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Archive for February 17th, 2015

Mayor Emanuel Celebrates Trials to Triumphs at the New Roseland Hospital

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2015 New Roseland Community Hospital Legislative Breakfast

CHICAGO, IL – Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday lauded the amazing comeback of a South Side hospital that was on the verge of closing less than two years ago.

Emanuel praised the efforts of administrators and staff at the New Roseland Community Hospital during the hospital’s 2nd Annual Legislative Breakfast. More than 225 elected officials, members of the clergy,       physicians, employees, patients and community stakeholders attended the event at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in the Greater Roseland Community.

“Roseland is an anchor for community healthcare and economic development,” Mayor Emanuel said. “To all legislators who are here, both from City Council and from Springfield, I want to thank you for your  leadership and ensuring that the Greater Roseland community has the healthcare that they need and they deserve. When it comes to healthcare, it should not be the exception – it should be the expectation for everybody in the city of Chicago.”

The event also featured Illinois State Senators Emil Jones III and Antonio “Tony” Munoz; Illinois State Representatives Robert “Bob” Rita and Marcus Evans; Aldermen Carrie Austin (34th Ward), Anthony “Tony” Beale (9th Ward) and Willie Cochran (20th Ward); and Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer.

“It’s a pleasure to stand and talk about what RCH means to me,” Jones said. “Everyone said the hospital was about to close a couple of years ago, but I knew I was not about to let that happen on my watch. Whenever I need a doctor, I run right to Roseland Hospital and they take care of me and give me excellent treatment.”

To highlight the dramatic turnaround, the event featured a video that outlined the hospital’s 5-Pillar Strategic Plan; Patients, Physicians, Employees, Community and Collaborations. “Roseland Hospital is an anchor on the Southside not only for its healthcare but for its employment,” said Rita. The New Roseland has increased its total number of employees by 15% to 500 since restructuring began in July 2013.

“Roseland is truly a community hospital,” Evans said. “It’s not only taking care of folks in the hospital, it’s also employing those folks. I’m a cancer survivor. I’ve sent up a lot of prayers, now I’m going to be sending up a lot of action. So you can count on State Representative Marcus Evans to continue to be committed to Roseland and all safety-net hospitals.”

During the breakfast, speakers addressed Roseland’s planned development of a new lung-health clinic, the Roseland Center for Breathing Easy, and hopes that it can build the Barack Obama Trauma Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center the Roseland community and entire South Side desperately needs.

“Sheer will kept the doors of our hospital open during a time of great crisis,” Roseland CEO and President Tim Egan said. “Now, a clear vision of our services meeting the healthcare needs of our community will keep our hospital thriving for the next generation.”

Photo Caption: (left to right) Rep. Rita, Ald. Beale, Ald. Austin. CEO Egan, Mayor Emanuel, Sen. Jones III, Rep. Evans, Sen. Munoz

Delay of Deportation Relief Programs Prolongs Suffering of American Families and Immigrants, Defers Economic Boon

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NIJC Rejects Texas Court Ruling, Will Support Federal Government’s Appeal and Continue Community Outreach

Statement by Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center

CHICAGO, IL – The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is deeply disappointed by last night’s decision by a federal district court in Brownsville, Texas, to issue a preliminary injunction to delay the Obama administration’s new deferred action programs that would have begun tomorrow. NIJC joined an amicus brief in the case based on the strong legal precedent in support of the administration’s authority to initiate these programs and is frustrated by the community confusion and deferred economic boon the court’s decision generates.

The Obama administration is expected to appeal the court’s ruling, which was in response to a lawsuit filed by 26 states seeking to block the November 2014 expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and a new program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). With great confidence that the Brownsville decision will be overturned, NIJC will continue to assist immigrants with readying their applications and will make clear to the community that the court’s decision has no bearing on renewals of the original DACA program commenced in 2012 or the administration’s decisions about immigration enforcement and detention under its newly revised enforcement priorities.

Now millions of people—including hundreds of thousands in Illinois—must continue waiting to apply for temporary status to live and work in the U.S. with their families without fear of deportation.  Families and communities are desperate for relief from the fear of deportation they face every day under our country’s broken immigration system. DACA already has improved the lives of thousands of our country’s youth since it was first implemented in 2012—it is disappointing that we now face an undetermined wait before our society will be able to reap the benefits of an expansion of this temporary relief.

Public Opinion Supports Reform of Immigration Laws

A recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that nearly three quarters of Americans support the executive action programs and think that passing a comprehensive immigration reform law should be a higher priority for Congress. Republican members of Congress, including Illinois Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), have begun to back away from Republican attempts to derail the programs by threatening Department of Homeland Security appropriations. Studies have shown that the benefits of giving millions of people relief from the threat of deportation would extend far beyond immigrant communities.

According to recent findings from the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the immigration executive action programs would grow the U.S. economy by $90 billion to $210 billion over the next 10 years. In Illinois, about 280,000 people would be eligible to obtain work permits and temporary relief from the threat of deportation, which means they would pay taxes and contribute to the state’s economy to the tune of an estimated $3.8 billion increase in the state’s GDP over the next 10 years. Allowing these individuals to work legally would boost the average wage for all U.S.-born workers – in Illinois and across the country – by $170 a year.

Despite Delay, NIJC Will Continue to Help Communities Prepare

The original DACA program revealed the importance of providing individuals who do not believe themselves eligible for legal status the opportunity to step forward and seek legal screenings. A 2014 Center for Migration Studies survey of immigration legal service providers found that 14.3 percent of DACA-screened unauthorized immigrants were potentially eligible for more permanent immigration benefits which could put them on path to lawful permanent residence and citizenship.

NIJC will continue to provide legal information sessions through partnerships with the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Illinois is Ready campaign, the Southwest Organizing Project, the Michiana Immigration Coalition, and schools and faith groups throughout the Chicagoland area and Indiana.

For a calendar of upcoming NIJC administrative relief information sessions, visit immigrantjustice.org/adminrelief/calendar. To request an information session at a school or community organization in Illinois or Michiana visit immigrantjustice.org/adminrelief/infosessions.

NIJC also continues to hold free clinics for individuals applying for or renewing their status under the original DACA program. To register for a DACA clinic, visit immigrantjustice.org/DACAclinic.

Link to this statement: http://immigrantjustice.org/press_releases/executive-action-preliminary-injunction

With offices in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation and public education. Visit immigrantjustice.org.

For more information, contact:
Tara Tidwell Cullen, (312) 833-2967, ttidwellcullen@heartlandalliance.org
Julia Toepfer, (312) 660-1635, jtoepfer@heartlandalliance.org

National Black Church Initiative Joins With Cedisus to Offer Churches and Families Emergency Water Supplies

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Partnership will improve disaster preparedness, well-being

Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, announced plans to partner with Cedisus, LLC to help bring access to emergency water supplies to its congregants and churches so members can be more prepared in disaster events, in addition to improving overall health.

“Community preparedness in our churches is critical to the well-being and health security of African Americans” said Rev. Anthony Evans, NBCI President. “We are excited to partner with Cedisus to bring their great resources and know-how to our member congregations, and are confident that both organizations will help to educate and prepare our membership base for what the future may hold.”

African American communities are disproportionally vulnerable to natural disasters, and are significantly less likely to be prepared than their white counterparts. Blacks were the least likely to stockpile emergency supplies according to a recent study led by the University of Colorado. During Hurricane Katrina, disaster unpreparedness displaced 300,000 African Americans who faced a double threat from a lack of clean drinking water.

“Preparedness is key to avoiding more tragedy after a natural disaster occurs. Our goal in partnering with NBCI is to help communities lessen the blow when that tragedy strikes” said Jerry Clark, Principle at Cedisus. “As a minority business enterprise it gives us pride not only to help with preparedness, but also in educating minority communities on how important water and hydrating are to everyday life.”

The partnership plans to bring education and resources to NBCI’s membership base in the coming months. The partnership will be a critical part of NBCI’s Health Emergency Declaration (HED) Program, which works to eliminate health disparities plaguing African Americans across the county.

About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. The National Black Church Initiative’s methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.

NBCI partners with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in a variety of areas. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues.

Visit www.naltblackchurch.com/health/cedisus.html for more information.

About Cedisus

Cedisus is a minority owned business enterprise out of the mid-west. The company prides itself on having high quality and reliable supply chain relationships throughout the U.S. and abroad. Principle Jerry Clark is a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) via the Institute for Supply Management, a DDI Certified Facilitator from Development Dimensions International and former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Evansville Housing Authority. Mr. Clark is a recipient of the President’s Award for Contribution to Economic Development from the Evansville, IN Branch of the NAACP, and a recipient of the Special Recognition For Outstanding Volunteer Services award from the Indiana Minority Supplier Development Council. Visit www.Cedisus.com for more information.

Father Pfleger Received Hundreds of Hate Mail for Supporting JRW

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‘Call me what you want’ but the fight’s on

By Chinta Strausberg

Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday revealed he has received hundreds of calls and e-mails calling him an “N” lover for demanding that the Little League International Baseball and Softball Headquarters restore the Jackie Robinson West (JRW) 2014 Great Lakes Regional and US Champions trophy.

Pfleger made his remarks during his Sunday sermon. Calling what the national League’s did to the JRW team a “disgrace” and said it was “disrespectful.”

“It has been so disgraceful the way they handled these children. They never received one word in writing to this day. They have not yet been told what their accusations are. You can’t rebut what you don’t know. They never knew what they had been disqualified for….

“They never had the decency to let them know first. They told ESPN before they told the families, the coaches or the Haley family; so the children heard about it on their way to school from the radio,” Pfleger said.

Over the weekend, Pfleger joined Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. in fighting to get JRW’s title restored, but it has come with a price for Pfleger.

“I think racism is rooted in this” as evidence of the hate mail he has received. “They called me a ‘rigger.’ I’ve been called so many things in the last week I had to go to look at my ID to make sure who I was because I was called so many different names this past week,” Pfleger told his members.

“We’re fighting the governor. We’re fighting the Little League. We’re fighting everybody, but I can care less.  Call me what you want to call me because we’re going to stand up for these children.

“We refuse to allow them to go with the double standard,” he said. Pfleger said many people from across the nation told him “that no other league in the country is held to the standard that JRW is being held to in Chicago. “You are going to have equal standards, equal playing field and judge everybody equally.

“Unless you investigate every team the same way and make sure that there is nobody out there you call boundaries, don’t you treat our children that way and call our children ‘cheaters.’” No, you ain’t going to do that,” Pfleger said.

“Maybe the New England Patriots should turn back the Super Bowls since they ain’t done anything with the deflated all yet. Turn the Super Bowl back in. Maybe we should take everybody out of the Hall of Fame, and everybody who ever won a World Series, or anyone who won anything in any sports event before there were integrated sports because there were unfair boundaries of racism and prejudice that have been practiced for years before African Americans were allowed to be on the teams.

“So, everybody else should turn their awards back then because the boundaries were unfair,” Pfleger said. “We are not going to allow those double standards.

“Until you make forward the allegations, and we have a chance to respond to them, they are the national champions and we ain’t about to give up nothing.”

Father Pfleger urged people to write, e-mail, call and fax the Little League International Baseball and Softball Headquarters, 539 US Route 15 Hwy, attn.: Mr. Stephen D. Keener, P.O. Box 3485, Williamsport, PA 17701-0485 or call: (570) 326.1921 or fax: (570) 326.1074. When posting on social media, please use the following hashtag: #JRWChamps.

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.

Rev. Eric Hafner Urges Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to Commute Sentence of a 57-Year-Old Senegalese Immigrant “Wrongly Convicted” of Murder

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From Reverend Eric Hafner

Dear Editor,

Colorado Governor (John) Hickenlooper should commute the sentence of and pardon Mr. Samba Kane, a 57-year-old Senegalese immigrant who was wrongfully convicted of murder and unjustly sentenced to life
imprisonment, without the possibility of parole in 1999.

Mr. Kane has since served 17 years in state prison, with a perfect
record of good behavior.

Mr. Kane was arrested in Adams County, Colorado (near Denver) after
being forced to defend himself by shooting a Nigerian man who had
attacked him after Mr. Kane walked into his own bedroom and caught the Nigerian man having sexual relations with his wife.

His wrongful conviction was the result of poverty, racism and a poor
understanding of a confusing foreign legal system with a different language.

A pardon would allow Mr. Kane, an honest hard-working immigrant whose American dream turned into a kafkaesque nightmare to return to his home county of Senegal, Africa.

I urge all concerned to call Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s office
at 1 (303) 866-2471 and tell him to free Samba Kane.

Rev. Eric Hafner
Boulder, Colorado

KCETLink Presents Two Riveting Documentaries, ‘My Brother the Jihadist’ and ‘My Brother the Terrorist’

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Documentaries Follow the Remarkable Stories of Two Stepbrothers - One an Extreme Jihadist Convicted of Terrorism and the Other a Filmmaker Chronicling His Brother’s Transformation

Burbank, CA –KCETLink, a leading national independent public broadcast and digital network, will present two thought provoking documentaries from British filmmaker Robb Leech that offer a disturbing look at terrorism through a familial lens.  KCET will rebroadcast My Brother The Jihadist, which examines the life of an unlikely Islamic extremist through the eyes of his stepbrother. Then, KCET will premiere MY BROTHER THE TERRORIST, which seeks to further explain what triggered Leech’s stepbrother and others like him into radicalization, after he is convicted of preparing terrorism acts.   The two films will air back-to back on both KCET and Link TV on Wed., Feb 25.

My Brother The Jihadist

Wed., Feb. 25 8:30 p.m. on KCET (Southern California)

Wed., Feb. 25 8 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410)

This gripping documentary by British filmmaker Robb Leech chronicles his attempt to reconnect with his stepbrother Richard Dart after Dart converts to radical Islam. Both men grew up in a middle-class English upbringing, but Leech is astounded and confused by the path taken by his stepbrother. Over the course of 12 months, Leech sets out to understand why his stepbrother fundamentally changed his life and beliefs to become an Islamic extremist. Dart was an ordinary, white, middle-class boy from an English seaside town until he moved away. His family learned through the media that Dart had become a radical Islamist, changing his name to Salahuddin. Leech follows Dart to demonstrations, gatherings and into conversations with like-minded Islamists. The film exposes Leech’s attempt to reconnect with his stepbrother as he watches in vain for any lessening of Dart’s hostility toward his country and fellow citizens. As Leech spends time with Salahuddin (Dart), he witnesses a very particular phenomenon – the embrace of radical Islamism by young men–many of them white. Their story continues in the follow-up film, MY BROTHER THE TERRORIST.

For more information on My Brother the Jihadist visit: http://www.kcet.org/shows/my_brother_the_jihadist/ (KCET)

https://www.linktv.org/programs/my-brother-the-jihadist (Link TV)

My Brother The Terrorist

Wed., Feb. 25, 9:30 p.m. on KCET (Southern California)

Wed., Feb. 25, 9 p.m. ET/PT on LinkTV  (DirecTV 345 and DISH Network 9410)

This film continues the story from MY BROTHER THE JIHADIST when British citizen Richard Dart, now known as Salahuddin, received a six year jail sentence for preparing for acts of terrorism in April 2013. Having previously sought to understand what made Dart reject everything his family and country stood for, Leech now wants to know what, if anything, could have kept him from this fate. Leech’s journey takes him from London to known international hotbeds of Islamic radicalism. Leech’s personal investigation starts with Anjem Choudary, the controversial cleric who led Dart’s journey into radical Islam. Leech also seeks out imam and psychologist Alyas Karmani to understand what drives young British-born men and women into radical jihadism. He eventually confronts Choudary about his role in Salahuddin’s radicalization.

For more information on My Brother the Terrorist visit:

http://www.kcet.org/shows/my_brother_the_terrorist/ (KCET)

https://www.linktv.org/programs/my-brother-the-terrorist (Link TV)

About KCETLink Media Group

KCETLink Media Group, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV – DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 – and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.

Journalist Maudlyne Ihejirika Recipient of the 2015 Studs Terkel Community Media Award

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Maudlyne Ihejirika is a recipient of the Studs Terkel Media Award.

Ihejirika is an Urban Affairs Reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times. A veteran news journalist with 27 years experience in media, public relations and government, she was born in Imo-State, Nigeria, her family emigrating here in 1969 as refugees of the Nigerian-Biafran War.

Ms. Ihejirika began her career at the Sun-Times in 1986, where she spent 11 years covering issues from crime to politics, and was Weekend City Editor when she left the Sun-Times in 1997. She served as press secretary for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services under then-Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and subsequently launched the Ihejirika Media & Communications Group.

In 2003, she left public relations to return to her journalism roots at the Chicago Sun-Times and was promoted to Assistant City Editor in 2008. In 2012, she returned solely to reporting, and today is a frequent guest on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” and Vocalo Radio’s “The Barber Shop Show,” as well as a political analyst appearing on CNN, TV One, WBEZ and CBS2.

The Studs Terkel Community Media Awards, an evening honoring journalists for their work on critical issues in Chicago communities, will be held March 12, 2015, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, at FilmRow Cinema
Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor.

For more information about the event or for ticket information, contact Maggie Walker, Event Coordinator at 312-369-6400.

No Place Called Home by Kim Schultz and Ronnie Malley: This Week Only – February 19th Thru 22nd

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Written & Performed by Kim Schultz
Musical Accompaniment by Ronnie Malley

Falling in love with an Iraqi refugee was never part of Kim Schultz’s plan, but a man named Omar changed all that. No Place Called Home is that unexpected story—a story about an American woman and an Iraqi man, a story about one refugee in 2 million, a story that isn’t supposed to be a love story.

Playwright / performer Kim Schultz says, “Most of my ‘characters’ are real people (only a few are composite characters combining several people I met). So when I speak, they are speaking, literally. I was in the room with them. I watched their mannerisms, heard their stories, drank their tea. I honor the spirit that lives in each story, in each person.”

We are thrilled that acclaimed Middle Eastern music maestro Ronnie Malley is joining Kim on stage. Ronnie will provide rich musical accompaniment to Kim’s powerful performance. If you have not heard Ronnie play before, you are in for a treat! Click HERE to listen to some of his music.

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