Mayor Richard Knapik Forces Half Million Returned to Obama Administration

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In a preemptive move, Mayor Richard Knapik reneged on the city's earlier commitment to act as 'grantee' to receive funds for an impoverished Southside Texas community which can no longer look to receive funding for its drug abuse counseling program.

Joyce Black, President and Founder of NuBlac, Inc., received the announcement of the 500k award on March 11, 2009. Concerted efforts by the organization's founder, and several very prominent community leaders working diligently with the aide of Congressman Ron Paul's Chief of Staff, Tom Lizardo in attempts to bring the much needed drug abuse counseling program to fruition, ultimately failed. Black adamantly states, "Unfortunately, undermining efforts from various factions of political and private sectors caused the effort of securing a 'grantee' in a timely manner to not materialize."

Under federal mandate, a local government entity must sign on to facilitate the funding. Black, the program spearhead who drafted the proposal had suggested S and S Counseling, a Harris/Ft Bend County substance abuse counseling program with a proven track record in reaching their target demographics, to work with the community in servicing the impoverished. Other sources were promoting Colorado County Youth and Family Services, Inc. However, there were underlying reasons Daniel A. Peevy, Executive Director Colorado County Youth and Family Services, Inc., tells Black that he could not take on the project citing, "I have put considerable thought into your program and believe that it would not be in the best interest of our agency to become the fiscal agent. The reason is that our first priority is to Colorado County and there is simply not enough money from the program to support drug and alcohol treatment in both counties."

"The mayor's actions or inactions are reprehensible, just as anyone with the power to 'shut down' programs or squander resources earmarked towards enhancing the lives of the poor, and he should be held accountable. The poor are disproportionally impacted by drug and alcohol abuse," Black shares. "Such deeds are indicative of a degree of contempt for the most impoverished and underserved folks of the community," insists Black of his tactics in blocking the funding.

Reportedly, a number of conflicts of interest arose in the matter. That said, some speculate politics to be the culprit for the mayor's plug pulling on the proposal penned by Black.

Meanwhile, a capable organization, S and S Counseling has been denied an opportunity to provide counseling services to an impoverished rural community of Bay City Texas. Remarks Clausell Stokes, LCDC, founder and president of D.O.E.P. (Drug Offenders Education Program) a non-profit corporation, "We were prepared to travel the sixty mile or so distance to provide services to an impoverished community whose residents consist of many poor and disabled Veterans, Hispanic, Anglo and African American persons."

In regards to having to relinquish the funding, Black adds, "As tragic of a situation as it is, the Southside Community Association Committee would rather see the funds returned to President Obama's administration in hopes that it is redistributed to reach another underserved community, or to the administration's healthcare initiatives, as oppose to falling in the hands of those driven by undisclosed agendas."

About NuBlac
New Beginnings Labor Action Committee ( Nublac ), is a non- profit organization founded by Bay City area native, Joyce Black. While the organization is registered in California, NuBlac's base of operation is now in Bay City. Texas, where Black relocated in hopes of giving back to her own community. Over the years, Joyce Black has successfully implemented a variety of community initiatives and programs. More than two dozen economically challenged inner city students have been recipients of scholarship funds to elitist in private schools and colleges/universities. Additionally, several dozen students and other individuals have received financial support from NuBLAC to attend various events and activities. Joyce Black, a former GOP political activist was a highly visible surrogate spokesperson for the CRP Truth Squad for the Bush 88' campaign, a Bush 41' California delegate and the first African American women to become a member of the elitist RNC "EAGLES", NRCC and President Reagan's elitist PAC, CFTR ( Citizens for The Republic)...

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