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Archive for November 21st, 2013

NBCI Condemns all major Latino Organizations who were silent on Trayvon Martin Verdict

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Says Double Standard Will Stop Black Support on Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African American churchgoers, is mystified and shocked at the Latino community refusal to condemn the George Zimmerman verdict, it light of its lobbying our community to support comprehensive immigration reform. We view their silence as hatred towards our community, and morally we cannot support them in their endeavor. This condemnation is specific to major Latino leadership, as we well know that many of our other Latino brothers and sisters supported Trayvon and his family during their strife. Those leaders must be called to the carpet for their blatant disregard for our community’s strife.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “We are saddened, hurt, and beyond disrespected by the eloquence of their silence. If we do not hear that they have condemned the verdict within seven days of this press release, we will urge our 34,000 churches to call Congress stating that they will not support a comprehensive immigration bill. I expected such silence from the white church, but not from someone who needs our support to secure their future in this country.”

You will not have it both ways! You will not want us to use our vast political power to grant you citizenship under a comprehensive immigration bill and then not speak to the injustice taken out on our young men across this country. How hypocritical of all major Latino organizations on this issue. You will not treat us as second class citizens in our own country in which you are a visitor and illegal. We are fighting for your dignity, yet when one of your own kill our young you say absolutely nothing .The church is a place where healing can take place. The Latino churches did not invite the black church of an opportunity for prayer and reconciliation. The Latino social and the religious organizations, just like the white church, ran and were scared to speak powerfully against the continued injustice towards the African American community.

The NAACP, the Urban League and the Congressional Black Caucus do not speak for the black church on this issue. We will not support a comprehensive bill as long as Latino social and religious leadership remains silent on the Trayvon Martin verdict. If need be, we will join with those forces to stop that bill cold in the House of Representatives. The Latino community will not treat us with the disrespect and indifference that we already experience from too many others.

Rev. Sheldon Williams, President of the Black Religious Broadcasters, says “our 10,000 broadcasters find it hard to believe the double standard that the Latino organizations continue to exhibit to the African American community when they need our support for comprehensive immigration bills. They will not receive our support until they speak eloquently and condemn the Trayvon Martin verdict.”

About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

British Deputy Ambassador to visit youth technology project in Englewood

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – On Thursday, November 21st , Patrick Davies, British Deputy Ambassador to the US, will be visiting Teamwork Englewood to meet with students who participate in Englewood Codes.

Englewood Codes launched this year as a 10-week summer project to teach local teens how to write HTML, CSS and JavaScript to build their own websites from scratch.

Of particular interest to the Deputy Ambassador is the program’s use of the Raspberry Pi, a credit-card-sized computer designed by the UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation. The foundation created the Raspberry Pi to promote computer science education among youth.

To raise funds to purchase supplies and equipment for the project – including a Raspberry Pi for each student - Teamwork Englewood turned to crowdfunding site Kickstarter. By the end of their 45 day campaign, Teamwork Englewood raised more than $10,000.

A total of 25 teens participated in the Englewood Codes 10-week summer program. The next session of Englewood Codes, a week-long code camp, will take place during the CPS winter break.

Event:

British Deputy Ambassador

Date:

Thursday November 21st

Time:

9:45-10:30am

Location:

Teamwork Englewood

815 W 63rd St., 2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60621

Madigan calls on U.S. House of Representatives to pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to bring to a vote the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and extend anti-discrimination protections to the millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans across the country.

Madigan and 13 other attorneys general sent a letter this week to Boehner urging him to act following passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate earlier this month.
If enacted, the law would provide important protections against discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans and prohibit employers from discriminating against their employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“No one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation,” Madigan said.  “As we make strides on marriage equality in Illinois and across the country, we also must put an end to discrimination in the workplace for these millions of Americans. I urge members of the House of Representative to follow the Senate’s lead.”

Attorney General Madigan was a strong supporter of a change to Illinois’ Human Rights Act in 2005 to prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And Madigan has long advocated that the same protections be provided at the federal level. In 2009, she testified before the U. S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee urging lawmakers to follow Illinois’ lead and pass ENDA to extend these important protections and promote tolerance and equality across the country.

Joining Madigan in sending the letter were the attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Black owned Complementary Health Care Company offers ways to reduce health care costs…and pays people to be healthy

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Sacramento, CA (BlackNews.com) — It’s a new day in the health care industry. Obesity, chronic ailment and disease are at an all-time high. Medical costs are skyrocketing. Unemployment rates bobble at the surface of unacceptably high numbers. The price gap between unhealthy and healthy foods continues to grow. The American public await – some eagerly and others apprehensively – an unknown fate with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

In these uncertain times a new complementary health care company enters the scene, offering its subscribers financial incentives to be healthy.

Design engineer for an international technology company Damon J. Smith founded Souletics, LLC, after witnessing many of his formerly athletic peers succumb to heart disease and other preventable illnesses. Himself a former professional football player turned professional motocross racer, over the years he has maintained elite athleticism and optimal health through nutrition, exercise and integrative medicine.

“The health statistics for African Americans are staggering,” says Smith, “but these numbers can be turned around. I’ve been blessed with access to top notch trainers and training facilities, nutritionists, and professionals in alternative healing, and I’ve found that staying healthy is 80% information, 10% will power, and 10% financial resources. So I started Souletics to fill the void and provide exceptional resources in all of these areas.”

The company offers informational and inspirational content, coupled with business training and an opportunity to gain residual commissions by sharing the service with others. Smith says he wanted to provide a means for people to not only become healthy, inspired and educated, but also to become financially healthy. With an online resource center, monthly digital magazine, home fitness program and business opportunity, the company aims to make it simple and profitable for subscribers to achieve optimal health and wellness in every area of life.

“If you’re stressed and financially strapped, chances are you won’t go the extra mile to exercise and seek out healthy foods, and down the line your body will pay the price,” adds Smith. “But if you have financial incentive to eat right and take care of yourself, that changes the game.”

According to Smith, he’s spent the past year putting everything in place to ensure the integrity of the company’s data and payment systems. This month he’ll “pre-launch” the company using crowdfunding web site RocketHub in order to gain momentum and prepare for maximum growth potential.

“A lot of work has gone into this vision,” the campaign reads, “but we’re asking for your help to spread the message and share the opportunity with those who need it most. We’ve created a variety of crowd funding options with low price points to get off the ground quickly and reach as many people as possible. Together we can make 2014 the year we reduce our dependence on the health care system!”

For more information, visit www.Souletics.com or contact customerservice@souletics.com

Visit their crowdfunding page on RocketHub at: www.rockethub.com/projects/35086-preventive-health-care-that-pays-get-paid-to-be-healthy-with-souletics

Photo Caption: Souletics – The Company that Pays you to be Healthy!


Better Business Bureau Warning – Midwest Storm and Tornado Victims Beware

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Homeowners and businesses that have been affected by the severe storms and tornadoes on Sunday, November 17th need to be cautious to not become victims of unscrupulous contractors, says the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB).

The intense storms and tornadoes swept through the Midwest, causing at least six deaths and 37 injuries. Homeowners and businesses are devastated by their losses and are in a rush to get their lives back together.


“There will be unethical businesses trying to take advantage of storm victims,” said Steve J Bernas, president & CEO of the BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “While there is a strong sense of urgency and stress, we encourage consumers and business owners to choose their contractors wisely and not rush into making expensive decisions that could make this hard time worse.”


The Better Business Bureau provides a FREE online service called Request a Quote to find local BBB Accredited contractors you can trust at www.bbb.org

Here are some tips that should be considered if your home or business has been damaged due to storms:

  • Do research – contact the BBB before you hire a contractor and avoid businesses that come to your door with a good deal.
  • Request bids from two or three different companies.
  • Base all bids on the same criteria.
  • Don’t automatically pick the lowest bid.
  • Do not give into demands to make excessively large down payments and don’t make full payment until all the work is done to your satisfaction.
  • Determine whether the contractor has the proper insurance.
  • Ask to see any required state or local permits or licenses.
  • Work with contractors who have a verifiable track record.
  • Homeowners should check with local and county units of government to determine if permits or inspections are required.
  • Get all estimates in writing.
  • In Illinois, for repairs that cost $1000 or more, contractors must provide homeowners with a signed contract.

For further information on hiring a contractor visit www.bbb.org

Urban League honors Publisher Munson Steed with Innovator Award

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Las Vegas Urban League hosts Equal Opportunity Day hosted by Malik Yoba


Las Vegas, NV (BlackNews.com) — The Las Vegas Urban League held its annual fundraiser EQUAL OPPORTUNITY DAY (EOD) Community Luncheon on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Las Vegas Urban League’s president and CEO Kevin E. Hooks honored entrepreneur and visionary Munson Steed with the Innovator of the Year Award.

Munson Steed is the CEO of Steed Media Group, a multimedia company that includes 15-year-old publication, Rolling Out – the largest chain of free African American-owned weekly newspapers in the country. “Munson Steed was given the Innovator Award for his accomplishments in transforming his company from a single newspaper into a full-fledged media content development company. Steed has taken a newspaper product and transformed it from one newspaper to an entire chain. As technology advanced, he transformed rolling out from a national print publication to the largest transformed web destination for a print publication conversions, while still reaching two million people a month at RollingOut.com,” explained Las Vegas Urban League president Kevin Hooks.

“This Innovator Award distinguishes Steed on his accomplishments spearheading his company to create content for national companies like Home Depot, Toyota and Ford. It is this type of innovation Steed has recognized that given the opportunity visionaries do exist. The Innovator Award is for those distinguishing themselves by surviving in a competitive world while thriving through innovation and professional perseverance,” Hooks said. Munson Steed accepted the award from board members of the National Urban League of Las Vegas.

Keynote speaker Dr. Dennis Kimbro ranked among the top university professors in the nation and has authored several books including Think & Grow Rich: A Black Choice and The Wealth Choice.” The luncheon’s host was actor Malik Yoba. Entertainment was provided by young violinist Brandon Summers; and soprano Lillian Roberts and Mexican tenor Marco Varela performed a duet at the event’s close.

Las Vegas Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the oldest social services and advocacy provider in the nation with 103 years of history, and approximately 80 affiliates in 35 states including the District of Columbia.

Photo Caption: Las Vegas Urban League president Kevin Hooks and Steed Media Group CEO Munson Steed

Northwestern Medicine and Kohl Children’s Museum present Science Fridays

Posted by Admin On November - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Glenview, IL – Northwestern Medicine’s Glenview Outpatient Center and Kohl Children’s Museum have partnered to host a new children’s educational series called Science Fridays.  Northwestern physicians and museum staff provide live demonstrations about topics such as eyesight, our senses and breathing, and lead children in hands-on activities to help them learn through experimentation and question and answer.

“At Science Fridays, Northwestern physicians guide the children through activities to help them learn through play,” said Micah J. Eimer, MD, FACC, a cardiologist and the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center.  “We’re very excited to interact with children and their caregivers in the fun and engaging environment of the Kohl Children’s Museum.”

Science Fridays is offered every other Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Adventures in Art exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum at 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview.  Physicians who will lead the discussions include primary care physicians and specialists based at the Glenview Outpatient Center at 2701 Patriot Boulevard.

“Science Fridays represents one of our most visible and successful avenues for engaging our visitors in scientific thinking at a very young age,” said Sheridan Turner, president and chief executive officer of the Kohl Children’s Museum. “This wonderful partnership with Northwestern Medicine immerses children in making observations, constructing hypotheses, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. These hands-on experiments can also show caregivers how to make science more accessible and less threatening.”

To learn more about Science Fridays, visit www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/northwestern-medicine-science-fridays or www.northwesternmedicine.org/glenview.

About Northwestern Medicine®
Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare.  It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

About Kohl Children’s Museum
In recognition for its outstanding exhibits and impact on Chicago land families, Kohl Children’s Museum was recently named one of the country’s Ten Best Children’s Museums by Parents Magazine. The Museum was ranked sixth out of more than 300 children’s museums nationwide and was the only Chicago area museum recognized.

Offering 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children age’s birth to 8, the Museum’s mission is to encourage young children to become effective learners through self-directed complex play. Kohl Children’s Museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., in Glenview, Ill. at the corner of Patriot Blvd. and W. Lake Ave. in the newly redeveloped area known as The Glen. The Museum can be easily reached by public transportation, including Pace bus and Metra trains.

For more information, visit the Museum’s website at www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org or call (847) 832-6600. The Museum is open on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Special members-only hours are from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Admission prices are $9.50 for children and adults and $8.50 for senior citizens. Children under 1 year old and members are free.

Illinois Commission fights for equal services in black community

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IAAFC seeks to end ‘trauma deserts’

By Chinta Strausberg

The Illinois Commission to End Disparities Facing the African American Community (IAAFC) held a town hall meeting late Tuesday night at the Brothers Keepers Outreach Church, 283 East 14th Street in Chicago Heights, IL where sponsors of the event were able to take a “snapshot” of a myriad of problems Blacks face in Illinois.

Chief Apostle William McCoy a commissioner of the IAAFC and pastor of the Brothers Keepers Outreach Church, quoted Rev. Willie Cotton, president of the Baptists Pastor’s Union Chicago Vicinity, “We’re better together when different organizations, state department heads, senators and representatives come together to gather our testimonies, feeling the pulse of the community and have a mind to go back and serve our people.”

And that is what Public Act 097-0360 headed by IAAFC executive director Michael A. Holmes, Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd) and Rep. Monique D. Davis (D-27th) are attempting to do—gather data on the black community in an effort to document the problems and come up with solutions.

Scores of people like Pat Samuels, a member of the Cottage Grove Heights Community Coalition and a member of McCoy’s church, is asking the commission to investigate the public schools she says are separate and unequal in the quality of programs. Rep. Davis said 49 percent of black youth drop out of school, which creates a bevy of social and economic ills.

Others who testified before the IAAFC were ministers and laypersons who complained about the lack of contract opportunities, front companies, broadband exclusion to the black community, financial help for non-profit organizations and “trauma deserts” problems they face every day.

Not surprised at the myriad of complaints and concerns of those who testified, Senator Hunter said, “These problems have existed in our community for so many years. It’s not only in Chicago but also throughout the state of Illinois and the country. We’re holding these hearings so we can get the information.”

Hunter said when they try to make changes in Springfield; they are always asked, “where’s your proof.” “That is why Rep. Davis and I created this commission to hold hearings to gather the information based on conversations.”

Their report is due on December 31, 2013. While this deadline ends the life of the IAAFC, Hunter said some members of the commission, which was created January of 2012, are considering a bill to extend this body to 2015. The commissioners are not compensated, but they continue to push for equal services like that of trauma centers for the South Side of Chicago.

And, leading that charge are both Hunter and Davis. Hunter blames the closure of trauma centers in the black community on the lack of profits and the high cost of operating these facilities.  That is why Hunter held a hearing at the Michael Bilandic Building, 160 No. LaSalle St., on Wednesday where others demanded trauma centers on the South Side of Chicago. “They began to close down trauma centers in 1998 because they could no longer make profits. Everything is about money…,” said Hunter.

“There are Level One and Level Two trauma centers,” said Hunter. “Level One cost $27 million a year just to operate…very expensive,” she said referring to the number of car accident and gunshot victims transported there. A Trauma Two trauma center means you have less skilled physicians and staff.” She said depending on the type of injury a Level Two trauma center might not be able to accommodate that patient.

Currently, Senator Hunter said there are many gunshot victims on the South and West Sides of Chicago but if a person is shot on the South Side they are taken to Cook County’s Stroger Hospital which sometimes result in the patient dying. “It’s a big problem,” Hunter said. “Bring the trauma centers where the problems are,” said Davis referring to the south side of Chicago.

The other trauma centers are Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center located in Oak Lawn. The latter two hospitals are closer to South Side victims but Hunter said they are usually on bypass resulting in the victim being taken to Stroger Hospital. “What we have in Chicago are trauma deserts, and I want some answers,” said Hunter.

Rep. Davis said the hearings “are proof that these disparities do exist and hopefully our commission will help us develop legislation, pass laws, change some policies to help eliminate some of them.” As an example, Davis said many employers are appealing unemployment claims that disproportionately affecting African Americans. The IAAFC is seeking answers to this growing problem. “No one is actively looking at what people are doing.”

Other problems, Davis said are children being placed in DCFS and the move to given them drugs even though family members object. “We need to stop it,” she said. In answer questions about the lack of jobs for blacks, Davis said there is another problem of African Americans failing drug tests. She question the validity of training a person for a job but failing to teach them about the affects drugs will have on their chance of employment.

“This commission came out of the legislation I passed in 2010 called the “Disproportionate Justice Impact Study” that dealt with the disproportionate number of African Americans who were incarcerated, explained Senator Hunter.

She took some of the findings and recommendations and turned them into legislation. “One of the recommendations was to deal with disparities, and another one dealt with racial inequities” resulting in creating a task force that ended last year. Referring to the IAAFC, Hunter said, “This is the last piece of the findings and recommendations that came out of the Disproportionate Justice Impact Study.”

Sharron Matthews, assistant director of the Illinois Department of  Healthcare and Family Services, said, the commission was created under the auspices of Senator Hunter and Rep. Davis.  “They are going around the state taking testimonies. We are taking a snapshot of the problems in the African American community and to come up with resources and solutions so we can help make lives of the millions of blacks who live in Illinois.”

Senator Hunter said she and Rep. Davis would hold another hearing early next year in Springfield.

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.

Infographics: Getting Your Message Across With Pizzazz

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SoapBox Rants

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

Looking for some interesting and non-boring ways to get your message across? Then you should try infographics. Maybe you’ve never heard of them before, but more likely than not you’ve seen them. They’re popping up all over the place and getting a lot of attention to boot. You can find many examples of infographics by doing a search on your favorite search engine. They range from simple to very elaborate graphic designs. The trend seems to be use of large text, charts, maps, colors and icons/graphics.

If you choose to do one, the best way to approach the project is by starting with a plan. Secondly, research and gather facts about your organization. Then choose 2 to 3 points of focus. You don’t have to jam everything into one infographic; your organization may have several depending on the message you are trying to convey.

For example, you may want to focus on enrollment and graduation success on one infographic and donor support and fundraising on another. Some artists choose this as a way to communicate a project they worked on and map out the road to completion with elements of the work included in the graphic. A car mechanic might want to describe why it is important to keep the fluids in your car and the function they serve all the way to what could happen if the fluids weren’t replaced.

Studies have proven that not only do people retain more when illustrations are included with written descriptions, but will pay more attention to things that are simple and concisely stated, thus, the importance of brevity in a fast-paced world. People are too busy to read long scrolls of text. If you have a lengthy message, put it in a video, on an mp3 or set up an online course. The days of burning out eyes on books have been replaced with straining them on computer screens. Let’s face it. It’s much more entertaining, especially during a recession.

If you want to create an infographic template, try your hand at it by starting with some templates. After you’ve finished and they don’t look as good as you would like them to, hire a graphic designer. The good thing is you have a mockup for them to work from which should make it cheaper than if you went to them with nothing. When you complete your infographic, email it to CopyLine Magazine at www.copylinemagazine.com. And if it’s something we think would be of public interest, there’s a good chance we will publish it on the website.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al. She is also a weekly columnist for CopyLine Magazine

This article was first published on October 10, 2013

Absurdopera 2013 Latino Music Festival featuring Kaia String Quartet, November 21 & November 22

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This week, the International Latino Cultural Center & Sound Culture present the premiere of Absurdopera, a comedic opera based on theatre of the absurd – 2 nights, Thursday and Friday, November 21 & November 22 at 8 P.M.

Composer Gustavo Leone’s new opera is based on two one-act plays by Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco in part of the 2013 Latino Music Festival. Performed in English, the opera will feature a cast of six actor/singers accompanied by the festival’s Ensemble in Residence, the Kaia String Quartet.

Take a look at an interview with Gustavo Leone by Arte Y Vida HERE.

Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22
8:00 pm
$20
Tickets Available Online
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave
$5 Valet Parking Available

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