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Senator Kirk: “I want to thank everyone for the patience and support they are giving me to recover”

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Kirk video on his rehabilitation ‘walking program’
CHICAGO, IL – Yesterday U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released a video outlining the progress of his recovery after suffering from an ischemic stroke in January and expressed his deep gratitude to the people of Illinois for allowing him the time he needs to recover.
“I want to thank everyone especially for the patience they have given me to recover from a big stroke,” said Kirk. “[And also] to the people of Illinois for granting me the honor to represent them in the United States Senate. I cannot wait to get back to work to vote to spend less, borrow less and tax less to fix our economy.”  In the video, Kirk also gives thanks to the doctors and nurses at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) for helping him to regain his walking abilities. He is working to be able to climb the 45 steps it will take to get to the front door of the Senate. 
Click here to view the full video.  Click here to read the transcript.
Senator Kirk was first taken into care and underwent three surgeries at Northwestern Memorial hospital. Kirk later moved to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) on February 10, where he began in-patient therapy. On May 3, Senator Kirk was released from the RIC and moved home with his family. 
Kirk has begun a unique, rigorous out-patient walking program for post-stroke patients at RIC. The trial is focused on improving gait pattern through an intense regimen of continuous walking on flat surfaces, stairs and a treadmill. Kirk has walked more than 10 miles altogether since he arrived at RIC in February. 

Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda announces speakers and cultural performers to participate in rally against NATO summit

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Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8) announces speakers and cultural performers that will join CANG8 on stage for the rally against the NATO summit.


Sunday, May 20th

Petrillo Band Shell, Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive, Grant Park, Chicago 



10:30 – Tom Morello

11:00 – Rebel Diaz

11:30 – Anti-Eviction Campaign and Southside Together Organized for Power performers:  Fearless Leading by the Youth; Frank Mu; and Mic Terrist 

Noon:  Speakers


Rev. Jesse Jackson – Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Ann Wright – retired colonel, US Army

Armando Robles  – United Electrical workers

Carlos Montes – Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Chicago Teachers Union

Hatem Abudayyeh – US Palestinian Community Network

Inge H̦ger РMember of European Parliament

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Jean Ross – National Nurses United

Kathy Kelly – Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Malik Mujahid – Muslim Peace Coalition

Medea Benjamin – Code Pink

Mumia Abu Jamal

Vijay Prashad – author

Abayomi Azikiwe – Pan African News Wire

Ahmed Shawki – Egypt Solidarity Campaign

Alison Bodine – Mobilization Against War and Occupation, Vancouver

Angela Walker – Amalgamated Transit Union

Bernadette Ellorin – BAYAN

Bruce Dixon – Black Agenda Report

Chris Gavreau – United National Antiwar Coalition

Coalition to March on the RNC

Crystal Vance Guerra – Occupy El Barrio

Dave Schneider – Students for a Democratic Society

Gay Liberation Network

Jes Cook – UIC Graduate Employees Organization

Kari Fulton – Environmental Justice Network

Kathleen Desautels – 8th Day Center for Justice

Larry Holmes – International Action Center, NYC

Leah Bolger – Vets for Peace

Luis Gutierrez-Esparza – No to War-No to NATO, Mexico

Malalai Joya – former member of Afghan parliament

Maria Pizarro – immigrant rights activist

Martin Unzueta – Chicago Community and Workers Rights

Meredith Aby – Twin Cities Anti War Committee

Michelle Morales – National Boricua Human Rights Network

N’Dana Carter – Southside Together Organizing for Power

Newland Smith – Interfaith Committee CANG8

Reiner Braun – No to War-No to NATO, Germany

Rick Rozoff – Stop NATO

Said Umar Khan – Pakistan Federation of America

Sarah Finkl – Pilsen Environmental Rights & Reform Organization

Stan Willis- National Coalition of Black Lawyers

Tania Unzueta – Immigrant Youth Justice League

Zoe Sigman – Occupy Chicago 


Andy Thayer – Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism

Gihad Ali – US Palestinian Community Network

Joe Iosbaker – United National Antiwar Coalition

Joe Lombardo – United National Antiwar Coalition

Keeanga Taylor – Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign

Pat Hunt – Chicago Area Code Pink

Explosive account of the month that changed the war in the Pacific and transformed race relations in America

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James Campbell’s new book The Color of War: How one battle broke Japan and another changed America is the story of the critical battle for Saipan, where for the first time in WWII black troops were sent to the frontlines to fight side-by-side with white Marines. It also details the massive and little known explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot in July 1944, and the resulting mutiny trial of 50 African-American sailors who were on duty that day– a trial which would transform race relations in the military and in America.

Imagine that you’re an African-American in 1943. You live in the fiercely racist South and have heard that the military is looking for strong, patriotic black men. The local recruiter fills your head with visions of glory: You’ll serve as a sailor aboard a destroyer or a submarine, or carry a rifle on the frontlines among your white Marine comrades. When you return from the war, you’ll be treated like a hero.

Fast forward six months. If you opted for the Marines, you’re working with a malarial control unit in the swamps of North Carolina among the mosquitoes and snakes. Or you’re sent to Saipan where you and your fellow black Marines manage to unload 6,000 tons of essential equipment each day.

The Japanese are trying to kill you, and you are unarmed. You pray. Later, as casualties mount, a colonel hands you a rifle and sends you into battle alongside seasoned white Marines.

If you opted for the Navy, you’re sent to the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot near San Francisco, a base that reminds you of a prison work camp or a plantation – white officer overseers and black workers. You’re ordered to load bombs that you’ve never been trained to handle onto ships that will pave the way for Marine assaults of the Pacific islands. “One day this place is going to explode to Kingdom Come,” is what your fellow sailors say.

One day it does – July 17, 1944 – with nearly the force of an atomic bomb. Three hundred and twenty men die. Another 390 are injured. Most are black sailors.

Almost six thousand miles away, Admirals Ernest King and Chester Nimitz celebrate the end of the brutal battle for Saipan, an island that would become the launching pad for U.S. bombers headed for Japan.  According to historian Donald Miller, seizing Saipan was “as important to victory over Japan as the Normandy invasion was to victory over Germany.”

Weeks later, the Navy blames the Port Chicago sailors for the explosion. And when you and the other survivors refuse to handle ammunition again, it launches the largest mutiny trial in U.S. history. Thurgood Marshall, chief counsel for the NAACP and future Supreme Court Justice, attends. When the Navy court convicts and sentences you and 49 more men for mutiny, Marshall handles your appeal and mobilizes the black community for a struggle that will  foreshadow the country’s bitter Civil Rights battle.

Using extensive research and first-hand interviews with veteran white Marines and black Marines and African-American sailors who survived Port Chicago, Campbell  crafted The Color of War to paint a gripping picture of July 1944, the explosive month that changed the course of history. The Color of War juxtaposes the spirit of the Greatest Generation with the scars of segregation.

NOTE: This June, in a timely and fitting tribute, the black Marines who fought in Saipan will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their WWII service.

The Color Of War

How one battle broke Japan and another changed America

James Campbell

List $30.00 Trade Hardcover  $14.99 Kindle edition

512 pages  Published by Crown Publishing

Official Publication date May 15, 2012

ISBN-10: 0307461211 ISBN-13: 978-0307461216

Historical non-fiction

From the acclaimed World War II writer and author of The Ghost Mountain Boys, an incisive retelling of the key month, July 1944, that won the war in the pacific and ignited a whole new struggle on the home front.

About the Author James Campbell

James Campbell is a native of Wisconsin. He received his B.A. from Yale University and M.A. from the University of Colorado. He has written adventure travel, environmental, and military history pieces for Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Islands, Backpacker, Audubon, Coastal Living, Field and Stream, Sports Afield, Military History and many other magazines and newspapers.

His first book, The Final Frontiersman, won one of two nonfiction prizes at 2006 Midwest Booksellers Choice and was named by Amazon editors as the #1 Outdoor Book of 2004 and one of the Top 50 titles of the year.  In 2006, in conjunction for the research and writing of his second book, The Ghost Mountain Boys, he followed the footsteps of the Ghost Mountain Boys across New Guinea — a journey that historians describe as “one of the cruelest in military history” — and shot a documentary film in the process. No one from outside New Guinea had ever attempted to retrace the soldiers’ route. He discovered a wilderness and mountain villages largely unchanged in sixty years.

He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and three daughters.

Atlanta to host Black Beauty Supply Entrepreneur’s Conference

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Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Beauty Supply Institute will be holding its 3rd annual Beauty Supply Entrepreneurship Summer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on August 4, 2012.

Since 2010, Beauty Supply Institute has been holding conferences that specifically train aspiring beauty supply store owners how to open beauty supply stores. The beauty industry is a $15 billion industry with low African-American representation as owners. Beauty Supply Institute was founded in 2007 to educate and engage entrepreneurs on the aspects of the industry in order to increase ownership among African-Americans.

Since the conference has been established, attendees have opened stores in places like Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Georgia, some within three months of attending. The conference is an all-day conference consisting of 6 classes, a lunch buffet, and take-home materials. Attendees will have an opportunity to intimately interact with staff and get their specific questions answered and concerns addressed. Courses taught include, “Avoiding Industry Pitfalls”, “Lease Negotiation”, “Uncovering Hidden Revenues”, “How to Raise Capital” and more.

This year’s conference guest speaker will be Maggie Anderson, founder of the Empowerment Experiment, who, for one year, only made purchases from black-owned businesses. When asked what inspired Devin Robinson, the founder, to start this organization and conferences, he says, “In 2005, I was threatened with a golf club and kicked out of a store by a Korean owner for no reason whatsoever. This inspired me to open my own stores, and I quickly learned how many other people wanted to have stores of their own. I soon realized this problem was bigger than one city and this industry needed more black owners. I decided to do whatever I could to make that a reality.”

Robinson led a one-week national boycott against non-black stores in 2009. He started his own beauty supply store chain, with one store putting two Korean-owned stores out of business. He employed an all-black staff before selling his stores to other Blacks in order to train individuals across the country. His team continues to develop stores nationwide and deliver them to other entrepreneurs.

Devin Robinson and Beauty Supply Institute has appeared on many national media platforms to include Radio One, CBS, Sirius XM radio, Ebony magazine and syndicated Michael Baisden and Rev Al Sharpton radio shows.

Seats are limited. Registration begins May 15, 2012. More information can be found at www.beautysupplyconference.com or www.beautysupplyinstitute.com or by calling 404-551-4398.

Black author tells story of living with Sickle Cell disease in new book

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The pain struck when Judy was only four. Later, Judy noticed she was tired a lot – so tired that on some mornings she could not get up to go to school. However, Judy’s mother Janie was unsympathetic. In Janie’s eyes, Judy had to be punished for skipping school. Later, some folk in the small black community began whispering about that “strange illness of little Judy Gray.”

The mysterious disorder remained so until Judy was 16, when a doctor diagnosed her with an ailment called sickle cell anemia. Nevertheless, the doctor would share the news only with Judy’s aunt, who said nothing to Judy about the diagnosis. Therefore, Judy’s frequent pain and fatigue would remain a mystery for most of her life.

In Living With Sickle Cell Disease: The Struggle to Survive, Judy Gray Johnson describes how she attended college, taught elementary school, endured a troubled marriage, raised a daughter alone, and even presided over a major teachers’ union while enduring severe periods of pain that usually required emergency room visits, blood transfusions, and copious dosages of painkillers such as morphine. All the while, exhaustion was her constant companion.

Along with veteran journalist Leroy Williams Jr., Judy wrote and self-published Living With Sickle Cell Disease to tell her story of living with sickle cell disease, which affects between 70,000 and 100,000 Americans and is present in one of every 500 African American births. The memoir also recounts how she evolved from victim into a staunch advocate for herself and other “sicklers” in the face of an insensitive medical profession and ignorance of sickle cell disease among the public.

Judy hopes the book will create greater awareness of sickle cell disease and reassure its sufferers that they too can accomplish great things despite their illnesses. Judy would be happy to serve as a resource for editors and journalists seeking perspectives on sickle cell disease and other chronic illnesses.

Living With Sickle Cell Disease is available in hard cover, paperback and e-book versions through www.lulu.com. Readers also may visit Judy’s website at www.judygrayjohnson.com.

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MWRD announces newly improved rain barrel sales program

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Roll out the (rain) barrel!
Homeowners can join the effort to collect and reuse stormwater by purchasing and installing a rain barrel from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). The MWRD has been selling rain barrels at affordable prices to encourage residential water conservation. Rain barrels are now available for purchase online throughout the year at a cost of $58 plus tax, and the price includes an installation kit and home delivery.
“Rain barrels are a simple way to collect stormwater from rooftops for later use,” explained Commissioner Debra Shore. “The new program is a part of the MWRD’s green infrastructure initiative and supports our mis­sion of managing stormwater and reducing water pollution.”
The rain barrels are repurposed plastic containers that are 34” tall and 21” in diameter. They are available in four colors: blue, black, terra cotta and grey, and Cook County residents can purchase two rain barrels per year.
City of Chicago residents are eligible to apply for a 50 percent rebate through the Chicago Sustainable Back­yards Program. Rebate forms may be found by visiting: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/provdrs/conservation_outreachgreenprograms/svcs/chicago_sustainablebackyardprogram.html.
The MWRD is promoting a variety of water conservation methods in addition to rain barrels, such as rain gardens, native landscaping, stormwater trees, green roofs, greenways, wetlands and porous pavement.
For more information, contact the MWRD Office of Public Affairs at (312) 751-6633, email publicaffairsin­fo@mwrd.org or go to mwrd.org.

Mother’s Day Shopping Tips from the Better Business Bureau

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(From The Better Business Bureau)



CHICAGO, IL – It’s almost Mother’s Day and whether ordering flowers, shopping for jewelry, or arranging a special spa day for your mother, be a smart consumer. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois (BBB) warns consumers to proceed with caution before falling victim to Mother’s Day vender rip-offs, especially when shopping online. 


“Consumers must take extra precautions when placing orders online,” said Steve J Bernas, president & CEO of the BBB serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “While some people are extremely happy with their online purchases, others find themselves disappointed when their orders don’t arrive on time, or don’t arrive at all.”


When finalizing gifts and shopping online, the BBB recommends adhering to the following:

  • Do your homework.  Check out the company’s BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org before ordering flowers, jewelry or any other gifts for Mother’s Day. This is a great way to help prevent disappointment with the product or customer service. 
  • Protect your personal information. Take time to read the site’s privacy policy and understand what personal information is being requested and how it will be used. When placing an order, there is certain information that you must provide to the web merchant such as your name and address. Often, a merchant will try to obtain more information about you for marketing purposes, which can lead to “spam” or other solicitations. Providing your Social Security number is also not a requirement for placing an order. Giving out your Social Security number could lead to having your identity stolen.
  • Allow time for shipping and delivery.  Check with the retailer or website to be certain you have allowed enough time for delivery. Make sure this date is specified clearly and guaranteed when you order. If you order ahead of time, delivery and other charges will cost less than last-minute or overnight shipping
  • Have a back-up plan.  Make sure you understand the store’s guarantee. Find out how customer complaints are handled and what recourse you will have if the arrangement is not satisfactory. It’s best to use a credit card when ordering online, because you can dispute charges if the vendor doesn’t come through. Charges made on a debit card are the same as cash and you have no recourse through your bank if there is a problem.
  • Make sure the business has your information.  When it comes to delivery, there are times when delivery instructions need to be confirmed or a delivery driver needsadditional directions. Making sure the retailer has a call-back phone number to help them make sure your mom gets your gift.


For more shopping tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org.

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