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AARP Opposes Secret Attack by Congress on Retiree Pensions

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WASHINGTON, DC – AARP Senior Vice President Joyce Rogers released this statement in opposition to the Kline-Miller amendment to the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, an amendment that the Los Angeles Times says “could be a disaster” that would potentially harm millions of current retirees:

“This last minute backroom deal would, for the first time, amend the pension law to allow the earned vested benefits of retirees to be cut. After a lifetime of hard work to earn their pensions, retirees don’t deserve to receive a bad deal, in which they’ve had no say, cut behind closed doors and excluding the very people who would be impacted most.”

In a letter sent to members of the House and Senate last week, Rogers added “[This] proposal…impairs a fundamental tenet of pension law and permits multiemployer pension plans to cut the earned and vested pension benefits of current retirees. Making significant and far-reaching changes to pension law without scrutiny of the legislative proposal and with no opportunity for debate or amendment is unacceptable. This is all the more true given that the proposal may result in a significant reduction in the modest income of millions of retirees. We urge Congress to instead consider all possible alternatives, and to allow time for adequate debate that can produce a fair and reasonable solution to the funding challenges facing a handful of multi-employer plans.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

Marc H. Morial: “The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States”

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Statement of Marc H. Morial, President and CEO National Urban League, before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, December 9, 2014

Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Cruz, members of the Subcommittee, we accept your invitation to offer the National Urban League’s perspective and experience on the direction that this country is headed with respect to civil and human rights.

The convergence of the ongoing epidemic of tragic, unjust killings of African Americans at the hands of out-of-control police and the utter miscarriage of justice by our justice system; the decimation of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision that removed the ability to provide additional protection to voters in states, counties and cities with a history of discrimination; the spate of voter ID and voter suppression laws spearheaded by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in states across the country; the disproportionate mass incarceration of people of color; and the dismal economic conditions that plague urban communities across America have placed our nation in a state of emergency that is reawakening the cause of justice in our Nation. We demand national leadership at all levels of government for immediate, solutions-based action. Not just talk – we demand action and NOW!

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Systems are Broken – Especially for African Americans

The recent litany of cases involving the use of excessive police force against unarmed African Americans is only the tip of the iceberg. They are the result of systemic failures within our law enforcement system and the subsequent prosecutorial process that are in dire and urgent need of immediate reform. One cannot begin to express the total outrage in the Black, as well as White, Latino and Asian communities, surrounding the following senseless deaths that have occurred since 2012:

  • Tamir Rice – 12-year-old boy shot on November 22, 2014 at a Cleveland, OH recreation center by rookie police officer Timothy Loehmann; video shows Loehmann fired at Rice within two seconds after the patrol car he was riding in pulled up next to the boy, who was playing with a toy gun, and that it took four minutes for officers to administer first-aid to the child after he was shot; Tamir died from his wounds the following day. (Nov. 23)
  • Akai Gurley – 28-year-old unarmed father who was shot and killed on November 20, 2014 by rookie NYPD officer Peter Liang in an unlit housing-project stairwell in Brooklyn; Gurley has been called a “total innocent” by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who called the shooting “accidental”; Gurley’s death has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner’s office.
  • Michael Brown – unarmed teenager shot at least six times and killed on August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri by Officer Darren Wilson (whom the grand jury failed to indict).
  • John Crawford III – 22-year-old shot and killed on August 5, 2014 by police in a Beavercreek, OH Walmart store after picking up an air rifle off a store shelf and carrying it in the store (grand jury decided in September to not indict the officers).
  • Eric Garner – unarmed 43-year-old father and husband killed on July 17, 2014 in Staten Island, NY after being put in an illegal chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo during an arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes (no indictment by grand jury despite a video and the coroner’s report that ruled his death a homicide).
  • Marlene Pinnock – 51-year-old homeless and mentally ill great-grandmother who was violently beaten on July 1, 2014 by California Highway Patrol officer Daniel L. Andrew along Interstate 10, west of downtown Los Angeles, after an attempted arrest for walking along the freeway.
  • Trayvon Martin – the 2012 killing of unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin from Miami Gardens, Florida, by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida (who was subsequently acquitted in 2013).

Click here to read the full statement from Marc H. Morial on “The State of Civil and Human Rights in the United States”.

NAACP Statement on DOJ’s Updated Racial Profiling Guidance

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BALTIMORE, MD – On Monday, the Attorney General of the United States issued an update to the 2003 U.S. Department of Justice guidance regarding the use of race by federal law enforcement agencies.  The NAACP has long supported the clarification of ambiguities, closing of loopholes, and elimination of provisions that allow for racial or other forms of discriminatory profiling. As such we strongly commend Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice for expanding the characteristics it protects in the 2003 guidance beyond perceived race and ethnicity, to now also include gender, religion, national origin, gender-identity and sexual orientation. We are also pleased the guidance has been expanded to include state and local law enforcement officers participating in official federal law enforcement task forces. This new racial profiling guidance also expands many areas of protection by eliminating many of the deeply problematic broad carve-outs for law enforcement activities that weekend the much needed protections in the 2003 guidance, with a few exceptions.
In addition to the U.S.D.O.J. specific provisions, the policy also applies some of the expanded anti-profiling requirements to many of the Department of Homeland Security responsibilities for the very first time. This includes all U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and their enforcement activities wherever they may occur. It includes law enforcement activities performed by the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Border Patrol, Federal Air Marshalls, and DHS officers protecting federal buildings.  As we commend DOJ and DHS on the many much needed improvements in the guidance, we look forward to working with the administration to address a number of reforms to the 2003 guidance still needed, including protections in the area of language, disability (including HIV status), housing status, occupation, and socioeconomic status.

From Cornell William Brooks, the President and CEO of the NAACP:
“We welcome the revisions and updating of the 2003 guidance on the use of race by federal law enforcement issued by Attorney General Holder.  This guidance is a major and important step forward to ensure effective policing by federal law-enforcement officials, but it is one piece of many necessary long-term systemic criminal justice reforms. Now, we call on the Obama Administration to urge adoption of this guidance at the state and local law enforcement levels in all cases and not only cases where they are working with Federal task forces along with other reforms including providing specificity in data collection and training and mandating that law enforcement officers, who violate the guidance, be held criminally liable. We have painfully witnessed both in Ferguson, MO, and Staten Island, NY along with communities across the country the dangers of high levels of racial profiling, police discrimination and no accountability. Therefore, while we are encouraged by this step forward in updating this guidance, there is still significant progress to be made to end racial profiling once and for all.”

From Hilary O. Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy:
“We are pleased to see this much needed improvement and expansion of the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2003 Racial Profiling Guidance. Since the beginning of the Obama administration we’ve met with Attorney General Holder and many officials at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with the hope of seeing a new guidance that would modernize, strengthen and expand anti-racial profiling protections for all Americans. This new guidance moves the Nation a long way forward in doing just that. In short, it expands the definition of racial profiling and protections covered in the 2003 Guidance, of perceived race and ethnicity to now include gender, religion, national origin, gender-identity and sexual orientation. It also expands federal government agency accountability beyond the Justice Department to now include many of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers such as, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Border Patrol, Federal Air Marshalls, and DHS officers protecting federal buildings. We look forward to continuing our work with the Administration to see the U.S. Department of Justice Racial Profiling Guidance full implementation and further improvement.”

Amara Enyia Drops Out of Mayor’s Race, Backs Fioretti

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By Chinta Strausberg

In a joint press conference outside of City Hall, Amara Enyia Wednesday withdrew from the crowded mayoral race and announced she is endorsing Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) because he best mirrors her vision for Chicago.

A lawyer and community activist, Enyia said, “We pursued every option to go as far as we possibly could. The most important thing for us is to make sure that the vision that we carried moves forward even on a bigger platform that we were able to present.

“It means us continuing the fight. We could not let this go. We had to continue to fight.”

Explaining, Enyia, who was embroiled in a petition challenge fight, said, “We are at the point where the distraction of going through the petition process would have diminished our ability to carry our message forward at a very critical time.

“We pursued every option to get through the petition process, and when it became clear that it was going to hurt our ability to continue our campaign, that is when we made the decision to say how do we continue to get out even if it is in a different format,” she said.

Referring to Fioretti, Enyia said he is a candidate who “views are aligned closely to ours. It is also important to have a candidate who has been at the forefront of the issues consistently speaking out on same issues we’ve been speaking out on and a candidate that allows our voice to be heard…a message similar to ours. It makes sense for us to be able to do that.”

In accepting Enyia’s endorsement, Fioretti said, “Amara is a woman of commitment and of action who cares deeply about Chicago. Her presence in this race is testament to the widespread understanding that we need a change at City Hall, that we need a mayor who embraces all of our city and all of its people. I am happy to have her supporting this campaign.”

When asked how many signatures did she have, Enyia said, “We have a good amount of signatures. We’ve not said anything about the number of signatures. The challenge was going through the challenge process with limited resources knowing that the longer it continued, it would hurt our fundraising capacity.

“It would hurt our ability to continue to spread our message and campaign by going through the process. We took the campaign as far as we could, and then we made the decision how do we make sure our message continue to get out. It was a very difficult decision, but we believe it was the right decision,” she stated.

“I have never been the type of person who start something that I don’t finish, and I needed to be able to finish this message, and this allows us to finish and continue the fight,” she stated.

When asked why didn’t she choose mayoral hopeful Robert Shaw, Enyia said, “We have some very clear and strong policy positions, and we wanted to make sure that we are aligned with the campaign that is able to articulate a clear vision for all of Chicago.

“It’s also about the present and the future of Chicago, and we cannot engage in old-style politics or individuals who have played in old-style politics because that is not what the future represents. That is not what the future holds for us….

“We talked about change and we have to live that out. That is the reason why we didn’t go that way,” she said referring to Shaw.

When contacted, Shaw said, “She is entitled to her opinion. I guess that is why she is dropping out…not too many people bought her opinion. I guess she is going to try to sell her opinion on another stage. They didn’t buy it from her; so I guess she’s going to get somebody else to sell her opinion,” he said referring to Fioretti.

“I don’t think they will buy it from a third party. The people were not buying what she was selling. People want something about the red light cameras…about education…that she was not discussing and those issues involved the future of Chicago,” said Shaw. “My campaign is offering all of those things.

“It’s unfortunate that young people can get involved in the campaign and end it before it gets started. She is on the wrong side of history with Ald. Fioretti,” Shaw stated.

According to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, Enyia’s objectors were voters named Bernette Barnes and Elaine Shaw and were represented by Frank Avila and James Skyles. “Because the candidate withdrew, the hearing will not move forward,” said Jim Allen, a spokesperson for the board. He said there were 10 mayoral candidates and now there are 9.

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.

State’s Attorney LED Task Force Recognized

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A specialized task force organized by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to tackle the crime of organized retail theft and fencing was recognized for excellence in law enforcement at a recent ceremony sponsored by the Cook County Crime Stoppers Organization.

Members of the Cook County Regional Organized Crime Task Force (CCROC) received the Crime Stoppers’ 2014 Public Sector Award for their collaborative efforts to combat the growing crime of organized retail theft and fencing.

CCROC is a unique public-private task force comprised of more than 1,000 members made up of law enforcement agencies, retail partners, financial institutions, manufacturers and other industry experts from Cook County and jurisdictions throughout the Midwest.  The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office was the first prosecutor’s office in the nation to organize such a task force to combat the escalating crimes of organized retail theft and fencing using proactive crime fighting strategies and shared intelligence.

The awards were presented at the Crime Stoppers Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, 2014 at the Marriott in downtown Chicago.

Photo Caption: Members of the CCROC Task Force who attended the ceremony are:  (left to right): Seth Hughes (Walgreens), Jack Howard (Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office), Andrea Hess (Meijers), Joe Varela (CVS), Lori Allsteadt (Barrington Police Dept.), State’s Attorney Alvarez, Mark Wolford (JC Penney), David Williams (Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office) and Oscar Valenzuela (Chicago Police Dept.)

Grammy-Winning Singer Natalie Cole in Concert Feb. 7 at North Central College

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NAPERVILLE, IL – North Central College presents Grammy-Winning Artist Natalie Cole in concert Feb. 7.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the College’s Pfeffier Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $95, $85 and $75; call the North Central College Box Office 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Following the release of her latest album, “Natalie Cole en Español,” Cole’s nationwide tour features her smooth, lush vocals in a captivating tribute to legendary Latin music composers and her late father Nat King Cole, world-class singer and pioneer for racial equality. Cole also performs versions of her own classic hits such as “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” “Unforgettable” and “When I Fall in Love.”

Cole is an accomplished R&B and jazz vocalist and nine-time Grammy Award-winner. The release of her first Spanish-language album derives inspiration from both the bilingual recording legacy of her father and a growing passion for the timeless romanticism of the great Latin music composers. In light of her remarkable recovery from a kidney transplant, Cole found a deeper appreciation for her father’s groundbreaking Latin recordings and a desire to further extend her family’s commitment to bilingual music.

This performance by Cole is part of North Central College’s annual Black History Month celebration. Nicor Gas is an underwriting sponsor of this concert and of events during MLK Week in January and Black History Month in February at North Central College.

North Central’s 2014-2015 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by season supporters, including BMO Harris, Casa by Charleston, The DuPage Community Foundation, Grant Thornton, J.P. Morgan, Main Street Promenade, Marquette Properties, Monarch Landing, Ryan Hill Realty, U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve, USG and Water Street Development.

This upcoming performance is among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and more, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306, nadunker@noctrl.edu

Illinois Student Assistance Commission Announces 2015-16 Illinois State Scholars

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More than 18,800 high school students recognized for academic achievement

DEERFIELD, IL – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is pleased to announce the names of the 2015-16 Illinois State Scholars. Today over 18,800 elite honorees join the other top Illinois high school students honored with the prestigious designation, which was first introduced in 1958.

Illinois State Scholars rank in approximately the top ten percent of the state’s high school seniors, this year representing 671 high schools from across Illinois.  Selection is based on SAT, ACT, or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or on class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

“It is with great pride that we announce this year’s group of Illinois State Scholars,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC Executive Director. “In addition to congratulating our State Scholars for their commitment and hard work, we also want to commend their parents, teachers, coaches and mentors for helping these students achieve their goals. It really does take a village. We wish all of these scholars the best as they pursue their future education and careers.”

Congratulatory letters from ISAC have been sent to honorees, and the agency has provided personalized Certificates of Achievement to each high school for distribution, often at school award ceremonies or assemblies. ISAC also publishes a list of current Illinois State Scholars on its website. While this recognition does not include a monetary prize, Illinois State Scholars are encouraged to cite the honor on applications for college admission and scholarships.

“We know that postsecondary education can not only improve individual success and achievement, but can improve communities as well—from decreasing crime rates to improving life expectancy,” said Zarnikow. “Our State Scholars should be proud of all they have achieved in their four years of high school, and we look forward to seeing how their success can help change Illinois for the better.”

ISAC encourages students interested in attending college next fall to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1st to determine eligibility for federal and state aid, including Illinois’ need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant. A calendar of free financial aid and college access events, including FAFSA completion workshops to assist students and families with the form, is available on ISAC’s website, www.ISAC.org. Students can visit the agency’s website for a wealth of additional financial aid and college planning information and tools, as well as information on how to access one-on-one assistance and mentoring in the college-going process.

About the Illinois Student Assistance Commission

The mission of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is to help make college accessible and affordable for students throughout Illinois. ISAC provides comprehensive, objective, and timely information on education and financial aid for students and their families—giving them access to the tools they need to help make the educational choices that are right for them. Then, through the state’s flagship Monetary Award Program and other scholarship and grant programs ISAC administers—totaling more than $380 million in academic year 2014-15—ISAC can help students make those choices a reality. www.isac.org

2nd Annual New York Black Expo to Empower the Community on Saturday, December 13th

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New York Black Expo

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — The Black Expo East presents its second annual 2014 New York Black Expo, Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 11am to 8pm at the elegant Hotel Pennsylvania located 401 7th Avenue @ 33rd Street in Midtown across from Madison Square Garden.This year’s New York Black Expo will focus on empowering the community, business, education and the health of African Americans and will include a business expo, music concert, fashion show, comedy show and community panels.

Admission price is $15 per person ages 13 and up and children 12 and under are free to attend. Few vendor/sponsorship opportunities are still available. Mark Anthony Jenkins, President and CEO of New York Black Expo Inc. says, “African-American entrepreneurs are smart, strategic and talented. The expo provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their products and recycle their dollars within the community.” African Americans are spending money and are a vital force to the New York economy, says industry economic analysts.

The “2014 New York Black Expo” offers businesses and organizations numerous ways to connect with consumers during the holiday season. With a goal in mind to educate and uplift our growing, diverse community, the 2014 New York Black Expo highlight culture in many different areas. This event has attracted major sponsors such as Radio 103.9 FM, Enterprise Car Share, Harlem News Group, Spot Hero, Black Singles Magazine, Wellcare and the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. This event has also attracted local media sponsors such as Rhythm and Soul Radio, Simply Sensational Inc., The Paul Anthony Foundation, Harlem World Magazine, Keris Corner, Fashion Avenue News, Avante Garde Management Group, Memorie 4 Life Photography, Fashion School of Etiquette and NY Global Biz. More than 10,000 patrons are expected to attend.

This year’s musical guests include, Full Force, Melissa Morgan, Kurtis Blow, Delfonics Revue, Lynn Lockamy, Petawayne, and Charisa The Violin Diva.

The comedy show features, Kool Bubba Ice, Freddie Ricks, and Rip Michael, and this years fashion show extravaganza will feature several New York area designers including D. Mochelle Fashions, Styletainment, Strike A Pose, Willow & Wesley, Pinky Sez, Drew-Mon-Fer, Misperri Collection, Edgewear Designs, 710 Fashions, Franklin Rowe, Underwood NY, DUANT IT, Daft Minerva, B.B. Fashion, and Ray Vincente.

There will be guest speakers and authors as well as a special posthumous tribute to R&B singer, Phyllis Hyman, Rap pioneer, Big Bank Hank from The Sugar Hill Gang, and Dr. Myles and Ruth Ann Munroe.

This will be a great holiday event for the entire family.

To learn more about the 2014 New York Black Expo, or for tickets, vendor, and sponsorship opportunities, call 646-470-6727 or visit www.newyorkblackexpo.com.

President Obama and Chicago Urban League Statements on the Passing of Judy Baar Topinka

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President Barack Obama: Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.  Judy was an institution in Illinois politics.  Her public service spanned more than 30 years, including her tenure in the State Legislature and as Chair of the Illinois Republican Party.  Judy was a fierce advocate for her constituents, which I got to see firsthand when she was State Treasurer – the first woman to hold that office.  She was blunt, pragmatic, unfailingly cheerful and energetic, and always willing to put politics aside to find commonsense solutions that made a difference for the people of Illinois.  She will be greatly missed.  Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathies to Judy’s family, friends and constituents today.

The Chicago Urban League Remembers Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
Andrea L. Zopp
President and CEO

“We were saddened to learn of the passing of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. This trailblazing public servant was truly a woman for all seasons. As a legislator, State Treasurer and as Comptroller, Topinka was an elected official who genuinely cared about the constituents she served.
“Topinka was and will remain an inspiration to all women who aspire to lead and will be remembered for her humor, wit, and her support of equality and fairness for all communities.
“In an era where polarizing partisanship often rules the day, Judy Baar Topinka’s indomitable spirit and down to earth approach empowered to cross party lines and have a significant impact of the lives of the people of Illinois.  She will truly be missed.
“All of us at the Chicago Urban League send our condolences to the family, friends and staff of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.”
Also read: http://www.copylinemagazine.com/2014/12/10/illinois-comptroller-judy-baar-topinka-a-tenacious-and-dedicated-public-servant-dies-at-70/

Start-Up Web Site Aims to Recycle Black Dollars

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Terrance Amen
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — A new startup, 3UFirst FPC, is the first company created specifically to bring billions back to the African American community, from money African Americans already spend while shopping for their favorite name brand products and services. The money from these revenues will be used to create jobs, business and investment opportunities, and fund the best underfunded programs, thus solving the other problems in the Black community.The founder of 3UFirst, Terrance Amen said, “We can solve our problems using the money we’re already spending, so there’s no extra or out of pocket cost. The company 3UFirst has made a commitment to giving back 50% of its net profits, in order to fund the best non-profit programs locally and across the country.”

“There are too many great programs out there helping to solve major problems in our community, but aren’t getting the money to expand their services,” said Mr. Amen. “But we can fund these programs from the trillion dollars we’re spending every year, outside our community. Now, by shopping or searching on 3UFirst.com, we can bring some of that money back to the Black community.”

3ufirst.com will also work with Black businesses to showcase, partner, and create its own products and services, saving Black consumers money. Currently there are no Black fortune 500 companies, but Black money is spent keeping existing Fortune 500 companies in business. The goal of 3UFirst is to become the first African-American controlled Fortune 100 company. This means the company will need to generate at least $20 billion dollars a year in revenues.

“I know that’s a big number for many to comprehend,” said Mr. Amen, “but that’s only two percent of the trillion dollars we spend every year. Aren’t you, your family, and our community worth at least two percent of the money we’re already spending? I believe we’re worth at least ten times that amount, but only time will tell whether we show our worth or not. With the money the Black community spends every year, we could fund our children’s education, our healthcare, retirement, have money for a down payment on a home, start a business, and invest in companies that cater to the Black community.”

Mr. Amen said that right now, Black money is spent doing this for every community but our own, while discrimination and inequality continues to run rampant against the Black community. Having a company like 3UFirst can put an end to discriminatory practices, and create a bright future for Black people now, and those that come after them.

Mr. Amen said, “You have nothing to lose searching and shopping on 3ufirst.com. Now you can bring billions back to your community, using the money you’re already spending. That’s recycling Black dollars at its best.”

Terrance Amen is the founder of 3Ufirst FPC, and author of the book, Black Unity: The Total Solution to Financial Independence and Happiness. For more information, go to the about us and FAQ page on www.3ufirst.com.

Photo Caption: Terrance Amen, founder of 3UFirst.com

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