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Auburn Gresham Family Left With Broken Door, Threat of Homelessness, After Cook County Sheriffs, Charter One Bank Eviction Mistake

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Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign Will hold a Press Conference today,  Monday, April 27th – 11:15 a.m. – 8143 S. Morgan Ave., in  Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – Last Monday, Cook County Sheriff’s Deputies and officials from Charter One Bank nearly evicted the Lee family from the family’s Auburn Gresham home – by accident. That morning, the Lees had gone before a circuit court judge at the Richard J. Daley Center. Following the judge’s decision to postpone a hearing until the next day, the Lee’s returned to their Auburn Gresham home only to find that Cook County Sheriff’s Deputies had broken down their door and agents from Charter One Bank were about to begin removing their belongings – even though the judge had not issued a final ruling on their appeal. One week later, neighbors and supporters with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign will hold a rally to support the Lees and call on Charter One Bank to keep them in their home.

“We came back to court and find the door of the hinges and six sheriffs deputies in our living room,” explained Timothy Lee. “When they saw we had just come from court, they told us it was a mistake and tried to fix the door, but said they can come back out any day they want.”

Since 2013, Timothy Lee and his family have been trying to repurchase the home that his elderly mother lost to a foreclosure by Charter One Bank. Unlike most home loan foreclosure cases in the Chicagoland region, Mr. Lee’s mother had owned her home ‘free and clear’ – except for a $3,300 home improvement loan she owed when she passed in 2010. After dealing with several attorneys that failed to take their case forward, the Lees had attempted to negotiate with the bank themselves, only to find their offers to hold onto their family home repeatedly dismissed by bank officials who ultimately purchased the property at auction in February 2013. Six months ago, the Lees were finally able to arrange to have an appraiser from Charter One view the house, but never received any response from bank officials, except notices from the bank’s lawyers that they were in the process of having them evicted.

“I’ve never seen the Sheriff and the Banks evict some one and then say it was a ‘mistake’. Its only a mistake because this time they got caught in the act,” explained Willie Fleming of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. “Charter One Bank should do the right thing by keeping the Lees in their home and Sheriff Dart should make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again.”

Monday’s eviction left the Lees with a broken front door and a host of unanswered questions. Contrary to established policy, Sheriff’s officials removed their “No Trespassing” sign and returned possession of the property to the Lees when they discovered that their court appeals were still pending before a judge. While taking note of the damage done to their home, officials from Charter One first said they would find a way to keep them in their home, yet in the days since, their calls into the bank have once again been met with silence. The Lees remained concerned that this is taking place because officials from Charter One Bank are more interested in profiting off of the foreclosure insurance they can claim when the home is empty, than the money they would make from the sale of a South Side home that has declined in value.

“We grew up in this neighborhood and this house is all our family has,” explained Timothy Lee’s wife, Eugenia. “I don’t understand why Charter One won’t even tell what they need us to pay to keep our home. Instead, they want to put us out on the street while we are meeting with the judge.”

Described as a “mistake” by sheriff deputies and bank officials from Century 21, last Monday’s events are part of a worrying trend, where officials from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office are partnering with bank officials to go ahead with evictions even when foreclosed homeowners and tenants have secured a stay of eviction pending a judge’s ruling on their motion. Last year, a change to Cook County’s eviction law that would have made this process legal was in a bill drafted by Illinois State Representative Monique Davis (D), but the measure failed to pass the State House. Without a change in the law, the sheriff’s office has moved forward under what seems to be a new policy that denies struggling families any sense of due process and sides with the same financial institutions that have left large swaths of the South and West sides blighted by most of the Chicagoland’s roughly 60,000 vacant buildings.

Chicago Republican Election Commissioner Dies

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From: Defend the Vote

BREAKING NEWS – RIP to Chicago Board of Election Commissioner, Richard Cowen. Read the full article Here

Commissioner Richard Cowen, the Republican Commissioner on the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners (CBOE) passed away on Sunday while visiting family in California.  Commissioner Richard Cowen reportedly battled cancer during 2014 and into this year.  Beginning in 2014, he was absent from some CBOE Board meetings and also participated in some meetings from the phone as he worked to overcome his health challenges.  Defend the Vote did not verify the exact cause of death, but was informed he died from natural causes.

Commissioner Cowen was the sole Republican on the 3 member Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Defend the Vote worked with Commissioner Cowen on multiple occasions as we uncovered and worked to change illegal and deficient practices of the Board.  On many instances Commissioner Cowen was the sole voice on the Board that supported our investigations and work.

Besides his role with the CBOE, Mr. Cowen served on the Illinois State Board of Elections for fifteen years where he was elected chairman and vice-chairman. In addition to his duties on the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners, Richard Cowen was a founding partner with Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC. He received his law degree from Northwestern University.

Defend the Vote extends our regards to Mr. Cowen’s family, friends, clients, and co-workers who will surely miss him.  We will also miss him!  With a warm and witty personality, we appreciated his astute understanding of the law and his ability to address complex issues related to Chicago elections.

Read More – What is next for the CBOE?

“This has been a great six years”: Attorney General Holder Addresses Department Employees at Departure Ceremony

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Washington, DC

United States

Friday, April 24, 2015

Remarks as delivered

Thank you, thank you.  Please take your seats.

A couple of business items.  My portrait hangs on the fifth floor of the Justice Department.  And something that has not been mentioned but something that I really pressed Simmie Knox – the artist of the portrait – my kid’s names are hidden in the portrait.  And if you look at the button of my jacket and the wings of the eagle you’ll find the three of them.  And that’s the lore I want to have come out about this portrait.  Find the names of the Holder children – okay?

The other thing, Lee Loftus asked me to check to make sure that you all know that you’re on annual leave. But in my final act as Attorney General – screw it!

This has been a great six years.  Being at the Justice Department has been – I said the last six years but the reality is that I’ve been at this department since 1976, off and on.  I started as a line lawyer in the public integrity section in the Criminal Division and it’s going to be hard for me to walk away from the people who I love and the people who represent this institution that I love so much – but it is time.  It is time to make a transition.  Change is a good thing and I am confident in the work in which you have done that we have laid the foundation for even better things over the course of the next couple of years.

I think that as we look back at these past six years, what I want you all to understand is that you have done truly historic, historic and big things – no matter where you look.  From the basic stuff, this department was restored, it’s restored – it’s restored to what it always was and certainly was when I got here and what it must always be.  Free from politicization, focused on the mission and making sure that justice is done – without any kind of interference from political outsiders.

We have expressed faith in the greatest court system in the world and brought the toughest national security cases into that system and with unbelievable results.  The notion that we’re still having a debate about whether or not cases ought to be brought in the Article 3 system or in military tribunals is over.  It’s dead.  And that’s because, again, of the great work that the prosecutors in various districts have performed in putting together wonderful cases and then successfully trying those cases.

We have had an impact on the environment and people who – and companies that would have spoiled our environment.  Historic, historic wins in that regard as well.  You look at the financial recoveries that um – related to the mortgage crisis, and the huge amounts of money that we put – that we recovered.  And then I think what’s important – and Tony West is here, and I think he deserves some special thanks for that, for what was done with that money.  To try to get it to the people who suffered the most.  The thought was never to simply take that money and put it into the United States Treasury, but to come up with ways in which we could try to get people back into their homes, or to somehow reduce the debt-load that they were dealing with.

Our Antitrust Division lives again – lives again, and has had a tremendous impact in our country, and in the positive things that they’ve done for the American consumer.  We announced – or we’ve heard, I guess, today that a merger that I think would have been extremely anti-competitive and would have not been in the best interests of the American consumer, has been abandoned.  That is because of the great work of the men and women in the Antitrust Division.

Our Tax Division, overseas accounts dealing with our allies in Europe, bringing money back and disallowing the practice that for too long had gone on where people had squirreled away, hidden money that they needed to actually pay taxes for and be held – be accountable for.  Historic stuff, that, as well.

Indian Country – you think about the tough history that exists between the United States and our Native people, we have put on track, I think, the ability to right some really serious historical wrongs.  We’ve done, I think, a great deal, much work remains to be done.  But this Justice Department was committed to addressing those problems in as frank a way as is possible.

Criminal Justice Reform – if you look at all the statistics, you’ll see the incarceration rate goes like this, and then goes up.  And then goes up in about 1974, late seventies, something like that. And we are a nation that incarcerates too many people for too long and for no good law enforcement reason.  It is time—it is time to change the approaches we have been using these past 30 – 40 years, and through the great work of the people of this department we are starting to reverse that trend.  Again, work remains to be done, but we are on our way.

Civil Rights—the LGBT community is something that I tried to focus on.  I think that is the civil rights issue of our time.  This whole question of same sex marriage will be resolved by the court over, I guess, the next couple of months.  Hopefully that decision will go in a way that I think is consistent with who we say we are as a people, but I also think that is really just a sign; it’s an indication, one part of the fight for overall LGBT equality.  And I think that the work that you all have done in the regard is going to be an integral part of the legacy of this department.

And then, you know, the thing that I think in some ways animates me, angers me, is this whole notion of protecting the right to vote.  We celebrated this year the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act.  We went to—I went to Selma to commemorate Bloody Sunday.  John Lewis was here earlier.  This nation fought a civil war, endured slavery by another name, dealt with legalized segregation.  A civil rights movement in the mid and early sixties transformed this nation.  And the notion that we would somehow go back and put in place things that make it difficult—more difficult for our fellow citizens to vote is simply inconsistent with all that’s good about this country, and something that I was bound and determined to fight.  And our Civil Rights Division has done a superb job in crafting law suits based on a Voting Rights Act that was wrongly gutted by the Supreme Court, and I suspect that we will see successes from those efforts that have—those cases that have been filed.  But that, that of all things, simply cannot be allowed to happen.  The right to vote must be protected.

I want to thank my family, my lovely wife, for the sacrifices they’ve made — over the years not only to allow me to be Attorney General but to be the Deputy Attorney General, to be U.S. Attorney here in Washington, D.C.  Honey, you’ve been the rock in the family.  And you’ve allowed me the opportunity to do the things that that really animated me and allowed me to work with all of these great people.

I also want to say something about the folks you see standing here—my detail.  These are people—men and women—who literally sacrifice their well-being in terms of their interactions with their families.  They travel with me.  They miss weekends.  They work long and hard hours. And they are prepared to do ultimate kinds of things.  And I could not do this job without them. Now they will not smile because they don’t do that.  I see Marcus is smiling a little bit there.  Bart’s also smiling.

And then I just want to thank all of you.  All of you.  You are what make this institution.  You know we have a great building and it is something that is historic in its nature.  But it is only kept great by the dedicated, the perseverance, the commitment that all of you show on a daily basis. And I hope that you all will understand that the job…there is not a routine job in the United States Department of Justice.  Given the great power that we are entrusted with, the responsibilities that we have, I don’t want you all to ever think that it’s just Tuesday and I’m going to get through the day.  That’s not who we are at the United States Department of Justice. It’s not who you all are.  And I think that has certainly been shown in the way in which you have conducted yourselves and the way in which you all have accomplished so much over the last six years.

I said earlier that when we celebrated Robert Kennedy’s 50th anniversary of his swearing-in in 2011, people said that that was the golden age for the United States Department of Justice. Well, I think that 50 years from now, 50 years from now and maybe even sooner than that, people are going to look back at the work that you all did and say that this was another golden age.  That’s how good you all are.  That’s how good you all are.  That’s how dedicated, committed and wonderful you all have been. With a focus on justice.  With a focus on helping those who cannot help themselves.  You have distinguished yourselves.

There’s a long line of excellence in the United States Department of Justice, but every now and again – at an appropriate time – a group comes along that is worthy of special recognition.  And you all are in fact one of those groups.  I am proud of you.  I am proud of you.  I am going to miss you.  I am going to miss this building.  I am going to miss this institution.  But more than anything I am going to miss you all.  This building is always going to be home, and you all will always be my family.  Wherever I am and whatever I am doing, I will be rooting for you from the sidelines.

Now I want to do something here.  We have these bands that I’ve been wearing for the last whatever number of whatevers.  I think I can officially take this off now. I think we can officially say now that Eric Holder is free.  But it is not necessarily something that I want.  I don’t ever want to be free of this great institution.  I don’t want to ever be free of the relationships that I have forged with so many of you.  I don’t want to ever be free of the notion that I am a member of the United States Department of Justice.  This is something that has meant the world to me.  It has helped define me as an individual, as a lawyer and as a man.

And for that reason, although, I got rid of those bands.  I’m free in one sense that really not as consequential as the way in which I will never be free, nor want to be free of the United States Department of Justice, or free from all of you.

Thank you for your support over the past six years. I look forward to all that you going to do all with the great new leadership of a wonderful new Attorney General who will be sworn in on Monday, and I expect you will do great things over the course of these next two years, but beyond that. With those of you who are career employees, I expect that you will do great things as long as you are part of the Justice Department. There will be some of you who will be here 20 years from now, 30 years from now and I expect that your biographies will be littered with wonderful things.

But again, thank you all so much. I’m going to miss you and as I said in a previous speech, this is my third going away, but I promise that this is the last one. But I’ll end it this way, I love you all madly. Thank you.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Black Attorney Moderates Police Misconduct Conference in Los Angeles

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Attorney Zulu Ali and the Committee for United Nations Oversight Panel recently discussed complaints filed with the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Security Council seeking its involvement in the widespread human rights abuse by police in the United States against Blacks and other minorities.

Committee For United Nations Oversight Panel

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — At a public conference on April 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, a panel consisting of Dr. Dr. E.M. Abdulmumin, a Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Dubois Institute in Riverside, CA.; 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 discussed the history and current state of police and prosecutorial misconduct around the country and discussed a complaint filed with the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Security Council regarding human rights abuses by the police against Blacks and other minorities in the United States.The conference was moderated by Attorney Zulu Ali, a trial lawyer and former Police Officer and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

The complaint primarily focused on observations made by the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and findings of racial profiling, excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, and discrimination in the criminal justice system. The findings were published September 25, 2014.

The complaint submitted to the United Nations alleged violations by the United States against Blacks and other minorities under the United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Convention Against Torture.

Relief sought in the complaint include the following:

* As required under article 10 of Convention Against Torture (CAT), all law enforcement and prosecuting officials receive full training on prohibition of torture as setforth in CAT;

* All cases of police misconduct reported by individuals are to be directed to the Security Council for investigation and findings, including monetary and nonmonetary compensation;

* Security Council findings are binding on the nation state;

* Security Council referral to the International Criminal Courts for prosecution of police officers that violate rights under human rights covenants and convention; and

* All measures implemented by the relief be funded by the nation state, however, direct involvement in the process, by the nation state, is prohibited.

For more details about the Law Offices of Zulu Ali, visit www.zulualilaw.com

Photo Caption: Committee For United Nations Oversight Panel

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Fighting for Trade Deals that Put American Workers First

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President laid out why new, high-standards trade agreements are important for our economy, our businesses, our workers, and our values. These new trade deals are vital to middle-class economics — the idea that this country does best when everybody gets their fair shot, everybody does their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules. The President has been clear — any deal he signs will be the most progressive trade agreement in our history with strong provisions for both workers and the environment. It would also level the playing field — and when the playing field is level, American workers always win.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, April 25, 2015.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
April 25, 2015

President Obama: Hi, everybody. I’ve talked a lot lately about why new trade deals are important to our economy.

Today, I want to talk about why new trade deals are important to our values.

They’re vital to middle-class economics — the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.

These are simple values. They’re American values. And we strive to make sure our own economy lives up to them, especially after a financial crisis brought about by recklessness and greed. But we also live in a world where our workers have to compete on a global scale. Right now, on an uneven playing field. Where the rules are different. And that’s why America has to write the rules of the global economy — so that our workers can compete on a level playing field.

I understand why a lot of people are skeptical of trade deals. Past deals didn’t always live up to the hype. They didn’t include the kind of protections we’re fighting for today.

We have lessons to learn from the past — and we have learned them. But trying to stop a global economy at our shores isn’t one of those lessons. We can’t surrender to the future — because we are meant to win the future. If America doesn’t shape the rules of the global economy today, to benefit our workers, while our economy is in a position of new global strength, then China will write those rules. I’ve seen towns where manufacturing collapsed, plants closed down, and jobs dried up. And I refuse to accept that for our workers. Because I know when the playing field is level, nobody can beat us.

That’s why, when I took office, we started thinking about how to revamp trade in a way that actually works for working Americans. And that’s what we’ve done with a new trade partnership we’re negotiating in the Asia-Pacific — home to the world’s fastest-growing markets.

It’s the highest-standard trade agreement in history. It’s got strong provisions for workers and the environment — provisions that, unlike in past agreements, are actually enforceable. If you want in, you have to meet these standards. If you don’t, then you’re out. Once you’re a part of this partnership, if you violate your responsibilities, there are actually consequences. And because it would include Canada and Mexico, it fixes a lot of what was wrong with NAFTA, too.

So this isn’t a race to the bottom, for lower wages and working conditions. The trade agreements I’m negotiating will drive a race to the top. And we’re making sure American workers can retool through training programs and community colleges, and use new skills to transition into new jobs.

If I didn’t think this was the right thing to do for working families, I wouldn’t be fighting for it. We’ve spent the past six years trying to rescue the economy, retool the auto industry, and revitalize American manufacturing. And if there were ever an agreement that undercut that progress, or hurt those workers, I wouldn’t sign it. My entire presidency is about helping working families recover from recession and rebuild for the future. As long as I’m President, that’s what I’ll keep fighting to do.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

Protest at Boeing Stockholders Meeting Today

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Members of the Anti-War Committee (AWC) – Chicago will attend the annual meeting of the Boeing stock holders at the Field Museum today, 4/27/15 in Chicago at 8 a.m. Together with other area peace groups, the activists will hold a press conference to oppose the Boeing Company supplying the Israeli Defense Forces with smart bomb kits.

Kait McIntyre, Newland Smith and Joe Iosbaker will be attending, and will use the public comment section of the stock holders meeting to deliver their message. Said McIntyre, “We will tell them that we are opposed to their arming of the Israeli military in its wars on Gaza, and its occupation of Palestine.

Smith explained, “In November 2014, Boeing was awarded an $83 million contract by the Israel Air Force for providing 3000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs).” JDAMs are kits that convert unguided bombs into “smart” guided weapons. These are to

replace the ordnance deployed during Operation Protective Edge in July and August 2014, in which over 2000 Palestinians, including 513 children, were killed.

According to McIntyre, “In Israel’s wars on Gaza, over 80% percent of bombs dropped had Boeing’s JDAM tail, with Boeing’s satellite guided software.

Also joining the press conference will be Arny Steiber of Veterans for Peace, Nerissa Allegretti of National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, and Bishop Robert Ilay, Philippine Independent Church of US and Canada.

You can read AWC’s statement against Boeing’s weapon sales to Israel here:


A Community of Men Offers Free Boot Camp for Black Boys 12-18

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Mentors ‘checkered’ past used to save lives

By Chinta Strausberg

Just elected alderman of the Fourth Ward in Harvey, Lamont Brown not only has a mission to help physically clean up that scandal-ridden town but also to help save black boys 12-18 with a free Boot Camp program designed to develop black boys into strong, positive men.

Brown, who will be sworn in on May 11, 2015, 7 p.m., City Hall, 15340 So. Broadway, works closely with Mack McGhee, director and founder of “The Manhood Development Camp” which McGhee began earlier this year along with William C. Gray, Jr., Assistant Director, and Stanley Muhammad, Brotherhood director.

Referring to the youth they mentor, McGhee said, “I got tired of turning on the news hearing what was going on with young men. I come from juvenile justice, and I work in education now. A lot of them do not have strong father figures of male role models.” Currently, he has about eight male volunteer mentors for the Boot Camp program.

“The goal of his program is to “try to support single parents and at-risk young men in urban areas. We have Brotherhood circles and have discussions about critical thinking, anger management and self-esteem,” McGhee told this reporter. “We want them to understand the importance of giving back to the community.”

The youngest of four, McGhee grew up in a single home caused by his parents separating when he was 11. “I was angry. I went through some anger management issues throughout adolescence. I looked up to my father. One day he was home, the next day he was not. I didn’t understand what was happening.”

McGhee said he uses his personal experiences to help black boys understand how “we went through trials, tribulations, pitfalls because young people don’t believe we went through” these social problems but turned their lives around.

Brown said, “We have been involved with Restorative Justice and other mentor programs, but this one has brought a group of men together to help teach them critical thinking skills, how to deal under pressure, conflict resolution and to teach them how to open up. We want them to see a group of men…a community of men effort.”

This June, McGhee wants to take the youth to the Birmingham’s Civil Rights Institute. So far he has raised $5,000 but hopes to raise more and is looking for more mentors.

Brown said past experiences are key in relating to the youth. “I come from a checkered past having been arrested several times hanging around the wrong people and making unhealthy choices due to the hardships of his family,” Brown stated. “I’ve been arrested several times.

“I was fortunate enough to make a decision to separate myself from those people because I believe people are like elevators. They will take up or down.  I was able to separate myself from those who were consistently taking me down. When a young man hears our stories, they can relate.”

“I share with them how when I was in junior high school, I dealt with the fact that my mother was addicted to cocaine. Not only did I know about it and my sisters knew but also the community started to become aware of it and I did not want to go to school. I took a lot of anger with me to school and caused be to be subordinate and defiant in school.  A lot of young men could relate to that…which deters getting the education they need.”

“We have the other men who are volunteering to be a part of the program who are share their stories. Some have similar backgrounds and others that may not have backgrounds not as checkered but they had to make critical decisions that would separate themselves from hanging around certain people….”

Referring to his mother, Brown said, “The drug addiction was a major contributor to her divorcing my stepfather during my high school years. That was a challenge. She has been drug free for over 20-year now.

“My stepfather was a part of my life up to the eighth grade. I didn’t miss having a father in my home for those other years, but they gave me hope. I wasn’t obedient and listening to them 100 percent of the time but they did give me hope,” said Brown.

“The pressures of the street life seemed like they were winning which is why we did the Manhood Development Camp because we wanted to bombard tem with our stories, our testimonies, with these life skills because we understand that we are battling for mind space. We want to override” that scenario.

The Boot Camp meets every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Leo High School, 7901 So. Sangamon. “We share different things with the youth,” Brown said. “They have 45 minutes to an hour sessions. They share their challenges that have been difficult to overcome or how they perceive life growing up as a black man in Chicago.”

There is a guest speaker at 10 a.m., a break at 11 a.m. followed by sports, lunch and a strong message.  “We are giving them the opportunity to hear from them to hear their challenges and we give them solutions, life lessons, deeper insights and help them to realize the root of certain problems,” explained Brown.

“It has been a pleasure doing it. We strongly believe to succeed in life; you have to separate the weeds in your life. We also believe in order to be a man you have to see a man. We have to lead by example rather than explanation.,” he said explaining they share their personal problems so that the youth can see how they have turned their lives around.

Asked how are they funded, he said by individuals. You can access his website by clicking on www.Mackmcghee.com . It goes to a Gofundme link.

“So far, we have more than $5,000 from contributions, but we are looking to do more. There are a couple of communities requesting for our help. We are looking for more supporters. No contributions are too large or too small.”

The troubled youth was just one factor why Brown ran for office. “I ran for office because after attending City Council meetings over the last three-and-a-half year, I noticed there was not strong leadership and some of the decisions made were not in the best interest of the community. As a motivational speaker, life coach and mentor for the youth for several years, I decided to be part of the solution….”

As alderman, Brown said, “Initially, I was going to make sure to clean up the Fourth Ward. The city is in great need of being cleaned up. There is a lot of trash in the vacant lots that have been neglected as seen by the tall grass. People are using these lots and alleys as dumping sites. There are rodents and even a deer in the back of one of our” homes “Cleaning up the ward is at the top of my list over the next 120-days.”

He’s facing even bigger problems like over 300-abandoned housing. “There are 3300 registered voters in my ward but over 300 abandoned housing in my ward alone,” Brown said.

“For the last eight-years, the ward has been neglected. There has been no visibility, accountability or accessibility to leadership,” he said vowing to change that scenario. Working with the Boot Camp is just one of his missions to help save black boys and the city of Harvey.

For further information, call 1.888.624.4333 or #getoffthesidelines.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Mauro Morales – Staff Director, United States Commission on Civil Rights

Daniel Weiss – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council

President Obama said, “I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country.  I look forward to working with them.”

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Mauro Morales, Appointee for Staff Director, United States Commission on Civil Rights

Mauro Morales is currently Assistant Director in the Office of Public Engagement at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), a position he has held since 2014.  From 2009 to 2014, he served as Attorney Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel at OPM.  In 2006, Mr. Morales founded The Morales Law Group, where he served as Managing Partner until 2009.  He served as General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs for Verches Associates from 2004 to 2006, and he was General Counsel for Lambco Engineering, Inc. from 2000 to 2004.  From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Morales was a staff member for Congresswoman Lorreta Sanchez, serving as Legislative Director and then as District Director.  From 1993 to 1997, he was a Senior Associate Attorney at McGuiness & Williams and was an Associate Attorney at Pereyda, Delnick and Ruedaflores from 1992 to 1993.  From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Morales was a Senior Law Clerk with the Orange County, California District Attorney’s Office.  He began his career as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Esteban Torres from 1983 to 1988.  Mr. Morales received a B.S. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.

Daniel Weiss, Appointee for Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council

Daniel Weiss is Managing Partner of Angeleno Group LLC, a private equity firm he co-founded in 2001.  Previously, Mr. Weiss was an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP from 1998 to 1999.  Mr. Weiss is currently a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Council on Foreign Relations.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Israel of Hollywood, the Board of Directors of World Resources Institute, and the Advisory Board of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.  Mr. Weiss received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. and J.D. from Stanford University.

McAninch Arts Center Presents Free Summer Concert and Movie Series at the Lakeside Pavilion July 16 – August 21

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Internationally Acclaimed Beatles Tribute Band American English Returns to The Lakeside Pavilion Friday, July 17

“Frozen” kicks off the Three-Film Sing-Along Family Movie Series Thursday, July 16

New for This Year: Thursday Evening WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series August 6, 13 and 20

Glen Ellyn IL —McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, announces the Free Lakeside Pavilion Summer 2015 Series. Programming runs July 16-Aug. 21 and includes a Pop Music Series, a Jazz Concert Series and Sing-Along Family Movie Series.

“The enormous public response to last year’s inaugural Lakeside Pavilion Summer Series blew us away,” said MAC Director Diana Martinez. “All events were very well received with many attracting capacity crowds. Our conversations with our patrons indicate they’re already looking forward to return to the Pavilion this summer so we’re thrilled to be able to share some of the exciting programing coming.”

The 2015 Free Friday Night Concert Series begins Friday, July 17 at 7:30p, with a concert by the internationally acclaimed Chicago-based Beatles tribute band American English. Elvis tribute artist Scot Bruce, a regular performer at Disneyland who has also performed in music videos with Faith Hill and Cheryl Crow, revives the sounds of the King with “Shake, Rattle and Roll, a Tribute to Elvis the Early Years,” Friday, July 24. The series continues with Wade Preston, the original “Piano Man” hand-selected by Billy Joel himself for the Tony Award-winning musical “Movin’ Out,” and the Movin’ Out Band performing songs by Joel and another classic rock pianist, Elton John (Friday, July 31); an entertaining evening of pops music by the MAC’s resident symphony orchestra, New Philharmonic (Friday, Aug. 7); and Magic of Motown recreating the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by the Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind, & Fire and more (Friday, Aug. 14). A concert by The Hit Men, featuring former performing and/or recording members of the Four Seasons and other pop groups of the ‘60s and ‘70s completes the series (Friday, Aug. 21). Parking and admission to all concerts is free and performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

New for this year: the Lakeside Pavilion will also feature the 90.9FM WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series (Thursdays, Aug. 6, 13 and 20). Admission is free and all performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Programming is still in progress and will be announced at a later date.

A “Sing-Along” experience is part this summer’s Family Movie Series which begins Thursday, July 16 with Sing-Along “Frozen,” followed by Sing-Along “Grease” (July 23) and Sing-Along “The Sound of Music” (July 30). Admission is free; costumes are welcome.  All movies begin at 8:30 p.m.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, presents Free Lakeside Pavilion Summer 2015 Series. Programming runs July 16 to Aug. 21. All concert and movie events take place rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring a lawn chair or blanket, and picnic to enjoy at the event. Available for purchase will be concessions including wine, beer, soda, delicious gourmet sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, popcorn and snacks. Pets and outside alcohol are not permitted onto the property.

For more information about any of these events, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

Avoid Getting Swept Up By Fake Charities When Giving To Tornado Relief Charities, Warns BBB

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CHICAGO, IL – In the wake of the recent tornadoes that struck in northern and central Illinois millions of dollars will be needed to help individuals, families and businesses re-build their communities. Much of the needed money will come from concerned individuals who want to help by donating to charities. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) is alerting consumers of the possibility of phony charities and fundraising scams related to the destruction caused by tornadoes.

“Tragedies often bring out the best in people and inspire others to give support,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.

“Unfortunately, the aftermath of a natural disaster is also a time that brings out the worst in people, when scammers find ways to make money from tragedy.”

The BBB recommends asking the following questions before choosing to donate to a specific charity:

Is this a charity I can trust? Look at the appeal carefully; some charities have similar sounding names. Don’t be fooled by names that look impressive or that closely resemble the name of a well-known organization. Check with your appropriate state government authorities (this is usually a division of the state’s office of the attorney general) to verify the charity is registered to solicit in your state.  Also, visit the website of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance (www.bbb.org/charity) to find out whether a national charity meets the 20 BBB charity standards that address charity governance, finances, fund raising, donor privacy and other accountability issues.

How will the charity use my donation? Ask questions about how your donation will be used. Beware of appeals that bring tears to your eyes but give few details of what the charity is doing about the problem it describes so well. If the charity says it’s helping the homeless, do they explain how (shelter, food, medical care) and where this is taking place?

Watch out for statements such as “all proceeds will go to the charity.” This can mean that only the money left after expenses, such as the cost of written materials and fund raising efforts, will go to the charity. These expenses can sometimes be high, so check carefully.

Is my donation tax deductible? If you want to take a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes, make sure the organization is tax exempt as a charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  A charity appeal will usually include a reference to this. To verify a charity’s tax status, access an IRS database of organizations by viewing Publication 78 on the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

Can the charity actually use what I’m donating? All charities welcome the receipt of monetary donations, but some also solicit in-kind donations such as clothing, food, and toys.  If you’re planning to donate items to a worthy cause, make sure you know the in-kind contributions your charity prefers.  A food bank may prefer food items that are not perishable such as canned goods.

Am I feeling pressured to give? Don’t succumb to pressure to give money on the spot, either immediately over the phone via credit card or by allowing a “runner” to pick up a contribution. Research the charity fully; the charity that needs your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow.

Another donation idea suggested by Bernas, “If you have unused gift cards that are redeemable for cash or can be used by individuals, ask the charity if these are acceptable as a donation.”

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

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