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President Barack Obama wins re-election: “hopeful about our future”

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After a hard fought campaign, President Barack Obama got the go-ahead for another four years to finish the job he started.

Addressing thousands of supporters at McCormick Place in Chicago, Obama pointed out that “…You, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”

President Barack Obama’s remarks on Election Night at McCormick Place in Chicago after getting the green light for another four-year term.    

The President’s remarks follows: 

Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. 

It moves forward because of you.  It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression; the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope — the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family, and we rise or fall together, as one nation, and as one people. 

Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.  

I want to thank every American who participated in this election.  Whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time –  by the way, we have to fix that. Whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone — whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard, and you made a difference. 

I just spoke with Governor Romney, and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-fought campaign.  We may have battled fiercely, but it’s only because we love this country deeply, and we care so strongly about its future.  From George to Lenore to their son Mitt, the Romney family has chosen to give back to America through public service, and that is a legacy that we honor and applaud tonight.    

In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward. 

I want to thank my friend and partner of the last four years, America’s happy warrior  — the best Vice President anybody could ever hope for — Joe Biden. 

And I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago.  Let me say this publicly — Michelle, I have never loved you more.  I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you, too, as our nation’s First Lady.  Sasha and Malia, before our very eyes, you’re growing up to become two strong, smart, beautiful young women, just like your mom.  And I’m so proud of you guys.  But I will say that for now, one dog is probably enough. 

To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics — the best. The best ever. Some of you were new this time around, and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning.  But all of you are family.  No matter what you do or where you go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together, and you will have the lifelong appreciation of a grateful President.  Thank you for believing all the way, through every hill, through every valley.  You lifted me up the whole way.  And I will always be grateful for everything that you’ve done and all the incredible work that you put in.  

I know that political campaigns can sometimes seem small, even silly.  And that provides plenty of fodder for the cynics who tell us that politics is nothing more than a contest of egos, or the domain of special interests.  But if you ever get the chance to talk to folks who turned out at our rallies, and crowded along a rope line in a high school gym, or saw folks working late at a campaign office in some tiny county far away from home, you’ll discover something else.

You’ll hear the determination in the voice of a young field organizer who’s worked his way through college, and wants to make sure every child has that same opportunity. You’ll hear the pride in the voice of a volunteer who’s going door to door because her brother was finally hired when the local auto plant added another shift.  You’ll hear the deep patriotism in the voice of a military spouse who’s working the phones late at night to make sure that no one who fights for this country ever has to fight for a job, or a roof over their head when they come home.  

That’s why we do this.  That’s what politics can be.  That’s why elections matter.  It’s not small; it’s big.  It’s important.

Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated.  We have our own opinions.  Each of us has deeply held beliefs.  And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy.  That won’t change after tonight — and it shouldn’t.  These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty, and we can never forget that as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today. 

But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future.  We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers — a country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation, with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow.

We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt; that isn’t weakened by inequality; that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. 

We want to pass on a country that’s safe and respected and admired around the world; a nation that is defended by the strongest military on Earth and the best troops this world has ever known — (applause) — but also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time of war to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being.

We believe in a generous America; in a compassionate America; in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrant’s daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag. To the young boy on the South Side of Chicago who sees a life beyond the nearest street corner. To the furniture worker’s child in North Carolina who wants to become a doctor or a scientist, an engineer or entrepreneur, a diplomat or even a President.  That’s the future we hope for.  That’s the vision we share.  That’s where we need to go.  Forward. That’s where we need to go.       

Now, we will disagree, sometimes fiercely, about how to get there.  As it has for more than two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts.  It’s not always a straight line.  It’s not always a smooth path.  By itself, the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won’t end all the gridlock, or solve all our problems, or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus, and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward.  But that common bond is where we must begin.

Our economy is recovering.  A decade of war is ending.  A long campaign is now over.  And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you.  I have learned from you.  And you’ve made me a better President.  With your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do, and the future that lies ahead.

Tonight, you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.  And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together:  reducing our deficit; reforming our tax code; fixing our immigration system; freeing ourselves from foreign oil.  We’ve got more work to do.

But that doesn’t mean your work is done.  The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote.  America has never been about what can be done for us.  It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.  

This country has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich.  We have the most powerful military in history, but that’s not what makes us strong.  Our university, culture are the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores.

What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth — the belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another, and to future generations; that the freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as well as rights, and among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism.  That’s what makes America great.    

I am hopeful tonight because I have seen this spirit at work in America.  I’ve seen it in the family business whose owners would rather cut their own pay than lay off their neighbors, and in the workers who would rather cut back their hours than see a friend lose a job.

I’ve seen it in the soldiers who re-enlist after losing a limb, and in those SEALs who charged up the stairs into darkness and danger because they knew there was a buddy behind them, watching their back.

I’ve seen it on the shores of New Jersey and New York, where leaders from every party and level of government have swept aside their differences to help a community rebuild from the wreckage of a terrible storm.  

And I saw it just the other day in Mentor, Ohio, where a father told the story of his eight-year-old daughter, whose long battle with leukemia nearly cost their family everything, had it not been for health care reform passing just a few months before the insurance company was about to stop paying for her care.  I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father, but meet this incredible daughter of his.  And when he spoke to the crowd, listening to that father’s story, every parent in that room had tears in their eyes, because we knew that little girl could be our own.  And I know that every American wants her future to be just as bright.

That’s who we are.  That’s the country I’m so proud to lead as your President. And tonight, despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopeful about America.  And I ask you to sustain that hope.

I’m not talking about blind optimism — the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path.  I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.  I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us, so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.  

America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made, and continue to fight for new jobs, and new opportunity, and new security for the middle class.  I believe we can keep the promise of our founding — the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or where you love — it doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or Native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight — you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.

I believe we can seize this future together — because we are not as divided as our politics suggest; we’re not as cynical as the pundits believe; we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions; and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states.  We are, and forever will be, the United States of America. And together, with your help, and God’s grace, we will continue our journey forward, and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth. 

Thank you, America.  God bless you.  God bless these United States.

Why I knew President Barack Obama would reach the coveted 270 mark first

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 It’s healing time

By Chinta Strausberg

 

President Barack Obama has reached the coveted 270 Electoral College mark ensuring that America will indeed go FORWARD under the leadership of America’s first black president and one who ran on truth and a road map of progress that includes all Americans.

My prayers have been answered because a win for Willard Mitt Romney would have been disastrous for this nation, which is already too polarized as mirrored in the voting pattern across America.

Romney’s constantly telling untruths and changing positions depending on which way the wind was blowing just to pander to certain sectors in the nation was not a good sign of a president.  His promise to dismantle Medicare sent the wrong message to the elderly who represent a HUGE number in America, and Romney’s promise to destroy Obamacare, as he calls President Obama’s healthcare plan, enticed whites and blacks to vote for Obama.

Romney’s making that outrageous statement about self-deportation cost him the Latino vote. Even the large white male voter turnout couldn’t save him. His time has come and gone.

President Obama, known for his organizing ability, strategically organized different categories of voters including students, the unemployed in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. He went after the huge Latino vote in Florida not with lies but with a proven track record and a vow to fight for those Latino children who were born of undocumented parents but are here. They now have the right to work without fear of deportation much to Romney’s dismay.

America is like a rainbow made up of many ethnic groups. That is what makes this nation so very beautiful…its diversity. It’s a shame that Romney didn’t understand and appreciate that, but he is from the old school—a school that must be forever shut down, locked up and the key thrown away. It’s healing time. We owe our children a better America than in the past.

This nation must CONTINUE to go forward and the racial healing must begin today.

And, Congress must get the message that they must stop behaving like the Vrdolyak 29 bloc in their treatment of Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor. Their constituents did not elect them to block President Obama’s efforts to serve all Americans and that is what they have been doing over the past four-years. It’s healing time.

It’s time for some major healing among the races. For the first time, blacks and browns constitute the majority of the population in America. You can no longer have a person in charge that looks out for the white majority and ignore non-whites. We are ALL Americans, and the voters made the right choice in returning President Barack Obama to the Oval Office.

I certainly can sleep better knowing that this country has the right Commander In Chief in office and someone who truly cares for ALL people.

I regret that Romney has prepared only a victory speech of 1000 words he describes as a victory speech. I hope now he will concede and go one step further and apologize for all the lies he told to the American people.

When the dust settles, I hope Romney shakes hands with President Obama and promises to help bridge the divide that is tearing this nation apart. I would like for President Obama to host a “Unity Breakfast” like Mayor Washington did with his opponent for the morning after.

It’s healing time.

Can anyone now doubt President Obama’s organizing ability? I got a feeling that everything is going to be all right. I got a feeling that Americans will learn to appreciate diversity and prayerfully racism will slowly roll away to a new order, a new generation of youth who will pick up the mantle and lead this country down the right path economically, socially and racially.

God bless America and God bless President Barack Obama and his beautiful family and may the Republicans cease its obstructionism in our government. I do hope they will now pass President Obama’s JOB BILL that could put thousands to work, and may President Obama lead the discussion on addressing poverty in America.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/19/politics/senate-bring-jobs-home-bill-blocked/index.html

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.

On Election Night, young people tune in to see their impact

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On Election Night, Young People Tune In to See Their Impact  

New America Media

By Anna Challet

 

SAN FRANCISCO — As election results rolled in Tuesday night, young and first-time voters from schools throughout the Bay Area tuned in to see if their activism had made a difference.

Melanie Kristensen, a 21-year-old student at Santa Rosa Junior College, was relieved to hear the results of the presidential election. “Because we’re young, we’re going to be the ones most influencing a new generation of voters in the next few years,” she says. “We’ll be the ones most influencing whatever happens next.”

Kristensen is registered as a Democrat and donated money to the Obama campaign. When major networks began announcing that Obama had won the presidency, she was at her waitressing job in Marin County.

“For someone to have such a huge impact on our vote and get so many of our votes is huge,” she says. “The Republican Party is in trouble, especially because of the growing Latino community within the United States. If they keep alienating young Latino voters, there’s never going to be another Republican in the Oval Office.”

On the other side of the bridge, the mood was celebratory at a results viewing party held by the University of San Francisco’s McCarthy Center. Snow cones were served, and raffle prizes included cardboard cutouts of the presidential candidates.

“If we get the Romney one, we can hang our clothes on it!” one student said to her roommate as they pooled their raffle tickets.

Mele Perla is an undergraduate student at USF who is registered as an Independent. She worked with the Campus Activities Board to register voters on campus.

“They were counting on us not to vote – I keep hearing that there’s low turnout in our age group,” says Perla. “This is the first election that we can take part in, and I wanted to vote and make sure that all my friends could vote. It’s part of history.”

Perla follows President Obama on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. “You can definitely tell from the graphics and the messages that the information is geared toward young people,” she says. For example, by “liking” Obama on Facebook, a user could receive a “Young Americans for Obama” sticker.

USF student Lauryn Gregorio says she was excited to cast her absentee ballot. “My high school youth minister would bring her ballot to our meetings, and we would discuss how she should vote. We were able to talk about different California initiatives, and how the outcomes of the vote would affect things,” she says. “My parents always voted, the adults in my life always voted … Now that we’re in college we have to decide how we’re going to vote and what we believe.”

Like Perla, Gregorio is registered as an Independent, but tends to vote with the Democratic Party on key issues. “I think it’s important to look at each issue, even if I do primarily agree with one side more than the other,” she says.

Some students indicated that being a California voter made them feel as though their votes in the presidential and congressional races didn’t count as much, due to the comfortable lead of Democratic candidates in the state.

Caroline Rosetti, a senior at UC Berkeley, watched the election returns at home with her roommates, away from the crowds at Sproul Plaza. She says that she is more excited about the prospect of voting in the 2016 election. “Just as a young California voter, I think the next presidential election will be more important to me,” says Rosetti. “Obama has had a large lead in California for a long time.”

Avneet Bassi, a USF student who is registered as a Democrat, echoes that sentiment. “Living in California I feel like our votes don’t count as much,” she says.

Bassi volunteered with USF’s Rock the Vote campaign, and she emphasizes the importance of increasing voter turnout among young people. “Politicians tend to concentrate on the older voters. The more college kids vote, the more politicians will prioritize us and our agenda,” she says, mentioning forgiving student loan debt as an example.

Brett Marquette, also a student at USF, says that many young people aren’t aware of how much political power they have. “The population of young people is larger than it’s ever been. I don’t think we know our own power and the effect we could have on the world around us. We could make a big change if we put our minds to it.” Marquette, who is an environmental science major, expressed frustration that the issue of climate change was not mentioned in any of the presidential debates.

Jonna German, a USF freshman, is 17 days away from her 18th birthday.

“Since I can’t vote, I tried to get everyone I know involved,” says German. “For women, we didn’t always have the right to vote. For minorities, we didn’t always have the right to vote. It’s so important for us to voice our opinions.”

Lt. Governor Simon: Target Asian carp in Illinois waterways

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Invasive species eradication options presented at River Council meeting

 

CHAMPAIGN, IL – Environmental and watershed leaders joined Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today in discussing opportunities to eradicate Asian carp levels in Illinois waterways. The state of Illinois is working to develop innovative solutions to stop invasive species, which threaten the lakes and rivers of Illinois and fish native to our state. Recently, the fish have been harvested and processed for high-protein meals, which is one of many ideas for controlling the population.

“In order for the fish native to our region to survive, we must act now to stop the spread of Asian carp,” said Simon, the chair of the state’s river coordinating councils. “Together with researchers from across the state, private organizations and Illinois agencies, we have many viable solutions to stop its spread and market it in a productive way.”

James Garvey, director of the Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center at SIU Carbondale, presented on his recently released report, “Fishing Down the Bighead and Silver Carps: Reducing the Risk of Invasion to the Great Lakes.” Through his research along the Illinois River, Garvey has found that Asian carp make up about 63 percent of all fish biomass in the river, and nearly all of the fish greater than 16 inches in length are Asian carp.

“Asian carp are now the dominant fish species in most major Illinois waterways,” Garvey said. “Because these fish are high in protein and have a similar fish oil composition of marine fish, they are an ideal food source. We are exploring whether harvest is a feasible method for controlling these species while simultaneously benefitting the consumers and fishing industry of Illinois.”

State agencies and private industries are already partnering to control the population of Asian carp and prevent its spread into Lake Michigan and other waterways. Through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ “Target Hunger Now!” campaign, more than 2,000 Asian carp meals have been provided to needy families over two years. Under this program, jobs are created to harvest the fish, needy families have access to protein-rich nourishment, and the species’ invasion is limited.

“The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has been helping lead efforts to protect the Great Lakes from this aquatic invasive species with innovative programs like ‘Target Hunger Now!’  The efforts of the department to remove, track and monitor Asian carp movements in Illinois waters has been a massive undertaking but one that is necessary to protect our environment here and throughout the Great Lakes Basin,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.

Through public-private partnerships, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is working to find economic solutions to bring the Asian carp population in Illinois under control. A 2010 agreement inked by Governor Quinn will help support Big River Fisheries plans to harvest and deliver an estimated 30 million pounds of carp to a Chinese meat processing plant for packaging and shipping to international markets, addressing the fish’s progression while also supporting Illinois’ exports. The Pearl, Illinois company will invest $1.5 million and is expecting to create 61 jobs.

Earlier this year, DCEO announced approximately $1.9 million in federal IKE disaster recovery funds to develop an Asian carp processing plant in Grafton. The funding will consist of a $1.4 million loan to assist Heartland Fish Products LLC in purchasing equipment and a $532,725 grant to the City of Grafton for infrastructure improvements to support their operation. Operations at the facility could begin as early as this month; the project is expected to create 36 full-time jobs.

Simon’s three River Coordinating Councils review state and federal programs that impact Illinois watersheds and work with local communities to raise awareness of and address watershed issues. The River Coordinating Councils meet quarterly around the state to engage the public and encourage working partnerships to address watershed issues.

Eight Chicago-Area businesses to be honored at 2013 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL  – Eight Chicago-area businesses have been selected as recipients of the 2013 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago & Northern Illinois (BBB). The Torch Award spotlights companies that exemplify ethical business practices. The 16th annual awards luncheon will be Thursday, November 29, at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Receiving recognition will be: Access One, Chicago; Andrea A. Raila & Associates, Chicago; The Boeing Company, Chicago; Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn, Oak Lawn; Imagetec L.P, McHenry; LTD Commodities, Bannockburn; Passages Hospice, Lisle; and Scott Nelson Electric, Inc., Mundelein.

 

“Companies receiving the Torch Award do business the right way,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “They know the importance of their customers, employees and other stakeholders to business success. And when this type of business succeeds the communities it operates in succeed. This is at the heart of why the BBB conducts the Torch Award program. We want to encourage businesses to do their best because it benefits everyone involved.”

 

Bernas noted that the 2013 competition had the largest number of nominations and entries since the program began, with more than 2,060 nominations from a wide variety of businesses and consumers. Award recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges.

 

“The number and variety of businesses being nominated and entering the competition reflects an increasing interest by companies in ethical business practices and in self-regulation,” said Bernas. “This belief is the cornerstone of the BBB system.”

 

Companies are judged on ethical performance in seven general categories, and compared against similarly sized businesses based on number of employees.

 

This year’s event has been made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors:

 

AAA Chicago, ABC TV, Abt Electronics & Appliances, Access One, Andrea A. Raila & Associates, The Apartment People Ltd., Automated Data Processing (ADP), AT&T, Bridgestone Firestone, BMO Harris Bank, N.A., CDW, The Chicago South Loop Hotel, Clune Construction, Combined Insurance, ComEd, Delaware Place Bank, DeVry Inc., Dex One Corporation, Discover Financial Services, Empire Today, Four Seasons Home Services, Hallberg Commercial Insuror’s Inc., Hanson Material Service, Hilton Chicago Hotel, Imagetec L.P., The Inland Real Estate Group, Inc., Integrated Project Management Co. Inc., Luna Chicago, LLC., Matthews Roofing Company Inc., Pampered Chef, Passages Hospice, Pinnacle, Plumbing Council, Tiffany & Co., Total Merchant Systems, Tribune Media Group, Sears Holdings Corporation, Urban Imaging Group, U.S. Cellular, Walgreens, West Suburban Bank, Wireless Central, and XSport Fitness.

 

Consumers can nominate an ethical business on our website at www.chicago.bbb.org/torchnomination

 

Black hair care company supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Launches “Pink” campaign

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — With the hope of inspiring their more than 3,000 subscribers to care for the health of their breasts, CurlKit dedicated their October edition to Breast Cancer Awareness. The usual silver box was put to the side this month & replaced with a pink one that featured a breast cancer awareness wristband giving each subscriber the opportunity to inspire someone in their midst.

Products featured within this special edition were – African Pride’s Shea Butter Miracle Silk Hair Lotion, Ampro Pro Styl’s Shine ‘n Jam Silk Edges with a bonus satin sleeping bonnet, Aubrey Organics GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner, Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, Jane Carter Solution’s Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo with a bonus Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner, Better Locks Strengthening Herbal Leave-In Conditioner and a variety of samples and coupon codes from other major brands.

Dozens of subscribers have recorded videos of themselves “unboxing” their October CurlKits – voicing their pleasure with the products they received – many saying that this edition was CurlKit’s best yet. Not only did the service feature a wide variety of great products, but they also put thought into promoting awareness of a disease that touches the lives of so many!

One subscriber described her CurlKit as “talking” and said, because it was stuffed with so many products, it’s been a “hassle to keep closed.” Another took a pause from unboxing her goodies to express her delight with CurlKit’s breast cancer dedication – she was happy to receive her “Survivor” wristband and shared her own breast health story while encouraging her viewers to “check [their] breasts and make sure they are healthy.” When asked why they decided to put so much effort into this month’s edition, CurlKit founder, Heather Cummings said, “My best friend, Brenda, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, I saw first hand the devastation and pain that the diagnosis brought to her life. Thank God she is doing better today, but I would not want to see another woman go through that experience.”

This month, the subscription service for women with naturally curly, kinky, coily and frizzy hair is also partnering with “Hairs A Cure,” a Chicago-based organization whose mission is to support healthy hair and healthy breasts among women in the area. Pre-sale event tickets have already sold out for the November 3rd event which raises money to support women who are unable to afford to undergo treatments for the disease.

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New Blog brings fresh perspective to the political scene

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Tampa, FL (BlackNews.com) — Kane’s Voice of Reason is a new blog that tackles political and social issues with a unique twist of humor and sarcasm but always keeping it real. With all the noise out there in the blogosphere, Kane’s Voice of Reason is bringing sanity to the conversation.

Some of the current topics include:

The Top 15 Ways We’re Better Off Today Than We Were Four Years Ago: The Republicans made a huge blunder by asking the question are we better off today than we were four years ago. Because everyone knows that we’re better off today than we were then. We’ve had 30 straight months of job growth, the stock market is up almost 7,000 points and interest rates are at record lows. Bin Laden is dead, GM and Chrysler are alive, and the war in Iraq is over. It can always be better but what a start.

30 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Should Not Be President: Mitt said it wasn’t worth moving heaven and earth and not worth the money to hunt down Bin Laden. I think those comments should disqualify Mitt from being President. It should be a deal breaker for every citizen of this country. If a democrat had said it, he couldn’t run to be the county dog catcher, much less President. Romney was also willing to let GM and Chrysler be liquidated along with millions of jobs. How could someone who wants to be President, be willing to allow something like that to happen to our country? Mitt also protested in favor of the Vietnam War and the draft. Then he ran off to the France so he could avoid getting drafted. That was a disgrace and makes him unfit to be our commander-in-chief and any veteran that votes for Romney is a disgrace to the uniform. What is the problem with the Romney men and their reluctance to fight for this country?

21 Reasons Why President Obama Should Be Reelected: The Republicans like to parrot the silly statement that the president doesn’t have a record to run on. But that’s completely false. Not only does the President have a record to run on he has a record he can win on. I like the way he stood up for the Gulf Coast residents during the BP oil spill. He put the pressure on BP and made them cough up a $20 billion clean-up fund (they were legally liable for a lot less). And what was the Republican response? Remember, they were on the floor of Congress apologizing to BP. They said the President was putting his boot on BP’s neck. So do you think the Republicans would have been as tough on BP? President Obama has also restored America’s respect and influence around the world. His “Obama Doctrine” for foreign policy is a policy of engagement and mutual respect which has allowed us to gain better cooperation and commitments from our international partners. Contrast that with George Bush; when he left office people were throwing shoes at him.

Everyone Pays Income Taxes… Even the 47%: When Romney said that 47% of Americans don’t pay any income tax he was simply pushing one of the right-wings favorite red-meat talking points. But it’s a flat out lie. Everyone that earns a paycheck on a company payroll pays federal income taxes. You can’t visit your human resources department and negotiate your way out of paying federal income taxes. It’s true however, that the tax code is structured so that the 47% will get most of their income taxes back when they file their tax returns, but you can’t say they never paid. So Mitt is really against the 47% getting huge tax refunds checks. So if you vote for Mitt you can forget about that tax refund check because it will be a lot smaller or it may disappear completely.

The Economy is Actually Doing Quite Well: The economy is not as bad as the republicans are making it out to be. You can actually make a case that the economy is doing quite well. The Republicans have a vested interest in selling doom and gloom because they’re trying to win an election. The Democrats are afraid to say the economy is doing fine because they don’t want to seem out of touch with the misery of the people that are really suffering. But if you take a non-political look at the economy, it’s actually doing pretty good. When I go to the mall it’s still hard to find a parking spot and thousands of people are there spending money. When I go to buy groceries the shelves are stocked, the prices are low, and the check-out lines are long. When I look in the Sunday paper there are hundreds of jobs posted. Corporations are showing record profits quarter after quarter and they’re sitting on trillions of dollars in cash. The stock market is up almost 7,000 points, inflation is low and food is cheap. Interest rates are at record lows so you can get a car loan or a mortgage at a record low interest rate and the employment rate is at 93%. If that’s a bad economy … what’s good? How much better does it have to get before we call it good economy?

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Homeless minister fights eviction from Salvation Army shelter

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Five living in one room, all in school

By Chinta Strausberg

 

Bad luck seems to follow Rev. Derrell E. Gray, 42, and his family of five who are now living in a one-room Salvation Army Shelter, 800 West Lawrence, but are again facing eviction if he doesn’t agree to move his family to Rockford or Peoria, Illinois because his family, labeled “high function impact” has over-stayed their legal limit of 120-days.

The former associate pastor of Triedstone Full Baptist Church headed by Bishop Simon Gordon, Gray has fallen on financial hard times and is currently living with his wife, three sons, 7, 11 and 17 and a 2-year-old daughter at the North Side shelter.

But the clock is ticking fast against this couple both of whom are taking online college courses and their children are in public schools. Rev. Gray is a senior at Liberty University Online and will be receiving his first degree in theology with a minor in business management. He is scheduled to graduate this summer and will then enter law school.

Having asked Bishop Gordon for a leave of absence while he deals with his homelessness, Rev. Gray, the father of seven children, said Salvation Army Shelter officials have allegedly given him an option, to move to Peoria, Illinois or get evicted from their shelter. Gray has refused to sign that agreement and wonders each day if he and his family will be thrown out on the streets of Chicago.

When asked what happened that led to his homelessness, Gray said he has been unemployed for three-years and ironically he just received a letter from the Illinois Department of Employment Security stating he owes them nearly $1700 because “they accidently put me on a program I wasn’t suppose to be on but they still are holding me responsible for it.”

With unemployment benefits long expired, Gray went through all of his savings and maxed out on his credit cards negatively affecting his credit rating. To add insult to injury, Rev. Gray recently received a call from a South Side storage company asking for him to pay his two-month past due storage bill.

When Gray went online and paid for one month plus late fees, he was shocked to learn his belongings from the home he had been evicted from had been auctioned off the same day a half-hour after he talked to and sent them $75 and late fees. They then sent him a bill for $100 for the “inconvenience” for having to auction off his items.  “It was done illegally,” Gray said sighing.

After trying several business enterprises, Gray said those ventures didn’t work out either because “not only was I going through a hard time but everyone else was too especially African Americans during this recession.” Not only didn’t those business ventures work out, but also they cost Rev. Gray even more money.

With no funds left to pay his rent, Rev. Gray said one day “the sheriff’s officers knocked on our apartment door and we were evicted from our home at 111th and Racine.”

“In looking around for shelters, we ended up on the North Side at the Salvation Army which turns out to be a much better community than the one we were in specially when it comes to crime,” said Gray.

Before moving to 111th and Racine, Rev. Gray held prayer vigils around the city of Chicago where he promoted his “Chain of Chains” anti-violence campaigns that ironically including one vigil held at 111th and Racine where a year later he lived and was recently evicted from his home.

“As a consequence of being evicted, we ended up in a better neighborhood with better and safer schools.” Gray said his children are now exposed to a better education as opposed to where they attended on the South Side where many times his son never had homework.

“We are now at the point where the shelter has said we have to move out. I just began another campaign called, “Speak Up, Chicago.” He said originally it was targeted for physical violence in our communities but realized that in addition there is also economical and psychological violence being perpetrated on the black community.

“When I look at the job picture and black ownership in our communities, you find none. There is a direct correlation between the joblessness as well as the violence that occurs in the African American communities.”

With about 97 percent of those in his shelter being black, Rev. Gray said, “I have been told that there is no housing in the city of Chicago. There is no low income available. There is no Section 8 available to assist my family which puts us in a more serious situation in that because of our economic situation even if we were able to afford to move into a community it would more than likely be one of the communities that deal with the bloodshed that has plagued Chicago particularly this year with more than 400 homicides.”

He is now faced with the possibility of being evicted with the shelter and the possibility of uprooting his family again “only to put them back in harms way in a community that everyone knows has issues of physical, economic and psychological violence.”

“It seems to me that there is a political agenda to remove poor and impoverished African Americans from the city of Chicago. I was told that if I didn’t fill out applications for other cities like Rockford or Peoria that I would not be able to stay and if I did I would be able to stay to January 2013,” said Gray.

Rev. Gray has two other children from a previous marriage, two daughters, 25 and 13, and an 11-year-old son who live on the West Side of Chicago. His 13-year-old daughter has applied for a scholarship.

“You can’t ask me to separate myself from my children and move to another city leaving them without their father in their lives. That is an unreasonable request to make. I feel there is an attempt to force my hand to divide my family and to relocate to a city I have no desire to be in,” said Gray.

“I think that is associated with someone’s political agenda to remove impoverished African Americans from the city of Chicago for their own purpose and agenda especially since this particular Salvation Army gets a great deal of its funding from the city of Chicago,” charged Gray.

“I have been given an ultimatum which I think is unfair. I was born in Chicago, and I should not be forced to leave because the city of Chicago has some sort of agenda that I happened to fall into,” he said.

With his “Speak Up Campaign,” Rev. Gray is using that to “address the physical, economic and psychological violence that is being perpetrated on our communities as well as on our people.” Gray believes there is an alleged plot to move poor blacks from the city of Chicago.

“If the city has the wherewithal to move me out of the city, they can use those same resources to help me while I’m still in the city to stay in the same neighborhood where my family, my most valuable possession, will be safe and my children will be able to continue their education.”

Salvation Army officials did not return calls; however, Tod Lending, producer/director of the “In This Room” documentary who interviewed Rev. Gray and Salvation Army officials, said, “The assignment was to focus on the issue of homelessness among CPS students. There are 16,000 homeless CPS students. We met him (Gray) by selecting his children, Malachi and Lamont.”

Lending said shelter officials reportedly told him that the Gray family is a ‘high function impact family “that represents a new homeless cohort that we’re starting to see as a result of the struggling economy. It doesn’t fit the stereotype of families like drug addiction.”  Gray said that is what shelter officials told him as well. Tod Lending’s documentary will air some time in March on Al Jazeera TV.

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 book “How To Get Your Kid in College and Live to Tell the Tale” could save parents thousands

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Journalist and mom of two writes parent’s guide to help get scholarships for students


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — From cradle to crayon, preschool to prom, author Tonya McCleary provides parents with detailed advice on how your child can graduate with a scholarship in hand.

If you want your child to attend college and keep your retirement, this parent’s guide is a must read. Motivated by a desire to see their children achieve their own version of the American dream, McCleary and her husband began a journey that focused on getting their children excited about learning, prepared for achievement, and ready to turn obstacles into opportunities. How To Get Your Kid In College And Live To Tell The Tale provides parents with some insight into the long and sometimes tedious process that runs the gamut from standardized testing to college tours. It is a guide to help you guide your child into a bright future while keeping your sanity.

It is a quick read that will keep you referring back to it for the valuable information inside. The McCleary family has lived in Oklahoma, Missouri, Florida, Texas, and Ohio and use the unique experiences found in those places to prepare their children for higher education. Both their children received several full and partial scholarship offers throughout the country from some schools both large and small. Each is now attending college on full scholarships at Historically Black Universities.

McCleary is a veteran TV news journalist who has spent more than 25 years in broadcast news producing, reporting, and management. She has mentored journalists throughout the country and continues to do so. She plans to continue to work in journalism and is pursuing a Masters of Marketing and Communication and hopes to teach on a collegiate level. She believes writing this parent’s guide was a GOD-idea and will continue to help parents work on getting their kids to college.

How To Get Your Kid in College and Live to Tell the Tale shows readers what happens when “Mother Wit” meets “Mother Necessity” – pure gold that could help save parents thousands of dollars.

For more details, visit www.outskirtspress.com/mykidtocollege/

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