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Archive for February 25th, 2015

Mayoral Election and 19 Aldermanic Races Forced Into Runoff

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Rahm will face Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the April 7th runoff election

By Juanita Bratcher

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel received 46% of the vote in the 2015 mayoral election February 24th – way ahead of any of his four challengers – he failed to get the 50 + one votes needed to save himself from a runoff election in April.

Emanuel’s multimillion dollar political warchest spent millions in advertising, had the support of President Barack Obama and the endorsements of every major newspaper in the city, but it was not enough to give him a straight ticket back to the 5th Floor of City Hall or to avoid a runoff.

With 98.6% of precincts reporting, Emanuel received 208,305 votes, 45.4%; Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, 155,545, 33.9 %; Dr. Willie Wilson, 48,660, 10.6 %; Bob Fioretti, 33,911, 7.4%; and Bill “Dock” Walls, 12, 692, 2.8%.

In addition to that, 19 aldermanic races were forced into a runoff. Those runoffs are in the 2nd, 7th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 29th, 31st, 33rd, 36th, 37th, 41st, 43rd, 45th,  and 46th.

Dr. Wilson Placed Third in Mayoral Race but Supporters say he’s Still Their Winner

Posted by Admin On February - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Wilson to meet with Garcia soon

By Chinta Strausberg

While he finished third in a five-way mayoral race, supporters late Tuesday night called mayoral hopeful Dr.Willie Wilson a winner who stepped up to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel who made history in being the first Chicago mayor forced into a run-off.

Armed with a nearly $15million war chest, Emanuel failed to get the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a run-off. On Tuesday, April 7th, Emanuel, who received 45.4percent of the vote or 208,305 votes, will face off with second runner-up Jesus“Chuy” Garcia who with 95.7 percent of the precincts reporting received 33.9percent or 155,545 votes. Dr. Wilson received 10.6 percent of the vote, or48,660 votes. Bob Fioretti received 33,911 votes, or 7.4 percent of the vote, and William “Dock” Walls received 12,692 votes, or 2.8 percent of the vote.

At his campaign headquarters held at the Swissotel, 340 East Wacker, Wilson, his wife, Janette, and his supporters like Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-7th), Greg Livingston, his campaign manager, and Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Thurston, pastor of the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church and president of the National Baptist Convention of America, said to them Wilson is still a winner.

With a huge TV screen in the room that continued displaying a rolling vote total of the election and amid chants of “We want Willie,” Livingston said, “This is a new day in Chicago referring to the self-made millionaire who only has a 7th grade education.

“The numbers may not say it,but we know in our hearts that Dr. Willie Wilson has won in every aspect,”Thurston said. Saying they are excited about the outcome, Thurston praised Wilson for “standing up for us…sacrificing for us, and we are grateful for a man like Dr. Willie Wilson” he said was never ashamed to pray.

Just before Wilson, who has never run for public office before and used $1 million of his own money, gave his concession speech, Rep. Davis referred to horse racing and the categories of winning like “win, place or show. Either way you cut it, we already know that not only has Dr. Wilson won but everybody in this room is a winner….”

Speaking from the podium where he was joined by his wife, Davis, former Senator Rickey Hendon, Livingston, his wife, Jeanette, ministers and other supporters, Wilson said, “We made a difference in the city of Chicago.” “I know Chicago a lot better today than I did yesterday.”

On who he will support in the April 7th runoff, Wilson said, “We will come out and will decide which way we will be going” explaining that he will be meeting with Garcia in the near future.

Wilson confirmed that Garcia did call him, and he congratulated his placing second in the mayoral race. He also mentioned Fioretti and Walls., but when Wilson mentioned the name Emanuel, his supporters booed.

Wilson said he is not through with politics and will “deal with them about our schools.” Throughout the campaign, Wilson was very critical of Mayor Emanuel for closing 50 schools located mostly in the African American community, and these red light cameras have to go,” he said to a cheering audience.

“Major corporations should not be running our city. The citizens should…,” said Wilson. “We will continue to be a major player around this country from now on…. All things work for good if your heart is right with Christ.’

In an interview with this reporter, Davis, who initially supported Garcia having collected more than 2,000 signatures, but switched to Wilson during the campaign, said in light of the April 7th runoff , “The first signatures we were getting were for Chuy Garcia.” Davis said there could be a black/Hispanic coalition if people “work hard enough and if people were willing to negotiate and displace sensitivity.”

Saying he has been trying to develop a black/Hispanic coalition ever since he has been in politics. “Some of us have never given up on this idea of black/Latino coalition.” Davis said his voting record would prove that. “I’ve never given up on this notion,” he said referring to a viable African American/Latino coalition but he admitted, “It requires a lot of work. It requires a tremendous amount of sensitivity, and it requires people believing that something is important enough for them to do it.”

The congressman said it is important to have this coalition because the “issues, concerns of these population groups not only in Chicago” are similar in both ethnic groups.

“I used to pick cotton with migrant farm workers. It ain’t just about Chicago. It’s about the nation…the country. I’ve always been philosophically attuned to a collation between groups of people in this country who have been at the bottom; so it won’t be nothing new for me,” Davis said.

On Wilson, Davis said, “No matter what Dr. Wilson gets in the vote, he is a winner. They are proud of the fact that he was willing to step out, put himself on the line, do the unconventional, do something that many political analysis would think a person would never do…come into a race a week before the deadline…finance the whole operation himself.

“The one thing that I am not excited about is that the community didn’t necessarily help finance…didn’t necessarily buy into it the way I would hope they would have bought in. You can’t expect any one person to carry on his shoulders the desires and hopes, and aspirations of a whole group of people. That is the only disappointment I have,”said Davis.

“Dr. Wilson did his part. He did what he could, but I am not sure the community did its part,” the congressman said.

Dr. Wilson had his“Singsation Band” to perform along with the “Extreme Dance Ministry.”

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.

President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

Posted by Admin On February - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

President Barack Obama’s veto message to the Senate: S. 1, Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

To the Senate of the United States

“I am returning herewith without my approval S. 1, the “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.”  Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.

“The Presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously.  But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people.  And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto.”


Kirk Warns Against New U.S. Concessions in Iran Nuclear Talks

Posted by Admin On February - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement in response to the new round of reported U.S. nuclear concessions in ongoing negotiations with Iran:

“The Administration is eager to add Iran to its list of ‘breakthroughs’ that include a misguided Russian Reset with Ukraine under siege, withdrawn assistance to Libya that yielded a terrorist safe haven, Assad’s repeated chemical weapons attacks in Syria despite the President’s ‘red line,’ abandonment of Iraq that paved the way for the Islamic State (ISIS), and the collapse of our counterterrorism ‘success’ story in Yemen.

“The American people do not want the Iranian terror state to have nuclear weapons or hidden nuclear capabilities.  A bad nuclear deal with Iran will endanger the security of the United States, Israel and our Arabian Gulf allies.  We must protect our children from ever witnessing an Iranian-initiated nuclear war in the Middle East.”

Neighborhood Electoral Uprising Forces Emanuel Into Runoff

Posted by Admin On February - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

From Grassroots Illinois Action

Success of Progressive Candidates Points to Growing Political Movement of Chicago Working Families

CHICAGO, IL – Voters turned out across the city to vote their values, showing strong disapproval for Mayor Emanuel’s corporate agenda of school and clinic closings, budget cuts, privatization, and neighborhood disinvestment.

“Rahm’s $30 million war chest couldn’t beat our army of dedicated volunteers, and our collective determination for a unified city that values all its neighborhoods, not just downtown. When there’s a strong movement of working families mobilized around the issues that impact their lives, the power of people can beat the power of money.” said Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Illinois Action.

In addition to endorsing Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor, Grassroots Illinois Action endorsed 23 aldermanic candidates, 14 of which who won outright or will be advancing to a runoff election. A full list of GIA endorsed candidates can be found on takebackchicago.org/endorsements.

In order to help build independent neighborhood political power GIA has established ward level committees to empower community leaders to take part in the political process. One such committee is in the 15th ward, where Rafael Yañez, GIA endorsed candidate and political newcomer, forced a runoff with Democratic Committeeman Raymond Lopez.

“We’ve had enough of elected officials who listen to the Mayor and his downtown buddies instead of the people who live in our community. In this past year, we started to build a new kind of politics in the 15th ward – where our families and our communities matter.  And tonight we won a major battle by forcing a runoff between our endorsed candidate and just another rubber stamp elected official.  And this is just the beginning,” said Marcos Ceniceros of Grassroots Illinois Action.

Also appearing on the ballot in 37 wards was an advisory referendum asking voters if they support an elected school board. Chicagoans clearly articulated their desire for a check on mayoral power over our schools voting an overwhelming 89% in favor of an elected representative school board.

“The message is clear- Chicago residents want democracy in education. We are tired of neighborhood school closures and turnarounds, budget cuts, the proliferation of charter schools at the expense of neighborhood schools, and top-down mayoral control of our school system.” said Abbie Illenberger, Grassroots Illinois Action Field Director.

Grassroots Illinois Action is committed to building long term political power for working families well beyond this election. In the 26th Ward, where Roberto Maldonado narrowly avoided a runoff against GIA endorsed candidate Juanita Irizarry, GIA members are ready to continue the hard work of building the infrastructure to hold elected officials accountable.

“Juanita didn’t make it to a run off but I’m still very proud of what we were able to accomplish. We showed that Maldonado is not king of Humboldt Park- we can run candidates who will listen to our community. We are going to continue to grow what we have built so far so that our community gets the schools, services, and resources we deserve. This was never about one election. We are in this for the long haul,” stated Reyna Luna, GIA 26th Ward Committee member.

NAACP Responds to Department of Justice’s Decision Not to File Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman

Posted by Admin On February - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Justice Department announced that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

“George Zimmerman remains free, while a family continues to mourn the death of a young man—and his memory lies ever present in the minds of his family and Americans throughout the country.  We are deeply disappointed by the news that the Department of Justice has closed its investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin and will not be filing criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. The NAACP will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed. The NAACP continues to remain committed to justice no matter how long or how difficult.  No one should be protected by the law when committing senseless crimes or any act of violence. Our deepest prayers and support continue to be with the family of Trayvon Martin.”

Ms. Adora Obi Nweze, NAACP Florida State Conference President:

“The Florida State Conference and greater Florida community remain committed to the fight against the Stand Your Ground law in Florida and across the nation.  Today’s decision from the Department of Justice to not file criminal civil right charges against George Zimmerman only deepens our resolve to continue our campaign against this unjust law.  We will continue to provide moral support for Trayvon Martin’s family and the work they are doing to fight injustice.”

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Announces Staff for 114th Congress

Posted by Admin On February - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, DC — The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) announced its new staff for the 114th Congress, which will serve under the leadership of CBC Chairman Representative G. K. Butterfield (D-NC).

“I am excited to welcome this new dynamic team to the Congressional Black Caucus and look forward to working closely with each of them,” said CBC Chairman Butterfield. “Collectively, this group of talented men and women bring years of experience and accomplishment to the CBC from their respective work in federal and state government, policy and research, law and the private sector. I am confident they will work diligently to ensure the vision and mission of the CBC is executed and communicated in an effective and efficient manner.”

Here are the new members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) staff:

Abdul Henderson

Executive Director

Abdul Henderson is the Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) where he serves as the strategic operations and policy advisor for the Caucus and its 46 members. While managing the daily activities of the CBC, Mr. Henderson works closely with Members and their Chiefs of Staff to coordinate and implement Caucus priorities and its legislative agenda.

Formerly, Mr. Henderson was the Director of International Affairs for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Veteran Affairs on matters relating to global and intergovernmental relations.

Mr. Henderson also served as the Chief of Staff to former Representative Diane E. Watson (D-CA) where as her chief policy advisor, he was responsible for developing and implementing all policy objectives, strategies, and operating plans.

As a member of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Henderson was a member of 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO).  In January 2003, he was called to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom and in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Upon his return from the War in Iraq, Mr. Henderson was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Armed Forces Reserved Medal with “M” device.  As a result of his heroism fighting as a foreign national with the British 16th Air Assault Brigade, Mr. Henderson qualifies for the United Kingdom’s Iraq Medal of Service.

Internationally recognized as an advocate for peace, Mr. Henderson was featured in the 2004 Cannes Film Festival Award Film “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

A native of South Los Angeles, Mr. Henderson graduated from Crenshaw High School, received his Associate of Arts Degree in Business from Santa Monica College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland University College.

Mr. Henderson is the proud father of two sons, Alexander and Lewis.


Candace L. Randle

Director, Communications & Media

Candace L. Randle is an award winning PR professional with 15 years of experience and expertise in communications and public relations, which she will leverage in her latest role as Director of Communications and Media for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to promote the CBC’s initiatives and legislative agenda.

Previously, Ms. Randle worked as the Director of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs for The RLJ Companies where she developed a series of multi-tiered communications strategies to describe and promote the company and its chairman, Robert L. Johnson (founder of Black Entertainment Television – BET), and the diverse business operations within the RLJ corporate portfolio.

Her career highlights include having served as part of the political team for Hillary Clinton (2007), as a campaign writer and briefer for Al Gore (2000), as well as an aide in the United States Senate (2008) and the U.S. House of Representatives (2001).

During the tenure of her career, Ms. Randle has worked extensively in the political, public affairs, and media arenas, and has earned coverage in some of today’s foremost leading news outlets that include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, CNN, FORTUNE Magazine, Forbes, the BBC and The Washington Post.

Ms. Randle has been recognized by PRWeek, one of the industry’s top trade publications as one of its “40 Under 40: New Trailblazers” (2013); The Network Journal as a”40 Under Forty” Achievement Award recipient (2014); she has been featured in the High Profile section of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette (2014) for her work in politics and public affairs; and recognized by ESSENCE magazineas a D.C. Power Player (2014).

Ms. Randle graduated with leadership honors from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History, and she received a Master of Public Administration (MPA), summa cum laude, from the Institute of Government at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Kendra F. Brown

Policy Director

Kendra Brown returns to Capitol Hill as the Policy Director for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) following her time with Earthjustice, where she served as the firm’s Associate Legislative Counsel and worked within its policy and legislation team to build its coalition efforts.

Previously, Ms. Brown served as the Special Assistant and Counsel to Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) where she coordinated coalition outreach and community engagement, advised on legislation, and coordinated special events. Ms. Brown is also a former National Chair of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and currently serves as the President of the NBLSA Advisory Board.

She graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Business Management and began her seminary studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Brown completed her Master of Divinity at Howard University Divinity School and received her law degree from Vermont Law School. She attended the George Washington University School of Law for her Master of Laws.

Ms. Brown is committed to community engagement and empowerment. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated, and serves in a number of capacities that include: youth leader at her local church, as a member of the African American Advisory Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters, a board member of the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, and the Young Lawyer’s Division Pipeline Committee Co-Chairman of the National Bar Association.

Ms. Brown has received various awards, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Pro Bono Service Award, the Patricia Roberts Harris Award for Excellence, the George Washington University Law School’s Justice Thurgood Marshall Civil Liberties Award, the Hampton University Alumni Association Northern Virginia Chapter’s 35th Anniversary Alumni Award, the State of Maryland Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, and the Hall of Fame Alumni Award of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Black Law Students Association.


Kwame Canty

Director of External Affairs and Member Services

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Kwame Canty has developed a distinguished career in public service. In his role as Director of External Affairs and Member Services, Mr. Canty is responsible for CBC Member Services, management of CBC Taskforces, and logistical support for all CBC programing and member affairs. He is also responsible for leading the CBC’s coalition building efforts with external organizations.

Mr. Canty has worked under the leadership of two CBC chairmanships, including his tenure with former Chairwoman Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) during the 113th Congress and currently under the leadership of Chairman Representative G. K. Butterfield (D-NC).

Prior to joining the Congressional Black Caucus, Mr. Canty worked in the office of Representative Edolphus Towns as a Senior Legislative Assistant. He was the lead staffer on all hearings related to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer, Manufacturing and Trade, where he also managed the full committee’s member services efforts.

Mr. Canty also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Clerk, under the leadership of Lorraine C. Miller, where he assisted House Members with introducing legislation, amendments and statements for the Congressional record.

Mr. Canty is a graduate of Hampton University and a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Email Surveys a Path to ID Theft, Warns Better Business Bureau

Posted by Admin On February - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Looking to earn easy or much needed cash, consumers are falling victim to email survey scams. It is the latest online method that scammers are using to steal personal and financial information from their victims. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning that people need to be aware of these fraudulent surveys because they have the capability of stealing banking and credit card information. Some links even download malware into computers.

“These types of scams can be tricky because they appear to be from legitimate businesses,” says Steve J. Bernas president, and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “It’s very important to take a careful look at these emails before clicking on links or completing one of their surveys.”

Often the survey websites make claims of paying exorbitant amounts of money for participating. “Earn $150 a day or they carry tempting subject lines such as – Your Reward Points are Expiring…Claim Now! Additionally, recipients of the emails are enticed to complete the survey to win a gift card,” noted Bernas.

A recent Scambusters Report stated there are legitimate online survey companies. However, they are not easy to find nor do they pay large sums for taking the surveys. Also the report states “the survey generally requires participants to invest a great deal of time.”

Here are ways to spot a survey email scam:

  • The email claims to have information about you but you never signed up for it. Scams often pretend to be personalized for you but they are actually blast emails. Don’t fall for this! If you never signed up for emails from a company, you shouldn’t be receiving them.
  • Pushes you to act immediately. Scammers typically try to push you into action before you have had time to think. Always be wary of emails urging you to act immediately or face a consequence.
  • Watch for typos, strange phrasing and bad grammar. Scammers can easily copy a brand’s logo and email format but awkward wording and poor grammar are typically a giveaway that the message is a scam.
  • Hover over URLs to reveal their true destination. Typically, the hyperlinked text will say one thing but the link will point somewhere else. Make sure the links actually lead to the business’ official website, not a variation of the domain name.

For more information on scams, visit www.bbb.org/chicago, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or add us on Pinterest.

Sec’y of State Jesse White to Host Celebration of African-American Heritage Month

Posted by Admin On February - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Art Norman to receive Lifetime Achievement Award and deliver keynote address

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will honor broadcasting pioneers Art Norman and Robin Robinson, Chicago Defender Charities President Colonel Eugene F. Scott, family matriarch Rosetta Browley and the late president of the Illinois Literacy Foundation, Anthony Taylor, during a celebration of African-American Heritage Month.

The event also includes participation and performances from the Jesse White Drum Corps, jazz quartet Two Guys & Two Dames, Proviso East High School Naval JROTC and local dance group Move Me Soul.

The event will be held Thursday, February 26, from noon to 1 p.m., at the  James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Concourse Level.

The purpose of the event is to honor and celebrate the many contributions made by African-Americans throughout the state of Illinois in recognition of African-American Heritage Month.

Muslim American Artists: Reshaping the Narrative A Panel Discussion – Monday, March 9th at 7 p.m.

Posted by Admin On February - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Move over Muslim boogeyman, the artists are gonna put you out of business!

As part of Silk Road Rising’s ongoing commitment to reclaiming, dissecting, and subverting representation, we have assembled a panel of five outstanding Chicago-based artists to discuss their work and where it fits against the broader backdrop of American culture, Muslim identity, world events, and the communities from which they hail.

These artists have not been content simply sitting around, waiting to condemn the next atrocity from ISIS; instead, they’ve been busy Creating While Muslim (that is “Muslim” as each defines “Muslim”).  CWM – it’s a beautiful thing to watch!

Meet the artists: the comedian, Azhar Usman; the musician, Marwan Kamel; the filmmaker, Rashid Ghazi; the writer, Nura Maznavi; and the playwright, Rohina Malik.  The panel will be moderated by Silk Road Rising’s founding artistic director Jamil Khoury.

By coming together to discuss their identities as professional artists and Muslim Americans, the panelists will provide us insights that are sorely lacking in the public sphere.

The panel is being produced by Silk Road Rising in association with Chicago Dramatists.

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