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NAACP President & CEO “Hoping for a Swift and Fair Senate Confirmation of Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General”

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Baltimore, MD – The NAACP released the following statement on the senate confirmation process of Loretta E. Lynch to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

“We are hoping for a swift and fair Senate confirmation of Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General. Ms. Lynch is a strong and independent prosecutor with a reputation for fairness and justice.  As an attorney with extraordinary depth, breath and length of service in both the public and private sector, Ms. Lynch has vigorously prosecuted some of the most complex, diverse, and important civil right and terrorism cases in our country earning the trust and respect of those she serves.  Her dedication to protecting civil rights and ensuring equal justice is deeply engrained, and her commitment to public service is unwavering. We look forward to Ms. Lynch’s confirmation and working with her to ensure that our nation’s voting rights laws, employment protection laws and anti-housing discrimination laws are strictly and fairly enforced.”

Scammers Lurking To Trap Last-Minute Super Bowl Ticket Buyers, Warns Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL  – The price for this year’s Super Bowl tickets are projected to reach an all-time high, selling for nearly $6,500 up from just over $3,000 last year. That’s approximately a 114% increase. Those ticket prices have certainly caught the eye of scammers who will look to take advantage of football fans, particularly the last minute buyers. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers tips on how to safely purchase online tickets and to enjoy the game.

“These types of scams typically happen before major Association of Ticket Brokers (natb.org). NATB members offer a 200% guarantee on tickets that don’t arrive in time for a game, concert or show.

* Know the difference between a ticket broker and scalper. A ticket broker is a legitimate a licensed reseller. A ticket scalper is an unregulated and unlicensed.

* Check the ticket broker’s refund policy. Only

sporting events,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “You are able to protect yourself by doing research on ticket brokers and sellers, and by being aware of ticket policies.”

BBB offers the following tips for safe ticket purchases:

* Check out the seller/broker. Look them up on bbb.org to see what others have experienced. Check to see if they are a member of the National

buy from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of  the transaction.

* Always use a credit card. By doing so you have some recourse if the tickets are not as promised; do not use cash.

* Check out the seats ahead of time. Always ask for section, row and seat number to avoid obstructed view seats or seats that do not exist. Also, feel free to ask questions to make certain you get all the answers you need to feel comfortable with your ticket purchase.

If you believe you have purchased a counterfeit ticket, immediately report it to the NATB’s hotline at 630-510-4594 and file a complaint with BBB at bbb.org.

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AARP Encouraged by Newly Announced Health Care Delivery and Payment Reforms

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AARP  CEO  Jo Ann Jenkins highlights “…[T]he real possibility of staying healthier and reducing costs, while also strengthening Medicare.”

WASHINGTON, DC – AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of new reform initiatives on health care delivery and payment. Jenkins joined HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and leaders from many of the country’s leading health care stakeholder organizations – including those representing doctors, hospitals, and health insurers – at an event to announce the new efforts.

“AARP is encouraged by these new initiatives for two very important reasons. First, people in Medicare will benefit from a system that is built around them as individuals, instead of the current system that rewards a higher quantity of services more than a higher quality of care. Health care should focus on patient-centered care, with physicians and other providers working together on behalf of the patient.

“Also, while there are those in Washington who focus their attention on ways to cut Medicare spending, we believe that these reforms can lead to improving the quality and lowering the cost of care throughout the health care system. The ultimate goal should be to start paying for healthy results and not just the number of services that are provided.

“We look forward to working with the Administration, Congress, and other stakeholders in advancing these reforms to better serve people in Medicare today and Americans of all ages. Together, we can help Americans achieve the real possibility of staying healthier and reducing costs, while also strengthening Medicare and other lifeline programs for years to come.”

For more information, visit www.aarp.org.

Clergy Coalition Kicks Off Souls to the Polls Campaign Pushing Early Voting

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By Chinta Strausberg

With the goal of signing up a minimum of 100 churches in Chicago, a faith based coalition held a press conference Wednesday at the historic Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, 2401 So. Wabash, to kick off their Souls to the Polls Early Vote campaign.

Led by the Community Renewal Society, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) and SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, the coalition is hoping to sign up churches, seniors and working families for the Early Vote program which begins Monday, February 9th through Saturday, February 21st.

The spokesperson for the coalition, Rev. Marilyn Pagan-Banks, made it clear that they are not endorsing any Chicago mayoral candidates she is hoping that African American voters and working families seize the opportunity to vote early in this year’s municipal election.

And, the timing for the Souls to the Polls campaign coincides with the beginning of Black History Month where Pagan-Banks, who is executive director of the HR Harvest and an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, said, faith leaders agree one of the ways to guarantee that black communities and concerns are addressed is if African Americans get out to the polls and vote.

Pagan-Banks was joined by Father Larry Dowling, Sr., Agatha Church and Community Renewal Society (CRS), who talked about the need of living wages, quality education for all children and ending mass incarceration including a comprehensive restorative justice plan, Rev. Revin Fellows from Grace memorial Baptist who talked about equal education, safe passage to schools and anti-violence programs, Rev. Cy Fields, New Landmark and RS who spoke on the need of a restorative justice plan, Rev. Booker Vance, SOUL, president emeritus who spoke on what this election could mean for ending mass incarceration and police brutality in the community.

The faith-based coalition is pushing Chicago’s early voting program that kicks off Monday, February 9th through February 21st including the opening of all 51 Early Voting sites Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with five regional sites opened on Sundays.

Under the Early Voting program, if you are registered to vote in Chicago, you can use any site in the city no matter where you live; however, once you have voted in the Early Voting program, you may not change your vote and you are not allowed to vote twice. Voters must have a government photo ID to vote.

“We need to get Souls to the Polls. We need to get our folks out voting early, and we need to help them to do. All of us are committed to having folks go out Sunday, February 15th after our services. We will put folks in vans, rent buses if we have to,” said Pagan-Banks. “We are encouraging people to exercise their right to vote. Of course those who don’t vote early, we want them to vote as well but this big push will make sure that nothing stands in their way.”

“As we have heard today, early voting in the black community has never been more important with so many vital issues and crises facing the future of Chicago such as the urgency to create good jobs with living wages in all neighborhoods, guaranteeing quality education for all children, reducing gun violence, ending mass incarceration for people of color and embracing a comprehensive restorative justice plan for those with criminal records,” she stated.

Saying all of these issues are important, Pagan-Banks added, “All of them deserve to be addressed. We believe one of the ways to help fix them is by exercising our right to vote early. Join us on Sunday, February 15th for Souls to the Polls. Get out the vote and vote early.”

For further information on Chicago’s Early Voting program, please click on this link: http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html.

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.

Top 10 Black History Month Scholarships for February 2015

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Black History Month

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — February is here again, and Black History month is being celebrated all around the country and even in some parts of the world. Although the shortest month of the year, February has been chosen as the official month of the year to pay tribute to famous African Americans who contributed to society.

But actions speak louder than words, and so many organizations and companies have launched various scholarship funds for African American and other minority students. Collectively, the scholarships give away millions in much needed college funding.

Here are the top 10 Black History month scholarships for this year:

#1 – Steve Harvey Foundation/ Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program: Offers scholarship awards and once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures. Deadline is in March 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/coca-cola-pay-it-forward-scholarship-program.html

#2 – “Selma” Speech and Essay Scholarship Contest: Inspired by the recent film released by Paramount Pictures, this scholarship is open to U.S. high school students ages 14-18 who are currently enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2015/01/selma-speech-and-essay-contest.html

#3 – 100 Black Men of America Future Leader Scholarship Program: Open to high school seniors as well as college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The scholarship is based on academic achievement and community service. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/12/100-black-men-of-america-future-leader.html

#4 – Regions Riding Forward Black History Month Scholarship: Funded by Regions Bank (located in 16 states), this program awards scholarships each year to high school students and college students. Interested students may apply by writing an essay about African-Americans who have inspired them. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/regions-riding-forward-black-history.html

#5 – Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: For minority high school students in the United States. In addition to a financial grant, the foundation also provides its scholars with mentoring and leadership development opportunities, and internships. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/03/jackie-robinson-foundation-scholarship.html

#6 – GEICO Achievement Award Program: Helps current college students who are sophomores and juniors earn scholarship money to complete their education. Eligible students must be enrolled in a business, computer science, or mathematics program. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/01/geico-achievement-award-program.html

#7 – Buick Achiever’s Scholarship Program: Designed to give the financial assistance to student leaders, who can not afford to attend college. Funded by the GM Foundation, the program annually gives away 100 renewable scholarship awards and 1,000 non-renewable scholarship awards. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/04/buick-achievers-scholarship-program.html

#8 – National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships: Offered to students interested in a career in journalism. The scholarships are for high school students and undergraduate college students who are planning to enroll or currently enrolled in college full-time and majoring in journalism. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/05/nabj-national-association-black-journalists-scholarships.html

#9 – United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships: Provides extraordinary amounts of scholarship opportunities for minority students with financial need. Scholarships include educational assistance for students attending participating Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) and other colleges as well. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/04/united-negro-college-fund-uncf.html

#10 – Kroger “I Can Make History” Contest: Open to elementary, middle school, and high school students, grades 4th through 12th, this contest will award more than $71,000 in prizes in the categories of art, essay, music and poetry. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/kroger-i-can-make-history-contest.html
To search and apply for hundreds of other 2015 scholarships, visit www.ScholarshipsOnline.org.

Grassroot Support Builds For Candidates Seeking to Give Voice to Neighborhood Residents

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Grassroots Illinois Action Endorses Slate of Progressive Candidates Committed to Neighborhood Investment and Democratizing Chicago Public Schools

CHICAGO, IL – Grassroots Illinois Action (GIA) publicly endorsed Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia for Mayor of Chicago, and twenty-three Aldermanic Candidates ready to take on Mayor Emanuel and a rubber-stamp City Council.

“This is an incredibly important election. After years of having resources stripped away from our neighborhoods, we have a chance put a real progressive champion into the 5th Floor at City Hall, and elect a City Council that truly listens to neighborhood residents,” opened Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Illinois Action. “We are proud to stand with candidates standing up for working families.”

Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was not able to attend the press conference due to this morning’s debate running long but issued a statement saying,  “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Grassroots Illinois Action. Their incredible work to unite working families to build independent political power for our communities is what I have built my career on. Shining the spotlight on Emanuel’s TIF slush fund is a shared priority. While our neighborhoods get vacant buildings, closed schools and neglect, downtown continues to flourish. This is how Chicago works under Emanuel.”

During the press conference, GIA members shared how their communities have been impacted by four years of an unchecked Emanuel administration. “Every day I see the vacant houses, schools deprived of the resources they need, and neighbors struggling just to get by. I see the city putting up red light cameras, increasing fees, and upping our utilities. Meanwhile they take millions of dollars of our tax money, money that should be going to schools, and put it into downtown. Is that what Rahm calls tough decisions? Brighton Park deserves better than that, and Chicago deserves better than that,” said Anita Caballero, Grassroots Illinois Action member and resident of the 12th Ward.

Gayle Sturm, 26th Ward GIA member and former Parent Mentor at Ames Middle School, explained how Alderman Maldonado and CPS ignored parents and neighborhood residents, turning Ames Middle School into a Military Academy despite strong community support for keeping it a neighborhood school.

“We talked with people in the neighborhood and knew this was not what people wanted. I helped put an advisory referendum on the ballot, and though 2 out of 3 voters said no to a military academy, they did it anyway,” said Gayle. “I’m part of the Local School Council and have been to more School Board meetings than I can count, and I’ve never been listened to. For me, losing Ames was the last straw. I want an Alderman and a School Board that will listen to us.”

Grassroots Illinois Action’s endorsed candidate in the 26th Ward, Juanita Irizarry, was also spurred into action by Ames and the clear need for parents to have a real voice in their childrens’ education. Irizarry, like each of the candidates endorsed by GIA, supports an Elected Representative School Board. GIA helped coordinate efforts to put an advisory referendum on the ballot in 37 wards throughout the city.

Rafael Yañez, candidate for Alderman of the 15th Ward, explained the connection between lack of services and violence in his community. “As a police officer, I know that you can’t build safe neighborhoods simply by adding more police officers. More officers on the streets and less overtime abuse is needed for the police. But we can’t stop there. Safe communities require good schools, good jobs, and funding of vital services. How can we build safe neighborhoods when the Mayor shuts down our mental health clinic? I’m ready to fight for the resources that our community deserves.”

The mistreatmenllt of neighborhoods across the city has led many community leaders to step into politics for the first time, like Zerlina Smith, running for Alderman in the 29th Ward. “I am not running as a politician. I am running as a grassroots activist and organizer. I grew up on the Near West Side of Chicago and lived for a time in a CHA housing project known as The Village. I know what poverty is and what it feels like. I now live in the 29th Ward which has experienced racial segregation, severe poverty and massive disinvestment. We need serious re-investment, but only with democratic community involvement in the process.”

“I am a McKinley Park parent and a union organizer with the UAW, and I chose to run for office because I am sick of seeing our public schools privatized, and upset that the gulf between the very rich and regular folks in our city keeps on growing – making things worse for working people and their families,” stated Pete Demay, candidate for Alderman of the 12th Ward currently fighting in court to be placed back on the ballot.

In the 46th Ward, Grassroots Illinois Action is endorsing both challengers to current Alderman James Cappleman. The two challengers, Amy Crawford and Denice Davis, have strong grassroots support, align closely with GIA values, and would undoubtedly serve the ward better than the current Alderman.

“I was approached by the young people. They asked me to run. You should serve the whole breadth of the community. When you are an elected official you have to represent all of the people, and that is clearly not what is happening now,” stated Davis.

“I’m running because we need a stronger, smarter leader to end the political polarization in the 46th Ward and get things done on the issues that affect all of us. I will bring people together and confront the complex issues we have in our great, diverse neighborhoods — in particular, making our streets safer and encouraging economic development,” said Crawford.

Although the majority of the endorsements were given to Aldermanic challengers, GIA did endorse members of the City Council Progressive Caucus who have consistently stood up to challenge Emanuel’s agenda. Each of the GIA endorsed candidates have committed to joining the Progressive Caucus when elected.

“We need to not only elect Chuy Garcia as Mayor, but also make sure that we elect Aldermen who can work with him and get the job done for Chicago working families. That means protecting the current members of the Progressive Caucus, and expanding it,” said Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Illinois Action.

Grassroots Illinois Action is committed to help mobilize boots on the ground for endorsed candidates, and to continue building long term infrastructure to hold them accountable once they win office.

“I look forward to working on our shared vision for the city of Chicago: a city where you can find a job, support your family, send your child to a world-class neighborhood school and have a say in their education, live in peace and safety, and retire with dignity,” stated Tara Stamps, Candidate for Alderman of the 37th Ward.

List of GIA Endorsed Candidates

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia – Mayor

Leslie Hairston – 5th Ward (i)

Roderick Sawyer – 6th Ward (i)

LaShonda Curry – 7th Ward

Tara Baldridge – 8th Ward

Sue Garza – 10th Ward

Maureen Sullivan – 11th Ward

Pete DeMay  – 12th Ward

Rafael Ya̱ez Р15th Ward

Toni Foulkes – 16th Ward (i)

David Moore – 17th Ward

Rick Munoz – 22nd Ward (i)

Byron Sigcho – 25th Ward

Juanita Irizarry – 26th Ward

Zerlina Smith – 29th Ward

Scott Waguespack – 32nd Ward (i)

Tim Meegan – 33rd Ward

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa – 35th Ward

Tara Stamps – 37th Ward

Nick Sposato – 38th Ward (i)

Diane Daleiden – 40th Ward

John Arena – 45th Ward (i)

*Amy Crawford – 46th Ward

*Denice Davis – 46th Ward

* Dual endorsement

(i) Incumbent

Grassroots Illinois Action is building a permanent, independent grassroots electoral movement to promote a progressive agenda that values all of our city’s residents, all of our children, all of our neighborhoods. We unite Chicagoans in an effort to build real independent political power in and for our communities. We work to expand the political influence of our members by supporting candidates who embrace our vision of good neighborhood public schools, living wage jobs, affordable housing, and safe streets in every community.

Statement by President Obama on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

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President Barack Obama’s Statement:

On the tenth International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the American people pay tribute to the six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime. We also honor those who survived the Shoah, while recognizing the scars and burdens that many have carried ever since.

Honoring the victims and survivors begins with our renewed recognition of the value and dignity of each person. It demands from us the courage to protect the persecuted and speak out against bigotry and hatred. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris serve as a painful reminder of our obligation to condemn and combat rising anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the denial or trivialization of the Holocaust.

This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made confronting this terrible chapter in human history and on our continuing efforts to end genocide. I have sent a Presidential delegation to join Polish President Komorowski, the Polish people, official delegations from scores of nations, and many survivors, at today’s official commemoration in Poland.

As a founding member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the United States joins the Alliance’s thirty other member nations and partners in reiterating its solemn responsibility to uphold the commitments of the 2000 Stockholm Declaration. We commemorate all of the victims of the Holocaust, pledging never to forget, and recalling the cautionary words of the author and survivor of Auschwitz Primo Levi, “It happened, therefore it can happen again. . . . It can happen anywhere.” Today we come together and commit, to the millions of murdered souls and all survivors, that it must never happen again.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

Kirk Introduces Bipartisan Bill Improving Health Care and Providing Jobs for Veterans

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Frontlines to Lifelines Makes it Easier for Veterans with Medical Training to Care for Their Fellow Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), along with Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), introduced S. 297, the Frontlines to Lifelines Act, to allow highly trained service men and women who would never leave a battle buddy behind in combat to immediately transition into caring for veterans at VA hospitals. The bill expands a pilot program to hire combat medics, medical technicians and corpsman straight from active duty service to care for their fellow veterans at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals around the country. The Intermediate Care Technicians (ICT) pilot program facilitates the employment of these veterans straight from active duty without additional training or certifications. Frontlines to Lifelines extends the pilot program for three more years and increases the number of ICT positions fivefold.

“Those who put their lives on the line for our freedom deserve the best care. One of the best things you can give a veteran is a job, and Frontlines to Lifelines allows veterans to care for their fellow veterans,” Senator Kirk said. “As Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee, making sure our veterans have the best care is my number one priority. I will work to uncover corrupt behavior by hospital bureaucrats and protect whistleblowers while ensuring the current electronic medical record system works efficiently with the Department of Defense.”

Last week, Senator Kirk met with Lovell Federal Health Care Center’s new director Dr. Stephen Holt and other leadership officials and staff to learn more about the ICT program. Army veteran “Joe,” who enlisted right after the September 11th attacks, has been a program participant since 2012. After serving four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a medic, he said the ICT program was the easiest transition into civilian life. According to Joe, the program allows him to provide care for his fellow veterans on both medical and personal levels.

“Immediately a patient sees my veteran badge and knows they are in good hands,” Joe told Senator Kirk. “They often call me ‘Doc,’ a title on the battlefield that is not given but earned among fellow soldiers.”

Frontlines to Lifelines gives the VA the authority to quickly hire former Department of Defense (DoD) medical professionals by seamlessly transferring credentials between agencies. VA Secretary Robert McDonald identified the need for more than 26,000 new VA healthcare providers. This bill helps the VA meet its shortfall by increasing ICTs and speeding up the transfer of other healthcare providers into the VA system from the Department of Defense.

As the new Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Senator Kirk is committed to ensuring our veterans receive the care they deserve from our VA hospitals and care providers, and are presented with job opportunities when they have completed their service. The Subcommittee is responsible for funding the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as Department of Defense construction projects worldwide, including military family housing at facilities like Rock Island Arsenal, Naval Station Great Lakes and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Frontlines to Lifelines is one of the first bills Senator Kirk has introduced this year.

Father Goyo Visits Chicago to Talk About State of Mexico and Human Rights Crisis

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Goyo’s 18-day U.S. speaking tour includes stops in LA, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., New York, Arizona and Dallas

Father Goyo (From Michoacan, Mexico) will be in Chicago at a press conference, Friday, September 30, 2015, 3 p.m.,  at the Rudy Lozano Library, 1805 South Loomis Street, in  Chicago, IL. to talk about the state of Mexico and the Human Rights Crisis

Mexico has been experiencing a social revolt since Felipe Calderon  aggressively escalated the “war on drugs” in Mexico (2006), and now Presidente Enrique Pena Nieto is facing consequences and social disrupts and a crisis of the country. The international press has been reported stories that involve human rights violation and involvement of local and federal authorities on murders, people abducted and corruption in coordination with drug leader.  The disappearance of more than 40 students, allegedly at the hands of corrupt politicians, cops, and the cartels has inflamed the country and open a scenarios.

Padre Goyo has been fighting drugs and corruption. He fulminated against the cartel and its associates from the pulpit and began feeding intelligence to the federal security forces about who the criminals were and where they lived.

He is a priest on his town, Apatzingan, Michoacan; in a state that is responsible to bring more than 80% of methamphetamines coming in to USA.

President Enrique Peña Nieto has continued the militarization of Mexican society that his predecessor began, increasing support to the armed forces for law enforcement to double 2007.[2] Human rights violations including arbitrary detention, kidnapping, torture, and extra-judicial killings by security forces have continued. Even the U.S. Department of State’s 2013 Human Rights Report concludes: “Despite some arrests for corruption, widespread impunity for human rights abuses by officials remained a problem in both civilian and military jurisdictions.”[3]

Why Father Goyo is coming to the USA?

Padre Goyo, is giving a testimony about the drug cartels violence and corruption in Mexico, the response of the people: a self-defense movement and the situation of the prisoners of conscience in Mexico.

Padre Goyo is having a talk with the people, media and community in Chicago to share information about what is happening in Mexico and the 43 missed students (Ayotzinapa) is a symbol of the total corruption, of the total ineptitude and worse, because the cartels are collaborating with the government. He is coming to share his experience to bring social justice and awakening of the critical situation Mexico is living now.


Father Goyo History (English)


History Padre Goyo (Spanish)


Padre Goyo Visit Riverside CA (last week)


Oprah, Kerry Washington Among Celebrities to Present at ‘The 46th NAACP Image Awards’

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Common, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Laurence Fishburne, Sharon Leal, David Oyelowo, Gina Rodriguez, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Larenz Tate, Kerry Washington, and Oprah Winfrey to Present at ‘The 46th NAACP Image Awards’

Scheduled to appear include: Gabrielle Union, Keegan-Michael Key, Nicole Beharie, Octavia Spencer, Omar Epps, Shemar Moore, Taraji P. Henson, Tessa Thompson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Aduba, Wendy Raquel Robinson
And Cast Members from
Orange is the New Black, Belle, black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Cards, How to Get Away with Murder and more.

Anthony Anderson to Host LIVE Two-Hour Special
Friday, Feb. 6 on TV One at 9:00 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed)
One-Hour Pre-Show hosted by Kevin Frazier and Shaun Robinson
Airs Live from the Red Carpet at 8:00 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed)
LOS ANGELES, CA – Common, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Laurence Fishburne, Sharon Leal, David Oyelowo, Gina Rodriguez, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Larenz Tate, Kerry Washington, and Oprah Winfrey are the first group of talent scheduled to present at the 46th NAACP Image Awards, it was announced today by Executive Producers Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin.

The 46th NAACP Image Awards, hosted by Anthony Anderson, will broadcast LIVE from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium from 9-11 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed) on February 6 on TV One.  A one-hour pre-show airing live from the red carpet will air from 8-9 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed).

Talent scheduled to attend include Gabrielle Union, Keegan-Michael Key, Nicole Beharie, Octavia Spencer, Omar Epps, Shemar Moore, Taraji P. Henson, Tessa Thompson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Aduba, Wendy Raquel Robinson.  Also expected are cast members from Orange is the New Black, Belle, black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Cards, How to Get Away with Murder and more.

In addition, the NAACP “Entertainer of the Year” will be revealed. This special honor is bestowed upon an individual within the entertainment industry who has achieved notable success in multiple projects and mediums. As previously announced, Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder, Jr. will receive the NAACP “Chairman’s Award” and Spike Lee will receive the NAACP “President’s Award.”

Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin return as Executive Producers, and the production team will also include: Tony McCuin as Director, Byron Phillips as Producer, and Robin Reinhardt as Talent Producer. Lance Reddick is the in-show announcer.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishment of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and announced when the envelopes are opened on Thursday, February 5 during the Awards Ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced LIVE on stage during the two-hour star-studded TV One telecast on Friday, February 6.

The 46TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: AT&T, Bank of America, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Gilead Sciences, Hyundai Motor America, PepsiCo, Southwest Airlines, and Wells Fargo.

For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.
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