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Archive for December 29th, 2014

President Obama on the End of the Combat Mission in Afghanistan

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President Barack Obama’s Statement on end of combat mission in Afghanistan

Today’s ceremony in Kabul marks a milestone for our country. For more than 13 years, ever since nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken from us on 9/11, our nation has been at war in Afghanistan. Now, thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.

On this day we give thanks to our troops and intelligence personnel who have been relentless against the terrorists responsible for 9/11–devastating the core al Qaeda leadership, delivering justice to Osama bin Laden, disrupting terrorist plots and saving countless American lives. We are safer, and our nation is more secure, because of their service. At the same time, our courageous military and diplomatic personnel in Afghanistan–along with our NATO allies and coalition partners–have helped the Afghan people reclaim their communities, take the lead for their own security, hold historic elections and complete the first democratic transfer of power in their country’s history.

We honor the profound sacrifices that have made this progress possible. We salute every American–military and civilian, including our dedicated diplomats and development workers–who have served in Afghanistan, many on multiple tours, just as their families have sacrificed at home. We pledge to give our many wounded warriors, with wounds seen and unseen, the world-class care and treatment they have earned. Most of all, we remember the more than 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan, and we pledge to stand with their Gold Star families who need the everlasting love and support of a grateful nation.

Afghanistan remains a dangerous place, and the Afghan people and their security forces continue to make tremendous sacrifices in defense of their country. At the invitation of the Afghan government, and to preserve the gains we have made together, the United States–along with our allies and partners–will maintain a limited military presence in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist Afghan forces and to conduct counterterrorism operations against the remnants of al Qaeda. Our personnel will continue to face risks, but this reflects the enduring commitment of the United States to the Afghan people and to a united, secure and sovereign Afghanistan that is never again used as a source of attacks against our nation.

These past 13 years have tested our nation and our military. But compared to the nearly 180,000 American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan when I took office, we now have fewer than 15,000 in those countries. Some 90 percent of our troops are home. Our military remains the finest in the world, and we will remain vigilant against terrorist attacks and in defense of the freedoms and values we hold dear. And with growing prosperity here at home, we enter a new year with new confidence, indebted to our fellow Americans in uniform who keep us safe and free.

Protesters to Demand Reparations for Victims of Police Torture

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Protest police torture and demand reparations as a part of Black Youth Project 100’s #BlackHolidaze Kwanzaa Week.

CHICAGO, IL -  On Monday, December 29th, a rally will be held in Daley Plaza at 1 p.m. to protest police torture and to demand reparations as a part of BYP100’s #BlackHolidaze Kwanzaa Week. Participants will then march to City Hall where they will will call for Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to pass the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors before the municipal elections this February.

BYP100, SuperGroup, We Charge Genocide, Chicago Light Brigade, and Chicagoans from all walks of life will join together to support Project NIA & Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) in demanding reparations for survivors of Chicago police torture. Hundreds of people and families have been fighting to demand the passage of the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors for the past two decades.

On October 16, 2013, a Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors was introduced in Chicago’s City Council. It has already received the support of the 27 alderpeople it needs to have the ordinance passed. Organizers are demanding a hearing be scheduled for January.

Will meet at Daley Plaza to kick off the rally at 1 p.m.!

Organizers are asking those that can’t join them in person to participate on social media using the #RahmRepNow #BlackHolidaze #TakeBlackChi hashtags to demand that Mayor Emanuel support the reparations ordinance. People can also call the Mayor’s office at 312-744-3300 during that same time to advocate for the ordinance.

ABOUT THE REPARATIONS ORDINANCE:

Among other demands, the ordinance would require the city to administer financial reparations to all Burge torture survivors who are unable to sue for monetary damages because the statute of limitations for their claims has expired. The proposed ordinance would also provide all torture survivors and their families with tuition-free education at City Colleges; create a center on the South Side of Chicago that would provide psychological counseling, health care services and vocational training to those affected by law enforcement torture and abuse; require Chicago Public Schools to teach about these cases and sponsor the construction of public torture memorials. And it asks the city’s leaders to issue a formal apology to those who were tortured and their communities.

It’s time for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, & Alderman Ed Burke, to declare his full support for reparations for police torture survivors and to call for the City Council to pass this ordinance.

For the full text of the Reparations Ordinance see: http://chicagotorture.org/#reparations

Vice President Biden’s Remarks at a Service for NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos

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Christ Tabernacle
Glendale, New York

Vice President Joe Biden:  Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Bratton, Pastor, thank you for allowing me to be here today and according me the privilege of expressing the condolences of Jill and my whole family to the Ramos family.  What handsome boys.

I remember a similar occasion a long time ago.  And, Mom, I assure you those boys will get you through all of this.

I’m sure I speak for the whole nation, Maritza, when I say to you that our hearts ache for you.  I know from personal experience that there is little anyone can say or do at this moment to ease the pain, that sense of loss, that sense of loneliness.

But I do hope you take some solace from the fact that as reported by the press there’s over 25,000 members of the same fraternity and sorority as your husband who stand and will stand with you the rest of your life — and they will.  It’s an uncommon fraternity.

Justin, and Jayden, you’ve shown tremendous courage and character in these past few days.  You are your father’s sons.  And he was so, so very proud of you from everything that I have heard.  And just know, as hard as it is to believe, he will be part of your life the entirety of your life.

Mom, no child should predecease a parent.  My heart aches for you.

And, Maritza, I know from experience there are no words that I can offer to ease that profound sense of loneliness and loss you’re feeling right now.

But I also know from experience that the time will come — the time will come when Rafael’s memory will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes.  That’s when you know it’s going to be okay.  I know it’s hard to believe it will happen, but I promise you it will happen.  And my prayer for you is it will come sooner rather than later.

There’s a headstone in Ireland that reads:

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.

Love leaves a memory that no one can steal.

Just sitting here for a few moments looking at the screens, no one had to know your husband to not know how desperately he cared about his family, how close he was to all of you.

I didn’t know your husband and I didn’t know his partner, who were keeping watch at Myrtle and Tompkins Avenue on that terrible afternoon, but I do know why they were there.  They were there to protect and defend, as they always are.  Sometimes fearful, but always watchful.

I knew them.  They’re the guy I grew up with in Scranton and Claymont, Delaware, the boy with the most courage and the most compassion; the man with a brave heart and a generous soul; a brother who always looked out for his sister; a father whose words were always encouraging to you boys with a touch that could soothe away the fear; and a son who made his mother proud every time he turned and smiled at her; and a husband with a gentle hand who could soothe away the concerns, who you knew would always be there.

A former school safety officer, who became a cop at age 37; an active member of his church, studying to become a chaplain; a father, a husband, a son; a seven-year veteran on the force.  A son of a Chinese immigrant, his partner, conversant in several dialects; a newlywed.  Both — confident, committed, passionate and vigilant.

Being a cop was not what they did, it was who they were; like every man and woman in uniform here today.  It’s who you are.  And they like every one of you in uniform inside this church and outside, you all joined for essentially the same reason.  There was something about you that made you think you could help, that you should serve, that you had a duty.

I have spoken at too many funerals for too many peace officers, too many funerals for brave women and men who kept us safe and watched their families grieve.  And I’ve observed one thing that unfortunately, it’s only when a tragedy like this occurs that all their friends, neighbors, and people who didn’t even know them become of aware of and reminded of the sacrifices they make every single, solitary day to make our lives better.

Today we pay tribute to Officer Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.  We pay tribute to their families.  Because every day when a police officer pins on that shield and walks out the door, the officer’s wife, husband, mother, father, brother, sister, children — they know anything could happen.  The fear of that call at 3:00 a.m. in the morning, the relief of hearing the voice of the door opened, says, I’m home.

There’s a line from the English poet, John Milton.  He said, “They also serve who only stand and wait.”  Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of American families stand and wait so their husbands and wives, fathers and sons can serve the rest of us.  Police officers and police families are a different breed –- thank God for them.  Thank God for them.

And your husband, Maritza, and his partner, they were a part of New York’s Finest.  And that’s not an idle phrase.  This is probably the finest police department in the world — the finest police department in the world.  They earn that praise.  (Applause.)

It’s a sacred trust they took on when they kiss their children’s forehead as they sleep, and head out on a night shift to watch over all of the children of this great city, treating and protecting each of them as if they were their own.

When you patrol the streets of New York, you circle the Earth; a six-story walk-up, apartment towers, aromas of a million kitchens continuing thousands of traditions; streets full of silence, streets bursting with hundreds languages -– whispering.  Laughing.  Shouting.

An intimidating city.  A city of others.  A city of labels and borders and seemingly unbridgeable gaps, a city constantly grappling with issues as old as the nation and as new as the morning headlines.

Yet in every neighborhood in this great city, this most alive of all cities, this chaotic miracle stands as a beacon to the world in no small part because of the sacrifices that the New York Police Department makes every single day.

So when an assassin’s bullet targeted two officers, it targeted this city and it touched the soul of the entire nation — a city where the son of a Chinese immigrant shared a patrol with a Hispanic minister in training; a city where a single ride on a subway brings you into contact with more people, more lives than many people in this country will encounter in an entire lifetime; a city that educated a young college student with a mother from Kansas, and a father from Kenya who would one day stand before the nation and declare:  This is not a black America or a white America or a Latino America or an Asian America; this is the United States of America.  (Applause.)

And for those of us who are not New Yorkers, we look at you in awe because this is the united city of New York as well; a city that rose as one to confront two of the greatest disasters of this century — one from the evils of terrorism on 9/11 and one from the fury of nature in Superstorm Sandy.

This is a city of courage and character, having faced and overcome the toughest challenges and I’m absolutely confident as you are that spirit is still alive and well in this city.  And I’m absolutely confident it will guide you in the days and weeks ahead.

I believe that this great police force, and this incredibly diverse city can and will show the nation how to bridge any divide.  You’ve done it before.  And you will do it again.  Because, to paraphrase the words of William Allen White, you are not afraid of tomorrow, because you’ve seen yesterday and because you love today.

To the Ramos family, we were all lucky to have Rafael.  He didn’t just have a bible in his locker, he lived it in his heart.  He was a cop for all the right reasons.

Mom, we owe you for nurturing him.  And, Maritza, we owe you for supporting him.  And, Justin and Jayden, know that although your father is gone, you have inherited an entire family, the men and women of the New York Police Department will always be there as long as you are alive.  They never — they never — never forget.

There’s a communion hymn in my church that has a stanza that goes like this:

May he raise you up on eagle’s wings

And bear you on the breath of dawn.

And make the sun to shine on you.

That’s what your father wished for, for both you boys.  That’s what your father wished for, for this city.  And it will happen.

May God bless your family and the family of his partner and may God protect the 84th Precinct and every police officer throughout this great country and keep them safe while they stand on watch for us.  God bless you all.

Immigration Judge Grants Administrative Closure to Beatriz Santiago-Ramirez Deportation Case

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A month after Beatriz’s deportation case was reopened and set for a new hearing on 2015

CHICAGO, IL – An immigration judge has granted administrative closure to undocumented woman Beatriz Santiago-Ramirez who obtained sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission on August 2014 – she stayed in sanctuary until her immigration case was reopened on November of the same year.

This recent judge order means that Beatriz gets the right to stay in the United States while waiting USCIS decision on her U visa application, this also means that Beatriz would not have to attend any future immigration deportation proceedings, her deportation case has been close. This great news comes after a long battle initiated by Beatriz, father Jose Landaverde, attorney Juan Soliz and the many supporters who rallied next to Beatriz.

A press conference will be held today, Monday, December 29, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, 2955 W 25th Street Chicago. For more information, contact Fr. Jose S. Landaverde 872-203-4310.

Beatriz’s immigration attorney Juan Soliz, states the following in a letter to father Jose Landaverde:

“I am happy to inform you that today I received a copy of the Order of the Immigration Judge administratively closing the removal/deportation proceedings against Beatriz … this was done because we were able to show that a new U visa application had been filed on her behalf which is pending … I have every reason to expect [the U visa] will be granted in the near future.”

Father Jose Landaverde states, “What we are seeing today with the case of Beatriz is the potential that organized communities have, specially when challenging injustices. We still need to continue fighting for the thousands and millions under deportation proceedings, for those who do not have access to financial and social resources, we need to demand a moratorium on all deportations, and continue to pressure for the legalization of all undocumented people.”

Background:

Beatriz was the victim of an aggravated criminal sexual assault in 2009. She cooperated fully with the investigation and testified against her attacker, leading to his conviction in 2011, Due to the Madison County State’s Attorney Office’s unreasonable refusal to sign a form affirming that Beatriz was a crime victim and that she cooperated with the investigation, she was not able to successfully apply for a U Visa and was order to be deported.

Beatriz, who resided in Southern Illinois, came to Chicago in August to request a meeting with Fr. Jose Landaverde and to ask for help and sanctuary because the likelihood of her deportation was looming ever closer. Father Jose Landaverde and the Mission offered sanctuary to Beatriz and her two young US citizen children.

Following a legal battle, in the month of November, an immigration judge in Kansas, Missouri reopened her case for a new hearing set for January 13, 2015. This was a victory for Beatriz and her supporters, since they would be able to challenge, in court, the government’s attempts to forcefully remove her from this country and from the separation of her US citizen children.

In that same month, following the reopening of her case, new forms were able to be filed with the immigration court, including the petition for U Visa and the a motion to administratively close the removal proceedings against Beatriz Santiago Ramirez.

A month later, in December Beatriz receives the great news that her deportation case has been administratively closed by judge order, this means that she does not have to appear in immigration court for the scheduled hearing set for January 13, 2015 anymore. She is now awaiting approval of her petition for U Visa. If granted Beatriz will be able to remained in the US with the authorization to work legally and with the opportunity of applying for permanent resident in the near future.

Father Pfleger and the Family of Saint Sabina Fed 500+ Homeless and Other Guests for Christmas

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Pfleger to guests: “You can flip the script of your life”

By Chinta Strausberg

It is one of the favorite times of the year for members of Saint Sabina—Christmas Day—when they cook homemade meals for 500 families including a number of homeless people and even delivering free meals to the elderly and homebound.

But, it was also a day when Father Michael L. Pfleger, who also played the piano as volunteers sang carols,got yet another chance to lead by example by showing the importance of not just getting presents for Christmas but illustrating the spirit of giving.

And that is what Pfleger and The Faith Community of Saint Sabina did on Christmas Day. For more than two-hours, Black, white and Hispanic people streamed into Saint Sabina Academy, located at 7801 South Throop Street, where they were greeted by dozens of greeters including Senator Jacqueline Collins(D-16th), welcoming them as if they were family.

That was what Father Pfleger had asked of his volunteers—to give his guests the respect they deserve and to wait on and serve them with dignity and grace. Two rows of greeters welcomed the guests as they entered the dining area.

Of course before eating, heprayed over the full course meal that included a huge display of deserts, Father Pfleger gave his guests a spiritual, uplifting and challenging pep talk.

“You are our guests. You are our family,” said Pfleger. “All of our meals have been home cooked by the members of the church,” he told them explaining he wanted them to have a home cooked meal. “We want you to know how special you are in our lives.”

Saying many of his guests were from different shelters, Pfleger said, “I know some of you feel like you are in a trouble time right now…, but guess what? We’re in a trouble world right now locally, nationally, globally and we also have trouble in our lives.

“I want you to understand that there is no difference between you being at the table and those serving the food because we all we all are going through stuff,” Father Pfleger said.

“You know what the good news is? This is the birthday of Jesus and we come to flip the script,” he said referring to Jesus who was born in a manger…homeless his parents being turned away by innkeepers.

“How many of you believe you can flip the script of your life right now,”? He asked them. “How many believe you can turn it around that this is only a temporary situation”? He asked to say, “This is only temporary for me. Don’t get used to this yet. I’m just passing through. I am ready to go to the next place. If you believe that 2015 is a new year, stand on your feet and give God” a scream. He asked them to shake the hands of the person next to them and repeat, “You’re getting ready to go to a new place.”

For those who say, you don’t know what I’ve been through, Pfleger said, “There is nothing impossible for God. I don’t care what has happened in your life. There is nothing God can’t do to turn it around. If God had the nerve to wake you up one more day, God’s got more for you…,” Pfleger said as he began to pray over the meal.

“God comes into this room today to let every person here know God says ‘I love you…’ God says because I love you, I have more for you…. God says I have not changed my plans about you;so don’t you change your plans about you. Don’t lower your dreams. Don’t lower your possibilities because God says I am a big God and I come to do big things in your life,” he said giving blessings to all those who made the dinner possible and of course all 500 plus guests.

Besides the free sit-down meal, the guests also received toys and other gifts.

During this Christmas season,Father Pfleger proudly reported that on December 16, 2014, Saint Sabina distributed more than 2,300 free hot meals at BJ’s Market & Bakery, 79thand Loomis. On December 20, 2014, Saint Sabina gave away 1,000 free turkeys and last week distributed hundreds of toys to more than 500 families.
Father Michael L. Pfleger had given the volunteers their marching orders--to treat the guests with the utmost of respect and dignity as if they were their family, and that is what they all did on Christmas Day where they served more than 500 homeless and other families a free, hot sit-down meal that was a "Christmas feast fit for a king."(All pictures by Chinta Strausberg)Father Michael L. Pfleger had given the volunteers their marching orders–to treat the guests with the utmost of respect and dignity as if they were their family, and that is what they all did on Christmas Day where they served more than 500 homeless and other families a free, hot sit-down meal that was a “Christmas feast fit for a king.” (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.

Illinois Department of Public Health Statement on Negative Ebola Test Results

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CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced negative Ebola test results.

“The Illinois Department of Public Health conducted testing for Ebola, which was negative, of an individual who recently travelled from West Africa,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.  “The individual was experiencing a fever and respiratory symptoms and was transported to a hospital following stringent infection control protocols.  In addition to medical evaluation and after consultation involving the hospital, the Chicago Department of Public Health, IDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH performed testing for Ebola as a precaution. The test results were negative for Ebola.

“At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois and there is no threat to the general public.  Travelers from Africa may experience illnesses such as malaria or respiratory illness due to other non-Ebola associated diseases.

“The statewide Ebola Task Force, announced October 22 by Governor Pat Quinn, along with hospitals and local health departments across Illinois will continue to work together to quickly identify a person who could potentially be at risk of Ebola, and take quick action in order to protect the health and safety of all Illinois residents.”

For more information, visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/ebola/index.htm.

To respect and protect the individual’s privacy, no additional information is available and no media availability.

Angel Wings: Poet Beams Verses from New Book to Mars, Reminding Humanity of the Power of Angels

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Written from the heart of Ronald Chapman, ‘Angel Wings’ fuses themes of love, hope and friendship that were all inspired by the author’s Guardian Angel and his life-changing experiences from his vivid dreams of South Korea. But Chapman isn’t sharing his words of wisdom only on Earth; one of his poems was recently beamed to the surface of Mars in collaboration with the ‘Beam Me To Mars’ project.

Elysburg, PA – Ronald Chapman has led an interesting, diverse and ultimately successful life. However, he doesn’t credit himself with all he has achieved, instead putting all of his experiences and accomplishments down to his Guardian Angel and friend – Evelyne Cojocar. In a unique and compelling new literary project, Chapman has brought together inspiration from Cojocar, his dreams of Angels and his dreams of South Korea into ‘Angel Wings’ – a volume of powerful and thought-provoking poetry.

Chapman’s passion for sharing the power of Angels has taken his work beyond the reaches of Earth and quite literally onto the surface of Mars.

Synopsis:

Have you had the opportunity to meet and be inspired by your guardian Angles? I would like to present thirty-four of my favorite poems of love and friendship that were inspired by guardian Angels that I had the privilege to meet in my life.

“My interactions with Angels have filled me to the brim with love, hope and friendship that I am committed to sharing with all of humanity,” explains Chapman. “I wrote this volume to remind people that there are Angels around us. I’ve dedicated it to a real-life angel, Evelyne Cojocar – who saves and changes the lives of children every day. When you save the lives of children. You change the world.”

Continuing, “I recently took it one step further by having one of the book’s poems, “Rising Star”, sent to the surface of Mars as part of the ‘Beam Me To Mars’ project. My poem, along with 88,000 other short pieces of writing, were beamed by radio to the surface of the red planet in November of 2014 – making me an official Mission Commander participant!”

With the author’s work transcending any single genre and applying to a myriad of life’s situations and challenges, this latest volume contains something truly life-changing for everyone.

‘Angel Wings’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1zbJxY4.

Visit the author’s Korean time travel blog: http://koreantt.tumblr.com.

Sample Poem:

White skies over Galleria Mall Arad Romania again,
Angel Evelyne arrives, singing about
love, looking beautiful and amazing things

Among the young stars
laughing near silence
where children await

Now blue stars fade
into happy beginnings
then love for children once more.

About the Author:

Ron Chapman, wants to live in a world where anyplace can be reached in just hours. Where everyone would rather party than fight. Where an Angel named Evelyne sings her loving songs to help people be happy.

His first book Dreams was released in November 2013.

He found Korea on an early June morning in 2012. The only things he knew about Korea before this was leaned from the old TV show and movie MASH.

Ron is addicted to everything Korean.

This blonde haired blue eyed guy from Pa. Who was Korean in a past life.

Contact: Ronald Chapman / 15704868050 / ronchap3@gmail.com

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Would it Hurt to Elect Righteous Public Officials?

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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President, Probation Challenge


CHICAGO, IL – It would be more than a mere gesture for citizens to elect a mayor or other public officials who were full of unadulterated love and filled with the righteousness of God.

It can be achieved!

For the public to eradicate the evils that have for decades poisoned the political waters by which we digest, we will have to wipe the slate all but clean. It’s possible to have a body of officials concerned with the needs of their constituents… which would bring about hard-working taxpayers having a bright future for their children and their children’s children! Would this not be the will of God for his people?

There are grossly misleading political candidates who rest with the insane inside party loyalists said to gather in dark corridors conspiring to convince blacks to retreat back into yesterday’s ignorance.  These deceiving spirits wearing bloody grins are with betraying hearts. They have become ‘sinfully comfortable’ in smoke-filled backrooms—trusting that African Americans and Hispanics will never live in an educational era of love, peace and tranquility!

Candidates falsely choosing to have a platform based on tender hearted love should first have need to have first-hand experience with the details of sure enough love!  The love of God that surpass all understanding!  When speaking of love, I speak not of love as lustfulness, but holiness that is with divine intervention—that has a keeping power to prohibit candidates from Satan’s power of persuasion. The love of God is patient and is kind. Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Each candidate should know, without doubt, that love does not dishonor others as presently displayed in the political arena. Love is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrong.

More assuredly, with God appointing and anointing his chosen vessel as mayor, or other elected positions of authority … God will anoint that individual for his glory, honor, and exclusively for his purpose.

Unequally, nothing passes the all-seeing-eye of God! And, knowing that God looks out after his word to see that it will not return back unto him void …  it becomes wise to seek and elect a God-fearing person who trembles at the word of God and hunger and thirst for his righteousness.

A voter might want to listen to that spiritually voice that dictates daily in our lives, and will not allow our feet error in his path of righteousness; for the steps of a good man or woman are ordered by the Lord.

Without a shadow of doubt, it is not harmful for voters to look beyond the human flesh of a candidate, for each candidate aspiring for that mayoral or governmental seat—all have human flaws that may never reach the eye or ears of a human.  However with a spiritual view we shall know them by the fruit they bear.

With crime as rampant as it is now and numerous taxpayers believing that drugs are all but permitted for the sake of revenue, courts, jails and prisons, it is important that we not hear the colorful deceptions that have flowed over the lips of persons who aspire for leadership, for many seek authority for greed and power.

God admonished in the scriptures: “Above all things the heart is desperately evil … who can know it but God?” We should remember that God knows the very intent of the heart—including a candidate’s.!

If we endeavor to pattern our lives after the historicalness of Christ, we might want to acknowledge that during the biblical days leaders were chosen from among the people, but they had to be known as men and women who were wise and full of the Holy Spirit … because important work was turned over to them.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, president, Probation Challenge

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org—The Truth Network

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Later Stages Series for Older Kids Returns January 24 – February 6, 2015 With Writers Theatre’s The MLK Project: The Fight For Civil Rights

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CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Writers Theatre’s The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights January 24-February 6, 2015 as part of its new Later Stages series for kids ages 8 and up.

Written by Yolanda Androzzo and starring Caren Blackmore, The MLK Project is a one-woman show that follows a Chicago student’s personal transformation through studying the Civil Rights Movement. Alaya uses her fists as an outlet for anger. But after interviewing local heroes of the Movement she discovers she can put “anger into action” and that her power is in her voice and her hip hop, not violence.

By weaving real interviews, poetry, hip hop, history and multi-media projections, The MLK Project tells stories of both celebrated and unsung Chicago-based Civil Rights Activists. Featured are Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles, who was present on the evening Dr. King was killed; poet and artist Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History; Reverend Jesse Jackson, longtime fighter for social justice; and Puerto Rican poet and activist David Hernandez.

The MLK Project opens Saturday, January 24, 2105 at 6 p.m. There is also an evening performance for family audiences on Saturday, January 31 at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (872) 222-9555 to purchase tickets.

Weekday matinees continue through February 6, Tuesday through Friday at 10 am and noon. These performances are ideal for school groups, home schoolers, tourists, and groups celebrating Black History Month. Show times vary by day. Please check the schedule at chicagochildrenstheatre.org or contact Chicago Children’s Theatre Group Sales at (773) 227-0180 x 13 or GroupSales@chicagochildrenstheatre.org. Group tickets start at $10.

Chicago Children’s Theatre presents at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts,
1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago. Via public transit, the Ruth Page is a short walk from the CTA Red Line Clark/Division and Chicago stops, and the Clark, Broadway, Division and Chicago Avenue bus lines. Street parking is available, and the Ruth Page offers discounted garage parking with ticket validation at 1250 N. Dearborn and 1030 N. State.

For more information about Chicago Children’s Theatre visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org, call CCT’s dedicated box office line, (872) 222-9555, or the administrative office, (773) 227-0180.

Photo Captions: Photos of Caren Blackmore in The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights by Tom McGrath

The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights, Alaya

Black Communities Still Going Strong: Record-Breaking Crowd Show Up for Community Chess Match/Life Lessons and Problem Solving Workshop in Atlanta

Posted by Admin On December - 29 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
Orrin Hudson, community activist and master motivator, continues to inspire entire communities by teaching them how to make better decisions in the game of chess… and in life.

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Orrin Hudson, founder of Be Someone, a non-profit organization in the Atlanta area, played 1-on-1 chess with every young person that attended his recent free workshop at the Stonecrest Public Library in Lithonia, Georgia.

Hudson, who does training and motivational speaking all around the world (Philippines, India, just to name a few), says the attendance at this local event was “record-breaking” and “no child was left behind”.

For more details about Hudson and his organization, visit www.BeSomeone.org

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