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Englewood leaders and community residents speak out against proposed liquor store

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The Englewood Political Taskforce, P.E.A.C.E, Action Coalition against Englewood and community residents held a press conference this weekend to voice their opposition to a proposed liquor store less than 200 feet away from the location of a mass shooting.

The site of the proposed liquor store is 6601 S. Halsted, former location of the Old Spin Cycle Laundromat in Chicago.

Protesters said they are demanding that the alderman along with the city of Chicago find a business that will not add to the already negative label that plagues their community. A little over a year ago, six people were shot and two killed at Church’s Chicken less than 200 feet from the proposed liquor store location. And this past summer there was a retaliatory shooting on the south end of the 6600 block of Halsted.

“We cannot and will not allow another criminal magnet to this section of Englewood,” organizers stated. “We demand that the Alderman along with the city of Chicago find a business that will not add to the already negative label that plagues our community.”

V-Day and The Nation Present: Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call to Action

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A Conversation with Jimmie Briggs, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter, Dave Zirin. Special Introduction by Peter Buffett, Moderated by Eve Ensler

On Tuesday, March 26th, V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, and The Nation will present a one night only panel discussion entitled Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action, featuring Journalist and Teacher Jimmie Briggs; President of Coach for America and former football player Joe Ehrmann, A Call to Men Co-Founder Tony Porter; and Sports Editor at The Nation David Zirin, with a special introduction by Emmy Award-winning musician and Co-Chair of the NoVo Foundation Peter Buffett, and moderated by V-Day Founder/Artistic Director and Tony Award winning playwright Eve Ensler.

The evening is an opportunity for an open discussion with male leaders in the field and to examine how we can change rape culture while looking at the issues of patriarchy, sex education, and the role of the media in reporting sexual violence. This passionate and timely discussion is open to everyone and will issue a call for intervention, education, and transformation.

Participating in the “Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action” panel discussion are Jimmie Briggs, Peter Buffett, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter, Dave Zirin and more, and moderated by Eve Ensler.

The panel discussion will be held Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at The Paley Center for Media (New York, NY), 25 W 52nd Street, from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT. Limited Seating Available. RSVP Required www.vday.org/paleycenter

For press tickets, please email media@vday.org

About the Panelists

Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs is an award-winning human rights activist, journalist and author.
Briggs is the founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology. Through extensive travels in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, he has produced seminal reporting on the lives of war-affected youth and children soldiers, as well as survivors of sexual violence. Briggs’ work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, LIFE, El Pais, The Village Voice, Fortune, and scores of other publications.

Tony Porter

Tony Porter is the visionary and co-founder behind the nonprofit A Call to Men: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women. Porter’s message of engagement and self-examination has connected powerfully with numerous domestic and sexual violence programs for such high-profile groups as the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, and colleges and universities around the country, including the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Porter is also an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having done extensive work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dave Zirin

Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World”, Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism’s 2011 ‘Excellence in Sports Journalism’ Award, Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by Robert Lipsyte.

He is the author of seven books on the intersection of sports and politics, most recently most recently the acclaimed Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down (The New Press.) which Christine Brennan of USA Today called “the perfect book for our time in sports.”

About Peter Buffett

Peter Buffett is a well-established musician, composer, and producer, as well as Co-Chair of NoVo Foundation. His Emmy-winning album, titled Ojibwe, was released on his own label, BisonHead. Highlights of his film and television work include the fire dance scene in the Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves and the entire score for 500 Nations, the 8-hour miniseries produced by Kevin Costner for CBS. Peter’s recently released book, Life Is What You Make It, debuted at No. 4 on the New York Times Best Seller Hardcover Advice list and is a companion to his live “Concert & Conversation” performances. As Co-Chair of NoVo Foundation with his wife Jennifer, Peter helps guide the strategic mission of the Foundation.

About Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is a Tony award winning playwright, performer and activist. She is the author of international phenomenon, The Vagina Monologues, which won an Obie and has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Eve wrote the New York Times Bestseller, I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life Of Girls Around The World. She then adapted it as a play which ran to critical acclaim in South Africa, Paris, Berkeley and Off-Broadway. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised over 100 million dollars for grassroots organizations around the world. On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, it launched it’s most ambitious campaign One Billion Rising which inspired one billion people in 207 countries to Strike Dance and Rise on Feb 14, 2013 for the freedom, safety and equality of women. Her newest book In The Body of the World will be published by Holt.

About V-Day

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $100 million; educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it; crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns; reopened shelters; and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is, one of the Top-Rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar. V-Day’s most recent global campaign, ONE BILLION RISING, galvanized over one billion women and men on a global day of action towards ending violence against women and girls. Visit vday.org

About The Nation
The Nation, America’s widest read journal of news and political thought, is America’s oldest weekly magazine and delivers breaking news and analysis on politics, social justice, culture, film and the arts.

The State of Equality and Justice in America: The Federal Government Must Step Up

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11th of a 20-Part Series, “The State of Equality and Justice in America”
By Wade Henderson
Forty years ago, the Supreme Court created an unmitigated disaster for our nation’s school children when it ruled on the case of San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez.
The 5-4 decision allowed Texas to fund school districts on the basis of locally raised tax dollars, confining children in poor communities to underfunded schools. It was a triumph of states’ rights over human rights, holding that education was not a fundamental right under our Constitution and that citizens could not sue in federal court to when states underfund their schools. This has led to decades of expensive, drawn-out litigation in most states on behalf of students, parents, and poor communities thirsting for better schools.
Rodriguez’s legacy runs counter to the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and in Brown v. the Board of Education in 1954, guaranteeing high-quality public education to all children on equal terms. The result is nothing short of a national crisis.
Since Rodriguez, educational attainment in the United States has become even more inextricably tied to social outcomes like employment and earnings, incarceration, and civic engagement. Yet as a result of inequities like persistent race- and class-based achievement gaps, unacceptably low graduation rates, and more than a million student drop outs each year, millions of people have become trapped in perpetual unemployment and underemployment. We know for a fact that educational outcomes are linked to resources, yet Rodriguez continues to thwart the possibility of a national solution to a nationwide problem
Even though the vast majority of courts have made it absolutely clear that state funding systems violate students’ rights to public education, states have been unable or unwilling to remedy the violations. In fact, resistance to court orders on requiring greater equity in school funding is perhaps the one political position that has been uniquely bipartisan over the years.
In Colorado, a trial court ruled in 2011 that the state’s public schools were both inadequately and inequitably funded. The judge ordered state officials to fix the problem. Despite this ruling, Governor Hickenlooper and a bipartisan group of public officials rejected the court order, took no leadership to craft a solution, and now litigation has resumed.
A few weeks ago in Texas, a district court judge held that the state’s public school funding system is “arbitrary, inequitable and inadequate” under the Texas constitution. This victory follows a series of similar court decisions in Texas since Rodriguez. But Governor Perry immediately appealed the decision, which will likely have little impact on the education students receive in Texas.
In Kansas, the courts ordered the legislature to fully fund its inequitable public education system. Instead of complying with the order, the legislature proposed a constitutional amendment to block the courts from ruling in school finance cases.
This state-by-state, zip code-by-zip code approach fails to ensure that all children get the education they deserve. It jeopardizes the nation’s ability to compete in the global economy and threatens its guiding principles of justice, fairness, and equality.
History makes clear that simply following the practices of the past will not lead us to the outcomes we clearly need as a nation. Despite right wing calls for more local control and so-called “states’ rights,” the inconvenient truth is that the federal government must be able to step up and assume a greater role in providing equitable funding to schools.
The legacy of Rodriguez is a messy patchwork of state policies that underfund schools in poor communities, resulting in a child’s zip code having primacy over a Constitutional guarantee of equality under the law. For the last forty years, state-based solutions have failed our kids. Without an established national right to education, we risk seeing more of the same over the next 40 years.
Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition for more than 200 national civil and human rights organizations working to build an America as good as its ideals.
Editor’s Note: This article – the eleventh of a 20-part series – is written in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today. For more information, please visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

Senate unanimously passes Kirk Amendment on Euro Loophole in Iran Sanctions Policy

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Kirk: “The U.S. Senate has spoken and now the European Union needs to act.”
WASHINGTON – The United States Senate sent a strong message to the European Union (EU) on Iran, unanimously passing an amendment supporting efforts to block Iran’s access to its foreign exchange reserves and limit the ability of designated Iranian entities like the Central Bank of Iran to conduct transactions in euros. The amendment to the Budget Resolution, sponsored by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), follows a bipartisan letter sent last month by 36 senators to the EU urging the Council to take immediate action to cut off Iran’s access to the euro.
The Iranian Government maintains bank accounts around the world filled with foreign exchange reserves, the majority of which are held in euros. Reports indicate that Iran uses its euro reserves to circumvent the total impact of American and European sanctions by converting its foreign-held euros into local currencies in order to finance imports and stabilize the country’s budget.
“Closing the euro loophole in our sanctions policy is critical in our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability,” Sen. Kirk said. “The U.S. Senate has spoken and now the European Union needs to act.”
On February 25, 2013, 36 Senators, including majorities of both the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committees, signed a letter authored by Sen. Kirk and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) letter to the EU urging the Council to take immediate action to close the “euro loophole” in our sanctions policy. On March 7, 2013, Sen. Kirk pressed Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen on the issue. Cohen told Sen. Kirk, “We will continue to press the [European Central Bank] to take what we think is the right step here, which is to cut off euro clearing…or to apply to euro clearing the same set of restrictive measures that the EU has on any Iranian business.”
Other Senators sponsoring the measure included: Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.).
In 2011, Senator Kirk co-authored the Menendez-Kirk amendment, which imposed sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran and led to unprecedented economic pressure inside Iran. In 2012, Kirk authored an amendment to impose sanctions on the financial messaging providers servicing designated Iranian banks, which ultimately led the European Union to order the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) to disconnect such banks. Last December, the Senator again co-authored a Menendez-Kirk amendment to the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act, which blacklisted whole sectors of the Iranian economy and prohibited the sale or delivery of raw, semi-finished and precious metals to Iran. On March 6, Senator Kirk released a video titled “Before its Too Late” to highlight the urgent need for further congressional action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.
More information on Senator Kirk’s work on Iran sanctions policy can be found at kirk.senate.gov.

Post-Sequester Challenge for POTUS, Congress: Prevent a Government Shut-down

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Opening ReMARCs

By Marc Morial, National Urban League President

The National Urban League Wire

Congress returned to Washington this week with few expectations that the across-the-board sequester— canceling $85 billion in funding across the Federal Government for the seven months that remain in Fiscal Year 2013–will be imminently undone. The President’s order was mandated as part of the Budget Control Act of August 2011.

This week, House Republicans approved a six-month stop-gap spending bill—a continuing resolution or CR—to keep the government funded past March 27 and shift billions of dollars to military operations to help the Army and Navy cope with cuts ordered by the sequester.

The bill now goes to the Senate where a bipartisan coalition hopes to extend the same relief to other federal agencies such as the Departments of Education, Labor, HHS, Justice and HUD.

Absent a compromise, the impact of these automatic cuts will be real. Without a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes revenue increases, non-defense domestic discretionary funding for programs in education, employment training, housing assistance, health, and others is heading for historic lows dating back to 1962. Each federal agency is preparing a letter to grantees and stakeholders providing some specifics on the impact of the cuts. Similar letters are also going out to governors, county officials, mayors, and others.

FAR-REACHING SEQUESTER CUTS HIT URBAN LEAGUE COMMUNITIES AND PROGRAMS HARD

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Employment and Training Programs:

  • Adult Job Training: $41 million cut could impact 230,000 unemployed adults
  • Youth Job Training: $43 million cut could impact 12,000 young people
  • The Dislocated Worker Formula Grants — $53 million cut could impact 30,000 dislocated workers

Education and Head Start Programs:

  • Title I Grants for the Education of the Disadvantaged: the $773 million funding cut would impact 2,500 schools
  • School Turnaround Grants would be cut by $41 million, impacting our lowest-performing schools which predominantly serve students of color/low-income families
  • Cuts to 21st Century Community Learning Centers would mean 145,180 fewer students served
  • Head Start would lose $424 million in funding, impacting 70,000 children
  • Career and Technical Education Grants would be cut by $60 million and impact 624,000 students in high schools and community colleges
  • Higher Education Programs would lose $100 million in funding, including a $44 million cut to the Federal TRIO programs

Health and Human Services Programs:

  • Federal support for Community Health Centers would be reduced by about $120 million, which could mean about 900,000 fewer patients would be served
  • The Child Care & Development Block Grant would receive a $121 million fund-ing cut, causing roughly 30,000 children to lose access to child care
  • WIC funding would be reduced by $353 million, resulting in over 600,000 low-income
  • Low-Income Housing and Homelessness:
  • About 125,000 vouchers for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (Section 8) would not be renewed, affecting about 312,500 adults and children
  • Cuts to Homeless Assistance Grants would mean that about 100,000 people won’t be housed next year

Chicago man charged in child pornography case

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Bond was set for a Chicago man charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography after numerous images were recovered from his home computers, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Seamus Webb, 51, of the 1600 block of West Carmen Avenue, was charged with Aggravated Child Pornography (Dissemination) (Class X), Aggravated Child Pornography (Possession) (Class 2), Child Pornography (Possession-Moving Depiction by Computer) (Class 2) and Child Pornography (Possession-Still Depiction by Computer) (Class 3).

According to prosecutors, a search warrant was executed at Webb’s residence on March 16, 2012, resulting in the seizure of four computers. Forensic analysis of these computers revealed numerous images and videos depicting children engaging in a variety of sex acts. Further analysis and a review of Webb’s email account revealed that he had disseminated many of these images and videos between January 2012 and March 2012.

Webb was arrested yesterday (March 21) by police and appeared in bond court today before Judge Desierto who set bond at $100,000.00 -D. Webb’s next court date is April 11, 2013.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked the members of the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their work on this case.

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Illinois House lawmakers unanimously pass Bill to aid Human Trafficking Victims

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded House lawmakers for their unanimous support of legislation to assist victims of human trafficking who have been branded by their offenders. House members voted 108-0 today to send House Bill 2640 to the Senate.
Criminal offenders who engage in human trafficking subject their victims to horrific abuse. Increasingly these offenders have been known to forcefully tattoo their victims so that the tattoo can serve as brand and sign of ownership, and the tattoos can include bar codes or a trafficker’s nick name.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Burke and crafted in conjunction with Madigan’s office, will allow victims of human trafficking who have been branded by their trafficker to be reimbursed for the cost of removing the branding through the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Fund, which was implemented to help reduce the financial burden imposed on victims of violent crime and their families. This will help victims to have the tattoos removed and recover from the crime.
“This legislation will aid human trafficking victims who are subject to often horrific victimization and involuntary servitude,” Madigan said. “Removal of branding is not only a painful experience but a costly one, and it is considered a vital part of a victim’s psychological and emotional healing.”
The bill will add branding to the list of expenses for which a crime victim may be compensated under the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act. It requires the victim seek removal of the branding with an authorized or licensed tattoo remover.
“Victims of human trafficking have endured unimaginable trials, and they cannot truly break free if they still bear the physical reminders of such a painful experience,” Rep. Burke said. “Helping to remove the tattoos that were forced on them and literally branded them as property is essential to helping these individuals live with the freedom and dignity they deserve.”

Bobby Seale, Founding Chairman & National Organizer of the Black Panther Party, to produce a film portraying his life story

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Bobby Seale, Chairman, co-founder and national organizer of the Black Panther Party is producing a biographical motion picture which will dramatize his life and the tumultuous 1960’s and 70’s, the era in which the Black Panthers emerged as the prominent revolutionary civil rights movement of it’s time. Bobby and his partner Stephen Edwards, a filmmaker and former member of the Panthers, have written a screenplay with the title, Seize the Time, The Eighth Defendant.

Seize the Time is also the title of Bobby’s autobiography, which sold over one million copies since first published in 1970. A studio executive at Fox Search Light Pictures suggested that Bobby and Stephen produce this dramatized feature instead of the more traditional documentary they had originally been working on.

Since the late 1970s, Bobby has spoken to hundreds of thousands of students on college campuses worldwide. Audiences have been mesmerized by his charismatic speeches as he relates his personal experiences in a historical period that helped shape today’s politics. Bobby talks about the people in the Black Panther Party, their supporters and the various social programs they created; how they prevailed in a world where they were persecuted and their lives and those of their friends and families were threatened.

The image of Bobby Seale chained, gagged, and bound to a chair in a Chicago courtroom is one that lives in America’s national consciousness. This film will tell the story of how he got there, and how he survived. The story comes straight from Bobby Seale’s life. It offers insights into United States history and the conflicts and contradictions that reverberate to this day.

For the first time millions of people will have an opportunity to experience Bobby’s stories in movie theaters across America and the world. Bobby decided to produce his own cinematic life story because of his frustration with the films that have been made about the Black Panthers without his involvement. “They usually contact me after they have made their film,” Bobby has commented,” and often want me to endorse it. I want to do this until I see the final product. Its painful to see the waste of money, resources and talent on film projects that don’t convey the complete story of what happened during the days of the Black Panther Party and the sixties protest movement.”

Many cinematic depictions of the Black Panther Party leave out the FBI’s efforts to terrorize the Panthers through its counter intelligence program. This led to Panther members being legally framed and sometimes even assassinated based on the false testimony of FBI informants.

“There is an entire generation of young people who know nothing about how viciously the FBI attacked us and why. Even people of my generation don’t know that J. Edgar Hoover said the Black Panthers Breakfast for Children program represents the greatest threat to America’s national security,” Bobby has explained.

Seize The Time; The Eighth Defendant will give its audience a glimpse into the life of Bobby Seale and the social protest movements of the 1960’s and 70’s. A cast of actors will play the part of the people who were members and show the changes they created. The film will also highlight situations in which the Panthers prevailed. Bobby says, ” For example, most people don’t know that we won 95 % of our courtroom cases. ” Many social programs today go back to the survival programs of the Black Panther Party. And the struggle for justice for African American and minority youth in the face of police oppression is unfortunately as relevant today as it was when Bobby and Huey first took up their rifles and law books to protest police brutality.

Watch The Video and Learn How To Support The Film:
Visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/266927

Photo Caption: Bobby Seale, chairman, co-founder and national organizer of the Black Panther Party

Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Michael Baisden bids farewell to radio

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Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Baisden announced a hiatus from his radio show on his Facebook page that will begin on April 1, 2013. Baisden, who commands a daily audience of over seven million listeners, states he is unable to discuss the particulars but concluded that a deal could not be made on mutually agreeable terms. Recognized as one of the most influential men in radio, his “Michael Baisden Show” is one of the top rated afternoon drive radio programs heard in the top urban markets. He is also a TV talk show host, film-maker and New York Times best-selling author with nearly two million books in print.

Now in his tenth year on the air, Baisden wants his radio family to know he did everything in his power to continue his “Michael Baisden Show” without interruption. “We’re already planning to return to the air as soon as possible in a way that will give the ‘Michael Baisden Show’ a more direct relationship with our affiliates, and most importantly, our listeners,” cites Pamela Exum, his business manager. “We were unable to reach an agreement with our syndication partner. This was not a hostile situation, sometimes parties have different ideas and visions about how to move forward.”

Baisden began his career as an author, self publishing several best selling books including “Never Satisfied,” “Men Cry In The Dark,” “The Maintenance Man I and II,” “Do Men Know What They Want” and “God’s Gift to Women.” Two of his books were adapted to stage plays, starring such renowned actors as Richard Roundtree and Billy Dee Williams.

His radio highlights include one of his proudest moments when on September 20, 2007, he passionately and skillfully spearheaded the famous Jena 6 March in Jena, Louisiana. This historic and momentous occasion garnered tens of thousands of citizens of all races to peacefully march in support of six young men who had been unfairly treated by the justice system.

Another historic year was 2008 when Michael Baisden endorsed Senator Barack Obama and went on to celebrate President Obama’s victory with over 4,000 fans at a watch party in Miami on election night. The Obama camp, along with millions of listeners, credited him with being one of the major forces behind this historic victory to elect the first African American to the Presidency of the United States and in his re-election in 2012.

In December 2009, Baisden called for a National Mentor Training Day and announced his plans for a 2010 nationwide campaign. He pledged up to $350,000 of his own money to be donated in over 72 markets he would visit on a bus tour. The outreach was named “One Million Mentors National Campaign To Save Our Kids.” His work with the Free Clinics, Trayvon Martin, Black & Missing Foundation, and national ongoing partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Mentoring Brothers In Action are all a big part of what made the “Michael Baisden Show” so successful.

Baisden still vows to continue his Michael Baisden Live Tour with his co-host, comedian George Wilborn. It’s a One Night Only event with seminars, networking, a comedy show, and an ‘old school’ after party.

“If the affiliates still want us to come to town, we’ll be there,” says Baisden. “There’s no reason for our relationships to stop, in fact, this is our chance to get on the ground close to the people where we belong!”

A few of his upcoming events include Las Vegas with Power 88 on April 5th – 7th at the Soul Festival; Charlotte with WBAV on April 20th at For Sisters Only; Oklahoma City on May 3rd-4th for the Cowboys of Color Rodeo and the Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Conference in Denver, CO June 24th – 25th to present the Michael Baisden Inspiration Award to a deserving mentor.

Baisden reflects, “It’s not about the job, it’s about the journey. I have been grinding for over 10 years, fighting for the underdog, inspiring people daily on my Michael Baisden Live Page on Facebook and working my butt off to produce the best show on radio. I hope my fans miss me… because I’m definitely going to miss them,” Michael says. “But this is not the end, it’s the Next Chapter because I’ll be back in mornings or afternoons! That’s right I said it!”

Pre-recorded “Michael Baisden Shows” will air through March 29th, but to stay current with Baisden, reach him via Facebook at /michaelbaisdenlive / www.facebook.com/michaelbaisdenlive or on Twitter @ BaisdenLive / www.twitter.com/BaisdenLive and at www.BaisdenLive.com.

Photo Caption: Michael Baisden

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