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Archive for March 6th, 2014

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge Calls for Speaker Boehner to Remove Chairman Darrell Issa from Leadership

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) sent the following letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (OH-08) regarding Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s conduct during yesterday’s committee hearing where he shut Ranking Member Elijah Cummings’(MD-07) microphone off as the Congressman began speaking. The full text of Chair Fudge’s letter is below and is available for download here.

The Honorable John Boehner

Speaker, United States House of Representatives

H-232, The Capitol

Washington, DC, 20510

Mr. Speaker,

The American people have the right to expect that their elected leaders be held to the highest possible standards of conduct. Congressional committee leaders are held to an even higher standard due to their unique positions. The abuse of authority and misuse of the Congressional privileges afforded them are an affront to the expectations of the American public. Congressman Darrell Issa of California abused his authority and therefore must be reprimanded to ensure the dignity of the House of Representatives is preserved.

On behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus and the people we represent, I urge you to take immediate action to address the recent deplorable conduct of Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa. After a witness invoked the 5th Amendment and during time allotted to Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, Mr. Issa abruptly ended the hearing by directing staff to disconnect the audio system. And further, he refused committee members’ participation during the hearing. Mr. Issa’s conduct is unequivocally unacceptable for a member of the House of Representatives. Under the applicable Rules of the House, we strongly encourage you to take disciplinary action against Mr. Issa and force him to present himself before the American people on the House floor with an apology. Under Rule 9, questions of the privileges of the House are those that affect its rights collectively, its dignity and the integrity of its proceedings. Additionally, according to Rule 23, a member of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House, and shall adhere to the spirit and letter of said Rules, including those established by committees.

Mr. Issa not only violated House Rules 9 and 23, he also violated the rules of the committee he chairs.

According to Oversight & Government Reform Committee Rule 9 and House Rule 11, each memberis allowed five minutes to question a witness during a Congressional hearing. Mr. Issa blatantly disregarded this rule when he adjourned the hearing and denied committee members the opportunity to speak in the middle of the customary five minutes affordedto Ranking Member Cummings. Mr. Issa is a disgrace and should not be allowed to continue in a leadership role.

As the Speaker, you are responsible for maintaining decorum and appropriate conduct in the House of Representatives and ordering the Sergeant at Arms to enforce House rules. We urge you to take prompt action to maintain the integrity of this body and remove Mr. Issa as chair of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee immediately.


Marcia L. Fudge

Chair, Congressional Black Caucus

cc: Sergeant at Arms

Paul D. Irving, United States House of Representatives

NAACP commends Mayor de Blasio for dropping lawsuit against Community Safety Act

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The NAACP released the following statement in response to New York City Mayor de Blasio’s decision to drop the lawsuit against the Community Safety Act filed under the Bloomberg administration.

From Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference:

“This is a victory for the people of New York City and confirmation of Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to ending racial profiling by the NYPD,” stated New York NAACP President Hazel N. Dukes.  “The lawsuit was an unnecessary obstacle seeking to preserve a broken system and we commend the Mayor for removing it from the city’s path to reform.”

From Dr. Niaz Kasravi, NAACP National Criminal Justice Director:

“The NAACP commends Mayor de Blasio for dropping the lawsuit against the racial bill of the Community Safety Act and fulfilling his campaign promise to help end racial profiling and stop and frisk abuses in New York,” stated NAACP Criminal Justice Director Dr. Niaz Kasravi.  “New York has the opportunity to be a national leader in working to end racial profiling and we look forward to working with the Mayor and his team to implement real changes that will ultimately lead to protecting the basic rights of all New Yorkers and at the same time greater public safety.”

On Father’s Day 2012, the NAACP joined with 1199 SEIU and National Action Network to lead a “Silent March to End Stop-and-Frisk” down Fifth Avenue in New York City. The march drew tens of thousands of people from diverse races, ethnicities and religions.

Press Secretary’s statement on Ukraine

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As President Obama has made clear, the United States is pursuing and reviewing a wide range of options in response to Russia’s ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity – actions that constitute a threat to peace and security and a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and that are inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki Final Act.

Pursuant to the President’s guidance, today the State Department is putting in place visa restrictions on a number of officials and individuals, reflecting a policy decision to deny visas to those responsible for or complicit in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.  This new step stands in addition to the policy already implemented to deny visas to those involved in human rights abuses related to political oppression in Ukraine.

In addition, the President has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for activities undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kyiv.  This E.O. is a flexible tool that will allow us to sanction those who are most directly involved in destabilizing Ukraine, including the military intervention in Crimea, and does not preclude further steps should the situation deteriorate.

These actions build upon the previous actions the United States has taken, including suspending bilateral discussions with Russia on trade and investment; suspending other bilateral meetings on a case-by-case basis; putting on hold U.S.-Russia military-to-military engagement, including exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits, and planning conferences; and our agreement with G-7 nations to suspend for the time being our participation in activities associated with the preparation of the scheduled G-8 Summit in Sochi in June.  Depending on how the situation develops, the United States is prepared to consider additional steps and sanctions as necessary.

At the same time, as the President has said, we seek to work with all parties to achieve a diplomatic solution that de-escalates the situation and restores Ukraine’s sovereignty.  We call on Russia to take the opportunity before it to resolve this crisis through direct and immediate dialogue with the Government of Ukraine, the immediate pull-back of Russia’s military forces to their bases, the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and support for the urgent deployment of international observers and human rights monitors who can assure that the rights of all Ukrainians are protected, including ethnic Russians, and who can support the Ukrainian government’s efforts to hold a free and fair election on May 25.

As we follow developments in Ukraine closely, the United States reaffirms its unwavering commitment to our collective defense commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty.  We will continue to pursue measures that reinforce those commitments, to include the provision of additional support to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission and our aviation detachment in Poland.

Press Secretary Jay Carney

President Obama issues statement on the Senate’s failure to confirm Debo Adegbile

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President Barack Obama’s statement: The Senate’s failure to confirm Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice is a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.  Mr. Adegbile’s qualifications are impeccable.  He represents the best of the legal profession, with wide-ranging experience, and the deep respect of those with whom he has worked.  His unwavering dedication to protecting every American’s civil and Constitutional rights under the law – including voting rights – could not be more important right now.  And Mr. Adegbile’s personal story – rising from adversity to become someone who President Bush’s Solicitor General referred to as one of the nation’s most capable litigators – is a story that proves what America has been and can be for people who work hard and play by the rules.  As a lawyer, Mr. Adegbile has played by the rules.  And now, Washington politics have used the rules against him.  The fact that his nomination was defeated solely based on his legal representation of a defendant runs contrary to a fundamental principle of our system of justice – and those who voted against his nomination denied the American people an outstanding public servant.

Fracking Question Looms Over California Congressional Race

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Fracking Question Looms Over California Congressional Race

New America Media
By Alfredo Camacho

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — While California’s Central Valley is known for being a top producer of agricultural goods in the state, that reputation could one day be surpassed by the mass production of another valuable commodity: energy.

Whether or not that happens will hinge in part on what position the region’s elected officials take on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a technique for extracting oil or gas under the earth that uses injections of water and chemicals under a high pressure to penetrate bedrock. Kern County sits atop the Monterey Shale Deposit, the largest known shale oil deposit known to exist, which the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated in 2011 contains half of all the recoverable oil within U.S. borders.

Last week in Bakersfield, candidates in the race for the 21st Congressional District met at an open forum hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Former Assemblywoman Nicole Parra. Incumbent Steve Valadao, a Republican, and Democratic challengers Amanda Renteria and John Hernandez attended the forum, where they were each asked where they stand on the issue of regulating fracking on public lands.

Hernandez stood alone in staunch opposition to the expansion of fracking onto public lands.

“I have serious concerns about fracking, serious concerns,” said Hernandez. “When you consider what’s been happening in places around the country where it’s been done, there have been over 220 earthquakes reported as a result of fracking, and the water pumped into wells becomes polluted.”

Hernandez said that the risk of water contamination from fracking is too much to risk for Kern.

“We have enough bad water as it is, and folks in Lamont, Arvin, Shafter, already have problems with water and fracking that is currently going on,” continued Hernandez.

Renteria offered a more positive opinion on fracking, noting the potential benefits of the practice, but also cautioned that it should be done safely and conservatively in order to avoid water contamination.

“Here’s our reality: we need jobs and we need energy independence, and fracking is one of the ways that [we] can create jobs and grow the industry,” said Renteria. “But we have to do it with the right balance.”

Renteria added that state government and fracking industry leaders were beginning to meet to come to some agreements on regulations for 2015.

“The regulations are a good start but we have to make sure we can keep growing food for the future,” countered Hernandez.

Valadao saw fracking as a non-issue altogether.

“Fracking has been done here in Kern County without issues for over 60 years,” said Valadao. “I’ve had the Secretary of Energy under Obama assure me that yes, enough studies have been done on the safety of fracking, and if we can do it safety, we should take the opportunity to grow jobs and acquire energy.”

Each question looped back to jobs and how to improve the economy of a congressional district with the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

“What we did in central California [seven years ago] is we focused on a regional job fair, working very closely with the Department of Social Services of Fresno County and the Economic Development in Fresno, to educate small business owners on how to grow their business, how to develop their models,” said Hernandez. “That job fair, seven years later, is now the largest job fair in central California, with over 200 exhibitors and employers with 2,500 job openings.”

Hernandez, who himself worked with and through the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, touted his experience in small business development to help grow the district’s economy, but emphasized production and infrastructure, particularly water infrastructure, to improve the economy.

“We need to build infrastructure in America, again,” said Hernandez. “Building jobs cannot be exported.”

Valadao, as a sitting congressman, was able to refer to bills he had worked on as well as deflecting comments referring to Congressional Republicans’ recalcitrance and obstructionism.

“I still remember the day, sitting there on the floor, when Collin Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota on the ag[riculture] committee, referred to me as the only member of the house who understood the dairy policy,” said Valadao. “I’m very proud that his year has been spent with senators, like Senator Feinstein, to work on bipartisan bills to help our farmers here in my district.

Though not officially a debate, as candidates were not allowed to directly address each other, there were times when candidates snuck in underhanded barbs at each other, such as when Renteria referred to “partisan press conferences” by congressional Republicans referring to Valadao, a remark he just as discretely rebutted in his comment.

With a special election coming up on June 3 to decide between Renteria and Hernandez on the Democratic side, forums like this will surely become more contentious as the stakes become clear.

South Kern Sol is a youth-led community media project founded by New America Media to serve the unincorporated communities of South Kern County.

The push is on for Illinois Gubernatorial debate between Gov. Quinn and Tio Hardiman

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Letters to Editor

This is a letter from East Saint Louis Illinois from Jessica Ivory / inBox Magazine.

“The People of East St. Louis and Illinois Demand a Debate!”

Dear Fellow Illinoisans,

Why won’t our current Governor Pat Quinn agree to a debate? That’s the question the citizens of East St. Louis and the state of Illinois are demanding an answer to. After all, wasn’t it Quinn himself who called George Ryan “a coward” for not giving him a debate back in 1994? So why then won’t he give the current Democratic Candidate for Governor, Mr. Tio Hardiman, a debate? According to an article published on Feb. 19th, 2014 by CBS Chicago, Mr. Hardiman visited Quinn’s house and demanded a debate. Naturally, Pat Quinn did not answer the door.

Mr. Hardiman and his running mate, Attorney Brunell Donald are by all accounts considered “the underdogs” in this race. They are not backed by the million dollar machine. They are everyday, hard-working citizens like you and I. They don’t drive luxury sports cars or live in mansions. They simply want what the people of Illinois want. We ALL want a change in Illinois politics. We are tired of the corruption that has plagued this great state at the hands of the people running it!

Current Governor Pat Quinn boasts about practicing “good government” yet refuses to give the people of this state what we need. We don’t need another money hungry politician running our state into the ground. We need to get angry! These are OUR tax dollars paying for the Governor’s salary, yet, we aren’t entitled to a debate? We need a change we can believe in. We need to HEAR that the City of East St. Louis and Illinois as a whole are not forgotten about.

Speaking of, when is the last time Mr. Quinn visited the City of East St. Louis? I can tell you that Mr. Hardiman and Attorney Brunell Donald have made a few trips here. Their last visit was just this past Monday at Studio 618, 809 St. Louis Ave., East St. Louis. A press conference was scheduled that morning and was covered by KSDK news. During their visits, they have been utterly shocked at the conditions of East St. Louis. “There is NO reason or excuse as to why this City should look like this”, Attorney Brunell Donald commented. They have walked the streets of the City and talked to the people. They understand the need to rebuild this once thriving community.

Maybe Pat Quinn is too busy spending our tax dollars to notice the poverty, destruction, and crime plaguing East St. Louis. Maybe he’s too busy to come see firsthand how bad things really are… and maybe, just maybe, he is too busy to practice what he preaches and show us what this “good government” is all about.
Your voice matters. If you feel like Pat Quinn should fulfill his political responsibilities and give Mr. Hardiman a debate, please write him a letter. Call his office every single day until he gives the people what they NEED! We need a debate, Mr. Governor, and what better place than the City of East St. Louis to do it in? Come out, Come out, wherever you are.

Contact Pat Quinn today and tell him we the people are demanding a debate. His office number is (217) 782-0244(217) 782-0244. Send letters to: Office of the Governor, 207 State House, Springfield IL 62706.

For more information or to volunteer for the Tio Hardiman campaign for governor, call 708-223-4940.

Tio Hardiman for Governor and Brunell Donald for Lt. Governor of Illinois
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MADD Awards Illinois with 5-Star Rating for Efforts to Combat Drunk Driving

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was joined by Sam Canzoneri, state executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)-Illinois, to highlight Illinois’ top 5-Star rating by MADD-National for our state’s efforts to combat drunk driving. White applauded MADD for its ongoing campaign to eliminate drunk driving.

Photo Caption: Jesse White is joined by MADD-Illinois Executive Director

NAACP Denounces Senate Filibuster of Adegbile Nomination to DOJ Post

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WASHINGTON, DC — The NAACP released the following statement in response to the Senate filibuster of Debo Adegbile to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

From Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO:

“It is outrageous that the United States Senate failed to confirm Debo Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.  The President offered the best and most qualified candidate for this position.  Mr. Adegbile’s record and accomplishments as a leading civil rights attorney are unparalleled.  He is an unwavering defender of the Constitution of the United States and has worked tirelessly to ensure that the rights it confers on its citizens are applied equally to all.

The Senate failed to see through a shameful disinformation campaign that intentionally tries to hold Mr. Adegbile responsible for a terrible crime committed by a defendant when Mr. Adegbile was only 8 years old.  To allow this narrow, misguided agenda to punish Mr. Adegbile for upholding the core tenets of the Constitution is unfathomable and does a disservice to our nation.”

Teatro Luna, America’s ONLY Pan-Latina Theatre Company, Begins Their Residency at Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Inc. with the World Premiere of their NEW original performance: GENERATION SEX

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CHICAGO, IL – Teatro Luna is starting summer off with a bang with their newest original devised show, GENERATION SEX! After touring through ten states and three countries over the past year, Teatro Luna is returning home with their sizzling stories of love in the digital age at their new home in downtown Chicago, Instituto Cervantes! Teatro Luna is America’s only Pan-Latina theatre company producing a full season of new and original work. The Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Inc., located at 31 W. Ohio, promotes cultural activities and events related to the Spanish culture and language together with other organizations and institutions from around the Chicago area, Latin America and Spain. Their mission is carried out by experts from Spain and the Spanish speaking world, and Teatro Luna is the first theatre company to be in residence.

An anchor of this exciting residency will be producing new work in partnership with Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Inc. Flying out the gate first is the world premiere production of GENERATION SEX, their tenth fully devised play in the company’s thirteen year history. “We did the first workshop of Generation Sex at Instituto Cervantes just over a year ago,” says Abigail Vega, Director of the Artistic Collective of Teatro Luna. “It’s amazing to see how far the play, and our blossoming relationship with Cervantes, has come.” After that initial workshop in March of 2013, the development process of GENERATION SEX continued with story-collecting workshops in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Berkeley, Seattle, and a five performance workshop at the Chicago Fringe Festival.

In GENERATION SEX, Luna bares all without blushing as we explore how technology has transformed sex, love, and our relationships. With the new rules of feminism now reduced to 140 characters or less, the Lunáticas dissect the tragically outdated ideas of femininity women are still forced to perform, tackling questions like: What is the art of seduction in a digital world that leaves little to the imagination? Can we Instagram loneliness? Is it possible to resist our avatars and be our true selves online? Has Facebook flipped how we define family? From sexting to Skype to the dark side streets of cyberspace, the Ladies of Luna explode how hollow soundbytes and played out listicles shape today’s quest for love and satisfaction, with a touch warmer than your welcome screen.

“Chicago audiences have seen our shows for the past twelve years,” says Vega, “but then we traveled and showed our work to the world. Now it’s time to come back and share this new play with our hometown.” And after fifteen months of development, workshops and showcases all over the country, this play is ready to come back home. “This is a performance that examines love in its various shapes and the performance of its expression. We are really at a crossroads in terms of how our society consumes and eschews notions of feminism. We are being told how to love and more importantly, we are being told who we have to be in order to trap love. In GENERATION SEX we seek to better understand the complexities that the performance of gender roles and technology has on our ability to make healthy familial and sexual relationships last today. What better place than where our work started to perform it fully for the first time?” says Executive Producing Director, Alexandra Meda.

In addition to performing, Teatro Luna will be hosting events, teaching workshops and holding community events at Instituto Cervantes over the next 18 months. “Teatro Luna is a unique, one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. Instituto Cervantes is proud to support the original and innovative theatre these women produce in Chicago,” says Teresa Hernando, Cultural Programs Curator at Instituto Cervantes Chicago, Inc. Many of Luna and Cervantes’ new programs will be collaborations between the organizations, bringing the best of both companies to the community. “We are engaging deeply in the fabric of Instituto Cervantes by supporting their current education and programming goals in any way possible, but we’re also expanding those goals to include our social justice theatre and storytelling,” says Vega. “It’s what we do best, and we’re proud to be doing it with a partner as strong as Cervantes.”

The play is presented in English with a sprinkle of Spanish.

What: GENERATION SEX, created and presented by Teatro Luna

When: Fri, May 30 – Sun, June 16. Performances run Wednesday-Saturday @ 7:30 PM, Saturdays @ 3:00 PM, and Sunday @ 6:00 PM

Where: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL

How Much: $15 for general admission, $25 for VIP. There will also be ten $5 tickets available at every performance. These can be purchased online or at the door, first come, first served.

For Tickets: Go to http://teatroluna.org/box-office/buy-tickets/ or call 773.819.5862.

Who Can Come: This show is recommended for ages 16+

Directed by Alexandra Meda, Co-developed by Alexandra Meda and Abigail Vega

Writing/Development Teams: Liza Ann Acosta, Rocio Alvarez, Jasmin Camarillo, Sindy Castro, Kristiana Rae Colón, Alice daCuhna, Amanda de la Guardia, Melissa DuPrey, Christina Igaraividez, Maya Mackrandilal, Maya Malan-Gonzalez, Amanda Martinez, Ayssette Muñoz, Enid Muñoz, Johannil Napoleon, Elizabeth Nungaray, Marci Portugal, Paula Ramirez, Alyssa Vera Ramos, Deanalís Resto, Karen Rodriguez, Angelica Roque, Allyce Torres, Ana Velazquez

Black-owned Tech Company, Coolnerd kiosk, to Exhibit at SXSW Trade Show

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New York, NY — (BlackNews.com) — CoolNerd Kiosk (www.coolnerdkiosk.com), a new technology is all set to be exhibited at this year’s SXSW trade show in Austin, TX from March 09, 2014 to March 12, 2014. Although smart phones continue to advance, many users are still frustrated with data charges and the lackluster battery life on many of the popular models. The new CoolNerd Kiosk helps to solve these problems by providing a convenient way for users to download entertainment and charge their phones without data charges and while on the go.

A user can connect to a CNK and shop for movies and music and download content directly to their device via USB connection. A complimentary device charge occurs while their device is connected. Users pay content fees comparable to iTunes via credit card, debit card or PayPal.

A representative from the CoolNerd Kiosk said, “We are glad to provide this new technology to help people that are always on the move. It is helpful for a number of purposes like touch screen shopping of movies and music and charging mobile phones while traveling.” He added, “In the upcoming trade show in Austin, we are going to exhibit our technology and we aim to be a leading name in offering downloading and charging services to smart phone and tablet users.”

CoolNerd Kiosks also airs commercials on its touch screen monitors before user shopping and during download. Once the user finds a selection they like, they pay via credit/debit card or PayPal, then CNK reads the device type and copies entertainment to the device’s directory using proprietary “A-C Loader” application. The company was founded by Mark Unthank, a creative thinker who has envisioned and developed this convenient way of bridging the gap between DVD kiosks and online streaming for smart phone users.

Mr. Unthank hopes customers will embrace CoolNerd Kiosk as the next step in selfservice entertainment, hoping it will become as ubiquitous as Redbox DVD kiosks.

When contacted, Royce Lee from Live Nation Entertainment said, “Our customers use it at every show!”

Roy Staeck from Union Station, Washington, DC added, “It is great for our customers and businesses.”

About CoolNerd Kiosk
CoolNerd Kiosks offers smart phone owners touch screen shopping of movies and music without data charges, free battery charge and advertising opportunities to brands and products. For more details, visit www.coolnerdkiosk.com

Photo Caption: Mark Unthank, a creative thinker and founder of CoolNerd Kiosk

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