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Archive for June, 2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Murder has invaded my home!

Posted by Admin On June - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 

(This is a corrected updated version)

 

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge/PCC Broadcast Network

 

After the many times of admonishing you and your staff regarding the many murders taking place in the City of Chicago, my very own nephew was recently killed in South Shore, on the corner of 75th and Yates.  And, not under the guides of night – but daylight.

 Each day we continue to hear of yet another family being deprived of loved one to violence in this city, which has become a ‘way-of-life’ for perpetrators who hold the life of another in their trigger-finger!

Well over 49-years have I fought against crime and violence in this city, but did not talk-that-talk, but rather I walked-that-walk, and was then ridiculed for it.  Never have I seen such a resistance to law-and-order as I note today, but again, never in my life have I seen such an orchestration of matters not working coming from the Chicago City Hall!  The Chicago Police department bringing in departmental heads who have little or no knowledge of the streets, and their complexion serves only to enhance street resistance!
 
I hasten to point out, the absence of the Probation Challenge program and its illegal eviction from the City Colleges/Olive-Harvey College Campus, only proves that ‘them’ ‘they’ and ‘those’ persons who were under the auspices of education were not street-culprits, but were turning their lives around. Now, since City Colleges, then under the guides of Chancellor, Wayne Watson, who turned those that were doing well, back into the streets to cause havoc and mass murder to not hundreds but thousands.  These youth then were forced to turn their backs on education and returned to past behavior. City Colleges was and is under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office – then Mayor Richard Daley. Why did this happen becomes the question, unless it was a political decision or a reckless device to allow just what’s happening today… in some communities.
 
And, as I revisit this recent murder of my nephew that has invaded my family-members, and extended family… Mr. Mayor, I assure you, that the fine people of this city will not forget your none existence in that seat in City Hall. You are absent as it relates to our immediate family needs. Stop putting the finger on others… you were hired to bring about truth and solutions.
 
Mr. Mayor, I suggest that you take a serious look at the wrongs floating around in your administration as it relates to the streets of this city, and that you visit not only those that have fallen victim to murder, all this is  pre-arranged, but, make homes visits deep into the vineyards of the South and Westside of the city, where evil and senseless malice has invaded the ranks of sanity.
 
And, as you fight to close schools, I might add that you might want to know that some of us who have lived long enough know of the evils that hides behind that issue. None-the-less, I also suggest that you look into ‘Truth and Solutions’ as they were set-forth some while ago by the Probation Challenge Network: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network, where much of what is happening today was broadcast – then!
 
Mr. Mayor, where is your vision? What is it that you see? If there is hope, please allow ‘we’ the public to share a drop of it…we can use it!
 
The Rev. Harold E. Bailey, will briefly discuss: Truth and Solutions’ at the Probation Challenge 34th Annual ‘Portrait of Achievers’ Awards, Dinner, Entertainment and The Show of Shows starring: Marshall Thompson and The Chi-Lites, and the Barrett Sisters with Tina Brown. Also, Kevin Collins.
For Reservations call: 773.978.3706.
Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge. WWW.ProbationChallenge.org

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the Rev. Harold Bailey and not CopyLine Magazine.

Kirk Supports Immigration Reform Bill

Posted by Admin On June - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 

Legislation includes Kirk priorities to secure border first, allow Polish citizens visa-free travel, and grant citizenship to combat veterans

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) applauded Senate passage of a bipartisan immigration reform bill that first secures the border and then creates a tough but fair path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Kirk hailed the inclusion of key provisions to double the size of the border patrol, reform the Visa Waiver Program to include strong allies like Poland and expedite citizenship for non-citizens who serve in combat for the U.S. military.

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“The American system unlocks human potential faster and better than any other system,” Senator Kirk said. “We are going to unlock the full American potential of 525,000 people in our state who will build businesses and boost the Illinois economy.”

Over the last two weeks, Sen. Kirk worked with his colleagues to improve the border security provisions in the immigration bill. Yesterday, the Senate adopted a “border surge” amendment to add 21,000 more border patrol agents, require the completion of 700 miles of fencing, implement an electronic entry-exit system at all air and sea ports and mandate the use of the E-Verify employment verification system by all employers.

The immigration reform bill incorporates language from bicameral, bipartisan legislation Senator Kirk co-led to enable strong allies like Poland to join the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of participating countries up to 90 days of visa-free travel to the United States.

“Poland is one of our closest allies and allowing their citizens visa-free travel to the U.S., a privilege that nearly all of our other close democratic allies have enjoyed for years, will further strengthen our bond,” Sen. Kirk said.

Chicago is home to nearly one million citizens of Polish ancestry, the highest concentration in any city outside of Warsaw. Sen. Kirk is a staunch advocate of U.S.-Poland relations and has long fought for Poland’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program. To learn more about Sen. Kirk’s work on this issue, click here.

The immigration reform bill also includes language authored by Sen. Kirk, which waives certain naturalization requirements for any non-citizen serving in our military who earns a Combat Infantryman Badge or other award granted for engaging the enemy in combat. 

“In my view, if you risk life and limb for America, you are an American,” Senator Kirk said.

Rapid Prototyping: How to Jam at a Game Jam or Hack-a-thon

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On June - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Theme: “Peace on Earth”

Soap Box Rants

A Weekly Column to CopyLine Magazine

 

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

One of the biggest mistakes made at game jams and hack-a-thons is lofty ambitions. The thing to keep in mind is that you have a set amount of time to complete the project whether it is 24 hours or 7 days. The most important thing is that you have something playable on time so keep it simple.

Think of the project as a prototyping exercise for a small project you can further develop later. You are supposed to be collaborating and having a good time so enjoy. Write a brief concise statement detailing what the project is about. For example, we will create a game. Questions to ask: What is the end result as the winner or what happens to the loser? What do players have to do to win? What could cause them to lose? I find the best strategy is to think simple. It may not be a Triple A game, but casual gamers or kids may love it.

Example:
Game Title: Peace on Earth Thanks to the Aliens

Genre: Action Game (Side Scrolling Shooter)
Instructions: Help the Alien silence the frog by clicking on the left mouse button and firing flies from his ray gun for the frog to eat. The goal is to feed the frog as many flies as possible to stop him from being noisy. The more flies he eats, the more points the player gets for keeping him quiet. This is a quick game to play.

Reward: If the player is able to feed the frog 35 flies, he advances to the next room to be thanked by the townspeople who were able to get some sleep.

Simple Game Design Document:

Game Objects: Four game objects are the wall, frog, Alien and fly. The wall is a square that when repeated around the borders of the background will serve as a barrier to keep the alien from leaving the stage. The alien has a ray gun that he shoots while walking slowly toward the frog. When he shoots a fly into the air, the frog eats it. Every bug the frog catches and eats, earns 1 point.

Levels: One level of game play that gets more difficult when frog starts to move around.

Sprites: Wall, Alien, Frog and Fly

Sounds: Frog croaks until he grabs fly and relaxing music plays in the background

Controls: Left mouse button to fire ray gun

Keep in mind, the most important thing is to deliver. You have time constraints so set realistic goals to meet your deadline.

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

Pensions conference committee to hold first hearing

Posted by Admin On June - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 Conferees Raoul, Holmes and Biss discuss expectations for compromise

 

SPRINGFIELD. IL — A conference committee created during last Wednesday’s special session to reach a compromise on pension reform will hold its first public hearing. The 10 conferees — five from each chamber of the General Assembly — will meet at the Bilandic Building in Chicago at 11 a.m. Senate President John Cullerton appointed State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th), State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) and State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) to serve on the panel. The Democratic senators released the following statements in advance of the hearing:

Senator Raoul:

“Pension reform is at an impasse because it has become a pitched battle between two priorities: constitutionality and maximum savings,” said Raoul, who will chair the committee. “The final product won’t be anyone’s ideal outcome, but I’m optimistic that with open minds and an awareness of the price of inaction, we can report back with a plan that respects the constitution and fosters long-term fiscal stability.”

 

Senator Holmes:

“This conference committee gives us an opportunity to move forward on a comprehensive pension stabilization plan that is constitutional and fair,” Holmes said.  “I will continue to advocate for people who have spent their lives serving the people of Illinois.  During these negotiations, we must be conscious of the rights of working men and women as well as the economic security of retirees. Of course, this issue is about the state’s finances, but we should remember it is also about people’s lives.”

 

Senator Biss:

“Our attempts to enact significant pension reform have hit a genuine roadblock in Springfield, and by creating a conference committee, we have taken a meaningful step in order to address this growing crisis,” Biss said. “Like many others, I have strong feelings about the pension reform proposals we’ve seen in the recent past, but we must all recognize that none of these proposals is likely to move forward without significant compromise. I am eager to work with my colleagues to finally find a solution that addresses our legal and ethical concerns yet still achieves adequate savings.”

 

Six of the ten conferees must sign their names to a plan for it to become the official report of the committee, and the House and Senate must approve whatever solution the group proposes before it can be sent to the governor for his signature.

 

Attorney General Madigan’s statement on Supreme Court decision on DOMA

Posted by Admin On June - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act:
 
“The Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act is a victory for couples who have been fighting to build their lives together and raise their families with all of the rights and dignity of marriage. In striking down DOMA, the Supreme Court has given added strength to our court fight to overturn Illinois’ ban on same sex marriage. Today’s decision also intensifies the need to pass a marriage equality bill in our state and ensure that all Illinois couples have access to the full rights and benefits of civil marriage.”
 

Simon: Don’t double student loan rates

Posted by Admin On June - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 

Organizes students to lobby against interest rate hike 

CHICAGO, IL – With interest rates on student loans set to double within a week, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is working with Illinois students to lobby Congress to take action. For the second year in a row, Simon is encouraging students across the state to urge Congress to stop interest rates from doubling on July 1.

“The cost of college is a growing barrier for students to enroll in and complete college,” said Simon, the state’s point person on education reform. “If Congress allows interest rates to double, higher education will become too pricey for many more middle class families.”

Student loan interest rates had previously been expected to double during the summer of 2012; however, students nationwide demanded change. Young people took to Facebook and Twitter asking their elected officials to take immediate action, and President Obama signed a temporary rate freeze. Simon has advocated for passage of a long-term solution that would avert the need for last-minute, piecemeal fixes.

In her first two years in office Simon visited each of Illinois’ 48 community colleges and 12 public, four-year universities, hearing time and again that the cost of education is a growing strain on students and families throughout the state. Using that network, Simon on Wednesday will urge members of the Illinois delegation to endorse a solution and take action to prevent student loan rates from doubling.

The hike on federal subsidized loans to undergraduates would cost the average Illinois student more than $1,000 each year. In Illinois, there are more than 360,000 borrowers who would be affected.

To join in the effort, post on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate, or find contact information for your elected representative here.

“Students need to explain what $1,000 means to them, whether that’s books, housing or the ability to enroll in the first place,” Simon said. “Higher education is an equalizer. We cannot let students be priced out of school.”

U.S. Senator Durbin responds to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act

Posted by Admin On June - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement yesterday, after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 “For almost 50 years, the Voting Rights Act has protected minority populations from discrimination at the ballot box, whether in the form of poll taxes, literacy tests or voter identification laws and discriminatory redistricting. We need look no further than the last election cycle to understand the ongoing importance of the Voting Rights Act,” Durbin said.

 “Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is a major setback for the voting rights that courageous Americans have fought for generations to protect. Now, Congress has a responsibility to respond promptly by taking legislative action addressing voting discrimination and inequality. As chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, I will be holding hearings to address this troubling decision by the Supreme Court.”

 As Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, Durbin held a series of hearings on new state voting laws that were creating barriers to the ballot for minority, young, low income and other voters. In September 2011, his Subcommittee held the first Congressional hearing to examine whether numerous new state voting laws threaten the right to vote. More information on that hearing can be found here.

 In January 2012 and May 2012, Durbin chaired field hearings in Tampa, Florida and Cleveland, Ohio on those states’ restrictive new voting laws. More information on those hearings can be found here and here.

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation President calls Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder “Travesty to Justice”

Posted by Admin On June - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

In response to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of Black Women’s Roundtable said, “Today’s decision by the U. S. Supreme Court to invalidate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is a travesty to justice for all Americans to have their voting rights protected.   We believe the decision opens the flood gates for voter suppression tactics to go unchallenged in states that have historically suppressed our voting rights and the ability for minority voters to vote for their candidates of choice.” 

“While many people want to say times have changed, many things remain the same. We witnessed widespread voter suppression efforts as recent as 2012,” Campbell adds. “We call on Congress to act urgently to establish a new coverage formula for Section 4 in order to ensure that the U. S. Justice Department will be able to continue enforcement of the Voting Rights Act now and for future generations.”

Campbell continues, “The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is committed to our mission to eliminate barriers to civic participation.  We urge Congress to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act now. Preventing racial voting discrimination will result in greater social and economic justice and enhance the quality of  life for people of color and all Americans.”

Shelia Tyson, convener of The Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation, an affiliate of The National Coalition adds, “”I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in this case. This is especially concerning for Birmingham residents since we are only nine weeks from municipal elections.”

“Voter suppression is alive and well in Alabama. Even in 2013, far too many Alabama voters face intimidation, prejudice, and discrimination at the polls. Strong voter protection laws are the only recourse for citizens – especially the underserved – to combat efforts to deny them from voting. The Voting Rights Act has been the soundest piece of legislation we’ve had to ensure equality at the polls.”

“This year, the City of Birmingham celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement for racial equality and social justice. While it’s true that we’ve made huge strides since 1963; today’s ruling proves that we still have work to do,” Tyson adds.

Founded in 1976, The National Coalition (ncbcp.org) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing African American participation in civil society.

‘CPS budget is putting schools on a collision course with failure,’ say Chicago students

Posted by Admin On June - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

(From Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS)

 

CHICAGO, IL – Less than a month after Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the unelected Board of Education’s decision to close 49 public elementary schools, Chicago Public Schools is implementing massive budget cuts affecting the remainder of public schools. Many schools are facing cuts that surpass $1 million with some schools facing cuts as high as $4 million. As a direct result of CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s budget, teachers are threatened with being laid off, which could create larger class sizes and critical support staff members such as counselors, nurses, office workers, etc. are facing job loss; supplies for books, academic equipment and maintenance may be slashed, reducing the quality of students’ learning environments..

Arts, foreign-language classes and even recess are among the first programs being shed by principals trying to deal with budget cuts of 10 percent or more while Mayor Emanuel proposed using $55 million in public TIF money to fund construction of DePaul stadium.

“Rather than pushing for progressive, comprehensive measures, CPS is putting schools on a collision course with failure. First Rahm and Barbara closed 49 public schools and now they’re trying to gut the remainder of existing schools by passing crippling budgets,” said Ross Floyd, sophomore at Jones College Prep High School.  

Students from across the city will be marching to CPS headquarters to protest the budget cuts and the decimation of their future while CSOSOS will be inside of the Board of Education meeting. The students will stand in solidarity with a speaker, who is allowed a two-minute speech. Afterward, CSOSOS will begin a series of statements to bring attention to the issues facing young students.

“We, the students, will show Barbara Byrd-Bennett that her budget is detrimental to our future and it will not stand. Rahm Emanuel will be a one term mayor and his unelected school board will be dissolved. We will take it upon ourselves to fight for the future of education in Chicago, as Rahm and Barbara have proven that they only care about rich, white people, not the communities of color or low-income neighborhoods,” said Israel Munoz, a recent graduate of Kelly High School.

Schedule

8 am: CPS students from across the city will meet, then march from Daley Plaza and to CPS headquarters to join the Chicago Teachers Union picket outside Board of Education meeting

10:30 am: Inside Board of Education meeting, CPS students will peacefully demonstrate against the school closings and budget cuts, making their voices heard.

For breaking info, follow hashtag #noCPScuts

CSOSOS page: https://www.facebook.com/csosos

For more information, contact Israel Munoz 773-603-4688

Lt. Governor Simon issues statement on Supreme Court decisions

Posted by Admin On June - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Following the United States Supreme Court’s historic decisions on civil liberties this morning, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement:

“I am thrilled by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Windsor today to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This decision supports one of the fundamental principles of our country—equality—and brings us one step closer to the nation we aspire to be.

“I appreciate the Court’s decision in Perry, and am excited for all California couples whose marriages are once again recognized. The decision strengthens my resolve to work harder in Illinois and throughout the country to ensure full marriage equality.

 “I look forward to renewing that commitment to equal rights with Illinois families and advocates this Sunday at the Pride Parade in Chicago as we continue working toward marriage equality in Illinois.”

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