Sunday, September 6, 2009

Deuteronomy Bookstore And Cafe Holds Obama Health Care Rally And Vigil For Kennedy

By Kathy Wray Coleman
(Cleveland, Ohio Area News)

Posted September 6, 2009

The Deuteronomy Bookstore and Cafe in Cleveland, which is owned and operated by Mitti Imani Jordon, sponsored a rally and vigil on Wednesday at its headquarters at Wadepark and 105th streets to push President Obama's health care plan and to pay tribute to the late U.S. Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy Jr., who died Aug 25 after a battle with brain cancer.

A Massachusetts senator for 42 years and the third longest serving, Kennedy was the patriarch of the famous Kennedy clan. Younger brother to former president John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert Kennedy, both assassinated, uncle to news anchor Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger, and father to U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, the elder Kennedy was a Democratic liberal who fought for equal opportunity on and off the senate floor, especially those issues that impacted poor people, minorities, and the elderly.

When he arrived in Cleveland, Oh. in February 2008 to stomp for President
Barack Obama, then a front runner for the Democratic nomination for president, which he ultimatly claimed over then New York Senator Hilliary Rodham Clinton, Kennedy criticized the United States as "one of the few quality industrialized nations that does not have quality health care."

At dusk on Wednesday Jordon and a group of about 50 others lined 105th street in front of the Deuteronomy cafe holding candles to symbolize the many people, mainly poor, that so desparately need health care in America. They also paid tribute to Kennedy, concluding the vigil with a moment of silent meditation in remembrance of the beloved, but controversial senator, who for decades fought with his siblings, the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a host of others, for Civil and human rights for all Americans.

"So many people need health care," said Jordon. "And we must continue to fight for it."