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Archive for July 3rd, 2014

Immigrant Advocates Call on Obama to Be Brave and Swift

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Immigrant Advocates Call on Obama to Be Brave and Swift

La Opinión

By Pilar Marrero

Translated by Elena Shore

President Barack Obama made it clear that he would take administrative action very soon to fix the immigration system in the absence of a legislative solution in the House of Representatives. Immigrant rights groups are calling on him to take “courageous and meaningful steps.”

Among the steps the president could take, they say, are expanding deferred action (DACA) beyond young undocumented students; and reviewing deportation priorities to prevent the removal of those who have lived in the country for years, have U.S.-citizen minor children and have no criminal record.

Leaders of immigrant rights groups outlined these measures to Obama in a recent meeting before he announced that he would implement a series of actions as soon as he receives recommendations from the Secretary of Homeland Security this summer.

What Obama said

“I have been consistent in saying that I am prepared to work with [House leadership] even on a bill that I don’t consider perfect,” Obama said Monday. “The only thing I can’t do is stand by and do nothing while waiting for them to get their act together.”

But in order to enact real change, the president must be courageous and act quickly, according to Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), one of the groups that has long been an advocate for administrative action.

Instead of fixing superficial details of the immigration enforcement machine, Hincapié said, the president must create a system that truly embraces these immigrants as part of our society.

Erika Andiola of the Dream Action Coalition added that the president must respond to the requests of the community and “expand DACA.”

Expanding DACA

Peter Schey, director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles, recently explained that Obama could grant deferred action status, similar to that granted to half a million undocumented youth, to some 2 million people who qualify but aren’t able to legalize their status because they’ve been living in the country without papers and are subject to a 10-year bar. Schey said that Obama could give deferred action to at least six additional groups of people, including parents of U.S. citizens under 21, parents of DACA recipients, immigrants with closed administrative cases who are in limbo and all immigrants who entered the United States under the age of 16, regardless of their current age.

Schey suggests fixing the problem of legal status by giving those immigrants DACA status and then granting them a permit so they can leave the country. That way, he said, when they return to the country, they already have legal entry status and can adjust normally.

But immigrant rights leaders such as Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), are also hoping that President Obama will “maximize” his existing authority to stop injustices in the current system.

President Obama’s Remarks on the Economy

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Georgetown Waterfront
Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama: Well, hello, everybody.  Have a seat, have a seat.  It’s hot.  (Laughter.)  It’s hot out — Anthony, take off your coat, man.  (Laughter.)  It is hot and Team USA takes the pitch in a couple hours, so we’ve got to get down to business.  We don’t have time for a lot of small talk — am I right, Mr. Mayor?  We’ve got to get going.

Behind me is one of the busiest bridges in Washington.  And, with the 4th of July on Friday — also Malia’s birthday, for those of you who are interested, she will be 16, a little worrisome — I would note that this bridge is named for the man who wrote the “Star-Spangled Banner” –- Francis Scott Key.

Three years ago, I came here to this very spot, to the Key Bridge, to talk about how two of the five major bridges connecting D.C. and Virginia –- including this one -– were rated “structurally deficient.”  And with almost 120,000 vehicles crossing them every day, I said it was important to fix them.

And today, that’s exactly what we’re doing.  So, soon, construction workers will be on the job making the Key Bridge safer for commuters and for families, and even for members of Congress to cross.  This is made possible by something called the Highway Trust Fund, which Congress established back in the 1950s, and which helps states repair and rebuild our infrastructure all across the country.  It’s an example of what can happen when Washington just functions the way it was supposed to.

Back then, you had Eisenhower, a Republican President; over time you would have Democratic Presidents, Democratic and Republican members of Congress all recognizing building bridges and roads and levees and ports and airports — that none of that is a partisan issue.  That’s making sure that America continues to progress.

Now, here is the problem.  Here is the reason we’re here in the heat.  If this Congress does not act by the end of the summer, the Highway Trust Fund will run out.  There won’t be any money there.  All told, nearly 700,000 jobs could be at risk next year.  That would be like Congress threatening to lay off the entire population of Denver, or Seattle, or Boston.  That’s a lot of people.  It would be a bad idea.  Right now, there are more than 100,000 active projects across the country where workers are paving roads, and rebuilding bridges, and modernizing our transit systems.  And soon, states may have to choose which projects to continue and which ones to put the brakes on because they’re running out of money.  Some have already done just that, just because they’re worried that Congress will not get its act together in time.

Now, earlier this year, I put forward a plan not just to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, I put forward a plan to rebuild our transportation infrastructure across the country in a responsible way.  And I want to thank Secretary Anthony Foxx, who is here today, for his hard work in putting this plan together.  (Applause.)  Because we are not spending enough on the things that help our economy grow, the things that help businesses move products, the thing that help workers get to the job, the things that help families get home to see their loved ones at night.  We spend significantly less as a portion of our economy than China does, than Germany does, than just about every other advanced country.  They know something that I guess we don’t, which is that’s the path to growth, that’s the path to competitiveness.

So the plan we put together would support millions of jobs.  It would give cities, and states, and private investors the certainty they need to plan ahead.  It would help small businesses ship their goods faster, help parents get home to their kids faster.  And it wouldn’t add to the deficits –- because we’d pay for it in part by closing tax loopholes for companies that are shipping their profits overseas to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.  Seems like a sensible thing to do.

It’s not crazy, it’s not socialism.  It’s not the imperial presidency — no laws are broken.  We’re just building roads and bridges like we’ve been doing for the last, I don’t know, 50, 100 years.  But so far, House Republicans have refused to act on this idea.  I haven’t heard a good reason why they haven’t acted — it’s not like they’ve been busy with other stuff.  No, seriously.  I mean, they’re not doing anything.  Why don’t they do this?

Now, Republican obstruction is not just some abstract political stunt; it has real and direct consequences for middle-class families all across the country.

We went through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we’ve climbed back.  Since then, we’ve created 9.4 million new jobs over the past 51 months.  Corporate profits are up, stock market is up, housing is improving.  (Applause.)  Unemployment is down.  The deficits have been cut in half.  We’re making progress, but we still have a situation where those at the top are doing as well as ever but middle-class families all across the country are still struggling to get by.  There are people who are working hard, they believe in the American Dream — it feels sometimes like the system is rigged against them.

And they have good reason to think that way.  So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every serious idea to strengthen the middle class.  Not ideas that are unique to me, they’re not — this isn’t Obama bridge. It’s Key Bridge.  But the Republicans have said no to raising the minimum wage, they’ve said no to fair pay, they’ve said no to extending unemployment insurance for over 3 million Americans looking for a new job.

And this obstruction keeps the system rigged for those who are doing fine at the top.  It prevents us from helping more middle-class families.  And as long as they insist on taking no action whatsoever that will help anybody, I’m going to keep on taking actions on my own that can help the middle class — like the actions I’ve already taken to speed up construction projects, and attract new manufacturing jobs, and lift workers’ wages, and help students pay off their loans.

And they criticize me for this.  Boehner sued me for this.  And I told him, I’d rather do things with you, pass some laws, make sure the Highway Trust Fund is funded so we don’t lay off hundreds of thousands of workers.  It’s not that hard.  Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff.  So sue me. As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something.

And look, I just want to be clear — Republicans in Congress, they’re patriots, they love their country, they love their families.  They just have a flawed theory of the economy that they can’t seem to get past.  They believe that all we should be doing is giving more tax breaks to those at the top, eliminating regulations that stop big banks or polluters from doing what they want, cut the safety net for people trying to work their way into the middle class, and then somehow the economy is going to get stronger and jobs and prosperity trickle down to everybody.  That’s their worldview.  I’m sure they sincerely believe it.  It’s just not accurate.  It does not work.

We know from our history our economy doesn’t grow from the top down; it grows from the middle out.  We do better when you’ve got some construction workers on the job.  They then go to a restaurant and they buy a new car.  That means the workers there start doing better.  Everybody does better.  And we could be doing so much more if Republicans in Congress were less interested in stacking the deck in favor of those at the top or trying to score political points, or purposely trying to gridlock Washington, and just tried to get some things done to grow the economy for everybody.  We could do so much more if we just rallied around an economic patriotism, a sense that our job is to get things done as one nation and as one people.

Economic patriotism would say that instead of protecting corporations that are shipping jobs overseas, let’s make sure they’re paying their fair share of taxes, let’s reward American workers and businesses that hire them.  Let’s put people to work rebuilding America.  Let’s invest in manufacturing, so the next generation of good manufacturing jobs are right here, made in the USA.  That would be something to celebrate on the 4th of July.

Economic patriotism says that instead of stacking the deck in the favor of folks just at the top, let’s harness the talents and ingenuity of every American and give every child access to quality education, and make sure that if your job was stamped obsolete or shipped overseas, you’re going to get retrained for an even better job.

Economic patriotism says that instead of making it tougher for middle-class families to get ahead, let’s reward hard work for every American.  Let’s make sure women earn pay that’s equal to their efforts. Let’s make sure families can make ends meet if their child gets sick and they need to take a day off.  Let’s make sure no American who works full-time ever has to live in poverty.

Let’s tell everybody they’re worth something.  No matter who you are, no matter what you look like, where you come from, who you love, if you work hard, if you’re responsible, you can make it here in America.  That’s what this country was founded on, that idea.  That’s why I ran for this office.  I think sometimes about what we could be accomplishing, what we could have accomplished this past year, what we could have accomplished the year before that.  And typically what gets reported on is just the politics — well, you know, they’re not doing this because they don’t want to give Obama a victory or oh, well, we don’t want to do this right now because maybe the midterm election is coming up and, oh, well, what’s happening with the polls.  People don’t care about that.  People just want to see some results.  And objectively, if you look at the agenda I’m putting forward, the things that we’re trying to get done like just fixing bridges and roads, it really shouldn’t be controversial.  It hasn’t been controversial in the past.

And so part of the reason that I’m going to be spending a lot of time over the next several weeks and months getting out there with ordinary folks is just to report to you it’s not as if I don’t know that you could use some help.  I know.  It’s not as if we don’t have good plans to put more people back to work and raise their incomes and improve the quality of education.  We know how to do it.  That’s not the reason it’s not happening.  It’s not happening because of politics.

And the only folks that can fix that are going to be you — the American people and voters.  Sometimes in our culture right now we just get cynical about stuff and we just assume things can’t change because nothing seems to change in this town.  But that’s not true.  It can change as long as everybody gets activated, as long as people still feel hopeful and we don’t fall prey to cynicism.

And so I just want everybody here to understand that as frustrating as it may be sometimes, as stuck as Congress may be sometimes, if the American people put pressure on this town to actually get something done and everybody is looking at some commonsense agenda items that we should be able to do because Democrats and Republicans were able to do them in the past, we can grow our economy, we can lift people’s incomes, we can make sure that people who are fighting hard can get into the middle class and stay there.  But it’s going to take you.  It’s going to take you.  This is not going to happen on its own.  And I’m confident if that’s what we do, if all of you are fighting alongside me every single day instead of just giving up on this place, then we’re going to make America better than ever.  That’s a promise.

Thank you, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless America.  Go Team USA!  Let’s build some bridges!

Source: Whitehouse.gov.

Opening ReMARCs: Partying with a Purpose – and a Focus on Jobs

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Thursday, July 3 kicks off the 20th anniversary of the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans – and we will continue our focus on jobs there with the Essence Festival Career Connections powered by the National Urban League.

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

For more than 100 years, the National Urban League has been a leading resource for diverse professionals and job seekers. As part of our Jobs Rebuild America efforts – in addition to providing college preparation, skills training, a jobs network, entrepreneurship support, small business financing and other resources – we continue to connect top talent with companies who incorporate diversity and inclusion into their recruitment, hiring, and retention practices.

Last year at this time, we announced a $1.5 million Jobs Rebuild America grant to the Urban League of Greater New Orleans to help support programs targeting youth, entrepreneurs, and post-secondary education and training for work/adult re-entry programs. This year, the National Urban League, in partnership with leading healthcare services provider Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), is proud to return to the city and the Festival to run Career Connections at the Essence Festival Empower U Zone. As a leading provider of healthcare services and an employer of more than 200,000 people, HCA is the lead recruiter at the Career Connections powered by the National Urban League and joins us in our efforts to support job creation and career advancement in the city and for all attendees.

Career Connections, where attendees can meet industry leaders, network with entrepreneurs, get career advancement tips and attend recruitment sessions with some of the nation’s top companies, will take place July 4-6 from 10:00am – 6:00pm CT at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  I invite you to join us for the party – and most importantly, the purpose!

Wishing you and yours a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!

Lt. Gov. Simon Celebrates 50 Years Since the Civil Rights Act this Independence Day

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CARBONDALE, IL —  Heading into the Fourth of July weekend, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“As we prepare to celebrate our country’s 238th birthday, we should take time to look back on the half century since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act,” Simon said. “Today, we should honor the brave struggle of activists like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders. We have come a long way, but there is still more work to be done to ensure true equality.”

Simon spent part of the day Wednesday, the anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, at Southern Illinois University, where she spoke to international students about American politics and civil rights.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was conceived by President John F. Kennedy, defended in Congress by U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois, and enacted under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Signed July 2, 1964, it ensures equality under the law regardless of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The law has given Americans a tool to fight discrimination in housing, the job market, the courtroom, and at the polls.

Simon continues to support the expansion of civil rights in Illinois. She spoke out in favor of marriage equality, and celebrated alongside activists as the marriage equality law went into effect last month. The law ensures the marriages of same-sex couples are legally recognized in Illinois.

State Senator Collins, Red Ribbon Cash sponsor, observes Nat’l HIV Testing Day

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“Step Up, Get Tested” event also unveils new Red Ribbon Cash scratch-off ticket


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th), was present at last week’s unveiling of the new Red Ribbon Cash scratch-off lottery ticket, which supports HIV/AIDS services, and observed National HIV Testing Day by reminding Illinoisans that while new diagnoses have increased among at-risk, predominantly minority populations, there is hope for those who know their status and take control of their health.

“While our efforts to prevent the spread of HIV have resulted in dramatic declines in new infections since the epidemic’s peak, rates remain unacceptably high among young, Black, gay and bisexual men,” Collins said. “On National HIV Testing Day and throughout the summer, we are working with our valued community partners to make sure all Chicagoans — especially members of at-risk populations — have access to testing, services and hope.”

Nationally, newly diagnosed cases of HIV among men with male sex partners dropped from 75,000 per year in the mid-1980s to only 18,000 in the early 1990s but have now risen to 30,000 annually. Chicago saw a 76 percent increase in new infections among gay men younger than 30 between 2000 and 2011, and African American men accounted for most of the jump. Chicago will be the site of a new five-year study, conducted by Northwestern University and funded through a National Institutes of Health grant, of the reasons behind this disturbing trend.

“The Quality of Life program and the Red Ribbon Cash ticket have generated a vital stream of revenue for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and services during a time when state public health funding has been scarce and the struggle against HIV, particularly in communities of color, is often ignored,” Collins said. “I want to personally urge anyone who may be at risk to step up and get tested, and I also urge all our city and state leaders to step up, spread the word and fund the fight.”

NAACP Congratulates Admiral Michelle J. Howard on Historic Promotion as Vice Chief of Naval Operations for U.S.

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Howard is the first female four-star Officer in the Navy’s 236-year-history


BALTIMORE, Md. — This week the U.S. Navy promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to admiral, making her the first female four-star officer in the Navy’s 236-year-history. The NAACP released the following statement.

Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors:

“On behalf of the National Board and Members of the NAACP, I want to extend congratulations to Admiral Michelle J. Howard on her promotion to Vice Chief of Naval Operations for the United States Navy. As the first female four-star Officer in the Navy’s 236-year-history, Admiral Howard inspires us all. Her accomplishments over a 30-year career in the military are a testament to the power of strategic thinking, deep knowledge and hard work.

In 2013, I had the honor of presenting Admiral Howard with the NAACP Chairman’s Award for her stellar leadership and exemplary example of military service among her colleagues. It is a distinct pleasure to again recognize Admiral Howard for her leadership and service to our nation.”

White House Report: Missed Opportunities and the Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

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On July 2, 2014, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report, Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid, which details the effects of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on access to care, financial security, overall health and well-being of residents, and state economies.

The Affordable Care Act has expanded high‐quality, affordable health insurance coverage to millions of Americans. One important way in which the Affordable Care Act is expanding coverage is by providing generous financial support to States that opt to expand Medicaid eligibility to all non‐elderly individuals in families with incomes below 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

To date, 26 States and the District of Columbia have seized this opportunity, and since the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, 5.2 million people have gained Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage in these States, a tally that will grow in the months and years ahead as Medicaid enrollment continues. In contrast, 24 States have not yet expanded Medicaid—including many of the States that would benefit most and sometimes because State legislatures have defied even their own governors—and denied health insurance coverage to millions of their citizens. Researchers at the Urban Institute estimate that, if these States do not change course, 5.7 million people will be deprived of health insurance coverage in 2016. Meanwhile, these States will forgo billions in Federal dollars that could boost their economies.

This analysis uses the best evidence from the economics and health policy literatures to quantify several important consequences of States’ decisions not to expand Medicaid. That evidence, which is based primarily on careful analysis of the effects of past policy decisions, is necessarily an imperfect guide to the future, and the actual effects of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act could be larger or smaller than the estimates presented below. However, this evidence is clear that the consequences of States’ decisions are far‐reaching, with implications for the health and well‐being of their citizens, their economies, and the economy of the Nation as a whole.

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

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


CHICAGO, IL –  The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) commemorated the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act with a proclamation from Governor Pat Quinn declaring today Civil Rights Act Day in the state of Illinois, and with local dignitaries who worked in the Civil Rights Movement. IDHR also unveiled the Freedom Riders national traveling exhibit, which will be displayed until July 11 at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. in Chicago.

“We’re proud to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act – a groundbreaking law that guides much of our work in the Illinois Department of Human Rights in protecting the rights of individuals against discrimination in every aspect of their lives,” Director Claps said. “We remain vigilant in upholding the spirit and letter of this law for the people of Illinois.”

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and 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. Similarly, 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.

As part of the celebration, IDHR also unveiled the Freedom Riders exhibition, which illustrates the courageous journey that more than 400 Americans — old and young, black and white, men and women, Northern and Southern — made in the summer of 1961 as they risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South. “Freedom Summer” is largely credited with providing the groundwork for what ultimately became the Civil Rights Act. The exhibit, featuring photos, news clippings and other historic items documented throughout six months in 1961, will remain on display at the Thompson Center until July 11. The Thompson Center is one of only 20 sites nationwide selected to host the Freedom Riders exhibit this year.

Director Claps was joined by Thomas Armstrong of Naperville, a Freedom Rider who shared his story about the courageous journey he made on interstate buses with other activists through the segregated south during “Freedom Summer” in 1961. Congressman Bill Foster, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and DuSable Museum of African-American History President and CEO Carol Adams also were featured speakers at the event.

A proclamation from Governor Pat Quinn also was presented at the event and it reads:

WHEREAS, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; and,

WHEREAS, passage of the Civil Rights Act ended the application of “Jim Crow” laws, which had been upheld by the Supreme Court in the 1896 case Plessy v. Ferguson, in which the court held that racial segregation purported to be “separate but equal” was constitutional; and,

WHEREAS, prior to his assassination, President John Kennedy proposed civil rights legislation in response to the tumultuous summer of 1963 when several incidents of racially motivated violence occurred across the South. Once sworn into office, President Lyndon Johnson pledged to move forward with President Kennedy’s legislative agenda, particularly on the issue of civil rights; and,

WHEREAS, signed on July 2, 2014, by President Lyndon Johnson, the passage of the Civil Rights Act was directly attributable to the bold leadership of many noteworthy legislators including Senator Edward Kennedy and Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen; and,

WHEREAS, the Civil Rights Movement was propelled by organizations like the NAACP and individuals from the grassroots who made enormous sacrifices in their personal and professional lives, especially those who were part of the famed Freedom Riders; and,

WHEREAS, the Civil Rights Act paved the way for future anti-discrimination legislation, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965; and,

WHEREAS, July 2, 2014, is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act being signed into law; and,

WHEREAS, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), which is responsible for investigating allegations of discrimination and initiating discrimination complaints before the Human Rights Commission as well as monitoring equal opportunity for all state agencies and firms doing business with the state, has played a critical role in safeguarding civil rights across the Land of Lincoln; and,

WHEREAS, on July 2, 2014, IDHR will host a press conference to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a historic milestone in our nation’s history; and,

THEREFORE, I, Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby declare July 2, 2014, as CIVIL RIGHTS ACT DAY in Illinois, in support of promoting equality for everyone, and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the landmark Civil Rights Act.

President Obama and Congressional Black Caucus Comment on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Statement from President Barack Obama on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In 1964, President Johnson put pen to paper and signed the Civil Rights Act into law.  Fifty years later, few pieces of legislation have defined our national identity as distinctly, or as powerfully.  By outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, the Civil Rights Act effectively ended segregation in schools, workplaces, and public facilities.  It opened the door for the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act.  And it transformed the concepts of justice, equality, and democracy for generations to come.

The Civil Rights Act brought us closer to making real the declaration at the heart of our founding – that we are all created equal.  But that journey continues.  A half a century later, we’re still working to tear down barriers and put opportunity within reach for every American, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from.  So as we celebrate this anniversary and the undeniable progress we’ve made over the past 50 years, we also remember those who have fought tirelessly to perfect our union, and recommit ourselves to making America more just, more equal and more free.

Statement from Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act which was signed on July 2, 1964:

“The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was one of the most significant pieces of legislation in our history, laying the foundation to end legal discrimination in America. While the Constitution established that all men were created equal, the Civil Rights Act codified that all men and women should receive equal treatment under the law.

“During the Civil Rights Movement, Americans of all races and ages committed their time and their lives to ensuring that the promise of America would be available to every citizen, rather than to a select few. This law ensured that generations of Americans, previously marginalized and oppressed, would be fully acknowledged as citizens of this great nation.

“However, while we reflect on the Civil Rights Act today, we must also remember that equal treatment under the law and equal opportunity is still denied to many Americans. Increasing segregation in public education, growing income inequality, and disparities within our criminal justice system persist in our society, disproportionality affecting individuals and communities of color.  And while the Civil Rights Act paved the way for passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, those protections have been severely compromised.

“While our union is far from perfect, we must not allow the progress made over the past 50 years to be eroded. As Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate united to do what was best for our nation in 1964, we must do so once again. Congress must pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 and fulfill the promise of a truly fair and equal society that all who worked to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 hoped it would one day help us achieve.”

Probation Challenge’s 35-Year Portrait of Achievers’ Award Starring Marshall Thompson of the World Famous Chi-Lites and Gospel Singer Mitty Collier to be held August 15th at Condesa Del Mar

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Marshall Thompson:The Last Man Standing

Mitty Collier: Standing on the Promises of God

Thompson, the last surviving original member of the popular Chi-Lites singing group, will also perform

Chicago, IL – Probation Challenge will present its 35-year ‘Portrait of Achievers’ Awards Dinner, Entertainment and The Show of Shows, Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Condesa Del Mar, 12220 S. Cicero Ave., in Alsip, Illinois.

Marshall Thompson of the world famous Chi-lites, will receive tribute for his many years in the entertainment industry.

Starring on the gospel stage will be Mitty Collier, singing her last recording of ‘I Owe It All To The Word’. Other entertainers are expected to appear.

This year’s event  is expected to be far different from others. With the serious impact of crime, drugs and violence, the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, president of Probation Challenge, has invited prominent ‘Prayer Intercessors from around the country to this special event to approach the throne of grace in regards to crime. This body of women and men will be under the charge of Mother Christine Moore, the International Woman of God, who is founder and president of the ’Oh Glory Ministries’. Also expected to be in attendance are Dr. Genevia Boyd, Pastor Lucinda Rich, Evangelist Brenda Carter and Minister Melvin Taylor. Others who Interceded for youth and elders will also appear.

Pastor Lottie Woods Hall, a champion for justice in the civil-rights movement, is servant leader of The Intercessory Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Pastor Hall went to jail with Dr. Martin Luther King and there led songs of freedom and deliverance.

Hall has been invited to attend.

For more information on this event and ticket information, call Rev. Harold E. Bailey at (773) 978-3706.

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

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