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It’s Time to Take a Stand: African American and Social Justice Leaders to launch a National “Self Defense” Campaign!

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The Parents of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin, family members of Marrisa Alexander, Attorney Benjamin Crump,  Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, African American Clergy and Social Justice Leaders will Rally on Monday, March 10 at 9:30 a.m. to launch a National “Self Defense” Campaign!

Once again, the nation has indulged in what is now an all too familiar “great debate” following the Michael Dunn - Jordan Davis verdict. Impacted by polarizing views surrounding the justice system and racial biases that pertain to people of color, the United States is divided on what the terms “justice” and “prejudice” really mean. With what seemingly appears to be an overwhelming barrage of fractured and broken civil liberties, “black” and “brown” or  in clearer terms African Americans are coming together to make an undeniable stand for justice and against prejudice.  Across the nation, African American clergy, civil rights leaders, business owners and concerned citizens will be mobilizing to protest and challenge judicial biases regarding people of color and the poor under a new campaign titled, “The Self-Defense Campaign.”

Attorney Benjamin Crump, the parents of Trayvon Martin, the parents of Jordan Davis, family representing Marrisa Alexander, Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, Empowerment Movement President, Tom Joyner, Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host, Representatives from The National Bar Association, the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, as well as concerned citizens will join Rev. Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant to petition the Florida State Legislation and roll-out a national strategic “Self Defense” reform strategy.

The “Self-Defense” rally will begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 10, 2014 at The Tallahassee Leon Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St., Tallahassee, Florida. They will then march to the Tallahassee State House where the national “Self-Defense” campaign will be launched.  Attorney Benjamin Crump, the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis will open the rally with remarks.

The “Self Defense” rally is being led by Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, the pastor of the Empowerment Temple and President of the Empowerment Movement, has sounded the alarm to make an undeniable stand for justice to protest against blatant prejudices in the justice system.

Bryant has support from local and national African American Clergy, Civil Rights organizations and leaders in the community.

Bryant is a pastor with a global mission, which is to empower the World through the Word. He has the fastest growing church in the A.M.E. denomination, with a current membership of 10,000 parishioners. This new millennium minister is an impassioned social activist, community developer, and cultural philanthropist; an author, motivational speaker, and TV and radio personality. He was instrumental in the rally for justice for Trayvon Martin, and is the spiritual advisor to Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin.

www.empowermenttemple.org; www.empowermentmovement.org; twitter.com/jamalhbryant

Longtime Black Media Executive Tom Picou Succumbs to Heart Attack

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) – Memorial services were being planned this week for Thomas Maurice Sengstacke Picou, a longtime businessman and black media executive who died here last week of a heart attack following a medical procedure. He was 76.

Picou was former president and chairman of Real Times, Inc., corporate owners of the Chicago Defender, the iconic newspaper whose attacks on racism and promotion of opportunities for blacks almost single-handedly fueled the Great Migration of southern blacks to northern cities from 1910 through the 1930s.

Picou also was the nephew of longtime Defender publisher John H. Sengstacke, who assumed the helm of the historic newspaper at age 28 and made his mark by establishing the Negro Newspaper Publisher’s Association – a federation of black newspapers – and converting the Defender from a weekly newspaper to a daily.

Sengstacke and his wife, Myrtle, raised Picou as their own son after Picou’s mother died in the 1950s. From that point on, Picou was a vital part of the Sengstacke and Chicago Defender families, longtime associates said.

During his long tenure at the Defender, Picou evolved into a hard-working, community-minded executive who had his foot planted firmly in the past but his eye focused sharply on the future, said longtime friend and associate David M. Milliner.

“Tom was that rare breed of journalist who honored the historic ‘service mission’ of the black press while still understanding its need to modernize and develop stronger business practices,” said Milliner, a Real Times board member. “He was, in that sense, a rare blend of activism and capitalism.”

Milliner said, however, that Picou was more interested in serving the black community than in making lots of money.

“He always focused more on mission and service than on profit and personal gain,” said Milliner, himself a former publisher of the Chicago Defender. “In my book, that makes him one of the most important black media executives of the last half of the 20th century.”

Picou was born in Los Angeles on Oct. 25, 1937, to Inez and Maurice Picou, who had moved to California from Louisiana. After moving to Chicago as a teenager to live with the Sengstackes, he began working for the Defender, where he assumed various jobs before taking on management responsibilities as an adult.

In 1984, Picou moved to south Florida where he was involved in several entrepreneurial ventures, including the purchase of the Tousley-Bixley construction firm in Indianapolis, best known for its construction of the Indianapolis 500 track. As chairman and CEO, Picou waged a drive to involve more minority sub-contractors in the state’s lucrative construction industry.

From 1990 to 1999, Picou secured consulting contracts with publishing giant Gannett, the Times Mirror Group, and three other Sengstacke-owned newspapers.

After his uncle died in 1997, Picou returned to Chicago and began devising a plan to buy Sengstacke Enterprises. In 2003, he gained control of Sengstacke Enterprises and created Real Times Inc., the holding company that owns The Chicago Defender, The Michigan Chronicle in Detroit, The New Pittsburgh Courier, and the Tri-State Defender in Memphis.

He remained a major stockholder in the company until his death.

In 2005, Mr. Picou was honored by the American Diabetes Association and the Father’s Council as a Father of the Year. “Being a father is the most important aspect of my life, which makes this an honor I am extremely proud to receive,” he said at the time.

Picou served on the trustee boards at Chicago State College and Florida International University; served as an alternate on President Lyndon Johnson’s initial National Alliance of Businessmen; and on numerous local and state quasi-government committees.

He also served as an honorary chair for the Red Cross, the NAACP’s annual fundraising dinner and the Chicago Urban League’s annual businessmen’s luncheon. He was a member of the American Newspaper Publishers Association, The American Society of Newspaper Editors and The National Newspaper Publishers Association (formerly the Negro Newspaper Publishers Association.

Over the years, he enjoyed collecting gold coins and art, and was an avid sports enthusiast, with college basketball being his favorite spectator sport.

Picou is survived by his daughter, Tracey Picou of Little Rock, Ark.; his sister, Judith Picou Garrett of Los Angeles; his longtime companion, Loretta Walker; and by other beloved relatives, including his first cousin, Robert Sengstacke.

Memorial services are pending.

Photo Caption: Tom Picou

Pfleger, clergy, activists to candidates: “Stop pimping the black church for free votes”

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Invest in black and Hispanic media

By Chinta Strausberg

Flanked by ministers and community activists, Father Michael L. Pfleger Wednesday warned political candidates to stop “pimping” the black church and to cease taking the African American vote for granted by going to their churches to get their messages out for free in exchange for their support.

At a press conference held at Saint Sabina, 1210 W. 8th Place, Pfleger was joined by Rev. Dr. Janette Wilson, a senior advisor to the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Roderick Hawkins, vice president of the Chicago Urban League, Rev. Mitchell Johnson from Joy Fellowship Church, Michael Edward LaFargue, president, West Chesterfield Community Association, Pastor Walter Matthews, Pleasant Green Baptist Church and Chairman of the 17th Ward Pastor’s Advisory Council, activists Wallace “Gator” Bradley from United In Peace who said blacks want to be hired to distribute the literature, and many others.

Also present were gubernatorial hopeful Tio Hardiman and his running mate, attorney Brunell Donald. Because they are candidates they were not allowed to speak but later agreed that candidates should support the black media.

But no matter which political banner a candidate is running under, Father Pfleger said all of them publicly acknowledge the importance of the black vote. “Put your money where your mouth is….

“There is a concern whether that vote is being taken for granted when it comes to spending their campaign funds for advertising.” He said most times they spend their funds in the mainstream media. “It’s disrespectful, and it is unacceptable.

“It is also disrespectful for these same candidates to come to churches in the black communities and ask to stand in their pulpits and talk for free and ask for votes but fail to spend their money in the black and brown media,” said Pfleger.

“If the African American community is important to you, then spend your money in the black and the brown media,” Pfleger said. If they don’t do this, Father Pfleger said their message to blacks and Hispanics is clear. “You’re either saying you don’t care about the black community or you’re saying you are taking them for granted and neither is acceptable in this day and age.”

But Pfleger had a message to his peers as well. “No pastor should allow a candidate to come stand in their pulpit and speak without asking them how much money they’ve spent in the black media. Don’t give them free time in your pulpit while they refuse to spend their campaign dollars in the black community and its businesses,” he said receiving a round of applause from his supporters.

Saying whether white, black or brown, Pfleger said, “It makes no difference of their race, if you’re coming in to speak in the pulpit, you ask them where are they spending their money and if they are not spending their money, then they should not come to the pulpit. Don’t give them free press.”

Wilson explained most people “don’t appreciate the power of the pulpit and what it really means to open up the pulpit to people who are not reinvesting in the community that supports your congregation. Referring to Bradley’s demand that blacks be hired to help candidate’s campaigns, Wilson added, “We’re not putting money on the streets. Candidates are running; yet they are running through communities where the jobless rate is at 40 percent. If they reinvest in black-owned media, that creates more jobs. It sustains a community.

“We are saying to reinvest in the people that you are asking to go to the polls on March 18th and then again in November to vote for you. We are not going to keep allowing people to take our dollars and give them to somebody else and then demand that we vote for them,” said Wilson. She said the black votes are often the margin of victory for various offices including judges.

Wilson made it clear. She said there are several litmus tests candidates should expect for black support. “Do you endorse the platform of issues that are essential to us…one is how do you plan to reinvest economically in the communities that are blighted, where there is highest unemployment, the highest levels of food deserts and those places in our communities where we are not even building the buildings being erected around us there fore not allowing us to participate in the economy.”

Wilson said the evidence of a candidate’s commitment to those they seek support is how they are spending their campaign dollars. “That’s the first evidence of your true commitment to keep your word if and when you are elected to office.”

And, to her religious peers, Wilson, who is also a lawyer, said, “be careful how you use the place that God has provided you with so that you do not endorse those who are not willing to support the community that gives your congregants and your congregation life….” She called on pastors to join with this coalition to tell the candidates “they must agree to invest a portion of their campaign dollars in black-owned media and black advertisers to place the media so we benefit from the millions of dollars that flow in these mid-term elections to broadcast and print media.”

Representing the Chicago Urban League, Hawkins agreed with Pfleger in telling the candidates to “put their money where their mouth is. If you want our votes, you want our support…our endorsements, make sure that you are speaking to them in the media that we have relied on for more than a century…the black press.” “Black media is powerful. Black media is our authentic voice. They are who we can rely on to tell our authentic stories.” He said supporting black media “is a requirement. We are not asking. We’re demanding it….”

Wilson agreed adding, “It’s not enough to give us lip-service. We want the dollars to follow your lips into our communities. It is not about whether they give the church an offering. It’s about supporting the business of the matter….”

She is also asking the candidates to use black ad agencies to help get their message out. “If you’re buying on Clear Channel, we want you to buy on WVON equally. You get more rotation…more visibility in our community.

“We’re asking the clergy that have the power to say no because you are reaching a captive group when you step into someone’s pulpit,” Wilson said. “You come to Saint Sabina that’s a captive group that Father Pfleger can say no to. He’s not only in the building but he’s streaming live.

“We’re saying shut it down unless they invest in the people that we want to give life to….” Wilson said investing in the black-owned media would create jobs and benefit the people just as the candidates are benefiting from their votes.

When reminded that Pfleger explained that some churches, like Saint Sabina, don’t allow political candidates to speak in their pulpits, but they will be acknowledged and allowed to meet and greet members after service ends in the vestibule. “That’s our policy here,” he said. “People running for office cannot get up and ask for votes from our pulpit.” He said pastors have a right to have those rules.

But, Father Pfleger made it clear to religious leaders, “Don’t let them come in and use you. That’s not acceptable….”

Agreeing was Rev. Johnson said, “If you have a story to tell our community, you should hire our community to tell your story and if you don’t then your story will stop at the door.”

Calling himself a “political operative,” Bradley said, “Any candidate that I represent, I make it mandatory that they advertise in the African American media. All political operatives be they white or black need to make that a mandatory issue if they got respect for the African American community….” Bradley said he’s tired of candidates coming to the black community “soliciting our votes, have no concern or agenda to deal with our concerns. I think now is the time, 2014, to tell them enough is enough….

Rev. Matthews said on March 1st at the House of Hope there will be a candidate’s forum where he is one of the panelists. “Before each question that I ask, I will ask if you’ve advertised in the black community.” Referring to political candidates who avoid advertising in the black media, Matthews said, “The media is the message. What they are saying is that they don’t care.”

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.

ILGOP Calls on Quinn/Frerichs to Return Tainted Campaign Cash

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From the Illinois Republican Party

Gov. Pat Quinn and State Sen. Mike Frerichs, both candidates for statewide election, found themselves caught up this week in an investigation involving campaign contributions and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“After all the damage that’s been done to our state’s reputation on ethics, you’d think Gov. Quinn and Sen. Frerichs would know better,” said Andrew Welhouse, communications director for the Illinois Republican Party. “At the very least, both Gov. Quinn and Sen. Frerichs need to return this tainted cash immediately, and any other contributions they’ve had funneled to them in a similar way.”

This month, The News Gazette and The Southern Illinoisan reported that two employees in the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals are being investigated for improperly accepting campaign contributions from a coal mining company that they regulated as state officials. 

Michael Woods, the head of the Douglas County Democratic Party, has been moved to another position “pending the outcome of an investigation,” and Tony Mayville, chairman of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee and Democrat candidate for the 115th state house seat, went on unpaid leave earlier this month.

Before the scandal came to light, Woods’ county party accepted $10,000 in contributions from a mining company that Woods oversaw, transferring $5,000 to Gov. Quinn, who oversees the IDNR, and another $250 to Sen. Mike Frerichs’ campaign fund.

Gov. Quinn was Rod Blagojevich’s lieutenant governor, and Sen. Frerichs served in the state Senate during the final two years of Blagojevich’s time in office.

“Illinois deserves better than this,” Welhouse said. “Gov. Quinn shouldn’t stand for his public employees using their taxpayer-funded jobs to grease the wheels of the Democrats’ campaign operation. And why should the taxpayers trust Mike Frerichs with their tax dollars if he’s not even willing to separate himself from this kind of scandal?”

Advocates to Protest City Plans to “Starve”Mental Health Clinics

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Town hall to feature expert testimony on need for services, city policy shift; Sheriff Tom Dart will speak at rally

Advocates will call for city hearings on policies threatening services, and announce actions

With the city poised to terminate hundreds of paying clients from its mental health clinics, mental health advocates will hold a town hall meeting to protest the move and hear testimony from experts and those affected.

Mental health policy experts, advocates, consumers, providers, supporters, current and former clients of Chicago’s public mental health clinics and supporters will gather for a town hall meeting on Chicago’s mental health crisis today, Thursday, February 27th at 6 p.m. at UE Hall (Monroe & Ashland), 37 S. Ashland in Chicago.

They will highlight the most immediate threat to mental health services – the city’s failure to join any provider network, triggering the termination of services for current Medicaid patients as the state moves towards managed care.  Testimony will also address the severe shortage of mental health services for Chicago’s most vulnerable, many of whom now have coverage through expanded Medicaid.

All Chicago city alderman and Cook County Commissioners have been invited to attend as well as the Mayor and the city and county health department leadership.

At the town hall, the Mental Health Movement will call on the city health department to take immediate steps to join a provider network, allowing for continued service to current Medicaid clients and additional revenue from new clients. Advocates argue that failure to do so will starve the mental health clinics by cutting off all revenue to the clinics and set the stage for closure of the remaining six clinics.  They are also urging the Chicago City Council to hold hearings on the city’s policies and the mental health crisis in Chicago, noting that the city failed to hold a single hearing about mental health services has been held in the last three years despite repeated promise to do so during the 2012 closure of half of the city clinics.

The Mental Health Movement fought hard in 2012 to stop the closure of six of the twelve city mental health clinics and points to the serious impact of those closures – a spike in hospitalizations, hundreds of former clients unaccounted for, a growing mental health problem in Cook County jail and many individuals who suffered serious consequences.

“It broke my heart when they closed my clinic. Now they say my therapist can’t see me any more because I signed up for CountyCare. It took me almost six months to get a psychiatrist. They’re leaving us out to dry but we won’t go away!” says Gail Davis, a Mental Health Movement member and former consumer of services at the now-closed Beverly/Morgan Park Mental Health Clinic.

Sec’y of State Jesse White to Host Celebration of African-American Heritage Month

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Chicago Broadcasting Legend Merri Dee and Illinois Historian Timuel D. Black Jr., honored

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will honor legendary broadcaster Merri Dee, Illinois historian Timuel D. Black, Jr., Little Black Pearl founder Monica Haslip, ComEd business leader John T. Hooker and Loop Capital founder James Reynolds, Jr., during a celebration of African-American Heritage Month.The event also includes participation and performances from jazz quartet Two Guys & Two Dames, Chicago Military Academy – Bronzeville Color Guard, Move Me Soul dance group, Evanston Township High School Poetry Slam Team and the Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble.

The event will be held Thursday, February 27, from noon to 1 p.m. at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Concourse Level

It is being held to honor and celebrate the many contributions made by African-Americans in the city of Chicago and state of Illinois in recognition of African-American Heritage Month while commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

State Issues Statement on Illinois Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Constitutionality of Employee Classification Act

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Act Prohibits Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors; Protects Workers Rights to Earned Compensation, Benefits, and Overtime

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan issued a statement on the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the state’s Employee Classification Act, which protects individuals working in the construction industry from being misclassified as independent contractors and ensures a level playing field within the industry. The Court rejected a constitutional challenge posed by a roofing contractor that claimed the law violates “due process rights and is impermissibly vague,” (Bartlow v. Costigan, Ill., No. 2014 IL 115152, 2/21/14) and stated the law was constitutional on Feb 21. Since the law went into effect in 2008, the Department has conducted 111 investigations and collected $314,325.70 in penalties.

Director Costigan’s statement:

“The Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling is a victory for Illinois workers and taxpayers.

“Misclassifying employees as independent contractors means payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation premiums and overtime do not get paid.  Misclassifying workers is illegal, places an unfair tax burden on workers, and costs the State of Illinois up to $700 million a year in lost taxes and payments.

“Last year, Governor Quinn signed legislation that strengthens our authority to crack down on illegal practices and to ensure hard-working families are paid what they’re owed. The Court’s decision helps us in the fight against those practices.

We thank the Illinois Attorney General’s office for their continued assistance.”

Help bless 12 year-old Little Miss Taylon who is battling Osteosarcoma

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Many of you have seen the inspiring viral posting of 12-year-old Taylon dancing with Beyonce in Las Vegas for her Make-A-Wish Day!…She has Osteosarcoma, and after numerous surgeries, she is now in hospice care.

Taylon continues to fight pain due to several tumors down her spine that are pinching nerves on each vertebrae, not to mention the enlarged tumor in her brain.

The goal now is to raise enough funds so that the family can spend as much time together without worrying about finances.

Please pitch in $5, or any other amount, to help ease the stress for this loving family of four? They need the gift of time now more than ever!

Taylon’s Ultimate Fight

Little Miss Taylon was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in October 2012. With extreme bravery, she accepted her diagnosis and began her fight. After only 58 short days of treatment, the  the doctors recommended amputation because the tumor wasn’t responding to chemotherapy and began to spread. Although Taylon’s mother knew what she wanted to do to save her daughter’s life, she left the final decision up to Taylor.

In a demonstration of courage, without hesitation, Taylon decided to sacrifice limb for life.

In addition to constant prayer for Little Miss Taylon, her single mother and two siblings, we ask that you help to relieve some of the financial burden of this loving family. #BlessAFamily #love4Taylon

If you can, please donate now and share with your family and friends on social media. Visit Taylon’s Facebook Page and share your prayers and thoughts!

have seen the inspiring viral posting of 12 year-old

Jeremiah 17:14

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.

Chicago Children’s Theatre to introduce a new generation to theater with Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle favorites, April 25 & 26 at the North Shore Center in Skokie, April 29 – June 1 at Chicago’s Ruth page Center for the Arts

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CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Children’s Theatre is excited to welcome Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia back to Chicago to introduce a whole new generation of young theater goers to the wonders of live theatre with the internationally acclaimed company’s popular production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites.

Featuring innovative puppetry, evocative music and stunning “how did they do that?” black light visual effects, this delightful Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia production brings to life three of Eric Carle’s all-time family favorites – The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed-Up Chameleon. The show is for ages 3 and up, and runs 50 minutes with no intermission.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is making it easy for north and northwest suburban families and schools to bring kids to meet everyone’s favorite caterpillar by kicking off the run one weekend only, April 25 and 26, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 W. Skokie Blvd. in Skokie. Tickets start at $20, and the North Shore Center boasts free, ample parking. Performances are Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. For tickets and information, call 847.673.6300 or visit northshorecenter.org.

Following its opening weekend in Skokie, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will move to The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, for a five-week run at Chicago Children’s Theatre’s home base. Tickets start at $25. Performances are April 29 through June 1: Tuesday at 10 a.m.; Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For tickets and information, call the Chicago Children’s Theatre box office, (872) 222-9555 or visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

More about Mermaid Theatre’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

“Mermaid Theatre’s emphasis on imaginative design elements, original music and challenging texts syncs right up with Chicago Children’s Theatre’s aesthetic,” said Jacqueline Russell, Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Theatre. “So we are thrilled to close our 2013-14 season by welcoming The Very Hungry Caterpillar and giving a whole new generation of young Chicago theater goers their very first live theater experience.”

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites is a triple-bill of the popular children’s author and illustrator’s most beloved stories. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar that eats his way through an amazing variety of foods towards his eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly.

Children will also delight in the antics of Little Cloud. High up in a beautiful sky, Little Cloud slips away from the rest and transforms itself into various shapes of things it sees – a sheep, and airplane, a shark and more.

In The Mixed-Up Chameleon, a little chameleon is bored sitting about predictably changing color all day. So it decides to embark on an adventurous trip to the zoo. Upon seeing the beautiful animals there, the little chameleon tries changing to look like each one of them.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is best known for unique stage adaptations of children’s beloved literary classics. The company’s innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, evocative original music and gentle storytelling has been applauded by five million spectators in 15 countries. For more information visit mermaidtheatre.ca.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites is a Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia production, presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre, based on the beloved children’s books by award-winning illustrator and writer Eric Carle. The production is adapted, directed and designed by Jim Morrow, with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Gordon Pinsent.

Eric Carle is the acclaimed and beloved creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages and sold over 33 million copies. Since Caterpillar was published in 1969, Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 110 million copies of his books have sold worldwide. Visit Eric Carle online at eric-carle.com.

Photo credit: Courtesy Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia

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Sign the petition: Tell Senator McConnell to end General Electric’s tax loophole.

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General Electric is one of the worst corporate tax dodgers out there. Thanks to a few major tax loopholes, it has managed to pay zero dollars in federal income taxes for four recent years. The company has mobilized an army of lobbyists in Washington this year because the “active financing” loophole — which lets General Electric put off paying its U.S. taxes indefinitely — recently expired.
But instead of making General Electric pay its fair share of taxes, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said recently that the active financing loophole should be renewed without the cost being covered. That’s why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Senator Mitch McConnell, says the following:
End the “active financing” tax loophole, which has allowed General Electric to pay zero taxes in four recent years.
The active financing loophole lets General Electric avoid paying U.S. taxes indefinitely when it shifts the profits it makes from interest and dividends to offshore tax havens. If extended, this loophole will cost the federal government $70 billion in lost tax revenues over the next 10 years. That’s not right.
Our country should not go further into debt to keep tax loopholes open for a profitable, tax-dodging corporation like General Electric.
Since Senate Republicans frequently vote in lockstep with Minority Leader McConnell, his stance on the active financing loophole will play a major role in determining whether or not it is renewed.
The Senate could take up the active financing loophole soon, so we’ve got to act fast to pressure Senator McConnell to stop fighting to prevent General Electric from having to pay taxes. Sign my petition to tell Senator McConnell to end the active financing tax loophole and make General Electric and other big corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

Jay Davis
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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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