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Sharpton: African-Americans cannot wait for Obama to ‘write an agenda to himself’ [VIDEO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

WASHINGTON – On Monday, a group of African-American advocacy organizations led by Rev. Al Sharpton and Marc Morial of the National Urban League met to discuss their priorities for President Barack Obama’s second term, with Sharpton declaring, “We cannot sit and ask the president to write an agenda to himself from us.”

Speaking on behalf of the coalition, Morial addressed the so-called fiscal cliff during a press conference following the meeting.

“Preserving tax cuts for those already battered Americans is the very least that our leaders can do to give some continuing relief to low-, middle- and working-class Americans,” Morial told reporters on Monday.

Sharpton, the founder of the National Action Network, said there has been “a lot of discussion but no movement toward a consensus agenda” for African-Americans and toward how we “execute some policies” to deal with the “disproportionate impact of the economic recession” and fiscal economic cliff.

“We cannot sit and ask the president to write an agenda to himself from us,” Sharpton said. “It ought to come from us to him or the Congress, from us to him.”

Morial was asked what specific policy recommendations the organizations want Obama to adopt.

“We are not going to let anyone peep our card today in terms of what we are prepared to do,” he replied.

Almost 60 civil rights leaders were present at the meeting “created as a first step in developing a public policy agenda for Black America.” Organizations including the NAACP and the National Coalition on Black Civil Participation were represented at the event.

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