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Archive for January 21st, 2014

Trial set for men charged with terrorist plot during 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago

Posted by Admin On January - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute the office’s first case of terrorism against three men charged with plotting to commit multiple acts of violence during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.

Brian Church, 25, Jared Chase, 29, and Brent Betterly, 25, are charged with Providing Material Support for Terrorism, Conspiracy to Commit Terrorism, Possession of an Incendiary Device, and Solicitation to Commit Arson.

According to charging documents, the three defendants made plans to destroy police cars and attack four Chicago Police district stations with destructive devices, and sought to undermine the police response to the conspirators’ other planned actions for the NATO Summit. Some of the proposed targets included the Campaign Headquarters of President Obama, the home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and certain downtown financial institutions.

Jack Blakey, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, will lead the prosecution team and will be joined by veteran prosecutor, Tom Biesty, Supervisor of the Organized Crime/Cold Case/Human Trafficking Unit and Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Thrun.

Cook County Judge Thaddeus Wilson will preside over the case.

Opening statements for the jury trial are set to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago in courtroom 606.

U. S. Black Chambers President Applauds Presidential Nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet as SBA Administrator

Posted by Admin On January - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
Ron Busby, President of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) applauds President Barack Obama’s nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet as the next Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and stresses the importance of a swift confirmation by the U. S. Senate.

“I am pleased that the President has made a formal nomination to fill this cabinet-ranking position which is not only key to strengthening the nation’s small businesses, but also crucial to the flourishing of the economy as a whole,” Busby said in response to the President’s Jan. 15 nomination. “The SBA made great strides under the leadership of Karen Mills. We believe Maria Contreras-Sweet, with her strong background as a Minority and Woman small business owner and business banker, would serve to build on that success.”
Busby added, “Given the gravity of this moment in which the economy is showing encouraging signs of recovery, we hope the U. S. Senate will render a quick confirmation.”
Contreras-Sweet is the Founder and Chairwoman of the Board of ProAmérica Bank, a Latino-owned community bank focusing on small business and non-profits in Los Angeles. Before founding ProAmérica Bank in 2006, she was the President and Co-Founder of Fortius Holdings, LLC, a private equity and venture fund specializing in providing California’s small businesses with access to capital.
In his announcement this week, President Obama described Contreras-Sweet as having a “proven track record of helping small businesses succeed; somebody who had firsthand experience both in the private sector and the public sector who can work with us and work with me to increase growth and expand opportunity.”
Calling small businesses the “lifeblood of our economy” and the “cornerstones of our communities,” which create most of the country’s new jobs, President Obama stressed the importance of an Administrator with experience and understanding of the struggles of small business ownership.
The USBC, based in Washington, D.C., is a nationwide association of more than 100 self-sustaining, viable Black Chambers and small business associations. With a goal of economic empowerment, USBC provides these chambers and associations with resources and initiatives in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises.
Busby said Contreras-Sweet’s banking background gives her a unique understanding of increasing the access to capital for Black business owners.
Busby also thanked former Deputy Administrator Marie Johns for her consistent commitment to serving the underserved and ensuring that all communities were represented at the table of prosperity. “Her willingness to advocate on our behalf will forever be appreciated.”
Busby concluded, “I look forward to working closely with Mrs. Contreras-Sweet to develop and implement new and existing SBA programs to help America’s 2 million Black-owned businesses continue to grow and prosper.”
Photo Caption: (L-R) – Antwanye Ford, co-founder, Enlightened; Tameka Montgomery, associate administrator; Office of Entrepreneurial Development, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); Bridget Bean, chief human capital officer and deputy chief operating officer, SBA; Ron Bubsy Sr., president, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and Gaea Honeycutt, president, Honeycutt Consulting.


Over 100,000 African American parents are now homeschooling their children

Posted by Admin On January - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

By Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu


We hear so much about the plight of Black children and their low test scores. We have

not heard that African American children who are homeschooled are scoring at the 82% in reading and 77% in math. This is 30-40% above their counterparts being taught in school. There is a 30% racial gap in schools, but there is no racial gap in reading if taught in the home and only a 5% gap in math.

What explains the success of African American students being taught by their parents? I believe that it’s love and high expectations. I am reminded of Booker T. Washington High School. They were honored several years ago for producing the greatest turnaround as a Recovery school. The principal had the opportunity to pick and choose her staff and emphatically stated, “If you want to teach in this school you must love the students”. Researchers love promoting that the racial gap is based on income, marital status, and the educational background of the parents. Seldom, if ever, do they research the impact of love and high expectations. Since the landmark decision, Brown vs. Topeka in 1954, there has been a 66% decline in African American teachers. Many African American students are in classrooms where they are not loved, liked, or respected. Their culture is not honored and bonding is not considered. They are given low expectations – which helps to explain how students can be promoted from one grade to another without mastery of the content.

There are so many benefits to homeschooling beyond academics. Most schools spend

more than 33% of the day disciplining students. And bullying has become a significant issue. One of every 6 Black males is suspended and large numbers are given Ritalin and placed in Special Education. These problems seldom, if ever, exist in the Homeschool environment.

Another major benefit is the summer months. Research shows that there is a 3 year gap between White and Black students. Some students do not read or are involved in any academic endeavor during the summer. Those students lose 36 months or 3 years if you multiply 3 months times 12 years (grades first -12) Homeschool parents do not allow academics to be forsaken for 3 months.

Finally, in the homeschool environment, parents are allowed to teach their children

values. Large numbers of parents are teaching their children faith based morals and principals. And many are teaching their children with the Africentric curriculum SETCLAE. These children are being taught truths like, Columbus did not discover America; Abraham Lincoln did not free the slaves; Hippocrates was not the father of medicine and that African history did not begin on a plantation, but on a pyramid.

Until public schools give more love, higher expectations, better classroom management, greater time on task throughout the entire year, values and the SETCLAE curriculum, we can expect to continue to see an increase in African American parents homeschooling their children.

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Better Business Bureau’s Top Ten Scams of 2013

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CHICAGO, IL – Topping the list of scam activity for 2013 is advance fee brokers, accounting for over 45-percent of scam inquiries to the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB). Advance fee brokers are usually empty promises for a personal or business loan requiring payment of a fee in advance. This scam attracts vulnerable consumers that need cash urgently. Coming in a close second is work-at-home scams. This scam lures consumers by using get-rich-quick approaches.

The BBB’s Top Ten Scams are ranked based on number of specific inquiries made by consumers to provide insight on the deceptive and sometimes illegal business practices in 2013.

“In 2013, consumers were tight for cash and were trying to improve their financial situations,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the BBB. “Scammers took advantage of these vulnerable consumers.”

Bernas explained, “It is important to be aware that these scams exist. That way people can avoid losing money or personal financial information.”

The complete list of Top Ten Scams in 2013 from the BBB includes:

1. Advance Fee Brokers. Often these appear to be very professional operations with attractive websites and advertisements. However, it is illegal for a business to charge a fee prior to providing a loan. Typically, after wiring money to the scammer, the victim never receives the loan. These “lenders” will use fake physical addresses or the addresses of real companies.

2. Work-At-Home Schemes. Legitimate telecommuting jobs do exist; however, many work-from-home opportunities are scams. Promising convenient work always attracts attention; however, when the requirement is to send money for materials first, consumers should always be on guard. Do not purchase services or products from a firm that’s reluctant to answer your questions and be cautious of any company that offers an exceptionally high salary requiring few skills and little work. Check offers out thoroughly for free with the BBB at www.bbb.org

3. Credit Repair Services with Advance Fees. Consumers with bad credit ratings are particularly vulnerable to this scam. Everything a credit-repair operation offers an individual can do personally at little or no cost. Credit repair operations cannot ask for money in advance and they cannot automatically remove legitimate negative reports from your credit history.

4. Foreign Lotteries. Any lottery from a foreign country is illegal in the United States. Stating a person can win or is a winner already provides a strong incentive; however, people should never send money to obtain lottery money. Scammers using fictitious addresses will request you send “fees and taxes” to them through a wire service, take the cash and never provide any winnings because there are no winners.

5. Office Supplies – Sale by Deceptive Telemarketing. This scam features fake invoices for office supplies being sent to a business, often for only a couple hundred dollars. This relatively low amount makes it easier for company personnel to quickly sign off and feel it is not worth their time to check the invoice’s validity, which would be done if it was for a larger amount.

6. Prize Promotions. There are several variations of this scam, but most include some aspect that requires people who are identified as “winners” to provide money or some type of personal information, such as a credit card or social security number, to verify being a winner. In the end, no prize is awarded and the personal information is then used to withdraw a victim’s money from accounts or for identity theft.

7. Paving, Painting & Home Improvement by “Traveling” Workers. Never pay upfront to a “traveling” contractor who just happens to be in the neighborhood, is doing work nearby, or has extra materials. The technique to get your money often requires you to pay for added materials. Once you pay the contractor, he disappears with the money and no work is ever done. Having access to your property also provide an opportunity for these people to check what valuables you may have for a future burglary or ID theft.

8. Pyramid Companies. Pyramid schemes within companies are fraudulent because returns to investors are paid from personal money or the money paid by the newest investors, rather than from any actual profit earned by an individual or organization running the operation. These scams collapse because payouts exceed investments, or because the legal authorities prosecute the organizers for sale of unregistered securities. Often the organizers simply disappear with funds sent to them.

9. Sweepstakes. If you don’t remember entering a sweepstakes, be very suspicious about being declared a winner. If the prize provider wants you to send money or give your social security number to receive your prize, take no action. If you send money you will likely never receive a prize or you will get a prize of lesser value than the money you’ve sent.

10. Debt Relief Services (Non-Compliant with FTC rule). The Federal Trade Commission has established rules for debt relief services (for profit businesses that represent that they renegotiate, settle or alter the terms of payment for an unsecured debt). The FTC rule governs disclosures and representations that debt relief services can make and does not allow advance fees. There are legitimate debt relief companies that comply with the FTC rule and the Better Business Bureau is identifying only the non-compliant companies as scams.

“Before giving any company your personal or financial information, review the business on the BBB website,” said Bernas. “And remember, if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

For more information on these top 10 scams, visit www.bbb.org

Lt. Gov. Simon encourages volunteering on National Day of Service

Posted by Admin On January - 21 - 2014 1 COMMENT

Lt. Governor donates food, reads to families to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today encouraged Illinois residents to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through volunteerism. Simon volunteered around Chicago to mark Dr. King’s birthday, which has been designated a National Day of Service.

“Volunteering is a great way to pass Dr. King’s legacy down to new generations,” said Simon. “I encourage you to honor Dr. King’s commitment to making our country stronger by working to help make our communities even better places to live and work.

Simon began the day by joining elected officials, community and religious leaders at Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Breakfast. Simon also donated to the Moraine Township Food Bank and will read a Dr. King essay on the importance of education during the King Day Read On at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. The Corporation for National and Community Service touts the MLK Day of Service as a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems.

SIAC Council of Presidents, Commissioner Gregory Moore agree on contract extension

Posted by Admin On January - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (“SIAC”) Council of Presidents and chairman, Miles College President George T. French Jr., announced today that SIAC and Commissioner Gregory Moore have agreed to a contract extension.

“The Presidents Council of the SIAC has been very pleased with the work of Commissioner Gregory Moore across all sectors. In fact, this leadership in financial matters and in marketing the conference has been transformational. The Council extended his contract with a unanimous vote,” President George T. French, Jr. said. As the incoming Chair, I very much look forward to working with him.”

During his five years at the SIAC Commissioner Moore’s achievements include:

* Doubled SIAC revenues (largest revenue increase in NCAA DI, II or III).
* Nearly three-fold (265%) increase in sponsorship revenues.
* Retired all conference debt from SIAC balance sheet.
* First NCAA DI, II or III conference to launch a conference-wide digital platform that now attracts 1.5 million visitors per year.
* First NCAA DII conference to launch Android application.
* First NCAA DI, II or III conference to feature four female officials during regular season football game.
* Negotiated three-year national broadcast agreement with Bounce Network to televise SIAC football games.
* Moved to East West alignment creating first SIAC football championship game.
* Increased conference membership from thirteen to fifteen institutions.

Commissioner Moore stated, “I am extremely grateful for the trust accorded me by the SIAC Council of Presidents. My staff and I look forward to continuing our daily effort to identify creative and innovative opportunities to leverage intercollegiate athletics to advance the overarching objectives of our member institutions and enhance the experiences of our student-athletes.”


About the SIAC:


Founded in 1913, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) is comprised of fourteen historically black institutions (Albany State, Benedict, Central State, Claflin, Clark Atlanta, Fort Valley State, Kentucky State, Lane, LeMoyne-Owen, Miles, Morehouse, Paine, Stillman, Tuskegee)  located within a six state footprint (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee). For information about the SIAC, visit www.TheSIAC.com.

Photo Caption: Gregory Moore, Commissioner of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)

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