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Archive for June 16th, 2014

Systemic Racism is Killing Black Babies in America – But There is Something Black Women Can Do About It

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By Shafia M. Monroe

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says the U.S. infant mortality rate is the highest among selected states in the South and Midwest regions. In 2010, 13 states and the District of Columbia had infant mortality rates of 7.00–7.99, and two additional states (Mississippi and Alabama) had infant mortality rates of 8.00 or higher (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db120.pdf).

According to recent studies, systemic racism in America is negatively impacting the health of pregnant black women by creating stress over load on their system which is affecting the health of babies. Black babies are being born too soon and too small, and lack the option of being breastfed, as result of stress.

Evidence shows that when a pregnant woman, alone or with a partner, employs culturally competent doula services, it can help reduce her stress and reduce premature and low birth weight babies. These are the two main indicators for the higher infant mortality rate in the black community, regardless of educational status. Having a doula can reduce the risk of a caesarean section, medical intervention, aid in shorter labors, increase breastfeeding in the first hour after birth, and create a feeling of satisfaction with the birth experience by both parents (unnatural causes/when the bough breaks.)

We can improve the pregnancy and birth experience for families by having more black women trained as doulas to offer services. The ICTC doula training teaches the causes and solutions to reduce black infant mortality, offers a dual certification as a birth and postpartum doula, and teaches the midwifery model of care, entrepreneurial skills, and leadership. The ICTC has been training Full Circle Doulas® since 2012, with over 1,500 trained and 85% are women of color. The ICTC is the leading doula training organization in the world for health equity, cultural competency and teaching the legacy of the African American midwife as a public health model, to improve birth outcomes and support healthy parenting.

Founded in 1991, the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) is a non-profit infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding promotion and doula training organization. Their mission is to increase the number of midwives, doulas, and healers of color, to empower families to reduce infant and maternal mortality.

A doula is a Greek word and it means woman helper or birth companion. It is a growing profession in the US, but there is a shortage of black doulas. The ICTC is traveling across the nation to close the gap by training more doulas to address the CDC statistics. This year the ICTC will train in IL, MS, AL, MD, VA, NY, WI and NJ.

Train as an ICTC Doula and help save babies and build a new career. Healthy babies are everyone’s business.

Contact the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) and join their free-e-news for training updates and to learn more at www.ictcmidwives.org or 503-460-9324.

President Obama Announces a Presidential Emergency Board, Names Members

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today (June 14, 2014) , pursuant to the Railway Labor Act, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order creating a Presidential Emergency Board to help resolve an ongoing dispute between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and some of its employees.

The Presidential Emergency Board will provide a structure for the two sides to resolve their disagreements.  The Presidential Emergency Board will hear evidence and, within 30 days, will deliver a report to the President recommending how the dispute should be resolved.

President Obama also announced that he intends to appoint the following members to Presidential Emergency Board No. 246:

·         Richard R. Kasher – Chair, Presidential Emergency Board No. 246

·         Ann S. Kenis, Presidential Emergency Board No. 246

·         Bonnie S. Weinstock, Presidential Emergency Board No. 246

President Obama said, “I appreciate that these dedicated individuals have agreed to devote their talent and years of experience working on labor-management disputes to help reach a swift and smooth resolution of this issue.”

Richard R. Kasher, Appointee for Chair, Presidential Emergency Board No. 246

Richard R. Kasher has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1983 and a full-time arbitrator since 1978.  He was the National Mediation Board’s first General Counsel from 1971 to 1975.  He is the sole neutral member of the Health and Welfare Fund, established by the Nation’s railroads and unions representing approximately 190,000 employees, and has served on many rosters of arbitrators, including the American Arbitration Association, the National Mediation Board, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and the Pennsylvania public employee arbitration/mediation agencies.  Mr. Kasher has been appointed ten times by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, William Clinton, and George W. Bush to serve as either Chair or a Member of a Presidential Emergency Board.  He received a B.A. from Queens College and an M.L.L in Labor Law from New York University School of Law.

Ann S. Kenis, Appointee for Member, Presidential Emergency Board No. 246

Ann S. Kenis has been a professional arbitrator for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and American Arbitration Association since 1992 and a hearing officer for the Illinois State Board of Education since 1994.  She has arbitrated hundreds of disputes in a wide array of industries, including the railroads, manufacturing, automotive, education, transportation, postal service, public sector, service industries, trucking and transportation.  From 1984 to 1991, she was an associate attorney for Arbitrator Elliott H. Goldstein.  She began her career as an attorney representing clients in matters of employment and education at Kerr & Longwell from 1981 to 1984.  Ms. Kenis has been on the arbitration roster of the National Mediation Board for 20 years.  She is on permanent panels for the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services and its various unions, the Chicago Transit Authority and ATU Locals 241 and 308, and Caterpillar and the United Auto Workers.  Ms. Kenis is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Railroad Referees.  She received a B.S. from University of Illinois, an M.A. from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from Loyola University.

Bonnie S. Weinstock Appointee for Member, Presidential Emergency Board No. 246

Bonnie S. Weinstock has been a labor and employment arbitrator and mediator since 1981.  She is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.  She is also on the arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Mediation Board, and numerous state and local panels.  She has a nationwide practice and has served as an arbitrator in a variety of industries, including airlines, hotels and restaurants, health care, education, service, publishing, government, entertainment, and manufacturing.  Ms. Weinstock has served as a member of the Advisory Council for Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School and the President’s Council of Cornell Women.  She was a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University and helped to develop curriculum for arbitration training.  Ms. Weinstock is a former Member of the Port Authority Employment Relations Panel.  She received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. and LL.M. from New York University School of Law.

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Clifford Law Offices of Chicago Represents Seven Circus Performers Injured in “Human Chandelier” Act

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Press Conference 4 p.m. EST Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Boston

Nationally renowned personal injury firm Clifford Law Offices has been retained by seven of the eight female circus performers who were injured – some severely – in Rhode Island on May 4 when a “human chandelier” act collapsed during a circus act in front of thousands of attendees, including many small children.

Some of the young performers, who have grown up with the circus all their lives, are still undergoing treatment and are in physical therapy and will require future surgeries; several of them still ambulate in wheelchairs and it remains unknown to what extent they will regain the full use of their limbs.  Several of the injured young women will be attending Tuesday’s press conference to address the media; the others will be undergoing additional surgery in another state or continuing in their treatment in other facilities.

Robert A. Clifford, senior partner of Clifford Law Offices, said that his firm is not yet filing a lawsuit but is conducting an in-depth investigation into all the possible entities who may be responsible for what happened to these beautiful young women who were in perfect health and had promising careers.

The Press Conference will be held at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave., Charlestown, Massachusetts, in the large conference room on 1st Floor at 4 p.m. EST Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Several of the young women will be present to make a statement and answer questions on their conditions. Clifford Law Offices Partner Michael S. Krzak and Managing Partner Thomas K. Prindable also will be on hand to answer questions of the press. The Press Conference will be streamed Live through Clifford Law Offices website: www.cliffordlaw.com.

For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices’ Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909 (cell) or 312-899-9090.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129
Conference Room 1 A, First Floor
(NOTE THIS IS A NEW LOCATION, SOME GPS SYSTEMS WILL DIRECT YOU TO THE OLD NASHUA STREET ADDRESS. THIS EVENT IS LOCATED IN THE NEW SPAULDING HOSPITAL CHARLESTOWN NAVY YARD NEAR THE USS CONSTITUION.)

PARKING NOTE: Live Satellite Trucks will be accommodated on SRH property as possible or directed 3rd Ave diagonally across from the Spaulding main entrance. ALL OTHER VEHICLES MUST PARK IN THE SPAULDING GARAGE or GARAGE 199 ACROSS THE STREET. ANY VEHICLES PARKED ON 16ST WILL BE TOWED. Spaulding Security staff and Communications Staff will be on hand to direct for parking or assist with locations to shoot on the Spaulding grounds. Please respect our neighborhood and neighbors by adhering to the parking requirements posted.

NAACP Issues Call to Action on Voting Rights Act Amendment

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Fifty-one years ago this week, NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Wylie Evers was murdered for organizing blacks to register and to vote in Mississippi. In 2014, too many restrictions still limit access to the ballot box for blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, the elderly, youth and low-income citizens. Our basic rights are in jeopardy, and we must act.

As the Congressional leadership shifts, it is essential that Congress work in a bi-partisan manner to protect the right to vote – the sacred franchise that is the hallmark of a true democracy. Through the legislative process — beginning in the Senate and continuing in the House — the Voting Rights Act Amendment must be supported and passed. It is the only guarantee for all citizens to be heard and for all votes to be counted.

The National NAACP will honor the memory of Medgar Evers by issuing a call to action for full civic participation and representation in 2014, including:

  • Engaging directly with Members of Congress to call for hearings in the Senate and the House on the Voting Rights Act Amendment;
  • Enlisting registered voters to assist elders and first-time voters with securing all required documents and identification to register and vote;
  • Encouraging faith leaders to educate their congregations on the importance of being registered and of voting in all elections; and
  • Educating and deploying our network of 2.5 million digital activists to support unfettered access to the polls, and to urge that every vote be counted.

Perceptions of Equality

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By William Spriggs

A recent interview of Morgan Freeman by CNN host Don Lemon lit a firestorm of conversation. Freeman argued that his personal success, and that of Lemon’s, made it clear that racism was not a factor in closing America’s growing problem of inequality. Freeman argued that inequality was a crisis because a vibrant middle class was needed for the growth of the economy and stability of society, and the current chasm between the 1 percent and the 99 percent was unhealthy. Clearly, Freeman’s views on inequality are incontrovertible, so why the storm about his statement on the role of race?

Recent work by business school professors Clayton Critcher, of the University of California-Berkeley, and Jane Risen, of the University of Chicago, note that people’s views about the role of racism in America’s inequality is shaped by their knowledge of African Americans who succeed outside the realm of current Black success, like professional sports or music. When shown pictures of African-American business leaders, for instance, even in the context that the individual is an exception, the respondents become less sympathetic toward the racial polarization of American life and its role in holding down African-Americans.

But the narrative used to explain high poverty, high unemployment and low wealth among African Americans is important, not just to race relations, but because the story line Americans buy in accepting the tenuous economic position of African Americans is integral to the story line of accepting American inequality broadly.

How does one explain how America alone as a democracy is so accepting of levels of inequality that are closer to Mexico and Turkey than to France, Canada or Denmark? How do we elect politicians that benefit the 1 percent to such extremes, and are in the process of destroying class mobility-once the key to America’s core identity?

Despite moments of exceptions like for their geo-political role in sports victories when Jessie Owens won at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmelling in 1938, America held fast to denying African-Americans access to the American dream of social mobility, including Southern Democrats in Congress shaping the New Deal to limit African American access to the new safety-nets of labor standards, unemployment insurance and Social Security and the full benefits of increasing home ownership provided by the Federal Housing Administration and later the GI Bill. Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro have laid out how various policies interacted with race to create the huge wealth divide between African-Americans and Whites.

But in the era since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Medicare in 1966 (ending segregation in health care) and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, Americans have been forced to reconcile racial inequality with the American ideal of social mobility. Don’t we now have equal opportunity? Isn’t that enough to assure equal outcomes? One resolution is as ancient as the forces that held slavery together-racism, an abiding belief that African-Americans are inferior in character and culture. The other is to understand the many layers of inequality and their interaction with the lack of wealth, income and employment with ongoing policies. A third is to understand that racism is still an ugly factor in American life.

I think those who disagree with Freeman think his dismissal of race was an assumption that equal opportunity exists. If African Americans are not held back in moving up the class ladder, then how can anyone in America claim to be held back? If the economic game in America is fair and not rigged against African American success, which Americans can call foul?

Just as the victories of Owens and Louis did not mean the end of segregation or discrimination, neither does the victory of President Barack Obama mean the end of Donald Sterling’s sprawling Los Angeles real estate empire that discriminated against black and Latino tenants. The 1 percent benefit from a different set of rules, from lower marginal tax rates to bigger tax deductions for their homes, savings and health.

Blaming African-Americans for not seizing the day and rising to the top is an indictment of the 99 percent. Racism is not an “excuse,” but a way to understand the rules are not fair, this is not a lack of will, but acknowledgement rules are rigged for multinational corporations to give away our jobs and Wall Street to steal our homes. It is an understanding that inequality is not a natural state, but is manufactured.

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

Photo Caption: Morgan Freeman

Metro Police to Join in Black Women for Positive Change Press Conference in Washington, D.C. Today 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

Active Transportation Alliance, AAA Chicago Pedal ‘Roll Together’ Campaign for Safer Sharing of the Roads

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As the Bike Commuter Challenge kicks off, bike and motorist organizations team up for safe streets


CHICAGO, IL As the summer bike riding season shifts into high gear with the Bike Commuter Challenge and Chicago Bike Week (June 13-20), Chicago’s leading biking, walking and transit advocacy organization, Active Transportation Alliance, is teaming up with AAA, the nation’s largest motor organization, on a campaign to encourage bicyclists and motorists, to safely share the road. The campaign tagline, “Two Wheels Four Wheels — We All Roll Together” reminds both people driving and biking that all roadway users have the same rights and responsibilities.

According to a new analysis just released by the Active Transportation Alliance, there are on average nearly 125,000 daily bike trips taken in the city of Chicago. Nearly 91,000 of the trips are everyday “utilitarian” trips like going to the store or the library. Work trips account for approximately 26,000 trips – biking to work more than tripled from 2000 to 2012. The estimate does not include purely recreational bike trips.

“As the number of Chicagoland bike commuters continues to climb, it’s more important than ever that people biking and driving treat one another with respect and courtesy,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “We’re thrilled to be working with AAA Chicago to spread the word about the need for safety and civility on our streets.”

The national bicycling advocacy organization People for Bikes is a partner in the campaign with the Active Transportation Alliance and AAA Chicago. The campaign includes “We All Roll Together” ads that will be distributed through social media and at various events. In addition, safety tip cards will distributed at events and with every Chicago tow provided by AAA tow trucks.

“The expanded bike lanes and increased number of bikes on the roads will certainly be an adjustment for motorists,” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. “But the direction Chicago — and so many other cities — is taking to enhance bike lanes and provide healthy, convenient and safe transportation options for all is an exciting one that we all need to embrace. We’re excited to work with Active Transportation Alliance to help motorists and bicyclists embrace these roadway changes and share the streets safely.”

People can show support for Active Trans and AAA Chicago’s “Two Wheels, Four Wheels” campaign by signing an online pledge to respectfully share the road, and by posting the campaign logo on social media (#RollTogetherChi) that displays the campaign’s tagline: “Two Wheels, Four Wheels – We All Roll Together.” Visit www.activetrans.org/rolltogether to sign on to the campaign and download the shareable campaign ads.

With thousands of people biking to work for the Bike Commuter Challenge this week in Chicago, many for the first time, Active Transportation Alliance and AAA Chicago are offering education and tips to keep this urban area safer:

Tips for motorists:

  • Share the road. People riding bikes have the same rights and responsibilities as people driving cars, including the right to ride in the traffic lane.
  • Slow down and allow at least three feet of clearance when passing someone riding a bike. It’s a state law.
  • Check mirrors and blind spots before turning, changing lanes or opening car doors.
  • Never honk your horn at someone biking. They may startle and swerve off the road or into traffic.
  • Stay alert and avoid all distractions while driving. Look before pulling out from a parking space; yield to people biking at intersections and be especially watchful at intersections and when making turns-either left or right

Tips for bicyclists:

  • Be a “roll model.” Ride with traffic and don’t put yourself and others at risk by riding recklessly.
  • Be visible. Ride where people driving can see you. Wear brightly colored clothing at all times. At night, use a white front light, a red rear light or reflector, and wear reflective clothing.
  • Be predicable. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Make eye contact with people driving to let them know you are there.
  • Anticipate conflicts. Always be aware of traffic around you and be prepared to take action, exercising additional caution at intersections.
  • Wear a helmet. Helmets, when worn properly, are up to 85 percent effective in protecting the head and brain in the event of a crash.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members and 1,000 volunteers. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

AAA Chicago is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 8.5 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories, including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada. Its mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

1700 Attended Saint Sabina’s End-Of-The-School Year Peace Rally – Pfleger says, “We Can Do This”

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Pfleger, “We can do this.”Mayor, “These are our streets

By Chinta Sltrausberg

More than 1700 people including a youth flash mob for peace attended Saint Sabina’s end-of-the-school year peace march late Friday night where Father Michael L. Pfleger, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife, Amy, elected officials and 12-year-old child prodigy Mae Ya Carter Ryan who demanded peace prevail this summer.

“Every child in the city of Chicago, deserves a childhood,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Too many children are growing up with the familiarity of gunshots and not the familiarity of laughter and hope. This is our day. These are our streets….” “No mother or father should ever have to have the name of their children read….”  Emanuel said there should one city and that it does not belong to the gangbangers.

After Sam Williams, the choir director for Saint Sabina, led a myriad of songs sang by the youth, Ronnie Moseley, who along with WGCI’s Tony Sculfield, was the MC for part of the rally, said, “We’re here on a mission. We’re here today because we want to protect Chicago….We know it’s our faith that gives us the strength to fight this fight.” He introduced Rev. Jeremiah Wright, retired pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, gave the opening prayer.

Earlier, Saint Sabina officials had given out 600 peace T-shirts and the Saint Sabina ARK distributed 400; however, hundreds of people came who had no T-shirts on. Pfleger thanked them for coming.

“Our gathering here tonight is not just another rally, but it’s a call of empowerment to the whole community,” said Pfleger. “During this past school year, there were community watchers who were paid to watch our children go back and forth to school, but this summer I am calling for the whole neighborhood to be unpaid community watchers for the children this summer. Are you willing to be the community watchers”? he asked them.

Saying he is aware that they need jobs, good education, economic development, positive opportunities and good police strategies, Pfleger said, “What we also need is empowered communities, a community where parents, neighbors and community organizations and faith communities decide not in my house, not on my block, not in my community, not on my watch.”

Father Pfleger said they are there to take responsibility “for our homes, our blocks and our neighborhoods and saying not one more. We love our young men and our young women…. I love you. You are my son. You are my daughter. I will fight for you, but I will not tolerate shooting and killing in our communities. There cannot be shooting and killing in our communities.”

Referring to the mayor’s May23rd faith block citywide parties where there were no shootings or killings in a 42-hour span, Father Pfleger said, “If we do it once, we can do it every day but the responsibility is up to us…. That is what this is about tonight…. It’s about parents, neighbors, faith communities, organizations and businesses being and accepting empowerment. It’s about taking authority and demanding peace and accepting responsibility for our community. Not one more.We can…we will do it…. This is our time. We will do it. Peace in Chicago,” he bellowed.

Phil McGhee, 26, was stayed in the streets but the Saint Sabina peacemakers talked him into joining the anti-violence program. Agreeing, McGhee said, “I’m going to stick with the program. It’s benefiting me. I got some money in my pocket…. It’s nice. I said forget that. I ain’t going back. After getting his Commercial Drivers License(CDL), today McGhee said he is now driving a mega bus.

To pay tribute to the 121 children who reportedly lost their lives this school year due to fun violence, Pam and Tommie Bosley, Marshall Lee and Antoinette Marsh Vince read the names of the deceased children. All of them had lost a child to gun violence.

Mae Va Carter Ryan , who sounds like Mahalia Jackson, played the piano and sang several songs including one she wrote entitled, “Travesty” a song about the violence.

Congressman Robin Kelly (D-2nd)urged people to write to all legislators. Andrea Zopp, president of the ChicagoUrban League, told of a 14-year-old girl accused of murdering another14-year-old girl. She stood alone in court. “Our children can never standalone. We have to stand with them. We will fight for them…because we love them.”

At 8:11 p.m., two police cars led the march with Pfleger saying, “This is God’s territory.” Chanting, “Put down the guns, stop the shooting, no more shooting, no more guns, they snaked down a number of streets calling for peace in the community.

Interviewed while marching, CTA Chairman Terry Peterson called the march “absolutely awesome to have the opportunity to tell our community that we’d better come out. We have to be the eyes and the ears of our community. We got to support the police. We got to say no more shooting, no more guns, no more killing our young children in our community. It’s up to us to save us and we got to come out and get involved.”

Stopping the march at 79thand Loomis, the sitet of several fatal shootings, Father Pfleger said, “We are going to take a stand right here.” Just then the marchers stepped back to make room for a youth flash mob that suddenly appeared dancing in unison to a peace song.

When Father Pfleger saw an elderly woman standing in her doorway watching as they passed by, he ran and hugged her. She told him she had lost two children to gun violence. Her story brought tears to Peterson’s eyes who watched the emotional moment.

Arriving at 79thand Marshfield, Father Pfleger bellowed, “Peace, peace. We speak to the ward peace…,” he said calling out the names of several other gangs whose territory they had entered. “You are our sons and daughters. We love you, and we want peace….What do we want”? He asked with the crowd chanting “peace.” “When do we want it”? They answered, “Now.” “Whose neighborhood is this”? The crowd yelled back, “Ours.”

Again professing his love for all of the gangbangers, Pfleger said, “But this is a time for peace. No more shooting. No more killing. We will love you. We will fight for you, but we will not tolerate shooting and killing. This is our community. Peace, peace….”

Inspirational songs like Peace is what I pray for,” filled the atmosphere as the marchers turned down 80th Street. The men yelled out, “Put down the guns. Stop the violence. In our neighborhood, no more shooting.”

Another song, “I Need You to Survive,” blared from the SUV as it twined down gang streets.

Arriving at the church around 9:30 p.m. flanked with supporters, Pfleger thanked the hundreds who finished the march like Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th), Terry Peterson, chairman of the CTA, Chicago Bulls, Craig Hodges, NBA retired basketball star, Cong. Kelly, Senator Collins, Andrea  Zopp, president of the Chicago Urban League, Phil Jackson, president Black Star, Officer Richard Wooten, Ald.Latasha Thomas (17th), Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Rhymefest, spokenword artist Melody L. Brown and others for attending the march.

“We can do this. We really can do this. You got to know we can do this. All the enemy wants us to do is tog et overwhelmed, quit and give up. We are able to do this,” Pfleger said. “i Igot this,” he asked each to say. “Our children need to know that we are going to make it safe for them,” Pfleger said. “You got to know, our children got to know that we got them. In your house, your block…you don’t have to change the city. Change your block…your house and it will be a ripple effect.

“In 911, 19 people convicted in what they believed, even though it was evil, shut the world down,” Pfleger said. “There is a hell of a lot more than 19 out there now. We can shut the violence down. We can shut racism down. We can shut bad schools down. We can shut down evil in our society and poverty in our society,” he said then saying a prayer.

“We pray that everyone here will have a divine tension in them to allow them not to be satisfied until there is no more violence, until every child feels safe to go in and out oft heir house to go to the park and play and to sit on their front porch. We will not stop, God, until that day is a reality for every child,” prayed Pfleger.

Screaming, “Be safe,” at the end of the march and as he stood on the church stairs, Father Pfleger bellowed,“Take back your neighborhoods.”

Reaction to the march was positive. Kelley Hardy, said the march “was for a good cause. Hopefully they will get the message.” Rev. Jedidiah Brown, pastor of the Chosen Generation Church, called the march “phenomenal” praising  Pfleger for being “definitely continuing to bring the city together on all sides, andt here are so many young people out here. It’s a lot of productivity going on. Our young people are out there full force. This is amazing.”

When asked if there will be a hot summer given the past history of Chicago and its violence, Rev. Brown said, “I think that Chicago’s consciousness is getting it. We’re getting it and understanding that everybody has to be a part of the solution.  The mayor’s calling it. The clergy…the businesses…the citizens are calling it…. I will speak in faith. I think it’s going to be a great summer.”

More than 1700 people including a youth flash mob for peace attended Saint Sabina’s end-of-the-school year peace march late Friday night where Father Michael L. Pfleger, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife, Amy, elected officials and 12-year-old child prodigy Mae Ya Carter Ryan who demanded peace prevail this summer.  Father Pfleger said if the city can have zero shooting and killing one day, it can do it again.  (All photos by Chinta Strausberg)

Second Annual ICFilmFest at the Albany Park Community Center! Festival features 21 films from 17 countries

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Chicago IL – Summer 2014.  The ICFilmFest, the first touring festival of world class children’s film programs, launches its festival season at the Albany Park Community Center. Two screenings on Thursday, June 26 at 4:30 and 6pm will showcase 21 films from 17 countries for children ages 4-12.

Two lively ICFilmFest shorts programs feature stories as diverse as a delightful romp through a Busby Berkely style set in Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks and a chuckling carnival full of clever monsters in Molly Monster: Circus. When a shy Australian girl gets some help eating her huge lunch, she achieves an unexpected goal in Play Lunch, and in Luminaris a disenchanted worker escapes his dull job at a light bulb factory with a high flight of fancy.

Children have the opportunity to vote for their favorite films immediately following each program. Their participation determines the winner of the “Best of the ICFilmFest” to be awarded to the film that receives the greatest number of votes.

ICMC Executive Director Nicole Dreiske comments, “The festival experience gives children the chance to start watching movies with critical thinking filters in place. It’s fun and challenging to watch 21 films, knowing that you’ll get to pick the festival winners.”

The International Children’s Film Festival is curated by Nicole Dreiske and presented by Albany Park Community Center in collaboration with the International Children’s Media Center.

APCC Childcare and Youth Director Ahsan Akbar says, “The ICFilmFest is a great way to introduce children to global culture and the voting validates their preferences and observations. We’re excited to make this program available to our families at the Albany Park Community Center.”

Tickets (per screening) are free for Albany Park Community Center families and $5 for non-members. For more information call APCC at 773-539-5907.

Play Lunch Luminaris

Play Lunch, Australia                                                                                                                   Luminaris, Argentina

Albany Park Community Center ICFilmFest 2014 Schedule:

Thursday, June 26 at 4:30 pm
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
Ages 2-5 (60 mins)
Whether it’s reaching for the stars or a cup of hot cocoa, friends are there to give the extra boost that makes everything worthwhile. Watch as a kind moon sees a little boy safely home, giggle at Molly Monster’s special circus, and take a seat with Spot and Splodge as they learn the dentist isn’t so scary after all. Circle of Friendsfeatures 12 films from 10 countries: Ballet of Unhatched Chicks (US), Knitting Girl: The Bridge (Taiwan), Snow (US), Pim & Pom: Around the World (Netherlands), Obetomo School: Magnet (Japan), Violoncello (Russia), Molly Monster: Circus (Germany/Switzerland/Sweden), Shoelace (Australia), Rainy Day Friends (Taiwan), Kind Moon (Iran), The Red Hen (US), and Spot and Splodge: “At the Dentist” (Sweden).
Thursday, June 26 at 6pm
Maybe It’s Magic
Ages 8+ (78 mins)
The characters in this shorts program invite viewers to take a closer look and notice the magic in moments both simple and sublime. Explore dazzling ice caverns with Nokomi and hold your breath as a shy girl brings compassion to the playground, celebrate Claudio’s creativity in Colored Pencils, and control the mysteries of time at the Tick Tock Emporium. Maybe It’s Magic includes 9 films from 8 countries:pl.nk! (Norway/Poland), The Toboggan (Canada), Play Lunch (Australia), Luminaris (Argentina), In a Heartbeat (Iceland), Nokomi (France), Colored Pencils (Brazil), Eyes on the Stars (US), and Tick Tock Emporium (USA)

The ICFilmFest is supported by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and by Howard and Pam Conant.

Illinois State Board of Education announces June 18 meeting in North Chicago

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NORTH CHICAGO – The Illinois State Board of Education will convene for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 18, at North Chicago Community High School. The Board will tour LEARN Charter School (3131 Sheridan Road, Great Lakes, IL) at 9 a.m. prior to the scheduled start of the Plenary session at 11 a.m. in the high school.

The State Board of Education meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: (217) 782-2221; TTY/TDD: (217) 782-1900; Fax: (217) 785-3972.

Chairman Chico may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

State Board of Education Meeting, June 18, 2014

Location: North Chicago Community High School, 1717 17th St., North Chicago, IL, 60064

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at www.isbe.net.

AGENDA

11 a.m.    Plenary Session

I. Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.  Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II.   Student Advisory Council Final Presentation

III. Presentations and Updates

A. Free the Children Presentation on We Day

B. North Chicago School District

IV. Public Participation

V. Resolutions & Recognition

A. Liv Bertaud, 2014 Arts Alliance Poster Contest Winner, Copeland Manor School, Libertyville

VI. *Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

All action consideration items listed with an asterisk (*) are considered to be routine and will be enacted in one motion and vote.  Any board member who wishes separate discussion on any item listed on the consent agenda may remove that item from the consent agenda, in which event, the item will be considered in its normal sequence.

A. *Approval of Minutes

1. Plenary Minutes: May 14, 2014

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 25 (Educator Licensure): Addresses the transition from the current certificate renewal system to the new license renewal system to take effect July 1, 2014, including a process to award credit for CPDUs completed before June 30, 2014, and other certain activities before August 31, 2014.

2. Part 50 (Evaluation of Certified Employees under Articles 24A and 34 of the School Code): Sets forth the requirements of the State Performance Evaluation Model for Teachers, components of which a school district will be required to adopt should its joint committee fail to agree within 180 days on one or more aspects of a performance evaluation plan that incorporates data and indicators of student growth.

3. Part 51 (Dismissal of Tenured Teachers under Article 24 and Dismissal of Tenured Teachers and Principals under Article 34 of the School Code):  Places in Part 51 the process to approve entities to conduct training specific to performance evaluations for school board members who wish to use an optional alternative evaluative dismissal process to dismiss a tenured teacher.

4. Part 305 (School Food Service): In response to federal regulations, addresses a limit on the number of fundraisers selling food and beverages that do not meet federal nutrition standards that may be hosted by schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.

C. *Rules for Adoption

1. Part 25 (Educator Licensure): Includes new Section 25.355, which sets forth requirements for the revised superintendent’s endorsement to be issued beginning in 2019.

2. Part 33 (Programs for the Preparation of Superintendents in Illinois): This new Part sets forth requirements for programs that prepare superintendents and addresses admission, curricular and staff criteria, as well as the standards for program approval and the competencies that candidates should master in order to qualify for the endorsement.

3. Part 305 (School Food Service) (Emergency): In response to federal regulations, addresses a limit on the number of fundraisers selling food and beverages not meeting federal nutrition standards that may be hosted by schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast program.  If adopted, this emergency rulemaking will take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State and will be in effect for 150 days.

D. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1. Request to Release RFSP for Illinois Education Lead Research Entity

2. Contract Exceeding $1 Million: Early Childhood Block Grant Prevention Initiative Monitoring with Erikson Institute

3. Contract Exceeding $1 Million: Approval of Renewal of Illinois Interactive Report Card Intergovernmental Agreement FY 2015 with Northern Illinois University

4. Request to Release RFSP for System of Illinois Licensure Test for Educator

5. Request to Release RFP for Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership I-STEM Grant

6. Approval of 1003(G) School Improvement Grants Exceeding $1 Million

7. NCS Pearson, Inc. PARCC Initial Contract

8. Request to Release RFSP for Information Technology Programmer Analyst (Special Education)

9. Request to Release RFSP for Information Technology Programmer Analyst (Web)

10. Request to Release RFSP for Information Technology Programmer Analyst (Share Point/Business Intelligence)

11. Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Validation and Child Outcomes Study

E. *Update to the Strategic Plan

End of Consent Agenda

F. 2015 Board Meeting Dates

G. Appointment of State Educator Preparation Licensure Board Members

VII. Discussion Items

A. District Oversight – Monthly Update (Superintendent Koch)

B. Budget Update

C. Legislative Update

D. Other Items for Discussion

VIII. Announcements & Reports

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

IX. Information Items

A. ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm

B. Status of Agency Rulemaking FY 2014

X. Closed Session (as needed)

XI.   Adjourn

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