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Archive for September 2nd, 2014

War Powers Resolution Regarding Iraq — Letter from the President

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Text of a Letter From President Barack Obama to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate

September 1, 2014

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

As I reported on August 8 and 17, 2014, U.S. Armed Forces have conducted targeted airstrikes in Iraq for the limited purposes of stopping the advance on Erbil by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), supporting civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar, and supporting operations by Iraqi forces to recapture the Mosul Dam. U.S. Armed Forces have also provided humanitarian assistance to the civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar.

On August 28, 2014, I further authorized U.S. Armed Forces to conduct targeted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians in the town of Amirli, Iraq, which is surrounded and besieged by ISIL. Pursuant to this authorization, on August 30, 2014, U.S. military forces commenced targeted airstrike operations in the vicinity of Amirli, Iraq. These additional operations will be limited in their scope and duration as necessary to address this emerging humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli.

I have directed these actions, which are in the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive. These actions are being undertaken in coordination with and at the request of the Iraqi government.

I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.



NAACP Commends Concluding Observations from UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Issues of voting rights, felony disenfranchisement, racial disparities in incarceration, racial profiling among other NAACP Game Changers addressed by the UN CERD Committee’s Report

BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP applauds the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s (CERD) concluding observations. The report raises issues of voting rights, felony disenfranchisement, stand your ground laws, and education disparities among other crucial civil and human rights challenges. It also provides sound recommendations for addressing them. Read full report here. The NAACP has a long history of advocacy with the United Nations. In previous years, the NAACP has been involved with the United Nations from the years of founding member WEB Dubois’ involvement with its inception, to more recently taken multiple delegations to the Human Rights Council and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Most recently, the NAACP took a 3-person delegation to the 85th Session of the United Nations U.S. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) Review.

From Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO:
“We applaud the recommendations put forth by CERD. These concluding observations provide concrete steps to address continued racial discrimination and disparities across a number of areas. At the NAACP, where some of our priorities include racial profiling, criminal justice, the death penalty, excessive use of force by law enforcement and its disparate racial impacts on communities of color, we look forward to working with both the UN and the US government to implement these recommendations and achieve full racial equality.”

From Leon Russell, Vice Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors:
“The CERD’s recommendations are a positive step in the right direction. In particular, we are encouraged by the CERD committee’s recommendations on voting rights: federal legislation to prevent discriminatory laws following the U.S. Supreme Courts’ Shelby vs. Holder decision, call on states to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions who have served their time, and calls for full voting rights for DC residents.   These recommendations reinforce the policy principles of the UN and the NAACP, and must be enforced to eliminate racial discrimination and advance racial equity.”

From Hilary O. Shelton, Sr. Vice President for Policy and Advocacy; Washington Bureau Director:
“We are gratified and pleased that the UN CERD Committee has released these very important concluding observations that address the issues of voting rights, felony disenfranchisement, racial disparities in incarceration, racial profiling and other critical civil and human rights issues. These recommendations give us leverage in the United States to more assuredly address these issues of racial discrimination at home. The racial and ethnic disparities which permeate our criminal justice system, our education systems, our economic system, our environment and our access to the ballot box is of crucial importance and must be eradicated. We will continue to work with the UN and the US Government through the Congress, the Administration and the Courts to address these crucial challenges.”

From Jotaka Eaddy, NAACP Sr. Director for Voting Rights and Sr. Advisor to the President and CEO:
“The concluding observations set forth today by the UN CERD committee represent important steps our democracy must take to fulfill its promise of justice and equality for all.  Furthermore, the concluding observations provide concrete steps aimed at ending the continued racial discrimination we see pervading ballot boxes, classrooms and the American criminal justice systems. The UN CERD Committee’s recommendations on voting rights call for federal legislation to prevent discriminatory laws following the Shelby vs. Holder decision, calls on states to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions , and calls for full voting rights for DC residents. We at the NAACP believe that these concluding observations are a strong and encouraging step in the right direction, and we look forward to working with both the United Nations and the US Government to implement these recommendations.”

Read the NAACP shadow reports to the United Nations Committee here:

Father Pfleger: ‘JRW Taught the World 8 Principles of Success/Character’

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‘The children will lead us: JRW is the norm, not the exception’

By Chinta Strausberg

If we all could be like the Jackie Robinson West (JRW) team and practice their eight principles of life, this would be a better world and we would be better Christians, but be clear these 13 African American boys “are the norm” in the black community and not the exception, Father Michael L. Pfleger said Sunday.

The altar of the Saint Sabina Church was adorned with a bust dressed in a JRW uniform and cap, a bat, a baseball and a catcher’s mitt along with a sign that said, “Jackie Robinson West, 2014, National Champions.”

It was a signal that Sunday would be yet another day to pay honor to the black South Side baseball league Pfleger credited with the city and the nation–a team he says has taught every one at least eight valuable lessons. Their home training, character and sports skill even though they had less equipment than all the teams proved that “champions are not bought. They are made.”

But, before going into his sermon, Father Pfleger made an altar call asking those to come forth who were at a crossroads in their life.

While the nation is still “glowing” from the victory of the JRW’s victory in winning the National Little League World Series who had been obviously well-trained by their parents, Father Pfleger dubbed his sermon “Lessons From the Children of JRW.” “A child shall lead them.”

The eight lessons the JRW team taught America was:

1)   They made a choice to try out for the JRW team.

2)   They learned and knew their positions.

3)   They knew success demands the wisdom to plan the game beyond their skills and knew when to hit a ball because every swing was not for them.

4)   The success of JRW was their ability to play as a team.

5)   The art of JRW and how they studied their opponents.

6)   JRW was tenacious and enduring.

7)   JRW displayed character. JRW took the less than and turned it into a greater than moment

8)   JRW did what no ones could, cause this city to unify and spoke highly about their character.

Standing before a bust dressed in the JRW yellow uniform, a baseball cap and a catcher’s mitt, Father Pfleger said the lessons of this team caused the entire world to praise 13 “little black boys from the South Side of Chicago” including one white southern woman he heard who also praised their athletic and character talents.

Pfleger said, “True success demands commitment” but warned, “When you play out of position, you have chaos. ”Quoting the bible, Pfleger said, “We are all gifted, but if you have a mean-spirit, you don’t need to be in hospitality (ministry). Sit your mean self down somewhere.  If you can’t speak without being nervous, then you don’t need to be a lecture….”

Picking up the bat, Father Pfleger said, “If you can’t dance…I know I cannot do that stuff because I would not move you into worship. I would take you out of worship.

What the JRW team-taught us, Pfleger said, is to “join a team, demonstrate the willingness, commitment and training” he said is needed to learn the fundamentals of the sport.

“Most folks,” he said, “don’t want to go the fundamental” route. Some would rather play “alley ball” Pfleger said “is good but you won’t become a champion. But by joining a team,” you have to make a commitment to learn the fundamentals. “Most folks don’t like to go through the fundamentals. Most want to play alley ball.

“Alley ball doesn’t get you trophies. Alley ball doesn’t make you champions. Alley ball doesn’t bring you to the world stage,” said Pfleger. “Alley ball is good, but if you want a championship, you have to make a commitment, get some structure, get some training and get the fundamentals.”

Some, he said, never want to go through the “work of excellence. They are happy with sliding by…but we all want to be part of celebrations” he said you first have to have the willingness to make choices, go through the work to reach your potential.

“These young men made a choice to do something to develop their talents, their gifts and their abilities. They wanted to use their potentials

Success comes when you make a decision and have mapped out a plan then executed it unlike some people who would rather “slide by” life. “You have to make a decision to reach your potential,” he said.

But, when you don’t make up your mind to reach for the stars and do your potential, Pfleger said, “When you don’t want to do something, the world will celebrate you. The world loves people who don’t want to do nothing. The world loves mediocrity. “ Pfleger gave as examples some of these reality shows like “Housewives, of Atlanta” and “L.A.Preacher.”

He mused, “Every city got a Housewife…. We ought to have a Housewife show right here in Englewood…. We are going to give you a show. The world loves people who don’t want to reach their potential, but winning demands willingness to go through the commitment, the discipline, the structure and learn the process” that ends with success.

JRW team, Pfleger said,taught the world about the importance of training of being involved and committed in order to learn the fundamentals of the sport. They showed the world how character can outshine a victory and that character cannot be bought.“Success doesn’t just happen. It comes form choices, plans and decisions,” he said.

Father Pfleger said it is easy to be affiliated to a church going to service “every now and then…, but won’t make the commitment” to be a good Christian. “JRW had to go to practice every day…. If you don’t go on a regular basis, you don’t make the cut…. Joining the team has responsibilities and so does being a Christian…. “True success demands commitment” whether in church or in personal life.

Pfleger praised the JRW League for uniting, whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, old and young not just with their sports acumen but with their character.”

Before ending worship service, Father Pfleger surprised the congregation when he went to the piano and played,“Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

To listen and view FatherMichael L. Pfleger’s Sunday, August 31, 2014, sermon, click on the following link:


Father Pfleger made an altar call for those who feel they are at a crossroad in their lives.Standing before a bust dressed in the JRW yellow uniform, a baseball cap and a catcher’s mitt, Father Pfleger said the lessons of this team caused the entire  world to praise 13 “little black boys from the South Side of Chicago” including one white southern woman he heard who also praised their athletic and character talents.Standing before a bust dressed in the JRW yellow uniform, a baseball cap and a catcher’s mitt, Father Pfleger said the lessons of this team caused the entire world to praise 13 “little black boys from the South Side of Chicago” including one white southern woman he heard who also praised their athletic and character talents.

Photo by Chinta Strausberg

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Historic Grand Opening of Cook County GOP Offices

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The Cook County Republican Party


For  3 Cook County GOP Offices in Chicago

Southwest Side Office: 8140 South Western Avenue
Southeast Side Office: 511 West 79th Street
West Side Office: 5049 West Madison Street
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
We welcome Republicans from across Illinois to come on out and join in the celebration in opening these three Chicago offices!


These offices are inspired by the residents and committeemen who persistently approached Chairman Del Mar for help with supporting the growing number of Republicans in their communities.  The vision for these offices is they will become a fixture in these communities.

Our Grand Opening is in all three offices at once;
Thursday September 4th, 5 pm to 9 pm.
We invite you to join us in this historic event!


The Republican’s doors are opening and we are hiring! We are recruiting for at least 400 Republican Judges of Elections in each office to serve in the upcoming November elections!

Join in the recruitment effort! Bring a friend, come apply for a job, or simply come to meet some of our experienced Republican Judges of Elections.


Chicago’s students are back in school!  This is the perfect time to encourage our youth to take the pledge to do their best during the 2014-2015 school year.

We will be giving away 200 book bags in each office to local students stepping up to make this affirmation and inviting them to return throughout the year to share their stories!


What is a party without food? The offices have room for parking and are accessible by public transportation.  We invite you to come on out and meet with fellow Republicans as we all join together in this celebration!

Join In the Fight For Minimum Wage: Add Your Name

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From Rep. Jan Schakowsky

In July, I took the minimum wage challenge.

For one week I tried to live on the budget of someone making the minimum wage. I took the challenge in solidarity with hard-working families across the country who are trying to make ends meet.

I ended that week even more resolute in the belief that we must raise the minimum wage — and I’m proud to be fighting alongside my friend, Governor Pat Quinn, to do just that.

Yesterday, Governor Quinn took up the minimum wage challenge himself.

He knows that the only way we win this fight is by raising awareness about what it really means to live on the minimum wage.

Show your support:

If you believe it’s time to raise the minimum wage, add your name.

For anyone who says the minimum wage challenge is just a gimmick, I say, “Try it.”

No one who works full time in America should have to raise their family in poverty.

Governor Quinn understands that struggle — and all this week, he’s going to live it.

Join in this fight. Add your name to say it’s time to raise the wage:


Rep. Jan Schakowsky

What Does the Bible say About Tattoos or Body Piercings?

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“I was questioned by readers – Here are my Biblical findings”

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge

The Old Testament law commanded the Israelites, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD” Leviticus 19:28. Though believers we are not under the Old Testament law Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15, the fact remains that there was a command against tattoos and should raise some valid questions!

I hasten to point out that the New Testament does not say anything about whether or not a believer should not get a tattoo.

In relation to tattoos and body piercing’s, a good test is to determine whether we can honestly, in good conscience, ask God to bless and use that particular activity for His own good purposes. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31.  Question: Is body piercing done to the glory of God?

The New Testament does not command against tattoos or body piercing’s, but it also does not give us any reason to believe God would have us get tattoos or body piercing’s. Nor to discount the command made in the Old Testament!

An important scriptural principle on issues the Bible does not specifically address is if there is room for doubt whether it pleases God, then it is best not to engage in that activity.

Romans 14:23 reminds us that anything that does not come from faith is sin. We need to remember that our bodies, as well as our souls, have been redeemed and belong to God. Although 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 does not directly apply to tattoos or body piercing’s, it does give us a principle: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

This great truth should have a real bearing on what we do and where we go with our bodies. If our bodies belong to God, we should make sure we have His clear “permission” before we “mark them up” with tattoos or body piercing’s.

When God made a covenant with Israel, he considered it like entering into a marriage covenant. As a gift to her (Israel), he said the following.

I also clothed you with embroidered work, and I shod you with leather sandals. And I wrapped you in fine linen, and I covered you with silk. And I adorned you with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon your hands and a chain on your neck. And I put a ring on your nose, and earrings in your ears . . . (Ezekiel 16:10 – 12)

The conclusion  of the matter: God’s word does not prohibit wearing earrings or body piercing. The Bible is however clear that putting tattoos on one’s body is not God’s perfect will for his people. Remember: All that we do we should do it unto the Lord… if we can’t … don’t do it!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the president of Probation Challenge

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

Enormous Critical and Popular Acclaim Catapults Noah Haidle’s Smokefall, “The Best of Chicago Theater in 2013” (Chicago Tribune), to the Goodman’s Mainstage for an Encore Production, Directed by Anne Kauffman

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The Original Company – Catherine Combs, Anne Fogarty, Katherine Keberlein, Guy Massey, Mike Nussbaum and Eric Slater – Return for the Albert Theatre Opener, September 20 – October 26

Chicago, IL – Exactly one year after its world premiere in the Owen Theatre, Noah Haidle’s Smokefall, directed by Anne Kauffman, makes its Albert Theatre debut—becoming the third production in Goodman Theatre’s 90-year history to transfer from the theater’s smaller stage to the mainstage in order for more audiences to experience an acclaimed new play. An exploration of the power and fragility of love through three generations of family life, Smokefall in its debut set the record of highest number of individual tickets sold in Owen Theatre history, and the production topped the “Best of 2013” lists among major Chicago media. The original six-member company remains intact for the play’s Albert Theatre premiere—including Chicago favorite Mike Nussbaum as The Colonel, whose performance “just weeks from his 90th birthday…had my chin on the floor” (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune) was hailed as “miraculous…so emblematic of the play’s homage to the life force itself…a rare treat” (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times). Smokefall runs September 20 – October 26 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, September 29). Tickets ($25-$81; subject to change) are on sale now at GoodmanTheatre.org/Smokefall, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). The Goodman is grateful for the generosity of its production supporters, including Abbott Fund, the Sponsor Partner; the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Foundation Partner; and Mayer Brown, the Corporate Sponsor Partner.

Headshots, bio information and 2013 production photos/b-roll can be found in the Press Room. For broadcast quality video, please call the Publicity Office at 312.443.5151 or email Press@GoodmanTheatre.org.

“Smokefall is an artistic triumph. From its auspicious beginnings to an outstanding fully-realized mainstage production, this project perfectly exemplifies what we hope to achieve in our new play development efforts,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “Noah’s voice is unique among American theater artists; his imagination, sense of playfulness and honest emotion are an unusual combination. To produce Smokefall again with the same fine company of artists is the rare opportunity to revisit, or experience for the first time, a singular ephemeral moment.”

Smokefall’s page-to-stage journey began in 2006 during Haidle’s production of Vigils at the Goodman, when he conceived and developed Local Time—a 12-play cycle spanning one 24-hour period in the life of a Midwestern family, each act named for the time in which it took place (11am to 1pm and 5 to 7pm, etc). Falls was drawn to the project and commissioned Haidle to develop it, including a workshop of three of the 12 plays in the Goodman’s New Stages festival. Working with the Goodman’s Director of New Play Development Tanya Palmer (for whom the play is dedicated), Haidle further reworked the project and ultimately created a single play—Smokefall, whose title refers to the time of day immediately before nightfall—that tackles thematic questions about the meaning of life and the nature of love and commitment. The Goodman’s 2013 world-premiere co-production with South Coast Repertory appeared in the Owen Theatre (October 5 – November 3) and was hailed as “achingly sad, transcendently lovely” (Chicago Sun-Times) “relentlessly honest and believable” (Chicago Tribune), “one of the best plays of the year” (New City) and “echoing of Wilder with a dram or two of whimsy” (Time Out Chicago).

“To do the play again with this remarkable group of people is a blessing in a really wonderful way,” said playwright Noah Haidle. “Annie has a true gift, and is one of the lights of her generation; she is as much a creator of this show as I am. And as a writer, I can’t imagine anyone supporting my work more than Bob Falls, Tanya Palmer and the entire Goodman.”

Change is in the air as Violet (Keberlein) prepares to bring twin boys into the world. Inside her womb, her unborn sons (Massey and Slater) contemplate life after birth, the fragility of love and the meaning of home, while outside her body her world is in transformation: her husband, Daniel (Slater) is making plans of his own, her father The Colonel (Nussbaum) is slipping into senility and her daughter, Beauty (Combs) has taken a vow of silence. In the third act, one of the twins—now an old man—reflects on his life and family when an unexpected visitor arrives. The design team includes Kevin Depinet (set), Lindsay Jones (sound), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes) and David Weiner (lighting). Joseph Drummond is the production stage manager and Briana J. Fahey is the stage manager. Tanya Palmer is the dramaturg for the production.

Smokefall launches the Goodman’s All-New Fall, celebrating nine decades with new inspiration: three months of new American plays, each developed in the Goodman’s new play programs. In the Owen is Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s The World of Extreme Happiness directed by Eric Ting, September 13 – October 12 (opening night is September 22). In addition, six new plays—three workshop productions and three staged readings, all free of charge—appear as part of the annual New Stages Festival in the Owen, October 29 – November 16, with a weekend for industry professionals taking place November 14-16 (titles and artists TBA). The Goodman is grateful for the generosity of its New Work Sponsors, including The Davee Foundation, Major Supporter of the Expansion of New Stages; Time Warner Foundation, Lead Supporter of New Play Development; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and the Pritzker-Pucker Foundation, Major Supporters of New Play Development;  The Glasser and Rosenthal Family, the  Scenemakers Board and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Supporters of New Work Development; The Joyce Foundation, Principal Support of Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives; Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Festival Sponsor. Edelman is the Major Corporate Sponsor for the Owen Theatre Season.


Artist Encounter at Goodman Theatre
Sunday, September 28 at 5pm |$5 general public, FREE Subscribers, Donors, students
Artist Encounters bring together audiences and Goodman artists in an intimate environment for a behind-the-scenes look at the plays and the playmaking process. Join playwright Noah Haidle and director Anne Kauffman as they discuss the process of bringing Smokefall to life.

College Night: Pizza and Play
Enjoy pizza, pop and the opportunity to mingle with other students and meet the Goodman artists before a performance.
Wednesday,October 1 at 6pm – preshow reception; 7:30pm – performance | $10 with promo code COLLEGE (must redeem with valid student ID)

Post-Show Discussions at Goodman Theatre
Goodman Theatre | FREE
Stay late for discussions about the play with members of the artistic team every Wednesday and Thursday evening throughout the run of the show.

Demand Habersham County Pay Injured Boy’s Medical Bills!

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A 19-month-old child was seriously injured when a grenade was shot into his crib by a SWAT team. Now, those responsible are refusing to pay the child’s medical bills.
Please sign the petition today! Demand Habersham County Pay Injured Boy’s Medical Bills!

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Care2 member Lee R created a petition asking for Georgia’s Habersham County to pay the medical bills for the little boy injured by a grenade during a raid. Here are the details in Lee’s words:

Georgia’s Habersham County Board of Commissioners refuse to pay medical bills after their SWAT team shot a flash grenade into a 19-month-old boy’s crib, critically injuring him. The toddler was in the hospital for weeks. To make matters whose, this took place during a drug raid that was conducted in the wrong house!

The grenades were developed for combat use and are meant to temporarily blind and deafen anyone nearby…. Demand Habersham County pay for the boy’s medical bills!
Thanks for taking action!
– The Care2 Petitions Team

Self-Determination, Unity and Buy Black Alive at the 20th Annual International Locks Conference; Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo

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20th Annual International Locks Conference

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Bob Marley wrote and sung a song, Get up, Stand Up which encouraged people to be active in the pursuit of peace and justice. Fannie Lou Hammer also urged people to become active in the pursuit of justice by saying, “All my life I’ve been sick and tired. Now I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired” and “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

Assata Shakur echoed the call for unity and action by saying, “We can’t afford to be spectators while our lives deteriorate. We have to truly love our people and work to make that love stronger.” Lauren Hill reverberated I wont be compromised no more, I cant be victimized no more. I just don’t sympathize no more. Cause now I understand…” Before them all, Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey rallied the people to do for self, urging black people to wake up rise up by saying, “Rise up you mighty people, you can accomplish what you will.” The key element expressed is self-determination, unity, and strong belief that as a people we can change conditions not conducive to living a whole, healthy, and productive life.

At the upcoming 20th Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo, attendees will have the opportunity to see and participate in a living example of self-determination, of the power of unity, networking, and buying black. The conference will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, 2014, each day from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM, at the Universal Audenried Charter High School, 3301 Tasker Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145.

Just imagine 20 years of serving the community; 20 years of exchanging great information; 20 years offering good and healthy food; 20 years of cultural fashions; 20 years of honoring our ancestors; 20 years of soulful drumming and thought-provoking spoken word; 20 years of greeting and meeting new and old friends; 20 years of building, supporting, and helping to start new black businesses; 20 years of celebrating natural hair, our heritage, and our beautiful loving black families; 20 years of jaw-dropping natural hairstyling; 20 years of learning wholistic approaches to wellness; 20 years of serving as a model of self-determination and promoting our cultural expression and connections; 20 years of raising consciousness; 20 years of presenting scholars; and 20 years of a spiritual high. In a time when the streets and news headlines are full of murder, grief, injustice, and police brutality, the 20th Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo offers a necessary and momentary break to allow folks in neighborhoods to breathe in the healing energy of love, unity, knowledge of self, and to regain strength and courage to keep fighting for justice and to be introduced to strategies and solutions to the ills that our communities nationwide are facing.

The Kuumba Family Organizing Committee chose Long Road to Consciousness for the theme of its Annual International Lock Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo to celebrate the 20th year of producing a two-day event that is bigger than an Afro, much more than a fashion show and unique natural hairstyles, more than the selling of crafts and quality goods, more than the sharing of wholistic health services and eating good foods. The authentic and original Locks Conference has served as an example of what self-determination (doing for self) truly means, an awakening to new thought and actions. Doing self is a communal concept and has grown into multiple natural hair shows around the country, more and more black people starting businesses, more folks examining their history, refining their sense of self, connecting to Aboriginal Indigenous and African culture, and returning to their natural selves. Consciousness is defined as an internal knowledge, an awareness of ones own existence, sensations, thoughts, and surroundings, and the state of being awake intellectually. The 20th Annual International Lock Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo is continuing the tradition of promoting the idea of building and supporting black businesses, honoring ancestors, and learning more about and unapologetically celebrating natural hair, cultural expressions, the strength of family, and good health. This much-anticipated national autumn opportunity for family gathering, spiritual renewal, and networking has always been held the first weekend in October.

The Locks Conference features two full days of informative workshops, panel discussions, leading experts from the natural hair care field, world-renowned scholars, authors, activists, and artists from a myriad of professions, live musical performances, martial arts demonstrations, soul line dancing, self-defense for women, live food demonstrations, childrens workshops, a Kuumba marketplace full of gifted craftspeople, talented vendors, service providers from around the country, a cultural fashion show, and a stunning natural hair show and competition. As special additions, the conference will also offer the opportunity to view the explosive film Urban Kryptonite and to give tribute to the UNIA centennial year and Black August.

By popular demand, the conference will again include a wholistic health, healing, and wellness pavilion offering a wide variety of demonstrations and services such as massage; reflexology; muscle testing; Reiki; sound, breath, and crystal healing; herbal remedies, and soul sweat /aquatic therapy. Furthermore, in keeping with the request for elevating consciousness, the Kuumba Family Organizing Committee is proud to announce the expansion of our popular Ida B. Wells authors corner at the Conference dedicated to literacy and domestic harmony. In addition to being available for inspiring discussions and book signings, many talented authors from across the country such as Dr. Marimba Ani, noted historian Runoko Rashidi, Kevin A. Muhammad, Wallace Durham, and Dr. Akosua Ali-Sabree; Dr. Ali Muhammad, Professor Griff, Professor Salim Haji Amir Ali, DJehuty Maat-Ra, Cochise Tarak Saa, Ras Ben, Nekhena Evans, Minister Enqi Sangreal, Minister Alif Allah, Dalani Aamon, and Norm Bond will also be presenting informative workshops during the conference.

The complete list of presenters and artists is impressive and longer than this space allows. The organizers acknowledge that although the conference is 20 years young, and it is still full of excitement, opportunities for growth, lots of shopping, and good food, all the ills in the world will not be solved at the event. However, the loving feeling, sense of unity, sharing and exchange of life affirming information will certainly add to attendees having a positive experience. The conference organizers are putting out two special calls. One call is for drummers of the African Diaspora far and near to come and participate in a drumming tribute for our fallen youth, a tribute to the ancestors and prayers for our warriors safety. We need to acknowledge that we are the people and answers we have been waiting for and rise up the drum vibration that sends messages and speaks unapologetically to our spirits. The second call is for all those people who have been supporting the original Locks Conference from the very beginning in 1994 and beyond to bring either an early Annual International Locks Conference flyer from the first ten years or a program booklet from the years of 1995 to 2004 for which they will receive a unique gift. Remember that the 20th Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo is for the uplifting of our lives.

The Annual International Locks Conference, a private, not-for-profit community educational and cultural event organized by the Kuumba Family Organizing Committee and the Hair-ITAGE Society, is also sponsored by Zuresh Natural products; Unitees, Inc.; Chic Afrique; Amadi Wellness Connection; the Money School; Ujima Press RC; Sweet Spot Desserts; Locs Socks; Nubian Essence; I Munch Cafe; Akoma Ntosoa: United Hearts Cultural Academy; GMI Contractors; and Zaki Associates. A small donation is requested. Mark your calendar and make a plan to attend the conference which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, 2014, each day from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM, at the Universal Audenried Charter High School, 3301 Tasker Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145.

For more information, to volunteer, or to register for our annual hair show and competition, and/or to see a detailed schedule of the speakers and activities being offered at the 20th Annual International Locks Conference log onto the web site: www.Locksconference.com or email: info@LocksConference.com or contact the a contact the Kuumba Family Organizing Committee at (888) 305-3186.

Advance tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/20th-annual-international-locks-conference-natural-hair-wholistic-health-and-beauty-expo-tickets-11255799399

Addressing African American Men’s Most Pressing Prostate Cancer Issues

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PHEN’s 10th Annual Summit on September 24-25 in Washington, DC

PHEN African American Prostate Cancer Summit

Boston, MA (BlackNews.com) — The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) announced today that it will host its “Tenth Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit,” in Washington, DC on September 25th and 26th, 2014.

The Summit will focus on African American mens most pressing prostate cancer issues, including:

* Clarity on the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test and the early detection needs of Black men.
* Increased Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Among Young Men;
* Making a Decision to Treat or Pursue Active Surveillance;
* Sexual Dysfunction Caused by Treatment;
* Clinical Trials Participation.

“There is a lot of confusion and lack of knowledge surrounding these issues among men,” said Thomas A. Farrington, president and founder, PHEN. “The Summit will address these issues collectively, which is critical to African American men who are at high risk for prostate cancer, those newly diagnosed with the disease, and for survivors seeking to maintain their quality of life.”

The Summit will include a world-renowned panel of medical experts including Arthur L. Burnett, II, MD, Professor, Department of Urology, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Burnetts medical contributions and biochemical research helped to pave the way for the clinical development of oral medications to treat erectile dysfunction, such as Viagra. Kathleen A. Cooney, M.D., professor of internal medicine and urology, University of Michigan (UM) led a recent UM study, which concluded that prostate cancer is striking young men at an alarming rate. Dr. Cooney will present on “Why So Many Young Men are Getting prostate Cancer.” In addition to the medical experts during this session, three “young” African American prostate cancer survivors will chronicle their personal experiences with their diagnoses at an early age.

The Summit is FREE and open to the public and will also be streamed live for those who cannot attend in person. The summit will be hosted in Washington, DC on September 25th at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. It will be held on September 26th at the Washington Convention Center as a part of the Congressional Black Caucus “Annual Legislative Conference” with Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY) as the summits host. (To view the Schedule, Venues and Topics, visit http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs190/1110588872340/archive/1118253858291.html)

Registration is open at www.prostatehealthed.org

About PHEN:
The Prostate Health Education Network, Inc., (PHEN) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2003 by Thomas A. Farrington, a prostate cancer survivor and author of the books, “Battling the Killer Within”, and “Battling The Killer Within And Winning.” PHEN is recognized as the nation’s leading prostate health patient education and advocacy organization with a focus on African Americans through its “Rally Against Prostate Cancer national initiatives“.

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