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The Hard Fight to End Violence Against Women

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Op-Ed by Vice President Joe Biden on the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

In advance of his remarks on Tuesday to commemorate next Saturday’s 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Biden penned the following op-ed in Delaware’s The News Journal.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/09/06/hard-fight-end-violence-women/15199597/

The hard fight to end violence against women

Even just 20 years ago, violence against women in America was an epidemic few people wanted to talk about, let alone do something about. No one denied punching a wife in the face or pushing her down the stairs was reprehensible. But most people refused to intervene. They called domestic violence a “family affair.” Critics of proposed laws protecting women from this violence claimed they would lead to the “disintegration” of the family.

Today, it’s hard for many people to fathom a day in which Americans ignored this violence, or worse, condoned it. But it’s true. And it was against that backdrop I introduced the Violence Against Women (VAWA) in 1990, the first federal law that directly held violence against women as a violation of basic civil rights and fundamental human dignity.

It had three simple goals. Make streets safer for women. Make homes safer for women. Protect women’s civil rights. It met those goals comprehensively by: increasing violence prevention, investing in shelters, enhancing services, and training police, lawyers, and even judges to better investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate domestic violence cases. But it took four years for the bill to get signed into law in 1994.

It was a struggle with setbacks, but also a journey that has changed America. Sparsely attended Senate hearings at first led to hundreds of pages of testimony by survivors, health professionals, and advocates. I issued “Violence Against Women: A Week in the Life of America,” a report detailing the human tragedy of the 21,000 crimes against women that were reported every week in America at the time – a small slice of the 1.1 million assaults, aggravated assaults, murders, and rapes against women committed in the home and reported to police that year. With the help of supporters, we surveyed laws across all 50 states that implied “if you knew her, it wasn’t a crime.”

And throughout I met true heroes: women, like Carol Post here in Delaware, who ran shelters, coalitions, and rape crisis centers supported by no more than bake sales and good intentions. Survivors who had their arms broken with hammers and their heads hit with pipes by their partners, but who still summoned absolute courage to stand up and share their story.

It is because of them that VAWA is a law that has saved lives – yearly domestic violence rates dropped 64 percent from 1993-2010. It has saved the country money – one study shows the law saved an estimated $12.6 billion in averted social costs in its first six years alone. It has improved justice – higher rates of prosecution for special-victims units, like the Family Division established by Attorney General Beau Biden, and new waves of state law reforms. Services, technology and forensic collection, and education and prevention efforts have all dramatically improved.

Fundamentally, the Violence Against Women Act has changed a prevailing culture from a refusal to intervene to a responsibility to act – where violence against women is no longer accepted as a societal secret and where we all understand that even one case is too many.

This law is my proudest legislative accomplishment, and it was based on something my Dad taught me growing up in Wilmington: that the cardinal sin is an abuse of power, and the ultimate abuse of power is someone physically raising a hand to strike and beat a woman or child.

We know there is still more to do, but years of struggle and progress have spurred a national understanding that you can’t talk about human rights and human dignity without talking about the right of every woman on this planet to be free from violence and free from fear.

War Powers Resolution Regarding Iraq: Letter from President Barack Obama

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

As I reported on August 8 and 17 and on September 1, 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, supporting operations by Iraqi forces to recapture the Mosul Dam, and supporting an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians in the town of Amirli, Iraq.

On September 6, 2014, pursuant to my authorization, U.S. Armed Forces commenced targeted airstrikes in the vicinity of the Haditha Dam in support of Iraqi forces in their efforts to retain control of and defend this critical infrastructure site from ISIL.  These additional military operations will be limited in their scope and duration as necessary to address this threat and prevent endangerment of U.S. personnel and facilities and large numbers of Iraqi civilians.

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.

Sincerely,

BARACK OBAMA

NAACP Wins Major Early Voting Victory in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A federal judge ruled on Thursday a law that cuts early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced for the Nov. 2014 election. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by the NAACP Ohio State Conference, the American Civil Liberties Union, several black churches and other coalition partners. The law would have cut back the early voting period from 35 days before the election to 28 days, eliminated evening voting and voting on the Sunday before Election Day.

From Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO:
“Early voting is not a social luxury, it’s a civic essential—particularly for citizens working long hours on the job or in the home. This ruling will restore access to the ballot box for thousands of Ohioans during the midterm election. If these cuts had been allowed to remain in place, many voters would have lost a critical opportunity to participate in our democratic process. Voting is the foundation of our democracy and its imperative that citizens of every race, color and creed have unfettered access to the ballot box.”
Jotaka Eaddy, Senior Advisor to President and CEO and Senior Director of Voting Rights at the NAACP:
“Expanding opportunities to vote, builds a stronger democracy. To deny thousands of Ohio residents, who have demanding work schedules, childcare obligations and other responsibilities an opportunity to vote would be a tragedy. Cuts like these disproportionately harm low-income Americans and communities of color.”

Sybil Edwards-McNabb, President of the NAACP Ohio State Conference:
“This important ruling and historic victory on the part of the NAACP enables Ohio residents to once again register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day. It also restores evening early voting, as well as voting on several Sundays. The Ohio State Conference is proud of this victory and our work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio to reverse these early voting cuts. This triumph will surely encourage Ohioans across the state to take full advantage of the voting process and significantly increase voter turnout.”

To view the ruling: http://action.naacp.org/page/-/Ohio%20PI%20Decision.pdf

National Urban League Urges FCC to Maintain Sports Blackout Rule

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In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial urged the agency to maintain its sports blackout rule, which he says has “worked as intended, maintaining a regulatory framework that has promoted and protected the distribution of sports programming on free, over-the-air broadcast television.”

Morial cited his experience as Mayor of New Orleans in his support of the rule.  [F]rom my experience as the Mayor of New Orleans, I can attest that the current broadcast rule also promotes robust game attendance that provides economic benefits for the surrounding community. Sold-out games and capacity crowds generate jobs, investment and economic activity in our local communities and urban areas. This activity promotes employment and business opportunities in the hospitality, transportation, food, retail and other service-related industries.”

Morial warned that eliminating the rule may cost jobs and depress economic activity at a time when too many Americans, in particular African Americans, continue to face high unemployment rates and economic inequality.

Job Recovery Leaves Significant Percentage of Black Workers Underemployed

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NAACP Statement on August Unemployment Numbers

Washington, DC – The NAACP has released the following statement in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) August employment report which indicates that for the month of August, the national unemployment rate had a slight drop to 6.1 percent.  The unemployment rate for Asians was 4.5 percent, for whites 5.3 percent, Latinos 7.5 percent and African Americans 11.4 percent. The report does not include Native Americans.

In addition to the overall African American unemployment remaining high at 11.4 percent, more than double that of white unemployment, an even higher percentage of African Americans are underemployed and/or part time workers.  This August BLS report states that the underemployment rate (the U6 rate) is 12% for the nation as a whole, which by our estimation signifies an underemployment rate for the African American community at almost 25%.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

“The trend of a national decrease in unemployment is encouraging; but we cannot lose sight of the persistently high levels of black unemployment and underemployment. With African American workers being disproportionately concentrated in occupations that hire part-time workers while also paying low wages, we are trapping them along with other vulnerable economic populations in perpetual financial distress and preventing them from moving into the middle class. Stronger and better quality job creation, particularly in these communities, is essential before our country can be on a sustainable path to economic recovery.”

From Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Sr. Director of NAACP Economic Department:

“All across the country, we are seeing lower wage workers protest their low pay and their challenge to find full time work. The decline in the unemployment rate is a positive step in the right direction, but it is imperative that we make part of the economic recovery full time work with living wages for all of those that seek to be in the workforce.”

Atlanta Emergency Youth Shelter in Danger of Closing on October 1st – Seeks More Support

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Young People Matter (YPM) operates the city’s only emergency youth shelter for girls under 18

Young People Matter

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – Young People Matter’s (YPM) teen shelter, the Open Hearts Youth Center, is in danger of closing if it is not re-funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the end of the month.

YPM is the only youth shelter in the Atlanta metro area where unaccompanied teens, both male and female, can take refuge anytime day or night. YPM operates the only 24-hour shelter in the entire Atlanta metro area for girls under 18, including victims of sex trafficking. YPM is the only youth shelter in Atlanta which provides emergency beds for LGBTQ youth under 18.

“They may not be on the general public’s radar, but homeless, runaway and sexually-exploited youth, is a rising epidemic not just across America, but right at our front door in Atlanta,” said Simone Joye, the nonprofit leader who founded YPM in 2007 and this year received a Special Congressional Recognition and the Atlanta Hawks/United Way Be Greater Atlanta award for her leadership.

In 2011, YPM made history after being awarded a three-year $580,000 HHS grant to open the Center in DeKalb County. Federal funding accounts for 80% of the shelter’s budget-which was $224,336 in 2013. YPM leaders fear that funding may end on September 30th. YPM’s leaders are trying to raise an additional $45,000 to make it through the end of the year while they work on replacing the funding gap.

Since June, AT&T employees have committed nearly $25,000 in contributions and volunteer services, which included building a state-of-the art computer lab and upgrading the center’s bedrooms. Oracle, Inc. has donated $5,000 this year. Last year, the United Way of Greater Atlanta awarded YPM $10,000 in emergency shelter funds and Dollar General has provided $3,500 to help with literacy programming. For the second year in a row, Wells Fargo will award YPM a $1,000 Community Partner Award.

“We are fighting for teens who we know are sleeping in Atlanta’s bus stations, on the trains, in parks, cars, abandoned houses, and are being sexually, physically, and emotionally abused and want help. They are victims of generational family trauma and the worst possible human neglect there is. Some kids are forced out of their homes simply for being gay. Their childhoods are being stolen and we know they are out there sleeping in dangerous places. We do not even let dogs and cats stray in the streets, why should Atlanta’s children? To have to close our doors on them would be tragic,” states Joye.

The Center has seven beds and a staff of ten. Since opening in early 2012, YPM has served 2,065 teens and young adults with residential and emergency non-residential services including suicide prevention, mental/behavior health counseling, educational support, access to employment, hot meals, clothing and recreational activities. YPM also created Atlantas first 24-hour youth emergency call/text hotline.

“Our main purpose is not simply providing critical shelter, but to help teens with long-term survival skills. Lessons are learned on hygiene, cooking, cleaning, budgeting and more. Teens learn to stand up on their own two feet and they are safe,” stated Andrew Bostic, MBA, YPM’s Board President.
About Young People Matter (YPM)
Founded in 2007, YPM works to end teen homelessness and equipping young people with the tools necessary for them to go successfully into adulthood. To inspire. All kids are entitled to a great childhood. We give hope because young people truly matter. “No child should forced to live on the streets in Atlanta if they don’t want to.”

Major African Music Artists to Perform Pro Bono for Plad’s Stop Africa Land Grab Concert

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Will be held Sunday. September 21st at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Stop Africa Land Grab Awareness Concert

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) –  Performing for the first time ever in DC – The legendary Mbilia Bel from the Democratic Republic of Congo, artist producer Didier Awadi from Senegal, emerging artist Hanisha Solomon from Ethiopia, Ray-Son from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the incredible Simply Chrysolite and Naledi Ya Tshawane who both hail from South Africa! PLUS a Special Appearance by the international star Femi Kuti from Nigeria. For more details, visit www.landgrabawarenessconcert.com. Tickets are available at The Warner Theatre’s web site (www.warnertheatredc.com) and through www.ticketmaster.com.

The Partnership League for Africa’s Development (PLAD) Presents the STOP Africa Land Grab Concert to bring awareness to the on-going massive land acquisition in Africa by foreign investors. Land grabbing has been defined by Oxfam as the contentious issue of large-scale land acquisitions; the buying or leasing of large pieces of land in developing countries, by domestic and transnational companies, governments, and individuals. While these large-scale land deals are supposedly being struck to grow food, often the land is used to grow profitable crops – like sugar cane, palm oil, and soy – often for export instead. Would this create a serious food security problem for Africans? Many believe so.

These African music stars have traveled from Africa to Washington, DC to participate in the concert pro bono in support of raising awareness of what now appears to be a “a new scramble” for Africa’s natural resources. They will also participate in the consultative group discussion. Proceeds from the concert will be used for a public awareness campaign in Africa that will encourage the inclusion of the local population in the decision-making processes regarding the management of land for sustainable development in Africa.

Femi Kuti was born in London to Nigerian parents Fela and Remi Kuti. Femi honed his chops in his father’s band and then went on his own in the late 1980’s. Like his father, Femi has shown a strong commitment to social and political causes throughout his career. On his album “Fight to Win”, Femi collaborated with a number of U.S. musicians, including Common, Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright. Femi has been nominated for a Grammy award four times in the world music category in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Didier Awadi Hailing from Senegal, Awadi is without contest the most visible figure in African Rap music. He won the Radio France International (RFI) World Music Award in 2003. Didier Awadi’s lyrics carry a powerful social and political message. This talented artist, producer, radio and TV presenter also runs his own label.

Mr. Awadi, spokesperson for the PLAD Land Grab Awareness Campaign, and who will perform one of his famous songs “I have a dream” said: “I am proud to take this opportunity to follow the path of Dr. Martin Luther King in this symbolic city of Washington DC to claim Africans’ dream to stop unfair land acquisition on the continent. I am happy to be part of this journey initiated by Binta”.

Hanisha Solomon Ethiopian singer Hanisha Solomon is THE new name in Ethiopian music. A brilliant and powerful singer, her epic songs “Ayyoo” (Mother), “Amma” and “Africa Unite” announced the arrival of a new singing star. Singing in Amharic and Oromiffa languages she combines their musical scales with urban grooves from Africa and America to create music that is powerful and beautiful.

Mbilia Bel is a Congolese rumba singer, known as the Queen of Congolese rumba and often referred to as the African Tigress. When Mbilia Bel makes an appearance, the crowds go into a frenzy. She is a talented stage performer and often tantalizes crowds with her exceptional dancing ability. Her more recent work has evolved to taking her usual style (traditional rumba and soukous) and mixing in rap and other modern elements

Simply Chrysolite Simply Chrysolite is a multi-award winning South African gospel girl-band made up of six young ladies from KwaZulu-Natal; Pretty Nguse (22), Thab’zo Mkhwanazi (24), Dolce Bophela (27), Thabiso Mkhize (27), Phumzile Ngcobo (26) and Mabongi Shinga (28). These young stars shocked the entertainment world in September 2011 when they beat four-time Grammy award winner Kelly Rowland, African superstar Wiz Kid, BET Music Award winners – 2 Face & D’Banj to win the Best International act at the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts award in London. Simply Chrysolite against all odds broke their background chains of obscurity with the aid of the South African Youth Enablement Project of Tim Omotoso Global Outreach and by becoming the official youth ambassadors for Alicia Keys’ – Keep A Child Alive project.

Naledi Ya Tshwane is a superbly talented South African music vocalist, an authentic composer and an amazing performer. She plays with an 8 piece band comprised of a variety of traditional and modern instruments. The band produces a unique Afro Jazz sound with a repertoire that includes her own composed music as well as cover versions from Mama Letta, the late Mama Busi Mhlongo and the late Mama Miriam Makeba, Margaret Mcingane, Johnny Clegg and Toto.

Partnership League for Africa’s Development (PLAD) is a grassroots organization of African descendents and friends of Africa worldwide. PLAD’s main objective for this event is to raise awareness about the issues of land grab and contribute to a paradigm shift in Africa’s infrastructure development approach. PLAD will endeavor to secure the support of the African Diaspora, artists, institutions, friends of Africa and governments in order to keep everyone focused on the relevance of this issue. The second PLAD event focusing on massive land acquisition in Africa will be an invitation-only Consultative Group Meeting held on Monday, September 22nd with African representatives, Diaspora and friends of Africa to discuss a document prepared by the Oakland Institute on best practices in land acquisition.

The Founder, Executive Director of PLAD and Producer of the Concert, Mrs. Binta Terrier stated: “I am pleased to provide this platform in Washington DC for the African Diaspora and friends of Africa to unite, and express their position on the escalating problem of land acquisition in Africa which will inhibit sustainable peace and economic development on the continent. This premiere concert is dedicated to highlighting the looming acute food security problem for Africans. Seeing all these good people: African leaders, their representatives, Africans in the Diaspora, and great artists believe in our cause and generously accept to work with PLAD pro-bono to bring focus on this bitter reality – happening in our time. I believe that this concert will leave the audience inspired. We all must be reminded to live with passion and responsibility.”

PLAD’s Website: www.allafr.org
PLAD’s Blog: www.africalandgrab.com
Facebook: pladnow
Twitter: @PladNow
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Chicago Families, Insulted by U.S. Atty Zachary Fardon

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Demand justice for all victims of police crimes and torture


From Frank Chapman, Field Organizer,

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

The Chicago Sun-Times announced, going into the weekend of September 5-7 that U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon and FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Holley have stated that there is no “sweeping investigation of shootings by Chicago Police Officers”.

This statement by the Feds was released a week after an attorney, representing cops, wrote to the Fraternal Order of Police warning that an FBI probe of the CPD was in the making.

Not only has the U.S. Attorney and the FBI denied the existence of a “sweeping investigation”, they basically rule out the need for any. Fardon and Holley issued this rather shocking statement: “As Acting Assistant Attorney General Molly Moran stated, there is no open pattern-and-practice civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department.”

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression presented (Wednesday, August 27, 2014) to U.S. Attorney Fardon a letter/complaint addressed to U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, signed by 65 victims of police crimes of murder and torture*.

This letter documents that there is in fact an “open pattern-and-practice of civil rights violations and crimes perpetrated by the Chicago Police Department”.

Emmett Farmer, the father of Flint Farmer (who was murdered by a police officer while lying defenseless on the ground) was among the signers of the letter. Yet within the next 48 hours after it was presented we witness this shameless arrogance by representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice.

We live in a city, which is infamous for police torturing hundreds of innocent, young Black and Latino people, most of whom remain incarcerated, and where too many parents are still grief-stricken because their children were murdered by the police.

Just two weeks ago, Roshad McIntosh, age 19, the son of Cynthia Lane, was gunned down by CPD on Chicago’s West Side. Many eyewitnesses from the community have said Roshad was cooperating and surrendering to police before they executed him.

So why on earth in these circumstances would the U.S. Attorney and the FBI rush to a news conference to assure us that they are not investigating a pattern of civil rights violations and crimes committed by the Chicago Police Department?

This is unacceptable. This is an insult to the people of Chicago, to the victims and their families and to the numerous investigating reporters who have demonstrated an open pattern-and-practice of civil rights violations and police crimes.

We, like the people of Ferguson, Missouri, are demanding a federal investigation and justice for all victims of police crimes.

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stop Police Crimes Campaign

Attorney General Madigan Announces Legislation to Allow Video, Audio Monitoring in Nursing Homes

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a legislative proposal that will allow nursing home residents and their families to provide video or audio monitoring devices in their rooms to ensure their safety and well-being.

The initiative stems from recent complaints Madigan has received from residents and their families who are concerned for their relatives’ care and security. Madigan’s proposal would allow residents of nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities or their family members to purchase and install video or audio monitoring devices in their rooms.

The Attorney General cited an increasing need for additional safety measures at Illinois nursing homes as the state’s population continues to age.

Currently, Illinois has over 1,200 nursing home facilities with over 100,000 residents. The U.S. Census Bureau also estimates that by 2030, 22.3 percent of Illinois’ population will be aged 60 and older, an increase of more than 28 percent from 2012.

“At some point, we are all likely to face having a family member in a nursing home,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Providing residents and their families the option to install monitoring devices in their rooms will provide peace of mind that our loved ones are being cared for in the best possible manner.”

Madigan noted that video and audio surveillance could be used as an added tool to help resolve disputes about suspected abuse or negligence. The Illinois Department of Public Health receives nearly 19,000 calls annually and responds to over 5,000 complaints. During the first quarter of 2014, the Department of Public Health reported licensure violations for 77 facilities.

The main provisions of Madigan’s proposal would:

  • Allow for audio and video electronic monitoring devices;
  • Require resident and roommate consent;
  • Make nursing home residents or their representatives responsible for the purchase, installation and maintenance expenses of the devices;
  • Prohibit facility retaliation for use of devices;
  • Provide for recordings or tapes to be admissible into evidence in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings; and
  • Provide misdemeanor and felony penalties for any person or entity that intentionally hampers, obstructs, tampers with, or destroys a recording or an electronic monitoring device.

If enacted, Illinois would become the sixth state to allow electronic monitoring devices to be installed in resident areas of nursing home facilities.

The Attorney General’s legislative proposal is part of an ongoing effort to increase protections for Illinois nursing home residents. In 2005, Madigan worked to shut down south suburban Emerald Park Nursing Home when it was found to be housing numerous sex offenders and other felons. Madigan subsequently helped draft and pass a law to require background checks and criminal history analysis for nursing home residents in order to identify individuals who might pose a threat to others residents.

In 2010, Madigan launched “Operation Guardian,” which coordinated teams of state and local agencies to conduct unannounced compliance checks at nursing home facilities to review safety concerns after receiving recurrent reports of unreported fugitives creating dangerous conditions for other nursing home residents.

Madigan also authored the Resident’s Right to Know Act that requires nursing homes to complete an annual report detailing the facility’s standard of care, service and security issues to provide better information to residents and their families. In 2013, Madigan helped pass a law that established review teams of medical professionals, service providers and law enforcement agencies to evaluate suspicious deaths of at-risk elderly or people with disabilities living in private Illinois residences. Madigan’s office worked with the bill sponsors and the Department on Aging to craft provisions directing the Department on Aging to establish a Fatality Review Team Advisory Council and regional interagency fatality review teams. These multi-disciplinary teams of professionals have the authority to evaluate suspicious deaths of adults resulting from alleged instances of abuse or neglect.

Joliet Junior College and Chicago Carpenters to Honor Simon, New Education Program

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JOLIET, IL — Officials with Joliet Junior College and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters will host a reception to honor Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon for her support in launching an educational program that will open the doors for members of the carpenters’ union to earn bachelor’s degrees.

Working with Joliet Junior College, Simon gave her support to a program that allows union members to gain college credit for applicable on-the-job experience that can go toward degrees and certificates.

JJC president Dr. Debra S. Daniels and CRCC President Frank Libby will present the event.

DATE: Sept. 9

TIME: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

LOCATION: Joliet Junior College Main Campus, Campus Center, Room A-1061, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet

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