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President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch for Attorney General

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President Barack Obama remarks when nominating Loretta Lynch for attorney general in the Roosevelt Room

President Obama: Have a seat, everybody.  Good morning.  As President, I rely on my Cabinet every day to make sure that we are not just getting the job done, but we’re making progress for the American people.  And in a country that is built on the rule of law, there are few offices more important than that of Attorney General.

The Attorney General is the people’s lawyer.  As our nation’s chief law enforcement officer, the person in this position is responsible for enforcing our federal laws, including protecting our civil rights.  Working with the remarkable men and women of the Justice Department, the Attorney General oversees the vast portfolio of cases, including counterterrorism and voting rights; public corruption and white-collar crime; judicial recommendations and policy reviews –- all of which impact on the lives of every American, and shape the life of our nation.

As I said back in September when he decided to step down, I am enormously grateful to Eric Holder for his outstanding service in this position.  He is one of the longest-serving Attorney Generals in American history, and one of our finest.  Eric brought to this job a belief that justice isn’t just an abstract theory, but a living, breathing principle.  It’s about how laws interact with the daily lives of our people -– whether we can make an honest living, whether we can provide for our families; whether we feel safe in our own communities and welcome in our own country; whether the words that the founders set to paper 238 years ago apply to every one of us in our time.

So thanks to Eric, our nation is safer and freer, and more Americans — regardless of race or religion, or gender or creed, or sexual orientation or disability -– receive fair and equal treatment under the law.  I couldn’t be prouder of Eric.  And I couldn’t be prouder that today, I can announce somebody who shares that fierce commitment to equal justice under the law as my nominee for the next Attorney General, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.  (Applause.)

I also, by the way, want to thank the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, for being here on a Saturday to show his support.  (Applause.)

It’s pretty hard to be more qualified for this job than Loretta.  Throughout her 30-year career, she has distinguished herself as tough, as fair, an independent lawyer who has twice headed one of the most prominent U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country.  She has spent years in the trenches as a prosecutor, aggressively fighting terrorism, financial fraud, cybercrime, all while vigorously defending civil rights.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Loretta rose from Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York to Chief of the Long Island Office, Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Attorney.  She successfully prosecuted the terrorists who plotted the bomb — plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank and the New York City subway.  She has boldly gone after public corruption, bringing charges against public officials in both parties.  She’s helped secure billions in settlements from some of the world’s biggest banks accused of fraud, and jailed some of New York’s most violent and notorious mobsters and gang members.

One of her proudest achievements was the civil rights prosecution of the officers involved in the brutal assault of the Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.  Loretta might be the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters and drug lords and terrorists, and still has the reputation for being a charming “people person.”  (Laughter.)

That’s probably because Loretta doesn’t look to make headlines, she looks to make a difference.  She’s not about splash, she is about substance.  I could not be more confident that Loretta will bring her signature intelligence and passion and commitment to our key priorities, including important reforms in our criminal justice system.

She has consistently proven her leadership and earned the trust and respect of those she serves.  Since 2010, she has been a member of the committee of the U.S. Attorneys across the nation who advise the Attorney General on matters of policy, and she has served as chair of that committee since 2013.  So it’s no wonder that the Senate unanimously confirmed her to be the head of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in two separate situations –- once under President Clinton and once under my administration.  And it’s my hope that the Senate will confirm her a third time without delay.

At every stage in her career, Loretta has followed the principles of fairness, equality, and justice that she absorbed as a young girl.  She was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, the year before black students there sat down at a whites-only lunch counter, helping to spark a movement that would change the course of this country.

The daughter of a school librarian and a fourth-generation Baptist minister — which meant that she knew when to be quiet — (laughter) — that’s a little intimidating, being the daughter of a librarian and a minister — (laughter) — Loretta rode on her father’s shoulders to his church, where students would meet to organize anti-segregation boycotts.  She was inspired by stories about her grandfather, a sharecropper in the 1930s, who helped folks in his community who got in trouble with the law and had no recourse under the Jim Crow system.  I know that if he were here today, he would be just as proud of her as I’m sure her husband Stephen is.  I want to thank Stephen, Loretta’s stepson Ryan, her stepdaughter Kia, and her other family members who came here today.  We appreciate you guys agreeing to share her with the American people a little bit longer.

Loretta has spent her life fighting for fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy.  I can think of no better public servant to be our next Attorney General.  Let me introduce to you, Ms. Loretta Lynch.  (Applause.)

MS. LYNCH:  Thank you, everyone.  And thank you, first of all, Mr. President, for that kind introduction.  But most importantly, thank you also for your faith in me in asking me to succeed an Attorney General whom I admire, and to lead the Department that I love.

Now, no one gets to this place, this room, this podium, this moment by themselves.  I also must thank Attorney General Eric Holder for your support and your friendship over the years, as well as by leading by example, and always, always pushing this Department to live up to its name.  And I want to thank Chairman Leahy, senior officials of the Department of Justice, and members of the Cabinet for being here today.

To my colleagues in the U.S. Attorney community and throughout the Department, on whose strength and wisdom I lean every day, thank all of you, as well, for your support both now and in all the work that we have ahead.

And to my beloved office, the Eastern District of New York, my professional home — you have twice now given me the privilege of being able to serve you, and to focus on nothing — nothing — but the protection of the American people.  It has been a joy.  It has been an honor.  And I will carry you with me wherever I go.

And of course, to my wonderful family, several of whom are here with me today, all of whom are always with me in love and support — most especially my parents, who could not be here today but are watching, whose every thought and sacrifice has always been for their children.  They have supported me in all of my endeavors as I strive to live up to their example of service.

The Department of Justice is the only Cabinet Department named for an ideal.  And this is actually appropriate, because our work is both aspirational, and grounded in gritty reality.  It’s both ennobling, and it’s both profoundly challenging.

Today, I stand before you so thrilled, and, frankly, so humbled to have the opportunity to lead this group of wonderful people who work all day and well into the night to make that ideal a manifest reality, all as part of their steadfast protection of the citizens of this country.

Mr. President, thank you again for the faith that you’ve placed in me.  I pledge today to you and to the American people that if I have the honor of being confirmed by the Senate, I will wake up every morning with the protection of the American people my first thought.  And I will work every day to safeguard our citizens, our liberties, our rights, and this great nation which have given so much to me and my family.

I thank you again, Mr. President and Mr. Attorney General, and all of you, for being here.  (Applause.)

Q    — the release of Americans from North Korea today?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I think it’s a wonderful day for them and their families.  And obviously, we’re very grateful for their safe return.  And I appreciate Director Clapper doing a great job on what was obviously a challenging mission.

NAACP Response to Nomination of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General

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BALTIMORE, Md. – President Obama nominated U. S Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch, to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:
“The NAACP commends President Obama for nominating Loretta E. Lynch to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States. Her nomination couldn’t have come at a more critical time in our nation’s history. As an attorney with extraordinary depth, breath and length of service in both the public and private sector, Ms. Lynch is uniquely qualified to lead the Department of Justice.  From her exemplary service with U.S.  Attorneys Office of Eastern District of New York to her experience prosecuting the Abner Louima case, Ms. Lynch is an excellent choice to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder in his groundbreaking work for the American people. We appreciate both her exceptional experience and her demonstrated commitment to the civil rights protection for all Americans. We look forward to working with Ms. Lynch to ensure that our nation’s voting rights laws, employment protection laws and anti-housing discrimination laws are strictly and fairly enforced.”

A Temperature Check: What the Midterm Elections Mean for African-Americans and Other People of Color

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By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

On Wednesday, the National Urban League Washington Bureau and the National Urban League Urban Solutions Council held our post-election forum – ‘A Temperature Check: What Do the Midterm Elections Mean for African-Americans and Other People of Color?’ at The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Following Election Day, we considered it vital to explore next steps regarding solutions for our communities around issues including housing, workforce and healthcare. During my remarks to our audience, I stressed the three D’s that will be of critical importance moving forward.

First – Defend Democracy. We had a civic exercise in voting this week, and while most of our gains in voting rights took place during the 20th Century, we find ourselves in a 21st Century environment of efforts to create undue restrictions that make it more difficult for people to vote. We cannot be a nation that preaches democracy all over the world, yet seeks to cut back on voting rights and civic and civil rights here at home.

Second, Demand Jobs. While we’ve had 50 months of continuous job creation, in many cities – especially urban inner city communities – Black unemployment rates are above 20%. It is the responsibility of the private sector and the government to be on the side of job creation. In fact, it is all of our responsibility, and we must demand a jobs agenda that touches every corner of every community in every neighborhood. It is insufficient to have a jobs policy that reaches some, yet leaves others behind.

Third, Develop Human Capital. Simply put, from the time children are born – from their earliest involvement in education to their first jobs – we must talk about and put forward policies and programs towards education, jobs, ownership, and healthcare, and foster understanding of how they are all integrated to develop the best individuals and citizenry possible.

When we talk about these issues, our conversation is not around theoretical policy, but helping people get access in a real way…and regardless of what the polls say or who sits in Congress or the White House, we will never stop the work that we do to positively impact the lives of millions of Americans.

Delegation of Faith and Community Activists Will Deliver a Freedom of Information Act Request to the Home of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez

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The delegation is seeking race, income and gender statistics and success rates for the State’s Attorney Office Deferred Prosecution Program.

Leaders from Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) and Organizing Catholics for Justice (OCJ) will deliver a poster size FOIA request to the home of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez followed by a brief press conference and program.

They will deliver the FOIA Monday, November 10th, 9:00 A.M., at 1138 Park Ave., River Forest Illinois.

“We want to know if the State’s Attorney Office is fully committed to reducing the inmate population in Cook County Jail,” said Rev. Michael Russell, President of Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL)  “Although Anita Alvarez claims the Deferred Prosecution program is an effective tool in reducing mass incarceration in the Cook County Criminal Justice system, we have serious doubts about it’s effectiveness, especially with regards to successful completion rates for low income people of color”

The Deferred Prosecution program was established in 2011 as an alternative to prosecution for individuals charged with non-violent felonies and as a way to reduce overcrowding in the Cook County Jail.  Four years after the creation of the deferred prosecution program, the Cook County Jail remains overcrowded with first time non-violent offenders who are unable to afford bail.

“If the Deferred Prosecution program were working, why haven’t we seen any meaningful reduction of the jail population and why is the program limited to only individuals charged with non-violent felonies.  The jail is packed with first time non-violent offenders who can’t afford bail.  What is Alvarez’s office doing about that?” said Catherine McMillian,  Organizing Catholics for Justice

Community and faith leaders are delivering a Freedom of Information Act to the home of Anita Alvarez and calling upon her to commit to a complete review of the Deferred Prosecution program’s effectiveness.  Monday’s event is a part of a larger effort by other community and faith groups who will be protesting in front of Anita Alvarez’s office on Monday November 10th in the afternoon.

For more information, contact:

Byron Hobbs

Executive Director

SOUL (Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation)

office:  773.363.0199

mobile:  773.320.3218

email: byron@soulinchicago.org

Mentors Matter: Making a Difference in the Lives of Youth

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Youth Guidance brings support to minority students & families in Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods

CHICAGO, IL – Parents and schools in Chicago have an ally in their mission to keep children focused on the future.  Youth Guidance, a 90-year-old nonprofit that has provided services within Chicago Public Schools for decades, serves communities where the challenges of violence, unemployment, and academic failure for youth are most prevalent.  The agency’s programming touches more than 14,000 students city-wide.  In particular, Youth Guidance’s Becoming A Man (B.A.M) program utilizes highly-trained male mentors and counselors to reach young men of color, while the agency’s Working on Womanhood (W.O.W.) program serves young women.

Developed by Youth Guidance at Clemente High School in 2001, B.A.M. offers both social and emotional support for students.  In “B.A.M. circles” students bring forward their feelings and concerns and receive group encouragement in a safe, judgment-free space.  What started with only a handful of students in one school more than a decade ago has now expanded to serving 2,000 young men in more than 40 Chicago schools.

At Manley High School, B.A.M. Counselor Al Stinson uses an open and direct approach when working with his students.   Stinson, a west side native familiar with the urban realities his students face,  says that the issues he sees each day can range from disrespect for peers, school administrators and school property to fighting and violent outbursts to emotional distress.  In the 2013-14 academic year alone, six of his B.A.M. students were shot (all survived).

“It’s hard to become something you never see,” says Stinson.  “It’s about modeling.  A lot of my students walk into the program defining manhood as ‘money, cars and h–s’.  In the B.A.M. program, they learn about accountability, integrity, honesty, and self-discipline – and how that makes you a man.  We help them understand why those values matter, and the consequences in life when they don’t. ”

Students with demonstrated risk factors such as low school attendance, poor academic performance or tendencies towards disruptive or violent behavior are recommended for voluntary, weekly participation in the B.A.M. program.  In addition to counseling support, they also attend sporting events, field trips and college tours throughout the year.  Each outing offers a new, positive experience and helps students visualize a brighter future.

Youth Guidance also serves as a lifeline for many parents.  Cloronda Morgan, a Manley High School security guard and single mother of three, reached out to Stinson for help with her 16-year-old son who also attends the school.  “Freshman year his attitude shifted.  He was out of control,” she says.  “I came to work one morning in tears.  The disrespect was just too much.  I needed help. ”

Stinson intervened that day, resulting in an apology to mom and the family’s introduction to the B.A.M. program.  Two years later, Morgan states that her son is much more respectful and calm.  He is also an honor roll student with a 3.6 GPA.

“Parents are a serious part of this,” says Stinson.  “They have to reinforce at home what we are teaching these young men if it’s going to really work.”   Parents are routinely invited to special family engagement events and Youth Guidance orientations to learn strategies for helping their children succeed.  The agency is currently planning its 22nd Annual Parent Leadership Conference which will take place in January 2015.

To date, more than 75 Chicago area schools are receiving some form of Youth Guidance programming, which includes B.A.M., W.O.W, Community & After-School programs, Parent & Family Engagement, and Project Prepare, the agency’s workforce development program.  The agency also collaborates regularly with other community groups such as Blocks Together, the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance, and the Federation for Community Schools.   Student participants are roughly 65% African-American and 33% Hispanic – diversity also reflected in counseling and operational staff.

Youth Guidance programs ultimately enhance a school’s capacity to meet the needs of students, particularly when counselors or social workers are limited or nonexistent.   The impact is palpable when you speak with those directly touched by the agency’s outreach.  When asked what her alternatives would have been without the B.A.M. program, Morgan takes a long pause and states:  “I think that honestly, I would have lost my son.  He would have been a victim of these streets, selling drugs or in jail.  I’m a strong woman and good mother, but I’m not a man.  I don’t know how to be a man.  So I will always be grateful for what B.A.M. stepped in and did for us…for all the boys at Manley… especially my son.”

About Youth Guidance: Founded in 1924, Youth Guidance is a leader in outcomes-driven, school-based programs and capacity-building initiatives.  The Chicago-based, nonprofit currently services 14,000 underserved youth in more than 75 public and charter schools in Chicago through a portfolio of comprehensive programs.  The agency’s specific and strategically developed delivery areas are Community & After-School, Counseling & Prevention, and Youth Workforce Development. Ninety percent of students served are low income. More than 95% are African American and Hispanic/Latino. For more information or to donate, call 312-253-4900 or visit http://www.youth-guidance.org.

State Announces LIHEAP Winter Energy Assistance Program Enrollment

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All Eligible Households Can Apply for Home Heating Assistance

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced that all eligible individuals can begin applying for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Under LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of certain low-income households.

“As winter approaches, I’m reminding all Illinois residents that help is available to warm your homes,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “I encourage all those eligible to apply so we can make certain that Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens remain healthy, safe and warm this winter.”

Clients must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance, including:

  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of the application.
  • A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly).
  • A copy of their rental agreement (if they are renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information.
  • Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members.
  • Proof that their household received TANF or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

“Thanks to the LIHEAP program, Illinois families can feel confident that they will remain safe and warm in their homes this winter without the worry of burdensome energy bills,” DCEO Director Adam Pollet said. The agency’s Office of Energy Assistance administers the program.

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. LIHEAP applications are processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies around the state.

A single-person household can qualify with a monthly income of up to $1,459; a two-person household up to $1,966; a family of three can earn up to $2,474; and a family of four can earn up to $2,981. Benefits are paid directly to energy vendors on behalf of eligible households. The exception is households whose heating costs are included in their rent.

Applications will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted.

Households that use propane gas to heat their homes and are income-eligible are encouraged to contact their local administering agency to apply for energy assistance.

For a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program, go to www.liheapIllinois.com, or call the energy assistance toll-free hotline at 1‑877‑411-WARM.

Neighborhood Residents Rally to Take Back Chicago, Demand Action from Elected Officials

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One week after the election, community leaders take to the street for minimum wage, education, and housing priorities overwhelmingly supported by Chicago voters

Community leaders will take to the street November 11, 2014, 12 Noon at the Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph St, Chicago

Following the rally at Thompson Center, participants will march to the Chicago Board of Trade, 141 W Jackson Blvd, for a second rally.

According to organizers of the march, “On Election Day, voters clearly stood in favor of economic justice. They sent a clear mandate voting by a 2 to 1 margin to increase the state minimum wage and overwhelmingly supported putting more money into education by taxing the super rich.

“Voters are fed up with elected officials that ignore the public interest in favor of corporate interests. Community leaders from across Chicago’s neighborhoods are coming together to demand that elected officials from Springfield to Chicago listen to residents instead of corporate interests.

The Take Back Chicago Coalition,convened by Grassroots Collaborative, is calling for:

  • Passage of an increased Illinois state minimum wage of $10.65 during the Springfield veto session.

  • $15 City Minimum wage that includes all of our neighborhoods and does not leave out tipped and domestic workers.

  • An Elected Representative School Board to give Chicago parents a voice in our schools by allowing them to vote for the people that control the school budget like in every other city in Illinois.

  • Immediate reform of the Chicago Housing Authority. Currently CHA is sitting on a stockpile of money that should be going to put Chicagoans into homes before another brutal winter. It’s time that we pass the Keeping the Promise ordinance to hold CHA accountable and allow for greater transparency.

Hundreds of residents will gather at the Thompson Center for an opening program with speakers who have been directly impacted by corporate policies that turn the pain of Chicago neighborhoods into profit. Participants will then march to several corporate players stifling legislation to help working families while profiting off of poverty wages, toxic interest rate swaps, and social impact bonds, like McDonalds, Bank of America, and Loop Capital.

Visuals: Over 500 Community residents with signs and banners, 8 foot puppets of Alderman Ronald McDonald, Alderman Bank of America, and other Chicago elected officials, 40×60 color photos of Chicagoans being hurt by failed city policies, and 8 foot tall neighborhood signs.

Participating organizations include:

Action Now

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Bronzeville Alliance

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Chicago Housing Initiative

Chicago Teachers Union

Enlace Chicago

Grassroots Collaborative

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Jane Addams Senior Caucus

Kenwood Oakland Community Organization

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Lugenia Burns Hope Center

Metropolitan Tenants Organization

ONE Northside

People For Community Recovery

Pilsen Alliance

Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana

Southsiders Together Organizing for Power

California Poet, Vidal Joy, Provides Uplifting Perspectives on Society, Politics, Economy & ‘The Street’ – Through Two Books of Unconventional Poetry

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‘Verbal Illustrations of Life, Love and Joy’ and ‘Awaken Perceptions’ transcend typical poetry books to instead empower readers to look at life differently and take action against the issues that matter to them. Both books are intricate cocktails of intelligent eloquent rhyme that deploy symbolism and metaphors to look at consciousness and the Universe from a holistic perspective.

Merced, CA – While most poets put entertainment first, Vidal Joy uses his way with words to literally change the lives of his readers. This celebrated and highly-educated California poet offers his audience an opportunity to gain new perspectives on the mundane and close each book empowered to make their own mark on the world.

‘Verbal Illustrations of Life, Love and Joy’ and ‘Awaken Perceptions’ know no boundaries when it comes to tackling tough topics; pushing readers out of their comfort zone in a way seldom offered through literature.


‘Verbal Illustrations of Life, Love and Joy’ – Verbal Illustrations conveys the poetical illustrations of life, love and joy through the eyes of the poet/ author. It captures the dynamics of life from love to betrayal, to today’s social issues and various topics that define our present world. Furthermore, it conveys a insightful, thought provoking perspective that sheds light on the darken horizons with a beacon of hope in our seemly loveless world.

‘Awaken Perceptions’ – Awaken Perceptions promotes a perspective of thought to self-analyze and introspect life. Mr. Vidal Joy constructively connects to the imaginative mind with metaphors about our world and our consciousness in regards to self, to one another, and to the divine universe.

“I’ll admit that I threw the rule book out the window a long time ago, replacing convention with my own unique brand of rhyme, imagery and chosen topics,” admits Joy. “I address a host of intriguing incites poetically and skillfully with my thought provoking word play and metaphors. There’s a lot going on in society, Government and the media that we can’t explore through traditional debate. However, poetry allows the creativity to explore these topics from the heart, and with gusto.”

Continuing, “Carefully, I paint mental pictures in the minds and hearts of mortal men from a emphatic and sympathetic perspective displaying eloquently that I can completely relate for I’m from the same urban setting. This book will appeal to anyone of any age, background or level of education. If you live and breathe in our word, you’ll have a very different outlook afterwards,” he adds.

Both books are available now:

‘Verbal Illustrations of Life, Love and Joy’ – http://bit.ly/1tbOTyL.

‘Awaken Perceptions’ – http://amzn.to/1Gp6HAL.

About the Author:

Vidal Joy is a poet/author who resides in the central California area. Mr. Joy has attended historical universities such as LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. Also, he has a high honors degree in Arts from Malcolm X College in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, the poet/author has received many awards for his poetic prowess. Poetry isn’t just an occasional past time for the author but an inspirational and motivational tool that assists, which gives guidance in this mysterious realm of existence called life. His style of poetry is insightful, entertaining, and thought provoking. Mr. Joy is also a spoken word artist that has entertained audiences with his unique style of poetry on college campuses, for formal events, and a host of other venues.

Contact: Vidal Joy / 773-703-3832 / hotdale2001@yahoo.com

Must Sees for Theatre Lovers

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Direct from Off-Broadway OR Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright

Two Great Productions Opening This Weekend

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage
directed by Don LaCasse
Center for the Performing Arts Theatre at Illinois State University
November 6 – 8 and November 12 – 15, 7:30 p.m.
Matinee: November 9, 2:00 p.m.

It’s the 1930s when we first meet Vera Stark, an African-American maid to a white movie star, Gloria Mitchell, known as “America’s little sweetie pie.” Vera props up the neurotic Gloria even while she and her friends are looking to break into the movies. They know their options are limited to playing slaves, maids or mammies, but Vera captures a part — playing Gloria’s maid in The Belle of New Orleans, a costume drama that becomes a classic. Seventy years later, an academic colloquium gathers to “deconstruct” her legacy, but by that time Vera has vanished. We see her only in clips from a 1973 talk show appearance and in a final coda in which she talks with Gloria during the making of their film. The Hollywood Reporter called the play “a quicksilver construction, blending disparate elements of genre parody, academic cant, broad humor, social comment and legitimate pathos while manipulating layers of irony, some blatant, others transparent, and still more downright subtle.”

Meet Lynn Nottage: November 8 – 9

  • Q&A session with Nottage following a performance of her play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Saturday November 8, Center for the Performing Arts Theatre. Play at 7:30 p.m., Q&A at 10 p.m. Tickets $17 for adults, $14 for faculty/staff, and $12 for students/seniors.
  • Discussion with Nottage about her plays, featuring scenes from Ruined, Intimate Apparel, and others, noon-1:30 p.m., Sunday November 9, Center for the Performing Arts Theatre. Free and open to the public.
  • Fall Speaker Series presentation featuring Lynn Nottage, 7 p.m. Sunday, November 9, Center for the Performing Arts Theatre. Free and open to the public.
CPA Theatre
400 Beaufort Avenue, normal, IL 61761

Falling by Deanna Jent
directed by Lori Adams
Heartland Theatre Company in Normal, Illinois
November 6 – 8, 13 – 15, and 20-22 at 7:30 pm
Matinees: November 16 & 23 at 2 pm

How do you love someone who is very difficult to love? Playwright and IWU alum Deanna Jent has called Falling “a day in the life of a ‘typical’ family who are caring for a teenage son with severe autism.” As Josh gets older and bigger, his parents struggle to handle him, his sister wishes she had a family like everyone else’s, and his grandmother can’t understand how things got so out of control. ISU’s Lori Adams, who directed this heartbreaking family drama in sold-out, award-winning runs in St. Louis and New York, now brings Falling home to Heartland. [Mature Themes/Mature Language/Not Recommended for Children]

Meet Deanna Jent: November 15 – 16

  • Discussion following with Director Lori Adams and Playwright Deanna Jent

Read the Pantagraph Article by Dan Craft

Photo: Jesse Folks for the Pantagraph

Tell President Obama: Fix the FCC and Protect the Internet

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Tell President Obama:
“FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is advancing a plan that would kill the open Internet. It’s time to live up to your promise and stop him.”
Add your name:
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Net Neutrality now.
Even with the Republicans taking control of Congress, we can still achieve something hugely important — protecting the open Internet. And at this moment it is in serious peril.
Over the last four months, you and more than 3 million Americans called on the FCC to enact strong rules to protect the open Internet. But it’s apparently not enough for Tom Wheeler, President Obama’s chair of the agency.
Last Thursday, Wheeler unveiled a sham proposal in the Wall Street Journal1 that, according to the paper, would leave would room for the creation of fast and slow lanes on the Internet — precisely what President Obama has promised to prevent.2 What’s more, the approach is so convoluted that it’s not even likely to survive a court challenge.3
Wheeler has now gone rogue twice4 — ignoring the path suggested by the courts for protecting the Internet, and ignoring the voices of millions of Americans and countless consumer interest groups who have pleaded with him to do the right thing and prioritize the interests of the public over a handful of huge corporations. His actions are a betrayal of the FCC’s own process and the public interest.
But we can fix this. President Obama put Wheeler in office and promised us that he “would take a back seat to no one” in protecting the open Internet. It’s time for him to make good on his promise.

Twice the courts have told the FCC what it needs to do to protect the open Internet: reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. It’s the only way to prevent big ISPs like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T from creating fast and slow lanes on the net and picking winners in losers on the net. Academics, lawyers, and computer scientists all agree, and it’s legally straightforward to do — it’s just a matter having the political will.
For the last six months, Wheeler has been silent, holed up in his office in DC, watching the public’s 3.7 million comments come in, but refusing to indicate the direction he will take. Then on Thursday, in a surprise move, he put forward an untested, unvetted, so-called “hybrid” plan. Lawyers across the board agree that the plan is confusing and far less likely to be enforceable in the face of court challenges, which the ISPs have already said will come, even with a hybrid plan.5 And worse, as the Wall Street Journal indicates, the plan would allow “broadband providers to cut deals with content companies for special access to customers.” It opens the door for exactly what the president has promised to prevent.
Wheeler is truly alone here. Even the authors of the plans Wheeler has drawn from in creating his hybrid agree with the American people and the public interest groups. Tim Wu, the person who coined the term “Net Neutrality,” and Mozilla, the maker of the FireFox browser, offered “hybrid” plans back in the spring, but only because it seemed that reclassification was off the table because of politics. They were trying to come up with something better than the abysmal 706 plan that the chairman was then considering (which is even worse than the hybrid plan). Both Wu and Mozilla have repeatedly said that straight reclassification — as the courts have suggested — is better than their own plans: it’s cleaner, simpler, would clearly prevent paid prioritization (which would create fast and slow lanes) and far more likely to hold up in court.
Some have pointed out that Wheeler’s past as a telecom/cable lobbyist may explain his behavior, that he is trying to help the ISPs get what they want. Others believe that he’s trying to find some way to get political cover given the tremendous influence of the telecom and cable lobby in D.C., and the fact that the industry is trying to avoid regulation.
Whatever the reason, it’s becoming clear that Wheeler is failing to show the courage and political will necessary to do what’s required to protect the open Internet.

We’ve asked you to make your voices heard at the FCC, and you’ve done that. But Chairman Wheeler isn’t listening.

In the wake of a brutal election, we wouldn’t be asking this if it weren’t absolutely urgent. Please join me in taking action now.
Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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  1. FCC ‘Net Neutrality’ Plan Calls for More Power Over Broadband.” Wall Street Journal, 10-30-14.
  2. President Obama Confident FCC Will Use Its Authority to Save Net Neutrality.” Free Press, 2-1-14.
  3. No Compromise: FCC Should Reject Risky, Confusing “Hybrid” Net Neutrality.” Electronic Frontier Foundation, 11-3-14.
  4. Net-Neutrality Advocates Angered by FCC’s Planned New Rules.” Time, 4-23-14.
  5. Verizon: ISPs will sue unless government adopts weaker net neutrality rules.” Ars Technica, 4-4-14.

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