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Archive for September 5th, 2012

Black Women’s Roundtable shifts the focus to the issues and voting power of Black Women at the Republican and Democratic Conventions

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WASHINGTON, DC – In their continuing efforts to make Black women’s issues a top priority and remind elected officials and candidates of the voting power of Black women, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtable co-hosted round table discussions in conjunction with the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, FL, and this week at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC.


At the Charlotte Convention Center Black Women’s Roundtable joined with Higher Heights for America to co-host, “Harnessing Black Women’s Political Power: The Chisholm Effect 40 Years in the Making,” a celebration and discussion about the power of the sister vote.


Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference, opened the session delivering an electrifying speech outlining the historic run of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and chiding leaders for, 40 years after Chisholm’s run, not properly recognizing the power of the black women’s vote.


Reminding people of the Pew Research findings that the surge in black voter participation in 2008 was driven by increased participation among black women, Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the NCBCP and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable said, “We’re celebrating the phenomenal power of the sister vote. Black women are getting their swagger back in 2012. They’re not just getting themselves prepared to vote, they are making sure their family, friends and neighbors are prepared to cast a ballot that counts in this very important election.”


Campbell adds, “Black women are leaders in turning out our community; our issues should be a top priority for elected officials and we need to see Black women appointed to powerful positions.”


Other participants in the DNC conversation included: Rev. Leah Daughtry, President CEO of On These Thing, LLC and Former CEO of 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee; Clayola Brown, President of A. Philip Randolph Institute; Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD; Dr. E Faye Williams, National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women; and Glynda C. Carr, Co-Founder of Higher Heights for America and co-host of the DNC round table.


Over 30 Florida leaders joined national leaders for a more intimate discussion about the continuing economic crisis, criminal justice reform, and voter suppression tactics, during RNC round table held at St. Petersburg’s Center for Community and Economic Justice. In addition to the conversation, Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, provided information and tools like the 866 OUR-VOTE hotline, to help the women educate their constituents, organizations and community members in countering the rampant black voter disenfranchisement in Florida.  


The lively discussion was co-convened by Salandra Benton, chair, Florida Coalition for Black Civic Participation; Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, president and CEO, Center for Community and Economic Justice; Gypsy Gallardo, publisher, Power Broker Magazine; and Dr. Elsie Scott, president and CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Participants included: Jessica Brown, national field director, Black Youth Vote; Chloe Choney, district director for Congresswoman Kathy Castor; and Shahra Anderson, regional Director for Senator Bill Nelson.


BWR is an intergenerational women’s network of the NCBCP, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and underserved communities and developing new leaders. For more information visit www.ncbcp.org.

How do higher taxes, more regulation and fewer jobs help the Middle Class?

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(From the Illinois GOP)


 During yesterday’s speeches at the Democratic National Convention, we heard a lot about helping the middle class.  But here’s what we didn’t hear:


1)    How does borrowing money we don’t have until our debt tops $16 Trillion help our middle class and future generations?


2)    How would Brad Schneider, Tammy Duckworth and David Gill’s plan to raise taxes on small business owners, family farmers, families and seniors help the middle class?


3)    How did Bill Foster’s vote to cut more than $700 billion from Medicare help middle class seniors? 

4)    When Cheri Bustos quit her job as alderwoman early and left East Moline with a million dollar deficit, crippling tax increases and fee hikes across the board, how was she helping the middle class?


5)    How can Bill Enyart claim to be in touch with middle class America when he says the job market is improving?


6)    And for all the Illinois Democrats who voted for Pat Quinn’s 67% income tax hike, how have they helped middle class families by raising taxes and pushing jobs out of Illinois?

Higher taxes, more regulations, rising debt – it’s time for a new direction in Illinois if we really care about our middle class.

The Better Business Bureau sees consumers more cautious about Payday Loans as inquiries rise 91%

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Chicago, IL – As the new school year begins, many people find themselves in need of fast cash and consider payday loans as an option. Payday loans offer customers the opportunity to access cash quickly without being subjected to detailed credit checks; however they are charged very high interest rates. While many borrowers believe they can pay off the loans quickly, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns that payday loans may have long-lasting and devastating effects. The BBB has seen a 91% rise in inquiries for payday loans in the past twelve months, which shows that consumers seem to be taking more caution before signing onto a loan.


“It is extremely important to understand the terms of the payday loan and make sure it is plausible to pay back,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Many times the interest rates are so high that customers fall into a cycle of debt.


“The 91% increase of inquiries shows that consumers are using the BBB’s free services to research companies before doing business with them,” Bernas added. “This is exactly what we want consumers to do, and then make informed decisions.”


A typical payday loan follows this type of pattern: a customer agrees to a loan for a few hundred dollars to be paid off in a few weeks. Bank account information is supplied to the lender and the money is promptly deposited. The consumer’s subsequent payments go toward paying off recurring finance charges and never toward the principal. As a result, the customer can pay two and three times the amount of the original loan and still has the same amount of principal to pay off. Many customers find themselves worse off after experiencing this pattern.


When looking for a payday loan online the BBB recommends the following:

  • Look for the red flags. Unscrupulous online lenders often wave the same red flags, including not being forthcoming about their location or contact information. Also, be cautious of any lender that doesn’t ask you for any background information outside of your bank account number.
  • Research the lender with the BBB. Always check an online payday lender’s Business Review before you hand over any bank account information. BBB Business Reviews are available for free online. They tell you how many complaints the BBB has received, how the company responded to complaints and the BBB’s overall letter-grade rating.
  • Know regulations in Illinois. Payday loans can be extremely expensive if you are unable to pay the loan off quickly, and in some states payday loans are unregulated. Under a law passed in March 21, 2011 there are more strict laws regulating payday loans in Illinois. Even with the new regulations, these are still high risk loans and it is important to look at all different options before investing.
  • Look thoroughly at the contract before signing. As with any business transaction, be sure to read all agreements, guarantees, and instructions before signing. Do not be pressured into signing an agreement before you are ready and you understand all terms and conditions. Make sure all oral promises are put in writing. Be wary of vaguely worded provisions, exclusions or limitations which could pose a problem later. Never sign a contract with sections left blank.

For more consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org

Madigan announces E-Book Publishers price-fixing settlement

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Book Publishers Conspired to Overcharge Consumers for e-Books


CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan  joined 54 other state and territorial attorneys general in proposed antitrust settlements with three of the nation’s largest publishers accused of conspiring to raise prices for e-books. If approved by the court, Madigan said Illinois consumers who were overcharged in the scheme would receive more than $2.7 million.

The proposed settlements occur in conjunction with today’s filing of an antitrust lawsuit in federal district court in New York against the three publishers: Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and HarperCollins. The suit alleges that the three publishers and two other non-settling publishers (Penguin Group, Inc. and Macmillan) conspired to drive up the price of e-books beginning in 2010 when Apple unveiled its first e-book reader, the iPad. The three settling publishers agree to pay more than $69 million to consumers and change the way that they price e-books going forward.  The three publishers also will pay $7.5 million to the states for the costs of the investigation and litigation.

“This scheme to fix prices caused consumers to spend millions more on e-books than they otherwise would have paid,” Madigan said. “This settlement will help compensate consumers and send a clear signal that we will enforce the antitrust laws to ensure fair competition.”

The attorneys general are seeking court approval of two earlier settlements with Hachette and HarperCollins and a more recent settlement with Simon & Schuster. Through the proposed settlements, the three publishers will compensate consumers who purchased e-books from any of the companies (including Penguin and Macmillan) during the period of April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012.  Payments or credits to consumers are expected to begin 30 days after the court gives final approval to the settlement. 

In addition to compensating consumers, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and HarperCollins have agreed to terminate their agency agreements with certain retailers, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, which prevented the retailers from reducing the prices of their e-book titles. For two years, the publishers will be prohibited from making any new agreements that prevent retailers from offering consumer discounts or other promotions that encourage the sale of e-books.  

The proposed settlement agreements also prohibit the three publishers from further conspiring or sharing competitively sensitive information with their competitors for five years. The antitrust case against the non-settling publishers – Penguin Group, Inc. and Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC d/b/a Macmillan, as well as Apple, Inc. – is pending in the Southern District of New York. 

Bureau Chief Robert Pratt and Assistant Attorney General Chadwick Brooker have handled these cases for Attorney General Madigan’s Antitrust Bureau.

We should all honor our veterans on November 11, 2012

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Remembering my teenage war hero


By Chinta Strausberg


This year, Veterans Day falls on Sunday, November 11th where the nation will honor 24.9 million U.S. veterans one of them my cousin, Milton Lee Olive, III, 18, the first African Americans to have received a Congressional Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War.

While we recall what happened on November 11, 1918 when the cease-fire agreement was signed by the Allied powers with Germany at Rethondes, France bringing World war I to a much desired close and establishing Nov. 11, 1919 as Armistice Day in the U.S., I hope, it is my wish, that somehow on Nov. 11, 2012, President Barack Obama could sign a similar cease-fire accord for both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wouldn’t that be historic? But, history has already been made when on October 21, 2011, President Obama declared that the war was over in Iraq and most of the 40,000 U.S. troops should be home by the end of this year.

As of last year, both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have cost the U.S. citizens more than $1.3 trillion.

The war against Iraq was launched on March 19, 2003 by then President George W. Bush who claimed Iraq was hoarding weapons of mass destruction—an allegation that proved false. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein became a hunted man; however, after he was found in an underground bunker, he was executed in 2006. Still, the war continued, as did the millions of U.S. tax dollars.

What I will never forget is when President Bush’s said of Hussein, ‘Remember, this man tried to kill my dad.” His declaring a war on Iraq appeared to be a personal vendetta though he has denied that allegation.

While Bush claimed he inherited a recession and is leaving a recession in 2008, in reality President Bill Clinton left America with a budget surplus. Since 1958, the national debt increased each year including when President Ronald Reagan was in office. He reportedly left office with a national debt of $1 trillion.

I applaud President Barack Obama for cleaning up the financial and military messes he inherited and these financial nightmares can’t be wiped out in four-years. No president can correct the financial mismanagements of other presidents in such a short time and it ought not to be used as political fodder.

I salute all U.S. veterans and especially my cousin, whom we called Skipper, who on October 22, 1965 while on a search and destroy mission spotted a live grenade, grabbed the device, and placed it on his stomach allowing it to explode.

His act of bravery was the ultimate sacrifice and it saved the lives of four of his comrades who were immediately behind him. They were Jimmy B. Stanford, Sgt. Vince Yrineo, John Foster and Lionell Hubbard. 

The latter two, both African American, have since died and to my knowledge, Yrineo is in a nursing home in Washington State. I still talk to Capt. Stanford who said there isn’t a day that goes by that he does not thank God for Skipper’s saving him, but he still wonders why.

Over the years I have spoken and kept up with all of them and met Sgt. Yrineo when then Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn was in office. Quinn held a press conference honoring Skipper and one of the men he saved.

My uncle, Milton B. Olive II, Skipper’s dad, asked me many times to never let the world forget what his son did for him. The last plea he made to me was on the phone while I was at my Cousin Charlie Carter’s place of business. That call turned out to be a deathbed wish.  Uncle died in March of 1993 of cancer while I was on assignment covering an international crime summit in Jamaica.  My family kept the state of his health a secret from me, but I am a woman of my word especially to my family.

I honor and remember Skipper, a young man who was a breech baby and whose mother, Clara, died in childbirth. I honor and remember him for his being raised by my paternal grandparents, Jacob Augustus and Zelphia Wareagle Spencer, at their home, 6012 S. Loomis, purchased by Skipper’s dad. That was in the Englewood community when there was neighborhood pride that shined brightly and a time when parents ruled their children.

Today, I pray for the youth who were born much later than Skipper for many don’t have the maternal or paternal grandparents I was so blessed to have. Their “parents” are the street elements—the gangbangers who become their surrogate parents—“parents” who place guns in their hands and order them to kill another human being. Our Skipper, who died 16-days before his 16th birthday, chose to die to save the lives of four of his comrades. He joined the Army to save America.

I pray today for our lost generation—youth who are going to jail faster than those who being born. I pray today for our drugged-crazed children who believe in the Code of Silence that only serves as cover for killers to murder over and over again.

I pray for the children who have been duped to believe they must step in the choose of their ancestors—their fathers who are either in prison or dead—men who foolishly claimed street corners as their turf to sell poison to our people.

I pray for our children who equate a gun with their manhood for they are as some activists say Kids Killing Kids the new KKK or “cowardly killers” as CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman calls them.

They are our lost generation, dropouts who are dropping into our bustling jail and prison industrial complex system. They are leaving a huge void in the black community and are fast becoming the invisible black men of this century.

I pray today especially for our boys whose mentors are killers and drug addicts, but there is hope.

I pray and thank God for the faith community that is stepping up ministers like my pastor, Saint Sabina’s Father Michael L. Pfleger who is no longer out here by himself calling and marching for peace in the neighborhoods.

I thank God for ministers like Pastor Ira Acree, Rev. Marshall Hatch on the West Side and Father Jose Landeverde for erasing the lines of geographical demarcation that have kept us so divided politically, religiously and economically, and their partnering with Father Pfleger and other black, white and Hispanic clergy. Their coalition includes Muslims and the Sikh communities that have recently become targets of hate groups. Four of their members were recently shot and six killed at their Wisconsin house of worship.

Today, they stand with this diverse group of clergy in calling for peace in the community and for a unified call for the reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons and passage by the Illinois General Assembly of HB 5831, which registers all guns. This “sleeping giant,” as Father Pfleger labeled the coalition, has awakened and each week takes to the streets to let the killers of our community know their anti-social behavior will no longer be tolerated.

When we all realize that we are in this all together, that will be the beginning of the first day of true transformation in our troubled and crime-riddled communities.

Happy Veterans Day to all men and women who served and are serving our nation in a big way.

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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