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“We Will Degrade and Destroy Isil” – President Obama’s Weekly Address

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, President Barack Obama reiterated his comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group ISIL. His plan brings together a campaign of targeted airstrikes, increased support for Iraqi and Kurdish forces already taking on terrorists, assistance from allies and partners, expanded efforts to train and equip the Syrian opposition, and ongoing humanitarian aid for those displaced by ISIL. The President expressed his immense appreciation for the military men and women who make these efforts possible, and reminded the world that America continues to lead and stand strong against terror.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, September 13, 2014.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
September 13, 2014

As Commander in Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people.  And I’ve made it clear that those who threaten the United States will find no safe haven.  Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, we took out Osama bin Laden, much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and leaders of al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.  We’ve prevented terrorist attacks, saved American lives and made our homeland more secure.

Today, the terrorist threat is more diffuse, from al Qaeda affiliates and other extremists—like ISIL in Syria and Iraq.  As I said this week, our intelligence community has not yet detected specific ISIL plots against our homeland.  But its leaders have repeatedly threatened the United States.  And, if left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond the Middle East, including to the United States.  So we’re staying vigilant.  And we’re moving ahead with our strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist organization.

To meet a threat like this, we have to be smart.  We have to use our power wisely.  And we have to avoid the mistakes of the past.  American military power is unmatched, but this can’t be America’s fight alone.  And the best way to defeat a group like ISIL isn’t by sending large numbers of American combat forces to wage a ground war in the heart of the Middle East.  That wouldn’t serve our interests.  In fact, it would only risk fueling extremism even more.

What’s needed now is a targeted, relentless counterterrorism campaign against ISIL that combines American air power, contributions from allies and partners, and more support to forces that are fighting these terrorists on the ground.  And that’s exactly what we’re doing.

We’re moving ahead with our campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists, and we’re prepared to take action against ISIL in Syria as well.  The additional American forces I’ve ordered to Iraq will help Iraqi and Kurdish forces with the training, intelligence and equipment they need to take the fight to these terrorists on the ground.  We’re working with Congress to expand our efforts to train and equip the Syrian opposition.  We’ll continue to strengthen our defenses here at home.  And we’ll keep providing the humanitarian relief to help Iraqi civilians who have been driven from their homes and who remain in extreme danger.

Because we’re leading the right way, more nations are joining our coalition.  This week, Arab nations agreed to strengthen their support for the new Iraqi government and to do their part in the fight against ISIL, including aspects of the military campaign.  Saudi Arabia will join the effort to help train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces.  And retired Marine general John Allen—who during the Iraq war worked with Sunnis in Iraq as they fought to reclaim their communities from terrorists—will serve as our special envoy to help build and coordinate our growing coalition.

Today, every American can be proud of our men and women in uniform who are serving in this effort.  When our airstrikes helped break the siege of the Iraqi town of Amerli [Ah-MER-lee], one Kurdish fighter on the ground said, “It would have been absolutely impossible without the American planes.”  One resident of that city said—“thank you, America.”

Today we’re showing the world the best of American leadership.  We will protect our people.  We will stand with partners who defend their countries and rally other nations to meet a common threat.  And here at home—thirteen years after our country was attacked—we continue to stand tall and proud.  Because we’re Americans.  We don’t give in to fear.  We carry on.  And we will never waver in the defense of the country we love.

We Charge Genocide To Present Report on Chicago Police to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva

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CHICAGO, IL – This November, a new Chicago group, We Charge Genocide, will send six organizers to present a report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture at their 53rd Session in Geneva, Switzerland, during which the U.S. will be under review.

We Charge Genocide is a grassroots, inter-generational effort to center the voices and experiences of young people of color in marginalized communities most targeted by police violence in Chicago. The group debuted with a Youth Hearing on Police Violence in early August. Data and stories gathered at this hearing, and via the group’s online police encounter submission system, have been compiled into a shadow report which will be submitted to the UN in mid-September.

“The youth testimonies and CPD data analyzed in our report to the UN reveals a pattern of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of young people of color by the CPD. This abuse occurs at extraordinary rates, disproportionately against youth of color, and with impunity. Unfortunately, the CPD refuses to acknowledge or respond to this pervasive violence, and thus we are appealing to the UN for support.” says Page May, a We Charge Genocide organizer.

“The UN has already condemned the U.S. as being a hotbed of police violence in past reviews. We Charge Genocide will present a report to the UN Committee Against Torture stating that police in Chicago aren’t just harassing and brutalizing youth of color — their actions legitimately qualify as torture,” says Monica Trinidad, a We Charge Genocide organizer. “By verbalizing and presenting the bold testimonies and horrific experiences young people face at the hands of the Chicago Police Department, we hope to persuade the UN to classify Chicago police violence as torture and to take actions to help end this brutal and destructive treatment.”

The group of young organizers are in the process of submitting their shadow report to the UN for review, and will be testifying in front of the UN in mid-November. In order to do so, they will need to raise $15,000 for travel expenses. The group is kicking off their fund raising campaign today with a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuZrSzc9KvQ and an 8PM CDT info sharing session on Twitter.

We Charge Genocide is volunteer-run by Chicago residents concerned that the epidemic of police violence continues uninterrupted in Chicago. The name We Charge Genocide comes from a petition filed to the United Nations in 1951, which documented 153 racial killings and other human rights abuses, mostly by the police. While there is a long tradition of collecting testimonies of human rights violations and taking those to the UN, there has never been a specifically youth-driven effort.

In addition, We Charge Genocide hopes to equip individuals across Chicago with information, resources, and tools to more proactively hold police accountable. We Charge Genocide respects and seeks to lift up the existing efforts to hold the Chicago Police Department accountable, to reform the CPD, and in some cases to seek viable alternatives to policing.

For more information, contact: Page May, 802-324-7751.

New Health Report Finds Adult Obesity Rates Increased in Six States

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Adult obesity rates remained high overall, increased in six states in the past year, and did not decrease in any, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

The State of Obesity reviews existing policies and issues high-priority recommendations for making affordable healthy foods and safe places for physical activity available to all Americans, such as focusing on healthy food financing, improving nutrition and activity in schools and child care settings, limiting the marketing of unhealthy foods to kids, and improving the built environment to support increased physical activity.  For this year’s report, TFAH and RWJF partnered with the NAACP and others to identify more effective strategies for implementing obesity-prevention policies in Black and Latino communities.

“The issue of childhood obesity in America goes far beyond the arena of health. The growing weight of our nation’s children has both moral and ethical implications that can no longer be denied or ignored,” said Niiobli Armah, Director of Health Programs for the NAACP.  “Those of us who are engaged in grassroots efforts and understand the social, economic, and political implications of childhood obesity, know that we must take action. With the release of this year’s report we are one step closer to understanding what it will take to achieve our collective goal of curbing this growing epidemic.”

Report findings also reveal that significant geographic, income, racial, and ethnic disparities persist, with obesity rates highest in the South and among Blacks, Latinos and lower-income, less-educated Americans. The report also found that more than one in ten children become obese as early as ages 2 to 5.

“This year’s report provides us with an opportunity to hear voices from local communities that gives additional depth to the data,” stated Jennifer White, Manager of Health Programs and Partnerships for the NAACP. “Reducing childhood obesity rates among African-Americans requires a health equity perspective and effective engagement with community advocates.”

Report Highlights:

• NAACP leaders address socioeconomic and environmental factors, particularly less access to healthy, affordable foods and a   shortage of safe, accessible spaces for physical activity;
• NAACP leaders provide increased education about healthy choices and how to make these choices more relevant to their daily lives;
• NAACP encourages leaders to feel and take shared ownership of the long-term success of an initiative; and create models where local, state and national organizations form lasting collaborations, access to ongoing resource and a shared set of priorities and goals.

To read the full report, click here: http://healthyamericans.org/report/115

About Trust for America’s Health
Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. For more information, visit www.healthyamericans.org.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About the NAACP
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

Source: The NAACP

Collins: Governor’s Race High Stakes Politics

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Senator Jaqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) spells out high stakes gubernatorial politics; Seeks re-election of Gov. Quinn

By Chinta Strausberg

Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) laid out a clear picture why Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who is leading in the polls against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, should be re-elected.

Collins said Quinn’s public record speaks volumes about his commitment to the people of Illinois including his “pushing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois where we were able to insure many families and children” unlike other governors she said who have withheld the ACA funding coming into their states.

Quinn, she said, “is also pushing for the raising of minimum wage, increasing educational funding, and he provided many of our communities with funding for summer jobs. If you want to stem violence, you need to employ our kids especially our youth,

“Quinn was also instrumental in ensuring that we retain the ability of retaining the Social Security system and not get it passed into a 401K or privatize our Social Security” unlike Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner Collins says wants to privatize that social program.

Collins said Quinn wants to ensure that elders retain their Medicare and Medicaid. “That is why it is important to support a governor who understands the average working family and what it means to struggle in an economy that has seen a recession. We’re just climbing out of the recession. We have to ensure that everyone has reached the level where they can stand on their own feet. We need to ensure we continue to have our safety net in place,” said Collins.

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.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education

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CHICAGO, IL – With a tradition of proven support for veterans, military students and their families, Southern Illinois University Carbondale was presented with the Spring 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education, at a ceremony Thursday, September 11 outside the Traveling Vietnam Wall exhibit on the SIU campus.

“We salute Southern Illinois University Carbondale for their consistent and excellent support for their student veterans,” said IDVA Acting Director Rodrigo Garcia. “SIU is the blue-chip standard for supporting student veterans, and that they were the first so honored in 2010 and again four years later is very impressive.   SIU’s programs and policies to assist veterans entering or returning to higher education matches Governor Pat Quinn’s top priorities, and we thank them for their shared commitment to this community of heroes.”

IDVA Chief of Staff Simon Wlodarski presented the award on behalf of Governor Pat Quinn and acting Director Garcia during the ceremony to SIU Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.  Faculty, staff, student veterans, and local community leaders attended the event, which is part of a series of events running through Sunday, Sept. 14 that honor veterans and military personnel.

Earning the award for a second time reflects the continuing commitment the university places on serving its student military veterans to ensure they are able to accomplish their educational goals, Sarvela said.

“We are honored to receive this award from Gov. Quinn and Acting Director Garcia,” Sarvela said. “This honor also belongs to the many people here at SIU Carbondale who work hard daily to make sure our student veterans have what they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom. The sacrifices that our veterans and their families make for this nation warrant that kind of commitment.

There are 643 student military veterans on campus this semester, Paul S. Copeland, veterans services coordinator, said.

The university’s programs and initiatives in assisting student military veterans and active duty personnel continually earn recognition as being among the nation’s top military-friendly colleges and universities.

“This award recognizes the value this university places on student success,” Copeland said. “”We have continued and put into place initiatives to provide academic, social, medical and general transition support for veteran students and military families.”

Those programs include utilizing veteran tutors, recognition for graduation and academic excellence, Veterans’ Administration personnel under the “Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership” and chaplains programs, an annual Sept. 11 “Run To Remember” program, and military culture and veteran ally training for faculty and staff.  Work is starting on a peer adviser program for the next generation of students transitioning from military service, Copeland said.

Previous winners include Eastern Illinois University, College of DuPage, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and Southwestern Illinois College.  SIU was the first to receive this award, and is the only institution to receive it for a second time.

The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education is presented in the spring and fall of each school year. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 term. Illinois colleges or universities that contribute to the betterment of our student veterans and their families are eligible. The nominated school must be a licensed, degree-granting school in the state of Illinois. For more information, please visit the Governor’s Award homepage at www.veterans.illinois.gov.

Governor Quinn has long been a leader for supporting Illinois’ military families. He initiated the Illinois Veterans Grant and Illinois National Guard Grant, which cover tuition at all Illinois public universities and community colleges for eligible veterans and serving National Guard members. He also required colleges to post all benefits available to Illinois veterans and assign a staff member to serve as the point of contact for student-veterans who need information and assistance. In 2012, Governor Quinn and the Departments of Veterans and Military Affairs spearheaded the statewide public-private partnership, Illinois Joining Forces, which has been a model for other states to follow.

NAACP Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On September 13, 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed into law, forging a national commitment to keep every American safe. At a time when many considered domestic abuse to be a private family matter and victims were left to suffer in silence, this law enshrined a simple promise: every American should be able to pursue a measure of happiness free from the fear of harm.

From Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO:

“Since it was first enacted in 1994 with strong NAACP support, the Violence Against Women Act has helped thousands of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault across our country, and has been instrumental in reducing annual rates of domestic violence. Twenty years after the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, we have come a long way, but there is still much work to do. The NAACP will continue working with the Obama Administration to enforce these continued protections, especially for women of color, who experience the highest reported rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in the country. We commend Vice President Joe Biden for his tireless leadership on this issue.”

From Hilary O. Shelton, Sr. Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Washington Bureau Director:

“Twenty years ago, the NAACP worked very closely with then Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden to address the scourge of violence against women in the United States. Because of our work with now Vice President Biden, we have reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act three times to help ensure that women of all races and ethnicities throughout the country receive the equal protection our Constitution guarantees. Because of this historic piece of legislation, we now have a permanent office in the Department of Justice that helps not only implement the crucial provisions of the law, but also oversees programs specifically created to help end an epidemic of violence that has in all too many cases resulted in death. The NAACP looks forward to its continued partnership with Vice President Biden and the Department of Justice to help achieve the Violence Against Women Act’s full implementation.”

The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal Reminds College Students to Make Fire Safety a Priority

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September, Campus Fire Safety Month in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – As thousands of college students head off to college, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) joins a national effort to raise fire safety awareness among college students who will live in campus dormitories or off campus housing.

Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed September as the Campus Fire Safety Month in Illinois in an effort to educate college students on the importance of having smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in every campus housing facility.  The Governor also wants to encourage schools and municipalities to provide educational programs on the dangers and prevention of
fires.

“Students need to realize that fires do happen in campus housing; therefore they should take a
proactive role in getting familiar with their housing units and take steps to protect themselves from any fire tragedy”, said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis.  “Something as basic as looking up for smoke alarms and other fire safety features in their dorms or off campus housing can make a difference between life and death”.

According to the Off-Campus Fire and Life Safety Alliance, August and September are considered the worse time of the year for fatal campus related housing fires in U.S.  Last year in Illinois, there were 110 reported fires in dormitories and Sorority/Fraternity housing.

The most current report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows that between 2007 and 2011, fire departments across the nation reported an estimated average of 3,810 structure fires in dorms, fraternities, sororities and barracks.

OSFM recommends the following safety tips:

• Look for housing with adequate and appropriately placed sprinklers when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.
• Make sure your dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level.
• Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.
• Never remove batteries or disable the alarm.
• Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
• If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
• When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
• During a power outage, use a flashlight, not a candle
• Cook only where it is permitted and stay in the kitchen when cooking.
• Cook only when you are alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol.
• Check with your local fire department for any restrictions before using a barbeque grill, fire pit,
or chimney.
• Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
• Use a surge protector for your computer and plug the protector directly into an outlet.  Never overload surge protectors.
• Never leave a lit candle unattended.

For additional information on fire safety please visit OSFM website at: www.sfm.illinois.gov

Common Thread of Failure in Black Business Revealed

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Help Wanted, White Only

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — A recent study conducted by the Entrepreneurs Incubator Institute revealed that black businesses fail at a rate 18 times higher than that of their white counterparts with the exact same qualifications.

The report cited that blacks are unfairly expected to achieve at the same levels as whites due to the broad stroke comparisons. Devin Robi35pened to that person as a youth. In addition, schools often put more energy into high performing students, leading to even better performance out of them. Average or underperforming students are rarely given enough attention and development, leading to worse performances.”

Entrepreneurs Incubator Institute was formed to give budding entrepreneurs practical training, mentorship and exposure by not excluding the cultural perspective. The institute does not require high school transcripts nor does it do a criminal background check on applicants. Participants who have completed training found that they were better prepared for discriminative challenges in business and learned that much of what they didnt know, was standard information for white entrepreneurs.

Robinson further stated, “The element of entrepreneurship is often absent from the culture of black communities across the country. However, when blacks do decide to take this path, they are faced with a severe lack of true entrepreneurial information and requirements that are equal to whites, such as credit rating, down payments, wholesale prices, etc. which is not fair to many blacks that collectively start life from a more challenging place than whites.”

Robinson has proven to be an advocate for underdogs overall. He stated in the past that the minimum wage small businesses must pay to employees and tax rates small businesses must pay to government should be less than what corporations are required to pay. He said, “It is unfair to small businesses that are trying to grow to be held to the exact same standard of larger more established corporations. This creates a despotic fascist business community.”

You can learn more about Entrepreneurs Incubator Institute by visiting www.EntrepreneursIncubatorInstitute.com or by calling 770-850-9949.

Beinamovie.com Invites Fans to be in the Dr. Dre, Ice Cube Film ‘Straight Outta Compton’

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of legendary rap group N.W.A. and the five young men who revolutionized music and pop culture forever.

The movie is being directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job, Set it Off) and produced by original N.W.A. members Dr. Dre & Ice Cube. Straight Outta Compton is currently filming in Los Angeles and BeInAMovie.com is inviting fans to be a part of this historic film.

Fans are being offered this chance to be on the set and even be seen on screen in the final movie. There are several important scenes depicting key moment’s in the history of N.W.A. that fans can sign up to participate in. The available dates are September 18th, 19th, 22nd, 25th and 26th.

The amazing cast includes Corey Hawkins ‘(NonStop, Iron Man 3) as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell (Contraband, Broken City) as Eazy E and Ice Cube’s own son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. is playing Ice Cube in the film.

Fans interested in being in the film can get more information and sign up at www.BeInAMovie.com

Photo Caption: From top left: Ice Cube, F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Jason Mitchell & Corey Hawkins

Family & Community Residents of West Haven Outraged by Brutal Shooting of Denzel Ford by Chicago Police; Will Demand Justice!

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Family and community residents of West Haven will hold a protest rally today over the shooting of Denzel Ford, 19 yrs old, whom they said was brutally shot 8 times by Chicago Police Saturday night, Sept 13, 2014. Ford survived but is in serious condition.

According to the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stop Police Crimes Campaign, locals strongly dispute the CPD account of events. Family and community members are outraged at what happened to Denzel and, that another unarmed young black man has been gunned down by CPD.

Loved ones and the community are calling for people across Chicago to join the rally for justice today. They are demanding that the cop(s) who attempted to murder Denzel Ford be fired and prosecuted and that justice be served for all victims of CPD.

The protest rally will be held today, Monday, September 15th, at Lake & Western at 5 p.m., in Chicago.

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Stop Police Crimes Campaign can be reached at www.StopPoliceCrimes.com.

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