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Archive for January 12th, 2015

Dr. King Paid the Ultimate Price for Us; What Will You Do for Him Today?

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By Chinta Strausberg

It was 50-years ago that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led his Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and hundreds of black and white supporters on a three-day march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to dramatize the barriers blacks face when trying to register and vote in the South.

They were accompanied by federalized National Guard troops, but their presence didn’t stop segregationists from attacking the marchers.

Yes, in 1964, a year before the Selma march took place and the same year Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became the law of the land forbidding any discrimination of blacks or anyone else from voting, but that didn’t stop those in the south who didn’t want African Americans to vote.

A lot had happened in Alabama in 1965 like on February 18, 1965 when 27-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson, who was an unarmed civil rights activist and a deacon, was beaten by James Bonard Fowler, an Alabama state trooper. Jackson died a few days later, but his death was the catalyst of the Selma to Montgomery marches in March of 1965. Fowler was indicted and received a six-months sentence.

Alarmed over Jackson’s death, Dr. King along with the SCLC planned the 54-mile Selma to Montgomery march.

Led by activist John Lewis, SCLC and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) who is now a congressman, a reported 600 activists began the Selma to Washington March on the now infamous date of Sunday, March 7, 1965 better known as ‘Bloody Sunday.’  This march was televised for the world to see.

When they arrived at the Edmund Pettis Bridge, they were met by Alabama state troopers who attacked Lewis. When told to leave, the protesters refused—an act that triggered violence on the part of the troopers who beat them with Billy clubs until they were literally bloody. The police tear-gassed them s well.

Bowing to pressure from some activists, Dr. King held a second march on March 9, 1965 but turned back his followers at the same Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Determined to hold the march and getting more pressure from SNCC, accompanied by federalized troops, Dr. King held a third Selma to Montgomery march on March 21, 1965, which was successful. On August 6, 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965.

So, I ask you today, how will you celebrate Dr. King’s 86th birthday? What have you done to help keep his dream of a nation of equal rights alive?

Is it asking too much to call for a moratorium on crime and violence on Dr. King’s birthday?

Would it be asking too much to ask our youth to NOT wear their pants halfway their behinds? When 14-year-old Emmett Till was killed on August 28, 1955 in Money, Mississippi, the first thing the two white men did after they dragged them out of his great uncle’s Moses Wright) house was to removed his clothes. Young Till, who was born in Chicago and was spending time with his relatives in Mississippi, always dressed well.

But, in the south, some whites didn’t like blacks who dressed “uppity,” and they became targets of racial hatred. Till, accused of whistling at Carolyn Bryant, a clerk in a store he visited, was killed on August 28, 1955 by her husband, Roy Bryant and his half brother, J.W. Milam. After beating him, they took his body to the Tallahatchie River, shot him in the head and tied a metal fan around his body then dumped him into the river.

I have interviewed his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, many times, and I will never forget what she told me each time when she referred to the decision to hold an open casket funeral at Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, 4021 South State Street, Chicago, Ill., headed by Rev. Isaiah Roberts. She decided to hold an open casket funeral “so the world could see the face of racism.” Bishop Louis H. Ford from St. Paul Church of God in Christ gave the eulogy. Thousands attended the funeral.

That was 60-years ago, but today racism is a little more discrete like the redistricting plans not just in the south but right here in Chicago. The Second Ward, which has traditionally been a black historic ward, has been so diluted and the lines stretched into white areas that do not reflect the original makeup of this community. In the south, the black vote has been diluted and the lines drawn to favor whites.

Many have died, black and white, fighting for the right to vote. In Chicago, will soon be celebrating Dr. King’s 86th birthday, and on February 24, 2015, we will once again elect a mayor and 50 aldermen.

Are you registered to vote? If not, please goggle the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners and on its front page click on “register to vote,” and remember Early voting for the February 24th municipal election will be held from Monday, February 9th through Saturday, February 21st. All 51 Early Voting sites will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours will be offered at five regional sites that are listed on the board’s website.

So, armed with this information, are YOU ready to help make a change in Chicago? Will you exercise your legal right to vote, or will you do as so many have done in the past and just “go fishing”?  If you choose the latter, you have no right to complain about rights being diminished, programs abolished or diluted…. Be a part of the solution and VOTE. Do it in memory of the man who paid the ultimate price for us—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

America’s Resurgence Is Real: President Obama’s Weekly Address

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the economic gains we made in 2014, which was the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s.  In the coming weeks, the President will continue to preview his State of the Union Address and the agenda he’ll put forward to build on that progress. The President will showcase ways he’s working to help every American get ahead in the new year, like plans he announced this week to make community college free for two years, make mortgages more affordable and accessible for creditworthy families, and support manufacturing.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, January 10, 2015.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
January 10, 2015

Hi, everybody.  About a year ago, I promised that 2014 would be a breakthrough year for America.  And this week, we got more evidence to back that up.

In December, our businesses created 240,000 new jobs.  The unemployment rate fell to 5.6%.  That means that 2014 was the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s.  In 2014, unemployment fell faster than it has in three decades.

Over a 58-month streak, our businesses have created 11.2 million new jobs.  After a decade of decline, American manufacturing is in its best stretch of job growth since the ‘90s. America is now the world’s number one producer of oil and gas, helping to save drivers about a buck-ten a gallon at the pump over this time last year.  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, about 10 million Americans have gained health insurance in the past year alone.  We have cut our deficits by about two-thirds.  And after 13 long years, our war in Afghanistan has come to a responsible end, and more of our brave troops have come home.

It has been six years since the crisis.  Those years have demanded hard work and sacrifice on everybody’s part.  So as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we’ve got to show for it.  America’s resurgence is real.  And now that we’ve got some calmer waters, if we all do our part, if we all pitch in, we can make sure that tide starts lifting all boats again.  We can make sure that the middle class is the engine that powers America’s prosperity for decades to come.

That’ll be the focus of my State of the Union Address in a couple weeks – building on the progress we’ve made.  But I figured, why wait – let’s get started right now.

On Wednesday, I visited a Ford plant outside of Detroit – because the American auto industry and its home state are redefining the word “comeback.”  On Thursday, I traveled to Arizona, a state that was hit among the hardest by the housing crisis, to announce a new plan that will put hundreds of dollars in new homeowners’ pockets, and help more new families buy their first home.  And, I’m speaking with you today from Pellissippi State Community College in Tennessee, a state making big strides in education, to unveil my new plan to make two years of community college free for every responsible student.  I’m also here to establish a new hub that will attract more good-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs to our shores.

Making homeownership easier.  Bringing a higher education within reach.  Creating more good jobs that pay good wages.  These are just some of the ways we can help every American get ahead in the new economy.  And there’s more to come.  Because America is coming back.  And I want to go full speed ahead.

Thanks, everybody, and have a great weekend.

Source: www.whitehouse.gov

Attorney General Holder Delivers Remarks at the Portrait Unveiling for Congressman John Conyers

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Attorney General Eric  Holder:

Good afternoon and thank you all for being here.  It’s a pleasure to be with you today.  And it’s a tremendous privilege to join so many distinguished guests, colleagues, friends, and Members of Congress as we recognize Congressman [John] Conyers, the Dean of the House of Representatives, for his lifetime of dedicated service; as we celebrate his leadership and his many invaluable contributions; and as we unveil the portrait that will adorn the walls of the great institution he has so faithfully served for over four decades – and that he will no doubt continue to serve with honor and integrity for years to come.

From the moment John Conyers began his patriotic service – in the Michigan National Guard and the United States Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War – to his presence in Selma, Alabama, on Freedom Day in 1963; from his election to the United States House of Representatives in 1964, to his chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee, to his current status as Dean of the House and longest-serving Member of the United States Congress – this extraordinary leader’s life has been defined by a singular drive to serve.  His actions have been guided by a deep and abiding love of country and community.  And his service has been animated by an unwavering commitment to the cause of justice.

As one of the 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Representative Conyers helped bring together other trailblazers and pioneers in order to empower – and give voice to – people of color throughout the nation.

Years ago, he led the fight to secure appropriate recognition for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by introducing legislation to establish a national holiday in his honor.  And at every stage of his distinguished career – through times of trial and great consequence – he has dedicated himself to advancing the principles of universal human dignity, tolerance, and respect.

As a major proponent of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, he joined with then-Senator Joe Biden and other Congressional leaders to bring help and hope to millions of Americans who had too long suffered in silence – fighting to end the poisonous notion that violence in a person’s home was a private affair.

As a champion of legislative efforts like the Motor Voter Bill of 1993 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002, he has consistently worked to ensure that every eligible American will always have fair and free access to the ballot box – no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they live.  He continued that work in the 113th Congress with Representative Sensenbrenner, another strong leader and former Chairman of this Committee, in crafting legislation to address the void that was left by the Supreme Court’s unfortunate decision to invalidate one of the core provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

Representative Conyers has also been a key leader and partner on fairness in sentencing, from his work in passing the law that reduced the unjust disparity in sentencing for crack and powder cocaine to his recent partnership with other Members of Congress of both parties – like Bobby Scott and Raul Labrador of the Judiciary Committee – who realize that we must make common-sense changes to our federal sentencing scheme, not just for fundamental fairness but also for the sustainability of our budget.

Throughout his tenure as a member, and especially as Chairman, of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, he has been a key national leader – and a vital partner – in the Justice Department’s ongoing effort to secure our nation, to protect the American people from crime, and to ensure the full rights and protections of our Constitution for everyone in this country.

Time and again, I – and numerous Attorneys General before me – have relied on Congressman Conyers’ sound judgment, extensive expertise, fierce advocacy, and honest counsel to strengthen the rule of law while advancing our most sacred principles and most cherished freedoms.

I have always appreciated the unique insight, the remarkable wisdom, and the consistent devotion to service that he has brought to every challenge that has come before him.

And on a personal level, over the years, I have also come to regard Congressman Conyers not only as an important partner, and a valued friend, but also as a man who made it possible for me and Barack Obama to attain the positions we now hold.  We stand on Congressman Conyers’ broad shoulders.

Congressman, I want to thank you – once again – for your outstanding service, and for the innumerable contributions that you have made to the nation, and on behalf of the citizens we are honored to serve.  Your unique place in the history of this great institution is more than assured.  And today, with the formal dedication of this portrait, we pay fitting tribute to a legacy, and a shining example, that will continue to guide and inspire generations of lawmakers, in this new Congress and long into the future – just as it has inspired countless leaders and Attorneys General over the last four decades, including me.

At this time, it is my distinct honor to introduce another of these leaders – who knows firsthand the challenges of chairing a Judiciary Committee.

Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming a longtime friend of the man we’ve gathered to honor; a lifelong champion of the cause of justice; and a singular advocate for equal rights and equal opportunity – the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden.

ReMARCs: Hate Has No Place – Here or Anywhere

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By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

Earlier this week, our collective consciousness was again shocked by two despicable incidents spanning international borders – the bombing of an NAACP office in Colorado Springs on Tuesday and the massacre at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris that killed 12 people on Wednesday.

First and foremost, our prayers are with the families of the deceased in Paris, and we are grateful that no one was physically harmed in the NAACP office bombing.  While authorities continue to investigate both of these incidents, I believe that one thing remains clear.  The hatred and intolerance which drove both of these acts are two of the biggest threats facing our nation and our world.  They are a terminal cancer threatening any efforts towards equality, peace and prosperity; and worse, they are not confined within any border, race, religion, orientation or ideology.

For those of us committed to what we do – whether working for a newspaper or on the front line of civil rights – our employees, volunteers and others should not be targeted by hate groups or hate-filled individuals.  Disagreement is to be expected; destruction, whether of life or property, is to be vehemently condemned – no matter where it occurs.

As we move into this new year, we do so knowing many of the challenges ahead: decreasing criminal justice, income and wealth disparities; working towards police reform and stronger police-community relations; repairing the Voting Rights Act; protecting immigration reform; creating jobs via investment in our public transportation systems (e.g. a transportation bill); and continuing our work to achieve equity in public education.  But we also move forward knowing that working together – side-by-side – with our supporters, partners, peer organizations and all of those in the Urban League Movement, we will continue to make great strides.  Thank you for all you do and your unwavering commitment to what we do to ensure a better America and a better tomorrow.  Onward and upward in 2015…keep pushing!

Letter to Congressman Steve Scalise From the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the National Urban League

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Letter signed by officers Wade Henderson and Marc Morial:

The Honorable Steve Scalise
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Scalise:

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations working to protect and advance civil and human rights, and the National Urban League, a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization founded in 1910 dedicated to economic empowerment in historically underserved urban communities, improving the lives of tens of millions of people nationwide through direct service programs implemented by its 95 Urban League affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, we write to express our deep concern regarding your acknowledged 2002 speech before the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) (i), a white supremacist, anti-Semitic, and neo-Nazi organization classified by the Anti-Defamation League (ii) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (iii) as a hate group. Participation in the 2002 EURO conference by any member of Congress would be troubling. However, it is of particular concern to us that a member chosen to be part of the Majority’s leadership team in the House of Representatives, whose responsibilities include protecting the interests of all Americans, would legitimize the existence of such a group.

We are writing to request the opportunity to meet with you to discuss ways to work together for the good of all of the Americans that you represent, regardless of race or religion, in order to help move forward after the serious and legitimate concerns that your participation in this event has raised.

As you undoubtedly know, our nation has a long and troubled history of racially polarized politics in which “wink and nod” gestures of affinity with racial segregationists and anti-Semites are used to divide Americans along racial lines and to appeal to our worst instincts. In that regard – and not withstanding your explanation – there is a question about whether your 2002 speech to EURO was a subtle “dog whistle” of affinity to David Duke’s group of supporters. While we would prefer not to believe this, as you might imagine, we believe the questions surrounding the current controversy deserve further clarification.

We acknowledge and appreciate your condemnation of the views of the group and your statement that you “reject that kind of hateful bigotry.”(iv) To be candid, however, it seems implausible to us that, as a state representative with national aspirations at the time, you would not have heard about the Louisiana-based EURO, which was already a well-known hate group led by America’s most famous white supremacist, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. While you indicated that, had you known of the affiliation, you never would have accepted an invitation to speak to a David Duke-sponsored group, you have also stated that the invitation to speak came from Kenny Knight, a long-time associate of David Duke and one of your neighbors. (v) As you might imagine, it is difficult to fathom how you would accept an invitation from a Duke associate to speak to a group that you do not know, and yet, ask no questions about the engagement.

In addition, awareness of the group and its beliefs was well-known and widely condemned at the time. Newspapers reported that a minor league baseball team from Iowa had changed hotels after learning that the 2002 Euro conference would be held where the team planned to stay, (vi) and the management of the conference hotel distanced itself publically from EURO’s ideology while honoring its contract for the event. EURO’s activities in South Carolina and Virginia around that time were also reported in USA Today and the Washington Post. The organization and its conference were a much reported controversy. (vii)

Our concern over your participation in this event is that, in some instances, it might indicate a genuine affinity with some positions taken by EURO or Duke himself. Substance and symbolism, in that regard, are important. For example, in 1999 – three years before you spoke to EURO – Roll Call reported that you were said to embrace “many of the same conservative views of Duke,” but were “far more viable.” In fact Roll Call quoted you as saying that “Duke has proven he can’t get elected, and that’s the first and most important thing.” (viii) Later that year, you voted against making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a state holiday – one of just three state representatives to do so, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. And in 2004, two years after the EURO conference where you spoke, you were one of six to vote against the holiday.

You apparently took a similar position involving the naming of a U.S. Post Office for Louisiana civil rights icon, the Honorable Lionel Collins, a pioneering civil rights lawyer and the first African-American judge in Jefferson Parish, La. Judge Collins, who died in 1988, is greatly revered and remembered annually with a New Orleans dinner in his honor. As we understand it, HR 5933 (110th Congress) was co-sponsored by five members of the Louisiana House delegation. However, your refusal to co-sponsor the bill prevented the Chairman of the Subcommittee, Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), from proceeding because of the Subcommittee’s requirement for unanimity for such efforts.

By themselves, your votes on the symbolic initiatives of the King Holiday and the Collins USPS facility were disappointing. Combined with the current controversy, however, they raise serious and legitimate questions about whether, in your new role as a member of the House leadership, you can be fair to all of the interests you will be charged to represent. The Boston Herald has similarly suggested that, without fully addressing this controversy, your position in leadership raises concerns. (ix)

We are requesting, by way of this letter, the opportunity to meet with you to discuss these concerns and related issues regarding the leadership agenda for the 114th Congress. Most specifically, we wish to discuss your position regarding efforts to repair the Voting Rights Act, the most important civil rights act since the passage of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and which was gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Shelby County v. Holder (2013). We also wish to discuss your views on legal efforts to overturn President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform and congressional efforts to invest in our public transportation systems, rebuilding roads, bridges and public facilities as a mechanism for job creation.

As you have stated “Those who know me best know I have always been passionate about helping, serving, and fighting for every family that I represent.” (x) We look forward to working with you on ways that we might work together to do that.

Thank you in advance for considering our views and our request. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the questions we’ve raised and these important issues for our nation. If you have any questions, please contact either of us or Lisa Bornstein, Legal Director for The Leadership Conference, (Bornstein@civilrights.org) at 202-466-3311.


Wade Henderson Marc Morial
President & CEO President & CEO
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights National Urban League
Chair of Governance Committee for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Note: Copy of the original letter is available by contacting the National Urban League or The Leadership Conference on Human Rights.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
1629 K Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20006


January 6, 2015

i EURO archived website. “White Civil Rights: The Website for Europeans and Americans Wherever They May Live.” https://web.archive.org/web/20120204211507/http:/www.whitecivilrights.co…

ii Anti-Defamation League archived webpage. “Extremism in America: David Duke: Affiliations.”

iii Southern Poverty Law Center. “Extremist Files: EURO.” http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/groups/euro

iv Costa, Robert. “Scalise Releases New Statement of ‘Regret’ for 2002 Speech; Boehner Backs Him.” Washington Post. December 30, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/30/scalise-…

v Costa, Robert. “Former KKK Leader Says His Political Advisor was ‘Friendly’ with Rep. Scalise.” Washington Post. December 30, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/30/former-k…

vi Thompson, Catherine. “Iowa Baseball Team Avoided Hotel Where Scalise Spoke To White Nationalists.” December 30, 2014. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/baseball-team-avoided-david-duke-g…

vii Costa, Robert and O’Keefe, Ed. “House Majority Whip Scalise confirms he spoke to white supremacists in 2002.” December 29, 2014.

viii Lesniewski, Nels. “What Scalise and Vitter Told Roll Call About David Duke in 1999.” December 29, 2014. http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/scalise-vitter-talked-to-roll-call-about-d…

ix Boston Herald, Editorial, “A Time to Stand Aside.” Jan 4, 2015. http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/opinion/editorials/2015/01/edit…

x Costa, Robert. “Scalise Releases New Statement of ‘Regret’ for 2002 Speech; Boehner Backs Him.” Washington Post. December 30, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/12/30/scalise-…

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights


Judith L. Lichtman, National Partnership for Women & Families

Vice Chairs
Jacqueline Pata, National Congress of American Indians
Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund,
Hilary Shelton, NAACP

Lee A. Saunders. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees

Board of Directors
Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Cornell William Brooks, NAACP
Lily Eskelsen García, National Education Association
Marcia D. Greenberger, National Women’s Law Center
Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign
Linda D. Hallman, AAUW
Mary Kay Henry, Service Employees International Union
Sherrilyn Ifill, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP
Michael B. Keegan, People for the American Way
Elisabeth MacNamara, League of Women Voters of the United States
Marc Morial, National Urban League
Mee Moua, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
Janet Murguía, National Council of La Raza
Debra Ness, National Partnership for Women & Families
Mary Rose Oakar, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Terry O’Neill, National Organization for Women
Priscilla Ouchida, Japanese American Citizens League
Mark Perriello, American Association of People with Disabilities
Anthony Romero, American Civil Liberties Union
David Saperstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Shanna Smith, National Fair Housing Alliance
Richard L. Trumka, AFL-CIO
Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers
Dennis Williams, International Union, UAW

Policy and Enforcement
Committee Chair
Michael Lieberman, Anti-Defamation League

President & CEO
Wade J. Henderson

Executive Vice President & COO
Karen McGill Lawson

Oprah Winfrey is Hiring for 2015 – Jobs Available in New York and Los Angeles!

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Oprah Jobs and Internships

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Oprah Winfrey’s OWN television channel has recently posted three new positions on their web site. They are looking to hire a Payroll Administrator, a Health Editor for Oprah.com, and an Executive Assistant for Business and Legal Affairs.Here are the job descriptions:

Payroll Administrator
Will be responsible for the balancing of monthly payroll activity and exercises quality control over the output of payroll. Additionally this position oversees tax filings, responds to payroll inquiries, and assists with miscellaneous accounting related activities.

Health Editor
Will research and write health and wellness content for Oprah.com. This includes searching for and finding relevant material such as articles, books and studies; finding relevant experts and sources; conducting interviews and writing articles or slideshows or video proposal; guiding through build, art, and review with producer.

Executive Assistant for Business and Legal Affairs
Will provide administrative and project support to the Executive Vice President and paralegal(s)/business executive(s) in a high-volume, fast-paced, highly visible in-house Business and Legal Affairs department.

The jobs are available in both New York, New York and Los Angeles, California. Internship positions will also be available soon!

For more details, visit:
SOURCE: FindInternships.com

Free Associate’s Degree: A Solution, But Not the Solution

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By William E. Spriggs

We should all congratulate President Barack Obama for pulling the education debate into the 21st century, or perhaps dragging it into the late 20th century, by proposing access to free education through at least an associate’s degree. But this merely restates the obvious.

As the White House documents supporting this policy point out, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, as the economy transformed into the modern era, Americans embraced the call of Progressives to extend public education from 8th grade to 12th grade. New job skills were required in the age that brought about automobile, telephone and airplane manufacturing and new occupations like electrician, motion picture projectionist, X-ray technician, truck driver, bus driver and radio operator-jobs that could not have been imagined in 1880.

So, too, common sense dictates that a high school degree in a world of computer processors and cell telephone communications cannot meet the needs of a changing world where webpage designers, “app” writers and cybersecurity specialists are in high demand.

The president is simply asserting the obvious in extending free associate’s degrees as a democratic right. The price of the basic ticket to the game has changed. That means the full access to society has a new predicate.

Unfortunately, we live with a dysfunctional democracy where anti-democratic forces are strong. There are those who are fighting hard to limit voting rights instead of the American ideal to protect and strengthen those rights. So it isn’t surprising that voices are being raised to limit economic rights, and to instead rail against “government” extension of opportunity. Of course, the movie “Selma” reminds us that small minds have sought to limit opportunity in America for a long time.
But beyond the obvious need to redefine the right to a basic education in a world in which “basic” has clearly changed, the rest of the president’s case is short on the fuller problems and issues facing America.

First is the notion that the extension of the educational right is a solution to the sagging earnings of Americans. At the beginning of this century, in 2001, the median earnings of American men was $42,755, but in 2013 they had dropped to $39,602. This was despite an increase in the share of men with associate’s degrees from 7.5 percent to 9.1 percent and declines in the share of men with less education than an associate’s degree from 63.4 percent to 58.1 percent. It also came despite an increase for those holding bachelor’s degrees or higher from 29.0 percent to 32.8 percent.

So, despite increasing educational attainment, the income of men fell. More to the point, the income of men holding associate’s degrees fell from $51,144 to $42,176. More emphatically, the median earnings of men with bachelor’s degrees fell from $65,769 to $58,170.

Second is the argument that a better educated workforce will lead to a more productive workforce. This is clearly the case. Productivity of America’s workers increased from 2001 to 2013 by 27 percent. And increases in productivity are traditionally the source of increasing wages. But wages did not increase.

The president’s proposal deserves immediate support. But it must be supported in the framework of extending rights and opportunities that is the hallmark of America-the nation that always looks forward. And we must fight against those who want to take us backward.

Still, as the AFL-CIO’s recent National Summit on Raising Wages highlighted, the United States is facing a more fundamental structural problem that must be addressed. We have a better educated and more productive workforce, but a workforce that is getting paid less. Those lower wages are not the workings of the market or some economic necessity. Those lower wages are the result of clear choices to feed corporate coffers at the expense of an economy that functions for all. As AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, we must have policies that treat corporations as part of America, not above America.

We must commit ourselves to reinvest in America. Those who look backward will see costs; those who look forward see dividends.

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142.

NAACP Applauds President Obama’s Tuition-Free Community College Proposal

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The NAACP released the following statement regarding President Obama’s tuition-free community college proposal:

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

“The NAACP applauds President Obama on his proposal to establish a government program that makes community college tuition-free for millions of students for two years. This program would be a significant investment in expanding educational opportunities for millions of students across the country and for training a globally competitive workforce in the 21st century. We also are pleased that this program would provide job training opportunities, creating additional pathways for more Americans to join the middle class. We urge Congress to work with President Obama in approving this plan and making equal opportunity a reality for all.”

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Presents the Chicago Premiere of David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette February 5 – May 10, 2015

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Featuring Ensemble Member Alana Arenas as the young queen of France, Adjmi’s contemporary play explores the Cult of Celebrity

CHICAGO, IL – Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2014/15 Subscription Season with the Chicago premiere production of Marie Antoinette, a modern, witty portrayal of the young queen of France by David Adjmi and directed by Robert O’Hara. The cast features ensemble members Alana Arenas as Marie Antoinette, Tim Hopper as her husband Louis XVI and Alan Wilder as Sheep. Ericka Ratcliff takes on the role of Yolande de Polignac and Mrs. Sauce replacing previously announced ensemble member Ora Jones who had an artistic scheduling conflict. Marie Antoinette begins previews February 5, 2015 (Opening night is February 15, 2015; Press performances are February 14 at 3pm and February 17 at 7:30pm) and runs through May 10, 2015 in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – $82) are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.

Before Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, there was Marie Antoinette. In David Adjmi’s contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France’s love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of “Liberté, égalité, Fraternité!” in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.

“David Adjmi gives us a Marie both set in her historical moment with references to the events of her time, but with anachronisms that point to our current cultural moment,” shares Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey. “The ‘spoiled rich girl’ of which Marie Antoinette is a prototype lives in the current celebrity pantheon. Why does this image seize the collective imagination? Why is the inevitable that a public figure in this image becomes a figure of scorn?”

Marie Antoinette received a critically acclaimed world premiere co-production with American Repertory Theatre and Yale Rep in 2012 and won three Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. The play received its New York premiere at Soho Rep in fall 2013 in a sold-out run.

“I think we’re in love with train wrecks. And Marie was a glorious train wreck,” says Robert O’Hara. “Watching someone who we put up on a pedestal fall down is thrilling. It says something about our own humanity actually. So I want people to walk into this world of royalty and make it a sort of high-end event. It will be beautiful—we’re going to wreck it, but you’re going to enjoy it.”

David Adjmi is an award-winning playwright and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Mellon Foundation Playwrights Residency, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Kesselring Prize for Drama, the Steinberg Playwright Award and the Bush Artists Fellowship, among others. Adjmi’s play 3C received its world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2012 and was dubbed “the most divisive and controversial play of the season” by the New York Post. 3C was selected as one of the top ten plays of 2012 by the Post, Time Out New York and the Advocate. Elective Affinities, which premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company, received a U.S. premiere at Soho Rep (“Top 10 of the Year” in Time Out New York and New Yorker.) Other plays include Stunning (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Evildoers (Sundance, Yale Repertory Theatre), Caligula (Soho Rep Studio Series) and Strange Attractors (Empty Space). He is a member of New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild, MCC Theater Playwrights’ Coalition, and Soho Theatre’s “The Hub.”

Director Robert O’Hara received the NAACP Best Director Award for his direction of Eclipsed by Danai Guiria. He received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play for Antebellum and an OBIE Award for his direction of the world premiere of the critically acclaimed In the Continuum by Danai Guiria and Nikkole Salter. He wrote and directed the world premieres of Bootycandy and Insurrection: Holding History, the latter of which received the Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play. He directed the world premieres of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild With Happy and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s The Totalitarians. He has worked at various theaters around the country including Playwrights Horizons, Arena, Public Theater, Primary Stages, McCarter, ACT, City Theater, Woolly Mammoth and Goodman. He is currently an adjunct professor at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and the Mellon Playwright in Residence at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

The cast features ensemble members Alana Arenas, Tim Hopper and Alan Wilder along with Matthew Abraham, Tim Frank, Keith D. Gallagher, Mark Page, Tamberla Perry, Ericka Ratcliff and Ariel Shafir.

The design team of Marie Antoinette includes Clint Ramos (scenic design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Dave Bova (hair and wig design), Japhy Weideman (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound and composition) and Jeff Sugg (projection design). Deb Styer is the stage manager and Cassie Calderone is the assistant stage manager.

Tickets to Marie Antoinette ($20 – $82) are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. 20 for $20: twenty $20 tickets are available through Audience Services beginning at 11am on the day of each performance (1pm for Sunday performances). Rush Tickets: half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show. Student Discounts: a limited number of $15 student tickets are available online. Limit 2 tickets per student; must present a valid student ID for each ticket. For additional student discounts, visit steppenwolf.org/students. Group Tickets: all groups of 10 or more receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org/groups. For subscription packages and flexible pass options available, call 312-335-1650.

Full performance schedule included at end of the release. Accessible performances include an American Sign Language interpretation on Sunday, April 12 at 7:30pm, Open Captioning on Saturday, April 11 at 3pm and an Audio Description and Touch Tour on Sunday, May 3 at 3pm. For more information, visit steppenwolf.org/access.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ameriprise Financial is the Corporate Production Sponsor of Marie Antoinette.

Free post-show discussions are offered after every performance in the Subscription Season. Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street, lot and valet parking are available. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are available for every performance.

Steppenwolf’s 2014/15 season explores the question, How did I get here?, through five stories about losing—and finding—your way. Do you ever catch yourself in the rearview mirror and think: How did I get here? A jolt of fear. A flash of inspiration. The past may be a mystery, but the future is up for grabs. Are you completely lost? Or are you exactly where you are supposed to be?

The 2014/15 Subscription Season also includes The Night Alive by Conor McPherson, directed by Henry Wishcamper (September 18, 2014 – November 16, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour (December 4 – February 8, 2015); The Herd by Rory Kinnear, directed by ensemble member Frank Galati (April 2 – June 7, 2015) in the Downstairs Theatre; and Grand Concourse by Heidi Schreck, directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov (July 2 – August 30, 2015) in the Downstairs Theatre.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 44 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and two repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, and Garage Rep. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and 12 Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Schmitz is the Managing Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • David S. Cohen – Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
  • John H. Hankinson – Federal Representative of the United States, Sabine River Compact Administration

President Obama said, “I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country.  They bring their years of experience and expertise to this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

David S. Cohen, Appointee for Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

David S. Cohen is currently the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Department of the Treasury, a position he has held since July 2011.  From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Cohen served as the Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing.  Before joining the Department of the Treasury, Mr. Cohen was a partner in the law firm of WilmerHale, where he focused on complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and anti-money laundering counseling.  Immediately prior to joining the firm in 2001, Mr. Cohen worked at the Department of the Treasury, where he served concurrently as Acting Deputy General Counsel and Associate Deputy General Counsel, and was a recipient of the Treasury Secretary’s Award for outstanding service.  Mr. Cohen received a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

John H. Hankinson, Appointee for Federal Representative of the United States, Sabine River Compact Administration

John H. Hankinson is a consultant on land conservation and strategic land use decision-making, a position he has held since 2013.  From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Hankinson served as Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Prior to this, he served as the Regional Administrator for EPA’s southeastern Region 4 from 1994 to 2001.  From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Hankinson was Director of Planning and Acquisition for St. Johns River Water Management District in Palatka, Florida.  He was the Director of Coastal Programs with the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation in Tallahassee, Florida from 1984 to 1985.  From 1983 to 1984, Mr. Hankinson served as an attorney with Florida Governor Bob Graham’s Planning and Budgeting Office.  Prior to this, he served as the Director of the Environmental Service Center for Florida Defenders of the Environment from 1981 to 1983.  Mr. Hankinson received a B.A. from Florida Presbyterian College, now Eckerd College, and a J.D. from the University of Florida.

Source: www.whitehouse.gov

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