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Rauner Earns 21% of the Chicago Vote; Chicago GOP Candidate Recruiting Program a Success

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From the Chicago GOP Party

CHICAGO, IL -  Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner received 20.81% of the vote in the City of Chicago, surpassing the 20% threshhold that Republicans have traditionally needed to win statewide office. The previous GOP nominee for Governor, State Senator Bill Brady, received 17.5% of the Chicago vote in 2010.

The governor’s race was a test of the Chicago Republican party’s “Chicago Victory Project,” a candidate recruitment and campaign infrastructure program.  The goal of the program was to recruit high-quality first-time candidates for Illinois House and State Senate seats, provide them with campaign infrastructure, and drive the GOP vote in Chicago by 5%.  Partnering closely with the Illinois GOP and the Rauner campaign ensured top-to-bottom alignment.

As a result of this initiative, the Chicago GOP recruited and ran nine candidates on the ballot in districts throughout Chicago. Each candidate was in a district which was extremely difficult for a Republican to win. Nevertheless, the candidates went door-to-door and spent many hours ringing doorbells and making calls. The net effect was that Republicans who turned out to vote for the local Republican candidate also tended to vote for Bruce Rauner and the whole statewide ticket.  The party raised approximately $250,000 for the program, shattering previous fundraising records.

“This outcome was the result of two years of planning, fundraising and execution,” said Adam Robinson, Chairman of the Chicago GOP.  “It’s no secret that Chicago is and forever will be critical to the success of our statewide candidates.  This is a winning formula for future elections.”

All but one of the candidates were running for office for the first time. Nevertheless, four of them won the endorsement of local media.

“The impact of these campaigns was substantial,” said Chris Cleveland, Vice Chairman of the Chicago GOP. “The results of this election guarantee that we’ll have a larger field of candidates in the future.  The Chicago GOP will expand this program substantially in preparation for 2016.”

The candidates were Vince Kolber, Stefanie Linares, Collin Johnson, Mark Calonder, Denis Detzel, Greg Bedell, Coby Hakalir, Mark Ekhoff, and Victor Horne.

“We’re deeply grateful for what these Chicago candidates have done for the party,” said Cleveland.

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Black Women Comment on Black Voter Turnout in the Midterm Elections

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Members of Black Women’s Roundtable Comment on
Black Voter Turnout

WASHINGTON, DC – The following comments were made by members of the Black Women’s Roundtable who played a significant role in voter education, protection and mobilization in the 2014 Midterm Election cycle. Their comments are based on anecdotal information compiled while manning the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Ronald Walters Election Day Command Center which monitored and analyzed voter mobilization and assistance operations in several states.

Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable,
“Yesterday we had powerful ground operations led by Black women and youth in several states. All of them say turnout was higher than expected, and, in many states more turned out than in 2010. There were several state ballot initiatives that passed for minimum wage and paid sick days that will have a positive economic benefit for women and working families.   Our early analysis reveals that part of the reason the Democrats lost control of the U. S. Senate and key gubernatorial races is because they ran away from the leader of their party, President Obama, and they did not invest in their base until the last minute including mobilizing Black, Latino, women and youth voters.   Moving forward, we believe it is critical for the Black community to engage all those who were elected to address issues important to our communities.  The Black Women’s Roundtable will continue to expand our national, state-based and local organizing to hold all elected official accountable to our interests no matter the party.”

Elsie Scott, Ph.D., director,  Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University,”I am pleased that 40-plus percent of the black candidates who ran statewide or in the congressional races were women and half of them won, including five new members of Congress. I applaud the women who took that bold step to run for office to make a difference in their communities and to make the voice of the African American woman heard.  The election shows that we have a lot of work to do to get more black women and persons who support issues that significantly affect our communities elected to office. We must now prepare to let elected officials know that whether or not we voted for them, our tax dollars are being spent by them and we expect them to be accountable to all of their constituents, including racial minorities, the poor and women.”

Rev.  Barbara Williams-Skinner, Ph.D., co-chair, National African American Clergy Network, “The African American faith community has been a vital part of every major advancement of Black people in our nation. The Black faith community worked in coalition with community groups and produced a larger than expected Black voter turnout in the 2014 mid-term election.  This coalition underscores the importance and power of the Black faith community to give voice to the voiceless across the nation on a range of vital policy issues.  With a dramatic shift in power in this election, continued coalition building by the Black Faith community with key community groups will be critical in the coming years.”

Clayola Brown, president, A. Philip  Randolph Institute, “Black women, in particular, who are the fastest growing segment of America’s voting bloc, showed up in phenomenal numbers.   But, blindsided by indifference, ignorance, or both, the two leading political parties in this country refuse to listen, acknowledge and understand the importance of speaking to and acting in a meaningful way on the issues that influence these women who not only showed up to vote, but showed up on the election ballot.   On the other hand, the challenges and the obstacles of voter suppression still impede the democratic process that this country was built on.  But, make no mistake, these are small hurdles to overcome-the biggest hurdle for the Democrats and the Republicans will be for them to truly understand that if they want our vote, they must really take heed and act on our issues.  Or, prepare to stumble into 2016.”

Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., president and CEO, Incite Unlimited, LLC, “One significant, but underreported impact on last night’s election results were the very real implications of laws and last minute actions that significantly impeded the voting rights of citizens across the nation. Black and brown communities especially were seemingly targeted with misinformation, last minute polling place changes, and long wait times. Voter ID laws too, provided an additional hurdle for potential voters, especially impacting the young, the economically disadvantaged, women, and communities of color. As a nation  that prides itself in its democratic ideals, we must do better. We must never embrace echoes of America’s discriminatory voting past and instead create a future that embraces the democratic ideal, not as a theoretical exercise, or as a rhetorical crutch, but instead as a lived, practiced, reality.”

Holli L. Holliday, Esq., CEO and Chief Strategist, Holliday Advisors, LLC, “For too long, the African American community has been caught between Republicans would ignore us and legislate against our interest and Democrats who take us for granted and offer us tokenism policy reform. This election has been a personification or our bad options, to stay home and not vote or to  vote for the least offensive options.  The growing influence of women, particular women of color should not be under valued.  This election saw an historic number of African American candidates seek national or statewide offices, which resulted in 5 new black women in Congress.  But as we look head to 2016, Rs and Ds should be preparing for a new electorate that is browner, younger and savvy to vote its margins.”

René Redwood, CEO Redwood Enterprise, “The Congressional Black Caucus members won their elections and the caucus gained two African American women. The voice of Black America is infiltrating both political parties. We are being courted in effective ways by the Republican Party which can be a message to the Democratic Party that they can no longer take us for granted. And although the ‘Georgia Five’ – five African American women running for statewide offices did not ultimately take the offices, they made impressive gains and have opened up new routes and seeded pipelines to power for a new generation of public service and officials.”

Salandra Benton, convener, Florida Black Women’s Roundtable,”What we know is that the Black community responds when people they know and trust talk to them and them on the issues and why it is important to vote early and let your voice be loud at the ballot box. Black move to action when they get the message from a trusted voice they have a relationship with- that’s why we saw an increase in Black voter turnout in Florida from 2010 midterms. Don’t Count Us Out!

Helen Butler, executive director, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda and convener, Georgia Black Women’s Roundtable, “It’s great to see that turnout exceeded predictions and the 2010 Midterm despite the fact that most of the candidates messages did not resonate with the voters and were not delivered by familiar and trusted voices.  The more we focus on developing messages that everyday people can relate to, we will continue to increase Black voter turnout. The candidates should follow that same formula.”

Rev. Judith Moore, Ph.D., executive director, Sisters Saving Ourselves Now and convener, Pittsburgh, PA Black Women’s Roundtable, “We found that education and jobs were the key issues that motivated Black voters and other communities in Pittsburgh to get out and vote. Many voters across party lines felt that Governor Tom Corbett did not do a good job addressing issues affecting working families and voted him out of office because of those concerns on yesterday.

Stephanie Moore, convener, Kalamazoo, MI Black Women’s Roundtable and Mothers of Hope,  “We were pleased to see the turnout of women and people of color throughout Kalamazoo county. Through ongoing education and civic engagement we were able to inspire and empower voters. Our focus and priority will be to continue the dialogue to better educate voters while supporting community based emerging leaders to lead efforts that will address barriers to voting and support efforts for equal access to the overall democratic

Founded in 1976, the NCBCP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing African American participation in civil society. The current programs and initiatives of the organization include Black Youth Vote!, Black Women’s Roundtable, and a Black Men & Boys Initiative. The National Coalition has trained and engaged African American leaders and community activists in overcoming institutional barriers that have hindered the growth of Black communities politically, socially and economically.

NAACP Statement on Outcome of the 2014 Midterm Elections

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Baltimore, Md. – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is committed to leading the effort alongside other civil and human rights organizations and our newly elected Congress to pass a robust Voting Rights Act Amendment.

Equal access to voting remains paramount as numerous reports of voting irregularities emerged during the midterm elections yesterday. Malfunctioning voting machines, voters turned away because of erroneous voter ID laws, missing names of registered voters and long lines were among the major challenges that the NAACP fielded along with our Election Protection partners via the 1-866-Our-Vote hotline. We assert that passage of a robust Voting Rights Act Amendment is essential for the states previously protected under section 5 as well as for all Americans for the sanctity of our republic.  We urge the newly elected Congress to join us in ensuring that all registered voters in our great country have unfettered access to the ballot box.

Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP:

“This election was not about who won but the rather the citizens who lost the right to participate.  This first election post the Shelby vs. Holder decision resulted in problems in every single state previously protected by the Voting Rights Act. For 49 years, these states were singled out because they had a history of discriminating against American voters.  The Election Protection Hotline we manned with other concerned organizations fielded over 18,000 calls yesterday, many in those same states previously protected by the VRA.  As we move forward—it is imperative that our newly elected Congress work with the NAACP and our partners to pass Voting Rights Act Amendment legislation that assures that all Americans have the franchise—our very democracy depends on it.”

Here are all the partners that worked with the NAACP on the Election Protection hotline: http://www.866ourvote.org/partners​.

What Verizon Customers Need to Know: Take Action, Sign the Petition

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Verizon is tracking millions of customers as they browse the internet on their mobile phones. We have to tell Verizon to stop this violation of their privacy.

Please sign the petition today! Verizon: Stop Tracking Customers on the Web!

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For the past two years, whenever Verizon Wireless customers visit a website, the company has been adding a unique identification code. This code means that Verizon can track each and every website that customers visit – and most people don’t even know about it!

Click here to sign the petition telling Verizon to stop tracking wireless customers on the web.

When customers visit a website on their phone, Verizon adds something called a Unique Identifier Header (UIDH). A UIDH is a string of about 50 letters, numbers and characters that acts like a serial number. These codes allow advertisers to identify customers on the web so they can send targeted advertisements.
Verizon says it is not using the UIDH to create customer profiles. But the code does make it possible for Verizon to gather quite a bit of information about all 123 million of the company’s subscribers.

Even worse, customers cannot turn off the UIDH. So whether or not they give consent, Verizon is sending out customers’ unique identifiers to the websites they visit. Verizon won’t stop tracking people unless it hears from enough customers asking them to stop this violation of privacy, so it’s up to us to convince them.
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Study Puts Dollar Amount on Cost of Smoking in California

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Study Puts Dollar Amount on Cost of Smoking in California

New America Media

By Julian Do and Peter Schurmann
LOS ANGELES – We all know the health risks associated with smoking. But according to a new study from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), the financial toll for states and counties is almost as staggering.

According to the UCSF School of Nursing’s Institute for Health & Aging, smoking-related illnesses cost California $18.1 billion in 2009. That comes to about $487 per resident or $4,603 per smoker. The costs included direct healthcare expenses as well as lost productivity due to illness or death.

There were 34,363 smoking-related deaths in California for that year, 17 times the number of deaths related to AIDS, and five times the number of deaths from diabetes, influenza and pneumonia. The leading cause of smoking-related death was cancer, followed by cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, and pediatric disease. Secondhand smoke exposure caused 794 adult deaths.

Researchers also concluded that smokers are more likely to develop chronic lower respiratory disease (COPD), which kills one-in-seven Californians.

“The good news is smoking used to cause one in five deaths,” said Wendy Max, professor of health economics at UCSF and one of the lead researchers for the study. “But one in seven is still too high.”

Max spoke at a briefing in October to release the findings of the study, which was supported by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program of the University of California’s Office of the President (UCOP).

About four million Californians still smoke on a daily basis. Among them, adult and adolescent males outnumbered female smokers, the study found, with smoking-related costs for men and boys amounting to $11.7 billion, compared to $6.4 billion for females.

Another troubling finding is the toll on families. Researchers found that relatives and others who live with smokers accounted for 54.4 percent – or $9.8 billion – of the total statewide cost, explained co-researcher Hai-Yen Sung, who also teaches health economics at UCSF. Sung noted that for employers, smoking-related losses amounted to $8.2 billion in lost productivity.

The study is the third in a series, the first two having been done in 1989 and again in 1999. It was released the same day as a government study that found some 14 million illnesses attributed to smoking nationally.

That study also found smoking rates to be highest among Asian Americans and African Americans, with rates in fact climbing for the latter.

Tracy Richmond McKnight is a program officer with the UCOP Tobacco Related Disease Research Program. She says the UCSF study was prompted by the “need to know what the actual economic impact of smoking is on the state of California so as to better monitor whether tobacco control efforts are working or not.”

She adds that another unique feature of the study is that it looks at both statewide costs as well as at a county-by-county level, allowing “local public health agencies to be able to assess how well their efforts are working within their local counties.”

Paul Simon heads the office of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Speaking at the UCLA briefing, he pointed out that smoking rates are higher in immigrant and low-income communities, but that “without additional resources, our capability to help communities of color reduce the number of smokers is greatly constrained.”

Simon also pointed to a decline in resources needed for monitoring and enforcing smoking restrictions, which to date have been credited with helping to lower the overall number of smokers in the state.

According to Michael Ong, chair of the California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, such complacency has allowed tobacco manufacturers to ante up massive campaigns to attract new smokers and to promote e-cigarettes, which have become popular among younger smokers.

The UCSF study did not include data from e-cigarettes.

“We’re only now in the process of studying the health impacts of e-cigarettes but these products are already out there on the streets,” he said, adding that without additional resources, it would be hard for the state to continue enforcing existing restrictions while also tackling the challenges associated with e-cigarette products.

McKnight points out that while revenues derived from the sale of tobacco products helps fund prevention efforts, no such revenue comes from the sale of e-cigarettes. “All the money the state generates for prevention programs, for cessation programs, for educating youth in the schools and for research – none of these get revenue from e-cigarette sales,” she says. “They’re not considered tobacco products.”

National Urban League Survey of African American Parents Shows Overwhelming Support for Common Core State Standards, But Underscores Need for Sufficient Resources To Ensure Its Success

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– 60% of African American parents retain a favorable perception of the goals for student achievement under Common Core –

– Parents agree that schools with a majority African American (64%) or Latino (67%) student population were deficient in resources necessary to teach the Common Core –

New York, NY – The National Urban League released the results of its latest national study on the awareness, perception and understanding of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) among African American parents. The study, conducted by polling firm Dr. Silas Lee and Associates, finds that despite ongoing debate and tension among politicians regarding Common Core, as parents become more knowledgeable about CCSS, they tend to have a more favorable view of what they are and what they have the potential to achieve. In fact, 60% of the respondents in the survey have a “very/somewhat favorable” impression of the Standards. Similarly, the survey findings indicate that African American parents view Common Core as a transformative education policy that can improve student achievement and academic performance. By a 2-1 margin, more than 60% of parents surveyed have “a lot/some confidence” that student achievement will improve under Common Core State Standards.

The survey results also indicate that awareness of Common Core State Standards may not necessarily signal true understanding of the issue. Seventy-six percent (76%) of the parents surveyed concurred that the Common Core State Standards are a state-led effort that establishes a single set of educational standards; yet, 70% subscribe to the misconception that the federal government was involved in creating Common Core. This underscores the importance of ongoing efforts to ensure the dissemination of accurate information about the Standards.

“The results of our survey of African American parents on Common Core State Standards strongly indicate that when parents are fully informed – void of distortion, myth and political agendas, they tend to support Common Core and its potential to transform public education and help ensure that all of our children – regardless of their family income, zip code or ethnicity – are prepared for college or career,” said Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League. “Nothing is more important in a child’s education than his or her parents’ involvement, engagement and understanding of what their children need to learn to be high-performing adults in a 21st century society. So, when parents are empowered and knowledgeable about the expectations and goals of Common Core, they are able to tune out the political rhetoric – and tune in to the potential for their children.”

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Poet/Author Reflects on Black Family Love

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In a four part essay, poet and author Ingrid Herndon Greene reflects on her childhood and the lessons she learned while growing up in a loving Black family that experienced death, tragedy and ultimately success.

By Ingrid Herndon Greene

Ingrid Herndon Greene

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Love never fails. I was very glad to know that. My family was full of love. Over the years it is what kept us together. My mother and father manifested their love for one another. It was just natural for them to hug and kiss especially after mom prepared a good meal. During the week mom and dad worked. It was great though when we all could sit at the dinner table together. We always had nourishing food on the table and we were glad about that.

My family celebrated all the major holidays with gusto. For the holidays my mother invited more family members to the house. She just loved to cook and cooking was something she was good at. She expressed a desire for our family to be close. Mom lived a good long life and she gave us a lot of love. She never complained about having a lot of work to do and functioned on just a few hours of rest. She just seemed to have a lot of energy. Mom kept herself busy. If it is true that a wise woman builds her house, then Elizabeth Herndon, the tar heel girl as she called herself, would be considered very wise. She loved to decorate and she made quite a comfortable home. She was also a God fearing woman who went to church every Sunday. She encouraged her children to go to church as well. When we were young she dressed us up real fancy and took us to church with her. She said, We should always give God some of our time. When I was a little girl she got down on her knees with me at the side of my bed to teach me the Lords Prayer. She made sure that I learned to pray. Mom also took good care of my hair. She went to the hair dressers every two weeks. She came home with her hair dolled up and had her finger nails polished too. Mom smiled a lot and was soft spoken when we were young because dad was alive and she was happy.

Grandma lived with us too; she was mothers mother. Grandma took care of us while mom and dad worked during the week. Mom loved grandma a whole lot too. Mom worked as a maid for a wealthy Jewish family and Horace Herndon my dad, was a taxi cab driver. He worked the night shift. Between the two of them all of our needs were met and all of the bills got paid quietly. They never argued over money. Over all we had a blessed family. Our family lived in the borough of Manhattan uptown in the village of Harlem. My older brother and I were born in Harlem Hospital in the nineteen fifties. Mom was a change of life mother. This was her second marriage and I was the youngest of her children.

Our family started out in a tenement building which had no elevator and lots of stairs to climb. We lived on the fifth floor. Mom wanted to move into the projects and eventually she moved us twelve blocks away into the Drew Hamilton projects. It was just opening in 1964. The buildings were brand new. Mom was excited because our building had elevators. When we moved there I was about eight years old. Mom was a very friendly neighbor and she soon became the sixth floor captain. She made herself helpful to the other tenants on our floor. We had plenty of heat and hot water and the lights stayed on. It was a sunny well lit apartment and mom was very contented there. She loved plants and she put them in all the windows. She made the house homey and welcoming. Dad, Grandma Freddie, Cliff, and I were all very happy with moms charming ways.

A year after we moved into the projects dad suffered a major heart attack. He was admitted into St. Clares Hospital and lived through open heart surgery. Then, after one month dad died. His death came as a shock to us all. Moms loving husband was gone.

My mother was a praying woman. After dad died she said that God would lead her and help her raise up us kids. She missed dad very much. The apartment felt empty without dads presence. We all looked up to him and gave him the utmost respect. He spoke with authority and we depended on him for many things. He was a kind hearted man and the tar heel girl never remarried because no man could take dads place. My mother just faithfully went to the Baptist church. She relied on the members of the church for friendship and from the pastor she received guidance. Getting over her grief was a slow process but she managed. She was lucky to have her job which kept her busy all week long. The weekends went by quickly also with doing chores and preparing for church. I recall how the phone was constantly ringing with the church sisters calling to talk to her. However mom never put us kids out of her mind.

To learn more about Ms. Ingrid Herndon Greenes work, contact her at IHGSTUDIOS@yahoo.com or call (347) 702-3633.
PART II – To Be Loved: Surviving Without Dad

By Ingrid Herndon Greene

Surprisingly mom showed great strength in his absence. She was a widow with two preteens to raise. Since she only had a high school diploma she determined quickly that it was her job to put her children through college. My mother was very patient with us kids while we were in high school. She took her sisters advice and allowed me to date boys, but she insisted that I go to the Baptist church every Sunday and sing in the Young Peoples Choir. I enjoyed going to church and had friends there. However, mom was very stern with my brother. In his teens he refused to go to church on Sunday. For a while mom really fought with him and she could be a bull in a china shop. Once she threatened to beat him with the broom handle and they got into quite an argument. He knew that she kept dads gun in the apartment. When he got her really angry he knew to run out the door and wait until she cooled down.

She was determined to raise us up to be respectful and intelligent young people. She made it her business to attend all of our school meetings and got all of the information required for both of us to apply to colleges of our choice. She encouraged us to study hard and she rewarded us with delicious home made desserts and stylish clothing to wear when we did well in school.

She got financial help from Grandma Liz who was dads mother. They gave us allowances since we were teenagers. My mother used wisdom and somehow even without dad we did not feel poor. We were far from rich but we got much love and great sacrifices were made on our behalf. For instance, we had our own set of encyclopedias with huge matching dictionaries to study from. We got the Sunday newspaper. Every Sunday the newspaper boy came to each floor in the building and yelled Newspaper, Sunday newspaper. Mom gave us the money to buy the paper. We had more than one television and we had a stereo with a radio in it. We had lots of records and a rather lively household. Mom allowed us to go visiting; we could have friends over to our apartment as long as our grades at school were good. She trusted us to be honest with her and to tell her what was on our minds.

My mother worked hard as a maid so that she would have the money to give us what we really wanted. Otherwise, she encouraged us to get jobs when school was over so that we would have money of our own; we worked each summer. Mom taught us to use our heads. She would always tell us to rest if you must but never quit. When my mother told me that nothing beat a failure but a try, I tried to be the intelligent daughter that she said I could be. I loved to read and I went to the library and read many books. I learned to ice skate and went skating with my school friends. I learned to sew and bake cakes. Mom helped me with the sewing and the baking. She was great at baking and I tried hard. My mother taught me to aim as high as the stars and I think she had the right idea.

My mother was old fashioned. She did not allow us to smoke and drink in her house. Our friends had to be close to our ages. She definitely would not allow me to date more than one boy, and he had to be from a good family. She said that, she was not raising a cow. My friends all seemed to like my mother. She was a good judge of character. As long as my friends came from stable homes mom didnt mind us partying a little. She said that young people had to have some fun.

I was very proud of my mother. She shouldered responsibility gracefully. Mom could save a dollar for a rainy day. It could be said that mom was very industrious. She had property in the south; she owned a house and rented it out. She always seemed to have money for what was important. Mom lived with self respect and she gave us no reason to not respect her. We learned the value of a dollar. Her hard work with a bit of imagination paid off for her year after year. As long as we were in school she never took one penny of our allowance to pay for food or to pay the rent with. She covered those areas on her own. She bought new furniture when we needed it, and mom covered the bare floors with carpet in every room. She put her loving touch all around us. All mom asked of us was that we provide our own personal needs out of our summer job earnings. She told me that a bank account was really useful to have and that I should have one of my own. She was proud to have her own bank account. For years she kept a Christmas club account. She would save money all year long so that she could buy gifts for everyone at Christmas time. She was just thrifty and could come through in a pinch; mom made sure that she covered all the bases like life insurance. She made certain that she had me covered until I finished with school. She was a good old girl.

I still missed dad but mom became both mother and father to us, and I appreciated her for that. She had a good listening ear, and she kept us supervised. When we used good judgment as young people she gave us hugs and kisses. She taught us to be neat and clean. She was a strong head to be under in every way.

To learn more about Ms. Ingrid Herndon Greenes work, contact her at IHGSTUDIOS@yahoo.com or call (347) 702-3633.
PART III – To Be Loved: Romance Returns

By Ingrid Herndon Greene

Mom was altogether bitten by the travel bug. She was the recording secretary of the Pastors Aid club in church. Her club chartered buses occasionally. Three times they went to different parts of Canada. Once mom took me with her to Canada. It was a real blast. Mom allowed the young people to explore when we reached Canada. We were in Montreal. While she rested in our Queen Elizabeth Hotel room on Saturday night we went out dancing. We took a cab to a French/English speaking disco. The deejay was jamming and we had the best time. We took a cab back to the hotel. The next day mom said she was very proud of us because we handled ourselves well. As we grew older she didnt mind us being a little independent.

Without dad around mom traveled a good amount. She went to Hawaii, the Bahamas, and Spain. She also went to Florida and California. She traveled with her sister sometimes, and other times she traveled with her oldest daughter or travel partners. She was quite adventurous. Mom taught us by example.

I had a very thoughtful mom. Caringly every year at Christmas mom mailed out a great many Christmas cards to friends and family. She made sure that all of our names were printed on the cards. She loved her family and her friends dearly. Mom was also faithful to give her offerings in church, and she encouraged me to do the same thing. She said that, God would bless our family in return. We believed that we were blessed.

Elizabeth Herndon was raised in North Carolina. She called herself a tar hill girl. Mom had one serious vice which was dipping snuff. Red Label was her brand. She put the snuff in her lower lip and sucked on it like a baseball player. It was a habit that she could not break. Many summers she and Grandma Freddie traveled back to the south to Kittrell, North Carolina to visit with Aunt Mary Helen moms sister. Grandma Freddie chewed her apple flavored tobacco and mom dipped her snuff.

Elizabeth Herndon was called Betty by friends and family. She was a little taller than average height and stood up as straight as possible. Betty bought herself a mink coat and a mink hat so that she could go to church in style. Her hair was fashioned after the Queen Elizabeth style. It was with the crown away from her forehead and curls all around that framed her face. Her eyes were large and medium brown. She had an adequate bosom and full sized hips. Many of her dress clothes she made herself. She even made her own hats to match her outfits. Betty wore hanging gold earrings and she always wore a watch to keep up with the time.

While we were in high school, college was on the front of her mind. She was determined to get both my brother Cliff and me to further our education. It seemed like a dream to me, but mom knew it was possible to achieve this. It was her dream for us to have a better life than what she had. She attended many meetings at our schools to figure how to get financial aid because she only had a meager salary. Then she spoke to the pastor of her church for advice. She was relentless. She put her faith to the test and prayerfully trusted God to guide her the right way as she directed us down the proper pathway. She shared this idea with Grandma Freddie and her sister Harriet. They encouraged her altogether. She knew that there were funds available so she never gave up. She continued to ask around for help for her kids education.

In the midst of family obligations romance came into the picture with her. It had been some time since dad died. To everyones surprise mom had a male friend. He worked for the New York City Housing Authority as a repair man. During the day he was in his uniform working in our project building. After work hours he showered and changed clothes then he came to visit mom. His name was Mr. James McKnight. Mom just called him McKnight. He wasnt anything like dad, but he was definitely attracted to our mother. He was good to her; she seemed very happy to spend some of her time with him. He took her out on dates occasionally. One summer she finally invited him to our apartment for Saturday dinner with the family. I noticed that he dressed well, and he was very neat and clean. Mr. McKnight was a dark skinned man about moms height. He was big boned, wore a shirt and slacks, and gold framed glasses. Mom prepared a special dinner for him. She baked snapper with matza stuffing. He was a good conversationalist, and he smiled at mom throughout dinner. Mr. McKnight must have been special to mom. He was the only man that she dated, and mom was very careful how she behaved in front of the family. Mr. McKnight had a nice red Cadillac. He would drive her anywhere she wanted to go. They got along quite well and were happy. Our family just accepted Mr. McKnight as moms friend; after all, mom was still an attractive woman. They both got dressed up for Sunday service, and they looked good together. He wore a full length dark grey coat, a double breasted suit, and a big brimmed black hat.

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PART IV – To Be Loved: Victory in the Name of the Lord

By Ingrid Herndon Greene

My mother was 43 years old when I was born. Betty was an older working mother. Even though her strength didnt allow her to do all the things that the younger mothers did with their children she was active enough. For instance she gave me a sweet sixteen party. It was a smashing success. Mom baked homemade cakes and there was ice cream and punch. The music was great and lots of young people showed up. The party was held in the Soundview Community Center in the Bronx. The dancing went on for hours and everybody ate and had a wonderful time. Countless hours she spent in the kitchen. Betty baked her hips off. She made German chocolate cake, coconut layered cake, apple pie, sweet potato pie, and even lemon meringue pie. The younger mothers could not compete with Betty in the kitchen.

The dining room where she honed her cooking skills and spent an enormous amount of time was neatly furnished with colonial furniture. There was a breakfront in there and a large wooden kitchen table with four wooden low backed chairs. She covered the table with linen and place mats. Cushions were placed on all the chairs. I think the kitchen was her favorite place to be in the apartment.

Betty was a housekeeper from the gates of heaven. Since she worked as a maid she knew every trick to keeping a clean apartment of her own. She taught us that to be good students we had to live in a clean orderly environment. She cleaned thoroughly until we could see ourselves on anything that we put our hands on.

I was put in the college-bound program when I started high school. I am convinced that it was Bettys aptitude for house cleaning that kept my head straight. I could focus on any subject. My brother Cliff was as sharp in the head as I was. Bettys work paid off and Cliff was accepted into Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. This was a victory for mom! She was extremely proud to have a son going to college. She burned the phone lines up telling all the family and all her friends about her smart son Clifford. Cliff was sent off to college.

I was still at home with mom and Grandma Freddie. While Cliff was gone Betty cooked fish a good amount of the time. She called fish brain food. She said next it was my turn to make it into college. I had three more years of high school to work hard. I had two counselors in the college-bound program that worked getting information about as many colleges as possible. This information was given to the parents of the students. For three years I studied doggedly and finally I took the S.A.T. test. Joyfully, my test scores were high enough to be able to apply to a few colleges. Betty Herndon read through one college catalogue after the other. My counselors encouraged me to go away to school. Betty prayed and shouted in the church services, and finally an acceptance letter was sent to me from the State University of New York in Oneonta, New York. Mom was overjoyed. Her dream was now a reality. She had struggled hard working as a maid to put the funds together to see her children in college. She claimed the victory in the name of the Lord. Betty didnt know much about college, but she had the idea that when she washed off the cover of her bible and kept it clean she could hear God speak to her like he had done many times in the past. It was her way of keeping on top of things. She just trusted God to give her children wisdom.

With both of us away at college, mom went to the church services regularly. She left us in Gods hands. At the same time her boss, Samuel Sandhaus, who was very compassionate, kept a four star health insurance plan paid for. Fortunately, the insurance covered me. Cliff did not have any health problems. I however had scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. When I told mom that I was experiencing spasms in my spinal column she got the name of an orthopedic specialist for us to go to. In my senior year of college I took a medical leave-of-absence from school. We consulted with Doctor Richard Ulin about my spine. He took x-rays and examined me, and then he suggested corrective surgery. Mom agreed with the doctor. To make a long story short the surgery was successful. After a month in Mt. Sinai hospital, I was transferred back home with a home attendant to care for me. I was in good spirits. Mom went to work every day knowing that I was in good hands.

Soon I was up and about wearing a body-cast for eight months. Elizabeth still went to church and praised God every Sunday. Finally, I was taken back to the hospital to get the body-cast removed. The burden was lifted off of me and I was able to stand up straight.

Betty was not to be out done. She spoke immediately to the Dean at Oneonta State University about me returning to College for my last semester. Everything worked out. I returned to school. Mom hoped that I would graduate. Clifford had already graduated from Johnson C. Smith University and Betty was walking on air. Surprisingly I managed to complete my course load. Happily the family drove to Oneonta, New York to attend my graduation. Old fashioned Betty Herndon, the tar heel girl had become a modern day miracle worker.

To learn more about Ms. Ingrid Herndon Greenes work, contact her at IHGSTUDIOS@yahoo.com or call (347) 702-3633.

Find A Seasonal Holiday Job With These Tips From The Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – If predictions hold true, it could be a very merry Christmas for retailers and package delivery services as well as for those looking for seasonal employment. Hiring for seasonal workers could top 800,000 this year, which is substantially higher than in 2013. However, having more jobs available is still no guarantee of employment. The Better Business Bureau says job seekers must be prepared.

“Those who are looking for work shouldn’t limit themselves to applying for sales positions only,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “There are opportunities in customer service, and marketing, as well as with restaurants, caterers, and hotels; they often beef up staffs to handle holiday parties.”

The BBB offers the following tips to successfully find seasonal holiday employment:

  • Start your job search today. The key to landing a seasonal job is to start searching early. Now is the time for job hunters to determine which job suits them best, identify companies they’d like to work for and then begin submitting applications and resumes.
  • Research companies prior to submitting applications. Always check out the company’s BBB Business Review for free at www.bbb.org to see if the company has received a good rating from the BBB and a record of taking care of consumers and employees.
  • Be careful with credit card or checking account information
    . Never give these account numbers to an individual or business that promises employment. Legitimate employers never charge fees to prospective employees.

  • Work where you shop.
    Try to identify seasonal employment with businesses you actually shop at or frequent. You will already be familiar with the company and its products and discounts available for employees may mean significant savings when shopping for holiday gifts.

  • Put your best foot forward.
    Even if you are just picking up an application at stores in the mall, dress your best and be prepared for an interview. This includes being familiar with the company’s brand and its products, as well as reviewing the store’s website. Retail job hunters in particular need to focus on impressing potential employers with their customer service skills, which is a must when dealing with stressed-out shoppers, long check-out lines and day-after-Christmas returns.

  • Be flexible. Full-time employees usually have first dibs on the preferred hours and shifts. As a seasonal employee, expect to work long, sometimes inconvenient hours that may include Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. If this is a second job in addition to your day job, be upfront and clear with your new employer about your availability.

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Community Service Organization Announces the Re-election of its National President at Reception

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CHICAGO, IL – A reception honoring Mrs. Bonita M. Herring, the recently re-elected International President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., will be held on Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 3:00 until 7:00 PM at the Legacy Room, 119th and Loomis in Chicago, Illinois.

The event is being dubbed a  Golden Affair. Presidents of the Divine Nine organizations that comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council (Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta) and their local representatives will attend from across the country to celebrate another Chicago hometown heroine. Celebrated local Chicagoans President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama are among the invited guests. Other invited notables include Congresswoman Robin Kelly, community activist Hydeia Broadbent, singer Martha Reeves, rapper/philanthropist MC Lyte and actor Harry Lennix.

The Inaugural committee is co-chaired by Nicole Nolen-Patrick and Nadine Dillanado and includes Sigma chapters from across Chicagoland.

All proceeds from the Golden Affair will be donated to benefit one of Sigma’s national programs, St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Founded in 1922, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is a leading international, non-profit community service organization that continues its growth through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service. The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the Unites States, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Germany and Korea. The sorority has been dedicated to improving the quality of the lives of others through community service. They are committed to “Greater Service, Greater Progress”.

For more information, please contact:
Nadine Dillanado

President Barack Obama’s Statement on the First-Annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

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History shows that a free press remains a critical foundation for prosperous, open, and secure societies, allowing citizens to access information and hold their governments accountable. Indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reiterates the fundamental principle that every person has the right “to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Each and every day, brave journalists make extraordinary risks to bring us stories we otherwise would not hear – exposing corruption, asking tough questions, or bearing witness to the dignity of innocent men, women and children suffering the horrors of war. In this service to humanity, hundreds of journalists have been killed in the past decade alone, while countless more have been harassed, threatened, imprisoned, and tortured. In the overwhelming majority of these cases, the perpetrators of these crimes against journalists go unpunished.

All governments must protect the ability of journalists to write and speak freely. On this first-ever International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the United States commends the priceless contributions by journalists to the freedom and security of us all, shining light into the darkness and giving voice to the voiceless. We honor the sacrifices so many journalists have made in their quest for the truth, and demand accountability for those who have committed crimes against journalists.

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