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Archive for April 17th, 2015

Rep. Davis Turns Thumbs Down on Name ‘Chiraq’

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By Chinta Strausberg

Weighing in on the controversy surrounding actor/producer Spike Lee, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-7th) Thursday said there is much more to ending violence than to name a film “Chiraq.”

Reached in Washington, D.C., Davis said, “I think it is much more to stopping genocide than that. I think Chicago is mischaracterized a great deal. No one talks about the very high level of poverty that exist in Chicago among some population groups especially African Americans,” said Davis.

“There are a lot of poor people in Chicago, disadvantaged people in Chicago, uneducated people in Chicago, undereducated people in Chicago, out-of-work people in Chicago. The unemployment in my congressional district among blacks is 25 percent.

“If something talks about how we go about changing some of these conditions that exist, then I support it, but if all it does is to point out the consequences of poverty and the disadvantaged, I think we already know that.

“I am not interested in being handed a regurgitation of what we know about but rather how we change it, how we go about promoting a different level of equity, of opportunity.”

Rep. Davis gave some examples like “How do we get rid of law enforcement misconduct, police brutality, those are discussions I have. I would be interested seeing a movie about that, but a recapitulation of the negative aspects along these unfortunate circumstances does not appeal that much to me:

When asked if he wants Lee to change the name of the movie, Davis said, “Hard-working people are trying to survive, get them educated and a decent way of living. If that is Chiraq, I can go with that, but I got a feeling that will not be the focus of it.  I don’t have a problem of changing the name of it. I don’t know that much about it. I don’t know what it is designed to be.”

When asked if you would like to meet with Spike Lee, Rep. Davis said, “I am not in pursuit in meeting with him but if I had an opportunity to meet with him, I would be eager to do that.”

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.

First African American to be Elected President of the Scottish Rite Class in the Orient of Maryland

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Baltimore, MD (BlackNews.com) – The Honorable Noble Sir Rev. Medgar L. Reid, ACIS, CCIF, DD, Chaplain for The Elite Provost Guard of The Boumi Temple Shriners International has been elected President of the Scottish Rite Class in The Orient of Maryland in Spring 2015; He is Marylands first African-American to do this.The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland, The Scottish Rite Masonry, The York Rite and The Boumi Temple Shrine were formed in 1787, chartered in 1879, established in 1829 and founded in 1884, respectively (Prince Hall F&AM 1947 & Hiram AF&AM 1924).

When Sovereign Grand Inspector General Marlin Mills, 33° came into office for The Orient of Maryland he promised “New and exciting things for The Scottish Rite in Maryland” and that “the Master Craftsman program is not the Old School.”

Rev. Medgar L. Reid considers it a blessing to have the privilege and responsibility to belong to a club of extraordinary men (along with their wives & girlfriends) called to lead with like desires, to foster social programs and be a part of a learned society, a social fraternity and an advancement organization of quite power and influence which promotes and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences in 221 countries, nations and territories around the globe. Some estimate there are approximately 6 million Freemasons in the world and about 550,000 of those are Scottish Rite Masons and a number of Shrine Masons.

Rev. Medgar L. Reid currently serves as Director of Spiritual Care Services at Keswick Multicare Center, Spiritual Servant-Leader of RMCM-Open Secret CC Movement and a consultant to a network of businesses with a global footprint throughout 212 countries in a $20 trillion industry, according to the February 13th, 2013 edition of The Economist Magazine. As a service-connected disabled Marine veteran, he has served on many boards, committees, commissions and held leadership positions in local, state and federal government and in the international, private and non-profit business sectors.

Rev. Medgar L. Reid and his wife, Dr. Stephanie E. Reid, on Thursday May 14, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, will hold a celebration at Your Healing Place 100 Owings Court Suite #9 Reisterstown, MD 21136 to celebrate “Maryland’s First”. RSVP to SRA Affiliates at 866-639-9175 or Private99@hush.com.

Photo Caption: Illustrious Marlin L. Mills, 33° – Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Maryland (on the left in the purple cap); The Honorable Noble Sir Rev. Medgar L. Reid, ACIS, CCIF, DD (in the middle) and Illustrious Kenneth S. Wyvill, Jr., 33° – Most Worshipful Grand Master; Grand Lodge of Maryland AF&AM (On the right in the red cap)

White House Announces Deesha Dyer as Social Secretary

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The White House announced that Deesha Dyer has been promoted to Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary.   She currently serves as Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary. Deesha was selected from among an abundance of well-qualified candidates for her passion and dedication to opening the doors of the White House, most notably engaging students from communities across the country.  Prior to this role, Dyer worked as Deputy Director and Hotel Program Director in the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance, the same office where she originally came to the White House as an intern in 2009.

“Deesha shares our commitment to a White House that reflects America’s history, highlights our culture, and celebrates all Americans. Michelle and I look forward to working with her in this new role as we welcome visitors from across the country and around the world to the People’s House,” the President said.

“I am incredibly honored to continue serving the President and First Lady in my new role as White House Social Secretary,” said Deesha Dyer. “I am constantly inspired by the openness, diversity, and traditions of this Administration and I look forward to leading the talented Social Office team as we further the goals and priorities of the President and First Lady throughout these last two exciting years in office.”

“From the day Deesha started in the Social Office nearly two years ago, she impressed me with her passion, creativity, public-mindedness and relentless competence,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.  “Since then, whether helping flawlessly execute state dinners, or going the extra mile to open the White House to people who never dreamed they would walk through these doors, Deesha has worked tirelessly to truly make the White House the “People’s House.”  I am thrilled that she has agreed to continue her service as our Social Secretary.”

Biography of Deesha Dyer

Deesha Dyer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in both Philadelphia and Hershey, where she attended the Milton Hershey School. Dyer currently serves as Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary of the White House, a role which she has held for nearly 2 years. She started at the White House in 2009, at the age of 31, as an intern in the Office of Scheduling and Advance.  She was hired full-time in 2010 as Associate Director for Scheduling Correspondence and was promoted to Deputy Director and Hotel Program Director.  In her role, Deesha traveled with the President and First Lady working on press, lodging and site logistics. In 2013, she was promoted into her current position as Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary.

Before starting her career in government, Dyer concurrently held several private sector positions.  She was an assistant at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust from 2001 to 2010 where she served on the PREIT Charitable Board.  From 2003 to 2010, Dyer was a freelance journalist covering East Coast hip-hop culture for several media outlets, including The Philadelphia Citypaper.  Dyer has also maintained a long-standing commitment to community advocacy in several roles, including her role working with young adults at the Youth Health Empowerment Project, as creator of a hip-hop AIDS program based in Philadelphia, as a CARE advocacy volunteer and as a board member at Action AIDS.

In addition to her role at the White House, Deesha currently volunteers with the homeless community in Washington, DC, and serves as a mentor for a global empowerment program for young girls in Philadelphia. She also serves as a mentor in the First Lady’s mentee program.  At the age of 29, Dyer returned to college to obtain her associates degree in Women’s Studies from the Community College of Philadelphia.

Madigan Applauds House Committee Passage of Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

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CHICAGO, IL— Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded members of the House Judiciary – Civil Committee for passage of a measure that will help colleges and universities prevent and address sexual assaults. House Bill 821, sponsored by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) passed by a vote of 8-3.

Earlier this week, Madigan hosted the second of three summits being convened around the state to discuss the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, which will set standards to prevent and respond to sexual violence at higher education institutions throughout Illinois.

“It is clear that the number of incidents involving sexual violence is still frighteningly high, and many survivors feel that the response of institutions is lacking,” Madigan said. “Colleges and universities have a legal and moral obligation to respond effectively and investigate allegations to the fullest extent of the law. We must make sure that every student of higher education in Illinois is provided a safe environment to learn.”

Statistics show the prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses, many of which go unreported, and yet universities across the country have failed to investigate allegations properly.

Among the most troubling, studies show that one in five undergraduate women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education has said women between the ages of 16-24 experience the highest rates of sexual assault and rape among women, and about 6 percent of male undergrads become victims of sexual assault. Yet, a U.S. Senate survey last year of 440 four-year higher education institutions found that over 40 percent of the schools had not conducted a single investigation into incidents alleging sexual violence. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is now investigating approximately 100 schools for failure to comply with federal law in preventing, investigating and reporting incidents of sexual assault on their campuses, possibly jeopardizing Title IX funding for those institutions.

The Act will ensure that Illinois colleges and universities:

  • Develop a clear, comprehensive campus sexual violence policies, including detailed incident reporting options and university response guidelines;
  • Notify student survivors about their rights, including their right to confidentiality  and what protections the university can provide to ensure the student’s health and safety, such as obtaining an order of protection, changes in class schedules or campus housing, and the availability of medical and counseling services;
  • Provide a confidential advisor to survivors to help them understand their options to report the crime and seek medical and legal assistance;
  • Adopt a fair, balanced process for adjudicating allegations of sexual violence; and
  • Train students and campus employees to improve awareness and responsiveness to allegations of sexual violence.

The legislation builds on the Attorney General’s work spanning more than a decade to protect survivors of sexual violence and strengthen their rights. Madigan led an effort to significantly increase the number of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in hospitals throughout Illinois and worked to pass legislation to mandate the testing of sexual assault evidence kits. Madigan has funded dozens of organizations that provide critical victim services to survivors and strengthened Illinois law to protect victims of stalking, a crime that is more likely to occur on college campuses that can lead to sexual violence and other crimes.

The legislation will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.

Kirk’s Year-Round Schools Legislation Heads to Senate Floor

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The All-Year School Study Act Passed Out of Committee Today and Heads to Senate Floor

Bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act Approved, 22-0

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced that his signature pieces of education legislation, The All-Year School Study Act and The Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Act, will be part of the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, which was unanimously passed out of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today. The Every Child Achieves Act reforms the flawed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law that updated the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2001. The law authorizes spending on K-12 education programs and expired seven years ago.

“At schools like Alain Locke in Chicago, students in an all-year program outperform their peers in math and reading by nearly 25 percent,” Senator Kirk said. “This is a real opportunity to boost learning and prepare our future workforce. I urge the Senate to pass this bipartisan legislation that brings our education system into the 21st century and ensures our kids can compete on a global stage.”

The All-Year School Study Act

The All-Year School Study Act was introduced earlier this year with Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and would promote year-round elementary and secondary school programs in order to boost academic achievement in low-income, low-performing school districts throughout the country. Modeled after the program at Alain Locke Charter School on Chicago’s West Side, which has classes year-round, the All-Year School Study Act would authorize $4 million in federal resources and utilize existing funds through the Fund for the Improvement of Education. The grants awarded would be disbursed to four schools in geographically diverse areas of the nation and priority would be given to low-income communities and low–performing schools, in addition to schools that actively promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education programs.

Alain Locke Charter School’s program has four, ten-week quarters with two four-week breaks in between each quarter, totaling 190 academic days. The average school in Illinois only has 176 school days, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. Alain Locke has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as 1 of 7 schools in the nation best at “Closing the Achievement Gap.” In reading and math, their students have tested 25% and 23% higher than the Illinois average.

The Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Act

The Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Act was introduced this year by Senator Kirk, along with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). The Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Act, which streamlines existing Charter School Programs and provides startup, replication, and expansion funding for high-quality charter schools. This bill aims to improve educational opportunities for all students by expanding the number of high-quality charter schools, helping charter schools access suitable facilities, and supporting innovation and research in the charter sector.

There are more than 54,000 Illinois students that attend charter schools. The LEARN and Noble networks in Chicago account for 22 percent of the students in Chicago – and students attending charter schools are 18 percent more likely to finish high school than their peers.

The Every Child Achieves Act also includes important changes to improve our education system that NCLB ignored or neglected. Importantly, annual yearly progress (AYP) is repealed. Student and school success metrics are included to help states identify and address the neediest students. And, for the first time, it incentivizes the coordination of statewide pre-K programs to address the growing need for early childhood education.

Urban League’s Morial Selected for Public Service Panel

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Urban League’s Morial Selected for New York Society for Ethical Culture’s Public Service Panel

Is The Idea of The President As Public Servant Obsolete?

New York, NY – The New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC) and the United Social Services, Inc. will focus on the future impact of public service policy and the limitations future presidents may face in a highly bi-partisan environment. The inaugural 2015 Champions of Change Public Service Forum on Thursday, April 30th from 7 pm – 8:30 pm, at NYSEC headquarters 2 West 64th Street, NYC will feature a stellar panel of experts to tackle the big questions about the nature of contemporary public service. Can a president overcome political obstacles to lead change as predecessors have done with achievements like the New Deal, Civil Rights Act and Social Security?

Moderated by Bill Ritter, ABC-7 Anchor of Eyewitness News, the panel will include Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League;  32-year veteran of Congress Barney Frank of “Dodd-Frank” fame; Professor Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Columbia University Earth Institute; and Sherry Glied, Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and formerly in the Obama  Administration as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The experts will weigh in on leading issues of national concern, including maintaining the integrity of the Dodd/Frank Act, living wage, income inequality, consumer protection, global warming and climate sustainability, criminal justice, civil rights, healthcare disparity and voting rights.

“Considering the importance of the upcoming 2016 elections, the Champions of Change Forum will focus on public service as an integral part of the American presidency,” said NYSEC Leader Anne Klaeysen. “What can we expect from our leadership?”

The Ethical Culture Society, founded in 1876 by Felix Adler, has historically played a major role in establishing many public service organizations including the Visiting Nurse Service, American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP and the U.S. Settlement House Movement. In 2014, the New York Society for Ethical Culture launched the Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross Public Service Award Series to raise awareness of the importance of electing or appointing public servants who will be true advocates for the people and the nation.

WHEN: APRIL 30, 2015, 7 – 8:30 PM, NYSEC- 2 WEST 64TH ST/CPW, NEW YORK, NY
TICKETS: https://champions-of-change.eventbrite.com

Why We Can’t Forget Jackie Robinson

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Jackie Robinson Day – Why This Baseball Legend is Still Being Celebrated 68 Years Later
Jackie Robinson Day

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Wednesday, April 16, 2015, marks the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the Major League Baseball color barrier. In commemoration of him, the world celebrated “Jackie Robinson Day” and his former team, the Dodgers, announced they will erect a statue of him at their ballpark.

During his time, Robinson was a six-time All-Star player. In 1947, he was the Major League Rookie of the Year, and in 1949, he was the National League MVP. That same year, he also won the league’s batting title. But his success came with quite a bit of racial bullying, and he endured a lot.

Experts say that Jackie and his wife Rachel opened up a whole new world of opportunities that had been closed to so many African-Americans simply because they were Black, but this took a lot of courage. Their family endured a lot of threats, verbal abuse, and sometimes even physical attacks. But Jackie was always commended for maintaining his composure.

His legacy has been honored throughout the years, and his number 42 was even retired throughout the league back in 1997, with players already using the number grandfathered in. New York Yankees player Mariano Rivera was the last player to wear it in 2013.

Many agree that Robinson deserves the credit for Major League baseball’s improvements in diversity, but there is room for improvement. Currently, only 8.3 percent of all players are identified as African-American, according to Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. That was a slight increase from 8.2 percent last year. 27 percent, however, are Hispanic!

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Senate Passes Collins’ Plan Requiring Charter Schools to Disclose Criminal Investigations

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) sponsored legislation the Senate passed yesterday to require organizations applying to open charter schools in Illinois to disclose any ongoing criminal or civil investigations into their activities. The disclosure requirement applies to the organization submitting the proposal as well as any member of its governing body.

“Charter schools are funded primarily with public money, so it is important to hold them to high standards and subject new proposals to the highest possible degree of scrutiny,” Collins said. “Ongoing investigations should be a part of the picture when local school districts evaluate charter applications, and we are ensuring that districts have all the information they need to make prudent decisions for families and taxpayers.”

Last year, Collins sponsored laws that promoted fairness and transparency in the charter school lottery process, prevented cronyism in charter management and ended the practice of charters collecting public funds to educate students who return to traditional public schools partway through the school year.

“School choice should be informed choice – for parents but also for districts examining charter school applications,” Collins said. “This legislation will help prevent the misuse of public money before it occurs.”

The House will now consider Senate Bill 1591.

Senator Raoul receives Defender of the Innocent Award

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Illinois Innocence Project honors senator for his work on eyewitness ID reform

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) was honored Wednesday night at the Illinois Innocence Project’s eighth annual Defenders of the Innocent event. He received the Defender of the Innocent Award for his sponsorship of legislation that reformed eyewitness identification and lineups last year.

In accepting the award, Raoul told Innocence Project supporters that when he was 17, he was stopped and handcuffed while hanging out with a friend one block from his home, at 49th and Woodlawn in Hyde Park.

“We were brought in handcuffs to the scene of a mugging, and two victims indicated we looked like the guys who mugged them,” Raoul said. “After a minute, one victim remembered that the perpetrators had been wearing different coats. I realized later how completely my life would have changed if they had stood by their initial instincts.”

Last year’s House Bill 802 requires law enforcement agencies to — whenever practical — use one of several methods to conduct a lineup in an impartial manner, give witnesses instructions designed to reduce the frequency of mistaken identifications, protect the identity of eyewitnesses and any police officers used in the lineup, video record the procedure and keep records of how the lineup was conducted. The law establishes detailed standards for various kinds of lineups in an attempt to prevent witnesses from being pressured to identify the suspect or make an identification when they are unsure they recognize the perpetrator. Previously, state law required only that lineups be photographed and that suspects not look substantially different from the other individuals (“fillers”) in the lineup.

Raoul, a champion of criminal justice reform who now sits on the governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, sponsored the legislation that abolished the death penalty in Illinois in 2011 after learning about exonerations and the significant risk of applying capital punishment to individuals wrongly convicted due to false confessions, unreliable eyewitness identifications, incorrectly handled evidence, poor representation and many other reasons. He has also secured passage of laws that expand DNA testing and the video recording of police interrogations.

“I applaud the important work of the Illinois Innocence Project, which gives exonerees their lives back but also exposes shocking flaws in our criminal justice system,” Raoul said. “I truly believe that we have arrived at a pivotal place: a confluence of bipartisan support for reforms that improve public safety, reduce costs, rehabilitate offenders, respect human rights, address race and income disparities and, of course, incarcerate fewer innocent men and women.”

New Stage Play “What God Joined Together” Slated to Run at the Historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta

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26-year old Edward Fernandez sets out to make history; From the Ferst to the Fox!

What God Joined Together Stage Play

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – Writer, director, producer, and actor, Edward Fernandezs stage play What God Joined Together is slated for a run at the historic Fox Theatre on April 25th at 8pm. After a successful run at the Ferst Center For The Arts during Valentines weekend, the New Orleans native is showing no signs of slowing down and every indication of following in the footsteps of his admitted role model, Tyler Perry.

Being the youngest African American male to ever book the Foxs main stage, (which seats almost 5,000 people) what the advantageous 26-year old Edward Fernandez does here can definitely catapult him to the place that has taken others many years to get to.

“For years, I struggled with promoting and providing a platform for what others perceived as million dollar talent on what I knew was a welfare budget… and to now have a show at the Fox Theatre, after failing many, many-many times, is no small thing and I’m beyond grateful,” he emotionally admits.

Adorned with a stellar line-up of show-stopping theater, film, and recording artist including Christian Keyes (Note to Self & HBO Zane’s Sex Chronicles) Shirley Murdock (actress & platinum R&B singer of the hit song “As We Lay”) DAtra Hicks (Madea’s Family Reunion & Laugh to Keep From Crying), Christopher Williams (New Jack City, A Good Man is Hard to Find & hit song “I’m Dreamin'”), Tammy Rivera (from VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta), Quan Howell (Madea’s Family Reunion & BET’s Sunday Best), YouTube sensation Phillip Hudson and R&B recording artist Dondria Nicole – who all take to the stage to bring this contemporary play to life.

“How can it be the best of times and the worst of times at the same time?” is the oxymoron Edward addresses in this “titillating tale” (what one theatre goer called the show) about marriage. Skillfully, he enjoins 21st century concepts, contemporary solutions and faith-based values to tackle the challenges in having both success and a successful marriage in todays society.

With an 8-piece live band providing the catchy tunes to 5 original songs by Edward that had show goers at the Ferst requesting the soundtrack, and theater’s newest fictional character Daddy G’ (played by Edward Fernandez himself); What God Joined Together seems to come pretty close to matching the formula of a great show and history in the making!

For tickets and more information, please visit www.foxtheatre.org or call the box office at (855) 285-8499.

Follow the stageplay on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/What-God-Joined-Together/473193639470322

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