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Black Women’s Roundtable Kicks-Off 50th Anniversary March on Washington Week of Activities

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Bringing Diverse Women Together to Celebrate Women’s Accomplishments and Craft a Unified Agenda


WASHINGTON, DC – Women played an integral role in the 1963 March on Washington and the civil rights movement overall, however, their story is rarely told. Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), an initiative of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), will bring leaders together to discuss the contribution women have made – past and present – to the civil rights movement and to begin to craft a multi-ethnic women’s public policy agenda. Hosted as part of the official 50th Anniversary March on Washington Week of Activities, the women’s gathering is focused on the march themes of  jobs, freedom, peace and social justice, and will be held Thursday Aug. 22, 2013, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill and will include three sessions:

Segment 1:        The Past Telling HerStory: An Intergenerational & Multi-Ethnic Conversation 

A delegation of women leaders and participants in the 1963 March on Washington and the 60’s Civil Rights Movement will share how they fought and overcame gender discrimination sharing insight with women leaders of The Movement today.

Segment 2:        The Present: The Unfinished Business for Women’s Rights 50 Years Later 

An intergenerational & multi-ethnic discussion among leaders to examine/explore unfinished business of the civil rights, women’s rights and social justice movements.  Women leaders will share recommended  public policy solutions and strategies to address current issues impacting women and girls.

Segment 3:        The Future Visioning Conversation: What Women’s Equality Will Look Like in    2063

In small groups the women will prioritize issues and discuss organizing strategies to address key policy priorities impacting women, girls and families. Outcomes will be captured in a brief document.


Black Women’s Roundtable, the women’s initiative of NCBCP.

Invited speakers:

Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, NCBCP & Convener, BWR

Tamika Mallory, National Executive Director, NAN

Joy-Ann Reid, Managing Editor, The Grio.com & MSNBC Contributor

Clayola Brown, President, APRI [attended 1963 MOW]

Hazel Dukes -  President, NAACP New York State Conference [Hazel Dukes attended 1963 MOW with NAACP]

Dr. Thelma Daley, Chair, Women in the NAACPmarched in 1963]

Marian Wright Edelman President, Children’s Defense Fund[attended 1963 MOW, member of SNCC]

Christine Chen, President, Asian Pacific Islander Vote

Ingrid Saunders-Jones, Chair, National Council of Negro Women

Felicia Davis, Director, Building Green, Clark-Atlanta University

Jessica Gonzales-Rojas, Executive Director National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and co-chair of the National Coalition on Immigrant Women’s Rights

Denise Fairchild, President, Emerald Cities

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Author, Speaker, Radio Host & Social Entrepreneur

Terry O’Neill, President, NOW

Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., President, YWCA USA

Ellie Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation

Makani Themba, Executive Director, The Praxis Project

Karen Sees, President, Coalition of Labor Union Women

Myrlie Evers-Williams, Chair Emeritus, NAACP 

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes

Congresswoman Donna Edwards

Congressman John Lewis


Women Leaders of The Movement:  Past, Present and Future, Dialogue & Luncheon as part of the official 50th Anniversary March on Washington Week of Activities


DATE: August 22, 2013                   TIME: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm


Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC


Did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Beta-Test his “I Have A Dream” Speech 17 Months Earlier at Then-Oakwood College, in 1962?

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Huntsville, AL (BlackNews.com) — As much of the free world prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-led 1963 March on Washington and his famed “I Have A Dream” speech, Seventh-day Adventist Church-run Oakwood University School of Religion Dean Dr. Mervyn A. Warren recently shared with WAAY-TV (ABC) his personal tape recording of the civil right leader’s March 19, 1962 address at then – Oakwood College – Dr. King’s lone north Alabama visit – in which he concluded with his now-legendary “from every mountainside, . . . free at last, thank God almighty, we are free at last” – 17 months before the March.

Wake Up, Everybody: It’s Time for a New Civil Rights Movement

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Opening ReMARCs By Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League

“Wake up everybody. No more sleeping in bed. No more backward thinking. Time for thinking ahead.”

That was the call we issued as we kicked off the 2013 National Urban League Conference. But this call rang out beyond the 4000-plus registrants and attendees who joined us in Philadelphia.  This was a call to America.

In recent months, we have seen increasing efforts aimed at turning back the hands of progress in voting rights, civil rights, workers’ rights and criminal justice – including the United States Supreme Court’s evisceration of the Voting Rights Act and its stripping of critical protections granted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as well as unequal justice perpetuated by unfair laws such as Stand Your Ground.

As we prepare to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the challenge before us now is to create a new Civil Rights Movement – one that stands on the shoulders of progress in which a new generation of people from all walks of life work together to ensure that the promise of life, liberty and economic opportunity becomes real.   If 1963 was about Jobs and Freedom, 2013 must be expanded to Economic Empowerment and Justice.  We started it 50 years ago, and it’s time to finish our business.

Join us in Washington, DC on August 23-24 as we honor the 1963 March by continuing its work and ushering in the change necessary for ongoing progress. Our Drum Majors for Justice Celebration: Redeem the Dream Summit will take place on Aug. 23, during which we will chart our course forward, and the Civil Rights Continuation March will be held on August 24, where multitudes will gather in the same spirit of 50 years ago.

If the desire for life, liberty, justice and equal opportunity is in your soul, whether you live in a red or blue state or simply believe in the red, white and blue of this nation – you, too, cannot ignore the call.

Photo Caption: Marc Morial

Youth Entertainment Company – Black Streak Entertainment – Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Latest Project

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Youngstown, OH (BlackNews.com) — Black Streak Entertainment executives Justin Raimey (age 25) and Terry L Raimey (age 27) have launched the Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming comedy comic book series My Sweet Lady. Created by Justin Raimey (creator of Fiji Random), My Sweet Lady will be a collaboration between brothers Justin Raimey (artist/writer) and Terry L Raimey (writer).

My Sweet Lady (or MSL for short) is a new and wacky comedy comic book series by Justin Raimey. The story focuses on a cake princess with a rotten attitude named Lady White Cake, and her quest to transform into someone that everyone will love and respect with the help of her little friend, Cupcake. Due to the sudden and mysterious death of Lady White’s father, the King, she will have to take his place as ruler of her kingdom in a month’s time. Every chapter of MSL will be published in full-color comic book issues.

The My Sweet Lady Kickstarter campaign page contains detailed information on the project, including character artwork, project updates, and a video featuring Justin and Terry Raimey outlining the goals of the campaign. The Kickstarter campaign page can be viewed at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0018pJAvPtqeDHD7HonIzVtsQRlLU3zmzt1zu2agbDevb-hHi-VQYeSYcgjYVZewO9fOaUZL6L9GY1h7mKlOq6OFeYfwTtNkfJtdSREAEgCasG8TZG_udv5rg== or by typing “My Sweet Lady” into the “search projects” search box at www.kickstarter.com. The funding campaign for MSL ends on August 30, 2013.

About Black Streak Entertainment
Black Streak Entertainment specializes in publishing books and creating gifts for kids, teens and young adults that are all about fun! Black Streak’s goal is to make the world an awesome place by offering products that appeal to the young and the fun at heart! Shop for Black Streak products at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0018pJAvPtqeDEbByYPr8s6Jx9hcy9mmJqH2ceuPoiO2BljTF9SI8zqb5ufoO3a80O1FW799ZH0VTHh-16o6RraAwic4t5qf0u56DOgbBOfQuJ22nMdKvChx-g7d4-6Dhyy

Youth Take Lead in Speaking Out on Violence & Solutions at Saint Sabina’s Forum

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By Chinta Strausberg
 It was a peep back perhaps in the 1960’s when students led the Civil Rights movement, but last Saturday scores of youth held “The Take Back—A Violence Prevention Youth Summit” at Saint Sabina’s Bethune Hall where they not only learned about prevention but were given the opportunity to showcase their many talents.

WGCI’s Tony Sculfield and actress Drew Sidora, who is starring as Tionne Tboz Watkins in VH1’s Crazy, Sexy Cool who once starred in “That’s So Raven,” hosted a question and answer session with the youth. The panel included youth leaders: Corey Hardiman, Camiella D. Williams, Mack Julion, Young Flo, Jemilia Boom, Lamar Johnson, youth organizer of The Brave, Trevon Bosley, Jasmine Lewis, Dantrell Boyd, Darnell Boyd, Kenya Muhammad, Kaylynn Harris, Maya Brant and Lorenzo Welber.

A Chicago native, Sidora, who said she began performing at the age of 3 when she played the piano, booked her first job at the age of 8. “I was always a dreamer…that kept me going, so what I want to do for Chicago is to uplift those youth out there who have dreams of being something bigger, something better that society said they would be.

Having launched her Dream Makers Foundation, Sidora said, “I want to give them an opportunity to have mentorship. If you want to be an actress, a model a dancer, there is no reason why you can’t. I am providing resources and mentoring for someone to not just come and have a speech but actually take those kids…and educate them on how to act…”

Activist Camiella D. Williams, 25, one of the panelist, said she also go into schools to talk about violence prevention, speaking at events, doing outreach to the youth and their families. A graduate of Saint Sabina Academy, Williams said she became involved in the community at the age of 18. “It is going to take our stand to take back our community….”

A senior at Morehouse College majoring in political science, Corey Hardiman, 22, an activist from Roseland and founder of Enough Chicago that not only spotlights violence but also brings solutions “in helping urban young people to become a voice and not just a shoe filler in their community.”

Pam Bosley, the mother of slain Terrell Bosley, 18, who was murdered in front of a church while going to choir rehearsal, and her husband, Tommie, who heads the Purpose Over Pain organization, was one of the moderators of the all-day event held at the Saint Sabina Academy in the Bethune Hall.

The students had several workshops to choose from including Youth Expungement, Positive Music, Let’s Talk About Sex and Parental Techniques.

Representing Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd), Anthony Beckham, an outreach worker, said Kelly, who replaced former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., has been in office 100-days. Beckham said his job “is to bridge that gap between older people and younger people. We don’t have all the answers to what is going on out the in the community. We don’t know why they are happening, but our job today is to come together as one.”

The first vice president of the Young Democrats of Illinois, Lorenzo Webber said his responsibility is to make sure youth in Illinois become active in the democratic process.

Tommie Bosley said besides talking to youth in the community about conflict/resolution, the affects of gun violence and going into schools, Purpose Over Pain also holds “Safe Saturday Nights” where youth come to Saint Sabina’s ARK, 7800 South Racine where they provide basketball camp, a mentoring session and for the ladies provide fingernail painting, beauty tips as alternatives to negative activity.

Treana Johnson, public information specialist with Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s office, held an expungement session.

Pam Boseley told reporters the idea was to have the youth come with their ideas of stopping the violence and that the workshops will help them prepare to play a major role in teaching them to work together as a team with other groups. “Those being killed are under 19. They are important because youth listen to youth…and can reach out to them…. They hear each other all the time.”

One of the talented youth attending the summit was Jerald “Just Flo” Anderson, who is an artist, a Hip Hop Spoken Word and entertainer, brought his 1-year-old son, Jerald Lee Anderson, III, unveiled a sketch of Father Michael L. Pfleger that looked remarkably like the popular priest.

Another performing youth was 8-year-old Ryan Williams, better known as ‘Lil Prophet,’ who is an amazing Hip Hope artist.

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. 


The Illinois State Fire Marshal Encourages Residents to Focus on Child Pedestrian Safety

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Safe Driving in Neighborhood Streets Can Keep Children Alive


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) invites Illinois residents to take a more proactive step to ensure the safety of children by slowing their speed while driving throughout neighborhoods streets.  As the start of a new school year is approaching, it is imperative to remind drivers to slow down, obey traffic signals, and respect speed limits around schools and residential streets where children often play.

OSFM echoes the message of the national campaign called Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25.  The goal of this program is to remind drivers to lower their speed to 25 mph in residential areas and in school zones.

“Speeding in residential neighborhoods represents a threat to our children’s safety,” said Larry Matkaitis, State Fire Marshal.  “We ask that drivers be more conscious about lowering their speed while driving in residential communities in an effort to help keep our children safe”.

Running stop signs and speeding in residential neighborhoods are the greatest complaints to police departments by residents.  This represents a serious threat to public safety, not only for children, but also for adults and seniors. Many drivers tend to ignore speed limit signs, and are often caught driving between 40 to 50 mph in residential areas and around schools. 

Distracted drivers were the main cause of 387,000 injuries and more than 3,000 fatalities across the country in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

OSFM also reminds parents to obey state laws that require the use of seat belts for adults and children while driving or riding in a vehicle and the use of car seats for infants and children.  In addition, the public must be reminded that in Illinois it is prohibited to text while driving.

State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis commended Governor Pat Quinn for signing two new laws aimed at reducing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers in Illinois. One law prohibits the use of all hand held mobile phones while driving, and the second increases the penalties where any use of an electronic device while driving has been the cause of an accident. These new laws take effect January 1, 2014.

The following are additional safety tips to keep children safe:

Do not allow your children to play in the street.  Set limits for your child.  Make sure they have safe places to play.  The street is not one of them.

Always know where your child is.  Children under 7 must always be accompanied by an adult outside.  Know who they’re with and where they are.

Make sure your children are buckled up or secured in the proper child safety seat.  Lead by example by always wearing your seat belt.

Teach your child to cross the street correctly.  Tell them to always use the nearest crosswalk when available, and to stop, look both ways and make sure the road is clear.

Make your child wear the proper helmet and pads when riding a bike, scooter, skateboard or skating.

For more information about children safety please visit the Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 website at: http://www.keepkidsalivedrive25.org/.

Atty. General Madigan Sues Chicago Area Roofer For Defrauding Homeowners

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a lawsuit against a home repair contractor for cheating Chicago area customers, including a Chicago church, out of more than $150,000.
Madigan filed the lawsuit earlier today in Cook County Circuit Court alleging Andrzej Rogowski, of Chicago, solicited business through his two companies – Aster Inc. and Economic Remodeling Inc. – and took homeowners’ upfront payments but either failed to complete the work or performed substandard work. More than 50 Cook County residents filed complaints with Madigan’s office, reporting total losses of more than $150,000 for incomplete or shoddy repairs.
In her lawsuit, Madigan cited a complaint from St. Andrew’s Missionary Baptist Church, which reported that Rogowski demanded $54,000 for repairs to the church’s roof. During the six months Rogowski worked on the roof, the interior of the church suffered water damage, causing mold and mildew growth. Though Rogowski agreed to renovate the interior of the church, he never did and the roof continues to leak.
“Whenever a contractor demands an upfront payment, that should be a red flag,” Madigan said. “I encourage anyone seeking to have repairs done on their home to use extreme caution when deciding on which company to work with. Do your homework and ask lots of questions.”
Madigan’s lawsuit asks the court to permanently ban the defendants from working in the home repair business in Illinois and to cancel any pending contracts with homeowners. The lawsuit also seeks to impose civil penalties on the defendants based on violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Businesses Practices Act.
In filing the action today, Madigan also offered the following tips to help protect families and businesses from being targeted by dishonest contractors:
  • Be wary of contractors who go door to door to offer repair services. Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust and, whenever possible, use established local contractors.
  • Insurance adjusters must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Insurance, and roofers must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Ask to see required state or local permits or licenses.
  • Call the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at (800) 386-5438 to determine if consumer complaints have been filed against a particular business.
  • Even if there is a need to act quickly, shop around for the best deal. Get written estimates from multiple contractors, and don’t be rushed into a deal.
  • Get all the terms of a contract in writing, and obtain a copy of the signed contract.
  • Never make full payment until all the work has been completed to your satisfaction, and never pay in cash.
Madigan also reminded consumers that the Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act requires contractors to furnish customers with written contracts for any repair or remodeling work costing more than $1,000. A contract must be signed by both the customer and the contractor. The law also requires contractors to carry at least minimum amounts of insurance for property damage, bodily injury and improper home repair. Contractors also must provide consumers with an informational pamphlet entitled “Home Repair: Know Your Consumer Rights.”
Madigan urged homeowners to contact her Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1 (800) 386-5438 to report being victimized by a home repair scheme or for more information about finding a reputable contractor.
Assistant Attorney General Oscar Piña is handling the case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau.

McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities announce 2013-2014 Scholarships for African American students

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Students across the country work hard to earn top marks, dreaming of the college they’ll attend and the education they’ll receive. Unfortunately, many of these students won’t be able to afford it.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) want these students to reach their full potential. To help them accomplish this, our network of U.S. Chapters, along with the global office of RMHC, offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Since 1985, more than $48 million in scholarships have been awarded.

There are four types of scholarship awards for 2013-2014:

* RMHC/Scholars, which is open to all students;

* RMHC/Asia, which is available for Asian-Pacific students;

* RMHC/African American Future Achievers, available for African Americans;

* and RMHC/Hacer; which is open to Hispanic/Latino students.

For more details on how to apply, visit:

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State Senator Raoul: Workers’ comp reforms working, rates to go down

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement on the National Council for Compensation Insurance’s request for a 4.5 percent reduction in workers’ compensation insurance premium rates for Illinois businesses:

Two years ago, Rep. John Bradley and I brought lawmakers, labor and the business community together to negotiate a solution to an exceedingly complex and divisive problem: the high workers’ compensation premiums that were hampering the state’s economic growth and job creation.

Today, Illinois businesses have already saved $315 million in premiums. Now, with an additional 4.5 percent reduction on the horizon, they stand poised to save $110 million more, with an overall 13.3 percent drop in rates since the reforms were implemented. The outlook is promising for further savings and an even better Illinois business climate.

The continued success of workers’ comp reforms demonstrates that there’s no substitute for sitting down at the negotiating table, taking each other’s concerns seriously and doing the hard work of hammering out an effective compromise.

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