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Archive for April 24th, 2015

Loretta Lynch Confirmed, U.S. Senator Durbin Congratulates First African-American Woman Attorney General

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Congratulate Loretta Lynch on being the first African-American woman attorney general! – Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator

Say congrats to America's new attorney general!

The Senate FINALLY confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general.

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Mitch McConnell caved under our pressure and was forced to hold a vote.

Now, let’s say congrats to America’s new attorney general!

While Senate Republicans delayed her nomination a record 166 days, today we made history by confirming America’s first African American woman attorney general!


Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator

President Obama, Holder, NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus, and National Urban League Response to Senate Confirmation of Loretta Lynch

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After a delayed 166 days, the U.S. Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch as Attorney General by a 56-43 vote. Ten Republicans voted for Lynch’s confirmation. Both Illinois Senators – Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk – voted to confirm Lynch.

President Obama, Holder, CBC and prominent civil rights organizations responded to Lynch’s confirmation.

President Barack Obama:

Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America’s next Attorney General – and America will be better off for it.  Loretta has spent her life fighting for the fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy.  As head of the Justice Department, she will oversee a vast portfolio of cases, including counterterrorism and voting rights; public corruption and white-collar crime; judicial recommendations and policy reviews – all of which matter to the lives of every American, and shape the story of our country.  She will bring to bear her experience as a tough, independent, and well-respected prosecutor on key, bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform.  And she will build on our progress in combatting newer threats like cybercrime.  Loretta’s confirmation ensures that we are better positioned to keep our communities safe, keep our nation secure, and ensure that every American experiences justice under the law.

Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder:

“Loretta Lynch is a gifted attorney, a consummate professional, and a dedicated public servant.  I am pleased that the United States Senate has recognized her clear qualifications and the need for her confirmation as Attorney General of the United States.

“At every stage of her career, Loretta has earned the trust and high regard of allies and adversaries alike, both in Washington and throughout the country.  She is respected by law enforcement officers, civil rights leaders, and criminal justice officials of all political stripes.  In every case and every circumstance, she has demonstrated an unfailing commitment to the rule of law and a steadfast fidelity to the pursuit to justice.

“I have known and worked closely with Loretta for many years, and I know that she will continue the vital work that this Administration has set in motion and leave her own innovative mark on the Department in which we have both been privileged to serve.  I am confident that Loretta will be an outstanding Attorney General, a dedicated guardian of the Constitution, and a devoted champion of all those whom the law protects and empowers.  I congratulate her on her confirmation, and I look forward to all that the Department of Justice will do and achieve under her exemplary leadership.


BALTIMORE, MD — The NAACP congratulates Loretta Lynch on her confirmation as the 83rd U.S. Attorney General. Lynch makes history as the first African American woman to hold the highest federal law enforcement position in the country.

From Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO:
“We applaud the U.S. Senate for the historic confirmation of Loretta Lynch. She will serve as a relentless defender of the rights of all Americans. She will lead in situating the U.S. Department of Justice as our country’s enforcer of our civil rights. As an attorney with extraordinary depth, breath and length of service, in both the public and private sector, Ms. Lynch has successfully managed some of the most complex, diverse, and important cases in our country earning the trust and respect of those she serves. For 15 years she served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the federal prosecutor’s office that covers nearly 8 million people in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island, New York. Under her leadership, Ms. Lynch’s office has vigorously defended the nation against terrorism and organized crime.  She successfully convicted terrorists including individuals who plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank and the New York City subway system, and she has prosecuted some of New York’s most violent and notorious gang members. Her dedication to protecting civil rights and ensuring equal justice is deeply ingrained. Her commitment to public service is unwavering, as is her focus on improving the criminal justice system, recognizing that there is still much more work to be done to make it smarter and fairer. Ms. Lynch will lead the U.S. Department of Justice, and the United States, with an integrity and strength that is sorely needed at this time.”

From Hilary O. Shelton, Sr. Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Washington Bureau Director:
“The confirmation of Loretta Lynch by the U.S. Senate is a victory for equal justice and our nation. Her distinguished track record with the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York demonstrates her extraordinary legal intelligence, courage and commitment to our justice system, as well as her fearless work to stop crime and violence. Ms. Lynch has earned praise for her work fighting sex trafficking, police brutality, terrorism, and religious and racial hate crimes. In fact, throughout her 30-year career, she has distinguished herself as a tough, fair, and independent lawyer who has twice headed one of the most prominent U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country.  She also traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, in 2014 to lead the Justice Department’s portion of the official U.S. delegation before the United Nations Covenant to Eradicate Racial Discrimination. Her personal experiences as a child growing up in North Carolina to a fourth-generation Baptist minister and a mother, who literally picked cotton so her daughter could have a better life, are an inspiration to all of us.”

Congressional Black Caucus:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I am proud to join with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus to applaud today’s confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States of America.

“Today is a historic day for our country as Loretta Lynch becomes the first African American female to serve in the role of our nation’s top law enforcement official.  Her impeccable qualifications in this important position will help our country move the criminal justice system forward.

“Ms. Lynch was the choice of President Obama, she is the choice of the Congressional Black Caucus, and she is the best choice for all Americans.”

National Urban League:

Historic Confirmation of A.G. Lynch Coincides with Need to Address Civil Rights Concerns

NEW YORK (April 23, 2015) —
Calling Loretta Lynch “the most qualified person ever to hold the post,” the President and CEO of the National Urban League said he is confident the U.S. Attorney General can lead the Justice Department during a troubling era of civil rights unrest.

“The nation is in desperate need of AG Lynch’s expert leadership now that the Justice Department is engaged in investigations of voter suppression and police violence against men of color,” Marc H. Morial said. “Her exemplary record and sterling character are unquestioned, and her confirmation has been long past due.”

While Morial hailed the Senate’s confirmation of Lynch at long last as a historic step forward, he noted that the damage caused by the inexcusable delay will take time and effort to heal.

“We’ve waited longer for AG Lynch’s confirmation than we had to wait for the last seven Attorney General nominees combined,” Morial said. “The Senate leadership will have to work hard to overcome this breach of trust.”

Kirk Votes to Confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement after voting to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States. The Senate confirmed her nomination by a vote of 56 to 43.

“Chicago gangs challenge the education and safety of every child in their path. Our economic potential will never be fully realized until gangs are eradicated from Chicagoland, so we cannot accept the status quo. I believe Loretta Lynch feels the same way and will be a valuable partner in reversing the reach of gangs in our neighborhoods.”


  • Senator Kirk recently met with Loretta Lynch to discuss her nomination and the ongoing efforts by state, local, and federal law enforcement to combat the violent gangs.
  • Chicago is the only major city in the United States to rank in the top 5 for the four major drugs distributed by Mexican cartels, including ranking number 1 in heroin, number 2 in both cocaine and marijuana and number 5 in methamphetamine.
  • According to the Chicago Tribune, there has been a 40% increase of shootings in Chicago since this time last year, and a 26% percent increase in homicides.

In fiscal year 2015, Senator Kirk secured $13 million to continue the fight against gangs of national significance in Chicagoland:

  • $5 million for U.S. Marshals Service to continue operating its anti-gang investigative units using their Regional Fugitive Task Force network. In fiscal year 2014, Senator Kirk recommended and secured funding for the creation of these units. Chicago is home to the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lake Regional Task Force Headquarters.
  • $5 million for Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction account (Project Safe Neighborhoods) under State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance, “aimed at reducing homicides and gun-related violence crime in communities overwhelmed by gangs of national significance, and illegally trafficked and purchased guns.”
  • $3 million in Gang and Youth Violence Education and Prevention in the Office of Juvenile Justice Programs.

Senator Kirk also spoke with Loretta Lynch to discuss employing RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) to criminally prosecute gang leaders:

  • Criminal RICO makes makes it unlawful for a person to use an enterprise to launder money generated by a pattern of racketeering activity.
  • Senator Kirk wants the Department of Justice to make maximum use of the criminal RICO statutes (18 USC 1961-1968) to target the management hierarchy of the criminal gang networks that are terrorizing Illinois.
  • These gangs’ patterns of racketeering activities include extortion, bribery, loan sharking, murder, illegal gun and drug sales, human sex trafficking, prostitution, and numerous other crimes.  Further, criminal RICO convictions will help the victims of the gangs – such as families of murder victims, business owners who were extorted, debtors of loan sharks, victims of human and sex trafficking – to civilly sue the gang members to recover the economic losses they sustained due to the gangs’ pattern of racketeering.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Issues Statement on State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’ Drug Policies Announcement

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County Board President Preckwinkle:

“I am pleased to see that the State’s Attorney has finally recognized what many of us have been saying for years – that our failed drug policies are resulting in the unnecessary detention and incarceration of thousands of people, primarily young men of color, who are accused of non-violent low-level drug offenses each year.

“That’s why I have spent the last four years leading a collaborative effort with all of the public safety stakeholders in Cook County, as well as the Illinois Supreme Court, to lower the population of the Cook County Jail by implementing systemic reform throughout our system. Today, as a result of our hard work, the population of the jail is just over 7,800 – the lowest it’s been for more than two decades.

“While I hope that the State’s Attorney’s policy changes will result in fewer people in our jail and courts, the fact is that we cannot rely on policies that are subject to change based on public pressure or who is in office. Instead we must change our laws to ensure that reforms are permanent and not subject to the discretion of one actor in a complicated system.

“I will continue to work with all of our partners at the state level to change drug laws and policies so that we treat addiction as a public health issue rather than a public safety issue by keeping non-violent addicts out of our jails and prisons and placing them into community-based programs. I hope the State’s Attorney will join me in supporting these legislative efforts in the Illinois General Assembly.”

Statement by President Obama on the Deaths of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto

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James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

President Barack Obama: This morning, I want to express our grief and condolences to the families of two hostages.  One American, Dr. Warren Weinstein, and an Italian, Giovanni Lo Porto, who were tragically killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation.

Warren and Giovanni were aid workers in Pakistan devoted to improving the lives of the Pakistani people.  After Warren was abducted by al Qaeda in 2011, I directed my national security team to do everything possible to find him and to bring him home safely to his family.  And dedicated professionals across our government worked tirelessly to do so.  We also worked closely with our Italian allies on behalf of Giovanni, who was kidnapped in 2012.

Since 9/11, our counterterrorism efforts have prevented terrorist attacks and saved innocent lives both here in America, and around the world.  And that determination to protect innocent life only makes the loss of these two men especially painful for all of us.  Based on information and intelligence we have obtained, we believe that a U.S. counterterrorism operation targeting an al Qaeda compound in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region accidently killed Warren and Giovanni this past January.

Yesterday, I spoke with Warren’s wife Elaine and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy.  As a husband and as a father, I cannot begin to imagine the anguish that the Weinstein and Lo Porto families are enduring today.  I realize that there are no words that can ever equal their loss.  I know that there is nothing that I can ever say or do to ease their heartache.  And today, I simply want to say this:

As President and as Commander-in-Chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations, including the one that inadvertently took the lives of Warren and Giovanni.  I profoundly regret what happened.  On behalf of the United States government, I offer our deepest apologies to the families.

As soon as we determined the cause of their deaths, I directed that the existence of this operation be declassified and disclosed publicly.  I did so because the Weinstein and Lo Porto families deserve to know the truth.  And I did so because even as certain aspects of our national security efforts have to remain secret in order to succeed, the United States is a democracy committed to openness in good times and in bad.

Our initial assessment indicates that this operation was fully consistent with the guidelines under which we conduct counterterrorism efforts in the region, which has been our focus for years because it is the home of al Qaeda’s leadership.  And based on the intelligence that we had obtained at the time, including hundreds of hours of surveillance, we believed that this was an al Qaeda compound; that no civilians were present; and that capturing these terrorists was not possible.  And we do believe that the operation did take out dangerous members of al Qaeda.  What we did not know, tragically, is that al Qaeda was hiding the presence of Warren and Giovanni in this same compound.

It is a cruel and bitter truth that in the fog of war generally and our fight against terrorists specifically, mistakes — sometimes deadly mistakes — can occur.  But one of the things that sets America apart from many other nations, one of the things that makes us exceptional is our willingness to confront squarely our imperfections and to learn from our mistakes.

Already, I have directed a full review of what happened.  We will identify the lessons that can be learned from this tragedy, and any changes that should be made.  We will do our utmost to ensure it is not repeated.  And we will continue to do everything we can to prevent the loss of innocent lives — not just innocent Americans, but all innocent lives in our counterterrorism operations.

Today we join their families and friends in honoring Warren and Giovanni — two humanitarians who came from different countries but who were united by a spirit of service.  For decades, Warren lived the ideals of our country, serving with the Peace Corps and later with the United States Agency for International Development.  He devoted his life to people across Africa and South Asia.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who willingly left the comforts of home to help the people of Pakistan.  At the time of his abduction, he was a USAID contractor focused on helping Pakistani families escape poverty and give a better life to their children.

Giovanni’s humanitarianism also took him around the world to the Central African Republic, to Haiti and ultimately Pakistan.  Like Warren, he fell in love with Pakistan and its people, and believed passionately that he could made a difference in their lives.  Giovanni’s service reflected the commitment of the Italian people, our great allies and friends, to the security and dignity of people around the world.  And today is a reminder of the bonds of friendship between our countries and the shared values that bind Americans and Italians together.

There could be no starker contrast between these two selfless men and their al Qaeda captors.  Warren’s work benefited people across faiths.  Meanwhile, al Qaeda boasted to the world that it held Warren, citing his Jewish faith.  Al Qaeda held both men for years, even as Warren’s health deteriorated.  They deprived these men of precious, irreplaceable years with family who missed them terribly.

Amid grief that is unimaginable, I pray that these two families will find some small measure of solace in knowing that Warren and Giovanni’s legacy will endure.  Their service will be remembered by the Pakistani men, women and children whose lives they touched and made better.  Their spirit will live on in the love of their families, who are in our thoughts and prayers today, especially Warren’s wife Elaine, their daughters Alisa and Jennifer, and their families.

And the shining example of these two men will stand as a light to people the world over who see suffering and answer with compassion, who see hatred and offer their love, who see war and work for peace.

May God bless these two brave men, and may He watch over and comfort their families for all the years to come.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

Another Large Gift To the Art Institute: Collection of 105 Works by Renowned Artists

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Art Institute Announces Major Gift of Important Contemporary Drawings From Chicago Collector Irving Stenn, Jr.

Collection of 105 Works by Renowned Artists Is One of the Most Significant Gifts of Drawings Ever Given to the Museum

CHICAGO, IL — Douglas Druick, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, announced that Chicago attorney Irving Stenn Jr. has given the museum more than 100 drawings from his exceptional collection of seminal works produced in the 1960s. The drawings, by a who’s-who of contemporary artists, represent a foundational period in the history of drawing when the way works on paper were made, used, and appreciated was undergoing radical change.

The gift includes works by Mel Bochner, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, and Fred Sandback, as well as pieces by Agnes Denes, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Nam June Paik, and Ellsworth Kelly. The 105 drawings not only showcase Stenn’s personal taste, vision, and passion as a collector but also offer a window into an era when artists reconsidered and reinvented the medium of drawing. This gift is one of the most significant and collection-enhancing bodies of contemporary works on paper ever given to the museum.

“Irv has a discerning eye for art and tremendous stamina for searching it out, and this makes his generous and enlightened support of the museum especially potent,” said Druick. “His remarkable gift greatly enriches our holdings of contemporary prints and drawings and will animate the Art Institute’s galleries for many years to come.”

Stenn began building an impressive collection of contemporary painting and sculpture with his wife, Marcia, in 1971. Determined to continue adding to the collection after Mrs. Stenn’s death in 1999, he shifted his focus to drawings, which can illustrate an artist’s course of thought and method of work. The sense of process and intimacy they suggested greatly appealed to Stenn, as did their relatively small scale, which allowed him to display his entire collection on the walls of his home.

Over his years of collecting, Stenn developed close personal relationships within the artistic community—including a long friendship with Mel Bochner—which provided him with a deep understanding of the broader sweep of art history. Though he did not set out with strict parameters for the collection, he was drawn to works from the 1960s that had an organic connection in style and content.

“I am so grateful to the people who have helped me by providing advice and introducing me to artists I might not have found on my own,” said Stenn. “The collection has benefited enormously from the guidance and friendship of Art Institute curator Mark Pascale, from dealers I have worked with—Donald Young, Rhona Hoffman, and others in Chicago and New York—as well as from friends and collectors, such as Gerry Elliot, Stefan Edlis, and Lew Manilow. I might never have put these works together if not for their input.”

The resulting body of work makes visible a definitive shift in artists’ approach to drawings. While continuing the early modern practice of making drawings as artistic expressions in their own right, innovators of the 1960s employed drawing in ways previously not considered art—as diagrams, instructions for fabrication, caprices suggesting movement in performance, or markers of space and time. A selection of these types of drawings, which enabled spatial and tactile perception to be recorded and conceptual concerns of a larger project to be explored, are among the items in the Stenn collection.
About Irving Stenn Jr.

Irving Stenn Jr. is an attorney in private practice in Chicago. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, from which he also received his law degree in 1955. He is a life trustee and Honorary Governing Member of the Art Institute of Chicago and serves on the Committee for Prints and Drawings and the Committee for Contemporary Art. The Irving Stenn Jr. Family Gallery, on the second floor of the Modern Wing, is named in his honor.

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Sec’y of State Jesse White to Take 135 Chicago-area High School Students to Visit Alabama State University

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. is taking 135 Chicago-area high school students to visit his alma mater, Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. Students will tour the campus and meet with school officials as they consider their future plans for college. White is providing buses and meals for the students as well as arranging their accommodations. White will address the students in the parking lot prior to their departure, and then join them in Alabama on Saturday.

The purpose of the tour is to give young people who are considering college an opportunity to visit a prominent university that played a key part in the civil rights movement, and to expand their opportunities for college. In addition to White, distinguished alumni from the school include civil rights heroes Dr. Ralph Abernathy and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and actress/singer Africa Miranda. While attending school at Alabama State, White participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott where he worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, the woman who refused to sit in a segregated area on a public bus. Their efforts led to the integration of the Montgomery Transit System, a critically important event in the history of the civil rights movement.

Chicago LGBTs Gear Up for Supreme Court Decision

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April 28th Oral Arguments to Spur Protests & Vigils Around the Country

CHICAGO, IL – With the Supreme Court hosting oral arguments – really a debate between pro-LGBT and anti-LGBT attorneys – on April 28, pro-LGBT Chicagoans are joining activists around the country for rallies and vigils.  Chicago’s rally will be at 5 PM, Tuesday, April 28 at Federal Plaza, Adams and Dearborn Streets.

While the official reason for the Supreme Court hearing and later decision is to settle the marriage rights issue in the four states whose bans have thus far been upheld by lower courts, the Court’s decision could have implications for LGBTs far beyond the issue of whether or not we can marry and have those rights respected in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

As the recent anti-LGBT “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” in Indiana and elsewhere showed, religious conservatives have reacted to their probable defeat on the marriage issue by trying to prevent or roll-back LGBT’s equal access to public accommodations such as businesses.

Using the Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision against women’s reproductive freedom, they have cited a phony “religious liberty” argument to deny LGBTs equal access to businesses serving the public. In so doing, they are implicitly attacking a central achievement of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement – the equal access to public accommodations – the principle that businesses and other public institutions must be open to all.

“Conceivably the Court’s decision this year could be about more than just marriage, but our ‘equal protection’ under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, paving the way for banning discrimination against LGBTs in public accommodations, even housing and employment as well,” said GLN’s Andy Thayer, one of the protest organizers. “On the other hand, this same Court has given us shockingly reactionary rulings such as Hobby Lobby and Citizens United, and so the notion that we should be complacent about the Court’s forthcoming ruling is exceedingly foolish.  As grassroots Hoosiers have shown us, you have to fight to win your rights.”

“How the Court decides these issues can be as much about public opinion — expressed through public demonstrations — as anything else. LGBTQ people have ALWAYS deserved equal rights, but it’s only in recent years with voice from American communities that the courts are responding.  That’s why the April 28th rally is so important.”

The rally in Chicago is co-sponsored by 8th Day Center for Justice, Affinity Community Services, ANSWER Chicago, Chicago Area CodePink, Chicago Area Peace Action, Chicago Socialist Alternative, Chicago World Can’t Wait, Gay Liberation Network, Lgbt Neighbors In Bridgeport Chicago, Marriage Equality USA, Neighbors for Peace, News & Letters, and The Civil Rights Agenda.  Information about other cities’ events can be found at uniteformarriage.org.

For more information, email LGBTliberation@aol.com or send a message to the event hosts at the
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“Hands of Yemen Protest” Saturday, April 25, 2015

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From: People United

CHICAGO, IL –  People United, a grass root group, will hold a “Hands of Yemen” event in Chicago to condemn the Saudi Government and their Coalition on its unprovoked aggression against the people of Yemen. They will be joined by A.N.S.W.E.R. Chicago, Anti War Committee of Chicago, World Can’t Wait and other anti war organizations.

The airstrikes under operation “Decisive Storm” led by the Saudi’s started a month ago on March 26th, 2015 and has targeted hospitals, schools, mosque, residential areas and refugee camps which crippled the  impoverished nation of Yemen. As a result of these military operations, 150,000 Yemeni citizen have been displaced homes. The coalition consists of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, and Sudan. Unfortunately, our government has supported this act of aggression against Yemen.

The massacre of young innocent lives has left families torn apart and a nation in mourning leading to mass protest on the streets of Yemen with little media coverage.  Since Saudi Arabia launched the attack over 1,000 people have lost their lives (Source W.H.O) including hundreds of children. We are requesting your presence to give a voice to the oppressed people of Yemen & condemn the Saudi Coalition for their brutal crimes against humanity.

We  will be gathering at the corner of Washington St. & Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 25th, 2015. We request your presence and coverage of this event.

Hip Hop Artist Drizzy D.R.O Creates Freestyle Hotline and Draws Thousands of Fans Worldwide

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Birmingham, AL (BlackNews.com) – Hip Hop artist and entrepreneur, Drizzy “Press/ Play” D.R.O. is more than just a rapper. Hes an innovator. Hes a birthday present. Hes a superhero. And he might just be the hardest-working man in the rap game today.

Derek Davis, aka Drizzy D.R.O, is on his way to revolutionizing the music industry with an extremely innovative idea that all started as a joke. On April 28th, 2006, Drizzy, and a group of his close friends, jokingly sent out a mass text to the contacts in their phonebook that read :

“For A Random Freestyle On Any Subject 24/7… Call the Press/Play Hotline at 205-617-9166… Just Say Press/Play…”

He had no idea that within a year he would become a viral marketing sensation.

All you have to do is call (205) 617-9166, and ask him to spit on any subject a persons name to a Ming vase to Jabba the Hutt and hell freestyle on demand, free of charge. Through The Press/Play Hotline, Drizzy has reinvented the grind, and its won him supporters across the globe hes got upwards of 50,000 fans in more than 45 states and three different countries. Most recently, word of Drizzys hotline reached the UK through Planet London Radio where producers Esse.B and Hicks were listening, and were so taken with his talent as an MC that they reached out to him and began collaborating with him on his next album / mixtape. So Potent Volume 5: The UK Edition is quickly becoming an underground hip hop classic.

Through the magic of music and improvisation, Drizzy morphs into someone larger than life. Callers dont just appreciate his marriage of Dirty South grit to silky flow; they call because that magic is contagious. They call because for a few minutes of their lives, they share a direct connection to a pure lifeline of music with someone who couldnt be happier to rhyme for them. Drizzy builds on these relationships by following up each call with a text message guiding callers to his website, mobile app and social media sites.

Its not just Drizzys charisma and charm that wins callers over, its the fact that each call is a unique, special connection. Whether you need a birthday present or a pick-me-up, Drizzys always waiting in the 205. Since its inception, Drizzy has been filming his journey with the hope of one day producing a full-feature documentary about the amazing story of The Press/Play Hotline.

Ultimately, his goal isnt to sign a major label record deal or have his music heard on mainstream radio… although he isnt opposed to either… Drizzys goal is to create a new music business model, one where he isnt so reliant on record sales or publishing as a primary source of revenue. Nope. He believes the attention the hotline gets will give him a unique opportunity to market and sell his own signature phone.

Complete with a suite of exclusive apps The Drizzles phone will come stocked with essential tools that musicians and artists can use to more effectively create, collaborate, share, market, and distribute their music to fans as well as through various industry channels. “Each one of us carries around a powerful tool in our pockets. Its time we realize it’s power, and start using it to connect and create with others.” He compares this concept to Nike’s Air Jordan. “If professional athletes can have signature shoes… why can’t musicians, artists and celebrities have their own signature cell-phones?” It’s gotta be the phone… right?

Drizzys wants to align with a mobile carrier who sees his vision and is interested in implementing a new and innovative marketing campaign. Its the future, Drizzy says. I believe that the market will be more receptive to brands who create compelling stories and nurture relationships with their potential customers rather than beating them over the head with advertising. My story, for example, has allowed me to build a global community of fans by creating personalized experiences… .and my fans have eaten it up. I sincerely appreciate them and they can sense it… .they cant wait to tell everyone they know about the hotline.

Why is this important? The Internet has created an attention economy, where distribution is easy but attention is scarce. Success is now determined by the strength of an artist’s connection to their audience. Drizzy and his management team, Figure2, have assembled an all-star cast of data scientists, social media mavens, and software engineers to handle the artists disruptive engagement strategy. Theyve partnered with Magic City Analytics, LLC who is helping him build a software application that will help artists establish lasting and meaningful relationships with their fans, communicate with them around the web, and sell far higher-value products in return.

At a time when the biggest rappers of the world are more interested in Versace sofas than the struggle of just getting by in a world that seems to get scarier by the day, hiphop needs people like Drizzy. It needs people who understand the daily grind, as well as rappers who can transport people to something they dream of. As Derek Davis and as Drizzy D.R.O., this man understands both. Hes got magic on demand. Just press play.

Press/Play Links
* Drizzy D.R.O : Press Kit
* Drizzy D.R.O : So Potent Volume 5 (UK Edition)
* The Press/Play Hotline : 205-617-9166
* 205-617-9166 : BhamRocks.com Interview
* The Press/Play Hotline Facebook
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Magic City Analytics, LLC is a full-service data driven marketing agency specializing in using big data to connect artist with opportunities. We believe that Music is the one universal media that connects the world, and I feel that big data is the key to unlock the full financial potential for artists. Not only does data have the potential to make up for the revenue lost from physical sales, it can actually surpass it. Through ad tech and social media, music can leverage a much larger, data-driven digital advertising market and join the global trend toward collaborative marketing and mobile engagement for brands. For more details, visit www.magiccityanalytics.com

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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