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A Look At Chicago’s Mayoral Campaign: Why Are Some Blacks So Hard On Black Candidates Running For Political Office?

Posted by Admin On February - 3 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

It’s Time for some pure soul searching and a much needed turn-around in behavior -  and the time is now


By Juanita Bratcher

Author, Publisher & CEO, CopyLine Magazine


In my 39 years as a Journalist/Publisher/Author, this is an article I never had intentions of writing although it has been a much talked about conversation between many Blacks at one time or another. I’ve been part of many of these conversations myself at private meetings, in one-on-one conversations and in telephone conversations. That is:  Why are Blacks so hard on each other? Why are Blacks so hard on Black candidates running for political office? Why are some Blacks so willing to forego their opposition to other ethnic candidates running for public office – who are not going to do that much of anything (about their concerned issues) for them, if they’re elected to office with their vote – and remain quiet on the same issues that they so readily scorn Blacks for when they do or say the same things? They have no problem bad talking or taking Blacks on, but they’re quick to look over things that other ethnic candidates do or say about them.

While this issue has been mostly a “hush, hush” conversation between some Blacks, it has now moved to a more public setting than ever before.

First, let me note that I am not writing this article as a racial issue; I’m writing it as a seasoned journalist writing about a factual and questionable issue. Every registered voter should take a more sophisticated look at any candidate that is running for public office and will be representing them with a jaundice eye – to review their campaign agendas and backgrounds very closely.

There are five candidates running for mayor in Chicago’s February 24th mayoral election – The incumbent Rahm Emanuel, William (Bill) Dock Walls, Bob Fioretti, Dr. Willie Wilson and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

In an article reported by Sun Times Columnist Mary Mitchell, “Willie Wilson is more than his words”, posted 01/30/2015, after all mayoral candidates met with the Sun-Times Editorial Board, she pointed out something that has been very vocal by many Blacks since Dr. Willie Wilson, a Black businessman with a $60 million international company announced his candidacy for mayor.

The following excerpt from Mitchell’s article stated: “Unfortunately, Wilson is mocked by parts of the black community because, like the former mayor, Richard M. Daley, he butchers the English language.

“That shortcoming has some calling his candidacy an embarrassment.

“It isn’t.

“Wilson did not let his circumstances limit his aspirations.

“That’s a model the black community desperately needs.”

Mitchell is right. I’ve heard the same criticism in regards to Wilson’s language.

Over the years there have been other ethnic candidates whose grammar wasn’t all that good, worst than what Wilson’s critics contend about him, but it didn’t stop them from running for public office. Wilson is a very good example of pull yourself up by your bootstraps and do something good for yourself and others. Think about it! And some of those criticizing him don’t have a terrific handle themselves of the English language.  As a matter of fact, no one is perfect when it comes to the English language.

One of the problems with Blacks that I see quite often in the city of Chicago is that many times they don’t plan or strategize that well, but expect successful results. Success most often come from excellent planning and starting way ahead of time to work on the goal or goals that one is seeking.

In 1983, the successful election of Harold Washington, the first Black mayor of Chicago, was a culmination of many years by the “Movement” mostly grassroots people who were fed up with the establishment – and the coming together of a progressive coalition of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians and others.

The election of Washington didn’t happen overnight. It was a well laid-out plan by Journalist Lu Palmer and many other grassroots activists who started the process long before the mayoral primary election. Those planners were successful in waking up the “sleeping giant” who turned out in numbers to vote Harold in.

They noted that historically, Blacks had worked in the campaigns of others to get them elected to public office, why not one of their own?

In their planning stages, the Political Action Committee CBUC, a part of Palmer’s CBUC organization, produced a survey flyer that stated: “A Black Mayor? It’s Up To You!” The initial list included some 21 names. Washington was elected and the rest is history.

I am reminded of a flyer that has been making the rounds in the black community for years. Most Blacks have heard of it because those who were not aware of it a friend, business associate or family member made certain that they got a copy of it.

That flyer is “From One White Slave Plantation Owner To Another,” in the words of “Willie Lynch in 1712, on the many ways in which plantation owners could keep control over their slaves.

In his speech to the slave owners, Willie Lynch told them he had a “fool-proof method for controlling your Black slaves…and if installed correctly it will control slaves for at least 300 years…

“…On the top of my list is “Age,” but it is there because it only starts with an “A”; the second is “Color” or shade; there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantations, attitude of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine or coarse hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action – but before that, I shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust, and envy is stronger than adulation, respect or admiration.”

Distrust is stronger than trust, huh!

Later in his speech Willie Lynch stated: “Don’t forget, you must pitch the old Black vs. the young Black male, and the young Black male against the old Black male. You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves, and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin slaves. You must use the female vs. the male, and the male vs. the female. You must also have your servants and overseers distrust all Blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us. They must love, respect and trust only us.”

Black voters are the largest voting ethnic group in Chicago. It’s time that we put a death knell on plantation style politics.

After Mayor Harold Washington won the mayoral election in 1983, with a smile on his face and in glee, he declared, “patronage is dead.” Washington said he was putting the death knell on patronage, which over the years had bred waste and corruption. Certainly, there were some who didn’t like his declaration, because, let’s face it; he was talking about getting rid of something that was an integral part of the political culture in Chicago.

Blacks are in a struggle, a high unemployment rate and more victims to a lagging economy than others. So there’s no time for sellouts and buyouts. The natives are restless; tell people the truth with no sugar-coating whatsoever. Leaders owe that to their following.

An excerpt from my book, “I Cry For A People: In Their Struggle For Justice & Equality”, Copyright ©, 1994, one of my poems was entitled “Hey, Mr. Politician”.

Excerpt: “You have armed yourself with speeches

Dishing out all that double talk

Calling yourself a “Change” agent

But you never walk the walk

Your talk is ever so mindboggling

As you promise the sun and moon

But I got news for you, Mister Politician

An early defeat is coming soon

Please, wake up before it’s too late.  Let’s put a death knell on plantation style politics and a distrust of each other; when there is no reason whatsoever to do so. Plantation politics is not a good idea for Blacks in the here and now, and it’s certainly not a good idea for our future.

Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 39 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

Chicago Urban League, Business Leadership Council, CBS 2 and WVON to Host Mayoral Debate

Posted by Admin On February - 3 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Live Event will Feature All Candidates and  Focus on African American Issues


CHICAGO, IL –The Chicago Urban League and the Business Leadership Council, in partnership with CBS 2 Chicago and WVON 1690AM, will host the last debate prior to the February 24th mayoral election.  Campaign 2015: The Chicago Mayoral Debate will take place on Tuesday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History. The live, televised debate will feature Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challengers Alderman Bob Fioretti, Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, William “Dock” Walls and Willie Wilson and will focus on key issues that impact the African American community and the city as a whole, including job creation, business growth, education and public safety.

The 60 minute debate, which will air on CBS 2 during the regularly scheduled 6pm newscast and preempt Entertainment Tonight, will be moderated by CBS 2 Chicago anchor and reporter Jim Williams. The panelists will include: veteran television news anchor Robin Robinson, Chicago Sun-Times reporter and assistant editor Maudlyne Ihejirika, and CBS 2 Chicago chief correspondent Jay Levine. CBS 2 evening anchor Rob Johnson will host the live event from the DuSable Museum. WVON will also broadcast the debate live.

“Despite some progress, African Americans in Chicago continue to struggle in the areas of educational achievement, economic success and community stability,” said Andrea L. Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “This debate gives the mayoral candidates an opportunity to address the challenges we face and share their vision for the city of Chicago. This debate is designed to engage and empower the community.”

“This mayoral debate provides a platform for the candidates to inform everyone about their specific plans to address the challenges that uniquely affect the Black community and impact the City of Chicago,” said Frank M. Clark, chairman of the board and president of the Business Leadership Council.  “Issues including economic empowerment and business diversity deserve thoughtful and timely action from City Hall.  We look forward to the candidates presenting their solutions on February 10th at the DuSable Museum.”

“CBS 2 is pleased to again partner with the Chicago Urban League, the Business Leadership Council and WVON to broadcast this very important debate,” said Marty M. Wilke, general manager and president of CBS 2 Chicago. “We look forward to presenting the mayoral candidates to our viewers in this important conversation on issues that are important to the African American community and everyone who is concerned about the future of Chicago.”

“This election comes at a critical time for our city”, said Melody Spann Cooper, chairman of Midway Broadcasting Corporation and president of WVON 1690 AM. “Through this broadcast we want to ensure that all Chicagoans are engaged in the campaign and vote on Election Day.”

The mayoral debate will take place before a live, invitation-only audience at the DuSable Museum of African American History. In addition to watching the debate live, the Chicago Urban League and the Business Leadership Council encourage citizens to submit questions to the candidates for consideration. A community question will be selected and asked on-air during the debate. Community questions for the candidates can be submitted via email to debate2015@thechicagourbanleague.org.

In addition to broadcasting the mayoral debate live, CBS 2 Chicago will stream the event online at CBSchicago.com.  WVON 1690 AM will also stream the debate online at wvon.com.

Members of the working press are invited to cover the forum and view it live from the DuSable Museum’s gallery space adjacent to the auditorium where the debate will take place. Candidates have been invited to conduct media interviews immediately following the forum in the gallery space. All media must show official media identification and register onsite to receive credentials.

About the Chicago Urban League

Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. For more information, visit www.thechicagourbanleague.org

About the Business Leadership Council

Since, 2010, the Business Leadership Council has advocated to key government officials, top tier public and private corporations and government supported institutions about the importance of substantially increasing the business opportunities afforded African American business owners and corporate professionals who in turn will bring the jobs and contracts to the community. For more information, visit www.businessleadershipcouncil.org
About CBS 2 Chicago

CBS 2 Chicago is part of the CBS Television Stations group, a division of CBS Corporation and one of the largest network-owned station groups in the country.
About WVON 1690 AM

WVON 1690AM, The Talk of Chicago, is an interactive forum providing a platform for affluent, conscientious listeners of progressive talk radio who are interested in current social, economic and political issues on local, national and international levels. For over 50 years, WVON has been a leading institution for information and community empowerment.

President Obama’s Remarks on the FY2016 Budget

Posted by Admin On February - 3 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama: Thank you so much.  Thank you, everybody.  Please, have a seat.  Well, good morning, everybody.   It is good to be here at the Department of Homeland Security.  And let me thank Jeh Johnson not only for the outstanding job that’s he’s doing as Secretary of DHS, but also for a short introduction.  I like short introductions. Give him a big round of applause.

This is a great way to start the week, because I get to do something I enjoy doing, which is saying thank you.  Nobody works harder to keep America safe than the people who are gathered here today.  And you don’t get a lot of attention for it — that’s the nature of the job.  But I know how vital you are, and I want to make that sure more Americans know how vital you are.  Because against just about every threat that we face — from terrorist networks to microscopic viruses to cyber-attacks to weather disasters — you guys are there.  You protect us from threats at home and abroad, by air and land and sea.  You safeguard our ports, you patrol our borders.  You inspect our chemical plants, screen travelers for Ebola, shield our computer networks, and help hunt down criminals around the world.  You have a busy agenda, a full plate.  And here at home, you are ready to respond to any emergency at a moment’s notice.

It is simply extraordinary how much the Department of Homeland Security does every single day to keep our nation, our people safe.  It’s a critical job, and you get it done without a lot of fanfare.  And I want to make sure that you have what you need to keep getting the job done.  Every American has an interest in making sure that the Department of Homeland Security has what it needs to achieve its mission — because we are reliant on that mission every single day.

Now, today, I’m sending Congress a budget that will make sure you’ve got what you need to achieve your mission.  It gives you the resources you need to carry out your mission in a way that is smart and strategic, and makes the most of every dollar.  It’s also a broader blueprint for America’s success in this new global economy.  Because after a breakthrough year for America — at a time when our economy is growing and our businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, and wages are starting to rise again — we’ve got some fundamental choices to make about the kind of country we want to be.

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?  Or are we going to build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead?

And that was the focus of my State of the Union Address a couple weeks ago — what I called middle-class economics.  The idea that this country does best when everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules.

The budget that Congress now has in its hands is built on those values.  It helps working families’ paychecks go farther by treating things like paid sick leave and childcare as the economic priorities that they are.  It gives Americans of every age the chance to upgrade their skills so they can earn higher wages, and it includes my plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students.  It lets us keep building the world’s most attractive economy for high-wage jobs, with new investments in research, and infrastructure and manufacturing, as well as expanded access to faster Internet and new markets for goods made in America.

It’s also a budget that recognizes that our economy flourishes when America is safe and secure.  So it invests in our IT networks, to protect them from malicious actors.  It supports our troops and strengthens our border security.  And it gives us the resources to confront global challenges, from ISIL to Russian aggression.

Now, since I took office, we have cut our deficits by about two-thirds.  I’m going to repeat that, as I always do when I mention this fact, because the public oftentimes, if you ask them, thinks that the deficit has shot up.  Since I took office, we have cut our deficits by about two-thirds.  That’s the fastest period of sustained deficit reduction since after the demobilization at the end of World War II.  So we can afford to make these investments while remaining fiscally responsible.  And, in fact, we cannot afford — we would be making a critical error if we avoided making these investments.  We can’t afford not to.  When the economy is doing well, we’re making investments when we’re growing.  That’s part of what keeps deficits low — because the economy is doing well.  So we’ve just got to be smarter about how we pay for our priorities, and that’s what my budget does.

At the end of 2013, I signed a bipartisan budget agreement that helped us end some of the arbitrary cuts known in Washington-speak as “sequestration.”  And folks here at DHS know a little too much about sequestration — because many of you have to deal with those cuts, and it made it a lot harder for you to do your jobs.

The 2013 agreement to reverse some of those cuts helped to boost our economic growth.  Part of the reason why we grew faster last year was we were no longer being burdened by mindless across-the-board cuts, and we were being more strategic about how we handled our federal budget.  And now we need to take the next step.  So my budget will end sequestration and fully reverse the cuts to domestic priorities in 2016.  And it will match the investments that were made domestically, dollar for dollar, with increases in our defense funding.

And just last week, top military officials told Congress that if Congress does nothing to stop sequestration, there could be serious consequences for our national security, at a time when our military is stretched on a whole range of issues.  And that’s why I want to work with Congress to replace mindless austerity with smart investments that strengthen America.  And we can do so in a way that is fiscally responsible.

I’m not going to accept a budget that locks in sequestration going forward.  It would be bad for our security and bad for our growth.  I will not accept a budget that severs the vital link between our national security and our economic security.  I know there’s some on Capitol Hill who would say, well, we’d be willing to increase defense spending but we’re not going to increase investments in infrastructure, for example, or basic research.  Well, those two things go hand in hand.  If we don’t have a vital infrastructure, if we don’t have broadband lines across the country, if we don’t have a smart grid, all that makes us more vulnerable.  America can’t afford being shortsighted, and I’m not going to allow it.

The budget I’ve sent to Congress today is fully paid for, through a combination of smart spending cuts and tax reforms.  Let me give you an example.  Right now, our tax code is full of loopholes for special interests — like the trust fund loophole that allows the wealthiest Americans to avoid paying taxes on their unearned income.  I think we should fix that and use the savings to cut taxes for middle-class families.  That would be good for our economy.

Now, I know there are Republicans who disagree with my approach.  And I’ve said this before:  If they have other ideas for how we can keep America safe, grow our economy, while helping middle-class families feel some sense of economic security, I welcome their ideas.  But their numbers have to add up.  And what we can’t do is play politics with folks’ economic security, or with our national security.  You, better than anybody, know what the stakes are.  The work you do hangs in the balance.

In just a few weeks from now, funding for Homeland Security will run out.  That’s not because of anything this department did, it’s because the Republicans in Congress who funded everything in government through September, except for this department.  And they’re now threatening to let Homeland Security funding expire because of their disagreeing with my actions to make our immigration system smarter, fairer and safer.

Now let’s be clear, I think we can have a reasonable debate about immigration.  I’m confident that what we’re doing is the right thing and the lawful thing.  I understand they may have some disagreements with me on that, although I should note that a large majority — or a large percentage of Republicans agree that we need comprehensive immigration reform, and we’re prepared to act in the Senate and should have acted in the House.  But if they don’t agree with me, that’s fine, that’s how our democracy works.  You may have noticed they usually don’t agree with me.  But don’t jeopardize our national security over this disagreement.

As one Republican put it, if they let your funding run out, “it’s not the end of the world.”  That’s what they said.  Well, I guess literally that’s true; it may not be the end of the world.  But until they pass a funding bill, it is the end of a paycheck for tens of thousands of frontline workers who will continue to get — to have to work without getting paid.  Over 40,000 Border Patrol and Customs agents.  Over 50,000 airport screeners.  Over 13,000 immigration officers.  Over 40,000 men and women in the Coast Guard.  These Americans aren’t just working to keep us safe, they have to take care of their own families.  The notion that they would get caught up in a disagreement around policy that has nothing to do with them makes no sense.

And if Republicans let Homeland Security funding expire, it’s the end to any new initiatives in the event that a new threat emerges.  It’s the end of grants to states and cities that improve local law enforcement and keep our communities safe.  The men and women of America’s homeland security apparatus do important work to protect us, and Republicans and Democrats in Congress should not be playing politics with that.

We need to fund the department, pure and simple.  We’ve got to put politics aside, pass a budget that funds our national security priorities at home and abroad, and gives middle-class families the security they need to get ahead in the new economy.  This is one of our most basic and most important responsibilities as a government.  So I’m calling on Congress to get this done.

Every day, we count on people like you to keep America secure.  And you are counting on us as well to uphold our end of the bargain.  You’re counting on us to make sure that you’ve got the resources to do your jobs safely and efficiently, and that you’re able to look after your families while you are out there working really hard to keep us safe.

We ask a lot of you.  The least we can do is have your backs.  That’s what I’m going to keep on doing for as long as I have the honor of serving as your President.  I have your back.  And I’m going to keep on fighting to make sure that you get the resources you deserve.  I’m going to keep fighting to make sure that every American has the chance not just to share in America’s success but to contribute to America’s success.  That’s what this budget is about.

It reflects our values in making sure that we are making the investments we need to keep America safe, to keep America growing, and to make sure that everybody is participating no matter what they look like, where they come from, no matter how they started in life, they’ve got a chance to get ahead in this great country of ours.  That’s what I believe.  That’s what you believe. Let’s get it done.

Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.

Source: whitehouse.gov

Cook County Director of Planning and Development Michael Jasso Named New Economic Development Bureau Chief

Posted by Admin On February - 3 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Current Cook County Bureau of Economic Development Chief Herman Brewer to

Serve as Interim Director of Cook County Land Bank Authority

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that Bureau of Economic Development Chief Herman Brewer is leaving the County and will join the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) as Interim Executive Director while the Land Bank searches for a permanent replacement. Preckwinkle named Michael Jasso, currently the County’s Director of Planning and Development, as her new Bureau Chief of Economic Development, pending approval by the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

“Before I came into office in December 2010, the County’s economic development efforts were spread among disparate departments and agencies, with little coordination between them. That’s why one of my first actions was to create a Bureau of Economic Development and why I appointed Herman to lead that effort. For more than three years Herman has worked diligently to turn our Bureau of Economic Development into an effective and efficient wing of county government. I’m grateful to Herman for his service, and for agreeing to step in and serve as Interim Executive Director for one of our most critical initiatives, the Cook County Land Bank Authority,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Brewer was appointed Bureau Chief of the newly created Bureau of Economic Development in December 2011. In that position, he was responsible for the oversight of five County departments including Real Estate, Planning & Development, Building & Zoning, Facilities Management, Capital Planning and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Under his leadership, the County implemented new financial tools and incentives to facilitate new construction, rehabilitation and the expansion of businesses; coordinated, targeted and proactively applied for new federal resources to make significant impacts in local communities; and launched a new regional alliance comprised of the seven counties of Northeast Illinois and the City of Chicago.

“It’s been an honor to serve as the Bureau Chief of Economic Development. Over the past three years, we’ve made tremendous progress in expanding the County’s role as a driver of regional economic development. One of the most significant projects of my tenure was establishing the County’s Land Bank Authority in 2013. I’m looking forward to helping the Land Bank as it expands its efforts meet the needs of local communities by returning vacant and abandoned property to productive use,” Brewer said.

The Cook County Land Bank Authority was established in 2013 to combat community deterioration, create economic growth and stabilize the housing and job market by facilitating the return of vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent property to productive use. The CCLBA is the County’s largest single purpose entity focused on spurring economic development by clearing obstacles to redevelopment and reuse and is governed by a board of 16 members who are appointed by the President and Commissioners of the Cook County Board. Brewer has served on the Board of Directors of the CCLBA since its establishment.

Jasso’s appointment as the County’s new Bureau Chief of Economic Development is expected to be introduced before the Cook County Board of Commissioners at the February Board Meeting. Jasso joined the County in August 2013 to oversee the County’s use of federal entitlement grants such as CDBG, HOME, NSP, etc. and administer the various tax incentives related to the promotion of economic development and investment. Prior to joining Cook County, Michael served as the Managing Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Housing and Economic Development (DHED, now DPD) for the City of Chicago. He holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow.

“Michael is a talented administrator with a proven track record of success at both Cook County and at the City of Chicago. I look forward to working with him in my second term as we continue the progress that has been made in establishing Cook County as the key player in stimulating economic growth for our entire region,” Preckwinkle said.

“Having served with Mike Jasso at both the City of Chicago and observed his skill for creative and collaborative planning at Cook County, I commend President Preckwinkle for an inspired choice at a very exciting juncture for the County’s economic development opportunities. On behalf of the Board of the Cook County Land Bank, I would like to thank Herman for all the great work he has done at the County and as a founding board member for CCLBA. We appreciate his steady hand and the institutional knowledge he brings during our search for an Executive Director,” said Cook County Commissioner and CCLBA Chairman Bridget Gainer. The CCLBA expects to name a permanent Executive Director in March 2015.

Chicago: A Stench in the Political Camp

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Is it About Money? Before Voting Know Black History and Politics!


By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President, Probation Challenge


CHICAGO, IL - Can you possibly see if not smell the horrific stench that’s under the Chicago taxpayers’ nose?  I humbly suggest that if caring people connect the political dots therewith, they will discover culprits with ill intents.

With masks of pretense, deceitful political candidates with questionable agendas are well concealed among other like-minded thieves!  You might want to carefully observe the various deceitful candidates. Watch as they smirk at the various communities they represent. Truth is, they have politically assured the incumbent on the Fifth Floor… that they will deliver on promised ethnic votes.

Not being a politician nor desiring to become one, nonetheless, I’ve watched their masterful demeanors and observed their political steps … which in some cases lead to their demise.  Political history in my parents’ household included strong black leaders conducting business just above a whisper.  My parents were considered leading ward captains who could deliver a winning vote for the ward boss. A ward captain had the responsibility to stimulate voters to bring into play a winning vote to please not only the ward boss but the ‘Man’ downtown.

As powerful as black ward leaders thought they were… wards had limited power and resources. Each ward was determined to make his honor, the Mayor happy and not to do so would have major consequences!

The powerful seat of Chicago Mayor has turned incredible aspirers into vicious culprits.  Political history dictates that the white power structure strips each credible candidate of any reasonable decency, while those left are by way of the media’s hidden hand labeled as powerless. However, because of the all mighty dollar and their level of intelligence … may become a political ‘broker’.  It is said that those who remain standing are with financial double digits.

Ward bosses know not to displease the Mayor. To displease the mayor/boss/master, by not delivering ‘mandated’ votes, was telling the mayor that you didn’t want your assigned city jobs. And, not to deliver an expectant amount of pro-party votes, the ward worker was instructed to not report for work the next working day. You were terminated from a place of employment without any questions having to be asked. The mayor has that kind of power, but only because people give it up via the vote.

Though the philosophies of our many yesterdays have changed, the political game is still the same! Politicians: Democrats and Republican alike have always slept and conspired together especially in regard to Coloreds, Negroes, Blacks and now African Americans. The game is still the same just the players have changed!

History dictates that African Americans have given blood, sweat and tears to bring about constructive change for all Americans … which include blacks.

Note: Frederick Douglass

In 1888, Frederick Douglass was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention. Afterwards, during the roll call vote, he received one vote, so was nominally a candidate for the presidency. In those years, the candidates for the presidency and vice presidency were chosen by state representatives voting at the nominating convention. Many decisions were made by negotiations of state and party leaders “behind closed doors.” Douglass was not a serious candidate in contemporary terms.

Note: George Edwin Taylor

In 1904, George Edwin Taylor, was president of the National Negro Democratic League.[1] Southern Democrats were enacting laws that disfranchised most Black voters and were imposing segregation through “Jim Crow” laws. Northern Democrats seemed unwilling and/or unable to control the excesses of their Southern parties. The National Negro Democratic League was fractured by the debate over the issue of linking the nation’s currency to silver as well as to gold. By 1904, Taylor was positioned to abandon the party and bureau that he had led as president for two terms. It was not a good time to be a Black Democrat. It also was a time when lynching was creeping northward and when scientific racism was gaining acceptance within the nation’s intellectual and scientific community.

The Deceitful Game of Politics: Republicans have been known to dress unofficially in democrats clothing for various reasons.  Democrats have been known to inform political workers to join ranks with another party to bring back pertinent information that would be helpful in sabotaging votes.

It’s known that those having large sums of money then may rest in the arms of one-another, before and after an election!  Money has always been a common denominator and a determent factor as to who is better able to sleep with whom. After a black has slept with the enemy, they get up from the bed of prostitution only to realize in hindsight … they have been used! History states it better: When are we going to learn and do better? Women have always led the charge, such as:

Note: Shirley Chisholm

In 1972, Shirley Chisholm, was the first African American major party candidate for president. She was a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination and participated in the Democratic primaries in numerous states. [9] She campaigned in 12 states and won 28 delegates.  In the actual balloting at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, she gained additional votes from disaffected Democrats and ended with 152 delegates.

A man with a vision was:

Note: Jesse Jackson

In the 1984 presidential election and 1988 presidential election, Jesse Jackson was the first major party black candidate to run nationwide primary campaigns. He also competed as a Democrat. In 1984, he garnered around 3 million votes in the primaries and in 1988, around 7 million.

In 1992, Alan Keyes, was the first African-American candidate to run in the Republican presidential primaries.  Keyes participated again, unsuccessfully, in 1996, 2000, and 2008.

In 2004, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton were unsuccessful candidates in the Democratic primaries. “Tea Party” Republican Herman Cain staged a run for the presidency in 2012, and received a brief surge of attention and popularity, but withdrew before any primaries were held.

After having tried many vehicles to get into the Chicago World of Politics, the name of a gentle spirit came about… as though it was divine intervention… and it was! That name was Harold Washington!

Mayor Harold Washington:

Harold Lee Washington (April 15, 1922  – November 25, 1987) was an American lawyer, politician and elected in 1983 as the 51st Mayor of Chicago. He was the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from April 29, 1983 until his death on November 25, 1987. He was also a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1983 representing the Illinois first district, and also previously served in the Illinois State Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives.

Washington was the first African American mayor of the largest segregated city in North America.

Records indicate that only a few black politicians have emerge from the ‘world of politics’ unsoiled … Mayor Harold Washington did so with grace and dignity!

Even the political enemy well understood that Mayor Harold Washington was honestly interested in not some but all the citizens. As history would dictate… Washington laid down his life for constructive change. He surrendered his life to counter the political powers that sought to break the back of decency.

Question: Can the Chicago taxpayer once again select a candidate of moral and spiritual decency to rule over what was once known to be a great city?

Answer: Only God truly knows.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the founder and president of Probation Challenge

Contact Rev. Bailey: 773.978.3706 or

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org

Two Illinois Schools to be Recognized as National Distinguished Schools

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Highland Elementary School in Skokie School District 68 and HH Conrady Jr. High School in North Palos School District 117 recognized for academic success

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education announced that two Illinois schools with a high percentage of children in poverty will be honored for their academic gains next month during the National Title I Association’s annual conference. Highland Elementary School in Skokie School District 68 and HH Conrady Jr. High School in North Palos School District 117 will be among schools across the nation honored for serving students in poverty and achieving academic success.

“The State Board is committed to providing schools with the proper resources to close achievement gaps and prepare every student for success in college and their chosen career path,” said State Board of Education Chairman James T. Meeks. “These schools demonstrate that with teamwork, innovation, clear academic goals and a strong support system in place for all children’s unique needs, outstanding results are possible for our neediest students.”

The National Title I Association, established to help improve and implement programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA), recognizes up to two schools per state as National Title I Distinguished Schools. Title I is the largest federally funded pre-college education program, providing funding to school districts that serve students from low-income families. The schools will be honored during the association’s annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as at the No Child Left Behind annual statewide conference in Chicago, both scheduled for the first week of February.

The National Title I Association allows each state to select one qualifying school in each of the following two categories:

1. High Performing – A school that has exceeded its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) – or alternative accountability criteria for those states with ESEA Flexibility Requests approved by the U.S. Department of Education – for two or more years.

2. Achievement Gap – A school that has significantly closed the achievement gap between subgroups of students.

Results were based on scores of the state’s previous test, the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), which measured the achievement of third- through eighth-graders in reading and mathematics and measured achievement in science among fourth- and seventh-graders. Illinois is replacing the ISAT with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams this school year.

“Children in poverty have significant needs that pose unique challenges for educators,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “I commend the students, teachers, administrators, local board members and families at HH Conrady Jr. High School and at Highland Elementary for their commitment to strong academics and innovative approaches to ensure that all students are prepared and capable of high achievement.”

HH Conrady Jr. High School (North Palos School District 117)

More than 56 percent of students at HH Conrady Jr. High School are classified as low income. ISAT scores rose from 71.4 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in 2011 to 74.9 percent meeting and exceeding in 2013. Results for 2014 were not used as Illinois participated in piloting the PARCC assessments in 2014.

Conrady Junior High School Principal Andy Anderson said the school operates under North Palos District 117’s 10 core values and Quality Review process, which establishes annual academic goals and includes the regular review of student performance data to identify appropriate interventions for students who are not meeting standards as well as what to do for students who have mastered standards.

“We have found that ‘focus’ on student academic goals is essential when making daily decisions,” Anderson said. “We strive each day to protect instructional time, build in-house department-wide professional development around identified needs, and strategically use limited financial resources to support intervention programs and professional development that keeps staff up to date with effective best practices.”

Anderson also credits the hard work and dedication of his school’s staff, many of whom put in extra hours before and after school to work with students and revise curriculum.

“I’m grateful for this moment of recognition for our teachers because they certainly are a major factor behind this award,” said Anderson, principal at the school for five years. “I’m also proud of the students and the parents who have partnered with our staff in ensuring student success.”

Highland Elementary (Skokie School District 68)

Highland’s ISAT composite score increased by 13.7 percentage points, growing from 60.8 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in 2010 to 74.5 in 2013. This school has closed the racial/ethnic achievement gap from 33.7 percent in 2011 to 21 percent in 2013. Additionally, the achievement gap has also narrowed between low-income and non-low-income students from 31.7 percent in 2010 to 23.7 percent in 2013.

Highland Principal Leslie Gordon credits her school’s success in part to a continually evolving, multi-tiered system of support that begins with a solid core curriculum rooted in the new Illinois Learning Standards and varying support levels that address students’ specific academic and social-emotional needs and provide appropriate interventions.

“I work often with other principals and the administration in our district and we’re a very good team,” said Gordon, who is in her 13th year as Highland’s principal. “To be recognized for our hard work is so important to the teachers, to the school and the district as a whole.”

Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti Criticizes Snow Removal Efforts in Chicago After the Storm

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“…It is Unacceptable and Chicagoans Should Be Upset”

CHICAGO, IL – This is a statement from mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti regarding the snow event.

This is Chicago so it should be no surprise that we get lots of snow.  What is surprising is that for the second year in a row, this mayor was not ready for a storm.  Our side streets are horrific and we will be dealing with the fallout for days.  Now the snow is packed on the side streets and salt is not going to help – ask any plow driver.

We need a seasoned professional running Streets and Sanitation so that we avoid this kind of situation in the future.  It is unacceptable and Chicagoans should be upset.

Founder of the Black History Month Parade Diagnosed With Stage IV Prostrate Cancer

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Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – According to recent studies African American/Black men have the highest incidence rate for prostate cancer in the United States and are more than twice as likely as other races to die of the disease (Cancer.gov). Earl Little, the 40-year Black male that is known for producing the largest celebration of African-American History Month in America, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive advanced stage of the disease.

“It came as a shock to me,” says Earl. “I understood prostate cancer to be an older man’s disease and thought I was being proactive by getting checked at the age of 40 but unfortunately as my doctors would tell me, the disease has already spread or metastasized throughout my body.”

Until recently, many doctors and professional organizations encouraged yearly PSA screening for men beginning at age 50. Some organizations recommended that men who are at higher risk of prostate cancer, including African American men and men whose father or brother had prostate cancer, begin screening at age 45. Little is an only son and his father has no signs of prostate cancer after a biopsy. However, as more has been learned about both the benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening, a number of organizations have begun to caution against routine population screening. Currently, Medicare provides coverage for an annual PSA test for all Medicare-eligible men age 50 and older.

“My Administration continues to invest in critical research to help better prevent this disease and treat it with fewer side effects, and to further our understanding of the disproportionate impact prostate cancer has on African-American men. As part of the Affordable Care Act, more options for quality, affordable health coverage are available and new protections are in place, expanding access to life-saving care for millions of Americans, including those impacted by prostate cancer. Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage due to a pre-existing condition, such as cancer, or deny participation in an approved clinical trial for any life-threatening disease. And men fighting prostate cancer are no longer faced with annual or lifetime dollar limits on coverage that could disrupt their treatments.” says, President of the United States, Barack Obama.

The higher incidence of prostate cancer in African American/Black men compared with men from other racial/ethnic groups prompted a hypothesis that genetic factors might account, in part, for the observed differences. Recent findings from National Cancer Institutes Cancer Genetic Markers of Susceptibility (CGEMS) program support this hypothesis. Researchers have identified changes – called variants – in human DNA that are associated with the risk of developing prostate cancer. Different combinations of these variants have been found in men from different racial/ethnic backgrounds, and each combination is associated with higher or lower risk for prostate cancer.

Earl comments, “I try not to let it affect me mentally. I wake up each day juice my carrots and apples take my supplements and help the kids get ready for school happy to see the sunlight and then work on the parade, doing my best to maintain a normal life. I have changed my diet to a strict organic vegan diet and have responded well to hormone drugs Lupron and Casodex. My PSA started at a 989.2 and has dropped to a 5.5 in a matter of weeks.”

“I believe in miracles and am going to give it all I got. I cherish every moment of life,” he adds.

Earl Little produces the Black History Month Parade in Atlanta, Georgia, an event that attracts thousands of participants from around the globe.

For more information visit www.blackhistorymonthparade.com and has launched a prostate awareness campaign in conjunction with Mattieu Ethan and The National Torchbearers, Prostate Cancer Consortium, Inc. called GetCheckedNow.Global to encourage men of all ages to get checked now.

KCET Presents the Fourth Season of Controversial Hit Israeli Comedy, ‘Arab Labor’ on February 13

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Burbank, Calif. – KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, presents the fourth season of ARAB LABOR, a humorous, irreverent Israeli sitcom that pokes fun at the cultural and political differences in Israel’s mixed society. The new season will premiere on KCET on Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. New episodes air back-to-back Fridays at 10 and 10:30 p.m.

Created by Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew “Avoda Aravit,” which colloquially implies “shoddy or second-rate work”) is a controversial hit Israeli comedy series that focuses on Amjad Alian, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity, as he seeks high status in the society into which he was born, but where his car is searched everyday when he drives to his job in Jerusalem.

Humorously highlighting the collision of language, religion and custom, the milestone series depicts Israeli society through the eyes of an amusing Muslim Arab family and their constant desire to conform.

The fourth season follows Amjad and his wife Bushra as they discover that they are about to become parents for the third – and positively unplanned – time. Bushra is confined to bed rest, and Amjad finds himself torn between his pregnant wife, his family and his new career as a political media consultant.

In the season premiere, a social protest in Jerusalem is featured, and Amjad mistakenly joins the leaders of the “tent protesters.” Also, interfaith couple Meir and Amal experience financial hardships and are forced to part with their comfortable apartment in Jerusalem and move to East Jerusalem.

Arab Labor is in Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles. The series plays on religious, cultural and political differences to daringly depict the mixed society in Israel. The sitcom marked a milestone on Israeli television as the first program to present Palestinian characters speaking Arabic in primetime.

For more information on Arab Labor, visit http://www.kcet.org/shows/arab_labor/

ABOUT KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a part of the KCETLink Media Group.

10-Year-Old Spearheads Black History Campaign

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10-Year-Old Spearheads Campaign to “Pass the Story of Diaspora Forward”

Jordyn Alexis Ash


Orlando, FL (BlackNews.com) – “GP, why you like that?” Jordyn Alexis Ash asked her grandpa when she was three years old. The question spooked him! Grandpa went on to write a book on the Diaspora. Jordyn says, “I am the inspiration for the writing of a book on the story of the Diaspora. Therefore, I am destined to be a part of Pass the Story of the Diaspora Forward.”

“Pass the Story of the Diaspora Forward” will increase knowledge of self-history and ancestry in my generation for success. The future of my generation depends on this activity. My generation need and demand all tools to improve chances of success,” Jordyn said. A study at Harvard University concluded knowledge of self-history and ancestry is essential to success. This activity, “Pass the Story of the Diaspora Forward” implements the conclusion of the Harvard study, increase knowledge of self-history and ancestry for success.

“I am sounding the alarm for all ‘First Responders’ (parents, teachers, politicians, businesses, historical societies, organizations, unions, entertainers, athletes, etc.) to come to the aide of the future of my generation. Help me put the story of the Diaspora in their hands,” Jordyn said. First Responders can assist spreading the story of the Diaspora by participating in the special “Purchase a Story, Share a Story” promotion. Purchase the reference book on the Diaspora, The Story Grandpa Told of American and World African Legends and Culture and share a reference book with a child, family, and friend.

Jordyn has communicated with President Barack Obama and his family. The President’s response was “… remember to give back to your community and chase your dreams with passion, I have confidence you will do big things…” To give back to the community, portions of each sale of the reference book will support Education Is Cool – Get One, Inc., co-sponsor of “Pass the Story of the Diaspora Forward”. EICGO is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to encourage participation of parents and guardians in their child’s education and school. “This effort is an intergenerational interactive activity for the betterment of the future of my generation,” Jordyn stated.

“Should we tell our children the story of ‘Hold Your Hands Up’? Should we tell our children the story ‘I Can’t Breathe’? Or, should we tell the story of children playing dead in the streets? We should ‘Pass the Story of the Diaspora Forward’ which leads to success in the present and future.” These statements were made by Jordyn during a video production session for “Pass the Story of the Diaspora Forward”. The video will be submitted to the White House Youth Film Festival. Jordyn, a fifth grader at Edward L. Bouie, Sr. Elementary in Decatur, Georgia and Tionna Johnson, a freshman at Stephenson High in Lithonia, Georgia are producing the video. Your purchase of the reference book supports this activity and creation of more activities to increase knowledge of self-history and ancestry.

All are encouraged to take advantage of “Purchase A Story, Share A Story” today at www.intergenactivity.com. Remember your purchase support activities for success of today’s generation and assistance to Education Is Cool – Get One in their mission.

Encourages parents, teachers and politicians to participate in a special “Purchase a Story, Share a Story” promotion at www.intergenactivity.com

Donate at www.educationiscool.org

Photo Caption: 10-year old Jordyn Alexis Ash


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