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Archive for June 13th, 2014

Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Role in $9.1 Million Fictitious Employer Fraud

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IDES’ Fraud Unit Uncovered Scheme Involving Six States

CHICAGO, IL – Jay Rowell, Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), issued the following statement today after United States District Judge Joan H. Lefkow sentenced a woman to six years in prison for actions related to unemployment insurance fraud. The woman was a central figure in a 17-person enterprise that scammed $9.1 million from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. IDES’ anti-fraud unit uncovered the suspicious activity that launched the multi-state investigation.

“Stealing is wrong. Stealing unemployment insurance benefits is shameful. It harms every worker and every employer across our state and it simply will not be tolerated,” Rowell said. “Stopping waste, fraud and abuse in the unemployment insurance program are more than words. Today, 17 more people personally know that.”

“I commend our staff for their diligent efforts that started this investigation more than four years ago; the investigators at the Department of Labor whose collaboration is critical in tracking down these cases; and U.S. Attorney Zackary T. Fardon and the prosecutors in the Northern District whose dedication is vital to protecting the public trust.”

Case number 12CR0284 might be the largest fictitious employer case in the country. Jacqueline Kennedy, 41, of Country Club Hills prior to her arrest, led 16 others, playing various roles, in registering approximately 97 fictitious employers with the states’ unemployment insurance agencies and used sham employees to fraudulently collect unemployment insurance benefits. IDES was defrauded of approximately $5.9 million and total fraud was estimated at $9.1 million. Kennedy previously owned and managed several tax preparation businesses in Chicago. The unemployment insurance fraud to which she pled guilty occurred between 2009 and 2011. She pleaded guilty in December, 2013.

Federal prosecutors said each Illinois fraud was uncovered and stopped before the full amount of unemployment benefits could be paid. Had the full amount been paid, the Illinois loss would have reached $30 million.

Questions about this criminal case should be directed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

IDES is committed to fighting fraud. It pursues fraud cases in criminal and civil courts at the local, state and federal level. The Department cooperates with outside prosecutors and has an internal anti-fraud unit with attorneys from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.

Fraud that does not involve a criminal enterprise, or involves significantly fewer dollars, is pursued administratively. For example, an individual’s tax refund could be garnished and the worker could be deemed ineligible for future unemployment insurance benefits until the debt is repaid. Employers face fines and some could be held personally liable for misstating their company’s obligations. These and other programs total $341 million in money IDES either recovered or identified the fraud before payment was made.

Unemployment insurance benefits are funded through business contributions. These temporary dollars most often are spent for essentials at the local grocery, gas station and clothing store, thereby supporting the local economy. Every $1 in unemployment insurance benefits generates about $1.63 in economic activity.

Senator Andy Manar / Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan Kick-off Restoration Efforts for Mother Jones Monument

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Mt. Olive, IL – Illinois State Senator Andy Manar will be kicking off restoration efforts on Tuesday, June 17th at 10 a.m. which will update the public on the fundraising efforts for the preservation of the monument and final resting place of Mother Jones.

Manar and President Michael T. Carrigan of the Illinois AFL-CIO have spearheaded the fundraising efforts and will gather with guests at the monument located in the Union Miner Cemetery in Mt. Olive, Illinois.  A ceremonial check, including gifts from donors from 14 different states, will be presented to the Union Miner Cemetery Board to begin restoration.

The historic landmark celebrates the courage of a woman who fought most of her life for the rights of others and offers a glimpse into the hardships of a coal miner, and the dangerous fight unions waged in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Union Miners’ Cemetery Perpetual Care Association formed a partnership with the Illinois AFL-CIO, Illinois Senator Andy Manar, Illinois Labor History Society, United Mine Workers of America, and the Mother Jones Foundation to raise the funds.

The monument restoration is in conjunction with the soon to be erected Mother Jones Museum and both are scheduled to be unveiled in June 2015 inspiring thousands of guests each month to visit the small community.  While a large sum has already been raised, the cost of the restoration is not yet met. For donations of more than $500, there will be a permanent marker at the site.

“Mother Jones was known as ‘The most dangerous woman in America,’ but workers recognize her as the most courageous and her memory must be preserved,” Carrigan said.

Donations can be sent to:  Mother Jones Monument Fund, Illinois AFL-CIO, 534 S. Second, Springfield, IL 62701.

Manar and the Illinois AFL-CIO are excited to thank donors and encourage others to donate to make the restoration possible. The monument is located in Manar’s district.

For more information about the restoration of the monument or about how to donate, contact: Amy Rueff at 217-492-2633 or by E-mail Amy.Rueff@ilafl-cio.org. You can also follow their progress at www.facebook.com/motherjonesmonument

State Health Department Partners with “Real Men Cook” to Provide Free Health Screenings at 25th Annual Father’s Day Event Celebrating Men’s Health Week

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CHICAGO, IL – National Men’s Health Week is June 9 – 15.  This annual health observance is celebrated every June with a goal to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

This year the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will culminate this week by participating in “Real Men Cook’s” 25th Annual Father’s Day event to provide FREE health screenings on Sunday, June 15 from 3 – 6 p.m.

The event will be held at The Legacy, located at 119th and Loomis Streets in Chicago (4 blocks east of I-57).  Real Men Cook® is one of the nation’s most highly recognized and favored Father’s Day events, featuring food demonstrations and sampling, along with live family-friendly entertainment.

“We are excited to be a part of this iconic and energized family event to bring attention to men’s health issues,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, one of the event’s guest speakers.  “I encourage men, both young and old, to take control of their health and participate in our various free screenings and wellness presentations.”  Dr. Hasbrouck will speak on Men’s Health: What Every Woman Should Know at 3pm on the event’s main stage.

IDPH will also host an “Ask the Expert” Q&A session, where attendees can get answers to their questions regarding health.  Topics include: Prostate Cancer and Oral Hygiene.

IDPH Center for Minority Health Services will provide prostate, HIV, hepatitis C, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, body mass index and body composition analysis, and dental screenings during the event in the “Health and Wellness Zone” beginning at 3pm.

The 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.

Real Men Cook® was launched in 1990 and became the largest family celebration in the country. Today, Real Men Cook® is the leading urban Father’s Day experience.  The event is a food-tasting family celebration featuring men volunteering to cook for and serve the community.  Cooking is an example for what men are willing to do for their families and communities, giving up Father’s Day pampering to make a difference.  This year marks the event’s 25th Anniversary.

IDPH continues to implement its Five Year Strategy 2014-2018 to maximize IDPH’s effectiveness, influence and value for promoting wellness, health equity, safety and improved health outcomes.  Strategic plan priorities include developing and expanding partnerships; improving data utilization; reducing health disparities; improving regulatory compliance; and branding, marketing and communicating IDPH’s value. http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/StrategicPlan_Final_2014-2018.pdf

The Power Struggle Behind the Teacher Tenure Law Suit

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The Power Struggle Behind the Teacher Tenure Law Suit

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By Kitty Kelly Epstein

The Los Angeles court decision against teacher tenure laws has something in common with No Child Left Behind. The Bush administration rolled out NCLB with pretty slogans about helping poor children. In the end, the law enriched testing companies and left more children behind.

The L.A. court decision striking down California teacher tenure laws was financed by the foundation of Silicon Valley millionaire, David Welch, who argued that the laws harm children. If allowed to stand, the court decision, like NCLB, is likely to hurt both students and teachers in two ways. First, it does nothing about the real issues of teacher availability and support. And second, its actual impact has more to do with political power than education.

There is a large and growing shortage of long term, highly dedicated teachers in the U.S., especially in schools attended by children without money. That teacher shortage is caused by two factors, neither of them having anything to do with tenure. First, the set of bureaucratic procedures, tests, and financial burdens required of prospective teachers, do not predict good teaching and prevent community people who want to teach from getting the credential that allows them into the profession.

Second, half the people who do manage to get a credential leave the profession in less than five years! The speed of exit has increased as standardized testing has overwhelmed U.S. classrooms and a wrong-headed critique of teachers has derailed the on-going project of making schools into loving, safe, stimulating places where young people want to be.

Even if ending tenure laws were actually designed to get rid of bad teachers, it would not create any new teachers to fill up the classrooms so rapidly vacated in urban schools. In fact, it is likely to make teaching an even less appealing profession.

But this issue is fundamentally about power. The general attack on teachers and teacher unions has little to do with education and more to do with the tussle for overwhelming political power being carried out by the wealthiest few among us.

Teachers are one of the most solid, progressive forces in the U.S. Teaching is the largest profession in the world; large portions of teachers are unionized; and by some estimates 8 in 10 teachers are Democrats.

The National Education Association has political power that it often wields in a progressive direction, working to uphold school funding, workable class size, free speech, and more fair taxation to name just a few issues It is one of few organizations that requires ethnic and gender diversity in its own elected representation.

Recent Supreme Court decisions have given the wealthy the ability to make unlimited contributions to political candidates and campaigns. Teachers unions are one of the few entities with anywhere near the financial muscle to stand up to the funding provided by millionaires. The series of efforts designed to weaken the political power of teacher unions make sense in this context.

Are the teachers unions always right? The unions supported a change from a three-year probationary period to two years, which was probably a bad idea.

In cases with which I am personally familiar, this change has actually caused potentially good teachers to be dismissed before they had taught long enough to prove that that they could do a good job.

And though seniority should translate into some job security, the practice of bumping teachers from one school to another based on seniority during times of layoff is not a good idea. (The real absurdity is having any lay-offs, given the teacher turnover situation I have described!)

The countries which have the strongest schools, according to international comparisons, have strong teacher unions and they do not have millionaires making education policy from foundations funded by other millionaires.

Teachers unions need to adopt the kind of community alliances and activities practiced by Karen Lewis of the Chicago teachers union and Alex Caputo-Pearl, newly elected president of the L.A. union.

Community involvement in setting the criteria for good teaching; aggressive recruitment of Spanish speakers into teaching; funding for the year of unpaid student teaching which most applicants are now forced to endure; and an ethos of love and respect, rather than suspicion and control, can create the teachers we need.

On the other hand, trying to knock teachers unions out of the political box will have devastating impacts on advocacy for children, for education funding, for decreased standardized testing, and for free speech.

The sunshine in this event might be the shock it provides to all of us to work harder on that community-teacher alliance before public education really is a thing of the past.

Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD, is recipient of the 2013 Scholar Activist award from the Urban Affairs Association and author of A Different View of Urban Schools (2012) Peter Lang Publishers.

Communist Party Chairman to Hold Press Conference at Convention Opening

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CHICAGO, IL – Sam Webb, Chair of the Communist Party USA, will hold a press conference at the University of Illinois in the media center (Illinois Foyer) Friday, June 13 at 2 p.m.

Webb will outline the party’s views on what needs to be done about the major economic and political problems the nation is grappling with these days.

He will be available for questions and answers after a brief opening statement.

Some 350 delegates from across the nation are arriving here today for the opening of the Communist Party’s 30th National Convention.

According to convention organizer John Bachtell: “They’re coming from as far away as California, Texas and Maine and they are excited and ready to get started.”

The convention differs in some ways from previous ones that the CPUSA has held and even from ones held by the major political parties in that it will be an open convention. “Sessions are live streamed, the press is invited and our coalition allies are coming to share their views,” said Bachtell.

On Friday afternoon Webb will deliver the keynote speech.

A key challenge , according to Webb, will be the 2014 mid-term elections. “Everyone should be involved,” he said. Taking note of Eric Cantor’s surprise defeat in Virginia Webb warned: “This is a decisive election, nothing can be taken for granted including the election of tea party extremists.”

Friday evening peoplesworld.org is hosting a panel discussion on organizing low wage workers that includes Howard Kling, Secretary of the International Labor

Communications Association, AFL-CIO, Change to win, Rasheen Aldridge, St. Louis Can’t Survive on $7.35 strike leader, Young Activists United, Naquasia LeGrand, Fast Food Forward Colbert Show guest, Elce Redmond and Ada Fuentes of Jobs With Justice, Terrie Albano, co-editor of peoplesworld.org and Judith LeBlanc, field director of Peace Action.

Saturday the convention will feature a panel discussion on the mass media with Kari Lyderson, Social Justice Chicago Reporting Fellowship, Northwestern University, Bhaskar Sunkara, publisher jacobin.com, Don Washington, Mayoral Tutorial.com and Sue Webb, co-editor peoplesworld.org.

The day will be topped off with a welcome of international guests from Brazil, Great Britain, Cuba, Vietnam and Germany.

The convention ends on Sunday. “We’ll close with a call to action that will encourage everyone to get busy,” said Joe Sims. “The future belongs to those who organize it.”

During the convention contact at any time:

For more information, contact Rossana Cambron 562 728 7895, John Wojcik  773 951 3723

Shop Smart For Father’s Day, Says the Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Father’s Day, June 15th, is quickly approaching which means it’s time to buy that special guy in your life a gift. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) reminds consumers that it’s important to shop carefully for a non-hassle gift that brings joy to fathers.

“Before making a purchase, read the fine print and ask questions,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Always make sure to get information on refund, exchange and warranties in writing. To be on the safe side, ask for a gift receipt.”

The BBB offers the following shopping tips for Father’s Day gifts:

Gift Cards and Certificates: Check the terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate prior to purchase to ensure that the expiration date and conditions won’t be a problem. If you are giving a gift card to someone who will make online purchases, be sure the gift card is redeemable for Internet shopping and not just for in-store use. Make certain on a gift card that the security number hasn’t been revealed prior to purchase.

Electronics: Whether you plan to give a camera, GPS system or other electronic device, be sure that you don’t remove it from its box before wrapping it. Many electronics stores require the original packaging in order to process returns or exchanges.

Recreational Rentals: If you’re interested in renting ATVs, campers, canoes or other recreational equipment this Father’s Day, be sure that you get a written contract that includes details such as the base rental cost, daily fees, insurance and time restrictions. Also, take the time to visually inspect the rental and get written verification of any existing damage before renting.

Guides, Tours and Classes: Fishing, sightseeing, skydiving and golf lessons are fun ways to celebrate and spend time together. However, it’s important to get details about these classes and adventures in writing and in advance of the trip. Be sure to clarify all of the factors listed below:

  • Are reservations required and if so, by when?
  • What are the total costs and features?
  • What services and equipment are included?
  • Are taxes or any other charges added?
  • Are there any restrictions or special time requirements?
  • Are there any cancellation or refund penalties or policies?

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Tell Congress: Don’t Cut Home Ownership Tax Deduction – Sign The Petition

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Congress wants to eliminate property tax deductions. This could hurt the 75 million Americans who are are homeowners.
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Congress knows that home ownership is crucial — not only for our economy but for the stability and wellbeing of American families. That’s why the federal government has been making it easier for families to buy homes for decades, making the interest they pay on expensive mortgages tax deductible.

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“The Beat Goes On”

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Chicago’s house music pioneers honored at Northwestern University June 18-July 2

EVANSTON, IL -  Robert Williams, the legendary owner of the The Warehouse, the nation’s first house music club, and Lori Branch, one of Chicago’s earliest female disc jockeys, will be among the pioneers of house music celebrated in “The Beat Goes On: The Evolution of House Music in Chicago,” an exhibition at Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery opening June 18 and running through July 2.

A 6 p.m. opening reception at the Dittmar Gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus, will include panel discussions at 6 and at 7:15 p.m. about house music, an electronic dance music genre that originated in Chicago in the late 1970s. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Two additional panels are scheduled for 1 and 2:15 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

The exhibition includes items from the private collection of disc jockey and Grammy Award-winning record producer Frankie Knuckles, who died earlier this year. Knuckles was the first disc jockey and music director of The Warehouse, often dubbed the birthplace of house music.

Co-presented by the Modern Dance Music Research and Archive Foundation and Northwestern’s Dittmar Gallery, the exhibition will explore house music’s origins, its future and its evolution to electronic dance music (EDM).

The exhibition also will examine the contribution of Northwestern University radio station WNUR to the spread of house music internationally. “Streetbeat” is a popular electronic music radio show broadcast in the Chicago area from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., week nights and from midnight to 3 a.m. Sundays on Northwestern’s WNUR (89.3 FM). For more, visit wnurstreetbeat.org/schedule/.

The panel discussions will feature students, scholars from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music and Weinberg College’s department of African American studies and other institutions and house music enthusiasts. They will discuss this popular music genre in depth to encourage remembrances of Chicago’s dance scene and examine the transformation of house music to EDM (electronic music produced primarily for dance-based entertainment, such as nightclubs and created for disc jockeys).

“House music is a spiritual force that was birthed in Chicago’s underground music scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s in the iconic Warehouse and brought together cultures, races, ages and alternative orientations like no other medium of the day,” said Lauren Lowery, head archivist of the Modern Dance Music Research and Archiving Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation based in Chicago. Lowery, a Northwestern alumna and former WNUR disc jockey, co-curated the exhibition with Charles Matlock, the foundation’s executive director.

“The Beat Goes On” highlights:

• “The Beat Goes On” opening panel, House Music in the Continuum of African American Music Forms, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18. Panelists will include Meida McNeal, artist, educator and scholar; Mark Butler, associate professor of music theory and cognition in Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music and author of “Unlocking the Groove: Rhythm, Meter, and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music; disc jockey Charles Matlock, executive director of the Modern Dance Music Research and Archiving Foundation; Nicholas Harwood, Northwestern School of Communication senior and WNUR “Streetbeat” program director; and Alexander G. Weheliye, professor of African American studies at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. David Stovall, associate professor of African American studies and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago, will moderate the discussion.

• “WNUR Streetbeat: Local and Global Impact” panel, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 18. Panelists include former and current WNUR disc jockeys Meredith Johnson, “Sweet MD” (1988), Ira Brown, “The I” (1988), Clifford Morehead (1992), Tim Harris, “T. Chablis” (1985); Gerald Scott McCarthy, “Scott on the Box”; and Northwestern senior Ed Ingerman (2014). WNUR alumna Lauren Lowery (1989), chief archivist of The Modern Dance Music Research and Archiving Foundation and Dittmar exhibition co-curator, will moderate.

• “The Beat Goes On” Closing Panel Discussion 1, “The Red Dog DJ Legacy,” 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Invited and confirmed panelists include disc jockeys from Chicago’s iconic Red Dog Club, including Lego, DJ Heather, Freddy Bain, Just Joey and Diz. Charles Matlock will moderate.

• “The Beat Goes On” Closing Panel Discussion 2, “The Embodiment of House: Chicago dancers from the early 1980s to present,” 2:15 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Invited panelists include Chicago Club regulars Charles Parnell (1982 to present), Dave Risque (1979 to present), Diane Duarte (1976 to present) and Joey Guidry (1979 to present). Charles Matlock will moderate.

The Modern Dance Music Research and Archive Foundation documents and preserves house and dance music artifacts, scholarship and memories to reveal the genre’s significance and impact. For more information, visit www.dancemusicfound.org, Twitter @DanceMusicFound and Facebook at www.facebook.com/modamufoundation.

The foundation recently partnered with Shorefront Legacy Center in Evanston, which houses the foundation’s archives. Established in 2002, Shorefront collects, preserves and educates people about black history on Chicago’s suburban North Shore. For more, visit www.shorefrontlegacy.org.

For more information, visit DanceMusicFound.org and www.dittmar.northwestern.edu or email dittmargallery@northwestern.edu.

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

Black Women for Positive Change Holds Press Conference Monday, June 16, 2014, in WDC, to Announce ‘National Week of Non-Violence’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Black Women for Positive Change, a national civic network (BW4PC), is holding a press conference on Monday, June 16, 2014, 10 am, to announce the “National Week of Non-Violence,” August 16-23, 2014. The National Week of Non-Violence is a citizen response to the on-going tragedies of school shootings, street violence, domestic violence and random acts by domestic terrorists.

Speakers are: Mayor William Euille, Alexandria, Virginia; Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, National Co-Chair, BW4PC; Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, Director of Social Justice and Interfaith Initiatives, Jewish Community and Relations Council; Presiding Elder Ronald Braxton, African Methodist Episcopal Church, (t) and Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Noted Journalist and Chaplain, BW4PC. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will be present.

WHO: Black Women for Positive Change
WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL WEEK OF NON-VIOLENCE
WHERE: Kennedy Recreation Center 1401 7th Street, N.W. DC 20001
WHEN: Monday, June 16th
TIME: 10:00am

BW4PC is a national civic network of women and men of diverse races, faiths, nationalities and cultures. One of the missions of BW4PC is to “Change the Culture of Violence in America.” For example, on August 22, 2013, BW4PC sponsored the first ‘National Day of Non-Violence’ endorsed with proclamations by thirty-eight (38) elected officials (see attached list). Virginia State Delegate Daun S. Hester and DC Businesswoman Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, are National Co-Chairs.

For more information about BW4PC go to www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org. Representatives are available for Talk Shows and interviews.
ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO ISSUED PROCLAMATIONS FOR
NATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE AUGUST 22, 2013

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland
Governor Martin J. O’Malley, Maryland
Governor Deval L. Patrick, Massachusetts
Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., City of Birmingham, Alabama
Councilman Curren Price, Los Angeles, California
Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver, Colorado
Mayor Dennis P. Williams, Wilmington, Delaware
Mayor Vincent C. Gray, District of Columbia
Councilman Marion Barry, City Council of the District of Columbia
Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, Hartford, Connecticut
Mayor Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Columbus, Georgia
Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, New Orleans Louisiana
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, State of Maryland
City Council President Bernard Young, City Council, Baltimore, Maryland
Commissioner Reuben B. Collins, II, County Commission, Charles County, Maryland
County Executive Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County, Maryland
County Executive Rushern L. Baker, Prince Georges County, Maryland
Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison,
Councilwoman Ingrid M. Turner, Esq., Prince Georges County, Maryland
Senator Douglass J.J. Peters, Delegate James W. Hubbard, Delegate Marvin E. Holmes
and Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith, The Maryland House of Delegates
Councilor Charles C. Yancey, City Council, Boston, Massachusetts
Councilor Tito Jackson, City Council, Boston, Massachusetts
Mayor Francis G. Slay, City of St. Louis, Missouri
Mayor Rita Saunders, Bellevue, Nebraska
Mayor Chris Beutler, Lincoln, Nebraska
Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, City Council, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Mayor John A. Thompson, Borough of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Mayor Marcus E. Knight, Lancaster, Texas
Mayor Annise Danette Parker, Houston, Texas
Mayor William D. Euille, Alexandria, Virginia (Issued for 2014)
Mayor Will Sessoms, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Mayor Paul David Fraim, Norfolk, Virginia

Mayor Kenneth I. Wright, Portsmouth, Virginia

New Book Exposes the Dark Side of Child Protection Services and Asks “Are You A Victim?”

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Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated self-help book from Milford, CT, author Eric Hundley

Dark Side of Child Protection Services

Denver, CO, and Milford, CT (BlackNews.com) — Outskirts Press, Inc. has published The Dark Side of Child Protection Services: “Are You A Victim?” by Eric Hundley.  The author’s most recent book to date is a 6 x 9 paperback in the self-help category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The webpage at www.outskirtspress.com/thedarksideofcps was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.

Those in the child protection services field know that time is a precious commodity, and with a cumbersome work process, heavy caseloads and insurmountable tasks coupled with time constraints, social workers are at huge risk for burnout.  In The Dark Side of Child Protection Services, the author explains how, with his training in industrial and organizational psychology, he was able to devise a system that helps those in the human services field improve performance as well as reduce stress and increase job satisfaction.

Many agencies have processes entrenched in subjectivity, a contributing factor to the dark side of child protection services.  Without a disciplined process, subjectivity tends to support inadequacy and nurture dysfunction, which has a pernicious impact on staff, clients, the case management process and taxpayers.  A subjective work practice is often accompanied by a dysfunctional work environment where employee burnout is a constant threat.  Dysfunction at work impacts all employees in the work setting, and public agency dysfunction impacts everyone – either personally, or monetarily as taxpayers.

The Dark Side of Child Protection Services offers a better alternative.

225 pages in length, The Dark Side of Child Protection Services: Are You A Victim? is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the self-help category.  With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, The Dark Side of Child Protection Services meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $17.95.

Additionally, The Dark Side of Child Protection Services can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore.

Book Details:
ISBN: 9781478733324
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream
SRP: $17.95

For more information about the book, visit www.outskirtspress.com/thedarksideofcps.
About the Author:
Eric Hundley has been in the field of child protection services for over fifteen years; he has been an investigator of abuse and neglect of children for more than eleven years; and he designed the first electronic case management tool of its type. Mr. Hundley is a master-level industrial and organizational psychologist and is pursuing a PhD in International Psychology. Mr. Hundley has been a key speaker at a number of organizations across the country, including the National Association for Black Social Workers. Mr. Hundley holds seminars and trainings pertaining to the facets of employing social responsibility principles in the fields of human services. In addition, he is currently engaged in research efforts around the globe examining the detrimental impacts of organizational discrimination and a cumbersome work process.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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