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Archive for April 17th, 2014

President Obama: Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action on working to fix a broken Immigration System

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Statement by President Barack Obama

“One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote. The Senate’s commonsense agreement would grow the economy by $1.4 trillion and shrink the deficit by nearly $850 billion over the next two decades, while providing a tough but fair pathway to earned citizenship to bring 11 million undocumented individuals out of the shadows, modernizing our legal immigration system, continuing to strengthen border security, and holding employers accountable.  Simply put, it would boost our economy, strengthen our security, and live up to our most closely-held values as a society.

“Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform. Instead of advancing commonsense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers”. The majority of Americans are ahead of House Republicans on this crucial issue and there is broad support for reform, including among Democrats and Republicans, labor and business, and faith and law enforcement leaders. We have a chance to strengthen our country while upholding our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and I urge House Republicans to listen to the will of the American people and bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.”

Cook County Democratic Party Re-Elects Joseph Berrios Chairman

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CHICAGO, IL – The Cook County Democratic Party on Wednesday unanimously re-elected Joseph Berrios to a fifth term as its chairman. In addition, the party unanimously re-elected its executive committee – Toni Preckwinkle, executive vice chairman; Lou Lang, executive vice chairman; Tim Bradford, first vice chairman; Carrie Austin, city vice chairman; Don Harmon, suburban vice chairman; Robert Martwick, secretary; Antonio Munoz, treasurer, and Karen Yarbrough, sergeant-at-arms.

“Thank you for your support to lead this great party,” Berrios told the committeemen. “When we stay together we stay strong together.”
Gov. Patrick Quinn and his Lt. Gov. running mate Paul Vallas addressed the committeemen, calling on their support for the November 4 election. Gov. Quinn called attention to his Republican opponent wanting to lower the minimum wage and opposing “Welcome Home Illinois,” a loan program that helps first time home owners with down payments, receiving interest rates as low as 3.75 percent on a 30-year mortgage.
Preckwinkle made the nomination for Berrios to be re-elected. She noted that “under the leadership of Joe Berrios, for the first time, African-Americans, Latinos and women have had a real opportunity for leadership in the party and have had a real opportunity to be slated by the party. The party has gone through rapid modernization under Joe’s leadership. We are slating qualified and diverse candidates, resulting in huge progressive victories.”
In the March 18 Democratic Primary, the party participated in 28 countywide races, winning all but three. The Cook County Democratic Party is made up of 50 Chicago Ward and 30 Township Committeemen.

April 22, Earth Day: Chicago Marches on Boeing, BP & Chase to Demand People, Planet and Peace Over Profits!

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CHICAGO, IL -  On Earth Day, April 22, Chicagoans will join the national Global Climate Convergence (GCC) for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, an education and direct action campaign launching Earth Day to May Day, 10 days of action to unite the peoples struggles.

This demonstration and march will start at the State of Illinois Building, 100 W. Randolph St., at 4:30 pm with music and speakers. The march will step off at 5:15pm.

“On Earth Day, Chicago will march against some of the biggest climate criminals and destructive corporations in the world. We will be issuing them ‘Cease and Desist’ notices and will demand that people, peace, and the planet be put before profits,” says Jackie Spreadbury of GCC Chicago.

The march will stop at Boeing, 100 N. Riverside Plaza, to call them out for being a polluting military contractor that reaps massive profits from war. It will also pass BP, 30 S. Wacker, a gigantic fossil fuel polluter, and Chase Tower, 10 S. Dearborn. Organizers describe Chase as a major investor in climate destroying projects like fracking, and one of the principle players in the foreclosure crisis.

“The shaky foundation of our current economy is based on fossil fuel extraction and war. We are on a path to climate and economic catastrophe and if we don’t change course now the repercussions will be irreversible. We need to build a society and economy that works with Mother Nature, not against it,” says Angie Viands with Rising Tide Chicago.


Endorsed By: 8th Day Center For Justice, Tar Sands Free Midwest, Rising Tide Chicago, NEIS, International Socialist Organization, System Change Not Climate Change, Frack Free Illinois, AFSC, CAPOW, Young Communist League, CPUSA, LVEJO, World Can’t Wait, ICJPE, Palestine Solidarity Group Chicago, IWW Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago and Eco-Justice Collaborative

Previous Release:
3/8 – Protest BP Great Lakes Oil Spill: http://pastebin.com/BkARVkD3

COAL Strongly Opposes SB1739, Illinois’ Latest Version of a Gaming Bill – And Here’s the Why

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Open Letter From COAL

CHICAGO, ILDear Members of the General Assembly and the Chicagoland Community:

We, the Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL), are writing to inform you of our opposition to the 2014 manifestation of the gaming bill, SB1739.

For those of you that do not have time to read the full press statement, we’ll be succinct: This is a terrible piece of legislation, period. For those that want to delve into the why, read further…

Expansion of gaming always promises jobs, revenue opportunities and economic development. And yet, this only happens when gaming expansion is responsible, reasonable and manageable in scope, and includes both the necessary controls and investments to, if not ensure, at least position the expansion effort to maximize benefits to the majority of residents, and the required constraints to minimize the opportunities for negative consequences.

Instead, this bill as drafted funds the proposed expansion on the backs of taxpayers via the issuance of almost a billion in general obligation bonds (plus attendant interest payments on the debt) and bails out wealthy track owners by giving them free casino licenses (that are valued as much as $1 billion in other parts of the country) without requiring them to offer any community benefits or revenue sharing like casinos, while leaving at-risk communities, at-risk individuals, nonprofits and schools without the resources they need that could be funded as part of the legislation. This legislation won’t improve our communities – this bill will not translate into additional funding for critical areas of concern – rather it will simply shift monies around. This latest amended Gaming Bill appears to serve outside and special interests and not the interests of the majority of Chicago land residents and most assuredly is not in the best interests of African American communities.

The problems with SB1739 are myriad; we question the following:

 If Chicago gets its own casino, it would be unprecedented. No other city in the United States owns its own casino. As stated in a Sun-times article in 2013, “…It would leave Chicago with the singular ability to control its revenue, but it also leaves the city without a solid model as it delves into an industry that’s often wrought with corruption and mob influence.” COAL builds upon this concern by asking, “is the management of casinos a core competency of the City of Chicago? The answer, quite clearly, is ‘no’, therefore what confidence should we have in the City’s ability to get it right, to avoid corruption, and to push back on the influence of special interests?

ï‚· There is a provision for a new city casino authority, which will share regulatory responsibility with the Illinois Gaming Board for a casino built in Chicago. The Tribune states, “We can’t find another example of this goofy regulatory framework anywhere on Earth. Remedy: Any expansion bill should include this brief clause: “Because of its excellent record of intercepting organized crime attempts to infiltrate casinos, the Gaming Board alone will regulate any Chicago casino, just as it now regulates every other casino in Illinois — period.” Should residents be wary of a bill that doesn’t clearly specify how two regulatory bodies will inter-relate and operate? Does this represent sound governance and transparency or does SB1739 simply add a number of positions to be filled via patronage and cronyism?

 SB1739 stipulates that the Mayor of Chicago will name all members to the Chicago Casino Development Authority. Will this Authority adequately reflect the make-up of Chicago’s communities and truly represent the interests of all of Chicago’s residents?

 SB1739 contains the following duties for the newly formed Chicago Casino Development Authority. Duties of the Authority: It shall be the duty of the Authority, as an owners licensee under the Illinois Gambling Act, to promote and maintain a casino in the City. The Authority shall own, acquire, construct, lease, equip, and maintain grounds, buildings, and facilities for that purpose. With the City’s track record on contracts for Black companies across all of these areas the Authority will be responsible for, how will we ensure that companies of color receive their fair share of the potential construction, maintenance, commodities and professional services contracts? If it is not addressed within SB1739, and because ‘past often can be prologue’, then our community will come up significantly short from the billions of economic dollars that are inherent in an endeavor of this size. And this is not unique to a casino built in Chicago, rather it applies to all newly built casinos that are a part of this bill.

 In order to be very clear on the above bullet point, we will re-state the point: We expect diversity in all aspects of this endeavor and absolutely nothing is specified in SB1739 – there must be diversity on Boards, in Construction and Maintenance contracts, in Legal and other Professional Services, in Suppliers used, in Vendor and Concession Opportunities offered, in Financial Institutions utilized and more. Further, resultant employment opportunities must go beyond minimum wage positions, to include professional, managerial and executive level positions. To the degree that there are investment and ownership opportunities, these too must be opportunities for all parts of our diverse City, county and state.

And let us be clearer still; we are not simply referring to ensuring that traditional ‘set-asides’ be included, rather we are talking about real parity that reflects the composition of this City and the wealth of skills, competencies and talents across our community.

ï‚· We believe that there may be an issue of saturation in building a number of new casinos when it has been reported that existing gaming revenues are on the decline. Does this bill cannibalize the casino business? Are projected revenues realistic? Will projected revenues even be realized?

Regional News reports, “There are over 15,000 bars and restaurants in Illinois that serve alcohol. Retail liquor establishments, fraternal and veterans’ groups, and even truck stops, are allowed to have up to five video-gambling machines each. There is no limit to the number of establishments that can apply for a license. This form of gambling occurs in close proximity to residential areas where people encounter the machines in their day-to-day activities, creating thousands of mini-casinos in neighborhoods. With no constraints, again we ask, is there an issue of saturation and further, can all of this truly be regulated and regulated at an acceptable cost?

ï‚· And just as importantly, what about social investment and social responsibility? For example, a past Gaming Bill included a Self-Exclusion Program that allowed individuals to opt-out of receiving casino-related marketing materials to protect family members or for religious and other objections. Other gaming bills have included specified commitments to community development in under-served areas or funds targeted to NPOs that address gambling and other addictions. Again, SB1739 appears to serve special interests, and not the interests of the greater public.

ï‚· COAL believes that transparency is a critical control that must be in place if the community is to have confidence that both the City and State are honoring their commitment to fighting corruption, guarding against the influence of special interests and to ensure diversity in all

aspects of the gaming expansion. To this end, language must be added that provides a framework for said transparency.

 Finally, it should be noted that COAL reached out to State Representative Bob Rita, SB1739’s sponsor, on more than one occasion (both in 2013 and in 2014) to voice and discuss these concerns, with no response from Rita. When Rita states that he has been open to hearing from the public, we question if that means all parts of the public.

Based on the above outstanding questions and concerns, the lack of controls and constraints, and the absolute lack of diversity in SB 1739, COAL is adamant that this bill not pass into law, a bill that appears to only benefit a select few while ignoring the needs of the many.

Further, no State Representative within the Black or Progressive Caucuses should support this bill in its current form.

The General Assembly has been grappling with important fiscal decisions over the past several years. They have had to make very difficult decisions, but we can and must do better than SB1739. Say no to this irresponsible and in-equitable proposal and instead focus on the issues that will create jobs, improve the state’s finances and provide a better future for all of our residents and businesses.

We strongly urge a “NO” vote on SB1739!

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Coalition of African American Leaders

The Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL) believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people. C.O.A.L. is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity. We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent. We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.

Contact: Clarence N. Wood, President Craig K. Wimberly, Chair

Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL) COAL – Public Policy

(312) 404-8269 (773) 350-9315

clarence.wood@coalchicago.com craig.wimberly@coalchicago.com

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Rapper Jay-Z and his Mom to give scholarships away via his Shawn Carter Foundation

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Thousands have already applied for the Jay-Z Scholarship via his foundation. The deadline is April 30th

Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship

Brooklyn, NY (BlackNews.com) – The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation has announced that they are now accepting applications for their 2014 scholarship program. The foundation, established by rapper Jay-Z and his mom Gloria Carter, aims to enhance the lives of young people.

The foundation is unique because it offers scholarships to single mothers, children who attend alternative schools, students who have earned only a GED, students with grade point averages of 2.0, and students who have previously been incarcerated, etc. The students, however, must demonstrate a strong desire to pursue higher education.

The program provides individual grants ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 to every student who qualifies and re-applies each year, from admission to graduation. The scholarship grant can be used to pay for tuition, books, lab fees, travel and certain costs of living.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 30, 2014.


For more details about the program and/or to apply, visit:
www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/05/shawn-carter-foundation-scholarship.html

To search hundreds of other 2014 scholarships, visit:
www.ScholarshipsOnline.org

Photo Caption: Rapper Jay-Z with his mom, Gloria Carter

Leading Historian of African-American Experience to deliver Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture

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Darlene Clark Hine will discuss Black Chicago Renaissance April 24

EVANSTON, IL – Darlene Clark Hine — a leading historian of the African-American experience and a pioneer of African-American women’s history — will discuss the Black Chicago Renaissance Thursday, April 24, when she delivers the Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture.

The Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University, Hine will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Evanston Public Library at 1703 Orrington Ave. Free and open to the public, her lecture is presented by the library and the University’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Hine is co-editor, with John McCluskey Jr., of “The Black Chicago Renaissance,” which argues that, starting in the 1930s, Black Chicago experienced a cultural renaissance that rivaled the cultural outpouring of the earlier and better-known Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

In “The Black Renaissance: 1930 to 1950,” Hine will explain the confluence of circumstances that fostered a major arts movement from the 1930s to 1950s in which creativity, music, dance, activism, performance, scholarship and literature all flourished.

Hine teaches both African American studies and history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. A prolific writer, she is the author or editor of “The African-American Odyssey,” “Beyond Bondage,” “Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession,” “A Question of Manhood, “A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America” and numerous other books and publications.

The Evanston Northwestern Humanities Lecture Series was designed to provide members of the Northwestern humanities faculty an opportunity to share their research with Evanston community members.

For further information about the April 24 lecture or the humanities lecture series, contact Beverly Zeldin-Palmer at the Kaplan Institute by phone at (847) 467-3970 or by email at b-zeldin@northwestern.edu.

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

Charles Tillman returns to Kings in Rosemont for the Third Annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro Bowler Tournament Thursday, June 12

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Event to Raise Funds for Children and Their Families Through the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation


ROSEMONT, IL— Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports will once again become a hub for sports celebrities and fans on Thursday, June 12 when Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and other leading figures from professional football, basketball and other sports convene at the Rosemont hot spot for a night of great bowling, delicious food and festivities to support a great cause.

First held in 2012, the Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament has already attracted hundreds and raised more than $320,000 in support of the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation, which provides opportunities and resources to underprivileged children and their families.  As in past years, Tillman will recruit his friends, teammates and colleagues for an evening of bowling with lane sponsors to benefit children in the Chicago area and beyond.

“Our partnership with Kings is one of the things that makes the Tillman Cornerstone Foundation so strong,” said Tillman. “Those of us in the public eye are given tremendous opportunities to make a difference to the larger community.  The event is fun for everyone involved and it’s great to have people coming together to benefit such special children.”

The Charles Tillman’s Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament lane sponsorships for teams (which include six people and one celebrity guest) range from $4,000 to $10,000. Individual tickets for spectators are also available for $25 and include entry to the event and samplings of Kings’ renowned made-from-scratch menu amongst other surprises.  While the final list of celebrity participants will be announced at a future date, past celebrity guests have included Matt Forte, Major Wright, Patrick Mannelly, Jermon Bushrod and Johnny Knox, among others.

“Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports is grateful for the opportunity to work with Charles for the third consecutive year to help such a great cause,” said Frank Stryjewski, CEO of Kings Bowl of America.  “Not only is Charles a role model on the football field, he has a strong commitment to serving young people.  This event is a truly the highlight of the year for us, and we look forward to welcoming Charles, his teammates and friends back to Kings in June.”

The Charles Tillman Celebrity PRO BOWLer Tournament is for ages 21 and over. For more information or to sponsor a team and purchase single tickets visit www.charlestillman.org.

About Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation
Established in 2005, The Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation works to improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children. So far, more than one million children in the Chicagoland area have benefited from the foundation.  All of the money raised from the Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer event will be used to continue to care for these children. For more information, please visit www.charlestillman.org.

About Kings Bowl of America, LLC
Kings Bowl first opened its doors in 2003 in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. From the start, Kings has focused on rekindling the fun of bowling by creating a memorable entertainment experience, emphasizing good food, cold beer, creative cocktails and great music.  Each Kings location features upscale, retro-inspired décor and executive-chef designed menus brought to life by “best-in-industry” service. With varied entertainment options, themed nights and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, Kings sets itself apart as an unparalleled social scene for all occasions; be it a family outing, a date night, a corporate event or the best place in town to connect with friends. Whether one is looking to host an unforgettable party, share a superb meal or catch the big game, Kings is committed to insuring that when you leave, you’ll be planning to return soon.

HOURS OF OPERATION:  Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. -12:00 a.m.

Bowling is priced from $6-6.50.  Shoe rental is available.

Kings is located at 5505 Park Place, Rosemont, in MB Financial Park at Rosemont.  The venue is just east of I-294 at the O’Hare exit and two blocks south of I-90.

It is also one block from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, with attached covered parking for 8,500 vehicles. Parking is free with validation. To reach Kings via phone, call 847-233-0099.  For more information, visit kingsrosemont.com.

“Fawzia Mirza pins down just the right kind of dangerous charisma needed to spin this tale!”

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4 Stars! Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“Fawzia Mirza is a brilliant story teller and a poised comic actress. She completely engages the audience with her many characters and her energy is endless. She is in your face and a joy to watch. A pixie of a female actor, but truly a larger than life portrayal. It almost seems the role was written for her. The audience is literally sent on a journey of her less than common life of being born an intersex child. The one hour and 45 minute journey tugs at your heart strings and tickles your funny bone. 4 Stars!” -John Boss, Chicago Stage Standard

“Portrayed by actress Fawzia Mirza in a commanding and at times fierce near-solo turn. Aditi Brennan Kapil’s entertaining, occasionally provocative show is a treatise on the intersections of personal and cultural boundaries—male/female, colonizer/colonized, history/mythology, science/superstition, nationhood/marriage, adolescence/adulthood—and much of it is wildly successful.” -Raymond Rehayem, Newcity

Brahman/i works wonderfully as a theater piece that also delivers loads of laughs. Actor Fawzia Mirza bravely tackles the lengthy title role as she nimbly handles its comedy demands with lots of skill and panache.  Mirza masterfully delivers Kapil’s intelligently inserted punch lines tied to Indian vs. American cultures, plus lots of history to help root her main character’s views on colonialism and cultural imperialism.” -Scott Morgan, Windy City Times

BRAHMAN/I:
A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show

Written by
Aditi Brennan Kapil

Directed by
Andrew Volkoff

Featuring
Fawzia Mirza as Brahman/i

NOW PERFORMING THROUGH APRIL 27TH

SCHEDULE
– Thursdays at 7:30pm
– Fridays at 8pm
– Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm
– Sundays at 4pm

TICKETS
$20 – $35

LEARN MORE
Watch Videos
Attend a Panel
Read Glossary

A COLLABORATION
Brahman/i is co-produced by About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising

or call 312.857.1234 x201

Microsoft teams up with popular HBCU Web Site to host VIP Reception for Black HR Professionals in the Maryland, D.C., Virginia Area

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Alexandria, VA (BlackNews.com) – HBCUConnect.com, in partnership with Microsoft, recently held a successful diversity recruitment and networking event for Black HR professionals in the Washington D.C. area.

Attended by over 65 guests, including leadership from Microsoft, HBCUConnect.com and National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), the event allowed attendees to make new connections with area colleagues as well as network with Microsoft personnel in order to discuss potential career opportunities.

“Microsoft is well-known as a supporter of diversity in the workplace,” explains Will Moss, founder and CEO of HBCUConnect.com. “Their opinion is that more diversity leads to more impressive innovation and better ideas, two concepts that are especially important in the software and high-tech industries.”

The event included a presentation from Gwen Houston, General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, whose statement on the Microsoft website states, “Building an inclusive organization is not just about the diversity scorecard data we track to measure our progress. It is as much about our attitude and behaviors as leaders and having a sense of empathy for the different experiences that people go through. The ability to effectively engage and work with others who are different from us is not necessarily an innate skill; it must be learned.”

The event was conceptualized, managed and hosted by HBCUConnect.com in partnership with Microsoft’s Corporate HR Staffing team. This is the second event that HBCUConnect.com has executed with Microsoft; the previous event, held in 2013, focused on recruiting black software engineers, a field traditionally dominated by younger Caucasian males.

HBCUConnect.com is planning another event for Microsoft toward the end of May, as well as a career fair in collaboration with the Atlanta Greek Picnic weekend in June 2014.

Microsoft, founded in 1975, is considered a world leader in office productivity software. The company’s workforce recently saw an increase in minorities from 36 percent in 2012 to 38 percent in the 2013 fiscal year.

HBCUConnect.com was established to help students and graduates of Historically Black Colleges and University better connect with each other and with scholarships, internship and career opportunities.

Companies interested in executing similar events targeting African American professionals should contact Daniel Moss at dmoss@hbcuconnect.com.

HR professionals should visit www.hbcuconnect.com/microsoft/hr for more opportunities.

Photo Caption: Will Moss (2nd from left), founder of HBCUConnect.com, poses with members from the HBCU Connect/ Microsoft team

Atlanta Community Leader Receives Prestigious FBI Award

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FBI Director James B. Comey Recognizes Orrin C. Hudson as a “Distinguished Community Leader” for Atlanta for helping inner-city youth make the right moves in the chess game of life!


ATLANTA, GA (BlackNews.com) – The Atlanta FBI Division recently honored Orrin Hudson for his exceptional success in reaching disadvantaged youth by teaching them practical skills and techniques to overcome obstacles in life, illustrated through the game of chess.

In 2000, Mr. Hudson—a former law enforcement officer, motivational speaker, and community activist—realized he needed to be more active in finding a solution to curb teenage violence in his community. Once a troubled youth himself, Mr. Hudson credits a teacher and a chess board for transforming his life. In 2001, Mr. Hudson founded Be Someone, a non-profit organization that uses many activities, including chess, to promote self-esteem, responsibility, and analytical thinking in underprivileged youth. The mission of Be Someone is to build character, hope, and inspiration so that youth can set and achieve life goals, realize their full potential, and “be someone”.

In the years since founding Be Someone, Mr. Hudson has taught chess and life lessons to more than 20,000 young people. He speaks at schools, offers private chess lessons, and hold chess classes in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and children. He has been featured on the CBS “Early Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and CNN. Mr. Hudson often partners with communities, schools, and local churches to inspire youth to participate in the Be Someone program.

For more details about Orrin Hudson and his Be Someone program, visit www.BeSomeone.org

Photo Caption: FBI Director, James B. Comey shakes hands with Be Someone founder, Orrin C. Hudson of Atlanta

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