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Fiscal Follies: Watch the Conversation on Budget Surplus

Posted by Admin On July - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
 
By William Spriggs
 
 
The White House has announced changes in projections for fiscal health. In June, the government gained a surplus and the projected deficit for this year will be $214 billion less than originally projected. That means the deficit will be 4.7 percent of GDP (the nation’s total income), down from the original forecast of 6 percent. Moreover, the deficit will be below 3 percent of GDP by 2017. Now it is time for the follies to begin. 

First, the Republicans will be eyeing the upcoming fight to raise the federal debt limit with a new agenda. Clearly, they will argue, with all these rosy numbers, we have room for more tax cuts. They will see no need to argue for restoring tax fairness and progressivity to the system. Will they succeed in holding the president hostage because now the numbers are rosy? The same day the White House explained the deficit was a much smaller problem than believed, the House Republicans voted to slash spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help children get enough to eat. Clearly, Republicans signaled that smaller deficits did not mean they were wrong on the need for austerity; the projections only proved they were right that the rich could have more tax cuts.

The deficit projection is smaller this year, in part, because of the sequestration. So, will the President be successful in arguing that these numbers show there is room to end sequestration because we are meeting the budget targets through economic growth?      

This may go back and forth. Now, it is almost a ballet-a beautiful choreographed drama in pantomime. The Republicans are quickly losing ground to President Obama in that they first thought they would win in 2012 because of slow job growth, and then switched after the election to pin uncontrolled deficits on the President. Now we are having deficits smaller than the President promised, and at current mediocre rates of job growth, we will be back to 2007 levels of employment by June 2014, and private-sector employment will be back earlier.

Hopefully, instead of these follies and false premises, the discussion can turn to the real labor market issues. All this discussion of austerity has netted the budget deficit targets the deficit hawks wanted. Too many people became convinced that the discussion of the deficit hawks was related to the real labor market, and so have gone along with this show, assuming that it would drive down unemployment, lead to full employment and raise wages and incomes. Instead, we can now all see that the deficit is not related to the unemployment crisis.

The unemployment rate stays mired at near 7.5 percent because merely getting back to the number of jobs that existed in 2007 is only enough to keep up with the growth of the labor force-which is slowly shrinking from discouragement and exhaustion. Youth employment remains at historical lows. Beyond people without jobs, millions are mired in part-time work but want full-time work and millions more languish outside the unemployment numbers because they are too discouraged to look. Median family incomes continue to sag from lower wages and less employment, still below where they were in 2007.

So, rather than a discussion of differences in approaches to austerity-raise taxes to restore fairness and progressivity versus cut spending regardless of the value of the program-we can turn to hiring people. The sequestration is currently forcing federal agencies to furlough workers, reducing their hours, to hobble to the end of the fiscal year. But, if the sequester is allowed to continue, many federal agencies will be forced to cut positions.

Already, public-sector employment continues to fall during this “recovery.” We have lost 36,000 federal workers since January 2009, 10,000 in public higher education and 311,800 in local public education. Our need for schools have not gone down in that period, and we still need people to respond to disasters like Hurricane Sandy and the fires of the Southwest.

To solve our multi-million jobs deficit, we will need to create jobs at twice the rate we have. Rather than argue about continuing sequestration, we must be arguing about how many teachers we can hire. Deficit reduction has not led to rapid job growth, but hiring public workers will. And, we cannot forget the deficit we are leaving our children by letting our infrastructure crumble. The deficit is smaller, in part, because the cost of servicing the federal debt is low because of the current low interest rates. If we force our children to pay inflated prices for restoring our bridges and sewer systems at high interest rates, we will be leaving them with more debt, not less debt, than if we make those fixes now. And, in the process, get people on the job building America.

Wall Street is back. Deficits are down. Now let’s get Main Street and Martin Luther King Avenue back up and running.  

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.

Father Pfleger to haters: “I will not surrender”

Posted by Admin On July - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
 
Foes seek to have him fired for ‘race-baiting’
 
 
By Chinta Strausberg
 
 
Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday told his haters he would not be intimidated by the hate messages he has been receiving in the form of e-mails, calls and faxes because of his strong stand against George Zimmerman who was acquitted for murdering 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin and his call for justice.
 
Standing his ground, Pfleger, who had posted on his Facebook page a request to pray for the conviction of Zimmerman, said he will not apologize for likening Zimmerman’s acquittal by an all white jury to the 1955 murder of Emmett Till—an act that sparked the Civil Rights movement 58-years ago or anything else he said about this controversial issue.
 
“We have to go beyond the Trayvon Martin…to the deeper issue of race, racial profiling. We have to have courage in this country to get to bottom of” incidents like this when they raise their heads and cause so much pain and cause so much turmoil in our country.
 
“I received an enormous amount of hate this week,” he said after Fox News aired a story. A number of people called for Father Pfleger’s resignation and wrote to the Archdiocese seeking his dismissal.
 
To all his haters and Fox News, Pfleger said, “I do not intend to surrender,” he said noting the importance of a prophetic in the choice is critical in these troubling times.
 
Father Pfleger said he received a call from the Archdiocese. “They just wanted to give me a snippet of the kind of stuff they were getting,” he said holding up numerous pages of hate e-mails that accused him of “race-baiting.”
 
“I will not become a watered-down…preacher…. I believe the role of the church is to wrestle with our conscious, and wrestle with righteousness and truth. I will not apologize for anything I said.”
 
Saying he will not be intimidated, Father Pfleger said Trayvon Martin’s death “is real. The people killed in Chicago last night are real. The violence is real. Racism is real.”
 
Pfleger is calling on President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to not only open a civil rights case against Zimmerman but to design a new civil rights bill and to restore the voting rights the U.S. Supreme Court recently watered down by striking down a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
 
Pfleger also called on President Obama and the congress to declare violence a public health issue so that federal funding can flow to urban areas that are being besieged with violence.
 
Referring to the acquittal, last week Pfleger said, “Yesterday, we watched the justice system fail miserably again. Trayvon Martin was murdered again by an injustice system.” He said America “is full of Trayvon Martin’s.”
 
“The murder of Trayvon Martin reminds us of America’s travesty that race, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, is still a defining and crippling reality in America. It reminds us that though we are 150 years past the Emancipation Proclamation Black men are still not free in America,” Pfleger stated.
 

“It reminds us that the dream of Dr. King articulated 50-years ago next month in Washington, D.C. is still an unrealized nightmare.

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.

 

Graduation ceremony celebrates over 150 college bound young black men from around the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted by Admin On July - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

OAKLAND, CA (BlackNews.com) — More than 150 African American young men from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who are heading to college in the fall were recognized June 19 at a special graduation ceremony. Nearly 300 community members attended the mass graduation ceremony, which also featured spoken word as well as pledges for the graduates and community members.

College Bound Brotherhood 2.0 – a growing network of organizations, funders, educational institutions and other stakeholders committed to supporting the college completion of young Black men from the Bay Area’s nine-county region – hosted the ceremony at the Oakland Museum of California.

“A college degree is a staple of success in the 21st century,” said Cedric Brown, managing partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact. “This graduation ceremony is particularly significant because, through our new partnership with the College Access Foundation of California, we are helping to ensure more African American young men in the Bay Area can gain access to and complete college. We are excited to celebrate the emerging talent of college bound Black men in this unique way. These are the next entrepreneurs, professionals, leaders, and contributors to our communities.”

The Kapor Center has joined forces with the College Access Foundation of California to establish the College Bound Brotherhood 2.0 (also known as the Brotherhood), which is expanding community partnerships to advance college success for African American young men. The Marcus Foster Education Fund serves as the intermediary responsible for guiding the vision and strategy for the Brotherhood.

“We are committed to working with the Kapor Center and other Bay Area partners to grow the scale and impact of the College Bound Brotherhood,” said Julia I. Lopez, president and CEO of the College Access Foundation of California. “Improving college achievement for all is critical to preserving California’s economic future. We must work in partnership and more strategically to ensure that low-income and traditionally underrepresented students, including young African American men, have the knowledge, resources, and opportunity to make that achievement possible.”

Together, the two foundations are investing more than $1 million in grants and other resources to support the Brotherhood’s efforts to reach 500 African American young men in 2013, connecting them to resources that will ensure access to college and degree completion.

As part of this work, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 8, the College Bound Brotherhood is hosting The Bro’s Seminar for College Success at the Forum at Laney College in Oakland. African American young men starting college in the 2013-2014 school year can learn vital skills and tools to transition smoothly to college, meet and collaborate with other college bound peers, and much more. For more information and to RSVP: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Sr7FwFhhoe_ke5NMOw7U9DfqMn69yYTUUwwwlVo6O7CwyJLRm6CLgb4XlrCxlvDH7XttC-EUpoCKaM5s8a7o3tPgWnM2F51-nonP_ZVClam28TMLFvTzWI-xXBbXy8DT20lfbY1c9FyHg9AUu-5hCQ==.

College bound young Black men from around the country can continue to be recognized online by posting pictures in their caps and gowns to the Brotherhood’s Tumblr blog, along with a brief caption about the college or university they are attending. Young men are encouraged to visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Sr7FwFhhoe8UNbWFBH0FMIxVVhLlN7SeHW7yrkYpYDGpDmwqVg8_JHJnjgHlK2V4Mmkws14vocXWQoqxLpIGamyU-SM_IQqgrEW3mjjg5sgjYriHEUDFV9f0ApdmIxdm to share their success.

College Bound Brotherhood first was established in 2008 by the Kapor Center (formerly the Mitchell Kapor Foundation).

About the College Bound Brotherhood 2.0:
The College Bound Brotherhood 2.0 is a network supported by the Kapor Center for Social Impact, the College Access Foundation of California, and the Marcus Foster Education Fund. Through investments and partnerships, the Brotherhood seeks to increase college readiness, enrollment, persistence, and completion rates for Bay Area African American males. For more information or to get involved, visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Sr7FwFhhoe9oO8s30eBDVWZfI0Be2sjzr4hRSlmDJfddHitDhM93XUUehNiJZmZ-9Q_LW5AQETklmpjgrG5KPUpCcUVdET5uBUS0EEahwqnzlla8zqksFKn19eYMg6Ph; on Twitter, @collegeboundbro; or contact the Marcus Foster Education Fund at (510) 777-1600 or www.MarcusFoster.org.

About the Kapor Center for Social Impact:
The Kapor Center for Social Impact relentlessly pursues creative strategies that will leverage technology for positive social impact. The Kapor Center primarily works with underrepresented communities, focusing on closing academic, political, health, and economic gaps. For more information, http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Sr7FwFhhoe_auQ_Bx6XSMN7xGaf4DBbCLh5dNEeiIRcz0dhrtlBw1V3QCnWy6pWzGTkfo5PCRWCk8PJ-X1iU_FXnKclle8VIqY7C5ZVYnpcQeddvIGfLIg==, or on Twitter, @kaporcenter.

About the College Access Foundation of California:
College Access Foundation of California helps California students with financial need attend and complete college. The foundation makes grants to community organizations and programs that offer college scholarships, financial aid advising, and specialized support services to low-income students across California. For more information, http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Sr7FwFhhoe_Sk7xxVeP39kLY-j22DIBfW9NW2bQGwPnfm5_Vgm9XZGlS2w7ychIFDWT3A_UG-RlAVDiWrppcNbMWiXrPAQlk4QXmuWQpOtLuB627Pm9LaxA9ZOVyCcZCOO5K9NsapH0=, or on Twitter, @collegeaccessca.

About the Marcus Foster Education Fund:
The Marcus Foster Education Fund is the first U.S. education fund, supporting educational equity for all the students of Oakland. Since its inception, the organization has partnered with the Oakland Unified School District and other non-profit agencies to catalyze innovations in education. For more information: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Sr7FwFhhoe8HfBnsEqLT3BzzUX4o3qUIOpRICY8Zjv8qmVMrk1Ay9llLtSon7Ij39LH1aj7uOgCsbHHwCJtjYo9dnwYCnkeA32hqIIXPOyAMROAJYm_X-F4BS771EBmr, or on Twitter, @marcusfosteref.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Speaks on the Verdict in the Trayvon Martin Case and Stand Your Grounds Laws

Posted by Admin On July - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

“A call for peace is in order and there remains an imperative for civil action,” said NCBW national president M. Delois Strum. “Inequitable justice is no justice,” she continued.

The members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women continue to grieve at the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and for every man, woman and child that fall victim to misjudgment and senseless acts of violence.”Our prayers remain with the Martin family for healing and for peaceful justice.

NCBW is outraged and disappointed that Race Still Matters in this country’s laws, that there is still disproportionate application of these laws and in the judicial process. We believe Judicial Equity is a basic human right,” said Strum

Overshadowed by a history of inequity for African American people in the criminal justice system, this once again has been evidenced and directly observed by the world in the case of Trayvon Martin.Regrettably, racial considerations were apparent in the juror composition, in the execution of the litigation and in the perceptions, utterances and deliberate actions of Mr. Zimmerman. African Americans and specifically Trayvon Martin were not regarded equally. Our country’s judicial system is broken immeasurably when a loss of human life is marginalized by flawed laws that were enacted with the good intention of protecting oneself from harm and danger.

According to Public Policy Co-chair Sherese Brewington-Carr, “Stand Your Ground Laws or similar laws exist in approximately 23 states across this country in the West and Southern geographic regions.” Upon review, our assessment is that the origin of many of these laws was intended to protect women in cases of domestic abuse from further harm or danger and/or allow citizens legal authorization to self-defend where evident. What is not consistent in the current Stand Your Ground Laws is a Duty to Retreat requirement to avoid confrontation. “We are certain this is where personal judgment, racial orientation, intolerance, human emotion and fear may motivate incendiary decision making and violent actions,” Brewington-Carr stated.

Note: NCBW is on record regarding our views on Domestic Violence and Gun Violence. Similarly, NCBW President, Dee Strum, has spoken repeatedly to our chapters and national leadership this past year on the urgency to identify, and join with, local and state organizations to review and challenge, as appropriate, these state laws that work to perpetuate violence.

NCBW asks that these flawed laws be addressed immediately to stop legalized violent acts as in the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. Until this is done we believe that in states where these laws exist every African American is at risk!

NCBW stands with like-minded civil rights organizations in calling for a federal review by the United States Department of Justice in the Trayvon Martin case and Stand Your Ground Laws in every state. We ask that a Duty to Retreat clause be required in every applicable law and, in cases where it is absent, the perpetrators be penalized to the highest extent of the law.

We are looking to the Department of Justice, competently lead by Attorney General Eric Holder, to restore our faith and bring credibility back to our judicial system.

“Undoubtedly much work remains to be done to improve race relations as one’s racial orientation and intolerance is subjective. We are one people and we are one country,” concluded Strum.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women is an advocacy group for African American women. With sixty-three chartered chapters across the country and a core mission focus in the areas of Health, Education, and Economic Empowerment through our strategic alliances and partnerships, we are intentional about positively impacting the lives of our constituents: African American women and girls.

For further information contact: National Coalition of 100 Black Women

Shirley Poole at 212-222-5660 or Email: Dee Strum at President@nc100bw.org

A film to help move past fear of talking about race

Posted by Admin On July - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

“Racial Taboo” Uses History, Comedy and Candid Interviews to Help Viewers Have a Meaningful Conversation About Race

Wilmington, NC (BlackNews.com) — Wave Communications is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the feature-length documentary Racial Taboo. This film was produced with the express purpose of providing people with a common experience that enables conversations about race. The entire film will be available in several formats including streaming for stationary and mobile devices, Blu-ray Disk(TM) and DVD disks. Racial Taboo will be available to the public on September 5th 2013. The film’s trailer can be viewed at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001c741i1VPFcuvYRiAGH3eV90eRPbwUB7tX7PC6isnXvI13xfuVDTyu1iUSH5-wgVNZgXmPOMS13yF6YcD402ILzLK1HueC1Tp3aqYkOIKorLVza1Q0ah31Q==.

Racial Taboo is a film that is intended to be watched at the same time by people of different races. Numerous test screenings have shown it to be very effective at breaking down barriers to conversations about race. It looks at such concepts as: White Privilege, the biological basis of fear, and how the media perpetuates race-based fear and distrust.

It also looks at how the current generation of youth is affected by not knowing its history and how our history still affects us today. Ultimately, the film encourages us to explore our own prejudices and broaden our minds and our relationships.

“This is a very personal film,” said Director Brian Grimm. “I am certainly no expert on racial issues, but as a White middle-aged conservative male, I wanted to understand why I was so fearful about having racial conversations with Black people.” Grimm continued, “There are very few subjects that are as sensitive as the subject of race. I encourage everyone to have an open mind and take this fifty-three minute journey.”

Additional Information
You can view the Racial Taboo trailer at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001c741i1VPFcuvYRiAGH3eV90eRPbwUB7tX7PC6isnXvI13xfuVDTyu1iUSH5-wgVNZgXmPOMS13yF6YcD402ILzLK1HueC1Tp3aqYkOIKorLVza1Q0ah31Q==. If you find the trailer informative please Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @RacialTaboo #RacialTaboo

Astor House tenants plead for judge’s assistance

Posted by Admin On July - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

As the situation grows more desperate in Rogers Park’s Astor House building, tenants will gather outside the Daley Center on Tuesday with giant photos of building code violations. They will call on Judge Lauretta Higgins-Wolfson  to let lawyers intervene in the building’s court case.

The tenants are holding a press conference at 9 a.m. on the Clark Street side of Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. Shortly thereafter they will head to a 9:30 a.m. building court hearing in courtroom 1107, where their lawyers will ask the court to address serious problems with building conditions.

Several tenants are facing immediate eviction and others – even some who have agreed to leave the building because they can no longer deal with the appalling living conditions – fear they will end up homeless without assistance from the city and Alderman Joe Moore. Some have children who may also become homeless; others have pets whose lives would be put at risk if they were to go to a shelter.

Since tenants first began asking management and the city to take action in February, few of the building’s problems have been fixed. Despite dozens of phone calls to the city’s 311 number to document problems with the building, the city has yet to impose meaningful penalties on the building’s management.

Regular loud construction noise in the building makes it difficult for tenants to sleep or even watch television. Dust from construction in the building has created respiratory issues for tenants including Arbie Bowman and her 8-year-old daughter Rosie, who has had to be hospitalized for asthma attacks. Others report being nauseated from the smell of dead mice in the walls.

The building has only one “working” elevator, but tenants still get stuck in it on a weekly basis. This elevator frequently takes tenants on joyrides, skipping floors and not stopping where it is supposed to. More alarmingly, the elevator has recently started accelerating to unsafe speeds when it drops.

Tenants still suffer plagues of bedbugs and cockroaches. Hot water service in the building is woefully inadequate, taking up to 45 minutes to warm up, and many units lack hot water entirely in the kitchen. Two fire hoses are missing and 10 are tied up and inaccessible. In addition, building management sent letters to tenants’ attorneys earlier this year barring them from visiting their clients in the building.  

“All they’re doing is giving BJB a slap on the wrist and saying, Get out of here. But we’re the ones who are suffering,” Bowman says. “This is our last chance to save low-income housing in Rogers Park.”

At the end of June, tenants met with 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore to demand that Moore convene a meeting between them and the building’s owner, BJB Principal Joe Slezak.

But Moore has refused to take action. Instead, he is trying to review tenants’ cases individually, a process that may not be over until any tenants are homeless.

In recent weeks, building management has put up ads on Craigslist trying to rent apartments for a variety of different prices. But several tenants who rented apartments in the building left almost immediately due to poor building conditions they were not informed about.

ICON MANN Luncheon hosted by David Oyelowo and Blair Underwood was a huge success

Posted by Admin On July - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

After finding out the shocking results of the Trayvon Martin verdict, the men of ICON MANN are more committed than ever to the challenge in front of them


 
 

West Hollywood, CA (BlackNews.com) ICON MANN’s Summer Luncheon, entitled “Because You Are, We Are Able,” was a huge success in shining the spotlight on what a momentous year 2013 has been for Black men in film, with more than twenty (20) titles scheduled to be released prominently featuring Black actors. 

“There is no greater time to be a Black man in media and entertainment than now. The realities of making it are about legacy creation, paying it forward and living the Best Life.” Starting with the summer Conversation through Emmys and Academy Awards ICON MANN is creating a network of dialog among Black Men committed to leveraging their celebrity in the support of their peers’ film and television projects across all mediums available to them via red-carpet appearances, social media activations, and direct engagement.

Actors Blair Underwood (NBC/Iron Side) and David Oyelowo (Lincoln/ The Butler) hosted the event. Various actors – including Anthony Anderson (Law & Order), Djimon Hounsou (Baggage Claim/Blood Diamond), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Jay Ellis (The Game), Mo McRae (Ray Donovan/Sons of Anarchy), Omari Hardwick (Being Mary Jane), and Richard Brooks (Being Mary Jane/Law & Order) – attended the luncheon. Also in attendance were entertainment industry executives Charles King (Co-President, WME), Bill Duke (Director, “Dark Girls”), David White (National Executive Director, SAG), Graylind Wherry (Director of Finance, Sony Digital), and James Lopez (Senior Vice-President, Sony Screen Gems). ICON MANN founders Tamara N. Houston and Adrienne Alexander were there to celebrate as well.

Immediately following the extremely successful luncheon, which celebrated the incredible strides that Black men have made in the film and entertainment industry this year, the men returned home and were shocked to hear the devastating results of the controversial Trayvon Martin verdict.

The Trayvon Martin verdict has inspired the men to come together to create an open dialogue about the importance of the trial in terms of the reality of racial inequality in the justice system, and what it means for Black Americans.

“There is so much to be proud of. ICON MANN celebrates the state of mind that transforms ones access and opportunity into that of great possibility,” says ICON MANN (IMBMIE) Founder Tamara N. Houston.

For interview requests, please contact Lynn Allen Jeter & Associates at (323) 933-8007 or via email at lajass@att.net

Photo Caption: Actors Blair Underwood, Djimon Hounsou, and many others attend the 2013 ICON MANN’s Summer Luncheon.
 

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invests $1.2 million in BCT Partners and Frontline Solutions to improve the health & success of young men of color

Posted by Admin On July - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 
 Newark, NJ (BlackNews.com) — BCT Partners and Frontline Solutions announced today that they have been awarded $1.2 million to provide advisory services and national technical assistance on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s $9.5 million Forward Promise initiative. Forward Promise aims to vastly expand the potential for boys and young men of color to grow up healthy, obtain a good education, and find meaningful employment. 

Frontline Solutions Senior Partner Marcus Littles believes growing national efforts to invest in and support men of color largely result from groundwork laid by BCT Partners and Frontline Solutions. “Since 2005, BCT and Frontline have coordinated with our philanthropic and public-sector partners to increase opportunities for males of color,” says Littles. “Managing these initiatives is a tremendous responsibility for us, and we’re excited to build on this momentum by supporting Forward Promise.”

BCT’s Chairman and CEO Dr. Randal D. Pinkett agrees. “As minority-owned companies, we take pride in the fact that we can lend our expertise and services to empower males of color. We look forward to continuing to build our growing practice for children, families, and communities throughout the country.”

As partners in the Forward Promise initiative, Frontline and BCT will support 15 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grantees over 30 months to help bring their projects to scale, and possibly replicate them in other cities. Frontline is helping RWJF to manage the initiative and serve as a thought partner, while BCT Partners is responsible for assessing the grantees’ needs, coordinating the provision of technical assistance, and creating a community of practice that will allow the grantees to share ideas and models of success with one another.

BCT, which is currently supporting several national demonstration programs, and Frontline previously received a $500,000 investment to serve as the national implementation partner for the Black Male Engagement (“BMe”) initiative, which represents a growing network of inspired and engaged black men from all walks of life and their friends who do their part to strengthen communities. As implementation partners of the BMe initiative, Frontline and BCT have led the expansion of the vibrant network from two to four cities (Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh). BMe is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the Heinz Endowments.

In response to the overwhelming statistics on boys and men of color struggling around employment, education, and health, this past April, more than two dozen foundation and nonprofit leaders including RWJF pledged to take collective action on these issues. Convened and facilitated by Frontline and supported by BCT Partners, the alliance agreed to evaluate promising approaches, advocate for effective public policy and systems change, and invest in these young men as assets for America’s future. RWJF’s Forward Promise investments complement commitments from this growing network of funders working to secure healthy and successful lives for the nation’s boys and young men of color.

About BCT Partners
BCT Partners is a national consulting firm that delivers a full-range of program management, research and evaluation, technical assistance, and information technology services in the areas of housing and community development, economic development, workforce development, children and families, health, and education. They deliver these services by leveraging deep subject-matter expertise, a rigorous project and knowledge management methodology, and information technology as an enabler to help build capacity, drive efficiencies, enhance decision-making, and improve outcomes for our clients.

Their team of professionals, subject matter experts and academics work closely with government agencies, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, educational institutions, foundations, and philanthropic organizations to design and implement programs that strengthen communities across the country. Learn more about our passion and work at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001rlRs9G282b0opQhM6GoX7EvkoKm4e1XSgoAN5a-4n3iewimVfw88SHJAC2uQQht0L_RTZLGZDDeTnc-Ns-GJICnQDOcgudBAnqDFHwHAH9tLqzSy5irdiw==.

About Frontline Solutions
Frontline Solutions (http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001rlRs9G282b0unFj8YPBd_sJbFqLBzE5BQ0Z4XEVl52Msu-Cevf9L-UKDDPw77d-VqWDHk0ZHwM2gvoQmAgDZ3ecCzl4TDjpF1Ndf7nAsnYU_ATNMe6cYSpG6LhK60Tb6) is a social change organization that invests in the pipeline of social change leaders; provides consulting services to institutions in the nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors; and develops knowledge, informs policy, and improves practice in the areas of Education, Social Innovation, and Males of Color.

Offering recognized thought leadership and knowledge of best practices, Frontline has a solid network of relevant local and national relationships and is currently working with several major foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Photo Caption: Dr. Randal D. Pinkett, BCT Partners Chairman and CEO

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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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