The National Black Church Initiative Joins CVS Health and the American Lung Association to Help Black Communities Live Tobacco-Free

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, has joined with CVS Health and the American Lung Association to help African American Communities in Miami live tobacco-free.

As part of a grant received from CVS Health, NBCI facilitators in Miami have been certified to become American Lung Association (ALA) Freedom from Smoking trainers able to conduct local FFS workshops. These workshops will occur over eight weeks to help provide smokers in the Miami area with the tools they need to successfully quit smoking.

“We are honored to receive a Tobacco Cessation grant from CVS Health in support of local efforts to help members of our community live tobacco-free,” said Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI. “We look forward to hosting our FFS workshops and providing smokers with the resources they need to quit for good.”

The American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program is designed for anyone who wants to quit smoking and takes participants through modules containing tips and lessons on how to quit smoking. The resulting collaboration will help empower faith-based communities and help more individuals live tobacco-free.

“CVS Health is committed to supporting programs that increase the opportunity and ability for African Americans nationwide to lead healthier lives, regardless of where they live, their economic circumstances or cultural background,” said David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer for CVS Health. “We’re proud to support the dedicated work of NBCI, who shares our commitment to providing African Americans and faith-based communities with the resources they need to live tobacco-free lives.”

In September 2014, CVS Health became the first, and remains the only, national retail pharmacy to eliminate the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products from its stores.With NBCI’s overall

Health Emergency Health Model and Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation programs, NBCI and CVS Health can create meaningful outcomes in improving the lives of their shared communities.

Source: South Florida Times

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The National Black Church Initiative Strongly Denounces the Desecration of the Jewish Cemetery and the Continuous Threat Against Our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

This is despicable in the sight of God!

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is loaning its moral voice in the denunciation against those who have visited violence against the Jewish cemetery and Jewish communities across the country.

Antisemitism does not have any place in our growing and diverse society. We can disagree on policy, but the Black Church will not tolerate any violence toward our Jewish brothers and sisters. We wholeheartedly condemn those who are responsible for the desecration of Jewish cemeteries across the country. An act against the Jewish community is an act against the Black Church and Black Community We stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters shoulder to shoulder and we will not tolerate any violence in either words or deeds against the Jewish community.

Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the NBCI, says, “We are speaking out forcefully against the environment that allows individuals who are not of good will to threaten bodily harm against our Jewish brothers and sisters across the country. We will not tolerate such behavior. The National Black Church Initiative, with its 34,000 churches, wants everyone to understand that our Jewish brothers and sisters are God’s chosen people to interpret the holy Torah, and without their interpretation humanity could be lost.”

He went on to declare, “By touching or harming any of our Jewish brothers and sisters, you are interfering with the will of God. Therefore, all of God’s people, Christians as well as Muslims, condemn these present threats and negative actions against the Jewish community. African Americans are also a part of God’s chosen people and the Jewish community has the same sacred obligation to protect the dignity and the godhead of Christians and Muslims as we are to protect Jews.”

ABOUT NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. 

NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

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The National Black Church Initiative Declares Independence From the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, Moving Forward In Light of the Challenges That Face the Democratic Party

The Black Church will focus on its issues in developing its religious power base and policy positions

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is well aware of the political transformation that is taking place in our society as a result of the election. We will not be considered from this day forward, a part of the Democratic Coalition which has been traditionally associated with the Black Church. Neither will we be a tool of the Republican Party going forward. The Black Church will no longer pick sides, for we have seen the damage that has come from close association with either party. We will remain politically active in the areas of educating ourselves about public policy issues and making our own judgments according to Scripture, tradition and the condition of Black Christians all over this country.

When one speaks of coalition politics we want to make it very clear that we will not be a part of any coalition based on tradition or history. We will only be a part of a coalition based on issues. NBCI continues to hold these issues as its primary pillars of concern, that is healthcare, education, housing, economic development, financial literacy, immigration and religious liberty. What we have found in the past two elections is that neither of these parties adequately represents our interests. This is why we are reiterating our independence.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “This is why we are not concerned who becomes the chair of the Democratic Party because it will not affect us one bit whatsoever. We will determine our own fate and we will not look to the DNC to do so. The Black Church is determined not to be anybody’s water boy. We will make our determination through prayer and revelation and understanding what is decent and moral to the core of the historic soul of the Black Church. We do not need the Black Caucus to teach us about theology, neither Al Sharpton. And we also do not need them to teach us about social activism. We are capable ourselves of coming up with a strategy to deal with the Trumps of the world and the Sharptons of the world.”

During the last election we issued a press release declaring our independence form the political interests of the Congressional Black Caucus and Rev. Al Sharpton because both of these organizations rejected our claim to religious liberty and told us to shut up as a Church, accept the principles of the religious coalition, and follow without question. This is why we did not join the march against Trump, even though we denounced him. We asked Al. Sharpton a basic question, after we march then what? Do we have a strategy moving forward? The National Black Church Initiative has a strategy moving forward for African American Christians and the African American community.

The first thing we must do is pray, that is why we have launched the one million prayer warriors. The second thing we must do is register to vote in every district there is. The third thing is to not accept the arguments of the traditional liberal organizations as if they have the solutions to our problems. The National Black Church Initiative has written Crime Prevention plans for the cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Milwaukee, New Orleans and Memphis. In other words we have the solution to our own problems and we do not need Al Sharpton or radical Republicans and their liberal coalitions pushing unethical teachings like gay marriage and unprotected sex down our throats as if we are children.

Another issue that we will not tote any of the liberal waters on, is the comprehensive immigration plan. We will out rightly reject a comprehensive immigration plan because of its effect on African American economics, especially the poor and uneducated. But we will also fight against President Trump’s deportation plan of brown people and breaking up families. We will not accept this as an either-or proposition. Again we will come up with an intelligent plan to address the issues that confront the Black Christian community.

ABOUT NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. 

NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com

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The National Black Church Initiative Is Appalled At The Way Ms. Omarosa Manigault Was Treated By Some Rude and Disrespectful Customers In Nordstrom

The Black Church will not allow this to happen again

Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is appalled at the way that Ms. Omarosa Manigault was treated while shopping for wedding gowns for her upcoming marriage. The Black Church apologizes on behalf of those rude customers to this wonderful human being who represents the Black community with dignity, respect and intelligence in representing our people as the Assistant to the President and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison focusing on issues such as community outreach.

The National Black Church Initiative and 34,000 churches are proud of her and what she has accomplished in her lifetime in front of the TV cameras. One can only respect how she has handled the current situation and how she has handled one of the roughest, nastiest political campaigns ever waged in this country. She really is one of our heroic African American women who has demonstrated poise and the ethics and teachings of Jesus.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “Again I am ashamed of our people and how they treat one of our own who has went through pure hell in this past campaign and has been a victim of harassment and bullying. The Black Church will not allow this to happen to this sister. I must tell you with all pride and indignation, take your hands off this woman. She is the person that God has appointed at this time to represent our interests in the White House under the current Trump Administration.”

“God has placed her there and I am happy to be among the supporters of this young woman and very proud of her forthcoming biblical marriage. One of the things that the public does not understand, and some of our people have failed to recognize is that this young lady is a called Minister of the Gospel. Let me echo the Scriptures, how beautiful are the feats of those who preach the Gospel. Let it be clear from this day forward that she has the unabated support of 34,000 Black Churches as she seeks to carry out her job on behalf of Christ and Black people. Amen.”

This is why she should not ever be treated in the manner visited upon her and her wedding party during their trip to Nordstrom. To the young ladies who felt compelled to heckle her and to call her names unbecoming of any Christian character, the Church publicly and loudly denounces their behavior towards this sister. Regardless of your politics she has represented African Americans with a sense of grace and respect that we can all be proud of. We can never stay silent when one of our own is treated in such a manner. This is the second incident that the Church has had to speak out on regarding the behavior of some African American women towards African American leadership in a public forum.

The last time we lifted our pen in indignation was against some African American females who threatened the lives of Tavis Smiley because he had an opposite perspective to our then President Barack Obama. These women who have heckled Ms. Omarosa and the women who threatened Tavis’ life do not represent the dignity and grace of Black women who understand how to address themselves in public dressed in the African American history, pride and our community.

ABOUT NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.

NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

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34,000 Black Churches of the National Black Church Initiative Calls D.C. Death with Dignity Act Purely Evil

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, with over 800 local churches in the District of Columbia congratulates Jason Chaffetz and the other Republications in the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform who voted to block the implementation of the District of Columbia’s Death with Dignity Act.

Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative, states with passion that “The African-American Church would like to thank the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for standing up for those who are frail, vulnerable, and should only die per God’s grace and mercy. The Church will never support self-suicide even if it is law. We believe that Mary Cheh, the D.C. councilperson who sponsored this bill, sponsored it to put a political feather in her hat. She is a woman without any moral dignity at all according to the Church. She wants to force her views on self-suicide and call it dignity. However, her real motives, we believe, are political and evil. She is a proponent of death in the opinion of the Church.”

Here is a perfect example of why the Black Church can no longer consider certain political parties in moving forward with any coalition politics. The Black Church can neither trust the Democrats nor Republicans because they both will sell the Church’s ethics down the drain if given the chance to do so. In this case, the Democrats are asking us to ignore our biblical faith around death and dying and support a bill that protects the District of Columbia government’s self-autonomy but ignores our own personal faith.

The Church will never do that under no circumstances for either political parties. In this case, we join with the Republican party in the House and Senate. The Black Church does not care about the District of Columbia’s sovereignty over and against its own faith.

ABOUT NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.

NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

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The National Black Church Initiative Will Join With AME Church Leadership, the ACLU, and Other Organizations to Oppose President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration; Say They Will Stand With the President When he Is Right, But Will Not Defend him When he Is Wrong

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, will join with Civil Rights groups and the ACLU and the Board of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) to oppose President Trump’s executive orders eliminating the entry into this country based on geography, race and religion. Our Constitution, which once made reference to race concerning its African American citizens as 3/5 is no longer a document that has a dark history on declaring who is human and who is not. The same Constitution has corrected itself with the blood, sweat and tears of its African American citizens. We can no longer allow it to be used against our brothers and sisters from the designated 7 countries that were banned by the President’s order.

It is obvious that the way this order was written and administered is unconstitutional and this is why we have had 2-3 federal judges block the implementation of this order, mainly on our Muslim brothers and sisters. The Black Church is well aware of the tactics of portions of the white community when they want to use the Constitution to mask their evil intent. Therefore, we will not allow the Trump Administration to single out, discriminate or to undermine their humanity by not saying anything at all.

Rev. Anthony Evans President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “I would like to commend the ACLU, the State Attorney Generals, members of Congress of both parties who are standing up against the tyranny offered by this Administration within fifteen days of his new Presidency. Let it be clear to President Trump that the Black Church will use the full weight of its power to defend the destitute, the outcast, the untouchables, the disinherited against anyone from this day forward. But if the President is ever right, we will stand and use this same moral power to defend him. In this case he is morally wrong and reprehensible. This is a systematic policy of exclusion and we will have nothing to do with it.”

This executive order is racist in its intent and application and therefore we will meet good with evil and oppose that. NBCI is prepared to offer a friend of the court brief if this law is appealed to the Supreme Court. It is our moral obligation and sacred duty, even to protect those who are not of our faith but are members of the human race.

ABOUT NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.

NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

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The National Black Church Initiative Is Proud To Launch The Creation of 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors; Everybody is Encouraged To Sign Up As a Prayer Warrior

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The National Black Church Initiative Is Proud To Launch The Creation of 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors
Everybody is Encouraged To Sign Up As a Prayer Warrior
www.omprayerwarriors.com

The Black Church needs to rediscover its roots in prayer

Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is proud to announce that NBCI is trying to sign up 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors to remind the Black Church that our power and our weapon lies in, not marching, but praying. The Lord gave us this vision about a year ago saying, the reason why we have yet to attract 10,000,000 Black men back to Church is because we have failed to pray about it first. Prayer is the essence of success, it always has been and always will be. Those who forget to pray forget to invoke the power of God in their lives.

Prayer is the foundation of calling 10,000,000 Black men back to Church. We are getting ready to witness a miracle, simply because we plan to obey God’s simple command to raise 1,000,00 Prayer Warriors and pray for the success of the evangelism of Black males, back into His Church and back into His body. We also plan to pray for all the sickness in our church, cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease are killing us in record numbers largely because we fail to pray and follow our doctor’s instructions and basic health truths. Our children are more concerned about social media than praying. We need to get our children back into the Church and back into praying. One of the first steps for them to come back to Church is prayer.

Our theme is prayer, praise and healing.

You can sign up to become a Prayer Warrior today by clicking here.

Rev. Anthony Evans President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “This inspiration came to me through a revelation from God. When Rev. Gwendolyn E. Allen, who organized our 24 hour prayer vigil every year at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Washington, DC the Lord spoke to me and said that every Church needs to have a 24 hour prayer vigil at least once a year, but I need also to raise up 1,000,000 Prayer warriors of people who are going to pray every day for themselves, their families and the other Christian warriors. The Lord also spoke to me and said, if you are able to pray and provoke my name, things will happen when you exercise the power that is in prayer. I followed the Lord’s edicts and created the 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors project. We are asking everyone in every family in America to sign up to become a Prayer Warrior for we need to come together and pray for ourselves, our family, our communities, our neighbors and our nation.”

We need to first provoke the name of Jesus Christ and the Father and the power behind that in order to overcome life’s sickness, disappointments and challenges. One of the reasons why we lack the power of prayer is because we do not combine prayer and praise. Hallelujah is the highest praise to God the Father and God the Son. Hallelujah. That is why it is important to not only pray but also praise God for His mighty works in our lives. Most of what we pray for is some form of healing, healing on our bodies, healing in our finances, healing in our relationships, healing in ourselves. This is why we have chosen this particular theme. Prayer, praise and healing.

Now that we know that if we raise up 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors in Christ Jesus to pray for the destiny and healing of the Black Church, this is the most powerful weapon that we have failed to use which God has given us free of charge. We do not need to oppose President Trump, we need to pray for him. Prayer and public pressure can move this man. The reason why same sex marriage passed in America is because we failed to pray, we failed to provoke the powerr of God in our lives, in our culture and in our society. This is why we are raising up 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors to pray for the sick in our church, pray for our clergy, pray for our children, pray for our nation and pray for whatever is possible.

ABOUT NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.

NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.


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34,000 Black Churches of the National Black Church Initiative Join With President Trump to Oppose the AT&T/Time Warner Merger

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It will not make America great!

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is joining with President Trump to oppose the AT&T merger. “As an example of the power structure I’m fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner and thus CNN, a deal we will not approve in my administration because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few,” Trump said during a speech.Trump told a friend in the last few weeks that he still considers the merger to be a bad deal, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the conversation was private. Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is also opposed to the deal, another person said.

Rev. Anthony Evans President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “We see this merger as a power move by AT&T just to take over consumer access on the technological side and limit their choices in terms of content. If one company is controlling that much content we will never experience the diversity of suppliers and producers and it also gives them too much power. One of the most important reasons why we have proposed this merger is because they are going to raise the rate on low income moderate and upper middle families who are on a tight budget. Who would have ever suspected that we would end up paying between cable and phones some 30% of our monthly income? This is morally outrageous the national black church initiative 34,000 churches oppose this vehemently and will do everything in our power to stop it.”

NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work.

These are the points illustrating our stance on the merger.

  1. The current merger talks between AT&T and Time Warner will cost NBCI 15.7 million members in both rural and urban communities who are connected to either one of this companies an 18% increase in their bill and expose them to identity theft. Currently NBCI members are paying up to 22% of their monthly income on phone and internet related services. If this merger gets through without proper oversight and they will have to recover any losses they incur, NBCI members and others will have to cover these hidden costs. In addition, the merger doesn’t speak to the many new products they are planning to roll out that will impact NBCI members. Thus, NBCI members will pay an average of 22-25% of their monthly income. The vast majority of NBCI members are on a low income and fixed budget and this will add an undo burden to their current economic state. This merger is going to cost of members tens of millions of dollars and this is morally unfair. AT&T will be merging these two big companies, valued at 68 billion dollars, off the backs of the poor.
  1. Another strong objection will be that our members will be paying for mediocre internet services over AT&T’s networks depending on their geographical location. This issue is particularly pressing for members in areas in which AT&T is their only choice for provider. According to Harvard University Law School professor, Susan Crawford, this deal “leaves two-thirds of Americans with at most one choice for high-speed internet access…” and “residents in AT&T areas that don’t have the option of cable (or can’t afford it) will be completely stuck with AT&T’s unmaintained second-class services.” AT&T doesn’t face any real competition currently so consumers in these vulnerable areas will be burdened with unchecked price increases on unexceptional service.
  1. Also, the acquiring of a content company, Time Warner, by AT&T means that AT&T customers who consume other content will face limited access to non-AT&T-owned content. Professor Susan Crawford explains, “It’s bad enough that the merger would lock in the current problem of Americans without adequate access. The new problem—the merger-specific problem the deal prompts—is that it will give AT&T even more of an incentive to beat up potentially competitive sources of content in a gazillion ways.”
  1. According to David Morris an author for the Fortune magazine, “The deal’s risk to consumers is clear. Following its acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T is the largest pay TV operator in the US. It is also the second-largest wireless data provider and the third-largest broadband provider. That means AT&T controls a huge proportion of the bandwidth consumers use across multiple platforms. Buying a content producer like Time Warner would give it a big motive to make its own content faster or more accessible than competitors’. AT&T already has a built-in conflict of interest to favor its own stuff because it owns DirecTV and its programming contracts. Now it will have all of the Time Warner properties — including HBO and Warner Bros. — to protect and favor as well. This will happen not only in AT&T’s wired home market but also in its massive wireless business.”
  1. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Michael Hiltzik says, “The proper template for considering this merger’s dangers is Comcast’s 2011 merger with NBC Universal. As we observed at the time, the benefits of the deal for the consumer were wholly imaginary: It wouldn’t ‘improve cable TV or Internet technology. It won’t by itself lead to more innovative or even more popular television programming. It won’t result in more efficient entertainment production.’ Rather, by concentrating economic power in fewer hands, it was almost certain to lead to less of all that. The same claims for consumer benefits made by Comcast and NBCUniversal had been made for all the media mega-mergers of the previous 15 years, involving Walt Disney Co., ABC, Viacom, CBS, Time, Warner Bros., CNN and AOL, among other companies. None of them came true.”

The question is: do we want to give such concentrated power to one company to control content, pricing, and access?

Our aim is to safeguard our members and ensure that companies do not take advantage of them. Recently, over 8000 of our members were taken advantage of by Wells Fargo and their fraudulent account rigging system. We don’t want this to happen to our members considering this merger. We would appreciate an opportunity to speak with you about our concerns so that you may speak with the leadership of the Black Church on how serious we take this issue.

ABOUT NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. 

NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

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The National Black Church Initiative Says “the Black Church Needs to Rediscover Its Roots In Prayer; We Don’t Need to Oppose President Trump, We Need to Pray For him”, Launches Creation of 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors Site Where Everybody is Encouraged To Sign Up

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The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is proud to announce that NBCI is trying to sign up 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors to remind the Black Church that our power and our weapon lies in, not marching, but praying. The Lord gave us this vision about a year ago saying, the reason why we have yet to attract 10,000,000 Black men back to Church is because we have failed to pray about it first. Prayer is the essence of success, it always has been and always will be. Those who forget to pray forget to invoke the power of God in their lives.

Prayer is the foundation of calling 10,000,000 Black men back to Church. We are getting ready to witness a miracle, simply because we plan to obey God’s simple command to raise 1,000,00 Prayer Warriors and pray for the success of the evangelism of Black males, back into His Church and back into His body. We also plan to pray for all the sickness in our church, cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease are killing us in record numbers largely because we fail to pray and follow our doctor’s instructions and basic health truths. Our children are more concerned about social media than praying. We need to get our children back into the Church and back into praying. One of the first steps for them to come back to Church is prayer.

Our theme is prayer, praise and healing.

You can sign up to become a Prayer Warrior today by clicking here

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “This inspiration came to me through a revelation from God. When Rev. Gwendolyn E. Allen, who organized our 24 hour prayer vigil every year at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Washington, DC the Lord spoke to me and said that every Church needs to have a 24 hour prayer vigil at least once a year, but I also need to raise up 1,000,000 Prayer warriors of people who are going to pray every day for themselves, their families and the other Christian warriors. The Lord also spoke to me and said, if you are able to pray and invoke my name, things will happen when you exercise the power that is in prayer. I followed the Lord’s edicts and created the 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors project. We are asking everyone in every family in America to sign up to become a Prayer Warrior for we need to come together and pray for ourselves, our family, our communities, our neighbors and our nation.”

We need to first provoke the name of Jesus Christ and the Father and the power behind that in order to overcome life’s sickness, disappointments and challenges. One of the reasons why we lack the power of prayer is because we do not combine prayer and praise. Hallelujah is the highest praise to God the Father and God the Son. Hallelujah. That is why it is important to not only pray but also praise God for His mighty works in our lives. Most of what we pray for is some form of healing, healing on our bodies, healing in our finances, healing in our relationships, healing in ourselves. This is why we have chosen this particular theme: Prayer, praise and healing.

Now we know that if we raise up 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors in Christ Jesus to pray for the destiny and healing of the Black Church, this is the most powerful weapon that we have failed to use which God has given us free of charge. We do not need to oppose President Trump, we need to pray for him. Prayer and public pressure can move this man. The reason why same sex marriage passed in America is because we failed to pray, we failed to provoke the power of God in our lives, in our culture and in our society. This is why we are raising up 1,000,000 Prayer Warriors to pray for the sick in our church, pray for our clergy, pray for our children, pray for our nation and pray for whatever is possible.

ABOUT NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.

NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

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National Black Church Initiative Is Reluctant to Endorse Al Sharpton’s March Against Trump; Asks Him a Question: After We March Then What? Do We Have a Strategy Moving Forward?

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The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is simply asking a question of Al Sharpton and march organizers against the President elect Donald Trump, after we march, then what? Do we have a strategy moving forward in these next 4-8 years? NBCI’s 34,000 churches know of no strategy coming from the National Action Network or any other Civil Rights group. They just want us to march and register our dismay that Hillary Clinton lost the election. 

The National Black Church Initiative was one of the first national organizations to denounce Donald Trump’s racists views, so those who believe we are raising this question because we are some hidden supporters of Donald Trump are sadly mistaken and they can read it in this article It just does not make any sense to us that the only thing that we have in our arsenal moving forward is to march against Donald Trump whereby if we had listened to Tavis Smiley and Cornel West we would have had a more sophisticated response concerning the election of Donald Trump. 

The number one reason why we are so reluctant to march with Al Sharpton and his liberal pro-women, pro-gay coalition is because Al, over the past 8 years had carte blanche access to the White House and to the halls of power and he did not once bring us together to create a lasting strategy for the Black community in the critical areas in which we live, education, housing, economic development and health. Instead, Al Sharpton and his liberal friends took the time to get rich off of Government contracts and private business deals like the contract with Comcast. Now that he will be shut out of the White House for the next 8 years, he wants us to get upset when he blew an opportunity to secure critical issues that affect the African American community like forcing the White House to charge white racist officers under the Civil Rights Division. Not one white officer was charged under the Civil Rights Statutes during the tenure of Barack Obama and Al Sharpton.  

Still after full statistical employment, even though our joblessness was cut in half, many of our young professionals with degrees are still looking for meaningful employment under the Obama Administration. This is why, during the last campaign, the National Black Church Initiative sought to separate itself and declare its independence from both Al Sharpton and the National Congressional Black Caucus (as can be read in this article) 

Rev. Anthony Evans President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “I will be urging all of our 34,000 churches’ members not to participate in this march because it is hypocritical in its application, it also undermines what we have been trying to do for years which is to create a strategy for the African American community so that when we suffer a political loss we will not be completely out of the game. The Black Press, the Black political minds and the late Ron Walters pleaded with the Black community to develop a more balanced political strategy so that we may not have to march every time we disagree with an incoming administration. Al Sharpton is a good brother, and we have some of the same goals Al has but his strategy is backwards, elementary and does not indicate any level of political sophistication. In 2017 we choose not to march with someone who only looks out for himself and his organization who refuse to allow dissent or another creative idea when he controlled the access to the White House. The National Black Church Initiative invites Al Sharpton, instead of marching, to come sit down with us and develop a holistic strategy, not only for the next 4 years but for the next 20 years of how we educate and motivate our community from white racists who want to harm us and from white racist liberals who want to control us.” 

ABOUT NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.  

NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

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