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Archive for August 25th, 2011

Alpha Phi Alpha Brother Brings Dream of King Memorial to Life

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

“We build this memorial because…when our nation was about to split in two – black versus white, rich versus poor – Dr. King said we should live together as brothers or perish as fools.” Harry E. Johnson, President & CEO, the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation


On August 28th, the forty-eighth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will become the first on the National Mall in Washington, DC to honor a person of color, a non-president and a man of peace.  More than 250,000 people are expected to be on hand next Sunday when President Obama delivers the grand opening keynote speech.

More than a quarter century in the making and at a cost of $120 million, the Memorial promises to rekindle global interest in the life and legacy of one of the greatest champions of civil and human rights the world has ever known. In these times of rampant domestic and international turmoil and division, Dr. King’s message of justice, democracy, hope and love is needed more than ever.   

The MLK Memorial project was the brainchild of Alpha Phi Alpha, the world’s oldest intercollegiate fraternity founded by African American men.  Fraternity leaders conceived the idea in 1984, sixteen years after Dr. King’s death and only months after President Reagan signed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday into law.   Dr. King himself was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha as were National Urban League legends Lester Granger and Whitney M. Young, Jr., who were also colleagues and friends of Dr. King.  I too am a proud Alpha Phi Alpha Brother.  

Since 2002, the massive fund-raising effort needed to bring the MLK Memorial project to fruition, has been led by former Alpha Phi Alpha President and Houston lawyer, Harry E. Johnson, Sr.  Under Johnson’s leadership, the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation has raised more than $114 million from scores of corporate donors and thousands of citizens who want to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy endures.

Harry Johnson was just eight years old when Dr. King led the 1963 March on Washington where he delivered one of the most well-known speeches in American history.  He says that he owes much of his success as a lawyer and activist to the inspiration of Dr. King and the changes he brought about through non-violent action.  Johnson is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans and received his law degree from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  He served as President of Alpha Phi Alpha from 2001-2004, and for his leadership of the King Memorial project, was awarded the prestigious “President’s Award” at January’s Trumpet Awards Gala in Atlanta.

Carved out of a granite boulder and situated on the Tidal Basin in a direct line between the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the MLK Memorial will be a fitting tribute to Dr. King.  According to Harry Johnson, “Drawing from Dr. King’s speeches and using his own rich language, the King Memorial will be a public sanctuary where future generations of Americans, regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation can come to honor Dr. King.”  We applaud Alpha Phi Alpha and Johnson for their leadership of this important project and urge all Americans to visit this historic new addition to the National Mall.
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Simon, political reformers call for new ethics rules

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 Pledge to promote transparency with Inspector General


Chicago, IL –  Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform today renewed their call for greater transparency and openness at all levels of Illinois government and said they look forward to working with Legislative Inspector General Thomas Homer to pass the next wave of ethics reform.

Simon praised Homer for a letter he recently sent to state legislators urging them to create stronger ethics laws and produce greater accountability. As a champion for open, honest government, Simon and a team of volunteer legal experts and good government groups have been working together this summer to draft stronger financial disclosure forms known as Statements of Economic Interest (SEI). She plans to introduce legislation revising the SEI in the coming months.

“We need to ask our elected officials better questions about their potential conflicts of interest and require real answers,” Lt. Governor Simon said. “The current disclosure statements are practically meaningless to the people we serve. I look forward to working with the General Assembly and other allies to give citizens the information they have a right to know.”

Constitutional officers, elected officials and high-ranking public employees are required to file an SEI on an annual basis. The forms are supposed to expose existing or potential conflicts of interest, but the documents use such vague and cumbersome language that the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) has called them “woefully inadequate” and “a waste of paper.”

For example, more than 24,000 elected officials and public employees in Chicago and suburban Cook County file annually with Clerk David Orr’s office. But Orr’s analysis of the 2011 filings showed that only 13 percent of all filers answered at least one question; most simply filled in the blanks with “not applicable.”

“Comprehensive economic disclosure illuminates potential conflicts of interest,” said David Morrison, deputy director of ICPR. “Putting a spotlight on the economic interests of public officials can reduce public skepticism and distrust. Legislative Inspector General Tom Homer is on the right track with a two-pronged approach, seeking both better disclosure of conflicts of interest and clearer standards for how officials should handle their conflicts. However, the reforms should not be limited to the General Assembly. We need more disclosure of income sources, debts, business interests and other economic interests of high-ranking public officials in all branches of government.”

An ICPR review of the personal economic interest forms filed by candidates who have sought both state and federal office showed that the federal disclosure form often elicits more information.

In April, Simon led by example in disclosing her personal tax returns and directing her senior staff to disclose groundbreaking personal financial information, modeled after federal disclosure forms. Releasing the information empowers taxpayers by revealing any potential conflicts of interest that Simon, or her staff, face in shaping and implementing public policies.

Better Business Bureau warns online car shoppers to be wary of fraudulent sales

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(A Message from the Better Business Bureau)



CHICAGO, IL – Fraudulent online vehicle sales is the latest scams that the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois (BBB) is warning consumers about.  In this fraud, scammers attempt to sell vehicles they do not own. They make the offers attention grabbing and attractive by advertising vehicles at prices below book value.  Often the reason for the supposed-bargain price is the need to sell the vehicle because of a quick move for work or military deployment.


Perpetrators may claim they are short on time, thus unable to meet the consumer in person or allow time for vehicle inspection. To make the deal appear legitimate, the scammer instructs the victim to send full or partial payment to a third-party agent via a wire transfer payment service and to fax the payment receipt to the seller as proof of payment. The scammer pockets the payment but does not deliver the vehicle.


“Scammers are getting better at making their schemes look legitimate,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “It’s important to be aware of some red flags that indicate you may be dealing with a con artist.”


The BBB warns automotive shoppers to exercise due diligence before engaging in transactions to purchase vehicles advertised online. In particular, shoppers should be cautious of the following:


  • Sellers who push for speedy completion of the transaction and request payments via quick wire transfer payment systems.
  • Sellers who refuse to meet in person, or refuse to allow the buyer to physically inspect the vehicle before the purchase.
  • Transactions in which the seller and vehicle are in different locations, the seller may claim to have been transferred for work reasons, deployed by the military, or moved because of a family circumstance, and could not take the vehicle with them.
  • Vehicles advertised at well below their market value. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.


If you have witnessed this behavior or fallen victim to this type of scam, please file a complaint at www.bbb.org and visit our new scam source section at www.chicago.bbb.org/scam-source


Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. named one of the "Top 21 Black Doctors in America" by the Atlanta Post

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Outstanding Doctors Receive Recognition for Exceptional Service in Respective Fields


Eagan, MN (BlackNews.com) — Employees of Crutchfield Dermatology are proud to recognize Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. (www.crutchfielddermatology.com) as being named one of the “Top 21 Black Doctors In America” by the Atlanta Post. This prestigious award not only highlights Dr. Crutchfield’s admirable work ethic, but also his commitment to his practice, patients, and profession.

Selections for this award were based upon accomplishments of physicians in their medical practices and respective fields, and as actively breaking ground and carrying on the legacy of dedication and determination exhibited by Dr. James McCune Smith. “I am exceedingly proud and humbled to have my name included in the list of Black physicians who are following in the footsteps of Dr. James McCune Smith, the first Black doctor to earn a medical degree and practice medicine in the United States,” states Dr. Crutchfield.

The Atlanta Post writes, “Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. has found himself on several lists of “top doctors”, and for good reason. The accomplished dermatologist literally co-wrote the book on skin problems, “A Clinical Atlas of 101 Common Skin Diseases”. He graduated from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine with both a masters degree in molecular biology and doctoral degree in medicine.

Dr. Crutchfield is also involved in academic medicine. He has published over 100 dermatologic articles, and is currently a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota, teaching medical students, residents, and other clinical physicians. He has been selected twice as the Teacher of the Year at the University of Minnesota by the medical students and the Minnesota Medical Foundation. He lectures both at local, State-wide and national medical conferences. Dr. Crutchfield has been awarded the “Karis” humanitarian award from the Mayo Clinic, and was also selected in a national survey, as one of the Top 10 African-American dermatologists in the United States, as reported by Black Enterprise Magazine. He is also currently the team physician for the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.

For more information on Crutchfield Dermatology, and an alphabetical listing of all other physicians recognized, please visit www.crutchfielddermatology.com

Business/Investment Tours to Ghana in 2012

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Want to go to Africa? Ghana Repatriation & Investment Tours planned for 2012


Tour patrons will experience Ghana’s culture, night life, shopping, networking, business, investment opportunities and more.

Group picture of the last tour to Ghana in July 2011


Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Africa for the Africans Tours & Investments is a black-owned Atlanta based international business enterprise specializing in Africa tours and investments services. According to them, “the African slave trade has completely divided our people globally and as a result we have been disconnected from our true roots and culture.” As a result, they are dedicated to empowering Africa as a home base for people of African descent worldwide.

The company provides Africans throughout the Diaspora with a cultural and historical reconnection to the African continent. With a determined mission to foster lasting relationships with our African family, a vision inspired by the Honorable Marcus Garvey, who used the term “Africa for the Africans” to encourage a black nation and ownership of land outside of America. Africa for the African’s vision has guided hundreds of people yearning to be exposed to opportunities in West Africa. Their tours are intended to enlighten, stimulate and create nothing less than a life changing experiences through investment forums, social network gatherings and repatriation services for our travelers.

From humbling historical landmarks to the bustling marketplaces, they nurture and guide their groups through a colorful and emotional journey. Tour patrons are exposed to the many investments, land/home ownership opportunities that exist in Ghana as well as opportunities to experience the gift of giving by delivering valuable school supplies, toys and clothing to children’s orphanages and schools during the tour. Their familial vibe and energy transforms the tours into something much more than a vacation package.

Africa for the Africans is a fully fledged cultural movement. All are invited to come experience Ghana’s culture, night life, shopping, networking, business, investment opportunities and more on the upcoming tours on the following dates: February 22 – March 6, 2012, May 16 – 29, 2012, October 24 – November 6, 2012.

For more details, visit www.africafortheafricans.org

Giving transit riders in Chicagoland a stronger voice

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New Riders for Better Transit campaign fights for funding and transit service improvements


Chicago, IL – As transit agencies prepare their budgets for next year, the riding public is bracing itself for another round of possible service cuts and fare increases.

To fight for the needs of transit riders, the Active Transportation Alliance launched Riders for Better Transit, a new initiative to organize transit riders in the Chicago region to demand better transit options.

Residents and community leaders can declare their support for better transit and learn more at www.ridersforbettertransit.org.

“Riders across the region know our system is plagued by slow zones, overcrowding and deteriorating stations, and every community has a laundry list of needs, from restoring bus service that’s been cut to increasing train frequencies,” said Ron Burke, Executive Director of Active Trans. “Our region can barely maintain our current transit service, much less make improvements riders need. The bottom line is transit in our region is significantly underfunded.”

While demand for transit in our region has been increasing for years, funding shortfalls and chronic disinvestment mean that transit agencies are having a harder time just making ends meet every year. In 2010, the CTA cut bus service by 19 percent and rail service by 9 percent in order to make ends meet.

“Transit reduces pollution, provides essential links to jobs and commerce, and offers an affordable transportation choice for Chicagoland residents,” said Jennifer Henry of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which is partnering with Active Trans on the new campaign. “We need to use transportation dollars wisely and reinvest in existing communities and infrastructure.”

Riders for Better Transit will support increased investment in transit, promote transit initiatives that will improve service, and keep transit agencies in touch with riders’ needs.  For example, Riders for Better Transit will fight to prevent further service cuts and fare increases as transit agencies prepare to finalize their 2012 budgets.  Riders for Better Transit is also encouraging the toll highway authority to incorporate new and improved transit service on tollways.

Many business and community leaders in our region already understand that transit is essential for our economy, health, environment and quality of life. These “Transit Champions” are standing with transit riders in support of better transit choices:

“We have long been concerned about how to ensure a clean, diverse natural environment. There is no question that public transportation is a critical factor in creating cleaner air and using fewer resources. Chicago is a world class city that deserves a world class transit system, so we are proud to support Riders for Better Transit.”

–Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis: TV journalists and civic leaders

“The benefits of public transit for Chicagoans are self-evident: less congestion, lower pollution, and more active and productive employees. Groupon encourages the use of public transit by providing a pre-tax fare benefit, and we are proud to be a Transit Champion in support of the Active Transportation Alliance’s Riders for Better Transit initiative.”

–Skip Schipper, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Groupon

Riders for Better Transit is a project of the Active Transportation Alliance, in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Active Trans is a non-profit organization with more than 6,800 members who support our mission to improve conditions for biking, walking and transit in our region. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance–North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization–visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

Where Hawaiians stand on race relations: Living the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 By Tammie Lang Campbell
Founder/Executive Director of Honey Brown Hope Foundation


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Hawaii and Texas lawmakers recognize Tammie Lang Campbell (5th person from left to right) as the nation’s top anti-n-word advocate

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — When I think of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., I am encouraged to see that his dream is being manifested through my Hawaiian brothers and sisters and I am more determined than ever to reclaim blacks’ good name. On behalf of humanity, I write to express my appreciation to Hawaii State Rep. John Mizuno for standing with me to eradicate the use of the n-word by educating our society about its destructive poison. I commend Rep. Mizuno along with his colleagues, Senator Brickwood Galuteria and Rep. Karen Awana, for not only embodying the Hawaiian spirit of respecting diversity, but also for demonstrating to their fellow Americans the true meaning of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meant in his above statement.

“To denigrate another person to elevate oneself displays patterns of fear, hatred, and racism,” declares Rep. John Mizuno. “Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s use of the n-word is an example of how our nation is still struggling with respect for its diversity. If we are to grow as a nation and realize the diversity dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we must stand together to denounce any and all forms of racism including this vicious racial slur.”

On August 9, 2011 during the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in San Antonio, Rep. John Mizuno not only recognized my work to exterminate the most offensive, vicious and destructive racial slur ever created by mankind, the n-word, but he also pledged to continue to stand with me to stop this evil racial slur. Acting on Dr. King’s words that we cannot stand alone, Hawaii State Senator Brickwood Galuteria, Hawaii State Rep. Karen Awana, Hawaii State Rep. Mark Hashem, Texas State Rep. Alma Allen, former Texas State Rep. Dora Olivo and NAACP San Antonio Branch President Oliver Hill stood with us.

The rise of n-word incidents has made it clear that the offensive and destructive use of the “n” word, once thought to be on the decline, remains far too prevalent in our society. A time is coming when the n-word will be completely eradicated through a cycle of natural evolution, but in the meanwhile, the gatekeepers of decency must keep this racial terrorist at bay and bury it whenever its obscene head is reared. To live out the true meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream, I’m calling upon every decent human being to join Rep. John Mizuno and me in our effort to eliminate this evil ethnic slur on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28th.
A call for dignity and decency 

Please join myself and Hawaii State Rep. John Mizuno in our campaign to PUT THE N-WORD IN ITS PLACE-BURIED IN HISTORY by taking the pledge below:

On behalf of the human race, I pledge from this day forward to value the Creator of mankind by respecting every man, women and child regardless of their race, religion, color, creed, gender or disability. I will always do my very best to respect my family, cultural heritage, neighbors, friends, teachers, classmates, community, country and myself.

Because I value every person and myself, I will never say hurtful words about others or call anyone a dirty racial slur. I will be kind to others in words and deeds. I will do my part to stop others from using dirty racial slurs that hurt others. I will never accept racism, sexism and terrorism as a cultural norm. I will say it loud on the hilltops, and in the valleys, that I’m proud to be one race-the human race!

By making this pledge, I promise to do my part to make my school, home, workplace, and community a friendlier place for all.

Founder and executive director, Tammie Lang Campbell, of the Honey Brown Hope Foundation, a non-profit children’s writing and cultural literacy organization, is leading this initiative. She was the first to petition Merriam Webster’s Dictionary in 1991 to remove or change its definition of the N-word, which resulted in NAACP Region Six adopting it as a resolution and presenting it at the National NAACP Conference. Additionally, Merriam Webster revised the definition in its 1993 edition. On 07/07/07, she buried the n-word, which was featured on CNN. For additional information about the n-word initiative, please visit www.honeybrownhope.org.

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