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Archive for April 2nd, 2015

Kirk “Strongly Oppose” What Governor Pence did in Indiana, Says Discriminatory Law is Un-American

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Kirk Statement on Indiana’s Discrimination Law

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the discriminatory law recently enacted in Indiana:

“I strongly oppose what Governor Pence did. We should not enshrine bigotry under the cover of religion. It’s not just bad practice – it’s un-American.”


  • Senator Kirk was one of 11 Republican senators to vote for the Schatz Amendment to grant married same-sex couples full access to Social Security and veterans benefits.
  • Last month, Senator Kirk signed an amicus brief, filed in the DeBoer v. Snyder case before the Supreme Court, in support of same-sex couples’ right to marry.
  • In 2013, Senator Kirk was the second Republican senator to voice support for same-sex marriage.
  • Senator Kirk was the lead Republican sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which passed the Senate in the 113th Congress.

#Justice4Stephon Freedom Ride from Chicago to Calumet City on April 4th

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Justice for Stephon:
A Freedom Ride for #BlackLivesMatter

From Chicago to Calumet City, connecting Stephon Watts’ murder to the systemic criminalization of Black youth with disabilities, as well as the closing of Illinois’ community mental health services.

CHICAGO, IL – On Saturday, April 4th, a Freedom Ride caravan will travel from Chicago to Calumet City to rally, march, and demand justice for Stephon Watts and his family. The date also marks the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Buses and cars will depart at 12PM from the Village Leadership Academy, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd.

February 1st marked the three-year anniversary of Stephon’s murder by the Calumet City police. Stephon was a 15-year-old with autism who was killed in his home. Saturday’s event will focus on the story of Stephon Watts, while connecting his death to the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and the current Black Lives Matter movement. Speakers will include the mother and father of Stephon Watts, students from the Village Leadership Academy, members of the United Auto Workers, and organizers from We Charge Genocide and Access Living.

A fleet of buses and cars will drive together from Chicago to Calumet City, singing freedom songs and building community along the way. Upon arriving in Calumet City, at 14600 S Torrence Ave at 1:00pm, participants in the caravan will meet and rally with the family of Stephon Watts. They will then march to the police department at 1200 Pulaski Rd for a demonstration.

“What happened to Stephon Watts is part of a larger, national crisis. Half of the people killed last year by police had a mental health disability. As part of the Black Lives Matter movement, we must understand and draw attention to the criminalization of disability and how it intersects with the criminalization of race, gender, sexuality and poverty,” says Page May, an organizer with We Charge Genocide. “This Saturday, we will honor the memory of Stephon Watts and support his family. We will also lift up the names of others with disabilities who have been killed by the police.”

Those that plan to join the Freedom Ride must register to reserve fee transportation. Journalists are welcome: http://bit.ly/1wOxyVb

This event is organized and hosted by: We Charge Genocide and Village Leadership Academy

For updates from the Freedom Ride: Follow #Justice4Stephon and #JusticeForStephon on twitter

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/396767897177918

Statement from Attorney Anthony Peraica
The tragic death of a 15 year old Stephon Watts was avoidable. Officers Haynek and Coffey of the Calumet Park Police Dept. shot and killed Stephon right in front of his father.  The officers acted in a completely unprofessional, intentional manner, putting themselves and members of the Watts family in grave danger.

They caused Stephon to die needlessly.  Knowing about Stephon’s autism disability from their two previous visits to the Watts house, they nevertheless proceeded to antagonize Stephon putting him in a closed environment under severe stress.

When Stephon tried to exit the confined space, Haynek shot him in the chest.  As Stephon fell to the ground, Coffey shot him in the back.

This is yet another outrageous example of bad policing practices that have caused a death of a young disabled person.

When are police going to stop shooting?  When are they going to start respecting life?  When are they going to learn that proper policing methods are designed to preserve life, not end it?

All of you are here today to draw attention to a spree of police killings of innocent people who did not need to die. Stephon did not need to die.  Watts family did not need to be destroyed.

All of us must hold police accountable and put pressure on those departments, like the Calumet City, who act with reckless disregard for the safety of citizens.

Your protest today is one way to hold police accountable. Our court system is another way.  Political pressure is another.

On behalf of the Watts family, I thank you for all that you do.

Black Attorney to Moderate Conference on Police and Prosecutor Misconduct

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Attorney Zulu Ali will moderate a conference in Los Angeles to discuss police and prosecutor accountability and the abuse crisis, and will call for United Nations involvement.

Attorney Zulu Ali

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) – The American Committee on United Nations Oversight, a civil rights and advocacy organization that has launched a campaign to encourage the United Nations involvement in the crisis of current police brutality around the country, announced that it will host an April 11 conference, moderated by Attorney Zulu Ali, a trial lawyer, former police officer, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, to discuss police and prosecutor accountability and to address the current police abuse and prosecutorial misconduct crisis.

A panel will discuss the history and current state of police and prosecutorial misconduct around the country and potential solutions to address the problems; including, community interaction and United Nations involvement oversight, including the request for inquiry submitted to the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

At the conference, the panel will also discuss the launching of the Stop and Frisk Academy, a non-profit endeavor to educate minority youth on how to properly interact with law enforcement officials during police contact. The Stop and Frisk Academy will provide lectures and workshops on a monthly basis at no cost.

The panel of speakers for the meeting include:

* Dr. E.M. Abdulmumin, a Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Dubois Institute in Riverside, California;
* Aquil Basheer, Activist, Author, and Executive Director of Maximum Force Enterprise;
* Attorney Reginald Taylor, Trial Lawyer, Law Offices of Reginald Taylor;
* Attorney Maleha Khan-Avila, Trial Lawyer, Law Offices of Zulu Ali; and
* Michael Clark, Youth Mentor and Executive Director of Motivateum Inc.

The conference will be open to the public and held on April 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m in the Banquet Room BCD at Double Tree Hotel located at 120 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

For more details about Attorney Zulu Ali, visit www.zulualilaw.com

Photo: Attorney Zulu Ali

Immigrant Groups Announce a March to Save Lives

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Press Conference today, April 2, 11:30 a.m., at 2057 W. 51st Street, Chicago

The Mission Faith, Life,and Hope in solidarity with the Guadalupe Fighting for Life committee and with the support of the Angeles Bringing Peace and Hope to the World are calling to a press Conference to Announce a March for Life From back of the yards neighborhood to the State of Illinois building scheduled for  next Wednesday April 8, 2015.

The purpose of the march is to protest against Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner who wants to remove funds and pass SB741 law, which in effect would strip immigrants without legal status having any chance of acquiring life saving organ transplants.
They are asking support of the community to join in this march “which we will be representing the cross by which Jesus of Nazareth suffered because of denouncing injustice and politicians who dare to commit all sorts of atrocities against the people of God.”

The reunion will be held on April 8, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Place of reunion will held at 2057 W. 51st Street, Chicago IL, 60609.
“From the starting point of our mission, we will be marching to the State of Illinois building in downtown Chicago.”

For more information, contact Rev Jose S. Landaverde 773-538-7414 ,

Hilda Burgos , 312-388-5963
Gustavo Galves 773 -475-131

Duckworth Campaign Continues Amid Controversy

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Her Senate Campaign Off To Uncomfortable Start

Letters to Editors

From the Chicago Republican Party

CHICAGO, IL – Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s campaign for U.S. Senate has gotten off to a scandalized and somewhat uncomfortable start. After attempts to distance herself from the now disgraced Rod Blagojevich, many are recalling how her career in politics began. Noting that after she lost her race for U.S. Congress in 2006, she was appointed Director of The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs by the currently-incarcerated Rod Blagojevich.

Since her announcement, Duckworth has already launched a number of attacks at incumbent Senator Mark Kirk, the most insipid of which is that Kirk supports “tax cuts for large corporations at the expense of small business.” But as campaign manager Kevin Artl points out, Duckworth has zero credibility when it comes to tax issues after she improperly claimed a homestead exemption on two homes and was forced to pay those taxes back. Duckworth also contends that Kirk supports cuts to Medicare but she herself supported nearly $750 million in Medicare cuts.

Whether Representative Duckworth is being considered for an auctioned senate seat by her former boss or misfiling her taxes in order to claim undue exemptions, it is clear that her hypocrisy knows no bounds and she thinks the facts are irrelevant.

Chris Cleveland
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Young People, Civic Leaders, and Newly Elected Aldermen Host Citywide Party to Get Out the Vote

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On Saturday, Hundreds Will Come Together for Music and Democracy

Next week, Chicago will host the first runoff election for mayor in more than 30 years. Young people—and allies across the city—are seizing the moment to take civic engagement to new heights.

On Saturday, April 4, hundreds will come together for “Deluxe Democracy: the Party,” featuring local artists and newly elected officials, including 26-year old alderman-elect Carlos Ramirez-Rosa from the 35th Ward, the first openly gay Latino alderman. The event is being sponsored by Deluxe Vodka and Revolution Brewing, supported by a range of youth groups, and hosted by Chicago Votes, a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to young voter engagement, particularly among youth of color. The organization is also responsible for passing legislation that makes voting access easier for young people, including Online Voter Registration.

The event will have free food—and drinks,—and is open to the public, but is 21 and over after 9pm. Attendees are encouraged to go to the polls early before joining the party.

Earlier this week, Chicago Votes hosted #PollsGoinUp, a debate watch party and panel discussion featuring former Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, Martin Torres of the Latino Policy Forum, and Jessica Pierce of The Black Youth Project and Christian Diaz of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

What: Deluxe Democracy: The Party, a citywide event to celebrate and strengthen the youth vote

Who: Youth groups, elected officials, and artists Kiings, Sylvie Grace, Moses, and DJ Earn Money

Where: Canvas, 2313 W North Avenue, Chicago, il 60647

When: April 4, 2015, Programming from 5-9 PM, party continuing until 1 AM

Registration: deluxedemocracy.eventbrite.com

Chicago Votes is the only organization in the city that systematically engages young people of color in the electoral process, provides real world organizing training, and helps to pass legislation that advocates for youth voting rights.

Tamara Fouché

Sec’y of State Jesse White Unveils New Organ/Tissue Donation Campaign; Featuring Daughter who Donated Cornea to her Mother

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled a new ad campaign featuring a dying daughter who gave her mother the gift of sight through organ/tissue donation.

“Many times people think that if they are suffering from a terminal disease they will be unable to donate,” White said.  “In this commercial, we see that even someone with cancer can give the gift of life.  The message is meaningful because now a mother has the ability to literally see through her daughter’s eyes.”

The commercial shows how Rosemarie Beedy lost her daughter Krissy to cancer.  But in Krissy’s final hours, she chose to donate her cornea to her mother.  Rosemarie is now able to see her granddaughter and great-granddaughter through her daughter’s eyes.

April is National Donate Life Month. White will attend events throughout Illinois to encourage donation. Organizations will be working together to promote donor awareness throughout the state.

Television and radio ads will air in English and Spanish statewide throughout the month. The spot will also be played on more than 400 movie screens across the state.

Currently, there are more than 5.7 million people registered to become organ/tissue donors in Illinois. However, more than 5,000 are on the waiting list and about 300 people die each year waiting for an organ transplant.

“We encourage Illinoisans to join the Secretary of State’s Organ and Tissue Donor Registry,” said White.  “It takes less than a minute and one person can improve the quality of life for up to 25 people.”

Illinoisans can register with the Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program at LifeGoesOn.com, 1-800-210-2106 or by visiting their local Driver Services facility.

During this month, libraries are distributing organ/tissue donor materials and hosting donor drives.  Health fairs, schools, colleges and hospitals will also be hosting donor drives and featuring displays statewide.

Donate Life Illinois partners include the American Liver Foundation-Illinois, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network; Saving Sight; Illinois Eye-Bank; Illinois Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program;  LifeSource; Mid-America Transplant Services; Rock River Valley Blood Center; and National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

Kentucky Community to Discuss Racial Taboo

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Community sets new standard for discussions on “Race”

Paducah, Kentucky Finds Broad Community Support for Beginning a Difficult Conversation

Wilmington, NC (BlackNews.com) – Wave Communications is pleased to announce that Paducah, Kentucky, will be holding four Racial Taboo(TM) events on April 11th and 12th. These events will be at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day at Paducah’s iconic Maiden Alley Cinema. At each event, community members will watch the film Racial Taboo and then have conversations about their experiences on subjects related to “race”.

“We are very excited about Paducahs upcoming Racial Taboo events,” said Race Unity Group spokesperson Elizabeth Khadem. “Every segment of Paducah has come together to bring Racial Taboo to our community. Our sheriff, our superintendent of Paducah City schools, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, church leaders, educators and the media are all working together to begin the conversation in our community.”  The Race Unity Group is one of the sponsors of the series in Paducah.

Racial Taboo combines history, psychology and stand‐up comedy to create an informative and enjoyable experience around a very difficult subject. The conversations after the film allow people to feel heard – a critical component of healing.

According to the films director, Brian Grimm, “Community members frequently dont know each other because we often live separate lives. Racial Taboo events like this give people a common experience ‐‐ the opportunity to get to know each other and to discuss subjects that are very important to America. Paducah is to be commended for their spirit of inclusiveness and community support for this initiative.”
About Racial Taboo Events
The Racial Taboo initiative began in 2008 with the development of a film specifically designed as a tool to help people experience a meaningful conversation about subjects related to “race.” The events begin with the showing of the innovative 53-minute film Racial Taboo, and then audience members have a conversation. Paducah’s Racial Taboo series will be the first in Kentucky; others have been held in South Carolina and North Carolina, and plans are under way to expand to more states.

Here’s what people are saying about Racial Taboo: http://bit.ly/MVpkV3. Additional information is available at www.RacialTaboo.org.

For event information, call 270-442-7723 or visit www.maidenalleycinema.org.

Photo Caption: Film poster

President Preckwinkle Generating New Revenue by Cracking Down on Cook County Tax Scofflaws

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From pilsners to parking lots, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is aggressively tracking down tax scofflaws in an effort to increase County revenue while protecting honest taxpaying businesses and residents. Through a comprehensive compliance and enforcement initiative directed by the Cook County Department of Revenue (DOR), $6.7 million in previously unidentified taxes were collected from businesses like microbreweries and parking lots in 2014. In 2015, DOR has already pinpointed $3.5 million.

A number of compliance enforcement methods including audits, tax discovery analytics, and mailing notices have increased dramatically during the Preckwinkle administration. In 2014, $2.8 million was generated from audits, $1.2 million in discovery, $1.3 million in delinquency notices, and $900,000 in voluntary disclosures.

“By cracking down on scofflaws who are evading taxes and fees, we are ensuring a level playing field for businesses in the County,” Preckwinkle said. “Whether taxes are not being paid due to willful avoidance or accidental oversight, we are ensuring that all County businesses and taxpayers are compliant with our existing laws. I’ve made no secret that there are significant fiscal challenges ahead, so every bit helps.”

Tax discovery is an enforcement tool to identify new taxpayers through a number of approaches including canvassing, industry research and data sharing. A liquor industry review of microbreweries in Cook County has led to almost half a million dollars in new taxes being assessed. Tax discovery work, audits and voluntary disclosure led to $1.9 million in new taxes being collected from the parking industry and $900,000 from area tour boats and busses.  An additional $300,000 in back taxes was brought in by using data obtained from the Secretary of State to bring over 125 previously unregistered car dealers into compliance.

Through the audit process, the Department of Revenue looks at books and records of taxpayers to verify the correct amount is being reported and paid. In 2013, a little over $1 million was generated from enforcement efforts. That amount increased to $2.8 million in 2014. In the first three months of the current fiscal year, almost $3.4 million has already been collected through the audit process.  The nearly 80 audits in 2014 represent a dramatic increase from the 53 audits conducted in 2013 and the eight audits in 2012.

Already in 2015, a bolstered tax deficiency and delinquency mailing process has facilitated over $2 million in new collections to date. This process saved the County $367,000 that would have otherwise been paid out to a collection agency that retains between 17% – 25% of any collections made.

Preckwinkle added that in 2015 the Department of Revenue will continue to increase audits, expand discovery efforts to other taxes and upgrade technology infrastructure to expand enforcement to benefit the majority of taxpayers that play by the rules.

Trombone Shorty, Mavis Staples, Otis Taylor Band, North Mississippi Allstars, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Moreland & Arbuckle to Play Aurora’s 19th Annual Blues On the Fox Festival, June 19 & 20 at RiverEdge

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AURORA, IL – Aurora’s RiverEdge Park announced a smokin’ hot line-up for the 19th Annual Blues on the Fox, one of the Midwest’s most heralded blues festivals.

The Blues on the Fox double bill for Friday, June 19 kicks off with Southern blues rockers Royal Southern Brotherhood at 7 p.m. followed by the legendary blues jam band North Mississippi Allstars at 9 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 20 kicks off with powerhouse roots rockers Moreland & Arbuckle at
3 p.m., Chicago blues king Otis Taylor Band at 5 p.m., Chicago’s first lady of the blues Mavis Staples at 7 p.m. and New Orleans party band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at 9 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m.

A 19-year Aurora tradition, Blues on the Fox is a weekend of sizzlin’ live music, cold beer, tasty festival food and a damn good time, all overlooking the gorgeous Fox River. Tickets are only $10 per day through May 31. Tickets are $20 per day starting June 1and day of. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com, call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora, 10 a.m. to
6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site on both days for day-of sales, beginning at 10 a.m. This event is general admission only. Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs.

RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora, is located directly across from Metra’s Aurora Transportation Center, on the east bank of the Fox River. RiverEdge is easily accessible from the city by taking Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra lot, additional private lots surrounding the Park and in downtown Aurora just a few blocks from RiverEdge.
Food and drink are available for purchase inside RiverEdge Park. Concessions at RiverEdge offer a diverse food menu along with a bar featuring a selection of domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more. A busy row of festival food vendors will also set up tents to sell everything from hot dogs to funnel cakes. No outside food or drink (except sealed water bottles) are allowed in the park.

Blues on the Fox will take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.

Aurora’s 19thAnnual Blues on the Fox is sponsored by Rush-Copley Medical Center, BMO Harris Bank, Fox Valley Park District, Waubonsee Community College, All AroundPumping, Paramount Fence, Fox Valley Subway, Jimmy John’s, Advanced Disposal and Sikich. The official radio sponsor of Blues on the Fox is WXRT-FM.

Photo Captions: The 19th Annual Blues on the Fox stars (top, from left) Royal Southern Brotherhood, North Mississippi Allstars, Moreland & Arbuckle, (bottom) Otis Taylor Band, Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty.

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