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The NAACP's Regional Diversity Job Fair Coming to Chicago Tomorrow

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The NAACP will hold its Regional Diversity Job Fair in Chicago tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, at Navy Pier – Lakeview Terrace – 600 E. Grand Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The job fairs provide a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with companies that are hiring and looking for experienced candidates. Employers are seeking candidates with experience and interest in sales, engineering, government, security, education, military, medical, banking, financial services, and more. Come out and meet the employers.

There will be specialized pavilions offering careers in Education, Entertainment, Technology, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Retail, & more. The Diversity Talent Fair is free and open to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, etc.

“This has been a difficult year for many families, said Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Director, NAACP Economic Programs. “With unemployment rates at record highs, the NAACP has put together a national effort to provide better economic opportunities for all Americans.

 If you or someone you know is looking for a job or interested in a new career, don’t miss the NAACP Regional Diversity Job Fair. Tidy up your resume, bring plenty of copies and get ready to jump into gear with a new career!

For more information, visit www.psijobfair.com/chicago_09272011.aspx or call (952) 595-4496, ext. 115.

On another note, be sure to also register for the NAACP Connect Virtual Career Fair from October 1 until October 31. Participating employers include Boeing Aircraft Co., Bank of America, Chesapeake Energy, Land O’ Lakes and many more.

Visit http://naacpjobfinder.com/ConnectCareerFair/ and be sure to include your resume so employers can find you!”   

Atty. Borges: ‘Davis case not death penalty sentence’

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But, he supports the death penalty

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

Chicago, IL – With the world still shocked over the execution of Troy Davis, former criminal defense attorney Ernesto D. Borges, Jr. weighed in saying while he too is opposed to Davis’ execution because it raises the key question all juries must abide by—guilty beyond reasonable doubt—he does supports the death penalty in cases of horrific crimes.

Borges, who currently heads the largest bankruptcy consumer firm in America, said his opposition to the execution of Davis, 42, is based on what he read and heard on the news including the recantations of seven of the nine eyewitnesses and especially since there may be someone who actually shot and killed Mark Macphail, a white officer.

“The recanting portion of it is very disturbing and knowing that he was a police officer (who was killed) and knowing there are instances where police officers ban together” including “coercing folks” into making false confessions, “or pressuring witnesses,” leaves room for plenty of doubt, said Borges who believes police tactics like that could have happened in Georgia 20-years ago when the shooting took place.

And that is what troubles Borges the most about the Davis case “the doubt and whether he committed the crime.” He has other concerns. “Another problem I have with it is if there were an argument and some person rushes up on you unexpectedly, it doesn’t show me any premeditation, planning or scheming or with malice. It may have been a simple reaction of someone rushing you. It doesn’t sound like a death penalty case to me,” said Borges.

But, he wanted to make his position crystal clear on capital punishment. “I am a proponent of the death penalty. I believe in the death penalty but I would prefer not just guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. I would like a higher standard in death penalty cases something akin to irrefutable doubt, irrefutable evidence, something where it is just absolutely certain like DNA matches, video tapes where there is no question of a person’s guilt,” Borges said.

And, there are other elements Borges would want to make certain like premeditation or whether it was a willful act. “That is what I would require for the death penalty. I believe in the death penalty,” he stated giving a few examples of his litmus test for this form of punishment.

“When I see someone taking a 3 or 4 year-old girl and raping her, sodomizing her, torturing or dissecting a person, I don’t believe they should live. I don’t believe that taxpayers should pay for their food and housing until their death which could be 60-years from now,” attorney Borges said.

“I believe that they have taken themselves out of the Homo sapiens species. They are no longer part of our humanity. They therefore don’t need to live here.

“I don’t get religion mixed with this, but I think my ethics and my morals are such that I see this on television and read about people who commit these heinous crimes where there is irrefutable evidence that they committed it, then I see no need to keep that person locked away for approximately 50, 60 or 70-years. That to me is inhumane and is cruel and unusual punishment to lock someone in a cell where oft times he or she doesn’t have communication with a human being.

“They are fed electronically or remotely. They have no contact. When released, they will be social misfits, a danger to the rest of our community because they have been isolated and the effects isolation can have with the disconnect to the rest of mankind. I see no need in that,” he pointed out.

“Some people would just assume live out their lives in isolationism but some I would think would want to end their lives rather than to live in a cage without hope of ever being released.”

He said crimes that are premeditated, heinous or of a horrific in nature, willful should result in a death penalty. However, in the Troy Davis case, Borges said, “this was not a death penalty case.  In order to send someone to a death penalty, I would need evidence above and beyond the evidence necessary, which is the standard that is set in today’s courts. If I were the lawmaker, that is what I would require.”

When asked if it bothered him that Georgia Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm is black and could have vacated the death warrant for Davis or that the case was given to U.S. Justice Clarence Thomas, also black, Borges said Chisolm had no legal power to stop the execution and that Thomas’ receiving the case “was just by coincidence” because the state of Georgia fell under his judicial jurisdiction.

Borges said it would have taken five justices to stop the execution and that Justice Thomas alone couldn’t have gotten a stay, but he emphasized, “There is room for doubt” in Davis: and in America when there is doubt there should be an acquittal but certainly not the death penalty given the recantations and the fact that no gun was ever found.

Borges doesn’t believe this should have been a death penalty case but then he raised the issue careers and high stakes politics.

“You have to understand the politics of this,” Borges said referring to Chisolm. “He runs for office….” And, there is the discrimination in the case that also troubles Borges. “There is an element of racism involved,” he said.

In retrospect, Borges said perhaps the parole board should have held an open rather than close door meeting when they considered a request for a clemency.

Asked if in the future Troy Davis were found to be innocent should those responsible for convicting him be held accountable, Borges said, “Unfortunately, they have immunity. Judges, prosecutors, police officers have immunity. You can’t come after a prosecutor unless you find some kind of criminal act like hiding evidence.

“If a prosecutor prosecutes somebody, you can’t go after a jury. There’s immunity from prosecution criminally and civil. If a prosecutor makes a mistake, the judge makes the mistake, you can sue the state, but you can’t go after those individuals….”

Besides adding another star to their political careers, Borges said prosecutors are very selective about who they prosecute.

Borges’ concerns about the death penalty mirrors those raised in the report entitled “Struck by Lightening” See: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/StruckByLightning.pdf.

According to the report, four states have since abolished the death penalty within the last four-years while nationally executions and death sentences were cut by 50 percent since 2000. “A review of state death penalty practices exposes a system in which an unpredictable few cases result in executions from among thousands of eligible cases,” the report stated.

“Race, geography and the size of a county’s budget play a major role in who receives the ultimate punishment. Many cases thought to embody the worst crimes and defendants are overturned on appeal and then assessed very differently the second time around at retrial.

“Even these reversals depend significantly on the quality of the lawyers assigned and on who appointed the appellate judges reviewing the cases. In such a haphazard process, the rationales of deterrence and retribution make little sense.

“In 1976, the newly reformed death penalty was allowed to resume. However, it has proved unworkable in practice. Keeping it in place, or attempting still more reform, would be enormously expensive, with little chance of improvement.

“The constitution requires fairness not just in lofty words, but also in daily practice. On that score, the death penalty has missed the mark,” the report concluded. See page 3 of this report.

Listen to other voices from this report on the death penalty by prominent judges and including Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

The System of Selection

“The system is too fraught with variables to survive. Whether or not one receives the death penalty depends upon the discretion of the prosecutor who initiates the proceeding, the competence of counsel who represents the defendant, the race of the victim, the race of the defendant, the make-up of the jury, the attitude of the judge, and the attitude and make-up of the appellate courts that review the verdict.”

-Judge H. Lee Sarokin, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (ret.)

“There are many people who commit heinous crimes, and I’d be the first to stand up with emotion and say they should lose their lives. But when I look at the unfairness of it, the fact that the poor and people of color are most often the victims when it comes to the death penalty, and how many cases we’ve gotten wrong now that we have DNA evidence to back us up, I mean, it just tells me life imprisonment is penalty enough.”

-Sen. Dick Durbin (IL)24

“I have been a judge on this Court for more than twenty-five years . . . After all these years, however, only one conclusion is possible: the death penalty in this country is arbitrary, biased, and so fundamentally flawed at its very core that it is beyond repair.”

-Judge Boyce Martin, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

“When Gary Ridgway, the worst mass murderer in this state’s history, escapes the death penalty, serious flaws become apparent. The Ridgway case does not ‘stand alone,’ as characterized by the majority, but instead is symptomatic of a system where all mass murderers have, to date, escaped the death penalty . . .. The death penalty is like lightning, randomly striking some defendants and not others.”

-Justice Charles Johnson, Washington Supreme Court33

“There’s indifference to excluding people on the basis of race, and prosecutors are doing it with impunity. Unless you’re in the courtroom, unless you’re a lawyer working on these issues, you’re not going to know whether your local prosecutor consistently bars people of color.”

-Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative

“A recent study of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights and legal services organization in Alabama, found the practice of excluding blacks and other racial minorities from juries remains widespread and largely unchecked, especially in the South. “Illegal Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection: A Continuing Legacy” revealed that Alabama courts have found racially discriminatory jury selection in 25 death penalty cases since 1987, and in some counties 75% of black jury pool members in capital cases were excluded.89

“And, since 1976 when the death penalty was resurrected, the report stated, “Thirty-five years later a strong body of empirical evidence confirms that race, geography, money, politics, and other arbitrary factors exert a powerful influence on determining who is sentenced to death. This is the conclusion not only of experts, but increasingly that of the general public as well. Unfairness ranks near the top of the American public’s concerns about the death penalty”

So, why are we still supporting state-sponsored murders by injection or like recently in Utah death by a firing squad?

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

SmileyBooks confronts education crisis in new E-Book, "Too Important to Fail: Saving America's Boys"

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#1 Amazon E-book Part of Tavis Smiley’s Yearlong Education Initiative

 

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Seven thousand students drop out of high school every day in America and young Black males suffer the nation’s highest casualties. What are the odds that a young Black male in America will use education as a stepping-stone to success? Broadcaster and SmileyBooks publisher Tavis Smiley’s PBS primetime special TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS: “Too Important to Fail,” which premiered September 13, turned the spotlight on this undeclared crisis in American education – and asked each of us to wrestle with the staggering 50 percent dropout rate among young Black males and its impact on America’s future.

SmileyBooks has joined the fight as part of Smiley’s yearlong initiative to raise awareness of this devastating trend with the release of its first e-book original, Too Important to Fail: Saving America’s Boys, (SmileyBooks, September 2011, Digital ISBN: 978-1-4019-3912-0, $2.99, E-book) available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. The education initiative will include national parent summits, a reading mobile truck tour, and an interactive online forum at www.tooimportanttofail.com.

This companion volume is designed to pick up where the televised broadcast left off with expanded discussion, dot-connecting data, and real life examples of the information and resources needed to turn frustration into effective action. The e-book’s resource guide lists 130 organizations that are committed to solving this monumental challenge.

“Although all of our books are available in a variety of e-book formats,” says Smiley, “this original digital release gave us the flexibility to provide empowering information to those who need it the most – right now. With the forces of poverty, racism, crime, unemployment, and broken homes gaining on us, it’s a war out there. We all have to become fighters for a better tomorrow.”

Too Important to Fail explores such underreported issues as:

* Only 12 percent of Black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared to 38 percent of white boys. Many policy makers and educators insist that Black boys are lost if they can’t read by third grade.

* An African American boy can go from kindergarten to sixth grade without ever coming in contact with an African American male teacher. Eighty-three percent of America’s teachers are white and female.

* “African American children represent only 17 percent of the school population but constitute more than 30 percent of the children in special education . . . African American males represent almost 80 percent of Black children placed,” says noted author and educator Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu.

* “. . . The single most important thing in turning lives around is the ongoing presence of a caring adult. Young Black boys growing up without male role models . . . need assurance that somebody really cares,” confirms Stanford University professor Nell Noddings.
On September 23, Smiley screened “Too Important to Fail” at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and moderated a panel discussion with president of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman; Princeton professor Cornel West; chief academic officer of Baltimore Public Schools, Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises; assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, James H. Shelton III; and secretary-treasurer of the National Education Association, Rebecca “Becky” Pringle.

For additional information, visit www.tooimportanttofail.com.
To arrange an interview with Tavis Smiley, please contact:
Leshelle Sargent at (646) 484-4963/ lsargent@tavistalks.com

For a review copy, please call:
Kirsten Melvey at (646) 484-4962/ kmelvey@hayhouse.com

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Too Important to Fail: Saving America’s Boys
(Digital ISBN: 978-1-4019-3912-0/E-book Original/$2.99, USA)
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Saint Sabina's Sabor Latino group to hold symposium, “Common Threads, Common Grounds: The African & Latino American Experience”

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By Chinta Strausberg

 

The Saint Sabina’s Sabor Latino group is holding a symposium entitled, “Common Threads, Common Grounds: The African and Latino American Experience,” Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Saint Sabina’s McMahon Hall, 1210 W. 78th Pl., Chicago, IL, featuring the acclaimed film, “The Interrupters.”

With the film, an award-winning documentary about street violence, as the backdrop, Interrupter Eddie Bocanegra will lead a discussion on his role in the movie and he will display his art and the paintings of the Children of Enlace Chicago.

There will also be a panel discussion on the commonalities of African American and Latino cultures from an historical, social and spiritual perspective.

The Interrupters are a part of the Illinois CeaseFire group headed by Tio Hardiman who hires former ex-gang leaders to reduce violence in Chicago. It was Hardiman who created The Interrupters because he needed staff members who were respected on the streets of Chicago.

Dr. Gary Slutkin, an anthropologist/physician, began Illinois CeaseFire. Both men say violence is a “virus” and Hardiman believes it is “learned behavior.”

Steve James and best selling author Alex Kotlowitz directed and produced the award-winning film. It is being shown in theaters throughout Chicago.

Given the current violence that continues to plague Chicago, this is a must-see and teachable film. Click on the following link to view the official movie trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS5Hjhy1RhM.

At the forum held at Saint Sabina, there will be art, music, food and fellowship designed to uplift your spirits, nourish your senses and restore hope for a city that remains under siege fraught with violence.

Tickets are $20.

This event will support Saint Sabina’s Youth Ministry, Saint Sabina’s Academy and the Children of Enlace Chicago.

For further information, call the Office Rectory at: 773-483-4300.

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

New York State Senator Shirley L. Huntley welcomes Black College Expo to New York

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 “Students have the opportunity to get ACCEPTED on the SPOT”

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — New York State Senator Shirley L. Huntley Welcomes the Black College Expo(BCE) to New York to help students and their families with the college admission process. The expo will take place on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11451, with an after-show from 3-5 p.m.

The mission this year is to provide on-the-spot resources to help students and their families realize their dream of going to college and becoming successful students. One of the main seminar topics is “The Parent University”, where parents will learn how to get funding for a college education via financial aid. BCE and The Scholarship Academy have been responsible for close to 3 million dollars in scholarships to students. Students will meet with various colleges, including 30+ historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 11th and 12th grade students will have the opportunity to get accepted on the spot and get scholarships too.

The Black College Expo and its non-profit arm, National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), is a full service student and parent outreach program geared towards underrepresented youth and their families to curtail the high school drop out rate (currently at 30.1% nationally, according to EPE Research Center 2008) and to increase the college graduation rate among underrepresented and underserved groups. The organization provides services which connect students directly to colleges; scholarships; offers tutorial support; assisting student athletes secure athletic scholarships; and connect students to internship and career opportunities. “Our goal is to do all we can to make college a reality for more of our youth and guide them toward positive career choices,” says founder, Theresa Price.

The day’s events culminate with scholarship presentations to deserving students, a Greek Step Show and surprise celebrity guests hosted by Actor/Comedian Kel Mitchell from the Nickelodeon sitcom “Keenan & Kel”. Senator Huntley will be on hand to present scholarship awards. “Being a true believer in education, I’m excited to take part in such a valuable event that helps so many of our young people pursue their dreams of going to college,” says Huntley.

The Black College Expo, visits five to seven cities annually including Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Washington, DC/Maryland and New York, now in its 13th season, has helped to increase college enrollment tremendously, in some cases close to 50% at some HBCUs.

National sponsors for the 2011-2012 BCE include: Wells Fargo, KFC, Internal Revenue Service, Edison International, Nix Financial/Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Black Enterprise, Upscale Magazine, Union Bank, CVS/pharmacy, Black Enterprise and New Image Global.

For additional information about the BCE, tickets, scholarship program, or exhibitor and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact our corporate office at: (877) 427-4100 or please visit the website at www.thecollegeexpo.org.

Tony Blair leads discussion on sport as a force for social change with key gathering ahead of Beyond Sport United

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In the build up to Beyond Sport United, Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister and Chairman of Ambassadors for Beyond Sport, met an extraordinary gathering of influential figures from the worlds of sport and business in New York to discuss the ways in which sport can be used as a tool for positive social change across the world.

Mr. Blair joined a group of 25 for an intimate breakfast to discuss a wide range of topics, with the positive effects of sport in society high on the agenda. The likes of Bob Diamond, CEO of Barclays – whose 200-plus Barclays Spaces for Sport projects provide a stand-out case study of the impact a corporate social responsibility programme founded in sport can bring – were joined by some of those working hardest to effect change through sport on a daily basis, including Kathy Behrens, Executive VP, Social Responsibility and Player Programmes at the NBA, Bernadette Mansur, Executive VP at the NHL, and Rita Benson LeBlanc, owner of the New Orleans Saints.

The gathering came ahead of one of the most important moments in the history of that field. On Tuesday, September 27th, at Yankee Stadium, Beyond Sport United will bring together the greatest global gathering of sport teams ever to assemble to discuss their role in social change. Owners, Presidents and senior figures from a host of MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL and WNBA teams will be joined by the representatives of clubs from as far afield as England, Italy, Kenya, Israel and Australia to explore the positive impact teams can have in their local communities.

Mr Blair commented: “One of the reasons I’m connected with Beyond Sport is that I think sport is hugely important in terms of social policy, healthcare and anti-crime policy. I spent ten years as prime minister trying to get the system to accept that sports policy was a mainstream issue. I think what is undeniably true is that the civic society elements in the sports world do a great job, and governments should always try to encourage them and support them. Beyond Sport continues to prove how effective that work can be.”

Nick Keller, Founder of Beyond Sport, added: “Tony Blair’s support for Beyond Sport has been immeasurable. As we prepare for what will be a truly inspiring day, with so many teams and leagues gathered at Beyond Sport United to discuss their place in the Beyond Sport movement, to bring such a powerful group together is testament to his own passion and dedication to this cause.”

Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA); the National Football League (NFL); the National Hockey League (NHL); Major League Soccer (MLS); and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) are all signed on as Founding Supporters of Beyond Sport United – the first time the major US sports leagues have collaborated around the issue of sport and social change.

Sports Illustrated has backed the initiative as Official Media Partner.

Beyond Sport United is also partnered with executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles and United who have lent their substantial support to this unique event.

The Beyond Sport Summit and Awards 2011 will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from December 5-8.

For more information on Beyond Sport, log on to www.beyondsport.org.

Mayor Emanuel proclaims Tuesday, September 27 “Paint The Town Red Day” – wear red on opening day of John Logan’s Tony Award-Winning Red, directed by Robert Falls

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From 11AM-1PM, Chicagoans can “Get caught red-handed, painting” at the Goodman

 

Chicago, IL – Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaims Tuesday, September 27 “Paint the Town Red Day” in the City of Chicago “in honor of Chicago artists, the start of the theater season and the six-time Tony Award-winning play Red at Goodman Theatre, and urge(s) all Chicagoans to wear the color red as they celebrate the diverse theatrical and artistic community in Chicago.”

From 11am – 1pm, get caught RED-handed, painting. Chicagoans are invited to stop by the Goodman and join Playwright John Logan and the cast of Red in placing their handprint—in red, of course—and autograph on an 8’x9’ canvas that will be displayed during the run of the play.

Chicagoans can also participate in “Paint the Town RED Day” by Tweeting a photo of themselves wearing red using #PaintChiRED, or tag Goodman Theatre in his/her photo on Facebook, and be entered-to-win prizes—including a $200 gift certificate to Petterino’s and pair of complimentary tickets to Red.

In addition, the Goodman’s Preferred Restaurant Partners join the fun with these RED-hot specials:

Present a RED ticket stub at Petterino’s from September 27 – October 9 and receive a complimentary mini RED velvet cupcake with lunch or dinner purchase (150 N. Dearborn, 312.422.0150). Sip Catch Thirty Five’s “Ruby RED” martini—and get a free dessert with two entrée purchases (35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500). Check out Trattoria No.10’s RED, red wine promotion; present a RED ticket stub and get discounted glasses and bottles of selected red wines (10 N. Dearborn, 312.984.1718).

Goodman Theatre’s 2011/2012 Season comes to life with Red, John Logan’s “sizzling, intellectually thrilling” (Chicago Tribune) journey into the mind of Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko. Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls helms this Chicago premiere and first major original American production of Red, featuring Edward Gero as Rothko and Chicago’s own Patrick Andrews as Ken, his young assistant. Logan’s six-time Tony Award-winning play has quickly become among the most acclaimed dramas of the past decade, critically hailed in London and on Broadway as an “electrifying play of ideas” (Variety) and an “engrossing, often enthralling new play about art, an artist and the act of creation” (Associated Press). Red runs through October 23, 2011, in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre; tickets are $25 – $84 (prices are subject to change). ComEd is the Official Lighting Sponsor, Katten Muchin Rosenman is the Major Corporate Sponsor, Abbott Fund and BNY Mellon Wealth Management are Corporate Sponsor Partners. Red is produced in association with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

Ferrara Pan Candy Co. is the Red Hots® sponsor of “Paint the Town RED

African Americans desperate for bone marrow donors

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Dedicated teacher and family campaign for African Americans to register as donors

 


Olivia Saddler has been searching for a donor for 9 months

 

Minneapolis, MN (BlackNews.com) — Olivia Saddler is one of thousands of African Americans fighting diseases like sickle cell anemia, leukemia and lymphoma. These patients face a staggering challenge. They need donors, and because the tissue types used for matching patients with donors are inherited, they are most likely to find a match within their own racial or ethnic heritage. This is particularly true for African Americans, as some African American tissue types are rarely found in donors from other ethnic backgrounds and may be unusual, even among other African Americans. Unfortunately, donor matches are found within families only 25 to 30 percent of the time. Of the 9 million people in our country registered as bone marrow donors, fewer than 10 percent are African Americans. With the odds stacked against them, the majority of African American patients can’t find donors.

Olivia Saddler has been searching for a donor for 9 months now, while undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. Extensive screening of family members has failed to identify a match. National donor base searches have been unsuccessful. We understand that we are only one among thousands of African American families desperately searching to find a donor to save the life of a beloved family member.

“My mother devoted her professional life to mentoring and teaching first and second grade students in the Detroit public school system. She understood that our best hope for the future lay in her commitment to encourage the young minds under her care,” said Laurie Crutchfield, a healthcare practice administrator. “Today, my mother’s best hope depends upon the African American community’s commitment to step forward and register as donors. With your help, we can save countless lives by encouraging more African Americans to register as donors,” said Crutchfield. “My mother’s life reflected her faith in the promise of an educated community. We are encouraging our African American community to respond by contacting the National Marrow Donor Program (http://marrow.org), or to call them at 800-627-7692.”

ABOUT BONE MARROW REGISTRIES IN THE UNITED STATES
There are several bone marrow donor registries in the United States, the largest of which is the nonprofit National Marrow Donor Program (www.marrow.org), listing more than 6 million donors. These organizations are dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow transplant they need, when they need it. Seventy percent of people, like Olivia, do not have a donor in their family and depend on registries to find a match to save their life. Donation has never been easier. Advances in bone marrow collection have made actual bone marrow collection similar to giving a blood transfusion.

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