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Archive for September 20th, 2011

Obama Administration and Congressional Black Caucus to meet with "Ames on the Hill"

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Press Conference on September 21, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) – The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the oldest Black Christian denomination in the United States, will hold the First AMEs on the Hill, on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, in Washington, DC.

This Christian denomination consists of over 1.5 million members worldwide. The entire AME Church membership, including Bishops, Pastors, Clergy and Laity have been invited to convene and meet with the Obama Administration, White House staff, the members of the House and Senate, and local city officials, to discuss the President’s proposed new jobs plan. The AME contingent also will engage in talks with Administration and Congressional officials about affordable healthcare, education and faith-based initiatives.

“We are convening for the first time in the Nation’s Capital, as a national voice for justice, equity, and economic parity,” said Jackie Dupont-Walker, director of the Social Action Commission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The AMEs hope and pray to use Wednesday’s meeting to begin a dialogue that results in a partnership with the government and the AME Church that benefits African Americans. In 2008, the AME Bishops came together collectively and prayed for then-Candidate Obama during their General Conference in St. Louis. The photograph of the Bishops surrounding Candidate Obama was seen worldwide.

Look for the AMEs on the Hill, on September 21st!

For more information, please contact Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, at 213-494-9493 (cell) or by e-mail jdupontw@aol.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

White House Tour & Meeting with White House Staff
8:30 a.m. – Participants arrive at the White House – East Gate: 15th & E Street, NW-entrance

White House Staff Meeting
9:30 a.m. – Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House

12:00 p.m. – Lunch will be served at 1539 Longworth.

Capitol Hill
1:30 p.m. – Participants will meet with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other elected officials.

Return to Crystal City
3:30 p.m. – Buses will depart from Capitol Hill to take AMEs back to the Crystal City Marriott & Radisson

AME-SADA Banquet
6:00pm – The African Methodist Episcopal Church Service and Development Agency (AME SADA) Banquet at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia

New Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Fact Sheets to be released Thursday, September 22

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Immediate, expert analysis available regarding counties and places in the Midwest, Illinois and Chicago Area


The U.S. Census Bureau is releasing new local information on income, poverty rates, and health insurance coverage from the American Community Survey on Thursday, September 22. National data released earlier in September showed declining incomes, stubbornly high unemployment and a drop in the number of earners with full-time year-round employment, and record numbers experiencing poverty. These new data are expected to highlight further the human consequences of the recession in local communities which continue to struggle through an anemic economy recovery. The Social IMPACT Research Center will do the analysis for you and will create a series of local fact sheets that include a 2010 snapshot and trend over time analysis.

On September 22 and 23, all day, IMPACT will release customized fact sheets based on local data for all Illinois counties and places with populations over 65,000 and Midwest states, including a 2010 snapshot and trend over time analysis. These fact sheets will be available on request and will also be made available throughout the day on Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23 at http://www.heartlandalliance.org/research/current-and-local-data/local-fact-sheets.html and experts on poverty will be available via phone to provide analysis of the new data and discuss their context and implications. 

Amy Rynell, Director, will be available to get local data, discuss the significance of the data, and provide analysis regarding trends and their implications for your community. She can be reached at: 312.870.4957 or research@heartlandalliance.org

To obtain the analysis of the new data on September 22, please visit HTTP://WWW.HEARTLANDALLIANCE.ORG/RESEARCH/CURRENT-AND-LOCAL-DATA/LOCAL-FACT-SHEETS.HTML

The Social Impact Research Center (IMPACT), the research arm of Heartland Alliance, provides dynamic research and analysis on today’s most pressing social issues and solutions to inform and equip those working toward a just global society. Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights helps people who are threatened the most by poverty or danger improve their lives and realize their human rights. For more than 100 years we have been providing solutions—both through services and advocacy— creating paths from crisis to stability and on to success. Our work in housing, health care, legal protections, and economic security supports more than 200,000 people annually, helping them build a better future.

For more information: 312.870.4949 | research@heartlandalliance.org | www.heartlandalliance.org/research

Lt. Governor Simon to speak at US-India economic summit

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Will discuss importance of trade with India; growth in renewable energy


Chicago, IL – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will speak Tuesday, September 20, at an economic summit about the link between Illinois jobs and trade with India. Simon will focus on how renewable energy growth can lead to more international trade opportunities, as Illinois works to double its exports by 2014.

The event will take place at the Imperial Ballroom, Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, at 4:15 p.m.

Simon will make her remarks alongside Farooq Abdullah, India’s Minister of New and Renewable Energy, at the US-India Economic Opportunities and Synergies Summit hosted by the Executives’ Club of Chicago in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Former U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean will moderate the Simon-Abdullah session.

Jesse White encourages parents to get child safety seats properly installed

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 Message kicks-off National Child Passenger Safety Week


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White encouraged parents and caregivers to make sure children are properly secured in appropriate child safety seats, including booster seats, as studies show the vast majority are improperly installed.  White made the announcement during National Child Passenger Safety Week.

“The leading cause of death and injury for children is automobile crashes,” White said. “Making sure our children are properly secured will give parents and caregivers the peace of mind that their little ones are well-protected. Also, as adults, let’s set a good example by securing ourselves with a safety belt.”

In Illinois, three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers in passenger vehicles, according to NHTSA.
  • In 2009, 5,386 people in Illinois were ticketed for not having their children restrained. 
  • In 2009, among children under 5 years old in passenger vehicles, an estimated 309 lives were saved by restraint use, according to NHTSA.
  • The Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act states that children under the age of 8 years old must be secured in an appropriate child restraint system, including booster seats. 
  • Children should be rear-facing for a minimum one year and weigh 20 pounds. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children ride rear facing as long as possible, until 2 years old, if possible. According to AAP, children are 75% safer rear-facing than forward-facing.

White marked the week by holding a press conference at the Chicago Police Department, where he was joined by officials from Illinois Department of Transportation, NHTSA, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and Safe Kids USA. 

“Nothing is more troubling than when we see injuries to young children that could have been avoided, and studies show that these new guidelines to keep children rear-facing until the age of two will help prevent injuries,”  said Kenneth Fox, MD, a pediatrician with NorthShore University HealthSystem.

White said people are often unaware that booster seats must be used with a lap/shoulder belt.   Parents should never place the rear-facing safety seats in the front passenger seat if the car is equipped with a passenger airbag that has not been shut off, White said.  White also suggests that parents put children aged 12 and under in the back seat, where they are the safest.

The Secretary of State’s office, through its Kids In Safe Seats program, has seven fitting stations in Illinois where motorists can set up appointments or be referred to technicians in their area who can show them how to install their child safety seats properly. Safety seat technicians install more than 50 child safety seats a month in the Chicago metro area.  

To make an appointment or get more information, please call 866-247-0213 or visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Does the Jim Crow law still exist in Grand Rapids, Michigan?

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One resident argues that it does.


Grand Rapids, MI (BlackNews.com) — Professor Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, is where she argues that a once abolished Jim Crow Law still exists by way of its being redesigned and implemented by the Justice System. A situation at hand in Grand Rapids, Michigan, coincides with Professor Alexander’s argument. “I’ve been wronged by the Justice System as it is unjust,” says Angela Angel, an African American woman residing in Grand Rapids.

The Community Relations Commission (CRC) in Grand Rapids conducted hearings where the community expressed their views; African Americans raised numerous allegations of misconduct as well as complaints of disproportionate arrests for hindering and opposing laws (H/O) against the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD).

“The H/O ordinance is strange by its having a privilege and a punishment attached to it; on one hand, a person is issued an appearance ticket and walks free while on the other, a person is arrested, jailed, and charged on their record for H/O,” says Angel.

As quoted from the CRC report, “African American males were arrested on hindering and opposing charges at a rate that was 71% higher than Caucasian males (169 vs. 99) yet are only one third in population size (10% vs. 30%) to Caucasian males. This data shows that Caucasian males are more likely to be issued an appearance ticket than African American males while African American males are more likely to be arrested. Citizens also expressed fear of retaliation for filing complaints. Further, citizens expressed feelings of intimidation in having to come to GRPD Headquarters and file a complaint with a Unit that is supposed to investigate the conduct of their colleagues.”

“I have evidence where I formatted documents into video for viewing, and given that this is not an isolated problem by there being allegations, complaints, and scandals throughout the U.S. consequently establishes that there is a systemic problem which renders credence to Professor Alexander’s argument,” says Angel. “Just like the tea party coming together for change as they have been successful is what we have to do also.”

Her petition and case story can be viewed at www.change.org/petitions/the-scandal and www.blackplanet.com/indigo_children

Angela Angel’s determination is unwavering as it has now been 4 ½ years of fighting in her efforts to receive justice. She realizes that this is a huge task that she cannot do altogether on her own, and hopes that others come to stand side by side for change.

Brookins invites 145 Hope College students to eat at Josephine’s for cultural diversity program

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 By Chinta Strausberg


Three huge buses were parked on the north side of Hardtime Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant Sunday afternoon where inside more than 145 students and faculty from Hope College were chowing down on a variety of soul food dishes as part of a cultural diversity program aimed at exposing them to a black-owned eatery in the heart of the African American community.

The students are enrolled in the Hope College’s Phelps Scholars Program that teaches them how to cope in a diverse world and the importance of respecting cultural differences.

This year, the students were invited to eat at the restaurant, located in the Chatham community, by Andrea Brookins, the daughter of former Illinois Senator Howard Brookins who owns the Brookins Funeral Home. Andrea, a funeral director at her dad’s funeral home, is the mother of Arifa, who is a junior at Hope College majoring in art education.

Referring to Trinity United Church of Christ, Andrea Brookins said, “For the past three-years, the students have been going Trinity. They worshiped there earlier this morning. The students first started coming here with one bus. Last year, they had two busloads and now three. It is one of the most popular trips they have ever had. One of the ministers at Trinity would speak to the students about worship service and the African American experience at Trinity.

“This year, I invited them to visit a black restaurant in a black community,” said Andrea Brookins. “The entire experience at both the church and especially at the restaurant was one of the highlights for all the kids. They enjoyed being in the heart of the black community where many of them have never been. I was a good experience,” she said.

“They enjoyed the food and the cultural differences. I found many of them sampling foods they never tasted before in fact some of them didn’t know what the various dishes were.”

“As a mother, I am ecstatic that my child could encourage something like this and to make such a difference in moving people in their faith, in their willingness to try new things” including having them eat in a black restaurant in an African American community. I am glad they experience the variety of food, too. It was a great time,” said Andrea Brookins who is a funeral director at her father’s funeral home.

A board member of the Hope College Parent’s Council, she said, “As part of my speaking out in favor of diversity and being a liaison to the students, to the board, to the college and to the parents, it is important for the students to learn diversity because in order to function, to grow and to decide what is comfortable or not comfortable, you have to go outside of your boundaries.

“And, that is what the college is trying to teach the students to reach outside of their bubble, and experience new thoughts and new cultural experiences and today the students achieved that,” she said.

Josephine Wade, the co-owner of Hardtime Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant, who was shocked that most of the students were white, said she was pleased at the turnout and the lessons they learned in cultural diversity and ethnic cooking. She was especially impressed with psychology professor Charles Green who heads the school’s Phelps Scholar program.

“He’s from Arkansas and he’s very familiar with eating greens,” said Wade referring to Green who did pile on the greens. Wade said she was very proud of both the students and Professor Green.

Michael Brown, the program coordinator of the program, closely monitored the students and ate only after all of them were sitting and eating. Many of the students were asking the names of the dishes and especially liked Wade’s peach cobbler, the ice cream, the potatoes, fish, chicken and banana and bread pudding. The food had to be replenished several times because the students had seconds and third helpings.

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

Chicago Human Rhythm Project honors Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis

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Annual JUBALEE Gala November 7 on Jay Pritzker Pavillion Stage in Millennium Park


Chicago, IL –The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world’s first year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, hosts JUBALEE, its annual gala benefit supporting performance, education and community programs. This special evening takes place November 7 at 5:30 p.m. on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage in Millennium Park.

JUBA Award and performances 

At this year’s JUBALEE, CHRP will honor Chicago civic leaders Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis with a JUBA Award for their Lifetime Commitment to Chicago and longtime support of CHRP. “Donna and Bill are known as tireless champions of many nonprofit institutions in Chicago, and they have made a critical difference in CHRP’s growth and success over the last five years, leading annual fundraising events and championing our mission to promote social reconciliation through percussive arts,” said CHRP Founder and Director Lane Alexander.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by a live auction and performances including the North American premiere of Rasta Thomas’ Tap Stars, CHRP’s performing ensemble  BAM!, The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, Chicago Dance Crash, Mayfair Dance Academy and other special guests. The evening concludes with dinner and a dessert reception where guests can meet the evening’s performers.


Gala co-chairs are WLS-TV/ABC 7 reporter Theresa Gutierrez, CHRP board member Diana E. Harris and Harold and Lynn Leftwich.

Tickets to JUBALEE are $150, $175, $250 and $500. Tickets for the raffle, which includes an ultimate Bears ticket package, are $20 each or six for $100. For information, visit chicagotap.org or call 773-281-1825.

Earl B. King II, son of Dr. Earl B. King Sr. and Darryll S. King to be inducted into National Scholars Society

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 By Chinta Strausberg


Earl B. King II, 19, the son of Dr. Earl B. King, Sr. and on-air personality Darryl S. King, will be inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2 p.m. on the campus of Howard University.

King’s mother is the well-known on-air personality on both WYCA’s 102.3 FM and Soul 106.3 FM radio stations.

Young King’s goal is to become a psychiatrist, according to his father who said, “We are very proud of our son who is living life and achieving his goal of becoming a psychiatrist.

“NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement,” said Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS’ CEO and founder. “Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel and service projects both on campus and in the community.”

For more information about The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, call: 202-265-9000 or click on NSCS’ web site, nscs.org. You can also call Dr. King at 708-674-9661.

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

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