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Archive for January 10th, 2011

Another shocking tragedy for the history books

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Shooting rampage in Arizona leaves six dead, a congresswoman and several others injured


What a tragedy! A 22-year-old gunman on a shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona killed six people, injured 13 others, and left a congresswoman – now in intensive care – fighting for her life in Tucson’s University Medical Center.

Jared Loughner, described as a troubled individual, a social outcast and loner, shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head at close range at a “meet and greet” where a crowd had gathered to meet the congresswoman. Although doctors are optimistic about Giffords’ recovery, she remains in critical condition.

Among the dead were a federal judge (U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63; Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, a congressional aide to Giffords, and a nine-year-old girl (Christina Taylor Green), a third grader and the daughter of John Green, a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the granddaughter of former big league Pitcher Dallas Green.    

After hearing of the shootings in Arizona and on Congresswoman Giffords, President Barack Obama stated: “We are going to get to the bottom of this, and we’re going to get through this.” He assigned FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III to investigate the shootings.

In a statement on the FBI web site, Mueller expressed his “condolences to the families and friends of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Judge John Roll, and the other victims of this senseless tragedy.

“This was an attack not only against dedicated public servants, but against our fellow citizens…one being a child who was there to learn more about how our government works…and other members of the community who were meeting with their elected officials for the first time, or who were simply running errands on what otherwise would have been an ordinary weekend. This was an attack on our institutions and our way of life.”


What President Obama said (full transcript):

As many of you are aware, earlier today a number of people were shot in Tucson, Arizona, including several who were meeting at a supermarket with their congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords.  We are still assembling all the facts, but we know that Representative Giffords was one of the victims.  She is currently at a hospital in the area, and she is battling for her life.

We also know that at least five people lost their lives in this tragedy.  Among them were a federal judge, John Roll, who has served America’s legal system for almost 40 years; and a young girl who was barely nine years old.

I’ve spoken to Arizona governor Jan Brewer and offered the full resources of the federal government.  A suspect is currently in custody, but we don’t yet know what provoked this unspeakable act.  A comprehensive investigation is currently underway, and at my direction, Director Bob Mueller is en route to Arizona to help coordinate these efforts.  I’ve also spoken to the Democratic and Republican leaders in the House.

Gabby Giffords was a friend of mine.  She is not only an extraordinary public servant, but she is also somebody who is warm and caring.  She is well liked by her colleagues and well liked by her constituents.  Her husband, Mark Kelly, is a Navy captain and one of America’s valiant astronauts. 

It’s not surprising that today Gabby was doing what she always does — listening to the hopes and concerns of her neighbors.  That is the essence of what our democracy is all about.  That is why this is more than a tragedy for those involved.  It is a tragedy for Arizona and a tragedy for our entire country.

What Americans do at times of tragedy is to come together and support each other.  So at this time I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping all the victims and their families, including Gabby, in our thoughts and prayers.  Those who have been injured, we are rooting for them.  And I know Gabby is as tough as they come, and I am hopeful that she’s going to pull through.

Obviously our hearts go out to the family members of those who have been slain.  We are going to get to the bottom of this, and we’re going to get through this.  But in the meantime, I think all of us need to make sure that we’re offering our thoughts and prayers to those concerned.


Vice President Joseph Biden’s statement on the shooting rampage:

“…The horrific attack in Tucson, Arizona, this morning has taken the lives of at least five people, including a federal judge and a young girl, and left many others wounded, among them a dear friend, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Gabby is one of the finest members of Congress I know. She is a principled leader and a consensus-builder. She has spent her time in office working her heart out to improve the lives of the people she represents. And she loves her husband and family above all else. On this tragic day, Jill and I are praying for Gabby’s recovery, and we hold her family in our hearts.

Chief Judge John Roll was a dedicated jurist whose death is a terrible loss to Arizona and to the country.

We do not yet know the motivation behind these shootings. But what we do know is that there is simply no justification, no rationale for such senseless and appalling violence in our society.

Please join Jill and me in praying for each of today’s victims and for their families and loved ones.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement: 

“Today’s tragedy in Arizona was a senseless act of violence that has already resulted in devastating loss, including the death of Chief United States District Court Judge John Roll and four other individuals and the wounding of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and a number of others.  All of those who were killed or injured and their families are in our thoughts and prayers.

“As the President said, FBI Director Mueller is traveling to Arizona to help coordinate the investigation.  The FBI is working jointly with local law enforcement to investigate today’s events, and I have directed Department prosecutors and law enforcement officials to use every resource necessary to investigate this tragedy.  I want to assure the people of Arizona and every American that we will hold accountable anyone responsible for these heinous acts.”

Statement of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) on the Arizona Shooting 

“This shooting was a senseless attack on a Congresswoman I know well, Gabby Giffords.  She is a fellow alumni of Cornell University, married a Navy astronaut and inherited my Longworth Building House office after I left for the Senate. We worked together on US-China relations as part of the U.S.-China Working Group and she is a thoughtful, effective legislator who I enjoy working with in Congress. We take this attack on the Congresswoman very seriously and will work with Capitol Police federal law enforcement to contemplate security measures which ensure that decisions made by Americans through elections cannot be changed or threatened by violence.

I commend the heroes who tackled the gunman and pray for the victims and loved ones suffering as a result of this despicable act.”

Madigan: Lake County man arrested on child pornography charges

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 Seventeenth arrest in statewide crackdown on child porn traffickers

Chicago, IL ─ Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the arrest of a Lake County man on child pornography charges as part of a continuing statewide crackdown.

North Chicago police arrested Ian O’Donohoe, 39, of Lake Bluff. He is charged with two counts of aggravated possession of child pornography, each a Class 2 felony punishable by a three- to seven-year prison term in the Illinois Department of Corrections, and three counts of possession of child pornography, each a Class 3 felony punishable by a two- to five-year prison term.

“Possession of child pornography is an unimaginably horrific crime. These offenders are trading images online and, even worse, videos showing children who have been horribly abused and victimized,” Madigan said. “But the same technology used to download and send out these illegal images is now being used by my investigators to track and arrest these offenders.”

O’Donohoe’s arrest makes the 17thsuspect in Madigan’s crackdown on the most active traffickers who download and trade child pornography on the Internet. O’Donohoe’s bond was set at $75,000.

Madigan said cooperation among state and local law enforcement was key to the success of today’s arrest and her overall crackdown on child pornographers throughout Illinois. Today’s arrest involved Attorney General’s Office investigators, the City of North Chicago Police Department and Lake County State’s Attorney Michael J. Waller.

“The City of North Chicago is committed to keeping the children of Lake County safe, as proven by assisting the Attorney General’s Office in the arrest of a local resident for the offense of child pornography.  It will be our continuous effort to send the message that this type of behavior against our youth will not be tolerated, and that all investigative measures will be exhausted to apprehend these offenders,” said George McClary, commander, Investigations Division, North Chicago Police Department.

In late August, Attorney General Madigan announced the initiative, dubbed Operation Glass House, to find and arrest the worst child pornographers in Illinois using the unique identifier that each computer is assigned when it accesses the Internet, known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. As of Monday, 5,000 Illinois IP addresses were seen trading child pornography images and videos across the state by Attorney General’s Office investigators.

Studies have shown that users of child pornography are more likely to also be sexual abusers of children. A total of 24,751 sex offenders are listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, of which more than 81 percent committed a crime against a child. The Illinois Sex Offender Registry is located at www.isp.state.il.us.

Madigan also works with local and national law enforcement organizations to address Internet exploitation of children and women. Madigan’s office, with a grant from the Department of Justice, runs the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, which investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement. Since 2006, Madigan’s office has been involved in more than 300 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 128,000 parents, teachers and students and more than 10,000 law enforcement professionals.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Haitian-American expert offers analysis on Haiti as one-year anniversary of earthquake approaches; launches “This is Haiti” presentation

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mildred_antenorMildred Antenor

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Haitian-American media commentator, journalist and college professor, Mildred Antenor, is currently available to share her insights on Haiti.
As January 12th, the one-year anniversary of the most devastating natural disaster that the country has seen in 200 years approaches, Antenor plans to clarify inaccuracies and dispel myths about her ancestral country.
Antenor has created “This is Haiti”, a presentation, for corporations, non-profit organizations and educational institutions, through Black History month.
The quake killed over 250,000 people, leaving a large portion of Haiti in ruins. As the Haitian people begin to rebuild, facts about Haiti have been shrouded in inaccuracies and myths. People are often unaware of Haiti’s rich history. For example, a Haitian man Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable founded the city of Chicago, and in 1779 over 500 Haitian soldiers helped Americans fight the British during the Revolutionary War.
According to Antenor, “The fact that Haitians won their independence through a very bloody 13-year war against Napoleons army points to the tenacity of Haitian people.”
Ms. Antenor has appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor“, Fox 5’s “Good Day Street Talk“, a public affairs program concentrating on today’s hot topics and The CW-11 Morning News to name a few. She is frequently asked to give opinions and new perspectives on hard-hitting issues by news broadcasters. You can also listen to her on WBGO 88.3 FM radio where her commentaries focus on Haiti and current news events.
Ms. Antenor also served as a co-creator and co-host on WLIB a weekly radio call-in talk show entitled L’Ecole Sans Mur (School Without Walls). This program focused on public activists including political, economic and social issues facing Haitian immigrants in the community.
Mildred holds memberships with New York Women in Communications and the MATRIX Awards Development Committee, and is the founder of www.MildredAntenor.com.
For media inquiries, bookings or additional information, please call (201) 892-2075 or email mildred@communicatingwomen.com.

Working together to prevent substance abuse

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(A Message from Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney)


Substance abuse plagues our communities in numerous ways.  Whether it is the street violence caused by drug turf wars, traffic accidents caused by those driving under the influence or missed work or school days from the affects of use, it has the potential to directly affect every one of us.

Education about the consequences of substance abuse needs to start early.  Many schools offer awareness and prevention programs either through health class curriculum or by inviting guest speakers, such as representatives from the State’s Attorney’s Community Outreach Unit, to talk to students about the dangers of drugs.  As parents, we need to set a positive example for our children and keep the lines of communication open and honest about drug use.

Additionally, we should encourage children to get involved in other activities that will keep them occupied and make it less likely that they will experiment with drugs and alcohol.  The State’s Attorney’s Office holds an annual art contest where middle school students are encouraged to create posters demonstrating healthy and positive alternatives to drug use.  Thirteen posters are chosen from the hundreds of entries we receive and then featured in the next year’s calendar.  The contest for the 2012 calendar was recently announced and the entry deadline is March 31, 2011.  I look forward to this event as I’m always amazed at the creativity and talent that is displayed by our young contestants!  For more information on the contest, visit our website: www.statesattorney.org.

If your child isn’t a budding artist there are many other activities they can participate in.  Whether they enjoy sports, music, reading, or arts and crafts, there are countless opportunities available through our schools, churches, community centers and park districts.  You just have to take the time with your child to find out where their interests lie and seek out opportunities to broaden their knowledge and experience.

I wish you and your family and safe, happy and healthy New Year!

Anita Alvarez

Cook County State’s Attorney

A Victory for children; “Huckleberry Finn” is losing the N-Word

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roy_miller_huckle_berry_finnBy Attorney Roy Miller

(Distributed through BlackNews.com)

I applaud Auburn University professor Alan Gribben for realizing that children have hearts and they break. No, we can never destroy the n-word anymore than we can destroy other words of profanity. Whether in books or not, hateful words will live on forever in society. However, we as parents can make it clear what words are acceptable for children and what words are not. God and children depend on parents to teach children.

There are differences between what adults can say and what children can say. A first grader should not be made to make a twelfth grader decision. Children need to know that access to certain things in life are off limits, until they reach adulthood and they can then make their own choices and use their own discretions.

Surely we would not give a child a pistol to play with or a marijuana joint, because we know that a child’s mind is not developed enough to make adult decisions. Why would we give innocent children the go ahead to handle the word that is most associated with violence, racism and hate? And, why would we make it possible for racists and idiots to freely use the n-word around little children.

We cannot assume that everyone that uses the n-word means well and has common sense. Children, not adults, are the ones that look in dictionaries for meaning of the n-word and read books that children must read in school. Children are the ones that have to sit in integrated class rooms and endure the pain, not the grown ups that fight for acceptance of the n-word. We constantly have adults fighting for the rights of children to use the n-word and other hurtful words. We constantly see adults fighting for the right to use what ever language they desire around children, yours and mine. Children need constant motivation from adults, not depression and intentional disrespect. Adults have used profanity and other hurtful words until they are now blinded to the tears of children. Children hurt and many see little difference between life and death, while adults move further towards the edge. In 1994, I succeeded at having the n-word deleted from a major dictionary. I fought primarily for the sake of children, the innocent victims that cannot fight for themselves. I ask that adults go to schools and ask children how it feels to be disrespected.

Attorney Roy Miller may be contacted at 478-745-2402, via email at attorneymiller99@aol.com, or on his web site at www.attorneyroymiller.com

Russell Simmons, author of the New York Times Bestseller “Do You!”, releases new book “Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All”

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russell_simmons_super_richNationwide (BlackNews.com) — What does it mean to be truly rich? Does it mean owning planes, yachts, and designer clothes? According to the materially and spiritually rich mogul Russell Simmons, “the ultimate state of being rich is to honestly be in a state of needing nothing. To need nothing is to be super rich.”

This might sound crazy coming from someone who can have anything he wants, but needing and expecting nothing and being true to himself is the reason he is so wealthy.

Told in a unique style that blends spirituality with business acumen and street smarts, SUPER RICH: A Guide to Having It All by Russell Simmons with Chris Morrow (Gotham Books, January 2011, Hardcover, $22.50), is Simmons’ ultimate venture – a genuinely helpful, motivational, and meaningful guide to making the absolute most out of life.

In 2007, after Russell Simmons wrote and published his New York Times Bestseller Do You!, he was amazed by the overwhelming response he received. And while Do You! was a great starting point to helping people awaken to their true potential, SUPER RICH goes even deeper, mining the spiritual practices that Simmons is certain is the key to success. The advice in SUPER RICH is win-win for all readers, encouraging us all to become more focused, centered, generous individuals. People who do what they love and don’t expect anything in return are the ones who will get the most out of life; the affluence that follows is just icing on the cake. It’s a simple concept that Russell Simmons illustrates beautifully through personal stories, real-life examples, yogic principles, and proven philosophies. SUPER RICH teaches how to drown out the noise and focus to find life’s purpose.

As Russell says, “All I ask of you is to understand that no matter who you are or what your circumstances are, have faith that you can take control of your consciousness. It will take courage and consistent practice, but when you do that, you will be able to transform your relationship with yourself and the world for the better. You will be able to have it all.” It is available wherever books are sold or visit www.globalgrind.com.

Chicago’s Floating World Gallery presents its first solo exhibition by a female Japanese artist “Brush as Blade: Abstract works by Toko Shinoda”

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 Free Public Preview Friday, Feb. 4 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Chicago, IL — Floating World Gallery (FWG) presents “Brush As Blade: Abstract Works by Toko Shinoda” at the gallery’s Lincoln Park location, 1925 N. Halsted St. Friday, Feb. 4 through Friday, April 1, 2011. This is the first solo exhibition FWG has ever mounted focusing on a female Japanese artist.

“Bill and I have been collectors and ardent fans of Shinoda’s work for some time,” says gallery co-owner Roberta Stein. “We were extremely pleased when we realized that the exhibition would dovetail with National Women’s Month (March), International Women’s Day (March 8) and Shinoda’s 98th birthday. We sincerely hope this exhibition will help increase the public awareness of the work of this remarkable woman and incredible artist. “

Shinoda is one of the foremost calligraphers in Japan, and is known around the world as a master of the intricate manner of writing tracing back 3000 years. She was born in Manchuria on March 28, 1913 and moved to Tokyo with her family in 1914. At age 8, she began to study traditional calligraphy under the tutelage of her father and at primary school. She began to teach the art in 1935. Her first one-woman exhibition was at Tokyo’s Kyukyodo Gallery in 1940 and, in 1957, she had an exhibition “Japanese Abstract Calligraphy” at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Shinoda began creating abstract work in 1947. A two-year stay in New York in the 1950s introduced her to the work of abstract expressionists and inspired her to go beyond the traditional boundaries of controlled calligraphy and use expansive, dynamic brush strokes.

Shinoda began producing lithographs in 1960 and, in 1961, was invited to exhibit work at the 6th São Paulo Biennial. Between 1966 and 1977 she participated in the First Japan Art Festival, which toured New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, and other U.S. cities (1966-1967); designed murals for the Japanese Pavilion at Montreal Expo and the Zojoji Temple, Tokyo; and had solo exhibitions in Berlin, New York, Tokyo and Washington DC, where she was commissioned to do a major painting for the Japanese Ambassador’s residence.

A multi-faceted artist, Shinoda received the Japanese Essayist Club Prize for her collection of writings “Sumi-iro” in 1979. She was the focus of a feature in Time Magazine Aug. 1, 1983 and, in 1996, became the first Japanese artist to have the honor of having a retrospective of her paintings and lithographs in the Singapore Art Museum.

Today, Shinoda’s works reside in numerous permanent collections worldwide including the Rockefeller, Guggenheim , the Brooklyn Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Tokyo National Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited at MOMA and other museums and galleries in New York, Boston, Paris, Washington and Brussels. Recent exhibitions include” Die Hande der Kunst” at MARTa Herford, Germany (2008) and “Sensei” at Residenzgalerie, Salzburg, Austria (2009).

The opening preview of “Brush As Blade: Abstract Works by Toko Shinoda” is Friday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. It includes a Q&A with FWG Director of Exhibitions Elias Martin. Light refreshments will be served. No reservations are required. For more information call 312-587-7800.

Floating World Gallery, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, takes its name from the English translation of “ukiyo-e”, referring to images of an evanescent, impermanent world of fleeting beauty. The gallery has been one of the world’s leading dealers in Japanese art for more than 20 years, offering private collectors and institutions the highest quality works of art.

Floating World Gallery opened its new 8,200 square-foot gallery space in October 2009 and is now actively engaged in helping to educate the public and increase awareness of the rich world of modern Japanese art. Recent, critically acclaimed exhibitions have included “Creating What Has Never Been,” an exhibition of Japanese post-war paintings and contemporary ceramics (Sept. 24 -Nov. 19, 2010); and “Behind Paper Walls: Self-Printed Masterworks by Jun’ichiro Sekino” (Dec. 3, 2010 – Jan. 28, 2011).

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 312-587-7800, fax 312-575-3565 or email artwork@floatingworld.com.

Floating World Gallery’S Free Seminar Series Continues with“Breaking Light: Female Artists Working in Modern Japan” Saturday, March 5,2011
In Anticipation of International Women’s Day, Seminar Examines Issues of Identity, Race and Sexism as They Influenced the Work of Acclaimed Artist Toko Shinoda and Her Contemporaries

Floating World Gallery (FWG) continues their free seminar series with “Breaking Light: Female Artists Working in Modern Japan” at 1925 N. Halsted Street, Saturday, March 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. In anticipation of International Women’s Day (March 8), the seminar will examine issues of identity, race, sexism as well as the significant artistic contributions women have made to modern Japanese art, including woodblock prints.
Artists addressed will include Fujio Yoshida and Keiko Minami, contemporaries of Toko Shinoda whose work is showcased in FWG’s Winter 2011 exhibition “Brush As Blade: Abstract Works by Toko touch on”opening Friday, Feb. 4 and continuing through April 1.
The seminar, conducted by the gallery’s Director of Exhibitions Elias Martin, will also touch on history, production techniques, connoisseurship and collecting strategies and provide participants the rare opportunity to examine original works that are often only seen in books or behind museum glass.
Admission to the seminar is complimentary, however reservations are required. For reservations or more information, email classes@floatingworld.comor call 312-587-7800.
Floating World Gallery, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, takes its name from the English translation of “ukiyo-e”, referring to images of an evanescent, impermanent world of fleeting beauty. The gallery has been one of the world’s leading dealers in Japanese art for more than 20 years, offering private collectors and institutions the highest quality works of art.
Floating World Gallery opened its new 8,200 square-foot gallery space in October 2009 and is now actively engaged in helping to educate the public and increase awareness of the rich world of modern Japanese art. Recent, critically acclaimed exhibitions have included “Creating What Has Never Been,” an exhibition of Japanese post-war paintings and contemporary ceramics (Sept. 24 -Nov. 19, 2010); and “Behind Paper Walls: Self-Printed Masterworks by Jun’ichiro Sekino”(Dec. 3, 2010 – Jan. 28, 2011).
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 312-587-7800, fax 312-575-3565 or email artwork@floatingworld.com.

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