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National Lawyers Guild Condemns Ongoing Arrests of Legal Observers in Ferguson

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Police Arrest Three NLG Legal Observers Thursday

At approximately 10:30 PM on August 21, St. Louis County Police arrested three National Lawyers Guild (NLG)-trained Legal Observers during a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo. protesting the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. All three volunteers had traveled to Ferguson together from Detroit, Mich. as part of a delegation organized by former Black Panther, Blair Anderson.

The first arrest occurred during a protest Thursday night, when a Legal Observer was taking photos of a police command station. She was arrested soon thereafter. The two other Legal Observers arrived on the scene to document her arrest when they themselves were taken into custody. They were booked at the county jail in Clayton and released around 2:30 AM the following morning.

One of the arrestees, Dennis Black, said: “The police militarization in Ferguson is just a glimpse of what is to come nationally when we realize that police brutality and the killing of unarmed black men by police is the rule rather than the exception.”

Three days prior, St. Louis County Police arrested another NLG volunteer from Chicago – bringing the total number of Observer arrests to four – in a similar pattern of police repression against Legal Observers who are monitoring and documenting police activity in Ferguson. The NLG Legal Observer program is designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system.

For the past week, the NLG has had a team of Legal Observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor police activity and offer legal support to protesters. The NLG has been documenting rampant police abuse at demonstrations, working with local groups such as the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS), coordinating bail and providing other legal support, and organizing criminal defense attorneys to represent arrestees.

Blair Anderson, a lifelong activist, former Black Panther and client of the NLG’s during the civil rights movement in Chicago, organized the Detroit delegation that brought the three arrestees to Ferguson. He said they came not only “to help monitor for civil and constitutional rights violations,” but also “to see what an occupied community looks like.” Anticipating the resumption of community protests in response to today’s lift on the water shutoff moratorium, Anderson said, “Detroit could very well end up like Ferguson.”

“I see this going well beyond the front pages of the story [of Michael Brown],” Anderson stated. The protesters “want to create a legacy… and are a role model for the mobilization of black communities around the country and around the world. And they [people of Ferguson] are handing this with great dignity,” he said.

Blair Anderson and the other Detroit arrestees will continue serving as Legal Observers in Ferguson. They paid their respects at the funeral of Michael Brown, held yesterday.

The National Lawyers Guild was formed in 1937 as the nation’s first racially integrated bar association to advocate for the protection of constitutional, human and civil rights.

Madigan Warns Illinois Businesses & Consumers to Widespread Data Breaches

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Attorney General Issues Alert Following Homeland Security Disclosure That Over 1,000 U.S. Businesses Breached by Hackers Using Malware

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alerted Illinois businesses and residents to a disclosure by the Department of Homeland Security that over 1,000 U.S. businesses were hit by hackers in the same types of data breaches reported by Target and other major retailers.

Madigan is leading investigations into large data breaches reported in the past year by Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels Stores, eBay and Sony. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security disclosed that over 1,000 other businesses across the country were affected by the same kinds of cyberattacks that hit those large retailers, potentially affecting millions more consumers nationwide than previously known.

“Unfortunately, it is not a matter of if but when you will become a victim of some sort of cybercrime,” Madigan said. “Taking commonsense precautions and making them routine can greatly reduce the threat and any damage done by a data breach.”

Madigan reminded affected companies that state law requires them to promptly notify customers that their personal data has been compromised in a data breach. She also urged businesses with Illinois customers to ask their IT professionals to check their point of sale systems for the types of malware that the Department of Homeland Security says have been discovered. In addition, businesses should:

  • Ensure their antivirus software is updated and able to scan for malicious software;
  • Require employees to create strong network passwords that include numbers, letters and symbols;
  • Require regular employee password changes;
  • Lock out network access after a set number of unsuccessful login attempts; and
  • Limit remote network access as much as possible.
Madigan also emphasized what Illinois residents can do to better protect their personal and financial information:
  • Set up Transaction Alerts on your accounts to receive notifications when your credit or debit card is used above a certain dollar amount, so if someone uses your card without authorization, you’ll receive a text message or email and can immediately call your card issuer to dispute the charge.
  • Regularly review your bank and credit card statements to make sure there are no unauthorized transactions. Contest any unauthorized charges immediately by contacting your bank using the toll-free number on the back of your credit or debit card. Prompt reporting of unauthorized charges is critical to limit your liability, particularly if you are a debit card user because liability depends on how quickly you report a lost or stolen card. For instance, if you report a lost or stolen debit card before any unauthorized transactions occur, you are not responsible for any of the unauthorized charges, but if you make the report within two business days of losing your card, you can be liable for up to $50 of unauthorized charges. After two days, reporting lost or stolen cards can increase your liability anywhere from $500 and up.
  • Review your credit reports for unauthorized accounts. You are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies per year. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com, or call 1-877-322-8228 to order your credit reports. Make sure all the information is correct. If not, immediately contact the credit reporting agency to request that the information be explained or corrected.
  • Consider putting a security freeze on your credit. A security freeze can prevent someone from taking out credit in your name. There is a downside because having a freeze in place will also hamper you from opening new accounts or anything involving a credit check, such as renting an apartment or purchasing a car or home. But you can easily have the freeze lifted when you want to allow a company to check your credit.
Consumers also should be wary of companies promising to protect your identity and accounts. All of these steps consumers can take for free.
For questions or help if you have been a victim of identity theft, contact Madigan’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630. Madigan’s Identity Theft Unit has helped over 35,000 victims remove over $26 million in fraudulent charges from their credit.

In Retaliation for a Downtown Protest, Cook County Public Guardian’s Office Evicts Senior Citizen, Sets Family’s Belongings on the Curb

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As employees with the Cook County Public Guardian’s office removed Mildred Willis’ belongings from her Calumet Park home at 1130 W. 105th Street, her neighbors and supporters from across the city are rallying to keep the Willis family in their home.

These efforts to stop the Willis family’s eviction come one week after they rallied downtown outside the offices of the Public Guardian’s office, calling for Mildred Willis to be released from the Renaissance nursing home and allowed to return home.

“I can’t believe they are doing this,” exclaimed Stacy Willis, Mildred Willis’ daughter. “My mother is still in the nursing home. Where am I supposed to put her things? Where are my son and I supposed to go?”

On August 25th, Stacy Willis and other family members rallied outside of the Cook County Public Guardian’s office to deliver more than three thousand petitions calling on the Public Guardian’s office to halt their efforts to evict the Willis family and to return Mildred Willis to her home. In response to this demonstration, the head of the Public Guardian’s office, Robert F. Harris offered to meet with Mildred Harris’ family and after meeting, to look into their complaints.

However, instead of working with the Willis family, the Public Guardian’s office directed the Cook County Sheriff’s office to evict them at gunpoint. While changing the locks on their Calumet Park home, the Public Guardian’s office promised that Mildred Willis’ belongings would not be set out on the street and that they would have an opportunity to arrange to have their belongings picked up by a moving truck.

Rather than following through on this agreement, the Public Guardian’s office began removing all of the Willis family belongings this morning, the day after their eviction. When Mildred’s daughter inquired as to why this would be the case, the Public Guardian’s office informed them that even though they had no way of moving their belongings that “this is the way it was going to be.”

For the Willis family, this doubles the pain of having to deal with being forcibly evicted from their home. Not only is the family in a situation where they had to sleep in a police station because they had no place to go, now they face the prospect of having all of their possessions stolen or ruined by the rain simply because the Cook County Public Guardian’s office would not allow them to make arrangements to collect their belongings.

For more information, contact the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign 773-236-0559.

Early Withdrawals From Retirement Savings Can Cost You Money, Says Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – During tough economic times, it’s tempting to forgo contributions to your retirement account or to even withdraw money from it. Some plans allow you to use these funds in case of a financial hardship. Although the option is available, tapping into your retirement plans can lead to tough financial complications. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges consumers to manage retirement plans wisely and to keep these savings intact.

“It can be hard to balance saving for retirement along with other expenses such as rent or a mortgage, transportation and living expenses,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “However, continuing to save will be beneficial in the long run.”

The BBB recommends the following advice, from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation:

  • Be aware of tax liability. Unless you’re over the age of 59 ½, you will not only have to pay income taxes on the amount you withdraw, but you will also be subject to a 10% tax penalty. In most cases, your employer will withhold 20% in federal taxes, so the amount you receive will be significantly lower than the amount you requested.
  • Withdrawing funds decreases opportunity cost. The repercussions of withdrawing funds from your 401(k) could be enormous in terms of lost growth opportunity. If you leave that money alone and your account averages a 6% rate of return over the next 32 years, your balance at retirement will be $129,068 when you’re 62-even if you do not make any additional contributions during that time. If you take it out, you’ll have nothing. Even if you have a shorter time horizon, you will forgo significant savings opportunities by taking money out of your 401(k). For a 45-year-old, that $20,000 will grow to $53,855 in 17 years.
  • Open assets to creditors. Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Protection and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, your creditors cannot touch your 401(k) balance or similar retirement savings account-even if, as a last resort, you file for bankruptcy protection. Balances in traditional and Roth IRAs are also protected up to a limit of $1 million. If you take money out of your retirement plan through a loan or a hardship or regular withdrawal, your creditors can go after that sum.
  • Watch out for retirement plan products. Watch out for products that allow you to withdraw your retirement funds and reinvest them elsewhere. 72(t) withdrawals from an IRA and 401(k) debit cards can deplete your retirement savings and damage your retirement security.
  • Take advantage of employer match programs to keep funding your IRA or 401(k). You may also be able to borrow from your 401(k) without actually taking a withdrawal; this would reduce your tax burden and would likely come with a lower interest rate than a bank loan. Check with your plan administrator on whether or not this option is available.

For more tips on protecting yourself against a data breach, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Hawkeye Plainview Productions and Oracle B*Sides present Super-Wellesian By Rory Jobst and Directed by Christopher Marcum

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Part of the Chicago Fringe Festival

Three Performances Only: September 4 @ 10.p.m., September 6 @ 7 p.m., September 7 @ 8:30 p.m.

CHICAGO, IL – After a successful run of Samuel Beckett, Andre The Giant, and The Crickets, Hawkeye Plainview Productions reteams with multiple Jeff Award winning Oracle Productions’ B*Sides program with Super-Wellesian at this year’s Chicago Fringe Festival at the Early and Often Stage, 4751 N. Milwaukee for only three performances September 4 @ 10pm, September 6 @ 7pm, and September 7 @ 8:30pm .  Directed by  Christopher Marcum, who also stars as Orson Welles, the full original cast also includes David Coupe as Superman, Natalie DiCristofano as Lois Lane, Linsey Falls as original Superman announcer Jackson Beck,  and Kevin Crispin as Martian actor Clark Marble. Tickets for Super-Wellesian are free at the door with a suggested donation and a one time purchase of a $5 Chicago Fringe button. Tickets purchases in advance for $10

Thoughtful and hilarious, Super-Wellesian is a pseudo-sequel to the story “Black Magic on Mars” appearing the DC comic book Superman #62, where the Man of Steel himself teams up with legendary actor and filmmaker Orson Welles to save the world from Fascist Martians. In this play, Welles and Superman reunite to record a radio dramatization of their intergalactic adventure. However, Mr. Welles discovers that Superman’s real kryptonite may be naturalistic line deliveries.

The production team for Super-Wellesian includes: Rush Marler (scenic design), Chrystle Mormon and Natalie DiCristofano (costume design), Keith Gatchel (sound design), Kirk Jackson (assistant director/stage manager), Zack Meyer (fight choreographer), and James Errico (poster design).

Title: Super-Wellesian

Playwright: Oracle Company Member Rory Jobst

Director:                    Christopher Marcum

Featuring:                 Christopher Marcum (Orson Welles), David Coupe (Superman),  Natalie DiCristofano (Lois Lane), Kevin Crispin (Clark Marble), and Linsey Falls (Jackson Beck).

Location:                   “Early and Often Space”, 4751 N. Milwaukee., Chicago

Dates: Sept. 4 @ 10pm, Sept. 6 @ 7pm, and Sept. 7 @ 8:30pm

Tickets:                      FREE at the Door; $5 one time Fringe Festival Button

Tickets available at chicagofringe.org

Oracle B*Sides is an arts service initiative devoted to giving artists the opportunity to produce their work in Public Access Theatre. Groups of artists submit project proposals for consideration. Once accepted, Oracle provides space, production and fundraising mentorship, and technical resources at no cost to the visiting artists – on one condition: the piece is offered to the community for free through Public Access Theatre.

Hawkeye Plainview is a budding theater company devoted to dramatic explorations and mash ups of pre-existing characters, real or imaginary. “Hawkeye” refers to the lead character of THE LAST OF MOHICANS while “Plainview” refers to the surname of the explosive lead of THERE WILL BE BLOOD; both starring Daniel-Day Lewis. The name itself implies a sort of mash up of contradictory yet somehow linked characters. Other pre-existing characters that met up on the Hawkeye Plainview stage include: an Okapi and a Sasquatch; Samuel Beckett and Andre the Giant; Orson Welles and Superman.

Jackets For Jobs Earns a NASDAQ Spot on World Humanitarian Day

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Jackets For Jobs NASDAQ
New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — In honor of World Humanitarian Day, Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Jackets for Jobs, Inc, Founder & CEO, Alison Vaughn rang the closing bell at NASDAQ in New York City. A coveted opportunity reserved for the world’s most prestigious business leaders.

World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. This day was very fitting for Vaughn to ring the closing bell because Jackets for Jobs is a global organization filling an unmet need in the community. “What an honor it is to ring the NASDAQ bell on such a meaningful day,” stated Vaughn. “Jackets for Jobs will continue to impact and shape lives for a long time,” she added.

Jackets for Jobs (JFJ) is a nationally recognized award-winning nonprofit organization that provides career skills training, interview training, work etiquette and professional clothes to individuals seeking employment.

Jackets for Jobs has had a tremendous impact on the community since opening its doors in March 2000. The organization has given hope to over 18,000 hopeless jobseekers by providing professional attire and employment training. The organization is headquartered in Detroit, with two locations and has an office in Botswana.

Vaughn is an author, entrepreneur and a Goldman Sachs Scholar in the 10k Small Businesses program. She has appeared on national television programs, such as Oprah, Martha Stewart and The Today’s Show. Vaughn will speak to over 1,000 women at the Women’s Islamic Economic Forum in DUBAI in October, about the unique model of her nonprofit, its hybrid influence and the overall impact on the economy.

For more information on Jackets for Jobs, visit their website at www.jacketsforjobs.org or call (313) 579-9160.

Photo Caption: Alison Vaughn, Founder & CEO of Jackets for Jobs

Illinois Tollway Temporary Customer Service Center Opens in Midlothian

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Customers visiting local Secretary of State’s Office can sign up for I-PASS and get transponders

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway announced it is opening a temporary Customer Service Center in Midlothian to provide Chicago Southland residents with a convenient location to obtain I-PASS or receive other assistance as the new, all-electronic Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange opens nearby this fall.

The Tollway is opening a three-month satellite center at the Secretary of State Office in Midlothian from September 2 through November 26, 2014. The office at 14434 S. Pulaski Road, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

“We are making it easier for Southland community residents to sign up for I-PASS so they can more conveniently and affordably use the new, all-electronic I-294/I-57 Interchange opening this fall,” said Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “This neighborhood center means residents won’t have to drive far to get I-PASS transponders, which will enable them to travel safely across our system and even through other states while saving time and money.”

“We’re pleased to work with the Illinois Tollway in this unique partnership that will benefit Southland residents who want to take full advantage of this important new highway connection opening in their community,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. “This effort demonstrates how much we can accomplish when we work together to assist our residents.”

The new $719 million I-294/I-57 Interchange, the fourth all-electronic interchange on the Tollway system, is part of the Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The interchange will create a long-sought connection between two major interstates in the Chicago Southland that will relieve congestion on local routes, enhance economic development and improve overall transportation throughout the region.

This is the first interstate-to-interstate connection on the Tollway system where there is no toll collection point on the mainline roadway for customers who wish to pay cash. Tollway customers who would like to pay cash to travel between I-294 and I-57 will still be able to do so at the 159th Street Ramp Toll Plaza or via the 163rd Street Toll Plaza. These are the routes currently being used today.

The regular toll will be $1.50 for customers who pay their unpaid tolls online, with a discounted I-PASS rate of 75 cents. Truck rates will range from $1.50 to $4.00 during daytime hours, with overnight discounts offered.

This fall, customers who use the I-294/I-57 Interchange without I-PASS will have 30 days from the date of their unpaid toll to pay online – up from seven days on all other parts of the Tollway system. This extended, limited-time offer will expire on December 31, 2014. Beginning January 1, 2015, customers without I-PASS who use the I-294/I-57 Interchange will have seven days to pay their unpaid tolls.

The new Customer Service Center will provide a full range of services, including:

  • Allowing customers to open a new I-PASS account
  • Obtain, replace or add I-PASS transponders
  • Resolve toll violation notices
  • Add funds to I-PASS accounts
  • Merge multiple I-PASS accounts
  • Update or manage I-PASS accounts
  • Test transponder batteries
  • Purchase I-PASS gift cards

Besides using the temporary Customer Service Center, drivers have several options to obtain an I-PASS transponder, including online via the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com, by calling 800-UCI-PASS (800-824-7277) on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or in person at one of the Illinois Tollway’s Customer Service Centers or at one of nearly 200 Jewel-Osco store locations in Illinois.

To assist income-eligible drivers, the Tollway has designed the I-PASS Assist program that allows customers to open an account with $20, including a $10 deposit and $10 in prepaid tolls. The standard upfront cost of I-PASS is $50.

I-PASS Assist can be obtained at the Tollway’s Customer Service Centers, including the temporary satellite center in Midlothian.

The Illinois Tollway operates the nation’s largest electronic tolling system, with more than 87 percent of all toll transactions paid electronically through I-PASS or E-ZPass. There are currently more than five million active I-PASS transponders and nearly 3.6 million active I-PASS accounts nationwide.

About the I-294/I-57 Interchange

The $719 million Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project is a joint effort of the Illinois Tollway and the Illinois Department of Transportation to create a long-sought connection between two major interstates in the Chicago Southland that will relieve congestion on local routes, enhance economic development and improve overall transportation throughout the region. The first phase, scheduled for completion in 2014, will create access from northbound I-57 to northbound I-294 and southbound I-294 to southbound I-57, including a new interchange at 147th Street, delivering 75 percent of the project’s benefits to the traveling public. The full interchange is expected to be completed in 2024.

The interchange is expected to serve more than 76,000 vehicles per day and provide direct freight access to Chicago’s south suburbs – saving drivers $4 million annually in fuel. Tri-State Tollway drivers currently using I-80 to get to I-57 will save 25 travel hours per year using the new interchange.

For more information about the Tri-State (I-294)/ I-57 project with complete details and maps, please visit “Project By Roadway” in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website www.illinoistollway.com.

About Move Illinois

The Illinois Tollway’s $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, will improve mobility, relieve congestion, reduce pollution, create as many as 120,000 jobs and link economies across the Midwest region. Move Illinois will address the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system; rebuild and widen the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor; construct a new interchange to connect the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57; build a new, all-electronic Elgin O’Hare Western Access and fund planning studies for the Illinois Route 53/120 Extension and the Illiana Expressway.

About the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80).

94 Years Later, Here’s Where We Are…Change Hasn’t Ever Exactly Come Quickly for Women in This Country

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The White House, Washington

(Letters to Editors)

From: Betsey Stevenson
Member, Council of Economic Advisers

In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to John Adams, then serving on the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and reminded him to “not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands.”

Seventy-two years later, in 1848, women across the country gathered together for the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. And it wasn’t until 72 years after that, in 1920, that women in the United States officially gained the right to vote.

Let’s be honest: Change hasn’t ever exactly come quickly for women in this country. And 94 years later — while it’s undeniable that women have made leaps and bounds in every facet of American life, from the classroom to the boardroom — it’s not enough.

Today, on the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. And today, the day-to-day operations of too many businesses and institutions still don’t reflect true gender equality. We’ve got the data to prove it.

Throughout the day, I’ve posted charts that tell the story of the progress we’ve made — and the challenges women still face in the workforce.

Take a look — and then share these with someone you think needs to see them.

In 2014, inequality and discrimination live on. Women, on average, continue to earn less than their male counterparts (and that’s 51 years after the Equal Pay Act passed), and the gap is even greater for women of color. Our workplace policies, on the whole, force many working parents to choose between their job and their family — and that’s wrong.

This Administration has a long history of shattering our remaining glass ceilings and upholding the rights of women — but real gender equality is going to take more than the President acting alone.

Right now, there’s legislation before Congress that would make it better — that would make it easier for women to discuss what they’re being paid, and to do something about it.

So if you’re ready to see broader, meaningful action on these issues, then get the facts and help spread the word.

No major achievement for women’s rights in this country has come easily. It’s always taken a determined group of women and men alike, doing everything they could to organize, protest, and agitate the system they aimed to change.

The year 2014 is no different. So if you’re ready for real equality for women, then make sure everyone you know has the facts.

Betsey Stevenson
Member, Council of Economic Advisers
@CEABetsey

Dr. Jasmin “Jazz” Sculark, International Mega Voice, to be Installed as New Pastor of Jericho City of Praise by Bishop T.D. Jakes

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Dr. Charles Booth, Pastors John K. Jenkins, Co-Pastor Susie Owens, Tasha Cobbs, Stephen Hurd, Vashawn Mitchell and Pastor Jason Nelson Among Special Guests for Installation Services, September 4-7, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – On Sunday, September 7, 2014 Jericho City of Praise (JCOP) will officially install Dr. Jasmin “Jazz” Sculark as the new pastor to lead the ministry of one of the largest churches in the country. This event will mark history; Dr. Jazz will serve as one of the youngest women to lead a mega church in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

Dr. Jasmin Sculark, nationally and internationally known as Pastor, Teacher, Author, Evangelist and better known in the Christian community as “Dr. Jazz, The Daughter of Thunder,” was named Pastor-Select at JCOP in Landover, Maryland in March 2014. Since then nearly 500 people have joined the church as members under her leadership.

“I am going to build on the legacy of Apostle Betty Peebles,” Dr. Jasmin “Jazz” Sculark said in a statement. “I am not coming to lay a foundation; I am coming to build upon a foundation that has already been laid. I am excited about what God will do with Jericho City of Praise and the people in the D.C. Metropolitan area.”

“We are excited to have Dr. Jazz as our Pastor. Her ability to connect with us at every level and the anointed teaching she brings to us not only on Sunday but by her presence daily is refreshing and real. We love our Pastor!” stated the Board the Trustees.

Dr. Jazz, is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She received her license to preach the Gospel in 1992 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. and has since built a worldwide ministry and is no stranger to large crowds. She has preached at the historic Hampton Minister’s conference, world renowned MegaFest in 2013 (Woman Thou Art Loosed) hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes and made such an impact with her powerful message to an audience of over 25,000, she has been invited back and will be a featured speaker at this year’s Woman Thou Art Loosed “The Wait Is Over” October 2-4, in Atlanta, GA.

Services will be held at JCOP beginning September 4, 2014 at 7 pm nightly and will include guest speakers, Dr. Charles Booth and Pastor John K. Jenkins; with musical guests Tasha Cobbs and Stephen Hurd.

Official Day will commence Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. with Co-Pastor Susie Owens and VaShawn Mitchell. At 7 pm Bishop T D Jakes will minister and officiate the installation ceremony with musical guest Pastor Jason Nelson.

Greg Bedell Announces Candidacy for State Legislature

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After 10 years without, 15th district voters will now have a choice in their representative


GLENVIEW, IL – Greg Bedell announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 15th District of the Illinois General Assembly, a seat currently held by Democrat John D’Amico.  The legal challenge that was brought to keep him off the ballot was dismissed so now residents of the 15th district, whether they are Republican, Democratic or Independent, will finally have a choice in their candidate selection after 10 years without.
When asked for comment Greg said: “The State of Illinois needs a new direction under new leadership.  Incumbent Rep. D’Amico is part of the Madigan machine that has driven Illinois to high unemployment, one of the lowest job creation rates in the country and one of the worst financial conditions of any state in the Union.  Illinois is in a downward spiral that has to stop. The People of Illinois deserve better.”

Making Illinois better has become the focal point for Mr. Bedell’s campaign. He believes that the road to recovery for Illinois begins with a focus on three priorities:

Protect people’s income and don’t raise taxes

Provide choice for children’s education

Use common sense to serve people’s interest, not special interests

A 1982 graduate of the College of the University of Chicago, Greg has been practicing law in Chicago since 1985.  Greg is a common sense problem solver who has consistently helped individuals and small businesses solve their problems.  Greg helped owners start many of the businesses he represents and has worked closely with them as they grew.  Early in his career, Greg received a Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services organization as he worked with less fortunate individuals, helping them face the challenges presented by drug abuse, debt and broken homes. He has served on the Board of Directors of Operation Homefront-Illinois, which helps the families of deployed service personnel and wounded warriors and is currently a Director of the Federalist Society, Chicago Lawyer’s chapter.

Greg is a resident of Glenview, Illinois, where he lives with his wife Jennifer, his daughter Yvonne, his son Connor and their adopted rescue greyhound, Amos. Active in his community, Greg volunteers with various local organizations trying to make a difference for the people and interests they serve. Lloyd Kuehn, Glenview Citizen of the Year 2011 and Sr Vice Commander American Legion Post 166 recently shared his view, “I first met Greg when he was circulating his petitions to run for State Representative. Since then, I’ve known him through the Glenview Chamber of Commerce. He’s an honest, hard working guy who knows the issues and cares about the people of this area. And, he knows the third verse to the Marine Corp Hymn! He’ll make a great representative.”

“I am looking forward to bringing my experience and common sense to Springfield, “ Greg added. “The people of this district and Illinois deserve better. “ Early voting by mail begins August 6th, and in person October 20th, with final voting on November 4th 2014. To learn more about Greg Bedell and his plan to Make Illinois Better!, and to donate and volunteer, please visit his website: www.bedellfor15.com.

You can contact Greg by email at greg@bedellfor15.com or call him at 847.834.9876


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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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