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Archive for June 17th, 2014

275 U.S. Military Personnel Deployed to Iraq

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Personnel will provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

The War Powers Resolution Report for Iraq

Yesterday, consistent with the War Powers Resolution, the President transmitted a report notifying the Congress that up to approximately 275 U.S. military personnel are deploying to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.  The personnel will provide assistance to the Department of State in connection with the temporary relocation of some staff from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to the U.S. Consulates General in Basra and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman.  These U.S. military personnel are entering Iraq with the consent of the Government of Iraq.  The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad remains open, and a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.

Delinquent Youth – Especially Girls – More Likely to Die Violently as Adults

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Delinquency in youth predicts a much higher rate of being shot to death before age 30

  • Death rate of youth nearly twice that of combat troops in wartime Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Researchers surprised that risky behaviors in adolescence predict death 10 years later
  • Females and Hispanics are among the most vulnerable to violent death

CHICAGO, IL — Delinquency in youth predicts a significantly higher rate of violent death in adulthood — especially from firearms — and females are among the most vulnerable, reports a new Northwestern MedicineÃ’ study.

Delinquent females died violently at nearly five times the rate of those in the general population, according to the study, while delinquent males died at three times general population rates.

Death rates in Hispanic males and females were five and nine times more than the general population rates, respectively.

This is the first large-scale study to look at death rates in delinquent females and adds new data on Hispanics, now the largest minority group in the U.S. The paper was published June 16 in the journal Pediatrics.

In addition, violent death up to age 34 was predicted by three risk factors in adolescence: alcohol use disorder, selling drugs and gang involvement, according to the study.

“Our findings are shocking,” said lead author Linda Teplin, the Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Death rates in our sample of delinquent youth, ages 15 to 19, are nearly twice those of troops in combat in wartime Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“Early violent death is a health disparity,” added Teplin. “Youth who get detained are disproportionately poor and disproportionately racial and ethnic minorities. We must address early violent death the same as any other health disparity.”

The study used newly available data from the Northwestern Juvenile Project, a longitudinal study of 1,829 youth (1,172 males and 657 females, ages 10 to 18 years at baseline) who were detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago between 1995 and 1998. The authors interviewed participants and then followed them up using official death records up to 16 years after the initial interviews.

The youth in the study were randomly selected before their case was disposed, and had not yet been convicted of any crime.

Of the original participants, 111 died. Among those who died, 75 (68 percent) were victims of homicide of which 68 (91 percent) were killed with firearms. African Americans were 4.5 times more likely to die from homicide than non-Hispanic whites.

“Prevention is key,” Teplin said. “We need to reduce the likelihood that youth will become delinquent. And, if they are arrested and detained, we need interventions to reduce violence. Otherwise, perpetrators often become victims.”

Many delinquent youth commit crimes because of untreated psychiatric problems. For example, they may abuse drugs to self-medicate for depression, and then sell drugs to afford them, Teplin noted.

“These youth may have fallen through the cracks of the health care system into the juvenile justice net,” Teplin said. “We should avoid the stereotype that delinquent youth are just bad kids. Many are not hardened criminals; but once detained, they are on a path fraught with risk.”

Other Northwestern authors include Jessica A. Jakubowski, Karen M. Abram, Nichole D. Olson, Marquita L. Stokes and Leah J. Welty.

The study was supported in part by National Institute on Drug Abuse grants R01DA019380, R01DA022953 and R01DA028763 and National Institute of Mental Health grants R01MH54197 and R01MH59463, all of the National Institutes of Health; 1999-JE-FX-1001, 2005-JL-FX-0288 and 2008-JF-FX-0068 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

We Can Make the Future Come Faster in the South

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By Benjamin Todd Jealous
Former President and CEO of the NAACP

We have the antidote to voter suppression: massive voter registration.

We proved it 50 years ago during Freedom Summer. We proved it again in Florida in 2012, when NAACP activists registered 115,000 people in a year when the legislature had effectively made traditional voter registration strategies illegal.

We need to prove it again this summer. As we prepare for November’s midterm elections – and look forward to 2016 – our focus should be on the stretch of heavily black states and counties below the Mason-Dixon Line that make up the “Black Belt”.

Our new report from the Southern Elections Foundation and the Center for American Progress shows that a massive wave of voter registration could upset the balance of power in many Black Belt states.

For instance, registering 30 percent of unregistered black voters would create enough “new black voters” – even after accounting for turnout rates – to swing a governor’s race in Virginia or North Carolina. Meanwhile, registering 60 percent of unregistered black, Hispanic, and Asian voters could upset the balance of power in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The conventional wisdom would say that this is impossible – that candidates who represent the views of communities of color and progressive whites simply do not have a chance of winning statewide office in these southern states. This conventional wisdom is wrong for two reasons.

First, it ignores the changing demographic and political trends in the Black Belt. Black re-migration and Latino and Asian immigration are reshaping the demographics of the region. Meanwhile, the extremism of the ruling far-right wing is pushing away white women and young voters of all races.

Second, it takes a pessimistic view of progress. Many people look at the Black Belt and say that nothing has changed for years, and ask why we should invest in the region. This has it exactly backwards. If we invest, then things will change. The light of southern politics has no dimmer switch. It is either on or it is off, and we have the power to switch it on again.

The summer of 2014 can be a season of revival. In the coming months, as black political conventions convene across the country to discuss their political strategy for the coming year, we should remember the mistakes of 2010, when low turnout rates led to a wave of extreme right wing candidates winning office across the country.

We have the power to make sure that does not happen again. In some states it may ultimately be too late to marshal funds for the 2014 election, but there is no reason we cannot start focusing on 2016.

We have the power in Georgia, where the New Georgia Project is working methodically to register 120,000 black, Hispanic and Asian American voters in the state – the biggest voter registration drive in 20 years.

We have the power in Mississippi, where the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference is meeting in late June to reflect on the past five decades of political organizing and put a plan into action for the next five decades.

We have the power through all of the black civic organizations, which can collectively reach hundreds of thousands of people of color below the Mason Dixon Line, and through the growing number of unions and other progressive organizations that are sprouting in the South.

During Freedom Summer and the turbulent 1960’s, civil rights activists used to ask new recruits, “Are you willing to die for Freedom?” Today we need to ask each other, “Are you willing to live for Freedom?”

Doing the work to register voters in the South will take our collective time, treasure and dedication. But it is crucial, and it can make the future come faster than many people think.

Jealous is the former President and CEO of the NAACP. He is currently a Partner at Kapor Capital and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Governor Quinn Attends Reverend Dr. Clay Evans’ 89th Birthday Celebration

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Presents Proclamation to Reverend Evans

CHICAGO, IL – Governor Pat Quinn attended Reverend Dr. Clay Evans’ 89th birthday party on Sunday, June 15 and presented Reverend Evans with a proclamation in recognition of his strong faith and contributions to the people of Illinois. The Governor provided the following statement:

“It is an honor to be here with Reverend Clay Evans to celebrate his commitment to bettering the lives of others.

“Throughout his illustrious career, he has written many books and helped to provide thousands with spiritual inspiration.

“I extend my best wishes to Reverend Evans as he continues to touch lives, inspiring people and empowering them to achieve to the very best of their abilities.”

Reverend Dr. Clay Evans was born on June 23, 1925 in Brownsville, Tennessee. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1950 and is the founding pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Dr. Evans has been responsible for launching the ministerial careers of ninety-three people, including Mother Consuella York, the first female to be ordained in the Baptist Denomination in Chicago. In addition, he has been a leader in the Civil Rights Movement since 1965 and held the position of Founding National Chairman of the Rainbow (PUSH) Coalition from 1971-1996. Dr. Evans retired in December 2000, as the Pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, and has remained active with his church and community.

Educate Yourself About Stroke Prevention

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That’s why patients and medical professionals have come together to develop the Global AF Patient Charter, setting out life-saving recommendations including earlier diagnosis and access to appropriate treatment.

Educate yourself on stroke prevention by signing the Patient Charter.

We need to make sure that decision makers know just how critical this issue really is. We are calling on national leaders to set stroke prevention as a priority.

We’re also calling on healthcare providers to integrate knowledge and practices that will help with early detection, prevention, and treatment. These measures will save lives.

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The Sentencing Project: Race and Justice News/Immigration

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Tulsa Police: Local Immigration Enforcement Harms Public Safety

The sheriff’s office and city police in Tulsa, Oklahoma disagree about how to respond to undocumented immigrants, report Damien Cave and Todd Heisler in a series for the New York Times. The sheriff’s office, which joined the federal 287(g) program in 2007, is concerned that undocumented immigrants turn to drug sales because they cannot find jobs and are contributing to the expansion of Hispanic gangs. City police counter that most drug and murder arrests involve non-Hispanic citizens, the vast majority of Hispanic gang members are legal residents or citizens, and undocumented immigrants are often crime targets because of their reluctance to report incidents to authorities.

“Rather than detain immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally – a policy the sheriff’s office strongly supports – the city police say they would rather work with immigrants, here legally or not, to encourage them to report crime and reduce violence.” Professor Elizabeth M. McCormick, of the University of Tulsa College of Law, suggests the sheriff’s elected status may account for that office’s stance.

County Sheriffs End Immigration Detention, Fearing Liability

Liability concerns have led officials in nine Oregon counties, over a dozen California counties, and over 100 other counties nationally to no longer detain people in jail for additional time based on requests from federal immigration authorities. In April, a federal magistrate judge in Oregon ruled that an immigrant’s rights had been violated when she was held in jail based on a detainer, and held the county liable for damages. The Oregon ruling follows federal court decisions in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, stating that detainers do not meet the probable cause requirement in the United States Constitution. The week after the Oregon ruling, the mayor of Philadelphia signed an executive order significantly limiting police cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Secure Communities program.

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visits Murphysboro kitchen to spread the word about free summer lunches for kids

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MURPHYSBORO – Saying no child should go hungry, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visited a new site in Murphysboro on Monday that provides free lunches to kids over the summer months. The Illinois Coalition for Community Services administers sites throughout the state that serve up free, hot meals to anybody under the age of 18 during the summer months, when families can’t rely on free or reduced price school lunches.

“School is out, but hunger doesn’t take a vacation,” Simon said. “With more of these Summer Food Programs available than ever before in Illinois, we want to let kids know that there’s a hot meal and a safe place to play during the summer.”

After the meals, staff members provide educational and recreational activities for kids. Guests in the past have included local fire departments and Sheriff’s officers, nutrition experts, or just people who can help kids get a game of chess or pick-up basketball started.

The program is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The number of available meal providers has expanded greatly over the past few years in response to a dramatic increase in need. The program had 12 sites statewide in 2011 and will be operating 52 this summer, said Garret Selinger, ICCS project director. Eighteen of those kitchens are opening for the first time in 2014.

The new Murphysboro site is operated by a local group, Supporting People In Need, a not-for-profit organization that provides disaster relief and aid to the needy. The Murphysboro kitchen serves lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, with activities until 2 p.m.

Some other Summer Food Program sites this summer include Beardstown, Cairo, Carrier Mills, Carthage, Collinsville, Cuba, Elizabethtown, Girard, Havana, Hillsboro, Jacksonville, Jerseyville, Kankakee, Metropolis, Olive Branch, Peoria, Princeton, Riverton, Sandoval, Shawneetown, Springfield, Taylorville and Weldon.

For information on other Summer Food Program kitchens throughout the state, contact the Illinois Coalition for Community Services at 217-522-2378.

CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge, Rep. John Lewis and Congressional Leadership to Mark 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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WASHINGTON, DC – On June 24, 2014, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) will join Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

During the ceremony, the leaders will also present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, whose leadership within the Civil Rights Movement greatly contributed to the law’s passage. The Congressional Gold Medal represents Congress’s highest expression of appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions to our nation.

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol.  Additional details will be released closer to the date of the ceremony.

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

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Erica J. Barks Ruggles, of Minnesota, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Rwanda.

Brent Robert Hartley, of Oregon, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Slovenia.

Donald L. Heflin, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Cabo Verde.

Earl Robert Miller, of Michigan, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Botswana.

David Pressman, of New York, to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.

David Pressman, of New York, to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations.

Wendy Beetlestone, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Michael M. Baylson, retired.

Victor Allen Bolden, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut, vice Janet Bond Arterton, retiring.

Mark A. Kearney, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice J. Curtis Joyner, retired.

Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Eduardo C. Robreno, retired.

Gerald J. Pappert, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Stewart R. Dalzell, retired.

Support U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Create a Public Option for Banking: Sign the Petition

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Predatory check-cashing and payday-lending companies have been exploiting working-class Americans for decades by charging outrageous fees and triple-digit interest rates.

But now we have a chance to give the millions of Americans without access to affordable basic financial services a fair, publicly owned alternative to payday lenders and big banks. Senator Elizabeth Warren has an exciting new proposal that would allow post offices around the country to offer basic financial services like check cashing and bill paying.

As a student organizer in Chicago, I’ve seen the devastating effects of economic injustice firsthand — and I want to be part of the solution. That’s why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Congress, says the following:

Millions of Americans lack access to affordable financial services like check cashing, bill paying and small loans. Please support Senator Warren’s postal banking proposal, which would allow the United States Postal Service to offer financial services at local post offices around the country.

Sign the petition: Allow post offices to offer basic banking services.

According to study released in January by the United States Postal Service’s inspector general, 68 million Americans – nearly 1 in 4 households — are underserved by banks and forced to rely on exploitative and wildly expensive payday lenders. Many of these people spend as much as $2,400 each year on inflated interest rates and unnecessary fees.

Across the globe, countries like Japan, Germany and Kenya have had great success with postal banking. And for more than 50 years, post offices in the United States were also allowed to offer banking services. Despite the program’s widespread success, both at providing banking services and generating billions of dollars in revenue for the United States Postal Service, Congress ended the program in 1967.

Given the lack of access to affordable banking services currently experienced by tens of millions of Americans, Congress needs take immediate action to move forward Senator Warren’s proposal to bring a public option for financial services back to the United States.

While there’s been a lot of buzz lately about Senator Warren’s postal banking proposal, it needs support in Congress to become law. By signing my petition you can help build that support and add real momentum to the fight for postal banking.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging Congress to support Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to allow post offices to offer basic banking services?

Thank you for your support.

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