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Archive for July 24th, 2013

U.S. Senator Durbin to chair hearing on “Stand Your Ground” Laws

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September Hearing Will Focus on Civil Rights Issues Raised by Controversial Laws

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, announced today that he will hold a hearing on so-called “stand your ground” laws when the Senate returns to session in September. These laws, one of which played a key role in the trial surrounding the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, give individuals the right to use lethal force to protect themselves if they feel their life is in danger, without first attempting to retreat from the situation.

Around 30 states currently have some form of “stand your ground” laws on the books. September’s hearing will examine the gun lobby’s and the American Legislative Exchange Council’s influence in creating and promoting these laws; the way in which the laws have changed the legal definition of self-defense; the extent to which the laws have encouraged unnecessary shooting confrontations; and the civil rights implications when racial profiling and “stand your ground” laws mix, along with other issues.

More details about the hearing will be announced in the coming weeks.

Durbin’s subcommittee has previously held hearings on hate crimes and racial profiling, among other issues.

Illinois State Board of Education awards $22 million in School Improvement Grants

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State awards federal funds to reform four schools in three districts

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Four schools in three districts will launch comprehensive changes this fall as the latest schools in the state to earn federal School Improvement Grants worth $22 million. These new awardees join 20 schools in eight districts in Illinois that are already undergoing similar overhauls with support of the federal grant and state resources.

Principal Phil Cox of Danville High School said his 1,550 students should notice increased support and collaboration immediately upon returning to school this fall. The East Central Illinois school, among the four new grantees, is adding a daily 30-minute enrichment period where students can get additional help in areas where they’re struggling and get focused support and guidance that will vary by grade level. Eleventh graders might study for the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) which includes the ACT, while seniors might get help applying to college.

“This is about a collaborative focus on learning and results,” said Mr. Cox. “We’ve created a time for teachers to collaborate on a daily basis and get the necessary support and time for working with students, parents and the community.”

Agency staff at the Illinois State Board of Education, as well as State Board members, regularly visit SIG Schools to monitor progress. Grants are awarded for three years, pending re-application and state approval each year.

For each eligible school approved to receive funds under this grant, the district must implement one of four intervention models: Turnaround, Restart, Transformation or School Closure, as approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Money will be allocated to each of the three FY14 districts with the bulk of the money going toward the reform strategy at the specific schools and a smaller portion of funds going toward district oversight.

“These grants help the Illinois State Board of Education achieve two of its most critical goals - to ensure every student will be supported by highly-prepared and effective teachers and school leaders and that every student can demonstrate academic achievement and will be prepared to succeed  after high school,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “We will work closely with these selected schools and districts as they take on complex and comprehensive change.”

Nine districts submitted a total of 22 proposals on behalf of eligible schools for the FY14 School Improvement Grants.  A team of eight national external reviewers, selected for their expertise in high school reform work and administrative experience, scored the applications to determine nine finalists. ISBE staff then interviewed teams from the finalist schools as part of the selection process. The Board approved the four selected schools and three districts during the spring, and districts will receive funding during the fiscal year and implement new practices at the onset of the 2013-14 school year.

The SIG districts are required to work with one of 16 organizations, called Lead Partners, that has been pre-approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The state agency will also provide technical assistance during the process, and each district will have to reapply for continued annual funding with the Fiscal Year 2014 awardees re-applying FY2015 and FY2016.

This year marks the fourth  round of districts to apply and receive School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds authorized under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA SIG) funds.  For a list of schools awarded funds during the past four fiscal years, please visit this ISBE School Improvement Grant web page: http://www.isbe.net/sos/htmls/sip_1003.htm

The following three districts and four schools are approved to receive funding over the grant’s three year period:

District Name School Name Tier

Type of Intervention Model

Total Award(3 Years)
City of Chicago School District 299        
  Kelly High School I Transformation $6,000,000
  Bronzeville Scholastic HS I Transformation $4,000,000
Danville CCSD 118        
  Danville  High School II Transformation $6,000,000
Rock Island SD 41    

 

 
  Rock Island  High School I Transformation $6,000,000
TOTAL       $22,000,000

Note* The Total Award reflects the award given to both the individual school and the LEA. Tier I and Tier II schools refer to the lowest achieving 5 percent of schools in the state.

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San Francisco’s Black Community — Where Did We Go?

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San Francisco's Black Community -- Where Did We Go?

New America Media

By Jimmie Fails (First Person)


Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of an occasional series that looks at San Francisco’s African American community.

It’s raining outside, and I’m perched in front of a 3-story Victorian. I have been for an hour. As I smoke a cigarette and look up at this beautiful Victorian I am taken back to a time when this very house was mine.

There are vivid memories of my childhood, which was briefly spent in that beautiful home, located in the Fillmore district right next to Duboce Park. My grandfather had helped build it many years ago. The house was no indication of wealth — something my Dad had made a point of telling me growing up. They were far from rich. My grandfather was a preacher at the Western Addition Baptist Church and my grandmother was a stay-at-home mother, so the main source of income came from my grandfather, who made just enough for them to get by.

The house would come to be a place of refuge for the whole family once my grandparents both died and left it to their oldest daughter, my Aunt Beverly. With my Uncle John in one bedroom, my Aunt Beverly and her three adult kids filling up the others, my Dad and I were relegated to living in the basement. Eventually, drug abuse would lead to my Aunt losing the house and the family being split up and scattered across the city, forced to live in housing projects. This all happened in 1998. I was four years old.

My neighborhood as I remember it was populated mostly by African-Americans, long before the days when hipsters grazed on the sprawling hill of grass a block from my window. There were less than a handful of coffee shops. Imagine that. The neighborhood, like many other black neighborhoods in America, was home to a lot of violence, crime, and drug-abuse, but it was my home, and despite these seemingly scary traits, felt cozy. Whatever violence went on beyond our tall, imposing walls couldn’t penetrate our grand Victorian home, which felt even grander as a child half the size I am today. There was a feeling of protection because I had my family around me at all times.

While there was violence in my neighborhood, there was also a strong black middle class, and the differences between us and them became etched in my young brain. The differences were easy to spot. Middle class kids were sent to St. John’s, the Catholic elementary school on Geary Blvd. I went to John Sweat, in the heart of one of the Fillmore’s most notorious housing projects. They usually had the luxury (one of which I was particularly jealous) of getting all the cool new shoes — Jordans, Nikes, etc. — that came out, as well as nicer cars and such. The wealthier kids would often make fun of the fact that I wore cheaper clothes and hand me downs. But on the other hand, us poorer kids made fun of them for being spoiled. The difference being that our mocking them was out of jealousy.

Duboce Park was a place where young black kids from the neighborhood would hang out in the grass and play music from their boom boxes, play pick-up basketball games on the court, try their luck with the ladies (using pick-up lines that were guaranteed to be unsuccessful) and maybe even catch a dice game. Nowadays, spotting another African-American in Duboce is so rare that in the unusual case you do, the two of you are almost required to acknowledge each other when you pass by, with an awkward head nod or maybe even an, “Alright now, brotha.” More often you see young professionals with bellies full of organic breakfasts and expensive coffee from Duboce Park Café (which used to be home to a neighborhood corner store), all while walking their hypoallergenic dogs.

What hurts the most is walking past the old house that my grandfather built, and seeing it occupied by a white family who gave it the most hideous paintjob on the block and probably remodeled the inside as well. This alone is part of the reason I no longer feel at home in the Fillmore, let alone any part of San Francisco.

So where did we go?

After constantly moving around from different housing projects across the city and even briefly living in Oakland, my Dad and I finally settled down in the Army Street housing projects in the Mission District of San Francisco. This was a predominantly black part of the neighborhood, and also home to many Hispanics, as the Mission District is known for its Hispanic influence. From the age of 9 to 13 I lived at the Army Street projects, before moving into a group home where I would finish high school.

During that time, I would sometimes come back to my neighborhood to hang out with old friends, and I began to notice the same thing happening to my new neighborhood in the Mission — there seemed to be less and less black people. I began to ask around, curious to know where all these people were moving. I was surprised to find that a lot of the black families were moving to places like Sacramento, Antioch, Fairfield, and other places across the East Bay, where they probably got better deals on housing. Even my own family has moved away from the city. My aunt now lives in Las Vegas with her children and grandchildren, and my uncle lives in Waco, Texas. The only family I have left in San Francisco is my Dad, who lives in the Tenderloin in a low-budget hotel because he is unable to afford housing anywhere else in the city.

It is tough having to accept the fact that San Francisco is no longer as diverse as it once was. Walking around the Mission District, I sometimes feel I may be the only black person in the whole area. I can very much sense racial tension when I am in certain parts of the city that I once called home. It is sad that my beloved city, one of the most beautiful and unique places in the world — a place known for welcoming gays, lesbians, African Americans and everybody else — is beginning to feel less welcoming to me.

Photo Caption: “Fillmore Street 1960” courtesy FoundSF.org 

Better Business Bureau Scam Alert: Medic Alert “Robo Calls”

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CHICAGO, IL – Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) is warning consumers of automated calls promising them a free medical alert system. The system is supposed to help protect seniors in the event of medical emergencies or break-ins.

BBB has received numerous phone calls and comments from concerned seniors in recent weeks who say they received a call – in these cases automated “robo-calls” – from a company identifying itself as “Emergency Medical Alert Systems,” “Senior Safety Alert,” “Senior Emergency Care,” “Senior Safe Alert,” or something similar.

The automated message says that “someone has ordered a free medical alert system for you, and this call is to confirm shipping instructions.” The message then instructs the listener to press a button to speak to a customer service representative for verification purposes, where the “representative” asks for the listener’s credit card and personal information.

“These automated dialing systems can place tens of thousands of calls a day and the calls appear to target the elderly and disabled” said Steve Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The calls also claim to be from various well-known medical alert service providers, but the providers say the calls are not originating from them.”

BBB shares some tips on how consumers can avoid being a victim:

  • Hang up the phone! Do not press any buttons. Don’t even speak!
  • If you answer and a live person is on the line, ask for the company’s physical address. A legitimate company will not refuse to give this information to its potential customers. If the representative refuses to give out a physical address for the company or other identifying information, it is most likely a scam.
  • If you are interested ask for something to be sent in writing.
  • Don’t respond to offers to “opt out” of future calls. That alerts the caller that this is a working number.
  • Don’t pay for anything you receive and didn’t order even if they legal action is threatened. According to the Federal Trade Commission you have a legal right to keep it as a “free gift”.
  • Never give your bank or credit card information, or your social security number to anyone over the telephone.

BBB recommends that if you are listed on the Federal Do Not Call Registry that you file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov

Broadway’s Award-Winning Producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey join as producers for Romeo and Juliet

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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey of Front Row Productions have joined the team of producers for the Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, which is set to open at the Richard Rodgers Theatre this fall. The award-winning producers will join Susan Bristow in presenting this star-studded retelling of one of William Shakespeare’s best known and most beloved plays.

International film star Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings) and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) will play the star-crossed lovers in this new production of Romeo and Juliet, which will be directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux (Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac, Nine, The Glass Menagerie, Jumpers). The production also features Tony Award nominees Jayne Houdyshell (Follies, Dead Accounts) as the Nurse and Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, Chicago, Finian’s Rainbow) as Lord Capulet. Romeo and Juliet will begin previews August 24, 2013; opening night is September 19, 2013. In keeping with their effort to reach broader audiences for their theater productions, the producers have announced that 100 tickets per performance will be set aside at $20 for purchase by students and educators.

The new production will mark the first time in 36 years that Romeo and Juliet will be produced on Broadway. This version of the classic tale will retain Shakespeare’s original language but have a modern setting that features Romeo and Juliet as an interracial couple at the center of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. It has also been conceived with the Capulets as an all-black family and the Montagues as an all-white household.

Reimagining theatrical classics with African Americans or multiracial casts is a specialty for Byrd, Jones-Harvey and Front Row Productions. The company is dedicated to producing quality theatrical productions, and Byrd and Jones-Harvey are bringing shows to Broadway that are meeting with both critical acclaim and financial success. The only African American lead producers on Broadway, Byrd and Jones-Harvey have brought a unique brand of diversity to New York Theater by mounting new productions of beloved classic plays with racially diverse casts. The company also strives to employ a diverse staff for its productions.

“We have had great success in bringing mainstream projects to Broadway with nontraditional casting because it works on so many levels,” says Byrd. “It reinforces the universality of the themes in great theatrical works; it allows actors of color to take on great roles; and it brings new audiences into the theater.”

“We want to breathe new life into classic works and into Broadway itself,” added Jones-Harvey. “Our goal is to mount excellent productions of great plays and musicals in a way that makes them accessible to the broadest possible audience, and it’s working better than we imagined it could.”

Byrd and Jones-Harvey are among the producers of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, currently on Broadway and featuring African Americans in the lead roles. They also produced a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, with African Americans in the lead roles, and they mounted the first African American Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

The Trip to Bountiful is currently enjoying a successful run on Broadway, where it has also met with critical acclaim. Directed by Michael Wilson and featuring celebrated actress Cicely Tyson, Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., and Tony-nominated actress Vanessa Williams, the production was nominated for four Tony Awards. Tyson took home the award for Best Actress for her soul-stirring performance in the leading role. Tyson also won an Outer Critic’s Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance in the play. The production has extended its run to October 9, 2013.

In 2012, Byrd and Jones-Harvey brought a multiracial production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, to Broadway for another successful run. The play, which received rave reviews and a Tony-nomination, was also successful at attracting large, diverse audiences to its performances. A Streetcar Named Desire featured two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood in his Broadway debut as Stanley, Nicole Ari Parker (“Soul Food”) as Blanche DuBois, Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) as Stella and Wood Harris (“The Wire”) as Mitch. Directed by Emily Mann (Artistic Director of Princeton’s esteemed McCarter Theatre), it featured an original score by five-time Grammy Award winner Terence Blanchard.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof garnered praise from critics and audiences alike, and was the biggest grossing play on Broadway in Spring, 2008. The Broadway production’s all-start cast featured award-winning entertainment industry icon James Earl Jones, Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad, Academy Award-winning actor Terrence Howard, who made his Broadway debut in the role of Brick, and Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose, with Debbie Allen as director. The play was transferred to London’s West End in the 2009-2010 season, where Adrian Lester and Sanaa Lathan joined the cast. The West End observed record new audiences for the production, and it received the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Front Row Productions also has a slate of new major theatrical projects in the works.

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We must stop jiving with our youth and give them a big dose of spiritual honesty

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It’s past the time that we should give our youth a dose of truth and honesty. Many of us have failed to minister to them the presets ordered by God… Where was the biblical-manual?

 

By Rev. Harold Bailey

President of Probation Challenge/PCC Broadcast Network

A Weekly Column to CopyLine Magazine 

The raw biblical truth is: Youth emulate that which they see! Question is, what in our day-to-day lives have they seen that has caused many of our youth to go astray? It’s time for us to re-evaluate and make sure that we are in keeping with the bible-manual that was given when the child was conceived! If we don’t stop and re-evaluate … the worst is yet to come!

I’ve been asked time and time again in my work with Probation Challenge, do I ever grow tired of trying to help our youth in constructive and corrective measures. My response has always been that I’ve never given being tired a serious thought. You see, when given this mission, I always knew that my Lord and Savior would go before me and He would make a successful way for me. However, I was forewarned that the road would not be easy, nor was it easy for the Lord who we the believer seeks to emulate.

Now, having said that, our youth must understand that ‘all that we do on this earthly planet’ is to please God, who is our Master… and not to please man!

Often the question comes to mind: Is the Master satisfied with me? Do we speak and seek to save the souls of youth as Christ did? Do we leave the comforts of our homes, churches, establishments, to go after the ‘lost’ sheep (murders, peace breakers etc) …and then, as God commands, do we put the lost sheep on our shoulder and return it to the fold? Ah, but this smells like work! Yes, this all constitutes hard and dedicated work! And in the vineyard of life there is a great deal of work to be done – especially with some of our hard-headed youth!

Well now, dealing with our youth can be a bit much unless we’ve been given the assignment to recoup them from God! I would tell anyone, don’t foolishly toy with our youth unless you have the permission from God. Why, because Satan will fool you out there… out of your spiritual zone… and knock your head into a hellish ground. Satan is not playing with us… we are only playing with ourselves.

It takes the mind of God to change the minds and hearts of not only youth, but all people! And we should remember that God is a heart fixer and certainly a mind regulator. And, the heart is desperately wicked – who can know it but God.

Friday, August 16, 2013, in a very brief message, I will reveal to many and remind others that there is a way out of the troubled situation with young men and now women. I invite you to come and break bread with us both spiritual and natural. There are solutions… let’s remind ourselves.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, Founder and President, Probation Challenge.org – The Truth Network

Don’t forget: Probation Challenge will present their 34th Annual ‘Portrait of Achievers’ Awards, Dinner, Entertainment and The Show of Shows, featuring the International Marshall Thompson and the Chi-Lites. The Barrett Sisters with Tina Brown. And the anointed voice of Kevin Collins.

Awardees: Pastor Lottie Woods Hall, The Intercessory Center, Greenville, South Carolina and Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites, who will received the ‘Hall of Fame’ award.

Award presenters: Juanita Bratcher, Editor, Copyline Magazine and Chinta Strausberg, Editor, 3:16 Magazine.

The annual event is Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:00 PM, Condesa del Mar, 12220 South Cicero Avenue, Alsip, Illinois. Tickets have been priced reasonably to accommodate the today’s consumer… A Complete Evening is only $50 per person. Awards, Dinner, Entertainment and The Show of Shows. Reservations: 773.978.3706.

Madigan calls on Congress to help states fight child sex trafficking

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Madigan, Attorneys General Urge Lawmakers to Amend Communications Decency Act 

 

CHICAGO, IL– Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her counterparts across the country today called on Congress to approve a change to the Communications Decency Act to better fight child sex trafficking.

In a letter to key members of Congress, Madigan and 48 other attorneys general urged lawmakers to amend the Act to provide criminal jurisdiction to state and local prosecutors. The change would allow state and local authorities to prosecute online classified sites, such as Backpage.com, that promote and profit from human sex trafficking ads, including the trafficking of children.

The Communications Decency Act of 1996 was intended to protect children from accessing indecent material online, but in the years since its implementation, courts have interpreted certain provisions of the Act to provide online classified ad sites immunity from state and local prosecution for profiting from human trafficking ads posted to their sites.

While the Communications Decency Act provides criminal authority to the federal government, Madigan and the attorneys general said criminal jurisdiction must be extended to the states to more effectively combat these crimes.

“Sex trafficking is a frightening reality in Illinois and across the country,” Madigan said. “Unfortunately, the victims are often innocent children. State and local law enforcement agencies must be allowed to target and prosecute websites that profit from these horrific crimes.” 

Protect your home while on vacation

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From Anita Alvarez

Cook County State’s Attorney

Summer is in full swing and in between trips to the pool, beach and summer camps, many are planning their summer getaways.  After finalizing those travel plans and packing your bags, don’t forget to take a few steps to safeguard your home while you are away:

  • Tell a trusted neighbor, friend or family member who lives close that you will be gone.  Ask them to bring in your mail, pick up any newspapers you have delivered and to keep an eye on your house.  Make sure they have your cell phone number (or another number where you can be reached) in case there is an emergency.
  • Make sure you mow your yard before leaving to prevent it from getting overgrown.  If you will be gone for an extended period, ask a friend or hire a neighborhood teen to mow your lawn while you’re gone.
  • Put automatic timers on several lights in your house – preferably in rooms you normally occupy.  Just leaving a light on continually can indicate no one is there to turn it off.
  • Contact your local police department and ask if they have a ‘vacation house check’ program you can sign up for.
  • Before leaving, do a complete walk through of your house, making sure all windows and doors are locked.  Be sure to include the basement and garage in the walk through.

Finally, while it is fun to share photos from your trip, resist the urge to update your status, blog or tweet about your trip as it is happening.  You never know who might see it and take advantage of the fact you are away.  Save the pictures and stories for when you return home-enjoy the family time and the vacation location while you are there.

Have a fun and safe summer!

Anita Alvarez

Cook County State’s Attorney

2013 Program offers Virtual Women’s Health Internships

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Students looking for a virtual internship position in the health care field are encouraged to apply for a Zuriworks for Women’s Health internship. The position is looking for Online Community Manager interns who can work from home.

Interns will be involved in efforts to increase communications and knowledge of Zuriworks, a new organization that provides support services to women affected by cancer. Responsibilities will include various activities that connect the organization to communities. Interns may write articles and blogs, manage Facebook and Twitter editorial schedules and podcasts, and attend weekly virtual team meetings.

Interns work ten hours per week and are unpaid. The internships are from August through October. Applicants must have good writing, communication and interpersonal skills. They must have a strong desire to contribute to a health advocacy environment. Strong computer skills and a knowledge of social media is necessary.

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