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Congresswoman Robin Kelly and BET Networks – Bamboozled or Just Plain Traitors?

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By Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly and BET Networks

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King often referenced his struggle, not only with racist white elitists, but also with self-seeking “colored people” who gained lucratively and prestigiously from being facilitators of diabolical agendas designed to derail the Civil Rights Movement thus maintaining the status quo. Today, African-Americans need look no further than the Congressional Black Caucus as a modern-day mirror of what Martin faced. Drawing the curtain further aside they would see an equal foe in the NAACP.

Let it again be stated, the leading cause of death in the African-American community is abortion, and the leading provider of abortion, is Planned Parenthood. One-thousand-seven-hundred-eighty-six African-American children are killed each day by abortion. The “Unfulfilled Dreams” of 52% of All African-American Pregnancies, end in Abortion. The physiological, sociological, psychological detriment has been devastating! It is worse than any plague inflicted upon people of color in our history. Via abortion, over 20,000,000 million African-Americans citizens have been cut off from the American Dream long before they ever saw their first sunrise. All the sociological data proves Planned Parenthood has deliberately chosen the African-American community to be its preferred clients. The founding mother of Planned Parenthood was the notorious Margaret Sanger, and what was her purpose? To execute her Negro Project whose goal would be to ensure there be far less African-Americans, for as she states,

“Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying… demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism… [Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant… We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all. The Pivot of Civilization, 1922, By Margaret Sanger. Chapter on, “The Cruelty of Charity,” pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library edition.

And as the saying goes, “…With friends like these, who needs enemies…?” The Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP obviously benefit from their friendships with Planned Parenthood despite the observable carnage and mental anguish it has wrought in the Black community. “Planned Parenthood is grateful for the support of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for providing a space for this important conversation on reproductive freedom,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “It is partnerships like this, with leaders like Congresswoman Robin Kelly, and BET Networks, that allow us to reach more communities with an important message access to birth control is pivotal in expanding economic opportunity for all women.”

It is this “grateful support” that has helped Planned Parenthood “reach more communities” and which has lead me to the sociological, and empirical conclusion that “The Most Dangerous Place for An African-American To Be Is In The Womb Of Their African-American Mother…” Thank you Congresswoman Robin Kelly and BET Networks!

Bamboozled…? Perhaps a few. Traitors…? Probably most! Yes, not only of you and I, but they have betrayed their founding congressional laborers, who, on their watch, courageously exposed the insidious plot of Planned Parenthood and population control advocates who all agree the one race to control is that of African-Americans. When carefully cloaked programs such as “reproductive freedoms” were being introduced, the Congressional Black Caucus of that day passed the integrity test. The honorable Charles C. Diggs (founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus) speaking from the floor of the United States Congress on August 17, 1972, stated, “Mr. Speaker, C. Summer Stone, a highly respected journalist, raises some very important questions in his column of August 1972. As he suggests, the use of the word genocide often brings charges of hyperbole from some quarters. But, Mr. Speaker we would do well to remember that the Genocide Convention has yet to be ratified by the US Senate.” He went on to say, “Family Planning or Planned Parenthood has been widely viewed by many responsible Black professionals and leaders as a subtle but effective effort to destroy the Black family and limit its growth.”

Another time when the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus expressed their disdain for Planned Parenthood and exhibited true courage by showing themselves to be “responsible” was when they walked out of the First National Congress on Population Control, boldly stating for all the world to hear: “The Black Caucus has withdrawn from the First National Congress on Population and Environment because of unmistakably clear evidence that the purpose of this conference is to use those delegates invited to legitimize a pre-conceived plan of viscous extermination.” The statement was presented to a Press Conference by Felton Alexander, National Urban League and chairman of the Black Caucus and Dr. Alyce Gullattee, Psychiatrist from Washington D.C.

In light of the above, lets hear these prophetic words spoke by Dr. Martin Luther King and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, May 17, 1957,

“In the midst of these prevailing conditions, we came to Washington to say to the men in the forefront of our government, that the civil rights issue was not an ephemeral, evanescent domestic issue that could be kicked about by reactionary guardians of the status quo; it was rather an eternal moral issue which may well determine the destiny of our nation in the ideological struggle with Communism.”

“We Hold These Truths…” Do We?

Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr. is the founder of www.BlackGenocide.org – a website designed to reach the Afro-American community with the truth about abortion.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not of CopyLine Magazine.

Photo Caption:: Congresswoman Robin Kelly and BET Networks.

The Foreclosure Crisis: Economic Violence Shatters the ‘Dream’ for Millions

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By Martin Luther King III

Last year, my family and I were honored to join millions around the world in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landmark “March on Washington.” Beyond the powerful exhortation against racism of my father’s “I Have a Dream” speech, however, the organizers were demanding economic justice, along with civil rights, for African Americans and all who were being shut out of the ‘American Dream.’

Today, the disproportionate impact of the foreclosure crisis in communities of color – 17 foreclosures per 1,000 homes in minority zip codes as opposed to 10 per 1,000 in white communities – underscores the collateral damage of the greed-fueled push to force struggling families of all ethnicities to forfeit their own pieces of the ‘Dream.’

My father spent a lifetime working to combat the destructive trifecta of poverty, racism, and violence. In our view, the growing dissolution of homeownership, the primary opportunity for building net wealth for hard-working Americans, constitutes nothing less than “economic violence” being perpetrated against the most financially vulnerable constituency.

In the context of the foreclosure crisis as violence against homeowners, it occurred to me that the six steps for nonviolent social change that my father used in many of his most successful campaigns could be applied to launch an inclusive movement to address and resolve the issues surrounding forced foreclosures.

Nonviolence is a time-honored process with the following phases: (1) Information Gathering; (2) Education; (3) Personal Commitment; (4) Discussion/Negotiation; (5) Direct Action; and (6) Reconciliation. The objective is simply to defeat injustice, not an opponent, through reasoned and non-hostile compromise. And that is our mission.

In January 2013, we participated in a national community outreach effort sponsored by the Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR), an entity established by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve and the Office of Thrift Supervision to assist in providing remediation for affected homeowners. Although nearly eight million persons were reached directly and indirectly through churches across the country, we were shocked to learn that the IFR was abruptly terminated before it could even begin to help a single borrower.

Since the beginning of the housing crisis, some 4.9 million homeowners are in foreclosure and 1.9 million families continue to struggle to stay current on their mortgages, with a large percentage of them “under water.”

With so much suffering – and homeownership at its lowest level in two decades – it is particularly abhorrent that certain powerful hedge funds and insurance conglomerates are pushing hard for more foreclosures rather than sustainable resolutions that would allow families to keep their homes. This pro-foreclosure campaign seeks to unravel the mortgage principal reduction objectives in federal remediation settlements and block the use of loan modifications as a tool to restore stability in communities.

The real eye-opener is that it is a $9.4 trillion problem affecting some 9 million citizens in the United States. And the growing erosion of wealth and equity is bankrupting minority and other disadvantaged citizens whose aspirations for homeownership are being jeopardized by huge corporate financial institutions whose callous indifference to the plight of struggling families is reprehensible.

Unfortunately, there is still a widespread misperception that the devastating subprime scandal is behind us. But Beyond Broke, a report prepared by the Washington-based Center for Global Policy Solutions, thoroughly analyzes the systemic roots of the economic disparities manifested in the continuing housing crisis.

With homeownership remaining the “key driver of wealth,” the far-reaching adverse consequences of foreclosure are inevitable. We have recently reached out to Attorney General Eric Holder and urged his intervention to counter the aggressive pro-foreclosure campaign that is seriously and disproportionately undermining the stability of minority communities and exacerbating neighborhood blight. (The full text of my letter to Mr. Holder appears on my website http://www.mlk3.com).

We are reminded that the Civil Rights Act of 1968 – Title VIII of which was also known as the Fair Housing Act and prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex (and as amended) handicap and family status – was passed on April 11, 1968. President Johnson rallied support for the bill as a fitting tribute to my father’s legacy, exactly one week after he was taken from us.
Today, some 46 years later, there is still much more work to be done.

But the stakes are even higher now. After generations of hardship and hard work to pursue the better life promised by the ‘American Dream,’ disadvantaged communities are now headed toward certain bankruptcy with the loss of their most significant net wealth asset – homeownership. Policymakers, regulators and fiduciaries overseeing the mortgage market simply cannot allow that to happen when so many have sacrificed so much to open the door to that ‘Dream.’
Photo: Martin Luther King III

Comedian Sommore Joins the Power Check Coalition #GA123: Urges Voters to Register by October 6 and Verify their Power for the November 6 Midterm Elections

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Today, the Power Check coalition, a new national non-partisan network of leaders and organizations focused on tapping the power of social media to engage infrequent voters, will launch a final push that urges voters to “check their power” before November 6th. It includes a follow up event with Sommore on October 25th in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.

This is their fourth Power Check Day and may be the most important one. Not only is October 6th the last day for individuals to register to vote in more than a dozen states, but it gives voters who are registered enough time to seek remedy if they find out that sweeping changes to voter laws have resulted in them not being able to vote. More importantly, this will be their first time working with celebrities like comedian Sommore to reach a broader audience.

Power Check is a newly formed national social media platform that was specifically created to remind voters to get active this election cycle by harnessing the potential of the demographic revolution and blending traditional civil rights organizing tactics. It is an offshoot of the Get Active 123 campaign – an outreach program that asks voters to do three things: 1) Register to vote, 2) Vote early, and 3) Help someone vote on Election Day (#GA123).

“Our vote is our voice and our power. Everyone knows that in order to expect changes in our communities we need high voter turnout. The stakes are high so we intend to get the entire community to join us,” said comedian Sommore. “We selected the last day of voter registration for the social media push to highlight the significance of this year’s election where young voters are most at-risk of being this year’s drop off voters.
“This social media campaign has been very successful and will be key to driving turnout now and beyond.” said Melanie Campbell, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Civic Participation. “It is especially needed following the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby decision on voting. Many states have passed voter laws that limit early voting and placed new restrictions around voter identification. In some states thousands of names have been purged from the records.

“Let’s remember that midterm elections are important because we elect individuals who will fight for our interests in the communities and states where we live,” Campbell adds.

The program reminds voters to check their voting status with their Secretary of State and urges voters to call the Election Protection hotline at 866-Our-Vote if they feel that their voting rights are being unjustifiably challenged. This effort comes on the heels of recent Supreme Court decisions that affected the Voting Rights Act, which struck down the pre-clearance portion of the law.

“We will not allow this historical moment pass without doing everything in our power to help increase voter turnout in our communities” said Sommore. “There is a saying where I come from, ‘If you knew better you would do better’ and I’m pushing for us to do better.”

Photo: Sommore

The White House Launches the “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge”: FACT SHEET

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In February, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to ensure that all youth, including boys and young men of color, have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success.  As part of that launch, the President also established the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force (Task Force) to review public and private sector programs, policies, and strategies, and determine ways the Federal Government can better support these efforts.  The Task Force was also charged with determining how to better involve State and local officials, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.  In late May, the Task Force released its 90-day interim progress report, which identified a set of recommendations and a blueprint for action for government, business, non-profit, philanthropic, faith, and community partners.

Since the launch of MBK, the Task Force has met with and heard from thousands of Americans, through online and in-person listening sessions, who are already taking action.  In June, responding to their commitment announced at the MBK launch, eleven of the nation’s leading philanthropies announced $194 million in independent incremental investments in organizations and initiatives, including programs to enhance school learning environments and reduce young people’s interaction with the justice system.  In July, President Obama announced new independent commitments by businesses and nonprofits representing more than $100 million dollars and pledges of support from educators, business leaders, athletes, and mayors aimed at addressing some of the report’s recommendations.  Also in July, the National Convening Council (NCC) was launched as an independent private sector initiative bringing together leaders from business, philanthropy and the faith, youth, Tribal, local, and nonprofit communities.

On September 27th, the President announced that more than 100 mayors, county officials and tribal nations (full list below) have already accepted the “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge” (“MBK Community Challenge” or “Challenge”), the next step in organizing and building upon the work of community leaders to improve outcomes for youth in America.

MBK Community Challenge

Today, the White House announced the MBK Community Challenge, an effort to encourage communities (cities, counties, suburbs, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college and career strategy aimed at improving life outcomes for all young people, consistent with the goals and recommendations of the Task Force’s May report, to ensure that all youth can achieve their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances in which they are born.  The Challenge is not a new federal program, but rather a call to action for leaders of communities across the Nation to build and execute comprehensive strategies that ensure:

  • All children enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally prepared;
  • All children read at grade level by third grade;
  • All young people graduate from high school;
  • All young people complete post-secondary education or training;
  • All youth out of school are employed; and
  • All young people are safe from violent crime.

The Task Force also identified a set of “cross cutting” areas, among them the importance of caring adults being present and active in the lives of children, hence the emphasis placed on mentoring.

The Challenge calls upon mayors, Tribal leaders, town and county executives, encouraging them to take the following steps:  within 45 days of accepting the Challenge, local communities convene a Local Action Summit with key public and private sector stakeholders to assess needs, determine priorities, and decide what combination of the above objectives they will tackle; within six months of accepting the Challenge, communities publicly launch a plan of action for accomplishing their goals, which will include a protocol for tracking data, benchmarks for tracking progress, and a blueprint for how the community will resource its efforts.

The White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the NCC are launching the Challenge.  The NCC will provide communities with resources to support their local planning process, assisting them in developing successful strategies for action and tracking their progress.  More information, including how local executives can sign up for the Challenge, is available at www.MBKChallenge.org.

Additionally, the Federal government has recently announced a number of programs that address recommendations in the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force progress report.  For example, the Department of Justice announced a $4.75 million initiative to invest in training, evidence-based strategies, policy development and research to build trust and strengthen the relationship between law enforcement, and the communities they serve, and through the Smart on Juvenile Justice initiative, awarded $2 million in three grants which provide training, technical assistance and education to improve the quality of services, end racial and ethnic disparities, and encourage reforms in juvenile justice systems.  The Department of Education awarded more than $57 million in grants focused on improving school climates and keeping students safe.  And in September, the Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development announced a collaboration between HUD-funded organizations, and civil legal aid programs and public defender offices, to focus on expunging and sealing juvenile records – improving the chances that reentering youth will be able to obtain degrees, find work, and secure housing.

Information on previous independent private sector commitments can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov//the-press-office/2014/07/21/fact-sheet-president-obama-applauds-new-commitments-support-my-brother-s.

MBK Community Challenge Early Acceptors

Localities

Akron, OH

Albuquerque, NM

Alleghany County, PA

Anniston, AL

Atlanta, GA

Atlantic City, NJ

Augusta, GA

Baton Rouge, LA

Beaverton, OR

Birmingham, AL

Boston, MA

Bridgeport, CT

Brooklyn Park, MN

Buffalo, NY

Caddo Parish, LA

Carlisle, PA

Charleston, SC

Charles Town, WV

Charlottesville, VA

Chattanooga, TN

Chicago, IL

Cleveland, OH

Columbia, SC

Columbus, OH

Compton, CA

Cook County, IL

Culver City, CA

Dallas County, TX

Dayton, OH

DeKalb County, GA

Denver, CO

Des Moines, IA

Detroit, MI

Dubuque,  IA

DuPage County, IL

Durham, NC

Edinburg, TX

Elkhart, IN

Fairmount Heights, MD

Ferguson, MO

Flint, MI

Forest Heights, MD

Fort Wayne, IN

Fort Worth, TX

Fulton County, GA

Gary, IN

Harrisburg, PA

Hartford, CT

Hempstead, NY

Hobson, AL

Holly Hill, SC

Holyoke, MA

Houston, TX

Huntington, WV

Indianapolis, IN

Ithaca, NY

Jacksonville, FL

Jersey City, NJ

Johnstown, PA

Kansas City, KS

Kansas City, MO

Knoxville, TN

Lansing, MI

Laredo, TX

Las Vegas, NV

Little Rock, AR

Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Louisville, KY

Macon, GA

Madison, WI

Massillon, OH

Memphis, TN

Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis, MN

Mount Rainier, MD

New Haven, CT

New Orleans, LA

New York, NY

Newark, NJ

Newton, MA

Niagara Falls, NY

Normandy, MO

North Chicago, IL

Oak Creek, WI

Oakland, CA

Orlando, FL

Palm Beach County, FL

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, ME

Portland, OR

Prairie View, TX

Prince George’s County, MD

Prichard, AL

Princeton, NJ

Providence, RI

Ranson, WV

Rialto, CA

Richmond, CA

Rochester, NY

Sacramento, CA

Saint Joseph, LA

Salt Lake City, UT

San Antonio, TX

San Francisco, CA

Santa Ana, CA

Santa Fe, NM

Savannah, GA

Seattle, WA

Shreveport, LA

Southfield, MI

St. Louis, MO

St. Paul, MN

Syracuse, NY

Tacoma, WA

Tallahassee, FL

Tampa, FL

Tucson, AZ

Village of Phoenix, IL

Washington, D.C

Tribal Nations

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (CA)

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (AK)

Cherokee Nation (OK)

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (SD)

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa  (MN)

Hoonah Indian Association (AK)

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (CT)

Navajo Nation (AZ, NM, UT)

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (WI)

Pawnee Nation (OK)

Round Valley Indian Tribes (CA)

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (MI)

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe (SD, ND)

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (ND, SD)

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (WA)

Illinois Department of Public Health Reassures Illinoisans After First Ebola Case Confirmed in the U.S.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – This afternoon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States in a patient in a Texas hospital.  Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck has this statement:

“While not easily transmittable, Ebola is a very serious virus.  At this time, Ebola does not pose a great health risk to the people of Illinois.  The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with the CDC, local health departments, hospitals and medical facilities to be vigilant for Ebola.  IDPH has issued guidance to health care facilities and medical professionals on evaluating patients and lab specimen submission.  Conducting surveillance for diseases, identifying potential cases, implementing infection control measures and stopping the spread of illness are core public health functions and we stand ready to protect the people of Illinois.

For the most up to date information on the Ebola virus, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

NAACP Responds to U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn the Preliminary Injunction Against Ohio

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Baltimore, MD — The NAACP released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the preliminary injunction against Ohio. The injunction prohibited Ohio from eliminating one week of early voting, same day voter registration, and from decreasing early weekday voting hours.   This ruling allows the state of Ohio to limit opportunities to vote before Election Day.

From Marshall Taylor, Interim General Counsel, NAACP:

“The NAACP is extremely disappointed in yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. By reversing the District Court’s Order, the Supreme Court has placed its stamp of approval on the disenfranchisement of thousands of potential Ohio voters, including a disproportionate number of minority, elderly, student, and working-class voters.  The NAACP and our partners will continue to fight against voter suppression efforts, whether they originate at the state house or in the courthouse.  While troubling, this ruling will only intensify our efforts with the Ohio State Conference in preparation for the beginning of early voting on October 7th as well as in the ongoing fight against voter suppression in Ohio.”

From Sybil Edwards-McNabb, NAACP Ohio State Conference President:

‘We are very disappointed in the Supreme Court decision but we realize that it is not based on merit.  Post this decision, we’ll be continuing to educate the community and our NAACP supporters on the importance of the voting process.  We want voters at the polls—and once there, we encourage them to make intelligent and informed decisions.  We encourage all Ohioans to join us for Super Saturday, November 1st and “Souls to the Polls” on Sunday, November 2nd.  The NAACP Ohio State Conference will spend our remaining time and effort on turning out the vote.

Farmington High School Student Wins 14 Scholarships Including the Detroit Rainbow PUSH Excel/GM Scholarship

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Aubrey Perry

Farmington, MI (BlackNews.com) — It doesn’t matter where you start, but where you finish that counts. Aubrey Perry heard this often from her father, Marc Perry, growing up. But those words didn’t really “click” until embarking on her senior year in high school.

Aubrey Perry was pretty much like any other high school kid. She loved to have fun, laugh a lot, go to the mall and the movies with her friends, listen to music and her favorite pastime – tweeting and texting her friends.

Always a good student and active in the varsity Pom team at school, Perry realized that in order to go to her “dream” school, she’d have to do more.

“The summer between my junior and senior year, I really got serious. Though I was in the National Honor Society and The Link Crew, I knew that if I wanted to go to a major university like Michigan State, I’d have to start participating in the type of activities that matter to admissions directors – and especially scholarship selection committees,” said Perry.

In NHS and Link Perry did some community service and leadership activities, but her Pom practices kept her from doing more. “When I found out that getting accepted into college was very competitive – and so expensive, I made up my mind to do whatever it took to get where I wanted to go. My parents told me that if I wanted to go away to school, I had to find my own scholarships because they didn’t have money for a college career like Michigan State.”

Because Perry’s parents had been entrepreneurs, over the years they had to invest back in their businesses. But as the economy turned down, they had to file for bankruptcy and lost a lot their investments – including savings for college tuition.

“It was a very sobering and emotional conversation when my parents told me that there was no money saved for college. That day, I made up my mind that it’s not too late to go after my dreams. I put full focus on winning scholarships,” said Perry.

A lot of middle-class families are in the same situation. According to Money.CNN.com, the middle class are too wealthy to get student aid, yet too poor to afford college. The reason why is the problem with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many families don’t qualify for financial aid because the application just gages the current tax return information and calculates an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. “My parents who are working jobs now but because of the bankruptcies and other expenses, we’re trying to play catch up – and did not have the EFC number the FAFAS said they should have,” said Perry.

The average middle-class family saves about $19,584 for college per child, according to the report by the College Savings Plans Network. The cost of room and board and in-state tuition is about $100,000 over four years.

Perry worked hard and was awarded several scholarships that totaled about $17,000. “I applied to over 100 scholarships – and won fourteen,” said Perry. My first scholarship I won was $75 and the largest scholarship I won was $5,000. Those scholarships for $25,000 a year are really hard to get because they’re the ones everyone hears about. But, I researched and applied to any and every scholarship I qualified for no matter how small – because it adds up.”

The Rainbow PUSH Excel/ GM Scholarship was the last scholarship she won. Perry will be awarded the Scholarship on October 13 at the Detroit Automotive Project luncheon where she will meet Rev. Jesse Jackson and the other scholar. “I had to submit a video about myself, interview an executive about the auto industry in Detroit and submit recommendation letters, transcripts and a resume,” said Perry. “It was intense.”

Perry, who is a freshman attending Michigan State University, wants to get into the Eli Broad School of Business and study marketing. She chronicled her scholarship journey on her blog at www.aubreymperry.blogspot.com. Since she only won $17,000 in scholarships, she had to take out a student loan to pay for the balance not covered this year. Michigan State University is about $22,450 a year for tuition and housing. “Next year I plan to get a good summer internship and apply again for more scholarships. I have faith that it’ll all work out,” concluded Perry.

Photo Caption: Aubrey Perry, high school senior at Farmington High School in Farmington, Michigan


Hacked Email Accounts Open Businesses to Fraud Warns Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Scammers are hacking into company email accounts and are fooling employees into sending vendor payments to con artists. Urgent emails are sent that appear to come from a company executive telling the recipient to change invoice payment procedures for a vendor instructing them to wire money straight to a bank account specified in the email. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning managers and employees not to fall for these fraudulent emails because the money wired will end up in the hands of a scammer.

“This scam is particularly hard to catch because scammers use names and emails of actual vendors and company executives,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, Inc. “However, whenever someone wants a wire transfer to be done, it’s important to respond to these emails cautiously. Employees should double check the authenticity of the email before making such a transfer.”

There are a number of different ways that this scam operates. In a different version, scammers hack into the vendor’s email account and send messages to their contacts.  The instructions are the same: instead of paying as normal, they are instructed to respond to future invoices with a wire transfer into the scammer’s bank account.  In other versions, the email account is not actually hacked. The scammers either use software to disguise their email address or create a new address that looks nearly identical.

Here are ways to avoid this scam:

  • Establish a multi-person approval process for transactions above a certain dollar threshold.
  • Get the word out in your office. If your colleagues or employees know about the scam, they will be more likely to spot a suspicious email.
  • Be extra careful with wire transfers. Wire transfers and increasingly pre-paid debit cards are scammers’ preferred methods of payment. Always confirm that any request for a wire transfer is from an authorized source.
  • Double-check email addresses. Scammers may use email addresses that look very similar to those used by the actual business, such as jsmith@xyzbusiness.com instead ofjsmith@zyxbusiness.com.
  • Be suspicious of requests for secrecy. Speak to the executive on the phone or in person to confirm changes in payment information. If you still have doubts, speak to another senior executive.
  • Slow down. Scammers pressure you to take immediate action so you don’t have time to think it through. Take time to verify any request, even an urgent one.

For more tips, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Chicago Building Owner Charged With Criminal Contempt in Connection With 2012 Fatal Fire

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The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed a rare criminal contempt of court legal action against a Chicago building owner for failing to comply with ongoing court-ordered safety requirements in the apartment building that he owned where a man died in a fire in 2012.

A petition for Criminal Contempt of Court has been filed against Adolfo Lopez, 57, of the 4700 block of South Karlov, who owns the two-flat apartment building at 1645 N. Central Park in Chicago where the fatal fire occurred.  Prior to the fire Lopez had failed to comply with several court orders issued over the course of more than three years, including one specifically directing him to keep the attic and basement units free of occupants.

During the early morning hours of Oct. 27, 2012, an electronic space heater in the attic of the building ignited nearby bedding material and caused a fire, which claimed the life of 42-year-old Jaime Martinez.  At the time of the fire, Martinez was living in the attic with several other people, which violated the terms of multiple court orders instructing Lopez to keep the basement and the attic of the building vacant.

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said that while it is rare for her office to pursue criminal contempt of court, the facts in this case and the loss of life warrant criminal action.

“This is a terrible tragedy that should and could have been prevented had this landlord complied with the order of the court.  Given this man’s senseless death we feel strongly that a criminal sanction is required and is appropriate in this case,” Alvarez said.

Cook County Judge Paul Biebel set bond for Lopez at $25,000 during a hearing today at the George Leighton Criminal Courts building in Chicago.  The next date for the case is October 22.

The City of Chicago originally filed a complaint against Lopez in December of 2007, when it was discovered that he had illegally modified the building in order to house more tenants.  According to prosecutors, the building had originally been constructed as a two-flat dwelling but had been illegally converted to nine living units.  As a result of the illegal conversion, rooms that were intended to be individually rented out by Lopez in the attic and basement of the building were without windows, sufficient exits and without adequate smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

St. Louis Area Artist Produces Music Video Capturing Protests Surrounding Michael Brown’s Murder

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Call To Action Video Puts Spotlight on White Cops Murdering Blacks

St. Louis, Mo. – An East St. Louis born-and-bred hip-hop impresario — who marched with protesters in Ferguson — has produced a YouTube music video that captures the fury, frustration and frenzy that exploded in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s murder. Through a dizzying montage, the video zooms in on Michael Brown’s execution and also on other innocents murdered at the hands of killer cops. The video also provides a historic overview of a disturbing pattern of similar atrocities.

Titled Hands Up! Don’t Shoot, the video is written and produced by Kenneth “Mo Skillz” Jones.

The Broadcast Version can be found at: http://youtu.be/vRSz-xrbVkg

The extended version of the Official Music Video can be accessed by logging on to: http://youtu.be/KNxnwIPW_T0

Because of its powerful message and images, the four-minute video is quickly becoming a rallying cry in the international outrage against white cops shooting/killing innocent black victims. With tensions mounting nationwide as evidenced by the fatal Wal-Mart shooting, and the recent shooting of an innocent black man by a white South Carolina state trooper, the video is being hailed as A Call to Action. At the same time, it is elevating Mo Skillz’ artistic stature as a skilled and sensitive chronicler of movements and messages.

The video shows defiant crowds with their hands raised yelling “Don’t Shoot!”  There are also poignant scenes of memorials to the dead with crosses and flowers at the scene of the murders.

With Mo Skillz leading the  “Don’t Shoot” refrain, the producers depict protesters of all ages hoisting signs and marching through the streets of Ferguson. The gripping video features raw footage of cops torturing and apprehending black youth including toppling a wheelchair bound youth and tackling a defenseless young woman.

With the staccato sounds of gunfire and the funeral dirge like refrain as a back sound, the video sparks powerful emotions and arouses deep-seated feelings.  While the recent horror in Ferguson is at the center of the video, Hands Up! Don’t Shoot captures disturbing images from similar protests nationwide.  It also pays homage to other victims gunned down by cops/wannabe cops including Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Kajieme Powell, Eric Garner, Kenneth Harding and John Crawford III.

Producer “Mo Skillz’ passion is authentic because these are his roots. He was born and bred in East St. Louis, Illinois a town in the vicinity of Ferguson. His family remains in the area, including a teenage daughter who attends the same school as Michael Brown.  As a black man who understands the culture, and the pervasive evil of the area whose boundaries include Ferguson, he observed the mayhem from his current home in Atlanta. Watching with outrage, he knew he had to be there. He put all projects on hold and jetted to Ferguson. While marching in lock step with the protesters, the artist in him saw an opportunity to chronicle the passion through a music video. It is now hailed as the “Don’t Shoot Official Music Video.”

The recent destruction of Michael Brown’s memorial has triggered both a new wave of protests and a sense of urgency to release the video.

He says that the intent of the video is not to incite anger, but rather to use it as a platform to inspire peace.

“While the video shows the faces of anger and frustration,” says Mo Skillz, “I still want to promote peace.  I want to use the format of the video as a call for good people to overcome evil.”

The video has won commendations from fellow artists and civil rights leaders including Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.,President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Speaking on behalf of the organization, Chavis stated, “The NNPA resolutely supports the global demand for equal justice in the wake of the tragic, racially- motivated murder of young, unarmed Michael Brown by Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson. We endorse the creative genius of the production of the music video “Hands Up: Don’t Shoot” by Kenneth “Mo Skillz” Jones.  Of course what is happening in Ferguson, MO is not isolated from a terrible pattern of racially motivated violent and deadly attacks by law enforcement officers on Black America.  This video and Call to Action will help to sustain an effective national and international movement for freedom, justice and equality for all people.”

For more information on how to support the Call to Action, log on to Dontshootmovement.com.

About Kenneth “Mo Skillz” Jones:

Born and raised in East St. Louis, Kenneth Jones a.k.a. Mo’ Skillz has set on a course to effect positive change in his family, community, and the world. As a producer, songwriter, motivational speaker, actor, video director, and humanitarian, he is using his unique voice and talents to make a lasting impact on the world as well as to use his story to give others hope.  As a student at Lincoln High School in East St. Louis, he exhibited tremendous promise. Since graduating, his multi-dimensional talent has been on display since his early days when he was singing bass vocals arranging, and writing. He moved on to a supporting and lead role acting alongside Ray-J, Lisa Ray, Mia Campbell and AZ in the released film Envy. Mo’ Skillz also directed a music video by fellow St. Louis artists 2Sense that got national airplay on BET. He then went on to promote more than 50 local concerts featuring major recording artists, with one of the biggest marketing firms in St. Louis, Succhis Marketing Group, where he began as a sales executive and worked his way to vice president. He also produced and directed a documentary entitled The Midwest Connection showcasing himself and numerous other talents from the Midwest. Continuing his success trajectory, he then sought out the best beat makers in the area to start his own music production company, Skillz Factory Production Inc. To underscore his growing influence, Mo Skillz was selected by entertainment force Russell Simmons to serve as a member of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

For More Information Contact:

Melody McDowell

312-371-8917

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Charlene Goston

314-406-4309

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Photo:  Kenneth “Mo Skillz” Jones

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