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Archive for July 29th, 2011

Nation’s top black lawyers and judges to convene at Annual Conference in Baltimore

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Washington, D.C.  – Thousands of members of the National Bar Association (NBA), one of the nation’s premier legal organizations, will gather in Baltimore, Maryland from July 31-August 4 to attend seminars and forums in conjunction with the organization’s 86th annual convention. Commencing with a joint-town hall meeting with the American Bar Association entitled, “The War Against Foreclosures: Combating Foreclosures and the Mortgage Crisis in Communities of Color,” the 86th Annual Convention will be the foreground for discussing the nation’s top legal, social and economic issues.

 

On Tuesday, August 2, leading education experts, and White House representatives will be featured in a showcase entitled, “The New Civil Rights Frontier: Deconstructing the School-to-Prison-Pipeline.” The panel will discuss the disparities that exist within the school system, along with the extreme disciplinary actions taken in the educational system that disproportionately affect children of color.  

 

The NBA will also present an “Executive Director’s Forum” on Wednesday, August 3, which will feature National Basketball Players Association’s (NBPA) executive director, William “Billy” Hunter and National Football League Players (NFLPA) Association’s DeMaurice Smith. The forum, which will be held Wednesday, August 3, will be one of the first joint public appearances since the NFLPA settled a collective bargaining agreement on Monday. The forum will highlight the historic role that the NBPA and NFLPA respectively, has played in fighting for benefits and job security for its members, and ensuring that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court and field. They will field questions on the issue of the moment, the process of collective bargaining with the NBA and NFL.

  

86th Annual Convention participants include: Cathy Hughes, Founder of Radio One, Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, U.S. Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary of Education, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Allison Brown, Executive Director, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Kim Keenan, General Counsel, NAACP Legal Department, George W. Madison, General Counsel, United States Department of Treasury, Yolanda McGill, General Counsel, Fair Housing and Fair Lending Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Angela Rye, General Counsel and Executive Director, Congressional Black Caucus, and Michael Strautmanis, Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor for Strategic Engagement to the Senior Advisor, The White House.  

 

The National Bar Association is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. The organization seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence, preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession. For further information about the National Bar Association, visit www.nationalbar.org.  

 

National Bar Association, 1225 11th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20001

 

Illinois Attorney General nets two arrests in child porn operation

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Sangamon and Will County arrests bring total to 24 in statewide effort to combat child pornography

 

Chicago, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced today that two suspects, one from Sangamon County and another from Will County, are the 23rd and 24th arrests in ”Operation Glass House” as part of the statewide crackdown on the most active traffickers of online child pornography.

“Operation Glass House is approaching its one-year mark,” Attorney General Madigan said. “While we have made progress in battling the horrific crime of child pornography in Illinois, these arrests demonstrate that we must—and will—continue to pursue these offenders and put them behind bars.”

Will County Arrest

David Zalewski, 42, of Beecher, will appear in bond court this afternoon following his Tuesday, July 26. The Will County Sheriff’s police assisted Attorney General Madigan’s investigators in the arrest after executing a search warrant at Zalewski’s residence in Beecher. Computers and media containing evidence of alleged child pornography were recovered at the scene. Zalewski was taken to the Will County Jail where he was charged with Possession of Aggravated Child Pornography, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). The Will County State’s Attorney’s office will prosecute the case.

Sangamon County Arrest

On Monday, July 25, Sangamon County Sheriff’s officers assisted Madigan investigators in the arrest of David Finley, 27, of Springfield, after a search warrant executed at his residence revealed evidence of alleged child pornography on computers and various media. Finley is being held in the Sangamon County Jail with bond set at $250,000. He is charged with Distribution of Aggravated Child Pornography, a Class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in IDOC, and Possession of Aggravated Child Pornography, a Class 2 felony.

Operation Glass House

In August 2010, Attorney General Madigan announced the initiative, dubbed Operation Glass House, to find and arrest the worst child pornographers in Illinois using the unique identifier known as an Internet protocol (IP) address that is assigned to a computer when it accesses the Internet. When Operation Glasshouse began last year, more than 8,000 IP addresses were seen trading child pornography images and videos across the state by the Attorney General’s office investigators. That number today has dropped below 4,700 IP addresses.

Studies have shown that users of child pornography are more likely to be sexual abusers of children. There are 21,400 sex offenders listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, of which 85 percent committed a crime against a child. The Illinois Sex Offender Registry is located at www.isp.state.il.us.

Madigan also works with local and national law enforcement organizations to address Internet exploitation of children and women. Madigan’s office, with a grant from the Department of Justice, administers the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, which investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement. Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC office has been involved in 367 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 128,000 parents, teachers and students and more than 10,000 law enforcement professionals.

The public is reminded that both defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Survey: Youth employment crisis being ignored

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Is enough being done about the youth employment crisis?

Youth Advocates Say No!

 

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — A recent survey of almost 300 youth workforce development professionals from across the U.S. indicates that not enough is being done about the current youth employment crisis.

Few people give significant attention to the results of surveys, however, when almost 90% of people who work in or are associated with youth programs rate youth employment advocacy efforts unsatisfactory, it is glaringly obvious that there needs to be some sort of change.

The survey, conducted by EDSC, a national youth employment consulting firm, was developed in response to the alarmingly high youth unemployment rate, especially among young African American males. Most recent unemployment figures show African American joblessness at 16.2 percent. For black males, it’s at 17.5 percent. And for black teens, it’s nearly 41 percent.

The youth relying on these programs for help getting jobs are being shortchanged. There is no national call for action on this issue and the programs that serve them are not ringing the alarm.

Although survey respondents cite lack of resources for advocacy and lack of leadership as barriers to resolving this crisis, getting the public concerned topped the list. “This issue is not a major concern to your average American citizen,” states report author, Edward DeJesus. “There must be a national effort to change public and private perception about unemployed youth and the promise that employment brings to their lives.”

The full survey report can be viewed online at the following URL: http://tinyurl.com/3oyzfv9

About EDSC


EDSC conducts research on effective practices and policies associated with the provision of services for at-risk youth. Through qualitative and quantitative methods, YDRF identifies and disseminates information on how to effectively provide young adults with viable education, employment and developmental opportunities.

To contact Edward:  e-mail: edscinfo@gmail.com or vist www.edwarddejesus.com

Sec’y of State Jesse White urges Illinois authors to add their names to Illinois Authors Wiki

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 Springfield, IL — Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging Illinois authors with published books to submit their names for possible inclusion in the Illinois Authors Wiki (http://www.illinoisauthors.org).

“Illinois has a long and rich literary heritage that includes such greats as Gwendolyn Brooks, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg and Studs Terkel,” said White.  “Many of our authors have made and continue to make an enormous impact on the literary world.  The Illinois Authors Wiki allows us to have a vast and comprehensive resource about Illinois authors. I encourage all Illinois authors with published books to be a part of the Illinois Authors Wiki.”

The Illinois Authors Wiki is a project of the Illinois Center for the Book, a division of the Illinois State Library.  The Illinois Center for the Book is an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It works to connect readers and writers and honor the state’s literary heritage.

Published illustrators and photographers are also eligible for inclusion in the Wiki.  To be eligible, an author must be or have been an Illinois resident. Authors must write about Illinois subjects of interest (Abraham Lincoln, Chicago Cubs, etc.), or about actual or fictional places specifically set in Illinois.  

For more information contact Bonnie Matheis, Coordinator, Illinois Center for the Book at bmatheis@ilsos.net or 217-558-2065.

Kirk addresses Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Task Force Report

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Highlights Lessons Learned in Wake of Japanese Nuclear Crisis

Proposes Six Immediate, Long-Term Safety Improvements

Need to Move Nuclear Waste from Lake Michigan Shoreline

 

Washington, DC – Following the release of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Task Force report, which was unveiled 90 days after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today spoke to NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko and Task Force members to offer comments on the report and deliver a strong message that nuclear power production must continue in light of the events at Fukushima. With the state of Illinois relying on nuclear power for nearly half of its electricity and being home to more nuclear power plants than any state in the country, Sen. Kirk urged the NRC and the nuclear industry to implement immediate and long-term safety improvements.

“We should apply the lessons learned from Fukushima to protect the people of Illinois,” Senator Kirk said.  “The disaster at Fukushima is an opportunity to upgrade the safety of nuclear reactors in America.” 

Sen. Kirk proposed/endorsed six improvements to American nuclear power production including:

1) Increasing safety measures and integrating emergency operating procedures

2) Implementing sensible measures to increase flood protections

3) Enhancing containment venting capabilities 

4) Installing remote monitoring controls of spent fuel pool conditions

5) Advancing capabilities to cope with prolonged station black out conditions for an initial 8 hours and an additional 72 hours utilizing preplanned and pre-staged resources

6) Expanding Emergency Planning Zones around U.S. nuclear plants from the current 10 mile radius to approximately 12.5 miles, as used in Japan

Sen. Kirk urged the NRC to move nuclear waste from the Lake Michigan shoreline.  At the decommissioned Zion nuclear power plant, 1,000 tons of highly radioactive waste are stored just 200 yards from the shoreline.  The Great Lakes are the source for over 90 percent of America’s fresh water.  Sen. Kirk urged the NRC to approve the Yucca Mountain facility to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem. 

Senator Kirk spoke about the need for nuclear safety improvements in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday. The video of that speech can be seen here.

Illinois AFL-CIO President praises governor, legislature for PLA Law

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Citing taxpayer savings and assuring quality work, Illinois AFL – CIO President Michael T. Carrigan applauded Gov. Pat Quinn for signing into law the use of Project Labor Agreements on public works projects in Illinois .

 

“PLAs have worked in Illinois and across this country for decades,” Carrigan said. “We have a legacy in Illinois of tending to our infrastructure needs and we’ve used PLAs to get them done under budget, on time and with quality workmanship. This law is the continuation of good public policy.”

 

Project Labor Agreements are pre-hire, pre-bid contracts used to provide a mechanism for quickly staffing the job with the most highly-trained employees from all of the trades ensuring on-time and on-budget construction.

 

Illinois has used PLAs under Executive Orders issued by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and, most recently, Quinn. With this new law passed by the General Assembly, Project Labor Agreements may be used by state agencies now and into the future.

 

Carrigan applauded the General Assembly for passing the bill, especially bill sponsors Rep. Pat Verschoore and Sen. Toi Hutchinson.

 

“This is a prime example of government doing what it should to rid projects of waste and inefficiency,” Carrigan said. “Public works projects will use taxpayer money wisely and each dollar will go to making Illinois a better state.”

 

Better Business Bureau advices students: Secure your identity

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(Message from the Better Business Bureau)
 
 
Chicago, IL – College students often feel they have enough to juggle when it comes to school, work and their social life. Protecting their identities and credit ratings often doesn’t make the list of their priorities. Because college students are so susceptible to identity theft, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends that they take several simple steps to help protect themselves on campus.

 

According to the 2011 Identity Fraud Survey Report released by Javelin Strategy and Research, more than 8.1 million people became victims of identity theft in 2010. For young adults, “friendly fraud” is on the rise. This is fraud perpetrated by people known to the victim, such as a relative or roommate. “Friendly Fraud” grew seven percent last year.

 

“Identity thieves don’t care if you’re a struggling student and don’t have a penny to your name. Sometimes all they want is to exploit your clean credit record,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “Young adults who establish good habits for protecting their identities, as well as monitoring for fraud, are laying a foundation for a healthy financial road during the rest of their lives.”

 

The BBB recommends the following tips for students take to help fight identity theft on campus:

 

  • Never loan your credit or debit card to anyone, even if they are a friend. Also, just say no if a friend wants you to co-sign a loan or finance agreement for items like TVs or computers.
  • Don’t share too much on social networks. People using social networking for five or more years are twice as likely to suffer identity fraud as those newer to these sites. Javelin research found that 36 percent of people aged 65+ do not use the privacy settings on their network, potentially exposing crucial information to fraudsters. The good news is 89 percent of 25-34 year olds were actively using the privacy settings on social network sites.
  • Make sure your computer has up-to-date antivirus and spyware software. Be diligent with installing updates and patches to your computer’s operating system or browser software, which help keep your computer safe from hacking attempts by online identity thieves.
  • Important documents should be stored under lock and key. These include social security card, passport, and bank and credit card statements. Shred any paper documents that have sensitive financial information rather than simply tossing them out. Also shred any credit card offers that come in the mail.
  • Always check your credit or debit card statements closely for any suspicious activity. The sooner you identify any potential fraud, the less you’ll suffer in the long run.
  • School mailboxes are not always secure, and mailboxes in a dorm or apartment can often be easily accessed. To combat sticky fingers in the mailroom, have sensitive mail sent to a permanent address, such as the parents’ home or a PO Box.
  • When shopping on unfamiliar web sites, always check the company out first with BBB at www.bbb.org Also look for the BBB Accredited Business seal along with other trust seals and click on the seals to confirm that they are legitimate.
  • Check your credit report at least once a year with all three reporting bureaus for any suspicious activity or inaccuracies. You can do this for free by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com

 

For more advice on fighting fraud and managing personal finances visit www.bbb.org

CopyLine Magazine is global; polling thousands of comments daily from the USA and 78 other countries

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CopyLinemagazine.com is global! Through our calculation, visitors to CopyLine’s website reside in the U.S.A. and 78 other countries. They have posted about 450,000 queries and comments since CopyLine’s online inception more than two years ago.

“The World Wide Web has taken us to new heights around the globe,” said Juanita Bratcher, Journalist, Author, Poet, Songwriter, and Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and several books. “People are reading and commenting on hundreds of articles posted on our site. We’re proud to be global, and we are encouraged by the strides we’ve made in such a short period of time.

“We’re also pleased and excited with the results, and we look forward to adding more articles and expanding our site. Our foremost effort is to make sure that news, commentary and entertainment articles are informative and reader friendly to all our visitors,” Bratcher added. “They come, they read, they leave for the day, and they come back again another day. Many say they visit the site on a daily basis looking for new articles.

“CopyLine’s articles are posted across the web – links to CopyLine website are posted on other websites and many have requested to reprint our articles on their websites. We also receive many press releases that find their way onto our site if we believe that in some way the subject matter will shed light or understanding of issues to our readership.”

Bratcher said she is delighted to get feedback from thousands of visitors to her website through comments left on a wide-range of issues. “And we are certain, after being told over and over again by many of our website visitors that they would inform others about the site, we are aware that they played a role in our success. Many have told us that they posted our site on their social network pages. And frankly speaking, not once has CopyLine advertised the site; it has all come through word of mouth – visitors to the site informing friends, families and their various social networks.

“Most of the time you can bet on getting the truth from visitors who visit our website, but there’s always that few that will try to get under your skin, which bounces off like water on repellant to me,” said Bratcher, noting that after being a Reporter/Journalist/Publisher for more than 35 years, “hardly anything surprises anymore.

Bratcher added: “But more than anything else, we are looking forward to expanding an already large content site for our visitors and will continue in our efforts to make it more reader friendly and informative.”

CopyLine made its debut almost 21 years ago (Print copy, November 1990) and started online more than two years ago.

Bratcher is the author of six books and more than 600 poems. While www.copylinemagazine.com has hundreds of articles posted, Bratcher’s Blog, www.copylinemagazine.com/blog also has many articles posted.

Comments polled from countries/and or other languages to www.copylinemagazine.com are as follows:

  1. 1. Algeria
  2. 2. Australia
  3. 3. Arabic
  4. 4. Alaska
  5. 5. Argentine
  6. 6. Athens
  7. 7. Asia
  8. 8. Bavaria
  9. 9. Belgium

10. Budapest

11. Bulgarian

12. Brazilian

13. Berlin

14. Bahamas

15. Canada

16. Costa Rica

17. Czech

18. Chinese

19. Croatian

20. Cuba

21. Cambodia

22. Dutch

23. Danish

24. Denmark

25. Egypt

26. Estonian

27. England

28. Finland

29. France

30. Finnish

31. Germany

32. Hebrew

33. Hungarian

34. Italy

35. Ireland

36. Iran

37. India

38. Israel

39. Indonesia

40. Jamaica

41. Japan

42. Korea

43. Lithuanian

44. London France

45. Lebanon

46. Malay

47. Mexico

48. Malaysia

49. Nigeria

50. Netherlands

51. Norwegian

52. New England

53. New Zealand

54. Portuguese

55. Poland

56. Panama

57. Puerto Viejo

58. Philippines

59. Puerto Rico

60. Pakistan

61. Persian

62. Romania

63. Russian

64. Spain

65. Swedish

66. Santa Pola

67. Switzerland

68. San Jose

69. Slovak

70. Stockholm

71. Serbia

72. Taiwan

73. Turkish

74. Thai

75. Thailand

76. United Kingdom

77. Ukraine

78. Vietnamese

Illinois GOP Chairman: US GDP stagnant growth of 1.3% shows that taxes are too high

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  (Brady responds to GDP)                                                                                                                                                    

Chicago, IL – The U.S. Commerce Department reported Friday that the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose by just 1.3%, below even what many economists predicted. One of the largest factors for the stagnant growth was the lack of consumer spending.

“The bottom line is that there is no recovery until we create jobs, and increased taxation kills job creation,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady. “As long as this administration refuses to face that reality, we will continue to have high unemployment, a major consumer confidence problem, and no economic recovery.”

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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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