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Archive for December 6th, 2013

Nelson Mandela, an icon, world statesman, a remarkable man of great vision and courage, dies at 95

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

Former South African President Nelson Mandela died Thursday after a recurring bout with a lung infection. Mandela was 95 years old.

In making the announcement of Mandela’s death, South African President Jacob Zuma said their nation has lost its greatest son. Mandela “is now at peace…Our people have lost a father.”

Well revered as a statesman throughout the world, Mandela, an anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Laureate, spent 27 years in prison, after being sentenced to life imprisonment on June 12, 1964, along with seven others accused of plotting to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government. After his imprisonment, there was a long battle cry by anti-apartheid activists to “Free Nelson Mandela”.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Transkei, South Africa. He joined the African National Congress in 1944. In 1948 he began his activism against South Africa’s apartheid policy.

South African President P.W. Botha offered Mandela his freedom in February 1985 on condition that he unconditionally reject violence as a political weapon but Mandela rejected that proposal.

Said Mandela: “What freedom am I being offered while the organization of the people remains banned? Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts,” he wrote. In 1988, Mandela was moved to Victor Verster Prison and remained there until his release.

He was released from prison in 1990, and in 1994 became the first black president of South Africa. He retired from the post in 1999 after serving a single term in office.

In 1993, Nelson Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In a released statement on Mandela’s death, President Barack Obama said through Mandela’s “fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa — and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings — and countries — can change for the better.  His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives.  And the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor, and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections, only makes the man that much more remarkable.  As he once said, ‘I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.’ “

On April 27, 1994, South Africa held its first multiracial elections, ANC’s Mandela won and was inaugurated in May 1994, becoming South Africa’s first black president.

In my yet unreleased book, “Lest We Never Forget: The Power of the Ballot” ©, I discussed the 1994 election held in South Africa, in “One-Man, One-Vote Reality in South Africa”, as follows:

“I am mindful of the first multiracial election held in South Africa in 1994, after years of minority rule, when Black South Africans voted for the first time in that country, after 341 years of white rule, even though Blacks there had always been in the majority.

“I remember watching a televised program of that first multiracial election. As I sat staring relentlessly at the television screen, visually taking in the long lines of blacks waiting in the ‘scorching’, hot sun for well over eight hours to cast their ballots, my mind resonated over their obvious victory in gaining the right to cast their ballot; and the emotional gladness of realizing that the long battle to get there had finally come to an end, but knowing full-well that in their hearts and souls that this was just the beginning of many more new challenges ahead. It was a stark reality to them that their struggle for the right to vote had finally come into fruition; that history was in the making.

“And I, like many other Americans, rejoiced along with them. Many of those rejoicing Americans had been cogs in the wheel in helping them to push for this victory, this historical moment in history.

“Three-hundred-forty-one years of white rule and domination was going up in smoke, and a new day dawning – the phoenix. And for the first time in the history of this apartheid regime, one man, one vote had become a reality.

“While the white minority owned 98 percent of the wealth in South Africa, the black majority had been denied both the ballot and political power.

“The first multiracial election in South Africa was long overdue. The country’s population stood at 75.2 percent Black, 13.6 percent White, 8.6 percent Colored (racially mixed), and 2.6 percent Indian.

“The number of eligible voters was placed at 22.7 million – 18 million of which were first-time Black voters. The country’s 9,000 polling places were swamped with voters, and heavily guarded during the three-day election.

“Nomaza Paintin, niece of South African President Nelson Mandela, was the first Black to cast a vote in the multiracial election, which she cast in New Zealand, the place where she had lived for the past eight years.

“Mandela and Black South Africans were aware of the power of the ballot, even though, heretofore, they had been denied the right to vote in South Africa.

“So in 1994, after years of being denied the privilege and the right to vote – Black South Africans, with their new political power and new political strength, prevailed and elected Nelson Mandela president after 341 years of white rule and domination. It was a new day, and the old way of doing business would be a thing of the past.

“On May 10, 1994, Mandela, at the age of 75, was sworn-in as president of South Africa, four years after he was released from Victor Verster Prison on February 11, 1990. He was incarcerated for 27 years.

“Declaring “Let freedom reign,” Mandela was sworn-in before some 50,000 people, including dignitaries from more than 150 countries. Black South Africans danced in the streets! It had been a long time coming!

“Nikosi Sikeli Afrika (God Bless America) was echoed all over the land as new changes were taking place, i.e., a new president, Constitution and Charter. South Africa’s 66-year-old flag, the Tricolor Standard, had its last gasp of apartheid breath going into oblivion.

“What was happening in South Africa now was an eye-opener for African Americans in America, some of whom were too young or unfamiliar with the ‘60s civil rights movement, voter registration drives and protest marches – other than through history books or other means – in their own country, America. It was a refresher course for those who lived it, and perhaps a stark revelation for those who knew little or nothing about it.

“In their attempt to register to vote, African Americans were faced with billy clubs, tear gas and water hoses. They were turned away by the Bull Connors of Alabama who would deny them their right to vote as American citizens.”

Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, Author, Editor & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine

Leaders Mourn Nelson Mandela’s Death

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President Obama said he was one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life

President Barack Obama’s full statement on the death of Nelson Mandela

At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.  I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.  It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve.  But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

And Nelson Mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real.  He achieved more than could be expected of any man.  Today, he has gone home.  And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth.  He no longer belongs to us — he belongs to the ages.

Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa — and moved all of us.  His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings — and countries — can change for the better.  His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives.  And the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor, and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections, only makes the man that much more remarkable.  As he once said, “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life.  My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid.  I studied his words and his writings.  The day that he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they’re guided by their hopes and not by their fears.  And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him.

To Graça Machel and his family, Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude for sharing this extraordinary man with us.  His life’s work meant long days away from those who loved him the most.  And I only hope that the time spent with him these last few weeks brought peace and comfort to his family.

To the people of South Africa, we draw strength from the example of renewal, and reconciliation, and resilience that you made real.  A free South Africa at peace with itself — that’s an example to the world, and that’s Madiba’s legacy to the nation he loved.

We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.  So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set:  to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.

For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived — a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.  May God Bless his memory and keep him in peace.

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge’s

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge released the following statement on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:

“Today, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus mourn the loss of our friend and one of the greatest world leaders of our time. Nelson “Rolihlahla” Mandela was an extraordinary human being; a man who dedicated his entire life to the liberation of all South Africans and who united voices for freedom in every corner of the world.

“With incomparable courage, President Mandela overcame violent persecution for his belief that every individual deserved to live in a society where injustice would not be tolerated. Through his work and sacrifices,President Mandela taught us that we are greater together than the prejudices that divide us, and that the fight for peace, equality and justice can be won.

“From the halls of Congress to the communities they represent, Members of the CBC heeded President Mandela’s call to take all necessary action to force an end to apartheid and the atrocities experienced by so many of South Africa’s people. His vision for justice in South Africa reflected the vision Members of the CBC had for America, and his story empowered African Americans and people of all races to stand up for justice on behalf of our brothers and sisters worldwide.

“Though today we grieve President Mandela’s death, the world will celebrate his life. This world will be forever changed because he lived. May we never forget the lessons Madiba taught us in his quest for freedom, ‘for to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League

We Remember, Honor, and Celebrate the Extraordinary Life & Legacy of Nelson Mandela

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people.  I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.  It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” — Nelson Mandela

There are few men or women who leave such an indelible imprint and impact on the world that they are remembered, honored and celebrated by nations near and far for centuries after they depart.  There are few people for whom even all the words in every language fail to convey the magnitude and meaning of their lives.  Without a doubt in mind or heart, I know that Nelson Mandela is one among a very select few.

His dedication, perseverance, forgiveness, and purpose – his life – sparked an inextinguishable fire in the souls of freedom fighters not only in South Africa, but everywhere.  The light that he shared will forever serve as an international beacon for fairness, justice and hope for all disadvantaged, impoverished and oppressed people from every corner of the world.

Nelson Mandela gave new meaning to the word “inspiration.”  After spending 27 years of a life sentence as an apartheid regime political prisoner, he emerged, not with bitterness – but instead with a steadfast resolve to complete his life’s work.  His remarkable journey serves as an indisputable example of forgiveness in the face of persecution and triumph through tribulation.

I consider myself at once fortunate, humbled and proud to have been a part of the great work of Nelson Mandela’s life during the 1980’s here in the United States.  While attending Georgetown University Law Center in 1981, I co-led an effort to boycott the cafeteria operator because of its investments in South Africa.  During this same period, I was a member of the leadership team of the National Black Law Students Association that pushed for divestment of South African investments by U.S. companies.  Early in my career, I was arrested at the South African Embassy as part of a mass, peaceful organized protest led by Walter Fauntroy, Mary Frances Berry and Randall Robinson in support of U.S. economic sanctions against South Africa.

As co-leader of the New Orleans Anti-Apartheid Coalition, I helped to successfully advocate for the New Orleans Public Employee Pension Board’s divestment in U.S. companies who had holdings in South Africa.  When the U.S. Congress ultimately passed sanctions against South Africa, I could only hope that Nelson Mandela knew that his army now extended beyond the borders of South Africa to subsequent generations of freedom activists and advocates around the world – even in the world’s greatest democracy – helping to continue the work he started.

After the election of President Mandela, as mayor of New Orleans I signed an economic and friendship agreement in 1994 between Johannesburg and New Orleans, one of the first U.S. cities to do so.  It was an indescribable honor.  Nelson Mandela’s efforts to create a new, multi-racial democracy weren’t just an example of unwavering leadership, humanity and compassion for me, but also for the countless millions who will follow and study him as one of the world’s great leaders for centuries to come.

I often wonder if his parents knew when they named him Rolihlahla (common translation: “troublemaker”) how prophetic that was or how ironic it would be that he would grow up to be an international symbol of peacemaking.  But the “troublemaking” that Nelson Mandela undertook was of a different kind.  It was the kind that sees legislated injustice, race-based inequality and economic despair and seeks to disrupt an institutionalized system of oppression and discrimination.  It is the kind that motivates all of us in the Urban League Movement to continue to fight for opportunity parity and economic equality every day in hundreds of communities across America.

Nelson Mandela gave a voice to those who had been silenced.  He brought hope to those who had been stripped of their dreams.  He awakened a nation – and ultimately a world – to the boundless possibilities of following one’s purpose.

Today, we stand with the people of South Africa and with the international community in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela.  We remember, honor, and celebrate his extraordinary life and legacy.  The world could use a few more “Rolihlahlas.”

“Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.” — Nelson Mandela

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s statement on Mandela’s passing

“Twenty-five years ago, amid the struggle against Apartheid, I volunteered as a high school teacher in South Africa. Nelson Mandela was still in prison, and black South Africans were still denied the right to vote. I taught English, math, history and science to my students, but I knew my true work was in educating the next generation of black South African women to be ready to lead in a new South Africa. Mandela’s unrelenting strength and courage made this dream a reality for my students and their families.

Today, with his passing, we lost one of the greatest moral leaders of our time. Mandela’s legacy of struggle and leadership will be remembered along with those of Ghandi and King as among the most important toward ending government-sponsored racism throughout the world.

My heart goes out to my South African friends and all those around the world who helped bring an end to Apartheid. May we all continue to find inspiration for fighting injustice from Mandela’s dedication to freedom, equality, and forgiveness.”

The NAACP’s statement on Nelson Mandela’s passing:

Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors:

“The Honorable Nelson Mandela embodied the hopes, dreams, aspirations and values of all who seek justice against tremendous odds. He responded to unfathomable violence with peace and courage, and in doing so he forever changed the world.”

Bill Lucy, member of the NAACP National Board of Directors and labor leader:

“The world has lost one of the great statesmen of our time – a man who spent 27 years in prison because he believes in the cause of equality. His loss should set an example for political leaders still here, that there is a need to lead and govern in a manner that is equitable to all people.”

Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the NAACP Board of Directors:

“Nelson Mandela’s legacy remains an inspiration for the work of the NAACP. In Mandela’s name we must continue to bring attention to all aspects of global apartheid characterized by poverty, inequality, discrimination, and prejudice of all kind.”

Lorraine Miller, Interim NAACP President and CEO:

“President Mandela was humanity’s greatest living hero. His unwavering sense of justice and peace transformed a nation and inspired the world.”

New book “Four More Years…In My Lifetime” is a poetic tribute celebrating President Obama’s re-election

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Craig A. Garner, author, Poet Laureate of the Township of Irvington, and long time resident of Irvington, New Jersey announces the release of his eighth book, Four More Years… In My Lifetime. This work is a poetic tribute to the re-election of President Barack Obama as a follow up to his previous book, In My Lifetime… A Poetic Expression of Why It Should Be.

It is written to celebrate the historic occasion in which an African American man was re-elected President of the United States of America and to document the issues and environment in which that event took place. Too often we overlook the context in which history is made, all but forgetting the external happenings of the times that make the event extraordinary.

The book not only contains a dedication to the re-election of President Obama but also one of the author’s signature poems regarding the celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Other works honor former great singer Whitney Houston, former anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, and domestic (help) workers. This book is an attempt to point out that although a Black president has been re-elected, there are still plenty of obstacles that need to be overcome in this country.

In My Lifetime is also a collector’s item – it provides a copy of the election ballot that bore President Obama’s name, a copy of the invitation to the Presidential Inauguration, and a photograph of Presidents Obama and Clinton together. The book also has quotes from African American scholars interspersed throughout the poems.

The book is available as an eBook on Amazon.com as well as BarnesandNoble.com.


About The Book:
Four More Years… In My Lifetime
by Craig A. Garner, Poet Laureate
ISBN: 978-1-59571-951-5
Word Association Publishers
$11.95

Photo Caption: Bookcover

October local unemployment falls in 6 of 12 Metros

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Chicago Adds 54,000 Jobs; Champaign, Lake, Quad Cities Also Up

CHICAGO, IL – October local unemployment rates fell in six metro areas, increased in five and was unchanged in one, according to preliminary data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Not seasonally adjusted data compare October 2013 to October 2012. Largest decreases: Lake County (‑0.2 to 7.6 percent) and Metro East (‑0.2 to 7.9 percent). The Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metropolitan Division rate fell 0.1 point to 8.3 percent. Largest increases: Danville (+1.8 to 11.3 percent), Decatur (+1.6 to 11.7 percent), and Peoria (+1.1 to 8.7 percent).

Jobs increased in five metros, declined in six and were unchanged in one. Largest increases: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.4 percent, +54,000), Lake County (+1.2 percent, +4,800), Champaign-Urbana (+0.9 percent, +1,000), and the Quad Cities (+0.9 percent, +1,600). Industry sectors increasing in the most metros: Education & Health Services (eight of 12).

“Modest job growth continues across the state despite pockets of slow growth tied to a temporary weakness in the global manufacturing market,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Our overall economic growth will be slowed if Congress does not continue unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed as it approaches another federal budget deadline in January.”

Not seasonally adjusted data compare the current month to the same month of the previous year. The October 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 8.3 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in October and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits. Historically, the state unemployment rate is higher than the national rate.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area

Oct.
2013*

Oct.
2012

Sept.
2013*

Sept.
2012

Bloomington-Normal

6.9

6.6

6.6

6.6

Champaign-Urbana

7.7

7.6

7.4

7.6

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville

8.3

8.4

8.4

8.3

Danville

11.3

9.5

11.0

9.5

Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl.

6.7

6.7

6.7

6.4

Decatur

11.7

10.1

11.7

10.1

Kankakee-Bradley

10.1

10.2

10.1

10.3

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

7.6

7.8

7.4

7.8

Peoria

8.7

7.6

8.5

7.3

Rockford

10.5

10.6

10.5

10.7

Springfield

7.1

7.2

7.0

7.2

St. Louis (IL-Section)

7.9

8.1

7.6

8.1

* Data subject to revision.

Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – September/October 2013

Metropolitan Area

Oct.
2013*

Oct.
2012**

Oct. Over-the-
Year Change

Sept.
2013*

Sept.
2012**

Bloomington-Normal MSA

90,900

92,100

-1,200

90,600

91,100

Champaign-Urbana MSA

109,200

108,200

1,000

107,400

106,200

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div.

3,810,700

3,756,700

54,000

3,789,600

3,741,600

Danville MSA

29,500

29,500

0

29,400

29,700

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

186,200

184,600

1,600

185,000

185,100

Decatur MSA

50,800

53,100

-2,300

50,400

52,900

Kankakee-Bradley MSA

44,200

44,300

-100

43,800

44,100

Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div.

397,400

392,600

4,800

394,900

392,500

Peoria MSA

183,700

187,800

-4,100

183,600

186,700

Rockford MSA

149,600

151,000

-1,400

149,400

150,300

Springfield MSA

112,500

112,300

200

111,900

112,000

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

230,000

231,100

-1,100

230,900

232,100

*Preliminary

**Revised

Enrollment workshops to help consumers sign-up for insurance

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Free in-person enrollment assistance this weekend so uninsured can get covered

CHICAGO, IL - Get Covered America is partnering with Enroll Chicago to connect consumers with health insurance navigators and in-person assisters for a weekend of health insurance workshops on Saturday and Sunday December 7 and 8. The workshops will allow consumers interested in enrolling in a new health care plan through the health insurance Marketplace to get information about the plans available and assistance with the enrollment process.

Enroll America is also teaming up with Alderman Natasha Holmes and certified in-person assisters to help uninsured Chicagoans sign-up for health care. They are hosting a workshop at the Jeffrey Manor Public Library where consumers can get their questions answered; and if they’re ready, can actually sign-up for insurance.

Participants in the workshops will be paired with trained health insurance Marketplace navigators for free, professional help and guidance. In-person assisters will be using Healthcare.gov to walk consumers through the enrollment process. If people are ready to sign-up, they will be able to enroll during the workshop.

The workshops are part of Get Covered America’s “Coverage is Coming” enrollment push. More than 1,000 events are planned across the country to help people get the help and information they need to sign-up for health care. Consumers have until December 23 to sign-up for coverage that begins on January 1.

Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health insurance coverage and the new health care options available under the Affordable Care Act. Our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.

What: Health Insurance Enrollment Workshops

Where: Uptown Library                                 Where: Jeffrey Manor Public Library
929 W. Buena Ave                                          2401 E. 100th St
Chicago, IL 60613                                           Chicago, IL 60617

When: Saturday, December 7                       When: Saturday, December 7
1 pm to 5 pm                                                   1 pm to 5 pm

Who: Get Covered America                           Who: Get Covered America
Enroll Chicago                                                   Enroll Chicago
In-Person Assisters                                           Alderman Natasha Holmes
In-Person Assisters

Where: Instituto del Progreso Latino           Where: Blue 1647
2520 S. Western Ave.                                      1647 S. Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608                                             Chicago, IL 60608

When: Saturday, December 7                       When: Sunday, December 8
10 am to 2 pm                                                  10 am to 2 pm

Who: Get Covered America                          Who: Get Covered America
Get Covered Illinois                                       Get Covered Illinois
Enroll Chicago                                                 Enroll Chicago
In-Person Assisters                                         In-Person Assisters

Bob Johnson releases statement on the passing of Herbert P. Wilkins, Sr.

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Herb Wilkins, Sr., Founder and Managing Partner of Syndicated Communications Inc., was a pioneer in business and venture capital

Bethesda, MD (BlackNews.com) – “I want to express my condolences, along with The RLJ Companies, to Herb Wilkins’s wife Sharon and his family on the loss of the smartest and one of the most respected and influential African American business leaders I have had the good fortune to know.

“Herb was one of my best friends and a business mentor who guided me on the creation of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and District Cablevision, the first cable system in Washington, DC. For his advice on all of my business deals, I owe a great deal of thanks for his contribution to my success.

“Herb was also instrumental in creating wealth for many African American business men and women. While he will be missed greatly by all, his legacy will remain in our memories forever.”


Robert L. Johnson is founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies.


About The RLJ Companies:


The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in a publicly traded hotel real estate investment trust, private equity, financial services, asset management, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For more information, visit: www.rljcompanies.com.


“All The Shows I’ve Ever Wanted to Do But Couldn’t” December 7, 14, and 21

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“All The Shows I’ve Ever Wanted to Do But Was Told I Couldn’t” invites directors, writers, performers, and the like to creatively re-stage their favorite productions with an unlikely cast. Gender, racial, and sexual barriers are sure to be broken by some of the most talented voices in the Chicago. “All The Shows…” opens this saturday and runs for the next two Saturdays.

7 p.m. Gallery and Bar Opens

8 p.m. Performance

Fulton Street Collective, 2000 W.  Fulton St.

$15 Advance / $20 Door

Tickets available at Brownpapertickets.com

Featuring: David Besky, Laura A. Harrison, Christpher Jamell Jackson,  Maria Margaglione, Maren Rosenberg, and Vahista Vafadari

In scenes from:

Sweet Bird of Youth, Directed by Alex St. John

True West, Directed by Jude Hansen

The Pillowman, Directed by Lavina Jadhwani

Danny & the Deep Blue Sea, Directed by Tara Branham

with additional scenes written by Dana Lynn Formby

Produced by Kyra Morris, Jack Ryan, and Ellyzabeth Adler

Art Exhibition Curated by Annan Shehadi and Leila Taha

Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony

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The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will host a Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013; at the Disabled American Veterans’ Club, Lake Springfield.

Unlike previous observances, this will be held at 2:00 p.m. to provide more people with the opportunity to attend. The event will last 30-45 minutes and will include Veteran leaders, the Living History Detachment in period uniforms, a display of Pearl Harbor-related memorabilia and military honors with a wreath laying in Lake Springfield.

Earlier this week Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed December 7, 2013 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Illinois, and ordered all persons or entities governed by the Illinois Flag Display Act to fly their flags at half-staff on such day from sunrise until sunset in memory of all the heroes who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in tribute to all the men and women whose sacrifices made the world safer for liberty and freedom.

WHO: The event is hosted by the IDVA and DAV. It is free and open to the Public

WHAT: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 72nd Anniversary

WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013; 2:00pm

PURPOSE: To Remember Pearl Harbor and those that survived the attack. It is unknown

whether there are any remaining survivors who will be able to attend the

ceremony this year.

WHERE: Disabled American Veterans’ Club – Hall Hagler Chapter No. 15

25 Club Area (Lake Springfield), Springfield, Illinois

Veteran, patriotic or service organizations wishing to attend or support, please contact the event organizer, Ms Gwen M. Diehl, 217-785-4575, gwen.diehl@illinois.gov

Locked out of Peter Roskam’s office again

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Letters to Editors

(From the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)

Right now, 11 faith and clergy leaders are locked out of Peter Roskam’s West Chicago office. After dozens of requests, Peter Roskam refuses to meet with families in his own district.

We won’t leave until Peter Roskam agrees to meet and talk about why Republican House leadership refuses to give 11 million undocumented people a vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

You can take action in solidarity with today’s action by calling Peter Roskam’s office or by sending him a message on Twitter. Will you take five minutes to contact Peter Roskam and tell him to give us a meeting and a vote?

You can call Peter Roskam’s district office at (630) 232-0006 and/or his DC office at (202) 225-4561.

When you get through to his staff, you can say something like:

Hello, my name is _____ and I’m calling from ____, IL in solidarity with the leaders who are at Peter Roskam’s office right now. I urge the Congressman to meet with these leaders right now and schedule a face-to-face meeting about Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Immigration reform is the right thing to do for the country, for 11 million undocumented immigrants, and it’s good politics for Republicans like Peter Roskam. Will Peter Roskam give us a meeting?

After you’ve made your call, you can also send Peter Roskam a message on Twitter. Click here to send your message.

As the House of Representatives gets closer to an extended December vacation, there’s no excuse for failing to bring a vote on immigration reform to the House floor immediately. 1100 people will continue to be deported every day while the House Republicans are home with their families for the holidays. Further inaction is inexcusable.

Will you call Peter Roskam now at (630) 232-0006 and/or his DC office at (202) 225-4561 and tell him to give us a meeting and a vote on immigration reform?

Thanks so much,

Your friends at ICIRR

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IDPH Video Challenge: Show us how you are making your community healthier

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Video Challenge – Apply for $1,500 in grant funding

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in conjunction with the State Health Improvement Plan Implementation Coordination Council (SHIP ICC), wants you to make a video showing how your organization is transforming the health of people in your community. The SHIP ICC will select up to 10 awardees and each will receive $1,500 in grant funding from IDPH to continue their health transformation work in their community.

“Many groups and organizations around the state are working to transform the health of their community by growing a neighborhood garden for fresh vegetables, prohibiting smoking on playgrounds, offering the use of recreation facilities to the public after hours, or in many other ways,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “We are encouraging people to put on their creative hats and make a video showing how they are making a healthy impact on their community. IDPH will chose up to 10 awardees and each will receive $1,500 in grant money to continue their healthy efforts.”

Anyone can submit a Video Challenge entry, with grant funding going to a local organization. Videos should relate to one or more of the priorities outlined in the SHIP, such as nutrition and access to healthier foods, increasing physical activity, reducing tobacco use, violence prevention and other health topics. The video must also respond to one of the Video Challenge topics.

· What’s Your SHIP Story? Tell a story about how collaboration among organizations resulting in a success around a SHIP priority area.

· We’re a Public Health Stakeholder. Tell a story that shows how your organization is a public health stakeholder, even if public health is not explicitly part of your mission.

· What’s Your SHIP Priority? Tell a story about the potential you see for organizations to work together to improve a SHIP priority area in your community.

To learn more about how to apply for a grant through the Video Challenge, visit www.healthycommunities.illinois.gov and click on the Video Challenge tab. All applications are due by March 17, 2013.

The SHIP is produced every five years by a team of public, private and voluntary sector stakeholders appointed by the IDPH director. The SHIP calls for the state to transform access to comprehensive health-related services, enhance data and information technology in the health care sectors, address the social factors affecting health and health disparities, manage and transform the public health system, and ensure sufficient workforce in the health care and public health fields. The SHIP is prevention-focused and centered on the following priority health concerns: alcohol/tobacco, use of illicit drugs/misuse of legal drugs, mental health, environment, obesity (including nutrition and physical activity), oral health, patient safety and quality, unintentional injury and violence.

The Governor-appointed SHIP ICC is an interdisciplinary council tasked with developing implementation strategies for the SHIP.

For more information on the SHIP and SHIP implementation, visit www.healthycommunities.illinois.gov.

Development of the SHIP is dependent upon health officials working together with public, private and voluntary stakeholders. This is the very definition of partnership development to advance Illinois’ public health agenda, one of the priorities of the IDPH Five Year Strategy 2014-2018. A copy of the strategic plan can be found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/StrategicPlan_Final_2014-2018.pdf.

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