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U.S. Senator Mark Kirk: Strongly condemns terrorist attack in Jerusalem

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on U.S. Senator Mark Kirk: Strongly condemns terrorist attack in Jerusalem

Washington, DC– Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement  regarding the terrorist attack in Jerusalem:

“I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on Israeli civilians in Jerusalem. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Today’s attack reminds us that Israel and the United States stand side by side in the War on Terror. Every democracy must have a bottom line. Israel has a right to defend herself against terrorism and the United States must stand squarely with our democratic ally in this difficult hour.”

The Conference of National Black Churches endorses and joins Phen’s Father’s Day Rally against Prostate Cancer

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on The Conference of National Black Churches endorses and joins Phen’s Father’s Day Rally against Prostate Cancer


Boston, MA (BlackNews.com) — The Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) will actively support the Prostate Health Education Network’s (PHEN) Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer to be held on Sunday, June 19, 2011.

CNBC is comprised of the national leadership of nine Black Church denominations that have a combined membership of 30 million people and 50,000 congregations in the United States and the African Diaspora. CNBC provides a unified voice of faith for advocacy efforts in the areas of education, health, social justice and economic empowerment.

Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, CNBC Board Chairman and Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY points out: “Grace Baptist participated in PHEN’s 2010 Father’s Day Rally and this is the type of health education outreach effort that Black Churches throughout our nation should be involved in. Eliminating health disparities in our communities is a major CNBC focus and we must address the devastating prostate cancer crisis through action.”

PHEN’s Rally takes place within each participating church during regular services on Father’s Day. Prostate cancer survivors, their family members, and the families of those that have been victims of the disease join hands and are recognized with a special prayer of healing.

“These public acts of recognition and support are powerful steps forward. Prostate cancer is oftentimes kept silent, stifling the flow of important knowledge which can save lives,” shares PHEN president Thomas A. Farrington, a prostate cancer survivor. “Joining hands in prayer also provides a spiritual uplifting that bonds those that are suffering physically and psychologically, allowing them to learn and address their support needs collectively.”

PHEN also provides each church with educational materials for distribution to its congregation on Father’s Day, and connects each of the participating churches with its online prostate health educational resources. This includes PHEN live monthly webcasts where church members and other viewers can join in and ask questions via email during the program. All of PHEN services are provided at no cost to the churches or their members.

“Working in partnership with CNBC to involve more churches in the Father’s Day rally will dramatically increase prostate cancer knowledge and awareness within Black America which is mandatory to reduce the 150% higher prostate cancer death rate among black men,” says Farrington.

“CNBC will work with PHEN to engage each of the nine denominations that comprise our organization to bring the Father’s Day Rally to churches within our communities all across the country. We will also encourage churches to stay involved with PHEN in its prostate cancer education and advocacy efforts until the uneven toll that this disease is taking on black men is eliminated,” emphasizes Dr. Richardson. He adds, “I know from our experience at Grace Baptist that the PHEN Rally is effective in mobilizing prostate cancer survivors and others to take action against a dreaded disease.”

All churches are invited to join the Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer. Churches can register to participate on PHEN’s website: www.RAPCancer.org.
About CNBC:
The CNBC is a non profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to serve as a unified voice of Black religious bodies that seeks to improve the quality of life for African Americans. CNBC channels its unique voice of faith into advocacy efforts in the areas of economic empowerment, education, health and social justice/public policy. For more info, visit www.thecnbc.org
About PHEN:
PHEN is a non profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2003 with a primary mission to increase prostate health education and awareness among African American men who have the highest prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates in the United States. PHEN’s mission also includes efforts to increase the overall support and resources in the fight against prostate cancer that will eventually lead to a cure for the benefit of all men. PHEN utilizes a national network of prostate cancer survivors who volunteer to help implement its initiatives within churches and other venues. Website: www.RAPCancer.org

Derrick Hamilton, “wrongfully imprisoned” for 20 years, seeks new trial

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on Derrick Hamilton, “wrongfully imprisoned” for 20 years, seeks new trial

 Eyewitness to Murder States Hamilton Is Innocent; Prosecution’s Only Witness Says Police Forced Her to Implicate Hamilton and Testify Against Him; Misconduct by Brooklyn DA Alleged


Brooklyn, NY (BlackNews.com) — Derrick Hamilton has been imprisoned for close to 20 years for the January 4, 1991 murder of Nathaniel Cash, despite convincing evidence from an eyewitness to the murder that Hamilton is innocent. Additionally, a highly decorated New Haven, Connecticut police officer, and other witnesses have provided evidence that Hamilton was in New Haven at the time of the murder and not in Brooklyn where the incident took place.

Hamilton says he was wrongfully prosecuted and convicted based solely on the testimony of Jewel Smith, a friend of the victim. Smith was the only prosecution witness in the case, which was handled by the Kings County District Attorney’s office, and her statements formed the basis of Hamilton’s conviction.

Smith told Detective Delouisa, the officer investigating the crime scene, that “…at 10:25 a.m. she went to the corner store and upon returning about 11 a.m. she discovered Mr. Cash dead outside the building.” After being brought to the station and interviewed by a Detective Scarcella, she changed her statement and implicated Derrick Hamilton.

“Once I was in the precinct, Detective Scarcella informed me that Derrick Hamilton shot Nathaniel Cash. And if I wanted to leave the precinct and go home, I had to identify Derrick as the person that committed the crime. The scenario was explained to me in detail by Detective Scarcella. I followed his script and true to his word I was released, after being forced to fabricate a statement implicating Derrick Hamilton as the Nathaniel Cash killer.”

Moments after the crime, according to police records, a call to 911, by female caller reported, “a male had been shot at 215 Monroe Street made and that three male blacks were fleeing in a red Pontiac Grand Am southbound on Nostrand Avenue.”

Another witness to the murder, Taseem Douglas, who was present at the scene, told the court, through post-trial testimony and a sworn affidavit, that he had witnessed the murder and that two other men, identified by others as well, Will and Yaya, murdered Nathaniel Cash. “From there I seen Yaya pull out his gun and he fired.”

Kelley Turner, a decorated New Haven, Connecticut police officer, has provided a sworn affidavit under oath that she be with Derrick Hamilton in Connecticut at the time of the murder of Cash in Brooklyn. “I first met Derrick Hamilton on the evening of January, 3, 1991 when I was introduced to him at a party I attended in the banquet room of the Quality Inn located at exit 59 of the Wilbur Cross Parkway in New Haven Connecticut. I made an appointment with Hamilton that evening to meet him at the hotel the following morning. On the morning of January 4, 1991, I picked up Hamilton at the hotel at between 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and then drove to my office in New Haven arriving at 11:20 a.m. The meeting with Hamilton concluded at 12 noon at which time he was picked up by his brother and drove off.”

Others reliable witnesses have also come forth to provide sworn affidavits and, in some case, testify in post-conviction hearings. .Kim Freeman sent an affidavit to the court, stating, “[O]n Friday January 4, 1991, I was in New Haven, Connecticut with Derrick Hamilton. We went there on January 3…to attend a party. I stayed there with Derrick for the weekend…” Freeman would not testify because as she writes in her affidavit, Nate’s friends” had threatened her life. Darren Breeden submitted another affidavit in which he explains that he “was on Nostrand and Gates the same day of the shooting speaking to a person named Money Will who told me that he and a person named Yaya shot Nate after Nate slapped Yaya.”

Thomas Natale, a ballistics expert, informed the court that “two separate firearms fired the discharged shells…” Therefore, Natale’s testimony was in direct conflict with Smith’s testimony that she saw Cash shot by one person.

Despite reliable and undisputed facts showing that Hamilton is innocent, he remains in prison. His motion for a new trial has been before Kings County Second Judicial District Judge Raymond Guzman for two years. He is expected to rule soon.


America’s Health Care Law: Providing security and opportunity for all

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on America’s Health Care Law: Providing security and opportunity for all
From Jim Duffett
Executive Director, Campaign for Better Health Care


It has been one year since the historic vote that made the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a federal law, putting America on the path towards a system of quality, affordable health care for all. We have a lot to celebrate as we continue to implement and enforce our consumer protections here in Illinois.
Through the passage of health insurance reform, we have brought some of the most abusive practices of the insurance industry to an end, and instituted new rights and benefits for all. From birth to death, Americans now enjoy health care security and protection in new ways. Already in Illinois:
  • 47,200 young adults in Illinois are now eligible to stay on their parents’ coverage through age 26
  • Tens of thousands of small businesses receive tax credits that help them offer their employees coverage
  • 7.5 million people in our state no longer need to worry about hitting a lifetime cap on benefits because of the ACA
  • 612,000 Illinoisans will not have their insurance coverage rescinded when they get sick and need it most
  • 1.8 million seniors are now eligible for free wellness care, and 109,421 of them received help in meeting the costs of their prescription drugs while in the Medicare Part D coverage gap
Despite all the benefits that the new law offers, the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it is a good start towards health care security for all Americans. It makes sense that the Illinois General Assembly builds upon the protections and rights of this law as we move ahead to work for a system of quality, affordable health care for all.
Health care is the key to economic security and opportunity for millions of Illinois’ working families, children, seniors, individuals and small businesses.  Here at the one-year mark, the Campaign for Better Health Care applauds those that voted for the passage of the Affordable Care Act in Washington last year, and we encourage our elected officials in Springfield to move forward with the implementation of the required components of this law so that all Illinoisans can enjoy its benefits.

The struggle of a mother with a lead-poisoned child

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on The struggle of a mother with a lead-poisoned child

Mother to testify Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Imagine Englewood if’s Town Hall Meeting


Patricia Robinson’s son suffered from lead-poisoning levels four times greater than the City of Chicago’s definition of lead poisoning, and is now learning disabled.  City health inspectors found lead problems everywhere in the home, which drove Pat to send her son out of the country until it was safe for him to return.  By the time he got back, the lead poisoning had already begun to affect his development and comprehension.  A child’s life has been decimated; his future stolen. This is everyday life in Englewood.

Pat will testify about her heartbreaking struggle at Imagine Englewood if’s Town-Hall Meeting entitled, “Lead Poisoning:  Who Speaks for the Children, Our Future?”, Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.  She will be joined by State Senator Mattie Hunter and State Representative Esther Golar who will lead a roundtable discussion of remedies to strengthen and improve current lead-prevention laws toward increased screenings and treatment for the children of Englewood.  Greater Englewood has one of the highest rates of childhood lead poisoning in the nation. 

 According to the Department of Public Health, 567 of Englewood’s children, ages 0-6, were recorded with elevated lead blood levels in 2008.  CDPH’s figures for 2009 report that 4,535 children in Chicago were lead poisoned; and 1,511 children had “elevated lead blood levels.”  Over one-third of those children (38%) were from greater Englewood.

 Trending research indicates that there are no safe levels of lead ingestion by a child. 

“Lead is transferred from pregnant mothers to the brain cells of their unborn children,” according to Dr. Howard Lee, retired pediatrician and IEi board member, who closely follows studies that repeatedly point to lead as being linked to learning disabilities, behavioral problems, violence, and incarceration.  To quote Dr. Lee:  “Thousands of children are walking around knowing that they cannot learn, but not knowing why.”


Under this backdrop, budget cuts and inadequate enforcement have resulted in fewer screenings and treatment.  Thus, it appears that lead-poisoning is not a priority.  Pat Robinson is a leading advocate for changes in the state’s lead-prevention laws.  She is a parent leader in IEi’s D.E.A.R. organization (Driving Englewood Above the Rim), a support group for parents of lead-poisoned children.  Together Pat and D.E.A.R. plan to launch a legislative initiative to strengthen the weaknesses in the law.  The Town-Hall Meeting on March 26th is a major step forward, bringing lawmakers, experts, and the community to the table to find solutions to the problem. 

Various legislators have shown their commitment to the community through their participation. 

The Town-Hall Meeting will be held at Imagine Englewood if… 6720 S. Stewart Ave., Chicago, IL  60621.  For further information, call Jean Carter-Hill, Executive Director of Imagine Englewood if, at 773.488.6704; cell773.320.6894; FAX:  773.488.6705; e-mail:  jhill705@sbcglobal.net; website:  imagineenglewoodif.org.  Refreshments and food will be provided. 

This event is made possible through a grant from the Woods Fund of Chicago.

27 Illinois School Districts recognized by College Board for increased participation on AP exams

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On March - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on 27 Illinois School Districts recognized by College Board for increased participation on AP exams

 More Illinois students taking rigorous, advanced courses                                                                                                                 

Springfield, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education joins the College Board in recognizing 27 Illinois School districts with making the AP Achievement List. The districts singled out for this honor either maintained or improved their participation and performance on the rigorous AP exams used toward college credit and placement. City of Chicago School District 299, the largest district in the state, also ranked as the largest district award winner.

“As we move to implement more rigorous learning standards in Illinois, this is a particularly important achievement for these 27 districts,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Many of these districts are not only providing more students with advanced academic courses but showing improved scores. Whether students are honing skills in science, math, a foreign language, history or other subject, they’re pushing themselves beyond high school level work that will better prepare them for success in college and careers.’’

Overall, a record number of Illinois students are taking and passing AP exams, according to the sixth annual AP Report to the Nation. Illinois ranks in the upper half of the nation (18th) for the number of high school seniors who scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam.

Improvement in AP results typically requires sustained effort. The AP Achievement List is based on examination of three years of AP data, 2008 through 2010, from all students who took AP Examinations in May of those years.  Districts must have met the following criteria to receive the award:


  1. Increased access to AP by
    1. At least 4 percent in large districts
    2. At least 7 percent in medium districts
    3. At least 11 percent in small districts


2. The percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students must not be decreasing.

3. Performance levels must be maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams scoring 3+ in 2010 to 2008.

 While the AP Achievement List is not a roster of higher performing districts, it is a roster of districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance, so even low performing districts are included if they have been able to maintain or improve scores while expanding access. However, no district with less than 10 percent of AP Exams scoring 3 or better is included.

While performance levels must be maintained or improved among traditionally underserved minority students in order to qualify for the AP Achievement List, this criterion is waived for districts with less than five percent minority students so as to avoid penalizing small, rural districts that do not have significant racial/ethnic diversity within their high school populations.

The Illinois schools on the AP Achievement List for maintaining or improving participation and performance are:

Antioch Community High School District 117

Central Community Unit School District 301

Chicago Public Schools District 299

Diocese of Joliet Education Office

Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205

Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401

Galesburg Community Unit School District 205

Grayslake High School District 127

Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204

Joliet Township High School District 204

Lake Forest High School District 115

Lake Park Community High School District 108

Lincoln Way Community High School District 210

Maine Township High School District 207

Oswego Community Unit School District 308

Ridgewood High School District 234

Community Unit School District 300

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303

Thornton Township High School District 205

Township High School District 211

Township High School District 214

Triad Community School District 2

Urbana School District 116

Warren Township High School District 121

Wauconda Community School District 118

Zion Benton Township High School District 126

A strange man gives a lucky group of five a shot at a Golden Ticket in the Ruckus Theater’s upcoming World Premiere of 15 Minutes

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on A strange man gives a lucky group of five a shot at a Golden Ticket in the Ruckus Theater’s upcoming World Premiere of 15 Minutes
Allison Shoemaker directs a cast of six in this devised SCI-FI work by Aaron Dean and Mitch Vermeersch at the Side Project Theatre, June 2-26 
Chicago, IL –  The Ruckus Theater announces casting for the world premiere of 15 Minutes starting June 2 at The Side Project Theatre in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.
Devised and developed by a company of actors and writers during an eight-month creation process, the script of 15 Minutes is written by Ruckus Literary Manager Aaron Dean and Company Member Emeritus Mitch Vermeersch and is directed by Ruckus Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker. The cast of six includes Ruckus Casting Director Timo Aker (Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir, Tell It & Speak It & Think It & Breathe It), Stevie Chaddock (The Gay American; Ka-Tet’s In the Jungle of Cities), Associate Artistic Director Joshua Davis (The Gay American, Heist Play), Ensemble Member Elise Mayfield (The Gay American; Brain Surgeon’s Florida Devereaux…), Alyse Kittner (Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir; New Leaf’s Curse of the Starving Class) and Ensemble Member Karie Miller (Sideshow’s Heddatron; Genesis’ In Love’s Bright Coils). Performances of 15 Minutes begin June 2 (Opening Night is June 3) and run through June 26, 2011 at The Side Project Theatre (1439 W Jarvis Ave); performances are Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm. Tickets ($10 for June 2 preview; $15 for the regular run) go on sale April 3 at ruckustheater.org or by phone at 773.769.RCKS (7257). The Ruckus is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
In the world of 15 Minutes, you are who you friend. In a city built of glass and steel, cables and cameras, five people are about to meet a very strange man with some very strange ideas. There are rules, and there are risks, and there is something not quite right about this World’s Fair—but you’ve got a golden ticket, and that could change the world.
Playwright and Ruckus Literary Manager Aaron Dean is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he studied theater and dabbled in Sociology and History. For The Ruckus, he has appeared in Heist Play, Tell It… and The Gay American. He has worked as a screenwriter, actor, nanny, janitor, musician, salesman, groundskeeper, canvasser for Greenpeace, baker, dishwasher, little league concession guy, tutor, cook, playwright, has unloaded many, many semi-trucks and co-hosted shows displaying patio furniture. His work as a playwright has been produced by The Ruckus and Brain Surgeon Theater.
Playwright Mitch Vermeersch hails originally from Clinton Township, Michigan. He has a BA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and sometimes a beard. His plays have been produced at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, The Black Hills Theater in Grand Rapids, MI and The Hygienic Art Park in New London, CT. In 2007 he was a member of the National Theater Institute’s Theatermakers Program at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. He was a founding member of The Ruckus, which produced the world premiere of his play Heist Play as part of the 2009/2010 season.
Director Allison Shoemaker is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of The Ruckus. Directing credits for The Ruckus include Heist Play, The Gay American, Three Lennon Fugue, Apple Frog Baseball and that weird thing with the iPods. She also directed The Ruckus’ recent contribution to Elvisbride 3D. Outside the Ruckusverse, Allison appeared in Jet Black Chevrolet (Curious Theatre Branch) and will contribute as one of a gaggle of playwrights to All Girl Moby Dick (The Mammals) this fall. When not fighting for truth, justice and the right of the playwright to revise in the rehearsal room, Allison writes things that sometimes get published. She likes that, too, but she likes this more.
About The Ruckus Theater
Made up of an industrious group of multidisciplinary miscreants, The Ruckus is composed of actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, casting directors, educators, banjo players, sock-knitters, publicity managers, grant writers, baristas, grad students, poets, computer fixers, appointment-makers and census-takers who aim to create a new kind of company—a casteless theater that blends the lines between playwright and actor, audience and company member. The Ruckus Theater is led by Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker, Associate Artistic Director Joshua Davis and Managing Director Jeffrey Fauver. Game on.
We’re here to create, to examine, to invent, to explode—to create a ruckus. Our aim is to break down the old models of new work development in order to nurture new forms, great plays and better and smarter artists. We will work together to create vibrant and unexpected new work, spin terrific yarns and build a world in which two things are sacred: the rehearsal room and the audience member. We will be messy; we will be brave; we demand that our theater become both aspect and integral to our community. We will bring the ruckus.
See how we make a ruckus all over the interweb on our blog, iruckus.blogspot.com; fan us at facebook.com/theruckustheater; view our photostream at flickr.com/ruckustheater; follow our tweets at twitter.com/ruckustheater; and spend hours at youtube.com/theruckustheater.

Pfleger: ‘My desire is to remain at Saint Sabina’

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on Pfleger: ‘My desire is to remain at Saint Sabina’


Ball is in Cardinal George’s court


By Chinta Strausberg


Echoing what he said during a recent town hall meeting held at Saint Sabina, an “emotionally stretched” Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday said his “desire is to remain at Saint Sabina” where he has turned that house of worship scheduled to close in three-months upon his arrival into one of the largest and most successful Black Catholic churches in America.

For the second time within a decade, Cardinal Francis George has asked Father Pfleger to leave Saint Sabina but this time to head the academically failing all male, black Leo High Catholic High School. Some supporters suggested perhaps Pfleger could head both the church and the school. His parishioners are opposed to his leaving the church.

Before addressing an overflow crowd and a bevy of cameras rolling, Pfleger asked that his favorite song, “I Love the Lord” be sang. It’s a song he listens to over and over again when he’s going through one of his many storms.

 “I have sent a response to the Cardinal and now I must wait for his response and it would be both wrong and unfair to say anything in that letter until I gave him an opportunity to respond.”

Pfleger said he has sent the Cardinal his response that included his thoughts and am awaiting a response. “I’ve also said to you, because you’ve asked me consistently over this last week, my desire is to remain at Saint Sabina. That’s my desire. That’s where I want to be,” Pfleger told a cheering crowd.

However, he made it very clear that “Saint Sabina will not fall apart or the community will not be devastated because of Mike Pfleger or what happens to Saint Sabina because God is still God.

“What we have tried to do here that is significant to me is that we have tried to present a model of worship that is authentically Catholic but it is a different expression and we’ve tried to present for the church universal that there is a model that is different that can work that will feed people and that will allow people to come and feel empowered not just who loves God but demonstrate their love in their lives,” he said.

“It just seems to me that while churches are struggling to stay open and while particularly throughout this country and in Chicago African American churches are struggling to stay open that if there is a church that has presented a different model and since 1989 has not taken one dime from the Archdiocese of Chicago, we ought to want to value something that is good and let’s look at it.”

The Archdiocese is only saying that the talks are confidential.

Pfleger added, “My life is in God’s hands. What happens at Saint Sabina is in God’s hands, but you know what? There are much more serious issues. Japan is struggling to survive. We, over the last 24-hours, have joined with other super powers and are bombing Libya, a civil war.

“I don’t quite understand we want to get involved with Libya, but we don’t want to do anything about Darfur,” a somber Pfleger said as the audience applauded in approval.

And to add insult to injury, Pfleger referred to the state of Utah and its recent adding to its official list of state symbols a John M. Browning M1911 pistol. Up until early March, Utah had 24 official state symbols that ranged from a tree to a Dutch oven.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. military that opted to use the John M. Browning weapon, Rep. Carl Wimmer (R-Utah) introduced the bill, which was signed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.

“This is the first state in America, my God help us…. States have state birds. States have state flowers; have state dogs and different things. We understand that.” However, Pfleger said Utah went beyond the pale by passing a bill that gives the state a firearm as a state symbol. “How sick is that,” said Pfleger. “Now they’ve taken a gun that was created for the military and it is now the state gun.

“When you look at parents struggling to find food, people being bombed in Libya and I am not standing and supporting” the bombing of that nation. “Why are we bombing Libya? And then Utah has a state gun. There are bigger issues. I’ll be fine, but we need to pray” for the safety of our nation. “We need to be much more concern about the issues that are killing us as a world and as a people,” said Pfleger.

Before Pfleger began preaching his sermon, entitled “His Glory Will Be Revealed,” he made a disclaimer for fear someone would try to “trap” him by putting out an erroneous report on the You Tube. “Don’t take this and I’m preaching my story,” he said.

Referring to some of his members, Pfleger said, “Sitting out here this morning, are people battling cancer, people battling kidney problems, people who have lost jobs…homes…apartments, people whose marriages are going through….” Pfleger said his sermon could be about many of them but that “I’m going to get my piece in there, too.”

He asked the congregation to turn to 1 Peter 4:12-13 which is entitled “Suffering for Being a Christian”– 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

“One of the most difficult things for any of us to deal with is the sovereignty of God because it is his sovereignty that stretches us into uncomfortable places. It is his sovereignty to new dimensions. We always say we want to go to new dimensions, but the truth is we have to be stretched to go to the new dimensions. We want to get there, but we don’t want to grow to get there,” he said.

“It is the sovereignty that reserves the right so God to do what He wants without having to explain himself and that stretches us,” he said. “Stretching ain’t easy.”

Pfleger said many times God allows things to happen which sometimes helps to “mature…shape us and form us and calls us to become who he needs us to become. He will allow stuff to happen to bring us to places he wants us to be.”

As an example, Pfleger told them of the time when Paul had a thorn in his side. Paul begged God to remove the thorn from him. “God said no…but my grace is sufficient.” Pfleger said Paul “was mature enough to say, ‘Well, I glory in my infirmities.’”

“Sometimes, God will allow us to go through something to use us as an example,” Pfleger said referring to Abraham who was going to kill his son but God stopped him. “God said, ‘I needed to prove everybody that you could be trusted.;”

Pfleger said, “Sometimes God will take us through experiences to send the devil a message…to let the devil know that He has his hands on his anointed.” “David said that He will even prepare a table for you in the sight of your enemy…to let you know you’re my child.”

“God will let you know I will cover you and protect you and let the devil know while you are going through your hell devil, you picked the wrong person this time.

“You can’t give in to intimidation and pity because while you are going through your stuff, God will let the devil know you shouldn’t have picked her.”

“But, when you’re going through stuff, do you ever wonder how will this bless me”? “If He allows it, He will bless you before it is all over.”

Pfleger said he recently got a telephone call from a 28-year-old man who wanted to turn himself in to the police. He asked Pfleger to help him turn himself in but said he wanted to kill himself. Pfleger told him, “Don’t ever talk suicide” because “after awhile you will get through this. Just wait awhile. Speak to yourself because this too will past…. God is able to carry you through….”

Monday, March 21, 2011, Pfleger said he would stand with the young man as he turns himself over to the police.

When you are going through a storm, Pfleger said, “It’s hard to see the blessing” and they don’t understand that “His foot is on the wheel. His hand is on the clay….”

“God told me to tell you what ever the enemy throws in your life, God will make a blessing out of it,” bellowed Pfleger.

“Tests and trials are a reality of life,” he told the church. “If you are seeking to follow Christ, you will have trouble. There will be persecutions. Don’t forget that the symbol of our faith is a cross. It’s now a crown. It’s a cross…. That is why a lot of churches don’t have crosses anymore.

“Peter tells them tests are a reality; so he tells them if we don’t test our reality, you must be prepared and be ready because God is ready to mold us like play dough.” “Just like in school, if you know a test is coming, you ought to be prepared.”

“But, He said pick up your cross and follow me,” said Pfleger emphasizing they will have trials. “If you are not experiencing any trials, you should be nervous because if you are not experiencing any trials, that means you are not a threat to Satan.”

Pfleger told them they have greatness in them which guarantees trouble will come your way.

He gave them good news “all our tests are open book,” Pfleger said holding up the bible. “Once you have studied for the test, you have to perform it…. If you have studied, prepared yourself, then you should be able to get to a place of maturity that says, ‘devil, I’m ready, bring it on.’”

“The devil is a loser. He’s already lost. They have beaten us down so much that we think we’re victim mentality, they can’t take it….” He asked the church to say, “I am an over-comer….I will pass” any test.

Pfleger said after preparation comes performance followed by promotion. “Tests will come…. Trials bring substance to your testimony. There are no test-less testimonies…. You cannot participate in the resurrection, if you’re not willing to participate in the suffering….

“I got to go through what He went through so I sit in the High place he called me to sit. There is no crown without a cross,” Pfleger said.  “There is no glory without a story.”

Here is an example of just a few services Saint Sabina provides under the leadership of Father Michael L. Pfleger. This is a report for August 2010. Given the economy, these numbers have increases. These are the latest statistics:


employment resource center (for august 2010)


One-on-One employment coaching                                                             508

One-on-one financial coaching                                                                   20

One-on-one public benefits assistance                                                        12

ERC Services given to clients:                                                               1257

            resumes created or updated/improved                                           193

            Mock interviews                                                                            63

            Workshops conducted                                                                   16

            Client support: bus pass, uniforms, id cards                                   25

            Job leads handed out                                                                 1719

            job leads posted on job board                                                      140

            Clients conducting on line job searches                                        558

            Clients using free phone for job searches                                     124

            Job Applications/Resumes to employers                                         334

            email accounts set up                                                                    42

            free voice mail accounts set up                                                       0

            Credit reports pulled                                                                   30

             Credit reports scored                                                                 14

            Employers/training providers contacted                                        29

            Aldermen’s Offices Contacted                                                       0           

            referral to social services agencies                                             21

Assistance Applications (food  stamps, Circuit Breaker)                                          12

                          Reported job placements adults                                     42

Reported job placements youth                                                                61

Total                        103


social services


Individuals receiving food                                                                   2121

individuals receiving clothing                                                               398

shelter referrals                                                                                   4

substance abuse referrals                                                                      0

other services (i.e. advocacy & counseling)                                           836              

rent, transportation, emer. fund                                                   $12,050


The ARK of St. Sabina

August Monthly Report


During the month of August, The ARK of St. Sabina served approximately 125 students per day through the following programs: Teen REACH, Project Umoja, Safety Net Works, Karate, Arts and Crafts, Open Gym, Chess Club, Homework Assistance, Men’s Night Basketball, Boys to Men Life Skills Group, Cheerleading, Girl Power Life Skills Group, Tweenagers Life Skills Group, Young Men’s Club Life Skills Group, Friday Night Live, and use of the Activity/Game Room.

On Wednesday nights The ARK of St. Sabina hosts “Men’s Night Basketball”, which was started to give men 18 years of age and older an alternative to the streets. The Men’s Night basketball attracts men from across the city and it has been successful in having its desired result. During the month of August, about 35 men per Wednesday night participated in our Men’s Night Basketball.

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

Father Pfleger Has Stood up for us…. Let’s Stand Up for him!

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on Father Pfleger Has Stood up for us…. Let’s Stand Up for him!

 pflegerWith the possible removal of Rev. Michael L. Pfleger as pastor of Saint Sabina Church, we (church leadership) are asking you to Show Some Love to Father Pfleger.

You can show this love by writing a letter, making a phone call, getting others to write letters of support, e-mail or posting this flyer on your Facebook page.

Let it be known that you are asking for Father Pfleger to remain as pastor of Saint Sabina, which he has expressed is his desire.

It only takes a few minutes to make a big difference!

Cardinal Francis George  Priests’ Placement Board

Archdiocese of Chicago                                                   Archdiocese of Chicago
835 North Rush                                                                835 North Rush
Chicago, IL 60611                                                            Chicago Illinois 60611
312-534-8219 (office)  312-534-5270 (office)
312-534-6379 (fax)                                                            312-534-5281 (fax)

Father Pfleger has stood up for us…. Let’s stand up for him!
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