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Archive for March 7th, 2011

Lawsuit seeking money damages for police violence at Republican National Convention to go forward

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Motion will be made to subpoena ‘Karen Sullivan’ – undercover FBI infiltrator in Twin Cities in anti-war movement

 

Lawyers who filed the first lawsuit resulting from police violence at the Republican National Convention will announce their plan to move forward with litigation in the case of Mick Kelly. In a widely publicized incident, police, standing only feet away, shot Kelly in his stomach with a high velocity marking projectile at the demonstration organized by the Anti-War Committee on the fourth day of the RNC, Sept. 4 2008.

Mick Kelly, one of the main organizers of the massive march and rally on the first day of the Republican National Convention, earlier prevailed in a separate lawsuit against the city of St. Paul after his arrest for leafleting at the June, 2008 Obama rally. He is also one of the Twin Cities anti-war and international solidarity activists whose home was raided by the FBI on September 24, 2010.

Law enforcement agencies failed to reveal the presence of an undercover FBI infiltrator during the discovery process of Kelly’s 2008 RNC lawsuit. The existence of an undercover law enforcement officer who was active for two years in RNC protest organizations was first revealed in the course of communications between lawyers representing activists whose homes were raided by the FBI September 24, 2010 and Chicago Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox. The infiltrator, who went by the name “Karen Sullivan,” remained active in the Twin Cites peace movement until the September 24 raids, when she vanished.

Lawyers will ask the judge presiding over the case to reopen the discovery process and will move to subpoena “Karen Sullivan.”

The lawsuit is being pursued by attorneys Ted Dooley and Peter Nickitas, members of the National Lawyers Guild. Ted Dooley will be among the speakers at the press conference.

Dooley states, “By law, we should have been given all information about this ‘Sullivan’ character. She was present, and planning, at meetings prior to the RNC protests. And she was near at hand when Mick Kelly was shot at the September 4 anti-war demonstration. Kelly has an absolute right to discover what she knew, and when she knew it!”

Jess Sundin, one of the main organizers of the protest at the RNC and a leader of the Twin Cities-based Anti-War Committee states, “There is a pattern of repression against anti war activists before, during and after the Republican National Convention. They sent in police agents to spy and used violence on protestors at the RNC. To top it off, they continued their spying and raided our homes and office on September 24. Many of us who organized the march at the RNC have received summons to appear in front of a Chicago Grand Jury. This is wrong and we are pushing back.”

A press conference on the issue was scheduled for March 4, 2011 at Noon at the Federal Building Plaza, 4th Ave and 4th St. S, Minneapolis MN

For further information contact:

Jess Sundin, Anti-War Committee, 612-272-2209

 Attorney Ted Dooley, 651-292-1515

Mick Kelly, 612-715-3280

Author of “Radical Disciple” thanks Chicago Defender for shaping his career

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pfleger‘Pfleger like Dr. King, a Prophet Setting the Captives Free’

By Chinta Strausberg

When Robert McClory graduated from Northwestern’s School of Journalism in 1971, he unknowingly began a rollercoaster life that saw him leaving the priesthood, marrying a nun, becoming a father, and launching a career as a reporter at the Chicago Defender newspaper all within a two-year period and culminating in the writing of a book called the “Radical Disciple.”
From 1971 to 1978, McClory, who is white, was surprised at the amount of respect and admiration he received from the black community he covered especially from Louis E. Martin, Jr., a well-known newspaper publisher, activist and adviser to several presidents.
McClory praised Martin for teaching him how to write and how to be a good reporter. McClory was proud to be able to interview people like the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and other black elected officials including the late Mayor Harold Washington.
But, while African Americans befriended him and praised his work, McClory said whites had a different attitude. “They would ask me, ‘What are you working for them for’”? McClory said he was proud to have worked for the Chicago Defender and for the African American community.
However, because he and his wife just had a baby, McClory, who had been promoted to associate editor, had to leave to enhance his salary. However, he took with him an improved writing ability and a number of well-recognized sources.
For 20-years, McClory wrote for the Chicago Reader and the Sepia Magazine while teaching part-time at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism from 1983 to 1988. He later taught full-time at Medill from 1988 to 2003. McClory began writing books on Catholic Church history and ultimately wrote the “Radical Priest” a story about his friend, Father Michael L. Pfleger.
For years, McClory had stood on the sidelines watching Pfleger get arrested for defacing alcohol billboards, taking on drug dealers and demanding neighborhood stores cease selling drug paraphernalia to children.
A sometimes-nervous McClory said someone had to record what Pfleger was doing. “He could have gone to jail, said McClory who likened the actions of his friend to that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s civil rights activism calling them both social agents for change.
Ironically, Father Pfleger is a priest today because of Dr. King, his mentor. When Pfleger was a teen, he watched in horror the neighbors he thought he knew hurling racial epithets and stones at a seemingly calm and peaceful King who sang songs like “We Shall Overcome.” It was King’s non-violent demeanor and his strength that impressed young Pfleger the most. His neighbors and friends’ behavior was shocking and repulsive to him.
But it was a shock when Pfleger’s parents opened his bedroom door one day to find Dr. King’s pictures plastered all over the walls. This was during the days where blacks could not live in Marquette Park. They found their son listening to King’s speeches. His parents were racially tolerant people.
McClory, then a priest, had time to watch Pfleger grow into his priesthood having been assigned to Saint Sabina in 1964 just 11-years before Pfleger, then 31, became the youngest ordained full priest to be appointed by the Archdiocese.

When the first black families arrived, the people panicked, recalled McClory who blamed the realtors for allegedly engaging in blockbusting tactics. “They encouraged whites to move and bought their houses for less than they were worth but sold them for more. People were very upset.”
McClory said when blacks began to move into the community, it “brought out the latent” racist tendencies of white church members and likened the anti-black sentiment to a “virus, which spread throughout the parish.” “Before the changing, there were 3,000 to 3500 families that attended Saint Sabina.
“There were 13 masses on Sunday with some held in McMahon Hall. There would be a 10 a.m. mass upstairs and a 10:30 a.m. mass downstairs. We had a whole team of seven priests living in the rectory at the time.
“They used to bring in some priests from some of the other religious orders, the Augustinians, retired priest to help say mass on Sunday’s. The crew there was not able to handle the whole thing…. Saint Sabina was one of the largest Catholic parishes in the city at the time. “
“I got there in 1964. There were one or two black families in the parish at that time. The Knox family was the first black family to move in. People were worried and upset about their taking over our parish just like they’ve taken over the others ones to the North and the East of them. They said it was a patterned. Some of the whites had moved from the North and East. They felt they were being pushed. They thought they were safe at Saint Sabina but when the blacks came they felt it is going to happen again.
“The pastor, John McMahon, had good intentions. He hoped and worked for an integrated parish. “Nobody’s got to move,” said McMahon. “These are good people. We welcome them. There is no reason to panic.”
McMahon formed the Organization for the Southwest Community designed to keep peace and hired Saul Alinsky to run the organization. In the early days, there were hopes that it would work but in the end the blockbusting tactics of the realtors won, McClory reflected.
Change was in the air. McClory left the priesthood and married a nun who taught at the Saint Sabina Academy. He left Saint Sabina Church in 1971 to enter journalism. Back then, there were still hundreds of white families but most of them were getting ready to leave. Four-years later, Father Pfleger came and nothing’s been the same ever since.
ERSE he said there were about 150 white families left and 150 black families compared to 3,000 just a few years earlier but just four-years later in comes Father Pfleger and Saint Sabina has never been the same since.
Pfleger came to Saint Sabina in 1975, but though young, he was far from being inexperienced. Pfleger brought with him his experience of working at black West Side churches, of living with a black family of 10 in the Cabrini Green CHA developments, of working with Native American Indians in Oklahoma, and being a Chaplin at the Cook County Jail.
Young Pfleger knew his mission – to follow the path of his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to “help set the captives free,” and he refused to be sidetracked by any distractions planted by the Satan’s of the world.
McClory, now a retired Northwestern journalism professor, remembers Pfleger’s coming to Saint Sabina as if it were yesterday. At that time, McClory said there were about 150 members white and 150 black members.
The church was sustained by bingo and subsidies from the Archdiocese. “A lot of those (Catholic) black churches are still maintained by money coming from downtown,” he said.
McClory credited Pfleger with persuading his members to not rely on handouts from the Archdiocese but rather to tithe one-tenth of their income and sustain Saint Sabina themselves…. It was a gamble. He hated bingo. It was a waste of money…old women coming in and spending their welfare money on this stupid game and he despised it.
“He told the people we’re not going to have bingo. We’re not going to have spaghetti suppers. We’re not going to have any of this stuff. We’re going to make this stuff work. We’re going to pay our own way, and he persuaded them,” McClory recalled of Pfleger’s vows.
Saint Sabina, McClory may have the largest Sunday collection in Chicago and credited that to Pfleger’s challenges to his flock.
But, in comparison between 1971 and now, McClory said Saint Sabina is an “incredibly different place.” Explaining, he said, “The church building and the inside is so much cleaner than what it was when I was there. It’s so well maintained. Everything is classy. Everything is done with a flair…the choir, the dancers…everything is so well prepared.
“In the old days, there were so many masses, funerals, weddings and stuff going on that you could not just sit back and enjoy yourself,” said McClory. “Now, you have all of these people in charge of ministries who can carry their own rate some of whom took huge cuts in salaries…. It’s a different culture than it was” in the 1970’s.
“It seems to me that this is kind of authentically Catholic black culture like you will find in very few places elsewhere, very few. When you go into some black parishes, they wanted to be an imitation of a white parish.
“A number of black people who came to Saint Sabina in the early days left after awhile when the worship became more active and they felt they want a nice quiet mass,” he mused, “and you’re not going to get that here.” “On the other hand, there has been such an attraction to so many black people, young people….
“The Catholic church has always been solemn and quiet. You go to mass to do your duty and you can go home as soon as possible, but that is not the way it functions at Saint Sabina, and I don’t think white people understand that at all,” McClory said. However, McClory said the current Saint Sabina mass has been an attraction to others. It is not your traditional Catholic mass.
Commenting on Pfleger’s very public battles with the alcohol and tobacco billboard executives, marching on stores many times with Father George Clements by his side to protest the selling of drug paraphernalia, McClory said, “I would have counseled him at the time (and told him) that he had gone way over the line, gone way over the top at the time he started doing that.
“In retrospect, my gosh, that takes a lot of nerve. That’s really putting your neck out. He could have gone to prison for five-years for what he did particularly his painting those billboards,” recalled McClory.
“But, that is what a prophet does. He’s out ahead the rest of us…. The prophet is the one who says he hears another voice and says, ‘this is the thing that the situation calls for at this moment and that’s been a part of Mike’s career. He sees in ways most people don’t. God bless him for being faithful to the call that he hears,” said McClory and God bless him for taking on issues most religious leaders avoid.
When asked about Pfleger creating a national stir when he paid money to prostitutes who were working the Gresham/Auburn community, McClory said, “That’s another one of those courageous things that he does. He got a lot of flack for that—‘Saint Sabina Pays for Prostitutes’ was one headline.
Pfleger paid the women money to come to church and hear the word. He said Pastor had explained to him, “What do people do when people see prostitutes standing at the corner in their neighborhood? They call the police. What did Jesus do when he saw prostitutes hanging around? He went and talked to them. He had dinner with them,” said McClory. “They became his friends. They quit prostituting.”
McClory said of Pfleger’s paying the prostitutes money to hear the word, “That was his motivation. His life has been founded on what would Jesus do. How does he handle the sinners, the prostitutes…? He was criticized for that. He spends his time with sinners and the kinds of people respectable people don’t hang around with…. He certainly got the prostitutes out of the neighborhood and some of them were converted.” “That has been his life.”
Pfleger has had even more crosses to bear including his taking on Jerry Springer he says glorified violence and projected negative images of blacks on his TV show. Pfleger marched on Springer and Howard Stern, a radio jock who ticked off Pfleger when he erected a billboard that promoted his satellite radio show.
Stern had a picture of a black man with raised black power fist that said, “Let freedom ring and let it be rung by a stripper” Pfleger believed Stern took from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
And, who can forget his fiercest battle with Cardinal George who evicted him from the Saint Sabina Church after Pfleger, who on May 25, 2008 spoke at President Obama’s old church, Trinity United Church of Christ, where he mocked President Clinton’s wife, Hillary. Pfleger was trying to illustrate white entitlement by saying, “I really believe she just thought, ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife. I’m white, and this is mine…. ‘Then out of nowhere came, ‘Hey, I’m Barack Obama,’ and she said, ‘Oh, damn! Where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled!’
Pfleger’s remarks had the entire church in tears and laughter. He took a handkerchief and wiped away mock tears some say was a swipe at Hillary’s very emotional speech during the New Hampshire primary. Pfleger said, “She wasn’t the only one crying. There were a whole lot of white people crying, too.”
Pfleger weathered that storm with the Cardinal and returned more determined than ever to finish Dr. King’s unfinished agenda including violence that continues to infest and invade the black community.
On April 7, 2010, Cardinal George presented Pfleger with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” during a ceremony held at the Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School. The two seem to have made peace; however, Pfleger will never stop marching and yelling about injustices especially against African Americans.
In his way of trying to raise the issue of violence, the latest plague in the black community, Pfleger recently asked Loop businessmen to light up their buildings in blue as a symbol of peace and to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. week.
They agreed, and though the wind chill factor dipped well below zero, Pfleger held a peace vigil Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at the Daley Plaza ending the march in front of City Hall where Mayor Richard M. Daley had displayed blue lights for peace. Next year, his blue for peace campaign will be a national campaign.
While he continues to get thousands of hate e-mails a month, Pfleger remains committed to the black community and has started a little league team, developed 33 ministries that range from employment, social services, drug and alcohol addictions, book clubs, sisterhoods, youth programs, communications, and the establishment of the Shekhinah clinic in Ghana.
And, he continues to sprint down King’s unfinished highway carrying a similar civil and human rights load once born by Dr. King. While it is heavy, Father Pfleger remains committed, un-bought and un-bossed to the cause of social justice and equality for all.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host.

Photo: By Chinta Strausberg

A small group of major corporations commit $500,000 to help churches in nine U.S. cities

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 National Church Purchasing Group, Inc, the Nation’s Largest Ministry Group Purchasing Organization Has Partnered With Ricoh Global And Several Other Major Corporations To Provide Major Funding To Help Churches Develop Their Ministry.

 

Richmond, VA (BlackNews.com) — Through a partnership with nonprofit church growth consulting group Urban Awareness USA, NCPG and its corporate sponsors are funding a unique two part Ministry Resource Development Program. The first part of NCPG’s two step Program is to provide live training and education to churches in 9 cities. These live educational events are designed to teach ministries exactly 1.) how to secure more funding from nongovernment funding sources for ministry, 2.) how to improve administrative operations of ministry and 3.) how to improve the overall effectiveness of ministry. The second component is long term technical assistance. As a part of the program, ministries will receive continuing educational and infrastructure development assistance to ensure they successfully implement what they learned during the education component of the program.

Mark Towell, President of NCPG developed this program as a way to give back to the ministries that do so much for their communities. In a recent interview Mark said; “I’m always inspired when I meet pastors and church leaders that genuinely care about the people they serve. These folks work very hard to make a difference and they deserve the help this program provides. And I can’t say enough good things about the generous sponsors who have partnered with us to make all this possible…It’s truly a blessing to work with good people who believe in the importance of giving back.”

The live educational events are open to the public and will take place in 9 cities around the United States. Each event will feature up to 30 leading experts in church growth & development including; Church Attendance & Membership Growth, Ministry Development, Pastoral Succession Planning, Asset Protection, IRS Audit Prevention for Churches, Church Leadership, Church Conflict Resolution, Church Fund Development, Grant Writing, Capital Campaign, Church Construction, Real Estate Development, Tax Credits, The Use Of Drama & Arts In Ministry, The Use Of Technology In Ministry and dozens more.

The long term technical assistance portion of the program is free to those who attend the live events but has limited availability. The focus of the long term program is ministry growth, grant writing, ministry fund development and ministry administration.

In a recent interview, Tracy J. Brown, CEO of Urban Awareness USA said; “I was raised in severe poverty and I remember the important role the church played in helping me overcome my circumstances. This Ministry Resource Development Program is going to help churches reach more children who are experiencing the same hardships that I once did…So, yes, I’m very excited about this program and deeply honored that Mark asked us to participate.”

To help churches conveniently access the Ministry Resource Development Program, organizers have developed a special website. To receive tickets to a live educational event, obtain additional information or to apply for a scholarship please visit www.ministryresourceconference.org.
NCPG was organized in 1987 to help relieve churches of the administrative duties associated with purchasing. It started with five ministries in northern Virginia. NCPG became the administrative deacon for each facility, locating and securing the most professional goods and services at the lowest price. Today, NCPG is the nation’s largest ministry group purchasing organization (GPO), working nation-wide with over 19,000 ministries.

Urban Awareness USA, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit church growth and development consulting group that was established in 2003 to help churches and community nonprofits enhance the lives of the people in their communities. Urban Awareness USA has served as the White House representative for CAAP and founder Tracy J. Brown, has been invited to the White House by three United States Presidents. In 2007 Mr. Brown received the Congregational Medal of Distinction.
Organizations that are interested in participating in the Ministry Resource Development Program should visit www.ministryresourceconference.org. To receive more information about this program, please call (800) 795-6274

Saint Sabina Academy celebrated Black History in living color

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By Chinta Strausberg

Scores of enthusiastic mostly Saint Sabina Academy students recently played the roles of civil rights heroes like that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Oprah during their first African American Wax Museum exhibit but also the great-granddaughter of a man who once danced with the great choreographer, Katherine Dunham, got a first-hand lesson in her own history.

Sponsored by The Ark of Saint Sabina, the event was held at 7800 S. Racine which is a part of Saint Sabina Church headed by Father Michael L. Pfleger.

The students lined up around the huge gym at The Ark each holding pictures of the civil rights leaders they portrayed including a mock button on a piece of paper that when pushed prompted the students to recite the history of the hero they represented.

Chelsea Pruitt, a sixth grade student at the Wendell E. Green elementary school, was pleasantly surprised when she saw Sharese Scott, 12, a 7th grade student at Saint Sabina playing the role of Katherine Dunham who once danced with her great-grandfather, 97-year-old Deacon Lester Goodman, who still talks about his dancing career.

Scott is torn between wanting to become a nurse practitioner or a WNBA basketball player.
Betty Jones-Richardson, the grandmother of Chelsea and Erika Pruitt, 10, who attend the Wendell E. Green Elementary School, was also pleased at the Dunham exhibit. Saint Sabina’s Deacon Leonard Richardson said his father-in-law , Lester Goodman, danced with Dunham when he was 20-years-old. “I feel wonderful about his dancing with Ms. Dunham. He’s still living and often talks about other greats of his time,” Richardson said.

Scott Pruitt, 14, an 8th grade student at Saint Sabina Academy, proudly portrayed America’s first African American president, Barack Obama. “It allows me to learn more about him that I didn’t know because sometimes we know the outside things. We don’t know everything that went on in his life before” becoming president.

“A lot of people think we can’t do anything, that we are less than other people but portraying President Obama shows me that black people can do things and that we are successful,” Pruitt said as he proudly portrayed a picture of Obama with a paper sign that said, “push here” to hear Obama’s history.

Representing Sam Cooke, who was a black R&B, soul and gospel singer who also wrote songs and was a businessman, was Sidney Benson, 13, a seventh grade Saint Sabina student represented Sam Cooke, who was known for his gospel, R&B, soul and pop songs in addition for his song writing ability. Benson said Cooke was also known as the “King of Soul.” Cooke, Benson said, “He is an excellent role model to all young singers.”

Danielle Wright, 11, a fifth grade student at Saint Sabina Academy, played the part of Patricia Bath, a physician who created lasers for the blind.  Wright wants to be a nurse when she grows up.

Bruce Warr, 14, an 8th grade student at Saint Sabina Academy played the part of NBA super star Michael Jeffery Jordan. “I love basketball. It is my passion. I want to be in the NBA, and I want to be just like Michael Jordan,” said Warr.

Trayson Johnson, 13, an 8th grade student at Saint Sabina Academy, played the role of Jesse Owens, America’s super track and field athlete.  “He is a role model to me,” said Johnson. “I like playing all sports,” said Johnson. “I want to do what he (Owens does).

Coretta Scott King was played by Yolanda Scott, 14, an eighth grade student at Saint Sabina Academy, who said she wanted to play this role “because I kind of look like her, and I liked her more than any other person.” Scott wants to be a registered nurse. “I like helping others, and it seems like a fun job.”

Malcolm X was played by Morris Middleton, 14, who goes to the Simeon Career Academy, wants to be a football player and an artist. He loves drawing cartoons.

Sonia Washington, 14, an 8th grade student at Saint Sabina Academy, portrayed author Terry McMillan. McMillan wants to be a crime scene investigator “because I love mystery.”

Clara Thatcher, born in 69 B.C. who was known for her color and beauty and the ruler of Egypt, was portrayed by Jalisa Sims, 13, a seventh grade student at Saint Sabina, who said Thatcher “was beautiful and very talented. She reminds me of myself.” Sims wants to be a singer, actress and dancer.

Andre Raiford, 13, a seventh grade student at Saint Sabina Academy, portrayed the late Mayor Harold Washington. He wants to be a fireman like his dad.

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., was a neurosurgeon and the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.   Brandon Sparkman, 14, an eighth grade student at the Saint Sabina Academy, portrayed his life. Sparkman wants to be a school counselor. He chose Carson because of the many roadblocks he went through. “People were trying to play jokes on him, mess up his experiments but through all of that he still found a way to be successful,” Sparkman said.

Actress, singer and dancer Lena Horne was played by Jessica Jones, 12, a seventh grade student at Saint Sabina Academy. She wants to be an archeologist because her goal is to find the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. “I love history,” Jones said smiling.

Ryan Coppage, 11, a fifth grade student at Saint Sabina Academy, played the role of Mahalia Jackson. Also a singer, Coppage wants to be an actress “because my mother says I am a drama queen.”

Paris Mauldin, 13, an eighth grader at Saint Sabina Academy, portrayed the great jazz musician Duke Ellington. He wants to be a football player.

Brandon Spencer, 12, a seventh grader at Saint Sabina Academy, portrayed civil rights leader Medgar Evers. In playing the role of Medgar Evers, Spencer said, “I wanted somebody who doesn’t get as much credit as Dr. King or Malcolm X.” He praised Evers because “he taught former slaves not to let people walk over them.” Spencer wants to be a broadcast journalist. “I like to be on TV and I talk clearly enough….”

Dr. Charles Drew, who discovered the blood bank, was played by Lazono Trammell, 13, an eighth grader at Saint Sabina Academy. He wants to be an NBA player.

Heaven Clark, 8, a third grade student at Saint Sabina who wants to be a teacher, played Oprah.

Khloe Jackson, 8, a second grade student at the J. W. Cook Elementary School, played Harriet Tubman, who helped hundreds of slave gain freedom through the Underground Railroad.  She, too, wants to be a teacher.

Jalan Brown, 13, an eighth grade student at Saint Sabina Academy, played the role of civil rights activists/historian and author W. E. DuBois was played by “He seemed like a great leader for our nation, and he did a lot of blacks and he supported their rights.” Brown’s goal is to be a CEO of his own company.

Playwright, novelist Langston Hughes was played by Armani Chaney, 13, an eighth grade student at Saint Sabina Academy, wants to be either a basketball player or an entrepreneur.

Frederick Douglas, who led the abolitionist movement and who was a writer and orator, was portrayed by Marcus Scott, 14, an eighth grade student at Saint Sabina Academy, who wants to be an NBA player.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host.

Photo: By Chinta Strausberg

Pastor leads fight to end National Church Financial Crisis

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Kennesaw, GA (BlackNews.com) — As churches across the nation face financial hardships and foreclosures, Dr. Christopher Chappell of Grace Community Christian Church continues to lead efforts to empower and equip spiritual leaders to build stronger churches and find solutions to end these financial declines. On March 22nd -24th, he will host the 2011 Stewardship Strategies and Development Conference for pastors and ministry leaders.

In recent news reports, many churches are experiencing a decline in offerings and attendance due to foreclosures, bankruptcy and late payments. According to Dr. Chappell stewardship is vital to the well being of any Christian church. “My assignment is to empower the body of Christ through scriptures and strategies and to fulfill our assignment for effective ministry.”

In early February, Pastor Chappell hosted 15 Metro Atlanta pastors, along with representatives from local financial institutions to develop strategies and solutions to the church foreclosure, bankruptcy and economic crisis that will be shared during the March conference. The coalition addressed ways to secure financial sustainability while empowering the church through effective stewardship in the Christian community and connectivity with the business community.

“I’ve solicited some of the best business minds to join forces with Kingdon minds to prepare church leaders for incredible ministry,” says Chappell. “Things don’t just happen they must be planned. With so many reports of mega ministries and small ministries in bankruptcy, foreclosure, and giving down 40-50%, I was convinced and convicted that this is not the way the church is suppose to operate. As many of our churches are dealing with economic challenges it is my assignment to strengthen the church for incredible recovery.”

The three-day conference, hosted at Grace Community Christian Church in Kennesaw, GA is designed to provide hands-on and detailed information. The cost for registration is $199 per church group of up to 10 attendees. For more information and to register, please visit www.gracecommunity1.org

State Senator Heather Steans, 46th Ward Democrats and other progressive leaders endorse James Cappleman for Alderman

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State Senator Heather Steans has joined the 46th Ward Democrats and other progressive leaders in endorsing James Cappleman for Alderman, according to Tom Sharpe,
46th Ward Democratic Committeeman.

The run-off election for 46th Ward Alderman will be held on Tuesday, April 5th and James — a former teacher, social worker and community advocate — has earned our strong support. said Sharpe, in a prepared statement.

Said Steans about Cappleman:
 
“I have worked with James on many important issues facing the 46th ward including crime, housing, health care, business development and neighborhood improvement. I know firsthand that his top priority is serving the residents of the ward. He and I share important progressive, Democratic values and I am honored to be supporting him.”
 
State Senator Heather Steans is a recognized leader on community issues, and her endorsement speaks volumes about James’ abilities. You can visit www.JamesForChange.com to learn more about James Cappleman’s background and his views on important issues.

Veteran Cook County Prosecutor to Chair Statewide Child Support Advisory Committee

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The Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services recently named Zeophus (Zee) Williams to chair the 2011 Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee.

Williams, of Tinley Park, joined the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1987, and is currently Chief of the office’s Child Support Enforcement Division, which represents custodial parents in Cook County seeking delinquent child support payments from the non-custodial parent.

The Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee was created to review child support policies and is a multi-disciplinary group with representation from the Illinois Legislature, State’s Attorneys, Attorney General, Clerk of the Courts, and community based groups.

Williams, who will serve as Chairwoman for one year, has been a member of the Illinois Child Support Advisory committee since 2009. She was appointed to chair the committee by Julie Hamos, Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services in January.

Williams will officially begin her term on March 14, 2011.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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