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Barclays Spaces for Sports extends Beyond Sport partnership

Posted by Admin On August - 21 - 2010 Comments Off on Barclays Spaces for Sports extends Beyond Sport partnership

Following the success of the collaboration in its first year, Beyond Sport announced that Barclays Spaces for Sports has extended its partnership with the sport and development initiative into a second year.

Barclays Spaces for Sports will once again play a pivotal role as a Global Partner to Beyond Sport, which includes the Beyond Sport Summit 2010 taking place in Chicago, September 29-30. 

Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme using sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues in countries around the world where Barclays operates. It was launched in the UK in 2004 and has delivered 200 sustainable sports sites in partnership with the Football Foundation, giving more than half a million people in disadvantaged communities the opportunity to benefit. 

Following its success in the UK the programme was extended globally in 2008, bringing the total commitment by Barclays to more than £37m. 

Kirk Harrison, Head of Barclays Spaces for Sports, said: “As a global sport for development programme driving positive social change, our partnership with Beyond Sport is a natural one.

“It allows us to share our expertise as a corporate in this field, as well as further extending our contacts and knowledge of the many other individuals and organisations involved in community sport through the Beyond Sport network.” 

Added Nick Keller , Founder of Beyond Sport: “The support of Barclays Spaces for Sports is a vital component to our success and we’re delighted that they are continuing to help us drive forward the movement. 

“Barclays has long been a trailblazer in this field and we hope that the positive example that the organisation is setting can persuade other corporate companies to follow their lead.” 

The Summit is a unique event designed to celebrate, promote and drive forward the use of sport as a tool for positive social change. It brings together those who use sport as a vehicle to create social impact and influencers from the world of business, government and federations whose attitudes and decisions can have substantial impact.

The 2010 event already boasts an impressive line-up of speakers including Olympic legends Michael Johnson and Ian Thorpe; HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan and former South African soccer captain Lucas Radebe. 

The Summit will also see the winners of the Beyond Sport Awards 2010 unveiled. Designed to recognise and reward the best sport and development projects from across the world on an annual basis, the Awards incorporate 12 categories covering the entire sporting spectrum of health, social inclusion, corporate and social responsibility and philanthropy.  

In its second year, the Awards has attracted entries from more than 400 projects, further extending the significant reach of the global initiative to over 200 countries and territories. 

A shortlist of projects in each of the Awards categories has been revealed in early summer, and representatives from each of the projects will be flown to Chicago for the Summit.

 Beyond Sport is also represented by a host of high-profile Ambassadors, all who bring unique experiences and visions to the initiative. Chaired by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, they also include Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of London 2012; former NBA Champion and US Senator Bill Bradley; and IOC Executive Board Member Nawal El Moutawakel, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Morocco .

 

For further information visit www.beyondsport.org. 

Giannoulias, Durbin discuss helping Illinois small businesses grow

Posted by Admin On August - 21 - 2010 Comments Off on Giannoulias, Durbin discuss helping Illinois small businesses grow

Carbondale, IL  – On the third day of their Illinois Jobs Tour, U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin joined Carbondale-area small business owners at the Dunn Richmond Economic Development Center to discuss their plans to help small businesses grow and gain access to capital. This stands in stark contrast to Congressman Mark Kirk who has consistently supported the failed Bush economic policies that have hurt small businesses.
 
“Small businesses are the back bone of our economy and have been hardest hit by the failed Bush economic policies that Congressman Kirk supports. It is imperative that we help small businesses by increasing their access to capital and help them to attract and retain employees so they can grow,” said Giannoulias. “Unlike Congressman Kirk, I have a record of helping Illinois small businesses. As Treasurer, my office helped create hundreds of small business jobs through the Employ Illinois program, which has deposited $17 million of the state’s portfolio into banks that agreed to loan to businesses at reduced rates. The best way to get small businesses to open and expand is to tie strings to the capital by requiring job creation and a mandate to lend.”
 
Only half of the small businesses that tried to borrow last year got all or most of what they needed, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses.  A central element to Giannoulias’ FutureWorks plan includes a proposal to stimulate immediate financial recovery by providing tax breaks to small business owners and low- to middle-income people who are most likely to put their savings back into the economy and curb overseas outsourcing of American jobs by closing tax loopholes.
 
Senator Durbin has sponsored federal legislation to help Illinois small businesses create jobs and get access to capital.
 
“My bill will help get people back to work by giving small businesses access to capital to help them create private sector jobs through private sector banks that lend to private sector businesses,” said Senator Durbin. “I need Alexi as my partner in the United States Senate because he understands what Illinois small businesses are going through and will work night and day to support them. Congressman Kirk only offers more of the same failed Bush policies that have hurt our economy severely.”
 
According to the latest data from the Small Business Administration, there were 258,000 small business employers in Illinois in 2006 and small businesses accounted for over 98 percent of the employers in Illinois. These small businesses added 93,000 jobs in 2006 — three times as many jobs added by Illinois companies with more than 500 employees.
 
The Dunn Richmond Economic Development Center at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale is home to SIUC Small Business Incubator, which began in 1991. Its mission is to “accelerate the start-up and expansion of small business in Southern Illinois.”  It provides a range of services and events for current and prospective small business owners. The Center has a full-time staff of counselors that provide free counseling assistance on things such as cash flow and financial analysis, legal structure and e-commerce.

During the tour, Giannoulias has highlighted his plans to create the next generation of good-paying jobs, help small businesses access capital so that they can grow, and root out the corporate special interests that plague Washington.  Giannoulias’ FutureWorks plan can be read in full at www.alexiforillinois.com.

Senator Durbin is joining the tour for select stops on August 19 and August 20. Giannoulias will visit the following cities and towns in Illinois: Bloomington/Normal, Cairo, Carbondale, Chester, Decatur, Du Quoin, Alton, East St. Louis, Effingham, Harrisburg, Mascoutah, Metropolis, Mt. Vernon, Pana, Springfield, and Waterloo.
 
GIANNOULIAS PLAN TO HELP ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE JOBS

  • Extend the tax credit for first-time homebuyers.  The tax credit for first-time homebuyers has helped middle-income Americans afford their first home and helped stabilize the housing market and home values. Allowing it to expire would hurt home sales just as the market is expected to pick up. Alexi supports an extension of the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit through December 1, 2010.
  • Create a payroll tax holiday for low- and middle-income Americans. Alexi wants middle-class tax relief that will go straight into the pockets of working Americans so that they can pay their mortgage, put food on the table, and keep the economy moving. He supports a one-year payroll tax holiday on the first $20,000 of individual income for those making up to $75,000. Under his proposal, qualified workers would see an extra $125 a month in their paychecks. Alexi is calling for a “job creation tax credit” for small businesses with less than 50 employees to help incentivize job creation among small businesses, which are responsible for 65 percent of jobs created in America.
  • Establish a job creation tax credit. Making it less expensive for employers who hire within a 90-day timeframe would encourage businesses to start hiring now. Alexi is calling for a “job creation tax credit” for small businesses with less than 50 employees to help incentivize job creation among small businesses, which are responsible for 65 percent of jobs created in America.
  • Offset the costs of these proposals by repealing the corporate tax loophole that rewards the shipping of jobs overseas.   The U.S. tax code currently rewards companies that ship jobs overseas.  Alexi wants to ensure that those companies pay their fair share by eliminating the tax loophole that allows them to defer paying U.S. taxes on overseas profits. This proposal would raise nearly $200 billion and deter companies from moving American jobs abroad.

Giannoulias’ campaign stated that:


KIRK FULLY SUPPORTED THE FAILED BUSH ECONOMIC PLAN:

  • KIRK VOTED FOR TAX BREAKS TO SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS: Kirk voted for billions in tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and for oil companies.  [HR1586, Vote 518, 8/10/10; HR4213, Vote 324, 5/28/10; HR6, Vote 445, 7/28/05; HR 4297, Vote 109, 4/27/06; Vote 258, 6/17/04; HR3090, Vote 404, 10/24/2001; HR3529, Vote 509, 12/19/01]
  • KIRK VOTED AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES. Kirk voted against passage of the Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010 which would provide incentives to financial institutions to extend credit to small businesses.  [HR5297, Vote 375, 6/17/10]
  • KIRK VOTED AGAINST THE HIRE ACT. In March 2010, Mark Kirk voted against the HIRE Act (Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment), a $15 billion job creation package that includes new hire tax breaks and payroll tax exemptions for businesses, unemployment benefits extensions, and funding for highway and transportation projects.  [HR2847, Vote 90, 3/4/10; Chicago Tribune, 3/5/10]
  • KIRK VOTED FOR EVERY SINGLE BUSH BUDGET: Kirk voted for every one of Bush’s reckless budgets from FY 2001 to 2007, and he opposed a FY 2008 budget that would provide middle class tax relief and reverse some of the damage caused by years of failed Bush economic policies.  [HCR353, Vote 79, 3/20/02; HCR95, Vote 141, 4/11/03; SCR95, Vote 198, 5/19/04; HCR95, Vote 149, 4/28/05,; HR4241, Vote 601, 11/18/05; HCR376, Vote 158, 5/18/06; SCR 21, Vote 377, 5/16/07]
  • KIRK/BUSH TOOK RECORD SURPLUSES TO RECORD DEFICITS: When George W. Bush and Mark Kirk took office, they inherited a $236 billion budget surplus, and the CBO predicted that the surplus would reach $5.6 trillion over the next decade.  However, Bush and Kirk’s irresponsible spending turned a historic budget surplus into a record $458 billion deficit by 2008.  [New York Times, 1/30/03; Office of Management and Budget; Congressional Budget Office]
  • KIRK VOTED AGAINST PAY-AS-YOU-GO: Kirk voted against reestablishing pay-as-you-go budgeting in the House.  PAYGO is a common sense fiscal restraint measure that ensures every new spending measure is offset by savings or increased revenues elsewhere.  [HR2920, Vote 612, 7/22/09; HJR45, Vote 48, 2/4/10]
  • KIRK HAS VOTED REPEATEDLY AGAINST EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT: Since 2001, Kirk has voted at least thirteen times against extending unemployment benefits. [HR4213, Vote 463, 7/22/10; HR5618, Vote 423, 7/1/10: HR4213, Vote 324, 5/28/10; HR2847, Vote 90, 3/4/10; HR4213, Vote 324, 5/28/10; HR5749, Vote 403, 6/11/08; HR5749, Vote 412, 6/12/08; HR7110, Vote 660, 9/26/08 HR3030, Vote 18, 2/4/04; HR444, Vote 224, 6/3/04; HR2185, Vote 22, 5/22/03; HR1527, Vote 191, 5/15/03; S23, Vote 6, 1/8/03; HR3090, Vote 402, 10/24/01]
  • KIRK VOTED AGAINST HOMEOWNERS. Kirk has voted twice against a $7,500 tax credit for new homebuyers.  [HR3221, Vote 302, 5/08/08; Vote 519, 7/23/08]

State’s Attorney joins Gov. Quinn at signing of Illinois Safe Children Act

Posted by Admin On August - 21 - 2010 Comments Off on State’s Attorney joins Gov. Quinn at signing of Illinois Safe Children Act

 Chicago, IL – State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez yesterday joined Governor Pat Quinn for the signing of the Illinois Safe Children Act, a sweeping new law designed to protect children who are caught up in the sex trafficking trade.

The Illinois Safe Children Act will dramatically change the way the criminal justice system treats juveniles who are caught up in the sex trade and ensure that they are provided with social services. The bill, which was drafted by the Alvarez Administration, will also provide enhanced penalties for those charged with prostituting juveniles and will give law enforcement new resources to attack the organized criminal rings that are engaging in these crimes.

85th Anniversary of the founding of America’s first black labor union

Posted by Admin On August - 21 - 2010 Comments Off on 85th Anniversary of the founding of America’s first black labor union

 

Charlottesville, VA (BlackNews.com) — On August 25th, 1925 the trajectory of African American and American history was changed forever. On that date, a group of Pullman porters formed the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, America’s first African American labor union.

One of those porters, 99-year-old Linus Scott, described the job as “miles of smiles, years of struggle.” This 85th anniversary celebrates the life and work of this remarkable group of men.

The founding of the Brotherhood was an important milestone in the labor movement, which had previously been all white. But more importantly, it laid the foundation for the modern civil rights movement, by proving that blacks could organize and achieve tangible results.

The Pullman porters worked on the Pullman train sleeper cars. They greeted passengers, carried luggage, made the beds, tidied the cars, served food and drink, shined shoes and were available night and day to wait on the passengers. Since they often worked 20-hour long days and were paid only $67.50 a month, they depended on tips to make enough money to support their families.

Linus J. Scott, 99, is a retired Pullman porter whose personal story illustrates the importance of the Brotherhood: “We went through miles of smiles and years of struggle. The porters were polite to the passengers, so that would be the miles of smiles, because all the times it wasn’t easy but they had to smile anyway, because of the way some of the passengers would treat them. Some people were unkind and thought they could do anything and everything. The years of struggle, we had to raise a family, because we have four children.”

Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle is the title of a one hour documentary film honoring the porters and being released for home video on this 85th anniversary of the founding of the Brotherhood. The film is based on interviews with eight porters and is narrated by Rosina Tucker, the 100-year-old wife of a porter.

Despite the poor pay and working conditions, the porters themselves were often considered to be the best and brightest of their communities, many from small towns in the American south. This image is beautifully represented in the pride shown by Paul Robeson, playing a Pullman porter in the film Emperor Jones, as he departs his hometown for a life on the rails.

The Brotherhood was formed when a small group of porters went to A. Philip Randolph and sought his help in the creation of a union of porters. Randolph was the publisher of The Messenger, a newspaper that campaigned for black rights. The union struggled for twelve years, even threatening a strike, before forcing the Pullman Company to agree to a labor contract in 1937.

Pullman porter E.D. Nixon was the instigator of the Montgomery bus boycott, the protest that brought Martin Luther King into the civil rights movement. But more broadly, the organization of the Brotherhood proved to leadership in the black community of mid-century America that organization and social protest could produce change.

In the late 1960s, the Brotherhood was absorbed into a larger union. So the men like Linus Scott, porters who were members of the original union, are now quite old and few in number. A great, largely unknown chapter in American history is quickly fading from living memory.

Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle is available from Paul Wagner Films. For more information, visit www.paulwagnerfilms.com

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