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Victim of Video-taped police beating sues Chicago in Federal Court

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LaMonte Simmons, a witness to a warrantless police raid, beaten for objecting to police alleged wrong-doing


Chicago, IL – The videotaped beating of a young African American man who witnessed and objected to a warrantless, no-knock raid on his neighbor are the subject of a federal lawsuit filed today by civil rights attorneys at Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law. 

The August 3, 2009 attack was witnessed by dozens of Chicago police officers and despite the videotape, Chicago’s Police Board and Independent Police Review Authority have failed to take any actions against any of the officers.

At about 7 PM on that day LaMonte Simmons, 22, of Chicago’s West Pullman neighborhood was sitting on the stairs outside the home of Ramona, Chadel and Cresel Davis as Chicago Police Officers Couch (#12716) and Percy (#17873) entered the house without knocking or displaying a warrant.

When then-16-year-old Chadel Davis emerged from the house into an enclosed porch, Officer Couch put him in a choke-hold.  When his mother, Ramona Davis, objected and told the officers that Chadel was only 16, they grabbed her by the neck and slammed her against a wall, twisting her arm behind her back. 

Simmons then asked Officers Couch and Percy why they behaved this way, to which they ordered him to leave the property. Simmons complied with the officers’ order and walked a short ways down the street.  As shown on footage later recovered from a neighbor’s cell phone camera, at that point Simmons stopped and merely stood on the sidewalk. 

The footage clearly shows a Lieutenant walk up to Officer Bolin and say something to him, after which Bolin, accompanied by about 10 other officers, walked about 25 feet down the street to Simmons and punched him in the face without any provocation.  Not only does the footage show that the other officers failed to intervene to restrain Officer Bolin from his illegal assault, several of them joined in on pushing Simmons to the ground and illegally arresting him.

“This was not a crime of passion, driven by adrenaline and the heat of the moment,” said Simmons’ attorney, Jon Loevy of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law.  “It was a deliberate, violent act.  Dozens of officers witnessed this illegal act by their co-workers, and not a single one reported it.  Then IPRA and the Police Board sat on the evidence for nearly two years.  Despite video tape proof of an unprovoked, violent attack, IPRA and the Department have taken no action.”

Mr. Simmons and Mr. Loevy will speak at a 1 PM press conference at Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, 312 N. May Street, Chicago, where they will narrate the video footage of the assault.  Tape of the assault can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFUxDUygEgg.  Copies of Mr. Simmons’ federal suit are available upon request by email to CCAWR@aol.com or calling Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law at 312-243-5900.

Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law (www.Loevy.com) is the largest civil rights firm in the Midwest.  Over the past decade, Loevy & Loevy has won more in jury verdicts against law enforcement abuses than any other firm in the region.

No Extortion for Debt Ceiling Vote

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By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO
National Urban League


“We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rarely have the divisions in American politics been more clear – or more onerous.  In less than a month, on August 2nd, if Congress refuses to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, the United States economy could be thrown into a fiscal tailspin that would eviscerate America’s credit rating, lead to sky-high interest rates, rip a giant hole in the social safety net, jeopardize the well-being and savings of millions of working and middle class citizens and result in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. 

Majority leaders in the House and minority leaders in the Senate have taken the unprecedented step of linking a raise in the debt ceiling to the debate about deficit reduction and spending cuts.  In effect, they are attempting to extort big cuts in programs benefiting working and middle class citizens while protecting exorbitant tax breaks for oil companies, corporate jet owners and hedge fund managers.  They say this is the only way they will agree to increase the debt limit.  If they get their way, fiscal experts from Nobel Prize winning economist, Paul Krugman to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke warn severe disruptions will occur.   Beginning August 2nd, Social Security checks may be halted.   Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment benefits may stop.  Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan may not get paid.  And Hundreds of thousands of government workers may be laid off.  This is no way to run the most trustworthy and powerful government in the world.  And it is no way to honor the hard work and sacrifices of its people.
It should be noted, that prior to this current showdown, the debt ceiling has routinely been raised almost 100 times since its establishment in 1917.  Former President George W. Bush raised it seven times without objection while racking up trillions of dollars of new debt for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and big tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. 

The Obama administration is not oblivious to the need for spending cuts.  For months, Vice President Joe Biden has led bipartisan negotiations aimed at agreeing on a sensible deficit reduction plan.  Progress has been made.  But recently several members of the so-called “Gang of Six,” walked out of the negotiations because of ideological resistance to balancing spending cuts for the middle class with ending some tax breaks for the wealthy.

As they defend the rights of working-class Americans, I would urge them also to consider the recommendations included in the National Urban League’s 12-Point Jobs Plan, “Putting Urban American Back To Work.”  The creation of Urban Jobs Academies to train the critically unemployed, or Green Empowerment Zones to locate manufacturing jobs in urban areas, could ease the transition to spending cuts.

So far, the President and sensible members of Congress have stood firm in their refusal to give in to ideological extortion.  As the President said in last week’s press conference, “Any agreement to reduce our deficit is going to require tough decisions and balanced solutions. And before we ask our seniors to pay more for health care, before we cut our children’s education, before we sacrifice our commitment to the research and innovation that will help create more jobs in the economy, I think it’s only fair to ask an oil company or a corporate jet owner that has done so well to give up a tax break that no other business enjoys.”  We agree. Raise the debt ceiling, but not on the backs of working and middle class Americans.

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Kirk, 42 colleagues, oppose transfer of Somali-based terrorist to New York

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Urges Holder to Reconsider Policy of Granting Constitutional Rights to Accused Terrorist      


Washington, DC – Following news that the Obama Administration has moved Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali-based terrorist, to New York City, United States Senator Mark Kirk today authored a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to oppose both the transfer and the granting of U.S. Constitutional rights to an enemy combatant who was captured on foreign soil. While the capture of Warsame is a success and the intel collected is valuable, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is the appropriate place for him.  The letter, signed by 43 Senators, also requests details of the cost to American taxpayers and the increased threat to the area citizens.    

The full text of the letter is below. A pdf of the signed letter can be seen here. 


July 6, 2011


The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Attorney General

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530


Dear Attorney General Holder:

We write to express our opposition to your decision to transfer a Somali-based terrorist, Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, to the United States for civilian trial.

As an unlawful combatant, Mr. Warsame wore no uniform and fought for no country. He is not an American citizen and was not captured on American soil. Mr. Warsame should have been detained outside the United States and, if necessary, tried by military commission.

Your decision to grant this terrorist full U.S. Constitutional rights and to try him in a civilian court on American soil reverses U.S. policy and legal precedent, and adds unnecessary costs and risks to local governments and populations.

Under your decision, Mr. Warsame will be prosecuted as a civilian with considerable expense and time diverted from U.S. criminal cases. His prosecution will trigger more Jihadist attention to the city and court where the prosecution will take place.

We urge you to reconsider your policy of bringing terrorists to the U.S. homeland for prosecution. We also ask that you provide the Congress with an estimate of the added expense to be incurred by federal and local police to protect the court involved.


Senators Mark Kirk, Orrin Hatch, Roger Wicker, Mike Lee, Richard Lugar, Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snowe, Tom Coburn, Susan Collins, Mike Johanns, John Boozman, Dan Coats, James Risch, Chuck Grassley, John Thune, Johnny Isakson, David Vitter, Mike Enzi,  Saxby Chambliss, John Hoeven, Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, Scott Brown, John Cornyn, Roy Blunt, Mike Crapo, Pat Roberts, Richard Shelby, Thad Cochran, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl, John McCain, Dean Heller, James Inhofe, John Barasso, Marco Rubio, Lisa Murkowski, Jeff Sessions, Jerry Moran, Richard Burr, Rob Portman, JoeLieberman

New Orleans Attorney Regina Bartholomew announces her candidacy for Civil District Court Judge

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By Vincent T. Sylvain, New Orleans Agenda

Attorney Regina Bartholomew


New Orleans, LA (BlackNews.com) — On June 9, 2011, Regina Bartholomew announced her candidacy for Judge of Civil District Court, Division B. A successful and respected attorney, Bartholomew has a broad background in the law.

An over-capacity crowd cheered Bartholomew on during her announcement address at the Basin St. Station in Treme. In addition to a long list of announced endorsements, well wishers attending the campaign kick-off included U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Orleans Parish Assessor Erroll Williams, New Orleans City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Orleans Parish School Board President Woody Koppel, former City Councilmember Scott Shea, former School Board member Jimmy Fahrenholtz, Jefferson Parish Councilmember Byron Lee, and others were among the hundreds in attendance.

Members of the clergy attending the event included; Pastor Oliver Durvenay, Pastor Tom Watson, Pastor Corey Watson, Pastor B.K. Richby, Rev. Robert Brown, Rev. Willie Calhoun, Elder Clarence Bickham, and Rev. Dwight Webster who closed the evening. The supporters were entertained by jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan and trumpeter Marlon Jordan.

Now in private practice, Bartholomew has vast experience representing the public in court. She was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as the attorney for the Orleans Parish School Board. She has experience as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal and the Fortieth Judicial District Court. She is the 2011 recipient of the New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law Award.

Regina Bartholomew graduated from Southern University at New Orleans where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with a minor in Political Science in 1994. Ms. Bartholomew earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1999, where she ranked in the top 20% of her graduating class. She was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 1999.

While in law school, she was inducted into the National Order of Barristers and was featured in Who’s Who Among Students in American Law Schools. She also received several awards and recognitions, including an Excellence Award for her participation in working as a student District Attorney with the Clinical Education Program, the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Medal for Excellence in Advocacy, the Hannah and Herman Levy Scholarship of the Lupin Foundation, and the Association of Trial Lawyers’ J. Skelly Wright Chapter Award. Upon finishing law school, she completed a judicial clerkship with Judges Becnel, Jasmine and Snowdy at the Fortieth Judicial District Court in Edgard, Louisiana.

Ms. Bartholomew is currently Of Counsel with the law firm of Boykin, Ehret & Utley, APLC. Regina Bartholomew’s prior employment was as General Counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to this, Ms. Bartholomew was a Staff Attorney with McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC. Her previous work experience includes service as General Counsel for the Orleans Parish School Board, an attorney in private practice with several law firms, and with the United States Government at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to the practice of law, Ms. Bartholomew has devoted her life to many civic and bar association activities. Specifically, she is a member of the American, National and New Orleans Bar Associations. In addition, she is a board member of the Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation; she is a member of the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the American Inns of Court, the Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters of New Orleans and the Independent Women’s Organization of New Orleans. She is a former member of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee and the Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Ms. Bartholomew has also served as a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana, AIDSLaw of Louisiana, Inc., and a board member and secretary of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Foundation and Camp Fire USA Greater New Orleans Council. Further, she served as co-chair of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Foundation’s Law Camp and the CLE Programs Committee of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the New Orleans Bar Association. Moreover, she has served as a liaison for the Pro Bono Project of New Orleans and as a Judge for Teen Court of New Orleans.

New Orleans Clerk of Court Dale Atkins said, “Regina Bartholomew is the kind of attorney that lawyers admire. She has broad courtroom experience, for both plaintiffs and defendants, small businesses and private persons. In overseeing hundreds of cases, she has proven she’s not only exceptionally capable, but dedicated to the work of the courts. Good lawyers make good judges, and Regina will be an outstanding judge.”

The campaign has a formidable roster of supporters with endorsements from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Orleans Parish Assessor Erroll Williams, City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Rep. Austin Badon, Rep. Jared Brossett, Rep. Wesley Bishop, Rep. Charmaine Marchand Stiaes, Rep. Helena Moreno, State Sen. J.P. Morrell, BESE Board Member Louella Givens, and Orleans Parish School Board President Lourdes Moran.

Her campaign committee is co-chaired by New Orleans Clerk of Court Dale Atkins, State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Orleans Parish School Board Member Brett Bonin, Roderick “Rico” Alvendia, James Williams, Frank DeSalvo, T. Allen Usry, Rev. Torin Sanders, Ph.D., Phyllis Landrieu, Warren A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr., Bernard Charbonnet, and Scott Delacroix. Teddlie Media Partners, Vincent Sylvain, and Greg Rigamer of GCR & Associates are advising the campaign.

The election is expected to be scheduled for October 22, 2011. To learn more about Regina, please visit www.ReginaBartholomew.com.

Vermont’s health care victory may provide an example for health reform in Illinois

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(From the Campaign for Better Health Care)
Chicago, IL — On May 26, 2011, Vermont became the first state to institute a single-payer health care system that would provide quality and affordable benefits to all. Bill H.202, signed into law by Governor Shumlin, creates a publicly-funded health care system called Green Mountain Care. Jonathan Kissam, a leader from the Vermont Workers’ Center, gave a talk hosted by the Campaign for Better Health Care on July 7th about this historic legislation.
Mr. Kissam, who is on the first stop of his two-week speaking tour, helped coordinate Vermont Workers’ Center Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign, which was instrumental in the bill passing. The campaign, a grassroots group of several thousands of Vermonters and thus not very different from Campaign for Better Health Care, uses the rhetoric of human rights principles such as universality and equity as a tool for financing health care. “This is a huge step forward, not just for our state, but for our nation. We hope that this will spread throughout the country, just like Vermont’s other pioneering actions — the abolition of slavery and the establishment of universal public education,” said Kissam.
While the Affordable Care Act passed last year provides a lot of new benefits, it is only the beginning. “The ACA is a strong blueprint which we in Illinois can capitalize on. We have the opportunity to create a health care system similar to Vermont’s that would assure quality and affordable health care for all Illinoisans,” remarked Jillian Phillips, Chicagoland Organizer for Campaign for Better Health Care
“We in Illinois could use Vermont as a model for how to approach the struggle towards health care for all,” said Jim Duffett, Executive Director for the Campaign for Better Health Care. He continued, “Treating health care as an elementary and inalienable human right can act as a basis for health care reform.” 

Casey Anthony is not O.J. in white female face

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(From New America Media)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson


Synopsis: A young, irresponsible, no-name white woman should never be compared to O.J. Simpson and the real trial of the century.


Casey Anthony is not O.J. Simpson in white female face. The only real reason that Anthony is even mentioned in the same breath as Simpson is because she was acquitted of first degree murder. And many of those who bothered to pay any attention to the case fervently believed she was guilty and expected her to be convicted. The resemblance ends abruptly there. The hard fact of the Anthony case and verdict is that other than what the media tried to make of it, this was never more than a case of an overreaching District Attorney trying to squeeze a first degree murder conviction out of what by all evidence was arguably at best a case of parental criminal neglect and lying. But the media, in the usual clinical search for anything that smacks of a scintilla of salacious sensationalism, painted it as the second coming of the Simpson crime and trial of the century.

Nearly 16 years after the Simpson acquittal it’s worth taking a look back to see exactly why a young, irresponsible, no-name white woman should never be compared to O.J. Simpson and the real trial of the century. In fact, the starting point for debunking the Anthony-Simpson comparison is the very fact that it’s even made in the first place. That is prima facie proof that a decade and a half later, Simpson still gets tongues furiously wagging at the mention of the murders, and the name of the man accused of committing them, O.J. Simpson. That will not be said 16 years or even 16 days about Anthony after her acquittal.

The Simpson case was the complete social, racial, celebrity, gender, and tabloid package. The murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman allegedly by O.J. Simpson heightened racial tensions, as well as public awareness about domestic violence. It stirred rage against the double standard of wealth and celebrity privilege in the legal system, and elevated celebrity murder cases to media tabloid sensationalism.

Millions in the United States and across the globe gawked in awe and fascination for seemingly endless months at the often mundane proceedings in the O.J. Simpson trial courtroom. This was the first real glimpse that millions had of the inner workings of the court system. But that wouldn’t have kept them glued to the TV set if the key player hadn’t been one of America’s most famous celebrity-athletes who was fawned over by paparazzi and had a beautiful and young white wife. O.J. Simpson was the American dream personified. He was an African American who rose to the top of the celebrity pyramid and had true crossover appeal to whites. But what truly made the Simpson case the lasting talk of the town was race — or rather the term that quickly crept into the American lexicon, the “racial divide.”

In countless polls before, during and after the trial, the majority of whites were convinced that O.J. Simpson had committed the murders and evaded justice. A majority of blacks said he was innocent and that the verdict was a just one.

Prosecutors in the trial skillfully painted Simpson as an irresponsible, abusive and violent husband. This portrayal shoved the issue of spousal abuse and domestic violence into the public view. A number of states passed stiff laws mandating arrest and jail sentences for domestic assaults. Police, district attorneys and judges nationwide promised to arrest, prosecute and sentence domestic batterers.

The horde of Simpson media commentators, legal experts and politicians who branded the legal system corrupt also fueled public belief that justice was for sale. Simpson’s acquittal seemed to confirm that the rich, famous and powerful had the deep pockets to hire high-profile attorneys, experts and investigators who routinely enabled their well-heeled clients to weasel out of punishment.

Then there was the media that struck pay dirt with Simpson.

The Simpson case turned the slow drift of much of the mainstream media toward tabloid sensationalism and a headlong rush into celebrity trials. Mainstream publications that in times past would have back-paged a murder case, even a celebrity case, morphed into the National Enquirer, Star and the legion of other tabloids. A gaggle of daytime gossip shows have since successfully parlayed innuendo, rumor, half-truths and outright lies into hugely profitable empires and ratings bonanzas.

In the decade since Simpson’s acquittal, newspapers and TV networks have force-fed the public a bloated diet of Simpson-style sensationalism in the form of the Beltway sniper, Laci Peterson, Robert Blake, Phil Spector and other highly publicized murder cases. The Anthony case was only the latest in the sordid train of tabloid made-for-public court cases.

The system worked the way it’s supposed to work in the Anthony case. Jurors looked at the evidence and found that the prosecution did not prove Anthony committed first degree murder “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The jurors did the same in the Simpson case. But that’s the only thing about the Casey Anthony case that remotely resembles O.J. Simpson.

Formal training for childcare providers on Sudden Infant Death Prevention mandated by new legislation

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(From SIDS of Illinois, Inc.)                                                                                                        



Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc. executives are pleased to announce the passing of their second bill in two years.    Signed into law by Governor Quinn on July 6, 2011,  this law requires child care providers in Illinois to have training on Sudden and Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and safe sleep.  Experts believe that this legislation may result in fewer babies dying in child care and in their own homes.


IL HB 2099, now Public Act 97-0083, sponsored by 85th District Representative Emily McAsey (D) of Will County, mandates that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services require licensed child care providers to be trained every three years on the nature of sudden unexpected infant death, SIDS and the safe sleep recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Pam Borchardt, Co-Executive Director of SIDS of Illinois says, “According to research, 20% of babies who die of SIDS die in child care. We have already made progress among providers who choose to take training-now that it’s required, we anticipate reducing that number even more.”  Borchardt sees the legislation having an impact on parents as well.  “Not only does this empower providers to care for infants under a year old without fear, but they will be better equipped to help new parents choose the best techniques to help prevent sudden infant deaths and ensure safe sleep.”


“More than 2,000 babies a year tragically die as a result of SIDS, a devastating number that can be reduced with greater awareness,” McAsey said.  “Training and education are the most important and critical tools we have to ensure that child care workers have the knowledge they need to prevent SIDS and help protect the safety of newborn babies.”

“It is important that those who work with our children possess the most up-to-date health and safety information,” said Governor Quinn.  “This legislation ensures that child care workers in Illinois will be able to continue providing the highest standard of care.”


 On July 20, 2010, Governor Quinn signed into law the first bill initiated by Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois Inc. House Bill 5930, now Public Act 96-1116, which requires birthing hospitals in Illinois to provide parents or legal guardians of a newborn verbal and written free information about SIDS and best practices for infant safe sleep.

 “It is very exciting to have our second bill signed into law by Governor Quinn.  If it hadn’t been for parents, Robin and Giovan Cullotta, contacting their state representative, Emily McAsey, to get HB5930 up and running, it would have been much harder for SIDS of Illinois staff to get hospitals on board with standardized safe sleep for baby education,” said Nancy Maruyama, RN, Co-Executive Director of SIDS of Illinois, Inc.


“After the loss of my daughter at a child care provider, I was alarmed to learn that during the continuing education process safe sleep methods were not a requirement.  All too often child care providers, as well as parents rely on what they learned from their parents, grandparents and others who are not aware of the new findings of how to keep children safe. .This new law will honor the life of my daughter and save babies’ lives,” says Giovan Cullotta.


Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc. offers bereavement support to about 200 families each year throughout the State of Illinois.  In addition, the organization provides educational materials and training to new parents, expectant parents, grandparents, coroners, physicians, first responders, child care providers, healthcare professionals and representatives from various community organizations.  Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc. offers more than 500 free Safe Sleep workshops throughout Illinois each year.  Safe Sleep guidelines, research reports, educational materials and bereavement support can be obtained at www.sidsillinois.org.  Headquartered in Naperville, Illinois, the offices can be reached by phone toll free in Illinois at 800-432-SIDS (7437).

Black college alumni join forces to edit groundbreaking anthology detailing HBCU experience

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“HBCU Experience – The Book” will showcase 101 Essays by HBCU grads highlighting all aspects of black college life


Submission Deadline: September 30, 2011


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — In an effort to highlight the history, relevance and impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Black college alumni Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree and Christopher D. Cathcart have joined forces to edit HBCU Experience – The Book, a collection of essays showcasing all aspects of Black college life. The groundbreaking anthology will chronicle undergraduate realities such as dating and relationships, dorm living, road trips, pledging fraternities and sororities, student activism and leadership, athletics and much, much more.

“While many are familiar with some of the famous Black college graduates like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,Thurgood Marshall, Nikki Giovanni and countless others whose lives have helped shape this nation, we often discount the impact their HBCU experiences had in shaping them. Beyond that, there are thousands of less heralded but equally inspiring stories that deserve to be told; stories about how the Black college experience has impacted lives in ways that still resonate today. Our goal with HBCU Experience – The Book is to help share some of these first-hand accounts with the world,” says Cathcar.

Tyree and Cathcart will amass 101 stories from graduates of HBCUs (or individuals who attended a Black college for at least four years) detailing these unique, undergraduate experiences while further emphasizing the still vital role these institutions have in our society. Writers may hail from any of the 100-plus HBCUs and be any age, gender or ethnicity. The 250-500 word essays will range in tone from the light and humorous to the serious and insightful, with the common thread being that they are genuine and engaging. The submission deadline is September 30, 2011; and plans call for the book to be available for Black History Month in 2012. Individuals may also submit photographs of their Black college experiences for inclusion in the book.

“From the ones I attended to the one where I currently work, my life is and has been profoundly shaped by my experiences at HBCUs. I believe in and applaud their abilities to develop and nurture the minds of African-Americans in a way that is unparalleled in predominately white institutions,” Dr. Tyree says. “There are unique experiences and cultures within HBCUs, and I am hoping this book will be a groundbreaking and much-needed firsthand account of how HBCUs have changed the lives of and influenced so many in this country.”

In keeping with the theme of celebrating and supporting Black colleges and Black college graduates, the editors have retained the services of the Law Offices of Manotti L. Jenkins, LTD. (www.MLJLawOffices.com) to oversee all legal matters pertaining to the anthology; Mr. Jenkins, a nationally recognized attorney, is a Howard University graduate. Efforts will be made, when and where appropriate, to engage other HBCU grads in the development and presentation of HBCU Experience – The Book.

For more information about HBCU Experience – The Book, including the submission process, please visit www.BlackCollegeBook.com. For press inquiries , please contact Rianna Felder at Media@Blackcollegebook.com.
About HBCU Experience – The Book
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have a rich legacy in the United States and graduates of these institutions have made and continue to make major contributions to the history and climate of this country. Co-edited by Black college alumni Dr. Tia Tyree and Christopher D. Cathcart, HBCU Experience – The Book will celebrate this legacy and the experiences of those who attended HBCUs. Further, with the debate still raging over the relevance and need for HBCUs in the new millennium, this collection of essays will help showcase the unique experiences of HBCU graduates, highlight the important need for these institutions and accentuate the overall benefits of having an HBCU education.
About Dr. Tia Tyree
Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree is an Assistant Professor at Howard University within the Department of Journalism. She is currently the Public Relations Sequence Coordinator for the Department of Journalism, and she teaches several courses, including Introduction to Public Relations, PR Writing II, PR Writing I, SR: Event Planning, SR: Friends, Followers and Social Media and CapComm Lab. In addition to teaching, her research interests include hip-hop, rap, pop culture, film and African-American representations in the media. She is a graduate of both Morgan State University (Bachelor of Arts, 1995) and Howard University (Ph.D. Mass Communications and Media Studies, 2007).
About Christopher D. Cathcart
Christopher D.arren Cathcart is a published author; public relations, marketing/brand development expert and a noted social entrepreneur. In 1995, Cathcart founded OneDiaspora Group, a Los Angeles and Washington, DC-based PR/communications consulting firm. He has more than 23 years of public relations experience, having been an executive at such companies as CNN, Motown Records and Warner Bros. Television, among others.

His first book, The Lost Art of Giving Back, a how-to guide to volunteerism, was published in 2007. Cathcart also founded Ledge magazine, the nation’s first and only HIV/AIDS online publication by and for Black college students. He is a graduate of Howard University (Bachelor of Arts, 1986).

Sec’y Jesse White announces new design for environmental plate

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New design to help law enforcement identify with other specialty plates  


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced the new design of the environmental specialty license plate. The new design will make it easier for law enforcement officials to identify the license plates. The “E” that was previously located on the left side will now appear on the right. The two-letter identifier located at the right side of the plate makes this plate consistent with all specialty plates approved by the Illinois General Assembly and issued by the Secretary of State’s Office.

“Over the last several years, the office has streamlined license plates to be consistent for law enforcement tracking,” said White “The new plate will help officials identify these environmental plates as specialty plates.”

The new green plate features a cardinal which is the official state bird of Illinois. A portion of the fee of sale for these license plates supports the State Parks Fund. More than 40,000 motorists currently have the environmental license plate, which makes it the largest selling specialty plate in the state of Illinois. New plates are being sent to current environmental plate holders. To order a new environmental plates visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

“It is important to remember to protect the environment so do not throw your old plates away,” said White. “Recycle any unused license plates at Secretary of State driver’s facilities across the state.”

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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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