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Archive for November 2nd, 2011

Mayor Emanuel joins hundreds to remember 263 slain children

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By Chinta Strausberg

 

Chicago, IL – Joining hundreds who attended the Urban Dolorosa’s memorial honoring 263 children who were caught in the cross fires of gun violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel late Tuesday night told the diverse audience at Saint Sabina Church that the parents of these victims will never be alone.

Speaking to an interfaith coalition of churches and organizations that attended the first of five Urban Dolorosa memorials, Mayor Emanuel told the grieving parents, “You are not alone” and that “there are people in this church and in this city” who will there for them.

The mayor told of recently calling a mother whose son was shot on Halloween night. “We will be a strong city, if we’re one city” and one he said will never forget the children who were murdered. Emanuel said Chicago would also be there for the grieving parents.

Minister Kimberly Lymore, associate minister at Saint Sabina, also gave her condolences and support to the parents whose children were killed. She spoke of the different groups that are associated with Saint Sabina like the Purpose Over Pain coalition comprised of parents who lost their children—groups she said were “birthed out of their pain.”

The living multi-cultural Urban Dolorosa memorial, which means The Sorrowing City, included Spoken Word Pastor Brenda Matthews, better known as “Mama Brenda” as she spoke and led children to the altar of remembrance where the youth had built a shrine for 263 comrades who were victims of senseless gun violence.

Shoes of the deceased children were placed along the aisles and were later collected by a singer who placed them at the altar of remembrance where youth had built a shrine for their lost loved ones. Pictures of the deceased lined the altar…memories and pain filled the darkened church as the audience watched a film of the faces of children whose names many had forgotten.

Rev. Susan B. W. Johnson, author of Libretto (Lyrics) and executive director Urban Dolorosa, spoke about honoring the memories of the children and with the music, singing and direction of a number of talented musicians like Father Vaughn Fayle, OFM, composer and music director, Dr. Keith Hampton, conductor and choral director of the Chicago Community Chorus, Cicely Perry Jackson, director of the Choral Program at the Johnson College Prep and associate conductor of the Chicago Community Chorus, Jade Maze, Mezzo-Soprano soloist; Khary Laurent, baritone soloist and many others, the names of the 263 students were read aloud with dimmed lights and dramatic music and singing in the background.

Led by the children holding lighted candles, the congregation poured out of Saint Sabina and marched around the block singing “Pour out your heart like water for the lives of your children—let justice roll down like waters righteousness like an ever flowing stream….”

The following are similar Urban Dolorosa events:

* Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. (Downtown)

First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple

77 West Washington Street, Chicago

* Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 7 p.m. (West Garfield Park)

New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church

4301 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago

* Friday, November 4, 2011, at 7 p.m. (Back of the Yards)

Holy Cross/IHM Parish

4541 South Wood Street, Chicago

* Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. (Hyde Park)

Hyde Park Union Church

5600 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

National Black Church Initiative supports AT&T’s job creation for Americans, congratulates AT&T on its efforts

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Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans dedicated to the eradication of racial disparities around the world, is urging all religious communities to join together in the promotion of peace. Our Black leadership partners – 66,000 churches nationwide – are called upon to use the full force of our combined 100,000 churches to draw attention to the imperative of generating job growth and economic development in African American communities throughout the United States.  We intend to use the full weight of our collective wealth and political might both domestically and globally to bring attention to this problem.

 

As a first step in this campaign, the National Black Church Initiative will support AT&T commitment, as part of its proposed merger with T-Mobile, to bring back 5,000 call center jobs to the United States from overseas and to create more than 90,000 new jobs nationwide.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the NBCI, declared that “AT&T is a company that will help the African American community reduce its persistently high unemployment rate, which now stands at 16.7%. This is why we have authorized over 100,000 churches to be supportive of AT&T and, indeed, any company that will help solve our community’s unemployment crisis.”

Rev. Evans furthers stated, “This commitment is welcome, especially in a time of prolonged and profound economic insecurity. Jobs are imperative for our survival and as paramount in their importance as education and healthcare.”

AT&T’s repatriation of 5,000 call center jobs would be the largest return of jobs by any U.S. company since the economic crisis began in 2008. At a time when economic patriotism on the part of American corporations has become passé, this initiative by AT&T is remarkable and must be encouraged. Rev. Sheldon Williams, Pastor of Co-Op City Baptist Church in Bronx, NY said “I will fight for any company that will bring jobs to my community and one of the very few that’s doing it is AT&T.  Rev. Mark McCleary, Chairman of NBCI Ministerial Alliance, declared that “My congregation is suffering. We have over 500 of our congregants unemployed. We need jobs and we need them NOW.”

While the repatriation of 5,000 jobs is highly noteworthy, this is not all that AT&T is doing. AT&T is already the nation’s largest employer of full-time union employees and the only unionized major U.S. wireless carrier.  According to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, its proposed merger with T-Mobile would create between 55,000 and 96,000 new jobs to integrate the two networks and upgrade facilities, and provide services made possible by the universal high speed network AT&T will be able to create if its merger with T-Mobile is approved. AT&T will invest $8 billion to build out its wireless high speed network to 55 million more Americans – thus reaching a total of 97% of the U.S. population.    

AT&T has long been a leader in employing qualified African Americans in top positions. Workforce Diversity for Engineering and IT Magazine has ranked AT&T in its top 12 of the nation’s employers for its commitment to diversity. Hispanic Business Magazine ranks it first for diversity. In fact, employees of diverse backgrounds make up 38 percent of AT&T’s workforce and 31 percent of its management ranks.

Due to AT&T’s patriotism in bringing jobs back to the United States, its demonstrated willingness to invest in the infrastructure of this country and its commitment to diversity, the NCBI encourages the Administration to approve the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA expeditiously.   

About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

Madigan: Marengo youth minister arrested on Child Exploitation Charges

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Chicago, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the arrest of a youth minister in Marengo, Ill., on charges of soliciting a child and other sex-related charges.  

Investigators with the Attorney General’s office arrested Barry Caudle, 39, this morning while executing a warrant at the Marengo First Assembly of God, 22817 W. Grant Highway, where Caudle serves as a youth minister.

Caudle was charged in Rock Island County with three counts of indecent solicitation of a child, a Class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections; and one count each of grooming and unlawful luring of a minor, Class 4 felonies each punishable by one to three years in IDOC. Bond was set for Caudle at $150,000.

The case against Caudle originated with a Rock Island police officer posing undercover online as a 14-year-old girl, when Caudle solicited the undercover officer for sex acts, believing her to be an underage girl. The case was then handed over to Madigan’s office to investigate, which led to today’s operation.

“Some of the most heinous crimes against children start online. Child predators hide behind anonymous user names in chat rooms and instant messages to make their first contact with potential victims,” said Attorney General Madigan. “We need to shut these crimes down at the source, finding where sex offenders lurk online before they strike.”

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. Assisting Attorney General investigators today were the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Offices, the Rock Island Police Department and the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

“Our office is extremely impressed with the cooperation between all of the agencies involved today,” said Rock Island State’s Attorney’s First Assistant Norma Kauzlarich. “Everyone worked well together to apprehend an alleged offender.”

Since 2006, Madigan’s ICAC task force has been involved in 392 arrests of sexual predators and provided Internet safety training and education to more than 176,836 parents, teachers and students and more than 13,452 law enforcement professionals.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information in regards to this investigation or information that may lead to future investigations involving Caudle to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (815) 338-2144.

National Urban League CEO Marc Morial brings the War on Unemployment to Ohio

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Jobs Tour kicks off with announcement of Job-Creation Legislation in Columbus

 

NEW YORK – As part of the National Urban League’s War on Unemployment, President and CEO Marc H. Morial will visit Urban League affiliates in Ohio during a national “jobs tour” to promote the League’s 12-Point  Jobs Rebuild America Plan and dialogue with community members.

 “The communities of Ohio and the Rust Belt region have been among the hardest hit by the national jobs crisis,”  Morial said. “I’m very pleased to lend my support to important job-creation legislation that will be announced tomorrow, and I look forward to hearing from individuals and community leaders how we can advocate, on the local and national level, for policies that address the communities most affected and help put Ohio back to work.”

Introduced earlier this year, the Jobs Rebuild America Plan offers a dozen dynamic and imaginative measures to both rescue those most profoundly affected by the ongoing economic emergency, while also remedying many of the underlying causes behind the recession’s inordinate and seemingly-amplified impact on the communities served by Urban League affiliates. The plan can be found at http://www.nul.org/content/12-step-blueprint-jobs-plan

Morial will visit three affiliates, whose presidents -  Stephanie Hightower, of the Columbus Urban League, Marsha Mockabee of the Cleveland Urban League and Vince Watts of the Urban League of Stark County – will act as hosts for Morial’s visit.

Among the scheduled events are:

A news conference with state Senators Nina Turner, Eric Kearney and Charleta Tavares to announce the important job-creation legislation being introduced in the Ohio legislature, 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 1,  at the Columbus Urban League, 788 Mount Vernon Ave., Columbus, Ohio

·         A news conference on the jobs plan with Sen. Turner 2 p.m. Friday, November 18 ,  at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.

·         An address to the Greater Stark County Urban League at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at the Faiways Country Club, 1500 Rogwin Circle SW, North Canton, Ohio.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Teresa Candori, tcandori@nul.org, or (646) 319-0891

WHO:  

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

Stephanie Hightower, of the Columbus Urban League

 Marsha Mockabee of the Cleveland Urban League

 Vince Watts of the Urban League of Stark County

 Oho State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland)

 Ohio State Senator Eric Kearney (D-Cincinnati)
Ohio State Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus)

 WHAT:   Jobs Tour and community meetings

 WHEN: Tuesday, November 1,  – Saturday, November 19
               

WHERE: Columbus Urban League, 788 Mount Vernon Ave., Columbus, Ohio 

             Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, Ohio

     Faiways Country Club, 1500 Rogwin Circle SW, North Canton, Ohio

BlackCelebritygiving.com presents: The Inaugural BCG Awards, honoring those who give back

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Nominations for over 10 categories are now being accepted!

 

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — BlackCelebrityGiving.com(TM) (BCG) is frontier in providing news, videos, photos, and unique content of celebrity philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and causes that directly correlate with black communities. Dawned from a strong desire to honor everyday people, doing extraordinary things around the world, BCG is proud to announce the installment of its Inaugural BCG Awards.

“The impetus behind the BCG awards is simple; I saw an excellent opportunity to honor nonprofit organizations, celebrities, and community leaders around the world, who are striving on a daily basis to bring about social change in our communities,” says Jasmine Crowe, BCG Founder.

The BCG Awards are slated to generate hundreds of thousands of impressions across the web as readers will nominate and vote online through a custom social media platform, developed exclusively for BCG by web-developing company Hustle and Code.

The Inaugural Award categories include:
* Best Cause Campaign
* Celebrity Giver of the Year
* Best Non-Profit Organization (5 Regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West)
* Community Leader of the Year (BCG Change-Maker Award)
* Best Charity Event of the Year
* Best Non-Profit PR and Event Planning Firm and
* Best Giving Circle Award

The deadline for nominations is November 30th, 2011.

The community is encouraged to nominate individuals and organizations worthy of one (or more) of the distinguished BCG Awards. Official nominees will be announced December 15th, 2011 with voting to take place throughout the month of January, 2012. All votes will be based on BCG Reader Voting Polls. Winners of the 2012 BCG Awards will receive an official BCG crystal award trophy, website badge, bragging rights for one year and other sponsored products. The nonprofit organization with the most votes out of each of the five regions will also win a $1,000 grant for their cause, courtesy of BCG. For more information on the BCG Awards and detailed category descriptions, visit www.BlackCelebrityGiving.com/BCG-Awards.

Media and Bloggers worldwide can support the BCG Awards by grabbing one of our banner ads for the Inaugural BCG Awards. To grab a banner email: bcgawards@blackcelebritygiving.com or visit www.BlackCelebrityGiving.com/BCG-Awards.

About Black Celebrity Giving

BlackCelebrityGiving.com(TM) (BCG) is a media platform offering readers uniquely positive content of all things surrounding the premise of “Giving Back”. The site offers readers news, matched with photos and videos of black celebrity philanthropy, daily charity spotlights as well as ways for readers to support one of thousands of causes to make our world a better place. BCG is committed to addressing leading issues in the black community including: education, health disparities and financial management among other causes. Since it’s inception in summer 2011, BCG has donated more than $4,000 to various causes and organizations around the world. Visit www.BlackCelebrityGiving.com daily for good news, missing person spotlights, contests, charities, causes and more.

Do grants really help small biz?

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The great grant caper… who done it?

 

By James R. Taylor, Executive Director
Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation

 

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — It’s 8:00 am, just another day at the Main Street Small Business Development Center, located in Any City, America. The clock ticks away, minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, staff are busy answering emails, responding to visitors, greeting walk-ins. And, finally, the call comes. Some aspiring entrepreneur or small business owner is calling for help. After the usual introductions, followed by some minor chat about the weather or some recent event, the counselor asks the question “How may I help you?” The caller responds “I’m looking for a grant to start my business.” And there it is…

It has to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, capers of all times. Who started it? Where did it originate? Surely, someone or something must be responsible for such massive small business casualties. Why is this caller looking for a “grant”, while there are so many other vehicles to finance a small business? Are they starting a non-profit organization or a for-profit business? Is there some special consideration? Surely, they’re not suggesting someone just “give” them the money they need to start their business, are they? Unfortunately, the answer is YES. And therein lays the problem. Someone told them they can get FREE money to start a business, with no strings attached. The question is… Who? The counselor listens intently, and then explains there are no grants to start their business. “But a friend of mine got a grant”, says the caller. Again, what was the source of the grant funding? What was the grant for? How much? Details, what are the details?

It’s not that grants to help aspiring small business owners don’t exist. Actually, some really do. However, they have very specific criteria, which most small business owners do not qualify. For example, there’s the Individual Development Account (IDA) Program. An IDA is a matched savings account that enables low-income families to save, build assets, and enter the financial mainstream. IDAs supplement the savings of low-income households with matching funds drawn from a variety of private and public sources. IDAs reward the monthly savings of working-poor families who are trying to buy their first home, pay for college or technical/vocational school, or start a small business. Additionally, some IDA programs allow participants to save for home repairs, computers, automobiles, or retirement. These matched savings accounts are similar to 401(k) plans and other matched savings accounts but include the flexibility to save for a range of asset investments.

The Department of Health and Human Services currently funds the majority of IDAs through Assets for Independence (AFI), a competitive grant program administered by the Office of Community Services (OCS). OCS awards grants to non-profit entities and state, local and Tribal governments that administer AFI projects. Grantees are required to raise an equal contribution of non-Federal funds to match the Federal AFI grant. Project participants may receive up to $2,000 in federal matching funds. In order for participants to be considered eligible for an IDA through AFI, participants must be TANF eligible, EITC eligible, or have income at or below 200% of the poverty level. Since the inception of the program in 1999, AFI has enabled more than 60,000 low-income earners save through an AFI IDA. So, unless the small business owner meets the criteria, he or she will not qualify for this grant program. Visit www.vhcdc.org/resources to find an IDA program in your area.

Another option is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The SBIR program is a federal program in which 2.5% of the total extramural research budgets of all federal agencies with extramural research budgets in excess of $100 million are reserved for contracts or grants to small businesses. In 2010, that represented over $1 Billion in research funds. Over half the awards are to firms with fewer than 25 people and a third to firms of fewer than 10. A fifth were minority or women-owned businesses. A quarter of the companies were first-time winners.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

Each year, Federal agencies with extramural research and development (R&D) budgets that exceed $100 million are required to allocate 2.5 percent of their R&D budget to these programs. Currently, eleven Federal agencies participate in the program:

* Department of Agriculture
* Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology
* Department of Commerce – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
* Department of Defense
* Department of Education
* Department of Energy
* Department of Health and Human Services
* Department of Homeland Security
* Department of Transportation
* Environmental Protection Agency
* National Aeronautics and Space Administration
* National Science Foundation

Each agency administers its own individual program within guidelines established by Congress. These agencies designate R&D topics in their solicitations and accept proposals from small businesses. Awards are made on a competitive basis after proposal evaluation. So, unless the small business owner is engaged in scientific or technological innovation and research, he or she will not qualify for this grant program. Visit www.vhcdc.org/resources to access information about this program.

Yet, another option is the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, “STTR is an important small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small business and the nation’s premier nonprofit research institutions. STTR’s most important role is to foster the innovation necessary to meet the nation’s scientific and technological challenges in the 21st century.”

STTR is a highly competitive program that reserves a specific percentage of federal R&D funding for award to small business and nonprofit research institution partners. Small business has long been where innovation and innovators thrive. But the risk and expense of conducting serious R&D efforts can be beyond the means of many small businesses.

Conversely, nonprofit research laboratories are instrumental in developing high-tech innovations. But frequently, innovation is confined to the theoretical, not the practical. STTR combines the strengths of both entities by introducing entrepreneurial skills to high-tech research efforts. The technologies and products are transferred from the laboratory to the marketplace. The small business profits from the commercialization, which, in turn, stimulates the U.S. economy. Visit www.vhcdc.org/resources to access information about this program.

Once more, unless the small business owner is seriously engaged in scientific research, he or she will not qualify for this grant program. So what grant program would the small business owner qualify for? Unless he or she qualifies for one of the above programs or some form of entitlement, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Social Security Insurance (SSI), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or Veteran’s Administration (VA) Benefits, the answer is… None!

There is one exception to the rule – an often used, and very popular community development tool called “Equity Grants” – provided by various entities to assist entrepreneurs to launch or grow their business. Equity Grants typically take the form of cash prizes, pro bono products and services, and tuition/training (financial) assistance. Most of the grants are awarded through business plan competitions by local faith-based and non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and local government agencies. However, such grants may be considered income to the business owner(s) or company (if incorporated or a Limited Liability Company). The business owner(s) should consult an accountant for a determination and give serious consideration to the time and resources necessary to compete for this type of grant. It can involve considerable effort for what may amount to participating in a lottery – hundreds of entries, very, very few winners.

While the origin of pursuing grants to start a business is relatively unimportant, it is interesting to note the considerable publications promoting them as a must for aspiring entrepreneurs. Although such funding may help the business to validate its product or service idea (seed stage funding), rarely are such funds sufficient to actually launch the enterprise. Ideally, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners should spend some time learning about the various forms of capital and credit, determine the proper mix needed to launch and sustain their venture (from seed stage to startup), and structure their company to take advantage of them.
James R. Taylor is Executive Director of Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation (VHCDC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit community development corporation. VHCDC is working to promote and support entrepreneurship, to advance entrepreneurship education and training, to connect disadvantaged small businesses to capital and credit, and to facilitate the commercialization of new technologies and services by small, women, and minority-owned businesses which have great promise for improving the economic welfare of our region. Visit VHCDC at: www.vhcdc.org for more information about VHCDC and the resources mentioned in this article.

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