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Health Disparities, Increasing Minorities in Health Professions topics of Howard University’s upcoming Syposium

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Former Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Louis W. Sullivan to Give Keynote Address at the event

WASHINGTON, DC – The 2013 Symposium on U.S. Healthcare at Howard University has announced Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, as its keynote speaker on Wednesday, April 10.

Health professionals from across the nation will assemble at Howard for the one-day event, held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Armour Blackburn Center, 2397 6th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Attendees and speakers from health professions will focus on minority health disparities, building the capacity to combat issues through education, research and community leadership, and establishing a pipeline for minorities in STEM careers.

Health disparities among minority U.S. populations and ethnic groups are apparent in the adult deaths, infant mortality rates and other oft-cited health measures. By promoting minority preparation for leadership roles and improving access to a more diverse group of health professionals, health outcomes can be improved in vulnerable communities.

The event is free and open to the public, although registration is required. To register, visit here.

Dr. Sullivan will focus the conversation on such issues with an address titled, “Preparing Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).”

Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, distinguished Howard University alumnus and president of the University of Detroit-Mercy, will address the issue of “Bringing Black Males into the Healthcare Pipeline.”

Dr. Jeanne Sinkford, associate executive director and director of the American Dental Education Association’s Center for Equity and Diversity, Dr. Marc Nivet of the Association of American Medical Colleges and Dr. Christina Stasiuk of Cigna Health Services will highlight the role of minority women in healthcare professions. Reginald Van Lee, senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, will focus on the effectiveness of the use of mega-community approaches to healthcare issues.

“By providing more Americans with access to quality care, the Affordable Care Act was a major step toward equalizing healthcare across communities,” said Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., dean emerita of the Howard University School of Communications and chair of the Symposium Planning Committee. “Key to our mission of eliminating health disparities is increasing the number of minority health professionals that understand their communities’ needs.”

With funds donated by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and support of the University’s Time Warner Endowment, the Howard University Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communication and Technology (IDMCT) seeks to increase opportunities for the University to facilitate national and international research and discussions of complex national and international issues.

About Howard University
Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar,19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information about Howard University, call 202-238-2330 or visit the University’s Web site at www.howard.edu.

Photo Caption: Dr. Louis W. Sullivan

Senator Kirk’s statement on legislation to make gun trafficking a Federal Crime

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Senate Judiciary Committee approves original Kirk-Gillibrand measure that would crack down on the flow of illegal weapons to drug gangs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee considered a bipartisan bill that would combat gun trafficking and straw purchases. The Judiciary Committee approved the legislation, S.443, which incorporates anti-gun trafficking provisions introduced by Senators Kirk and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), by a vote of 11-7.
“Every day in cities across our nation illegal guns flow into the hands of dangerous drug gangs who use these weapons to engage in widespread violence and senseless murder,” said Senator Kirk. “Last year alone, gang violence killed over 500 men, women and children in Chicago. The bill passed by the Judiciary Committee incorporates the Kirk-Gillibrand bill to make trafficking of illegal guns a federal crime and stop this vicious cycle of violence. My hope is that drying up the flow of illegal weapons will make our streets safer while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
Originally introduced on January 30th, the Kirk, Gillibrand Gun trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 empowers law enforcement to investigate and prosecute gun traffickers and their entire criminal networks, including gangs and organized crime rings. The bill makes it illegal to sell or transfer 2 or more firearms to someone whom the seller knows or has reasonable cause to know is prohibited by laws from owning a firearm and establishes harsh penalties for infractions.
On March 4th, Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined Senators Kirk and Gillibrand in sponsoring a larger bill, titled the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act, which incorporates the Kirk-Gillibrand language. A portion of the legislation is named after Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed by gang gunfire in Chicago.

A Question of Sequestration Frustration

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Guest Commentary

By Jim Rogers, Editorial Director, CD Publications

After weeks of watching Democrat and Republican lawmakers engage in congressional kabuki theater, the curtain of sequestration has at last fallen. And now that we’re well into the process, actors on both sides of the political stage appear resolute in agreeing to remain utterly disagreeable.

What has become clear since March 1 is that sequestration will not result in an immediate negative impact on the nation’s economy. What happens down the road remains anybody’s guess; but for now, little has changed.

Understanding this reality is especially important for those in the social services sector who have been told that sequestration would bring about a budgetary doomsday, resulting in the evaporation of federal funding streams upon which so many of us rely.

But, that isn’t at all the case. Indeed, hundreds of billions of federal dollars remain in the pipeline. What’s more, the relatively small percentage of funding slated to be cut — about 5% for nondefense discretionary funding – amounts to a drop in the proverbial bucket.

But let’s not dwell too long on the obvious. In fact, just for the sake of argument, let’s agree with the naysayers that federal money for social services — at least for the foreseeable future — is going to be tough to find.

Well, here’s a news flash: Private funders – foundations, corporate givers, etc. – will fill whatever void results from a diminished federal funding stream.

How do we know? Just take a look at Wall Street. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in the midst of a very bullish market, with stock prices hitting record highs. And typically, the stock market is where foundations and other funders/donors invest their money.

Here at CD Publications our mission for more than 52 years has been the pursuit of independent, nonpartisan reporting designed to provide our readers with honest assessments of developments in the fields we cover. Nothing – including sequestration – has happened to sway us from continuing our pursuit of this mission.

Absolutely nothing.

Jim Rogers, Editorial Director

CD Publications

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Black cops provide dilemma, solutions in modern policing

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E-book “Controlling Blue” examines dangers of being a Black cop

Citizen responsibility, leadership seen as solutions for better policing

“Controlling Blue: Race Media and Policing” is a first of it’s kind research about the plight of black cops and community control of local policing.

Jacksonville, FL (BlackNews.com) — A black police officer in plain clothes chasing a dangerous suspect can cause citizen onlookers to think that the black cop is the bad guy. A white police officer viewing this very same scenario may shoot the black cop. A consistent dosage of negative depictions of African American males on TV, radio and in movies are partly responsible. The second edition of Controlling Blue: Race Media and Policing is the first book to take a look into the plight of black police officers and to examine the effects that race and media have on policing.

Many police departments are experiencing racial issues; both in the communities they are serving as well as within their departments. Black officers often walk a line between two social realities – dealing with being black as a cop and being black as a person in the society. As more blacks have become police officers, some interesting occurrences have taken place. Among them is the previously mentioned killing of black police officers in plain clothes by white officers. Negative perceptions can cause some black officers to show a similar fear and hatred toward other Blacks. Author Opio Sokoni states that leadership has been one of the most important factors in addressing these problems. A chief can determine whether racism by officers will be addressed swiftly or considered a minor priority.

The second half of Controlling Blue is ambitious in its layout of an improved citizen review of the police. Sokoni states that a strong board should have majority civilian input and investigatory and subpoena powers. In addition, he writes about the effectiveness that civil lawsuits and the U.S. Justice Department can have in bringing about change within local law enforcement. Finally, this research looks at informal mechanisms such as citizen surveillance and a better method for good cops to report bad cops. Opio Sokoni states, “This is an important book for anyone looking to understand and decrease racism within an important area of the criminal justice system – policing.”

Controlling Blue (2nd Ed.) is independently published and is currently being released exclusively as an e-book. This short and highly interesting work can be found at Amazon.com ($9.99) and in PDF format at www.Poli-Tainment.com ($9.50).

Sokoni is an activist and a political commentator. His writings include books about the Seminole Wars, pioneering aviatrix Bessie Coleman, and a history about black music genres created in the United States. Opio Sokoni holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of North Florida and a law degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Citywide People’s School Board Meeting Tonight!, March 8, 2013, over announced closing of 80 schools

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Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), a coalition of 26 community and labor organizations in Chicago, is holding a People’s School Board Meeting in response to the CPS commission’s recent announcement that 80 schools can be closed. The event will be held this evening, March 8th, from 6-8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Avenue in Chicago.

The People’s School Board Meeting will be a city-wide forum where parents, students, teachers and community members will testify against school closings and charter expansion, as well as develop a plan of action to save neighborhood schools and create an Elected School Board.

“The People’s School Board Meeting is being held to defend our children and schools by taking back decision-making power from the Board of Education. Parents, teachers and students are in these schools everyday and we know what it takes to improve our schools. GEM has developed a sustainable model of community-based school transformation, but CPS refuses to listen. Enough is enough. We refuse to beg any longer,” said Katelyn Johnson, Executive Director of Action Now.

The Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) is committed to democratic principles in the governance, pedagogy, and culture of our public schools.

GEM is calling for a Board of Education that:

– Puts children first – all children

– Listens respectfully to students, parents and teachers

– Supports community-based school improvement

– Is accountable to public school families and children

GEM believes that every child has a constitutional civil and human right to a high quality, equitably funded, public education based on the following:

1. Participatory democratic principles,

2. Community empowerment,

3. A challenging comprehensive and enriched curriculum,

4. Respect for cultural diversity,

5. Universal Human Rights.

Visuals: 200 people expected to attend and a People’s School Board made up of community members will speak. Parents and community members will testify as well. There will be a large banner that says, “ZERO SCHOOL CLOSINGS” along with a map that clearly shows the correlation between “underutilization” and the expansion of charters.

Members of the Grassroots Education Movement include: Action Now, Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Blocks Together, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Teachers Union, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign, Grassroots Collaborative, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Northside Action For Justice, PACE, Parents 4 Teachers, PEACE, People for Community Recovery, Pilsen Alliance, SEIU Local 1, SEIU Local 73, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, Stand Up Chicago, Southside Together Organizing for Power, Teachers For Social Justice, UNITE Here Local 1, VOYCE

National Veterans Art Museum announces new show in honor of International Women’s Day

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Not About Bombs features five Iraqi Women Using Art to Address Nationality and Conflict, Expectation and Representation

CHICAGO, IL – Marking the 10th-year anniversary of the War in Iraq and in honor of International Women’s Day, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) is proud to open an exciting new exhibition of art by five female Iraqi artists. Curated by Tricia Khutoretsky, Not About Bombs addresses how a female perspective can fit into the modern context of turmoil and conflict through art and avoid falling into the typical ways that women are represented and misrepresented.

The NVAM will be free and open to the public from 1 PM – 5 PM on Saturday, March 9, 2013 with a keynote at 3 p.m. and a panel discussion at 4 p.m.

The women in this exhibit contribute art that is visually and conceptually accomplished, but unpredictable and emotionally engaging. Because if anything, as a long, drawn-out, mind-numbing war comes to a “close,” emotional investments in Iraq are few and far between.

This exhibit will not be what you expect. It is about war. It is about Iraq. But it presents contemporary art by Iraqi women to deliberately explore and challenge expectations.

Panel discussion – Not About Bombs: Art and Identity Beyond Conflict: This panel discussion among five women aims to unpack the binary of ally/enemy, self/other — a universal wartime strategy. The conversation will explore the power of contemporary art by Iraqi women artists to both clarify and complicate the identity of the “other,” whether in or beyond conflict, and attempt to expand the discourse of identity and war beyond the constraints of popular media.

The show will be open to the public from Saturday, March 9, 2013 through September 2013.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST will feature Curator Tricia Khutoretsky, veteran artist Erica Slone, Executive Director Levi Moore, and Creative Director Ted Stanuga. Opening Reception is 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Keynote address at 3 p.m., Panel discussion at 4 p,m,

All events will be held at the National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Chicago.

The show’s opening is timed to coincide with the yearly celebration of International Women’s Day. Annually on March 8, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. All around the world, women are connected by activities ranging from business conferences and networking events to local women’s craft markets and theatric performances. The exhibit also highlights National Women’s History Month.

In addition, 2013 marks the 10-year anniversary of the war in Iraq, and citizens of Iraq and America alike are still working through the ramifications of this conflict.

According to Art Committee co-chair Ash Kyrie, the National Veterans Art Museum is proud to present Not About Bombs to coincide with International Women’s Day and National Women’s History month. However, Kyrie adds, “Not About Bombs is not just about gender. Featuring art by five female Iraqi artists, Not About Bombs also raises questions of nationality, conflict, art, expectation and representation.”

According to Erica Slone, Not About Bombs is important because it gives viewers a way to discuss war in a more inclusive and expansive way and to show how war affects people who are not combatants.

Slone states, “Part of the project in bringing Not About Bombs to the National Veterans Art Museum is the effort to recontextualize modern narratives of war and of war participants. This exhibit insists that viewers broaden their perspective of war and the costs of war. The artists in this show are Iraqi women dealing with questions of identity and representations amid anti-Islam rhetoric and conflict. By using their unique positions as Iraqis, as women, as survivors of war, and as artists, they are pushing the discourse of war beyond conventional expectations.”

Slone also notes the provocative direction of the art in the exhibition, adding, “The art in this show pushes war art in new directions, finds new metaphors to reach arts patrons, and expands the visual vocabulary of war beyond grenades, guns and other weapons. Simply put, this show is not about bombs. It’s about art and the way art can be a catalyst for bigger discussions, and how art can operate to bridge cultural misunderstandings and misrepresentations.”

Executive Director Levi Moore celebrated Erica Slone’s return to the NVAM as coordinator of Not About Bombs. Slone previously exhibited in and curated last year’s all-female exhibition Overlooked / Looked Over. Moore states, “We are pleased to have Erica Slone facilitate the exhibition and panel discussion for Not About Bombs and to help us honor International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Erica’s investment in broadening the dialogue over war and the costs of war—especially as they relate to identity questions of all kinds–are a rich contribution to the museum’s mission.”

220 Communications founder to participate in Social Media Discussion at South by Southwest Conference

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CHICAGO, IL – Glenn Murray, Founder of 220 Communications will participate in a panel discussion about how to expand the appeal of your business, products, mission and brand worldwide at “Go Global or Go Home: Become a Worldwide Player with High Touch Digital Marketing,” on Sunday, March 10, at the SXSW 2013 Interactive conference in Austin, Texas.
Murray will be joined on the panel by fellow multimedia professionals from Chicago, including moderator T..Shawn Taylor , media consultant and president of Treetop Consulting, Jetta Bates, president of Twist Global, which services national and international clients in technology, film, fashion, beverage, retail, entertainment and tourism; and Cle Hayden, a digital marketing maven.
The panel will be presented in the Blacks in Technology (BiT) House at the Hilton Garden Inn, Austin, at 2:30 p.m.
Panel description: The world is getting smaller, which means your public footprint needs to be bigger. Professionals who want to thrive and keep ahead of the curve need to engage worldwide. This is where technology and social media come in. The Internet is the great equalizer; it allows access for the little guy (or girl) that would not have been possible in the past. Our panel of marketing and social media experts, who hail from blue chip corporations and global advertising agencies, will share valuable insight for professionals and small business owners on how to go to the next level, and go worldwide.
“I’m looking forward to attending the conference , its been a goal of mine to get here and experience it. Commented Murray ” I’m excited about the panel and the discussion about the endless possibilities of social media”
Mr. Murray has held positions in the marketing departments at top U.S. companies including General Electric, Leo Burnett, and Sears. His desire to become an entrepreneur and apply what he had learned as a marketing professional in the corporate world led him to create 220 Communications which started strictly as an events company and grew into the areas of publishing, fundraising , as well as music marketing and distribution
Headliners at this year’s interactive conference include former Vice President Al Gore and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
For more information about SXSW 2013, visit http://sxsw.com/interactive.

Ninth annual Spelman College Leadership Conference examines wealth building, entrepreneurship and philanthropy

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Entrepreneurs Nicole Ari Parker and Judy Smith to be honored with Legacy of Leadership Awards

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — For the ninth year, Spelman College will host its annual Leadership and Women of Color Conference featuring actress/entrepreneur Nicole Ari Parker and famed crisis communications expert/author Judy Smith — the real-life inspiration for ABC’s hit series “Scandal” — as two of its honorees and keynote speakers. The two-day event will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center, May 15 -16, 2013.

Convened by Jane E. Smith, Ed.D., executive director of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Spelman, the conference will feature notable thought leaders and industry influencers engaging attendees from business, public policy, and education in detailed discussions centered on the theme, Strategic Leadership: Building Wealth, Entrepreneurship and Paying It Forward. This must-attend event for women and men in both the corporate and non-profit sectors will provide information and tools to help 21st century women of color strategically focus on building wealth, creating businesses and using both to make important, sustainable contributions to their communities.

“During the conference, attendees will learn from and pay tribute to corporate and community power brokers,” said Dr. Smith. “We are bringing forth those individuals whose commitment and leadership are making a difference in work places, communities and the health and wealth of women of color.”

Through keynote speeches, panel discussions and “conversations” with Spelman President Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., attendees will gain unique insight and leave with practical solutions to help them:

* Incorporate the cornerstones of wealth building
* Blaze a trail for others through philanthropic endeavors
* Understand the impact of health on wealth
* Leverage the power of the media to grow wealth

Held on the first night of the conference, the Legacy of Leadership Awards Dinner is an elegant evening of memorable entertainment, outstanding speakers and inspiring stories of leadership. This year, remarkable women who exemplify strategic leadership and embrace the importance of not only building successful careers, but also understanding the power of giving back are being honored. Among the honorees are Ari Parker and Smith, as well as other local and national leaders in various fields.

The Ninth Annual Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the Georgia International Convention Center. For more details and to register, visit www.spelmanwomenofcolorconf.com. Join the discussion and share your thoughts on this year’s theme on Facebook and Twitter, #SpelmanWOCC.

About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

Lt. Gov. Simon names 2013 Rural Illinois Champion

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Jerry Townsend dedicated to improving quality of life for rural residents


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, announced Urbana resident Jerry Townsend as the 2013 Rural Illinois Champion Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Townsend, 70, spent nearly 40 years with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development as the community programs director. Even after retiring, he continues to serve as a member of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council and is the immediate past president of the Illinois Rural Partners organization. He has served on the organization’s board of directors for the past 24 years.

“Jerry has spent his lifetime supporting and advancing the needs of rural Illinoisans,” said Simon. “Professionally and personally, Jerry is dedicated to helping strengthen and revitalize rural communities. I look forward to his continued service for many years to come.”

Townsend also volunteered with the Peace Corps and worked with the Western Illinois University Peace Corps Fellows program in rural Illinois. Townsend was recognized on Wednesday at the Rural Community Economic Development Conference in Peoria.

“Jerry was always supportive and tried to find ways for USDA-RD to help advance rural issues. The leadership that Jerry exhibited is not common among state and federal agency representatives,” said Dr. Norm Walzer, the 2012 recipient of the Rural Champion award.

In addition to the Rural Community Economic Development Conference, rural leaders gathered in Springfield this week for the inaugural Illinois Farmers Market Association conference. The association recognized Lt. Governor Simon for her work in expanding farmers markets’ accessibility to wireless debit, credit and Link “card-swiping” machines throughout the state. The program provides low-income residents with increased access to fresh, local produce. In 2012, 55 farmers markets accepted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, with plans to continue expansion this year. Additional details can be found here.

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