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Poverty & Race Research Action Council analysis shows that nearly half of African American and Hispanic families in the U.S. face burdensome housing costs

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WASHINGTON, IL -Nearly half of African American and Hispanic families in the United States lack sufficient income to afford a two-bedroom apartment at the average fair market rent, according to a comprehensive analysis of Out of Reach 2013 conducted by Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC). Out of Reach 2013 is a widely circulated study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) on the affordability of rental housing for low-wage workers.

According to the Out of Reach 2013, a typical full-time worker in the US must earn $18.79 per hour to afford a decent two bedroom apartment while spending no more than 30% of their income – the amount the government sets as “affordable” – on housing costs. Currently, an average renter earns about $14.32 hourly wage.

Furthermore, NLIHC estimates that a family will need an annual income of $39,080 to afford a two-bedroom apartment at an average fair market rent of $977. An analysis of data from the NLIHC study and the 2007-2011 American Community Survey show that there are 22,510,587 families in the US with annual income less than approximately $39,080.

This year PRRAC completed, for the first time, a racial breakdown of the NLIHC’s annual housing affordability study. The analysis indicates that high percentages of African American and Hispanic families face significant cost burdens in trying to maintain sufficient housing.

“The results are stunning,” said Philip Tegeler, PRRAC’s president. “Finding affordable housing is a challenge for all low-income Americans, but our analysis demonstrates it is even more burdensome for families of color. This should be a wake-up call for the Administration and Congress that addressing housing costs, and creating more affordable housing, must be a national priority.”

Kirk, Durbin, Bustos, Davis Bill would promote public-private partnerships for Lock & Dam Modernization

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Legislation would help clear $60 billion backlog in Army Corps projects, including water infrastructure upgrades along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve the nation’s water infrastructure – including locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers – through public-private partnerships that would expedite projects and save taxpayers money.
The Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act would create a pilot program to explore agreements between the Army Corps of Engineers and private entities as alternatives to traditional financing, planning, design, and construction models. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates a $60 billion backlog of outstanding projects that will take decades to complete without outside investment.
“The Illinois and Mississippi rivers are the lifeblood of the Midwest’s economic engine” said Kirk. “At a time when the Army Corps of Engineers is facing severe funding shortfalls and a growing backlog of authorized projects, we need to explore new ways to bring private support to our public assets. This legislation allows important lock and dam and flood control projects the opportunity to engage in a public-private agreement for project management, keeping costs down and speeding construction. I am a strong supporter of innovative financing and project delivery in infrastructure, and look forward to the public-private partnerships that will result from this effort.”
“Over five years ago, I worked with my colleagues to authorize a program to ensure safer, more reliable and more efficient navigation along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers by expanding and modernizing the locks and dams,” said Durbin. “Unfortunately, the first benefits of this modernization won’t be felt until 2047 – and that was the prediction before sequestration. It’s clear we need a new model – one that speeds up the process of planning and constructing projects and brings to the table greater private investment. Our bipartisan bill will provide a new way to upgrade and maintain our water infrastructure investments even as we face severe fiscal constraints in Washington.”
“The Mississippi and Illinois Rivers are absolutely critical to the economic well-being of our region. That is why action must be taken to expand and modernize the locks and dams that help transport our goods and products world-wide,” said Bustos. “By encouraging public-private partnerships, our bipartisan bill will expedite the planning and construction of projects that will make the movement of the high-quality goods of our region – whether they be from Caterpillar, John Deere or the numerous farmers and manufacturers that call Illinois home – more swift, efficient and safe.”
“In government we need to be innovative and learn how to do more with less, which is why I’m such a strong supporter of public-private partnerships,” said Davis. “This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will help us to fulfill our responsibility to invest in our nation’s infrastructure, and by upgrading our locks and dams, we can ensure that the Mississippi River and other Illinois waterways will be reliable arteries to move goods and services for years to come.”
The Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act would authorize a pilot program for 5 years that would identify up to 15 previously authorized navigation, flood damage reduction, and hurricane and storm damage reduction projects for participation.
For the projects that are chosen for participation, the Army Corps of Engineers and private entities would enter into innovative new agreements to decentralize the planning, design, and construction processes in an effort to speed up project delivery while maintaining safety. Additionally, these agreements could bring more private investment in water infrastructure projects.
To ensure accountability and transparency, the Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act would require an audit of activities by the private entities. To protect public investment today’s legislation would require a non-interested third party to complete a study – within 90 days – to determine whether a proposed agreement provides a better public and financial benefit than the current system. The legislation does not allow privatization of any federal asset.

Arizona prosecutions bar undocumented from legalization

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Arizona Prosecutions Bar Undocumented From Legalization

New America Media

By Valeria Fernandez

PHOENIX–Ivon Matamoros has been packing most of her baby daughter’s clothes and blankets to start a reluctant journey back to Mexico. Matamoros, 24, could be among hundreds of youth who qualify for a deportation reprieve under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). But she didn’t apply.

Matamoros didn’t think she would qualify because she has a felony on her record — for working with false documents as a cashier and buser at a Pei Wei chain restaurant.

An immigration judge told her this was a “crime of moral turpitude” and that she would have to leave. He gave her a date to do so, willingly: March 21.

“The judge said it reflected badly on my character,” said Matamoros. “If I didn’t have that felony, I would have been able to qualify for DACA.”

Groups Denounce Raids, Prosecutions

As discussions ramp up in Congress to come up with a federal comprehensive immigration reform bill, pro-immigrant groups and attorneys in Arizona are denouncing the raids and prosecutions of workers like Matamoros, which could hurt their chances of becoming documented residents.

Most immigration reform proposals exclude people with criminal records; millions of workers currently using false documents to work on the United States could lose out if they get arrested.

Matamoros was among hundreds of unauthorized workers in Maricopa County who ended up in deportation proceedings as a result of business worksite raids carried out by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Workers in her situation are being charged with multiple counts of identity theft, typically a Class 4 felony, and offered plea bargains to a lower charge, such as “taking the identity of another,” a Class 6 violation.

“Maricopa County is the only county that is doing these raids. They don’t have to do these raids–that is immigration’s job,” said Carlos Garcia, director of Puente, a pro-immigrant and human rights organization in Phoenix.

Puente organized a march this week to protest Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery for prosecuting these cases and charging undocumented workers with felonies that can lead to their deportation.

“Immigration reform starts at home,” Garcia stated. “If we don’t stop Arpaio and Bill Montgomery, the people from the 71 raids are never going to be able to obtain citizenship or any other legal status in the country because of the felonies.”

“Criminalizing the Community”

In February, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and a group of immigration attorneys denounced Montgomery, alleging that he engages in discrimination for bringing charges against undocumented immigrants and essentially ensuring their deportation.

“This office will not engage in any sort of systematic effort to ensure people are deported from the U. S.,” said Montgomery in response during a press conference.

The county attorney acknowledged that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) provided his prosecutors their customary training on the types of charges that could have an immigration-related consequence for people.

Immigrant rights advocates argue that Montgomery could choose whether or not to offer plea deals that won’t have an immigration-related impact, but claim that he is deciding not to do so.

Montgomery, who has expressed support for SANE (Solution to Federal Immigration Reform), a comprehensive platform developed by the Real Arizona Coalition, said he is simply following the law.

But Garcia countered, “Bill Montgomery is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. On the one side he’s supporting the SANE platform and on the other, he is criminalizing the community. If he’s doing this, he is just as bad as Arpaio.”

Recently, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association asked Montgomery to explain what the group calls “unequal treatment” toward undocumented Latino workers.

In a letter to Montgomery, Los Abogados Board President Gaetano Testini wrote, “Over the last year, we have witnessed a marked change in the charges filed, the plea offers made and the negotiations entered into, with respect to this class of noncitizens.” The letter goes on to claim that Montgomery’s office “purposely provides plea offers that guarantee a noncitizen’s deportation from the United States and denies them their day in Immigration Court.”

Targeting Workers, Not Employers

The worksite raids began in 2008, after Arizona passed an employer-sanctions law meant to impose civil penalties on companies that knowingly hire undocumented workers. But Sheriff Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas decided to use the new law to crack down on workers using false documents and charge them with identity theft.

Thomas said at the time that this was a strategy to ensure that a criminal record would keep undocumented immigrants from ever becoming U.S. citizens.

When Thomas –who was eventually disbarred in connection to alleged ethic violations–left office to run for the state’s attorney general, the interim county attorney Rick Romney discontinued the prosecutions.

Montgomery, though, began prosecuting people arrested in Arpaio’s sweeps, as soon as he took office, he said, in order to fight identity theft.

Although hundreds of workers were arrested in the 71 Maricopa County worksite raids, only three employers faced civil sanctions for knowingly hiring undocumented workers.

“I have to deal with these cases as I have them,” Montgomery said. “If I started seeking different resolutions just because I wanted to improve relationships with a particular part of the community, that would be the worst example of prosecutorial discretion I can imagine.”

When the raids started five years ago, many immigrant families didn’t know about the legal ramifications of pleading guilty to a Class 6 felony charge.

In some instances, undocumented immigrants who find themselves in deportation proceedings can apply for the cancellation of their removal, if they’ve been in the United States for more than 10 years and have a relative who is a U.S. citizen.

But that isn’t possible if they have a felony charge from working with false documents, explained immigration attorney Dori Zavala.

“When it comes to immigration, they say they don’t qualify because they have this crime of moral turpitude,” said Zavala.

Challenge to Felony Charges

Last year Zavala and her colleague, attorney Delia Salvatierra, decided to take their battle to the criminal justice courts by challenging these felony charges.

Zavala currently represents Miguel Venegas, an embroidery factory worker arrested with a dozen others on Feb. 8. Unlike Matamoros, Venegas now has a chance to fight against the felony charges.

“He is willing to do anything he can, because he’s been living here for 20 years,” said Venegas’ wife, Julia Ojeda, who joined the protest with the Puente group.

Ojeda said her husband was the main breadwinner for her and their three U.S.-born children.

“Sometimes the kids catch me off guard when they ask me when their dad will be released,” she said.

Zavala explained that the conditions in county jails for many of these workers, who have never been in a jail before, and their inability to afford an attorney often deter them from asserting their innocence.

“I took the plea because I couldn’t be in that awful jail anymore,” said Matamoros. “I didn’t know what was going to happen later.”

Several immigration attorneys have told Matamoros that her case is a “lost cause,” she said. She has accepted that she’ll have to go back to Mexico and leave her husband, Luis, behind so that he can support the family.

Matamoros was arrested on March 4, 2011, the day before her wedding was supposed to take place. She was finally able to get married four months later when she was released after paying bail of over $12,000—all of their savings.

Arguing to Stop Deportation

As an attorney, Zavala said immigrants like Matamoros have few options once an immigration judge orders the person’s voluntary removal.

But Zavala argues that ICE should grant people affected by these immigration sweeps a stay of their deportation, considering that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing the sheriff for alleged racial profiling involving traffic stops and worksite raids.

In its December 2011 findings, DOJ said the Criminal Employment Squad (CES) from the sheriff’s office “routinely raid businesses in a manner that harms innocent Latino workers.”

DOJ found, “Specifically, CES’s deputies typically detain and investigate the immigration status of all employees at a raided worksite, whether or not the employees are listed in the warrant authorizing the raid.”

Zavala argues, “ICE should say any convictions coming from that should be considered differently.”

Matamoros is worried about returning to a country she hasn’t been in for almost a decade.
She worries about the violence in Mexico and about the type of health care her American daughter will get.

She wishes she’d had a chance to continue her education, rather than having to go to work.

If she’d gone to school instead of working, she wouldn’t have been arrested and charged with using false documents — a felony that prevents her from being eligible for DACA now or any kind of regularization of her status in the future.

“We were just working to get ahead,” she said. “Families are being separated every day because of this.”

Photo Caption: Ivon Matamoros and her baby daughter

HomeFree-USA to host second Meet the Lender Event

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CitiBank to headline session educating consumers on how to navigate the homebuying process

Hyattsville, MD – With the housing market on the upspring, HomeFree-USA, one of the nation’s largest homeownership development and HUD intermediaries, will be helping prospective homebuyers make 2013 their year for homeownership with a free Meet the Lender Event Saturday, March 16.

Meet the Lender is a series of free events designed to connect prospective homebuyers with the nation’s largest mortgage lenders. CitiBank will be the featured lender at the March 16th event, held at the HomeFree-USA headquarters in Hyattsville, MD. Participants will gain insight into the homebuying process and learn about some of the unique products and programs that CitiBank has to offer for consumers.

The Meet the Lender event is designed to inspire, empower and inform consumers. Attendees will learn how to get their finances ready for homeownership, find out how to avoid costly homebuying mistakes, and position themselves to save thousands over the lifetime of a mortgage. Prospective homebuyers will also hear successful stories of homeownership designed to help them to thrive as future homeowners.

“We are thrilled to host this important community event for homebuyers,” said Marcia Griffin, president of HomeFree-USA. “Each event will help prospective homebuyers to make the choices and decisions they need to be successful homeowners.”

About Meet the Lender

The CitiBank session is the second in an ongoing series of Meet the Lender events that will be held throughout 2013. Each event will feature a different lender who will give attendees the information they need to successfully navigate the homebuying process.

For more information about the March 16 Meet the Lender event, consumers can go to http://www.homefreeusa.org/events or RSVP by calling 301-891-8423.

About HomeFree-USA

HomeFree-USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit organization that specializes in homeownership development, foreclosure intervention and financial empowerment. Based in the Washington, DC metro area, HomeFree-USA delivers services across the country through its nationwide network of faith- and community-based nonprofit partners. The HomeFree-USA network represents the interests of 4.5 million homeowners and homebuyers. HomeFree-USA enjoys a 0% foreclosure rate among families that have participated in its pre-purchase homeownership preparation program. To learn more, visit http://www.homefreeusa.org/&n bsp;

Smaller Contracts – Greater opportunities for more firms to work on Move Illinois

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Move Illinois Program

Big construction projects usually mean big contracts. But that’s no reason not to work to expand opportunities for a variety of businesses to work on our 15-year, $12 billion capital program Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

The Tollway is working to ensure that a variety of large construction contracts are “unbundled” into smaller contract opportunities to encourage small and diverse businesses to compete for work. In addition to unbundling contracts and raising awareness of these opportunities, we are also working to help new businesses learn how to navigate our contract and bidding process through outreach and workshops tailored to prepare them to bid on Tollway contracts.

And, we are starting to see the results of our efforts.

We are pleased to report that three new firms won prime roles on four unbundled construction contracts last year. And, recent contract awards include two firms who will serve as prime contractors to the Tollway for the first time and who are also certified minority business enterprise firms.

We are looking for the best and brightest businesses, regardless of size, to work on Move Illinois. Businesses interested in working with the Tollway should visit the “Doing Business” section on the Tollway’s website for more information.

About Move Illinois
The Illinois Tollway’s $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, will improve mobility, relieve congestion, reduce pollution, create as many as 120,000 jobs and link economies across the Midwest region. Move Illinois will address the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system; rebuild and widen the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor; construct a new interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57; build a new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access and fund planning studies for the Illinois Route 53/120 Extension and the Illiana Expressway.

Got a Great Idea, But Not Enough Funds to Get it off the Ground? How About Crowdfunding?

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Soap Box Rants

A WEEKLY COLUMN to CopyLine Magazine

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

Do you or your organization have a great idea, but not enough money to get it off the ground? Have the banks turned you down and you’ve had no luck securing a small loan for your great idea? You’ve tried family and friends, but they couldn’t help you out or couldn’t see your vision in the same way you could see it?

Well never fear, crowdfunding is here. Crowdfunding is an old idea that has grown legs with the power of the internet and has been helpful in taking small ideas and turning them into full-blown, fully-developed products, services or activities. On crowdfunding websites like KickStarter.com, Indiegogo.com, and GoFundMe.com., random people with an interest in your project pull together on your project site and make donations. And if you reach your monetary goal, you’ll receive the money to invest in your project.

This is the way it works: You post a video or images to a website with information on why you need the money, how much it will cost you to accomplish what you need, and what you are willing to offer in exchange for monetary support and why it is a good idea to invest in you.

You should display examples of your project or show it in its final stages to draw interest and support. For example, I want to create a comic book. I can draw pictures, but I need to hire a writer and a layout artist. I’ve looked into the cost, and my writer tells me he will charge me $900 to take my story idea and outline and turn it into a thirty-page comic. The printer says it will cost me $5,000 dollars for 700 comic books, and the layout artist wants $400. I pay a marketing firm $1,200 dollars to promote the book. It’s going to cost me about $7,500 to get the book done, but I’m a college student working out of my dorm room. I don’t have that kind of money. What do I do? Find a crowdfunding site and put together an awesome video to convince your audience your product is something they would want to invest in or buy. It can be anything that would be of value to people.

Prior to creating the video, you’ll want to come up with some creative and useful incentives to offer in exchange for donations. With the example above, I might send thank you note cards with the main characters on them. For a $5.oo donation, I would send 5 postcards for them to use; $10.00 for all of the above with an extra 5 postcards, and so on. It can go as high as $50.00 to be a character in the book. The options are only limited by your imagination. Just make sure you can deliver. You do not want to disappoint your investors. They believed in you by investing in your idea.

Most crowdfunding sites offer a blogging feature so you can keep your audience abreast of the updates on the project, as you should. So dust off your old idea, and try bringing it to life with some anxious investors looking for unique ideas.

Tip: You have a better chance of getting full funding by doing your campaigns in phases. If you don’t get enough investors to cover the project, the donations do not get charged to the donor’s credit card with most crowdfunding sites. There are some exceptions, but few.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

Businessman Rauner releases statement on SEC accusing Illinois of Securities Fraud

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CHICAGO, IL – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced a settlement with Illinois in which it accuses the state of securities fraud related to its pension system.

Bruce Rauner, a businessman considering a run for governor of Illinois, released the following statement:

“Illinois politicians have been dishonest in their financial dealings for years and years. They hide the true financial disaster that is going on in our government. We’re supposed to have a constitutionally required balanced budget. But they use smoke screens and shell games to kick the can down the road. If they don’t pay a bill they don’t count it as an expense. So they don’t pay bills and it’s misleading. It’s abusive to service providers. The politicians count borrowing as revenue. Borrowing is not revenue. They lie to the public, they lie to the taxpayers. Now the SEC tells us the career politicians in Springfield have been lying to bondholders about the severity of our problems. Is anyone surprised? It’s just another example in a long line of dishonesty in Springfield. They should’ve been caught years ago.”

According to the SEC, between 2005 and 2009 “the State of Illinois misled bond investors about the adequacy of its statutory plan to fund its pension obligations and the risks created by the State’s underfunding of its pension systems.” Springfield misled investors and municipal bond holders as to the true state of the unfunded pension liabilities. Today, Illinois only has 40% of its pension funded, with close to $100 billion in unfunded liabilities. The SEC states that Illinois’ lack of transparency is not only unacceptable, but also illegal.

Rauner continued, “What I’m hearing on my Listening Tour is that people are fed up with corrupt career politicians. People believe it’s going to take an outsider, someone from the private sector to shake things up.”

Bruce Rauner is a businessman considering running for Governor of Illinois. He is currently on a Listening Tour across Illinois with stops this week in DuPage, Effingham, Cumberland, Shelby, and Coles counties.

Collins extends protections for homeowners facing foreclosure

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30-day grace periods will remain in effect for the next three years

SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) secured unanimous Senate passage Wednesday of a measure that postpones the repeal of legal protections for homeowners seeking counseling to avoid foreclosure. The “30-30-30” grace period law was set to expire this year but would remain on the books for another three years if Collins’ legislation is successful.

“Foreclosure prevention counseling has helped thousands of Illinois homeowners stay in their homes,” Collins said. “Because in many parts of our state the housing market is still in crisis, we must continue to give homeowners who have missed payments the breathing room they need to seek professional assistance.”

Since 2009, more than 48,000 homeowners have received free counseling through the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network, and the Illinois Hardest Hit program has helped more than 6,500 people make their mortgage payments.

“Foreclosure counseling is a proven tool in the effort to stabilize neighborhoods and give homeowners a chance to make it through tough times,” Collins said. “Approved counselors can help homeowners evaluate their finances, take control of their spending, negotiate with their lenders and ultimately start making manageable payments and keep their homes.”

The “30-30-30” law requires lenders to wait 30 days after the due date of a missed payment, send a notice to the borrower, give the homeowner 30 more days to seek counseling and then give the homeowner and counselor 30 days to offer the lender a workout plan. The bank may file for foreclosure only if the homeowner does not obtain counseling services within 30 days of the initial notice, if the homeowner and counselor do not present an acceptable plan within 30 days or if the borrower fails to comply with the terms of the workout plan.

New River Fine Art announces Major Purvis Young Retrospective Exhibition

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL (BlackNews.com) — Purvis Young was considered the most important self taught contemporary artist to have emerged in the last 40 years. When he died in 2010, Bruce Weber wrote in his New York Times obituary that Purvis Young’s work “… could be found in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the High Museum in Atlanta, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.” In fact, his art is part of the global collections of 60 museums.

In a major art world event, Lisa Burgess, owner of New River Fine Art at 914 East Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is opening an exhibition and offering for sale works from her personal collection of Young’s art consisting of more than 700 constructions, paintings and drawings from the 1970’s to 2001. It is perhaps the most important exhibition of the artist’s paintings since the Rubell Family Collection acquired 3,000 pieces in 1999, with the aim of donating the works to museums and public institutions. In 2011, they donated 109 paintings, valued at over $1 million to Morehouse College’s African American Hall of Fame where the collection is displayed today.

“We are very excited with this unique opportunity to unveil such a magnificent collection,” Mrs. Burgess said. “The exhibition will debut at New River Fine Art on Friday, which coincides with the release of 128 page full color catalog.” The exhibit runs through April 22nd. The public is invited with advance reservations.

“We feel the time is right to begin offering works from our personal collection”, stated Burgess. “With major museum collections growing, auction records being set for the artist’s work and galleries asking higher and higher prices, the depth of the New River Fine Art’s collection means we can offer real value to collectors for an artist whose reputation will continue to grow for many years. Many art professionals believe major works from Purvis Young will soon regularly be valued at over one hundred thousand dollars.” Prices in the exhibition range from a mere $150 to $50,000.

Purvis Young was an American artist from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida. His work was a blend of collage and painting, utilized found-objects and the experience of African Americans in the urban America. Purvis of Overtown is a documentary about his life-and-work.

For more details, call (954) 524-2100 or visit www.newriverfineart.com.

Photo Caption: Artist Purvis Young

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