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Archive for April 11th, 2012

Rick Santorum throws in the towel; ends presidential bid

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On April - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

My Two-Cents Worth

 

Yesterday, Rick Santorum left a race he never should have been in in the first place. He was never a real contender for the presidency because he was totally out of his league, unelectable with no erstwhile credentials in the least bit to lead this country. He was unelectable. Period. And his off-the-wall-talk was certainly out of the confines of mainstream America.

Santorum’s candidacy for president was a shaky one, a misplaced journey to nowhere. He didn’t have the minimal qualifications to be president. And he failed to realize that it takes more than conservative voters and Tea Partiers to elect a president.

During his run, Santorum made some impressive victories. But when taking a close-up look at those victories it was obvious that they were more a rejection of presidential contender Mitt Romney than a strong bump in his efforts to become president.

Santorum’s persona is that of an “angry man”, an extremist with very extreme views (which I will talk about later on in this article). He was part of an 8-ring circus that now has been tremendously dislodged by dropouts, leaving a dire hard flip flopper who thinks he can buy the country, a jokester who’s in it just for the ride, and a sideshow candidate who has had very few winnings in the Republican presidential contest. The circus never stops; it’s just that there are fewer characters in the running. And they all have one goal in mind, as they strongly declare: To defeat President Barack Obama, to make him a one-term president, and that “Any of the Republican candidates would be better than Obama.” That’s their prerogative. This is America, the greatest country in the world, where competition has always been part of the political landscape.

Santorum suspended his campaign, but he did not endorse front-runner Romney. Maybe that will come later. But how will he backtrack all the ugly things he said about his Republican colleague?

During his campaign he declared that Romney wasn’t conservative enough, that his record is identical to President Obama’s on key issues, specifically mandated health coverage.

“Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama,” said Santorum on the campaign trail.

During a campaign stop in San Antonio, Santorum said it would be better to re-elect Obama than Romney, which he later tried to back pedal.

“You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there. If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future.”

Santorum had a run-in with a New York Times Reporter. Of that heated encounter, he said, “If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you’re not really a real Republican.”

In 2008, Santorum made comments about Satan attacking the United States, which came back to haunt him in 2012 because of a replay of reports in the media. His mouth (remarks) had damaged him so much in primary elections that he would have had a tough row to hoe in the general election if he had ended up the Republican nominee for president.

Santorum called Obama “a snob” for saying every American child should be able to go to college. Obama’s remarks were taken out of context.

He claimed that Obama’s agenda was based on “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.” The Obama campaign responded that Santorum’s comments were “the latest low in a Republican primary campaign that has been fueled by distortions, ugliness, and searing pessimism and negativity.”

Santorum is one that always keeps his foot in his mouth. In a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa, when talking about entitlements, he told a mostly-white audience that he didn’t want to “make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” Afterwards, he said he didn’t say black but “blah.” Right.

In Tacoma, Washington Santorum told his supporters that the Occupy movement represents “true intolerance”, that “it’s really important for you to understand what this radical element represents. Because what they represent is true intolerance.”

Santorum also accused President Obama for dividing the country (his misguided opinion) and described Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal “another tax-the-rich scheme.”

Although Santorum has thrown in the towel, he vowed that “we are not done fighting.”

With Santorum throwing in the towel, hopefully, his off-the-wall talk will fade from the political landscape for now.

Juanita Bratcher is the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com, the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 35 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics. 

Rev. Addie L. Wyatt: A trailblazer who left a profound legacy in labor, civil rights and human rights

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By Juanita Bratcher

 

Wherever road she traveled, Rev. Dr. Addie L. Wyatt was a strong beacon of support for many worthy causes, a woman who carved a profound legacy in so many different directions – as a labor leader, a civil rights leader, and a fighter for women and human rights. But first and foremost, she was a religious leader, a champion for God. She was a prayerful woman who believed in the power of prayer.

Wyatt and my late husband, Neal A. Bratcher, Sr., were both in the labor movement. Neal was the Executive Director of Council 19, an umbrella of several labor unions in Chicago, and a Vice president on the International Board of AFL-CIO. He was endeared with her leadership skills and ability, as with many others who knew her. Neal and Addie would sometimes consult with each other on various labor issues and with former Congressman Charles Hayes, who was a union leader prior to being elected to the U.S. House.

When my husband died in 1997, Wyatt was on the phone offering her condolences, and in her inspiring spiritual voice said to me, “Let’s have prayer.” And she prayed for me – for guidance and strength. She knew that Neal and I were a very close and loving couple. That was the kind of person Wyatt was – always there to help and offer inspiration to others.

In 1992, Wyatt was the keynote speaker at State Senator Margaret Smith Circle’s annual program at Bethsaida Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. I had recently started by publication, CopyLine Magazine, after being a news reporter for years at the Chicago Defender. I attended Senator Smith’s program (a respected friend) to cover the event for my publication. In her speech, Wyatt acknowledged that her “heart grieves when I see young people and they don’t know about God.”

Wyatt was born March 8, 1924, in Brookhaven, Miss. Her mother , Maggie Nolan Cameron, was a school teacher, and her father, Ambrose, was a tailor. Wyatt died March 28, 2012. She was 88 years old. I was saddened to hear of her death.

Wyatt climbed the ladder to success, but she never lost that common touch. She touched the lives of so many people. She was elegant, well-versed and knowledgeable. And she shared that knowledge freely with so many people – and the many who sought her advice.

Wyatt was actively involved in the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a friend; she was co-founder of several organizations – Operation PUSH, National Organization of Women (NOW). She was the founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women. In 1961, she was appointed by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to serve on President John F. Kennedy’s Commisssion on the Status of Women; and in 1977, was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the International Women’s Commission. She was a labor advisor to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), served with the Chicago Freedom Movement, and active in Operation Breadbasket.

Wyatt was the first female international vice president of a major American labor union, the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union. In 1975, Wyatt was voted one of Time Magazine’s Women of the Year, and was one of Ebony Magazine’s 100 most influential Black Americans.

In 1955, Wyatt was ordained as a Church of God minister. Her husband, Claude S. Wyatt, Jr. was also an ordained Church of God minister. She and her husband co-founded Vernon Park Church of God. Her husband preceded her in death.

Wyatt and her husband had two sons, Renaldo Wyatt and Claude S. Wyatt III.

As keynote speaker at Senator Smith’s program, CopyLine’s reprint of the artle follows:

Blacks Must Not let Foreparents’ Legacy Die

  The Rev. Addie Wyatt said Blacks have a legacy left by their foreparents “that we can’t let die.”

Acknowledging that Harriet Tubbman is one of her favorites, Wyatt said Tubbman overcame great odds; that although she had her own freedom (with a bounty over her head), she was still concerned about those (slaves) left behind.

“God has ordained three institutions – family, church and government to carry out the work,” Wyatt said. “We come from a great group of black people. Some gave up on the way. Some endured. Freedom, justice, equality and the cost sometimes cause some of us to tremble. But we have a legacy of our foreparents that we can’t let die here.

“Freedom, justice, peace and equality, we’ve got to have it. We must build our black families…our children’s lives are at stake. My heart grieves when I see young people and they don’t know about God.”

Wyatt added: “There’s a scheme to set us back, to destroy us, to destroy our churches; and many can’t see the handwriting on the wall.

“There is a legacy of hope. God has blessed us” in her 52-year marriage to husband, Claude.

“I’ve been part of this struggle because I don’t want the legacy to die with me…we’ve got to move forward and let nobody turn us back.”

Wyatt made the statements at the Margaret Smith Circle’s annual program at Bethsaida Missionary Baptist Church in November 1992. After her speech, Senator Margaret Smith hailed Wyatt as  “A woman for all reasons.”

Wyatt left a legacy we can all be proud of. I feel honored having known her and of following her prominent career over the years. We lived in the same neighborhood where Vernon Park Church of God is also located, and I attended many Sundays in worship there.

Those who knew her will always remember the advice that she gave at Bethsaida Missionary Baptist Church, that “Blacks have a legacy left by their foreparents that we can’t let die.” We will heed that advice, remember and honor her legacy and those of other great leaders and never let them die – many of whom, like her, left their indelible footprints in the sands of time.

Juanita Bratcher is the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com, the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 35 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics. 

Queen Mother Rev. Helen Sinclair, 91, recuperating in hospital

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Prisoners prayed for her healing

By Chinta Strausberg

Queen Mother Helen Sinclair, retired prison chaplain and executive director of the Jessie “Ma” Houston Prison Ministry of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, held her regular church Sunday service at Statesville in Joliet where an ambulance was called to take her to St. Joseph’s Hospital after she became upset over the way the prisoners were brought into the gym area.

Rev. Sinclair, who is 91-years-old, became anxious because “they were not brought into the area properly. Some of them felt they could talk and visit, but you cannot do that during a worship service. You can’t do this when we bring the Good News to the prison,” she said.

Reached at the hospital, Sinclair said, “I asked them for their permission to have my funeral at Statesville. I started not to come. I was very tired, but I went anyway. The day before, I had gone to Rainbow PUSH and then my friend’s funeral, Rev. Addie Waytt, I was tired.

“When I get Statesville, I always have a wheelchair waiting at the front gate, but this time it was not there; however, Minister Marie Buscemi, found me a wheelchair. That was the beginning of my agitation.

“We have church at Statesville every second Sunday since 1971 when my mother held services there. I became upset because they didn’t bring the people in like they should. They were standing around talking and visiting which is unacceptable behavior in a church.

“If they bring the inmate choir in along with the congregation, (inmates) the choir does not have time to set up. They’re in their milling around but before they finish they have another set of people coming in. Some of them will get in line to go to the bathroom and others will just stand around talking. At that point, the gym, which is our church area, is no longer holy ground,” she called.

“It was chaotic,” said Rev. Sinclair. “Some who were new to our service and who never went to church were talking as if it were a social hour.  I became upset because the prisoners did not come in with the decorum that they should have and that they are capable of. There was a lot of talking and I don’t allow that. I told them they will learn how to conduct themselves to attend any service at mosques, church, synagogue or any other religious edifice,” she said.

While talking to them, she began to see different colors. “At that point, my staff and about 100 brothers came out of their seats, grabbed my hands and began praying. The ambulance came and took me to the hospital. The brothers were cheering me, telling me they loved me and God bless me as I was taken out of the gym to the prison hospital. Later, an ambulance came and took me to St. Joseph Hospital, and I’m still here,” she said.

“After I got sick, a brother was rushed to the hospital, but he is OK. I am worried that I was not able to come to court this past Tuesday for an inmate who is fighting for an appeal.

“I love what I do. The Lord appointed me to do this, and I’ll be back. These are somebody’s sons and daughters, and they will learn how to conduct themselves during church service,” said Sinclair who is anxious to get back to her prison ministry.

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.

Madigan sues E-Book publishers for price fixing

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Attorney General Alleges Book Publishers and Apple Conspired to Overcharge Consumers for E-book Bestsellers

 

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined 15 other states in a lawsuit against three book publishers and Apple Inc. for conspiring to raise prices for e-books. Madigan is seeking to recover money for Illinois consumers who were overcharged in the scheme.

The lawsuit alleges publishers Penguin Group, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster colluded with Apple to drive up the price of e-books beginning in 2010, when Apple unveiled its first e-book reader, the iPad. Madigan and her counterparts previously reached an agreement with two other publishers, HarperCollins and Hachette, over similar allegations that will provide significant restitution to consumers as well as injunctive relief.

 “By colluding to fix the price of e-books, publishers and Apple essentially forced consumers to pay millions more for e-books than they otherwise would have paid,” Madigan said. “Enforcing the state’s antitrust laws will ensure that consumers receive the full benefit of competitive pricing and choice in the marketplace.”

Prior to Apple entering the e-book market in 2010, most new bestsellers in this format cost $9.99 – a price set by the leading e-book retailer, Amazon. The lawsuit alleges the publishers colluded to increase e-book costs to $12.99 and $14.99 when they struck a deal with Apple to sell their books directly to readers, using its iBookstore as the vehicle for the sales. Historically, publishers have sold their books to retailers who in turn have sold them to readers. The deal with Apple – a so-called agency model of distribution – allowed the publishers to control the retail price and to sell the content to consumers directly.

For its part, the lawsuit alleges Apple received a guaranteed 30 percent commission on all e-books that were sold under the deal.

The lawsuit also alleges a separate antitrust violation when the publishing defendants agreed in late 2009 to illegally delay releasing e-book versions of new bestsellers. Though this type of delay – called windowing – is common with paperback books, the publishers delayed releasing e-book versions when they typically would issue them simultaneously with the hardcover books.  

Madigan was joined in filing today’s lawsuit by attorneys general in Connecticut, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia.

Bureau Chief Robert Pratt and Assistant Attorney General Chadwick Brooker are handling the case for Attorney General Madigan’s Antitrust Bureau.

Active Transportation Alliance supports Chicago’s proposal for speed cameras

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Chicago City Council urged to support a strong version of the ordinance to promote safer streets for all

 

(From the Active Transportation Alliance)

 

Chicago, IL — As the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety considers an ordinance allowing speed cameras in Chicago, the Active Transportation Alliance urges the city to move forward with using speed cameras to create safer streets for everyone.

The ordinance, known as the Children’s Safety Zones ordinance, would allow the use of speed cameras near parks and schools in Chicago.

“Speeding cars and dangerous driving can be deadly,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “Crashes are a problem that affects everyone in all neighborhoods of this city. Better speed enforcement will make it safer for everyone on our streets, including people in cars, those who choose active transportation, and those who do not have a choice but to walk or bike.”

The Active Transportation Alliance supports provisions in the ordinance that require revenue from speed enforcement cameras be used to fund improvements that would make the streets safer, as well as awareness campaigns and after-school programs that focus on teaching kids about traffic safety.

On average, more than 60 people were killed or injured each day in motor vehicle crashes throughout Chicago in 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Speed almost always plays a factor in the severity of a traffic crash. A person hit by car moving at 20 mph has a 5 percent chance of dying, but a person hit by a car at 40 mph has a 90 percent chance of death.

An analysis of more than 90 studies assessing speed enforcement cameras found an average injury crash reduction of 20 to 25 percent, with more effective programs reducing injuries from crashes by more than 50 percent.

The state law that enables automated speed enforcement in Chicago — recently signed by Governor Quinn — substantially limits when and where the cameras can be used. To create the safest streets for residents, Active Trans recommends extending the hours of enforcement to the maximum allowed by state law.

“Chicago needs to do all it can to reduce speeding and improve safety on our streets,” said Burke. “Automated speed enforcement will slow down cars, which saves lives and makes our neighborhoods more walkable and bike-friendly.”

Given that police have limited resources for traffic enforcement, Burke said speed cameras will provide a needed increase in enforcement without compromising other programs. Burke noted that people can easily avoid tickets by simply following the law and not speeding.

About:
The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by nearly 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 40 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312-427-3325.

The Links Foundation, Incorporated launches its 2012 Grants-In-Aid Process

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Providing Grants to Not-For-Profit Organizations Making Significant Impacts in Communities

 

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The Links Foundation, Incorporated launched the application process for its 2012 Grants-In-Aid program. Since 1979, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated has funded transformational programs that impact lives and change communities contributing more than $24 million dollars to date to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

“The Links Foundation, Incorporated awarded over $175,000 in 2010 to eleven organizations nationally through its Grants-in-Aid program,” says Margot James Copeland, national president, “we are honored to again offer financial support to non-profit organizations to assist in helping to alleviate some of an organization’s programmatic expense. We understand the importance and need for additional funding to increase and/or sustain the growth and success of a program.”

Not-for-profit organizations that are addressing the needs of their communities and have a history of sustainable impact are encouraged to apply. Applications can be found at www.linksinc.org/grants.php. Each grant application requires an endorsement from a Links chapter in their community. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2012. Accepted organizations will receive an award notification letter in August 2012.

This year’s Grants-In-Aid process includes broader brand recognition, geographical balance, programmatic alignment and strategic investments. The Links, Incorporated Director of Philanthropy, Teree Caldwell-Johnson, commented, “This great opportunity not only helps local communities but allows for The Links Foundation, Incorporated to partner with an organization that is making strides in one of our five facets: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services.”

For more information on the Grants-In-Aid program, please contact grants@linksinc.org.
 

THE LINKS FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED

The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, has made more than $24 million dollars in charitable contributions since its founding. Working closely with its sponsors and supporters, The Links, Incorporated is focused on creating transformational programming and impacting lives in communities of color in Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

 

THE LINKS, INCORPORATED

The Links, Incorporated celebrates 65 years as a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African-American ancestry. A premier international service organization with more than 12,000 members in 274 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.

The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership.

With over 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually.

For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.

Should I take the credit for the Jobs Act?

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By Eric O. January, CPA

CEO of Conduit Funding, Inc, Author of the Mo’Sense book series

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) that President Obama signed last Thursday is to quote the president, “a game changer.” Thank you, Mr. President. It has a number of provisions that will not only allow small businesses to raise much needed equity for the first time by going public but also will go a long way to finally leveling the playing field for non-accredited investors. In a nut shell, a non-accredited investor is a person or organization that does not have a million dollar net-worth or make hundreds of thousands of dollars. The 99% in other words.

Finally allowing non-accredited investors the opportunity to do what the rich have always been able to do – directly fund the next best thing since sliced bread–can be a game changer. Although the JOBS Act is not perfect, I would like to take credit for, if nothing else, planting or watering the seed in the president’s head.

It occurred after he had secured the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2008. He was getting his hair cut at the same barber shop in Hyde Park that I also patronized. I happened to have my office in the same building as well. When I came outside to meet a small business client, I noticed black, Secret Service SUV’s around the building and thought, “Obama must be getting his hair cut.” I peeked in the shop, and sure enough he was.

Since I wanted to promote my books, you know what I did. I ran and got the copies of the books that I had written, burst in the barber shop, smiling and with a loud voice exclaimed, “Barack Obama!”

He looked up, so did the barber and a few others in the shop, as I proceeded to give the democratic nominee for the office of the president my books and tell him, “You’re going to need to implement what is in these books to get the economy moving in the right direction.” A couple of days later, his barber emphatically let me know that wasn’t protocol, “Don’t you know this man is liable to be the next president of the United States?” I did. And that’s exactly why I did what I had to do as an entrepreneur. I seized the moment.

Honestly, I don’t know if the president read the books. What I do know for certain is that when he left the barber shop, he had more than a fresh hair cut. In my three or so minute briefing/infomercial, he got my fresh economic ideas and two books. Although the books talk about the unequal and thus unjust distinction securities laws create between accredited and non-accredited investors and also the unjust regulatory burden placed on entrepreneurs to register investments with the SEC, the primary subjects of the series are how to value investments, manage risk and play a role with money. It also mentions how regulatory discrimination contributes to the ever-increasing wealth divide and hampers economic development and how financial crises will reoccur without systemic change.

He only had to read the first two pages of chapter one in Book II (No license needed, just drive) and a few pages in chapter three of Book I (The masses have been illegally classed) to learn or be reminded of how detrimental and unjust the legislation was. Maybe when the crowdfunders promoted what could have been titled the Conduit Funding Jobs Act mentioned allowing unlimited participation of non-accredited investors, it resonated with the president. “I’ve read this before,” he may have thought. “That’s what January suggested in his Mo’Sense books.”

Eliminating the regulatory discrimination is just one thing that I identify as being needed. We don’t need to regulate more and continue to unjustly lock out the public from potentially lucrative investments to prevent defrauding as many opponents of the JOBS Act argue. The most important thing that the public needs is a new way of thinking about what role they play with their money, how to value investments and how to manage risk properly as my books teach.

Eric O. January is an ordained minister, author, educator and entrepreneur. He has over 15 years of hands-on, independent, financial advisory, consulting and certified public accounting experience. Eric has been a featured guest and economic commentator on numerous radio and television stations. He is the author of the breakthrough, three-part book series titled, “Mo’Sense:(TM) Money & Economic Sense Based on the Natural Laws of Momentum”. For interviews, speaking engagements or for information about his unique money management expertise, visit www.conduitfunding.com or contact him at 877-CONDUIT or ericjanuary@conduitfunding.com

Voting rights changes could swing 2012 election

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Disenfranchisement News

(A reprint from The Sentencing Project)

Florida

 

Voting rights changes could swing 2012 election

 

In a New York Times opinion, Erika L. Wood, a professor at New York Law School, says that “who gets to vote in Florida could determine who will win the election.” Because of recent changes to the state’s voting laws, far fewer people may be able to vote in November’s elections. In addition to restricting groups that register new voters and cutting the early voting period, new administrative decisions roll back voting rights for
many people with previous felony convictions. After former Governor Charlie Crist had eased voting restrictions on persons with felony convictions, current Governor Rick Scott
not only suspended those reforms but made the restrictions even harsher than they were under Crist’s predecessor, Jeb Bush.

Under the new policy, even those with nonviolent felony convictions “must wait five years after they complete all terms of their sentences before they are allowed to apply for restoration of civil rights; the clock resets if an individual is arrested, including for a misdemeanor, during the five-year waiting period.” Only then can persons even apply to have their rights restored, and they must appear in person for a hearing with the clemency board. If an applicant is denied, he or she must wait two years before they can apply again.

International Association of Chiefs of Police favors restoring voting rights

In an opinion piece in the Tallahassee Democrat, Walter McNeil, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Mark Schlakman, senior program director at the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, express support for enfranchising persons with felony convictions who have completed their sentences. The argument focuses specifically on Florida, where McNeil is a chief of police, and the state’s voting rights restoration policy under Governor Rick Scott. According to the authors, Florida’s disenfranchisement law “disproportionately impacts minorities, given the demographics of Florida’s prison population” and the restoration process has “some of the most restrictive criteria in the nation for ex-felon civil rights
restoration.”

Washington, DC

Eligible voters in jail likely to miss chance to vote

According to AFRO.com, while persons in jail for misdemeanors or awaiting trial are eligible to vote, the vast majority of them will not. Marc Mauer of The Sentencing Project notes that across the country, “the 700,000 eligible inmates in jails don’t have access to voter registration materials or absentee ballots.” There are approximately 2,500 persons in the DC jail, and while 90% are eligible to vote, Charlie Sullivan of Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants says that “we have never witnessed more than 400 inmates voting for an election cycle.” However, the DC jail voting procedure is in fact one of the best in the country, according to Sullivan, but “there are many things that need to be done so that eligible voters inside jails have all the same opportunities to make informed choices and allowed to vote.”

Connecticut

UConn newspaper argues for restoring voting rights

In an opinion written in The Daily Campus, Sam Tracy argues that Connecticut should lead the way for other states by restoring voting rights for all persons disenfranchised because of previous or current felony convictions. The author takes the position that because disenfranchisement laws disproportionately affect people of color and of low-income, “their implementation discriminates against these groups, altering electoral and policy outcomes, which may further enforce racial disparities in our justice system and other aspects of American life.”

California

Criminal justice scholars file amicus brief in support of voting rights

Leading criminal justice scholars filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in the case of All Of Us Or None v. Bowen. Following the California Criminal Justice Realignment, which mandates that “inmates convicted of non-serious, non-violent, non-sexual offenses will serve their sentence in county jails, rather than in state prisons,” many persons in jails who are serving time for felony convictions are barred from voting. The petitioners in the case argue that this is in violation of the state constitution, which only prohibits voting by persons convicted of felonies in prison. The brief argues that further enfranchising persons in jail “would increase democracy and encourage participation of underserved low-income communities and communities of color in the political and civic process.”

New website features latest college scholarships; adds new scholarship opportunity every day

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Finding college funding can be tough for students, but one organization is aiming to solve that problem. The National Online Directory of Scholarships (NODS) has launched a new web site at www.ScholarshipsOnline.org to help students easily find scholarship opportunities and education grants.

The web site promises to post a new scholarship opportunity every single day, and each opportunity is real and legit – most of them being offered by recognizable brands such as Burger King, KFC or Best Buy. Others are being offered by reputable non-profit organizations and government agencies such as Ronald McDonald House Charities and the U.S. Dept of Education.

In addition to listing scholarship opportunities, the web site also features the top 100 tips on how to find, apply for, and successful win a scholarship competition. Visitors can also make use of a comprehensive list of additional educational resources.

The site is 100% free to use, and does not require a membership of any kind.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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