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Archive for March 20th, 2013

State Attorneys General support nomination of Tom Perez as Secretary of U.S. Department of Labor

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Joint statement from State Attorneys General on support of Perez’s nominnation

“Tom Perez is a brilliant lawyer and leader, who listens thoughtfully to all sides and works collaboratively to solve problems. He has dedicated his career to serving the public, and his experience as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and in the U.S. Department of Justice make him ideally suited to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.
“The U.S. Department of Labor and the country will be well served by a leader who understands the need to forge partnerships with state and local officials and who values cooperation to bring about successful results for both employers and employees.”
The following Attorneys General issued this joint statement in support of Perez’s nomination:
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, North Carolina Roy Cooper, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper, Jr., Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna.

As state Attorneys General, we have found Perez to be open, responsive and fundamentally fair. He is committed to justice and the rule of law and able to work across party and philosophical lines to achieve just results.

Black psychologist releases new book highlighting psychology’s role in the school-to-prison pipeline

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“Psycho-Academic Holocaust” by Dr. Umar Johnson discusses how ADHD and other diagnoses poorly discriminate between normal and abnormal behaviors amongst Black boys

Philadelphia, PA (BlackNews.com) — Motivational and inspirational presenter, Dr. Umar Johnson, a descendant of Frederick Douglass, the 19th century Abolitionist, releases his highly-anticipated 1st book detailing how learning disabilities and psychiatric medications are fueling the school-to-prison pipeline. Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education & ADHD Wars Against Black Boys discusses such topics as the movement to eliminate public education, the role of Black language/Ebonics in the mis-education process, the psycho-pharmaceutical control of the mental health establishment, the intentional mis-diagnosing of Black boys for economic gain, mandatory high school graduation exams and schoolhouse racism.

This book is the first of its kind to take readers on an inside tour of the special education machine and how it operates. It is also the first book of the 21st century to explore each of the four major disruptive behavior disorders (ADHD, CD, ODD, DBD-NOS) and how these diagnoses poorly discriminate between normal and abnormal behaviors amongst Black boys.

A very easy yet powerful read, Psycho-Academic Holocaust has been written for laypersons with everyday language, and should be read by all adults who care about the future of young Black males in America, England, Canada and the Caribbean. An entire chapter has been dedicated to teaching parents and teachers how to eliminate challenging and disruptive behaviors without medication. Still another chapter, entitled “Frequently Asked Questions,” provides African-American parents, youth workers, and advocates with vital information they can use to help protect African-American males from psychiatric racism and educational Jim Crowism. The author is a doctor of clinical psychology, certified school psychologist and child therapist, with 15 years of experience working with at-risk children of color.

As an expert educational diagnostician, Dr. Umar works with Intellectually Disabled, Autistic, Emotionally Disturbed, and Learning Disabled children and their families. Founder of the National Movement to Save Black Boys (NMSBB), Dr. Umar is on a mission to build an independent residential school district for African-American boys and girls who have been academically abused by the American Public and Charter School System. He is available for radio interviews, television appearances, guest presentations and book-signings.

For more details about Dr. Umar, visit www.DrUmarJohnson.com or follow him on Twitter @DrUmarJohnson

About The Book:
Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education & ADHD Wars Against Black Boys
By Umar Johnson
ISBN: 978-0-9887116-0-0
Prince of Pan-Africanism Publishing
Price: $20.00 USA
Pages: 204 pages, Paperback, 6 X 9
Publication Date: March 2013
Genre: Psychology, Education, Political Science

Photo Caption: Bookcover

Raoul proposal expands access to early voting

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Legislation would extend early voting, grace period voting to the day before an election

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-13th) proposed letting Illinoisans exercise their early voting and grace period voting options up until the day before an election. He presented the measure, Senate Bill 2212, to the Senate Subcommittee on Election Law, which voted last week to send it to the full Executive Committee for consideration.

“Voting is the keystone of our form of government, and we should find ways to make it easier and more convenient whenever we have the capacity to do so,” said Raoul, a champion of voters’ rights who sponsored the Illinois Voting Rights Act of 2011. “I’ve witnessed voter suppression and eight-hour waits at polling places in other states, and here in Illinois I know we can be more progressive about moving toward maximum voter access.”

Since 2005, Illinois has offered in-person early voting in addition to absentee voting. Currently, registered voters may go to a county clerk’s office or other designated location any time between fifteen days and three days before the election in order to submit a ballot early.

Grace period voting is an option for people who did not register to vote before the close of the registration period for that election or who moved but failed to change their address with the county election authority. During the grace period, a would-be voter may fill out a registration or change of address form and then vote by mail or in person. Grace period votes are counted once the election authority confirms the voters’ eligibility and residency. The grace period currently extends only to the third day before the election.

“With the technology available today, there’s no reason we can’t allow voters to exercise their right throughout the period leading up to an election,” Raoul said. “Our democracy thrives when everyone who’s eligible to vote has optimal access to the ballot box – why make it needlessly complicated?”

Swiss Tourist Rape ‘unfortunate’ for All the wrong reasons

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Swiss Tourist Rape 'Unfortunate' for All the Wrong Reasons

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By Sandip Roy

The gang-rape of the Swiss tourist in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh was front page news in newspapers across the country. The reverberations of the shocking story were felt well outside India’s borders. Even friends from as far away as California, emailed me the story.

But while going through the newspaper, it was an inside page that shocked me even more.

Under the headline of news about the Nation, there were eight stories. Six of them were about violence against women.

Apart from the rape of the Swiss tourist in Madhya Pradesh, a two-year-old girl was raped by a ward boy in Shajapur district in Madhya Pradesh while her mother was delivering another child. A villager heard the child’s screams and rescued her.

A 16-year-old girl from Moradabad set herself on fire after being allegedly molested by three boys. She died on Saturday at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.

A 37-year-old woman who worked as a labourer got on a bus near Indore on Friday and was raped by the bus conductor, the driver and a passenger when it reached the terminal point. The passenger was allegedly drunk.

A 24-year-old researcher pursuing a Ph. D. in nanotechnology was found murdered in her lab in Agra with multiple stab wounds. Police said she had been tortured for about 30 minutes and are not ruling out sexual assault.

A 20-year-old girl died in Katni district in MP (again) when a youth whose marriage proposal had been rejected by her parents set her on fire. That was a sidebar to a story where Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir warned against the “baying for blood” that is the “knee-jerk” reaction to these gangrapes.

Whether the media now has an unofficial “rape beat” or whether the December 16 gangrape has forced it to suddenly pay more attention to stories that were always there, one thing is tragically clear from this collection – rape is not an exceptional crime in this country. Nor is the harassment of women in public places.

“I feel like I’m living in a human zoo, a wandering attraction that invites attention, all of it unwanted,” writes Sarah Elizabeth Webb in The Hindu. “I can’t get up and move to a separate part of my cage to escape the negative attention because in my cage, there are no bars and the men simply follow.” That column was written before the Swiss woman’s rape, when the issue at hand was more about gaping and groping. But even Webb admits that for all the Hollywood stereotypes about the promiscuous Western woman “sexual harassment and sexual assault are not a unique experience to Western women in India.” It happens “across the board.”

The Swiss woman’s rape, which made frontpage headlines, was remarkable only because the victim was a Swiss woman. Her story is nightmarish but not so rare. The Madhya Pradesh home minister Uma Shankar Gupta’s bland bureaucratic response is predictable, pushing the blame, yet again, towards the victim.

She didn’t follow the laws he said. As foreign tourists they were supposed to inform the police about their whereabouts. And he trotted out that same worn banal platitude that Manish Tewari of the Congress had managed to come up with after the Delhi gangrape – “unfortunate”.

“What happened is unfortunate for our nation,” said Gupta.

The subtext is it is “unfortunate” for our nation because now our Eat, Pray, Love image abroad is turning into Eat, Pray, Rape. It is truly “unfortunate” because that crime is so unexceptional. The real shocker here is that this keeps happening over and over again, that even two-year-olds aren’t safe in a hospital.

That even after all the outrage over the Delhi gangrape in a bus what looks like a copycat rape happens in another bus. At least when it comes to follow-up, the Swiss woman is a little luckier than most. Her story became front-page news unlike the labourer in the Indore bus. An English-speaking academic was found to translate for the Swiss couple in the little town on whose outskirts she was raped. Six culprits have been quickly nabbed and the police say they have confessed to the crime.

Kader Khan, the main accused in the Park Street rape case from February 2012 in Kolkata is still missing though that trial is underway. No one has yet been arrested in the case of the three young sisters who were allegedly raped and thrown into the well in Bhandara.

Now a forensic report is contradicting the post-mortem report and saying the girls were not raped. Either way they are dead. And no one has been arrested. “The first day when we filed the complaint, the police didn’t act on it,” their mother told the media. “Had they looked for the girls, my girls would have been found.”

It’s not that the outrage over December 16 or the law the cabinet is trying to thrash out in an all-party meeting will be a magic wand that will suddenly turn rape into a rare and exceptional crime. But if the reaction from the authorities to an allegation of rape is quick, decisive and stops blaming the victim, that will be more than a step forward.

We should not be ashamed about what happened to the Swiss woman because she was a foreigner. The real shame is that an entire page in the newspaper is filled with stories about violence against women, stories from across the board, from a 2–year-old to a labourer to a Ph. D. student. And those were only the ones that were reported over one weekend.

2013 Small Business Grants helping African American entrepreneurs reach their business goals

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Pepsi, Miller Coors, Verizon, Xerox, Coca-Cola and even Bill Gates himself are all giving away thousands of dollars this year in small business grants to needy entrepreneurs

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — MillerCoors has awarded more than $1.5 million in business grants to emerging minority businesses since 1999, targeting urban entrepreneurs ages 21-35. Pepsi, Verizon, and even Bill Gates himself are doing the same – that is, giving away free money to aspiring and existing business owners who need assistance.

If you own a business and have less than 100 employees, you may qualify for such small business grants. While there are many scams on the internet, there are also many real and legit opportunities from major companies such as Pepsi, Verizon, and many more.

How To Find Legit Opportunities:

Those interested in applying for business grants should place inquiries to their local councilman’s office, mayor’s office, and governor’s office. The state of Connecticut, for instance, is giving away more than $60 million dollars this year in grants and forgivable loans. (Read more at http://blog.businessgrants.org/2013/03/60-million-increase-in-connecticuts.html)

You can also visit your local public library to check out related directories, and inquire to major corporations that are headquartered in their state. Searching on the Internet with caution is also recommended.

Finally, visit www.BusinessGrants.org – a helpful web site that lists hundreds of opportunities from corporations and foundation. The site also teaches entrepreneurs how to apply for grants, where to find them, and what not to do. The site also features a listing of relevant resources, experts, and recent news and commentary that the media has published about business grants.

Photo Caption: Entrepreneurs that earned a total of $150,000 in capital for their businesses from a MillerCoors business plan competition.

Milwaukee author releases “Speak Your Peace” offering raw accounts, solace, help for abuse victims

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MILWAUKEE, WIJodine Basterash is a survivor. The mother of four has suffered domestic violence at the hands of romantic interests most of her adult life, including an attempt on her life. For the past 12 years, the actress, model, radio host and president of Milwaukee-based Masterpiece Enterprises, a marketing company, has become a tireless advocate for abuse survivors who are still dealing with the emotional trauma. Her dedication to ending the horrors of this social epidemic has led her to create Speak Your Peace (Masterpiece/220 Publishing, 2013), an anthology of passages, short essays and poems told from the points of view of other domestic violence survivors.

Speak Your Peace will be officially launched on February 22nd during Speak Your Peace Weekend at Gene’s Lanes, 6315 W. Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI, starting at 7:00pm. The anthology features contributions from women who have been affected by domestic violence, some of them multiple times and during their childhood. The compilation offers a raw, sometimes horrific look at the horrors of domestic violence and the continuing physical and psychological impact it has on its victims.

“As a survivor of domestic abuse, I feel my testimony and the testimony of the contributors will serve as a support and an awakening to those who are currently experiencing abuse,” said Basterash, whose moving life story was detailed in the book Your Ruby’s Worth and the stage play Shattered, but not Broken, which she co-wrote and starred in. A scene from the play is featured on the cover of the book.

“Domestic violence isn’t an anomaly among women. Many have experienced abuse on some level,” said Basterash, who also counsels abuse victims on her weekly radio show called “Speak Your Peace Domestic Violence Awareness Radio Talk Show on Brown Communication’s, B99.5 FM (www.B995FM.com), “Countless women will see themselves in these affecting stories and prose.”

The book offers tips including the tell-tale signs of a potential abusers and contact information for support groups across the country. A special foreword for the book was written by a nationally known domestic violence advocate and counselor, as well as survivor, Antonia Drew-Vann.

Speak Your Peace can be ordered through online retailers in both paperback and e-book formats, as well as at local book retailers across the country.

About Masterpiece Publishing

Masterpiece Publishing is a division of Masterpiece Enterprises helping writers publish their literary in the areas of Self Help & Motivational works that will bring self development, healing, and restoration through published literary. We also offer a variety of additional cost-effective editing and marketing services to help ensure that your publishing experience is as successful as possible. Not ready to publish? Don’t worry, our Shelf Help Resources will not only educate, but prepare you for success.

About 220 Publishing

220 Publishing is a division of media company 220 Communications. The company publishes both fiction and non-fiction titles. Founded in 2010 the company has produced a number of well received business, self help and inspirational titles.

President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, inducted as an Honorary Member of The Links, Incorporated

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Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated are pleased to announce the induction of Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as an honorary member. Internationally known as Africa’s “Iron Lady,” President Sirleaf is Africa’s first democratically elected female president and a leading champion for peace, justice and democratic rule.

The induction ceremony, presided over by the national president of The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated, Margot James Copeland, was held on March 2 in Monrovia, Liberia, with more than 50 members of the organization in attendance. The occasion marks the first induction of an honorary member outside the United States. “President Sirleaf has transformed the quality of life in her country and has made a positive difference globally,” said Copeland. “By her deeds, she has gained the admiration, esteem and affection of the world. Her strength, courage and integrity are an inspiration. In recognition of her contributions to our global community it is a humbling privilege to welcome President Sirleaf into The Links, Incorporated.”

The Links bestow honorary membership upon individuals who are widely recognized nationally and internationally for outstanding and exemplary services rendered to their communities. President Sirleaf joins the esteemed company of international opera star Mattiwilda Dobbs, the incomparable Leontyne Price, the late Honorable Constance Baker Motley, iconic Marion Anderson, Honorable Patricia Roberts Harris, educator Elizabeth Koontz, and the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” Rosa Parks, as an honorary member of the organization.

Since President Sirleaf’s inauguration in 2006, she has contributed to securing peace in Liberia, promoting economic and social development, and to strengthening the position and opportunities for women. In 2011, President Sirleaf was awarded the international Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for advancing a woman’s right to fully participate in peace-building work. In October 2007, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award bestowed by the president of the United States, for her personal courage and unwavering commitment to expanding freedom and improving the lives of people in Liberia and across Africa.

“I am honored to be a member of this esteemed organization. Your work will now become my work and I look forward to representing The Links, Incorporated,” said President Sirleaf. The Links, Incorporated visited West Africa February 27- March 9, to officially establish the organization’s programmatic presence in Liberia and expand its more than 50 year history of strengthening and empowering African communities.

The Links, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated celebrates more than 65 years as a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. A premier international service organization with more than 12,000 members in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing services that change lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.

The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and who have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership.

With more than 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually. For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.

The Links Foundation, Incorporated

The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, has made more than $25 million in charitable contributions since its founding in 1979. Working closely with its sponsors and supporters, The Links, Incorporated is focused on creating transformational programming and impacting lives in communities of color through Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services, to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

Photo Caption: National President Margot James Copeland (left) and National Vice President Glenda Newell-Harris (right) of The Links, Incorporated pose with President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (middle) after honorary member induction ceremony.

Probation Challenge focuses on crime in a five-part video series, ‘Truth and Solutions’, to air On Demand over the PCC “Truth Network”

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By Harold E. Bailey

Founder & President of Probation Challenge & Probation Challenge Organization

The PCC Broadcast Network, an arm of Probation Challenge, will release a major project on crime – a five-part series – on www.ProbationChallenge.org.

Titled, ‘Truth and Solutions’, this taped presentation will feature people who have genuinely labored successfully through the years with at-risk youth, politicians, and laymen – from the city ghettos to the city limits.

Actually, they should be looked upon as heroes for their major contributions to society in terms of the city’s safety. In their various careers you can say they have been the glue as in sanity – that has kept the city of Chicago, County of Cook, and the State of Illinois from disasters that could have very well happened.

Political Powers Stepped In

· But somewhere along the way, the political-powers-that-be, stepped in and without a viable reason dismantled (crushed) the workable programs that were working solutions for holding the African American Community together. In retrospect, many in the community can now see the master-plan clearly. It is as clear as the existence of *Courts *Jails *Prisons and mental incarcerations.

We urge you to view this 5-part series of ‘Truth and Solutions’, taped before a live audience at Probation Challenge Studios, and will soon be released on the Worldwide Web at: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org 24/7 On Demand.

· Televised participants appearing in ‘Truth and Solutions’ are: Howard Saffold, Queen Mother Helen Sinclair, Chinta Strausberg, Juanita Bratcher, Maureen ‘Moe’ Forte’, Floyd Davis, Geri Patterson, Apostle William McCoy and Rev. John Wesley Moore.

They dialogue through personal stories concerning true history in the City of Chicago, County of Cook and the State of Illinois. We are sure similar things are happening elsewhere.

Stay tuned for this historical 5-part ‘Truth and Solutions’ series. This is a ‘keeping it real’ presentation that will cause many to think about why we allowed rampant crimes to ever happen!

About Rev. Harold E. Bailey

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the Founder and President of the Probation Challenge Organization

Bailey Served 14-years as a Cook County Adult Probation Officer, 14-years as a member and chairman of the Cook County Board of Corrections, and 33-years as President of the Probation Challenge Organization.

Bailey can be reached at: Probation Challenge, Post Office Box:493607, Chicago, IL. 60649, or telephone: 773.978.3706

Better Business Bureau presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Gerald M. Cole on March 21

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CHICAGO, IL – Gerald M. Cole will receive the James E. Baumhart Lifetime Achievement Award from the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) at the group’s 86th Annual Dinner Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Chicago Downtown Marriott.

“Jerry Cole is an outstanding example of a person whose support of the BBB is both personal and professional,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Jerry has been affiliated with the BBB for almost 40 years and has been a member of our Board of Directors for more than 30 years. He has greatly contributed to the effective operation of the organization for decades.”

Cole is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the BBB, as well as chair of the Ethics and Standards Committee, which helps enforce ethical guideline with Accredited Businesses. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the BBB Educational Foundation.

This award is named after James E. Baumhart, the immediate past president of the BBB. He dedicated 43 years to the BBB and its commitment to enhance an ethical marketplace.

“The Baumhart Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a business person who has made an outstanding contribution in support of the BBB’s mission,” said Bernas. “It is presented only when there is a person worthy of the award.”

Cole has a long-time commitment to the community and not-for-profit sectors as well. In addition to his work with the BBB, he is past president of both Jaycees and Lions clubs as well as a past board member of United Way, Junior Achievement and Chambers of Commerce.

Cole is a past chairman and a current director of Special Olympics Illinois and also is a past chairman and a current Director of the Special Olympics Illinois Foundation. He is a board member and past vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of North Central College and past chairman of the Investment Committee.

Cole spent the majority of his long career in the financial services business with Kemper Financial Services (KFS). He joined the firm in the mid-seventies, when the firm had less than 75 employees, and left when the company was sold in 1996 with over 3,000 employees.

During his more than 35 years in the financial services industry, he also held leadership positions in a variety of industry groups, including the Securities Industry Association Sales and Marketing Committee, the Inter-Financial Association, which he served as Chairman, as well as the No-Load Mutual Fund Association, which he also served as Chairman.

After leaving KFS, Cole did two long-term consulting projects for investment firms in St Louis and Chicago. In 1998, he co-founded KCS & World, an integrated marketing communications agency serving both consumer and business-to-business marketers. The firm attracted a wide variety of clients, particularly those from the financial services sectors. KCS & World is now part of Creative On Call since June of 2004.

Cole is currently chairman and CEO of MAGS II LLC. MAGS focuses on systems that process waste streams with landfill avoidance.

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