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Butterfield Takes Helm of the Congressional Black Caucus

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WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) was sworn in as the 24th Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) during a ceremony hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) at the U.S. Capitol.  The historic ceremony marked the induction of the largest class in the CBC’s 44-year history, which includes five new members of which 20 are women.

During the event, Chairman Butterfield recognized Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, who were all in attendance, and welcomed Representatives Alma Adams (NC-12), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Mia Love (UT-04), and Stacey Plaskett (USVI) to the Caucus.

Over the next two years, Chairman Butterfield will lead the Caucus, also known as the “Conscience of the Congress” in carrying out its mission of empowering the African American community and addressing its legislative concerns.

In his remarks, Butterfield outlined the CBC’s focus for the 114th Congress to include:

·        Criminal justice reform;

·        Reducing poverty;

·        Safeguarding social safety net programs;

·        Creating educational opportunities;

·        Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities;

·        Restoring section 5 of the Voting Rights Act; and

·        Ensuring corporate diversity.

Butterfield said, “We are ready for these fights.  The fight for the future is not a black fight, a Democratic or Republican fight; it is a fight that all fair minded Americans should promote.  We need to use political means, policy and legal means, to reduce racial disparities and move closer to the day when all African Americans will benefit from fairness and justice and realize the American dream.”

The Chairman’s full remarks follow.

Swearing-In Speech for Congressman G. K. Butterfield, the Chairman-Elect of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 114th Congress

“Respect the Past, Confront the Future: Building an America That Works For All of Us”

Let me begin by thanking Congresswoman Marcia Fudge for her friendship and leadership, and for taking the Congressional Black Caucus to higher heights.  Someone asked me a few days ago if I thought I could fill the shoes of Marcia Fudge.  No one in their right mind should ever believe they can fill the shoes of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge!  Marcia is a unique leader who commands respect.

To the Dean of the CBC and the House of Representatives, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., my other colleagues and their families, CBCF Chair Congressman Chaka Fattah, CEO Shuanise Washington and your team, and the congressional staff, thank you for all you do.

Thank you to my friend and former law partner, Judge Jim Wynn, for administering the oath.

To Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, thank you for your leadership and your friendship.

Assistant Leader, Jim Clyburn, the CBC is honored to have one of your caliber among us.

Thank you to the hundreds of friends who are viewing this ceremony at watch parties in my district, and to my family– a small number of whom are here today.  I ask my daughter, Valeisha Butterfield Jones, to stand.  I ask my cousins and their spouses to stand.  Thank you for supporting me.

It is one of the highest honors of my life to start the daunting process of leading a Caucus that has a legacy of advocating for African American interests.  Our 46 members hail from 22 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands; representing more than 30 million people.  We are 23 percent of the House Democratic Caucus and 10 percent of the House of Representatives.  CBC members hold seven Ranking Member full committee leadership positions.  We are one of the largest Caucuses in the House of Representatives, and I’m proud to say that we have 20 women members!  All of our new members are women!

The composition of our Caucus brings a diverse set of experiences and viewpoints to address the unique challenges of African American communities.  Every day, members of this Caucus go beyond their constitutional duties to lead in their communities.  They are making a difference in the lives of millions of people.  My colleagues are smart and intelligent legislators.  Each of them was elected to Congress because they prepared themselves, served their community, and knocked down barriers.

I am also mindful that we were elected to Congress because great men and women, over the past 150-plus years got their hands dirty (some gave their lives) to empower future generations.  During the Reconstruction and Post-reconstruction era, 20 African Americans served in Congress.  They advocated for educating the children of the former slaves.  They advocated for building black high schools and colleges.  They advocated for jobs and decency.  They even sought to make it a federal crime to lynch.

The work of these twenty Reconstruction Congressmen was too visionary for the “Southern power structure.”  And so, in 1900, Southern states passed Literacy Tests and the poll tax as devices to prevent black people from voting.  And now, in the 21st century, efforts are still afoot to disenfranchise African American voters.  As a consequence of the literacy test and poll tax and acts of sheer violence, black political participation ended in 1901 when Congressman George H. White (from NC-02) stood in the well of the House at the close of the 56th Congress and said:

“Mr. Chairman, the Negro asks no special favors, but simply demands that he be given the same chance for existence, for earning a livelihood, for raising himself in the scales of manhood and womanhood, that are accorded to kindred nationalities.  Obliterate race hatred, party prejudice, and help us to do the greatest good for the greatest number.  This, Mr. Chairman, is perhaps the Negroes’ temporary farewell to the American Congress; but…phoenix-like he will rise up some day and come again.”

As we stand here now on the dawn of a new Congress, the 114th Congress, we must tell the full story – for many Black Americans, they are not even close to realizing the American dream.  Depending on where they live, an economic depression hangs over their head, and it is burdening their potential and the potential of their children.  Black America is in a state of emergency today as it was at the turn of the century!

My message to those across the country who are tired of business as usual and for those who want to hold our country accountable for treating you with disrespect, I hear you.  The CBC hears you.  America hears you.  The world hears you.  That is why the theme today is so important:  “Learn from our past, but boldly confront an uncertain future.”

The CBC was formed in 1971 because its founders understood that Black lives matter.  Black boys matter.  Black girls matter.  The Black family matters.  The Black church matters.  Black America in its totality matters.  In 2015, we are still fighting generations of discrimination.  We are fighting generations of indifference on the part of those in power.  The statistics tell the story:

•                 Twenty-five percent of black households live below the poverty line as compared to eight percent for white households.

•                 One out of three black children lives in poverty.

•                 African Americans are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed.

•                 African Americans earn $13,000 less per year than their white counterparts.

•                 The unemployment rate of African Americans has consistently been twice as high as for whites over the last 50 years.

•                 For every $100 in wealth of a white household, the black household only has $6 in wealth.

What is this if it’s not an emergency?

America is not working for many African Americans and we, as the Congressional Black Caucus, have an obligation to fight harder and smarter in the next Congress to help repair the damage.

My leadership of this Caucus will be influenced by my experiences growing up in a segregated South.  Jim Clyburn often says that, “we are the sum total of our experiences;” and that is so true.  My life’s experiences are similar to many of my colleagues.  We saw racism at its worst.

In my hometown of Wilson, North Carolina, the railroad tracks divided our town; a town where 23 miles of unpaved streets greeted black citizens every day.  They were relegated to second class citizenship.  Our mothers and fathers; grandmothers and fathers; our aunts and uncles worked every day to support the Jim Crow economy.

I recall so vividly wealthy white citizens (each morning) driving into our neighborhood to transport black women to the paved streets on the west side of town to do domestic work for a few dollars per week.  I recall white farmers driving onto our street corners at 6 a.m. to transport black laborers to the tobacco fields to harvest the crops for 50 cents per hour.

I recall the structurally inferior black schools and how great black educators were paid less than their white counterparts.  Because of these unbearable conditions, my generation escaped the south as quickly as it could; most went to the North; some to college and some to the military.

Those experiences have helped mold my perspective and make me determined to fight every day to expose and defeat racism and discrimination wherever it may exists.  And so if anyone has any doubt that this Chairman and this Congressional Black Caucus will have any reluctance to fight for our communities – you are mistaken.

•                 You will see the Congressional Black Caucus make criminal justice reform a centerpiece of our work.  There is a well-founded mistrust between the African American community and law enforcement officers.  The statistics are clear.  Video clips are clear.  We recognize that the overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities.  Unfortunately, there are some officers who abuse the sacred responsibility to protect and serve by using excessive, and sometimes deadly force when a less severe response is warranted.  The CBC will seek legislative action to reverse this terrible trend.  Let me also be clear.  To reform the “law enforcement system” will not reform the “criminal justice system.”  The CBC will address outdated sentencing laws, unethical prosecutors and communicate the importance of criminal defendants having competent counsel.

•                 You will see the Congressional Black Caucus fighting for Targeted Funding for Persistent Poverty Communities.  There are 384 counties in the United States where at least 20 percent of the population has been living below the poverty line for the last 30 years.  The Congressional Black Caucus will be strongly advocating the “Clyburn 10-20-30 Plan,” which would direct that at least 10 percent of an agency’s grants and discretionary budget be targeted to these counties.  This is not a partisan issue.  More than 24 million Americans live in these counties.  And the truth is that Republican members represent more of these communities than Democratic members.  We will call on the Republican Conference to join with the Democratic Caucus and the CBC to pass legislation that will address persistent poverty in America.

•                 We will continue to fight against any additional efforts to reduce the deficit by dismantling the social safety net that our communities depend on and programs that create jobs for the unemployed and underemployed.  Irresponsible budgeting in this Congress will be met with dogged resistance.

•                 The CBC understands that nothing is more important than an education system that works for black children and an education system that demands excellence.  We will propose and support legislation to enhance educational opportunities for African American students and strengthen our 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities who educated black children when other institutions were closed.  We will continue to push for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for young African Americans, and provide retraining for adults in the 21st century workforce.

•                 On June 25, 2013, the US Supreme Court suspended the use of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act because of an outdated formula.  The absence of Section 5 protection allows states to pass discriminatory laws that disenfranchise African American voters and other groups.  Partisan redistricting schemes have been enacted with impunity.  We will continue our fight to restore Section 5.

•                 We will evaluate whether American corporations who depend on government contracts and tax preferences are making a serious diversity effort in Board Rooms, executive suites, and the workforce.  We will look at whether corporations are investing in underserved communities.  And if they are failing, we will expose it and insist on change.

We are ready for these fights.  The fight for the future is not a black fight, a Democratic or Republican fight; it is a fight that all fair minded Americans should promote.  We need to use political, policy and legal means to reduce racial disparities and move closer to the day when all African Americans will benefit from fairness and justice and realize the American dream.

I issue a call to action for an “All Hands on Deck” strategy where the CBC will:

1) Work with our allies in Congress, and in state and local government, to push for policies that will close racial disparities especially in wealth, education, health care, and in the criminal justice system.

2) We will work with grassroots organizations.  We will work with National Black Organizations and with the faith community.  We will gather data, educate the public and organize masses of people to promote our agenda.

3) We will work with the legal community to pursue a legal strategy to reverse some of the most egregious laws.

4) And we will push for full participation in presidential, state and local elections with the goal of electing people at every level that share our values.

This is our all hands on deck strategy through which the CBC and its allies will promote a progressive agenda.  As we begin our work, we will continue the struggle to provide leadership and make a difference for those whom we represent.  May God continue to bless our communities with talented leaders as you see on this stage today.  And may God continue to bless each of you.

CBC, it’s our time to make a difference.

Source: Congressional Black Caucus

President Obama “Strongly Condemns” the Horrific Shooting at the Offices of Charlie Hebdo Magazine in Paris

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Statement by President Barack Obama on the Attack in France at Charlie Hebdo offices, a satirical magazine, that reportedly killed 12 people and critically injured five.

“I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.”

Richard Wright Public Charter School Creates Powerful PSA to Highlight National “Save Our Sons” Night

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Leading national nonprofit for the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood, Fathers Incorporated, announces partnership with Richard Wright Public Charter School for first National Save Our Sons Night

Fathers Incorporated Save Our Sons Night

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — On Friday, February 6, 2015, the first annual NATIONAL SAVE OUR SONS NIGHT (NSOSN) will take place. Across the country, various local, national and international partners will be organizing to encourage fathers to find ways to spend quality time with their sons and to model healthy behaviors for them. Organizations from educational, faith-based, national and local nonprofits, as well as individual families and community members will be engaged and mobilized for this historic event. At present, there are 30 organizations (8 national) in 31 cities registered as official NSON partners with the list of participants expanding daily.

In the wake of the protests and activities around the country involving Black males, students at Richard Wright Public Charter School created a public service announcement (PSA) (http://youtu.be/6SlJHPZnyi0) to bring attention to individuals who have lost their lives. The PSA is a riveting testament to how violence and the loss of life affects young men all across this country. “It is a pleasure to see our students give voice to their feelings through this creative process,” says national filmmaker and teacher at the school, Janks Morton.

Richard Wright Public Charter School, located in our nations capital, is one of the most recent organizations to sign up for NSOSN. The charter school has been recognized on several occasions by national and local media outlets, as well as receiving multiple invitations from First Lady Michelle Obama to participate in White House sponsored symposiums. “Being able to contribute to the National Save Our Sons Night in this manner speaks to what our school stands for and what our youth care about,” says Dr. Marco Clark, CEO.

If you would like to join this national movement and plan an activity in your community for our sons, visit www.saveoursonsnight.com for further information and to be listed as a partnering organization.

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

About Fathers Incorporated (FI)
Fathers Incorporated (FI), a not-for-profit organization, serves as a leader in the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Mentoring. Its international, national, and local focus raises awareness about, and combats the impact of father absence. Fathers Incorporated works to change the current societal and cultural definition of family to include fathers. To learn more, please visit www.fathersincorporated.com

About Richard Wright Public Charter School For Journalism and Media Arts
Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts mission is to transform students in grades 8-12 into well-versed media contributors by providing a student-centered environment that connects them to the classics and modern languages and a curriculum focused on strong writing skills and vocabulary. Learn more at www.richardwrightpcs.org

U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran from Des Plaines To Receive the Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award

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Vincent E. Rangel, a decorated U.S. Army Vietnam combat veteran, leader, and distinguished volunteer supporting veterans and his community, will be honored with the Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion.

The award ceremony will take place Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 5 p.m. at Casa Michoacan, 1638 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago, IL.

Vincent E. Rangel epitomizes the veteran who returns from military service and becomes a great asset to his community, country, and for his fellow veterans.  As a young infantry officer, he led and trained soldiers in Vietnam during the height of that conflict, earning his Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Purple Heart Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and other awards.  After the military, he was a leader the Hispanic community of Illinois, serving on the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce; as the President of the Mexican Civic Society of Illinois for 3 years; Vice President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Northern Illinois; and served as spokesman for the “Just Say Yes” Veteran Mental Health Campaign for the State of Illinois.  He is also very active in his community and in outreach efforts to his fellow veterans and their families. He was nominated by Harry Sawyer, Field Services Manager, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  Family, friends, and fellow veterans are expected to attend the event.

The Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award (ALVCA) highlights and honors Illinois veterans whose contributions in service to the veteran community and their local communities are truly above and beyond. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their leadership, dedication, innovation, and impact in serving these communities. ALVCA recipients are those whose efforts add to the powerful narrative that veterans are dedicated, lifelong public servants from whose efforts all of Illinois’ communities stand to benefit. In contributing to this narrative through their service to veteran and local communities, the ALVCA recipients not only impact the lives of those they serve, but also the overall advocacy effort for Illinois veterans.

IDVA Acting Director Rodrigo Garcia will present the award on behalf of Governor Pat Quinn, which includes a framed proclamation as well as a State Flag.

Cook County Crosses Million-Pound Threshold In Effort to Rid Itself of Old Paper

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Cook County has recycled more than one million pounds of old documents, reports and miscellaneous paperwork in the last year-and-a-half, confronting a decades-old problem of records storage as well as generating savings and revenue for the County.

Over the past 18 months, the Records Management and County Salvage divisions of the County’s Bureau of Administration have overseen identification and review of paper that was eligible for destruction. Among the documents collected for disposal were old financial spreadsheets, dated legal journals, files from long-ago settled court cases, years-old dog bite incident reports, and documents from expired bond transactions.

“Whether due to forgetfulness, inertia or neglect, it became obvious that the County had a ‘paper problem’,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “We determined that we needed a centralized disposal effort that would free up usable space, produce savings and generate revenue, and establish a structure for orderly removal and destruction of records no longer needed. “To date, this initiative has proven to be successful, as crossing the threshold of one million pounds would indicate.”

Some of the paperwork dated back to the 1960s. All of the documents were eligible for destruction under local records statutes. Certificates for disposal of the paperwork were obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, as required for official government documents.

Importantly, none of the 1.14 million pounds of paper was sent to a landfill. Instead, the paper was sold for recycling through a contract with a County vendor. Revenue from the sale of the paper to date has yielded the County more than $20,000 and removing the paper from County offices and facilities has cleared more than 71,000 cubic feet of space.

In addition, by centralizing the disposal process through Records Management and Salvage – formerly, a number of units within the County had their own contracts for document disposal – the County has saved at least $200,000 from what it would have spent with multiple vendors for the same services.

Records Management will continue its pro-active outreach to all County departments to identify, collect and dispose of old paper records that are eligible for destruction, Preckwinkle said.

IEMA Encourages People to Test Homes for Radon During Radon Action Month in January

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Announces annual contests to promote awareness of radon health risks

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Cold weather might put a damper on outdoor activities, but according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency it’s a great time to test your home for cancer-causing radon gas that has been found in nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes tested.  IEMA is encouraging people to test for radon during Radon Action Month in January.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil.  It can enter homes and buildings through small cracks in the foundation, sump pumps or soil in crawlspaces.  Elevated levels of the radioactive gas have been found in all 102 Illinois counties.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall in the U.S.  IEMA estimates nearly 1,200 Illinois citizens die from radon-related lung cancer each year.

“It’s best to test for radon under ‘closed house’ conditions, meaning your windows and doors are closed except for normal traffic in and out of doors,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.  “The winter months are a good time to conduct a radon test and find out if your home has high levels of radon.”

As part of Radon Action Month, IEMA also announced the launch of statewide poster and video contests that encourage students to use their creative talents to promote radon awareness.

The Illinois Radon Poster Contest is open to students ages 9-14.  Entries are due by March 1.  Prizes include $200 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place.  For more information about the poster contest, visit http://healthhouse.org/radon/il_poster.cfm.

High school students can compete for prizes by producing creative 60-second YouTube videos about radon and entering them in the statewide High School Radon Video Contest.  Videos can be created by an individual student, group of students or classroom.  Prizes include $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, $500 for third place and $250 for seven honorable mention videos.  In addition, the schools of the top three winners will receive $300, $200 and $100 for first, second and third places, respectively.

All videos, entry forms and release forms must be submitted by March 5 at 5 p.m.  Details about the video contest are available on the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) website at www.healthhouse.org/radon/il_vidcontest.cfm.

All contest prizes are funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Both contests are sponsored by IEMA, ALAIL and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5.

The top posters and videos from the 2014 contests can be viewed on IEMA’s radon website at www.radon.illinois.gov. The website also includes information about radon and lists of licensed measurement and mitigation professionals.  Information is also available through IEMA’s Radon Hotline at 800-325-1245.

President Obama Announces his Intent to Nominate Allan R. Landon to Serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Allan R. Landon to serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

  • Allan R. Landon – Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

President Obama said, “Allan Landon has the proven experience, judgment and deep knowledge of the financial system to serve at the Federal Reserve during this important time for our economy.  He brings decades of leadership and expertise from various roles, particularly as a community banker.  I’m confident that he will serve our country well.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual today:

Allan R. Landon, Nominee for Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Allan R. Landon is a Partner in Community BanCapital.  He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Hawaii Corporation from 2004 to 2010.  Mr. Landon served in various positions at Bank of Hawaii from 2000 to 2004, including President, Chief Operating, Financial, and Risk Officer.  He served as the Chief Financial Officer of First American Corp. and its subsidiary, First American National Bank, from 1998 to 2000.  Mr. Landon worked at Ernst & Young LLP from 1970 to 1998, where he became partner in 1984.  Mr. Landon received a B.S. from Iowa State University.

Legitimate Work From Home Customer Service Opportunities!

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Perfecting Assistance Services Partnering with Arise Virtual Solutions to provide Work From Home Jobs

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Perfecting Assistance Services, LLC announced its partnership with Arise Virtual Solutions, Inc into the Midwest as an Independent Business in Chicago, IL. This is part of Perfectings continued effort to provide opportunities to everyone from stay at home parents to ambitious entrepreneurs. With this new partnership, Perfecting will hire 75 Work-from-Home Agents in 2015.

Perfecting Assistance Services (PAS) has opportunities with top leading companies such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Disney, Comcast, Carnival Cruise Lines, and many more. Successful applicants earn from $9 to $18/ per hour (depending on the client you choose) offering services such as Customer Service, Billing inquires, Technical support, and Customer Retention for most clients. PAS has part-time, and full-time hours available, and agents are paid bi-monthly. This is the opportunity to make an extra stream of income for the household and develop new skills.

PAS is on a mission to become a Premier Partner with Arise Virtual Solutions. Our goal is to produce Perfected Customer Services Professionals who will acquire experience working with multiple clients. Interested candidates must be self-motivated, have a home computer, and have a quiet place to work without distractions or loud background noise.

“Although we are established in the Midwest, we are looking to hire Agents from any state, in order to meet our goal of hiring 75 people,” says Williams, owner of PAS. “We are dedicated to providing all tools and resources necessary for your success. We are one of the most honest and reliable IBOs in the Arise business. Unlike other IBOs we do not keep any bonuses or incentives earned by our agents.”

PAS offers complete services to all successful agents including, full disclosure on the Service Revenue Pay and Opportunity Details. PAS Agents also have access to the entire Statement of Work (SOW) from their certifying client, and pay stubs that include your incentive/bonus breakdown. PAS will also accept agents who would like to switch IBOs; PAS IBO ID#: 68871 Review more information and apply online at www.perfectingassistance.com/independent-contractors/customer-service-professionals/

About Perfecting Assistance Services, LLC
Perfecting Assistance Services is a Virtual Assistance Company that provides solutions to individuals, and entrepreneurs. PAS is also an Independent Business Owner (IBO) partnered with Arise Virtual Solutions. Their mission is to become a Premier Partner with Arise Virtual Solutions. Our goal is to produce Perfected Customer Services Professionals who will acquire experience working with multiple clients.


Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association Endorses Fioretti’s Candidacy for Mayor

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CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association announced their endorsement of Bob Fioretti’s candidacy for mayor.

“I’m honored and excited to have the support of the Sergeants’ Association,” said Fioretti.  “I have spoken consistently about our need to shore up our pension system, and the need for more officers on the street.  This administration is moving us in the wrong direction, and this endorsement for change demonstrates that.”

On Monday, Fioretti released his public safety platform at a press conference at his campaign headquarters. Among many other short and long term initiatives that take a holistic approach to creating safer streets, Fioretti pledged to hire an additional 500 officers in his administration. “We’ve found money in the budget in the past to pay for more officers, and the money exists in the current budget,” said Fioretti. “It’s a matter of making public safety a priority.”

New Interactive Storybook APP Full of Positive Messages for African American Children

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New heroine, Ameka Love, is the newest animated sensation for children age 2-9 years old. Available now on iTunes and Google Play.


Oakland, CA (BlackNews.com) — Ameka Love, a global brand, is the newest animated sensation for children age 2 though 9 years old. In this first storybook of the Ameka Love©(TM) series, Ameka takes children on a journey to Crystal Mountain where they will encounter obstacles along the way and are encouraged to use the power of their minds to resolve their issues.

Vibrant imagery and interactive pages throughout the book keeps children engaged while reintroducing educational themes such as basic math, shapes, colors. Ameka Love Journey to Crystal Mountain©(TM) also ties in unconventional topics such as yoga, meditation, chakras and our connection to nature and the universe.

Ameka empowers young children by showing them that they have their own innate ability to resolve issues for themselves by using their own mental capabilities. Children are also taught to observe their surroundings and analyze situations using their critical thinking skills. Ameka continually reinforces the message of empowerment from within.

For more details, visit www.amekalove.com
Download the app on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=937967279&mt=8

Download the app on Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gmail.ali.ameka.build
Preview the storybook on YouTube at:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HdMRdiDWEM

Photo Caption: Snapshot from the storybook app

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