Monday, January 22, 2018

corporate funding needed, help us reach more BLACK people & professionalize

๐ŸŒBrother Tracy Gibson& Associates, INC.      EIN Number 27 – 0145705. (and our subsidiaries)
What Are We About?  // What do we do?
     My business (An ``S’’ Corporation incorporated on December 18th, of 2006 in Philadelphia) is dedicated to the future development of Black youth and Black young men.  We also help and work towards the betterment of the entire Black community, especially locally, in Philadelphia. We utilize such services as education, public relations, advertising, Black community development, Black business support and development and Black community advocacy to promote the solutions we feel will bring us full circle and promote our positive development and our good will.  We thank our supporters for the Spiritual, financial and social support they have offered us.
     We write hundreds of letters a year to ask institutions, governments, corporations, embassies, and prominent or not-so-prominent mostly Black individuals to change policy or change course and do something more positive like; stop selling cigarettes (CVS); stop polluting (a future letter to British Petroleum and Exxon) ; allow more access for people of color to jobs, wealth, Real Estate, and significant  capital to create wealth;  help mostly Black people lose weight and take steps to work their Way lose from poverty; and  take a positive stand on certain issues like child care, abortion rights, other rights for Black women, and rights for Black gay and Black lesbian people.
     We do research into certain issues and write articles, reviews, and analysis of issues and concerns that can make a difference.  We have an extensive blog (http://thePoliticsofReal.Blogspot.Com) that we invite you to read while we modify it and change it into ten smaller, more manageable blogs with detailed instructions as to how to take better advantage of these blogs. 
      When we make a profit, or have a few extra dollars, we send some money to other organizations progressive or revolutionary Black individuals and institutions that are working for the betterment of the Black community.  Some of the organizations and institutions we have financially supported in the past include: The National Congress for Black Women;  The New African American Museum on the Mall in D.C.; and WURD Radio 900 AM in Philadelphia.  We also make every effort to support Black businesses in the Black community locally and even some out of state.
     Please see our Annual Corporate Report from 2015; and our Annual Corporate from 2016.  Take note of our EIN number (above) and look on the net and find out what you will about us after you do the research for yourself. We need your help in monitoring information about the hard work we are doing towards Black community betterment. 
     We look forward to hearing from you.  Our contact information is listed below:
Brother Tracy Gibson and Associates, INC.
Mr. Tracy Gibson,
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Building better and Lasting Supports for Black Americans, Black Africans, Blacks internationally and Black Caribbean’s.
670 North 41st, Street
APT. B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
1 (215) 823 9985
     **If you are interested in making an anonymous donation of any size to me and my corporations, (Please see corporate structure & what we need money for)  you can go through my lawyer, MR. Ron J. Harper of 140 West Maplewood Avenue; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144. (Phone) 1 (215) 844 – 4848.  Please be specific as to which aspect of my corporate interest you are interested in funding. [Please note that funds left to my own corporate needs as to how to spend as far as I see fit are most valuable as we have many varied concerns to help the Black community.
Examples as to how funds will be spent:
  1. New Office outside my home. [Rent, properties, taxes, settlement costs, lawyer’s fees, office renovations, office furniture, cleaning & upkeep expenses,
  2. Payroll, book-keeping and record-keeping. ( We plan to officially hire executive trainers for Black youth and Black youth...)
  3. Copy Paper, pens, pencils, notebooks, computer repair expenses, vision-board materials, computer hardware, computer software, new address books, text books.
  4. Personal loan repayment and personal debt repayment to help make our corporation’s future work more solvent. [ For the founder and president, MR. Tracy Charles Gibson.]
  5. Student loan repayment of our Founder and President [ MR. Tracy Charles Gibson].
  6. Official Business plans. [Six are needed.]
  7. Phone bills, media expenses and other office expenses.
  8.  Monies promised to other Black businesses.
  9. Petty cash, Real Estate, Stocks, and other investment instruments.
 
 Tracy Gibson wrote:
 > *Brother Tracy Gibson & Associates, Incorporated and Our Subsidiaries
> as of august 10th, 2017 Thursday*
 >
> **     *Brother Tracy Gibson & Associates, Incorporated*,  is my parent
>  company. It was incorporated on December 18th, 2006. Many years went
 > into research before that. Education, research, advertising, Black
 > Community advocacy, Public Relations, advocacy for Black businesses and Black youth,
 >  philanthropy.  This is a for-profit company with a political conscious.
 > EIN
 > number available.
 >
> **     *The Coalition to Fight for Peace, Freedom and Justice in the Middle East.*
 > *This
 > is a non-profit company* aimed at giving common Black people and other
> non-Whites a viable option to learn more about the multiplicity of issues
 >  facing the Middle East in a non-violent, peaceful and earth-saving (and
 > people saving) manner. It is all on paper right now, due to a lack of
 > funding, but our aim is to make more information concerning the
 > complexities in the Middle East more understood and acted upon by the
 > general public, especially marginalized communities.
 >
> •    *Socks and Jocks* – *
a for-profit store aimed* at providing the sale
>  of men’s under ware, jocks straps, socks and Tee-Shirts in a festive,
 > up-beat atmosphere where condoms and safe-sex information is also freely
 > available. I would like to see the stores in 10 cities. We are a
 > subsidiary of Brother Tracy Gibson and Associates, Incorporated.  This is
 > not a ``Gay store’’ or a men’s store only. It will be open to women,
 > girlfriends, boyfriends, lesbians, transpeople, wives, and the general
 > over-20 community. It is past time to get past being squeamish about sex
 > and sexual issues due to the numbers of men coming out of institutions who
 > might be in need of such stores to help curb STD’s and AIDS/HIV in our
 > Black
 > communities. A percentage of profits will be channeled into education
 > scholarship programs for Black youth who want to attend Black colleges.
 > Established
 > funding from private sources will help create a level of professionalism,
 > accountability, public disclosure, decorum, and decency for this company
 > that is often lacking in far too many of our Black businesses and
 > corporate efforts to date.
 >
> •*A Black Progressive Talent Agency*   *
---  Let’s start with the raw
 > facts*. Look how many Black stars have lost their lives from drug
> overdoses, car accidents, and behaviors that are outside of the loop. For
> the life of me, I can’t understand why the *Michael Jackson Camp* has not
 > sued *Pepsi Company*  over what led to his death – the stage accident
•*Black Millionaire’s Network.*
 >*An international Black network* of financial consultants that help Black
>  families and Black individuals stabilize their households financially
 > for the long term – this in general terms is what Black Millionaire’s
 > Network
 > is all about. Money for saving; money for the Black Children’s educations
 > all the way up to the doctorate level if need be; money to pay property
 > taxes; take needed vacations and enjoy adequate time with friends and
 > family; investing in stocks; and saving for retirement.  This concept
 > will help popularize financial responsibility as we throw away our
 > worthless lottery tickets (before the community even buys them) and put
> our money in Black banks like *United Bank* and invest in Black investment
 > firms like *Ariel Investments* instead. This is not rocket science. It is
> about being responsible, taking our time, investing early, and getting
 > proper financial advice and proper and appropriate financial education.
 >
> *Editor’s Note:* All aspects of my corporate structure are actively
> engaged in building positive family ethics, good diction, proper good
 > manners, good grooming, exercise, good nutritional values and a religious
 > and ethical background to help hold it all together – even though we might
 > only be largely on paper at the present time, we are seeking support,
 > financial support and we are able to share our ideas in a very generous
 > manner as we continue to build our progressive business interests.
2016 Annual Report for Brother Tracy Gibson & Associates, INC.
 
Mission Statement: Who we are
 
We are a Black education, public relations, advocacy, advertising, marketing, and customer service & philanthropy company dedicated to helping Black youth stabilize, learn traditional Black family values, and become a viable and useful part of the Black community. We also want to and have helped stabilize our entire Black community nationally, in Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia. We do this through education projects, philanthropy and through projects to support Black progressive businesses.
List of Achievements:
1] Started to resolve our problem with 2015 taxes for our 2015 Summer Intern. We will send in a $50.00 deposit to get the tax problem resolved. [We are NOT getting any pressure whatsoever from the Internal Revenue Service, but the Pennsylvania Unemployment office has been writing intermittently.] This ``problem’’ boils down to a retroactive payroll for a $1,060.00 payment to our 2015 Summer intern, Mr. Andre Paulhill, that was never paid taxes on. I am, frankly, ashamed that it has taken so long to resolve, but no legitimate payroll company wants to touch it. I have written and called at least two accountants and still haven’t resolved the situation.  I don’t think it is nearly as major as I think, but it is a pain in the foot. It will get resolved within the next three months.  We have not had much luck in our attempts to get funding for the summer of 2017.
2] Did informal promotions for the Black Bank in Philadelphia, United Bank.  This was a joy to do. I spent time talking to different people and asking if they have a bank account at United Bank. I asked a group of Black activists and even they only raised about five to ten hands in a room of about 30 to 40 Black people.  We have a ways to go on this one, but I actually did ask a United Bank official how many and where they would like to open new branches. They said they wanted three new branches: one in South Philadelphia; One in West Philadelphia (where they closed a branch a few years ago); and finally,  one in Upper Darby, the suburbs.  This is a project I will keep working on throughout 2017. I sent an e-mail promoting United Bank to a prominent pastor here, [ Reverend Doctor Renee McKenzie is the Pastor of Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia -- a black church with a fine reputation of activism.] She responded, so I asked Reverend Renee [revrenee@churchoftheadvocate.org], if I could send United Bank her e-mail, which detailed how the bank can improve on services and generate broader appeal while competing more effectively with major banks in the city. Pastor Renee allowed me to forward the e-mail to United Bank. I did so and was thrilled! Another Assistant Pastor friend was also contacted by me, but he had some concerns about United bank’s  lack of services and rating in the bank regulatory community.  I think, however, his church is considering switching to United Bank.  I have sent many promotions to churches to get them to switch to United Bank. 
3] We were largely unsuccessful at getting major corporate sponsors for some of our corporate ideas. This was rather discouraging, but we have prevailed and kept a stiff upper lip. I will be sending this Annual Report to possible Black corporate Angel investors, and other people who might be interested in investing with us. Never give up hope, even in the face of   defeat.
4] We have written about 30 articles on various subjects including Black Gay Pride and Decency; Keeping Faith; Black Business and how to Preserve it and promote it and why that is important; We promoted the concept of having African Principals and are about to ask for an endorsement of our African Principals with Dr. Molefi Asante Chairperson, Temple University’s African American Studies Department; and Maulana Kaernga who is the founder of Kwanzaa (which, by the Way is celebrating 50 years of existence).  We had a TV producer who wanted to look into producing a show dedicated to the Principals, but since we didn’t have the money to hire a lawyer, I let that go, not wanting to get the African Principals tied up in a legal battle and no program being produced. (See if you can get the name of the production company). The African Principals carry my name (Gibson), but were thought of because of the work of the late Reverend Leon Sullivan and his work on dismantling South Africa’s Apartheid system.
5] I personally was awarded my certificate after passing the Serv.Safe food service test in October, 2016. The class was taken at the People’s Emergency Center and was a delight.  I am now looking for gainful employment for kitchen work or a Chef’s Assistant, which will help me funnel money into my corporate interests.
6] My lover and I have saved over $376.00 towards buying stocks and bonds in June when our special account at United Bank matures. I am personally interested in buying stock in Waste Management; Sonny TV and pictures; and General Electric. This money is untouchable until June of 2017. My lover and I will have to talk over this soon. This will give a boost to our financial status and help the corporation.
7] I have sent out movie ideas in as formal a state as I could for now. I have not received any formal responses at this point, but I think it will be only a matter of time before I further formalize this and get something accepted. I have to read up on this and reapply.
8] I closed down my account with Face Book because I was unhappy with the results I was getting and was hindered by personal family messages when I was more interested in using Face Book for corporate interests. This was risky, but I think it is paying off in getting more acceptance from established sectors of the community of business people in Philadelphia. I recently attended a job fair given by City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and just had a ``feeling’’ there was more seriousness and acceptance there.  I have also been writing more public officials and trying not to be so emotional with my e-mails and letters. I have not always succeeded in this regard, but I am not giving up.
9] We have continued to support small Black businesses; and Black individuals who are working to improve the Black community.  We do this through directly supporting more Black and Latin businesses and through giving small donations to Black people who are asked to use the funds at Black stores. We usually give only $7.00 or $7.77 since we have so few funds to work with.
10] We worked at applying for a $3,000.00 loan, but didn’t have the $125.00 application fee. The application languished for months. I finally had to withdraw it and ask for my tax returns back. They couldn’t find them and had to order my 2015 personal tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service. We were rejected for a loan from the same company last year (2015). They are the West Philadelphia Financial Services Institute.  They have a major office near 52nd Street and Giraud Avenue.
11] We have also promoted the concept of Africa Town in a few articles this year and plan to step up this promotion next year [2017]. The concept of African Town is creating a business strip that will serve mostly Black customers and consist of 100 % Black businesses for a strip of at least 20 businesses. Other ethnic groups have such exclusive places to shop for their people and it definitely help stabilize people of color communities and serve as a center focal point of pride and dignity for ethnic groups such as the Chinese (China Town); and the Italian Market (The Italian people).   I will have to ask for an appointment with a City Council person next year to be taken more seriously on this one. I noticed that on the web page for Black Wall Street (every Black person should visit www.BlackWallStreet.Com and discover this for their selves). The Black Wall Street staff has a whole prospectus and well-thought-out plan for creating predominately Black business strips throughout our Nation.  
12] Over the summer of 2016, I met with the Executive Director of BEBASHI [Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues] and talked about reaching the Black men-who-have-sex-with-men populations of Philadelphia through erotic videos that promote safer sex. The idea was not received warmly and the Executive Director said the Board of BEBASHI would not take to such an idea as producing sexually explicit films even though I explained that they would be more like soft pornography that regular pornography. I let him know I would keep in touch and that I was very interested in helping him reach this population which is highly infected with the illness.
13] We stopped having regular board meetings since I could not get our regular board to attend meetings and could not find an adequate meeting space. Again I was discouraged and let down, but only for a short time.  As I get a regular funding stream in 2017, I will reengage our board, find new board members, and open our headquarters in West  Philadelphia.
President’s Notes
      I HAVE A LIST OF BOOKS YOU CAN ASK ME FOR THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THESE SITUATIONS BETTER AND HELP YOU GET A BETTER HAND ON WHAT TO DO TO INCREASE POWER FOR YOURSELF AND END THE FEELING OF HOPELESSNESS YOU MIGHT BE FEELING. Call me at 1 (215) 823 9985 and send me your e-mail address [or leave it clearly on my phone] and I’ll send my book list to you.  You can also buy a copy of my poetry book ``Let the Children Gather,’’ by Tracy Gibson to help me out financially. Change costs money. My corporation is an ``S’’ corporation. We are celebrating our 10th year (we incorporated on December 18th, 2006). Reach us by regular mail at Brother Tracy Gibson and Associates, INC.; 670 North 41st Street,; Apartment B;  Philadelphia, PA 19104. 1 (215) 823 9985. Contributions are accepted, but not tax deductible. This article is written through the auspices of Brother Tracy Gibson and Associates, INC. If you wish to write for us, please submit an article at BrotherTracy11@GMail.Com some articles will be published anonymously.๐ŸŒ

Saturday, January 20, 2018

intrepid Black - African Hakoo, The Third Set

b [R]oken LOVe
like mud pies
sit to dry


**
,


**


The bitter lessons from
my last LOVer
Soil my thoughts
as -- yet I grow & heal


**


Benny //  Ben  //  Barney
49 -- 50th,
gave their lives to
the streets
un-caring
of Black men


**


**


As I forgive
[Hillary] Clinton
I find wealth
in ferry teeth


[in Portuguese below ]


Como eu perdoo

[Hillary] Clinton

Encontro riqueza

em dentes de ferry




**






Water glistens
in the glaciers of
Mother --  Father earth's
Black wisdom


**


Some worship the Sun
I ask for Her
forgiveness
&
Prayers


**


One day hate
will not rise
with the
Morning sun


**


My Mon's asHy, Aged
feet are my feet
not yet
sitting in a cold
gRave


[ In Portuguese below ]



O meu Mon, como รฉ, envelhecido

os pรฉs sรฃo meus pรฉs

ainda nรฃo

sentado em um resfriado

grave



[ Em portuguรชs ]


**


Swift Socks
run by quickly
missing a Brother















Friday, January 19, 2018

Don't Go See the MOVIE ``DOPE''

Please don't watch the movie ``DOPE''! IT is not healthy for our Black children. Mo latter. News at 11 A.M.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

good ethics for Africa -- ending corruption & greed







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๐ŸŒhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHn_BENVQF4๐ŸŒ
๐ŸŒJan 6 (10 days ago)
To my students,  try to follow good ethics and principals as you research, write and study.  [ Sister Cynthia McKinney, I don’t have to tell you such things. You taught me to be more ethical. ]
 Remember [ Kwanzaa] African Principals all year long.
•Umoja: Unity. To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
•Kujichagulia: Self-Determination: ...
•Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility. ...
•Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics. ...
•Nia: Purpose. ...
•Kuumba: Creativity. ...
•Imani: Faith.
๐ŸŒThe Gibson Hunter Principals, for AFRICA!!!
These principles are offered to ALL people of African descent and ALL people of the world who are concerned about us to begin a process, that has already started in some quarters, that will bring about greater decency, equality, respect, cooperation, and financial prosperity WITHOUT exploitation from any corporate, government, quazi-government or private or other force from within or outside the African Continent.  They are offered to bring about help for the African continent and its’ People, and help to build on an already existing program of support for the People of Africa and the entire African Diaspora. They are also offered in the same spirit of healing, LOVe and fairness that the Sullivan Principles [from the now late Reverend Leon Sullivan of Philadelphia’s great Zion Baptist Church] were offered to the South Africans during Apartheid.https://mail.google.com/mail/e/347https://mail.google.com/mail/e/347https://mail.google.com/mail/e/347https://mail.google.com/mail/e/347https://mail.google.com/mail/e/347https://mail.google.com/mail/e/347https://mail.google.com/mail/e/014https://mail.google.com/mail/e/801
             No African, regardless of your station in life, is to treat another African with anything but RESPECT and DIGNITY.
             All the people of the world who are concerned about the People of Africa, The African Continent and the African Diaspora are to show that concern in a real and lasting way through some process or consideration at least once a week.  That concern can be something as small as a letter to your Congressperson asking for more financial support for any given program that has been proven effective  in helping the People of Africa such as: rightful land ownership; land and property management; the use of private and public funds in helping African people; finding Ways to provide clean, fresh water and effective irrigation for the people and crops of Africa; finding Ways to lessen, end and or to avoid violence, civil strife, conflicts and war; finding effective and useful Ways to treat women, men and children in a respectful and dignified Way for the duration; and to help Africans who may be infected or affected in ANY way what so ever with  such maladies as  HIV and AIDS. This list is BY NO MEANS ALL- INCLUSIVE… Other Africans, Caribbean’s, African Americans or others from the African Diaspora  working on such decency and Peace initiatives for the Continent of Africa MUST BE EQUALLY CONSIDERED…
             Wars of aggression on the African continent should be covered by ALL media just like any war in any other part of the world.
             People MUST be allowed to see the progress, highlighted in a positive Way, that is going on in Africa and that is spearheaded by African people just as much if not more than they see the negative things that African People are doing on the African Continent.
             Cultural differences MUST BE RESPECTED even though they are not supported or understood by people and governments and government leaders from the West. This RESPECT must be a forthright goal even if those cultural differences are considered heinous, strange, stupid, evil, ignorant or indifferent.
         The massive influence and economic control that the international corporate structure has on Africa and the lives of Africans must be controlled, tailored, shaped and molded with the full consent, agreement, and control of the majority of the People of African descent living on the African continent and their leaders and those leaders MUST not be deemed controlled or unduly influenced by said international corporate structure or those leaders can be replaced through an open, non-violent and democratic process in a timely manner.
             We must all take time to understand the so-called tribal wars and tribal differences that exist among the Africans and find solutions and Ways of resolving those differences while bringing about a peaceful co-existence among African People.
             Different and divergent aspects of the Black community in the United States and Black communities and Black people around the world are asked to come together to bring forth a peaceful, meaningful, safe, mutually beneficial, and economically rewarding existence for ALL AFRICAN PEOPLE throughout the World.
             The harsh treatment of the environment is to be avoided at ALL cost and ALL AFRICANS are to get and prioritize clean water, a clean and safe environment, clean and pollution-free air and the building and retooling of buildings must follow ``green building’’ guidelines to be drawn up by groups of independent Africans who cannot and will not be impacted on by corrupt influences or Western influences except for technical and financial assistance. Such technical and financial assistance MUST be without money strings attached or corrupted in ANY WAY.
             Population control must be part of the equation for proper and progressive development in Africa, but we must remember that Africa is a network of developing Nations. As such, the African People are not super consumers as we are in the West (Europe and the United States).  Africans use far less food, electricity, goods and services and other energy sources than the West does and an African Person is far less of a consumer because of this.  He or She leaves far less waste and far less harsh treatment to the environment than His or Her Western Cousin.
             Businesses that do business and develop in Africa must do so with high principles, morals and ethics and have as their core value the benefit of the People of Africa NOT PROFITS AND THE KIND OF BRUTAL EXPLOITATION THAT TRADITIONALLY IS ASSOCIATED WITH WHITE-RUN BIG BUSINESSES ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT.  Black Africans MUST be part of the business process all along the Way, and not just any Africans, but people who have a long history of positive community involvement / progressive political views and actions / and who share not only the profit-making motive but an authentic concern for the People and the Land of This Great Continent. They MUST also have the interests of ALL the African People at heart including the children of Africa, women, men and the disabled.
             Homosexual People or Gay and Lesbian People, Transgendered People and Bisexual People among the African People MUST be treated with fairness, respect and dignity even as cultural differences and historical conflicts are worked out, considered, pondered, examined, studied, written about  and explored. The model of South Africa having Gay and Lesbian Rights as part of their Constitution MUST be a goal for each and every African country. There needs to be a consideration of partnership rights, fair treatment, access to education, access to housing rights, access to employment rights and access to jobs and other such rights considered, even as the cultural, tribal and ethnic  differences that might see homosexuals as a threat, are explored, studied and considered. The goal MUST be to consider the rights of homosexuals and transgendered People just as fairly and equally as the rights of other people in Africa.
By Brother Tracy Gibson.
February 18, 2013 Wednesday
Re-Edited and Up-Dated on September 8th, 2013…
Check the spelling and meaning of ``Principles’’
At the Library and send as an e-mail to Oxfam America, The United Nations and the Ghanaian Embassy  
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Article Below is from Internet sources (NBC newsletter)
'Our intention is to shut down the country': South Africa's largest trade union strikes
 
 
 
•South Africa's largest trade union went on strike Wednesday, threatening to "shut down the country"
•The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) protested against corruption in the ANC
•The strike could impact leadership succession in the ANC, up for debate as President Jacob Zuma is not expected to run for president again in the next general election
 
Justina Crabtree               | @jlacrabtree
                Published 5:26 AM ET Wed, 27 Sept 2017  | Updated 8:02 AM ET Wed, 27 Sept 2017 
CNBC.com
Protesters attend a demonstration organised by The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) which are pushing for a nationwide strike to protest against corruption, in Cape Town, South Africa September 27, 2017.   
Mike Hutchings | Reuters
Protesters attend a demonstration organised by The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) which are pushing for a nationwide strike to protest against corruption, in Cape Town, South Africa September 27, 2017.
South Africa's largest trade union went on strike Wednesday, threatening to "shut down the country" as it protested against corruption in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party.
 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) mobilized strike action nationwide, including in the capital Pretoria and economic hub Johannesburg. The strike has been backed by a number of groups including independent organization Business Leadership South Africa.
"Workers (are) ready and willing to fight the immoral and criminal phenomenon of state capture and the cancer of corruption," COSATU wrote in a statement published on its website September 21.
"Our intention is to shut down the country tomorrow, but we are going to do so without the use of force. You can't fight corruption with corruption," COSATU spokesperson Sizwe Pamla told the Huffington Post South Africa Tuesday.
South Africa's economic woes continue to rumble along. In April, its sovereign rating was downgraded to junk by ratings agencies Fitch and S&P Global, moves largely attributed to political upheaval in the country. According to Statistics South Africa, unemployment for the second quarter of 2017 was 27.7 percent – though in its statement COSATU places the real unemployment rate at 38 percent.
Despite this, the country did scramble its way out of its second recession in a decade earlier in September, with second quarter growth for 2017 falling at 2.5 percent.
According to COSATU's statement, South Africa is losing roughly R147 billion ($10.9 billion) illegally taken out of the country each year. // South Africa needs political, economic and social stability: Academic  
1:41 AM ET Tue, 5 Sept 2017 | 02:03
                 While Wednesday's strike is "part of a succession of protests against (President Jacob) Zuma," it is "much more formalized" than previous action, Chris Vandome, research analyst with the Africa program at think tank Chatham House told CNBC.
According to a survey by consultancy firm Kantar TNS, support in urban areas for Zuma dropped to 20 percent in March. Vandome added that "the strike is already on the side of public opinion."
Gary van Staden, political analyst at South Africa-based firm NKC African Economics, wrote in a note: "The demonstrations are widely regarded as a referendum on (Zuma's) leadership and, more to the point, his succession."
Zuma is not expected to run for president in the country's next general election in 2019. COSATU and other organized labor supports Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa rather than the Zuma-backed candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is also his former wife.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China, on September 4, 2017.   
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China, on September 4, 2017.
Corruption in South Africa most recently made headlines earlier in September, as financial services firm KPMG withdrew its top tier management due to misdoings with the Gupta brothers, businessmen closely linked to the president.
"In South Africa there is the realization of the enormous social and political problems they face, and can't fix overnight," Vandome said. People are reinforcing their "expectation for the government to act equitably, with no queue-jumpers," he added.sy.



Mr. Tracy Charles Gibson
 
670 North 41st Street; Apartment B ● Philadelphia, PA 19104 ●1 (215) 823-9985 ● BrotherTracy11@GMail.Com
 
PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
 
Dedicated professional that is passionate about culinary arts and nutrition education. Serv.Save certified      (#14312656);
 
trained in Food Service and Safety Standards; ability to work well within a diverse mostly
 
low – to - moderate stress environment independently or within a team to achieve company goals
 
KITCHEN EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
 
MANNA                                                                                                                                               Philadelphia, Pa
 
Line Intern
 
             Completed 80-day training program for food handling, kitchen standards and safety skills
 
             Trained and educated on kitchen machines such as slicer and industrial mixer
 
             Learned knife skills and other kitchen technics
 
*              Maintained the line by supporting preparation of hundreds of dinners designed to be heated at
 
home by low-income or poverty-stricken clients
 
CHURCH OF THE ADVOCATE
 
Philadelphia, PA
 
•Worked in the soup kitchen for three months as a dedicated server, cook, prep-person, and clean-up person
 
SWEET ESSENCE CATEREING
 
*Packed up vehicle for catering events, set up for catering events, served event attendees, broke down catering event and drove back to kitchen facility.
 
CUSTOMER SERVICE / CONSULTING WORK FOR MY OWN COMPANY
 
BROTHER TRACY GIBSON & ASSOCIATES, INCORPORATED                                                                               Philadelphia, PA
 
Developer / Researcher / Organizer  / Manager
 
             Filing the proper papers with local, state and federal agencies
 
             Obtaining office space and staff/general management
 
             Initiated youth program.
 
             Started a promotional campaign to promote marginalized businesses and banks
 
             Effectively advocated for benefits such as higher wages and better benefits for people of color communities
 
             Participate in corporate fund raising
 
CASHIER EXPERIENCE
 
Macy’s New York; Gimbals;  Sears; Staples.๐ŸŒ