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National NAACP Chair Refuses to Oppose Racism

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By Joey Matthews, Richmond Free Press

RICHMOND, Va. -The national chair of the NAACP is refusing to denounce racism.

Roslyn M. Brock is refusing to call for the Washington professional football team to change its racist nickname that is derogatory to Native Americans.

She also is vice president for advocacy and government relations with Bon Secours Health System Inc. And she refuses to criticize Bon Secours over a discriminatory partnership it entered into with the Washington football team, which has a white supremacist ownership history.

Rather than take a stand on the racism issue, Ms. Brock stated she had turned the Jim Crow issue over to the “NAACP General Counsel,” the Richmond Branch NAACP and the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP. She also stated that she had “shared the information with the leadership of Bon Secours Health System in Richmond.”

The two corporate giants – Bon Secours and the Washington pro football – agreed to a deal that denied black businesses and other local businesses this summer the opportunity to receive vendor contracts inside the team’s new taxpayer-supported training facility in Richmond.

Ms. Brock, 48, refused to take a direct stand on the Washington team’s nickname and the discriminating vending policy more than a month after receiving a Sept. 27 letter from Raymond H. Boone, the editor/publisher of the Richmond Free Press, which has banned the racist nickname from its news and editorial columns.

She still refused to take a stand after receiving a Nov. 1 email from Mr. Boone, urging her to speak out against the racist nickname and the football team’s vending policy that allowed the selection of the super-rich football team’s corporate vendors over black and other local vendors in Richmond.

Ms. Brock’s refusal to denounce the racist nickname and the discriminatory vending policy comes on the heels of her acceptance of the 2012 Leadership Award from the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association, a trade association of black-owned newspapers, in recognition of her “fierce” advocacy of social justice.

In his Nov. 1 email to Ms. Brock, Mr. Boone stated her failure to denounce the racism “raises the unavoidable question of whether Bon Secours is restricting you from living up to your responsibility to honor the NAACP mission?”

In a tepid four-paragraph email response a little more than three hours later, Ms. Brock called the racist nickname and vending policy a “local” matter. She stated the Virginia NAACP, led by Executive Director King Salim Khalfani, and the Richmond Branch NAACP, should “handle” the matters. She also stated she was forwarding the discrimination complaints to the NAACP general counsel for review. It was in this email that she also stated she had informed Bon Secours.

In stark contrast, Mr. Khalfani has consistently and boldly protested the racist Washington nickname and the discriminatory training camp policy. “I don’t use their nickname and the recalcitrance that has been shown about changing that racist name is unacceptable,” he stated in the Oct. 10-12 edition of the Free Press.

In the Sept. 27 letter to Ms. Brock, Mr. Boone also shared with her Bon Secours’ contradictory stated “good help” mission to “build a better Richmond for all citizens,” while partnering with the Washington team and city government. The name of the training camp includes the names of Bon Secours and the derogatory nickname of the football team owned by Daniel Snyder, who vows he will never change the name.

“This Bon Secours decision disgracefully enhanced Richmond’s shameful reputation as ‘The Capital of Poverty,’ with 25 percent of Richmond’s population suffering in poverty,” Mr. Boone wrote.

“I would greatly appreciate your guidance on how to deal … with the unquestionable hypocrisy of Bon Secours in Richmond,” Mr. Boone stated in the letter. “I look to hear from you with a sense of urgency commensurate with your commitment to the NAACP mission,” he stated, adding: “In the interest of fairness and the image of the NAACP, I respectfully suggest that you respond.”

Ms. Brock did not hesitate to respond to this email. A little more than three hours later, she responded with her email response to the query, but maintained her silence on the racism issue.

A graduate of Richmond’s Virginia Union University, Ms. Brock is the youngest elected national NAACP chair and only the fourth woman to serve in the post in the organization’s 104-year history. She was elected as chair in 2010.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not of CopyLine Magazine.

Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore votes on first budget during his tenure on Cook County Board

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$3.2 billion 2014 Cook County Budget passes unanimously with 17-0 vote

CHICAGO, IL – The newest member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Stanley Moore (D-4th), along with the other 16 Cook County Commissioners, unanimously passed President Toni Preckwinkle’s $3.2 billion 2014 budget. It is the second time in four years that the Cook County budget has been passed with a 17-0 vote.

This was Commissioner Moore’s (D-4th) first experience with Cook County’s budgeting process. “Being new to the County Board, I am pleased to say that through collaboration with the different departments, agencies, and elected officials, we didn’t leave the burden of the shortfall of budget on the shoulders of taxpayers of Cook County,” said Commissioner Moore (D-4th).

The budget contains no new taxes, fees or fines due in large part to cost saving from CountyCare, the Medicaid expansion program under Affordable Care Act.

Commissioner Moore (D-4th) added,” We are making critical investments in our public safety systems and public health systems, which has been a priority of mine since I’ve assumed office.”
Cook County will increase its funding of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center by $9 million. This increase in funding will help alleviate the potential increase at the JTDC from the “Raise the Age” legislation that rose the age of minors from 17 to 18 years old.

In June, the County reported a preliminary budget deficit of $152 million. The County expects to close the gap with a projected increase of $16.5 million in tax revenues; Medicaid reimbursements to Cook County Health and Hospital Systems of $86.5 million; and $10.5 million in other savings throughout the County health system.

Commissioner Stanley Moore (D-4th) was appointed Cook County Commissioner of the fourth district in April 2013. The fourth district of Cook County includes all or parts of the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 18th, and 21st Wards in the City of Chicago as well as some or all of Lansing, Calumet City, South Holland, Burnham, Dolton, and Evergreen Park in suburban Cook County.

LiquidSpill.com bolsters executive leadership amidst tremendous growth

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Jerome Riley tapped as Director of Operations to oversee company expansion

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — LiquidSpill.com announced today that Jerome Riley has been newly appointed as Director of Operations. While Riley’s experience with production design and process manufacturing will help guide LiquidSpill’s recent growth, his focus will also be on further streamlining company operations while maximizing overall efficiency.

Riley brings over twenty years experience to LiquidSpill, most recently as Production Supervisor at Elastec, Inc., the largest manufacturer of oil spill and environmental equipment in North America. His accomplishments include collaboration on the successful management of five domestic and international expansion projects, as well as the smooth transition of several key mergers and acquisitions.

“Jerome really stood out during our search due to his strong operational and production experience,” said LiquidSpill CEO, Aaron Anson. “His addition to the management team will help ensure we continue our multi-year track record of growth.”

Riley’s operational and fiscal expertise will help leverage those growth opportunities as the company reaches a critical stage in bringing its specialized MacBook repair enterprise to the broader marketplace. Rather than replacing the logic board completely, as is common industry practice, LiquidSpill maintains a state-of-the-art repair facility where a team of Apple-certified technicians identifies specific components damaged by liquid, then repairs or replaces just those components. The notebooks are returned with an industry leading, full one-year warranty.

“We are constantly refining our process, always focused on providing the best service for our customers. LiquidSpill is privileged to harness Jerome’s skill in making sure we can meet our business goals while continuing to grow our capacity,” said CEO Anson.

About LiquidSpill:

LiquidSpill.com by Expert Mac Repair, Inc., is a global provider of repair services for liquid damaged MacBooks with headquarters in Washington, DC. Through its specialized technology, LiquidSpill has become the leader in liquid-damaged Macbook solutions, with the website providing an easy to use module for customer to set-up a repair or chat directly with a customer service technician.

For more information, please visit www.LiquidSpill.com or call 1-855-WET-MACS.

Photo Caption: Jerome Riley, newly appointed Director of Operations

Chicagoans to protest Ventra at CTA Budget Hearing

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CHICAGO, IL – More than 100 people are expected at the Chicago Transit Authority’s budget hearing on Tuesday to protest new privatized payment system Ventra.

“Ventra has caused problems for hundreds of thousands of Chicago-area residents and they want to speak out. Additionally, many of us are against privatization of public services like the CTA, and others are further troubled by the fact that Cubic, Ventra’s parent company, is a military contractor and surveillance provider,” said Megan Groves, one of the organizers of this protest. “In this age of American anger at NSA spying on U.S. citizens, I can’t believe that the city of Chicago would want to associate itself with such a company.”

People will gather outside for a brief rally, and then enter at 6PM to share their Ventra-related experiences and opinions at the hearing.

The Facebook event for this protest can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/597362923658804

Simon pushing for bold solutions to education funding fairness at Champaign public hearing

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CHAMPAIGN, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today will urge stakeholders, lawmakers and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to work together to pursue a bold, long-term solution to the structural problems of the state school funding system at an ISBE public budget hearing being held at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign, IL, November 12, at 4 p.m.

“The current system is unsustainable and unfair,” said Simon. “We have to ensure that all of our students can learn and thrive through a fair and equitable education funding model.”

The second of five planned public hearings conducted by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Champaign meeting is aimed at soliciting ideas and recommendations from local community members on education funding priorities for K-12 in the upcoming fiscal year. ISBE is also encouraging resident to voice their opinions and thoughts on the state’s current funding formula. ISBE is currently working with the Illinois Senate Education Funding Advisory Committee to examine statewide education funding distribution. Testimony from the public hearings will be shared with the Senate committee as it works to prepare recommendations on an equitable and transparent funding system by February 2014.

According to a Rutgers University study, Illinois has the second largest funding disparity between well funded and poorly funded schools, and is one of the lowest in the nation in terms of state spending on public education in relation to state wealth.  Simon is backing a long-term solution to school funding that will reduce inequities and build up to adequate funding. Simon will discuss ideas to revise funding formulas to help low-income and rural communities, examine the possibility of creating a constitutional amendment designating education as a fundamental right, and explore the possibility of ISBE seeking legislative authority to modify the state aid formulas when funding falls short.

Simon serves as the state’s point person on education reform. In this capacity, Simon is working to increase the proportion of working-age adults with college degrees or certificates to 60 percent by 2025. As chair of the 25-member Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, Simon is also working to improve the delivery of state services and education opportunities to rural Illinois.

An Evening of Shakespeare’s Sonnets!

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Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents The Young Performers’ Sonnet Slam Contest at Illinois Wesleyan University, Hansen Center, Wednesday, November 20, at 7 P.M.

An Evening of Shakespeare’s Sonnets! Students from area high schools will compete by reciting Shakespearean Sonnets for a three-judge panel. The Festival has spent the fall working with area students in preparation of the event. All contestants have advanced from an in-school contest.

A sonnet is a poem consisting of fourteen lines; Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets about love, beauty, and time which were published and widely distributed during his lifetime.

The event is FREE – No reservations are needed. Free Parking!

Hansen Student Center, 300 Beecher St., Bloomington, Illinois on Illinois Wesleyan University’s campus.

This program is partially supported by Target.

New Web Site fills void for women over 35

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Media Veterans Launch FierceforBlackWomen.com

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Finally, there’s a place for fierce women to connect on the web. FierceforBlackWomen.com is part of an exciting new digital network that is filling a void in the media landscape by captivating busy, dynamic black women in the prime of their lives.

Making its debut on Nov. 11, Fierce celebrates the joys of life as a black woman in ways that acknowledge their unique culture, while offering the latest advice on staying “healthy, fit and fabulous.”

Fierce was created for black women by black women, led by veteran journalists who are experts in health, fitness and social media. Editor-in-Chief Sheree Crute is an award-winning journalist with decades of experience exploring health and medicine in books, magazines and online. Publisher Yanick Rice Lamb is an award-winning journalist with three decades of experience successfully launching digital and print media platforms.

“We are the only site with a commitment to investigative reporting, hard news, fact-based consumer reporting and fascinating features on the health needs and interests of black women,” Crute said.

“Our target audience is 35 and older, but also includes younger women who aspire to be fierce,” Lamb added. “This is an underserved, but vibrant market that has been eagerly awaiting something like this. Whether they are 35 or 55, women want to look good and feel good every day.”

The Fierce Woman is a key driver of black buying power,i which is expected to reach $1.3 trillion by 2017. Black women alone account for $500 billion. As part of the most successful, highly educated and independent generation of black women in history, the Fierce woman makes every effort to live a full, rich, balanced life that cannot be defined by narrow stereotypes. She has arrived or is striving to fulfill her dreams, because she’s proactive.

Determined to be in charge of her health, she is in search of real-life solutions to wellness and fitness in ways that resonate with her culture, her heritage, her world. Pre-launch response has been positive with women describing Fierce as “beautiful” or “engaging, inspiring, necessary.”

Solution-oriented with upbeat tone, the site will also offer content on fitness, nutrition, beauty, finances, healthy travel, spirituality and great relationships. Fierce will be accessible online, on cell phones or on tablets. Early partners include the National Black Women’s Health Imperative, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.

FierceforBlackWomen.com – it’s just what women have been waiting for!

To learn more about FierceForBlackWomen.com, visit www.fierceforblackwomen.com. To schedule an interview with the founders, Yanick Rice Lamb and Sheree Crute, contact kt@taylormademediapr.com, 917-509-3061.

Photo Caption: Web site screen shot

Reo Speedwagon set to rock Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, January 18 at 8 P.M.

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Tickets on sale Friday, November 8 at 10 a.m.

Hit-Filled Performance to Feature Fan-Favorites “Keep On Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Take It On the Run” and Many More

ROSEMONT, IL – REO SPEEDWAGON will bring its classic hits to the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, as the multi-platinum group comes to Rosemont on Sat., Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. The upcoming concert will feature a hit-filled set boasting such fan-favorites such as “Keep On Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Take It On the Run” and many more.

Formed in Champaign, Illinois in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records.  REO Speedwagon’s timeless smash-hit, the nine-time certified platinum Hi Infidelity, spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot, with six tracks making the Billboard charts. Thirty–plus years later, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) keep thrilling concert audiences.

Tickets for this performance go on sale Friday, November 8 at 10 a.m.  Reserved tickets are available at www.RosemontTheatre.com, the Rosemont Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations or via phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets are $27.50 to $77 including a $2 facility fee. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at  8:00 p.m. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.  Visit www.RosemontTheatre.com for up-to-date information.

Frontiers Records will release of Live at Moondance Jam – REO Speedwagon’s hit-filled performance from the country’s premier classic rock festival, Moondance Jam on November 19. Recorded at the Walker, Minnesota festival in high-definition, Live at Moondance Jam, puts the band’s brilliant showmanship on display as the veteran rockers blast through 13 of their best-loved songs. Live At Moondance Jam will be available in both Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) formats.

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