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The Shutdown’s Consequences

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By Benjamin Todd Jealous

President and CEO of the national NAACP

The federal government shutdown is approaching three weeks. At the time of this writing, the shutdown has already furloughed hundreds of thousands of federal workers, frozen social programs for low and moderate-income communities, and significantly slowed down economic growth. The great irony of this temper tantrum over federal health care reform is that it has reminded us just how important the federal government really is.

This manufactured crisis is just the latest battle in a deeply troubling war against the Affordable Care Act. In the three and a half years since President Obama signed the bill into law, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal or defund it 42 times, while shirking many of its other responsibilities. As millions of Americans struggle with unemployment, untenable student loans and a middling economy, extremists in the “People’s House” have chosen to prioritize political theater over the immediate needs of the American people.

But in an ironic twist, the repercussions of their grandstanding have only served to illustrate the important roles that government plays in our everyday lives.

The stories stream in to Capitol Hill from across the country, only to fall on deaf ears. Free health care clinics for the poorest of the poor are unable to take on new patients. Habitat for Humanity has lost federal funding for new affordable housing projects. On the first day of October alone, more than 19,000 American children lost access to Head Start services, and that number continued to grow until two philanthropists stepped in with stopgap funding.

Striking examples can even be found in Congress’ own backyard. The federal government has not authorized Washington, DC to spend its own tax dollars, so the District’s budget is frozen just like any federal agency. The city has frozen Medicaid payments for 220,000 residents, and it is quickly running out of reserve funds to pay for police and ambulance services.

These stories play into the ongoing debate about the size and role of government, which inevitably raises related questions about race and class. Although people of color will be disproportionately impacted by these developments, the truth is that low-income white communities will suffer in far greater numbers. So it is not only ironic but truly tragic that some activists associated with the Tea Party have chosen to inject race into the conversation by flying the Confederate Flag at rallies on the National Mall. They are forgetting that White non-Hispanics, who make up 42 percent of the poor in this country, actually receive 69 percent of all government benefits.

It is time to end this shutdown. We need to continue to put the pressure on our elected officials and demand accountability. Call your congressional leaders. Tell them that enough is enough. The NAACP is strongly urging all sides to put aside partisan politics and come to the table to work out real solutions in good faith.

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. Extremists in Congress need to admit that other federal programs deserve their funding as well. Every day of this shutdown only reminds us how the federal government provides a safety net to those in need, and a leg up for those vying to make it into the middle class. No amount of pointless grandstanding will change that fact.

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.

AARP Launches Families4Education

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New bilingual online resource provides college preparatory information for multigenerational households

WASHINGTON, DC – AARP has launched a new bilingual online resource to help increase the number of college educated households in underserved communities. Families4Education is designed to help African-American and Hispanic/Latino families prepare their children academically, financially and emotionally to achieve their dreams. Families4Education.org and FamiliasyEducacion.org will guide families through the college preparation, application and financial aid process and help families connect with educational resources in their local communities.

According to Education Week, 9.6% of African-American students and 17.6% of Hispanic/Latino students drop out of high school compared to 5.2% of White students. Families4Education aims to address this disparity by providing a comprehensive source of knowledge, encouragement and useful information to help families make informed decisions about their children’s futures and post-high school education options.

“AARP believes that all young people should have real possibilities for a bright future, where our children and our grandchildren can pursue their goals and live their dreams,” said Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, AARP Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets & Engagement. “At AARP, we know that a sound foundation is based on educational and career achievement. These days it takes supportive families to help children obtain a post high school education. Whether a child’s goal is to attend college, a university, community college or a vocational school, Families4Education will help parents, grandparents and students navigate the process.”

At Families4Education.org and FamiliasyEducacion.org, families will find information and resources about financial aid, advice on applying to college, study guides, goal planning strategies for students in middle school through the 12th grade, testimonials and online discussion groups.

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

Jesse White announces more than $1 Million in Innovative Library E-Book and Collection Development Grants

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Funds will provide for all three library systems statewide

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that more than $1 million in Innovative Library E-Book and Collection Development Grants have been awarded to the three library systems in Illinois.

The grants totaling $1,285,219 will fund two pilot programs aimed at increasing the availability of reading materials for Illinois residents. At the Illinois Library Association conference in Chicago, White presented a ceremonial shared check of $985,219 to the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) for use over a two-year period to build a sustainable e-book service for their member libraries. The Chicago Public Library (CPL) received a ceremonial check for $300,000 for a two-year Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) pilot program.

“I am always pursuing ways in which we can use technology to enhance the experiences of our library patrons,” said White. “These important grants will provide Illinois’ three library systems with the resources they need to fund these innovative projects. Libraries are cornerstones of the community and these pilots programs will ensure that information is accessible to Illinoisans.”

Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon, IHLS Executive Director Leslie Bednar, RAILS Board President Kathy Parker and Executive Director Deirdre Brennan were on hand to accept the checks.

The e-book pilot seeks to build an affordable and sustainable e-book service for patrons. Through the pilot, more than 1,900 IHLS and RAILS member libraries will be able to participate and make e-book services available to their patrons. The grant funding will decrease participation fees for libraries and provide support and training for libraries that choose to make available e-book collections.

The PDA pilot will allow CPL patrons to request newer hard-copy books and other materials the library does not own. Once an item is requested, a purchase is activated and the title is delivered by the vendor, drawing the purchase price from the funding pool. The patron is notified when the item is available.

Funding for the pilot programs was provided by Secretary of State/Illinois State Library state grant funds appropriated by the General Assembly to support library services in Illinois.

Controversial Chinese Filmmaker Scud to receive Special Tribute at The Q Hugo Film Awards

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The Awards will be presented October 21 at the Center on Halsted after the October 20 World Premiere of his Latest Film, Voyage

CHICAGO, IL – He is a master of controversy. He is fearless. His films delve into the dark side of romance. They are bold, explicit, taboo-breaking…often explicitly so. They push all the right and wrong buttons and have been the object of censorship in Hong Kong and Taiwan (the Hong Kong censor demanded 11 cuts alone from his fourth film and 47th Chicago International Film Festival entry Love Actually…Sucks!.). Scud is more than a cult filmmaker; he is one of the most unique directors today.

The 49th Chicago International Film Festival will present the world premiere of Scud’s fifth feature-length film and his first shot in Europe, Voyage, on Sunday October 20 at 6:30 pm followed by a second screening on Tuesday October 22 at 8:30 pm at the AMC River East (322 E. Illinois St.). The Festival will also pay special tribute to Scud at the Q Hugo Film Awards to be held at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at The Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted) on Monday, October 21 at 6 pm. Cast members (two of whom have worked with Scud in prior films) will join the honoree at all events: Leni Speidel (also a co-producer of the film), Haze Leung (Love Actually…Sucks!), Byron Pang (Amphetamine), and Vietnamese supermodel Chan Than San.

“Being honored in the first Q Hugo Film Awards fires up our dreams,” said Scud. “Homosexuality remains taboo in conservative Asia. GLBT films cannot be screened nor officially distributed in China, rendering any such projects financially unviable, although my films have constantly topped the sales of the underground market. The Award comes at a crossroad in our journey, making it all worthwhile.”

Scud (real name Danny Cheng Wan-Cheung) was born in mainland China during the Great Cultural Revolution and raised by his grandmother before moving to Hong Kong at the age of 13. He worked for multi-national companies, founded a publicly listed company, and acquired a bachelor’s degree thru part-time study. He then moved to Australia for a permanent residence. Realizing that he had fulfilled the dreams of others but not his own, he returned to Hong Kong in 2005 to start an independent film company, Artwalker, where he wrote and directed City without Baseball (2007), Permanent Residence (2008), Amphetamine (2009), Love Actually…Sucks! (2010), and Voyage (2012).

About Voyage
Young psychiatrist Ryo attempts to find catharsis by ruminating on the stories of his patients who have taken their own lives. While on a lone voyage off the coast of Southeast Asia, he writes about each patient, the film staging each of these vignettes in a beautiful surrealist landscape. As Ryo tries to find solace, he realizes that life and death are both part of the same great journey in this surprisingly playful meditation on depression.

About the Q Hugo Film Awards
Eleven films representing thirteen countries are competing for the inaugural Q Hugo Film Awards. The films were shown as part of OUT-Look, the Festival’s recently rebranded LGBTQ program. The Awards Ceremony will also feature live performances by World Music singer/songwriter Sandra Antongiorgi, the legendary Joel Hall Dancers and the reigning Miss Continental 2014 Naysha Lopez. Effen Vodka is the Lead Partner for the Q Hugo Film Awards; Center on Halsted, Lavazza Espression, Sidetrack, Stella Artois, Tres Generaciones® and the Windy City Media Group are the Evening Partners. Admission for this event is $20 and can be purchased online at www.chicagofilmfestival.com

The official Q Hugo Film Awards after-party will be held at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St.

The 49th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 10- 24. All film screenings will be at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.).  For a complete schedule of screenings, visit chicagofilmfestival.com.

Festival Sponsors
Led by Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago, the 49th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Official Airline – American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel – JW Marriott Chicago; Official Vehicle – Mercedes-Benz; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners: Illinois Office of Tourism and Intersites; Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Effen Vodka, WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: State Farm, AARP, Tres Generaciones®, Comcast, Allstate, Spotlight Cinema Networks, Casale del Giglio, Second City Computers, Shutterbox Entertainment, Gibson’s Restaurant Group, RL Restaurant, Creative Technology and Lavazza Espression.

About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.

After 22 years, “A Black Parent’s Handbook” is still empowering Black parents across America

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Back in 1990, after only two years of teaching in Brooklyn, NY and East Orange, NJ respectively, renowned educator, Baruti Kafele had the audacity to write a handbook for Black parents to assist them with educating their children. He entitled the book, A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children (Outside of the Classroom). He consequently left the classroom temporarily after his first two years of teaching to devote his life to getting A Black Parent’s Handbook into the hands of thousands of parents throughout the U.S. In 1992, he returned to the classroom but continued to devote a substantial amount of energy to promoting A Black Parent’s Handbook and it eventually became an Essence Magazine number one best seller in 2002. It is now in its 22nd year of empowering a whole new generation of Black parents.

Kafele says that the motivation for writing this book was that he was meeting and working with so many well-intentioned parents who wanted to assist their children through the educational process but simply didn’t know what to do or where to start. He frowns upon the notion that parents are not involved or don’t want to be involved in their children’s lives, educationally speaking. He instead asserts that parents absolutely want to be involved but are simply in need of strategies that they can easily and readily implement during the time that their children are at home.

A Black Parent’s Handbook is comprised of the following topics:

* Preparation for Success
* Reading for Success
* Setting Goals for Success
* Studying and Testing for Success
* Communicating for Success
* Collaborating for Success
* Distractions for Success

A Black Parent’s Handbook is not a long book – it’s only 74 pages. It’s not a difficult read either. Instead, it is a guide providing strategies and suggestions for parents to utilize toward the educational growth and development of their children and should be referred to regularly. Over the past 22 years, parents have shared with Kafele that they literally raised their children on the contents of this book.

At the core of A Black Parent’s Handbook is the chapter that addresses reading for success. Kafele has argued for the past 22 years that in education, we can have the best schools, best curriculum, best teachers and best teaching strategies, but if Black children are not being exposed to who they are, both historically and culturally, then we are spinning our wheels at best. He argues that when Black children are exposed to “who they are,” we increase the probability exponentially that they will have the will to strive for excellence because by exposing them to “their story,” we are essentially helping them to develop a purpose for learning, rooted in the greatness of who they are historically. Kafele says, “I want them to see and understand where they stand along the continuum of history to help them to better understand their roles in life moving forward.”

About The Author
Baruti Kafele, affectionately known as “Principal Kafele,” excelled as an urban public school educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech High School, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to being recognized by U.S. News and World Report three times as one of the best high schools in the United States. He is now a full-time national / international educational consultant. He is also the author of the books, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, and A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children.

About The Book
A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children / Price: $5.00 / ISBN: 0-9629369-0-1 / 74 pgs. / paperback / Baruti Publishing. For more details, visit www.principalkafele.com

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National Breast Cancer Month reveals new scam “Pinkwashing”, Better Business Bureau alerts donors & charities

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CHICAGO, IL – The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois joins other organizations worldwide with a warning about the practice known as “Pinkwashing”. During the month of October with greater attention being focused on Breast Cancer Awareness scammers, both businesses and individuals, also see this as an opportunity to rip-off donors who are trying to help in the battle against this disease.

As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month many businesses market “pink” products and services to support breast cancer charities and organizations. The widely recognized pink ribbon is not officially licensed by any group and because of that its use is no guarantee that a portion of your purchase is going to be used for research, awareness, or programs that support cancer victims or survivors.

“Pinkwashing or Pinkwashers are businesses that purposely misuse pink ribbon marketing to promote products and/or services that provide little or no benefit to breast cancer causes,” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “That’s why it is extremely important for donors to – think before they pink – or they could find that the dollars they chose to spend did nothing more than fill the coffers of or line the pockets of some less that scrupulous businesses or individuals.”

The BBB suggests donors:

  • Ask questions – Find out what percentage of the sale price will be donated and to which charity. Also ask if there is a cap on the donations or if a percentage will only be donated for a limited period of time.
  • Research the business – Go to www.bbb.org to check out their rating and history of consumer complaints with the BBB.
  • Confirm charity affiliation – If a business claims to be a sponsor of or donate proceeds to a particular charity, contact the charity to confirm the relationship. To be certain your donation get to the organization consider donating directly to the charity.

The Chicago Jungle and Its Pretentious Mistakes!

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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge & the PCC Internet Network

Through the years, there’s been a change in the mentalities of youth that has been duly noted! Some youth who without any spiritual consideration for life, are known to take the life of a human being without blinking an eye! It has become rather ill (sin-sick) when a young man or women can point a gun, pull the trigger, kill or wound a person, go home to eat and sleep well. This is despicable! However, it does exist in the great city of Chicago, a city now referred to as ‘The Murder Capitol’ of the United States. But then again – who’s concerned?

In such an advanced political city as Chicago, which is envied by many, there are striking skyscrapers, thriving businesses, a beautiful lake Michigan, over 5,500 policemen, but little is known as to who most perpetrators of crime are, nor where they live! Some say they are lost in the Chicago-jungle!

As a 36-year-old youngster, I was full of energy and served as an individual warrior whose spiritual sights were set against principalities and spiritual wickedness. Even at a young age, I noted that there were hidden hands that purposely gave the detrimental tools of drugs and other diabolical enhancements to youth on a silver platter! I saw vicious things that indicated our youth didn’t by chance become who they were, but they were subliminally taught criminal behavior!

Now, as I have past God’s promised years, the enemy (Satan) feels that I have grown rather old, and for me to serve in a new embattled warfare against crime and drugs would seen a bit much! I must confess that in my weariness my body has grown weak; however, my love for youth has grown stronger as the prayers of the believers have certainly helped to resurrect me!

As I relaxed spiritually, I had a chance to reflect and engage in meaningful communications with God.  With Him, I received fresh and invaluable orders for this massive warfare with the enemy! The enemy: Those who come without shame to rob, steal, kill and destroy, brazenly in the name of their master – Satan! And, yes, Satan comes seeking to devour our defenseless women and children…and the elders!

Beware that Satan come to take young men away from their women and children and enslave them to jails and prisons, thusly this often leaves a woman defenseless and open to being misused in devious ways by the unassuming enemy.

In secret the enemy will rob our children away from the arms of their parents, and in doing so he then feeds them drugs for comfort.  He cunningly instructs them as to the issues of hate and deceit, and introduces them as to the tools of criminal behavior!  In Satan’s approach to an uneducated youth, it gives him a large advantage.

It is important to know that Satan will recruit his prey, and then rock the victim in his cradle of stupidity. In these moves of entrapments, he then would have unbelievers to assume that the war against street crime is all but lost. I remind the believer that God has the last word and the victory in the end belongs to Him!

Watch: Satan has a hidden posture. His satanic powers are made visible in the daily murders displayed blatantly before the eyes of Chicagoans and the world! These overt crimes, mostly attributed to drugs were once committed in streets and alleyways, however, they are now committed with forced entry into loving homes.

These acts of satanic-aggressions are from the pit of hell and are committed with little response from City Hall! So the question should be, would these terrors acts take place if they were predicated on other than black folk?

Without question: If drugs and murder (in abundance) ever gripped the white communities… in a heartbeat they would quickly be dismantled! Why then allow such detrimental criminal behavior to flourish on the South and West sides of the city of Chicago?

I hasten to point out that the lack of viable solutions rest with Chicago elected powers-that-be! Solutions should be considered by those persons who have the city and state finances, and certainly the know-how as to common street knowledge in ingenious police directives… and with police personnel who are capable of lending expertise in city street demeanor

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hiring departmental assistance out of the city was by many considered a disaster! And, outside hiring indicated a lack of Chicago Police Department trust! This nationwide search was a disservice to those serving honestly from day-to-day and a heavy back-hand slap to policemen/women well acquainted with the streets and alleys of Chicago. Though by the book, this was a gigantic blunder by all concerned!

Mistakes can be remedied by a humbling attitude and a contrite heart. But Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a few City Council persons seem to have a vision for things that are of little interest to the community … this is commonly known as mislaid priorities!

Chicago is comprised of a large majority of Blacks and Hispanics! Hiring did not reflect an intelligent decision by the administration. Chicago Blacks and Hispanics believe they were overlooked and have mixed feeling about feeding into any solutions coming from outsiders who were hired.

After interviewing some of Chicago’s police staff, I was pleased to find that these knowledgeable  persons, Black and Hispanic, are graciously standing in the wings of the city with proper credentials for Chief-of-police and other positions lending to constructive change in the area of crime and drugs.

Mistakes can be remedied by those running the show to have a humbled attitude and a contrite spirit. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a few City Council members appear to be headed in a direction not representing the large majority population of voters.

Let’s not pretend any longer! Persons not of the African-American and Hispanic backgrounds (with the exception of a few) are less apt to know where the missing links are. Historically, and for many years, Caucasians had the lay of the land, and even now have advantage over the combination numbers which bring jobs and crime prevention into reality! They undeniably know where the political skeletons and hidden monies are buried. Many of the incumbents know (most times) how to pull the wool over the eyes of the public … without it ever being noticed!

We can’t forget the meter decision put in place under former Mayor Richard M. Daley. It is a clear and sad example as to how taxpayers along with their children and their children’s children will be enslaved with paying back what is owned. These enslavement matters were entrusted upon the city and the inhabitants thereof for hundreds of years to come.  Note that this action was done as the then political administrator took his seat to retire.

Take a long hard look at those swearing before God to help those they serve! Officials who were sworn to look after the affairs of the city, some apparently looked after themselves quite well! Who’s going to jail becomes the question! Who’s going to replace the dollars being raped from those who have for years scraped to save for retirement? Little is left to enjoy in the sun setting of life.

Taxpayers must awaken from this nightmare and discover that the foolish behaviors of those persons eating and sleeping well will continue. However, there is a solution – vote and bring about a drastic change…a positive meaningful change!

We must concern ourselves with whom we lift up before our children … especially when youth emulate what they see! As data (records) reflect, youth emulated the lives of grandiose politicians who are now serving serious time in prison! Question: Are there other elected officials waiting in the wings?

Grand conspiracy predicated on children at the 3rd and 4th grades: It is documented that at the 3rd and/or 4th grade, children are said to be in a pattern of not learning and as you would know, the absence of education means that the student is in preparation for the “criminal just us system”.

This, without a doubt, means that those in authority were and are… fully aware of the problem but have refused to fix it! This also indicates that those sitting on and overseeing the Illinois and Chicago school boards that govern children are also the problem!

Would you not stop a child from proceeding into a house when it’s burning down? Then why not stop a child heading toward the waiting rooms to hell, which is jail and prison? This is where we see the conspiracy…when you by the hundreds don’t aid a child when you can, it becomes an inside act of entrapment for ignorance! As I said a thousand times before… as youth drops out … that student will then drop into the justice system. The two systems appear to work hand in hand without any disruptions from the powers-that-be!

Undereducated Youth really don’t stand a ghost of a chance! They honestly don’t know that everybody is becoming the richer as a result of criminal behavior… well, everybody but them!  The perpetrators (defendant) of crime go into the bowels of the justice system laughing and joking, not knowing that he or she is pimping thousands of court/jail prison employees. All the result of ignorance! Yes, indeed, ignorance of a stupid and a not thought out crime! If the person (defendant) would have thought out what he or she was doing, more likely than not, they never would have committed the offense in the first place. Most of the time, the defendant is without an educational thought as to the consequences of their behavior. It’s called being stuck on stupid!

Wake up tax payers, there are meaningful and workable solutions! We must demand that viable solutions be implemented immediately for the sake of our community! Or, better still – importune those elders who know what, when and where!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the President of Probation Challenge and the PCC Internet Network.

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the Rev. Harold E. Bailey and not of CopyLine Magazine.

Illinois Ranks 7th for Most AIDS Cases in the U.S.

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The Time is Now – 22nd Annual Illinois HIV/STD Conference

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) are inviting health professionals to the 22nd Annual Illinois HIV/STD Conference, The Time is Now. The conference is an opportunity for HIV/STD care and prevention professionals to learn up-to-the-minute treatment information and cutting edge programming.

“We’ve done a lot of great work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and STDs, but until these diseases are eliminated, there’s still work to be done,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “Our annual HIV/STD conference is a great opportunity to learn about new innovations, programs and treatments, as well as share experiences among peers of what works and what doesn’t. The time truly is now, to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and STDs.”

Illinois has the 7th highest number of AIDS cases in the nation, with 39,844 reported cases of AIDS since 1980. Of those diagnosed with the disease, about 23,729 have died. Between 2008-2012, there was an 18 percent increase in the number of people living with AIDS in Illinois, with the most notable increase among Hispanic and “other” ethnicities.

There were 66 percent fewer deaths in 2012 compared to 2008. While many infected people are living longer, others are diagnosed when they are already in the end stage of the disease. The most notable decrease in the number of deaths between 2008-2012, was among heterosexuals (72 percent) and intravenous drug users (72 percent). Men who have sex with men (MSM) also experienced a decrease in the number of deaths, but at a lower rate (60 percent.)

Between 2008-2012, there was an overall 5 percent decrease in the number of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. However, the proportion of new diagnoses in men increased from 75 percent in 2008, compared to 83 percent in 2012. African Americans experienced the most notable decrease in the number of new cases diagnosed between 2008-2012.

Also between 2008-2012, there was an increase in the number of new cases diagnosed among people ages 5-12 years, and 20-19 years. People ages 13-19 years, and 40-59 years saw a decrease in the number of new diagnoses.

Sexually transmitted diseases are among the most common infectious diseases in the U.S. today. More than 20 STDs have been identified and they affect an estimated 19 million men and women in this country each year. The annual treatment cost of STDs in the U.S. is estimated to be in excess of $14 billion. During 2011, Illinois ranked 4th in the nation for the number of reported primary and secondary syphilis cases, 10th for reported gonorrhea cases and 11th for Chlamydia cases. During 2012, 67,701 cases of Chlamydia, 18,149 cases of gonorrhea and 803 cases of primary and secondary syphilis were reported to IDPH. Adolescents (15-19 years old) and young adults (20-24 years old) accounted for approximately three quarters of all reported Chlamydia cases and two thirds of gonorrhea cases.

For more information on HIV/AIDS and STD resources in Illinois, call the HIV/AIDS and STD hotline at 1-800-AID-AIDS (1-800-243-2437). Also use IDPH’s Text 2 Survive mobile service by texting IL + 5-digit ZIP Code to 36363 for the closest free, confidential HIV testing site. This service is also available in Spanish by texting CENTRO + 5-digit ZIP Code to 36363. For a list of STD diagnosis and treatment clinics in Illinois, please visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/std/ClinicsCounty.htm.

John W. Rogers, Jr., CEO of Ariel Investments, and others to be honored during Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Awards Dinner

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Whitney M. Young, Jr. and in support of local at-risk youth

CHICAGO, IL – To commemorate a life of service, the 5th annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Awards Dinner, hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Area Council, will honor John W. Rogers Jr. Chairman & CEO of Ariel Investments; Merri Dee, legendary radio and television personality and author of “Life Lesson on Faith, Forgiveness and Grace”; Craig Gilmore Entrepreneur, Chairman of 100 Black Men of Chicago and Gerald Peterson, retired partner, Winston & Strawn.

Joining the cause is General Co-Chair James W. Compton President & CEO, Retired, Chicago Urban League and General Co-Chair Greg Lewis, Attorney & Legal Instructor Legal Prep Charter Academy.

The event will be held Saturday, October 26th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Regency Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr., in Chicago.

Last year, this benefit funded Scouting programs for over 900 at-risk and low-income youth served by the Chicago Area Council.

Scoutreach is designed to bring programs that instill positive values and productive learning opportunities for our youth. Supporting this event makes it possible for underprivileged youth to stay off the street with regular programing and receive camperships and go to Owasippe Scout Reservation, the oldest Boy Scout camp in the nation. Field personnel can be funded through this program to start new Troops in areas where a need exists, but volunteers do not. Through the Boy Scouts, young people have an opportunity to become involved in positive activities, build lasting relationships with mentors and improve self-esteem as they develop into our future leaders.

Each year the Scoutreach Committee selects local leaders to be honored with a Service Award for the work they do in our community. The Service Award is named after Mr. Whitney M. Young, Jr. for his commitment to serving to improve the lives of African Americans across the country. Our local honorees have, in their own ways, lived up to the spirit of service by helping to prepare and inspire our children for life.

For online reservations please visit www.chicagobsa.org/whitneyyoung.

Branding opportunities and tables are available by contacting Dwayne Hunter at (312) 421-8800, ext. 242 or Dwayne.Hunter@scouting.org.

Whitney M. Young, Jr. was an educator and U.S. civil rights leader who spearheaded the drive for equal opportunity for African-Americans in industry and government during his 10 years as head of the National Urban League.

Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Area Council serves thousands of youth across the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs through traditional Scouting programs, Learning for Life and Exploring. The principle purpose of all Chicago Area Council programs are to instill positive values and prepare youth for life. To learn more, visit www.chicagobsa.org.

For more information contact: John F. Jones

Director of Field Services/COO, Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Area Council

Phone: 312-421-8800 ext. 234

Email: John.jones@scouting.org

“Ban in Five Countries”: Riveting New Poetry Anthology Gives Eulogy to Self-Destructive Civilization

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Written by A.C. Skipper, ‘Ban in Five Countries’ gives an entertaining send-off to a society that is on the downhill side of history. Designed to be an oral interpretation tool, Skippers’ unique work is poised to resonate with readers around the world.

Miami Beach, FL – While millions think it, author A.C. Skipper isn’t afraid to publically announce that society is on a downward spiral and that civilization’s best days are long gone. In fact, Skipper is taking his beliefs one step further by using his latest book release to give an official eulogy to our self-destructive society.

Everything is exposed in ‘Ban in Five Countries’ – a book that’s as entertaining and emotive as it is important.


Suffused with amusing, some pros, and several adventurous vignettes, ‘Ban in Five Countries’ is a poetry anthology that is divided into three sections. These sections comprise pieces designed as oral interpretation tools. Several pieces in this collection are sonnets and adhere to that structure.

Though several foul words are injected randomly within the pages of this book, they are purposely done to pry open the awareness of the readers while introducing different characters. A eulogy to a self-destructive civilization on the downhill side of history, this book is woven to make anyone angry, laugh, and above all, touch their hearts.

Readers can learn many things from the pieces of this collection. ‘Ban in Five Countries’ will not only amuse, it will also inspire its readers about life and many other subjects.

As the author explains, his book pays homage to all of humankind.

“Readers will close the last page having learned plenty about themselves and feeling inspired to learn more about the many topics I cover. My work attempts to touch on all that we are and how little time we have. Life is short -eat dessert first!” says Skipper.

Continuing, “Every reader will experience a rollercoaster of emotions yet come out feeling enriched and invigorated. There really is no other book that looks at civilization from this perspective and therefore, everyone needs to read it.”

Critics praise the author for the diligent attempts he is taking to change the lives of others. With the book’s popularity set to rapidly increase, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible.

‘Ban in Five Countries’, published by Xlibris, is available now: http://amzn.to/1cvjTXM.

For more information, visit the book’s official website: http://baninfivecountries.com.

About the Author:

A.C. Skipper was born in Miami Beach Fl. 10/17/45

Arrived on the planet within a month or so of the first nuclear bomb detonation. He was raised in Texas City Texas just a few months after the Monsanto dock detonation

He was educated in California at USC 3 degrees all speech related. Studied under Dr. Dale Drum and Dr. Karl Anatol. The author spent 4 years in the Coastguard. Stationed on a gun boat He was an air traffic controller(long before GPS) on a weather vessel. USCGC Minitonka.

Skipper became an off shore Crane operator, Good pay. The job was a dangerous adventure and He could take as much time off as he wished. At that point he began to travel and sail and work.

He has owned at least 20 boats, mostly sail. he has sailed the entire continental US and most of Mexico.

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