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IL GOP Chairman Brady: Selecting Ryan shows that Romney understands this election is about big issues

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady made the following statement regarding Governor Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate:

“Congratulations to Governor Romney for his bold choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate.   In selecting Congressman Ryan, Mitt Romney has shown the nation that he understands that this election is about big issues facing our future. Congressman Ryan is one of the best and brightest minds in the country and a leading voice for the economic reforms this country so badly needs. 

“We anticipate the Obama Chicago Campaign Gang will immediately release its attack dogs on Congressman Ryan as he is an actual threat to their campaign of discussing anything but the badly failed presidency of Barack Obama.”

Madigan urges more access to EpiPens in Illinois classrooms to treat deadly allergic reactions

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Attorney General Releases Toolkit to Educate Medical Practitioners, Schools on Illinois’ Emergency Epinephrine Act

 

CHICAGO, IL  – As the start of a new school year approaches, Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined with doctors and advocates to increase access to EpiPens in Illinois schools to better protect a growing number of children suffering from deadly food allergies.

Madigan, speaking at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital, released her Physician’s Toolkit that will educate medical practitioners and schools on Illinois’ Emergency Epinephrine Act, which increases public and private schools’ access to Epinephrine Auto-Injectors, or EpiPens, for students with food allergies.

Under the Act, school nurses can now administer EpiPens on students who go into anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening allergic reaction – regardless of what their medical records show. The Act also allows any authorized school personnel to administer an EpiPen on a student who has their own, personal prescription for an EpiPen. In order for schools to obtain EpiPens, the Act allows physicians to write prescriptions in the name of a school district, instead of a single patient.

While many school districts, including the Chicago Public Schools system, have stocked EpiPens in schools under the law, Madigan said many more schools have yet to take advantage of the opportunity. Madigan said her toolkit is designed to be an all-encompassing resource for doctors to learn about the law and fulfill a school’s request for EpiPens.

“As we enter into a new school year, we want to encourage physicians to partner with local schools to ensure EpiPens are in place for emergencies,” Madigan said. “This toolkit contains everything a physician will need to fulfill a request by a school for a prescription for EpiPens.”

Madigan was joined today by hospital CEO Patrick Magoon, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Melanie Makhija, attending physician in the Allergy and Immunology Division at Lurie Children’s, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, director of the Center for Maternal and Child Health Institute for Healthcare Studies at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and Clinical Attending Physician at Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Stephanie Whyte, chief health officer for Chicago Public Schools.

Also attending were representatives of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Association of School Nurses, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and the Food Allergy Initiative, which worked to help pass the Emergency Epinephrine Act, and MOCHA, or Mothers of Children Having Allergies.

Madigan said the Emergency Epinephrine Act was prompted by an increasing number of serious food allergies diagnosed among children. Likewise, according to the Journal of Pediatrics, one in four cases of life-threatening childhood anaphylaxis occurs in children who were not previously diagnosed with a food or other severe allergy. The Journal also found that 25 percent of first reactions among children allergic to peanuts or tree nuts occurred while they were in a school setting.

Madigan’s office will be distributing the toolkit to schools, physicians and advocates throughout Illinois. To obtain an electronic copy, please visit http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/children/index.html.

Transit advocates launch campaign urging Chicago officials to install bus-only lanes on Western or Ashland as part of Bus Rapid Transit project

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Traveling Bus Rapid Transit exhibit educates and engages transit riders

 

CHICAGO, IL – Riders for Better Transit (www.ridersforbettertransit.org) this week launched a grassroots campaign urging Chicago officials to follow through on plans for a world-class Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that includes bus-only lanes and state-of-the-art transit facilities on Western or Ashland. Chicagoans are invited to participate online ( http://tinyurl.com/BRT2012) where they can urge their alderman to support these transit improvements.

The campaign follows a traveling BRT exhibit hosted this week by Riders for Better Transit, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago Architecture Foundation, educating transit riders at six CTA bus and train stops about the city’s plans for BRT and engaging them in voicing their support.

“Bus Rapid Transit operates more like the El than a typical CTA bus, providing faster and more reliable service,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “BRT on Western and Ashland would provide a much faster trip and provide a convenient connection to the CTA’s Orange, Blue and Green Lines.” 

BRT is an exciting new mode of public transportation that reinvents the bus, offering a better transit experience with the speed, reliability and convenience of a train. While regular buses average nine miles per hour, BRT’s limited stops and dedicated lanes with signal priority allow vehicles to travel faster while largely avoiding street congestion. BRT stations also function like train stations, with riders paying before they board–reducing time spent at each stop. Cities around the world are creating high-quality BRT systems to improve mobility. For example, the Emerald Express BRT in Eugene, Ore., reduced trip times by 30 percent.

Chicago is currently conducting a BRT planning study for the Western/Ashland corridor, building upon existing implementation for BRT routes along Jeffery Avenue on the Southside and in Chicago’s Central Business District. BRT in Chicago could improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, by providing better access to jobs and services, reducing traffic congestion, and making our streets more attractive and safer. But the Western/Ashland project is still in the early planning phase, and Chicago officials have not yet signed off on improvements that would give priority to transit and pedestrians in the corridor.

“Chicagoans deserve faster and more reliable bus service, but it won’t happen without the backing of aldermen and city officials,” says Burke. “We need to tell them we want BRT with bus-only lanes and state-of-the-art transit facilities.”

Transit riders can take action online in support of Bus Rapid Transit at http://www.tinyurl.com/BRT2012.

Riders for Better Transit
Riders for Better Transit (www.ridersforbettertransit.org ) is a project of the  Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans). Active Trans is a non-profit advocacy organization supported by more than 7,000 members that works to improve conditions for biking, walking and transit in the Chicago region.

Chicago radio station WVON to hold Town Hall Forum on closure of Dr. Carl Bell’s Mental Health Council

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By Chinta Strausberg
 
 
 
In an effort to get to the truth why the State of Illinois closed Dr. Carl C. Bell’s 37-mental health facility, WVON is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday, August 30, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Legacy Room, 1000 E. 87th St., Chicago, IL.
 
In the interim, Dr. Bell, who has been president/CEO of the South Side Community Mental Health Council, 8704 S. Constance for 37-years, continues to see his patients even though the state has shut down his practice. Several times a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bell hauls out his lawn chair and armed with a laptop in front of the shuttered facility he sees his patients who continue to come to the Council for medical care.
 
“With the escalation of violence perpetrated by persons claiming or thought to be insane, closure of any facility servicing persons needing psychiatric help is unconscionable and places the general public at increased risk,” said WE CAN INC. President Florence Cox in support of Dr. Bell and his decades of service to the community and to the nation.
 
Since July 1, 2012 when the State of Illinois stopped his funding, Bell said he has seen about 250 patients most of whom were on Medicaid. With the State of Illinois closing the facility on August 1, 2012, Bell said he has seen or called 387 patients but there are still more than 414 and another potential 200-300 patients that are expecting to be seen by Dr. Bell. He vowed not to abandon them no mater what the State of Illinois has done.
 
Dr. Bell, who said his two financial experts and others will be testifying, said, “I would love an investigation.  I would love to have my day in court to explain to an impartial audience my version of what happen and to show my documentation and see where this leads to the multiple places it leads.
 
“I want my day in court, but I need a lawyer because the state has so weakened us that we cannot defend ourselves. We cannot tell our truths. I need some help,” he said referring to possible pro bono lawyers who could help him tell his version of the truth. In the interim, Bell said he will testify at the WVON town hall meeting and is looking forward to finally telling his side.
 
Bell blames his financial problems on the State of Illinois. He said his problems began when the State of Illinois slowed down its payments. It had a ricochet effect on his budget that caused some of his staff to leave due to lack of adequate payroll.  “The State of Illinois owes us for work that was done, or if they would give us some money to support the work I am essentially doing for free” would be appreciated, Bell said. He is asking the State of Illinois for three-months bridge funding to close out his 37-year-old practice in a professional way so that all of his patients will be notified and adequately transferred to other services.
 
Recently, Governor Pat Quinn appeared on WVON’s Cliff Kelley show and responded to Kelley’s questions about why the Council was closed. Saying Dr. Bell “was a good man,” Quinn said, “On that one, Dr. Bell is an exemplary psychiatrist, and he’s helped literally thousands of people in the course of his medical career. However, the particular agency, the Council, they had some fiscal challenges and” said the state tried to help him out.
 
“Basically, they got to get that resolved. When you’re dealing with public money, you got to be very, very careful so, that is what nub of the problem is. There are other community health clinics within a few miles of the Mental Health Council…and we’ll be working with them and we want to make sure that we work with Dr. Bell the best we can on how to resolve all of these financial issues,” Quinn said.
 
Kelley said all Bell wants at this time is for a three-month bridge grant to close out properly and ensure all patients are transferred properly. Quinn said, “We definitely have to work with the existing patients…in order to help them their transition. There are some financial issues that are very important and serious and do have to be dealt with some of them may involve with the federal government.
 
“We have to do this in a positive way as possible given the situation,” said Quinn. “We don’t want any person as a patient to lose out on the need they may have and we’re going to work as best as we can with the Council to make sure things are done in a smooth manner,” the Governor said.
 
“I have not heard a peep out of the Governor,” said Bell whose phone calls have yet to be returned. “We made mistakes but the state of Illinois has made mistakes,” said Bell. “Why is that so horrible? Both are doing their best. They have different ideas about how to get the job done. I will compare my ideas to theirs any day and see which one will save money instead of harming people.”
 
“I know what I’m doing, and I’ve been doing it for awhile,” said Bell saying he had good people many of whom used their own money to keep the doors open including using their personal credit cards and working months without any pay including himself.
 
But while he endures the silence from the State of Illinois, Dr. Bell vowed to continue seeing his patients in a very unorthodox way. He said more patients are beginning to come to the closed Council looking for him to get the medications they need to live a normal life.
 
“One patient called and said they can’t take me because of I have Medicaid,” said Bell referring to the State of Illinois’ referral system. “It made me feel sick to my stomach. I couldn’t help the person. I did everything I could. I am going to do the best I can for them because I could be them. He could be my brother, my mother…,” Bell stated.
 
“Some of the patients are former wards of the state who have been abused and neglected, and they are coming to heal their childhood trauma,” said Bell. “They are not bad people. They have been traumatized as children and are seeking to be healed. Unfortunately, I am one who is knowledgeable in that area.”
 
Not only is Dr. Bell seeing patients who suffer from mental illness but he is also treating former wards of the state who have been abused and neglected and who are suffering from childhood trauma, which potentially develops mental illness. “They are the people who are chronically mentally ill, psychotic and need their medication….”
 
Dr. Bell is looking forward to the WVON town hall meeting so that the truth as he knows it will be revealed. Bell said as late as May of 2012 State of Illinois officials told him they wanted to continue doing business with him, then all of a sudden they shut his practice down. He vowed to release his proof to the public so that everyone will know just who is to blame for the financial problems the State of Illinois is using as an excuse for closing the facility. He said errors were made on both sides but caught in the middle are thousands of mentally ill patients who have now lost the medical connection they’ve had for the past 37-years.
 
“I will continue seeing my patients. There is a spiritual, ethical, moral foundation in practicing medicine. It is extraordinarily serious. If they never pay us, I will be out here. They can laugh at me, but the patients will get what they need. I will not have anybody’s blood on my hands because I did everything that I could,” said Bell. He said the Medicaid from the patients he has treated goes back to the state and is used as cash flow. “Where is the money”? he asked. “The State of Illinois owes me” in more ways than just money, Bell said.
 
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.

New directory features over 670 work-from-home opportunities, perfect for the unemployed & college students

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The Angels of Mercy Foundation work-from-home directory contains 42 pages of information about over 670 firms, including links for immediate access. Also included is a 17 page paid survey work directory

 

CHICAGO, IL (BlackNews.com) — Angels of Mercy Foundation has developed and made available a new 42 page directory of over 670 firms who have work-from-home opportunities available. These opportunities are perfect for college students, the unemployed or anyone at least 18-years-old in need of additional income.

The data has been fully researched and includes links for immediate access. A bonus 17-page paid survey work directory is also included. Daily income is guaranteed if the individual is willing to work from their personal computer on a regular basis.

The work-from-home firms are in need of survey takers, mystery shoppers, data entry clerks, email processors, information research clerks and more. The bonus survey work directory includes hundreds of survey companies willing to pay people immediately after they complete surveys online. The directory, for a limited time, now, costs $10 for the general public, high school/college students and senior citizens (age 55 and over) via Paypal.com. After payment is made via Paypal.com, you will have access to both of the directories, immediately, for downloading. The directory will, also, be sent to the email address used for the Paypal.com payment, as well.

Interested parties need to have a computer with internet access, a printer, a telephone and a prepaid debit card that accepts direct deposits. If you do not possess a prepaid debit card or if you need a Second Chance Checking Account, the Foundation is, also, promoting a prepaid debit card program which includes an Online Checkbook. For more information about this prepaid debit card program with free immediate activation, visit www.angelsofmercyfoundation.org/Prepajd-Debit-Card-Info.html. This prepaid debit card program will issue the user’s direct deposit banking information, immediately. Users will be able to write online checks through the program and they will receive the prepaid debit card in 5-7 days. This is the, only, prepaid debit card program that provides a Second Chance Checking Account for those individuals who need to write checks.

About Angels of Mercy Foundation:
Angels of Mercy Foundation specializes in helping people in every area of their lives. There are over 20 million Americans out of work. Right now, they are dedicated to helping those individuals who have been out of work for several months and students, housewives, etc., who need supplemental income. Their market research has enabled them to develop these new directories. They have researched hundreds of companies around the world that spend huge amounts of money trying to understand how people think and shop, why they buy certain products, etc. This acquired information helps these companies improve their products and services.

In addition, the foundation’s research enables interested individuals to be an integral part of this process by getting paid for their valuable time and opinions while they search for their dream job. The foundation suggests individuals print a copy of the completed work, like a survey, for each company worked for, to be placed in a file for each individual company involved. All phone calls should be documented, along with the agent’s name. Records should also be kept of all expected monies from each company. For more information, visit www.angelsofmercyfoundation.org

 

More black women going bankrupt: What can they do?

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By www.WomenDebt.org

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Research has long shown that there is a huge financial gap between whites and Blacks in America. Earlier this year, the Ariel Education Initiative revealed that African Americans are eroding their retirement savings at a much higher rate that other demographics.

The report showed that many African-Americans are withdrawing money for unexpected emergencies, and that 50% of African Americans carried a loan balance into 2011 compared to 22% of Asians and 26% of whites.

But the financial situation seems to be getting worse, especially when it comes to African American women. Earlier this year the Insight Center for Community Economic Development published a study which found that the median wealth of single black women is $100 compared to that of single white women at $41,000.

Another ING survey, which polled 1,000 Black and 454 “non-Black” women about their spending habits, found that more than half of the Black respondents lent $500 or more to a friend or family member within the last year; one-third said they loaned more than $1,000.

Other research shows that more and more Black women are filing bankrupcty, and defaulting on student loans – which has an overall default rate of about 15% now for for-profit colleges, according to the U.S. Dept of Education.

Despite such negative statistics, there are helpful options available for women who are in debt.

Here are the top programs:

The Helping Women In Debt Program:
888-235-7939
www.womendebt.org

Debt Divas (for women in UK)
(+44) 0800-043-7207
www.debtdivas.co.uk

 

“Nobody Greater” Songwriter Darius Paulk proves he’s more than just a writer on 5-song digital EP, “Lyrics & Melodies”

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Project Will Be Available at All Major Online Music Stores August 14, 2012


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The last three years have been a whirlwind for Atlanta, GA-based, Dove and Stellar Award nominated songwriter, Darius Paulk. Singer Vashawn Mitchell recorded his tune “Nobody Greater” and watched it rise to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and spend a solid year in the Top 10 in 2010-2011. “Darius wrote a song that captured and changed the hearts of so many lives, and he’s only scratched the surface,” Mitchell says. “The world will soon experience more of his heart of worship.”

That experience is coming August 14th when Paulk will release his first digital EP, “Lyrics & Melodies”, a five-song cyber album that will be available on iTunes and other online music stores. It may surprise some that Paulk is a singer but he’s been doing it all of his life. “God has invested so much into me and I want to exhaust every area of gifting that he’s blessed me with and singing happens to be one of them,” he says. “I’ve always admired singer- songwriters such as Walter Hawkins, Thomas Whitfield, Twinkie Clark, Andre crouch, and Donald Lawrence so this is me living out the dream I’ve had since I was a child.”

Those influences are evident on songs such as the majestic ballad “He is God” that’s cut from the same cloth as the best songs by Crouch and Whitfield. Paulk’s tenor warmly fills the nooks and crannies of the tune rather than overpowering it, allowing the lyrics and melody to shine instead of having them overshadowed by vocals. “It’s a worship ballad that is dear to my heart,” he adds. “I wrote it a day after I got held up at gunpoint after the Stellar Awards last year. It kind of falls in line with the current trend.”

The up-tempo “This I Give” employs a charmingly sophisticated urban AC and smooth jazz vibe that makes it a refreshing vehicle to express the inspirational lyrics. Paulk, who wrote “Deeper” for Marvin Sapp’s current #1 CD “I Win”, is asked whether he feels pressure to deliver another massive hit like “Nobody Greater” and his response is definitive. “I never gauge my songs off of one another because they all come from different experiences and the true success for me is not how well it charts but how well it provokes the listener to change for the better,” he adds. “Nobody Greater was massive but I didn’t write it with the thought this is gonna be a radio smash. I wrote it with the thought that everyone that hears this will know there’s not another power greater than our God.”

For more information on Darius Paulk, visit him online at www.dariuspaulk.co

Photo Caption: EP cover

Brazilian students, water treatment operators tour Kirie Water Reclamation Plant

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A group of students and treatment plant operators representing the Illinois – Sao Paulo (SP) Partners of the Americas and Botucatu’ SP Brazil recently toured the Kirie Water Reclamation Plant in Des Plaines to learn about the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD) state of the art, energy-saving heating and cooling system and water reclamation processes.
 
The MWRD activated a new sewerthermal system in an effort to reduce energy usage for heating and cooling at the plant. According to MWRD Commissioner Frank Avila, the system is expected to lower maintenance expenses to provide cost savings to the District for years to come. “This is established technology but its application is novel as the recovery of heat from treated water is not commonly practiced,” said Commissioner Avila. “The sewerthermal heat pump system works by transferring heat from a lower temperature carrier to a higher temperature carrier. In the winter, the system extracts heat from the effluent to heat the buildings, and in the summer the heat is transferred into the water to cool the building.”
 
The Kirie WRP has a capacity of 100 million gallons per day and operates 24/7, 52 weeks per year.  It serves a 65.2 square mile area and approximately 217,000 people. The plant’s effluent has an average temperature of 55 °F and average daily flow of 41 million gallons per day in 2011.
 
“We had an excellent tour of the James C. Kirie plant and received a valuable explanation of the entire operation of the Chicago area water reclamation system,” said Mike Lofstrom, IL-SP Partners of the Americas. “The main objective was to introduce our Sao Paulo Partners of the Americas to North American water treatment facilities. We have accumulated a great deal of information.” 
 
The sewerthermal system will be used instead of natural gas for heating and electricity for conventional air conditioning. The only energy used is the electricity needed to pump the water. It is, therefore, substantially less energy intensive than conventional heating and air conditioning and is expected to reduce the building’s heating and air conditioning costs by 50 percent.
 
The MWRD has been a leader in protecting the environment for over 100 years and has been instrumental in developing technologies that are now widely used around the world.  This heat recovery system is part of the MWRD’s sustainability initiative where we intend to transition from wastewater treatment to resource recovery operations.
 
Facility tours are available by contacting 312-751-6633. More information can be found online at www.mwrd.org.
 

Father Pfleger, supporters show their love in community where new shootings erupted

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By Chinta Strausberg

 

In response to recent nightly shootings from Morgan to Racine along 77th to 80th Streets, Saint Sabina’s Father Michael L. Pfleger late Friday night led scores of supporters and staff throughout the Auburn Gresham community knocking on doors and passing out flyers that called for peace in the community.

“For the last three nights, there have been shootings between 78th and 80th on Aberdeen, Carpenter and May Streets. “There is a new little group over there,” Pfleger said. He is trying to strike a truce with this new gang allegedly responsible for the recent rash of shootings.

A new pastor, Rev. Jedidiah Brown, pastor of the Chosen Generation Church, 2437 E. 87th Street, is a new church. Before praying, Brown said, “I’m out here to learn and to participate because I don’t want us to just be a run of the mill every day kind of church. I want us to be a church like Saint Sabina….”

With the watchful eye of a two-man police van within eyesight, Pfleger stopped youth on the street offering them any help they may need. Volunteers knocked on doors as well and signed up many who took advantage of numerous social programs offered at Saint Sabina’s ARK including free GED programs, employment training, after school recreational programs, a broadcast studio and much more.

Pfleger, who has struck an agreement between several gangs in the community to hold a basketball tournament at Saint Sabina’s ARK, invited other youths to join them sometime next month. Former NBA star Isiah Thomas, who last Friday marched with Pfleger, has promised to attend.

Pfleger is getting other professional basketball stars to join him in this historic one-day of peace tournament. Pfleger has promised to put up the reward for the winner of the tournament and the coalition Purpose Over Pain has agreed to provide the trophies for the winners, National of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan will provide the security with his Fruit of Islam security team, and Pfleger is providing food for the players.

“This has never happened before,” he said. “I’m just walking on faith that we can bring them together for one day so we can have a day of peace,” Pfleger said asking for their prayers that he can pull off this historic event without any problems. Pfleger is bussing in each of the gangs to keep the peace.

One man in a van stopped and shook Pfleger’s hand saying he has lived in the community for the past 45-years. “It’s chaos today,” he told Pfleger. The father said other than going to school his 17-year-old daughter stays in the house living her life on her computer because of the violence.

Another man, Ron Stanley who has lived in the community for the past 12-years, told supporters, “You can get all the police in the world. You’re not going to stop it,” he said referring to the violence in his community. “Everything starts at home. You got to get to these young parents and hold them accountable. You have to not be afraid and stand up and speak up.”

Stanley told this writer, “The violence is totally out-of-control. It’s not going to stop until the people in the community stop it. The police can’t stop it. They can only do so much when they feel like it. A lot of kids live in these building and sell these drugs or know where the drugs are. They are either afraid, they don’t care or they’re getting paid off or maybe all three. I don’t know.”

One of the marchers, Dan Mack, who wore a T-Shirt that said, “We Still Believe” in English and Spanish, said of the violence, “It’s to bad that it has to go on, by everybody coming out even if we get one kid off the street and help him, it’s worthwhile. That’s why I’m here.”

At Aberdeen and 79th, there had been shooting every night. “Last night, they had about 10 calls of shooting on Morgan between 78th and 77th,” said Pfleger leading the marchers who offered their help and encouraged them to call the police then call Saint Sabina. Pfleger continues to ask people to break the ‘Code of Silence’ and work with police to stem the violence.

When Pfleger knocked on the door of one house, a 93-year-old man answered. He told Pfleger he has been married to his wife for the past 69-years. Pfleger told him when they celebrate their 70th anniversary he wants to take them out to dinner.

Down the street, Pfleger ran into a group of well-dressed young ladies one of whom sang to him. Lashonda Jones, a member of the Park Manor Missionary Baptist Church at 83rd and Green Streets, sang “His Eyes Are On The Sparrow.” Her friends began preaching prompting Pfleger to tell them, “Keep on blessing this block.”

That was on May Street where there have been nightly shootings. One man was killed not too far away.

Pfleger ending his march in front of the church singing “Give Glory to God” and thanked the officers for their protection.  Thanking his supporters for their support, Pfleger said, “I don’t know about you but I believe lives are touched….”

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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