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Chicago Joins Over 43 U.S. Cities December 3 to Demand End to Deadly Plan Mexico

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#USTIRED2: In the wake of the 43 disappeared students in Mexico

Wednesday, December 3 – National Day of Action For Peace in Mexico

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS On Wednesday, December 3, over 43 U.S. cities will participate in an unprecedented national mobilization to demand an end to the deadly “Plan Mexico,” a billion-dollar program to aid Mexico’s corrupt and notoriously violent security forces, ostensibly in their fight against the so-called War on Drugs.

Chicago community members with #USTired2: faith community, students, scholars and the concerned Mexican community and their allies are calling together for the US to stop funding Plan Mexico.

Event 1: Press Conference and Rally at 216 S Dearborn, Dirksen Federal Building at 4 p.m.

Event 2: Evening Action and Rally 6 p.m. Tribune Tower

Events Nationwide: http://ustired2.com/cities/

View the petition here: http://ustired2.com/take-action/


In the wake of the massive human rights crisis in Mexico that was exposed by the recent disappearance of the 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, thousands of people from across the United States will march in front of federal buildings in their respective cities and other locations to call on the Obama Administration and Congress to stop US funneling billions of tax dollars of military aid, training and coordination to Mexico’s military and police forces, which are widely known to be perpetrating massive human rights violations, including the September kidnapping of the 43 studentsfrom the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. In order to put a human face on the tragedy of U.S. policy in Mexico, each of the 43 cities will raise up images and tell the story of one of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa.

This day of action is being organized by the all-volunteer campaign #USTired2, a broad and diverse network of communities connected to Mexico. #USTired2 emerged as the English-language counterpart to the #YaMeCansé campaign that has swept the country as Mexicans declare that they are tired of the state violence, human rights abuses and widespread impunity — all aided by U.S. tax dollars.

It’s Illegal

Continuing Plan Merida is illegal under US law. The Leahy Law prohibits the State Department or Defense Department from providing military assistance to “any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.”Under Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the government’s human rights abuses are the worst the region has seen in decades, according to human rights organizations. “I don’t know of a single case of this magnitude in real time in all of Latin America in the last 30 years,” said Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Americas Director of Human Rights Watch. “Impunity is the only explanation,” he added.

“The fact that our country is funding police and other human rights-abusing security forces through “Plan Mexico” makes the disappearance of the 43 students and the rest of the state violence in Mexico our issue here in the United States,” said Roberto Lovato, one of the founders of #USTired2. “The time has come to end ‘Plan Mexico’ because for more than 35 million people of Mexican descent living in the U.S., Mexico is not a “foreign policy” issue. Mexico is family—and for the sake of our families, we have decided to hold vigils for the dead and disappeared, vigils that will mark the beginning of the end of the failed Mexico “drug war” policies of our government.”

Facts about the US-funded Mexican Drug War

  • More than 100,000 people have been murdered and more than 25,000 have been disappeared since 2006.
  • Our US tax dollars pay for the same security forces that have killed thousands of people.
  • Mexican security forces are widely known to collaborate with narco-traffickers; hence Mexico has been dubbed a narco-government by its own people.
  • The cornerstone of “Plan Mexico” is the multi-billion dollar Plan Merida, a security aid program implemented in 2007, which President Obama has promised to continue to fund “indefinitely.”
  • Plan Mexico, was first funded by our Congress since 2008 and it has already cost taxpayers $2.4 billion dollars

As many of us did when we proved the President wrong on his denials of executive authority on immigration, so will the powerful peace movement behind #Ustired2.For a full list of participating cities, go tohttp://ustired2.com/cities/

Website: http://ustired2.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/USTired2/767562843324746?fref=photo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UStired2


For more information, contact: Lau Ramirez 312-409-4917  lorjaya@gmail.com

Sara Oceguera 708-941-5222 saraoceguera@ymail.com

Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks During the Interfaith Service and Community Forum at Ebenezer Baptist Church

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Atlanta, GA

Attorney General Eric Holder: Thank you all for being here.  It is my honor to bring warm greetings from President Obama, who asked that I share his best wishes with you this evening.

I’d like to thank Reverend [Raphael] Warnock, and his colleagues and counterparts throughout Atlanta’s thriving community of faith, for inviting me to join you tonight.  I also want to thank Mayor [Kasim] Reed and Police Chief [George] Turner for welcoming me to this beautiful city.  Earlier today, I had the opportunity to meet with the two of them – along with a number of law enforcement, faith, civil rights, and community leaders from here in Atlanta – for the first in what will be a series of meetings with law enforcement, civic, and community leaders around the country in the coming weeks.  I heard about the great work they are doing to foster strong and mutually-respectful relationships throughout this region.  And I was particularly encouraged to learn about robust engagement strategies like the one that’s in place in this area – thanks to the leadership of DeKalb County Director of Public Safety Cedric Alexander and his colleagues – as people have reacted to events in Ferguson.

I want to take a moment to recognize the Justice Department leaders who took part in this meeting, and who are here with us tonight – including Karol Mason, the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs; senior leaders from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; Vanita Gupta, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division; and Atlanta’s very own Sally Yates, our outstanding U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

Most importantly, I want to thank each of the passionate citizens – and especially the young people – who has taken the time to reflect, to pray, and to engage with us this evening.  It is a privilege to stand with this community as you convene a forum to help build cooperation, to foster inclusion, and to make your voices heard.  And it is a particular honor to do so in the shadow of the historic sanctuary where a young man of faith named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first found the voice that would stir millions to action; where he first articulated the vision that pushes us forward even today; and where he first bound himself to the enduring struggle for equal justice – a cause that he would pioneer, for which he would lay down his life, and in which every successive generation must be both trained and invested.

It was here at Ebenezer Baptist, well over half a century ago, that our nation’s greatest advocate for justice, for peace, and for righteousness began the work that would help to transform the nation – and usher in decades of extraordinary, once-unimaginable progress.  It was here that Dr. King set out not merely to change our laws, but to change the world – and to pull the country he loved ever closer to its founding principles.  And it was here, too, that he issued a prophetic warning that, although brighter days undoubtedly lay ahead, progress would not come without considerable hardship, struggle, setback – and profound sacrifice.

“The winds,” he told us, “are going to blow.  The storms of disappointment are coming.  The agonies and the anguishes of life are coming.”

Dr. King knew then – as we know, today – that with the strength conferred by abiding faith, together, we can “stand up amid the storms.”  By placing our trust in the Divine, and in one another, we can “walk with [our] feet solid to the ground and [our] head[s] to the air.”  He assured us that, come what may, we need not feel discouraged or afraid; in fact, we need not fear any challenge that comes before us.  But the struggles will continue.  The storms will come.  And the road ahead will be anything but smooth or straight.

As we look down this road tonight, it’s clear that our nation continues to face persistent challenges – along with the countless opportunities that Dr. King helped make possible, but that he himself did not live to see.  As we recommit ourselves to the cause with which he entrusted us, it’s apparent that our nation’s journey is not yet over.  And so we return once more to this hallowed place to seek shelter from a terrible storm – a storm that I’m certain we will weather, so long as we continue to stand united – and unafraid to address realities too long ignored.

Like millions of Americans, I know many of you have spent the past few days with family members, friends, and loved ones, giving thanks for the blessings of the past year – but also mindful of recent news, the anguished emotions, and the images of destruction that have once again focused this country’s attention on Ferguson, Missouri.

While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, I can report this evening that the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown, as well as our investigation into allegations of unconstitutional policing patterns or practices by the Ferguson Police Department, remain ongoing and active.  They have been rigorous and independent from the very beginning.  While federal civil rights law imposes an extremely high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted prejudging the evidence or forming premature conclusions.  And as these investigations proceed, I want to assure the American people that they will continue to be conducted both thoroughly and in a timely manner – following the facts and the law wherever they may lead.  We will see these investigations through to their appropriate conclusions, so that we can continue to work with the community to restore trust, to rebuild understanding, and to foster renewed cooperation between law enforcement and community members.

Like you, I understand that the need for this trust was made clear in the wake of the intense public reaction to last week’s grand jury announcement.  But the problems we must confront are not only found in Ferguson.  The issues raised in Missouri are not unique to that state or that small city.  We are dealing with concerns that are truly national in scope and that threaten the entire nation.  Broadly speaking, without mutual understanding between citizens – whose rights must be respected – and law enforcement officers – who make tremendous and often-unheralded personal sacrifices every day to preserve public safety – there can be no meaningful progress.  Our police officers cannot be seen as an occupying force disconnected from the communities they serve.  Bonds that have been broken must be restored.  Bonds that never existed must now be created.

But the issue is larger than just the police and the community.  Our overall system of justice must be strengthened and made more fair.  In this way, we can ensure faith in the justice system.  Without that deserved faith, without that reasoned belief, there can be no justice.  This is not an unreasonable desire – it is a fundamental American right enshrined in our founding documents.

There can be no question that Michael Brown’s death was a tragedy.  Any loss of life – and particularly the loss of someone so young – is heart-rending, regardless of the circumstances.  But in the months since this incident occurred, it has sparked a significant national conversation about the need to ensure confidence in the law enforcement and criminal justice processes.  The rifts that this tragedy exposed, in Ferguson and elsewhere, must be addressed – by all Americans – in a constructive manner.  And it is deeply unfortunate that this vital conversation was interrupted, and this young man’s memory dishonored, by destruction and looting on the part of a relatively small criminal element.

Dr. King would be the first to remind us that acts of mindless destruction are not only contrary to the rule of law and the aims of public safety; they threaten to stifle important debate, “adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”  They actively impede social progress by drowning out the legitimate voices of those attempting to make themselves heard.  And they are not consistent with the wishes of Michael Brown’s father, who asked that his son be remembered peacefully.

Time and again, America’s proud history has shown that the most successful and enduring movements for change are those that adhere to principles of non-aggression and nonviolence.  As this congregation knows better than most, peaceful protest has long been a hallmark, and a legacy, of past struggles for progress.  This is what Dr. King taught us, half a century ago, in his eloquent words from the Ebenezer pulpit and in the vision he shared from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

So this evening, I renew his call for all those who seek to lend their voices to important causes and discussions, and who seek to elevate these vital conversations, to do so in ways that respect the gravity of their subject matter.  I urge all Americans to stand in solidarity with those brave citizens, in Ferguson, who stopped looters from destroying even more local businesses, who isolated people responsible for acts of violence, and who rejected lawless and destructive tactics – just as I have urged them to stand with law enforcement personnel to ensure the rights of protestors and defuse tense situations whenever and wherever possible.

I also want to reaffirm my own steadfast dedication, and the commitment of my colleagues at every level of the U.S. Department of Justice, to keep working with citizens and law enforcement leaders alike in building this inclusive, national dialogue – so we can close these gaps, improve police and community relations, and open a new era of collaboration in pursuit of public safety, especially among the vulnerable and underserved populations that need our assistance the most.

This has been a top priority for my colleagues and me over the past six years.  In fact, in just the last few months, under the leadership of Assistant Attorney General Mason and COPS Director Ron Davis, our Office of Justice Programs and COPS Office have worked to develop and disseminate guidance to law enforcement officers about how to maintain order during peaceful protests and other First Amendment-protected events – while safeguarding the rights of demonstrators.  As we speak, the COPS Office and Community Relations Service are doing great work on the ground in Ferguson – conducting an after-action review, recommending constructive steps we can take to resolve persistent tensions, and identifying areas where law enforcement priorities and community concerns must fall into alignment.

As this critical effort unfolds, we will remain firmly resolved to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you in driving this work into the future.  And this commitment will also fuel our broader efforts to bring change – and meaningful reform – to urgent challenges far beyond the realm of community policing.

Through the Smart on Crime initiative I launched last year, we are already strengthening the federal criminal justice system, moving away from outdated sentencing regimes, and embracing a holistic approach to law enforcement, incarceration, rehabilitation, and reentry.  Through important, bipartisan legislation like the Smarter Sentencing Act – and in cooperation with Congressional leaders from both parties – we’re striving to give judges more discretion in determining sentences for people convicted of certain federal drug crimes.  And we’re marshaling a broad coalition of bipartisan leaders to urge state lawmakers to repeal and rethink misguided and unjust policies like felon disenfranchisement, so voting rights can be restored to those individuals who have served their time, paid their fines, and completed their probation or parole.

Through the groundbreaking My Brother’s Keeper initiative that President Obama announced in February, we are also working tirelessly to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color – and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.  Under the leadership of Vanita Gupta, the Department’s Civil Rights Division is deeply engaged in reinvigorated police reform work.  Over the last five fiscal years, they’ve opened more than 20 investigations into police departments across the country – and entered into 15 consent decrees or memoranda of understanding – to correct unconstitutional policing practices.  And through the new National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, which I launched in September, we are forging robust relationships between police officers and their communities – so we can bridge long-simmering divides from coast to coast; so we can provide innovative training on bias reduction and procedural fairness, to ensure that everyone is treated equitably; and so we can minimize needless confrontation, preserve peace, and maintain the public trust at all times – particularly in moments of heightened community tension.

Earlier today, I was proud to join President Obama at the White House to discuss this ongoing work.  And I am pleased to note this evening that the President has announced a series of steps to take these efforts to a new level – to strengthen promising practices by local police while bolstering law enforcement and community relations.

First: based on an exhaustive, Administration-wide review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police – which the President ordered in August, and which uncovered a lack of consistency in the way this equipment is distributed – the White House has released a detailed report outlining next steps for ensuring appropriate use of federal programs.  And the President has instructed his staff to draft an Executive Order directing relevant agencies to work with law enforcement and civil rights organizations to find ways to improve the effectiveness, integrity, accountability, and transparency of these initiatives.

Second: the President made clear that this Administration will continue to strongly support the use of body cameras by local police.  And he announced a commitment of more than $200 million to support a three-year initiative that will invest in body-worn cameras, expand training for law enforcement agencies, add more resources for police department reform, and multiply the number of cities where Justice Department leaders facilitate greater engagement between residents and local authorities.

Third: in the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement, which will institute rigorous new standards – and robust safeguards – to help end racial profiling, once and for all.  This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing.

Finally: the President took the historic step of creating a new Task Force on 21st Century Policing – a body composed of law enforcement executives and community leaders from around the country, led by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, former Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson, and COPS Director Ron Davis, who will convene in the coming weeks to examine the present state of policing, to identify best practices, and to make recommendations for the future.  This important Task Force will ask tough questions, examine thorny challenges, and consider the state of the law enforcement profession in a broad and inclusive way.  It will offer suggestions for new ways to advance community policing throughout the country.  And it will help to provide strong, national direction on a scale not seen since President Lyndon Johnson’s Commission on Law Enforcement nearly 50 years ago.

I want to be very clear that, although frank dialogue is a necessary first step and sign of commitment, these efforts aren’t just about talking – and they’re certainly not about imposing solutions from Washington.  They’re about bringing leaders together – from every perspective – to confront specific challenges, to spur renewed engagement, and to translate healthy dialogue into concrete, coordinated action and results.

Because police officers have an indispensable role to play in securing our neighborhoods and building a brighter future.  Because these public servants shoulder enormous burdens, and incur significant personal risks, to fulfill their critical responsibilities.  Because all lives matter and all lives must be valued.  And because all Americans deserve fair and equal treatment in the eyes of the law.

After all, at a fundamental level, this is about much more than effective policy.  It’s about the progress that can only spring from thoughtful, peaceful gatherings like this one.  It’s about leaders like all of you – the men and women in this crowd tonight.  And it’s about the power that passionate, engaged citizens can and must exercise in shaping our nation’s future: so we can reclaim the promise, and the singular opportunity born of tragedy, that brings us together – here and now.  So we can keep our steadfast commitment to prevent future tragedies and promote mutual understanding.  And so we can fulfill the sacred responsibility that all Americans share – a responsibility to Dr. King, and untold millions of others, who sacrificed everything they had to bring our nation to this point; a responsibility to our fellow citizens, as well as the law enforcement officers who keep us safe; and – most of all – a responsibility to our children, black and white, from all backgrounds, races, and walks of life, in cities and towns across this country – as to generations yet to come.

It was Dr. King who reminded us – in his very last speech, on the night before his life was taken – that it’s only when it is dark enough that the stars can be seen.

Tonight, once again, it is dark enough.  Yet even in recent weeks, there have arisen great sparks of humanity, and hope, that illuminate the way forward.

Out of this darkness shine the actions of those who reject destruction in favor of peaceful protest; the bravery of others who faced down mobs; the valor of law enforcement officers who risked their lives to restore public safety to their communities; and the humble words of a father who lost a son, but raised his voice in pursuit of peace.

These are the moments that remind us of the values that bind us together as a nation.  These are the times – of great challenge and great consequence – that point the way forward in our ongoing pursuit of a more perfect Union.  And these are the lights that will help us beat back the encroaching darkness – and the stars that will guide us, together, out of this storm.

May God grant us safe passage.  May He continue to watch over our journey.  And may He always bless the United States of America.

Source: Office of the Attorney General

Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, First Female President of Alabama State University, Set to Deliver King Holiday Address

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Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Gwendolyn E. Boyd, the first female president of Alabama State University, will be the keynote speaker at The King Center’s 47th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service. The announcement was recently made by King Center C.E. O., Dr. Bernice A. King. The Service, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday anniversary and the 29th holiday observance in his honor, will be held at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary on Monday, January 19, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In addition to serving as president of Alabama State University since February of this year, Dr. Boyd has served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans and as the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an organization of 250,000 members. Dr. Boyd, an ordained itinerant elder in the AME Church, was awarded the Doctor of Ministry and Master’s degrees from Howard University, as well as a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. She has also chaired the Johns Hopkins University Diversity leadership Council.

“We are honored to have ASU president, Gwendolyn Boyd, deliver the keynote address at our Annual Commemorative Service,” said King in announcing Dr. Boyd’s participation. Boyd’s willingness to serve as the keynote speaker represents a continuation of the relationship between the King family and the university that was so crucial to the modern Civil Rights Movement. “Many people overlook the inseparable connection between my family and Alabama State University. My father used the University’s library while completing the dissertation requirements for the Ph.D. at Boston University in 1954. Almost two years later, the University’s president, Dr. Harper Councill Trenholm, provided a safe haven for my father in the official residence on the campus after the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church parsonage was bombed during the early phase of the Montgomery Bus Boycott,” said the CEO. Beyond the historical linkage, however, Dr. Boyd is also an engaging speaker with oratorical abilities that are surpassed only by her passion for social justice and equality.

Dr. Boyd’s speaking at the Annual Commemorative Service will be steeped in both history and irony as the nation prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act – landmark legislation that expanded the national electorate during a time when blacks were systematically denied access to the ballot. Alabama, particularly, the cities of Selma and Montgomery, the latter being the state’s capital and location of Alabama State University, are forever etched in America’s memory since events in both municipalities exposed to the nation the Constitutional contradictions that characterized Dixie’s dastardly disregard for the Fifteenth Amendment. Alumni from the institution that Boyd attended as an undergraduate, and now leads as its chief executive, including, Reverends Ralph D. Abernathy, Fred Shuttlesworth and Fred Reese, were with the Southern Christian leadership Conference’s (SCLC) steering committee that worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the planning of the 54-mile march to Montgomery from Selma.

Other program participants include a host of federal, state and elected officials, social change advocates, community leaders and public figures from the arts, education and the faith community. The program is televised locally every year by Fox5 Atlanta.

The King Center’s Founder, Coretta Scott King organized the first religious service commemorating Dr. King’s birthday in 1969 with the intention that it would become an annual tradition and the spiritual centerpiece of future observances of Dr. King’s birthday.

For more information, please call (404) 526-8961.

Photo: Gwendolyn E. Boyd

King Center to Honor President Bill Clinton and Kaiser Corporation with 2015 Salute to Greatness Award

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Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — The King Center will recognize former President Bill Clinton for his extraordinary work with The Clinton Foundation, including his bi-partisan efforts with the Clinton Global Initiative, by presenting him with one of the Center’s highest honors, the Salute to Greatness Awards. The award is given during the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards dinner. “The dinner is our primary fundraiser and provides an opportunity for The King Center to recognize an individual and a corporation that reflects excellence in leadership and a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of my father,” stated King Center CEO, Dr. Bernice A. King. The dinner will take place on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The 2015 corporate honoree is Kaiser Permanente. The award will be accepted by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bernard J. Tyson. Kaiser Permanente is being presented this award because of its outstanding philanthropic efforts and commitment to diversity in the workplace, including the service that their employees provide through the corporation’s Community Giving Campaign.

The King Center will also present two Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (“Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership”) Awards at the dinner. This award annually recognizes a young leader (ages 12-25) and a youth organization/initiative that exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent social change. The 2015 youth recipient will be 13-year old, Mr. Aidan Thomas Hornaday, founder of Aidan Cares, for his commitment to helping those in need through philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, while “teaching a generation to give,” and encouraging parents to teach their children to give. The award recipient for the youth initiative is the Tangelo Park Program, established by Mr. Harris Rosen. The initiative was selected “…because it is one of our nation’s most dynamic and creative philanthropic projects and is a powerful example of how focusing humanitarian efforts, in a single geographic location, helps to transform lives,” stated Dr. King.

Information concerning sponsorship opportunities and tickets for the Salute to Greatness Award Dinner is available on The King Center’s website at www.thekingcenter.org or you may call 404-526-8911 for further details. Also, please reach out to The King Center if you are interested in learning more about our educational and training initiatives.

Photo Caption: Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center, and President William Clinton
Photo Credit: First Kingdom Management, Inc.

Saint Sabina’s 5th ‘Operation Hope’ Free Hot Dinner Giveaway Set

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By Chinta Strausberg

In just two-weeks, the fifth “Operation Hope” will come to the Auburn Gresham community and an expected 2,000 people will once again wrap around the popular BJ’s Market & Bakery at 79th and Racine where Father Michael L. Pfleger, executives from the Johnson Publishing Company and other V.I.P.’s will pass out free, home-cooked hot dinners.

Just nine-days before Christmas, the giveaway, which is the brainchild of Father Pfleger and Terry Peterson, Vice President of Government Affairs, Rush University Medical Center, will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at BJ’s. They dubbed the annual event “Operation Hope: Feeding the Community.”

Father Pfleger will be joined by the sponsors, Johnson Publishing Chairman Linda Johnson Rice, her CEO, Desiree Rogers, Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16), Peterson, John Meyer, owner of BJ’s, and many more,

WVON will broadcast live from BJ’s.

Father Pfleger said, “Operation Hope” has been a tremendous success thanks to the sponsors, Pfleger said.

Once people enter BJ’s, they are greeted by Father Pfleger, his staff, those of the restaurant, Johnson Publishing officials,  Meyer, his aunt, Dr. Irene DuBois a retired college professor, Ebony Magazine and other volunteers.

Representing a microcosm of the community, those who have attended this event were seniors, adults, and the youth including parents pushing their babies in strollers. The event is almost like feeding your own family.

When contacted, Mr. Meyer said, “Last year, we served 2,300 people. We hope to get to that number this year. We are excited about this year’s ‘Operation Hope,’ and we look forward to the event. It shows we can give back and are able to do it in a very short time.”

‘Operation Hope’ is also a day when numerous elected officials stop by for photo ops and to give their congratulations and season’s greetings.

Pfleger said: “In this season of Christmas when everybody is so obsessed with buying gifts and shopping, the reason of this season is because God gave us His son.

“It’s about giving and what better time to show the real meaning of Christmas and to be out here and giving people food and feeding people. He gave us His life.

“We’re just trying to give people food…a good meal from one of the best restaurants in the city of Chicago in order to show we don’t forget the people who are struggling and hurting,” said Pfleger.

“A whole lot of banks and things have gotten better, but the people in the street are still struggling,” said Pfleger.

Referring to the Auburn-Gresham community, he said: “About 34 percent of this community is unemployed. It’s a great opportunity to partner,” Pfleger said thanking his sponsors for their contributions and time.

“There is no better thing to do than to help people. This is what Christmas is all about,” Pfleger stated.

All are welcome to attend this free event.

Dinners will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Sisters Establish Community Diabetes Lectureship in Memory of Their Parents at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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Inaugural John Ed and Odessa Williams Endowment Lecture Brings Diabetes Expert to Campus

Community Diabetes Lectureship at Univ. of Tenn

Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) — The first John Ed and Odessa Williams Endowment in Community Diabetes Lectureship brought diabetes expert James Gavin III, MD, to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) campus as the keynote speaker.

The lectureship was established by sisters Willie M. Williams Crittendon, PhD, an educator; Ethelyn Williams-Neal, MD, a pediatrician and clinical assistant professor at UTHSC; and Beverly Williams-Cleaves, MD, an internist/endocrinologist and clinical associate professor at UTHSC, in memory of their parents, John Ed and Odessa Williams.

The endowment was developed to encourage greater diversity in support of UTHSC, to highlight the importance of excellent community care for those with diabetes, and to provide ancillary financial support for minority medical students at UTHSC.

“We were excited to have the opportunity to launch this inaugural lectureship,” Dr. Williams-Cleaves said. “Diabetes and community health are topics that are very dear to our hearts.”

As part of the two-day event at UTHSC, Dr. Gavin, clinical professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, gave a lecture for physicians, residents and medical students; consulted with endocrinology fellows; and spoke to the Bluff City Medical Society, which was founded by a group of African-American physicians to promote wellness and decrease health disparities in the African-American community. Dr. Gavin is past president of the American Diabetes Association and immediate past chairman of the National Diabetes Education Program.

“We were extremely pleased and honored to have Dr. James Gavin as our inaugural speaker,” Dr. Williams-Cleaves said. “He brought great stature to this event.”

As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or health professions students — in addition to medical residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 57,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state.

For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu. Follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/uthsc, on Twitter: www.twitter.com/uthsc and on Instagram: www.instagram.com/uthsc.

Photo Caption: Sisters Beverly Williams-Cleaves, MD, second from left; Ethelyn Williams-Neal, MD, center; and Willie Williams Crittendon, PhD, are pictured at the inaugural Community Diabetes Lectureship, which they endowed in memory of their parents at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Guy Reed, MD, chair of the UTHSC Department of Medicine, is at far left, and featured speaker, James Gavin III, MD, is at right.

Groundbreaking Ordinance Includes Domestic Workers in Minimum Wage, But Many Statewide Left Out

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From the Chicago Coalition of Household Workers

Yesterday’s vote to pass a living wage ordinance will result in landmark gains for many working families. Not only does the ordinance raise the minimum wage for many workers — it also gives the city’s housekeepers, nannies and personal care assistants their first minimum wage protections in state history, the result of years of efforts to gain respect, recognition and inclusion in labor laws.

“This groundbreaking vote means that Chicago’s household workers will finally gain the same protections that most other workers have had for decades,” says Myrla Baldonado, a domestic worker and organizer at Latino Union of Chicago. “Domestic workers often go unrecognized, but the caring work that they do makes all other work possible.”

Though yesterday’s vote will expand basic minimum wage protections to hundreds of domestic workers in Chicago, it will leave out thousands of other domestic workers around the state. State and federal labor laws have historically excluded domestic workers, who are primarily women of color.

The Chicago Coalition of Household Workers is working with several state legislators to advance the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which will remove discriminatory language and give domestic workers equal rights. Similar laws have been passed in Massachusetts, New York, California and Hawaii.

“We are asking state legislators to act in the spirit of fairness and inclusion, and to grant us the same rights as other workers,” says Aurelia Aguilar, a member of the Chicago Coalition of Household Workers, which is a project of Latino Union. “Not only will the Illinois Domestic Worker Bill of Rights expand minimum wage laws to household workers, it will also provide us with important protections against abuse and sexual harassment.”

Domestic workers outside Chicago aren’t the only ones who are still left out. The new ordinance continues to treat Chicago’s tipped workers unequally, raising their minimum wage to just $5.95 per hour. Workers at businesses with fewer than four employees are also excluded.

“The City Council ordinance will improve conditions for workers, but it falls far short of the $15 living wage that workers have been fighting for,” says Latino Union Executive Director Eric Rodriguez. “It’s just the beginning of what we need in order to raise the floor for working families.”
Myrla Baldonado and Aurelia Aguilar are available for interviews upon request.

For more information about the Illinois Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, visit www.respectallwork.org.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Sworn in for Second Term

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Ambitious second term agenda includes robust economic development efforts and continued reform of the county’s criminal justice and public health systems

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was sworn in for her second term of office today by Chief Judge Timothy Evans. Preckwinkle was reelected to her position after running unopposed in the November 4 election.

In a speech following the ceremony, Preckwinkle highlighted the successes of her first term and outlined an ambitious agenda for the second term.

“In the past four years, we have overwhelmingly passed five budgets, cutting over $465 million in expenditures. We have implemented the first County-wide performance management initiative, creating a culture of data-driven decision-making,” Preckwinkle said. “We have begun laying the foundation for a public health system that is responsible to both patients and taxpayers. And we are shaping a criminal justice system that is more efficient and more responsive to individual circumstances. “

“Cook County is vital to the economic prosperity of our region. In my next term, we will focus on becoming a leader in advocating, organizing, and partnering across the region to promote economic growth,” Preckwinkle continued. “I firmly believe that we can play a role in ending the cross-border competitive, zero-sum game that occurs between municipalities and between counties. In turn, we can begin to unify our region, drive job growth, mobilize support for key industry sectors, and create a brighter, more sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.”

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the creation of CountyCare, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System has more insured patients than uninsured for the first time in its history. The next four years will be about retaining and expanding our patient population. We will no longer be solely a health care system of last resort to those most vulnerable, but a provider of choice for all residents.”

“And we will continue our efforts to implement real, long-term, systemic changes to the County’s criminal justice system that reduce the reliance on pre-trial detention. I want every community in this county to be safe, and we can only do that by freeing up resources that are otherwise tied up in detaining so many accused of non-violent offenses,” said Preckwinkle.

President Preckwinkle pledged to release her full strategic plan for the second term in January.

The 17 members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, including two new Commissioners, Richard R. Boykin and Louis Arroyo, Jr., were also sworn in by Evans on Monday. The full list of Commissioners is:

Richard R .Boykin – District 1

Robert B. Steele – District 2

Jerry Butler – District 3

Stanley Moore – District 4

Deborah Sims – District 5

Joan Patricia Murphy – District 6

Jesus G. Garcia – District 7

Luis Arroyo, Jr. – District 8

Peter N. Silvestri – District 9

Bridget Gainer – District 10

John P. Daley – District 11

John A. Fritchey – District 12

Larry Suffredin – District 13

Gregg Goslin – District 14

Timothy O. Schneider – District 15

Jeffrey R. Tobolski – District 16

Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman – District 17

Houston Mayor Recognizes Local Black Foundation

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Honey Brown Hope Foundation Rakes in national, State and Local Recognition

Foundation ranked as top non-profit, receives Congressional and State recognition and honored by Mayor of Houston
Tammie Long Campbell

Houston, TX — The Honey Brown Hope Foundation, a nationally recognized, award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit that has served youth and their families for over two decades, announced today that it is thankful this holiday season for recently being recognized for its civil rights, diversity appreciation and environmental awareness initiatives by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, State Representative Senfronia Thompson, Great Nonprofits and Mayor of Houston Annise Parker in conjunction with Keep Houston Beautiful.

Based on testimonies from supporters familiar with the Foundations work, the organization was honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award also known as the “People’s Award” was based on the large number of positive reviews written by the Foundation’s volunteers, donors and clients.

“We’re pleased with our accomplishments this year and are humbled to be recognized based on impact statements from those who know our work best,” said Founder and Executive Director of The Honey Brown Hope Foundation Tammie Lang Campbell.

The Foundation will be added to GreatNonprofits’ #GivingTuesday Guide – an interactive guide featuring top nonprofits throughout the years.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “People who have direct experience with The Honey Brown Hope Foundation voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

Some of the initiatives noted in testimonies on The Foundations GreatNonprofit profile were the “Eyes on the Prize: Celebrating the 1964 Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary” event and “We Love America Healthy, Clean and Green” calendar.

At the organizations “Eyes on the Prize: Celebrating the 1964 Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary” event that raise $11,000 for civil rights icon, Sarah Collins Rudolph – the “Fifth Little Girl,” and lone survivor of the Ku Klux Klan 16th Street Baptist Church Birmingham, Alabama bombing in 1963 – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and State Representative Senfronia Thompson presented the Foundation with resolutions acknowledging its work to promote equality and cultural awareness.

Recognizing that wrongs must be revealed for wounds to be healed and in hopes others would do the same, The Honey Brown Hope Foundation held one of the biggest tributes ever for Sarah Collins Rudolph. The Foundation received major support from Presidential Sponsor, HEB, and Rep. Senfronia Thompson.

“It is part of the Honey Brown Hope Foundation’s civil rights initiative to shed light on the past while working toward a more just future,” said Tammie Lang Campbell. “We can’t rest on the 1964 Civil Rights Act; we must continue our foreparents’ fight to secure justice and equality for all.”

The Foundation’s annual diversity appreciation and environmental awareness initiative, “We Love America Healthy, Clean and Green,” was recognized with a Certificate of Recognition at the 2014 30th Annual Mayor’s Proud Partners Luncheon hosted by Keep Houston Beautiful. This is the second year the Foundations initiative was recognized for lasting contributions to Houston’s beauty and quality of life. The Foundation’s Founder and Executive Director Tammie Lang Campbell received the award from Mayor of Houston Annise Parker.

The “We Love America Healthy, Clean and Green” calendar is a proactive and entertaining approach that helps youth understand how Earths inhabitants must take care of water, land and air to keep Earth and its diverse residents – animals, plants and people – healthy. The calendar captures the beauty of our planet, shares vital ways we can all keep Earth “Healthy, Clean and Green” and features:

* diversity and environmentally friendly tips from Tammie Lang Campbell;
* an educational glossary of diverse holidays;
* environmental photos from local youth; and
* recycling information from partners.

About The Honey Brown Hope Foundation
The Honey Brown Hope Foundation is a nationally recognized, award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has served youth and their families for over two decades. The Foundations causes are as sweet as honey because they promote Hope. Hope is what we offer and hope is what we nurture in young people. The Foundation keeps hope alive through diversity appreciation, cultural awareness, environmental stewardship, drama, parenting, character building, writing, social justice and voter empowerment programs. For more information, visit www.honeybrownhope.org and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

About GreatNonprofits
GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find nonprofit reviews and ratings. Reviews on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year. Visit www.greatnonprofits.org for more information.

About Keep Houston Beautiful
Founded in 1979, the Houston Clean City commission, d.b.a. Keep Houston Beautiful (KHB), has educated and empowered all segments of the community to take greater responsibility for beautifying and enhancing Houstons environment. The organization’s Annual Mayor’s Proud Partners award luncheon spotlights areas of excellence in community improvement and is the foremost competition of its kind in Houston.

Photo Caption: Tammie Long Campbell, founder of Honey Brown Hope Foundation

Emmy and Obie Award-Winning Actor and Original Ensemble Member Laurie Metcalf to be Honored at Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts Fundraider March 9, 2015

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CHICAGO, IL – Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly announces award-winning star of stage and screen Laurie Metcalf as the guest of honor at the 2014/15 annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12 noon (location TBD). Widely celebrated for her role as Jackie Harris on the long running hit sitcom, Roseanne, as well as recent featured roles in Desperate Housewives and The Big Bang Theory, Ms. Metcalf’s remarkable career has spanned theater, film and television. Winner of three Emmy Awards and two Obie Awards, Ms. Metcalf was one of Steppenwolf’s original ensemble members alongside fellow college classmates Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney, Joan Allen, John Malkovich and others. Her career-making turn as Darlene in Steppenwolf’s 1984 revival of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead catapulted Metcalf into the national spotlight. She has received Tony nominations for her work in David Mamet’s November and Sharr White’s The Other Place. Recently she starred in the Domesticated with Jeff Goldblum at Lincoln Center Theater. Ms. Metcalf’s dynamic career continues at full speed with major roles in three current TV series: the HBO series Getting On, CBS’s The McCarthys and The Big Bang Theory.

This year’s event features an in-depth conversation with Laurie Metcalf and Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey. Previous honorees for Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts include ensemble members Joan Allen and Martha Plimpton, along with Juliette Lewis, Julianna Margulies, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson and Mary-Louise Parker.

The sixth annual luncheon brings together nearly 300 leaders from Chicago’s business and civic communities to honor Ms. Metcalf for her incredible contribution to the field. The event raises funds for Steppenwolf’s professional development programs, including Steppenwolf for Young Adults, the nationally recognized education program, the School at Steppenwolf, as well as the Professional Leadership Programs, providing apprenticeships, fellowships and internships for the next generation of arts managers and producers.

Table sponsorships for Women in the Arts are currently available. Individual tickets, if available, start at $200 and will go on sale January 9, 2015. To purchase tickets or learn about table sponsorship opportunities, contact Steppenwolf’s Special Events Department at 312-654-5632 or specialevents@steppenwolf.org.

BMO Harris Bank is a lead sponsor of the 2014/15 Women in the Arts luncheon. United Airlines is the Official and Exclusive Airline Partner of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

About the Honoree

Laurie Metcalf is an award-winning actress with an extraordinary career in theater, television and film that began with her work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Since joining the original Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble in 1976, Metcalf has performed in more than 35 productions with the company. Her show-stopping performance in Steppenwolf’s 1981 revival of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead gained her widespread praise. The production was remounted in New York and she received the 1984 Obie Award for Best Actress and a 1984 Theatre World Award. The New York Times hailed her performance as a “tour de force” saying, “Laurie Metcalf, whose 20-minute Act II monologue in Balm in Gilead should in itself prove one of the year’s most memorable theatrical events.”

Additional highlights of Metcalf’s stage career have included David Mamet’s November, for which she received a Tony Award nomination; Justin Tanner’s Voice Lessons; Sharr White’s The Other Place, earning her a second Tony nomination; and All My Sons alongside Neil Patrick Harris at the Geffen Playhouse. In 2010, Metcalf returned to Steppenwolf to star in the world premiere production of Lisa D’Amour’s critically acclaimed Detroit. In 2012, she joined David Suchet in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night at the Apollo Theater in London. Most recently, Metcalf starred with Jeff Goldblum in Domesticated by fellow Steppenwolf ensemble member Bruce Norris at Lincoln Center.

Metcalf has performed in a wide range of films, including Desperately Seeking Susan, Making Mr. Right, Miles from Home, Internal Affairs, Mistress, A Dangerous Woman, Uncle Buck, Blink, The Secret Life of Houses, Toy Story, Runaway Bride, Bulworth, Meet the Robinsons, Georgia Rule, Leaving Las Vegas, Scream 2, Stop Loss and Hop, among others. Embracing strong and complex female roles in both film and television, Metcalf played one of Jim Garrison’s chief investigators in JFK and portrayed real-life Carolyn McCarthy in the television movie The Long Island Incident.

Metcalf has gained wide-spread fame for her role as Jackie Harris in the hit series Roseanne, which ran from 1988 to 1997.  Her performance garnered her three consecutive Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe nominations. She received an Emmy and Satellite Award nomination for her reoccurring role in the popular TV series, Desperate Housewives. Additional memorable guest appearances include Absolutely Fabulous, Malcolm in the Middle, Dharma & Greg, The Norm Show, Frasier in which she played the character Nanny G, The Big Bang Theory, Without a Trace, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Grey’s Anatomy and Monk; she was nominated for the Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for both of the latter two listed roles. Currently, she can be seen in her reoccurring role on The Big Bang Theory and in leading roles in the new CBS comedy The McCarthys and HBO’s Getting On.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 44 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and two repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, and Garage Rep. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and 12 Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

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