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Black Leaders to Press Obama on Drug War and Investment in “Dark Ghettos”

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Day of action planned to dramatize demands

Reflecting growing discontent in some quarters with President Obama’s failure to directly address issues of vital concern to Black people, a group of social justice, drug policy and criminal justice reform advocates are poised to intensify the call for an end to the War on Drugs and demand increased government investment in jobs, economic development and social programs to combat what is being called a “State of Emergency” in the “dark ghettos” of Black America.

Led by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, under the leadership of Dr. Ron Daniels, the group will outline a basic agenda for change and announce plans for a Day of Direct Action to back its demands at a Press Conference, Thursday, April 4th at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

The Press Conference is being convened on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech at the Riverside Church in New York where he expressed his opposition to the War in Vietnam and challenged the government to invest in aiding poor communities in this country. April 4th is also the memorial of King’s assassination in Memphis a year later in 1968 as he was preparing to launch a Poor People’s Campaign.

The Press Conference will be held April 4, 2013 at 12:30 p.m., in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W. 13TH Floor, in Washington, D.C.

Key Participants are Dr. Ron Daniels, President, IBW, Distinguished Lecturer, York College, City University of New York, former Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights – New York City; Rev. Dr. Willie Wilson, Senior Pastor, Union Temple Baptist Church, Coordinator, Millions More Movement — Washington, D.C; Dr. Divine Pryor, Executive Director, Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, the nation’s only Think Tank led by formerly incarcerated persons – New York City; Courtney Stewart, Chairman, The Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, Washington, D.C.; and, Charles Thornton, Director Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs, Washington, D.C.

The press conference is Convened by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century [www.ibw21.org]

For further information or interviews: Carolyn McClair Public Relations – 917.686.0854.

The NAACP’s “inspiring work in Haiti”

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The NAACP’s work doesn’t stop at America’s borders. In the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the NAACP funded four projects with the $200,000 that incredible NAACP supporters donated to help the country rebuild. Last month, Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, led an NAACP delegation to Haiti to check on their progress, “It was inspiring,” she said.

The four projects the NAACP helped fund were The Global Orphan Project, The Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti, The Haiti Support Project, and Habitat for Humanity. They each provide a vital civil service severely lacking after a natural disaster — hot meals and education for Haitian youth, job initiatives, long-term sustainable community development, and home construction.
Said Brock: “These projects are having a huge impact. I saw great struggle as I toured the country — but I also heard stories of triumph and survival. Folks who had once lived in tent cities, now living in homes — children who had lost their families, studying and smiling.
“I was impressed with all the young civil society leaders we met — both Haitian nationals and Haitian Americans who had returned home to help their countrymen in a time of great strife. Our delegation met with Haitian President Michel Martelly to discuss civil rights and human rights as they relate to a number of important issues, including education, health care, and economic sustainability. The work of these amazing people, and supporters like you, make me believe the future for this nation is bright.
To all who supported our efforts in the wake of the earthquake, thank you for making a tremendous difference,” added Brock.

More than 957,000 Illinoisans will be eligible for New Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits in 2014

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New Report provides County-Specific Breakdown of Tax Credit Eligibility by Income, Age, Race and Ethnicity, Employment Status
Washington, D.C.— A report released today says that in 2014 more than 957,000 Illinoisans will be eligible for premium tax credits that will help them pay for health coverage—a doorway to quality health care for individuals and families of all ages and of all racial and ethnic backgrounds across the state.
The report from the national health consumer organization Families USA includes county-by-county data, which reveal how many Illinois families in different income brackets (ranging as high as $94,200 for a family of four) will soon be protected from having to spend more than a set percentage of their income for health coverage.
Under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, these premium tax credits take effect in January 2014, following an enrollment process that begins in October of this year. The tax credits will be determined on a sliding scale based on income. Those with the lowest incomes will receive the largest tax credits, ensuring that those who need it most will get the greatest financial assistance.
The report comes at a particularly crucial time as Illinois continues to move forward with the development of the health insurance marketplace, or exchange. State-based health insurance marketplaces are a critical component of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions to expand access to more than one million uninsured individuals in Illinois.
“It is vital for these 957,000 Illinoisans, and other Illinoisans who will be eligible for the marketplace, to have consumer and small business protections against the insurance industry in place. In one of the least regulated insurance states in the country, we need strong, common sense checks and balances,” said Jim Duffett, Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care.
In addition to being the gateway for people to purchase subsidized health insurance, if a marketplace is designed well it will also help to organize insurance markets, promote robust competition among health plans, and keep rates affordable for consumers and small businesses. Currently before the Illinois General Assembly, Senate Bill 34 (SB34) provides for development of exactly that kind of consumer and small business friendly marketplace.
“The Illinois Senate must act on SB34, which then needs to be passed by the Illinois House. That will bring some fairness back into the marketplace for small businesses and individuals, which is crucial if Illinois is to be ready for a state-base health insurance marketplace in 2015. The Illinois insurance industry has been doing extremely well financially, and this new marketplace will also be a financial success for them. It is time to level the playing field for small businesses and individuals,” Duffett concluded.
The tax credits will help Illinoisans purchase health insurance that meets their specific needs in the new health insurance marketplace, sometimes called the “exchange,” which is being set up in the state. The tax credits will flow directly to the health plans in which families or individuals enroll, offsetting the total cost of plan premiums.
In terms of statewide eligibility for Illinoisans, the report, “Help Is at Hand: New Health Insurance Tax Credits in Illinois,” says:
  • More than 957,000 Illinoisans will be eligible for new premium tax credits in 2014.
  • People with annual incomes between $47,100 and $94,200 for a family of four (incomes between 200 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level), will make up more about 56.5 percent of the Illinoisans eligible for the tax credits.
  • About 55 percent of the Illinoisans who will be eligible for the premium tax credits will be white and non-Hispanic, while about 14 percent of the eligible Illinoisans will be black and non-Hispanic, and almost one-quarter (about 24 percent) of the eligible Illinoisans will be Hispanic.
The report provides the same data on eligibility for counties or county groupings, based on how data are presented by the U.S. Census Bureau, across the entire state of Illinois. For example:
  • In Cook County, which includes Chicago, approximately 414,260 Illinoisans will be eligible for the premium tax credit, and about 54 percent of those residents will be families with incomes between 200 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Approximately 33 percent of the eligible residents will be white, non-Hispanic, about 24 percent will be black, non-Hispanic, and about 35 percent will be Hispanic.
  • In Peoria and Woodford counties, including the city of Peoria, 15,050 people will be eligible and about 55 percent of those residents will be families with incomes between 200 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Approximately 77 percent of the eligible residents will be white, non-Hispanic, about 13 percent will be black, non-Hispanic, and about 4 percent will be Hispanic.
  • In Sangamon, Logan and Menard counties, which include the city of Springfield, 14,590 Illinoisans will be eligible for the premium tax credit, and about 65 percent of those residents will be families with incomes between 200 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Approximately 81 percent of the eligible residents will be white, non-Hispanic, about 13 percent will be black, non-Hispanic, and about 2 percent will be Hispanic.
The report also provides specific data on the employment status and age of eligible Illinoisans, showing that an overwhelming number of those who will be eligible for tax credits will be in working families, and that young Illinoisans (ages 18-34) make up a large proportion of those who will be eligible for assistance.
“The tax credit subsidies are a game-changer: They will make health coverage affordable for huge numbers of uninsured families who would have been priced out of the health coverage and care they need,” said Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA.
Campaign for Better Health Care Health Insurance Marketplace Info Center

Senate Bill 34 (SB34) Fact Sheet

About Campaign for Better Health Care

We believe that accessible, affordable, quality health care is a basic human right for all people. The Campaign for Better Health Care is the state’s largest coalition representing over 300 diverse organizations, organizing to help create and advocate for an accessible, quality health care system for all. For more information, visit www.cbhconline.org.

Concert of Polish and Jewish Music on Saturday, April 6 to Commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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A Concert for Peace and Reconciliation commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, featuring both Jewish and Polish Music, will take place on Saturday, April 6, at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation at 1100 East Hyde Park Boulevard on the south side of Chicago. Admission to the concert is free. A free reception follows the performance.

The concert, which begins at 8:00 pm, is produced by the Lira Ensemble which specializes in Polish music, song and dance. The performance includes members of Chicago a Cappella.

Two works will be performed. The first piece is by Max Janowski, one of the major composers of Jewish liturgical music of the 20th century, who was based at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation for decades. This program continues the celebration of Janowski’s centenary. The Janowski piece for mixed chorus is sung in Hebrew.
The second piece is the Holocaust Memorial Cantata commissioned by the Lira Ensemble from Polish composer Marta Ptaszynska, head of music composition of the University of Chicago . This is a cantata sung in English, Polish, Hebrew and Yiddish. The text is a poem by Leslie Woolf Hedley’s “Chant for All the People on Earth” which begins “Not to forget, not to ever forget so long as you live …”
The Holocaust Memorial Cantata will be conducted by Lira’s resident conductor, Mina Zikri, who was born in Cairo and often serves as guest conductor of the Cairo Symphony in Egypt . The Janowski work will be conducted by Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella. He will also serve as soloist in the Ptaszynska work. The concert will be narrated by Lucyna Migala, co-founder and artistic director of Lira.
This April, the symphonic version of the Cantata will be part of the official commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Warsaw , Poland in a performance funded by the Ministry of Culture of Poland and Israel . It is most appropriate that the original chamber version be performed in Chicago , also in April of 2013.
The Lira Ensemble is the nation’s only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song and dance, which has made six concert tours of Poland . Lira consists of a symphony orchestra, singers and dancers. Chicago a Cappella, founded in 1993, is an ensemble of professional singers who champion the works of living composers, has toured the US and Mexico and have produced eight recordings.
The concert is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago; the Crain-Maling Foundation; Chicago ‘s Independent Jewish-Polish Dialogue; the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, The Cardinal Bernardin Center, Catholic Theological Union; Carole Bilina; Michael H. Traison (Fundusz Michaela H. Traisona dla Polski); Camille Kopielski; Robert Piech; Dr. Anne Szpindor and other donors. For questions, contact the Lira Ensemble at lira@liraensemble.org or 773-508-7040.

30 high-tech Philadelphia teens take their programming skills to the White House for National Security Briefing on Cyber Security

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — During last week’s spring break, 30 African American and Latino teens from Philadelphia, PA traveled to Washington, DC for an unprecedented meeting with White House National Security Advisors and special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to discuss how their growing expertise in programming will help keep the nation safe. What a major accomplishment this was, as Philadelphia and other large cities are closing schools.

The students, ages 13-18, have been studying computer science, programming and mobile apps development at Temple University‘s Math, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) program. After four months their efforts have paid off in a big way.

“In February, President Obama cited cyber attacks as one of the leading threats to our nation’s security. Age is no longer a barrier. If you have skills in computer science and technology it’s likely you’ll be on the front line to help protect yourself, your family, your company or even our nation from a new kind of war. It’s not just fun and games anymore,” stated Dr. Jamie Bracey, STEM education expert and director of the initiative at Temple University.

This is the second trip for the team, which includes students from 12 high schools and 3 middle schools across the tough streets of N. Philadelphia. Last December through a grant from urban retailer Villa, members of the team traveled to Silicon Valley for meetings with software engineers from Google and a special programming session at Stanford University. “We want to onboard them quickly, immerse them in the technology eco-system so they’re fearless about global opportunities,” added Emmy-award winning tech expert Dean Harris, who was the catalyst for the program.

The award-winning program has produced four national engineering scholarship winners and contracts to develop Navy apps in less than one year.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jamie Bracey at 215-805-2716 or jamie.bracey@temple.edu at Temple, College of Engineering or Preston M. Moretz, Science Writer, Temple University, Phone: 215/204-4380 Cell: 215/850-1974.

Photo Caption: Pennsylvania MESA mobile apps team after visit with White House security advisors
Photo courtesy of Curtis Ball

Web Site lists the top Summer Internship Programs for 2013

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Thousands of summer and year-round internships available from top companies and organizations like Microsoft, Apple, NAACP, Coca-Cola, Sony, CNN, Smithsonian, and many more

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — It’s that time of the year again where summer internships are soon to begin, and one new web site, FindInternships.com, is helping students find the right program.

An intern is an assistant or apprentice who is being taught a craft or trade. For college students and graduates, an internship is a short term job, often without pay, that allows them to practice their new skills and learn from more experienced employees. It also gives them a real life look into the day to day activities that will define their work environment for the next 30-40 years.

FindInternships.com is a 100% free online resource for students looking for summer and year-round internships. The web site posts new opportunities daily from major corporations, non-profit organizations, and local and federal government agencies. Some of their opportunities are even for students looking to go abroad.

There are many, many opportunities available, and FindInternships.com filters through each one of them to ensure that they are 100% real and legit. Some are specific to students of certain majors and career paths, while others are only for students who reside in certain cities and states.

For more details and/or to find an internship program, visit: www.FindInternships.com

HomeFree USA Hosts Maryland’s Premier Homeownership Expo

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Homebuyers Will Get Keys to Success; Mother of RGIII to Speak At Event

Hyattsville, MD – National non-profit HomeFree-USA is giving Maryland homeowners the keys to success at an event designed to help them take advantage of the recovering housing market. The Keys to Success Homeownership Expo is designed to give consumers down-to-earth credit guidance, information on accessing down payment and closing costs money, and straightforward tips on getting a mortgage.

Keys to Success: 2013’s Premier Homeownership Expo will take place Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9AM to 3PM at William W. Hall Academy located at 5200 Marlboro Pike, Capitol Heights, MD.

The expo will educate and inspire. Highlighting the event will be Jackie Griffin, mother of Washington Redskins superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII). Griffin will motivate expo attendees by sharing some of the lessons she’s learned and instilled in RGIII about overcoming obstacles.

The event will also feature workshops on topics like rebuilding your credit, preparing for homeownership, and local downpayment and closing cost programs. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to speak with mortgage experts, collect information on affordable homes currently for sale, and discover tools that parents can use to expand their child’s money skills.

“The goal of this event is to assist as many homebuyers as possible to achieve their goal of homeownership,” said Marcia Griffin, president of HomeFree-USA. “We want to give everyone the tools and information they need to buy a home they can keep for life.”

The Homeownership Expo will include a raffle for a Kindle e-reader and other prizes. It will also feature exhibitors and guest speakers, as well as activities the entire family can enjoy. A complimentary lunch will cap off a day of nourishment for the body, mind and soul.

To register for this event and get the keys to success, visit www.HomeFreeUSA.org.

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/

If You’re Up for Some Good Southside Pizza, Check out Pizzeria Deepo in Beverly Hills

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Soap Box Rants

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

Do you love that corn meal crust taste you get from downtown pizza restaurants like Gino’s, Uno’s and Lou Malnati’s, but are not up for taking a trip downtown or up north? Well now you can stay on the Southside and have a pizza just as good or better.

Pizzeria Deepo in Beverly Hills (Chicago) has some of the best pizza we’ve ever tried on the Southside with a host of fresh ingredients.

Located in the Beverly Hills area across the street from the Metra train stop, it may be worth the trip from downtown Chicago to give it a try. The crust was not heavy or bulky as some of the crusts you usually get with a deep dish pizza. It was very light, but satisfying. The tomato sauce which can be a deal breaker for me if not prepared right was outstanding, and the cheese was not like chewing gum as with some mozzarella cheeses.

If you are not up for pizza, they also have appetizers, salads and sandwiches. If you are up for dessert, you can order a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake from the menu.

The wait staff was very pleasant and attentive, and the Chef/owner even came out to sing happy birthday with her staff to one of their diners.

The décor is very nice and relaxing with contemporary music playing in the background. There appears to be a deck/courtyard in the back for possible spring to Fall outdoor dining. Washrooms appear clean and well maintained.

This bring your own bottle (BYOB) is nice enough to bring a first date, celebrate an anniversary or birthday. It is also family friendly. Everyone in my party loved it! Great relaxing atmosphere and good food.

Pizzeria Deepo is located at 1742 W 99th St, Chicago, IL 60643. The phone number is 773) 840-3087. Hours are Wednesday – Saturdays from 4:00 pm–10:00 pm and Sundays 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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

‘Truth and Solutions’ to crime and violence now airing on the PCC Internet Network

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Chicago, IL.- The 4-part series of ‘Truth and Solutions’ is now airing on the Probation Challenge PCC Network at: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network.

• Featured are individuals and organizations who brought forth workable solutions to crime and violence … and were with positive track-records! At the point of excelling, why is it that the then powers-that-be no longer wished to recognize these real ‘problems-solvers’ and their meaningful working solutions?

Filmed at this historic presentation were persons who have labored with ex-offenders and others who have perhaps fallen subject to crime, drugs and violence. This event was taped before a live audience.

This body of organizations and individuals have provided great contributions to the City of Chicago and the County of Cook, in rendering solutions to crime and violence. However, these peace-makers and builders of our great society … were cast-aside without a just reason!

Why? Learn the truth from those who represented the glue that kept the City of Chicago together for years. View: ‘Truth and Solutions’ at: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org. Please read the attached data which tells about those guest appearing on the series. Thank you much for your attention given this critical matter.

Truth and Solutions Guest include:

Howard Saffold, is the former chief security to the late Mayor Harold Washington and founder of Positive Anti-Crime Trust (PACT). The Howard Saffold history dates back to a Chicago police league that concerned themselves with protecting and serving the community with love, care and concern. Saffold and others became the selected mouth-piece for Mayor Washington in the community geared toward our youth and adults. The Mayor’s message sent to our youth was well received and respected.

Queen Mother Helen Sinclair, administrator of the ‘Ma Houston Prison Outpost/Rainbow PUSH,’ has history in constructive change with the Illinois jails and prisons. Sinclair’s acclaimed mother ‘Jessie ‘Ma’ Houston’, now deceased, spiritually changed the mind-set of inmates and those sitting in authority over the Illinois Department of Corrections. The dedicated daughter, Queen Mother Helen Sinclair, followed in her mother’s steps until her recent retirement as Senior Chaplain … Sinclair, now continues as a respected volunteer Chaplain.

Chinta Strausberg, former political reporter for the Chicago Defender Newspaper, is presently editor for the 3:16 Magazine. Strausberg has an extensive career in political-reporting and has followed the steps of the greatest of politicians. Her detailed stories included the late Mayor Harold Washington and his awesome city hall struggles. Strausberg is a prominent name around Chicago and throughout the state. She is highly respected by the journalist community. The ‘Strausberg Report’ airs on the PCC Network 24/7 and On-Demand.

Juanita Bratcher, former education and political reporter for the Chicago Defender Newspaper, however she is presently editor and publisher of her own CopyLine Magazine. CopyLine Magazine is an on-line daily news publication read around the world. Bratcher is an author of successful books written regarding Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, Cook County Board President John Stroger, and others. As a talented song-writer, her songs have been recorded by known artists. Bratcher’s successes have been documented in several Who’s Who publications.

Maureen ‘Moe’ Forte’, is president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Action Network (NAN). Forte’, a retired Chicago Public School Teacher and a street fighter for justice, is noted for her crossing into gang turf with boldness vying for peaceable measures. Forte’ has successfully engaged gang-members to register and vote in the 2013 elections. She serves as chairperson for the Probation Challenge Board of Directors. Forte’ works with the Rev. AL Sharpton and the National – National Action Network. Forte’ is also a Village Trustee with the Village of East Hazel Crest, Illinois.

Floyd Davis, assistant president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Action Network, has ventured into the Chicago dangerous streets with the gang elements – and now tells of his journey.

Geri Patterson, dedicated host of the ‘Report to The People’, Chicago Cable Television, speaks with an astute mother Michelle Camille Barton-Keeble, who taught her children from home. Geri Patterson is an ordained deacon at the New Faith Baptist Church-International, where she is an instructor with young people in their bible studies. Patterson speaks from a spiritual prospective.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, since 1979, has served as president of the Probation Challenge Organization and the PCC Broadcast Network. Bailey developed the radio, television and Challenge Magazine, that now appears on the PCC Network 24/7 and On-Demand. Bailey an ordained minister of the gospel is: former 14-years Chicago/Cook County Adult Probation Officer assigned to the courtroom of the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham. Former 14-years as member and chairman of the Chicago/Cook County Board of Corrections. Bailey has served over 34-years as head of the Probation Challenge Organization. You may find Bailey listed among ‘The History Makers.’

Apostle William McCoy, D. D., PHD., is pastor of the ‘Am I My Brother’s Keeper Outreach’ Church in Chicago Heights. Pastor McCoy offers a spiritual prospective regarding ‘Same Sex Marriage’ and other acute matters plaguing the United States socially. Apostle McCoy gives an awesome testimony concerning himself that youth should hear. He is interviewed by host, Chinta Strausberg.

Rev. John Wesley Moore, minister and community activist, prays the prayer of faith for youth and for matters causing their fall from grace.

For further information contact:

Rev. Harold E. Bailey at: 773.978.3706

The PCC Internet Broadcast Network

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

Photo Caption: Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge/PCC Broadcast Network

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