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New York City judge is ready to bring back slavery laws

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By Randy Raghavendra

Without jurisdiction, federal judge may be ready to mimic “Slavery & Jim Crow” laws and send civil rights plaintiff to jail to prevent jury trials of 10-years old racial discrimination & fraud litigation pending before New York state courts, while rewarding attorney accused of fraud & deception over $200,000

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – In a shocking decision not heard of since the Slavery and Jim Crow days and the historic Rosa Parks bus incident in Alabama of the 1940s and 50s, on December 20, 2013, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Paul A. Crotty issued an Order stating that he is ready to send me (Civil Rights Plaintiff Randy Raghavendra), a highly regarded executive professional with two Masters degrees, to jail with $1,000/day fines in an obvious attempt to intimidate him into signing Involuntary Releases and prevent Jury Trials in his 10-years old civil rights litigation of institutionalized racial discrimination, fraud, perjury, malpractice, conspiracy and “bribery” charges against Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, the law firm of Proskauer Rose and his former attorney Louis Stober that are currently pending before the New York State Supreme Court.

In addition, the Judge also ordered that Bollinger should reward the lawyer accused of fraud and deception over $200,000 in the guise of bogus attorney fees for deceiving and entrapping his dark-skinned former client into signing the July 2009 almost absurd settlement document through successful brow-beating, racial humiliation, psychological torture, and by making direct threats against his wife and little children. However, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals had already ruled that that the 1-page ambiguous document, which clearly recognized the already pending legal malpractice claims against Stober, required me (Raghavendra) to withdraw only those claims under the federal jurisdiction. Judge Crotty, after having repeatedly refused to recuse himself from this decade old precedent setting civil rights case, issued this brazenly unconstitutional Order even though the Federal court lacks jurisdiction on any of the former Senior Management Consultant’s other multi-million dollar discrimination, fraud, and malpractice claims against the defendants that are ready for a jury trial and or currently pending before Justice Lucy Billings of the New York State Supreme court.

The 52-years old father of three little children has been engaged in this 10-years civil rights battle with Bollinger who illegally retaliated and fired him in September 2005 for merely attempting to lawfully organize an anti-discrimination minority employees association called the Racial Equality Struggles for Columbia University Employees (RESCUE) and at least a $200 million dollar class action on behalf of the potentially thousands of past and present victims of institutionalized racial discrimination at that 250-years old Ivy League university. In the 2003 to the 2008 time period, very disturbing and widely publicized racial incidents, including hanging nooses and swastikas and related anti-racism hunger strikes, were a common place at Columbia and I (the highly accomplished Raghavendra) was myself repeatedly denied over a hundred executive/supervisory positions in favor of White individuals with less than a third of his credentials, while Bollinger was doubling his own salary and compensation at that non-for-profit institution.

Previously, Bollinger had used his highly-paid attorneys at Proskauer Rose to successfully intimidate the former Head of Equal Opportunity at Columbia, Zenobia White-Farrel, to drop her Class Action on behalf of all Black employees at Columbia. Proskauer Rose has been the defendants’ law firm in an other multi-million dollar racial discrimination Class Action against Nextel Communications where hundreds of Black employees had accused their employer of conspiring and bribing theirs attorney, Leeds Brown Firm, about $7 million dollars to betray their own clients and deceiving them into signing bogus settlement agreements.

During the past ten years, Raghavendra had spent over 15,000 hours of his own time preparing thousands of court papers and presenting arguments in various courts after spending thousands of hours in law libraries. In 2009, he fired his attorney Stober for abandonment, gross negligence and malpractice after spending less than 40 hours on just one relatively minor case. Instead of immediately refunding the $10,000 already paid to him in advance, Stober deceived the civil rights plaintiff to attend a so-called Columbia-paid private mediation by blatantly lying to the private mediator that he represented his former client in all of his four cases pending at that time and by lying to me (Raghavendra) that it would primarily be a discussion about creating an Internet based anti-discrimination organization that he could establish in joint venture with Columbia University. However, at that July 2009 fraudulently-induced mediation held at the Proskauer Rose firm, I (Raghavendra) was only repeatedly brow-beaten by the Stober firm attorneys and deceived into signing a 1-page document and by making him believe that only his 4-years of back-wages claims were being settled without any attorney fees whatsoever and in return for not getting any of the elected officials he had complained to involved in Columbia’s ongoing racial crisis.

Randy Raghavendra, the still unemployed and soft-spoken Plaintiff, said that in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, he will appeal to the Second Circuit and continue his struggles no matter what and that he would be happy to get the assistance of any other civil rights attorneys in this regard and he can be reached at RSRaghavendra@yahoo.com or (646) 229-9971 at anytime

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Congressman Davis, Trotter, Flowers urge fight to restore State Medicaid cuts

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Davis,Trotter, Flowers urge fight to restore state Medicaid cuts

Poor falling through cracks caught by Obamacare

By Chinta Strausberg

The proposed cuts from the Illinois Medicaid budget that include eliminating state coverage for 9,160 general assistance adults, cutting dental care for adults except for extractions but banning anesthesia, ending service to diabetics fo radult podiatry care and other reductions were labeled “draconian” “egregious”and “devastating,” by Senator Donne E. Trotter (D-17th) who Monday said people must organize and fight for their restorations.

Trotter, who attended a meeting at Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79thSt., was joined by Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-7th),  Lt. Governor hopeful attorney Brunell Donald-Kyei, health advocate Joyce Washington, Rev. Walter Johnson, and several community leaders. Davis, who gave an update on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also said it is time for a national health insurance system but stressed people, must collectively act as one in demanding arestoration of these state Medicaid budget cuts.

Davis spoke at a meeting called by Josephine Wade, owner of the restaurant, who was concerned about the lack of computer access for seniors and poor people in signing up for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better known as Obamacare. Davis explained “Everybody who is low-income is not on Medicaid or does not quality for Medicaid. They can be slightly above Medicaid but don’t earn enough money to be on food stamps and don’t earn enough money to take care of their basic necessities of life. If you don’t have a payment source for healthcare, then you got to sign up for the Obamacare,” said Davis.

“The reason they built these marketplaces you can go…like health co-ops… is because all of these people fall through the cracks,” he explained. “In Cook County they get consumed by the Cook County health services. In other places in Illinois and throughout the nation, they get nothing. They still have to be responsible and if they get sick somebody has to take care of them. If they go to the emergency room, that cost would be more than seeing a primary care doctor.”

Cook County was able to get a waiver to provide Medicaid services.” He said the County was able to sign up more than 100,000 people before October began.

While the ACA application process is improving and upon learning about the state’s cuts to the Medicaid program, Davis asked if those reductions were based on the ACA.

Quoting Gov. Quinn, Trotter said of the ACA, “the governor says everybody’s in, nobody is left out, but what kind of services are they being let in for”? “What we don’t know is what is ACA going to give to these folks. What we do know is that it does not give them dental care….”

Davis joined Trotter in urging people to “advocate, be aggressive and organize ‘ in order to get these state Medicaid budget cuts restored. Trotter said the ball is in the court of House Speaker Michael J. Madigan. “It’s his call,” said Trotter. Referring to the cuts in the general assistance program for adults that affect 9,160 clients, Trotter said, “They now have no health care. We got rid of $16 million out of a budget of a $17 billion Medicaid budget that with matching federal funds is $35 billion.” He questioned the proposed $16,681.300 savings by eliminating state coverage for all general assistance adults.

Saying it is difficult to organize during the election, Davis urged the group focus on the cuts and demand the restoration and to begin their lobbying now.

Referring to his bill, HB 1516 which recently passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote,Trotter said the legislation is currently being carried in the House by Rep. Mary E.Flowers (D-31st) who is fighting to get the bill out of the House Rules Committee and on the floor for a vote. “This bill needs to be called,”said Trotter. “We go back into session at the end of January.

“This is a bill that needs to be called now. We have six-more months left in this calendar year.  These dollars were cut out of the FY13 budgets. Already, we have lost six-months because the budget starts July 1st,” said Trotter.  “We need to reinstate these dollars so we can reinstitute the seservices for the next six-months.” “This bill can be resurrected and passed…. It’s not dead.” Joyce Washington said it’s also a matter of prevention.

“California eliminated their dental plan only to find out that their costs doubled,” he said. Trotter, whose bill to reinstate the dental service into the Medicaid programwas passed three-weeks ago “but is now stuck in the House,” said people should not only call their legislators but also House Speaker Michael J. Madigan whocan be reached at 773.581.8000 or in Springfield, 217.782.5350.

Calling for the repeal of the Save Medicaid Access and Resources Together (SMART) Act that called for the massive Medicaid cuts, Flowers said, “It wasn’t very smart. It didn’t do anything it was supposed to do. It denied people their prescription drugs, lives and money. It doesn’t work.”

Flowers, who was detained by a previous meeting, later explained that she has introduced a bill to restore the cuts from the SMART Act, which was passed in the last session.“These cuts affect anyone on Medicaid and most states have reinstated the services but no states has made as many cuts as the state of Illinois,” said Flowers.

She said HB 1516 is the vehicle bill (calling for the restoration of the dental service that was taken out during the Smart Act) “which we found during theveto session to put the language on it that is Donne’s bill. He was successful in getting the bill out, and I picked it up in the House. Unfortunately, the bill was not called in the veto session, but we hope it will become law when wego back in January and adults will be able to again get their dental care.”

Referring to the cuts in dental care for people on Medicaid and her warnings to Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos, Flowers said, “I told her that there is no emergency dentist in the emergency room. It cost $6,000 for a patient to go to an emergency room where as it may cost $100 plus to go to a dentist office.”

Flowers said her peers cut the dental care program to save money, but what they did is to cause people to spend more money unnecessarily add unfortunately it has cost some people their lives because they have not been able to get the necessary treatment they need,” she said referring to some who were unable to get their dialysis treatment.

“The doctors are concerned about the blood transfusion they give if there is an open wound or an infection in their mouth. That same blood can infect their body and cause their death. That is the reason why before a diabetic gets any type of podiatry treatment or dialysis treatment they have to have their dental work done”

Explaining, she said, “They have to make sure there are no open sores or gingivitis or disease from the mouth that could spread to the rest of the body and kill them.”

A lot of the services were cut during the Smart Act. Those cuts were not very smart because it’s costing the state a lot more money. That is why Cook County Jail is so overcrowded now because people who are sick with mental illness…not because they belong in jail but because they could not get access to their prescription drugs,” Flowers said.

Referring to HB3671, Flowers said it limits the amount of drugs a person can get. “The state is limiting you to only have four drugs even though your doctor says itis medically necessary you need all six. These cuts have been very negative especially to African American and poor people. That is why the ACA is very important. They will no able to discriminate.  People will have access to health care. They will no longer be delayed or denied because they can’t afford to pay,” she said.

Flowers said now people on Medicaid are going to Cook County Hospital, but after January 1st, those same single people with no kids who signed up” on a waiver who never had health care before and were unable to get prescription drugs will be under the ACA and will be able to get access to their prescription drugs. “We still need to reinstate the dental services.

She joined Trotter and Davis in demanding restoration for these bills including Gov. Pat Quinn.  “The bill is really neutral. There is a cost savings. Since this was Julie Hamos idea, they should call the governor’s office. The reason why the Speaker hasn’t made these cuts is because we’re still going through the budgetary process.

“”These were cuts made under the pretext of saving money, but it didn’t save money. It cost money. We have to make sure the money is there….” Trotter said eliminating dental services for adults except for emergency care is supposedly saving the state $35,428.200 out of a $17 billion Medicaid budget, which with the government’s matching funds amounts to $35 billion.

“They can call the governor, the Speaker’s office and Julie Hamos’ offices need to be called and “demand that the bill be passed so it can become law so they can get access to dental care they need to save their lives.”

“I am working on restoring the other cuts. They should call and say the Smart Act should be eliminated and that would cover everything. They should say the Smart Act should be repealed,” said Flowers.

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.

The Better Business Bureau Says: Resolve to Protect and Educate Yourself in 2014

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CHICAGO, IL – As the new year begins, it is important that being consumer-savvy is one of your goals for the year. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) offers 10 New Year’s resolutions to help you avoid scams, prevent identity theft and save money in 2014.


“The new year is a great time to have goals to protect yourself,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “By making small changes in your life, you may protect yourself from big issues.”

The BBB recommends the following New Year’s resolutions to become a savvier consumer in 2014:


1. Get everything in writing. Get every verbal discussion in writing to limit miscommunication and misunderstandings between your expectations and what the business actually delivers. Always be sure to write down the name of the representative with whom you spoke.

2. Read the fine print-especially for “free” trial offers. “Free” trial offers often result in repeated charges to their credit or debit cards sometimes amounting to hundreds of dollars every month. Read the terms and conditions of any “free” trial offer before handing over credit or debit card numbers.

3. Look for the BBB Seal of Accreditation and always check out a business with the BBB prior to making a purchase. Over 8,000 businesses in the Chicago and Northern Illinois area bear the BBB Seal of Accreditation and maintain our standards; you can find the Seal on websites and at business locations. You can locate trustworthy businesses by visiting www.bbb.org to view free BBB Business Reviews for over 4 million businesses across Chicago and Northern Illinois. Also, you can use our FREE Request a Quote service.

4. Beware of “job” offers to make easy money. Unemployment in the nation remains high and scammers are targeting the large pool of job hunters. Beware of any job offer, work-at-home scheme or business opportunity that promises big money for little work and no experience. Look up companies at www.bbb.org before you apply for any job.

5. Keep your computer safe. If you haven’t already, install anti-virus software onto your computer and don’t forget to regularly check for software and operating system updates and patches. Don’t open attachments or click on links in e-mails unless you can confirm the e-mail came from someone you trust.

6. Never wire money to someone you don’t know. Many scams require that the victim wire money to the scammers. Tracking money sent via MoneyGram or Western Union is extremely difficult. Even more troubling for victims is that it’s nearly impossible to get your money back.

7. Fight identity theft. Shred paper documents that include sensitive financial data and dispose of computers, cell phones and digital data safely. The BBB offers tips and checklists on what to shred and hosts free shred events at www.bbb.org.

8. Fight fake check fraud. Because of advances in printing technology, scammers have the ability to create real-looking but phony checks. Educate yourself on the common types of check fraud and be extremely wary of checks that come with claims that you’ve won a lottery, are eligible for a government grant or have landed a job as a secret shopper when you never applied. Be aware if it sounds too good to be true.

9. Warn and empower others. File a complaint with your BBB if you have a disagreement with a business or have been ripped off by a scammer. Your complaint will go on record and may help others in dealing with that company. Use the BBB to educate and empower yourself to make informed decisions.

10. Create a budget and stick to it. If you’re a cash-strapped consumer, setting a budget can help you stay afloat in 2014. The BBB has additional advice on how to create a budget to help you get out and stay out of debt at www.bbb.org

For more consumer tips you can trust from your BBB, visit www.bbb.org

Top 10 scholarships for African American students with deadlines in January 2014

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The new year is here, and it’s time for students to get back to work. This year, more than $50 billion dollars will be given away in scholarships, and many of these programs have deadlines that are fast-approaching.

Scholarships are free monetary gifts that can be used to pay for college tuition, books, and boarding. Most scholarship programs require students to excel in academics, sports, or in an essay competition.

Here they are top 10 scholarships with upcoming deadlines in January 2014:

#1 – The Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride” Scholarship awards a full scholarship to one student to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/12/tom-joyner-foundation-full-ride.html

#2 – The Burger King Scholars program is designed to help high-school seniors who are looking to start college next year. Annually, the program awards more than $1.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students.
Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/03/burger-king-scholars-program.html

#3 – The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (also known as the Bill Gates Scholarship) awards scholarships each year to African American students who plan to enroll full-time in a two-year or four-year college or university program.
Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/08/the-gates-millennium-scholars-program.html

#4 – The Ron Brown Scholar Program provides scholarship awards to African-American high school seniors who are excelling in their academics, exhibiting exceptional leadership potential, and actively serving in community service activities.
Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/04/ron-brown-scholar-program.html

#5 – The Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship Program is sponsored by Discover Financial Services. The program recognizes students in their junior year of high school who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their communities.
Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/07/discover-card-tribute-award-scholarship.html

#6 – The National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) provides four scholarships each year to African-American students currently in law school. Each applicant will be required to complete an essay on a topic that is related to the specific scholarship for which they are applying.
Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/02/nblsa-national-black-law-student-association-scholarships.html

#7 – Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships (RMHC) for African American Future Achievers are awarded to eligible high school students with high academic performance and community service as well as financial need.
Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/07/ronald-mcdonald-house-charities.html

#8 – The Talbots Scholarship Program awards one-time scholarships to women who want to go back to school to earn their undergraduate degree after graduating from high school or receiving their GED at least ten years ago. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/11/the-talbots-scholarship-program.html

#9 – The Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program awards scholarships to college juniors and seniors who demonstrate leadership qualities in support of freedom, American values and constitutional principles.
Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/08/ronald-reagan-college-leaders.html

#10 – The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in the field of aeronautics. It is a renewable scholarship for U.S. citizens and nationals.
Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/09/nasa-aeronautics-scholarship-program.html


To search hundreds of other 2014 scholarships, visit www.ScholarshipsOnline.org



FBI honors National Community Hero, Orrin C. Hudson, for his work with inner city kids

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Acting Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Ricky Maxwell, FBI Atlanta, recently presented the FBI Director’s Award for Community Leadership for 2013 to Orrin Hudson for his exceptional insight and success in reaching disadvantaged youth in the metropolitan Atlanta area through the game of Chess. On April 4, 2014, FBI Director James B. Comey will host all of the FBI’s 56 selectees from around the country at a national ceremony to be held at FBI Headquarters with Mr. Hudson present as Atlanta FBI’s honoree.

Hudson, a motivational speaker and community activist, realized the need to become involved in finding a solution to curb teenage violence within his community. Mr. Hudson recounted that, much like today’s youth, he was destined for trouble until a teacher changed his life by introducing him to a chess board.

Hudson, who is also a former law enforcement officer with the State of Alabama, believes that prevention is better than detention and, since becoming involved, he has helped over 20,000 children develop the practical skills and techniques to overcome obstacles in life as illustrated through the best and most intellectual visual aid, the chessboard.

After moving to the Atlanta area in 2001, Hudson launched “Be Someone”, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation that uses numerous tools, including the game of chess, to promote self-esteem, responsibility, and analytical thinking to underprivileged youths. He has touched numerous young lives and has been relentless in his pursuit of reaching more young people and introducing them to the game that changed his life. His teaching methods are designed to share something positive to inner city kids where the focus is discipline and patience required by the game of chess.

For more details about Orrin Hudson and his Be Someone organization, visit www.BeSomeone.org


About The FBI Director’s Award For Community Leadership


Throughout the year, dedicated and selfless individuals and organizations make extraordinary contributions to their communities across the United States. And every year, the FBI honors the very best among them with its Director’s Community Leadership Award. Each FBI field office selects one individual or organization for the award, and each award recipient is publicly recognized at the local level. At a later date, all winners are brought to FBI Headquarters to be presented with their award by the FBI Director himself. For more details about the award, visit: www.fbi.gov/about-us/partnerships_and_outreach/community_outreach/dcla

Photo Caption: FBI Agent Ricky Maxwell presents Orrin C. Hudson with the FBI Director’s Award for Community Leadership

Credit Card Debt Higher for U.S. Black Middle Class, Study Finds

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The NorthStar News

African Americans have been pummeled by the recent financial crisis, including facing the most adverse consequences of credit card debt and higher interest rates, according to a recently released study by the NAACP and Demos, a U.S.-based research and policy center.

Findings from “The Challenge of Credit Card Debt for the African-American Middle Class,” indicate that Black Americans suffered disproportionate economic losses since the Great Recession, weathering the highest jobless rates, steepest declines in income and deepest cuts into their assets and investments.

Additionally burdened by systemic discriminatory policies that left blacks with fewer assets and lower rates of homeownership than whites, many African Americans turned to credit cards as a “plastic security net” to help make ends meet, according to the report which is dated December 2013.

You can read the complete article at The NorthStar News

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