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Doctor Found Not-Guilty for Causing Brain Damage to Patient

Posted by Admin On April - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Jury rejects evidence and finds physician not-guilty of causing brain damage to woman

Judy Peters went to a major hospital in Massachusetts to have a needle core biopsy procedure performed, but the 15-minute procedure took more than one hour… and she ended up with brain damage. And recently, a jury said her physician was “not guilty”

Judy Peters

Springfield, MA (BlackNews.com) — At 45 years of age on May 1, 2006, patient Judy Peters attended an appointment with Dr. Carlos Valdes at a major hospital in Springfield, MA to have a needle core biopsy procedure performed. Dr. Valdes told Ms. Peters this type of procedure would take about 15 minutes. However, Ms. Peters remained on the procedure table for one hour and 35 minutes, during which Dr. Valdes said she hemorrhaged the entire time.

Valdes admitted to administering Epinephrine at least five times during the one and a half hour time interval. A registered nurse was called over the hospital’s intercom to come into the procedure room in order to take Ms. Peters’ vitals. At 10:10 A.M the nurse recorded that the patient’s pulse dropped to 2 beats per minute and at 10:20 it had gone up to 6 beats per minute though a hand writing expert uncovered that those numbers had been tampered with. The patient’s blood pressure was recorded to have dropped to 80/50 mm/hg however, Ms. Peters heard the nurse say 60/50. The patient soon fell unconscious on the procedure table and was moved to a different room in which she remained unconscious for one hour. She was not provided oxygen, IV fluids, or a blood transfusion. She was not taken to the Emergency Room (despite the fact that the ER was on the same floor as Dr. Valdes’ office) nor was she taken to the Intensive Care Unit.

When she woke up from her unconscious state, Dr. Valdes instructed Ms. Peters to return home and drink orange juice and she will be fine in three weeks. It took Ms. Peters ten hours to drive herself home, when it usually takes one hour. She was forced to continually stop at various locations along the way to sleep. She does not remember the majority of the trip home.

Ms. Peters called Dr. Valdes the following day to ask about the results of her biopsy, and after he did not return her phone calls she asked her son to drive her to his office to get the results. When Ms. Peters arrived she removed her winter gloves (in the beginning of May) to show Dr. Valdes how cold and blue her hands were. She also showed him her blue lips and discolored face. He told her that he did not get enough samples so he could not tell Ms. Peters if she had cancer or not. But again Dr. Valdes instructed Ms. Peters to return home and drink orange juice and she will be fine in three weeks. Ms. Peters did as Dr. Valdes instructed believing that if she followed the instructions of the specialized physician she would be okay.

After three very difficult weeks, Ms. was not okay and contacted her primary care doctor’s office and they instructed her to go to the Emergency Room, which she immediately did. Upon arrival, they discovered that she had a bradycardia, and was administered two units of blood over her four-day stay in the emergency room and hospital.

Prior to the incident Ms. Peters rarely visited the doctor. Usually once a year for a routine check-up and for pregnancy related visits only, and prior to the procedure the only ailment she was diagnosed with was menstrual cycle related anemia. From the date of the procedure, Ms. Peters has had numerous appointments with many doctors in various specialties, sometimes as many as four per week. She has suffered from damage in the heart, lung, brain, thymus, pancreas , and both eyes which have resulted in her being diagnosed with Lung Nodules, Asthma, Glaucoma ,Insulin dependent diabetes, Lupus, Cognitive Memory Impairment, and Clinical Depression.

On March 13, 2014, the Jury found Dr. Valdes “not guilty”. Valdes’ lawyer asked Ms. Peters why, on May 1 (after Dr. Valdes sent her home and said she would be fine) she did not find another hospital to go to? Since when is it the responsibility of the patient to provide their own medical care when they are in a critical condition?

Ms. Peters is an African American Muslim female represented by an African American Muslim male lawyer. She would hate to assume that racism and prejudice played a role in the outcome of the case, but when only the non-White jury members had things happen to them to delay the trial, it is difficult to expect that the evidence was viewed from an objective position and that the final verdict was just.

Ms. Peters’ life has changed for the worst in so many ways since this “simple” procedure. People entrust their lives in physicians’ hands and as such it should be insured that they are receiving the best possible care. Ms. Peters was a healthy 45 year old woman when she walked into Dr. Carlos Valdes’ office. She did not receive the proper care that should have been provided to her, and she wants justice for what she has lost of her health and quality of life. She has been fighting for many years and will continue to fight. She is planning to appeal the case.

Actual evidence can be provided for those who want to see it.

For more info, contact Judy Peters herself at judypeters285@yahoo.com or (413) 557-4183.

Photo Caption: Judy Peters

The views in this article are those of the author and not those of CopyLine Magazine.

Encouraging Economic Leadership

Posted by Admin On April - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

By William E. Spriggs

Last week, Janet Yellen made her second major speech as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank. Again, her talk as chair is fresh air compared with what is typically heard from Fed chairs. During her first speech in April in Chicago, she actually called out the names of specific unemployed workers-putting a human face on the real effects of Fed policy.

The Federal Reserve is an odd body. Its Board of Governors is nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. There are seven members of the board, and every two years, a new 14-year term will begin for a slot on the board. So, in theory, a president would appoint only four members, although board members rarely finish their terms and presidents normally appoint more. The chair and vice chair of the board are chosen by the president and confirmed by the Senate, from among the board members. Their terms of four years do allow more direction from the president.

The Board of Governors, the president of the New York Federal Reserve Regional Bank and four of the remaining 11 presidents of the regional federal reserve banks (who rotate their one-year membership) form the policy-making body that sets U.S. monetary policy-the Open Market Committee (FOMC). That committee sets interest rates for the United States, determining how easy it will be for banks to extend credit and businesses and consumers to borrow to invest in the economy or buy homes or cars-expanding the economy and creating jobs.

The five members of the FOMC who are regional bank presidents are chosen by their regional bank’s board of directors, the majority of whom are elected by the commercial banks in that region, with approval from the Fed Board of Governors.

So, for such a powerful policy-making body, this clearly is a design giving more weight to America’s financial elite. Though the operating tenet of U.S. monetary policy set by the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act is to promote full employment consistent with price stability, because banks loan money, they are clearly more nervous about inflation than unemployment. Inflation lowers the value of dollars, helping those who borrow and get to repay loans with dollars of smaller value. And workers, of course, are far more concerned with unemployment than are bankers.

For too long, the Fed has kept Wall Street happy by assuring everyone that inflation would remain under control, not unemployment. But that means keeping a tight rein on the economy, resulting in long periods of high unemployment. Weak labor markets break down the efficiency of labor markets. First, the bargaining power of employers is obviously higher when unemployment is high and there are lines of potential hires to choose from. Depressed wages weaken the signals that rising wages send of skill shortages that would encourage people to get training for occupations in demand. Second, many job openings are filled by word-of-mouth networks among friends, co-workers and neighbors. High levels of unemployment, like fallen telephone wires, break down the flow of information on jobs in the networks, making it more difficult for firms and workers to find matches of skills and wages-especially those who are high school educated.

In Yellen’s New York talk, she emphasized the Fed would remain committed to moving toward full employment, warning that may be at least two years away.  And, most importantly, she said that rather than a single target-like the unemployment rate-the FOMC would consider a range of information on the labor market.

Predictably, inflation hawks in the financial world don’t like that message. They instead warn that if the economy overheats, it will cause the Fed to take “costly” actions to undo that. But, that is an odd reaction. The Congressional Budget Office estimates our unemployed resources will cost the economy more than $1 trillion compared with producing at our nation’s potential this year. And that is five years into this “recovery.” Given the unprecedented efforts of the Fed to move the economy forward, the lesson of this downturn is that the Fed should seriously doubt its ability to get America back to full employment if it takes actions that slow the economy. What could be more costly?

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142

Top 22 Last Minute Summer Internships for Minority Students

Posted by Admin On April - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Minority Interns

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Summer is near, and many students are anticipating their summer jobs or summer internships. Many, however, are procrastinating and have not yet applied for the many opportunities that are available. Each year, minority students especially seem to be waiting to the last minute to apply.

Last summer for example, the Black teen unemployment rate was at an alarmingly high rate, and this added to the already devastating statistics of Black unemployment. With all that being said, it is not too late and there are many programs that are still accepting applications – not just for the summer, but also for the upcoming fall and winter.

Below is a list of the top 2014/2015 minority internships:

#1 – The AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship is a summer program for minority students interested in a career in journalism. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2014/02/the-aaas-minority-science-writers.html

#2 – The Year Up IT Internship Program is an intensive training program that helps urban young adults increase their technical skills and prepare for a career in information technology. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/06/year-up-it-internship.html

#3 – The Explore Microsoft Internship Program is for current college undergraduate minority students pursuing a degree in computer science or software engineering. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/04/Explore-Microsoft-Internship-Program.html

#4 – The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program offers an exciting experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in improving education outcomes for African Americans. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/04/white-house-initiative-year-round-internship-program.html

#5 – The Multicultural Advertising Intern Program is a paid, full-time summer internship for college students pursuing a career in advertising. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/multicultural-advertising-intern-program.html

#6 – The NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship offers an opportunity for a minority, female college student to be chosen for a unique two-year internship program. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/ncaa-ethnic-minority-and-womens.html

#7 – The Upscale Magazine Internship is an unpaid internship for college credit for a college student with interest in website and print design. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/upscale-magazine-internship.html

#8 – The Source Magazine Internship offers internships for many different skills, including writers, photographers, videographers, stylists, make-up artists, photo editors, sales and advertising. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/the-source-magazine-internships.html

#9 – The Black Enterprise Internships are designed to provide real-life work experiences for college students interested in a career in the media industry. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/black-enterprise-internships.html

#10 – The Essence Communications Internship Program is open to undergraduate, graduate students, or recent college graduates interested in a career in the media industry. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/essence-communications-internship.html

For the full list (opportunities #11-22), visit:

SOURCE: FindInternships.com

State Health Department Celebrates National Minority Health Month

Posted by Admin On April - 22 - 2014 1 COMMENT

2014 theme – Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for Minority Health Services is celebrating National Minority Health Month this April by hosting workshops, health fairs, screenings, webinars and various other events.  The IDPH, in conjunction with local health departments, as well as community and faith-based organizations, is working hard to teach communities about the diseases that disproportionately affect communities of color, such as breast and cervical cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS.

· African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined and for most major cancers.

· African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic   Caucasians.

· African-American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S.

· African American adults are 40% more likely to have high blood pressure.

“The IDPH has a long standing history of collaboration with agencies and organizations that seek to improve the health of minorities,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.  “We have also made reducing health disparities a top priority in our 5-year strategic plan.”

The IDPH Center for Minority Health Services was created to provide information and technical assistance regarding the health care needs of minority populations; and to develop, maintain and enhance health care services in minority communities. To achieve this goal, the Center works with state and local entities to heighten awareness of minority health issues and services across the state.  This year’s theme, Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity, emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. It is a call to action, a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our communities.

In support of this year’s theme, the IDPH is encouraging men and women to take a proactive approach to improve their health by having routine medical exams in addition to the following:

· Talk with your physician about appropriate screenings for you – such as mammograms, Pap tests or prostate exams

· Take a loved one to the doctor

· Exercise at least 30 minutes a day and eat healthier

· Get screened for sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) –and seek medical treatment if you contract an STI.

Reducing health disparities and increasing health equity for all Illinoisans through targeted leadership, outreach and strategic partnerships is one of the five priorities outlined in the IDPH Five Year Strategy 2014-2018. Visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/StrategicPlan_Final_2014-2018.pdf for a copy of the plan.

Sec’y of State Jesse White Awards Nearly $1.4 Million in Grants to School Libraries

Posted by Admin On April - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Almost 1.7 million students reached

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded nearly $1.4 million in FY14 School District Library Grant Program awards to 656 public school districts. Nearly 1.7 million Illinois students served by school library media programs will benefit from the grants.

“The school library is a place where children have access to resources and opportunities for achieving academic excellence,” White said. “I am proud to award this grant to ensure our school libraries stay vital and relevant while educating our students.”

Grants were awarded based on a formula of $.75 per student, with a minimum grant award of $750. The School District Library Grant Program is used to acquire fiction and/or non-fiction books, educational CDs and DVDs, library subscriptions to electronic resources, and to improve technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity.

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft When Spring Cleaning, Says Better Business Bureau

Posted by Admin On April - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, ILAs the weather becomes warmer, many consumers find themselves “spring cleaning” and clearing their homes of clutter and paper. However, it is important to decide which financial records to keep and which ones to discard. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers advice on how to safely organize this information.

“This time of the year is a great time to reorganize,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “It is important for consumers to understand how to safely dispose of sensitive information.”

The BBB suggests the following tips:

  • Canceled checks. All canceled checks and related receipts or documents for a home purchase or sale, renovations or other improvements to a property you own should be kept indefinitely. The same holds true for non-deductable contributions to a retirement account. Checks that support your tax returns must be kept for a minimum of seven years. All other checks may be discarded after a year.
  • Deposit, ATM, credit card and debit card receipts. Save them until the transaction appears on your statement and you have verified that the information is accurate.
  • Credit card and bank account statements. Save those with no tax or other long-term significance for about a year, but save the rest for up to seven years. If you get a detailed annual statement, keep that and discard the corresponding monthly statements. Also, be sure to mark closed deposit accounts as such.
  • Credit card contracts and other loan agreements. Keep for as long as the account is active; they may be needed in the event you have a dispute with your lender over the terms of your contract.
  • Documentation of your purchase or sale of stocks, bonds and other investments. Retain these while you own the investment and then seven years after that.

To avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, be sure to shred any document that contains a Social Security number, bank account number or other personal and financial information before disposing.

The BBB offers its FREE shred day events in Chicago. On Saturday, June 21, our shred day event will be held at the United Center, on Wood St. between Madison & Warren Blvd., in Parking Lot E. For more information as well as a list of approved materials to shred, visit http://chicagoshreds.com/

For more consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org

Redeploy Illinois Program Diverts Thousands of Youth From Prison System, Saves State $60 Million

Posted by Admin On April - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

New analysis of prison diversion initiative shows 54 percent reduction in juvenile incarceration

CHICAGO, IL – The state of Illinois has diverted thousands of youth from prison and onto the right path, while saving $60 million in incarceration costs, according to the 2012-2013 Redeploy Illinois annual report recently released by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

“Redeploy Illinois’ success is proof that community-based services for juvenile offenders are not only the best tools we have to truly help rehabilitate delinquent youth, but they are also more cost effective,” said IDHS Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler. “This program gives youth a second chance at becoming a contributing and law-abiding citizen of their respective communities. Beyond saving dollars, the program mends lives.”

In 2013, the average per capita cost to house a youth at the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) was $111,000, while the average annual cost to serve a youth in the Redeploy Illinois program was less than $7,000.   IDJJ data reflect 238 fewer youth were committed from Redeploy Counties in 2012.  Although 2013 IDJJ data are not yet available, this trend is expected to continue as Redeploy Counties served 352 youth in 2013.

Governor Pat Quinn’s FY 15 budget proposal would preserve Redeploy Illinois, allowing the successful program to continue to serve at risk youth in nearly 50 counties across the state. Failure to maintain the current income tax rate would significantly increase the IDJJ population and expenditures.

Redeploy Illinois was established in 2005 to provide financial support to counties in their efforts to provide community services for delinquent youth as an alternative to incarceration. Since that time, the program has cut in half the number of juveniles committed to IDJJ, according to the program’s most recent annual report.

In the first eight years of the program, participating counties sent 1,036 juveniles to IDJJ. This is a steep decline from the projected 2,268 youth that were likely to have been sent based on the previous three-year commitment trend; it represents a 54 percent reduction in IDJJ commitments over the life of the program. Through 2012, the Redeploy program diverted 1,232 youth saving the state a conservative $60 million in unnecessary incarceration costs.

Redeploy Illinois supports a wide array of services to help delinquent youth, including counseling, substance abuse and mental health treatment, life skills education and parent and family support services.

The program began in 2005 in 4 sites serving 15 counties. Today it provides services in 12 sites and 43 counties. The newest Redeploy program sites include LaSalle, Kankakee, Winnebago, and Union County. Other Redeploy sites have also recently been approved to expand throughout their area, including: St Clair – adding Monroe, Randolph, Perry and Washington Counties; LaSalle has added Bureau and Grundy Counties; and Kankakee has added Iroquois County.

The program has been successful in mobilizing communities to direct resources to youth offenders who otherwise would have been incarcerated. Counties receiving Redeploy Illinois funds commit to reducing their number of commitments by 25 percent in exchange for grant funds.

The full 2012-2013 Redeploy Illinois Annual Report can be viewed at the IDHS website www.dhs.state.il.us.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins Pfleger in seeking solidarity in ending gun violence

Posted by Admin On April - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Mayor seeks solutions, Pfleger offers $5,000 to nab gunrunners

By Chinta Strausberg

Joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, scores of community groups and mothers of murdered children, Father Michael L. Pfleger late Monday made a clarion call for the violence in Chicago to end but also later held a private forum with the mayor to discuss solutions to the shootings that are becoming a national nightmare.

The press conference, held at The Ark of Saint Sabina, 7800 South Racine, was conducted after a bloody weekend where

45 people shot including 5 children and 8 died and just hours after the U.S. Attorney’s office announced effective April 1, 2014, they have already initiated a special unit to deal with Chicago’s gun violence. The move to bring in the feds is a game changer in ending gun violence.

And, to add yet another layer of incentives to end the Code of Silence and the “senseless” shootings, Father Pfleger announced “Anybody that knows somebody who is out here selling guns on the street, give me the information. We catch them. I will give you $5,000 just to turn in a gun runner on the streets because I want the gunrunners off the streets.”

Some of those present were: Jocelyn Jones, executive director of The ARK of Saint Sabina along with her Brave Youth Leaders, several mothers of murdered children like Tom and Pamela Bosley, Violence Prevention manager for The ARK of Saint Sabina and the mother of Terrell Bosley, 18, Annette Nance-Holt, a member of Purpose Over Pain and mother of slain Blair Holt, 16, killed on May 10, 2007, Tymeka Woods, mother of slain Michael Flournoy, 16, Anthanette Marshbanks, the mother of Archie Lee Chambers, Jr., 20, killed on April 21, 2012, in Calumet City, members of the Peace League, activist Andrew Holmes and many others.

As mayor, Emanuel said it is very hard to put his arms around parents who have lost a child to “meaningless violence…and am always in awe of the power” each of the grieving parent has in dealing with the deaths and “personal pain” they are enduring.

“Every child in the city of Chicago deserves a childhood…deserves to hear laughter…and any child where that laughter has been replaced by the familiarity of gun violence has had their childhood taken from them and we as adults have not done our job.

“I’m done making these phone calls. I have no words to say anymore,” the mayor said. “There is nothing out there that’s more powerful than what is in here. We are stronger than that senseless violence, and we have to decide…as a city are we done…. You have a disagreement on Facebook and that’s a homicide? A husband comes home to a wife and that is another statistic….”? “Are we missing something? These are our children. They are full of hope, optimism.”

Mayor Emanuel shutters at the idea of parents not being sure if their children can play outdoors opposed to falling off their bike or getting their knees scraped. “Kids are immune now to the sound of gun fire. This is their home. These streets don’t belong to the gangbangers. They are streets for our children. These are our schools…. There is nobody in this room that is not accountable…,” he said.

“When we say enough is enough…, watch the children,” Emanuel said warning them not to wait until their child is killed. The mayor said the children are all of our children. “If we have the violence that is worse than any other city, we will not be the city we can be.”

While the central business is one of the fastest growing in the nation, the mayor said, “The measure of our success will be whether a child in Auburn Gresham when they look downtown they see their energy…their power. Do they think that is part of their future or what’s in front of them is the only future they have…? There can’t be a gap of opportunity.”

Referring to the upcoming warm weather, Mayor Emanuel said, “…Values are not about seasons. They don’t come only in the summer.” Values, he said, “are timeless…. They don’t come to you in winter months. They serve as your compass, your guide.” “I want everyone to feel a love of their city, a love for our children and a love for each other and stand shoulder-to-shoulder and do not wait for another weekend…. Together we are stronger that what people are trying to do.”

Speaking to a bevy of reporters, Father Pfleger said, “It’s up to us what happens tonight, tomorrow and up to the next weekend. We can stop it, if we want to.”   “So it’s not just about what happened. It’s about prevention. It’s up to us to make sure we don’t have to gather here because of another weekend” of gun violence.

“We’re on the door step of another summer, and we cannot allow our summer to be a kind of fear and intimidation for our community especially for our children,” said Father Pfleger. “Warm weather cannot turn into bloody streets. Yesterday was Easter Sunday a day to celebrate our faith and our families not a day for our children, our babies to be shot. This is not and will not be accepted.

“I will personally will try to help any brother out here who needs help, trying to find a job, trying to get in school, trying to get food for your family. I will try to help anybody, but I want to make it clear we will not tolerate shooting,” Pfleger said. “You cannot shoot our children and go back in your house, eat McDonald’s and watch TV like everything is alright.”

Calling on communities, churches and parents, Pfleger challenged them to “come out of your house. Stand on your block, put your arms around our children. We need to take ownership for our blocks and we need to take ownership for our children. Being sad or being overwhelmed is not good enough. We’ve got to be outraged, angry, active and engaged”

Speaking to young men, Pfleger said, “Videos and Facebook and social media cannot be the vehicle to talk trash then ends up causing shots to be fired on the streets. You’re sitting in a house making some video and we’re seeing the residue of it out in the streets while you are hiding in the house.”

“We will not tolerate the videos, the Facebook and the social media that is talking all kind of trash that is creating gang warfare in the streets,” said Pfleger. “Guns and shooting cannot be the way we handle our problems, cannot be the way we handle our anger. Guns and shootings cannot be what gives us street respect or makes us be a powerful or valued. The only outcome of being a shooter is either ending up in jail, being paralyzed as a victim or being buried in a cemetery.”

“You have too much potentials, too many possibilities, too many dreams to be wasted and aborted; so Chicago I beg you make a decision today. We can…we must…we will do this. This is our time,” Pfleger told reporters.

Still grieving over the lost of her son, Michael Flournoy, on April 5, 2014, Woods said, on that day she and her son “became a statistic. On April 5th, my son became a sacrifice for this city that has become heartless…. My child was taken away from me senselessly…” said Woods who has three other sons.

“When are we going to stand up and say enough is enough? When are we going to teach our children to speak up for the things that are going on? When are we going to stand behind them so they won’t be fearful to turn in the ones” who are shooting the children, Woods said admitting she is “broken.” As a child, she said there were pictures of children on milk cartons but today “there are children on T-shirts for gun violence…. Our children are moving targets” a state that keeps them prisoners in their own homes.

Jaylene White, 15, one of the Brave New Leaders, held up a sign that said, “Keep calm and stop the violence.” She has friends who were victims of gun violence.

Kurt, a member of Saint Sabina’s Peace League, said, “We can’t let the rise of temperature predict the forecast of violence on the streets of Chicago.” Referring to the label “Big Homie,” Kurt said, “From one Big Homie to the rest of the Big Homies, we can’t allow our little Homies to keep dying…,” he said urging them to join The Ark of Saint Sabina, which has numerous youth programs and educational opportunities. “We got to get this right,” Kurt said.

Sculfield said the violence “pains” him. Referring to the unprecedented winter weather Chicago just experienced, he said children want to play outdoors. “Families want to sit on the porch. They want to have a good time. We cannot give another summer to the violence in this city….”

“We can’t attract businesses to the community to give you jobs in a hale of gun fire. We cannot attract programs to the community when we’ve got babies lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood…. We need your cooperation…make a decision…put the guns down…. The whole world is looking at Chicago, and they are looking at us in a bad light….”

Referring to a youth about 9-years old, Sculfield said he wore a T-shirt that said, “Snitches Get Stitches.” “I will bet if something happened to that kid, got shot that day, that family would want everybody to come forth with information but you allowed him to disseminate that kind of message out in the street….”

The mayor and Father Pfleger met with Tom and Pam Bosley, whose son, Terrell, 18, was killed, Tymeka Woods, the mother of slain Michael Flournoy, III, 16, V-103’s Tony Sculfield, WGCI’s Leon Rogers, Farley Keith better known as Grandmaster Funk, Cleo Pendleton, whose daughter, Hadiya, was killed, Jocelyn Jones, executive director of The ARK of Saint Sabina, Rev. Ira Acree, co-chair of the Leaders Network, Annette Nance-Holt, mother of slain Blair Holt, Brandon and Kurt two of Saint Sabina’s Peacemaker’s, Parents of Murdered Children and others met afterwards with Mayor Emanuel who took copious notes on their suggestions.

Farley Keith, better known as Jackmaster Funk, called for more resources and jobs. One mother, who recently lost her daughter to gun violence, called for the laws to be changed to protect those who break the Code of Silence. She said in court the lawyers reveal their names putting their families in danger.

Pastor Acree said, “These people are hurting. They lost their children to this senseless epidemic of violence. I just listened and said ‘amen’ to some of the solutions that were given.

Nance-Holt, who attended the private meeting with the mayor, said, “When you look at communities like Roseland and Englewood, all they see are vacant buildings, unemployment and hopelessness. We as community stakeholders have to change that.  As a child, I know what those communities used to look like, but today they look like a war zone. There are a lot of good people living there but a few bad apples are ruining these communities, and we have to take back our community,” she said.

“We want people to talk about ways to keep information confidential and safe. We talked about the abandoned buildings. We want our communities back,” said Bosley. “We want the vacant buildings knocked down or fixed up.  We want to end the Code of Silence.”

“The mayor spoke about summer jobs, but we told him we need jobs year round,” said Bosley. Referring to children, she said, “Our youth need more youth centers, and parents should be held accountable when their children are out-of-order like…selling drugs or killing people. If they are not raising their children properly, they should be held accountable.” “The mayor wrote down everything we said. He is looking for solutions,” said Bosley.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Clifford Law Offices to Participate Using Skype in Illinois’ Ask-a-Lawyer Day

Posted by Admin On April - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
Communications Partner from Nationally recognized Chicago Law Firm will participate in the 33rd Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014 using Skype as a new feature for residents of Illinois with legal questions.

CHICAGO, IL – For the first time, Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) 33rd Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day will use Skype as an added form of communication. The event will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents of Illinois with a question about a legal matter are invited to talk to a lawyer at no cost to them.

Lawyers will be accessible via a phone call, email and Skype. Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices, Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, will be the attorney representative who will be handling Skype calls out of the Chicago ISBA office. Menaker is on the ISBA Public Relations Committee that organized this annual event. She was also elected to a second three-year term of the Assembly, the organization’s governing body.

“Ask-a-Lawyer Day is an opportunity for residents of Illinois to get their critical legal questions answered by lawyers who take the time because they care,” Menaker said. She added, “Lawyers who are members of the state bar will be volunteering their time that day, both in Chicago and Springfield, and I look forward to participating in the event by helping to guide those in need via Skype.”

According to Illinois Law Finder, lawyer volunteers will be standing by to provide general information about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury and other common legal matters. Callers will be given general information about their legal issues, which might include consulting with another lawyer on the caller’s specific problem.

Illinois residents are invited to participate in the 33rd Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day between 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26, 2014. To can contact a lawyer free of charge on Ask-a-Lawyer Day via Skype, please use the following username: isbalaw1.

For more information about the 33rd Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day, please visit: http://bit.ly/P60lPX

About Pamela Sakowicz Menaker
Pamela S. Menaker is the Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices. As an attorney with two degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Pam combines her experience in these two fields in handling the press in the many high-profile cases handled by the firm. Pam was an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Program of the Integrated Marketing Communications Department of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism where she taught “Law, Ethics and Policy.” Menaker spearheads the continuing legal education programs which draws more than 2,500 attendees sponsored by Clifford Law, which has been certified by the state as a provider of such programs to lawyers. To learn more about Pamela S. Menaker visit http://cliffordlaw.com/attorneys/pamela-s-menaker/

About Clifford Law Offices
Clifford Law Offices is ranked one of the top law firms in Illinois as well as in the country in the area of complex personal injury and wrongful death cases such as medical malpractice, aviation litigation, products liability, premises liability and transportation litigation. It also has developed a reputation in qui tam litigation or whistleblower cases and handles class action matters as well as commercial litigation cases.

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“Brigadoon” Creative Team and Cast Set for Major Revival

Posted by Admin On April - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Cast and Creative Team Set for Rachel Rockwell’s Revival of Brigadoon, the First major American Production of Lerner and Loewe’s Cherished musical in More than Three Decades, at Goodman Theatre

28 actors, dancers, singers and 13 musicians join the summer musical, June 27 – August 3

CHICAGO, IL – Casting is complete and rehearsals begin May 20 for Goodman Theatre’s new production of Brigadoon—Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s big, beautiful and beguiling song and dance fantasy. Chicago director/choreographer Rachel Rockwell, hailed as a “brilliant, insightful, mistress-of-grand-scale musicals” (Chicago Sun-Times) and named “2012 Chicagoan of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune, makes her Goodman debut. Brigadoon runs June 27 – August 3 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, July 7). Tickets ($25 - $93; subject to change) are on sale now, available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Brigadoon, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). JPMorgan Chase is the Major Corporate Sponsor. Allstate Insurance Company and PwC are Corporate Sponsor Partners. Towers Watson is the Opening Night Sponsor. Chicago Tribune is the Media Partner. A full performance calendar follows.

Rockwell’s cast of 28 features Kevin Earley (Broadway’s A Tale of Two Cities and Les Misérables) as Tommy Albright and Curt Bouril (off-Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet) as Jeff Douglas—the two American vacationers who stumble upon the mythical 18th century village of Brigadoon, which appears for only one day every 100 years. Jennie Sophia (Nellie Forbush in the national tour of South Pacific) plays Fiona, the girl with whom Tommy falls in love. Tommy is then forced to choose between returning to the world he knows—or taking a chance on life and love in Brigadoon. Joining the cast are Larry Adams(Stuart Dalrymple), Jordan Brown (Charlie Dalrymple), Joseph Foronda (Archie Beaton), Rhett Guter (Harry Beaton), George Keating (Sandy Dean), Michael Aaron Lindner (Angus MacGuffie), Roger Mueller (Mr. Lundie), Maggie Portman (Meg Brockie), Olivia Renteria (Jean MacLaren), Emily Rohm (Jane Ashton), Katie Spelman (Maggie Anderson), Craig Spidle (Andrew MacLaren), Richard Strimer (Frank) and Rod Thomas (MacGregor). Rockwell’s ensemble includes William Angulo, Stephanie Binetti, Jessica Blair, Courtney Cerny, Bryan Howard Conner, Tehran Dixon, Ann McMann, Jamy Meek, Drew Nellessen, Emma Rosenthal and Malachi Squires. Headshots and bio information can be found in the Press Room.

“In every sense, Brigadoon is a dream piece: an emotionally rich story, romantic in the purest sense of the word, rendered against a glorious score and beautifully orchestrated story ballets—one of the things I enjoy most as a choreographer, but something few musicals have,” said Rachel Rockwell, who was approached by Alan Jay Lerner’s daughter, Liza Lerner, to revive her father’s seminal work. “I’m thrilled and honored to collaborate with this incredible company of artists to give audiences a fresh look at a musical they’ve long known and loved.”

An orchestra of 13 brings to life two-time Tony Award-winning composer Frederick Loewe’s lilting score for the Goodman revival, including such memorable songs as “Almost Like Being in Love,” “The Heather on the Hill,” “Waitin’ For My Dearie,” “There But For You Go I” and “I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean.” Roberta Duchak is the Music Director and Joshua Clayton is the Orchestrator for the Goodman’s production. Valerie Maze is the Assistant Music Director and Conductor.

Brigadoon has one of the finest scores in classic musical theater. Every timeless song is filled with lush melodies and a wonderful emotional journey that makes it unique and memorable,” said Duchak, who previously worked with Rockwell on Les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, Ragtime and Miss Saigon at Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre.

To refresh the original book for Brigadoon‘s 2014 revival, Rockwell taps librettist Brian Hill. Triple Tony and Academy Award-winning lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner memorably interwove a serious love story with a lighter romantic subplot to contrast the warmth and simplicity of the country with the cool bustle of city life in his 1947 original work.

Brigadoon is a classic for a reason, and we’ve approached this version with the care and respect that a classic deserves,” said Hill, a Drama Desk Award-nominated librettist for the Broadway musical The Story of My Life. “We plan to rejuvenate the Goodman’s Brigadoon in a way that still holds all of the magic, passion and spectacle that people remember.”

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