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God is Right, Somebody’s Wrong!

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On August - 28 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

by Rev. Harold E. Bailey

 Probation Challenge Celebrates 30th

 Year  Anniversary                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                   

Since the inception of the Probation Challenge concept in January 1979, I’ve had more than mere opposition to the program’s worth. I’ve had physical threats made on my life for seeking to educate young men and women filtering through the criminal just-us system.

 

Over the years, resistance to education via the Probation Challenge program has caused me to do a lot of soul-researching, which led me to research this matter spiritually. And I know that God is right – and somebody is wrong!

 

In a far different era, I am reminded that opposition to some folks getting an education was a no-no…well, things of old have remained the same.  Opposition has not always come from Whites, but from those Blacks who pretend to be in favor of, but behind closed doors they seek to castrate those who truly seek un-restricted education for all concerned.

I was the recipient of, and learned tons of information from the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham, whose courtroom I was allowed to bring about constructive educational change for ex-offenders. Pincham was not only a judge, but he was an instructor who passed on information 24/7… to those who diligently sought to learn the truth. On many occasions, Pincham suggested that I go back to the history books. And in doing so, I walked away knowing that the more things change – the more they stay the same. That was also the thinking of Judge Pincham, my friend and mentor.

                                                                                                                                                                                 .

It is hard to believe that 30-years have passed and thousands of youth have passed through our doors. Many have gone on to colleges and universities as a result of the Probation Challenge program. Then, too, I’ve grown older and wiser. I still see the things of old and its ugly head of resistance to education continue to surfaces in many different forms.

 

I encourage youth and elders alike to not be deterred by the faces of men, but resist the temptation of crime that has been set-forth in front of us by design.  We can alter the plans of the enemy by becoming more aware to those things that matter most …education brings about awareness.

 

Chaos, misinformation and lies used as ingredients to derail health care reform

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On August - 28 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

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by Juanita Bratcher

A health care bill devoid of “public option” would be insignificant and useless in bringing about REAL health care reform to America.

But unfortunately, there are organizations, lobbyists and special interests groups that are using underhanded tactics and misinformation to try and derail efforts by the Obama Administration to overhaul the health care industry. And Republican leadership in Washington is using delay tactics to stall passage of a comprehensive health care bill that they seem unwilling to compromise with and show no real interest in supporting in the first place.

Then there are the Sarah Palins, Rush Limbaughs and Glen Becks putting their spins on health care legislation that are totally untrue and doesn’t even make much sense – “death panels” and “reparations.” All of which are untrue.

Palin posted a message on her Facebook account that warned of “death panels” that would be set-up to encourage euthanasia.

“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society’ whether they are worthy of health care,” she wrote. “Such a system is downright evil.”

Most Americans seem to want an overhaul of the health care industry. And a watered-down bill is unacceptable to many Americans. If a bill is devoid of public option, it can be looked upon as a band-aid without the adhesive.

 

While President Barack Obama’s desire is to push for a bipartisan health care bill, chances of that happening seems nil at best; and in the end might be a bill solely passed by House and Senate Democrats.

In Obama’s weekly broadcast, he stated that public option was still an option, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the Democratic-control House would not approve an overhaul health care bill without it. Sixty House liberals penned a letter to Health and Human Services Sec’y Kathleen Sebelius stating that they would not support a health care plan without a public option. The letter, signed by House members Raul Gryalva, Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee, is as follows:

Dear Secretary Sebelius,

We write to you concerning your recent comments about the public option in health insurance reform.

We stand in strong opposition to your statement that the public option is “not the essential element” of comprehensive reform. The opportunity to improve access to healthcare is a onetime opportunity. Americans deserve reform that is real – not smoke and mirrors. We cannot rely solely on the insurance companies’ good faith efforts to provide for our constituents. A robust public option is essential, if we are to ensure that all Americans can receive healthcare that is accessible, guaranteed and of high-quality.

To take the public option off the table would be a grave error; passage in the House of Representatives depends upon inclusion of it.

We have attached, for your review, a letter from 60 Members of Congress who are firm in their Position that any legislation that moves forward through both chambers, and into a final proposal for the President’s signature, MUST contain a public option.

Adding to the problem of House and Senate members’ attempts to have civil dialogue on health care initiatives with constiuency during recess, some town hall protesters are showing up outside of health care town hall meetings with guns openly displayed in holsters because it is their Second Amendment right to bear arms, they say. There are also disruptive and boisterous meetings on the inside.

When President Barack Obama discussed health care initiatives at the Convention Center in Phoenix, several people showed up outside the center with openly displayed guns strapped to their side. According to reports, one man was said to have an AR-15 slung over his shoulder and a holstered pistol on his hip.

Second Amendment rights are fine, but what about discretion and good common sense? Why show up at a public meeting with guns openly displayed? There’s an old saying, “there’s a time and place for everything.” Guns at a public information meeting on health care? If they attended the meetings without going inside to hear the message, why did they show up in the first place? Obviously, they didn’t come to hear about proposed health care initiatives. Was it to intimidate? And if so, whom? Did they think about safety concerns of others attending the event or that they felt uncomfortable being around guns?

At many meetings/rallies such as this, there are protesters on both sides of the fence. Some people can be tempermental, arguments can break out between opposing factions, and it can lead to stupid moves by one or the other. They get so heated about issues that if someone says anything in opposition to what they think, it could turn into a “wild, wild west escapade. And sometimes their actions can bring harm to an innocent  victim.

According to reports, one of the gun-toters had the nerve to say that he was making a “political statement.” What kind of political statement? For acting like an idiot?

Obama has tried to clear up misinformation such as health care legislation will create “death panels”, that illegal immigrants will be recipients of health care, and that it will fund abortions.

In a conference call with religious leaders, Obama said, “I know that there’s been a lot of misinformation in this debate and there are some folks out there who are frankly, bearing false witness. I need you to spread the facts and speak to truth.”

Reportedly, a reform of health care would extend health care coverage to nearly 50-million Americans without insurance and hold back skyrocketing cost. It would also force accountability from insurance companies, private insurers. And those with insurance can remain with their insurance companies if they choose to do so.

The debate over public option will continue, but chaos, misinformation and lies should not be factors in trying to derail “real” health care reform.           

 

City Colleges ordered to halt use of Probation Challenge’s name; Bailey to retain exclusive rights

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On August - 28 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

 

Rev. Harold E. Bailey

On the heels of Rev. Harold Bailey celebrating Probation Challenge’s 30th Year Anniversary, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, ordered the City Colleges of Chicago – specifically Olive-Harvey College – to discontinue the use of the name “Probation Challenge.”

 

 That was welcome news for Bailey.

 

Bailey filed the lawsuit against City Colleges of Chicago after being “illegally evicted” from City Colleges’ Olive-Harvey campus, yet City Colleges/Olive-Harvey College “continued to make merchandise from the Probation Challenge name without mention of Bailey, founder of the organization.

 

The Circuit Court of Cook County on August 14, 2009, ordered that Probation Challenge, an Illinois corporation, incorporated on September 24, 1980, “shall have exclusive use of the name “Probation Challenge”.

 

It further stated that, “City Colleges of Chicago and Olive-Harvey College, their agents, assignees, representatives and successors shall discontinue the use of the name “Probation Challenge”, effective immediately.

 

During Probation Challenge’s 30th Year Anniversary celebration, Bailey honored three journalists and a retired judge, recipients of the “Portrait of Achievers” award. Recipients were Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times columnist; Kathy Chaney, news reporter, Chicago Defender; Tasha Ransom, Fox News; and Judge Mary Maxwell-Thomas, retired.

 

Said Bailey: “It is hard to believe that 30-years have passed, and thousands of youth have passed through our doors. Many have gone on to colleges and universities as a result of the Probation Challenge program. Then, too, I’ve grown older and wiser. I still see the things of old and its ugly head of resistance to education continue to surface in many different forms.”

 

The “Show of Shows” entertainment included Marcus Gentry, Maurice, Charles Wright, and Sidney C. Evans. Maureen Forte served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

 

The 30th Year Anniversary celebration drew hundreds of attendees to the Double Tree Hotel, Alsip, Illinois.

 

Bailey and his Probation Challenge program received wide-spread accolades about the event, noting that it was a stellar, enlightening and  enjoyable evening for all in attendance.

 

Herbert Jones is the Chairman of Probation Challenge and Mayor Joe DuPar is Chairman Emeritus of the organization.

 

U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an American icon, dies

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On August - 28 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an American icon, lost his bout with cancer late Tuesday night (August 25). He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in May 2008.

Kennedy served in the United States Senate for 47 years, the 3rd longest serving senator in U.S. history, and authored more than 2,500 bills throughout his public service career. Of those bills, several hundred have become Public Law.

There were victories and there were defeats, but Kennedy was a man with a sense of purpose, fairness and justice, an inspiration to many; even to those who never came in contact with him but watched him from afar.

He was an icon, a legend. He left his footprints in the sands of time, planting many good seeds throughout his public service career. He was a staunch advocate of healthcare reform and championed the cause for universal healthcare for all Americans.

In 2006, Kennedy was elected to an 8th full term. He worked with 10 presidents. He passed the torch onto President Barack Obama when he endorsed Obama over an establishment Democrat in the 2008 presidential campaign.

 In a statement released by the Kennedy family, it stated that “Edward M. Kennedy, the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply, died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port (Massachusetts).”

Known as the “lion of the Senate”, Kennedy reached across both sides of the aisle and across party lines, yet, he was comfortable being a liberal. He was a great public servant and orator. He had a way with words that made many feel a part of…and he knew just where to place emphasis on words.

President Obama called him a colleague, counselor and friend who etched his place in history as a “singular figure” on the American political landscape.

“Even though we knew this day was coming, we awaited it with no small amount of dread,” said Obama. “For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was a defender of a dream.”

Obama said he “cherished” Kennedy’s confidence and momentous support in his race for the presidency.

Obama added: “An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.”

Others voicing sadness over Senator Kennedy’s death were:

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch:

“Today America lost a great elder statesman, a committed public servant, and leader of the Senate. And today I lost a treasured friend. Ted Kennedy was an iconic, larger than life United States senator whose influence cannot be overstated. Many have come before, and many will come after, but Ted Kennedy’s name will always be remembered as someone who lived and breathed the United States Senate and the work completed within its chamber.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:

“Today, with the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the American people have lost a great patriot, and the Kennedy family has lost a beloved patriarch.  Over a lifetime of leadership, Senator Kennedy’s statesmanship and political prowess produced a wealth of accomplishment that has improved opportunity for every American.
 
Senator Kennedy had a grand vision for America, and an unparalleled ability to effect change.  Rooted in his deep patriotism, his abiding faith, and his deep concern for the least among us, no one has done more than Senator Kennedy to educate our children, care for our seniors, and ensure equality for all Americans. 
 
Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration.
 
Sadly, Senator Kennedy left us exactly one year after he inspired the nation with his speech of optimism, vitality, and courage at the Convention in Denver…”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

 “The Kennedy family and the Senate family have together lost our patriarch.  My thoughts, and those of the entire United States Senate, are with Vicki, Senator Kennedy’s children, his many nieces and nephews, and his entire family.  “It was the thrill of my lifetime to work with Ted Kennedy.  He was a friend, the model of public service and an American icon.


“As we mourn his loss, we rededicate ourselves to the causes for which he so dutifully dedicated his life.  Senator Kennedy’s legacy stands with the greatest, the most devoted, the most patriotic men and women to ever serve in these halls.

Because of Ted Kennedy, more young children could afford to become healthy.  More young adults could afford to become students.  More of our oldest citizens and our poorest citizens could get the care they need to live longer, fuller lives.  More minorities, women and immigrants could realize the rights our founding documents promised them.  And more Americans could be proud of their country.
 
Ted Kennedy’s America was one in which all could pursue justice, enjoy equality and know freedom.  Ted Kennedy’s life was driven by his love of a family that loved him, and his belief in a country that believed in him.  Ted Kennedy’s dream was the one for which the founding fathers fought and for which his brothers sought to realize.
 
The liberal lion’s mighty roar may now fall silent, but his dream shall never die.”

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan:

“I was terribly saddened to hear of the death of Ted Kennedy tonight. Given our political differences, people are sometimes surprised by how close Ronnie and I have been to the Kennedy family. But Ronnie and Ted could always find common ground, and they had great respect for one another. In recent years, Ted and I found our common ground in stem cell research, and I considered him an ally and a dear friend. I will miss him.”

As a news reporter, I met Senator Kennedy in 1983 when he visited the Windy City (Chicago) and endorsed Harold Washington, an African-American, for mayor of Chicago in the general election. It was a campaign where racism, early on in the primary election, had raised its ugly head. In the end, Washington, a former U.S. Congressman, won the primary election.

Kennedy, calling the mayoral election in Chicago a national election, urged unity despite the divisiveness of the primary election. He said “Washington has been a leader in Chicago and in the Congress.

“He won the Democratic primary fairly, and I’m confident he will be one of the great leaders in the history of the city,” Kennedy said.

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There are quotes from two speeches made by Kennedy that stay with many of us; the one after folding his campaign for President in 1980, and when delivering the eulogy at his brother’s (former U.S. Attorney Robert Kennedy) funeral.

Closing out his failing presidential campaign in Madison Square Garden, Kennedy stated: “For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.”

When delivering his brother’s eulogy, Kennedy stated: “My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life,” he said at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. “He should be remembered simply as a good and decent man who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.”

Kennedy’s death is a sad time for America. A legend and icon, a devoted public servant, Kennedy left a great legacy of public service, one of sharing and caring for others.

 

God is right, somebody’s wrong

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On August - 11 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

Probation Challenge Celebrates 30th Year Anniversary: by Rev. Harold Bailey 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Since the inception of the Probation Challenge concept in January 1979, I’ve had more than mere opposition to the program’s worth. I’ve had physical threats made on my life for seeking to educate young men and women filtering through the criminal just-us system.

 

Over the years, resistance to education via the Probation Challenge program has caused me to do a lot of soul-researching, which led me to research this matter spiritually. And I know that God is right – and somebody is wrong!

 

In a far different era, I am reminded that opposition to some folks getting an education was a no-no…well, things of old have remained the same.  Opposition has not always come from Whites, but from those Blacks who pretend to be in favor of, but behind closed doors they seek to castrate those who truly seek un-restricted education for all concerned.

I was the recipient of, and learned tons of information from the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham, whose courtroom I was allowed to bring about constructive educational change for ex-offenders. Pincham was not only a judge, but he was an instructor who passed on information 24/7… to those who diligently sought to learn the truth. On many occasions, Pincham suggested that I go back to the history books. And in doing so, I walked away knowing that the more things change – the more they stay the same. That was also the thinking of Judge Pincham, my friend and mentor.

                                                                                                                                                                                 .

It is hard to believe that 30-years have passed and thousands of youth have passed through our doors. Many have gone on to colleges and universities as a result of the Probation Challenge program. Then, too, I’ve grown older and wiser. I still see the things of old and its ugly head of resistance to education continue to surfaces in many different forms.

 

I encourage youth and elders alike to not be deterred by the faces of men, but resist the temptation of crime that has been set-forth in front of us by design.  We can alter the plans of the enemy by becoming more aware to those things that matter most …education brings about awareness.

 

As Probation Challenge celebrates its 30-year anniversary, we invite you to join us Friday, August 21, 2009, at the Double Tree Hotel, 5000 West 127th Street, at 7:00 PM. We’ll have an array of dynamic talent when our noted “Show of Shows” entertainment takes to the stage, along with a full course dinner and our awards presentation. Tickets are $50 Per Person with Free Parking.

For reservation and information call: 773-978-3706.

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