needs a support system,” he says. That’s true whether you are a teenager or HUD Secretary. I was lucky when I was growing up on the West Side of San Antonio. Although it was a modest community in terms of resources, it was rich with folks who took an interest in my future. I had family members, teachers — and even policymakers — who paved a path that allowed me and other young people like me to succeed.

Unfortunately, not every child is as fortunate. That’s why My Brother’s Keeper is so close to my heart. The future of every young person in America should be determined by their heart, their mind and their work ethic. It should never be determined by their zip code.

In Oakland, I talked with 17 young people who have big hopes and aspirations for the future. It’s in our nation’s interest to help them achieve their goals. And we’re committed to doing our part at HUD.

For example, we’ve introduced a Jobs-Plus pilot program that will provide public housing residents in eight cities with intensive employment training, rent incentives and community building focused on work and economic self-sufficiency.

We’re also working on a broadband initiative to ensure that students living in HUD-assisted households will benefit from the life-changing opportunities available through high-speed internet. This project will provide the access to online resources that young people need to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

On the housing front, we expect the recent expansion of our Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) initiative to aid HUD-assisted properties in raising billions of dollars in private sector investment — funding that will be used to secure our nation’s affordable housing future. And recently, our Federal Housing Administration lowered its Mortgage Insurance Premiums to make homeownership more affordable for responsible families, helping them put down roots and build wealth for the future.

But I know HUD alone won’t solve the issues facing America’s youth. These challenges require our Department to maintain longstanding, effective partnerships with other federal agencies and key stakeholders. Most importantly, President Obama understands that My Brother’s Keeper will only succeed if local leaders take his call to action into their own hands.

Folks in Oakland are stepping up to answer this call. During the Community Conversation, I spoke with leaders from Oakland’s nonprofits, philanthropic institutions, and faith-based organizations that are putting our young people on the path to success. Groups like the East Oakland Youth Development Center, the East Bay Foundation, and the Allen Temple Baptist Church are using promising and proven approaches to make a real difference in their communities.

This kind of work is happening all across the nation and will benefit generations of Americans. We’ve got to keep it going by continuing to support our young people. When they succeed, our nation grows stronger, and our future becomes brighter. And by giving everyone an opportunity to reach their goals, we can ensure that the 21st century is another American century.


Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in UNION SPRINGS ALABAMA

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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