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The State of Equality and Justice in America: The Presumption of Guilt

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The 15th of a 20-Part Series on the State of Equality and Justice in America
By Congressman John Lewis and Bryan Stevenson

After serving 42 years in an Arizona prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a 58-year-old man was finally released this April. When Louis Taylor was just 16, he ventured out of his comfort zone to try a happy hour advertised by an upscale Tucson hotel, a typical foray for an adventurous teenage boy. Unfortunately, that night a fire broke out that ultimately claimed 29 lives. In that moment, Taylor stopped being typical and became extraordinary. He did not run from the danger as most people would. Instead he took responsibility. He was spotted during the crisis busily helping people escape the flames, escorting guests to safety and assisting people on stretchers.

Ordinarily, he would have been hailed a teenage hero for demonstrating a civic duty only expected of grown men. Yet eyewitness accounts of his beyond-the-call-of-duty service were not credited as outstanding demonstrations of good character. To police and even some bystanders his very presence made him automatically suspect. More than the possibility that he could have saved someone’s life, people were consumed by their sense that he “did not belong in a fancy Tucson hotel”.

The forensic evidence suggested faulty electrical wiring or some building defect as the likely cause, not arson, but scientific facts could not derail a hardwired determination that because Taylor was black, he had to be at fault. His youth, his innocence, and even his dramatic work to save and comfort the victims were imperceptible and irrelevant.

Outraged citizens wanted the death penalty. A profiler was brought in who swore under oath that the likely perpetrator was “a black teenager.” Taylor was convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to multiple life sentences, ensuring he would die in prison. Fortunately, the Arizona Justice Project recently took up the case. New research from the National Academy of Science proved there was no evidence of arson in the fire. Wrongly convicted, Taylor was finally released-42 years later.

It would be hard to call Mr. Taylor lucky, but the truth is thousands just like him, including innocent children, are being victimized by a presumption of guilt that never sees black and brown youth as blameless, as engaged in proverbial “good, clean, fun”, as harmless. Instead it attributes to them every violence and vice, even if those suspicions contradict the facts.

For nearly 50 years, starting in the 1920s, America maintained a prison population of close to 200,000 people. Today we have the highest incarceration rate in the world with 2.3 million people in jails or prison. One out of three black boys born in 2001 is likely to serve time in jail or prison during his lifetime. Half of our incarcerated are imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes. While African American and Latino teens are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than whites, they are 3-4 times more likely to be arrested, convicted or sent to jail or prison for non-violent drug offenses. The violent crime rate in America is the same as it was in 1968, yet our prison system has grown by over 500 percent.

The presumption of guilt follows too many poor and minority children to school, a place where children should be nurtured and supported, not criminalized and incarcerated. Yet the pipeline from school to jail is so insidious, many parents now fear schools as much as they fear the criminal justice system.

In 2012, the Justice Department sued school officials in Meridian, Mississippi for systematically incarcerating black and disabled children for days at a time for minor dress code infractions like wearing the wrong color socks or talking back to the teacher. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, children have been expelled for giving Midol to classmates, bringing household goods to school for Goodwill donations and scissors to class for an art project. Recently, one black Florida during a science experiment.

Children as young as five years old are being led out of classrooms in handcuffs for acting out or throwing temper tantrums. They have been arrested for throwing an eraser at a teacher, breaking a pencil, and having rap lyrics in a locker. Black children constitute 18 percent of the nation’s public school population but 40% of the children who are suspended or expelled.

In Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and a growing number of states, legally sanctioned racial profiling has been resurrected leading Latinos particularly, and other U.S citizens of color, to fear harassment, suspicion and detention.

In New York City between 2002 to 2011, 90 percent of the city’s notorious ‘stop and frisk’ victims have been Black and Latino residents. In 88 percent of those stops, people of color were found to be innocent of any wrongdoing.

In the year when this nation will celebrate the Supreme Court’s historic ruling to create a right to counsel for indigent people accused of crimes, protections for the poor and innocent are almost non-existent. In a courtroom, where justice should be blind, the presumption of guilt is especially dangerous. Today too many innocent prisoners like Taylor are trapped by systemic pressure to plead guilty in a system where 96 percent of all convictions are rendered by plea bargains.

The Innocent Defendant’s Dilemma, a recent study, describes how the blameless, particularly those who are poor, find it an onerous, nearly impossible burden to prove their innocence. With few resources for defense, they find themselves trapped by a system that presumes their guilt. Since the odds seem hopelessly stacked against them, many innocent individuals reluctantly plead guilty to avoid the longest prison terms or even death. Innocent victims lose years in prison, face rejection because of criminal records, and many never reach their potential.

We have come a great distance in the last 50 years, but we still have not fully escaped the miseducation and distortions created by America’s policies of racial injustice. These problems demand remedies, and we must admit this nation may require some form of therapy before we can freely reconcile ourselves to a better future informed by the truth surrounding present human rights abuses and those of the past.

Despite progress, in the last 50 years we have retreated from an honest conversation about racial and economic justice, and have opted instead for mass criminalization and incarceration leaving many poor and minority people marginalized and condemned. As Taylor’s story reminds us, out of sight is hardly out of mind. It is an abysmal violation of human dignity.

U. S. Rep. John Lewis has represented the 5th Congressional District of Georgia since 1987. An iconic civil rights leader and recipient of a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, he is the only living person who was actually a speaker at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Bryan Stevenson is executive director and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and a professor of law at New York University.

Editor’s Note:

This article – the fifteenth of a 20-part series – is written in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, of which Congressman Lewis is grand marshal. 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 http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0019J4_99tGx15PeIIV-ySf3CwlVNFE2m4pHusuCTPdyoDpKl9yKPOGfXOptW3zg2mmsmpF3h-kZOxAFyoppBhAG-CMP0jqzbyAvs6SpQ6aqg7X2hdQec9iuw==.

Torture Commission refers 7 alleged police torture cases for evidentiary hearings

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The Illinois Torture Relief and Inquiry Commission (TIRC) voted to send seven alleged police torture cases to the Chief Judge of the Criminal Court for evidentiary hearings. The seven are:

Jackie Wilson, Jaime Hauad, Tony Anderson, Darrell Fair, Clayborn Smith, Harvey Allen and Vincent Wade

In each case the Commissioners voted unanimously that there was “credible evidence of torture” based on the record of the cases. Each case was

Investigated by the TIRC Executive Director, Atty. David Thomas. In three other cases the Commissioners voted that there was not a sufficient evidence available to them to refer the cases. Those three were William Atkins, Drew Terrell, and Joseph Davis.

In all the cases police detectives associated with Police Cmdr Jon Burge and his “midnight crew” of torturers were involved in interrogating the suspects. In all cases they defendants had moved in their initial trials to suppress their confessions on the grounds they were coerced. In all cases there was no other material evidence trying the defendants to the crime.

In the cases they voted not to refer it was usually because one or more of these factors was not present.

“It’s an important victory that the TIRC has been provided the funds to function again,” commented Frank Chapman, a leader of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. “This is the last relief available to the hundreds of people who are in prison today as a result of being tortured and falsely convicted.”

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority has allocated $160,000 of its budget to fund the TIRC, which was mysteriously defunded by the Illinois Legislature last year.

“However,” Chapman added, “even though the TIRC members are very dedicated to their task of reviewing these cases, in three years they’ve been able to refer only a dozen cases for review by the Chief Judge. At this rate, most of these men will die in prison.”

“Every case in which any detective with a record of involvement in torture should be automatically reopened by the State’s Attorney,” Chapman declared. “But more than that, these police officers should be indicted and held to account for their crime.

“This further underscores the need for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council with the power to initiate federal prosecution of police officers who abuse the civil rights of the people in violation of federal law. That’s why we are calling for a mass march on City Hall to pass the CPAC legislation on August 28.”

The draft CPAC legislation is available at http://stoppolicecrimes.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/new-proposed-legislation-33.pdf .

For more information, contact Frank Chapman, 312-513-3795 or Ted Pearson, 312-927-2689

Retired CPS Teacher Throws Bash for 100-year-old Mom

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Says mother is family’s ‘treasurer’

By Chinta Strausberg

Every day is Mother’s Day for Dorothea Wooten, a retired Chicago Public high school teacher, who on Sunday, May 19, 2013, held a birthday party for her 100-year-old mother, Emma Warrick, she calls her family’s “treasurer” who has a heart “as big as the universe.”

Wooten, who taught school for 35-years, held the birthday party Sunday at Hardtimes Josephine’s Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St., Chicago, IL where she was joined by hundreds of friends and family.

Born May 28, 1913 to a family of five in Hickory Valley, TN, according to aid her mother and a younger sister are the only surviving siblings.

Saying she will be forever grateful to her parents, Hezekiah and Emma Warrick, for helping her to reach her dream of becoming a teacher, Wooten said her mother worked as a maid in the south suburbs and later as a janitor for the Chicago Board of Education until she retired. She said her father passed when he was 92-years-old.

In celebrating her mother’s birthday, Wooten quoted her mom, “You know right from wrong. Do right. Treat people how you want to be treated and then leave everything in God’s hands.”

Because mothers are so very special, Wooten added, “I think my mother is the greatest mother I have every met in my whole life, and I am indebted to her for all that she has done not only for me but for my other brothers and sisters and our extended family. She has the heart of our universe. We call her our family treasure.”

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Black Author and Health Advocate, Angela DeJoseph, launches new tech-savvy Wellness Talk Show

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — The Angela de Joseph Show: “Talking About What Matters.” was recently launched on LaTalkLive.com. The online series is a new media radio and television talk show featuring current affairs and lifestyle programming with an emphasis on health and wellness.

Hosted by author and health advocate, Angela de Joseph, who is also an award-winning filmmaker, the easy access of digital programming will reach wide audiences. “The cell phone is the new television,” says Angela de Joseph. “We’re bringing health information and current events to your desktop, mobile phones, and laptops.”

Recent shows include:

* A discussion of consumer benefits from the new Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) in an interview with health advocate John Marshall Jones, an actor and national spokesperson for the California Black Health Network.

* A discussion about the sports industry, as well as Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete currently playing in a major American team sport, in a conversation with successful sports agent, Everett L. Glenn, founder of the National Sports Authority.

* An interview with noted photographer, Valerie Goodloe, who produced the documentary “Gang Girl” about her harrowing experience trying to save her daughter from the clutches of a notorious Los Angeles gang.

* An interview with actress and comedienne, Kym Whitley, star of the hit new reality show, “Raising Whitley” about her adventures raising her adopted son on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

The Angela de Joseph Show will next feature a discussion on “Life after Cancer,” which will address Angelina Jolie’s recent announcement that she had a double mastectomy. Dr. Maggie DiNome, surgical breast specialist and Chief of General Surgery at Saint John’s Health Center provides answers on this important issue which affects so many women.

Upcoming shows will address the issues of health insurance, economic disparities in Hollywood, and the criminalization of young men of color.

The Angela de Joseph Show aims to engage a large and eclectic mix of civic leaders, entertainers and wellness professionals in informative segments, panel discussions and interviews. Musical guests, comedy routines and live call-in segments will also round out the programs. Drawing on her background as an entrepreneur and health advocate, Angela brings a lively and fresh perspective to timely and important issues.

The Angela de Joseph Show airs 6pm PST Thursday nights on LaTalkLive.com, and is simulcast on U-stream.tv, iTunes Radio, Radio Flag App, Tune In App and Live365.com. Listen on your radio, watch on your computer, tablet or cell phone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry).

Point your browser to www.LATalkLive.com to watch or download the Tune In app for streaming audio of The Angela de Joseph Show, Thursdays at 6pm, PST. If you miss it, the show is also archived and available on demand 24/7.

Angela de Joseph is the founder of Global Wellness Project and creator and owner of Green Wonders Organic Hair Products. A personal trainer, sports nutritionist and board certified to train professional athletes, de Joseph is also the author of a weight loss book, “Angela de Joseph’s Body-Blast” and executive producer of the documentary “State of Emergency: Tackling Black Men’s Health.” Dedicated to spreading health and wellness information to the community at large, her mission to encourage community discourse and inspire healthy lifestyle choices will reach an even larger audience through The Angela de Joseph Show.

To contact de Joseph for interviews, visit www.theangeladejosephshow.com

Powerful black youth organization seeks $5 donations to raise $50,000 for 2013 national tour

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Orrin C. Hudson, via his Be Someone organization in Atlanta, is using the game of chess to teach inner city kids how to “make the right moves” in life

To raise funding for their 2013 national tour, they are asking the public to make donations of $5 or more online at www.BeSomeone.org/donate

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — A powerful Black youth organization that has already helped more than 20,000 kids is pleading to the public in efforts to raise funding for a national tour. The organization, Be Someone, Inc, was founded by master motivator Orrin C. Hudson in the year 2000. His approach was very unique: Use the game of chess to teach inner city kids how to “make the right moves” in life.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Hudson and his 501(c)3 non-profit organization have already won rave reviews and national attention from CNN, NBC, Good Morning America, USA Today, and even People Magazine. He even once received a grant from filmmaker Tyler Perry.

But Hudson wants to help more than just a few thousands kids. He wants to take his show on the road and do a national tour to help 1 million kids. For that reason, he is appealing to the public to make small donations of just $5 or more to help him reach the much needed funding of $50,000.


With the funding, Hudson will launch the 2013 African American Chess and Youth Leadership National Tour and travel to as many urban areas as possible to help young inner city kids develop the practical skills and techniques to overcome obstacles in life, illustrated through the best and most intellectual visual aid of all time: the chessboard.

He will target young people age 12-18, and will train them to become better decision makers. Via the game of chess, Hudson will teach them 20 life lessons that they can take from the chess board to make themselves success at everything they do. He instills in them, the focus, discipline and patience required by the game.

To donate online with a debit or credit card:
Visit www.BeSomeone.org/donate and click on “Give Now”

To donate by check or money order:
Please send your donation to:
Be Someone, Inc.
949 Stephenson Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30087

* Be Someone, Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

For more information, please visit www.BeSomeone.org or call (770) 465-6445, or send an email to info@besomeone.org

Photo Caption: Orrin C. Hudson, founder of Be Someone organization in Atlanta, Georgia, skillfully using the game of chess to teach inner city kids how to “make the right moves” in life.


State’s Attorney reminds residents to be safe when visiting cemeteries

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A Message From:

Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney

As the weather finally turns to the warmer side and we celebrate the traditional spring and summer holidays of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day, many citizens across Cook County will be traveling to our cemeteries to visit the resting places of their loved ones.

While cemeteries should be considered sacred ground and a quiet place to pay respects, police are regularly called to the scene at cemeteries in cases where citizens have been the victim of theft or robbery. As distasteful as it is, criminals will take advantage of unsuspecting or distracted citizens visiting the gravesite of a loved one. As with any crime, awareness is the key to prevention, so please consider the following safety measures to help keep you, your family members and friends safe and secure while visiting the cemetery.

  • If possible, don’t visit the cemetery alone. Remember, there is safety in numbers.
  • Don’t leave anything valuable in plain view in your vehicle. Lock your purse, wallet, any bags and jackets not being worn in your trunk or tuck them under the seat. Hide or put away any loose money you may have sitting in a cup holder or console.
  • Take as few items with you to the gravesite as possible. Ideally, just your keys and cell phone, but if you are bringing flowers or tools to clean up around the site, try to carry everything in one bag. Being less encumbered will allow you to navigate the grounds better.
  • Roll up your windows and lock your doors. It doesn’t matter how close to the site you are, it only takes a moment for a thief to open an unlocked door and take items sitting on the front seat or in the center console.
  • If you see someone suspicious, report it to cemetery security. Likewise, if you see someone or something that makes you nervous or uneasy, go back to your vehicle, lock the doors and drive to the security office. If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911 from your cell phone.

Taking a few precautions can make it more difficult for a would-be thief to make you the victim of a theft and help keep your trip to the cemetery peaceful and reflective.

Music Institute takes Fischoff Gold for fifth time in six years

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Consistent leadership in Prestigious Competition Showcases Strong Chamber Music Program

The Music Institute of Chicago has reaffirmed its status as one of the best schools in the nation for chamber music study: Quartet Lumiére, a Music Institute Academy string quartet, has won the coveted First Place Gold Medal and a $2,300 scholarship in the Junior Division of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, which took place May 10–12 in South Bend, Indiana.
Quartet Lumiére musicians include 2012–13 Sage Foundation Academy Fellow Rebecca Benjamin (18, Warsaw/Indiana, violin student of Roland and Almita Vamos); 2012–13 Susan and Richard Kiphart Academy Fellow Gallia Kastner (16, Arlington Heights/Illinois, violin student of Roland and Almita Vamos); William Warfield Scholarship recipient and Academy student Mira Williams (15, Chicago/Illinois, viola student of Marko Dreher); and Venzon Memorial Scholarship recipient and Academy student Josiah Yoo (15, Northbrook/Illinois, cello student of Gilda Barston and Hans Jorgen Jensen).
Coached by Academy faculty member Marko Dreher, Quartet Lumiére was Overall Winner in the open division of the 2013 Discover National Chamber Music Competition, 1st Prize Winner of the Society of American Musicians 2013 Jules M. Laser Chamber Music Competition, and Grand Award Winner and first place in the Strings and Piano Division of the first annual A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition held in April 14 at Merit School of Music. Most recently, the Quartet performed a pre-concert for the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and for internationally acclaimed musician Lang Lang at the Music Institute’s 83rd Anniversary Gala.

2013 Fischoff Competition
Founded in 1973 in South Bend, Indiana, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition began with Joseph E. Fischoff and fellow members of the South Bend Chamber Music Society seeking to find an innovative way of encouraging young people to pursue chamber music study and performance. Since then, the competition, presented by the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, has grown to become the largest chamber music competition in the world and one of the most illustrious classical music prizes attainable today. During the past 40 years, more than 5,700 musicians have participated in the competition, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education. In addition, Fischoff is the only national chamber music competition with both Senior (ages 18–35) and Junior Divisions (age 18 and younger).
Students in the Music Institute’s Academy have taken first place in Fischoff’s Junior Division in five of the past six years, as well as earning five additional top medals:
  • 2013 – 1st, Quartet Lumiére
  • 2012 – 1st, Quartet Stracciatella; 3rd, Quartet Ardella
  • 2010 – 1st, Quartet Danae; 2nd, Emerald String Quartet
  • 2009 – 1st, Aurelia String Quartet; 3rd, Quartet Danae
  • 2008 – 1st, Quartet Polaris; 2nd, Ridere Quartet; 3rd, Aurelia String Quartet

“The quality of contestants at this year’s competition was very high,” commented Academy Director Jim Setapen. “From an initial field of 63 junior applicant groups nationwide, six of the 24 quarterfinalists were from the Music Institute’s Academy and four of the 12 semi-finalist groups were from the Academy. This is a tribute to the Music Institute’s extremely high level of chamber music instruction, as well as to the students’ dedication to excelling in this area of their music studies. We are very gratified that in this, the most prestigious national chamber music competition, Academy groups have won not only 10 of the last 18 medals awarded, but five of the last six gold medals!”

Leading Chamber Music Instruction and Performances
The Music Institute of Chicago offers one of the largest chamber music programs in the U.S. with nearly 200 Community Music School chamber musicians of all ages and levels of ability participating annually. Ensembles in residence—WarnerNuvoza, Quintet Attacca (2002 Fischoff Grand Prize Winner) and Axiom Brass (2010 Fischoff winner and 2011 Fischoff Educator Award)—enhance faculty instruction as well as expose Chicago-area students to chamber music through the Music Institute’s ArtsLink outreach program. The fall application deadline is July 1. For more information visit musicinst.org/chamber-music.
In addition to its robust program of chamber music instruction, the Music Institute presents some of the best professional chamber groups working today in its historic Nichols Concert Hall. During the 2012–13 season, Nichols hosted the Lincoln Trio, 2012 Fischoff Competition winners Barkada Quartet, WarnerNuzova, Pacifica Quartet, Lincoln String Quartet, and more. For more about world-class chamber music at Nichols Concert Hall, visit musicinst.org/nichols-concert-hall.

The Academy
Founded in 2006, the Academy’s internationally recognized faculty, rigorous curriculum, and instructional model, as well as the program’s highly gifted students, have solidified its preeminent reputation. Students in this program have come from throughout the United States, as well as from Central and South America, Europe, Japan, China, and Korea. The very selective program focuses on providing an intensive and comprehensive musical education and significant performance opportunities for developing musicians.

Twenty-eight young musicians participate in all aspects of the curriculum, including private lessons with Academy artist faculty, a rigorous chamber music component, a chamber orchestra, and accelerated music theory classes. Pianists additionally study keyboard literature and skills in an intimate group setting. A hallmark of the Academy is the weekly master classes with some of the world’s most celebrated artists and educators. The Academy introduces students to a vast music community of peer musicians, pedagogical styles, and the rigors of conservatory training. The nation’s most elite college and university music conservatories, including The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the New England Conservatory, actively pursue graduates of the four-year program. A final Academy audition day for the 2013–14 school year takes places Thursday, August 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Music Institute’s Winnetka Campus (300 Green Bay Road). For more information visit musicinst.org/audition-calendar.

Music Institute of Chicago

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers and arts therapists reach more than 10,000 students and clients of all ages and experience levels at campuses in Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest and Downers Grove—and starting this fall, in downtown Chicago—as well as through its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs in four distinct areas: the Community School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, and Nichols Concert Hall.

Better Business Bureau warns job seekers about summer job scams

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CHICAGO, IL – – Summer break is quickly approaching for high school and college students and many of them will be searching for summer jobs.

The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois is warning students about job scams that could result in a loss of money and a waste of time. These could include work-at-home jobs paying high salaries for simple work and sales or pyramid schemes.

“Searching for jobs is not always easy and what may sound too good to be true probably is” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Job hunters need to take appropriate measures to avoid being deceived by scams.”

The BBB offers some tips for students when looking for summer job opportunities:

  • If you are offered a job without a formal interview or job application, it is most likely a scam. Do not provide any personal or financial information, as it can lead to identity theft.
  • If the employer does not provide you with the details of the job in writing, be wary. When you have details in writing, be sure to read them carefully and ask questions.
  • If the employer does not have a website or contact information is missing, consider that a red flag.
  • If the employer requires fees for training, background checks or drug tests, it is likely to be a scam.
  • If an employer offers you a lot of money for simple work or to work at home, it is most likely too good to be true.
  • If you cannot find reviews of the business anywhere on the internet, be wary as it is likely to be a scam. Check the potential employer’s BBB Business Review to see if the employer has a good rating.

If you experience or have experienced a scam, report it to your local BBB at www.bbb.org.

Bamboozled: Breast mutilation as preventive care?

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By Dr. Scott Whitaker

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The mainstream corporate-controlled media is heralding Angelina Jolie’s decision to have her perfectly healthy breasts and ovaries removed as an act of women’s liberation and the hopeful prevention of her supposed high risk of getting breast cancer in the future. Angelina was bamboozled, just like other high-profile celebrities Sharon Osbourne and Miss America contestant Allyn Rose, who took the same measures.

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see where this insane medical advice could ultimately lead: At risk for kidney cancer?…Remove your kidneys. Risk of colon cancer?…Take out your colon. Lung cancer?…Remove lungs, just in case. That is the logic of the cancer industry and doctors who have deceived Jolie and countless other sheeple (including the legions that follow the “Think Pink” people) into maiming their bodies based on FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) and medical quackery. For that matter of ill advice, hell, why not just gut your whole body, to be on the “safe” side?!

Sadly, the cancer industry raises billions of dollars yearly based on irrational fears spread by doctors and the media, yet there is still NO cure in sight. The fact of the matter is that cancer is a systemic metabolic condition, not some “gene” passed down from the family tree. From my observation, the ONLY hereditary disease is ignorance. Even if cancer is diagnosed in breast tissue, that is not the only place it is growing. Therefore, the idea that someone can prevent cancer by just removing their breasts is absurd. If the conditions for cancer are present in the body [due to nutritional deficiencies, exposure to chemicals, fluoride toothpaste, aluminum deodorants, fungi, estrogen from soy & chicken, processed foods, pork, uncontrolled stress, radiation (mammograms), etc.], cancer will develop in ANY area of the body, not just in breast tissue.

Yet, now that the media and mainstream medicine are pushing Ms. JoIie’s decision to remove her breasts and ovaries, I can almost read the next headline. It would quote Good Morning America’s anchor Robin Roberts stating something like: “I wish that I had a preventative mastectomy too. Then I wouldn’t be in the shape I’m in now” (sick, bald caused by chemotherapy, or in need of blood transfusions). It is shameful how the media and cancer industry parade this once beautiful African-American woman around like a side show in a circus to promote their agenda. It is especially shameful considering the fact that a woman’s risk of breast cancer can be reduced by 80% by simply adding Vitamin D (sunshine).

Living a healthy, anti-cancer lifestyle-based on smart nutrition, exercise, sensible sunlight exposure, a spiritual connection with the Creator, and avoidance of cancer-causing chemicals-are the most effective things people can do to PREVENT cancer. Being bamboozled and breast-less is not the answer; it only continues to promote more suffering and ‘medisin’. For that matter, imagine how it would be if all men starting getting their testicles removed to prevent possible testicular cancer? That would make about as much sense as: ‘hey, let’s all remove the wheels from our cars so we do not get a flat tire!’ Mindless!

Dr. Scott Whitaker is a Naturopathic Doctor and author of the nationwide best seller “Medisin,” with over 25 years of experience helping people eradicate their health conditions through detoxification, smart nutrition, and healing through education. Dr. Whitaker is available for lectures, interviews and consultations by contacting: dr.whitaker@hotmail.com or toll-free 1-888-633-4746. His website is www.medisins.net.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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