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Archive for February 18th, 2014

The Michael Dunn Verdict: There Are No Winners in this Case

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NAACP’s Statement on the Michael Dunn Verdict

BALTIMORE—On Saturday, the jury in the trial of Michael Dunn, a Florida man who shot a teenager to death in a parking lot, found Dunn guilty of second-degree attempted murder for getting out of his car and firing 10 times at the Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle in which Jordan Davis was killed. The judge declared a mistrial on the count of first-degree murder; which applied in the death of Jordan Davis. The NAACP released the following statements in response to the verdict:

Adora Obi Nweze, President of the Florida State NAACP:

“The State of Florida has spoken and 47-year old Michael Dunn will have to answer for some of his crimes relating to having opened fire on an SUV filled with unarmed black teenagers. Today a jury convicted Dunn on three counts for the attempted murder of Tevin Thompson, Leland Brunson, and Tommy Storns, the three teens in the car with Jordan. The judge declared mistrial on the count of first-degree murder that applied to the death of Jordan Davis.

While prosecutors have stated they will retry Michael Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis, there are no winners in this case.  Two parents will forever remain without their only son; three other young men had their lives changed forever and the State of Florida and the country as a whole is left to deal with yet another senseless murder of an innocent young man whose life was cut short for no other reason than the color of his skin.  Young, black men are not thugs or suspicious by definition; and this important verdict reconfirms that those who commit crimes based on those misplaced preconceptions will not go unpunished.

The NAACP will continue to push for a change in the laws that make these types of crimes more prevalent and the punishment for their commission, less likely.  Stand Your Ground laws create an environment that places far too many people, especially young African-American men, at risk of losing their lives as a result of nothing more than the perception that someone “feels” threatened.  The only possible result of assigning life and death decision-making authority to anyone with a gun is the unnecessary loss of innocent lives.

The NAACP will continue to work with the State of Florida and the other 33 states across the country who currently maintain some form of stand your ground law to repeal these inherently discriminatory laws.  People should be allowed to live without constant fear that their lives are at risk just because of someone’s offensive- often race-based—perception.  Inappropriate stereotyping should not carry a penalty of death for black youth.”

Niaz Kasravi, NAACP Criminal Justice Director:

“This case is a perfect example of how stand your ground laws are illogical and often lead to tragic outcomes, especially to people of color who often end up on the wrong side of the weapon,” stated Dr. Niaz Kasravi, NAACP Criminal Justice Director.  “To help prevent future tragedies such as the death of Jordan Davis, we must repeal stand your grounds laws and bring back common sense self-defense policies in every state across this country.”

Kevin Myles, NAACP Region 5 Director:

“I’m happy that Michael Dunn will now be off the streets, but my heart is heavy for that fact that he was not held accountable for the young life he stole,” stated Kevin Myles, NAACP Region 5 Director. “That said, I applaud the prosecutors decision to retry the 1st degree murder charge and look forward to justice being served.”

Contact Derek Turner for additional information and comment at dturner@naacpnet.org.

National Black Church Initiative Bemoans Michael Dunn Verdict

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Our Justice System Continues to Fail Defenseless Black Youth

Washington, DC – 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 calls on Christians everywhere to pray for the soul of America. The church is saddened and angered that juries across the U.S. refuse to convict privileged majorities at the expense of unarmed and defenseless young back men.  Black mothers and fathers must know that their black boys will be protected by the law and not be a victim of the law. How much pain must a race of people continue to take?

A favorable verdict for Mr. Dunn undoubtedly ignites deeper racial divides and instigates conflict. The church cannot continue to tell black mothers that they must sacrifice their boys to the racist fears of white males and to a law deeply rooted in evil.  The American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, is the true guilty party in this case. They have created justifiable homicide, rooted in racial discrimination. ALEC must be held responsible for every single death around the country.

Rev. Anthony Evans NBCI President, says, “All my life I hâve tried to create a symphony of brotherhood, and now I must spend the rest of my life fighting against organizations such as ALEC who do nothing but legislate for the privileged at the expense of the poor and underserved. Do not expect the church to utilize it enormous moral power to stop non-violent protests. This verdict undermines the principle of God and our fragile democracy and should be considered with the utmost severity. We Jordan Davis death will not be in vain, and NBCI will continue to fight for justice when it comes down to stand your ground.  Legal homicide must stop ” in the name of God.

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. NBC’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.

Photo Caption: Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI

As Talks With Iran Resume, Let’s Look at the Facts

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Op-Ed by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk


Iran is declaring it will not dismantle its illicit nuclear infrastructure:

·      Today, Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei declared that nuclear talks with the west will “lead nowhere.”

·      Previously, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged that “under no circumstan ces” would Iran agree to dismantle a single centrifuge in a final nuclear agreement.

·      During Iran’s national day celebrations, in which American flags were burned, Rouhani declared: “We will permanently continue to progress our nuclear technology.”

·      Former Iranian top nuclear negotiator Hossein Mousavian told Iranian media in a recent interview that the Islamic republic will never agree to dismantle portions of its nuclear infrastructure.

·      Iranian nuclear negotiator Majid Takhte Ravanchi reiterated Iran would not accept the closure of “any of its nuclear sites.”

·      An Iranian official set aside the idea of potentially altering a heavy water reactor that could provide Iran with a plutonium path to nuclear weapons.

Iran is advancing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs:

·      Iran’s nuclear chief declared that his country has developed a new generation of centrifuges 15 times more powerful than those currently being used to enrich uranium, and said it might resume enrichment to 60% if necessary.

·      Iran successfully test-fired two missiles, including a long-range ballistic weapon, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

·      Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday.

·      Iranian TV aired simulated bombings of Tel Aviv and a US aircraft carrier.

·      Deputy Representative of the Supreme Leader to the IRGC Hojjat al-Eslam Abdollah Haj Sadeghi recently declared, “In the modern era we announce to our enemies America, England and the Zionist regime that we will not be satisfied with anything else other than your deaths.”

Iran’s abuse of human rights is worsening:

·      Renowned Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani was executed on January 27, 2014 for “waging war on God,” “spreading corruption on earth” and “questioning the principle of velayat-e faqih” (the rule of the jurisprudent, Iran’s system of vesting supreme power in an unelected cleric).

·      Iranian authorities announced the government’s utilization of new, more complex and undetectable Internet filtering methods.

·      Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, head of Iran’s judiciary, rejected an upcoming UN human rights report on Iran, claiming that Iran “will never cave to this type of pressure.”

·      Iran’s Justice Minister, Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi declared that opposition leaders, Mir Hoseein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, should not receive a trial.  Mousavi and Karroubi have been under house arrest since February 2011 but have yet to be officially charged with any crime.

·      Despite promises of increased social and political freedoms, Iranian authorities cancelled the annual cultural celebration organized by Chelcheragh, the weekly reformist magazine.

Iran is helping Assad in Syria while facilitating for Al-Qaeda:

·      According to the Director of National Intelligence, “Iran will continue to act assertively abroad in ways that run counter to US interests and worsen regional conflicts.  Iranian officials almost certainly believe that their support has been instrumental in sustaining Assad’s regime in Syria and will probably continue support during 2014 to bolster the regime.”

·      The Obama administration charged that Tehran has allowed senior al Qaeda members operating from Iranian soil to facilitate the movement of Sunni fighters into Syria.

Meanwhile, the sanctions regime against Iran is unraveling:

·      Iranian President Rouhani recently declared, “We have struck the first blow to the illegal sanctions, in the fields of insurance, shipping, the banking system, foodstuffs and medicine and exports of petrochemical materials.”

·      Rouhani tweeted: “You are witness to how foreign firms are visiting our country; 117 political delegations have come here.”

·      The International Monetary Fund predicted Iran’s economy could turn around due to the interim agreement.  “Prospects for 2014/15 have improved with the interim P5+1 agreement…real GDP growing by 1-2 percent in 2014/15. Inflation would potentially decline to 15-20 percent…”

·      The International Energy Agency’s monthly oil report estimated that Iranian oil exports spiked by about 100,000 barrels a day in January. That brought Iranian crude exports to just over 1.3 million barrels per day, worth almost $4 billion a month given the current price of oil.

·      Iran welcomed the most senior French trade delegation the regime has hosted in years.  An Iranian oil firm and an Indonesian company are looking to build a refinery worth at least $3 billion, officials said.

Disenfranchisement News: Eric Holder calls for felony disenfranchisement reform

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(From The Sentencing Project: Disenfranchisement News)

Speaking at the Georgetown University Law Center on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged states to repeal laws that ban formerly incarcerated individuals from voting. Citing studies linking voting right restoration with reduced recidivism rates, he criticized restrictive felony disenfranchisement provisions as counterproductive to effective reentry and called on Americans to “join us in bringing about the end of misguided policies that unjustly restrict what’s been called the ‘most basic right’ of American citizenship.” AG Holder also discussed the overtly racist origins of felony disenfranchisement in the United States, noting that in spite of important advances in civil rights, felony disenfranchisement remains widespread today.

“Whenever we tell citizens who have paid their debts and rejoined their communities that they are not entitled to take part in the democratic process, we fall short of the bedrock promise – of equal opportunity and equal justice – that has always served as the foundation of our legal system. So it’s time to renew our commitment – here and now – to the notion that the free exercise of our fundamental rights should never be subject to politics, or geography, or the lingering effects of flawed and unjust policies.”

In response to AG Holder’s remarks, Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, stated:
“Attorney General Holder’s comments mark an important moment on the issue of felony disenfranchisement. A half century after passage of the Voting Rights Act nearly six million Americans are prohibited from voting due to antiquated laws that are anathema to a democratic society. The racial disparities that plague the criminal justice system are transformed into restrictions on voting that dilute the political power of communities of color. Just as the use of incarceration in the United States is extreme by the norms of industrialized nations, so too are our felony disenfranchisement policies.”

Governors Respond to AG Holder’s Call for Reform

The AP reports that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley responded to AG Holder’s remarks on Tuesday by stating that he’s “willing to look at a reasonable request” for felony disenfranchisement reform, saying he has “always believed someone should get their voting rights restored after serving their full sentences.”

In contrast, a spokesperson for Florida Gov. Rick Scott stated, “Eric Holder’s speech from Washington, D.C., has no effect on Florida’s Constitution, which prescribes that individuals who commit felonies forfeit their right to vote.” AG Holder called out Florida for its particularly restrictive disenfranchisement policies more than once on Tuesday.

Editorial Highlights

The New York Times Editorial Board: “6 Million Americans Without a Voice”

“Despite some progress, the United States remains an extreme outlier in allowing lifetime voting bans. Most industrialized nations allow all nonincarcerated people to vote, and many even allow voting in prison.

“Adding insult to injury, felon disenfranchisement laws — which are explicitly permitted by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution — are devoid of both logic and supporting evidence. They undermine the citizenship of people who have paid their debt to society, and possibly at a cost to public safety. As Mr. Holder pointed out, a study by a parole commission in Florida found that formerly incarcerated people banned from voting were three times as likely to re-offend as those who were allowed to vote.”

Read the full piece here.

The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board: “Restore the Vote to Felons”

“It isn’t just that black Americans are incarcerated at rates higher than the rest of the population. Holder also noted that felony disenfranchisement laws in some states have historical roots in efforts during Reconstruction to ‘target African Americans and diminish the electoral strength of newly freed populations.’

“Holder’s emphasis on the racial implications of these laws is entirely appropriate. It is consistent with other initiatives he has taken to ameliorate disparities in law enforcement, including his directive to federal prosecutors to refrain from charging low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that would lead to draconian mandatory minimum sentences. Black defendants have disproportionately been harmed by excesses in the war on drugs.”

Read the full piece here.

James Causey, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “Attorney General Eric Holder is Right: Let Released Felons Vote”

“Once felons are released in Wisconsin, they can work and must pay taxes like everyone else but can’t vote until supervision is finished. This is backward. People can work and put in 40 hours a week but can’t cast a vote in their School Board election that could shape their child’s future?
“They can’t vote for the alderman or county supervisor of their choice. They can’t vote in the governor’s race or presidential race. It is overly harsh for those who may have committed a robbery 25 years ago when they were 17 years old to still be denied the franchise.”
Read the full piece here.

ReMARCs: Black History-in-the-making

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Opening ReMARCs

By Marc H. Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

Often as I am giving speeches around this time of the year, I am asked this question: Do we really still need Black History Month? Without hesitation, my answer is always a resounding “yes.”

Black History Month is more relevant than ever to respect and honor the people and events that have shaped American history. Unfortunately, most of our nation’s history has been told from a perspective largely void of the input and impact of African-Americans. While we recognize that African American history is American history, this month is a time to celebrate and highlight the contributions of Blacks in America and to expand our knowledge of our collective history.

More progress has been made in incorporating Black history in school studies and our broader national narrative, but it is still necessary to tell our ongoing story – as our history is still being made. We are innovating, breaking records, climbing corporate ladders, and ascending to the highest levels of government. We are also still fighting to make strides to bridge the persistent employment, economic, wealth and achievement gaps that plague our nation. We celebrate our history, while also recognizing that it is up to us to be history makers.

This month we are happy to announce our partnership with Ebony magazine to “Protect Black History.” Support the National Urban League with a minimum donation of $15 and receive a complimentary one year subscription to Ebony magazine.

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Black History Month: Now More Than Ever

Ever since the 2009 election of Barack Obama as America’s first Black President and the 100th anniversary of the National Urban League in 2010, the perennial debate about the need for Black History Month has intensified. Some have questioned the need for a special month to recognize the many unknown and unsung achievements of African Americans. With Obama as President, the logic goes, we have now achieved Dr. King’s dream of a non-racial America where everyone is judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. I wish it were so.

Last year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the passage of the Voting Rights Act. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the repeal of the Poll Tax. But unfortunately, the suppression of voting rights and other instances of racial discrimination remain. All one needs to do is look at the glaring disparities between Blacks and whites in income, employment, incarceration rates, educational achievement and health status to see that race still matters in America. Income inequality and equal opportunity are still part of the unfinished business of American democracy.

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Father Pfleger: “Black and brown boys becoming endangered species in America”

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By Chinta Strausberg


While 47-year-old Michael David Dunn, who killed17-year-old Jordan Davis over some loud music was convicted on three counts of second-degree attempted murder and faces 60-years in prison, Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday said that is not good enough because the jury failed to convict him for murdering the unarmed teenager.

Upset that the jury was deadlocked on the murder charge against Dunn, Pfleger said, “The boy died. He was murdered.” Referring to Dunn who faces a 20-year minimum mandatory sentence on each count that must run consecutively, Pfleger said, “I don’t care if he stays in jail for the rest of his life that’s not good enough because” Dunn was not convicted of murder.” The man killed,” Pfleger said.

“You shot at a carload of young people who were unarmed,” he said of Dunn. “You took his time to go in the glove compartment, take out your weapon, load it, shoot, pause and shoot again and then go home and have pizza with your girlfriend,” said Pfleger. “And, he was acquitted.”

Referring to causes like saving whales and other endangered species, Pfleger said, “Maybe we need to petition the Secretary of Interior to make black and brown boys endangered species in America because right now it seems like killing them is legal.

“I know Florida. Every black person should move out of Florida because Florida is crazy,” said Pfleger referring to another Florida case involving the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, by George Zimmerman who was acquitted. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws have become the talk of the nation including in Illinois.

“They’re trying to bring “Stand Your Ground” here in Illinois,” said Pfleger. “We got to do something. We got to fight. We got to step up and get loud otherwise they are going to continue to do it and it’s going to be open season on our young men,” Pfleger told his congregation.

Still angry that the jury failed to indict Dunn for murdering Davis, today Father Pfleger posted this on his Facebook page: “We can and should continue to be outraged with the Murders of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, and Yes the evil Stand your Ground Laws, unjust Justice system and the Proliferation of Guns….

“But Brothers and Sisters until we have the couragein America to Unravel and Eradicate the Sin and Evil Of Racism in the Bloodstream of America, Every Child of Color is in Danger of being killed and Black Youth, especially Black Males are becoming an endangered Species,” wrote Pfleger.

Besides facing 60 years in prison, the jury also convicted Dunn of either shooting or throwing a deadly missile, which is a felony that can get him up to an additional 15 years. According to State’s Attorney Angela Corey, her office will retry Dunn on first-degree murder charges.

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.

Illinois Roads Snow and Ice Covered in Central and Northern Illinois

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IDOT Winter Weather Crews in Full Force in Impacted Areas

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that road conditions have improved in some areas throughout the state, where the snowfall and freezing rain has stopped. However, roads are still snow and ice covered in parts of central and northern Illinois, creating slick and dangerous conditions for Illinois motorists.

The National Weather Service has forecasted additional snow accumulations in northern Illinois with temperatures in the mid-20’s and winds expected up to 25 mph.

IDOT has approximately 950 trucks and more than 1,150 employees assigned to impacted areas to remove snow and ice from state routes to help ensure the safety of the motoring public. Due to current weather conditions, IDOT encourages motorists who must travel to check the latest winter road conditions and road closures at www.gettingaroundillinois.com. Currently, all roads are open. The Kampsville and Brussels Ferries are closed due to ice. IDOT will continue to monitor the winter weather statewide and respond accordingly.

“Road conditions have improved in some areas of the state, but roads and bridges are still snow and ice covered from central to northern Illinois,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “IDOT winter weather crews are working diligently to keep roads clear, but motorists need to use extreme caution if they must travel to avoid any dangerous situations.”

Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when snow and ice affect roadways, and IDOT advises travel only when absolutely necessary during winter storms or when temperatures are extremely low. During the severely cold weather expected, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

advises that Illinois residents limit exposure to cold temperatures, dress in layers, check in on others who may need additional assistance, keep vehicles in good repair, and bring pets indoors.

For a list of warming centers in Illinois, visit

http://www2.illinois.gov/KeepWarm/Pages/warmingcenter.aspx. Those traveling by Amtrak trains are encouraged to call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com/alerts for Service Alerts and Passenger Notices.

Safety tips to remember:

· * Allow extra time for travel during the winter months.

* Don’t crowd the plow – a snow plow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.

· * Be aware that black ice can form on roads that appear clear and the unseen ice can be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas – all are prone to black ice, which is often invisible.

· * Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to help prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.

· * Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary – if you do have to make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route and schedule.

· *Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.

· * Carry a few extra blankets in your car, and perhaps an extra coat to ensure protection in case of a breakdown.

· * Carry a cell phone and dial *999 for roadway assistance in case of emergency (but remember using handheld phones while driving is illegal if it is not an emergency situation).

· * Always wear a seat belt, front seat or back – it’s the law.

· * Check travel and road conditions routinely before any trip. You can get road condition information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), Illinois Tollway information by calling 1-800-TOLL-FYI or online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the “winter road conditions” icon.

Sign Petition to End Military Sexual Assault

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(Letters to Editor)
From Sean Patrick Maloney
Democrat for Congress

It is so important we do something to address military sexual assault…
Just this weekend, the AP reported that “the handling of allegations verged on the chaotic,” and that seemingly strong cases were often reduced to lesser charges or dismissed entirely.
We know too much about the injustice being carried out against our men and women in uniform not to act. Take a moment to add your voice and help protect them by passing the Military Justice Improvement Act.
This is heartbreaking: More than 70 members of our armed services face coercive or abusive sexual contact, assault or rape every day. That’s three every hour.
We need to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act now – and the Senate is poised to act this week. We can’t take no for an answer – not when the men and women of our military continue to be victimized, hour after hour, day after day.
Check out the numbers. They’re horrifying.
  • 26,000 – the number of estimated sexual assaults in the military in 2012
  • 5,000 – the number of those assaults that were reported
  • 50% – the year over year increase in assaults
The last one might be the one that gets me most. This problem is getting worse, while Congress sits on its hands.
No more! The Senate could act any day, but they won’t if you don’t sound your voice on behalf of our military heroes now.
New York’s own Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been a relentless advocate for our troops and I’m so proud to call her my senator.
The Military Justice Improvement Act will change the lives of victims by taking the decision to prosecute outside the chain of command.
It needs to happen – now. Help us. Sound your voices until it does.
With every day that passes, the lives of men and women who volunteer to protect our country are destroyed.
Let’s say enough,
Sean

Contractors offering repairs of water damage caused by melting snow need to be carefully checked out, says Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – With temperatures across northern Illinois expected to be in the 40s during the coming days, snow and ice will be melting over a short period of time, resulting in possible water damage and flooding.


The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) advises both renters and homeowners that experience water or flood damage to be cautious when choosing a company for repairs.


“Look at more than one company before making any commitments,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “It is important to choose a company that not only has a reasonable price, but is also reputable and ethical.”


Before signing a home improvement contract consider the following tips from the BBB:


  • Research details and free information oncontractors you can trust at www.bbb.org and consider using the BBB’s FREE online service, Request A Quote to obtain estimates, proposals or general information from BBB Accredited contractors.
  • Get all estimates in writing.
  • Never sign a contract with blank spaces or one you do not fully understand.
  • Homeowners should check with local and county units of government to determine if permits or inspections are required.
  • Determine whether the contractor has the proper insurance.
  • Remember that a down payment of one-third the total contract price is made with additional payments due after completion of each phase of work. Final payment should not be made until the job is completed and you have inspected the work.

According, to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Illinois has a Home Repair and Remodeling Act that requires contractors to furnish customers with written contracts for any repair or remodeling work costing more than $1,000. Additionally, the Act states a contract must be signed by both the customer and the contractor.

The BBB also makes these recommendations to property owners and renters looking to obtain flood insurance:

  • Call your insurance agent or company to inquire about the availability of flood insurance in the area. Keep in mind that flood insurance becomes effective 30 days after it is purchased.
  • Standard flood coverage does not typically cover damage resulting from sewer backups or sump pump issues. Ask your insurance agent or company if such additional coverage is appropriate to add to your policy.
  • Homeowners or renters should take an inventory of their personal property and make photocopies of their insurance policies, keeping important papers in a secure location away from home. Taking pictures of various rooms and their contents is also a great way to document the contents.

For more information on contractors and finding businesses you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

“Movers and Shakers” attend Probation Challenge’s Black History Celebration with Solutions

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As many city, county and state leaders entered into Southside Josephine’s Cooking, for “An African American History Celebration with Solutions”, there seemed to be a newness of hope on the horizon.

The Rev. Harold E. Bailey, president of the Probation Challenge organization, has once again used his incredible abilities to bring together a cross-section of movers and shakers into a pleasant surrounding to help bring about durable solutions to crime, drugs and violence.

Rev. Bailey said that “It is important to celebrate black history, however, it is also important to pave new and creative ways to save the lives of our youth, that they become better able to have a meaningful and productive tomorrow. We must stop playing games with our youth … Illinois and other states must be ‘legally permitted’ to educate as never before!”

Bailey hopes that much of what was said in the forum will infiltrate the bowels of gang activities. He believes if youth will again hear his voice… which has always been considered a beacon light in times of trouble – they will note that there is hope!

The room was filled with circuit court judges, including the highly respected federal court judge Blanche Manning. Judge Mary Maxwell Thomas, retired judge, introduced judicial candidates and other judges who came to bid the program well. A judicial candidate from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office lifted the hearts as she spoke of her challenge to render spiritual decisions in saving lives. Her life-saving comments will be aired on the PCC Network.

State Rep. Mary Flowers and State Rep. LaShawn Ford were on target as they addressed the ongoing needs throughout the state of Illinois. Rep. Flowers spoke of Rev. Bailey’s history and his intricate dealing with youth ever before its criminal popularity.

Chinta Strausberg, respected journalist, along with Juanita Bratcher, Editor & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine, presented facts and statistics that have not been spoken of regarding youth being entrapped into the arms of what Bailey calls The Criminal Just Us System. Bailey trust that youth will hear and adhere to sound judgment coming across his lips. He has been an advocate for education among youth dating back to the early 1970s. Youth have long respected Bailey’s expulsion of truth, which has often caused him difficulties with the powers-that-be.

The raw-spoken series of events was taped and scheduled to air February 19, 2014, on the PCC Network around the world. The Truth Network promised to allow as much of what was heard in that room to fill the airwaves around the Universe. Bailey believes that the truth will make many youth and elders… free.

Watch a variety of show presentations at: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

For more information, contact Rev. Harold E. Bailey at 773.978.3706

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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