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Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Spending Bill

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Bill Funds Military Construction Projects in Illinois, Reduces Veterans Claims Backlog
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, today voted to approve a Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (Milcon/VA) Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014. Senator Kirk voted in favor of the bipartisan bill, which includes a total of $74.3 billion in discretionary funds and is $325 million below the President’s request.  The bill appropriates $63.4 billion to the VA, of which more than $2.5 billion will help reduce the claims backlog in Illinois and across the nation. The Chicago Regional Office has the 4th worst processing time with claims waiting for an average of 465 days. Claims processed at VA Regional Offices average 292 days across the United States. 
“This bill maintains critical Veterans Affairs operations and military construction projects for the nation and Illinois,” Senator Kirk said.  “For those men and women who have honorably served our country, the bill will reduce the wait times for veterans who have filed claims with the VA.” 
Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations Projects in Illinois:
Great Lakes Unaccompanied Housing: $35.851 million
Kankakee Air National Guard:
  • Aircraft Maintenance Hangar: $28 million
  • Readiness Center: $14 million
Total funding for Illinois Military Construction projects: $77.851 million.
Photo Caption: Senators Johnson (Chairman) and Kirk (Ranking) members of the
MILCON/VA Appropriations Subcommittee

COMING SOON: The true cause of violence in Chicago; Watch for this featured story on CopylineMagazine.com and/or Probationchallenge.org

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CHICAGO, IL – In a rare, candid one-on-one exciting interview with Noted Journalist Juanita Bratcher, Rev. Harold E. Bailey gives stark, revealing revelations about the true cause of violence in Chicago.

Bailey, Founder & President of Probation Challenge and the PCC Internet Broadcast, reveals “the true cause of violence in Chicago” and speaks blatantly about false pretenses set forth by some local politicians.

Bailey’s interview is filled with stark revelations about matters generally whispered but he said it is time to inform the public as to the true cause of violence to make them aware and alarmed.

Bratcher, Editor & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine, brings out the best information ever in this tell-all interview with Bailey.

Bailey, a former Probation Officer and former Chairman of the Cook County Board of Corrections, is gearing up for his 34th Annual yearly event, “The Portrait of Achievers Awards,” which he says will be the best ever, with entertainment provided by the famous Chi-Lites and the famous Barrett Sisters.

Calling crime a major problem in Chicago, Bailey made a comparison to crime in 1979 when he started the Probation Challenge program to that of the current crime status in Chicago today.

“Crime is far worse,” said Bailey. “It is becoming increasingly worse and it will get even worse.”

Probation Challenge has always been about giving and helping young people who made stumbles in life – finding themselves bottled up in the criminal justice system. The program helps them to get back on the right track through education and training. The organization’s motto has always been “Everybody deserves a second chance.”

“God doesn’t take you backwards but takes you forward,” Bailey said, noting that he still goes down in his own pocket – same as when he first started the Probation Challenge Program – to keep the program available for “our young folks.”

However, Bailey points out that his program was an assignment from God, a mission to help young people. “God told me to do it,” he acknowledged.

Looking back over the many years of Probation Challenge, Bailey noted that his program was successful on campus and with young folks in the program. And he got much joy from working with them.

Nonetheless, there were very few politicians or ministers that came to his support or defense in helping him with the program. But he was quick to name those who saw excellence in the program’s purpose and reached out to help. Those were Appellate Court Justice R. Eugene Pincham, Mayor Harold Washington, Cook County Board President John Stroger, Judge William Cousins, former State Senator Howard Brookins, and State Rep. Carol Moseley Braun prior to becoming U.S. Senator.

But Bailey did encounter many struggles with the program after the deaths of Mayor Washington and Appellate Judge Pincham. In conversation with Bailey, Washington said if it was proven that the Probation Challenge concept could work, he would put it throughout City Colleges of Chicago.

“After he closed his eyes (death), I trembled,” Bailey said. “But I still had Judge Pincham. But after Pincham was gone, it was the end of my program on campus. I wondered, ‘What have I done wrong?’…I didn’t want my flock to be scattered…and tears fell upon my heart.”   

You don’t want to miss this up-close, candid and personal interview with Bailey.

For more information, contact Rev. Bailey at (773) 978-3706.

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

What Black parents must do this summer

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By Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

African American Images, Inc.

A communications company

There is a three-year gap between Black and White students. Many people love tobelieve it’s due to income, fatherlessness, educational attainment of the parent and lack of parental involvement. I believe a major reason for the gap is we continue to close schools for the summer as if we are an agrarian economy. Very few Black youth will be farming this summer. If you multiply 3 months by 12 years you will see the three-year gap. There is nothing wrong with Black youth if their schools remained open during the summer and/or their parents kept them academically engaged.

Middle-income parents who value education enroll their children in some type of academic experience during the summer. They also visit libraries, museums, zoos and colleges. Other parents allow their children to sleep longer, play more video games, watch more television and play basketball until they can’t see the hoop. These students will have to review the same work they had mastered in May in September.

Black parents cannot allow their child to lose 3 months every year. Black parents cannot say they cannot afford the library. It’s free! Most museums have discounted days.

A male friend of mine shared his experience with me when he took his family to the museum. He wondered why so many people were staring at him. His wife and children had to tell him he was the only Black man in the building! I am appealing to every father to take his children this summer to the library, museum, and the zoo. I am appealing to every mother if he won’t, you will.

We need every parent to make sure their child reads at least one book per week and to write a book report. I am reminded of the formula Sonya Carson used to develop Ben Carson to become the best pediatric neurosurgeon. This low-income single parent, with a third grade education, had enough sense to tell her sons to turn off the television, read a book and write a report that her sister would grade!

I have a theory that I can go into your house and within 5 minutes tell you the type of student who lives there and predict their future. I believe that engineers, doctors, lawyers, accountants etc. need different items in their house than ballplayers, rappers, and criminals. I am very concerned when I visit a house that has more CDs and downloads than books.

My company African American Images has designed a special collection of books for boys. Research shows one of the major reasons boys dislike reading is because of the content. The set is titled Best Books for Boys. We also have one for girls, parents and teachers. Enjoy your summer. Let’s close the gap. I look forward to your child’s teacher asking your child what did you do for the summer? And your child answering we went to the library, museum, zoo, colleges and other great educational places.  

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is the author of “There is Nothing Wrong With Black Students, Changing School Culture For Black Males And Raising Black Boys”. He can be reached at: P.O. Box 1799, Chicago Heights, IL 60412 * Phone: (708) 672-4909 * Fax: (708) 672-0466

Email: customer@africanamericanimages.com * Website: www.africanamericanimages.com  

Anti-War Committee – Chicago to protest against U.S. intervention in Syria

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(From the Anti-War Committee – Chicago)

Protest will be held today, Tuesday, June 18, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the  Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams, in Chicago


The Obama administration has announced it will arm the Syrian opposition, and has plans to set up a No Fly Zone over Syrian territory. The Anti-War Committee – Chicago (AWC) opposes these measures to escalate the conflict which has already cost 93,000 lives.

President Obama says the Assad government has crossed a ‘red line’ by using chemical weapons. According to Holly Kent-Payne, an AWC spokesperson, “How can we believe this when there is no evidence cited as proof of the Syrian government’s use of the nerve gas, sarin?  In fact, Turkey recently caught 12 members of the Syrian opposition with sarin, and the top U.N. investigator in Syria, Carla Del Ponte, stated last month that she found evidence of the rebels, not the government, having used sarin.”

Joe Iosbaker of AWC added, “The truth is, the Syrian rebels are losing so the US is scrambling for excuses to intervene—remember when Bush lied about ‘weapons of mass destruction’ to justify the war in Iraq? The US and NATO support the Syrian rebels despite their strong ties to Al-Qaeda because they want to replace Bashar al-Assad with someone who will do their bidding.”

Recently, NATO published a finding that 70% of Syrians support the Assad government.  Also, Pew Research Center polls show that the majority of Americans oppose US intervention in Syria.

According to the Pentagon, the No Fly Zone would cost $50 million a day. Kent-Payne said, “Chicago is closing 50 schools, while the White House thinks nothing of spending $50 million a day. We need healthcare and education, not more war in the Middle East!”

For more information:  antiwarcommitteechicago.blogspot.com, or Holly Kent-Payne, 301-675-2886 and Joe Iosbaker,773-301-0109.

Local Jazz Greats plan fundraiser to honor the city’s “Pit Bull” of Jazz

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CHICAGO, IL – Ad man Tom Burrell describes her as a “Pit Bull.”  And that is an apt description for Chicago icon Geraldine de Haas, who brought some of the world’s best jazz performers to the South Side for the much-anticipated JazzFest Heritage Music Weekend at the South Shore Cultural Center every August for 31 years. 

 Unfortunately, this year will be Geraldine’s last JazzFest. Due to the failing health of both Geraldine and her husband, Eddie de Haas, they are joining their children in New Jersey. They will be leaving shortly after the festival, which takes place the first weekend in August.

 To show the couple what they have meant to the City of Chicago and the jazz community, the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct., along with renowned pianist Willie Pickens, are hosting a farewell fundraiser for them on July 2, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Expected to perform are Arthur Hoyle, Ari Brown, Stu Katz, Ernie Adams, Miguel de la Cerna, Tammy McCann, Marlene Rosenberg, Audrey Morrison and many more.

 Geraldine started as a jazz singer with her brother Andy Bey.  Known as Andy and the Bey Sisters, the singing trio traveled throughout Europe and recorded several records before disbanding the 10-year group.  A few years after marrying jazz bassist, Edgar de Haas, the singer moved to Chicago with her husband.  After toiling in local theater, she took on a new role—that of jazz advocate.  The catalyst was Duck Ellington’s death in 1974.  The musician in her could not imagine the city’s leaders not paying some type of tribute to Ellington’s genius.  Her efforts to produce the outdoor music tribute to Ellington in Grant Park was the forerunner to the many festivals we enjoy today.

 When de Haas founded Jazz Unites Inc. in 1981, her mission was to expose the uniquely American art form to people who otherwise would not have access regardless of their economic status.  Against all odds, she kept the two-day JazzFest Heritage Music Weekend free to the public.

 Producing the annual jazz festival has not been easy.  There has never been a stampede of corporate sponsors beating down the organization’s door.  Even though, the music event is a gateway to middle class African Americans.  As president, de Haas never drew a salary, yet she went into the office day after day and year after year making sure world-class jazz remained on Chicago’s South Side.

 “Sure, it’s been hard, but I can’t think of anything else I would have rather done with my life,” reflects de Haas.

 A reconstituted board is producing this year’s jazz festival, which it hopes to continue in Geraldine and Eddie’s honor.  The festival will run August 3-4, 2013 under a new name—the Geraldine & Eddie de Haas JazzFest Heritage Music Weekend.

 Tickets for the fundraiser honoring the de Haases are $20 and can be purchased online at jazzshowcase.com.

Religious Liberty and Inclusion

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By Julian Bond

By the mid-1960s, the civil rights movement had made significant cultural, legal and political progress in advancing the cause of racial justice and equality under the law – a struggle that continues to this very day. This was a rapidly evolving, heady time in American history.

It was a time when individual men, women and, yes, children came together to literally bend the moral arc of their nation in the direction of justice.

In our current day, we have approached a very similar point in the struggle for basic fairness and equality under the law for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters. The incredible progress this community has made over the past four decades is remarkable on many levels and is a testament to what is possible when everyday people come together to make real the promise of America.

Today, gay and lesbian people are widely visible in popular culture, increasing numbers of elected officials are “coming out” in support of fairness and equal treatment, and landmark cases related to marriage for same-sex couples are pending at the Supreme Court. This barrier is even starting to be broken in professional sports.

We did not arrive at this point by happenstance. It took a great deal of courage and decades of advocacy and activism on the part of many.

However, as LGBT people have gained greater equality under the law, we are hearing similar objections to the ones I heard in response to the civil rights gains of African-Americans in the 1960s. We hear people asking for exemptions from laws – laws that prohibit discrimination – on the ground that complying would violate their religious beliefs.

I heard this argument in Maryland last year when working to secure the freedom to marry for committed and loving same-sex couples. And now we are hearing it in Congress with respect to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, critical federal legislation introduced in Congress in April that would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in most American workplaces.

ENDA follows in the mold of life-changing civil rights laws that, for decades, have prohibited employment discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, age and disability. However, there are some who feel that ENDA must allow religiously affiliated organizations – far beyond churches, synagogues and mosques – to engage in employment discrimination against LGBT people.

We haven’t accepted this in the past, and we must not today. In response to the historic gains of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, opponents argued that their religious beliefs prohibited integration. To be true to their religious beliefs, they argued, they couldn’t serve African-Americans in their restaurants or accept interracial marriages.

Indeed, during consideration of the landmark Civil Rights Act in 1964 (and again in 1972), there were attempts to provide religious organizations with a blank check to engage in discrimination in hiring on the basis of race, sex and national origin – like the one now proposed for ENDA – and both times we said no to those efforts. We weren’t willing to compromise on equality. We weren’t willing to say that African-Americans were only mostly equal. Today’s struggles are similar in that we shouldn’t accept only partial equality for LGBT people.

Let me be clear. Religious liberty is one of our most cherished values.

It guarantees all of us the freedom to hold any belief we choose and the right to act on our religious beliefs. But it does not allow us to harm or discriminate against others. Religious liberty, contrary to what opponents of racial equality argued then and LGBT equality argue now, is not a license to use religion to discriminate.

Today, discrimination against individuals based on their race, sex, national origin, age or disability is almost universally viewed as unacceptable. That is because people of goodwill came together to make it so. At this critical moment in history, we should also come together to make clear that our LGBT brothers and sisters deserve full equality under the law, not just 80 percent. I believe in America’s promise of equality under the law for all. I hope that Americans from across the political spectrum will stand with me.

Julian Bond is Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP and a Professor at American University in Washington.

Businesswoman, Advocate releases “When Trouble Finds You”

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 A Message of Hope in a moving testimonial

 After losing her father at seven, Toni L. Coleman Carter’s life – became a “living hell.” For more than two decades, she hid the scars of physical and sexual abuse, the shame of an attempted suicide, the challenges of being a teen mother, and the granite obstacles of climbing the corporate ladder.  Her ability to overcome those setbacks formed the basis for When Trouble Finds You (RTC Publishing).  A work dedicated to increasing awareness around issues impacting children, while inspiring the human spirit.  When Trouble Finds You invites readers on an emotionally life-changing journey. Although it’s Carter’s frank, journal of hopelessness and redemption – her story ultimately inspires, enlightens and stimulates others to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The transparency with which she tells her story may cause some to lose themselves in the realism yet find themselves in the redemption.  The former Deputy Mayor of Hanover Park, IL  is also a mother, wife, outspoken community leader, human resources practitioner, and public speaker.  By sharing her story, Carter reaches out to the hundreds of thousands who find consolation in silence–and gives them courage to find a voice, but not just any voice, their voice. With When Trouble Finds You, Carter is hoping to inspire a generation of young people to take advantage of every opportunity afforded to them. And if they don’t have ANY – to create their own.  When Trouble Finds You is available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Books A Million and through www.wtfu2.org .  

Understanding the Need for Full Employment

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By William Spriggs


Last week, the Social Security Trust Fund report was released. One of its more telling charts was of the trend in Social Security revenue. Social Security revenue comes from a tax on the wages of earners, paid by both employees and employers. So, essentially it tracks the level of employment.

Based on the simple trend of revenues from 1990 to 2007, just before the Great Recession started, 2012 revenue would have been $899.4 billion; instead, it was $840 billion. That gap means less money to build up the Social Security Trust Fund than expected. The trustees do not break down the revenue by the age of workers, but based on the dramatically lower employment experience of young workers, the bulk of that gap reflects the lost wages of young people.

That gap also represents another side to the young worker crisis. Of course, a smaller Social Security Trust Fund is a crisis for all of us. But, the gap in earnings of young people also reflects they are not building up the wage record on which their Social Security benefits will be based.

This is tangible, easy to see costs of high unemployment for young people. Unfortunately, it is money they will not make up easily. Evidence is that entering the labor market in times of high unemployment permanently lowers the earnings of workers. The downturn of the 1980s left permanent scars on the earnings of those who graduated into the labor market between 1981 and 1983. The only way for the current young workers to make up those lost earnings will be to work longer-make it up at the ends of their working lives.

But, if America would return to getting to full employment faster, young workers would benefit greatly. And, Social Security would benefit. This is the true inter-generational struggle. The current generation of politicians is ignoring the immediate and long-term needs of young workers.

Now, the perverse twist is that the debate is on cutting the Social Security benefits of future retirees-meaning the current set of young workers who are suffering the most from high unemployment. The same set of young people who are not building up the savings needed to help them when they are old.

Here, the Social Security Trust Fund report is helpful. The report says that Social Security is currently taking in more money than it is paying out-revenue from current taxes and interest on the Trust Fund are more than current outlays to pay benefits. So, the Trust fund is continuing to grow. The Trust Fund is large enough to pay all promised benefits until 2033. That means well past when the first wave of the Baby Boomers-those born before 1949-will be finished receiving benefits-more crudely, when they are dead.

This means the current jargon on intergenerational transfer is a false debate; making it appear the AARP is trying to squeeze money out of young workers. Instead, those who are fighting to protect Social Security-like the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare-are really fighting for today’s young workers. Protecting Social Security is making sure that young workers do not have to pay for the nearsightedness of austerity budgets that cheat the young out of policy debates on generating jobs, and then make young workers pay in retirement because of that same world view.

What the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development clearly showed last week in its economic report is that the social safety nets of the modern states are working to save the day. Why would we deny young workers a fully functioning set of proven safety nets when they get to be old?

In the meantime, let’s move on to debating getting Americans to work. Politicians need to show how their plan creates jobs now, not in some distant future. Young people need the jobs, and all of us need Social Security. 

William Spriggs serves as Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO and is a professor in, and former chair of the Department of Economics at Howard University.  Bill is also former assistant secretary for the Office of Policy at the United States Department of Labor. 

Don’t be pressured into immediate decisions following a property loss, Better Business Bureau advises

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CHICAGO, IL – When homeowners or business owners experience a property loss such as a fire or flood, they are not in the best state of mind to make immediate choices regarding restoration work. Unfortunately, some restoration workers have taken advantage of these stressful times by approaching shocked property owners with business deals within minutes of the event.

Last month, media in south Florida reported how stricken homeowners have been bombarded with sales pitches at scenes of property losses. Restoration workers and other contractors listen to police scanners to find business opportunities. They will hear the police report and go to the address of the property. Making decisions in moments of distress can result in repercussions later on.

“There are dishonest individuals and businesses that see an unfortunate situation as a business opportunity,” said Steve J Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “While fixing the problem is important, taking time to evaluate the situation and make the most rational choice is crucial.”

Here are some tips that should be considered if your home or business has been damaged:

  • Do not make any immediate decisions. In the early moments of an event, it can be difficult to make the best decisions. There are important things to factor into choosing a business such as checking for proper licensure and the track record.
  • Do research. Look at different businesses, their prices and their reviews. Check  www.bbb.org and use the BBB’s FREE online service called Request a Quote to obtain estimates, proposals or general information from BBB Accredited contractors.
  • Do not settle for the first. Request bids from at least two different companies and base them on the same criteria.
  • Lowest price does not always mean better. Pick a business that is affordable with a good rating to make sure you get what you need to fix your property damage.
  • Make sure the business you choose to work with is covered. Determine whether they have proper insurance and ask to see any required state or local licenses or permits.
  • Work with contractors that have a verifiable track record. Check the business for references and see what experiences previous customers had.
  • Get everything in writing. Make sure to get a copy of every document you see and all estimates are in writing.

For more information on hiring businesses, visit www.bbb.org

Casting is complete for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Chicago-premiere production of Tribes by Nina Raine

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CHICAGO, IL – Casting is complete for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Chicago-premiere production of Tribes by Nina Raine. Ensemble member Austin Pendleton directs a cast featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Francis Guinan and Molly Regan with Steve Haggard, Russell Harvard and Helen Sadler. The American premiere of Tribes was Off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theater in 2012, and also featured Harvard, alongside ensemble member Jeff Perry; Harvard was recently featured in the Mark Taper Forum production as well. Tribes begins previews December 5, 2013 (Opening Night is December 15; Press Performances are December 14 at 3pm and December 17 at 7:30pm) and runs through February 9, 2014 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Group tickets are on sale now at 312-932-2422. Individual tickets (starting at $20) go on sale at a later date.

Billy’s intellectual and proudly eccentric English family is its own tiny empire: private languages, in jokes and fiery arguments. Billy, deaf since birth, is the only one who truly listens. When he meets his girlfriend Sylvia, he is introduced to a larger Deaf community, which sparks a struggle for self-identity and rebellion against his family. Tribes is a sharp, witty story about finding the place where you can be heard—and a family that feels like home.

The production team for Tribes includes: Walt Spangler (scenic design), Rachel Anne Healy (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), Josh Schmidt (sound design and original music) and John Boesche (projection design). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Michelle Medvin (stage manager) and Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager).

Tribes is supported by Corporate Presenting Sponsor, United Airlines.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and nine Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

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