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Archive for December 24th, 2014

Kirk: As Americans We Never Have to Ask the North Koreans for Permission

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Kirk Calls for Congressional Hearings on North Korea Sony Hack

Wants to Re-Designate North Korea as State Sponsor of Terrorism

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) recently called on Congress to schedule hearings and look into the Sony hack by North Korea, which jeopardized thousands of employee records and emails, and caused the entertainment corporation to pull ‘The Interview’ from theaters.

“America does not answer to North Korea or the demands of terrorists, and the theaters that decide to take a stand against terrorism and show this film should be protected by the law,” Senator Kirk said.

Senator Kirk also called for the hearings to investigate exactly why theater owners decided to self-censor and to see if which countries, if any, assisted North Korea in this attack.

ICYMI, here are hyperlinks to recent news reports and videos about Senator Kirk’s efforts:

The Hill: GOP Senator Calls for Sony Hack Hearing

Senator Kirk “called on Congress to hold hearings on the destructive cyberattack that forced Sony Pictures to cancel the theatrical release of its controversial comedy, ‘The Interview.’ The FBI has pinned the attack on North Korea, which was angered over the film’s depiction of a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.”

Fox Chicago: Kirk Says Senate Should Show ‘The Interview’

CBS Chicago: “As Americans, we never have to ask the North Koreans for permission,” says Kirk.

Dr. Willie Wilson Upset Over Subpoenaing of his Circulators by the Mayor

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Wilson upset over subpoenaing of his circulators by the mayor

Says mayor harassing his campaign

Aide says Wilson is on the ballot, board says not so fast

By Chinta Strausberg

It takes only 12,500 signatures to run for mayor but while mayoral hopeful Dr. Willie Wilson turned in 47,000 and so far the Chicago Board of Election has verified 12,603 more than enough to keep Wilson on the ballot, he is upset that the mayor has now subpoenaed his circulators.
“It is wrong,” said Wilson referring to the subpoenaing of his circulators. “We did what we were supposed to do. This is harassment.” “I question why the mayor wants to subpoenaed my circulators. It’s another tactic they are trying to use to disenfranchise the citizens of Chicago,” Wilson told this reporter.

“We still have 20,000 signatures to go,” Wilson said referring to the ballot challenges he is undergoing at the Chicago Board of Elections. “We are following procedure and will go all the way to court, if necessary. I am going to win,“ he said confidently.

Late Tuesday night, Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston, who is working with Wilson’s campaign, said, “I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Willie Wilson currently has 13,011 verified signatures and growing. We needed 12,500 to make the ballot. We still have over1000 pages to count. We are looking at least 15,500 to 17,000 when the records exam is over next week,” he said in a statement. However, while Livingston says Wilson is on the ballot, James P. Allen, communications director for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, said, “The number is not yet known, and the hearings are still going on.

“There are questions about hundreds of signatures where the voter wrote an address and then that address has a line drawn through it and another address was written in. The next hearing will beat noon on Friday,” Allen told this reporter. He added, “There also are a variety of petition circulators where the objectors are alleging that the circulators donot reside at the addresses given on the petition sheets.”

Yesterday led by Pastor Ira Acree, head of the Greater St. John Bible Church, a group of black ministers held a press conference at 69 West Washington where they voiced concern over the possibility of African American voters being disenfranchised if Wilson is knocked off the ballot for the February 24,2015 ballot.

“When we look at the conditions of south side and west side neighborhoods, it is important that we have an advocate, and that there is some genuine dialogue about there being one Chicago,” Acree said. He urged the board to be fair in its procedures.

“We expect the Board of Elections to do the right thing,” Acree said. Referring to Mayor Emanuel’s first run for mayor, Acree said, “Many people questioned whether he lived in Chicago.  We expect him to be empathetic but that’s not the case, obviously.

“It would be a tragedy for a viable like Dr. Wilson be barred from the ballot and an entire community and voice disenfranchised,” Acree said.

“Dr. Wilson has stellar credentials, impeccable character, a successful businessman, caring philanthropist, and he is a model citizen. He also has the personal testament as to what hard work, optimism, enduring faith in God and the promise of this nation.”

Referring to Wilson’s 47,000signatures, Pastor Acree said for anyone to claim that 80 percent of the signatures are bad is unbelievable. “I would bet my house against that,” he told reporters.

“This is much bigger than Dr. Wilson. “To bar him from the ballot would disenfranchise an entire community,” Acree said.

A businessman, Scott Winslow, has known Wilson for a long time. He reflected on the time Wilson walked to Tiananmen Square. “On one of his hundred business trips, as he walked through Tiananmen Square…people were calling his name” wanting to shake his hand.

“Willie Wilson has a great following. He has a machine on the community, a machine on his gifts and his good heart and his steely-like business” abilities. “He could have 470,000 signatures in Chicago in just a few days…in probably hours. This man has the support” in all communities. “This is a solid citizen of Chicago and he has to be on the ballot.”

Pastor T.L. Barrett, from Life Center Church, Rev. Marshall Hatch from New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, Rev. Douglas Moye, Sr. from Holy Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Rev. Joseph Henry, Omega Baptist Church who is dean of the CBI also spoke glowingly of Wilson.

Earlier, Allen, communications director for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, gave reporters the following update on the upcoming mayoral election and the ballot challenge status:

2015 Chicago Candidate Tracking Report- Dec. 23, 2014

– 7th Ward – Sidney H. Brooks III -Withdrew – OFF the ballot

– 7th Ward – L Elizabeth”Jacquie” Lewis – OFF the ballot

– 9th Ward – Marcia Brown – OFF theballot

– 24th Ward – Vernell L. Hollis Swanigan – Withdrew – OFF the ballot

– 29th Ward – Maurice J. Robinson -Withdrew – OFF the ballot

– 29th Ward – Brenda Smith – Withdrew -OFF the ballot

– 31st Ward – Renne “Tex”Chavez – OFF the ballot

– 36th Ward – Joaquin Vazquez – OFF the ballot

– 39th Ward – Mary K. Hunter – OFF the ballot

– 43rd Ward – Andrew Challenger -Withdrew – OFF the ballot

– 49th Ward – Connie Gates-Brown – OFF the ballot

– 50th Ward – Hilaire Fuji Shioura -OFF the ballot

2015 Chicago Candidate Tracking Report- Dec. 19, 2014

– Mayor – Gerald Sconyers – Withdrew -OFF the ballot

– 1st Ward – Mia Lena Lopez – OFF the ballot

– 3rd Ward – Clarence D. Clemons – OFF the ballot

– 6th Ward – Dumars Ervin Franklin -OFF the ballot

– 7th Ward – Stephanie Roddy – OFF the ballot

– 7th Ward – Frances Pratt – OFF the ballot

– 9th Ward – Marcia Brown – OFF the ballot

– 28th Ward – Elliot Thomas – OFF theballot

– 28th Ward – Willie McGill – OFF theballot

– 44th Ward – Robin Cook – Withdrew -OFF the ballot

– 49th Ward – Grady A. Humphrey – OFF the ballot

2015 Chicago Candidate Tracking Report- Dec. 10, 2014

– Mayor – Amara Enyia – Withdrew – OFF the ballot

– Dumars Ervin Franklin – Withdrew -OFF the ballot

2015 Chicago Candidate Tracking Report- Dec. 8, 2014

– 24th Ward – Thorne – Withdrew – OFF the ballot (corrects earlier errant reference to ward number)

– 29th Ward – Williams – Withdrew – OFF the ballot

– 30th Ward – Zarnecki – Withdrew – OFF the ballot

- 35th Ward – Zarnecki – Petition failed to meet apparent conformity – OFF the ballot

– 38th Ward – Elected School Board referendum – Petition failed to meet apparent conformity – OFF the ballot*

* The other 37 petitions for referenda on the Elected School Board were in apparent conformity and do not have any pending objections. Those questions will be on the ballots in those 37 wards:

Wards where Elected School Board referenda will be on ballots:

1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15,16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37,40, 45, 46, 47, 49, and 50.

Wards where Elected School Board referenda will not be on ballots:

2, 9, 11, 13, 18, 23, 38, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, and 48.

2015 Chicago Candidate Tracking Report- Dec. 2, 2014

– 24th Ward – Michael Chandler

Led by Pastor Ira Acree, head of the Greater St. John Bible Church, they voiced concern over the possibility of black voters being disenfranchised if Wilson is knocked off the ballot for the February 24, 2015 ballot. (All photos by Chinta Strausberg)Photo Caption: Led by Pastor Ira Acree, head of the Greater St. John Bible Church, they voiced concern over the possibility of black voters being disenfranchised if Wilson is knocked off the ballot for the February 24, 2015 ballot. (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)

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.

President Obama and Barney Frank Contribute to Revised Edition of Bayard Rustin’s Writings on his Work as the Influential Civil Rights Strategist

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“Bayard Rustin was an unyielding activist for civil rights, dignity, and equality for all. As an openly gay African American, Mr. Rustin stood at the intersection of several of the fights for equal rights.” – President Barack Obama

Time on Two Crosses

Berkeley, CA (BlackNews.com) – In 2013, our nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One year later, our nation witnesses public protests that highlight the lack of social equality and reveal how tensions of class and race are far from settled. The dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his beloved community continues to unfold.

In light of the public response to non-indictments in Ferguson, Staten Island and elsewhere, Cleis Press has just published a new ebook edition of Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin, with the timely message of nonviolent and peaceful protest. Jarred Weisfeld, President of Start Publishing, which owns Cleis Press, remarked, As we read todays headlines, Bayard Rustin’s strategies of nonviolent protest that he taught to Dr. King have never been more important. His ideology continues to work both for the short term and the long.”

In 1956, Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. strategies of nonviolence during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, thereby launching the civil rights movement. Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached international notoriety in 1963 as the openly gay organizer of the March on Washington.

Walter Naegle, Rustin’s partner from 1977 until Rustins death in 1987, is available to discuss Rustin’s beliefs that helped to shape the early Civil Rights movement with his revolutionary and forward thinking essays and speeches dating back to the early 1940s. Naegle is executor and archivist of the Bayard Rustin Estate. In November 2013, when Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor, Naegle accepted the award on Rustin’s behalf. “Being black, being homosexual, being a political radical, thats a combination thats pretty volatile and it comes along like Halley’s Comet.” Naegle said, adding, “Bayard’s life was complex, but at the same time I think it makes it a lot more interesting.”

Rustin is best remembered as master strategist and tireless activist, and as the organizer of one of the largest non-violent protests ever held in the United States, the 1963 March on Washington. He helped shape Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence by bringing Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement. When Rustin arrived in Mobile, AL in 1956, Dr. King had not yet embraced the idea of nonviolent protests. Rustins roots in activism go back to his upbringing and his grandmother’s early social activities in the NAACP and her Quaker philosophy.

Rustin was also openly gay at a time when it was easier to live in the closet, further proof of his courage. Cleis Press Publisher Brenda Knight worked directly with former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Barney Frank, on his contribution, who offered this comment, “I knew Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties would not have been possible without him. He guided Dr. King and, unbeknownst to many, talked Dr. King out of some forms of civil disobedience that might have been perceived differently. He was the key actor behind one of our country’s greatest evolutions and has never received full credit. I hope that changes with the publication of this new book.”

Long before the March on Washington and Kings ascendance to international prominence, Rustin put his life on the line to challenge racial segregation. His open homosexuality, however, remained a point of contention among black church leaders, with controversy sometimes embroiling even King himself.

Despite these achievements, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions. His courage did not wane. Today, these precepts of nonviolence that were employed during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, launched the birth of the Civil Rights Movement in 1955. Widely acclaimed as a founding father of modern black protest, Rustin reached his pinnacle of notoriety in 1963 as organizer of the March on Washington.

Time on Two Crosses showcases the extraordinary career of this black gay civil rights pioneer. Spanning five decades, the book combines classic texts from Bayard Rustin, ranging in topic from Gandhis impact on African Americans, white supremacists in Congress, the antiwar movement, and the assassination of Malcolm X, with never-before published selections on the call for gay rights, Louis Farrakhan, affirmative action, AIDS, and womens rights. Also included are twenty-five photos from the Rustin estate.
Link to Table of Contents and Introduction from the new edition, with Barack Obama and Barney Frank contributions:

Link to new edition – with Barack Obama and Barney Frank contributions
Cleis Press: www.cleispress.com/book_page.php?book_id=94
Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin
Edited by Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise
Foreword by Barack Obama
Afterword by Barney Frank
$19.95, Trade Paper
ISBN: 978-1-62778-143-5

Photo Caption: Bookcover

Law Protecting the Rights of Pregnant Women in Illinois Takes Effect January 1st

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on Law Protecting the Rights of Pregnant Women in Illinois Takes Effect January 1st

CHICAGO, IL -  With 2015 quickly approaching, Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Director Rocco Claps is reminding employers that a measure providing job protection for pregnant women goes into effect on January 1st and employers are required to post information about it in the workplace.

Public Act 98-1050, sponsored by State Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-Chicago) and State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), and signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn in August, requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations and safe working conditions for expectant mothers so that they can continue working without fear of endangering their health or the health of the child. Provisions include limits on heavy lifting and assistance in manual labor; access to places to sit; more frequent restroom breaks; time off to recover from childbirth; and private break space for breast-feeding and expressing breast milk.

A poster summarizing requirements of the new law, including the right to be free from unlawful discrimination and information on how to file a discrimination charge, can be downloaded from the IDHR website at www.Illinois.gov/IDHR. The poster and detailed fact sheets about the law are available in English and Spanish.

“It’s important for employers to ensure that they post this information in a conspicuous location in the workplace, where notices to employees are usually posted,” Director Claps said. “We have made the process as easy as possible by providing it for download from our website.”

Anyone who needs help under the new law or has questions may contact IDHR at 312-814-6200 (Chicago), (217) 785-5100 (Springfield), or 866-740-3953 (TTY).

The Illinois Human Rights Act protects individuals from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age (40 and over), marital status, disability, military status, familial status, sexual orientation (including gender identity) or unfavorable military discharge.  Further information is available at www.illinois.gov/dhr

Attorney General Holder Statement on President Obama’s Intent to Nominate US Attorney Sally Yates to be Deputy Attorney General

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WASHINGTON, DC — Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday in response to President Obama’s announcement of his intent to nominate Sally Yates, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, to serve as the next Deputy Attorney General, succeeding James M. Cole:

“I congratulate Sally Yates on her forthcoming nomination as Deputy Attorney General — an important and demanding office in which she will most certainly excel.

“Over the years, I have come to know, admire, and rely on Sally as an essential leader of the U.S. Attorney community.  As a longtime career prosecutor, she has handled a wide range of complex and high-profile cases with remarkable skill and poise.

“Sally’s leadership in combating public corruption has rightfully earned the accolades of her colleagues at every level of law enforcement.  Her successful prosecution of Eric Rudolph for the Centennial Olympic Park bombing cemented her sterling reputation as a tough, and extremely talented, attorney.  And her distinguished tenure as U.S. Attorney, and service as vice chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, have been marked by indelible contributions in advancing the Justice Department’s Smart on Crime initiative and other important policies.

“As Deputy Attorney General, Sally will play a critical role in leading the Department of Justice, building on our Smart on Crime reforms, and expanding on the record of achievement we have established during the last six years.  I know her tenure will be defined by the same standard of excellence that has guided her throughout her career, and I am proud to join President Obama in congratulating her, once again, on her planned nomination.”

Illinois Appellate Court Reverses Circuit Court Finding of Unconstitutionality in the Occupy Chicago Cases

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on Illinois Appellate Court Reverses Circuit Court Finding of Unconstitutionality in the Occupy Chicago Cases
Court rules Chicago’s park curfew ordinance is constitutional

As protests against police misconduct and racial injustice sweep the nation, a panel of the Illinois Appellate Court Tuesday, December 23, 2014 upheld one of the largest mass arrests in the city’s history.

Occupy Chicago protesters, represented by pro bono attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild of Chicago (NLG), People’s Law Office (PLO), and Durkin & Roberts had won an earlier lower court decision dismissing their 2011 arrests as an unconstitutional violation of their First Amendment rights.  The case, City of Chicago v. Tieg Alexander, et al., 1-12-2858, dates back to October of 2011, when approximately 300 activists associated with Occupy Chicago were arrested on two consecutive Saturdays in Grant Park.

Ninety-two of the arrestees challenged their arrests and were victorious in the Circuit Court, which struck down the ordinance used to arrest them.  Today a panel of the Illinois Appellate Court overturned that decision, in a rollback of First Amendment rights.

“The policing in these cases illustrates Rahm Emanuel’s shameful corporate agenda, designed to elevate corporate interests and erode the rights of everyday people,” said Sarah Gelsomino, attorney with the People’s Law Office and National Lawyers Guild.  “It’s outrageous that the City continues to waste our money on prosecuting activists for a petty curfew violation.”

NLG attorney Molly Armour stated:  “Today’s decision strikes a blow to protest movements at the very moment we see how essential they are to the national dialogue and to affecting fundamental social justice.  As lower court recognized — public spaces should be reserved for the People and the moments in our history where dissent is essential.”

“The National Lawyers Guild will continue to demand protections for those who challenge injustice,” Gelsomino says.  “The fight to protect freedoms of speech and assembly is vital, especially now as protests against racist and oppressive policing sweep the country.”

The NLG continues to support people’s movements in the streets with its Legal Observer™ Program and in the courts defending those arrested.  While disappointed in the ruling, the NLG remains steadfast in its commitment to the fights for social, economic, and racial justice.

The National Lawyers Guild was founded in 1937 and is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has chapters in every state.

Appellate Court Opinion

Illinois Appellate Decision – December 23, 2014

Documents from Occupy Chicago Appeal

City of Chicago’s Appeal Brief – May 8, 2013
Occupy Chicago Response Brief – September 30, 2013
City of Chicago’s Reply Brief – December 12, 2013

Documents from Trial Level Court

Decision Ruling in Favor of Occupy Chicago – September 27, 2012
Occupy Chicago Reply to City – February 10, 2012
Original Occupy Chicago Motion to Dismiss – November 4, 2011

Dance Free-4-All!: American Rhythm Center Hosts Free Classes Jan. 5-10 at Fine Arts Building

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on Dance Free-4-All!: American Rhythm Center Hosts Free Classes Jan. 5-10 at Fine Arts Building

The American Rhythm Center (ARC), the innovative, collaborative dance/arts facility operated by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), invites Chicagoans to start the new year with a DANCE Free-4-All, six days of free dance classes on the third floor of the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue. The event takes place Monday-Saturday, January 5-10, 2015.

The DANCE Free-4-All features free classes for all ability levels in a range of genres and styles, including tap, Flamenco, Afro-contemporary, Afro-Haitian, Zumba, ballet, modern, hip hop, break dance, Tai Chi and more. Teaching the classes are professionals and young dancers representing the ARC’s community partners and other affiliated groups, including Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Red Clay Dance Company, DMX Dance Company, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Esoteric Dance Project, Gang of Toes, Natya Dance Theatre, Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company, Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Monica Morris, Movement Revolution Dance Crew and more.

On January 9, the ARC hosts a free Improvisation Jam at 6 p.m. for modern and contemporary dancers and a free Tap Jam for hoofers and tap dancers at 8 p.m. Donations are welcome.

The ARC is Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s collaborative initiative to provide a shared, affordable and sustainable education, rehearsal and administrative facility for several leading Chicago arts organizations. The aim is to offer diverse, high-quality dance and movement classes to the general public while centralizing the education programs, rehearsal space and administrative offices of several core groups, as well as additional emerging companies and independent artists. The regular session of winter classes begins January 12, 2015.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s DANCE Free-4-All takes place Monday-Saturday, January 5-10 at the American Rhythm Center at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd floor. For information or an updated class schedule, visit arcchicago.org or call 312-922-1272.

Photo by Timothy Bowser.

#Justice4All: More than a Hashtag, It’s About Action

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on #Justice4All: More than a Hashtag, It’s About Action

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

On behalf of the National Urban League, I strongly condemn the recent killing of two New York City Police Department officers. The brutal shooting of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn, N.Y. is heinous and reprehensible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of both officers.

In Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ever-relevant words, “If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.” Hate in speech and action threatens the very fabric of the United States of America and has no place here, particularly as we work toward peace and justice. We cannot fulfill our nation’s promise of justice for all if we continue to be driven by hatred and resentment. We must honor the legacies of Officers Liu and Ramos by maintaining our respect for police officials who day after day risk their lives for the sake of citizen peace and safety. We are eternally grateful for that immense sacrifice.

Last Saturday’s Justice for All march in our nation’s capital was a powerful day of solidarity and a meaningful call for change. I walked away with a renewed sense of confidence in the purpose of our mission – which is rooted in working together toward attaining justice, prosperity, and equality for all.

We were joined by an energetic group of National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), who came out in full force – galvanized, ready to march and raising their voices. The Urban League Movement was well represented as affiliates from near and far supported the march and focused on advancing our 10-Point Plan for Police Reform and Accountability.

The march drew tens of thousands of people from diverse backgrounds, ages, races and identities, united by the common goal of justice. Among the sea of crowds were generations ranging from small, school-aged children to a 99-year-old lifetime advocate for social justice and civil rights.

The families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Amadou Diallo, Trayvon Martin, and so many others witnessed this massive outpouring of support for the sons, husbands, and fathers they lost and the many others who are named and unnamed to the public. It is clear that many Americans have been deeply impacted by the pain and heartache of these families, and on Saturday, we were honored to join them in taking the next step – transforming that pain into unified action.

Our work continues long past this weekend, and as I’ve previously stated, a movement cannot be sustained without concrete objectives and goals. Join us in doing the hard work for the long haul – learn more about our 10-Point Justice Plan!

State Offers Tips for a Disaster Free Holiday Season

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on State Offers Tips for a Disaster Free Holiday Season

Department of Insurance says proper preparation can help avoid holiday disasters

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) offers some tips to help avoid some common holiday disasters.  According to insurance industry and government statistics, serious accidents, fires and injuries, happen in conjunction with celebrating during the holiday season.  Yet, the majority of people celebrating may not be aware of the risks and may not know what to do to prevent such mishaps.

“Some holiday happenings are unavoidable like receiving that ugly tie or sweater – and getting sick from eating too much fruitcake.  But there are some things we can do to prevent more serious problems such as accidents and home fires.  We offer these tips and urge people to make them part of their plans for celebrating this holiday season,” said DOI Director Andrew Boron.

Many bodily injuries are caused when people fall and hurt themselves while decorating.  People should use  caution and common sense.  Do not use the quick or easy way of standing on a chair or box for out of reach holiday decorating.  Use a ladder or step stool. And ask someone to assist by standing watch in case you lose balance and fall.

Every year Christmas trees and decorations cause fires, resulting in injuries and millions of dollars in property damage.  The Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds residents to have working smoke alarms in their homes.  People should also make certain their trees are fresh and properly watered.  To prevent the tree from drying out and becoming flammable once you take it home, saw an inch from the bottom trunk to expose new wood that will easily absorb water. Check the water level daily, adding more water as needed.  Avoid displaying the tree near fireplaces, heat outlets or vents that would blow directly on it.  Check holiday lights for frayed wires and turn them off before you go to bed.  If you have an artificial tree, make certain it’s flame retardant.  Avoid leaving the room with candles lit.  Finally, do not leave food cooking on the stove unattended.

Food is another big part of celebrations, so don’t ruin the holidays with food poisoning.  Follow two very important rules: keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Cook food to a temperature of at least 165 degrees fahrenheit to kill most bacteria that cause food poisoning.  Do not leave food unrefrigerated longer than two hours or the chances of bacterial growth increase.  The Illinois Department of Public Health reminds people during the holidays, or anytime, to avoid eating certain foods like raw oysters; drinks and food made with unpasteurized eggs; and rare or raw meat.  These foods can harbor bacteria that cause food poisoning. Make sure to wash your hands and keep everything in the kitchen clean.

Department of Transportation statistics show an increase in driving fatalities during the holidays.  No one should drive drunk or after drinking too much and, of course, no one should text while driving.  No one younger than age 21 should be allowed to drink alcohol.  Homeowners could find themselves liable if an underage guest leaves their home, drives drunk and causes an accident.  Hosts should insist a guest stay the night or call a taxi to ensure the guest does not drive if they have had too much to drink at a holiday celebration.

In the unfortunate case of a holiday mishap, the Department of Insurance can assist consumers with the claims process.  For more information, log on to http://insurance.illinois.gov/Main/Claims_Process.asp or call the toll free hotline at 866-445-5364.

New Documentary “The All American Don” Tells the Story of the First African American Cigar Manufacturer

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on New Documentary “The All American Don” Tells the Story of the First African American Cigar Manufacturer

All American Don Documentary

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Don Abram Harris, known for being the first African American cigar manufacturer in the United States is bringing his life to the public. A documentary entitled The All American Don is scheduled to be released in 2015. It is his life’s story that takes you back to the tobacco fields of St. Mary’s County in Southern Maryland where his father, Joseph Jerome Harris grew up and worked.

In the film, Abram tells how his father’s life and stories played a major role in helping him to work towards accomplishing his goals, and how he went on to become the founder of Don Abram Harris Cigars.

From Southern Maryland to Puerto Rico to prison and back, his long time dream to own his own cigar company is portrayed in this awesome personal documentary that will bring you from a turbulent past and hard work to a very successful and blessed present.

The film will leave viewers with hope in their hearts that the American dream is still alive. The All American Don provides an insightful view of how the realities of life good and bad and “how our hope and faith in God, plays a major role in forming our character and helping us to adjust to the ups and downs we entail in this life to ultimately get to where we want to go.”

More information about the documentary will be forthcoming.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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