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Archive for September 19th, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama to keynote Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner

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Four to receive Prestigious Awards Recognizing Contributions to America 

 

 

Washington, DC-The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The dinner concludes the Foundation’s 42nd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). Mrs. Obama is scheduled to address more than 3,000 expected attendees at the evening’s event and marks the first time ever that a first lady has addressed the prestigious gathering.

       

      The Phoenix Award symbolizes the immortality of the human spirit and an eternal desire to reach its full potential. Four distinguished individuals will receive the prestigious award:

 

      U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. will receive The CBCF Chair’s Award.  The award is presented to an individual whose work and accomplishments stand as a role model for the African-American community and the African Diaspora.

 

      Writer, director George Lucas will receive The CBC Chair’s Award.  The award is presented to an individual who exhibits the highest standards of dedication, ability and creativity.

 

       Representative Corrine Brown of Florida and the first African American Mayor of Charlotte, NC, the Honorable Harvey Gantt will each receive The Harold Washington Award. The award is presented to an individual who has contributed immeasurably to African-American political awareness, empowerment and the advancement of minorities in the electoral process. 

 

     Recent past recipients of the award include EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson; Athlete, Entrepreneur & Humanitarian George Edward Foreman, Sr.; Civil Rights Activist Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery; and U.S. Rep. and Civil Rights Activist John Lewis. 

 

     “We are so pleased that Mrs. Obama will serve as the keynote speaker for the awards dinner,” said Elsie L. Scott, president and chief executive officer for CBCF.  “As a former CBC Spouse, Mrs. Obama is quite familiar with our mission at the Foundation, and we are certain that her remarks will be both thought provoking, and most importantly, inspire our audience to do their part to prepare the next generation of leaders,” she said.

 

         ALC provides an outlet to highlight the mission of CBCF by providing dozens of forums to address the critical challenges facing the African-American community.  The town hall discussion will center on conversations about voting rights /voter identification and voter suppression. The third installation of the research report Breaking Barriers 3 will be released during ALC and further define academic success for school-aged African-American males. CBCF’s Emerging Leaders series will return along with the popular Black Party networking/awards affair. There are opportunities for attendees to engage with entrepreneurs and build wealth through the exhibit hall and author’s pavilion.  In addition, scholarship recipients in the performing arts will be recognized during the Celebration of Leadership, CBC members and spouses will come together for a community outreach project with U.S. veterans and the conference will culminate with its awards/fundraising dinner. Proceeds from ALC are used to fund educational opportunities and program outreach.

 

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Attorney General Madigan alerts parents, caregivers to arsenic in infant Rice Cereals

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Madigan Urges FDA to Adopt Standards, Limit Levels of Arsenic in Food

 

CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan warned parents and caregivers of the presence of arsenic in infant rice cereals following research released today by her office in conjunction with a national report by Consumer Reports.

Madigan said the results of tests performed for her office are consistent with the national findings, which report troubling levels of inorganic – or toxic – arsenic in samples of infant rice cereals.

Based on these findings, Madigan today sent a letter to the FDA, calling on the agency to move quickly to adopt national standards to limit inorganic arsenic in food, particularly in baby food.

The Attorney General also sent a letter to manufacturers of the products tested, calling on them to immediately take steps to reduce inorganic arsenic in their products and to work with the FDA to adopt national standards for arsenic in food.

 Madigan said the findings raise serious concerns about the amount of arsenic being consumed by infants and young children. Madigan urged parents and caregivers to moderate servings of rice in their children’s diet using recommendations issued by Consumer Reports. For example, parents are advised to limit infant’s consumption of rice cereals to one serving per day. A complete list of those recommendations can be found at www.consumerreports.org/cro/arsenicinfood.

“First and foremost, I want to warn parents that every rice cereal product we tested contained arsenic. These results are shocking because rice cereal is often a baby’s first solid food,” Madigan said. “Parents and caregivers should moderate the amount of rice products they feed their children, while the FDA sets standards to limit this known carcinogen in our food.”

Arsenic is a heavy metal found in soil and bedrock that takes on two forms – organic and inorganic. Inorganic arsenic is considered a toxic chemical and a known carcinogen. The toxin is most often used for industrial and agricultural uses, particularly as a pesticide.

Madigan’s office provided rice products to laboratories for arsenic testing in light of reports last year conducted by Consumer Reports that showed the presence of arsenic in apple juice and tests conducted by researchers at Dartmouth that detected arsenic in brown rice syrup.

Dr. Satcher warns states to expand access to dental care for poor children

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By Dr. David Satcher

America’s Wire Writers Group

 

 

ATLANTA, GA – As states wrangle with whether or not to pursue Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, they should look carefully at the serious implications for oral health, especially for poor and minority children if Medicaid services are not expanded as originally envisioned under the ACA.

 

Twelve years ago, as Surgeon General of the United States, I issued a report calling attention to the profound disparities in oral health care across the country. I called it a silent epidemic. Twelve years later, some progress has been made, and it is no longer silent – but for many across the country, it is still a serious epidemic causing pain and harm to millions of poor and minority children. For instance, data from Georgia exemplifies the challenges that poor and minority children face in getting access to appropriate dental care.  

 

In 2008, 15.9 percent of Georgians did not have health insurance and almost half – 41.5 percent – did not have dental insurance (Georgia Population Survey 2008). In 2007, visits to Georgia emergency rooms for preventable dental disease cost more than $23 million. The proportion of children with untreated tooth decay has dropped from 27 percent in 2005 to 19% in 2011, but that still means that close to a fifth of our state’s children suffer unnecessary pain and health risks for something that is truly preventable. The majority of these children are poor or minority or can’t see a dentist because of financial or geographic reasons.  

 

When I issued my report, tooth decay was the single most common chronic childhood disease – five times more common than asthma. It still is. There were striking disparities in dental disease across the country. There still are. Thirty-seven percent of African American children and 41 percent of Hispanic children have untreated tooth decay, compared with 25 percent of white children. More than 50 million Americans live in areas where dentists do not practice and millions more can’t gain access due to cost reasons.

 

It is time to get serious and pursue the framework for action that I set forth in my 2000 report. All health care professionals need to understand that good oral health means more than sound teeth. The mouth is really a window to the whole body. Oral health affects everything from the ability to speak, eat or smile. Poor oral health is linked to heart disease, stroke and other long-term illnesses. We need to engage other health professions in working to prevent oral disease.

 

As a country, we have made great strides in prevention, particularly with fluoride and sealants. But many do not have regular access to a dentist or school-based programs that offer some preventive care. That is why it is critical to expand access by seeking innovation on a number of fronts: in oral health policies, how we train our providers, exploring the creation of new dental providers, and building a cadre of ethnically-diverse, culturally-competent dental practitioners, as well as expanding the reach of the dental team with other health care professionals.

 

The country has a great opportunity to increase access to dental care under the ACA, which calls for extending oral health benefits to an additional five million children in 2014. Expansion of coverage, however, won’t translate into access to care if we don’t have enough providers to meet the need. Currently just 20 percent of practicing dentists treat Medicaid patients. How can we provide services to an additional five million children in 2014?

 

States need to think about this now. States should explore all options that could expand access to care, including allowing midlevel dental providers such as dental therapists to practice. They are trained to provide routine services, freeing up dentists to attend to more complicated procedures. These practitioners already work in Alaska and Minnesota. And in just a number of years, they have been able to expand access in Alaska alone to an additional 35,000 people who could not get regular care in their own communities.

 

It is imperative that everyone have access to the dental care they need. Different professionals can provide different, yet appropriate, levels of service. Our concern and approach to a solution ought to focus first on the patient, not the dental profession. We have an opportunity with the ACA to expand access. Will the medical and dental communities be ready?  

 

(Dr. David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., is a public health administrator, who served simultaneously as the 10th Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the 16th Surgeon General of the United States.America’s Wire is an independent, nonprofit news service run by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our stories can be republished free of charge by newspapers, websites and other media sources. For more information, visit www.americaswire.org or contact Michael K. Frisby at mike@frisbyassociates.com.)

 

 

CTU House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel:  CTU’s settlement ‘an honest compromise’

 

350,000 CPS students back in school on Wednesday

 

By Chinta Strausberg

At 5:31 p.m. Tuesday, Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) Karen Lewis held a press conference announcing that the House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor to suspend the strike paving the way for students to return to the classroom Wednesday.

It will be good news for 350,000 students who have been out of school for the past six-days. It was the first strike in 25-years. The full membership is expected to mirror the House of Delegates vote.

“It will go to the membership (that will vote) up or down,” said Lewis who said Tuesday’s vote was 98-2 with some members being “diehard holdouts.” Explaining, she said some people were angry about the four percent raise“ that had been taken away and they wanted that to be an issue. “We have agreed to not continue to arbitrate that issue. Some people were not happy with the economic terms.”

Ending more than 400-hours of negotiations, it will take about two-weeks for the full membership to ratify the vote up or down, according to Lewis.

“We said we could not solve all the problems of the world with one contract and that it was time to suspend the contract,” she told reporters.

Lewis said the House of Delegates finally got a chance “to read the fine print. That is extraordinarily important to us.”  Last Friday, they did not have enough time to read the document and given the Jewish High Holy Days Tuesday was the first day they could reconvene for a vote.

On the issue of principal hiring, Lewis said, “The shelf-life of principals is a tad over four-years. We cannot get a perfect contract…that will make all of us happy.”

Asked if this takes pressure off of her, Lewis said, “I haven’t had a chance to have any pressure taken off of me since I took this job. On June 11, 2010, I was elected on June 15th. The board decided to lay off people outside of seniority order basically destroying our contract. You name it. I expect next week there will be something else. I’m sure there will be school closing issues. There will be pension issues.” She said the issues would continue to come.

Asked what is her message for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Lewis said, “I hope he agrees to this in good faith and that he carries out this contract in good faith.” She said trust “will be a big issue. It is going to see how this contract is enforced. That will make a big difference….”

“We are trying to have people understand that when people come together to deal with problems of education…the people that are actually working in the schools need to be heard. I think this has been an opportunity for people across the nation to have their voices heard, and I think we are moving in the right direction,” said Lewis.

On the issue of evaluation, Lewis said, “There is a committee that will be looking at this particular evaluation system and if there are any tweaks that’s when those will happen…during the time the committee is meeting….”

Asked about the upcoming problems of school closings, Lewis told reporters, “We have been fighting school closings on a very small basis. We have an entire union understanding the nature of that now. The issue is we cannot get a perfect contact. There is no such thing as a contract that will make all of us happy. We are realistic about that, but the other issue is do we stay on strike forever until every little thing that we want is capable of being gotten”?

Mayor Emanuel is expected to speak out on this issue soon. 

Mayor:  CTU’s settlement ‘an honest compromise’ 

By Chinta Strausberg

In a late evening press conference held at Walter Payton College Prep, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday responded to the Chicago Teacher Union ‘s (CTU) vote to suspend the seven-day old school strike calling it “an honest compromise.”

Thanking all those including ministers who opened up their church doors to house the students, Emanuel said, “It means returning our schools to our primary purpose, the education of our children. It means a new day and a new direction for the Chicago Public Schools.

“In this contract, we gave our children a seat at the table. In past negotiations, taxpayers paid more but our kids got less. This time our taxpayers are paying less and our kids are getting more,” Emanuel said.

Referring to past contracts, the mayor said both teachers and principals  “had to make false choices about where they spent their time because there was so little of it.”

Saying the city has been discussing the need for more school time for more than a decade, Emanuel said officials “lacked the ability to achieve our primary educational goal. We have been discussing the need for more reading and more recess, for more science and sports, for more math and music, geometry and gym….

“Each time it was postponed or rejected because the changes were considered too difficult. Today, that era and those false choices come to an end,” the mayor said explaining that grade school students will gain an additional hour and fifteen minutes every day and two additional weeks each year.

He said high school students will gain an additional 30-minutes each day and two additional weeks every year. For the more than 6,000 kindergarten students, Emanuel said they will have additional two-and-a-half years in the classroom by the time they graduate from high school. “That two-and-a-half years of additional education is a new day and a new direction for Chicago’s children and Chicago’s schools,” said Emanuel.

This extra time in the classroom, the mayor said, “Is transforming our classrooms and our children’s lives. This full day gives our kids more quality time for learning and teachers more opportunity to provide quality instructions.” He said the agreement also gives the principals “the freedom they need to lead their teams. Principals will have the responsibilities they deserve and the accountability for results that we as a city demand.”

He said for the first time principals will have a “meaningful” evaluation system that is based and designed by teachers. “Our evaluation system has not changed in 40-years while our students and the world they live in and work in has.”

“This year for the first time in a decade our parents will have more school choices and children will have more educational time. That is what it means to have a new day and a new direction for Chicago’s children.”

The mayor added, “We have taken a half billion ($500,000,000 or $500 million) out of our central office and put that money back to work in our classrooms where it belongs. We will save where we an so we can invest where we must, in the classroom in the future of our children.”

He said they are also providing parents “more tools to be partners in their children’s schools. For the first time, parents get the same report card that the principal receives on the school’s performance….”

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.

Episcopalian members of Congress urged to oppose repression of antiwar activists

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The 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church adopted a resolution on July 11, 2012 expressing concern over the United States government’s suppression of civil liberties and dissent.

The resolution specifically identified several laws and a Supreme Court decision that it said were being used to suppress the speech of peaceful critics of government policy. The resolution warned that the “use of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, the Patriot Act, and the Supreme Court decision in Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project, have a chilling effect on God’s call to peacemaking and unduly impact the Arab, Palestinian and Muslim communities in the United States.”

The explanation that accompanied the resolution also contextualized this suppression historically, remembering that the FBI labeled Rev. Martin Luther King a “direct threat to American security” following King’s public condemnation of the war in Vietnam.

Just a month before the second anniversary of the FBI raids on the antiwar and peace activists in Chicago and Minneapolis, the Commission sent a copy of the resolution to the forty Episcopal members of Congress urging them “to convey [their] concerns about these attacks on American civil liberties to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.” http://spencepages.homestead.com/congress.html

Newland Smith, Deputy to General Convention from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, commended the Church’s principled stance, stating, “As a member of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Social Justice and Public Policy that submitted this resolution to the General Convention meeting in Indianapolis in early July, I am proud that my Church has taken a stand on the right to dissent from U. S. government policy.”   

On September 20, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at the Federal Dirksen building in downtown Chicago, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship – Chicago Chapter/Episcopal Diocese of Chicago will join the Committee Against Political Repression, the Coalition to Protect People’s Rights, the United States Palestinian Community Network-Chicago, and the Palestine Solidarity Group in a press conference followed by a protest calling for an end to the United States Attorney’s Grand Jury investigation into the legitimate non-violent political activity of the 23 anti-war activists. 

 

Gov. Quinn appoints new member to Illinois State Board of Education

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Indian Prairie School District 204 Board President Curt Bradshaw to be sworn in

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Gov. Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of Curt Bradshaw of Naperville to the State Board of Education. Bradshaw has spent the last seven years serving on the Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education, including a three-year stint as president.

“Mr. Bradshaw is a dedicated public servant who will strengthen our ongoing efforts to provide a world-class education to all students in Illinois,” said Gov. Pat Quinn.

Bradshaw was sworn in today at the Board’s strategic planning meeting in Bloomington. He replaces Chris Ward who stepped down previously.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Illinois’ two million students and will remain committed to achieving the best educational outcomes for each child,” Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw is an Indian Prairie alumnus who was elected to its school board in 2005. Highlights during his tenure include a 1.4 point increase in students’ average ACT score, construction and completion of a $125-million high school and an increased credit rating which placed Indian Prairie in the top 10 percent of districts nationally. Indian Prairie is the third largest school district in the state with an enrollment of about 30,000 students.

Bradshaw graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School and received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois. He earned an MBA in finance and strategic management from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Bradshaw is currently employed as senior vice president and head of product development at Nuveen Investments.

State’s Attorney’s Unity Conference offers unique resource and networking opportunity for community leaders

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In the office’s continuing efforts to enhance community involvement and awareness, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, along with members of the office’s Advisory Councils, presented a one day seminar aimed at informing and empowering community organizations.

“Educating the Community: Resources, Awareness and Prevention,” was the theme for the 4th annual Unity Conference, held in commemoration of Unity Month.  The conference gave participants the opportunity to learn about some of the State’s Attorney’s innovative and creative approaches to reach out to parents, children and community members by participating in workshops on topics such as combating drugs and gangs, the effects of trauma in our schools and communities and restorative justice for juveniles.   

Also during the conference, State’s Attorney Alvarez presented the Community Empowerment Award to Phillip Jackson, Executive Director of the Black Star Project for their innovative programs that engage and inspire students, parents and communities to improve educational outcomes. 

The Unity Conference was held September 12th at the UIC Forum in Chicago.

Action needed to end delay in Medicaid Reform Implementation

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Legislative updates from the Illinois House Republicans 

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Yesterday in Springfield, I joined with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and leading Medicaid reform legislator Sen. Dale Righter to call on Governor Pat Quinn to implement, without delay, the bipartisan Medicaid reform law to achieve millions in projected cost savings and protect low-income and disabled residents.

 

Watch video of Leader Cross’ remarks by clicking on the image below.

Under one of the major provisions the law, the State is required to utilize a private vendor to review eligibility based on ability to pay and residency. This is anticipated to scrub as many as 300,000 ineligible individuals off the Medicaid rolls and save the state $350 million. However, Administration officials recently announced their intention to delay implementation of this provision until January 2013, a full six months into the state’s current fiscal year.

Failure to act may very well lead to the Governor coming back to us in January or sooner and saying we need to make additional cuts to vulnerable families and/or raise new revenue, which is code for raising taxes. Our Medicaid reform law was specifically and carefully crafted to avoid such a doomsday scenario.

With so much at stake and millions of low-income and disabled Illinois residents depending on Medicaid, we cannot afford any delay in fully implementing this law. We have come too far to allow administrative delays to threaten the heath care of millions of Illinois families.

I have also filed House Resolution 1225 to help shine a brighter

light on the implementation of these reforms and require a monthly implementation briefing. 

There are dozens of other reforms that total close to $1.3 billion in cost savings included in the Medicaid reform law.  These also need to be implemented during the current fiscal year.  Please visit Illinois House (www.ilhousegop.org) and Senate (www.senategop.state.il.us) websites for more details.

We will be monitoring the implementation of all of these reforms to make sure we hit the target that is included in the budget. It is unacceptable to delay any longer. Action is needed, and needed now.

News entities from all over the state covered our news conference.  Click HERE to read one piece published in the Chicago Tribune today.

Sincerely,

Rep. Tom Cross

House Republican Leader

State Representative, 84th District

Contact Information:

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross

401 S. Second Street, Room 316
Springfield, IL 62706

 

                                                                  

Preacher’s guilty plea little help to victim, family

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By K. Godfrey Easter


Seattle, WA (BlackNews.com) — Kenny has barely entered his twenties now and his frustrated mother, Lishuan, insists, “He’s still struggling.” Since Kenny spoke out publicly about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a well known Northwest minister, he’s been unable to find help where it ought to be found in abundance.

Minister Timothy Dampier (1), the gifted and locally popular Christian minister pled guilty last week to 22 counts of sexually abusing 10 Greater sexually area children over a ten year span. Dampier began preying on him when he was only ten and the abuse continued well into Kenny’s pubescent years.

During young Kenny’s formative years, Lishuan trusted Dampier enough to be her son’s mentor. Kenny played the drums for his predator, as Dampier skillfully played the organ, sang or preached. Kenny was one of the well regarded young preacher’s first victims. He used to refer to his attacker as “Minister Dampier,” “God Dad,” and “Uncle.” It continued until he returned home one day and told his mom only that he had had enough of hanging with Dampier.

Judy Jones, the Midwest Associate Director for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) (2), said, “We have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers.”

The once trusted preacher’s guilty plea has done little if nothing to respond to the internal struggles that Kenny and his mom still endure. The church where Lishuan, Kenny and Dampier all worshipped when he was first arrested on just four counts of child molestation has helped Lishuan and Kenny even less.

Dr. Robert Lee Manaway (3), also a degreed counselor, alongside the leadership of his Seattle based Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, has been mostly hush-mouthed about the horrific ordeal since the news first broke almost two years ago. Another neighborhood pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffrey, Sr. (4), senior pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, stepped up. He didn’t hesitate to inform authorities after Kenny personally confided in him.

“My job is to call the police and that’s what I did,” Dr. Jeffrey told reporters.

Like many exhausted moms, Lishuan understands where her son is right now mentally. It’s not just because Lishuan is his natural mother, but she has also been violently raped. There’s no discounting the fact that abuse of any kind is mentally debilitating. But, when such damage inflected on children is caused by trusted church leadership, where are families supposed to turn for support? Who can be trusted, if not the church?

“These boys are very brave for speaking up and taking action to get this child predator behind bars and away from kids,” Jones, whose agency unfortunately boasts of having over 12,000 abused members, commented.

Optimistically, she states, “Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.” In Kenny’s case, coming forward has only compounded his tragedy. Kenny told reporters, “… my trust was betrayed in the worst way.”

“Children who are abused, especially those who have been sexually abused, often grow up feeling isolated and alone. As adults, they experience any number of medical and psychological problems including insomnia, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, anxiety and PTSD,” says Jeri R. White, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Child Mental Health Specialist, and Executive Director of Southeast Youth and Family Services (5) in Seattle.

Now, entering into adulthood an already wounded man without a social support system that he trusts in place, he continues enduring tremendous psychological hardship, which is played out through self-destructive acts… according to his mother.

K. Godfrey Easter is a controversial Christian author, church organist and the founder of www.ACTSandBEYOND.org, an online resources ministry dedicated to raising awareness and bringing healing to victims of religious injustice.
(1) News article on Timothy Dampier – www.actsandbeyond.org/abmi/?page_id=5
(2) SNAP Website – www.snapnetwork.org
(3) Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church website – www.tabernacleseattle.net
(4) Initial New Article About Dampier Arrest – www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-church-musician-charged-with-child-molestation-20110509,0,5634951.story
(5) Southeast Youth and Family Services website – http://website.seyfs.org

Photo Caption: Minister Timothy Dampier

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