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Registered Sex Offender sentenced to prison for child abduction

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A suburban man with a history of preying on children was sentenced to four and half years in prison for attempting to abduct a 12 year old child in 2011, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Jeffery Jewitt, 31, of Des Plaines, was convicted in August of child abduction after a bench trial before Cook County Judge Thomas Tucker.  Jewitt was on probation and a registered sex offender for two 2009 convictions for child abduction and child exploitation when the 2011 incidents occurred.

According to prosecutors, on July 5, 2011, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the 12 year old victim was riding his bike in west suburban Bloomingdale.  The defendant approached him in a car, opened the passenger door and tried to lure the victim into the car.  The victim refused to get in and fled on his bike to a nearby country club. The victim later told his parents what happened and his father contacted the police.

Another incident occurred on July 7, 2011 at around 5: 00 p.m. while the same 12-year-old victim was waiting for his mother to pick him up in front of the same country club.   Jewitt approached the victim in the same car and again tried to lure the child into the car.  The victim refused and immediately ran into the club.  He reported what happened and the authorities were contacted.

According to prosecutors, the victim provided police with a description of the defendant and a sketch was distributed to local police departments.  Jewitt was arrested on July 11, 2011 by the Elmwood Park Police Department.  The victim later identified Jewitt in a lineup as the person who tried to abduct him.

When Jewitt was arrested in 2011, he was on probation and registered as a sex offender for two 2009 convictions. 

In October and November 2008, the defendant approached two young girls on separate occasions as they walked from school and tried to lure them into his car.  Jewitt pled guilty to child abduction and child exploitation and was sentenced concurrently to 6 months in Cook County jail and 30 months probation for each charge.

Jewitt’s criminal history includes a 2003 conviction for disorderly conduct.  In that incident he was working at a day camp and attempted to lure a 5 year old girl into a storage locker.  Jewitt also has a 2004 conviction for public indecency, for performing a lewd a sex act in front of a 10 year old girl who was riding her scooter down the street.

Prosecutors sought the maximum penalty of six years in prison for this recent case. Judge Tucker sentenced Jewitt to the four and half year sentence during a hearing on Wednesday at the Maywood Courthouse.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Barbara Bailey and Kelly Navarro for their work on this case.

Occupy Chicago declares victory after all charges from encampment attempts are dropped

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(From Occupy Chicago) 


Cook County Judge Thomas Donnelly has dismissed all charges relating to Occupy Chicago’s attempts at taking an encampment last October. On October 15th and 23rd thousands of occupiers marched from Jackson and LaSalle to Congress Plaza to erect an encampment in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The encampments were meant to be a place where people could live, build community and organize in our fight against the corporate abuse of democracy. The protest was intended to build a round-the-clock presence at Grant Park. Over the course of the two attempts to create this community, three hundred and five protesters would be arrested.

The arrests were made on the grounds of a rarely used park curfew ordinance restricting access to Grant Park from 11pm to 6am. Occupy Chicago activists challenged this ordinance based upon the protection of the first amendment which states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

“We were arrested because we were doing something very threatening to the state, we were creating a peaceful social platform where the voices of the lower classes could be heard. We the challenged the system of capitalism simply by talking about and bringing economic inequality to the forefront of everyday conversation has been a tremendous achievement on our behalf.”Danielle Vilarreal, Occupier arrested on October 23rd.

Ninety two of those arrested have been collectively fighting back on first amendment grounds since February. Today we are happy to announce that all charges against Occupy Chicago activists have been dismissed on first amendment grounds. Read the judges ruling here: http://nlgchicago.org/blog/motdorder/

This ruling is another victory for Occupy Chicago in beating back Mayor Emmanuel’s attacks on the first amendment rights of activists. “The whole city is getting tired of Rahm’s abuse of power. This is what we saw with the immense community support for the teacher’s strike. This what we saw back in January when we were able to mobilize the community against Rahm’s “sit down, and shut up” ordinances. And this is what we see now with the charges being dismissed. Grant Park has a long history of being an open political forum in the city of Chicago and for Rahm to try to restrict political activity in this park with unconstitutional arrests, is not only an insult to the political history of Chicago, it also goes to prove that Rahm, not really being from Chicago, does not understand Chicago, and the rights of the people who live here,” Andy Manos Occupier arrested on October 23rd

“The charges against Occupy Chicago members have been dropped, but the legal and ethical travesty that they represent should never be forgotten; the city administration and its corrupt courts have wasted how many tax dollars in this circus of injustice? And for what? What did hundreds of cops spend hundreds of overtime hours on the city’s dime doing last October? They spent that time breaking their own laws and repressing the very essence of democracy, as the verdict in this case indicates. It was all a meaningless distraction meant to take away momentum from a political moment that represented something other than the trite and callous ethos so dominant in our troubled culture.”

 Mark Banks Occupier was arrested on October 23rd.

Chinese Americans’ High Stakes in Future of SF City College

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Chinese Americans’ High Stakes in Future of SF City College

By Anna Challet
SAN FRANCISCO  – Among the embattled City College of San Francisco’s most vocal supporters is the Chinese community, which recently celebrated the opening of a Chinatown-North Beach campus. But with a looming budget crisis and warnings of a loss of accreditation, the $138 million campus’s salability is frequently mentioned as one way the college could save itself.

The Chinese community’s stake in the survival of City College has steadily increased in recent years, with the most recent available statistics showing overall Asian-Pacific Islander enrollment at 42 percent of the college’s student population. But necessary reforms to address financial concerns could include closing some of the college’s 11 campuses throughout the city, and the new Chinatown campus – the result of a near four-decade long effort — could be a target.

“We’re all going to hurt,” says community leader Henry Der. “The cuts, if they need to be made, should be equitable. No one community should bear a disproportionate share of the pain.”

Der points out that City College provides Chinatown residents with “survival courses” offering the tools necessary to live and work in San Francisco, such as free English language classes. But under the current financial crisis, such non-degree bearing classes are becoming harder to justify.

To open the new campus, the Chinatown community had to overcome a facilities budget shortfall of $800,000; this was achieved by a fundraising campaign spearheaded by the Friends of Educational Opportunities in Chinatown (of which Der is a co-chair). The campaign was able to cover the shortfall with donations from residents of Chinatown and the Richmond District, often referred to as the city’s second Chinatown, as well as $400,000 in matching funds contributed by Lillie Wong, aunt of City College trustee Lawrence Wong.

The Accreditation Commission of Junior and Community Colleges has given CCSF until October 15 to show “just cause” for remaining open, and until March 15 to address administrative and financial concerns. If the college were to lose its accreditation, it would also lose state funding.

At the campus’s opening celebration on Sept. 21, Mayor Ed Lee announced his endorsement of San Francisco’s Proposition A, the November 6 ballot measure that would create a $79 tax per year for San Francisco residential and commercial properties for the next eight years. This would raise approximately $15 million annually.

Along with state Proposition 30, which would authorize a temporary tax increase to provide revenue for K-14 schools, Prop. A would alleviate some of the school’s financial troubles. If Prop. 30 fails, the college could lose another $11.5 million in state funding. It has already lost close to $20 million in budget cuts in the past year alone, and has had to cut 700 classes this semester.

“As Asian Americans, we not only have to help pass Prop. A, but we have a responsibility to our community,” argues Alex Tom, the Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association. “CCSF is nearly 50 percent Asian [students]. Thousands rely on CCSF for job training, ESL, and a stable future.”
Tom says his group plans to work with Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Friends of Educational Opportunities in Chinatown on educational outreach and press events regarding Proposition A. The CPA will be calling thousands of voters in Chinatown between now and November 6.

Until the opening of the new campus, City College classes offered at Chinatown educational sites had been, according to Der, “strewn across store fronts” – adults were taking courses in elementary schools, and the campus facility on Filbert Street was inadequate.

Given the high demand for classes, Der is dubious about suggestions proposing to merge the Chinatown campus and another, older downtown campus.

As to concerns over the tracking of learning outcomes, one of fourteen deficiencies cited by the accreditation commission, Der agrees more work needs to be done with the college’s administration to gather data on the learning outcomes of students in non-credit courses, like language classes.

He also thinks there would be a proliferation of credit courses at the new Chinatown campus, which will serve at least 6,500 students. Non-credit courses require more students in order to generate the same amount of income as credit courses.

Der’s passion to save the new campus stems in part from his family’s own experience with the school. His mother was an ESL citizenship student at CCSF, and his daughter was able to complete courses that she hadn’t taken as an undergraduate student that allowed for her acceptance into a physician’s assistant program. “My family is forever indebted to City College,” notes Der. “My story is the story of virtually every family in San Francisco.”

It’s a theme that Tom was quick to get behind.

“For the Chinese community and other immigrant communities, education is key to our future in the United States,” Tom says. “Education via job training, ESL, [and] citizenship classes is one of the most effective ways to lift low-income people out of poverty.”

As an example, he points to a partnership with Chinese for Affirmative Action and City College called the Restaurant Worker Career Ladder Program, which trains low-wage workers in Chinatown and places them in stable employment in the hospitality industry.

“This has changed the lives of so many families. This is why the Chinatown campus [is] such an important issue that cuts across our whole community.”

The bottom line, says Der, is that the community won’t allow the new campus to close. “We are not going to let them shut this down.”

Chicago’s Essex Inn sign going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Chicago’s Essex Inn to partner with White Way Sign Company to install over 800 Pink Light Bulbs in the Essex Inn’s Iconic Downtown Sign


CHICAGO, IL – On October 2, 2012 Chicago’s Essex Inn will give the Michigan Avenue skyline a touch of pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chicago’s Essex Inn and their partner White Way Sign Company will change out each of the 816 white bulbs in the sign by hand, replacing them with pink bulbs.

Media are invited to attend the lighting of the sign at the “For a Brighter Future” event on Tuesday, October 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chicago’s Essex Inn, 800 South Michigan Ave. Refreshments and light hors d’oeurves will be provided by Brassiere by LM restaurant.

In addition to the pink sign, the Essex will honor Breast Cancer Awareness month with a “Sponsor a Light Bulb” program and special hotel packages, with proceeds benefiting “A Silver Lining Foundation,” an organization that provides cost free mammograms and diagnostic testing to uninsured and underinsured women at 10 partner hospitals in the greater Chicagoland area and Rockford.

“We are thrilled to support A Silver Lining Foundation’s promotion of early detection,” said Chicago’s Essex Inn’s Director of Sales and Marketing Mary Twomey. “This program assures that women (and men) receive access to treatment options that might otherwise be unavailable to them.”

For the White Way Sign Company, assisting Chicago’s Essex Inn in the modification of a sign they have maintained for four generations was an exciting opportunity.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with our colleagues at Chicago’s Essex Inn to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Bob Flannery III Executive Vice President of White Way Signs. “The importance of awareness and preventive care affects all of us through our family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.”

Also partnering in the event will be the restaurant Brassiere by LM, located in Chicago’s Essex Inn. “We are happy be a part of the Essex Inn’s recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness,” said Nicole Quaisser Co-Owner of LM Restaurant Group. “Brassiere by LM will be donating the proceeds of our pink cocktail, the Kir Royale, to the Lynn Sage Foundation, an organization that is committed to the discovery and cure of breast cancer.”

The Essex Inn sign will remain pink through the month of October and within Chicago’s Essex Inn, guests and visitors will have the opportunity to sponsor light bulbs decorated with the names of the loved ones. Sponsorships can be arranged at Guest Services and any individual who makes a direct donation at the Essex will be automatically entered into a drawing for a night in the hotel and two tickets to the P!nk concert in Chicago on March 9.

Guests can also “Book a room For a Brighter Future” using the code “BAMAM” for A Silver Lining Foundation’s “Buy a Mom a Mammogram” program. $1 of every booking made with the code during the month of October will go directly to A Silver Lining Foundation.

In addition, LM Restaurant Group, owner and operator of Brasserie by LM located within the Essex Inn as well as Brasserie 54 by LM and LM Bistro and Troquet, will donate a portion of every Kir Royale Cocktail to the Lynn Sage Foundation. The Kir Royale is a pink French cocktail made with Creme de Cassis and Champagne.

About the Chicago’s Essex Inn

Chicago’s Essex Inn is your key to the city, whether for business or sightseeing. The hotel offers amazing views and amazing value with convenient access to shopping, museums, sporting venues, the Loop and McCormick Place.

The 254 rooms and suites feature a colorful décor, LCD flat screen TVs, complimentary wireless internet, sleek desks with ergonomic seating, coffee/tea service, and alarm clock radios complete with iPod and MP3 capability.

Guests of Chicago’s Essex Inn can take advantage of their complimentary all-season rooftop pool, fitness center, dry sauna, and garden deck as well as their complimentary shuttle service to area attractions and the Magnificent Mile shopping district. They also offer a 24-hour business center, meeting rooms and boardrooms, a full service restaurant with bar, coin-operated laundry, and same day dry cleaning services. www.essexinn.com

About White Way Sign Company

Based in Mount Prospect, IL, the White Way Sign Company was founded in 1923 by Thomas F. Flannery, Sr. Since that date, the Flannery family has owned and operated White Way, and they are now in their fourth generation of family ownership and management. The name “White Way” comes from the ornate illuminated theatre marquees along the “Great White Way”, known today as Broadway, in New York City. For 89 years, White Way Sign has always believed in quality signage that is artfully constructed, professionally implemented and properly maintained. They understand that a customer’s sign is often the first impression the public gets for their business and thus strive to depict their customers’ brand in the proper way.

About A Silver Lining Foundation

Founded in 2002 by Dr. Sandy Goldberg the mission of A Silver Lining Foundation is to ensure dignified, respectful and equal access to quality cancer education and services for all, by creating meaningful partnerships with community, advocacy and healthcare organizations. A Silver Lining Foundation’s Vision is to ensure that socioeconomic status does not affect an individual’s ability to obtain information, timely cancer screening and diagnosis. Today, many face a real challenge as affordable healthcare continues to slip out of reach, swelling the ranks of the 50 million currently uninsured in the United States. A Silver Lining Foundation hopes to be part of the answer to that challenge — to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

About Brasserie by LM

Chef partner Brad Phillips, formerly of the Pump Room, has designed a menu of French cuisine such as omelet de maison, savory crepes, steak frites, mussels frites, pork belly and more. The restaurant is located just off the lobby of Chicago’s Essex Inn and provides catering services for meeting and special events. Brasserie by LM is open daily from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm; serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Entrées start from $12 and a three course prix-fixe including soup or salad, entrée, and dessert is available. Guests can also enjoy domestic, French and German draft beers and a wine list complete with domestic and French options.

Hearing scheduled for closing of Dr. Carl Bell’s Mental Health Facility on Tuesday

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By Chinta Strausberg


Majority Caucus Whip Senator Mattie Hunter, chairman of the Senate Human Services Committee, announced Thursday she is holding a hearing on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 1 p.m., in Room/Building C-600 in the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago that will include public testimony on the closure of Dr. Carl Bell’s 37-year-old mental health facility on the South Side.

When the State of Illinois shut down Dr. Bell’s mental health facility, located at 8704 S. Constance, there was a community uproar including a public hearing held at WVON’s Legacy Room where Senator Donnie Trotter (D-17th) and Senator Hunter listened to testimonies. Hunter vowed to hold a formal hearing on the closure.

Kim Schultz, Policy and Budget Staff, will be accepting public comments via e-mail. You may send your comments and/or testimonies to:  (kschultz@senatedem.ilga.gov) or in person at the hearing).

Schwartz said testimony is left to the chairwoman’s discretion, and those wishing to speak before the committee are asked fill out a Senate committee witness slip at the hearing and submit the form to the clerk prior to the start of the hearing.

Schultz urged advocates to submit their written comments, since this is the only way to guarantee that the committee members will receive testimony. A copy of these comments will be filed with the official records for the committee.

For further information, call:  Kim Schultz

Policy and Budget Staff

Office of the Senate President

P: (217) 782-5242


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.

Star of Television’s In Living Color, HistoryMaker and FAMU Graduate to be honored in Atlanta before honoring others at her Chicago Birthday Benefit

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh will be inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 29, 2012 during the organization’s 26th Annual Weekend Conference in Atlanta, GA. Other 2012 honorees include Floyd Gordon (Arts), Michael Straham (Athletics), John Funny (Business), Dr. Velma Speight-Buford, Rev. Dr. Shirley Ann Caesar, and Dr. Arthur E. Thomas (Lifetime Achievement). Past Entertainment inductees, include Leontyne Price, Roscoe Lee Browne, Nancy Wilson and Oprah Winfrey. “It is humbling” Keymáh says, “to be in such company.”

On Friday, September 28, 2012, Keymáh will once again join more than one hundred fellow HistoryMakers across the country for the third annual Back-to-School with the HistoryMakers event. In 2010, she spoke at Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville and last year, at her alma mater, St. Sabina Academy in Chicago. This year, she looks forward to speaking at Atlanta’s Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

The Atlanta trip is a break from rehearsals for the ever youthful Chicago native’s 50th birthday celebration of song, dance, poetry, drama and comedy, in An Evening with T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh & Friends. This extravaganza will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at St. Sabina Academy, 7801 S. Throop St. in Chicago. Show time is 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. A fundraiser for the school, the event will also recognize four other organizations working to promoting peace and productivity in the south side neighborhoods where the performer was raised. Among those joining her on stage: Broadway performer Bryan C. Jones, funny man Tim P.M., the Najwa Dance Corps, Clarence Boykins and The Cool School, Inc., and more. There will be raffles, items for sale, dancing and a few surprises.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Visit http://keymahbirthdaybenefit.brownpapertickets.com for more information, or call (800) 848-3006.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this milestone birthday than to be in my hometown performing on one of my very first stages, raising money for my school and community, being a part of the peace process and hanging out with family and friends!”

Keymáh is known worldwide as a series regular on Fox’s Emmy Award-winning In Living Color, CBS’ hit, COSBY, and Disney’s That’s So Raven. Keymáh’s stage performances have included Love Letters (w/ David Alan Grier); her acclaimed one-woman show, Some of My Best Friends; the Moscow production of John Henry Redwood’s drama, The Old Settler; August Wilson’s Piano Lesson; and T’Keyah Live…Mostly. Keymáh directed the world premiere of the stage production Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole, and served with actor Lamman Rucker as Celebrity Co-Chair, of the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival.

Photo Caption: T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh

Two black moms travel U.S. to empower parents

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Million Parent Wake-up challenge coming to a community near you!

Two Moms Travel the U.S. Empowering Parents to navigate their children’s educational journey. —

San Diego, CA (BlackNews.com) — The statistics are alarming. If you believe them– African American children have a better chance of ending up in jail than in college. Because of the downturn in the economy and school districts cutting everywhere – there is no way to rely on teachers and counselors for your child’s success. It is time for parents to take the reins.

But how? How do you navigate your school system? How do you fight for your child’s grades, success and opportunities to get them set on a good life path? Darlene Willis and Marsha Dodson are teaching parents how. They are working with school districts and parents all over the country with poetry, music, “reality statistics” and real life stories and solutions to tell their story. Parents feel empowered to take control and NOT lectured to.

They also take control in their own community with the award winning program College Bound San Diego. Over the last 10 years, they have worked with parents and students and have a 100% success rate. Every child in their program has had the opportunity to go to college.

The goal of the Wake-Up Challenge is to reach one million parents… reach them and teach them!

About Empowering Parents:
Marsha R. Dodson and Darlene V. Willis Ph.D. are Educational Consultants, Co-Owners of Empowering Parents and the co-authors of the book Empowering Parents: A Guide to Taking Control of Your Child’s Educational Journey. They travel throughout the country empowering parents, families, administrators, educators and communities on educational issues, parent/family empowerment and taking control of one’s educational journey.

They have consulted with a variety of schools, school districts, employers, organizations and families throughout the country. For more information, visit www.empoweringparents.org

Photo Caption: Dr. Darlene V. Willis and Marsha R. Dodson – Co-Founders of Empowering Parents


American Heart Association offers scholarships to multicultural women

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Go Red For Women® and Macy’s Join Forces to Ease Burden, Drive Diversity in Medicine

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Tuition hikes at colleges and universities across the nation are putting the squeeze on many young people and forcing families to find new ways to pay for higher education or consider forgoing college altogether. In an effort to ease the burden to students during these rough economic times and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women(TM) and Macy’s, its national sponsor, offer the Go Red(TM) Multicultural Scholarship Fund.

Sixteen $2,500 national scholarships are being offered for a second year to multicultural women pursuing higher education in health care. As part of its Go Red For Women movement, the association strives to expand the pipeline of much-needed diverse nursing, medical and allied health students and address important gaps in treatment that can lead to heart health disparities. Deadline for entry is November 30, 2012.

“The recruitment of talented diverse young women into the healthcare field is a critical step in the delivery of quality, culturally sensitive patient-centered care. In these challenging economic times, the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund will help ensure the continued success of a diverse group of young women in their healthcare education journey,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Senior Vice President, Office of Community and Public Health, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for North Shore – LIJ Health System and American Heart Association Go Red For Women spokesperson.

College tuition rates have outpaced inflation, increasing between 5 and 35 percent – depending on the region and type of institution (public vs. private).

“Macy’s investment in the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for multicultural women pursuing degrees in health care, helping them to achieve their education and career goals,” said Bill Hawthorne, Macy’s Senior Vice President of Diversity Strategies. “The fund reflects Macy’s long-standing commitment to diversity, a core principle within our company, and allows us to extend that commitment into the communities we serve.”

2012 Go Red Multicultural Scholarship recipient Janelle Amoako said she is struggling to keep up with the rising tuition at the University of Rhode Island. She pays for school through a combination of scholarships, loans and two part-time jobs.

“It’s very frustrating. I feel helpless. I don’t want to bury myself in loans,” said Amoako, 19, who is studying to be a nurse. “The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship gives me peace of mind.”

Demand on health care continues to increase, but the number of multicultural women working in U.S. hospitals and medical schools is low – even as the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse. Research shows that numerous ethnic groups – including African-Americans and Hispanics – are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease and risk factors. They also confront barriers to diagnosis and care and experience worse health outcomes than their Caucasian counterparts.

“The American Heart Association is in a unique position to be a leader in helping to eliminate cardiovascular disease and health disparities by providing scholarships to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine,” said Dr. Icilma Fergus, director of the Cardiovascular Disparities Center at Mount Sinai Hospital and president-elect for the Association of Black Cardiologists.

Only 6.7 percent of African-Americans and 7.5 percent of Hispanics made up the total number of medical school graduates in 2010, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Only 5.4 percent of African-Americans and 3.6 percent of Hispanics in the nation are Registered Nurses (RNs), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The American Heart Association’s Go Red Multicultural Scholarship provides a much-needed vehicle during these tough financial times to help minority women achieve their dream of becoming healthcare professionals,” said Dr. Lynne Holden, physician and president of Mentors in Medicine. “There is a unique opportunity to save millions of lives by promoting heart heath and increasing awareness of heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in the U.S.”

The Go Red(TM) Multicultural Scholarship is made possible by the Macy’s Multicultural Fund. Macy’s is a national sponsor of Go Red For Women(TM) and has helped raise more than $29 million for the cause since 2004. For more information and to complete an application, visit www.GoRedForWomen.org/GoRedScholarship.

About Go Red For Women

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information, please visit www.GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.americanheart.org.

A 2nd Presidential Pre-Ingarual Ball Planned for Seniors age 55 and older at the Hyatt, Tuesday, 12/11/12

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A 2nd Presidential Pre-Inaugural Ball is scheduled on Tuesday, December 11th  for seniors age 55 and older in the Crystal Ballroom at the Chicago Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive/West Tower from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Four years ago, 750 eclectic Chicago metro area seniors, women dressed in classy red and men in red ties, came together to salute President-Elect Barack Obama. Illinois Senator Mattie Hunter presented this event.

Illinois Senators Mattie Hunter (3rd) and Emil Jones, III (14th) are the presenters of this fun-filled event.  The 18-member Generations Big Band wearing tuxedos and red ties will headline the entertainment followed by Chicago’s 5-octave Vanessa Holmes, producer of A Tribute to the Motown Greats; Songbird Loretta Lee and our DJ will pay tribute in song Frank Sinatra; Louis Armstrong and Sam Cook.  He will also provide great dance music and we’re looking for 50 good men for our dancing segment entitled:  “Dancing with the Celebrities”.

Tickets are moderately priced at $35 which covers the cost of the delicious luncheon meal. Tables of 10 are $350. Each attendee will have an opportunity to receive a free photo, a chance to win nice raffle prizes which includes one of the delicious/pretty cakes showcased at each table and enjoy some of Chicago’s Senior Clowns.

Checks should be made payable to the non-profit Institute for Positive Living and mailed to 435 East 35th Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 1, Chicago, IL, 60615.  The lower left section of the check should read “senior luncheon”.  This is not a fundraiser.  It’s raising big FUN for our Chicago metro area seniors.

For more information, please contact Deloris MeBain, MeBain Media Group who is the Event Manager at dmebain@aol.com or call her at 708 533-6558.  We are also looking for sponsors and vendors to share pertinent information and products/give-aways for seniors.

Suicide now kills more Americans than car crashes: Study

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Prevention efforts lowered traffic fatalities, more attention needed for suicide, experts say


(HealthDay News) — More Americans now commit suicide than die in car crashes, making suicide the leading cause of injury deaths, according to a new study.

In addition, over the last 10 years, while the number of deaths from car crashes has declined, deaths from poisoning and falls increased significantly, the researchers report.

“Suicides are terribly undercounted; I think the problem is much worse than official data would lead us to believe,” said study author Ian Rockett, a professor of epidemiology at West Virginia University.

There may be 20 percent or more unrecognized suicides, he said.

Many of the poisoning deaths may actually be intended, he added. A lot of these deaths are due from overdoses of prescription drugs, Rockett noted.

“We have a situation that has gotten out of hand,” he said. “I would like to see the same attention paid to other injuries as has been paid to traffic injuries.”

The report was published online Sept. 20 in the American Journal of Public Health.

For the study, Rockett’s team used data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics to determine the cause of injury deaths from 2000 to 2009.

The leading causes of unintentional deaths were car accidents, poisoning and falls, and for intentional deaths they were suicide and homicide.

Deaths from intentional and unintentional injury were 10 percent higher in 2009 than in 2000, the researchers noted.

And although deaths from car crashes declined 25 percent, deaths from poisoning rose 128 percent, deaths from falls increased 71 percent and deaths from suicides rose 15 percent, according to the study.

Suicide is now the first cause of injury deaths, followed by car crashes, poisoning, falls and murder, Rockett said.

Fewer women die from these causes than men, the researchers noted. In addition, blacks and Hispanics have fewer car crashes and suicides, but higher murder rates than whites, they found.

Lanny Berman, executive director of the American Association of Suicidology, said, “Both global and national increases in the number and rate of suicides through 2009, and as even more recent data indicates, through 2010, should concern all of us.”

Prevention of suicides and unintentional injuries would extend the life of those whose deaths would not have otherwise occurred by some three decades, he said.

“We know a great deal about how to prevent suicides, but have yet to overcome centuries of stigmatic attitudes — and the consequent lack of political will — to build the collaborative effort to turn these many lives from despair and hopelessness to ones of meaning and brighter futures,” Berman added.

Another expert, Simon Rego, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City, said that “the time has come for clinicians, public health officials, state and county health departments, legislatures and corporations to come together and direct our efforts toward understanding the etiology and prevention of injury, in particular by poisoning via prescription medications, falls in the elderly, and most importantly, suicide — which is the only intentional injury in this group.”

Recently, the U.S. government along with private groups like Facebook, launched a program focusing on suicide prevention.

In 2009, more than 37,000 Americans took their own lives, and more than 500,000 were at risk of suicide, according to Pamela Hyde, administrator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The new program will have $56 million of federal money to help fund suicide prevention programs under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. The act was signed into law in memory of the son of Gordon Smith, president of the National Association of Broadcasters and a former U.S. Senator, who took his own life nine years ago.

“Our goal is, in the next five years, we will save 20,000 human lives,” Smith said at a Sept. 10 news conference. “This issue touches nearly every family. It is something we can do something about. It’s the work of angels.”

SOURCES: Ian Rockett, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor, epidemiology, West Virginia University, Morgantown; Simon Rego, Psy.D., director, psychology training, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City; Lanny Berman, Ph.D., executive director, American Association of Suicidology, Washington, D.C.; Sept. 20, 2012, American Journal of Public Health, online.

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