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National Pastors Task Force being formed to repeal “Stand Your Ground Laws” in all states

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Dr. R.B. Holmes, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida, will announce the formation of a 40-member National Pastors’ Task Force to have “Stand Your Ground” laws repealed or amended in all states Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 2:30 PM at The National Press Club in Washington, DC, in The Lisagor Room, 13th Floor.

Rev. Holmes will also announce his candidacy for President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

The Pastors’ Task Force is a major focus of Holmes’ “Social Justice” platform in his “12 Point Action Vision Plan” to “Reenergize, Reinvigorate and Re-brand” the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Reverend Holmes will also officially announce his candidacy for president of the nation’s largest African American Baptist Convention, The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., which has a reported membership of several million members. “Enough is Enough! We need to take a deeper look at this legislation to make it abundantly clear that Stand Your Ground Laws are not being used unfairly and unjustly, in reference to poor and minority communities” stated Holmes.

Other notables expected to join Dr. Holmes at the news conference are renowned civil rights Attorney Benjamin Crump (FL), United States Congresswoman Corinne Brown (D-FL), Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchett, Reverend Dr. Jamal Bryant (MD) , Rev. Dr. Cullian Hill (MI), the parents of the late Travon Martin, Jordan Davis, Michael Jiles, Robert Champion, and pastors and community leaders from across America. They will join Reverend Holmes as he shares his vision for the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. that will create a new sense of synergy and excitement in the Black church in particular, and America in general.

Rev. Holmes served as Vice-Chairman of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection. He forwarded recommendations to the Task Force and Gov. Scott on October 14, 2012, to study the issues and concerns relative to the “10/20 Law” and to ensure the “Stand Your Ground” law has been fairly and justly applied across racial and socio-economic lines.

Photo Caption: The Rev. Dr. R. B. Holmes

Henry Kissinger Visit to Chicago Prompts Protest

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The Chicago visit of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger tonight has prompted a coalition of more than a dozen organizations to protest his keynoting a “Humanitarian Awards Dinner,” saying that White House tapes and other declassified materials revealing his role in promoting coup d’etats, orchestrating assassinations [2], ordering illegal surveillance [2] , and other human rights abuses deserves scorn, if not arrest – not praise.

The protest will begin at 5:30 PM, Thursday, March 20, in front of the Hyatt Hotel, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago.

Far from being a “humanitarian,” protest organizers charge Kissinger with:

++ Being a key organizer of the bloodiest years of the United States’ war on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which killed 3 million people and caused environmental devastation which continues to cause rampant cancers and birth defects a generation later.

++ Organizing U.S. support for the Pol Pot dictatorship in Cambodia, which by any measure carried out a modern-day holocaust, murdering between 21% and 37% of that nation’s 8 million people.  “You should also tell the Cambodians [the Pol Pot government] that we will be friends with them. They are murderous thugs, but we won’t let that stand in our way,” said then-Secretary of State Kissinger in a now-declassified transcript of a November 9, 1975 conversation with the Thai foreign minister. “We are prepared to improve relations with them.”

++ In 1975, Kissinger and President Ford gave the green light for the Indonesian dictatorship to invade newly-independent East Timor, which led to the deaths of over 100,000 people, according to Amnesty International – at least 1/5 of that country’s population.

++ Kissinger and Nixon eagerly supported the Pakistani military dictatorship of Gen. Yahya Khan, who brazenly stole that country’s 1970 elections and then brutally suppressed the opposition Bengali majority.  During Yahya’s subsequent massacre of up to 3 million people, which prompted the Bangladeshi war of independence and made refugees of 10 million more, Kissinger said“Yahya hasn’t had so much fun since the last Hindu massacre.”

++ When the Indian government opposed U.S. support of the Pakistani dictatorship’s massacre, Nixon and Kissinger had this exchange, as recorded in the secret White House tapes, “What “the Indians need—what they really need—is …a mass famine,” said Nixon. Kissinger replied, “They’re such bastards.”

++ After the 1989 government massacre of thousands of non-violent demonstrators in China’s Tiananmen Square, Kissinger was among the most persistent Westerners excusing the slaughter: “The occupation of the main square of a country’s capital, even when completely peaceful,” he wrote, “is also a tactic to demonstrate the impotence of the government, to weaken it, and to tempt it into rash acts, putting it at a disadvantage.”

++ Britain’s Independent newspaper reported that in the mid-1970s, when Angola was freeing itself from Portuguese colonial rule, Kissinger promoted a policy of CIA intervention in the country and U.S. collaboration with an invading army sent by racist apartheid South Africa.

Especially for the Illinois Holocaust Museum sponsors of Kissinger’s address tonight in Chicago, an exchange he and Nixon had on the subject of holocausts should have given them pause.  As a New York Times columnist put it,

Nixon’s hard-wired anti-Semitism is an old story. What has caused many heads to swivel is a recording of Henry A. Kissinger, his national security adviser. Mr. Kissinger is heard telling Nixon in 1973 that helping Soviet Jews emigrate and thus escape oppression by a totalitarian regime — a huge issue at the time — was ‘not an objective of American foreign policy.  And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union,’ he added, ‘it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.’”

Tonight’s protest is co-sponsored by the 8th Day Center for Justice, Anti-War Committee – Chicago, Chicago Socialist Party, Chicago Veterans For Peace, Gay Liberation Network, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, International Socialist Organization, Iraq Veterans Against the War- Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, La Voz de los de Abajo, Neighbors for Peace, NW Indiana Vets for Peace, SOA Watch, Third Coast Society, United States Palestinian Community Network, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, World Can’t Wait – Chicago

“It’s not just for the sakes of the direct victims that we should be concerned that the crimes of the powerful go unpunished,” said protest organizer Andy Thayer. “In giving a ‘get out of jail free’ card to Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld and other living human rights abusers close at hand, we give aid and comfort to human rights abusers around the world.  It says that America’s alleged opposition to gross injustices is a matter of political expediency, not principle.”

Simon joined by neighboring Lt. Governors in fight for education and waterway reforms

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is backing a package of resolutions with the lieutenant governors of Indiana and Wisconsin aimed at combating the spread of nuisance species in Midwest waterways and encouraging the completion of college. The bipartisan resolutions backed by Simon, Sue Ellspermann (R-IN) and Rebecca Kleefisch (R-WI) will be taken up at the National Lieutenant Governors Association’s Federal-State Relations Meeting  this week in Washington D.C.

“We may be Lieutenant Governors from different states, but education and protecting our waterways are important to us all,” said Simon. “Good things happen when we work together. Through our continued partnerships, I believe we can make significant progress toward improving college completion and fighting the Asian carp problem.”

Working closely with Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Simon is encouraging states to implement Guided Pathways to Student Success to increase the number of students completing college degrees and certificates. Their resolution specifically recommends that other lieutenant governors work with their respective higher education boards, colleges and universities to provide simple, easy to navigate routes to degree completion.

To address the growing challenge of aquatic nuisance species in the Great Lakes Region, Simon partnered with Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch to take on problems that pose a danger to both the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin. The Simon and Kleefisch resolution calls for cooperation and support of a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly means to preserve regional waterways while maintaining trade and commerce.

“It’s important that the Great Lakes states work together to protect our waterways and the thousands of family-supporting jobs that rely on them for shipping, commercial and sport fishing, and tourism,” Kleefisch said. “This resolution is one example of the multi-state partnership that’s vital to solving this problem in a smart, cost-effective manner.”

As the state’s point person on education reform. Simon is working to increase the proportion of working-age adults with college degrees or certificates to 60 percent by 2025. Simon also chairs three River Coordinating Councils charged with the mission of reviewing state and federal programs that impact the watersheds and working with local communities to raise awareness of and address watershed issues. Copies of both resolutions can be found here.

Illinois Senate Public Health Committee Considers Merits of HEAL Act:

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Public Health Organizations Cite Urgent Need for Investments in Prevention & Medicaid

Springfield, IL – The Illinois Senate Public Health Committee held a hearing on the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Act [HB 5690/ SB 3524], a bill to fight the Illinois obesity epidemic and raise an estimated $600 million for prevention and health care in Illinois through a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugary beverages.

The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO), a statewide coalition of over 140 organizations, hailed the hearing as a critical first step in raising awareness among lawmakers and the public on the scale and cost of the obesity epidemic, and how the HEAL Act would help by channeling much-needed revenue into prevention, wellness and Medicaid programs.

“This is the first time the General Assembly has seriously considered a meaningful investment in prevention and wellness programs like this proposal,” said Elissa Bassler, CEO of the Illinois Public Health Institute, the convening organization of IAPO. “Today’s hearing acknowledges that the human and financial toll of obesity is one this state can no longer afford. IAPO will continue to advocate for this legislation in the months and years ahead.”

“When I took on this charge, I knew it would take time – but addressing obesity is critical and I’m committed to this for as long as it takes,” said Senator Mattie Hunter (D- 3rd District), the bill’s sponsor and Vice-Chairperson of the Senate Public Health Committee. “Today my colleagues and the public got to hear from a national expert the hard facts on the toll and cost – over $4 billion each year –  of obesity-related diseases that I see harming people in my district every day. This is a serious epidemic, and we simply cannot afford the financial or human toll any more. The HEAL Act will help us invest in solutions we know work and help people live healthier lives, and I’m glad we were able to discuss it today.”

Testifying on the findings from his research was Dr. Frank J. Chaloupka, distinguished professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lead author of Estimating the Potential Impact of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Other Beverage Excise Taxes in Illinois. “Our study found that an excise tax such as that proposed could reduce childhood obesity by 9.3%, diabetes by 3,400 new cases, and save taxpayers more than $150 million in state and private healthcare spending in just the first year. And a study we just published showed that this tax will not hurt our economy with no net impact on jobs.”

The proposal places the new revenue into a Wellness Fund with half of the money supporting initiatives that promote nutrition, physical activity, school health and wellness, oral health, access to healthy foods, worksite wellness, and community-level public health leadership around obesity prevention. The other half of the funds will support the Illinois Medicaid Program, expanding the set of prevention services available to Medicaid recipients as well as restoring cuts to the program from previous years, such as coverage for adult dental care.

A sugary beverage tax is supported by several national, state, and local organizations. “Sugar-sweetened-beverages (SSBs) are the number one source of added sugar in American diets and the evidence linking SSBs to obesity and related risks is very strong. If we are serious about tackling the problem of obesity, we should start with a target, like SSBs, which will allow us to have early and significant success,” said Dr. Goutham Rao, Chairman of the American Heart Association’s Obesity Committee, who also serves as the Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago and Associate Director of the Center for Clinical Research Informatics of the NorthShore University Health System.

“Reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is one of the American Diabetes Association’s legislative priorities,” said Dr. Louis Philipson, Director of the Kovler Diabetes Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center and President of the Association’s Community Leadership Board in Chicago/Northern Illinois. “79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes if appropriate lifestyle changes including dietary modifications do not occur. Being overweight and increased consumption of sugary beverages has been linked with the development of type 2 diabetes. The Association supports Senate Bill 3524, the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Act, and believes it may play an important role in decreasing obesity rates and diabetes prevalence in Illinois.”

“We think Illinois should celebrate this first step in moving toward being a healthier state,” said Janine Lewis, Executive Director of EverThrive Illinois.

Organizations that have signed on in support of the HEAL Act include:

  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • American Cancer Society- Cancer Action Network
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate
  • Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition
  • Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of IL
  • EverThrive Illinois (formerly the IL Maternal and Child Health Coalition)
  • Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
  • Illinois Action for Children
  • Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention
  • Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators
  • Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Illinois Public Health Association
  • Illinois Public Health Institute
  • Illinois Society of Public Health Educators (ISOPHE)
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • McLean County Wellness Coalition
  • Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana
  • Seven Generations Ahead
  • Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center

More information about the HEAL Act is available via factsheets on the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity’s website-www.preventobesityil.org. More information about the health impact of sugary beverages can be found at http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/sugary-drinks-fact-sheet/.

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity: www.preventobesityil.org

The primary goal of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity is to ensure that trends in obesity in Illinois are stable by 2015 and moving downward by 2018. The statewide coalition of over 140 organizations works to implement solutions to the obesity epidemic through coordinated and comprehensive policy, systems, and environmental changes.

Marc Morial to Give Remarks at ‘Stateswomen for Justice’ Luncheon Forum on ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

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Panel Includes National African-American Women Leaders, Who Will Respond to the President’s New Initiative

National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial, a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, will give remarks during the Annual “Stateswomen for Justice” forum at the National Press Club today.

The forum, sponsored by Trice Edney Communications & Newswire, is an annual commemoration of Women’s History Month and the 187th Birthday of the Black Press.

The theme of the event is “How to Move from Chaos to Community: Our Response to ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ “ will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014, from Noon-2 p.m.

Main Panelists are:

Barbara Arnwine, President/CEO of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women; Dr. E. Faye Williams, National Chair, Melanie Campbell, president/CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable; and Dr. Barbara Reynolds, award-winning journalist and syndicated columnist. The Panel will be moderated by activist Omarosa Manigault.

Dorothy Tucker of CBS 2 To Receive Better Business Bureau Excellence In Media Award

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Chicago, IL – Dorothy Tucker, reporter at CBS 2 Chicago, will receive the Diogenes Award for Excellence in Media from the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) at the 87th Annual Dinner, being held at the Chicago Downtown Marriott on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

“The BBB Diogenes Award for Excellence in Media is presented to a news reporter who exemplifies the goals and principles of the Better Business Bureau to support and foster an ethical marketplace benefiting both consumers and businesses,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.

The BBB Diogenes Award is named after the ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes, who was said to have traveled the streets of Athens with a lantern looking for an honest man.

Tucker reports for the station’s 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts. She is also the station’s consumer reporter, covering issues and trends to help consumers avoid scams. She joined CBS 2 Chicago from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, where she was a general assignment reporter and talk show host.

A recipient of numerous awards, Tucker has received nine local Emmys, including one for breaking news reports during the 2008 NIU shootings and two for work of CBS 2 Chicago’s 2003 and 2004 broadcasts of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. She was nominated twice (1994 and 1987) by the Chicago Association of Black Journalists with the Outstanding Television Reporting Award. Dorothy has also received a national UPI Spot News Award.

Tucker is a board member of NABJ-Chicago (National Association of Black Journalists). She served as co-chair of the Katrina fundraiser to raise money for hurricane survivors who are making Chicago their new home.

She graduated from Northwestern University with honors, with a B.S. in Communications. She is a member of Northwestern University’s Council of One Hundred.

“My Brother’s Keeper” from a Single Father and Business Owner’s Perspective

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By Ron Busby

I must admit, being a single father of two Black boys isn’t easy, especially since my wife passed away 12 years ago. From breaking up fights, to discussing college and career choices, I’ve learned that being a good father means more than just “being there.”

Decisions are made, things happen, but despite the inevitable bumps in the road of parenthood, I am always proud to see how my two sons have grown into bright young men. Recently, you have heard lots about President Obama’s laudable effort to ensure bright futures for America’s young men “of color.”

We agree it makes sense to use his bully pulpit to highlight the challenges faced by Black and Latino males and to galvanize solution providers around a common work plan.

What makes a lot less sense to us is how – in the face of dwindling contract awards to Black-owned businesses – we are to remain hopeful that equitable opportunity is within the grasp of Black businesses.

For sure, there is lots of happy talk in the President’s proposed budget about commitments to SBA loan guarantees, certified development companies (CDCs) and small business investment companies (SBICs)… billions to infrastructure rehab and surface transportation projects… millions to the Minority Business Development Agency for technical assistance and money for expansion of Promise Zones designed to focus federal resources in targeted areas, both urban and rural.

Against the backdrop of these huge outlays across education, healthcare/social services, infrastructure and transportation, let’s suppose that the targeted young Black and Latino males successfully scale all the hurdles facing them…that they graduate from high school, matriculate to a community college, four-year institution or trade school and set out to pursue their career aspirations. What awaits them?

Shrinking federal contract awards to Black and Hispanic-owned businesses seem to preclude any opportunity at supplying their goods/services to government agencies. Kauffman Foundation researcher Alicia Robb, said in her study of SBA lending  that minority borrowers are “turning to mainstream lenders less because they have a fear of denial, which is warranted.”

So, it appears that even commitments of loan guarantees won’t be enough to open access to capital. Tuition costs are skyrocketing while low-income students face cuts in the availability of tuition assistance. Therefore, repayment without improved employment/entrepreneurial prospects will exacerbate the challenge.

To complicate matters, within minutes of President Obama’s announcement, his political opponents cranked up their “anti-anything-Obama” screed and pronounced My Brother’s Keeper not only socialist, but racist, as well. While the program is decidedly neither, it may serve to distract from more immediate, short term fixes.

Growing businesses need employees. Black (and Brown) businesses, given access to the tools that fuel expansion, are far more likely to extend job opportunities to young minority males.  Hence, it makes at least as much sense to expend effort to ensure that federal, state and local contracts are awarded fairly. And, as always, we will contend that healthy, growing, vibrant Black-owned businesses are the best cure for Black unemployment.

Among the more hopeful signs of support for My Brother’s Keeper is the announcement from The Opportunity Finance Network (OFN). OFN, which represents more than 225 community development financial institutions, will pledge $1 billion ot expand financing for organizations and initiatives working to help young minority men.  While Opportunity Finance Network CEO Mark Pinsky has yet to define how his organization will allocate dollars raised from network members, we will engage his organization to encourage more business lending, rather than program development.

There absolutely is room in the national marketplace for a program such as My Brother’s Keeper. The challenges faced by young, ethnic minority males are well documented. The futures of these young men – and the future well being of the nation – deserve the kind of focused solution-searching described in the blueprint for the effort.

In the meantime, though, Black business owners – males AND females – face the daunting task of building and sustaining enterprises without the safety net implicit in My Brother’s Keeper. If we, as a nation, continue to fall short of fostering the healthy economic environment that we know is essential to long-term prosperity for ALL Americans, then the work of “My Brother’s Keeper” shall be in vain. Let’s put our actions – and dollars – where our economic futures are, for James 1:22 (KJV) says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

Ron Busby, Sr. is president of U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

Pilobolus Dance Theater Comes to the McAninch Arts Center for One Performance Only Thursday, April 17

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GLEN ELLYN, IL – International dance sensation Pilobolus Dance Theater brings an exciting selection of their spellbinding works from their repertoire to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn, Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m. This performance is recommended for ages 13 and up. For tickets and more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.

Known for their expressive use of shadow play and shape shifting, Pilobolus Dance Theater has made it their mission to make art that builds community. “At various points in a performance of Pilobolus Dance Theater, you forget what you’re looking at; the dancers move so skillfully, so symbiotically, that they cease to resemble people at all,” says The New Yorker.

>From the 22 works in their active repertoire, Pilobolus Dance Theater has selected these five unique pieces for the MAC engagement:

  • “AUTOMATON” (2012) was co-created by Pilobolus associate artistic director Renée Jaworski and the internationally renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The result is a cyborg of a dance in a mirrored world somewhere between “Tron” and “Bladerunner which questions the difference between human and machine.”
  • “Skyscrapers” (2012). Set against the gritty, saturated colors of LA’s Eastside streets, this quick-change duet explores the melancholy, understated elegance of the tango and quintessential street dance, using overtones of love, romance, and loss. Pilobolus once again joins Trish Sie (co-creator of last year’s Grammy-nominated Pilobolus/OK Go video and live dance, “All Is Not Lost”) to re-imagine Sie’s video for Chicago’s alternative rock band OK Go as a work for the live stage.
  • “OCELLUS” (1972). Choreographed by Pilobolus’ founding members Robby Barnett, Lee Harris, Moses Pendleton, and Jonathan Wolken, “Ocellus” is second work ever created by the company and uses a classic Pilobolus men’s quartet to explore the precision and grace with which bodies move when they are continually connected to one another.
  • [esc] (2013). Masters of trickery, Penn & Teller, teamed with Pilobolus to create the ultimate piece of gripping, do-not-try-this-at-home choreography. Fantasy, athleticism, strength, confinement, fetters and escape are all at play in this tantalizing full company work.

Licks (2013). This collaborative work of Pilobolus Dance Theater with choreographer Trish Sie is a high-octane romp, full of raw energy and berserk horseplay. Featuring 12 ropes and six dancers, the piece is wild, rowdy, dangerous, sexy, and absurd. Tijuana’s Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible created the unique soundtrack, which fuses infectious modern rhythms and traditional Northern Mexican border music.

Founded in 1971, Pilobolus has built its fervent and expanding international following by showing the human body to be the most expressive, universal, and magical of media. Pilobolus maintains its own singular style, evolving interplay with shapeshifting, shadowplay and other explorations, while actively collaborating with the best and brightest minds from all conceivable professions the world over. The results of these collaborations has proven amazing feats can be achieved, and Pilobolus has been recognized for its developments in dance and multimedia art.  Based in Washington Depot, Conn., in recent years Pilobolus has transformed from avant-garde dance company into an international entertainment brand featured on the likes of “Oprah,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the Academy Awards. The company has explored worlds as disparate as advertising, publishing, film, and music videos (Pilobolus was nominated for a 2012 Grammy® Award for the video for OK Go’s “All Is Not Lost”). Pilobolus achieves all this without ever losing sight of their core mission: to make art that builds community.

Pilobolus Dance Theater comes to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, Thursday April 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $48. This performance features partial nudity and is recommended for ages 13 and up. A MAC Chat discussion by the artists of Pilobolus Dance Theater will take place in the Belushi Performance Hall immediately following the performance. For tickets and more information, visit AtTheMac.org or call 630.942.4000.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) on the campus of College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn, is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, houses three performance spaces (the 800-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall, the 184-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theater and the versatile 70-seat black box Studio Theater), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the 1,200 capacity outdoor Patio Stage. This unique facility has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes each season more than 75,000 patrons annually, from the greater Chicago area.

The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three performance spaces, construct a new art gallery and outdoor patio stage, and make improvements to the infrastructure, teaching and learning spaces and patron service areas. MAC completed its 14-month, $35 million renovation in December 2013 and officially opened its doors to the public with the MAC Madness Celebration on March 8. The MAC renovation was funded as part of the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942-2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Paying For Water; Demand Justice for West Virginia

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On January 9th, a massive chemical spill poisoned drinking water across 9 West Virginia counties. 300,000 people lost access to tap water, all the while breathing in the eerie licorice smell that blanketed the region.

More than 400 people went to the hospital for chemical exposure during the first weeks of the spill. Demand justice for them now.

It didn’t take long for Governor Tomlin to lift water restrictions, but residents know better. Almost nothing is known about the effects of the two spilled chemicals. A lingering chemical smell and recent school closures means that the convenience of local water just isn’t worth the risk.

The spill and its aftermath are a matter of public safety and equal access to life’s most basic necessity: water. And they hasn’t been properly handled since day one.

Freedom Industries and the coal industry as a whole are to blame. But don’t expect the state government to do anything about it — they’ve already proven to us that they won’t. For some real changes, sign the petition to President Obama demanding the termination of West Virginia’s mining enforcement program.

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Proven ‘Do-It-Yourself’ E-Book Helping Thousands Clean-Up Credit!

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – The Angels of Mercy Foundation specializes in helping the American consumer in every area of their lives. Recent research by the 3 credit reporting bureaus states that there are over 100 million American consumers who have bad credit in the United States! Good credit is a credit score of 700 plus. Right now, the Foundation is dedicated to helping those who have bad credit, solve this problem, without getting ripped off by ‘so-called’ credit repair companies. The Foundation claims that they have discovered a proven credit repair E-book that delivers what it has promised. This E-book can be purchased online and downloaded, immediately at: www.angelsofmercyfoundation.org/New-Credit-Secrets.html

The Foundation discovered and purchased this credit repair E-book at a recent convention for an affordable price. Three company employees with poor credit scores volunteered to test the proven do-it-yourself method elaborated in the credit repair E-book. All three (3) employees followed the do-it-yourself credit repair method outlined in the E-book. All three (3) employees, successfully, deleted all of the negative items on their respective credit reports, quickly, and have raised their scores to the 700s in 30 days or less. It is because of their employees’ recent credit repair success that the Angels of Mercy Foundation wants to distribute this information to as many consumers as possible.

This E-book, contains valuable legal information, sample documents for submission to the credit bureaus, specific credit laws and statutes and much more. The information provided in this E-book is valuable and transferable to others, as well. Want to know more? For more details, visit www.angelsofmercyfoundation.org/New-Credit-Secrets.html

The Foundation’s sponsored E-book, will show you how to repair your own credit. The writer’s method is proven and you are guaranteed to see changes in 14-30 days on all 3 of your credit reports from Equifax, Experian and Transunion! The E-book requires that all interested consumers be able to read, write and follow directions. No computer will be needed to submit your documents. Everything will be submitted through the certified mail method for proof of delivery status. You will be able to download your 41-page credit repair E-book, immediately, after purchase. So, you are able to get started, right away.

In addition, this E-book discusses, in detail, how the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, legally, protects you. Recently, a consumer received a large settlement from all three (3) credit bureaus for not correcting her credit report in a timely manner. You will learn that these credit bureaus can be sued. You will, also, learn how to get your credit repair process started with sample successful demand letters that are, already, prepared for you. All you have to do is follow directions. The Foundation believes that there are a large number of consumers that have been victimized by credit repair companies, in the past, that have accepted their money, but have not delivered what was promised. Credit repair companies are very expensive and they, almost, always, do not deliver what you have paid for and that is: credit repair.

If you can read, write and follow documented instructions, you can ‘clean up’ your own credit in 14 – 30 days or less! This credit repair E-book will teach you how to remove ALL negative items on your credit reports, quickly. The writer claims that if you have the time, determination, focus and the ‘willingness’ to achieve the goal of deleting ALL negative items on your three (3) credit reports which can boost your credit scores to the 700+’s, this is a ‘must-have’ E-book.

Finally, the Foundation believes that you need to be committed to the writer’s method, all the way through, because it works. Your life is about to change in a big way in 30 days or less! Follow this writer’s proven method and you will also be getting some pre-approved credit offers in the mail very soon, with LOW interest rates, because your credit scores will be in the 700s! This will create a ‘new beginning’ in your life! Interested? Go to: www.angelsofmercyfoundation.org/New-Credit-Secrets.html

About Angels of Mercy Foundation
Angels Of Mercy Foundation is a privately-owned corporation, operating in Carson City, NV and Chicago, IL. Since the company has opened its doors in 2007, they have been dedicated to improving the lives of the American Consumer. They, genuinely, believe that this E-book will change your life, because improved credit history does, just, that: ‘Change Your Life’!

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