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Year of Action: A Final Progress Report on The Obama Administration’s Actions to Help Create Opportunity for All Americans

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on Year of Action: A Final Progress Report on The Obama Administration’s Actions to Help Create Opportunity for All Americans

In last year’s final press conference, I said that 2014 would be a year of action and would be a breakthrough year for America. And it has been … We have more work to do to make sure our economy, our justice system, and our government work not just for the few, but for the many. But there is no doubt that we can enter into the New Year with renewed confidence that America is making significant strides where it counts.

– President Barack Obama, Year-End Press Conference, December 19, 2014

When President Obama vowed that 2014 would be a year of action in his State of the Union Address, he meant it. And he followed through, announcing more than 80 new executive actions that will help grow the economy, create jobs, address the threat of climate change, and strengthen the middle class. The President also pledged to convene leaders from businesses, nonprofits, education, and communities to expand opportunity for more American families, and in some key areas, his efforts have spurred broader action.

Over the past year, President Obama successfully rallied support for raising the minimum wage in states and cities across the country, while signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage for workers on new federal contracts. And he’s offered 4 million undocumented immigrants a path out of the shadows while holding them accountable, all while doing everything in his power to attract and keep the most talented high-skill workers to our shores from around the world.

He’s supported workplace flexibility and equal pay. He’s protected large, pristine swaths of our federal lands and oceans from degradation, while putting in place historic changes that will dramatically cut greenhouse gases. He’s laid the groundwork for ambitious expansions of high-speed broadband, so that students will have access to the world’s knowledge and personalized education in real-time in the palms of their hands.

He’s also taken action to create new manufacturing jobs and to develop the next generation of breakthrough manufacturing innovation here at home. He’s expanded proven job-driven training models like apprenticeships and helped make student loan payments more affordable—all while protecting career college students from unwieldy debt burdens.

The Year of Action Report highlights key areas where we have made significant progress due to the steps taken by the President through executive authority, a calendar of all 2014 executive actions and additional detail on some of these key executive actions.

Click HERE to find a blog post by Jeff Zients, the Director of the National Economic Council and Cecilia Muñoz, the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, on this Year of Action and the progress that we’ve made.

Source: www.Whitehouse.gov

Dr. Willie Wilson is on the Ballot; Mayor Withdraws Objections

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on Dr. Willie Wilson is on the Ballot; Mayor Withdraws Objections

Dr. Willie Wilson is on the ballot: Vows to be fair to everyone

Vows to reopen schools

By Chinta Strausberg

At a press conference at his downtown home, mayoral hopeful Dr. Willie Wilson Wednesday announced that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped his challenge of petitions against him and that the estimated cost to defend his right to be on the ballot has cost him more than $150,000 but that he was ready to defend at least 20,000 more signatures if necessary.

Holding a piece of paper that showed the mayor had dropped his objections having before accused him of having 80 percent bad signatures, Dr. Wilson said it was the best Christmas present ever.

Vowing to reform city government, Wilson said he would fire the top cop and appoint four police superintendents rather than one so that they can become familiar with the different sides of the city and the residents who live there. He wants police to learn how to understand and get along with different ethnic groups. Wilson said police would wear body cameras. Wilson wants the officers to get out of their cars and patrol the neighborhoods. He thinks that coupled with creating jobs will stem crime in Chicago.

Wilson is against placing more black cops in African American communities. Rather, he is for integrating the police force so they can learn to understand other ethnic groups.

Saying he is two generations away from slavery, Wilson, a 66-year-old multi-millionaire who runs a $60 million-a-year business among other business ventures, said he would sell the vacant school buildings that Emanuel closed for $1 and let people open up businesses and create jobs for the community.

He would reach out to banks and get them to make loans and promised to spread the city’s massive contractual pie to all ethnic groups. If you want to do business under Mayor Wilson, he said you must have a mentorship program to ensure fairness reigns in the contract letting.

He also promised to reform the controversial Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds for the community and to improve blighted areas of the city.

Emanuel has been under fire from community groups and mayoral candidate Ald. Bob Fioretti (2d) who criticized the mayor for using $55 million of property taxes to build a hotel and a basketball arena on the near south side. TIF funds are to be used to improve blighted areas. After the City Council approves a TIF district, all new tax funds generated from that district goes into a special fund for 24-years. That fund is controlled by the mayor. Wilson said the people must control how that money is spent.

Wilson wants to appoint a community commission to approve the use of these funds as well as city contracts. He vowed to increase the single digit percentage Blacks are getting but emphasized he wants to be fair to all ethnic groups. Diversity, he said is important. “I work for the people….”

Wilson made his comments during a meeting with the Black press then later with several TV stations.

He has vowed to improve education especially providing them with computers. “We would not close up 50 schools. When they closed down 50 schools in Chicago, those students had to walk two-miles…walk through gang territory. The drop out rate got higher. The family was not even considered…,” he said referring to the teachers and janitors and others who lost their jobs.

“One man made the decision…. You just don’t do that. You have to have compassion. You got to care about people when you make decisions. One person doesn’t make a decision like that,” said Wilson. He vowed to reassess the school closures and to sell those buildings for $1 to the community to create jobs. Wilson also pledged to bring back the trades to the schools.

He also promised to create economic development and provide equal opportunity for every one including offering economic incentives to attract more businesses to the city.

Personally, Wilson, who was born in Gilbert, Louisiana, said he only has a seventh grade education. His parents were sharecroppers. Wilson spent only one day in eighth grade, but he has an astute business sense and a passion for fairness.

“This was not about me,”Wilson said. “If you are a citizen and you pay your taxes, you got a right to vote and to run for office. The issue (of the ballot) was bigger than me…..”

Wilson pledged to give away his mayoral salary. He already gives away his Social Security check and says he gives away about $40,000 a month.

He will also share his advertising dollars with all ethnic media. “ I am the one who is supposed to set the example, and I will set the example.

On the campaign, he has already paid out $150,000 and is prepared to put up to $2 million of his own money if necessary; however, he added, “If I got to buy you, then you don’t need me in office. To me there isn’t enough money for that…. I have to motivate the citizens to want me…. If you got to buy somebody, it won’t last.”

He is visiting all of the shelter homes and pledged to open up the vacant buildings for them to live in.“To have these people sleeping under Wacker Drive is crazy….”

“Everything we do will be open door,” Wilson said. He pledged to have an outside accountant to “check the books” and said anyone breaking the law will go to jail. “I don’t want nobody who thinks they can get away with something.”

“You have to have to have a mayor who is sensitive to all citizens. The West Side, South Side, East Side, should look like downtown Chicago, and we won’t rest until we make it that way,” Wilson told reporters.

To view pictures, please click on this link:


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.

Sec’y of State Jesse White Warns Businesses of Statewide Corporate Solicitation

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on Sec’y of State Jesse White Warns Businesses of Statewide Corporate Solicitation

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning businesses to beware of a solicitation letter targeting Illinois corporations.

A firm called Annual Business Services is contacting Illinois businesses in an attempt to collect a $125 fee to fill out a corporation’s “corporate minutes.”  The fake notice states that the fee must be paid by January 9, 2015.  White recommends that corporations do not reply to the solicitation.

The Illinois Business Corporation Act does not require corporations to file an “Annual Minutes Form” or pay such a fee with the state or any private entity.  The only fee that corporations must pay is the fee that is paid with their annual report.  Illinois corporations should be on the alert for this and similar attempts to collect fictitious fees.

“The problem is that the form this bogus firm is sending out looks similar to our Secretary of State’s annual report form,” White said.  “We are concerned that companies may be filing the form and paying the $125 because they believe they are filing their annual report with us, as required by law.”

If a business would like to file a complaint in regard to the solicitation, please contact the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Division at (800) 243-0618.

Fathers Incorporated Announces Multiple Events Leading up to National “Save Our Sons” Night

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on Fathers Incorporated Announces Multiple Events Leading up to National “Save Our Sons” Night

Leading national nonprofit for the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Director of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, Fathers Incorporated, announces “don’t miss’ events encouraging fathers to spend time with their children – building up to the first National Save Our Sons Night on February 6, 2015

Fathers Incorporated Meeting

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) –  On Friday, February 6, 2015, the first annual NATIONAL SAVE OUR SONS NIGHT will take place across the country. On this evening, various partners from education, the faith community, national and local nonprofits, to individual families and community members are organizing to encourage fathers to find ways to spend more quality time with their sons and to model healthy behaviors for them.

According to Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated and Director for the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, “We’ve come to learn that quality time with our children is more valuable to their wellbeing than our money. With the recent devastating events around the country involving Black boys and men, it is time to show a different kind of action – one that reveals the engaging, caring, and healthy relationships between fathers and sons in all of our communities. An image that says as fathers, we are not willing to sacrifice or lose our sons.” If you would like to join this national movement, visit www.saveoursonsnight.com for further information and to be listed as a partnering organization. Currently there are 34 organizations (7 national) in 19 cities registered to participate.
Heres the lineup of four exciting events setting the stage for National Save Our Sons Night:

1. Los Angeles, CA, January 16, 2015 – The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will partner with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the 18th Annual Collegiate Bowl, along with Fathers Incorporated and community agencies and barbershops to kick-off Fatherhood Buzz: Mens Health Matters in Los Angeles, California. Fatherhood Buzz events are community outreach opportunities for barbershops, salons, and community-based organizations to not only provide barber services, but to be a major voice of change for their local communities by providing fathers with key tips, information, and strategies on various topics. This January, barbershops and partners are challenging dads to model healthy behavior to their children and encouraging men to start thinking about their health now because men’s health matters. Healthy fathers = healthy families! For more information email info@fatherhood.gov or call 1-877-4DAD411 [1-877-432-2411]. Join the Twitter conversation via #MENSHEALTHMATTERS.

2. Carson, CA, January 17, 2015 – The NFL Players Association presents the NFLPA 18th Annual Collegiate Bowl on January 17, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Stubhub Center in Carson, CA. The game features some of College Football’s best players from across the Country. The NFLPA is partnering with Fathers Incorporated and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse for a second year to “celebrate mentoring on and off the field” and to support National Save Our Sons Night by giving away 2500 free tickets to fathers and their families to attend the Collegiate Bowl. Visit www.saveoursonsnight.com to get your free tickets or call 1-877-4DAD411 [1-877-432-2411]. Join the twitter conversation via #FATHERHOODBUZZ and #SAVEOURSONS.

3. Nationwide, January 18, 2015 – In conjunction with MLK Black Male Achievement Weekend, the Black Star Project announces national Take a Young Black Man to Worship Sunday on January 18, 2015, when thousands of young Black males across America will worship with Black men. How do you lead young men? Take them to worship! For more information, to find a place of worship near you, or to register your organization for this event, please call 773-285-9600 or visit www.blackstarproject.org.

4. Nationwide, January 24, 2015 – To wrap-up the January 2015 Fatherhood Buzz: Men’s Health Matters events, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will partner with the Million Hearts Initiative, Affordable Care Act Health Care navigators, community agencies, and barbershops across the country to engage fathers in critical conversations on the importance of being healthy by eating right, getting exercise, dealing with stress, signing up for health insurance made possible through the Affordable Care Act, and other health services in their communities. For more information email info@fatherhood.gov or call 1-877-4DAD411 [1-877-432-2411]. Join the twitter conversation via #MENSHEALTHMATTERS.

For more information on National Save Ours Sons Night and other affiliated events, visit www.saveoursonsnight.com or email fathersincorporated@gmail.com

To learn more about Fathers Incorporated, please visit www.fathersincorporated.com

Photo Caption: Planning meeting with James Beau Gaudreau, Janks Morton, Kenneth Braswell, Troy Nalls and Gordon Mills. for National Save Our Boys Night

NAACP Statement on the Death of Missouri Teen Antonio Martin

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on NAACP Statement on the Death of Missouri Teen Antonio Martin

The NAACP has released the following statement on the death of Missouri teen Antonio Martin:

Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:

“The NAACP abhors all loss of life and unequivocally condemns violence.  As we await the results of the investigation into the shooting death of Antonio Martin, we ask that the community exercise peaceful protest and refrain from any violent retaliation. A violent response, as the families of so many recent victims of violence have said so often, does nothing to honor and in fact desecrates the memory of their loved ones.The tears of grieving families are neither police blue nor racially black or brown, they are colorless. All lives matter. Particularly during this season that so many Americans hold sacred, the NAACP is calling for patience and peace as the circumstances of Mr. Martin’s death are thoroughly investigated.‎ Our deepest condolences go out to the Martin family.”

Mayoral Candidate Fioretti Responds to Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Board of Education

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on Mayoral Candidate Fioretti Responds to Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Board of Education

CHICAGO, IL – The following is a statement from mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti:

In a matter of days we have seen two overwhelming examples of why our school board should be elected.

A millionaire venture capitalist sits on our school board, appointed by our millionaire mayor, and makes decisions that enrich the companies in which she invests. Meanwhile, women who make a working salary to teach our children are being forced to choose between a career and motherhood.

This is an embarrassment and is one more example of why a mayoral appointed school board has failed this city. We should have absolutely no tolerance for sexist practices in any workplace or our school system. These teachers deserve justice now.

IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Roadwork to Improve Traffic Flow for Christmas and New Year’s Holiday

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Roadwork to Improve Traffic Flow for Christmas and New Year’s Holiday

Agency Details Lane Closures to Aid Motorists’ Travel Plans

SPRINGFIELD, IL – With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended where possible to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. IDOT also provided advance notice of lane closures that will be in place during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods to aid motorists’ travel plans and boost safety.

Starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, IDOT will suspend all non-emergency roadwork for the Christmas holiday and open all lanes where possible through midnight Sunday, Dec. 28.

Then, starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, IDOT will suspend all non-emergency roadwork for the New Year’s holiday and open all lanes where possible through midnight Sunday, Jan. 4.

Some construction zones will have lane closures in effect, depending on the projects. IDOT is urging motorists to slow down, obey posted speed limits and drive with caution through work zones. Holiday travelers are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect wherever they are posted, even where no construction workers are present.

Following are locations where permanent lane closures remain in place:

IDOT Highway District 1:


IL 83 from Harrison Ave. to Western/Dixie Highway, going east & westbound, one lane open in each direction; Western Ave/Dixie Hwy from 145th St. to 149th St. – one lane open in each direction. (Posen, IL)

25th Avenue from St. Charles road to Lake Street in Bellwood and Melrose Park will be completely closed to traffic for long term construction.  There is a posted detour for traffic to follow.

Willow Road from IL 43 (Waukegan Road) to I-94: 2 lanes in each direction will be open between IL.43 and Bracken Lane, one lane in each direction will be open between Bracken Lane and I-94.


IL Rte. 38 is permanent closures leaving one lane in each direction from Kirk Road to east of Kress Road in Geneva and West Chicago.  (In Kane and DuPage Counties)

IL 59, between Diehl Road and North Aurora Road will be stage one for the winter – two lanes will be open in each direction utilizing the median as one lane.

East New York Street from Welsh Drive to Asbury Drive in Aurora – lane closure eastbound and westbound, one lane open in each direction.


US 20 over McLean Blvd – traffic change on Interchange reconstruction in Elgin; two lanes open in each direction.


IL Rte. 131 (Green Bay Road) & Wadsworth Road is in stage three temporary configuration with temporary pavement markings.

Wilson Road, about one mile north of IL Rte. 120 is in stage one detour configuration, with one lane open in each direction.

IL 132 over Des Plaines River; Lane closures one lane closed in each direction over the River.

Roberts Road and River Road – River Road is closed at Roberts Road – follow posted detour.




Exchange Street closed (IL 394) detour posted.

IDOT Highway District 2:


River Drive (Third Avenue) is closed between 19th Street and 23rd Street in Moline. Traffic is being detoured to the Seventh Avenue interchange with I-74 while the pavement on River Drive is being removed and replaced. The exit ramp from I-74 southbound has been opened, but the remainder of the interchange will remain closed until early summer 2015.


IL 2 from Harrison Avenue to Cedar Street in downtown Rockford. Traffic is restricted to one lane in each direction as the roadway is removed and replaced two lanes at a time. Lane closures will remain until November 2015.

IDOT Highway District 3:


Minooka Road Bridge CLOSED over I-80, Bridge Replacement, NO DETOUR POSTED


I-57, MP 297, Bridge Deck Replacement, One lane closed in each direction


I-57, MP 310, Bridge Replacement, One lane closed in each direction

IDOT Highway District 4:


Allen Road at the IL 6 interchange will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

IDOT Highway District 5:


Business 55 / Veterans Parkway over Interstate 74 southwest of Bloomington. North and south bound passing lanes are closed with barrier in place. A marked traffic pattern is in use.


US 150 (Martin Luther King) between Oakwood and Interstate 74 over the Salt Fork Vermilion River next to Vermilion County Fairgrounds. US 150 will narrow down to one lane with barrier wall in place. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.

IL 119 near Alvin, IL over the North Fork Vermilion River. IL 119 will narrow down to one lane with barrier wall in place. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.

IDOT Highway District 6:


IDOT Highway District 7:


Interstate 57/70 around Effingham; major road reconstruction; stage construction with two lanes open in each direction on 57/70 and one lane open on 57 and on 70, concrete barriers in place.


CH 7 over Interstate 70 at the St. Elmo Interchange; bridge deck replacement; lane closure with concrete barrier, traffic signals and one lane open in each direction.


Interstate 72 Pride of the Prairie Rest Area; rest area parking lot reconstruction; westbound rest area closed, eastbound open.


Illinois Route 1 north of Mt. Carmel; bridge replacement; lane closure with concrete barrier, traffic signals and one lane open in each direction.

IDOT Highway District 8:

Clinton County

IL Route 127 structure over the Kaskaskia River will be closed 2.5 miles south of Carlyle.  The road closure is required to replace the structure over the Kaskaskia River and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2014.  A marked detour route utilizing Slant Road and IL Route 161 will be in place.


IL-159 Collinsville will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Johnson Street and Mounds Avenue for pavement reconstruction.


IL 13 under IL 15 near Belleville will be closed. Closure needed to construct new structures.

The IL 15 bridges over IL 13 near Belleville will have one lane closed in each direction of bridges.  This lane restriction is needed to construct the new Eastbound IL 15 structure.

IDOT Highway District 9:


IL 13, east edge of Murphysboro. Bridge construction. Traffic reduced to one lane eastbound and westbound utilizing crossovers.


IL 146 at Grantsburg.  Bridge construction down to one lane traffic controlled by temporary signals.


I-64, Milepost 123. Bridge repair. Traffic reduced to one lane eastbound and westbound.

I-64, Milepost 73 to 75. Road construction. Traffic reduced to one lane eastbound and westbound.

I-57, Milepost 95 to 97. Road construction. Traffic reduced to one lane northbound and southbound.

I-64, Milepost 73. Road construction. Eastbound ramp to northbound I-57 closed.

I-57, Milepost 96. Road construction. Southbound ramp to westbound I-64 closed.

Better Business Bureau Advisory: Buyer Beware With Gift Card Purchases

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on Better Business Bureau Advisory: Buyer Beware With Gift Card Purchases

CHICAGO, IL – Over the past several years, spending on gift cards has increased dramatically.  The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says although gift cards are convenient, budget conscious and welcome last-minute gifts, shoppers need to take precautions when buying and gifting these cards, which the National Retail Federation values at more than $31 billion dollars.

When gift cards are sold in open displays, they give thieves another opportunity to take your money. Open displays give thieves easy access to gift card information, allowing them to write down the card numbers, check the gift card balances and use what is available on online purchases.

“When buying gift cards at stores, it best to purchase them from a customer service person where the general public does not have access to the cards,” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Consumers also need to be cautious when buying gift cards from online auction sites because scammers are overstating the value of the cards being sold so the buyers aren’t getting what they are paying for.”

In addition to open displays, shoppers need to be careful with bulk sales of gift cards at online auctions sites. Often they offer great discounts; however, consumers may make the purchase and never receive their items.

To avoid being scammed when purchasing gift cards, the BBB offers these recommendations:

  • Don’t buy gift cards from online auction sites. This is a large source of gift card fraud. These cheap gift cards may be worthless to you. Some of these cards are real, but many are stolen, counterfeit or used. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Only buy gift cards directly from the store issuing the gift card or from a secure retailer’s website – No matter how much cheaper they may be somewhere else. If you do buy a gift card online, make sure you buy it from the place that you plan to use it.
  • Don’t buy gift cards off of publicly displayed racks in retail stores. Don’t assume that because gift cards are inaccessible to the public, they are safe. Store employees can participate in gift card scams too.
  • Always carefully examine both the front and back of a gift card before you buy it. If you can see a PIN number, put the card back and get a different one. If a gift card looks like it could have been tampered with, don’t buy that gift card.
  • Always ask the store cashier to scan the gift card in front of you. This will guarantee that your card is valid when you buy it and that it reflects the balance you charged. This will also protect you from crooks who exchange worthless cards for the cards you think you are buying.
  • Always keep your receipt as a proof of purchase as long as there is money stored on the gift card. Since many retailers can track where the gift card was purchased, activated and used, some retailers will replace a stolen card for you if you have your receipt.
  • If possible, register your gift card at the store’s website. Although not all stores offer this option, you can uncover any misuse of your gift card sooner and report it more quickly.
  • Finally, never, ever give your Social Security number, date of birth or any other unneeded private information when you purchase a gift card. No reputable company will ask for this information.

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KCETLink Airs New Episode of CCTV America’s Current Affairs & Culture Magazine Show, ‘Full Frame’

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on KCETLink Airs New Episode of CCTV America’s Current Affairs & Culture Magazine Show, ‘Full Frame’
Episode Spotlights Yao Ming, Eight-Time NBA All-Star and Champion of Animal Rights

KCETLink, the national independent public digital and broadcast network, presents a new episode of FULL FRAME, CCTV America’s new weekly series, which features human interest storytelling, enlightening dialogue and humanitarian issues embraced by leading cultural luminaries.

This episode of FULL FRAME turns its lens on eight-time NBA All-Star YAO MING. Ming joins host Mike Walters in New York City to talk about his career, his role in bridging the culture gap between the United States and China, and his work as an animal activist.

While the 7’ 6” Ming is probably most well-known for his feats on the court playing center for the Houston Rockets, his greatest achievements extend beyond his NBA performance. In many ways, the moment Ming was selected as the number one NBA draft pick in 2002, he became a

cultural and sports ambassador between the United States and China.

Ming has not only worked to promote basketball, education, and wellness through the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program, but he has also contributed to a number of humanitarian and animal rights causes.

Since 2006 he’s been a warrior in the fight to save elephants and rhinos from the dire effects of poaching as a WildAid ambassador. He’s also contributing to the cause calling for a ban on the sale of ivory. Poachers and politicians are tough opponents and changing thousands of years of Chinese tradition is no easy task either. However, Ming has always been a fierce competitor, ready for even the stiffest of challenges. In his new documentary, “Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming”, he witnesses first-hand the devastating results of killing and maiming for ivory. This episode features an excerpt from Ming’s documentary.

This episode will be aired Friday, Dec. 26, 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT

LINK TV (DirecTV 375, DISH Network 9410)

Sunday, Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m. PT

KCET (Southern California)

For more information on FULL FRAME, visit http://www.kcet.org/shows/full_frame/.


KCETLink Media Group, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV – DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 – and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.


CCTV America began producing unique programming in the Americas about the Americas in February 2012.  CCTV America is a division of CCTV News, a global English language news channel that reaches some 85 million viewers in more than 100 countries and territories. The channel reaches 35 million viewers in North America.  Channel distribution includes Comcast-273 in Washington D.C. and Time Warner 134 in New York. Nationally it can be seen on the DISH Network 279.

Protest to Condemn School Attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, December 27, 2014″

Posted by Admin On December - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on Protest to Condemn School Attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, December 27, 2014″

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Muslim Organization, a grass root group, will hold an event in Chicago to condemn the brutal attack by Taliban on an Army run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar which has left over 140 people, mostly children, dead and many injured.

The fatal attack, which occurred in the early hours of December 16th, 2014, sparked an international outrage, as Taliban gunmen walked from class to class in the school shooting 132 students.

The pain and destruction in the city, the killing of young innocent lives has left families torn apart and haunted by the loss of their loved ones. Those attending will pay tribute to the lives of the innocent children & condemn Taliban and their sympathizers for their brutal act of terrorism.

They will gather at the corner of Washington St. & Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 27th, 2014.

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