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President Obama Nominates Four to Serve on the United States District Courts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama nominated Judge Madeline Cox Arleo, Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III, Robert Lee Pitman, and Robert William Schroeder III to serve on the United States District Courts.

“Throughout their careers, these nominees have displayed unwavering commitment to justice and integrity,” said President Obama.  “Their records of public service are distinguished and impressive and I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the United States District Court bench.  I am honored to nominate them today.”

Judge Madeline Cox Arleo:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Judge Madeline Cox Arleo has served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of New Jersey since 2000.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Arleo was a partner at Tompkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld & Barry, LLP from 1998 to 2000, where her practice focused on civil litigation in state and federal courts.  She worked at the law firms of Barry & McMoran from 1994 to 1998 and Clapp & Eisenberg from 1990 to 1994.  Judge Arleo began her legal career as a law clerk to Justice Marie L. Garibaldi of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1989 to 1990.  She received her J.D. summa cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1989, her M.A. from Rutgers University in 1986, and her B.A. from Rutgers College in 1985.

Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III has served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Texas since 2009.  Previously, he was a Justice on the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas from 2004 to 2009.  From 2003 to 2004, he was Of Counsel at Wolfe, Tidwell & McCoy, LLP.  Judge Mazzant served as a law clerk for Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush of the Eastern District of Texas in 2003 and for Magistrate Judge Robert Faulkner of the Eastern District of Texas from 1993 to 2003.  From 1992 to 1993, he worked at the law firm Henderson Bryant & Wolfe.  Judge Mazzant began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Paul Brown in the Eastern District of Texas from 1990 to 1992.  He received his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law in 1990 and his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987.

Robert Lee Pitman:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Robert Lee Pitman has served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas since 2011.  He previously served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Texas from 2003 to 2011.  Prior to his appointment to the bench, Pitman served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Texas from 1990 to 2003, serving as interim United States Attorney in 2001 and as Deputy United States Attorney from 2001 to 2003.  He worked as an associate at the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski from 1989 to 1990 and served as a law clerk to Judge David O. Belew Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas from 1988 to 1989.  He received his J.D. in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.S. from Abilene Christian University in 1985.  Pitman also received a Master of Studies in Legal Research degree from the University of Oxford in 2011.

Robert William Schroeder III:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Robert William Schroeder III has been a partner at the law firm Patton, Tidwell, Schroeder & Culbertson, LLP and its predecessor firm since 2003, where he handles complex civil litigation in both federal and state court.  Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Schroeder served as a law clerk for Judge Richard S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1997 to 1999.  He worked in the Office of the White House Counsel as Associate Counsel to the President in 1997 and as Assistant Counsel to the President from 1995 to 1996.  Schroeder received his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 1994 and his B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1989.

Anti-Eviction Activists Speak Out Against Attempted Eviction by Safeguard Properties LLC

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CHICAGO, IL -  On June 25th, 2014  Willie Fleming of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign arrived back at his office at Ms. Sis Café, located at 1401 E 75th Street, only to find workers under contract with Safeguard Properties LLC, removing furniture, appliances, organizational files, and personal possessions. Fleming and others in his organization were in the midst of making repairs to the café.

In September 2013, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against Safeguard LLC for illegally evicting struggling Illinois homeowners by breaking into their homes, changing the locks, and shutting off utilities. According to the lawsuit, Safeguard, a Delaware corporation based in Ohio regularly deemed occupied properties in Illinois as vacant in spite of clear evidence that the homes were still occupied.

In addition to making repairs to the building, Mr. Fleming and the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign were helping its former owner to negotiate a solution with the mortgager, Citibank.

Anti-evictiion activists,  foreclosed homeowners, and neighborhood residents will hold a press conference today at Ms Sis Café, located at 1401 E 75th Street, at 9:30 a.m., followed by building clean up.

For more information, contact the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign 773-236-0559 or visit www.chicagoantieviction.org

Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Anti-Bullying Legislation; Requires School Districts to Adopt Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Policies

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Bill was a priority of the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

From the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)


On June 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 5707, which requires school districts to adopt, comprehensive anti-bullying policies. This bill was a priority of the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), whose volunteers travelled to Springfield to speak with their legislators and sent them letters requesting their support!

In recognition of our support of this key legislation, Governor Quinn invited AFSP representatives to attend the bill signing. Standing behind the podium during the signing on behalf of AFSP were Alyssa Relyea, Board Member and Chairperson of the Women’s Outreach Committee; Anne Gulotta, Board Member and Co-chairperson of the High School and Middle School Outreach Committee; Chuck Roper, Board Member and Chairperson of the Interactive Screening Program Committee; Dr. Richard Kirchhoff, DDS, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and National Advocacy & Policy Committee Member; Rachelle Jervis, MBA, Illinois Area Director; and Steve Moore, Esq, Secretary of the Board of Directors and Chairperson the Advocacy and Policy Committee.

“It is a great honor for AFSP to be a part of this historic day. I am proud of all that AFSP has accomplished in the community,” said Rachelle Jervis, MBA, Illinois Area Director. Chuck Roper, reported that he is, “very proud to have been part of the Illinois Chapter of AFSP’s board that was present for the Governor’s signing of the anti-bullying bill.”

“The signing of the HB 5707 School policy on Bullying today by Governor Quinn in Illinois is monumental. It will give all students who are bullied the right to be heard and protected by law. This may be a game changer in setting the standard for school policy for the prevention of suicide and harmful behaviors in children from elementary school through high school. We are very proud that the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Illinois Chapter had vital in put in the content of this Bill,” shared Board Member Anne Gulotta.

Board Member, Alyssa Relyea said, “My work with AFSP IL has grown along with the organization’s expanding reach. I started with fundraising, added programs for survivors, and today was a major accomplishment for us and our legislative and advocacy goals. This law will help propel the suicide prevention movement because it helps ensure that every Illinois child’s voice will be heard and respected instead of belittled or demeaned. I was immensely proud to be able to tell my young daughter that my many hours volunteering and fundraising have been repaid with legislation that will protect some of those that need it the most and is one more step to making our world a kinder, more respectful, and welcoming place.”

“By helping to prevent bullying in our schools, this bill will provide students with a safe educational environment that will allow them to achieve their full potential,” said AFSP Board Member and Advocacy Committee Chairperson Steve Moore.

During his speech Governor Quinn thanked the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for its support of anti-bullying legislation. AFSP and the community are grateful to all of the volunteers who worked hard for the passage of this bill; we are proud of the accomplishment.

Illinois Department of Human Rights to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Agency to Host National Traveling Exhibition of 1961 Freedom Riders at James R. Thompson Center


CHICAGO, IL –  The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) is commemorating the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act with a proclamation from Governor Pat Quinn, and with local dignitaries who worked in the Civil Rights Movement at 10AM, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the James R. Thompson Center – 50 years to the date that the historic legislation was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. IDHR also will unveil the Freedom Riders national traveling exhibit.

The event is free and open to the public. Speakers include IDHR Director Rocco J. Claps, local civil rights leaders, DuSable Museum of African-American History President and CEO Carol Adams, and Thomas Armstrong of Naperville, a Freedom Rider who made the courageous journey on interstate buses with other activists through the segregated south in the summer of 1961.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, enacted on July 2, 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in public accommodations. The Freedom Riders exhibition looks at six months in 1961 when more than 400 courageous Americans — old and young, black and white, men and women, Northern and Southern — risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South. The exhibition will be on display at the Thompson Center until July 11, 2014.

IDHR conducts outreach and educational activities to underscore its efforts to combat discrimination in Illinois.  The Illinois Human Rights Act protects individuals from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age (40 and over), marital status, physical, mental or perceived disability, military status, familial status, sexual orientation (including gender identity) or unfavorable military discharge.

WHAT:  Illinois Department of Human Rights Commemorates 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act & unveils Freedom Riders exhibition

WHEN:    10A.M., Wednesday, July 2, 2014

WHERE:  James R. Thompson Center

100 W. Randolph St., Atrium Level

Chicago, IL. 60601

Jack J. Green, Founder and Publisher of The VOICE, Succumbs

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Jack J. Green, founder and publisher of two longstanding community newspapers in Virginia, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 26. He succumbed to chronic lung-related illness.

Green, a Nottoway County native, was born Jan. 16, 1943. He received his formal education in the Nottoway County Public School system and upon graduating from Luther H. Foster High School, he joined the United States Air Force.  While stationed in Germany, he furthered his education at the University of Maryland, European Extension, the U.S. Air Force NCO Leadership School and the Wall Street Banking School in New York.

Green served one tour of duty in Vietnam before coming back home where he became active in civil service and in business.

In his endeavor to assist his community in growth and development over several decades, Green served in several positions. He was a past president of District IV Community Action Program in Hampton, Va.; past president of the Nottoway County Branch NAACP; and as District 3 Supervisor in the Nottoway County Board of Supervisors.

Green’s most visible contribution to his community, his people, as he called them, was publication of The VOICE. He started the paper in 1985 to become a voice to the black community, which he dearly loved. Over time, The VOICE became The Richmond Voice with the launch of The Hampton Roads Voice seven years later. With Green’s blessing, on July 2, 2014, The Richmond Voice and The Hampton Roads Voice will once again become The VOICE.

Green was married to the late Ruby Adams Green for more than 40 years. They were the proud parents of two sons and one daughter and the grandparents of two grandsons.

Green is survived by his daughter Jackie Green-August; grandsons Stephen and August; loving siblings; doting nieces, including Erica Jackson; and a cadre of other relatives and friends.

Funeral plans are pending and will be announced at a later date. The body rests at Hawkes Funeral Home in Blackstone, Va.

Photo: Jack J. Green

“Congress has the Power to Address the Problem of Discrimination in Voting” – CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge

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CBC Fudge’s Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Shelby v. Holder Decision

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge released the following statement on the one year anniversary of Shelby v. Holder:

“One year ago today the Supreme Court ruled Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional. Almost immediately after the Court’s ruling, states began moving forward with restrictive voting legislation and implementing laws that make it more difficult for individuals to cast their ballots. Many of those affected by these laws are communities of color where disenfranchisement has historically been used to prevent their voices from being heard in our democracy.  Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 49 years after the Voting Rights Act, discrimination in voting remains a serious and salient problem.

“Though the Shelby v. Holder decision dealt a significant blow to the Voting Rights Act and to the hard won accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement, Congress has the power to address the problem of discrimination in voting.  The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 can help restore the protections lost with the Supreme Court’s ruling last year.

“I am a cosponsor of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 and I strongly urge my colleagues to do the same. Voting is the foundation on which our democracy was built, and it must be protected.”

Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, Jr., Dies at 88

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Howard Baker, a Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee, who also served as President Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff, and United States Ambassador to Japan, has died. Baker was 88.

President Obama and VP Biden issued Statements on his Passing

President Barack Obama said Baker was many things over the course of his career, and Vice President Joe Biden noted that Baker partnered with him on some of the most significant pieces of legislation that he worked on in Congress.

President Obama’s Statement:

Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Howard Baker.  Howard was many things over the course of his career – from Senate Majority Leader, to White House Chief of Staff, to Ambassador.  Yet, it was his ability to broker compromise and his unofficial role as the “Great Conciliator” that won him admirers across party lines, over multiple generations, and beyond the state he called home.  Over an 18-year Senate career, Howard fought for the people of Tennessee and helped lead America through difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Howard’s wife Nancy and the entire Baker family.

Statement by Vice President Biden

Jill and I were saddened to hear of the passing of our friend, former Ambassador, White House Chief of Staff and Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. And our hearts go out to his wife Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, who partnered with me on some of the most significant pieces of legislation that I worked on in Congress.

Howard and I worked together and traveled together, and we became good friends over the years. He was one of the best Majority Leaders I’ve ever served with. He was honorable, he was tough, and he was fair. He possessed tremendous wisdom and integrity, and he had an ability to put himself in the other person’s shoes so he could work out an honorable compromise.

I watched Howard do it time and time again. He teamed up with Senator Ed Muskie to pass the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. He helped restore confidence in the integrity of government as a member of the Watergate Committee. He risked his career to pass the Panama Canal Treaty. And when he was President Reagan’s Chief of Staff, I was honored to work with him on the judicial nomination process.

President Harry Truman once said, “It’s understanding that gives us the ability to have peace. When you understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then you can sit down and you can work out your differences.” That’s who Howard Baker was. The understandings he reached at every stage of his career have made our country and our world a better place. He was a good man.

Photo: Howard Baker

New Family Texas Law Sends Texas Dad to Jail After Employer’s Child Support Withholding Error

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Dreydon and Clifford Hall

Harris County, TX (BlackNews.com) — On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, Texas father Clifford Hall voluntarily arrived at the Harris County Civil Courthouse and was taken into custody to begin a six-month jail sentence. Hall’s complex child support case received international attention last year when he received the harshest punishment under the law. Hall was sentenced to six months in jail even though he became current on child support arrearages made late at the fault of his then employer AT&T.

“My client Clifford Hall is one of the first casualties of the repeal of Texas Family Code Section 157.162(d) that formerly protected parents who were current in the payment of child support,” said Eraka Watson, Hall’s new legal counsel with The Childs Law Firm. “In June of 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature repealed the law (HB 847) making a jail sentence a judgment option for being in contempt of the court for failure to pay child support. There are no exceptions, there is no notice served to the defendant indicating a period of time to cure the default. The law is not defensible,” said attorney Watson.

“Repeal of the Texas Family Code was initially meant to deter dead-beat dads from being chronic offenders of late child support and making last minute payments before their court date,” continued attorney Watson. “However, in Mr. Hall’s case, he was unaware that the child support payments being withheld from his check were not getting to the court due to the employer’s clerical error. Unfortunately, even after Mr. Hall paid the arrearages and court fees, and had a positive balance, he was sentenced to six months in jail for child support underpayment and over-visitation. Prior to the repeal, my client could not have been incarcerated. Because his case was reset six times until after the repeal, Mr. Hall was held in contempt and sentenced to jail.”

“Ultimately, it is Mr. Hall’s responsibility to ensure his child support payments are being paid according to the court’s order,” stated attorney Watson. “However, in Mr. Hall’s case, while he had previously been behind in child support in 2010 due to being out of work, since that time, he had consistent child support payments and employment. He did not fall behind until the clerical error by his employer occurred. Under the previous law, a good father like Mr. Hall would not have been punished for trying to do the right thing once he was made aware of the error.”

Hall’s attorneys have exhausted all appeal recourses. Attorney Eraka Watson will file a motion for reconsideration introducing the AT&T sworn affidavit for the existing court’s consideration. In addition to admitting withholding errors the affidavit states, “We never notified Mr. Hall regarding the fluctuation of his withholding. No one, other than Mr. Hall, ever contacted this office regarding this error. Our initial discovery of this error occurred when Mr. Hall contacted this office in the fall of 2013.” The affidavit was signed and delivered to Hall’s previous attorney on January 21, 2014, and was not available nor considered during Hall’s November 18, 2013 hearing.

The motion for reconsideration, if successful, could mean Hall’s freedom. If the motion is not successful, Hall’s lawyer will take the next course of legal action to free Hall.

Attorney Watson will also seek full custody for Mr. Hall of 12-year-old Dreydon Hall, his son.

Regarding the repealed legislation (HB 847 sponsored by State Representative Eddie Lucio III [D] and Senator Jose Rodriguez [D]) attorney Watson seeks to help influence a reinstatement of the law and the repeal lifted providing the right of due process equally to both parents.

“My son’s welfare is my highest priority,” said Clifford Hall. “Jail time is not in the best interest of my son. I face losing my job, time with my son and incurring more legal fees all because I tried to do what’s right.”

The Dreydon Project has been established to help educate parents regarding their custodial and non-custodial rights under the law, and to help defray the cost of legal representation in cases like Hall’s. Members of the public interested in helping Hall are invited to make donations at www.gofundme.com/the-dreydon-project.

Attorney Eraka Watson is now the sole legal counsel for Clifford Hall in both the child support and child custody matters. Press inquiries, requests for interviews or statements, or other matters concerning the Clifford Hall case are to be directed to MWH Public Relations or attorney Watson.
About Attorney Eraka Watson
Born on Galveston Island, Eraka Watson of The Childs Law Firm is proud to call herself a fifth generation Texan. Watson received her B.A. in Business in 1994 from Southwestern University, located in Georgetown, Texas, and received J.D. in 1997 from South Texas College of Law. She represents clients in court and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Department of Labor and the Texas Workforce Commission-Civil Rights Division. Watson’s clients have included those in the insurance, oil and gas, and health care industries. For more information, visit www.childslawfirm.com

Photo Caption: Clifford Hall and 12-year-old son Dreydon Hall

Las Vegas Comedian James Bean Releases Candid Account of his Struggle with Suicide in When The Humor Is Gone

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“James Bean has shown insight and understanding of the darkest moments of many people’s lives as well as ideas on how one could begin to create a life worth living even out of the depths of despair.” -– Rhonda Duncombe, LMFT, LADC

James Bean When the Humor is Gone

Las Vegas, NV (BlackNews.com) — In WHEN THE HUMOR IS GONE (Archway Publishing, $30.99), comedian Las Vegas James Bean reveals his struggle with depression, which led him to the brink of suicide; and, how life-changing revelations, as he was about to take razor blades to his wrists, allowed him to begin to fight his way back. In a frank and life-affirming narrative of his journey, Bean offers a personal account of how he went about getting therapy, obtaining family support, and finding purpose and meaning in the world.

As the first in his family to earn an undergraduate degree, a law school graduate, and a successful comedian living the American Dream, James Bean never imagined that a suffocating descent into the depths of depression would lead him to a suicidal state. A man who truly lit up the room, and who had literally made a career out of making people smile, Bean appeared on the outside like the last person who would find himself ready to end his own life. In WHEN THE HUMOR IS GONE, he explains his descent into despair and his inspiring journey back.

“I want to help others understand the suicidal mind, and see through the façade that many who think these thoughts are hiding behind,” said Bean. “I hope that my book will encourage people who are struggling with depression to seek help, and also be cathartic for suicide survivors who are simultaneously coping with loss, and left with so many unanswered questions and feelings of guilt.”

In the book’s 13 chapters, Bean not only recounts his own life and struggle with depression, but also offers a litany of theories from several experts on the mind’s state. Hailing from Las Vegas, which leads the country in suicide rates, Bean explores alarmingly affected populations, from teenagers to members of the military, as well as the loved ones they leave behind.

“This book is my love letter to the world, my legacy of care, hope, and empathy for those who are living under the gripping vice of depression,” writes Bean.

WHEN THE HUMOR IS GONE is available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.com in hardback, paperback, and on Kindle.
About James Bean James Bean, a professional stand-up comedian and executive casino host at Caesars Palace, earned both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Memphis. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his daughter. For more information, visit him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Author-James-Bean/147844588615978

Photo Caption: Author/comedian James Bean and bookcover for “When The Humor is Gone”

Young African Leaders Gain Entrepreneurship, Leadership Skills

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Government program brings promising leaders to Northwestern, other campuses

EVANSTON, IL -  In Kenya, Paul Victor Oloo teaches young African journalists to think beyond print media. This summer, with 24 other young Africans, the Nairobi-based media production company owner is at Northwestern University as a fellow in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

An Obama administration program, YALI is designed to support and develop young African leaders, strengthen partnerships between the United States and Africa and promote democratic governance.

“With nearly one in three Africans between the ages of 10 and 24 and about 60 percent of the continent’s total population under the age of 35, it’s imperative that we make investments in the future generation of African leaders,” says Will Reno, director of Northwestern’s Program of African Studies (PAS).

Working with the University’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Center for Leadership, PAS is hosting the 25 young Africans for six weeks this summer and will host similar groups for the next four years.

Reno, a political scientist in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Northwestern vice president of research Jay Walsh recently welcomed the newly arrived YALI fellows to campus. He urged them to connect with one other, the Chicagoans they meet and with Northwestern faculty and staff.

“You are now lifetime members of the University,” Walsh told the YALI fellows, who are taking Northwestern-designed courses on innovation and meeting with representatives from a diverse group of Chicago area organizations to complement that classroom learning.

Twenty institutions of higher learning across the country are hosting YALI participants this summer. After six weeks at their host institutions, all 500 will take part in a summit meeting with President Barack Obama. They can then opt to do eight-week internships in the U.S. or take part in continuing education in Africa.

As one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders, Oloo was chosen from more than 50,000 applicants to participate in YALI. The fellows come from nearly 20 African nations — including Botswana and the republics of Cameroon, Madagascar, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Northwestern’s YALI fellows will exchange ideas with representatives from the Chicago Cubs, Crain’s Chicago Business, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, McDonald’s, CME Group, Google, Chicago Urban League, the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.

“We expect YALI fellows to make connections they can use on their return,” says Kate Klein, Program of African Studies senior program administrator.

For Oloo, the summer spent here is the experience of a lifetime. “I want to learn how to develop a business structure that works and then go back home and use it — not just for myself but also to empower others.”

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

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