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Archive for June 7th, 2011

New report links the standard American diet and meat consumption to cancer – Health activists propose a novel solution

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 New guide highlights 1,000 healthy, plant-based alternatives to the Western diet

 


Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Recent weeks have seen a wave of news reports and published studies on the dangers of a meat-heavy Western diet, ranging from childhood obesity to links to Alzheimer’s disease. In May, the World Cancer Research Fund published an authoritative 850-page report on the link between meat consumption and cancer, warning people to think seriously about their dietary choices. This news comes on the heels of several studies citing the risks associated with processed foods, preservatives, and fast food diets, all features of the Standard American Diet.

Yet – with all the negative attention – most Americans still have little knowledge of any alternatives to this diet. But a group of young health activists hope to change that, with the publication of a guide to over 1,000 healthy, meatless recipes from around the world. Their goal is to introduce Americans to the exotic flavors of the world around them, using the plant-based diet of many of the world’s inhabitants.

A Taste of Life: 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes from Around the World is a 400-page cookbook featuring recipes from over 200 nations, offering a wide range of tantalizing cuisine, ranging from foreign flavors like West African Jollof Rice and Thai Panang Curry to more familiar treats like spicy tacos and vegan Shish kebabs. The book is scheduled to be released on Vegan Earth Day, June 21st 2011.

Americans are not dying from starvation, but are undernourished by eating food full of empty calories that make them overweight and at increased risk for dozens of preventable illnesses, according to editor and community health activist, Supreme Understanding. Studies have shown that a plant-based diet can help reduce the risk of many preventable diseases, and can allow you to eat more without gaining as much weight.

“Cooking without meat doesn’t limit you to a diet of lettuce and lima beans,” says Understanding, “People need alternatives… and it’s not that people don’t want to eat better, it’s just that many of us simply haven’t figured out how.”

The book contains over 1,000 easy-to-prepare ideas for appetizers, salads, soups, sauces, entrees, and desserts, including recipes that are easy and affordable for cooks with limited budgets. Detailed topics include how to cook using a variety of methods (written with novice chefs in mind), how to plan meals, what tools to use, and how to buy the most affordable ingredients. It also includes over 100 juices, smoothies, and herbal teas, raw foods recipes, and a comprehensive nutritional guide.

Supreme Design Publishing is an independent, grassroots company founded in 2006 with the motto of “Reinventing the World,” and a vision to empower the powerless, give voice to the voiceless, and engender widespread social change through the education of common people.
Visit www.SupremeDesignOnline.com for more info about the release of A Taste of Life.

Supreme Court clears way for states to impose Immigration Regulations; black businesses must prepare for new state licensure laws and e-verify

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By Allen Orr

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The Supreme Court on May 26th upheld an Arizona law that requires all businesses to ensure that all new workers are authorized to work in the United States. The court said that as long as states follow federal guidelines for the definition of immigration status and rely on federal programs to make the determination, there is no federal conflict with the state law requiring employers to use E-Verify.

E-verify is a federal web-based system that allows employers to verify the employment eligibility of a new hire based on information provided on the employee’s Form I-9. The system has received mixed reviews since its creation in 1996, then called a “basic pilot program.”

In 2008 the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was amended by Executive Order to require all government contractors and subcontractors to use the E-verify system for both new and existing employees working on federal contracts. Some black businesses were exempt from this regulation based on the nature and size of the contract. This regulation is different from Arizona law, as it is the federal government and not a state government imposing an immigration restriction.

Opponents of the Arizona law claimed the bill infringes on federal laws and that the E-verify system is flawed. While the E-verify system is imperfect, the Supreme Court has made it clear that states may now begin imposing its usage on all businesses. In the past, states were limited to imposing it on government contractors and public businesses.

The trend in local and state immigration enforcement is on the rise. More than 13 states have established or plan to establish some form of immigration enforcement law. Now that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for Arizona-style laws, businesses should be prepared for new licensure requirements by states.

Allen Orr is the founder of Orr Immigration Law Firm PC, a minority-owned firm based in Washington, DC, and focusing on US corporate compliance as well as global representation and assistance on immigration issues. Mr. Orr previously helped to build one of the leading immigration practices at a global law firm, where he developed a network of immigration practitioners, government officials and business leaders. Mr. Orr received a BA in Philosophy from Morehouse College and a JD from Howard University’s School of Law. He is an active member of the DC, Virginia, American and National Bar Associations.

Father Pfleger to Saint Sabina Academy Graduates: “You’re Lasers, not Losers, and you are beaming”

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By Chinta Strausberg

 

Father Michael L. Pfleger’s message to the 42 eighth grade graduating Saint Sabina Academy was crystal clear: “You are lasers, not losers” and as lasers you never surrender but rather you stay focused and pregnant with possibilities.

Before giving each student a keychain laser as a reminder of who they are, Pfleger told the students they must have vision, expectation, focus tenacity/endurance and faith. Those are the essential ingredients to keep you from being a loser.

“Lasers are people who the light cuts through the night of life, cut through the stuff of life. Lasers over come odds. Lasers are greater than darkness. Losers are folks who surrender to the night. Losers are folk who become part of the night. Losers are those who are over come by the night,” Pfleger told the graduates.

“The Prophet Jeremiah declares that the God who made the world declared before we were even in the womb that He knew us. He knows me. Called me by name. Put me here with purpose and destiny and a divine plan, knew me before the foundations of the world before I was born, He picked me out and set me apart. He chose me, made me special, made me unique, had a plan for my life. I was set apart and I was called,” he said, “chosen and appointed to be prophets to the nation.”

Pfleger said they are not “just ordinary, by the chance, casual happen-to-be individuals, nobody.” He said they are chosen, called, set apart and are a “laser getting ready to beam.” If you know you’re a laser, then you ought to approach life differently than someone who thinks they are a loser.

“How you look, how you walk, how you talk, how you act, you send a message how you see yourself…. You ought to approach life differently. I don’t wait to see what life deals me; rather I take from life what is mine,” said Pfleger. “You want a blessing, you have to pull it down. You have to go after it. You got to recognize that is something for you and you have to go after it….. I am going to take what God has for me.

“I don’t just roll with life. I choose life. I take life. I make a decision for life. Every single day I’m self-determined. I come to get what God called me to be. I am a laser. I don’t respond to life. I take charge of life. You don’t wait to see what life is going to deal you today. You get up and tell life what it’s going to be today.

“You get what you go after. If you understand you are a laser…, you have to understand there are some foundations that I have to have if I am going to act like, be like a laser in the world today,” he said.

Pfleger said you must have vision. “It’s good to have sight as to where you are but sight is not enough. Sight can just show you what’s in front of you, but vision shows you what is waiting for you,” he told the students. “Vision is that spiritual revelation of where you are going. Sight tells you where you’re at.

“Sight is not enough because you need vision to know where you’re going because if I have vision to know where I’m going then there are some things I’m not going to do along the way because I know where I am on the way….”

“Some people will do stuff to you because they don’t really know who you are if they knew who you are they’d treat you like the precious gift you are,” he stated.

“Vision allows you to see beyond,” Pfleger said explaining Gandhi saw India free when they were still in bondage. Nelson Mandela , Pfleger said, spent 27-years in prison “because he had vision and saw himself walking out while he was still locked up. Dr. King had vision that is why he never lost hope even the night before he died he said, ‘I’ve been to the mountaintop. I’ve seen….

“Vision is what holds us and carries us when the sight ain’t pretty…. Vision sees you prosperous when you can’t pay the bills. Vision sees you going to college when you’re trying to come out of the eighth grade…. Vision sees you great when folk tells you that you’re nothing….”

Pfleger quoted Spike Lee who said, “Don’t look at how you are going to make money. That’s Western perversion. Do what you love doing and the money will follow it.” Pfleger said, “Do what you know what God called you to do, where your passion is, where your energy is….”

Pfleger told when he was suspended he was approached by people offering him six-figured jobs. He wondered if this is the way the Cardinal is blessing him. “Maybe God’s calling me into this thing…. Life will call and tempt you with stuff but you got to understand I want to do what I’m called to do and not what I want to do. That is when the faith element comes in because if I’m doing what God called me to do, God’s got my back.

“I can take a six-figured job and gets fired in six-weeks…. You can lose that job tomorrow, but if you’re doing what God called you to do, then God says I’ve got your back. I’ll take care of you. I’ll bless you according to my riches and glory….”

If you are going to be a laser, you need expectation.  “If you got the vision, you should have expectation….” He told of his late father who would wake up asking, “what’s God going to surprise me today.” “Expectation is what keeps you going when another person says give up….. Expectation is what reminds you that the best is yet to come….”

“You got to understand when you are a laser you are excited because you are a child of God, set apart, chosen, appointed by the nations that there is so much ahead of you that you get excited just thinking about the stuff God has in store for you,” he said.

Pfleger said the students must have focus and said the most dangerous thing is the devil distracting them from their goals. “Keep your eyes on the prize. The devil will always come beside you and say, ‘try this,’ always try to pull  you into something, distract you with something to get your eyes off the prize because the devil knows if you ever get to where God is calling you will be dangerous to the kingdom of hell and you’ll be mighty for the works of God.

“The devil knows he can’t beat you so he tries to distract you….” Pfleger said weed has cause people to go to prison, babies having babies, car accidents. “The devil says, he’ll come with you with the stuff I know you like and try to come distracting and make it look good. The devil knows how to dress up stuff and make it look good. Stay focused.”

And to the girls, he warned them about men hitting on them. “He does not love you. Don’t ever let a man hit you, ever, ever,” Pfleger stated. “You gotta go Color Purple on him…. If you are really understanding how wonderfully you are that you are too valuable….”

”If you are going to be a laser, you got to have faith.” Pfleger told them they cannot achieve divine destiny without faith.” “Do you want a plan or The Plan God has for you?”

“One of the most troubling thing for me as a pastor is to watch people with mansion destinies settling for studio plans,” said Pfleger. To the students, he asked them, “Would you rather have an iPod or an eight track? Would you rather have a computer or a typewriter? Don’t settle for less for your future….”

“What God has called you to, only God can bring you to,” said Pfleger. “If you want what God has for you, then you got to get with God to get it.” “The most powerful weapon that you’ll ever have is in you. The He in me is greater than the he in the world….”

Pfleger told the students to understand how wonderful they are. “In life, you are going to run across a whole lot of institutional racism, classism, sexism, going to tell you who you are, what you are and what you can’t do, but I speak in the name of a God who created you.”

Telling them to put their hand on their body, Pfleger told them, “I am a jewel. I am precious. There is so much talent, so much potential. I am pregnant with possibilities. I am pregnant with potential. I am pregnant with giftedness. I am awesome. Understand how precious you are, young people.

“You are not losers. You are lasers and the world is waiting for you to beam. I don’t want you to just beam for you and your destiny and your future and your potential. You need to be the kind of laser for the kind of kid out there selling drugs right now who doesn’t know he’s got a future.

“You got to be able to beam for the young girl who’s laying down with some grown man because she doesn’t value herself. You got to know how to beam for the man who is out of work and feels he’s nobody. You have to beam against the inequality and injustice that has foreclosures and locking people up because we’d rather lock them up than put them into schools and educate them and made them to the destiny they should have.

“We’ve got to beam for a world that is crooked and perverted and unjust. You got to beam for a world that needs hope again,” bellowed Pfleger. “Yes, young people, you’re not losers. You’re lasers, and I’ll wait for you to beam.

“The world outside is dark, but I got a crazy feeling like the light is ready to be switched on,” he said giving each of the student a keychain laser to remind them of who they are and what is waiting for you in the future –“vision, expectation, focus, tenacity, endurance, and faith. Get ready to beam….”

Father Pfleger’s sermon was based on Jeremiah 1:4-10 (New International Version)

The Call of Jeremiah

 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, 
   before you were born I set you apart; 
   I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

 6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

 7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD,

and the song, “I’m Beaming” by Lupe Fiasco whose lyrics were:

Today, nobody cares

But tomorrow they will, they will

Today, nobody cares

But, oh, tomorrow they will, they will 

They said my future was dark, you see me now?

Just look around, I’m beamin’

(We are lasers)

They used to talk when I wasn’t around

You see me now? I’m beamin’

(We’re not losers)

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

Comptroller Topinka: Do not play games with jobs, projects

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  Comptroller pushes lawmakers to address capital bill                                                                              

Springfield, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka released the following statement in response to Governor Pat Quinn’s intention to shut down state road and capital projects on June 17. Topinka has asked legal counsel to review the matter, and implored state leaders to work together to prevent a capital project shutdown:

“My message to fellow state leaders is simple: do not play games with capital projects and the jobs they bring to Illinois. These initiatives not only maintain our roads, bridges and transportation network, they also provide good jobs, and support tens of thousands of families across our state. It is one thing to limit state spending on construction, but quite another to stop payment on projects already underway.

“My office will continue to pay state contractors for as long as legally possible, but ultimately this question must be addressed by the General Assembly and Governor. If that means calling an immediate special session, so be it. One thing is certain: our families and businesses are already struggling and paying more than ever before to state government; they deserve better than to be subjected to a high-priced game of legislative chicken over the capital bill.”

Lt. Gov. Simon: Water experts needed for Science Advisory Committee

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Group to tackle river resource, management issues

 

Alton, IL – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is now accepting applications for the state’s Science Advisory Committee, which is expanding its battle against Asian carp and other potential threats to Illinois rivers, at no cost to Illinois taxpayers.

The Science Advisory Committee serves as the expert scientific and technical arm of the three river councils chaired by Simon, which are comprised of citizens and representatives from not-for-profit organizations and state and federal agencies.  Together, the Science Advisory Committee and river councils will work to find cost-effective ways to improve the ecological health of the Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio and Wabash rivers.

“The Science Advisory Committee brings together the best and brightest river researchers in our state to keep our water safe for our native species and the people who live, work and play along our rivers,” Simon said. “I look forward to working with the committee to find innovative ways to protect and manage our waterways.”

First established in 1999, the Science Advisory Committee is chaired by University of Illinois scientist emeritus Nani Bhowmik and, starting this year, will be hosted by the award-winning National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) at Lewis and Clark Community College. Members of the Science Advisory Committee serve on a voluntary basis. 

“We are pleased that NGRREC will host the Science Advisory Committee,” NGRREC Chair and Lewis and Clark President Dale Chapman said. “NGRREC is focused on developing sustainable practices and policies that will protect the great rivers of the world and Illinois’ waterways, and we are looking forward to engaging other scientists in our  mission.”

Simon will appoint up to four volunteers to the committee, who will join additional appointees from NGRREC. Applicants should possess an advanced degree in civil engineering, hydrology, aquatic ecology, or a related field, and be very familiar with the latest news, research, barriers and potential solutions in their field. A minimal commitment of 75 hours per year is required.

The committee previously published research illustrating the importance of preventing Asian carp and other invasive species from moving between the Great Lakes and Illinois River. The work helped secure full federal funding for two electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which serve as a barricade between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

The committee also obtained funds for the State Geologic Survey to digitize the historic aerial photographs of the State of Illinois from 1938. By making this information easy to access, researchers and planners can critically evaluate land use changes over the past 70 years. 

Beginning this summer, the committee will explore many other aspects relating to water and environmental management and change. The most pressing issue is developing an adaptive management policy for the state. Currently, it is very difficult for large state and federal restoration projects to alter construction plans mid-project when unexpected problems or errors are encountered. 

“I look forward to integrating my longstanding history and expertise of working with the Science Advisory Committee with the broad array of scientists that NGRREC can focus on Illinois’ rivers,” Bhowmik said.

Those interested in serving on the Science Advisory Committee should e-mail a cover letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Olivia Dorothy at olivia.dorothy@illinois.gov prior to July 15. For more information, visit www.ltgov.illinois.gov.

Portoluz presents: WPA 2.0, a brand new deal

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Portoluz and Preservation Chicago, will co-sponsor a special tour of the WPA murals at Lane Tech High School, 2501 West Addison, Chicago, IL,  Thursday, June 9th, 5pm. Admission is $10. 

In 1934, forty murals from the General Motors Exhibition Hall at the World’s Fair “Century of Progress” became a part of Lane Tech’ art collection, and additional works were added during the WPA era. Many were produced through the Federal Art Project, one of the divisions of the W.P.A. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had made several attempts prior to the creation of the FAP to provide employment for artists on relief, most notably the PWAP – the Public Works of Art Project – which operated from 1933 to 1934, and the Treasury Department Section of Painting and Sculpture, which was created in 1934 after the demise of the P.W.A.P. The FAP provided the widest reach, creating over 5,000 jobs for artists and producing over 225,000 works of art for the American people, including some of Lane Tech’s most visually stunning art works. The widespread popularity of the murals with the public generated great pride at the high school, but over the years the mural collection suffered serious deterioration. In 1995, Lane Tech’s principal and teacher Flora Doody initiated the Mural Restoration Project to save this important collection. Students and alumni lead the in-school tours of the thirteen murals that are currently included in the tour. The Lane Tech mural tour is being co-sponsored by Preservation Chicago (www.preservationchicago.org), founded in 2001 as a not-for-profit organization that advocates for the preservation of Chicago’s historic architecture through education and community outreach. “Lane Tech’s murals represent some of the City of Chicago’s least viewed and most memoarable public art works,” says Preservation Chicago Executive Director Jonathan Fine. “We jumped at the chance to bring these murals to a wider audience, as a way to bring great public art to the people and foster greater interest in preserving and sharing the City’s historic artistic and architectural treasures.”AND…COMING UP
On June 25th, portoluz is presenting a lecture on the work of renowned visual artist and designer Edgar Miller, at a classic “Edgar Miller home,” the Sol Kogan Studios in Old Town. Edgar Miller worked in as many art forms as he could imagine – including sculpture, watercolor, drawing, stained glass, the graphic arts and, later in life, graphic design. His most popular collections can be found on and in the richly remodeled buildings of Old Town, with visually stunning art and artifacts that include stained glass, fresco, ceramic tiles, sculpture and mosaic. Larry Zgoda is a renowned stained glass artist, a friend of Miller’s, and an important champion of his legacy. It was Miller’s quirky recycled glass, mosaic, and tile work on the 1920s Carl Street Studios complex that inspired Zgoda’s artistic path some 30 years ago, and that continues to guide his beliefs in the lost power of ornament. Pre-registration is required by RSVP to portoluz@gmail.com.  

In a unique graduation ceremony, Foundation to celebrate college-bound Black male students in the San Francisco Bay area

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Oakland, CA (BlackNews.com) — All graduating African American male students from the San Francisco Bay Area headed to college in the fall are invited by the Mitchell Kapor Foundation to be recognized on June 8 at the College Bound Brotherhood Graduation – a unique ceremony honoring African American male students from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Our goal is to reinforce a college-going culture among young black male students,” said Cedric Brown, CEO of the Kapor Foundation. “College education is a crucial vehicle for economic and social mobility. We are celebrating the achievements of young black men who are defying the odds and are on their way toward creating change for themselves, their families, and our communities.”

The event is part of the Kapor Foundation’s College Bound Brotherhood program, which aims to change a grim statistic: college graduates earn twice as much as those with only a high-school diploma, yet only about 11 percent of Black male students who graduate from high school in the San Francisco Bay Area have the courses and grades required to attend a California university.

Since the founding of the program in 2008, the Kapor Foundation has distributed nearly $1 million in grants to organizations that support young black men through college readiness workshops, college tours, academic coaching, mentoring, and much more. The Foundation is accepting requests through June 15 for $25,000 grants to community organizations working on college readiness for young black men. For more information on how to apply, please visit mkf.org.

“Statistics for African American males in Oakland and nationwide are daunting,” said Regina Jackson, executive director of the East Oakland Youth Development Center. “With high school ‘drop out’ and high jail and prison ‘drop in’ rates, a college-bound culture is more necessary than ever. The Kapor Foundation’s strategy to bolster that culture – by building connections, providing resources, and celebrating achievements – is working here in the Bay Area. Attend the upcoming graduation celebration and see the work in action.”

The College Bound Brotherhood program also has launched a public, online database that assists youth, parents, and educators in locating college readiness programs in the Bay Area (collegeboundbros.org). In addition, the program provides continued support for grant recipient organizations, parents, and young men through conferences, local workshops, and professional development.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. Youth who participate in the celebration will be eligible for a $100 stipend to defray the cost of college books. For more information or to RSVP, please visit: http://collegeboundbrosgraduation.eventbrite.com.
About the College Bound Brotherhood Program:
The College Bound Brotherhood is a program of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation that seeks to expand the number of young black men in the Bay Area who are prepared for a college education. The program works to strengthen the college-going culture for young black men; build a college access movement for organizations focused on the enrichment of black male youth; and provide resources to build stronger, more effective organizations. Since the founding of the Brotherhood program in 2008, the Kapor Foundation has distributed nearly $1 million in grants to 25 San Francisco Bay Area organizations. For more info, visit www.mkf.org.

Better Business Bureau tips for leasing an office space that works for you

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 Chicago, IL – If your small business is starting to take up more room than your home office has to offer, it’s time to think about moving your business out of your house.  Taking the leap and leasing a commercial office space can be a frightening prospect. But if you ask the right questions and take the time to do your research, you’ll avoid the common pitfalls. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers tips to business owners on how to land the right space for the best price.

“Choosing the work environment that’s right for you makes all the difference when it comes to your overall productivity,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “An efficient work space allows for an overall efficient work ethic.”

 

The BBB recommends considering the following when choosing a leasing space that’s right for your business:

 

What are your needs? Before you start your search, spend some time thinking about what you need in an office space. Don’t just consider how many employees you currently have; seriously consider your company’s growth and estimate how many employees you’ll gain over the course of a lease. The general rule for allotting space is 175 to 250 square feet of usable area per person.   Also consider the common areas such as break rooms, reception area, and conference rooms you and your employees will need.

 

Get professional help. Finding the right commercial office space isn’t as easy as finding residential property.  Chances are you’ll need a realtor to navigate you through the process of finding that perfect office space.  Before you select your realtor, check out their free BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org

 

Location, Location, Location. The perfect location can often depend on what kind of business you run.  If you regularly expect clients in your office you’ll need a convenient, safe, location.

 

Consider safety and accessibility. Look for parking, public transportation as well as the condition of the building and the neighborhood. Also ask if your employees with be able to easily get to work.

 

Go ahead, kick the tires. Take a long hard look at the office space and assess the condition of the building. Ask the landlord about recent improvements and upgrades as well as the condition of the air conditioning and heating units.

 

Also, discuss with your landlord how much remodeling needs to be done to the office space and determine who will foot the bill. You may need to consider the basics such as new carpet, fixtures, and fresh paint as well as major interior renovations such as constructing new walls.

 

Review the lease carefully. Read all of the fine print of your lease.  If you need help deciphering the legalese of your lease, an attorney who specializes in lease agreements can help negotiate the terms. Don’t be shy about negotiating; this is a major investment and a big step for your company and you don’t want to get locked into a bad deal.

 

For more business tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

 

South Korea to fund language class in San Francisco Bay area public school

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(From New America Media)

By Peter Schurmann

 

A public high school in the affluent Bay Area suburb of San Ramon is set to offer what will be only the second Korean-language program in Northern California, where an ongoing fiscal crisis is driving most schools toward drastic cuts. But thanks to grants from the South Korean government, Dougherty Valley High is set to play a part in Seoul’s larger push to deepen ties with the United States.

Rob Stockberger is director of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, host to a growing number of ethnic Korean families. He said that Dougherty Valley High has plans in the works to set up a two-year Korean-language program, though much depends on whether or not the classes will draw a sufficient number of students.

According to Stockberger, the school can only proceed with the plans if at least 50 students sign up for the class. Because most students have already determined their schedules for the coming fall term, he said, the school will have to work to inform students via e-mail or through the schools website on how to make changes if they decide to enroll.

Only 60 Korean Classes in U.S.

Throughout the United States only 60 public schools from elementary to high schools offer Korean as a second language, and two-thirds of them are concentrated in Southern California, home to one of the largest Korean communities outside of Korea.

San Francisco’s Lowell High, among California’s top-rated public high schools, has offered Korean classes since 1993. Officials at the school said the class has consistently drawn students of both Korean and non-Korean heritages.

“As South Korea becomes an increasingly globalized society, the government has made it a mission to reach out to various communities around the world to strengthen awareness of Korea’s language and customs, and to foster greater intercultural understanding through such exchanges,” said Sang Shin Han, vice president of the Korean Education Center in Los Angeles. The center draws funding from the South Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Relations between the United State and South Korea go back six decades, when America fought alongside South Korean and United Nations’ troops in a bloody three-year conflict against North Korean and Chinese forces.

Washington still maintains a sizable military presence in the country, while trade ties between the two sides continue to deepen. Still, most Americans remain woefully ignorant about Korea, which has long been overshadowed in the American mind by China and Japan, and by memories of the Vietnam War.

Sinok Kim, director of the Korean consulate’s education department in San Francisco, said the Korean government has offered a setup grant of $25,000 to $30,000 to schools willing to host a Korean-language program, depending on the size of the class. The government will then provide a maintenance grant of $6,000 the following year.

If Dougherty Valley High gets the funding, it will have to commit to offering the program for at least two years, Kim said.

Kim also noted that Seoul has already begun offering scholarships to students to provide them an opportunity to travel to Korea to study its language. She and Han said the students would help foster greater cultural and economic ties between the two countries.

Foreign governments have only rarely funded local language programs in U.S. public schools. Beijing, for instance, has spearheaded a campaign in recent years that has helped establish numerous Confucian Institutes across the United States. Individuals can learn at them about Chinese language and culture. The institute in Chicago played a part in setting up a Chinese-language program in a local school last year.

Working With Schools, Parents

According to the Oakland-based Korea Times, the Korean Education Center in San Francisco (KECSF) has been consulting since February with the boards of education in several cities and counties, including Cupertino and Monterey, about establishing Korean language classes in local high schools.

The Korea Times article noted that KECSF worked with local parents to launch a promotion committee aimed at drumming up student interest in Korean language classes. It added that the soon-to-be established class in San Ramon came about through the school’s emphasis on global languages and parents’ active support.

The growing number of Korean families settling in the area, many employed in the local Internet-technology industry, led to the formation in 2010 of a Korean parents group. It began to work in conjunction with the South Korean embassy in San Francisco to push the school district to create a Korean language program.

“A joint effort by the Korean consulate in San Francisco and our local parent group helped open the gate to establishing the Korean program,” said Sang Chul Kang, president of the group.

A first-generation Korean immigrant, Kang said he and other Korean parents were frustrated by the fact that the San Ramon school district did not provide the opportunity for their children to learn their ancestral language.

There are about 200 students of Korean descent at Dougherty Valley, making up roughly 10 percent of the student body. Kang said he and other Korean parents petitioned the school for the classes. He noted that his group organized a number of events seeking to introduce Korean food and culture to the wider community. Also, Kang said, there are also plans to set up a class for Taekwondo, Korea’s traditional martial art.

Dougherty Valley High, like most schools across the state, offers Spanish and Chinese classes, reflecting larger societal demographics and the relative demand for these languages. But with a rising Korean population in the United State and the emergence of South Korea as a major economic player the picture appears to be broadening.

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