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Cornell William Brooks Will Take Office as the NAACP’s 18th President and CEO

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The incredible successes the NAACP has seen in its 105-year history would not have been possible without two things: strong leadership and passionate activists like you.

For the past seven months, interim president Lorraine C. Miller has led this organization with unwavering dedication through our triumphs and challenges. I am so grateful for her immeasurable contributions to the NAACP and to the civil rights movement at large.

Today, I am proud to announce the beginning of the next chapter for our organization: Cornell William Brooks will take office as the NAACP’s 18th president and CEO.

Join me in welcoming him with a note of support and your thoughts about which issues are most important to you.

Send him a message
Mr. Brooks’ qualifications extend beyond his six years serving as the president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, his work with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and his time as senior counsel for the Federal Communications Commission.

A fourth-generation ordained minister, he has worked to pass legislation to help previously incarcerated men and women rebuild their lives. In fact, his work was called a model for the nation by the New York Times.

Mr. Brooks is uniquely fit to lead the nation’s oldest, boldest, and largest civil rights organization because he has fought for—and is dedicated to continuing to fight for—public education, affordable health care, voting rights, social justice, and equality for all Americans.

These values bind us all together. In the end, the NAACP is more than one person or even a small committee of leaders. It is our vast community of supporters from all walks of life who share a steadfast resolve to keep the NAACP strong.

Tell President Brooks where you stand. Send a message to welcome him to the NAACP family, and share your priorities for 2014 and beyond:


Thank you,

Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman
NAACP National Board of Directors

Why Are 40 Percent of Black Females Dropping Out?

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By Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

Why has America and the Black community been silent about this epidemic? We hear so much about the 47 percent dropout rate among Black males, but I believe a 40 percent dropout rate among Black females is outrageous and unacceptable. Black males may be on life support, but Black females are in critical condition.

What are the factors causing so many Black girls to leave school? Could one factor be that only 18 percent of Black girls by eighth grade are proficient in reading? Could another factor be that only 13 percent are proficient in math by eighth grade? What about the fact that 21 percent of Black girls are retained at least once? How does retention affect the psyche of Black girls? What effect does Black girls’ suspension rate of 12 percent have on their dropout rate? Black girls’ pregnancy rate had been considered a factor in their dropout rate. But then in-school and alternative school programs emerged.

Are these programs succeeding at helping young Black mothers join the ranks of college students?

Are some schools hostile environments for Black girls? Do schools like Black girls? Do they respect Black females? Do they understand and appreciate Black female culture? Do they appreciate

Black females’ hairstyles? Do they encourage Black female expression? Are Black females dropping out or being pushed out? Why are so many suspended Black females being moved to the juvenile justice system? Black girls should be treated like students, not criminals.

When Black girls encounter hostile, unrewarding school environments, what awaits them if they drop out? What is their likely short- and long-term future? Can they access highly paid jobs? How will they acquire skills for jobs? How will they access housing in safe, multi-functional communities?  What means will they have for establishing their own businesses, accumulating a financial portfolio and building toward their retirement years?

Black females are crying out for help. So much attention is being given to our males while our girls are being overlooked. Black girls need more Black female teachers. They need all teachers to give them higher expectations. They need schools to treat them fairly. Their suspension and dropout rates are four times greater than those of White girls. Black girls need Black female mentors. They need to be taught the beauty of their history. They need an education that embraces all determined efforts to keep Black girls in school, including: mediation, schools that feature alternative learning styles and STEM careers, all-girl schools that demonstrate high success rates of graduation and college entrance,and a change in school culture. Black females need to be encouraged not to drop out.

These issues and more are discussed in my latest book, Educating Black Girls.

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is the author of more than 30 books including the national best sellers Raising Black Boys and Understanding Black Male Learning Styles. He has been a guest speaker at many universities and has been a consultant at most urban school districts. His work has been featured in Ebony and Essence magazine, and he has been a guest on BET and Oprah.

Father Pfleger to Gangbangers: “We have Zero Tolerance for Shooting/Killing in our Holy Borders”

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By Chinta Strausberg

Before Father Michael L. Pfleger began his Friday night weekly marches, he warned his supporters there had been a shooting just one block outside of Saint Sabina self-imposed “Holy borders” and that it was not only unacceptable but he is demanding “zero tolerance” for shooting and killing within this area.

Pfleger was referring to Saint Sabina’s “Holy Territory he says is bounded by Marshfield on the West to the viaduct (Lowe Street) on the East and from 76th Street to 83rd Street.

Ironically, the shooting took place an hour before the marchers began their weekly peace walk. It also took place just one block from where Father Pfleger’s foster son,Jarvis Franklin, 16, was gunned down at 79th and Carpenter on May3 0, 1998. No one has been arrested.

“We take it personal anything that happens in the area,” Pfleger told reporters. “We’re here to stand with the community but also to send a message” that shooting and killing will not be tolerated.

After Pastor Michael Gun, who is joining the church, said a prayer, scores of marchers went down 79th Street chanting, “No more shooting, stop the violence in our neighborhood, no more shooting, no more guns, put down the guns, stop it right now, peace in the street….” The marchers asked motorists to honk their horns if they support their anti-violence initiative.

They stopped at 80th and Paulina where police said there had been a shooting. Pfleger asked his supporters to “bind up violence…come against anything that is not of you. We come against hatred…against bitterness…. We bind up fear…. We loosen your love, God. We loosen your peace, God….”

Asking the marchers to stretch out their hands towards 80th and Paulina, Pfleger bellowed, “Peace to this block…. Bind up violence. Bind up guns.” Despite the shooting at 80th and Paulina and the police presence, they resumed their march asking that the youth lay down their guns and give peace a chance.

Stopping at the Saint Sabina Memorial Wall that included a picture of his son and other children who were victims of gun violence, Father Pfleger asks 15-year-old Jalen Johnson, a freshman at St. Rita, to pray.

Afterwards, Johnson reflected on Friday’s peace march saying, “It’s very empowering. It is actually making a change. You have more people coming off the streets and increasing the peace.”

In ending the peace march at 8:25 p.m, Pfleger stood by the Saint Sabina Memorial Wall and told his supporters, “We’ve got to be a voice. We’ve got to be good stewards of the garden God gave us, and we got to let everybody know we ain’t afraid so nobody should be afraid.”
Father Michael L. Pfleger and his supporters Friday stopped at 80th and Carpener where there had been a shooting and prayed peace for that block.  It wa a block away from where Pfleger's own son, Jarvis Franklin, 16, was gunned down on May 30, 1998 at 79th and Caprneter.  (All photos by Chinta Strausberg)Father Michael L. Pfleger and his supporters Friday stopped at 80th and Carpener where there had been a shooting and prayed peace for that block. It wa a block away from where Pfleger’s own son, Jarvis Franklin, 16, was gunned down on May 30, 1998 at 79th and Caprneter. (All photos by Chinta Strausberg)

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.

Unemployment Falls in All Metros for Second Consecutive Month

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Metro Rates at Six-Year Lows as 99 of 102 Counties Record Declines

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area May
Bloomington-Normal 6.0% 6.4%
Champaign-Urbana 6.3% 7.1%
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 7.2% 9.2%
Danville 9.4% 10.0%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. 6.1% 6.5%
Decatur 9.1% 10.4%
Kankakee-Bradley 8.8% 10.1%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 6.6% 7.5%
Peoria 7.2% 8.2%
Rockford 8.9% 10.3%
Springfield 6.0% 6.9%
St. Louis (IL-Section) 6.6% 7.7%
* Data subject to revision.

CHICAGO, IL –May unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state for the second consecutive month and again are at six year lows, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Rates also fell in 99 of 102 counties. Not seasonally adjusted data compares May 2014 with May 2013.

Illinois businesses added jobs in six metros. Largest increases: Lake-Kenosha (+2.0 percent, +7,800), Springfield (1.4 percent, +1,500), Kankakee-Bradley (+1.2 percent, +500) and Champaign-Urbana (+0.9 percent, +1,000). Largest decreases: Bloomington-Normal (-3.0 percent, ‑2,700), Peoria (-1.8 percent, -3,300) and Decatur (-1.3 percent, -700). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were Leisure and Hospitality (nine of 12), Mining and Construction (eight of 12), Education and Health Services (eight of 12) and Professional and Business Services (seven of 12).

“Growing consumer confidence and its related discretionary spending is pushing this economy forward,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “We must not rest, however, until this improving economy touches every doorstep in our state.”

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month with the same month of the previous year. The May 2014 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 7.2 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in May and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits. Historically, the state unemployment rate is higher than the national rate.

Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – May 2014

Metropolitan Area May
Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA 88,400 91,100 -2,700
Champaign-Urbana MSA 109,800 108,800 1,000
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. 3,800,300 3,782,600 17,700
Danville MSA 28,800 29,100 -300
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA 184,200 184,700 -500
Decatur MSA 51,500 52,200 -700
Kankakee-Bradley MSA 43,900 43,400 500
Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. 405,100 397,300 7,800
Peoria MSA 179,200 182,500 -3,300
Rockford MSA 149,200 148,100 1,100
Springfield MSA 111,800 110,300 1,500
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA 232,600 233,300 -700
*Preliminary    **Revised

Lt. Governor Simon-backed military education reform becomes law

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MASCOUTAH – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined Governor Pat Quinn who signed legislation crafted by her office to ease the transitions of military students moving in and out of Illinois schools. House Bill 3939 sponsored by Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson (D-East St. Louis) passed the General Assembly almost unanimously.

“Military families make tremendous sacrifices for our country, and today we are taking steps to support them. This law shows that Illinois is a state that protects military families and protects good jobs,” said Simon, who chairs the state’s Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC). “This new law is the result of a lot of hard work, and I commend Rep. Jackson and Sen. Bush for their leadership in the legislature. I would like to thank Governor Quinn for quickly signing it into law.”

In 2010, Illinois joined the Interstate Compact for Military Children and adopted the state’s first-ever law recognizing the unique educational challenges of military students. With today’s action, Illinois joins other Compact states in ensuring that military students enter the same grade level at their new schools, retain previously earned credit and are offered opportunities for extracurricular activities.

“I am proud to represent many of Illinois’ military families, who call this community home,” said House sponsor Rep. Jackson. “Military families and military communities face unique challenges, and it is important that we as a state demonstrate our commitment to supporting the men and women – the families – who sacrifice on our behalf.”

“These families give up so much in order to serve in our military. The least we can do is ensure that school transfers are as easy on their children as possible,” said Sen. Bush, who sponsored the measure in the Senate.

The Simon-backed law brings Illinois into alignment with other Compact states, providing protections military students deserve while also preserving local control. They include:

• Grade Level: Students must be allowed to continue their enrollment at grade level in the receiving state at the time of transition; subsequent evaluation to verify placement is allowed.

• Course & Program Placement: Schools shall initially honor course and program placement for military students at the time of transition, including Advanced Placement and ESL, provided that the courses are offered and space is available; subsequent evaluation to verify placement is allowed.

• Extracurricular Activities: Schools shall facilitate the opportunity for inclusion in sports and other activities to the extent that children are qualified and space is available as determined by the school principal.

The state of Illinois is home to approximately 10,000 military students, most of whom have at least one parent on active duty at major installations in North Chicago, the Quad Cities and Metro East. They may transfer schools up to nine times between kindergarten and high school graduation, a rate three times that of their civilian peers.

Simon added that with potential federal defense spending reductions and potential base closures on the horizon, this measure positions our bases for expansions, not drastic cuts.

During a series of listening posts hosted by the Simon-chaired Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC) held last year near Scott Air Force Base, Naval Station Great Lakes and the Rock Island Arsenal, families and military leadership consistently raised the issue of improving school transition.

As chair of the IMBSEDC, Simon helps coordinate the state’s activities and communications relating to current and former military bases in Illinois. This spring, Simon joined U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), members of Illinois’ congressional delegation and officials from the U.S. Air Force to discuss the future of Scott Air Force Base in Belleville. This fall, her office intends to release an economic impact study of the state’s military industry with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

Student Debt: Probably as Bad as We Thought

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By William Spriggs

The Brookings Institution, looking at data from 2010, has issued a report claiming the student debt issue isn’t as bad as people think. Using Federal Reserve data on households headed by 20- to 40-year-olds, they conclude that horror stories of people struggling with student debt are exaggerated. Problem is, more current data suggest student debt is more serious than Brookings suggests.

The Brookings study looks at the debt among households headed by people ages 20 to 40, which means it misses people who have returned to their parents’ households, or had incomes below $1,000 and who weren’t making payments on their loans. The data used in the study was incomplete and therefore skewed. In 2010, the incidence of adults living in “shared households,” that is adults living with other adults (including adult children not in school living with their parents), increased from 27.7 percent in 2007 to 30.1 percent in 2010; including an increase of about 300,000 children 18 to 24 living with their parents. The Brookings data ignores this group. In October 2010, among those 16 to 24 no longer enrolled in school, the unemployment rate for those who had some college or an associate’s degree was 15.4 percent for men and 10.6 percent for women; and was 9.9 percent for men and 9.3 percent for women with college degrees. It is likely, those unemployed may have missed Brookings’ earning cutoff or struggled and were not making payment on their loans.

What the Brookings study does not cover is the more recent period, in which student loan debt has become a problem for more than just young people as more debt is being held by parents. The New York Federal Reserve Bank reports that overall student debt increased from $363 billion in the first quarter of 2005 to $579 billion in the first quarter of 2008. By 2010, it stood at $758 billion and by the end of 2012 was at $966 billion. The Brookings snapshot of 2010 was at a midpoint in an escalating debt issue. Meanwhile, the average student debt balance grew from $21,867 in 2010 to $24,803 by the end of 2012. The Brookings study excludes this data because educational attainment of the borrowers isn’t available. However, the more current data show how big a problem student debt is in the economy.

What the Brookings study tries to suggest is that young college graduates in 2010 who borrowed money for school aren’t struggling with student loans more than in the early 1990s. From that perspective, the student “debt crisis” isn’t likely to cause new problems for the current generation seeking to buy homes, cars or start retirement savings. As with the housing bubble, we shouldn’t worry that overall debt is rising because the value of the underlying asset is rising, too.

Well, there are two problems with that. The earnings of those 20 to 40 is not rising. The median income for households 25 to 34 in 2012 was slightly below the 1988 level. And, the more recent data for newly minted college educated workers’ wages is that they are flat for men and down for women since 2000.

Further, the increase in student debt incidence is not limited to young people. Student debt held by those 40 to 49 nearly doubled from the onset of the Great Recession at the beginning of 2008 to the end of 2012, from $87 billion to $167 billion, while the number borrowing increased from 4.2 million to 6 million. The delinquency rate (those more than 90 days late) rose from 11.2 percent to 16.1 percent. This may be hurting young people more, since many home purchases by young couples are aided by parental gifts. And, while these loan volumes and delinquencies do not create the risk to banks that mortgages do, the weakness of the household balance sheet is a risk to the real economy because it shows the potential fragility of demand for other goods and services.

The Brookings study does remind us that the increase in students taking out loans reflects the increasingly diverse college student body and potentially greater intergenerational mobility. This is emphasized by the National Urban League’s report on African American college students showing the large number of “independent” adult college students and the relative low income of black students, which means greater needs to borrow. What is disturbing is that the Brookings study overstates the case that loans are affordable, undercutting the need to lower student loan interest and debt service.

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

RLJ Companies Ranks Among Top Industries on Annual Black Enterprise ‘B.E. 100s List’

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RLJ Companies

Bethesda, MD (BlackNews.com) — The RLJ Companies today announced three of its portfolio businesses are listed among the “2014 B.E. 100s List,” published annually by Black Enterprise magazine.

RLJ McLarty Landers Automotive (RML) ranks 1st in the auto dealerships category marking the company’s fifth consecutive year in the top spot on the list, which is based on 2013 revenue among 60 minority auto dealers from around the country. Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, RML is the largest African American owned automotive franchise in the U.S. consisting of 35 automotive franchises and three Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealerships across the South Central, Southeast, and Midwest regions of the country.

RLJ Equity Partners, LLC ranks 12th on the private equity firms list. Founded by Johnson and The Carlyle Group, RLJ Equity Partners specializes in middle-market leveraged buy-outs, leveraged recapitalizations, and growth equity. RLJ Equity Partners currently has 9 portfolio companies within aerospace/defense, automotive and transportation, business services, consumer and retail, and general industrial sectors.

Making its debut to the annual list, RLJ Credit Management, LLC ranks 14th on the private equity firms list. With 3 portfolio companies, RLJ Credit provides flexible debt capital solutions for both private equity sponsored and non-sponsored lower middle market companies and can provide senior, subordinated, or unitranche loans to support buyouts, recapitalizations, refinancings, and growth financings.

For more information on these and other RLJ affiliate operations, visit www.RLJcompanies.com
About The RLJ Companies
The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in a publicly traded hotel real estate investment trust; private equity; financial services; asset management; automobile dealerships; sports and entertainment; and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET).

Dancing For a Good Cause: Chicago’s Iconic Dance Honors the Legendary Mr. Herb Kent, “The Cool Gent”

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CHICAGO, IL―The Next Step College Readiness Program with mentoring support for teen moms and teen dads will hold its first annual “Stepping for the Children” benefit from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel, 9333 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn, IL. This fundraising event will honor Chicago radio icon and living legend Mr. Herb Kent, “The Cool Gent,” with a night of Chicago-Style Stepping. Proceeds from the benefit will establish an Educational Achievement Award in Mr. Kent’s name and raise funds for the Next Step program which is working to break the cycle of generational teen pregnancy. Mr. Kent will present this award to a Next Step college student.

Next Step helps pregnant and parenting teens complete high school and go to college. Pregnancy is the foremost reason that teen girls drop out of high school; of the teen mothers that give birth before age 18, only 38% graduate from high school and less than two percent of teen mothers attain a college degree by the age of 30. Research has shown that teen pregnancy has a negative influence on the educational attainment of teen fathers making it difficult for them to be financially or emotionally supportive of themselves or their children.

Although the U.S. national pregnancy rate for all teens age 15-19 has declined, the pregnancy rate among black and Hispanic teen girls is more than two times higher than the rate for white teen girls. Given the increasing demands in schooling necessary to qualify for a well-paying job, high school completion and college-and career-readiness are critical to teen parents becoming self-sufficient. Teen pregnancy also affects the future prospects of the children of teen parents. Studies have shown that children of teen parents are more likely to do worse in school than those born to older parents, have a higher drop-out rate, be incarcerated during adolescence, and grow up in poverty. Many of the teen parents in Next Step are the children and grandchildren of teen parents.  Next Step works to break this generational cycle of teen pregnancy and low educational achievement that almost ensures a life of economic hardship.

Next Step is a program of Chicago Child Care Society, a 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1849 and recognized as the longest serving child welfare agency in the state of Illinois. Chicago Child Care Society promotes its mission―to provide innovative, community-based education and social service programs that address current and emerging needs of vulnerable children and their families.

For many Chicagoans, Herbert Rogers Kent, “The Cool Gent,” is one of the most important and legendary figures in Chicago radio history. Mr. Kent’s career spans over six decades as a respected radio personality. Mr. Kent also hosted s weekly TV show, Steppin’ at Club 7 (1995-97), which introduced Chicago-Style Stepping as a cultural form to a broad audience. For the past several years, Mr. Kent can be heard on his popular weekend broadcasts on WVAZ-FM (V103). Mr. Kent was declared the longest running DJ by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009. As the first African-American inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Radio Hall of Fame, Mr. Kent coined the term, “dusty records” to describe old-time favorite hits that have catapulted yesterday’s and today’s African-American music sensations.

Born on the Southside of Chicago in 1929, Mr. Kent has explained how being raised by a single mother in the Chicago housing projects has greatly influenced his life. As a young teen, he studied classical music at Hyde Park High School. He has lectured at Chicago State University to students encouraging them to succeed in their careers and life.

For ticket and donation information, contact Diane Deaderick-DeMartra, Next Step Program supervisor at 773-643-0452, ext. 2417 or you can log onto to the event website at https://nextstepping.eventbrite.com.

New DVD Fitness Program Helps African Americans Battle Diabetes and High Blood Pressure With Simple Exercises for a Longer Happier Life

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Alive With Damue DVD
DVD cover
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Alive! with Damue is a dynamic new health and fitness program by Damue Bagwell designed to help maintain and lower blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. The fact is that these problems affect millions of Americans today and although complications from ailments can be prevented, most people don’t know the steps to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, many others don’t take these steps until their health is already seriously compromised.
Damue discovered that he suffered from high blood pressure at the age of 18. He had an unhealthy diet of fried foods and food containing high volumes of salt. Unaware that his diet and high blood pressure were a serious problem, his kidney function went down to 5%. With Damue’s kidneys functioning so poorly, he was forced to undergo dialysis but on September 6, 1993, he was blessed with a kidney from his mother.
As Damue explains, “Getting a second chance with life I felt rejuvenated, but I didn’t see the same joy in my counterpart’s eyes. I noticed that they had serious depression issues. My social worker would ask me to come to meeting to be an example for others to see that they could live a normal life with a transplant. I always wanted to do something for people with these aliments because I felt their pain.”
So he continued to rack his brain. What motivated him? He loves to exercise. Damue felt that God had a special purpose and mission in his life, however it wasn’t until after his health was in jeopardy that he knew God’s plan. He comments, “I woke up one morning with a idea to put a exercise video together for people with the conditions I had.” They tell people with health issues problems to exercise but they don’t show them how. So I researched and came up with simple exercises to help with hypertension and diabetes problems.
Damue’s mission is to have products that people can simply put into their DVD players. He is creating a series of exercise DVDs that people can do easily in the comfort of their own home. This gives people a simple solution for a permanent weight loss and increases their life’s vitality and health. He says he’s very committed to helping people overcome their personal health problems.
Alive! with Damue is sold online at Walmart, Target, Barnes and Noble and all major stores online.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Christopher Hart – Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
  • John W. Leslie, Jr. – Member, Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation, and upon appointment to be designated Chairperson

President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Donald L. Pereira – Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission
  • Douglas L. Stang – Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission

President Obama said, “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles.  Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Christopher Hart, Nominee for Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board

Christopher Hart is currently a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), where he has served since 2009.  He is also Vice Chairman of the NTSB, a position he held since October 2013 and previously from 2009 to 2013.  Prior to joining the NTSB, Mr. Hart was the Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 2005 to 2009 and was the Assistant Administrator for System Safety at the FAA from 1995 to 2005.  From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Hart was Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  He was a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board from 1990 to 1993.  He was Managing Partner at Hart & Chavers from 1981 to 1990 and Associate Attorney at Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin from 1979 to 1981.  Mr. Hart served as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Environmental, Civil Rights, and General Law at the Department of Transportation from 1977 to 1979.  Mr. Hart was an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Air Transport Association of America from 1976 to 1977 and an Associate Attorney at Peabody, Rivlin, Lambert & Meyers from 1973 to 1976.  He is a licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine, and instrument ratings.  Mr. Hart received a B.S.E. and M.S. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

John W. Leslie, Jr., Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation, and upon appointment to be designated Chairperson

John W. Leslie, Jr. is currently Chairman of Weber Shandwick, a position he has held since 2001.  He has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation since 2003 and as its Chairperson since 2009.  From 1985 to 2001, Mr. Leslie was President of Bozell Sawyer Miller.  Previously, Mr. Leslie was Chairman of the Board of the United States Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a participant in UNHCR Missions to Afghanistan in 1998, Kosovo in 1999, and Tanzania in 2001.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chairman of the U.S. Agency for International Development Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid.  Mr. Leslie received a B.S. from Georgetown University.

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Dr. Donald L. Pereira, Appointee for Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Dr. Donald L. Pereira is Chief of the Section of Fisheries at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a position he has held since 2013.  He has held various positions at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1983, including Fisheries Research and Policy Manager, Fisheries Research Program Supervisor, and Senior Fisheries Research Biologist.  He was a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Minnesota from 1987 to 1991.  Dr. Pereira joined the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission’s Council of Lake Committees in 2007, and served as its Vice Chairman from 2011 to 2013 before becoming Chairman.  He also served on the Great Lakes Fishery Commission’s Board of Technical Experts from 2009 to 2013.  Dr. Pereira received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Vermont and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

Douglas L. Stang, Appointee for Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Douglas L. Stang is Assistant Director for Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, a position he has held since 2007.  He has held multiple positions at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation since 1985, including Chief of the Bureau of Fisheries, Supervising Aquatic Biologist, and Senior Aquatic Biologist.  Previously, he was a Research Associate at Iowa State University from 1982 to 1985 and a Graduate Research Assistant from 1980 to 1982.  Mr. Stang began his career as Fisheries Technician at the Virginia Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries in 1978.  He is a Life Member of the American Fisheries Society and served as President of its Fisheries Administration Section from 2003 to 2005.  Mr. Stang received a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.S. in Fishery Biology from Iowa State University.

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