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Archive for July 8th, 2013

Residents of Calumet Heights continue fight to keep pawn shop out of area

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After three continuances and a fourth hearing set for July 19, 2013 at 9 a.m. at the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals, residents of Calumet Heights will trek down to City Hall again in their fight to keep a pawn shop out of the area.

Residents of this middle- and upper middle class neighborhood have held weekly Saturday protest marches since January over disdain of a potential pawn shop setting-up shop at 2059-65 East 95th St., and to also inform other residents who may not know about the store owner’s intentions.

The three hearings scheduled and cancelled had been scheduled for February 15th, March 15th and May 17th.

Johnny Acoff, Vice President of the South Shore Gardens Betterment Association, a retired Chicago police officer and a resident of Calumet Heights, said “We don’t need that kind of business in our neighborhood. Yet, they want to bring it here in our area. Why not a referendum where citizens can say whether they want it or not? We have signatures already.

“What makes it so bad is that the hearing has been cancelled three times already. We don’t understand why they keep cancelling it. There’s got to be something wrong with having all these continuances. I think they want to wear us down, and when we don’t show up they’ll do it. But we will be at every hearing…we will be there. However, I hope it’s acted upon on July 19th,” Acoff added.

Not only have various groups and residents come together to halt the pawn shop from coming into the area, they have held several protest marches throughout the vicinity and at the site of the potential pawn shop.

“From my perspective and others, some pawn shops take in stolen properties that are burglarized from homes, garages and other places,” Acoff added. “You know, they do things so sneakingly; they try to shove things down your throat. And we refuse to let something be shoved down our throat without a fight…that’s disrespecting the area and residents’ wishes. They’ll have a fight on their hands because we will fight back. We don’t have a choice. If necessary, we will end up in court over this matter.”

Organizers are offering bus transportation ($5.00 round trip) for those wanting to attend the hearing. The bus will load in the parking lot of Our Lady Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, 2330 East 99th Street (99th & Crandon) at 7:15 a.m. The bus will leave promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Said Acoff: “We will continue picketing the potential pawn shop store every Saturday from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. until the Zoning Board rules against them. And we will be watching all elected officials from this area to see how they act toward deterioration in the area.”

Clifford Law Reaction to Asiana Airlines Flight #214 Crash – Latest Update

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 Lawyers at Clifford Law Offices have handled many international crashes involving Boeing Aircraft – they are available to Speak on pertinent issues regarding Safe Landings and Pilot Training


The crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco brings up many legal issues involving the safety of the Boeing aircraft as well as what goes on in the cockpit during the very critical time of landing.  There have been problems in the past that have been sorted out through litigation in the courts.

Robert Clifford and Kevin Durkin, partners at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago, were leading counsel in the Alaska Air crash of Flight 241 that crashed in the Pacific Ocean in 2000 as well as in the 2003 Turkish Airlines crash upon landing in The Netherlands’ Schipol Airport that involved a faulty altimeter upon landing.  Clifford Law Offices also represents five families in the Boeing 737 Caribbean Airlines Flight 523 that overran the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana in 2011.  Currently, lawyers at the firm, including partners Michael Krzak and Colin Dunn, are preparing for a trial on liability next year on the Colgan Air crash in Buffalo, New York, in 2009 that deals with training issues.

Many issues immediately come to mind regarding the latest crash in San Francisco regarding the Boeing 777. Crew fatigue and the culture or protocol in the cockpit will be examined in addition to who was actually flying the approach and how much automation was relied upon that is available on the plane. 

Pilot training issues again may arise as well as system performance issues that could involve Boeing, a company based in Chicago.  The short landing in Asiana Airlines Flight 214 could be the result of a number of factors, alone or in combination including:

1) failure to maintain appropriate airplane glide path to the desired touchdown point due to inappropriate flight control inputs including those for engine thrust, pitch attitude and airspeed;

2) airplane systems failures including engines, engine control systems, flight control systems, radio altimeters and other systems, leading to factor #1;

3) pilot performance failures, including inadequate management of engine thrust, pitch attitude and airspeed, as well as dealing with any systems failures, leading to factor #1;

4) distractions from possible late runway changes due to air traffic control instructions, leading to factors #1 and #3 above.

Attorneys at Clifford Law Offices have a great deal of experience with plane crashes involving the Boeing, particularly upon landing, and are available to speak to the press regarding pertinent issues regarding Saturday’s crash of Asiana Airlines in San Francisco.

To speak with one of the partners, please call Clifford Law Offices’ Pamela Menaker at 847-251-4877 or 847-721-0909 or 312-899-9090 or pammenaker@cliffordlaw.com.

2013 Coca-Cola Scholarship Program to give more than $3 million away in scholarships

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Apply today; Deadline fast approaching!

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.45 million, through two nationally recognized programs. With the 25th class in 2013, the Foundation will have provided over 5,250 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $51 million in scholarships.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to 250 high school seniors each year. Fifty of these are four-year $20,000 scholarships; 200 are four-year $10,000 scholarships. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

To qualify, students must be current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools); U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a legalization program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees; Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application; Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution; and carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school

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Be A Cheerful Giver Explores the Benefits of Giving Freely

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Chicago, IL – Author Cynthia Dickens debut book Be A Cheerful Giver teaches a valuable lesson in charitable giving and how that giving comes back to you as a blessing in many ways.

“I walk through my life and explains how giving financially, volunteering, or giving away clothes or shoes to the needy has blessed me.   I talk openly about my life, when I began my charitable works, and provides biblical and life principles of reaping what you sow.  When you discover the gift of giving, you will experience a life full of blessings”.  Said Dickens in a recent interview.

Be A Cheerful Giver explains, there is no real formula or rules on how you give. It will always be a blessing to someone. What you give away grows into wealth in every way, so there is benefit in giving generously.  The law of reaping and sowing is in effect no matter who you are and you will get what you give.  Aside from her own testimony, Dickens book is full of inspiring stories of people who believe they were blessed because of how they gave.

About The Author

Cynthia Dickens is a Human Resources professional who currently works and has worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies. She earned a master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations at Loyola University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She sits on the board of the Martin Luther King Jr. Boys and Girls Club.  She is a sponsor and mentor of LINK Unlimited in Chicago. She gives to a number of charities such as the American Red Cross, Interfaith House, Loyola University Chicago, By the Hand, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and a number of church ministries. She is a member of a great church ministry in Chicago. Cynthia continues to mentor, coach, and counsel people in the areas of interviewing and resume writing, as well as provide career advice. Be a Cheerful Giver is available online at amazon.com or visit the web site www.beacheerfulgiver.com 




Top Chicagoland business and civic leaders attend VIP sustainable commuting awards night

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Companies recognize the return on investment of car-free commuting programs


On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, Chicago-area civic and business leaders who are pushing their companies and constituents to the forefront of sustainable commuting will appear as VIPs at the Chicagoland Sustainable Commuting Awards Bash. For an hour prior to the event, they will receive an intimate tour of the venue, the DIRTT Environmental Solutions Green Learning Center 10th floor showroom at 325 N. Wells Street. They will meet with emcee Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ’s Worldview and enjoy champagne and locally-sourced hors d’oeuvres.

Attendees will include Frank Petito, President of Orbitz’s business unit and the keynote speaker for the night; Judy Martinez-Faye, Chief City Executive, Chicago, Siemens; Jason Child, CFO, Groupon; Bob Best, Executive Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Kathy Tholin, CEO, Center for Neighborhood Technology; among many others.

Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner, Gabe Klein, has been invited, along with Oak Lawn Mayor-elect Sandra Bury, and DuPage County Chairman, Dan Cronin. 

The event honors the winners of the Bike Commuter Challenge and the Chicago Green Office Challenge’sTransportation Month, which concluded June 14 with record-setting participation. Over 600 companies in Chicago and the suburbs competed, including many who did both, highlighting how easy and popular biking – and car-free commuting as a whole – have become in Chicagoland.

The free, invitation-only event will begin at 6 p.m. (with a 5 p.m. VIP hour) at 325 N. Wells Street, in the DIRTT Environmental Solutions 10th floor showroom. After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the invited speakers will address the gathering, followed by an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Bike Commuter Challenge, the Chicago Green Office Challenge Transportation Month, and those teams who participated in both competitive events.

Free valet bike parking will be provided.

The Bike Commuter Challenge is sponsored by WXRT, The City of Chicago, SRAM, Village Cycle Center, Clif Bar, Dark Matter Coffee, and Divvy BikeShare.

The Chicago Green Office Challenge proudly partners with the City of Chicago, GreenPSF, Delta Institute, and ICLEI; and is sponsored by: Office Depot, ComEd, GreenChoice Bank, Siemens, BMO Harris Bank, Abbott, Jones Lang LaSalle, DIRTT, MMPI, 330 North Wabash, 3Degrees

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

The Chicago Green Office Challenge is an annual program that encourages, friendly competition amongst commercial offices and buildings to make Chicago more livable, sustainable, and prosperous. Participants engage with their colleagues to play the Challenge, earn points, have fun, and receive public recognition for their efforts. For more information visit www.chicagogoc.com or contact us via email at support@chicagogoc.com or by phone at 312-554-0900 x36.

DIRTT approaches sustainability from a return on investment point of view. By building out interiors more quickly and cleanly with tailored prefab components you harness your real estate to support your strategy and bottom-line. The result is real estate that adapts to your technology, people and strategic needs. Day one and beyond DIRTT responds to your real estate and the environment. For more information visit www.dirtt.net

Workers at Mobile Rail Solutions Organize under IWW Banner

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The Workers at Mobile Rail Solutions, a specialized truck company servicing locomotives, have organized a Union seeking full recognition through the Industrial Workers of the World. With an overwhelming majority of petitioning workers, the IWW is immediately asking to be voluntarily recognized by Mobile Rail Solutions. If recognition is not voluntary, the workers at mobile rail are prepared to file for a representation election by the end of today.

The workers at Mobile Rail are acting together to address long standing issues of required safety, industry standards of pay, and basic workplace dignity. In the coming days, we are prepared to defend ourselves both with legal protections as well as workplace direct actions. The unionization of Mobile Rail Solutions will also protect the hard won standards of workers across their industry.

The campaign at Mobile Rail Solutions marks another step in the renewed growth of the Industrial Workers of the World, a global union founded over a century ago for all working people.

Fall is coming: Education Season Kicks Off – Why not take a Class

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Soap Box Rants

A Weekly Column to CopyLine Magazine


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

Have you enrolled in school yet? You don’t have to be a college major to be college bound. There have been many who have enriched their lives with a couple of courses that eventually led to certification, an Associate of Arts degree, and perhaps a Bachelor’s degree or more. If you are just passing time away or find your days not so fulfilled, how about a college course to learn a new skill, pursue a new career or meet people with like interests? There are people with Bachelors, Masters and PhDs that turn up at Junior colleges to take courses, explore new careers or enhance their current skills.

Recently, I met a woman who raised eight children. While she was encouraging the older children to take college courses, she decided that she would take a cooking course just for fun. When one course ended, she would enroll for other courses. After completing all of the cooking courses, one of her instructors encouraged her to take the basic classes and acquire a degree. She kept adding on until she got an Associate degree. Then she decided to go further. Today, she has an ED. D. in Education and an undergraduate degree in the culinary arts. Currently, she is an administrator at a historically black college and owns a restaurant.

Who knows what you could become after taking a course on the whim; the journey could be fun and fruitful. City Colleges of Chicago has several locations and all types of affordable classes that could get you started and into something big. You may even meet your next business partner there. Life is a journey. We should fill it with as many productive and constructive memories as we can. It can be a legacy for generations that follow.

The bottom line is, let’s add substance to our free time!

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

Allen Orr Jr. included in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Orr Immigration Law Firm PC is proud to announce that Allen Orr Jr, has been named to The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013 by Who’s Who Legal.

Allen Orr Jr. is one of the 476 lawyers in 31 jurisdictions who can be considered leaders in their field. The Who’s Who list is the fruit of months of research, generated by canvassing and analyzing the opinions of clients and lawyers from around the world. Nominees are selected based upon independent surveys of prominent general counsel and private practice lawyers. Only specialists who have met independent international criteria are listed.

Orr is the founder of Orr Immigration Law Firm PC, a minority-owned firm based in Washington, DC, and focusing on US corporate compliance as well as global representation and assistance on immigration issues. Mr. Orr received a BA in Philosophy from Morehouse College and a JD from Howard University’s School of Law. He is an active member of the DC, Virginia, American and National Bar Associations.

Additional information about the firm may be found at www.orrimmigration.com.

Photo Caption: Allen Orr Jr


Beauty Supply Institute opens its 47th black-owned Beauty Supply Store

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Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Beauty Supply Institute, a training and consulting company that assists individuals desiring to own a beauty supply store, has hit its 47th store opening in Los Angeles, California and is on track to surpass 50 by year’s end.

In 2005, the company’s founder, Devin Robinson, found himself staring down the opposite end of a golf club while shopping at an Asian-owned store for his barbershop and salon. Not happy with the insulting experience, he then set out to own a beauty supply store. After finding great resistance and falling into traps, he opened his first store several months later in Atlanta, Georgia. Eighteen months after that, he had opened two additional locations. He eventually learned that his plight was not isolated. Robinson stated in an interview with Ebony magazine, “Many of my customers would regularly ask me a bankroll of questions, from how I got started, to how tough is it to compete. Because of this I decided to create resources to help people beyond those who were able to visit my stores.”

In 2007, he wrote the book, Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner. The book became an instant hit earning him best-selling status and recurring appearances on the nationally syndicated Michael Baisden radio show. Robinson, a former retail management professor, followed up his book with additional do-it-yourself materials but would soon develop online classes and full store opening services. In 2009, his company, Beauty Supply Institute opened its first store that didn’t belong to him.

In December 2012, the company announced that it had successfully brought $10 million in revenues back to urban communities through black store ownership.

Beauty Supply Institute now hosts two annual conferences and runs a 9-month beauty supply retailing program at Herzing University in Atlanta, Georgia designed to give students detailed training on the skills Robinson developed while owning and running multiple stores.

When asked of this latest accomplishment Robinson stated, “I feel like I’ve stepped into my life’s purpose. Business runs through my veins. I love talking about it and teaching it, so to have turned the unfortunate ‘hurry up and buy’ threatening situation I encountered in 2005 into widespread empowerment for others makes me feel like I am significantly contributing to the advancement of the black community.”

To learn more about Beauty Supply Institute, go to www.BeautySupplyInstitute.com or call 404-551-4398.

Photo Caption: Beauty Supply Institute’s 47th black-owned beauty supply store in Los Angeles, Ca.

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