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Archive for May 21st, 2012

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials called off meeting In response to planned SHUT DOWN I.C.E Action by Pro-immigrant and anti-NATO advocates

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials called off meeting In response to planned SHUT DOWN I.C.E Action by Pro-immigrant and anti-NATO advocates
The SHUT DOWN ICE Action will be carried on as planned as a response to state violence and the suppression of free speech.
A Rally and Action to confront state violence and the suppression of free speech. Organizers of SHUT DOWN I.C.E. respond to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.  The rally will be held at Union Park, (Lake and Ashland),today, Monday, May 21, 3:30 PM, at 4p.m.
(This is an update to a previous article)
Chicago IL – Organizers of the Shut Down ICE event scheduled for today (Monday, May 21) were notified by Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr’s chief of staff that the Congressman and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E) officials have declared pro-immigrant and anti-NATO advocates a security threat.
The Shut Down ICE event is in response to a “public meeting” called by Jesse Jackson Jr. and ICE about a planned Immigrant Detention Camp in Crete, just South of Chicago. Upon learning of the planned action, officials postponed the meeting in the last minute, citing security concerns. In response organizers of Shut Down ICE stated: “this an effort to repress political expression and avoid real public debate about Immigrant Detention. We are not canceling today’s peaceful action; we will take our response to ICE”.
“They terrorize and attack our communities, and then call us a security threat” stated the organizers. “Yesterday we witnessed a wave of state violence against peaceful protesters. Immigrant communities have been under attack for years. In response we will confront state violence and repression with nonviolent action”.
Latest updates on breaking news: www.moratoriumondeportations.org
Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/173104832818539/

Charges against two men in connection with NATO related investigations

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Charges against two men in connection with NATO related investigations

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office released the following statement Sunday following charges against two men in connection with NATO related investigations:

“While the cases that were charged in court today arose from related investigations, the two defendants are not charged with any involvement in the terrorist case from yesterday, and today’s cases are separate matters. The two defendants listed below each face their own charges arising from separate incidents.”

 SEBASTIAN SENAKIEWICZ, aka “Sabi,” was charged with Knowingly Making a False Terrorist Threat (Class 1 Felony).  Bond was set today at $750,000 and Senakiewicz is due to appear in Cook County Circuit Court again on May 23.

MARK NEIWEEM, aka “Migs,” was charged with Solicitation for Possession of Explosives and Incendiary Devices (Class 3 Felony) Bond was set today at $500,000 and Neiweem is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court again on May 23.



Rodney Davis Selected to be Republican Nominee in Illinois’ 13th District

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Rodney Davis Selected to be Republican Nominee in Illinois’ 13th District
Republican County Chairmen from the 14 counties that comprise Illinois’ 13th Congressional District nominated Taylorville resident Rodney Davis to be the Republican candidate in the November election.

“With Rodney Davis as our nominee, the 13th Congressional District is staying in the Republican column,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady.  “Rodney is exactly the kind of dedicated, responsible public servant that we need more of in Washington. I congratulate Illinois Republican Central Committeeman Mike Bigger and the 13th District county chairman for running a fair and transparent selection process that has yielded this strong candidate.”

Davis currently serves as Projects Director for Congressman John Shimkus.  In 2010, Davis headed the Illinois Republican Victory Program that helped win President Obama’s old Senate seat, flip four Democratic House districts and retain an open Republican district.

Davis heard he had been selected the nominee to serve as the Republican candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 13th District while coaching his little league baseball game in Taylorville. In a prepared statement, Davis said, “I am incredibly honored to be nominated as the Republican candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 13th District,” said Davis.  “The 13th district is a special place, and my wife Shannon and I have been proud to live and raise our family here.  As I travelled throughout the district during the selection process, voters told me that they wanted a common-sense, fiscally-conservative Representative in Washington to help restore the economy, create jobs and cut wasteful, out-of-control spending.  Should the voters of the 13th District elect me in November, that is exactly what I will be.  I thank the Republican County Chairmen for entrusting me with this responsibility, and I will not let them, or the families of the 13th District, down.”

Davis is a graduate of Milliken University in Decatur Illinois.  He and his wife, Shannon, are the parents of three children.

Shut Down I.C.E. Pro-Immigrant and Anti-NATO advocates join forces

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Shut Down I.C.E. Pro-Immigrant and Anti-NATO advocates join forces

Dozens will travel from Chicago to Crete, IL today to face Immigration and Custom Enforcement Officials


CHICAGO, IL– Today (May 21), officials from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are coming to Crete to engage in a “public dialogue” about a proposed immigrant detention camp. The meeting will be facilitated by Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and it will be held at the Crete Sixth Grade Center, 760 W. Exchange St. Crete IL.

(Note: Please see updated version of this article) 

Groups of pro-immigrant and anti-NATO advocates travel from Chicago to Crete to confront ICE officials. Organizers of the initiative state that “As members of the public, we feel invited to this public dialogue. However, while people are illegalized, there can be no dialogue – while communities are terrorized, there can be no dialogue – while ICE cages people even though lack of documents is NOT punishable by imprisonment, there can be no dialogue – while ICE pretends to uphold the law and yet operates above it, there can be no dialogue – we say No Dialogue with State Terror!”

WHAT: Gathering and Bus Ride from Chicago to Crete IL

WHEN: Monday, May 21 at 3:30PM (Buses depart at 4pm from Union Park)

WHERE: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St, (corner of N. Ashland and W. Lake)

Bus Ride is followed by an Action at the planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement public meeting, 760 W. Exchange St.  Crete IL, 5:30PM.


Seven weeks ago immigrants and immigrant rights advocates staged a 40-mile, three-day walk from Chicago to Crete to bring awareness to plans for a new 800 bed immigrant prison planned by ICE, Corrections Corporation of America and the village of Crete. The protest brought together local residents and immigrants opposing the plan, turning the small village of Crete into the epicenter of a national battle.  

Itinerary for May 21:

3:30 PM – Meet at Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St
[corner of  N Ashland and W Lake, CTA Green and Pink Line, Ashland stop]
4:00 PM – Bus departs Union Park

5:30 PM – Action in Crete IL at the “public meeting” held by ICE (760 W. Exchange St. Crete IL)
8:00 PM – Return  time

More information available at www. MoratoriumOnDeportations.org

Illinois Republican Party: Fourth time isn’t the charm for David Gill

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Illinois Republican Party: Fourth time isn’t the charm for David Gill

Letter to Editors

From the Illinois Republican Party

Still Too Extreme, Still Broke

Many 13th district voters will remember Dr. David Gill; he’s been trying, unsuccessfully, to become their Congressman for the better part of a decade.  In 2004, Gill challenged Congressman Tim Johnson and lost 61% to 39%.  In 2006, the best Democratic election year in decades, Gill lost to Johnson again 42% to 58%.  In 2010, Gill took a third shot at Johnson and performed even worse than he did the first time, losing 36% to 64%.  Gill limped out of the 2012 Democratic primary with a 147 vote margin of victory and had only $16,466.73 in his campaign account as of March 31, along with $20,000 in debt.

“The same factors that led to David Gill’s three previous crushing defeats will ensure his fourth, and hopefully final, loss this year,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady.  “If 13th district voters weren’t interested in Dr. Gill’s prescription of high taxes and fiscal irresponsibility the first three times, I don’t know what he thinks they’ll change their minds the fourth time around.  The fact that Gill’s campaign was in the red as of March 31 indicates that Democratic donors aren’t enthusiastic about his chances either.”

On the issues that matter to 13th District families, David Gill is far out of step.


Gill advocates raising taxes on Illinois families[1] and opposed abolishing the death tax.[2]


Gill supported the wasteful stimulus bill[3] and opposed requiring the federal budget to be balanced every year.[4] 
Gill supported job-killing carbon taxes[5] and the U.N. Kyoto Protocol.[6]  He opposes drilling for oil domestically in ANWR and other federal lands.
 Gill supports European-style, government-run healthcare and opposes repealing Obamacare.[8]

American Academy of Environmental Engineers presents grand prize to Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Univ. of IL study of area waterways

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on American Academy of Environmental Engineers presents grand prize to Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Univ. of IL study of area waterways
Representatives from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) attending the American Academy of Environmental Engineers’ conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC last month returned home holding the grand prize for university research.
The MWRD funded the award-winning University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) research which focused on the health risks associated with recreating on the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). MWRD Monitoring and Research Director Dr. Thomas Granato directed the study parameters, and Dr. Samuel Dorevitch, Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at the UIC School of Public Health, conducted the three-year epidemiologic study. He based the research on the U.S. EPA National Epidemiological and Environmental Assessment of Recreational Water study.
“Few wastewater treatment agencies make research a priority in the way that the MWRD does,” said Dr. Dorevitch. “It’s been challenging and interesting to work on a health study of this scale that addresses a local environmental policy decision. It’s rewarding to see the findings published so that others in the community of water quality researchers can learn from the work we’ve done.”
MWRD Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos, chairman of the Monitoring and Research Committee, recognized the unique nature of the study. “The CHEERS study was the first in the country to address the health risks to individuals who engaged in incidental contact water recreational activities such as boating, fishing and rowing,” Commissioner Spyropoulos explained.
The health information of the recreating participant was compared with water quality tests for indicators and pathogens during the same time at the CAWS, Lake Michigan and other rivers and inland lake locations.
 “We assembled a world class team of dedicated researchers with a novel approach to assessing public health impacts of surface water quality,” said Dr. Granato. “The team at UIC worked many long days and weekends to complete this study, and their work product is world class.”
Dr. Geeta Rijal, MWRD Supervising Environmental Microbiologist, said the study was driven by the quest for the great unknown about the current health risks to people recreating on the CAWS. “CHEERS produced the best public health microbiology science for secondary contact,” said Dr. Rijal.
The CAWS includes the Cal-Sag Channel, the North and South Branches of the Chicago River, the Main Stem of the Chicago River, and the North Shore Channel. The system was designed to connect Lake Michigan to the Illinois River via the Des Plaines River, and just as it was planned, the system is used for transportation, commerce, and to convey stormwater away from Lake Michigan, the source of the Chicago area’s drinking water. In recent years, recreation has become an increasingly popular use of the system.
Wastewater treatment plants release treated wastewater into the CAWS, and the CHEERS research study was conducted to better understand the benefits that might be realized if the MWRD resumed disinfection of wastewater effluents at its North Side and Calumet water reclamation plants (WRPs) and to determine appropriate water quality criteria to protect secondary contact recreation. Since the study was conducted, MWRD’s Commissioners have instituted a policy to implement disinfection at the North Side and Calumet WRPs, and engineering designs are currently being developed.

“The MWRD is well known for developing the science on issues through productive collaboration, and this study adds to a rich body of work,” said David St. Pierre, MWRD executive director. “We are thrilled that the MWRD and UIC received this prestigious recognition.”
The study surveyed over 11,000 participants at CHEERS recruiting stations strategically located near boat launches and other high profile locations where water recreation takes place along the CAWS; waterbodies included Lake Michigan the Des Plaines, DuPage, and Fox Rivers, inland lakes and lagoons, Busse Lake, Tampier Lake, and the Skokie Lagoons.  Water bacteria, viruses, and germs were tested.
Study participants were contacted three times over three weeks to check on their health status. If a participant developed an ailment, they were asked to provide further information for testing.
The study found that secondary contact recreation on the CAWS is not any riskier than on other nearby rivers or lakes. This will be further improved when disinfection is implemented.

Humanitarian crises in Syria: How you can help

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Humanitarian crises in Syria: How you can help

Send a $10 Donation by Texting ‘Syria’ to 80077

Plymouth, Michigan – Mercy-USA for Aid and Development, through its staff based in Turkey and Lebanon, is providing relief services to many of the over 50,000 refugees escaping a government crackdown in Syria.

According to reports, refugee numbers are expected to increase drastically in the next few months due to increasing violence in Syria, and governments may not be able to support such relief efforts without outside help.

Mercy-USA has already contributed over $500,000 from their relief funds and has offered medical treatment, food, clothing and other supplies to approximately 20,000 refugees in Lebanon and Turkey.

To help, people can make a donation to Mercy-USA directly by visiting www.mercyusa.org or by calling 1-800-556-3729 (1-800-55-MERCY). The public can also help by texting “Syria” to 80077 to send a $10 donation to Mercy-USA, a 4/4 star-rated charity according to Charity Navigator. Funds will go to support Mercy-USA refugee relief efforts in Turkey and Lebanon.

Over 12,000 people have been killed in the current violence in Syria and many women and children are risking their lives by crossing the border to refugee camps with nothing but what they can carry on their backs. The priority remains to provide food, medical assistance, household and shelter items.

About Mercy-USA for Aid and Development: Dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient, Mercy-USA is a registered PVO (Private Voluntary Organization) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and is a member of the American Council for Voluntary International Action (InterAction). Mercy-USA’s projects focus on improving health, nutrition and access to safe water, as well as promoting economic and educational growth around the world.

 For more information, please visit www.mercyusa.org or www.text4syria.com.

Funeral Services for Carol Ann Winn, 61, set for Monday, May 21, 2012

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Funeral Services for Carol Ann Winn, 61, set for Monday, May 21, 2012

By Chinta Strausberg


Memorial services for Carol Ann Winn, 61, who passed on May 7, 2012 at her South Side home will be held 1 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2012, at Christ Universal Temple Faith Chapel, 11901 S. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60643.

Winn, who was the only child born to Lula Bell Winn on October 31, 1950 in Nashville, TN, was among the first African Americans to attended the segregated elementary and high schools in Nashville. Having been accepted at Hampton University, she later transferred to Norfolk State University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in social work in 1972.

There, Winn became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Winn worked as a houseparent at the Monroe Harding Children’s Home and completed her Masters of Social Work at the University of Tennessee in 1981.

A lifetime advocate for families and children, Winn retired from Ada S. McKlinley where she served as the director of Foster Care from 1989 to 2009 when she retired.

However, Winn had spent most of her professional career as an accomplished social worker fighting on behalf of families and children. She began her professional career with Planned Parenthood in Nashville, Tennessee.

Winn moved to Chicago where she began working at the Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center. She later worked at the Sadie Waterford Manor as a social worker.  She established a private practice as a therapist.

Winn also worked at the Accounters Community Center, the University of Chicago’s Parent Health and Infant Essex House at the Mary Bartelme Homes, but where ever she worked, Winn was a beacon of light for both her profession and her service to children, and she often traveled nationally and internationally sharing her vision for quality services for children in foster care. She always urged her peers to adopt her philosophy of compassion and excellence in foster care services.

Always active outside of her profession, Winn was a member of numerous organizations, committees and boards including: the National Association of Black Social Workers where she was immediate past president, the National Association of Social Workers, the International Foster Care Organization, the African American Family Commission, and the Southeast Community Youth Services Board.

Additionally, Winn also served on a number of advisory committees at the Northern Illinois University, the Chicago State University, the Chicago Sexual Assault Services Network, ABJ Community Services, Inc., Coordinating Opportunities for Parenting Education, and the Community Mental Health Council’s Professional Advisory Board. She was also a consultant for the Chicago Urban League and the Center for Successful Childhood Development.

Winn was the recipient of a number of honors and awards including being a 2009 recipient of the NASW Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2007 Phenomenal Woman Award from Chicago’s Black Women Expo. In touching the lives of many, what ever Winn was involved in she helped changed and mold the practice of helping people. She was a social change agent whom everybody loved.

An avid reader, Winn relished in discussing and debating books authored by Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison or Walter Moseley. She was a founding member of the Sisterhood, a book club group of professional black women who since 1982 met monthly.  Winn also enjoyed the creative side of life having been a color of African American and African art she so proudly displayed in her home.

She was a walking fashion plate. Her attire of various tribal fashions was a showcase of her pride and knowledge of the Mother Land. Her home was filled with the soulful sounds of artists like Nina Simone. Music filtered through speakers she had in every room in her South Shore home.

Winn loved the theatre as well as African American history, and by example she taught others to love their culture and African American heritage especially her annual elaborate Kwanzaa celebrations.

A spiritual woman, Winn spent a great deal of time cultivating her knowledge of theology and always tried to encourage her friends and acquaintances to explore new experiences and ways of thinking.

Winn leaves to mourn her daughter, Tya Carol, her son, Jonathan Andrew David, her beloved pets, Snickers and Jolie; her aunt, Betty Foster; her uncles: John Winn and Thomas Mullins; and a host of devoted cousins, extended family and close friends. Her beloved “M’Dear” Lula Bell Winn preceded her in death.

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.

Saint Sabina Graduating Students get real life experience

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Saint Sabina Graduating Students get real life experience

Church member falls ill during worship, revived by CFD


By Chinta Strausberg


Though Father Michael L. Pfleger was going through his own personal storm of grieving over the death of his middle son Beronti, 32, who died yesterday, Sunday he told the 2012 graduating Saint Sabina Academy students, who watched as paramedics revive a church member who fell ill, that the “Holy Spirit intervened.”

Pfleger told the students they had witnessed a real live lesson on just how “fragile” life really is and why they must put God in the center of their lives.

“There was a greater communion that took place here this morning,” Pfleger said referring to Opal Smith, a Saint Sabina member who earlier fell out during the 11:15 a.m. worship service.

Pfleger’s staff quickly made a 911 call and several Chicago Fire Department paramedics quickly responded. As the choir sang, Pfleger asked the church to stretch out their hands and pray for healing for Smith. While the choir sang, the students looked on in disbelief as paramedics administered an IV then carefully placed Smith on a stretcher and took her to the hospital.

Pfleger told the students to depend on God and to understand the “life’s circumstances that happened before your eyes….” He told the students they must understand that God “is the only one” they can turn to when it’s their time to go through their storms in life. He encouraged them to learn how to “lean on him, to cry out to him…to depend on him, make us the blessing unto one another….and then nothing can stop you, nothing can hinder you, nothing can get in the way of you….

“I don’t care what you’ve learned in eight-years at Saint Sabina, but if you’ve not learned that, you’re not going to make it because you will come into times where maybe your family, your friends, your education or your knowledge can’t do one thing for you…. The only one who can take care of Sister Opal is Jesus, the only one who can save her is Jesus….”

Pfleger said Smith has a relationship with Jesus and told the students “you had better have a relationship with him so that you can call on him yourself because he is the only one” they can call on for help so when it is their time to go through their life’s storms “they can handle this.”

To the male graduating students, Pfleger told them “don’t let the devil deceive you into thinking that you’re so tough…that you got to handle this…. You can’t handle you…. You’ll never be that strong. “ He said they must learn that Christ is the man they can call on when they are in need.

“Life will cause you to fall out, not by your choice…. If you know him…, he’s got you. He’s got your back….. Understand the things you better have more than anything else in life is a relationship with him and if you do, there is nothing in the world you’ll face that you can’t overcome. He is more than an over comer in you and the he in you is greater than the he in the world,” Pfleger told the students.

Referring to an earlier sermon by Julie Welborn, a member of Saint Sabina who holds a Master of Divinity from the Catholic Theological Union, a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., Pfleger said, ‘I don’t care what you think, what you’re angry about or what you haven’t done, there is one who can handle it, who can heal it and who can take you forward.”

Pointing a finger at the students who wore their graduation gowns, Pfleger gave them some advice: “Don’t let anything in your past, your present or anything in your future lock you up. Do you hear me eighth graders? That diploma, that gown, don’t mean a thing if you don’t know him, but if you do I swear by my testimony of my life, God will bring you through it and give you the victory in every, not some, but every situation in your life. Do you hear me, young men”?

“There was a greater communion that took place this morning,” Pfleger told the church. “It’s called a communion with the Holy Spirit, a communion with each other. I refused to be locked into ritual when the Holy Spirit intervenes. When the devil comes and rises up…,” God can overcome, he said.

“Let us wrestle with what we heard, what we seen and witnessed today so we come to understand who you really are and who you call us to be in him…cause us to wrestle that let us know you are the only one we can turn to….

 “Let us not be the same as we leave here, but let us be stronger in faith than we’ve ever been…,” Pfleger said. “Go in the faith you proclaim here…for the rest of the days of your lives.” He asked the church to pray for the students for their future academic and spiritual growth and to “go in faith and proclaim healing.”

Earlier, Welborn, who this fall will begin work on her doctorate at the Catholic Theological Union, told the students life is full of barriers, storms and questions like what do you do when people walk away from you, when people walk on you, when you lose the job you love, when a bullet hits a person you know, when someone dies prematurely…? What happens when life pulls the rug from beneath you?

Speaking on the 2012 theme of both Saint Sabina Church and the Saint Sabina Academy, “Mission Possible: Your Destiny Awaits you,” Minister Welborn told the students to “wake up.”  “Nothing is impossible with God…God is the finisher…..God has need of you….. God brought you unto this earth to do something…. Do you really want to have a relationship with him?

“I don’t care how you got here….. The bible says you are fearlessly and wonderfully made”?  She told them that they were not mistakes and that they are a blessing…. When the rubber meets the road and it will, keep living…” but always has God as your pilot.

“What happens when mission possible seems impossible”? she asked. Saying her brother died when he was 30 and Pastor Pfleger’s son died at the age of 32, Welborn told the students “time is short…. If you don’t do it, it won’t get done.” What drives missions,” she asked explaining, “people, places and things. “

Welborn asked six students to come to the altar and others to sit down. She warned: “Be careful who you sit with….know who you’re walking with, standing with and sitting with….””

She told of the time when she came home, her mother was cooking fish. She didn’t eat the fish, but her clothes began to smell of fish. She was on her way to a meeting. Welborn admitted she was “stinking up the meeting. A stench that started in my kitchen” but ended up affecting “not only me but everybody around me.”

“Be careful where you go and whom you are spending time with,” she warned. “Watch were you go. Watch who you hang out with…,” she said explaining life is about choices. She told them to believe in themselves. Pray and talk to God and ask God to be their father. “Don’t be afraid of the Holy Spirit…”

“The enemy wants to trip you up and make you not like yourself. Once you know who you are and once you are courageous and bold and know that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, I don’t care what hand you are dealt, but when you have a partner your partner can make up a difference and God is your partner….”

“Saying it’s hard, she asked the students, “Let’s take a stand and take a step…. As you are getting ready to close this chapter at Saint Sabina and move forward to something greater, he knows everything that is about to happen.

“Join with him and let him play your hand…. I can’t promise you it won’t be difficult… but I can promise you no weapon formed against you will prosper. I can promise you that nothing you do, nothing you say, will separate you from his love and at the end of the day, that’s all we need,” she said as the students went back to the altar for a collective prayer.

Joined by Cinque Cullar, Minister of Youth, Welborn who led them in prayer. Welborn asked what things tripped up their lives. In response, some of the students felt no one loved them, others admitted they did wrong things and wanted to be better. Their bold confessions got them some hugs from both Welborn and Pfleger who asked them to let God order their steps throughout their lives.

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.

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