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Archive for August 16th, 2014

Protesters to Condemn Air & Water Show’s Glorification of Violence and Militarism; Say Guantanamo Injustice Tied to Torture Flights, Drone Killings

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There will be a press conference today, Saturday, August 16 at 12 Noon at the North Avenue Beach in Chicago, west side of North Avenue Bridge (park side).

Protesters will condemn glorification of violence and militarism in Air & Water Show

A coalition of more than 15 local peace and justice groups has held a vigil every week for the past year at Federal Plaza, dramatizing the fate of Guantanamo detainees. On Saturday, the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo will take their protest to the millions of spectators at the Chicago Air & Water Show. They will demand an end to entertainment that glorifies war and tell the public about the role of Chicago-based Boeing in U.S. kidnappings, torture, and drone assassinations.

“We’ll be there to help people connect the dots,” said Jay Becker of World Can’t Wait Chicago, a coalition founding member. “The CIA torture flights that became a common occurence in the late ‘90s were precursors to Guantanamo.” Those “extraordinary rendition” flights were coordinated by Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan.

The protesters will also draw the connection between drone assassinations and Guantanamo detention. “In the Bush era, the government filled the detention center at Guantanamo with people who had never committed a crime, and were never given due process,” explained Joe Scarry, coordinator of No Drones Illinois, another coalition member. “The difference under Obama is that uncharged, untried, unconvicted people simply get assassinated with a U.S. drone.”

The Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo has also joined the call for the end to U.S. drone assassinations and the suspension of production of new “killer” drones like Boeing’s “Phantom Ray,” as well as the call by the Anti-War Committee Chicago to drop Boeing as a sponsor of the Air & Water Show due to its central role in violence including Israel’s massacre in Gaza and renewed U.S. attacks in Iraq.



National Urban League President Marc H. Morial Responds to Recent Developments in Ferguson, MO.

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Marc H. Morial’s statement on recent developments in Ferguson, Mo.
The death of Michael Brown has exposed and exacerbated what is clearly a long-standing lack of trust between law enforcement and the Ferguson community.

St. Louis County is not a war zone, and siege and combat tactics are no substitute for good community policing, and we commend Governor Jay Nixon for his decision to bring in the State Highway Patrol, led by Captain Ronald Johnson to secure the community and protect the constitutional right to peaceful protest.

We believe state and local elected officials—including law enforcement officials—should take this opportunity to engage directly with citizens and community-based organization on the underlying issues that led to this tragedy and begin the healing process. We look forward to supporting the work of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and its President and CEO Michael McMillan to foster this important dialogue.

Due process of our laws does not allow for the shooting of an unarmed individual, and the family of Michael Brown and the citizens of Ferguson deserve no less than a thorough examination of all the facts surrounding this tragic case and the police response. We fully support the calls for Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to take over this investigation to its conclusion and ensure the integrity and transparency the citizens expect.

Congressional Black Caucus Members Speak on the Situation in Ferguson, Missouri

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WASHINGTON, DC – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) released the following statements on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri:

CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11): “What we saw happen in Ferguson last night does not reflect the ideals of this nation. Peaceful protests are the way citizens of this nation have exercised their first amendment rights to freedom of expression, assembly and the right to petition. This is what many of the people in Ferguson, Missouri have chosen to do. But, instead of being respected as citizens of this nation who have the right to vocally oppose what they believe is mistreatment by those meant to serve them, these people, many of whom are young adults, were met with tear gas, rubber bullets, and police equipped as though they are militia in a war zone. An elected official was arrested, journalists are being assaulted and innocent, unarmed individuals are having weapons pointed in their faces for merely being outside of their homes. What I saw last night reminded me of violent responses I’ve seen to uprisings in countries around the world, not right here in my own backyard. We are supposed to be better than that. Law enforcement is supposed to protect and to serve, not search, intimidate and destroy. If the St. Louis Police Department’s intent is to deescalate the situation in Ferguson, the way in which they have proceeded is a counterproductive means to that end, and they are doing much more harm than good.”

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (MI-13): “A few facts are clear: A young, unarmed man was shot by a police officer. A small town is under what is essentially martial law. Tear gas and rubber bullets are being used against everyday citizens. Serious and sweeping civil rights violations may have taken place in Ferguson, Missouri.   “The tragic killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the events that have transpired since the shooting in Ferguson are reminiscent of the violent altercations that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. Countless African Americans endured unwarranted hostility and excessive force from law enforcement while exercising their right to peaceful assembly and civil resistance. It is a great travesty to find ourselves again witnessing the blatant violation of our right to peaceably assemble in Ferguson.  As documented by journalists and people on the ground in Ferguson over the last week, state and local law enforcement have grossly mismanaged any attempts to peaceably resolve the situation. Earlier this week, my colleagues and I issued a letter to the Department of Justice asking them to consider expanding the scope of federal involvement and to investigate the legal and civil rights ramifications of the shooting and surrounding circumstances.  Removal of the St. Louis County Police Department from any involvement in the policing of Ferguson is an important step towards restoring peace and allowing for an independent, thorough investigation to take place. The people of Ferguson deserve nothing less.”

Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13): “Fifty years after we have witnessed the horrors of the Freedom Summer, it is sad and deeply troubling that our country must still grapple with the vestiges of racism. Our hearts goes out to the family and community of Michael Brown who has suffered a great loss. While we cannot bring Mike back or ease the grief of his loved ones, we must do everything to ensure justice for his tragic death. I thank President Obama for making certain that the Department of Justice will conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether there were any violations of civil rights. On this 50th anniversary year of the Civil Rights Act, let us move our nation forward not backward.”

Rep. John Lewis (GA-05): “The death of Michael Brown is a grave tragedy the community of Ferguson, Missouri should not have to bear.  How many more young men of color will  be killed  before we realize  that we have a problem in America?  We are permitting the incarceration and shooting  of  thousands of black and brown  boys  in their formative years  who might have become  great  artists, leaders, scientists, or lawyers if we had offered them our  support instead of our suspicion.  It is a shame and a disgrace that a city with a significant African American population has  only three representatives from that  community on the police force.  What kind of a police department is it that would refer to the people it should be trying to protect as animals?  It is unbelievable that these ideas could run rampant in 2014.  This is not 1940 or 1950 in America, but today it is hard to see the difference.This is not China or Russia or Syria.   This is America, and  in this country we have a right to protest in a peaceful, orderly non-violent fashion, and the press should be free  to cover these protests without fear.  The police should not interfere in the exercise of these constitutional rights.    If people are not allowed to express their dissatisfaction through peaceful protest, they will find other means to make their voices heard.This is a good time to consider the words of Martin Luther King Jr., who said that “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice.”  I am glad the federal government will make an independent investigation of these matters. I urge every agency, every department, every community, every official and every person involved in this conflict to allow the whole truth to emerge so that peace–true peace and real justice will be the result.

“My prayers are with the family of Michael Brown who lost their hope for a better future, with the city of Ferguson which has become the crucible of this conflict,  and my prayers are for this nation still struggling with the scars and stains of racial discrimination, wanton violence, and flagrant injustice.”

Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-01): “The American system of oppressive conditioning still persist and will continue if we allow it. Although, physical chains no longer exist the police activity across this country is reminiscent of a southern plantation. Young black people are not prey for police departments and their rights must be upheld because they too are deserving of the sworn office duty to serve and protect.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18): “My prayers go out to the family and friends of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. As I have stated earlier, this is a death of yet another African-American at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the community where he lived is heartbreaking. Michael Brown was preparing to begin college, and now his family is preparing to bury their child – his life cut short in a tragic encounter with the police. As a mother, I grieve for this child and his family. I pray that the wonderful, hardworking, and God-loving people of Ferguson will soon find peace and patience as they wait for the results of what will be numerous and thorough investigations of what happened. I, like so many other Americans, will not be satisfied until we have a complete and transparent understanding of all the facts and circumstances that led to this young man’s death. The killing of African American young males is becoming an epidemic in America. We have seen this story before with Trayvon Martin, Alfred Wright and now Michael Brown and these are just some of the names who have fallen victim of excessive policing. All of us are strong supporters of law and order and most of us, such as myself, have strong working relationships with local and federal police agencies. I know good police persons who are professional and follow the law. In the instance of Michael Brown and other cases a failing to follow the law is obvious. Michael Brown was shot down in the street. He was a kid – a boy waiting to go to college. It is important to hear both sides of the story and transparency is imperative. I am calling for the appropriate release of the names of the parties involved and for every police person with knowledge of this incident to be interrogated by the FBI. We will not stop these types of confrontations with the police unless there is a national investigation of police and community relations. The structure in Ferguson, MO should not exist in the 21st century. Law enforcement should be reflected of the community. That is not the case in Ferguson, MO and it was a time bomb waiting to happen. As President Obama has said we must be reflective, we must be transparent, we must respect the law, we must protect the First Amendment of reporters but most of all we must provide that justice that would have allowed Michael Brown to have lived. I believe it is crucial that the House and Senate Judiciary Committees hold hearings in the fall on the continued incidents of the killing of African American males by law enforcement. Added to that should be continued questions on the overall killing of African American young males such as the cases of Trayvon Martin and Alfred Wright. Of course I continue to push for calm and peaceful protest and the peaceful gathering of the people in Ferguson, MO. I will be reviewing the President’s initiative of My Brother’s Keeper to seek an omnibus appropriation to look into why so many African American males are being killed. This must stop now. Mothers and fathers are crying too often.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13): “The death of Michael Brown is a tragedy and I offer my heartfelt condolences to Michael Brown’s family, friends and the entire Ferguson community.The deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown serve as sad examples of the senseless murders of young African American men. As the mother of two black men and the grandmother of two black boys, I know that prejudice is endemic in our institutions, in our society and in our nation.I join my Congressional Black Caucus colleagues in calling for a full and independent Department of Justice investigation to determine the truth and ensure justice for Michael Brown and his family. The Brown family and the Ferguson community have lost a son to senseless violence. The violence and militarization in Ferguson is deeply disturbing. It saddens me to see the images and hear reports of police officers outfitted like soldiers, journalists detained and jailed, and violence in the streets. The violence in Ferguson’s streets needs to stop. I encourage all outraged by this tragedy to embrace Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent dream.  We must push forward with the peaceful passion ignited by this tragedy to fight inequality and injustice. All Americans have a constitutional right to peacefully protest. Law enforcement officials have failed to protect and respect that fundamental right.Action must be taken to restore peace and  ensure a full and transparent DOJ investigation.”

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05): “The community of Ferguson, Missouri is calling for answers over the death of Michael Brown,” stated Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II. “I join the call, and I too am deeply disturbed by all I have seen and heard. I join my colleagues, Chairwoman Fudge, Representative Conyers, and Representative Clay in calling for a full federal investigation. Ferguson deserves better, and the rights of our citizens and of our free press shall not be denied. I await the results of the ongoing investigation over Mr. Brown’s death. I will pray for peace in Ferguson. And I will work for justice.”

Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04): “Unfortunately, this is an all too familiar story in our country. Yet again, we find ourselves grieving the loss of another young life cut short. The untimely death of Michael Brown and the civil unrest that followed in Ferguson, Missouri, has touched countless lives. As local and federal authorities continue to investigate these tragic events, we must do everything in our power to peacefully channel our anger and frustration in a manner that honors Michael’s memory and strengthens our resolve. I pray that the concern and sympathy of our nation will help the Brown family through this difficult time. I have faith that Michael Brown’s life will have a lasting impact on this world and inspire hope that tomorrow will be a more compassionate and understanding place to call our own.”

Rep. Andre Carson (IN-07): “It is my hope that as the family of Michael Brown comes to terms with their terrible loss, communities across America will honor his memory by ensuring our country’s children of color are protected equally under the law.I know the struggle for peace and justice matters to every American, just as it does to the community of Ferguson.  As a former police officer, I also know that law enforcement is supposed to protect and serve, not intimidate and assault.  Our nation has a rich history of peaceful protests to advance civil and human rights—these voices are too valuable to be silenced by violence and the use of unnecessary and excessive force.”

Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24): “I am tired of burying young black boys.  I am tired of watching them suffer at the hands of those who fear them and despise them.I am tired of comforting mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters and brothers after such unnecessary, heinous crimes of violence.

“Americans should all be mourning, as I am, as we bury yet another young black boy.”

Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-03): “The tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old young man, and the events that have followed sadden me and do not reflect the ideals of our nation. Scenes from last night’s protests in Ferguson were akin to the brutal reaction by law enforcement during the Civil Rights Movement and those seen in nations that do not adhere to the rule of law. It is clear that demilitarizing and deescalating the situation immediately is necessary so justice for the Brown family may prevail. I urge law enforcement to work with protestors and members of the community to find a peaceful resolution to senseless tragedy.”

Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-04): “In our own country, protestors have been targeted by police firing rubber bullets and tear gas; reporters have been arrested. We all have the right, as American citizens, to non-violent protest. You should not be forced to choke on tear gas to make your voice heard. You should not have to withstand a shower of rubber bullets to assemble. Members of the press should not be harassed or jailed for reporting the news. This situation must not spiral further into a national crisis. This began as a tragedy, and we need to avoid any further escalation. I support President Obama’s call for an open and transparent process to ensure that justice is done. We also need to restore peace to Ferguson, Missouri as soon as possible.”

Everyone Should Be Able To Afford Higher Education: President Obama’s Weekly Address

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, with schools getting ready to open their doors again over the next few weeks, President Barack Obama  talked directly to students and parents about the importance of preparing for an education beyond high school. In today’s economy, some higher education continues to be the surest ticket to the middle class, but for too many families across the country, paying for higher education is a constant struggle. The President and First Lady know this first hand – they only finished paying off their student loans ten years ago – and that’s why they have made it a priority to help make college more affordable for families. They have taken action to reform student loans, expand grants and college tax credits, help make loan payments more manageable, and have proposed plans to make sure colleges also do their part to bring down costs. And just this week, as part of the President’s Year of Action, the administration announced a new series of commitments to support students who need a little extra academic help getting through college.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, August 16, 2014.

Video Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hi, everybody. Over the next couple weeks, schools all across the country will be opening their doors. Students will suit up for fall sports, marching band, and the school play; moms and dads will snap those first-day-of-school pictures — and that includes me and Michelle.

And so today, I want to talk directly with students and parents about one of the most important things any of you can do this year — and that’s to begin preparing yourself for an education beyond high school.

We know that in today’s economy, whether you go to a four-year college, a community college, or a professional training program, some higher education is the surest ticket to the middle class. The typical American with a bachelor’s degree or higher earns over $28,000 more per year than someone with just a high school diploma. And they’re also much more likely to have a job in the first place – the unemployment rate for those with a bachelor’s degree is less than one-third of the rate for those without a high school diploma.

But for too many families across the country, paying for higher education is a constant struggle. Earlier this year, a young woman named Elizabeth Cooper wrote to tell me how hard it is for middle-class families like hers to afford college. As she said, she feels “not significant enough to be addressed, not poor enough for people to worry [about], and not rich enough to be cared about.”

Michelle and I know the feeling – we only finished paying off our student loans ten years ago. And so as President, I’m working to make sure young people like Elizabeth can go to college without racking up mountains of debt. We reformed a student loan system so that more money goes to students instead of big banks. We expanded grants and college tax credits for students and families. We took action to offer millions of students a chance to cap their student loan payments at 10% of their income. And Congress should pass a bill to let students refinance their loans at today’s lower interest rates, just like their parents can refinance their mortgage.

But as long as college costs keep rising, we can’t just keep throwing money at the problem — colleges have to do their part to bring down costs as well. That’s why we proposed a plan to tie federal financial aid to a college’s performance, and create a new college scorecard so that students and parents can see which schools provide the biggest bang for your buck. We launched a new $75 million challenge to inspire colleges to reduce costs and raise graduation rates. And in January, more than 100 college presidents and nonprofit leaders came to the White House and made commitments to increase opportunities for underserved students.

Since then, we’ve met with even more leaders who want to create new community-based partnerships and support school counselors. And this week, my Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced a series of commitments to support students who need a little extra academic help getting through college.

This is a challenge I take personally. And to all you young people, now that you’re heading back to school, your education is something you have to take personally, also. It’s up to you to push yourself; to take hard classes and read challenging books. Science shows that when you struggle to solve a problem or make a new argument, you’re actually forming new connections in your brain. So when you’re thinking hard, you’re getting smarter. Which means this year, challenge yourself to reach higher. And set your sights on college in the years ahead. Your country is counting on you.

And don’t forget to have some fun along the way, too.

Thanks everybody. Good luck on the year ahead.

ICFilmFest Premieres “Maybe It’s Magic” at Bowen Park with ‘Movies in the Parks’

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Festival screening features 9 films from 8 countries

Chicago IL (Summer 2014) The ICFilmFest, the first touring festival of world class children’s film programs, will have its “Movies in the Park” premiere screening at Bowen Park in Waukegan on Friday, August 22nd at 6pm.

The popular Maybe It’s Magic program caters to families with elementary aged children with a diverse collection of shorts. The program includes Colored Pencils, a Brazilian film celebrating creativity, and Nokomi from France in which a young girl explores dazzling ice caverns, and Tick Tock Time Emporium, a magical film about a store that sells time. The ICFilmFest is curated by Nicole Dreiske and presented by the Waukegan Park District in collaboration with the International Children’s Media Center.
The screening is free to all and families are welcome to bring a picnic dinner or snacks and blankets.
ICMC Executive Director Nicole Dreiske comments on the interactive nature of the Festival: “Watching movies is an active experience at the ICFilmFest. Lively discussions and voting designed to make the experience memorable and interactive for even the littlest movie lovers.”
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. Click here for the ballot.
For more information call (847) 360-4740 or visit www.waukeganparks.org/events/events.htm

Nokomi, France
Play Lunch, Australia

Waukegan Movies in the Park ICFilmFest 2014 Schedule

Friday, August 22nd at 6pm      MAYBE IT’S MAGIC Ages 7+    (78min)
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.ink! (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 Time Emporium (USA).
For press information on the ICFilmFest please contact David Orlikoff at 773-882-7272 or e-mail: icmediacenter@gmail.com.

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

From Fizzle to Sizzle: Expert Cites Four Ways to Reignite a Relationship

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‘America’s Marriage Coach,’ Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario, details proactive measures married and other couples can take to make a relationship as spectacular and exciting now as it once was.

MIAMI, FL (BlackNews.com) — Despite conventional wisdom further bolstered with compelling new research revealing the importance of intimacy in fostering relationship happiness and longevity, millions upon millions of couples struggle to keep the relationship flame lit. Theories abound as to why partners, once “madly in love,” fall into the complacency and apathy trap, with recent data even suggesting active social media use can be to blame-leading to greater amounts of conflict among romantic partners, which in turn leads to infidelity, breakup, and divorce.

“Many individuals in long-term relationships find themselves lamenting the excitement their relationship used to hold. Many try various things to rejuvenate the passion and, when those methods don’t work, they may feel lonely, desperate and needy and even begin to seek a solution outside of their committed relationship,” notes “America’s Marriage Coach,” Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario. “Passion is an intoxicating ingredient of any relationship – one that makes us swoon and feel true joy despite the challenges of everyday life that can have a dulling effect on our senses and psyche. The pressures and natural transitions of life-from financial and career concerns to raising children to evolving personal interests-can make it difficult to remain emotionally engaged and romantically attracted to someone as we were in those electrifying formative years of the relationship.”

The good news? There are proactive measures couples can take to regenerate sparks that can make a relationship as spectacular and exciting now as it once was. Dr. Jacquie offers these tips:

1. Identify and rectify mood killers. Mood killers are those things that shut your partner down. Also known as hot buttons, the longer you have been with your partner, the more buttons you know that you can push to get them to react in a certain way. Usually and unfortunately, pushing buttons does not involve anything fun and romantic but rather is more about creating drama and emotional conflict with the other person. For the sake of renewing a healthy connection, stay away from those actions and words that you know your mate feels entrapped by, shuts them down, or breaks off communication. Vow to never willingly engage those triggers to wound one another. Instead, identify new hot button words and concepts that will have a favorable and even titillating effect on your partner’s disposition and get them in the “right” mood laden with anticipation. Give your partner just enough information to engage their imagination and make them eager to see you.

2. Remember you’re married your spouse, not your children. Children are a wonderful addition to any relationship, however all too often their role in the family unit can encroach on your partner’s needs. Some believe that, due to the biological bond and inherent dependency kids have, a child’s needs should “come before” that of a spouse or long-term romantic partner. It has happened to the best of us, and, when it does, it’s important to set boundaries – especially when married – that allow you to stay true to the hierarchy of spouse first and then children. If a life partner is placed on a back burner and not deemed a priority, there may one day be no partner to prioritize and the family unit on the whole might dissolve.

3. Be bilingual in communication styles. Many relationship issues boil down to the different way brains are wired for women and men, including differences in communication preferences and motivators. Men are more visual and respond quickly to queues, while women often need to engage multiple senses, and their emotions, to get into an intimate mindset. While lingerie can do the trick for many men, for women even something small and helpful around the household, like coming home to a clean house, can be a real turn on. It is also essential to learn how each party in the partnership prefers to communicate. You must then make the conscious effort to deliver and receive messages from your mate according to their personal style, which may differ from yours. Knowing when and how to disseminate information is a key relationship skill that can be a saving grace unto itself. During moments of passion, what you say-and the delivery of that information-can turn a routine interlude into a thrilling new adventure.

4. Make passionate moments a priority. Passion is an imperative intangible that adds spark and fire to any relationship, taking it from mundane to a magnificent expression of raw emotion. When correlated with spontaneity, oxytocin-fueled passion adds an exhilarating bonding element to a relationship that no two other people can share. The passion between two particular people is as unique as the individuals, themselves. Without passion and intimacy, marriages and other relationships are more vulnerable. Many people under underestimate the importance of passionate kissing, which can help trigger many of emotions and can keep the heat turned up in a relationship. So, no matter how busy your or your partner’s schedule, ensure there is time for private, pro-active, desire-driven interludes free from cell phones, computers or other interruptions or distractions that can undermine the experience and actually breed debilitating resentment with your mate. Rather than passivity, taking the initiative is a sure-fire way to create a spark with the potential to blaze.
About the Expert
“America’s Marriage Coach” Jacqueline Del Rosario is President and CEO of Recapturing the Vision International, an organization dedicated to promoting healthy marriages and family strengthening. Also a published author, speaker and nationally regarded media personality, Dr. Del Rosario has been a certified pre and post-marital counselor for more than 20 years. Her cutting-edge series, Marriage Solutions and The Marital Constitution(TM), help couples successfully work through problems and find healthy solutions. She has two children and currently resides in Miami, FL with her husband of over 20 years. Dr. Del Rosario may be reached online at www.DrJacquie.com.

Photo Caption: Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario, America’s Marriage Coach

Tell Congress: No Cuts to Social Security: Add Your Name

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(Letters to Editors)
Tea Party extremists like Paul Ryan and my opponent Nan Hayworth are working to dismantle Social Security as we know it and we have to do everything we can to stop them before it’s too late. Click here to tell irresponsible extremists to keep their hands off Social Security.
Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress
Tell Congress: No cuts to Social Security! Sign now.
Remember how one of Nan Hayworth’s first Tea Party ideas was to privatize Social Security? I sure do. Even worse, she voted for Paul Ryan’s budget to privatize Social Security and give huge tax breaks to the wealthiest one percent.
As we celebrate the 79th birthday of our country’s most important social safety net, it’s hard to believe there are so many extremists out there who want to attack it.
It’s even harder to believe that one of those far-right extremists is right here in the Hudson Valley, but it’s true.
Today we celebrate 79 years of Social Security providing crucial benefits to senior citizens who have worked their whole lives to earn them. But instead of celebrating, we need to defend this important institution before it’s too late!
Extremists like Nan Hayworth think they can balance the budget on senior citizens’ backs and it’s completely outrageous. We should be working to make our current programs more sustainable for future generations, not making drastic cuts to our current seniors’ benefits.
We need to do everything we can to save Social Security, right now. I need your help today to send a strong message to these irresponsible extremists.
Thanks for helping me send a strong message,

Source360 Expo, a 3-day, Multi-Venue Event, Premieres in Downtown Brooklyn Sept. 19-21

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Iconic brand presents a fresh and innovative event where hipster meets Hip Hop

Source360 Expo Downtown Brooklyn

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The NorthStar Group and The Source Magazine will present the inaugural SOURCE360 Expo, a three-day, multi-venue event at sites in Downtown Brooklyn beginning Friday, Sept. 19th. The multifaceted event includes a conference, concert, and festival covering art, music, fashion, film, sports, dance, tech, gaming and digital media. The SOURCE360 Expo will provide attendees access to top industry leaders, influencers, enthusiasts, and brands. SOURCE360 will also explore community and women-focused topics relating to the culture in an effort to reclaim the “positive vibe” and culture intended with Hip-Hop.

“This is an exciting and unprecedented opportunity to showcase how innovative and diverse Hip Hop is locally and globally,” said L. Londell McMillan, Esq, owner of The Source and founder of SOURCE360. “We are honored to bring this multi-cultural and total market experience to the community and hope that it will inspire and embolden people to network, unite and create more positive contributions to the world. It will highlight the best of Hip-Hop has inspired and brought to the world.”

The series of events will mark milestones in the global culture and is a testament to how Hip Hop has inspired innovation and permeated every aspect of popular culture and creativity. Panel discussions, performances, art exhibits, film screenings, tech summits and more will enliven and entertain attendees, offering both, a retrospective and of and a glimpse into the future of Hip Hop across various channels as well as the community-at-large.

Events will take place at Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Barclays Center, Long Island University, and throughout the Brooklyn Cultural District. Industry and community leaders such as Run DMC, Wu Tang Clan, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Spike Lee, Danny Simmons, Brandon Martinez, Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, and more are expected to participate and be in attendance. A full-scale concert will also be held at the Barclays Center on Saturday, September 20th.

The concert’s exciting lineup is punctuated by the official return of the Wu-Tang Clan who will bring their timeless classics to life on Brooklyns biggest stage. The infamous Queen Bee, Lil Kim will also perform for the first time since giving birth and give a special tribute to the Notorious BIG.

The Diplomats (Camron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones) are also confirmed to perform together for the first time in 3 years. New Orleans rap veteran Curren$y will grace the stage, as well. Since parting ways with YMCMB, he led one of the most impressive independent campaigns in the music industry.

Additionally confirmed to perform are Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – one of the greatest groups of the past 20 years – and Dom Kennedy, the renowned, talented West Coast emcee.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Source continues to grow and evolve by leaps and bounds – the digital and social media platforms increased more than 300% over the past six months. The brand continues to curate authentic, edgy and socially responsible Hip Hop content on a local and global scale.

SOURCE360 tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite. Concert tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800- 745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Saturday, August 2 at noon (if tickets are still available). For information on individual suites, please call 718-BK-SUITE.

For more information and to reserve tickets for SOURCE360 Expo, Panels, Marketplace, Sneaker Summit, and Festivals e-mail: thesource360@thesource.com, or visit www.thesource360.com and www.thesource.com.

Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade Event Gives Free Backpacks Full of School Supplies to Military Kids

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ROBBINS, IL – Operation Homefront of Central Midwest gave more than 150 military kids free backpacks full of school supplies at a Back-to-School Brigade event August 9, 2014, at the Crestwood Armory in Robbins.  Operation Homefront volunteers passed out new donated backpacks and school supplies with an estimated value around $5,000.

“We’re here to lend a hand to military families who deal not only with deployments and the other stresses of military life, but also the economic difficulties shared by all Americans,” said Darcy Clardy, Executive Director of Operation Homefront’s Central Midwest Field Office.  “Getting children ready to go back to school can be a costly venture, but these donated school supplies help ease the burden military families carry.”

The school supplies were donated by people from around Robbins and collected at local Dollar Tree stores as part of Operation Homefront’s nationwide Back-to-School Brigade program.

About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has provided assistance to thousands of military families since its inception in 2002. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity watchdog groups, nationally, 93 percent of total donations to Operation Homefront go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.

Video Furthers Discussion, Support of Suicide Prevention

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CHICAGO, IL – Ryan Chiaverini, Co-host of Windy City Live on ABC7 Chicago threw a music video release party on Friday, August 15th to thank all of the actors, musicians, and other professionals who donated their time to make the music video to “Chicago” possible. The video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27ZUznjQyx

Ryan Chiaverini is generously donating all of his proceeds from the song to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk (www.ChicagoWalk.org). Ryan lost his brother to suicide and shared at the party that this was the first upbeat song he was able to write after his brother had passed.

The music video includes cameos by many famous Chicagoans including Ernie Banks, Mark Giangreco, Roe Conn, Richard Reoper, Van Warner, and more! Actor Mark de Carlo plays harmonica on the track.

The party at the Public House Hotel was packed with celebrities, actors, and models, many of whom flew in to celebrate the release of the song and video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27ZUznjQyxo. The song came out on iTunes on Tuesday, August 12th and is available:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chicago-feat.-robbie-gold/id905657975?lsAt the party Ryan Chiaverini recognized represent Rachelle Jervis, Illinois Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Erika Barber, Co-Chairperson of the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk, who were in attendance at the event. They are seen in the below photo, Erika Barber is on the left and Rachelle Jervis is on the right.

Since Ryan’s announcement on Windy City Live the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk website, www.ChicagoWalk.org, has had increased traffic including additional donations and registered walkers.

Erika Barber, Co-Chairperson for the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk, shared, “We are grateful for Ryan Chiaverini’s support! He is reducing the stigma and raising awareness! We are honored to have him support the cause!”

Rachelle Jervis, MBA, Illinois Area Director said, “Ryan Chiaverini is inspiring others to join the movement! We can’t say thank you enough! His generosity and openness has encouraged others to donate, walk, and share their story.”

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