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African Americans constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population – A gigantic conspiracy?

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President, Probation Challenge, Inc. and the PCC Network

With an overwhelming number of African American’s incarcerated in these Not-So-United-States, you would think that our youth would have gotten the message!

Something is not psychosocially equating in the mentalities of some of our youth of today! Nonetheless, there’s blame enough to go around which includes the absence of the father figure and the absence of that needed spiritual fiber! It’s noted and statistically proven that African American black and Hispanic youth are void of educational and spiritual frames of reference!

Statistics prove that as black youth drop out of what is considered the white educational process, they (by large) drop into the criminal just us system! It is safe to say that most drop out because their frame of reference is not based out of the white experience (in the book) which is often instructed … often black students cannot relate!

Historically, documents from earlier years indicate that education was not meant for colored people! It was also documented that a person of color found with a book in hand could and would be put to death! Allowing people of color an opportunity to read and write was tabooed and lawfully prohibited. These theories of thought were shared by many… neither in Russia nor the Middle East – but in America.

Changing the mind-set which would allow blacks to share in the educational process to become educated, in later years would change. Change would come about, but the law was just a word for those harboring a deep seated hatred for people of color. The hearts for many had waxed cold, as some became desperately wicked. These deep seated seeks of wicked behaviors often surfaced when least expected. That devious hand of Satan and his followers continue to fight justice on every front, even into this 21st Century!

We must become aware as to the greater demon leaching in the shadows to deprive and incarcerate our youth. This demon seeks to cause educational and racial havoc … this force is hidden in the bowels of the United States government! In years past, blacks were not supposed to read data, stats and figures… for to read any written materials were forbidden! Now, documented are available for those who care to read, and for those who would care to concern themselves with matters of truth.

Slavery has been abolished legally; however, there are those who continue to live in the past and bent on repeating America’s despicable yesterdays! These spiritually deprived persons have an ongoing desire to recapture the runaway slaves! Their quest is to have colored persons returned to the bowels of the plantation! This method could/would be done by way of the present-day Criminal Just Us System. Youth without a word of reason are in-fact returning back into the jail and prison systems, which many are conducted as plantations! Youth are strangely not aware as to United States history, thusly, they are not aware that they are going back into slavery … legally. Their return through the criminal justice system is based on drugs… which in earlier years were allowed for financial reasons. Years ago, there was a need to create jobs. Those jobs in Chicago were designed for whites and would operate what was then Division 1. At first, history has it that inmates were incarcerated during the week but allowed free on the weekends… white folk only. More inmates were needed for this financial venture, and because blacks lacked educationally, and without an ability to understand the proposed plot against them, they were selected as the commodity … blacks were then subjected to the justice system and the delighted powers-that-be.

In the recent 10-years there has been an increase in crime which now includes a large volume of murders. The massive effort to control and incarcerate youth for minor infractions of marijuana has now gotten out of control! Now, out-of-control youth without a sense of direction continue in the world of crime without an ability to rationalize with the offense or the consequences of their behavior. Education missing!

Note: As youth are perishing for the lack of knowledge and work, a body of dismal persons in the United States Congress continues to major on minor subjects. As these congressional bigots bicker with the ideologies of the first African American President, who is seeking better education tools for youth, and jobs for youth and elders alike, there are those plotting to divert public attention away from matters of truth! Truth that could and would bring this country back into the guides of sanity!

With the lack of sincerity, and a good dose of truth comprised of reality, we will definitely continue sending African American and Hispanic youth into the clutches of the criminal justice system.

Some demented citizens of this country would prefer sending blacks back in time, returning them back to the unpleasant days of servants who are beholding to others! Given this theory of thought – the process could be expedited by massive arrests, convicting and have blacks travel in time to Prisons and Jails – which are the many Plantations that would and are built in all white communities!

Racial Disparities in Incarceration – Six times the rate of Whites!

ï‚· African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population

ï‚· African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites

ï‚· Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population

ï‚· According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today’s prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%

ï‚· One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime

ï‚· 1 in 100 African American women are in prison

ï‚· Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).

Chinta, Strausberg, prominent radio and news reporter/ Talk-show host for the PCC Internet Broadcast Network, says, “Just as Native American Indians were given blankets contained of smallpox by the US army.”

Strausberg said, “I believe there is a hidden hand that has invaded the black and brown community of urban America, dropping off their social and weapons of mass destruction in the form of drugs and guns. This, coupled with inundation of violence of movies and videos have negatively transformed our minds turning some of us into human killing machines.”

Believing that there is an avenue of escape for youth, Strausberg said, “To correct this we must return to the rock which we have long abandoned.

Rev. Bailey’s Observation of the Criminal Justice System for 40-plus-years

1.) It is quite apparent that criminal justice will be conducting business for many moons to come based on the subliminal message that has been forwarded into the Black community… that there is little or no hope.

The Black community has been induced with pain-killers consisting of various drugs, from ghetto crack to cocaine … to not feel the agony and frustration of crime that has been inflicted. Now with the political struggle in Washington and the Obama fight for a just America, it is a proven fact that the evils that were once subtitle are now blatant and disrespectful to African Americans and Hispanics by large. Without emphasis on the creation of jobs – because of the created diversion, it leaves many communities without hope. Without hope, blacks and Hispanics tend to resort to crime and drugs. What a gigantic conspiracy created by those desiring the demise of a deprived people. Disposition being is to incarcerate those less able to fend for themselves.

2.) The above conducting business as usual, is the apparent wish of many representing the powers-that-be! There without question appears to be on a wide variety of fronts a concerted effort to house African American and Hispanic youth… by any means necessary. This is quite apparent even on the political front, as black politicians seek to emulate the evils of their white counterparts.

Black youth and criminal behavior represents meat and potatoes on their tables of by large the white consumers, however, not many blacks are reaping the benefits that are translated into dollars.

Disposition: Crying loud for years, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only hope we have in turning this massive conspiracy around is to help create a 30 to 60 days moratorium on crime! This unprecedented move could and should start in Chicago… the murder capitol in the United States, and then it would spread around the country.

A dangerous move to create a moratorium on crime could and would work with the attention of all concerned bodies; Politician, Churches, Laymen and just Everyday People. Yes, we can … and they can’t kill us all!

Proven observation of the justice system:

Proven Observation for 15-years as a Chicago/Cook County Adult Probation Officer, I discovered that crime continued with high rates of recidivism for year end and out, and all for the lack leadership by the negative no caring persons who then sat in high places. Over the years, since my retirement, the Cook County Adult Probation Department and its administration has changed, but many workers continue to have questions as to true intent of present judicial leadership.

Proven Observation for 15-years as a member and chairman of the Chicago/Cook County Board of Corrections. I discovered that corrections – is not correcting. I fought these matters and its political leadership in court… and won! I was forced to step down, and since my retirement, things have reverted back to doing business as usual. It should also be noted that that board which was set-forth by the law, has since been dismantled (I’m told) by reason of Law? That board was the communities’ way of knowing the happenings within the Chicago/Cook County Department of Corrections. They closed the door of knowledge and knew it.

Proven Observation for 34-plus-years. Probation Challenge, the first court mandated program of its kind in the country, was an honest effort to educate youth via a court mandate. Yes, it worked, as youth were returned back into society as meaningful and productive persons. Many of those enrolled in this acclaimed program received grants and scholarships – and never returned back into the clutches of the Criminal Just Us System. Question being: Why didn’t the leadership of the justice system not get behind these successful efforts? Why didn’t they seek to help a program that was working to bring about a remarkable change in the lives of Black, Hispanics and Whites?

Ah, but did politics have much to do with the downfall of Probation Challenge and the closing of its doors? Or was it a few persons in The Chicago City Colleges, and downstate politics who lacked the ability to drive the program at the helm? The program was noted by all to be without a hint of scandal!

Meaningful, successful solutions (programs) have been on the scene to deter youth from crime, but many have been dismantled by deceitful persons wearing black robes and legislative garments who are guilty of caring fiery-torches of hate! Their hatred for the acclaimed Probation Challenge educational program was for various reasons. Some hated it because it didn’t come from their guarded judicial camp, while others hated it because of political reasons. Some didn’t like the program because they couldn’t be assigned a trusted position over the finances. Those who believed in the program’s worth quietly enrolled their own loved ones! Let us awaken from foolish behavior and be about the matters of saving the lives of our youth. In sparing our youth’s lives we are saving our own!

1967: African American Studies Bill Passed, but Not Implemented for Chicago Schools

A 1967 law mandating African American educational studies to be taught in the Chicago Public Schools has failed to be implemented. This invaluable law was legally passed but not obeyed. This should and could be an invaluable tool given to the minds and hearts of youth… not to be implemented is criminal! This bill could and would alleviate youth from going into the bowels of the criminal justice system criminal! Who’s going to jail for mismanagement and the costly delaying of justice?

Illinois has the record, more than other states, for sentencing political persons who have mismanaged the public’s affairs and betrayed the public. Many are presently spending time in prison.

Drug Sentencing Disparities

ï‚· About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug

ï‚· 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites

ï‚· African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.

ï‚· African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months). Information documented by (Sentencing Project)

Consequences: What would it take for youth to get this invaluable message?

Would taking youth to the wood shed be wrong? Parents via the scriptures were told to admonish the child – is this wrong? The scripture scribes to use of the rod – is this wrong? Is it outdated to believe and obey God?

The scriptures are in fact for corrections. People who have turned from the teachings of God and have turned to their own wicked ways must know that those ways created in the flesh are contrary to the will of God! His teachings are for us to have life – and have life more abundantly! Satan comes but to rob, steal and he will destroy.

Biblically speaking, many of us are liken unto the prodigal son who left his father’s riches, and went astray! The son as our youth… suffered as to the error of sin/crime. After a spell of great sufferings, realization set in. He came to himself and admitted (repented) that he had wronged not only his father … but God!

Our youth standing on the corners, killing and stealing have been misled by the hands of the Evil One, Satan! Youth, and we the adults don’t have to live a sinful way, we can go home! Christ our master is waiting with outstretched arms. We must remember that youth emulate that which we do.

Let’s take a trip together and return back to our first love which is the love of God! What a wonderful journey back to the Savior with our children. And, no one would be angry with us but the devil.

We the community can put the jails and prisons on alert, that prison was not made for us, but was created for the fallen Angels who were expelled from heaven for disobedience to God the Father.

Youth and the absence of an education are totally unaware as to the pitfalls of laying in wait. Absence of spiritual learning and a quality education, most youth are not equipped to equate the consequences of crime (sin). Then, Satan enters in!

Satan has fooled misbehaved youth to believe that crime doesn’t pay! Few youth know that going into the criminal justice system, creates jobs and positions of power. When youth (defendants) goes before the court bench, he or she without realizing it writes a check for everyone in that room – but him or herself.

With over 500-plus ‘deaths reported’ in Chicago for the year 2013, only until recently has Mayor Rahm Emanuel, cried loud along with his police chief who seems to be out-of-touch with the black community. Citizens of Chicago have reason to believe that all shootings and killings are not reported to the press or public.

As plans mount for youth to go to jail and prison, there are no constructive plans on the table to cease the daily shootings and killings. All matters from the 5th floor of Chicago City Hall have been to no avail! With more trouble on the horizons: Youth now have to tread on and through gang turf … as they travel to out-of-the-way schools. Persons on the Chicago School Board are also being watched with a jaundice eye as they overlook the precious lives of children seeking an education in the many war zones of Chicago! Consider: Doing Your Math!

It is suggested that crime is down in Chicago? All one has to do is observe the Cook County Department of Correction’s (CCDOC) records! The arrest and holding pattern suggest … that crime is not down but rather up! CCDOC records reflect that the department is busting at the seams from daily arrests. Rev. Harold E. Bailey, once chairman of the Cook County Department of Corrections, reported to the Chicago Defender the crime rate and inmate population. This procedure was not admired by the powers-that-be at that time. Bailey once refuted Mayor Richard Daley in a declaration that ‘Crime is down’ … But, Rev. Bailey said crime was up, and his stats proved he was right! It is suggested that trusted people do the math!

It is shameful that much of the time you cannot believe or trust the words flowing from the mouth of more and more politicians. The public has a fear that based on recent history Chicago has few politicians who are not geared toward self serving and not filling their coffers with filthy money coming from honest hard working taxpayers. Careful: The public realizes that there are in office, God fearing, hard working employees who service the community with honest intent, but are being covered up by the fast growing weeds of deceit!

Recently speaking at Chicago’s More Like Christ Ministries, Pastor Mitty Collier and the Rev. Harold E. Bailey spoke to the congregation as to the ills and pitfalls that were laid out by spiritual principalities that sit in high places. He stated that true baptized believers should “Go and get back the youth which Satan has stolen.” He told the listeners that “The word of God stated that we should take back stolen property by force.” The audience was receptive to the clarion call for justice – as demonstrated by their thunderous applause.

Bailey said it was an honor being at the More Like Christ Ministries. Pastor Mitty Collier made a sincere invitation earmarked for truth to be told.

In that Sunday morning service, Bailey expressed to parents seeking to honestly retrieve their youth from the clutches of evil, to be under the anointing of God when doing so for “It is the anointing that breaks the yoke and will free one from bondage.”

It would be less painful and less expensive if we merely obeyed God rather than man! If we obeyed God, our children and their children’s children would be spiritually richer as the result!

‘The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom’

Written by Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of the Probation Challenge, Inc./PCC Network

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

Written for CopyLine Magazine and The Challenge Magazine

The Move Toward Democracy: Will Vietnam Be Next?

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The Move Toward Democracy: Will Vietnam Be Next?

New America Media

Political scientists distinguish three policies available to nations facing foreign aggression: appeasement, containment and deterrence.

For small nations, which normally have no capacity for containment or deterrence, appeasement usually remains the only option. However, history teaches that appeasement only encourages further aggression: The Munich Agreement in 1939, conceding a part of Czechoslovakia to Germany, did not prevent Hitler from invading Poland and the rest of Western Europe. More recently and on a smaller scale, Vietnam’s subservient behavior toward China has not prevented its historic enemy to the north from adopting a consistent pattern of expansionism in the Eastern Sea: conquest of the Paracel Islands in 1974, occupation of the Spratly archipelagoes in 1979, and annexation of 12,000 square meters of territorial waters in the Vinh Bac Bo (Gulf of Tonkin) conceded by Hanoi under the 2000 Vinh Bac Bo Pact.

Recent developments in Mongolia and Burma – also known as Myanmar – show, however, that, for small nations under autocratic rule and facing aggression from more powerful neighbors, genuine democratic reforms seem to be a viable option.

The State of Mongolia, formerly known as Outer Mongolia, is the world’s largest landlocked nation. It lies between Siberia to the north and China to the south. It is the original homeland of a small tribe whose leader, Genghis Khan, conquered a vast empire stretching from Asia to Europe during the 13th century.

Soviet troops invaded Mongolia in 1921 and established the Mongolian People’s Republic (MPR), which became a Russian satellite in 1924. The Mongolian democratic revolution began in 1990 after the collapse of the USSR. Free elections held that year resulted in the formation of a multiparty system. Mongolia survived a long period of unprecedented violence and political chaos to become a stable and prosperous democracy, as seen in the steady economic growth demonstrated by the country in recent years.

Secretary of State Albright visited Mongolia in May 1998. The meeting led to a joint Mongolia-U.S. statement reiterating U.S. support for Mongolia’s fledgling democracy and noting the “positive contribution that a secure, independent, democratic, and prosperous Mongolia can make to the stability and economic progress of the region as whole.”

While the political transformation of Mongolia was gradual and somewhat cautious, the democratic revolution in Myanmar was largely unpredicted. It was implemented by a military junta that has, for six decades, ruled the country, a regime that was considered to be one of the most repressive and abusive regimes in the world.

Under President Thein Sein, the Government of Burma has initiated a series of political and economic reforms, including the release of many political prisoners, ceasefire agreements with 12 or 13 major non-state armed groups, greater freedom of the press, and parliamentary by-elections in 2012 that brought prodemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her opposition party 43 of the 44 seats they contested (out of 45), gaining approximately 11 percent representation in parliament.

To encourage further reform, the U.S. has restored full diplomatic relations with Burma and provided technical and financial assistance to the country. President Obama personally visited Burma in November 2012 to demonstrate U.S. support for the new regime.

Vietnam, which is itself facing a growing tide of economic and political dilemmas, appears likely to be the next candidate for reforms. Vietnam’s economy, in fact, is in a shambles due to soaring inflation, rampant corruption, a near- bankrupt banking system, colossal losses of state–owned enterprises, and, most importantly, the inability to export its goods and products outside ASEAN countries. On the political front, frequent mass protests and demonstrations against China’s aggression in the Eastern Sea and Hanoi’s inability to protect the country’s territorial integrity attest to the rising popular discontent.

During his visit to the White House last July, Mr. Truong Tan Sang, Chairman of the Vietnamese Communist Party and Head of State, requested that the U.S lift the ban on lethal weapons sales to his country, and allow Vietnam to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The advanced weaponry would be used to modernize and overhaul its dated military, while the TTP membership would allow Vietnam to export its goods and products (mainly garments, footwear and sea products) to the huge U.S. market. But President Obama told Sang that his requests can be satisfied only if Vietnam improves its human rights record.

It is becoming increasingly clear that Vietnam’s problems can be resolved only by sweeping economic and political reforms.

Surprisingly enough, Vietnam may have already taken the first steps toward political liberalization. Mr. Le Hieu Dang, a civil rights lawyer and long-time member of the Vietnam Communist Party, concerned about the worsening economy and the government’s inability to counter China’s expansionism in the Eastern Sea and the mineral-rich Central Highlands, recently founded an opposition political party named the Social Democratic Party. Latest information indicates that a great number of intellectual dissidents and civil rights activists have joined Dang’s party, while Dang himself remains free at the time of this writing.

In an era dominated by the global market and defined by political pluralism, and with the collapse of autocratic regimes across the Middle-East and North Africa, one should not be surprised if the long-awaited Asia Spring has finally arrived. The specter of a free and democratic Vietnam may already be looming on the horizon.

Thi Quang Lam is a retired bank executive and former general in the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN). He is the author of “The Twenty-Five Year Century: A South Vietnamese General Remembers the Indochina War to the Fall of Saigon” and “
Hell in An Loc: The 1972 Easter Invasion and the Battle That Saved South Viet Nam

IDOT seeks applications for Loan Program to boost Minority- and Female-Owned Businesses

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Loan Program helps small businesses qualify for state contracts; foster job creation, business retention in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) opened the application process for its new Disadvantaged Business Revolving Loan Program. The low-interest loan program, signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn, provides capital necessary for properly certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) to finance IDOT project-specific work, acquire valuable work experience and establish or rebuild credit lines.

“We are proud to open the application process for this program to provide certified DBEs low-interest loans they need to deliver on project contracts, and help foster growth and competition among contractors and subcontractors,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “Governor Quinn and the sponsors of this legislation are to be commended for their hard work and commitment to ensuring DBEs get a fair chance at the kinds of assistance that virtually all businesses need at some point to become successful.”

“Small, minority-owned firms often don’t have the necessary resources to bid on state construction projects, and this new program helps them get a foot in the door,” Governor Quinn said. “As the loans are paid back, those funds help other firms who are in the same situation, which grows our economy and creates jobs.”

In July, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 3267 into law creating the Disadvantaged Business Revolving Loan Program. Under House Bill 3267, sponsored by State Rep. William Davis (D-Homewood) and State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago), the program allows IDOT to make low-interest loans to minority- and female-owned businesses that are certified in the Illinois Unified Certification Program and are participating in construction contracts with the agency. Many of these firms are small and lack the ability to obtain the lines of credit necessary to secure the bonding and capital equipment financing needed for state construction projects.

“This is an enormous step forward for small business contractors who have consistently been at a disadvantage for contract bids as a result of not being able to secure sufficient start-up resources,” Sen. Hunter said. “With the support of my colleagues who worked with me to pass this initiative, including Representative William Davis, the House sponsor and Representative La Shawn Ford, the House sponsor of this initiative in the previous general assembly, Governor Quinn, business leaders and contractors who work in the community, I am proud that we are finally realizing this much needed progress for Illinois and its diverse economic stakeholders.”

“This program has been long overdue and I am very excited to see it finally begin to help small businesses and minority owned firms,” said Rep. Davis. “These affordable loans provided by the program will allow for a competitive business environment while stimulating the local economy.”

An initial state investment of $3 million will start the revolving loan program, which is subject to annual appropriation by the Illinois General Assembly. To apply and obtain more information, please visit www.dot.il.gov/doingbusiness/dbe/revolvingloan.html.

Pfleger calls peaceful Saint Sabina Game a ‘Miracle’ given the recent violence

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave the ceremonial-kick off for the second game

Black Team won 58-55 in blow-by-blow game

By Chinta Strausberg

For nearly four-hours, former gang members turn peacemakers Saturday played a spirited second annual peace basketball championship game ending in the black team winning 58 to 55 at the Saint Sabina ARK, where Father Michael L. Pfleger thanked NBA players for sharing their time and talents with the youth he calls “a miracle on 78th and Racine.”

“I can’t thank the NBA players enough especially Joakim Noah and Isiah Thomas for their heart and love for the brothers” on the street,” an elated Father Pfleger said after the game. “What we witnessed today much like last night is the power of love, respect and genuine care for the brothers and the community.

“There is no greater high than what we saw today…a miracle on 78th and Racine. Peace is possible. We just have to live it,” said Father Pfleger.

The miracle Pfleger called the peacefully played game came just days after the FBI labeled Chicago the number one capitol town in America and a day before 13 people were shot in the Back of the Yards community while watching a basketball game including 3-year-old Deonta Howard, Jr. who was shot in the face with a high powered assault rifle at the Cornell Square Park, 51st and Wood Streets. It was where Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said, “murder is not a one victim crime” and that “we should not accept assault weapons in our community….”

Besides former and current NBA players attending the game, ABC 7 sportscaster Jim Rose was Masters of Ceremony. Father Pfleger thanked him for coming to Saint Sabina, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who gave the ceremonial kick-off for game two, attended Saturday’s peace basketball game shaking hands with the players and attendees congratulating them for their peaceful behavior.

Thomas again gave his pep talk to the youth saying, “There was a time in this country when we as young black men and brown men looked at each other and never, ever had the thought that we would take another black man’s life or another brown man’s life. At some point in time, you got to start looking at each other as brothers and sisters and start caring and loving each other again.”

And, in between games where the youth made numerous slam dunks including twirling on the hoops and after the game ended, Noah appeared to be a Pied Piper with youth screaming, surrounding the towering Chicago Bulls star and following him everywhere he went.

Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) was present as was Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th) in whose ward the game was played. “I think this was great to see the different areas of folks come together and enjoy themselves, no violence at all…. It just let’s everybody know in these different facets of the games that we are all human and we all enjoyed each other and there is something more than fighting,” she said.

Thomas also praised Father Pfleger who on September 15, 2012 struck a peace accord with four rival gangs in the Auburn Gresham community that continues today. On September 22, 2012, he held his first peace basketball tournament. Saturday’s game, Ald. Thomas said, “ensures we will have yet another one next year.”

She also praised the Nation of Islam’s security, the Fruit of Islam (FOI) for providing security for the game. The Endure Dance group also performed.

Asked about the international coverage of the game by the BBC and other media outlets, Ald. Thomas said, “I think we have to start doing things a little bit differently and if we can spread this around it means more people will be able to learn about each other and start being neighbors in the hood. I think it is great that folks want to study and duplicate it.”

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.

Madigan: FDA must regulate E-Cigarettes, ban sales to minors

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CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and to regulate ingredients and advertising of the popular and highly addictive products.

In a letter to the FDA, Madigan joined with 39 other attorneys general to call on the agency to take all available measures to regulate e-cigarettes as “tobacco products” under the Tobacco Control Act. E-cigarettes, an increasingly popular product among youth and adults, are battery-operated products that heat liquid nicotine, turning it into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.

Unlike traditional tobacco products, there are no federal age restrictions that would prevent children from obtaining e-cigarettes. Madigan and her counterparts urged the FDA to act to protect teens and children from becoming addicted to nicotine, citing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey that showed the percentages of youth who have tried or currently use e-cigarettes roughly doubled from 2011 to 2012. The survey estimated that in 2012 nearly 1.8 million middle and high school students had tried e-cigarettes
“It’s widely known that most adult smokers start smoking at an early age, in part because manufacturers and advertisers have historically targeted young consumers with flashy marketing campaigns and deceptive health claims,” Madigan said. “We’re seeing the same tactics at work in the e-cigarette industry. The FDA needs to put a stop to this before more teens take up this dangerous habit.”

The Attorneys General letter stated that e-cigarette manufacturers are using celebrity endorsements, television advertising, cartoons, attractive packaging and cheap prices to encourage youth consumption of these dangerous products.  Additionally, some marketing has included claims that these products do not contain the same level of toxins and carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. These claims imply that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking, when in fact nicotine is highly addictive, the health effects of e-cigarettes have not been adequately studied, and the ingredients are not regulated and may still contain carcinogens. The lack of regulation puts the public at risk because users of e-cigarettes are inhaling unknown chemicals with unknown effects.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, nicotine is highly addictive and has immediate bio-chemical effects on the brain and body at any dosage, and is toxic in high doses. The lack of regulation of e-cigarettes puts youth at risk of developing a lifelong addiction to a potentially dangerous product that could also act as a gateway to using other tobacco products.

Madigan and her counterparts across the country have fought for years to protect people from the dangers of tobacco products. In 1998, the attorneys general of 52 states and territories signed a landmark agreement with the country’s four largest tobacco companies to recover billions of dollars in costs associated with smoking-related illnesses and restrict cigarette advertising to prevent youth smoking.

A copy of the letter to FDA can be found here.

The “I Am Troy” Call to Action

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By Benjamin Todd Jealous

President and CEO of the national NAACP

Two years ago last week, the state of Georgia ignored the facts, doubts and pleas of hundreds of thousands of people and killed Troy Anthony Davis. Today, on the anniversary of his execution, we rededicate ourselves to ending the immoral, biased and ineffective practice of capital punishment.

For 15 years, we fought alongside Troy to clear his name for the killing of Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail. Troy remained adamant about his innocence to his last breath. As explained in the new book I Am Troy Davis, by author Jen Marlowe and Troy’s sister, Martina Davis-Correia, the case against Troy lacked conclusive evidence after many of the key witnesses recanted testimony from the time of the original trial.

In the last weeks of Troy’s life, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles received 663,000 petitions from people imploring the group to reconsider the execution given the sheer amount of doubt surrounding the case. World figures, including Pope Benedict XVI and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, human rights groups and commentators urged the execution to be halted — all to no avail.

In the hours before his death, the NAACP held a rally and lobbied the Department of Justice to intervene on the grounds of a civil rights violation. The glimpses of sadness and quiet resolve I saw on the faces of Troy’s family when his death became imminent will stay with me forever. The last time I saw Troy, he told me “This movement started before me, and it needs to continue, no matter what, until we destroy the machinery of death.”

While many of the supporters who stood in solidarity with Troy have put away their signs and returned home, the battle to end the shameful practice of capital punishment wages on in his name. Side by side with Troy’s family, we remain on the frontlines of this fight to abolish a system that is ineffective and steeped in racial bias.

Racial disparities pervade every component of the justice system. A report from Amnesty International concluded that 77 percent of people executed since 1977 were people convicted of crimes involving white victims, compared to only 15 percent of people executed for killing blacks. A full 42 percent of the 3,100 inmates on death row are people of color.

Furthermore, we know that the death penalty is a poor deterrent of crime. FBI data shows that all 14 states without capital punishment in 2008 had homicide rates at or below the national rate.

The only effective way to deter killings in our streets is to ensure justice is swift and certain. In order to do so, we must ensure both that we have police leadership that builds strong partnerships and trust with all communities and also that they have enough officers and detectives to ensure every homicide in every community is responded to with the requisite resources to find and catch killers quickly.

Since Troy’s death, we have made definitive strides in our effort to end the death penalty. We have worked with a diverse and multifaceted coalition of advocates including Amnesty International and the National Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty fix our nation’s broken justice system. Last year our work led to Connecticut repealing the death penalty. This year, Maryland became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to do the same. Those two states now join New Jersey, New York, New Mexico and Illinois as the fifth and sixth state in six years, and the 17th and 18th in the nation to abolish the death penalty.

Our strategy is clear. Our strategy is simple. We will outlaw capital punishment in a majority of states, and then we will go to the United States Supreme Court and make the argument that the punishment is cruel by its very nature but also unusual because most states have passed laws against it.

“I Am Troy” reminds us that each year September 21 will serve as both a solemn anniversary and a call to action. It is and will continue to be an annual reminder that justice and common sense we end this brutal practice of capital punishment.

Benjamin Todd Jealous is the president and CEO of the national NAACP.

This column was first published in USA TODAY. Contact: Ben Wrobel 917-846-0658 bwrobel@naacpnet.org @NAACPPress

Secretary of State Jesse White hosts National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will host the Illinois Secretary of State’s annual National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration by recognizing the historic contributions of business, academic and community leaders.

White will honor: Martin R. Castro, Chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission; Jennifer L. Rosato, Dean of Law at Northern Illinois University; Neli Vazquez-Rowland, co-founder and CEO of A Safe Haven Foundation; and Gilbert Villegas, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Illinois Capital Development Board.

The event will feature performances including a Mariachi band, Brazilian samba performances and an Ecuadorian folk dance.

The event will be held at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Concourse Level, Wednesday, September 25th, noon to 1 P.M.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th, a time when the accomplishments and contributions of the Hispanic community are honored across the country.

Xerox Technical Minority $10K Scholarship – Deadline September 30th

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Nationwide — The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program is designed to help cultivate minority students for potential recruitment in the field of technology. The scholarship amount award depends on the student’s tuition balance, academic excellence and classification.

Applicants must be academic high-achievers with a GPA average of 3.0 or better and must be US citizens or visa-holding Permanent Residents of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent. The scholarship is not available to spouses and children of Xerox employees.

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The Network Journal’s 16th Annual “25 Influential Black Women in Business” call for nominations

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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — The Network Journal (TNJ), an award-winning business magazine offering trade and industry news vital for today’s African-American professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners, announces the call for nominations for its 2014 “25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards.” The 2014 Awards marks the sixteenth anniversary of this prestigious event, held annually in New York City.

This TNJ award honors African-American women whose professional achievements have significantly impacted an industry or profession, and who also have made an important contribution to their community. An ideal “TNJ 25” candidate is a business owner, or a partner, president, CEO, board chair, or other senior-management executive with significant decision-making authority in the corporate, nonprofit (including academia and medicine), or government sector.

Winners will be featured in the Spring 2014 issue of The Network Journal magazine and honored at a luncheon held at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in March 2014. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 25, 2013.

Additional information on the “25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards,” including overview, eligibility and selection process, procedures, nomination form and entry, as well as details of past recipients, is available at www.tnj.com/25-Influential-black-women/call-for-nominations. You may also contact Sabrina D. Eady at (212) 962-3791 x206 for additional information.

About The Network Journal
Founded in 1993, The Network Journal (TNJ) is an award-winning magazine published six times per year. It provides news and commentaries on issues that affect the growth of business and the advancement of professionals in the workplace for an audience of predominantly African-American professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners. Engaging more than 98,325 readers per issue, The Network Journal is distributed nationwide, with a focus on the New York tri-state area, while its sister daily publication at tnj.com reaches a global audience. For more information call (212) 962-3791, or visit the Web site at www.tnj.com.

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