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Madigan urges Congress to extend tax relief to struggling homeowners

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Extension Set to Expire in December, Forcing Illinois Homeowners to Pay Taxes on Any Mortgage Relief Received   

 
 
CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined 41 of her counterparts in calling on Congress to extend tax relief for homeowners who have mortgage debt canceled or forgiven because of financial hardship or declining home values.
 
Under the federal Mortgage Debt Relief Act, in effect since 2007, a distressed homeowner’s mortgage debt that is forgiven after a foreclosure, a short sale or through a loan modification can be excluded from a taxpayer’s calculation of taxable income. The exclusion, which only applies to mortgage debt forgiven on primary residences, is set to expire on Dec. 31.
 
In a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders, the Attorneys General asked to extend the exclusion for distressed homeowners. The letter noted that allowing the exclusion to expire would cause homeowners who receive relief under the $25 billion national foreclosure settlement, as well as other mortgage debt relief programs, to face up to $1.3 billion in tax increases, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
 
“Failure to extend this tax relief would hurt the very families we set out to help in the national foreclosure settlement,” Madigan said. “We need to do everything we can to encourage—not deter—struggling homeowners to seek help to stay in their homes.” 
 
An extension is included in the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012 (S. 3521), which recently passed out of the Senate Finance Committee with bipartisan support.
 

SCLC Commends Multi-Billion BP Settlement for “Poor People”; Calls For More!

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“Dr. King’s nonviolent strategy paid off against BP, but it’s not over yet,” -Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., SCLC Board Chairman

 

ATLANTA, GA – Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., SCLC Chair; Charles Steele, SCLC CEO and Art Rocker, SCLC Florida Chair and Chairman of SCLC’s spinoff Operation People for Peace will hold a news conference to discuss the BP settlement and SCLC’s role and Art Rocker’s leadership in securing billions of dollars in settlement relief for minority and disadvantaged Gulf Coast victims.

The press conference will be held today, November 20, 2012, at SCLC National Headquarters, 320 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Ga. at 11 a.m.

“The civil rights battle for economic justice against BP is far from over,” opines Rocker.

SCLC Chairman Dr. Bernard LaFayette commends BP for the billions it has committed thus far to the poor, but is quick to cite the need for even more economic aid.

“SCLC’s purpose is to fight for and change the conditions of poor people, the underserved, the oppressed and the exploited,” explains LaFayette, who trains and educates people worldwide on ‘Kingian’ nonviolence.  “The results that we’ve gotten from BP came from the nonviolent direct action and mobilization, and continuing to press the issue.  It shows people that if you follow the strategy espoused by Dr. King you can achieve the desired results.  So the decision has been made to honor the claims.

“Art has demonstrated what the results can be if you don’t give up,” the chairman continues. “He stayed on the case in the tradition of SCLC. I asked him to do that.  Still, there’s more to be done to help people re-tool their lives.”

Poverty overcome by Digital Urban Platform

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Restore Together, Inc. launches Global Social Media Website for Positive Social Change and Collaborative Eradication of Poverty
 
 
WASHINGTON, DC  – There is an all-out assault on the poor. And that assault is global, systemic, digital, immoral, and effective. These factors and many others conjoin to make these very trying, desperate, and difficult times for the former middle class and new poor – and especially the growing numbers of urban poor of all ethnic and racial groups. But there is now a multi-lingual and accessible global platform and on-line community that allows extensive organizing and resource collaboration toward rapid and comprehensive solutions for those in crisis or multi-dimensional need.

Dr. Joe Conte, Director of Educational Initiatives, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC stated, “I am convinced that if this website technology restoretogether.com were available in the 1st century, Jesus would have made great use of it to help those in need and to bring His message out to a wider world!”

Restore Together.com allows community organization and activism that facilitates the awakening and proclamation of the individual and collective voice, through one-to-one and one-to-many online forums; face-to-face meetings or videostreaming communications; as well as incremental activities through the sharing of resources that address social injustice. There are crisis and help resources that avail a database of over 500,000 help organizations throughout the United States and more globally, such as food banks, shelters, hospitals, police stations, social services organizations, counseling resources, human trafficking

assistance, substance abuse organizations, etc.; all with access to printable information, map directions and collaborative resources, real-time. There is also integrated giving and receiving, which allows individuals, organizations, governments and corporations to give or donate, request or receive products:

such as food, shelter, clothing, etc.; services: such as legal, accounting, marketing, construction, administration, etc.; donations and funding to organizations and movements-through grants and philanthropic giving; and employment postings by individuals and organizations. There is a counseling

consortium, which allows licensed counselors and ordained pastors to donate and provide counseling and pastoral counseling services to those in need through face-to-face, secure video chat or chat counseling sessions. And along with a daily inspirational message to each member there is the LoveTapTM, which

allows a member to shout out to the world about a selfless expression of sacrificial love and compassion for another human being.

 

According to Dr. Louis J. Hutchinson, III, Chairman and Founder of Restore Together, Inc., “The sacrificial solution that will heal institutional sin such as oppression and poverty is at the very foundation of our existence: LOVE.”

“Restoretogether.com is our love in real-time action, seeking to preserve global community, for all.”

 

About Restore Together, Inc.

 

Restore Together, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation located at 9701 Apollo Drive, Suite 301, Largo, Maryland 20774. The Restore Together Community (www.restoretogether.com) is a digital ministry platform that extends the ability of churches, corporations, organizations, governments, and individuals to provide care and services to those in need, without geographic limitation. It is dynamic, collaborative, multilingual and accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Restore Together also enhances an individual or organization’s collective gifts/resources, ability to provide holistic counseling, discipleship, sharing of best practices, and ability to organize local or global community action toward positive social change.

 

About the Book: Restore Together: Urban Ministry in the Context of

Technology and Energy in the 21st Century by Dr. Louis J. Hutchinson, III

 

In this book, Dr. Hutchinson writes a sound sociological and scripture-based analysis, thoughtful theology, a deeply passionate love for the church and society, and a practical guidebook and project to foster a global digital ministry that calls for the collaboration of the church, corporations, organizations,

governments, individuals, and the world for beneficial social change. The Restore Together book is available on Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com, both on Paperback and for the Kindle device.

iLoveTap@RestoreTogether

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Suburban Minority Contractors Association honors MWRD Board Vice President Barbara McGowan

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Vice President Barbara McGowan received the Millennium Builder’s Executive Leadership Award presented by Rev. Larry Bullock, president/founder of the Suburban Minority Contractors Association (SMCA).
 
Commissioner McGowan shared the honor with Kristi Lafleur, Executive Director of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Seven other outstanding business and community leaders were also recognized during the 2012 SMCA Millennium Builder’s Awards Banquet held at the Belvedere Banquet and Events Center in Elk Grove Village earlier this month.
 
Other award recipients included:
 
·   CEO John Wilson, Penn Construction Services, LLC, Millennium Builder’s Minority           Contractor of the Year Award
 
·  President Ulice Payne, Addison-Clifton, LLC, Millennium Builder’s Executive Leadership Award
 
·  State Senator Terry Link, Millennium Builder’s Legislative Award
 
· Daphne Sligh – Turner Construction, Millennium Builder’s Visionary Award
 
·  State Representative LaShawn Ford, 8th District, State of Illinois, Millennium Builder’s Legislative Award
 
·  Commissioner & Rev. Tyrone Crider, Regional Transportation Authority, Millennium Builder’s Legacy Award
 
· President Michael Rodriguez, Waukegan Public School Board of Education, Millennium Builder’s Visionary Award
 
Attorney Ulice Payne, Jr. Managing Member, Addison-Clifton, LLC, was the keynote speaker, and Kennedy Center performer P.J. Perrian provided musical entertainment.
 
“I’m extremely grateful for this wonderful honor,” said Commissioner McGowan. “I am strongly committed to doing all that I can to assist the minority-owned and women-owned businesses in Cook County. They are working hard to improve their communities and making an impact on the lives of thousands of people.”
 
Established in 1990, the SMCA is a non-profit professional trade association of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in Chicago. The mission of the organization is to provide advocacy services, training, and assistance to minority contractors seeking to conduct business in the greater Chicagoland area. SMCA is an assist agency for Cook County, the City of Chicago Department of Purchasing, the MWRD, Illinois Department of Transportation, and several private enterprises.
 
SMCA membership benefits include procurement opportunities for suburban contractors; educational, technical and consulting assistance; access to architectural drawings/specifications for public and private projects; man-power employee training; placement services for unemployed/ under-employed minority suburban residents; insurance, bonding, estimates, financing and contract administration services; assistance in preparing documentation for MBE/WBE/DBE certification; and networking opportunities at regularly scheduled meetings.
 
Additional information about the SMCA can be obtained by calling the Rev. Larry Bullock at (847) 708-1957.
 

Attorney General Madigan releases Annual Holiday Safe Shopping Guide

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released her annual Safe Shopping Guide detailing recalled products to warn parents about potentially dangerous toys and household items in their homes and to help Illinois families create a safe environment for the holidays. 

Madigan’s Safe Shopping Guide features toys and other products that were recalled over the past year and could potentially pose a danger to children – from toys covered in lead paint and baby dolls that pose a choking hazard to defective high chairs and strollers.

In addition, this year’s guide features a new section on food safety in light of the growing number of food recalls every year and the increasing number of children and adults who are diagnosed with food allergies. The guide identifies common causes for food recalls, whether due to contamination or allergens, and outlines the important steps families can take to ensure the meals at their holiday celebrations are safe to eat.

“Whether you’re buying gifts or groceries, this guide is designed to provide an easy-to-use resource to ensure everyone enjoys a happy and safe holiday season,” Madigan said.

Madigan urged consumers to review her guide and use it as a resource during this holiday shopping season. The guide can be particularly important for consumers purchasing items secondhand at garage sales or online due to the possibility that secondhand sellers may not be up to date on items that have been recalled. Consumers can view and download the Safe Shopping Guide at Madigan’s website, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov, or request a free, printed copy in the mail by calling the Attorney General’s Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678.

The Safe Shopping Guide is part of Attorney General Madigan’s ongoing effort to ensure a safe environment for children by educating families on recalled or otherwise dangerous items in their homes. As Attorney General, Madigan has worked with retailers around the state and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association to ensure dangerous products are removed from store shelves and partnered with the Illinois Hospital Association, the state Medical Society and pediatricians to help spread information to parents about potentially dangerous products they should remove from their homes.

Latino Media to White House: Immigration Reform Now!

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Latino Media to White House: Immigration Reform Now!

New America Media

By Elena Shore

 

Editor’s Note: President Obama announced last week that he expects Congress to propose a comprehensive immigration reform bill in early 2013. Last Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced renewed talks to bring back their own immigration reform bill. Immigration reform may be retaking center stage in national media, but in the country’s Spanish-language newspapers, radio and TV programs, it has been the lead story for years.

 

Latino media are again taking the lead in the push for comprehensive immigration reform. The day after President Obama’s re-election, an editorial in the Los Angeles-based Spanish-language newspaper La Opinión argued that Obama “owes” it to Latinos.

The election, editors write, showed that Obama’s reelection was made possible thanks to the Latino vote, which can no longer be ignored in the path to the White House.

“Obama owes Latinos a debt,” the editorial argues. “We hope that the White House proposes an immigration bill and that GOP lawmakers take the opportunity to earn brownie points with the Latino community with a reasonable, positive law.”

Editors contend that the Republican Party needs to support immigration reform in order to gain back the votes of Latinos.

“The question,” they write, “is whether the GOP understands that it needs to adapt how its message is communicated, and in part also the content, to recover the ground lost among Hispanics. Passing comprehensive immigration reform in Congress would be a good step in that direction.”

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos makes a similar argument in a column titled, “How to Lose an Election,” writing that Republicans must lead the effort for immigration reform in 2013.

The future of the GOP, he says, depends on it.

“As the party moves forward,” Ramos writes, “it needs to rally behind more moderate members like Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and a potential presidential candidate in 2016, who supports immigration reform and knows that without Hispanics, the GOP’s future looks grim. Those Republicans who would prefer to carry on as usual need to take a hard look at the numbers … If Republicans don’t reach out to our community, their party is doomed.”

Gaps and Failures

The way Rodrigo Cervantes, editor of Atlanta-based Mundo Hispánico, explains it, his newspaper, like many other Latino media, “has documented the gaps and failures of the current immigration system and how it has affected different communities and people -not only immigrants, and not only undocumented immigrants.”

A Nov. 8 editorial in Philadelphia’s Spanish-language newspaper Al Día, for example, looks at the limits of the Obama administration’s achievements, from health care to deferred action.

Al Día’s post-election editorial questions “why undocumented immigrants have been wholly precluded from purchasing — with their own money — coverage from insurers in your plan … Further, we wonder why undocumented young adults who are granted deferred action will not be given the ability to purchase health insurance from ACA pools either.”

Editors also wonder why Obama has failed to push for the DREAM Act, and ignored the pleas of Dreamers to issue an executive order to protect them. “And, no,” editors note, “the deferred action you penned isn’t anything comparable to an executive order, no matter how many times it is carelessly referred to in that way.”

The editorial concludes: “We applaud [deferred action] while feeling it was a small, conveniently-timed band-aid on a wound that you are responsible for exacerbating.

“That wound is immigration, Mr. President. The hundreds of thousands of people you’ve deported; the tens of thousands of families you’ve separated with detention and deportation; the thousands of U.S. citizen children placed in foster care because of your deportation policy; and the yet-to-be-counted total of children that have been adopted out because their detained parents were judged to have ‘abandoned’ them — these are our brothers, sisters, children, parents, friends and acquaintances — and your immigration legacy so far.

“You’ve said we can do a lot, together, in four years. We agree. And we’ll hold you and your party to it.”

A Bit of History

Latino media’s role at the forefront of the immigration reform movement should come as no surprise; the sector has a history of defending the rights of its community and immigration reform is no exception.

John Esparza, editor of Vida en Valle, in Fresno, Calif., says his newspaper has taken a stand in support of comprehensive immigration reform since the mid-1990s, when communities began to express concern about Proposition 187, the California ballot measure that sought to prohibit undocumented immigrants from using social services.

The newspaper’s long tradition of advocating for immigration reform is a reflection of its location and the community it serves. “The heart of our distribution area is the San Joaquín Valley,” Esparza explains, “where farm production leads the nation thanks to a largely undocumented workforce.”

In 2006, Spanish-language radio was credited with urging many Latinos to take to the streets in the Labor Day immigrant rights marches, where millions of people protested the Sensenbrenner Bill in cities across the country.

Latino TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and online media have not spared President Obama in their criticism of U.S. immigration policy.

Latino media have taken the Obama administration to task for deporting a record number of undocumented immigrants; allowing immigration detention facilities that had inadequate medical care and poor conditions to remain open; enforcing policies such as Secure Communities that lead to deportation and detention of non-criminals; and a system of detention and deportation that separated families and left thousands of children in foster care.

On the state level, Latino media have also been at the forefront of the pushback against a wave of unprecedented state laws that took a hard line on illegal immigration, from Arizona’s SB 1070 to similar laws in Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Utah and South Carolina.

When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law HB 87, for example, Georgia’s state immigration law, Atlanta Spanish-language newspaper MundoHispánico was published with a blank cover. In an accompanying editorial, editors wrote that the blank cover reflected the mood of the community and demonstrated their silent rejection of the state immigration law.

“It is my belief that journalism follows that principle of public service: to alert the structures of power on how a bad decision that they take can affect, denigrate or prejudice others,” MundoHispánico editor Rodrigo Cervantes explains.

Voices for Reform Growing Louder

“I don’t necessarily see support for immigration reform as growing, but rather getting louder,” says Esparza of Vida en el Valle. “The United Farm Workers has been working with the Nisei Farmers League and other agricultural organizations to push for immigration reform since 2005. That is a remarkable achievement considering the past history of the UFW and [agriculture]. DREAMers have added to that louder voice.”

Esparza says his publication continues to push for comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including farmworkers and DREAMers; a visa program that provides safeguards for guest workers so that they are not abused; family reunification; and establishment of an immigration program that avoids the pitfalls of the 1986 Immigration and Reform Control Act.

The last push for comprehensive immigration reform, however, resulted in a ratcheting up of enforcement and deportations, without any of these reforms.

The question this time is whether these efforts will be successful.

Additional reporting by Suzanne Manneh.

Black on Black Love is giving away 400 Thanksgiving Dinners today at Kennedy King College

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The Black on Black Love Organization will distribute Thanksgiving baskets, complete with 14-16 pound turkeys and all the trimmings to serve a family of four, with food left over to prepare meals for several days following Thanksgiving.

Distribution of Thanksgiving baskets to over 400 Chicago families who have been identified by community organizations, churches and other non-profits will be held today, Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Kennedy King College, 740 West 63rd Street (The Great Hall) from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For the past 14 years, Black on Black Love has provided Thanksgiving meals to more than 25,000 individuals.

The Black on Black Love Organization was founded by former Soft Sheen Products, Inc. President, Edward G. Gardner.  Spencer Leak, Sr., of Leak Funeral Homes is Chairman of the Black on Black Love Board of Directors and also annual sponsor of the event.

For more information, contact Frances Wright, President/CEO, Black on Black Love.or her assistants, Noelle Smith or Doris Richardson at 773-978-0868

You may also contact  Emma Young, Consultant, 773-651-6049  Mobile: 312-953-6363.

Black church finds new home inside of Hyde Park Jewish temple

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By Chinta Strausberg

 

Rev. Larry Martin, pastor of the Hope Church of Chicago, an African American non-denominational church, found a new home inside of the historic 165-year-old KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, headed by Rabbi Batsheva Appel, located across the street from President Barack Obama’s Hyde Park home.

Martin moved his church from 5152 So. Indiana inside of KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, which is the oldest Reform congregation in the Midwest located at 5039 S. Greenwood in the Hyde Park-Kenwood community, on October 7, 2012. He plans to stay there for the next three-years in preparation of buying their own church.

“We were looking for a place that provided us with more multiple rooms,” said Martin who explained that KAM Isaiah Congregation “has always been open to Christian congregations.” Martin is renting from KAM.

Martin praised KAM, a Reform congregation, for welcoming into their temple. “We happen upon a very wonderful liberal reform Jewish congregation that understand the need for worship space. They are more than willing to share the worship space that they have, and to them relationships are really important irrespective of denominations. That is what we are enjoying…a wonderful relationship with a group of people who love God as well,” said Martin.

In the interim, Martin said there are many rooms inside of KAM including a library and a banquet hall. Martin has bible study, a dance group. “We use all the open spaces that they have,” he said praising KAM officials for allowing his church to be housed in one of Illinois’ most prestigious synagogues and across the street from America’s first African American president.

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.

Sec’y of State Jesse White targets holiday shoppers abusing Disability Parking at Malls Statewide

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Marks the 7th year Secretary of State Police Conduct Enforcement

 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that he has directed the Secretary of State Police to conduct a statewide enforcement effort to crack down on people who illegally park in disability parking spaces at shopping malls beginning on Black Friday, November 23rd. 

Secretary of State Police will be enforcing the provisions of the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Water Tower Place in Chicago, as well as malls in Carbondale, Champaign, Peoria, Fairview Heights, Rockford, and Springfield on November 23rd, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season and the busiest shopping day of the year.  Other enforcements will take place during the holiday season in Chicago, the suburbs, and across the state of Illinois.

“Our mission is not to give tickets, but to ensure the parking spaces are available to those who need them,” White said.  “Parking illegally in a space reserved for those who are disabled will mean more money will be spent on fines and less towards gifts.  My message is simple: if you don’t belong there, don’t park there.”

The fine for illegally using a placard or disability license plates without the authorized holder of the placard or disability license plates present is a maximum of $500.  In addition, violators can be subject to a 30-day administrative driver’s license suspension from the Secretary of State for the first offense.  The fine for parking in an accessible parking space without a parking placard or disability license plates can be as much $350.

Secretary White urged people to report abuse of accessible parking spaces by calling 217-785-0309.  Callers should be prepared to report placard and license plate numbers as well as locations of vehicles.  People can also report abuse via the Secretary of State’s website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com and complete the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse Complaint Form.

There are 653,279 placards and approximately 81,422 disability license plates in Illinois.

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