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President Obama Grants Commutations of Sentence to 22 Individuals

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to the following 22 individuals:

• Terry Andre Barnes – East Moline, IL
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; supervised release violation (distribution of cocaine base) (Southern District of Iowa)
Sentence:  246 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (July 25, 2005)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Theresa Brown – Pompano Beach, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine (Southern District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Mar. 29, 1995)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Donel Marcus Clark – Dallas, TX
Offense:  Conspiracy; use of a communication facility (five counts); distribution and/or possession of cocaine or manufacturing in or near a school facility, aiding and abetting (Northern District of Texas)
Sentence:  420 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (Nov. 12, 1993); amended to 360 months’ imprisonment (August 20, 2008)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Ricky Bernard Coggins – Tallahassee, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (Northern District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 3, 1993)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Samuel Pasqual Edmondson – Junction City, KS
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (Eastern District of Texas)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Sep. 24, 1997)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Amado Garcia – Fresno, CA
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; aiding and abetting the possession of methamphetamine; aiding and abetting the possession of heroin (District of Wyoming)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $2,000 fine (Nov. 29, 2001)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Dwight Anthony Goddard – Decatur, GA
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Middle District of Georgia)
Sentence:  235 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Feb. 7, 2002)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Lionel Ray Hairston – Ridgeway, VA
Offense:  Distribution of cocaine base (three counts) (Western District of Virginia)
Sentence:  262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (May 27, 1999)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Francis Darrell Hayden – Loretto, KY
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants or 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana; manufacture of 1,000 or more marijuana plants (Eastern District of Michigan)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Apr. 2, 2002)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Harold Kenneth Herring – Havana, FL
Offense:  Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Northern District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 22, 1998)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Tommie Lee Hollingshed – Memphis, TN
Offense:  Distribution of a controlled substance (two counts) (Western District of Tennessee)
Sentence:  324 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (May 1, 1996)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Derrick DeWayne Johnson – Birmingham, AL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine (Northern District of Alabama)
Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (Nov. 18, 1998)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months.

• Robert Martinez-Gil – San Antonio, TX
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin (Western District of Texas)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (July 9, 1992)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• David Navejar – Brooksville, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 27, 2003)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Rudolph Norris – Washington, D.C.
Offense:  Unlawful distribution of cocaine base; unlawful possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (District of Columbia)
Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (Apr. 5, 1993)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Tracy Lynn Petty – Shelby, NC
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (Western District of North Carolina)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Mar. 30, 2006); amended to 204 months’ imprisonment (February 25, 2008)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Luis Razo – Davenport, IA
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine (Southern District of Iowa)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 3, 2003)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Antwon Rogers – Cleveland, OH
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 139.8 grams of cocaine base (Northern District of Ohio)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 30, 1995)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Herman Rosenboro –Kingsport, TN
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine and over 50 grams of cocaine base; distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (two counts); distribution of a quantity of cocaine (two counts)  (Eastern District of Tennessee)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; six years’ supervised release (Dec. 3, 2001)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Lawrence Elmo Scott – Lynchburg, VA
Offense:  Distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school (Western District of Virginia)
Sentence:  283 months’ imprisonment; six years’ supervised release; $4,000 fine (Apr. 8, 2003)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Levar V. Wade – Chicago, IL
Offense:  Possession of 50 or more grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute (Central District of Illinois)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 28, 2004)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

• Eugene Winters – Cedar Rapids, IA
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (Southern District of Iowa)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Feb. 23, 2005)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

U.S. Senator Kirk Statement on Iran Nuclear Talks

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CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement today after the Administration failed to meet the March 2015 deadline for a detailed framework agreement for an eventual nuclear deal with Iran:

“In the last week, the Administration has made a series of dangerous nuclear concessions to Iran and gotten nothing serious in return. By passing Kirk-Menendez, we increase pressure on Iran for a good deal. Without it, we’ll get a badly lopsided deal that paves Iran’s path to nuclear weapons and sparks a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”

Background on Reported U.S. Nuclear Concessions to Iran in Last Week

New York Times (3/29): Iran will no longer be required to ship out uranium fuel that it could quickly enrich to make nuclear weapons.

ABC (3/26): Iran will no longer be required to shut down Fordow, a uranium enrichment site that was secretly built deep inside a mountain near the city of Qom.

Wall Street Journal (3/25): Iran will no longer be required to come completely clean to international nuclear inspectors about secret Iranian nuclear weapons activities before getting substantial relief from economic sanctions.

Unemployment Rates Drop in All Metro Areas in Illinois – Job Growth Uneven

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Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area Feb. 2015 Feb. 2014 Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington 5.0% 6.8% -1.8
Carbondale-Marion 6.2% 8.6% -2.4
Champaign-Urbana 5.2% 7.4% -2.2
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights 6.6% 8.8% -2.2
Danville 7.2% 10.9% -3.7
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 6.0% 7.4% -1.4
Decatur 7.3% 11.1% -3.8
Elgin 6.3% 8.9% -2.6
Kankakee 7.2% 10.4% -3.2
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 6.0% 8.4% -2.4
Peoria 6.6% 9.1% -2.5
Rockford 7.0% 10.0% -3.0
Springfield 5.6% 7.5% -1.9
St. Louis (IL-Section) 6.3% 9.1% -2.8
Illinois Statewide 6.5% 8.8% -2.3
* Data subject to revision.

CHICAGO, IL – February was the twelfth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Rates also fell in all 102 counties for the eleventh consecutive month and the twelfth time out of the past fourteen months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares February 2015 with February 2014.

Illinois businesses added jobs in nine metros. Largest increases: Danville (+3.5 percent, +1,000), Champaign-Urbana (+2.3 percent, +2,400) and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division (+1.7 percent, +58,200). Decreases: Carbondale-Marion (-0.7 percent, -400), Bloomington (-0.5 percent, -500) and Peoria (-0.5 percent,
-900). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were Retail Trade (10 of 14), Government (9 of 14), Mining and Construction (8 of 14), Transportation, Warehousing and Public Utilities (8 of 14) and Education and Health Services (8 of 14).

“More Illinoisans are finding work as unemployment rates continue falling across the state. However, over-the-year, nearly 85 percent of the state’s job growth occurred in the northeastern part of the state. This regional job growth has masked losses in Peoria, Bloomington, Carbondale-Marion and the Quad Cities.” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “Job growth needs to occur in all areas for a successful recovery.”

The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 6.5 percent in February 2015 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in February and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – February 2015

Metropolitan Area February
2015*
February
2014**
Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington MSA 94,200 94,700 -500
Carbondale-Marion MSA 53,600 54,000 -400
Champaign-Urbana MSA 108,500 106,100 2,400
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Div. 3,549,200 3,491,000 58,200
Danville MSA 29,400 28,400 1,000
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA 179,200 179,600 -400
Decatur MSA 49,700 49,800 -100
Elgin Metro Division 245,400 241,600 3,800
Kankakee MSA 44,100 43,500 600
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metro Div. 389,400 385,800 3,600
Peoria MSA 174,000 174,900 -900
Rockford MSA 148,900 146,500 2,400
Springfield MSA 110,000 108,600 1,400
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA 225,900 225,100 800
Illinois Statewide 5,809,400 5,732,100 77,300
*Preliminary    **Revised

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Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
(percent) for Local Counties and Areas

Labor Market Area Feb. 15 Feb. 14 Over-the-Year Change
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI MSA 6.7% 8.8% -2.1
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metro Division
Cook County 6.8% 9.1% -2.3
DuPage County 5.3% 7.0% -1.7
Grundy County 8.5% 11.6% -3.1
Kendall County 6.0% 8.1% -2.1
McHenry County 6.4% 8.4% -2.0
Will County 7.1% 9.5% -2.4
Elgin, IL Metro Division
DeKalb County 5.9% 8.4% -2.5
Kane County 6.3% 9.0% -2.7
Lake & Kenosha Counties, IL-WI Metro Division
Lake County 6.0% 8.6% -2.6
Cities (with total population of at least 100,000) *
Aurora City 6.2% 8.7% -2.5
Chicago City 7.1% 9.3% -2.2
Elgin City 8.7% 11.7% -3.0
Joliet City 9.0% 11.7% -2.7
Naperville City 4.9% 6.3% -1.4

* Unemployment rates for cities with total population of 25,000 or more can be found at www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Current_Monthly_Unemployment_Rates.aspx

Lake & Kenosha Counties, IL-WI Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.0 percent in February 2015 from 8.4 percent in February 2014. The last time the February rate was equal to or lower was in 2007 when it was 5.4 percent. For the month of February 2015, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 26,700.

Total nonfarm employment increased +3,600 compared to February 2015. Retail Trade (+1,600), Construction (+1,400) and Manufacturing (+1,100) reported the largest payroll gains. The Professional-Business Services (-1,900) sector recorded the largest employment decline compared to one year ago.


Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.6 percent in February 2015 from 8.8 percent in February 2014. The last time the February rate was equal to or lower was in 2008 when it was 5.7 percent. For the month of February 2015, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 249,700.

Total nonfarm employment increased +58,200 compared to February 2014. Professional-Business Services (+18,800), Educational-Health Services (+11,800), and Retail Trade (+10,300) reported the largest payroll gains. Manufacturing (-3,000) and Wholesale Trade (-2,500) sectors recorded the largest employment declines compared to one year ago.

Elgin, IL Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.3 percent in February 2015 from 8.9 percent in February 2014. The last time the February rate was equal to or lower was in 2008 when it was 5.7 percent. For the month of February 2015, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 19,500.

Total nonfarm employment increased +3,800 compared to February 2014. Construction (+1,500), Leisure-Hospitality (+1,400), Government (+1,300) Wholesale Trade (+900), and Manufacturing reported the largest payroll gains. The Professional-Business Services (-2,400) sector recorded the largest employment decline compared to one year ago.


Note:

  • Monthly 2014 unemployment rates and total non-farm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February 2015, as required by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Comments and tables distributed for prior metro area news releases should be discarded as any records or historical analysis previously cited may no longer be valid.

Tell the NCAA: Leave Indiana if it Does Not Repeal its Discriminatory Anti-Gay Law – Sign The Petition

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Tell the National Collegiate Athletic Association:
“A state that officially sanctions discrimination based on sexual orientation should not be the home of an organization responsible for the welfare of the nation’s college student-athletes. Move your headquarters out of Indiana if it does not effectively repeal its discriminatory anti-gay law.”Add your name:

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the non-profit organization responsible for organizing and regulating America’s college athletic programs. It’s responsible for the welfare of nearly half a million student-athletes across the country.

But the NCAA is headquartered in Indiana, a state that has just officially sanctioned discrimination against gay men and women. That’s unacceptable for an organization like the NCAA, and during the Final Four it’s in a unique position to take a strong stand on behalf of all Americans against this hateful, discriminatory new law.

Tell the NCAA: Leave Indiana if it does not effectively repeal its discriminatory anti-gay law. Click here to sign the petition.

Sign the petition â–º

Americans were shocked last week when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a bill that allows businesses within the state to discriminate against customers based on their sexual orientation.

Thankfully, national business leaders and corporations have come out strongly against the law, including Apple and Yelp. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff strongly condemned the law and announced that his company would be scaling back investments there. Major corporations headquartered in Indiana also came out against the law, including pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and online recommendation service Angie’s List, which has cancelled a $40 million jobs expansion in the state due to the new law.1

But as the national organization responsible for the welfare of nearly half a million college student-athletes, the NCAA has an even greater responsibility to reject this new law. It cannot continue to invest in a state that officially sanctions discrimination against American citizens.

NCAA President Mark Emmert has stated that the new law poses a threat to the NCAA’s culture of inclusiveness and diversity, and that unless the law were changed or repealed, the future of NCAA’s relationship with Indiana would be in question.2

But we need to push the NCAA to take a real stand. With the nation’s eyes on the college basketball Final Four, the NCAA is in a unique place to make a powerful statement on behalf of the students and athletes it is responsible for, as well as all Americans who believe our country has no place for hateful, discriminatory laws.

Tell the NCAA: Leave Indiana if it does not effectively repeal its discriminatory anti-gay law. Click here to sign the petition.

Thank you for your activism.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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“The Backlash Against Indiana’s New LGBT Discrimination Law,” ThinkProgress, March 27, 2015.

“NCAA’s Mark Emmert on Indiana anti-gay law and Final Four: ‘This is a very big deal’,” Washington Post, March 30, 2015.

WHITEHOUSE POST to be Honored at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards

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CHICAGO, IL – Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival are pleased to announce that post-production house WHITEHOUSE POST will be presented with the Commitment to Excellence Award for Television Commercials at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Ceremony on April 22nd, 2015 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile (633 N St Clair St).“For over 20 years, WHITEHOUSE POST has been an integral part of Chicago’s creative community. Their exceptional work in advertising post-production has helped make Chicago a world-class destination for original, talented storytellers,” Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival.

ABOUT WHITEHOUSE POST

WHITEHOUSE POST has been one of the leading international creative editorial companies across the world since 1990, with post-production facilities in London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Amsterdam. Their Chicago office has served the advertising community here for two decades, editing high profile campaigns both locally and beyond. Whitehouse Post believes in fostering editorial storytelling in a creative and supportive environment. Central to this philosophy is an emphasis on molding the best young talent into excellent film editors who recognize the collaborative power of visuals, music and sound.

WHITEHOUSE POST’S deep reel of notable spots for brands such as Allstate, McDonald’s, Nike and Google has won over 50 AICP awards, 93 D&AD Awards, 65 Cannes Lions, 100 British Arrows and 113 Clios. They are also credited on three Grand Prixes at the Cannes Lions for Budweiser’s “Whassup”, Nike’s “Tag”, and Levi’s “Drugstore.” In addition to their contributions in television advertising, Whitehouse editors have been responsible for editing numerous feature films, including the Oscar® winning Leaving Las Vegas, the Emmy® winning The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Seven Psychopaths, Fifty Shades of Grey and Spring Breakers, to name a few. Production and finishing partnerships with sister companies Cap Gun Collective and Carbon VFX, as well as with design-driven production company Gentleman Scholar, further cement Whitehouse Post as an invaluable creative resource for their clients.

For over five decades, the Chicago International Television Awards have honored the inspiring programs, beloved personalities and powerful creatives that have shaped unforgettable moments of television. From innovative distribution approaches to groundbreaking storytelling, the Television Awards continue to recognize the talented minds of this ever-evolving medium.

A reception will precede the Ceremony, where top awards will be presented to the competition winners and tributes will be paid to distinguished individuals and companies who have made an indelible contribution to the television industry.

Tickets to the event are available at chicagofilmfestival.com

The 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards is presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival. Led by Major Sponsors, Optimus, Sound Investment AV, and WTTW11; Evening Partners include Stella Artois, Effen Vodka, Screen Magazine, and ReelChicago.

The Harlem Book Fair Launches ‘My Book Selfie,’ A Call to the African American Book Nation

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Uses Social Media to Promote African American Reading

My Book Selfie


Harlem, NY (BlackNews.com) –  The Harlem Book Fair has launched an innovative literacy-awareness initiative, My Book Selfie, that rewards readers who share their love of books. Using social media, the Harlem Book Fair is offering weekly rewards and prizes for readers who post a picture of themselves showing their favorite book or current reading.

The goal of the ongoing program is to create an online presence where readers are acknowledged for being a large and vibrant nation-wide community and are rewarded for their love of reading. The best book selfie will be selected from submitted photos on a weekly basis by the staff of QBR/The Black Book Review (www.qbr.com)and the Harlem Book Fair. Selected readers will be notified by email. No additional participation is required to be selected; simply take a picture with a favorite book and post it online at www.facebook.com/mybookselfie.

“There is a perception that we, as an often underserved community, have little relationship to reading as a way of life,” says Max Rodriguez, founder of the Harlem Book Fair. “They often forget that reading has long served as the means by which we have changed the course of our American experience. We have long been a nation of readers. I expect that children to grandma’s will post their favorite books. My Book Selfie will acknowledge us as a lifelong reading community that values entertaining stories, access to information, and the fun of reading.”

My Book Selfie is open to readers with valid email addresses or new or existing registrants of QBR.com with valid email addresses or readers who are Facebook “fans”/”followers” of QBR.com and the Harlem Book Fair (www.harlembookfair.com) with a valid email address.
About the Harlem Book Fair:
The presentation of the QBR Wheatley Book Awards will open the Harlem The program blends awards Book Fair on the evening of July 17th. presentations into an entertaining evening of music, letters, and stellar performances. The Wheatley Awards are open to industry professionals, independent authors and publishers, media, readers and the general public. To reserve seating for the QBR Wheatley Book Awards, visit the Harlem Book Fair website or EventBrite.com. To submit your book for Book Award consideration, download and submit the Book Award Submission form.

The Harlem Book Fair invites publishers, independent authors, book vendors, and artists to exhibit, promote and sell their work to its receptive audience. Applications are available online at www.harlembookfair.com. The Harlem Book Fair is a family event that is free and open to all.

President Obama Signs Memorandum of Disapproval Regarding S.J. Res.8

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Oval Office

President Barack Obama’s remarks before signing Memorandum of Disapproval regarding S.J. Res.8

President Obama: Hello, everybody.  Well, I am about to sign a memorandum of disapproval.  A while back, the National Labor Relations Board, the NLRB, put forward some common-sense, modest changes to streamline the voting process for folks who wanted to join a union.  And unfortunately, the Republican Senate and House decided to put forward a proposal to reverse those changes.  I think that’s a bad idea.

Unions historically have been at the forefront of establishing things like the 40-hour work week, the weekend, elimination of child labor laws, establishing fair benefits and decent wages.  And one of the freedoms of folks here in the United States is, is that if they choose to join a union, they should be able to do so.  And we shouldn’t be making it impossible for that to happen.

So not only am I going to be signing this memorandum of disapproval; I also want to announce that in the fall we’re going to host a summit on increasing the voice and the rights of workers here in the United States.  We’ve had a terrific economic recovery.  We’re got more work to do.  We’re finally seeing wages being to tick up after many consecutive years of job growth.  Nevertheless, what’s true is, is that we’ve got record corporate profits.  Folks at the very top are doing very well.  Middle-class families and folks trying to work their way into the middle class still have some big difficulties.

And part of what we want to do is to make sure that we give workers the capacity to have their voices heard, to have some influence in the workplace, to make sure that they’re partners in building up the U.S. economy, and that growth is broad-based, and that everybody is benefitting just as everybody is contributing.  So that’s something that I’m very much looking forward to.  We’ll have a wide range of voices from the business community, from small businesses, from the workers in a wide range of fields — academics, organizers.  Because I think that everybody here in America wants to make sure that even as the economy is growing, everybody is playing a part in that growth and everybody is sharing and contributing to that success.

So with that, let me sign this memorandum of disapproval.  Thank you very much, everybody.

Source: whitehouse.gov

Amazing Black History Bowties Feature MLK, Rosa Parks, and More

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Mark Ruffalo to Receive Renaissance Award from Siskel Film Center June 6

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Gene Siskel Film Center to Honor Academy Award® Nominee Mark Ruffalo With the 2015 Renaissance Award Saturday, June 6 at the Ritz Carlton Chicago


CHICAGO, IL — The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will once again salute a leader in cinematic artistry when it honors two-time Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo, Saturday, June 6, 2015, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson Street.) The evening will celebrate Ruffalo’s accomplishments as an actor, director and producer as well as give attendees the opportunity to listen in as Ruffalo reminisces about his favorite roles, provides insights into his creative process and influences, and discuss upcoming projects.   A retrospective of film clips from his most memorable performances will accompany the conversation. The evening will culminate with the presentation of the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award to Ruffalo by SAIC President Dr. Walter E. Massey.

“Mark Ruffalo is one of the most gifted and versatile actors working today, and always imbues his performances with layers of complexity that are fascinating to watch,” said GSFC of the SAIC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “His performances in ‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Shutter Island,’ and ‘The Kids are All Right’ are a few of my favorites, but even his performance as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in ‘The Avengers’ contains a level of introspection that was surprising and thought-provoking. As a director and producer, he has created some remarkable work, including last year’s highly acclaimed ‘The Normal Heart.’”

The benefit is co-chaired by longstanding GSFC supporters and Advisory Board members Marlene Iglitzen and Ellen Kollar.  The chair of the GSFC Advisory Board is Ellen Sandor.   All proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s eclectic film programming as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.  This programming provides the opportunity for students and the Chicago community to experience the best in film presentation. The annual fundraiser is the primary event that ensures that the GSFC can continue to present the highest quality films and film-related events in Chicago.

Each year, the Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. Past Renaissance Award honorees have included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, including Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., George Lucas, Nicole Kidman, Bob Balaban, John Woo, Michael Mann and William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.

The Renaissance Award was designed specifically for the Gene Siskel Film Center by R.S. Owens & Company, creator of the Oscar® statuette.

About Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo is an Academy Award-nominated actor whose credits include “You Can Count on Me,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The Avengers,” “Zodiac,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Foxcatcher,” as well as the Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG award winning HBO film “The Normal Heart.” In addition to being an accomplished actor, Ruffalo is a strong advocate for addressing climate change and increasing renewable energy. In 2011, he co-founded Water Defense, an organization devoted to the guiding principal that clean water is a basic human right. He was named one of Time Magazine’s “People Who Mattered” in 2011. Ruffalo helped launch The Solutions Project in 2012 as part of his mission to share science, business and culture that demonstrate the feasibility of renewable energy. Ruffalo recently teamed up with race car driver and environmental activist Leilani Munter to promote their initiative “50 Plans for 50 States.”  The plan is a roadmap to take the USA to 100% clean energy in each state.  More information about his environmental work can be found at waterdefense.org.  He can be seen in two upcoming releases: “Infinitely Polar Bear,” and “The Avengers: The Age of Ultron.”

Tickets and More Information
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago proudly presents the Renaissance Award Gala in honor of the Academy Award ® nominee Mark Ruffalo Saturday, June 6 at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson Street. Single tickets range in price from $500 to $1,000 (VIP). Table sponsorships range in price from $5,000 to $50,000.  Call (312) 846-2072 for tickets, tables or more information.

About the Gene Siskel Film Center
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the art of cinema with multiple annual festivals international in scope, independent and classic films, premieres, and retrospectives.  Internationally recognized for its original film programming, the Film Center is a vibrant cultural destination in Chicago that attracts a diverse and creative annual audience of over 80,000.  www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also enables adults, high school students, middle school students, and children to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances.  For more information, please visit saic.edu.  The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit www.artic.edu.

Photo: Mark Ruffalo

JJ Smith to Host Historic Weight Loss Summit in Washington, DC – up to 1,000 Black Women Expected to Attend

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Historic Weight Loss Summit For Black Women

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -  Nutritionist, certified weight loss expert and the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the mega hit, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, JJ Smith, is hosting a major health and weight loss summit called “Sexy By Summer” this May 30th and 31st in Washington, DC.  However, there is something remarkably different about this health conference!

Contrary to the demographic of many popular health seminars, this event will bring together up to 1,000 mostly African-American women whom have all decided to take out their credit cards, make travel arrangements and reserve hotels to come to a summit about losing weight and getting healthy!  These women are not practitioners… they are not medical professionals… this event is not work related. These are inspired and hopeful women excited to attend a live event and learn how to get their sexy back!

The obvious question is why are they doing this?  The truth is, JJ Smith is different, fresh and… well, needed. She has found a way to make healthy taste good, which is helping people globally to crave healthy, nutrient-rich foods. This coupled with her teachings and ongoing support is changing lives!  According to JJ, “They’ve seen and experienced amazing transformations. Women have gone from morbidly obese to size 4’s, reversed pre-diabetes, eliminated blood pressure meds, gotten healthy enough to engage with their families in an entirely different way. They are inspired by what has happened in the last 12 months”.  This conference will bring together many real-life success stories to serve as an inspiration and teaching tool to others.

An example of this is Tameka (pictured above).  She has lost 120 pounds last year, and plans to share her story at the upcoming “Sexy by Summer” Conference.  Tameka jumpstarted her weight loss with the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse and continues to live a lifestyle of detoxing, eating healthy and moving to continue her weight loss journey. Tameka says, “I’m 30 years old with PCOS and used to struggle with irregular cycles. By Day 4 of the green smoothie cleanse, I started my cycle for the first time on my own in over 10 years!  Medications that the doctors prescribed didn’t even work.  My energy is amazing! I’m on a natural high, and life is so amazing. JJ Smith has completely changed and saved my life forever! My relationship with food has completely changed!” (Read more success stories like Tameka’s at http://ow.ly/3xxHZm)

When JJ is asked if she knew her books would lead to such a movement, she enthusiastically shares: “I knew I could help women lose weight, one green smoothie at a time, and I’ve been able to help thousands of women get healthier, slimmer and sexier. But, now I know I can teach women to help others lose weight and get healthy in a way that not only leads to permanent weight loss but that can significantly help our communities!  There is nothing more important in my life right now than helping people change their lives!  I see it, and I know that if we all work together we can make it happen.”

JJ says, “Losing weight doesn’t mean getting skinny;” she encourages women to “lose the weight, but not the curves” while getting healthier at the same time.  The “Sexy By Summer” conference promises to be an epic event.
How to register for the event:
There are still seats available and those wanting to attend should visit http://ow.ly/3xxHZm to register!
About the Author:
#1 New York Times best-selling author JJ Smith is a nutritionist and certified weight-loss expert who has been featured on The View, The Steve Harvey Show, CNN Headlines, The Montel Williams Show, and The Jamie Foxx Show. She has also appeared on NBC, FOX, and CW Network, as well as in the pages of Women’s World, Glamour, Essence, and Ladies Home Journal. Since reclaiming her health, losing weight, and discovering a “second youth” in her forties, JJ has become the voice of inspiration to those who want to lose weight, be healthy, and get their sexy back! She can be contacted on the web at www.JJSmithOnline.com, by email at info@jjsmithonline.com, on Twitter @jjsmithonline and via her Facebook page or at 202-558-5543.

Photo Caption: Tameka Loses 120 Pounds!

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